J.Crew Crewcuts Spring 2015

November 21st, 2014

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Winter has just started and I am yearning for the Spring already. So, J.Crew Crewcuts Spring 2015 Collection is a breath of fresh air. Filled with a myriad of different blues, and other scrumptious lollipop colors, hearts and polka dots of varying sizes and their recognizable vintage/modern style, this range hits all the right notes.

And so interesting that the kids of some J.Crew staff are featured in this shoot and are also the stars of the adorable video where they are asked their favorite color. See below! To view the rest of this range go to the J. Crew site.
 

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Gorgeous Handmade Rag Dolls from Around the World

November 20th, 2014

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I thought it was about time to devote a post to rag dolls especially with the Holiday season upon us. Rag dolls (and soft toys actually) make such wonderful gifts, especially when they are handmade and have all the love and creativity of the artist poured into them. Nothing better. And I have found some super dolls here in a variety of styles and mediums to eat your heart out with.

 

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Rag Fox Dolls by Blita

These Rag Fox Dolls are so sweet and made in Portugal by Blita – the blend of wool felt with the cotton fabric gives them an interesting blend of textures. The foxes (above top) have really caught my eye. And it is wonderful the ways she groups the dolls to tell a story as in this Little Red Riding Hood group. Check out her other theatrical scenarios in her shop. You won’t regret it!

 

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Fab­ric animal Rag dolls by Abi­gail Brown for Only Tiny

British tex­tile artist Abi­gail Brown just launched a new brand called Only Tiny. Abi­gail has a small col­lec­tion of hand­made dec­o­ra­tions and jewelry and will be adding more for the Holidays. In the meantime, these four adorable fabric dolls of a bear, rab­bit, squir­rel and cat have really caught my fancy with their oversize bows.

 

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Hand Crafted Art Pose Dolls by Jess Quinn Small Art

Another extraordinary Britt artist, Jess Quinn makes these exquisite dolls from linen, wire, wool yarn, wool felt, feathers, and cashmere. The detail is incredible and her inspiration comes from Japanese pose dolls from the 1950s and 60s, early cartoons like 1920s Mickey mouse and Betty Boop, vintage manga, fairy tales and early children’s book illustration. You don’t want to miss seeing her other hyper-original pieces on Jess Quinn Small Art.

 

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Malvina Embroidered Rag Dolls by Kate from Cut And Tear

These little lovelies are made by Kate from Germany for her shop. And they are made from painter’s canvas, drawn on and then embroidered. Very interesting process which she blogs about right here! Kate also makes very cute owls and funky paper dolls and party favors. Take a look in her Cut and Tear shop.

 

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Handmade Eco-friendly Rag Dolls by Jennifer Jarman of Palomita Rag Dolls

These eco-friendly dolls by Jennifer in our very own USA have removable clothing and whimsical hand-embroidered faces. Made with tea-dyed, organic cotton muslin and all clothing, hair, hats and accessories are artfully pieced together from a variety of vintage, recycled, salvaged and new textiles, making each doll a one-of-a-kind creation. Sturdy enough to be played with so these are not just for show. Check out her very cute soft toy trees in her Etsy shop.

 

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The Small Gatsby – Voyage Collection

November 18th, 2014

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I just discovered this very elegant, luxury brand The Small Gatsby from Vienna which takes its inspiration from the Roaring 20′s.

The girls wear very casual play clothes like most kids do every day, but we do love to have a special outfit here and there. And the 20′s was always a favorite era for me in Fashion. Add the sweet memories of my time living in Vienna and my penchant for F. Scott Fitzgerald and I’m well…completely in love with this label! Their whole philosophy of how they design and create their garments has integrity and poetry.

And with the Holiday Season on our doorstep, I’m always looking for something festive and classy. And I must say that it is always a pleasure to see boys dressed like little gentlemen!

This season they shot at Palais Coburg and believe it or not, it was a kind of last minute arrangement.
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Redbubble – Original Art Printed Items

November 17th, 2014

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Look at my picks from Redbubble, an online shop that connects more than 400,000 artists from all over the globe with people in more than 150 countries across a variety of canvases – from apparel and accessories to wall art and more. What’s great is that you like a piece of art, in can be printed on whatever you like. All of these items I’ve chosen can be printed on several things to create a matching set for instance!

So, if you are looking for an original tote, t-shirt, duvet cover, cushion or a myriad of other pieces printed with fab art, take a look at the Redbubble website. I’m sure that the gift you have never even imagined is on there!
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Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

November 14th, 2014

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Here it is folks. The very first joint venture Chicken Pot Pie by the girls and me! We happen to be Chicken Pot Pie aficionados in this house and even we thought it came out quite well. The girls couldn’t get enough of it. And below we share our recipe with you. Let us know how it comes out if you make this. And this is a classic Chicken Pot Pie Recipe, so please comment below if have variations you want to share with us. We love experimenting!
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The Future Architect’s Handbook by Barbara Beck

November 12th, 2014

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We just got this wonderful book, The Future Architect’s Handbook by Barbara Beck, and it is the exact book I have been looking for to teach the girls about architecture in a fun way that they can understand.

This book explores how architects really work, so kind of like “Take your kid to work day” if you were an architect. It leads the young reader through the entire process for planning and designing a house. It also teaches them the architect’s four main drawings: the Site Plan, Floor Plan, Section, and Elevation including the concept of drawing each plan to scale. Aspiring architects discover design techniques, along with different, exciting architectural styles used today. All of this is brought to life in freehand, pen-and-ink architectural drawings. This book is the perfect introduction to architecture, revealing why buildings look and function as they do. And it’s great the way the reader is led through the designs in a conversational way that tells a story.

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Jessie & James – Winter 2014 Collection

November 11th, 2014

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The Jesse & James Winter 2014 range features playful, unique and traditional garments in tartans and checks with a punk inspired mood with their trademark absolutely extraordinary cuts!

I was so excited to discover this British label a while back (see my post on their first season here) and am still enamored of them three years and six seasons later. This dynamic duo (and couple) worked with fashion icon, Vivienne Westwood and you can really tell! James says: “Working in high-fashion with Vivienne Westwood teaches you how to cut and design clothes in an interesting and playful way, so everything that children’s clothes should be.”
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Tower of London Poppies

November 10th, 2014

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To commemorate the centennial of Britain’s involvement in the First World War – Remembrance Day, a spectacular art installation entitled Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red has been created by artist Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper at The Tower of London.

888,246 ceramic poppies are gradually filling the Tower’s moat – each representing a British military fatality during the war. Every evening, the Last Post is played at sunset and names of of those who died in combat are read aloud.

The final flower will be symbolically planted on 11th November.  It’s such a breathtaking commemoration that I urge you to go and see it before this masterpiece is dismantled on 12th November.

Scroll down to see the arial video to get an idea of the full scope of this incredible art installation!
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Babes with Babies – Holiday Gift Guide

November 7th, 2014

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I want to share this wonderful online shop with you Babes with Babies! First of all, I just love that the name honors the expecting Mom as someone beautiful and that is what this brand is all about. I have compiled just a few of the wonderful luxurious items as they would make amazing Holiday gifts. And I personally own a couple of these items myself and just adore them!

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