Pumpkin Oreo Cheesecakes for Thanksgiving

November 25th, 2014



I’m always searching for amazing yet easy recipes… and in my quest for exactly the amazing and easy for Thanksgiving, I came across these Pumpkin Oreo Cheesecakes. I don’t really eat Oreos but for some reason, I find them very appealing when added to a dessert. It’s a sort of fun element, I guess. And kids of course, love anything with an Oreo in it! I also like the sculptural facet of these little desserts.

I will be trying these out but might modify the topping a bit. Endless possibilities for the toppers. For the full recipe, take a look at Inside Bru Crew Life blog.




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Smokks – Effortless Style for Girls and Moms

November 24th, 2014



Okay, so here is the label when you want your girls to look good no matter who dresses them! Smokks was born from a need to have girls be dressed with no fuss and look pretty and be comfortable all at the same time.

And girls go crazy for these girly but easy to wear dresses made mainly from gorgeous Liberty prints. Oona absolutely loves her Winnie Dress (above middle) which we paired with some patched leggings so she can wear it even in this cold weather. Give her a dress with deep pockets that can twirl and has smocking or tucks or some kind of vintage feeling and she’s a happy camper!





These sweet Smokks are what’s in store for summer 2015.   A few of these would be all you need to keep your little girl going all summer.



And a great winter variation. This could go from very casual to bit dressy and layer up or down.


And of course, there is the Mom version so you can get the same Smokk or just mix ‘n match. Check out all the wonderful variations on the Smokks website. 

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J.Crew Crewcuts Spring 2015

November 21st, 2014



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



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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The Small Gatsby – Voyage Collection

November 18th, 2014




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


The Pirate Ship – Stickers 


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



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


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


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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