NY NOW Gift Fair, 2014

August 20th, 2014

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The girls just loved these simple, natural wooden toys made right in the US from Tree Hopper Toys. The bots that stack in so many ways were the real winners. 

 

Call me crazy but I took the girls to their very first trade show with me. Yep. We hit the NY NOW gift fair yesterday and rocked it! And they were actually pretty good seeing that it was a stimulation explosion. They treated it like the best playdate ever, playing with every toy in site. And the exhibitors were all great about letting them have fun.

This fair is huge and there was so much to see, so we stuck with looking at only things relating to kids. And even that was an enormous selection. And here is just a very small selection of things that we really liked.

 

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What modern and fab things from Wolfum. The pieces are all made from wood that has been printed and then handcut. I’m a fan.

 

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It was so great to meet the people from Eco-Kids USA. We have been buying their art supplies for years as they were the only non-toxic paints and playdoughs for ages. They have really expanded their range of products with all sorts of wonderful things. 

 

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Okay, so this is a really blurry photo (hard to keep things steady with two kids in tow) but we were so thrilled to meet Adam Gamble, the author of all the Good Night books

 

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Now for a bit of fashion: A very good quality and simple cotton range with block prints from label, Muny. And that’s one of the adorable rage dolls from Snuggli Ugli sitting there!

 

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 I love toys that are super creative and here we have Yoxo! A very simple concept that lets kids build simple robots and cars and animals. And the connectors can be used to build an endless number of things.

 

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Solène getting stuck into this very simple and addictive toy (or lots of little toys) from ++ (that’s pronounced, “Plus, Plus”) made in Denmark. They are shapes that make endless designs. 

 

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Sweet, sweet baby bonnets from The Blueberry Hill.

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This ride-on toy from Dutch company Roomii was a huge hit. I could hardly drag them away from this. The great thing is that it’s also a toy chest.

 

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Here they are playing around with the very sweet non-toxic toys from Jack Rabbit Creations. These are for babies but the girls really liked them. 

 

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And last but not least, the girls went absolutely crazy over the Piggy Paints. And the fantastic thing is that these varnishes are completely non-toxic and odorless. What more could Moms want?

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3 Awesome Decorated Cakes

August 18th, 2014

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Here are some quite amazing cakes. I am completely enthralled by this Library Cake above by Kathy Knaus. I would love to see step-by-step photos of this one.

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Then there’s this super-colorful Melted Rainbow Cake. This one looks pretty easy and lets you unleash your inner Pollock!

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And one that I’m sure a lot of you will LOVE. A Harry Potter cake. The detail is pretty incredible.

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Beautiful Illustrations by Jen Corace

August 14th, 2014

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I’m always very excited to discover wonderful illustrators and Jen Corace’s work is a great example. A lot of her illustrations are of children and I love the  lyrical and dreamy world these children inhabit. Just magical!

Jen graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in illustration in 1996, and lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island. Her work ranges from monthly illustrations for the Portland Mercury, record cover design, web design and product design for her own site and small stores throughout the country. And recently, her first children’s book, “Little Pea“, written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, was published by Chronicle Books.

You can purchase her work right on her site!

 

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Dill & Kamille – Toys, Decor & Cookware

August 13th, 2014

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I have just found the most wonderful online store called Dill & Kamille. And there are some brick and mortar versions in Belgium and Holland (see photos below). They have the greatest wooden toys and probably some of the sweetest Back to School things I’ve seen. See the little worm ruler and robot pencil case below to understand what I’m talking about!

They also have charming cookware and cooking supplies for kids and adults. And really all sorts of beautiful things for the home and the prices are very reasonable.Take a look here.

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Time Out New York – Kids

August 12th, 2014

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It’s about time I plugged our fave resource for things to do in New York with kiddos! This is the latest Back to School issue that we just received. And even though this cover is not their usual cool cover (but a huge ad), we still think that this particular issue just rocks, because ahem, we are in it! See below. Yes, there we are in our clown, witch and Angelina Ballerina getups at last year’s Village Halloween Parade.  I was a bit taken aback when I turned the page and saw ourselves staring back at us! This is in a story for things to do this coming Halloween.

Scroll down for other particularly cool things to do in this issue…

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Marie-Chantal Summer Sale

August 11th, 2014

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Look who’s in Marie-Chantal?! And the great news is that these very dresses, cardigans and a lot of other pieces are all on sale right now.

Oona (below) absolutely loves her Boho, Paisley Maxi Dress  with very delicate pintucking and sweet ruffled neckline. It goes great with that Lime Cardigan. I’m a huge fan of having tons of little cardigans like that in various colors to go with anything.

As for little Solène (above), she is thrilled with her Neon Sundress with woven pink spots and I love that it’s lined. Again, teamed with a sweet cardigan in Mid Pink. 

All the boys’ clothes are also on sale, so head on over to Marie-Chantal to see what other lovely things you can nab!

 

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REK Bookcase by Reinier de Jong

August 8th, 2014

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We are absolutely obsessed with books over here and of course that means that we have books all over the place and even sometimes in the bookcase! And I am intrigued by this REK junior bookcase by Reinier de Jong, a Dutch designer who is well…ingenious. You can slide the five parts in or out and position them according to the space you need. It can grow with the child’s book collection.

REK jr. is made of poplar plywood. Poplar is very eco-friendly (from responsibly managed forests in Europe) and of course 100% biodegradable. The wood is finished with 100% organic linseed oil wax.

You can order one right here.

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ENK Children’s Club, August 2014 Highlights

August 7th, 2014

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Dimity Bourke, the fresh, new-ish Aussi brand has reinforced their lyrical identity this season and dished up a very sweet and wearable collection of high quality cotton dresses for day and princessy special occasion dresses.

 

It’s been such a busy week of trade shows. Here is a little taste of what I saw at ENK Children’s Club this week! It was as usual, enormous and so much to get through. But well worth the treasures that are to be found along the way.

 
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Playtime New York, August 2014 Highlights – Part 2

August 6th, 2014

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Okay, so here it is. Part 2 of my Playtime New York (children’s fashion trade show) highlights! If you missed Part 1, here it is.

 

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