Stella McCartney Kids Fall Winter 2017

July 24th, 2017

The Stella McCartney Kids Fall Winter 2017 covers babies in ever so cute penguin costumes to cooler-than-cool tweens.

This collection has the customary Stella McCartney animals in the mix and is a real “Swan Song” with swans featured in all sorts of prints, motifs, colors and situations! The collection features splashes of red, which is big for this coming season, mountains and American League Football helmets.

Animal prints feature heavily  and the whole range has a cool 70’s vibe.

And of course, the Stella McCartney label is still committed to being a responsible, sustainable brand. Throughout the new collection for kids and adults they use innovative and recycled materials such as organic cotton, sustainably-sourced viscose, recycled nylon and cruelty-free Skin-Free-Skin.

In fact, the Winter 2017 campaign focuses on waste. It is expected that plastic production will triple by 2050 when the population explodes to almost 10 billion, so the company is using the range as a vehicle to raise awareness of the issues of waste and overconsumption.

The styles for the women’s range are fairly futuristic as you can see by the designs below. The video is also pretty interesting. You can view it here. 

And click here to see the entire Stella McCartney Kids Fall Winter 2017,

 

 

Monkind Organic Kidswear – Summer 2017

July 17th, 2017

 

MONKIND Organic Kidswear – Summer 2017 collection is loosely inspired by Captain Cook’s journal of his first voyage around the world and seeing a new world through children’s eyes. So adventurous and lofty.

Monkind is a family-run kid’s wear brand based in Berlin that uses exclusively locally-sourced organic materials. Sustainability is their focus in all stages of development. They produce in both their flagship StudioStore in Berlin and a network of small, family-run GOTS-certified production facilities in Lithuania, Poland and Portugal

The designer and brainchild of MONKIND is Valeria. She was born in the former Soviet Union into a professional artistic family and was taught the importance of aesthetics and good composition. She originally ran her own women’s wear label and was involved in countless collaborations with photographers for art and styling projects. When Valeria had her baby boy about five years ago, she naturally began to make clothes for him, which culminated in the kid’s wear label MONKIND!

Take a look at all they have to offer on the Monkind site.

 

 

Awesome Zhongshuge Bookstore, Chengdu, China

July 12th, 2017

The Zhongshuge Bookstore, Chengdu, China is nothing short of awesome.

Bookstore owner and book publisher Jin Hao in Shanghai has been passionate about bookstores for more than two decades since he quit his teaching job and opened his very first bookstore.

By 2010, his chain had grown to 21 stores but had major challenges with the fierce competition from online stores and digital publishing.

So he realized he had to reimagine and reinvent the concept of what a bookstore can be and how it can be innovative. And he enlisted Shanghai-based designer Li Xiang of XL-Muse to help him recreate the book buying experience and environment.   

 As a result, Jin Hao opened his first three Zhongshuge bookstores in Shanghai, each with its own style, them and character.

The next step was the 10,000 square-foot (930 Square metres) store in a busy shopping mall in Hangzhou which featured vast spaces, mirrored ceilings, whimsical shelving, nature-inspired quirkiness. 

And the results are amazing.

In this store, both the lecture hall and the children’s area have mirrored ceilings which make the spaces look much larger and also create a slightly mad upside-down experience.

The kids are treated to whimsical, massive mushrooms, shelving in the shape of pandas and bamboo forests they can imagine all sorts of adventures happening in. This  jungle feel creates an expression of the magic of books and of their power to change our lives for the better. 

We can only hope that the demise of incredible bookstores is going to be just a hiccup and that more inspired spaces like this start to pop up everywhere!

And just in case you are going to be in Chengdu, the Zhongshuge Bookstore is located at Jinhui E Street, Quhou Qu, Chengdu.

Sweet and Cool Organics – KidsCase Summer 2017

July 11th, 2017

 

Sweet and Cool organics from KidsCase Summer 2017 rangeThis collection has the base of the characteristic minimalist look that we have come to love and expect from Kidscase. Throughout the range is the soft feel of certified organic cotton in understated tones, complemented by bold prints and splashes of bright colors, with a nod to the 60’s. And unexpected stripes and neat looking cardigans in a cool summer knit.

Kidscase is a small, indie company, founded in 2000 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, by Jacqueline van Nieuwkerk (designer) and marketer Merel Verbrugge (sales & publicity). Their aim is to design collections that fit the lifestyle of individualistic and modern parents and their children.

They also design lovely accessories and home decor, like cushions, blankets, and the cutest little simple organic toys! 

Check them out at Kidscase.com.

 

 

Amelie et Sophie Simple Luxury From France and Poland

July 6th, 2017

 

What wonderfully simple, yet elegant style by new French Polish label,  Amelie et Sophie

With a mission to dress little girls in almost exclusively natural fibres and carefully selected fabrics, they have hit the right note! The collections are handmade in small European workshops to make sure that each piece is a combination of perfect quality and uniqueness.

This label is a symphony of  pure cashmere, all types of silk, cotton and the most delicate, soft and natural fabrics so girls can look great and feel comfortable. All of the designs have a flow and easeful style which lends itself to an easy, luxurious look.

They have a wonderful way with sleeves as in the Ange dress above which also comes in a beautiful Coral color as well as the exciting Adelia wide sleeved dress.

View the whole collection here on the Amelie et Sophie site.

Quick and Easy 4th of July Dipped Oreo Flag Cookies

July 3rd, 2017

 
Here’s a quick post for all of you fans of easy, last minute recipes! 4th of July Dipped Oreo Flag Cookies. They don’t require a long list of ingredients as you can see…and they look pretty good to me. The girls are going to be thrilled at yet another version of Oreo cookies.
Ingredients:
  • 12 OREO cookies
  • 1/2 cup white candy melts
  • 1/4 cup red candy melts
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable shortening or lard
  • Blue & White Star Sprinkles

Go right here to get the recipe and try them out!

And a very happy and beautiful 4th of July to you and your family  if you are celebrating! xoxo, jeanne

The Coolest Lace Doily Bowls

June 27th, 2017

 

Just found the Coolest Lace Doily Bowls. I’ve always liked lace doilies and wonder what else one can do with them apart from having them gather dust under knick knacks in grandma’s house!

So, here is a very easy craft to turn those doilies into functional pieces of art.

You just need these items:
Doilies
White glue or fabric hardener
– Water
– Food coloring or fabric dye (optional)
– Table salt
– Plastic wrap

Tools
Bowls for food coloring and glue mixture
– Glass or plastic bowls in different sizes and shapes – for shaping the doilies

If you want to make these, go to Apartment Therapy to see exactly how!

 

 

And you can also treat doilies in liquid porcelain and harden them in a kiln. I just saw this on Craft Forum and this women were part of exhibition in New York city gallery.

These Awesome LEGO Cat Sculptures are Perfect for Cat Lovers

June 20th, 2017

 

I got a real kick out of these Awesome LEGO Cat Sculptures. Not only are these great for cat lovers but also for people who can’t have pets in their apartment building. And also of course, for kids who want a cat, but for whatever reason, can’t have one. Obviously, these won’t be cuddly because they are well…plastic, but on the other hand, there will be no litter box, no cat hair all over the house and no cans of cat food!

 

 

These LEGO-inspired figurines that look like cats,  come from Hong Kong-based company JEKCA.  The pixelated sculptures are the same size as the average cat, measuring 1.6-feet high and come in different breeds and poses.

 

 

The toy kittens come in a kit that you put together, not unlike IKEA furniture! And then the kids or you can position them as a single sculpture or have kitty theatre productions and such. We are fans!

 

And if kitties aren’t your thing – yes, they have dogs too and believe it or not, parrots and fast food!

The cats sell for about $80US. Check out their whole collection right here at JEKCA.

 

The Coolest Summer Activity Books for Kids

June 14th, 2017

Here is our pick of the Coolest Summer Activity Books for Kids! We love summer and the freedom from a tight school schedule and we are pretty good about always having something fun and interesting to do. Yet there are times when activity books really come in handy. I’m sure there are other wonderful ones out, but it’s good to have a short and handy list at your fingertips when things get hairy.

I find activity books are great in the car and in those in-between times when the kiddos start to get restless. It’s true that the girls never complain of being bored, but it is nice to have them occupied when afternoon lag sets in after a busy summer morning.

So, here are the Coolest Summer Activity Books for Kids this season: 

1. Wreck this Journal by Keri Smith. We. Love. This. Book!! For anyone who’s ever had trouble starting, keeping, or finishing a journal or sketchbook, Wreck This Journal, is a subversive illustrated book that challenges readers to make mistakes to create a mess! And the best part is the wrecking part. What kid does not love destroying things?  I just love the irreverence and creativity of this book.Through a series of creative and quirky prompts, guerilla artist Keri Smith encourages journalers to engage in destructive acts—poking holes through pages, adding photos and defacing them, painting pages with coffee, coloring outside the lines, and more—in order to experience the true creative process. Wreck This Journal invites kids to wreck with color: mixing colors to make mud, letting chance dictate your color choice, weaving with brightly colored strips of paper, and more.

Here’s what peeps have to say about it:

“A conceptual artist and author luring kids into questioning the world and appreciating every smell, texture and mystery in it.” —Time Magazine

“Keri Smith may well be the self-help guru this DIY generation deserves.” —The Believer Buy Here.

2. Fill-Me-In by author/illustrator Moose Allain has very hip doodle illustrations.  Just a wonderful and interesting coloring book, and drawing pad. There is lots of space on the page and in the mind of the kids to do their own thing. Buy here. 

 

3. Amazed by Laurence King Publishing.This wonderfully illustrated and cleverly designed book leads the kids to help a lost boy to navigate cactus fields, caverns and treetops,  all in the form of ingenious mazes, on his odyssey to return to his friends. This book is a pleasant challenge, so will keep the older kids going for a while. Not for very young kiddos! Buy here. 

 

 

4.  Big Magic for Little Hands by Joshua Jay. Kids love magic. And they are intrigued at how to do it.  Joshua Jay, started doing magic when he was 7 and was named champion at the World Magic Seminar (the Olympics of magic) by the time he was 16. His Big Magic for Little Hands has 25 astonishing illusions for kids ages 7 and up. Kids love this! Buy here.

 

5. Go Photo by Alice Provjansky has 25 activities for kids who are young photographers. For some of these activities, you don’t even need an actual camera. Aimed at children between eight and twelve years old, this playful and fun collection of projects encourages young readers to use their imagination, get messy with materials and experiment in new and exciting ways. This is a very versatile activity book as the kids can do solo activities or group and they can be done anywhere. Some don’t even require a camera! Each project also features a series of pictures and handy tips to help guide the reader step-by-step, building a visual language and encouraging creativity as they go. A great book that goes far beyond the filling-in-time kind of activity book. We are huge fans! Buy here

If you have any fave summer activity books for kids of your own, please share them on the Bellissima kids Facebook Page! Or comment below.