March 11th, 2014
Mon Petit Atelier: This is the first season for designer, Ruby Giroux and what a strong entrée with the superior quality, expert treatment of fabrics and knits, original illustrative prints and direction of her brand. And oh, did I mention that the clothes are beautiful?! Definitely one to watch.
I’m back for a short follow-up to my rundown of Playtime New York. (Here is Playtime New York, Part 1)!
Axl: What a great, beautiful quality, bold and modern brand for babies (in organic cottons of course), that leave those baby blues in the dust forever.
My Moon: Unfortunately, I didn’t get any shots of the actual garments as the battery on my phone died, but I really wanted to include this fresh, pure newcomer from California. It’s a small capsule range to begin with but really wonderful in the choice of quality cottons and sophisticated comfort. This label has big things in its future.
Tocoto Vintage: This high quality and retro-inspired label (as the name suggests), hails from Barcelona and I covered them in a former Playtime New York report but I just love them and their put-together aesthetic and the way these high fashion clothes somehow are easy to wear.
March 10th, 2014
What a fantastic edition of Playtime New York this was! I visited on Saturday and was blown away as usual by the innovation, talent and beauty in this exciting industry called Children’s Fashion! And Playtime itself is really growing and developing. This was the biggest show yet. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us in the coming seasons!
And I have chosen some highlights of new labels or labels that are new to Playtime that I was particularly taken with! And there’s a bit of baby fashion too thrown in here! And I must say that I was really blown away by the number of fantastic, new French labels. The French are really taking the Kid’s Fashion world by storm.
Bonheur du Jour: What a great debut for these French fashion veterans who have just launched their ready-to-wear lifestyle label for kids! Just a beautiful blend of style and wearability and creative touches.
Degen: Now for some seriously gorgeous knitwear! Lindsay Degen went to Rhode Island School of Design and specialized in knits and boy, can you tell! Her knits are very intricate and artistic and all of the pieces are lovingly handmade by herself and her assistant.
Seam: And now for a homegrown label I have known for a while but really had to put a special mention in for, as the label that has developed the most in a great way! The designer Cindy Estes, has taken her chic Boho inspired label to new heights of originality and sweetness. Seam has also just added a brand new baby label in the same style of clothes that never need ironing and which are super comfortable to wear!
Wolf and Rita: A beautiful retro-inspired label from Portugal that is just crushing it with their sophisticated blend of daring fabrics and modern construction. Love the double collar on this metallic top!
Dot & Co Organics: Thought I really should represent some adorable clothing for our littlest kids! Great newcomer in organic baby fashions with on-point original prints and sweet blankets.
Blume: Lovely knits and avant-garde styles from this fairly new Parisian label
Aymara: This Belgian knitwear brand offers some really cute and beautifully constructed knitwear for babies and kids.
March 7th, 2014
I don’t know what is going on with me these days but I am super-focused on food! As you can see from the more-than-usual number of blog posts on food lately.
And today I came across this mouth-watering recipe for pizza using spaghetti squash for the crusts! I always love experimenting with alternatives to bread crust and this one looks like a winner. I found this on the great blog, A Beautiful Mess. Well, this pizza certainly falls into that category. Take a look at the recipe.
March 6th, 2014
We just had Solène’s birthday party this last Sunday and I wish that I had known about these rocking favor bags (or party bags as they say in England) because favor bags are something that I really put a lot of thought into. And something that takes way too much of my time as I am always looking for something a little original and something that bypasses all those plastic little toys and candy! And most of all, I really like to see that the kids LOVE their bag. That they take home a sweet memory of the party and something to go back to and delve into.
March 4th, 2014
Happy Semla Tuesday! Whether you like sweet treats or not, you have to admit that Swedish Semlas are cute. Don’t you agree? (Semla Tuesday is Shrove Tuesday in Sweden or Mardi Gras. They all are the day before Ash Wednesday, which is the beginning of Lent).
March 3rd, 2014
Look what Coral and Tusk, the label that has brought us adorable embroidered children’s furnishings and toys has done. They have partnered with Pollack to produce their first ever fabric line. And what a treat! The new patterns include a circus themed Toile de Jouy populated by rabbits and bulldogs and spunky seals, and folksy geometric stripes. And there are of course, their trademark native American feathers in there as well. Available at Pollack. And to see more of Coral and Tusk and their lovely cushions, toys, art and all sorts of other embroidered wonders, go to the Coral and Tusk website.
February 28th, 2014
Well, what a fabulous way to use paper plates. In fact, of all the paper crafts I’ve ever seen, I think that this is one has raised the ol’ paper plates to new heights. And the mix of the brown paper flowers with the various plate styles really works. This could make a very cool wall if you added some butterflies in there or even leaves. (The girls are crazy about butterflies these days). To get the full tutorial, head over to homeheartcraft.com. In fact, there are tons of cool crafts and DIY’s over there!
February 27th, 2014
Seriously. I am making these. In fact, I wish I had already made them and was about to get stuck into one right now! I don’t usually go for these highly rich, over-the-top, gimmicky American desserts but I think I have found an exception here. And I never thought I would be a fan of red velvet but it has grown on me lately after one too many excellent red velvet cupcakes here and there. So, what do we have here? Dense red velvet brownies layered with Oreo frosting, fudgy chocolate ganache, and topped with Oreos. You can find the whole recipe at Sally’s Baking Addiction. Need I say more?
February 26th, 2014
How cool is this? European affordable fashion chain C&A has devised a fun and kid-like catwalk called the Kidwalk. The Kidwalk is a very child-friendly way for C&A to show that the new children’s collection not only looks great but is perfect for playing too. I had been feeling that they should come up with more creative ways of kids being on the catwalk “et voila”! This collection should be available on their site very soon!