Nunu for the Uber Modern Kid Fall/Winter 2016

September 28th, 2016

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Nununu is a breath of black and white air! And their Fall/Winter 2016 offers the same level of coolness as usual for the uber modern kid.

Nununu is the brainchild of two mom friends, Iris and Tali, who wanted to introduce kids to the wonderful mystery of minimalism, amidst a sea of fairies, cartoon animals and rainbow colors. And to prove that being a parent did not mean you had to stop being cool, or dress your kids in clothes that aren’t cool and that adults wouldn’t envy!

They began with the basics. black, grey, white, maybe a touch of color here and there and designed practical shapes that wore well and looked great. And it’s grown from there. The pieces are all super comfortable, play well and you can layer at will.

The Nununu philosophy and look is greatly loved by the celebrity set and I must say their kids look cool in these clothes and rather adorable.

 

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Debra Schoch Quirky Halloween Collectibles

September 26th, 2016

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We’ll, these are some very unusual and quirky Halloween Collectibles by Debra Schoch! Debra’s holiday-themed figurines are inspired by turn of the century books, toys, postcards, dolls or Deb’s imagination. And they are hand made by herself,

Debra is a self-taught artist, lifelong doodler, collector of old stuff, and even some new stuff.  Her holiday figurines are inspirational whimsical, primitive, folk art.  Her biggest influences were childhood books, colors, and holiday decorations, and usually pre-dating the vintage period all the way back to the bygone antique era.

She enjoys bringing a little joy, humor, and sweetness into people’s lives.

 

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Babyccino Shop Up Event in Brooklyn

September 19th, 2016

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The second Babyccino Shop up happened in Brooklyn these last couple of days and it was even more amazing and bigger than last year!

There was a lineup of lovely international vendors, and I was amongst the lucky bloggers today who was served a delectable breakfast spread of Blue Bottle coffee, Teapigs tea, Maison Kayser pastries, and The Doughnut Project doughnuts. And of course the lovely Mischievous Goddess showed up (and gave me some lovely handmade magic wands for the girls)! Also, really love my mini bouquet by Bloom That.

Courtney and Esther, of the Babyccino team were there, with Courtney sporting her little bump for baby number 5. So excited to see them.

This free event that is open to the public will be happening next year and hopefully for years to come. I’ll give the heads up beforehand so you can try and make it if you are in NYC!

 

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How to Make Poison Apples for Halloween

September 16th, 2016

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These Poison Apples for Halloween are completely stunning and look completely inedible but they are not! I’ve decided to start getting ideas for Halloween early this year. Unlike every other year, I would like to feel that it’s not all last minute and that we aren’t running out the door for all the festivities one minute after we’ve sorted out costumes!

In any case, the Poison Apples immediately caught my eye and I have to say, I don’t think I’ve seen these before, done so well with the actual branches and black/blue candy coating. If you want step by step on how to make these, go to Wannabite. There is even a video tutorial so you cannot fail at these!

Have a Bellissima weekend!

Jeanne xoxo

 

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Marie-Chantal Autumn Winter 2016

September 12th, 2016

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Marie-Chantal Autumn/Winter 2016, shot by photographer, Leva Urenceva, presents a classical and exquisite range in a nymph inhabited forest in the romantic style of previous Marie-Chantal’s shoots.

Inspired by Princess Marie-Chantal and her sisters childhood – magical and fantastic, it features exclusive prints designed in-house in their Notting Hill studio in London.

There are fine Scottish cashmere sweaters for boys, luxurious trademark silk party dresses for girls and delicate Liberty Prints prints are sprinkled throughout.  A palette of pinks, chocolates, winter reds and bursts of  blue add to the allure of this whimsical and nostalgic collection which is a tribute to precious memories from Marie-Chantal’s own childhood with her sisters. The meaning in this range is palpable and sentimental and is very wearable and playable.

Take a look at the entire collection on the Marie-Chantal site.

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Promised Land State Park – Poconos, Pennsylvania

September 7th, 2016

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We had an incredible mini-vacay over the Labor Day weekend and our first stop was spending a day at the breathtaking Promised Land National Park in the Poconos. (More later about where else we went after!) The lake here is amazing and the skyscape out of this world. We had a nice picnic and then spent the day relaxing on the lake beach. Solène even caught a tiny jellyfish,which is in that water bottle. We took it all the way home and are finding out what to feed it!

Promised Land State Park is in Blooming GroveGreene and Palmyra TownshipsPike County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. The approximately 3,000-acre (1,214 ha) park is mostly surrounded by Delaware State Forest.

And of course, I love finding out the history of places we go, so here’s a bit on Promised Land below:

 

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The name is an ironic commentary of the immigrant residents in the 18th and 19th centuries who had been dazzled by promotional promises of the supposed wonders of the land they were buying, reflecting their later disappointment.

Promised Land State Park was once the hunting grounds of the Lenape Indian tribe. Their land was part of the Province of Pennsylvania, established by King Charles II of England and under the leadership of William Penn. William Penn founded Pennsylvania as a colony where religious freedom was the foundation of its establishment. The Shakers, a religious sect, from England, migrated to the Thirteen Colonies and purchased some of the land in the Promised Land State Park area. They chose not to settle and instead sold off the land to lumbering operations that clear cut the land and sent the timber to the ship building docks in Philadelphia. The process of clear cutting the forests repeated itself several times until the land was acquired by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1902. The forestry department worked to re-establish the forests of the area. Promised Land State Park was opened to the public in 1905, becoming just the fourth state park in all of Pennsylvania.

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Fun With Stitchables

August 30th, 2016

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We just got our Fun with Stitchables and the girls are learning how to do basic stitches in a much easier and fun way than I ever did! Fun with Stitchables by artist, Suzy Altman, introduces young crafters to simple embroidery by way of quick and easy cross-stitch sewing card with punched holes for easy stitching. And there’s  a 16-page project book with instructions for designing their own unique stitching patterns and color combinations.

And the book has tons of ideas in the project gallery with examples of what the hand-stitched cards can become once they are complete: everything from ornaments to greeting cards! The stitching patterns taught in this book promote growth and development, hand-eye coordination, as and of course, creativity and imagination.

I can hardly to see what the girls do with their stitching projects!
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H&M Back to School Collection

August 29th, 2016

Well, I have been resisting posting Back to School stories as I just haven’t wanted to even think about summer ending! But the time has come to face reality and I’m beginning that with this pretty cool H&M Back to School Collection! The video is quite funny and cute and the theme of this collection is clearly a New York City back to school cooler than cool rapper kids delight.

The styles are all comfortable, hip and very wearable as you can tell by all the moves in the video, which is quite a testimony to the ability to play hard in these clothes.

Check out the whole range on the H&M site.

 

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NY Now Trade Show – Javits Center

August 25th, 2016

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This week I went to the NY NOW trade show at the Javits Centre and well, it’s so huge that I really concentrate on the kid’s section! And here is  just a small sampling of things that stood out. Even in the kid’s category, there were so many brands and products that my head was spinning. I must say that the innovation and invention with toys and gifts for kids is so exciting and I look forward to seeing these new ideas and products every year.

 

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The Kid Made Modern Booth was my fave. This brand of creative toys and crafts for kids is the brainchild of former fashion designer, Todd Oldham, who started this company with his renowned book below, entitled, yes you guessed it, “Kid Made Modern”! This book of 52 kid friendly projects just grew into a very robust range of products.

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I love these notebooks that the kids can weave and do needlepoint on.

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A newcomer that I was taken by is Little Miss Workbench. These wooden camera and cellphones are all handmade personally by the Mompreneur owner of this company! Very cute and simple and hours of imaginary play.

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Tree Hopper is another fave company of mine. They have lovely and creative wooden toys and some paper toys as well. They have come out with some really great stencil toys below.

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We’ve been buying Eco-kids craft materials and kits since the very beginning of this company. Everything is completely non-toxic and made from few ingredients.  The egg coloring kit is novel as when you have finished dying the eggs, they provide you with grass seeds to grow in the egg carton so you can recycle!

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Jack Rabbit Creations has wonderful, colorful, mainly wooden toys and they have this new range of irresistible vehicle toys with the little wooden people that go in them.

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Just discovered Lily & Momo who make the cutest and most interesting hair accessories ever. We are big on barrettes of course as most little girls are, but I wouldn’t be able to drag the girls away from these!

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And finally a solution to all of those kid’s drawings taped to walls! The Articulate Gallery has come up with these neat and modern frames where the works of art just get slotted in. And you can easily swap them around for variety.

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And I’m a sucker for wooden cars and Candylab is producing a very retro range which is not only for kids. These cars are being bought up by adults as well as display pieces.

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