Martha’s Vineyard

July 28th, 2015

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I’m back. We just got back from our vacation on Martha’s Vineyard and as you may have noticed, this year, I took a break and completely unplugged. But I am glad to be back and full of new ideas so keep tuned. I blogged about the magic of Martha’s Vineyard in this post right here. And this time, I thought I would spoil you with random shots.

The girls have really come to love this place and look forward to our trip every year.

 

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Colored Sand DIY

July 17th, 2015

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This Colored Sand DIY is so easy. The girls always beg me to buy colored sand and I never knew what it actually was. Turns out it’s salt! Okay, so you’re probably thinking I’m daft that I didn’t know that until now, but well, we all have gaps in our knowledge. But seriously, the only thing you need for this craft is cheap salt, chalk and the jars. Get the full scoop on exactly how to make these right here.

 

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Caldecott Winner – The Adventures of Beekle

July 16th, 2015

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Here is our latest book pick: The Adventures of Beekle, The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat. And yes, he won the 2015 Caldecott Medal with this creation! (BTW, here is the complete list of Caldecott winners from 1938 to the present).This mystical story starts on an island in a far away land where an imaginary friend is born. He patiently waits his turn to be chosen by a real child, but after being overlooked time after time, he sets off on an incredible Odyssey to a busy city, where he eventually meets his perfect match and at long last, is christened, Beekle.

 

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Dan Santat melds classic storytelling with breathtaking art, to create a profound tale of friendship, and the courage to search for one’s place in the world. That part is what I think is so important for children in this quickly changing world.

Dan Santat is also the author/illustrator of Sidekicks and the winner of the Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators for Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World) by Mac Barnett. And this is the fellow  who is responsible for creating the Disney animated series, The Replacements. Dan lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, and a variety of pets.

If your appetite is whetted, you can purchase it right here, right now!

 

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Pitti Bimbo International Childrenswear Fair, 2015

July 15th, 2015

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Well, here it is. My rundown of the Pitti Bimbo International Childrenswear Tradeshow, 2015 which was a huge success. This 81st edition of Pitti Immagine Bimbo (Florence, 25-27 June 2015), the premier international childrenswear fair, finished up at Fortezza da Basso launching a message of confidence and energy for Italian and international kids fashion. The final attendance figures confirmed the high levels achieved a year ago: overall there were more than 5,600 buyers in attendance over the three days of the fair, making a total of 10,000 visitors.

I am sharing some of the most striking images to give you an idea of what it was like to be there!

 

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And the title theme this year was PITTICOLOR (below) and revolved around color and colors in which we are constantly immersed. The language of color is also one of the fundamental codes of kidswear. This project was curated by Oliviero Baldini.

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And now for some stunning images of the Pitti Color Party!

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Other themes were ITALIA WOW, (below) which focused on collections and brands that are of course, Italian.

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If Studio Ghibli Film Posters Were Made As Traditional Japanese Woodcuts

July 13th, 2015

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We are huge Ponyo fans at our place. And if you and your kids are fans of Studio Ghibli animated films also – then you might find these Studio Ghibli posters, which have been made as traditional Japanese woodcut prints, pretty amazing.

Inspired by legendary Japanese artists like Kawase Hasui and Hayao Miyazaki, illustrator Bill Mudron has come up with a series of posters that marries past and present art forms.

Using wood-cut techniques by Hasui, Mudron reimagined Miyazaki’s films with a different aesthetic, one that throws a traditional light on contemporary art. Among the Studio Ghibli’s films he illustrated are My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Porco Rosso, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Castle of Cagliostro.

‘I just happened to see ‘The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness’ last summer a week before getting my hands on a copy of a two-volume book about Kawase Hasui’, Mudron said in an interview with The Creators Project.

‘I was so blown away by the Studio Ghibli documentary that a lot of it was still swirling around in my brain when I sat down to pore over Hasui’s work, and so I thought trying to combine the aesthetics of both would be a fun experiment’.

 

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“Of all the Japanese print artists that I’ve seen, Hasui’s are definitely the most modern-looking—they often almost look like comic book art—and so marrying them to the aesthetics of a Miyazaki animated film wasn’t too hard,” Mudron says. He illustrates his prints entirely in Photoshop, constantly glancing between his screen, a stack of Studio Ghibli reference books, and the aforementioned two-volume book about Hasui. But getting the style down wasn’t his greatest challenge, he explains: “The roughest part was balancing the colors, weirdly enough.”

This experiment has obviously touched a chord, because Mudron’s online store has been swamped with orders. Here is his online store for the whole collection.

 

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Atlantis, The Bahamas – A Review

July 10th, 2015

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Summer is here and I’m dreaming full-time of all the place we want to go with the kids that I have been keeping under the lid all winter. That exciting surge of summer energy as well as my yearning for adventure peaks…as I’m sure yours does. Apart from going to Martha’s Vineyard last year, which I blogged about here, we really did do something that was on my bucket list. We went to Atlantis in the Bahamas! And I even blogged about an aspect of this experience over here on my other site.

The girls are dying to go back. Solène spent the entire time, (once she got over her fear) in a constant state of marvel. She kept turning around and seeing something new and saying, “Oh my goodness. Oh my goodness”!

 

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We went in very early September and it was still extremely hot. Loads of sunscreen is mandatory here in the Bahamas.

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What can I say? This place in beyond incredible. The biggest water amusement park in the world. And whole little cities of different types of rides. Very exciting and really thrilling. I was not expecting the whole experience to be so great actually. I was dreading the Disneyland aspect but somehow, it transcends that commercial feeling to be just pure fun.We went in the river rafting (above) every day. This river takes about 45 minutes to go around the whole park and has all level of waves. This was our favorite thing to do at Atlantis.

 

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There are so many types of pools, all over the place, that it’s hard to give you an idea of the vast variety and to do this place justice.

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The aquarium was beyond magnificent and like a bunch of huge rooms of fish. Just a small part of the aquarium here.

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The beaches at Atlantis are also pretty incredible, when you want a break from all the man-made amusements.

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And the fascinating thing is that storms appear out of nowhere. See the dark lines in the sky? It was pouring down in torrents a few minutes later!

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Atlantis is built on a huge reef and they have left it open so that sharks and manta rays can come and go as they please. Turtles too!

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Blue Lagoon Island

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On one of our days, we left Atlantis and took a boat to Blue Lagoon Island (where Gilligan’s Island was filmed and the latest Flipper movie) which is a great place to interact with dolphins. They also had a nice little lecture on how to act with the dolphins and to preserve the wildlife of the seas and oceans. The girls were thrilled to be in the water with Shawn, the dolphin and getting kisses from this cute guy, and feeding him.

 

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Clowning around with their friend who makes those baskets out of palm leaves.

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The girls loved the royal throne of Atlantis, which is right near the casino. The funny things is that you have to drag the kids through the casino to get to the water park.

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DIY Cloud Mobile

July 9th, 2015

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You can create a fabulous DIY Cloud Mobile with this simple tutorial & free pattern from Petit Poulou. There is a download of the pdf right here. It’s in French but pretty self explanatory and if you have questions, Fanny will answer them! And while you’re there, take a good look because there are other wonderful things on that site. I’ve spent all evening exploring.

 

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Baby Dior, Summer 2015 Collection

July 7th, 2015

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Baby Dior Summer 2015 Collection is a burst of color in crisp whites and blues and lollypop pinks and fire engine red. For the girls, the romanticism bursts from every luxury seam and the cuts are simple, classic and some pieces reminiscent of 1940’s movie stars. And the mood is very sophisticated. These little misses have social engagements and serious style business to attend to. For the boys, there is a nice mix of laid back graphic shirts under striking turquoise and toned down grey blazers as only Dior can do.

See the full collection here at Dior.

 

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Quick and Easy 4th of July Dessert

July 4th, 2015

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Since it’s already the 4th of July, I thought this quick and easy 4th of July Dessert might come in handy. And also, it’s super healthy. I love all of those decadent desserts but somehow this year, I’m going lean and mean. This patriotic fruit salad has just three ingredients:  blueberries, watermelon and strawberries. All you do is chop up the strawberries and cut out stars with the watermelon and throw the blueberries in.

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Now if you want to go for some of the more amazing 4th of July desserts, check this out.

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