August 28th, 2014
I have taken a little break from Bellissima as you can see. We were on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard this past week. We had a ball of course. And here is a mini-post of a place that the girls just adore: Murdick’s Fudge on Circuit Avenue. They sat and watched that handmade fudge being made as much as they possibly could.
I’ll be posting more of our trip soon!
August 20th, 2014
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.
August 18th, 2014
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.
August 14th, 2014
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!
August 13th, 2014
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.
August 12th, 2014
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…
August 11th, 2014
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!
August 8th, 2014
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.
August 7th, 2014
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.