Frida and Fauna – New Zealand Fashion

August 11th, 2017


I just came across this adorable home grown New Zealand brand, Frida and Fauna, which is the brainchild of New Zealand Fashion Designer/Artist, Sophia Gardiner.

Frida and Fauna produces artistic one-off, hand made designer garments and accessories for children and babies. The unique thing about this label is that everything is by commission and each garment is designed and made by Sophia herself.

Frida and Fauna began in 2012 as a sewing project to dress Sophia’s young daughter Frida in a style loved by Sophia and her husband, Artist Mikaere Gardiner. Since then, the label has grown into what it is today – an artistic and original label with loads of charm and creativity.

Take a look at all the gorgeous pieces on the Flora and Fauna website, and if you would like to commission a piece you can contact them here.

Minakani Wallpaper from Paris

August 1st, 2017


I’m crazy about Minakani Wallpaper from Paris! I love every single one of their designs and could see myself putting their art all over our apartment. The black and white animal print above is one of my faves.

Minakani has been around since 2005, and has been designing knockout wall designs that are fresh and unique with a focus on strong and simple designs.

Minakani creates several collections a year and takes part in many international fairs.
They’ve partnered over the last 10 years with leading fashion companies, luxury and sports labels.

They have personalized service and encourage a bespoke approach and commission projects.  You can contact them if you would like to work with Minakani or if you want to see their latest collection.

Check out their beautiful little shop below at 28 rue Etienne Dolet 75020 Paris. Also a video of their best work!




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



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.
  • 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:
White glue or fabric hardener
– Water
– Food coloring or fabric dye (optional)
– Table salt
– Plastic wrap

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.