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.
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 Grove, Greene and Palmyra Townships, Pike 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:
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
I love these notebooks that the kids can weave and do needlepoint on.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Tattly Temporary Tattoos has just come out with their new children’s collection of Eric Carle’s, The Very Hungry Caterpillar set.
And apart from that, Tattly has a large range of other wonderful kids designs right here, including a Sesame Street collection. Kids go nuts for those!
Tattly is also of course a brand for adults as well. Check out their enormous and artistic range at http://tattly.com.
If you’ve been on Bellissima Kids for a while, you have probably picked up that I have quite a sweet tooth! Because most of the recipes on here are for desserts. And even though the girls and I cook many different things, we all love making desserts more than anything else. And this dessert is one that is probably almost too sweet for even myself… but I think I could venture to eat maybe one of these…okay two!
So, for all fellow sweet tooth owners, and (chocoholics), here you are. Salted Caramel Brownies. Here is the recipe which is of course, not very difficult at all. Comment below if you actually make these and let us know how they came out.
H&M Studio Collection, Kids Debut for AW 2016 is an exquisite and very strong start to a new endeavor for H&M! H&M has been producing their Studio Collection for Women and Men for a while and this first collection for Children was inspired by this season’s women’s Studio range. These Studio Collections come out twice a year and are limited edition.
The other inspirations for this kid’s range are folklore, Swedish fairytales and Alice in Wonderland and it all works beautifully. I’m smitten by the romantic blouses, folksy embroidery and romantic and quirky details with a huge dose of fantasy.
The fabrics are rich and textured: velvets with gold embroidery, leathers, cottons, lace… and color palette is white, black, red, blush, grays, muted blues and gold.
I have a feeling you will need to be in there early to get ahold of this collection. Here is the H&M site in your country to keep a look out.
Papinee is a collective for parents and children to story tell, bond and explore together. PAPINEE’s crafted toys, books, accessories & storytelling kits help parents go on a journey of imagination with their little ones all over the world, through interactive, instructional play.
These toys are made with short fiber fabrics that have reduced chances of stimulating allergies, and are very sturdy and made to withstand rugged play!
And Papinee has a social mission: ‘Give Together’, which focuses on bringing hope, inspiration and imagination to disadvantaged children and those challenged by illness across the globe. PATINE donates coloring kits to children in need, and they bridge PAPINEE ambassadors and volunteer storytellers to play, bond and explore with children who need it most.