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Bobo Choses Spring/Summer 2017, A Legend Collection

March 28th, 2017

 

Each season BOBO CHOSES publishes a little book telling the story behind the collection. And this coming season, they launched the BOBO CHOSES Spring/Summer 2017 , A LEGEND Collection and petit book, or course!

 

This season, Bobo Choses charms us with the stories of famous sportsmen, like John McEnroe, one of the greatest tennis players ever, Dick Fosbury, an American retired high jumper who is considered one of the most influential athletes in the history of track and field; Gino Bartali, a champion road cyclist who was recognised as a Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem for his efforts to aid Jews during World War II; Moses Tanui, a former Kenyan long-distance runner, who won the gold medal over 10.000 meters in Tokyo, he was the first athlete to run a half marathon in less than one hour; the Jamaican national bobsleigh team, who debut in the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary, where they were seen as underdogs as they represented a tropical nation in a winter sport.

The theme is great sportspeople who shined with a different and special light of their own.

 

This inspiring and visual Bobo Choses Spring/Summer 2017, A Legend Collection features sportswear inspired silhouettes, in organic cotton, including vest tops, t-shirts, sweatshirts, dresses, midi length skirts and running shorts. And they include the quirky screen printed motifs, with flamingos and tennis racquets playing a starring role!

 

I’m enchanted at the way in which this label consistently weaves art, poetry and human achievement into childrenswear, elevating it to art.

Take a look at the very wearable art right here on the Bobo Choses website.

 

 

Photos by Bobo Choses – all rights reserved

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Original Zebra Rocker by Dinara Mirtalipova

March 20th, 2017

 

This is just such a sweet and original Zebra Rocker by Dinara MirtalipovaA lifelong doodler, Dinara Mirtalipova left her hometown of Tashkent, Uzbekistan to start a creative new life in Cleveland as an artist and designer. She’s developed an incredibly recognizable style of art and illustration that’s inspired by her family life, folk tales and her native Uzbek art and culture.

For a long time Dinara has been among illustrators and designers at American Greetings. She left her creative role at AG in February 2014  to pursue her ever growing freelance career and to start a new chapter as an independent designer.

Currently Dinara works from her home studio in Sagamore Hills, OH. She uses a wide range of materials and tools, like carving lino blocks, gouache, acrylics and many others. She has been working with many great brands, publishing companies and ad agencies and she is continuously looking forward to making new friends.

Take a look at her other wonderful work right here. She also has an online shop right here!

 


 
 

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Adorable Paper Plate Sewing Easter Chick Craft

March 13th, 2017

 

Okay, so it’s snowing outside and hard…so a bit difficult to imagine that Spring and Easter are just around the corner but they are! So, I am sharing this Adorable Paper Plate Sewing Easter Chick Craft from over at Red Ted Art!

The girls have been doing a lot of this kind of stitching lately from this Stitchables book that I blogged about earlier, so it’s a great idea to expand on this and make their own! They seem to not lose interest easily as the results are immediate and it’s not a longer term project like some of their knitting endeavors. And you can also do whatever you want with this. Maybe some smaller plates to make Easter Eggs as well as the chicks. Let us know if you make these with the kids. I always love to see the results on our Twitter or Facebook page!

 

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Cool Looks from Guess Kids Spring Summer 2017

March 10th, 2017

 Cool looks from Guess Kids Spring Summer 2017 kids line are in stores already. This is the brand’s first ever line to be launched globally and is quite vast with something for everyone.

 With a strong nautical theme, the first part of the collection features t-shirts and dresses in pop colors and graphics inspired by the 90’s fashion.

 The beachy, summer feeling continues with the Coachella Festival. Here the sources of inspiration are the boho-chic looks, as well as cactus flower prints and sun-infused colours. For the boys, classic, laid back denim and masculine floral prints. And there are some adorable Lord Fauntleroy inspired numbers there for the younger boys.

 The last part of the collection has a Cuban flavor, full of fun and playful pieces. Tropical fruits and flowers bloom in multi-coloured prints, with stripes, chequers and geometric patterns.


 

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3 Free, Top things to do with Kids in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

March 6th, 2017

State Capitol of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg

We are currently visiting our friends in Harrisburg Pennsylvania so have another of our 3, Free things to do with Kids posts in our series!

And so here is my 3 Free, Top things to do with Kids in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania installment.

So, here we go

First of all, the State Capitol in Harrisburg is unexpected and magnificent. It’s of course, free to visit and the kids have fun walking and running around in this large and European style complex even if they don’t completely appreciate the splendor. Designed by architect Joseph Huston, built and furnished at a cost of $13 million, the Capitol features paintings, stained glass and furnishings by some of the best artisans of the day. The building incorporates various Renaissance designs in some of its largest rooms: Italian in the House Chamber, French in the Senate Chamber, and English in the Governor’s Reception Room. It also reflects Greek, Roman and Victorian influences in its art and ornamentation. And there are free tours every half hour! http://www.pacapitol.com

 

 

Wildwood Park and Nature Centre. This is another gem on the outskirts of Harrisburg. A great place to bring the family for some quality time or a location for you to commune with nature. There are wonderful rambling trails around the lake that abounds with wildlife in a truly natural setting. There’s a nice library for the kids with activities like a costume bin full of animal costumes so they can dress up as their fave animal and imagine what it would be like. And if you are into birdwatching, this is the place! http://wildwoodlake.org

 

 

 National Civil War Museum. Okay, so I cheated for this. This is not free but I really wanted to sneak it in as it’s amazing and not expensive at all! This one was more for me than the kids but I think it was good for them, as the Civil War  is such an important part of American History. This museum is Smithsonian affiliated and does a very good job of helping us gain an understanding of the Civil War, its effect on the nation, and on the people.

Their emphasis is on “the human side” of the conflict.  There are over 24,000 items on  the common soldiers, men and women on the home front, and the experiences of African Americans.  The military artifacts encompass all aspects of soldiers’ experiences: from the personal equipage and weaponry of the War, to wounds, disease, prisoner-of-war experiences, and the emotional drain of the conflict. And most importantly, there is no bias towards either the Union or Confederate causes. The grounds and building are modern and well laid out. If you want the kids to understand the Civil War, this is a really good place to go! http://www.nationalcivilwarmuseum.org

 

 

 

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Amazing Stained Glass Craft

March 1st, 2017

 

Well, you might have noticed I’ve not been posting that much lately, because we are moving house! We are up to our ears in boxes but thought I would sneak a quick post in before I put my scissors and packing tape away for the day.

And I will be getting back to the usual number of posts very soon. In the meantime, I am dying to try this Amazing Stained Glass Craft with the girls as soon as we are all unpacked and back to normal. What’s so amazing about this is that the effect is from mere school glue and watercolors. It does take some patience for the drying time but totally worth it.

I found it on Mum in the Madhouse. Where you will find all the detailed instructions. Let me know how it turns out if you make this by commenting below!

 

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Playtime New York, February 2017 Highlights

February 23rd, 2017

Shaman Trend Space

Thank you to my friend Jennifer Cattaui of Babesta for contributing this story.

Fall Fashion Hits Playtime!

Another great season of Playtime, with over 180 vendors showing their FW2017 collections. Day 1, attendees braved the rain and cold to venture out to this bustling show. Pirouette blog’s Katie Kendrick kicked things off with the One to Watch Award for innovative new collection (limited to businesses 4 years and under). The prestigious awards were granted to Loopy Mango for exceptional design and Tia Cibani for exceptional fashion.

 

Frenchy Yummy

There were loads of new companies exhibiting – not only fashion but toys and décor as well! We loved Goose Grease and their wooden figures as well as Rookie Humans’ unique bedding. Swedish Garbo and Friends had gorgeous textiles and tableware and Haptic Lab showed their vibrant decorative ships.

 

Oaks of Acorn

Mouse in the House

The fashion was fresh and fun this season at Playtime. Who could forget the new pineapple print by Lulaland, the fringy lashes sweatshirt by Noe & Zoe, the tux for tots by Frenchy Yummy, the earthy collection that celebrated dreams by Little Creative Factory or the architectural separates by Motoreta?

Noe & Zoe

Art & Eden featured some great deer prints and Nununu showed a wide array of beautiful leather coats, while Oaks of Acorn debuted a bespoke print with a nod to the 80s. Andorine’s strong orange bomber jacket was a showstopper and the lightning bolt tie by Petit Patch gave us a chuckle.

Little Creative Factory

The sweet knits of Mouse in the House were nostalgic and memorable, dubbed “ethical heirloom.” While Raspberry Plum’s artful collection mixed color and geometric shapes in such a masterful way feeling positively avant-guarde, Omibia’s collection of soft, muted sweaters, dresses, pants and button down shirts told the classic story casual-dress-up-perfection.

Lulaland

Gardner and The Gang

The seminar topic this year was ‘Storytelling’ and there were so many stories to be told in the room. From Oeuf’s celebration story (mixed with some well placed girl-power), and Emile & Ida’s story of friendship & peace, illustrated by the friendships of a cat and a dog, and a vegan wolf and sheep. We loved how these happy stories underscore the value system and ethos of the brand. Upstairs our friends at Red Caribou told a different tale or friendship and goodbyes, drawing attention to the issue of climate change. Little Goodall always has a storytelling bent with their signature coats that are fun and whimsical – the unicorn feeling spot on this year.

Art & Eden

Andorine

Buyers came from all over the country, more geographically diverse than ever! All in all, it was a great show—spirits were high and selling was swift. The level of creativity and energy at Playtime New York is always palpable and this one was no exception.

Photos Courtesy of Playtime New York

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TWIN-SET by Simona Barbieri – Spring Summer Junior collection 2017

February 20th, 2017

 

It’s so great to see such lovely, airy, truly summery clothes by TWIN-SET by Simona Barbieri, in their gorgeous Summer 2017 Collection. The girl’s collection has the same easy flair as the women’s collection, and although not a mini-me rendition of the women’s line as per other brands, the sweeping and fluid lines are present and unmistakeable. The look is also unmistakably Italian fashion at it’s most effortless and confident. The tones are earthy, white and muted, and embroidery always plays a part in these collections. And then there is the funky, streetwear with faded denim and distressed motifs.

The TWIN-SET Simona Barbieri brand appeared on the Italian market in the early ’90s thanks of Simona Barbieri and the entrepreneurial flair of Tiziano Sgarbi. The brand gained a foothold in Italy and abroad, and year after year, they’ve grown into an ever richer and complete look, adding to their beginnings of just sweaters and knitwear, which  are all, by the way, produced entirely in Italy.

TWIN-SET also produces tailored garments, accessories, lingerie and resort wear, and a novelty denim collection.

Take a look at the full TWIN-SET Girl’s Spring Summer Junior collection 2017 right here. Also, take a look at the lovely campaign video below. Makes me wish summer were already here!

 

 

 


 

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Valentine’s Day Kid Friendly Dipped Pretzels

February 3rd, 2017

 

Now here is something very simple to make: Valentine’s Day Kid Friendly Dipped Pretzels! Yes, Valentine’s Day is almost here and if you are looking for something so easy to make that even the youngest kids can help with, here it is. Dipping is fun and there is so much you can do with the various sprinkles and the different colored chocolate dips. And if you want to be fancy, you can buy sweet bags at the craft store and they will look professional for gift giving.

Find out exactly how to make these beauties right here!

 

 

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