I just had to publish this video on Bellissima Kids - a very stylish and upbeat history of the House of Chanel. And I can’t resist because when I was a young fashion design student, Coco Chanel was one of my idols. So much so that I named my first and second rundown student cars after her! Yep. Coco and Coco 2. And my years in Paris on top of it…
Here’s the synopsis: Immerse yourself in the street where it all began, la rue Cambon. Leave the black and white sobriety of the Haute Couture salon and enter the baroque world of Mademoiselle’s apartment. Then, indulge at the Ritz, before opening the door of 18, Place Vendôme to discover the world of Fine Jewelry. Finally, gaze upon the monumental theater of the CHANEL fashion shows: the Grand Palais.
Hope you enjoyed it.
Lace Crepes from Duhlicious
The girls just adore pancakes and I’m always trying to do something a little different to keep it fun. We made some Pumpkin Pancakes the other day for instance which were a big hit. And well, these Lace Pancakes look so pretty. I’ll definitely be whipping up some of these soon – I am sure to have willing hands to help.
Here a few to choose from!
What a lovely season Jottum Winter 2014 – 2015 is! This is one of my very favorite Dutch labels. The lyrical fantasy, and romance of this collection is in keeping with their trademark style. They have the usual antique prints and a nice blending of the modern gold and black and neutrals. And then the fairytale cottage theme (see matching bag below) just pulls at my heartstrings! For more of Jottum go to their site.
This is quite extraordinary. A giant interactive dinosaur based on a Muttaburrasaurus has been built in a playground in Melbourne, with the aim of the Medibank project to get youngsters out and exploring outside more. The Muttaburrassurus was discovered by a farmer in 1963 – stumbling across a fossilised skeleton near the Queensland town of Muttaburra. I used to live in Melbourne and they never had anything like this.
Here is a very original and extraordinary newish Polish label, Efvva. Ewa Wrobel-Hultqvist, the founder of Efvva designs unique, limited edition clothing and shoes for children from 3 months to 6 years. The clothes are all made from natural, high quality materials and are handmade in Poland.
Ewa grew up in an artistic family where design and art were omnipresent so when she had her own child she merged the three loves of her life: painting, design, and children together. Enter Efvva!
Her exquisite prints have a different theme each season and are inspired by different artists. This Fall/Winter 2014 season which is called Water is inspired by Hokusai Katsushika, a Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter and printmaker of the Edo period (1603 and 1868). So, not only are these clothes works of art, but we learn about art history and artists through them. And the photos are so dreamy and mythical as well.
Here is a wonderful, award winning kid’s photographer and family photographer, Tanya Alexis! We met Tanya this summer in New York while we were running our very first lemonade stand under the arches of Washington Square Park. She liked our lemonade and we liked her photos!
Although based in LA, Tanya, works in NYC from time to time. Take a look at all the wonderful shots where kids are kids, on her site.
And I have included a little interview with her about her process. Scroll down to read it!
We finally finished our Colored Beans, project! And the girls are having a ball playing with them. These sensory objects for play are very prevalent in the Waldorf schooling method. We are using these for sensory play and also to make art with. I will definitely post the artwork that we make from these later!
Please note that colored beans are a choking hazard and little kids sometimes think they are candy. So please be very careful.
Okay enough of the safety drill…Scroll down to see exactly how to make these!
I have to admit that I really appreciate wonderful crocheted toys and not the average art of crocheting but more specifically, Amigurumi which is the Japanese art of crocheting cuter than cute, little toys. And I love crocheted pieces of fruit. Don’t know why but I find them completely adorable. Check out the lovely Hipotastitch to see more of these.