Apanona – Kids Decor and Illustration

July 14th, 2014




My discovery for this week is Apanona the brainchild of  illustrator and a photographer, Laia Arriols based in Reus, a town near Barcelona in Spain. Mother of two girls, Laia is inspired by her childrens’ world, and tries to reflect it in her works. And I’d say she does a pretty good job, wouldn’t you? There is a certain quirkiness and understatement in these illustrations, yet some sort of super cool wink going on. Her posters, notebooks, and decals are available on her webshop and on L’affiche Moderne.
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DIY Friday: Pineapple Print Pillow

July 11th, 2014


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3 Gorgeous Carousel Toys

July 10th, 2014


Take a look at this wonderful laser-cut carousel lamp by Polish company, . Just the best lamp for a kid’s room. This assem­ble-it-yourself rotat­ing table lamp can also be painted to suit the room it’s in.
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Playologie – First Online B2B Trade Fair

July 8th, 2014


Here is a post for people in the rag trade and specifically in the Children’s fashion, maternity, decor sector. In this exclusive post, I am interviewing Sébastien de Hutten, (who is the CEO of Playtime, Children’s Trade shows) who together with his sister, Marie Czapska, (below) are the creators of  this new platform Playologie, which is the first online B2B trade fair the children’s/maternity universes. And what a great innovation. Scroll down to read the interview!
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I Love Gorgeous – Spring/Summer 2014

July 7th, 2014



I Love Gorgoeus Spring Summer 2014 brings us some Bollywood style! This collection is full of bright dresses reminiscent of colorful and bold saris, in jersey, silks and cottons. Just a really girly and wearable season. I really adore the juxtaposition of the super bright colors in the same garment like the pink and the reddish orange above. Check out the whole collection on their website.
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Macy’s July 4th Fireworks Display in New York City

July 3rd, 2014



Happy 4th of July! It’s here again. And there are of course, some really special things to do in New York City with the kids! But we all know that the fireworks display is the cat’s meow! This year, the 38th Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks makes its return to the East River and lights up the night from one of New York’s most famous landmarks—the Brooklyn Bridge! Here is the official site.

They will be held on the East River between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges, making Dumbo, Vinegar Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Williamsburg and Greenpoint the perfect spots to throw down a picnic blanket. Families may want to avoid South Street Seaport though (we hear Piers 15–17 will be closed).

Scroll down for Macy’s current viewing location recommendations but make sure you check the website again tomorrow for potential changes.


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Pitti Bimbo, 79th Edition Coverage – Kids Fashion for Spring 2015

July 2nd, 2014



Pitti Bimbo, 79, the largest children’s fashion trade show in the world,  just wrapped up a few days ago in Florence. Alas, I didn’t make it over there but will do so one day! And usually, I just post new trends and things that catch my eye, but this time, I am trying to give a really good idea of what it would have been like to actually be there. So, if you too missed out, then this might be the second best thing!

The theme as you can see, was Ping Pong and from what I can tell, with those enormous cards, Alice in Wonderland!

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5 Best Popsicle Recipes for Summer

July 1st, 2014


Spring Flower Bouquet Popsicles

Well, it’s truly summer! My favorite season. Now that the first week of summer has officially passed, we thought it was about time to start weighing in on popsicles. You know we have a thing for popsicles here on Bellissima such as these delectable Samoa Popsicles, or these Firecracker Ice Pops.  And these Flower popsicles above are really rocking my world right now!

Popsicles will always hold a special place in our hearts. There’s something unforgettable about holding those sticks in your hand as a kid and enjoying the cool sweetness of whatever flavor you chose that day. Well, I must say that popsicles have really reached a fine art since the days when we either just headed to the corner deli or made very simple juice popsicles to relieve those hot, sweltering days. And we are glad. Hope you enjoy these!
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Vogue’s Tour of Sarah Jessica Parker’s NYC Brownstone

June 30th, 2014

I just got wind of this interview that Vogue.com conducted with Sarah Jessica Parker in her lovely Greenwich Village brownstone. And it’s fitting, see that there is talk of SJP taking over Vogue. We actually live in the same area and we pass her home often, so I kind of feel like a voyeuse seeing what is actually on the inside. And surprise: her home is cozy and pretty down to earth looking, and Bohemian. Yes, we all want to move in!

But you have to really pay attention as this is a speed tour. Sarah Jessica Parker positively races through 73 questions that range from informative (her favorite food: Barbuto’s roast chicken-which I have had BTW) to quirky.

But I am much more interested in seeing her home than hearing the answers, I must admit. And so weird that she has a Ping-Pong table in the middle of the dining room because growing up, we had a Ping-Pong table in the middle of our dining room also. I thought we were the only ones who would do something like that. I am just wondering if she covers it with a big table cloth when there is a big family dinner and eats on it, like we did!

By the way, Kokoreç is a Turkish dish that’s made with lamb or goat intestines and offal. Yep. Pretty bizarre.

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