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Gucci Kids Has New Look for Spring 2016

January 11th, 2016



I’m really excited with Gucci Kids new look for Spring 2016. It’s rich, vibrant and daring and there’s a style to suit most occasions.

This collection mirrors the adult line and has a nostalgic edge mixed with an ultra current day energy. And there is a huge Downton Abbey type influence going on as well. Some of these patterns, cuts and fabrics could definitely be found in the drawing room of Lady Grantham!
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Creamy Stovetop Mac ‘n Cheese

January 8th, 2016


Winter finally arrived in NYC these last couple of weeks. And this Creamy Stovetop Mac ‘n Cheese is just the kind of comfort food I have been compelled to rustle up these days. I’m not a winter babe at all, but it’s sweet to hibernate and eat heartier foods. And this recipe takes a few minutes to make, so right up my alley. It contains two types of cheese, and some cream, butter and that’s pretty much it, apart from the macaroni.

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Galette des Rois for the Epiphany

January 6th, 2016



We got our lovely “Galette des Rois” (Cake of the Kings) today for the feast of the Epiphany. I’ve been celebrating the Epiphany in this way since my days of living in Paris and have been so happy to pass this tradition on to the girls. They look forward to it every year and we seem have quite a few patisseries in New York who make these now. We got ours from Maison Kayser on Bleecker Street this year.
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James Vincent Design Co. – Ethical Clothing

January 5th, 2016



Sarah Samere is the designer behind James Vincent Design Co. Lovely, great quality, ethical, handmade clothes are what this stay at home mom produces. The fabrics are all toned down in hue, with simple and wearable cuts. There is something very refreshing about this whole line.
All items hand cut & sewn in the US by Sarah who is a graduate of the Art Institute;
She was a featured finalist in the Martha Stewart American Made Awards 2014 and this company was  named after her father:  James Vincent Samere. What a lovely homage.

You can visit her site right here.

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The Daub Creative Workbook

January 4th, 2016




The Daub Creative Workbook for kids happened when David Bennett’s son had a stay at the King’s College Hospital in London in 2013. The British branding agency director began thinking about how he and the creative industry could help children in hospital wards, and how to thank the staff who had helped his son and family. The idea of a “Creative Workbook” was conceived: something to occupy kids’ minds and imaginations while stuck in a place that can be scary, foreign, and boring.
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Seaglass Carousel – Battery Park, NYC

January 1st, 2016


Well, we finally made it to Seaglass Carousel at Battery Park yesterday! We had been cycling past the construction of this very beautiful and most unusual carousel all during summer and it finally opened a couple of months ago. Solène was the lucky one who got to try it out first.


Here is the story of how this carousel was born:
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Origanid – Origami Cubby Houses

December 30th, 2015



These Origanid Cubby Houses use the Japanese art of Origami, which consists in folding paper to obtain shapes and figures are genius.

Toy houses, cubbies and shelters and teepees are all the rage but these are the most unique ones I’ve seen yet.

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Wanderlust – Montana Magica Lodge, Los Rios Chile

December 28th, 2015



It must be the time I’m having off for the holidays because I have been struck by a huge Wanderlust and just came across this Montana Magica Lodge in Los Rios Chile…and want to go there, as well as many other places, right now!

Deep in southern Chile lies the Montana Magica Lodge. This extraordinary hotel is hidden away in the centre of a 300,000-acre private nature reserve. The strange volcano-like building spews water instead of lava every day. And it has welcoming windows that look like they belong in The Hobbit, adorned with moss and vines.

If you stay here at this extraordinary hotel I must warn you, the only way in is by balancing on a swinging rope bridge!
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Merry Christmas!

December 25th, 2015



Merry, Merry Christmas to all who celebrate! And we wish you much love, peace and fulfillment in the New Year from our house to yours!

We finally got our tree up yesterday and it’s the largest one we have ever had. The girls are so excited – they laid out a plate of cookies and mince tarts for Santa and made sure he knows it for him…just in case he missed it. I almost wish they could believe in Santa all their lives as it makes them so happy.

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