13.05.14 My weekend: Blogtacular and a photo walk in London

black telephone box London

London. One of my favourite places to be in the World. Who knew London had such gorgeous telephone boxes? I had never even noticed them until I took Xanthe’s Blogtacular photo walk in London workshop. What a gorgeous excuse to connect with others and take photos around the City for no other reason than because I wanted too.

blogtacular

We took balloons and Rosie Wonders amazing tattoos with us for fun. The studded door I shot around Old Bond Street was insanely fabulous.

Rosie Wonders Bird Tattoo

The whole weekend at Blogtacular was a warm and fuzzy explosion of inspiration. Amongst the many talented creatives, editors and photographers speaking about their work, lives and both educating and inspiring us to be better bloggers was  Natalie Lue, founder of Bambino Goodies, The uber talented Anne Ditmeyer of Pret a Voyager and Design Sponge fame , The beautiful and crazy busy Courtney Adamo from Babyccino Kids and Joy Cho from Oh Joy, who blew me away with her passion and determination to achieve just about everything she puts her mind to! There was even a virtual interview with Will aka Mr. Bright Baazar! I also met a whole bunch of new friends, made plans for projects and trips and found my love of taking photos for the sake of it again. (Thanks Xanthe!) All in all it was a pretty epic weekend.

 

 

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12.05.14 Chloe’s Beauty Bar in Essex.

Sally Kettle DJ @ Chloes Beauty Bar

I was recently invited to the launch of Chloe’s Beauty Bar in Essex. Love TOWIE or hate it,  design lovers of white would have appreciated the cool clean look of this space.
This LA inspired beauty bar is definitely a place of beauty in itself.  The cool white surroundings are both hip yet calming relaxing and i couldn’t fail to be seduced by the injections of glitter gold used in the lighting scheme and main bar to the back.

Chloe's Beauty Bar #white #gold #glitter

Gold Glitter lights

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07.05.14 Red Balloons for Ryan

I cannot find the right words. Sometimes there are no right words. Sometimes there is just a community of people all wishing, wanting and praying, sending love and light and peace to those desperately in need.

Every now and then something happens that makes me want to squeeze my babies so tight and never let them go. It grounds us, away from our activities, away from our media, our work and our distractions and remember that we need to make the most of this one and precious life. To shake the goodness out of every drop.

Yesterday i became aware that Jacqui from Baby Boy Bakery lost her son Ryan in a tragic accident.

In your busy day of working, shopping, kids and living today,  please stop for a moment to help his family by sending your love and prayers or by buying this tshirt designed by IndieNook.

Or share your messages for Baby Boy Bakery on twitter using #redballoonsforryan

Hope shines brightest in our darkest moments. Keep it rad little Ryan.

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06.05.14 Who dresses your kids? You or them? 5 tips for stubborn kids style

kitty's double sock combo

Sometimes you can tell, sometimes you just can’t. I’ve often heard that little boys don’t care what they wear as long as they are not dressing themselves. I’m sure that’s true for some of you and was certainly the case for my husband and his 3 brothers. It was all about the lazy option and how fast they could get outside to jump out of a tree or cover themselves in mud.

Seb however is definitely more choosy when it comes to outfits. He knows what’s comfy and he knows what you wear to a party. I have never sanctioned the use of general characters on T Shirts outside of pyjama wear but generally the odd vintage style Spiderman black Tee has passed through the net mainly because it’s cool and you have to give a bit, somewhere. Football tops are kept to a bare minimum and sometimes he just asks to be dressed to match his dad. Cute. I doubt that one will last much longer! He has learned his pickiness however not from his dad but his big sister.

Kitty from the age of 2 had definite ideas about what she did and did not want to wear. After dismissing about 90% of her wardrobe I decided that the only way to come out on top was as she grew out of her clothes, I would only replace them with things that could be universally worn with almost everything else and that everything I bought I loved. This then bred a wardrobe of grey, black, white and navy and denim with some colour highlights and print dresses. It was revolutionary.

From then she has developed her own style and consistently continues to make me smile with her choices. I’ve had to let go a little but its like our styles have merged and she has compromised too. She knows her colours and what works well and she loves to be a little different, to make up trends. Check out her double sock combo up top. #yousawitherefirst.

And hey, without even knowing it was Coachella season she finds this flower band from nowhere and decides it time to rock that vibe for a bit.

kitty style

I think if you are concerned about how they look you have to get ahead of the game. Start early. They can be picky very young!

My top tips for a style harmony with your kids

1. Eliminate bad choices

Ok, so Aunty Pam bought you that Skylander T-shirt in flourescent green. Yep, quickly make it a PJ top not a T-shirt. That way you will not have to endure him wearing it day in, day out…in the day at least! Either that or charity shop bad buys before they even realise they are gone. Yes some clothes do get lost in the wash you know…ahem.

2. Buy good basics

Don’t scrimp on badly made cheap basics. I love H & M and Gap for highstreet great basic styles which wash well. Stick to some neutral colours like black, grey, navy white and nudes for chic basics and add in some colours they suit which compliment such as pinks, purples  and greens or red. Kids need some colour.

3. Denim is your friend

Don’t just think jeans, but jackets, waistcoats and shorts can be super chic in denim and its hard wearing and easier to keep clean than most other fabrics. When you do buy jeans make sure you get a good cut. Skinny and straight fitting styles are more fashionable right now.

4. No more shoes from hell!

Tell the assistant after being measured not to bring any shoes out that light up/have diamonds/flowers/sparkles or free make up kits/whatever you don’t like! And guide their available options before they are even aware the full range of what’s available.

5. Let them live a little

I’m all about standing your ground when it comes to clothes but the go naked or wear what i want line cannot work every time. Look out for items you know they’ll love without being too tacky and give them a treat. Some batman T shirts can be cool. Have a little fun. Some fashions are never meant to last that long and the chances are they’ll grow out of it before you get a chance to despise it.

So do your kids dress themselves? And have you ever ‘accidentally lost’ something you didn’t like? Do you tell family and friends not to buy clothes or do they already know better?

I’d love to know!

T xo

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17.04.14 Mini Rodini Children’s bedding range

mini rodini home

mini rodini home

Thankfully we can trust Mini Rodini to bring us a new bedding range to offer us stylish parents a little more choice when it comes to picking anything more than plain white for the kids.
These organic and eco-friendly beddings and blankets will colour your home with a good conscience. I love the patchwork bunny/ski/bird prints. So adorable for a cool but eclectic interior for anyone wanting something that is as good for the environment and our children, as it is for their design kudos.

The collection is now available in Mini Rodini’s stores and on www.minirodini.com. Prices from €55.

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16.04.14 Travel: Hill House Norfolk

hill house norfolk

hill house norfolk

hill house norfolk

A weekend in Norfolk…with the kids. Six adults, 9 children. One word – LUXFUN!

So you have to understand the first thing I type when looking for anything is the word ‘luxury’. I don’t always want or need luxury but without it i seem to pull up the dregs of the internet. Hill House Norfolk however definitely is up there with the term ‘luxury family weekend’.

It’s not often you can rock up to a self catering rental to a giant sized cocktail glass of sweets in the hallway, bottle of champers, and a mountain of lemon meringue cupcakes in the kitchen just waiting for you. This was no ordinary weekend self catering accommodation.

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10.04.14 An Easter Centrepiece & A house tour to revisit

Easter  Display

It must be two years now since we shot Gill & Ian from Gregory Joinery Projects gorgeous Victorian mid century modern delight. I always remember this shot because of it’s simplicity and how sometimes that makes the best centrepiece. Pussy willow stems and Easter charms. If you missed their amazing house tour you can check it out here in full. It’s unmissable! Here’s a reminder!

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Gill & Ian house tour

Gill & Ian house tour

Photography by Louise Freeland

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08.04.14 Molly Meg Pop Up Store

Molly Meg pop up store

Have you managed to visit the Molly Meg pop up shop in Anthropolgie yet?

One of my favourite online stores has opened a pop up shop at Anthropologie on Kings Road until 27th April 2014. Filled with their modern and vintage home decoration, furniture, toys, gifts and party supplies selected from designers from around the world. For more of a detailed peek check out a post from their launch party I missed on Little Big Bell.

There will be Make-and-Do Workshops throughout the month. Each class costs £5 and all proceeds go to charity and kids need to be accompanied by an adult. I would love to make the animal brooches with Emma Cocker Saturday, 26th April. A chance to make your own Mr. Fox! (8 years +)

For more information or to book a workshop visit Molly Meg online or pop along to the shop at : The Gallery | 131-141 King’s Road | London, SW3 4PW

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31.03.14 Panda Party with beads!

panda cake

A panda party. She likes pandas. I like black and white. A panda cake is easy to make! She likes jewellery and making stuff. I like have 3 lovely ladies in my house from Artful Splodgers showing her friends who were unbelievably quiet and focused how to make 5 pieces of jewellery.

birthday party

panda balloon

bead bar

I mean who could not swoon a little over a bead bar in your kitchen?

panda cupcake

Yep. It’s the cutest cupcake in the history of the world. Thanks Louise!

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25.03.14 Oh to be Seven

Queen Kitty

snot girl

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carefree

Queen Kitty, so carefree, so filled with love and leadership. She loves to laugh, dance, sing and cuddle. She loves to be cool, to wear what she pleases, to tell her siblings what to do. Queen Kitty surrounded by her snot nosed helper, her shadow, her Lola. With so much love for her brother, they sleep in the same bed still sometimes…”as a treat because it’s Kitty’s birthday!” he says. I love her style, her tenacity, her confidence, her ability to create whole new worlds in her mind and then to relax enough to slob and watch TV and think that one day she could do that – that job they are doing .  Her vision, her annoyance already at 7 at the voice i do when i talk in a video. Do I even do another voice ? Apparently so.

I miss this place, this space to share and connect, to record. i think it’s time for some work to be done. Anyone want to see her panda jewellery party?

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