Archive - 2012

25.12.12 Merry Christmas


17.12.12 Shoptalk: House of Allegra

Yuen Li decided she couldn’t go back to the Corporate world in London after having her daughter Allegra. After searching for individual clothes to suit her daughter and finding them not so freely available she started House of Allegra to offer a small but alternative collection of brands to offer an individual approach for children. Meeting Yuen in her home was an inspiration.  The daily balance of the working mum.

Yuen: House of Allegra is ever evolving. Keeping the website current is a full time job in itself and I often have items that are not available on the website which people contact me direct for. It was hard in the beginning. I had to do lots of research. It was basically a year of learning – taking photos, learning about all the legal stuff, copyright, photoshop, everything. I wanted to find premium brands but not too high end. I want to see items on trend, but not so much that it goes out of fashion easily. I started small but looked for the details that made a difference. It is what I see when I look for clothes. The little tiny something that makes an item special.

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07.12.12 Because their worth it: Your kids hair questions answered.

We loved making this hair series for you…now here’s your questions answered by our expert stylist Siobhan. Go forth and be hairtastic with your kids this weekend!

Question: I have been told to make a bun for my daughters dance exam and they suggested using a doughnut ring. Help?!

Question: what do i do about nits? They seem to never completely go away.

First things first, if your child has never had nits be prepared. Read this and buy yourself everything you need before you discover them. Then there’s no risk of a late night dash to the pharmacy in an emergency the day before Christmas/your brothers wedding etc…(fill in your own important occasion you really don’t want to discover them un prepared!)

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03.12.12 My Room : Ella age 5

Ella is 5 and lives with her Interior designer mum, dad, big brother Joseph and Lottie the dog. If you’ve been paying attention, she’s the final part of our Green family house tour and as they say ‘last but not least’.  It’s a dreamy space with the emphasis on a lot of off white to combat the pink bits, some pretty fairy lights and interesting ornaments and of course when you have a beautiful fireplace with tall ceilings and windows it finishes off any room perfectly. If only we could all live in a room like Ella’s the world might be a lovelier place to hang out.

I love purple, pink and red like my favourite toys, bunny and Minnie. I have lots of bunny rabbits in my room. The one by the tea set is a light and the mask i made with my friend when I went to the Lollibop festival.

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03.12.12 It won’t last forever

So while some of you are enjoying the run up to Christmas and the cold crisp weather others are mourning the loss of their homes in floods and freak weather that we have been having around Great Britain and the World. I do feel glum when the sun doesn’t shine so this is for all of you who feel the same. Isn’t it just beautiful?!

“Cold short dark days, it helps to have a reminder that they won’t last forever…….”

Photograph by Louise Freeland. Check out her new blog here.

This photo also reminds me that youth doesn’t last forever. These children grow up so fast. Do one thing today and take a snapshot/photo/instagram of someone you love.  In 5 years time you’ll thank me for the memory…maybe!


29.11.12 Out & About: Visit Santa!

No Christmas is complete without a visit to Santa. Yes, it might only be November but competition to meet the big man is fierce! Often the big London stores sell out months in advance! If you want to avoid a last minute scramble to your local shopping centre, read our round up of some of the more inspiring places to see him outside of central London… And get it booked!

1. Santa’s Spectacular Grotto & Festive Farm, Willows Farm Village, St Albans, Hertfordshire  2. Santa’s Cellar Grotto, Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking, Surrey  3. Santa Land, Wookey Hole Caves, Somerset 4. Santa’s Grotto at Kew Gardens  5.Santa’s Grotto at the Reindeer Centre, Nr Ashford, Kent,   6.  Santa’s Magical Journey, Thursford, Norfolk.

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27.11.12 Present ideas for kids? A Most Curious Kids Fair…

Want to find presents without buying more junk? If you are near London or Norwich you’re in luck! Bad luck if you missed the Brighton one last weekend.

The Most Curious exhibitions started as the vintage events, hire and style company ‘A Most Curious Party’ in 2009, and was founded by vintage enthusiast and assistant editor and stylist on interior design magazine, idfx, Becky Hoh-Hale.

Since then it has grown in different directions. A baby fair started – now kids fair and she also runs vintage wedding fairs too. Check out the facebook page to see some of the sellers. It looks like it is going to be an amazing event. Fingers crossed I can palm off some…(any of my children?!) although there is going to be a father Christmas GROTTO complete with Vintage style toys! I hope to see you there on Sunday!

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26.11.12 My Room: Joseph age 7

Meet Joseph aged 7.  He’s a boy with a love of… well stuff that boys often like. Cartoons, cars and karate. He lives with his sister Ella, dog Lottie and his parents in this beautiful 1930’s renovation. While his room offers everything a 7 year old may need, really he just can’t wait until he gets to take over the playroom den on the top floor! (That’s when his mum plans to create a boys den dreams are made of!) Who’s his mum? The talented and stylish Interior designer Laura Green.

I like my room and all my stuff but my favourite things at the moment are playing on my mum’s ipad and on my DS. I don’t always play in here because we have the den on the top floor. I usually go there in the morning before school to play when i wake up (about 6.30am). Up there we have all the rest of our toys and a football table and our TV. It’s where we go to hang out and watch films together.

I made this dinosaur at home. I enjoy making things like this.

I’m a yellow belt in Karate and I like superhero’s especially Spiderman.

And my drums are my favourite too!

I’ve got a lot of books. I love Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl and my second favourite is probably The Story House by Vivian French.

Photography by Vicky Holmes

Check out the rest of his house and the den here.

NEXT MONDAY: Ella’s room! A room that dreams are really made of. Don’t miss it!

23.11.12 because they’re worth it: Kids hair guide for long hair

Long hair can be fun and beautiful if kept in good condition. It can also be kind of boring when they wear the same old ponytail everyday. Here’s a few ideas to zhush up your hair repertoire!

option one: Straight – curl  or curl to straight.

If they’ve got straight hair, they’ll like curls for a change and if they have curly hair no doubt at some point they’ll love you to straighten it. As long as it’s not done too often it’s a fun change that doesn’t require much skill. Think about adding a heat spray to protect their hair first if using heated curlers or straighteners.

Option three: the fish plait

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23.11.12 The Chalk Diaries: Thanksgiving

I’m British so Thanksgiving doesn’t mean much to me but a big shout out to all you celebrating with turkey. I’m loving the excuse to eat two massive Christmas style dinners only a month apart. I’m all over that!

Today there’s no turkey for me but I am still thankful.

For these three miracles of life.

Yep even when they are naughty. Because when they do stuff that makes me want to scream i remember how lucky they are that they are able to walk, talk and use a crayon in the first place. There’s nothing like seeing someone else’s child brain damaged or in a wheelchair to make you shut your mouth and just be thankful.

And for this one. Especially this one who helped make the 3 critters in the first shot . His shoulder surgery yesterday was ‘uneventful’ and may I say a hallelujah to that.


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