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Tough Cookie: Beautiful Handmade Shoes and Baby Accessories

17 Dec

Tough Cookie

I can’t believe how many gems you can discover over the Instagram. Just yesterday I came across this Etsy boutique called Tough Cookie from Netherlands founded only two months ago by Yvonne. She and her boyfriend Daniel make the most darling baby goodies my eyes have seen in a long, long time.

They started out with a couple of pairs of leather moccs for her baby daughter Noëlle and they loved the work so much they decided to open up a boutique, which is now full of things like Crochet Hats, Leather Shoes and the cutest Leather Headpieces (I mean how cool is this leather feather headband?) all made by their own hands! How amazing?
 

Handcrafted Kids Footwear from Chapter 2

1 Dec

Chapter 2_1

If there is anything I love to shop for (besides toys) it’s bags and shoes and I don’t mind spending a few dimes more on those two. I always felt good shoes are the most important part of the wardrobe for both kids and adults.

Chapter 2_2

I found out about Chapter 2 via Bayccino Kids and it was love at first sight. It’s a completely new shoe brand for kids, established by a husband and wife duo and this is their very first collection. Fay is the designer and her husband Tom is the one that hand makes all the shoes in their very own in-house workshop in London! Isn’t that just the coolest thing you’ve heard? I wish my husband an I had such talents.

Since all of their shoes are handcrafted, their stock is very (very!) limited – all models come in one per size and when they’re gone, they are GONE!

Chapter

Tila has been asking me to buy her matching boots for such a long time now and the Balmoral look a lot like mine (just like about one hundred times cooler) but I have been thinking about getting them for her a few moments too long and now her size is gone! Gone (sob!)! Lesson learned!
 

Black Friday SALE at Elias and Grace!

28 Nov

Elias & Grace BFS

Do you know Elias&Grace (only one of the best online boutiques) already? If not, now is the perfect time to meet them. They decided to celebrate the Black Friday SALE with a 30% off on all of their AW14 season range and with a whooping (up to) 70% off on all reduced past season products!

They stock the most amazing kids brands like Bonton, Album di Famiglia, April Showers, Fub, Imps&Elfs, Soft Gallery, Bonpoint Emile et Ida, Pépé, Pom d’Api…  do I need to go on? Oh and one of my favorites – their very own Miller!

Sale only lasts only until the end of today so chop chop!
 

Kale and Kindred: Cool Kids Clothes Re-Crafted From old Clothes

19 Nov

Kallio

I love how people are coming up with cool new ideas for recycling different things. Even clothes.

Kallio2

Kallio

There is Kallio, a New York-based brand ran by talented Karina Kallio who takes old men’s shirts and re-crafts them into effortlessly cool one-of-a-kind kids pieces.

She came up with this genius idea after seeing first-hand how much waste we’re creating with old clothes. Each of her designs is handcrafted in her small Brooklyn Studio with high quality materials.

Thanks to Kickstarter supporters they’ve recently managed to raise enough funds to open up their very first Kallio workshop studio in Brooklyn soon.

Kindred

Then there is Kindred, founded by Simone and Heike and also based in New York. Their unique ready-made outfits for kids are made from repurposed, vintage and organic fabrics but they also make custom pieces out of your family’s own treasured garments or cloths. How cool is that?
Kindred Sketches

You simply choose you favorite design from their lovely sketches, send them the fabric and within four weeks you’ll receive your new custom-made family heirloom. I’d love to have the balloon Romper made from one of my husbands shirts. And the Pretty Smock for Tila
 

Le Petit Germain

13 Nov

Le Petit Germain
Here they are, the knits again. I came across an Instagram account under the name OhConfetti from Delphine, a French mama posting the most adorable photos of her baby boy Léon. You have to see it – she has the most amazing taste I’ve seen in a long time and you’ll want to have everything you see on little Léon!

One of the many things that ended up in my bookmarks thanks to Delphine is this French brand Le Petit Germain. Do you know it already? I could swear I heard about it before but I’m not sure where.

Le Petit Germain

Anyhow, they have the most amahzing range of knits and 100% cotton clothes for babies and kids between 0 and 10 years. Their knits are made of 10% cashmere and soft wool mix. And their colors are just perfect for this time of year – I love these muted, earthy tones that go so well with everything.

The site is only in French for now but they send Worldwide
 

WOW! Collégien Tights and Socks

10 Nov

Collégien

We’re huge fans of Collégien at our house; we all own at least a pair except for the papa – sadly his feet are far too huge for them. But Tila is their devoted customer ever since her very first pair (about 3.5 years ago). Even we buy slippers from another brand we always have to have at least a pair of Collégiens as well. Have you seen their latest designs of slipper socks? Oh-my-dear! I have to stop visiting their site so often…

Collégien Sock Slippers

Collégien Sock Slippers

A few years ago they have also added a range of tights and socks. I’m not even going to start on their delicious colors that go so well with any kind of clothes but the material and the design are just out of this world.

Collégien Tights

Collégien Tights

Collégien Tights

Their ribbed tights are made of long-fiber Egyptian cotton and a tiny bit of Lycra, which makes them super soft and incredible comfy. And the features I love the most are the elasticated waist that makes the tights actually stay up even during the active play, which we tested, and the comfortable toes seams. Does only my girl complain over them? We had to get rid of almost all of the high street brand tights but these don’t bother her at all! She didn’t even have to fix it or anything (which she usually does). These must be the best tights on the market. Even papa was impressed – with the tights! And you can just imagine how much he gives a damn about girl tights usually.

Collégien Knee Socks

I also love the socks. The material is the same as the tights and these are the second pair baby T can’t take off (so easily). They hold on really well and don’t stretch out at all during the day!
 

Cute Indoor Ballerinas from Pèpè at I Adore Little Feet

31 Oct

PèpèBallerinas

I wrote about this adorable online shoe boutique called I Adore Little Feet here already but there is something you need to see, especially if you have a little girl at home. How crazy cute are these Indoor Ballerinas from Pèpè they just added to their already gorgeous range? I’m so sad to see they only have them in sizes up to EU 30, Tila would die for a pair but she’s already a size 32 – soon we’ll be able to share shoes!
What I love about Pèpè shoes (besides being one of the most quality shoes on the market) is that they are wider than most of kids shoes. I often have problems finding the right shoes for my girl just because they are too narrow, especially the Mary Janes she loves so much. I think I want Talan to have a pair of Pèpè’s for his first shoes.
 

Tootsa MacGinty Cushions

28 Oct

Tootsa MacGinty Tapestry Cushions

I have always loved the super cute animal Knit Jumpers and Tops from Tootsa MacGinty and now they have also added the most darling line cushions I’ve seen! The Tapestry cushions are a product of collaboration with Valvy Lévy-Debussy, a talented textile designer from France where each cushion is also handcrafted by order so it takes a few days to dispatch. Each costs £90 (ca. €115)

Cashmere Cushions Tootsa Macginty

Then there is also a limited Christmas edition of gorgeous cashmere and wool blend cushions that come with high quality duck feather inserts. Each costs £45 (ca. €57)

Ps. How cute are the Panda and Bear baseball T-shirts? I need them for Talan!
 

The New Collection from Piupia: As Cute as Can be!

21 Oct

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Piupia Talan

Have you seen Piupia’s the latest collection? I’ve been their fan since their first one but their current pieces are just ridiculous! Ridiculously cute I mean. Talan received this super darling Rain Jumper and the matching Rain Hat and I would make him wear them all the time if I could or if he wouldn’t be drooling all over his clothes like a… well… a baby! But he needs more. Ok, I do. For him.

Piupia AW14

Something like their Furry Leggings (in ALL four colors). And they also have the most adorable Animal Bodysuits to match those cute Leggings. Now, I just realized my poor baby boy doesn’t own a Layered Onesie and the temperatures are dropping all the way down to 8°C this week (!) so he needs something as cute warm as this, right?

Piupia Bear Dress

Do you have a baby girl? Try to look away from these two Bear Dresses! They almost make me want to dress Talan up in one. Would that make me a bad mother? If I made sure he’d never find out I did it?

If you don’t know about Piupia already you should know that all their garments are made from 100% organic cotton and produced under high quality standards and with locally produced materials to ensure only the best and the most gentle for your baby’s delicate skin. The brand is based in London and all the cute graphics are made by Claudia Carvalho, the owner of Piupia
 

Smart Bamboo One-Piece from Panda and the Sparrow

15 Oct

Panda and the Sparrow Baby Grow

Didn’t I just say that baby Talan has enough of pajamas for a while? Well apparently he needed just one more pair! But I just couldn’t resist this one from Panda and the Sparrow for a few good reasons. For a start it’s made of bamboo and organic cotton that make this sweet one-piece super light, breathable, soft and thermo regulating.

Panda and the Sparrow

And what I love about it the most are the super smart fold-back hands and cuffs that can be slipped over and cover those tiny hands and feet which is such a handy feature especially during the upcoming cold winter nights and especially if you have a baby that pulls off all the socks like mine does!

Plus you get some extra months of wear if your baby starts to outgrow the length of the footies (that must be the reason why they’re called Baby Grows). And the mitten feature is an absolute must-have for the newborns since these must be the only kinds of mittens in the world that are impossible for babies to take off.

ps. Isn’t this colour combination just the coolest one you’ve seen? It kind of reminds me of the footies from the 80′s
 

Winter Jackets from Imps & Elfs Half Off at Cup of Milk!

10 Oct

Imps & Elfs Jacket Talan

I’ve been on the hunt for a warm jacket for Talan and finally decided on this one from Imps&Elfs. It’s super light but since it’s filled with down feather it is also very warm. I wanted in their last year’s green and I have found it on sale in this darling online boutique from Italy called Cup of Milk (you have to see the photos of their store on Instagram!).

They still have a few jackets left in green and orange (the colors on their photos don’t really match but you can see the green one on the photo above and the orange looks more like this one). They are currently half off (now €39.50) and there are many sizes between 68 and 152 still left.

The only part I was not crazy about is their shipping rates for countries outside Italy since it costs €15 but the jacket came in two days so that kind of justifies it.
 

BAM! Nadadelazos AW14 Collection

7 Oct

Nadadelazos AW14 BJ

Oh I have such a soft spot for Nadadelazos, the Spanish kids brand around since 2011! I’ve been their number one fan since their very first collection. After a year-long pause last year they came back with a bang this spring and yet again they managed to outdo themselves! Their new AW14 collection is more gorgeous than ever! I love how effortlessly cool their pieces look and how easy it is to mix and match them with just about anything. And don’t even get me started on their extremely comfortable designs!

Nadadelazos AW14 BJ2

What I also love about their pieces is that you can easily buy them a size larger and simply roll up jumper sleeves or pant legs and extend the life on clothes this way without compromising on the style!

One of my favorite brands for sure and I bet you feel the same
 

Who doesn’t love the Knits?

6 Oct

BabyDEGEN

I’m not much of a winter person. I get cold really fast and then I dress so much that I can hardly bend my knees and elbows under all those layers so I look like a penguin when walking – just imagine me trying to sit down!
But there are some things that make me almost look forward to that time of the year. Like roasted chestnuts, Christmas of course, playing in the snow and all those gorgeous knits! I love everything knitted and I wish I knew how to do it. Maybe I should find out if there are some knitting classes nearby. But until I do I’ll just stick to my own talents and let people that actually know what they’re doing do it. I have a huge crush on three brands selling knitted delights:

BabyDEGEN is a brainchild of a super talented designer Lindsay Degen. She can handle those knitting needles from as early as since she was three (yes, this is not a typo!) and after the launch of her first adult line of sweaters, leggings and shoes in 2012 the success was so huge that she had no choice but to embark on a baby line as well. And here it is, baby DEGEN!
This must be the most gorgeous line of knitted vests, pants, sweaters, cardigans, bloomers, shoes and socks I have ever seen. Her choice in mix of colors, patterns and little quirky details is just so unique and delicious it makes me want to get each and every single piece! I don’t remember the last time I had such hard time choosing my favorite ones.
Yarns she’s using are merino or a mix of merino and cotton. Everything is handmade and custom made so it takes about 2 weeks to produce.

Cabbages and Kigs

The other brand I love, Cabbages and Kigs is also from New York but since they are strong believers and supporters of fair trade work they have their winter accessories hand made in Peru and Bolivia by local artisans. They also love bold color combinations and unique designs that make even the coldest winters seem fun! Everything is made from alpaca blend wool.

Misha and Puff

Misha and Puff knits are also handmade by Peruvian artisans but their collection is more about soft and muted colors which are actually their own custom pallets since they hand dye their own wool! Their designs have a more vintage feel with a bit of a modern twist.
Their yarns are 100% merino wool that can be machine-washed!
 

Raspberry Plum: Fun, Vintage, Stylish and Comfy

3 Oct

Raspberry Plum

I noticed these cool girl tights and socks from Raspberry Plum over at 1965 Kids and I couldn’t understand how I haven’t heard about this London-based brand before! It’s new, that’s why!

Its founder is Aleksandra Stasic, born in Serbia but has moved to London as a child where she gratuated at a prestigious Royal College of Art. The Raspberry Plum ethos is a mix of vintage, quirky, timeless and comfortable pieces made from high quality knitted fabrics, when possible organic.

They decided to have their collection manufactured in Serbia to help re-establish their apparel industry which has suffered greatly over the past 20 years. Raspberry Plum leaves absolutely nothing to chance – even their packaging is made from recycled materials and in order to maintain a low carbon footprint they make sure to keep their production within Europe.

Raspberry Plum

They have started out with a line for girls between ages of 1-12 but you can already see their SS15 collection which is full of amazing pieces for boys and babies too!

ps. Everything is 25% off until the end of this week only with a code 21324677!
 

Etsy Find: Double Yellow Line

1 Oct

Double Yellow Line

How fun is this Montreal-based brand called Double Yellow Line from Etsy for kids between 6 months and 4 years? All the garments are made from organic cotton and the prints they future are hand-drawn by the owner, Chantale Grenon and hand printed with a silkscreen method using non-toxic water based inks.

I can’t even decide on my favorite design but I bet this adorable Egg Dress matched with the Scribbles Leggins look super cool! And I can just see baby Talan in the Abracadabra tee and the b&w Scribble Leggins! And there are also matching baby doll leggings I know Tila would die for!