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If I buy only one thing for MissE this year, I think it might be the tunic you see in the photo above. I've fallen head over heels for it's circular silhouette, simplicity and awesomeness.  You will have to keep an eye out for this new collection created by Seattle designer Reina Acab for her kidswear ligne même. Don't you love it when design, function and form come together so beautifully. The clothing line is created with kids in mind - lots of room for extra comfort to play in and to grow with. What is also great is that it is gender neutral, great for passing down to little bros and sis alike and all the future generations. I really love the black and white "color" palette and the very japanese feel to the styles. To top it off, 10% off the sales goes to a non-profit organisation called Art With Heart which works at helping kids get over adversity by using art. 


Check out more of the Spring-Summer Catalogue HERE and check out their online shop HERE ( it's full of really cute baby stuff at the moment). 

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Mom + Me.... Marysia Swim


I think I am longing for the warm summer months and they can't seem to be coming quick enough! Today might be the coldest day of the year and so I thought it would only be appropriate to talk about some beautiful swimsuits! I have got to keep finding ways to keep my soul happy. I am so happy I discovered the wonderful world of Gray Benko Photography, her photos are full of life and color and happy moments and the bonus part is that I got to discover some amazing swimwear by Marysia Swim through Gray's website.


These are probably not new to many of you, as it seems all the stars are wearing them and they have made the pages of most major fashion magazines. I must be living in a hole or maybe just in a world where winter last way too long and swimsuit season way too short! I just love the simplicity and quirky details as well as the choice of prints is fab too and I am loving the muted tones. You will find a great variety for the women's collections ranging from bikinis to tees and coveralls. The children's swimsuits are reversible which makes it extra fun. 

Have a look at their website for more details and I'll keep dreaming... 

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What We Wear... Summer Edition


Sometimes being the kids of a blogger turns out unexpectedly extra fun! I think my kids end up trying new things and doing random things we would have probably never done as "regular" kids. One of those things are photoshoots and trust me they don't always go as planned or very smoothly. As the kids get older, it gets easier, but I think this time it was more fun for many reasons:
- i got the kids involved and we made funny necklaces with peppers.
- i let them run around and be crazy ( most of my photos came out blurry).
- i shot some videos and for some reason my kids don't mind shooting videos. Expect a mini movie real soon.
- they knew a nice treat was on it's way. 



I was supposed to post before I left for vacation but I had lost the photos and thankfully found them again this week. So here is a little peak at what we've been wearing this summer and will continue to wear into the fall...




We LOVE our Wolf & Rita tunic from Ladida ( check it out it's 70% off), it couldn't be more fitting for MissE as I like to call her "felfel hara" which means hot pepper in arabic.  

The biker shorts are from Joe Fresh, the sandals Zara and the Upcycled Men's blazer made by me.



MisterM is wearing a super soft tunic top from Neige provided by Ladida,  some La Miniatura bermudas I got from Haute Look and a Scotch Shrunk cardigan, shoes from H&M


Be assured the peppers got eaten too, the kids were more excited for those than the ice cream! 


I received both tunics courtesy of Ladida and love them to pieces- so be sure to check out Ladida's new fall lookbook it will have you dreaming and wishing it was fall already. Seriously, they have a great selection of designer and a really nicely curated shop with the best selection out there. 

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NICE TO MEET YOU... WOLF AND RITA


Hello! I am sharing my latest kidswear designer crush today! It's a combination of so many good things, classic and cool- just perfect. I present you WOLF&RITA.


I think the images speak for themselves but let me dwelve a little! First what and who is WOLF&RITA? W&R is a lovely collection of children's clothing for boys and girls, their speciality are shirts but they have expanded since their first collection to include dresses, skirt and pants. They believe in high quality fabrics and only the best craftsmanship which they outsource in their local community in Portugual. 
I absolutely love the simplicity of their designs and the touch of added whimsy. The little details are scrumptious. The fabric choice is delightful, I love the prints as well as the colors. It's refreshing and how great that are able to combine classic styles with the latest trends. SWEET. 


And what can I say, I LOVE their photos too. 
All around just perfect wouldn't you say? Simple yet sophisticated, fresh and lovely. 
You can see entire collection on the WOLF&RITA website. And if you are in the US check out Ladida, they have a nice selection in their shop. 

So are you all as excited as me for the spring? 

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MOM + ME ... PATKAS


Sharing a new Etsy favorite: PATKAS. This lovely shop is based in Berlin and has simple style for the little and big people of this world. 


There are very few kids style, however all 3 are super sweet. The sparkly headband is an awesome accessories to spruce up any outfit. 


The basic boxy dress is my favorite: comfy, cute and stylish- I LOVE that it's black. 
And the navy polka dot beanie adds little fun to the everyday routine! 
100%cotton. Handmade. Awesome. 

 They also carry a basic line of dresses, loose fitting tees and scarfs for woman and an amazing selection of leather goods. I can't tell you how much I love the oversized bags & clutches. I feel like my wardrobe needs some of these pieces. Hmmmm.


Check out the PATKAS Etsy shop and Happy shopping!

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NICE TO MEET YOU... Omami Mini



I just discovered Omami Mini, an awesome brand of clothing for your little ones based out of Los Angeles. Think minimal and comfortable and ever so stylish. Think easy, fun and effortless. Everything you need for a cool and casual look but that can easily be dressed up. Great for boy and girls alike.


I love the simple color palette: ivory, grey, navy and mint. The little details and fun silhouettes are awesome. The asymmetrical fly and pleated pants are sweat. Who doesn't love a sweatshirt dress? And faux fur is a must in every winter wardrobe if you ask me! Lastly, the graphics are simple yet fun. 
Everything is made and sourced in the US- which is always an added bonus. 
I also had the privilege of seeing the spring collections and it is  just as sweet and playful!

So do you agree with me, I would like every piece in every color, pretty please!

Check out the Omami Mini online shop  HERE and enjoy 20% off for the next 2 weeks on all orders with PETIT20 code- how nice is that? Happy Shopping!!! 

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I HEART: Cabbages and Kings


I am sucker for knits and when they are this sumptuous... what can I say! Cabbages & Kings sure knows how to combine colors and patterns to give your kids the coolest scarfs & leg warmers. 




Cabbages & Kings is base out of NYC and all of the accessories are handmade by Peruvian artisans which all work with a network that helps strengthen the capacities of local and base communities. So well designed, beautifully handcrafted and ethical! Let's not forget super soft and hypoallergenic. Awesome!


As always, Alexa did a great job at designing the Fall 2013 collection. It's great that it is unisex, perfect for boys and girls.  I am loving the grey and yellow scarf and oatmeal leg warmers, oh wait the baby blue and red patterned scarf is pretty cool too! Perfect accessories for layering on those cold days ahead.
Are you getting ready for winter? Bring it on! ok, not just yet...

Check out the collection on their website, you can shop there too!




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I HEART: Mini Rodini EXPLORER


Oh it's starting to get cold around here and before you know it the street will be covered in snow. The one thing my kids don't have currently in their wardrobe are snowsuits. And I am kinda really loving the new MINI RODINI Explorer collection.

These are not only adorable but super high tech- I mean waterproof, special padding, taped seams. Just what we need for our cold and wet climate. You can read all about it here.

Don't worry, they don't only have one piece suits, the collection comprises of Parkas, trousers and mittens as well. While you are there check out heir fall collection, everything is so cool, I particularly love all their prints. 

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Five and Ten Designs... eBook Review

 
Have you heard of Five in Ten Designs yet? Oh I can't wait to tell you all about it! So let's not just sit here looking pretty, lets get to it....
 
I am warning you, there is an overload of photos in this post!!!
 
 
Five in Ten Designs is an awesome little concept- it's an eBook which comes with one basic block, it's a bodice for volume no.1 and then you have 5 amazing indie pattern designers create 10 different looks from that one basic block. This is a great book to teach and show you how to modify and alter the basic bodice to give ten entirely different looks. It also fun because it gives you the possibilities of creating your own style from the basic block as well. The possibilities are endless.
 
 
I decided to go with look no.4- a sweet little dress with full skirt and peter pan collar. I switched the cap sleeves with some 3/4 sleeves instead, with autumn right around the corner I just new MissE would get more use out of her new little dress.
 
 
This dress screamed vintage to me and I just knew I wanted to give it that retro feel as much as I could. The dress is all made from recycled and thrifted materials. I recently thrifted the striped fabric, I think it might have been a table cloth before- it's seems to be a cotton & poly mix. The collar is a from a white linen shirt and I added a little vintage lace trim around the collar. The buttons are all mix matched, I know I went over board but I like it! Finally, I sewed on this little lace appliqué I've had forever.
 

 

I added some khaki fabric to add a little punch of colour and some contrast.

 
 
I took the pockets pattern from look no.5 and added them to my look. Which is another great feature in the Five in Ten Designs eBook, not only do you have 10 lovely styles to try, but then you can play around and create many more!
 

 

I am very pleased with the end result. It helps when the patterns are easy to put together, when the instructions are easy to follow and clear and when the designs are simply awesome.

 

 

I have my eyes on a few more designs in this book, I just love the ruffle top as well as the cute round pocket dress. Little MissE would love it if I made her a princess dress for Halloween, what little girl wouldn't?! You can have a look at all the styles on the Five in Ten Designs website and purchase it there too.

 

 

I must thank Heidi from Elegance & Elephants for providing me with the book in exchange for a review. She is one of the 5 talented designers, these ladies came up with one fun concept and I can't wait to see what vol.2 will bring. A pant block would be amazing! Just saying!!!

 

 
I really wish I had a diner near my house, I would have loved to take the photos in a 50's style environment. I could just picture MissE sipping on a milkshake in a turquoise pleather booth or perhaps dancing the twist with her friends all night long!
 

 

MissE loved her little dress, didn't even argue or pout or whine about taking the photos...

 

 

I paired the dress with a vintage vera scarf, some vintage crocheted socks and some pink converse.

 

 

I have a fear of making buttonholes. However, I found a way of making them on my embroidery machine at work- I am a happy woman!

 

 

Thank you all for passing by my little blog and I wish you all an A-W-E-S-O-M-E weekend!!!
 

 

Don't forget to check out the Five and Ten Designs website!

 

**** Updtae: the pattern eBook just went on sale! get 15% discount with coupon code LABORDAY- hurry the sale end Setemoer 2nd at midnight.

 

 

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Le Carrousel- a love affair!


Le Carrousel can never do wrong in my eyes. I LOVE, always have loved and hopefully will always love this french little brand. Marie-Laure, the creator knows how to pick her fabrics, details and silhouettes. With every passing season I am amazed at the collections she puts together, so simple yet so sophisticated and chic. Clothing kids can look good in and still play in. Is there a better combination? 

And don't get me started with the photography! These were taken by on of my all time favourite's Claude Blaser. Soft and dreamy... 

It is all just perfection! I think I'll let the images do the talking: Le Carrousel Fall- Winter 2013. 










Nope it's not a dream... find the collection HERE very soon! I can hardly wait!!!

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I heart: Joe Fresh + JCP

 
I am not sure if you know this, but cooking and I don't go hand in hand! I don't particularly enjoy it and actually have very little imagination when it comes to making meals! And so grocery shopping happens to fall in the same category- except that at our grocery store we have a clothing section where they sell JOE FRESH, and well it makes grocery shopping for me wayyyy more fun!!!
 
Joe Fresh is a Canadian company that makes some really cute, fashionable kids clothes and for the whole family actually, at a really reasonable price. Until now the Kids collection was only available in Canada and a few select store across the U.S. Here is the good news, you can now get  Joe Fresh at JCPenney and what's even better is that they ship world wide.
 
 
 
 As much as I love the little indie designers I usually talk about, I can't always afford to buy my kid's entire wardrobe with those designs. So, I love to balance out their wardrobes with my handmade clothes and some less expensive brands. And Joe Fresh really is my favorite! They do a great job at designing those must have fashionista items as well as creating those perfect basics, their selection of dressy items is quite lovely too. They do a great job at finding great prints for their fabrics. My little MissE lives in their jeggings and tunic tops. I can never go grocery shopping without buying her a little something. Sometimes it's just a cute accessory. It's a good thing my husband does most of our food shopping or we would have more clothes than food if it was left only to me!!!
 


The boys is stuff is great too. A little fashionable but not outrageous, just perfect. They always have a great selections of colors for their pants, tees and sweatshirts. They always have awesome shirts and sweaters. A little something casual and chic as well.  I buy Mister M a lot of shoes there too!
 
I think Joe Fresh offers a great selection of items perfect for school, the kind of clothes you aren't worried about if it gets played in and all the while look stylish too! And how awesome is it that it is available through JCPenney now? I love that!
I'm so excited for all of you! Happy back to school shopping!!!
 
 

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I Heart: FUNKY LEGS


Are you ready for some awesome back to school fashion! It's that time of year! I can't believe Mister M starts kindergarten next week and my little Miss E will turn 4 this weekend. Time flies. But really, that is not what this post is about! 

Have you heard of FUNKY LEGS yet? It is just that some funky and cool leggings, pants, socks and skirts for your little ones. 


I just love all the unusual color combinations and available prints. I am seriously having a hard time choosing just 1 favourite! The stars in green are awesome, the moustache in pinks just too cool, the hearts in brown perfect, the bows in aqua delightful... shall I keep going! You must check out the full collection to grasp how cool these tights are. 
Not to mention the cute tutus! And if you thought tutus were so last year, think again- they are going strong this fall. I really like the color choice here and the way they tie- so fun! The comfy pants are great too, they are made of knit and have stretch in them. I am pretty sure Miss E would live in those. 

You can buy these online. If you are wondering, they go from sizes 6months to 7 years of age.

Seriously, what a great and fun way to spruce up an outfit. Your kids will be the coolest in the playground with these undoubtedly! So which is your favourite? Can you choose just one? I bet you can't! 

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