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Color by Numbers ++ special edition ++ Playtime NYC

As you most probably already know, I was in NYC last weekend and one of the main reasons was to attend Playtime, the kids trade show showcasing lots of childrens collections for Fall winter 2013. It was the first time I attended such a show without having the mind set of a buyer- looking in as a visitor/ press was a totally different experience for me and I have to say I really enjoyed it.

I thought of a few ways I could give you some insight as to what I saw, as I was looking at my photos it occurred to me that two main color groups kept showing up- so I figured I would showcase them as such. The idea is really to give you a feel and a mood of what to expect next fall. 

The photo above is the Limited Edition "Catch A Dream" collection by Noé & Zoë. I think it captures well the overall feeling of what's to come for Winter-Fall 2013. You can expect a nice mixture of dark prints with lots of pops of colors mixed with subdued tones. 

As you can see from the collections above, a few colors keep recurring orange, burnt orange and teal add to the mix mustard yellow, indigo and even some khaki. These come up in both the girls and boys collection.

Images from: Noé & Zoë, Atsuyo et Akiko, Tootsa MacgintyJess Brown, Morley, A for Apple, Chat Méchant, Misha Lulu, Nico Nico, Tuchinda, Morley and Patouche.

Little girls will be delighted next fall, all shades of pink kept popping up- from soft pink to deep raspberries and cranberry, mixed with creams and gold. These colors work so well with all shades of grey as well as black.

Images: Little LiefLittle Creative FactoryTocoto Vintage,  MoskiddosMarilyn TovKatheryn DaveyDana HaimTuchinda, Carolina K, Oeuf.

A few things to keep in mind... Stripes, plaids and florals are still going strong- mixing them together is key. In terms of graphics, images of animals adorn t-shirts and sweaters in big and bold manner. A key item in the girls wardrobe has to be the blouse, as for the boys, I'd say it's the blazer.  Lots of sweaters completed the collections as well, these were often made of chunky and the softest yarn. Yes, to sweaters that don't itch!  Comfort ruled with lots of leggings and sweats, of course without compromising style. Although, you might not get it from my photos, red is an other color to look out for, specially for the boys. 

The children's market has grown so much in the last 5 years in such amazing ways, it was so nice to see and meet so many of the designers. I also got to meet up friends, fellow bloggers and store owners. All in all, it is those connections that made this weekend so special. One highlight for me was finally meeting Courtney and Esther from Babyccino- it's funny how we can connect and become friends over the internet and then never really "meet", but then when you do, it's like you've known each other for ever.

I also got to go to ENK, did a little NYC shopping and discovered lots of new lines- the photos above are just the tip of the iceberg, I have lots more to share in the coming weeks... 



Color by Numbers 3

This summer you might want to mix some minty greens and teal together, add a pop of yellow some tangerine and coral while you are at it!
These colors work well together- great for a girls wardrobe and boys too. They make for great bedroom decor as well.
You can even add in some of that grey I talked about last week or keep it crisp and clean with some white.
Don't be afraid to wear the same color in different tones.
All in all the idea is to have fun!

Photo Inspiration:

- The jumpsuit and sun brooches is from this really amazing Australian brand called UDDER. Not only is the clothing cool, the styling and photos are fantastic. There are some really great boy items...

- What a lovely collection of globes- apparently it's growing! Via VEE on Flickr

- Love these little handmade wooden houses. I wouldn't mind a little collection myself! Via Old New Again.

- There's something about this photo... besides the amazing colors and composition. I can't tell if it's a boy or girl, is he/she swimming or perhaps a gymnast? So many questions! By 唯以 via Flickr 

- I love the illustration, pattern and colors here too. By にじゆら via Sumally (I can't quite understand who or what it is excatly!)

- How cute are the gingham pillows with different colored pompoms? By Morning Dove Studios.

- Finally I can't find the source to this wonderful Circus Sign photo. The best I could find is that it came from here.

I hope this puts a little sunshine and spring mood to your day- I am counting down the days to April!



Color by Numbers 2

If you thought stripes were so last year- think again! Stripes are still going strong and a hot trend for kids clothing this summer. Horizontal or vertical, thin or thick, stitched or painted, which ever way you like them wear them.

Not sure about black and grey as a summer color- what are you talking about? Black and all shades of grey are key colors for your kids wardrobe this summer- or any time of the year really. You'll have no problem finding items in this color scheme for your little ones, I promise.

Here are the links to the inspiring images...

The cool kid in the striped t-shirt is from Quirky Collective- check their shop and blog, it's one my favorites.

The young girl in the stripe tank top is photographed by Laura Burlton and part of a lovely project called Chalk Dreams- a must see and so is the rest of her portfolio.

Everything has beauty- sure does! via Michael Ryan.

DIY how to cut your toddlers bangs- I have got to try this technic. Photo by Sherman/Three Lions/Getty Images circa 1950's, source via BBC.

Striped long sleeve t-shirt with pleated collar- Miss E is the lucky owner of this Cos t-shirt. It's even prettier on!

Lovely Striped photo by Alexey Menshchikov- you must see this portofolio, it's all about shade and shadows, lines and patterns. Simply awesome! 



Color By Numbers no.1

If you follow me on my Tumblr- Least Little Thing, then maybe you have noticed I like to color coordinate my posts and create a mood. Here's a little secret, out of everything I do on the world wide web Tumblr is my favorite- I feel like it's my most creative platform and truly represents me and what goes on in my head. Since I love it so much, I thought it would be nice to bring some of it to Petit a Petit- a collage of image that inspire and make me happy.

Today, the photo of May Xiong's sister has gotten me mezmerized- i just love everything about it starting with the colors, the stare, the beauty.
Oh and that green! How perfect when matched with a lighter green, coral, yellow and indigo- don't you find? A perfect color combination for this summers wardrobe or a kids bedroom. 

-images source-
The vintage cloud chair is by Yrjö Kukkapuro via Varpunen.
The flower and Butterfly illustration is by Montreal artist Olivia Mew.
The green cupboard via Soderbergagentur.
The applique house skirt is by Mini Boden ( past season).
The embroidered illutration is by Jazmin Berakhah.