O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree

Christmas Trees....

Does yours go up in November or do you leave it until Christmas Eve?

Do you plump for an opulent artificial tree or spend hours walking through a forest of fresh trees desperately seeking THE ONE?

However and whenever you kickstart Christmas this year (for us its always the first weekend in December) we have the most gorgeous range of tree decorations for the festive season ahead with well over 100 hanging tree decorations in addition to fabulous garlands and wreaths.

Emile et Ida: AW20  - Au Clair De La Lune

Emile et Ida: AW20 - Au Clair De La Lune

Emile et Ida, hailing from France, is the brainchild of brand creators Delphine and Céline whose family history is steeped in fashion. The grandchildren of tailors, Emile et Ida was established in 2010 as a tribute to their parents and is a brand renowned for its soft and natural fabrics,  retro vibe and subtle colour palette.

Their AW20 collection is nothing short of sensational and EEEEEP in comes in grown-up sizes too!!

Summer at Home with Liewood

Summer at Home with Liewood

It looks increasingly likely that that summer will mean a lot more time at home for most of us this year and we've just taken delivery of a fantastic range of products from Liewood that we hope will help transform outside spaces into a fun place to be with your families during the sunny weather, together with a beautiful selection of swimwear, sun hats and pool/bath towels.
Stylish Dining with Liewood

Stylish Dining with Liewood

Whether baby led weaning or blitzing everything into a palatable puree, the transition from breast or bottle to solid food is such an exciting step, I remember literally counting down the days to the magic 6 month marker. We chose to roll with baby led weaning which was messy and fun and also a bit scary at times! I was so surprised about the variety in food and flavours such a small human was willing to try. I *may* have been a little smug on occasion.

Fast forward two years and and the baby I was so proud of, the baby that literally ate anything and everything went on lockdown!!! The eagerness and willingness to try new things felt as if it evaporated overnight and most things that were previously eaten were now refused. I was absolutely gutted but thanks to Liewood, I at least had beautiful tableware to serve fish-fingers on several times a week  ; )

Liewood have an extensive cute yet practical range of baby and child tableware in a range of friendly characters.

The silicone placemats are great way of protecting furniture from spills and the silcone multi plates ideal for little ones with an appetite for plate throwing! Cute and practical in equal measure the multi plate is made from 100% recycled silicone, free from BPA and completely safe to use for food. It has four compartments in total, two large ones inside the head and two small ones inside at the ears. Available in both the panda and the cat characters and in a variety of colours.

When you are confident enough to move on from silcone, the bamboo baby dining sets are wonderful, they come boxed and consist of a plate, bowl, cup and spoon. Also available as a junior set as they grow.

The silicone bibs with a catch pocket are great, especially when out and about, as they wipe clean (as well as being dishwash-able), we have also found the silicone tot cup lid an on-the-go essential, it's super flexible, fitting both the Liewood bamboo cups and other cups or even glass ware, such a simple yet effective idea. Both the bibs and cup lids come in packs of two.

Snacks are big in our house and in truth it is an easy way of getting a bowlful of goodness in a child as mine will happily pick through a bowl of fruit or vegetables at several intervals across the day. I've not yet come across anything cuter than the four pack of Liewood Rex snack bowls, available in either a blue or rose mix of the same characters. 

The Liewood range extends far beyond tableware. From clothing and accessories to towels, muslins and swaddles, from wooden toys to play gyms and even beach sets for anyone on a day-trip to see us in Brighton! Everything is available to view online and we have an extensive range available at our shop on the heart of Brighton's North Laine, the home of boutique shopping.

New Year - New Baby

New Year - New Baby

A slightly belated, but hopefully not dreadfully late, Happy New Year!

There's something so exciting about new beginnings, a chance to wipe the slate clean and embrace something fresh.  In our case this meant hot-footing it to the gym on January 2nd where we signed up for a WHOLE YEAR and embracing dry January for the first time ever!

The most special of all new beginnings of course though is the birth of a baby.  As they enter the world for the first time, that wide-eyed innocence and promise of great things is intoxicating (especially helpful during dry January!).

We've introduced several new brands recently, both of which have some simply beautiful baby accessories.

Liewood are Copenhagen based and their collection is deeply rooted in the Nordic design tradition. They have an uncompromising and ethical approach to manufacturing and create conceptually strong products in irresistible designs for the modern family.

Their series of animal themed musical mobiles are exceptionally cute and play the classic tune 'Brahms Lullaby'.

  

We are huge fans of their lovely bamboo tableware sets, available in a range of animal designs and hugely popular with the little ones at mealtimes. We also have bibs in beautifully soft organic terry to catch the inevitable spills.

 

The animal theme continues across the most adorable face clothes, hooded towels, bathrobes, socks, tights and hats as well as muslins and swaddles which also come in a more traditional dot print coloured mustard, white, rose, dark and dumbo grey.

Also hailing from Danish shores is Konges Slöjd which was founded in 2014 by Emilie Konge Breindal who also designs the entire product range. Their design philosophy is to make tasteful children’s interior design and items that bring the little ones joy and are visually pleasing to the parent.  Again ethical and environmentally friendly production is of utmost importance to the brand, as indeed it to us here.

As with Liewood they offer some stunning musical mobiles and we adore their gorgeous range of knitted rattles, especially the hammer!

 

They have an exceptional range of mobiles for baby's nursery. We have the swan up here in the shop and he looks wonderful in flight! The clouds are also truly beautiful and come in a range of sizes.

With tiny ones who so often have a habit of launching things out of the pram we have always found clip on anythings a real life saver! Konges Slöjd do some beautiful pram toys with a gentle bell in fruit designs and some super useful knitted pacifier clips.

Who ever knew that changing mats could be so stylish?! We have two gorgeous designs for the home as well as this lovely travel version with handy storage pockets.

Indulge yourself further with a look at our complete collection here or come visit our beautiful store in the heart of Brighton's North Laine area. 

PlanToys - Sustainable Play

PlanToys - Sustainable Play

Environmentally responsible PlanToys is notable for making its toys from rubber wood, a sustainable by-product of the latex industry's harvesting of trees used for natural rubber production.

From first baby toys for tiny hands still mastering grip and coordination to puzzles, games and construction for more able, older children - the PlanToys collection is a pre-schooler's dream.

The stand-out item from the collection for us is the stunning rocking pegasus, this item could not be any more beautiful if it tried!

  

Other favourites for the tinies are these adorable animal racers in a duck, hen and bunny design.  With their numbered frontage they make perfect first, second and third birthday gifts or buy all three to race at the same time - 1,2,3 and they're off!

Beautiful bath time toys are surprisingly hard to find but PlanToys have excelled themselves with their arctic adventurers.  Of the walrus, penguin, polar bear and seal it has to be the new walrus that floats our boat!

For the budding builder in your life PlanToys have an awesome pounding bench which is suitable from just 12 months.  Once all the pegs are pounded children can simply turn the panel over to start the fun all over again!  And for those age 3+ this toolbox is pretty awesome - not only can you build amazing things but you can also have your own robot play buddy!  The set consists of 16 pieces and includes a hammer, wrench with screwdriver, nuts and bolts and the toolbox itself that can flip upside down and be transformed into a robot.

Of the games we have here which include a balancing cactus and feed a frog, it's the beehive game for the little one that's won our hearts - it helps to develop fine motor skills by matching the bee to its hive using the pincer grasp on the forceps and also reinforces colour recognition and counting, super cute!

Indulge yourself further with a look at our complete collection here or come visit our beautiful store in the heart of Brighton's North Laine area.

Perfect Party Dresses

We're firm believers that you don't necessarily need a party to roll out your best dress.  Our own offspring often supermarket shops looking ready for a tea party for the Queen, and why not?  Clothes can and should be fun, whatever the occasion!

The current favourite at home is Huxbaby's cherry cat ballet dress, it's a super cute design available in both black and shell and also comes in a bodysuit version for the tiniest of girls.

The Huxbaby cherry cat tulle skirt is also proving to be really popular and is surprisingly versatile, it looks as awesome dressed down with trainers, a tee and sweat top as it does with sparkly shoes and a pretty top.

For a truly festive feel MarMar Copenhagen have some luscious greens and sparkly golds that come together to make the perfect Christmas Day outfit.  Here we have an elegant version of the ballet skirt in a stunning leaf green, the lightweight mid length tulle skirt has an elasticated metallic gold waistband and is fully lined.  We've teamed it with this beautiful and super soft gold lurex cardigan with mother of pearl buttons and a single front pocket.

For a (much!) less conservative look take a walk on the wild side with Bang Bang Copenhagen, a high-fashion look that is functional as well as huge amounts of fun.  Some of our favourite picks this year are the animal inspired dresses that include cats, penguins, rabbits and swans.  These outfits can be tamed with some plain basics and accessories or made even more fierce with some of Bang Bang's super fun tights and socks. Personally we'd go all the way! 

Hugo Loves Tiki is another of our bold brands whose aesthetic includes striking graphics, European languages and cartoon-like illustrations.  This season has seen some gorgeous bow and collared dresses in some really fun prints such as soda cups, pink and red bunnies and cupcakes.  For the festive period though we think this striped print is perfect as it is so reminiscent of candy canes!


Indulge yourself further with a look at our complete collection here or come visit our beautiful store in the heart of Brighton's North Laine area.