Maya, 4 years old & Santa Bindemane – Riga, Latvia

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Santa Bindemane is the Author of first Latvian kids lifestyle blog Kids Gazette. Contributor to several magazines in Latvia, she writes about children’s fashion and design. Maya is a typical 4 years old girl with passion for princesses and Hello Kitty, but she loves to pretend herself to be a flying mouse or a monster.

Maya

What do you want to be when you grow up I want to be like my mom -  tailor and work together with her

What is your favourite famous person I love Renars Kaupers from Brainstorm (Most famous Latvian band)

What makes you happy I will be happy with my mom in Paris. I love to read book to my animal-friends

What makes you sad I’m sad if somebody hits me. I always cry then

Your favourite book Pippi Longstocking by Lauren Child

Your favourite films Masha and the bear; Winnie the Pooh (russian version)

Your favourite animal Hedgehog

The best holidays you ever had ? I love girl’s holidays with my mom, when daddy goes abroad for work and I can have fun with mom. We always pull out the big bed, watch movies and have pancakes in the morning

A place that you would dream to visit Paris and Rome

Your favorite outfit Princess dress

What is the piece your like the most from your wardrobe My ballerina costume

The next item you would be happy to get I want Santa Claus to bring me Hello Kitty and a little pack of juice

If you had a magic wand, what would you do with it right now ? I would make magic; become a vampire

Santa

Your favourite children’s brands Bobo Choses, Bang bang Copenhagen, Muku, No Added Sugar and of course my own capsule collections for anthon.b

Your favourite children’s stores Bonton (Paris), Gramatu Karuselis (kids bookshop in Latvia), Serendipity (Paris)

What do you buy a lot online for your children ? To be true, I buy more for myself than for kids. They are different small boutique shops, I can’t recall, cause I have found them just by chance. Book are of great value for me and my family. Last I bought was Potente di Fuocco by Leonardo Ericailcane

A website that inspires you I’m absolutely true now – Pirouette from kids design blogs, then Whimsicalagnesiga (our local fashion blog whimsicalagnesiga.com, and Where the lovely things are (wherethelovelythingsare.com)

The criteria you consider when you buy something for your children When I was running my children book shop I really understood what is a good toy, stylish dress etc. Now I always look for something handmade, quality and useful also after years 50 for example. I choose to pay more, than throwing a thing out after a week

Last item you added to Maya’s wardrobe Hmmm, let me think… for son Andrey a gray t-shirt ( I love gray and I like that kids look simple), for daughter Maya Latvian folk costume skirts. They look good for our national midsummer night Ligo and also very cool as everyday wear

Most precious item you bought for your child Not yet bought , but looking for Russian icona. It will be a good and precious present for the child

Best gift you gave for a child’s B-day Kitchen for kids – Maya loves it, and all her friends like to play with it too

Items that are hard to find Good shoes. I mean not good quality, but nice, simple and a bit vintage

Favourite pieces in your child’s wardrobe I like long dresses, and pieces I have made myself. For example a nice sarafan with white collar in style of 60s

The book on your bedside table I have several. Read them all. Yesterday bought another Fashion and fashion designers A-Z

An unforgettable place you’ve travelled to I really loved Barcelona and Stockholm. I always try to visit local marketplaces – first of all you get local food, second – inspiration

The ideal place for a family summer holiday Mainly children don’t care where they go, they just want to have fun and want that you take care of them. I could suggest Astrid Lindgren museum Junibacken in Stockholm. My daughter just loved it, and me too. Then Mayrhofen in Austria or any Alpine town I guess… the air, mountains, get a bicycle with a kids chair and just go around, swim in the cold river

 

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