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How to win a bunny print dress…



Based in the UK, AleaxandAlexa is a rich online platform with an e-store as well as a blog and a magazine. Plenty of fashion, looks, cute brands, stories, ideas, interviews (Sir Paul Smith, YES!) and even contests. This month AlexandAlexa offers the opportunity to win a Rachel Riley dress. To win the delightful 1930’s style bunny print dress, children have to be creative and use their crayons or paint brushes. For more info visit www.theirlittleworld.com. Contest closes October 13, 2010.


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I discovered Laurette at Maison&Objet in Paris and thought it was an appealing and well done furniture collection, with its nod to the 40′s-50′s and beautiful finish. It reminded me of a friend, desperate to find a children’s highchair matching her stylish living room. She bougth one at Ikea and repainted it in Farrow and Ball sophisticated grey. She could probably have found what she was looking for at Laurette. The Laurette beds, desks, chest of drawers and other home pieces will soon be available to order online. Boutique Laurette, 77 bd JC Clément, 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt, France – Tél. + 33 (0)1 46 99 04 19 www.laurette-deco.com


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H2O – Why not learning the formula at a very young age?





In the Go Green Family, I want…the car! This hydrogene (H2O) car can teach children of a very young age how clean energy vehicles work. €29.90 with remote control. Merci Nature&Decouverte!

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Blabla's cuddly and soft handknitts





Created by Susan Pritchett and Florence Wetterwald, Blabla Kids appeared on the children’s market in 2001 with lovely knitted dolls and creatures. The company has since developed a whole range of products fully in line with the spirit of the brand, keeping a contemporary/ poetic style and high quality standards. Today Blabla Kids sells rattles, backpack, keychains, blankets, mobiles, paper good and even clothing. All products, handmade by Peruvians, are made from natural fibers of exceptional softness which makes them irresistibly cuddly. Blabla Kids products are ecofriendly, certified Fair Trade. www.blablakids.com.


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A blog promenade…Petits Bonheurs and it’s sohso






I know I share a passion for the wonderful blogs Petits Bonheurs and it’s Sohso (by the same very talented person) with many of you. For those who haven’t visited them yet, here’s a few images. Very soon Mathildeand Natacha (above) will come back on Pirouette with answers to the parent/child interview. The first one featuring twins. Stay tuned!





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La cerise sur le gateau


“La Cerise Sur Le Gateau” (the cherry on the cake) is a French company offering delicious textile items. Designer Anne Hubert cleverly turns basic elements from our grandma’s kitchen into fun, graphic and modern products. Sprinkled with flashy touches and quirky images, her kitchen towels have already seduced Paris trendy outlets. www.lacerisesurlegateau.fr - Photo : Coco Amardeil.


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Mouaa-vintage blackboard

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Vintage blackboard with abacus on an easel. Age + 5 years old. Available on mouaa-vintage.over-blog.com, €38.


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The mini world of Molly Meg







Molly Meg and a few friends went on a trip to Bekonscot Model Village near London; they brought back these playful images. Photos Laurie Glees, Styled by Lucy Erikson & Mollly Price. Discover more on molly-meg.blogspot.com.



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Scherazade Touhami, 7 ans & Adam Touhami, 5 ans – Brooklyn, USA




Not sure if Scherazade and Adam are on their way to school or if they are just going to explore the neighborhood, but they seem very happy, promised to a glorious day. The sweet little sister, so chic in her dress, complements perfectly the English flower tones of the duo. Mom Victoire de Taillac, a communication strategist (www.thefrenchbeautyclub.com), must be very proud of her little troop.

Scherazade & Adam

What do you want to be when you grow up Scherazade Teacher or Singer – Adam Explorer

What is your favorite famous person Scherazade Princess Leila from Star Wars – Adam Indiana Jones

What makes you happy/laugh Scherazade Stupid things – Adam My friends

What makes you sad/angry Scherazade Meannness – Adam Monsters

Your favorite book Scherazade Fairytales and “Ma maîtresse préférée “ - Adam Le voyage de Zéphir

Your favorite films Scherazade Kingdom of cats, Hiroyuki Morita – Adam Azur & Asmar from Michel Ocelot

Your favorite animal Scherazade Pink Flamingo – Adam Dog

The best holidays you ever had Scherazade Summer in Gascony – Adam In Tangier with Amin

A place that you would dream to visit Scherazade Japan

Who chooses your clothes in the morning Scherazade Me – Adam Me or my Dad

Your favorite color Scherazade Pink – Adam Blue

Your favorite outfit Scherazade A summer dress – Adam Shirt & pants

What is the piece your like the most from your wardrobe Scherazade A Gap by Stella Mac Cartney Tiger dress

The next item you would like to get Scherazade Clothes !


Your favorite children’s brands Talc,Zef,Petit Bateau, H& M (for girls), Gap (for boys)

Your favorite children’s stores Bonpoint, 6 rue de Tournon, Paris

Your favorite e-store www.chantelivre.fr

Websites that inspire you www.zidzidkids.comwww.milkmagazine.net, www.balouga.com

The criteria you consider when you buy something for your childrenQuality & confort

Last item you added to your child’s wardrobe A raincoat

Most precious items you bought for your children A party dress and a suit

Favorite pieces in your children’s wardrobes A Mexican dress for Scherazade, a Charvet shirt for Adam

The book on your bedside table Cecil Beaton’s biography

A favorite destination for the summer holidays To our family House in Gascony, France

Talc, Zef, Petit Bateau, Bonpoint, zid zid kids, Milk magazine, Balouga, Charvet, Stella Mc Cartney for Gap

Special thanks to Samantha Adam

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eco peko's green tees







These extremely soft organic tees come from Australia. Made from 100% certified organic cotton, they are the product of a family business that is committed to sustainability, recycling, non-chemical alternatives and fairly trading. The knitting, stitching and dyeing processes are green from top to bottom. I love the way those kids look in their tops and denims. Simple cuts, bold messages. Go green parents, wear green kids!

Visit eco peko for more info http://ecopeko.com

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Gretchen Easton, photographing children and infants







Based in Los Angeles, Gretchen Easton specializes in photographing children and infants for fashion, advertising, editorial and celebrity clients, both nationally and internationally. Gretchen’s unique viewpoint when working with children and infants captures the spirit of childhood and innocence, while celebrating the clothes and products the children wear and use. Gretchen is a master at walking the balance line of creative interpretation. Whether working on a formal European French fashion line or summer beachwear, you see reflected the appropriate emotional energy and beautiful focus on the clothes. The subject and environment are beautifully rendered and captured, adding to the moment. Viewing Gretchen’s images, you want to share in those reflected moments. You want to connect and engage; they make you smile.






Gretchen’s work is fun, restful, mischievous, wondrous, playful, and full of discovery, happiness and energy. In short, her images display all the things that childhood is about – and which Gretchen’s clients want their clothing and product lines to reflect. Gretchen draws from her own happy childhood in Minneapolis and returns regularly to gain inspiration. I have to add that Gretchen is especially good with boy’s photography. Really.

Gretchen is represented by Biscuit 8 www.biscuit8.com




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Caramel in Brussels, little shoe heaven






Freshly opened in Brussels, Caramel is a shoe heaven. The stores carries brands like PèPè, Nathalie Verlinden, il Gufo, Petit Nord, Petit by Sofie Schnoor. Owner Ludovica Zagrebelsky explains her philosophy and her choices.

How did the idea of Caramel come to you? Caramel is a project I had in the back of my mind since I started buying shoes for my daughters. For many years I kept looking, inquiring, asking questions, tracking what’s new and here I am, 13 years later with boutique and my shoe selection.

How does your store look like and how do you welcome clients?The store is rather small, all white with a comfy grey couch. Clients can take the time to look at the shoe selection, enjoy a tea or a coffee, try the shoes on their children’s feet. But they can also just pop up quickly, take a pair to try it home and change if it’s not the right fit. As many times as needed.  I want people to feel nice and welcome.

Can you tell us more about the brands you selected for Caramel? On top of my list comes PèPè, the cutest Italian shoe line. I love the retro-meets-contemporary feel and the strong “child” spirit. With Pepe shoes, children look elegant and stylish in a natural way, they don’t look like disguised as little adults. Il Gufo, also made in Italy, is more fashion driven, but nothing too bling or too shiny like Italian can sometimes be.  The shoes are extremely well done. Nathalie Verlinden is a Belgium designer from Antwerp who creates simple and sober shoes produced in Italy with vegetal and organic dies. A real luxury for children. Her shoes are wonderful objects to look at and to touch. Then I carry L’artigiano italiano (beautiful shoes, simple with an attention to detail), C’est entre maman et moi (French brand produced in Spain so a little cheaper but very cute), Petit Nord (Rabbit or sheepskin slippers, hats and chapkas), Petit by Sofie Schnoor, Andrea Montelpare, Chupeta. They are all expensive shoes because they are extremely beautiful and well made, in Europe and often by artisans.  I like the idea of paying for the quality, not for the brand. You will never find, for instance, a black leather pattent sneaker with a big name written on it in my store.
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