Posted in Mood of the dayJune 9, 2011
I am totally in love with children’s drawings so I was enchanted when Unmesh Dasthakhir
wrote me from Bangalore to show me the work of his 4.5 years old daughter Lea. If you share my passion, visit mypurplesketches to see more of Lea’s beautiful drawings and paintings.
Posted in ProductsJune 8, 2011
Fruit of the imagination of a trio of young executive parents, Clotaire is a new brand, inspired by 50′s school shoes. Violaine Belle-Croix (journalist), Wenceslas Betolaud (Jurist) and Johanna El Iman (Marketing manager in luxury goods) shared the same wish to equip their children with clean & stylish shoes, at a reasonable price. They came up with a product that all cool mothers will love : a leather low boot made in Portugal at 58 euros. The shoe (unisex), is lined with contrasted leather (Italian soft quality – vegetal dye) and matching laces (8 color combinations including black/caramel, brown/baby blue, grey/pink, navy/orange). Mark your calendar! Available in size 24 to 36, from September on www.chaussuresclotaire.com.
Olive has style, which she might have taken after her mother Ashlyn Gibson, founder of Olive loves Alfie, an East London children’s store. Ashlyn is also the UK correspondent for www.kidswear-department.com (the blog off shoot of kidswear magazine). The two seem to share a love for France and for kittens…
Posted in Design - Home DecorJune 6, 2011
If you are looking for ideas to create shop windows or party decorations, you might love the paper flowers by Pom-Pom-Factory.
They are available in many colours and sizes, versatile and reasonably priced.
Available at Bobo Kids, 29 Elystan Street, London
Posted in Culture,Mood of the dayJune 4, 2011
On the list of family films that make us really laugh, those by Louis de Funes rank highly. Very French and very 70′s, favourites include Rabbi Jacob, Oscar or La Folie des Grandeurs.There is one I particularly like, called l’Aile ou la cuisse (The Wing and the Thigh), a criticism of processed food (industrie agro-alimentaire), a hilarious parody yet very visionary, and a good introduction to food issues for younger generations.
Posted in Family TravelJune 2, 2011
I have spent all my summers in Les Landes as a child. My parents fall in love with the place and bought a house there soon after I was born. Les Landes is located in South West of France; it is a long strip that goes from South of Bordeaux to North of Biarritz. It was planted with pine trees under Napoleon, to fix the moving sand ground.
Posted in Mood of the dayJune 1, 2011
Founded by Karine Dessureault, Claradeparis.com is an e-store which brings to North America over a dozen emerging and acclaimed French designer brands of children’s clothing, accessories and decoration. Karine’s daughter Clara was born in Paris during her parents’ expat stint in France and has travelled a lot as a baby. Like her mom she adores clothes and accessories and never tires of trying them on. Only aged two, Clara managed to answer a few questions, with the precious help of her mother.
Maxine likes ballet, princesses and anything pink. She loves playing make believe. Alexandre likes football, he is an Arsenal fan.He loves mythology, reading, playing football and being outdoors. Niloufar Bakhtiar – Clignet is an interior designer www.nbbdesign.com and co-owner of London store Bobokids.
Posted in ProductsMay 30, 2011
Like many other kids her age, little Isis Van Leeuwen wants to wear her Spanish flamenco shoes all day. Like many mothers, Hiskia doesn’t want her daughter to be a clone of Suri Cruise. Off the heels! …she started Gestipt
, a collection of stylish shoes that will fit under a dress and still survive the playground
. The little Spanish shoe factory that produces the Gestipt ballerinas has a lot of competition from Asia and Hiskia really likes that – on a small level – she can help them keep the tradition of shoemaking in Spain alive. I is sure many mothers will like the idea : style, comfort, and support to a small “local” production unit. Not to mention the very young flamenco addicts who will be be able to wear their spotty shoes all day long. Also available in plain red. Gestipt.com
Posted in Mood of the dayMay 29, 2011
Soustons, South of France – Dress Caramel Baby&Child, leggings Finger in the nose – Toys photos by Jasmine