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magazine Spring/Summer 2015 Issue 03

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Sunshine Issue


Hello! I don’t know about you, but I am totally ready for Summer! I’m fed up of all my winter clothes, I’ve had enough of the drizzly cold weather. I just want the sun to shine and the Summertime to begin. If you’re feeling the same, then our Sunshine issue will help get you into the Summer vibe. Plenty of Springtime interiors and fashion for your little ones, plus a ‘Monster’ of a shoot for you. We have an amazing baby shoot to make you go Ahhhh! And we get to show you our highly anticipated model competition winners shoot. They look fab! We also interview celebrity stylist, Grace Woodward, Red Magazine’s features director, Sarah Tomczak and BBC Director and Producer, Ellen England about being busy working mums, we talk to Skater extraordinaire, Harper Cunningham who at only 8 years old is the raddest little man ever! Plus, we also find out the background behind the amazing Lulla Doll when we talk to the creator Eyrun Eggertsdottir. What’s more we have News pages, Cake inspiration to make your mouth water, travel pages, Ruby Loves, Pippa’s Picks and loads more. Phew! What an issue. I do hope you enjoy it and get lots of summery inspiration for your children. Remember to check out the Little Flea website for the most covetable independent brands. Anna

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Contents 8 News pages What’s in store for Summer? 16 The Cool Kids Sharon Cooper shoots our Model competition winners

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Who are The Cool Kids?

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Over the Rainbow

We find out more about our competition winners Trend pages to brighten up your Summer

52 It’s a Balancing Act Interview with Grace Woodward, Sarah Tomczak and Ellen England about their lives as busy working mums 60 A Slice of Cake! We take a look at some scrumptious cake designs by the mighty Nevie-Pie Cakes. 65 Rock-a bye Baby Dress you baby in style this Summer! 89 Binky Nixon We find out about the woman behind the lens of our amazing baby shoot 90 Bubba-licious Beautiful baby products for your little bubba 94 Hush Little Baby, Don’t you Cry We interview the creator of the Lulla Doll, Eyrun Eggertsdottir to find out about this amazing doll

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Let’s go Outside

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10 of the best... Grey sweats

Outdoor toys for summer The coolest grey sweatshirts ever!

Black swimsuit €29 Shampoodle. Monster feet shorts €39 Bobo Choses. Skateboard £98 Abc123me. Photograph by Tabitha Wilson

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On the cover One of our beautiful competition winners, Lottie wearing a navy lace dress £58 Troizenfants and her very stylish pink cast!

Photography: Sharon Cooper Hair: Holly Power Styling: Anna Cascarina 104 My Mate the Monster Introducing Eric the Monster, we showcase fantastic monster-rific clothes 126 Harper! We talk to the amazing child skater, Harper Cunningham to find out what makes him tick! 130 Interiors Stunning interiors for kids rooms 136 The Gallery We show you our pick of cards, postcards posters and art.

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Ruby Loves...

accessories brand, Pop Cutie.

Ruby’s pick this issue is fab jewellery and 143 Pippa’s Picks... Pippa dresses up in the amazing costumes by Animalesque 149 Travel Pages We showcase a selection of properties from Barsham Barns and Kid & Coe from around the globe.

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We love...

we’re loving this season.

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Listings page

We show you red shoes and other pieces

Links to all the Little Flea brands

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What’s on your wanted list for summer?

Elodie Details The new pieces from Elodie Details are utterly heavenly! Their new bamboo muslin blanket is soft and lightweight and wonderfully smooth on your baby’s sensitive skin. You’ll find super soft towels, bibs and stroller accessories all in a palette of greys and golds, zebra patterns and feather light pink pastels. Love!

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Rockahula The funky and pretty jewellery line, Rochahula has extended their range to include ultra cute sunglasses. Just the right size for your little darling, these sunnies along with the Rockahula jewellery and bags, will complete any outfit.

Young Soles photography by Flannery O’Kafka.

We just need the sun now!

Young Soles One of the Little Flea clan is an avid fan of Young Soles and their new Spring/Summer arrivals are sure to be a huge hit. Mixing traditional styles with a modern edge, this footwear brand is a must have. 9


Macarons What’s not to love about the new collection from Macarons. Delicious colours, dreamy stripes, perfect prints... Inspired by the white villages of Andalusia in Spain, these timeless pieces are fresh and light in fabrics such as high quality jerseys and PIMA cotton. Beautiful.

Naif Naif Diaper cream is made from natural ingredients that help to prevent and recover baby’s skin from nappy rash. Enriched with vitamin E and Chamomile that helps to hydrate dry and sensitive skin, it also contains extra zinc oxide for a cooling effect.

Little Carousel Gallery This delightful personalised print by Alice Stallard is available at Little Carousel Gallery. The bespoke Lucky Horseshoe is 30 x 30cm with hand lettering and colouring on fine art paper. £140 unframed. The perfect gift for a newborns nursery.

Lilly et Louis This Spring/Summer brings a stunning collection from Lilly et Louis. Called Meditteranean Cruise, this collection is clean and simple with intricate detailing and haute couture handmade dresses. A stunning collection fit for any little prince or princess!

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Magnus & Mouse We love the simple yet playful bedding designs from Magnus & Mouse. The sheets are modern, stylish and look great; whilst also being practical enough for everyday use. This means all the bedding is wonderfully soft, easy to use, stays secure on the mattress and stands up to the rigours of the washing machine. Prints include pineapples, clouds, lions ands owls and are suitable for both boys and girls. We love.

Karen Brost Inspired by the magical and mesmerising, this beautiful collection sees Karen’s signature style return with golden piping, tuxedo dresses and track pants. This collection also sees the launch of Karen’s new novelty tights and are predicted to be the perfect gift item of the season.

Little Mashers London brand, Little Mashers specialises in cool and fun clothing and gifts for 0-12 year olds. Their fantastic chalkboard t-shirts come in a little gift box with a set of chalks so your child can unleash their creative side. The new Chalk + Talk chalkboard book allows kids to express themselves through writing, drawing and talking. Perfect for long car journeys, restaurants or just rainy days at home. All products are fairtrade and organic and made in the UK. Playful and quirky designs you and your children will love. 11


re-be We are very excited to introduce re-be and to welcome them to Little Flea. re-be salvage old garments and unwanted fabrics and upcycle them into gorgeous oneof-a-kind designs. In our throw away and mass produced world, it’s so lovely to see a brand that is addressing our wasteful society and making something unique and beautiful instead. re-be also offer a bespoke service where cherished pieces that no longer fit or have been handed down from previous generations, can be re-worked to create a ‘Heritage Piece’ that is truly original and individual.

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A Mini Penny Cool jewellery brand A Mini Penny is an amazing accessories brand that offers beauiful porcelain and enamel necklaces for rad boys and girls. magical unicorns and pretty ballerinas mix with sharks and dinosaurs to fit any boys or girls style. This season introduces their new pompom rings in pink and black too. We love their quirky and playful collection.

Stylish Parties Stylish Parties has everything you need for your perfect stylish children’s party! They have sourced the globe to give you fantastic ideas for children’s party bags, loads of party bag fillers or to save time, their luxury pre-filled party bags will be available soon. Stylish Parties also offer ready to go party packs, gorgeous decorations, tableware, stationery and cards to make your child’s party perfect.

Olivier Baby and Kids Olivier Baby and Kids produce 100% cashmere and Liberty print clothing for babies and children up to 10 years. Their new Spring/Summer range includes playsuits, dungarees, shorts, skirts, dresses and matching sun hats with a focus on unique and fun designs. These gorgeous pieces are exceptional quality and feel as good as they look. 13


‘Where old clothes become young again’

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So, we salvage old, discarded and vintage clothes and upcycle them into beautiful and unique clothes for children and babies.

website: www.re-be.co.uk re - think

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The Cool Kids Back in December 2014 we launched a nationwide model competition. Out of hundreds of entries, we had the very hard task of choosing a finalist. We got it down to a shortlist but were so impressed, that we decided to choose three winners! And here they are, Lottie (with a broken arm - ouch!), Finley and Louis. Our gorgeous winners and stars of our Spring Summer 2015 issue. Photography: Sharon Cooper Hair by: Holly Power (jollylocks@hotmail.com) Art Direction: Anna Cascarina

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Mint green melon sweater â‚Ź45 Bobo Choses. Blue denim shorts ÂŁ60 Little Remix. Tripod light from a selection at egg + Kate

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Lottie: Black dress £45 Soft Gallery. Wave print footless tights £15 Funky Legs. Louis: I Love London tee £26 Abc123me, blue joggers £35 Soft Gallery. Soft Diamond Dog toy £35 Sally Nencini

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Louis: Grey this is a flag tee £16 The Fableists. Blue paint joggers £35 Soft Gallery. Finley: orange and white baseball top £20 The Fableists, blue 100% Alpaca leggings £38 Waddler. Lottie: Navy denim dress €69 Bobo Choses. Explosion proof mining lamp from a selection at egg + Kate

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Grey ‘I have seriously Amazing Powers’ t-shirt €24 Shampoodle, Jeans £68.95 Scotch Shrunk. Bad Eye Lily doll £80 Lucky Boy Sunday @ Lapin & Me, Diamond Dog toy £35 and dinosaur knitted cushion £55 Sally Nencini

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Lottie: Blue fine stripe dress £60 Little Remix, Palm print espadrilles £36.95 Scotch Shrunk. Louis: Navy cord Jacket £145 and navy cord trousers £75 from Abc123me, white ‘You are what you wear’ t-shirt £16 The Fableists, Navy lace up shoes £67 Young Soles. Finley: Brown cord jacket £145, white printed t-shirt £26 and brown cord trousers £75 Abc123me, Tan buckle shoes £70 Young Soles.

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Louis: Blue hooded zip up sweatshirt £64.50 Abc123me. Chevron stripe shorts €39 Bobo Choses. Lottie: We run this show vest £20 Cute Graffiti, pink spot skirt €49 Bobo Choses, yellow sunglasses £10 Rockahula kids.

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White ‘dress good’ tee £16 The Fableists, black & white chevron harems £19.50 Love Frankie

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White bowler hat t-shirt £24 Waddler. Jeans (shown on ‘Who are the Cool kids? page) £30 The Fableists

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Louis: t-shirt & harems as before. Lottie: Leopard print dress ÂŁ35 Soft Gallery

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Lottie: Denim palm tree print jumpsuit £58 Scotch R’Belle. Finley: Yellow surf tee £34.95 and jeans £68.95 Scotch Shrunk, trucker cap £18 Cute Graffiti. Louis: blue ‘born on the beach’ tee £29.95 and light denim shorts £62.95 Scotch Shrunk, Skate trucker cap £18 Cute Graffiti.

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Navy lace dress ÂŁ58 Troizenfants

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Louis: paint splodge sweat £40 Soft Gallery, denim shorts £62.95 Scotch Shrunk. Finley: Orange boiler suit €89 Bobo Choses.

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Stripe breton top £20 The Fableists, pale blue trousers £75.95 Scotch R-Belle. Face cushion £30 Le Train Fantome. Mannequin light from a selection at egg + kate.

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We caught up with our 3 winners to find out a little more about them... What’s your name?: Louis Henry George McCullough How old are you?: 8 years old Where are you from?: Suffolk What’s your favourite animal?: Lion What do you love about summer?: Playing football in the garden! What’s your favourite food?: Cake What do you want to be when you grow up?: A film director What’s your favourite thing in the whole world?: Going on holiday! What makes you giggle?: The Beano 34


e cool kids? What’s your name?: Lottie Elizabeth Petrou How old are you?: 7 years old Where are you from?: Bexley in England What’s your favourite animal?: Leopards because I like spotty things! What do you love about summer?: Getting on a plane to go on holiday so I can play on the beach and go brown! What’s your favourite food?: Spaghetti bolognese, pizza, tuna pasta, chocolate fudge cake and all flavours of ice-cream! What do you want to be when you grow up?: A boss like my mum or work in a big bank or be famous What’s your favourite thing in the whole world?: Breaking my arm, as staying in hospital was cool and I can stay in class at break time with my friends at school! What makes you giggle?: People farting and bad ‘knock knock’ jokes! What’s your name?: Finley James How old are you?: 7 and 3/4 Where are you from?: I live in Southampton What’s your favourite animal?: Well I love dogs but i’d quite like a goat someday! What do you love about summer?: I love playing in my paddling pool in the garden and going to the beach . What’s your favourite food?: Wagamama’s and Harry Ramsden’s fish What do you want to be when you grow up?: I would like to be an astronaut or a computer programmer. What’s your favourite thing in the whole world?: My cuddly toy called Ossy and my mummy and daddy What makes you giggle?: Being tickled and watching Sponge Bob Squarepants 35


Orange bodysuit ÂŁ19.99 Darlo

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Orange is the new black!

Melamine set £24.99 Colourful Dove

Leggings €37 Macarons Pinafore from €44.95 4 Funky Flavours

Bilibo £19.99 each Moluk

Hairband £5 Rockahula

Bamboo blanket £22 Panda & The Sparrow

Dress €97 Macarons

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Yellow trousers ÂŁ27.75 Mini A Ture at Little Bou

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THEY CALL IT MELLOW YELLOW

Knickers £30 as part of a set, Lilly + Sid

Lamp £65 Lapin & Me

Bib £10 Olive & Moss

Mustard trousers £40 Elfie London

Footless tights £15 Funky Legs

Banana trousers £28 Indikidual

Yellow bow hairclips £5 Rockahula

Heart sweatshirt £24 Love Frankie

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Melon print jumpsuit €45 & scarf €29 Bobo Choses

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Green with envy

Leopard print shoes £165 Chapter 2

Chalkboard tee £19 Little Mashers Swim suit £28 Lilly + Sid

Striped jacket £75 Marmalade & Mash

Mint vest €30 Shampoodle

Croc lunchbag £15 Colourful Dove

Fringed t-shirt £25 Indikidual

Green baby suit £28 Elfie London

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Red leather shoes £65 Young Soles


Paint The town Red

Temporary tattoo €1.50 Tattoofab

Skull vest £15 Love Frankie

Spot bib £6 Love Frankie

Red sandals £35 Hug & Hatch

Swimming costume £19 Indikidual

Snail t-shirt £28 Lilly + Sid

Strawberry necklace €15 Pop Cutie

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Blue dress ÂŁ90 Lilly et Louis

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Out of the Blue

Stripe reversible top €79 Macarons

Ballerina necklace £12 A Mini Penny

Stripe trousers €34 Shampoodle

Slim Jyms pyjamas £24 The Bright Company

Dungarees £37 Olivier Baby

Donkey print blanket £36 Piupia.

Romper £20 Panda and the Sparrow

Blue sweatshirt €49 Bobo Choses

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Pink pj’s £47 and nightie £47 both Atticus & Gilda

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Tickled Pink

Pink mummy and child bracelets €45 Bea Legami Preziosi

Pink nail varnish £9.95 Little Bu

Pink checked blanket £35 Lilly + Sid Fruity romper £22 Olive & Moss

Pink brush shoes £150 Chapter 2

Pink t-shirt £16 Lilly + Sid

Pink romper suit £25 Indikidual Feather print pacifier clip €9.90 Elodie Details

Pink hooded towel €34.90 Elodie Details

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We ask super mums and wonder-women Sarah Tomczak, Grace Woodward and Ellen England how they all balance their working and home lives and why having a career is an important part of who they are.

Sarah Tomczak is Features Director at Red. She has a little girl called Coco and is pregnant with her second child. Can you tell us about your job? I‘m the features director at Red magazine which means I’m responsible for most of the words in the issue each month. I commission and edit the features, as well as writing for the magazine and our website Redonline.co.uk What are the main challenges of being a working parent? Feeling like I’m giving both aspects of my life enough time and commitment. I never want my daughter, Coco, 2, to feel second best but my career is equally important to me. Both are a huge passion and source of pride for me and define who I am.

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How important is it for your children to see you working and to have that role model in their lives? Absolutely essential. Both my husband and I are lucky enough to have found careers we adore and I want Coco to recognise that and hopefully find her own calling. Plus we equally divide the domestic responsibilities, which I believe is vital for women to thrive in the workplace, so I think it’s very important that she just sees this as the norm and expects the same for her own future. Do you find it difficult with childcare? We have a good nursery nearby, grandparents who we can call on occasionally and understanding bosses, so it’s as good as it can be - though I wish it didn’t cost as much as it does! Was it important for you to return to work after having your child? Why? I had to financially and I think the media is a fast-moving industry so I’ve definitely found it beneficial to not be ‘out of the game’ for too long. Although I did take ten months maternity leave and enjoyed every moment of it. I am pregnant again now and plan to take eight months maternity leave this time - my husband will take advantage of the new paternity leave law and do two months too. What does a typical day look like for you? I drop Coco at nursery and get to work in Soho at 9.30am. In the office I’ll do anything from brainstorming ideas to editing copy to writing news pieces for the website to interviewing celebrities. I take a quick lunch, often at my desk, but usually leave at 5.30pm to get home for bath and bedtime. Can you tell me your morning routine? I drop Coco at nursery and my husband picks 54

her up, so mornings are always manic as we never seem to leave enough time to shower, get dressed, have breakfast and pack our bags. Coco invariably eats a banana en route to nursery (she has a proper breakfast there) and I do my make up on the train into London! How do you manage everything? By not having much chance to relax! Life is always pretty manic, but we have lots of friends and are always busy. We try to be super organised and get early nights. Any advice for mums thinking of returning to work? Don’t succumb to feeling guilty (it’s a choice and we put too much pressure on ourselves). Accept that life will be manic - and that things will slip, but it doesn’t matter. Remember that you and your partner are a team and he needs to step up to the domestic stuff to allow you to give your all at work too. And don’t lose sight of the fact that you are setting a great example for your kids too - they need to believe that you can do a job you love AND have a family, not either, or.


Grace Woodward is a celebrity stylist and owner of uber cool vintage store Graceland she has one son called Larkin. www.gracewoodward.com

Can you tell us about Graceland and how it came about? Graceland is in a way the amalgamation of everything I’ve ever done. I’ve collected clothes since I can remember, even before I was a stylist thinking this would be great for a shoot or a client, I looked at clothes as parts of the puzzle you used to build the visual of your personality and so getting rid of anything seems like losing a part of me. However I’ve collected so much stuff I felt keeping it all was starting to feel like I was going to end up on one of Channel 4’s hoarder programmes! I decided I needed to share the love finally. So I now have a shop full of things that I love that are both old and new, collectable and trivial, beautiful and odd, that may have been worn by a celebrity or supermodel along the way that I’m looking for new owners for.

How important is it for your children to see you working and to have that role model? Hmm I think it’s horses for courses, you can be an Incredibly inspiring mum by being 100% devoted to bringing up your kids in an intelligent calm and nurturing environment. On the other hand having working parents can instill a good work ethic in your kids. I think the bit in between, where I fear I might be which is chaotic, frazzled and over stretched working mums who are manically spinning plates might not have the most ideal results for anyone involved. Do you find it difficult with childcare? At the moment yes - Larkin goes to nursery two days a week, I need more but they don’t have space, so I’m also looking for a Nanny too but the cost implication is galling. Nursery is great for his socialisation, I’ve noticed though that as he’s spent lots of time with his Great Grandmother (my mum died when he was 8 weeks old) from that one-on-one time where someone was solely focussed on him, that’s where he’s learnt the most.

Do you ever feel that awful pang of guilt if you’re working? I NEVER feel guilty for working as I don’t do it to get away from Larkin, I do it as an investment in all of our futures. I still haven’t decided on private school or not but I’d like to have the option. It was harder the first few months at nursery when he’d cry when I left, but as soon as I was stuck into things I’d feel that little bit more like myself, it took me a while to understand the changes motherhood had wrought on my identity, having an independent identity can only be good for my future relationship with my son. I don’t want one day for him to go off to find his life only for me to realise I’d given up everything for him. 55


What are the benefits of being a working parent? Sanity, stimulation, identity, fun, earning, independence, looking forward to seeing that little face at the end of the day....

Heartbleeps they made me wear a shower cap and sing, now I know I’m a big fashion show off but I draw the line at parental humiliation as entertainment ..... (I’m joking)

What does a typical day look like for you? It depends which day and if Larkin is teething. At the moment he wakes at 3.30 ish then sleeps till 6. I then try to persuade him to snuggle with me till 7.30 then it’s breakfast, maybe nursery, home, tackle some freelance stuff, a tidy up. I’m writing a kids book so maybe try to get a few thoughts down before opening the shop, pick him up at 6; bath, bed, make dinner, trawl through vintage clothes online whilst watching something like Sons of Anarchy. Then bed by 11.30.

How do you manage everything? Im not one of those women who feels they have to pretend everything is perfect, I’m essentially too lazy to spend the extra energy on the facade, so really the answer is i’m not sure I’m managing everything but things are happening none the less and nothing super bad is happening. My diet, fitness and general appearance have taken a hit, not sure I’ll be getting any modelling campaigns any time soon but something’s gotta give and if that’s a few inches all over then I can live with that for now.

Do you find time to do any groups or clubs with Larkin? We do swimming on a Tuesday as I only open the shop for private appointments then. We’ve done Heartbleeps in the past too and we’re regulars at The Secret Garden in Hitchin. I’m not the best at that kind of thing but I take him to other kids places so I can chat with friends. At

Any advice for mums thinking of returning to work? Retuning to work vs starting a new business is kind of a different thing. I’ve always been self employed so I never really left work, but starting a new business at the time I did requires good childcare. You can do anything if you know your baby is safe and happy.

News Director, Ellen England works for the BBC and has a little 3 year old girl called Poppy. Can you tell us about your job and your role? I’m a News Director for the BBC at their Headquarters in London. I’m part of a massive team who work across all kinds of news outputs that gets sent and viewed all around the world and here in the UK. Do you ever feel that pang of guilt when you’re working? I feel guilt a lot; even though I believe I have just about (and at the risk of sounding smug) found the elusive ‘balance’ by only working three 10 hour days a week. On the rare occasions that I do end up with a small child clinging to me at the nursery drop off; the guilt bell tolls very loud ly in my mummy brain as I sloop back out the 56

gates and down the hill to the station, everything just seems a bit greyer for a while after that. I feel guilt at being at work and then guilt at being at home but desperately trying to catch up with some housework whilst she toddles along behind me. How important is it for your children to see you working and to have that role model in their lives? I am proud of what I do, my journey to get to directing BBC London News has been a pretty hard graft at times. I’m becoming increasing proud that I manage to balance it all most of the time too. The BBC is full of working Mums who are juggling just as much, if not more than me and it’s great to be surrounded by that sounding board and support network. What are the benefits of being a working parent? I want Poppy to see that I love my job and I worked hard to get to where I am when she’s a bit older to understand where I go. I also want her to understand I work because what I earn


pays the bills too. I like walking with my weekly posh coffee treat out of Oxford Circus tube, I like the feeling that its ok to be the me I was before I had my beautiful daughter; the me who was a little bit more selfish and a lot less stained. What does a typical day look like for you? I work from lunchtime till 11 o’clock at night and so as a family there isn’t a mad rush to get us all out the door in the morning - and given that I don’t get to bed till after Midnight, it’s a real blessing. Poppy wakes about 7am and so my husband and I take it in turns to haul her out of her cot and into the bed with me for a bit of a snuggle. If it’s a nursery day, I pack her bag and head off on the short buggy push over there. I’ve realised any time without a child trying to wrestle the phone out of your hand is not to be wasted and so I’ll call a mate or my Mum for a catch up on the way back home. Then its just me, Ken Bruce and a load of chores till I jump in the shower and head off to the station at 12pm. Do you find time to do any groups or clubs with Poppy? Ever since I had Poppy the Children’s Centre’s in the town where we live have offered us a huge amount of support from breast feeding to play sessions and swimming at our local pool. I do take her to commercial play centre’s locally, some are better value ( and cleaner) than others. Just getting our NCT group back together

is good fun for adults and babies a like, we can decimate all manor of establishments in very little time these days.. How do you manage everything? I manage with big list making, a day to a page diary and a Sarah and Duck family calendar, it helps me to write stuff down to see it in my minds’ eye in a hope it might stick in my memory. I also manage because my husband and I are in it together and I know he is completely capable of stepping in when I step out. They say children recognise that each of their parents have their own way of doing things and so I’ve learned to relax and let hubby do it his way with my daughter. I like the fact they have their own world together on the days he does the pick up from nursery. Jon has always done bathtime, they have a ball together and while they splash around upstairs I like to tidy round the toys and make dinner for the two of us. I reset myself a bit from being a Mum to just being a wife again in that half an hour and that helps me tune back into us as a couple. Any advice for mums thinking of returning to work? I borrowed this advice from a well known Mothers website but I thought it was very wise on the subject of returning to work: remember your good enough could well be someone else’s exceptional. I think you’ve got to ease yourself back in and don’t expect too much, too soon. This next bit of advice I can take credit for: Fake it till you feel it. Even if you return to work with red eyes from crying after having left your little one, marmalade on your skirt and that feeling your brain just isn’t going to free up any more space up there; believe in yourself. Take a deep breath and smile! One day very soon, it’ll all just get easier… With thanks to Sarah Tomczak, Grace Woodward and Ellen England. For the full interview visit the Little Flea Blog on the main Little Flea website.

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A Slice of Cake

We can’t resist a Nevie-Pie cake! Whether it’s for birthdays, Christenings or baby showers, these works of yummy art are an absolute delight. We take a look at some of Natashas creations and she tells us the story behind each one.

Owl dessert table This owl cake was a Victoria sponge cake with vanilla buttercream and strawberry jam shaped and decorated as a stylised owl. We also added chocolate ladybird cake pops and vanilla iced gems. To create a woodland feel we used a log as the cake stand and added some leafy garlands. We also found lots of owl figurines in charity shops that we sprayed white. I always really enjoy putting dessert tables together, I always try to make them look unusual and fun. 60


The Owl and the Pussy Cat This cake was for a little girl who was having an Owl and Pussy Cat themed party. It was a chocolate sponge cake with chocolate buttercream. My original training was as an illustrator so I really enjoyed coming up with the design. I created little figures who were dressed up as the characters from the poem. I also worked as a textile designer so I added some ditsy patterns. I would love to paint these characters into a book! 61


Mimosa baby shower cake This was for a baby shower and all I was told was that they were drinking Mimosa cocktails and the rest was left up to me! So I painted a topper with a mummy bird looking after her little egg, and Mimosa blossoms around the edge of the cake. The cake was an elderflower flavoured sponge with elderflower buttercream and gooseberry jam filling. This is one of my favourite designs as I love the vintage birds nest, but the whole cake still has a contemporary look. 62


With thanks to Natasha Collins of Nevie-Pie cakes. For more information visit www.neviepiecakes.com.

Unicorn festival cake This cake was for a naming ceremony which took place in the woods with a festival vibe and Unicorn theme. The bottom tier was a rich chocolate mud cake made up of two cakes and covered with one piece of fondant. The top tier was orange sponge with chocolate orange ganache and I painted the children sitting on a unicorn. I added stamped circles and splashes of paint as well as bright 3d flowers. The whole cake was very individual and totally gluten free. 63


Bamboo clothes for your little ones

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Meet our Baby Shoot Photographer, Binky Nixon Our ‘Rock-a-bye Baby’ shoot was shot by the very talented wedding and portrait photographer, Binky Nixon. A beautiful lady inside and out, she is the perfect choice for a children’s or family shoot, as her natural style puts everyone at ease to create a truly relaxed and memorable day. Binky’s aim is to capture those special family moments in her stunning images. Her style of photography brings the essence of your loved ones to life in a simple yet artistic way. Binky loves the moment when a mummy smiles at her baby, a new born baby yawns or when a daddy cuddles his child, each moment is precious and Binky’s pictures will capture them forever. Binky is now a new mum herself to baby Walt and is enjoying spending precious time with him and taking scrumptious photos of the little poppet. To book an amazing children’s or family shoot, get in touch with Binky via her website.

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Bubba-licious We’ve found the cutest clothing and accessories for your little bubba. All we need now is a bit of sunshine.

Potty pants £15 Quack Quack Moo

Baby vest £16 Little Mashers

Pacifiers €8.90 Elodie Details

Buggy liner €34.90 Elodie Details

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Beige dungarees £30 Elfie London Romper & hat £22 The Bright Company

Cloud onesie £20 Lilly + Sid

Booties £29 Annaliv

Stripy hat £15 Lilly et Louis Yellow spot vest £20 Indikidual

Grey & mint trousers £17.99 Darlo

Bubble bath & Shampoo £7.50 each Love Soap

Ballet socks £18 Karen Brost

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Hush little baby, don’t you cry There’s no denying that our children feel comfort when we are close-by, and research has shown that co-sleeping can benefit their sleep patterns. But how do we get our independence back while keeping their security intact. The Lulla doll by Roro could be the answer. This soothing doll imitates closeness of a caregiver at rest with its soothing sounds of real heartbeat & breathing and soft touch. Lulla’s unique design is based on scientific research that shows how closeness improves sleep, wellbeing and safety. The aim of Lulla Doll is to help babies sleep longer and feel safer and comforted. We speak to Eyrun Eggertsdottir, the creator of the amazing Lulla doll and ask her how this groundbreaking doll came about... Please can you tell us about your background? I have a BS in psychology and a diploma in art and design. How did you come up with the idea? Having read the numerous research on the positive effects of closeness I made an effort to keep my little boys close to me as much as possible. When I held them in my arms or slept with them by my side they would sleep for longer and I felt they were more stable. lease can you tell us a little bit about the However, I was faced with the challenge of also company and how it started? needing a break and rest for myself.

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RoRo was founded at the end of 2011 around a single concept; to make a product for babies that imitated closeness when their parents couldn’t be there. What is the Lulla Doll? The Lulla doll imitates closeness with its soft natural touch and by playing a real life recording of heartbeat and breathing. This unique doll aims to help babies and toddlers sleep, improve well-being and lead to more stable heart & respiratory rates. The concept is based on scientific research on closeness and has been in development for three years with the help of doctors, nurses, midwifes, engineers and a team of parent and baby testers.

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There can be many reasons why parents can´t keep their little ones close. There are everyday situations where babies could benefit from the added feeling of closeness, for example for com-


fort when driving in the car, to help them self soothe or as a sleeping companion when mum and dad are still awake. There are also more serious reasons like illness and hospitalization of parents and babies. Indeed, the idea of the Lulla doll was born when my friend had her baby girl prematurely and had to leave her alone in the hospital every night for two weeks. That really struck a cord with me and it was then that I decided to bring the Lulla doll to life. Can you tell us a bit about the research behind it? The concept of the Lulla doll is based on numerous reseach on different aspects of closeness; research on the effects of kangaroo care (skin to skin), comparison of babies that sleep in the room with their parents vs in their own room (breathing sounds), babies that are held on the right side vs the left (heartbeat sounds), the effects of mechanical sounds and music, comforters and more. The research findings are all similar and tell us that the effects of closeness are: more stable heart and respiratory rate, reduced chance of apnea episodes and SIDS, increased neurological development, better quality sleep and less negative emotions.

The Roro team from left: Eyrun, Birna, the designer and Solveig, the sales & marketing manager.

How can the Lulla doll help newborns sleep? The positive effects I talked about all come together to help babies sleep. When babies are more stable and feel better they are likelier to be able to self soothe, get more quiet sleep, their sleep patterns are healthier and they have longer uninterrupted sleep periods. What about the sound, how does that work? It seems that when babies are close to heartbeat and breathing sounds, they tune into them, and start following the rhythm that they hear, stabilizing their own breathing and heartbeat in return. The Lulla doll sound is made from a real life recording of my dear friend Gudrún, who is a yoga teacher and a mother of four. Guðrún went into a deep meditative state while recording and did heavy, relaxed breathing that is called “ocean breathing” in yoga. What is the doll made of and how did you decide what it was going to look like? I wanted the dolls to have a simple and sweet look. The doll is designed with human features as research has shown that babies from as young as two days old prefer to look at something that resembles a human face. The look of the doll and selection of color is gender and race neutral so it can be suitable for anyone. As the doll is made from natural cotton it can absorb the smell of parents for extra comfort. We recommend the parents keep the doll next to their skin before giving it to the child, so their smell is transferred. That can really give small children a feeling of presence and safety. How much does it cost and when is it going to be available to buy? The dolls are currently in production and will be available at the beginning of April for around £46. They are available to pre-order now at lulladoll.com. with thanks to Eyrun from Roro. For more information visit www.lulladoll.com 95


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Early Rider 12 “ balance bike £149.99 from Toyella

Pond Yachts £22.49 from Toyella

Space hopper £6.99 from Party Ark


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Water gun £0.75 from Party Ark

Ice-cream bubbles £1.95 from Feather Grey

Tipping wheelbarrow €129.70 from Sirch

Gardening set £26.99 from Toyella

Jump rope £9.99 from Toyella

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£68.95 Scotch R’Belle €56 Bobo Choses

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There’s nothing cooler than a grey sweatshirt and we’ve found the perfect styles to kick back and relax in.

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My mate the monster Who’s that shadowy figure lurking in the background...? meet Eric, my cuddly monster friend! Photography: Tabitha Wilson Styling: Anna Cascarina

Black swimsuit €29 Shampoodle. Mustard monster feet shorts €39 Bobo Choses. Skateboard £98 Abc123me

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Lion sweatshirt £45 Soft Gallery. Denim skirt £20 The Fableists. Monkey boots from £78 Young Soles.

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Mustard tiger sweatshirt £41 PopupShop. Grey star shorts £20 Funky Legs. Pink ears hairband €9 Pop Cutie

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Peach sweatshirt €37 Shampoodle. Palm print skort £45.95 Scotch R’Belle. Monkey boots as before.

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Green monster feet sweatshirt €45 Bobo Choses. Pink trousers £40 Elfie London. Skateboard £98 Abc123me. Shoes models own

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Grey reversible wolf ears jumper from ÂŁ72 Waddler. Moustache print shorts ÂŁ20 Funky Legs.

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This cool little dude is one of the worlds most promising young skaters. He lives and breathes skateboarding and at only 8 years of age, he’s destined for greatness. Meet Harper Cunningham. 126


We were intrigued about Harper when we found out he was one of the brand ambassadors for cool boys-wear label, Abc123me. We love his laid back style and energy so we asked him a few questions to find out more. What is your name? Harper Cunningham Do you have a nickname? Bubbies How old are you? 8 Where do you live? Phoenix, Arizona What is your favourite thing ever? Skateboarding What makes you say ‘yuck’! Creamed spinach How old were you when you started skating? Four What do you love about skating? You get to be creative and do what you want to do, and you get to have fun! Where is the best skate park in the world? Venice Beach What’s the best trick you can do? Backside Flip What is your favourite food and drink? Diet Coke and Grilled Steak What’s your favourite subject at school? PE (Physical Education) What’s your least favorite? Math/music If you could be an animal, what would it be and why? Shark, cuz u can eat what ever you want. What do you want to be when you grow up? Pro Skater What music do you listen to? Today’s hits

Do you have a favourite band? Imagine Dragons What makes you happy? Family vacations Who is the best skateboarder in the world? Trey Wood What’s your favourite piece of clothing? My Corduroy Suit by Abc123me Got any good jokes? What side of the dog has the most hair? Answer; The outside LOL! What makes you really happy? Fishing! Harper in his Abc123me cord jacket and trousers.

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Interior Heaven

From wallpaper to rugs, we have found the best interiors to update your living space this summer.

This fabulous range of wallpapers by design duo Sas & Yosh are all beautifully hand designed with the most gorgeous illustrative designs. This green ‘flying Journey’ (main photo) and pink ‘flower girls’ print would make the most fantastic feature wall in either a playroom or child’s bedroom and comes in an assortment of colours. The wallpaper is digitally printed on non woven matt paper and is £70 per 10.2 metre roll.

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We fell in love with Camomile London’s beautiful range of bedding when we spotted it at London trade show, Dot to Dot. Stunning fabrics in calm muted colours with a Scandinavian feel, this range of stylish bedding includes cot bumpers, duvet sets, sleeping bags, quilts and cushions. Perfect for a little ones bedroom. We want the lot! Launches in April

Little Bou have a fantastic range of contemporary interiors for the ultra stylish and modern family. The Caravan Crib £1,154 (left) by Kalon Studios converts easily into a toddler bed and has a sleek classic look in ultra bold colours. The Peludi Caspar height adjustable table £332 (below) is another clever design. Coming in 6 different colours, this neat little desk is incredibly lightweight, the perfect desk for kiddies.

SKK Lighting have a fantastic selection of fun lighting for kids and adults alike! Ranging from Buddha’s to dogs to apples to dinosaurs, this range of amazing lighting will transform any room. Our favourite is this cute little pug lamp, £75.

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The Bright Company are renowned for their gorgeous pyjamas and bedding and the S/S 15 collection is set to be a huge success too. This amazing bedding set is £55 and it’s cotton interlock fabric is the same knitted fabric as their Slim Jyms pjyamas so it’s super soft and snuggly, perfect for a cosy night’s sleep.

Chocovenyl have the most amazing selection of wall stickers and wall art. There’s animals, vehicles, monsters, princesses, dolls, butterflies and many more. New in is this stunning stag, £50 which is absolutely beautful and would make a magnificent addition to any room.

Elodie details range of interiors for children’s rooms are understated and practical. This gorgeous grey storage basket €39.90, is practically perfect in every way!

These amazing little P’kolino silly soft seating £45 from Little Bou, is a fun and interactive combination of stuffed toy and modular toddler seating which has many features to support the developmental needs of toddlers and appeal to their inquisitive and imaginative nature. Sturdy enough for a wobbly toddler to balance on and light weight enough to move around, these seats are a fabulously fun gross motor tool. 132


Love Frankie’s cute and playful designs will soon be available in bedding form and we are in love. Perfectly matched to their range of fun cushions, the fab collection will ensure bedtime is a breeze! Available in the summer, prices start from £60 for a double sided cot duvet and pilowcase

This wonderfully simple and streamlined Sibis Afra desk €186.90 and Sibis Sepp chair €108.80 by Sirch are beautifully crafted pieces using raw finely polished birch plywood and high quality felt. For ages 6 years and up, it’s almost too good for homework! Little Rowen & Wren’s range of gorgeous toys and interiors for children are stunning. These new bean bags have just launched and at £58 each, are the perfect way to liven up a child’s bedroom. We’ll take one in each colour please!

Bobo Choses range of rugs are always highly sought after and this one from the S/S 15 collection is fab. The ‘Guess who’s coming for breakfast’ theme is perfectly highlighted here with their friendly monster eyes bringing kids rooms to life. €195

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Beautiful prints and postcards to brighten up your world Showler & Showler make bold and colourful art prints and postcards for you to hang on your walls and send to your friends! All of our prints are lovingly printed to order in the U.K and designed to fit standard frames from retailers such as Ikea and Habitat. To see the full range visit www.showlerandshowler.com


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Pop Cutie Ruby has fallen in love with the cute jewellery and accessories brand, Pop Cutie. She loves the fun and unique designs that she says are perfect for her and her friends. The range includes necklaces, rings, hair accessories, earrings, stationery and gifts all with a Japanese Kawaii style. Designed and produced in Denmark, these high quality gorgeous items will finish off an outfit with charm and originality. 140


Opposite page: Doughnut hairclips €6, Ice-cream necklace €15. This page: Mouse ears hairband €9, Rainbow necklace €16, Burger and fries necklaces €15 for set. All Pop Cutie. To see more of their stunning range. Visit their website.

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Pippa picks the delightful costumes from Animalesque Pippa has been losing herself in her imagination and dressing up in this issue’s Pippa’s Picks. And what better way to play dress up than with the incredible designs by Animalesque. Ranging from peacocks to fish to owls, this new selection of the Animalesque headdresses now include waistcoats, attachable tails or elegant bustles, flamboyant collars or smart bow ties. These wonderful costumes allow children to delve into storytelling and imaginative play. Over the page Pippa plays make-believe dressed up as a Rabbit and a Fox. Pippa says her favourite part of the outfits were the waistcoats and tails! Visit their website for more glorious costumes. 143


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BARSHAM BARNS Luxury Holiday Barns for Groups or Family Parties Take off to the big blue skies of North Norfolk with a party of family or friends. Our holiday barns are stylish and comfortable: the perfect venue for a relaxing weekend break or to host a special celebration.

The barns are set in a tranquil spot, close to lovely beaches and walks; lots of local produce to tempt you to cook fantastic food, or use our chef for anything from drop-off meals to a fully catered dinner party.

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A Place to Stay Holidays with the kids can be a stressful affair. Will the hotel have the facilities you need? Will the apartment be close to shops and amenities? Is the shower going to be working...? Well Barsham Barns and Kid & Coe have helped us select some of their most amazing destinations and stunning properties. All have excellent children’s facilities, all are close to attractions and all have that little bit of luxury that us parents all want from a holiday! From Norfolk to New York, these properties are sure to entice you... all you need to do is book!

Read on to discover some of Kid & Coe and Barsham Barns amazing properties.

To book visit www.kidandcoe.com and www.barshambarns.co.uk


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Grey’s Court Grey’s Court is slightly smaller than The Great East Barn, but no less impressive. It has now been restored to a luxury cottage offering accommodation for 10 people. Converted from old stables, this very spacious single-storey brick and flint building offers everything you need for a large family getaway. The main rooms are all generously proportioned with a cool Scandinavian feel. The panelled sitting room and window seat has a woodburning stove for chillier evenings and to keep you cosy after a busy day crabbing at the beach. The huge open plan kitchen and dining area comfortably seats 10 for fun family mealtimes and the space opens up outside too where the children can run around safely in the spacious enclosed garden. With access to games rooms, a spa and steam room and with some of the UK’s most stunning beaches nearby, this fantastic cottage is a must. 150


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The Great East Barn The Great East Barn is the largest of 5 historic farm buildings lovingly restored by an architect and his wife. It used to be a massive 19th century granary and sits in a tranquil valley. Perfect for a large family gathering or celebration, this luxurious holiday cottage gives you plenty of space marrying traditional rustic charm with crisp modern furnishings. The large central island kitchen extends into an airy glazed dining room with fantastic views. Outside there’s a wonderful terrace to soak up the sun with steps up to an extensive lawn and a wild flower meadow. Out and about there’s many stunning beaches as well as historic houses such as Holkham Hall, Blinkling Hall and Sandringham House. For the kiddies there’s plenty of attractions like the Sea Life Sanctuary and the North Norfolk Steam Railway or for those with a bit of adventure, Go Ape will set your inner Tarzan free! 151


Edinburgh

The Nelson Street Residence Luxury touches with exceptional period pieces adorn this stunning Georgian apartment in the heart of Edinburgh in Scotland, and it even comes with the option of a private chef for in-house dining! There are great amenities for little ones plus access to a lovely private garden, making it the perfect stay for a large family seeking a city break. Comfy armchairs, an extensive range of toys and games, a bath with an amazing view and not to mention a sleek and modern kitchen, this really is the ideal place from which to explore Edinburgh. There are plenty of leafy parks and playgrounds for the children to run around in, lots of galleries and museums and of course the not to be missed Edinburgh Castle. Situated within walking distance of most attactions, you can really explore the city before heading home for a game of backgammon by the fire. 152


Paris

The CĂŠsar Residence Once the residence of French Sculptor, CĂŠsar, this beautiful home has now been transformed into a light and airy house that sleeps up to 6. The owners have kept the distinct artists studio feel, with beautiful bathrooms, a large open plan lounge-kitchen and a light filled loft room, perfect for families due to its quiet location down a pretty cobbled alley in the Broca quarter of Paris. There are plenty of toys and books to keep the kiddies entertained in a space that they can spread out and relax in. The main living area is light and white, with a floor to ceiling bookcase stacked with art and books. This gorgeous residence gives you the luxury of a relaxing retreat in a Bohemian area while only being 10-15 minutes away from the centre of Paris by Metro which is close by. There are local parks and attractions including the Paris Catacombs and Montpartnasse all nearby. 153


Amsterdam

The Jacob Marisplein Residence Sleeping up to 4 adults and 2 children up to 10, this historic home is on a quiet residential neighbourhood just steps away from the stunning green space, Vondelpark. There are 2 wood panelled living rooms with sumptuous fabrics and drapes and crystal chandeliers and the kids rooms are filled with toys and games to keep the little ones entertained and feel at home. This beautiful residence would suit a larger family and has space for 8 at the dining table and 2 double and 2 single bedrooms. Situated in Hoofddorpplrinbuurt, just west of the centre of Amsterdam, this quiet residential neighbourhood is within easy reach of key attractions including the Rijksmuseum and is bordered by the city’s top parks, the Vondelpark to the east and the Rembrandtpark to the north. Borrow a bike and explore Amsterdam like a local. 154


New York

The W. 95th Street Residence Situated on a tree-lined street in New York City’s beautiful Upper West Side, this 3 bedroom apartment sleeps 2 adults and 2 older children. The beautiful dining room with whitewashed brick, exposed beams and a unique chair swing will delight both kids and adults alike. The private, enclosed garden and patio area allows children to safely run around and play outside and skateboards, bikes and musical instruments add interest for older kids. For any budding artists, the chalkboard wall will be a huge hit too! With Central park only half a block away, access to amazing museums like the American Museum of Natural History within a short walk away, green paths along nearby Hudson River plus a subway station just around the corner, this property has everything you’d need for an amazing stay in the heart of the most exciting city in the world. 155


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Red shoes! Whether it’s glittery Dorothy shoes, lace up booties, leather moccs or classic Mary-Janes. Red shoes are the shoes to be seen in this season.

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We love... The new Spring /Summer 15 collection from gorgeous label LucyPeachSlice. Personal photographs has been the basis for the fabric and the inspiration behind the collections comes from adventures abroad and everyday life. We love the beautiful colours in this lovely summery range.

We love...Nature Zoos wonderful knitted cot mobiles, rattles and toys.Lovely colours and friendly characters create a wonderful collection of soft and treasured gifts perfect for a newborns nursery or childs room. Their music mobiles give out soft gentle music to softly lull a baby to sleep. Check out their website to view their collection.

We love...Michiko and Me’s beautiful collection of Liberty print designs for girls, boys and babies. We also love that Michiko and Me work with Action Against Hunger UK to help end child hunger. A specific donation is made against each product where you can see the logo. 158


We love...Minimondos fantastic range of toys and games. Ranging from building blocks to soft toys to puzzles, these lovely items make the perfect gift and cuddly companion. We also love that boys dolls are catered for too - why should girls have all the fun playing houses and dolls?

We love...Little Jalo’s gorgeous new Kid Mohair ponchos, hats and scarfs to take us through that transitional weather between Winter and Summer. Made of the fine natural and luxurious fibre from the angora goat, which gives the product a unique softness and warmth, these products are absolutely beautiful and come in an array of colours.

We love...The Little Things gorgeous party supplies and gifts. You can pick up everything you need from tableware, party bags, fillers, sweets, decorations, games and gifts. We are partial to a bit of melamine too and this selection in gorgeous lilacs, blues and pinks will make the prettiest addition to a summer picnic in the garden. 159


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Feather Grey

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Funky Feet Fashions

Alice Melvin

Funky Legs

A Mini Penny

Hug & Hatch

Amy & Ivor

I dig denim

Animalesque

Indikidual

Annaliv

Karen Brost

Atticus & Gilda

Kate Hopewell Smith

Ava & Yves

Kid & Coe

Barsham Barns

Lab Boutique

Bea Legami Preziosi

Lapin & Me

Bejaks

Le Train Fantome

Binky Nixon

Lilly et Louis

Bobo Choses

Lilly + Sid

Braveling

Lisa Jones

Buttons Parties

Little Bou

Camomile London

Little Bu

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Little Carousel Gallery


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Little Mashers

Roro

Love Frankie

Rosita Lollipop

Love Soap

Rowen & Wren

LucyPeachSlice

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Macarons

Sas & Yosh

Magnus & Mouse

Seventy Tree

Marmalade & Mash Meenys

Shampoodle

Michiko & Me

Sharon Cooper

Minimondos

Sirch

Moluk

Skk Lighting

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Nature Zoo

Stylish Parties

Nevie-Pie Cakes

Tattoofab

Noodoll

Toadstool Parties

Olive & Moss

Toyella

Olivier Baby & Kids

The Bright Company

Panda and the Sparrow

The Fableists

Party Ark

The Little Things

Piupia

Turner & Cox

Pl-ug

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