Category: Kids fashion

Autumn Baby Fashion with Roses and the Stars

childrens fashion, Kids fashion, kids gifts, Kids styling 01/11/2017
Roses and the stars

Roses and the Stars Autumn Style

Autumn is categorically my favourite time of year for fashion for children, because it means that I am able to dress Willa top to toe in knits and texture.

When Rosie Jones from Roses and the Stars got in touch, I was so excited. She is the owner of real life treasure trove Roses and the Stars, an online boutique that I’d been following for a while through Instagram and it was so much fun to create some warm, autumnal looks for little Willa which were all from Rosie’s wonderful shop.

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Willa wears Waddler knitted top, and mustard cord bloomers by Olivier Baby, all from Roses and the Stars.

Whether through using organic materials, working to promote third world cottage industry or the use of local supply chain, Roses and the Stars source premium products which don’t weigh down on your conscience.

Rosie stocks some of my favourite brands such as Waddler and Olivier Baby, and Knot, which has some really useful, quality wardrobe staples. Many of the pieces can be mixed and matched easily and the colours are autumnal and rich.

Donsje shoes at Roses and the Stars

Those darling Donsje shoes- all warm and fluffy on the inside. From Roses and the Stars.

We all fell in love with these little Donsje shoes- Each pair of shoes is designed to keep feet well protected, and with space to move freely so that baby’s feet can develop safely in preparation for their first wobbly steps.

As well as being off the scale on the cute-o-meter with their animal hats and fluffy shoes, Donsje designs with a conscience. As well as owning their own factory and taking responsibility for the lives of their team in Indonesia, founder Floor and her husband Skief also set up the Shining Star School in Kenya. This charity was created in 2010 to provide nursery schooling and free meals to some of Nairobi’s slum children. We love it when successful companies decide to give something back and break away from our take, take, take society.

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The most beautiful Liberty print classic dress in Blackberry by Question Everything. It comes with matching bloomers.

The most perfect, smocked dress for Christmas and parties comes from brand Question Everything from Rosie’s collection at Roses and the Stars and comes in size 6-9 months to 2-3 years with lovely matching bloomers and an adjustable waist tie. I’ve styled Willa in it with ribbed mustard tights and those gorgeous Donsje shoes.

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In love with this knitted hat from Olivier Baby at Roses and the Stars.

 

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Playing out. Willa wears blouse and bloomers by Olivier Baby, shoes by Donjse all at Roses and the Stars, and Barney wears Pierrot knit by Waddler again, from Roses and the Stars.

Knitted pieces by Waddler look and feel amazing. They are handmade in Bolivia from 100% pure Alpaca wool which makes them so comfortable and super soft.

 It’s Luxurious Softness, incredible warmth and rich colours of Alpaca enthralled the creators of Waddler, and inspired the creation of their knitwear pieces. In travels to Bolivia they learned the story of Alpaca, how it was once the clothing of Inca Kings and of how the skills needed to spin and knit it have been handed down over generations.

The family who created Waddler as a brand ensure their knitters are paid three times the minimum wage and they have already seen the results of this ethical pay scheme. Even the alpacas themselves contribute to being one of the planets most eco friendly agricultural animals. Low impact soft feet protect fragile ecosystems and they don’t over graze like sheep or goats.

Rosie’s commitment to buying in ethical brands is really impressive and it’s so good to know that each of her beautiful brands is responsibly sourced, so that you can buy lovely things with a clear conscience.

Find all the pieces over at Roses and the Stars, and many other treasures too.

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Snuggles in soft and warm Waddler knit from Roses and the Stars and Willa’s boots are by Donsje also at Roses and the Stars.

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Some of my Autumn fashion essentials from Roses and the Stars. Denim bloomers by Knot £25, Mustard needlecord bloomers by Olivier Baby £39, Rainbow knit by Waddler £66, Pierrot knit by Waddler £70 and those Donsje shoes £40, all from Roses and the Stars.

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Question Everything dress from Roses and the Stars

 

Roses and the Stars

Gorgeous collar vest by Knot, knit trousers by Waddler and booties by Donsje all at Roses and the Stars.

Roses and the Stars

Romantic vintage style with blouse by Olivier Baby , bloomers by Knot and Donsje shoes, all from Roses and the Stars.

 

With kind thanks to Rosie Jones for sending us these outfits to try on, and we are delighted to keep a couple of them. Visit Roses and the Stars for more beautiful clothing and lots of lovely gift ideas, including Camomile London, Polka Dot Club and many more.

Getting toasty with Tobias and the Bear

children's gifts, Kids fashion, kids gifts 16/09/2017

Its officially Autumn in our neck of the woods up in Yorkshire, and with the change of season upon us, I’ve been baking up a storm (of icing sugar) in the kitchen with my middlest, Barney.

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Each Saturday now, my husband Chris takes our eldest boy Felix, to football training, so myself and Barney get to have some time together. He’s big into projects and loves baking, so we often treat ourselves to kits from BKD London so that we can spend a couple of hours creating something delicious, especially if the weather is being unpredictable. It’s a bit of a life saver for saving us from cabin fever and is easy to do, especially as we have an active one year old crawling about whilst we attempt to do our baking!

BKD London

Barney got all cosy in his new sweatshirt and joggers today from the new Toasty range by Tobias and the Bear. He adores a rare treat of a hot chocolate so loved the cheeky design of them. He now goes to nursery most days through the week and I’m pretty sure he’ll insist on wearing them as often as he can, judging by how much he loves our other Tobias and the Bear pieces which wash and wear beautifully.

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We whipped out the cocoa and the cream and treat ourselves to a cosy mug full each, complete with marshmallows as there’s an autumnal chill in the air today, (not that we needed an excuse). It’s a very rare treat for Barney!

BKD London

Today we are tackled a ‘Little Monster’ cupcake baking kit from BKD which contains everything you need apart from butter and two eggs- which fortunately I cobbled together from our kitchen. I bought a few kits to bring out over the autumn/winter months and spurred on by Bake Off we made a big mess and put together the ingredients.

BKD London

We’ve had such a lovely cosy morning together, and it’s been so much fun to have some quality time away from my work, just focused on Barney.

I get all the guilty Mum feels through the week as I work full time on Velveteen Babies, so being able to do something special at the weekend with the children means so much. When the weather isn’t the best it can be tricky to know how to keep him entertained for a few hours, but baking is something we can both enjoy doing together.

Tobias and the Bear

Tobias and the Bear

And just incase you were wondering… the cupcakes turned out ok!

Barney loved creating the eyes and mouths from the fondant provided and helping me squeeze the hairy buttercream icing onto the tops of the cupcakes.

It was all super easy to do together, though as he’s only three I did have to do some aspects myself. He is feeling proud as punch at what he’s achieved, and they taste pretty delicious too. Hurrah!

Find our adventures with our outdoor mud kitchen in a previous post here.

Coral and Barney x

BKD London

With thanks to Tobias and the Bear for sending us a sweatshirt and joggers from their new Toasty range.

BKD sets were purchased with our own money and all opinions are our own.

Kitchen Aid

Hot chocolate

Mini Sibling 

Children's Room Decor, hip little people, Kids fashion, kids gifts 10/09/2017

Mini-Sibling
There’s a new kid on the block. Introducing Mini Sibling, a new little sister brand to one of our favourite ever kids wear brands, Beau Loves which has just landed at Hip Little People.

Created by designer Faye White for her youngest son Knox, Mini Sibling is a contemporary baby and toddler collection with a unisex and ultra modern palette of backs, greys and nudes.

It’s so positive to see Mini Sibling as a new emerging brand that is completely gender neutral and full of quality, timeless pieces which are easily mixed and matched to create a little capsule wardrobe.

I really love how contemporary the range is, incorporating all the current trends in baby fashion such as knit, texture, grey and ribbed tights- all my favourite aspects and what I look for when sourcing stylish bay clothes for Willa.

Mini-siblingThe new Mini Sibling collection is the easiest to coordinate, and is all made from softest cotton knit, cotton jersey and fleece. These grey knit bloomers are a staple piece which will go with just about anything for small people of both genders. They have lots of tiny detail such as an embroidered logo and a knitted tie detail, and will wash and wear beautifully. I’ve teamed our pair up with the nude ribbed tights which are the most perfect colour, all available online at Hip Little People.

Mini-sibling

Mini Sibling



There is lots of moveabililty in the Mini Sibling collection which makes it perfect for little ones, Willa is now two weeks away from her first Birthday and is incredibly wriggly, crawling and pulling herself up, and all the pieces allow her to move freely and in comfort. Life is a big adventure!

They have also survived the wash and wear test too- each piece has washed beautifully and dried on an airer fairly quickly- I’ve got a few premium knit wear pieces in Willa’s wardrobe that seem to take forever to dry which can be a nightmare! Luckily they all pass my functionality test with flying colours.

This time a year ago I was in full nesting mode, and collecting up a very marvellous baby stash ready for our impending arrival, and the Mini Sibling range would have been on my purchase list- bonus that if you are unsure of the gender of baby, all the pieces are completely perfect for either.

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Willa wears the Mini Sibling reversible sweater/cardigan in black and grey stripes. I love the versatility of this piece, and it’s super soft and is true to size- Willa wears 12-18 months which has room for her to grow, but the sleeves are nicely designed so they fit well and can be rolled back.

Hip Little People has a great offering for Mini Sibling and it’s big brother brand Beau Loves, perfect for coordinating siblings without being too match yet-matchy. There’s a few other styles that I’m coveting too; the cutest little black pixie hat and knitted grey overalls with eye embroidery.

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Mini-sibling
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Thanks to Hip Little People for sending us some pieces from the collection.

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A new den and some Mr Men… 

kid's gifts, Kids fashion, kids interior 05/11/2016

Our friends at Tobias and the Bear launched their eagerly anticipated Mr Men collection this week and we couldn’t wait to try on our ‘ Atishoo ‘ sweatshirt (image for the design features in the Mr Sneeze storybook ) which arrived for Barney.

Tobias and the Bear
The collection uses some original retro graphics from the Mr Men archives which are screen printed with safe, water based inks which are designed and made in Britain.

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Hurrah for the new Tobias and the Bear collection!

As you can see, Barney was very happy to get his super soft snuggly sweater on.

We love the whole collection which is filled with splashes of colour, and gentle monochrome styles with comic book strip style outlines of the Mr Men.

Mr Men leggings
We have also been building dens at home, with our colourful play tent from Djeco and have adopted a pet called ‘Billy the Bunny’!

Our new pet!
Easy to put up ( just a few simple plastic poles) and easy to put away, we plugged in some festoon lights and threw our cushion collection in and voila! a fun little place to read books, snuggle down or play make believe. At £49.99 it’s great value for an easy to store play tent.

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Djeco play tent

A little hideaway by Djeco.

Pull and hop bunny comes from bobbyrabbit.co.uk and is £35. He hops along and has been very popular with Barney. He’s by KidO and is a very maintenance free pet!

Atishoooo!
Playtime with our Djeco tent, add some festoon lights, chuck in some cushions and voila!

Rainbow by Grimms toys, Bunny toy from Bobby Rabbit, tent by Djeco, Sweatshirt by Tobias and the Bear, leggings by Mingo Kids, ‘Play’ sign by La La Loves Decor, Ragamuffin pennant by Roxy Marj.

My hero 

Kids fashion, kids interior 10/08/2016

We are doing our first drop of superhero goodies into our new webshop later today. Our bestselling postcards, storm clouds, monochrome drops and Superhero garlands will finally be in stock (probably not for long!)

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I’ve bribed my smallest boy to help me show our monochrome collection off- luckily he was decked in one of his Beau Loves outfits which was ideal! (We can’t wait for the new collection).

The Superhero garland was one of my very first products, two years ago. Back then it was really tricky to find monochrome kids room accessories so I decided to make my own.. which turned into this business.

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Making a kids space that brings joy to children and adults alike can be tricky, but by keeping walls and flooring clean and neutral you can add pops of colour and fun accessories.

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Our Ferm living tent is well loved and a few years old now, but the kids still enjoy playing in it. We’ve adorned ours with our monochrome droplet garland, and added a Mini Willa poster and Superhero garland to break up our grey walls.

We’ve added pops of bright yellow which works so well with grey and monochrome with a Mama Designs blanket and a yellow lightning bolt light from Ivy Cabin.

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For the love of Liberty

Kids fashion, kids gifts, kids interior 10/07/2016
Velveteen Babies Liberty  garland

Our new cloud garland in Liberty Poppy and daisy print hung on grey ribbon with gold blanket stitch

Liberty prints are heavily influencing the world of children’s clothing and interiors, so

I wanted to bring you my round up of all the Liberty print finds in kids design. Classic Liberty print is reaching all facets of children’s interiors and clothing and I can see no sign of this trend abating. Mixing Liberty print with other natural materials such as linen and pure wool is ideal for creating a classic, timeless children’s comfort space.

The Tipi

Liberty Emma and Georgina print eiderdown. From The Tipi £47. 65×95 cm and backed with cotton percale

I have found beautiful bedding from Coco and Wolf and also a high street buy from La Redoute. Both look best teamed with different textures and layers, rather than ‘matchy matchy’. Coco and Wolf with Little B have some beautiful swan cushions and pillowcases so if you just wanted to update existing bedding with a few touches of print, then this would work really well. Also notable from Coco and Wolf with little B are the changing mat covers In a choice of fabrics.

Coco and Wolf with little B.

Swan cushion from the Little B range by Coco and Wolf.

La Redoute bed set

Liberty Print bedset from La Redoute

Other innovative ways to bring a touch of print to your nursery or children’s interior are the lovely name wire signs from Little Cloud. These pretty name signs would look adorable hung above a bed head or on a shelf. I’m going to treat the baby to one nearer the time. Also from Little Cloud are the lovely moon wall hangings, they would look perfect in a child’s room with one of our Liberty collection garlands, it’s perfect to mix and match prints as long as the base colours are soft and neutral.

Little Cloud also have a great range of cushions, hair clips and crowns by the amazing Fable Heart and delivery is free within the U.K.

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Pretty Moon wall hanging by Little Cloud

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lovely Liberty name signs from Little Cloud

Velveteen Babies Liberty Collection

Velveteen Babies Betsy Cloud garland. The raffia bag is from The Tipi and all moccasins throughout are by Wolfie and Willow.

I’ve also fallen in love with many small businesses producing the most lovely Liberty print baby clothing.

My most recent find is Olivier Baby who have a sweet selection of rompers, bloomers, dresses and tops in a choice of prints and linens with accessories such as ribbed tights and knitted bonnets to complement the range. They have a flash sale on some of the range so take a peek!

Olivier Baby

Olivier Baby romper £39

Another favourite is Coco and Wolf

with a huge range of beautifully made children’s clothing encapsulating the very best of the Liberty print range.

We love the little bloomers and tie top summer suits, perfect for older babies with plenty of leg rolls!

Coco and Wolf

Coco and Wolf bloomers

Coco and Wolf

Betsy romper £42 Coco and Wolf

Bonnets are also crucial to Bebe styling too. I’ve already bought a smal stash from Briar Handmade (from Mama Owl in the U.K)  and they come in a wide range of colours, prints and sizes to suit all little heads.

Briar Handmade

Briar Handmade Bonnets

Also noteworthy are the sweet bonnets and appliqué baby vests and T-shirts from Magnificent Stanley. This UK small business is run by Becky who handcrafts each item from her studio in Lewes, East Sussex.

Magnificent Stanley

bonnets and tees from Magnificent Stanley

Finally, for a seriously budget friendly take on Liberty print, head to Uniqlo where they have a limited edition Liberty X Uniqlo collection. Girls dresses are from £9.90 and double baby vest sets just £7.90. There are styles for both sexes and also a women’s collection.

Liberty X Uniqlo

Liberty X Uniqlo baby vests

Below you’ll find a few more preview pictures of our new Velveteen Babies does Liberty collection. The garland styles will also be available in the other prints, and will launch in my Etsy shop on the 30th July. There will be limited quantities of each design and print so keep an eye out for our launch announcement.

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Velveteen Babies does Liberty Poppy and Daisy bunny garland . Bunnies have gold thread french knot eyes and are blanket stitched round inanyique gold thread.

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Velveteen Babies does Liberty Betsy Star garland

Velveteen Babies does Liberty

Velveteen Babies does Liberty Poppy and Daisy cloud garland

Velveteen Babies does Liberty

Velveteen Babies does Liberty Betsy cloud garland

Velveteen Babies does Liberty.

Velveteen Babies does Liberty Betsy drops garland.

Tobias and the bear

Bat theme, Children's Room Decor, For kids, Hipster kids, Inspiring interiors, interior, Interiors, Kids Bedroom, Kids fashion, Kids style, Kids styling, Monochrome kids, Monochrome kids style, tobias and the bear, Unisex kids style, velveteen babies 15/05/2016

The incredible Tobias and the Bear launch their new ‘Batty’ range very soon and we are so excited to give you a sneaky preview. We’ve long been huge fans of their leggings, t-shirts and fabulous bedding which are a brilliant partner to our Velveteen Babies garlands. 

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Batty Leggings


Barney is wearing the new Batty leggings in a size 2-3 which are a great fit, and the monochrome style fits so well with this tee from Nor-folk. Tobias and the bear are also releasing a black batty tee which we’ll have to get our hands on! 

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The range complements our superhero garland so well that we just had to create a room set to take some pictures. The unisex contemporary styling of the range is sure to be a hit with design loving parents, and the cheeky bat design a must have for small people, a win-win situation. 

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Find the full range of Tobias and the Bear products here and keep a look out for the release of the new Batty design, coming very soon…. 

You’ll be able to order your own superhero garland from Friday June 3rd when Velveteen Babies reopens. 

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Tobias and the bear
Tobias and the Bear
Storage bag by Ferm Living, toy cars by Kiko and Karuma at Abacus Kids, Moccasins by Wolfie and Willow, Superhero garland and print by Velveteen Babies, Eames style rocking chair from Mini Eden.