Win a Set of Iconic Petit Bateau Outfits!



I have always loved seeing my kids absorbed in an intricate game of their own making. There is something so special and touching about the imaginary worlds that children are able to create in their own heads, and encouraging creativity and imagination is one of the best ways to nurture our children.  (I recently watched my two boys pretending to be dinosaurs in the front yard, so absorbed in their role play they didn’t even notice me nearby. Long may this imaginative play last between those two!!)

One of our favourite brands Petit Bateau are celebrating the wonder of children’s imaginations and inventive natures in a beautiful new film, The Mini Factory which you can watch here.


The film is a colourful, nostalgic journey of childhood creativity. The kids and I watched this on repeat several times and giggled along with the joyful robotics and t-shirts doing the hula (and the rubber gloves for the cow’s udder! brilliant!).

The film features a secret factory and a young factory controller (Max) who stretches and splatters, tugs and tests clothes to their limits while his little sister Louise and dog Scratch stand guard outside.



Clothes take on a life of their own, trousers dance to the beat of remote-controlled cars and a steam engine pours chocolate over a conveyer belt packed with undergarments. It is a joyful, whimsical salute to Petit Bateau’s own factory in Troyes, France, where each item they create is the fruit of a lasting commitment to fantasy and quality.


But what happens next? Petit Bateau would love you to come up with your very own version to end the story. If you can help write the next chapter to the film, you could win a set of iconic Petit Bateau outfits, including their trusty mariniere and weatherproof raincoats!

Here at Babyccino, we have donned our thinking caps and imagined our own ending to Max, Louise and Scratch’s adventures: in our heads, we see Max, Louise and Scratch returning to the factory for a second time, constructing their own tent out of striped sweaters, cotton t-shirts and sturdy nightwear. Once constructed and tested to its fullest in the factory, the three intrepid inventors set out for a night beneath the stars!

Indulge your creativity over on Petit Bateau’s Instagram by entering here. The contest ends on Monday the 30th of November 2015 and entries must be no longer than five sentences.

Good luck everyone!


The post has been sponsored by Petit Bateau, a brand we have loved for as long as we can remember. We were thrilled to be asked to help promote this beautiful new film. 

Classic & cosy clothes from Pepa & Co

Pepa & Co by Babyccino Kids

Pepa & Co is a London based online boutique, offering a collection of beautifully designed fashion, all sustainably made in, and sourced from Spain. The collection is handpicked by Pepa, the lovely owner, who has an eye for selecting a nice mix of classic and contemporary pieces — all so stylish and charming!


A highlight in Pepa & Co’s winter collection this year are the long-sleeved, organic shirts and onesies with darling Liberty collars. They are available from size 3 months to 8 years, and are so sweet, soft and cosy — and so effortlessly stylish! Baby Orla is wearing a onesie with a basic blue collar, isn’t she just divine?

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I love how sweet and simple they are, and it is such a great layering piece — perfect combined with that adorable knitted all-in-one piece!


Last but not least, how sweet are those moccasins? Keeping tiny feet warm and adding the most adorable touch to little baby legs in teeny tiny tights… So cute!

xxx Esther

PS This post is sponsored by Pepa & Co, a company we love and respect and a long-time member of our shopping portal.

Beautiful fashion and knitwear from Omibia


Last year at the ShopUp, a sweet lady came up to me, presenting me her beautiful business card and telling me about the brand she was setting up, a collection of luxury children’s fashion and knitwear called Omibia. She told me she hoped that next year she could join us for the ShopUp, and I told her I most certainly hoped so too! And now I’m so happy to say that indeed Omibia (and that sweet lady called Mercedes) will be there, with their first beautiful collection.


Omibia aims to create beautiful baby and children’s clothing of the highest quality and style, but without compromising the manufacturing process, which is respectful to the people, places and the natural processes involved. All items are made entirely from certified organic and natural fibres, like luxuriant baby alpacas, or soft cottons. I personally love the beautiful colours, patterns and detailing of the knitwear collection — Mercedes kindly sent us some samples to test over the year, and the quality of those knits is truly amazing and the fit is superb.

I can’t wait to meet Mercedes again in London next month, and this time with a collection worthy to be discovered!

xxx Esther

Sweet baby Orla (in cosy knits from Nieva)

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Remember I posted about our new Babyccino baby? Team member Helen gave birth to Orla 3 months ago, and she’s just the most adorable baby. Helen brought her over the other day (we Babyccino girls tend to work with our babies in tow), and I had so much fun with that little lady. And, I’m proud to say that I had a first — Orla was laughing out loud, a milestone! (I’m not sure if she thought I was so hilarious or my glasses were, but I don’t care — she laughed and it was absolutely delightful. And contagious too!)

Also — how beautiful are those socks and blanket/scarf from Finish brand Nieva? Nieva is a new children’s brand from Finland, producing high quality and warm — yet lightweight — knitwear. Designer Aino, a mum of two little boys herself, aims to combine timeless and practical Nordic design with the best natural materials she can source. She works with small workshops in Finland, Portugal and Bolivia, with people who work in an honest and dedicated manner and who love what they do.

Nieva collection

The Nieva collection is perfect to layer, and often have clever touches — the baby blanket above becomes a scarf when baby gets bigger, and this sweet alpaca striped vest is double-sided knit and can be reversed for a different look. The detailing is really beautiful, and the knits are ever so soft and strong. A special gift!

xxx Esther

Cute rucksacks from Annaliv

Marlow with rucksack from Annaliv

Annaliv rucksacks

Before we embarked on our trip, we bought backpacks for the kids so they could each carry their school books, journals and reading books. It’s been a great way of keeping their things organised, and it means that we have less to carry in our own suitcases.

All of the backpack options were too big for Marlow, so we ended up getting her one of these smaller, and super cute, rucksacks from Annaliv. It has been perfect for her — just big enough to store her teddy bear, crayons and smaller books. What I also like about these rucksacks is that they easily fold up into a suitcase when not in use, which is great because you can’t always rely on Marlow to carry her rucksack like the bigger kids.

I think these rucksacks are perfect for both travel and everyday adventures. I will share more soon about the bigger kids’ backpacks — and also what they carry inside, if you’re interested?

Courtney x

p.s. Marlow’s cute shoes are from Amy & Ivor. And coincidentally, both of these brands will be at the ShopUp in London next month!


willaby, kids fashion

Our friend Annie (from the lovely Brimful shop) recently introduced me to Willaby, a fairly new American brand with the most darling fashion. Willaby is the brainchild of Kim, an artist/designer from Georgia and mother of one, with a great sense of style. Collections are produced locally, ethically and in small quantities, and are just beautifully simple and timeless, while still being decidedly different in their designs and detailing.

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I love her approach to fashion (she has some beautiful tops for ladies too — I can recommend the denim dolman, a shirt I love!). Here are some photos of Ava and Casper in the Atlas mountains in Morocco last week, wearing the blue bonnet and the checked gauze shirt, that looks absolutely darling and is the right mix between relaxed and dressy for little boys.

Willaby is definitely a brand worth having on your radar (thanks, Annie!). Also, check out their lookbook here for some stunning photos.

xxx Esther

2015 Holiday Gift Guides now live!

Babyccino Kids holiday gift guides 2015

Can you believe we’re talking about the holidays already?!! I can hardly believe it’s November and time to start thinking about holiday gift-buying. Sinterklaas arrives in The Netherlands in just over a month’s time, Hannukah starts around that same time, and then Christmas comes just after that. It’s time to get busy!

The good news is that we’ve rounded up some super cute gift ideas to make it easy, and if you start now…. just think how easy next month will be! We’ve been working behind the scenes for the past month gathering a wonderful selection of gifts for boys, girls, babies and smaller gifts for stocking fillers, all from a selection of our favourite shops.

Check out this year’s Holiday Gift Guides here. Happy shopping!

A day with Ladida

I recently was asked by Ladida to select autumn outfits from their amazing collections for each of my kids — a task I took upon me with pride and pleasure! Autumn is such a beautiful season, the colours of nature are so, so pretty and the low, warm sunlight makes everything even more stunning.

I selected outfits for each of my kids that reflects their personal style and character, but I also made sure they go well together as a ‘set’ — without matching them exactly! Here goes:

Ladida (by Babyccino Kids)

For Casper (3 since yesterday!):

  • This Navy Alien tee by Paul Smith is just too cute. The mouth/zipper opens and there’s a tongue inside!
  • Cute stripy hat and scarf by Dutch label Kidscase. So fun and so cosy!
  • Beautiful slim fitting cords by Bonton – just love that mustard colour.
  • Sweet socks with the signature Paul Smith stripes.

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For Ava (5):

  • Stripy hat and scarf by Kidscase to match her little brother.
  • Pretty teal blue corduroy Bonton dress, super adorable!

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For Pim (8):

  • Fun glasses hat by Emile et Ida
  • A bow-tie, of course, for Pim! (This specific one by Milk & Soda is sold out, but here’s another cool one).
  • Stripy Paul Smith socks to complete the look!
  • Mustard yellow slim Bonton cords, just like his little brother.
  • Absolutely gorgeous gauze shirt in an amazing teal blue, by Bonton.


Ladida (by Babyccino Kids)

For Sara (10):

  • Fox skirt by Emile et Ida — which tween girl wouldn’t love this?
  • This blue Neige shirt has a subtile black polka dot, very pretty.
  • Bonton mustard yellow panda shoulder bag.

Today I’m taking over the Ladida Instagram account, where you can see my kids dressed in the outfits above. I hope you enjoy!

Ladida (Babyccino Kids)

xxx Esther

PS Ladida ships worldwide, and it’s free on bigger orders!

On Casper, kickball, and La Coqueta

La Coqueta CasperThe beautiful Spanish/British brand La Coqueta recently asked me to make a selection of my favourite pieces of their new winter collection, to share on their blog and newsletter. The entire new collection is really adorable, so it was pretty difficult to narrow my choice down to only a few pieces!

La Coqueta CasperCasper’s favourite game has been football (or ‘kickball’, as he calls it) since he was a tiny baby. He would crawl after any ball he saw, stand up, kick, etc — until he found out that walking was a more efficient way to play. So we thought it would be nice to take some shots of him playing kickball (in his new La Coqueta outfit, of course!) to go alongside my picks.

La Coqueta CasperThank you La Coqueta, for having me!

xxx Esther

Some favourites from Couverture & the Garbstore


Living in London, I was often asked to share a list of my favourite shops in the city. Couverture was always at the top of my list. It’s been a favourite store for as long as I can remember, and even if I didn’t end up buying anything, I always loved popping into the shop for inspiration. They have a well-curated collection of women’s wear, including many of my favourite brands, and one of the best selection of children’s clothes and toys in London. They also have a really great selection of pretty homewares and accessories with brands you can’t find anywhere else in the UK.

I thought it would be fun to highlight some of my favourite brands and products in store at Couverture, starting with the women’s collection. For one, Couverture is one of the few stockists of Ace & Jig in the UK, and I love the pretty tops in this current collection. (Who am I kidding? I love everything by Ace & Jig.)  I’m also a huge fan of the Steven Alan collection, and this jumpsuit is so good! I discovered the new UK brand, Sideline, last winter and I’m so excited to see them stocked here, and lastly, these Rachel Comey clogs are so cool!


For girls, I love this Morley top, this yellow and white wool beanie, and how cute are the handmade wooden animal friends by Japanese designer, T-Lab?!! I think they make the perfect little birthday gift or stocking stuffer.


For boys, I always love the Penfield collection of coats, fleeces and vests.  I love this little Hansel doll of the Hansel & Gretel fairytale (and dolls for boys! yay!), and the elvish bonnets from Cecilie Telle, available in several different colours. Couverture is also one of the biggest stockists of Bellerose, one of my favourite brands for my boys.


Lastly, I love the baskets as well as all the Hay products in the homewares collection. And that vase! So pretty.

Couverture has recently launched a new website, which is good news for those not living in London, and they are now offering Babyccino readers an exclusive 15% discount, valid now until November 12th. A perfect excuse to get some holiday (dare I say it) shopping done early! Enter code BC15 for a 15% discount at check-out.

Courtney x

This post was sponsored by Couverture. All views expressed are my own, as well as my picks and preferences. I’ve been a longtime fan of this shop (since 2008 when it opened!) and am happy to be able to support them as they continue to grow. 

Beautiful, practical merino wool basics from Luvmother

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Luvmother merino wool shirt
We recently spent the long holiday weekend with my family on our little island in the San Juans (off the coast of Washington State). It is my favourite place in the whole world, a place where I spent my childhood summers and where my mother and grandmother (and great-grandmother!) spent theirs. It makes me so happy to watch my children explore the beauty and nature of this special place, and it was the perfect way to finish off our summer here in the US before our big adventure begins…!

Next, we will spend a month in California (after a short visit to NYC for the ShopUp!) before heading down to discover South America in October. We fly out tomorrow, so I’ll be spending the day today packing suitcases and getting ready for the next leg of our journey.

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Ivy and Quin in LuvMother2 merino wool sweatshirt

After watching my kids spend the summer wearing only a fraction of the clothes in their suitcase, I’ve been reminded that the children don’t need much. Just the basics: a few pairs of shorts, a few tees, one or two warmer layers, and a rainproof outer layer just in case. I’ll be re-packing their suitcases with this in mind and hopefully I’ll reduce the amount of weight we’ll be lugging around with us for the next year (wish me luck!).

One brand I have very happily discovered this summer is LuvMother. This Canadian brand makes light-weight, merino basics and wonderful layering pieces that are perfect for travel and everyday adventures. The kids have been living in their hoodies and sweatshirts now that the weather has cooled a bit, and the soft merino wool keeps them perfectly warm without the need for a bulkier layer.

I also love the design details of the LuvMother pieces — like contrast pockets and elbow patches, and I like that there are no tags or gratuitous labels (the subtle double ‘x’ on the back right-hand shoulder is a perfect signature label in itself). These pieces are not only warm and functional, they’re stylish as well.

Quin in LuvMother
three kids in Luvmother

The LuvMother merino layers are the perfect warm layer to pack for our upcoming travels. I’m hoping to pick up some pieces for Marlow too at the ShopUp this coming Sunday and Monday. LuvMother will be there, so please keep an eye out for their booth!

Courtney x

p.s. LuvMother is currently offering a 15% discount store wide. See info here!

This post was sponsored by LuvMother, a member of our shopping portal and a family-owned brand I adore and respect. All views expressed are my own.

What’s your child’s sleeping routine like?


I was recently chatting to a girlfriend about our children’s sleeping routines, and I though it was interesting to hear how different they are. You see, my children have never had mid-day naps, but have always taken morning naps instead.

I think this originated from when I was a new mum, and Sara had just been born. Totally unexperienced and needing a guideline to follow, I briefly practised Gina Ford ‘s schedule. It didn’t take long (her book with super strict schedules made me a completely stressed out mum) but the accidental result was that Sara ended up having a longer morning nap instead of the more general mid-day nap.

I liked the practicality of the morning nap — while my baby was sleeping, I could shower, get dressed, do laundry and some cleaning, and then by the time she woke up we would be ready for lunch and to go out of the house. (When she was little she would have a second brief nap around 4PM, but she would be happy to have this nap in her pram or pushchair, so it wouldn’t restrict me from going out of the house.) When Pim was born not so long after, I naturally followed the same schedule, which worked great for him too. And I have been doing the same with my other children as well — they all have had longer morning naps instead of the midday nap!


Casper still sleeps in the mornings. We usually put him to bed somewhere between 9 and 10, and he usually sleeps for an hour to an hour and a half. At the end of the day, around 7:30, 8PM, he’s ready to go to bed again —  we usually put him to bed before his bigger siblings, allowing us some quiet reading time with the older children (who are supposed to be in bed around 8:30, but if I’m honest, it’s often later, especially now that it’s summer and warm and light till late!).


I thought it was interesting to bring up this subject, as I know that most people let their child sleep after lunch. I guess you just tweak your schedule to what works best for your family! I would love to know, what kind of sleeping schedule do (or did) you follow with your children? Are you very strict with your routines, or more flexible?

xxx Esther

Beautiful, handmade jewellery by Blanca Monros Gómez

Blanca Gomez engraved rings

When I was a little girl, my Dutch grandmother gave all her granddaughters a simple gold band for us to wear on our little right-hand ring finger. I wore it for years until my finger grew too big, and I remember being so sad when it no longer fit me. I loved wearing it and loved that my sister and I and all our girl cousins shared this little ring in common.

When my grandmother passed away earlier this year, I tried to think of something I could give my children that would remind them of their great grandmother. It was at this time that I was in NYC (for ShopUp preparations) and discovered Blanca Monros Gómez’s beautiful jewellery in a pretty Brooklyn boutique. Her timeless, heirloom pieces reminded me of the jewellery my grandmother had given us when we were young: nothing fancy or overly conspicuous — just really pretty, simple pieces to be cherished forever.

Marlow wearing Blanca Gomez necklace
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Ivy wearing Blanca Gomez necklace

happy Ivy wearing Blanca Gomez

I ended up getting each of the girls a hand-hammered gold band, something to remember their great-grandmother and hopefully keep forever. Blanca, who coincidentally got in touch with me when she saw I was in Brooklyn, very kindly offered to engrave their names into the bands, making the rings that much more special. I then decided that, for now while the girls are still really young, they can wear their rings on a simple gold chain and as they get older they can choose whether to wear the ring on their finger or to keep it on their necklace.

I’m so pleased with how the rings look on their necklaces (it makes me want to do the same with my childhood ring) and I’m so happy that the girls now have these special pieces to continue a family tradition.

Blanca will have a small booth at our ShopUp event in New York next month, so if you’re interested in her beautiful work and happen to be in the NY area, you can pop by to see her pieces in person (September 13th and 14th).

Courtney x

The beautiful new La Coqueta collections…



La Coqueta AW15 collection

Sweet Celia of La Coqueta just sent over some shots of her beautiful new collection, and despite the fact that I’m not quite ready to wave summer goodbye, these stunning shots still made me secretly look forward to crackling fires, hot chocolate in big mugs, stews on the stove, and long wintery walks wrapped up in warm woollens…




I love the old school fashion with the rock-chic sleepy hair in these scenes. (And seriously, how gorgeous is that wallpaper?)






Such adorable outfits — so sweet and pretty and easy to wear. Perfect for school days or lazy weekends. You can find this collection online now!

xxx Esther

Velveteen, a pretty collection and now on sale!

Velveteen is a brand we’ve known and loved for a long time. Each season we make sure to check out their upcoming collections at Playtime, and we’ve enjoyed watching this brand grow over the last few years, getting better and better each season. Their current Spring/Summer collection is definitely our favourite one yet! How pretty are all the colours and fabrics?! I love that the boys’ collection is just as nice as the girls’, with cute shorts and tees that are both simple and stylish.

I’ve just noticed that the Velveteen summer sale has started and all the pieces are now 40% off! A perfect excuse to pick up some summer pieces for the warm months ahead.

Courtney x

Hand embroidered beauties from Cabbages & Kings

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Cabbages & Kings romper

Cabbages & Kings skirt

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How dreamy are all of these images from Cabbages & Kings? Summertime sweetness right there: bare feet, tan little limbs, happy children, long grass, and whimsical pieces so perfect for this time of year.

I am such a fan of all the colourful Mexican embroidery and unique patterns, and love that the pieces are handmade and one-of-a-kind. Cabbages & Kings works with skilled artisans from communities in Mexico and Peru, supporting fair trade and ethical craftsmanship.

The dresses and skirts are so, so pretty, aren’t they? And the little shoes and bibs would make the perfect new baby gifts. Cabbages & Kings are currently offering Babyccino readers a 22% discount on their entire collection. Click over to their profile page on our portal for details and promo code. Hooray for summer!

Courtney x

Mori baby essentials (and parcel service)

Mori baby essentialsOur wonderful team member Helen is heavily pregnant with a little girl, so once again, we have babies on our minds here at Babyccino!

We were recently introduced to Mori, a new and unique parcel service that delivers baby essentials straight to your door, making a new mum’s life so much easier. The team at Mori (existing of three cool guys!) sent Helen their Welcome to the World Newborn Set to try, and we were both squeaking with delight, holding those little pieces in our hands. Made from a soft cotton and bamboo mix, these pieces are so incredibly sweet and soft!

Mori sends out a parcel of gorgeous baby essentials every six weeks, just when your baby is about to enter the next phase. Parcels include 5 must-have items, such as bodysuits, sleepsuits and milk bibs, although you can choose to replace specific items if you wish. The pre-mentioned (extremely soft!) cotton/bamboo mix that all the pieces are made from has natural thermo-regulating properties, perfect to keep baby warmer in winter and cool in summer. Pieces come in neutral colours, and are durable and of high quality — designed to be passed on!

xxx Esther

PS Mori is now offering a great opportunity exclusive to Babyccino Kids readers, to now try out their service for the introduction price of just £10 with code BabyccinoMORI (valid until July 31st 2015).

Exclusive Macarons Flash Sale!

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Macarons is a German-based fashion brand which we have always admired for their innovative way of thinking about fabrics and their never-ending enthusiasm to transform the fashion industry — for the better. Their perseverance to ensure that their collections are 100% produced according the GOTS guidelines, vouching for a strictly ecological, sustainable and fair manufacturing chain is truly admirable.

The Macarons collection are so, so adorable. The pieces are always special, made of the finest fabrics and finished in the most detailed way, with contrasting stitching or a coloured button here or there — details that prove the care and thought that the Macarons team puts in every item. I have passed down Macarons pieces from my bigger to smaller children, and once they outgrow them, my friends’ babies enjoy them and they still are like new. The quality is just so good.

So — we’re super excited to announce that Macarons is offering Babyccino Kids readers a hefty 30% off their entire collection*! This is really awesome — what a perfect opportunity to get to know this beautiful brand if you didn’t already — or to pick up some sweet summer pieces you had your eye on… (For instance — I love the stripy pinafore dress and baggy pants I got for Ava and Casper a little while ago, and if you have a toddler, this bubble suit is so, so adorable! And our babies have seriously lived in these overalls the first years — so practical!)

To redeem your discount, just check out using discount code BKSALE30. Enjoy!! (I just ordered these cool pants Pliso for Pim, he’s going to love them!)

xxx Esther

* Gift vouchers and cfm (cecile for macarons) items can not be included in the sale but all the other items are included.

Muny — comfortable and contemporary clothing from Brooklyn

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When we were in Le Touquet a few weeks ago we had such luck with the weather… It was seriously warm and wonderful that day. The kids were running around through the pretty parks and over the beach, there was no rush, in fact we had all the time in the world to spend with dear friends… Weekends like that will be treasured forever.

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That Sunday Casper and Ava were wearing pieces from Muny, a clothing brand from Brooklyn, and they were just perfect for the occasion — comfortable, easy, and lovely. Aren’t Casper’s Khadi pants pretty? They are so well made with a full lining, and I love the pocket detail on the back. Ava is wearing the Olivia dress, an easy piece for beach, playground or birthday party alike. All of Muny’s pieces are made from natural fabrics which are made by various textile artisans in India, using ancient techniques of wood block printing, handloom weaving and hand dyeing. Very nice!

xxx Esther

PS Shoes are from Amy & Ivor, we love them! Casper’s jumper is from Waddler (on sale now!).

PPS Muny is offering an exclusive 20% deal for Babyccino readers this month — check out our deals here.

Booboos’ Bonnets

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I received the sweetest email last month from Sophie McCurley, a mother of three and a maker of bonnets. She wrote to introduce me to her beautiful collection of handmade bonnets and I’m so glad she did. Aren’t they beautiful? I love the simple, classic styles and the gorgeous fabrics.

I ended up ordering one for Marlow and she wore it all last week when we were in Italy. I find that hats with ties are so handy for young children because they can’t just toss their hat off easily (and they don’t blow off if you’re on a boat, etc.). Not to mention, they are so adorable — Marlow looked deceivingly sweet all week. ; )

Courtney x

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