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Personalised jewellery from Merci Maman. The perfect present!
Did you write your letter to Santa yet? It's not too late to tell him about the gorgeous personalised jewellery from Merci Maman! ; ) Merci Maman is the brainchild of French mama Béatrice, who started engraving jewellery from her kitchen table in London, and now leads a team of twenty together with her husband ...
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BEAUTY
Dr Jackson's Natural Skin Care
When the lovely Luisa from Niko and Ava told me about Dr Jackson at our LA ShopUp and described him (and I quote) as the "Indiana Jones" of skincare, I was more than intrigued. She very kindly sent me some of Dr Jackson's products to test and now I am not intrigued anymore. I am addicted! ...
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Thursday Thoughts: To shave or not to shave
  Okay ladies, a funny thing happened to me this week. I posted this photo (above) on my Instagram feed to feature a watch brand I like and to talk about the two opposing sides of my personal style, as reflected by my wrists. But, the comments and conversation quickly became focused on my arm hair!!! Some people told me "it looked gross," while others suggested I ...
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BABY
A sweet announcement and my Top 10 Baby and Mama Products
Hello everyone. The ones that follow my blog have read the news already but to the ones that don’t I’m over the moon to share that from this summer on I’m going to be a mama of three! I can hardly believe it. If it wasn’t for the ultrasounds I don’t think I would. We are ...
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BEAUTY
Kiehl's Overnight Hydrating Masque
So here is light and fluffy post for your Friday. Esther and I hung out last weekend as she was in town for the trade shows. We spent a lot of time giggling and being a bit ridiculous, and this year we decided that, instead of spending our night in the bars of my neighbourhood, we would ...
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BEAUTY
My favourite sunsreen -- Aesop's Protective Body Lotion SPF50
I have applied sunscreen every day for the past five months. It's become a normal part of my morning routine: brush teeth, wash face, apply sunscreen. The sun is so harsh here in New Zealand that sunscreen is necessary even on cloudy days! I picked up this Aesop protective body lotion last summer before leaving ...
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BEAUTY
New video: a French braid tutorial
Our newest video is now up on our YouTube Channel! We figured it was easier to show you how to French braid in a video rather than in photos, so here's our first video hair tutorial. We shot this video a couple months ago when I was in Amsterdam visiting Esther, and sweet little Ava ...
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In my hand luggage
I have been on the road so often lately that my suitcase is just sitting open on the floor and gets emptied and refilled again on a regular basis. I also never have the patience for waiting for suitcases at airports, so I have been honing my talents of traveling not only with a capsule wardrobe ...
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Dr Hauschka Sage and Mint Deodorant
For years I have been testing organic, non-toxic deodorants as I, like a lot of you, have been reading about how bad normal deodorants are for us. The problem is: I have never found one that actually works! And I do like smelling good, so that was a bit too much of a stumbling block ...
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HAIR
Hair style: the low flip ponytail
This hair tutorial is extremely easy. Just brush your child's hair, and make a low ponytail using an elastic band. Pull back the elastic band slightly to make room. Then, separate the hair approximately in the middle, creating a gap. Then, flip the hair over and pull through the gap. Voila! Such an easy hairstyle, ...
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Hair style: a messy top-knot
This hairstyle is one of my favourites for Sara -- I think it reflects her style really well (plus, it suits her face). It's easy, but the technique is a bit tricky to explain. I'll do my best, and I think the photos help! Have an elastic band handy. First, brush the hair up high (high!) ...
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Hair style: messy side buns
This hairstyle is so sweet, and also a fast one once you get the hang of the technique. I like the crazy, messy look! Have two elastic bands handy. Brush and part the hair. A messy parting is fine! Form a side pony tail with your left hand. With the other hand, pull the tail ...
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Hair style: double pinned-up braids
This is a hairstyle that I remember from my early childhood. My mum would pin up my braids for festive days, and I would feel so, so special the entire day. (Again, my friend Maud has taken all of the photos.) I started with Julie's hair. Julie is Maud's daughter and Ava's little friend, you might ...
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Hair style: twisties
Twisties (or side buns) have been my super-quick hairdo solution for my girls since Sara started to have hair long enough to work with (and that took years). They're just so quick and easy and always look cute, even when they're completely crooked (I actually like them better that way). They're so quick and easy to ...
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BEAUTY
Pregnancy Yoga DVD by Nadia Narain
I've mentioned Nadia before (here), and in that post I wrote a little bit about how she supported me through my pregnancy with Marlow and how she transformed the way I view childbirth. I am certain it is because of her yoga classes and support that I was able to give birth in a way I ...
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A quick morning make-up solution
With four children to get ready in the morning for their school and daycare, lunch boxes to prepare, gym bags to collect, my mornings are a bit hectic to say the very least.  Most of the time my husband drops the kids off to school on his way to work (all of them piled up on ...
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Kiehl's Midnight Recovery
When it comes to the world of beauty products, I've been living on planet Mars. If you read my beauty uniform post on A Cup of Jo, you'll already know that most of the beauty products I use are ones that I've used since I was a teenager. I hardly ever try anything new. So ...
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BEAUTY
Wearing lipstick!
Apart from playing dress-up with my mom's lipstick when I was little, I have never been a lipstick girl. I tried lip gloss when I was in college, but I could never figure out how to keep my hair from getting stuck in my lips, especially in windy Chicago! (Is there a trick I'm not ...
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Gorgeous jewellery by Tiny-Om
We've known the talented French designer Virginie Dreyer for a while now. She has set up a few wonderful creative initiatives, for instance the charity project Tiny-Us, where you can download a selection of darling stationary. Virginie's newest adventure is her most ambitious and wonderful to date : Tiny-Om, a gorgeous and meaningful line of precious ...
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Organic children's shampoo and conditioner
My oldest daughter Sara was pretty much bald when she was born, and didn't have much hair until she was two. But now that she's eight, she has a head full of it -- there is so, so much of it. (So don't despair, mamas of bald baby girls!) Because detangling all of that hair ...
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BEAUTY
Klorane Dry Shampoo
I have been travelling a lot lately in planes, trains and automobiles... which has been a lot of fun, but the one thing that has suffered a little bit is my hair. Waking up in the early hours and getting my girls ready and out of the door to catch a train does not leave ...
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BEAUTY
An Interview on Chic Little Baby (and some photos from the summer!)
The lovely Maggie from Chic Little Baby recently asked me over to her blog for a little interview as part of her Chic Mum series. We spoke about beauty and fashion (for kids and for mamas!) and I share my very few beauty and health tips.  Hop on over to her blog to read my ...
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Susanne Kaufmann: Heaven for Your Skin
I’ve been on the lookout for good organic cosmetic products for a while now and up to this day I have found quite a few great ones which is not really easy to do to be quite honest. Most of them just don’t do anything for me. But what I noticed is the older I get ...
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BEAUTY
Recipe: Home-Made Deodorant! (Yes, you've Read it Right!)
I’ve already shared this recipe on my blog but it’s so amazing I just have to post it here as well. I’ve tested it during the hot summer days and it works like a charm. It’s natural, organic and like I said – it’s a recipe but it’s not food, in fact it’s deodorant! Yes, ...
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