Marie Puce, gorgeous Parisian fashion for all ages

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It’s not a secret that we love Marie Puce here at Babyccino. We’ve worked with the two sisters behind the brand for many years, and we really admire their dedication to bringing adorable children’s fashion to the market.

Marie Puce have forever been a brand I turned to for pieces for all of my children. I love their easy and sweet style, and I love the fact that many of the styles are available in sizes that range from newborn baby, to teen (even mama!) sizes. Over the years, Marie Puce never failed to impress with their darling collection for both my boys as my girls, and the quality of the pieces has always been outstanding.

With their new summer collection in store, I though it would be fun to put together some styles for both boys as girls of different ages. There are so many wonderful choices that I had no trouble at all to come up with some outfits I love! Here goes…

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For baby girls: a sweet Grenouille jumpsuit, a cosy Mayeul Cardigan, a few Liberty hair slides, and perfect little sandals. That cuddly baby bunny is so sweet, too.

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A baby boy would look so cute in: the Romain jumpsuit, Emile Baby Shirt with tiny pin stripes, sandals. The solar energy car is super cool too, and how fun is the snowy polar bear?

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For little boys I like the Anatole Bermuda Shorts — such a cool colour! The Gaston Shirt with the Boreale Cardigan are perfect with it. And of course, the cool cross strap sandals.

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Little girls look adorable in the Adelaide Dress (I already got it for Ava!). The Boréale Cardigan and the leather sandals together with some Liberty hair slides finish the look.

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OK for teen girls, but also for mama! I love the Lise blouse (with Liberty’s Sim space rain fabric — such a cool name and such a lovely fabric!), the Milou shorts, the sweet silver cat bag, and the Greek sandals.

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For bigger boys, the Jeannot Pullover with the Anatole bermudas, the cross strap sandals and a cool scarf look so perfectly relaxed.

So there we go — now, I definitely have to go and order some more pieces for my children. (I’m glad I already got the sweet Adelaïde dress for Ava. J’adore!)

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We just need some more sun here in the Northern hemispheres…

xxx Esther

PS This post was sponsored by Marie Puce, a company we have personally known and purchased from for many years and one which we are so happy to support here. Marie Puce is also a long-time member of our shopping portal.

Jumpers for women from Babaà Knitwear

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I’ve made it no secret that Babaà is one of my favourite labels for kids. I adore Marta’s vision and the whole ethos behind the brand. The knitwear is perfectly simple, straight-forward, timeless and extremely good quality, meant to be worn and passed down from one child to the next. We have jumpers from Marta’s first collection that are now 4 years old and still in great condition despite being well loved and worn.

Last year she launched a small collection of jumpers for women (equally beautiful!) and this spring she’s expanded the collection with loads of stunning styles. My favourite is this natural, slightly cropped thick cotton jumper. When she gave me a preview of the collection earlier this year, I quickly put dibs on this one. I love layering it over my summer dresses and think it would look super cool with high-waisted jeans too.

Courtney x

p.s. In the photos Marlow’s wearing this cute cotton jumper with contrasting mint neckline, also from Babaà . So cute!

p.p.s. The photos above were snapped by my friend, Amelia Fullarton, here in beautiful Byron Bay. Thank you, Millie, for capturing these sweet moments… and sneaking one of me on my own! x

Five favourite dresses for spring

Dresses are my favourite thing to wear. I love the way they instantly make you feel pretty and feminine. I love that it’s an easy outfit – you don’t have to worry about matching a top and bottom. And I love that you can pair them with sandals for a more relaxed daytime look and dress them up for a smarter nighttime outing. Another favourite thing about dresses is that they seem to stay in style longer than skirts or trousers. I’ve invested in a few favourite dresses over the years which I still wear regularly even five (plus!) years later.

Now that spring is so very near, I thought I would share five beautiful dresses of the season from my very favourite brands and shops.

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1. This Bay Dress from Ace & Jig is the perfect, easy-to-wear dress with a removable skinny tie around the waist. Ace & Jig is my very favourite with their gorgeous textiles and shapes, and really all of their dresses are beautiful and flattering (and their one-pieces too! as comfortable as wearing pyjamas!!).

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2. Christy Dawn takes the cake for pretty, feminine dresses. I love the vintage feel of all of her dresses. (I have the Dawn Dress in a yellow floral print, and it’s one of my very favourite dresses to wear.) The website doesn’t really do the dresses justice (and the stock is low at the moment), but you can sign up for stock updates and be inspired by all the pretty images on their Instagram.

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3. I love the embroidered tunics and kaftans from Star Mela. I have a couple of their beach kaftans and love them — they’re so easy to throw over a swimsuit, and can easily be worn off the beach as well. I love the Mayra Tunic pictured, as well as this pretty Pabla Emb dress (the colours!).

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4. Masscob is another favourite brand I discovered a couple years ago from one of my favourite London shops, Aimé. Their pieces are so effortless and easy to wear. I love this DUNA dress (and also – those sandals!).

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5. Season after season, Hatch comes out with a wonderful collection — to be worn whether you’re pregnant or not. I always love their dresses and jumpsuits. This Riviera Dress is so flattering with the V-neckline and the inverted-V peak at the hem. Equally perfect for daytime or dinner parties!

It was difficult to narrow down my selection to only five – there are so many pretty dresses out there this season, and more still to come!

Courtney x

Our favourite backpacks!

I mentioned in a previous post that each of my kids has been travelling with their own backpack. It’s been a handy way of keeping their belongings (journals, books, collected treasures, etc.) organised, as well as lightening the load of stuff we’re carrying around in our suitcases.

Michael and I also each have a backpack, and again it’s been a great way of keeping things organised. Michael’s backpack has his computer, our chargers, our GoPro camera and other electronics. It also has our guide books, travel documents, and other important stuff. In my backpack is my computer, my journal, and other bits and pieces – including snacks for the kids, a water bottle, chapstick, etc.

I wanted to share where each of our backpacks come from, in case you’re on the look-out for good ones for travel. So here goes…

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Michael has had this waxed cotton rucksack from Ally Capellino for years – I think I gave it to him for his birthday when he turned 40 (I won’t say how many years ago that was. haha!!). He always wore it on his back as he cycled to work in London every day. It is now much-loved but still in great shape, and has proven to be a worthwhile investment.

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I have had this handy Kaos Ransel backpack (which is really a nappy bag!!) for the past year or so. Naomi from The Tipi boutique sent one over for me to test-drive last year, and I’ve loved it so much it has now travelled around the world with me. I’m obviously not using the changing mat bit, but all the other many compartments come in so handy for travelling… and it’s stylish too! (Can you believe that’s a nappy bag?)

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The three bigger kids have backpacks from Herschel Supply Co., each in a different colour to keep their backpacks from getting mixed up. We love these bags – they’re simple, durable, and so cute! Herschel has small ones for children under six as well as bigger ones for the older kids — and obviously cool ones for grown-ups too! (Yesterday, Quin saw a trendy guy walking with a matching backpack in the Sydney airport – and it made him feel so cool that he had the same one. Cute!)

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As I’ve mentioned before, Marlow has this little rucksack from Annaliv which she loves. It’s great because it’s lightweight and easy for her to carry, and it folds up easily (and takes little space in our suitcase) when she’s not wearing it.

I should really get a photo of all six of us walking through an airport with our backpacks and wheelie suitcases. It must be quite the sight! Anyway, I hope these recommendations come in handy.

Courtney x

A simple knitted beanie!

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One of my many New Years resolutions (which I started over the Christmas period) is to continue making things – just because it makes me happy. ; ) I love watching movies in the evenings, but I also like keeping busy so I have started to try to find simple projects that I can do while relaxing in front of a good movie – which is easier said than done!

My first success story (and there have been a couple of fails, I have to admit) has been this simple pattern for a slouchy beanie. I have made it for my friends, I have made it for my daughters and as a present for my friend’s little twin babies. It is so easy and I love the result. The genius thing about it is that you knit it on a round needle so you never have to do anything other than a simple pearl stitch.

Do let me know if you have any other suggestions for simple projects. I would LOVE to hear!

Emilie

A beautiful (and meaningful) baby blanket

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I’m a big fan of muslin blankets — they are so great for all kinds of purposes: swaddling little babies, drying them, keeping them warm (or keeping them shaded from the sun), as a breastfeeding cover, or as a play mat. My kids still use them as towels, throws, play blankets — or we use them as scarfs. I always throw one in a bag if we’re going somewhere, you never know!

When I was in NY for the ShopUp a few weeks ago, I couldn’t resist picking up this beauty from the wonderful Brimful shop stand. It is just SO gorgeous! I love the poem on it, in that beautiful handwriting. Such a sweet message that makes this everyday item so much more meaningful!

xxx Esther

Some favourites from Couverture & the Garbstore

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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. 

The new Hatch collection and some photos from NYC!

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Last week when we were in NYC for the ShopUp, we met up with the talented team from Hatch and had a little photoshoot with some of our favourite pieces from the new Autumn/Winter collection. It was so, so fun to play dress-up in all the stylish clothes, and Esther and I had a blast pretending to be models (haha!) on the streets of Brooklyn.

Esther and I have been long-time fans of the Hatch maternity label since we discovered it during our last pregnancies with Casper and Marlow, and I still wear many of those original Hatch pieces three years later. What I love about Hatch is that you can feel better about investing in stylish maternity clothes knowing that you’ll wear these pieces after pregnancy and for years to come.

The clothes are comfortable and effortlessly stylish, and I love how the shapes seem to fit women of many different sizes, pregnant or not pregnant. The Union Jumpsuit is a perfect example — it looks great on Esther with her tall, skinny body, and then it also works on me (I just had to roll the cuffs a few more times). I also love that you can dress the pieces up or down depending on how you accessorise. I wore nice flats with the Isabel Pants for a dressier look, but look how cool they are paired with trainers!

The Hatch website is really quite fun to browse for style inspiration — I love the way they style all the pieces and show different versions (dressed up or down) of the same piece. We had so much fun putting our own twist on the clothes, and I hope you don’t mind us sharing so many photos from that day. : )

And two more, just for fun…

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We were laughing (and admiring) this guy’s ability to sleep in the middle of bustling NYC, below the bridges and amidst the noisy sirens and taxis whooshing by. So good! So New York!

Courtney xx

All photos taken by Marko Jokic. Thank you, Marko, for making us feel so at ease in front of the camera! 

Beautiful, handmade jewellery by Blanca Monros Gómez

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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.

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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

A personal uniform

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I just read this article about a woman who has decided to wear a “uniform” to work everyday, which was originally written for Harper’s Bazaar. I thought it would be fun to share, just because this morning I had yet again the work clothes panic: what should I wear? My daily morning routine involves getting the kids up and dressed and fed and getting myself ready for work. The amount of times I don’t know what to wear while I am standing in front of a cupboard full of clothes, seriously running out of time, is ridiculous.

I really fancy the idea of a work wardrobe that fits everything! How much easier would my life be? A girl I once worked with had a similar idea: she always wore a black top and a patterned skirt come rain or shine. She always looked so put together and it worked for every occasion.

My problem is that I worry I might get quite bored… but perhaps the practicality of the “uniform” would outweigh my boredom. What do you think? Do you have a work uniform that makes your day easier or do you just freestyle?

– Emilie

Sweet Smokks Summer Dresses (for mama and daughter)

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There’s something a little bit cheesy about matching mums and daughters outfits, but also something incredibly cute. Definitely cute. And especially these dresses from NYC based label Smokks. : )

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Hallie started Smokks a few years ago, after her husband dressed their daughter in her pyjamas for a ballet graduation, while she was away on vacation — because, as he said, he couldn’t deal with all of the buttons, zips and otherwise complicated dresses in his daughter’s wardrobe. I must say this sounds very familiar; my husband would totally do the same thing (or maybe, he would simply dress her in her jeans like he always does). Anyway — Hallie figured there was a market for effortless girls’  clothing: no zips, no buttons, no ribbons. Just a very cute and simple dress, a uniform, almost.

Smokks are, as the name implies, old-fashionedly smocked, but definitely have a modern feel to them. They are, as said, simple, but not actually as simple as it seems. I can tell that a lot of thought went into these dresses! There are deep pockets for treasures. The neckline is wide and comfortable, but flattering. The length (with royal hem) and the low arm hole means these dresses can be worn for years — layered with legging or tights and a cardigan for colder days. They are totally cute for everyday wear and play, but can definitely also be used for more formal occasions.

Hallie messengered over some dresses for our girls to try when we were in NY a few weeks ago. Since her biggest girls’ size is a size 9, she sent over a women’s size S for Sara, which is still a bit big on her… Haha, lucky me! I love it! : )

xxx Esther

PS I love Ava’s curled toes in the photos above. The photos were taken by Sara, by the way — roles reversed!

New Spring/Summer collection at HATCH

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The new spring/summer collection at HATCH has arrived and it’s as pretty as ever! So many pieces that are both stylish and comfortable. Whether you’re running errands or going out on the town, and in fact whether you’re pregnant or not, the clothes are easy to wear and flattering at the same time.
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The thing that’s brilliant about the HATCH maternity label is that it’s designed to suit and flatter a pregnant body, and yet the pieces work and look great even after pregnancy. Because let’s face it, our bodies change after we’ve had a baby (and, at least in my case, change forever) — our hips become wider, our bellies aren’t quite as flat, our breasts…. (sigh). The clothes from HATCH are designed to adapt and flatter with these changes in mind.
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I’m especially loving the jumpsuits in this season’s collection as well as these comfortable-looking trousers. And, while I know it’s an investment, I really like the cool cocoon shape of the trench coat — a classic style that can be worn for years, pregnant or not.

Have a lovely weekend, everyone!

Courtney x

Bobo Choses — not just for kids!

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I think by now we all know (and love!) Bobo Choses. Their collections every season are both fun and stylish with playful graphics and easy, wearable styles. But did you know they’ve recently come out with some pieces for women too?

I know it’s a little cheesy to match your children, but I have to admit that my girls think it’s really the coolest thing ever to match their mama. When we were in Portugal this past week the girls asked me every day to wear my yellow stripy skirt like theirs! So I finally gave in and we wore our matching outfits on the last day of our holiday, and it was really quite fun. Some silly photos here to show for it. : )

Courtney x

The very best raincoats (from Petit Bateau)

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Petit Bateau is my go-to destination for all the staples: underwear, tees, pyjamas, swimsuits and, of course, raincoats! We now have a collection of raincoats in our house that spans all the ages, some of them are so old they’re practically vintage! And I just recently got my own adult’s version, so we are now quite the bright yellow bunch as we walk around town.

What I love about the raincoats from Petit Bateau is that they have an outside waterproof material that is soft and easy to move around in (or toss into a tote bag!) and they have the softest jersey lining on the inside, so they’re nice and thick and warm, and yet still waterproof. (Most other raincoats I’ve tried have either been too stiff or too lightweight.) I also love that they seem to last so long because the sleeves are designed to be rolled up if needed or stretched out as the child grows.

Anyway, clearly we are big fans in our family. Even my husband has one… but don’t tell him I told you so. : )

Courtney x

Stylish maternity dresses from In Pig

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I’m not pregnant (promise!), but I still love wearing my two-tiered shift dress from In Pig, which I’m wearing in the blurry photo above. : )

In Pig have recently released this shift dress in new fabrics, and I’m loving the black and white ikat cotton version below. Isn’t it beautiful? I love how comfortable and versatile it is — layering over tights in winter or wearing as is in the summer time.
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Of course I also give extra bonus points to any maternity dress that you can still wear beyond pregnancy (without looking pregnant!). Best kind of maternity pieces in my book!

Courtney x

Chic sweatshirts for mums (and papas!) at émoi émoi

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Boy am I a sucker for anything French. I really never thought I would wear a sweatshirt with a slogan, but when that slogan is written in French it suddenly just looks so much more chic, no? And how could I resist the Maman Poule (‘mother hen’) version? I love it!

These ever-so-chic sweatshirts are available from émoi émoi, and there’s also a version for papas too! (Christmas gift?)

Happy weekend everyone!

Courtney xx

Wool and the Gang, cool knitting kits

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I’ve been feeling so much like knitting lately, so the Wool and the Gang kit I ordered came right in time! I’m going to be knitting the Mini Tartan Hula Hoop for Sara, and if I hurry a little I might just be able to finish it before Christmas.

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Do you know Wool and the Gang? It’s a super hip company, providing über cool knitting kits with everything one might need for one project — wool, needles, the pattern, and very easy-to-follow instructions. (If you love the Wool and the Gang designs but are not so into knitting, you can also purchase a ready-made piece, knit with love by one of the ‘Gangstas’, a global-wide team of knitters.)

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I love their branding, the quality of their materials, and their belief in handmade and sustainable fashion. Knitting their projects is so fun!

In spring, I made the Sailor Jumper (modeled by Pim below, after a rough and dirty game of football!) and I love how easy it was to knit that jumper and how nice it turned out when it was finished.

pim_WATGThe Wool and the Gang knitting kits make really great presents too — everything comes wrapped in a cool paper bag, and anyone who has an interest in knitting (even if they’ve never knit before!) I’m sure would love to receive a kit like this.

xxx Esther

Beautiful watercolour clutches from Rajovilla

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I’ve had my Rajovilla clutch since this past summer and I have been meaning to share about these pretty pieces for the past few months (how is it November already?). Thankfully I managed to get a couple photos with my clutch last week, and I’m so happy to share them with you. Check out these gorgeous clutches! Aren’t the prints so beautiful? And the colours! So good. The clutches are all handmade by designer, Joya Logue, and feature her original watercolor paintings inspired by her Indian heritage.

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Joya is an Instagram friend of mine who inspires me as much with her creative parenting as she does with her artistic talent and style. She’s one of those people who pours her heart and soul into her projects, and  even as an ‘outsider’ Instagram observer it’s evident. Don’t you love how we can have friends across the world whom we have never actually met, living in cities we’ve never actually been to, and yet these people are such an inspiring part of our lives? This is undeniably what I love most about Instagram!

Hopefully some day I’ll meet Joya and her sweet family. In the meantime, I’ll cherish my pretty clutch and, of course, will continue to be inspired by her work from afar.

Courtney x

p.s. Top two photos by my friend, Lesley Colvin. Thank you Lesley! x

Ace & Jig coming to Liberty of London!

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I feel a bit silly telling you to head over to A Cup of Jo, because surely you’ve already been, right? Most likely it was the first blog you visited today because it’s your favourite (it’s definitely  mine!).

Anyway, I was beyond flattered when Joanna asked me to share my four fall outfits and I’m sooo excited to be up on her blog today, sharing not only my fall outfits but my (somewhat embarrassing) fashion philosophy and getting-dressed tips.

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Of course an obvious outfit choice for me was this pretty dress from Ace & Jig. It’s no secret how much I love this brand and the talented designers behind it. I think everything they do is just so, so good. Their passion for textiles, their beautiful designs and pretty patterns, and their combination of earthy, rich colours… it’s all so effortlessly beautiful, and most importantly, comfortable.  More than any other brand, I feel most like myself wearing Ace & Jig — it unleashes my inner hippie while still being feminine and stylish.

Designers, Cary and Jenna, have just told me that Ace & Jig will be coming to Liberty at the end of this month and I am so excited that my favourite brand will soon be available in one of my favourite London shops! Perfect, right? Keep an eye out for their pieces to start arriving, including this dress and some other new pieces! I know Cary and Jenna are super excited to be stocked at Liberty, and secretly I’m hoping this means they’ll be making more trips to London (I’m dying to meet them in person!).

Courtney x

p.s. These photos were taken by my friend, Lesley Colvin, who is one of the nicest, most genuine people I know. She also happens to be a super talented photographer and one of the only people who makes me feel comfortable in front of a camera.  (More on her very soon!) xx

New in at Donna Wilson!

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I’m not very adventurous with tableware — I think it’s my OCD qualities (!) that likes my kitchen cupboards to be filled with big stacks of matching plates, bowls, mugs, etc. My kids use the same tableware as we do (this range from Ikea!), that way we don’t clutter up our cupboards with different stuff for the kids.

But… I just couldn’t resist these beautiful ceramic plates from Donna Wilson! I can’t decide whether to let the kids use them for meals (and hope they don’t break them!) or to hang them on the wall like in the photo below. Don’t they look so pretty like that?

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I love everything in the new Autumn collection at Donna Wilson: beautiful scarves and bags (how fun is this coin purse?), colourful lambswool cushions, and a whole range of playful items for kids.

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I love how the Donna Wilson products always have an element of playfulness about them. They’re always beautiful, but also quite quirky and fun too.

Courtney x

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