Posts by Lara in Paris

FOR MUMS
Hospital bag: 10 items to make your stay a little cosier
Courtney and Esther have already written excellent posts about what to pack into your hospital bag, here and here. So you might wonder why I'm writing yet another post about the hospital bag? Well, having had a C-section delivery for my firstborn and waiting to get a second one in a couple days from now, ...
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PARENTING
Would you share the name of your baby before birth?
Esther and I just had an interesting conversation about sharing or not sharing the name of your unborn child. She cheekily asked if we had decided on a name for our baby boy already and if I would share it with her. Which got us comparing habits and traditions on the matter. I am now ...
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LOCAL TIPS
Tips from a local: Mylène in Saint-Cloud
With her vibrant personality, Mylène is at the head of French kids' brand Frangin Frangine and the happy mama of Arthus (6), Jeanne (4) and Achille (15 months). She grew up in Lille and started her professional career in marketing.  Seeking more balance in her life and a greater meaning to her job, she decided ...
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SLEEP
Cozy C.O.Q. Hotel in the 13th with delicious brunch
The C.O.Q. hotel is probably one of Paris' coziest hotels! With a family house in mind, Pauline d'Hoop and Delphine Sauvaget designed this wonderfully comfortable hotel in the 13th arrondissement of Paris. The layout really represents what you would typically expect when entering a family mansion: the entrance, the kitchen and dining room on the ...
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SHOP
Marie Puce
If you are wandering through the 6th arrondissement of Paris you will find a great deal of shopping options for your kids, and Marie Puce is one of the shops you definitely don't want to miss! The cute shop entrance with a neat window display on each side of the door leads into a bright ...
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Maralex, a Parisian family-run concept store
Maralex is a cute kids concept store in the district of Passy in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. It's history started as a shoe store almost a century ago, in 1920 in the heart of the 17th arrondissement. That first shop was launched by two sisters, Marie and Alexandrine, who wanted to reintroduce a little ...
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LOCAL TIPS
Tips from a local: Audrey in the 5th arrondissement
Audrey is a mother of three beautiful children, a boy and two girls. Her third, a baby girl, was just born three months ago. She is a press secretary and after having lived 10 years in Lyon, she and her family moved to Paris a little over a year ago. Never mind the short time ...
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Le Petit Souk, a fun bazaar-like children's shop
Le Petit Souk, literally "the little souk" is a fun and quirky small concept store for kids' toys, home decor and accessories. Mathilde, the owner, opened her first shop in 2005 in Lille. Her lovely selection of happy and fun objects for kids quickly attracted many customers. In 2008 she opened a second shop in ...
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EAT
Marlon, a Californian restaurant in the heart of Paris
Marlon is a cute easy-going restaurant in the 7th arrondissement of Paris. It has a contemporary minimalistic style yet twisted by a little boho vibe. The long benches are decorated with lovely kilim cushions. A big fiddle-leaf fig tree and several cactuses make for a lovely green touch. The menu is quite different from the ...
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SEE
Jardin du Luxembourg
Located between Saint-Germain des Prés and the Quartier Latin, Jardin du Luxembourg is one of the most beautiful parks in Paris! I love how the Parisian architecture, the various ponds, fountains, pavilions, birdhouses and numerous statues coexist in perfect harmony. The park is divided in two main spaces: a French garden and an English one. ...
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LOCAL TIPS
Tips from a local: Amandine in the 16th arrondissement
Amandine is the sweet mom of cute Henry (age 3) and Olympia (age 1 and 1/2) and runs Pink Polka Dots blog and agency, specialized in micro influence. She also recently started organizing pop-up shop events for mamas and kids in Paris. She shares with us her favourite spots around the 16th arrondissement, where she ...
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SLEEP
The Hoxton, Paris
The brand new beautiful Hoxton Hotel, Paris opened in the 2nd arrondissement just a few weeks ago. It is set in an 18th century hotel particulier (a.k.a. gorgeous Parisian houses owned by one family back in time) and is the biggest Hoxton in the series up to date. After entering the hotel and passing the double-height lobby ...
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EAT
Family friendly brunch at Polpo Brasserie
Polpo Brasserie is a little outside Paris but it is one of those places definitely worth going the few extra miles. It is such a beautiful and cosy green oases on the Seine river! Exactly what you need to relax and enjoy a slower pace on a week-end morning around brunch for example! My husband ...
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Bontemps - delicious pastries in the Marais
Located on rue de Bretagne, not far from Marché des Enfants Rouges, Bontemps is one of those places you enter and like everything you see! The family run pastry shop is small and sweet with a clean aesthetic and beautiful patterns all over. Their own patterns adorn the walls and a beautiful tiled floor gives ...
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LOCAL TIPS
Tips from a local: Maï in the 17th arrondissement (Batignolles)
Maï de Colnet is the happy, vibrant mompreneur behind the jewelry brand Marceline Paris. She lives in the part of Paris' 17th arrondissement called Les Batignolles with her husband and their three beautiful boys. She shares with us her favorite spots of this lively district of the French capital: 1. Best date night restaurant: Gare ...
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Louis Louise
Louis Louise is a beautiful French brand, founded by Julie Meiler in 2006. Her style is modern with just the bohemian touch trendy moms will fall for! The brand aims to encapsulate a very Parisian attitude and mood where light skirts and baby bloomers mix delicate fabrics, golden trims and wisely used urban tones. Debuting at ...
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PARIS CITY GUIDE
Tips from a local: Olivia in Garches, Paris
Olivia is a mom of three (two boys, one girl) and the happy, talented, creative founder and designer of Petit Bec, a beautiful French baby and kids brand. Like many Parisians, she and her family chose to live in the suburbs (Garches) to enjoy a more relaxed and less expensive pace of life, yet with everything the ...
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PARIS CITY GUIDE
Tips from a local: Emilie Roncal in the 6th arrondissement
Emilie, a Parisian mom of three (two girls and one boy) is the author of Sweet Cabane, an influential blog-magazine for mums and kids. She lives in the 6th arrondissement of Paris with her family and shares her favourite spots of the city with us. 1. Best date night restaurant: there are lots of wonderful ...
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Welcome Bio's Bazar
Welcome Bio started as an organic groceries shop in 2013. The team continued by opening a little restaurant in 2014 and finally, the Bazar at the end of 2016. All three are located in the same street of the 11th arrondissement of Paris so you could enjoy a quick lunch at the restaurant, shop a ...
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Holiday Café
Holiday Café is a teeny tiny, typically Parisian café and restaurant in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. It was inaugurated by Frank Durand, the French art-director behind the reedition of the American magazine since 2014. It is one of those fashionable places you would rather think of avoiding with kids… but let me tell you: you would miss ...
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Bonpoint on rue de Sèvres
If you are looking for French top quality and elegant clothing for your children, Bonpoint is certainly one of the brands you may want to check out. The French brand with the cherry logo is known for its timeless elegance and love for details since 1975. The most delicate fabrics, beautiful prints and gorgeous embroideries are ...
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PLAY
Parc André Citroën
Parc André Citroën is a modern architectural park that was opened in 1992. It is located in the 15th arrondissement of Paris, where the French car factory Citroën debuted in 1915 and was therefore given the name of its founder. It is one of the more modern parks of the city and was built around the same ...
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Les Enfantines Paris
I recently discovered a wonderful Parisian brand for babies and kids: Les Enfantines. It is the kind of brand you immediately fall in love with! Every single piece is so, so beautiful! Les Enfantines has two shops in Paris: the original one where the brand made its debut in the 16th arrondissement, next to Jardin du Ranelagh, and ...
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Layers ready? We have a guide of the best wool & knits ready and waiting to help you get warm and also support independent businesses! Link in bio. #babyccinokids #babyccinotips
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These super easy Kirigami spiderwebs take a few minutes to make and add instant drama to a room! But more than just decoration, they are great for a twist on a nostalgic party game... use these to play ‘pin the spider on the spiderweb.’ And a wall of these webs are the best backdrop for Halloween dress up photos too! It’s inexpensive, easy, quick, and such fun... we love this new Halloween idea from Lara today, link in bio). @laraoflondon #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts #origami #kitagami #spiderweb #diyhalloween @hauptlihauskids @merimeriparty
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Sustainable halloween costumes – dressing up capsule tips on today’s blog! Are you in the mood for dressing up for halloween? Even if your area is in lockdown and trick or treating isn’t really advised, it can be fun to have a dressing up party this time of year nonetheless! Remember it’s all about the power of suggestion and going with the child’s imagination instead of getting everything just so. Most younger children as well as (pre)teens are totally fine with the creative and slightly more suggestive approach. More in bio link from @mrsnomi #babyccinokids
2 days ago
It’s undoubtedly pumpkin season but let’s bring it to the next level and make it for dinner. Pumpkin Laksa anyone? If you never know what to do with all that pumpkin flesh from your halloween pumpkins then here’s the answer! This Laksa soup is so easy to make and packed full of colour and nutrients. The beautiful combination of salt, spice and ginger make it feel particularly nourishing on an Autumn day. Link in bio. @ieatmypeas #babyccinokids #babyccinoeats
3 days ago
Apple Print Pumpkins – Fast and Fun DIY Halloween Decorations! Bring the Halloween indoors with this simple and effective craft. Perfect for after-school fun or plan it now for next weekend. Link in bio. #babyccinocrafts #babyccinokids
4 days ago
The very very very yummiest Pumpkin Bread. (Nope, not too many verys)... link in bio for Lara’s recipe. @laraoflondon #babyccinoeats #babyccinokids
5 days ago
“Have you ever dreamed of living on your own island? An island with a lighthouse, visited by puffins and seals, surrounded by shimmering lochs extending over the horizon? Well I have. And my dream came true for one magical week.” Read more about Lara’s dreamy family holiday from London to Scotland on a sleeper train with @caledoniansleeper, the drive thru the Highlands, the boat to your very own island for a week at the loveliest @eilean_sionnach lighthouse cottage, and all the other tips for this straight from a fairytale adventure that Lara took. See more photos on her feed too @laraoflondon. Link in bio. And tell us, have you ever dreamed of a getaway somewhere completely remote like this one? #babyccinokids #skye #scotland #eileansionnach #sleat #visitscotland #caledoniansleeper
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Slow down and capture the special moments of life. Photographer @katrinacampbellphotos is giving a special discount on #babyccinokids this month so click on the link in bio and book a session with her. Make memories last.
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Seasonal book rotation, do you do this too? See more on our blog today. Link in bio. @_maays___ #babyccinoreads #babyccinokids
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Yay for Saturday, silly selfies, and sweet little babes. @laraoflondon
1 week ago
Here’s a video of our latest ShopUp in East London (shot and edited by our lovely and talented friend Nadine Brandt). It encapsulates the ShopUp atmosphere really, really well, and it makes us so excited for the next one!
2 years ago
Check out our new book! 9 months: A month by month guide to pregnancy for the family to share. PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY HERE: UK: http://amzn.to/2n6eCT7 / US: http://amzn.to/2nVWOZo / AUS: http://bit.ly/2nDYggy
3 years ago
Our beautiful new book, '9 months: A month by month guide to pregnancy' for the family to share, is AVAILABLE NOW! You can order it here: UK: http://amzn.to/2n6eCT7 / US: http://amzn.to/2nVWOZo / AUS: http://bit.ly/2nDYggy
3 years ago
Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
3 years ago
Our 2nd live shopping event in Brooklyn was amazing! Great shopping, delicious treats, tons of kids activities and a super cool family photo booth!
3 years ago
Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
4 years ago
Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
4 years ago
Here we show you how to harvest rhubarb from the garden, and make it into a delicious compote. If you make oatmeal at the same time, you have made a delicious and nutritious breakfast that your family will love! (Ours do!)
4 years ago
This gym bag is such a fun and easy project, also for beginners this is a nice sewing project. Esther, Emilie and the kids had so much fun going to the market choosing all the supplies. The fabrics from Little Cube are the cutest!
4 years ago
Our first live shopping event in Brooklyn was a great success. We loved seeing the best boutiques under one roof, combined with great food and fun activities...and some dancing! Hope to see everyone this year again on September 18th & 19th at 501 Union, 501 Union Street in Brooklyn.
4 years ago