Posts by Natalie

CELEBRATIONS
Mother's Day cards you want to give... and receive
When I have time, I do enjoy making greeting cards. There’s something really gratifying about it. But, of course, I don’t always have time. So if I ever buy a card I always try to pick one that reflects something of the person I’m choosing for, and it has to be beautiful. Increasingly I also ...
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KIDS ROOMS
Doll's house to love
I recently created and styled 3 nursery rooms for real living magazine and I searched high and low for an affordable doll’s house that could be customised with wallpaper offcuts and bunting that I made. But do you think I could find one! I’d been inspired by this amazing one from Jacqui Lewis that she ...
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BOOKS
Lego Love
We have a bit of a joke in my house that my husband enjoys playing with the Lego more than our child. He makes all sorts of weird and wonderful creations – from spinning tops to cars and temples. So we both had a good laugh when I found this cool book on Lego – ...
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BABY
Seasonal choices
It's amazing how much of an impact the time of year your baby is born has on sartorial choices. My son was born in June -- which is winter-time in Australia. So woolen hats outnumbered any other gift (other than socks, for some strange reason). But I was talking to a friend recently who had a ...
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BABY
Finally -- affordable maternity jeans
If you live anywhere but Australia you might be thinking, "what is she talking about?!"  But maternity clothes are SO expensive in Australia. I didn't buy any maternity jeans while pregnant because I couldn't justify forking out $200-plus. So I walked around in my regular hipster jeans with the top button undone, and I wore a long ...
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SYDNEY
Cool things to do in Sydney... with kids!
It was lovely to meet Courtney recently as she began her big adventure along Australia's east coast. It's funny the feelings it stirred in me. I really wanted her to have a good time in Sydney. And I wanted her to love my neighbourhood of Bondi as much as I do. So I sent her off ...
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ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
House swapping
Over the summer break I spent a bit of time decorating my home. (No, the pic above is not of my place -- but somewhere I might now be able to stay.) One of the reasons was that I wanted to take some photos so I could list it on a house swap website. We ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Scootering with style
It takes something special for me to want to buy it in the way of kids' toys. Don't get me wrong. Little C doesn't live a deprived existence -- it's more a matter that he plays with the washing basket and items in the utensil drawer more than his actual toys. However, at Christmas he ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Love Poems
I have to confess that I don't usually do anything on Valentine's Day. Many Australians cynically call it "Hallmark Day" -- it's pretty much seen as a commercial exercise. However, I am a romantic. So I thought I'd share a story about one of the best "gifts" I ever received... One day I was sitting in ...
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KIDS
Babes in the shade
A big issue for parents in Australia is protecting your child from fierce UV rays, especially in summer when the sun burns skin all-too-quickly. Many children (and adults) wear "rashies" at the beach. These tops provide high UV protection and saves you having to reapply sunscreen every couple of hours. The only problem is that they don't ...
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KIDS ROOMS
An odd obsession
I'm obsessed with bunk beds. There. I've said it. I don't know why. It's a strange obsession to have, especially as I only have one child. I think it's because I live in an apartment and if I was to have more than one child then they'd probably have to have bunks. Perhaps it's also ...
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KIDS
Stripes save the day
It may have taken me a few months to twig on, but I have learned a valuable lesson. Stripes hide a multitude of sins. I'm a busy working mum and I don't have time to change my baby boy a hundred times a day (he is a very, very, very messy eater). And he's still ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Babyccino Birthday -- Cheap and cheery decorations
I love a bargain. I always have. And so I was excited to discover the website (thanks to one of the stylists at work) Chinatown. It’s an online website that sells all things Chinese – such as lanterns, parasols and decorative boxes – for a great price. Plus, they deliver so you can shop during ...
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KIDS
A new favourite
I never thought finding cool boys’ clothes would be so tricky. When you don’t have an unlimited budget, that is. So I’m super excited to have just discovered Tiny Mammoth by Melbourne designer Beci Orpin. While she has girls’ clothes in the range, you can tell that she’s a mum to two boys because she ...
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KIDS
Are these shoes made for walking?
I'm curious to hear your thoughts. A couple of months ago I bought my son a pair of Converse sneakers. My mum rolled her eyes and told me that the soles were too flat and not good for his feet. But they look so good! She tried to buy him a pair of Clarks sandals ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Stylish boys' rooms
I’m like hawk-eye now when it comes to boys’ rooms. Since I had a little boy, I’m always on the lookout for spaces that are sophisticated but with a masculine edge – and yet still playful. Perhaps it’s a big ask, but I’m slowly getting a good clippings file. While this room, showcasing a new ...
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UNCATEGORIZED
Inspirational Ideas
Yes, simple ideas are often the best and two of the places I go for them are the blogs of illustrator, interior designer and all-round creative Antonia Pesenti and Brooke Reynolds from Inchmark Journal. Antonia once did a post on painting with water on concrete, and often I think of it because it’s simple, easy ...
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BABY
Multitasking homewares
The time has finally come to stop washing Little C in the bathroom sink. He’s 15 months old now (how did that happen?!) and we almost have to oil him to get him out of the teeny tiny basin. In our new apartment we don’t have a bath, and I don’t really want to buy ...
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KIDS
Sleep tight
Kideko is one Australian children’s brand that just gets it right. The super stylish owner Shelley Mason has extended her range of bedlinen to include pyjamas in the distinctive retro-inspired print she has made her own. The pjs are made with cotton jersey, which means they’ve got enough stretch for those of us who have ...
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ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
One for the must-do list
I've still got the travel bug. I'm off to Africa to write a travel article. And while I'm not taking my family, I can't wait to do so one day. You see, during my research I came across a photo from Giraffe Manor in Nairobi and I thought, "wouldn't this be the most amazing place ...
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STATIONERY
Cool cards
Father's Day here in Australia is this Sunday! Buying cards for men is so much harder than it needs to be, don’t you think! Whenever I go looking usually all I can find are ones adorned with vintage sports cars or men playing golf. But what happens when your partner isn’t into either of these? ...
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ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
Travel bug
I had a big “ah-ha” moment when I realised just how important travelling was for me. It’s quite common for Australians to do a big trip to Europe when they’re in their twenties. Many live there, as I did for a couple of years. But once those people return to Australia rarely do they venture ...
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BABY
Warning: totally addictive
The art department at work is pregnant. When I say that, I’m talking about the deputy art director Renae, who is pregnant, and the art director, whose wife is pregnant. We all sit next to each other so there’s been lots of baby talk recently. One topic that got us distracted for, well, far too ...
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We're in Brooklyn for the second day of @theshopup and we're enjoying every second of it! Holiday shopping is the best here We're open until 4pm, come and say hi! ( @zoandav) #TheShopUp #theshopupNY
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Get your Christmas presents done and spoil your little ones at @theshopup today! We're in New York and we've lined up the best children's boutiques under one roof to make your life easier. Doors open at 10am, entry is free, and there are tons of fun activities for your kids! #TheShopUp #theshopupNY
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Just the perfect photo for a cute Holiday card! Did you know you could have your family pictures taken at @theshopup today thanks to @artifactuprising? Come and join us from 10am today in Brooklyn, @501union. Get all your Holiday shopping done and enjoy some yummy treats while you're at it! #TheShopUp #theshopupNY
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What a magical day we had yesterday at @theshopup in New York! From stylish clothing to the cutest Holiday decorations, we couldn't get enough of the beautiful boutiques there! We're back today from 10am for more shopping, arts & crafts, delicious treats We're in Brooklyn @501union, see you there! #TheShopUp #theshopupNY (thanks for the gorgeous photos @laurenkallen)
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And our New York Holiday @theshopup is open!Come until 6pm to sort your holiday shopping in one fell swoop! We've lined up more than 30 stylish children's boutiques to make your life easier in this busy December month. Kids will have the best time too with fun activities so bring the whole family! Entry is FREE as usual! (thanks for the lovely photo @cloth) #TheShopUp #theshopupNY
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Calling all NYC families! Join us today and tomorrow at @501union for our Holiday edition of @theshopup! More than 30 stylish, independent children's boutiques, fun activities, yummy food and so much more Doors open at 12pm, entry is FREE and we're waiting for you! Follow the link in profile to check out all the details🇺🇸 #TheShopUp #theshopupNY
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Get some magic into your little one's bedroomThis stunning quilted baby blanket from @forivor is reversible - on one side, a lovely woodland scene where wildlife hides in the undergrowth and up in the branches of the trees. On the other side, a place of wonder with fantastical creatures in an enchanted forest!🦄 A wonderful piece for magical bedtime stories, and a truly special gift for baby this Christmas #babyccinoboutiques
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"A neighborhood without an independent bookstore is a body without a heart. And so we’re building a new heart.” Read about Books Are Magic, a wonderful local bookstore that has recently opened in Brooklyn, NY - follow the link in profile to our New York city guide! (and if you're in New York tomorrow Sunday and Monday, don't miss @theshopup, we're back for a special Holiday edition) #babyccinocityguides #newyorkcity #newyorkwithkids
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How to keep Christmas simple? Last year we asked Erin Boyle (@readtealeaves), author of 'Simple Matters: living with less and ending up with more', to share her expert advice. Find out about her Ten Simple Christmas tips to keep the joy in Christmas, and the excess indulgences out Link to blog post in profile! #christmas
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'Tis the season! How about sending these Holiday telegrams from @mrboddington this year, instead of classic cards? They look super cool and they're so fun (you might have to disclose how many cookies you've already eaten this season!) Find more Holiday inspiration in our Top Ten this week, link in profile! #babyccinotopten #christmas #holidays #holidayseason #tistheseason
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Christmas wrapping with brown postal paper and red Winterberry branches
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If you’re looking for dreamy nightwear you are in the right place! UK brand Faune creates nighties and pyjamas full to the brim with beautiful detail.
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DandelionBabas make 100% eco-friendly, 100% wool felt cute accessories to help mark - and make - a special day. Their completely handmade celebration crowns can be used for every birthday and every family member. Birthday crowns come complete with a slot into which you can insert the relevant numbers. What a great way to create a tradition and a photo series of your little one’s childhood!
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Yesterday was an absolutely amazing morning for all of us!  With our entire team in London, we gathered with friends, shop members and fellow bloggers to celebrate the past ten years of our little company.  It was such an honour for us to be surrounded by so many inspiring people and to really celebrate the …
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These Christmas books are a part of our family traditions, ones we would read over and over. We asked our team for their absolute, very, very (!) favourite Christmas books, here is the list.
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Winter, House, Tree - Hand Carved Rubber Stamp Idea
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Star Light - 40 LED-product
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Everyone loves decorating for Christmas, but there’s always that fine line between festive and tacky that we daren’t cross! We’ve found some of our favourite Scandinavian-style decorations that will lead you to a classy Christmas.
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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
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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
8 months ago
Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
8 months 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!
1 year ago
Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
1 year ago
Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
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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!)
1 year 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!
1 year 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.
1 year ago
Hi guys! Here Bethie and I are showing you how to prepare a super easy dish that your family will love -- a video we bring to you in cooperation with Abel & Cole, deliverer of fabulous food boxes filled to the brim with organic freshness! Here's the list of ingredients: a royal 1 tbsp of olive oil 1 butternut squash 1 red onion 2 red peppers 2 garlic cloves 4 vine tomatoes 150g quinoa sea salt & freshly ground pepper 300 ml vegetable stock 2 tbsp red wine vinegar 25g raisins 80g black olives And for the garnish: a handful of chervil feta (optional) Directions: Peel your butternut squash. Cut in half and scoop out the seeds. Chop the flesh into 1cm chunks. Peel and cut the onion into thick slices. Cut the pepper in half and scoop out the seeds and white pith. Chop into bitesized pieces. Peel and thinly slice the garlic. Roughly chop the tomatoes. Rinse the quinoa under cold water to remove any bitterness. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large heavy based pan. Tip in all the veg and quinoa. Pour in the veg stock and the red wine vinegar. Add the raisins and the olives. Season with salt and pepper. Pop on a lid and cook for 30-40 mins until the squash is soft and the sauce thick. Stir every now and then during cooking. Scatter over the chervil (or flat leaf parsley leaves) and serve in warm bowls. Top with crumbled feta if you like! A super colourful, super easy and super delicious dish for taste buds of all ages! Bon appétit!
2 years ago