Mother Nature's Palate: Colours of Spring from Charlotte sy Dimby

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Our current state of exploration is in sync with the heartbeat of spring as the girls jaunt along, ready for every adventure, enwreathed in pleasant colours that compliment a setting budding with new life. In favour of mother nature’s palate, we experience a deeper connection to her magic. Between the sands of time, I relish in these rather simple moments which I’ve come to understand, pass far too quickly.

My futile attempts to capture the exquisite handiwork of Charlotte sy Dimby has led us to adventure forth in a spirit inspired by a mutual aesthetic for classic silhouettes and angelic fabrics. We cherish this beloved Parisian childrenswear brand, with whom, we’ve shared countless memories and hope of creating more. Along rue Notre Dame des Champs in the 6th Arrondissement of Paris lives L’Île aux Fées, an un-rivalled boutique carrying the fanciful creations of Charlotte sy Dimby. The beautiful souls who bring these creations to life are among some of our favourite people. Regard for magical childhood moments filled with imagination and simple wanderings is a shared thread that binds our two worlds in harmony.

The hues of spring are bestowed upon me as I jaunt along with the girls, capturing personalities budding with their own brilliance and colour. In my mind’s eye, precious moments of our existence have been archived in perpetuity with pieces that paint our world and compliment our days.

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Mother Nature’s Palate Clothing Credits:

Elise and Mila’s dresses by Charlotte sy Dimby.  View the collection here.

Elise and Mila’s bows: Eva’s House

I Am Brave

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A few short weeks shy of ski season’s end, Elise suffered an unfortunate fall and a broken leg. While we weren’t able to reach her for an hour, she was supported by outstanding individuals on the mountain who came together like family for this brave girl. As I approached her laying on a rescue sledge, time stood still for me at that moment. I witnessed my little girl putting her trust in the ski patrol and coaches as they stroked her hands and discussed the attributes of Disney princesses like fine wine. Like a sponge, she borrowed on the strength and wisdom of others. Through the physical pain and emotional turmoil that followed, her repose was a blanket of calm that eased us all.

In time, we learned a new routine and managed all the joys that come with having a full-leg cast. And while this period is relatively short-lived, her experience has been rewarding in its own right. Friends have selflessly given up recess to spend a quiet moment reading with Elise. Her heart dances with every kind gesture and friendly check-in. As the old adage “what comes around, goes around,” she’s found a common language with others in need of helping hands or a simple hug.  She’s embraced a wardrobe of culottes and fanny packs while navigating the world in a wheelchair.  But what amazes me more, is something I don’t observe. Her psyche is completely void of self-pity but filled with gratitude and courage.

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I Am Brave Clothing Credits:

Vintage 1930's dress from Mary Beth Hale

Traditional Croatian floral headdress from Ethnicdress

A Rite of Spring with Chotto Golpo

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Lost in a world far from the dredges of an unforgiving New England winter, a restorative sojourn was a welcome reminder that spring’s rite of passage is within reach on our own shores. With wild abandon, we dance along a path of tangled tree roots to the calming rush of palm fronds. Finding ourselves in the company of lizards and bird-like insects, untethered we roam with the full intention of losing all inhibition along the way.

The girls wear rich handwoven textiles from childrenswear brand Chotto Golpo and their adventures ensue with a nod to warmer days ahead.

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Nary a moment passes before their feet take on the lightness of Chotto Golpo’s handwoven Bengal Jamadi fabrics that move with elegance and fluidity. The brand’s spring collection strikes the perfect balance between vintage-inspired styling and modern-day ease of wear. The handwoven nature of these fabrics makes for delightfully soft textures in hues of saffron, crimson and indigo.

With a few short weeks until the official mark of spring, thankfully our winter coat wearing days are numbered and soon we’ll be floating through our own city streets in the beautiful designs of Chotto Golpo.

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A Rite of Spring Clothing Credits:

Elise and Mila’s dresses: Chotto Golpo.  Click here to view the collection.

A New Year in Bloom with Maman et Moi

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With fresh faces, we greet the world to celebrate its annual trip around the sun. This passage of time is but a day in our lives yet we pause for a moment to reminisce on much more than that. The girls and I piece together favourite memories from our year and reflect quietly on our woes. Our annual cleanse drives us forward with a hopeful spirit and a list of goals that feel both attainable and exciting. Refreshed energy has us reaching for the perfect accoutrement in this marvellous moment, and we welcome 2019 with a taste of fancy from American clothing brand, Maman & Moi.

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Daydreams abound as we look ahead to another year of adventures and friendships, beauty and growth. And while we may not yet know the culmination of our fantasies, we’re eager to begin anew in the lovely Charlotte dress from Maman et Moi. As with many of the timeless styles from this speciality brand of childrenswear, the possibilities for wear are as varied as our days. From ringing in a New Year to a dinner date with Daddy, our 2019 diary is budding with perfectly styled fun to be had.

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A New Year in Bloom Clothing Credits:

Elise and Mila’s dresses: Maman et Moi. View the Maman et Moi website here.

Elise and Mila’s hair accessories: Eva’s House

Timeless Beauties: Captivated by Twinkle and Me

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There are few things we enjoy more than an afternoon rendezvous to explore the history of our area.  A Victorian mansion once alive with grandiose parties and opulent decor is ours to peruse on this fine day.  A child’s imagination opens my eyes to the fun that surely was had over a century ago.  Set atop a hill, with its own natural rock formation playscape, our afternoon escape was a pleasant treat for all.

Elise and Mila waft through the halls of our Victorian adventure in timeless creations from British handmade clothing brandTwinkle & Me.  This beautiful line of childrenswear was inspired by a very special relationship between an Auntie and her niece.  Custom creations were made for the little one which are now available to all in a range of fun prints and seasonless styles.

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Elise and Mila share their own special bond in the brand’s Imogen dress which has quickly become a staple piece in their wardrobe.  From a selection of fun and inviting prints, we can customize this dress down to the sleeve length and back style.  Our dresses feature a bow detail on the back, adding a touch of whimsy to these adorable pieces. 

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Timeless Beauties Clothing Credits:

Elise and Mila’s dresses by Twinkle & Me

Elise’s shoes: Pepe

Elise's bow: Wunderkin Co

 

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Styling our Days with KidPix

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As the holidays approach, and our days are consumed with preparations and festivities, I’m on the lookout for ways we can simplify so to enjoy this season to its fullest.  Without a doubt, keeping our little one’s wardrobe up to date is a burden I’d rather not have at the moment.  To my delight, KidPix delivers perfectly styled head-to-toe looks that refresh our wardrobes and boost our spirits.  Beautifully curated outfits are delivered to your door commitment-free in the frequency of your choosing.  Each box is a wonderful surprise that won’t disappoint.  It is, after all, like having your own personal stylist without the burden of a trip to the store.

Scroll down to pick up a special code for 20% off your first KidPix box.

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From the comfort of our home, we immediately fell in love with our box of keepers.  We often struggle with outfits that aren’t quite complete or missing a staple item such as tights.  KidPix made our daily outings a breeze with the appropriate coverings for a put together look.  But perhaps more than anything else, we loved trying different looks from high-quality brands that we’ve not seen elsewhere.

From the Irish luxury childrenswear brand, Cairenn Foy to the comfiest essentials by Little Borne, our hearts are happy and our days, perfectly styled by the talented team at KidPix.

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Styling our Days Clothing Credits:

Mila's Outfits by Little Borne and Cairenn Foy from KidPix

Mila’s shoes: Zimmerman Shoes

Find out more about KidPix here…

KidPix is offering 20% off your first order when using promo code FirstKidPix.  Please note the 20% off voucher can be redeemed against your first KidPix box or towards a Christmas Box in the KidPix Christmas Shop.

KidPix also hold weekly online pop-up shops where they introduce interesting independent brands to their customers and followers.  To be kept up to date with their weekly events, follow @kid_pix on Instagram here.

Life in Pastoral New England: Featuring Charlotte sy Dimby

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For most of my years, I’ve settled in New England, cursing our bitter winters and unpredictable weather. But these distinct seasons, however unpleasant at times, display a magnificent Autumn and Spring. A temperate fall day was the perfect persuasion to visit Old Sturbridge Village, a living history museum depicting life in 19th century New England.

Stepping back in time, the girls try their hand at the Game of graces, an activity borrowed from early 19th century France, with two ribbon-clad hoops and dowels to send them air bound. While we didn’t quite master the game, the reinterpreted play was fun nonetheless. In the theme of French influence on our pastoral New England home, the girls travel effortlessly through the seasons in Charlotte sy Dimby, a timeless favourite.

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Pettiskirts, hand-smocking and covered buttons are graced by Charlotte sy Dimby’s signature back tie, adding to the elegance of these fine garments. Mila’s Princess Charlotte dress is the reincarnation of a dress worn by Her Royal Highness on her debut trip to Canada. Elise shines in the brand’s Constance dress. A chic style in a subtle blue textured fabric, it moves beautifully through endless adventures in our bucolic New England home.

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Life in Pastoral New England Clothing Credits:

Elise and Mila’s dresses by Charlotte sy Dimby

Elise’s shoes: Pom d’Api

Elise and Mila’s bows: Eva’s House

Its Autumn, Darling: Featuring Tocoto Vintage and Louise Misha

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Fall begins, and with it, our everyday shuffle becomes all the more demanding.  While carefree adventures slowly recede, magical moments are scarce but still to be made. The warmth of our river valley coupled with steadily cooler nights drapes our mountain mornings in fog.  Naturally, we find ourselves reaching for all the goodness of fall from two of our favourite brands, Tocoto Vintage, and Louise Misha.

As the school year commences, closets are cleaned, making edits and trying on hand-me-downs. Space is made for a special piece or two. With their unique personalities in mind, the girls’ Father did some styling of his own to create fall-ready looks, perfect for cooler days ahead. Presented with a broad selection from which to choose, he was drawn to styles from two children’s wear labels we’ve come to know well over the years; Spanish brand, Tocoto Vintage for Elise and French brand, Louise Misha for Mila.

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Tocoto Vintage makes its way into our closets and hearts year after year. Inspired by antique garments and patterns, the styles exude a delicate romanticism with fabrics that stand up to the modern day lives of our youth.

The whimsy of Louise Misha is meanwhile a perfect compliment to Mila’s bohemian spirit. She delights in the details of her ensemble down to the most excellent shimmery socks.

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Its Autumn, Darling Clothing Credits:

Elise’s dress: Tocoto Vintage, Elise’s boots: Ariat Kids, Elise’s hairpiece: Vintage

Mila’s blouse, skirt and socks: Louise Misha – view the items here, Mila’s boots: Zimmerman Shoes, Mila’s headband: Eva’s House

Free to Dream in Velveteen

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As summer bids us a long farewell, we’re dreaming of fall hues and a return to routine that gently prods us into cooler days ahead.  While we linger on the beach for a final salute to summer, our eyes are already focused on fall-worthy shades of plum and indigo.  Velveteen Clothing gives us reason to dream with their stunning Autumn collection, ‘The Woodland Players.’

Hong Kong-based brand, Velveteen, presents a selection of tasteful pieces that exude a playful spirit, matching our whimsy on this late summer’s day.  I’m the least bit surprised Elise and Mila yearn to wear these delightful looks daily.

What really makes this brand shine for me is their commitment to fair trade practices and the employment of female artisans who, in turn, are able to provide for the needs of their own children.

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The Carolina Dress, worn by Elise, is adorned with a gold studded waistband in a sheer dotted swiss fabric.  Mila's Luna Dress features fringed details and sequins on the bodice.  Worn with contrasting tights, we're eager to cozy up for fall in these beautiful styles.

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Free to Dream Clothing Credits:

Elise and Mila’s dresses: Velveteen Clothing.  Click here to view the collection.

Elise and Mila’s hair accessories: 

 

 

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That's Amore, Romanced by Imoimo Kids

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As we cross the Atlantic for a taste of some Italian hospitality, a hush of content calms our senses.  Even the youngest of our clan is transfixed by the plentiful charms of Northern Italy.  A happy state-of-being puts us in the mood for gelato and lakeside serenades.  Draped in beauty, this mountainous region is our slice of heaven for the week.  While the girls are eager to explore the gardens and cobbled alleys, I’m just as content listening to lapping waves with a cappuccino in hand.

The lake adds a magical tinge of colour to its surroundings, bathed in hues of blue, green and copper.  We don’t have to dig deep into our luggage to find the perfect pairings from Korean brand, Imoimo Kids.  The Jane dress in a periwinkle blue lace echoes the romanticism of our environs.  Gathered ruffles in a buttery soft yellow create the perfect balance of modernity and whimsy with the brand’s Stella dress.  These pieces are worn effortlessly and I envision them carrying us through summer.

It’s a pity we can’t linger longer with this Italian love affair. Thankfully, we can revisit the joys of our faraway escape with the delightful designs from Imoimo Kids.

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That’s Amore Clothing Credits:

Elise and Mila’s dresses: Imoimo Kids.  Shop the collection here.

Elise’s shoes: Pom d’Api

Mila’s shoes: Aster

Elise and Mila’s hair accessories: Wunderkin Co

 

Return to Pooh Country

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We first visited the Hundred Acre Woods two summers ago and often reminisce fondly about those precious few hours.  The magic of these woods is something of a trance.  Without hesitation, we found ourselves back for another romp through this storied land.  Retracing the steps of Christopher Robin and his beloved Winnie-the-Pooh bring life to our treasured bedtime tales from A. A. Milne.  Paying homage to the nostalgia of these woods, Mila wears a vintage find from the London-based brand, Marlon and Little Friends.

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The team at Marlon and Little Friends continues to surprise and excite us with an exquisite range of French and English vintage clothing and linens (much of which is unused deadstock).  A strong focus is placed on creating and sourcing heirloom pieces that link generations, a timeless essence that encapsulates the stories of Winnie-the-Pooh.  Alongside vintage pretties, we swoon over hand-knit creations that are thoughtfully produced in France and finished with the knitter’s name.

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A game of ‘Poohsticks‘ commences on the legendary Poohsticks bridge, deep in the Ashdown forest.  This scene has been recreated time and again on the silver screen and whenever we catch a glimpse of the bridge, it is hard to suppress our delight.  As we dream of another return to these woods, we’re eagerly awaiting a new Winnie-the-Pooh film and perhaps a glimpse of this fabled spot.

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Return to Pooh Country Clothing Credits:

Mila's dress: Vintage by Marlon and Little Friends

Elise’s dress: Vintage

Elise’s shoes: Pom d'Api

Elise and Mila’s hair accessories: Eva’s House

Elise's Winnie-the-Pooh:

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Jewels of the Garden

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We recently travelled back to London where the weather Gods bestowed us with sun-filled days giving way to adventures in freshly manicured gardens.  In this maze of hedges budding with new life, we planted ourselves for the day, filling our senses with Spring.  Elise and Mila floated like petals in their new season Charlotte sy Dimby dresses, a perfect accompaniment on this fortuitous day.

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We’re no strangers to Charlotte sy Dimby, a brand hailing from France with roots in Madagascar.  The allure of their handcrafted dresses has us spellbound season after season and their Spring 2018 collection is no exception.   Hand-stitched smocking, petticoats, and elegant bows are enhanced by beautiful fabric selections in fanciful colours.

Springtimes past and present evoke a desire to adventure, rediscover nature and fill our senses with all that is new.  With any luck, we’ll be back again soon, perhaps dressed again in our perennial favourite, Charlotte sy Dimby.

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Jewels of the Garden with Charlotte sy Dimby Clothing Credits:

Elise and Mila’s dresses: Charlotte sy Dimby

Elise’s shoes: Pepe from Kodomo Boston

Mila’s shoes: Gallucci

Elise and Mila’s hair accessories: Eva’s House

Awakening Spring with Popelin

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New England is welcoming spring with a week-long forecast of rain while cherry blossoms are just about to give our street a burst of colour and delight.  Signs of new life haven’t gone unnoticed by these nature-loving sleuths who find joy in the tiniest of plants and creatures.  Our daily walks have us searching city landscapes for signs of nature’s annual awakening.  Refreshing our senses, we opt for beautiful flowing silhouettes from the Spanish brand, Popelin.

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Shades of terracotta abound at this botanical centre from the pots lining our walkways to the twirling dresses of my garden nymphs. Popelin’s founder, Cristina Sánchez, evokes a simple elegance through her use of textile and design.  From the sourcing of materials to the manufacturing process, each garment is made entirely in Spain.  With every turn of the cloth, details speak for themselves.  Fabrics are thoughtfully chosen and feel just as wonderful on as they appear.  Drawing inspiration from the Mediterranian, Sánchez has created a collection of earthy tones that has us dreaming of ocean sunsets and sunkissed skin.

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Elise and Mila continue their quest for flowering buds and noisy hatchlings while dancing away like garden fairies in hopes of showering their own little magic on all that grows.

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Awakening Spring Clothing Credits:

Elise and Mila’s dresses: Popelin, shop the brand here.

Elise’s shoes: Pepe from Kodomo Boston

Mila’s shoes: Gallucci

Elise’s hair bow: Eva’s House

 

Finding Paradise with Maison Balena

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A long-awaited trip south to the Belizian jungle gave us a short respite from all things cold and slushy up north and rejuvenated even the smallest of our clan.  Last week, we found ourselves deep in the rainforest enjoying the company of songbirds, crickets and each other.  Our days were spent shroud in the comfort of Maison Balena and adorned by the whimsy of Everbloom Studio.

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Always looking for ways to pack light, I was pleased to find Maison Balena’s wonderfully soft and featherweight kaftans and sets which were worn daily for a variety of active (and relaxing) pursuits, keeping us cool and protected from the sun and mosquitoes (of which there were many).  Worn morning to night, they doubled as sleepwear to boot.  Even I got to partake in the excellence that is Balena!

The girls delighted in the whimsical designs of Everbloom Studio, an accessory brand that understands the needs of aspiring princesses and entomologists alike with their crown headbands and dragonfly adornments.

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Finding Paradise Clothing Credits:

Elise, Mila and Jessica's Beachwear: Maison Balena from MineMine Kids

Elise and Mila's Hair Accessories and Necklace: Everbloom Studio from MineMine Kids

Jessica's hat: Eugenia Kim

A Tale for the Ages: Little Creative Factory and Merchant & Mills

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Our passion for storytelling extends beyond the camera as the girls transform themselves into lithe ballerinas, floating through one of America's oldest libraries.  In good company with the stacks, they create a fairytale of their own, setting the scene with Little Creative Factory and Merchant & Mills.  

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This story began two years ago in the town of Rye, East Sussex, home of fabric wonderland, and patternmaker, Merchant & Mills.  With The Skipper dress pattern in hand, and a willing seamstress at home (my Mother), we left with a few yards of Heather Haze linen for the girls' bespoke pieces.  My Mother's busy hands gave life to these nautically inspired dresses that are as easy to wear as ballet slippers.

Little Creative Factory's Degas Long Wrap Skirt adds a fresh touch and pays compliment to a ballet-inspired journey through the library. This long-admired brand hails from Barcelona and creates timeless pieces that bend the limits of imagination.

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A Tale for the Ages Clothing Credits:

Elise and Mila’s dresses: Merchant & Mills Dress Pattern and Fabric

Overskirts: Little Creative Factory, available at Kodomo Boston

Elise and Mila’s ballet slippers: Bloch

Mila's hair bow: Eva's House