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The new collection from Bobo Choses for SS19 is called To Make A Garden is a global call for saving the bees by planting gardens. “What would we do if bees were to disappear? These little insects provide the food we all eat one way or another.
But honey bees are disappearing globally at an alarming rate. Looking after the bees means looking after ourselves. And the best way to do it is by planting a garden. It doesn’t matter how small it is. The bees will make sure it grows.
Our new Spring Summer 2019 collection To Make a Garden, a call for saving the bees by planting gardens everywhere, every time. Make the bees happy. Never stop having fun!” – Bobo Choses
Bobo Choses HQ occupies an old toy factory in Mataró, by the Mediterranean Sea, about thirty miles from the city of Barcelona. Bobo Choses speaks the language of children. Their core values are creativity, passion, honesty and a sense of humour. You can shop the latest collection at Junior Edition & Bon Tot
Sometimes words are just not enough. That’s why we chose stripes, circles, pyramids and robotic skulls inspired by ancient tribal languages and signs. Welcome to the symbolic language of the autumn-winter collection of nununu. – NUNUNU
We’re in the midst of Half Term and it’s been full of the usual Autumnal activities that make this time of year so wonderful, from collecting conkers in the park to scootering along the river banks en-route for cake and hot chocolates. We love these free days and the opportunity to make spontaneous plans. As usual, we packed light for our trip to Edinburgh and I relied on mix-matching pieces from the latest Nununu AW18 collection to see the boys through our stay.
This season is another awesome yet easy to wear collection and continues Nununu’s journey of exploring languages, symbols and other forms of communication. AW18 is inspired by ancient symbolic tribal languages in collaboration with artist Shay Id Alony and his dialogue with tribal art.
Nununu are known for their classic black, white and grey colour palette, however, this season they’ve introduced more stonewashed colours to compliment their staples. These are sandstorm (inspired by the geometric pyramid patches and tribal prints), with a touch of dusty yellow, olive and powder pink, to brighten up dark winter days. One of our favourites is the new robot skull mask jumper in dusty pink, which looks amazing paired with the military raw pants. Fin picked the striped sweatshirt himself and it’s another piece that is super versatile and looks great paired with distressed denim jeans.
You can check out the full collection at nununu.com
*These clothing samples were kindly sent to us by Nununu!
what’s never changed is our dedication to the idea that kids are individuals, that parenthood is the coolest thing, and that there should be clothing options that reflect that – Nununu
I’ve decided we NEED to learn the secret to how Nununu makes their clothes smell so good?! The gorgeous scent gets us every time and reminds us exactly why we love this brand – it’s all in the details! We’ve been in Edinburgh this month, watching shows at the Fringe Festival and making the most of these long summer days before school starts and it’s back to routine again.
The boys have barely been out of their new outfits from Nununu’s latest Back To School range, a sub-collection composed of garments that fit well and stand out! Coming into Autumn, for Finlay, there’s nothing better than a pair of raw denim pants, teamed with a go-to long sleeve t-shirt & solid vest top. It’s the perfect A/W outfit that looks awesome every time! Whereas Parker prefers the soft feel of the deconstructed pants made from soft cotton teamed with the new torn hoodie, which has become a staple in his little wardrobe.
For the upcoming autumn/winter season, Nununu has expanded their accessory category including an amazing nappy-bag, rain boots, umbrella, water bottle, stationary set and lunch boxes to name a few. The Ninja backpack is definitely on our wishlist for Finlay’s first day! You can check out the full collection here.
*These clothing samples were kindly sent to us by Nununu.
Bobo Choses is glad to present the fanciest music band ever. They sing about children and their roller coaster-like feelings spinning round and round, up and down; they play both right and wrong; they act like always never; they listen to sad songs and change just like the weather… They are The Happysads!
The latest collection from Bobo Choses is here! Some Happy-Sad key items are faux fur coats, padded trousers and anoraks, velvet dresses and maillots and turtleneck jumpers. Accessories and home collections include wool rugs, screen-printing posters, knitted blankets, school bags, braces and more.
British inspired shapes and carefully selected colours go along with bold prints that reveal the contradictions of kid’s emotions: bitter-sweet candy; Mr clearly confused; a funny animal half pig half elephant; cars that go in both directions at the same time and many more!
Campaign pictures by Raquel Chicheri. Look pictures by Lucho Torres. Art direction and styling by Adriana Esperalba and Mafer Navas. The Happysads are Alex, Catalina, Chloe, Guiu, Laura, Momo, Sofía & Teo.
I know it’s natural for us parents to get teary on our child’s first day of school, but I didn’t realise that Finlay merely trying on his new uniform for the first time would be enough to get me choked up. To celebrate this momentous occasion, we’ve teamed up with M&S on their ‘Life Isn’t Uniform’ campaign, which is all about celebrating the wonderful things kids do with their uniform & how as parents we aren’t alone in the reality of childhood!
Online it can be easy to look at a photo and believe the pretty narrative the image depicts. However, we all know that in reality there might be a rather different story… So here’s the truth behind the photos in this blog post!! It starts with a car journey to our local shopping mall when I told Finlay that we were going to pick up his first ever school uniform. We took our time browsing the various styles and Finlay couldn’t have been more proud when we finally went up to the till to purchase. He even told the checkout lady everything he could about his school and when we left the store he carried the bag himself.
At home, I hung everything up in his wardrobe, ready for trying on again properly later. However, the next day when I went to wake Fin up for nursery, I found not just Finlay tucked up in his bed but his new school uniform too! He was obviously so excited that he took them to bed with him!
He might be the keenest child to start school ever (fingers crossed it stays that way). It was one of those hilarious childhood moments and I have a feeling we’ll be in for many more stories like this when he starts in August.
^^ Remaining uniform that wasn’t taken to bed… ^^
^^ Favourite book that he’s already packed into his schoolbag… ^^
^^ Behind the scenes… ^^
*This post was sponsored by M&S. As always our opinions are entirely our own, we would never recommend a brand we don’t love ourselves. Thank you M&S for working with us!
For a moment it looked like Spring might have passed us by all together this year, but it’s finally arrived and has (just about) been worth the wait! With the glowing sunshine pouring in through the windows this weekend, we threw our jackets into the cupboard and looked out our summer clothes, which have been waiting patiently in the drawer for their big moment. Being the huge Nununu fan that I am, I couldn’t wait to try out their latest collection, which was created in part with international artist Shay Id Alony.
The Nununu Spring and Summer collection 2018 is all about communication, expression and conversation. Being known for their alternative look, this exciting collaboration between Nununu’s designers and Shay Id Alony, is inspired by mythological figures and African tribes. Featuring skull prints, tribal masks and Nununu’s signature minimalist graphics and braille alphabet – This international way of conversation and expression was, ‘a natural pick for the Nununu team when creating the upcoming Summer collection.’
These awesome new prints can be found featured on black, grey, white and powder pink baggy pants, t-shirts, tops and summer dresses. Additionally, Nununu has added a gorgeous new rusty green to their collection (Finlay is rocking the harem pants) which is inspired by heavy armoured machinery, blending fresh greens mixed with a splash of yellow. Like all of NUNUNU’s leading colours, rusty green is created through a special dye technique and therefore each dyed item is unique.
We’re so happy with our picks, a combination of t-shirts and lightweight jumpers/ bottoms, perfect for warm days. I love how easy they are to style, everything goes effortlessly together making the boys’ outfits instantly stylish without even trying!
Our Spring Summer 2018 collection Neverending Summer is inspired by Jane Goodall’s life and the never-ending curiosity of children who love to ask questions. How many questions can you fit into a neverending summer’s day?
Do the clouds have the shape of things, or do things have the shape of the clouds? Where does the sun go to sleep when it gets dark? Who winds up the grasshopper when his song finishes? Is the butterfly a flower that’s learned to fly? What are there more in the world, birds or bananas? Does the mountain remember the last day of its childhood? Bobo Choses’ Spring Summer 2018 collection Neverending Summer is inspired by Goodall’s life and the never-ending curiosity of children who love to ask questions.
As a child, Jane Goodall was gifted with a chimpanzee cuddly toy. It was named Jubilee. Her love for it was the beginning of her love for animals. At age four, curious Jane wondered where did eggs come from. She and Jubilee snuck into the henhouse and hid all day long until they observed the miracle. She grew up and her curiosity led her to Gombe, Africa, where she spent her life watching and learning about chimpanzees.
Bobo Choses are fully aware of the necessity to make environment-friendly products and work together with carefully chosen partners in order to help drive sustainability across their brand. You can shop their new collection at Junior Edition & Bon Tot!
Campaign pictures by Raquel Chicheri. Look pictures by Lucho Torres. Art direction and styling by Adriana Esperalba and Mafer Navas. The models are Arnau, Catalina, Chloe, Joana, Martí, Momo, Roc & Teo.
If you’re looking for cute teddy bears or magical fairies, you’ve come to the wrong place! – Nununu
Whenever we find ourselves in Edinburgh we like to spend a lazy Sunday morning over at the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop at Cafe Milk. Surrounded by industrial creativity, it’s not often you find a cool breakfast spot that’s also child-friendly. With it only being a short trip I decided to pack light for the boys, bringing with us only a few staple pieces from Nununu’s AW collection. Their easy-to-wear clothing has endless combinations making every outfit unique and most importantly super comfortable whatever the weather!
This season we’re loving the latest colourways from your statement blacks, whites and assorted greys to the new dyed colours featuring powder pinks and dirty blues! The latter is inspired by industrial workwear, which you can see in the denim range, overalls and distressed sweaters. I love how the fitted tops such as this deconstructed jumper and 2 length t-shirt look with Nununu’s must-have star baggy pants – not only are these bottoms amazingly soft but they are the perfect starting point for any outfit. They’re that good my boys each have a pair!
We also couldn’t resist finally testing out one of Nununu’s most popular unisex pieces from their basics collection: the ninja hoodie! With holes for little thumbs, it has the ability to transform from a regular hoodie to a real ninja look when you pull the cosy fabric up. It’s one of those rare pieces that truly allows kids to be kids, encouraging them to embrace their imagination whilst being built to last no matter how many washes. Safe to say our boys plan to be ninjas this Halloween and probably right through to Christmas!
You can shop the full collection over at nununuworld and find more style inspiration over on their Instagram.
*A huge thank you to the wonderful Nununu for sending us these samples to style. As always all opinions are our own, we’d never recommend anything we don’t love or wouldn’t buy ourselves.
Summer is almost over and with the weather getting chilly, you’ll want to keep your little one cozy when you’re out and about. Here in the UK winter coats are one of those items we don’t mind spending a little more on since we get a lot of use out of thick layers! If between sizes, we like to size up, as that way the coat will easily last two winters making it more budget friendly. On that note, we’ve teamed up with Chocolate Clothing and rounded up some of our favourite winter jackets for babies and toddlers:
1. This padded jacket from Monnalisa Girls Clothing is guaranteed to keep your little one snug. It comes in a pink padded polyester providing a girly and quality base to the design. While the detachable hood with fur pom-pom detailing is perfect for winter, with the gold buckle belt adding a practical element to the design.
2. Revamp your baby girl’s wardrobe with this puffer jacket from Tartine Et Chocolat. The item comes in a beige polyester and is ideal for winter months. While the faux fur trimming on the hood adds a luxurious hint of texture to the piece. This pretty number is completed with a gold zip fastening.
3. How cool is this jacket from CP Company for your little guy? It comes in a grey padded polyamide and features a slick detachable hood and neoprene sleeves. The jacket is completed with a fun goggle detail on the hood, giving it some extra character!
4. We love this raincoat from BillieBlush. This stylish jacket comes in a pink polyurethane paired with trimming that runs through the item injecting a bold pop of colour to your little girls’ wardrobe. The coat is completed with fringed sequin trimming on the sleeve hems – perfect for girls who love to sparkle!
5. Invest in winters to come with this puffer jacket from Lili Gaufrette. This timeless coat comes in a grey padded polyester, designed to keep your little one warmer for longer. While the grey faux fur trimming on the hood adds warmth and texture contrast to the sophisticated design.
What do you think of these coats? Do you have a favourite? We’d love to hear!
*This post was written in collaboration with Chocolate Clothing.
Simplicity, functionality and minimalism are the key words our collection is built upon – For small people who love to explore the world!
Oh, we do love a strong collection of soft and comfy basics that can be worn throughout the year. If you’re on the look out for some essential wardrobe pieces then look no further than Mingo Kids! The brand has Scandinavian roots that you can clearly see in the simplicity of their designs. All the pieces are easy to combine with each other, making it easy to throw together a stylish little outfit in the mornings.
This season you’ll find the addition of super soft knitwear – cardis, sweaters, hats, and scarves. They’ve also introduced some new seasonal colours from emerald greens and eggplant purples to ash rose and raw hide. These all add to their signature collection featuring their famous black stripe and dot prints.