Friday, February 27, 2015

OUTFIT LOVE | Hipkin

Finally Friday and I thought I would share some more gorgeous oufit inspiration for the minis. If you haven't heard of the shop hipkin before it is high time you get acquainted with them. I had the chance to interview the two owners Katie Brannaghan and Bec Cunnington a while back so if you are interested in knowing a bit more about their wonderful store then please check it out here.

I always find great inspiration in their selection and they make the best outfit collages on their instagram account as well. The shop carries great quality labels like I Dig Denim, NICO.NICO, Bobo Choses, Mini Rodini, Fred Perry, ACNE miniature and more. They also personally source vintage pieces straight from LA. Katie and Bec has a strong sense of style and it shows in all their label selections which we already have been big fans of for several years. They are also the only retailers in Australia that sources the cool Danish sneakers Hummel.To make it even harder to resist their cool selection of threads their cute kids is modeling the outfits so perfectly that is hard to find any reason to put the wallet away! (Don't say I didn't warn you!) 

For a big dose of style, visit:

:: HIPKIN ::

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Moments | Concrete Dreams









D wears: Top by Bobo Choses / Sweat by Bobo Choses / Shorts by I Dig Denim / Sneakers by Hummel.

It is the best part of summer at the moment. We are slowly moving towards Autumn so the days are not too hot and it is easier to move around on two wheels without getting too warm. We used to move around a lot with a bike trailer but lately we have all hopped on the bikes and we even bike home from school every day which has been great.

The skatepark is a place we visit often and lately my boy has been keen on trying out his bmx there. He sees the bigger boys bike in the bowl and do tricks and he is eager to learn how to master his balance on two wheels here. It is great to see him being so confident, and it is amazing to think that this time last year he was still having training wheels on. Now he loves seeking out a challenge and finding a good jump to try and get some air on, the learning curve on kids are nothing but awe-inspiring! 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Moments | Into the Mountains

M wears: Gwenneth Cardigan by molo / Skirt by Bonton / Tee by Mini Rodini / Sneakers by molo / headband by Cotton on KidsD wears: Grandpa l/s by I Dig Denim / Pants by I Dig Denim / Mitchell Sweat by molo / Beanie by I Dig Denim / Shoes by Converse.

Weekend means adventures, and this one was no different. We packed up the car and drove up into the mountains and visited the beautiful National Rhododendron Garden. It is like diving right into a magical story up here. Big lush trees and bushes, mirror lakes with little bridges, thick lily pad leaves and curious tad poles swimming below. The kids are in their element here. So much to explore, so much to discover.

It is so nice to let them go off and let them find their own adventures. We found them looking into the little pond and above them they found a new friend - a laughing kookaburra! The kids were making all sorts of imitating sounds and the kookaburra seemed pleased to have found a new curious audience.  We walked around and it was wonderful to see so many different plants in bloom. We also visited the glass house and saw the meat eating plants which D loved. He thought it was amazing that there was monster plants here as well.

If you ever need to escape the busy city life, this little magical spot is a good place to visit. It is usually at least 5-10c cooler up here and the air is amazing. We can't wait to come back soon.

Friday, February 20, 2015

CLOSE UP | Scotch Shrunk AW15







It is always such a treat having a closer look at Scotch Soda and their kids range, Scotch Shrunk & Scotch R'belle. I had to shoot another close up just to show all the amazing details they put into each and every garment. I love the great outdoors feeling they got to their new range and we picked up this cool outfit combo at Buckets and Spades. Each season they also add some cool things like stickers or tattoos, or even masks that accompanies the swing tags. These knuckle tattoos are all kinds of awesome!

SHOP OUTFIT:
Rock check shirt // Camo zip hoodie // Norwegian Beanie // Mercer Jean Oasis.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Moments | Roll up!


M wears: Reba floral top by molo / Bella tutu by molo / Sneakers by Converse / Top hat.

It is hard not to get a bit silly when you get to wear such an amazing outfit. This is THE tutu of all tutus. It comes in a little suitcase, and is a dream of thick layers! It swirls like a beauty and even though its quite heavy (read layers of layers) it has the best little adjustable waist so it won't slide south. It goes perfectly with the Reba flower top and would make any little girl want to run away and join the circus...

Find the outfit here:
:: molo ::

Saturday, February 14, 2015

10 Minutes With...


It has been a while, but here we are, back on the road meeting up with some interesting shops that opens up their doors and explain a little about what it takes to run some of the best children's shops out there. Today we end up in Barcelona, Spain and meet up with lovely owner Maria Rose who together with her family runs CozyKidz.

Can you tell us a little bit about how CozyKidz started? What is your inspiration, and how did you come up with the name

Well, as many others in the industry it all began when Marcelo and I, Maria, became parents. We basically wanted something for our daughter which would fit our lifestyle a little better, something more original, creative and preferably organic, meaning something VERY different from what was offered in the regular Spanish stores. And we were definitely not the only parents with this unanswered need, so when we saw the chance, we jumped for it!

The name CozyKidz is actually inspired by the Danish word 'Hyggelig'. I am from Denmark and this little word is so important in the Danish culture where you use it for all things comfortable, warm and nice; it differs by having an emotive depth and a special social atmosphere which makes it really hard to translate but cozy seems to be the closest. And kids are just so 'hyggelige'!




The sort of labels a shop carries almost describes the soul of a shop, how would you describe the style of CozyKidz?

Again we come back to the word hyggelig/cozy - We want kids to feel comfortable, free, careless, wearing soft and unrestrainable clothes that are cool, fun and funky like themselves. We definitely like a more edgy style, like Beau LOves and Mainio, with quirky and original prints, like Indikidual, that spike the interest and make us laugh!


How do you source your labels, and what is important to you when you look for new labels?

As a personal side project to CozyKidz I have a kids fashion blog called KID where I very much focus on smaller, ethical and just straight out awesome kidswear brands from around the world. This of course also gives me a perspective of what's on the menu for CozyKidz, even though it also makes the selection so much harder because of the large quantity of super talented brands out there! 

Still all the brands we offer have a clear vision on how to work the concept of sustainability; for example, most of them use organic cotton in their production and/or is entirely produced locally. A second requirement is that they have to fit all three parts of our motto: 'Cool, fun and funky kids clothes' - if the style isn't there, it's not for us! 
Thirdly, accessibility - they have to have a reasonable/respectful price and be affordable to most families. This year, for example, we are very excited to have started with the Dutch new label Lucky No. 7 and will also receive some funky new summer styles from the US label Sweet Luca Mo in March, both of which fit all of these requirements to perfection.

Owning a shop means you always have a look into next season ahead of everybody else. What is on the Spring-Summer agenda? Any new fun trends you can share with us?

I think it is no secret anymore that we are under a serious attack of juicy watermelons! I also see eyes everywhere and the usual portion of tropical animals and plants. For me though it is really more a question about having your own style (sorry for being such a party pooper!) offering clothes that can be used again and again without ever falling out of style. 
I love it when brands dare to brake out and make up their own universe, and even though there really are some seriously cool ones out there, I actually think that we will not receive a single watermelon this spring, but a mix of unique and quirky designs with only the overall theme, summertime and fun! Just to be on the contrary ;)

What would you say is your favorite thing about owning your own children's wear shop?
 
I love to hear the feedback of like-minded parents freaking out over our clothes and sending us pictures of their cool little kids. We really have the best costumers! It is so satisfying and always remind me why I do what I do. It is in general just such a fun, positive and creative world to have stepped into. Almost everybody in our line of work is a parent, which makes it all so much more down to earth, overbearing and flexible.

What are your top 3 'have to have' items in your shop right now?

Well, Mini Rodini has just released some absolute killer styles for this spring, like the adventurous Croco Map dress or the savage Crocodile sweatshorts, and we are so in love with everything by Lucky No. 7, but specially the super cool Panda bodysuit is a definite best-seller! And this is just the very beginning of the season, so much more is to come over the next couple of months ;)

Big thanks to Maria for chatting with us and I hope you enjoyed the little peek into the world of CozyKidz!

:: COZYKIDZ ::
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