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Monday, 18 May 2015

Mini & Indie do Paris

Wow what a weekend! Some of our Instagram followers may have witnessed our trip but for those needing more detail here is a little not on our Parisian adventure!
What do to when celebrating your daughter's fifth birthday? Take her to Paris of course. With her best friend too, seeing as they share the same birthday. First stop after dumping the cases was a charming chocolate and biscuit shop called La Cure Gourmande with shops all over Paris, they stock wall to wall delicacies and of course the girls went wild.

Next stop was a charming toy shop Pain D'Epices which had not only every toy you could imagine but also the most charming assortment of puppets and a puppet theatre. Mini was enthralled with the dolls houses on display and everything you could put in them, from furniture and people in 19th century clothes, to pots, pans, rolling pins and plates and plates of food all in miniature.
Off to lunch at the gorgeous Brasserie Galloping and although the food was excellent (luckily Mini loves her steak frites) its not for most children.
The stained glass interior windows are quite breathtaking

And then it was on to the Tour Eiffel. I've been so many times to Paris but I've never been up the tower itself. So it was a first for Mini and for me too. The queues outside are horrid so clever Kate had already organised a tour to take us up, meaning we skipped merrily past the queue up to the second floor.

View from the second floor. And what a view. I had fun pointing out all my favourite places in the city. We then did have to queue a little more to make it all the way to the tippy top, as Mini puts it. But well worth it.

The views up can make ones head slightly spin

stormy skies over the Trocadero 
A quick stop off at one of our favourite kids stores - Mini obviously loves the name!

After such an escapade our appetites were well and truly ravenous, so off we headed to La Duree in Saint Germain. My favourite place to grab a snack and top it off with quite frankly the best macaroons ever made. Mini is keen on the chocolate and raspberry and I'm partial to the salted caramel.

back in the hotel and there were more treats to be had, balloons and cake to celebrate!

Day 2 and it was breakfast at the L'Arc de Triomphe 

And then onto the Bateau Mouche for a river tour

Best friends forever 

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Guess who?

Today was world book day and Phin and Mini were beyond excited to dress up as their favourite literary heroes.
Mini chose Rosie Revere Engineer with a Pucci headscarf no less and Phin morphed into Iggy Peck Architect complete with hair raising quiff. Both books are written by Andrea Beaty with illustrations by David Roberts and are utterly delightful. We highly recommend getting them, with their funny, creative and inspiring role models doing exciting and interesting things they've become firm favourites in our our home.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Icing Queen

Today was another creative challenge with my friend Lucia. Flower arranging last month, this time we turned our hands to icing courtesy of the Biscuiteers. Cleverly Lucia had enrolled us in their fashion course, icing everything from handbags to shoes. Our imaginations were ready to run riot.

The kit: perfectly baked biscuits, icing sugar mixed to the perfect consistency in bottles and bags and a colour card of their own sets to inspire us.
E Voila! The final collection. I wish i had photographed each step for you because once you know the tricks,  anything is possible. 

Its all about an evening clutch. This was done by line icing the edge of the biscuit and then making constant squiggle shaped W in white and lilac to create a ripple effect.
I think this is my favourite. Very Prada a/w '16 seen on last week's catwalk. I outlined the biscuit and then flooded it with runnier icing in blue and eucalyptus then i dropped black dots onto the lower section and took a wooden cocktail stick and pulled it through the dot from top to bottom to create a heart shape. For the belt i added blue dots on the black base and then went top to bottom, then bottom to top etc with the cocktail stick. Then we put the biscuit in the oven at 50 degrees centigrade to dry out the icing. I then piped white icing around the neckline and sprinkled it with granulated sugar which stuck to it, creating a bejewelled neckline.
I love the simplicity of this swimsuit. Purple line icing to delineate the biscuit then flooded with purple, then small polka dots in eucalyptus. Oven dried and then just added a white frill around the edges.

Hot shades for summer. I delineated the lenses in black and the flooded them. When the icing was still wet i piped white along the edges to show some light reflection. After drying out in the oven I piped the dots all around.

I made this dress with Mini in mind and she certainly enjoyed scoffing it straight after school. Pink icing flooded then dried followed by purple icing on the belt encrusted with white sugar and a pretty black bow.

These stilettos really stumped me. I had no idea how to decorate them, so a few well chosen black studs and a bow later...

I call these my Mad Men earrings, dangly fun and so over the top! 

Mini couldn't help but wear her earrings 

Don't look at me!

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

When mini did london fashion week

Mini spent the day at London fashion week as a guest blogger for the fantastic kids on line boutique  Alex & Alexa. Kitted out in their newest collection she hit the catwalk in search of next seasons trends. Check out everything she saw on their site today at Alex & Alexa

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Cowgirls and Princesses

Mini and her best friends India aka Shania Twain and Madonna off to a friend's birthday bash. The theme? Princesses and Cowboys. Love that both girls embraced the look wholeheartedly, with India sporting a faux fur bolero over her pink princess dress and topped off with a flashing stetson. While Mini appropriated her brother's Texan boots, a red can-can girl skirt, embroidered neckerchief from Caramel, old Gap jacket and my leather cowgirl hat. Perfection!

Love heart

I love getting the girls all dressed up in matching gear. So when it came to this season's sales i couldn't help but plump for the Stella McCartney heart print ski jacket. Mini's comes nipped in at the waist and has a red heart buckle which she loves fastening. On-line they also did this all-in-one ski suit for Ottilie. It comes with attached mittens and although they aren't quite thick enough for major sub-zero temperatures, they do work perfectly in chilly london on a sunny day and we will be taking them to Arosa for February half term for sure. Mini also made sure the girls were wearing their Little Bird by Jools red shoes available from Mothercare. They finally fit Ottilie. Cant believe she's gotten that big.
Our little gnome on the run.

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Sticker Heaven

Anya Hindmarch is forever adding gorgeous and inspirational pieces to her collections. Ive been a fan since she started but she certainly tapped into what i love when she released her chic leather sticker collection this season. I stick stickers on everything! You'd think i was still in school. Nothing makes my heart race as much as the sticker stand at Paperchase. So when the clever AH launched her chic leather stickers which can be stuck on everything from handbags and wallets to iPhones and mac books. I knew what i needed for my birthday. And thanks to some very generous girlfriends i transformed my old Anya bag that she inscribed for me personally all those years ago and went to town with her stickers!
As you can see Mini is a fan too!