Playtime New York, February 2017 Highlights

February 23rd, 2017

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Thank you to my friend Jennifer Cattaui of Babesta for contributing this story.

Fall Fashion Hits Playtime!

Another great season of Playtime, with over 180 vendors showing their FW2017 collections. Day 1, attendees braved the rain and cold to venture out to this bustling show. Pirouette blog’s Katie Kendrick kicked things off with the One to Watch Award for innovative new collection (limited to businesses 4 years and under). The prestigious awards were granted to Loopy Mango for exceptional design and Tia Cibani for exceptional fashion.


Frenchy Yummy

There were loads of new companies exhibiting – not only fashion but toys and décor as well! We loved Goose Grease and their wooden figures as well as Rookie Humans’ unique bedding. Swedish Garbo and Friends had gorgeous textiles and tableware and Haptic Lab showed their vibrant decorative ships.


Oaks of Acorn

Mouse in the House

The fashion was fresh and fun this season at Playtime. Who could forget the new pineapple print by Lulaland, the fringy lashes sweatshirt by Noe & Zoe, the tux for tots by Frenchy Yummy, the earthy collection that celebrated dreams by Little Creative Factory or the architectural separates by Motoreta?

Noe & Zoe

Art & Eden featured some great deer prints and Nununu showed a wide array of beautiful leather coats, while Oaks of Acorn debuted a bespoke print with a nod to the 80s. Andorine’s strong orange bomber jacket was a showstopper and the lightning bolt tie by Petit Patch gave us a chuckle.

Little Creative Factory

The sweet knits of Mouse in the House were nostalgic and memorable, dubbed “ethical heirloom.” While Raspberry Plum’s artful collection mixed color and geometric shapes in such a masterful way feeling positively avant-guarde, Omibia’s collection of soft, muted sweaters, dresses, pants and button down shirts told the classic story casual-dress-up-perfection.


Gardner and The Gang

The seminar topic this year was ‘Storytelling’ and there were so many stories to be told in the room. From Oeuf’s celebration story (mixed with some well placed girl-power), and Emile & Ida’s story of friendship & peace, illustrated by the friendships of a cat and a dog, and a vegan wolf and sheep. We loved how these happy stories underscore the value system and ethos of the brand. Upstairs our friends at Red Caribou told a different tale or friendship and goodbyes, drawing attention to the issue of climate change. Little Goodall always has a storytelling bent with their signature coats that are fun and whimsical – the unicorn feeling spot on this year.

Art & Eden


Buyers came from all over the country, more geographically diverse than ever! All in all, it was a great show—spirits were high and selling was swift. The level of creativity and energy at Playtime New York is always palpable and this one was no exception.

Photos Courtesy of Playtime New York

TWIN-SET by Simona Barbieri – Spring Summer Junior collection 2017

February 20th, 2017


It’s so great to see such lovely, airy, truly summery clothes by TWIN-SET by Simona Barbieri, in their gorgeous Summer 2017 Collection. The girl’s collection has the same easy flair as the women’s collection, and although not a mini-me rendition of the women’s line as per other brands, the sweeping and fluid lines are present and unmistakeable. The look is also unmistakably Italian fashion at it’s most effortless and confident. The tones are earthy, white and muted, and embroidery always plays a part in these collections. And then there is the funky, streetwear with faded denim and distressed motifs.

The TWIN-SET Simona Barbieri brand appeared on the Italian market in the early ’90s thanks of Simona Barbieri and the entrepreneurial flair of Tiziano Sgarbi. The brand gained a foothold in Italy and abroad, and year after year, they’ve grown into an ever richer and complete look, adding to their beginnings of just sweaters and knitwear, which  are all, by the way, produced entirely in Italy.

TWIN-SET also produces tailored garments, accessories, lingerie and resort wear, and a novelty denim collection.

Take a look at the full TWIN-SET Girl’s Spring Summer Junior collection 2017 right here. Also, take a look at the lovely campaign video below. Makes me wish summer were already here!





Valentine’s Day Kid Friendly Dipped Pretzels

February 3rd, 2017


Now here is something very simple to make: Valentine’s Day Kid Friendly Dipped Pretzels! Yes, Valentine’s Day is almost here and if you are looking for something so easy to make that even the youngest kids can help with, here it is. Dipping is fun and there is so much you can do with the various sprinkles and the different colored chocolate dips. And if you want to be fancy, you can buy sweet bags at the craft store and they will look professional for gift giving.

Find out exactly how to make these beauties right here!



Delightful Handmade Portrait Dolls by Timo

February 2nd, 2017


These are seriously Delightful Handmade Portrait Dolls by Timo. They caught my eye on Etsy and there is something so interesting about the craftiness of these dolls with those graphic touches. They are like a marriage of drawings and rag dolls. And the stories that Timor, the artist, weaves with her characters are charming. There are portraits of humans and animal families and fairies and all sorts of beings going about their business in this world, dressed in very original garb, I might add.

Visit her Etsy store. It will change your day and make it more lyrical!



Cool Kids Rooms That Will Blow You Away

January 27th, 2017

via Decoist

Every now and then, I get the urge to completely transform the girls’ rooms and go on a hunt for really wonderful decor. And this time I came up with these Cool Kids Rooms That Will Blow You Away. Well, they blew me away! Especially because I can’t imagine kids’ rooms being quite so orderly. But the touches and colors are so inventive and there seems to always be some new idea that I’ve not seen before. It’s always the matter of deciding which way to go in style, whether it be monochrome, rustic, highly modern or artsy…

Here are some Bright and Beautiful Kids Rooms that I blogged about previously, Some Funky Kids Rooms. And some Awesome Arts and Crafts Rooms. If you are redecorating, there are some wonderful ideas in there!


via Boston Globe 

via Living Locurto

via  Houzzz

via Home Bunch

via Ikea Hackers 

via House Beautiful

via NooshKids 

via Momtastic

Hot Chocolate Pancakes

January 26th, 2017


Okay, here is something for all the chocolate aficionados. Just when I think I’ve seen and eaten almost every type of chocolate dessert, one with a new twist comes along. Sure, we’ve all had chocolate pancakes before, but these Hot Chocolate Pancakes take it to a whole new level with the fudge sauce and marshmallows on top. And these are so thick and cake like.

These are a creation of Tessa, so head on over to her blog to get the recipe. I’m actually going to make these tomorrow morning. If I could make them now, I would. But the girls would smell the chocolate and I would never get them to sleep!



Animalesque Animal Headdresses by Sara Lowes

January 25th, 2017

I’m smitten with these Animalesque Animal Headdresses by Sara Lowes. This London costume and textile designer creates unique, handmade animal headdresses and costume accessories. The pieces are rich with colour, texture and character and made to cherish. I can imagine these headdresses being played with over and over and then displayed on the wall for years to come.

Sara has worked as a costume and embroidery designer for theatre and high end fashion and Animalesque marries her skills and passions, to create these playful and artistic pieces. Her trademark style of illustration, screen-print and embroidery all play a part in the making of these marvels. These are part play wear and part pure art!

Sara uses diverse materials and techniques she picked up along the way during  her world travels. Each piece has its own character which is brought to life by the qualities of the fabric, the embellishments, the colour, print and pattern.

Animalesque is based in East London, and these pieces sell worldwide through the Animalesque website shop, and brick and mortar  shops. Sara also works on bespoke theatre, dance and fashion commissions.


DIY Stacking House Blocks

January 20th, 2017


So here is a really effective and fairly simple craft for a weekend! I’m a huge sucker for wooden toys and anything made of wood actually, so DIY Stacking House Blocks would be just the ticket if my girls were younger. I’m kind of sad that the really simple toys of a few years ago have been replaced with more complex things. However, I’m still tempted to make these.

I found this on Mer Mag, and Merrilee guides us to even saw these up into the blocks and make the A frame roofs. All you need is a stick of wood 4×4, sandpaper, paint and a bit of beeswax if you like. Yes, and the saw! The great thing is these blocks are much larger than most blocks, making them much more original. And you have carte blanche as far as painting them. Get all the instructions right here.

BTW, apart from making fabulous crafts from anything and everything, Merrilee is also an illustrator. Take a look at her work here. 


Raspberry Plum Fall/Winter 2017 Circus Collection

January 17th, 2017


I’m super excited by Raspberry Plum Fall/Winter 2017 Circus Collection! Designer, Aleksandra Matthews delights us every season with her artistic and fashion forward collections and this season  she has gone a step further in her creativity and boldness with this British label. The theme is Circus and is heavily inspired by paintings by Matisse, Picasso and the Dadaists.

The knits are the most fun kids are going to have in a sweater and the color palette for this season is bright, clear and broad. Fabrics are a large mix of wool blend, Italian silk, organzas and silks, and appliques are abundant this season.

I also love the ethics of this brand. Their goal is to give back to the community, and starting with the ss16 season RaspberryPlum started working with a non-profit organisation in Serbia, who’s aim is to gather dying traditional and local crafts. They pass on their knowledge to the community through lectures and craft therapy in hospitals and other institutions. This organisation produced the pompoms on the socks for Spring/Summer 16 collection. RaspberryPlum is planning to continue their work with such organisations and also work closely with charities.

This collection will be exhibited at trade shows Pitti BimboDot to Dot LondonPlaytime Paris and Playtime New York and I can’t wait to see it in person!


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