Let’s Get Personal – monogram marvels

So a couple of years back I went to the States and was in absolute heaven will all the monogramming/personalisation options you could find in the shops.  I came back with all manner of things embossed and initialled and simply couldn’t find anything to compare in the UK….that is until now.  Hello Initially London.  If you have a friend’s birthday, need to take a pressie whilst staying with friends or you simply fancy having a ‘me me me’ moment then take a look at their gorgeous personalised goodies.  I have the wonderful Covent Garden Market Basket personalised in hot orange that I will be toting all summer.  Adorned with a lovely co-ord tassel – it’s the perfect size for the beach, park time or even just grabbing your evening groceries.

Next on the my hotlist is their St James cotton seersucker wash bags.  At £25 they are the perfect pressie for a galpal and you get to play designer and choose from a series of styles and colour thread choices.  I am hankering after the baby pink seersucker with an apple green italic monogram.

Brothers, fathers and boys in general needn’t be left out as they have a broad selection of boot bags, wash bags and sports bag all in ‘manly’ finishes.  For babes their nappy covers make the perfect newborn gift.

So if you have a large brood or just fancy getting organised, take a look and have fun adding your initials to their fantastic designs.

 

POP UP SHOP ALERT
All South West Londoners – you can pop down to Papouelli at 187 New Kings Road where Initially London has taken up residence for the week.  Monday 8th through to Sunday 14th May.

All by Initially London
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Prices range from £20-£75 and include monogramming
All feature an embroidered monogram and you get to choose the font style and thread colour
Most importantly they have no limit on the number of letters so you can have house names, mantras and hashtags
If you are not sure on which initial goes where, then check out their super helpful monogram guide
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New Label Alert – Bumble & Ava

A new label has hatched this spring! Bumble & Ava, a clothing label for babies, toddlers and children is the brainchild of mother and daughter duo, Alexandra and Natasha.

Their first collection ‘The Malindi’ is full of fresh and vibrant prints.  The boys’ nehru shirts have fantastic contrast cuff detailing and I love their signature long-sleeved Ava dress which is 100% cotton and has a lovely floaty aesthetic.  For babes-in-arms, the blue rollo romper would suit both boys and girls and features a lovely elephant print.  For crawlers the pantaloons are perfect for everyday wear.

Bumble & Ava is designed in England and made in Kenya at a factory that is a member of the World Fairtrade Organisation.  It certainly feels good to know that the people making the clothes your children wear, have access to a self-help group whose purpose is to provide members with access to financial funds, to assist with children’s education, housing and pension preparations.
A fresh new collection, perfect for the summer days coming ahead.
All in the detail:
I love the blue/white Ava dress – main pic
Collection for ages 0-5 yrs
Baby rompers, £39
Baby pantaloons, £18
Alfie Shirts, £29
Dresses from £35
Designed in England, made in Kenya.
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S/S 17 Lust List – Katie & Jo

I realise that I am getting to the stage in life when my girlfriends are becoming uber successful. One has her novel published this summer (more on that to come), another is she-bossing it in the city, one friend spends her days delivering babies and lots have set up creative and innovative businesses from their kitchen tables.

A couple of such schoolfriends have not only created a successful boutique in the heart of Parsons Green, but are currently launching their first eponymous collection and it is right up PATP’s street.

Katie & Jo have channelled years of noting exactly what their clientele look for and created a capsule 5 piece collection full of bohemian vibes and pops of neon.

I love the Florence dress (above) – perfect for the summer days to come and my hero piece of the collection is their navy military jacket which has a stunning embroidered back.

Out after Easter weekend – happy shopping!
All in the detail:
All Katie & Jo S/S 17 collection
Click here for online store
Florence Dress, £145
Thea top, £85
Pom scarf, £65
Available instore and online w/c 18th April
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The Arts Club – Picassos in the Park

Calling all child creatives there is a new class in town! If your Little One is between the age of 5-10 and is looking to demonstrate their artistic capabilities then I have just the right after-school club for you.

Picassos in the Park, created and run by two London mums, introduces a new artist from the spectrum of Art History every week and after examining what inspired the artist, the children are then let loose to create their own interpretation.  Using a variety of mediums they get to explore the works of iconic artists be it Picasso, Monet and Matisse and what’s more you get to keep your children’s masterpieces afterwards.

I love the concept of having a theme to each week and really talking through different artists’ styles and mediums and then seeing your Little One interpret them in their own style.
The new class is being held at the Skylark Cafe in Wandsworth on Thursdays 3.45 – 5pm but Picassos in the Park can also be found in Kennington on Saturday mornings and Barnes on Wednesday afternoons.
All in the detail:
Picassos in the Park, click here to view
You can take your child for a taster session for only £10 
Sibling discount of 10% for the second child
Classes are term-time
£180 for 12 week summer term at the Skylark
To book email picassosinthepark@gmail.com or call 07968 701223
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Easter Eggstravaganza

Less than a week to go until a giant rabbit sprinkles its foil coloured droppings around the garden and my two are already a little overexcited.  If you fancy something a little different to the usual supermarket chocs then have a look at the below.

I am turning to Hotel Chocolat for their super sweet chocolate characters –Woolliam the lamb and Elizapeck the chick.  They also do sophisticated grown up versions – I am hankering after the Hard Boiled Salted Caramel Easter egg.

Marks and Sparks have come up trumps with their rather lovely embossed rabbit mugs.

For some post Church activities I bought a couple of these Paint your own Eggcups by Tobar that I snapped up on Amazon, alongside Laura Hughes’s Egg Hunt Activity Book packed with puzzles, colouring and stickers.  If your little one is too small to enjoy the wonders of an Egg Hunt then skip the chocs and have them sitting pretty in this Bunny smocked Bubble by Trotters.

If you really wanted to go to town with your Easter table then take a look at M&S’s retro Easter plates. Vintage in look, each plate features charming bunnies or chicks.

Wherever you are this Easter I hope you have a very ‘hoppy’ time indeed x

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Spring Bloom(ers) – Liberty print bottoms

Yes yes I am aware I maybe should have called this blog Princess and the Liberty Print as it seems the majority of my posts seem to focus on my penchant for the classic, delicately detailed, floral British fabric. I couldn’t resist flagging up my latest discovery Tinker & Belle – purveyors of gorgeous classic childrenswear made to order with Liberty Art Fabrics.  Created by a mum, who was struggling to find little girls’ clothes she liked that were simple in shape and devoid of cartoon characters, and looking to achieve that perfect balance of a career and motherhood, set up her sewing machine and Tinker & Belle was born.

I love the longer length baby bloomers – perfect to take you through the crawling stage and lightweight enough for summer days. Boys need not be left out and her printed shirts would be perfect for summer weddings and Christenings. Take a look.

All in the detail:

All by Tinker & Belle
Age range – Babies to girls/boys aged 10
From £19
Made in the UK 
Delivery times may vary as each piece is beautifully made by a busy mummy!

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All in the name – Liberty Print name signs

So it seems like the stork is delivering a fair amount of pink bundles this year and one of my besties received her own precious addition just a few weeks ago.  Sadly due to distance I am yet to have my first cuddle but I have been able to glimpse the newbie, Elkie Bea, over Skype.  In the meantime I wanted to pop something in the post that would be easy to fit through the letterbox and a sweet touch for her new nursery.  My fingers hit the keyboard and went straight to Little Cloud.

I love love love their Liberty print wire names. Each individual name is hand forged from a single length of wire covered in gorgeous Liberty of London fabric, into decorative cursive letters. They look great on nursery shelves or hung on bedroom walls and doors. There are lots of prints to choose from and some neutral ones that would work well for boys’ bedrooms too.  They come beautifully packaged so you can also send direct to the recipient – a winner all round.

Check out Little Cloud’s other Liberty print nursery offerings ranging from the star wall stickers, wall hangings through to soft furnishing with their name garlands, musical cushions and high-chair pads.

All in the detail:

All by Little Cloud
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Nursery Mobiles, £40
Name Signs, £10-£24
Wall stickers, £10
High Chair cushions, £40

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Paw Patrol – Puppy love

So something very exciting happened last week – we welcomed our third.  Well, before a flurry of well wishing I should probably clarify that our third has four legs, the sweetest face and a very waggy tail.  Yep after a few years of pet-badgering from the Littles we have dodged the goldfish, hamster and stick insect option and gone the whole hog and got ourselves a wee pup.

Now I am fully aware that most of you signed up to Princess and the Pram not Princess and the Pooch but I couldn’t resist doing one blog post on all things mutt related.
First up is this rather marvellous crate and crate cover from Lords and Labradors.  Due to London living and the sad lack of a utility room, I was keen for my kitchen not to resemble a veterinary surgery and so opted for this rather chic beige ticking number.  We put the flap down at night and it keeps it nice and dark for our new addition.
Next up is Mungo and Maud.  Well as if getting a puppy wasn’t enough, checking out the retail therapy on offer for all things pooch related is my new favourite hobby.  Rightly labelled as a Dog and Cat Outfitter, Mungo & Maud certainly has the smartest bits and pieces to complement the contemporary home.  I am eyeing up one of their divine collars for when my pup reaches full size.
When past the crate stage and once the Little Miss has stopped gnawing everything in sight I will be looking to Charley Chau for one of their fantastic dog beds – see main pic. If you have to have your pet very much in your living space then take a look at these. I love the look of this raised Rattan one – below.
Lastly couldn’t resist sharing a pic of the newest member of the family, Little M.
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All Wrapped Up – Cosy Personalised Towels

So the weather is the pits and there is nothing nicer than putting my littlies into a hot tub at the end of a long, windy January day.  It’s made all the more lovelier by their gorgeous new personalised towels, lying await on the radiator for them post dip.  A great new discovery, Butterflies & Bees, is run by two mummies achieving that tricky balance of work and mumlife and from face cloths through to bath sheets they have got bathtime covered.

The animal-obsessed Little A has the shark motif lettering and for Little B I was instantly drawn to their Libertyesque Cornflower capers.  All towels are made from brilliantly thick 100% white cotton and the bespoke lettering makes them an ideal present for godchildren and siblings. Take a look.

All in the detail:

All by Butterflies and Bees
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All towel products 650GSM 100% Cotton
Facecloths, Hand Cloth, Bath Towel and Bath Sheet
From £6

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Soho Styling – from House to Home

So with the Beckhams potentially taking up residence next to Soho Farmhouse and having enjoyed a cheeky weekender at Babington House in the run-up to Christmas, I have realised that one of the best things about the Soho House brand (aside from food/booze/spa loveliness) is their interiors.

I love their eclectic vintage vibe, peppered with luxurious velvets and leathers and all thrown in with a dash of chintz for good measure.  Waxing lyrically about our boudoir at BH to a friend, I was delighted when they pointed out to me that the Soho House brand now sell homewares online.  After giving Father C the nod, I was thrilled to find the lovely Logan rug under the Christmas tree this year and with its muted colour palette works perfectly well in bedrooms as it would in hallways and drawing rooms.

Aside from rugs they do armchairs, beds, throws, lamps, bedding to name but a few and there is a whole section offering up vintage delights too.  Essentially if you fancy recreating some Soho House chic at home then take a peek.

All in the detail:

All items by Soho Home
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