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
Click here to view
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
Click here to view
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
Click here to view

 

 

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Perfect Party Prep – Aromatherapy Associates

If you are already suffering from Christmas party fatigue, I may have the perfect little pick-me-up for you.  Recommended by a somewhat ‘spiritual’ friend of mine, this Aromatherapy Associates bath/shower oil is the perfect tonic to combat the post war-zone/kids tea slump after 5pm.  If your hair smells of fish fingers and you would rather slob on the sofa than don your glad rags for the night ahead, then add a couple of drops of this to your bath or shower and you will raring to go again.  The perfect recharge for the evening ahead… you just might have to fish the bath toys out of the way first.

All in the detail:

Revive Evening Bath and Shower Oil, £45
Click here to view
Also available at John Lewis
I have the Evening version but there is also a Morning one too
Would make a great stocking filler 

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READER OFFER – Octavia Hix

READER OFFER OCTAVIA HIX

Rather than do Gift guides this year I am just going to do the odd post here and there on pretty things that have caught my eye. (I also have the problem that if I say what I have bought it slightly ruins the surprise factor for my family and friends on Christmas Day!). That said and because my mum is a somewhat sporadic reader of PATP, I will let you in on what I am wrapping up for her under the tree.

For a lady who likes her Winter Sun I have snapped up one of these gorgeous easy breezy dresses by Octavia Hix.  Perfect to throw on post pool for lunch, they come in two different lengths and most importantly for my mum they come out of your suitcase looking like they did when they went in.  I bought a couple for half term and not only did I find them super flattering but a totally indispensable addition to my holiday wardrobe. Wear with a heels and a leather jacket at night, sandals and straw hat for the day.

For Princess and the Pram readers you lucky things are entitled to 15% off.  Simply use the code below and happy shopping.  Always a good one to direct the hubby to incase they are struggling to get you something for Christmas.

All in the detail:

Dresses by Octavia Hix
For discount enter the code ANCHRISTMAS15 on the shipping address page
With code short dresses are £135.15 and long £152.15
Perfect Christmas pressie for anyone destined for hotter climes in 2017

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Magic Slippers – Desmond and Dempsey

D&D

After a particularly rain-soaked weekend, nothing makes me more pleased than getting rid of the wellies by the door and sinking my feet into my heavenly new slippers. Burgundy ponyskin – check, candyfloss pink faux fur interior – check, sturdy soles in case you nip out – check.  Bags of style on the outside and super comfy on the inside, these slippers scream weekend chic.  Perfect if you are currently post baby and slobbing out in a variety of moth eaten cashmere and need to up level your ‘nan’ slippers.  I wear mine non stop and they disguise themselves beautifully as loafers when teamed with a black skinny jean.

Also available in smoke grey ponyskin with zebra trim for those that keep things monochrome.  Definitely check out Desmond and Dempsey’s PJs if you are looking to overhaul your bedtime wardrobe.  Their slippers and nightwear also make pretty perfect Christmas pressies for the sister who has everything.

D&D

All in the detail:

All by Desmond and Dempsey
Click here to view

Slippers, £85
Sized 36-41
Nightwear from £75
I love the Bocas Print & Howie Pineapple

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