I love the kids clothing brand les petits carreaux and right now they are having a sale on selected kids clothing and accessories. Use the code HAPPYSALES at checkout for 50% off. There is free shipping on orders $150 and over.
If you're a parent, chances are you have many of the Toca Boca games on your mobile phone or iPad for your kids to play with. Chloe is obsessed with most of them but the one at the top is the Toca Hair Salon (both 1 and 2). Now kids can wear their favorite Toca Boca characters on their arms, hands – where ever they wish! Toca Ink ($10) was created in collaboration with Virginia Elwood, a renowned Brooklyn-based tattoo artist. These temporary tattoos would also make great stocking stuffers or birthday party favors. One pack of tattoos includes 8 tattoos featuring characters from various Toca Boca games.
Each pack includes:
1 x Nova from Toca House
1 x T-bot from Toca Train
1 x Walter from Toca Cars
1 x Babe the blue Ox from Toca Kitchen
1 x Blox the Builder
1 x Larry the Lion from Toca Hair Salon 1
2 x Toca Boca logo
The tattoos are also excellent quality. The colors and details of the illustrations are amazing and they last through multiple hand washings. (Simply scrub them off at bath time with a warm soapy towel.) Chloe chose the T-bot from Toca Train but since this post she's had about 4 other tattoos on her hand from the Toca Boca logo to Nova (her favorite) from Toca House.
Around my house, Chloe can't get enough of making her own little story books. The creative folks at Wee Society have a great DIY project for your budding writer. Just download the fill-in-the-blanks story worksheet which includes instructions for DIY stamps and ideas for illustrations (inspired by Ed Amberley).
I also love their alternative to candy on Halloween night like little toys, stickers or temporary tattoos to pass out. These super cute Spooky Spider or Boo Crew Tattlys are designed by Wee Society.
Finally, if you still are looking for costume ideas, check out their paper bag DIY costumes from last year here.
Mix It Up by Hervé Tullet
8 5/8 x 8 5/8 in, 64 pages
$11.13 on Amazon
Just out now is Hervé Tullet's new book Mix It Up!, published by Chronicle Books. Mix It Up! is the much anticipated follow up to his first book, Press Here. Through his simple paint splat style, he shows kids the art of mixing colors together and giving kids the notion of artistic empowerment. I've always felt that the French have an amazing grasp of building in art into the everyday life of kids and Hervé earns his nickname "the Prince of Preschool" so well.
The book is interactive and takes you through a painting journey as if you are painting and mixing yourself. Nevermind, that the paint is actually dry and printed on paper, it all looks so amazingly real! The good news? No messy fingers. :)
Mix it Up!’s creator, Hervé Tullet will be visiting the US in October doing large-scale interactive art project events with kids at museums, libraries and event centers. Also in NY, the Brooklyn Public Library main library is hosting an exhibit of original paintings that explore and explain his influences as an artist and book creator. The exhibit is the first of its kind for Tullet. It will be on display from October 2, 2014 to February 1, 2015.
I recently posted on Coquette about my shopping experience at Galerie Lafayette in Paris. Chloe and I were armed with a personal shopper, Elodie who helped us find cute outfits for back to school. Some of these French brands I have known very well over the years from my mother-in-law and our many travels to France. Galeries Lafayette is fantastic because it has all the brands under one roof, from luxury kids clothes to everyday affordable ones. It is fantastic one stop shopping in my book. I usually buy Chloe key clothes for the season and they end up being go-to clothing she lives in and dresses up in as well.
At the top of my list is the brand Catimini. They do both girls and boys clothing and the quality is impeccable. (Luckily for us Bay Area folks, they have a store within the Valley Fair Mall in Santa Clara, CA.) The magenta spirit ethnique cable knit cardigan pictured above also can be worn in reverse and showcases an embroidered deer pattern. Their clothes can take many washes. Also, from all the playground wear my daughter goes through, the dresses really last! In fact, I've passed some of her dresses down to my friend's girls, who are still wearing them years later.
You can't get more French than Petit Bateau. Go for the signature stripes or in my case this time, I found the cutest floral sweatshirt and skirt set. If you have a new baby or know someone who is expecting, I love their baby bodysuits which are made in the softest cotton ever! We picked up a few pants for Chloe here. I find that their pants are durable and I like their adjustable waists.
For kids fashion with a refined element, Jacadi has it all. Featuring prim and proper dresses for girls, handsome shirts for boys, and fabulous outerwear with no fleece in sight, this brand gives elegance to little kids.
Bonpoint (pictured above and below) is another one of my favorite brands. It's filled with rich cotton prints that the crafter in me just wants to scream inside. I sort of want it all in my size, you see. The prices are expensive so pick and choose pieces to get. This season, the smock style shirt and dress is in full swing for girls. Colors featured blush tones, bright reds and oranges as well as grays. That's what I love about French fashion for kids. They are never afraid to give kids color variety aside from the typical pinks and blues that gives French kids an immediate sophistication.
I just ordered the personalized School Years Journal ($39.99) from MyChronicleBooks so I can better record each school year of Chloe's. The book goes from Kindergarten all the way up to 12th grade. I love that I can easily record memories from the school year on each personalized page. I already know she wants to be a vet, but I'll have to add that she wants to be a vet for unicorns. The cutest thing will be seeing how her signature changes over the years!
Get 35% off any order from MyChronicleBooks with the code FRIENDS at checkout at MyChronicle Books!
Chronicle Books 1846 Union Street San Francisco, CA 94123 July 23, Wednesday 7pm-8pm This Wednesday, Chronicle Books at their Union Street store in San Francisco is hosting a special event that will take you behind the scenes on how their successful children's books are made. Meet Children's Publishing Editor Melissa Manlove (she's amazing, btw) and Children's Publishing Designer Ryan Hayes. Both Ryan and Melissa have worked on award-winning children's books such as Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker and Steam Train, Dream Train. If there is anything you ever wanted to know about how children's books are made, this is the event for you. Bring your imagination and questions. Visitors will also enjoy 25% off everything in the store!
Back to School is coming up soon! I'm starting my shopping now so I have everything ready by late August when Chloe starts first grade. I just ordered some School Labels Pack ($33.88) from Name Bubbles and couldn't be happier with the quality and the design. I have used labels in the past that just lacked that pretty design quality that I want, especially with fonts. Name Bubbles lets you see what you are creating so you can preview the labels in real time as you design them.
Choose from a variety of designs, colors and styles. Chloe chose the cupcake style which comes featuring a variety of cupcake shapes and colors. I ordered the labels on a Sunday afternoon and they arrived by Friday later that week. The labels are dishwasher and laundry safe so you can stick them on everything you need to! They have a variety of value packs but you can also choose to buy labels by type individually too.
Maternity fashion has evolved over the last six years since I've been pregnant but Isabella Oliver still leads the way in my book in merging fashion forward with maternity comfort. Their first foray into pre-fall is here with their new Pre-Fall Collection for 2014. I love the Ivybridge Maternity Dress ($145) which is perfect for work or a day out. I also love the bohemian look of the Hutton Maternity Top ($155) which looks great over leggings or jeans.