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Boxing Day will be fun!

26 Dec

Conran store in South Kensington has created the most spectacular windows this Christmas. The pear shaped bells and giant balls evoked the true festive spirit and a real life Santa climbing the stores of the building was a favourite with kids.

Conran windows shopping Christmas

 

Now that the sale sign has gone up and the stunning designs are gone, a quick look at the goodies on sale. Do go, it’s a delight for the whole family.

Conran Christmas shopping

The store was decorated with neon signs and ultra modern lighting, signposting between Kids, Home, men, women and stocking fillers.

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The kids section has a lot of retro inspired gifts from a Harmonica to cooking sets, Wizard of Oz book edition and great lighting for kids.

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We were especially interested in spotting one of these: the socks for the young champions by Trumpette. Beautiful packaging http://www.trumpette.com/

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Happy shopping on this Boxing Day!

The WOW Factor: a special report from LFW 2012

21 Sep

You might not possess many things, but what you do MUST have, is the ‘wow’ factor! says photographer and our guest blogger Julia Flit, after visiting Somerset House during London Fashion Week 2012.

LFW 2012, British Fashion Council

After going through the most beautiful ballgowns at V&A and satiating my curiosity about classy and very pretentious dresses, I moved to the hottest trends of today’s fashion at LFW. The burst of colors, shapes, textures, stones, crystals, feathers, and much, much more were overwhelming! This year’s inspiration for most of the collections is a crazy mixture of sixties, nineties and futuristic styles.

It is quite odd but many designers seem to be obsessed with Minnie Mouse this season and her big ears have proved to be a big influence on their creations. Brands from Ebay to Stephen Jones and Sister by Sibling have created perfect outfits to satisfy Minnie Mouse fans. Minnie Mouse Must Haves Auction ebay.co.uk/minniemouse

The highlight of the day for me has been Mawi – a collection of the most beautiful and most glittery handbags. You won’t go unnoticed with one of these jewels. Also the team was beyond all praise! Very loud, very eccentric and very entertaining!

You might not possess many things, but what you do MUST have – is the ‘wow’ factor!

by Julia Flit. You can also find Julia and her beautiful photography portfolio on www.jum-art.co.uk

 

Made in Britain: Yummy & O.L.M.P.C

20 Jun

To be honest it’s not a comfortable situation when designers snigger, fashion lovers raise their eyebrows and seamstress looks at you with a sad nod. But that’s a chain of reactions that anyone, who wants to be ‘MADE IN BRITAIN’ faces. Industry insiders are incredulous and their main question is ‘Why?’

For Yummy & O.L.M.P.C it was important because it had to reflect ‘home’ and there is nothing more valuable and sentimental than a ‘home made’ item.

And, finally, our labels have arrived. Launch is imminent.

Have actually stumbled on a great article by Kate at Make it British. Look at the list of the 10 shoe brands that are produced in UK… not long, but still, inspiring

http://makeitbritish.co.uk/uk-manufacturing-2/english_shoe/

A story about the Rainbow

15 May

All of a sudden, in the midst of rain and grey sky, there was a stunning rainbow, stretching all across London… we counted the colours as we were passing it by …

‘What is at the end of the rainbow?’ i hesitated for a while and then said… ‘beautiful white horses, running fast across the sky’

‘What next, what happened next’ cried the kids? I said: ‘The rainbow bursts into many wonderful colours and fills the sky and it becomes bright, sunny and colourful’

‘and then? what happens to the bubbles?’ ‘They float in the sky, higher and higher…’

‘like birds?’ ‘Yes, like birds, fast, elegant and free’

‘That is beautiful’ said the kids, still looking at the rainbow…

‘In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer’ Albert Camus

Chapter 2: Aphrodite inspires Athena to try out Ballet

9 May

Aphrodite was the Goddess of Ballet and Gymnastics. A graceful princess, she was returning from her ballet lessons at the cherry orchard, when she saw Athena and Apollo.

‘Hey Athena, the lesson was so much fun today. I was watching a video about my great great grandma Aphrodite, the goddess of Beauty and Youth. She was such a talented dancer, now i know whom i got my special moves from! It was the ‘Swan Lake’ that she was performing, she was wearing a white tutu and white feathers in her hair and moving so graciously across the stage in tiny fluttering steps (called Pas).. like this… see now i am doing first position, now it’s a curtesy and now a jump.

‘Aphrodite, you look beautiful, i wish i can dance like that as well!’

‘Well, we willl! I am rehearsing for the Olympic Ballet Performance in July, let’s meet at the cherry orchard. Do you have a tutu to wear?

‘A tutu?’ asked Athena

‘Yes, a tutu is a special dress that you wear for ballet. For rehearsals it’s quite simple, a stretchy tight body and a small light skirt, but at the actual performances there are just beautiful costumes. We can look through some of the most beautiful ones together?’

‘It sounds like fun! Yes, I would love to. I never tried Ballet before. Is it difficult?’

‘Oh, athena, it’s not difficult at all, but you have to pay attention and repeat after me. Before we learn to dance, you need to learn French. All the ballet moves are in French, because France is where the ballet was born’.

‘I can’t wait. Aphrodite what are the words I need to know?’

‘Ok. First: À la seconde. Comsa!

‘I really like  ‘A la seconde’ said Athena. Am I doing it right? What’s next?’

Oh next, my favourite! A ‘Grand Jeté’ – you do it comsa Athena: you jump up in the air and float gracefully before landing very quietly. You start from one leg and land on the other, it’s a split in the air. It is most often done forward and usually involves doing full leg splits in mid-air. It consists basically of a grand écart with a moving jump. I think. Got it?’

‘I think so shouted Athena happily, jumping high into the air…

Athena and Aphrodite are wearing sportswear for children by Yummy & O.L.M.P.C

Pre-orders available now katerina@yummyolympic.com

Full collection launching soon on yummyolympic.com

Mothers & Olympic spirit: catch the trend

18 Apr

Of course it’s natural for any mother to trot around most stylish cities of the world in sport inspired corsets, tight skirts and Laboutin heels. In fact, we have all done it, we do it every day….

Well at least in spirit… Either way, who cares that it’s terribly impractical? It’s a stunning trend and a beautiful photoshoot from Vogue.

Time to shape up and trot with the head high full of olympic spirit and impeccably dressed kids (no nanny in sight, so she must have done it all on her own). ‘I don’t know how she does it!!!’

Photoshoot Vogue Russia, photographer Alexander Liubomirski, Stylist Ekaterina Mukhina

 

An olympic kind of Bunny – Happy Easter

8 Apr

“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision”. Cecil Beaton

 

“We boil at different degrees”. Ralph Waldo Emerson 

 “If you were born without wings, do nothing to prevent them from growing’ Coco Chanel

Happy Easter and be a happy bunny!