panda-face-test

I’ve never been a fan of face painting until I had a go myself.  I love it now – it’s such a satisfying thing to do. Who would have ever thought!  Have you tried it?  But I’m still not in to the versions where the whole face is painted or designs with lots of glitter and swirls – you know the kind I mean.  Keeping it simple with one or two colours is my favourite way. 

So with Halloween coming up I’ve been asking Anya what she would like to go as.  Her latest obsession is pandas possibly because she has recently been given a panda soft toy.  So this week the choice was panda and I quite liked that it was something other than witches, ghouls and ghosts.  With Halloween costumes again, the simpler the better for me and I prefer the homemade kind rather than shop bought.  So armed with my face painting set,  I thought I’d have a quick trial run at transforming her in to a panda.  She was really happy with the look and may go as that to her Halloween party on Friday.  It’s far from perfect but that’s what I like about it and I think it’s pretty panda-ish don’t you?  Although Richard’s first comment as he walked through the door was ‘who’s that? Alice Cooper?!’

Have a great weekend full of silly fun!

P.S. Have you seen our all new shop?  It’s full of adorable clothes for girls and boys that you won’t find anywhere else in the UK.

"knitted baby booties""knitted yellow baby booties"Cute doesn’t even begin to describe these adorable knitted wellie booties for babies – I’m dying of cute overload here!  These baby booties are a tribute to the cool Aigle wellington boots for kids.  We are big fans of Aigle boots here and Anya even has a pair.  The design of using bold colours with simple stripes is classy and stylish.  And then this – a mini hand-knitted version for babies.  Too cute.  These baby booties would make such a fun and unusual gift for a new mum and would keep those little toes nice and toasty in the coming Winter months.  I’m totally in love with the yellow ones for baby boy or girl.

P.S. Have you checked out our shiny new kids clothing shop?

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Focus on feathers!

October 22, 2014

Skirts are one of my favourite pieces of clothing for little girls, especially in Winter.  I love how you can create so many different looks with one simple skirt by mixing and matching with different tights, leggings and tops.  Add a pair of boots or a pair of Mary Janes to change the look yet again.  One of my favourite skirts in my new shop is this feather print skirt.  From the deep rusty red colour to the bold black feathers and the flared style, I think this skirt is such a great piece that can be worn in so many ways through the Winter.  So here are a few ways I would mix and match with different tops and tights or socks:

"feather print skirt ebabee shop"LOOK 1
Glitter animal sweatshirt | Feather print skirt | knee high socks | black leather boots

LOOK 2
Pleated panel jumper | Feather print skirt | Striped footless tights | Gold ankle boots

"stylish girls winter clothes"LOOK 3
Bright yellow cardigan | Feather print flared skirt | Glittery grey tights | Slip-on shoes with face detail

LOOK 4
Striped tee | Feather print skirt | Star print tights | Floral print boots

I love a bit of mixing patterns and prints so I’ve gone for some of those looks.  I also love wearing unexpected colours together – like the rusty red tights with the purple boots. My favourite look is probably the first one with the animal sweatshirt.  What’s your favourite look?

P.S. My shop is one week old today!  I still can’t believe I’m writing the words ‘my shop.  I’ve been overwhelmed with the positive response from you guys so thank you so much.  And thank you to all of you have have bought – hope you love the clothes as much as I do – nomita x

I often share ideas with you on how to decorate kids rooms with wall stickers, wallpaper, rugs and so much more.  While these things are all great to help you create the look you want, there is also a lot that you can do with just a simple tin of paint.  Nothing more, nothing less.  It’s quick, easy and budget friendly but yet the possibilities of getting creative with paint are endless.  Here are five ways to have fun with paint in a kids room:

"pastel baby nursery decor ideas"

This is such a simple idea but so effective to create a cosy little corner.  Rather than just paint straight lines, I love that they have painted a house shape which really makes it feel like a separate space within the room. I especially like this idea to easily create a small reading nook in an older child’s room. 

"ideas for creating two tone walls"

Two-tone walls seem to be all the rage at the moment.  I’ve seen them mostly done where there is a straight line separating the top from the bottom, but this triangle effect is so much more fun.  It also allows you to use shades like that peach colour which probably would be too much if you painted a whole wall in it.  But the colour just at the bottom allows the furniture and shelves to stand out.

"colourful ideas to decorate a kids room"

This isn’t a kids room but this idea to paint rough shapes on the wall is so great for a kids room, a nursery or a playroom.  It’s a brilliant way to add pops of colour to a room without needing to restrict yourself to just one or two colours.  You can use paint shapes like these to highlight shelves and other wall displays and you can even paint colourful frames around posters instead of hanging them in real frames.

"pastel colour block walls"

Using big blocks of colour to mark out different areas in a room is another way to get creative with paint.  With this look, as long as the rest of the walls are white, you can choose any two colours bright, pastel or neutral.  This idea is so great for a shared room to clearly mark out spaces and each child gets to choose their favourite colour too. 

"red statement feature walls"

This is what I call a feature wall! I’ve often seen rooms where one wall is painted in a different colour but this space takes that idea a lot further by painting not only the wall but everything on it including the radiator and also using a very bright colour.  I love that there are no half measures here – this wall makes a statement and it looks striking.  A great way to liven up any kids space and with this effect, I think the bolder the colour the better.

Would you try any of these? What’s your favourite look?

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P.S. Have you checked out our all new kids clothing shop? You’ll find styles and designs not available anywhere else in the UK.

"handmade dolls for kids""handmade polka dot doll""handmade unicorn dolls for kids"

A quick start to this Monday morning, I wanted to share these handmade dolls.  How adorable are they?  All these dolls are made by hand by Sophia Smeekens who has been making dolls ever since she was a kid.  I love the quirky faces and the pointy heads on those stripey dolls which are my favourite.  And the sleepy eyes?  Too sweet! Handmade dolls always get my vote and these ones are so different than any I’ve seen before.  You can find a selection at the lovely Pearls and Swines boutique.

"thank you ebabee shop discount"

It’s Friday finally.  It’s been a crazy week here with lots of highs and lows and of course the highlight has been the launch of my very own kids clothing shop.  It’s been a dream of mine for so long that I still can’t quite believe it’s now a reality.  But nothing feels better than making a dream come true.  I am feeling proud and very grateful.  Grateful to all of you who have taken the time to leave encouraging words, who have visited the shop and given me your feedback, who have bought stuff already, who have shared my shop with your friends and overall been so incredibly supportive.  So as a big THANK-YOU to you all, I’d like to offer you a special discount – 10% off everything in the shop for today and this whole weekend.  Just use the code: THANKS01 at checkout. 

Thank you all and have a wonderful weekend!  x

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"cape and mask sets for kids"

Even though Halloween is not as big here in the UK as it is in the US, it’s becoming more and more popular.  If I had to pick a celebration that Anya loves above all else it would be Halloween.  She even prefers it to Christmas.  I guess it’s the whole dressing up thing that makes it so exciting and also going out after dark to collect sweeties is such a treat for a kid.  I’ve been looking around for some fun costumes and I really liked these simple cape and masks sets that I came across.  As far as Halloween costumes go I prefer simpler stuff and stuff that can be re-used as part of dressing up play.  These capes and masks are all handmade in cotton and are perfect for boy or girl.  That little crown is so cute too.  Anya hasn’t yet decided what she wants to dress up as this year but I’m hoping it will be something simple.  What are your kids dressing up as?

P.S. Did you know that we have launched our very own kids clothing store?

Ebabee shop is here!

October 15, 2014

"ebabee kids clothes shop"

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I had been working on a new project.  Today, I’m really excited to share it with you – my new shop is here!  (I can’t believe I just wrote that).  I have been dreaming of starting an online kids clothing store for a long time but I had to find absolutely the right clothes.  Clothes that I truly believed in, clothes that screamed style without compromising on comfort.  Over the years, I’ve shared lots of beautiful brands on this blog that deliver these things but many are already easily available.  So my biggest challenge was to find something new for you that still delivered big on style, comfort and quality.

unisex-winter-pyjama-sets-for-kids

When I saw these beautiful clothes for boys and girls from Korea, I knew they were it.  Much like the Japanese, the Koreans are very stylish in their own unique way.  These clothes are no different. It’s the small details, unusual cuts, bold prints and colour combinations that really make these clothes stand out.  Never afraid of mixing colours or mixing patterns, the way these clothes are put together is so inspiring too – that rusty red top with the bright blue leggings looks so great but probably would not have been two colours I would have thought to put together.  It feels like the Koreans have taken everything we already love about kids clothes and put their own unique touch on them. 

"unisex yellow tshirt for kids""Ae-hem kids clothes UK"

There are many Korean kids clothing brands out there to love, each with it’s own personality and style but I have hand-picked my favourite brands and pieces to bring to you.  One of the sweetest brands is Ae-hem.  Full of childish personality, they make things like those adorable sleep suits and that stripy yellow tee.  Also on offer by Ae-hem are some beautiful printed skirts and tunics with one of my favourites being the rusty red feather print ones.  And those black leggings with the gold knee detail – how stunning!  These clothes not only look great but are also very soft, comfortable and practical for kids to wear.  There are many more brands and clothes to discover like this beautiful girly lace over-dress (pictured below) which looks so cool when paired with some black Winter woolies.  There’s lots more so I will let you browse my shop to discover the rest of the goodies.

"cream lace dress for girls"

I’ve started off with a small selection of clothes with more for girls at the moment.  But there are some very cool pieces for the boys too and I also have some gorgeous new stuff for the boys coming soon.  All these clothes are made in small quantities so when they’re gone, they’re gone.  They’re never re-made making them even more special.  So take a look around the shop, feel free to ask me any questions and I hope you fall in love with these beautiful clothes just like I have.  It’s hard not to : )

"long pink tutu skirt girls"

And as for this blog – nothing changes here.  This blog is the foundation and inspiration for anything else I do so it’s not going anywhere.  I will still bring lots of ideas and inspiration just as I have been and some shop updates too.  Thank you all so much for your support, comments and visits over the years – I really appreciate it and it’s this support that has spurred me on to try new things like this.  Feel free to leave a comment below and tell me what you think.  And now, please go check out my shop!

I’ve linked up to Mummy’s got style Fashion Friday.

"tooth fairy pillow UK"

A couple of weeks ago Anya lost her first tooth.  I cried.  I’m not normally emotional and have always enjoyed watching her grow up.  When the baby years passed and she turned in to a toddler, I felt nothing but joy and delight in seeing her grow and develop.  But this milestone was different.  This milestone felt like my baby was no longer a baby and was really growing up (sob).  Where have these five years gone? 

"tooth fairy pillow UK"

I was soon distracted by Anya’s huge excitement right from the moment she realised she had a wobbly tooth.  The tooth fairy is something she has desperately been waiting for and wishing everyday that she would lose a tooth for over a year.  More than Santa, the tooth fairy has totally captured her imagination.  So that night, along with the tooth fairy pillow loaded with cash and tucked under her pillow, I sprinkled some glitter around her bed.  That moment of waking up and discovering the tooth had gone from the pillow and finding some money there instead was priceless – the look on her face was pure delight and amazement.  She was jumping up and down and shouting ‘the tooth fairy came, the tooth fairy really came’.  And the bonus was finding this adorable golden tooth pillow which she loves.  Anya may be growing up but she’s still a child full of wonder and imagination and that is something I hope will stay with her for a long time no matter how old she is.

"tooth fairy pillow UK"

To celebrate this big milestone I wanted to do something special.  So I partnered with Oeuf NYC to give one lucky reader the chance to win this adorable handmade golden tooth fairy pillow.  Oeuf kindly sent one for Anya and there’s one for one of you too.  The tooth is made of soft baby alpaca wool and has a little pocket at the back to put money in.  Anya loves her tooth and has been sleeping with it under her pillow every night since she got it.  And I have to agree – it’s so sweet.  Oeuf’s tooth fairy pillow is the original and the best and so it had to be this one.  Have your kids lost a tooth yet?  How did you feel with the first one?

"tooth fairy pillow"

To enter to win this golden tooth, here are the details:

The prize:  The winner picked at random will win one Oeuf NYC golden tooth fairy pillow.

To enter:  Simply leave a comment below.  Just say hi or anything you like but keep it nice and friendly!

One entry per person and this competition is open to all my readers worldwide – yay!  The competition closes at midnight (UK time) on Sunday 19th October 2014.  Any entries after this time will not be counted.  The winner will be announced on this post and on my facebook page on Tuesday 21st October.  Good luck!  

This giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations to Jacie.  Thanks to everyone who entered.

"kids say the funniest things"

We often talk to Anya about what she wants to be when she grows up.  It’s such a fun conversation to have with kids as they often come up with the funniest things.  As a little girl, my mum tells me that I used to say I’m going to be a peanut shop owner because I loved peanuts!  Recently Anya came home from school very excited because she said she had decided what she wanted to be when she grew up.  Here’s how the conversation went:

Anya (really excited): Mama, do you know what I want to be when I grow up?
Me: No. Tell me, tell me.
Anya: I want to be a teacher.
Me: Wow! That’s great. It’s so nice that you want to help children learn and teach them everything you know.
Anya: No mama, I just want to tell everyone what to do!

That’s my bossy baby!  So what do your kids say?  Have they come up with a funny profession or like Anya, just cracked you up with their innocent honesty?  I’d love to hear in the comments.

Have a great weekend everyone and enjoy the little gems your kiddies come out with.  x

{photo by Abigail Fahey Photography for ebabee}

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