A few years ago I bought a beautiful dull gold top. From the minute I first wore it, Anya insisted she had to have the same. She was only 3 years old. Since then, she has often wanted us to wear matching clothes when we go out together. Her sweet, sweet sentiment of wanting to be like her mama gives me a warm and happy feeling all over. While I adore this sentiment, I can’t do full on matching mama and daughter style. Can you? I can do complementary style yes, but matching head to toe, no. So recently, when Pisamonas offered to send us both a pair of shoes, I thought this was the perfect opportunity for some similar mama and daughter style. Both Anya and I opted for ballet pumps – she chose the sparkly pink ones while I opted for the black leather ballet pumps.
The adorable raccoon and bear socks in my ebabee shop have been a huge hit. They are the cutest, quirkiest things and look so cool on chubby little legs. But today it’s the turn of the adults. I have some quirky adult socks that I am giving away. So if you’re one of those people who like to wear your colourful socks and curl up on the sofa or in front of the fire, this is for you. These fun socks are by none other than Donna Wilson and I am giving away two pairs – a his and hers. And even if not for you, with the festive season coming up, these Donna Wilson socks would make fun gifts for someone. To enter the giveaway read on.
I have been a huge fan of all things Donna Wilson for a long time. If you already know Donna Wilson, you’ll know that her designs are always colourful and playful. The designs are just as much for adults as they are for kids which is what I love about her creations. So I wanted to share some of my favourite pieces from her gorgeous new AW collections. How cool is that women’s bear shawl? It’s a super cute shawl but I also love it as a rug or a throw on a kids bed. And the new melamine plates and bowls are really quirky too like that hungry wolf tray which I love for adding a bit of fun to my kitchen. Now back to the giveaway.
THE GIVEAWAY: One lucky reader will win two pairs of adult sized Donna Wilson socks. One pair for her and one pair for him. The winner will receive the women’s flower socks (fits UK shoe size 4-7) and the men’s mountain bike socks (fits UK shoe size 7-11). To enter simply leave a comment on this post and you can also follow my facebook page to stay in the loop. The giveaway closes on Monday 5th October at midnight (UK time). Any entries after this time will not be counted. Sorry, this giveaway is open to UK readers only.
This giveaway is now CLOSED. Thank you to everyone who entered. The winner is Lisa Hilton – congrats Lisa!
Do you know Kids on the Moon? It has to be one of the coolest kids brands ever! The clothes all tell a story, it’s about art meeting fashion but beyond that the clothes are always so practical and comfy for kids to wear. Anya has clothes by Kids on the Moon so I know how easy they are for a kid to wear and still do what kids do. The fabrics too are always practical and designed for repeated wash and wear. I have featured their collections here in the past and now they’ve launched a brand new line of clothing for modern mums called By the Moon. Instead of just sharing both the collections with you I thought it would be fun to chat with Magda, the amazingly talented designer behind both the kids and mums range.
Tell us about Kids on the Moon? Kids on the Moon is a brand that uses dreams and magic to make children’s clothes. Natural materials and colours are mixed with a lot of imagination, storytelling and fantasy. The brand is created by three women who also happen to be mothers and who spend their days traveling between the moon, the earth and planet Venus. Kids on the moon was created three years ago by Magda Rams, the brand’s designer who designs every collection and whose sense of style defines Kids on the Moon.
What did you want to be when you were growing up? That’s easy – I always wanted to make clothes. Also as a kid I used to dream a lot and still do. I find children very inspiring and designing clothes for them is a true pleasure. On one hand there are no limits to the imagination and fantasies come to life, on the other you have to be sincere and true to yourself as kids naturally shun fads and fake hypes. That’s why at Kids on the Moon we use natural colours and comfortable but original styles. The brand is about lightness manifested in a beautiful, well designed manner. Our motto is no gravity – there are no limits to our creativity. Kids on the Moon is where fantasy meets good design and quality. Our collections tell stories from dreams. The brand’s name and concept give us unlimited possibilities – just like space or a kid’s imagination.
What led you to start Kids on the Moon? Kids on the Moon is a natural almost organic outcome of an art education, a career in the fashion industry and being inspired by my own kids. I’ve always looked for professional independence and wanted to enjoy what I do. One of the objects that has always been with me is my great-grandmother’s sewing machine. Ever since I remember I was always trying to sew something on it. Kids on the Moon must have been written in the stars for me.
You create incredible collection after collection. How do you do it? At the very beginning, there is a world in which our collection will be set. This world is a mixture of children’s fantasy and the world of nature with a dose of a grown-up imagination and of course the world of fashion, literature, film and art. A careful eye will notice quotes from Kubrick’s films, from Mad Max, David Bowie and more. As a brand inspired by the moonlight and space in general there is a lot of cosmic themes but we are not limiting ourselves to it. Our current summer collection OCEANIA puts together oceans, lunar seas and …grunge. In autumn we will get inspired by the TOTAL ECLIPSE and see what happens when the moon takes over making the sun vanish for a while. So the upcoming collection will be, as always full of mystery, magic and of course – moonlight.
Do you experience creative block? How do you deal with it? Creative blocks happen to everyone. They are a sign that you need to rest and relax, do things you enjoy, run bare feet with your children, read a book and listen to music. So creative blocks are like little vacations – they pass as soon as you start enjoy them 🙂 (I love this quote – it’s something I’m going to remember and use!)
Aside from your own, which kids clothing line really inspires you? Featherdrum – for that holiday feeling all year round.
And lastly, if you weren’t a kids clothing designer, what would you be? I have always been attracted to fashion – so I am sure if it hadn’t been for Kids on the Moon I would design adult clothes. In fact this is happening already as we have just launched Kids on the Moon’s older sister – a brand called BY THE MOON. It has been created for all mums and grown up women who live by the sun and dream by the moon, who value comfort, lightness and a little bit of magic every day.
Thank you Magda for your inspiring words. I am loving the new modern mum collection just as much as the kids collection. And remember the next time you experience creative block, treat it as a vacation and it’ll fly by!
Colour blocking is a trend that’s been around for ages and it’s thankfully not going nowhere. It’s such a simple way to add so much style to a look. Especially if you’re more of a minimalist and don’t want busy prints and patterns, a simple colour block dress or skirt is the answer. Just like that blue and white shirt dress that pops so much more than if it was plain blue or plain white. You can create your own look too by pairing two solid colours together. I’m loving the colour block look for mums and babies and definitely will be wearing something similar over the Summer (if it ever comes!).
When I was pregnant, I didn’t come across a single maternity jumpsuit. I so wish I had. Jumpsuits are the perfect thing to wear when you’re pregnant because they’re comfy, flattering and stylish. They’re great for everyday casual and office wear but also for dressing up too. Some of the more formal ones would be such a great choice for an occasion especially in the later months of pregnancy when comfort matters most. But even the more casual ones can easily be dressed up with heels and accessories for an evening look. Versatile and easy to wear, for me the maternity jumpsuit is a pregnancy must have. I think if I had found a jumpsuit at the time, I would have worn it throughout my pregnancy and beyond!
I went looking for some of the cutest maternity jumpsuits and selected 7 of the best ones that I could find. I chose a mix of casual and formal so there’s a jumpsuit for every occasion:
When I think of floral prints, Summer immediately comes to mind. But recently I’ve seen a lot of bold florals that are perfect for Autumn. Think big, bold, stand-out prints in dark tones like deep pinks, rusty reds and midnight blues. This Autumn floral trend has me hooked for Anya and myself.
Statement pieces like these would look great paired with a solid colour or if you’re brave enough, you could try mixing them with another simple print like polka dots or stripes. For the more adventurous amongst us you could even try mixing two floral prints – I will admit I’m not brave enough to do that! I’ve picked out a few of my favourite pieces for mama and baby and while they’re all striking, I’m quite in love with those floral print girls wellies and the floral tights for women. Both would create quite a stunning Autumn look when worn with solid muted colours and that’s the kind of look that appeals most to me; one statement piece that really shines. Here’s where you’ll find these pieces:
Last evening we saw a rainbow and the colour that really stood out for me was indigo. It’s such a rich and striking colour that you can’t help but take notice of it. I think it’s a great colour to wear for for most skin tones and works so well with so many other colours. Take that colour block kids skirt – how stunning does the pink look against the indigo? Here are a few beautiful indigo clothes and accessories that I came across for mama and baby:
While I’m normally a black & white kind’a girl, I do like a bit of sunny yellow especially in Summer. Yellow is a colour that makes you feel happy the moment you see it (think Pharell Williams). So here are a few yellow things for mama and baby that I’m currently loving for the Summer months ahead:
How gorgeous are these shades for Summer? When I saw those women’s dresses I totally fell for the colours. Fresh, soft and flirty, perfect for those glorious sunny days ahead (I hope!). And the kids clothes are no less beautiful, especially those lemon yellow dungarees. Seeing colours like these in the shops makes me happy and hopeful for a long, hot Summer.
Everybody needs a bit of pink in their lives especially for Summer. From pale pink to bright pink, there is a shade of pink out there for everyone. Here are a few pink things I’m currently loving for mamas and babies:
Ebabee Likes is a style guide for babies, young kids and their mamas. It’s all about inspiration, ideas and indulging yourself and your brood. It’s written by me ~ Nomita ~ a style loving girl from Mumbai who now live’s in London. Read More...