Entries Tagged as 'Accessories'

DIY pom pom hair clips

February 2, 2016

DIY pom pom hair clipsI was recently gifted a pom pom maker and I can’t even begin to tell you how many pom poms I’ve made.  I thought it was about time I did something with them and so here is my first pom pom DIY that I want to share with you.  These DIY pom pom hair clips are so easy to make and so pretty!  I’ve made so many that I’ve started gifting them too and they’ve been really fun little handmade presents to give to Anya’s friends.  I’m also loving the idea of using these as pretty little party bag treats.

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korean fashion online UKI still have to do my Christmas shopping – eek!  Every year I vow to be more organised but yet I never learn and end up leaving everything till the last minute.  Are you the same as me?  The good news for all of us last minute types is that there is still enough time to do some online shopping which is always so much more pleasant than braving the crowds.  I also prefer to support small independent retailers most of whom are online anyway.  I often feature them on my blog  as they always offer something different, something a bit unique and many of which are run by mums like you and me. 

Being a small, independent retailer myself I know what it takes to make your presence felt.  So if you’re in to shopping small and unique too, I thought I would share some top Christmas gift picks from my ebabee store.  We have lots of gorgeous goodies many of which you won’t find elsewhere.  To start with here our some of our favourite looks for girls as pictured at the top:

Look 1:  ruffle neck blouse & wrinkle tutu skirt
Look 2 & 3: Pixie hood knitted vestbloomer shorts & bear knee socks
Look 4: Waist ribbon dress & raccoon knee socks
Look 5 & 6: Frill neck tee & floral skirt, wrinkle tutu skirt

raccoon knee socks UK

For smaller gifts and stocking fillers, our accessories are some of the cutest around!  Not just for girls, our knee high socks are popular with boys too especially the blue bear ones and the fried egg ones.  And for the girls, the raccoon socks and the red bear ones are unbeatable at under a tenner a pair!

Look 1: Bear knee socks in blue
Look 2 & 7: Raccoon knee socks in grey and brown
Look 3: Bear knee socks in wine
Look 4: moustache knee socks
Look 5: Egg fry knee socks
Look 6: Raccoon handbag in grey and orange

{top photos by Syarifah McDonough}

kids sunglasses uv protection

Yesterday was the first proper hot Summer’s day in London after ages.  And what a scorcher it was.  When it’s hot, the one thing I can’t wait to wear is my sunglasses.  And luckily Anya is the same.  I say luckily because we all know that sunglasses are the one fashion accessory that we need to wear to make sure our eyes are protected from the sun.  And this is even more important in children.  So when Zoobug offered to send Anya a pair, I had to say yes.  We decided to go to a pick your own sunflowers place where Anya got to try out her sunglasses for the first time.

Zoobug make fun and fashionable sunglasses for children with UV protection and they also make very cool children’s glasses.  Zoobug was started by an eye surgeon whose mission is to help kids see well and look amazing too.  The kids sunglasses all have 100% UV protection so while style is all important, the sunglasses also offer the best protection too.  The glasses come in a sturdy case with a cleaning cloth enclosed, making it easy to get those little fingerprints off the lenses after each wear. 

kids sunglasses with uv protectionchildrens sunglasses with uv protectionkids sunglasses with UV protectionI let Anya choose her sunnies herself as I wanted her to love them so that she would be excited to wear them. She chose the red python frames which are very cool.  There is a subtle python print on these cute round frames but the same round style also comes in many different colours.  There are lots of other styles to choose from for boys and girls including some stylish aviator frames.  The glasses fit her well and I think she looked pretty cool wearing them as she played in the sunflower fields. 

kids sunglasses with UV protectionchildrens sunglasses with UV protection

P.S. Picking your own sunflowers was such a fun thing to do on a glorious sunny day.  We even found some deep red sunflowers which I have never seen before.  We now have a house full of sunflowers to keep us smiling.  We went to Garsons Farm in Esher (just outside London) and I totally recommend a visit for a really fun family day out – apart from flowers there are loads of fruit and veg to pick too. But don’t forget your sunnies!

"Autumn fashion inspiration for kids"

This week has seen the weather turn here in the UK.  It’s properly starting to feel Autumnal and so it’s time to bring out those warm clothes.  While I always prefer hotter weather, I am very partial to Autumn fashions for big and little alike.  All those hats, scarves, boots and socks can add so much to any outfit, taking it from simple to stunning.  Today I wanted to share a few inspirational Autumn looks I’m loving for kids.  I’m especially loving the touch of neon to liven up an otherwise muted gray outfit as seen in the first picture.  And also, a splash of mustard is another great colour to add to any Autumn outfit.   

Image credits: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

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

"how to make ribbon plaits"

When Anya started school last year, she immediately loved every minute of it much to mine and Richards joy.  That is everything except PE days.  PE days were a nightmare simply because she hated her PE kit and still does.  She is such a girly girl who only wears dresses and skirts so the idea of wearing a tracksuit is awful for her.  Of course I can’t change her uniform but I also know that I can’t go through another year of tantrums and tears twice a week.  So recently I came up with an idea which I hoped would work.  I bought some pretty satin ribbon in her school colour and told her she could wear ribbon in her hair on PE days.  She is delighted and it’s been working really well.  It’s such a simple thing but the ribbon makes her feel girly and I guess also takes the focus away from the tracksuit.  We’ve been trying out a few styles with this (life-saving!) ribbon and Anya’s favourite has become these ribbon plaits which my mum used to do for me as a kid.  So I thought I would share how we do these:

"how to make ribbon braids easy"

Start by making two ponytails.  I prefer lower ponytails as they fall better once made in to plaits.

"how to easily plait ribbon in to hair"

Cut a piece of ribbon and slide it in to the hair tie making sure to adjust the ribbon so that both sides are of equal length.   The length of the ribbon should be more than double the length of the ponytail.  This is so that you have enough ribbon left over to make a bow later.

"how to braid hair with ribbon"

Separate the ponytail in to three sections as you would do when you plait hair.  The left strand of ribbon should be held with the left section of hair and the right strand of ribbon with the right section of hair.  The middle section of hair has no ribbon.

"how to eaily plait hair with ribbon"

Then plait hair as normal making sure that the ribbon is plaited in too.  Try and keep the both the strands of ribbon on top of the sections of hair – like in the picture above.

"ribbon braids for kids"

Using a hair tie, tie the plait making sure the ribbon is tied in too.

"how to plait your hair with ribbons"

Do the same with the other ponytail and then tie the leftover ribbon in to bows. And you’ve got pretty ribbon plaits.

"how to braid kids hair with ribbon"

This is the easiest and fastest way I could think of doing it as time is always running out in the mornings before school so I wanted something that doesn’t take longer than making regular plaits.  Anya adores her ribbon plaits and now demands it everyday, not just PE days!

"animal winter hats for kids"

This has got to be the cutest animal Winter hat collection ever!  Each year as the weather starts turning cooler, I look forward to buying Anya a new Winter hat.  The Winter hat is not only an essential accessory but also such a fun one too.   From babies to kids, they all look so cute in fun hats like these. 

"animal knit hats kids"

This selection of Winter hats is for boys, girls and babies so nobody gets left out.   I’m really loving the whole collection and finding it hard to choose a favourite.  But if I had to choose one I think it would be the pink hat with the pom pom ears although the fluffy white bear one is so adorable too.  What’s your favourite?

"floral dresses for girls and women"

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:

1. floral print women’s tights | 2. floral canvas overnight bag | 3. printed skinny jeans for girls | 4. modern floral print skirt for girls | 5. leafy baby bloomer | 6. floral wellies for girls | 7. floral tunic dress for women | 8. girls hair clip

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"indigo clothes for women and kids"

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:

1.  pompom brooch for girls | 2.  floaty jumpsuit | 3.  indigo tinted sunglasses for women | 4.  graphic onesie | 5.  flared colour block girls skirt | 6.  sequined blue converse boots for women

"cool and safe sunglasses for children"My favourite Summer accessories are sunglasses without question.  With so much choice out there for adults, there really is something to suit every face.  But on the kids side, I used to struggle to find sunglasses that weren’t full of stars, hearts and sparkles.  So I’m really glad that there are some seriously cool brands out there now.  One of my favourites is this French brand of kids sunglasses that is funky and fun with a range of different styles to suit kids of different ages.  This current collection has a retro vibe which I’m loving.  Not only do these sunglasses look great, they’re also really durable and protect eyes even after long periods of sun exposure.  Fashion, comfort and practicality all rolled in to one.  Most of the pictures show girls but there are boys ones too or many unisex ones and they’ve even introduced a small range for women.

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

"6 etsy favourites"

Here are 6 things I’m currently loving on etsy:

1.  vintage floral baby shorts | 2.  monochrome fox brooch | 3.  black and white rainbow pillow doll | 4.  linen polka dot pouch | 5.  personalised wooden toy boat | 6. deer girl kids room poster

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