We are rejoicing (somewhat tentatively) that it seems spring has sprung! And so, with the Easter holidays just around the corner, what better way to get the kids outside by organising a colourfully fun picnic? There are three gorgeous crafty projects included, so with two weeks to Easter, there is plenty of time to have them ready.
1. Colourful string lights / 2. Tootsa MacGinty Fort Greene fade cable knit jumper / 3. DIY painted wooden eggs from My Poppet / 4. Habitat’s Yellow Woven Picnic Basket / 5. Ferm Living Teepee Quilted Blanket / 6. Jeepers Peepers Blue Shades / 7. Dumbo Harem Pants from Tootsa MacGinty / 8. Funny Bunny DIY Cracker Set / 9. My Little Day triangle plates & Rice DK Cake forks / 10. DIY Miffy Easter Treat Bags from Everything Emily
EASTER DAYS OUT:
The National Trust
Become an EGGsplorer with the National Trust this year – with over 300 locations across the UK including spring woodlands, coastal trails, historic homes and castles, you can find your local Easter Egg Trail here!
For Londoners (or if you’re planning a trip there this holiday – you don’t want to miss this!) Kew Gardens have teamed up with The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, and the new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical, to make 2014 the most chocolaty Easter ever. The Easter Egg hunt will likely be the biggest draw for children during Kew’s Easter festival. Taking place on Sunday April 20 (9.30am-12.30pm; free with admission) when kids can forage for fair trade and organic chocolate eggs hidden across the Gardens. Throughout the fortnight there’s plenty more for kids to enjoy from a Create your own Willy Wonka-inspired chocolate bar workshop (11am, 12pm, 1pm, 3pm daily. £3 per bar, £5 for two) to visiting the Inventing Room and to come up with crazy recipes for Willy Wonka’s everlasting gobstopper (11am-4pm, free with admission). Discover more about the plant origins of your favourite sweets and desserts on the Sweetie Train and go nuts in the creating squirrel masks and dressing oompaloompas (11am-4pm; free with admission). Take a rest in the Television Room and listen to some of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes (11am, 12pm, 1.30pm, 2pm; free with admission) or pay your respects to the cacao plant and have your photo taken in the Glass Elevator (11am-1pm, free with admission). Face painters will be on hand to give you a Chocolate factory or Easter themed transformation from 10.30am -5pm near the Munch Box tipis (£4 per face, £7 for two). (TimeOut London)
As ever, the world’s biggest Egg Hunt is taking place in New York until 26th April. Over 260 egg sculptures, each individually created by the world’s leading artists and designers, have been displayed across the city. Supported by Fabergé, the event is 100% charitable, raising money for children in New York City through Studio in a School, and conservation efforts through Elephant Family, saving the endangered Asian elephant and its habitat.
Whatever you do this Easter, remember that it is perfectly acceptable to eat chocolate for breakfast!
posted by Lisa Dwyer Hogg
Last month we featured the lovely Carrie Hill (of Porter Colline) and her beautiful peg dolls in our Valentine’s post. We mentioned then that she was soon to be part of a very exciting Molly-Meg London Pop Up event – starting this weekend and running for a month, it is an event not to be missed. So, even if you’re not London based, it might just be the excuse you needed to make the trip! Check out the details :
Molly Meg Anthropologie Pop Up
“ The Gallery at Anthropologie King ’s Road will be transformed into a beautiful children’s shop from 29th March to 27th April 2014. The space will be packed with Molly-Meg’s unique range of modern and vintage home decoration, furniture, toys, gifts and party supplies selected from designers from around the world.
Molly-Meg is a design shop for children, established in 2009 by designer Molly-Meg Price. Molly-Meg scours the world to source new and interesting designs and specialises in ‘miniature classics’ from the 1950s to the present, showing the best of contemporary design along with vintage classics.
The work of talented designers will be brought to life through a series of weekly workshops. Children will get the chance to create their own masterpieces with the help of designers Carly Gledhill of Corby Tindersticks, Nomi Olsthoorn of Atelier Millepied, Sincerely Louise, Carrie Hill of Porter Colline and Emma Cocker.
The launch party will be on Saturday 29th March, 11am-1pm. Childrens activities will include; Badge making with Dandy Star, Photo booth fun with La Cerise sur Le Gateau, pirates and princess mask and balloon decorating with My Little Day ; biscuit decorating with Bee’s Bakery and lots more. With Mother’s Day around the corner we also have some things planned for Mum too. ”
W O R K S H O P S
All classes cost £5 with proceeds going to charity. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
For more information or to book a workshop please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We will be there with bells on!
Posted by Lisa Dwyer Hogg
Currently trending on twitter, the hashtag #activegirls encourages parents to promote their daughters defying the commercialised image of “girls” that many retailers would love us to buy into.
The fantastic Let Toys Be Toys who campaign for
“the toy industry to stop limiting children’s imaginations and interests by promoting some toys as only suitable for girls, and others only for boys”
have been promoting the online trend whilst continuing to raise awareness of the “passive” toys that seem to be peddled towards girls.
Tootsa MacGinty is ALL about kids being kids and most importantly being THEMSELVES, regardless of gender, so we loved these videos of girls that celebrate just that!
These two amazing sisters (aged 9 and 12) have made their very own skateboarding video.
Filming and skating skills!
Six year old B-Girl Terra does some very impressive dancing in Jungle’s Plantoon music video
At only 11 years old, Brooke Raboutou is a world record breaking rock climbing phenomenon
And, we couldn’t resist including the amazing surfer Carissa Moore,
the 2011 (youngest ever winner) and 2013 ASP Women’s World Champion.
I am sure you are all very aware, this week sees the return of World Book Day.
No one can deny the positive benefits of reading, but according to recent research conducted by author Jim Trelease, regular reading of books can actually “create empathy toward other people, because literature values humanity and celebrates human spirit and potential, offering insight into different lifestyles while recognising universality”
- a good excuse to pick up a book if ever you needed one!
(Print by Dazey Chic)
We all remember our favourite books as children, the ones we read over, and over. The worlds we escaped into and dreamed about.
And now, it’s time for the next generation to enjoy the same.
Perhaps however the approach of World Book Day has seen you scrambling around in bags of old clothes looking for inspiration, or desperately trying to fashion a caterpillar out of an old pair of green tights? Fear not, we have some last minute ideas right here for you.
1/ The Snail and The Whale (Julia Donaldson) DIY costume by Oh Happy Day! 2/ Zog (Julia Donaldson) dragon costume 3/ The Tiger Who Came To Tea (Judith Kerr) headband 4/ Cat In The Hat from (Dr. Seuss) Seuss Land 5/ Harry Potter (J. K. Rowling) Specs 6/ Little Red Riding Hood (Charles Perrault) Cape 7/ Clown (Quentin Blake) DIY costume by Oh Happy Day!
JENNIE MAIZELS BOOK GIVEAWAY
New for Spring/Summer we have collaborated with super talented illustrator Jennie Maizels (author of many a beautifully illustrated children’s book, architect of some spectacular pop up publications and re-inventor of the iron-on patch embroidery).
Each of the denim pieces in our Summer range come with a little draw string pouch containing six of Jennie’s lovely iron on badges.
So, in keeping with this weeks theme, Jennie has kindly offered her latest book Pop Up London as a special giveaway prize!
Simply email us with the subject title POP UP LONDON.
Include your details in the body of the email and we will select a winner at random.
To be announced March 15th 2014.
In April of last year, the renowned Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie gave an impassioned talk for TEDxEUSTON entitled “We should all be feminists”.
Those of you who are Beyoncé fans will have heard sections of it sampled on her latest album. For TED, Adichie discusses the gender conditioning that society
continues to perpetrate, it’s negative effects and ultimately, how we can challenge this.
“We must raise our daughters differently. We must also raise our sons differently. We do a great disservice to boys in how we raise them. We stifle the humanity of boys. We define masculinity in a very narrow way. Masculinity becomes this hard small cage and we put boys inside the cage. We teach boys to be afraid of fear. We teach boys to be afraid of weakness, of vulnerability…
…But by far the worst thing we do to males, by making them feel that they have to be hard, is that we leave them with very fragile egos. The more “hard man” a man feels compelled to be, the weaker his ego is. And then we do a much greater disservice to girls because we raise them to cater to fragile egos of men. We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls, “You can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful, otherwise you would threaten the man. If you are the bread winner in your relationship with a man, you have to pretend that you’re not. Especially in public. Otherwise you will emasculate him.
But what if we question the premise itself? Why should a woman’s success be a threat to a man. What if we decide to simply dispose of that word, and I don’t think there is an English word I dislike more than, “emasculation”…
…Because I am female, I am expected to aspire to marriage. I am expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important. Now, marriage can be a good thing. It can be a source of joy and love and mutual support, but why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same?..
…The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we should be rather than recognizing how we are……Now, imagine how much happier we would be, how much freer to be our true individual selves, if we didn’t have the weight of gender expectations. Boys and girls are undeniably different, biologically. But socialization exaggerates the differences, and then it becomes a self-fulfilling process…
If you haven’t already, you should definitely watch the full talk:
This year, the team behind MissRepresentation, are releasing their second film The Mask You Live In.
“Compared to girls, research shows that boys in the U.S. are more likely to be diagnosed with a behavior disorder,
prescribed stimulant medications, fail out of school, binge drink, commit a violent crime, and/or take their own lives.
The Mask You Live In asks: As a society, how are we failing our boys?”
Check out their trailer
We may have progressed a lot over the last few decades, but there is still so much ground to break.
And, the key lies in the next generation and how we teach and nurture them so that gender is no longer a barrier.
Posted by Lisa Dwyer-Hogg
We are all for Valentine’s Day, but what we’re not so keen on is the commercialisation and the tacky red plastic. Right?
So, we’ve gathered some gorgeous DIY projects & some sweet little recipes so that you can create handmade gifts and treats that will really mean something special to whoever the lucky recipient may be!
PS: Click through the links below – there are even more ideas within each link!
1 / Candle Card 2 / Will zoo be mine? 3 / Wrapping paper 4 / Woven Heart 5 / You rule
OK, so maybe you don’t have the time to actually make something … but it’s not cheating if you buy something handmade … is it?!
Well, we fell for these special edition King and Queen of Hearts pegs from the wonderfully inventive Carrie Hill of Porter Colline.
An absolute steal at £15.00!! ; they are available for a short time from Molly-Meg.
And be sure to check HERE for some exciting details of Porter Colline’s upcoming workshops at the Molly-Meg pop-up shop.
Spread a little love!
Posted by Lisa Dwyer-Hogg
We are spreading the love this Valentines Day and hosting a MASSIVE, stock clearing sample sale.
Tootsa MacGinty, along with some of our friends, will be at The Chelsea Old Town Hall, on the historically fashionable King’s Road, in London, all day Feb 14th.
With T-shirts from £5, sweatshirts and trousers from £8, jackets from £12; come along and grab a bargain!
Last Summer Lucy Holmes set up the, now famous, No More Page 3 campaign.
In September she wrote for The Independent:
“I am not a campaigner. But I felt such passion for this issue, passion that burnt like a fire in my chest, that I felt I had to do something about it.
During the Olympics I picked up a copy of The Sun to read on the train. The sun was shining and Britain was a place to be proud of. I noticed that there were no bare breasts on Page 3, or on Page 5. “Wow,” I thought. “They’ve dropped the boobs while the Olympics are on, possibly for editorial space, or perhaps as a mark of respect for all the different cultures visiting Britain.”
I felt very pleased they’d done this as I carried on reading. But then I got to page 13 and there she was, a beautiful young woman in just her pants. And it made me feel incredibly sad. Hers was the largest image of any woman in this issue. Much larger even than those of Jessica Ennis who had just won a team GB gold for her tremendous hard work…
What saddens me is the effect this ‘women as a sexual object’ culture has on young people. The Sun is our most widely read newspaper. Men across the land buy it, it lays on breakfast tables, it sits in living rooms for the TV guide, it’s found on trains and buses. Our sons and daughters see it. For the sons, they learn that it’s ‘normal’ to say ‘cor, look at the tits on that’ and for the daughters, they see this as something to aim for, or something that they fall short of.”
nb: For those reading our blog from overseas and perhaps not familiar with British tabloids; “The Sun”, as it states above, is (embarrassingly) Britain’s most widely read newspaper and has featured a large photo of a topless woman on it’s third page, every day since 1970!
We often comment on Tootsa MacGinty’s twitter feed regarding children being constantly bombarded with sexual imagery through advertising and the media.
Even in the local shop on the newsstand, tabloids are positioned right at the eye line of children.
See what Rap artist / Comedian, Doc Brown has to say on the matter:
It seems we have little control over protecting children from these derogatory images. Which is why we celebrate endeavors like that of Holmes.
At the time of writing 132,062 people have signed the The No More Page Three petition. They need 867,938 more. There is still a lot of work to do.
The campaign has been supported by many “names” including Juliette Lewis, Lauren Laverne, and Russell Brand who recently tweeted, along with a photo of himself and a “No More Page3” t-shirt, “And finally, through the love of a good woman, teenage, sexist me was slain #nomorepage3”.
You can add your support by signing HERE.
In July of last year spoken word poet Hollie McNish wrote “Embarrassed” – a fantastic piece of work fueled by her anger regarding society’s view of breastfeeding.
After being told to “stay home” by someone as she breastfed in public, she wrote the poem ‘hiding’ in a public toilet after her 6 month old had fallen asleep. She too highlights the contradiction of a society that seems to accept nudity when it’s sexualised but not otherwise.
(Hollie McNish is currently touring. Details of live dates here)
More and more the dichotomy is coming into clear focus and it seems that, thankfully, tides are turning on opinion. It’s no longer acceptable. And we are so grateful to these intelligent and pioneering women and men who are making it so. We don’t want young girls to think that exposing themselves is part of being a woman, and we don’t want young boys to think it’s acceptable to expect that either.
@NoMorePage3 regularly re-tweet the reasons campaigners give for signing.
@RattyG tweeted this adorable photo of her with her daughter and the caption: “With my number one reason to sign”
So we too are donning our cosy sweatshirt (get yours here) as this is one band wagon we’re definitely jumping on!
Posted by Lisa Dwyer-Hogg
The New Year has arrived and, as ever, it’s the perfect time to Fix Up and Look Sharp!
Storage has long gone being boring. There are so many colourful and ingenius ways to keep life stylishly organised.
Here are 8 items that do just that -
/ 1 Keep your paperwork in check with these fun Flamingo folders from Cotton On / 2 Have all your colours of the rainbow in order with a wooden pencil holder from Less and More / 3 Jens Widerberg has created this Red Octopus Shower storage solution for Liberty and we love it! / 4 This bright yellow side table with storage is from Habitat and hurry – it’s on sale! / 5 Brooklyn based designer Ceci Thompson has created this cabinet with bold colour waves – very eye catching – who cares how tidy the inside is! / 6 As ever, the clever clogs at Present & Correct have made the ordinary into something exciting – wall hooks that look like curled up tape! / 7 The often go-to for storage solutions, we think IKEA’s kitchen cart could easily be used in any room! / 8 Never again will you lose those silly keys! This cute magnetic cloud key holder is from Duncan Shotton
Posted by: Lisa Dwyer-Hogg
PART 3 – PATRICK WALSHE-MCBRIDE
I am playing “Santa” and imagining up what I would buy for the lovely group of talented & inspiring individuals seen modeling our “Grown-up” sized knitwear.
The third chimney I’ll be shuffling down is Patrick’s …
Up & coming actor Patrick Walshe-McBride graduated from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama this year. He made his professional debut to rave reviews in The Winter’s Tale at the Crucible. Take note directors looking to cast the next Jack Bauer or Nicholas Brody, multi-talented Patrick speaks fluent Arabic after studying in Syria and at Cambridge University. He is also capable of eating his own body weight in Falafel!
Patrick, Apologies for the state of the wrapping; that lamp was the hardest so far!
Hope you like them …
Clockwise / 1 – Ally Capellino Waxed Cotton Backpack / 2 – Beautiful Paul Smith for Leica X2 Camera / 3 – The Half: Actors Preparing for the Stage photography book / 4 – Richard James Bobble Hat Beanie from Mr Porter / 5 – Darby top Clarks Boots / 6 – Bowers & Wilkins foldable headphones / 7 - Rene Redzepi’s A Work in Progress (journal, recipes and snapshots) / 8 – Lena Star Lamp / 9- Baxter of California Skin Kit
PART 2 – MINA HOLLAND
Second on my fantasy Christmas gifting list, from the who’s-who of up & coming British talent, is the brilliant food writer Mina Holland
Mina is Contributing Editor of The Observer Food Monthly magazine and her first book, The Edible Atlas: Around the world in 39 cuisines, will be published by Canongate in March 2014. When not eating or drinking, she can usually be found with her canine friends at Battersea Dogs Home, where she volunteers each week.
These are for you Mina…. Merry Christmas!
Clockwise / 1 – Kaleido Metal Trays from The Design Museum Shop / 2 – limited edition Diptyque candle from Liberty / 3 – Chefs Pencil Set from Paper Pastries / 4 – Purple “Woof” lead from Pets Pyjamas / 5 - Napkins from Printing Grounds / 6 – The gorgeous rescue dog “Maddie” now has a book contract! “Maddie On Things” / 7 – Beech Wood Spoons from the beautiful “Sisters Guild” shop / 8 – Stella McCartney wool baseball cap
PART 1 – DJ PHILLY
I thought it would be fun to conjure up what our fox jumper wearing brand ambassadors would like to find under the tree on Christmas morning.
First up, from the who’s-who of up & coming British talent, is the fantastic DJ Philly
DJ Philly is one of London’s highest-profile VIP-party DJs and has performed at a multitude of top London clubs including Ministry of Sound, ChinaWhite, Fabric and Café de Paris. She has rocked the dance floor at parties for the highest profile clients around the world – including P Diddy, Dom Perignon, Omega and MTV, to name but a few. Philly is also no stranger to the fashion circuit having DJ’d for Gucci, Ferragamo, Hugo Boss, and Diesel fashion shows.
And I don’t think she’d turn her nose up at either of the following ….
Clockwise from 1 – “Don’t Call it a Comeback” print from PaperJamPress / 2 – Ohhdeer Magical Wood cushion / 3 – Fends Rose Gold Layla headphones / 4 - Erdem jade floral print nappa leather biker jacket / 5 - Metallic gold leather iPad sleeve / 6 - Nike Liberty print trainers / 7 - Habitat’s knot knitted round pouf
the BFG went on, “is that they is absolutely refusing to believe in anything unless they is actually seeing it right in front of their own schnozzles.”
Once described as “without question the most successful children’s writer in the world” Roald Dahl’s creations continue to capture the imaginations
of children worldwide. Danny De Vito, who played Mr Wormwood and directed the film version of Matilda, astutely commented –
“Dahl will lead a child out onto a windy limb and then suddenly he’ll place a ladder underneath and the child will be able to get safely to the ground.”
More recently, the fantastic Tim Minchin composed the soundtrack for the now extremely successful RSC West End show Matilda. And this year Sam
Mendes brought Charlie and The Chocolate Factory to the stage, proving that none of these tales have lost any of their magic or sparkle.
So, if you need a little bit of fizz popping in your life and don’t have time to gobble funk around, then take a look at these scrumdiddlyumptious Roald Dahl
inspired items that we have gathered together just for you.
1 – Willy Wonka would like this Bottle set from Heals / 2 – Matilda’s Desk and chair from Molly Meg / 3 – Top Hat light from Mr J Designs / 4 – Crocodile bowl from Colourful Dove / 5 – Tony’s Chocolonely bars / 6 – The complete Roald Dahl collection / 7 – Popping candy! / 8 – Fantastic Mr Fox bag / 9 – Quentin Blake’s Matilda illustration from The Roald Dahl Store / 10 – Fantastic Fox in a Xmas jumper! / 11 – Donut tree ornament from Zazzle / 12 – Confetti Sweatshirt / 13 – Wooden toy gum-ball dispenser from Carousel / 14 – Quentin Blake Skateboarders Walllpaper / 15 – The Enormous Crocodile / 16 – Magic light box by Dandy Star / 17 – Sherbert Pips / 18 – Ticonderoga pencils. Everything Roald Dahl wrote, he wrote with these! / 19 – Chocolate Bar Duvet cover & sheet / 20 – Book Worm Tote bag / 21 – George’s Marvelous Medicine T-shirt
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On Friday December 13th we will be selecting a “lucky” human bean from the list. Good luck!
Pantomime season is upon us … oh yes it is! And there are plenty of hairy-chinned dames and celebrities in Aladdin slippers to choose from. But if you’re looking for something equally theatrical, yet slightly alternative, then perhaps the following may tickle your fancy.
If you’ve taken a stroll down London’s Southbank recently you could not have missed The National Theatre’s large red pop up venue “The Shed”.
This December they have a Christmas show with a difference for children over 4 years.
10th December – 11th January
“We have an Elephantom.
He turned up on a Tuesday,
just after tea-time.”
“At first, the little girl is thrilled to have a ghost-elephant living in her house. He makes life so much more fun! But Elephantoms are a bit too big for houses and before long, he’s causing a lot of trouble.”
For children and grown-ups of all ages, the story of one little girl and her larger-than-life friend is brought to life with extraordinary puppetry and theatrical ingenuity.
Tickets £12, book here
Nb: Relaxed Performance, Sat 11 Jan, 11.30am – For anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including people with an autistic spectrum condition, sensory or communication disorders, learning disabilities or families with young children.
The Selfish Giant
3 December – 24 December
Family friendly theatre-makers in residence, Wee Stories, present a brand new production of their acclaimed adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s poignant story.
After the Selfish Giant builds an enormous wall around his garden to stop the animals from playing there, Snow, Hail, Frost and the North Wind take up permanent residence. When spring eventually returns to Scotland on the other side of the wall, in the Giant’s garden it remains winter all year round…
With dance, music, humour and a sprinkling of fairytale magic, not to mention some extreme weather, this is the perfect family Christmas show for our new Festival Theatre Studio space.
Tickets £7.50, book here
Cardiff Castle plays host to a magical adaptation of the Fairy Tales of Monty Python’s Terry Jones.
19 December – 4 January
“Once upon a time in a kingdom far, far away lived a princess, four crazy knights, an angry fairy, a dragon (of sorts) and a very Silly King. The award-winning National Theatre Wales roll into the magical grounds of Cardiff Castle for a Christmas feast of family fun.
Fly away with a cast of extraordinary characters and madcap musicians, telling tall tales from a kingdom east of the moon and west of the sun. Lovingly made for children and very, very silly adults…”
Tickets £17.50, book here
Peter & the Wolf with Isaac Mizrahi
7th – 15th December at The Guggenheim Museum, NYC.
One of the few symphonies created for children is Sergei Prokofiev’s beloved Peter and the Wolf.
“Isaac Mizrahi will narrate Sergei Prokofiev’s charming children’s classic as George Manahan conducts the Juilliard Ensemble. A special cast directed by Mizrahi perform a new dance choreographed by John Heginbotham, bringing the 30-minute story to life and helping the young and young at heart to hear and learn the various instruments of the orchestra.”
A fantastic way to engage young listeners, and introduce them to classical music.
Tickets $35, book here
Our fabulousy fashionable friends at Babyccino Kids are hosting a stylish and fun shopping event next weekend called “The Shop Up”.
And Tootsa MacGinty will be there!
The Shop Up will take place on Sunday December 1st and Monday December 2nd, just in time for the holidays.
It will be held at the Cecil Sharp House in the trendy, family-friendly neighbourhood of Primrose Hill.
Babyccino Kids has organised a whole host of fun activities and goodies for children at the event, including:
- a colouring wall
- children’s temporary tattoos from Tattyoo
- a balloon man and
- children’s musician/entertainer.
There is also a lovely little cafe located downstairs where visitors can enjoy hot drinks and nibbles and where children can colour and play.
In addition, shops (including yours truly) will be offering discounts, prizes and canvas tote bags will be handed out to all visitors.
For more info and a list of other participating brands visit the shop up website.
I look forward to seeing you there!
Where: Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road, Primrose Hill, London, NW1 7AY
When: 12-7pm December 1st and 9-4pm December 2nd
The very first film I took my daughter to see at the Cinema was Studio Ghibli’s beautiful animation “Arrietty” which I briefly wrote about here.
Sadly, Studio Ghibli’s founder, Hayao Miyazaki (now 72 years old) has just released what he has said will be his final film.
And so to celebrate the film maker’s amazing catalogue I’ve put together this little “My Neighbour Totoro” inspired collection.
If you’ve yet to discover Studio Ghibli’s animations, “Totoro” is the perfect place to begin. I guarantee your children will love it. Totoro is classic Miyazaki; A strong environmental message and girl characters in the lead roles without even a hint of a “girls can do / girl power” agenda; Sadly so very rare in family films and animations.
1- Bright traditional leather satchels from The Cambridge Satchel Co / 2- Chelsea Boots with bright elastic panel from Devries 1972 / 3- Tootsa MacGinty’s soft corduroy smock dress 4- Igloo Kid’s Clip Hair Bow / 5- Little Clay Ocarina Pendant / 6- Gorgeous Japanese Bento box from Bento & Co / 7- Simple Wooden Flower press from Absorbent Minds Montessori 8- Classic “Roadster” bike from Pashley / 9- An Allot(ment) in a Box from allotinabox / 10- Bright patterned socks & tights at Boden. Additional images taken from “My Neighbour Totoro” + some lovely vintage seed packets.
How exciting to hear of the collaboration between two of our favourite designers Tatty Devine and Rob Ryan.
Friends since 2001, the artists met in East London and have inspired and supported each other since.
There’s a lovely article in the guardian in which they talk about their relationship over the last decade. Well worth a read.
And peek inside the hirsute head of my Pimlico neighbour Rob Ryan here “All you need is love” apparently!
Below the Creative Director & Tatty Devine co-founder, Harriet Vine chats with the fantastic papercut artist about their new collaboration.
They share the story behind this exclusive collection of Sterling Silver, 18 carat Gold & 18 carat Rose Gold plated jewellery, all handmade in London.
The collection is on sale now at Selfridges and, in December, on the Tatty Devine website.
For more information visit www.tattydevine.com
PSssst: & any friends / family reading ….well now you know just what to get me for Christmas ; )
1- Creepy cocktail recipes from Cupcakes and Cashmere / 2- Boo Headband from Urban Outfitters / 3- Emilio Cavallini spider web tights 4- Bat Sunglasses from ASOS / 5- Little Moon ring from Leif / 6- Stage Dive nail varnish from Top Shop
WHAT’S ON ?
40Winks Hotel – Stepney Green, London
On the 31st October, raconteurs Xanthe Gresham and Cat Weatherill will leave their normal abode to creep around the luxury private dining room in the Exchange to regale guests with Tales of Terror. Whilst sipping a gin-infused Corpse Reviver No. 2 cocktail, guests will also be treated to a ukulele performance by chanteuse Tricity Vogue.
Tickets are £25 and include nibbles, cocktails and a goody bag. The best ghoulish mask wins a prize. For more information contact 40 Winks (via conde naste traveller)
Shopping at Selfridges
Selfridges goes dark and mysterious this Halloween with its Dead Cool season, when a number of in-store events will pay homage to the gothic glamour trend. Vogue stylist Bay Garnett is curating a pop-up thrift store in the women’s street-fashion department honouring bygone icons such as Edie Sedgwick. Beauty, homeware, food & drink and kidswear departments are also showcasing the most stylish of macabre items.
Shoppers feeling particularly cannibalistic can treat themselves to an edible autopsy before heading to AF Vandevorst’s moveable art-infused shop-within-a-shop, which is designed to emulate a hospital room. (via conde naste traveller)
40th Anniversary Village Halloween Parade NYC
This year’s Halloween Parade theme is Revival, and the parade will honor New Yorkers who stepped up to help the community after Sandy. They’ll be joined by the awe-inspiring puppets created by Superior Concept Monsters, the Madagascar Institute, the Puppeteers’ Cooperative and Basil Twist’s studio, among others, as well as the Hungry March Band, the On the Lam Band and 35 more musical troupes.” (via timeout new york)
1- Charlotte Olympia Trick or Treat embroidered suede slippers / 2- Halloween Wedding neck tie / 3- Bolt Diamond Necklace from ShopBop 4- Martha Stewart’s decoupage Halloween balloons / 5- Halloween print pj shirt from TopShop / 6- Geist UV Glow-in-the-dark Nail Varnish from Illamasqua 7- DIY Gold Pumpkin idea from Wit & Whistle
We love your feedback and so when you told us how much you liked our Glenmore cords last winter we just had to bring them back for another season!
To celebrate, and for a very limited time, we are offering you 25% off a pair when you enter the discount code: Glenmore20
(offer expires at midnight on Sunday October 20th)
noun : a thick cotton fabric with velvety ribs.
Corduroy: corde du roi (from French, the cord of the King)
-In pre-washed 100% cotton our Glenmore corduroys are delivered super soft and ready-to-wear for babies, toddlers and children.
-Built to grow with your child our corduroys have comfy, stretchy rib lined pockets, an adjustable waistband and are fully lined; Designed to look super stylish rolled up or down.
-And of course we believe it is the little things that count so for kids there is an animal peeking from the back pocket to discover…
Halloween is such fun when you’ve a child in tow. Here are some cool Halloween dress-up ideas including our very own “pumpkin sweatshirt” – for this year we are sticking our tongues out at those hideous gendered costumes that appear in toy shops and supermarket isles (check out the cartoon at the bottom of this post).
1- Our very own Pumpkin Sweatshirt / 2- Dotty pumpkin tutorial found in the ever delicious “Sweet Paul Magazine” / 3- Fabulous dress up collection by H&M with proceeds going towards UNICEF including these awesome accessories (4) / 5- Pumpkin Beanie from Asos / 6- Spooky bat pegs from SuckUK / 7- If it rains on trick-or-treat night this Stella McCartney umbrella! / 8- Gorgeous Batman Cape from mylittleday
If you fancy getting crafty this Halloween, here are a few ideas to inspire.
Pop over to Mr Printables and make these sweet little geometric ghost boxes from wax paper (left)
Decorate the house with this fantastic Jack Skellington garland – all the details over at Spoonful (middle)
Or add a little spookie to your cookies with these fantastic wafer papers from Cookie Pixie (right)
The English Heritage website has tonnes of Halloween and half term fun available. Are you brave enough for a Halloween Family sleepover in Kenilworth Castle Warwickshire, a night time ghost tour of Bolsover Castle Deryshire, or some chilling tales and tours at Audley End House just outside Cambridge. Check the website for details.
If you are in London, the London Eye has a fantastic Halloween schedule as part of its Witch Academy – story telling, riddles, stilt walking witches and juggling ghouls!
Also in the city, it’s all Boo! at London Zoo – explore the shop of horrors, hear terrifying tales and create your own creepy crafts!
“As children we live in a world of imagination. For some of us, that world continues into adulthood.” - Jim Henson, creator of The Muppets.
Puppets are a fantastic way to engage children, and release their creativity. Imaginations can run wild with story telling, characters and magical worlds.
To compliment the “cool!” Tootsa MacGinty puppet sweatshirts we have chosen a few other items to inspire the little puppeteers in your life.
And a little something to bring a smile to your face from the ever brilliant Sesame Street
“You know she’s a girl who’s gonna change the world, she’s gonna make the word a better world” – Oh Yeah!
And if you fancy seeing some live puppetry, then take a look at
- The Suspense 2013 London Puppetry Festival (25 oct – 3 nov)
- As part of this, the Little Angel Puppet Theatre in Islington are performing a version of Macbeth, with the wonderful Helen McCrory voicing Lady Macbeth (Recommended for over 12s).
- And, strictly for the adults, Wrong Crowd Theatre are touring with their award winning show Hag – catch it in London, Bristol and Plymouth.
“Infused with a kind of anarchic charm and a strong whiff of magic.”
Time Out ✭✭✭✭
A child’s first experience in the cinema is definitely an interesting one – the excitement, the popcorn, the inability to whisper …
This October, from the 9th to 19th, it’s the 57th BFI Film Festival showcasing the best talent from in front of and behind the camera. The line up is very exciting – 235 feature films and 134 short films from 57 countries around the world.
“This year’s festival has a wide range of different films from all over the world and gives families and children the chance to come and explore different cultures and countries. Some of our foreign language screenings are marked up to tell you when actors will be reading the subtitles over headphones so that everyone can join in … why not try something a little bit different…” – The BFI
With a great selection of films for all the family throughout the month, the afternoon of animated shorts on October 13th for younger audiences looks particularly fantastic.
With a running time of 69 mins the afternoon will include:
“Hedgehogs and the City” from Latvia
A group of hedgehogs and their friends raise money to reclaim their forest.
“The Fox Who Followed the Sound” from Iran
A little yellow fox searches for the source of sound.
“The Meatballs and the Sorry Bullies” from Sweden
Some naughty meatballs misbehave.
Further info and tickets on sale here.
And you can be sure they will sell out quickly!
I can still remember the rattle of a shiny new tin pencil case as it bounced about in my new backpack & the whiff of the much coveted “swiss roll smelly rubber”(?!) as if it were yesterday. And covering my text books in pretty wrapping paper (so that they would last longer?!)….or was that just the rule at my north London comprehensive?!
Anyway, here are some *new* back-to-school suggestions from me to you -
1 – Tootsa MacGinty Striped Henley T-shirt with a funny little bear on the shoulder.
2 – Our very own “Fleet Forest” sulphur dyed Chinos; fully lined and beautifully pre-washed.
3 – Super cosy chunky knit Wild Acre Wood Cardigan. Perfect for Autumn.
4 – “Great Ideas” notebook.
5 – “Know it all” Pencil Set from Present & Correct.
6 – Gorgeous faded brick coloured Herschel Backpack.
7 – Lovely Argyle socks from the equally lovely Shak-Shuka.
8 – Nature Sticker Set available at the v.addictive “The Kid Who”.
9 – Hummel Hi-tops from one of our favourite stockists – Kidsen.
Tootsa MacGinty are back in New York for the Playtime Trade show and the US launch of our Spring/Summer 2014 collection “Summer in the City”.
We’ll be on Booth F7 – come and say hello!
I have a small obsession with Japanese design. If you’ve ever been you will be familiar with their natural ability
to beautifully present and wrap anything from a sticky red bean bun to a silk scarf.
I am generalising but there’s more than a whiff of obsessive-compulsive perfectionism which is quite breathtaking.
The Japanese aesthetic really is a graphic designer’s nirvana and a great source of inspiration for Tootsa MacGinty.
If you’re anything like me or for a little escapism – check out these Pinterest boards here and here.
Below – some of our Japanese “Kawaii” picks.
1. Sandy Bay Waterproof wax coated cotton popover jacket with a fun smiley pocket from Tootsamacginty
2. A clever little notebook with monster bookmarks from Noodoll
3. A cheerful little fan for hot summers days!
4. ”This rascally rabbit lends you her ears to keep your coat, hat, bag or scarf off the floor.” Cute rabbit wall hook by Brent Wilson.
6. Remember to Mind your Manners! Beautiful flash cards from Loopz
We love how consistantly busy the schedule for the V&A is. And, that it successfully caters for all generations.
Creativity is at the very heart of the V&A. As part of a primary school visit or to a world-class designer, the collections and designs on
show provide an unsurpassable source of inspiration and ideas to creators of every kind and every age.
Quite a few of their events this summer have caught our eye, these two in particular -
Club to Catwalk
Starting on 10 July (until Feb 2014), “Discover the creative explosion of London fashion in the 1980s in a major exhibition at the V&A.
Through more than 85 outfits, Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s showcases the bold and exciting new looks by the most
experimental young designers of the decade, including Betty Jackson, Katharine Hamnett, Wendy Dagworthy and John Galliano”
Friday Late – the “original contemporary late night event” on the last Friday night of each month
Live performances, cutting-edge fashion, debates, one-off displays and installations, special guests, bar and food, guest DJs and late
night exhibition opening.
The next event “Dalston Takeover” is on June 28th featuring artists and performers from Hakney’s Dalston.
The great thing about visiting the V&A is that it’s child friendly. If you are lucky enough to have a little sunshine, be sure to head into the
courtyard to The John Madejski Garden and have a paddle (don’t forget a towel!).
The shop is also a great destination:
“To inspire, to play, to design or simply to enjoy, our selection of games, toys, craft kits and activities is
distinctive and refreshingly different and has something for everyone.”
Here are a few favourites:
You should know that throughout the month of June, in association with The Guardian newspaper, we are giving away a Tootsa MacGinty wardrobe!
All you have to do is click here, pop your details in the boxes below the article, answer one blindingly obvious question and hey presto! you could win:
1st prize £150 worth of clothing
2nd prize £100 worth of clothing
3rd prize £50 worth of clothing
Look carefully and you might just find a little stitched creature or maybe even a lollipop hiding on cuffs, under the collars and poking out of the pockets on Tootsa MacGinty clothes. It’s always fun for kids to have little details to discover!
But we’re not the only ones who think embroidery rocks right now. Home wares, fashion, accessories and “yarn bombing” – across the board it features just about everywhere! Some of our favourites:
1. Hope Cove striped knitted jumper from yours truly with a cute little embroidered crab.
2. Alice Wiese embroidery of her sisters sneakers when she was a child, from her series of work called “The Wonder Years”.
3. A very cool stitch DIY idea to fix a hole in the knee.
4. Perfect creative rainy day activity for kids.
5. Very cool embroidery detail sunglasses from the SS 2013 Ulyana Sergeenko couture collection.
6. Fun robot embroidery from Ana Botezatu.
7. Colourful yarn street art in Shoreditch.
8. Time Spent Might Otherwise Be Forgotten embroidery by the wonderful Diane Meyer. < Seriously click on that link; just beautiful!
9. An AMAZING crossstitch tutorial to transform a chair into a piece of art work!
10. Fantastic embroidery street art.
11. Beautiful & Colourful handmade embroidered necklace from Lorena Maranon. A seriously talented artist!
12. Jennie Maizels clothes plasters are beautifully embroidered iron on fabric patches, perfect for extending the life of or customising your kids clothes!
Apologies for the capital-centric post but I just wanted to give London based parents a heads-up about happenings
in Hackney over the course of June.
For starters there’s the Dalston Children’s Festival which is a must visit. Take your pick of yoga, music, art and dance
classes, a fabulous adventure playground and plenty of film screenings. And better yet - everything is free!
Secondly, June 13th to 16th, a selection of Tootsa MacGinty styles can be found at the uber cool “Dalston Department Store”.
We jumped at the chance to be included in the kidswear department, curated by talented stylist Ashlyn Gibson (founder
of family lifestyle store “Olive Loves Alfie“). “Dalston Department store is a brand new pop-up store showcasing collections
from the latest in British design talent, in the creative heart of East London.”
Loving the children’s festival poster designed by the team at “Anorak Magazine”
There has been some heartbreakingly sad news for London skaters recently with the planned closure of The Southbank skate park.
And just to rub salt into the wounds, it is to be replaced with yet more retail space!
The park has long been recognised (since the 1970′s) as an experimental site for graffiti artists and skateboarders; “a performance space of sorts” (according to this week’s Time Out London) and a home to skaters of all ages, both sexes and all levels of ability.
Many of my school friends would spend whole weekends (rain or shine) perfecting ollies, nose-slides and kick flips in the shelter of “the undercroft”. They have such strong and happy memories that I’ve literally seen tears well-up in their eyes at the thought their children will not be able to enjoy the same experience.
I feel quite strongly that what London doesn’t need is yet another “Starbucks” and ought to be cherishing spaces that encourage activity and sport. Feel the same way? …..then pop on over and sign the petition pronto!
On a skate-vibe here are some recent slide-y finds;
1. Second Shot and BotanyCo. Eyewear have come together to bring you one of a kind Bamboo Skate Shades.
Made from recycled skate boards.
3. Bright Collection #1 Capri Blue and Golden Cream cruiser from Atypical.
4. Canvas Authentic Lo Pro from Vans in hot coral.
5. The totally cool international longboard community – Longboard Girls Crew (LGC) created in the summer of 2010 by a group of female skaters living in Madrid.
6. The ‘Princess’ add-on from Egg Helmets. Made of premium soft rubber, the crown simply snaps on to the helmet’s outer shell
…..equally fit for a king, queen, prince or a frog!
7. Block Party Skateboard from Roxy.
8. All the colours of the rainbow – build your own board from Penny Skateboards.
9. Unless you are skateboarding legend Tony Hawk don’t try this at home! He and his four year old daughter skate together regularly. There are more fabulous photos of them on his Instagram ….here & here for example.
We LOVE this (below). I’ve spied quite a few longboard skaters pushing strollers and cruising up and down the footpath of The Hudson in Manhattan but nothing like these! No doubt the Belgian design agency who have teamed up with Quinny to create “The longboard stroller” also spotted the trend.
And finally, for a little hit of beautiful inspiration … Carving The Mountains featuring the Longboard Girls Crew