17.10.18

The eccentric alternative to romantic festive wear for children

nununu tutu du monde collaboration

Ok, so this is definitely my most anticipated launch for this year. I saw this uber-awesome collaboration during Playtime in January and was instantly in love.
In L O V E!

Why? Because I love when worlds are clashing. When two very opposite designers join forces. Where creativity overrules. When great meets great – just from different points of view.

Tutu du Monde X nununu.

The ultra-romantic tutu lab and the alternative kids wear label that loves black. Yes! And it is finally in store!

Just think goth-punk glamour meeting the ultimate holiday smash! Lots of tulle and embroidered skulls, layers, sequins, black, and rock. L O V E! Did I mention, that I love it? I do! haha
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nununu tutu du monde collaboration

nununu tutu du monde collaboration

nununu tutu du monde collaboration

nununu tutu du monde collaboration

nununu tutu du monde collaboration

And it is so perfect for my own little princesses here at home! No girl says no to a little bit of glam and sparkle. Adding a good portion of cool and my girls got sparkles in their eyes.

That onesie is just too much with the tulle ruffles where the little legs come out and the skull patch. And adding that amazing cape (it truly is amazing!) and we were treated with a whole show of fun expressions and poses.

Oh, and tulle bunny ears? Cocked to the side and with lots of sparkles. Yes, please!

 

nununu tutu du monde collaboration

nununu tutu du monde collaboration

nununu tutu du monde collaboration

nununu tutu du monde collaboration

And Leonor’s very relaxed yet sophisticated cool look is so good for all these exciting days before the BIG days.

Does that even make sense? I guess you know what I mean. A black sweater with a ruffled collar (including some tulle) and this layered skirt that looks fantastic with some hi-tops or boots like we did here.

 

nununu tutu du monde collaboration

nununu tutu du monde collaboration

Altogether – we are ready! We are sparkling and once we moved we will put some festive decorations up. Not too much to start with, but a little…

I hope you love this collaboration as much as I do and if I can make a wish: I would like to see more of these creative, inspiring and unexpected alliances.

In collaboration with nununu, a true and trusted long-term partner of Paul & Paula. We love their style since what feels forever and enjoy following their always adventurous journey!

All images: Paul & Paula

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16.10.18

Amsterdam warehouse gone family home with lots of vintage treasures

Amsterdam warehouse gone family home with lots of vintage treasures
Oh, I just found this gem of a family place yesterday. Sitting right in the canals of our last destination, Amsterdam, so I had lots of memories coming back!

A former warehouse just off Prinsengracht, one of the main canals in Amsterdam’s city center, it is a four-storey red-brick building built in the early 1800s. A typical long stretched space (home owners used to pay taxes based on the width of their houses back in the 1600!) that was recently renovated by their passionate and current owners.

The children’s rooms are sitting under the steeply pitched eaves. And the parents created such a poetic universe for their little ones, it is just beautiful. In general, I just cannot stop looking at these pictures. So many little details, vintage finds and cool ideas. I love it!
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Amsterdam warehouse gone family home with lots of vintage treasures

Amsterdam warehouse gone family home with lots of vintage treasures

Amsterdam warehouse gone family home with lots of vintage treasures

Amsterdam warehouse gone family home with lots of vintage treasures
In between the Vintage finds, there are also some bespoke pieces. Like the ceiling-height living room cabinet made by local Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek. It is composed of recycled cupboard doors and just so awesome!

“Sometimes designers forget about comfort, but it’s a home and it should feel like home.” Marloes Hoedeman, owner of this amazing place.

There is nothing more to add to this…

Photographed by Marc Van Praag and styled by Thelma McQuillan for Vogue Living Australia

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15.10.18

A very happy 6th rainbow birthday party

Paul&Paul: rainbow birthday party

My dear Leonor turned 6 at the end of September and we made sure to host a glorious party for her.

As per request, it was all about rainbows!
She says that she loves rainbows and that they make her happy. She thinks that they are pretty (I agree) and that there should be more rainbows in the world. So we brought a lot of them to our home for at least one day…

She was very specific about the cake situation as well: On her actual birthday, she wanted a rainbow cake. A beautiful layered cake that was baked and decorated with love by her big sister (who looooves baking).

And for the party, she asked for rainbow cupcakes. So the big sister was in the kitchen again and produced beautiful cupcakes in all the colours of the rainbow. (trust me, she wanted a break from baking after all of that!)

And because it is Monday and it is good to talk about parties and rainbows to start a new week, I am sharing a few pictures from her lovely party.

 

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Paul&Paul: rainbow birthday party

Paul&Paul: rainbow birthday party

Paul&Paul: rainbow birthday party

Paul&Paul: rainbow birthday party

Party Program:

We started with some playtime until all the invited children arrived.
Then we had lunch: Pasta! I made 3 different pasta shapes and 3 different sauces. Nothing super fancy and really just to make it more fun. We had butterfly pasta as well as fussili and penne. And then I had made a bolognese sauce, a tomato – no meat- sauce, and pesto. To top, we had Parmesan and normal cheese.
The kids really enjoyed choosing their personal dish and were happily munching around the table.

Then we served the cupcakes!

Paul&Paul: rainbow birthday party

Paul&Paul: rainbow birthday party

Paul&Paul: rainbow birthday party

After the food:

First, we did a few rounds of dance-stop. We played a song, the kids danced and once you stop the music everyone has to stand still. Good thing after sitting down!

Then we pinned some clouds on the rainbow. We printed a rainbow and two clouds. We put the rainbow on a cupboard and put some glue tag on the clouds. Every child got their eyes blindfolded and had to try to put the clouds as good as possible on the end of the rainbow. The other children could help and give directions.

Next up was ‘spin the bottle’, for opening the birthday gifts!

Paul&Paul: rainbow birthday party

Paul&Paul: rainbow birthday party

Paul&Paul: rainbow birthday party

Finale:

The pinata! No birthday in our house without a pinata :)

The filling is part of the goodie bags children receive when going home. I put some little pencils and tiny bottles filled with pearls and glitter in the bags beforehand too.

My girl had a lot of fun and so did her friends. Personally, I love this kind of easy and relaxed parties best. Because in the end, it is all about having your friends around you to celebrate your special day!

Paul&Paul: rainbow birthday party

Rainbow Party Set: Meri Meri (gifted)
Beautiful corduroy dress: As we grow (gifted)
Adorable leather shoes: Yaya Lala

 

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12.10.18

15 happy things for your October!

Paul & Paula 15 things for October
Oh hello! At the moment I am not so sure how I feel about Fridays. On the one hand, I am happy for the weekend to start. On the other hand, I feel like time is literally rushing through. Another week has gone by… waaaaahhh…

I cannot wait to slow down again and breathe. We do have a really great holiday coming up for the Winter break (Dec/Jan) and I just love the pre-excitement before going away. This time even more, because we all really need a break. To relax, to spend time together (slow and quality) and do not follow any wake-up calls, appointments, and other commitments.

How about you?

I do love autumn very much and this year we are lucky to see some sun shining through the pretty leaves as well. But I can also see that this is always a rather hard period for the children. Between the middle of August when they went to school and the very end of October – it is a long period of school weeks. On top the days are getting shorter, the mornings are dark and a little chilly. Everyone is tired. Do you feel the same?

Nevertheless, I have gathered quite a few cool finds as well as reads for you. I hope that you will enjoy them:

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mum and daughter dress minime look
Oh, the perfect mini&me look. Black dresses! (here are more twinning outfits that are really cool)

Loving this DARLING cushion!

 

tiny door for sylvanian in kids room
OMG! You see what I see? This tiny door? Isn’t adorable?

Super cool collab!

 

wooden play fishes
I love the play kitchens from Macarena Bilbao. She added lots of cool play food and other bits to her shop like these wooden fishes!

You like to eat like a local while traveling? Here are some great tips on how to actually do that…

 

boheme-shelf
Beautiful boho inspired shelf.

You want to eat more healthy? This is a really good article with a good dose of humour and tons of facts!

 

turtle-organic-cotton-cushion
Adorable big turtle cushion!

From Berlin! Ultra cool backpacks for mini and maxi!

 

family home in malmo
Love seeing ‘real’ family homes. And here, the dad is really creative and makes lots of cool stuff for the kids. Fun fact – the family lives in Malmo. Ha!

Very detailed article about fake Instagram followers, comments and likes. If you are interested!

 

children's room with bunk bed
Very different to this ultra modern and clean version of a kids room. But I like the functionality and use of space.

Wow! Just wow! Very intense and personal story

 

the hey gang
The Hey Gang! Really cool and relaxed styles for children. Mostly unisex!
 

Happy week end! xoxo
 

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10.10.18

Why Joséphine loves her new autumn shoes!

falcotto autumn shoes for young children

My little Jo is growing and just turned 3. Being the youngest of four she definitely picked up lots of things from her siblings and is quite ‘advanced’ for her age.

And of course she wants, can and needs to do everything by herself. So when it came to picking a pair of new shoes for autumn, I knew that we needed a pair that she can put on by herself.
And they need to be fun and somehow cute too. Of course. That probably goes without saying, haha.

So once her new autumn shoes arrived and we took them out of the box, little Miss Jo started putting them on like a pro. As a next, step she started to discover the beautiful embroideries. Which then became a little language play and we found all the names in all languages we have in the family together.
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falcotto autumn shoes for young children
falcotto autumn shoes for young children

This delightful shoe is adorned with hearts, butterflies, and stars and makes a really cool yet romantic sneaker.

I think that the mix of delicate details, the easy velcro fastening, and sturdy rubber soles are perfect for my three-year-old. (the shoe is available with laces or in silver as well)
 

The other day, when I picked her up from daycare, we had to chat about fjärilar (Swedish for butterflies) whilst putting on her jacket and shoes. How small they are and how difficult it is to catch them. That they fly very high and that Joséphine would like to follow them on their journey one day. Isn’t always inspiring to let yourself in, in these little adventures? Putting on little butterfly wings and taking a little break from our busy schedules?!

 

falcotto autumn shoes for young children

falcotto autumn shoes for young children

falcotto autumn shoes for young children

Ready to take her new dog out for a run!

 

In collaboration with Falcotto, a long-term partner we value and who values us and our readers!

All images: Paul & Paula

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