for mums

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Paul & Paula brings you stylish fashion ideas for mums too.

Practical yet stylish clothes, cool accessories and other must-haves for modern mums.

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Summer Staples for the whole family!

Summer Staples for the whole family!
We had the most gorgeous month of May and even so we are not going far (for now) we got our summer dresses, shorts, and sandals out.

And when talking to friends, mostly online, I heard a lot of questions about clothes shopping for children because things start to become small and/or too warm.

Can there be a better invitation than that to browse around and gather some lovely summer staples for the little ones? And to make it even more fun, I added some cool stuff for mums too. My personal wish list so to say…

So, there is a summer list for baby, then for boys and girls, teens, and last but not least for mums. And if you have been around here for a bit you know how much I love the smaller brands, and the more timeless and classic with a modern touch look. Things that you can and will keep for a long time, pass on to siblings, and things that will become real staples in the wardrobe.

Enjoy my summer wardrobe essentials for the whole family:

summer clothes baby

Summer Baby Staples:

1. Waterproof sandals, here in blue but available in lots of colours. For boys and girls!

2. ‘French Touch‘ body.

3. Sweet Child of Mine shirt. Bliss!

4. Super adorable organic cotton body.

5. Cute seersucker sun hat.

6. Sweet gingham blouse made from soft linen.

7. Sunburst bloomer.

8. Beautiful summer blouse.

9. Organic cotton bloomer.

10. Cute socks to make your summer outfit perfect.

11. Liberty smock swim bottoms. The cutest!

12. Floral print dress in rust with ruffle sleeves and lining.

13. Bamboo sandals that go with everything!

14. Happy t-shirt.

 

 

summer clothes girl

Summer Girl Staples:

1. No summer without a good play suit.

2. Just one thing: must have!!!

3. These sneakers are cool and gold is everything.

4. Wide leg linen striped trousers.

5. Pixie sunglasses. The best!

6. This dress has summer all over it.

7. Navy swimsuit with adorable ruffles in the back.

8. Strappy silver sandals. (other colours available)

9. Cotton jersey (so comfy!) ruffle top.

10. Cute skirt.

11. Puff sleeves are huge this season and I love the cute factor of this top.

12. Gorgeous long dress.

 

 

summer clothes boy

Summer Boy Staples:

1. Tie-dye shirt.

2. Old skool vans.

3. Turquoise watch.

4. Denim shorts.

5. Fun swim trunks. I like the green but the red version is cool too.

6. ‘worn effect’ cotton tee for cool kids.

7. Recycled cotton cap.

8. Surfer print sweater made from ultra soft cotton fleece.

9. Seersucker Bermuda shorts.

10. Fun sandals.

 

 

summer clothes teen

Summer Teens Staples

1. Very cool floral dress (that I would wear too).

2. Great summer top that goes with anything.

3. A summer without denim shorts is not a proper summer.

4. Burgundy sandals.

5. Striped socks!

6. Leo print swim shorts.

7. Cotton fleece hoodie with flounced sleeves. So lovely!

8. Wide legged light denim trousers.

9. Trucker hat.

10. Chino Bermuda shorts. (various colours available)

11. Ombre effect bikini with beautiful scalloped trims.

12. Polo shirt. (lots of colours available)

13. Funky trainers.

 

 

summer clothes mum

Summer Mama Staples

1. WANT! Gorgeous colour – red dress that is perfect for every summer moment.

2. Found the perfect wide legged trousers for mums.

3. Stitched leather sandals.

4. Simple and elegant. And the back is the best of that swimsuit.

5. Big buckle slides.

6. Fun blouse which will look awesome with a pair of jeans.

7. Tank top in mustard. (great with the shorts)

8. Cute linen shorts.

9. A staple in my bathroom and perfect to keep your sun kissed skin hydrated and looking fresh.

10. Precious shell earrings.

11. Fringe Raffia tote!

12. A little bling with that strawberry brooch.

13. Ribbed summer cardigan.

 

I hope you enjoyed my summer inspiration and if you would like more, how about this summer rainbow? And now, I am sending you lots of sunshine, wherever you are!

 

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18 things for a better stay-at-home May!

18 things for a better stay-at-home May!

Technically I am late. Because I am usually sharing my monthly list the last Friday of the month. But since things are just a bit different right now (and I actually totally did not notice that tomorrow is the 1st of May until right now), the first of May is just as good. Yes?!

And last April definitely was very different from any other April and I think I never wrote that little here on Paul & Paula. Admitting that I never thought that having the kids home and doing the whole school thing would be that time consuming. The days fly by and boom, it is 8pm and all I want to do is hang on my couch.

What drives me, and keeps my going, is running. And I added a lot of km to my weeks these days!

How are you doing at the moment? I actually wrote on our kitchen calendar, usually decorated in many colours and handwritings, SAME SAME SAME in bold letters all over the week. And that is how I feel mostly: Same. Every day is the same. Therefore we want to make it a bit more fun, inspiring, and fresh with this new list today.

And of course, I added some things that will make the current situation more bearable. Enjoy:

 

yellow kitchen
Starting with a yellow kitchen to give you the best start!

I want these boots*!

 

bonnie and the gang baby romper
Ine de Haes launched a new brand. For little people!

Entertain the kids: Cool craft ideas or colouring sheets. Or both!

 

embroidered hoop sequins
So many adorable things, especially the embroidered hoops*! Big love!

Pajamas!

 

Rudloe-Road-London-SW12
Lovely London house.

I know, the C word is everywhere, but this article is interesting: All the things COVID-19 will change forever!

 

play roll kids colouring roll paper
PLAY ROLL*! Keeping the kids entertained just got a bit easier…

Pretty mugs* make for good starts into a day.

 

quincy mae
A great collection* of poetic and timeless wardrobe staples for the tiniest of tots. At very reasonable prices too.

Truly loving this London-based skincare brand. All organic, simple, and natural. And right now is a good time to give our beauty program a little more attention and love I think!

 

mix of chairs kitchen table
Loving the colourful chairs around the table.

Everything* for the most enjoyable home. In the best colours and made from soft fabrics.

 

kids desk harto

white bunk bed
Such a well designed space in my home town!

Great book that encourages children to go play outside and discover what nature has to offer. Perfect timing!

 

soor plom dress
Quintessentially cool kidswear* from Brooklyn!

Another practical and pretty necessity to make the current times more pleasant: Desk Organisers*

 

Wishing you all a good month of May, that hopefully ends with good news…

 

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21 terrific things for your April

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Sooo, we are heading into April and will most likely be the strangest month ever. But because we are reading and hearing about Corona everywhere, I will not make this the C-list.

I will make it, more or less, the opposite. Giving you some visual as well as practical inspiration. Adding some useful things that may cheer up your indoor time…
Talking about indoor, have you seen these gorgeous rainbow wall hangings ? Or these alphabet blocks that will make for great play fun?

Enjoy these 21 terrific things for your April:

 

straw baskets

paris family apartment
I am taking all the baskets. And the rest of this place too. Via VTWonen.

Add some colour and sunshine into your house with these block print* quilts, pillows, and more.

 

muslin top bow
Cute muslin top* with a lovely bow.

Mother’s Day started to go around the world. It was last Sunday here in the UK. When is it in your country?
To treat yourself have a look at the cute handmade jewelry* that will be perfect for this Spring.

 

rainbow cabinet kitchen
Staying in with this rainbow kitchen is definitely pretty. Not to forget the view too…

This is a great gift idea – a custom family portrait* – to send to loved ones that you cannot visit at the moment.

 

Louisiella
This Korean children’s fashion brand* is beautiful, nostalgic and whimsical! Look at the delicate details like lace, embroidery and pretty prints.

The B I G recycling myth.

 

alphabet-spaghetti-poster
ABC Spaghetti*!

This will cheer you up: Nia Dennis’ incredible floor exercise!

 

petal dress
The original Petal Dress*! Delicate, girly and simple.

The 50 most innovative companies of 2020.

 

pixie hat baby
How could you ever resist a pixie bonnet*?

Dark humor aka higher IQ. I like….

 

natural childrens wear
Natural children’s wear* in the best summer colours!

Totally boring but… useful… especially now we have more dishes to get cleaned too. How to load a dishwasher properly. Ha!

 

hana karim
I want A L L the plates! A dream!

Working for free?

 

scandinavian kitchen
More kitchen love.

And smile*… such a lovely print and stationary shop.

 

Have a splendid weekend and do not forget: We all do our best, and that is the best we can do!

 

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23 fun things for your March!

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Hej! Have you been waiting for this month’s Friday list? The wait is over and 23 fun things are waiting just for you…

There are some cool interiors, even cooler lamps, fashion for small people of course, and lots of sweet gift ideas and things that make your life a little more bright.

I hope February treated you well. There have been lots of grey and rainy days everywhere, so lets eat our soup and hope for lots of sunshine in March!

Have fun:

 

night light balloon
Not only a sweet night light* but also a great decoration for every children’s room.

Wish I could justify the price tag but I will swoon about it anyway…

 

A+Light+Victorian+Home+in+London
Australia meets Scandinavia in London! Love this place.

Beautiful little linen clothes* for this Spring.

 

wooden rainbow pastel toy
Beautiful wooden toys*.

Very special knitted or crochet fruit and vegetables for the play kitchen.

 

personalised bunny doll
Perfect Easter gift – the name of your choice on the belly is sewn by hand with attention to the smallest details. It will become your child’s best friend. Sweet bunny doll!

Lots of cool lamps in this house!

 

linen dresses girls
Boho summer here we come… with these cute clothes*.

I do not use a lot of make up and found products that work for me but once in a while I do enjoy hearing about other people’s favourites and their routines. And I do love Laura Dern!

 

ethical exchangable sandal slidersa
Ethical Magic Sliders*! Upcycled uber-comfortable sandals made from recycled materials. By changing the upper part you have countless possibilities!

The article is about the best plant based milk option for your perfect latte. Well, I do not drink coffee but there are many good and important facts about plant based options vs meat and so on. To read!

 

scandinavian interior
Such a bright and well designed place. Love that door…

We are not really using AirBnb anymore. Too many stories when all you want is enjoying a holiday. Here is another reason why it might be worth looking for alternatives…

 

morley ss 2020
Such a fun and colourful collection from Morley this season.

So much character in this pink house.

 

TheWorldofWhales_LittleGestalten
The World of Whales is beautifully illustrated and we explore many interesting facts about these fantastic animals. Looking at the habits and characteristics that make the many species of this family so special.

Robbie Williams – a dad of four now.

 

faux animal heads kids room
Felt animal heads* for the nursery, kids room, or play zoo…

Exquisite leather accessories for big and small.

 

colourful african baskets
OMG! Loving these African baskets* and I want them all. On table, on the wall, little storage, fruit basket, bread basket… anything…
And they are great for adding a pop of colour!

Cool teen room ideas.

 

modern pendant lights
Talking about lamps earlier. Look at these!
Cool colours and unusual shapes will make your space original, unique and friendly with these lamps*. They are made from paper mache. Obtained from the recycling of old newspapers and ecological, certified water based glue. Very environmentally friendly and ecological.

Have a fantastic weekend everyone!

 

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The star edit!

The star edit!
 

After we started off the week in rather magical and mystic ways, I will keep the feeling and share some of my current favourites that shine with stars.

Stars are one of those designs that are always current and everyone loves. They are kinda gender neutral too and reflect a lot of themes like space, ballerina, or magic.

And look at yourself and your friends – do you know somebody who likes stars? I bet you do. Do you know somebody who does not? Now you probably have to really think and not come up with a name…

Exactly… stars are fun, cool, and timeless.

And they do pop up in all kind of ways in our wardrobes and homes. Here are the ones that I would shop right now:

 

1. A star lantern* macrame style. In lots of subtle and beautiful colours. Definitely not only for the kids room but I am sure your kids would love one…

2. Woah. Such a cool print. And one very warm jacket – perfect for your upcoming winter holidays!

3. We all know – it is in the details. And these star pins will change your look immediately.

4. I knooooow. They are awesome. They are sneaker fever*! And in case you do not like pink, or the glitz, they are many other cool styles available.

5. This lamp is called the twirly lamp and the best part is – it comes with a set of fun magnets that you arrange just as you wish…

6. The perfect outfit to dance to your dreams, to twirl to your future, and to hang up in your room when not worn.

7. A star teething necklace that is as cute as cupcake!

Half Time! More stars coming:

8. Those sneakers can definitely show off these stardust leggings. Match made in heaven!

9. Delightful onesie.

10. Tulle, and more tulle. And lots of gorgeous stars – the perfect party dress*.

11. Cute, simple, and something for every day – this sweet star headband*.

12. Boy, girl… anyone will love this cool jumper* that just screams COMFY!

13. Cool kids need cool socks* as well.

14. The simplest way to add some magic and to turn a room into a place out of a dream – a stunning star garland*! By the way, here are some truly magical kids rooms!

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