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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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01.04.19

Breastfeeding dresses we actually love to wear!

breastfeeding dress

I remember my breastfeeding journey very deeply. 4 times and always well over a year every time. Sometimes up to 2 years. And my favourite outfit during these years was a comfortable dress. I like dresses. Especially in summer, because you are fully dressed in 2 seconds which is very handy with children. And because it is nice and feminine.

For a long time however the mission of finding a pretty dress that worked for breastfeeding aka a breastfeeding dress was not as easy as one would think.

You can find lots of black stretchy versions, but something cool, cute and/ or chic is a difficult.

I remember going to a wedding when Antoine was a baby and finding a good dress actually led to that article (which was 1st published in July 2010). And I remember that there was another breastfeeding mum under the guests who went for a very fancy gown but also had to nearly undress every time her little one was hungry. Not my idea of a relaxed day!

9 years later (yes, Paul & Paula will turn 9 this May!) and our options are so much better! And this article really deserves an update and a selection of some of the most beautiful breastfeeding dresses for this Spring/ Summer season!

Because stylish nursing clothes for breastfeeding mothers are rare but they are there. You can look like the beautiful mummy you are and breastfeed without struggling and with confidence:

breastfeeding dress

Paula Janz

 

breastfeeding dress

breastfeeding dress

Mara Mea

 

breastfeeding dress

breastfeeding dress

Pomkin

 

breastfeeding dress

Seraphine

 

breastfeeding dress

Jojo Maman Bebe

 

Happy sunny season to all expecting mums and mums with nursing children!

Top Image: Pomkin Paris
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29.03.19

19 jolly things for your April!

jolly things for your April
Should I? Should I mention that we are heading into April like a spaceship? I mean… whaaaaat?

But… the good thing is… we are heading into Spring as well. The days are longer, the birds are chirping (in front of my bedroom every morning) and we can go to the park after school or just have fika (yes we keep that Swedish thing for afternoon snacks going) in our garden. Love it!

And I love all these sweet things I gathered over the last weeks. For mums, for the home, little gifts, great articles and and and…

Enjoy:

simple kids
The cutest baby rompers, the best t shirts for boys and just stunning season after season – Simple Kids*.

My article about the best dollhouses is doing so well, just in case you missed it.

 

loomshakalaka
The name – loomshakalaka – is all you need to know. F U N!

OMG. So cute! A deer headband*

 

twirl dress
Your girl loves to twirl? Let her twirl!

That article resonated with me on so many levels. Loosing your mum is the toughest thing

 

the hey gang
The Hey Gang!

What do your kids have in their pockets? I love this photo series.

 

corner toy shop wood
The coolest toy shop ever!

You want to improve your photography skills? Here are 3 projects that will help you!

 

french country house shabby chic
Z E N! This looks like the perfect spot to relax and recharge…

Check the lovely shop called Matilda and Grace*, because you can never have too many pretty hair bows. (the make great little gifts too)

 

done by deer
Done by Deer* was inspired by the jungle for their latest collection.

Five independent businesses share their ‘rip off’ stories. Shop small and shop from the original.

 

Rafa-kids-dresser

Rafa-kids-wardrobe-for-children
Rafa Kids was busy and launched two new products recently. A wardrobe and a dresser. I like!

Vegan: I made this delicious Vegan Chocolate Pie.

 

jungle wallpaper kids room
Talking about jungle, how fantastic is this wallpaper*?

Female creativity vs. motherhood.

 

vanessa bruno raffa bag silk drss
My first Vanessa Bruno bag, I bought it approx. 20 years ago. The one with the sequins. You probably know (latest when you visited Paris where every women has at least one). The smallest version, in black so it worked with everything. Since then my collection grew step by step. And I still think it is one of the best bags around. The raphia version is super nice too. Summer, chic, seqins… Y E S! Together with that gorgeous silk dress or with your favourite pair of jeans… it works with everything. On the picture you can see it with khaki sequins (but there is gold and white two). In either Large* or Medium*.

 

Enjoy your weekend and see you back on Monday!

jolly things for your April

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25.02.19

The most incredible birth photos ever!

birth photography

Image: Artist by Heart Photography

Today I want to start the week with these powerful images. Images that will touch every heart, soul and probably will bring all your memories of childbirth back.

There is this incredible image contest happening, hosted by Birth Becomes Her. Images from all over the world that inspire and empower the act of giving birth. Emotions, tears, joy and the beginning of a new life.

I would call it ‘raw birth photography’.

Birth Becomes Her was created in 2014 by birth photographers, Monet Nicole and Jennifer Mason. An international community of birth photographers that work together to help the industry grow.

For the 2018 contest they received over 1200 images from birth photographers around the world. And there are five categories for photographers to submit to:
Hospital, out-of-hospital, colour, black and white, and postpartum.

Here is a selection:

birth photography

Inge Berken

birth photography 3

Tula Q Photography

birth photography

Lucy Cruickshank

birth photography

Maggie Shackelford

birth photography

Bearth Side Photography

birth photography

Deeply Rooted

birth photography

Catherine Winter

birth photography

Lillian Craze

birth photography

Krista Evans Photography

 

I hope that these images give you the power and light for this coming week! Think about these wonders, that mother nature creates, in case you have a ‘low moment’.

Please have a look over on their website for all entries, winners etc…

Have a nice week!

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18.02.19

MiniMe – chunky cardigans for the little ones and mum too

chunky cardigans for the little ones and mum too

With the gorgeous weather outside and Spring-like temperatures one of my favourite looks can come out of the cupboard. It is time for chunky cardigans!

But before I will share my latest find, how lucky are we? Half term that feels like Spring? when did this ever happen? Together with the kids we already made plans – we will form a little garden crew and prepare ours for the warm season.

It is the first time we actually have an outdoor space that is big enough for a family table, a BBQ, even a little sofa as well as plants and bushes. Surprise of the year will be to discover what we actually have out there.

I will probably do some little updates over on my Instagram, if you are interested.

But back to the chunky cardigans for now…

Because Monika from Tinywool knits the most gorgeous pieces from the best merino wool. Have a look:

chunky cardigans for the little ones and mum too

chunky cardigans for the little ones and mum too

chunky cardigans for the little ones and mum too
chunky cardigans for the little ones and mum too

And like I said – today is MiniMe time. You can find children’s sizes but also sizes for grown ups. And isn’t this the best matchy matchy look anyway?!

Gorgeous sweaters, chunky cardigans and some lovely accessories. Available in many colours and always in soft and warm merino or alpaca knits. Cosy!

chunky cardigans for the little ones and mum too

chunky cardigans for the little ones and mum too

chunky cardigans for the little ones and mum too

chunky cardigans for the little ones and mum too

Pair it with your favourite denims, a long skirt or a lovely dress. The options are endless… basically.

Tinywool was created in 2017 and is based in Telsiai, Lithuania. As like many other brands it started with the birth of Monika’s daughter. Once she knitted her daughter a cardigan and received a lot of compliments, she started to expand and knit for other people as well.

My favourite would be the grey alpaca cardigans for little ones* and then for mums*. Absolutely love the sleeves and grey is such a timeless colour that goes with everything.

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28.01.19

Adding a touch of India to your home

Adding a touch of India to your home

Hello! Fresh back from Paris and starting the week with something for the whole family that combines the French chic and traditional Indian roots.

You may have noticed that I am writing more about interiors as well as accessories and design brands at the moment. I will tickle that a bit more when I will write my round up about the fairs I just visited. But as a whole: I find children’s fashion a little bit boring at the moment. That is why I am looking a bit further and share more from the other worlds of the industry.

And the funny thing about today’s brand is, that I follow Jamini for a very long time on my Instagram. And only just realised that I never wrote about them here. x facepalm x

Jamini is a lifestyle brand that has roots in India and is based in Paris. Usha, the founder, brings together two great and fascinating cultures to create a unique range of handcrafted lifestyle pieces.

Discover the mix of centuries-old techniques to highlight, modernity, contemporary French chic, colours and patterns. A peek into the Indian culture and a glance of France.

I love it!

 

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Adding a touch of India to your home

Adding a touch of India to your home

Adding a touch of India to your home

Adding a touch of India to your home
Adding a touch of India to your home

Usha grew up in India, worked in Hong Kong and moved to Paris to start a family. And the birth of her first child made her realize the urgent need to create a bridge with her roots, India.

And then Jamini was born. Out of a passion to showcase the elegant beauty of textile traditions and the skills of expert artisans from her country.

Today you can find beautiful home accessories that combine modern graphics with traditional know-how. Each piece is produced in India in an eco-friendly, fair-trade spirit. Cotton, woven silk, embroideries, hand-printed fabrics – the materials are beautiful and the designs are delicate and original.

Adding a touch of India to your home

Adding a touch of India to your home

Adding a touch of India to your home

Basically I want everything and like I said in the beginning: This is the perfect shop that can decorate any room in your house. For the kids, your sofa or bedroom. Beautiful cushions, scarves for mums, cute bags, mattresses to play on or rugs to give your space the last little detail.

Last three images: Claudio Cambon & Bruno Warion

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