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Kids fashion is the heart of Paul & Paula.

It is our passion and we love to share the best of this world. We adore small and independent brands. This is the perfect place to be up to date on the kids fashion world!

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02.05.19

A visit to Tate Modern with the children (and new Spring shoes)

tate modern with children

Last Sunday we packed a bag of snacks and made our way to Tate Modern with the children. Housed in the former Bankside Power Station it is one of the world’s largest Modern Art museums.

The museum was just named as the most-visited tourist attraction in the UK, but don’t let that stop you from going. Even with the kids in tow. Because one of the most appealing things about it is the relaxed and welcoming attitude towards children inside the galleries. (because many galleries or museums are such ‘grownup places’ with lots of rules and guidelines that can be intimidating)

And then the vast, industrial space that is an impressive sight in itself. The turbine hall is a huge space, exciting slope, and often has exhibits where you can actually get inside and not just look at. Find the balconies overlooking the turbine hall, with lots of sofas and transparent fronts. Our kids loved to sit there and just watch.

What else makes the Tate Modern so fun for kids?

Head to the seating areas overlooking the Thames, because there is lots to look at when getting a rest or having a snack. (there are lots of cafes around the whole museum in case you did not bring enough snacks)

Many areas have space to run around in (and it is fine).

Explore outside and get a 360C view over London from the Viewing Level on the top floor of the Switch House.

The Millenium Bridge to walk over the Thames, which we did as you can see on the photos.

There are always exhibits that are quite unusual and often involve sounds or moving images which children love.

The vast majority of the Tate is made up of free galleries. And the special exhibitions are free for children up to 12 years as well.

Awesome museum shops. I love museum shops and often find something fun and you will not be disappointed here, especially if you love children’s books.

There is a digital drawing bar!

The museums host lots of family events and workshops. There will surely be something happening during your visit too.

For our visit, the children put on their new Spring shoes from Naturino.

Both decided for some cool sneakers because they are comfortable, easy to put on and the designs so stylish that you can literally wear them with everything! (personally, I love to mix sneakers with something a little elegant)

 

tate modern with children

tate modern with children

tate modern with children

tate modern with children

About Naturino: All shoes feature exclusive systems and sincere attention to detail and style. Slip-out insoles, Natex membranes, and the Sand effect guarantee the safety and high comfort of all products.

Leonor wears: Low metallic sneakers with a pink and fuchsia heart painted with brush strokes on the side. Romantic meets casual!

Antoine wears: His sneakers are inspired by the passion children have for colours. Decorated with colourful brush strokes of children, while word patterns and stars decorate the soles. Fun!

What is the Sand Effect: The Sand Effect system ensures the right support to feet on rough and irregular ground, since it moulds easily under the weight of the body. Soft uppers and light flexible bottoms, create perfect and natural conditions in any situation.

 

tate modern with children

tate modern with children

tate modern with children

tate modern with children

When we arrived we grabbed a map (there are special ‘Family map’), handed those to the children, and let them guide our journey through the Tate Modern.

I think it is a must-visit destination for all art lovers and you never start young enough. And you know, it is very interesting to look at modern sculptures or paintings with children. And to hear what they see or feel about something.

We are lucky that we are able to visit whenever we want to and, of course, when a special exhibition or work shop is taking place. It is a busy museum but even a short stop is well worth it! So during your next trip to London, make sure to have it on your list.

Before we went to the Tate Modern, we visited the Sky Garden London with kids.
In collaboration with Naturino.
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01.05.19

Print or Solid

Print or Solid

Print or Solid? It is a good question, isn’t? Some days we feel more colourful and like to wear a good print or stripes in quirky colourways. And then there are days where we like it subtle and simple.

Ashlyn feels the same and that is why she named her cute children’s wear brand ‘Print or Solid‘. Because she often struggles between using beautiful printed fabrics and simple solid ones. She needs both – prints and solids – and is constantly trying to find the balance.

‘I love creating my own garments that are one of a kind. And I enjoy using natural fibers for my garments, and I like to mix unexpected colours and patterns. I am a sucker for a maxi dress and gingham prints.’

Print or Solid Print or Solid Print or Solid Print or Solid Print or Solid Print or Solid Print or Solid

Aren’t those handmade clothes adorable and special?

They are all designed and sewn by Ashley herself. That rainbow romper* is so cute and I can totally see it as a perfect party outfit that your little one will keep wearing afterwards.
And do not forget, those rompers are easily paired with tights, long sleeves and/ or a cardigan for chilly days.

And that pinafore*? With that banana print and gold corduroy?  Awwww…
There are more corduroy dresses in that gorgeous colour and with cute Peter Pan collars! Just sayin’…

 

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29.04.19

Sunshine clothes for your child’s summer wardrobe from Lulaland

lulaland kids clothing

Lula is a ray of sunshine. Lula is from Buenos Aires, creating and designing in Brooklyn, New York and one of the warmest people I know.

We meet twice a year, during Playtime Paris, and this kind and adorable woman makes me always giggle a lot and my love for small brands and designers grow a little more.
And all that sunshine and passion you can find in her collections. Lulaland was started in 2014 and is full of romantic and folkloric garments made from organic cotton. It is colourful, bold and full of life. Really refreshing, super comfortable and so happy.

Not too serious, mismatch, quirky and full of cool details. Basically everything I love and look for when I want something special for my children. And, especially during summer, a child’s wardrobe should have at least one very cool outfit. The one that makes you happy, that makes you get dressed in the morning and twirl along the sidewalk.

lulaland kids clothing

lulaland kids clothing

lulaland kids clothing

lulaland kids clothing

lulaland kids clothing

lulaland kids clothing

lulaland kids clothing

lulaland kids clothing

lulaland kids clothing
I normally wanted to shoot this little series outside, but the weather is so unpredictable around here and then we had busy plans for the lovely Easter weekend that I went ahead and did it inside. (but I know that some of you spotted some pieces in my IG stories already)

But either way, I certain that you can feel the dazzling fun these pieces create!

Good to know: With a design studio in Brooklyn, lulaland work with people around the world and have a base in India, aiming to create a global village. Using hand picked and hand dyed fabrics and a selection of original prints, every collection is unique, and every season an evolution.

My children wear:

Antoine: Gingham culotte & striped shirt

Leonor: Maxi Dress (in the softest and lightest maxi swiss dot cotton in a fresh shade of pink and white) and Flamingo print skirt & woven top

Josephine: Amapola dress (I adore that print!)

 

For Europe, your best shopping destination is Smallable*.

 

Affiliate links marked with *. We received the clothes in return for this article and photos. My opinion and love for lulaland are 100% genuine.
All images: Paul & Paula
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18.04.19

15 fun things for your Easter weekend

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Hello there! How are you? Are you away for the Easter weekend? We will enjoy it here in London with friends. And sun. Because the forecast says – temperatures of 20 plus, lots of sun and BBQ. I am so excited.

Because what better than hosting friends, opening BBQ season, a real Easter Egg Hunt outside and doing a bit of sightseeing and sitting outside for coffee and toilet stops?

But before, I have compelled a sweet list for you:

Ira-Loves-Mae
Ira Loves Mae is founded upon the idea that less is always more. And their clothing inspires families to live more intentionally in the moments that matter most.

Special Day – lovely journals* to keep memories from baby’s first year. (great gift idea)

 

emily ward home giovanni ribisi
Emily Ward designed a family home for herself and actor Giovanni Ribisi. So cool!

Lush quit Social Media!

 

black linen jumpsuit mini me
After the mini me round up. I need to add this cool look. Jumpsuits* made in a soft, medium weight, washed linen and a relaxed and comfortable fit.

So cute and perfect for your breakfast table – toast plate*.

 

kids room pink canopy
One blog to follow – Emma’s Vintage! Cool house, fun interiors and lots of passion in her work.

The Legend of Keanu Reeves!

 

magazine wall display
Cool idea! (via unsplash)

What Do 90-Somethings Regret Most?

 

house of hackney founders home
Do you know House of Hackney? This is how the founders live. So fun!

How about our crazy life as a family of 6?

 

doodly kids clothing
All Doodly items* are ‘approved by children’: they are suitable for active play and fun and contain unique elements that amuse little dreamers so much.

I have decided that I will follow the same approach to my Insta as I do here now – less is more. And instead of sharing photos just for the sake of sharing I will share the ones I truly love or when I feel I need to talk…

oak and the little ones
Oak and the little Folk* have the cutest leather shoes, pinafores and baby rompers!

Happy Easter and lots of sun for you too!

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10.04.19

mini me or kids wear in adult sizes

mini me kids wear for mums

How often did you say: “I wish this came in my size!” or “My kids are better dressed than me…”. Don’t despair, here are the best mini me looks!

Small clothes are cute and yes, some pieces we really want for ourselves. Children’s fashion changed a lot over the last years and we can find some amazing brands. And the mini me trend is not going away and more and more brands are adding adult lines or at least a few pieces for mums and also dads.

Obviously you cannot just make any style that looks super in a child size for adults. Mostly because of our shapes but also because some prints might be too girly, or just too cute for a women even when they look adorable in size 62.

For today, I picked out a few brands that do pieces for mums too. Pieces we really want and can wear… mini me looks for this summer here we come:

Louise Misha

louisemisha kids

louise misha women

louise misha women

louise misha kids

louise misha kids louise misha women

Louise Misha* started in 2012 and very quickly their boho style was adored by little girls and mums alike. The collections are always sweet, delicate and very feminine! And the collection for mums* is getting bigger and bigger each season.

Numero74

 

numero74 mum

numero74 mum

Numero74* – what once started with deco accessories has became a brand for every part in our lives. Including fashion. Staying true to their style pieces are simple and comfortable. And each piece is made from the softest cotton materials and in a very special colour palette of lightly washed-out shades. Affordable and so comfortable. Sizes for mums are here*. Personally I think this really is T H E mini me look.

Little Creative Factory

little creative factory women

little creative factory
Clothing for children aged from 0 to 99! This is what Little Creative Factory* offers. Original collections, attention to detail and definitely one of the brands you wish would dress you too. And they do! This summer Cristina launched her women line* and it was is a big success.

Bonpoint

bonpoint 2019

bonpoint kids
Bonpoint* has been a leading brand in the kids fashion sector for over 40 years. Ultra-chic and always on point with the sophisticated French look! Before they used to have a teen line called YAM and the sizes fitted adults as well. But, as of now, Bonpoint has a collection dedicated to women* too. (I love this ultra chic yet simple navy dress*!)

Louis Louise

Louis Louise

Louis Louise

Louis Louise

Louis Louise

Louis Louise
Louis Louise* is another classic in the French children’s fashion world. Chic, timeless, modern and relaxed. The brand adds some pieces for women* for every collection, and especially for summer the dresses and tops are divine!

Caramel

caramel london kids

caramel london kids

caramel london kids

Caramel* is luxury baby and kids fashion based here in London. Very elegant, full of details and every piece is made from the finest materials. In 2015 Eva Karayiannis added a woman’s line.

Poudre Organic

poudre organic

poudre organic

poudre organic women

poudre organic
Your favourite brand when it comes to soft, organic clothes in subtle colours – Poudre Organic*. What started with babies has grown into a brand for the whole family. Slowly adding bigger sizes and now catering for mums* too! The latest collection is very lovely and we really want one of those comfy dresses for ourselves.

Bonton

bonton kids

bonton kids

bonton women
Bonton is always on my list when in Paris. Of course I could shop online but I love their stores so much that I need to step in. And their fabrics, colours and silhouettes are famous and kind of iconic. You can never go wrong with something from here for your children*. And, the brand joined the mini me trend too and designed a few pieces for adults* as well.

Le Petit Lucas du Tertre

le petit lucas du tertre
To be honest I am a little bit confused what came first for Le Petit Lucas du Tertre. I was knew it as a children’s brand* with the most wonderful colours and prints. A whole world of flowers, ikat and precious fabrics. And the adult pieces* I only discovered recently. And they are just as gorgeous. So in case you are looking for something special, this is it!

By the way: I really prefer their mini sizes and I am not a big fan of the maxi versions but have a look for yourself and decide – Bobo Choses Women*.

Overall, what do you think about mini me looks? Would you wear it? I believe some looks are really great and if you do not like the matching look, you can just wear them on their own.

Original article published in March 2017. First edit April 2019.
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