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Storq Nursing Bra

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Nursing bras are notorious for being ugly things a breast feeding mother has to wear, day in day out.  Horrible design, clips, unattractive, chunky and old fashioned on the whole.  Admittedly ladies need that extra support when full of milk, and big boobed mama’s more so, but there should be more on offer that doesn’t cost a fortune.  It is true that it makes you feel more confident, comfortable and happy if you are wearing nice underwear.

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Maybe not ideal for those that need extra support for the bigger chest, but if you don’t we highly recommend these.

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Gro Basics

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Gro_basicsbaby_lifestyle_850We have a lovely selection of baby basics from Gro Company in the shop now.  This collection makes perfect gifts for new babies, the quality is extremely good and the price is amazing for the quality of the product.  The muslins are bigger than on the high street, big enough to use as a cover up for breast feeding when you’re out.

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Gro Company

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Danish brand Gro Company are one of our new additions this season and you’ll be able to see why.  Very wearable designs, made from great quality fabrics.  This season we love the quilted sporty sweat and pants.  They are super soft and look so cosy and snug.  The girls dresses are a hit and as for the pink Santa Christmas dress….speechless ♥

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Cult Of Youth Part II

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Screen Shot 2015-08-16 at 19.23.11If you’re a regular Lil’ Beans blog reader you’ll have read about Cult of Youth a couple of months ago.  Kelly is a silversmith and if you missed the previous post have a quick look because you’ll want to add one of these necklaces to your WANT list.  Kelly is now the proud MAMA to little Elvis ♡

Below is a lil’ Q&A with Kelly, a few from before Elvis arrived and a couple we’ve added to celebrate the little man’s arrival x

Where do you live?
I currently live in Essex, not too far from where I grew up. I’ve spent most of my adult life living in London after moving there 10 years ago but decided being close to my mum was really important when it came to laying down roots when I found out I was pregnant. I can’t say I won’t move back in the distant future but for now i’m happy living a little further out and making the trek a couple of times a week. Although I do miss my pals. And Richmond/Victoria Park.

You’re about to have a new addition in your life, have you enjoyed your pregnancy and body change? 
My pregnancy played out a little differently to how I thought it would. I hadn’t expected quite how stressfull and sometimes lonely in can be at times. I think what your mind goes through as a pregnant woman feels more dramatic that the physical changes, they seem to happen gradually, more softer. However it felt like my identity had changed overnight and I wasn’t sure who I was to become. I think I started to really enjoy the last couple of months. I have changed but (i think) for the better. I am more decisive and stronger in my convictions than before. I have less time for bullshit and endless time for positivity, creativity and love…. Maybe I have turned into the hippy barefoot and pregnant mama i always thought i’d be after all!!

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Your Mother necklaces have been a hit before their release, especially on Instagram. What/who inspires you in your work?
Every piece of jewellery i design usually stems from me having an idea of something i’d like to wear and then making it. I hardly made anything in the first few months of pregnancy as I felt so ill and unispired. Then one day I was thinking about how strong the word MOTHER was and       i made the first chain with the rose gold letters and silver chain and posted it on instagram with the caption something like “growing a baby makes me feel like i’ve got superpowers”. The response was great and i’ve since been working on launchinga fuller collection (whiched actually launched on Monday). It’s been going great. I think i was inspired by my baby firstly, wanting to wear his initials with mine. I also had to work on the designs to ensure i could make them efficiently and with ease as i still wanted to keep everthing done by hand but time frames were going to be dirrent post baby! Through mothers meetings I have met some incredible, awe inducing inspiring women that juggle motherhood and their passions through new businesses, their jobs or  hobbies. I have found these women some of the most inspirational people i’ve ever met and every order for the mama/ mother chains i get a rush of pride. There’s an incredible movement in the way mamas that want to be viewed differently. If you’re down you’re in. And it’s the coolest fucking gang out there!

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When did you finally have Elvis?  I don’t think you can ever really imagine what your first birth will be like, but did you keep it together?
I finally had Elvis 10 days late on the 1st of July. I was lucky enough to have a very straight forward pregnancy, a healthy baby and steady recovery but the birth itself was crazy. I was hoping for a calm, serene pool birth but ended up with blues and twos! I felt like I kept it together but I don’t know what I would’ve done without my mama, she was amazing and her and Elvis now have an incredible bond. When I think about the day itself it makes me cry….I hope I get to do it again. My advice to expectant mamas is to not have too much of a plan in mind, fingers crossed it works out the way you’d like but if things start to change it’s easier if you can roll with the punches. Also  check out Hollie and Susie from The Calm Birth School. I had a 10lb4 baby with very little pain relief, I’m a hypnobirthing convert!

Looking back on your beautiful and blurry first month, how has it been and are you getting in to the swing of your new days as a team?
The last six weeks have gone so quickly! The best advice I was given was to pull up the drawbridge and hole ourselves away for a bit while we get to know eachother. I love these days, all fuzzy in pjs drinking tea and watching old films. It’s not easy but it’s way more fun than I ever imagined. I love this little gang we have.

Follow Cult of Youth on instagram here x

Coco & Wolf

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If you love a bit of Liberty print fabric, then you’ll love what Coco & Wolf do.  Lovely products hand made in the UK for girls and boys.  We love the bedding and cot sheets.

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One Day Young

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Screen Shot 2015-03-04 at 21.27.56Last night I went to the preview of Jenny Lewis’ book One Day Young.  The book is aselection of images Jenny took for a personal project she began in Hackney 5years ago.  It captures women and their newborns in the first 24hours together.  The pictures are totally beautiful and full of love.  Those first hours of just staring in wonder at meeting this little person that you will be connected with and grow with from that day on, and changed your life.

A handful of images are up along the top floor of Boxpark in Shorditch, you can also get the book here.

There is also a book launch at the Ace Hotel next week, 11th March at 6.30pm, where you can meet the lady in person and grab one of these books.

We all know motherhood is a tough one and has it’s ups and downs.  But seeing this last night and flicking through the book on my way home reminded me how lucky I am to have experienced that feeling Jenny has captured in the eyes of the women she photographed and what a beautiful image they each have to treasure of that first precious day when nothing else really matters.

Lil’ Beans Christmas Gifts

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xmasgiftsWe have plenty more in our Xmas shop that’s perfect for your little ones, but here is a selection of perfect gifts this Xmas.

Noe & Zoe leopard print booties, Ragdoll Illustrations Teepee print tea towel, Ragdoll Darth boy print, Oli & Carol duck, Sonny Angels, Oli & Carol seal teether, Rosie Wonder tattoos, Corby Tindersticks Interactive World map.


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