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December 15th

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Lil' Beans Advent Calender

click on door 15!

1. make your own doll (Naked Lunge)

2. aesop

3. another night before christmas

4. tiny cottons

5. peleton cycling figure

6. butterfly plate art kit

7. bunny light

8. champagne truffles

9. bunny ears alarm clock

10. cutie dooty hair clip

11. elf

12. fox tail

13. wooden food

14. Lapin & Me lamp

15. tattoos

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Fair and local pop up

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This week we have our first Christmas Fair, opening a local Christmas pop up shop, have a lil’ bean’s 2nd birthday and a baby due date.  Quite a busy one!

We will be at Cabbages and Frocks Christmas Market in Marylebone with Little Hanbury on Wednesday, as part of their Lights Festival.


On Friday we are opening a Christmas Pop Up Shop in Crystal Palace with a few other small local businesses.  One being the lovely Magpie and Hen and I will post more on this later in the week.


Happy Monday x

une belle époque

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We’re totally in love with this ‘very’ new brand une belle époque.  Timeless, classic and functionable clothing for girls and boys up to 5yrs (for this first collection).  The faded fabric tones and vintage feel are to die for.  Founded by two sisters Dee and Nikki, the clothes are mainly produced in the UK, homegrown, working with other growing businesses.

The collection is beautifully shot by Dee who has a degree in fine art photography, also check out her blog http://shehadusathello.blogspot.co.uk/

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We’ll be getting a few pieces from this brand and look forward to their new collection.

Here are 3 quickies with Dee:

Where do you live and with whom?

I live in West London with my Australian husband and two small daughters, Lissom (Limi) and Clémence (Claya).

What is your background and what inspired the name of the brand?

I grew up in a small town in South Africa. My mother is a brilliant seamstress and my sister and I loved designing our own outfits (and some for our dolls too) which my mum would sew up for us. I have always loved the process of sketching a design, selecting fabric, watching that fabric be folded and cut and then going through the various fittings until you have a finished piece. When I had my eldest daughter, I struggled to find simple clothes for her that were a bit original and weren’t all pink. I was looking for something with French flair and English individuality and so I started creating my own designs and the brand grew from there. The name une belle époque is our attempt to acknowledge the inspiration from French children’s clothes and vintage English details. It refers to The Golden Age or La Belle Époque and I loved the idea that childhood is, A Golden Age.

What do you have planned for SS14 collection?

The brand only started in 2013 so we have an enormous amount planned for the coming year. We’re moving most of our production to the UK where I can be more hands on and I’m also hoping to find some local suppliers. Each season, we will be keeping a core range of ‘basics’ and adding new colours. My girls live in their can can tops, circus pants and puppet playsuits so these will stay as staples. We’ll be expanding the boys range and l’ve also started working on a complimentary collection that will take the essence of une belle époque, timeless kids clothing and add a quirky element. You may find a slipped collar, oversized cuffs, interesting layers…..i’m having a lot of fun with this new collection. The idea is to build this brand slowly, working with suppliers and production workshops that we like. The love for designing and creating has never faded for me so I am loving every aspect of building up this small kids brand.

What are your children’s favourite things at the moment?

Limi is three and we’ve recently taught her how to play snakes and ladders. She’s a bit obsessed and seems to be having plenty of beginner’s luck. Claya desperately wants to join in (and do anything that her sister is doing) but she just moves the pieces around on the board which doesn’t help our game much. I’m looking out for an original board that Limi will one day remember as vividly as I do, my own childhood board games.

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If you’re in London this weekend check out the Anorak sale in Dulwich on Saturday and Renegade Craft Fair at the Old Truman Brewery, Saturday and Sunday.

Happy weekend x

Collegien and Nununu slipper collaboration

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French brand Collegien who make great slippers for children have teamed up with one of our brands on Lil’ Beans, Nununu to created these cute little slippers.

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Adorable ♥★♥★♥★

Some other favourites from Collegien are:

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It’s Friday finds

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I’m loving new brand tiny cottons right now ( 4 images above).  Founded last year in Barcelona, they showed there first collection for AW13 at Playtime Paris.  Garments are made using 100% prima cotton and the designs are simple and clean, yet modern.  (On my list for lil’ bean 3).

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Came across these sweet things on Etsy, knottie baby sleeper.  Look very cozy and easy access for nappy changes.

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Also on Etsy, these are just a lil’ bit cute♥ from the dear ones

Happy weekend x

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some new bits and other stuff

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We’ve added a few new things to the shop this week.  Some gorgeous neon stars and stripes for lil’ ones by Berlin based Noe & Zoe, which we absolutely LOVE.  More stock from this brand will arrive at the end of the month too!

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Also unisex tights from Irish brand Slugs & Snails.  The ghouls are in time for Halloween, my lil’ bean had a version of these last year and loved the little ghosts and colours.

Aside from the shop, I ordered a colour card from Farrow & Ball today and came across a children’s book they have done.  Painted of course using Farrow & Ball paints, it has been released as a limited edition of 1000, telling the story of it’s new colours.


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Go visit LatteMama’s pop up

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LatteMama are having a pop up on the Kings Road from 15th – 28th August, in conjunction with Popup Britain.  A great part of London for a bit of shopping and a chance to browse through some cool AW13 stock, from the likes of Mini Rodini and Indikidual.  Our Lil’ Beans/Le Gun t-shirts will be there with the lovely LatteMama too, so you you can add a bit of guilt free shopping in to the mix, as all profits of them go to charity.  A visit is a definite must.

Happy weekend x

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