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Little Leather: Silver Moccs

Little Leather shoes

Little Leather shoes

Little leather shoes

Little leather shoes

Now that Nyla has discovered the joy of walking, she doesn’t want to be carried and prefers to walk everywhere. So I’ve been researching the right shoes – shoes which aren’t restrictive and suitable for toddlers who are still learning to walk properly and prone to falling.

Leather moccasins (moccs) for babies/toddlers are all the rage at the moment because not only do they look ultra cute, but they offer protection against the elements yet allow for healthy foot development and sensory stimulation similar to barefoot walking. And since they are made from 100% cow’s leather, they will be soft and comfortable but still offer durability and enough grip to be put through its paces.

I discovered Little Leather* and was amazed at how affordable their leather moccs were – nearly half the price I paid for the first pair which I bought elsewhere on sale! Little Leather is an online shoe boutique specialising in shoes for children 0 to 24 months and offers fashionable and quality baby shoes for every budget.

Be sure to check out Little Leather and they ship worldwide too!

* Sass and Spice is a brand ambassador for Little Leather. Shoes were given in exchange for honest feedback, review and promotion. Opinions expressed are my own. I have a genuine love for this product and believe others will too.

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Mini Wonderlane store

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Mini Wonderlane is a little pop-up shop full of handmade and unique creations for kids from local designers – including the delightful Little Alannah May that just opened in Claremont.

As you know, I’m quite a fan of Little Alannah May so was excited to see their cute dresses and rompers in an actual store. Other brands stocked at this store include Teesh, Bunting by Design, Harper + Monroe, Kleinemouse Handmade, Diva Dolls by Beck, Stylish Monkeys, Chucklebug, and Petals and Pixies.

Little Alannah May and Mini Wonderlane are actually owned by two sisters that turned their hobby of making handmade baby girl clothes out of vintage-inspired and quirky fabrics into a business. I was lucky to meet Yulia (one of the sisters) who is also a mother to a one year old and is pregnant with her second child. It’s amazing that she manages to find time to still make the clothes, dolls and run a business at the same time – as well as being a mother!

There is a little play area for the kids so I was able to have a proper look around and shop! Thanks Mini Wonderlane for inviting me to your opening and chatting to me. Be sure to add us on Instagram  (@littlealannahmay and @sassandspice) as we’ll be hosting a giveaway for a $50 voucher soon…So stay tuned!

You can find Mini Wonderlane at Shop 5, Old Theatre Lane, Claremont. It is open from 9 am – 5pm, Monday to Saturday.

 

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Aesop Claremont: Marrakech Intense fragrance launch

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Aesop in Claremont really got it’s customers in the mood for spring with beautiful tulip displays in their windows, homemade dessert, plenty of cheese and even a reading from Kinfolk contributor Danica Van de Velde during their spring launch last month.

The event also coincided with the launch of their new unisex fragrance, Marrakech Intense. Since my last experience with unisex fragrance was way back in high school when I used to overdose myself with CK One, I was quite keen to try this fragrance…

Marrakech was created in collaboration with perfumer Barnabé Fillion and takes it’s inspiration from Morocco. The blend is a mixture of oriental spice top notes and floral middle notes balanced with cedar and sandalwood as base notes. It comes as a Parfum 10mL roll-on or 50mL Eau de Toilette spray.

Have you tried a unisex fragrance before?

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The 52 Project: Nyla (39/52, 38/52, 37/52, 36/52)

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”A portrait of our children, once a week, every week, in 2014″

Look how quickly Nyla has grown up in the last month! It’s like as soon as she learnt to walk she has become a real little toddler – stomping all over the place with her full set of hair and having meltdowns when she doesn’t get her own way.

Nyla loves playing with dolls, shape sorters, balls and building block of towers. And unfortunately for Lily she loves stealing and then destroying anything that her sister makes too!

 

Linking up to Practising Simplicity’s 52 portrait a week challenge for 36/52, 37/52, 38/52 and 39/52.

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The 52 Project: Lily (39/52, 38/52, 37/52, 36/52)

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38/40 – Lily’s first fashion show!

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”A portrait of our children, once a week, every week, in 2014″

Oh gosh…I’ve been so behind on the 52 project posts! I think after this year I won’t be participating in this challenge anymore as I’m finding that I’m quite content with just taking photos, saving it on my computer and not having to edit or share. Just taking the photos for myself and the family rather than weekly updates for this blog.

So above are 4 weeks worth of Lily! What I’m really seeing is that she is so much of a proper little girl and most of the time independent and doing her own thing. In just a manner of weeks she will be 4 – an age I can clearly remember myself.  I’m not dwelling over the fact that she can’t read like some other kids I know as I’m just happy that she knows the alphabet, counts and is well travelled for her age. The most important thing (well I think anyway) is that she quite sociable. She plays well with other kids, interacts with adults but can also occupy herself too.

Life during the preschool years is about having fun through imagination and playtime. An active life with a creative mind. A life before the dancing/music lessons, homework and competitive team sports – which I’m sure will be in full force around the corner!

Do you remember life at 4?

Linking up to Practising Simplicity’s 52 portrait a week challenge for 36/52, 37/52, 38/52 and 39/52.

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Fashion Friday: Why you need to wear Cashmere

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Cashmere comes from the downy undercoat of goats bred in extreme cold. It takes more than two goats to make a single two-ply sweater and the majority of the world’s cashmere comes from Inner Mongolia where it gets colder than -30°C. The labour intensive process involved with sorting and combing the hair contributes to the relatively low global production rate and high costs of cashmere.

I personally love 100% cashmere because it’s ultra-soft, lightweight and keeps me warm (cashmere can be up to eight times warmer than sheep’s wool). It’s also ideal for travelling as it doesn’t tend to wrinkle either. The disadvantages of 100% cashmere are the high costs, difficulties associated with care (hand wash is recommended) and pilling which wouldn’t occur as much if mixed with silk or cotton (although cashmere of higher quality will pill less).

Invest in classic pieces and treasure your cashmere as it will offer great insulation all year around- whether you need the warmth for winter or coolness in spring – and it should last you a lifetime.

Here are my picks for cashmere for this season (all 100% cashmere):

1. This Uniqlo jumper is currently on sale and a great price. $AU 49.90.

2. I love the intarsia knit star pattern on this Banjo and Matilda knit. $AU 395.00

3. Who says cashmere has to be one toned when you can subtlety colour block with this Gasparre cashmere cardigan? $AU 408.00.

4.  A thicker ply jumper such as this Banjo and Matilda turtle neck cable jumper is perfect for Winter.  $AU 495.00.

5. Classic shapes and neutral colours such as this from Skin and Threads will never go out of style. $AU 290.00.

Are you a lover of cashmere?

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Telstra Perth Fashion Festival 2014: Katherine Dunmill (WA Designer Installation)

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Last week, the WA Designer Installation show for the Telstra Perth Fashion Show (TPFF14) presented eight WA designers: Apate, Emily Muco, Bhalo, Catini Designs, Monster Alphabets, Convict, Tindale and Katherine Dunmill. This show was done a bit differently to your typical fashion show when one model walks up and down the runway one at a time. Instead, a series of models  stopped at particular spots on the runway as the lights were dimmed and when they were stationary the lights slowly flickered and came on to spotlight each model. This allowed the audience to observe each outfit quite intently.

This post I’m dedicating to Katherine Dunmill as I have come to love her trademark leather accessories and excited that she is continuing to branch into clothes too. The collection she showed was very feminine with white on white action, pastels and ruffled off the shoulder tops (this will be a huge summer trend!). The added fringing and leather gave it the right amount of texture and edge although still maintaining an overall soft and romantic look.

I’m currently lusting over that white neckpiece – really getting me in the mood for summer!

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Welcoming spring at Araluen Botanical park

*Warning: Be prepared for tulip bombardment!*

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Is there any other prettier scene than the one spring paints for us year after year? Masses of colours seem to pop out of nowhere along with a rejuvenation of energy as our spirits are lifted from the dreariness of winter.

Days become longer as flowers blossom on trees and carpets the floor. Slow cooked hearty casseroles and thick outer layers are replaced by lamb cutlets, salads and cardigans. Heaters are permanently switched off as we get to bask in the warm but not too hot sunshine.

And personally I love spring because it is the season in which I was born in and the season in which I first became a mother.

And yes that is nearly 4 years ago now. Can you believe Lily is turning 4 in a few weeks?!

Well today in Perth it’s raining but on most days for spring you have to admit it’s beautiful right? And if you haven’t already, remember to catch the last glimpse of the tulips in Araluen this long weekend. They are simply stunning and shouldn’t be missed.

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Telstra Perth Fashion Festival 2014: Melissa Shoes

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If you follow me on Instagram you will know I’m mad about Brazilian shoe brand Melissa shoes. I’ve also bought pairs for Lily and I’m pretty impressed by their durability as well as being oh so very cute.

On the weekend I managed to take Lily to the Melissa shoes show for the Perth Fashion Festival. This was one of the free events running at the Fashion Central runway in the CBD. Sweet candy scents came down the runway as models held lollypops and showed the latest styles including shoe collaborations with Vivienne Westwood and Karl Lagerfeld. Creative director and celebrity stylist Philip Boon created a colourful, fun and pop art inspired show with PVC dresses and plastic jewellery.

If you are in Perth, be sure to visit M Dreams – an official retailer of Melissa shoes:
Address: Cnr of Piccadilly Arcade, & Murray St Mall, Perth
Phone: 08 9322 7701

Are you a fan of Melissa shoes?

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Kids Fashion: Little Alannah May (Part 2)

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Here are some more gorgeous outfits from Little Alannah May. Lily is wearing the SUMMER dress and Nyla is wearing the BRONTE dress. Lily was especially pleased with this dress when random people from the supermarket came up to her saying how much they liked her outfit!

Remember to check out their opening a new store in Claremont: Shop 5, Old Theatre Lane (opening 20/9). I’ll be giving away a Little Alannah May gift card so stay tuned for more details.

* Thank you to Little Alannah May for the clothes. My family genuinely loves this brand so wanted to spread the love.

Linking up to Practising Simplicity’s 52 portrait a week challenge for 36/52.

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