Monday, December 16, 2013

Holiday Sweet Holiday

photo by: Andreas Lind

It's that time of the year when things slow down, the computer gets turned on less, and bags has to be packed. We are flying off towards Sydney, and meeting up with relatives for the Holidays. We are hoping for a lot of beach hang, pool visits and taking in some new views (I know Mr.D is looking forward to trying out fishing with Grandad, and Miss M is so excited she is doing her own count down calendar). Soon the school is out for over a month, and its time to relax in the sweet sun!

I hope all my lovely readers out there will have a happy holidays and a marvelous new year! I will still be on instagram @minor_detales , if you feel like following us there... See you in the new year!!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Moments | Slowing Down

M wears: Top by nosweet / Skirt by Bobo Choses / Shoes by Natives. D wears: Tee by Mini and Maximus / Jeans by Mini Rodini / Shoes by Natives / Cap by DC.

Some moments from this afternoon. Sun is out and about and we spent an hour or so on a playground the kids like to go to. Only a stone throw away from the beach, but since both myself and the little guy are down with a cold there was no need to think about going to the beach today. Instead we built little rock towers and had a little competition on who could hit it first. The winner would get ice-cream, I guess it was a tie because we all got one in the end. 

Holidays are coming up, and boy do we need it! Another grade done and dusted in school for M and D moves up to big boy 4 yr Kinder next year. Things are going fast and a holiday is just what we need to slow things down. Have a lovely weekend!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Sponsor Highlight | CAPPIES and LANAS

Say hello to one of my new sponsors Cappies and Lanas, run by owner and creator Patrícia Lencastre. Inspired by the traditional Mozambique fabric called Capulanas, she quickly found a way to design unique clothing for unique kids. The unusual colourful fabric teamed up with a big dose of comfort means kids can look cool and feel unique at the same time.

I had the chance to catch up with the owner/founder, Patrícia recently and got to ask her a few questions regarding her label, Cappies and Lanas.

Can you tell us how Cappies and Lanas started? What is your inspiration, and how did you come up with the name?

This all started almost without me realizing it to tell you the truth! My husband, André, started traveling often to Mozambique and bringing me back the traditional fabric of the country - Capulanas. Back there women use it daily to wrap around their bodies, head or to carry their goods and babies! First I began to make clothes for myself and then I started doing some trousers to my son Manuel who is 2 year old. I loved seeing him so comfortable and with a unique style and all around us, people seamed to like it to so when we went to New York and was a big success over there there to...well, that´s when we thought: why not, let´s try this out! And the name come up also there, in conversation with our american cousin, we wanted something that was unique, easy to memorize and that at the same time reminded the origins of the project. 

How do you go about sourcing your fabric for all your unique clothes and what is the process behind making them?

One of the things that I love most about these patterns and styles is that you can dress your child colorfully but not childish...if you know what I mean. So that´s the basis for our patterns, to choose colors and combinations that at first wouldn't be obvious for a child to wear. We also work with very limited quantity of each pattern to assure that all styles are very limited, so you know that your Cappies and Lanas are not all over other children and that yours is a unique one.
We are very proud to be handmaking everything with special attention to all details and quality. All our cappies and lanas come with an adjustable waist belt so that they can follow the child´s growth. 
At the beginning I was making the clothes by myself but now I have some really nice ladies helping me out.

I love the comfortable look to Cappies and Lanas, I take it its an important factor for when choosing a particular style?

Well, with motherhood one of my biggest challenges when it came to dressing my son, was to find some comfortable clothing for him that was not sports wear! Comfort and quality are the most important characteristics for me when we´re talking about kids clothing but that does not mean that they can´t be stylish! And that´s what we are trying to do with Cappies and Lanas. 

Do you have any current favourites in your store?

Let me tell you that I honestly love them all but if I had to choose I would go for Cappie Atacama Rose and Cappie Blue Sun 

Big thanks to Patrícia for chatting with us, and for the visit to the colourful world of Cappies and Lanas!


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Moments | Cooling Off

M wears: Swimsuit by Missie Munster / Beach poncho by Country Road. D wears: Boardies by Munster / Beach poncho Country Road.

I can't say it has been many opportunities so far this summer but last weekend the kiddos had a chance to enjoy the water for an evening dip. Hoping with the upcoming summer holiday there will be more of these opportunities. Finally jumping on a plane to visit NSW and a chance to see Sydney up close. If you got any great hang outs to visit feel free to comment below :)

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Moments | Urban Love

M wears: Top by Bobo Choses / Skirt by Molo / Leggings by FREE / Sandals by Pom D'Api. D wears: Tee by Heart & Guts / Pants by Molo / Shoes by Natives.

Some urban moments from the weekend.  A trip to the comic shop (M has developed a big love for comic books ) Comics 'R' Us was on the agenda. She bought 3 new comics, 2 Adventure Time comics and 1 My Little Pony comic, that she of course had to start reading as soon as we sat down. After our feet got tired after window watching and simply taking in the urban views, we stopped at Hooked for some much needed lunch. We all munched on seafood and I got to try a beer with a confusing name.

D had been in his money box to buy some lollies on the way home, so it was very important to count just exactly how much money he had. I think his appetite was a bit bigger than his wallet because he of course thought he could pretty much buy the whole lolly shop, but came out with a single chocolate bar and was still happy (thankfully). There is something magical with just window watching, the kids looked at everything, taking in the different people and the sights and sounds. We saw a hairdresser shop with skateboards hung up all over the walls and the hairdressers had colourful short hair. D decided he wanted his hair cut there the next time (realising he might need one after seeing these photos).

There are always street art to look at here, next to a little cafe called Tyranny of Distance - Cafe and Lubritorium (I know!! amazing coffee to boot!) we found a little alley called Artist Lane which had artworks all over the walls. Kids had fun checking it out and it was sort of behind the hustle and bustle so we were pretty much alone checking it out. Love these forms of outdoor "galleries" and it was a great ending to our little urban weekend.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Close Up | Doodlebug

The first time I was introduced to bamboo clothing I was floored! Not literally but really amazed with just how soft it was. The "buttery soft" expression doesn't even come close. It is like a second layer of skin that you wear, and it is by far the softest clothing fabric I have come across. Australian label Doodlebug has always been onto this fabric with amazing qualities and it is one of the cornerstones, together with their fun graphic prints that has made it so successful.

Designed in Australia, Doodlebugs bamboo clothing is bringing the cool back into children’s fashion without sacrificing the environment. Each piece pays particular attention to a great cut, buttery soft bamboo fabrics and distinctive graphics. This makes for a beautifully designed, ridiculously comfortable and very cool garment. Not only is bamboo soft but has some rather fantastic qualities too, It is temperature regulating, breathable natural fibers, it is naturally organic needing no nasty pesticides. It also absorbs water 3-4 times better than cotton and is hypo-allergenic and anti-bacterial. A big bonus is also that it handles a normal wash just fine and dries quickly!

One thing that we have noticed with our Doodlebug clothes is that since they are so naturally stretchy they last for a long time since it takes a while for the kids to grow out of them, so they fit over several sizes. The baseball tees featured here are Elephant tee and the Foxy Loxy tee.

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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Moments | Wooden Castle

D wears: Sweatshirt by Molo / Tee by Bonds / Pants by Heart & Guts / Shoes by Native. M wears: Top by Bobo Choses / Shorts by Finger in the Nose / Tights by Popupshop / Shoes by Walnut Melbourne

Some moments from a trip to a wooden castle playground. It was like a maze and the kids quickly went off in different direction to explore the little nooks and crannies. If you turned right there was a swings in the shade, if you went left you found secret holes leading down to an lower level in the castle, and if you kept going forward underneath the castle there was a little hidden sandpit with a super fast slide.

The kids had a blast and the big people could sit under a big sail sipping coffee and catching up without being interrupted for at least 10 minutes ;). We also got a chance to see a black swan family with some adorable baby swans (or cygnet as they are called). No chance getting photos of those since the mother was quite protective and not keen on having a camera too close.
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