I thought I’d share some photos from Alba’s first Birthday tea at the weekend, a whole year old and what a year its been! She’s an inspiration to us everyday and it was wonderful to celebrate her milestone Birthday with both sides of the family. It was a joy watching her play with her cousin and being doted on by our families.
Her Birthday cake was Ottolenghi’s apple and olive oil cake with maple icing, recipe is highly recommended! She wore an adorable little one-piece from Tutu Du Monde and a cashmere cardigan from The Little White Company.
I hope you enjoy these photos from her big day, I can’t quite believe we have a toddler now!
January 16 – what a month! We visited The Pig, Brockenhurst and there was plenty of party prep for a certain little one’s first Birthday.
We also had the pleasure of working with some amazing and inspiring children’s brands. We’re thrilled with the response Little Look has received in its first three months, we’ve met some amazing people and are planning for some incredibly exciting projects for 2016. A huge thank you to everyone who’s supported us on this exciting new journey, it’s only just beginning!
Here are some of our favourite January Instagram snaps – find our account here
From mountain motifs to campfire cushions, we can’t get enough of the alpine interiors trend. It’s a versatile theme that works for both boys’ and girls’ rooms, full of earthy tones and natural timber.
Join Little Look as we take a trip into the woods with our pick of the best alpine and nature themed products…
Felt Campfire – similar available here
Last weekend we spent a relaxed few days as a family at The Pig, Brokenhurst. After a more hectic Christmas than we’d planned it was wonderful to escape London and explore somewhere new.
The Pig is situated in a beautiful country house nestled in the New Forest national park. It’s homely and charming and most importantly of all – children are made to feel comfortable and welcome.
The staff were great with Alba and she was entertained by them all weekend. They provide cots, highchairs, extra beds for kids, board and lawn games, bikes and wellies, so it’s super-easy to travel light.
The Pig restaurant is renowned for its home grown produce and the menu changes by the minute depending on what the forager finds or the kitchen gardener harvests. It’s located in the orangery and the atmosphere is relaxed and children are welcome for all sittings.
We started both evenings in the gothic style bar; many of the cocktail recipes are created by The Pig and nearly all include at least one ingredient from the Kitchen Garden. I’d recommend the rhubarb and apple pie with vodka and amaretto!
After dinner you can choose to have dessert and coffee in the shabby chic drawing room full of comfy chairs, which is perfect for little ones who need a change of scene. The hotel can arrange local baby sitters if needed, but it was such a relaxed atmosphere we didn’t mind keeping Alba up a little later to have some family meals and watch her giggle with the other diners.
We explored the hotel grounds and discovered the smoke house, kitchen garden, greenhouse, orchard, chickens and much to Alba’s delight…pigs!
The spa is situated in this quirky potting shed and can only be reached across the pond, therapists are supplied by Lime Wood Hotel – another beautiful country house nearby and big sister to The Pig
Even in the depths of an English winter there’s plenty of life in the kitchen garden which supplies the restaurant
We met this guy on a beautiful walk from Beaulieu to Bucklers Hard, as well as some of the famous wild New Forest ponies – there’s plenty of opportunity locally for horse riding if little ones are interested. If they’re into books I’d also recommend a trip to local market town Lyndhurst where Alice Liddell once lived and provided the inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’.
We absolutely love kids fashion and design concept store SMALLable, and with some of our favourite brands all in one place it’s an incredibly inspiring place to shop. But hurry, the discount code is live on 14th and 15th December only! Tick off some of those last minute gifts from your list…and with their beautiful range of adult interiors treat yourself too!
*Minimum purchase amount £100, valid from 14.12.15 – 15.12.15 at midnight. Offer excludes furniture and sales items and cannot be combined with any other promotional offers. The value of the voucher is non-refundable in the event of a return or an exchange.
One of the questions I get asked most about Little Look projects is – “where is that amazing spot wallpaper from?”. Well, it’s not wallpaper at all and after all the questions, I thought I’d share this little secret with you; they’re wall decals – or stickers. Wall decals are available in a huge range of styles and colours now and if you get creative, the look you can achieve without the expense or commitment of purchasing and hanging wallpaper is amazing.
The trick is the technique needed for configuring them evenly on your wall. If you’re a neat-freak like me, you’ll like an orderly look and we’ve come up with a fool proof way of laying out decals; here’s the secret…
Firstly, decide how far apart you’d like your spots or shapes, the closer they are the more full and ‘busy’ the wall will look and further apart they’ll look more airy. Once you have the desired diagonal distance, mark this on a spirit level with some masking tape. You can then use the diagonal level indicator (top right bubble in the photo) to space your decals at the right angle and your measurement marker to ensure they are spaced evenly apart. Voila!
Of course you can also have lots of fun laying them out randomly too and create beautiful confetti or star burst effects. Here’s a little decalspiration…
Photo credits: Pinterest
1. Young Double Doris Doll – Ivy Cabin – 20% off everything with code BLACKFRI
2. Ferm Living Harlequin Wallpaper – Lullabuy – £62.95 was £69.95
3. Ver De Terre Down Jacket – Little Concept – £74 was £185
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3. Ride on Rocket – The Little White Company – 21% off with code B301D
4. 2 Piece Waistcoat and Checked Skirt – Marks & Spencer – 30% off
5. Oeuf Garcon Sweater – Little Concept – £41 was £51
6. Ferm Living Tent – Lullabuy – £99.95 was £118.95
I still treasure my childhood copy of Winnie-the-Pooh; so I’m thrilled to offer the complete collection as part of the first Little Look giveaway!
We’re giving away this beautiful limited edition Winnie-the-Pooh deluxe complete collection, four prints of iconic Winnie-the-Pooh illustrations and keepsake box. Find out more about this fabulous prize in our book edit.
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The competition runs until 30th November when a winner will be selected
I first came across Cam Cam when I was searching for organic linens for Alba. They have such a gorgeous range of GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified eco cotton soft furnishings, clothes and baby accessories. We love the playmat in ‘Grey Wave’, it’s the perfect size to pop in a corner for Alba to play to her heart’s content.
As well as playmats and bedlinen, Cam Cam also make bedlinen for little one’s doll cots and prams as well as baby accessories like pacifier strings (the little cloud detail is adorable!).
Cam Cam are based in Copenhagen and take inspiration from Japanese pattern and French refinement, combined with Scandinavian minimalism.
The designs are truly timeless and make beautiful additions to the home, whether in the playroom, nursery or living space.
We all know Christmas isn’t just about chocolate and treats…ok, it mostly isn’t about chocolate and treats, so we’ve researched the best advent calendars without the sugary stuff. Check out our edit for ideas that’ll have the kids just as excited, but hurry…where is November going!?
Create Gift Love
This unique wooden activity advent calendar provides a wonderful countdown to Christmas. Each day is marked with a number and the reverse provides suggestions for activities such as ‘watch a Christmas film’ or ‘make some mince pies’. You can even ask Create Gift Love to customise your choices if there’s a tradition you’d like to ensure takes place every December. I think I’d have to include ‘Read ‘Twas the night before Christmas” on Christmas Eve. Made from ethically sourced walnut wood in the UK, it’s something to treasure for years to come.
ELF ON THE SHELF UK ADOPTION CENTRE
Not strictly an advent calendar, but we love the theatre of hiding this little guy in a different place each day of December for little ones to find. They’ll love the imaginative places you find to hide him in, and they’ll have to get more and more imaginative as the month goes on! Each Elf comes with a rhyming book, explaining that the Elf acts as Santa’s eyes and ears, so they better be nice…not naughty!
ALL THINGS BRIGHTON BEAUTIFUL
Oh the fun you’ll have finding treasures to fill these little pigeon holes…mini toys, secret notes, accessories and games will add to the excitement in the run up to the 25th. If you have something too bulky to fit in, include a map for a treasure hunt around the house to retrieve that day’s surprise!
‘Countdown to Christmas’ from Illustries pairs fun things to do together each day with a beautifully designed display calendar.
From baking gingerbread men to making decorations, carolling to colouring and even building a snowman (even if there’s no snow!), there’s plenty to keep little hands busy during the advent period.
max made me do it
Record special moments in the run up to your baby’s first Christmas with this beautiful, vintage style keepsake calendar by Max Made Me Do It. Each day includes a space for you to jot down anecdotes about baby or perhaps festive activities attended as a family. It can even be personalised with your family’s or baby’s name.
nutcracker advent charm bracelet
little baby company
A gorgeous jewellery box style calendar decorated with a pop-up Nutcracker theatre scene. Each compartment holds a mix of 23 different charms with metal clasps and a bracelet to attach them all to. For girls who don’t want to match, this calendar is available in two styles, one with silver tone and enamel charms or gold tone and acrylic charms.
balloon advent calendar and activity kit
cat’s print shop
I know we said no chocolate, but it is Christmas after all…introducing the balloon advent calendar by Cat’s Print Shop. The advent kit comes with 24 balloons, a chocolate for each day, plus two activity and joke sheets to cut up and roll into each balloon. If chocolate for breakfast really isn’t your thing, try glitter shapes, confetti, stickers or mini Lego figures.