Thursday, 17 April 2014

Thursday Love: Louise Misha



Louise Misha was born in Paris in 2012 by two friends, Aurélie Remetter and Marie Pidancet. Their love for vintage and all things nostalgia became their creative inspiration behind the brand. They see Louise Misha as the heroin of an old black and white movie. They wanted the name of the brand to be personal and stay with the vintage and nostalgia theme, so they chose to use the name of one of their grandmothers, Louise and Misha the nickname of their mother. Throughout the collection you find the beauty of vintage inspiration, pastel colours and lovely designs. Your little one is bound to love the whole collection! And their accessories are perfect for the Easter basket. 
louisemisha.com/home










Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Mama Wardrobe Wednesday: Xenia Joost



I am quite in love with some pieces from Xenia Joost Spring Collection. The Estonian designer has created a collection draped with a springtime essence and silhouettes full of volume and ease. I definitely would love to wear some of her pieces. Truly beautiful!

xeniajoost.com









Monday, 14 April 2014

Inspirational Monday: Tim Walker and Rhea Thierstein

I am a huge fan of Tim Walker. His magical creations are a representation of just how creative people can be, absolutely insanely amazing minds at work. 
Here are some of my favs from Tim Walker. Fitting as Easter is just around the corner. 





Tim Walker has worked along side set designer Rhea Thierstein creating his outrageous masterpieces. Freunde von Freunden just did an interview with Rhea Thierstein, have a read, it's really great. Together they are such an inspiration to me and I wanted to share some of their masterpieces. 







Saturday, 12 April 2014

I'm Loving Swankaroo!



Here at the Ekardt Casa we are huge backpack fans. If we had the space we would probably own a different backpack for every outfit. Edith has even taken a liking to backpacks too. So when I came across Swankaroo, it was a match made in heaven. All the way from California, own and designer Kendra Oakden realised her diaper bag was becoming a bit cumbersome with all necessities for a day out, but then realised her little one could wear a backpack with all her things. She thought finding a cute backpack for her daughter would be simple, but unfortunately not. So she decided to make a simple but eye catching bag for her daughter and from that point on Swankaroo was born! It's amazing how great brands come about, it just proves that not everything exists yet. Well, I'm sure happy for Swankaroos! Check out their amazing bags here: http://swankaroo.storenvy.com









Friday, 11 April 2014

Chit Chat Friday: Hug & Hatch

    


     I had the pleasure of meeting Laura and Lisa from Hug & Hatch at Bubble. I was so happy to find a shoe brand that focused on quality  without sacrificing the design of the shoe. And a brand after my own heart, leopard print sandals!!!! I love shoes and once I find a brand I love, there is no going back. Edith will wear Hug & Hatch as long as she can. Lisa and Laura want customers to feel comfortable buying their shoes for their little ones as this can be a daunting task. But you can be assured buying from Hug & Hatch will keep your little ones feet happy and healthy. I had a lovely chit chat with Lisa and Laura and this is what they had to say:





    1.    TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELVES. WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND?

We met (Laura and Lisa) whilst working at Kickers 10 years ago we clicked instantly as we’ve a similar approach to designing shoes,  ‘We’re not precious, just passionate about the details!’ Since then we’ve been firm friends, working together on freelance design projects and sharing our parenting highs and lows!

Collectively we’ve got over 30 years of experience working for brands such as Kickers, Clarks, Debenhams and Boden. So there’s not much we don’t know about shoes. In a freelance capacity we’ve been helping new brands launch for a while now working with them on creative direction, brand profile, range building etc. So we’re well versed in all 
aspects of the business.


     2.    HOW DID THE IDEA FOR HUG & HATCH COME ABOUT?

As parents we were often frustrated by the range of what was on offer at an affordable price point. As designers we wanted the quality but not necessarily all the ‘whistles and bows’ that brands were putting on their shoes. We were fed up with bows/ flowers and pink for girls and boys shoes in dull colours only. We’d always talked about doing our own range but I guessed we just lacked the confidence to take the plunge! Then on one product development trip to Spain we decided to just go for it and ‘Hug and Hatch’ was born. Shoes to Hug little feet and help them Hatch into walkers.

     3.    HOW DOES HUG & HATCH DIFFER FROM OTHER KID SHOE BRANDS OUT THERE TODAY?

We want to take away the fear factor for new parents buying shoes for their children. The website features a downloadable foot gauge so parents can measure at home. The pre walkers are close to ‘barefoot’ allowing little ones to feel and find their feet. Yet there’s room to grow and support at the ankle to help stability. The first walkers are a slightly wider than average fit, there’s room for the foot to spread and grow whilst the ankle straps and boot styles provide ankle support and ease of wear. The Junior styles take children all the way to junior school with styles becoming more streamlined and toe shapes more slim. All the ages have a range of styles, which on the whole are unisex with styles offering interesting colours and prints in quality leathers and suedes. We wanted to create a brand that customers know they can rely on from pram to playground.

     4.    WHAT DO YOU WANT US TO KNOW ABOUT HUG & HATCH?

We care about little feet and as Mum’s we know how important it is to have the right protection for them. We design the styles ourselves and don’t put anything in the range we don’t love. A fantastic factory in Spain makes the shoes (in quality leathers and suedes with naturally breathable leather linings and socks). We don’t mass produce we make small orders of lovely shoes made by shoemakers with a heritage of shoe making.




     5.    WHAT INSPIRES YOUR COLLECTIONS? DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE CAFÉ, SHOP, MUSEUM, ETC THAT SPARKS INSPRIATION?

We’re both interior junkies and love to scour the Internet, magazines and stores for lovely things, mainly driven by a love for colour and pattern. I’ve (Lisa) got a weakness for pottery and take great inspiration from all things vintage especially prints and illustrations (lots of late night eBay purchases!)
I (Laura) love anything to do with Scandinavian design and colourful vintage patterns and prints. I am even at the moment having a go at making a crochet granny square blanket from a Norwegian blog.

     6.    WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE KIDSWEAR BRANDS? DO YOU HAVE A BRAND YOU FEEL FITS PERFECTLY WITH HUG & HATCH?

We like clothing brands, which are different and with a vintage bias and handmade feel. Macarons shop is lovely and the Spanish knitwear of Babaa. Shoe brands are a bit more difficult to find hence Hug and Hatch.

     7.    WHEN WORKING DO YOU LISTEN TO MUSIC? IF SO, WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO NOW?

(Lisa) I’m spoilt in Broadstairs as there’s always a live band playing somewhere on a Sunday and this week I’ve been listening to a CD of duo called ‘Star Lane’ a lil’ bit country!
I (Laura) am not listening to anything specific at the moment unless you count the One Direction CD my children listen to on and on in the car… But if I am working and especially designing I love to listen to Spotify and some playlists I follow.

     8.    IF YOU COULD COLLOBARATE WITH ANYONE IN THE WORLD, WHO WOULD THIS BE? WHY?

We love the way Orla Kiely’s prints translate from homewares to clothing and now shoes and feel that this kind of concept could work on kids shoes too!

     9.    BEST ADVICE SOMEONE HAS GIVEN YOU?

Enjoy the process!

     10. WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE TO US?

If you have a great idea, do it! Go for it and find someone like- minded as it makes it so much more enjoyable and fun to have someone to chat, discuss and laugh with.

11.  WITH WARMER WEATHER ON THE HORIZON DO YOU HAVE A  FAVOURITE SPRING/SUMMER ACTIVITY?

(Lisa) Walking on the beach with my little girl
(Laura) Going for walks, picnics and visiting various places with the family. Also going on summer holiday to France to meet up with my Dutch Family

     12.  WHATS NEXT FOR HUG & HATCH? ANY EXCITING NEWS OR EVENTS COMING UP YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH US?


We’re at the London Mother’s Club event this Sunday, looking forward to seeing our sandals arrive in some fab stockists and are working on our Spring Summer 2015 range!

















Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Mama Wardrobe Wednesday

As I was putting together this week's Mama Wardrobe Wednesday I started to see a trend arise, blue seemed to be catching my eye. Usually I am a grey and black kind of gal, but this week it's all about blue and I really really like it! So here's to some pretty cool blue things!


Free People Afternoon Wrap Jacket, £78.00
Anthropologie Peach Pink Planate Backpack, £198.00
Merchant Archive Leather Zip Pouch, £179.00
Zara Snakeskin Sandal, £39.99
Aldo Parramore Bone Footbed Flat Sandals, £50.00
BZR Elonore Printed Trousers, £139.00
Warehouse Tweed Zip Off Biker Jacket, £35.00
Monki Hilma Trousers, £25.00
Mango Embroidered Long Dress, £89.99

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Tunage Tuesday Mix-Up

I created this mixtape for the other blog I write, Midwest Girls Society, but I love this mix so much, I wanted to share it with you. I truly believe Music makes the world go round. Without it I would be lost in my thoughts, and to be honest I would much rather listen to music. Hope you enjoy!



1. Can't Rely on You by Paloma Faith
2. Digital Witness by St. Vincent
3. Klapp Klapp by Little Dragon
4. Is This How You Feel? by The Preatures
5. Taking Chances by Sharon Van Etten
6. Cavity by Hundred Waters
7. Medusa by GEM
8. Suburbs by Mr. Little Jeans
9. Lay Your Cards Out by Polica
10. Trip.Fall by Denitia and Sene
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