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Munster Kids and KaPow Kids

With a boom in the number of baby boys being born this year, it is about time to let you in on some different and funky options for boys other than cutesy baby blue with caterpillars. Both these labels are Australian, well priced and worth checking out their websites to get a better idea of their full range and styles. I hope you love them as much as I do!

Munster Kids
Munster have filled that awkward gap of dressing boys up to 14 years of age in fun clothing that they actually want to wear. Think whimsical, neater skater style, skinny jeans, simple cuts and fun prints. I love giving the Mini Munster as gifts because a lot of people aren’t aware that fun baby clothes exist for boys. The range seems to sell fairly quickly as people are catching on to this funky brand so it may be worth checking out where Munster is stocked. Keep up to date by following them on Instagram- search for munsterkids.

Along the similar lines if you have a girl who isn’t into pink or frills then Munster’s girls line ‘Missie Munster’ is perfect for her. Think harem pants, t-shirt dresses and tee’s with fun and bright prints. And with sizes (from 6 months) up to 14 years this label also helps combat that problem of finding age appropriate-yet still cool- clothing for the older girls.

Visit Munster Kids site here
Check out a small selection of Munster Kids below! Photos are sourced from their site.

KaPow Kids
KaPow is a fairly new label, made in Melbourne by Andrea who sews everything herself and even hand stitches the prints on the onesies and tees! (hand stitches!!! I can’t get over that! ) I love the individuality of a small handmade label, and the colours and prints of KaPow Kids is so fun and bright- they would make the perfect funky baby shower gift! Clothing and gift ideas for boys and even the surprise baby (unisex) are done well, with plenty of colourful yet neutral tees and onesies  as well as bandana bibs in the funkiest fabrics. The designs are kept fun and colourful while still being simple which is perfect for little ones. A hot tip would be to get on the baby girl headband bandwagon before it takes off in Oz! KaPow do a great range of fabric headbands and I can tell you that there are similar styles sold in America that sell out in minutes so get ahead of that trend!

You can visit KaPow Kids online here and Facebook here . Keep an eye out for stockists and markets that may feature KaPow as this cool little label grows!! Check out a small selection of KaPow Kids below- of course more on their site! Photos all sourced from their site.

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Scotch & Soda

Firstly, Melbournians, mark the 4 & 5th of October in your diaries and save your pennies- Finders Keepers market is back! Sydney your turn is on the 16 & 17th November and Brissy you’re 6 & 7th December. I had great feedback from the people who went to the last market, it is very much worth the trip! You can visit their page here and see who will be there!

Secondly- I’m about to introduce a concept here you might not have thought of.  Kind of might eliminate some of you (sorry) but wondering how many people have discovered shopping for clothing in the kids section? I’m not talking clothes that actually look childish or shopping in Target or anything like that but good quality brands and couture that you can snatch up at a pinch of the price of adults sizes! Size 14 kids roughly translates to about a size 8 women’s and with some smart choices no one would ever know! Of course the pants are made to fit mostly a straight up and down figure (counts me way out) but mostly tops and dresses are fine. I work in a boutique with higher end children’s clothing and it is amazing how some tempting pieces are knowing that I can fit in them! So if you have a smallish frame, why not check out kid’s sizes? It changes the whole ballgame! Here is one example of a label that I love in both the women and children’s range.  I own a few pieces from their girls range and am always asked where I got them! I was never going to tell… until now.

Scotch and Soda are an Amsterdam based label that is slowly creeping in over here. They have men’s, women’s, boys and girls- and the girls range goes up to size 14-win!  (Next year they are even taking the range up to a 16!!) The women’s- Maison Scotch and the girls- Scotch R’Belle carry some quite similar pieces each season which makes this switcheroo all the more acceptable! The ranges by Scotch are always unique and their attention to detail is amazing. It is one label in which you might have to check out their lookbooks for unique ideas on how to style their pieces, because they are almost genius at pairing pieces together that no one would ever think of- regularly clashing patterns and colours.

Scotch and Soda can be found online here (I can absolutely guarantee that the items pictured look a lot nicer in person than on the internet!!) or at David Jones, which makes it easy to pop into the children’s department to peruse and try on! The girl’s range can also be found online here at Juniorbrands. Make sure you check out the men’s or women’s ranges- there is a store on Collins Street in Melbourne, and other major capital cities have either a concept store or pieces of the collection in smaller stores.

Have you ever shopped in the kid’s section?

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Maison Scotch

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This is the R’Belle jacket I bought this winter season, it is a cropped blazer that is so fun and looks great on! I get so many compliments on it! No one ever knows its a kids jacket….

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Hard to Find

Ok so this one is not so secret and I feel like I’m giving away a hundred blog post ideas in one but incase you have not ever visited this site here it is!

Hard to Find (HTF) was one of my original one stop online shop for gifts. The business concept is brilliant and they support small businesses which everyone is into these days so the growth of the site is hardly surprising. It is essentially a virtual marketplace where approved sellers present their items. This I suppose is a good quality control measure to ensure the quality of the products presented to the buyer. I remember stumbling upon HTF in it’s humble beginnings when it was only Australian small businesses and there was only about three catagories to choose from. Now the site covers womens, mens and kids everything as well as homewares, travel and more. And the prices range from completely reasonable to ‘oh its a gift so I’ll pay that bit extra’.

My problem with the site is now it has become so big with so many products, it is a little difficult to sort through the 10 pages of scarves etc. I also think that they have let too much plasticy items in, but there are still the unique handmade items if you look! Not bad problems to have, there are definitely some amazing items if you look! ( a suggestion would be to click on ‘collections’- here they have put together the best products under certain themes).

The best part is (besides your fairly unique purchase) that shipping is mostly free and they can wrap it and send it straight to the recipient if it is a gift. Super handy if like me your rellos are all over the country. This could be a game changer for Christmas shopping!

As every post needs pictures, I’ve put some of my recent ‘finds’ below!

Hard to Find here

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This chalkboard heart made a great engagement gift!

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These circle shelves are on my ‘one day’ list

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Anne Black ceramics

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The prettiest cupcake holders you ever did see

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Stack of bangles- love!

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A different take on an essential oil burner…

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Such Great Heights

Such Great Heights
Teepee’s and tents are popping up everywhere lately! The Woodsfolk have an amazing teepee in store at the moment and I mentioned the amazing teepee by Pinkey Square a few weeks ago.  It’s all in good fun, and it is so great to see them made both child size and big enough for adults! This amazing child sized find was passed on to me by a friend and I completely love it and have to share!

Such Great Heights makes amazing child size tents. One of the reasons I love them so much is that it encourages imaginary play, none of that computer and battery operated crap! Oh and they are handmade in Adelaide with hardwood and amazing fabrics and can even be converted to a clothes rack when not being used as a tent! One of the great things about these tents rather than teepees is the practicality of them. They are a better shape to pack up and store than a teepee and can be easily popped up inside or even outside on a sunny day. Such Great Heights have continued encouraging creative play with a range of ‘adventure capes’. These are amazingly cute and would make a great gift! I love the little red riding hood inspired cape! After seeing the amazing photos below its hard not to check out their website, you will be inspired and jealous that kids have such amazing items available to them these days!

Such Great Heights found here
*All photos sourced from Such Great Heights site

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Etsy Stores Part 2- Baby

This week’s blog is aimed towards the mountains of people who are having, or have had babies in the first half of the year, with TWO unique Etsy stores. Is it just me or does that pretty much include a majority of people you know? These stores are great places to grab something a little bit cool and different- no doubt I will be buying some baby shower gifts here! (Although the second store does have women’s as well)

If you’re about to tune out because you heard the word ‘baby’- check in next week for an amazing vintage industrial store find! 

Etsy stores Part 2

Little Hip Squeaks
Ok so there is an overload of choice when it comes to baby basics, but the two reasons I love Little Hip Squeaks are the use of only organic cotton, and the original prints designed by the store owner- so you’re not going around with the same as everyone else- which for most that is not a problem but personally I love having something pretty unique!

The range of cotton blankets is fun- the colours and prints are amazing. I can’t say I get the whole moustache trend but they have even covered that one with colourful moustache blankets! My favourite print Little Hip Squeaks produces in the blankets would be the fox, closely followed by the geometric triangle print then the elephants. The awesome part is that you can also get them to custom print a name on the blanket to really personalise it- fantastic gift idea!

The little add ons include leggings, hats and headbands- which all make great little pressies to go along with other bits and pieces- so if you’re one of the 3 people I know that I’m predicting to be having a girl, then I hope you like the headbands!

Go check out Little Hip Squeaks!
(Photo credits go to the Little Hip Squeaks website)

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Headbands and hats!

Thief and Bandit
If you have ever read Bleubird Vintage blog you will have seen Thief and Bandit pop up every now and again. Despite specialising in children’s printed leggings I think my favourite items personally would be the women’s fabric cuff bracelets.

All fabric is hand printed and all items are handmade in Canada. The prints are all fun and quirky and different which I love. I kind of wish she did scarves!! The label is such a nice alternative and unique to everything mass produced out there. Stick on a pair of Freshly Picked’s leather moccasins with a pair of Thief and Bandit leggings and a plain colour top and you have one trendy little one!

Thief and Bandit website here

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Leggings, bandana bib and dress

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Fabric bangles

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Photos sourced from Thief and Bandit web store

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Fable Baby

Have I said how much I LOVE kids stuff? Clothes, toys, decorations, quilts- its where all the fun and colour I can’t bring myself to display as an adult goes. Annnnd because I don’t have kids I am pro aunty and crazy lady to many of my friends children who bear the brunt of my love of buying for kids. Tough life huh. Just this morning I drove past an interior design place that had AMAZING fox wallpaper- I will be sourcing that one for sure! There are many many products that are marketed towards parents and kids, lots of which are just a waste of money. Now I’m not exactly one for practicality in the spending department, but come on- ever heard of a pee pee tee pee? Its a fabric cone that you can place over a little boy when changing his nappy so if he wees then it is contained. Or you could use a face washer?! I have changed thousands of nappies having worked with babies for 6 years and I managed to avoid pee flying everywhere. Plus some wriggle so much anything you place there is going to fall off! Good money spinner though, but in my opinion a serious waste of money. Good quality clothing on the other hand is not.

Fable Baby & Nursery
Fable Baby is a Melbourne label making clothes for littlies out of amazing organic materials including cotton, wool and silk, and hand printing the fabric with their own colours and designs. I visited their workshop and it is such an amazing work space. To me the best part is that these girls do everything themselves- printing their own fabric and sewing up all the clothes right there in Brunswick. All the designs are for newborn to 2 years old and are so super soft and easy to wear. I really love the colour palette and prints that are quite neutral so great for gifts for those having a surprise baby, or super cute non-pink options for those of us who don’t do pink. They have been doing a roaring trade at markets and also have an online store through Etsy. This label has only been up and running for 7 months so I’m looking forward to seeing how it grows from here on! Come on, organic, completely hand made in Melbourne and cute- go shop!

Visit Fable Baby here!

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Pictures this week are not my own they are from the respective websites

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