Month: April 2015


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Spring Sale starts today at French Blossom

French baby clothes sale, Spring clothing sale for kids at French blossom

To discover some great reductions on clothing and shoes from the Spring Summer collections, head over to the boutique.  For three days only profit from up to -30% on many of your favourite French brands such as Petit Bateau, Louise Misha, Emile et Ida and shoe brands such as Feiyue , 10IS and Veja.

The Spring sale is now on  – French Blossom Boutique


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Bloomingville Mini

Kids designer cushions, poetic illustrations from Bloomingville
Designer kids dishware - Bloomingville mini
Designer baby cup, pretty and poetic gift idea from Bloomingville
The Danish brand Bloomingville are world renowned for their stylish porcelain and home decoration products !  For many years they have consistently dreamed up new and original collections to tempt us with.

Until this year they had no items just for little ones !  All this changed however during the wonderful Maison et Objet exhibition in Paris where Bloomingville showcased their first ‘mini’ collection just for kids.  Made up of bed linen, melamine plates, bowls and cups plus some beautiful cushions, the series is so poetic and delicate.  Hand drawn illustrations of sleeping mice, foxes, rabbits and curled up hedgehogs are printed on many of the items.

The above photographs show some of our personal favourites from the collection !  The two cushions are really adorable.  On the small round cushion a print of a gently sleeping mouse can be seen, while the larger oval cushion has a curled up fox softly dreaming in the clouds.

The pastel blue melamine cup and bowl are delightful and make a great gift idea for young children.

Have a look at this mini series plus many other products from the designer – Bloomingville

 

 


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Top 5 handmade brooches from Macon & Lesquoy

5.  The lobster brooch is a real cracker !  Bright orange in colour, the brooch is handmade and will add a super detail to any outfit for men or women.  Measuring 6cm in length and 4 cm in width the lobster brooch comes in its own black presentation box.  Love his funny little white eyes.

designer handmade brooch lobster - Macon and Lesquoy

 

4.  Everyone should have a mustache brooch !  A great little accessory, the golden coloured embroidery with black trim edge will look good on a t shirt or smart suit.  Measuring 3.5cm in width and 1.5cm in height the mustache brooch is small but a lot of fun !

moustache brooch perfect accessory for any outfit, designed in Paris

3. I have seen many heart brooches but none in this original style.  The working of the heart have been cleverly detailed with hand embroidery and stitching to create this powerful piece.  Bright red in colour, the brooch looks great against a darker piece of clothing.  The handmade brooch comes in a presentation box and measures 4.5cm in height x 3.5cm in width.

heart shaped brooch, handmade gift idea for women

2.  The large feather is my second favourite brooch from the collection by Macon and Lesquoy.  Stylish and chic, the beautiful detailing on this large brooch makes it a great choice for almost any outfit.  The silver embroidery has been broken up with delicate touches of blue and yellow.
The feather brooch measures 10.5cm in length and 2.5cm in width.

feather brooch for women Macon and Lesquoy
Handmade feather brooch - original gift idea for women

1.  My number 1 brooch and persona favourite  has to be the large silver coloured cloud !  The swirling hand embroidery within the body of the cloud is so poetic and detailed.  At the centre of each spiral is a small silver sequin !  The embroidered raindrops gently hang down from the body of the cloud on thin black thread.
This handmade brooch measures 5cm wide and 4.5cm in height.

handmade cloud brooch designed in France
cloud brooch -original jewelry idea for women

 

We really fell for these gorgeous hand embroidered brooches designed by Macon & Lesquoy.  Delicately made with love and care, each brooch is unique and colourful !  Attach them to a suit or stylish outfit, wear them on a casual t shirt or jumper, the brooches will become a super fun detail for any outfit.  Their originality really makes them stand out !  The brooches can be worn by men and women and make a brilliant gift idea as each comes in a stylish black presentation box.

For this little blog post, I decided to share my top 5 brooches from the collection !  It wasn’t easy to choose my favourite as I love so many of them.

1. The cloud and rain drops handmade brooch
2. Large feather handmade brooch
3. Handmade heart brooch
4. Handmade mustache brooch
5. Lobster brooch handmade


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April Eleven – original room decoration handmade in France

Super hero mirror design -made in France designer room decoration for kids
balloon room decoration - mirror balloon wall decor

super hero coat hook April Eleven

With an astonishing array of room decoration and ideas to choose from today it can sometimes be a real challenge deciding the theme of a babies nursery or the style of  the wall decor in a kids bedroom !  Most room designs have wall posters or wall stickers somewhere, while some choose to have one wall painted a different colour while others use wallpaper to accentuate an area.

As an alternative Charline, the designer behind the brand April Eleven has come up with a range of handmade pieces that are certain to create a very original feel in any babies nursery or childrens room.  Inspired by minimalist, pure designs, Charline hand carves quirky mirrors based on superheros, balloons and even iced lollies.  She cleverly mixes materials and uses a combination of beautifully shaped European oak and mirrors to form her creations !

I love the fact the creation process takes place locally in France ( in here fathers wood work shop) and the way Charline uses European wood from sustainable sources in her designs.

As well as creating fun designer mirrors, April Eleven has also taken her Superhero theme one step further and created wall stylish wall coat hooks based on the super hero masks.

Have a look at all the creations from April Eleven at the boutique – April Eleven

 

 

 


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Designer clutch / makeup handmade in France by LOUP

Designer makeup bag for women, handmade in France by LOUP

We introduced the exciting french baby clothes designer Loup not so long ago here at the blog.

As well as creating a wonderful range of baby clothes, the creator also has worked on several items for women !  The bright and colourful clutch bags (above) are great for an evening out or even to hold makeup.  Each bag is made from organic cotton and measures 25cm x 17cm.  Opened and closed with a zip at the top, the designer, has added her logo on one side.

The clutch bags are a new addition to the French Blossom womens corner and make a really original gift idea for women of all ages !  Have a look at these bags and the rest of the collection from Loup – LOUP Collection


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Emile et Ida – French childrens clothes – Spring Summer Collection

Emile et Ida french childrens clothing and accessories
Emile et Ida designer kids fashion from Paris

The Spring / Summer collection of Emile et Ida is now online at French Blossom.  With the half term school break approaching, its an ideal time to discover this wonderfully colourful and original fashion for girls and boys.

Emile et Ida have yet again come up with fun and effortlessly stylish looks for children for this season.  The animal prints and quirky patterns are ever present as are the use of soft cottons and fine shaping synonymous with the designer.

Two of our favourite looks have to be the denim cat dungarees for girls and the green striped cat mask t shirt paired with the brown shorts for boys !  Both these looks can be seen in the photographs above.  The designer has also created beautiful pieces for babies.  The french baby clothes include leggins and bloomers, t shirts and dresses !  Have a look at the collection in greater detail here – Emile et Ida

 


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Handmade in France – beautifully scented candles

Handmade candles from France -Kerzon
candles from France handmade by Kerzon
handmade candles - original gift idea from France

Designed in Paris and handmade in France, the candles from Kerzon are one of our favourite new additions to the French Blossom boutique.

Lovingly made with vegetable and mineral wax and respecting the environment each candle measures 7.5cm in diameter and 9cm in height with a burning life of around 45 hours.

I could write long descriptions about these fantastic candles but unfortunately words simply cannot do justice to how wonderful they smell.  The small family team behind the brand have carefully mixed and blended delicate scents to bring the subtle notes and layers of gentle fragrance.

The Paris parks series of three candles is such a great idea.  Drawing inspiration from the famous Parisian parks such as Tuileries, the Jardin du Luxembourg and the Parc des Buttes Chaumont, three candles each with their own distinct and original scent have been created.

The Jardin de Luxembourg candle is lilac and honey, the Parc des Buttes Chamont is a blend of Ceder wood and Sandalwood, while the Tuileries Palais Royal candle smell of soft hyacinth.

Kerzon have cleverly taken the pale green colour reminiscent of the colour used on all the seats and furniture in the french parks and used this colour for the glass container of the candles.

As well as the Parisian parks candle series we have a wonderful musk and Jasmine candle and an amber and Spices candle to choose from.  Both again are very distinctive in their aroma !  The designer believes the musk and jasmine will evoke images of lying in the shade of a pine forest with a gentle stream flowing nearby. The Amber and spices candle  is certain to generate warm and colourful memories of travels to the Mediterranean.

All the candles from Kerzon are packaged in a clear hard container and make a truly wonderful gift idea for candle lovers and also for those who love handmade, quality products that respect the environment.

In each candle box there is a complementary scented sachet.  These sachets will smell the same as each candle and can be placed in a wardrobe, drawer or even suitcase to freshen clothes.
kerzon vegetable wax and mineral wax candle gift ideas handmade


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French childrens clothing look of the week – pastel peach

french childrens clothes - spring fashion

We put together this little girls look for an Instagram snap of the day and thought we would share it on the blog too.

I think the beautifully warm Spring weather we are experiencing at the moment inspired us to create this pastel peach look !

The skirt has been designed by Louise Misha and is called Coral.  The gold trim at the waist adds a lovely detail.  The patterned t shirt is called Zebra and has been designed in Paris by Blune.  Look closely and you can see a zebra stripe pattern.  Finally the bow headband from Louise Misha finishes off this sweet spring look.


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Handmade French baby clothes – LOUP

designer french fashion for kids -LOUP
French baby clothes, designer clothing for babies at French Blossom
pretty baby skirt designed and handmade in France
designer baby leggings handmade in France
We are so excited to present the wonderful Loup Collection (The first collection from the Parisian Designer) !

Designed and made in France, the clothing is beautifully soft and poetic.  We just added the collection to the boutique and  outside of the creators website, French Blossom is the only place online you can find the collection.

The pale delicate colours and sweet detailing make this baby clothing so desirable and original.  Juliette designs and creates all the pieces at her Parisian studios.  We just fell for this collection straight away.
The designer has picked two delicate prints that feature throughout the collection !  Pineapples as in the T-Shirt at the top and a fine pale green leaf pattern that appears in pieces such as the Fuli baby skirt and the super soft baby leggings – Meli.

Something for the mums !  Loup has also come up with some vibrant and very unique make up bags / clutch bags for women.  The colourful, strong patterns really caught our eye !

Discover the collection at French Blossom  LOUP COLLECTION


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Nailmatic – water soluble nail polish for kids

Nailmatic nail polish for kids made in France
water soluble kids nail polish designed and made in France

After waiting patiently for some time, we are pleased to say that the wonderful Nailmatic products are now online at the French Blossom boutique.  Designed and made here in France the nail polish for kids is water soluble and certain to provide hours of fun for girls who love having colourful nails like their mums !

So what is so special about this French brand of nail polish for children?

Firstly, the team behind Nailmatic have come up with a range of beautifully coloured and glittery nail polish that is perfect for kids.  The nail polish is water soluble meaning when the children wish to change the colour of their nail or toe polish all they need to do is simply rub them with warm soapy water and the polish will come off.  No more mess or difficulty when trying to remove the old polish !

Making the nail polish safe for children was at the top of the list of priorities for Nailmatic.  Apart from being water soluble the polish is made without organic solvents, there are no phthalates or formaldehyde, toluene or BFA in these products ! – Or as Nailmatic would say their products are free from all the nasties !

Children can paint all their fingers in one colour or go for a range of different tones on each hand and foot, they can let their imagination run wild and be truly creative.

Choose from pinks, yellow, mint green, purple or why not go for a glitter white or glitter pink. Each bottle of polish measures 6.5cm in height comes with a white top and holds approximately 8ml of nail polish.  They are suitable for children of 3 years and over due to the bottle size and small parts.

The water soluble nail polish is perfect for parties or special events.  One of our lovely friends at French Blossom was looking to create little Princess themes birthday party for her young daughter.  After discovering the Djeco Princess Birthday invitations she stumbled upon the Naimatic water soluble nail polish for children and thought it would be great to create a little corner at the party where all the little Princesses could have their nails painted in glitter and pink!  From what she told us the whole day went down wonderfully well and the nail polish was a huge hit.
Princess nail polish for kids - made by Nailmatic
pretty girls polish safe and water soluble for chidlren

Nailmatic cleverly teamed up with another of our favourite french brands for children when it came to the packaging.  OMY Design create wonderfully original coloring sheets and posters for children and have been present at French Blossom for several years now.  Discover their super colouring sheets and much more here – OMY Design
When it came to the design of the packaging for Nailmatic products, children can use felt pens or crayons to colour in each nail polish box making them unique and personal.  Each colour and each set of polish has its own design.  Take the City nail polish set above.  The theme of the packaging is Paris and there are images of men wearing berets, baguettes, Parisian style buildings and not to forget the Eiffel tower !   Also as a finishing detail, each bottle has funny little faces and quirky expressions printed around the sides or each bottle.  These little faces really reinforce the nail polish is fun and for children.

Discover all the collection of water soluble nail polish for kids at the boutique – Nailmatic Kids