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Mother’s Day gift guide

Pretty pastel mothers day gift guide

With Mother’s Day just around the corner here in France, we decided to create a Mother’s day gift guide with a pretty pastel theme.  All the items we picked have come from our newly created corner for women at French Blossom.

It is often hard to find an original gift idea for mums, something you know they will love or haven’t already received or something that they can really make use of !

For this pastel gift selection we have chosen items mum can decorate the home with, wear (the pretty grant ring) and carry (the tropical bag from Louise Misha)

Many of the items such as the beautiful cushions from Mouche and the mint green pineapple lamp are handmade, while the ‘Dancer with her Bird’ wall poster has been made in France and is a limited edition piece.

Discover all these gift ideas and much more at French Blossom – Mother’s Day gift ideas


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Emile et Ida – stylish look for boys !

Emile et Ida french childrens clothes and designer fashion
French kids clothes Emile et Ida

How cool and stylish is this boys look  !?
For the mood board we have been inspired by the colours green and brown.  The catmask backpack and T – Shirt are both designed by Emile et Ida, as are the trendy light brown bermuda shorts.  The brown leopard pattern sneakers are from Veja.

Discover all the collections from both designers at the boutique – Veja  –  Emile et Ida


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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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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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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

 


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Miawww ! Our Monday Moodboard inspired by Cats

With prints and patterns coming in and out of fashion and designers always looking to inspire with the latest trends we often try to propose items to our customers that are seasonal must haves !  Take for example the pineapple was last years fruit while this year it is certainly the watermelon.  This year brands and designers have focused on the flamingo and we see this bird on wall stickers, posters and as pretty prints on clothing.

One animal that always seems to heavily influence designers, their patterns and work are cats !  Our love for felines is evident in the many items we stock at French Blossom.   We have tried to draw together some of our favourites to create the little moodbard below.  We really fell for some other items while searching the web and had to share these with you too.

Whether a designer takes the overall form of a cat for a lighting design or uses the basic features of a cat to create an original cushion or bag, cats remain a strong theme for creators.

cats inspiration and products for design
Whether you are looking for an original gift idea for someone special or if you are trying to get inspired by the perfect piece of original childrens room decoration, cats are always a fun and popular choice.1. Handmade in France, porcelain coffee cups from Sobigraphie
2. Canvas makeup bag – Petite Mila
3. Cat print cushion – Mimi Lou
4.Cat tote bag from Sobigraphie
5.Ballerinas, Black Cat – Charlotte Olympia
6.Soft toy cat – Jellycat
7.Cat lamp – Vertbaudet

As we are on the subject of cats we had to include the cat mug that is back in stock by popular demand !  Designed by French brand Bandjo the geometric cat pattern mug is a really fun piece of original dishware.

cat mug for children

 

 


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Sweet darling : Lula’s nursery

Lula's bedroom

We really love Lula’s nursery design !  Lula is the daughter of the wonderul illustrator Chloé Fleury who is French but lives in San Francisco.  The geometric rabbit heads are so original and have been designed and handmade by Chloe – Chloé Fleury.  The triangular wall stickers are a great feature to break up a white wall and we are big fans of the cloud shaped hooks for hanging up clothing.  The pink rocking chair next to the baby cot works so well in this room !

Paper rabbits:  Chloé Fleury  ♥  Rocking chair : Modernica ♥  Cloud cushion : Etsy ♥ Cloud coat hook : hand-made  ♥  Fur rug : Ikea

If you love cloud  room decoration for babies nurseries and childrens bedrooms, you should also have a look at the fun cloud soft toy and the cloud rug at French Blossom.

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children's bedroom decoration

Above are a few more designs and ideas that caught our eyes.  Pastel colours, graphic forms and original wall decoration are always so inspiring … Here at French Blossom we love these stylish bedrooms !

Sources : Dying of cute, issuu, Starwoman, Bastisrike, Etsy