This was our family’s first Thanksgiving since moving abroad, so we decided to spend it together being thankful for each other and for the opportunity to live in Germany by visiting and spending the night in a castle. We headed to one of my son’s favorite places, Anholt Castle, where we spent the night in a corner room of the castle, had a delicious family dinner and explored the castle and its grounds. My son had his map in hand to lead the way, while my husband and I followed with our cameras. My husband captured images of the castle and the light refracting off of the moat, while I took pictures of my son as his imagination had him discovering, and dueling dragons in the moat.
Guest post by Elke Van de Velde.
These images were taken in the region of Dordogne in France. We stayed in Domme, a village 820 feet above sea level on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Dordogne river. Domme is a bastide (a fortified medieval town) adapted to the surrounding terrain. In addition to its castles, churches, bastides and cave fortresses, the region has preserved from centuries past a number of wonderful villages.
Photography: Elke Van de Velde| Models: Odin & Pieter
Clothing & Accessories// Tea Collection, Zara, Camper, Bellerose, Tumble ‘N Dry, Birckenstocks, H&M, Crewcuts, See Kai Run, Babiators, Funky Flavours, Kik Kid, Joah Love, Mini Boden
Well, out of the conveniences of New York City (delivered groceries, public transport, coffee and bodegas on each corner), it’s best to arrive in the Hamptons prepared! Elizabeth Pettey, our digital photo editor who spent two months in Sag Harbor this summer, has curated six Babiekins-esque “Hamptons Essentials” you won’t want be without if you’re vacationing East of Manhattan.
Photo by Elizabeth Pettey | Model: Olive
We are basking in the warm sun, taking dips into turquoise waters, and wishing for an endless summer.
Credits // 01. Blouse: Rockefella by Dino Deluxe | Shorts: Zara| Sunglasses: Ray Ban | 02. Overall: Zara | 04. Shorts, T-Shirt & Shoes: Zara | 05. Swimsuit: Mini Rodini by Dino Deluxe | 06. Overall: Zara | 07. Swimsuit: Popupshop by Dino Deluxe | Jeans: Zara | Shoes: Zara | 08. Shorts: Petitbo by Dino Deluxe | T-Shirt: Mini Rodini by Dino Deluxe | 10. Dress: Shampoodle by Dino Deluxe | 11. Bikini: Zara | 13. Swimsuit: Popupshop by Dino Deluxe |
Living in such a small area as the island of Oahu in Hawaii (it’s just under 600 square miles!) you would think one would eventually run out of things to do. No matter how many times we circle around the island, though, there is just always something new to discover. Living here I’ve truly seen that the potential for exploring is tremendous, whether its a discovering new waterfalls, a hidden beach or a wandering trail — or even something more commercial, like hanging out at Disney’s Aulani. I find that there is always some sort of family-friendly activity happening, or a fun place to discover. And did I mention how fun it is to dress for the endless summer? I couldn’t help including some of my island getaway faves for littles in this post. With warm weather all year round, the sun and salty air of Oahu make it a great place to escape — it truly is the endless summer!
A few weekends ago our little family took a road trip to Paris. Being an American who recently relocated to Düsseldorf, Germany, I can hardly believe I am saying this myself : a road trip to Paris! I must admit Paris was a lot of fun with a toddler (even though it rained the entire weekend we were there).
We stayed in the Saint-Germain-des-Pres Quarter, an area with everything – restaurants, cafes and shops. It is also close to the Louvre Museum and the Luxembourg Gardens, where my son had a blast splashing in rain puddles; luckily we remembered to bring a change of clothes. We also discovered the Left Bank promenade called the Berges de Seine (Banks of the Seine) a 1.5-mile pedestrian walkway with edible and floating gardens, patches of local plants and innovative areas for babiekins and their parents to play and relax. We ended our weekend with a fabulous diner at the famous cafe, Le Deux Magot, where my son ate a whole loaf of French Bread… when in Paris!
If you ever get the chance to travel to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, I suggest booking a one way flight and never returning home. The beaches are dreamy, the locals are friendly, and there is plenty of open land and beaches for the little ones to run around and explore. By the end of our short trip, my little one was saying “muchas gracias” to anyone who let her. I love immersing her in different environments and cultures and watching her interact with different people. There are only a few cities that I would travel to more than once with a toddler, and this one is definitely on the list.
Guest post by Megan Dendinger.
As the warm beautiful Summer approaches, I think of a colorful adventure calling my name, with the sun shining down and the sound of sweet laughter coming from children. I imagine piling into a cute Airstream for a road trip; going to new places and meeting new friends.
Photography & Styling: Megan Dendinger of Megan Alisa Photography|Clothing: Velveteen, Floatimini, Gap, and Right Bank Babies| Jewelry: FEATHER + STONE|Model: Gigi of Paloma Model & Talent