We must tell girls their voices are important. – Malala Yousafzai
Classic kids’ styling and contemporary photography merge to create an inspiring photo story. The photographer, Dan Scudamore, tells us about his vision…
“Based in a Victorian conversion in North London, and inspired by a friend’s dollhouse that had once been the object of her daughter’s affections; now laid in storage. I wanted to revisit the beauty that it once was and bring a contemporary feel with undertones of a bygone age that the dolls house represents.”
Clothing & Accessories//Petit Bateau, John Lewis, Carlomagno, Pom D’Api Yapo Papy, Rachel Riley, Panache, Marie Chantal, Tulip and Nettle, Elfie
A little inspiration for a dreamy weekend…
Photography: Christine Moody| Model: Sydney at TCM| Hair: Shara McCann
Clothing//Tutu du Monde
Guest post by Niki Worthen. Follow Niki’s styling adventures on Instagram.
There are few things I find more beautiful than the bond between a mother and her children. Our incredible love for each other is what binds us. It was my goal to artistically, yet realistically capture those intense emotions of love and belonging. I also wanted to create a literal representation of our family bond, thus our Of One Tribe story was born.
Clothing from: Ascot + Hart, Pippy Lou Boutique, Gap
I was browsing our local Anthropologie a couple of weeks ago and spotted the most adorable children’s book. The whimsical illustrations immediately caught my eye. Then, I saw the title and knew I had to get it. Julia, Child. Perfect. I knew my daughter would love it as her daddy is a chef and she is so interested in food and in the art of cooking. Written by Kyo Maclear and illustrated by Julie Morstad, the book is seriously sweet and engaging. We were inspired to bake some organic muffins (boxed of course because Mommy is definitely not the chef!). And…obviously had to dress my girl and her friend up and ask my friend to shoot a cute little photo story.
The inspirations provided by reading are endless!
In the author’s own words, “You are cordially invited to this tale for all ages about a child named Julia. While the story contains no true knowledge of the (real) Julia Child and should be taken with a grain of salt and perhaps even a generous pat of butter, we hope that you will find something here to savor. If you discover, as we have, that some stories taste best when shared with others, then all the better. Bon appétit.”
The Cleobella brand embraces an exotic bohemian feel fused with a laid back Cali vibe. With a boutique located in Sunset Beach, California and an online shop, the vast variety of Cleobella goods are readily available. Ranging from leather goods to kimonos to itty bitty harem pants, Cleobella products are designed with the globe trotting mama in mind. Let’s chat with the designer and founder, Angela O’Brien, and get a better feel for the brand, it’s inspirations and the lady that started it all.
Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where did you grow up? Do you come from a big family? How many kids do you have?
I grew up in Huntington Beach, CA. I come from a super big family – a big Irish family and we all live within 5 miles of each other. My childhood was all about all of the cousins getting together – we celebrated every special occasion together. I have 2 kids now – a little boy Keenan Case O’Brien who just turned 4 and a sweet baby girl Indigo Skye who is 4 months.
How did Cleobella come about?
Cleobella started a few years ago when my husband and I decided to leave our jobs in Southern California and travel around the world for a year. The trip was designed around the waves, because my husband is a surfer. It was probably the most liberating adventure we’d ever taken. It was great to step away from our everyday norms into a new headspace where we were open to change and new ideas. It was on the island of Bali where I designed my very first signature Mexicana clutch.
What would you say influences your aesthetic the most?
Travel and 1960s-1970s vintage. Seasonally our direction is inspired by a location and we build a story around it. Most recently my husband and I went on a baby moon to Morocco where I concepted our Spring 2015 collection.
What is your design process like for Cleobella?
It’s pretty raw and hands on. I’m not very technical, it’s more about hand drawing styles and working with our pattern makers to bring our sketches to life.
How do you balance motherhood and running your business? What is a typical workday like?
To be honest, it’s a daily struggle because to me motherhood is my #1 priority and Cleobella is my “first baby” in some ways. We’re still a small business. The beauty of running your own company is you can create your own schedule, which right now is a 24/7 schedule and I’m still nursing and my baby girl can be with me daily! A typical workday involves dropping my son off at preschool (2 doors down from the boutique). Then, stopping at the boutique to say “Hi” and check on happenings then drive over to the office (7 minute drive) for all kinds of meetings. We’re a small brands and have so many departments so I’m working closely with our team in all areas of the business, specifically design which is what I’m most passionate about.
Has your personal style changed since becoming a mother?
Yes! It’s more about comfort and having an outfit on that I can run around town in. And if Indigo spits up on my shoulder, I can always grab a sample and have a totally different look. Cleobella and my office are kind of like my own amazing walk-in closet!
What are some must-have items for on-the-go moms that want to look stylish and put together?
The Indi Mama bag is an update of one of our best-selling bags – we got a lot of feedback from moms who were carrying our weekenders as diaper bags so we went ahead and made a diaper bag! Also, our Mexicana clutch is also great if you don’t want to lug your giant bag into a grocery story – this holds your iPhone, chapstick, money etc – all your daily essentials!
What is your favorite…
Time of Day: It used to be nighttime because I’m such a night owl, but now that I have babies it’s first thing in the morning when there all in bed with me. We put on Spofity and have dance parties in bed!
Beauty essential: I’m a Chanel lipgloss girl. I also have this gardenia scented rollerball perfume that I love – I keep one in the car, my bag – anytime I need a little pick me up!
Fall treat: Pumpkin carob chip pancakes on Sundays – I make them every weekend with my son. Also fresh mint tea was something we discovered in Morocco and we’re having it a lot now that it’s colder – with a little honey, yum!
Children’s label: Our Bella Baby line! The line was born because I wanted my kids to be able to wear a little piece of Cleobella. I did baby harem pants for my son and ruffled bloomers for my daughter and then started giving them to girlfriends etc as baby shower gifts – and now we sell them online. They’ve been a big hit so far!
Travel destination: India – what I love about India is that they are not influenced by our Western norms – their culture is all their own an you can’t help but be inspired by it. The food, bollywood, colors, fashion, architecture, etc are so different and beautiful!
Family Activity: We like to go watch the sunset together – we do that every night in Bali and are trying to do it every night here in California. Going down to the beach and watching the sunset finishes off the day right. I love that its getting dark earlier now. It’s such a great way to end the day. Jim surfs, keenan runs around on the beach, and then we eat dinner together!
Feeling a little uninspired by the Halloween outfits available on our high street for the little ones, I got to thinking of how I could make a costume from their everyday wardrobe… adding a few key accessories with a strategic use of Mumma’s eyeliner we were ready for a game of hide and seek in the woods.
Incorporating some stripes and boots. A subtle nod to the classic ‘Hocus Pocus’ Witches style. A dark blue velvet jacket gave Edie’s Cat outfit had an androgynous edge.
I love textures, the mix of a delicate fabric with a chunky knit. Teamed with Atsuyo Et Akiko Angel Wings. Ta-Dah… a Woodland Fairy.
Add a cape to a monochrome outfit, some boots, a pair of comfy trews, smudge some eyeliner, slick their hair … Ta-Dah.. We have a spooky Bat Charmer.
While this is not a costume per se, it could totally serve as inspiration for a cool homemade DIY costume. You can pick up felt, or any other fabric at the craft store. Cut your colorful fabric into circles and attach to a solid color dress, or even a leotard. Add some polka dot socks, and voila…Confetti Girl!