Capturing memories | 6 Months

Our little ones grow and change oh so quickly, so capturing their little milestones on film is a must. Yes us instamums take millions of snaps of them on our iphones, but there is nothing quite like family portraits and printed photos especially when taken by someone with an amazing eye and a talent for capturing us at just the right moment.

We’ve been fortunate enough to have worked with talented Waikato wedding and portrait photographer Ruth Gilmour. Ruth took our pregnancy shots, newborn pics and most recently a shoot to celebrate Georgie’s half birthday. Ruth’s family sessions are awesome as she makes you feel totally relaxed, there are lots of laughs and you end up with the most incredible shots of your family to turn into art to dress the walls of your home. Today we share some of our favourite pics.

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Loobies Story – AW16 East West, Our way

We’ve been long time fans of NZ brand Loobie’s Story, every season they bring out beautiful pieces inspired by travels afar, made from the highest quality fabrics. Their latest collection is no exception, East West is inspired by designer Laurinda Sutcliffe’s travels along the Orient Express and features jewel tones of teal, popping magenta pink and indigo, whilst a tapestry influence comes through in peasant styling with a true bohemian vibe.

We recently collaborated with Loobie’s Story to show how we style our favourite pieces from their AW16 collection.

Being fans of the world-traveller, boho vibe Loobie's story' suits us perfectly - the pieces are classic and can be worn season after season.Ses wears the Amaretti shirt in 'stone' featuring lace insert sleeve - paired with ripped knee jeans, western boots and fedora.Ses wears the Amaretti shirt in ‘stone’ featuring lace insert sleeve – paired with ripped knee jeans, western boots and fedora.

Jen wears the Imperial blouse and St Louis scarf paired with blue jeans and boots for a relaxed everyday look.Jen wears the Imperial blouse and St Louis scarf paired with blue jeans and boots for a relaxed everyday look.

Being fans of the world-traveller, boho vibe Loobie’s story’ suits us perfectly – the pieces are classic and can be worn season after season. We love how versatile these pieces are for everyday, while still feeling luxe due to the beautiful quality fabrics and exclusive prints.

We love how versatile these pieces are for everyday, while still feeling luxe due to the beautiful quality fabrics and exclusive prints.

The East West collection is available in stores now you can check out the lookbook here and locate your nearest stockist here.

Thanks to the team at Loobie’s Story we have a St Louis scarf to give away, head over to our Facebook or Instagram page for details of how to enter.

Photography by Ruth Gilmour Photographer

Meet the Maker – Louis and Lola

Louis and Lola is fast becoming the number one go to brand for beautiful NZ designed Italian made footwear for littlies. We caught up with creator Amanda to get to know more about this amazing brand and how it all began.

Tell us about Louis and Lola, when did you start?
Louis and Lola started in 2014 and I produced by my first small collection for Summer 14, so we’ve been in stores for a little over a year now. We’re just delivered our Winter 16 collection which I’m super excited about as there are so many beautiful styles!

How did the Name Louis and Lola come about?
Louis is my sons name, he’s just turned 4, and I’m slightly stressing about how fast he is growing up. Lola is one of my good friends little girls name… I loved the way the names sounded together, plus Lola is one of the most gorgeous little girls you will ever meet so it just seemed like the right fit!

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What got you started in shoe design?
My background has always been in fashion, merchandising and importing, but for as long as I can remember I’ve had a slight obsession with baby / kids shoes… Then when Louis came along and I just couldn’t find anything decent for him to wear on his feet (other than Nature Baby Slippers – he lived in those, so I decided to look into my own range…and that’s where it all began.

How does designing children’s shoes differ from adults footwear (other than no stilettos)
I’ve never designed adults shoes, currently my largest size is 4-5 years, but my perception is that baby / kids shoes are way more fun, you can have wider use of colour and to some extent design. I haven’t met anyone that hasn’t fallen in love with my shoes and I think it’s because they just look so incredibly cute both on and off.

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Your beautiful shoes are made in Italy do you have family connections there? What made you go with Italian fabrication?
Firstly I love leather,  all my shoes are full leather outer and inner and there is nothing better than good quality leather for growing feet. Italy, Spain and Portugal have the best leather tanneries and factories in the world, far superior to anything you might buy from China, so for me working with the best fabrication possible was a huge bonus – Plus I’m very into ethical / sustainable products. All my suppliers are family owned businesses and for me it’s extremely satisfying to know exactly where my product is made and who is making it. I’ve been lucky enough for the past 2 years, to live in Europe 6 months and NZ 6 months – my partner is a rugby player so he plays in NZ, and also in Europe. That has opened up the opportunity for me to source the right factories, visit European fairs and really understand the shoe manufacturing process.

I really want to offer NZ mums & dads shoes that are European, well designed, good quality AND ethical, without a huge price tag

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What inspires each new collection and what processes do you go through when deciding whether a design will make a new collection.
Living in Europe part of the year is a huge inspiration for me, there’s something about European fashion that’s so refined and classic, there’s so much history here, so I draw a lot of inspo from living amongst it. As well as thinking about what I would like for my own kids; I want something that’s designed well, but functional and hard wearing at the same time. I would rather spend a little bit more and buy a good quality pair of shoes that I can hand down rather than a whole pile of plastic that ends up as land fill!  I also work very closely with my suppliers in the sampling process, as not every design is possible, so their years of experience helps me a lot!  I’m also super keen on unisex styles – that way if you have boys and girls in the family… They can be passed on!!I also listen to customer feedback – it’s always helpful to hear from mum and dads so I make small design adjustments if something isn’t as functional as it should be. Kids feet are all so very different so it’s good to have feedback.

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Your new collection has just hit stores – What are your favourite shoes from the new collection.
Oh I’m in love with Livvy and my Suede Harper’s from the baby collection, these styles are just so timeless and perfect. My most favourite style would have to be my Wynter boots from the toddler collection, they are a unisex pull on leather ankle boot with a super bendy sole, Any kid can get these on and off easily and they will go with just about everything in your boys or girls wardrobe! Ivy would have to be another unisex fav too.

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Do you have a team that work with you on the brand?
I’m a one-man-band, so I manage all my own design, sales, social media, quality control, deliveries …. Everything!  So if you message me or ask a question online, it’s always me that answers. I’m very passionate about my brand, what I do and what it stands for and I have a huge social conscience.

The Louis and Lola new season range is out now, and to celebrate we’ve teamed up with Parnell Baby Boutique who are giving away one pair of gorgeous new season shoes of the winners choice. Check out our Instagram with details of how to enter.

You can check out Louis and Lola here and follow them on Facebook and Instagram to keep up-to-date with all the latest.

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