The ShopUp: Where Style Meets Swag


Babes Dressed Up
How dashing do the babes look, all dressed up for their uncle’s 40th birthday celebrations last weekend?

Jed’s wearing a gifted Caramel Baby & Child coat, as featured on the blog a couple of years back. Look how much he’s grown since then!

Caramel Baby & Child is just one of the gorgeous brands featured in The ShopUp presented by Babyccino Kids at Chelsea Town Hall on Dec 3 & 4. The fabulous shopping event for ultra chic families will also feature some of our other favourites like Muddy Puddles and Tulipop among 40+ stalls including Niddle Noddle and the wonderful sounding Sisters Guild (pictured below).

Sisters Guild
Check out the full list of ShopUp Participants.

The Shop Up offers a veritable treasure trove of independent kids fashion, accessories and toy retailers, impeccably curated by the savvy mamas behind Babyccino Kids blog and online shopping portal.

Babyccino girls by maud fontein

Following on from a successful ShopUp in 2013, this year’s event promises to be rich pickings for anybody looking for high quality, handmade or organic goods, and unique gifts.

Anorak shopup colouring wall
You can also bring the kids along for fun activities led by Maggie & Rose members’ club, a giant colouring wall by Anorak magazine, and getting jiggy with a live brass band. See you there!

The ShopUp is on Dec 3 (12pm to 9pm) & Dec 4 (9am to 5pm) at Chelsea Town Hall, King’s Road (opposite Sydney St), London, SW3 (Sloane Square tube). FREE entry!

Photo of Babyccino Kids by Maud Fontein

Muddy Puddles Giveaway: Win a Ski Jacket worth £55!

Muddy Puddles on Babes about Town
When it’s grey and soggy outside, there’s nothing like kids in bright, funky clothing to cheer up the neighbourhood.

Muddy Puddles Snow Flurry ski jacket
The babes couldn’t wait to romp about in the rain, trying out their gifted Muddy Puddles Snow Flurry ski jacket (Ezra) and Puddleflex red wellies with faux fur trim and lining (Jed).

Muddy Puddles giveaway
My little man had been complaining that his old wellies kept slipping off and that he couldn’t run properly — a Jed who can’t run, or dance, is an unhappy Jed indeed.

The Muddy Puddles wellies are sturdy, flexible and can be laced up tight at the top. So Jed was able to bust some moves with ease!

Muddy Puddles red wellies
By all accounts, the wellies are cosy and warm and they also come with gripped soles and high-vis reflective strip for added safety.

The ski jacket is fully waterproof and windproof and also features the impressive-sounding double storm flap to stop the snow getting in. I think the graphic check pattern looks really cool and would be easy to spot, whether Ezra was whizzing down the slopes or (far more likely) chasing his brother around a London park.

Muddy Puddles ski jacket and wellies
Muddy Puddles’ philosophy is all about getting kids to embrace the outdoors, and your little one will love splish sploshing about in their range of all-weather gear including ski suits, base layers, boots and all-in-ones. Visit to explore what’s on offer including current sale items.


Muddy Puddles Giveaway: Win a Ski Jacket worth £55

Muddy Puddles has kindly offered a Babes about Town reader one of their Snow Flurry Ski Jackets available for boys or girls in sizes from age 2 to 12.

This is a fab prize and entry is straightforwards via the Rafflecopter form below. Best of luck!

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Westfield Stratford Kids Events for Summer

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I remember taking my two boys (Jed was still in a pushchair) to Westfield Stratford on the second Saturday after its grand opening. While I was impressed by its size and scope, I could also barely move past the crush of shoppers. Daft move.

But since then I’ve made many happy trips to Westfield Stratford as it’s so easy to get to (20 minutes from Islington via overground), accessible (it’s right outside the station) and more convenient than any major shopping zone, especially if you have kids.

We love the mix of restaurants and the huge variety of stores, both indoors and outside on The Streets (although we seem to spend most of our visits in the Lego Store). And I’ve always been a fan of the Parent & Baby rooms with toys and play area, kids shows on TV, ample baby changing stations, mini toilets and sinks that little ones can reach. They even provide microwaves so you can warm up baby bottles and food!

Jed and Rufus in Kiddy Cars at Westfield

To add to Westfield’s parent friendly status, they offer Child Safe Shopping so parents can pick up wristbands for their kids and get a hotline number to call in case of emergencies. And the kiddy cars are always a hit with the knee-high crew, Jed still begs to ride one even though he’s now too big (spot him above, rolling with Rachelle @LoveLearnCook’s cutie Rufus).

Dinosaur  Train at Westfield

We were invited to see Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train live show at Westfield Stratford this week. When we got there, my 8-year-old gave me some serious ‘side eye’ as it’s clearly a show aimed at toddlers. Even the 5-year-old thinks he’s too cool for CBeebies, so neither was too fussed that we only caught the tail end (ba boom) of the dinosaurs.

And none of us had any complaints because we were in such a relaxed mood. Coming to Westfield Stratford on a mid-week morning is awesome. There aren’t that many people about, you have space to swing your arms and even chill on a seat and take in features like sun pouring in through the glass roof.

Throughout the year, Westfield Stratford and its sister store Westfield London put on fun, family friendly activities. We’ve been ice skating at Westfield, bowling at All Star Lanes, watching family films at Vue Cinema and hanging out with Diversity’s Perri and Jordan at a Westfield showcase.

This summer there have been tons of things to do with kids at both shopping centres.

Westfield Hawkins Bazaar space-hopper

Coming up at Westfield Stratford, your kids can settle in for tales from Compton Valance, the most powerful boy in the universe, at Foyles Summer of Stories (Thu Aug 28, 3-4pm). And at Westfield Shepherd’s Bush, there are pizza making workshops for kids at Spaghetti House (Thu Aug 28, 10-11am).

Do keep an eye on both sites for details of family events and special offers including Kids Eat Free deals. And if you pop down to either store, remember to sign your children up to the Kids Club for a free goodie bag.

Visit Westfield Stratford

Disclosure: We received a gift voucher as part of our experience at Westfield Stratford.

House of Fraser Christmas in July Previews

House of Fraser Christmas tree

It’s a dizzying feeling stepping off the practically baking hot streets of Baker Street into the cool House of Fraser showrooms to be confronted with Christmas trees and sparkle.

I had come to check out their Christmas in July previews, showcasing the most covetable items in decor, fashion, toys and gifts for the festive season.

House of Fraser Christmas Kids

The showcase was small — just two rooms — but exquisitely put together and I found myself cooing in surprise and delight several times.

There are some really special touches in the House of Fraser Christmas 2014 collection, like their peacock feather wreaths, black and gold Biba-themed hats and horns tree decorations and the gingerbread house advent calendar.

House of Fraser Christmas in July

Don’t you love the Wild & Wolf telephone? And the super cute bunny and carrot cuff links.

House of Fraser Bunny and Carrot cuff links

Their Christmas party wear is all about vintage bling, from ‘20s style shimmery dresses to disco diva sparkle and plush men’s dinner jackets.

House of Fraser Christmas Partywear

My favourite thing was their new fragrance brand Valeur Absolue, exclusive to House of Fraser. It comes in three subtle yet lingering scents infused with essential oils.

The lovely HOF rep sprayed some on me before I left (laden with goodies**) for an evening out at National Portrait Gallery and I felt deliciously refreshed all evening long.

Valeur Absolue perfume

**gift samples

Win Aden + Anais ‘Baby George’ Gift set £64.99


Aden + Anais Harrods Pop Up

Look who’s popping up at Harrods this month? Celebrity baby brand Aden + Anais are back for their second consecutive year at London’s world famous department store.

Following on from last year’s successful outfit, themed ‘Twinkle’, the Aden + Anais pop-up at Harrods runs throughout May in the Nursery department.

This year’s theme is ‘Jungle Jam’, centring around one of the brand’s bestselling ranges that features gender neutral items including Aden + Anais’ trademark 100% cotton muslin products.

Eagle eye readers among you might recall  that Will and Kate’s newborn baby Prince George was first seen wrapped in an Aden + Anais blanket… in the Jungle Jam fabric dontcha know!

Aden + Anais Jungle Jam gift set

Now you can snap one up at the Harrods pop-up along with sweet finds like their popular Loveys and Daydream blankets.

And if you fancy winning the Jungle Jam New Beginnings set (pictured) for your baby or as a gift for someone adorable, read on!


Win Aden + Anais Jungle Jam New Beginnings gift set worth £64.99

This gift set includes:
two swaddles: 100% cotton muslin breathable blankets that are as versatile as they are beautiful-complete swaddling instructions inside.
one burpy bib®: a bib and burp cloth all in one to provide maximum coverage during feed-ins.
one musy mate™ lovey*: a cuddly companion that puts a fun twist on traditional security blankets at bedtime and beyond.
one musy: versatile muslin square are the essential nursery item.


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London Kids Weekend Scoop (May 15-18, 2014)

ArtsArts Depot Tales from Old Japan

Ooh don’t we love the sunny skies above, and temperatures are set to climb this weekend! Lots on for parents and kids in London as always, whether you’re a culture crawler or a hot stepper.

Sleepover at Kensington Palace, Camp Bestival and Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave, Feast in London Fields, Spitting Image at Cartoon Museum, Tales from Old Japan in North London, Peppa Pig on a Steam Train…

And who’ll be watching the FA Cup Final? Come on you Arsenal!

Fri: Kensington Palace: The Kids’ Sleepover, Kensington Gardens, W8 4PX (High Street Kensington tube)
Sleep like a royal at this rare opportunity to spend the night at the historic palace. Part of the Glorious Georges season and Museums at Night, the Kids’ Sleepover presents an evening of mask making and dancing, slumber in the spectacular palace rooms and a regal breakfast. For ages 7-11, no unaccompanied parents! 6pm-morning, £60, includes breakfast (May 16)

Fri-Sun: Cartoon Museum: Museums at Night Weekend at Cartoon Museum, 35 Little Russell St, WC1A 2HH (Tottenham Court Rd/Holborn tube)
Come along to the museum for a Design your Own Puppet workshop for ages 7+ (Thu); and special Punch & Judy shows for all the family, with seaside treats including toffee apples and candy floss on offer (Fri). While you’re at the museum, have a gander at the Spitting Image exhibition celebrating puppets from the classic TV animated comedy. Workshop 6-7.30pm, £10 (Thu); Punch & Judy show 6.30-8.30pm, FREE (Fri); museum entry adult £7/child under 18 FREE (MAY 15-17)

Notting Hill May fair

Sat: Notting Hill May Fair, St John’s Church, Notting Hill, W11 2NN (Notting Hill Gate/Holland Park tube)
Enjoy a traditional village fete in the heart of West London with maypole dancing, village games and stalls, folk music, handmade goods, dog show, fancy dress parade, Pimms and BBQ grub on offer. 1-5pm, £1 (May 17)

Sat: Feast in the Fields at London Fields Brewhouse, Railway Arches 369-370, Helmsley Place, E8 3SB (Bethnal Green tube/Hackney Central overground)
The summer feasting series is back at the Brewhouse with an array of mouth-watering food and activities on the menu. The Handcrafted in Hackney theme covers 12 food stands including Thank Cluck, Square Pie and Shebeen Queen. Take part in the Hackney Hot Wing and Hotdogathon challenges, also live DJs, craft beer, music, games for kids and cookery demos. 10am-late, £4, buy ahead to avoid disappointment! (May 17)

Sat: Royal Institution Family Fun Day: Great Stuff at Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle St, W1S 4BS (Piccadilly Circus tube)
What happens when you make a liquid with iron filings? How can you make paint change colour before your eyes? Delve into the wonders of the material world, exploring scientific principles using everyday objects from fans to jelly babies! For ages 6-12, younger siblings welcome. 11am-4pm, drop-in, adult £12/child ages 3-18 £6/under 3s FREE (May 17)

Sat-Sun: Peppa Pig at Epping Ongar Railway, North Weald/Ongar Rail stations (Epping tube)
Ride the heritage bus, diesel and steam trains along the Epping Ongar Railway and meet special guest Peppa Pig, with George also along for the ride. Face painting, bouncy castle, petting farm, magic and more entertainment for young and old. From 9.30am-5pm, adult £14/child £8/family of 4 £40/under 2s FREE (May 17-18)

Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave

Sun: BFLF presents Camp Bestival’s Travelling Circus at Shapes, 117 Wallis Rd, E9 5LN (Hackney Wick overground)
The 2-4 hour party people join forces with award-winning family festival Camp Bestival to close out their family rave season. Look forward to top DJs Felix of Hot Chip and a super cool surprise guest on the turntables, plus dress-up box and photo booth, glitter cannon and motion capture projection, baby chill-out, toddler play tunnel and licensed bar. All ages. 2-4.30pm, adult £8 adv, £10 door/child £4 adv, £5 door/non-walkers FREE (May 18)

Sun: Tales from Old Japan at Arts Depot (top pic), 5 Nether St, Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley N12 0GA (Finchley Central tube)
Three mysterious and delightful Japanese tales are brought lovingly to life through puppetry, music and storytelling from inventive company A Thousand Cranes. For ages 5+. 11am & 2pm, £7 (May 18)

Sun: Mwalimu Express at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, E1 6LA (Shoreditch High St overground)
Our favourite family afternoon groove and chill session returns for its monthly outing. Parent and toddler dance workshops, African food and crafts stalls, DJ sessions, live music from London Zulu (Soul II Soul, Neneh Cherry vocalist), games from the Oware Society and African Cinema from Screenstation. 2-5pm, FREE (May 18)

Sun: Keats House Family Day, Keats Grove, Hampstead NW3 2RR (Hampstead tube/Hampstead Heath overground)
Spend a summery afternoon in the garden at Keats House. This month’s Family Day promises an engaging session of arts and crafts for all ages, inspired by forests, jungles and everything green. 1-4pm, adult £5.50/child under 18 FREE (May 18)

We also like
Street Feast weekly night food market is back in Dalston Yard (Fri-Sat, 5pm-midnight); see the brilliant Wall-E at Everyman Cinemas Screen on the Green in Islington (9.45am); enjoy music, Big Apple Hot Dogs and 20% discounts at Seven Dials Spring Shopping Festival in Covent Garden (Sat, 12-5pm); family friendly opera in Operantics at Rose Theatre Kingston (Sat, 3pm); find furry friends at The London Pet Show at Earl’s Court (Sat-Sun); belt out ‘Let it Go’ at the Frozen Sing Along at Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square (Sun, 1pm)

Images via Notting Hill Mayfest, Big Fish Little Fish, Arts Depot

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Babes Love… Skribbies (customisable hi-tops)

Skribbies with Ezra

Looking for a way to freshen up the kids’ wardrobe now that British summertime is officially here?

Your mini stylistas can put their best feet forward in a pair of Skribbies customisable hi-tops.

We were sent a pair to review at Christmas and Ezra couldn’t wait to get them on.

Skribbies customisable hi-tops for kids

The cool thing about Skribbies is that they come with erasable coloured marker pens and stickers that kids can use to decorate their own shoes. There’s even a handy wristband to wipe their shoes clean so they can graffiti them all over again.

Skribbies hi-tops

I love that Skribbies combine fashion, functionality and creativity as they encourage children to let their imaginations loose. At the same time, they look trendy enough to wear without any embellishment. Here’s Ezra rocking his Skribbies while modelling Smafolk boys wear!

Ezra in Skribbies and Smafolk

Skribbies founder Jennifer Duthie is also one of the forces behind the Pledge to Play movement, a campaign that encourages adults to spend at least two hours a week in creative play with their kids. Definitely a girl after our own hearts!

Check out Skribbies at, available in three colours (yellow, blue or pink) at £35.95 retail.

Visit Pledge to Play on Facebook at or follow @pledge_2_play on Twitter to find out about their weekly chat.

Featured: Stylin’ for a Mother and Son Play Date!

George at Asda Mum Collage

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I’m blessed to be the mother of two delicious boys. But every now and then, it’s a joy to spend quality time with just one son.

Yesterday Jed was out with a friend after school while Ezra and I curled up together with a book for a few hours (we’re reading Enid Blyton’s The Phoenix and the Magic Carpet, one of my childhood faves). Lovely.

George at Asda invited me to showcase their women and kids range and, with Mother’s Day just around the corner, I decided to put together outfits for a Mummy and Son urban play date.

I have my eye on this flared Moda midi skirt (£12), paired with the Moda jersey shirt (£10) in sunshine yellow (Ezra’s favourite colour).

George at Asda Moda midi skirt

I would add a black crochet shrug as above (£10) for this transitional weather we’re having and probably top it all off with a dark, cropped denim jacket (£18), a wardrobe staple.

Oh and of course, flat shoes to keep up with my active boy! I’m feeling these cheap and chic leopard ballet shoes (£6)

George at Asda leopard ballet shoes

For my little man, I like the style of the Superman hoody (£8) as Jed is nuts about the action hero and loves anything red.

Sports mad Ezra would look smart in the cricket jumper (£8, online exclusive).

George at Asda Boy Collage

They could match either top with a pair of utility trousers (£7) and cool, two-toned canvas plimsolls (£7) to step out with Mummy in style!