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)

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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.

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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!

#Win Smafolk Kids Summer Wear from Denmark!

Smafolk boys jumping for joy

You might have spotted my boys Jumping for Joy with Smafolk kidswear they were sent to review.

We love the vivid colours and playful patterns of the fabrics, made in Denmark for children ages 0-10.

The friendly people at Smafolk also sent us a bundle of prizes for our readers and if you have little ones ages 9 months to 6 years you might want to get involved!

Win Smafolk Kids Summer Wear from Denmark (total value €120+)

We have 1 each of these 5 items to give away:

1 Summer Dress in pink, orange and cream tones (as below) with apples, strawberries, flowers and butterfly motif (ages 5-6)

Smafolk pink orange print dress

1 Pair of Blue trousers (pictured right), lightweight cotton mix (ages 5-6)

Smafolk blue trousers

1 Blue and cream t-shirt (pictured left), cotton mix, cheeky monkey print (ages 3-4)

Smafolk monkey t-shirt

1 100% cotton onesie (similar style as below), light grey with yellow tractor motif and blue neck and thigh trim (size 74/ages 9-12 months)

Smafolk tractor onesie

1 Sleeveless romper suit (pictured right), multi-coloured apple print (size 74/ages 9-12 months)

Smafolk apple romper

All these products are fresh from the Smafolk summer catalogue and have yet to be released on the web store, so the winners’ kids will be some of the first to step out in these outfits!

Entry is simple via Rafflecopter form below. You are welcome to enter multiple times and who knows, it could be one lucky winner to scoop all five items!

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Jumping for Joy with Smafolk Kidswear!

Smafolk boyswear

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What to do on a teacher’s strike day off from school? Take the kids to a local church for a mini photo shoot (I wanted to use their blue door as a backdrop)!

We’d been sent some gorgeous boyswear from Småfolk, the super cool kids clothing company based in Denmark.

Smafolk boys clothes black and white

What I love about Scandinavian design for children is the emphasis on playfulness and individuality as well as functionality. These are styles that are made to stand out from the urban crowd and also can handle the rough and tumble of daily wear.

Here’s their press blurb:

Småfolk’s ideology is based on the 70s. A time when children were allowed to be children and when children’s clothing had one aim: To satisfy the needs of children. Right after that, was the wish for prints which exalt the imagination and capture impressions like color, animals, flowers, fruit, vehicles and tools.

Even wandering around their web site puts you in a brighter mood!

Ezra is dressed in a blue T-shirt with racing cars for ages 9-10 (24.95 eur), with matching blue denim trousers (39.95) and socks with big apple (4.95)

Smafolk boys T-shirt and jeans

Jed is wearing the T-shirt with multi apples in turquoise for ages 5-6 (24.95 eur), baggy pants in apple green (32.95), plus same socks as above.


I wanted to capture some shots of the boys jumping. It took a little while but we got some good ones in the end – and we had a lot of fun trying to make it happen.


Smafolk kids clothing range for boys


Smafolk photo shoot


Smafolk happy kids

Ezra’s Review (age 8):

‘I really like Småfolk children’s wear because their clothes are fun to wear and most of their clothes are very very cute. I also like the logo of the brand and the images on the t-shirts. One of my favourite things about the clothes is the colour of the denim trousers. I have to thank Smafolk for the clothes. Thank you Smafolk! Goodbye!’

Keep an eye on the blog to find out how you can win some Småfolk items for your little ones or to send as a gift! And visit to browse their online store. The full range is for children ages 0 to 10.

Here are some more jump shots, just because.

Smafolk Jed jumping

Smafolk Ezra jumping


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#Win an Eva Sonaike make-up clutch £49!

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The name Eva Sonaike might be familiar to many of my readers, as we featured her adorable baby cushion in a review/giveaway a few years back.

Mother, entrepreneur and creative wiz Eva was born in Germany to Nigerian parents. She designs luxury home, fashion and textile products using fabrics and motifs inspired by Africa, with a European twist.

Her latest collection Aburi II is a reworking of the bestselling Aburi collection in a fresh colour scheme. The collection showcases a warm and lush palette designed to capture the serenity and exotic splendour of the Aburi Botanical Gardens in Ghana.

Eva’s range includes stunning cushions, shoppers, clutches, ottoman stools and more and has been sold in Liberty, Fenwick of Bond Street, Selfridges and other boutiques worldwide.


Eva Sonaike Ona Large Clutch Pink Hi Res


Win an Eva Sonaike Designer Makeup Clutch worth £49!

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we wanted to offer a special treat for mamas with a sense of style. Eva Sonaike’s eye-catching Ona makeup clutch comes in 100% cotton twill, with brass ring zip and waterproof lining.

It’s a gorgeous bag to tote your face paint around in and we have 1 Ona clutch (pictured) to give away to one of our lucky Babes about Town readers.

Simply follow the Rafflecopter instructions below to enter the competition. If the form doesn’t show, try refreshing the page and if you’re still having issues contact info(at) Good luck!

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