Yippee! it's the first day of the school holiday, and we have nearly 7 weeks of freedom from routine ahead of us...this is equally exciting and daunting, but we're so tired that right now I'm enjoying the change of pace. I doubt I'll be getting much child-free time, so I'm very glad that me and Lou managed to escape for a few hours on Tuesday and go exploring!
After all the crafty and vintage goodness of Flo-Jo and Shop (see my last post), we wandered a bit further down the road to the absolutely gorgeous independent kid's boutique, The Pippa and Ike Show...
I have been meaning to go there since it opened a year or two ago. I don't know why it's taken me so long, but now I've been there once I'll definitely be back whenever I have spare cash to spend on my or anyone else's little ones...it's just stunning.
It's full of stylish and colourful Scandinavian and European clothing brands including Smafolk (70s-tastic prints, my favourite!!) and Bobo Choses , and toys, prints and homewares by great designers and brands like Ingela P Arrhenius and Ferm Living.
Again, the way the space has been styled is so pleasing. It's bright, colourful and cheerful; me and Lou found ourselves chatting for ages to the lovely owner Lianne, while we browsed through her gorgeous stock. Although there was loads that I liked, I'm trying very hard to be restrained at the moment so I was careful not to let myself get too keen on anything. I thought I was going to get away without buying anything, and then I saw this...
R's size, the last one in the shop, and half price! What was I supposed to do?! My kids are generally dressed in pretty cheap clothes, often cast-offs from friends or stuff from charity shops. But I do have a serious weakness for Smafolk prints, and R has just grown out of the only special top that he has. So yes, my resolve weakened. But kids need clothes, right?
Lianne told us that she has a new Webshop due to launch next week, so the link above is to the blog rather than the shop. They have a sale on at the moment so when the Webshop goes live there will be bargains to be had! And most exciting for me, I showed her a few photos of my fabric palettes from the other day, and she said she'd be interested in stocking some of my handmade vintage fabric lampshades and cushion covers. So I'd better get busy over the summer break!
There were other shops we'd have liked to look in, but after the fun of The Pippa and Ike show, Lou had to get to an appointment so I walked home because the sun was shining(!) and I was feeling energised by a morning of adult conversation and eye candy. I have a feeling we will be going off on another jaunt when we get a chance...I'll let you know when we do!