I was in Paris for the day last week (in fact, you can read all about my thrifty, budget adventures over at Oolamoola.co.uk) and spotted this gorgeous tote bag in the window of Tumbleweed, a children's toy shop in the Marais. The shop wasn't open when I visited, but I'm pretty sure the price tag said €45. There's also an uber-chic kids' fashion boutique next door. For very pretty petit bebes.
19 rue de Turenne
Paris 75004, France
For those who may have missed my story in Time Out, here are some more pics from my latest fave shop in London, Lapin & Me. The newest arrival to the independent shopping haven that is Columbia Road (well, it's actually just around the corner on Ezra Street, but near enough), Lapin & Me stocks a fanciful and French-y range of limited-edition dolls, design-led products, stationery, homewares and children's clothes.
Wee Birdy is also super-chuffed to have served a tiny role in the creation of the real bricks-n-mortar shop. Apparently owner Madeleine James was inspired by the Columbia Road Christmas Wednesdays post last year, and started looking around the area for the perfect premises.
On my shopping wishlist is the hand-stitched "one-eyed" doll (see top pic, £36), Nathalie Lete's illustrated "Parisian shopper", and a Fatina doll brooch (£21). There are also glass jars on the main counter brimming with the most delightful pocket-money goodies, like Alain Gree labels (£3.50), vintage stork & baby sets (£2) and Tooth Mouse boxes (£3.50).
Don't fret if you're out of London – you can dig into this whimsical treasure trove online at www.lapinandme.co.uk.
Lapin & Me
14 Ezra St
London E2 7RG
Nearest tube: Liverpool Street
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More evidence that London's in full spring bloom right now. I took these pics (above) in Greenwich on the weekend – but my street is also awash with pink (see below). I love getting showered with pink petal confetti every time a breeze picks ups. Really enjoying it while it lasts.
What a difference a couple of months make. The last time I walked across this field in Greenwich it was covered in the deepest snow London had seen in almost 20 years. On Saturday I discovered a sea of yellow wild buttercups. So very pretty. Gorgeous spring weather, too!
Maui toucan kids sling chair, £6, from Habitat.
I've been a very bad (but also v. busy) birdy of late. Huge apologies for my lack of posts. I promise I'll be back on form next week. In the meantime, check out my personal highlight from Arcadia's A/W09 press day: the Beth Ditto doll, courtesy of plus-size UK high street brand, Evans.
I think every little girl should have one. Unfortunately the doll (made by Superdoll Collectables London) is a one-off, but check out those boobs and tummy! Ace hair, too. I'm really looking forward to seeing the full line-up from this exciting collaboration – if the monochrome dominoes dress is anything to go by, it signals a brave step by Evans in a brand new (and much younger) direction. Bravo!