WIN a Havoc Denim Shopping Spree!

It’s giveaway day (hooray) and our friends at Havoc Denim would like to share their new winter collection. It’s filled to the brim with high quality designs, cheerful colours, funky patterns, and mix-and-match pieces… and we have two $100 shopping sprees to giveaway (one for the girls & one for the boys). Check out our review below and get your entries in folks!

Havoc Denim Kids Jeans Giveaway, Competition

The KID independent extended family have been rocking out in Havoc Denim jeans for a few years now. We have pairs that have been well worn and loved, handed down and re-loved, and are still going strong. This season’s collection is no exception; featuring quality pre-shrunk fabrics and meticulous garment engineering to ensure excellent wearability.

Boosting bright hues of aqua, pink, green, red, and purple, this season’s offerings make winter dressing fun! We’re especially loving the floral jeans for girls, available in three colourways, and the long sleeve hooded tees for boys, perfectly matched with a versatile denim vest. This season sees the addition of some new Havoc Denim accessories, including lovely faux fur scarves.

Competition - Giveaway - WinWould you like to win one of two $100 Havoc Denim vouchers? To enter, simply tell us which item is your favourite along with the gender of your child/ren. You can also score extra entries into the prize draw by joining us on Facebook or tweeting about the giveaway. Winner announced on 14 August, 2014.

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Designer of the Week - Little Owl Big Bear

Hi guys! It’s designer of the week time and our featured artist is all about playful prints and creative colourways. We were so excited to try out this Wild Child combo, which was lovingly crafted by Aimee from Little Owl Big Bear. Aimee is a busy mum of three who started sewing to clothe her boys and is quickly gaining popularity as a handmade designer to watch!

Little Owl Big Bear Handmade Kids Clothing

The Product Review

Without a doubt, my favourite feature of the ‘wild child’ crew pullover and slouch pants is the whimsy factor that comes with the awesome print and fabric choices. The ‘wild child’ top has a simple monochrome front, a leopard print design on the back, and black raglan sleeves for a modern, yet casual appeal.

The slouch pants feature a bright woodland print with orange foxes and little red mushrooms on vibrant aqua background. On the rear, you’ll find contrasting black and white stripes. The drop of these pants is super funky with a slouchy crotch (not too low… still comfy and practical) and slim legs.  Little Owl Big Bear garments are made from soft cotton/elastane which is suitable for all year round. As we live in Queensland, I love the lightweight of the fabrics as they give just enough warmth without being restrictive.

The verdict… Effortless dressing with a big style payoff!

Little Owl Big Bear Handmade Kids Clothing

The Indie Label

Aimee launched her label Little Owl Big Bear after she had her first two boys, Jaih Bear and the night owl Theo (she now has a third little one, Malo). She explains, “I started sewing garments primarily to deck the boys out in cool handmade threads, and secondly as a creative outlet while caring for them. I originally focused on bibs and modern cloth nappies, but I soon found a love for knit fabrics. I started creating children’s clothes and haven’t looked back. My Family is at the heart of this little handmade operation. They inspire me to keep going and dream big”.

Aimee sources fabrics from around the globe and loves coming up with funky combinations. She has a passion for creating her own clothing patterns and has started exploring with fabric design and screen printing.

The Creative Mind

Aimee grew up in Auckland, New Zealand and has loved art and craft since she was young. She explains, “I distinctly remember my mum creating amazing activities for me and my siblings. The creative souls of my mum and grandma inspired my love for all things arty. Both were sewers, and my grandma went halves in my first sewing machine when I was 17″.

Aimee holds a degree in interior design and worked for a few years in a leading architecture firm before moving to the Gold Coast (QLD, Australia). This was as a stepping stone for work and further travel. However, Aimee soon fell in love with the Gold Coast, and never left! She and her husband (her partner in crime & creator of the artwork for the signature ’wild child’ top) will soon be moving house and setting up a dedicated studio/workshop to further their passion.

Little Owl Big Bear Handmade Kids Clothing

The Whimsical Spirit

Here’s three fun facts about Aimee (in her own words):

  1. I am half Dutch.
  2. I am a twin.
  3. I was a competition winning swimmer all through my childhood.

The Handmade Collection

Aimee is currently working in her brand new summer collection (and website). She is also taking custom orders for her wild child tops and all kinds of cool creations, as displayed on her Facebook page. Follow Aimee on Facebook or Instagram for all the latest releases (ready to ship pieces pop up regularly too).

Little Owl Big Bear Handmade Kids Clothing

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Czesiociuch... It's all about the pants!

How much do we love these pants? A lot! They’re made in Poland by children’s label Czesiociuch – a creative project of of Polish artist Czeslaw Mozil and stylist Dorota Zielinska. They’re perfectly unisex, awesomely casual, and just plain fun. Czesiociuch also make kids tees, skirts, dresses, and more!

Czesiociuch Cool Kids Clothing

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New Music - The Good Ms Padgett

The Good Ms Padgett has just released her third full-length album, If We Must We Must, which is co-produced with Daniel Littleton of Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower. Sweet and melodic, the album features guest performances by Ms. P’s family: partner Miggy Littleton and 7-year-old daughter, Penelope. I’m loving both the album and the super cool Brooklyn, NY skate shoot!

The Good Ms Padgett - If We Must We Must

There are some absolutely lovely original songs on this album, like ‘No such thing as monsters’ and ‘Tattle to the turtle’ which are educational, reassuring, and fun. I also love the imaginative story-telling aspect of tracks such as ‘lollipop nightmare’ and ‘trees don’t need sippy cups’ – however, my favourite listening moment from this album came when track five jumped into action… a cover of The Vaselines’ ‘Molly Lips’ – re-imagined by Ms Padgett and her daughter Penelope. Listen to it once and it just might become your new favourite song to sing to your little poppet. Very cool indeed!

You can find out more about The Good Ms Padgett via her website.

You can buy the album here.


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