The Luvaville Blog
The Luvaville.com Blog is ALL about travel and lifestyle for urban parents. Here, we wish to share with you some of our travel experiences as well as tips and various recommendations on fashion, great design, trendy and practical products that go along with life as parents.
Shusha Toys is created by a Russian Couple who have backgrounds in graphic design and architecture. In anticipation of the birth of their first child they wanted to make something special and so they began to experiment with the idea of creating their own wooden toys.
Shusha toys is not only fun they also help to develop important skills: motor, logic, imagination and of course, taste. All “Shusha” toys are made in-house in Russia and is made from natural materials such as wood and non-toxic paints.
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This week I took a visit to Kleine Fabriek in Amsterdam, the international trade show for Children’s Fashion and lifestyle. I always look out for quirky, stylish and beautiful things that inspire me and my blog Family Travel Delights. There were so many beautiful things to see. From jewellery, travel accessories to stationary and of course a lot of mini dressing. These were my favourite finds.
Liberty style florals, zigzag knitwear and sunshine yellow for summer 2013. i love georgeous started in 2006 by friends Lucy Enfield and Sophie Worthington. Six months after their first collection was launched they could count Kate Moss and Claudia Schiffer as their customers.
Emile & Ida
Adorable! Must have the moustache t-shirt and love the floral prints dresses and shorts
Not a newcomer but still so cute! Oilily is a famous Dutch brand for many years now and still in full swing. Prints and colours avant la lettre.Oilily collections are often inspired by folklore of famous fairy tales that children all over the world love. The A/W collection of Oilily will be “Heart for Art” with beautiful designs and colours.
KIK * KID
Twinkle twinkle little star and fresh & easy. A new teenage label Azza by KIK *KID will be introduced Summer 2013.
Circle of Trust in Neon
A young trendy fair trade label. Love these NEON colours for my 10 year old mini me.
All essentials for your sweetheart birthday party.
A Pop-up shop with wannahaves. Can’t choose between Laduree letterboxes, notebooks, pencils and lovely French cahiers.
Finally safe & cool. Award winning Dutch multi-sports helmets. The helmet can be used for most street, snow and water sports such as cycling, skiing, snowboarding, kite surfing, wakeboarding and kayaking. You can give your Egg helmet a personalized look with Skins and Add-ons.
We love the fabulous collaboration between Nils & Happy to see you. Made of beautiful Liberty fabrics, the collection for boys, girls AND dolls is simply adorable. You will find tunic, dresses, trousers, jackets and even cute accessories made for both children and their dolls...matching, off course. So cute, I think. Happy to see you also makes cute hand made dolls made of high quality wool. Don't forget to pay the website a visit....Here you will find dolls, dolls clothes made of fabulous fabrics such as Liberty fabrics and alpaca wool and even beautiful wooden dolls furniture. Wish I was a little girl again!
We are soooo happy to introduce to you the sweest Chef and Food writer, Louisa Lorang. Louisa has written several Cookbooks, writes for the Danish Magasin Femina and is from time to time to be seen very early in the Danish Morning Tv Show Go'morgen Danmark. We love the fact that Louisa's Kitchen is both traditional and untraditonal at the same time, that her Recipes are very easy to follow and that her Books are filled with beautiful pictures; but most of all we love her unpretentious and humorous tone. Louisa will regularly share her fabulous Recipes with us, so stay tuned!
Louisa lives in Copenhagen with her boyfriend and their two Children, Ester 5 years old and little Isak who is almost 2 years old. They love living in the area Christianshavn, from where you kan reach almost every sights on foot. The Family love the green areas and the diversity but they wouldn't mind having less trafic, an ice cream shop and better Take away places - Yes a Chef also gets tired and hungry!
Photo : Anders Schønnemann
1. What do you like best about living in Copenhagen with children? I like the convenience and choices the City gives me. Living in Copenhagen we are close to nature; parks, woods and beaches, and still have easy acces to movies, playgrounds, cafees, restaurants, theaters, museums and much more.
Photo: Tuala Hjarnø
2. What is it like a typical day in Copenhagen with your family? My job is very versatile. And luckily I am often able to pick my kids up pretty early from kindergarden. In summertime, we usually go back to our really big and great courtyard. Here they play and we sometimes eat with other children families. During the winter I like to make tea, fruit or maybe chai when we get home. And we usually play or read together. Or watch a movie or cartoons. We also cook together all 4 of us several times a week. When the kids are asleep, I usually work again. That way, I have more time with them.
3. What is your favourite area in the city and why? We live very close to Holmen and Christiania. Both very unique places in Copenhagen. We use both places a lot. Christiania is beautiful during summer and has a great playground. Holmen is fab when we go boat-watching or want to catch a “Havnebus”.
Photo: Ty Stange
4. Where do you like to go for lunch or dinner? If we are eating out with the kids, we like to have lunch at Morgenstedet at Christiania. It is vegetarian and they have a small courtyard, so the kids can play. My daughter likes Wagamama and Sticks N Sushi – or if we need caks, we go to Nikolaus Strangas at Åboulevard.
5. What kind of public transport do you use getting around in the city with your family? We often walk, take the metro or the “havnebus” when getting around in the city.
6. Your favourite shops for your self and for your children? I must admit that I am quite busy and don´t spend to much time shopping. I usually get all shopping done in very short time in Magasin at Kgs. Nytorv. It is easy, warm and they have a good return policy.
Photo: Morten Jerichau
7. The best play ground in the city? 2 favorites: Voldens legeplads at Christianshavns Vold and the playground behind Nikolaj Kirke.
8. If you have a little diaper incident where do you go? Magasin – I always end up there…..
9. Your Childrens' favourite cultural activity? My daughter likes museums. Especially art museums, where they have installations. She likes Arken a lot. And we often go to my inlaws farm. They have a small “besøgsbondegård” Barresøgård, were you can pet the animals and milk the cow. She loves to spend time there.
10. Your own favourite cultural activity? Eating! And I love to go to the theatre, but it has been far too long. I don´t have enough time.
Photo. Ty Stange
11. What is your favorite food? I loooove fod. Practically everything; from old style to Vietnamese. And always with both chesse and dessert.
12. What is your Children's favoite food? Ester is crazy about Dahl (Indian lens dish). Super cool I think, even though it might be because of the unlimited Mango Chutney we serve when we have Dahl. Also both Spring rolls, lasagna, pasta, beef in oyster sauce and pizza are always a big hit for both of the kids; even though Isak mostly eat meat!
Photo: Anders Schønemann
Collégien has made slippers since 1947 and they do know what they are doing: Their slippers for adults and children are so soft and comfortable and you can practical get the design you want. For the winter they make warm and soft slippers in wool and cashmere.
It's no secret that we love Macarons! Check out these cute Macarons from Monsieur Jules. We have written about the designer Elisabeth Gallois before who creates gorgeous couture-gourmet toys in colorful fabric to stimulate the creativity of the children. Fruits, vegetables hamburgers, cakes and sushi and now macarons...all made beautifully out of textile. Can be bought exclusively on the French webshop: www.feefaustine.fr.
My favorite season is Autumn. I love it. All about it actually, but especially the colors and the fact that the weather invites you to drink hot chocolate:) This afternoon Sarah and I went into the authumn mood: a long walk in the park, making hot chocolate with the fabulous chocolate my mom bought the last time she went to Berlin and beeing creative with Djeco. We have mentioned French Djeco before and I can continue to talk about Djeco. They make fabulous creative kits for children....Today we opened one of the amazing gifts she got for her birthday...This one, a stamp set, was one of the nice gifts she got from Anne and her two gorgeous girls, Liv & Stella. More afternoons like this, please...
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