Launching of My New Online Boutique: Sixtine et Victoire

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I am happy to announce that I have finally decided to take the big plunge and open my own online boutique. It is called sixtine et victoire, after my two inspiring daughters and although I feel slightly nervous, I am mostly very excited about it all.

Simply beautiful products for little and not-so-little naturalists including wooden toys, gifts, stationery and wall art.

I have only listed a couple items – parenting two girls under two doesn’t give me much alone time – but I will be adding more in the next few weeks. If you care to take a look and tell me what you think, I would really appreciate it. Follow me, pin it, share it, like it, treasury-list it, and tweet if you like it! Thank you. I should be able to post more once I have a good stock of items and they are listed. There is just so little time in a day!

Sixtine et Victoire Etsy shop

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Introducing Retro Love Photography: Fine Art Prints {giveaway}

HOW WE CAME ACROSS EACH OTHER

I met Nastasia 9 years ago. We were both working as nannies in London, we were young, wild and free. We both had a passion for photography, languages and traveling. Today, we are both happily married to foreigners: she moved to the US, I moved to Canada. She managed to turn her love for photography into a full-time home based business and I couldn’t be more proud of her. I love her and I think everyone should hear about her and what she does.

THE ARTIST BEHIND RETRO LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY SAYS HI

nastasia buttonShe says: “Hi! I’m Nastasia, a 26 year old photographer based in sunny Orange, California. Photography has always been a big passion of mine, and after growing a nice collection of photographs from all my travels, I decided to start an Etsy shop in the summer of 2011. What started as a side hobby of selling some fine art prints has since grown into a full time business that I run from my home studio. My art can now be found on multiple mediums such as Iphone cases, pillow covers, photo wood blocks and jewelry. All of these products are  handmade by me with lots of love!” 

SIXTINE AND THE LITTLE THINGS’ SELECTION

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PROMOTIONAL COUPON CODE FOR ALL MY READERS!

All my readers will be offered 10% off on pillow covers and wood blocks using SIXTINE10 and 20% off on everything else using SIXTINE20.

GIVEAWAY! 

And because I love you that much, we are also running a giveaway contest. One lucky winner will receive an art wood block with picture of choice. Similar as these one, available in black or white, all art wood blocks come ready to hang. Beautiful nursery and home decor, it would also make a wonderful gift for a new baby! “Your first breath took ours away”, “She will move mountains”, “Young wild and free”…and so on!

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To enter the giveaway, please do as follow:

You have until Tuesday, May 28th to participate! Giveaway open internationally. Good luck to you all! And a special thank you to Nastasia, founder of Retro Love Photography for her fabulousness!

CONGRATULATIONS LAUREN JAMES (KNACKERED HOUSEWIFE). You win “She will move mountains” in white! Thank you to all participants and stay tuned for the next giveaway! 

Introducing French Blossom: Celebrating French Fashion For Children

Do you have children? Do you love fashion? Do you love Paris and anything French? Then you will love French Blossom!

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French Blossom is an online boutique which showcases 100% French designers for children’s clothing, toys and decoration. Everything they have in store is pretty and elegant!

I tell my family and friends that I miss French fashion all the time. I have to stock up on French clothes, books, toys (anything really) every time I go home so imagine how happy I was when I heard about them! My children are going to look so stylish and it won’t cost me a flight to Paris and back! Yes, they ship worldwide!

Check out my wishlist and tell me what you love! I may as well have copy pasted the whole website! 🙂

Top 3 Clothing items
Sixtine would rock these! I especially love the Vichy scarf!
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Top 3 Little Somethings
I think the puzzle would make a really nice gift! It contains three monuments of Paris including the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Sacre Coeur.

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Top 3 Nursery Decor
Ohh dear, I LOVE the mini-piano. WANT. IT. My daughters have to have it!

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Top 3 Toys
Well-known Sophie and bilingual Flashcards!

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Visit French Blossom if you would like to add some French flair to your life! Follow them on Facebook and Twitter, and stay tuned for a little surprise-surprise!

A Christening in Paris

We decided to baptize our daughter a while ago and thought it would be nice for our French family to do it in Paris, since they missed the wedding and the birth of the baby! The great thing was that I was able to celebrate in style with great French boutiques and shops! I was absolutely delighted by My little day and Chez Bogato! You can use all these for other type of celebrationszaQ

Absolutely amazing hopscotch Christening cake by Chez Bogato,  7 rue Liancourt, Paris 14eme.

You can ask them absolutely anything. Anais Olmer will get in touch with you and you can discuss your wants and needs. She is very nice to work with. They then surprise you with something beautiful! I want to add that the cake not only looked amazing, but it tasted really good. 

Vintage-inspired party favors for the kids by My little day, online boutique.

My little day is a beautiful site with great products to make wonderful parties for children. If you like pretty little things and are young at heart, you might go crazy and decide to buy everything. My little day will make any party planning, a piece of cake! Dorothee and Gabriella are really friendly and very helpful so go check out their shop and let me know what you think!

Moelleux au chocolat nuage and cupcakes stars by Chez Bogato as well. 

Delicious, pretty and cute. What else to say? Chez Bogato is a very small shop/bakery located near Montparnasse in Paris. They also sell sugar cookies, and almost anything edible can be customized. You will also find vintage items such as candies, and kitchen accessories. I am in love!

Recyclable party favor – flower seed kits by recycledideas, Etsy shop.

I really wanted to do something different than sugared almond. To me, they are dreadful. So I looked for something innovative and discovered those flower seed kits while searching on Etsy. I was immediately convinced that they would make great party favors for adults. They were really easy to put together, earth friendly, and I was able to pick the shape of the seeds (sheeps), the colors (ivory, white, and beige), and what I wanted on the little leaflet (name, date, etc…). I am really happy with my choice and I think my guests were pleasantly surprised as well! 

Balloons, glass milk, striped straw, place mat and napkins by My little day.

Did I say it was the best party boutique ever? In the world? 

Invitations by Simply Stunning Stationery, Etsy Shop.

These invitations came all the way from Australia to France. I would have rather order from France for earth-friendly reasons but they were so beautiful that I couldn’t refrain myself and purchased them. Rachel is a lovely Australian lady and she was very nice! 

And last but not least, little Miss Sixtine, wearing her beautiful vintage baby bonnet by 4PennyGirl, Etsy shop.

Babywearing: The Sling (Mama Kangaroo)

My husband got me a sling when Sixtine was about two or a little over two months old so that I could be more “independent” so to speak and do things around the house as my daughter wanted to be held, or on my chest all the time. I found it really difficult and thought it’d be a good compromise.

I used it a lot around the house, but always took the stroller when we were out because it felt more practical and makes a great cart! I have to say that I absolutely love our jogger stroller.

But  I left Canada for France when Sixtine turned four months and realized how difficult it was for me to go around in Paris. I couldn’t get out by myself – the Parisian métro doesn’t care about strollers.

Last friday, I met with my friend Rachael and her baby Henry in La Défense and felt very nervous at the thought of travelling by myself, by train and spend a whole afternoon there. I knew there was no way I could take the stroller so I decided to carry Sixtine in the sling.

I did have to bring her diaper bag which I probably over-packed, and think I will travel lighter next time, but…

…We did absolutely wonderful. I should have more trust in my own baby. I was picturing a squirmy, whiny Sixtine (and really, she barely ever is) and instead, Sixtine was delightful and comfortable. I had a great time and felt so proud that I was able to travel by myself. I haven’t used the stroller much since.

What I absolutely love about the sling is the closeness it provides and Sixtine loves the motion and being able to look around and be at everyone’s level. She is a very outgoing, sociable, and curious baby and I think this is great for her.

Mama Kangaroo sling (Stretchy Wrap) is a big stretch of fabric that enables you to do anything you want with it.

5 Meters of slightly stretch fabric, one size fits all wearers and babies. This carrier distributes the baby’s weight evenly on shoulders, entire back and hips. It is ideal for longer baby wearing periods and is just as comfortable as you favorite T-shirt! The pouch is a decorative element that was added to help you find the wrap’s center easily and to carry small objects like a bib or a diaper. Many possible positions, same wrapping every time! Best seller!

I have been using it the same way since she was born and it is great. I usually have her in the tummy-to-tummy position but she likes facing the world as well. It took me only a couple tries to learn how to do it and once I got it, it was very easy to put on!

As odd as it may sound, carrying Sixtine this way makes me feel great. I feel like the Mama I want to be, she is so content and peaceful, I couldn’t ask for more.

London: My First Trip Away From Baby

I haven’t been separated from my baby daughter since she was born, and this weekend will mark a milestone. I am going to London with my BFF for three days. We have known each other since we were girls, and we have been going to London for years. I moved in London at the age of 20 and then again in 2009 to attend university. We know London well enough to go for very short visits and skip the sight seeing. We shop til we drop, we dance like no one’s watching , and we go home happy.

But it is going to be very different this time…I am a mother, and I have a tiny little one who will be wondering where her Mama is.  My heart hurts at the thought of being away from her for so long…I even thought of cancelling but I need to do this.

It is going to be lots of fun and I will take a million pictures !

How did you survive your first trip away sans baby?

Writing My First Guest Post

I was very flattered when Ana over BlueBirdKisses asked me whether I would be interested into guest posting on her blog and immediately said yes. Then I start thinking: What do I write about? Is she going to like my post? How about her readers?

I decided to write a short fashion-related post to start with – I didn’t want to let her down and thought it would be safer to start my first guest post with little content. I definitely got writer’s block and was very nervous sending it when I was done. I even told her it was ok if she didn’t want to publish it anymore…talk about lack of confidence !

Anyways, she did publish it and said she liked it so here is the finish product:

Thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to write on your blog Ana ! It was a great experience !

A Day In Paris With Baby

I was born in Paris but I live in the suburbs. It is already been about three weeks here and we have been very busy ! I am lucky to live on top of H&M (literally) and have everything nearby which is awesome. We hadn’t been to Paris yet and I didn’t feel the need to – it is close enough and I knew we would get plenty of opportunities but there was a couple shops I really wanted to go to and decided to make it Friday Fun Day.

First things first, as a French person, I should complain. I took the jogger stroller thinking we were going to be away all afternoon – twelve to seven pm and that the baby wouldn’t last long in the sling. I had forgotten or really I had never paid attention before to the fact that there was no elevators, or very little put in place to help parents along. I was looking for an elevator and went to ask a SNCF (public transportation company) worker. I said: “I am looking to go downstairs to take the métro. Where is the elevator?” He replied: “there are none.” I said: “So how do I get downstairs? How do wheelchaired people do?”. He answered very nonchalantly that they didn’t go anywhere. I was pretty pissed. I just hope he stays well. We had to carry the stroller everywhere we went.

Aside from this, we had a lovely time. I had heard about a green shop for babies called Les Biogosses and couldn’t wait to pay them a visit ! I wasn’t disappointed. The owner was very friendly and helpful, and there was a lot to buy. Organic baby food, kitchenware, eco disposable diapers, cloth diapers, organic cotton clothes, and great wooden toys ! I was so excited I didn’t know what to get anymore. I got some German green disposable diapers (Wiona: they come in a great package that makes it really easy to change baby), a sippy cup, a formula dispenser and I would have bought more had I had room to put them in. If you ever come in Paris, I highly recommend you give it a try ! If not, you can still order online here (if you are located in France, Luxembourg, Belgium and Switzerland).

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After this little shopping excursion, we decided to grab a bite to eat and stumbled upon Rose Bakery which was great because I had been wanting to try it and hadn’t realized that it was so close to the shop. It does a bit of everything, lunch, tea salon, and a bakery. I had read a couple bad reviews about the place but still wanted to try it and I am glad we did. The food (although quite pricey) was amazing and the service was good. The little lady who was standing behind the counter had a charming accent and was pretty sweet. They also sell fresh produce, teas, British stuff and organic food. The other customers were couples, friends, speaking French or English and it felt like traveling the time of a meal. It is located 46 rue des Martyrs.

Finally, we went to Le Bonhomme de Bois, a wooden toy shop for kids that I had been wanting to go to. It is a beautiful place – there are toys aimed from birth to older children. I bought a lovely rattle for Sixtine as well as a Pull and Push Beads Toy for her. Great prices and a lot of toys to choose from ! There are four shops in Paris alone and it is also a great place for gifts !

Instead of taking the métro on the way back – which was a pain in the b*** – we decided to take the bus back to Montparnasse which was just a breather. Sixtine didn’t complain one bit the whole afternoon and she was a very delightful little girl. I am pretty lucky !

We saw the Eiffel tower from afar but I promised myself not to go until my husband would be with us. Another two months to go !

Good Morning Sunshine l Tartine et Chocolat

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Oh la la : A French look for baby

Our big order has finally arrived (French winter sales). On the above picture, Sixtine is wearing her new Petit Bateau thin-strapped onesie. Doesn’t she look adorable ?

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I also got a Quand je serai grande, j’irai a Paris wall art canvas by Isabelle Kessedjian for her nursery.