Friday, 27 March 2015

Spring Greens

Spring styling should be fresh, innovative, and, most importantly, fun. Three very different Bubble brands show us how it's done...

New to Bubble this season, Room Seven's clothing strikes a perfect balance between elegance and playfulness. Think bold colourways, show-stopping prints, and exquisite details - like the Mexican-inspired embroidery and tassels in its latest S/S collection. 

The German brand also creates bedding, nightwear and accessories - and has even designed a range of wallpapers based on its unique fabrics. We love its multi-purpose patchwork quilts.

Luxury label Sand Dollar specialises in UV swimwear for children aged 5 - 12. 

As a mum-of-four, its founder, Maureen, was keen to create stylish, sun-safe garments that little ones would want to wear. 

Her beautifully-designed pieces - from shorts and tops, to elegant swimsets - are made from fast-drying, breathable fabric. Parents will love the brand's sun-safe credentials, while style-concious kids won't be able to resist its cool prints and colours. 


No one does Scandi-chic quite like Danefae. The Bubble brand creates children's clothing in irresistibly fun colours and graphic prints, taking inspiration from Danish myths and landscapes. 

Mermaids, swans and Vikings all figure heavily in its current S/S collection, which is designed for children aged 0 - 10. 

Catch Room Seven, Sand Dollar Swim and Danefae at Bubble London in July...

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Discover...Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Earlier this month, Bubble and Speak set out on a whistle-stop tour of Yorkshire's best family attractions, events and eateries. Salts Mill was our first port of call - and, after all that coffee and cake, we decided to get some fresh air at The Yorkshire Sculpture Park. 

Outdoor art gallery YSP plays host to an ever-changing programme of exhibitions. Based in the grounds of Bretton Hall, Wakefield, it's currently home to works by Henry Moore, Ai Weiwei, Barbara Hepworth and Anthony Caro. 

There are over 500 acres of rolling countryside to explore, and many of the estate's original features - including a deer shelter, chapel and camellia house - have been restored and repurposed. 

YSP also boasts several indoor art-spaces - the largest of which, The Underground Gallery, is currently showing a selection of Henry Moore's sculptures and drawings. 

Families can enjoy a picnic in the grounds - but, on the rainy afternoon we visited, its fantastic café and restaurant seemed like a safer bet. After a brisk half-hour walk, we felt as though we'd earned a hot chocolate and vanilla latte...

The restaurant is situated on the second floor of YPS's award-winning visitor centre, and affords diners panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Downstairs, there's an independent shop selling art books, children's toys, and gifts and jewellery by local designers. 

The park regularly hosts family-friendly events (from sculpture workshops, to heron watching and after-hours gallery evenings) - but children will be just as happy exploring its fields and woodland. 

So, what do you think? Does YSP sounds like your idea of a great family day out? Let us know...

Monday, 23 March 2015

Spring Signings

Spring has arrived, bringing with it longer days, warmer weather, and - most excitingly - a raft of new Bubble brands. We couldn't wait to introduce our latest signings, Dotty Dungarees and Bakker Made With Love...

After struggling to find stylish, practical childrenswear that would fit for longer than a month, new mums Alice Rothschild and Georgina Parr came up with a brilliantly simple solution. 

The duo created a range of adjustable dungarees, which can be lengthened at the shoulder, or rolled up to reveal a distinctive, spotty lining. 

Designed to fit both girls and boys, the dungarees last for a year - and are tested by Alice and Georgie's children, Dolly and Otto, before going on sale.

Bakker Made With Love

Founded by David and Valerie Bakker, Bakker Made With Love is a chic lifestyle brand with adventure and discovery at its heart. 

After running a chain of furniture stores in France, creatives David and Valerie turned their attention to childrenswear. The pair moved to Bali with their young family, seeking out gifted artisans and creating an inaugural range of clothing, accessories and interiors products. 

Inspired by the family's travels, each Bakker Made With Love collection marries understated French elegance with Indonesian craftsmanship and colour. 

Discover Bakker Made With Love and Dotty Dungarees at the next edition of Bubble London, which takes place on 12 and 13 July, 2015. 

Saturday, 21 March 2015

This Week's Best Bits

What have you been reading on the web this week? Our news feed was dominated by reactions to the 2015 Budget - and CWB Magazine ran through the key points (including a 'radical review of business rates') here

Elsewhere, The Lullaby Trust launched 'Safer Sleep Week', a campaign to make parents aware of the risks of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Former Bubble brand Magnus and Mouse shared this list of safe sleep tips on its blog. 

To mark the 75th anniversary of iconic children's book Pat the Bunny, über-mum Julia Restoin-Roitfield has curated a 14-piece collection with Bonpoint, Charlotte Olimpia, and Bubble's own aden + anais. Suzanne Peters introduced some of the bunny-inspired pieces - from pumps and rompers, to limited edition swaddles - over at Kid Style Junkie. 

Finally, with Easter just around the corner, The Guardian's Zoe Williams tried her hand at making a sweet family favourite. Cue lots of messy fun with chocolate, fondant and pallete knives...we'll definitely be giving it a go! 

Have a lovely weekend...

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Mother's Day Memories

It's nearly Mother's Day - and, to mark the occasion, Team Bubble have been telling us about their all-time favourite memories and gifts. Hankies at the ready! 

Marketing Director Stephanie Parker is mum to two boys:

"My favourite memory is from my first ever Mother's Day, just two weeks after Charlie was born. It really sunk in that I was mum to this precious little boy; it's a feeling difficult to put into words, but it made me feel like the most special person in the world.

My favourite gift...well, this is naughty as it's for Sunday, but nursery had to give it to me on Thursday - so I had a peek. Tom has planted a flower seed/bulb in a welly boot, and it has a lollipop stick in it holding a card, with a poem about what the flower means to him for me. It's all very sweet!"

Operations Manager Terryanne Dyson has a grown-up son and daughter:

"As a child, I loved the excitement of secretly planning to take my mum breakfast in bed with dad. Mum always showed such surprise, and said that she hadn't expected such a treat on Mothering Sunday. 

My favourite flowers are daffodils - and, as a mum, Mother's Day was always the perfect time to fill my vases. My children never disappointed! They loved to make their own cards and always tried to draw daffodils. They didn't always look like beautiful yellow flowers they are, but that didn't matter! 

When my children were young, Sunday morning breakfast in bed on this day was always something to treasure, as we managed to make time stand still for a while and just enjoy the cuddles."

Event Director and reluctant baker Lindsay Hoyes is a mum-of-one.

"My favourite Mother's Day memory is of baking and decorating cupcakes (badly) with my son, in preparation for Mother's day Sunday lunch cooked by my husband."

Events and Sales Administrator Rachael Henry is mum to two boys and a girl - not to mention new addition Kevin, the pug/Jack Russell cross!

"My favourite mother's day presents are always the handmade ones, as the kids are so excited for you to receive them and to tell you how they were made. It's usually on the Friday after school before Mother's Day. 

I loved Arthur's present last year, which was a card made from his hand-prints and hand painted, with a little poem about not rushing to grow up!"

Have you got a favourite Mother's Day memory? We'd love to hear it!