March 15, 2018

Baby Gifts ›   Baby Hampers ›   New baby ›   New Mum ›  


Thoughtful vs thoughtless baby gifts!

I'm sure all of you new mums have received a dud baby gift before! A baby hamper filled with unusually random items! Why isn't there more thought going into stylish baby gifts? Surely it's worth spoiling a friend, family member, special client expecting a baby, or staff member taking maternity leave. They will always remember the beautiful gifts they received as it's such an important time in their lives, I certainly did.

That's why we have so much joy in doing what we do ... curating beautiful baby hampers for new Mums. Being mothers ourselves and rooted in the fashion industry our boxes are filled with stylish and sought after baby gifts but always with practicality in mind. We love to support local and Australian baby labels wherever we can.

Starting with the glossy red box we bring the joy back into gift giving. They feel pampered as they open their impeccably wrapped box to reveal luxurious gifts in fine foil tissue. We've choreographed the true gift experience where quality and small details matter. Because that's what says 'we think you're special'. 

Over the weekend we had fun styling and shooting our new season autumn/winter hampers which we're excited to have now live on our website. Hope you can find a thoughtful gift to spoil a new mum and baby. 

Happy Shopping!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 01, 2016

Baby Gifts ›   Baby List ›   Motherhood ›   New Mum ›  


Putting The Love Back Into Gift Giving

I don't know how I feel about a Baby Registry, nominating all the baby gifts you’d like to be given. It’s certainly wonderful for a new mum to receive all the things she really needs to set her up for Motherhood but where’s the element of surprise in unveiling a gift from a loved one, the excitement of the gift giving moment, the element of joy in finding out you actually love what your friend has chosen for you. Of course babies most of all need love, so anything else they get given is a bonus, and hey your friend who's had 3 kids might actually know what will be useful and your girlfriends with no kids will probably buy you something really awesome as it's an opportunity for them to swoon through the baby stores. On the other hand older folk might get you something knitted with a nod to the yesteryears but how gorgeous is that!


 

So much love has been removed from the gift giving moment with people scripting their entire lists and the ready use of on-line gift cards. However at Little Kisses we wanted to bring the joy back into gift giving so we designed our baby hamper with that exact moment in mind, creating the box to be as beautiful on the outside as what’s inside. It can be kept as a keepsake or memory box for treasures as well. We want a new mother to feel special when she first looks at her gift.

(Hello Handsome Baby Hamper)

Our thoughtfully curated hamper features premium, yet surprisingly affordable, gifts chosen by experts in Babydom so there is no fear of any of the items not being put to good use. Each detail is carefully planned, right down to the hand-written card and the last bow and piece of tissue concertinaed around the package.

For customers seeking to personalise their gift further a concierge service is available.

So if you need assistance in putting the personal touch back into gift giving our go-to baby list may come in handy.

Delight Decor Bunny Light 

The Little Linen Company Bamboo Swaddles

Toshi Baby Cap

Emu Lamb Skin Rug

Wilson & Frenchy Romper & Hat

Little Kisses Baby Hampers

Lauren Hinkley Knitted Booties

Alimrose Knitted Blanket

Rock-A-Bye Baby Cd 

Dove & Dovelet Galactic Pram String

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May 05, 2016

Mother's Day ›   Motherhood ›   New Baby ›   New Mum ›  


TO BE A MOTHER

It wasn't until I became a mother myself that I truly understood the sacrifices mothers make to raise their children and for that I honour them. Below we share with you a beautiful piece from a gorgeous mummy who like most of us have never been forced to be so selfless.

A letter to my one-year-old & an ode to new mothers

You were only just over 2kg when you were born, one year ago today. You simultaneously blew my world apart and put it back together again, with a greater colour and vibrancy than before. Life before you had been two-dimensional and two-toned, although I didn’t know it at the time. You arrived and the world became infinitely more full of meaning and purpose and potential.

You were so vulnerable, and yet strong. Born early and tiny, you needed me more than anyone had ever needed me before; my breasts and energy and sleep and thoughts were yours by necessity, because you needed your mummy to live. I was literally your life line.

After you, who did I become? Who was I after I became a mother? My identity - my very heart, body and soul - seemed to belong to you, was indeed bound to you. Never had I borne the weight of such responsibility, or such honour. Never had I been forced to be selfless. Never had another’s life depended on my own so profoundly.

Growing up, all the world was open to me. I was told that I could be anyone, do anything; as a woman of the 21st century, no door was closed to me. I was unprepared for motherhood. Yes, becoming pregnant was unexpected, but I would have been unprepared even if I had been waiting for you.

I was used to marching to the beat of my own drum. Following my dreams, making plans and executing them without much thought to others, because no one depended on me; becoming a mummy of a tiny baby even going to the bathroom and feeding myself were “rights” that had been taken away. Your needs came first. Every time. I loved you with a fiery passion; your delicate little features and sweet expressions.

My iPhone became full of pictures of you - I took at least 50 a day. Yet I remember wondering "how the hell did my mother have four" and confiding in my best friend "I hate this". I remember going for long walks and weeping as I thought of all the pain in the world (thanks hormones).

I remember holding you as you had reflux and I didn't know how to help you, so I just walked around the house as you cried in pain, tiny sharp finger nails clawing at my face and chest. I remember the guilt I felt - "I'm a bad mother because I'm sick of you crying", or "I'm a bad mother because I leave you to cry".

It has been the hardest and best year of my life. You are the apple of my eye. You have brought healing to my life. Deep joy and fullness. Your precious father and I have learnt so much. We wouldn't change anything! We love to play peek a boo with you, to watch you sleep, to cuddle and kiss you, to watch you explore our back yard. You are our darling.

But I want to share that the first year of motherhood hasn't been easy. All mothers have unique experiences; some find it easier than others. But whether we have a smooth birth, or a traumatic one, whether our baby has colic or eczema or allergies, or is perfectly healthy, whether we endure Post Natal Depression or not - the adjustment is the most significant one a woman will ever face.

Happy Birthday darling daughter. And happy one year anniversary of being a mother to me.

Emma Batts is the clever creator of Heartfelt Kitchen a place where she shares her recipes, tips and stories from the heart of the home. Her recipes, food styling and photography is just divine! Check it out for yourself.

December 04, 2014

Fashion ›   Motherhood ›   New Mum ›   Pregnancy ›   Wardrobe ›  


What you'll be wearing this Summer

Coming up for air after settling a new baby into the family and wondering what’s happening in the outside world? Reconnecting with your style as a new mum can be a confusing time. Once you've finished with your maternity and feeding clothes, you're desperate for a few new things that say 'I'm back'. We have the low down for you that will shake off your mumsy look and snap you back into style in know time at all.

Head into Gorman for an easy and quick-solution. It won’t disappoint. This is one designer that is on the money this summer, particularly for the mummy set. I stumbled across it in desperation to inject personality into my monochrome t-shirt draw. Through conversations at the park, I realised some of the other savvy mums had made the same discovery. Think fun tees in super cute prints of lobsters, pineapples, seagulls, stars, fresh stripes and spots. They have nailed the muscle tank and the all- important box shape shirt. There is a pant style for everyone, silk, crop, cullottes as well as super flattering shorts and their dresses are the business for highlighting the better bits. Shopping’s never been so quick and easy! Their oversized tote bags are perfect for all the gear you find yourself lugging around for the littlies and their swimsuits and platforms flatten the stomach and stretch the legs. It's seriously a one stop shop. I went in with the same excitement as my monochrome T-shirt draw and came out pleasantly surprised with endless coordinates and summer-ready!

Other items that are perfect for mums and playing a big role this season are shorts. They can be worn so many different ways, with playful tees, boxy print tops, rolled up, long sleeved shirts. Pair shorts with low or high top sneakers (another absolute must-have), platforms or summer sandals. It can be like swimsuit shopping, taking a while to find a flattering pair but once you do they’ll be the workhorse of your wardrobe through summer.

Mix, match and clash prints. Bird motifs, floral blooms, stripes, large graphics, polka dots. Play around with combinations. When mixing prints, keep like prints together or pair with a stripe (think of it as a neutral) and in the similar family of colours. Play around with the scale of the print. Let one dominate.  If a novice just clash two prints to start with and keep the rest of the outfit and accessories simple.

Soft washed denim evokes an instant effortless cool.Try it in another form other than a denim jean like a rolled sleeved shirt, box tee, a loose fit pant, skirt, dress or cropped jacket. 

Metallics are big. Worn in accessories they are particularly complimentary to the soft sorbet hues and candy colours around.

Sports Luxe is a flirty and fun look for the hot months not to mention the comfort factor. Pair cool sneakers with just about anything for casual chic with sports cred.

 

Monochrome. There’s something reassuring about clean, simple black-and-white, especially when it forms the palette of classically flattering cuts such as pencil skirts, wrap dresses and wide legged whimsical trousers. Best paired with assertive accessories.

Easy, breezy, dresses inspired by garden parties, spontaneous picnics at the beach and no-filter photos sunsets.

Invest some dollars in clothes post pregnancy. It's the least you can do for yourself and the people around you!

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October 30, 2014

Fashion ›   Motherhood ›   New Mum ›   Wardrobe ›  


Nothing has a greater impact on your wardrobe than a toddler and a new baby!

This is not what I anticipated. Becoming a new mum and having a newborn has had the biggest impact on my wardrobe! Having to get dressed at lightening speed and knowing your clothes are bound to be messed up throughout the day with sickies, spills and all sorts of unmentionables, stylish yet practical options need to be on the ready and lots of them. Dry clean only is a thing of the past. Flats replace heels, t-shirts replace blouses, bronzers replace foundation and accessories are my saviour. 

After a second child things seemed to have changed. Whether it is a body shape thing, age or new phase, I am finding I am seeking something a little bit more comfortable, sophisticated, timeless, and covered. Admitting to myself my life for the next few years largely involves play dates and park visits I have embarked on a wardrobe overhaul and it feels great to be taking charge. My advice to the new mums out there is to spend some time getting yourself sorted now in order to save you time each day and prevent a fashion crisis in the future. 

 

Tips to help with your change in lifestyle and post baby body

  • Buy stretch jeans until your weight stabilises or wear your maternity jeans and cut off the band
  • Wear hold-you-in under garments (Spanx's are the best), they will serve a double purpose in supporting the soft middle under light fabrics and help your body return 
  • Carry one stylish bag. Mothers going out with new babies and infants require a lot of stuff! Carrying an array of unmatched unstylish bags looks terrible
  • Get a good haircut. Chop off the mumsie locks and get some advice for a sharp, easy to manage, on trend look
  • Accessorise! Sunglasses, coloured ballet flats and trendy sneakers, a complimentary scarf to pick up those tired eyes, interesting jewellery to divert the attention, go to town on great hats and cool caps
  • Adopt a simple make up regime with easy products such as illuminating sticks, bronzers, tinted moisturizers, lip sticks and lip gloss and massacrer
  • Stock up on loads of good quality basics they will lay the foundations of a great working wardrobe and be the best money ever spent. See trusty label suggestions below

T-shirts; T by Alexander Wang, Joie, Splendid, Bassike, Helmet Lang, Majestic, Rag & Bone, Sass and Bide, James Perse. Denim; Frame Denim, AG Adriana Goldschmied, J Brand, Current/Elliot, Mother. Shirting; Equipment, Joie, Elizabeth and James, Helmet Lang. Pants; Joie, Rebecca Taylor, Vince, Sass and Bide. Jackets; Alice and Olivia, Rag and Bone, Theory, Smythe, IRO. Shoes; Superga, Birkenstock, Golden Goose, Bensimon, Converse, Tkees, Kjacques. Bags; Hands free and oversized - Marc by Marc Jacobs, Elms and King, State of Escape, Reisenthel. Hats; Helen Kaminshi, Mimco. Poolside; Melissa Odabash, Mara Hoffman, Zimmerman, LemLem, Calypso, Ondademar

 

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