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35 Kingswood Road
London, SW2
United Kingdom

Ethical family lifestyle brand - designed and made in the UK, selling organic slogan sweatshirts, merino wool bobble beanie hats, picnic blankets, organic skincare, baby blankets, new baby and baby shower gifts and wedding gifts. 

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Kids summer shopping edit

Lydia Mansi

kids summer clothes

With the school hols on the horizon (gulp!) and sunshine forecast for the foreseeable - we've put together an edit of our favourite independent kidswear brands (with a few twinning options!) for your little ones' summer wardrobes...

Our design-your-own tees (£20) are a great addition to your suitcase for summer hols. Airport delays, unscheduled rainy days... they're a fun, creative activity to keep little ones busy with the added bonus that they can wear their super soft, organic cotton designs all summer long!

We really rate Saltwater Sandals (from £40) for summer - waterproof leather, classic designs. In a rainbow of shades - we love the classic pillar-box red for boys and the gorgeous metallics for girls.

Our wool blankets are bestsellers but did you know we also have some organic cotton designs (£29) - perfect for summer snoozes?

Dilli Grey's Mini Dilli range has some beautiful new 'High Summer' light-weight sun dresses for little girls, with matching designs for mamas, too (£20) we love their ethical, hand-block printed designs, created by women outside Jaipur, India.

We won't travel without our Organic Sleep Tight Pillow Spray (£19) - for the aeroplane, to help soothe jetlag or to make a hotel room just feel a bit more like home. It's fab.

We love the father-son twinning trunks from Big Cat Clothing, especially these fun flamingo ones (£40). Such a sweet summer hols photo op!

For littlies, these organic cotton whale-print swaddles from Piccalilly (£12) are super useful in the summer. As a light-weight nursing cover-up, on the plane, a make-shift cot sheet... we love the bright, nautical design.

We are big Honey Rocks fans at Lala & Bea and so are our daughters. These 'Minnie Love' baskets (£28) come with a handy cross-body strap (£28), handy for travelling or trips to the beach.

Don't forget to tag us in your summer snaps in your Lala & Bea goodies on Insta - @lalaandbea - we love seeing them!

Let's go outside...

Lydia Mansi

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The magical thing about this time of year is that is instantly feels like your house has doubled in size as we spill out into our gardens, terraces and balconies.

We talked last week about our love of picnics, this week we are staying closer to home and sharing our top picks for styling up your outside spaces this summer - from firepits, festoon lights and our signature blankets to make those endless summer evenings even cosier, to a pop of fun colour (you know us!) to brighten up your garden.

Our 100% new wool blankets are handwoven in Wales - our stars and stripes traditional blanket is the perfect all-year-round purchase - to loll on the lawn; over laps when the sun goes down... or as a sofa snuggle throw come autumn.

You can choose from the picnic version (with waterproof backing and handy carry straps), or the traditional blanket.

If you need any more excuses to snap one up - we are offering £10 off our blankets and FREE P&P with the code 'blankets10' at checkout.

 

 

 

Picnic recipe ideas

Lydia Mansi

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As soon as the blossoms bloom and the sun shines, in flood the orders for our best-selling picnic blankets.... we don't blame you! Yes we may be blowing our own trumpets, but so much thought and care has gone into creating them, we can't help but shout about them! From the hand-woven, 100% new wool design, to the addition of a waterproof back (no more soggy bums!) and hand-carry strap for easy carrying and storage. We wanted to create a blanket that was beautiful and practical for families, just like ours! We love packing up our blankets, picnic baskets brimming with food and heading to the park or beach - the kids love the novelty of eating al fresco and as mums, there is something so much more relaxed about mealtimes outdoors!

As picnic season gets into full swing this May bank holiday, we've asked Leiths Chef, Annabel Evans to give us her top tips and recipe ideas for delicious picnic this summer...

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"Food and recipe wise I don’t think you can go wrong with the classics - no one is going to turn down sausage rolls...

My go-to sausage roll flavour is pecorino and fennel; a recipe that was shared by a great friend a few years ago. Grating pecorino and a handful of fennel seeds into your sausage meat is a delicious addition if making from scratch. Don’t be put off in thinking they are difficult - buy your puff pastry and get rolling and people will love you for it!

A stuffed sandwich would be another picnic top favourite. Start by removing the top of a loaf of bread and hollowing out the inside (the centre can be blitzed in a good processor and used for breadcrumbs!). Then start layering the empty loaf with your favourite flavours. I would go along the Parma ham, mozzarella, pesto route with some salad leaves in the mix as well. Compact this all down, put the top back on and you will be able to slice your very own stuffed picnic loaf. Like these amazing ones from Borough market http://boroughmarket.org.uk/recipes/stuffed-picnic-loaf

To balance out the heartier picnic elements I would want some salad and sticks and dips! The easiest way to do this is have Jam jars or Kilner jars filled with your favourite things. Having some hummus at the base with carrot sticks dipped in gives you a perfect pre made hummus and sticks! I always take dressings and sauces in jam jars for easy transportation and less mess. 

Packing a picnic basket is a feat of memory! Making sure you have all the bits you need, cutlery being key... I have a separate pot of
cutlery ready to go in a Tupperware, collected up in the same pot at the end of the day. I don’t bother with disposables- just old bits that don’t mind the sand and sea! If in desperate need, credit cards (if wiped) make a just about decent knife substitute! 

Remember to take: extra sandwich bags/ rubbish bags. Wet wipes and talcum powder!! Talcum powder if on the beach will help with sandy hands pre picnic time... 
Start collecting jam jars and kilners and
Your picnic will be ready to go for the bank holiday sunshine.

My picnic picks:

I’m obsessed with plates at the best of times but I am loving the range of melamine options that M&S have at the moment. There are some brilliant bold prints alongside some blue tones that look like amazing ceramic items. So I would definitely look at those for outdoor eating this year.

Not to mention some very cute and bright flamingo themed outside glasses! They would look very happy against a Lala and Bea blanket.

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Why organic cotton matters...

Lydia Mansi

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Choosing to go 'organic' with our cotton was a no brainer when we were sourcing the raw materials for Lala & Bea designs.

From a quality point of view it can’t be beaten – it’s super soft (even our children can tell if something is non-organic cotton now, just from feeling it!) so perfect for our snuggly loungewear and pjs, and comfy slogan sweats. We’ve found it washes amazingly, doesn’t bag or bobble. As we want our garments to last more than one season, this was a massive factor for us. 

Comfort aside, studies have shown that organic cotton is kinder and gentler on young, sensitive skin. This is down to the chemical-free methods used to grow it - we've had amazing feedback from eczema and allergy sufferers and their mums saying what a difference they have made - which is amazing!

It's not just about making quality clothes; for us - as an ethical brand - it's about the footprint our business leaves...

Organic cotton uses 60% less water than conventional farming methods, an incredible stat that just shows what impact sustainable fashion can make on the environment. We may be a small brand, but knowing we are making this level of difference is incredible. 

Not only are the chemical-free farming methods amazing for the end-user in terms of quality and comfort, more importantly the farmers are not exposed to harmful pesticide and herbicides during the growing process either. They benefit financially too, not only reaping a far higher and fairer price for their crops, but organic cotton is actually much more stable than the GMO equivalent - meaning farmers are at less risk of losing their crop and facing financial ruin. 

We want to think long and hard about the full life-cycle of all our products - from raw materials, production methods to where our garments end up... When eventually recycled, our organic cotton garments will not leach chemicals or harmless pesticide resides back into the earth and waterways. We feel passionate about that responsibility as an 'ethical brand' to be transparent in all we do and make - we hope that shines through in the clothes you wear.

Shop our organic cotton range of sweatshirts now

 

Brilliant brands for Mother's Day gifts

Lydia Mansi

This Mother's Day we want to celebrate motherhood in all its guises. Whether its your own mum who you want to pamper, or your bestie who's just become a new mum and needs a little reminder that she's doing a brilliant job - motherhood is a tough gig and definitely deserves celebrating. We've put together a fun edit of independent brands we love. From the genius Lego family portraits by Brainbox Photography, to the delicate, fine jewellery by Kaaren Buchanan. We hope you find something for all the mothers in your life....

P.s. don't forget we've just launched our gift-wrapping service in time for Mother's Day, with a gorgeous range of Meri Meri papers to choose from. 

The details:

Brain Box photography - Personalised family Lego portraits, POA

Dilli Grey - Pink embroidered linen pouffe, £110

Honey Rocks - Peace round midi basket, £26

Kaaren Buchanan Jewellery - triple hammered bangles, £69

Jakke - Tammy Banana faux fur coat - £150

Bloom & Wild - Mother's Day Bouquet, from £30

Projekti Tyyny - Patchwork velvet blanket, £196

Lala & Bea - Mother Earth Sweat, £45

Creightons Chocolate - Mother's Day chocolate gift box, from £5