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To launch our ‘Heads Up’ Campaign, we thought we’d do a round up of other small brands who are giving back to charity this Christmas - offering beautiful gifts with true meaning and that will benefit others, too:
This autumn we have launched a very special collaboration - for every 4 of our Italian merino wool kids bobble hats we sell, we will be donating one to the Oak Centre at the Royal Marsden Hospital, where children with cancer are treated. They are a really practical gift for any child undergoing cancer treatment as they are super soft for sensitive skin and merino wool is naturally efficient at helping the body regulate its temperature. Head’s Up campaign merino wool kids hats, £29, Lala & Bea - read more about the Head’s Up Campaign here.
£5 from every sale of a special edition lilac ‘Strong Girls Club’ tee from Muthahood (£24) goes to baby loss charity, Tommy’s and the work and research they do into reducing premature death.
From Babies with love give every penny of profit from their ethically sourced designs to orphaned and abandoned children around the world - we love their wooden toys and super soft muslin box sets.
We know all about The Big Issue publications - but did you know they have a store? The street art section represents ‘artists that have been marginalised’ and at least half the profits go directly to the artist, with the rest supporting The Big Issue’s charity work. There are loads of other sections - from kidswear to food & drink, books and gifts. Worth having a browse when doing your Christmas shopping.
Since launching Lala & Bea, we have been involved in so many great pop-ups, fairs and big retail events that we felt it was about time we curated our own! We are passionate about championing other independent brands and supporting women in motherhood, so decided to bring it all together under one roof…
We will be launching the first ever Brixton Bazaar, 5-7 October, in The Department Store on Ferndale Road (free entry Saturday and Sunday - evening events and workshops are ticketed). We are taking over the downstairs space for the 3-day event - full of independent brands to shop, kids workshops, panel chats and wellbeing treats - here’s a breakdown of what’s in store!
Friday night kicks off with a refreshing take on working motherhood - we are so often told we ‘can’t do it all’ and those feelings of overwhelm and the ‘juggle struggle’ are all too common for us working mums… but our ‘Positive Working Motherhood’ panel chat is about stopping and appreciating the best bits. Bringing together 3 successful, thriving business women (Yvonne from Kemi Telford, Gemma from Muthahood and Hayley from Southwood Stores), we will talk about how motherhood has changed their approach to their careers, inspired them to start their own brands and they will give their tips and advice on how to juggle work and a busy family without burning out. It will supportive, uplifting and empowering - we can’t wait!
Working motherhood: the postive impact tickets are available here. From 7pm, 5 October. Including free drink, bar and food available all evening.
Saturday is our ‘family day’ - we wanted to create something that you didn’t have to ‘drag’ the kids along to - it’s just as much for them! There’s going to be a slime workshop, a ‘design your own t-shirt’ crafting area with our best-selling kids tees, hand-blocking printing workshop with ethical lifestyle brand Dilli Grey, a book reading corner with Doodle & Scribbles Books, facepainting.. the works! The idea is that your little ones will be happily occupied so you will have plenty of time to browse the incredible edit of 14 brands in our marketplace - from womenswear to childrenswear, homewares, jewellery and accessories - we’ve brought together some really exciting brands (stay tuned on our Insta feed for sneak peek of the brands involved!). Perfect for getting organised early for Christmas gifting!
Following their sell-out UK tour, the hilarious and searingly honest Ellie and Helen, aka the Scummy Mummies, are going to hold a brand new comedy night on Saturday - with all new content, songs, sketches…and catsuits! We love their frank take on the realities of motherhood - saying all the things we are all thinking but too scared to say! We guarantee it will leave you feeling uplifted and reassured that it’s not just you! The perfect girl’s night out giggle.
Scummy Mummies pop-up comedy night, tickets are available here. From 7pm, 6 October. Including free drink, admission to the pop up (with exclusive deals on the night) and entry to an amazing raffle!
Sunday is all about you - with our ‘motherhood wellbeing’ day. The space will take on a calmer, nurturing vibe - designed to let you spend a few precious hours focussing on what you need - from a styling session for busy mums to a hypnotherapy workshop to massages… or just mooch in our marketplace amongst our gorgeous independent brands or grab a coffee in the cafe. Kids are more than welcome on Sunday too, we’ll have a kids’ author doing a reading and lots of yummy food so feel free to make it a family day.
Of course we will be there with all our gorgeous autumn stock - including our Italian Merino bobble hats, snuggly blankets and super soft cotton sweats. See you there!
Rather than bemoaning the end of summer, we are (whisper it) loving Autumn. It means the return of our signature merino wool hats this week on the site - perfect for those crisp morning dog walks (we've all got pups now at Lala & Bea HQ - maybe dog coats should be our next venture?!).
We're also seeing our cosy, hand-loomed pure new wool house throws flying out the door - as people are snuggling down in the evenings - what are you watching this autumn? We cannot wait to binge watch Ozark second series on Netflix and we're loving Wanderlust and Bodyguard on BBC.
Autumn also = comfort food. Jamie Oliver's new 'Jamie Cooks Italy' book (£26, Michael Joseph) is 140 recipes full of gorgeous authentic pasta, gnocchi and slow-cook stews that are family-friendly and perfect cosy fodder.
We wrote a post last week about changing up our skincare for autumn to repair any summer damage and protect it from the change in seasons. Whilst we love the autumnal shift, our skin definitely doesn't - we're adding a couple of drops of our 'Get up and Glow' facial oil to our night time skincare routine and we're already seeing a difference in softness and glow.
Working from home, we consider these sheepskin slippers from The Small House (£42) to be our equivalent of workwear. They are super snuggly and the hardwearing leather soles mean they really last.
We are going to be at the Brixton Bazaar at The Department Store this October. It's going to be 3-days of retail, events, talks and workshops. More details to come!
The Summer is drawing to a close, as the uniforms are ironed and name stamped. Gradually pictures have been appearing on my Facebook feed of kids in tiny uniforms, or tiny kids in big uniforms heading to school for a new term and the excitement of catching up with their friends or making new ones. Sunny days and endless warm evenings are drifting into the memory banks as our minds turn to routines and layering once again in the count down to Christmas. Here are our back to school top pics...
Practical but very stylish - with a whole academic year to view and space to write in term dates, appointments, deadlines, holidays, birthdays and so on!
Meet Yellow Mini Montii....If your kid’s giving him the runaround, he won’t get hot and bothered, just watch him work his cooling magic on those rosy red cheeks. The reusable, colourful and stylish water bottle your kids will love to use!
THE FASTEST WAY TO NAME ALL YOUR BELONGINGS! A personalised stamp usable on most fabrics, metal, wood & some plastics. No more sewing or ironing on labels. No more losing your pencil case or P.E. kit! Now you can just stamp everything! Transparent block for accurate, easy positioning.
Personalised school or music book bag with a name of your choice and in a selection of colours to match your shields school uniform. Nylon School Bag with webbing detachable strap and internal zipped pocket for lots of pencils and odds and ends. This is a really tough bag.
They’ll never lose their kit bag again with our personalised organic cotton gym bags! Choose your hand printed letter for them to colour in and make their own with a set of non-toxic fabric pens, for the ultimate personalisation!
The start of a new term wouldn’t be the same without a trip to M&S. The go-to school shop for generations of parents, year on year they never disappoint. With 7 sets of socks in a pack you have a school weeks worth and a couple of spares and the brilliance of the M&S sock is the sewn in size into the inner rib so you know which socks belong to which kid! Genius!
Sun-kissed skin, freckly noses and looser limbs... there is no denying that summer applies that real-life 'Instagram filter' to our skin and helps us look and feel more relaxed... but after 3 months of sun, sea, salt, sand and dehydration - this month it's all about repairing the damage and getting back your glow - let us help you...
Summer dehydration can cause fine lines and a general dullness to your skin. Look to boost your skin's hydration levels by adding a Hyaluronic Acid to your skincare routine, increase your water intake and add our Get Up and Glow Facial Oil to your skincare routine this autumn to lock in the moisture. Roll back any sun damage thanks to the healing powers of Frankincense, while nutrient-packed Sea Buckthorne Oil will nourish and renew. Thinking ahead, the antioxidant-rich green tea oil will protect your skin from the change in weather later in the month.
Sun cream and sweat can block pores and cause breakouts - look for a facial wash containing Salicylic Acid to clear up any breakouts fast.
A build up of dead skin cells can also contribute to patchy, rough and uneven skin. Look for a chemical exfoliant (like glycolic acid, or fruit enzyme formulas for sensitive skins) that will 'eat away' the dead stuff and increase cell turnover, without scratching and damaging new skin underneath, unlike physical exfoliants. Not only will they smooth skin but brighten, too.
It's not just our face - salt, chlorine and sunshine can leave us with parched, scaly, dull limbs in need of a serious injection of moisture. Our Nourish Oil is the perfect addition to your bath, or slather it directly on skin. Rich in oat oil to seal in moisture and rosehip oil for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties to help regenerate skin. With sweet orange, geranium, bergamot and cardamom - it's a beautiful de-stressing, soothing addition to your beauty regime.
If you've got heels that could sand floorboards and dry patches that could use some extra strength TLC - massaging in some of our ultra skin-softening Nourish Balm
will help your skin rejuvenate fast - rich in shea butter and rosehip oil - we have had some glowing customer reviews sharing just how much it has soothed eczema flare-ups in little ones, too.