September 2017 Shops – THE CROSS LONDON
This little shop in London in Clarendon Cross in the backstreets of Holland Park, has been there since I can remember! An upscale boutique selling beautiful clothes, accessories, home ware and gifts, it also has a fabulous little Aladdin’s cave for children filled with unicorn heads, little purses, toys, backpacks and angel wings! Pop in if you are in the area, or check out their site and instagram feed.
September 2017 Food – MISK ISTANBUL
A newbie to the Resitpasa/Emirgan scene, Misk is a cafe-cum-flower shop with a green Californian feel to it. If you are looking for the best blueberry pancakes in town, this is the place to go! We also really love their scrambled eggs and bacon in a croissant, avocado toast and Misk bowl for a healthier option. The florist is a lovely man, who caters to all kinds of flower whims, and they have some lovely smelling candles and other little gifts as well. Our kids love to go here for breakfast/brunch on Sunday, and its the kind of place where everyone in the family is happy!
September 2017 website – SMALLABLE
If you have not yet checked out the Paris based Smallable site, you have a treat ahead of you! An online department store for children, or as Vogue put it “The online benchmark for your child’s universe”, this site has pretty much everything (designer) you could think of for your children! What I loved especially about it was that everything was in one place, that it delivers internationally, and that, unlike many beautiful boutique online stores, it also caters for the 8+ range! From clothes to home ware, from babies to mothers, from toys to design, this site has such a plethora of choices that you can spend hours browsing!
September 2017 Travel – OMAN ZIGHY BAY
When travelling (with kids or without), I think there a few types of holidays one can go on… adventures and exploring, culture and art, or pure relaxation, among others… The Six Senses at Zighy Bay definitely fits into this last category. We have been lucky to have been a couple of times, and each time I am astonished at how pampered, relaxed and happy every member of the family has been, from grandparents to toddlers! There is a fabulous kids club, babysitting services and all the bottle warmers, high chairs and cots you can think of. There are amazing restaurants and a stunning beach. There is a first class Spa for those who prefer massages and the gym to unwind, but also paragliding and tennis for those who prefer to be more active and adventurous. Most importantly it is a two hour drive from Dubai, so completely accessible, and not at all a long journey!
September 2017 Decoration – MERI MERI HOME
We are the biggest fans of all things Meri Meri, from their great Christmas decorations to their extensive collections of party wares, plates, cups and garlands! So we were incredibly excited to discover their new range of homeware! From storage baskets with pompoms to unicorn cushions, tasseled garlands and dreamcatchers to bed linen, from art prints to finger puppets, we fell in love with it ALL!