Dots & Stripes-twinning at the Zoo

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Sunday was such a perfect day! We hung out with friends all day (friends, who we actually first got to know through Instagram but now feels like we've known forever) and we got to enjoy both warm weather, great company and lots and lots of laughter. The kid was ecstatic from the moment he woke up. He has been looking forward to another playdate with his buddy Mr. T and for weeks he has been asking to go look at the snakes at the local Zoo, so we combined the two and went to Skansen for a full day of fun.

Erica, Mr. T's mom, is one utterly amazing woman. And on top of all her other great qualities she is just as kidsfashion-crazy and photography-loving as I am. It was so nice to hang out with someone who sees the bigger picture the way I do and who doesn't look at me like I am crazy when I match the kid's ID-bracelet with his trucker hat. Now, imagine my joy when we realized that the kids wore matching items from Dots & Stripes. Oh, the photo opportunities!

Dots & Stripes is an amazing brand. Small, independent and friendly-made by the fantastic Karolina Strömblad. As the name implies, her collections often incorporate dots and stripes and most of the line is within the monochrome spectrum. The salopettes that the kid is wearing are my personal favorite from this summer but from what I've seen of the upcoming fall/winter line-up, Dots & Stripes will have lots of great items to choose from.

In her own words Karolina describes her brand as children's clothing inspired by skate, surf and snowboarding. The clothes are unisex in classic cuts with a little twist. The fabrics used are Oeko-Tex Standard 100 and GOTS certificated and every item is sewn in Karolinas own home.

Mr. W wears the dotted salopettes and a dot and stripe tee, both from this amazing Swedish brand. Mr. T wears the dotted shorts. Both models are also available with long legs and the stretchy material allows for lots of climbing and running as you can see from the photos below. 

The fact that my kid is a hat-lover is probably no secret. His favorite caps are the trucker model from Munsterkids and on this Sunday he actually brought two. Half the time he ran around with both and now and again one of them ended up on Mr T's head. According to the kid, wearing two equals a hat that looks like a crocodile's gap. He loves all kinds of reptiles so he was very happy about this.

For all you mamas with wild kids who love to run around in crowds, I can really recommend the ID-bracelets from Road-ID. The kid has been wearing them since he was around 1,5 years old and has just recently grown out of the smallest size. (For Swedish mamas, there is a great alternative from local ICE112 but without expensive shipping and toll from the US). The bracelets can be worn 24/7, even while swimming, and I feel a little safer knowing that he wears my contact information.

A fun fact about the pants from Dots & Stripes: Both kids firmly believed that they wore seal-pants. That the grey color and the dots would appeal to the nordic seals and that it was thanks to wearing them that they actually got to see the seals in the pool. Me and Mr.T's mom Erica just nodded along of course. Kids have the most awesome creative imagination.

What the kid wears and where to buy it:

Mr. W wears a Short Dotted Romper and a Black and Striped tee from Dots & Stripes own webshop. Both trucker hats are from Munsterkids, bought at Orange Mayonaise. Vans Originals are bought from Vans Brädkultur.

Mr. T wears  Dotted shorts from Dots & Stripes and Dude-cap and "As if"-tee from UK webshop Belles and Pops

Parkour light for the Wild Child

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Hi people! Sorry for the long break. We had stuff to do and then this gorgeous summer weather hit us full force and we had to take advantage because, seriously? In Sweden you never know when you'll get above 20 degrees celcius again.

But here is some news from our household: The kid has suddenly turned into a Parkour enthusiast. My child – who used to be such a cautious baby – has morphed into a little daredevil whose biggest interests are climbing and jumping. Preferably with said caution thrown completely to the wind.

Short distances that used to take us ten minutes now take almost an hour because every fence, large rock or passing structure needs to be conquered before we can move on. Thankfully he is not applying this new wildchild-technique on skateboarding or bicycling or my heart might not survive it.

By the way; did you guys check out the collab between our friends OneWeLike and super cool AcneJr? If not, then go do that right this minute. The balloon tee that the kid is wearing is one of my absolute favorites from their collection "Prints" but there are so many more. Like the Monster sweater, for example. I adore that one.

I feel like the balloon goes well with this new side of my child. He flies high and he is so full of pride when he manages a particularly high jump or complicated climb. Just recently he also started Karate class and that has done wonders with his balance and body control.

And I have got to give credit to I Dig denim for making Arizona cut-offs. The shorts version of our favorite jeans model are sure to be well-worn this summer because of the comfortable fit and - who am I kidding - the amazing style. They go with everything in the kid's current closet and my only wish is that I had them in blue for him as well. And maybe in black. And in white and... yeah, you get the picture.

The trucker cap is from the Australian brand Munsterkids, of course. They seriously make the best hats. Perfect fit, great quality and cool design without being "too much". I was in luck when I found old styles at a great discount over at the dutch onlineshop, Orange Mayonaise. Basically three for the price of one and I still think they have a couple in store.

Koolabah; Balloon Poodles and Popcorn

Swedish kids brand Koolabah is an old favorite of mine. Their style has always been innovative and unique, bringing me fun and minimalistic clothes for my kid. Their cuts and styles are often fun and edgy and a brand with the core values "humor, respect and attitude" will always score high in my book.

And this year's spring/summer line-up is probably my favorite collection from Koolabah so far. How can you not love balloon animals in monochrome? Or popcorn pattern knee socks? It makes me wish that I was four years old as well.

There are so many great pieces from this brand that I want to show you - and I will, I promise - I just couldn't resist bringing you a few photos from this afternoon. We finally got some spring sun so we pulled out the kickbike and the new knee and elbow pads from Triple 8 and went to the park. Let me tell you; the kid was ecstatic.

The skateboard protection pads, the Vans cap and the sneakers all come from Brädkultur, our go-to shop for anything skate-related. Now lets just hope that spring is here to stay. We need more days like today.

Big hugs!