I Dig Denim // It's still pure love

Or better known as; "When Spring Collections Are Dropping And You're Still In Love With The Winter-Stuff"

Did you know that January usually is the harshest winter month in Sweden? Usually we have plenty of snow, cold winds and at least a temperature of -6 celsius. I say usually because this year the weather rollercoaster is ridiculous. Some days we have snowstorms and freezing temperatures and then other days, like today, it's sunny, snow free and over five degrees warm.

Don't get me wrong, I love snow and all that comes with it, but fashion-wise it usually means three months of the kid wearing a snowsuit and not much variation. The best part with days like today (other than the vitamin D-boost) is the opportunity to re-use the fall wardrobe. The sneakers come out of the closet and with them, loads and loads of denim. Those of you who have followed us since the beginning already know what our go-to brand for jeans is but it is worth repeating; I Dig Denim!

The spring stuff from that same favorite brand is literally just around the corner but before we present our ss17 favorites I'd love to recap the amazingness that is their fall/winter -16 collection. So many perfect items came this past fall and now a lot of them are on sale. For us Swedes (or pretty much all of us living in the northern hemisphere) this is very good news. Winter will last for several months yet before we'll get weather that will be even remotely summer-like. We are definitely still in knitted sweater mode over here and the ones from IDD this fall are just as perfect for early spring. The same goes with jeans because honestly; you can never have too many. Especially if you are an active kid that runs, climbs and grows like weeds.

So heres my suggestion; after you've checked out these photos filled with I Dig Denims fall/winter goodness, make sure to go over to their website and check out their ongoing sale. There are still some great things in stock there.

And sooner than you think the kid and I will be back with I Dig Denim's fantastic spring/summer line-up.

Keep having a great weekend, people!

(and for those of you who had the displeasure of getting a new president yesterday: we feel your heartache. Don't forget that love conquers all and that we are thinking about you in this mess. #womensmarch happened here in Sweden as well and there are a lot of Europeans on your side.)

xoxo Linn

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Tiny Cottons AW16 - Face Your Faces // A collection about feelings

Are you excited? One more sleep, then it is finally here - the longed for autumn/winter collection from Tiny Cottons!

Set to launch on July 26th, the drop falls right in the middle of all the other brands - but boy, does it stand out. "Face Your Faces" is an amazing collection, all about emotions and their different faces. And Tiny Cottons have done a great job exploring the graphic world of feelings. The patterns and prints are playful, full of character and with that extra twist that I love from a kids fashion brand and every item is thought through and functional while keeping that stylish edge. Most important of all; it is still friendly made in organic cotton and merino wool.

Now, I'm not going to pretend that these photos come from a real outing because, lets be honest, it is July in Stockholm and we've had temperatures close to 30 degrees celsius this week. But on a cloudy and less warm day, me and fellow insta-mom Erica took the boys on an adventure in the forrest and while there we took the opportunity to snap a few photos of the coveted collection. My personal favorites are the genie and scarf with hands but grid pattern items in red and orange tones are also gorgeous. It's funny how nearly every sneak peek I've seen so far is putting the light tones and the monochrome front and center. Why? We've seen that before, haven't we? Both from Tiny Cottons and from basically every other brand out there. I feel like 2015/2016 has been one very long monochrome-fest and what I really love about the fall collection from Tiny Cottons are the colors! So we decided to mix it up with some of the more colorful pieces. Now have a look for yourself and tell me what you think:

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All items that the boys are wearing come from Tiny Cottons AW16 collection, Face Your Faces.

The collection launches tomorrow morning and a full list of retailers can be found on www.tinycottons.com 

For residents in Sweden, Babyshop will stock most of the collection and all items can be found there.

Lion Heart and dusk skateboarding

For outfit details, see bottom of this post.

Have you seen it? The amazing collaboration between Gardner & the Gang and the wonderful Jaime King? If not, then you've totally been missing out and you need to check it out, pronto! Lion's Heart is a great collection - full of all the fun that Gardner & the Gang always bring to the table - and I will show you more of it soon enough. But tonight I'm just giving you this: 

The Lion Heart t-shirt. 

I am not sure what Kristin Nyström (founder of GG) and Jaime King (actress) had in mind when they called the collection Lion's Heart - I've even tried to google it - but I'm glad they did. See, not only is "The Brothers Lionheart" by Astrid Lindgren one of my favorite childhood stories. I am also a mother lion and this brave little kid of mine is truly my heart. What could ever fit him better than this tee?

This evening I took my lion cub out to get some popcorn and we brought the cruiser (for him it's honestly more of a longboard). It is still too heavy for him to maneuver on his own but he likes it when I pull him along on it. We stopped at one of our favorite cafés for some coffee (for me) and we ended up sitting there for a long time. I brought up the story about the Lionheart brothers (he hasn't seen it yet since he is only four and a half) and we talked about life and death, Nangijala and brotherhood and dragons that might not be nice like Toothless. We touched on sickness and we dug deep in the love-topic. I saw more of his serious face than I usually do but I guess that those heavy topics gave my baby boy a lot on his mind.

I love his smile so much but his thinking face is also a favorite. As much as he can be is a wild child, he is also a gentle soul and he thinks long and hard about thinks that he feels are important. At the end it felt like he was satisfied with our talk and we ended up getting ice cream instead of the planned popcorn. A simple skateboard ride turned into deep conversations that still, two hours later, warms my heart. 

A magic evening, for sure.

But the way, this denim shirt is pure love! It comes from I Dig denim of course - no surprise there - and it will be available in August once their AW16 drops.

What the kid wears and where to buy it:

Gardner & the Gang Lion Heart Tee from Babyshop

Stonewashed Denim shirt from I Dig Denim (available in August)

Bordshorts from Gapkids

Summer shoes from Hummel

Hat from last year's vacation on Cyprus

Mother's Day Love in LuvMother

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It's Mothers Day in Sweden and after a gloomy and grey couple of days we finally got some sun. Thanks to that change in weather we could celebrate the day in my parents magical garden, eating ice cream and berries outside and helping the my mother with garden work. But the looming chill in the air, after four consecutive days of low temperatures, also gave us a good opportunity to use the new hooded shirt from Luvmother.

Luvmother is an amazing Canadian kids brand that truly fit the "friendly made" genre. Their clothes are made out of amazingly soft merino wool and if your next thought is "Oh no, not wool! That is itchy and too hot!" then I'll stop you right there. The kid wears Luvmother's clothes without anything underneath and they do not itch one bit. On the contrary, they are light and thin and they are actually quite genius. See, when its hot outside the merino wool items keep him cool and ventilated and when there's a chill in the air they keep him warm. During Swedish winter they work perfect as a base layer under the ordinary clothes as the pull humidity from the skin in order to keep the body dry.

The shirt that the kid wore today is called "Aha Merino Hoody" in the color Atlantic, but to me its a beautiful blueberry blue color. The fit is really good, not too big and not too snug (he wears a size 5-6 years) and with the hood up he actually looks like a little blueberry boy. He thinks he looks like a ninja though so I guess we're both more than pleased.

I'm even more happy when I know that the clothes I dress the kid in are toxic free and made out of great materials by a brand with a true conscious. I pulled this snippet from Luvmother's website:

“It takes a lot to make a garment. Not just the bits we hear about – the designers, the brands, the shops, the catwalk shows and the parties – but also the farmers who grow cotton, the ginners, spinners, weavers, dyers, sewers and other factory workers without whom the industry would not exist."

The kid absolutely loves his grandparents and helping grandma with gardening is a favorite pastime. Today he got to help with the bushes and he was so proud. He even did a little dance to help the peas grow faster. With the hood up he kept the nippy air out and later in the day when it heated up, he pulled it off and replaced it with his trusted trucker cap.

Later in the evening, after a full day of fun, swimming in the pool and picking wild flowers as a mothers day gift, he layered up. He also found a new friend. A snail that he - with logic only a four year old can understand - named "Fiskmås", which means Seagull in Swedish. Fiskmås was invited home for dinner and he carefully carried the tiny thing back to our house.

Its easy to see that I had a great Mother's Day. I got to hang out with my child AND my mother and that in it self is making me feel very thankful. We also had great adventures today and it is always amazing to see the world through my kid's eyes. But what makes me most thankful is the fact that Mother's Day isn't over. To me, its mother's day every day that I get to spend with these two.

Hugs all around, people! Right now me and the kid need to go let "Fiskmås" back out into the garden.

What the kid is wearing and where to but it:

Aha Merino Hoody, Atlantic from LuvMother

Army Baggy Leggings from Marloe Jr

Converse Hi-tops from Babyshop

Munster Kids Trucker Cap from Toddlers and Tees

Mini Rodini Wolf Jacket from Dellemyr.se