Meeting spring among the Cherryblossoms // Greys and Pinks

For details and retailers, see bottom of this post

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It has been over a year since I last updated this blog and the only thing I can say about that is that time and creativity has been lacking. But it is a bit calmer now, work wise, and with the sun came the inspiration for photography so I decided to dust this old thing off as well. Where else to post all these photos of my favorite kids and my favorite brands? I don't want to spam you guys over on Instagram :)

Like this set of photos for example; the kid and @according_to_e's beautiful bunch, in the middle of the blooming cherry trees in Kungsträdgården. Their grey outfits such a great combination with the pink blossoms and Disas left over birthday balloons. Their faces excited for spring and summer (or for the donuts we promised that they would get afterwards).

I love this crazy brood of kids. And for the first I really don't find photos of Cherry Blossoms cliche at all. But as you can clearly see in the last photo: it wasn't easy to get that money-shot, free of a million colorful tourists, and with four kids actually facing towards the camera.

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Outfit details:

Willem:
Sweater from Gardner & the Gang, jeans from I Dig Denim, trucker hat from Vans and Adidas shoes from Babyshop.se
Ture:
Shirt from Little Urban Apparel, jeans from I Dig Denim and shoes from Adidas
Eje:
Sweater from Elafela, harempants from Sussilull and shoes from Adidas
Disa:
Cardigan from Gardner & the Gang, dress from Newbie, stockings from CondorModaInfantil and Saltwater Sandals from LemonLou

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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I Dig Denim AW16, part 2 // Winter is coming

For outfit details and retail info, see bottom of this post.

Okay, I agree. The title of this post is slightly misleading. Winter isn't coming this minute, or even any day now. But let's face it; in Sweden the seasons change really fast and it's wise to prepare early. Early bird catches the worm and all that jazz... Plus, with all the perfectness that I Dig Denim is dropping, who wouldn't want to start shopping early? Our favorite brand, all categories, has outdone itself this fall because AW16 has everything, really.

I Dig Denim is hands down the best kids denim brand and this year they are bringing it, for sure. The perfect skinnies, the gorgeous knits, the warm parkas and, as always, the details. Everything is up to par with their usual greatness.

In the last post about IDD’s fall collection I showed you an outfit great for autumn weather and this post is more suited for winter. Knits and layers suited for cold days and icy winds. AW16 is a pretty big collection and the combination are endless so for this one I’ve focused on one outfit, alternating two of my favorite outerwear pieces in the range. 

Though this season comes with a really cool black version of the Luke bomber jacket, my favorites are still Buster and Lester. Buster, the checkered lumberjacket-like shirt is new for this season and I’m telling you, the mix between a thick shirt and a thin quilted jacket is amazing. Perfect for early fall, and with a knitted sweater underneath it works well even during winter. Lester, IDD's winter parka, was available in last year’s line-up but now it comes in two new colors – black and green. The faux sheepskin lining is warm and comfortable and the hood is oversized and perfect.

Now, don’t get me started on the knits. The choice of beanies is great this fall and there are several knitted sweaters that are to die for. The off-white cable knitted sweater, Frits, that the Mr W wears in the photos is perfect in both color and softness. Not at all itchy and warm enough for cold winter in the north. And the Zion beanie will be a big hit, for sure. Call it mustard, maize or maybe golden poppy but the rich yellow and rusty orange tones are most certainly a trend this fall. The model is perfect rolled up like a chimney hat but it also works as a looser style beanie and it brings out the grey denim tones brilliantly. Then there is the grey beanie called Wyatt  (I think it is actually from I Dig Denim Woman but I could be wrong here) and it fits Mr W like a glove.

One thing that hit me about this year’s AW-collection is the larger range of non-denim items. The jeans are just as gorgeous as ever, of course. Our beloved Arizonas come in a darker blue wash and the skinny, stone washed, new model Bruce is so perfect that I want them for myself. Yet what I love most is that we now have so much more from this favorite brand of ours. Like the baggy vintage-washed mix between joggers and jeans, complete with elastic waist and cuffs at the wrists. Or the charcoal version of the Drest sweatpants in this post. I could basically have Mr W wear nothing but IDD all winter and he'd be looking cool too.

If you think that the parka looks huge on the kid, then it's probably because it is. Mr. W normally wears size 110/116 and the parka in the photos is size 122/128. Of course that is way too big for him and I should have realized that but maybe the winter will be super cold and I can put the thinner jacket underneath the parka. :) The parkas are a bit on the bigger side but the rest the collection seems to be equal to the past ones, which means that it is relatively true to size. Though if your kid is between sizes, I’d size up. A bit too large is always better than too small, right? In this post (shot in July) Mr W wears every item one or two sizes to big since the clothes need to fit him over winter and it's still only August.

Now, for every collection, I dig denim’s aim of an all friendly-made production is set higher and higher. All of I dig denim’s products are produced under high requirements ensured by the producers and partners they collaborate with. And the brand maintains a continuous dialogue with their suppliers to ensure that they are committed to rigorous standards regarding working conditions and ethical responsibilities. The producers ensure that the production lives up to high requirements and audit that it takes place under good working conditions. You can read their Code of Conduct here.

Mr W is wearing:

"Wyatt" Grey Beanie
“Buster” Checkered Lumber Jacket
“Drest” Charcoal Sweatpants
“Frits” Off-white Cable-knitted Sweater
"Lester" Black Winter Parka
“Zion” Mustard yellow beanie

 

All from I Dig Denim AW16

Shoes: AW16 news from Hummel

 

The IDD AW16 collection will be available at I Dig Denim’s own website and through several retailers. Babyshop.se and
Toddlers and Tees usually carry great stock too.

Autumn is around the corner - Fall favorites from I Dig Denim AW16

For outfit details, please see bottom of this post.

It’s almost time for the big drum roll. Our favorite brand, all categories, is making its first drop any day now and we have been waiting not so patiently for this since spring. I know that a lot of you get all hyped up about the big brands like Bobo Choses and Mini Rodini but for me and the kid this is the most important collection of the season. And I just can’t rave enough about I Dig Denim’s AW16. It is amazing. I mean it.

You have seen their denim shirt Zoe already and during summer I pulled together several photo-shoots to cover a large part of the remaining collection. But however many photos I take, I still feel as if I could show you more. AW16 is a pretty big collection and the combination of outfits are endless, it seems. So this post will be a pre-taste, so to speak. A glimpse of just how amazing this brand is by showing you an outfit that works during early- and mid autumn. And then in a couple of days I'll be back with part 2 on the Free and Wild Child Blog, which will contain the new fantastic winter parka for example and the mustard yellow beanie, Zion.

For now, all the photos in this post are shot in July but humor me and pretend that it’s on a cold day of autumn instead. One with the earthy scent of autumn leaves and with winds that nip at your nose. See, I am one of those weird people that actually love the fall-season with all its knits, beanies and scarves. High summer is glorious in so many ways but when you love fashion the warm weather is kind of limiting since half the time you only wear swimwear or shorts.

I have to tell you that I Dig Denim has outdone themselves with the knits this season. My personal favorites are probably Greta, the charcoal grey cardigan in this post, and the black Rufus beanie which is just so soft and has an absolutely perfect fit. (I am also in love with the off-white cable knitted sweater that I’ll be showing you in the next post.)

I have almost too many favorites and, as always, the items all work together seamlessly. Overall, I dig denim’s fall/winter range is mostly different shades of grey and black with a few accentual colors. For those of you who have been waiting for darker blue Arizonas, the wait is over. Also; make sure to look for “Bruce”, the skinny jeans. They are golden, I tell you!

From what I’ve seen, the collection seems to be equal to the past ones size-wise which means that it is relatively true to size. But I always recommend to size up if you are in between sizes. Better with a little room to grow, right?

I could go on and on about every piece in this fall-line but I am going to shut up and let the photos talk for themselves. Just one last thing; For every collection, I dig denim’s aim of an all friendly-made production is set higher and higher. All of I dig denim’s products are produced under high requirements ensured by the producers and partners they collaborate with. And the brand maintains a continuous dialogue with their suppliers to ensure that they are committed to rigorous standards regarding working conditions and ethical responsibilities. The producers ensure that the production lives up to high requirements and audit that it takes place under good working conditions. You can read their Code of Conduct here. I have been a big fan of this brand for a long time now and I must say that I am very proud of this progress. Go I Dig Denim!

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Outfit details for this post:

The kid is wearing the new “Rufus” black knitted beanie, “Greta” Charcoal grey cardigan, “Lee” black long sleeved top and “Arizona” jeans in a new darker wash.  All from I Dig Denim AW16 (except for the backpack which is limited edition from SS16)

Shoes are SS16 slip-ons from Hummel Kids

 

The I dig denim AW16 collection will be available at their own website and through several retailers. I Sweden, two of the retailers to count on are Babyshop.se and Magasin Kusin but you can find the entire list at www.idigdenim.se.

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

Parkour light for the Wild Child

For purchase details, check bottom of this post.

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.

Sunday, Fun Day - The joy of hanging out with new friends

Some days are just more fun than others, and today was a great day! I don't know how long we have been talking about a playdate with our Instagram friends Erica and Ture (@enligt_e) and today it finally happened. The kids played so well together and it's amazing to see what two creative 4-year olds can come up with together. In the span of ruffly three hours they were doctors, truck drivers, chefs, ninjas, sailors and played about a hundred rounds of hide and seek. They also manage to pull together three minor injuries and one puddle accident between the two of them and got muddy beyond belief. The was one disagreement - which was quickly solved with a cinnamon roll - and loads of laughter. 

The silver lining? Erica is an amazing woman and I am pretty sure that I had just as much fun as the kid had with his new friend, Ture. It was not the last time we pulled together a playdate, that's for sure.

Oh, and outfit details is a haphazard bunch of brands. See bottom of this post for details.

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Outfit Details:
Striped beanie with letter T: Kidswelove
Army green beanie: Beau Hudson (Bought at Toddlers and Tees)
Knitted Poodle sweater: Koolabah
Light blue sweater: On We Like
Shell pants x 2: Polarn och Pyret
Green bomber jacket: I Dig Denim
Shell jacket with Killer whales: Mini Rodini
Yellow rubber boots: Stadium Sport

Breakfast at Babyshop - Hanging out with I Dig Denim

This Friday started off better than usual with a fun event at kidsfashion store; Babyshop. Our favorite brand I Dig Denim hosted a breakfast there and the ever so wonderful Hanna Clavegård - founder of the brand - talked about the their spring/summer collection, the upcoming fall and sustainability.

The atmosphere was relaxed and fun and Hanna spoke passionately about her journey with I Dig Denim and the future of the brand. Best news today was the confirmation that I Dig Denim will be dialing it up several notches in the ecological department. Way to go I Dig Denim and way to go Hanna!

The amazing Hanna Clavegård, young Flynn and his dad Johannes Maxweller

I found Johannes Maxweller, who runs Pappabloggen, and his gorgeous son Flynn at the event and let me tell you; young Flynn was the true star of the day. What a cutie. In honor of the day he was decked out head to toe in I Dig Denim's baby collection, charming everyone around him.

Tanks and dusty pink chimney hats

Spring collection denim at its best

Flynn, the son of Johannes Maxweller who runs Pappabloggen

Arizona and Soho cut-offs for summer

The youngest guest at the event, going through the flyers like a real pro.

The lovely Hanna Nr 2 shows of photos from AW16/17

Sweats for baby, size 56 - 92

Such a great morning full of gorgeous denim and wonderful people. A big thanks to Babyshop and Mildh Press for hosting and, Hanna and Hanna; soo so good to see you both!

Contributing at Free and Wild Child!

Great news! As of today I am the newest contributor to the Free and Wild Child blog! I am so excited about this collaboration because this blog has been in my favorites list for ever and ever. Karianne and the other bloggers over there do amazing things and their resources on ethically made kids-fashion are endless. Me and the kid feel like we'll be in very good company and we can't wait to get to work on more editorials for www.freeandwildchild.com.

In the premiere blog post we've brought them some grafitti sightings from our neighborhood and of course a bunch of spring news from I Dig Denim. Go over there and check out the rest of the photos at: 

I Dig Denim SS16 : Featuring my_kid_willem and mama Linn // New contributor to FWC blog

Have an amazing week!
/ Linn & Willem (Now proud parties of the FWC team)

The kid is wearing:
Alabama Blue Worn jeans, Norton bomber jacket and Seb print sweater, all from I Dig Denim.
Stadil hitop, all white, sneakers from Hummel
And a homemade beanie :)