Polarn o. Pyret turns 40 // It's almost time for the party!

So here's a fact: Polarn o. Pyret is a Swedish brand that has been in our household from day one. Literally. The first clothes I wore bore the classic P.o.P stripes and so did my kid's first blanket. And this year, this veteran brand within kids fashion is actually turning forty (which is longer than I have walked this earth) and they are celebrating big time.

Drumroll, people... 

On Saturday, October 29th, Polarn o. Pyret will launch their Party Collection, a wonderfully playful batch of cotton goodness. Happy colors, party feeling and the classic stripes - all combined. 

I mean, look at that turquoise tutu and the circus print? And the yellow pieces? They just make me so happy! 

The collection is not just their usual "functional and comfy for preschool". It is really cute! Polarn o. Pyret has a long history of quality and function. Comfortable cotton i basic colors and sturdy outerwear for the Swedish climate. Don't get me wrong, I love these things about P.o.P. But their fashion is also creative and childish in a fun way and the Party Collection is a great example of that.

On Saturday all the P.o.P stores are throwing birthday parties. There will be cake, games and lots of fun surprises for the kids. We'll be joining the festivities in the Mall of Scandinavia-store and if you are close by, make sure to be there early. I hear there will be lots of people coming ;)

Now: here's a sneak peek of the stuff they will be launching. Enjoy!

The kid, Super-Max and the ever so lovely, Miss Lily. What a bunch!

Can you feel the party vibe up in here? Who doesn't want balloon print pants on a Saturday?

The vertical stripes feel like a fun variety to the classic horizontal ones.

The party pandas are another favorite of mine.

The party pandas are another favorite of mine.

How happy are these yellow pieces?

Lily's circus print shirt and tutu? Too cute!

And Super-Max? Gahh! All the hearteyes for this boy.

All items that the kids are wearing are from Polarn o. Pyrets Party Collection.
Launch is on Saturday, October 29th, at 10 am Swedish time. 

Happy 40th birthday POP!!

 

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.

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.

Dots & Stripes-twinning at the Zoo

For outfit details, see bottom of this post.

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

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

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.