NEW Polka Dot Club X Misha + Puff Holiday Collaboration

Yes I know I’m boring. I love a collab. I am so predictable yada yada. But you know what – they are brilliant. They breathe life into brands. Give us press folk something to chat about – so let’s just go with it. And this one is another belter! Polka Dot Club X Misha + Puff Holiday Collaboration. Lookey here.

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Lovingly handmade in Peru, the heritage brand of teddy bears and stuffed animals created by Polka Dot Club will now be dressed with scaled down beautiful Misha + Puff merino knits.

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Technology Will Save Us : Mover Kit for Kids

Getting kids moving these days can be difficult, especially with the lure of their iThis and iThat which keep their butts firmly planted on the sofa. So when I first saw the Mover Kit from Technology Will Save Us, I was elated, finally a fun and clever way to kids programming their very own wearable tech to hopefully result in some exercise and movement!

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Bose Build – The Speaker Cube for Kids to Build Themselves

Summer holidays are upon us. AAAAAAAARGH. We have weeks of nothingness stretching ahead of us. Well. I say nothingness, but I can guarantee you, the nothingness will for sure be punctuated by lots and lots of “I’m bored” or “What are we doing todayyyyy”. Well, always happy to help a materialistic conundrum involving your kids – here’s something to keep them busy from now, until they leave for University. 

I present ‘The Speaker Cube‘ by Bose – a new DIY speaker for kids that they can engineer themselves and then really benefit from the results.

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TIGER X MISAKI KAWAI

Tiger stores are both the best thing, and the worst thing to happen to me. Best thing, as they are amazing for sourcing little somethings for going home presents (what did we EVER do before??) or stocking fillers or even cheap bribe gifts to encourage my kids to behave in some way. The worst as my kids don’t stop nagging at me to take them in-store to send their pocket-money that my husband always forgets to give them – but that’s a whole other story!

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So they have now given us all one more great reason to visit. They have collaborated with the brilliant Japanese artist, Misaki Kawai – well known for her contemporary and humorous pieces that adorn the walls of New York galleries including MoMA – to bring real art home to the people for practically pennies!

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From 29th April, visitors to Tiger stores will be met with a collection of quirky and colourful everyday items under the banner of “Play with Misaki Kawai”. Kawai, is known for her honest, unfiltered approach to art. She works with painting, music, sculpture and installations in materials such as fabric, fur, paper, wood and yarn.

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Her works are humorous, sincere and playful, and her collaboration with Tiger is an extension of her art. The collection is designed to capture the imagination of both kids and adults.

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For several years now, Tiger has been working on projects that give more people access to art. In 2015 Tiger published Yoko Ono’s art book “Conceptual Photography”. It was sold in all Tiger stores and by the Museum of Modern Art at the MoMA Store in New York and Tokyo.

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This collaboration is part of a bigger project, which will see Tiger work with more artists going forwards, including Turner prize-nominee, David Shrigley later in 2016.

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So I say get your pert little butts down to a Tiger store near you and stock up, for your home, for going home presents and of course – for bribes, AKA your sanity.

Smiski – New Collectable Figurines for Kids from Sonny Angel

Anyone that knows me, knows that I am still in many many ways a small child. I really need to get my own way. As an extension of this – I can throw tantrums – sometimes involving foot stamping. I prefer to eat crisps and chocolate rather than a real meal. I also have a slightly concerning obsession with Hello Kitty and anything cute or Kawaii – as us professionals of cuteness call it. I also like to collect things – as a kid – mainly perfume samples, and as an adult – shoes and bags. And today’s post, falls very neatly into that category.

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Made by the creators of another super cute collectible obsession in our house – Sonny Angels – Smiski is a fun little creature that glows in the dark and likes to hide in the corner.

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These are curious creatures that love hiding in small spaces and corners of your room.

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Although they like to stay hidden, you might discover one at night as they mysteriously glow in the dark. It is interesting to see the many types of Smiski all with different personalities.

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However, just why the exist in the first place, nobody quite knows. Actually I do – it’s so saddos like me buy them, because we still have this hangover from our youth about collecting things that we want our kids to embrace.

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Like their more colourful, bottom-out cousins Sonny Angels, these guys are too sold in a blind box – so it’s a surprise what you get.

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And what I like about these, over the Sonny Angels, is that these are great for boys to collect too – the Sonny Angels are a bit girly. These are Series 1 and there are 7 to collect. They cost around £3.50 plus shipping from Sonny Angels.

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Get kawaii collectible busy.