KASIMIRA’S TOP 10 CHRISTMAS PARTY TIPS…

Forget damp mince pies in a church hall. The people at Kasimira plan the most high-end, lavish festivities in all of London and even abroad if you would like them to. So who better to give us their top 10 kids Xmas party tips? Here at KSJ – we only like to bring our Junkies the very best! Let’s go….

1. Theme

Who said a party could only have one theme? Couple ‘Christmas’ with another favourite kid’s party theme to make your party stand out. Some of our favourite combinations are; Animal Farm at Christmas, The Circus at Christmas, Peter Pan’s Christmas, Christmas Disco, A Vintage Christmas.

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Get Their Room Looking Boom Boom Boom

So y’all know that we, at KSJ HQ like to bring you MORE. You’re style junkies after all. You need a fix and we like to give you just that. Today’s style injection is one for kids spaces, from top Kids Interior Decorator and owner of the über cool kids homeware store Bobo Kids, Niloufar Bakhtiar-Clignet. This is one ‘in the know’ woman. And thanks to moi and moi’s interview skills – so shall you be. Check it!

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Niloufar

Moi: What’s your top tip for decorating a girls room?

N: Try not to decorate everything in pink. She will tire of it and so will you! Opt for neutral tones and splashes of colour in accessories that be changed easily like lampshades, decorative garlands, cushions and wall stickers.

Bobo Kids Home Accessories Interior Design for Kids
Oeuf Garland circle multicolour £59

Moi: What’s your top tip for decorating a boys room?

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Inside the Workshop of Atsuyo et Akiko

When I recently went to NYC, I saw a CREATIVE GENIUS at work. No darlings – I wasn’t looking in the mirror….but paid a visit to the FABULOUS workshop of Atsuyo et Akiko. I had a lovely chat to one half of the dynamic duo Akiko Mukae, and she showed me around her Brooklyn studio. And boy was it interesting! Look…

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Akiko - genius at work!

Both the girls are from Japan and met in NYC 15 years ago. They started up the brand 5 years ago when Akiko’s daughter was 8 and Akiko wanted to dress her up in something cute – but not too expensive. Being from a fine art background – she began by screen-printing tees. And the rest as they say – is kids fashion history!

Atusoyo et Akiko Kids Accessories
Where it all happens...

The line covers kids’ clothes, home accessories, dolls and jewellery. Their raison d’etre is to produce edgy classics that are not too trend-led or commercial. They don’t do ‘seasonal collections’ per se. Inspiration comes from everyday life – museums, flea markets – the French language is a big part of their collections. Bien sur!

Atusoyo et Akiko Kids Accessories
The nerve-centre of stylish necklace making!

And they have done some fantastic, high profile collaborations. Late last year, they were approached by the behemoths that are The Walt Disney Company who wanted to be more active in the high end marketplace. So they did some lovely Winnie the Pooh, Aristiocats, 101 Dalmatians and Mickey & Minnie Mouse pieces like this…

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How to make Winnie the Pooh cool and not twee!
As well as erm..slightly lesser known yet BRILLIANT artists and creatives – such as Jess Brown (master doll maker – who makes for Wovenplay, Bottega Veneta and others), Coral & Tusk (textile designer) and NY artist Tamar Mogendorff.
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These sum up my thoughts on everything Atsuyo et Akiko make!

I asked Akiko for a scoop. Not chocolate chip, or other calorific horrors. Fashion, darlings. Just for you…for AW13 you can expect to see a Bambi line as The Walt Disney Company and Atsuyo et Akiko collaborate again. I am SUPER DUPER excited to see what they dream up! It will showcase at the trade show Playtime Paris in January 2013. I’ll be all over it like a very stylish rash!

Disney Bambi Collaboration Atsuyo et Akiko
Bambinspiration!

I had no control over myself (let’s call it STYLE-INCONTINENCE) and bought way too many pieces so I have decided because I love y’all – to give two stunning necklaces away!

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I went MAD!

I will be running the competition on my Facebook page SOON. To be in the draw to win – you need to LIKE Kid Style Junkie on Facebook. If you haven’t – then ya won’t know when the draw will be! And that would be a stylish shame! And DOH! Please ensure you also message me on Facebook with your email address so I can contact you!

If you’re not lucky enough to win – the full collection is available from Atsuyo et Akiko. Orfeo and Couverture & The Garbstore sell selected pieces from the collection too.

 

 

 

I’ve gone Bal-looney

Unlike my darling downtrodden husband, it was love at first sight when I first clapped eyes on these Brokis ‘Memory Balloon’ lights.

Pink and White

Oooooooooh nice nice. They come in a variety of colours and you can choose one, or a few. I like the idea of a few grouped together – but bien sur there’s a cost implication…£85.70 each..

Reds and Whites

The glass balloon lampy thing (technical term…) is activated by pulling on the balloon string. Hopefully the kiddy amusement factor will wear off otherwise it will be disco time every minute of the day!

Colour-mix

They also come in wall versions and sit perfectly in any kids space – room, playrooom, den, wing…..Get them from John Moncreiff.

When I think about how much my girls still LOVE balloons – fighting over them at parties, bursting into tears when they pop – I’m thinking it’s time to get an electrician IN…and my wallet OUT.