Exciting times! Momentous! Earthshattering! Well, maybe earth shattering is pushing it but I am a little bit excited – my blog has moved to a new home…..but it’s not far. Kinda more like moving to the house around the block rather than across the country…
I have a brank spanking new website, with an expanded online store, and my blog is making a new home there! http://www.kablooiestore.com.au . Pretty cool, huh?
This year I’m expanding my adult range. So many requests for cool stuff for grownups. So I’m delivering. And along with that, I’m expanding my blog to include all sorts of things quirky, colourful and fashionable for kids and grownups.
So If you wanna keep following along and seeing all the uber cool things I’m blogging about from this point on, come over and visit me and subscribe at http://www.kablooiestore.com.au . See you soon my friends, and stay colourful!!
Well hello there Spring!! The season of fresh flowers, warmer weather, hay fever, that awful wind…. and the never ending runny nose in our kids! 😂
Ha, there are some downsides to spring, but it’s definitely an exciting time for fashion – fresh new styles for warmer weather start pouring in, and the colour comes back! (Unless you are Kablooie Store of course, where the colour never stops! 😆❤️)
I’m excited about the fresh new looks for spring at Kablooie – if you haven’t already checked out my newest collection – I’d love to invite you to view them at http://www.kablooiestore.com/store ! The first release of my Party Time Rara Skirt and Flamingo Fling skirt are now sold out, but they will be back in time for Christmas shopping!
Noggin and Toosh new spring tunics! I love this retro feel print – doesn’t it just make you happy?!
Oomph and Floss – Organic clothing with attitude! Check those hippos – so much RADNESS! I was introduced to this brand by Captain & co on Instagram (www.instagram.com/captainandco) and I’m in love!
Neapolitan Homewares – Oh to be a kid again! These bright bold childrens suitcases are handmade with recycled materials in Europe, and are part of the gorgeous range online. If you love colour in your home you should be following this store!
Hopscotch Baby is always my go-to girl for gorgeous bloomers in bold prints and I’ve got a fruity crush on these new ones!
Piper and Ike never disappoints! Ash has some bold new collections instore for spring but right now I am GOING BANANAS over these new handmade shoes. Can’t even deal! 🙈🍌🍌
Nanna Lou crocheted baby rattles – nothing says warmer weather like icecream and these handmade rattles from local maker Louise are out of this world cool!
If you haven’t yet discovered the delicious world that is Red Bobble then thank me now and head over there pronto! Gorgeous colour and all sorts of fabulous kids accessories (including diy kits)
Anna from Global Bambino has just launched new swimwear for bubs and they are everything! Check out this fabric! 😱😱
I’ve only recently discovered the world of bold prints that is Doowop Kids and I can’t look away – so good!! 💥👊🏻😎
Fussy Gus has recently released her new Summer of Love collection and it is gloriously retro! Put it on your must view list!
What do you think? Be sure to check out these Instagram accounts and websites for their full ranges – in my view these are definitely worth adding to your favourites list!
As always I’d love to hear what you think! Chat with me here or on Instagram/Facebook!
Heeey! So you wanna improve your flatlay game? It’s fun, and addictive! I love to style a good flatlay, and I’ve come up with my TOP TEN TIPS to help you out! Note – this is not the high tech version, cos I’m not a high tech person! 😂😂But hopefully it will still,be a huge help! 🙌🏻
Top Tip #1
Decide on your focal point! When you’re starting out, make just ONE item your feature! Then build the flatlay around it. Don’t add items that will overshadow your big ticket item! You can always break this rule later (I often do!) but you’ve gotta understand the rules to break ’em!
Top Tip # 2
Don’t overcrowd your picture! Whether you’re shooting a real flatlay or composing one on an app, you want enough detail for interest, but not so much your don’t know what you’re looking at! When you’re taking photos, make sure you don’t zoom in too close – it makes it harder for people to see and appreciate your full flatlay!
Top Tip #3
When shooting photos, find a place with perfect lighting and stick with it – take photos at the same time, and in the same location, for great results! You want indirect but good strong natural lighting – think near a window or door, or outside on a patio.
Top Tip #4
Dont be afraid to edit your photos, but DON’T over edit them!! There are lots of editing programs out there, including snap seed and picmonkey. I mostly use just the apply photo app editing tools! I find once you take a good shot you shouldn’t need to spend hours editing to make it look amazing, My favourite areas to adjust are exposure, brightening, contrast and saturation. BUT I like to edit the first photo quickly while in front of the real flatlay – so I can compare back. If it doesn’t look real and the colours aren’t the same, dump it and start again! Sometimes all the editing in the world can’t correct bad lighting and grainy photos – and it’s better to try taking some new shots again later.
Top Tip #5
Don’t forget about your background! White is a great starter – I love using white board or corflute sheets available from Bunnings for less than $10. BUT don’t feel like you have to stay with white – especially when creating a flatlay in an app – get adventurous and play with colour and texture. I use coloured cardboard sheets from the hobby shop as a background too! Think about what will complement the products in your flatlay and match the vibe! When making flatlays in an app, my fave one to work with is PICCOLLAGE (the flatlay below was made with it!)!
Top Tip #6
Be adventurous! Play with different combinations and colour clashes, and don’t forget a flatlay does not have to be a complete outfit – it is outfit inspiration, so there can be double ups or items missing from an outfit, as long as it inspires a certain look!
Top Tip #7
Find an app that is easy to use – I like to use pic collage for all my flatlays, so I can clip backgrounds out and easily place items. I’ve also heard polyvore is popular for flat laying. Ask around to see what others use – I’d love to know what you use!
Top Tip #8
Don’t be afraid to try a few different combinations of products – if it doesn’t look quite right, move them around! Take something out, try a different angle. If you’re taking photos, sometimes I take at least 20 and it’s the very last one I love the most! Often taking a photo and looking at it will tell you what you need to change.
Top Tip #9
When posting on social media, don’t forget to tag each store or maker in your photo, to acknowledge the use of their product or photo. If you’re unsure, check with them first!
Top Tip #10
Most importantly, have fun!!!
I hope my TOP TEN TIPS were a bit of help – of course there’s plenty more I could share, but these will get you off to a good start! Got any questions, or wanna share another tip of your own? Comment below, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d LOVE to hear from you! 😍
Hey! We’re up to week three of the Kablooie winter style guide, and this week is all about food! [And yay that my website is working this week! 🙌🏻]
I hope these flatlays get you hungry for some fun food themed style!! 😆 As always, click the links below the flatlays and you’ll head straight to the source of all these products. It’s definitely worth checking out some of these – many are from micro handmade businesses who are rocking their style. 👌🏻 Have fun, and don’t forget to EAT YOUR GREENS!
I’m crushing on Hey Jude Kids sweater tees right now – so many rad prints! Check these out!
Wanna add a little bit of sparkle to your wardrobe? Check this one out!
Wanna have a go at a food themed flatlay yourself? I’ll be having some fun on Instagram soon with food themed flatlays – come get your flatlay on and join us! 👌🏻🍒🍠🍆🍌🍍🍇🍉🍕🍔🍟🍤🍖🍞
Welcome back to PART 2 of the Kablooie winter style guide for kids – settle back and enjoy the ride! This week I’m making BLOCK COLOURS the star of the show – and I can’t believe how many amazing products I have to play with here – so much talent in the kids fashion arena. 🙌🏻
[Please note – at the time of publishing, the Kablooie Store website is currently under maintenance, so links to my site won’t work, but will be functional again very soon!]
To start off we have …. SAY IT WITH RED!
Theres nothing like a statement colour offset by monochrome to really stand out….
Up next SUNSHINE MAKES ME HAPPY! Love a pop of yellow so much! ✨
We also had a chance this week to road test some stunning products including some gorgeous MayaMe designs tops, and Ice Cream melt socks from Just Ray Baby. 😍😍😍
It’s…..COLOUR BLOCK CRAZE! (Yeah sorry, I couldn’t pick a favourite picture!😂)
I’d also love to share some snaps from my gorgeous Brand Ambassadors – who are absolutely crushing the colour layering look for winter!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻
You can see more of their shots on their Instagram accounts – just click the links to go straight there!
I hope you enjoyed this week’s style guide and got a little inspiration! Don’t forget you can shop any of the products above using the links underneath each picture. Until next week – don’t forget to have fun with kids fashion!! ❤️
Alexandra Yount – Teen Sewer Extraordinaire! How cool is that for a title?! And that’s exactly who this week’s blog interview is with! Ally Sews is the name of the business run by Alexandra, making some of the cutest modern dolls clothes I’ve ever seen! I bought a set of dresses myself for my daughters Christmas gift and I was thrilled with them – the quality, style and workmanship. Read on to find out more about this talented young business woman!
Alexandra,what are 5 things we might not know about you?
1. I try out every hobby there is. I’ve made jewelry, knitted, crocheted, embroidered, tried doll making…I need to stick to sewing!!
2. I’m a crazy Taylor swift fan.
3. I sew way too much. My eyes sometimes start to hurt 😂
4. I have enough fabric to open a store.
5. I’m from Texas
How would you define your personal style?
Simple, I love dresses!
What is your inspiration, or what triggered this business idea for you?
I love sewing, and was also a long-time etsy shopper, so I decided to see if I could open a shop and I did! 😊 My little brothers and sisters inspire me the most.
What do you love most about what you do?
Seeing dolls and little kids all around the world wearing things I’ve made ☺❤
What do you love most to do with your family/friends?
I have lots of little brothers, sisters and nieces, I can use them as models and test new ideas on them. 😉
What is your idea of an ideal day?
Get as much sewing done as I can and try not to get too distracted. (ahem…Instagram).
What’s a goal for your business in 2016?
Hit 1000 sales!
Where can we find you?
You can find me on Instagram and Facebook! @allysews + Ally Sews
Check out all of Alexandra’s gorgeous and teensy tiny creations on her social media accounts (and on her website http://www.allysews.etsy.com)
This interview has been brought to you by Keneena from Kablooie Store! Check out my other interviews and blog posts, and come visit me on Instagram (www.instagram.com/kablooiestore) or my online store (www.kablooiestore.com)! ❤️
Have you ever tried searching for the perfect kids toys and just can’t seem to find them? This frustration was part of the inspiration behind my latest Insta biz in the spotlight – Lucas Loves Cars! Helle Warming has created an amazing little world in Lucas Loves Cars (one my kids would never want to leave! 🙈). She’s gathered gathered an incredible range of high quality toys for car and truck lovers. Today we find about more about the amazing mum behind this business!
⚡️Helle, what are 5 things we might not know about you?
I have an Engineering degree, I have a son named Lucas, I don’t like coffee flavoured anything except coffee. I recently decided to go public that I hate champagne. I can’t count to 5.
⚡️How would you define your personal style?
Usually it’s whatever I can find which then means sometimes it feels like daggy Mummy style, other days I’m rocking it! (I think)
Minimalism if I could get rid of all the stuff!
⚡️ What is your inspiration, or what triggered this business idea for you?
I have a son named Lucas – who loves cars. That’s basically it. Couldn’t understand why there were no stores for boys toys. There are so many gorgeous quality gifts and toys out there for little boys, but never at the stores I went to. Oh, and I was sick of toys always breaking!
I now know Mums of girls who love trucks were also frustrated by the same issue.
⚡️ Helle, what do you love most about what you do?
Finding gorgeous products that I think the kids and mums will love. Then sending presents out to people! I feel like Santa.
⚡️What do you love to do with your son?
Well of course we play cars, we like to wash our cars, we make a car wash and they line up and stop for petrol too. Some days we play dinosaurs, making up fun stories and Roaring around the house. Outside we play cricket or footy.
⚡️What is your idea of an ideal day?
A productive day at work, then pick up Lucas, play and chat and then family dinner. Little things make me happy, like not having to cook and watching Lucas playing.
⚡️What’s a goal for your business in 2016?
I have a big project I’m not sharing, but on top of that I’m working hard on gathering more fabulous products (so exciting) and spreading the word about our online store, which means Instagram, photos and working with other awesome businesses.
⚡️Where can we find you?
I never realised how much I loved the world of doll houses and miniature things til I discovered Jennifer Macfarlane’s business – Whimsy Woods! Scrolling through Jennifer’s Instagram Feed is like an enchanted walk through a miniature world.
Jennifer is a busy and clever mumma who, in between caring for young kids and her busy life, manages to spend time completely renovating doll houses and their furniture and creating the most amazing on trend and personalised decor for it. Read on to find out more….
1 Tell us 5 things about you that we might not know!
– I am a Canadian Australian, I moved here 8 years ago in search of an endless summer. It’s way too cold in Canada!
– I have been a Registered Nurse for 13 years. After having my daughter I decided I wanted to get away from the crazy stressful career and chase a bit of a creative dream.
– I have two little ones. My son is 3 1/2 and my daughter is 1 1/2. They keep me very busy!!! We also have 2 dogs and three chickens!!!
– All of my work is done after 7:30 pm or at nap times!!! One tired mum here!!
– Some of my favourite things to do are: travel, scuba dive, creating things and sleep! lol
2 Tell us about your personal style….
My personal style is relaxed and beachy…. maybe it’s more like frumpy mum?!! You don’t catch me in heels and skirts very often!
3 How about household style?
My household style is rustic, beachy and a hint of tropical. We live in a house that backs onto rainforest so our natural surroundings really inspired my interior decor. There’s a lot of natural and neutral in our house.
4 what is your inspiration, or what triggered Whimsy Woods?
I started refinishing vintage furniture and had a plan to give things a whimsical twist for children’s rooms. I happened to have a doll house that I just quickly did up to sell (nothing special) and I had soo many people who wanted to buy it. I then did a second one and had people lined up for that one as well. So it all went from there. With each house, I ended up having so much encouragement and interest that I set my focus on developing a business plan around doll houses and decor. It was before doll house renovations became a massive thing! I didn’t even have Instagram at that point either.
5 What do you love most about what you do?
I love creating something unique and special. Doll houses have a way of captivating the soul and they seem to be the one toy that little girls keep and pass on to their children. I love that I get to make these heirlooms very personal and each item I make reflects the little person I am making it for. I love everything about what I do!
6 What do you love to do with your kids?
I love being crazy and wild with my kids! We love to dance and sing in the living room, go to the beach, scootering around, catching critters in the back yard, playing with our animals, star gazing, water fights and lots of cuddles.
7 What is your idea of an ideal day?
An ideal day would be one where I get to shower in the morning before the screaming starts! lol 😂😂 The kids both have a nap at the same time so I can squeeze in an hour of work!! Days that we’re all happy and having a good time.
8 what’s a goal for your business in 2016?
My goal for this year is to continue to make really cute and special things and really get my name out there… I have so many awesome things in my head and I can’t wait to create them and show them to everyone. I am branching into boys items next and I have so many cool ideas for this. I also have some exciting collaborations coming to the table this year.
In March I released an Easter Gift guide, with all sorts of handmade and shop small (and non chocolate!) goodies from makers and business owners across Australia.
My gift guide was so popular and I got asked to resend it so many times, that I’ve published the link to it here, so others can access it. Cos these gorgeous products are perfect for gifting year round! Just click on the picture below to access my last newsletter and the gift guide! ❤️
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