Tag: kids fashion

My Fresh and Fab Finds for Spring!!

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 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!

BUT …back to my fab spring finds!!

Here are just a few of my favourites this week…. I hope you love them!   If you’ve got some of your own to share, I’d really love to hear them  – just comment below or via social media – www.instagram.com/kablooiestore www.facebook.com/kablooiestore

 

Noggin and Toosh new spring tunics! I love this retro feel print – doesn’t it just make you happy?!

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www.instagram.com/nogginandtoosh

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!

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www.instagram.com/oomphandfloss

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!

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www.instagram.com/neapolitanhomewares

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!

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www.instagram.com/hopscotchbabyau

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! ???

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www.instagram.com/piperandike

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!

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www.instagram.com/nanna.lou

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)

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www.instagram.com/redbobble

Anna from Global Bambino has just launched new swimwear for bubs and they are everything! Check out this fabric! ??

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www.instagram.com/globalbambino

 

I’ve only recently discovered the world of bold prints that is Doowop Kids and I can’t look away – so good!! ????

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www.instagram.com/doowopkids

 

Fussy Gus has recently released her new Summer of Love collection and it is gloriously retro!  Put it on your must view list!

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www.instagram.com/fussygus

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!

Keneena xx

www.kablooiestore.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Ten Tips for Eye-Catching, Gorgeous Flatlays Everytime!

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!

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Tada! Gorgeous Little Lords red cardi as the focal point!??

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.

 

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My perfect flatlaying spot is on my front patio, between 10am – 1pm, around about!

 

 

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.

 

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Okay, so Edited Flatlay 1 may not have perfect white in the background, but the colours are true to the original products and are vivid and look great (I think! ?).  Edited Flatlay 2 has the brightness and exposure dialled up too much – the white is perfect but the actual products are too pale and indistinct – NOT what you want!

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!)!

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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!

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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.

 

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I think I moved these products around at least 15 times before I got this combination.  Just keep shifting and framing them in a shot til it works!  Balanced, but not too symmetrical!

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 hello@kablooiestore.com.au .  I’d LOVE to hear from you! ?

 

 

until next time,

Keneena xx

Having fun with food! Whet your appetite for rad kids gear with the kablooie style guide! (part 3)

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!

 

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Mix tape backpack www.homeishere.bigcartel.com | bug tags www.instagram.com/funkylittlestreetdeers | bow headband www.candcokids.com.au | red scarf www.scruffcandy.bigcartel.com | cardigan www.piperandike.com.au | vegemite toast bodysuit www.abstreetwear.com| banana socks www.candcokids.com.au | ballet flats www.cottonon.com | Eat Your Greens skirt www.kablooiestore.com |

I’m crushing on Hey Jude Kids sweater tees right now – so many rad prints!  Check these out!

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Lightning bolt tee www.Instagram.com/heyjudekids | zebra print bow tie www.boutiquelittleones.etsy.com | raptor beads www.critterz.bigcartel.com | pizza Headwrap www.topknotgirl.com.au | Chips Tee www.instagram.com/heyjudekids| Fire Engine Red skirt www.kablooiestore.com | Pink desert boots www.poppeto.com | rad backpack www.homeishere.bigcartel.com | silver gumboots www.cottonon.com | Eat You Greens shorts www.kablooiestore.com|

 

Wanna add a little bit of sparkle to your wardrobe?  Check this one out!

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Striped Cap www.beauhudson.co | jet and motorbike manlaces  www.instagram.com/_bear_and_cub | pompom beanie www.hopscotchbaby.madefreshly.com| pizza bodysuit www.abstreetwear.com | leopard print shoes www.justray.bigcartel.com | Copper Dream skirt www.kablooiestore.com | navy gold spot vest www.sossieandbee.etsy.com | denim high tops www.cottonon.com | Boho Feather skirt www.kablooiestore.com | style like you mean it! Tee www.fromzion.com.au |

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! ???????????????

 

Epic Winter Style Guide for Kids: PART 2

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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….

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Aloha screen printed tee www.addiandlinc.bigcartel.com | superhero manlaces www.tictail/s/bearandcub | backpack www.homeishere.bigcartel.com | striped beanie www.beauhudson.co | gumboots www.target.com.au | red cardigan www.littlelords.com.au | Retro palm tree shorts & spotty dotty lounge pants www.kablooiestore.com

Up next SUNSHINE MAKES ME HAPPY!  Love a pop of yellow so much! ✨

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beanie www.hopscotchbaby.madefreshly.com | Birdman sweater www.eclecticbambino.etsy.com | Headwrap www.topknotgirl.com.au | denim hooded vest www.kromekids.bigcartel.com | mustard long socks www.rupertandmiller.com.au | paprika handmade baby shoes www.wrinklesandrolls.etsy.com | sunshine yellow skirt www.kablooiestore.com| lightning tee and leggings www.whistleandfluteclothing.com

 

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!?)

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Red bow headband www.candcokids.com.au | necklace www.murphyandme.bigcartel.com | yellow top www.mayame.com.au | Fire engine red skirt www.kablooiestore.com | ice cream melt socks www.justray.bigcartel.com | silver glitter gym shoes www.cottonon.com/AU/ |

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!

Top right: www.instagram.com/thelittleblackboardco | Bottom right: www.instagram.com/stacey_wood246  | Bottom left: www.instagram.com/_mumma_d | Top left: www.instagram.com/fee_loves_

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!! ❤️

Keneena xx

Bold, bright and quirky! A fun winter style guide for the cool kids

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?STYLE ?So what are the cool kids wearing this winter?  Everything!! They’re not following trends, they’re setting them!

Funky pattern and colour mixing, layering to the MAX, and mashups of popular styles is their jam. ???  Over the top, bold and quirky, with the perfect mix of staple pieces and small micro labels!

Kablooie is kicking off winter in style with a mini series of FOUR winter style guides.  A mix of themed mood boards, flatlays and real outfit shots – an eclectic mix of style, colour and fun!

Flatlays include links for each item, so you can shop the look. Settle in and enjoy the ride peeps! Let’s kick it off with…

COLOUR CRUSH! Go completely overboard with colour! ???

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Splosh Skirt www.kablooiestore.com| Hopscotch Baby Bloomers www.hopscotchbaby.madefreshly.com|   Headwrap www.zurimoon.bigcartel.com|   65 Roses Little Trinket Necklace www.trinketstore.com.au|   Reversible Bandana Bib www.pikanini.com.au|   Icecream Melt socks www.justray.com.au|  Desert Boots www.poppeto.com|  Gnome Vest www.sossieandbee.etsy.com|  Pompom Cat Shirt www.target.com.au|

Next…

GLITTER BOMB OF GLORY! ✨✨✨ Every funky sparkle you can imagine!

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Gold Spot Skirt www.kablooiestore.com| Unicorn Necklace www.critterz.bigcartel.com | Poncho and Leg Warmers www.crabappletree.net | Silver Backpack www.homeishere.bigcartel.com| Lightning Sweater www.heyjude.bigcartel.com| Gold Vest and Silver glitter Gym Shoes www.cottonon.com/AU| Reversible Bandana Bib www.pikanini.com.au|

Did I ever say Kablooie shorts are just for boys?  No way Jose!  How funky are some statement shorts layered with vibrant tights, fun tees and some awesome headgear? Yes please!!

LETS GET SHORTY!! Layer it up – go crazy with the pattern combinations! ??

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Eat Your Greens Shorts www.kablooiestore.com| Headwrap www.zurimoon.bigcartel.com|  Watermelon Little trinket Necklace www.trinketstore.com.au| Viper Cardi (faux leather) www.piperandike.com.au| UH OH tee www.parenttrapdesign.etsy.com| Checkerboard Leggings www.littlelegs.com.au | Silver,gym shoes www.cottonon.com/AU|

and last but definitely no less colourful, we have

The VEGORAMA Shorts Colour Blast! I don’t think even I could fit more colour into this outfit!! ????

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Vegorama Shorts www.kablooiestore.com| Viper Cardi www.piperandike.com.au| Beanie www.hopscotchbaby.madefreshly.com| ladybird Tights  www.littlelegs.com.au| Wooden Camera www.jollyandco.bigcartel.com| scarf www.target.com.au| Gumboots www.cottonon.com/AU|

Love what you see? Share the love!! Forward to a friend, or share on your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts. I’d love to see what your favourite outfit is!

Goodbye drab winter outfits – hellooooo mini trend setters!! Stay tuned for the next mini style guide, coming out next Friday!

[Do you have a friend who’d love this?  Feel free to forward it to them! ] ??

Kablooie Easter Gift Guide

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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If you’d like to be subscribed to future gift guides and newsletters and get hem straight to your inbox, just click this link ?? http://www.kablooiestore.com/mobile/page/subscribe !

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Insta-Mum Spotlight: Kellie from My Shopping Dreams

InstaBlog in the Spotlight: My Shopping Dreams
If you’re not following @my_shopping_dreams on Instagram or Facebook, get on it! I LOVED finding out more about the face behind the Instablog – Kellie Varidel, mum of two, shopping queen and bargain hunter extraordinaire!

What are 5 fast facts about you?
✏️I’m a Capricorn, ✏️I was obsessed with the Beatles in highschool, ✏️I eat porridge for breakfast most days, ✏️I have travelled from Brisbane to Cairns in a Kombi camper, ✏️I work at a major tourist attraction.

How would you describe your style?
My style is definitely eclectic. That goes for everything from music, to movies, clothes and homewares.

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 A Mum Style flatlay put together by Kellie (source: Instagram)

What is your fave thing to do with your kids?
My favourite thing to do with my kids is laugh! Nothing gives me greater joy than making my 2 munchkins laugh.

Describe your ideal day….
My ideal day would be a sleep in, brunch at a nice cafe, some pampering (hair, nails, facial etc), a few hours of shopping (of course), then a date night with my husband. I rarely get kid free time, so my ideal day would be some “me time”. I’m sure a few mums can relate.
(Oh, we totally can!! ?)

What are your goals for 2016?
In 2016, I have a couple of goals. My main personal goal is to improve my physical well being and fitness. My goal for ‘My Shopping Dreams’ is to keep sharing amazing finds; and to feature more handmade businesses and local Sunshine Coast businesses.

What is the inspiration behind My Shopping Dreams?
I started My Shopping Dreams as therapy initially, after being diagnosed with post natal depression late last year. Shopping is something I enjoy doing and did fairly frequently, so I thought I would turn a favourite past time into an outlet for helping others discover good deals and awesome finds. I was stoked to find so many other like minded woman (shopaholics) and to now be part of an amazing Instagram community.

You can find My Shopping Dreams here:
Instagram: @my_shopping_dreams
Twitter: @myshoppingdream
Facebook: My Shopping Dreams
Blog: is soon to return