Books to Coo About: The Conductor

the conductor by laetitia devernay pairs a conductor with a grove of trees to create a graphic and poetic story--no words just spare and intricate drawings.  a beautiful book for all ages. 

Fashion Coos: Ada Ada

few collections can occupy the realm of basic and unique, but this is what ada ada does, and does it extremely well. the israeli-based family-owned and operated label designs children's clothing (0-6 yrs) of the highest quality natural fibers and dyes and produces it in fair trade conditions. 

the fall/winter collection is inspired by the galaxy and the beauty of the infinite imaginations of children. (how lovely is that?!) the soft neutral palette makes these pieces endlessly versatile: mix and match with each other or whatever else is in your little one's closet! shop ada ada at two of my favorite shops: sweet william or shak-shuka.

Ahhs: Aden + Anais for Target

i love this collaboration! aden + anais wraps and bags are my go to baby items. now you can get the swaddle wraps, sleeping bags, and bibs at target prices! loving the vroomroo designs! check out the collection here.

Fashion Coos: Bensimon Winter Shoes {Found!}

i've been looking everywhere for these sherpa-lined sneakers from bensimon ever since i saw them last year at playtime. well i found them at the little fashion gallery(duh!) they look like the perfect cold weather playground sneaker: warm but not clunky. find them here!

Fashion Coos: French Blossom {Sponsor Highlight}

the french do lots of things better and when it comes to children's stuff they make no exceptions. the new online shop french blossom specializes in the best of the french with brands like le marchand d'etoiles, les simones, and barnabé aime le café. french blossom also carries toys, decor and baby care items from france. since getting my hands on these french labels is difficult in the us, i love that french blossom has flat rates for shipping!

here are some of my favorite items...

for baby: 1. grey footed pajamas by le marchand d'etoiles 2. liberty print bib  and 3. 3. little star slippers, both by by barnabé aime le café 

Books to Coo About: ABC Dream

how tired are you of saying a is for apple? well, in kim krans new beautifully illustrated book, abc dream, a is for apple, but it's also for arrow, ants and argyle.  each letter is wrapped up in a gorgeous composition that will delight both parents and children alike!

if kim's name rings a bell it might be from the illustrated calendars, prints and cards she and her company the wild unknown has made for years, which are also a- mazing.

i usually say books to coo about, but this is a book to droll about! now feast your eyes on some pages...and buy the book here.

Ahhs: Wild Rockers

these rockers from james harvey furniture are amazing in both design and price...

Fashion Coos: The Red Balloon

i just re-watched the stunning 1950s classic, the red balloon. i must have seen this movie 10 times in elementary school, but i was always too young to soak it all in. the little boy in the film is adorable and so french that i couldn't resist doing a red balloon inspired round-up. i want to dress henry up in this now! (please know this is not intended to copy the wonderful column living in on design*sponge)

1. bakker made with love schoolbag, smallable 2. bonpoint shirt 3/4. popupshop sweatshirt and sweatpants, shak-shuka 5. zara tweed blazer 6. oxford derbys, my little attitude 7. vintage tin trolley

Ahhs: Grasshopper {Sponsor Highlight}

your new favorite toy store lives in portland, oregon! grasshopper is an independent shop that stocks clothing, toys, arts and crafts, books, and much more. their philosophy is it shouldn't be hard to find cute, imaginative toys that are safe and fun! (sounds like mine too!) highlights include: vilac musical instruments, which are nearly impossible to find this side of the pond; the most adorable sock dolls from no3no4 and an huge selection of books for all ages.

feeling bummed you don't live in portland? well, grasshopper has a wonderful selection on their online store. i recommend bookmarking it now for holiday shopping. 

Word of the Week: Horse

word of the week is back! it has been awhile since henry had a favorite and now he is obsessed horses. here's to horse!

Adorn: Silhouette's from Love & Victory {Sponsor Highlight}

did your parents bronze your baby shoes when you were little? well, my parents did and so did all their friends-- i think it was the thing to do in the 70s. the new bronze? the silhouette.
love & victory knows its way around the silhouette from necklaces to these custom hand-cut silhouettes that are so sweet and old-timey it literally warms my heart. not to mention what a wonderful keepsake and much less bulky than a set of metallic shoes. if you don't know the shop check it out pronto!

Ahhs: Deuz Answers My Prayers!

i can honestly say that trying to find a playmat that i could live with was a huge motivator to start this blog. even with hours, probably days of playmat research under my belt, there wasn't one that rocked my world. until now...
i am beyond elated to tell you dear readers that the search is over! the smart and talented sisters over at deuz gave us what we were looking for: a playmat that is simple, well-designed, and fun for baby... and just to really stick to everyone (in a good way) it's organic and washable! 

the word on the street is it isn't cheap, but this thing is so pretty, i don't care how much it is! the other bad news is deuz products are easy to find stateside. our friends over at shak-shuka have given me the heads up that they will be carrying the mats in november and they ship worldwide for one low flat rate!

Books to Coos About: Halloween Books

all sorts of beautiful books end up on my door step, but these two i found perfect for the season:

count dagmar, a fun flip-up, board book with dagmar the vegetarian vampire. children help dagmar plan his halloween bash while counting and rhyming all the way along;

candy 1 to 20, depending on your child's relationship to candy, this might be dangerous--like a booze-hound looking at bottles of vodka! in any case, candy, also a counting book, is both visually stunning and delicious. each number has the same amount of pieces to it--very clever!

shop these and more spooky titles at books to coo about halloween

Adorn: Hip Hooray Halloween!

don't want to get too spooky with your halloween decor? try these playful banners from hip hooray!
hip hooray's eco (made from stone!) banners come in a wide array of colors and themes, and since they aren't paper, they can go indoor or out. i picked up a few for henry's birthday last month and we are now using them to decorate his play area, and i imagine we'll use them to decorate his party next year too!  for the month of october get free shipping on two or more garlands using the code "coosandahhs" at checkout.

Ahhs: Halloween from Sarah Silk's {Giveaway!!}

halloween either makes your heart skip a beat or strikes fear into it knowing you have to conceive of and create a costume for your tot. fear not! the cool, eco-company sarah's silks has a full line of beautifully made costumes (knights, dragons, wizards, oh my!) that will make for an easy breezy halloween and nice enough to be used for years to come! the even better news is sarah silk's is giving away a dragon costumes to two--yes two!--lucky coos & ahhs readers!

{the giveaway}
what you will win: a one-piece (complete with hood, wings, wing handles, cape and tail) dragon costume constructed out of soft, natural silk. retail value $59.95

two winners, two ways to enter:  
1. leave a comment on this post telling me what your lil dragon is planning for halloween or what is your little one's favorite dress-up game. (one winner will be chosen from comments)

2. another winner will be chosen by becoming a fan of sarah's silks on facebookor enter both ways to double your chances!

open to us, canadian, and european residents! two winners will be chosen at random after close of giveaway on wed, october 12, 2011

Adorn: Thomas Paul Bedding--For Kids?

thomas paul is the master of making old world prints look crisp and modern. this new bedding design with an oversized elephant and lion shams is designed (i imagine) with adults in mind, but i think it would be so cute and fresh in a kid's room. as a mother of an animal obsessed toddler, i think we'll be looking at this when it's time for a big boy bed. available at design public.

Fashion Coos: Dressy Looks for Fall & Winter

a reader wrote me today asking where she could find clothes for her 21 month-old for a winter black tie wedding. it's a darn good question! it is hard to find clothes that work for a fancy event, and doesn't make your child look ridiculous. older boys (2 and up) have it a bit easier since crewcuts has a whole formal department, but it ain't cheap.

 i think the key is to try to resist the temptation of dressing him in grown-up dress clothes--babies can get away with more than an adult. dark colors read formal, so when in doubt just go with a dark palette. here are some affordable options for dressing up that baby boy...

8. urban sunday minneapolis bowtie 9. hanna andersson oxford shirt 10. gap dress pants 11. olive juice bennet vest 12. polarn urban chinos 13. urban sunday raleigh necktie 14. footmates oxfords 15. old navy herringbone boots

Hunt & Gather: Mini Rodini + Discount = Shak-Shuka!!!

hey readers! happy monday to you from mama shak-shuka! score this season's mini rodini collection* from one of my favorite online boutiques at 20% off! that's right, load up on organic not-so-basic basics like lightning leggings or keep winter tropical with a parrot puffer, and, of course, shak-shuka has the limited edition b. collection that just launched. 

use code COOS at checkout. offer valid october 3-october 7, 2011. as always, shak-shuka ships worldwide for one low rate. (*excludes sale items) shop the collection here

happy shopping and let me know what you get! 

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