Nov 092017


Confession time: Call me a mean mum but sometimes I purposely choose a different route through the shopping centre so that my girls don’t get to pass our local Smiggle store. They are madly in love with everything Smiggle and can easily spend an hour admiring all the treasures in this fabulous shop, especially since the release of the gorgeous Smile with Smiggle collection. This wonderful range of fun, trendy and budget-friendly hair accessories, rings, bracelets, necklaces and more is every girl’s dream and there is so much to choose from!

As if these treasures are not already affordable enough, right now when you buy two, you get the third FREE on all ‘Smile with Smiggle’ jewellery. What a fantastic opportunity to stock up on stocking fillers without breaking your tight Christmas budget! Hurry, this great offer is valid for a limited time only. 

If your little lady is as crazy about unicorns as my girls are you are going to love this amazing prize pack the Smiggle team put together for one lucky Hip Little One reader:

There is no doubt about it, this magical Smile Unicorn Headband (RRP $14.95) is going to be a top seller this festive season. With unicorns being so incredibly popular right now this pretty number will be taking up no.1 spot on many wish lists, I know my girls would love it! Featuring silver sparkles and beautiful pink flowers this headband allows every little girl to turn into a real unicorn in the blink of an eye.

Trodding along the unicorn trail we come across this cute Smile Fabulous Earrings 3-pack (RRP $9.95, ages 6+), after all who can resist a sparkly unicorn! Made from hypo-allergenic materials and completely nickel-free, just like the rest of the Smile with Smiggle range, these sweet earrings are perfect for girls of all ages. There are loads of different earring designs to choose from and with 3 styles per set you can swap your earrings as often as you like.

Of course not every girl likes pink or purple, which is why Smiggle accessories come in a rainbow of colours. The Smile Dee Unicorn Necklace (RRP $12.95, ages 6+) is available in a mystical blue shade and comes with an adjustable ball-chain so you can create the perfect fit for you. Cupcakes, rainbows, owls, butterflies, cats… picking a favourite necklace from the range is not an easy task so I am glad I have four darling daughters to buy for.

When it comes to party bags and Christmas stockings I can highly recommend the Smiggle ring sets, with six different rings per pack they are excellent value for money and (if desired) you can easily split the sets up and treat multiple girls to a ring or two. The Smile Livvy Rings 6-pack (RRP $12.95, ages 6+) features flowers, love hearts, stars and jewels and the rings are slightly adjustable in size so you can’t go wrong there.

Last but not least, loyal Hip Little One readers will know by now how much I love charm bracelets and there is no shortage of delightful charms at Smiggle. The Smiggle charm bracelets are so well priced yet look a million dollars, they will be my go-to gift for upcoming birthdays. Sticking with the unicorn theme the Smile Daydream Bracelet (RRP $9.95, ages 6+) is an excellent match, I think we’ll have one very happy giveaway winner when she sees this!

To find out more about Smiggle, to locate a Smiggle store near you or to order online visit

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Snuggle up in style with Pappe

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Aug 082017

As I am once again unpacking all my newborn things for the arrival of baby no.6 it is clear that our hand-me-downs hold many special moments and wonderful memories for our family. Touching the tiny clothes I remember quiet hospital cuddles, the ride home, sneaky snoozes, first walks outside and loads of precious photos and I feel incredibly grateful for the gift of our babies. Like its siblings this baby is sure to be showered with love and will enjoy plenty of pre-loved pieces, but of course some new treasures made it into our nursery too:

Each of our children has its own unique blanket, chosen especially for him/her, that has been with them since day one. Even now they still cherish their blankets, whether it is a favourite bedtime buddy for night time or naps, couch cuddles or just for pretend play. Not knowing the gender of our new addition just yet, this time around I went straight for my favourite neutral colour: classic navy blue…

As soon as I laid eyes on this stunning blanket by luxury designer label Pappe I knew it was meant for me. Not only does the Ottley Twill Blanket (RRP $129.95) ooze class, warmth and style and is gender neutral in colour, it also happens to match our pram perfectly! I think it will be the ideal welcome for our little bundle of joy and I can’t wait to see our darling baby wrapped up in it. Nice bonus: Being reversible you can create two different looks with just one blanket, how awesome is that?

Made from 100% high quality cotton poplin yarn with an eye-catching brushed finish the Ottley blanket is a real stand-out piece, you can expect lots of jealous looks when out and about with Ottley! I think the Italian leather Pappe label really is the cherry on top for this designer blanket. The generous 100 x 75cm size makes it a great choice for walks in the pram, naps in the cot or snuggling on the couch, it will keep the chills at bay wherever you go and is sure to be enjoyed for years to come.

Combining nostalgic charm with modern simplicity it is no wonder style conscious parents all over the globe are rapidly falling in love with Pappe’s timeless range of baby/toddler clothing and accessories. I love how Pappe handpicks the most beautiful cashmere, organic cottons, pure wool blends and tweed fabrics, chosen for their excellent quality, luxurious feel and wonderful durability. Whether you are shopping for your own baby or another special little person in your life, you can count on Pappe to deliver nothing but the very best.

To find out more about Pappe, to browse the range and to order online visit

Dec 042014

Christmas Countdown – Day 4

Like for most businesses the Christmas period is the busiest time of year for Australian Girl. Every year there are many girls all over Australia, as well as overseas, who are dreaming of finding their very own Australian Girl Doll under the tree.

Australian Girl Doll

If your daughter is one of them you’ll be pleased to know that there is still time to place an order for your favourite Australian Girl Doll or some of the lovely clothes, accessories and gifts to add to that Christmas stocking. The closing date for Christmas orders, sent via regular mail, is December 14 so be quick and get shopping:

Australian Girl Book PackEspecially for the festive season Australian Girl has put together a fantastic Australian Girl Value Book Pack ($30) containing all three Australian Girl adventure books at a hard-to-beat price. Australian Girls are much more than just dolls and these books really bring them to life, they make a perfect stocking filler or light weight Christmas gift to send by mail. Follow this lovely group of friends on their travels, starting with the discovery of The Rainbow Necklace.

In the second title Amy and the Wilpena Flood the rainbow necklace takes the girls on another exciting trip. This time the Australian Girls find themselves in Wilpena Pound during the early 1900s where they meet a girl named Jessie Hill who lives there with her family. The girls are off to the Queensland Coast in Annabelle and the Missing Turtles, the third book in the series, where they solve the mystery of the disappearing sea turtles with the help of the sparkling rainbow necklace.

Australian Girl Doll T-Shirt SetThere is no need to line up at the shops or wait for a parking space, the Australian Girl online store is very well stocked with new doll clothes and accessories that are ready to be sent out immediately. From sport sets to party dresses, from pyjamas to beach wear and much more, they have got your dolls holiday outfits sorted with great options for any budget. A new set of clothes makes the perfect stocking filler for your little Australian Girl Doll fan.

To find out more about Australian Girl, to locate a stockist near you and to order online visit

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Pinkberry Kisses

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May 182014

Pinkberry Kisses

Now that the twins are in primary school and have to wear school uniforms most days of the week miss 5 is unable to wear her usual colourful clips, beautiful headbands and cute bows and she is not happy about it. She loves her hair accessories and aside from the style aspect she also really needs them to keep her hair tidy. Luckily there is hope for stylish little students thanks to Pinkberry Kisses:

Pinkberry Kisses Grace BowYou may already know Pinkberry Kisses from its gorgeous range of hair pretties, handmade right here in Australia by lovely mum-of-two Lisa, but did you know they even have a dedicated School Hair Accessories collection? Clippies, bows, streamers, headbands, they’ve got it all and you can order every design in the colours of your child’s school so they are sure to pass the ‘school uniform test’.

Over the last few years my girls have tried many Pinkberry Kisses designs and they’re all beautifully made with lots of attention to detail. Our school favourites are the clippie sets and the small bows, they look beautiful, classy and are great for keeping those loose strands of hair away from the face. Whether you want one or two different colours, one single bow or a set, it’s all possible when you buy handmade. If you have a little girl in school why not surprise her with a lovely parcel of school hair accessories? Postage is just $2 Australia wide.

Pinkberry Kisses Green

To find out more about Pinkberry Kisses, to browse the range and to order online visit

Happy Australia Day!

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Jan 262014

Saturday Lollipop

Whether you’re home grown Aussie, a newbie like me (7.5 years) or even a tourist, on a day like Australia Day you can’t go past these utterly adorable little trinkets from Saturday Lollipop:

Saturday Lollipop Australia Day

Australia Day Delights

Wear your Vegemite in your ears, slip a plate of Lamingtons around your neck and pin a pavlova on your chest, no one will mistake you for a Kiwi with one of these gorgeous designs on show. My personal favourite would have to be the Vegemite brooche complete with hot toast and a small dollop of butter melting away, and that for someone who strongly dislikes Vegemite! All designs come beautifully packaged in a gift box with ribbon to make the perfect Aussie gift.

To find out more about Saturday Lollipop, to browse the range and to order online visit

May 282013


I am sure you know by now how important it is to shop local and what a difference this can make for our economy. But keep in mind that supporting Australian businesses doesn’t stop at the grocery store, your choices also matter when it comes to eg. clothes and gifts. There are many wonderful, amazing Australian brands who make and design their products right here at your doorstep, you just have to know where to look. One of those fabulous labels well worth checking out is Milk and Masuki:

M&M TeeThe very hip Milk and Masuki range is designed by talented duo Ishak and Rachael and handmade in their very own studio in NSW, Australia. Using 100% organic cotton (super soft and super safe) they have created a beautiful collection of clothing and accessories for hip little ones featuring unique prints and divine colour combinations. Fresh, funky, playful and a little cheeky, Milk and Masuki is truly one of its kind and that’s just the way I like it.

All warm and snug in the Milk and Masuki blanket

All warm and snug in the Milk and Masuki blanket

M&M BlanketThe beautiful Milk and Masuki blankets ($86, 100x70cm) are lovingly handprinted on soft, breathable, 100% organic cotton and available in 4 different designs to suit both genders. People often comment on baby Sybil’s blanket because the soft grey feather print and warm watermelon trim are a very eye catching combination. This blanket is a perfect size for the pram, the car or just for a cosy snuggle on the couch (and for a lovely nap as you can see).

Milk boxedIt is not just the organic fabric that is gentle on the environment, Milk and Masuki uses only eco friendly ink and they have even put great thought in the product packaging which is all 100% recycled. The divine baby blankets are carefully packaged in a lovely gift box and a sweet hand printed gift card is included, ready to welcome a gorgeous little bundle to this world.

Milk and Masuki Blankets ($86)

Milk and Masuki Blankets ($86)

To find out more about Milk and Masuki, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit Orders over $50 ship free Australia wide.

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Mar 122013


As you might know we decided against finding out the gender of our unborn baby just like we did for our other children. I know some people like knowing what colours to buy but I really enjoyed searching for beautiful gender neutral pieces, if you look around there is so much choice! Just before our youngest made her appearance I stumbled upon the new Australian brand Obubu.

This week only Hip little one readers can save a massive 30% on the Obubu Baby Organic Collection. Simply enter the code ‘HIP30′ at checkout, excludes O-bundles, gift sets and gift vouchers. Be quick as this great offer ends March 18, 2013.

Obubu Organic Girl TeeObubu is all about simple, stylish, organic fashion and accessories for the precious little people in your life. The beautifully soft 100% organic cotton is a comfortable and safe choice for your baby, it is gentle on the skin and free from nasty chemicals. The gorgeous Obubu baby basics are available in boy, girl and gender neutral colours that are timeless and easy to mix and match. Before you start to worry, the Obubu range is very affordable with prices starting at just $10.95.

Obubu Growsuit Gift SetIf you are looking for a lovely gift for a new baby or baby shower but you’re a little short of time (or inspiration) you will love the Obubu Gift Sets, containing a great selection of baby must haves. The soft hooded blanket, bib, knotted hat and a long sleeve bodysuit or growsuit are all useful pieces that will be appreciated by any parent. You don’t even need to worry about wrapping as each set comes beautifully packaged.

Baby Sybil having a snooze under the Obubu Red Stripe Wrap

Baby Sybil having a snooze under the Obubu Red Stripe Wrap

Obubu Red Stripe WrapBecause our little girl is a summer baby I wasn’t expecting to be using many wraps and blankets but I find that I am reaching for them quite a lot. As a quick cover up in the pram or car seat, during a short visit to the shops or just for her to lay on while visiting friends or family or when playing outside. The Obubu Red Stripe Wrap ($29.95) is a bit of a favourite of mine, firstly because of how soft it is but also because of the gorgeous warm colours, the red is so vibrant and cheerful.

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