Sep 012016
 

After two long and tiring flights we have arrived safe and sound in The Netherlands, what a wonderful feeling to be on Dutch soil again! As we had not flown with Emirates before I was not sure what to expect but everything went smoothly and the staff was absolutely lovely and helpful, accommodating our large family wherever possible. At home we had thoroughly talked about and prepared for the flight and the girls even dressed up their Australian Girl dolls in style:

AG Stewardess

I just love this neat Australian Girl Airlines Flight Attendant Uniform (RRP $29.95) in classic navy with gold details, it looks so real and fits perfectly in a holiday story-line. The uniform consist of three separate garments (dress, jacket and knickers) and the signature wings embroidery really finishes off the look. If your Aussie girl is dreaming of becoming a stewardess this gorgeous set is sure to win your brownie points.

AG Doctor

Of course Australian girls can be whatever they want to be: A vet or a hairdresser, a scientist or a chef, an artist or a teacher, a police officer or a doctor, it is so important to empower your daughters and teach them to dream big!

AG Doctor CoatYour little doctor (or nurse) in the making can already start preparing for the job with this awesome Doctor Coat and Scrubs (RRP $24.95) outfit. The 7-piece kit will see your Australian Girl dressed from top to toe, ready to head into hospital theatre and save precious lives. This set would also be a great conversation starter and gentle preparation for girls who need to undergo surgery themselves or a thoughtful gift afterwards.

Australian Girl AstronautIf you are dreaming of something more adventurous and want a job that is really out of this world the Astronaut Rig (RRP $29.95) is your ideal match. Defy gravity, explore space, ride the milky way and set foot on the moon wearing the bright orange zip-up NASA Astronaut Uniform with matching black cap. Make sure to bring an Australian Girl flag to make your mark before you head back to earth!

To find out more about Australian Girl, to locate a stockist near you and to order online visit www.australiangirldoll.com.au.

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Jan 292016
 

Bellhop Bags

If being more organised is one of your New Year resolutions for 2016 you are going to love today’s find. Whether you are a busy mama with little ones, a hard-working career woman or both, there is a good chance you won’t leave the house without a nice handbag or baby bag with all your important must-haves. Often the messy interior doesn’t match the stylish outside, thankfully Bellhop Bags is here to bring order to your chaos:

Bellhop Bags

Bellhop Files are a versatile sorting system that can be used in combination with your regular bag, so you don’t have to give up on your personal style. No more hunting in the dark, find instantly what you are looking for with Bellhop!

Bellhop Files BlueA set of Bellhop Files (RRP $39, Manhattan Red or Kaikoura Blue) consists of four strong canvas zip-up ‘files’ which connect to each other and your bag using a simple carabiner clip. Each Bellhop File has a convenient mesh window so you easily view the contents and a handy tab on top so you can grab the right file when you need it without wasting time. Some pre-printed and blank labels for your tabs are included.

Bellhop Files RedThe suggested tabs are a great start: Personal (driver’s licence, phone, wallet and keys), Change (some nappies and a packet of wipes), Toys (a few books, a small toy, some crayons and paper), Snacks (some prepackaged crackers, muesli bars, a box of sultanas and nuts) and more. They are items most mums will bring along when they are out and about and things you sometimes need in a hurry (nappy accident anyone?).

But of course there are plenty of other great uses for the Bellhop Files, the options are endless. How about giving each child their own file to fill with little bits and pieces for a car trip? A little make-up file for yourself for a quick makeover on the go? An emergency kit for the kids with a toothbrush and toothpaste, a hair brush, some hair clips and a clean pair of undies?

Bellhop Files Upclose

Do you have a cheeky toddler or two who love digging through your bag for a tasty snack or something to play with? Now you can instantly give them the right Bellhop File without the kids throwing out all your personal belongings for everyone to see. If you are swapping your bag for the day to suit your outfit or the occasion you can simply transfer your files too. Bellhop Files: Quick, convenient, easy!

Make sure you like Bellhop Bags on Facebook to stay up to date with the latest news and specials.

Exclusive offer for Hip Little One readers: Save 15% on Bellhop Files, simply enter the code ‘HIPLITTLEONE’ at checkout. Offer ends March 31, 2015.

To find out more about Bellhop Bags, to browse the range and to order online visit www.bellhopbags.com.au.

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Aug 152015
 

Orly

As the birth of our new baby boy or girl is coming closer I am starting to think about the delivery and all the things I still need to organise. My pretty Designer Mamas birthing gown (so much nicer than those faded hospital gowns!) is washed and ready and I’ve booked in a last appointment at the hairdresser, all that’s left is to freshen up my toenails with a touch of colour while I can still reach and see them!

Orly Colour Palette

Classic or modern, light or dark, matte, shiny or sparkly, plain and simple or bold and bright… with over 150 different shades to choose from the Orly nail lacquer palette contains a perfect colour for every woman.

Orly Haute RedPersonally I love wearing sandals as soon as the weather allows so during the spring and summer months my toe nails are permanently painted, usually with a pop of vibrant red. Obviously it won’t make the birth any easier but at least I know my toes will be all smooth and shiny in the Orly best-seller Haute Red (RRP $18.95, 18ml), hopefully the doctor and midwives delivering our baby will love it too.

Orly NailtritionAfter a long winter of covering those piggies up with socks and boots my nails will need a bit of extra attention before I can splash on the paint. Containing collagen, wheat protein, keratin and bamboo extract Orly Nailtrition (RRP $19.95, 18ml) is specifically created to help strengthen peeling nails and stimulate healthier, faster growth over the course of 14 days. With my big baby bump in the way applying 1-2 coats a day will be quite the exercise so I may have to ask hubby for help, but at least those nails will be good to go in time for the spring season.

To find out more about Orly, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.orlybeauty.com.au.

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Een Meeni Miini Mum

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Apr 232015
 

Eeni Meeni logo

If you are a long time reader of Hip Little One you have no doubt heard me rave about the famous Eeni Meeni Miini Moh girls leggings. They’re comfy, soft, stretchy, easy to wash and wear and super durable and an absolute favourite in our home. I’ve often said that I wished they came in my size too and the good news is: now they do!

Eeni Mum

Made from the same soft specially milled jersey as the girls leggings the brand new Eeni Meeni Miini Moh Women’s Leggings (RRP $49.95, size S-L) are bound to be a huge hit with stylish Aussie mamas.

This new grown-up addition to the range is currently available in Classic Charcoal Marle and Charcoal Marle/Porcelain Stripe, both styles have a funky little cross print at the ankle. Match them up with a loose sweater, a chunky knit, your favourite sports top or a cute tunic, it’s up to you. One thing is sure: You’re in for a very comfortable winter thanks to the Eeni Meeni Miini Moh design team.

To find out more about Eeni Meeni Miini Moh, to browse the range and to order online visit www.eenimeeni.com.

Apr 022015
 

FRANKiE4

A few months ago I told you about Australian designer footwear label FRANKiE4 and I showed off my ALiX sandals. Teamed up with jeans, dresses, skirts and shorts, I have been wearing those gorgeous leather sandals as much as the weather allowed. They are just so versatile and super comfortable, even when I am on my feet all day with the kids. Now that Autumn is here I knew I could count on FRANKiE4 to keep up my comfort level throughout the chilly season:

FRANKiE4 Winter

Pretty ballet flats, cool sneakers, trendy boots, beautiful loafers, no matter what style you like to wear this winter FRANKiE4 has got you covered with their stylish new Autumn/Winter range which has just hit stores across Australia:

LiZ CamelAs I grew up in The Netherlands I used to (and loved) wearing boots all Autumn/Winter, so even though I am living in Australia now I still dig up my boots as soon as I feel a little breeze. FRANKiE4’s first-ever winter boots are right on trend and available in neutral black and camel colour ways so you can mix and match them with your entire winter wardrobe. How stylish are feminine LiZ with her high heels and casual JAMiE with her elasticised sides?

I won’t lie, I am not a hero on heels so I generally avoid them, as much as I like the look I don’t like the foot pain most heels cause. But knowing that FRANKiE4 footwear is designed by a podiatrist and physiotherapist I knew I was in for a welcome change and after trying on LiZ all I can say is WOW. I can not even describe how strange it felt to slip my feet into these beautiful boots, and I mean strange in a very, very good way. You immediately feel your feet being supported in all the right places, without being restrictive and squishy like many other closed in shoes.

FRANKiE4 Boots

Obviously I was already super impressed by the comfort and support of the ALiX sandal, but this season’s boots with their patented Custom Fit system are yet another level up from that. Whether you have ‘regular’ width feet, narrow feet or wide feet, using the complimentary footbed pieces (included with all FRANKiE4 shoes except sandals) you can create the ultimate correct footbed to support your feet perfectly.

Janelle GoldWith 5 weeks to go until Mother’s Day now is the perfect time to start dropping some hints for the hubby or kids and tell them about your favourite pair of FRANKiE4’s. I know it is not always easy to put yourself first and often we don’t look after ourselves (and our feet) the way we really should, so Mother’s Day is the ideal excuse to treat yourself to new pair of stylish and healthy shoes.

To find out more about FRANKiE4, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.frankie4.com.au, shipping is FREE Australia wide.

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Feb 132015
 

zk'in

Last call: Just one sleep to go until Valentine’s Day! If you were planning on surprising the special person in your life with a little something special you better be quick or risk a disappointed face. Why not gift your loved one a touch of luxury and shop the wonderful Zk’in skincare range?

zk'in range

Zk’in Certified Organic Skincare is proudly Australian made and looks after skin of all types without exposing you to nasty chemicals. From moisturiser to cleanser, from masque to serums and even hand cream and toothpaste, Zk’in has your entire beauty regime covered.

Zk'in SerumZk’in prides itself in delivering clinically proven results without the harsh, harmful ingredients that are used in many other skincare products. If you’ve been dreaming of smoother skin with fewer lines but you’ve been hesitant to try injectable fillers you’ll be pleased to hear that Zk’in  Certified Organic Skincare has developed a gentle, natural, pain free product that lives up to the task.

The gel based Zk’in Line Smoothing Serum (RRP $59.95, 25 ml) quickly delivers visible skin smoothing results, tackling those lines around your eyes in just moments. The serum is rapidly absorbed by the skin and is suitable for all skin types. People all around the country are loving this safe, non-toxic wrinkle treatment and the feedback is nothing but glowing, just like the results!

To find out more about Zk’in, to locate a stockist near you and to order online visit www.zkinorganics.com.au.

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Fabulous and Functional: FRANKiE4

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Feb 022015
 

FRANKiE4

A few weeks ago I wrote about the importance of buying your children proper shoes and many of you agreed with me that high quality, supportive footwear is a must. Yet somehow we mums seem to care a lot less for our own feet and we settle for cheap, flimsy shoes ourselves that may be on trend but far from good for our feet. It’s time to step up to the plate this year and look after yourself with fabulous shoes that are fit for a queen:

FRANKiE4 range

Australian footwear label FRANKiE4 is all about comfort, support and quality, but they also understand that style conscious women want a classy look too. Designed by a podiatrist and physiotherapist FRANKiE4 shoes help prevent and treat common foot problems like heel or arch pain, plantas fasciitis and forefoot pain so you can walk around with a spring in your step (again).

ALiXThe latest FRANKiE4 collection offers a range of gorgeous styles that allow women to look stylish and fashionable this season while caring for their feet at the same time. From classic ballet flats to comfy slip-ons and from lace-up sneakers to strappy sandals, FRANKiE4 has your summer look covered. I live in dresses during the warmer months so I love a pretty sandal myself and this beautiful ALiX design ticks all the boxes for me.

The ALiX sandal (RRP $199.95, available in black, chestnut and blue) is made with lovely soft leather and wide adjustable straps that keep your feet comfortably in place when you walk. Unlike flat and floppy thongs the ALiX features a slight heel for a feminine look and a podiatrist designed built-in functional footbed with heel cradle, arch support and cushioning, it’s like slipping your feet into a comfy pair of slippers!

ALiX Logo Buckle

What I love about these black ALiX sandals is their timeless design and versatile colour, they look great with a dress or skirt but fabulous with jeans too. When you are on your feet a lot (as a busy mum of four I am always running around) you want comfort and these sandals really shape to suit your feet, the more you wear them the better they fit. I also love that you can easily adjust the pleated strap across your forefoot for a perfect fit for every foot and every time.

ALiX Pin Buckle

As a special treat the ALiX sandal comes with two sets of decorative buckles, a FRANKiE4 logo buckle and classic pin buckle, so you can dress up the velcro ankle straps or wear them plain. You can position the buckles as you please so that they do not dig or bump into your ankle bones and affect your comfort.

To find out more about FRANKiE4, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.frankie4.com.au, shipping is FREE Australia wide.