With Spring blossoming and Summer on the horizon it’s the time of year to appreciate life and focus on your wellbeing. After a day in the hazy sun what better way to unwind than with the aromas of Moroccan rose, lavender, wild fig and grape or perhaps a tangy lime leaf and ginger. These indulgent smells can be enjoyed in the form of a slow releasing diffuser, a room spray or an 100% organic candle.
Aromatherapy dates back around 5000 years to the ancient Egyptians who used essential oils in processes such as embalming, massaging and washing, due to the strong aromas and effects on the body, senses and mood. In more recent times scientific studies have indicated negative emotions can be lifted from scents we experience; a nostalgic lavender can bring you back to childhood parks whilst wild fig and grape reminds you of a past holiday under the glistening sun.
Spring is a time of transition where we can try to leave stress, anxiety and often the low mood of Winter behind us, spending more time in nature can keep us mindful and help us to focus on the now. Therefore, natural smells can elongate feelings of wellbeing even after the sun goes down. So why not give the gift of smell and mindfulness to yourself, your friends, family or even a little baby bump and take a moment from busy day-to-day life to relax.
There's nothing cuter than a baby swaddled in a blanket is there? Swaddling is the art of snugly wrapping a baby in a blanket for warmth and security. The act dates back to pre-biblical times and for generations since then, mothers have cared for their babies with natural muslin. Breathable and lightweight, it keeps your baby comfy, cosy and the open weave in the fabric reduces the risk of overheating, making them perfect for warm summer months. Swaddles are as versatile as they are useful and are perfect to use as nursing covers, pushchair covers, changing mat covers, burp cloths, tummy time blankets and more. They are incredibly durable and get softer the more you wash them!
Here at Loula and Deer, we love swaddling and our favourite swaddles come from Aden + Anais. They are famous for their beautiful muslins and used by all the celebs! This season, as well as the classic cotton muslin we also have swaddles made using bamboo fibres. This type of muslin is silky soft, has a beautiful drape and light sheen on the surface. They'd even look fabulous worn as a scarf!
Swaddles are an essential and therefore, make perfect gifts for mums. Available in a range of colours and patterns to suit all tastes. Each one comes with a handy booklet showing you three different ways to wrap your babe.
To browse the full collection pop in and say hi at our lovely shop @5 brighton place. Or alternatively you can shop online with us here: http://www.loulaanddeer.co.uk/products/super-stars-swaddle-classic-muslin/
The full collection will be available to purchase online in the next few days. Remember to like us on facebook and follow us on instagram: @loulaanddeerbrighton
Recent deliveries of our lovely spring/summer 16 collections, has included one that we are really excited about, and that's gorgeous vintage furniture for kids. If you've been on our Instagram page recently (@loulaanddeerbrighton), you will have seen a photo we took of the chairs on a beautiful sunny Brighton morning!
All the pieces are carefully sourced in Sussex and includes beautifully painted colourful chairs and tables to add a unique and individual touch to any child's bedroom or playroom.
This is just the beginning however, as we hope to expand this range in the near future and have it available to purchase online. In the mean time, pop on down to our lovely shop to browse the collection.
Petit Bateau is always a favourite here at Loula and Deer. Their timeless, classic cuts and unique, non fussy prints make them a reliable brand that always hit the mark with stylish kids wear every season. Their spring/summer 16 collection sees them sporting classic cuts teamed with flowers and polka dots for girls, stripes and boats for boys.
Their story began in 1893 making children's underwear and clothing for adults using top quality cotton. They revolutionised baby wear by inventing the first bodysuit with popper fastenings. They are the knitting specialist for more than 120 years, passing the know-how from generation to generation to guarantee hard wearing and long lasting products for years to come.
Not only do their styles have the cute factor, they are sumptuously soft due to the use of quality organic cotton, and their friendly to the environment too. Petit Bateau always ensure they use sustainable methods of manufacturing for the welfare of your children and the planet. What a brilliant brand!
This season we've hand-picked a gorgeous selection of all-in-one's, bodysuits and dresses from the collection for your little boys and girls. Pop in and see us @5 Brighton Place! We'd love to see you!
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It's the last week of our winter sale and there are still many bargains to be had. Lots of Petit Bateau and nick knacks for the nursery with all up to 50% off. We are also having a clearance sale on our Maternity wear, including 25% off our much loved lingerie. This will make way for our range of baby bedroom furniture, that we will be launching in the spring, as well as the new collection for SS16.
Shop sale online here: http://www.loulaanddeer.co.uk/collections/sale
Christmas is suddenly just around the corner and how better to show someone you love them than with a personalised gift from Loula & Deer.
Our beautiful personalised necklaces are very special, you can choose from 12 semi precious stones ranging from aquamarine and smoky quartz to lapiz lazuli. As well as an array of sterling silver charms to make yours unique.
The necklace makes for a stunning present which can be personalised with your chosen name and/or date of birth.
Click here to view the entire collection.
Loula & Deer is a high-quality, independent lifestyle boutique and puts expectant mothers and babies at it's heart.
We have a stunning boutique where new and expecting Mothers can come to be fitted for our stylish maternity and nursing products that include Swedish nursing wear pioneer, Boob, lingerie by Hotmilk and Elle Macpherson.
From essentials to that special piece this is the place to come for all your maternity needs. Or come in and grab a gift voucher for someone special.
Summer is officially over and it's definitely feeling autumnal outside. It's time to get your little ones all snuggled up. We've got some lovely stock from Petit Bateau this year from snuggly sleepsuits to frilly party dresses for your little princesses.
Petit Bateau's emphasis on comfort and wellbeing together with their use of quality fabrics makes their clothes sumptuously soft against your baby's skin. With a high cotton fibre content, the clothes are more durable and long lasting so they can be passed on through families for years. Here's a showcase of our personal faves here at Loula and Deer.
If your looking for casual outfits why not go for our grey Long Sleeved Dress (£28) made with a 100% cotton dotted jacquard jersey adorned with a little red bow for a pop of colour. Team up with some tights and little red shoes for a stylish daytime look. The Velour Dungarees (£32.50) are great for layering over a breton stripe or plain long sleeved bodysuit. These have a navy pinstripe corduroy look with a soft grey marl cotton jersey lining perfect to keep your baby warm and cosy on a cold day.
We have the perfect little party dress. A pale pink and grey glitter stripe top with a grey tule tutu skirt adorned with sparkly stars. (£39.50). This gorgeous dress is set to be a hit with any little girl. Can be teamed up perfectly with some pale pink tights, little sparkly shoes and our sparkle star hair bands. (from £2.50 each)
So if you're out and about in Brighton, pop in and see us!
Mini Melissa shoes are back in at Loula and Deer this season. Hurrah!
Made in Brazil from 100% recycled plastic by an environmentally friendly company, each jelly shoe comes in a variety of eye-catching and quirky designs that will look fabulous on mini fashionistas. Plus they have a gorgeous sweet candy scent.
Here at Loula and Deer we're showcasing three different designs for the summer. We've got the Kitty flats in a candy pink. Rose pink flats with a cream coloured bow on the front. Mini Melissa also teamed up with designer Isabela Capeto this season and created a flat shoe adorned with red 3D flowers. The perfect shoes for a summer garden party. Prices start at £35. All styles are available in a range of sizes.
Also some other great news our summer sale will be starting on the 15th of July with up to 25% off seasonal stock! There will be some real bargains so get in quick.
We are excited to announce that we will be opening our doors on this bank holiday weekend! Hurrah! Come and find us at 5 Brighton Place, Brighton, BN1 1HJ in the Lanes. We will have exclusive previews of new stock...and there may be some bubbly and nibbles. If you were a Mamissima Loyalty customer and you have a valid loyalty card, you can still get your 15% discount online and in our new shop. This also counts for any valid vouchers or credit notes you received whilst we were still Mamissima.
We've got all our usual suspects like Petit Bateau, Bakker, Big Jigs, Green Toys, beautiful Chambers & Beau personalised jewellery and lots of lovely new brands! Check out our last blog post for a sneak preview: Loula and Deer Boutique Opening Soon
We also have our usual best selling Mamissima candles in the usual gorgeous scents and we will be launching our new Loula and Deer collection of Candles and Rattan Reed Diffusers (£9.50).
We look forward to welcoming you all to our shop!
See you there!
We are so excited to be opening our new shop soon. We've found the perfect little place situated on Brighton Place in the Lanes. As well as a new shop and new look we've got some fantastic new products lined up, some of which are already available to buy online!
Exclusive to Loula and Deer we have a beautiful range of tutus and sparkly hairbands (from 2.50) for those aspiring princesses. Team them with our little Bloch ballerina style shoes for the perfect party outfit. The shoes come in a range of sizes for babies and toddlers.
We will also have a range of non pregnancy candles and reed diffusers in our signature scents: Wild Fig & Grape, Pink Fizz & Grapefruit, Lavender and Rose Geranium. Packaged in a brown box with our beautiful logo tied with a rattan string bow. A gorgeous gift for any occasion.
Our Aeroplane suitcases and pencil cases (£9) from Bakker are back in stock for the spring in new colours and patterns. We also have lovely bibs in the same patterns!
Get your little ones ready for summer with our beautiful range of Spring/Summer clothing from Petit Bateau. We have a selection of day and nightwear in a range of colours and styles. Pictured below is the Millerais Dress and Graphic Print short and t-shirt set. All gorgeously made with 100% cotton to ensure maximum comfort during those summer days and nights.
For any queries regarding stock or anything mentioned in the blog, or for any information regarding our new boutique get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay tuned for new boutique opening times, exciting news and offers. We hope you are as excited as we are about our new shop!
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Having a party this Christmas? Here at Mamissima, we are celebrating the festive season Nutcracker style! From giant pinwheels to luxury crackers, we've got everything for you to have a fun and enchanting celebration.
Ditch the washing up and instead pursue our range of plates, cups and napkins. Prices start from £5. We've got cupcake kits to bake in style with your favourite little nutcracker characters to stick on the top. £12.50. And finish your dinner with a bang with our luxury Christmas crackers. Each contains a joke, hat and whistle to play a festive tune. £18.99
If your looking to get your house in the festive mood, why not get our Giant Pinwheels? Each comes in a box of 3 with a small glitzy silver, medium green stripe and large red stripe paper pinwheel. £12.99
Forget chocolate advent calendars this year, and shop our unique range of advent calendars. In particular our nutcracker themed one is set to be the best seller this season. It features a music box style case with a charm hidden behind each door to go on your very own bracelet. £14.50.
And most importantly, don't forget to get your wishlists to Santa in time for Christmas day! Be sure to get noticed with our Be Jolly Santa Wish List. Comes with a list, stickers and a shiny silver envelope. £4.20.
So come on down to Mamissima, or shop online with us this Christmas. Remember, use the code MAMI at the checkout to receive 15% off your online orders this season.
Enjoy the festive season this year from all @Mamissima.
It's Father's Day on Sunday 15th June, which means breakfast in bed, as much World Cup coverage as is humanly possible, homemade cards and gifts - lots of gifts.
Forget buying him socks again this year. Instead, head to Mamissima and peruse our small but perfectly formed range of Father's Day treats.
Our heirloom quality sterling silver cufflinks are the perfect gift for the man who has everything. Available in two styles - tag and circular - they can be personalised with your children's names, date of birth or initials of your choice. Prices start at £90.
If he'd prefer something a little more quirky, why not choose our original 1950s Scrabble Tile Cufflinks? A timeless classic that can be personalised with Dad's initials, these are a snip at only £24.95.
Keep keys safe with Mamissima's beautiful sterling silver Papa keyring featuring a mini tag and maxi tag that can be engraved with your children's names on one side and dates of birth on the other. Available in two styles, prices start at £100.
Or make a lasting impression with our Baby Art Magic box, which contains everything you need to make a cast of your little one's hands or feet - a great gift that he can treasure forever. £14.99.
At Mamissima we pride ourselves on sourcing great quality toys and games that are as individual as your child. We seek out the best products on the market, offering customers a wide range of educational, eco-friendly and interactive toys at competitive prices.
If, like us, mega toyshops are your idea of hell, Mamissima is the perfect place to come and browse and buy. We don’t sell toys that will only last for a few weeks before being sent off to a landfill site somewhere – we only sell products we’d like our own children to play with, that are kind on the pocket, and on the planet.
Best sellers include our brightly coloured Tugboat Bath Toy (£13.20), made from 100% recycled plastic milk bottles, with a spout and handle to scoop and pour water at bath time. Mini adventurers will adore our Farm And Wild Animal Plush Masks (£6.20) that will transform them into an elegant elephant, brave bear, tremendous tiger or leaping leopard.
If your little girl’s dollies need a home, our Fabric Doll’s Play House (£54) is the perfect place for them to rest their heads, and our eco-friendly Rainbow Stacker (£10) is a favourite with babies and toddlers, teaching them hand to eye co-ordination, shape recognition, colour matching and creativity.
We’ve also been listening to our customers and are making a few changes in-store. Look out for our brand new Party Bag service and range of Pocket Money toys that will land in-store shortly – perfect for smaller budgets, but just as stylish, excellent value for money and the same fantastic quality you’ve come to expect from Brighton’s best independent boutique for mothers, babies and children. Hold tight, it’s going to be toy-tastic. Browse our full range of toys here.
Excitement about the new heir to the throne’s name has reached fever pitch with only days to go before the new arrival. So what will Prince William and Kate Middleton’s little prince or princess be called?
As is only fitting for a royal, most members of the Royal Family tend to have multiple names. Prince William alone has four: William Arthur Philip Louis. When naming their right royal sprogs the royals tend towards traditional names, especially those of successful monarchs.
Elizabeth and Victoria were both extremely strong and successful, as were Arthur and William. Less likely to make the cut would be Henry, considering King Henry famously married six times – and beheaded two wives. As far as non-traditional names go, only Princess Anne’s son (Prince William’s cousin) has gone off grid, naming his little princesses Savannah and Isla.
Top of our list is George and Louis for a boy, Victoria or Carole for a girl. So what will it be? Whatever it is, we're sure Miss Middleton would love one of our best-selling personlaised necklaces. So if you're looking for gift ideas, William, you know where to come. Watch this space …
Top Ten Brighton Names -
Girls: Alice Victoria Laura Amelia Rosie Cindy Fleur Yvette Coco Claudia
Boys: Elvin Harry Henry Sebastian Calan Ellis Dylan Milo Rudi Billy