CLB ♥ Niddle Noddle


Crouch End's latest arrival


Looking for some last minute Christmas gifts for the tiny ones in your life? If you live in London, head to this divine new toy boutique in the nappy valley enclave that is N8. Eilidh Fraser and Katrine Camillo, the mums behind Crouch End’s newest arrival, have made it their mission to provide stock you won’t fine everywhere else. Their artfully-arranged shop is a giant magnet for all ages. When CLB visited, Miss Evie and Little Lola made a beeline for the tubular yellow slide at the back of the shop and proceeded to throw themselves down it while we browsed through old-fashioned spinning tops and mini wind-up toys. The central table contains a kaleidoscopic array of tiny traditional toys like magnetic dancers and sausage dog pens (brilliant party bag fodder) while the rails either side contain whimsical, hard-to-get kids brands such as Elfie, a delightful London label specialising in ethereal velvet dresses and old-fashioned corduroy coats. Little or large, you’ll want to return again and again.

5 Topsfield Parade, N8 8PR. 208 347 4333, www.niddlenoddle.com. Open Mon-Fri 9.15am to 6pm, Sat 10am to 6pm, Sun 11am to 5pm.



Check out that awesome slide!


Roksanda Ilincic rasies money for Great Ormond Street

Roksanda Ilincic with Tammy Kane, her daughter Bonnie, and her brother Christopher Kane

London's most glamorous designer mum, Roksanda Ilincic, threw a party in Liberty to raise money for Great Ormond Street. Her gorgeous kid's range, Blossom (a favourite with Miss Evie and Little Lola) is stocked in Liberty's beautiful kidswear department on the third floor. Great to see so many of CLB's friends including organiser Amie Witton-Wallace and Babyccino's Courtney Adamo. The stylish little tykes in attendance indulged in face painting and mask-making, while grown-up guests, including fellow Brit designer Christopher Kane and his sister Tammy, cooed over Roksanda's latest collection of miniature frocks. 

Donate to Great Ormond Street here


Stylish mamma Roksanda Ilincic

Liberty's colourful goodies for little ones

Babyccino's Courtney Adamo with little Marlowe

Attack of the cats

Amie Witton-Wallce with Delphie

CLB ♥ Oyu Moyu cashmere




CLB had the pleasure of meeting designer Oyuna Tserendorj at the luxury kidswear show Plusher recently and checking out her inspiring new kids' range Oyu Moyu. Tserendorj, who already has a successful global cashmere line for adults, has turned her attentions to 0-8 year olds, inspired by her three-year-old son. It works perfectly – cashmere was originally only used for young children – and with her playful designs, some of them subtly educational (like the jumpers with one arm blue and one yellow to show together they make green) it makes perfect sense.  Each piece is accompanied by an exquisite illustrated story. From £12 for socks, £72 for a pullover at www.oyumoyu.com







Just launched! Happy Socks x Toca Boca




Any parent in possession of a tablet will be familiar with the brilliantly inventive kid-occupying apps by Toca Boca which have totaled 50 million downloads worldwide to date. Fellow Swedish brand Happy Socks, known for their quirky colourful foot attire, have teamed-up with the digital app creator in its first ever collaboration for children. 'Toca Boca has been a loved brand in App Stores for several years now. And due to popular demand, we have decided to start transferring the brand to physical products too – this is a great first step,' explains Björn Jeffery, co-founder and CEO of Toca Boca. They will certainly stand out when sorting out the weekly sock mountain.

£14 for a pack of two at www.happysocks.com







J Crew comes to London



After months of anticipation, J Crew has finally opened up shop in London, with new branches in Regents Street and Draycott Street joining its menswear branch on Lambs Conduit Street. But does it live up to expectation? The American export, originally started as a catalogue brand in 1983 and known for its quality cashmere knits, has a cool subtle glamour that snappy dressers including Michelle Obama can't get enough of. Jenna Lyons, J Crew's creative director, knows how to create wearable-but-covetable clothes and that applies to Crew Cuts, its children's wear line too. CLB nipped into the Regents Street branch on the launch night and headed straight for the kids' department on the first floor - we dig the brightly coloured knits, punchy-hued padded jackets and cute pea coats. For girls we also love the sequin shift dresses and glittery desert boots. Just the thing to brighten up a dreary winter day.

J Crew, 165 Regents Street, W1; 171-175 Draycott Avenue,SW3 and 38 Lamb's Conduit St, WC1. www.jcrew.com






CLB ♥ Ruby & Freddies

Pink Woolie, £38


Turtle dove, my love! In case you hadn't noticed, CLB is a sucker for anything London-inspired. Ruby & Freddies is a charming new Brit brand which takes inspiration from our fair city - the Little Londoners babywear (for 0-12 months) and is based on Cockney Rhyming slang while the Little Frocks (for 1 to 7 year olds) and are named after London landmarks. Would you Adam and Eve it, even the Little Woollies jumpers (for 1 to 7 year olds) feature pigeons in bowler hats? We also love the fact everything is made in the UK using organic cotton. Super cute.


Islington Angel, £38

Blue Woolie, £38


Greenwich Girlie, £40


Green Woolie, £38
Bow Belle dress, £40




Chic Mum: Sophie Dean

Stylist Sophie Dean with her daughter, Araminta

Sophie Dean is a fashion stylist who has worked for Wallpaper Magazine, Grazia, In Style and ES Magazine. She combines editorial with advertising and also styles children's fashion shoots. She is mummy to Indigo, four-and-a-half (who has modeled for Burberry and Gucci) and Araminta, three (also a model) and lives in west London.


Greatest style challenge since having children?
Switching from wearing the 'Mum' cap to 'Fashion Editors' cap in the same day.

How long do you allow yourself to get ready? 

It depends what for, if it's just getting the children to school, then 15 minutes, if I am going on a job, then half an hour (I work out what I am wearing the night before in my head).

Quick beauty tips and tricks? 

Shu Uemura eyelash curlers. They instantly make my eyes look bigger and give the appearance of mascara on my lashes.

You off-duty outfit for when it's just you and the kids?

Low slung baggy jeans, v-neck jumper and Birkenstocks.

Beauty product you could not live without? 

Bobbi Brown foundation stick

Health regime? 
I run around Queens Park a couple of times a week, drink lots of water and don't eat meat but lots of fish. I also treat myself the the best detox retreat ever once a year called Breathe Detox Retreats in Devon (www.breathedetox.com), where I come away totally cleansed (mentally and physically) having lost weight and feeling fabulous!

Who is your hairdresser? 
Andrew at Ego Hair in Queens Park.

Favourite designers? 
Isabel Marant, Marni and Chloe.

Favourite kids' labels? 

Mini Boden; Little Bird at Mothercare; Caramel Child.

Where do you hunt for fashion bargains? 
Portobello Market on a Friday for good vintage finds.

Favourite secret shop/website? 
www.rowenandwren.co.uk

Desert island fashion item? 

My Heidi Klein polka dot bikini (as recommended by my husband)!






Visit Sophie Dean's website at www.sophiedean.com




Health and Wellbeing: Avni the amazing osteo

The wonderous Avni Trivedi, an oesteopath and zero-balancer


I first met Avni Trivedi four years ago, shortly after the birth of Evie, having returned to work where I found sitting at a desk prompted neck and shoulder pain. After a thorough assessment which involved her studying me physically (and spotting my lop-sided shoulders) we discussed diet and lifestyle. Avni got to work gently cracking my neck into alignment. It felt amazing and I floated out of the consulting room feeling physically lighter and mentally uplifted. 

Avni specialises in mother and baby osteopathy; she obtained a Masters in Paediatric Osteopathy at the Osteopathic Centre for Children and also trained as a doula. Babies can benefit hugely from a trip to her, not only enjoying the sensation of touch but also being relived of colic, reflux, feeding and sleep issues. Avni puts emphasis on the power of touch as well as posture, nutrition and creativity so working holistically. Just being with her, induces a state of calm.

The next time I saw Avni was in the lead up to Lola's birth two and a half years ago. At 32 weeks my shoulders and neck had become tense and painful and over a few sessions Avni was able to work her magic: gently casting away tension and realigning my spine. After each session, I'd feel a huge sense of relief and in the final few weeks of Lola's pregnancy I felt calm and had a surge of energy which no doubt helped me make a speedy recovery from her birth (a straight-forward scheduled c-section). 

Avni was there again for me when I returned to work a year after having Lola. We'd moved house and had it renovated when Lola was a newborn (not recommended!) – that coupled with sleep deprivation, I found my stress levels were soaring. I felt like I was running on empty batteries and explained I had started running to help. Looking back that seems nuts when I was so active scrambling around after my girls and dashing into central London for work three day weeks. As well as gentle manipulation, Avni told me to slow down a bit maybe have my thyroid checked and to think about calmer exercises like yoga and swimming. 

Most importantly, Avni made me think about how a few simple adjustments in my life could benefit massively. In the last year I have made strides towards a better lifestyle investing in a juicer (life changing, seriously!), taking a bit more time out for me and generally maintaining better poster. Small but significant steps. Yoga, swimming and more sleep are next on the agenda. And maybe I'll even get my thyroid checked. Actually, I think might be time to go and see Avni again...


An session with Avni Trivedi costs £110 at the Osteopathic Consultancy, 58 South Molton Street, London W1K 5SL (020 7706 1997/www.osteopathuk.com). Bond St tube.