FOLLOW FRIDAY: PAUL ET PAULA

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as you all know, i am slightly obsessed with children's fashion so it's no surprise that paul et paula is one of my favorite blogs out there.  peggy, the voice behind the blog, has a crazy talent for discovering the most gorgeous and unique children's brands from around the world.  living in amsterdam and mama to two littles with another one on the way, paul et paula is the premier resource for fashion-forward-thinking mamas and their stylish kids.  i guarantee that you will spend hours on this beautiful children's design blog perusing peggy's latest discoveries for the most stylish children's clothing, decor, and toy products out there.  if you haven't made it over to her site, you need to head here now (and maybe set aside a few hours of your day).  you can also strike up a conversation with peggy here, get even more inspired by following her pins here, or like her fan page here.

the full interview is below:

What are 5 things you are loving at the moment?

I am always dreaming about how I would decorate a new home. // I am addicted to scarfs...no kidding! // For my daughter.  It is so pretty! //  Great looking toys here...another soft spot of mine // My love and connection with Paris - for the new baby // I am waiting for the day we will move away from Amsterdam - so I can buy this as a souvenir // You said "lusting"... yes.... // Just love it! // I love clouds and adore these

What are 3 things you have been up to lately? (i.e. spending time outside with the kiddos, planning a vacation, etc….)

Knitting a tiny cardigan for baby number 3 (due end of September), dreaming about our next big family holiday which we will plan and hopefully book in October once the baby has arrived, and spending time with my "big" girl who is on school vacation.  We are enjoying girl's time together and do fun things everyday!

What is your idea of happiness? 

 Being with my family, everyone happy and healthy, preferably with some "sun, ice cream and playing in the sand" kind of day.

What is your motto?

 "Let love rule".

What do you consider to be the greatest invention for mothers?

 I really think that the best you get when having a baby is mother's instinct, the instinct that directs you and gives you the awesome possibility to trust just you to know what is good and right.  Worthless!   By the way, even with No.3 on the way I am still amazed what nature creates!

What are 3 words to describe the first month of life with a little one?

Precious, soft and unbelievable.

What is the one thing you couldn't live without during your pregnancies?

My first pregnancy: Cold Cream Body Lotion from Avene, because my skin became very dry and itchy.

My second pregnancy:  Venadoron leg toner from Weleda because my legs and feet were extremely swollen most of the time

My third pregnancy: Bio - Oil, all over the belly after every shower :)

What is your favorite store?

This is one of those questions I cannot answer. I am an online addict and all projects I am working on keep me busy surfing, researching and finding the newest and coolest things. Sometimes I feel proud because I did not spend a fortune on all of the awesome things I saw all day long... there are lots of cool stores and I am very much unable to come up with a favorite... sorry! 

What is your favorite item in your closet?

My veryyyy long and striped dress from douuod. 

What is your favorite children's toy at the moment?

The tipi that we got last week! 

How would you describe your aesthetic?

I put a lot of thought and care into clothing and home décor and style in general, as aesthetics are important to me. But I don’t care about what’s “in” or “out”, I pay very little attention to brand names. I have my favourites, but the best of all is the mix and match.

What are your top 3 blogs to follow?

Novalee, Freund von Freunden, and Cinq mai

What are 3 things in your diaper bag 24/7? 

Oh, I am not a diaper bag person at all. Of course I always have nappies and wipes with me (somehow the kids managed to be 100% potty trained the moment a new baby was about to join) and a pencil case and a coloring book. The rest really depends on where we go.  The usual stuff like wallet, keys do not count right?

What is your favorite color-combo of the moment?

Yellow and grey.

What's your favorite way to unwind at the end of each day?

A cup of green tea 

What is one talent you wish you had?

Getting back in shape without thaaaaaaaat much effort after a pregnancy.