Saturday, 28 February 2015

This Week's Best Bits

We've trawled the web for this week's best links, and landed a prize catch! Happy reading, folks...

We loved Lala and Bea's post about their experiences at Bubble - from being awarded a 'Laura Loves' tag, to finding an international stockist. Well done, guys! 

Little Spree were also in attendance at Bubble this season - and, while Nicky helped to judge our Rising Star Competition, Sarah explored the show. You can read more about what they wore for the occasion here.

We really enjoyed reading this post from Kid Style Junkie's Suzanne Peters - who, by her own admission, is the 'opposite of an earth mother'. Her first for The Huffington Post, it's candid, funny and unflinchingly honest. 

Congratulations are also in order for The Pud Store, which has opened a new outlet in Nottingham. Read all about it over at CWB.

Have a lovely weekend! 

Friday, 27 February 2015

70s Chic

If, like B&S, you've spent the past few days poring over dispatches from LFW, you'll know that 70s styling is set to be big in AW15. Think flares, faux fur and fun, retro-inspired prints - all of which were in abundance at Bubble London this season!

1. Mr Uky's A/W15 collection was inspired by the bright colours and bold prints of the 1970s. These dapper corduroy and wool pieces can be mixed and matched. 

2. Barbeline's beautiful Liberty prints were a subtle nod to the '70s. 

3. We loved Lala and Bea's Merino wool bobble hats, which are available in a range of retro-inspired colours and patterns. 

4. More Liberty prints from Homegrown brand Woolshed.

5. Belgian label Saints and Bullies creates fun, comfortable childrenswear, featuring unique prints and retro-inspired details. 

What do you think of the 70s trend? 

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Rachel Riley for Start-Rite

Here at Bubble and Speak, we love a collaboration - so imagine our excitement when we heard that Rachel Riley was launching an A/W15 footwear range with the iconic Start-Rite...

The 'Rachel Riley for Start-Rite Collection' features high-quality shoes for infant boys, and girls aged 0 - 7. 

Traditional Start-Rite designs have been given a luxe, modern make-over; think sparkly buckles, oversized bows, polka-dot leathers and Mary Janes in soft metallic suede. We love that leopard print! 

There are boys lace-up brogues with a removable fringe, and classic, unisex t-bar shoes (as worn by Prince George!) in soft camel and baby blue.

Rachel Riley unveiled the collection at Bubble this February - and we can confirm that it's every bit as lovely as it looks! What do you think? 

Friday, 13 February 2015

This Week's Best Bits: Bubble Special

If there's one thing we love here at Bubble and Speak HQ (apart from 'Bacon Sandwich Friday', of course), it's reading all about your trips to the show. We've stumbled across some great Bubble-related posts on the web this week - take a look!

The wonderful Alex and Alexa shared a great post about their buying trip to Bubble A/W15, which saw them catch up with Rachel Riley, Molo and B&S favourite Project Jelly. 

We loved reading this post from ethical brand Darlo, which unveiled its second collection of organic cotton comfies at the show. Co-founder Chloe even crossed paths with a rather special celebrity visitor! 

Elsewhere, Smudgetikka shared its top ten cool kids picks from the February 2015 edition - while Kid Style Junkie's Suzanne Peters got her fashion fix from Billybandit, Lola Beau Design, and our Rising Star winner, Oh...My!

And who could forget our collaboration with Out of the Dark? Upcyclist's Antonia Edwards shared this post about creating a unique kid's chair for the auction. We loved her 60's-inspired piece!

Have you put together a blog post about your trip to Bubble? We'd love to read it!

Images: Sarah Mason Photography

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Sophie Crichton Illustration

Do you remember Sophie Crichton, who created this wonderful chair for our Out of the Dark auction

Aside from being a dab hand with a paint brush and staple gun, she's also a talented illustrator - and we couldn't wait to share her work with you!

London-based Sophie has been drawing 'for as long as she can remember', after catching the bug from her illustrator dad. 

"Wherever he went he always had a sketchbook with him and sometimes he would draw pictures for me and my friends and I would colour them in," she explained. "I remember painting the landscape on holiday with my first set of watercolours. I must have only been about 5 years old."

Sophie went on to study at Kingston University, before becoming a freelance illustrator. Her commissions ranged from artwork for a production house, to editorial illustrations for The Guardian. 

We love the way Sophie uses drawing to document each new adventure - whether it's teaching in Thailand (where she also worked on a school colouring competition for the Phuket newspaper), or falling pregnant with her daughter, Olivia.  

"Having Olivia has been so far one of the most enlightening things I've ever done," She said. "Her little personality that develops daily fuels many a doodle in my sketchbook!"

That might just be the cutest pregnancy announcement we've ever seen!

Now back in England, Sophie has been working on a series of colouring and activity books for Usbourne Publishing. And, when she's not sketching - or jotting down ideas for her own picture book - she also runs upcycling blog Deco Dolly

"Home for me, where I live and work, play a big part in my creativity," She added. "When I have time away from work and being a mum, I can be found wondering antique and charity shops, grabbing wooden bargains and painting them up in bright and beautiful colours."

Little wonder people were clamouring to snap-up this talented mum's OOTD chair!

Keep up-to-date with Sophie's doodling over at her blog - or learn more about her work here