Thursday, December 2, 2010

Thanksgiving Tree's.....

Our adorable Cocoon Couture Enchanted Tree's and Holiday Sacks stole the kids away from the fashion show they were doing on Good Day LA!! Check out our fabulous tree and bags in this clip.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Meet the Designer Behind the FLATOUTbears


Please tell us a little bit about FLATOUTbears...

What inspires your designs?
The FLATOUTbear and FLATOUTbearbaby is a classic design and never goes out of style or out of date – simply it’s a much loved teddy bear

 What color do you love right now?
Sunshine yellow as for the FLATOUTbears, I can’t go past the milk FLATOUTbear.

What are you currently reading?
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris –hilarious!


How would you describe your own personal style?
Vintage maximalist. I love old furniture and homewares that tell a story.

What is your favorite city/location/destination?
I will have to say Sydney, Australia. The prettiest city in the world! My home town.

What’s your favorite find right now?
A fabulous polka dot retro swimsuit.

Who is your favorite composer, or what is your favorite music genre for when you are designing?
I love music but I suppose folkish/acoustic music and old time classics like Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder.

What is your favorite dessert?
Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
Living and working as a volunteer in Asia for 2 years.

Who are your heroes?
I love Oprah and find her very inspiring.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
The usual – a teacher!

What's been your most exciting/fulfilling/wonderful moment since launching?
Seeing the FLATOUTbears in great stores all over the world. Also, we get the most amazing feedback from customers who can’t live without the FLATOUTbears.

Do you have a favorite product from the range?
We only have FLATOUTbear and FLATOUTbearbaby and out of the two I think the classic FLATOUTbear in milk is my favourite.

And, please complete the following:

If I were surprised with a gift of $1,000 cash, I would use it to:
I have just moved into a new house and it’s summer here in Australia and what I really need is a new BBQ. How Australian is that??
Minimink Booties in Milk NewbornFLATOUTbear LatteFLATOUTbear Rosie PinkMinimink Russian Hat Milk NewbornFLATOUTbear Rosie Pink

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Halloween Arrives at Cute-ture

Adorable kids Halloween items have arrived in store at Cute-ture. Enjoy a blog 25% discount by using code: Spooky until October 15th, 2010.




Friday, September 17, 2010

Meet the Designer - Ingrid Daniell from Cocoon Couture


Meet Designer Ingrid Daniell

Designer Ingrid Daniell of Cocoon Couture started her company in 1994 and not long after the label took its first baby steps into a select number of unique children's boutiques across Melbourne and Sydney. From these early beginnings Cocoon Couture soon gained momentum and a loyal following.

What inspires your designs?
So many things inspire my designs, number one would be my children, my many and constant vintage (flea market) finds and treasures from my childhood. Children’s book illustrations of the 50’s 60’s 70’s …. And now!, Tovve Jannson, would have to be my favourite childrens illustrator. My bursting vintage fabric collection, toys, opp shopping (flea markets!)…

What color do you love right now?
Yellow is making me smile!

What are you currently reading?
The Big Twitch, by Sean Dooley an Australian bird watcher/comedian…very funny and inspiring read…thinking of my next bird bean bag!

How would you describe your own personal style?
I would have to say I eclectic with control…if that makes sense? I love knick knacks and a my walls covered with art work that inspires me. I also love to have space and white walls to show off my ‘collection’ of art and interesting pieces.

What is your favorite city/location/destination?
I would have to say Paris for an international city to visit…But for local I just love getting up to Melbourne! It is a great city with so much culture, music and great food…living down the coast is wonderful, but I feel so lucky to live so close to Melbourne, it grounds me and inspires me!

What’s your favorite find right now?
Well I have just found a beautiful table for my studio, it is a small round top, made from hard wood and is circa 1970’s. it is just what I was looking for! I found it at the Mill Antique Market in Geelong.

Who is your favorite composer, or what is your favorite music genre for when you are designing?
I do love my music and find that I often listen to my latest purchase; I am a bit of a rock chick so tend to have something mellow on in the back ground when I am in the studio. Nick Cave often makes his way onto my play list and I guess my favourite music genre would be post punk.

What is your favorite dessert?
Tiramisu…yum coffee mascarpone cheese and a sprinkling of cocoa!

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
No matter what I do my children and their happiness are and continue to be my greatest achievment, but I guess they are not really mine to achieve; so I would have to say building my brand Cocoon Couture!

Who are your heroes?
My husband, my boys Flynn and Archer, my parents and grand parents who gave me every opportunity to live my life to the full.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
An actress or a fashion designer!

What's been your most exciting/fulfilling/wonderful moment since launching?
Mmmm there are so many but I actually would have to say when we launched cocoon couture in the US and in Scandinavia that was possibly one of the most exciting times for me and Cocoon Couture!

Do you have a favorite product from the range?
I still love our bean bag, it is the first product that I designed and with so many colours and critters to choose from it always makes me smile!



And, please complete the following:
If I were surprised with a gift of $1,000 cash, I would use it to: ( you know this is so hard to answer!) take the family away for a warm mini break in Byron Bay!
Cocoon Couture Little Foxy Bean Bag Cover in Light Blue and Red Cocoon Couture Little Fox Kinderbag BackpackCocoon Couture Red Reindeer Holiday SackCocoon Couture Cheeky Squirrel BookendsCocoon Couture Enchanted Forest TreeCocoon Couture Swinging Santa Holiday Sack Mint

Monday, August 9, 2010

Sleepless in Seattle (I mean Los Angeles)

I am now 17 weeks pregnant and at 16 weeks was told to start sleeping on my left side. Apparently there is an artery that runs down your back and right side that delivers nutrients via your blood to the growing baby and by sleeping on your left side, the kid is getting those nutrients. Its been 5 long sleepless nights as somehow I am just not made for sleeping on my left side. The problem is I don't know where to put my left arm. I have tried to the front, to the back, above my head and just about every other contorted way and now I have a horrible shoulder pain that radiates down to my wrist.

I went back to the doctor this morning and was so happy to be told to go back to alternating between my back and left side!! I can't tell you how excited I am about the sleep I will be getting in 12 hours. So today I dedicate this blog to all things bedtime!!

Striped Bunny Rugs - 100% Cotton

I love this book!!




Bedtime Bears

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Bottoms Up

We've been busy updating our website with new products and still have many more going up. Lots of fun new items in our Fashion section! Check out the skirts and shorts!

April Ruffle Skirt Red
April Ruffle Skirt - Pink


Baby Blue Corduroy Shorts
Lulu Can Can Skirt
Scary Bat Shorts

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

All New Alimrose

I love it when new packages arrive at our warehouse - it's like Christmas even though we are sending it all out to stores and our customers. Some of the latest pieces to arrive are already available online and on Amazon and I wanted to give you a peak at the gorgeous mobiles and sets from Alimrose Designs.



Cute-ture Latest Goodies

CUTE-TURE PROMO

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Spring Has Arrived


I absolutely love spring! I am such a girly girl and have set up my computer with chintz floral backgrounds and pastel green borders in celebration of the season. I am enjoying every little bit of sunshine and starting to spend any spare minute outside in our garden as happy as the daffodils that are blooming.

I know its not officially spring but its getting very close and our new Cute-ture designs have just arrived in store (AND....our new photo's have just arrived with our gorgeous models in Cute-ture hair accessories and dresses).

Seriously - if you could see my imagination, you would hear birds singing and see little girls with curls skipping down a winding country round surrounded by daisies with rabbits and squirrels waving as they go by.

I hope you enjoy a glimpse of our new designs and please visit www.cute-ture.com to see even more.




Monday, February 22, 2010

Monkey Around

I am noticing in my blog that I am obviously drawn to red! I was looking at our range today and picking out my blog inspiration and then noticed that once again I have all red items! Hmmm I wonder what that means... Thoughts anyone??

I adore this little red monkey from Alimrose Designs. The perfect combination of toy and baby rattle but big enough to still love when your a child.

A little sailor to take you on your way!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Delicious

Our new sample box of hair accessories has just arrived and all I can say is yummy! I want to fill my curls with these beautiful ribbons and bows, flowers and butterflies! It may be cold outside but spring is in my hair...

We have sent them off to our adorable models for photo's so stay tuned. But of course....I can't help but give you a sneak peak..



Monday, February 8, 2010

What to do on Valentine's Day


I know that Los Angeles isn’t cold in comparison with many places (such as Washington where they are snowed in) but as a girl who grew up in tropical location, I am finding it so cold in LA! Nothing sounds better to me right now that a hot chocolate and fireplace. Which I guess is just perfect since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. My husband, my dogs and kittens in front of the fireplace all snuggled up together and watching some movies while its cold outside sounds like the perfect way to celebrate our commitment.

So my question is - what are you doing on Valentine’s Day? Do you make elaborate plans or simply take the time to just enjoy being in love (whether its your partner or family?) The best answer wins a $40 gift certificate from Cute-ture – winner announced on Feb 14!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Lovely Lovely Things



This is my first post of 2010 and I must admit I was really ready for the new year to start! Its amazing what a simple change in date can do for one's motivation and outlook!! So here I am and I have to tell you a secret....

I'm happy!

Just very happy and feeling wonderful about life, work and play and truly thankful for having such a blessed existence.

So that said - I wanted to start my 2010 Little Luxuries blog with some lovely lovely things that make me smile. Isn't that the way everyday should be.

Enjoy.