Monthly Archives: June 2014

FLOWER CHILD DAYS By Kirsten Rickert

Kirsten Rickert is an artist, writer, photographer, stylist… We adore her images & we are glued to her instagram feed & blog. Blessed with 2 beautiful daughters, Kirsten captures their daily life together with her lovely photos & inspiring words. Kirsten has created this post especially for our blog. Based around ‘Flower Child Days’, Kirsten shares a day in the life of her & her daughters & instructions on creating the perfect Wild Flower Crown.

FLOWER CHILD DAYS

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We spend a lot of time outside exploring nature in Summer. A typical day for us involves either hiking in the woods, or swimming at a nearby lake. Whichever we do, we seem to always collect wildflower bouquets along the way. While the girls are picnicking, or swimming I like to braid wildflower crowns for them.
 
I am a flower child at heart and I am raising the girls with a love of nature, it is such a blessing to be able to enjoy natures gifts together. As an artist, working with flowers makes me so happy, and I love how it brings us all closer to nature and deepens our respect for earth. Foraged flowers crowns are also a really gentle earth friendly way to adorn and delve into fantasy and imagination play…. children do not really need anything to encourage imagination, but as I look upon the girls skipping along the shore in flower crowns. I feel like I am part of a fairytale. 
 
Our summer days are all the sweeter for ilovegorgeous Bikinis and cover-ups. I love the timeless appeal of woven cotton bikinis and the floral and gingham prints from ilovegorgeous are classic..they really compliment our carefree flower child vibes!
 

​How To Braid A Flower Crown

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1. Start by collecting a small bouquet of wildflowers. ​This crown was made using foraged ​​red​ clover,
buttercups, daisy fleabane, and cow parsley​.​ I am conscious ​when collecting ​that I do not pull up roots and that I leave plenty of flowers on each cluster for the pollinators.​ I try not to over collect so that there is not any waste. We often leave the crowns behind when go so the flowers can re-seed.

 

2. Choose six or nine pieces from your collected bunch, and divide it as you would to braid hair. Start braiding the flower stems.  

 

3. As you braid, add another flower to the center before each outer cross over, then cross over to secure the newly added ​stem. This will give a ​gradual fullness and length 

 

4. If you want your crown to be extra full, you can add a few flowers to the center each time. If one of your ​braid ​lengths is getting short, when it is in the center make note to add a very long stemmed​ flower into the braid. 

 

5. When your braid is more than long enough to go around a head, stop braiding and tuck the extra pieces into the braid and flowers. You can also use a loose flower stem to help bind it. You might need to remove some of the stems​if it is too bulky.

 

6. Once you have secured your circlet, if you wish, you can add extra flowers by threading into the braided mass.​ Now wear your crown and spread the beauty of a flower child. Happy Summer!​

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Peefe Bikini, Turquoise

This pretty, floral cotton bikini is the perfect choice for tiny English roses to romp around the garden in, all summer long.

WIN… a break at stylish St Moritz in Cornwall.

This month we’ve teamed up with our friends at Smith & Family, to give one lucky winner and their family a weekend’s retreat at St Moritz… Breathe in great big lungfuls of salty sea air and calming spa scents with this month’s competition. We’re offering the winner and their family the perfect escape: a two-night stay on the Cornish coast and a £250 ilovegorgeous voucher to spend on a summer wardrobe. (See details below…) 

For a chance to win this brilliant prize, ENTER HERE. Good luck!

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THE PRIZE: 

Marshmallow-beds, candy-striped beach huts and scrumptious fish and chips: contemporary-chic  St Moritz Hotel makes for a delicious getaway. We’ll sweeten the winner’s two-night stay in a Garden View Suite with a two-course lunch at the Sea Side restaurant, a classic brasserie dinner at the hotel on one night and a healthy breakfast each morning – much needed fuel to sample the rugged delights of the Camel Estuary. While the kids are off at surf school or exploring the local rock pools, you’ll have time to indulge in stress-busting treatments at the in-house Cowshed spa.

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Smith & Family is a unique collection of child-friendly stays from boutique hotel experts Mr & Mrs Smith. Selected by travel insiders and personally visited and approved by parents, these hip and stylish hotels are as great for children as they are for grown-ups. You can book online or by calling the dedicated 24-hour Family Travel Team on 0845 313 9007.

The prize is for two adults and two children sharing a Ground Floor Garden View Suite 
at St Moritz, a two-course lunch (excluding drinks) at the Sea Side restaurant, a three-course dinner (excluding drinks) on one night and breakfast each morning. The prize is valid for stays before 1st July 2015 and must be redeemed in a single visit. The ilovegorgeous prize is £250 to spend online at www.ilovegorgeous.co.uk or at their Notting 
Hill or Primrose Hill shops. All prizes are subject to availability. It’s non-transferable, with no cash alternative; black-out dates may apply. Entrants who are not already members of Smith & Family will automatically be signed up for free BlackSmith 
membership. Employees (and their families) of Mr & Mrs Smith, third parties and all agencies connected to this competition are not eligible to enter. Winners may be required to participate in some promotional activity.

Smith & Family Annual 2014 is the ultimate handbook for travelling with kids, view here.

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Every stylish holiday destination requires an equally stylish holiday wardrobe. Our summer collection takes inspiration from all over the world – think vibrant colours, fruity, fun & fabulous prints, retro-inspired beachwear, and all the sparkly girly-goodness they desire. The good news? With a £250 prize to spend on quirky hairbands, cool playsuits or sparkly plimsolls, you can go wild with the shopping basket, so we thought we’d put together an essential packing list…

DON’T FORGET TO PACK:

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Basil’s Bar beach cover in Yellow – A great cover-up for the Beach!

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CAMPING: Cool & practical, these sporty styles are perfect for camping trips, especially for non girly-girls. Try the paisley print Limbu Top with sporty neckline detail – wear with the pink Loe Trouser & our glittery Sparkly Plimsolls. Wrap up warm on chilly days with the khaki Baggy Jumper, team with the fabulous paisley Layla Shorts or the cool McGregor Tee in khaki. The Pond Life Skort  is a must-have (a skirt & shorts in one – ingenious!) as is the super-practical Paisley Rucksack & cool hooded Suki Top. For a quirky addition, throw on a pair of cute cat ears (Meow Hairband) & voila you are good to go… (looking for a tent – shop our flower-y limited-edition design here)

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BEACH PARTY: We are famed for our lovely retro-inspired beachwear, from the pretty Isis Bikini, to our brilliant, bold Basil’s Bar Beach Cover, accessorise with our neon Fluoro Sandals & the ultimate Sequin Beach Bag – everything you need to pack for a beach holiday!

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TROPICAL: Fruity, fun & fabulous – the sequinned Pineapple Jumper has fast become a summer staple – get one of your 5-a-day with our fruit-knit selection (there’s also an Orange & an Apple jumper!), we recommend wearing with the equally bold Kick the Can Skirt, some glitter Sparkly Plimsolls & cute Bow Hairband, hello Rio!

The competition closes on Friday 13th June. Winners will be selected at random and announced on Monday 16th June. Full terms and conditions available here.

WIN… A POOL PARTY with Rosie Flo’s fabulous colouring competition!

We have teamed up with talented illustrator Roz Streeter, who produces the brilliant Rosie Flo colouring books to offer one talented entrant a Pool Party! (If you haven’t heard of Rosie Flo – take a look at her site: www.rosieflo.co.uk, anyone who loves colouring & craft should have at least one of her books!)

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THE PRIZE: WIN… Rosie Flo’s colouring Pool Party

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With a beautiful cafe to construct, this kit transforms into a fabulous pool party setting. There are 18 press out figures to colour along with ice creams, rubber rings and even a sun lounger.

Children can enjoy colouring and creating their own party characters and once ready, play can begin! They can spring from the diving board, slide down the slide or choose an ice cream seated inside the cafe.

This is ideal for anyone aged seven years or over and is easy to assemble. It too comes in a gorgeous keep-sake box.

No scissors or glue needed.
Dimensions of box 30 x 22 x 4.5 cm
Age 7+

Recommended Retail Price: £14.99, can’t wait, want one now? Get it here

HOW TO ENTER: COLOUR IN THE IMAGE BELOW…

EMAIL/WEB ENTRIES VERSION:

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There are no rules – use any colours or materials you want.

Simply post your masterpiece back to us at ilovegorgeous & you could WIN! OR post entries on Facebook, Instagram #ilovegorgeousuk, Twitter or email: hannah@ilovegorgeous.co.uk (with the subject line POOL PARTY COMP).

To post directly to us please mail to: (Competitions, ilovegorgeous, Studio 104, 65 Alfred Road, Great Western Studios, London W2 5EU)

Closing date for entries: Monday 9th June, so get colouring! Winner will be picked by the Rosie Flo creator herself!

POSTAL ENTRIES:

Ilovegorgous for digital flyer textLooking for some style inspiration? Roz drew this postcard from the beautiful Festival Dress image in our Spring/Summer campaign, see picture here:

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Read about Roz Streeter & how she started her colouring empire.

Rosie Flo will also be attending a great colouring event we are holding at our Bicester Village pop-up store this weekend (in our outdoor garden, Unit 90, 50 Pingle Drive, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX26 6WD), pop along if you live locally, bring little ones with big imaginations & join in & take part in colouring-in a long catwalk, there will also be face painting & a chance to win an ilovegorgeous outfit!