★ what comes in Miss C’s suitcase ★

Charlotte is traveling to France with her father – for the first time just the two of them! Father- daughter- bonding…

But mum still insisisted to do her luggage.


So what will be going into her roller suitcase? “I always dress practically, like trenchcoats for her and scarves . . . . I always bring sneakers with me to Paris, so does Charlotte….her ‘adidas’, bien-sur!

Don’t expect always a trendy look from Charlotte, however I believe that the best wardrobe is built upon quality, not quantity, and gravitate toward mix-and-match pieces “in a neutral color palette with a little bit of pop.” Bonpoint (bought on sale, when possible) is the go-to for Charlotte, because it withstands washing. Zara is another kidswear favorite – and affordable! Charlotte’s shoe wardrobe includes T-strap Mary Janes from Jacadi and various kicks, and she’s been known to accessorize with scarves and bags! The bags are quite important as she carries her treasures in it…



Mabo Cora blouse,  mabokids.com;Bonpoint dark denim dungarees, bonpoint.com; Adidas Stan Smith sneakers, adidas.com; Hazel Village Juliette Rabbit doll, $42,hazelvillage.com;


Crew chambray keeper shirt,  jcrew.com; Hello Shiso plastic star outline clips, helloshiso.com; COS slim denim jeans, cosstores.com; Bonpoint sandals, bonpoint.com; Goat Milk organic pointelle tank, goatmilknyc.com; Brimful wooden camera, brimfulshop.com

As Charlotte and her father will spend most of their holidays in Brittany a rain jacket is a must have!!


Gap rain jacket, gap.com; Alex Eagle x Elfie Aran jumper, elfielondon.com; Anaïs & I Lulu dress,  anaisandi.com; Little Mary Milocho boots in brown,smallable.com; Caramel Baby & Child ribbed knee-high socks, shopeggy.com; Papinee Horse Amuse,  papinee.com; Zaikamoya angora mittens, fawnshoppe.com

Get caffeinated and explore the world! xx

★ first birthday bash inspiration ★

So your little lady is turning 1 and you want to throw a big birthday bash that everyone will remember?

This will be the last birthday for your child that you will organize without getting your child involved. So you alone will decide on the theme – as for older children it is important that they pick their theme.

Well take a look at these 1st Birthday Party Ideas for Girls, ideas that gave me the inspiration to make my twin’s 1st birthday a memorable & wonderful experience (there will be a seperate post with pictures from the birthday bash of my twins). I hope you also get caffeinated to make your little girl’s 1st birthday party extra special!



































I got caffeinated by “hello naomi”,  a sweet little cake studio specialising in unique, modern, made to order occasion cakes. The cake shop is located in Australia: Have a look!

As I am living in Dubai I was unfortunately not able to order one of these beautiful cakes directly from “hello naomi” so I ordered the cake from “Cindulge”.

Whatever your theme, Cindulge can pull it off. Contact the company via Facebook with your ideas and they will send back a quote based on the size of the cake and work involved: Cindulge











A trend from the US:  the little one is intended to ring in the second year by planting the face in a “smash cake”.

We also joined the legions of parents who have embraced the smash cake, a birthday party feature in which brand-new 1-year-olds are served cakes to destroy in front of friends and family.









If you also would like to follow this trend, here a receipe for a healthy smash cake.










For the twins I have chosen pastel colors and a classic liberty floral pattern. For the liberty pattern I have used the party supplies “Betys” by “Meri Meri for Liberty”.  You can find the matching dress with the same liberty floral pattern for your little princess at Chateau de sable.


















A stylish garland for a special birthday celebration with Happy Birthday pennants decorated with classic Liberty floral patterns was hanging right above the dessert table.


I recommend “Party Camel”, with everything from cake decorations, to banners, to table settings, to ready-filled goody bags, this website is the one-stop shop to everything you need for a DIY party. The range is extensive and you”ll find stylish items and unique ranges not available anywhere else in Dubai: Party Camel


All the preparations have been made, everyone is present and smiling and all that’s left is to make some memorable photo session with your daughter. For this special moment here some 1stbirthdays picture ideas full of fun. Enjoy



The temption to go overboard will always be there, but for the child especially for a child that turns one year!! as long as they are with their family and friends, having a good time, it really does not matter how much you have spent.

So just have fun! xx