Pink NouNou the ethical baby toy brand…meet the delightful handmade extravangaza for little ones

The best way to describe Pink Nounou? Modern and playful designs for both kids and those young at heart! The gorgeous brand offers a range of textile and paper products designed for little ones but to be admired and appreciated by the kind of parents who appreciate practical and unique pieces. Pink Nounou’s cheery little softie characters in particular present a visual delight, ones easy to become attached to! There are also a ton of eco products to discover! Designer and CEO Ana Carriço creates one-of-a-kind dolls and soft toysbibs with fairy talesbaby rattles, pillows (mini or square), art prints and so much more. I caught up with Ana, the dynamic creative genius, to discuss some of the coolest toys in our play box and find out more about this exciting brand.

PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF AND TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR BRAND?

My name is Ana, I’m 42 years old. I LOVE to draw and travel (although I’m really afraid of flying), also I love chocolate, ice-cream & my beautiful daughter (not necessarily in this order!).

I was born in Mozambique lived in Portugal since I was 4 years old. I am currently based in Lisboa with my 10 year old daughter and my husband. I always lived by the sea which is also something I love and feel very connected to! I have a degree in Graphic Design and in these past few years I’ve been fully dedicated to my brand – PinkNounou.

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A chat with Wee Gallery #EcoBaby
I had my first child this July and as anyone who follows my work knows, over the years eco-design has become more and more important to me. This summer with the arrival of a new person in my life, my search intensified. As a little background, my experience is in the field of sustainability and environmentalism – I love beautiful design which doesn’t cost (us) the earth. I wanted, and want, to find baby products (toys, clothes, toiletries, you name it) which are suitable for the most delicate and sensitive skin, whilst being beautiful designed and cleverly executed with long term durability. Sustainability went without saying, as did affordability because let’s face it, having a baby is expensive. One of the brands I discovered on this journey is US company Wee Gallery, the brainchild of graphic designer Surya Sajnani and her teacher husband Dave Pinto. Founded in 2002, the duo focus on creating simple black & white graphics on children’s toys and homeware, and apparently it’s all down to the science.

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MATERNITY & NEW BABY SERIES LIVE

I had first child this July and anyone who follows my work know that over the years eco-design has become more and more important to me. As a little background, my experience is in the field of sustainability and environmentalism. I have worked in the area for so long that, where possible, I became interested in putting my baby in eco items as much as possible as the benefits where so outstanding – for the little one and the environment. it also affected how I approached the giant topic of maternity wear. Take a look at the first few in a series of posts about maternity, eco baby products and more…

Eco Decor for the baby shower

As many of you know, I am the Global Campaign Director for ethical design project Red Carpet Green Dress, founded by Suzy Amis Cameron. Our campaign showcases ethical designs on the Oscars red carpet every year. Our project fundraises for MUSE School CA, currently America’s ‘greenest school’ where students learn in a campus which feature recycled, repurposed and eco furnishing. Whilst working in the field of sustainability (on the fashion side) my passion for ethical design has spread across all areas of my lifestyle – from what I eat all the way across to where I stay when I travel. Home and away! I will be writing much more in the lifestyle section about this (and have an exciting section launching soon about this same interest so stay tuned).

When my baby shower approached, I asked the friends organising it to go eco with the decor and they company we worked with, Pipii, are simply put, incredible. (more…)

Jessica McCormack Baby Shower

There’s only way to experience Jessica McCormack’s show-stopping jewels, and that’s the old-fashioned way, visit her shop. It is absolutely stunning; there’s a piano that plays itself designed by Based Upon, art by Rick Owens and Louise Bourgeois, sculptures by Tom Price (a chap in a puffa jacket checking his phone sits on a pedestal, like a Michaelangelo) and Dali-esque furniture by the Haas Brothers, who have made pieces for Lady Gaga and Versace Home. (more…)

Lagom Collective

A huge thanks to The Lagom Concept for giving me the space to talk about THE TRIBE Empowerment Journal on Thursday. It was absolutely lovely to see what Madeleine and Alessandra are trying to build. One of the elements of sustainable fashion that most appeals to me is the independent fashion brands – small, emerging brands creating wearable fashion, brands you need to seek out off-the-beaten path. The pro? You know that the fashion you buy has a story you can discover much more easily, and you get to know more about the people behind the brand…they are just so more accessible.

The pop-up store will last for a few more days before Christmas so people can discover ethical brands like, YGN – a collective whose beautiful ethically handmade good are created by women supported by social enterprise in Myanmar, across to high-end JPL, an ‘Eco-Luxe for the Modern Woman’. I am a fan of pop-ups for many reasons…it gives brands the change to tell their story using innovative methods, and transforms an average shopping trip to much more of an event where you can interact with brands and ask questions…like Who Made My Clothes?

At The Lagom Concept, emerging and sustainable designers have been given a platform to showcase and sell their brands, allowing access to some beautiful pieces. If you are around East London this weekend pop in – there is a spa situation happening which you won’t want to miss. On a side note, it was great to start lactating halfway through the event – NOT! Real mama issues

Pursuing Your Passion While Raising a Family

Photo by Sai De Silva on Unsplash

It’s 2018, and it’s high time we shake things up. Women are shamed every day, for almost everything. If you’re a mom and you’re not working, you’re judged for not working. If you are a working mom, frowns are thrown around for you not being just a mom. It’s time we put a stop to all of that. Yes, women are superheroes, and we can do multiple things at once. So, if you’re a mom with a dream, a passion that’s been hiding in your heart for a long time and you’ve been reluctant to pursue it, it’s time to put your imaginary superhero cape on, and go for it. Yes, there may be challenges along the way, but you’ll work out the kinks as you go. Here are some simple tips to help you navigate those tricky first steps. 

Take a seat at the drawing board

Ok, the first thing you need to do is figure out what you want to do. Do you have a passion for fashion? Are you drawn to the idea of sustainable fashion and lifestyle? Are you an amazing cook? Perhaps you want to share your parenting advice? Hey, you might even have a way with words and want to write short stories or a novel. Is your passion in the creative sphere or elsewhere? Whatever it might be, you will need to figure out what it is before anything else. That is the first step – pinpointing exactly what it is you want to do. (more…)