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Gather Ye Rosebuds - Petite Belle UK

Gather Ye Rosebuds

Happy Mothering Sunday all. And what a lovely day it is here!

The sun is out, the birds are singing, the trees are blossoming and the first bumble bees of spring are meandering lazily around the garden.

Spring, and with it new hope, has arrived in force. And not a moment too soon. It feels like having the kids at home can be turned from a challenge to an opportunity.
Over the time at school our children change as influences of their friends start to dominate between Monday and Friday. Now, we have the time and space to reconnect. Mother to our beautiful children. Consider it a little reprieve from the gradual lengthening of apron strings. We are going to pull them close and celebrate this moment... As soon enough this will be over, and they will be on their paths again, probably with no second return.

To steal the words of Robert Herrick:

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
   Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today
   Tomorrow will be dying

Picture credit: Sandy Keeton

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Sunlit Uplands - Petite Belle UK

Sunlit Uplands

Funny how adversity brings out the best and the worst of us all.

On the dark side we have panic buyers hoarding food, toilet rolls, and whatever. While pensioners, and the vulnerable are left staring at empty shelves.

On the good side we have our angels of the NHS putting their lives on the line every day to do battle with this horrible virus! Big shout out to them for helping fight the good fight!

And here we sit, somewhere in the middle, trying to do the right thing, wondering what we can do to help, worrying about how long this is going to take, how parents are getting on, what to do with the kids from Friday. The words "keep calm and carry on" ring constantly in our ears.

So, then, that's what we will do! There are a lot of reasons we should be cheerful through this horrible time. Global pollution has fallen significantly, we have the company of our darling children/partners/spouses for the foreseeable future, and for us small businesses, we have our lovely little company to get off the ground. We really can't stress enough how much your love, and support for small businesses like Petite Belle is appreciated. A quick shout out to We Roam Wild, another small business who are big on sustainable clothing. Check them out for their minimalist styles and soft muted tones.  

To quote our favourite musical song "the sun'll come out tomorrow!"... And it will. Stay strong people, this will pass!!!

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Petite Belle Giveaway - Petite Belle

Giveaway & Brand Launches

Our giveaway was very successful! We gained lots of new friends and followers and really starting to see a buzz of enthusiasm around our little shop. Congratulations to Izzy Pugh, hope you enjoy your prize #WhatchaGonnaBuyWhatchaGonnaBuy?? To those of you who didn't win we hope you stay in touch, browse and shop. We do believe our summer collection is worth paying for too 🤣. 

It's so exciting accruing new followers! We've started some cool conversations, and identified some opportunities for collaboration! 

On more exciting news, we have Play Up and Nadadelazos launching soon - Interesting fact: Nadadelazos means "without ribbons" in Spanish. Watch this space to see what we bring to you from these two exciting labels!

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Brand Launch: Jelly Mallow & Nunuforme

Brand Launch: Jelly Mallow & Nunuforme

What a busy week! Jelly Mallow and Nunuforme arrived and naturally we launched them as soon as they arrived. With our launch day discount this meant we also had orders to wrap and dispatch. Being quite new to this we were very excited with each order received! On top of all of this my youngest came down with tonsillitis and my hubby cricked his back. Perfect timing!!!

Well, we're just happy our Asian brands have arrived. We're totally in love with their cool, sassy yet child-like cuts and prints. We're convinced you'll love them too. Definitely something for when your little ones have moved on from Scandi to a more sophisticated style.

Next up, Tinycottons Drop 2 launching on the 19th Feb! Just need a day or two to catch our breath!!!

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Playtime Paris

Playtime Paris

We enjoyed Playtime Paris last weekend. Big thanks to the organisers for putting on such a well run event! We spent a very long day meeting lots of labels and viewing their collections for next season. So nice to meet with the family who run Jelly Mallow, Mummy Mallow showed me a very cute, practical and ingenious hat. Perfect for keeping mini-ears cosy and warm 🤗. Irina and Cristina from Weekend House Kids showed me a gorgeous coat that is 100% wool in-keeping with their fully organic ethos 🙌. Hannah & Tiff were there representing the UK contingent with their bedazzling collection for the winter season. Ammehoela have a very strong theme for next season 🤫. So exciting to see what we'll be bringing you towards the end of summer. Who knew we'd be looking forward to Winter already?!? Coming in our next post, our adventures at The Kids Show 😘
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D-Day!

D-Day!

Woke up in a blind panic today. LAUNCH DAY!!!! Thank-you all for your kind words and encouragement over the last few months. It’s been a bit of a lonely road to tread doing all the preparation with nothing tangible to show for it. It feels like all that work has come to fruition at last!

We will be building our offering of cool kids clothes over the next month as our various labels all go-live so do keep checking in with us. We will be announcing mini-launches on our newsletter (remember to sign up!), Instagram and Facebook feeds. Keep an eye out for promos too if you want to bag something stylish for your mini!

Photo credit: Nunuforme
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The Countdown to D-Day

The Countdown to D-Day

Launch day minus three!!! 😱

Be sure to pop over to our online shop on Wednesday for some opening day discounts! 😁

And wow, doesn’t time fly? It seems like only yesterday we were trawling the kids fashion world looking for new and exciting brands to bring to you all … and here we are! On Wednesday we will be presenting some truly novel and interesting lines from Petite Amalie and Weekend House Kids. As far as we know we're proud to be the first, and only shop, to bring these brands to the UK. This means, of course, your kids are guaranteed never to be copied on your local birthday party circuit. Naturally we're super-stoked that we've been accepted to represent Tinycottons too! Feels like the stamp of authority when a brand as big and well respected as this accepts our little venture as a partner. Thanks Tinycottons we hope we do you proud!

We hope our passion for championing these brands shines through and you appreciate us doing the leg-work for you so you don't have to.
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Petite Belle Logo Stickers!

Petite Belle Logo Stickers!

Our logo stickers arrived today! Printed on 100% recycled waste paper. It’s biodegradable, tearproof, durable, and vegan! We at Petite Belle care for the environment as much as our brands do, and we try to do our part to make the world a better place the best we can. You will be pleased to know that our mailbags are biodegradable too! Does ethical shopping matter to you? .

Thank you Avery Print UK for the speedy service!
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Tick Tock Tick Tock

Tick Tock Tick Tock

Well, launch day is in nine days time. Things are really starting to hum along here at Petite Belle. Stock is arriving and being checked, sorted and stored ... A fair bit of stroking is going on amongst all that. I have to admit, some of my pieces are lovely (though I do say so myself). Being new to all of this it's going to be hard to part with all of these sweet little things. Still, I'm sure sharing them with you all will be just as much fun. Especially the lines we're bringing to the UK for the very first time.

Naturally, we're focused on promoting ourselves on the usual platforms (yawn). I'm sure you've all seen the sneak peeks I've been posting on IG/FB from my brands. If not, head over and get a preview now! One unforeseen pleasure is meeting new people and, so far we're getting lots of lovely positive vibes (Yay!). I just hope we live up to your expectations when the store goes live.

Nine days to go!!!! Tick tock tick tock 😊

P/S: How pretty are my flowers? 😍

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Launch Day

Launch Day

Well, as we roll into the new year we at Petite Belle are working hard in preparation for "the big launch". So excited and nervous in equal measure! Since having two beautiful kids this is the first time I've sallied forth back into the cut and thrust world of business.

So, where does one start with this sort of thing? A few acknowledgements seem like an appropriate start. Big kudos @__ohmybaby for inspiring me to start on this journey, she's a trooper, and a real friend. Thanks also to Becca who's a fabulous content writer, Caprice from Nature's Kids for being so open and encouraging as we set out on this new venture, and finally to my kids for letting me dress them in some "unusual" fashion choices over the last few years allowing me to develop the styles you see in my shop today. 

Next? Well how about a mission statement? It might be useful to write one here so I can come back to it in years to come to see if I'm still being true to my noble beginnings ... Lol ... So here goes: 

"Kids are allowed to be classy, stylish, sophisticated, ethical, comfortable and practical. We are here to make this a reality." 

Sound like a challenge? Well, have a browse at our collection come 22nd of Jan, and judge it for yourself! .

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