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Marmar In The Snow

April 6, 2017 • KidsLife

it hasn’t snowed around here for weeks now, and though i am so happy and excited to transition into spring, i am a bit nostalgic for the beautiful snow days we had this winter. everyone seems to be leaving on their very last skiing trips of the season, so i’m using that as an excuse to photo dump our excursion with the cutest snow bunny of all time.

finding a pretty snowsuit for little ones is quite the challenge – at least if you’re not into rainbow-colour-compositions or cartoon prints. but if there’s one brand i have always been able to count on since juliet was born, it’s MARMAR. i discovered the brand thanks to their evergreen collection of gorgeous modal rompers, tees and leggings, and when juliet grew a little bigger, i started loving their seasonal collections, too. their prints are always amazing and the quality is exceptional.

silly me had never noticed they also have a range of outerwear and even winterwear, but once i realized, i was beyond excited to try it out. in the photos above juliet is wearing their ollie snowsuit, and it is every bit as warm and cozy as it looks. i love that it comes in beautiful, muted and classic colors – nothing like the garish hues you see in most skiwear brands. i’m secretly hoping the size two will last her another season, as it was slightly too big for her now (but all the more cozy and warm).

i think part of me wanted to have kids just for this moment – seeing my tiny nugget all wrapped up, monkeying around in the snow with her dad, never flinching when he sled down the hills with her, always yelling ‘encore!’ it was such a fun day that we’ve since invested in a real, wood sleigh and i’ve made a mental note to buy decent snow boots and gloves for juliet next winter, so we can start having some snowball fights, too. as long as we’re living 20 minutes away from that fairytale like winter wonderland, we’ve decided to try and enjoy it as often as we can.

so there you go with this official goodbye to winter – see ya in a few months!

juliet is wearing the MARMAR ollie snowsuit • all photos by stephanie duval

Lake House Collective

February 21, 2017 • KidsLife

after living in geneva for a couple of years, i became convinced that despite its international allure, it really was a tiny, boring town where nothing cool ever really happened, and i’d never find a community of likeminded and creative people there like i have back at home. then i moved twenty minutes away, higher up in the hills and closer to the lake, but for a city girl like me, i could just as well have moved deep into the country side and i basically said goodbye to any kind of social life in switzerland.

then the most wonderful thing happened thanks to this crazy little app called instagram, and i met the wonderful NIENKE MULLER and MARTA VILLACAMPA. i realize how rare it is to meet people that you have an instant connection with, but it sure happened to the three of us. so much did we have in common that halfway our first coffee date we had already made plans to found a little collective for creative projects. each of us felt like we were on an island doing our own thing – marta starting her photography business and blog, nienke launching her interior design career in switzerland and me blogging away whenever i had a spare moment.

the thing is, between having juliet and starting a business, there seemed to be fewer and fewer moments to spend on blogging, and i often lacked the motivation to get behind the camera, shoot and edit photos and then share the stories behind the scenes of my life and the things i love. what i needed was friends who would encourage me to get creative again, and who i could meet up with to create together – enter nienke and marta, and so the story of the lake house collective began.

i already shared A TINY BIT of the first session we had before the holidays, and i’m so happy to finally share the rest of the photos marta took of juliet and i that day. i can’t really put into words how much fun it is to be able to play and laugh with juliet while someone is making sure you’ll have beautiful memories of that time. my husband is the sweetest, and he’s a decent photographer, but i am always directing him, worrying about whether he’ll capture a certain moment in the exact right way. i guess it’s the burden of being married to a blogger-perfectionist (if you’re reading this, i’m sorry matti!) but with marta i was able to let go of that, enjoy juliet showing off her entertaining skills and favorite toys, and just be in the moment.

needless to say, i love how these photos turned out. this is who we really are, messy bum balm accident on the carpet included. but besides lovely memories of a few mother-daughter moments, these photos are also a really nice reminder that it’s possible to find your tribe anywhere in the world, if only you look close enough.

my black shirt by LIVTHELABEL • juliet’s first outfit is CKS + veja sneakers • juliet’s second outfit is a dress from ARSENE ET LES PIPELETTES, cardigan from AYMARA and socks from TOCOTO • my green sweater and grey shirt underneath are from CKS • juliet’s final outfit is from MARMAR my glasses used as props by juliet are from DE WOLF OPTICIENS • all photos by MARTA VILLACAMPA

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my name is stephanie duval, and i am a storyteller. this blog is where i share my favorite stories about design, travel, fashion and the nice things in life.

 

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