I never thought I’d post a Thom Browne collection on this here blog (or even a resort one for that matter). And yet here we are. The resort collection is a nod to mid-century Americana, and it’s unlike anything the designer has shown before. I mean, look at those bags, shaped like adorable animals and toys! Look at those mismatched socks. And the anchor-shaped heels on those pumps or the tricolor ribbon bows on the brogues..? Not to mention the pastels! That group shot with the dachshund bags could just as well be the poster to Wes Anderson’s next film.
Once upon a time, I had a blog section called “blogger’s collection”. You might remember that if you’re an ancient reader. It was a way to promote bloggers I liked while also getting a peek inside their homes via the things they were collecting. (It was so much easier to reach other bloggers back then when everyone wasn’t modelling for high fashion brands!) The collections were really random: vintage nightgowns, brooches, notebooks. I’ve always been interested in collections and I’ve always collected stuff, so I decided to do somewhat of a revival of that old section, this time showing you some of the things I keep around. Not anything big and elaborate – just some subjects I can never resist.
I became an instant fan of Miffy when I saw her tiny adorable face in a plane magazine some years back. My first find was the teaspoon, which appeared by surprise in a bin full of dishes at the flea market. The cute bunny is originally Dutch, so when I visited Amsterdam for the first time I went nuts. You could buy stuff almost everywhere, but I really wanted to see the Miffy (aka Nijntje) shop that was far from any other objectives. Found it and, of course, it was closed. So I had to go again. I did that for her. I ended up getting a button and a music box.
I found the cookie cutters on Amazon and went completely nuts again. They were just $2, and they’re still available. I don’t know how something so simple can be so painfully cute. So I made Miffy cookies last Easter and I’ll probably make them again this Easter, and on any occasion I can find. Oh yeah, and a picture of the cookies is still my iPhone wallpaper now (and you can get it, too).
Since 2015 was Miffy’s 60th anniversary, many brands launched special celebratory lines. More stuff for me! I found the Miffy t-shirt at Uniqlo, and I got the panties as a gift (they’re from Primark). Obviously, my collection is tiny, but I’m quite certain I can make it grow. On top of my wishlist is this amazing lamp that I can’t really justify buying.
This blog may be called “kittenhood”, but I’ve never shied away from a little fox loving. So when I discovered @juniperfoxx a while back, I was really excited for all the cuteness that would follow. Juniper is a fox living with humans (and a dog) and the photos make it look like owning a fox is pure fun. But the human behind the account makes sure to warn people that’s not the case, and I love that. You can read some not-so-cute facts about domesticated foxes here – it’s never just fluffy fur and puppy eyes. It may seem like it’s just a happy combination between a cat and a dog, but it’s not. Still, I would like to get a chance to pet her, you know? So follow along if you want to see a fox in a sweater, flower crown, or just being her charming, furry self.
All photos from @juniperfoxx on Instagram.
Italian brand Lazzari is all about cuteness and memorable lookbooks. I’ve been following them for almost as long as I’ve been blogging and I don’t remember ever being disappointed with their collections. This season, they’re going back to school with lovely collars, retro backpacks, and the sweetest prints imaginable. It almost makes you want to pick up your best dress & cardigan combination and start doing some homework.
Illustration by Alice Strete for Kittenhood
First of all, a big thanks to all of you who took the time to fill in my reader survey! It’s been really helpful to learn about your likes and dislikes, and I feel encouraged to keep investing time in this blog. I’ve already started implementing some of your suggestions, and I gonna go through some of the things you guys mentioned in your answers:
As expected, the most popular sections are outfit posts and DIYs. However, I was surprised to see Weekend Marvels as a close second. I was planning on reducing it to once/month, but since you guys like it so much, I’ll post more often.
And since most of you seem to be interested in fashion as a topic, I’ve started a few new sections to include your suggestions: remix posts and 10 ways to wear (so far, but who knows what else is coming!). Anything else you’d like to see here? Feel free to suggest topic ideas for Style Files and Visual Comparison as well, both sections I plan on keeping.
Additionally, I’ve started a monthly challenge, #kittenhoodstyle, which I hope as many of you as possible will join. It’s easy: you just have to post an outfit inspired by the main picture and tag it #kittenhoodstyle.
I’ve also seen an interest in travel tips, so I started with the big post on Milan. I also plan on putting together a guide to my city, because it’s one of the questions I most often get from readers. Coming soon!
Least favorite sections
Many of you were very sweet, saying they like every section of the blog. Thank you! However, some of you aren’t very excited about lookbooks and Put Some Color On. They’re no longer going to be weekly sections, but rather an occasional occurrence.
I realize not all of you are into food posts either, and it’s something I knew to begin with. Do recipes belong on a fashion blog? Probably not. But as I’m trying to get better at food photography, you’ll still see some of my cooking and styling every once in a while.
One of the things that came up often in your answers was getting more personal. I think I purposely stayed away from personal topics all this time, in order to somewhat protect my privacy while at the same time I was sharing photos from my house or close-ups of my face. I’m sure you are all aware that bloggers tend to “curate” everything – from the outfit pictures that make the cut to the magically effortless plates in complementary colors. In a way, you could consider this lying – we intentionally conceal parts of the truth for the sake of an image. That doesn’t mean we don’t have bread crumbles, dust bunnies, and skin breakouts.
So my question to you is: what do you want to talk about if we were to get personal? I’d be happy to share virtually anything, and make it exciting so that you feel like contributing to the conversation. You can always comment below or on social media with your suggestions, or email me at kittenhood.dar [at] gmail [dot] com if you’re more private. So, go ahead, ask me anything!
I love this kissing shot from the 1940s! The two are wearing the same Nordic-style sweater, with printed deers, and very similar jeans (which she rolled up). As tacky as couples matching their clothes usually is, I kind of like it in this instance. Must be the appeal of everything vintage, rather than something I’d like to do myself.