Archive for the shopping Tag

House of Fairies

Hummel rainsuits © 2016 House of Fairies

Launched in March 2016 by Danish expat mum Benedicte Krüger Nielsen, House of Fairies is a great online shop stocking some of the coolest kids clothing brands from Denmark and Holland. From Hummel’s cool and comfy sports collections to Dolly by Le Petit Tom’s chiffon dance tutus and dresses, you’re guaranteed to find a unique selection of practical and fun brands for your little ones.       House of Fairies was founded by Danish […]

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Augustine et Balthazar

Doudous for baby. Photo © 2016

Being pulled in all directions (sometimes quite literally, and by three sets of tiny, sticky hands), I don’t always manage to update this blog as much as I should and so many interesting places sadly slip through the net. But every now and again a little gem comes along, a place so special and blog-worthy that I try my best to post a few photos, an address – of course – and a […]

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Habitat Suisse

Photo © 2016

Following the success of their pop-up store in Geneva (now closed for refurbishment but set to re-open in August 2016), Habitat Suisse have launched a swanky new showroom in Etoy. From statement storage to minimalist dinnerware, this contemporary furniture store won’t disappoint: expect smart shopping ideas, beautiful wooden furniture and sofas for all room sizes. Ready for a quick preview? Here’s some pics we took last Saturday…       Alongside their signature chic staple pieces, Habitat […]

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Honesty in a Box

Home-made jams from the farm. Photo ©

Explore the lush Swiss farmland that’s right on our doorstep and, in all likelihood, you will soon stumble upon an autocueillette sign inviting visitors to pick-their-own fruit and vegetables, or stock up on farm eggs, cheese and home-made jams. Alongside weekly farmer’s markets, Swiss farmers are now happy to offer their bounties of nature in “libre service” from unmanned stalls or sheds that remain open to the public all day and at weekends. This exchange is […]

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Les Puces de Nyon


If you love scouring flea markets for unique finds, don’t miss the next Puces de Nyon market, which takes place on the last Sunday of every month in the lovely lakeside town of Nyon (VD). Stretching along the lakeside and with the spectacular backdrop of the Château de Nyon perched high on the hill, this flea market is probably one of the most scenic in the area.       The market stalls […]

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Le Carrousel

Le Carrousel Jouets, Geneva. Photo ©

Le Carrousel in Geneva is one of our favourites toy shops in the area. They recently did some renovation work and the shop is looking better then ever, so much so we couldn’t resist sharing some pics here. If you’re looking for wooden toys, lovely gifts for baby and something truly special like these fire truck pedal cars, then you should definitely take a look at Le Carrousel. You can find […]

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Home Decor at Maisons du Monde

And one for the tomboys. Photo ©

We’ve already mentioned in our previous post about furniture stores in Geneva, Vaud and nearby France that Maisons du Monde were about to open a brand new store in Etoy (VD). Now that it’s finally here and looking absolutely fab, we felt some pics were in order! You’ll find the new Maisons du Monde – Etoy right next to Micasa and Hornbach in the zone industrielle (motorway exit Aubonne, follow signs for Etoy […]

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A Pocket Foodie Guide

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What do you get a foodie friend or better half who has everything? The answer might well be the latest gourmet guide “Allons Manger ! Genève” published by Studio Rubic in Geneva. An elegant pocket-sized trove of delights, this fabric-bound guidebook lists 16 of the best restaurants in Geneva, selected not only on the basis of their culinary prowess but also on their service levels, decor, vibe & atmosphere. Each restaurant is […]

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Tried & Tested: Flexa


As far as contemporary furniture for kids goes, nothing beats modern Scandinavian design, so when Flexa asked Geneva Family Diaries to review the Flexa Play Table and 4 stools from their latest Play Collection, I knew there was only one answer for that. Founded in Denmark in 1972, FLEXA® create contemporary Scandinavian interiors for babies and children, designed to adapt to your little one’s growing needs and made with non-toxic, environmentally friendly materials. Not only are all products […]

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L’Asticot Sample Sale


Swiss ethical brand L’asticot will be holding a fab sample sale of their colourful, cozy kidswear ranges on Saturday 15th of November 2014 at their spanking new flagship store in Geneva (Rue des Etuves 10). The sample sale will run from 3pm to 6pm and will feature the last pieces of previous collections sales at 10CHF, 20CHF and 30CHF, so make sure you’re there on time to bag yourself some great bargains and […]

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Viva Vintage

© 2014 Viva Vintage Geneva

On December 18th 2014, ASK – All Special Kids teams up with Rush Pop-up Store in the heart of Geneva’s Old Town to host Geneva’s first charity fashion shopping event: VIVA VINTAGE. This charity designer shoes and handbags sale will be held at Nest Gallery in Geneva (rue Etienne-Dumont 14) on Thursday 18th of December from 5pm to 9pm. All proceeds will go directly to supporting children with special educational needs and […]

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Little Creature Comforts

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If you’ve just moved to Geneva, chances are you will be on the lookout for various bits & bobs for the house, including furniture. We’ve been there and understand how difficult it is to get it all sorted (in our particular case with 3 little reluctant shoppers in tow and a significant lack of DIY skills). It is true that IKEA in Vernier and Aubonne (VD) offer excellent supervised play areas and family-friendly restaurants, but […]

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A Ladybird’s Dream

Rêve de Coccinnelle, Divonne-les-Bains. Photo ©

If you’re looking for a special birthday present or a good quality wooden toy for your little one, you should try the toy shop Rêve de Coccinelle in Divonne-les-Bains. Yes, it is small but it’s such a treasure trove of wonderful educational toys that you will certainly find something unique and different. Laurence, the shop owner, is fantastic: she will take time to understand what you have in mind and show you what […]

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A Different Kind of Spread

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I am the proud mum of three under-age chocoholics: a 3 year-old missy who jumps out of the bed in the morning demanding her “bwead and chocolate” and two boys who think it’s a great idea to spread a thick layer of nutella over their pancakes. Resistance is futile, but I put my foot down when it comes to palm oil and other nasties that are now an integral part […]

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Tried & Tested: Goodness Gracious Foods

Photo © Michelle Levesley

We’re back with another “Tried & Tested” post, where we give you the low-down on specific services and products suitable for your little ones. For this post our star blogger Michelle Levesley, a British mum-of-three & English teacher living in France, has tested a selection of organic, gluten-free baby food pouches from Goodness Gracious Foods with no added salt, sugar or preservatives. Here’s what she had to say…   Michelle’s report: This week my three children […]

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Let’s Go To Deauville!


Swiss ethical brand L’Asticot have just launched their new 2014 spring/summer collection, inspired by the vintage style and maritime imagery of the French resort of Deauville. Summers in Deauville are all about holidays spent playing on the beach with a backdrop of picturesque lighthouses and Mediterranean woodlands, and these coastal colour tones are reflected in L’Asticot’s new gorgeous prints featuring stripes, fish motifs and vintage suitcases.   The collection’s colour palette has a timeless […]

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Meet Petit Toi

© 2014 Petit-toi store in Lausanne.

Alejandra is the mumpreneur behind Petit Toi in Lausanne, a design shop for children which opened its doors at the end of February, specializing in designer kids’ furniture, accessories and toys. Alejandra has selected children’s furniture with a unique and personal touch: you can choose from the latest European and American designs as well as more vintage pieces. Toys and decorative objects are sourced from all over the world, but always bearing in mind […]

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Expat Mumpreneurs: Renata & Sara

Sara & Renata © 2013 Pépites SÀRL. Tous droits réservés. Photos par Frederic B. photography et Nora photography

We are very happy to publish the story of expat mumpreneurs Renata Bossetti and Sara Mesquida, the hearts & souls behind Pépit9s, a brand of handmade jewelry founded in 2013. Hope you will enjoy finding out about their flair and commitment as much as we did!   Two women of different cultures, life stories & sensibilities. Renata a blonde Italian, delicate, artistic, curious has been living in Switzerland with her husband and […]

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Indoor Fun at Fnac Kids

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Following a makeover in November 2013, the Fnac Kids section at the Genève Rive store is looking great: the books selection is much larger, with plenty of great toys and gift ideas too – but the best bit for me is the number of free workshops and readings that are now part of the bookshop’s weekly agenda. I popped in last week with my Little Missy and did not come away empty […]

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The Botanic Experience

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Is your Xmas clock ticking fast or have you just run out of groceries and didn’t manage to get your shopping done on Saturday? If so, you may want to pay a visit to home & garden-centre-cum-organic-supermarket Botanic in St-Genis Pouilly (France). I’ve been to Botanic a few times already, following the advice of a very wise friend and absolutely loved it but didn’t have my camera with me until this weekend, when I […]

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It’s a Reima Winter!


When I was recently asked to review some Reima winter jackets for children, timing could not have been better. The glacial bise had already started to blow mercilessly and I’d been wondering how best to equip my little ones for the winter ahead. The only problem was finding something that would keep them snug & warm AND that they actually wanted to wear!   This is no mean feat as my eldest […]

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Organic Lunch


A few weeks ago, Expat Husband and I booked (or should this be begged?) the kids’ favourite baby-sitter to come on Saturday morning so we could head off to Val Thoiry to order some bits of furniture & lighting for our new house. Yes, unfortunately it looks like my 3 little buttons inherited their shopping-endurance genes from their dad not me, which means they can’t tolerate spending more than 15 […]

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Swap & Shop!


Are you planning a major wardrobe declutter, in preparation for the festive season & the new year? If so, don’t miss the SWAP&SHOP-PARTY@ST-PREX, this Friday 22nd of November 2013. Whether you have some items to swap & sell or not: EVERYONE IS WELCOME!   This great 2nd hand sale is women’s clothes and accessories swapping at its best. You will also find wonderful gifts including jewelry and home decoration. Not only […]

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Christmas Wonderland


This might not be a new find, as Schilliger is one of the best-known garden & home-decor stores in canton Vaud, but the Xmas displays at Schilliger Gland get more sumptuous every year so I really can’t stop myself from posting the photos I took this weekend. The official purpose of our visit was to find a turtle or tropical fish for my boys, but – needless to say – Mum got […]

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Boo Merino Giveaway

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We are delighted to announce our first ever giveaway with Luzern-based Boo.Merino, an online store of beautiful kidswear made from 100% Pure New Zealand Merino wool founded by expat mum-of-two Amanda Petrillo. ***THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED – ENTRIES WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTED*** Boo.Merino’s wool is 100% natural and does not contain any synthetic or chemical-based materials, such as viscose or polyester. Since Merino is superfine, it can be worn without itching […]

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Meet Zirkuss


We’re so excited to welcome one of Switzerland’s coolest online kids stores amongst our advertisers, but even more so because the driving & creative forces behind Zirkuss are two busy mums, just like us.       Here’s their story, as co-founder Lucia told Geneva Family Diaries: “At the beginning we started off as a team of three mothers (Patrizia, Petra and Lucia) who wanted to make kids clothes and brands we […]

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L’Asticot in Geneva


The story of Swiss ethical label L’Asticot began in 2009, when young mums Christie and Danièle put their creative pencils to paper and designed L’Asticot’s first collection of original, super-wearable, fun & über cool kids’ clothes. I love their colourful, unique designs that are such a pleasure to wear even for the most active and wriggly little monkeys, and I definitely support their ethical commitment to fair trade standards and sustainable development. For me […]

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Lilabloom Notebooks

© Lilabloom handmade notebooks

There’s nothing more inspiring than listening to the life story of other expat mums who, like us, have braved a change of country, culture, lifestyle to build a new life with their family and children. A very warm welcome to Inês, a Portuguese expat mum-of-two and founder of stationery design company Lilabloom. Take a look at her gorgeous handmade notebooks and let yourself be inspired by her story: what if your expat […]

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The Thrill of the New

N'vY Cocktail Bar © N'vY Hotel, Geneva

A press day at the swanky, newly-opened Hotel N’vY Geneva was a great opportunity to discover some fab 2013-2014 collections and to enjoy the hip, laid-back atmosphere of the hotel itself.       An authentic slice of NY boho-chic right in the heart of Pâquis, the Hotel N’vY boasts a lounge cocktail bar where a giant block of ice is cut to measure for each drink and the bartenders have been trained at the […]

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The Atila4Child Clothing Sale is on!

The Atila 4 Child showroom in Bursins (VD) - photo ©

Here at Geneva Family Diaries we’re great fans of Atila 4 child‘s gorgeous creations, so I jumped for joy when designer Marie wrote to tell us about her upcoming baby & kids clothing sale. If you’d like to buy some unique, original and super-comfy clothes for your little ones at reduced prices, make sure you clear your diary for the 8th, 12th, 14th and 15th of June 2013 as Marie […]

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Les Enfants Terribles

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Les Enfants Terribles in Geneva is one of the city’s coolest design boutiques & bar-cafés. I popped in recently, when my best friend from Barcelona came over for the weekend, and we both agreed this was a great place to look for something special. Housed in a converted body shop in a Plainpalais back-street, this ecletic concept store is heaven-on-earth if you’re on the hunt for minimalist Scandi designs, fair-trade French […]

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Gift of Love

Paquet Câlin-Coffret

Who doesn’t love buying gifts for a new baby ? It’s not always easy to get it right, though, and I find that baby clothes don’t get as much use as I’d like, since babies grow so quickly they’re normally out of newborn clothes within weeks. I was recently contacted by French mumpreneur Caroline Blin, founder of online gift retailer Paquet Câlin, and I was so impressed by her baby gift boxes I […]

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A Tribute to Women


Within minutes of meeting Paola Limonta, one half of the Geneva-based Swiss jewellery design team Uzume Spirit, I developed a serious girl crush: funny, warm-hearted, passionate and inspiring (as well as an energetic mum-of-three!), she’s the woman we’d all love to be and the BFF we all wished we had. I had already lusted over the Uzume’s jewellery collections online, but being able to try them on while Paola told me everything about the […]

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Bags of Style

La Muse boutique, Geneva - photo ©

Our biggest thank you to La Muse boutique in Geneva (7, rue du Vieux-Collège) for inviting us to the presentation of the new Halaby bags collection for Spring/Summer 2013. Sketched by Lebanese designer Gilbert Halaby in his Rome’s atelier and entirely made in Italy by local artisans, these exquisite bags exude Italian 1950s glamour and exotic charm.   As a self-confessed handbag fetishist, I could go on about the superb craftmanship of […]

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Expat Mumpreneurs in Nyon

It's a cat's life...says Smudge The Prettiest © Linda Scott

Last Thursday, I could not resist the opportunity to visit again The Desalpes Company’s Home and Lifestyle collection at their mid-winter fair in Nyon. Having already purchased one of Mikée Westerling’s iconic Swiss Army Blanket cushions (which was given the seal of approval by all the family as you can see in this photo) ‘ we ‘ wanted another. If you’d like to see more of Mikée’s collection, visit The […]

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A Touch of Spice


If – like me – you have been lacking time, inspiration or enthusiasm for your Christmas shopping, please let me point you in the direction of Spice Your Life at number 11, rue de Raulan in Bassins (Canton Vaud).       Tamara Martyn fills her beautiful shop with a delightful collection of original pieces. Her homeware range includes porcelain cups, bowls, pretty table linen, aprons and glassware. Decorative furnishings include cushions, artwork, […]

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The Tale of the Fair Isle Jumper


Have you, on your Christmas shopping, found yourself pondering on the purchase of a ‘fair isle sweater’ for your hubby? Well, I did! I looked at it, left the shop. I went back, looked at it again. Somehow, I just don’t know what it is with the fair isle trend this year, there’s something that I find equally appealing AND revolting about it. Or is this what trends are all […]

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Karen Millen in Geneva


There are special labels in the world of fashion that make every girl dream of bold glamour, style & smoking-hot leather jackets. Flying the British flag for this distinctive signature style in Geneva is Karen Millen, so how would you like to join in the celebrations for Millen’s 10th anniversary in the city of Calvin with a unique shopping event ? If the answer is yes, free up your diary for Thursday […]

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Fave Stocking-Fillers from Little Home


Now it’s the time to start thinking about little presents for the kids’ teachers and stocking-fillers for my nearest & dearest. Luckily, our new sponsor is a treasure trove of cute and stylish little finds (& very reasonably priced too!) Here’s a selection of our favourite Xmas stocking-fillers – what are yours ?                             Last, but by no means […]

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Don’t Shop, Swap !


How would you like to take part in the 1st SWAP-PARTY @ St – Prex (VD) ? In the U.S., Germany, France and many other countries the concept of clothes-swapping has been all the rage for a while now. These ladies don’t shop, they SWAP!     Ask yourself: ◦Is my closet overflowing but I feel like I have nothing to wear? ◦Am I bored with the contents of my wardrobe? […]

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Shopping & Fun at Les Automnales

Kids area © Les Automnales

Late autumn in Geneva can be a bit tricky: too late in the season to enjoy more of those balmy, cloudless October days and too early to go skiing. Grey and drizzly seem to reign sovereign (especially at the weekend !) and it’s harder to find some good outings for the whole family. One autumn event we love is Les Automnales: Geneva’s home and lifestyle exhibition, which this year runs from the 9th to the 18th of […]

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Shopping & Dining in Ferney Voltaire


Ferney Voltaire is a small French town just across the border from Geneva. If you find yourself a bit lost for ideas on a Saturday morning or would like to try a new restaurant, take a look at our list of cool places in Ferney Voltaire that, incidentally, are also way cheaper than Geneva!   Beauty & Shopping: Institut Cristine, tucked away in a side street not far from the […]

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Floral Pop-up Café


Do you love flowers, gardening and delicious cupcakes? If so make a note in your diary of this coming weekend’s outdoor event in Trélex, near Nyon (Canton Vaud). On Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th of June, renowned florist Rémy from Jaggi Garden Centre in Trélex will host an open-house of his flowers and plants business accompanied by a pop-up café run by The Heidi Bakery. Rémy and Heidi invite everyone to come along and see the beautiful Jaggi Garden Centre, stock […]

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