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Summer Surf

Summer holidays are one of my favourite times of year.  Anticipation is high, but as a modern (in other words a somewhat fractured) family there isn’t the same level of mixed emotion that comes around with Christmas. So it is with a sigh of relief that I relish making our merry getaway each summer. For […]

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A Day in the Life of a Buying Trip!

We are keeping next summers fabulous collections under wraps until at least January, however we thought we could keep you entertained in the meantime with some snaps of our recent trip to Playtime Paris, our favourite trade show to date………. early start, getting lost on the metro, catching up with friends, sneaky glass of French vino […]

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Kids Department At The Dalston Department Store

My latest thrill has been to join forces with the Dalston Department Store to curate their kids department.  Held in what must be one of the most atmospheric warehouse spaces in East London – DDS has the makings of being one of the coolest shopping events in London.  Selecting the best of British especially for […]

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Lichtenstein: A mini-retrospective at Olive Loves Alfie!

Finally made it to the Roy Lichtenstein retrospective at the Tate Modern, and loved it so much I went twice in the final few days! Although Lichtenstein’s distinctive pop style has been endlessly reproduced, borrowed and copied over the last few decades, the colourful images taken from comic strips, Disney and other artists still pack […]

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Brand Focus – Project Jelly

We couldn’t be prouder to be working with Project Jelly this season. Founder Natalie Collier set out to ‘repackage charity’ in a cool and innovative way, combining the best British children’s design and manufacture, with a big fundraising edge. 25% of profits go directly to Mencap a charity supporting people with a learning disability and […]

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Say No To Sainsburys

There is serious talk of Sainsburys moving into Stoke Newington, an area rich and diverse that is an oasis in London for independent retailers, for free thinkers and families.  The A10 slices right though our neighbourhood but we have maintained an interesting and diverse community that we are proud of. We have a passionately run and […]

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Dalston Department Store

We are living in the most vibrant area in the country, one  that resonates with creativity and ingenuity.  A walk down Stoke Newington High Street through Dalston to Haggerston is now punctuated with “oooh, another new restaurant!”, “well, just look at that art gallery!”.  Having lived in the neighbourhood for almost 20 years, I am […]

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Who Do You Love?

Who do you love? It’s been the hot topic of conversation at Olive Loves Alfie for the past week.  In our usual style we have focused on the hand-made and the heart-felt rather than the shop bought mass produced messages of love.  Dedicating our window to the question of the moment provoked a level of […]

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Pinterest … Children’s Art

Inspired by a sudden memory of my sister having a painting exhibited in the Vision On gallery in the 70’s I  started a new board on Pinterst called CHILDREN’S ART to quite simply celebrate children’s creativity. We have had some great pins of children’s art and each month we will be picking our favourite and […]

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I was looking for a new board game to buy this Christmas but couldn’t seem to get away from games that revolve around money, fame or world domination.  Then it occured to me that we don’t need a game at all – we can create the best game from our own reality and imagination simply […]

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