A Little Warning: If you dislike unicorns, pastels blind you and you have a fear of calories you are better off skipping this post…or pretty much my entire blog for that matter >.< If not, please stay and let me bright up your day with all things sweet and cute!
Pastels for the win
It’s no secret that I am obsessed with almost anything pastel, whether it’s home interior, baby nursery stuff, random products or fashion items, please let it be pastel! Luckily, Marlo loves pastels too, I love that we have the same taste and interest in a LOT of things, because not only is it fun, it’s super convenient as well! Imagine; never any disagreements while shopping or decorating, oh I just love it! When it comes to pastel colors, pastel mint is our top favorite and we have had a pastel mint and white living room interior for quite some years now in both the old house as the new. Our new bedroom is pastel lilac with whites, my creative studio is pastel pink with whites and Flora’s nursery is a really soft pastel mint with whites mixed with pastel pink and pastel lilac furniture. It’s one pastel paradise. We both also love Kawaii, things that are cute, lively and happy!
We find a lot of that in our passion for Disney but of course there’s also other brands that we adore, one of them is “A Little Lovely Company” and it’s actually a Dutch brand for a change.
A Little Lovely Nursery
When Marlo and I found out baby Flora’s gender, we, obviously, immediately started shopping for our little girl. We had already painted two of her walls a very soft pastel mint before even finding out the gender because we found that suitable for either gender. We knew we wanted to mix and match those walls with other pastel furniture and products and after we found out we were having a little girl, the actual search had started. Most people had assumed Flora’s room would be entirely Disney, but that was never the plan. We wanted to create a kawaii nursery for her; joyful, playful, happy and pastel yet simple, organized, calm and clean. As for Disney we, early on, decided we just wanted little hints of Disney and mostly just Sleeping Beauty treasures, in honor of Flora-Aurora’s name. We wanted to mix and match these treasures with other products but not to create an overwhelming look. I started searching on the internet and ran into the range of A Little Lovely Company pretty quickly and fell in love! As a designer and illustrator myself, you can imagine I have a certain taste and when it comes to cute items and designs, I really do judge a product on its cover. I usually see right away if I am really going to like the style or not, in this case I did, plus I liked the story behind the product and how it was created by creative mommy’s with big dreams…just like me! We picked out quite a few things from a Little Lovely Company for Flora’s first nursery, which I’ve showed you guys through a post, click here to refresh your memory. After our move back to Breda, we got her even more things for her new nursery, take a look right here. Flora is turning one years old this month and even a year later we, still, absolutely love the vibe of her room. You get the happiest feeling right upon walking into her room each and every day. The soft pastel colors along with these playful, lovely yet simple products and their adorable designs are just perfection for every little girl’s (or boys!) room. Flora thinks so too! She is one happy camper and so proud of her own room!
A Little Lovely Background
A Little Lovely Company is a rather new brand created by two creative designer moms (of 7 kids in total) which was founded in 2014. They’ve created the brand to add that little extra bit of loveliness to our everyday life and to transform normal home interior and decor into happy things and bring joyful atmospheres into our homes. Each and every one of the products is focused on that thought, which you really feel right upon giving them your first look. Their shared dream of creating that loveliness just started at the kitchen table but quickly developed in a huge success within just two years. A Little Lovely company is now operating worldwide, delivers to over 3200 retailers and opened up there first two flagship Little Lovely Living stores including the most kawaii tearooms in their hometown Groningen last year.
A Little Lovely City Trip
You could say we’ve become pretty big fans of the Little Lovely Company range and not just for Flora. The past year we’ve bought quite a few times at A Little Lovely Company, even some products to add to our living room interior, like their light box, their “LOVE” neon wall light and a few of their little lovely lights. This is something I also really like about their products, it’s made for lovers of cute, lovely and pastels not just for kids.
As we follow them on social media, we found out they had opened two flag ship stores in their hometown Groningen last year. We thought how fun it would be to visit their actual stores one day but as Groningen is not exactly around the corner from where we live, we didn’t just hop in the car to do so and just occasionally bought online. When they’ve opened up their Little Lovely Tearooms within their flagship stores, we said we really have to go there sometime soon! Then earlier this year they’ve started posting all about the kind of treats they were serving and the ones coming soon; Unicorn milkshakes, Cotton Candy ice cream cones, Kawaii looking macaron clouds, Cookie Dough… well, THAT, and their ever growing collection of the most adorable kawaii products, made us say OK how about a Little Lovely City Trip to Groningen this summer.
Every year we try and do a little trip or outing in honor of our Wedding Day Anniversary and Marlo’s Birthday… Well, last year we didn’t do much as I was very pregnant and the year before that it wasn’t really a little trip but rather a big trip as we went to Disneyland for our 5th year Wedding Anniversary. So, this year we decided a city trip to Groningen would make for a really fun anniversary birthday trip and the PERFECT excuse for us to finally visit a Little Lovely Company (and ehm, indulge in all of their lovely sweets) I am not going to lie, while Groningen turned out to be a super fun city to visit, lovely sights, amazing dining and great shopping, we didn’t know much about the city other than that it’s the home of a Little Lovely Company, so yea we did secretly choose Groningen mostly to be able and visit them. Also, I already had little lovely secret plans prior to suggesting this trip to Marlo, more on that in a bit. I must say we were quite lucky Groningen turned out to be perfect for a city trip because it’s still a long ass drive from where we live (it’s about 2,5 to 3 hours from Breda – more if the traffic is being an ass) to just visit one store. Groningen is a buzzing and effervescent university city with a very fun city center and gorgeous canals and architecture, it kind of reminded me of when we lived in Amsterdam. The museum of Dutch comics and cartoons is located there as well, we didn’t really have time to see it but when we ever visit again, we will! Nevertheless while Groningen did not disappoint, a Little Lovely Company was more than worth it too! We were in Groningen for 2,5 days and went to A Little Lovely Company four times in that period of time, that’s how lovely we thought it was!
A Little Lovely Living
As mentioned they have two flagship stores, one is a small store located at the Herestraat 17 which is right up in the city’s center busy shopping streets and then there is the big store located at the A straat 16 at the very end of the city’s center.
I can imagine the smaller store at the Herestraat is very convenient located for a fast visit to shop a little gift for a friend or a quick stop to fulfill your sweet cravings. If I would live in Groningen, I would use it for those reasons. I wouldn’t be able to really do some relaxing shopping and strolling around there as it’s just too small and too packed, especially with a stroller! We did do two stops there for ice cream, waffles and cookie dough.
Their soft servings are fit for a princess, I secretly wanted to go for their cotton candy covered soft serving but I already knew how that was going to end. I always spill my food everywhere (I might as well admit to that cause I really do) and the times when I do eat cotton candy my entire face is pretty much cotton candied afterwards, that in combination with dripping ice cream on a hot day, in a new outfit, not the wisest choice haha. So I got this pretty looking soft serve instead, sprinkled in gold and topped with a macaron. It was really good!
Crazy for Cookie Dough! Marlo also got the waffle with ice cream there the next day, which he said was really good and I went crazy as soon as I had found out they had started serving Cookie Dough a week prior to our trip, so obviously I had to get that too. I am a SUCKER for cookie dough, I miss the real American cookie dough so much though, that will always be the real thing! Whenever we have Betty Crocker chocolate chip cookie mix at home, I preferably first eat half of the cookie dough before we turn it into actual cookies and sharing a pint of Ben and Jerry’s Cookie Dough Ice cream with me is no fun, because I am just busy digging my way through that pint finding all the cookie dough chunks I can find. So that being said, I had high hopes for a Little Lovely Living’s cookie dough. They had three choices of cookie dough; rainbow cookie dough, salted caramel and Oreo strawberry. I’ve asked the lady of the store which one was the best and most natural tasting and she recommended the Oreo strawberry. It definitely looked pretty good and it was quite yummy, yet it wouldn’t get it again, as for me it didn’t taste like the real cookie dough. Maybe it’s because they use different flavors to ‘spice’ up the cookie dough while I just rather have the plain old fashioned chocolate chip cookie dough.
A straat 16
Our favorite Little Lovely Company visit was at the A straat and what an experience that was! It’s a big store on the corner of the A straat and you can’t miss it. Even if I didn’t know what store it was, I would have, for sure, walked right in as it’s so welcoming and fun looking. You get happy pastel vibes right upon your first look of the store’s front and you won’t get disappointed upon entering.
The store is sort of L shaped and pretty big. The first (biggest) part of the store is divided in spaces, a kids play corner to the left, right after you enter the store. The cutest seating areas with benches and chairs mostly at the left side of the store as well as two in the middle and two at the right side in front of the window. Further down the store, from the left to the center there’s their big serving bar of sweets, cakes and ice cream plus the check out. Then the right part of the store is filled with their Little Lovely products displayed everywhere and the displayed goodies and products will continue all the way through the end of the store, where there’s another corner stacked with even more goodies and products including a table of sale products. At the very end of that corner there’s the restrooms and baby changing room.
I never thought I would tell you it’s fun to go to a restroom somewhere, but in this case it is.
I don’t think a restroom and baby changing room gets better than this!
and here you get to wrap your gifts as fun, festive and sparkly as you like.
A Little Lovely Company is truly the first of their kind in our froggy land of Holland. As a lover of kawaii and always wishing we had the kawaii home & living cafes Japan does and they now start to pop up more frequently in The States too, A Little Lovely Company is definitely what I consider the first Kawaii store and tearoom in one, at my own country and I love them for it!
They have pastel kawaii products, cute food, magical drinks and the most welcoming fun atmosphere. It’s truly a treat for all your senses! The people working there are very friendly as well, I do believe when you get to work in a creative pastel paradise like that, it probably works wonders for your every day mood too!
The store also gives off a very personal vibe which I really appreciate. I like how they explain their cute background story through this board on the wall because it gives their customers an interesting and inspiring introduction and they also let us see how a creative dream can become something real. I think I’ve met either the manager or one of the owners while being there twice and she was so kind and helpful!
A Little Lovely Birthday Party
When I suggested to Marlo to go to Groningen for a city trip in honor of our Wedding Day anniversary and his Birthday, I’d actually already made little lovely plans for his Birthday. Marlo is a BIG lover of sweets, while I am too but I am more of a chocolate & cookie lover, he’s a lover of basically anything sweet, especially also candy! He had mentioned many times already how much he was craving A Little Lovely Living’s milkshakes topped with piles of candies, the ice cream waffles and dripping cakes and what not and so I thought it would be such a fun surprise to take him to their Lovely Sweet Tea arrangement. After booking our trip, I’ve contacted them through Facebook and made the arrangements for a Lovely Sweets & Treats Tea Birthday party for three. I’ve made reservations for the Lovely Sweet Tea and added a little drip cake in advance so he also had a real birthday cake to celebrate with.
Marlo already had suspected something during our first day in Groningen as I told him I didn’t want to go to the big Little Lovely Living store that first day but save it for the second instead. Obviously that was a little weird as usually I just want everything right away when I have been looking forward to something…but I had to tell him something right!?… So on that second day I took him here and although he had suspected the reason of waiting until that day was his birthday, he did not expect the kawaii-est little birthday party ever! He said it was the best ever!
Our little seating area was festively decorated and everything just looked so happy and welcoming, there’s no way of not feeling like it is your birthday, even if it’s not it still kind of feels like it is. Flora thought it was her birthday too and while her first time eating cake should have actually been on her 1st birthday this month, we could not exclude her of the fun and so we let her try some and boy! did she like it, she kept on putting her little hand out for more and who can blame her, just look at that cake!
I had picked out the salted caramel drip cake for Marlo in advance of our trip because it’s his ultimate favorite flavor and while I usually don’t even really like caramel, it was absolutely delicious. It was so cute too! It also looked way smaller than it actually appears in your tummy, we couldn’t even finish it all with the three of us, we almost did though!
The Lovely Sweets & Treats tea was looking beyond anything I had seen in Holland before, a true definition of a kawaii lovely tea time! Also, heaven for Marlo with all those candies. I really loved the little frosted cupcake, merengue and macaron, they were really good, other than that it was too much candy for me. While Marlo loved all the candy and took home the bunch he couldn’t finish (I mean after that drip cake everyone was already quite full and Flora definitely is not allowed to get her little hands on that candy yet anyways haha) we both agreed we thought this arrangement was a little pricey. The Drip cake had costed me € 6,95, which I think is fine and it was absolutely gorgeous and delicious, however the sweets and tea (you both get two cups of tea) is € 8,95 per person so € 17,90 in total. I think it’s worth the experience but if I would have lived in Groningen, I would not have done it again unless they would change up the selection of sweets & treats a bit. We both would have preferred a little more of actual pastries instead of just candy, even Marlo. They have the cutest designed macarons (unicorns, fluffy clouds and more) that are quite a bit bigger than the tiny ones we got. I had assumed there would have been a few of those kind of treats included but other than the cupcake, everything was really tiny and most of it just candy and for that reason we thought it was a bit overpriced. It was a lot of fun though! We had a wonderful time and it was so nice to do something kawaii in our own country and something that we all three enjoyed.
Flora had the best time playing with confetti and indulging in her very first cake moment and Marlo felt like a true Birthday Boy. We ended our Lovely Sweet Tea with a little shopping.
Who doesn’t love Unicorns
We had such an amazing time at the store and it while it was already the main reason for us to come to Groningen, it luckily did also turn out to be the highlight of this city trip. I would stroll around in that store and eat pastel unicorn themed food all day, if I could! And seriously the things they are serving, OMG! I honestly wished I could have tried it all!
Speaking about Unicorns on our last day of our city trip they had launched a brand new collection of unicorns and dinosaurs. I literally could have bought the entire range if my bank account would have let me, obviously it did not and as I had already bought quite a few things that previous day, I just got the unicorn light for Flora (for now at least) But, really, how freaking adorable is that unicorn light!? Flora loves it! Her 11 month milestone (also by A Little Lovely Company) even matches her new friend.
To join in and celebrate the Unicorn launch we had Unicorn milkshakes too, which was a magically sweet ending to our trip.
Literally looks like a Unicorn threw up all over my milkshake.
The Milkshakes (Unicorn for me, Banana for Marlo) were actually not as sweet as I had imagined. Obviously when you see those piles of candy you imagine the milkshake to be SUPER sweet and sugary, I was actually glad that wasn’t the case. It was really good! Also, I am not embarrassed to admit, that I chose the Unicorn version just to be able to take kawaii pictures of it haha, because while I don’t like candy very much they do make for the kawaii-est pictures in the universe.
A Little Lovely Shop Log
So here’s the little lovely bits we took home with us from A Little Lovely Company
Flora’s new magical friend. Little Light: Unicorn € 12,95
Since we own two light boxes (one in the living room and one in Flora’s nursery) we occasionally get new letter sets. I love how they have different packs and you can mix & match them for pretty much any occasion or event. I thought these pastel letters and kawaii symbol packs were just perfect for summer and for Flora’s upcoming Birthday. They are € 9,95 each.
As I had just bought a new comfy dressy gown for the upcoming fall season, I was telling Marlo how I also needed a cute hook to hang it on and then we ran into this. It was on sale too for only € 5,00
We adore these little house shelves and had actually been looking for something like this for a while. These happend to be our favorite pastels and they were on sale as well (normally € 22,50, now € 12,50) The gold letter banner I also got on sale for € 2,50, which will be of perfect use for Flora’s first birthday.
MORE SALE! The balloons, garlands and the pastel blue and pink confetti will be used for Flora’s 1st Birthday – her fairy tale garden tea party! The other bags of confetti will come to good use for the photography of my own upcoming new collection of designs this winter. Prices varied from € 1, 00 to € 3,95.
We got these adorable super kawaii umbrellas for FREE, how amazing will these be for dancing in the rain!
And this one too! Already can’t wait for the Fall season and Halloween. Little mister Spooky will gladly protect me from the rain he said!
A Little Lovely Company really does bring Lovely to our home!
Stay Kawaii & Visit A Little Lovely Company