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BRAND REP 2017

February 20, 2017 | Leave a comment

Im so pleased to reveal the chosen brand reps for 2017! Head over to the Instagram feed to dive into the world of our new #frankandnorafamily reps. They are just fabulous. I feel so lucky to to have them.

Please welcome…..Sharon & Amirah, Paula Alex & Eliza, Tanya & Mark, Andy Harriett & Archie, Irina Daniel & Lily, Laura & Mirren and Megan & Owen!

Steph x

 

Exclusive Collaboration with Birdie & Bowie

October 30, 2016 | Leave a comment

It is with great excitement that I can finally reveal this amazing collaboration with Birdie & Bowie. Birdie & Bowie is a new kids lifestyle brand by Insta Mum Julie Farrell @dancewithdirtyfeet. Julie sat down one day and wrote the most beautiful book inspired by her daughter Lucy (known as Birdie). The illustrations in the book are by Becky Kemp and when I saw the rockstar bears (Kiss inspired) I knew we had to collaborate.

As with all our products, these pajamas are made using Eco 100% GOTS certified organic cotton and printed with OEKO TEX safe dyes.

Here are a few iPhone photos to get you started! Pre-ordering is now open for Christmas delivery worldwide.

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BIRDIE PJ 3

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Maternity Photo Shoot

April 28, 2016 | Leave a comment

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On my first pregnancy, I took one maybe two photos of my bump. It was almost as if I didn’t want to tempt fate. I didn’t even tell people until I put a photo up on facebook at 39 weeks! But this time, I wanted something to remember.

I also wanted a photographer that would get me and I knew Aine would capture that urban style. I met Aine through a facebook business group. I immediately fell in love with her photography. I was also just drawn to her in general. So we got talking and I booked in for a session. Aine immediately got to work setting up Pinterest boards and luckily our pins aligned! We were on the same page – phew!

I’m a total city girl. I grew up in an urban area and have always lived in the most vibrant raw areas of wherever I land. I live in north Dublin now and am building a house in an area called Stoneybatter which I knew would be the perfect area for the shoot. Proper red brick townhouses and cool coffee shops. The coffee shop we chose was a no brainer. Love Supreme – perfect interiors, perfect hot chocolate and perfect welcome.

Here are some of my favourite pics from that day. As you can see I was ready to pop. My sister was on hand for hair and makeup – thank you sis x

 

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Steph maternity shoot Frank & Nora

 

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Love Supreme

 

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I am so so pleased with the results and will cherish these pics. I have to say I really enjoyed it.

And here is a photo of my baby Sofie, who arrived the following week being doted on by her big sister Sally. All the heart eyes xxxx

 

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Organic Cotton – The FACTS

January 23, 2016 | Leave a comment

Organic cotton fact

We all know organic cotton is good but many people don’t really know why so I have put together some facts – in fact, there are quite a few facts. It is now so much more accessible and the main benefit of it for me is how much better it is for the environment not to mention our health.

Here are the facts….

  • Organic Cotton is cotton that is grown without using any chemical fertilisers or pesticides on it.
  • It is grown on land that has been treated and given sufficient time (at least three years) for the removal of all the toxic residues of chemical fertilisers and pesticides used earlier on it.
  • The cotton is from original plants, meaning plants that are not genetically modified and that have not been treated with any chemicals (washes, bleaches, colours, or scents) during its processing and packaging.
  • Organic Cotton can rightly be called the most skin-friendly, most soothing, and most harmless natural fibre. While conventional cotton can sometimes be irritating to newborn skins, Organic Cotton is never like that. It is the ideal material for protecting and cleaning newborn babies, particularly for making clothes, bandages, covering and cleaning wounds, baby crib beddings, baby clothes, towels, and thousands of such things.
  • Reduces pollution caused by use of pesticides in conventional cotton farming.
  • Prevents water contamination and conserves biodiversity.

Must Do: Before buying garments or other goods made of Organic Cotton, you should check:

•It is certified by a recognised certifying authority.

•It does not have dazzling colours, as they are seldom organic.

•It should not be artificially scented.

•It should not be chemically bleached.

•The Class of Certificate, the whereabouts of the certifying agency, details of contents are clearly indicated on the pack.

Certifiers: Here is a list of certifiers whose certificates you may find on the certified Organic Cotton goods;

•Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS)

•USDA National Organic Program (NOP)

•European Organic Regulations (EU 2092/91)

•Export Certificates for Japan (JAS Equivalent)

•Indian National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP).

•Quebec Organic Reference Standard (CAAQ)

•Bio Suisse Standards

•IOFAM Basic Standards

•ECOCERT

Source: Organicfacts.net

Frank & Nora is GOTS certified:

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Our First Post!

October 27, 2015 | Comments Off on Our First Post!

It’s Saturday – my one of only 2 days off, I am overwhelmed with to-do lists and it’s at this point I decide to write my first blog post. It seems I work best under pressure, I like to start my task the night before my deadline and I relish in having more than one task to complete. To some, this may sound like a nightmare, a bad work ethic or even plain laziness. I actually don’t think it matters what way anybody works it just needs to work. I do take on far more than I should, but I can’t stop. I am lazy by nature, I like to find the quickest easiest most efficient way to do something so that I don’t have to do it any longer than is absolutely necessary. I believe this is actually a good way to be and a quick google search on the subject results in the following pleasing quote:

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I was not a ‘good student’ in school. I gazed out the window daydreaming, I repeatedly zoned out in class, I ‘tattooed’ my notebooks, textbooks, desk – if I had a pen in my hand and was sitting down anything near me would be drawn on. Sometimes I would even start scribbling on classmates books. But looking back I still did my work, I was just so utterly bored that it came across as being lazy and uninterested, my school teachers eventually realised I wasn’t actually a bad student, my end results were quite good.

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My last day of school was exhilarating. I was never so happy to be done with it. I waitressed while in school and went straight into it full time. I loved it. It was so gratifying and fun, but I needed to move on. What I will say is this: any job where you are working or serving the public is the best experience anyone can get for setting you up for life skills. When your child asks you at 16 years of age can they work in the local cafe (weekends only of course) be glad and support them – it will be the makings of them.

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I enjoyed my 20’s, going out, socialising, drinking far too much, dancing, holidaying and, in general, had a good lifestyle. But I was empty – I dappled in engineering in a technology institute (seriously what on earth was I thinking!) I was useless and dropped out. I went on to do some secretarial work, I actually did a typing course – oh yes I was going to take this very seriously! It was ok, but I was incredibly bored. So then I finally did an Interior Design course and 3 years later I was working for an architect and guess what I had a career. That was in 2005 and I continue to work as an Interior Designer. Why am I telling you all this? I’m not sure, maybe I’m desperate to share my story so that it might encourage other dreamers, or maybe I just like to talk about myself 😉 So here I am, with a start-up business in one hand, and a full-time job, husband and daughter in the other and I’m exhausted. However, I wouldn’t want it any other way right now. I juggle it all daily. There is zero balance – balance isn’t possible if you are an entrepreneur and have a family in my opinion, there is always a compromise.

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Frank & Nora has been going for nearly 1.5 years now and I’m designing my 3rd collection for 2016. It’s incredibly satisfying, and I’m very excited to continue to grow my brand. Here is a photo from @maegabriel of her son in my second collection a collaboration I did with @cherylrawlings.

Llama print organic cotton Pjs

Thank you for reading and look out for my second blog post where I write about organic cotton.

Love Steph x

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