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zulily Cuties April Instagram Competition: Win a £100 zulily voucher and more!

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When you’re little, everywhere is an adventure!

With sunny days just around the corner and school holidays fast approaching, it seems like the perfect time for kids to be out and about exploring.

Whether they’re wandering in the woods, building their own dens or seeing somewhere new for the first time, we want to see snaps of all those special moments!

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Our favourite photo wins your choice of either a monster or owl Luggo kids’ suitcase (pictured above) as well as a £100 voucher to spend on zulily.co.uk.

How to enter:

  1. Upload an Instagram snap of your little star
  2. Make sure your profile is public, so that we can see your photo
  3. You need to follow zulilyUK on Instagram (@zulilyUK) and tag your picture with two things:

The competition closes on Wednesday 30th April, and if you win we’ll contact you via Instagram comments. The Ts&Cs are here. If you haven’t already joined zulily, do come on over!

Because we love to share the cuteness around, during this competition we may post some of your entries:

Good luck!

 

zulily Fashion Update: Top Looks for S/S14

The sun’s finally out (hooray!) so it seems like the right time to cast our expert eyes across the world of fashion and look at the upcoming trends for spring and summer. First up…

Pastel Blues

In amidst all the perennially popular pinks and yellows, it’s the section of the spectrum ranging from turquoise through to purple that’s standing out this year. Internationally-renowned colour experts Pantone appear to have predicted this trend towards the end of last year, and now Pinterest boards are awash with cool blue hues.

Parisian childrenswear brand Eva & Oli can be found on zulily today with their own examples.

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Autumn Endures

Knitwear and beige shades seem to have lasted through the winter this year – especially handy for those of us enjoying northern Europe’s cooler springtime. Kids’ fashion magazine littlescandinavian.com compiled this lovely collage:

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And for the grown-ups, zulily’s sale on women’s brand Occupied includes this lovely trio. Members can save over £30 on each of these cosy designs!

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Old England

Initially an underground fashion retrospective, rustic English looks broke into mainstream in 2013 and now look like they’re here to stay. Girls’ collections are featuring pieces such as this lace-hemmed skirt by Nauti-Nati

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 …and Powell Craft can always be relied upon to pull together some classic English charm.

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Vintage Prints

The smudgetikka.com kids’ fashion blog has noticed “the resurgence of special print fabrics”, often eastern-inspired with a certain hand-drawn character. No coincidence, then, that luxury babywear line Popecha has come along with these lovely little items:

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Statement Motifs

Here’s one to watch ahead of the festival season: quirky animal prints are back for their second summer and still going strong. Kidstylejunkie.com picked out these quirky tops:

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And of course, we at zulily do love a good statement print! From today we’re hosting a kids’ Character Collection featuring Star Wars, Hello Kitty, Angry Birds and more.

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So if you or your little one are looking to brighten up your wardrobes for spring and summer, pop on over to zulily today!

Brand Story: Tigerbear Republik & Slowers

It’s no secret that we’re shoeaholics here at zulily. Utterly fanatical about footwear, we would go to the ends of the earth searching for the prettiest pairs at the best prices.

What might not be as obvious though, is truly how eco-conscious we are. So when we discovered Tigerbear Republik and Slowers, two awesome and sustainable shoe brands that are inspired by nature and driven by respect for people and the environment, we were pretty keen to get them on board!

Thankfully they liked what we were about too, and now their quirky shoes are available to buy online at our lovely zulily prices.  

But brace yourselves…before we let you see the shoes, here are the stories behind these two rad brands.

Tigerbear Republik

Tigerbear believe it’s in their DNA to F.I.G.H.T = Feed, Inspire, Give, Help and Teach. With styles that contain no animal by-products and are biodegradable, it is their goal to make a positive change to the world.

So every time you purchase a pair of their shoes, a portion of their proceeds go to their charity Backpacking The World. The programme involves filling backpacks with essential school prep kit, clothing and canned food, and even music and art materials.

Buy a pair of shoes and help towards getting the children of the world back-packed!

Here are a few of our favourite styles…

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Slowers

Slowers lovingly handcraft jute sole espadrilles for kids, men and women. And although at the moment they’re only a small brand, they’re determined to make a big impact on helping the world around them.

Inspired by a slow and rural life, they create shoes that are both natural and comfortable to wear. They think it’s important to know how and where things were made, and use only quality raw materials, organic cotton and 100% natural jute fibres.

And perhaps what’s most impressive is that they use traditional hand-sewing methods to make their pretty shoes. With a huge love for nature and the world around them, they want their shoes to be loved, worn and walked in.

Simple, eco-conscious and made for adventures! Take a walk on the slow side of life in one of these pairs:

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Check out the rest of the shoes now! 

Happy World Book Day Everybody!

“What do you want a book for? There’s nothing you can get from a book that you can’t get from a television faster.” - Harry Wormwood, Roald Dahl’s Matilda

Sorry Mr Wormwood, but since the only thing to watch these days is Tom Daley’s Come Celebrity X-Factoring on Ice, zulily has begun feeling more and more thankful for the trusty old written word.

Today marks the 17th annual World Book Day - hurrah! So zulily decided it was high-time to make a fuss of just some of the people who club together to make it a success.

1)      Schools all over the UK

Remember partaking in readathons when you were at school? They’re still going, but most schools nowadays also go in wearing Fancy Dress for World Book Day. Even the teachers are getting involved!

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2)      Lots of lovely writers!

World Book Day commissions new literary projects especially for the event. All the biggest names have contributed over years, with Julia Donaldson and Terry Deary in amongst the mix.

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3)      Lots of lovely publishers too

Penguin has become a regular contributor, printing brand new titles every year. This year there’ll be a new instalment in The Worst Witch series by Jill Murphy, whilst Egmont, Scholastic and more of zulily’s favourite publishing houses are also on board.

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4)      National Book Tokens Ltd.

Every year, this organisation generously distributes millions of vouchers to schools worldwide, last year printing a whopping 14 million! Each entitles your littl’un to any of the ten celebratory titles for only £1. Bargain.

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5)      Book Shops!

Most book shops are also accepting these tokens as £1 discounts on any book of your child’s choice.

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6)      The World Book Day People!

Amidst all this toing and froing, they’re dedicated to coordinating the effort and making it a bigger and better success each year. As well as distributing tokens and books, they also make teaching resources available free online so that schools and libraries have plenty of ideas to get little readers engaged.

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7)       zulily UK

No, we don’t mind tooting our own trumpets - our Toys Buying Team rules! They’ve had a dig and found literary treats for kids of all ages, such as The Worst Witch, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and more children’s classics.

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So celebrate World Book Day zulily-style and check out the collection here.

Yummy, Yummy in My Tummy!

How do you like your pancakes in the morning?

That’s right, it’s officially Shrove Tuesday. And because zulily loves any holiday that’s all about food, we’ve come up with some fab ideas for you and the kids this pancake day.

1) S’More For Us

Marshmallows + chocolate syrup = Heaven. Whack it in some batter and you’ve got a totally acceptable breakfast treat!

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2) Fruit Bowl

Not only is it delicious, it’s (sort of) healthy! Customise this one for your kid with all their favourite fruits - or use it as an excuse to sneak some new foods into their diet.

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3) Rainbow Stack

Even if you want to stick with a classic pancake recipe, you can still jazz it up with this awesome idea: using food dye to create a rainbow stack! You can even get some strawberry syrups, apricot jams and blackcurrant compotes for toppings if you want to keep the colourful theme going.

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4) Burger Queen

Is it breakfast or is it dinner? Don’t know, don’t care. Mix up the time-honoured tradition of brinner with this fab idea from goodtoknow.co.uk. The buns are made from pancakes, the filling double chocolate cookies, and the condiments food-coloured icing!

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5) Pick ‘n’ Mix

If you can’t face the family fight on honey vs. maple syrup, why not let everyone pick their own? Lay out your very own pancake bar with chocolate chips, syrups and fruits galore, and let littl’uns DIY their breakfast.

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Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re off for a little morning snack…

zulily Cuties March Instagram Competition: Win a £100 zulily voucher and more!

For little people, kids sure make a lot of mess, don’t they?

Luckily for them, it’s adorable.

Whether they’ve got chalk all over their fingers, paint all down their clothes or spaghetti stuck in their hair, we want to see snaps of your little mucky pup’s messiest moments!

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Our favourite photo wins an elephant counting puzzle and an Owl & Pussycat Mobile (both pictured above) as well as a £100 voucher to spend on zulily.co.uk

How to enter:

  1. Upload an Instagram snap of your little star
  2. Make sure your profile is public, so that we can see your photo
  3. You need to follow zulilyUK on Instagram (@zulilyUK) and tag your picture with two things:

The competition closes on Monday 31st March, and if you win we’ll contact you via Instagram comments. The Ts&Cs are here. If you haven’t already joined zulily, do come on over!

Because we love to share the cuteness around, during this competition we may post some of your entries:

Good luck!

Gruffalo: World Book Day 2014

On the 6th March 2014, kids from all over the world will come together to celebrate reading. That’s right, World Book Day is fast approaching and us big kids here at zulily have been umming and arring over which kids’ book we’d pick as our fave.

After much deliberation - Harry Potter has had his fair share of success, and we wouldn’t want our favourite wizard’s head to explode – we decided that our best-loved book was one involving a terrible tusked monster called the Gruffalo.

So then we thought, why not have a humongous Gruffalo sale to celebrate the great read? Whether they’re on the side of the Big Bad Mouse, or they think that the Gruffalo really isn’t so terrible after all, this sale helps bring their favourite tale to life.

We have monster-sized discounts and tons of great gifts for boys and girls of all ages, so pop over and check out the full range today!

Ride to school on a tusked trunki!

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Swap the heavy rucksack for a plush Gruffalo rucksack! image

Enjoy creative crafts in the company of your favourite characters.

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Watch the Gruffalo characters leap off the page, straight onto the ends of little fingers!

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And remember – World Book Day is all about getting kids closer to the books and authors they already love, and letting them discover more books and authors they’ll love every bit as much in the future. So if you guys have a favourite book or have read something great recently, please share the love!

Penguin Books: A Short Story

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Once upon a time, in a land not so far away, books were few and far between. All around the kingdom, people spent their days wishing they could get lost in a good story, and looking at their empty bookshelves, bedtime tables and school bags with much sadness. You see, dear reader, if people wanted to read a good book, they either needed a lot of money or a library card. Cheap paperbacks were available, but they were badly made and – more often than not – badly written too. Something had to be done. After all, what is a life without a good book?

Then one day a man named Allen Lane, a great lover of stories, fables and the most magical fairy-tales you ever did hear, came along. He was saddened to see that the kingdom was so desolate of books, and was left uninspired by the few magazines and Victorian novels that were on offer in some of the shops. Lane decided that this simply wasn’t good enough, and believed that good-quality, contemporary fiction should be available at affordable prices and sold not just in traditional bookshops, but also in railway stations, tobacconists and chain stores. He wanted to make good books accessible to all, and bring the joy of reading to each and every single person in the kingdom.

Lane also wanted a “dignified but flippant” symbol to represent his new business, and spent a lot of time racking his brains trying to think of a good name for it. Eventually, his secretary suggested “penguin”, and another employee was sent to London Zoo to make some sketches. Lane was happy with the results, and Penguin Books were born.

The people in the kingdom rejoiced, thrilled at the prospect of being able to read as many books as they wanted without having to live off beans on toast for the rest of the month. That summer, shops started filling their shelves with the works of Ernest Hemingway, André Maurois and Agatha Christie. Each book was colour-coded (orange for fiction, blue for biography, and green for crime) and were sold for just sixpence; the same as a packet of cigarettes. It was the beginning of the paperback revolution, and it changed the way people thought about books forever – and all thanks to one man.

Seventy years later, Penguin Books is one of the most successful publishing houses across the world, and remains committed to inspiring the imaginations of millions of people with the greatest works of fiction that we have ever known. Now that’s what we call a happy ending.

Shop Penguin Chldren’s Books on zulily UK.