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Mae-anna 2019

So…. that was an interesting few months of absence, I won’t bore you with details schmetails, but what I have also been up to is lots of experimenting and honing in on some fancy beauties for us ladies, and not just our minis. Beautiful cuts, luxury finishes and elegance, but in very simple styles. Children’s items are soooo much fun and cute and versatile, but there is just something special about ladies wear; and feels a natural progression. I’ve also had to restructure pricing to be more realistic with running a business and not a hobby. Don’t get me wrong, I am very partial to kids Pep Boutique, and these low cost type shops are wonderful for their intendedpurpose, but there are also times where it’s nice to go a little fancy. We all do it, we covet those things that are more valuable/ expensive, even if subconsciously. Give me earrings and I will lose them weekly, however I have managed to hold onto a fancy pair for a decade, through half a dozen moves inclusive across containent. So what makes clothes ‘bette mader’ than others… Look at the item you are wearing at this very moment, look at the stitching around the hem, probably small stitches right, look again, are they really that small? The bigger the stitch the less time and thread and resources the manufacturer uses, ie cutting costs and compromising the durability of the item. Small stitches are going to keep your garment around for longer and in better shape. Even the so called fancy ranges are guilty of this ‘bigger’ stitch. Next, the finishing, well actually, the thing that sets a good basic from a ‘meh’ item. When you first buy something off the shelf do you have to spend time cutting loose threads off, you know, those things that look like weird long insect legs sticking out from various places? Not good, it’s just sloppy and yet again the ‘high end’ stores are also guilty of this. Moving along….have you heard of a French seam, blimey, sounds fancy doesn’t it! It is. Bet you’ve never seen one in your clothing either. These clever little seams are the perfect look for delicate fabrics and the ultimate in luxury finishing. Then there’s things like adjustable straps, little gold sliders because who doesn’t love gold, sating bias over plain binding, special attention to the drop and shape of certain fabrics and, and, and. It’s a horrible cliche but the little extras really do make the mountain of difference. In all honesty, sewing my own clothes is a guilty pleasure as who wouldn’t want to be able to make whatever they want to wear, but it is really great to be able to share some staples with others too. I have some gorgeous maxi dresses, bodycon oooh love them, a couple of skirts and last but very not least, some exclusive and dreamy lingerie/ sleepwear, no pun intended. Everything I want to keep simple,  with both children and ladies wear, because even before we went all Mary Kondo, we kinda knew that less clutter and less choice is actually just better all around! We look forward to that what the future holds xx

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About Enchanted

I have been reading a lot of fairy stories to my little daughter the past couple of months, princesses, fairies, ‘naughty’ witches and a fair few queen/ kings/ stepmothers clearly making bad life choices, oh yes and best of all small helpful fluffy talking forest animals. The books are strewn everywhere, sorry, put away and pulled out by said toddler, read, re-read, and questioned, even the default CD in the car is ‘my favourite collection of fairy stories’,  naturally Bibbidy Boppity Boo comes banging on with ignition, so with merry sing songs and exasperated narrators I am also a dab hand at recounting tales of love, luck and misfortunes. Luckily the more modernised versions have less off the head chopping and blood sports. I can’t quite make up my mind on my favourite, although I think it may perhaps be leaning towards Snow White. It was The Little Mermaid thanks to Disney 1991, but bypass the original by Hans Christian Anderson, fairy tales are not supposed to make grown people cry.  Anyhow, there are some great one liners from these fairy stories, and I really love the description of the young Snow White; ‘lips as red as a rose, skin as white as snow and hair as black as ebony’- so I jumped on that bandwagon and hunted (in the more favourable sense of the word, ie. drove around and pestered my favourite fabric houses, what am I saying- they love me! I am a material and haberdashery addict with a party going on in my purse with Visa and a fat old wad of fellow fabric receipts) and found the most beautiful red rose fabric and added some ebony frills, a big silk flower, and arrived with a rather fetching little bolero. OK it may scream a little ‘Lord Fontleroy’ but I am happy with it!  So with winter in mind, I have been dabbling about with some rather special clothing fit for fairy tales and the little folk that naturally accompany them. (Mind you not quite in the realm of seriously puffy princess couture and full on fairy wings). My clothing version of ‘Enchanted’ subtly represents something from the land of the fae where fairies, pixies, fairy tales and little creatures dart out from the undergrowth and scuttle about doing their busy work. Of course some items can be adapted for the summer weather too with slightly different fabrics. The colours have been carefully chosen as earthy, muted and also with an occasional splash of jewel colouring, but these too can be substituted for your own choice. This initial range for Enchanted is evocative of the night visitors, who appear when dusk falls and the mooonlight shimmers. In Summer we will be visiting the daylight creatures who are more vibrant, vivacious and a little cheeky!
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2015 Ending

The year that is 2015 is fast nearing it's completion and what a fun frantic time we have had with our short stint since opening. Lots of cute little girly items have left our HQ and I am looking forward to updating the store early next year with some more lovelies! I have encountered so many great customers and am so happy that I have been able to produce some unique and pretty items for them. I have closed the store until post Christmas to catch up on everything and make sure we are ready for 2016. Also look out for a completion coming soon and new themes. The Facebook page is the best place to check for current updates and the competition we will run. It's going to be a goodi! Have a wonderful Christmas and the very best to everyone for 2016
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2015 Ending

The year that is 2015 is fast nearing it's completion and what a fun frantic time we have had with our short stint since opening. Lots of cute little girly items have left our HQ and I am looking forward to updating the store early next year with some more lovelies! I have encountered so many great customers and am so happy that I have been able to produce some unique and pretty items for them. I have closed the store until post Christmas to catch up on everything and make sure we are ready for 2016. Also look out for a completion coming soon and new themes. The Facebook page is the best place to check for current updates and the competition we will run. It's going to be a goodi! Have a wonderful Christmas and the very best to everyone for 2016
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Mae-anna opening

With a skip, hop and quick 8500 mile flight, I was back on home soil on a not so sunny day on the motherland in the midst of April. After almost a decade on the fair land known as Great Britain, I was back, this time with a family of my own, a business, and rather a large accumulation of worldly possessions. Sssh I haven't admitted to anyone how many of those cartons contained fabrics and other crafty bits. It's taken almost 6 months to set up the business side of things, and I hope you enjoy your Mae-anna South Africa experience.  I've done a little investigating and the SA kids boutique scene just doesn't compare with the sheer choice and edginess of that which is available in the UK and abroad, so we are rearing to go with lots of beautiful items, exclusive ideas and something just that bit special. Whilst we grow, please check our Facebook/ Instagram page as we can't fit everything on the website at the moment, so don't miss out. New products will be coming thick and fast. 

Tammy xx

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