Jacqueline Smith- Cool_dudes_nz

 Mom of three Jacqueline Smith tells us how she started her instagram account 

cool_dudes_nz. We admire the always inspiring outfits they come up with and the fun visuals that really brighten up our instagram feed. 

We Love @cool_dudes_nz

 What inspired you to start your cool Instagram account?

Firstly thank you so much for the compliment! I started the account back in 2014 as a record of the boys growing up and also the love for kids fashion and it has grown from there.


How do you get your kids to look so cool and relaxed in your pictures, as we all know kids doesn´t always like to cooperate. Any advise?

Best advise is to make it fun let the kids express themselves and don´t take too many pics, kids get bored quickly we only do photos3/ days per week.


What first made you like Gardner and the gang?

We love Gardner and the gang, we are all about expressing yourself, no boundaries, kids can wear what they like, gender free, mix and match colours, patterns and prints. Gardner and the gang are all about this too so it’s a perfect match for us.


Something insanely cool you want to share with the gang?

We think Gardner and the gang is insanely cool


Favourite quote, You only live once, do what makes you happy, be yourself
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Kat le Brasse

 Please let us introduce to you Kat Le Brasse...

If I would describe her in three words I would say Stylish, Super friendly ( the kind of girl that picks up on who at the party that has no one to talk to and brings her in the group  ( xx) and a devoted mother of two. We love to follow Kat and her Middle Eastern Endeavours. 

You and your kids are a huge inspiration to many parents in the Middle east.  How did you start your business and what is it that made it so successful?

My business is in 2 parts nowadays. Initially, I started my blog, not so much as a business, but more of a personal creative outlet. Over time, as Lebrasse.com gained momentum, I grew to understand that tis outlet could actually become a buisness. Once I realised that, I worked hard to gain respect and credibility in an industry that can often be really quite fickle. I made it my personal goal to stay true to myself and not get too caught up in the commercial side of things. And ultimately, I´ve always believed in being genuine in everything that I do.

The second part to my business actually came about as a result of the relationships i had built through Lebrasse.com. As of January 2019, I became a partner in social media influencer marketing agency named Sunday.

In a fast paced world ruled by social media how do you wind down on the weekends and what do you do "behind the scenes in real life"?

My favorite thing to do on the weekends is hit the beach with my family and friends. We´re lucky in Dubai to have a plethora of amazing beach clubs at our fingertips, (many of which have kids clubs!) so it´s a great way to be together as a family and all get what we need out of the day as well.
You´ll find on the weekend that I actually post to social media a lot less than usual. I really try to be present as much as possible with my kids as I don´t get to see them as much as I´d like during the weekdays. Even if I am posting, I normally sane any images or videos I´ve taken throughout the day and post once kids are in bed.

Was there anything in particular with Gardner and the gang that caught your eye when you first discovered it? And if so, what was that?

The first thing that caught my eye with Gardner and the gang was the way that Kristin photographs kids in it. I´m obsessed with how high fashion she styles them up and how incredibly vibrant the photos are. i love the use of color and humor with Gardner and the gang. The collections always feel fun, creative and above all super wearable and practical for our little ones.

Anything insanely cool you would like to share with the gang?

As far as Instagram accounts go, there are literally thousands of accounts that are inspirational and fun to follow, but when it comes to kids, i´m all about @coco_pinkkprincess- she is the most quirkily, stylish child I have ever seen. And my fave online family is Innika Choo and her kids in Bali @innika. She basically has me in stitches every post.


Follow Kat on Instagram @katlebrasse

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Christina Rodhe

 Christina Rodhe,

My friend and a lady that I truly look up to. Christina has been in the business for 28 years and she KNOWS what she is doing. We love our friends at Christina Rodhe.




Im so impressed by your genuine knowledge of the business and how you always really manage to stay so CURRENT. What first made you start the brand? And what do you feel inspires you today vs how it was in the beginning?

I started the brand almost 28 years ago. I was pregnant with my first child, and it was so difficult to find some baby clothes, so that was the beginning av Christina Rohde. The things that inspires me then and now is fabrics and prints. I also look at trend among the adults, and then I make it child-like.


In a fast paced world ruled by social media how do you wind down on the weekends and what do you do "behind the scenes in real life"?

I try to relax in the weekends. - I live near by the sea and the woods. This give me peace and quite. I run three times a week and it gives me a lot of joy.


Was there anything in particular with Gardner and the gang that caught your eye when you first discovered it? And if so, what was that?

I love Gardner and the gang for its colors and coolness. It is very different from my brand, but I get inspired by all colors, styles and coolness.

Anything insanely cool you would like to share with the rest of the gang?

My life is hectic with all the work, so I try to enrich with art and dinners in Copenhagen when I have the time. There are so many amazing offers, I love Copenhagen.


EXPLORE Christina Rohde

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