Gorgeous summer essentials: little girls’ cossies from Lou Harvey

Be the envy on the beach and at every kids’ party, play date, swimming lesson or weekend braai, where ice cream in a cone by the pool is just par for the course. Lou Harvey has just launched oh-so-lovely cossies for little girls, where prints and frills bring out the best of summer, in a fanciful, functional way.

Lou is known for taking textile and interior design to the next level – with a range that runs the gauntlet from bags to towels, accessories to wallpaper. Being a print brand, Lou’s love for fashion – plus a gap in the market for kids’ costumes that are both functional and pretty − inspired her leap into clothing. Priced from R395, and available at all Lou Harvey stores – the costumes are made from lycra, which means they are easy to wear and easy to wash.

The costumes come in various designs: full costume with a frill, short sleeve rash and bottoms, or long sleeve rash and bottoms and are aptly given fun, memorable names such as Cockatoo and Rose.  “I love a frill and the grey and pink one-piece, Amazing Grace, is my favourite,” she says – but the long sleeve option is obviously best for sun protection.

Lou’s LH essentials for a day at the pool or beach? “A massive towel, big hats, brollie (watch this space) and obviously a Large Beach Bag and family cooler…. and a good SPF,” she says. Sounds good to us, as you can never have too much Lou inside or outside your home.


The swimming costumes are available in-store only – visit the Store Finder to locate your closest Lou Harvey store.

The perfect pouch for all your beauty essentials

Whether you’re packing for a weekend away, or just your general everyday handbag essentials, you need a bag for your lipsticks, powder, bronzer and other essentials.

Every handbag needs a cosmetic bag, and the compact Baby Cosmetic is the perfect fit. Big enough to fit the essentials without taking up too much space, it can easily go from an everyday bucket bag, to a smaller evening sling. The Small Cosmetic bag is just as handy with a bit more space for added extras like base and a brush or two.

The Box and Double Cosmetic bags are great if you’re looking for a bit more storage space. They’re both ideal organiser’s for everyday make-up and can live happily on your dressing table, adding a quirky element depending on which design you choose.

Ideal for travelling, the Gusset and Large Cosmetic bags will house all your beauty essentials in a stylish and functional bag.

No matter the occasion, we have a range of beautiful cosmetic bags in all different shapes and sizes to ensure your beauty essentials are organised in style.

Back to School

Its back to school time…

After a lovely long holiday, the thought of the kids going back to school can be a delight… or a daunting process. So, geared with a great long list, I start the seemingly endless purchases. Luckily, our products have also got you covered for getting the kids ready to go back to school.

Alec loves his Pencil Case and fills it with pencils and kokis in every colour of the rainbow. I’ve realized that the older they get the more space they need for things like cello tape, glue, rulers and staplers so our new Double Zip Pencil Case is the perfect accessory.

Backpacks are high up on my kid’s agenda and it’s their favourite accessory to choose for the year ahead. The Kids Backpack is great for the smaller kiddies who only carry a few books, while the Victoria Backpack is ideal for older grades who have a bit more responsibility. Izzy loves her Hanger Bags that are so versatile and uses them for library books, schoolbooks and projects that can be safely stowed away.

The gorgeous Lunch Box Cooler and Lunch Sling are great for organizing snacks and keeping lunches cool on a hot summers day. I pack a bit extra if the kids have got sport on after school and I use the Lunch Sling for the kids when we go on holiday. For those little ones who loving getting their hands and clothes dirty, the Lou Harvey Aprons are perfect for adding a bright layer of protection and saving clothes from unruly stains.

One thing’s for sure our new colourful designs will ensure your little ones know exactly which bag belongs to them.

Wishing you all a happy back to school journey!

Love Lou

Carry-on essentials and must-haves for a long-distance flight

A long-distance flight is certainly not on our list of favourite things to do, however it’s a means to an end (hopefully an exotic beach holiday!). By simply planning in advance, you will be able to ease the burden of your journey, helping the flight pass as quickly as possible. They key is to a good carry on is to pack as lightly as possible, saving space for you almost inevitable duty-free purchases, but simultaneously, so you don’t have the added stress of a back-breaking bag.

While a beautifully stylish designer handbag will make you the envy of every girl boarding your flight (and great for your Instagram post), using a handbag is generally are not the most practical of items. A small sling bag housing all your most important travel documents will work will if you prefer a small handbag, otherwise a backpack or our overnight bag is perfect.

If you’re separate each group or category of items (make up, toiletry, electronics and other) in to smaller cases within your bigger backpack, you’ll be able to find items quickly and easily. Of course, your Passport and boarding pass are your most valuable items. Make sure you have these stored in a safe but easy to reach place. While your boarding pass and other documents can easily be stored on your phone these days, rather have a hard copy of each item just in case. A brightly coloured zip wallet will mean you passport and important documents are easy to spot in a hurry.

Below are some suggested items for each carry-on category:

Make up bag

It’s really not necessary to wear make up on a flight, however sometimes you want to be able to freshen up a bit before you reach your destination. Essentials include:

• A lip gloss (preferably a light non-sticky one)
• A face cream – airplanes notoriously make our skin dry
• Lip ice – to keep your lips nice and soft
• A good under-eye concealer – just to hide those tired eyes!
• A mini perfume or tester perfume – sometimes a quick spritz of your favourite fragrance can make you feel human again after a long flight
• Hand lotion – to moisturise dry hands
• A mascara to open up your eyes
• A pair of sunnies for the airport – just incase you don’t want to bring the rest of the items along
• Hair ties and a mini dry shampoo – dry shampoo is a great short term solution before your next hair wash

Toiletry bag

• Mouthwash – while taking a disposable tooth brush and mini tooth paste can be a good idea, airplane water isn’t the cleanest. If you would prefer to use the toothbrush and tooth paste however, save it for the airport if you have a lay over
• Mini roll on or spray deodorant – you might not want to use a spray deodorant in a confined space like an airplane
• Wet wipes and sanitiser – airplanes are a cesspool of germs, you’ll want to freshen up every so often
• Eye drops – if you’re prone to dry eyes
• Bactroban for under your none to safeguard you from nasty bacterial infections

Ensure all your items meet airline regulation standards – the last thing you want is having to pass over your favourite hand cream to an airport worker.


• Pack your chargers and other electronic paraphernalia in a handy little bag like our double small cosmetics bag
• If it’s not essential you take your laptop, rather take a tablet with a mini keyboard which will be far lighter
• In case anything happened to your main luggage, ensure you have a charger for the country you are going to in your carry-on
• You shouldn’t need to use your phone on the flight but depending on the duration of your trip, it might be a good idea to have a portable charger


• A neck pillow can take up a lot of space but will go a long way in making you feel more comfortable on a long-distance flight.
• if you’re a light sleeper or don’t want to be distracted by someone’s reading light or a screaming baby two rows down from you, an eye mask and ear plugs are essentials.
• Bring along medication like painkillers and nausea pills, muscle relaxers etc…
• A few snacks will also see you through the flight, between meals when you get peckish or on your eight-hour layover where you’ll want to avoid purchasing pricey airport snacks. Nuts and raisins, hard-boiled sweets and gum are good options.
• If you don’t have a Kindle but still want some good reading material, bring a long a light book (light in weight and content) or a magazine that you can easily dispose of afterwards
• If you have the space, pack an extra item or two of clothing should you be faced with a flight delay or your bag gets lost and you need a fresh pair of clothes
• A notebook and pen are a good idea but for the most part do not get used. Have you ever really had a million dollar business idea on a flight? No, we didn’t think so. Rather take a mini stack of post-its and a pen
• A warm pair of socks when it gets colder will see you through the overnight flights