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Oliver modelling for Brappies on Vogue: a curious experience

May 23, 2017

Photo Credit: Meramar Images; Instagram: @meramarIMAGES

A few months ago, a cute nappy brand called Brappies found La Tela online and contacted me to ask if I were interested in having Oliver wearing their nappies with the logos of different football clubs (take a look at them, they’re great!) for a family campaign on their blog and a shot in one of the biggest fashion magazines, Vogue UK. I’m not really into football, I’m not interested in modelling and I don’t usually read Vogue (not yet, hehe), but a modelling experience with Oliver tickled my curiosity and, of course, I was thrilled they wanted Oliver for it. So I said yes!

As the campaign was about the importance of childhood memories, I got my friend and great photographer Megan Brown Martinez from Meramar Images involved in the photoshoot as I think she’s simply great at capturing family moments—did you see the pictures she took of Oliver’s birthday party?

We were all set: we had the perfect concept—what better than a field and a ball to show off football nappies?—Brappies provided us with adorable nappies with the logos of the teams Chelsea and Liverpool (and some Inter ones for Oliver ;-), and Oliver was ready to model and play some football with Rafael (Megan’s gorgeous son)… or so I thought!

To cut a long story short, Oliver is definitely not a great model under pressure! While Rafael was running back and forth after the ball and giving Megan some great shot opportunities, Oliver (who was meant to be the star of the photoshoot) was really moody, didn’t want to be barefoot on the grass, preferred to eat than playing football and the last thing he wanted to do was sharing the ball (even though we had two! 🙈). “Mio ball!” was the sentence of the day.

Even so, Megan (who’s clearly used to work with toddlers) did manage to shake up the mood, and the end result was amazing. Take a look at this selection of my favorite photos—thanks Megan, these are priceless memories! (And below I’ll show you the photo that appeared in Vogue)

My little primadonna on Vogue UK!

I then found out that Oliver works much better solo: the following day, Aunt Cri and I put a Chelsea nappy on Oliver and had some fun taking a few shots of him that we thought were going to be for personal use only… but to our surprise one of them was picked by Brappies to be featured in Vogue UK in the column Top of the Tots! They also wrote about it on the Brappies blog, you can read it here. So yes, my little primadonna Oliver’s on Vogue right now showing off his Brappies (you’ll find him in the issues of June and July) 😄

This is the Vogue shot. What do you think?

As Brappies was also so kind as to provide me with some of their football nappies for Emily, I also had some fun with my little girl featuring Roma Brappies, like a true Italian football fan! Here she is!

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I write mainly about Montessori, parenthood, and multilingualism. Here are some recent posts.

One day a few years ago my husband came home and said, "Why don't we put a mattress on the floor in the baby room? It'd be much more natural". "Never" was my reply. That's how our Montessori journey started. Since then we've been living, breathing and applying the philosophy at home day in and day out, starting from ourselves. Because educating children starts from the parents.
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In 2020 I wrote 4 books for the Italian collection “Gioca and Impara con il metodo Montessori” curated by Grazia Honegger Fresco. The collection is a project by Il Corriere della Sera and La Gazzetta dello Sport.

We also implemented the workshops of the last 15 volumes of the collection with Oliver and Emily.


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Why La Tela di Carlotta?
I dreamed of the name La Tela di Carlotta. One morning I woke up and in my dreams I had created a blog named just like the American novel (Charlotte's Web). Many years and endless ups and downs later, this web of thoughts and stories is my work. It took me a long time to understand what kind of online presence I wanted and today I know: I'm transparent, I show real life, I don't advertise, I only recommend sustainable brands (and not only because they pay me) and I believe in the value of my blog and my courses—because if we don't believe in the value of our work, no one will believe in it for us.
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