Thursday, May 29, 2014

Kissy Kissy Spotlight and GIVEAWAY

I am completely honored to bring you today's spotlight about a collection I have shopped from and loved since Stella was born. Kissy Kissy is one of the most well made collections for preemies and babies up to size 4T, known for their incredibly soft garments and coordinating ensembles. Kissy Kissy items are made from Peruvian Pima cotton, which is extremely durable, soft to the touch, and gives off a slight luster in appearance.

The thing I love about Kissy Kissy, especially for babies, is the timeless styles, prints, and colors of their collection. Soft neutrals, light pastels, and subtle prints of florals, nautical, and animals, make their items ideal for our precious new additions. Kissy Kissy pieces are great for every day, as well as special occasions such as "coming home from the hospital", baptisms, and christenings.

Here is a picture of Stella just one month old wearing one of my favorite baby outfits, a white knit two piece set from Kissy Kissy.

Here is Stella today at 21 months, wearing another Kissy Kissy piece. This sweet Peter Pan collared dress has a beautiful cut, and of course is so incredibly soft. As you can see the line is sweet, timeless, and a favorite for newborns to toddlers.

So here is the exciting news!! Kissy Kissy is offering one of YOU a chance to win an outfit from Kissy Kissy valued at AT LEAST $50! We will be able to accommodate sizes Preemie to 24 months for the giveaway. Here's how to enter:

Like Kissy Kissy on FACEBOOK
Click on Kissy Kissy's Spring collection Facebook Album and comment on MY blog below which is your favorite item. Kissy Kissy SPRING '14 FACEBOOK ALBUM
For an additional entry follow Kissy Kissy on INSTAGRAM

Here is just a few of the adorable pieces you can find in their Spring '14 Collection.

Winner of the a giveaway chosen next Wednesday June 4th!! 
Good luck! 

Yours truly,

Birds of a Feather

Summer vacation is almost here, and we are dreaming of a tropical place. Somewhere the sun shines, the palm trees sway, and gorgeous colorful birds sing. Parrots, Toucans, and Cockatoos are just a few of the beloved birds you might find on your tropical oasis getaway, and in today's fashion round up. Even if you aren't headed to some paradise island, there is a fun trend this summer you and your little can enjoy that may take an afternoon in your backyard feel like an enchanted tiki room. From a cockatoo embellished romper for your little ladies, and toucan printed leggings for your boys, these birds of a feather will bring island sunshine to your summer days. Even mom can get in on the fun with these pink parrot printed sandals. Now just head to the backyard with some pineapple drinks, topped with paper umbrellas, and you have made your tropical daydream come true, whether you are in a big  city or a farm down south. 

1) Mini Rodini | 2. Zara | 3. Popup Shop | 4. Little Magic Pieces | 
5. Little Marc Jacobs | 6. Mini Boden | 7. (For Mom) Jeffrey Campbell | 
8. Gap Kids | 9. Gap Kids | 10. Marni | 11. Spring Originals

May your tropical daydreams come true! 

Yours truly,

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Gingham Goodness by Wren and James

I ordered Stella this little gingham pinafore from Wren and James a few months ago on their release date of their SS14 collection. The second I saw it, I knew Stella just had to have it. The red gingham pattern, ruffle sleeves, and sweet wooden buttons, make this dress the perfect summer dress. This was just one of the gorgeous pieces from the Wren and James line. This gingham pattern can also be found on a Peter Pan collared blouse and bloomers in their collection. We spent our Memorial Day afternoon at the farmers market in LA, so this was the perfect dress for the occasion. I found the sweetest little hat at Target to pair with the dress that she insisted on wearing the entire day. Even when we went to sleep she insisted on wearing it.

This was the first piece we have purchased from Wren and James, and we are officially super fans. It is so incredibly made, and easy for Stella to run and play in. Wren and James is a small business owned and designed by Kiley Draper. Everything from her shop is handmade by Kiley, inspired by vintage silhouettes, using simplified modern lines and bold fabric combinations. When designing the Spring collection Kiley was looking at an old childhood photograph of her mom in a pinafore dress. "It just reminded me of summer."

I had a chance to ask the designer, Kiley, a little bit about her line. Here is what she had to say.

What kick started your company Wren and James?

"This little company of mine has been a long time coming (even if I didn't always know it). I've always had an interest in fashion design (anything to do with fabrics or different textiles) ever since I was a little girl. I even moved to New York City at 19 to study fashion design. I ultimately made the decision to come home and change my major to nursing (something more "practical" by my mom's standards ). But it never felt quite right to me and I could never really get excited about nursing. After years of second guessing myself, I decided to give fashion design another try -- this time, as a new mom.I had sewn a few outfits for my daughter, Mazie and myself just for kicks - nothing consistent- but I think I can say it really all began when I made Mazie's first Halloween/Birthday costume (* an oompa loompa for her Willy Wonka themed birthday party on Halloween). Something about making that outfit made me realize "Hey, I can do this!" and I started thinking of ideas for a children's clothing line -- something Mazie could wear. And I've been sewing ever since (seriously, I'm turning into part sewing machine)."

What's the story behind your company name Wren & James?

The name " Wren & James" came from a discussion with my husband. I knew that ultimately, I wanted to design more than just children's clothes, so I didn't want a name that sounded too....cute, but one that would still work for a kid's line. My husband suggested we use my middle name, Wren, paired with his middle name, James (* my husband is also a designer and  we plan to expand this brand into more than just clothing design. Such as starting our own blog about design....). Anyway, "Wren & James" had a nice ring to it and a nice look to it, so we just went with it. 

If you could pick your favorite item you ever designed what would it be?

"Goodness! I wish I could just say "this piece with the such and such is my favorite because....", but honestly-- it's really difficult for me to choose a single piece. There are different ideas I want to evoke in each of my designs. By popular demand, one of my original Peter Pan collar tops has become a regular part of my line -- in many ways, that original top has become a style template for the rest of my line -- it informs the direction of my other designs to some extent. It's important to me that my line 'agrees with itself' without becoming 'static' or predictable. I've grown so much as a designer since starting this business, I'm excited to continue innovating and expanding with my designs (whew, was that answer long enough for ya?) . Put simply: my best designs are still to come...." 

Here is an example of what the iconic Wren and James Peter Pan collar blouse looks. this gorgeous seafoam color is part of their spring/ summer collection. 

(Photo Source: Wren and James) 

If you had one day to do whatever it is you wanted to do (sky is the limit here) What would you do?

  • Sleep in (this is my day, not yours :)
  • Breakfast in bed (French toast, fruit, eggs, bacon, fresh squeezed OJ, the works....)
  • Warm sandy beach, a lounge chair, under a red umbrella, paperback novel in hand. 
  • A new experience - some kind of unplanned, unexpected adventure with my husband and Mazie.
  • Fancy restaurant at dinner (the kind of restaurant with food so good, you talk about it for hours after its eaten)
  • Sunset
  • Yoga AND a massage
  • Go to sleep knowing that I don't have to wake up at any particular time again:) 

Do you have any hints regarding your fall collection? 
"There will definitely be a change of colors; creams, greys, and blacks. I'm excited to see it all come together" 

Who's excited for fall!? I mean I know it's like 90 degrees, but she had me at grey and black!

  • Outfit Details:
    Dress Wren and James | Hat Target | Sandals Gap Kids

    This is one of those dresses that are so beyond special that I will hold onto. As Kiley says, "It's an heirloom piece" . 

    Check out the entire Wren and James collection here: Wren and James

    Thanks so much Kiley for giving us some background on your beautiful line. We are huge fans of your work!

    Yours Truly,

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Little Digs: Beck's Nursery

Never was there ever been a cooler newborn, than Beckham. Not only is his name shared with the coolest and most fashionable man in the world, but he has the chicest little digs I ever have seen. From a shag rug draped on his mother's rocking chair,  to a mobile made with feathers dipped in gold, to framed prints of the coolest music band whoever graced our radios, his nursery is the epitome of modern style. 

When designing Beck's room, his mom Ashley wanted to create a room that was crisp, clean, and modern, (not your typical baby room). She purchased one item at a time over the course of her pregnancy and it all came together so perfectly. Crisp white drapes, and a basket weave light fixture create an airy feel to the room, making it a relaxing retreat for those late night feedings. Beck even has a pillow to wake up to reminding him of his handsomeness! Check out where you can find the details to Beck's room in the links below. 

This mobile was a DIY creation by Beck's mom, Ashley. She used fishing wire, that she attached these gorgeous gold dipped feathers to, and hung them from branches. You can do this sweet little DIY by purchasing the branches and feathers from Etsy

Vendor Credits: 
Rocker & Ottomon Ikea | Shag Rug Ikea | Tee Pee Sheets Little Foot Boutique | 
"Hey there handsome" Pillow Zana Products| Beatles Prints DIGI artisan | 
Name Banner Michiemay Paperie | Fox Stuffed Animal Layla Grace | 
Drapes and Curtain Rod Target | Basket weaved light fixture | 

Thank you so much Ashley for sharing your son's dreamy nursery with us! When Ashley isn't designing stunning nurseries, and tending to her handsome new baby Beck, she works as a make up artist based out of Louisiana. You simply must check out her work if you are a beauty lover like myself,

That's it for today's edition of Little Digs! 

Yours Truly,

Monday, May 26, 2014

Party Planning: Stella's 2nd Birthday

I can't even believe that Stella is going to be two in 3 months!! Seriously where does the time go? To celebrate this year we are going to do a party at the park, but I am going to transform our little section to resemble Disneyland, Stellas favorite place in the whole wide world! We got passes when Stella was just six months old, and have been going at least once a month. Seeing her face light up at Disneyland, and her love for all the characters absolutely melts my heart. When deciding on a theme for her 2nd Birthday, there was no question, it has to be Disneyland themed.

Here is a little sneak of what we have so far!

I have always loved planning parties, but I must say planning a kids birthday party is absolutely the most fun, and the most rewarding. I can't wait to see Stellas face light up for her 2nd Birthday. Here are a few photos of our trips at Disneyland. As you can see, I really get into our trips, and love to style her in different character looks every time we go. Seeing her love for Disneyland has been so much fun.

What do you guys think so far? I think we are on our way to achieving the Happiest Place on earth! Now to start thinking of games!

Yours truly,

Friday, May 23, 2014

All American Boy

Today's all about those good ole' American BOYS. I'm guilty as charged of posting a lot of style boards and shopping tips for girls. Having a daughter, my mind just automatically goes to girls, so I'm making it up today! I actually adore little boys clothes, and since they need some cool duds for the upcoming holidays, I have featured some of my favorite star spangled styles. I think it's so fun dressing our littles for the holidays. Kids love getting festive, not to mention how perfect those pictures of your boys holding a sparkler wearing a star printed tee will turn out. With Memorial weekend upon us, you can even score some great deals on some of these styles.

Whether you are hitting the beach, attending a backyard BBQ, or spending time with friends and family poolside this Memorial Day and Fourth of July, this round up has something for everyone.

1. Flag Tee (Gap Kids)   2. Swim Trunks (Crazy 8)    3. Hat (Target)
4. Star Tee (Mini Boden)   5. Plaid Shorts (Old Navy)  6. Sunglasses (Gymboree)
7. Sneakers (Vans)   8. Independence Tee (Peek Kids)
9. Denim Shorts (Gap Kids)  10. Striped Tank (Volcom)

I hope you all have a great holiday weekend! 

Yours Truly,

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Little Celebrations: Neverland Party

Meet Katie!!! She recently turned five years old, and had the most amazing Neverland Themed Party to celebrate, thrown by her creative, and fantastically talented mom Amy. Peter Pan is Katie's favorite movie, so when deciding on the theme there was no question. Katie and her little brother dressed as Neverland's finest Tinkerbell and a Peter Pan. Kids invited to the party got in on the fun dressing up as their favorite Neverland characters.

From the food, games, crafts, and decor not one detail was left out. A Tinkerbell cake, Neverland icon cupcakes and cake pops, gummy gators, and doughnut "cannon balls" were just some of the sweet touches added to the fun. Center pieces were large mason jars filled with sand, gold deblumes, and shells. Napkins were folded to resemble Peter Pans hat, and favors for the guests were green and white checkered favor bags filled with pirate loot, candy, and an alligator clicker toy. Each bag was tied with a personalized "thank you", and sealed with a red feather and a clothespin.

If you are thinking of having a Peter Pan or Neverland party look no further than Katie's 5th Birthday Party for inspiration.

The center of the party was this awesome directional sign, pointing the kids to different areas of the party. The kids at the party could be Indian Braves at the Indian Camp, swim with the mermaids in Mermaid Lagoon, play at the Lost Boys Hideout, and craft at Pixie Hollow.

When entering Indian Camp there were feather headpieces for the kids to wear so they could feel like they were one of Big Chief's tribe. Amy purchased this beautiful tent from Pottery Barn Kids, that she decorated with strands of feathers. She used burch wood for the firewood, and cut pieces of red and yellow felt to make it look like fire. The logs were gathered from Arbor Works Tree Services in Tallahassee, Fl. Amy then cu paper feathers and tied them to strings to wrap around each of the logs. If I had to choose this would definitely be my favorite scene from the party! It is absolute perfection!

Mermaid lagoon was sprinkled with shells , and there were two galvanized tubs filled with sand and buried treasure. Two cut outs were placed in this section so kids could put their face in the hole of their favorite Neverland characters for a photo pop. 

The Lost Boys hideout was a play area decorated with fishing net, shells, pirate ship cleats, keys, a parrot, Tink's door, homemade cannon balls, wooden crates, and treasure chests. Kids played with hooks and pirate hats, and vowed to Never Grow Up!

The show stopper was definitely this cardboard ship Amy and her husband put up together in their back yard. This ship was 16 x 16,  and definitely a two man job. They finished off the ship area, with an adorable walk the plank balance board. What a fun idea to add to this Neverland Party! I can see there was a lot of sweat and hard work out put into the party, but it definitely paid off!! Is this not the coolest? 

There was no shortage of fun games and crafts at the party. "Pixie Hollow" was the crafting area. Kids could choose to paint a fairy house, make pixie dust, leave a message in a bottle, or design a treasure chest.  For the fairy house craft kids were each given a wooden house, that they could embellish and paint with wooden paint markers, stickers, and butterfly shaped confetti. When creating pixie dust kids mixed colored sand, glitter, and metallic confetti. They would pour their mixture into a plastic "pixie container" adorned with a Pom Pom and a green leaf. For the message in a bottle craft Kids took maps, sand, seashells, and rocks and stuffed them in plastic bottles topped off with a cork top. 

For gamesAmy created a "Captain Hook's Ring Toss", a treasure hunt which included 10 clues to actual treasure, and a good old fashioned piñata, shaped like the Tick Tock Croc. When designing the ring toss Amy Amy took hooks and sprays intend them, giving them a silver metallic texture. Each hook was glued a piece of ply wood, and decorated with red and gold yarn. When kids hooked a ring, they got a prize! One of the prizes included handmade starfish hair clips.Amy literally thought of every detail. I feel like I am in Neverland just looking at the photos. I could only I,shine what a dream this party was to Katie, and all her friends that came. 

Vendor Credits: 
Photography Jennifer Powell Photography | Wooden Direction Sign The Trashy Side
Thank You Tags, Invitations, Signs, Food Labels Southern Belle's Charm 
Cardboard Pirate Ship Stumps Party Supply |  Tee Pee Pottery Barn Kids

Thank You Amy for sharing this ah-mazing party you threw for your daughter. Thank you to her friend Cheney for nominating her for this feature.  I can tell Katie is a very lucky girl!! Can I just fly you all out to CA so you can do all the crafting for my daughters next party?? Seriously, a jaw dropping soirée. 

Yours Truly,