When it comes to Summer Dressing, the Tiny Dancers look adorable from the bows in their hair to the tips of their toes. Though some babies don’t even really need shoes, how can you resist buying shoes that are tiny and cute? You can’t!
Infant and Toddler girls have just as many options as their mamas. If they’re going to the beach they can wear jellies, if they’re going to a picnic they can wear espadrilles and if they’re seeing sights in the city they can wear a pair of metallic gladiator sandals. Whatever the occasion, there are so many adorable options to choose from. Department stores have lots of brands and silhouettes to choose from while one-stop-shops like Gymboree, Old Navy, Crazy 8, Janie & Jack and Baby Gap have lots of cute styles that coordinate with outfits. While perusing online I was really impressed with the selection that Old Navy had. There were tons of different styles and colors and for shoes that the Tiny Dancer will grow out of very quickly, they’re reasonably priced. Check out my favorite summer sandals for infant and toddler girls…
At the start of her career, Jeanne Lanvin created beautiful clothing for mothers and daughters alike. In fact, the original Lanvin emblem depicted a mother and daughter. Staying true to the brand’s heritage, Alber Elbaz will be designing a 25-piece line to re-introduce the brand into childrenswear.
The line will be for girls aged 4-10-years old and Elbaz is taking a ““superluxury approach.”Lanvin’s executive vice president Thierry Andretta explained: “It’s a way to translate the universe of Lanvin ready-to-wear to the world of kids.” (WWD, Lanvin Set to Roll Out Kids’ Line, 05.04.11). The children’s collection will include dresses, T-shirts, coats, sweaters and accessories and will be introduced along with the resort collection in June. Andretta stressed that “We really want to stay in the luxury world,” and Elbaz will be using ultraluxurious fabrics that are up to 10-times the cost of fabrics normally used for kids clothing (ie, the stuff my kid wears).
Distribution will be kept limited – to very fancy boutiques and department stores I imagine. I can guarantee that I won’t be able to afford this line, but I will be drooling over it! I can’t wait to see it!
A sketch by Jeanne Lanvin from 1929
Illustrations of Jeanne Lanvin designs
Illustration of Jeanne Lanvin designs by Paul Iribe
Left to Right: Illustration of Jeanne Lanvin designs, Jeanne Lanvin Emblem, Jeanne Lanvin emblem by Lalique
At Bugaboo we always aim for exciting unexpected collaborations. We feel privileged to be working with Missoni, this partnership combines excellence and innovation in stroller design combined with the unmistakable bright colour patterns of Missoni.
–Madeleen Klaasen, Bugaboo CMO
The Bugaboo + Missoni special collection features two tailored designs. A bright block print adorns the Bugaboo Cameleon sun canopy and bassinet apron, while vibrant zigzags decorate the Bugaboo Bee sun canopy.
Each collection is completed with a knitted Missoni blanket. The luxury knitted blanket features Missoni’s signature craftsmanship and quality. Angela Missoni, co-owner of Missoni S.p.A stated: “It was a great joy to work on this project. Children are so sensitive to colours and patterns. Working with Bugaboo has given me a unique opportunity to create a dream stroller that I hope will be enjoyed by children and will stimulate their senses.”
This is a gorgeous collaboration that makes perfect sense. I must say, I’m not the biggest fan of Missoni and this is my favorite product that they’ve put their mark on. The patterns just work. I love that they incorporate black with pops of bright, fun colors. The strollers are gender neutral and oh-so-fashionable. I can picture celebrity moms strolling down 5th Avenue with these Bugaboos. They will be sold at Neiman Marcus exclusively come July 2011.
One of my favorite t-shirt lines that features the graphics of contemporary artists, Blood Is The New Black, has started a new line just for the kiddos called Little Warrior. The new line features 6 unisex styles for babies and toddlers in a range of sizes from Newborn to 4T.
The line, designed as well as produced in Los Angeles only uses the softest of overdyed cotton blends for a broken in feel with colors that are subdued but still vibrant. The pieces in the collection reflects a fresh take on vintage inspired apparel, featuring details like dyed buttons, hand embroidered trim and faux draw-string details.
Little Warrior unisex styles range from baby french terry ponchos and rompers with Chimayo inspired graphics to tees and tanks featuring a variety of artwork by international artists. Designed by Maggie Fox with tees curated by artists selected by Mitra Khayyam the pieces for little men and women alike channel a laid back Southern California sensibility. Focusing on easy to wear pieces that will please fussy babies and fashionable parents all alike.
According to Mitra Khayyam she had “played with the idea of starting a children’s line for a while but found it important to work with a designer who had clear sense of style not typically seen in the industry.” She found this in Maggie Fox, co-owner of high-end vintage boutique Filth Mart. Her vast knowledge of vintage styles is clearly demonstrated in the Summer ’11 collection. The line also features basics such as leggings and tees bearing the artwork of 6 artists and designers.
Little Warrior will be available in stores as of May 15th and retails from $22 for a pair of athletic shorts to $74 for the embroidered romper. Little Warrior is sold at Clover (Los Angeles), Neu (Taiwan), Lull (Monaco), Babesta (New York City), and Little Bean (Dallas) as well as online atwww.littlewarriorkids.com.
I’m loving the silhouettes especially the romper and the capelet. Although they are based on vintage styles there’s something very fresh and new about the collection. The muted color palette and fun styles work perfectly for boys and girls without playing into the traditional pink and blue gender stereotypes. I can’t wait for the line to hit stores and for it to be available online!
We save our fun outfits for the weekends or when we go out – otherwise, we try to keep it comfy in the jammys or play clothing. We had just finished painting her room a darker shade of gray so we had gray on the brain – maybe that’s why the Tiny Dancer’s outfit ended up being in grayscale. She’s also getting bigger and more mobile and it’s increasingly difficult to take pictures of her so sorry they are not so crisp…
Top: Koala Kids gray smocked top
Pants: BabyGap black skinny jeans
Socks: Trumpette Too tromp l’oeil Mary Jane tights
Tiny Tillia is my third “baby”! It warms my heart to think about how I started with a few small bath and body products and now the brand is expanding into new categories such as clothing, bedding and toys that will offer parents fresh, affordable and quality choices for their babies and small children.
- Tiffany Lerman, Founder and Mompreneur
Tiny Tillia was founded by Tiffany Lerman when she couldn’t find baby products that she thought were cute or fun enough for her tastes and in her budget. Creating a collection of playthings, clothing, nursery gear and bath products for mom and baby was the first step in her journey. When Avon caught on to what she was doing, they brought Tiny Tillia into their family so they could help expand the line and make it available to moms and babies everywhere.
The Tiny Tillia collection is based around a set of quirky animals – each with their own personality. You can also create a full experience for your baby by creating a Tiny Tillia registry. I love that everything is so cute and so affordable. The prices for the pieces in the collection range from $5 to $120. Tiny Tillia is available exclusively through Avon Representatives. To locate an Avon Representative call 1-800-FOR-AVON or visit www.tinytilia.com.
When I found out I was having a baby one of the first design decisions I made was that I wanted chalkboard paint somewhere in the baby’s room. While that hasn’t happened yet – we decided to wait until she can actually use it – I did end up painting a wall in my foyer black. We opted for chalkboard paint because it’s a high traffic area and I figured it would be easy to clean. So far, so good – I love it!
If you’re more of a dry erase board person, it’s your lucky day. IdeaPaint lets you turn “anything you can paint into a high-performance dry-erase surface.” Awesome! The uses are pretty endless…home office, work office, kids room, garage – anywhere you want to jot stuff down. I love the idea of painting a kid’s table top as well.
IdeaPaint is has Greenguard Certification. It doesn’t contain any formaldehyde, ships in minimal packaging and does away with all the post-it notes and whiteboards.
Keith Haring by Bumkins – My latest purchase from Totsy – what a steal!
Flash sale websites are the new black. Everyday I go through tons of emails from flash sale sites looking to see what hot deals I can get. At first I was looking just for myself but it soon became a family affair. Some flash sale sites have popped up that focus exclusively on children’s products, while others feature children’s products once in a while. All of the sites require that you register and it’s free – there’s no secret handshake or anything (but when in doubt, the password is peanut butter). Either way, these are my top 10 favorite flash sale sites…drumroll please…in no particular order….
The past two weeks I’ve been a bit of a shopping maniac. With the change of seasons and the Tiny Dancer growing out of her clothing, I need to stock up on new pieces. Also, I noticed that if you want to but the stuff when you actually need it, more often than not the cute stuff is sold out – always in the tiny dancer’s (and my) size. It’s pretty hot in California and we’re going on our first family vacation at the end of summer so I need to make sure that the Tiny Dancer has some cute outfits – here are the fruits of my spring shopping labor…