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Adorable Swimwear for the Little Ladies


We just finished planning our summer vacation so I’ve clearly got the beach on my brain. Swimwear for kids is so cute it’s hard to just pick one suit for your tiny dancers. As you can see below, I found quite a few trends for summer so I’m sure you’ll find one (or two, or three) bathing suits for girls that you love. And, because I love accessories, I included some coverups and jelly sandals for good measure. Which are your favorite?

bathing suits for girls Itsy Bitsy Bikinis! clockwise from left: Kate Mack, Old Navy, babyGap, babyGap, Janie and Jack

bathing suits for girls Ruffles! Clockwise from left: Cherokee, Kenzo, Mini Rodini, Juicy Couture, Carter’s

bathing suits for girls Stripes! Clockwise from left: crewcuts by J.Crew, Circo, Circo, Juicy Couture, crewcuts by J.Crew

bathing suits for girls Bows! Clockwise from left: Janie and Jack, Janie and Jack, Gymboree, Seafollycrewcuts by J.Crew

bathing suits for girls Polka Dots! Clockwise from left: Circo, Carter’s, Circo, Janie and Jack, babyGap

bathing suits for girls Characters! Clockwise from left: Disney Princess, Harajuku Mini, Dora the Explorer, Disney Princess, Old Navy

bathing suits for girls Nautical! Clockwise from left: Janie and Jack, crewcuts by J.Crew, Hello Kitty, Mini Rodini

bathing suits for girls Designer Suits! Clockwise from left: Dolce & Gabbana, Stella McCartney Kids, Gucci, Little Marc Jacobs, Roberto Cavalli

coverups for girls Cover Ups! Clockwise from left: Hello Kitty, Carter’s, Janie and Jack, Milly MinisJanie and Jack

jelly sandals for girls Jelly Sandals! Clockwise from left: babyGap, babyGap, Old Navy, babyGap, Old Navy, Hello Kitty

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Sponsored by HP & Intel: Add A Touch of Luxury To Your Life


To recognize the launch of the HP Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook™ powered by Intel® Core™ processors I was asked to write about adding a Touch of Luxury to our lives. As a mom I know first hand laziness that could set in when it comes to personal appearance when you have to worry about getting everyone else ready. I will admit, I drop off my tiny dancer to school in sweat pants. Not yoga pants, but grey fleece sweatpants. But I draw the line there. Any other time I leave the house I try to look put together. It only takes a few more minutes and makes me feel a lot better than when I look like a scrub.

When you take the time out to make yourself look good, it automatically translates to you feeling better about yourself. Not only that, but you’re setting a good example for your kids. Here are some quick ways to add a Touch of Luxury to your everyday style…

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Wear Perfume
This is probably the quickest way to add a Touch of Luxury but one of the most worthwhile. Scent is so intertwined with memory and emotion just a spritz of your favorite scent will make you smell lovely and lift your spirits.

Wear Clothing – Not Workout Wear
Aside from dropping off the little one at school – or when I’m actually on my way to or from the gym – I wear clothing in public. I don’t dress to the nines, but a pair of chinos and a collared-button up shirt are very comfortable and make you look put together in snap. It takes just as long to put on pants or jeans as it does to put on sweat pants.

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Put On Some Lipstick (0r lipgloss, or mascara…)
So you don’t have time to make yourself up completely? Then what’s the one thing that you rely on for a face pick me up? Lipstick? Mascara? Whatever it is for you – put it on. You will look and feel better. I personally don’t just use one item but I’ve gotten my casual, everyday makeup application down to less than five minutes and I don’t leave the house without makeup (except when I’m wearing sweat pants and dropping off the little one to school).

Use a Real Handbag Not a Diaper Bag
I don’t get the design of most diaper bags – just because your carrying baby products the bag does not need to scream “baby!”. We’re adults – you can use an adult bag. All you need is a large tote or a bag with lots of pockets. If you opt for a tote, be prepared to have small pouches so that you can keep similar items together. Whatever your preference, you don’t need to carry around a pink diaper bag. You can carry a women’s bag that happens to have diapers in it.

Keep Your Hair Long
I grew up on Long Island and all of the moms there – once they hit a certain age – chop off their hair and have men’s haircuts. I don’t know if it’s the water or what but I cannot comprehend this phenomenon. Whenever I see it I think, there’s another person that just gave up. Keep your hair! It doesn’t have to be to your waist – or even to your mid back – but please don’t get a men’s haircut. You don’t need to fully style your hair everyday. A good blowout lasts a couple of days and when in doubt you can opt for a chic bun or pony tail.

I hope these easy tips help you to add a Touch of Luxury to your busy lives!

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Spectre XT Touchsmart Ultrabook™ The HP + Intel + Project Runway Pin Your Style Contest

Want to participate? Pin a photo of the HP Spectre XT Touchsmart Ultrabook™ via the Pin It button on the Pin Your Style contest page. Then, build a board that represents that week’s theme. Check out the weekly Pinsetter images on the site for inspiration.

Submit your board’s URL into the site to enter. Then, share your board with friends to earn the most votes!

Win prizes like an HP Spectre XT Touchsmart Ultrabook™ and a gift card to bring your style to life by getting the top votes for your board.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Mirror, Mirror: Picture Day at School!


tiny dancer

Earlier this week was picture day at my daughter’s school – it was her first picture day every so we were both excited for the occasion. At first I was going to put a fancy dress on her but then I thought about it and since it’s a school picture I went with an outfit that was adorable but not overly dressy. Here’s what she wore from head to toe:

Headband: babyGap
Top: babyGap
Leggings: Old Navy
Shoes: Zara Kids

baby gap top

zara kids shoes

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Lulibox – Your First Week With Baby Made Easier


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Remember being pregnant with your first child? I do – I was clueless. I read as many books as I could and asked as many questions to the moms in my life. And if you went through the same process, then you know there are as many ways of doing things as there are people to ask. If you don’t have time to do a survey, research and analysis (and really, who does?) then it’s time for Lulibox.

Created by a busy new mom, the LuliBox contains 14 essential items needed for the first week of your newborn’s life and is shipped directly to your doorstep on a date you specify. The LuliBox contains items for dress, feeding, bathing, as well as special fitness and beauty product gifts for mommy, such as, among others, discount passes to Barry’s Bootcamp and Destination Maternity’s Edamame Spa, and Odacite organic skin care line 7-product skin care regimen.

lulibox

The box costs $99 and has items valued at almost $200 and makes a perfect baby shower gift. You can order yours online on Lulibox.com.

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New App: Cute Fruit Baby Growth Tracker


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Cute Fruit is the cutest, newest way to track your baby’s growth on your iPhone. The free iPhone app for expecting mothers compares an unborn baby’s relative size to that of a fruit. Cute Fruit features ridiculously cute illustrations that are easy to share with friends and family on Twitter or Facebook. What a great way to share you and your babies progress with friends and family.

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cute fruit app

cute fruit app

cute fruit app

You can download Cute Fruit now on the iTunes App store.

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Seersucker for Spring!


Trends come and go but some patterns and materials are classic and never go out of style. When I think about spring fashion, I can’t help but think of seersucker. And I’m not alone! Most of the kid’s clothing stores I shop at had some type of seersucker offering for the little ones. Here are some of my favorites…

red seersucker for toddlers Clockwise from left to right: Janie and Jack, Janie and Jack, Gymboree, Janie and Jack, Janie and Jack

blue seersucker for toddlers Clockwise from left to right: Janie and Jack, Janie and Jack, Crazy 8, Polo Ralph Lauren, Crazy 8

lavender seersucker for toddlers

Clockwise from left to right: Gymboree, Gymboree, crewcuts by J.Crew, crewcuts by J.Crew

peach seersucker for toddlersClockwise from left to right: All items Gymboree

pink seersucker for toddlersClockwise from left to right: Ralph Lauren, Florence Eiseman, Ralph Lauren, Hartstrngs all available at Saks Fifth Avenue

 

seersucker for toddlersClockwise from left to right: Ralph Lauren, Florence Eiseman, Hartstrings, crewcuts by J.Crew

 

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aden + anais Limited-Edition Hello Kitty® Collection


aden and anais Hello Kitty

Hello Kitty has announced a partnership with aden + anais, the baby and lifestyle brand renowned for its signature 100% cotton muslin products and paw-paw infused skin care line. The collaboration will pair a curated selection of aden + anais’ most coveted sleeping, feeding and bathing products with the distinctive style of Hello Kitty.

aden and anais Hello Kitty

“We are now seeing the Hello Kitty brand experience become generational,” said Jill Koch, Sr. Vice President of Brand Management and Marketing. “Moms that grew up with Hello Kitty will love our collaboration with aden + anais for their daughters. The collection blends the sweetness of Hello Kitty with aden + anais’ premier line of baby products.”

aden and anais Hello Kitty

“We are thrilled to partner with Sanrio on our co-branded line,” says Raegan Moya-Jones, CEO and co-founder of aden + anais. “By combining the practical luxury of aden + anais’ 100% cotton muslin products with the universal charm of Hello Kitty, we are able to deliver a whole new experience to families, everywhere.”

aden and anais Hello Kitty

The new aden + anais Hello Kitty limited-edition collection includes a swaddle 3-pack ($45.00), dream blanket™ ($55.00), snap bib 3-pack ($25.00) and hooded towel & washcloth set ($35.00). All of the products feature graphics of the global icon in signature aden + anais style. The packaging also features adorable Hello Kitty graphics.

I wish this collection came out when my Tiny Dancer was little! You can buy it now in select retailers who carry aden + anais, online at adenandanais.com, adenandanais.co.uk, adenandanais.co.jp, www.sanrio.com and select flagship Sanrio stores in the U.S. and Japan.

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Photo Print Trompe L’oeil Bedding from Snurk


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Cartoon characters and pink galore – that’s usually what you’ll find when it comes to girls’ bedding. Dutch company Snurk has taken trompe l’oeil to a new level with its realistic photographs printed on bedsheets. Snurk has bedding for with a Princess gown printed on a duvet cover along with a matching tiara on a pillowcase, so that when you’re little princess (or prince) decides to dose off to sleep they will be properly outfitted. Interested in going to the moon and being the next Dr. Sally Ride? Well, then there’s the Astronaut bedding with a space suit printed on it. Finally, for your little monkeys that are always jumping on the bed there’s the trampoline print. No matter what your kids are into, there will be something they like. You can purchase the bedding on Snurk.com.

astronaut bedding snurk

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Andy Warhol + Bugaboo “Flowers” and “Cars”


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Andy Warhol, the father of Pop Art, revolutionized how we see and experience art. His influence is still felt today and through the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts his artwork and legacy live on. The latest project to bring Andy Warhol’s work to life is with Bugaboo in a multi-year creative collaboration. In May 2013, we’ll see the release of two sets of accessories collections: “Flowers” and “Cars”.

Bugaboo always has great collaborations with designers but this is definitely one of my favorites. I only wish they weren’t so pricey so I could get one for my Tiny Dancer. If you could afford one of these babies, enjoy it!

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Sanrio and Blik Collaborate on Supercute Wall Graphics!


Hello Kitty x Blik Faces

Hello Kitty x Blik is the newest self-adhesive wall coverings collection from Blik, the innovative maker of surface graphics.   These Hello Kitty wall coverings are original, chic &  easy to apply.  Some of the wall graphics are decorative, while others have chalk board or dry erase surfaces.

Hello Kitty x Blik Hide and Seek

The Hello Kitty x Blik wall graphics are the cutest I have ever seen.  My only question is:  Where were these decals three years ago when I was decorating the Tiny Dancers’ nursery??

Hello Kitty x Blik Supercute

The collection will be available online Thursday, March 21st on WhatIsBlik.com.

Hello Kitty x Blik Wall Tiles

Hello Kitty x Blik Dry Erase Decal

Hello Kitty x Blik Chalkboard Decal

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