this week has been filled with moments with my oldest i will cherish forever.
lying in his bed we chat about what is going down at school.
we did homework together. i kept telling him the wrong answer, not on purpose. not helpful.
turns out i may have done better in school if i read the directions more.
as i donned my fur vest to church this sunday he looked at me and said, “you are wearing the fur mom? really? its too much.” how can i not laugh and smile at that?
he read me stories. he does not love to read. he would much rather be out playing.
so we played. we went outside in this beautiful spring weather and he skated on his penny board. i took pictures. he liked that. he likes to see how he is doing on his ollies.
you can see how he earned his penny board in this post. he split his chin open last night trying to do wheelies on his baby brother’s tricycle. no stitches but its gonna be a mean scar.
scars are cool.
so happy to see tribal inspired fashion popping up for boys…feels like the girls had a jumpstart on the boys.
tribal looks are my picks for boys this spring and here are some of my faves…
my guys got their fancy pants on for easter. this year i knew i wanted a very traditional look for the boys. they wear so much rough and tough looking clothing that i wanted to just see the sweet, soft side of them.
the suits are perfect for spring and summer. weddings. father’s day. mother’s day.
my guys, they are best friends.
myes takes care of ello.
he tells him stories that melt my heart about adventures they go on and how they always come out the heroes.
if i was playing God seven years ago i would have created a different birth order for me. two boys and then a girl at the end. that seemed very perfect then. but i didn’t play God and instead my little guys were interrupted by the sweetness and craziness of their sister. maybe that disruption makes it easier for the boys to get along…
there is no competition, yet.
there is no fighting between them, yet.
instead ello thinks myes is the coolest and in return myes thinks ello is the sweetest.
several times a day ello will look up at me and say, “mom, where’s my myes?” sigh.
you can read more about myes here.
this little stinker wouldn’t crack those lips for anything. behind that little smirk is the cutest gap where his front teeth once lived. apparently it is not as endearing to him as it is to me.
this or that this week is all about spring break looks for less…or more. you decide which you like the best.
which would you splurge on and which would you save on?
ello and i hung around the house this last week. literally hung. and jumped. and roared. and even flew.
he is grumpy. always. and always hungry. the average breakfast for this boy would be a scrambled eggs, banana and peach yogurt. an hour later he will ask for another banana and yogurt.
i am not sure how he is so little. maybe it is all the jumping and flying around he does. regardless, he remains little. his shorts here are cinched all the way, size 2T.
i haven’t bought gap shorts for boys for a couple of years because they look like they need to be ironed when they are out of the wash and i am just not going to do that. the pockets always get a little wonky.
they had a great selection of colors this spring so i decided to give it another go.
i do however always love their v-necks. so the baby ello got a few of those. thanks friends and family.
perfect for runnin around the house. loose and comfy.
i have easter shoes for kids on my mind.
we live by ballet flats and leather sandals. luckily ruby is not quite ready to put her boots away just yet so i still have some time while i have been spilling over pages of shoes and checking out what is on trend for easter this year.
here is my round up of my favorite Easter inspired shoes in all price ranges…
and for tweens and teens i am loving the mix of hard and soft. studs and leather mixed with soft pastels and florals…
i hate to be repetitive but zara always seems to get it just right for this in between age. not too old and not too young.
so tell me, what are putting your kids in this year?
how to add a pocket to a tee…
so ello got a hole in his shirt. i was lucky because it was right on his chest. i decided to cover that baby up with a little leather…but you have to pronounce it leathaaaa…
it was so easy…like took me 10 minutes type easy.
here is the hole.. you know the kind. you have no idea how randomly they got there but yes indeed they ruin the shirt.
Step 1: i took one of his existing pocket tees and measured the size and placement of the pocket.
Step 2: cut out my pocket out of leather and snipped the edges to look like a traditional pocket.
Step 3: hot glued the backside of the leather, slightly inward from the outer edge so i could add stitching later and not have to sew through the glue.
Step 4: turn over the pocket adhere to t-shirt. allow to cool.
I think it looks great just like this but just to add a little something else i then took some embroidery floss and sewed a few x’s through the leather to secure the pocket to the shirt. and we are done!
Don’t think you have to have a hole to add a cool leather pocket to your kiddos clothes. try it just to freshen up an old plain tee.
do you still mend or do you throw the shirt out?
varsity jackets round up
if you, like me, were too busy catching up on classics like “Saved By the Bell” and “California Dreams” each saturday morning to be bothered with saturday morning soccer/softball/ tournaments and what nots, then you may find my next observation to be true.
michelle pfeiffer’s epic 1982 flick grease 2 launched the varsity jacket.
thus culminating in a huge trend…31 years later.
this fact rings especially true for those of us who would likely be found running around with our girlfriends rather then actually running around on a field/court where the varsity jacket could actually be earned. you couldn’t take your eyes off her shiny pinkness.
there were two amazing things about this saturday morning movie:
1. the way she ate ketchup with her burger (changed my life).
2. her pink satin “pink ladies” jacket paired with black skinnies.
so thank you michelle. i am sure thom browne could have been found years ago on a saturday morning watching miss pfieffer playing the impeccable stephanie zinone in all her finery and decided… varsity jackets in my next line.
pink splendid jacket $128 boys version here / zara white baby jacket $35 / zara gray baseball jacket $39.95/ h&m green baseball jacket $19.95 / target harajuku mini $28 / diamond co. black jacket $99 / ruca gray and black (sold out but similar here) / tan asos jacket $68
i like to think of the varsity jacket in the same way i think of my leather jacket, just more directional. below are all the items i would mix and match to create outfits that would take you from watching your kid’s game on saturday to brunch with the girls.
1. madewell jacket ($178) / 2.ankle boot $101 /3. polka dot shirt $43 / 4. black pencil skirt $118 similar here for $55 / 5.black satchel $2000 find similar here/ 6. denim shirt / 7. pink chiffon maxi $25 / 8. white boyfriend tee $17 / 9. leather current elliot boyfriend jeans $225, find similar here for $70 / 10. marni color block tote $1600, find similar here for $375, here for $268 and here for $168
this feature of “this or that” is about trends for boys.
i love looking at clothes of every price range. sometimes i splurge and do something expensive, but more often i hunt and hunt until i find something more affordable. you don’t have time to hunt? no worries i have done it for you. right now these are some of the trends i am after…realistic animal motifs, pullover hoodies, pullover hoodies and more pullover hoodies, spring colored oxfords, whale motifs and peeeeaach…
soft gallery rhino top / old navy wolf top / striped quicksilver hoodie / target gray sweatshirt / crew cuts oxford / target oxford / crew cuts whale shirt target whale top / old navy stripe tee / billabong stripe tee
the camo trend
a friend recently asked me, “how do you feel about the camo trend”?
so then i obsessed about it until i figured out just how i would do it. i would do this same outfit but swap out the denim shirt for this camo one.
i love how sincerely jules wears it here.
still thinking you can’t wear it? how about this little dose?
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