Get ready for SCHOOL PICTURE DAY!!

school picture day. the dreaded and the beloved. this is what i will say today. if you can get your boys to wear a collar shirt then congratulations you are a lucky one. I am a lucky one. Myes is on a major collar shirt kick right now and i am sopping up every moment. Our favorite picks for boys this year are henleys and baseball tees in California because they have an interesting texture and frame the face without layers. layers always look good in photos (see how layer crazy i went here, getting ready for family photos? check out my 9 tips for avoiding the family picture meltdown here). layers do not look good in photos IF you live in Southern California and it is still 95 degrees outside. if i sent my boys to school with any type of layer one of two things would happen.

1. they would take the layer off and when i received the school pictures they would be in a sleazy white undershirt that is supposed to be white but is some 50 shades of gray… (gross on both levels, i know, but i had to).

2. they would be red and sweaty from keeping the layers on, per my threatening, and that is not a good look.

Now you know from this post that i am not all about classics for pictures. we take so many pics of our kids nowadays that the one classic/timeless photo no longer exsists. think about it like you are documenting an era and a moment in time, not trying to make this picture last for 20 years. let them wear the latest trend. you will laugh yourself to tears in years to come. its amazing.

6 fresh ways to improve the school picture

 

so here are my 6 tips for improving the school picture.

1. layer lightly if weather permits (cardigans, vests for short hair note how ruby’s long hair kind of blends with the fur? get a contrasting color fur, flannels etc.)

2. wear texture (think knits, heathered gray, fur, denim)

3. embellishments around the neck for girls frame the face and keep it fun.

4. send them with chapstick to put on right before the picture.

5. flannels, collar shirts, henleys and baseball tees add just enough interest for boys

6. play with hairstyles in the weeks leading up to school pictures. do clips or headbands look good? braids? side part or middle? do they need a little trim? this photo shoot showed us that the boys need a little cleaning up.wear crewcuts embellished tunic for family pictures what to wear for school pictures embroidered tops improving the school pictures portrait

soft waves and side part hairstyle for kids for picture day

click on item description to purchase:

on myes: chambray shirt / baseball tee similar here and we love this baseball tee too

on ello: collar stripe shirt, we also love this one

on ruby: stripe swing shirt / embroidered tank / embellished tunic (no longer available but I LOVE this one) / sandals old from zara / fur vest / black dress

fur stool $54

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parenting stuff…workin hard for her money with chore punch cards

ruby spotted these leather boots during back to school shopping and got all “i have to have those boots or i will die” on me. they are spency and i wasn’t wowed by them, so i told her if she saved for half, which i knew would never happen or maybe it would and by the grace of God  the boots would be on sale by the time she saved enough. i was hopeful that the boots would be forgotten and we could move on. she hasn’t.

we have tried charts through the years, and they work for a while but then their novelty fades and they are forgotten. which is fine. we are always trying and i think that is what is important but i recently found these fun little punch cards from thirty handmade days. Mique is a digital genius and i love her blog because she has great ideas but then makes all the digital goods for you so you just print and go and get all the credit.  i knew my kids would get behind a punch chart because it is freaking easy!! yay! we printed the simple punch charts with no labels or assignments listed on them. this way i can tell them to punch a hole for good behavior, a completed chore, doing homework with a good attitude or serving someone else, whatever i feel like working on that day.

we have been changing what they can earn money for each week. this week it is for a clean room before bed and before school.  if they fight or do something unkind they lose fifty cents of that allowance. this is aside from the their regular daily chores. it has given miss ruby a great chance to sort, count, record and be responsible for her money.

allowance for kids working for her money helping kids save money

 

 

shirt/ shorts from the gap

The perfect punch card to teach kids responisibilitygo here to print these amazing cards by the amazing thirty handmade days

girl style… black leather moto jacket for little girls

if you buy one piece for your daughter this fall PLEASE let it be this black leather moto jacket from the gap. on sale right now for $47 and worth each and every copper head.

pair it with her favorite boho dresses or striped tees,  boyfriend jeans and sneaks.

black leather moto jacket for girls

gap leather moto jacket

ruby tuesdays… pajama time

what would a summer be with a trampoline without trying to sleep out on said trampoline at least once? useless. the kids got all fancy with their blankets and snacks and harry potter book 1 that we have been nursing for a year now, looking for a night full of fun sleeping under the stars. hus and i knew this would never come to fruition so once we had them all settled in we went inside to watch our trashy reality tv and wait for the first child to give up. five minutes later ruby came in. she heard zombies. ten minutes later the boys followed. but at least they looked all idealic and amazing snuggled under the covers in their gorgeous pj’s from amiki. they are the prettiest little pj’s. you are gonna wanna pin these for holiday time. classic, vintage inspired and so beautiful.

beautiful classic pajamas for little kids

pajamas for little girls cutest pajamas for little girls

trampoline sleepovers

ello pajamas pajamas for kids and backyard sleepovers

back to school preschool style with hatched baby and a discount code!!

one last hoorah before school starts at the santa monica pier.
Santa Monica Pier 2 Malibu Pier 1

santa monica pier 4

this sneaky little devil stood on his tiptoes to try to make the rides since he was denied access by the carni folks last week at the fair.  i could die over this little face looking all innocent and this shirt. the shirt is brought to you by the amazing online shop for babies to toddlers, hatched baby. i had the best time shopping their site for back to school for this munchkin. hatched baby carries a whole bunch of our favorite brands and now they are offering my readers 15% off their next order until Wednesday so get crackin!

hatched baby clothing for kidssanta monica pier 12 santa monica pier 7 santa monica pier 8 santa monica pier 6 santa monica pier 10

this heights hating boy waited patiently for the little ones to get off the ferris wheel.

santa monica pier 11 santa monica pier 9

don’t forget those babies and preschoolers while you are getting ready for back to school. i am so so excited to offer you 15% off hatched baby online when you use the discount code bluecloset. LOVE this shop!! here are my favorite picks:

ello: shirt c/o hatched baby / shorts / shoes

 

cutest baby clothes from hatched baby

1. cleobella  tan  tote

2. i can die now. this weekender is everything.

3. well, you know, ruby lives in these dresses mexican floral dress

4.  pink floral dress

5. warrior tank

6. could you die? get this swimmer for next year! such a good deal right now by mini rodini

7. too fast tee

8. pink floyd tee

9.  pretzel onesie 

10. i want this romper for every friend having a baby NOW! sailboat romper 

11. batman onesie (just in time for halloween!!)

12. camo harem pants /