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.
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!
this heights hating boy waited patiently for the little ones to get off the ferris wheel.
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:
2. i can die now. this weekender is everything.
3. well, you know, ruby lives in these dresses mexican 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
11. batman onesie (just in time for halloween!!)
12. camo harem pants /
Reader, Hannah, asked me this:
my daughter just outgrew all her adorable printed leggings and I bought her 12 (I have a problem!) new pairs. But she’s not a preschooler anymore and I don’t know if I should let her go to school in just leggings and a T. What should she wear with the leggings?
My Answer: As you know we love leggings around here. I like to balance the silhouette of the tight legging with a loose fitting, longer shirt on top. We look for hi-low shirts or layering options. If I still want to use a tighter top, I might layer it with a chambray button up, a fur vest, or chunky cardigan on top. Hope that helps! here are some of our favorite hi-low and loose fit shirts we are digging this season:
horse shirt / kitty face shirt / zip side shirt / teal hi-low shirt for kids / ruffle bottom hi-low / red stripe hi low tee for toddlers to big girls / butterfly sequin shirt / embroidered tee / Don’t forget to check the boys section: chambray button up / fur vest / sweater vest tank / toddler denim vest / denim vest 3-14 / chunky cardigan
about a year ago i went to this bbq filled with my hus’ friends from high school. this babe and i locked eyes from across the room and she said to me, “i feel like we need to be friends because i love your shoes.” or something like that, right Ali? fast forward to this year. we have become friends. really good friends. i mean she even drops off bundles of sage on my front porch and tells me when the moon is right for cleansing my house.
the more i know her, the more i love her. she is super modest and RARELY talks about her career before she became a mommy and the co-creator of the completely irreverent and uber authentic blog Lil Mamas, but she is kind of a big deal. no i am not kidding. she was a professional singer, actress and danced all over Broadway and I have to say it because it is like my favorite thing, she was Curly Sue in the movie. did you love that movie like i did as a kid?
Now we know those hardworking, creative types can’t be stopped. Since having her two adorable, children, Mason and Aria, Alisan has recently launched her own etsy shop, Aria’s Arrows filled with headbands for baby.
I have loved founding another kindred etsy shopping soul so we thought it would be fun to share the etsy shops we are crushing on right now…
and ruby is so smitten with baby aria she cries at least once a week about not having a baby sister AND every where we go she is grabbing clothes and toys for the girl and saying “mom, aria needs this.” can you blame little miss ruby? look at those cheeks.
on baby aria:
Brown Sugar Beach- fresh prints, harem shorts, pants and rompers
Indie Nook – smart graphic tees and cutest shortie shorts
Sweet Kiddo Co. – super soft leggings and comfy headbands
Thief and Bandit - fun twists on everyday kid style
Little Four – peasant dresses in the cutest aztec patterns
Feather 4 Arrow – fresh graphic tees
Cauliflower Kids – truly beautiful one of kind pieces
Lou and Lee Bows – vintage fabric and leather bows
Caged Bird Blog – adorable bracelet with tassels
Bedtime Rebel - mocs at a great price
Young at Heart - crop tops and turban headbands
and behind the scenes we had this peanut gallery behind us
as i am sure you can guess, i get my jollies off of back to school shopping. it is a whole process and science for me and today, i am bringing it to you. get ready. this is a big one.
for the next two weeks i will be bringing you everything you need to know for back to school, from hair tutorials to family themes to back packs to CLOTHES, of course.
and miss james is pumped. i mean she even did a toe touch. after we talked about how she should react if people wrongly accuse her of being out in Four Square (see her worried face in the first pictures? this is when she told me about her four square dilemma). we ended in toe touches sooo problem solved?
ruby: tank/ sweater vest/ shorties/ backpack / sandals (old from zara but similar here and NO she cannot wear these two school but loves to slip them on for aerial dance and these slides are pretty adorable too)
This year, i decided to break up our back to school picks by the brands we love. Today, we are talking about our tried and true retail stores that we know and love. Tomorrow will be some of our favorite etsy and indy designers.
here is my back to school shopping process… use it, pin it.
First up CREWCUTS… we love crew cuts for can’t be beat quality and their perfect ability to mix trends with classics that stay away from hoochieville while keeping a funky and sophisticated spin. Crewcuts gets the best color ways of shoes, so we ALWAYS check here first to get the most unique shoes. For boys, we also love their dapper spin on dresswear (but that is for another post) and the best henleys around,
Crew Cuts boys:
Peek Kids has quickly become one of Ruby’s favorite brands. Their embroidered tops have a great boho vibe and their shorts always have perfectly on trend patterns that are not too short in length and wash like a dream.
fedora/ black shorts/ moto boots (a must must! they will wear them everyday with shorts, skirts and jeans) / collar shirt / short sleeve sweatshirt / indigo hoodie / denim shirt/ green slub harem pants / gray moto pants
Gap Kids Boys: until the day i die i will love brown cords for myself and my babies. i had the best vintage levi pair in high school that i still dream about. they eventually ripped right up the booty from all my wear and tear but i will say i have never been so in love then i was with those pants.
1. chambray shirt 2. cords (we also love these cut into shorts) 3. camo shorts 4. chukka brown boots ( not sure we would wear these to school but they are just so good for church, parties, and fancy dinners & weddings)
Last but oh so not least ZARA kids: