a few months back i went to the Queen Bee Market and met some lovely vendors and craftswomen. It was great to put a face to a name. among the lovelies that i met was shelley with shelley bee originals. her skirts are playful with great pattern mixing and comfy. and i mean C.O.M.F.Y. i generally have to do a little digging to find the perfect, not too girly, not too boring mix of patterns for ruby and my little niece so i was so happy to find prints that they fell in love with. and a little girl in a pencil skirt? how darling is that?
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i have teamed up with the lovely girls over on lunch pails and lipstick to give you a leg up on your holiday shopping. i am sponsoring a $100 giveaway to crew cuts!
if you are a regular here, weeding through our closets, you know that crew cuts is one of our favorite brands. we want to make it one of your favorites too. so head on over to lunch pails and lipstick for a chance to win $100 to crewcuts! yay!
if you are new here, can i just say “welcome”! so glad you are stopping by. take a look around at some of our blue closet readers’ favorites, monday “rad deals” is a big deal and “ruby tuesdays” are also a favorite but be sure not to miss fridays when the blog is dedicated to mama’s style and beauty. we love to dig through the trenches of beauty madness and bring it to you real simple and straight forward. ruby is wearing one of our favorite sweatshirts from crew cuts, three ways. the second we sprung for this sweatshirt it has been hard to get her to take it off. literally, she has tried to wear it three days in a row. (i was able to squeeze one laundry day in before she swooped it up again) it is that perfect balance of sporty/comfy and special.
sweatshirt $66/ cord shorts $42.50 / glitter desert boots (old from crew cuts but similar here for $118 or old navy has a cute pair on sale for about $9.99 in their sale section) / sequin skirt (old hand me down but very similar here) / hat (borrowed from mama, anthropologie last year)/ leggings $32/ zara boots $59
1 this is the ultimate jacket i dream of my little girl wearing, except we live in southern california where i could not possibly justify this coat, however i think if you live somewhere that dips below 60 degrees this is a classic and i want to see pictures of your little girl in this. preferably with t-strap mary jane shoes, but thats just me./2/3/4/5/6/7 ruby’s faves/8/9/10/11/12/13/14/15/16 ruby lives and dies by crew cuts leggings. they take a beating and never fade, tear or get the dreaded baggy elephant knees. true staples in our house./17 this lightweight windbreaker is much more appropriate for our climate and at $55 it is even more darling./18
check back tomorrow for picks for the little fellas in your life.
and look here for great stocking stuffer ideas from crew cuts all under $20!
ahh, boots. can’t live without them right? we sure can’t around here. easy to put on, comfy and pull every outfit together with a snap. here are some of our favorites this season. whether studded, ankle booties, fringe or even cheetah print (something that can go wrong real quick is done so right with this pair by Sam Edelman). we have all the picks for you in every price range, and even some side by side comparisons.
1. Cole Haan riding boot $84 2. Tommy Hilfiger quilted boot $49 3. Steve Madden lace up boot $69.95 4. Target lace up boot $19.99 5. Sam Edelman cheetah ankle $65 6. Nine West fringe bootie (on sale $35.99) 7. UGG studded boot $139 8. Target stud boot $19.99 9. zara ankle wrap bootie $59.90 10. oxblood ankle boot h&m $24.95 11.Frye buckle boot $138 12. Gap buckle boot $49.90 (on sale right now 35% off)
ruby has begged and pleaded with us let her take violin lessons for months. this little miss has a tendency to get real excited about something and then want to quit three lessons, practices or tries in, so i waited to see if this violin phase would pass too until she was a little older. it didn’t. now you must know that i do not have a musical bone in my body. not one. when they say “pitchy” on American Idol i have no clue what they are talking about. i have never taken a lesson. never picked up an instrument. never sang my heart out in front of people. nothing.
however, we do have some major musical talent in my family. my father’s voice is unreal. he is too shy to share it often but some of my most vivid memories growing up are sitting at my dad’s feet and listening to him play the guitar. no formal training. he taught himself and can play anything by ear. he is kind of amazing like that.
As a mom we always want MORE for our kids thought, right? they are going to be braver and smarter and more talented then we ever were. once we established her true desire to play we figured out lessons for her and i mean, just the cuteness of this tiny violin is almost enough just to watch.
it is screechy and scratchy and kind of horrible. i think i now know what “pitchy” means but she loves it and she practices. literally practices… when she can stop with the shenanigans with her college student violin teacher, she is golden. and who knows? maybe we will have some musical bones in this family. i can only hope.
we have all seen this J.Crew horse sweater. i know you have seen it because it is sold out. it is sophisticated and whimsical all at once which is hard to do.
i knew miss ruby would love one so i decided to see how i could recreate it in pint size (it did not come in kids’ sizes).
i considered a couple different options, leather patches would be great but i have done lots of leather embellishments and wanted to try something i hadn’t done for a while. i also considered felt, so easy. i finally decided to stencil with metallic gold paint (shocker, me? metallic gold? i kid).
Sweater (I got mine in the boy’s uniform section from Target, the vest would also be adorable).
Stencil adhesive paper or freezer paper
Fine tip permanent marker
PREP (the part i always hate because i am too impatient)
Prewash and dry sweater.
Making the stencil.
There are a couple ways you can make the stencil. If you are lucky enough to have a Silhouette machine then you are on your way! You could also use freezer paper to make the stencil. It is very inexpensive and sold in the grocery store. I used Martha Stewart adhesive stencil paper and a hot cutting tool because that is what I had on hand.
1. I googled “horse silhouette” and found one that I like and had permission to download and use.
2. Next, measure the chest width of your sweater where you want the horses to be or you can kind of eye ball the approximate size.
3. Once you have decided on the size of the image open the image in photoshop and size the horses to fit on the chest of the sweater.
4. Cut the image out from the paper using fine scissors. I like these. Remember you are discarding the actual horses and using the negative space as the template for your stencil.
5. Now lay the negative image over your adhesive stencil or freezer paper.
6. Trace the horse outline with a thin point permanent maker. You can now set aside the paper the horse was printed on and have an outline of the horses on your stencil paper.
7. Tape down the stencil paper to your cutting surface. If you are using a hot cutting tool place a piece of glass beneath the stencil paper, I used one from an old picture frame. Using a cutting knife or a hot cutting tool follow the marker outline to cut out the horse image. Remove both of the horse cut outs.
LETS DO IT… (the good stuff)
8. Mix the paint with fabric medium. Craft paint mixed with a fabric medium will last longer, go on more smoothly and won’t crack. I used Martha Stewart fabric medium two parts paint to one part fabric medium.
9. Slip a magazine or piece of card stock inside the sweater to catch any paint that leaks through.
10. Peel apart the stencil paper to reveal the sticky backside and place the sticky side onto the sweater. Once the image is where you want it press the stencil down so it sticks to the sweater.
11. Now apply the paint. Do this in a dabbing motion, not rubbing or strokes, light dabs work best.
12. Let the paint dry then peel off the stencil.
13. Wait 24 hours and then heat set the paint.
i have a thing for army green right now. its everywhere and ever since i wore a camo shirt in the seventh grade, completely by accident, and the cute boy told me that i looked pretty in my camo green shirt i have considered it “my color”. i don’t wear a lot of color so i like to be able to stake claim on one color every once in a while and since Cute 7th Grade Boy told me it was mine i believe(d) him. thirteen year old boys are easily trusted ya know?
with that said these jackets are everywhere and luckily for all of us mamas out there that means you can find them in every price range. we got little miss rubes this one.
ruby tuesdays is my free spirit.
we spent saturday trying to surprise daddy at the finish line of his 100 mile bike race in santa barbara. we made a neon glittered poster (* note it was the only poster there, let alone martha stewart neon glitter poster so were newbies what?)
we sat on a blanket and ate a bunch of junk from, as ruby noted, ”the only 7-11 in the whole world without a bathroom.”
missy took my camera and clicked several pictures (the two below of ello and me, I will cherish forever). she had a skinned nose from the trampoline, a streak of hot pink sharpie on her chin from creating a fairy house right before rushing out the door and freshly undone braids from after her soccer game that morning. and her headband? lets just say she was the only person who was going to be adjusting that, thank you very much.
Welcome back to the blog! If you follow me on social media you know I was hacked and lost all access to my blog. Talk about frustrating. However, I took the time off as a chance to start rebranding, rethinking and refreshing my ideas. Please stay tuned as things may start to look a little different around here. I went through my followers questions and asked myself “what is it that you want to know?” I am always asking myself this, but now was a good time to take a closer look. One question I get a lot is ” where do I find the good stuff for less?”
Who doesn’t love a good deal? Actually, who doesn’t love a Rad Deal?
Each Monday, I will be posting an of the moment item and where you can find it at great prices! YAY!
and here is this week’s rad deals… combat boots!
*please note affiliate links were used in this post.
it has become the stamp of fashion bloggers across the globe. it is a trend we took and ran with. luckily for kids it plays right into what they want to wear already.
now…missy rubes. she is fearless and natural.
she fell in love with this target camo jacket for kids the moment she saw it. i loved the incorporation of the tribal print but the pink spikes made me pause… i still think the use of pink is a step too far outside of the “its already a camo jacket with tribal print and spikes isn’t that enough” zone and i have considered painting them gold myself, and i still might, but the rest is just what she wants.