bathing suits for and girls

i have a major weakness for bathing suits. my kids’ drawers are overflowing with them.  we are so excited the sun is back and need swimwear that can hold up to our constant adventures to the beach, pool, traveling and spraying each other on the trampoline with the hose (super safe and not at all white trash). we get plenty of use from our suits so it is important that they are good quality. we have found that our jcrew and billabong suits last the longest for girls while for boys we swear by rvca, volcom, billabong and oneill.

here are some of my faves this season…

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Bathing suits for little girls

1. tiger bikini/ tee top bikini /2. red fringe bikini 3. floral cut out one piece /4. ruby’s cut out one piece   5. blush vintage bikini /6. pom pom fringe suit / 7. sun and ocean one piece  8. tribal print one piece 9. gather top print one piece 10. strawberry print one piece /11. dolphin one piece/ 12. black and white stripe tankini 30% off right now / 13. gold metallic one piece 30% off right now /14.  floral and tribal mix print one piece /15. floral one piece take 40% off the sale price right now

esty round up with lil’ mamas

Hello!  So happy to have one of my favorite mamas on the blog today with our etsy round up for February! Ali Aut, over on the lil mamas blog has three of the sweetest little nuggets around, ages 11, 2 and 9 months. i am obsessed with them all. she writes for the sometimes hilarious, sometimes edgy and always unexpected blog, Lil Mamas.  Ali and i share a similar love for all things etsy, handmade and vintage. we can talk for hours about it, so today we are. Here are our favorite etsy finds of the moment. Shop on mamas!

Etsy Round Up February

1. ivory linen baby baptism or blessing dress by chasing mini: with a little girl on the way i can start thinking about really special baby clothes again and this dress is at the top of my list for her blessing.

2. kimonos for little girls by Busy Spinning Thread: i mean if this darling pic doesn’t just kill you the kimonos will.

3.hand carved cow skull by AureusArts: i love the skull trend just as much as the next girl, but this hand carved skull is beautiful to the next level. makes you want to run in the fields with a flower crown on my head.

4. this abstract art work by a handcrafted home: soothing and edgy and happy all at once.

5. Double crest wedding ring by artemer : i am not getting remarried, but if i was, this ring would be on my list.

Ali’s Picks:

LITTLE PRETTIES -There is something about layering bracelets that takes me back to 2nd grade. I had so many friendship bracelets on my wrists I’m sure my mother thought she would have to call the fire department to get them off! These petite baubles are just the right accessory to throw your little ones cuteness factor over the edge. Also, they have a clasp so you can easily remove them without calling 911. Sizes range from infant to adult size.

FAIRYFOLK -My obsession with this company is major. Their large cloud mobile makes me want to have 900 babies, put them in white whimsical clothes and have them floating about all of their beds. It’s just so yummy.

RACHELJOK- Our love of weaving continues with Rachel. I love her because she is constantly restocking her shop with new and innovative weaves. Really, something for everyone.

ADATINE -If you’re like me you can’t look at another stuffed animal. All I think when I look at them are dust and  ALLERGIES. However, not Adatine. This shop makes me so happy. A modern take on a classical must have for kids.

ANCHOREDEEP -Living for these rompers and trying to muster up enough courage to get one made in an adult size! Ya heard!?

ruby tuesdays.. twisted heart hair tutorial for kids

twisted heart hair tutorial for kids.

twisted heart valentines day hair tutorial for kids | the blue closet blog

Twisted heart hair tutorial for kids | kids hairstyles | kids hair tutorial

my hairdresser sent me a similar picture to this hair style and insisted i do a “how to” on this look for valentines day. it might be a little dippy, but if you can’ t be dippy on Vday when can you be dippy?

1. we started by spritzing ruby’s hair with a styling spray and some texturizing spay to help hold the curl and make it slightly more boho. we used this surf spray from target.

2 & 3. we curled all of ruby’s hair with a curling iron, curling away from her face and leaving about 2 inches of the ends straight.

4 & 5.  next, make two small ponytails and secure with clear elastics. the trick to this is to get the ponytails close together. we tried this several times until we got the distance just right, i say about two inches apart should do the trick.

6. now, twist each bunch of hair until it curls up and outward, forming half a heart.

7. secure hair with three bobby pins. one right where the twist connects with the elastic. one at the arch of the heart. connect the two half hearts with an elastic and bobby pin where it forms a cute full heart. we considered adding a cute small bow here as well. in full disclosure we only had a pink clear elastic so i photoshopped it out but use a clear one and secure with a bobby pin and it will look great:)

5. spray with lots of hairspray.  we like the look of texture and beachiness to the hearts so we poked and fluffled the heart to create more texture and interest.

and just because…

little girls valentines day hair tutorial |the blue closet blog

 gap kids shirt $26/ target skirt $14.99/ converse shoes $35

ruby tuesdays, fringe all day

ruby tuesday is la la loooving this tank by rowdy sprout from hatched baby. as soon as we saw it ruby gasped. literally. you know how she feels about her fringe. all fringe, all day er’day. the vibe of this hits every note for her juuust right.

you have to check out hatched baby. the shop has one of the most well curated selections of baby to 6T clothing on the web. all the brands you don’t know you will love, but you will, all in one place.
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and remember when i told you about these magnetic picasso tiles for a holiday gift? pricey but so worth it. ruby and ello play with them every single day and myes loves to jump in on the action too.

here are our picks for ello from hatched baby (minus the vans)…

toddler boy fashion from hatched baby

skate shirt / camper tee / harem pants / shoes

 

ruby tuesdays… slouchy beanies and the sweater girl

a funny thing happened this holiday week. as i lifted my head from the fog that accompanies a week of chronic migraines I find my little rubes dawning a new slouchy beanie.  she ran out the door to go camping with her daddy and brothers and although she left the dust and dirt behind she returned home with the beanie glued to her little head. on the third day she came to give me kisses before she went off to play in the backyard with yet another beanie on. she had been collected them all over the house because some were mine, some were her brothers.

i asked her to sit with me to go over some things she wanted for christmas. as we made her list and began to address the “something to wear” part of the conversation i told her how much i loved her new look and how cute the little hats were on her with her wild braids hanging down the sides.

a girl and her day old braids

i pulled up some of our favorite sites and she approved and denied several articles of clothing until i got to her favorite store, zara. i scrolled through the sweatshirts and she hemmed and hawed. i said, “i thought you loved sweatshirts? don’t you? you love being comfy.” she responded “no no mom. you have me all wrong. i am much more of a sweater girl.” oh. well okay. i couldn’t help but to secretly smile the way moms do when you feel like you have won the style war and they don’t even know it. sweaters? yes please! i love sweaters.

i love how she put her own little twist on this big chunky sweater from gap with her slouchy beanie, oversized boyfriend tee and coated denim… along with her brothers hand me down sherpa boots from costco. a complete departure from the preppy plaid look she wore a few weeks ago.

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this is what she picked… click description for product link

holiday gift guide for the stylish little girl

leopard sweater $39 / striped furry sweater $39 / boyfriend jeans $39 / rubberized leggings $15 / gold and cream sequin skirt $15 / plaid shirt $24 / fringe boots $69 / sam edelman booties $64 / neff beanie $16