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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ruby playing kick

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

 

falling into the gap…

falling into gap kids for fall…

rubes and ello in the bathroom


ruby in gap kids plaid skirt and fair isle cardigan and t strap flatsello in his bow tie and suspenders

ello and his long curls

the boys

what goodies did you scoop up from the gap friends and family sale this weekend? this is the time when i stock up on pants and pj’s for the kids… the things i hate paying full price for. Today things are STILL 30% off when you use the code HAPPY, so get there if you didn’t already.

Gap is having a Little House on the Praire moment and it is resulting in the sweetest little florals and coolest utilitarian shirts for boys at killer prices. ruby won’t wear these florals because she says “they don’t look like a hippie would wear them.” but they are adorable none the less and if i had another daughter i would be reliving my Little House on the Prairie dreams.

and should we talk about the collab with kate spade? i am especially loving the tablet covers for stocking stuffers.

On Ruby:

fair isle cardigan / plaid skirt / cream lace shirt - perfect for layering with juuuust enough lace to make it boho enough for missy james / t strap shoes - the  rad deal i found here: loved these over at jcrew for $128, but loved them even more at zara for $36 whoohoo been waiting for an affordable pair for quite some time.

On the Boys:

collar shirt / cords cardigansuspenders / bow tie

 

Stay and Co Relaunch!! They’re BACK!

there are some really great perks that come with blogging and my favorite, by far, is to connect with other creatives.  I met Megan over at Stay and Co through family and immediately knew she and i were speaking the same language. There is something that just makes sense when you meet a fellow creative and Megan and Kailee are some of the hardest working out there. OH and one more thing… they are local girls. All of their items are sourced in LA which makes me so so happy. Being fellow small business owners in the LA area the Hus and i know it aint’ easy to work in LA. you have to respect the hustle of these girls.

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Aside from all of that, their products are RAD and so well made. Soft, gorgeous and they always get their colors juuuust right.  I can’t wait to get my hands on the army green blanket for some friends who are expecting. From razor back dresses to drop crouch shorts I am loving their new line!

here are my top picks…

 

stay and co faves What do you think?

 

ruby tuesdays… peek at her new boho inspired girl’s room

this girl is at home in her new space. it makes me so happy to see her as she wanders around, moving things, organizing, reorganizing, drawing on her chalkboard door and catching up on her crystal and gems knowledge. i get all sappy and nostalgic thinking of my own little room growing up. although they were never fancy i LOVED being left alone to create and imagine. i am so excited for her to be making those memories now.

the room is STILL not totally done. The bathroom mirror is on back order, the company sent me curtain rods with no way brackets  to install them…twice, we ran out of bathroom tile and it just came back in stock, the vintage nightstands are not painted, her dreamcatchers are not all hung, the desk is yet to be ordered and on and on. blah blah blah. I tell you though, it is certainly motivating to finish the job when I see how much she loves the space.

here is a sneak peek of what IS done…

bathroom for little girls with teal painted vanity

little girl's palazzo pants Little Girls Room and bathroom palazzo pants for little girls

little girls room

palazzo pants  and shirt both from this Southern California store

stools / bed/ rug (navy is no longer available online but the teal and yellow are gorgeous) / heart pillow/ horse pillow (you can’t really see it here but i had lots of questions about it on my instagram so here is the link)/ sconces

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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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