when i heard about the company juniorbeads, i was so intrigued. jewlery that is super safe for kids and since it is made of 100% silicone even my boys won’t break it.
they even have jewlery for moms that is safe for their babies to chew on. say what? not only are their necklaces great for a teething baby they have a break away clasp and the colors are worthy of any mama’s wardrobe. can’t tell you how many necklaces i have lost because i took them off in the middle of a drooly teething session with my bebes.
and the colors? oh the colors are so so good.
here she is headed out the door for school…as soon as she is done coloring. which is never. ever.
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ruby is easy. she doesn’t take much entertaining. she creates and imagines worlds all her own. and when it comes to the side of our house that very deep imagination comes in handy.
she and myes jimmy rigged a rope swing out of fireplace wood and thing rope .
they swing from it everyday.
they hold a lot of “kids meetings” that i am not invited to on the side of the house.
it is also the secret headquarters to their spy agency.
and their practices on the side yard often result in numerous scrapes and bruises.
i wonder if their friends are disappointed when ”you have to come see my clubhouse” results in a log swing, river rocks, a broken ikea chair and old beach towels.
i have been discovering my little love for weeks now off creating her own worlds.
outside or inside, in her room or under a fort.
she doesn’t care.
she floats around pretending, imagining and creating.
recently she began making fairy houses, inspired by this book we read together and was given to me by my grandmother.
after a friend’s tea party themed birthday she came home, put on this dodger shirt (from old navy boys department, sleeves and waist trimmed off), her favorite leggings (old from jcrew but similar here), the party hat and pearls and set to work.
love her so much it kind of hurts.
ruby tuesdays went to the farm this week in her $10 target tank top.
it was the most beautiful charming farm in Ojai CA.
it was gorgeous and i wanted to stay all day.
these two loves held chicks and bunnies.
the chicks proved to scare us all.
the bunnies were even fluffier then i imagined.
i saw this tank at target and knew the possibilities were endless. it has the sweetest little lace and ribbon detail on the neck and the flower print is flecked with neon. i can’t wait for all the print on print options to pair this with.
oh yes and then my little traveling buddy snagged this pic of me…this is how i do the farm
jcrew flannel (old)/ ac dc zara shirt (old) / krista hudson jeans / report boots (old)
this ruby tuesdays is an easter/ holiday / wedding hair tutorial: twisted crown / ballerina bun for little girls.
this year i wanted to do something special for ruby’s hair for easter. generally the little missy girl is the focal point of any family outfitting concept i may have. this easter she is taking a back seat to her brothers that got matching easter suits (more to come on those gems this week). since my entire “easter dress budget” was spent on the boys i had little left for my little love.
as you know from this hair tutorial, i am lacking in hair doing skills. again i called my dear friend brittney over for support and she came up with this simple, pretty, feminine style.
i love that this will look cuter and cuter as the day goes on. i love the idea of whispy pieces hanging out and the looseness of the twist.
we felt inspired by the popular period pieces (insert downton abbey and game of thrones) we have been watching on tv and are thinking sticking flowers in this look would just be amazing.
okay lets get started…
this is britney’s girl H. she has fine hair about to her shoulders. britney had just taken it out of two tight buns on top of her head so it happens to be wavy here. note, waviness is not needed for this look.
1. Part hair at desired part. Take a section that is about 1 inch by 3 inches.
2. Split into 2 even sections and then cross the piece closest to her face over back piece. No twisting needed.
3. Grab about a half inch section of hair from the hair line and add it to the current front piece (used to be back peice) and cross over back peice.
4. Continue adding hair to whichever section is closest to hair line and crossing over back piece past the ear.
5. Continue around the back of head, allowing more space from hair line and keeping the hair tight. Across the back of head the twist should sit just below the occipital bone.
6. When you reach the mid point in the back, twist the two sections aroud each other. (noting that you still do not need to twist before twisting.. sounds confusing but basically just keep it very simple)
7. Then secure with a rubber band close to the scalp temporarily.
8. Repeat the process starting on the other side.
9. When you get to the mid point in back twist the section as you did on the other side (#6).Then cross with the other side while twisting to keep it tight.
10. Secure with rubber band. (clear is preferable) this is a cute stopping point for a less formal day.
11. use traditional twist technique. Two sections of hair, twist both the same direction, then wrap them around one another in the opposite direction.
12. Then wrap this into a bun and secure with bobby pins.
here is ruby. her hair is pretty thick and hangs down to her waist. notice how we finish this differently then the bun. the hair wraps all the way around like a crown.
The technique for this one is very similar. You still start with two sections the same size, beginning at the part and adding hair in the same manner.
Because Ruby has so much hair and it is so long, she is a great candidate to continue the twist all the way around the head and back across the top to create a halo or crown effect. In order to have the twist look right when you get to the end where you are not adding hair, you must use the technique described in #11 the whole time.
from the beginning, twist both sections to the right and then cross them to the left. Add hair and twist to the right, and cross to the left and repeat all the way around head, through the end of the twist and secure with rubber band.
Wrap the end across top of head and hide ends using bobby pins.
If sections across the back seem loose or heavy, you can secure them by lifting them a bit and securing them with bobby pin.
If the tail of your twist isn’t as thick as this one pictured and it looks too thin, you can pull at it, lossening the hair after it has been secured so that the width of it looks even across the top of the head.
in a pinch for a cute hair accessory? run to your local mall, you might be surprised!
for this ruby tuesdays we are talking tulle skirts.
i am not a huge fan of the fluffy tutu, but what little girl doesn’t like a tutu? the tulle skirt seems to elevate the tutu to a more sophisticated level. for a family who is really not girly- girly- girly these more streamlined skirts work well for us. not too frou frou while still having fun with the tulle trend.
the tulle skirt is a perfect compromise for us.
Striped Shirt from zaraThis shirt is a must have in your daughters wardrobe. it can double as tunic with leggings or be tucked into a skirt like ruby is wearing AND its under $15 bucks AND comes in red, blue and pink. look here for other must haves tees i love.Tulle skirt from jcrew (old) but similar in link (look below for the best $5 tulle skirt)leopard shoes from target
poor cracked lips
last summer i happened upon a rack of $5 tulle skirts from target, not on sale, just 5 bucks for the fun of it. i immediately liked the neon yellow.
put the frilly tees down and pair it with something simple like a denim shirt or stripes or a twist on the classics like a plaid shirt or graphic tee. i love the juxtaposition of frilly and light mixed with something harder or more structured like a collar shirt.
here ruby is wearing it with this denim vest we made here, plain white tee and target ankle boots.
and the photo girl in me cannot deny how pretty a tulle skirt is in photographs. the light filters through just right and it can add either an edgy look (like this neon one) or a ethereal look like this skirt below from wunway.
we are planning to take miss ruby to disneyland for her birthday.
what should kids wear to disneyland in march?
after years of season passes to disney i have found less is more.
a lightweight sweatshirt with her denim vest will keep her core warm while preventing her from taking a jacket on and off depending on her mood.
i prefer the kids wear pants to avoid germs.
if we plan to stay late into the night i will pack a jacket but i usually find the kids don’t want them during the day.
miss ruby is getting ready to turn 5.
she thinks she can read and write and sass just like her older brother.
i am begging her to stay four. BEGGGGGING.
“ruby, please don’t turn five.”
“i have to mom. i am sorry.”
five is different.
five is big.
five means elementary school.
five means six is not far behind and i am in no place to handle six because it is official “big kid” status.
out of the baby gap, out of the baby section at target.
i tried to stop you at three. i would like all my children to stay three, but they never do.
these past few weeks have been the definition of bittersweet for me. that confusing and emotional combination of heart warming and heart breaking all at once that makes you pause and take notice.
i am proud of her independence, of her strong will to have fun, of her ability to let people be who they are.
she has opinions of her own.
she likes her hair down or in a ponytail.
she only likes the peach flavored yogurt.
she gets herself a drink of water out of her own cup and slices her own bananas.
she loves rice cakes with cream cheese, while no other person in our family eats that.
she prefers gymnastics to dance.
but you are only four years old my love! at least for another few weeks. so i am going to learn from her and embrace this newness. this change. this growing thing and grow along with her.
what things do you do with your little girl to bring your closer together and embrace growing up?
jcrew factory cardigan (old) / j crew tee (old) similar here / necklace made by her
just keep flippin through that glossy mag my little/big love.
pick out that nail polish and we will paint together…because maybe that is what five year olds do.
miss ruby tuesdays is wearing wunway this week.
last week i introduced the fantastic los angeles based brand, wunway.
cool clothes for the young ones.
the lala tights are thick and soft and so comfy. she tried to wear them with just a tee but that was not working for me. had to show her the hearts stop at the bum. she thought they were leggings.
the cardigan is thin, a great piece for transitioning to spring and the colors…oooh the colors are just right. i am a girl who can appreciate a good color palette.
for an active girl like mine, comfort and durability are key. she loved showing off the hearts on the leggings by swishing her dress around.
she is a park goer. tree climber. bike riding. fort building type of girl and these pieces can keep right up with her.
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