mumu friends… second base friendship

you have friends. hi – bye friends. funny text message friends. go to dinner friends. couples friends. playdate with your kids friends. childhood friends. second opinion on paint color friends.

and then you have the type of friends where you show up to their house in your mumu, house dress, kaftan, whatever you want to call it. you talk recipes. you talk kids. you ignore your messy hair. your baby snuggles right into their couch and doesn’t make a peep the whole visit. this lady and i have become those friends. and dare i say if you wear your mumu over to your friend’s house you have just gone to second base with your friendship. i think so.

kaftan |the blue closet kaftan mumu house dress | the blue closet snuggled in |the blue closet


when we were planning to go on a cruise in February i quickly stocked up on all types of kaftans. i have a whole collection now vintage from ebay, etsy and what not, but the cruise was cancelled and funny enough i still find myself pulling these babies out everyday as i putter around the house and go to the beach. i can’t wait to wear them to FIJI in just one month!

i got this one from this etsy shop, Saudade Sun, and i love that they ask for your height just to get the perfect length.

Favorite Boy Brands Giveaway!!

some people say it is so hard to shop for boys.  I say “NO IT AIN’T. let me introduce you to some magic.”

These bits of magic are spreading their abra cadabra with us today with an instagram giveaway!!

favorite brands for boys

these are not what you necessarily win, YOU CHOOSE, these are just some of my faves!

you are my sunshine shirt / yeah yeah yeah tee / camo harem pants


Prize: A tee and TOTE of your choice from Truly Sanctuary.  A tee of your choice from PreFresh. $50 to Little Boss Shop to spend as you like.

How to Enter: Follow all four of us on instagram @thebluecloset @trulysanctuary @prefresh @thelittlebossshop leave a comment on my giveaway  post on instagram and tag a friend on the same post

It easier now more then ever to get your hands on great duds for the little guys. I love using etsy and instagram to find unique, one of a kind clothing as well as big box stores that are  picking up great lines. I have rounded up some of my favorite brands to give you some of their most stylish goods.

I recently discover Little Boss Shop which puts so many of my favorite brands in one place. It is one stop shopping for cool graphic tees, trendy hipster leggings for boys or girls. they carry brands like Of One Sea, Candy Kirby, Kira, Slyfox Threads and those adorable wooden cameras by Twig Creative. I am obsessed already.

Truly Sanctuary is one of my favorite shops. They were some of the first people to reach out to me when i started this ole girl and i have grown to adore their brand and their life. A must follow on instagram. There is always a joke and i want in on it:) PLUS they are starting a YOUTH line so YAY!!

Prefresh. For literally the coolest kids. their graphics and phrases are always right on or ahead of the trends. They  strike the perfect cord between being young but not cutesy… ya know, fresh, just like their name. perfect for my picky picky boys.

ABOUT ELLObatman shirt for little boys

ello playing carsello playing cars on the couchafter school

ello on the couch

where are your favorite places to shop for the little fellas?

ruby tuesdays…the yellow dress

i have two uniforms. one is jeans and tees and the other is comfy cotton dresses with booties. when i saw this adorable number by wunway i knew ruby (meaning me) would need it. it is soft and comfy and just moves with her. she wore it the next day to school with leopard leggings, this cardigan and a tank underneath to keep her carefree.

she was just trying the dress on the day of these photos to check the fit.  suddenly the sun caught her hair as she concentrated so hard on fixing the chapstick her brother had just dug his finger into. he was running all around her and she just sat, concentrating, in the zone, peaceful and fine. i  thought “i need to grab my camera.”  there is nothing extraordinary about this moment other then the feeling there. a little girl growing up. learning patience.

wunway yellow dress

yellow wunway dress for girls

ruby in the yellow dresswunway dress available in blue and red.


monday rad deals…

today for rad deals i am loving, boxy tops, printed pegged pants and and slides. Tell me what do you think of the birkenstock trend? They were all over the Celine runway and i have been noticing them for  a couple of years now. what do you think? I love them for kids, especially after sports and dance practice but for mama? Jury is still out on the full birkenstock style but these Joie slides? I LOVE!!

Monday Rad Deals slides 2

asos bright pink boxy tee $53 zara metallic silver sandal $79.90 / zara geometric print trouser $59 / zara black slides $99 and for kids here

rag and bone boy tee $150 /anthropologie floral trouser $118 / rachel zoe gold metallic slip on $255 / joie slide on $185 / vince silver sandal $125

I have a great giveaway coming up tomorrow. Four of my favorite brands for boys are giving away some of their items. if you have boys, you won’t want to miss it. in the meantime, here are some great finds for those active little fellas in your life.

monday rad deals boys

1. gray slide on $19 (now 35% off online) /2.camo shirt $8 (30% off online only) /  3.tiger shirt $9 / 4.  hm light denim $14.95 / 5. boys will be boys onesie $12 (30% 0ff right now online) /  6. geometric swim shorts $12.95

my asos dress obsession continues…

i have two uniforms, jeans and white tees and comfy comfy dresses. asos always gets it right and at great prices. here is what i would buy if i needed 8 more dresses;) blush colors, dots, tribal maxis – just when i think i am so over the tribal trend i see these and i am back in, midi length

asos dresses


click the corresponding number to buy: 1/2/3 button off waist/4/5/6/7/8