reader question…what shirts do you wear with leggings after preschool?

Reader, Hannah, asked me this:

my daughter just outgrew all her adorable printed leggings and I bought her 12 (I have a problem!) new pairs. But she’s not a preschooler anymore and I don’t know if I should let her go to school in just leggings and a T. What should she wear with the leggings?

My Answer: As you know we love leggings around here. I like to balance the silhouette of the tight legging with a loose fitting, longer shirt on top. We look for hi-low shirts or layering options. If I still want to use a tighter top, I might layer it with a chambray button up, a fur vest, or chunky cardigan on top. Hope that helps! here are some of our favorite hi-low and loose fit shirts we are digging this season:

what to wear with leggings for kids


horse shirt / kitty face shirt / zip side shirt / teal hi-low shirt for kids / ruffle bottom hi-low / red stripe hi low tee for toddlers to big girls / butterfly sequin shirt / embroidered tee / Don’t forget to check the boys section: chambray button up  / fur vest / sweater vest tank / toddler denim vest / denim vest 3-14 / chunky cardigan

fridays, i can’t stop…reading the classics

i can’t stop… rehashing my youth and reading the babysitters club . that claudia. swoon.

reading the classics

hat / suit /sunnies/ book

you know what else i can’ stop doing? losing expensive sunglasses so you have seen these $18 pair in full rotation until i get up the nerve to splurge again.

actually my last pair were set on the counter at Nordstrom, i forgot them, ran back 20 minutes later and they were gone!! one week old. tears.

etsy shop crushes for back to school preschool style

about a year ago i went to this bbq filled with my hus’ friends from high school. this babe and i locked eyes from across the room and she said to me, “i feel like we need to be friends because i love your shoes.” or something like that, right Ali? fast forward to this year. we have become friends. really good friends. i mean she even drops off bundles of sage on my front porch and tells me when the moon is right for cleansing my house.

the more i know her, the more i love her. she is super modest and RARELY talks about her career before she became a mommy and the co-creator of the completely irreverent and uber authentic blog Lil Mamas, but she is kind of a big deal. no i am not kidding. she was a professional singer, actress and danced all over Broadway and I have to say it because it is like my favorite thing, she was Curly Sue in the movie. did you love that movie like i did as a kid?  arias arrows etsy headbands

Now we know those hardworking, creative types can’t be stopped. Since having her two adorable, children, Mason and Aria, Alisan has recently launched her own etsy shop, Aria’s Arrows filled with headbands for baby.

I have loved founding another kindred etsy shopping soul so we thought it would be fun to share the etsy shops we are crushing on right now…

best etsy shop for baby and children clothing

metallic gold moccassins for baby feather headbands for little girls by arias arrows

and ruby is so smitten with baby aria she cries at least once a week about not having a baby sister AND every where we go she is grabbing clothes and toys for the girl and saying “mom, aria needs this.” can you blame little miss ruby?  look at those cheeks.mexican fiesta dress and mumu for little girls with feather headband arias arrows and the blue closet share their etsy favorites aria sage in arias arrows headbands arias arrows favorite etsy shops feather headbands and boho dresses for little girls

aria sage and mason blaise

on baby aria:

crop topdenim high waisted shorts / feather halter one piece / gold mocs / headband

on ruby:

c/o denim dress / mexican fiesta dress / headband


cutest etsy shops for children

1.  fringe romper /  2. yellow one piece / 3. ink blot harem pants/  4. aztec dress /  5. graphic peplum dress / 6. black and white romper /

7. turquoise ring 8. radical tee / 9. hello onesie10. harem shorts/ 11. strawberry shorts / 12. teepee shorts /

Cassaundra’s Picks:

Brown Sugar Beach- fresh prints, harem shorts, pants and rompers

Indie Nook – smart graphic tees and cutest shortie shorts

Sweet Kiddo Co. – super soft leggings and comfy headbands

Thief and Bandit - fun twists on everyday kid style

Little Four – peasant dresses in the cutest aztec patterns

Feather 4 Arrow – fresh graphic tees

Cauliflower Kids – truly beautiful one of kind pieces

Lou and Lee Bows – vintage fabric and leather bows

Ali’s Picks:

Little Cowboys and Indians

Caged Bird Blog – adorable bracelet with tassels

Bedtime Rebel - mocs at  a great price

Young at Heart - crop tops and turban headbands

and behind the scenes we had this peanut gallery behind us

ruby and captain america


back to school backpacks edition

the raddest backpacks for back to school from kids to tweens to teens…

back to school backpacks for kids and teens

 1. Camo Dot Backpack $39 / 2. crochet lace backpack $40 / 3.gray leather backpack $50 /

4. cat backpack $50 /5.  khaki backpack $75 / 6. palm tree and pyramid neff backpack $30 /

7. tiger print  /8. leopard backpack   9. black backpack $49 /

10.  green dot $20 / 11. Floral and Stripe$38 /12. blue aloha backpack $40 /

 13. nixon tropical back pack $45  /14.  navy horse print $50 $35 / 15. green herschel $59 /

16. navy and gray stripe $24 / 17. denim backpack $60 /18. camo and stripe $24

back to school picks by brand…

as i am sure you can guess, i get my jollies off of back to school shopping. it is a whole process and science for me and today, i am bringing it to you. get ready. this is a big one.

for the next two weeks i will be bringing you everything you need to know for back to school, from hair tutorials to family themes to back packs to CLOTHES, of course.

and miss james is pumped. i mean she even did a toe touch. after we talked about how she should react if people wrongly accuse her of being out in Four Square (see her worried face in the first pictures? this is when she told me about her four square dilemma). we ended in toe touches sooo problem solved?

back to school by gap kids back to school clothes for kids back to school gap kid girls


ruby: tank/ sweater vest/ shorties/ backpack / sandals (old from zara but similar here and NO she cannot wear these two school but loves to slip them on for aerial dance and these slides are pretty adorable too)

This year, i decided to break up our back to school picks by the brands we love. Today, we are talking about our tried and true retail stores that we know and love. Tomorrow will be some of our favorite etsy and indy designers.

here is my back to school shopping process… use it, pin it.

3 tips for back to school shopping

First up CREWCUTS… we love crew cuts for can’t be beat quality and their perfect ability to mix trends with classics that stay away from hoochieville while keeping a funky and sophisticated spin. Crewcuts gets the best color ways of shoes, so we ALWAYS check here first to get the most unique shoes. For boys, we also love their dapper spin on dresswear (but that is for another post) and the best henleys around, 
back to school picks from crew cuts


striped shirt with lace sleeves striped swing top / embroidered tank / athletic stripe sleeves tee

Crew Cuts boys:

back to school clothing crewcuts for boys

1. green ringer tee  2.neon stripe tee

3. space tee   4. slouchy sweatpant 5. slim fit khaki  6.  lightning socks 7. vans camo slip ons 8. new balance sneaks

  Peek Kids has quickly become one of Ruby’s favorite brands. Their embroidered tops have a great boho vibe and their shorts always have perfectly on trend patterns that are not too short in length and wash like a dream.back to school clothes from peek kids



1. flutter sleeve floral  2. chunky cardigan  3. embroidered dress 4. striped griffin short 6. green print tank 5. elastic chambray pants  7. shorts with zippers

back to school clothes from peek kids boys

1. Captain Shirt  2.  usa soccer tee 3. collar shirt (on sale!)

back to school clothes for kids gap girls

fedora/ black shorts/ moto boots (a must must! they will wear them everyday with shorts, skirts and jeans) / collar shirt / short sleeve sweatshirt / indigo hoodie / denim shirt/ green slub harem pants / gray moto pants

Gap Kids Boys: until the day i die i will love brown cords for myself and my babies. i had the best vintage levi pair in high school that i still dream about. they eventually ripped right up the booty from all my wear and tear but i will say i have never been so in love then i was with those pants.

back to school clothes from Gap boys

1. chambray shirt 2. cords (we also love these cut into shorts)  3. camo shorts  4. chukka brown boots ( not sure we would wear these to school but they are just so good for church, parties, and fancy dinners & weddings)

back to school hm picks


1. stripe dress 2. blue pattern pants 3. gingham boots 4. gingham blouse  5. basic tee 6. suspender shorts 7. rolled chino shorts

Last but oh so not least ZARA kids:

back to school clothing from zara girls

1. printed overalls 2. printed shirt  3. fringe vest 4. embroidered lace sweatshirt 6. leopard slip ons  5.denim overalls

back to school clothing for kids from zara boys

1. H sweatshirts 2. denim bermudas 3. Tiger Sweatshirts 4. sweatshorts  5destroyed jeans 6. harlem tee 7. gray pants 8. navy sneakers