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

 

my favorite baby gifts to give…

 

 

 

 

 

favorite baby gifts

 

i love putting together boxes of my favorite things for baby gifts. my dear friend  had a girl and this is the box i am sending to the sweet new dumplin. i have been collecting my faves for months:)

do you have friend you don’t see often but every time you talk not one thing has changed? you still laugh at the same things? you still feel the same way? this is that friend. extra special to me. xoxo

 

baby brogues by zara

zara shoes

lou and lee bow

these are the bows i keep a stash of just in case someone has a baby. my friends expect one from me now:)

lou and lee bow

lola necklace

one life jewelry, a little something for mama

neon print leggings

little four, neon print leggings

baby turban

crochet turban

gray fringe tee for baby

gray fringe tee

what to wear in family photos… peaches and cream

for my most often asked question, what should we wear in our family photos here is a little color story i have been thinking of. peaches and cream.  everywhere i look there is peach. pretty, soft, simple and great layered with lots of cream accents.

mom photo shoot outfit

white top / jcrew shorts / topshop cardigan / herringbone throw / necklace / sandals / teepee image via pinterest

dad outfit for photo shoot

men’s timex watch / vintage skateboard / vans / striped shirt / gray pants / modern home

kids photo outfits

stripe shirt / peach toddler sweatshirt / burlap toms / bone colored khakis / youth ringer tee / gray hoodie / coral native shoes / ikat tunic for girls / ball necklace /

here are what i think pairs well with peach

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and just in case you didn’t see enough peaches and cream, here are some more ideas to fit every style:

peach bowtie

pair this gingham bowtie  for boys with a khaki suit or cuffed chinos and rolled up sleeves on their oxford

colorblock cardigan

are you a little bit of a hipster family? pair this colorblock cardigan with a striped tee.

peach tulle skirt

pair this sweet tulle skirt with a white tee, denim jacket, knee highs and the ballet flats below for a classic look.

floral peach flat

floral flats

orange peplum

catch her riding on her beach cruiser in this fun peplum top, denim shorts and slide on sneakers around a beach city for a carefree and relaxed portrait.

peach bow girl

have an art lover? let her express herself with this quirky rendering top on top. high top sneaks on the bottom. this is just enough graphic to be interesting, not distracting.

peach shirtdress

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cream and gray sweater monaco

 

 

 

club monaco sweater

 

 

 

peach button up

similar at anthropologie

stripe maxi

taylor joyfolie ankle strap shoes

joy folie flats
coral polka dot leggings

crew cuts leggings.

these would be great under a long slouchy sweater for a casual look or layer a button up with a sweeter and ballet flats. or  try them peeking out of the bottom of a trench coat.

floral sundress

for a field or rustic shoot i would keep this floral sundress simple with soft leather sandals and put everyone else in khaki and shell colored clothing.

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pretty floral cardigan by boden

 

 

stella polk skirt

 

stella mccartney polka dot tulle skirt.

i would pair this with a simple cardigan (or the one above) and metallic flats to let the ombre polka dots be the star of the outfit.

convinced you can’t get the older boys in peach? i know my hus wouldn’t go for it. i would layer mine in creams and grays. BUT if the guys in your life are more daring here are some fun pieces to try.

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quiksilver coral chino

 

 

 

striped mens hoodie

perfect for the beach shots this super casual flannel will help him relax in front of the camera. and it comes in sizes from little boys to mens.

jcrew mens peach

 

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mens peach

 

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suede studded flats

 

 

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alice and olivia pumps

 

 

 

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next pull on coral chinos. a great update from just plain blue denim. these would work great for baby and toddlers.

baby week… the essential newborn hospital pictures

for our last day of baby week we are talking newborn pictures. what are the essential newborn pictures every mom wants to have but can’t think about on the day of the baby’s birth? here is the run down. get’n wordy today folks.

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most moms would say, “the day my child was born was the best day of my life”.

not all moms but many. i realize for some that day is filled with sadness or sorrow as complications arise or hopes are not met so i want to acknowledge that first.

i would like to add  the day AFTER baby’s birth as  one of the “best days of my life”.  the morning AFTER my children are born is so special to me.

i love the feeling of waking up and thinking, “wait, where is that little critter? i need to seem them NOW”.  and “did that really happen? is there a whole new person in my life that i love completely?”  when the nurse brings them into my room,  i examine them all over again. babies change so much after the trauma of the first day (reason #3 for taking pictures the day AFTER baby is born) and i love to see how their cheeks are a little creamier. their clean skin has that smell only babies have that cannot be bottled.

mercilessly i take them out of their blanket cocoon to look at their rolls (or chicken legs in ruby and ello’s case).

the temptation is just too great to not see a naked baby. i have to. i nussle under their chin. i look at their hair in the natural sunlight to see it’s color and predict what it will be.

i am never right.

i practice saying their name to be sure it fits.

and as my sister is constantly making fun of me for, i smell their breath. its the best. i squeeze my flat nose right in between their cubby lips and breathe in their smell. their scent. am i gross? anybody else do this?

i savor this time. me and my new baby, alone in my room. everyone else is gone and will be back soon. its just baby and me. its this moment when i think. where have you been? we have only just met yet i feel like i was missing you, exactly you.  this time is so precious to me . i have to capture it. have to remember it. have to look back and try and breathe it all in again.

they are my most favorite pictures of the whole experience.

 

newborn photo tips

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baby ello

i get baby dressed. i take a few shots without a hat on just so i document their  hair and head roundness and circumference.

then i always put the hat back on.

the reason you ask? their head seems fine to you but when you look back at those pictures you are going to see how odd and misshapen their dome is. just use a hat, trust me. you won’t regret it.

i like the regular hat the hospital gives you but i also like the texture of a chunky knit hat against their smooth skin as well.

newborn knit hat

baby ello

check out these hats by american apparel

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my nephew baby b

 

you have to get the toes. all wrinkled and perfect.

baby feet

 baby ello

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the hospital band, the name on the basinet,

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when you let the family back in the room  get a good picture from above for perspective.

for these shots i stood on the hospital bed, made sure i had a really good grip on the camera and shot straight down. the perspective of them alone in their crib or with siblings leaning over is always something that happens naturally and lends an idea of how tiny the new baby is.

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my nephew b again with two of his siblings

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ruby looking over baby ello

look here for some great photos by photographer becky kimball

and more of shoulders, knees and toes by tara whitney here.

baby sleeping with mouth open

 baby ruby. black and white is great for newborns to reduce the redness and splotchiness of their skin.

newborn hospital outfit ideas

deer romper / pack of 5 onesies / off white onesie / little hip squeaks blanket/ button hat

newborn hospital outfit girl

neon top by noe and zoe thanks ashley;) / knit diaper cover / wave blanket / pom pom hat

for more baby style ideas check out my pinterest board here.

 

blessing/christening dresses round up…

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welcome to baby week at the blue closet. we will be talking bout babies all week. to start out we have the best blessing and christening dresses from around the web.

i have a good friend who asked me this week where to find good baby blessing dresses so naturally i obsessed over it until i came up with this list…

rachel, this one is for you…

blessing and christening dresses

sleeveless dress with crochet trim / white lace trim dress

you can always trust the french brand bonpoint to have fabulous, sweet finds. i always enjoy looking at how they layer their pieces together.

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bonpoint

 

bonpoint collage

knit dress / velvet dress

my picks collagedress/shoes/tights/turban

i could not get good pictures of these last dresses but i feel they are worth mentioning…

yoox dresses

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babygap

 

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babygap

 

floral pattern newborn dress

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so what do you like? fancy? traditional? casual? patterned? colored? leave me a comment below.