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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

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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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ruby tuesdays… big things

big things are happening for this kindergarten graduate. Zara Kids Summer 2014 | the blue closet Schools Out 1 Zara Kids Palm Tank | the blue closet Zara Kids tropical tank for little girls | the blue closet

Ruby's kinder grad 1 Rubys Graduation Kinderon ruby:

zara tropical tank $16 / pink shorts $15.90 / cowboy boots

necklace (old from my closet) dress (old from jcrew but we LOVE this blue stripe dress $39 and this sleevless embroidered number is perfection and this coral number / sandals

me: hat/ sunnies / top/ cut off jeans from years ago / sneakers $35



ruby tuesdays and my SPRING SHOE OBSESSIONS

ruby tuesdays… her crew cuts razor back sundress. i love a razor back on little tiny girl shoulders. i am thinking this might be a perfect easter dress.

crew cuts neon dress for girls crew cuts spring razor back dress mama and ruby

ruby: dress/ cardigan (old but similar here) socks/ boots (old)

me: dress ($59)- comes in tons of colors and you know how i love an under $100 dress

she was far too busy untangling her reindeer necklace to take off her cardigan to show you i did post one on insta though photo will have to do. the cuteness. oh the cuteness. its too much.


and on a completely unrelated note but i am too excited to make it seamless… SPRING SHOES!!

ready to dig yourself out of the snow and gloom?  have you been spring shopping yet? more importantly have you spotted the new hybrid bootie/shoe/sandal/cutouts thing?  i am not quite ready to put my booties away for the season. i just love them too much and now i don’t have to put them away at all.  these new shoes or shooties or boots with cut outs or shoots or sandal/boots or whatever you want to call them combine all the coolness i love in a bootie with the breeziness of spring. i will be pairing these with all my spring dresses and shorts.

clogs, mules, shooties, cut out booties

1/2/3/4/5/6/7 (almost sold out)/8/9/10/11 /12


ruby tuesdays at the beach…

ruby on the beach walking

little girls crew cuts bathing suit

ruby at the beach

ruby at the beach 2

ruby sleeping on the beach

ruby beach bw

ruby's beach hat for little girlscrew cuts bathing suit $52 / old navy flannel $24 / roxy girls hat on sale $17.99


gift guide to boys at crew cuts…

nobody does layering pieces like crew cuts for boys. flannels, henleys, jackets and collared shirts are always just right on. this year we are loving their crew neck pullover sweatshirts, modern bow ties and cords. the slouchy sweatpants are the perfect pjs for your tween this year, just the right amount of cool.crew cuts gift guide for boys


1 i mean its just so good. /2/3/4/5 perfect for lounging on sunday afternoon or after a day of snowboarding/6/7 one of my top pics for family pictures. the buttons and subtle texture look great in photos/8/9/10 looks like just a flannel but is sherpa lined to make a soft jacket. perfect for southern california nights. /11/12/13/14/15/16 Ello calls these his “zoom” shoes/17