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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

can you wear camo?

the camo trend toddler camo pants


leo camo 2

leo camo 3

ello camo 4

 camo for all collage

1. zara camo shirt 2. document holder 3. paul frank sunnies 4. vans half cabs 5. madewell skinnies (or try these for under $40) 6. next direct skirt


a friend recently asked me, “how do you feel about the camo trend”?

so then i obsessed about it until i figured out just how i would do it. i would do this same outfit but swap out the denim shirt for this camo one.

nordstrom camo studded shirt


i love how sincerely jules wears it here.

camo coat with dress

sincerely, jules

still thinking you can’t wear it? how about this little dose?

gap camo ballet flats


LA kids Market…kids on 6 tradeshow

i consider myself pretty lucky to live so close to LA and the beach. if you can bite the bullet and sit in LA traffic you are golden.

i get lots of city perks like downtown fabric stores such as Michael Levine and Mood.

and fantastic shopping like here and here.

but at the end of the day i can retreat right back to my quiet suburban oasis or the beach.

kind of perfect-ish.

a few weeks ago i got another perk when i visited  the California Market Center in LA  for the Kids on 6 trade show. this is an event where for four days showrooms open up their doors to buyers and the like to debut various children’s lines that are coming out for Spring/Summer 2013. i met some lovely people who embraced me and were very excited to tell me all about their lines. i learned about who the designers were, what their history was and who their target market is.  now i have been researching a lot of the products and been so inspired by their pieces and concepts.

i had two main objectives for my visit;  discover new labels and trend prediction.

i was introduced to some great lines. with the help of Alyson from Kids on 6 i got a press pass and toured the showrooms. there is  nothing quite like actually getting your hands on some of these clothes to discover what they are all about. i loved feeling them and seeing the colors and fabrics right in my grubby little palms.

max and bean  had great age appropriate layering pieces for tweens.

dino bebe completely stole my heart. this korean inspired brand is so modern and fresh.

i cannot wait to share their fur cap sleeved dresses in the fall. ok ok and their heart print sweaters and their apricot color palette for coats.

dino bebe

millions of colors for all kids with you guessed it, great colors.

nununu was a favorite of mine  for baby and boys especially. alternative and edgy style.

nununu yoga shorts

lilo tati for the most adorable bathing suits for girls. this line strikes the perfect cord between cute fabrics with modern cuts. the colors, the mixing and matching it is just really good. really really good. i mean the ruffle? come on.

find them here.lilo tati 2013

and these my friends are lady bugs. what a great new way to approach such a playful little creature.

lilo tait ladybug bathing suit



for fancier pieces i loved the indian influence of  rayli kids.

how cute would this maxi skirt be for an easter outfit or wedding?

rail kids maxi skirt


and i love the playfulness of this pom pom stoleScreen Shot 2013-02-08 at 9.08.42 AM

it made me want to yell “bring on the summer!”

stay tuned for my post on upcoming trends. so glad neon is still here this season. woot woot.