KIDS STUFF

Nesting Mode

I’m at my third trimester now and my nesting mode is on hyper mode. This is my inspiration board with all things baby:

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  1. Grid onesie by NUNUNU
  2. Serena and Lily sailing ship kite
  3. Modern crib by Babyletto
  4. Mounted giraffe by Serena and Lily
  5. Vintage illuminated marquee symbols by Restoration Hardware Baby
  6. Leather Moroccan pouf by Jonathan Adler
  7. Arrow romper by Joah Love
  8. Lion needlepoint throw pillow by Jonathan Adler
  9. Storage baskets by Serena and Lily
  10. Blue moccasins by Freshly Picked

 

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Hmm… crewcuts…

I must confess: I can’t resist a J Crew sale. I always find something that I like, mainly in their accessories department.  So, when I entered the store and saw there was 40% off crewcuts sale items, I couldn’t resist and picked up a few things for my girls. I chose to share 5 items that in my opinion depict the essence of crewcuts – cool designs for little people.

They cover all the trends without making the clothes look old or too mature. I know their price point is a little high, but their sale prices are unbeatable.The cotton is soft, the prints and details are well maid and they just look good. My 4 year old is just obsessed with  her hot air balloon T “that sparkles”.

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Online Affiars

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I am often asked: “Where do you shop?”  The reason, I guess, is because I live in a small town in the mid-west. Nothing exciting here, unless you count Target. The closest mall is about 45 minutes away, and the only thing interesting there is J Crew.

So, I do 95% of my shopping online. And I mean, furniture, home decor and necessities, cloths, shoes, makeup , skin care and  diapers. I know some people may be hesitant when it comes for online shopping, but I find it easy and convenient. That being said, I buy from the same vendors almost every time, so I  know what to expect in terms of shipping, returns and customer service.

The list below includes my “usual suspects”. I buy there all the time, and never had a bad experience.

  1. Room and Board – I came across this store strolling through the streets of Chicago and immediately fell in love. All the furniture in my house is from there. After doing our first major order in the store, I did the rest through their website. I found it to have all the images and the information you need  in order to buy online – even a sofa!
  2. One Kings Lane – is a limited time sale website that offers the best of top-brand, vintage and designer items for the home. You never know what you’re going to find and it’s only going to be available for 2-4 days, so you better hurry.
  3. West Elm – Pottery Barn’s cool sister. I found a lot of  home accessories, always at a great price.
  4. Bloomingdale’s – My own personal mall. I buy everything there. All my skincare, makeup, cloths, shoes, dishes, towels… you name it – I buy it through Bloomingdale’s. The reason is that they carry all the brands that I love, and I learned that it really pays off to be loyal to a specific store. You can receive benefits such as free shipping, special discount at certain events etc. Also, Bloomingdale’s will give you loyalist points to turn into cash for future purchases. 
  5. Amazon and Zappos – No explanation needed. I will say this, Amazon Prime is a mother’s best friend. The idea that almost everything can be delivered to my house within 48 hours – priceless! 
  6. Tea Collection and Mini Boden – Two of my favorite Children’s wear lines. I love the styles, the fabrics and how the clothes look after 10 loads in the washer.
  7. The Land of Nod – Crate and Barrel’s little sister. Beautiful furniture and home decor for kids. I love everything about them. Great, great design.
  8. The Honest Company – I read an article with Jessica Alba (one of the founders) and decided to give them a try. For the last year each month I get a bundle of diapers and wipes. Their products are safe, eco-friendly, beautiful,  and convenient. There is something to be said about a diaper covered with  a strawberry print.  

 

 

 

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Lovely pretty things

Spring is nowhere to be found. I know…I said it already, but seriously, it’s been two weeks and it’s still snowing. So, its time to talk about how I’m getting my girls (Carmel 4 and Ella 2) ready for Spring/Summer.

I like to take advantage of preview sales as I prepare for the upcoming season. I find that its an easy and affordable way to start building the girls wardrobe, especially since they are growing so fast I can’t use their clothes and shoes from last year.  When there is a promotion or a sale going on I’ll buy whatever is on sale. By doing so, I usually have everything I need by mid-April.  I think that because we are experiencing such a cold, long winter people are not buying Spring stuff, so there are a lot more sales going on.

I have my favorite brands that I like to shop for my girls, such as: Mini Boden, Tea Collection, CREWCUTS, ZARA KIDS and Baby Gap. I have been buying cloths from these brands for years, I’m happy with the price range, the design, the quality and how it looks after a day at school and 10 loads in the washer.  It is very important to me that my girls will have fun, colorful and comfortable cloths.

So, what do we have here?

T-shirts by Mini Boden

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T-shirt and skirt by Mini Boden

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T-shirt and a tutu skirt by ZARA KIDS

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Bag and flats by CREWCUTS

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Dress and cardigan by ZARA BABY (Ella’s outfit fir Passover)

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Fancy dress by Ralph Lauren Kids (Carmel’s outfit for Passover and a gift from Allie)

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Hair accessories I bought at a local boutique (www.snapdragonboutique.com)

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Swim suits by Mini Boden

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Polka dots tights by Mini Boden

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Photos by Kate Bolt

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