Favorite Metallic Finds

Since I was (still am) a big, huge, fan of the unicorn trend it should come as no surprise that I am equally loving the iridescent/metallic trend that took Summer ’16 by storm.  I curated a short list of items that I love for Makenzie….and for me…I’d totally wear those wings and headphones with no shame.

Side Note: I love the word “curated”…it sounds so official when really I just spend way too much time window shopping (read: trolling the internet) for unique/cool/fun things for my little people.

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one: Iridescent Keyring by Numero 74

two: Adidas Superstar Athletic Shoe in Iridescent

three: Frends ‘Layla‘ Oil Slick Headphones

four: Angel Wings in Metallic Gold by Maileg

five: Kane Backpack in Metallic Purple by State Bag

Summer Swim

I am totally in love with the swimsuits that have dropped this summer from some of my favorite small shops. As I have mentioned before, Texas summer is a HOT summer. Swimming, or at least getting hosed down, is mandatory. You might as well make sure your kiddos are the flyest kids at the pool, am I right?!

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1.- Tiny Cottons – Stripes Swimsuit

2. Monochrome Swimsuit- Brand unknown & when I say “unknown” I mean I accidentally erased the credits and can’t

3. Crew & Lu- Black & White Teardrop One Piece Swimsuit

4. Batoko- Cactus Swimwear

5. Crew & Lu- Seaside One Piece Swimsuit

6. Amae- {012} Oxblood/Orange – I’m not usually a big fan of 2-piece swim suits for little girls. I do not agree with sexualizing any- and everything a girl puts on or does but I still lean more to the one-piece swimsuit for some reason that I can’t quite peg. (If I figure it out, I’ll get back to you on that). However, this color combo?! It’s too good to pass up. I would also like this swimsuit in my size.

Crazy Carting-Brass Razoo…Again

In this episode of “Crazy Carting” I will give you my last experience with Elise Vaughn’s highly coveted Brass Razoo brand. If you are a big small shop lover (& I know you are!) and you are lucky enough to have a little girl that you are spoiling rotten, then I’m sure you know about Brass Razoo. Elise is an Australian native, living in the U.S., and her brand has moms around the globe setting alarms and readying their computers (&ninja hands) for a race to the cyber cart.

Brass Razoo sales out in 10 minutes or less. Thankfully, Elise posts each piece weeks in advance on her IG feed (@elisevaughn). This gives all us mamas a chance to choose our favorite pieces and make a plan to get them.

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There is literally no time-I repeat-no time to choose once the site goes live. Gone are the days that you can calmly peruse items for a few minutes and make decisions as you go.

Before the last launch, Brass Razoo transitioned to a new site. fun right? Wrong. Many of the moms ended up on the old site that mirrored the new site–but it wouldn’t allow you to shop. Yikes. Unfortunately, because items sale so fast, if you ended up on the old site first, in the 4-5 mins that it took you to realize the issue, most items were sold out. Woe is me. I  didn’t get anything.

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Be warned, before you fall head over heels for these pieces, be prepared to drop $98-$120 for each piece. The upside? Elise is a one woman shop–designing, cutting, & sewing each beautiful piece by hand. Most designs only have 5-10 made and some are one of a kind, depending on the fabric Elise has chosen.

These are heirloom pieces. You can keep them forever…if you can cart one before they’re gone.

 

 

Festival Fever- What To Wear

Growing up in Texas, Austin was a hot-spot for getting away, getting out, and having fun. ATX is considered the “Music Capital” of Texas and it definitely lives up to that name. You can barely walk 2 blocks without hearing live music. Everything from starving musicians to nationally acclaimed bands who just happened to stop by. It’s just the culture. For those reasons, and many more, festival season is near&dear to my heart.

With SXSW (South By Southwest) just passing & Coachella rolling into it’s last weekend, I thought it would be fun to put together some cool festival-inspired looks for you and your littles.

Of course, a lot of these brands are considered small shops–hand sewn, personally curated, well made/loved items for your littles. As you know (because I’m always harping on this topic–sorry! (not sorry)) , I really think it’s important to support the entrepreneurs (or mom-preneurs) in the world and these brands know what they are doing! Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ll shop any and everywhere- from second hand stores to Neiman Marcus-but my heart is with the small shops and if it fits, I support. Check ’em out!

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1// I think I love you Dress [here] – channeling my inner Stevie Nicks with this one

2// Skinny Scarf [here] – if you’re someone like me who loves a scarf but lives in 90+ degree summers.

3//Platform Sandal [here] – for me, black is “in season” all year long so a black sandal is the obvious choice.

4//Camille Fringe Bag [here] – fringe for dayyyssss

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5// Studded Gladiator Sandals [here] – these little sandals are to die for

6//Flutter By Top [here] – it’s the perfect mix of edgy & whimsy which I love for my little girl

7//Susies Custom Shorties [here] – as seen on all the cool celebrity kids

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8//Bliss Tour Concert Tee [here] + you’ve got to check out the tour dates graphic on the back of this tee!

9//Arizona Shorts [here] – a good wash can take a pair of jeans a long way and you can be fun without going crazy with your little man

10//Tartan Socks [here] – I’m a sucker for grid patterns

11// 574 Acrylic NB Sneaker [here] – New Balance is really hitting the “super cool” mark this summer!

Mag+Pie

The Magpie Co. is everything I love about celebrating & supporting mom-preneurs from all around. It is a small shop at its finest. The owner, Elizabeth Conner has been sewing and selling handmade good since her teenage years. In 2014, she opened The Magpie Co. for business and found her passion in children’s apparel.

While she is located in North Carolina, I found her on IG where she has a solid following of over 35k. Her design is comfy and modern–lots a crops, flutter sleeves, and swing dresses. What’s not to love?!

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Note to moms everywhere: Turn-around time for Elizabeth’s pieces are 4-5 weeks so take into consideration how fast your little weed is growing. (I made that mistake when I first started shopping small-by the time I got the beautiful romper I ordered in the mail, it barely fit Milly. Oops!) This isn’t the Gap–you are receiving a well-made, well-loved piece for your child. Not a mass-manufactured item & that is the beauty of it!

Brands That Make Parent/Child Twinning Easy: Thief & Bandit

I was going to give a nice little intro like I usually do to present a new brand. Thief & Bandit, however, have this amazing graphic on their ‘About’ page that I couldn’t resist using it to introduce them. Anyways, who better to tell you about Thief & Bandit than Thief & Bandit, right?! I digress:

I absolutely love this brand–the designs and patterns are so fanciful and really grasp the beauty of being out doors. What makes T&B even more lovable is that the patterns are totally do-able for mom and babe #twinning. 

And, lets not forget how special the small-business process can be: T&B’s patterns start as ink drawings and are burned into giant silk screens. They print the fabric in the attached workshop of Amie’s house and all garments are sewn by a single seamstress, Carly, in thier downtown studio. Truly hand-made. Truly a small business.

'Desert Floral' Pocket Skirt

‘Desert Floral’ Pocket Skirt


'Desert Floral' Twirling Dress

‘Desert Floral’ Twirling Dress


'Antique Vase' Full Circle

‘Antique Vase’ Full Circle


'Antique Vase' Leggings

‘Antique Vase’ Leggings


'Scavenger' Tee Shirt

‘Scavenger’ Tee Shirt


'Scavenger' Sweatshirt

‘Scavenger’ Sweatshirt

Oh, Frida|A Kahlo Collection

Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) is a famous painter from Mexico City most famous for her honest self-portraits. Her home, named “The Blue House” because, well….its really really blue, has been turned into a museum and Frida’s self-portraits have become the muse of many present day artists.

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images-1 imagesI distinctly remember going to see the move ‘Frida’ starring Selma Hayek and being absolutely entranced by the story of this artist. Imagine my delight when, over a decade later, I found some goodies for children inspired by the late, great, Frida Kahlo.

Frida Kahlo bags by Sekilola Shop

Frida Kahlo bags by Sekilola Shop


Frida Drawing Tee by Minimalista

Frida Drawing Tee by Minimalista


Counting With|Contando Con...Frida by Lil Libros

Counting With|Contando Con…Frida by Lil Libros

Blast From The Past

Some of our fondest childhood memories come from the most unexpected of places: watching the same movie over and over with cousins/siblings or dancing around while reciting every-single-word to some song that, at that very moment, was the greatest song you had ever heard…or pretending you were a part of some epic band in the mirror. Thanks to my mom introducing me to the pop culture of her childhood and the awesomeness of growing up in the 90’s, I have a fondness for children’s clothing that pays homage to the greats from generations past. Here are some of my favs.

Side-note: my all-time favorite may be the tee & onsie from Tribe is Alive that recites lyrics from Skee-Lo ‘I Wish‘. I actually remember watching this music video (you know, back when MTV was actually about the music) on my grandparents tv ( the kind that you actually couldn’t mount on a wall because the back end of the device was the size of a baby calf). I bounced around reciting the words with my cousin, so proud of myself for learning all the rap lyrics. Good times…good times.

Johnny Cash Raglan by Rowdy Sprout

Johnny Cash Raglan by Rowdy Sprout

Munster DMC by Munster Kids

Munster DMC by Munster Kids

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Munster ET Raglan Tee

Hendrix tank by Quinn and Fox

Hendrix tank by Quinn and Fox

The Who tee- Hatch For Kids

The Who tee- Hatch For Kids

2PAC tee- Hatch for Kids

2PAC tee- Hatch for Kids

Little Bit Taller Onsie- Tribe is Alive

Little Bit Taller Onsie- Tribe is Alive

Baller tee- Tribe is Alive

Baller tee- Tribe is Alive

Half Pint Kids Pack A Major Punch

Isabell, a SAHM, is the owner of Half Pint Kids and offers a collection of solid (as in, well designed&crafted!) children’s pieces. I could describe Half Pint Kids in 3 words: chic, classic, fun. Originally a felt bow brand operating under the name of Lil’Belle, Half Pint Kids has transitioned into an amazing small shop for the “hip half pint”.

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Small Shops + Knock-Offs|| Featuring Kid + Kind

If it is not obvious by my blog content that I am a champion for small, mom-run/owned shops, I’ll state it out right: I believe that there is no greater thought, care and love put into children’s apparel than that of the mom & pop shop! I take my hat off to the “mom-preneurs” who design, hand-stitch, hand package, and write thank-you notes, all after putting their kiddos to bed at night in order to live out their dreams of making amazing clothes for their little people and ours!

Some of these shops have quite a presence online and in their communities. Unfortunately, the spotlight not only brings adoring fans (myself included) but rivals. Even more heartbreaking, is that most of these rivals do not stand on the same standards that most mom-preneurs set for themselves and their brands yet make exact replicas of designs made by my beloved small-shops. Many mass produce on cheaply made clothes and, because of this, are able to sale their knock-offs for a fraction of the cost at a large profit.

Kid + Kind is small shop that has suffered from this practice. Please read, below, her story, in her own words, about her struggle and then enjoy the pictures of her amazing products that follow.

In recent months, I have seen more and more of my designs showing up as knock-offs that are manufactured in China and sold by people who are actually ‘following my [IG] account. I have tried to remain calm, but it sure feels discouraging. Despite what many of you may assume to know about me, I’m struggling to make it. I’m a single mother. Life-threatening complications during my pregnancy caused me to lose everything I’d spent my career working to build. The situation left me jobless, homeless, and without a dime to even buy diapers. I was a frail, lifeless, shadow of a human after the birth of my daughter and it took more than a year for me to gain back the physical strength I needed to begin working to build my life again.

We are still without all the things I mentioned above; we live with a family member who supports us while I attempt to build a new life. I started Kid+Kind a year ago and STILL every dime I make goes into making more product. My daughter and I STILL have nothing to stand on, no way to venture out on our own, nothing to call our own. While I spend day and night fighting for a chance to build something lasting for my tiny family, there are hundreds of people taking that away. This very moment, people are pulling the rug out from under me. I can’t go a day without seeing someone new selling knock-off items manufactured in China, undoubtedly by someone who is profiting. It’s disheartening. It’s actually heart-breaking…hope-breaking. It leaves me in tears, wondering if I’ve been wasting the kindness shown to me to start this company. It makes me worry that I won’t make it another season but these people will.

I don’t share much about my life, because quite frankly, I don’t want people to know what it’s like. It isn’t pretty IG pictures. It’s tough and it’s trying, but I’m sharing this because I am pleading with those of you who are buying and selling knock-offs to stop. Please. It isn’t victimless stealing.

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