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

Texas Summer is Still Strong- Swimsuits Needed

One of the few benefits of the Texas Summer Heat is that swimsuits go on sale waaaaay before southerners pack them away for the fall and winter. I mean, even though we are in hurricane season, we had 100+ degree weather a couple of weeks ago and that heat isn’t going away over night.

Also, I’m planning a trip to Puerto Rico in January so I’m still on the hunt for swimsuits for the kids. My babes are growing like weeds so I’m putting my scientific-mom brain to work to guestimate what size my kids will be in 5 months [insert a rolling eye emoji here].

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While my kids are about 17 months apart, I can’t help but think it’s adorable to match them like they are twins sometimes. Hopefully they won’t hate me for it when they get older. Hopefully I’ll realize that they are too old for this before they turn 12…..

Anyways, I found some super cute swimsuits that tend to my “twinning” obsession. Bobo Choses, Noe & Zoe, Tiny Cottons, and Nununu for the win.

Brand Review: Amae Co.

Amae Co. is a business locally owned in the San Francisco Bay Area by Stacie Lucas who is the co-owner and designer. I not only follow the brand’s IG account @amae.co but her personal/family account @thelucasdaily and I absolutely love her.

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She is very genuine and funny and off-beat and her kids are super cute and she makes it a point to interact with her followers in a meaningful way which keeps her accessible and lovable and one of the reasons why (I would think) people support her business. I know it is one of, many, the reasons I do! Not that I have tried to talk to her–I am very much an introvert so randomly starting convo is not my forte. But if I was one of those people that easily interacted with others, I’d totally choose to @ Stacie. Fact.

When I first became pregnant with my daughter (as I’ve said a million times before), I immediately began seeking out original, heirloom pieces for her closet. Amae Co. started out as Duchess & Lion, an Etsy shop–that’s where I was first introduced to Stacie’s work.

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Back when she wasn’t making clothes more than a handful at a time and mamas were setting their clocks to get pieces when D&L would drop a new line. You know me, I love a good “crazy carting” experience.

Since then, D&L has grown and been rebranded to the current Amae Co. and I am still as in love with (if not more) the pieces. The photos below are from The Fish Bar drop, Amae Co.’s latest line.

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I have been buying Stacie’s pieces for almost 3 years now and every item is superb. I fall in love with the shirt, dress, head-wrap, every time I put it on my baby girl. Another plus is that a wider range of more affordable pieces are showing up in her lines, all while remaining responsibly and ethically made. AND she has added a boys line as well! Now RJ and rock this brand with his sister. Win-win.

Brand Review:Wrare Doll

I was the mom-to-be that swore I would not dress my daughter like a human doll/prima-donna. It wasn’t my style, I hated the idea that ‘the pinker, the better’ is an actual rule of thumb for dressing infant/toddler girls.

I stuck to my guns for a long time–Makenzie wore blue, yellow, black, brown…she didn’t even own a skirt until she was almost 2. I was told, on multiple occasions, how cute my “son” was. I was, by no means, dressing my baby girl like a boy but the fact that I wasn’t following the socially accepted norm of gender specific apparel, clearly, confused people.

Anyways, I gave you that long, drawn out intro to explain the weight behind the fact that I am absolutely in love with the tutus found at Wrare Doll. They are extremely whimsical and girly and fun and so much of everything that I was completely against at first.

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Now, I am completely obsessed with the tutu trend. This is compounded by the fact that Makenzie will soon be in dance class. I never thought I would be excited to be a dance mom. Don’t get me wrong, I hope that she turns to competitive, team sports like I did but I’m down for the ride either way. Anyways, who says you can’t wear tutus and play basketball? Not at the same time…but you get what I’m saying.

Wrare Doll is owned and operated by Annie Casale out of Florida and worth checking out.


 Still being true to my naturally tom-boyish ways, I bought my babe a black tutu and styled it a little edgy by tying her shirt up. I’m thinking this is the perfect compromise of my style and what Wrare Doll is all about.

What do you think?

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- Liboosha

Over the past few months, Liboosha, has been “breaking the internet” (You have no idea how long I’ve been waiting to say that) with mini releases of über rare pieces for your little ones. Mostly on their IG handle @liboosha. I have missed all of these & have been all together heartbroken. (Have I mentioned that I am a little dramatic?)

These babies (below) were actually released on their website. I missed out on these too because my ninja hands failed me and everything sold out in minutes. I was especially lusting over the crop top. I mean, LOOK at those colors and the fringe and the pattern…I wanted to add that Milly’s wardrobe so bad–you have no idea.


  
  

If the pieces above don’t convince you to join in on the crazy carting world that is Liboosha, take a look at these tees (below). Hand sewn, dyed, and printed by the one-woman show that runs this amazing brand.12976397_621144388032702_1445940219_n.jpg12918472_877619722346871_456303730_n.jpg

These tees were released at the end of April & I snagged both. Yesssss.

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!