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?

Renegade Craft Fair-ATX Style

This past weekend, I took the kids to Austin. The Renegade Craft Fair was in town and I had been wanting to go since last year when I first found them during a late night, internet troll session.

The Renegade Craft fair is ran independently and curates the best in DIY-ers, artist, makers, and designers. This fair is held all over the country and in London. Luckily, Austin is just a short drive from home.

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It was a complete celebration of small businesses with food trucks, samples, and live music. And this may not be a highlight to some people but the Fair Market is equipped with nice, clean bathrooms so…. no port-a-potties! (If you are raising one or more toddlers, you completely understand why I was so happy about real bathroom access).

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While I was there, I was able to see and speak to some businesses that I was currently aware of and loving their work (like Stay Home Club) as well as find some new and amazing brands to swoon over (like Piper Press & Lemon Glaze Ceramics).

I bought these awesome pins from Stay Home Club:

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This print from Piper Press that I am SUPER excited to put in the kids’ room:

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This amazing herbal tea ‘Cougar Tranquilizer’ and robot tea infuser:

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The girl with the cool hair working the booth explained to me that the tea is naturally sweetened by liquorish root. It tastes AMAZING.

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I bought this candle ‘Hippie Scent’ that has a heavier musk smell which is my go-to in my bed- and living room. The girl at the booth said that during their last burning test, the candle burned for 82 hours (although most burn for about 70). Most soy candles this size only burn 30-40 hours so this was a great value.

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I loved my interactions with all the vendors but the business that stole my heart was Lemon Glaze Ceramics.

I bought the Tupac bowl but the entire set is amazing.

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Carmen Aberasturi is the maker and founder of Lemon Glaze ceramics. If you go to her site, you’ll notice that these ceramics are not featured. She explained that her daughter loves hip hop and that she made these as a going away gift for college. When her daughter got to college, her friends freaked at how cool the dishes were and asked the daughter if her mother could make the same dishes for them. They became an instant hit and Carmen explained that her daughter said she should make more and sale them at the fair. “I just listen to my daughter. She knows.”

Carmen is the sweetest little lady you will ever meet and the dishes really are a hit. I took my dish to work to decorate my desk and have been asked by several people for Carmen’s contact information.

Gotta love the makers, creators, movers, and shakers of the world! I hear that the New York fair is the biggest with over 500 vendors. Traveling to NYC to see the Renegade Craft Fair in all it’s glory is definitely on my to-do list now.

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.

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