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.

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!

Bobo Choses-Der Blaue Reiter

AND WE’RE BACK, MAMAS!

Bobo Choses’ SS 16 collection has completely given me life. Named, Der Blaue Reiter, Bobo Choses took inspiration from the Der Blaue Reiter art movement lasting from 1911 to 1914, fundamental to Expressionism, named after this Kandinsky painting:

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Other inspiration for this line come from the other genius artists that made up the movement:

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Franz Marc

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Auguste Macke

Beautiful, right? Well, Kandinsky, Marc, and Macke have been well represented in this line. Take a look at these beauties and tell me what you think.

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But, wait, it gets better. They have a mama line! WHAT?!

Twinning just got real.

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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

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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Mommy+Me|Twinsies!

One of the many perks of being a mom? Being able to twin it up with your kiddo (it’s only awkward if you match with your significant other…its totally acceptable to match with your child)! Here are some mama bears and their little ones sporting some amazing shops that’ve got you covered if you are feeling a little matchy-matchy. 😉

Best Friend Raglan from Indie Nook

Best Friend Raglan from Indie Nook (want red sleeves? no problem!)

Hummingbird Infinity Scarves by Little House In The Orchard

Hummingbird Infinity Scarves by Little House In The Orchard

Beanie + Scarf for mommy and her little man by Lemons & Lace

Beanie + Scarf for mommy and her little man by Lemons & Lace

Rad Mama + Rad Big Bro tees from Sandi Lake Clothing

Rad Mama + Rad Big Bro tees from Sandi Lake Clothing

Matching Headbands from Lemons & Lace (customizable fabric!)

Matching Headbands from Lemons & Lace (customizable fabric!)