Month: March 2011

Orange you glad spring is here?

What is it about orange on children that just makes me feel happy? It’s so springy and bright and optimistic–although of course, I look terrible in it myself. Wah. I love what one of my favorite small designers, Beth Miles of Ses Petites Mains, is doing with orange by tempering it with a seersucker plaid and some romantic ruffles to turn it into the cutest little dress for girls. [don’t miss a great discount and awesome giveaway after the jump!] The Betty Shirtwaist Dress, like all of the designs, is produced and designed entirely in San Francisco and made to...

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Undecorate my house, please!

My heart skips a beat when a new shelter magazine arrives in the mail, but ten minutes of flipping through the pages usually leaves me wanting more. The houses are too perfect, too expected and too completely out of touch with my life and my very imperfect house. Christiane Lemieux, founder of DwellStudio, gets it with her new book, Undecorate: The No-Rules Approach to Interior Design. Undecorate features twenty houses from around the country that, although very different from each other, share a common thread of being chic, personal and exciting. Each house looks lived in by real people....

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Bedtimes are not enchanting. These children’s pajamas are.

I have a lot of words for our current putting-of-the-kids-to-sleep experience. With a bed-jumping preschooler and a bedtime-book-ripping baby, “magical” is not one of them. Or at least it hasn’t been. But maybe that’ll change with the right sleepwear. This enchanting line of children’s pajamas by Noeuf–or “pyjamas” consdiering these babies are European–seems like everything dreams are made of. Made with organic cotton that looks as soft as the night is long (or as long as it should be, dear children who wake before the dawn), the prints are whimsical–and ooh-aah-adorable. Just look at those fairy wings, sketched right onto the...

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A book about seasons as beautiful as spring

Ah spring. The birds are chirping, the buds are poking through the soil, and if you ask the sigOth, miniskirts are making appearances on the leggy 20-somethings in our neighborhood. What’s not to love? Right in time, I’ve found a delicious little book to help the kids understand and celebrate the changing of the seasons. It’s called, aptly, Seasons, and Swiss author/illustrator Anne Crausaz does a beautiful job describing the small joys and big changes that each season brings, starting with spring. This isn’t the same old “oh look–the flowers have buds” kind of book. It reads almost like...

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SPF Moisturizer that’s green and clean? Sold!

Relying on an SPF moisturizer alone has always worried me just a little bit. With hours of playground and beach time ahead of me this summer, I need my skin to be well protected (and to look pretty, too). But I’m a tough customer when it comes to my sun protection. My SPF has to be a physical block, like titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, and be free of as many toxins as possible. It’s hard to find that all in one facial moisturizer. And yet, I found a new product that fits the bill: Super by Dr. Nicholas...

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The baby in black (for just a little Cash)

Love may be a burning thing… but it doesn’t have to make a fiery ring. In your wallet, anyway.  What am I going on about? Oh, maybe just the cutest pint-sized nod to one of the world’s most notable singers. This Johnny Cash Pomade Kids’ Tee by Sourpuss evokes so much rockabilly attitude, I almost can’t look right at it. I love its vintage-y image in gold on black and totally dig the huge mike, front and center. Love, too, that it’s available for super-junior Johnnies or for bigger kids up to 4T. Plus: it’s only $20 at Mimi & Red–a...

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Bizarre love triangles

Usually, when I hear the words “geometry” or “polymer clay,” I start daydreaming about cupcakes until the conversation comes back around to something I dig. Like cupcakes. But as soon as I saw the cool jewelry by nomilktoday, I perked right up. Originally, I thought they were made of paper origami, which wouldn’t last. Nope. It’s polymer clay, and it’s bizarrely elegant and cool. Each of these pieces is created of hand-cut and textured polymer clay by nomilktoday‘s Eva from Athens, Greece. We haven’t actually seen one live, but the feedback at her Etsy shop is 100% positive and...

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The paper crown princess

If I had a dollar for every princess themed birthday party I’ve been to, including my daughter’s birthday party…well, I’d be able to pay for our next goodie bags. If you get suckered into hosting one with the ever-so-popular theme, I love these paper crowns which are so charming and special. They help me envision a new take on the princess party with a more classic than Disney vibe. The paper crowns (update: now available at Present and Correct) actually happen to be cards that fold up nicely and come with a matching envelope, all with a cool retro style. With the...

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Best baby books? – Reader Q+A

Any suggestions for a good baby book? I saw the “Baby’s First Year Journal” in your Ultimate Baby Shower Guide but I’m wondering if you have any other cool things you’ve found out there? -Janet First of all, our all new 2012 Baby Shower Gift Guide is going to be out any day now. You’re in for a treat! But back to your question–we’ve found no shortage of super cool baby books of all varieties. What we seem to be lacking, however is the time to fill them out. For you motivated mamas who are ready to document those...

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Swaddling blankets for the swaddling impaired

It used to drive me crazy when my son was a newborn that I couldn’t learn how to swaddle properly with a swaddling blanket. My husband could. In fact, everybody else could. Why wasn’t this genius product around then? I could have looked like a swaddling superstar! What’s cool about TrueWomb is that it not only secures your baby into the fetal position, which is how they feel most comfortable at that age, but is also made with stretchy, breathable, cotton, so that babies can extend their bodies and move their arms around when they want to–unlike the traditional...

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