Mini Couture + Giveaway* (Closed)

From top left, clockwise: Jason Wu Red Dress $59.99, Jason Wu Polka Dot Dress $59.99, Marchesa Floral Dress $79.99, Marchesa Beaded Dress $99.99.

You are never too young for high fashion!  Debuting on Saturday 12/1, the Target and Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection.  Designed by today's top designers, and sold exclusively at both Target and Neiman Marcus, the collection includes everything from clothing to home goods. The little girl dresses would be perfect for a family holiday photo or a day out at The Nutcracker.  Priced at a fraction of the usual designer prices, they are hard to resist.  And let's not forget Mom.  I'm loving the lacy LBD below for myself.  Better snag them before they're all gone!  

Robert Rodriguez Dress $99.99.

In honor of this holiday collection and in celebration of the launch of Hopscotch Sketchpad, we are giving away a $50 Target gift card to one random winner.  So how do you enter? 

1. First, subscribe to my blog feed and then comment on this post.  Tell me whether you like to dress up for the holidays.  Or do you prefer to lounge in your PJs all day?

If you would like two additional chances, then:
1.  Like Hopscotch Sketchpad on Facebook.
2.  Follow me on Twitter.
3.  If you do all three, you get three chances to win.  Just state that you did so in your comment. 

The giveaway ends at midnight on December 2nd.  The winner will be chosen by Random.org.  Check back here on Monday, December 3rd to see if you won. Good luck!

*Giveaway is open to all U.S. readers, 18 years and older.


My Heart A"Flutters"

From left clockwise: Flutters "Kimberly" Leggings, "Amy" Leggings, "Nancy" Leggings, "Evelyn" Leggings.
Just spotted on Zulily today, these super adorable knit skirted leggings from Flutters!  My personal favorite is the Kimberly.  

How much easier will these make your mornings getting your kids dressed and off to school? And looking very stylish to boot.  Priced at $11.99 each, one pair may not be enough.  A great basic for girls on the go!

Puggy Love

Graphic Pug T: Gap Kids (Pug is sold out but Scotty dog available here). Faux Fur Shrug: Cherokee for Target (last year's; similar one here). Pants: Sparkle French Terry Pants from Tea Collection. Shoes: Stride Rite Ballet Flat (on sale right now for $17.99!).  Headband: Old, purchased from Lemon Twist in Arlington, VA.

I have a confession to make.  We are a teensy bit obsessed with Pugs in our household!  It may have something to do with this little guy.

Mr. Buster
Both Ms. T and I have amassed quite the collection of graphic Pug tees (and I am not the least bit ashamed to admit that!).  I love how Ms. T pulled this outfit together, matching her shoes to the little red bow on the shirt.  

Do you notice anything else unusual?  Yep, that's right.  Ms. T is wearing pants!  Not tights, not leggings.  But a pair of honest-to-goodness real BIG GIRL pants!  I saw them in Dawn Price Baby and knew they were the ones that could convert my pants-aversion girl.  They are fabulous with silver threads sewn throughout (difficult to see in the photo).  Just perfect for my Ms. Fancy Pants.  

So is there a certain article of clothing that your little girl (or boy) refuses to wear?  Or insists on wearing ALL THE TIME?  Like, perhaps, a certain Pug tee that needs to be dug out of the hamper. We would love to hear about it.  Please leave a comment below.

Toasty About Town


Jacket: Gap Kids (on sale now, similar one here). Leggings: Children's Place. Boots:  "Ravenna" Pewter from Nordstrom (great deal at $34.95!).  Hat: Lamb hat by Everest Collection from Eastern Market.  Photo taken at The Fridge.

As some of you may know, today was Small Business Saturday.  Ms. T and I decided to hit the local shops in our lovely neighborhood of Capitol Hill.  So we layered up, donned our snazzy boots and headed out the door.  

Mom Boots
First stop was Tabula Rasa which was hosting A Holiday Gift Collective.  We scored some charming hand-made headbands from Elon Augustus for Ms. T.  After hitting a few more shops, we took a little shopping break and enjoyed a sweet at Hello Cupcake. 



Our last stop was our usual favorite, the Flea Market at Eastern Market.  We spotted the vendor with the whimsical animal hats.  A great value and gift idea at $10.  I tried to talk her into the pony hat but she insisted on the lamb.  I have to agree, it looks pretty darn cute on her!  

Shoe La La


Joyfolie Champagne Sparkle "Ciara" T-strap Sandals

Aren't these magnificent?  I purchased a pair of these last week for Ms. T to wear to our annual date to The Nutcracker.  They were on special through Gilt.com and I just couldn't resist.  But lo and behold, I see they're on sale at Belle & Clive for even less!  I guess my rotten timing is your good fortune.  

p.s. "Shoe-La-La!" is one of Ms. T's favorite books.  Perfect for any shoe-obsessed girl!

Cozy Toes

Garnet Hill Boiled Wool Kids' Slippers


These slippers have been a huge hit in our household for quite some time.  Both my kids LOVE them.  We currently own the "dragon" and "unicorn".  Besides the incredibly charming designs, they are warm and sturdy (they have held up well to my rough 10 year old!).  Although a bit on the pricey-side, Garnet Hill is now having a special on them through December 4th; regularly $44, now on sale for $33. Sizes 04-3 (I usually order a size up to get more than one season out of them).  Snatch them up before they run out. They are the perfect gift! Which one is your favorite?


Ready, set, design!


And what could be even cooler than designing your very own pair of slippers?!  Click on the link above and learn how to enter Garnet Hill's What-a-Character Slipper Contest. You could be chosen to design a pair of slippers for next year and win a $100 gift card. Contest ends on December 4, 2012.  To grandmother's house we go, with road trip project in hand.  Good luck!

Move over, Suri.  There's a new kid in town!


Shirt: Old Navy tutu cute (similar one here) . Denim Vest: H&M. Skirt: H&M pink ombre tulle (similar one here). Shoes: Skechers.  Tights: Footless pink sparkle from Target. Headband: Gap Kids (find them here).

I spotted this denim vest in H & M this fall and had to get it for Ms. T.  I snagged the last one off of the mannequin! It's obvious why it was such a popular item.  It's just the right amount of edginess and it will work from season to season.  Plus, it was a steal at $17.95!  Unfortunately, they are all sold out.  But there are still many adorable faux fur vests available online.  See a couple below:
L to R: H & M faux fur and suede vest. Wedgeon persian leopard vest.

And should you fancy a similar look for yourself, I found this hip jacket for Mommy:
Lucky Brand Tiffany fur collar denim jacket

Pretty in pink



Shirt: Harajuku Mini for Target (on sale now!). Skirt: H&M pink ombre tulle (similar one here). 
Shoes and socks: Gap Kids (old).  Headband: Gap Kids (find them here).

The outfit that inspired the blog.  Styling by Ms. T.  Enjoy.