Coral & Tusk


1. Baby Cat Ballerina Doll, 2. Bunny Booties for that sweet new bebe', 3. Bunny Ears Hair Clips4. Fox Tooth Fairy Pillow, 5. Rabbit Pouch Necklace, so charming!, 6. Heart Charm (Valentine's Day is coming up...hint, hint.), 7. Hedgehog Onesie, Hedgehogs have never been so adorable!, 8. Kitty Portrait Charm


While leafing through the February issue of Martha Stewart, I came across an article about this Brooklyn textile company named Coral & Tusk.  I was immediately smitten!  They are known for their embroidered Belgian linen pillows.  One of my favorites is the Fox Tooth Fairy Pillow. Ms. T is about to lose her first tooth.  Or so she says and I was thinking I need to be ready!

Even more charming are the whimsical animal pocket dolls in an array of woodland creatures.  Priced from $69-98, these are heirloom-quality that can be passed down for generations. However, what really caught my eye were the enchanting necklace charms and felt hair clips. I can surely see Ms. T hopping around with those bunny ears!  Most definitely check out Coral & Tusk (you can order online or Red Barn Mercantile in Alexandria carries them).  I think you will be smitten too!

p.s. If you are brave enough to try your hand at embroidering yourself, Coral & Tusk designed a pattern for Martha readers.  Find it here!

Color My World


Taking a little fashion detour to blog about a fun project Ms. T and I did last year.  As you know, Valentine's Day will be sneaking up on us shortly and if you are looking for an eco-friendly (and dentist-friendly!) cute gift, these crazy crayon hearts are sure to please.  

We followed these instructions from that maven of craftiness, Martha!  The project was fairly easy and, as you can see above, Ms. T really dove into the work of chopping up all of those crayons (Phew! that was a bit more labor-intensive than originally thought).  You can use any size or shape tin but we used a heart silicone mould I found at Hill's Kitchen. After baking, we packaged them up in clear treat bags and labeled them with a note saying, "You color my world!".  

Is there something special you do to celebrate your loved ones on V day?  Please share and leave a comment below!



Flashback to Inauguration 2009

Photos credit: Chuck Kennedy/Pool; Charles Dharapak; Applewhite/Pool.
Anyone else excited to see what the First Family wears tomorrow?  Personally, I think their look four years ago is timeless.  It will be interesting to see how their style has evolved. Especially, the girls.  What do you think?  Leave a comment below!

Doodle Bugs


I discovered these adorable travel artist journals made by P'kolino (pee-ko-lee-no) yesterday.  The set comes with 10 hexagon colored pencils and a pad of paper, all stylishly enclosed in this easy-to-clean canvas case (BPA free too!).  Perfect for your little artist to bring with on road trips or Spring Break.  Or grab one for a last-minute birthday gift. Available in green frog, orange monkey, blue robot or pink bug.  You can pick them up for $15 at Dawn Price Baby.  Too cute not to share!

RAIN, RAIN,

GO AWAY

1. Fisherman's Jacket in Retro Rose for $52, 2. Animal Adventure Tee in Kingfisher Blue for $19.20 (one sale), 3.Long Leggings in Lipstick Pink for $12.80 (on sale)4. Rainy Day Wellies in Sizzle Red for $32 (on sale).

Will this rain ever stop?  We might as well make the best of it!  The ensemble above is sure to brighten any grey day.  All from Mini-Boden.  Love the the Kingfisher in Wellies tee!

Fresh Kicks



It's the New Year and my babies need some new kicks!  I just learned about this limited edition collaboration with Converse and Crayola.  Chuck Taylors are just old-school cool on their own.  But with addition of fun hues taken straight from the crayon box, they are even more hip.  Moreover, most of the color combinations are gender-neutral! 

Another fun find is Chooze Shoes.  How adorable is that pair of mismatched sneakers?  They are made of 100% vegan materials and the company has an admirable mission.  

Lastly, my son is stoked with his new Shwings, "wings for your shoes"!  Very cool accessory for new shoes or to make your old shoes look new again.  They come in lace or velcro-style, in an amazing array of colors and patterns.  They are even fun for grown-ups too (I bought a pair for my runner BIL!).  You can find them online.  But I bought ours locally at Child's Play.

All of the above kicks are priced at $50 or under. Check 'em out!

1. Skechers* Triple Time Lights (Perfect for Valentine's Day!), 2. Chooze Purple Passion Mismatched Shoes, 3. Amiana Eyelet Lace High Tops4. Vans Old Skool V, 5. DC Kids Court Graffik* with Shwings in Turq Foil, 6. New Balance KE410 at Crewcuts, 7, 8 & 9. Converse Crayola Chuck Taylors.


*Ps:  I recommend Rack Room Shoes if you are in the DMV area.  Everyday they have a "buy one pair, pay half-off second pair" of shoes deal.  This is where I usually find good deals on Skechers, Ms. T's kicks of choice, and where I purchased the DC Kids skate shoes above.  Just thought I would share.

Reflections & Resolutions 

Dress: Ooh! La, La! 'Wow Dream' Dress. Vest: Mud Pie Baby Leopard Faux Fur Vest (purchased at The Purple Goose). 
Boots: Nordstrom 'Cassidy' Faux Leather Boot.  Headband: Gap Kids. Yamaha Guitar.
We are now into one week of 2013, so how are those resolutions working out?  This year I chose not to rush in to declaring what mine would be.  Let's face it, everyone has heard the "lose five pounds, get organized, eat more veggies!" resolutions.  I decided to reflect on how 2012 turned out first.  

2012 was my mid-life crisis year. I vowed to figure out "what am I going to do with the rest of my life?".  I'll admit that I'm not sure I figured it out completely.  But (big  BUT), I did make some progress and stepped a bit out of my comfort zone.  First, I took up a new hobby, Pottery, which I have always wanted to try.  Secondly, I started a new project, this blog (HUGE leap out of my comfort zone!).  So I would coin 2012 as my year of change. Change is good, right?

You are probably wondering what the above images have to do with resolutions.  I recently took these photos of Ms. T in the outfit her uncle sent her for Christmas.  He also generously gave her the guitar too since she has expressed interest in playing.  Looking at these photos, I realized how I wanted my upcoming year to reflect the fun, daring, carefreeness that my daughter always exhibits. Thus, I have chosen to take a cue from Ms. T and that 2013 will be my "colorful" year.  No more black or grey in my closet (I swear!). I declare to wear more color, to take more fashion risks, and add some fun to my wardrobe (but I'm still not buying into those Anthropologie Overalls!).  More importantly though, I want to be more colorful in spirit; brighter, bolder and joyful in life!

Have you made any interesting resolutions for 2013?  We would love to hear them!  Please share in the comments section below.




Tomboy

Dress: Gap Kids striped ruffle peplum (old, but similar here and here). Pants: Gap Kids lace trim leggings. Booties: Minnetonka double-fringe boots (on sale now!). Jacket: Gap Kids. Jewelry: Crewcuts ribbon-tied bauble necklace (last season but similar one here).
I was on a mini-hiatus from the blog to spend some quality time with the family during holiday break.  As the week winds down, I thought it was time to get back at it.  These photos were taken on just an ordinary day, while walking Mr. Buster (our dog).  Ms. T likes to hang out in this tree while he does "his business".  

I just adore these suede Minnetonka booties I got her (and she loves them too).  Great for walking around.  Or climbing trees. They add the right amount of bohemian-style to the outfit and look great with jeans or skirts.  What is interesting about this outfit is that Ms. T's dress is from last year.  It's a teensy bit too short to wear as a dress but pair it with some leggings and it becomes a tunic!  It's a great way to extend your daughter's wardrobe from season to season.

I also love the balance between free spirt and preppiness in this look. Naturally, no outfit is complete without a string of pearls.  I found the necklace on clearance from Crewcuts (JCrew) this summer.  I love that store for fun and sparkly jewelry and accessories for girls (I'm currently obsessed with anything monogrammed or personalized, like this letter necklace)!  

As many of you know, Ms. T is a true girly-girl at heart who only wants to wear dresses.  But every once in awhile her inner tomboy breaks out.  Do you have a tomboy or girly-girl in the family?  Tell me about it below.