Introducing the latest of my Bumblebean expert collections–“Double Trouble: Gifts & Gear for Twins”. In this collection you’ll find everything from a Bugaboo Twin Double Donkey Stroller” in six colors to the adorably paired “Thing 1 and Thing 2″ onesies, perfect for photo-ops. Plus, most items ship for free between now and September 9th (no code needed). Browse them at Bumblebean.
You already know that I’m a big fan of everything gold when it comes to office supplies and stationery (did you see my post on 7 Ways to Glam Up Your Desk with Gold Accessories?). One of our top affiliates, Minted, is now offering lots of indie-designed and unique foil-pressed personalized stationery and foil-pressed business cards for all of your personal and business correspondence needs. These designs are printed on luxe cardstock (the Minted folks are paper snobs like I am) and even arrive gift-ready in an embossed white gift box. My top pick: this Holla Hello Personalized Stationery ($2.60 each).
I’ve seen lots of clever resting places for iPhones, but these are definitely my new favorites. Pier 1′s Swingasan® holder and Papasan holder make an eye-catching, decor-friendly resting place for your phones. Each is made from wrought iron and hand-woven fabrics; buy them for $16 apiece at Pier 1.
I’m sad that summer is over (especially since it is actually very hot right now in NYC), but I’ve a brought bit of the beach indoors with this gorgeous new Coney Island Throw Pillow by photographer Mina Teslaru, from the Etsy shop Minagraphy. It perfectly matches other beachy and aqua/turquoise colored decor in my apartment. In addition to offering her beach photography as throw pillows, Mina also sells her photography as large-scale wall art (like the kind you might find on One Kings Lane, but at more affordable prices). This polyester poplin throw pillow (16″ square, insert not included but it’s a standard size) costs $38 and adds just the right “pop” of summer to any living room, den, or bedroom. Browse Minagraphy at Etsy.
I received a discount on my purchase at Minagraphy. I was not compensated for this post, and all opinions are, as always, entirely my own.
Each year, I send out a Rosh Hashanah photo greeting card. There aren’t too many options out there, but Tiny Prints consistenly has one of the best selections. This year, I chose Tov Typography, designed by Robyn Miller. The 5 x 7 cards can be customized with different edges, fonts, envelope colors, etc., but if you go with the basic options, they cost as low as $1.29 per card. Browse all of the Rosh Hashanah Photo Cards at Tiny Prints.
Now through Friday, September 5th, enjoy $25 off a $50 order at Tiny Prints with code “TPSAVE25″.
Editor’s Note: I’ll be taking the rest of the week off for some medical appointments for my kids, including a tonsillectomy for 11-year-old R. I’ll resume posting next Tuesday, September 2nd (in the meantime you can find me on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest). Have a great week!
A few weeks ago, I attended the ENK Children’s Show at Pier 94, featuring Spring 2015 kids’ clothing collections. I know, it sounds so far away, doesn’t it? Let’s hope next winter is mercifully short. Here are some of my favorite finds from various U.S., U.K., and Australian designers. Most of these items are not yet available to purchase yet online, but keep checking their individual websites.
1) Big Apple-themed layette and hand-sewn subway pillows by Tane Organics. I love Tane Organic’s baby clothing and accessories–all made from organic cotton and natural fibers. And these would make excellent baby gifts for new New Yorkers.
2) Twirl Raincoat ($95, available in berry or navy right now; aqua available in Spring ’15) by Oil and Water Rainwear. I introduced Oil and Water Rainwear to you a few months ago–this designer truly makes the most beautiful rain jackets and coats for girls that I’ve ever seen.
3) Little Crazy Fleurty dress (available now in pink, on sale for $87, originally $145; will be available in white for Spring ’15) by Lisa Perry Girls. I’ve always admired the bright, clean, Pop-art inspired graphics of Lisa Perry’s shift dresses for girls and grown-ups. I also found out they go all the way up to size 14, so my daughter can still wear these…hooray!
4) Pink and metallic party dress by Cupcakes and Pastries. I had a great conversation with the Cupcakes & Pastries designer about how tough it is to find dressy clothing for ‘tween girls that is age-appropriate. Cupcakes & Pastries hits the right note every time–girls will love how stylish and trendy these dresses are, while moms will appreciate they’re not overly revealing or “grown-up”.
5) Patterned girls jeans by Havoc Denim. This jean company hails from Melbourne, Australia and has trendy denim looks for girls of all ages, including patterned ankle-length jeans and Bermuda-length jean shorts.
6) Girls’ formal dresses by Kleinfeld Bridal. The legendary bridal house (of “Say Yes to the Dress” fame) has introduced a gorgeous line of formal dresses appropriate not only for flower girls, but also for other special black-tie occasions.
7) New toddler size dresses by Hudson Threads. I introduced Hudson Threads to you 5 years ago, admiring its retro-inspired, modern swing dresses for girls. Now, they’ve added sizes for their littlest fans, while still continuing big girl sizes.
8) Soldier-printed “babygro” by Rachel Riley. By now, you may know the name Rachel Riley as the British children’s clothing designer whose threads have been spotted on a certain royal baby. This proper-but-sweet one-piece is sure to be a top seller for Spring ’15.
9) Unisex hand-knit, eco-friendly clothing by U.K. designer Tootsa MacGinty. Besides its fun name, this company boasts gorgeous knitwear that has fun animal appliques and details, plus is machine washable, to boot.
10) Vinca, while not a clothing designer, obviously, is an accessory company I must share with you. Vinca makes adorable laser-cut jewelry here in the U.S.A. and has so many fun categories–I’m partial to the “science/nerd” motifs here. These are really geared towards tweens and teens, but frankly I’d wear them myself.
My daughter, a tall 11-year-old who now wears a size 12, is in her very last days of wearing kids’ clothes by some of my favorite brands like Tea Collection. Waaah. So I was glad when she chose some new clothes for herself from Tea’s new Germany-inspired arrivals. Above, she is wearing the Clotilde Chambray Quilted Vest ($45) over the Anni Garden Graphic Henley ($26.50), paired with her favorite dotted Gap Kids jeans. It’s a fun, age-appropriate look (I am so glad she doesn’t want to dress like a teenager just yet), and since she actually wears a uniform to school, I’m sure that this particular ensemble will get plenty of mileage on her weekends off.
p.s. Not to be forgotten, 8-year-old S. got some new Tea threads, too. Look for those in another post.
Our affiliate Wild Dill is closing out the summer with a 20% off coupon(“AUGUST”) that you can use sitewide. Wild Dill features a superb selection of organic, natural, and fair trade products for babies and kids. Here are some of my top picks:
1) Owl and Bird Personalized Framed Embroidery ($59). So pretty! This embroidered piece of art arrives matted and framed in a 11 x 14″ white wood frame. Other designs/themes available, too.
2) Maxomorra Organic Race Car Winter Bodysuit ($28, sizes 3-6mos or 9-12mos). I wasn’t familiar with the brand Maxomorra before, but I love it. Designed in Sweden, Maxomorra’s one-piece is made of 96% organic cotton and features a retro race car print.
3) Maple Landmark Wooden Shape Stacker (Color or Natural) ($22). Maple Landmark makes the best natural wooden toys, and this classic shape stacker is a winner for kids ages 2 and up. Handmade in Vermont from local, sustainably harvested solid hardwood maple and stained with non-toxic inks. Winner of the NY International Gift Fair Sustainability Award
Enjoy 20% off your order at Wild Dill with code “AUGUST” this month only.
Here’s a great deal that I’m personally going to take advantage of from one of our newest affiliates, Kiwi Crate. You’re probably familiar with Kiwi Crate as the award-winning “subscription box” activity kits for kids–inside each crate includes all the materials and inspiration for 2-3 enrichment activities focusing on a specific theme–such as Music, Color, Robots, or Safari. There’s even a very clever “sibling add-on” that gives you extra materials each month so that there are no sibling fights!
This month only, Kiwi Crate is offering a Back to School with Kiwi Crate promotional offer where new subscribers can save 50% on a new subscription with code BACKTOSCHOOL10. This is good all of their popular subscriptions like Monthly Subscriptions ($20 before, $10 with coupon), 6 Month Subscriptions ($110 before, $55 with coupon), and 12 Month Subscriptions ($205 before, $102.50 with coupon)–the longer the subscription you purchase, the more money you save.
I don’t know about you, but my kids love receiving surprise “crates” in the mail–and now that school is starting school, they’ll welcome some “fun” activities even more.
Here’s the deal! Go Back to School with Kiwi Crate and save 50% on any new subscription PLUS receive a bonus welcome kit with code BACKTOSCHOOL10.
While my 11-year-old daughter enjoys her birthday gifts today (some incredible Lego sets…more on them another time), I am enjoying a surprise gift from the proud Grandma–my own mom. She brought me those beautiful faux jade Bling Stud Earrings ($28) from C. Wonder. They come in a bunch of colors to match about any item in your wardrobe–this color is called “spearmint” and happens to match my current aqua Essie “Turquoise and Caicos” nail polish perfectly. Buy them at C. Wonder. And thanks, Mom!