Prince George’s Playdate Outfit

george-playdate-outfitWhile his Mum’s Tory Burch dress from the same occasion has already sold out, if you’ve got money to spare you can replicate everything in Prince George’s handsome playgroup outfit–Rachel Riley handsmocked sailboat dungarees ($129),Chelsea Clothing Company’s Milo Bodysuit (£14.99), and Early Days’ Alex Pre-Walkers (£24.99). But be sure to hurry. Moms everywhere are copying this look!

p.s. Thanks to Prince George Pieces for identifying the sources!  I, of course, am working on finding less expensive versions of this outfit…stay tuned.

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Monogrammed Tortoise Cuff

tortoise-cuffI’ve mentioned the tortoise trend here before, and I’ve found some great tortoise fashion jewelry at the site Fornash.com (another find I made via Instagram). This monogrammed tortoise cuff is a trendy gift for any woman (keep it in mind for Mother’s Day…) and can be ordered in a plain version too. Buy it for $40 (and be sure to browse the other cool jewelry, too) at Fornash.

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Pretty New Dresses at Tea Collection

Oooh, our affiliate Tea Collection has lots of especially pretty dresses this Spring in its Morrocan-inspired collection.  Here are two of my favorites:

Blooming Lily Shift Dress ($39, sizes 2 years to 12 years).  How sweet is this?  This lilac confection (also available in trendy lemon yellow) is 100% cotton and has blooming petals framing the neckline.

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Nabila Embroidered Sparkle Dress ($59, sizes 6-12mos to 12 years).  I love the pretty embroidery, ruffled sleeves, and matching bloomers (for infant sizes only) in this linen/cotton set.

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Bumblebean Picks: Let’s Get Personal

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Remember I told you that I am a new “expert curator” at the online kids’ boutique Bumblebean?  Bumblebean features a hand-picked selection of the best indie and eco-friendly clothes, décor, toys, and books for your kiddos.  ”Expert curators” like yours truly create shopping collections by theme to make shopping easy for you.  And there’s free shipping to boot.

One of my favorite collections I’ve curated recently is “Let’s Get Personal, which includes these gifts:

Classic Baby Block ($35, arrives in gift box)

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Baby Jax Personalized Stroller Blanket ($58, also available in blue)

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Name Puzzle Stool in Primary Colors ($74, includes free gift wrapping)

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My Very Happy Birthday Personalized Book ($32.95, girls’ version available, too)

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Shop from this and my other collections at Bumblebean.

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Flashback Friday: PB Teen Store Opening in NYC

Editor’s Note:  This post was first published in March 2009.

I had the pleasure of previewing the new 1600 sq ft PB Teen store at 1451 Second Avenue (76th St.) in New York yesterday. I even got to bring R. along who was quite taken with the “teen” looks considering she is only five (her favorite item: this “Furlicious” Beanbag). The new store looks terrific and is ready for its celebratory opening at 10am sharp on Saturday, March 21st. The first 100 people to walk in will receive a cool backpack as a gift, and will have the chance to win a $1,000 room makeover. Don’t miss it!

Here are some of shots from inside the store:

Girls’ Blue Bubble Bedding, Girls’ Soccer Decal, and Beadboard Collection Super Bed Set. The Bubble bedding set is one of their top-sellers, and the modular bed/shelving “superset” is a very smart space-saver (lots more storage under and around the bed, too):

Boys’ Henley Stripe Quilt & Sham, Ultimate Dresser Storage Bed Set, and Rush the Field wall mural. This bed/shelving unit is another smart choice for smaller spaces:

Tropical totes. Aren’t these pretty? Pop a changing pad inside and you can use it as a diaper bag:

Skateboard Shelves. I love these shelves for a boys’ room:

Bubble Dot Mirror Set and Bubble Dot Decals. I featured these mirrors here at the blog once before; I really like them paired with the removable decals, too. Also check out the “Crinkle Puff” monogram pillow- another favorite.

Lots of the above items happen to be on sale right now; check out the Spring Sweet Steals (including affordable gifts for ‘tweens and teens) at PB Teen.

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Stationery Spotlight: Ecka & Pecka

My favorite trade show of the year, the National Stationery Show is about 7 weeks away and I am so excited.  And I realize I never even finished showing you all of my finds from last year’s show (though if you want a recap of what I’ve already shared, check out 2013′s top debut exhibitors, kids’ stationery products, and trends).

Another card designer I wanted to show you is Ecka & Pecka, which makes very funny, tongue-in-cheek cards that especially appear to Gen X-ers like me:

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You can find a nice selection of Ecka & Pecka cards at Cardstore.com.

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Duchesses…They’re Just Like Us

prince-george-baby-gapDid you hear that the Duchess of Cambridge was spotted earlier this week ducking into a London branch of Baby Gap to buy Prince George some outfits for their upcoming Australian tour? According to the UK’s Daily Mail, she bought him this Contrast-Trim Stripe Footed One Piece ($24.95) and some other items, all in a quick 20 minute trip (including standing in line with everyone else to pay by credit card).  If you want to read what else she bought for little George (and herself!), click here.

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Bargain Alert: Dressy Clothing at Gymboree

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Gymboree is having great deals on dressy clothing right now–up to 60% off some outfits (even new arrivals).  I am eyeing this Shiny Bow Dress (with coordinating Shrug Sweater) for R. since she loved Gymboree’s similar silver taffeta dress so much last Fall. The pink dress shown above is on sale now for just $28.98 (regularly $56.95); browse this and other lovely fancy Spring clothing for boys and girls at Gymboree.

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