IT list: favorite stocking stuffers for baby, boys & girls

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Holiday Stocking Stuffers for your little ones.  See which personality fits them best.

The Rock Star

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1. Preschool of Rock Everything Makes a Sound CD

2. Little Trendstar T-Shirt

3. Mini Rodini Temporary Tattoos

4. Musical Egg Shakers

5. Little Alouette Skull Teether

The Princess

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1. Atsuyo et Akiko Crown Necklace

2. Oeuf Crown

3. Tutu du Monde Hair Clip

4. Piggy Paint in Glass Slippers

5. The Adventures of Sophie and the City

The Animal Lover

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1. Gingiber Animal Number Flashcards

2. Schleich Animal Figurines

3. Land of Nod Animals Rattles

4. Dover’s Wild Animals Fun Kit

5. Oeuf Deer Mask

The Astronomer

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1. Noe & Zoe Cloud and Stars Headband

2. Discovery Kids Hanging Planets and Stars

3. How to Catch A Star by Oliver Jeffers

4. Bobo Choses Star Socks

5. Pocket Telescope

The Foodie

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1. Under the Nile Grapes Teether

2. Egmont Toys Mushroom Bank

3. Piccolini Hot Dog Pretzel Tee

4. DK Children’s Cookbook

5. The Curious Chef Utensils for Kids

GIVEAWAY: Preschool of Rock music package

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Winner will be announced December 14, 2012.

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little style of the day: holiday collection at the children’s place + giveaway

The Children’s Place has a wide selection of affordable holiday fashions for children- newborn to 14 years of age.  Whether it is for your holiday card, family photo or picture with Santa, The Children’s Place is your go-to resource this season for fun, on-trend wardrobe essentials.

Check out our holiday picks for baby, boys and girls and enter to win our giveaway (see below for details)

GIVEAWAY: $25 gift card to The Children’s Place

‘LIKE’ both LSF and The Children’s Place on Facebook and write a wall post “Children’s Place Holiday Giveaway”
Or
Follow LSF and The Children’s Place on Twitter and tweet “Children’s Place Holiday Giveaway”
Winner will be announced December 7, 2012.
Little Style Finder was not compensated for this post.

IT list: babesta’s top holiday picks + small business saturday discounts, 11/24

Babesta is one of my favorite neighborhood boutiques  in NYC. For years, Jennifer Cattaui has been introducing parents to trendy children’s wears that conjure up a bit of funky urban culture, connecting downtown New York style with independent artists and designers. Babesta gives style-savvy parents an alternative to the typical designs of baby and toddler clothing and accessories. From boutiques across the country, these are holiday “musts” for your little ones.  Looking to splurge- be sure to check out the custom unicorn head!

1.  ESP No. 1 Jeans: This line is all about modern, unisex looks. Gorgeous cuts and fabrication, and a great fit. Made in USA. We love the poppy colors in “new neutrals” that mix and match with loads of things.  $72

2.  Mini Rodini Undies: We love Mini Rodini full stop (we’ve carried it for years and were the first in the states (or pretty close to it) to sell the brand. Although there are literally TONS of styles that are completely off the hook for the season, we chose for our top 20 the undies. We did because we normally don’t sell undies and undies aren’t normally something that are so “considered” and beautiful, but these are! They feature the illustrations of artist and head of the company Cassandra Rhodin, that find inspiration from her family’s circus heritage.  We thought these were so adorable that we couldn’t resist. This is a great present from that practical person who needed to show a little flair. Love the panda face. $22 for 2-pack.

3. Snow Globe by Seedling Kids: We love the craft collection from Seedling Kids and we thought the snow globe was a perfect wintertime activity. You mold the clay, bake it like a shrinky dink and then let it set. Later you add water and glitter and voila! This is a great, whimsical snowy-day activity! $28

4.  Loog Guitar: This guitar started off as an academic project in 2010 by designer Rafael Atijas (his master’s thesis). It was launched via Kickstarter, with a goal to raise $15,000 and they raised $65,618. People were excited about the product. The three-string guitar makes it fun and easy for kids to play music. Rafael believes that building the guitar is an integral part of the experience–to be a real guitar hero you have to build it.  $149

5. Sublime tee by Rowdy Sprout: We love the line Rowdy Sprout and have been carrying it forever. We adore the Sublime tee for its awesome graphic of the classic SKA band—the bright colors, soft wash and cool raglan sleeves make this shirt simply awesome. Made in California! $37

6. Starry Sweatshirt Dress by Bobo Choses: Bobo Choses, out of Barcelona Spain is one of the most inventive, creative clothing lines on the market today. This line incorporates stars, faces and cats. We love this dress for its simplicity, which is a hallmark of the line, coupled with handmade touches like the cross embroidery at the bottom of the dress. The construction is excellent and the brand is carried in but a few U.S. boutiques. $72

7. Cardishirtigan by La Miniatura: Project Runway’s Jeffery Sebelia was the rebel of the show and that rocker attitude shows through in his line of cool boys’ clothing. This cardishirtigan is half cardigan half button down shirt, and the mixed medium makes it super cool and comfortable. We love Sebelia’s designs in this line. He is the king of cool, rocker boys’ clothing. $104

8. A for Apple Fair Aisle sweatshirts: There’s nothing that says winter in fashion more than Fair Aisle and these sweatshirts by Hong Kong based A for Apple take that winter feeling and add an upbeat optimism by using a great bright color palette. A for Apple has excellent quality, washes well and is super stylish. These sweatshirts are very thick and soft, and will definitely be a go-to style for a little girl or fashion-forward boy. $82-$88

9. Indie Button Factory by Chronicle: Kids love to bring a little flair to their book bags, coats and shirts. Making their own buttons is a fun way to express themselves. We love the indie spirit of this set – it’s right up Babesta’s alley! Great DIY for boys or girls. $18.95

10. Smash Scrapbook and accessories kit: We were blown away with this kit – it’s so on point and fun. It makes you want to grab all of your photos and ticket stubs and the rest and come up with a great creative project. This is a perfect gift for a tween, new parent—or really anyone who wants to capture memories in a super cool way. There are even “baby book” versions for mom!

11. Yoshitomo Nara My Sweet Dog Pull Toy by Vilac: Although this isn’t brand new, it is a hot seller for our design conscious clientele. Vilac has been manufacturing toys in France for over 80 years and has some of the most innovative designs. Smoothed, sanded and lacquered by craftsmen. Nara is a super-groovy pop artist from Japan who came on the scene in the 90’s. $92

12. Coco to Go by Bloom: This is the most versatile bouncer on the market. The soothing vibration calms babies. 3 in one lounger, rocker and seat. Folds up almost flat, making it ideal for travel. $199

13. Caravan Crib & Dresser by Kalon Studios: These cribs are made in the U.S.A. The innovative designs are highly recognized and are made of materials that are renewable, eco-friendly, bio degradable and sustainably forested. There are various color options that can be combined with their trademark raw finish. Each piece crib $895 in color (can come plain for $695); dresser $1395 plain, $1495 in color.

14. Facebook by Chuck Close: (Abrams) Artist Chuck Close is an American painter and photographer who achieved fame as a photo realist. Close suffers from facial blindness (can’t remember faces) and has found that when he paints portraits he is better able to recognize people. This book is dedicated to such portraits. Having suffering a spinal artery collapse in 1988, he is paralyzed yet continues his art and continues to inspire. $18.95

15. Crowded Teeth Wall Art: This Etsy superstar Michelle Romo was hand picked by Babesta because we fell so hard for the cool styling. Whimsical with bold graphic influence and great sense of humor. $30-$60.

16. Auggie Robot March Bedding: The fun prints are perfect for little boys who don’t want to be too cutesy. 100% cotton, made in India. crib sheets $45, shams $40, toddler duvets $115, twin duvets $145, sleep sacks, everyday blanket $78.

17. Bugaboo Cameleon Stroller C3 Neon: Bugaboo has always been our go-to stroller. You ask any Babesta associate and that will be the top pick. We love that they jumped on the neon craze with these cool neon wheels, stitching and beautiful metallic blue frame. $1059

18. Low Temperature Bunting by 7AM Enfant: Whenever we would instruct a new mom to use the amazing 212 blanket by 7AM Enfant, we’d say “don’t put a coat on the baby – the only thing you have to remember is that this is super warm.” For any baby who is feeling overheated (or will be going in and out of the stroller and needs a coat, etc., this low temperature bunting is has all of the style  but a little less heat for in-between weather (fall, spring and “already bundled up” winter). Chalet-chic styling. $138  (0-6M); $158 (6-18M); $178 (1Y-3Y).

19. Gummi Bath Toys by Jellio: The design house Jellio works out of Red Hook Brooklyn. They have been a favorite of Babesta for years. We will have their newest crop of Gummi lights (coming in November) as well as other sweet-as-candy home décor goodies. They broke the mold of furniture design when they recently came up with these cavity-free bath toys fashioned after kids’ favorite treats. $28

20. Unicorn Head by DFC: The Mexican design duo casts some of the most amazing animal heads in glitter, gold, silver and any color you desire. We love the unicorn head for its cool yet girly appeal, though the gold glitter cat head is a very close second! Custom made, from $750.

AND, don’t forget Small Business Saturday taking place on November 24th, 2012, which Babesta is taking part in!

Babesta Threads and Cribz has banded together with 17 other TriBeCa businesses who are celebrating Small Business Saturday — so if “doorbusters” isn’t your style and you prefer small batch, unique goods for your baby, child, friend or family member, then TriBeCa will be the place to be! Together, the businesses created a map and listed all of the sales and promotions for each of the downtown businesses, and they invite everyone to make a fun day of shopping downtown!
For Small Business Saturday, Babesta is offering day-long discounts—20% off* in the Threads store (and they just got some amazing new stock including new styles of Mini Rodini coats, Rowdy Sprout tees, adorable new barrettes and toys) and 10% off* goods in Cribz, so it’s a perfect time to think nursery, footmuffs, wall art, feeding goods and more. Babesta will have giveaways throughout the day (toys, discounts, etc!), goodies to nosh on, and festive music.
*Note: Excluded from the sale are Bugaboo items and already sale items.

 

little style of the day: zippy suits

Zippy Suits, based in the UK and founded by a mom of 2, are the practical solution to the frustrating problem of correctly matching up snaps on baby footies. Zippy Suits have a single zip along the leg instead of many pairs of snaps. This speeds up baby changing which makes the whole experience easier for both parents and babies. The matching bandana bibs are great, too!

  • Comfortable for baby- Luxuriously soft 100% cotton that washes very well.
  • Easy to use- Simply zip along the leg, no frustrating snaps;  zip guard and a cover over the fastened zip pull
  • Matching bandana bibs are super absorbent with 2 thick layers to keep babies dry and have 2 alternative snap fastenings so bib fits as your baby grows
  • Variety of colors/designs

 

Little Style Finder was not compensated for this post, but did receive a sample Zippy Suit and bib for purposes of this post.  All opinions expressed are solely those of Little Style Finder.

Shopstyle unveils a new makeover

Little Style Finder is thrilled to introduce to you the new ShopStyle…just in time for the holiday season.

If you’ve never heard of ShopStyle before you must check it out. ShopStyle brings together the most fashionable stores and most stylish brands of apparel, accessories, home decor and children’s gear — all in one place and lets you “browse the aisles of this world’s most fabulous store” by designer, brand, retailer, size, sale items, price point, and color.

Now, with their new makeover, one-stop shopping for the entire family just got easier and even more stylish than before (if you can imagine that!).  We are loving the editor’s picks curated by the season’s top trends, and social features such as your very own personalized profile and a ShopStyle ‘drawer’ that allows you to customize favorites, unique style recommendations, trending products, related looks and more- all while you shop.

ShopStyle collaborates with many of our favorite brands such as Appaman, Little Marc Jacobs, J.Crew, Stella McCartney Kids, Stokke, Ergo, and more.  So, be sure to visit ShopStyle– we have been using it for years and couldn’t be happier with their most recent improvements.

Note: This is a sponsored post by ShopStyle . All ideas and views expressed within this post are solely of Little Style Finder.

IT list: Top 5 high chairs with style

In addition to fashion and accessories, Little Style Finder will be bringing you stylish gear for all your baby needs.

THE HIGH CHAIR

Boon Flair High Chair with Pneumatic Lift

Snugli High Chair

Stokke Tripp Trapp High Chair

Svan Seignet High Chair

Baby Bjorn High Chair

source for style: momma style mavens

Little Style Finder firmly believes that a child’s sense of personal style is very important to who they are. In fact, it is one of the most obvious, overt ways for them to define their individuality (even at young age).

In a recent article, entitled Rich toddlers draw fashion designers’ eyes, author Anna D’Innocenzio uncovered that certain mothers dress their children in the latest designer fashions because they are “a walking billboard of you; a reflection of who you are.”

What are your thoughts?  LSF reached out to some of our favorite uber-chic mommas to get their take on children’s style.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE CHILDREN’S BRANDS AND WHY?

Brianne Manz (Ryder 4 yrs, Siella 1 yr ), Stroller in the City: For my son, I love anything from Zara to Monster Republic to H&M – they always present cool and funky styles for boys without giving it that baby vibe. For my daughter, my favorite brand is Wovenplay. The pieces just feel so artsy and handmade to me. I love everything about them!

Nicole Worth (Two boys, ages 4 & 2), Little Trendstar: Aside from Little Trendstar? – lol  I would say some of my favorite brands include H&M Kids and Zara Kids for every day basics.  They both have the current trends and of course great prices.  Also, I am a big Project Runway fan and love Jeffrey Sebelia’s brand La Miniatura.  He creates such great pieces and the brand is the epitome of cool.

Vera Sweeney (Natalie 7, Liam 5), Lady and the Blog:  I don’t really like to spend a lot of money on children’s clothing because they grow out of the styles so quickly. However, I need to make sure that what I purchase will last because my children can get a little rough on their threads. My favorite go-to stores are Lands End, H&M, Old Navy, TJMaxx, Marshalls and Hartstrings (when on sale). I also love to shop online on sites like Totsy.com, Zulily.com, Ideeli.com and HauteLook.com. No matter what – I search for a bargain.

Julie Garces (Rio 10 months), Mom  & Director of Business Development, Sunwest Studios: Mini Rodini, All Saints (RIP), Maddy & Buster (on etsy), Zara Kids, Stinky & Minky – all are super stylish, unqiue, and if it gets stained, then oh well! Plus, in this day and age of reuse, recycle, rewear – these are great second-hand pieces that my friends are excited to use!

Lindsay Meyer-Harley (Juliette age 3), Darling Clementine: Bobo Choses, Go Gently Baby & Atsuyo et Akiko

Lauren Isobel (Holden, age 1), Holden On Baby: There’s so many that it’s hard to pick, but here are three of my favorites at the moment: Mini Munster – I just love the rascal-y nature about the clothing.  Indikidual – comfy, interchangable pieces with creative designs.  Wovenplay – a whimsical collection that is sure to spark the imagination and lead to all sorts of adventures.

Andrea Fellman (Girl age 8, Boy age 6), Savvy Sassy Moms: I love Tea Collection because of the unique worldly designs that they bring into the playful yet sophisticated designs of their clothing.  Gap for on-trend looks and the quality.  I love their whimsical collections for girls and preppy looks for boys. I also love Mini Boden, Misha Lulu, and Peek clothing.  I also hit up Old Navy and Children’s Place to get basics for a bargains and the Sean White collection at Target for my son.

Nicole Feliciano (Two girls ages 7 & 4), Momtrends:  Stella McCartney Kids: This mom designer brings high fashion to the playground without being fussy. Zutano: Amazing prints and super soft cotton for kids 4 and under. Naturino shoes: The Italians know how to combine style, comfort and durability.

Simone Gittens (Boy, SJ 9 months), Louis B Boutique: Fore!! Axel and Hudson and La Miniatura, both of these brands scream my kid is cool and fashion forward! Both of these brands have different styles and typically when you choose to purchase any one of these brands, you are tapping into your child personalities, You are allowing their clothing to speak volumes for who they are and how they may act. For instance, La Miniatura, always gives that edgy very out of the box type of collection each season. If you have a son, who seems to like to care about what he wears and not just choose the regular khaki and a Polo shirt than this collection is for you!

Photo courtesy of Holden On Baby

PLEASE DESCRIBE YOUR PHILOSOPHY ON CHILDREN’S STYLE.

Brianne, Stroller in the City: I believe a child can represent their own style and personality through clothing. And most importantly be able to wear what they want. That is of course with a little guidance. 😉

Nicole, Little Trendstar: I personally love a edgy, rock/skate, hipster style.  I also tend to mix and match a lot of current and retro styles and colors together to have fun with it.  I think children have the ability to look great in just about anything, so layering different patterns and colors together to create a totally hip look that still has a child-like feel is always a great way to go.  One thing I’ve learned though, is never over accessorize with boys because a majority of it will come off.

Vera, Lady and the Blog: My children pick their outfits each morning. The only time I step in is when they choose clothing out of season. My daughter is notorious for choosing a Christmas dress in July… and no I’m not joking. But I feel at their ages, my kids know who they are and what image they want to portray. Sometimes Natalie wakes up feeling sporty and will come out in a tennis skirt and tank top. I encourage it because style is a great peek inside her internal window.

Julie, Sunwest Studios: My philosophy is to keep them in colorful and cool clothing – It generates creativity – I think!

Lindsay, Darling Clementine: Children should dress like children. Sweet, soft, full of whimsy & color.

Lauren, Holden On Baby:  I really believe in letting kids be kids and I want Holden’s style choices to represent that.  I have never wanted to dress Holden like a “little man” which I know is a popular style choice for children these days (some of the outfits for little girls make them look like 16 year olds!), but love to throw him in adorable onesies or a cute shirt & cloth diaper.  He’s only a baby for such a short amount of time and I want him to look like the adorable baby he is, instead of a 5 month old going on 15 years old.  I love clothing that is made out of soft, comfortable material (you know that amazing jersey knit that we all wish we could live in) with creative patterns, graphics, and designs.  I think children’s clothing should be fun, stimulate the imagination, inspire adventure, and contain a bit of whimsy.

Andrea, Savvy Sassy Moms:  Playful, fun and chic.

Nicole, Momtrends:  Stock the closet well and then let the kids go wild. I don’t reign in much–I like to foster independence and let the girls dress themselves. The 7 year old really loves to play with pattern right now. We picked up a slew of $1 graphic tees and tops in Singapore and she’s going wild this fall. The 4 year-old loves dresses–we find a lot of great things at Tea Collection for her.

Simone, Louis B Boutique: Every child deserves to incorporate their personalities into their wardrobe. If Fashion is a expression of who we are, why must we as parents have all the say to what our kids wear?

Photo Courtesy of Stroller in the City

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO OTHER PARENTS SHOPPING FOR THEIR CHILDREN?

Brianne, Stroller in the City: I’d say comfy is most important. Also, anything that is on- trend for us is on-trend for little ones as well. For example, neon.

Nicole, Little Trendstar:  To have fun and experiment with clothing and always let children give their input.  If you introduce them to great style and diverse choices early on, they’ll have the interest and confidence to create their own individual style that fits their personality as they get older.  I think a lot of parents would be very surprised to see what fun creations a child can come up with– it’s a creative outlet that should not be ignored.

Vera, Lady and the Blog: Don’t try to keep up with the Jones. Children clothing is guaranteed to get messy and ripped and torn to pieces. They are in the most active phase of their lives and while it’s ok to encourage a bit of style, my main focus on the average day is to ensure comfort. I want my kids to be kids… and not worry about whether or not they are wearing Uggs or Emus. That’s just ridiculous.

Julie, Sunwest Studios: My biggest piece of advice – BUY ON SALE. Sample sales are your best friend. The life span of children’s clothing is about a minute.

Lindsay, Darling Clementine: Comfort should be key, soft fabrics & nothing too fussy.

Lauren, Holden On Baby: Take risks, get creative, and bring out your inner child when shopping for your littles.  Splurge on a few unique, designer pieces that you can use to spruce up your baby’s basics.  Also, adding a cute pair of shoes or a fun hat can make a huge difference.

Andrea, Savvy Sassy Moms: Never buy an entire matching set, it looks a little too put together and like grandma bought it.  Skip the embroidered characters, they look to babyish and skip wild graphic t-shirts they’re too busy and look a little messy..  Buy things that can be worn with more than one item, mix and matching is key.  Cruise the daily deal shopping sites like Zulily for quality items for a discounted price.

Nicole, Momtrends: Shop online or without the kids. There is nothing worse than a whiny kid in the dressing room being forced to try on clothes. We really only shop with the kids in tow when we are traveling.

Simone, Louis B Boutique: Let your children help pick out some of the clothes that they may like. You have the final say so, but at least you care about their opinion and it shows them that.

Photo Courtesy of Julie Garces

DO YOU FIND THAT MOST PARENTS TAKE THE SAME STYLISTIC APPROACH TO DRESSING THEIR CHILDREN AS THEY DO WITH THEMSELVES?

Brianne, Stroller in the City:  I think maybe a handful do. What I found is that parents buy for their kids where ever is most convenient like online stores. I on the other hand spend way more time and money shopping for my kids. I know it’s crazy but I fully enjoy it and I know some of my friends think I’m crazy.

Nicole, Little Trendstar:  I definitely think parents have a tendency to dress their children in styles that they like, or feel the most comfortable with.  But I think it’s so important to let children make their own choices when it comes to personal style.  Self expression is a big part of being a kid and clothing can be a major outlet for that.  Although it’s easiest to approach your child’s style with the same outlook you use on your own, it’s good to remember that children like to have their say and to be open and encouraging of that.

Vera, Lady and the Blog:  My friends tend to keep the same philosophy. A party day is entirely different than a park day. If there is a gathering, I will make sure my children are dressed appropriately. But the other 95% of their lives is all about comfort and ease.

Julie, Sunwest Studios: I think most parents use the same stylistic approach to dressing their children – b/c well, it’s instinct. But as your child starts to display his or her personality, I think parents start to go that direction. I definitely put a lot of color on Rio – while I remain a slave to a mostly black wardrobe haha!

Lindsay, Darling Clementine: Yes, that’s the fun part of my job, in a sense I am stocking Darling Clementine with mini versions of what parents would like to wear!

Lauren, Holden On Baby:  I believe so.  I often find myself coordinating with Holden, stepping out of the house in the same colors or coordinating styles, never noticing until someone says “you match!”.  

Andrea, Savvy Sassy Moms: Yes.  I think the parents style definitely trickles down to their kids style and what you buy for them usually appeals to your own style and aesthetic.

Nicole, Momtrends: I think parents tend to let the kids wear more color and print–maybe we can learn something there. Learn from your kids and shake things up!

Simone, Louis B Boutique: No, I do not. I typically see that parents who are fashion forward tend to dress their children  fashion forward as well and the parents who are not fashion forward just tend to typically go with whatever the department stores are carrying when it comes to dressing their child.

What momma(s) do you most relate to?  What is your take on children’s style?