source for style: fashionably prepping for baby with @julsgarces

LSF was thrilled to speak with Julie Garces, the ever-stylish NYC event producer who is anxiously waiting for the arrival of baby…tweeting what she eats, loves, wears, and does.

When asked by Ehrin of Little Style Finder to be a guest blogger, I was thrilled. I had to go on a hiatus with my blog about a year ago and miss it so much! Sweetening the deal, was the request to create a post on my baby’s nursery and all the clothing I have splurged on while I wait for his arrival (arriving in mere weeks!) . Let’s just say, this is the most fun I’ve had since MAKING the baby haha!

As an event planner in NYC by day and executing events very precisely, I have what I like to refer to as my “creative-ADD” at home. I start so many projects and rarely have time to finish them so with the doctor giving me a due date, I pretty much had a deadline handed to me on a platter. Decorate Room and Buy clothes.

So, for the last 6 months my husband and I tackled a bedroom for baby and collected some of the coolest clothes on the market (so we like to think!)…. Side note: my husband, Gustavo,  is in the music business, grew up in Manhattan immersed in the culture of graffiti and has worked with some of the best bands … you’ll notice his influences in the nursery! Here are some our favorite elements of the room and stylish wears!

In the room:

  • Glider & Union Jack Pillow: Lullaby Rockers & ETSY
  • Stuffed Animals: Buy Buy Baby and we already named them! Bibbits (frog) & Alice Cooper (zebra)
  • Backstage Passes: All the concerts/ events produced by my husband
  • Framed art: Homemade by me (I sell them on ETSY, they are framed custom scenes from children’s books!)
  • Lamp: painted on wall by my husband
  • Mommy Blanket: Buy Buy Baby (softest thing in the room)
  • Carpet & Sheepskin Throw: Ikea (our dog Luna’s favorite spot in our loft these days.)
  • Black Paint: Chalkboard Finish (to make it easy for my husband to draw/ erase/ redraw on!)
In the wardrobe:
  • Lumber Jack Onesie: gifted (this is going to be his “coming home” outfit because I think it’s so stinkin’ cute!)
  • Lightening Bolt Sweater: Oeuf (purchased from this great store called Les Petits Chapelais in Soho)
  • T-shirt, Jodhpur Sweatpants, Deconstructed Vest: All Saints (like mother like son… his closet will be stocked with All Saints!)
  • Peace Sign Pants: Go Gently Baby (can’t wait to see these pants filled with a diapered bum!)

My sweet friends at Steele Canvas Baskets are offering a basket (same one seen in my baby’s nursery) as a giveaway.
Simply follow me on Twitter and tweet to me “i want a basket”! A random winner will be chosen this Friday, December 9th and the basket will be shipped to you next week – Just in time for the holidays!

source for style: interview with anna kim of minikin

Minikin offers fashion-forward, yet timeless pieces that are fun and easy to wear for children.  The boutique’s featured brands come from all over the world, many of which are being introduced for the first time in the U.S. exclusively through Minikin.

Each brand has been selected for its high quality and craftmanship, and they carefully handpick each piece to curate the collection.

For the reasons above, LSF is a huge fan of MInikin.  We spoke with Anna Kim and are so happy to share this interview with you.

As an added bonus, check out the Minikin accessories GIVEAWAY at the end of the Q&A session.

Please tell us a bit about yourself:  After years of experience in Fashion & Design, I was inspired to start something of my own and my love for kids fashion was naturally on the top of the list of things I wanted to pursue. Soon after, the idea of minikin was conceived and was born on June 2, 2011.

Honors: Hot dog eating champion, marathon runner, hiked through Mount Everest & Annapurna I, II, III.

What inspired you to start
Kids! I love how they have that whimsical, light-hearted energy within them-
it pairs so charmingly with the understated designs I particularly love.

Where did the name Minikin come from?  Minikin means a small, dainty creature, and I thought it was the perfect name for the shop and the little ones we get to dress.

What do you look for in clothing/accessories companies when buying for the boutique?  It’s initially love at first sight, then planned and curated with the
elements of practicality, quality, and story. Equal parts instinct with
careful consideration.

What trends are you seeing for Spring/Summer 2012?   I believe comfort should be at the forefront of any trend, because a kid’s spunk and free-spirit are what overrides any kind of trend or style.

What are some of your favorite brands and why?  Bobo Choses, Bene, Talc to name a few. These brands really put comfort at the forefront, yet they do not compromise in style.

Any up and coming brands we should be on the look out for?  Bobo Choses has been releasing some incredible collections and I’m beyond
excited to carry them starting next season! Also, SSOM, which we started
carrying this season ­ it’s Margiela meets Isabel Marant meets APC. LOVE!!

What advice would you give to parents shopping for their children?  Do you find that most parents take the same stylistic approach with dressing their children as they do with themselves?  This is a great question! I really do hope “shopping” and “dressing up” could be a collaborative effort between moms & kids. I have such fond
memories of playing dress-up with my mom and shopping together when I was
little. In my eyes, she was a style icon and I’d give my mom a lot of
credit for being a huge influence on building my aesthetics

GIVEAWAY: Ami Handmade Hairpin No. 3 (set of 2)

Classic, yet chic and easy to wear, these handmade hairpins will go with every seasons outfits.

Enter to win:
“LIKE” us on facebook and write a wall post “minikin giveaway”
Winner will be announced December 9th.
If you aren’t doing so already, please “LIKE” Minikin and follow them on twitter @shopminikin

little style of the day: girls’ accessories

From feathery headpieces to furry bags and jeweled collars, LSF brings you this season’s top accessories for your little girl- just in time for the holidays.

1. Birdskull Gold Headpiece  2. Petit Nord Tibetan Lamb Purse  3. April Showers Cowrie Shell Necklace  4. Crewcuts by JCrew Jeweled Collar  5. Wovenplay Feather Headband   6. Zara Kids Glitter Belt  7. Atsuyo et Akiko Mask Necklace  8. Atsuyo et Akiko Tulle + Stars Hair Pins  9. Milano Fur Legwarmers

source for style: part II. interview with jennifer cattaui, owner of babesta

Little Style Finder was lucky enough to have style guru, Jennifer Cattaui share her fashion brand IT LIST for both boys and girls. What are your favorite brands and why?

little style of the day

I completely forgot how much I love the  Egg by Susan Lazar solid knit tights until I was getting my daughter dressed today.  The stretch cotton is extra thick for an opaque look and warmth.  My favorite part -the shaped feet (no gaping and sagging) have contrasting rubber egg logos for extra traction.  A perfect cold weather layering accessory for your little girl!