little style of the day: stylish spring tees under $20

Little Style Finder hit ZaraKids to find super stylish t-shirts for your little ones, all under $20!

Check out our favorites picks for boys & girls…

source for style: interview with tina burgos, co-owner of monkey and the bug

Name: Tina Burgos

Title: Co-Owner of Monkey And The Bug (a children’s clothing shop) and its sister store Stel’s (a men’s and women’s clothing shop)

Please tell us a bit about yourself:  I’m 39 years old, and my husband, Dave, and I have three-year old twin girls, Gemma and Riley. I have Filipino roots and my husband is of Lithuanian descent, so our family is an interesting blend of American, Asian and European cultures.  Originally from the suburbs of Milwaukee, Wisconsin I came to Boston for college and graduate school. After stints in corporate America, my husband and I made the decision to start our own clothing shop. Along with our friend, we launched Stel’s over 8 years ago.

What inspired you to start Monkey & The BugThe birth of my twin girls, Gemma and Riley, inspired the shop. I was on strict, hospitalized bed rest for 10 weeks during my pregnancy. I kept myself busy with books, mindless TV, and conducting online research for children’s clothing and gear. I had a very difficult time finding clothing that appealed to my aesthetic. So I decided to curate a selection that reflected my sense of style.

Where did the name Monkey & The Bug come from?  These are nicknames of my girls. Gemma is the monkey and Riley is the bug.

What do you look for in clothing/accessories companies when buying for the boutique?  Monkey and the Bug is a small, independent boutique located in a small, condensed city. So I look for vendors who not only have the same stylistic vision, but want to grow our partnership in a methodical and organic manner. The brands I represent are not found anywhere else in Boston. And if there is crossover with one or two other brands, Monkey and the Bug was typically the first to stock that collection.  Also, quality is of the utmost importance to me. If one is paying premium prices for clothing, the items need to stand the test of time.

What favorite trends are you seeing for Spring/Summer 2012?  Prints! But done in a more sophisticated way. This trend is definitely a take on the prints we are seeing from the women’s spring 2012 collections.

What are your favorite accessories for:  Girls: Feather headbands from Wovenplay  Boys: Scarves from ESP No. 1

And I must mention that for both boys and girls, my favorite shoe is the Clark’s Wallabee. Everyone in my household owns these. They are extremely comfortable and can take a beating.

What are some of your favorite brands and why?  Girls: My girls own several graphic tees from Atsuyo Et Akiko. These are hand screened in Brooklyn.  I love throwing these t-shirts over everything because it adds a little street edge to any outfit.
Boys: Nico Nico is always spot on Sue Tsai is a stylist and she has an amazing eye. She has designed a range of basics but with a very hip twist.
Any up and coming brands we should be on the look out for?  We are so excited to be introducing Mini Rodini to the shop. This spring collection just arrived and it looks amazing. The collection will be available online sometime next week.

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?  Have fun with dressing your kids! Particularly between the toddler and preschool years, kids can get away with wearing almost anything.

I think it’s inevitable that children will be influenced by the their parents’ wardrobe choices. But I think you should also give your kids leeway to develop their own sense of style. Clothing can really provide a wonderful creative outlet. Whether it’s playing dress up, getting artistic and working with colors of the fabrics, or simply practicing zipping and buttoning skills kids can benefit from being involved.

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little style of the day: mardi gras-inspired accessories

In honor of Mardi Gras, LSF has put together some fun, feathery and sparkly accessories inspired by yesterday’s celebration.

1.Birdskull forest headpiece 2.Atsuyo et Akiki Sequined Bow Tie Hair Clip 3. GapKids Jeweled Sunglasses 4. Crewcuts Glitter Braided Bracelet  5. Crewcuts Glitter Pursette

source for style: sly and tiny fleecy friend scarves

What is the story behind Sly And Tiny?  Sly+Tiny is a family business. I am running this business with heavy support from my husband (and light support from my children). When thinking of the name for our new business I felt like I wanted to acknowledge my family for their support. The name had to be fun, whimsical and easy to remember. One day when I was typing an email I made the same typo I always make … I signed off “Thanks, Sly & Tiny” rather than “Thanks, Aly & Tony”. I ran it by Tony, he laughed and approved and Sly+Tiny was born.

What does this brand stand for?  FUNction, whimsy and durability! I like well functioning things and I like whimsy. The fact that they are well-functioning scarves is great, but what I really love is that they go beyond just being an awesome scarf … they can be a little friend, a toy or even decor when hanging on a wall. It’s like having a little secret and when you take off the scarf, it is revealed. One mom told me that her son puts his down on the floor and pretends there is a shark swimming around his room. Another mom told me that her daughter sleeps with hers! I love that! How many other scarves on the market are fun??

Quality and durability are also very important, as well as Where and how they are made. I use the best quality Polartec Polarfleece fabric, made in Massachusetts, that is durable, easy to care for and long-lasting. The scarves themselves are produced in New York. Yeah local!!! 

What drew you to starting slyandtiny.com  Once both of my children were settled in at school I was ready to get back to work. I was kind of surprised actually that I was going to do the scarves. I’d had the idea about 3 years ago and made a few scarves for my family and friends. They were very well received and are amazingly still in use today. Children’s things often seem to have a pretty short shelf life. Well, a dad of one the recipients said at the time, “You should produce these and sell them.” I wasn’t ready to go back to work then and unknowingly stashed that comment somewhere in my brain. It came back to me one day and I knew I had to do it. The Sly+Tiny “Fleecy Friends” were ready to be born. I had to let them out into the world to play.

Where do you get your design inspiration?  Sometimes it feels like divine inspiration, it just comes out of me. The shark scarf happened that way. I had laid out a couple of yards of gray fleece that I was about to cut to make something else and suddenly, I saw a shark. It had to be created. That shark came to me, I wasn’t even looking for it. Inspiration can strike at other times too, like when I am walking around my NYC neighborhood, at the beach or on a hike outside the city. Hanging out with family and friends too. People are always excited to share their ideas.  I spent several years after college working in the travel industry and traveling the world. Those experiences color everything I think and do in my life. Look out for more styles next season with a worldly theme.

What about children’s brands in the marketplace do you admire and why?  I like that children’s brands are as varied as children. There are many kinds of personalities in the world and now I feel like children can dress to their personalities (as long as their parent let them!). The world of children’s fashion has definitely opened up in the past 10 years. Name the style  (preppy, classic, hipster, sporty, punk, pink and frilly) and you can find it for kids these days. There are some children with great style around here too! I sometimes think, “I would totally wear that outfit if it came in my size!”.  To me style is like an art form, a way of expressing oneself and having fun.

For you stylish LSF readers, Sly and Tiny is  offering a 10% discount on your purchase with code LSF10.

Sly and Tiny GIVEAWAY

Winner can choose any one Fleecy Friend scarf. VIsit slyandtiny.com for all options.

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Winner will be announced February 22, 2012

source for style: interview with nicole worth of little trendstar® and giveaway

Name: Nicole Worth

Title: Owner/ Designer

Company: Little Trendstar®

Please tell us a bit about yourself: I’m a graphic designer by “day.”  I own a web design firm called Formcode Design Group (http://www.formcode.com) with my husband and have been running that for going on 12 years now. Graduating from art college in Detroit (College for Creative Studies) I have always loved graphic design and fashion. I knew I wanted to have my foot somewhere in those two industries, it was just a matter of what and when.  The web firm came first, which I enjoy tremendously and fashion came second in the form of children’s t-shirts.

Artistically, I have always been drawn to design that is bold and bright with a pop art or mid-century feel. I love clean lines and solid shapes and visuals that are more abstract and not heavily illustrated.  I try to make my designs for Little Trendstar® follow this same aesthetic.  Bold, clean, strong and just enough pop of color to really stand out.

What is the story behind Little Trend Star? I started Little Trendstar® shortly after the birth of my second son.  By then, I was so tired of the selection of t-shirts for boys.  I wanted to find graphic t-shirt’s that were more style-focused and not “animal, truck or sports” focused. I know those styles have their place, but I wanted my boys to dress differently than that. So this desire is what led me to start designing my own t-shirt’s. With Little Trendstar®, I am able to design graphic, modern t-shirts that I would love to see kids wear. And since I know from my sons that kids love attention and being in the spotlight, I try to create shirts that I like to call  “stage-worthy”.   Designs and graphics that are all about getting kids noticed since they are always on “stage”.

What does this brand stand for? Little Trendstar® stands for trendsetting, “hipster” apparel. T-shirts that make kids “style stars” and demand a second look.

Who is the Little Trend Star customer (who are you designing for?)  I like to say I am designing for the mini hipster. Kids, and parents of these kids, that enjoy a hip and edgier style.  They have a bit of rock and roll in them and love making fashion-forward statements with their clothes. They are also not afraid to stand out in the crowd and have fun with their style. I also always try to design a lot of my tees to be generational.  I want parents to enjoy the t-shirts as much as the kids and have them saying “I’d like to have that shirt in my size”.

What drew you to starting your own children’s line? Like I mentioned, really my two boys were the inspiration. But children’s clothing really is a great market.  You have the best demographic for your designs, and kids look great in everything.  Their spirit and personalities are so free and fun, that it adds another layer to the designs just by actions of the person wearing them.  I can really have fun with the design and be open to funky and creative graphics, cause I know the customer will make it stand out even more.

Where do you get your design inspiration? Everywhere really.  I love being inspired by retro rock apparel and clothes worn by iconic musicians of the past. Graphic design, street art, vintage shops- these places and things inspire my designs. Just revisiting my youth and objects or styles and patterns that made an impact on me can inspire a design.   It’s pretty limitless.

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Little Trendstar® t-shirts and onesies are also produced with kids in mind! Each t-shirt and onesie is printed with non-toxic, water-based inks that contain no phthalates or PVC!  They are also 100% cotton, Made in the USA and sweatshop free!

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source for style: seeing green with lindsay meyer-harley, owner of darling clementine

The Darling that inspired Darling Clementine is owner Lindsay’s daughter Juliette, whose sweet stylish ways have led Lindsay all over searching for special, one of a kind items to fill up her little world. Lindsay has searched high and low to curate the inspired collection of children’s wares that is Darling Clementine. The shop consists of many brands found in her own Brooklyn backyard as well as hand picked items from around the world.

LSF is thrilled to introduce guest blogger,  Lindsay Meyer-Harley, owner of Darling Clementine.

When babies enter the picture many things have to get chucked (think glass coffee table, heirloom vases on low shelves and the friday night partying), one thing that often enters is a sense of responsibility. Both the parental kind as well as in an overall sense.

Wanting to protect our planet seems to come hand in hand with wanting to protect our children. Sometimes though we get torn between what is right and what we like. Well, I’m happy to say it’s never been easier to shop for your baby/toddler while being gentle to Mother Earth. I strive to stock Darling Clementine with my favorite finds from around the world all the while having the least impact on the world around us. I never compromise quality, chicness or personal taste when it comes to eco-picks.

The site is full of eco finds, here are some of my absolute favorites!

1. Go Gently Baby – Jersey Scarf: Stay cozy warm this Winter with an organic cotton scarf in the most delicious colors. Soft rose, stone or the perfect shade of olive green.

2. Egg Baby – Alpaca Mouse Hat: This darling hat comes to us from a local Brooklyn company. Gotta love local.

 3. Little Twig – Conditioning Detangler: This leave-in or wash out detangling conditioner is free of nasty chemicals and chock full of only the best ingredients. Safe for even the most sensitive of skin (and for Mamas too, this works great as a leave in!)

 4. 3 Green Moms – Lunchskins Sandwich Bag: Use (and reuse) this baby for all your sandwich and snack needs, can be washed by hand or in the dishwasher a gazillion times over.

5. Penguin Publishing – Stuck by Oliver Jeffers: Oliver Jeffers proves again in his latest children’s book offering to capture our hearts with Stuck. All Oliver Jeffers books on the site are signed!

For you lovely LSF readers I’m offering a 15% discount on each and every one of my picks with code LOVELSF through February 14th, 2012, as well as an amazing Go Gently Baby giveaway!

Go Gently Baby Baby Set (in Stone or Rose) GIVEAWAY

Sweet, simple style with a little edge, Go Gently Baby creates stylish, earth friendly apparel for children and shares the vision: Teach your children to Love others, Be kind to the earth and to Go Gently on their journey through life.

Super soft organic cotton top and pants set features a long sleeve top with stripes on sleeve and matching striped leggings. Available in sizes: 0-3 months, 3-6 months or 6-12 months.

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source for style: launch of chic online boutique Cosetta + giveaway

LSF is so lucky to have discovered Cosetta an amazing new online retailer catering to fashion-forward parents looking for uniquely designed and well-constructed children’s collections from all over the world.  They feature apparel and accessories for chic little girls ages 2-7.  These truly exclusive pieces are being introduced for the first time in the US through Cosetta.  LSF readers will receive 10% off your purchase with code: 10LSF.

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

Please tell us a bit about yourself:  My name is Jiwon Gregory and I am the owner of Cosetta.  After obtaining B.B.A in Management Studies and B.S. in fashion merchandising, I have specialized in merchandise planning in both retail and wholesale since 2000 in NYC.

What inspired you to start shopcosetta.com?  We are lucky as today’s parents to have so many brilliant designers and retailers that cater to all different tastes in children’s wear. However, I saw a niche in the market since my 6 years old daughter was born. Personally, I found it hard to avoid high price tags for chic and sophisticated styles I wanted, and those that I found affordable and stylish enough were missing in quality. That is why I am keeping our prices lower than they should really be, and it’s not because they cost less to source. I’m taking this approach because I’m thinking long-term. Hopefully, offering great value for the quality and style they find in our boutique will keep moms coming back to us. I also put major effort in introducing exclusive brands and pieces that are not widely available in the U.S., because I think all moms want their little ones to be unique.


Where did the name Cosetta come from?  Cosetta means little thing. I thought this was perfect name for a boutique that offers beautiful little things for little you.


What do you look for in clothing/accessories companies when buying for the boutique?   I look for contemporary designs with refined details and materials without compromising affordability and comfort.  I like chic and sophisticated styles that reflect my own sense of style, but with a twist that still says children’s clothes. You’ll find that most of our pieces are also machine washable for easy care.

What trends are you seeing for Spring/Summer 2012?  Modern romantic is how I’d describe it. I’ve seen some amazing pieces in softly hued pastels and creamy colors of partisan pastry that are just lovely.  Cotton knit dresses in clean, modern and feminine shapes will be major part of our collection for Spring/Summer 2012.

What are some of your favorite brands and why?  Alice Underground and Dominico because they really pay attention to little details to enhance both comfort and style. I’ve been watching them for quite few seasons now and they continue to amaze me. My daughter loves wearing their pieces, because they are not only comfortable, she is sure to get that special attention (“How adorable…Where did you get them? I want them in my size!”).


What advice would you give to parents shopping for their children?  I think parents know their own kids the best.  One thing I learned is no matter how cute it is, if your little one doesn’t feel comfortable in it at first try, that piece will never see the daylight again?

Do you find that most parents take the same stylistic approach with dressing their children as they do with themselves?  I do think parents tend to dress their little ones that reflect their own sense of style.  Well, at least I sure do. My daughter loves coming up with a “theme color” of the day and we collaborate in putting together her outfit.  I believe how we dress her now will be a major influence in establishing her own sense of style later on.

GIVEAWAY: Madison School Bag

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