Ken and I had one of those quiet, non-interrupted dinners last week where the conversation kind of swims around from pizza to work to friends to – hey, what are we doing with our lives? It’s a rare occasion these days, because sometimes big ideas come up and my body is just kind of too tired to think them through, so I like to redirect the tide a bit. I’ll say “Man, these tomatoes are insane good,” and “Hey, thanks for taking the trash out last night!” so the weight of the unanswered questions doesn’t swallow the night into a double digit bedtime. Which, is lame, because the byproduct of a good conversation is an energized soul, and sometimes the only way to energize your soul is to deplete your body’s thirst for sleep.
My sweet e-friend Elisabeth is the powerhouse creative behind Fine Little Day (remember these Bu! Blankets?) and last week, she launched a new clothing collection. Fun, comfortable and eco-friendly, her designs range for babies and children through age 10 (and a few beyond!). Also? They’re darling.
Have you heard of No Added Sugar? Born through a simple desire to create witty baby tees, founder Deborah Medhurst crafted her line of quality basics for kids after a ten-year career stint managing London clubs and parties, living a colorful and “mainly nocturnal past life.” There were strict door policies and dancing until breakfast time until Deborah and her husband Ric became pregnant with their first son, Gabriel. “With Gabriel as our new baby, we had woken up to a different world,” she writes. “I was itching to do something creative and a little challenging.”
Seeking: an easy way to teach the little ones left from right. Spotted: Chooze Shoes, a 100% vegan shoe that features two different, but oh-so-complementary patterns for those tiny toes. Next lesson? Teaching Junior not to leave his kicks on the staircase.
To Buy: $24.99 at Chooze Shoes.
Bee picks out her own shoes now, refusing to leave the nursery until she’s grabbed her teal Toms to tote around the house or sneak into the diaper bag. Sure, they don’t ever make it on her feet, but hey – the girl’s accessorizing with the best of them. It’s been such a delight to watch her establish opinions and tastes and preferences and I’m excited to see how her own aesthetic vision develops over time. Guest blogger in the making, yes?
What do you get when you mix a love for vintage quality, glam sensibility, Americana ethos and optimistic design – fueled by a particularly creative London duo? Dandy Star, a collection of crazy comfortable kids clothing and retro-inspired housewares.
Designer Ryan Campbell began her journey as a shoe artisan by designing custom sandals for adults. But when she designed a mini pair for tiny toes, she fell head over heels – pun intended.
By far, the biggest surprise for me when it comes to dressing Bee has been just how difficult it is to find basics. Solid colors, neutral shapes, classic combos – it’s a seemingly uphill battle, and I’ve certainly been known to cut off a few extra lacy bows here and there. So I was thrilled to hear of Shampoodle, the brainchild of Swedish-based photographer Jakob Wastberg and art director/graphic designer Helene Stevenberg. Their philosophy? When it comes to clothing, age, size and gender are 100% irrelevant.
Art director Kate Law noticed a pretty significant gap in the market for boys: leggings that weren’t overtly girly. “My boys used to attend a circus school at weekends and I would send them in crazy coloured and garish patterned leggings – normally reserved for girls – when they were young enough not to argue!” And although the boys didn’t mind, Kate did. “I wanted an accessible and universal unisex staple brand with an edge that didn’t patronise children’s taste,” she writes.
And so, La Loi was born – a premiere line of unisex leggings designed for all genders.
Last weekend, Bee and I enjoyed a perfect mom+daughter date. There was sunshine and swimming and lemonade, stroller naps and bananas and jazz bands. It was just… perfect. Sure, there were meltdowns from bouts of boredom (Bee) and impatience (me). But the day inspired us to get outside more often and enjoy these lazy summer days as much as we can. Because before we know it, this season will have passed us by. (And I’m not talking about summer, am I right?)
In honor of our perfect day out, here are a few blue sky-inspired finds we’re loving!: