Recently I was approached by Mimic Design, an online Etsy store, to do a collaboration on Polyvore. In return for the sets I created I received store credit to buy any items of my choice. Mimic Design sells custom-made clutches, handbags, shoes and jewelry.
Here are the sets I created for the collaboration with Mimic Design:
With the store credit I received I wanted to do something special for my daughter, Eden. I wanted to buy her a piece of jewelry as a mother-daughter gift. Eden has lots of necklaces, earrings and bracelets but I have never given her a ring. Mimic has an adorable age-appropriate Heart Stackable Ring ($20.00) that I felt was the perfect gift for my little girl. Eden was thrilled when I handed her the little teal box wrapped in a white bow (that reminded me of Tiffany’s). She loves her ring and begs me to wear it all of the time. It is 14K gold-plated and I really don’t want her to lose it, so we save it for special occasions.
With the remaining store credit I bought myself the Special Edition Asymmetrical Leopard Fold-Over Clutch ($130.00). When I received the clutch I was shocked by how cute and trendy it is but, most of all, by how beautifully made it is. The clutch is made out of calf hair leather, suede and a YKK Zipper. When I wore it to my birthday dinner I received numerous compliments on it. Let’s just say I am very satisfied and excited about my picks.
I loved making the sets for Mimic Design and I also loved the items I received. The collaboration was a success and I hope to work with this Etsy shop again in the future. I am a girl who loves and appreciates fashion. And when I say I love something I mean it.
Dressing a toddler comes with certain perks. A toddler is more willing to wear accessories, you can justify spending more money on shoes because they actually need it, and everything looks SO CUTE now that they are walking. More styles become available in the toddler age group too, which means you can express your style [ahem] your toddler’s style more.
PlaydateShoppe.com is an online children’s clothing store that carries toddler and kids sizes (2T – 6). I first came across the store through Facebook. I gravitated to their curated collection of children’s clothing because of their grown-up, modern yet whimsical style. I had a chance to talk with founder Jill Karmach and get the inside scoop on what trends she is currently coveting. I also found out that we would both glady switch closets with a certain 4-year-old.
When did you launch Playdate Shoppe? What inspired you to open a children’s online store?
I launched the site on June 16, 2014 just 4 weeks after having the idea one night. I was inspired to open the e-boutique by my three handsome sons, the love of fashion, shopping, and of course, playdates! Once the idea popped in my mind, I’ve been utterly obsessed! I am having so much fun partnering up with bloggers and fellow business owners. I absolutely love connecting with our customers on social media and seeing their children wearing our pieces.
How would you describe Playdate Shoppe’s style?
Our style is trendy, modern, and playful. You won’t be able to find our pieces at your local mall. Best of all, we’re very affordable compared to a lot of other high-end boutiques offering similar styles. I don’t believe you need to pay a lot to look good!
Who are your style icons?
Monica Rose is always on point and one of my favorite style icons, she’s a celebrity stylist and designer. Brigitte Bardot and Sophia Loren were so ahead of their time and I love their classic Hollywood glam style. And off course, Coco Chanel; the most influential designer of the century (in my opinion).
Which child’s closet do you most covet?
Monica Rose’s daughter, Alaia, has one of the best wardrobes ever. I’d totally rock some of her outfits! For boys, I love Ryan Secret, he’s a 3 year old fashionista (He has over 51k followers on Instagram, check him out). I follow both of their Instagram pages for style inspiration!
What are your current top five pieces/trends right now?
Our top five pieces are definitely our boho crochet blouse paired with crochet denim shorts, harem pants for boys, Prada inspired baroque sunnies, Coco inspired espadrilles, and Valentino inspired rockstuds. I love hearing moms tell me that they wish we carried adult sizes. I see a lot of trends where mothers are dressing their daughters to match them, I love it! That’s why I have so many designer inspired collections…mini handbags, sunnies, shoes, it’s just too cute!
PlaydateShoppe.com summer sale starts today! All shorts, dresses, swimwear and short sets are 15 off (Sale ends Aug 22, 12am PST). PlaydateShoppe.com always offers 2-day shipping for free for US orders over $29 and every Friday they feature a one day sale on certain categories or pieces ranging from 10%-20% off so be sure to check out their Facebook page or Instagram for details. M+M readers can receive an extra 10% off their entire order (including sale items) with the coupon code: milkandmascara from now until August 25th! (Coupon code expires Aug 25, 12am PST)
Isn’t Jill awesome? I love that she ran with her idea and never looked back. Jill, please send some of that drive and motivation this way!
Hello my stylish moms! Summer is just around the corner and do you know what that means? Cute summer clothes for kids! I’m not a big summer clothing shopper for myself – I prefer fall/winter styles. But summer is by far my favorite time to shop for my daughter Eden.
One of my new favorite stores to shop at for Eden is Forever21. Let’s face it, Forever21 is cute, cheap and just perfect for trying out trendy things for the season. Eden now fits in the XS in the kids department, which is exciting! I love how the kids clothing at Forever21 has a mature feel to their clothing. I was never one to dress Eden up in baby-ish or girly clothes. Her outfits always had the feel that it could be worn by adults.
Below, I created a summer look collage featuring all of my favorite items from the store. One trend that is big this summer for not only kids but also for adults is the romper (again) and the jumpsuit. Tory Burch has some adorable summer jumpsuits for women.
So with that said, let’s get a head start on our girls summer wardrobe. Click on the image below to follow the links for each item onto Forever21.com. Happy Shopping!
Isn’t it fun when shopping helps others?! I love buying something great while giving back – talk about the opposite of buyer’s remorse! Allow me to introduce you to a brand whose products are just as beautiful as their inception story.
Haiti Babi gives moms in Haiti jobs knitting and crocheting high-quality artisan baby goods, empowering them to earn a living while caring for their family. Founder, Katlin Jackson, explains the reason and her personal inspiration for starting this tremendous organization, which provides Haitian women with an income 2.2 times the minimum wage, allowing them to save for the future and truly transform their families’ lives.
During my first trip to Haiti, while volunteering at an infant care center and orphanage, I fell in love with a one-year-old boy named Sterly.
As with many of the other children there, Sterly’s parents couldn’t afford a house, food or simple medical care to keep him alive. Sadly, Sterly’s story is not uncommon in Haiti. Many of the 500,000 children in Haitian orphanages are not orphans but have parents who simply cannot afford to provide for them.
On a trip to Haiti a few months later, I got to visit Sterly in his home as he had been reunited with his family. When I met Sterly’s family and experienced how much they loved him, I knew that this is where he was always supposed to be. No parent should have to be without their child simply because they can’t afford him. Leaving Sterly’s house that day, I knew I had to do something to create a sustainable solution to this common problem in Haiti. These families need a hand up, not a hand out.
My own children, Jackson and Quinn, are the proud owners of two beautiful Haiti Babi blankets. The quality of these blankets is beyond what photographs can capture. They are works of art: super soft and snuggly works of art! And – a little sneak peak – Haiti Babi is now making hats!
As a mom who received these meaningful gifts as shower and birth presents, I have to say they are truly treasured in our home. So next time you are wondering what in the world to buy for a friend’s shower, a baby’s arrival, or a little one’s birthday…support a family in need with a handmade Haiti Babi product. Moms helping moms…women helping women. Go us!
These love-day inspired finds are perfect for Valentine’s Day but are also cute enough to wear throughout the year. Hoodies are my go-to outerwear item for Auburn so the ‘Love Hoodie’ from Old Navy is at the top of my list. The best part? It’s on sale! Actually, most of the items featured are on sale. Doesn’t that get your heart pumping?!
I never thought I would obsess over a dress as much as I did with my wedding dress. But obsess I did over my daughter’s first birthday dress!
I wanted a dress that had a clean, modern, and sophisticated look for Auburn to wear during her first birthday party. I found this dress on Instagram. (Yes, Instagram. More on my Instagram shopping habits later). It was simple, chic and cute. I loved the colors too and it complemented our Aubie-Pooh and Tigger theme party well.
To help me stay awake during midnight feedings I would scour the internet. I came across this dress by Dream Catcher Baby during one of those late night internet voyages and I had it at the back of my mind for months. It is adorable and can be made in any color combination you choose.
But when I showed my ever-fashionable mother my two choices she proclaimed (in that condescending voice that only a mother can have), “But it doesn’t have PRINCESS IMPACT!”
Princess impact? Do we need that? Then I started thinking. As cute as the polka dot and the striped dresses were my mother did have a point. Princess impact would make for better pictures than polka dots. I checked on Pinterest. There had to be a collage somewhere that listed all the princess impact dresses I wanted in one place. Gasp! There was nothing! I couldn’t believe it.
Princess impact = tutus, doesn’t it? I didn’t know any other place to look for a dress like that except for on Etsy. Here are my finalists, delivered in a pretty collage package just for your First Birthday Obsession.
What I love about shopping on Etsy is that most of the items can be custom made. This opened a whole new can of worms for me because I couldn’t decide on the colors.
We went for dress number 1 from Little Bunny Tutus. I made Auburn wear it backwards though because the bow in the front was a little too much Princess Impact for me. I also thought it would look pretty from the back when I carried her.
I found Auburn’s crown on Instagram too at Love Crush Bowtique. Check out their Instagram for the cutest hair accessories, Love Crush Bowtique.
Funny thing is, Auburn’s birthday fell on the one Saturday in December that was cold and raining. Since it was so cold she arrived at the party in the polka dot dress complete with sweater and leggings. For birthday cake festivities she changed into her tutu dress. Because eating your first cake is a princess moment indeed!