Lucy’s Summer KidBox, and all the outfits she made!

All of my kids got their summer KidBoxes ON THE SAME DAY!  Well, except for Cece, who really didn’t care quite as much as the others, anyway. There was much loud rejoicing in our house, let me tell you! And lots of tissue paper flying everywhere. So you can pretty much expect lots of cute clothing pictures in the next week.

Lucy wants to lead off with her very favorite item in her box;  this sweet tunic by Urban Smalls. There are so many fun ways to style it! We tried a summery version with short shorts and flats, and a fall version, with a scarf, leggings and cute boots. This was what she wanted to wear to our first summer reading program day at the library – which is always an important day for the toads!

Outfit Details: Urban Smalls Tunic // Similar Scarf // Cotton Leggings // Similar Combat Boots

Next up is this totally on point denim button-down, with a too-cute embroidered yoke! We both love that it is 100% cotton! We paired it with the same simple cotton leggings (because we’re lazy), a bright funky headscarf, and cute strappy sandals to keep everything looking summery.

Outfit Details: Tunic // Leggings // Simple Sandals // Boho headband

Next up is this super chill pair of fleece shorts by Vingino. We paired it with an Old Navy Tank to bring out the fun heart patch on the back pocket, and our fun boho headband.

Outfit Details: Racerback Tank // Vingino shorts // Simple Sandals // Boho headband

The next item Lucy is modeling are these French Toast leggings. We loved the ruching detail all down the side, but the leggings were a bit too big for her. Also, the cute top by Butter is a sneak peak into Dazz’s KidBox.

Outfit Details: Butter soft tee // Ruched Leggings // Boho headband

These next two pieces are great together! The Junk Food tee is so fun – in place of a tag on the inside, are all the lyrics to the Beatles song. I love how versatile the circle skirt is. Lucy put it together in another more classic outfit, and it is perfect!

I couldn’t find any links for either the tee (which is Junk Food on Nordstroms) or the skirt, which is by Erge.  These skater skirts on Amazon are kind of similar.  Anywho, this outfit was really cute with Lucy’s Converse hightops.

This is the next outfit Lucy put together with the Erge skater skirt. Isn’t it great?! I love how easily the skirt totally works for vintage or punk outfits!

So much of this outfit was purchased second hand, that it was really hard to find exact outfit details, so I’m sharing some “get the look” links instead. 🙂

Get the Look: crochet blouse // skater skirt // purple belt // Flats

So there you have it! Lucy’s summer KidBox and all the great outfits we made with everything in it! Go forth and get your kid a KidBox! You’ll love it! Use my link and get $25 off your first purchase.





Groovy Girl


Isn’t this the cutest dress? It’s another from art & eden, thoughtfully curated for our bossy little Cece by our stylist at KidBox.

Art & eden is a new-to-me brand. A couple of fun facts that I just learned this week are that all of their fabrics and processes are completely sustainable! They use low impact dyes and ethical practices including recycled packaging. The prints in their collections are collaborations of artists from around the world. How neat is that?!

I’m just completely sold on these loud spring prints for Cece. And there are pockets, again!


Cece’s shoes are from Old Navy, in case you’re wondering.  I’m pretty envious.

While I absolutely love this dress, and all of Cece’s spring KidBox, I’m actually not going to keep much of it this time around. I signed her up for a size 2 box, but most of the items were pretty large on her, so I’m going to try getting her a subscription to the new BabyBox (that’s our special invitation link).  Fingers crossed that the outfits will be as bright and funky as her KidBox!

Parrot Perfection

We just wanted to drop in and show you these totally awesome pants Cece got in her spring KidBox! This Art & Eden print is straight out of paradise! They’re organic cotton, which I think is awesome. I love Art and Eden’s commitment to sustainable fashion, so this is a company I’m super excited to support!

We’re totally sold.

There are pockets, which are a total must-have in Two-Year-Old Fashion.  Those side ties are completely adorbs!

Outfit Deets:

Old Navy Cardi (old, through but I’d buy this one, this spring.
Black Tank 
Art & Eden pants
Fringe Sandals

P.S. I wanted Cece to wear her converse hightops with this outfit. She felt differently about the matter and insisted that the sandals would be a better choice. But we can always imagine how cute these would be with her outfit!

Lucy turns ten!

infinity scarf // old navy dress // leggings // booties // fox bag

Lucy really wanted to buy a panda purse for Dazz on her last birthday, and Dazz wanted to return the favor for Lucy on her birhday. Lucy loves her fox purse – it was such a great idea.

She borrowed my infinity scarf (which was a gift from my dear friend) for her outfit, because it matched so perfectly. Khols doesn’t seem to have the mustard color online, but maybe in store? It is a super soft scarf, and everyone should own one!

Old Navy sold out of Lucy’s booties the day after we purchased them, but they still have the camel colored western booties, and I actually liked them a little better, but Lucy had a strong preference for these – I think that bit of heel stole her heart.

Brown Eyed Girl

I’m trying to learn off camera flash technique, so bear with me, because it’s quite a learning curve.

Cece happened to be available and sort of willing to let me use her a test subject on this particular day.

baby gap pants (no longer available) // carter’s button-down chambray top (similar style) // old navy cardigan (this style is very similar, and on sale for less than $10!) // turban // thrifted granny tennies (similar style) // copper pearl bandana

Sales and coupons you might want to know about:

Baby Gap is having a 40% off sale currently.

Old Navy is running a 30% off, free shipping with $25 purchase (code FREESHIP), and $10 back per $25 spent.

Carter’s has 20% off a $40+ purchase (code carters).

But seriously guys, check into Use my link and I make a very small referral fee, which makes me tickled pink – but swap has consistently been my absolute number one favorite place to shop for my kids clothes. It’s uncanny how frequently I can go to their site and find exactly what I am looking for. If you get your item and it isn’t quite what you thought, you can return it easy peasy. The process couldn’t possibly be easier. Cross my heart. 🙂

Hygge :: warmth and coziness

Heavy golden drapes.

Tiny fairy lights twinkling.

Shelves and shelves of books.

Candles burning in a tray on the coffee table.

Reading lots and lots with my kids.

Baskets of blankets.

Creamy coffees in the early mornings.

These things are my hygge.  Hygge is about comfort and well being, reveling in the intimacy of companionship. It is about warmth and coziness, and fulfillment, and for me, it’s about remembering that winter does come to an end.  Hygge is a danish word, which really doesn’t have a direct translation in English. The blogger Anna Lea West wrote a beautiful post describing what hygge is to her.

But how does hygge relate to fashion? Even though hygge is definitely not about the materialistic,  I still believe that the clothing we wear can definitely contribute to our atmosphere of hygge, through our sense of touch and our desire for beauty around us.  Warm wool socks, cashmere sweaters, and merino throw blankets make children feel safe and anchored, relaxed and ready to learn.

Because we educate our children at home, we are blessed to be able to move through our mornings slowly and peacefully in the fall and winter. I always try to make warm and comfortable selections for the kids as we head into fall, clothing that reflects our slowing down and lingering more as we move through our days. Autumn is about reading and studying, stillness and quietness.

Wool socks, nice cotton or even cashmere sweaters, soft fleece, silk, bamboo, and organic fibers are all fabrics I will buy when I find them inexpensively through second hand stores or my online consignment shops for a decent price. Those simple but luxurious fabrics are very hygge.

One thing I always buy new at the beginning of the cold season is a package of undershirts and a package of new socks for each child. This year I really want to buy wool socks for the kids. Because we live in an older home, there’s often a cool draft throughout the house, so we almost always wear slippers while we’re at home. Slippers and thick wool socks.  The right kind of clothing going into the cold season makes such a difference in our motivation and outlook.

This first hygge outfit was built with Lucy in mind. But really though – those jogger pants, and the cashmere scarf? I would love to wear those myself.


Printed harem pants // Cashmere sweater // Snood scarf // Wicked good slippers // Wool socks

Another outfit idea for girls of any age, really. This particular outfit was chosen with Dazz in mind. She’s all about the joggers and beanies this fall.


Cotton wool sweater // Chambray joggers // Slouchy cashmere beanie // Moccasins  // Knit socks

George would easily wear both of the outfits below. I decided to make two outfit sets with him in mind, because there are some days where he just wants to be more casual than others, and both of these outfits were so cozy and warm that I really couldn’t choose a favorite.


Cord pull ons // Donegal crew sweater // Soft sole moccasins // Wool socks //


Burts Bees Joggers // Stormtrooper helmet tee // Borg zip through hoodie // Tucker + Tate Troy Moccasins // Chunky socks

Ah babies. They’re kind of automatically hygge without even giving a darn. But snuggled up in super soft organic merino wool? Happy sigh…


Merino harem pants // Merino stripe bodysuit // Merino knit vest // Merino striped beanie // Australia Uggs // Sheepskin baby rug

We’ll just call this outfit Shades of Gray. But seriously, it was so sweet and calm, I had to include it in this collection.


Organic merino vest // Cat & Jack organic hoodie set // Piako organic merino blanket // Fringe booties 

7 Fall Trends We Dig

Trends are tricky things. Fickle, tricky things. After perusing many articles and pictures about what hit the catwalks in 2016, I feel I can safely tell you what trends are in for Autumn 2016. Anything. Basically, everything is fair game. Oh and guess what? The 80s are back, too. Gag.

We sure don’t plan to be wearing shoulder pads or blue eye shadow around here anytime soon. Honestly, a lot of the new things coming out on some of my favorite places to browse are kind of baffling.  Anywho…

In case you’re wondering – here’s a short list of the wearable fall trends I can see my kiddos wearing this fall.

  1. Western

I feel a little iffy about Western. I can see us going a little more boho than western, but I have a certain daughter who will be all about such things,  so we’ll keep out eyes open for some things along these lines.

westernElla Moss suede fringe jacket // Plaid flannel shirt// H & M skinny jeans  //  Cat & Jack boots // Aviators  // Cross body bag

2. Corduroy

I was that one weird kid in the 80s who actually loved cords. I always buy up any decent corduroy I spot in the thrift shop, so I’ll definitely be looking out for more.  But these cord flares from Target are so stinkin’ cute that I may actually have to buy them new. In case you can’t tell, the adorable print on the blue blouse is mushrooms. Teeny, bright mushrooms. I love this outfit!


cords-outfit-for-fall Corduroy flare pants // mushroom blouse // Sophie cardigan // Beanie // Converse // Cross body bag // Fox belt // Bracelet

3. Fur.

4. Also mustard.

And more cords.

Dazz actually owns much of this outfit. We gave her this cute mushroom tunic for her birthday, and we scored her fur vest and yellow gap cords from That gold messenger is to die for.
fall-cords-and-jewel-tones Mushroom tunic // Nina cords // Hidalgo boots // Fur Vest // Metallic crossbody bag // Lydell beads

5. Plaids

6. Animal prints

Especially together.  I think I’m finally ready to give leopard print a chance, after avoiding it pretty much my entire life.  Check out this romper from Boden. I wish it came in my size.


Boden romper // Cardigan // Infinity scarf // Leopard print flats // Aztec bag // Braided headband

7. Velvet

I’m pretty excited about including velvet into my girls wardrobe this fall and winter. Velvet has been kind of like leopard print in my life, I’ve just always passed on by. But this year, it’s time. I would love to mix velvet into more casual outfits, like the one below.  And those shoes are seriously the best ever.

Carrement Beau velvet skirt // Quilted moto jacket // Fox tee // Fedora // Infinity scarf

So there you have it. Those are the trendy items I’ll be looking for this fall. Also, I am now officially obsessed with mushroom print.