Real Shades Cool Sunglasses for Kids

December 20th, 2016

We just received our Real Shades cool sunglasses for kids. The girls just love the way they look and I love that they don’t fall off because they have the band that goes around the head and also because Real Shades are the real deal as far as sun protection for kids.. I got these for the snow and other sun activities we might do in winter.

In fact, the Melanoma International Foundation (MIF) has awarded Real Kids its Seal of Approval. This signifies that Real Kids has met MIF standards for 100% UV protective eyewear for children. And Real Kids Shades has partnered with Prevent Blindness to offer a “Star Pupils” branded pair of protective sunglasses. Twenty percent of the proceeds from the sale of these 100% ultraviolet (UV-A and UV-B) protective sunglasses will be donated to the children’s vision education initiative.

Here is what Real Kids has to say about protecting children’s eyes in the winter:
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Dolce & Gabbana Mini Me Girls Tulip Collection Fall Winter 2016/2017

December 12th, 2016



The Dolce & Gabbana Mini Me Girls Tulip Collection Fall Winter 2016/2017 is straight off the runways of Milan Fashion Week and then made a lot cuter! The tulip is a symbol of love and purity and the designers have employed a palette of gorgeous variations in these prints in color, shape and style, all printed on a background of black. The use of the same fabrics for the women’s collection and children’s collection is masterful and I love the way the baby wears the fabric just as well as the model!

Very exciting mini me collection from Dolce & Gabbana indeed.

Take a look at more of this sumptuous collection, go to the Dolce & Gabbana children’s collection.








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Children’s Place Stocking Stuffers

December 5th, 2016

childrens_place_7 Christmas is around the corner, so I thought I’d feature this quick option of Children’s Place Stocking Stuffers to add to the larger gifts!  Here are just a few ideas, but I must say that Children’s Place has so many fun accessories and things that are great for stuffing those stockings! And of course, Children’s Place always has an affordable price ticket, so anyone can grab these. It seems like every year at least a couple of things from this shop make their way into the girls’ stockings!

Take a look at their website to see what else they have.






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Pitti Bimbo Trade Show Sneak Peek – January 19-21, 2017

November 28th, 2016


Fancy Room is the new space dedicated to children’s lifestyles: from design to small accessories, from gadgets to technology, the winner is always creativity.

Well, it’s coming up soon, Pitti Bimbo 84, and here is our Pitti Bimbo Trade Show Sneak Peek – January 19-21, 2017!  In case you are not in the know, Pitti Bimbo is the largest kids fashion trade show in the world and is part of the Pitti Imagine brand of fashion trade shows which also covers men’s fashion, women’s fashion and even fragrances.

So, if you are a brand or a buyer, this is the place to be on January 19-21, 2017 in Florence. And once you are done with the show, you can tour one of the most the beautiful cities in the world.

I had breakfast with Rafaello Napoleone, the CEO of Pitti Imagine as we do before most shows, and he dished on what’s in store for this coming show. The most novel new addition to this creative and exciting edition is the Pitti Dance off…see more below!

And here’s what else is in the sneak peek of what to expect in January…503 brands in an Exhibition area of 47,000 square meters. And below are some highlights. And here is the Pitti Bimbo site so you can get more info even buy your ticket!

THE NEST – a focus on small independent brands from all around the world

The Nest is the new project dedicated to creative research in kidswear. An exclusive selection of small independent brands and “up-and-coming” companies showcased on the Lower Level of the Main Pavilion, selected in collaboration with Little Pop Up Berlin, the Berlin store /concept lab. The names include: Cherry Papaya Kids, Garbo&Friends, Kalinka Kids, Lieblinge, Mara Mea, Monkind, Poupee, Robe of Feather.

Atelier Choux


 Where is Marlo


APARTMENT – luxury collections & contemporary lifestyles

In January the protagonist will once again be Apartment, the project dedicated to sophisticated contemporary children’s fashions: a unique section furnished according to Ilaria Marelli’s creative project that contains a sophisticated grouping of international clothing and accessory collections aimed at buyers from the most exclusive boutiques. In the Rondino a special catwalk show will recreate the atmosphere of an atelier, using maison haute couture presentation methods.


SUPER STREET –  a full volume urban trend!

SuperStreet is the Pitti Bimbo section that gives a voice to the denim universe and the street trends of junior and teen clothing. In a lively, specifically designed setting, the clothing expresses a belonging to a tribe that stands apart from others for its sounds, images and messages.


PITTI DANCE OFF, the theme of the winter fairs

Pitti Dance Off is the theme of the Pitti Immagine winter fairs with a layout project curated by Oliviero Baldini. The protagonist is dance – as the need to move around in rhythm to express oneself, as energy, as freedom of personal style. It will be playfully and ironically represented by a gesture, the finger tut, in the spirit of street dance and destined to spread virally. A kind of “tell me how you dance and I’ll tell you how you’ll dress”: next January, young and old alike will be moving to the rhythm of Pitti Dance Off. So, folks, looks like you can get a good dance going in between viewing all that amazing fashion.


KIDZFIZZ – the Pitti Bimbo concept lab at the Archivi for the very first time

KidzFIZZ, the children’s fashion project that brings together the most creative collections by brands that experiment with shapes, materials and presentation styles, confirms its new bigger size: it is a proposal dedicated to a more evolved international public.  In line with the new kids’ lifestyle global scenarios, KidzFIZZ is aiming for research, creative exploration, the contamination between fashion and design and the significant presence of accessories. Staged inside the Medici Pavilion and at the Archivi, with a layout by Storage Associati, KidzFIZZ is increasingly Pitti Bimbo’s concept laboratory. It will also feature a special dedicated catwalk show in the Rondino.




The Pitti Bimbo catwalk shows and events have become unmissable occasions for the buyers and members of the international press attending the fair.  Among the brands that have already confirmed their fashion shows at the Rondino at this edition are Fun & Fun, Yclù and the group of Spanish companies captained by Children’s Fashion From Spain.


The Dutch brand Vingino has chosen Pitti Bimbo 84 for a special presentation-event.


Also in the Fortezza, among the events organized by the exhibiting companies, there will also be:
a cocktail party to present the FW 2017/18 collection of Petit Bateau and the delicious Bar tapas initiative organized by the Spanish brand Boboli. And two important charity projects: the Jeckerson Junior conference-talk dedicated to a very topical subject – the fight against bullying, which will feature the creation of a Limited Edition product in support of the Anti-bullying Association. Plus, the iDO charity event in collaboration with the Lega del Filo d’Oro – a charity that, for over 50 years, has worked alongside people who are deaf-mute or have multiple psycho-sensory disabilities.


And yet another unmissable event around town: on the evening of Thursday 19 January, in the extraordinary location of the Stazione Leopolda, there will be the Monnalisa catwalk show to present the AW 2017/18 collection to Pitti Bimbo’s audience of press and international buyers.


And here are just some of the countries represented, and new names, and returns at this edition:

AUSTRIA: IO BIO, The Small Gatsby

BELGIUM: Bellerose, bonjour maurice, PAULINE B.

BULGARIA: Junona, Kalinka Kids


DENMARK: Design Letters & Friends, LuckyBoySunday, Minimalisma, Popupshop,

Someday Soon, Sways

FRANCE: Atelier Choux Paris, Bensimon, Blune Paris, Caramel Au Sucre, Collégien,

Deeluxe Est.74, Enfance Paris, Just Over The Top JOTT, Nailmatic Kids, Yves Salomon


GERMANY: Free Sisters, Lieblinge, Lupaco Munich, Mara Mea, Monkind, Noé & Zoé

Berlin, Risu Risu, Robe of Feathers, Sommer & Kinder

GREECE: Poupee, Tika Miniatures

HOLLAND: B.Nosy, Bampidano, Boof, Gray Label, Lullaby Road, Monta Juniors

HONG KONG: Oaks of Acorn


ITALY: 3.0, Agunga, ALV by Alviero Martini, Amelia Milano, Babol Cachemire Milano,

Balducci, Biba, Blauer, Bugatti Junior, Canadian Classics, Canadiens, Canzitex- 100%

made in Italy, Così Com’è, Denny Rose Girl, Diadora, Elisabetta Franchi, Hanapima,

Hape, I Leoncini, Ivory, Kuxò, Legami, Love in Kyo, Manudieci, Manuel Ritz, Maperò,

Melania, Mia Bu Milano, Miss Pois, MNML Haute Couture, Monnalisa Living, Nina D, Ocra,

OOF, PIN1876 by Botto Giuseppe, Prestige, Regina, Save the Duck, Sonatina, Stefano

Ricci Junior, Viaelisa, Virus, Y-Thing

JAPAN: Danbokun No Nikki, Tago

LATVIA: Wooly Organic

LUXEMBOURG: John Richmond Jr, Mamie et moi

NEW ZEELAND: Carbon Soldier

NORWAY: Prinsessefin Kjersti of Norway

POLAND: Barbaras, Zombie Dash

PORTUGAL: Baby Gi, Cherry Papaya, Grace Baby & Child, Wolf & Rita

SPAIN: 1+ in the Family, 2star, Acebo’s, Andanines, Babybol, Foque, Motoreta, Oil &

Carol, Omibia, Pasito a Pasito, Rosalita Señoritas, Tinycottons, Violeta e Federico

SWEDEN: Garbo&Friends, Popqorn

SWITZERLAND: Frilo Swissmade, Goganga, Where is Marlo

TURKEY: Alitsa, Organickid (R), Swing Eyewear.

UNITED KINGDOM: GirlsTalktoBoys, Holly and Beau, Hunter, Lapin & me, My Nametags,

Tom Joule

U.S.A: Fidelity, Florence Fancy, Grey Rabbit Baby, Madpax, Mojo, Pura.


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Marie-Chantal Old Town Hall Sample Sale

November 17th, 2016


Marie-Chantal is having an Old Town Hall Sample Sale!  This sale is only available online in the United States and the fab news is that it’s up to 70% off their normal prices.
So, if you’ve been wanting to get some lovely items from Marie-Chantal for your little prince or princess, now is the time.
It starts today and ends on Monday 28th November. This is a rare opportunity to pick up some extra special pieces for the holidays at fantastic prices.
Take a look here to see what beautiful things they have available!
Here are some items to give you an idea…
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Mini Maven Launches Fall/Winter 2016 ICONIC Print Issue

November 14th, 2016


It’s here! MINI MAVEN Launches Fall/Winter 2016 ICONIC Print Issue

My friend Kymberly Marciano (who I featured a while back) and her team have done it – a wonderful and sophisticated approach to Children’s Fashion in a Modern World. The admired digital destination for the stylish child and parent, launched their printed issue. The issue features beautifully curated and exquisite editorials by creatives from around the world celebrating stylish muses and aspects of the industry that are forever iconic. Innovative fashion, culture and inspiration are the foundations for each story, flawlessly celebrating all things we love for the little ones and their modern world.

The mag features cutting edge fashion editorials with inspirations from our favorite style icons including, Twiggy, Brigitte Bardot, James Dean, Frida Khalo, Charlie’s Angels and Mickey Mouse, to name a few!

Mini-Maven is shining a spotlight on featured brands April Showers, Junona, Paade Mode, Pippa & Julie, Tuchinda, and Tutu Du Monde along with Child prodigy Elisabeth Anisimow and renowned children’s wardrobe and prop stylist Heather Rome. Jena Holliday makes an appearance once again to illustrate nine global style setters who are shaping the ever-changing modern world of lifestyle and fashion.

Many talented artists joined forces to participate in this publication in part because of Kymberly’s passion for children’s fashion, philanthropic causes and her vast experience as photographer, creative director and director. Marciano notes, “Working with notable creatives, stylists, photographers and brands have brought this Iconic issue to life, thus bringing you the highly anticipated print issue coming your way this Fall!”

And here are some images from the mag! And you can order your copy right here.




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Junona Dramatic Fashion

October 27th, 2016



I’m more than taken with the drama and theatrical majesty that is Junona! Hailing from Bulgaria, Junona and head designer Petya Delcheva started their kid’s line in 2015, having already established a women’s line a couple of years earlier. Petra started out designing costumes for her son’s ballet troupe and they were so highly appreciated, she was inspired to start Junona kids.

This FW/2016 collection does not spare any bit of opulence, artistry or rich fabrics and colors such as the poppy red. Organza is heavily featured as well as all types of lace.  These designs capture the essence of the everyday princess – a dream for the little girls!  Some of the garments are hand painted or have exquisite prints. Junona uses hypoallergenic fabrics and all linings are 100% cotton for maximum comfort.

The boys line is absolutely spiffy and formal and well, definitely not every day in any way. Take a look at all the high fashion on the Junona website.





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British Label Isossy – Fall/Winter 2016

October 13th, 2016



British label, Isossy Fall/Winter 2016 is their 10th season of offering children style and fashion reflecting truly global culture.  This season is full of rich reds, black and grey, moss, silver and an opulent mix of fabrics. The cuts are creative, with the various textures beautifully juxtaposed.

“In times of change and diverse living, fashion can reflect diverse cultures for up and coming generations to own, to claim and to wear in everyday life. It’s for the new global citizens of the world” says founder Amanda Rabor.

This fashion shoot for this season of  Isossy was photographed by Nadja Pollack with a very avant-garde styling.

colour palette of graphic red, black and grey tones with a hint of moss green and purple in luxe fabrics such as satin, boucle and leather with sequin shoulder trims. The shoulders are a strong focus with capped sleeves, unusual cuts around the arms and wide extened shoulder tabs.







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Babesta Beat Editorial – Class Portrait

October 3rd, 2016



Take a look at the latest Babesta fashion editorial story, “Class Portrait”, shot by Elliston Lutz and styled by Michel Onofrio for Babesta Beat F/W 2016 magazine.

The shoot is a take on the selfie generation, reimagining the class portrait with all the attitude of today’s very photographed subjects. No longer those awkward poses – this is personal– more about an effortless cool, casual and practiced, minus the forced smiles! The fashion labels highlighted include Babesta favorites: Molo, Raspberry Plum, Munster Kids, Gardner & the Gang, Mini Rodini, Omamimini and more!
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