Fashion Coos: Nadadelazos Spring/Summer 2015

ahh, the cherry blossoms are finally blooming and spring is in the air!  so you know what that means: as a proper, never-satisfied new yorker, it's time to fast forward a couple months and prep for summer.  the latest collection from the madrid-based nadadelazos makes me want to scoop my kids up and run straight to the beach.

with bright, whimsical cactus, palm tree, tropical fish and flamingo-patterned motifs, the entire light-weight, organic cotton line, which runs from infant to 10 years, just screams fun in the sun -- and we are more than ready!

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The Little Shoemaker

happy earth day! being green means so many things to different people. one of my favorite ways of honoring the earth is buying handmade, non-industrialized products. 

the little shoemaker (uk) cobbles handcrafted artisan shoes for children that are beyond anything you can find at the mall. i am crushing on every single pair. looks like everything on the site is for 24 months and younger, but i spy pix of older looking kids so i am crossing my fingers they will have bigger sizes soon!

Pen Pals: Paul et Paula

greetings from frankfurt! my friend peggy juche and i started this p e n  p a l series. two bloggers. two continents. and five kids (peggy is winning)! peggy writes the lovely blog paul et paula, she is german, but currently lives in sweden..and she is always globetrotting around europe.

this letter comes in from her trip to frankfurt, a great city that many tourist only see the airport. peggy sent us fun little trinkets: dime store books in german, easter egg colors,  postcards and a tiny puzzle i can't solve! also some great tips for families... - zoo frankfurt  -palmen garten  -experiminta

i totally recommend scheduling a layover!

What We Wear: Spring with Marie-Chantal

marie-chantal children's wear is the perfect mix of buttoned-up, classic, european style coupled with playful accents and impeccable quality. it comes as no surprise that the mastermind behind the brand is an actual real life princess: marie-chantal princess of greece. yes, a princess! 

for the spring collection girls will find maxi length dresses, floral prints and breezy cotton separates galore. one of my favorite pieces is a floor length lace dress that is begging for bare feet and field of wildflowers. for boys you will find timeless pieces that can be worn for several seasons including summery shirts in sorbet hues, classic chinos and, of course, seersucker!  

adela is wearing the frill neck dress that she calls her "princess dress" -- i didn't even tell her about the real princess! henry is wearing the dandelion shirt and grey chinos, and he feels pretty darn handsome. i agree!

Books to Coo About: Girly Style Wardrobe

one of my favorite publishers, laurence king, recently release a sewing book for young girls' clothing called girly style wardrobe. from the first pages you will be dusting off your sewing machine and turning to etsy for vintage fabric finds.

author yoshiko tsukiori offers a complete wardrobe of 28 pieces from sweet dresses to smocks, trousers and even a parka. details are at the forefront of these simple designs—bows, pin tucks, patch pockets and lace edging make gorgeous extras. 

the designs are based on unfussy shapes, straightforward sewing techniques and a minimum of pattern pieces, making them easily adaptable. comprehensive instructions, with step-by-step diagrams, are included, together with full-scale paper patterns in five sizes.

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Florsheim Kid's Shoes: From Grandpa to Grandson

for most, when you think of florsheim shoes images of wall street businessman or a well-dress grandfather come to mind, but in recent years florsheim has updated their image with collaborations with duckie brown and ben smith/brush.

the american heritage brand brings over a century a craftsmanship to footwear and now for children! the boy's collection includes styles for all occasions: chukka boots, sneakers, oxfords and loads of formal options-- there is nothing stuffy about these styles! the best is these beautifully crafted shoes that are comfortable and cool are totally affordable.

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henry is wearing the kearny jr. style with neon green soles-- he calls them his "green lantern shoes"

Dreamy Aden + Anais Toddler Bedding

for whatever reason finding nice children's bedding in the states is still really hard. there are like a handful of options. if you are looking for organic, the selection is even more limited. so i was jumping for joy when aden + anais recently launched a toddler line of bedding in both classic and organic collections. if you are familiar with their swaddles, which if you have children it might be impossible not to know about the swaddle blankets, you know these sheets are soft! now, if only they had a twin-sized version!

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