Adorn: Sack Me Bedding

cute bedding alert!  started by a young mom with a background in architecture, sack me was born from her frustration in finding good bed linens. the only thing neutral about these design is they are for everyone! the aussie-based company ships world-wide.

Stylish & Hip Kids Photography

a couple of weeks ago mariliana of stylish & hip kids photography invited me to a remote, industrial section of greenpoint, brooklyn to do a photo session with my kids.

when we arrived at the spot, i immediately knew i was dealing with a kindred spirit. the location was amazing, basically a new public park in the middle of a waste treatment zone--only in new york! and then i was greeted by the bright and warm mariliana. we all took to her right away...especially the kids.

mariliana let the kids play and she worked around them, instead of doing a lot of posing and styling, which allowed for their crazy personalities to come out on film. she was able to edit and compose frames (a bit mind boggling since the kids were running around the entire time!) that felt very editorial and nothing like typical family photography. the results are absolutely stunning--there were literally no bad shots. she is a true artist.

learn more about booking a session h e r e

this post is sponsored by stylish & hip kids photography. the words and experience is completely my own.

Tee Shirt Season with Little Lark

this post is a little personal because little lark is designed and run by one of my oldest friends from alaska. i can honestly say i wouldn't be the person i am today if i didn't have the creative and inspirational talent of christy in my life as a young girl. you might think, "of course she will support her friend's company!" but, no...really, little lark is where it is at for tee-shirt season! 

based in portland, oregon (my other second home) little lark creates quality pieces that kids crave. kitties, astronauts, robots, ponies, flowers galore-- rendered in adorable detail with metallic foils and neon splashes all in super soft cotton.  you can also get some of the designs like the interstellar moon and astronaut as poster and pillows (geo pillow pictured above).

Bringing Back the Eighties with Native Shoes

when it comes to summer/water shoes natives can't be beat for style, ease, comfort and price. all other water shoes might be hyper-practical, but the lack of design makes them a deal-breaker for this mama. so just when i thought i couldn't be more into natives, they come out with these eighties inspired styles that are just crazy enough for kids. they scream summer!

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Fall is Looking Good: Playtime New York

it’s funny, summer has just landed and for the fashion world, it’s over. we are already buzzing about fall. I kick-off the fall fashion season with playtime new york—the children’s fashion tradeshow—that opens on august 1 at the metropolitan pavilion in chelsea.

since the beginning, playtime has explored and analyzed the evolution of fashion in the children’s universe, by identifying trends and bringing unknown talent to the market. one of the trends that i am loving is one playtime is calling “team spirit”. I like to call it “heritage spirit”.

the look is going back to the roots—to simplicity. styles are inspired by amish garb, which evokes a neo-farmer feeling or the nomadic tribes of the great white north (this alaskan girl is all ears!). the trend is soaked in nostalgia and the fabrics convey this with natural fibers like ethnic wools, flannel, denim or felt. colors are muted and neutral—taupe, slate, ash and khaki. key pieces like overalls, pinafore, clogs and suspenders are going to make a big statement this autumn.

get a jumpstart on fall by checking out the exciting list of exhibitors h e r e

playtime is also running an amazing giveaway, register for the fair and you will be entered to win a trip to playtime in paris this january! learn more at p l a y t i m e

this post is sponsored by playtime. the words are my own.

Staying Cool with Nununu

the summer solstice is here! can you believe that new york public school is still in session? that hasn't stopped us from summering it up on the weekends...sprinklers, watermelon, water balloons. 

this season i have gone gaga for swimwear. henry and adela are modeling some new pieces from one of the brands i most admire: nununu. nununu stands in quite literal contrast to the typical children's label... you won't find any sweetness here --they leave that for kids! instead very cool, bold, high concept and contrast clothing are at the heart of the brand. the swim collection is no exception with beautifully tailored pieces in black, white, grey with nununun's signature graphics-- crosses, stars, and skulls. hello instagram!

Books to Coo About: The Skunk

the skunk reads like a film noir for kids--filled with high style, stripped down prose, and lurking menace. the story unfolds when a seemingly harmless skunk shows up and begins following a man. the narrative quickly turns into a frantic chase through the city. the man goes to extremes to lose the tail of the skunk. he sets up a new home, in a new neighborhood to realize one day he is missing something. where is the skunk? totally hilarious.

the skunk is written by one my all time faves, mac barnett (of sam and dave dig a hole fame) and illustrated by patrick mcdonnell. this will be a summer reading fave.