Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Dress Like a Preppy...Rock Star?

Once upon a time, I posted about compromising the seeming conflict between camouflage chic & classic preppy. Today, ponder with me whether there are easy solutions to bridging a similar divide between preppy...& punk rock!

(Hint: I think you can add one little detail from almost any trend to an otherwise classic preppy outfit, & generally pull it off well. Also, I think there is one word that edgy street stylistas & preppy fashionistas can all agree to love: glam!)

(As always, please excuse my obvious struggles with Polyvore...& idk why I can't center the images...*sigh*...)

& just for fun, a few "rock star" (ish) pieces I love, which can be subtly added to any chic classics you (or your chic little one) are already wearing every day!:

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Change of Seasons!

Are you as excited as I am?!

I am so ready to spend more time outside.
I love seeing all the beautiful flowers&trees blooming around us.
I love all the spring&summer holidays.

While browsing the always fabulous Martha Stewart site this morning, I was delighted to see a colorful feature on spring decorating ideas. Some of my favorites:

(all images via: Martha Stewart)

I was particularly inspired by the tablecloth in that last photo...but I'm just not sure I currently have the patience to do my own embellishments in the way that the tutorial instructs. It looks easy (& fun!) enough, but my energy is so zapped these days that if I have a "free" ten minutes, I'd rather "rest my eyes" than be crafty. ;)

So if you're crunched for time (or energy!) like I am, you may be interested in some other tablecloths I found that fit the spring mood. I always find that changing the tablecloth in our dining room can really change the feel of the house!

Floral Tablecloth by Blossoms&Blooms at Kohl's

Monday, March 21, 2011

Whale of a Time

Having been the mama of a little girl for so long...

(well, two years, anyway)

...I've always noticed that when buying the odd gifts here&there for little boys, it seems much harder to find seriously cute little boy things. I mean, I often find adorable pieces of little girls' clothing on the clearance racks at Target! Although I do prefer to look a bit harder for most of Pretty Little Bare Feet's clothing&things, it is nice that I can occasionally find sweet little random things in the everyday places.

Now that I'm shopping for a little boy, however, I am satisfied that there was truth in my hunch that little boys are much harder to shop for. Unless you want your little boy to wear a constant rotation of bright, silly tees that say cheesy things in large graphics across the front, you're challenged to look a little harder for classic, more appealing options.

Fortunately, my mama knows my tastes, & she has been shop-shop-shopping away for her new grandson that is on the way. & although I am doing his nursery decor in "Hey Diddle Diddle," I have also found that a lot of my favorites from what my mama has been buying feature whales!

(Which shouldn't be a surprise, considering how much I love Vineyard Vines & all things nautical&whale for myself, but I guess I just haven't had a reason to consider what "little boy motifs" I prefer until now!)

So, in recent whale-watching, some finds I've been enamored with:

Stripy Logo Jumper in Tomato/Whale by Mini Boden

Flip Flop in Navy&White Whale by Miss Trish Splash at Nordstrom

(Okay, yes, so some of these whale finds are for me! ;))

"Tattoo Whale" Slip-Ons in Ocean by Robeez at Nordstrom

Mush I in Little Whale Blue by Teva at Piperlime

(Nope, can't help myself when I find something cute for Pretty Little Bare Feet either!)

Vineyard Whale Flip Flops in Asparagus by Vineyard Vines at Zappos

(& every now&again, I even find something cute for My Prince! Though to be perfectly honest, last year the madras flip flops by Vineyard Vines that I bought for myself were actually men's!)

Card Holder in Green with Navy Whale by A. Tierney

Bib&Burps Set in White Whale by A. Tierney

Happy Whales Mobile in Green&Yellow by Flensted Mobiles at Design Public

Brother Whale Shorts by Granny B's Clothesline

Whale Birthday Invitations by Cards with Care

Urban Zoologie Whales Pillowcase Dress by Baby Harrill

Moby Bath Spout Cover by Skip Hop at Layla Grayce

(We already have this little guy - & we love him!)

Oceanside Sleep Pants in Clear Blue with Whale at L.L. Bean

Wilbur the Whale by Kootie Bug Designs at the Monogram Merchant

Pink Inflatable Whale Pool at Pottery Barn Kids

Whale Holiday Flat Photocard by Boatman Geller at the Preppy Princess