They’re baaaaaaack

Victoria's Secret pointy toe pumps

Victoria’s Secret pointy toe pumps

Victoria's Secret pumps

Victoria’s Secret pumps

Macy's INC Zita pumps

Macy’s INC Zita pumps

Well it’s happened.  The dreaded day has come my friends: platforms are so 2012.  I am a mom who loves my heels let me tell you, and I was really enjoying the platform run for a while.  I could, almost, say they were borderline comfortable.  I mean, with a 2-inch platform the heel height was like a net 3 inches, totally doable, right?  But, sigh, it looks like it’s time to start parting ways.  Vogue gave us some suggestions on how to make this (literally) painful transition back in January, but I just wasn’t ready.   Now that we’re into fall, I think its just time, and after eyeing the latest single-soled choices sideways, I’m ok with it.

So where to begin?  Well I started with a pair from Victoria’s Secret, they are about as perfect as a pointy toe can be in terms of cut and proportion and come in a great selection of colors.  But let’s be real, you don’t want to be on your feet all night in these.  For a scaled-down version of this heel, I found the INC Zita pump to be perfect.  It’s a 3-inch heel and just slightly less narrow, so it feels even better than my old platforms since it’s not as clunky.  I think I could handle all day working in these, and for sure they would be great at night.  The black leather looks a little corporate but I love the suede colors.   Hmmm, a shoe somewhere between my towering platforms and ballet flats that I can actually work in?  I think I see the silver lining after all.

 

The elephant in the room

Elephant crib in white from Oeuf

Elephant crib in white from Oeuf

Gray Elephant crib from Oeuf

Gray Elephant crib from Oeuf

I’d say this is one elephant you want in the room; the baby’s room that is.  Oeuf teamed up with Spanish designer Carlos Tiscar to create the Elephant crib, a modern and elegant crib that can be assembled with minimal hardware in 10 minutes.   As usual, Oeuf furniture is some of the best out there, sustainably produced in Europe in an FSC certified facility, with non-toxic finishes that are water-based and free of VOC health hazards.  That’s comforting, especially knowing that little ones love to use cribs as teething toys.  The Elephant crib comes in gray and white, and it’s simple aesthetic makes it easy to work into all kinds of styles of room decor.   I’m down with the 10 minute assembly part too, oh you think you have all kinds of time before the baby comes to get things done, but just you wait.  No one can explain it.   So assemble this puppy (I mean elephant) quick, so you have a few minutes to step back and admire your work before you have to tackle the next nesting project.   Perhaps hand stenciling the entire map of the world, just for fun.

Mommy and me on a whole new level

Eyes Cream street wear shades for kids

Eyes Cream street wear shades for kids

Von Zipper Stache glasses

Von Zipper Stache glasses

I’m not really big on the whole mommy and me dress-alike thing.   Granted it has come a long way from the matching Hawaiian print days, but even so I don’t necessarily want to look like a little kid, nor do I want my pumpkin to look like a grown up.  But, I do think it’s fun once in a while to both have something that somewhat matches, like the color of our outfits or, in this case, a couple of kickin’ pair of sunglasses.  I have had the Von Zipper Stache pair for a while now, I love them and they look great on guys too (maybe they’re meant for guys, I don’t know…).  And then, Eyes Cream Shades came out with a street wear collection of the most adorable sunglasses for little ones, like the pair that look just like my Von Zippers.

Not only are they fashion forward, Eyes Cream Shades are impact resistant, and provide 100% UV protection.  They come in sizes ranging from 6 months on up, and they have a great selection of styles like wayfarers, sporty, etc.   So even though we got this pair for how fabulous they look, I can feel like a responsible mom knowing my kiddo is actually wearing solid eye protection that just happens to look super cool.   If you see us sporting these pairs on the streets, don’t be shy.  Yes, we will sign an autograph for you.

 

 

Surf’s up bro

orangeheat bodysuit

orangeheat bodysuit

 

orangeheat Surf tee

orangeheat Surf tee

 

Photo provided by orangeheat

Photo provided by orangeheat

As a San Diego mom, I have to say I have a bias towards all things California.  You can’t really blame me, California is just kinda awesome.  But as easy as it is to find the cheesy tourist traps with their Cali mugs and magnets stuff, it’s hard to find kid’s clothing that reflect the Golden State in an awesome California way.

So I was really excited to find out about orangeheat out of Venice, California.  They have a stylish collection of bodysuits and tees for infant to size 8 with a decidedly west coast bent.  Added to that, they are printed with soft hand water based inks on organic cotton, and made in the good ol’ USA.  Amazingly, they keep their pricepoint in the $28-$32 range, that’s not easy to do when you combine made in the USA and organic cottons.  And celebs love them too.  If you are into that sort of thing.  Me, I am into eco-friendly clothing that doesn’t look like a feed sack.  I’d say orangeheat has got the eco-friendly-but-hip thing down, they do Cali proud.

 

 

 

Turn that smile upside down

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Oh Grumpy Cat you’re the bestest.  You make me laugh, and I think you totally get me.  I’m thrilled that Ganz is coming out with a plush version of you this winter.  They’ll actually have a whole line of gift items, so why stop at just the stuffed version?  Get a book, and a mug, and send some to your friends.  Grumpy Cat, I’m getting in line for a cuddly wuddly version of you myself so we can hang out together, all the time.  You’ll hate it.

In case you weren’t juggling enough

eeBoo juggling balls

eeBoo juggling balls

 

Look, as moms we are already consumate jugglers.   So, toss these babies at us and we will just instinctively work them into the circle of things we already have up in the air.  But at least these are bright and fun to look at.  And, as our kids look on in amazement at our skills, they will be begging to give it a try too.   I’d be happy to hand these juggling balls from eeBoo over and watch them give it a go, they have a cool, retro carnival look to them, and they come in a whole bunch of colors, like orange, pink, yellow, green, purple.   You know when you are trying to think of a great birthday gift, and everything seems too commercial, or obnoxiously plastic, or way too complicated?  Well, these juggling balls are the antidote to that.  They’re just simple, beautiful and wholesome.  A perfect match for your simply beautiful and wholesome little angel.

Too cool for school

Photo from La Miniatura Kids

Photo from La Miniatura

Photo from la Miniatura Kids

Photo from La Miniatura

When La Miniatura first debuted, I was crazy about the boy’s styles.  Super fashion forward, but totally wearable.  Now that they added girl’s styles, I want every piece, and in my size too please.  If I could wear them I would take my fashion quotient up about 6 notches.   A little edgy, a little punk.  The great thing about La Miniatura is that it really has a look all it’s own, you’d be hard pressed to find another children’s line that looks anything like it.  Dress your kids in these pieces and no one will confuse that outfit with one from Old Navy, my friend.   Now to convince them to make sizes for grownups…

 

 

 

When a mouse is SO cute…

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Girl and a Mouse Fall 13

Girl and a Mouse Fall 13

In my eternal hunt for girl’s clothing lines that make me swoon, yet don’t make me gasp  when I see the price tag, I have found a just such a collection in Girl and a Mouse.  First of all, I love the name, it evokes classic childhood tales and images from circa 1970′s.  And the style is romantic and sweet and feminine, without dripping with pink and bling.  The Fall 13 collection has beautiful natural tones of sand, black, gold, and coral.  The colors and fabrics are rich and not garish.  This collection is for a sophisticated, but earthy palate, if you want bright and crazy colors and patterns this is not your cup of tea.  Rather, this is what your young lady might actually wear while sipping tea.  Herbal and decaf of course.

A Pop of Pop: New Bugaboo and Andy Warhol Collection

Happy Bugs Collection

Happy Bugs Collection

Bugaboo will release it’s latest collaborative effort with the And Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in November 2013.  The new collection is called “Happy Bugs” based on Happy Bug Day, one of Warhol’s earlier art pieces.  It will be available as a tailored fabric set for the Cameleon 3 and Donkey, and as a sun canopy for the Bee and Donkey Duo Extension Set.  It’s probably my favorite print of all of the Andy Warhol collaborations they’ve done so far.  And let’s talk practical.  You’re not going to see dirt on this baby.  Beautiful, thoughtful and durable?  Kudos Bugaboo.

Just a little PB&J snack

PB&J fingers

PB&J fingers

I’ve always said I have the Adams Family, I loved creepy and scary things as a kid, and so do my kids.  I get dragged to the pop-up Halloween shops non-stop every October, “just to look.”  Honestly though, I love it.  So when we found these spooky treats on Parenting.com the kids couldn’t wait to make them.  How great are these for your next Halloween party?