New Styles...

have hit the shop just in time for spring!

I'm kind of in love with all of these spring styles.  My hope is to keep replenishing the shop each month...next upload will probably be beginning of may!

Happy Spring and hope the sun shining wherever you may be!  It's certainly trying it's hardest in Seattle!

 

2017 Happenings.....

...so far

So the consensus seems to be that 2016 sucked.  And while it did suck in many ways, things in my own personal bubble seemed to be going okay.  There were highs and lows, celebrations and challenges but overall at the end of the year despite what was going on around me I still found myself feeling grateful for everything I have and for my friends and family.

We're two months into 2017 and it's been a bit challenging so far.  I was recently diagnosed with an auto immune disease-a rare form of rheumatoid arthritis (I can't even pronounce whatever it is).  It's left me in terrible pain and on some days has prevented me from doing basic routine things...like driving, blow drying my hair, opening a jar of jelly, and of course sewing.  Not to mention I haven't been able to exercise in months.  I've always been one to exercise a few times a week but I'm also not like a work out freak or anything.  But not being able to do it has made realize how good it is for me not just physically but also mentally.  So the lack of exercise, the constant pain and the complete change in diet that I've been experimenting with has left me a touch blue to say the least.  But...I'm exploring medications, I have appointments with naturopaths to explore alternatives and overall I know that there is a resolution to this...I just have to figure out what it is and that takes time.  So while the past few months have pretty much sucked a** I still feel thankful that it's not anything worse.  

Other than working through that sucky situation it's been pretty busy.  City Kid has been busier this winter than ever before (usually post holiday months are dead!), we're working on some minor home improvement projects, and we just had a delightful trip down to California.  We caught up with dear friends and then took Parker to Disney for the first time which was long overdue.

Hoping that the next few months are brighter as spring approaches...not just for me but for friends, family and everyone around.  

Happy very belated 2017!

Where to find City Kid Style this Holiday Season:

Here's a little list of markets for the shopping season:

First up is Urban Craft Uprising which is the first weekend after Thanksgiving.  Find out more about Seattle's largest Indie Craft Fair here.

Next up is the Westlake Holiday Market.  A 4 week long holiday market in Westlake Park curated by the Urban Craft Uprising team.  Think German style Christmas market right in the heart of downtown with different vendors every week!  I'll be there the third week from December 9th through the 15th from 11am-7pm each day.  Find out more here.

And to finish off the holiday season you can find me at Renegade Craft Fair on December 17th and 18th at Hanger 30 in Manusun Park.  Over 200 makers showcasing the very best in modern craft and design!  Check it out here.

Happy Holiday Shopping!!

Sewing Machine Review...

I often get asked what kind of machine I use to sew with.  Well I have four different ones...that's right four!  I've been promising to do a review on my machines so here goes!

I'm not going to give a super detailed review of each machine.  This is really just to let you all know what kind of machines I have and what I like or dislike about them.  If possible I'll try to link up to possible buying options.

First up is my regular old sewing machine:

I have a Janome DC2012 and I've had this machine for just over four years.  I LOVE this machine.  Before this I had a middle of the line Baby Lock and I hated it.  I would literally hold my breath every time I sewed with it...it could barely sew through anything thick, the thread was always snapping, the bobbin was always getting tangled etc....So far I have not had any problems with this machine.  I've never even taken it in for a tune up (yikes!).  The things I like about it:

-The bobbin is top loading and has a clear cover so you can see if it's running out.  

-The speed control option is awesome...I can set it really fast if I'm just gathering or doing an easy straight stitch or slow it down if I need more control for something complicated.  The speed control also makes it really easy for my 10 year old daughter to use.

-Automatic up/down needle button..you just press a button to lower or raise it

-It can sew through very thick layers.

-Overall it's pretty quiet and it also has a really good detailed manual.

I would say the only negative about this machine is the automatic needle threader doesn't work really well.  But honestly I'm not the type of person who has a problem with threading a needle so that just doesn't bother me. I believe I bought this machine for just over $400.  It's a really great middle of the line machine and has been really dependable so far.

Next up is my Serger #1:

This is the Janome 8002d and like my sewing machine I love this one too.  I was really torn between this one and the Basic Brother serger that you'll find a ton of people in the sewing world also have.  The janome was just under $300 and I think the Brother is about 100 cheaper.  I can't speak from experience about the Brother but I have heard good things about it which is why I'm mentioning it here.  I think in the end I went with the Janome because that is the brand of my sewing machine and I loved that so I went with the same brand.

I bought this machine basically to use for sewing my seams (those professional looking seams you see on the inside of all of your clothing) and to do hems.  It can't do a cover hem (the regular looking hem with two straight lines on the front and the herringbone type pattern on the back-that's a different machine) but it can do a rolled hem which I do a lot.

I have also had this machine for about four years now and it has been great.  Sews through thick layers, very detailed and easy to read manual and has pretty much been a work horse.

One thing to mention is that the threading of sergers can be complicated.  There 4 needles to thread not just 1.  And to thread the lower looper you have to go through the inside of the machine.  So if you go into a sewing store they will always try to convince you to buy the self threading pricey machines. That's not really necessary.  It does take time to thread...but this has a great color coded chart right on the inside of the machine so you can follow as you thread.  Once you've done it two or three times you get the hang of it and it's really not that bad.  I'm pretty speedy at it.  

Switching from a 3 or 4 thread overlock to a rolled hem isn't hard but also isn't super quick.   Over all this is a great entry level or even intermediate machine.  Because I sew so very much...5-6 hours a day, and often have to switch to a rolled hem or switch thread colors, I decided to get a second serger to make my process more efficient.  

So...enter serger # 2:

Remember when I said the people at sewing stores will try and convince you of the fancy self threading machines that cost a fortune?!  Well somehow I got suckered into that for my second machine!  I shouldn't say it cost a fortune...they tried to get me to buy the super fancy baby lock Diana which is a cover hem and serger all in one...that baby is priced at well over $3,000.00!  I wasn't about to spend that much so I went with a refurbished Baby Lock Imagine which if I'm remembering correctly cost me about $900.00 (new probably costs about 2,000 at least).  They totally sold me on the whole self threading thing and the fact that you can easily switch from a rolled hem to an overlock etc...

Was it worth it?  Yes and no.  The self threading is pretty great...but it's only for the upper and lower loopers...but it's not like it's automatic...it still takes a few minutes to rethread the whole thing.  But threading those upper and lower loopers quickly with the press of a button (once you get it set up for that) makes a difference.  And switching from one function to another is pretty quick but still involves a few steps.  And overall this is a well working machine...I haven't had any trouble with it...it's got a great manual and is pretty easy to figure out.  I've been very happy with how this machine works.  

But again...I sew a lot....and when I'm sewing up to 6 or 7 dresses in one day it really doesn't matter if I have one machine that does it all because in the end, it still takes an extra 5-10 minutes to switch out thread, switch to a different function etc...And if you have to do that once or twice per dress and I'm sewing 7 dresses in a day...well there's at least an hour of my time wasted.  So really the best set up for me is to have one machine that performs your average sewing tasks, a serger that I use for seams and a serger that I have set for a rolled hem for my hems and sleeve finishings.  I literally just roll my wheely chair from machine to machine when I need a different function instead of stopping everything, swtiching thread, unscrewing plates to switch a setting, etc...only to have to do that again in 5 minutes when I need a different function.  So in the end I just keep this set at a rolled hem and use it for that...so I could have gone with a less expensive model.  But again I do really like it and I figure if the other serger ever goes south or needs repairs, I have this great one that can do both my rolled hems and my seams.  And because it's already refurbished once, trying to resell and get a less expensive machine would probably just be a wash.

So that is the system that works for me.  But I sew professionally for a living and like I said, I sew a lot.  If you just sew the occasional project that you need a serger for and you have the money to spend than it may be worth getting the imagine.  Likewise, if you sew occasional projects and want a serger but don't want to spend a ton of money than I think the Janome is great option as well.

Next up...the Coverstich machine:

Enter machine #4...the Janome CoverPro 1000 CPX.  What is a Cover Stitch machine you ask?  It really performs just one thing and that's to make those nice little hems on the sleeves and bottoms of garments with the two straight lines on the front and the herringbone type pattern on the back.  It's really the type of machine that only professionals use...there are many ways to do hems but when you sew professionally it's kind of ideal to have one of these.  And even though they only do one thing they are way more expensive than a serger or sewing machine.  Of course the sewing store people tried to sell me on the fancy Babylock Diana that cost well over 3K and does everything...but I already have 2 other sergers that do everything else so all I wanted was a basic coverstitch. 

I waited a long time to get one of these and just purchased mine a few months ago.  And I have to say that the verdict is still out on this one.  I haven't sewn enough projects to get completely comfortable with it but as I figure it out I'm starting to like it more.

I was choosing between this and the similar version by Brother.  This was little more pricey but overall got better reviews and I've had such good luck with my other two Janomes that it was kind of a no brainer for me.

Unfortunately I had a rough start with this one.  First of all the manual is awful which is surprising because my other two manuals I have with this brand are so detailed and great.  This one flat out sucks...vague, little detail, bad pictures, etc...But I'm a very experienced sewer and I'm pretty good at figuring stuff like this out on my own.  Not the case here.  I could not get a good stitch...thred was snapping, stitches were skipping...it sucked.  I tried different needles, I watched multiple online tutorials...it literally took like 2 full days of trouble shooting.  I was about to pack it back up and send it back but then I stumbled upon a very helpful blog post that someone wrote about giving tips for the settings for what type of fabric you are using.  This random blog post was a game changer.  Furthermore...there is a setting for the presser foot tension...a little knob at the top of the machine.  This is a very important setting and there is absolutely NO mention of it anywhere in the manual.

I stupidly did not save the link for that blog post.  But I was smart enough to take a picture of the settings that she recommended and I refer to that every time I use it and it makes a huge difference.  Here is that handy little chart:

So again the verdict is still out on this one.  I think I will like it.  I'm about to start a new batch of dresses where I will need to use the cover stitch a lot so I'll find out soon!

Okay...that's ALOT of info!  Possibly the longest blog post I've ever written.  But hopefully helpful! And I probably won't proof it so apologies for bad grammar!

Happy Wednesday!

 

 

 

 

Vancouver Fashion Week

City Kid Style hit the runway this past weekend for the Vancouver Fashion Week's Kids Runway Show...

I'm still waiting on the professional photos but I thought I'd share a few shots that I took behind the scenes and that Dave took from the audience...

Models getting last minute make up touch ups before hitting the cat walk

Parker ready for the runway...the perks of being the designer's daughter is that you get choose your outfit, your hairstyle, etc...this little lady had a blast!

Little model on the runway

Parker on the runway

This cutie told me right before she hit the runway..."I'm going to show some attitude out there!"  And she did...it included a few twirls for the photographers at the end of the runway!

It was a whirlwind of a weekend, exhausting to say the least but really cool and fun and so worth all of the work it took to prepare for this show.  Seeing my designs on the runway was amazing. And the whole fashion show scene was a crazy fun experience.  

My show was on day 6 of fashion week and after the kids show I stuck around to show case my designs in the show room.  So I was able to see all the prep, model fittings, rehearsals, etc... for the shows that were happening that night and that was super fun.  It was a scene to say the least...beautiful models lining the halls waiting for fittings, the designs they were wearing and the amazing hair and makeup.

Overall really cool experience and now it's taken me about 3 days of doing nothing to recover from the weekend!

But holiday shows are fast approaching so I need to clean out my studio and start sewing my butt off!

How to: Building a Booth Display

A while back I posted a few pictures on instagram about my new wooden booth displays and I've had several question about how I did it.

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So I thought I'd do a blog post on it and share my process.  Let me start by saying that this isn't really a tutorial and I'm not great about giving exact details, dimensions, etc...but I took a few pictures as I built them so I'll at least share those and you can pretty much get the idea.

I scoured pinterest for a while searching for exactly what I wanted.  I was so tired of boring old clothing racks.  And I have those metal gridwalls that you see above but I wanted to be able to use those for hanging pictures and not just clothes.  Basically I wanted my booth to look a little cooler and have a touch of an urban or industrial vibe.  I saw a few pictures on pinterest using crates and some using industrial looking piping.  I liked the look of it and since I can't really "build" things with saws, wood, etc...I figured the crates would be a good option.

So...I made two racks...the bigger one that you see above and a smaller one that is below.  For the bigger one I used 6 extra large wooden crates that I ordered from home depot.  I believe the exact dimensions are 27 x 12.5 x 9.5.  The ones I ordered are not very sturdy.  Two of them had broken slats when they arrived.  But I got a refund and fixed the slats and used them anyway.  I also had to reinforce the wood with a thick wood block on the bottom inside of the two top crates to be able to screw in the bottom pipe.  For the smaller rack I used 7 regular sized crates that I also got at home depot and they seem to be much sturdier. 

To secure all of the crates together I attached latches on the sides in between each crate that can be hooked when the display is put together and then unhooked easily when you need to break it down and transport it.  Here is a picture of the latches I used:

I had galvanized piping cut to size at home depot to create the racks to hang the clothing on.  Below are pictures of the different fitting that I used to put all the piping together..

Overall it was a pretty easy build.  Here are some pictures of the crates in my back yard during the spray painting process:

And a few more pictures of the racks in use...unfortunately I don't have a good one of the smaller one:

I've now used them for several shows and there are for sure some pros and cons.  I'll start with cons.....

1) the larger one is not very sturdy.  For indoor shows it's okay but for outdoor shows if there is any bit of wind it will sway a bit which is worrisome. As you can see in the above picture we remedied this by securing it with rope to the tent frame.

2) Even though these displays break down easily and transport easily, they take up a lot of room in my car.  There are so many and you can kind of stack them up easily but they still end up taking up a ton of room.  I can put some stuff in them to transport so that's a little helpful.

Now for the pros:

1) The main one is that they are super cool looking.  I can't tell you how many compliments I get about them.  They really do add that little bit of an industrial urban vibe that I was going for.

2) For display purposes they really do hold a lot of stuff.  Both hanging clothes and then the shelving for folded things.  And as you can see in the pictures the bottom racks are all turned around so I can hide my personal belongings behind there.

3) They break down really easily and are very easy to put together.  And even though they take up a ton of room in my car they transport easily.

So now after doing several shows this summer with my current set up, I have some goals and ideas to make my booth even better and to simplify the set up and break down process.  Now I want to replace those big metal gridwalls because they are a giant pain to transport!  I have a few ideas spinning in my head so as soon as I have it all figured out, I'll be sure to share!

Summer Craft Fairs...

Craft Show season is here!  It's two weeks into summer and so far I've had three shows, thus keeping me very busy.

The first was on the smaller side.  The First Thursday Art Walk in Pioneer Square for June.  It was short and sweet compared some of the others.  About 4 hours on a Thursday evening.  Kind of a lot of work to set up a full booth just for 4 hours but it was a lovely evening in the park and I enjoyed getting to know some of the vendors and chatting with passerbys and park goers.

Next up was The Urban Craft Uprising Summer Show.  Let me begin by saying that in the "craft show" world Urban Craft Uprising is kind of like the goddess of all shows.  It exudes coolness.  And it can be difficult as a vendor to get a spot at one of their shows because everyone wants in!  But I finally did after several tries of applying.  And overall it was a great experience.  My sales were great, the show is run so well by the organizers and I met so many great people both customers and vendors.  I even got an instagram message from one customer after the show telling me how inspiring my clothing was and that it was motivating her to sew more.  How cool is that?!  I'd do it again any day and am hoping for a spot in their upcoming holiday show.

I worked really hard on updating my booth display this year.  I built two racks out of piping and crates, I mounted photos and descriptions of my process on foam core, and I added a coloring table for kiddos to sit at and color at while their parents sift through my threads.  I had my designer friend Stephanie Corfee make a digital file of a huge doodley coloring page for me and it's been a great addition!

A few more pics from Urban Craft Uprising:

Next was the Wedgwood Art Festival which was just this past weekend.  I love this show.  This is the third year I've vended at it and it's such a great show!  Below is a pic from Sunday morning before the market opened.

The Wedgwood Art Festival is more of a family event...live bands every hour, arts and crafts for kids, food trucks and of course vendors.  And it's in my own neighborhood so I know a ton of people that come.  Overall it's just a fun, laid back event.

A few more pics from Wedgwood:

Parker has been an amazing little helper at these shows too.  She's finally at an age where she can help out a bit. She packages up people's items, give me bathroom breaks, gets me food and keeps me company.  At the Wedgwood show she even was doing coffee runs to the coffee truck for some of the other vendors!

So that's what I've been up to the past few weeks.  These shows are exhausting but super fun. My next one is in three weeks.  I've sold out basically in a ton of stuff so I'll be sewing my butt off for the next few weeks.  That's also why my website is completely out of one of a kind items.  After the summer craft show season I'll be replenishing the site.

I've also had a few questions via instagram about my new booth display racks.  I took pictures as I built it so I'll try and do a post on that some time soon.

Until then...hope you're summer is going well!!

 

GIVE AWAY!!

I think it's time for a little give away...how about a chance to win one of these adorable hand dyed t-shirt dresses?

This little number might be my favorite to date!  Several months ago I was given about 15 plain white used t-shirts.  I didn't know what to do with that many white t-shirts.  So I thought I'd try my hand at dying fabric.  And the result was pretty amazing!  I started with the princess style and for a more simplified look I created this simple t-shirt style dress pattern.  And the best part is how much of the original shirt I can actually use...making it 100% upcycled!

These pretty little dresses will not be listed on my site...at least not for another few months.  I'm currently in mad sewing mode to get ready for summer craft fairs which is where I'll be selling these dresses.  After the bigger fairs, anything that's left over will be listed on my site.  But since posting this dress on instagram I've had several messages about how to get one of these if you aren't in Seattle and can't come to one of my craft fairs.  So I thought I'd host a little GIVEAWAY! The winner will receive one of these dresses in the size of their choice (size 12 months to size 8/9).  What do you have to do to enter?  Follow me on Instagram and just sign up for my newsletter...that's it.  My newsletters go out just a few times a year just to let you know about new releases, sales, etc...Just fill your email address in the GREEN BOX at the bottom of my contact page here.  Easy peasy!  And for an extra entry head to my instagram and find the original giveaway post and tag a friend. Contest ends at midnight this Friday, May 6th.  Winner will be announced Monday morning!  And if you already receive my newsletter...well than you're already entered!

And a big thank you to Emily from Hello Charlie for these gorgeous images!

Happy Tuesday!

New Threads!

New threads are in the shop!  One of a kind upcycled baby doll tops and princess style t-shirt dresses, as well as new "Be Yourself Tees".  So go check it out!

And how cool are the new "Be Yourself" tees designed by Wotto Art?  10% of every sale of this tee will go to Girl Talk, a non-profit organization where high school girls mentor middle school girls through the teenage years.  But that deserves it's very own blog post which will happen in the next week or so!

Thanks to Gina Brown from Phoenix Street for these amazing shots!

Bathroom Refresh....

A few posts back I was drooling over the color black for interiors.  So I went for it in our upstairs bathroom!

We gutted and renovated this bathroom about nine years ago.  And it hasn't been painted since then...eek!  The paint was chipping on the door and around the closet and overall the color (which I used to love) was just feeling blah.  It was one of those things where every time I was in there it got on my nerves and just kept bugging me.  Finally I couldn't take it anymore so on President's weekend I painted it...with the help of my husband of course who did most of the prep work.

Here is a before picture:

It was painted silver sage by Restoration Hardware.  I really like this color.  Our kitchen is actually painted a lighter shade of this.  But it was just time for a change...a dramatic one!

The black I chose is Tom Cat by Kensington and Clark which I got at Ace Hardware.  I did no testing of colors...I always do this and usually it works.  They only had about 4 shades of black anyway so I just picked the one that seemed the truest black and had them mix it up.  I painted the wall behind the vanity and the wall that the door is on black and the other two walls I wanted bright white.  Again I did no testing out different whites...I went in the store and just picked out the brightest white swatch I could find and went with it.  It's so bright white that it makes the subway tile look off white when the tile used to look bright white!  Regardless, I LOVE how it all turned out!

I did a few minor decor changes as well.  I had a printed shower curtain in there that I swapped out for a plain white waffle weave one from our downstairs bathroom.  The curtain used to plain white but I wanted a pop of color so I made a new one.  I got the pink lawn fabric from Girl Charlee Fabrics.  And to finish it off I added a new black rag rug from Urban Outfitters.  So in total the project probably cost about $190.  Pretty good for a whole new look!

Happy Tuesday!  I'm off to make a ton of upcycled t-shirt dresses!

 

Sneak Peek...

I'm pretty much in love with this new top that I have coming out for spring...

I'll have a line of these one of a kind upcycled baby doll tops coming out in mid-february.  They are all made with some sort of black outer fabric and the inside bodices are lined with pretty plaid and vintage florals...

It's such a sweet and simple top that is pretty on it's own our styled up with a cute jacket and some boots.  And I must say that it goes perfect over top City Kid Style's Cuffed Leggings!  And I just might have some cute shorties coming out this spring that it would be super cute with too!

Happy Wednesday!!

 

Black....

I'm obsessing over black walls lately...

So naturally, now I want to paint a wall in my home black.  The question is which wall?  I'm tempted to do one of my bedroom walls black but we have a few orange accents in there and I feel like that will be too much of a color pop.  Our upstairs bathroom hasn't been painted since we renovated it about 7 years ago so I think that it may be the winner.  But gosh how I dread painting!  It really is such an easy update but I feel like I am constantly painting a room in my house!  And it;s the last thing I have time for.  But as I said...I'm obsessing....so it'll get done in the next month or two or else I won't be able to stop thinking about it and the bathroom will really start bugging me!  I'll be sure to post a few before and after pics for your enjoyment!

Happy Wednesday! 

Christmas Vacation, Jersey Style...

Just thought I'd share a few pics of our east coast holiday...

Dave and I had a night out in New York City with our Seattle besties who were also there visiting family.  I've done NYC many times before but it was super fun to do it with our good peeps from home.  NYC is pretty magical at night during the holidays...every corner you turn there are pretty lights and decorations.  And it turned out to be one of those awesome unplanned nights where you just go with the flow and see where the night takes you.  We stumbled upon awesome bars and an even better speakeasy without even looking.  It was a super fun night spent with awesome friends.

Also in NYC...these two Seattle besties had a surprise meet up at the American Girl Doll store.  Apparently 9 year old girls don't realize how close New York and New Jersey are because they both knew the other one was going to visit family but it never occurred to them that they might be close enough to meet up.  Needless to say they were pretty shocked to run into one another at the American Girl Doll store in NYC and then have lunch with one other there.  I mean just look at their happy faces...priceless!  Parker said it was her best Christmas present ever!

And Parker got lots of quality time and cousin love with these three cuties.  The four of them are the best together and I so wish we lived closer!

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And talk about cousins....how's that for a lot of cousins?!  That would be my dad's side of the family and all of my cousins who we spent Christmas day with at the Jersey shore.  It's a fun crew to say the least and always fun to catch up with them!

So I think that sums up our Jersey Christmas vacation!  We also had a few days when we got home to relax, hit the mountains and play in the snow. All in all I couldn't have asked for a better break.  Now it's back to the grind.  I've got a super busy month sewing up spring samples for photo shoots.  I'm really excited about City Kid Style's spring/summer collection and although it's a ton of work ahead, I'm excited to get started on it!

Happy New Year!

2016!

Happy 2016!

My little family has had an awesome two weeks traveling and hanging with family, playing in the snow and celebrating with friends.  Next week I'm back to work and prepping for City Kid Style's spring collection!  I'll try and get back in the next day or two to share pictures of our lovely break!

Cheers to you and yours!

Checking in....

I swear I haven't dropped off the face of the earth....

But with the holidays being the busiest time of year for City Kid...and well probably for all of us, the month of November just slipped past without any blog posts.  Unfortunately this little blog often gets neglected or pushed to the back burner.

But my favorite time of year is here!  So I'm just trying to slow down the season and enjoy my cozy home with my little family even though life continues to be a whirl wind of busyness.

I have a multitude of blog posts in my head but not enough time at the moment. So tonight all i have for you is a picture of our lovely tree and our sweet little Sophie.  But I'll try my best to make some time soon for some other fun posts that I have filed away!

 

Be Yourself....

...everyone else is already taken.

I'm so excited about the release of these tee shirts.  I have had the idea for a screen print graphic using this quote for so long now.  And all I had to do was throw it there to my trusty friend Stephanie Corfee and she brought it to fruition with a perfect blend of whimsical doodles that any girl will love!  

It's such an important message for young girls...to just be yourself.  As I see Parker entering the tween years I can see a bit of a change in behavior among the girls.  Nothing too drastic...but I hear it in their conversations and see it reflected in their imaginary play....what's cool, who's cool, what's dorky, etc... Parker is fortunate to have a great group of close friends who look out for one another and keep each other in check,  as well as a good group of girls in her fourth grade class that all seem pretty inclusive and accepting.  I can only hope that will carry on through middle school and high school.  But she is sure to run into "mean girls" or "mean people" and hopefully she will always be able to stay true to herself and also be a good friend to others no matter who they choose to be.  She is such a sweet and accepting girl that I'm pretty sure she's on the right track...but I do feel like it is an important value to continually revisit and nurture in children.  

This past summer Parker and I started watching the Glee series.  We're pretty much addicted and are now in season 4.  It's full of high school drama including bullying, friendship and romance.  It definitely has some mature content so unless you're prepared to discuss topics like teen pregnancy with your child, I wouldn't suggest it (there even a few episodes I didn't let her watch as they were too mature!).    But one continuing theme throughout this series that has been a great lesson for Parker is that of acceptance.  We have watched characters in this show start out as bratty, mean, and down right awful people...who evolve into good friends and accepting individuals.  In this show it doesn't matter if you're a football player, cheerleader, drama queen, straight, gay, transgender...they all stick together, and have each others backs for when others are not so accepting.  Every main character in this show learns to love others for who they are and learn that it's okay to just be yourself.  It's for a sure a bit of a soap opera...Dave can't keep up with who is dating who on the show!   But if you like good TV, music and dance and a good overall message...it's a good one....You may just want to wait until your kid is 16 to watch it with them!!

So head over to the shop page and grab your girls one of these awesome tees! And with the purchase of this tee you'll receive a FREE coloring page download of this exclusive design...perfect for framing once your child has added their own touch of color to!

Oh-and this amazing pictures...thank you to Gina from Phoenix Street for these beauties!

Happy Wednesday!

Dreamy Parisian Apartment in the 18th...

I'm having a lazy Sunday morning...my kid is still asleep, my husband is in the family room watching soccer and I'm curled up in my cozy chair sipping on coffee and drooling over other people's homes found via pinterest.  And I stumbled upon this dreamy apartment in the 18th arr of Paris...

I know exactly the neighborhood...if my lazy Sunday morning was spent in this lovely apartment I know just where I'd head out for another cup of coffee followed by an afternoon of shopping at little boutiques and antique shops!

Happy Sunday!  and all images are courtesy of Inside Closet

 

City Kid Style Brand Shoot...

I am pretty in love with these photos that the super talented Emily, of Hello Charlie took for my recent brand shoot:

Pretty awesome right?!  She captured the essence of City Kid Style perfectly! And I love how she styled the City Kid Style threads with other brands.  I can't wait to see what she does with my holiday dresses!!  And how crazy is it that I already have to start working on holiday stuff?!

Happy Wednesday!

House Love....

I'm a bit of an online house stalker.  I love looking through design sites and drooling over amazing homes that I find.  Every so often I may even like one of them enough to share in an "Amazing Home' or "House Love" post her on this little blog.  But this House Love post is near and dear to my heart.  It's my mom's house that she and my father bought before I was even born and that she just sold.

I spent most of my childhood living in France so I really only lived in this house during high school.  But as I said my parents bought this house before I was born....so my mom has owned it for over 40 years! And she has been there since I was in high school so this is the house that we've been going home to for over 20 years.  There are many wonderful memories in this house.  It's a house big enough that all the grandchildren could be there at the same time filling it with running children, crying babies and lots of happy screaming.  And best of all, my father's memory is strong in this house....so much of the art and furniture are pieces that my parents brought back from France and will always remind me of him.

She moves out this week into a small apartment in New Jersey very close to my sister and close to my father's family.  And she's bring that great farmhouse table with her, and a lot of her other amazing furniture and art with her.  And the kids are already planning sleepovers at their grandmother's new apartment.  So no doubt there will be lots of new memories created in a new home.  And much easier for my mom now that she won't have to take care of a 5 bedroom home by herself!  And another family with children has bought the house so hopefully it will continue to build memories of parents, children and eventually grandkids...a new era for this lovely house on Bellevue Terrace.

But it does feel a little bit like the end of an era for our family...I get a bit choked up when I think it...but Goodbye Bellevue Terrace!.  

Outtakes....

For every "quick little shoot" that I make Parker do, I get about 3 good shots for hmmm...like every 50!  

The rest depend on what her mood is...either completely annoyed that I'm making her model for me, or just acting like a complete goof ball.  Yesterday she was being a total goof ball.  And she made me promise to actually use some of the goofy pictures.  In the above picture she wouldn't get out of my face...she was so close the camera wouldn't even snap a picture!  Here are a few more out takes from yesterday:

And of course in between all of these goofball poses she's laughing hysterically because she's just cracking herself up.  And I much prefer this kind of shoot to the one where she's just completely annoyed and rolling her eyes at me.  At least in this one we were both laughing...a lot. I do love her goofy little personality.

And as I said...every once in a while I get a good shot or two...like this one:

And on a side note...I'm a little in love with the bubble top that she's wearing.  It's a size 8/9...maybe a touch small for her...I think she's almost a size up and should be a 10/11.  Where does the time go...when I started this business she was only a size 6/7...maybe even smaller!  Anyhow, I'll have several new lovelies including this one listed in the shop next week!

Happy weekend!