Posts Categorized: Kids

christmas + Design + gift guides + holiday + Kids + Life / Wednesday, 3 Dec 2014

Holiday gift guide for kids

I may not have kids but that doesn’t mean I don’t have my eyes on some adorable toys and clothes for the holidays (and no, I’m not hinting at anything!). Here are some of my favorite gift ideas for kids for the holidays.

  1. Art print by Merrilee Liddiard
  2. Limited edition stuffed cats
  3. Beautiful covers from Puffin Classics by Anna Bond. It comes in Anne of Green Gables,
  4. Little Princess, Little Women, Heidi
  5. Yellow puffy toggle coat (I want one for me!)
  6. Red pom pom beanie
  7. Playful book by Merrilee Liddiad (the book I styled for!)
  8. Moccasins that I designed for Freshly Picked
  9. Soft crown
  10. Colorful onesie (getting this one for my new little niece!)
  11. Bracelet
  12. Sweater (I also want it for myself!) 
  13. Red knitted tie
  14. Blue suede boots
  15. Stuffed flamingo
  16. Flora and the Flamingo (I LOVE the illustrations on this one!)
  17. Alpaca stuffed apple pillow
  18. Magnolia the Bunny on Walnut Society
  19. Flamingo onesie
  20. Lumi the doll by Le Train Fantome

Illustration by Danielle Kroll

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Costumes + DIY + halloween + Kids + Party + Projects / Thursday, 30 Oct 2014

DIY animal headwraps Part 2

Clearly, once I started making animal headwraps, I couldn’t stop! If you’re just joining, early today I introduced a series of animal headwrap twisty ties (see here) and today I’m finishing up with a few more. Get the pattern for all the animals here.
Get the fox costume look:
Get the puppy dog costume look:

Get the cat costume look: 
Get the donkey costume look:

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Costumes + halloween + Kids + Party + Projects / Thursday, 30 Oct 2014

DIY animal headwraps Part 1

Giraffe ears twisty headwrap
Are you ready for some cute?! K, I realize it’s the day before Halloween but there’s got to be someone who works like me and saves projects for the last minute, right? Anyone? You’re probably much more prepared than me. BUT, if you’re in a pinch and need some aid, consider this your go-to guide for a cute and simple costume. Remember the Easter bunny ears I made earlier this year? It’s basically a twisty headwrap where you change the points. Ever since then I’ve been wanting to make a whole slew of animals and saved the idea for Halloween. This project can be applied to basically any animal with ears. But really, they’d be great all year round, doncha think? 
To make the headwraps, follow the instructions here and use the patterns here.
My favorite favorite is the giraffe. I mean, it’s all about those ears, ’bout those ears, right?! 
Giraffe ears twisty headwrap costume
Giraffe ears twisty headwrap and costume

Giraffe costume get the look:
Top from Gap Kids (and it’s on sale!)
Bottoms from Target

Horse ears twisty headwrap
Horse ears twisty headwrap

Horse costume get the look:
Top from Gap (on sale!)
Bottoms from Gap 

Mouse ears twisty headwrap
Mouse ears twisty headwrap
Mouse ears twisty headwrap

Mouse costume get the look:
Tunic from Wunway
Leggings from Wunway

Panda ears twisty headwrap
Panda ears twisty headwrap
Panda ears twisty headwrap

Panda Costume get the look:
Black and white baseball tee from Amazon
Black leggings from Target

Pig ears twisty headwrap
Pig ears twisty headwrap
Pig ears twisty headwrap

Pig costume get the look:
Dress from Gap
Pink tights from Wunway

Photography by Trisha Zemp
Make up by Victoria Riza
Crafting by Brittany Jepsen
Thank you to our wonderful models M and E! 

Stay tuned for part 2 of the headwraps series! 

This post was brought to you in part by Wunway, one of my favorite shops for kids!
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collaborations + Design + Kids + Life + Portfolio / Thursday, 18 Sep 2014

Playful is out!

Playful, a kid's craft book by Merrilee Liddiard, is now out! Fun projects to make with and for your kids.

K, you really gotta get on Instagram because I’ve been sharing up a storm the release of Merrilee Liddiard’s, Playful, a book that she wrote and I styled with Meta Coleman with photography by Nicole Hill Gerulat published by STC Craft, a division of Abrams Books.

Merrilee has become a good friend since making it last year and I’m so proud of her and excited to see where this takes her. Her work is impeccable. She has a true love of crafting for kids and this book is evidence of that with the clever and simple projects she created that are perfect for a rainy day. Her work as a professional illustrator is sprinkled throughout the book with darling illustrations here and there.

This was a true collaboration in every sense of the word. I was brought on as the wardrobe stylist and Meta did the props but we worked hand in hand and relied on each other for opinions and back up. The world of kids is one I never thought I would enter pre having kids but I’ve loved getting to know the world a bit better. I mean, how can you know when it turns out like this?! I found so many wonderful clothing companies that I wish I could keep for my own kids some day.

I think we created a book that captures what it’s like to be a child. There’s color and whimsy and cute details.

This is one of my favorite scenes with the Brooklyn row houses. We initially tried to get it as the cover of the book, but then there turned out to be so many other favorites.

Could you die over these sweet little girls? Merrilee shows how to make these adorable wooden face necklaces and we matched the hair. And the adorable clothing from Wunway Kids was perfection. Wunway became a go-to source for much of the book because they nail their style. Meta knocked it out of the park with the stacked books. 
These little lovebirds genuinely love each other. Aren’t they the sweetest?! I had Merrilee draw on some bird details onto her tights to reflect the cardboard bird costume.

This one might be my favorite. Of course, I say that to all of them though. The party scene was so much fun to create. Meta opened up her home for much of the shoot and this one was in her little girl’s room with the amazing chalkboard wall. I love the drama created with the blackboard. It was a wonderful way to show off the cardboard tiger pinata. And, this was also the birth of the famous balloon arch. I knew I wanted to do some type of installation with balloons and I gathered a whole lot to go crazy with it. I hadn’t yet perfected the technique so by the time it was ready to shoot much of the balloons were gone–they hadn’t stuck to the wall or to each other. But at least a few of them stayed and it was just enough to create a festive look. And I love all the bright clothing with shops like Wolf and Rita, Zara, Wunway, gorgeous leather shoes from Nathalie Verlinden, and some of Meta’s vintage pieces.

This bird pattern from Wolf and Rita is one of my all-time favorites!

Ohmyword. The kids in this scene are too much (especially little Nohea, second from right!). We used Goat Milk’s awesome white basics to create this puppet parade scene as well as some adorable wellies from Polarn O. Pyret.
And if you don’t think that’s magical enough, take a look at the trailer for the book done by Jenner Brown and styled by Meta Coleman and Merrilee Liddiard. 

Are you dying?! 
But these are just a few of the images from the book. You’ll need to run and grab it for yourself! Playful is now available at book stores near you or you can get a copy on Amazon here (and it’s on sale!!!).
I thought you might like some sources on where I got the clothing so here you go:
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DIY + Kids + Projects / Monday, 31 Mar 2014

DIY bunny ears twist tie

When I visited Aix-en-Provence with my mother a couple of years ago we came upon this adorable kiosk selling twist ties. The idea was simple yet so ingenious. With a simple wire in fabric, you can sculpt a headpiece into doing anything you want. I created a project last year with a similar idea made from a scarf and this year. This time around I was inspired by a twist scarf that was gifted to me by the kind ladies at Shop Ban.do. Their two toned scarf was yellow/cream scarf got me thinking of how I could turn them into bunny ears for Easter. And the best part about it is that it can be used all year long! Scha-wing. Plus, this project gave me the opportunity to work with Barbara Beach, a clothing designer in South Carolina whose work I’ve admired for years.
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