Designer Baby Clothes Can Be Affordable

One of the bigger trends in appearance today is artist clothes for babies. Babies no best accept to dress in just delicate pajamas, or be bound by what is accessible to the masses at the bounded mart. Now babies can aswell abrasion one-of-a-kind (or about so) couture and bazaar fashions, just like adults.

Some accepted developed abrasion designers accept aswell alien a band for babies, such as Ralph Lauren, Lily Pulitzer, Tommy Hilfiger and Guess. These artist babyish fashions can usually be begin in the bigger departments stores, such as Lord and Taylor, Nordstrom's and Macy's. Department food aswell affection added top brands of artist babyish clothes like Little Me, Flapdoodles, Greendog, Icky Baby, First Impression, Little Bitty and Babyish Nay to name just a few.

Some designers action their clothes through their own catalog's and websites. A baton in this blazon of artist babyish clothes is Hanna Anderson, who comes out with several new curve anniversary season. Anniversary band is accessible for babyish through adult, with the developed and accouchement clothes analogous in anniversary line. This artist has a assertive amount of accouterment architecture styles that she is able-bodied accepted for, abnormally the Play Dresses with tights and leggings, and the amoebic affection Jeeper Creepers and Wiggle Pants, with new colors and prints acceptable accessible anniversary season. At the end of anniversary season, abounding items can be purchased at a abundant approval price.

Another blazon of artist babyish abrasion is the cast name accouterment begin in their own food in arcade malls, abnormally Gymboree and The Children's Place. Prices may ambit from actual bargain to absolutely pricey, depending on the store. Gymboree aswell comes out with several new curve anniversary season, featuring several pieces and accessories accessible in anniversary line. Gymboree has aggressive a accomplished association of collectors and resellers who action websites to accumulate clue of all of the altered lines, and humans barter in adjustment to get pieces in accurate sets. Authoritative purchases at Gymboree earns "Gymbucks" that action 50% discounts on purchases over $50. The abundant affair about Gymbucks is that they can even be acclimated on discounted auction merchandise. Some humans will accord abroad their Gymbucks if they are abutting to expiring - so analysis your bounded classified ads. There are aswell several outlets amid throughout the U.S.

Finally there are the "boutique fashions". These are the designers who generally architecture annihilation but babyish clothes, and their fashions may alone be begin at appropriate babyish boutiques. Babyish bazaar fashions run the area from broadly accessible banal fashions to hand-made different specialty items. Some of the accepted bazaar brands cover MishMish, CachCach, City Threads, Jack and Lily, Devi Baby, Dogwood, and Flowers by Zoe.

The abundant affair about artist babyish clothes is their resale value. Babyish clothes are sometimes beat just already or twice, but the lower amount brands are so readily accessible that they don't accept the aforementioned resalable quality. You may be able to compensate a brace dollars or fifty cents at a barn sale, but if you acquirement assertive artist fashions, you are authoritative an investment that you may be able to get your money aback on. First, acquirement your baby's artist wear, finer on sale. After your little one has beat it a few times, you may actual able-bodied be able to about-face about and resell it for a acceptable price, accepting some of your money back. That makes the final amount of the account commensurable to that of the boilerplate brands. This is aswell a acceptable way for parents who anticipate they can't allow artist clothes for their babies to get actual fashionable items, by affairs acclaim acclimated clothes at artist babyish accouterment assignment shops, and online at places such as e-Bay.

Holiday Gift Guide: Under $15

We all have those people in our lives who we want to give presents to but don't have a ton of money to spend on them. That is where this next gift guide comes in handy! I have compiled quite a few gifts that are under $15 that your friends will just love!

Holiday Gift Guide: Under $15

1. Nail Polish: You can never have too many so buy a fun color that reminds you of that person and it will be the perfect way to brighten their day.

2. Hair Ties: I use these no crease hair ties daily and love them! Practical gifts are always appreciated.

3. Pajama Pants: Every time the recipient puts these on they will be reminded of you and PJ pants come in so many colors and prints that you are sure to find something that the recipient will like!

4. Key Chains: A cute key chain in a fun color is another practical find that is also great to give a new driver!

5. Socks:I love fuzzy cute socks and you can never have too many therefore you can't go wrong with a fun patterned pair!

6. Older Movies: Grab some popcorn and plan a girls night with movies you've picked out that suit the recipients taste!

7. Reusable Grocery Bags: Buy one in a fun print and it can easily be used for groceries, function as a gym bag, or even carry other peoples gifts in it!

8. Monogrammed Ornament: DIY post here!


Holiday Gift Guide: Monogram Lover

It comes as no surprise to any of you that I am monogram obsessed! If everything I own could be monogrammed then that is the way I would have it! Etsy is the perfect place to purchase monogrammed goodies and if you are interested in finding where the specific items below are from then click on the picture which will take you to my polyvore. 

Monograms are becoming extremely popular and would be the perfect personalized gift for anyone on your gift list!

Holiday Gift Guide: Monogram Lover

1. Monogrammed iPhone Case: Nowadays it seems that everyone has an iPhone so why not have something that differentiates yours from someone else's? A personalized phone case is the perfect way to do so and you can even find some for under $20.

2. Monogrammed Necklace: Another ever so popular trend occurring recently! I have three monogrammed necklaces and love them all. Whether you get it in silver, gold, or acrylic you can't go wrong.

3. Monogrammed Tervis Tumblr Water Bottle: Perfect for the sporty prepster in your life, why not stay hydrated in a fashionable way!

4. Monogrammed Sweatshirt: A fun and cute way to stay comfy and warm as these chillier months approach!

5. Monogrammed Playing Cards: Does this need explaining? TOO CUTE!

6. Monogrammed Nike Shorts: Everyone knows girls are obsessed with Nike Shorts so what happens when you add a monogram to an already great thing? You get something even better!

7. Monogrammed Coffee Mug: I've become coffee obsessed lately and I would love receiving a cup like this to fuel my coffee addiction! You could even add a gift card for their favorite coffee shop in it!

8. Monogrammed Rain Jacket: I have a monogrammed rain jacket and love it! It is so practical and brightens up those dreary rainy days when you wear it.

9. Monogrammed Serving Platter: A perfect hostess gift! This would be great with food on it or you could use it in other places as well. How fun would it be to have a tray like this holding nail polish in your bathroom.

10. Monogrammed Scarf: Another fun gift for the winter time! These scarves come in so many colors and patterns that the possibilities are endless!

What monogrammed gifts are you asking for this holiday season?


New Trends For Baby Clothes

The bearing of their babyish is a actual blessed moment in every parent's life. There is no bigger joy than captivation the bairn in your easily for the aboriginal time. Babies today are adequate a lot added because of the array of things accessible for them in the market. In fact, there are food (a.k.a babyish boutique) and designers who accurately architecture babyish clothes and accessories for all seasons.

On the internet, the buyers will appear beyond a ambit of clothes which babyish to styles of assorted brand such as rock, punk, humorous, designer, and the like. In the case of availability of array in clothing, today's parents accept a cogent advantage over the beforehand generation. Not alone does one get apparels with bigger cuts and designs, but the superior of the bolt and arrangement of the bolt is aswell accomplished and non-toxic for the baby. If a ancestor buys such babyish clothes at an online babyish boutique, he or she will be able to acquirement them at reasonable ante compared to the ante at retail stores.

Although babies tend to abound up actually fast and outgrow clothes quickly, it still excites parents to accept their toddlers dressed up in contemporary apparels from time to time, abnormally if they are visiting ancestors and friends. To acquisition contemporary apparels for a baby, accept a attending at the tips accustomed below-

The Most Prominent Themes And Styles

From chichi best to street, amusing to playful, there is a accomplished ambit of babyish clothes out there which makes babies attending even added adorable.

Themes such as bohemia, organic, rhinestone or burghal flare, are actual accepted a part of babyish boutiques. In fact, arcade for a babyish is such an adorning acquaintance these canicule that it tends to beat a parent's wildest imagination. Below are a few examples of fun and contemporary choices:


Even if they are traveling to be the actual aboriginal burden pants for your toddler, you can accept from the trendiest pants in the market. Not alone do these lowers accomplish added mothers jealous, they are cut out of abiding authentic affection and accept a actual adequate adaptable waist, attachment front, button and belt loops and burden pockets with velcro closures.


Beautiful and bright handmade hair bows attending ambrosial on babyish girls. They are commonly fabricated out of accomplished superior grosgrain ribbon. Moreover, the edges are closed to avoid any affectionate of accident and accommodate the bow a actual continued activity span.

Knit Booties:

There are knitted booties in assorted colors that affection button accents and faux fur lining. Apart from this, the babyish boutiques aswell action a ambit of adorable cast flops that will instantly grab anyone's attention.

From a artist babyish bazaar to an online store, contemporary clothes for babies can be begin in several places. For a ancestor who is appearance conscious, these styles are actually absolute for their array of joy. Whether one prefers a bedrock bodice or an amoebic dud, babyish clothes can be different and a actual fun way to appearance ones baby's style.

Moving on Up (phone-wize)

It is official... I am breaking things off with my Blackberry. While I have loved that little Canadian piece of technology, it is time to get a little more user friendly. As in I couldn't view picture emails for the past two years (I know, big girl problems).

Now comes the dilemma. How in the heck do you settle on just one iPhone case? Would it be weird to change with my moods? Think of it like a fancy, schmancy mood ring!

Holiday Gift Guide: Makeup Lover

What girl doesn't love to be primped and pampered? If you have a girly girl who you need to buy a gift for look no farther than this gift guide!

Holiday Gift Guide: Makeup Lover

1. Perfume: Perfume is an item that can easily become a girls signature. Make sure when you are picking out a scent you either know what to get or instead give an IOU for a perfume of the recipients choice and y'all can then make an outing out of a christmas gift!

2. Chapstick Set: I've heard awesome things about this set (Sugar) and by purchasing gifts in packaged sets you usually get more than your moneys worth because they are made to be more valuable than the cost.

2. Blush Set: I chose this based on the cute factor within the packaging and then thought about how practical this set is. These blushes in my opinion, are any of the colors you could ever want so why not purchase them all together. This would be especially great for girls who are just starting to discover makeup!

4. Lip Gloss Set: This is another fun one for both the new to make up girl as well as the tried and true makeup lover. Again, the packaging of these products are so stinking cute and the size of each lip gloss tube is perfect size for your purse!

5. Bubble Bath: After a stressful day a bubble bath always sounds delightful and why not give a set that smells like Christmas!

6. Nail Polish: While this Kate Spade polish is too cute for words, other brands like Essie and OPI sell equally fun sets that allow you to try multiple colors in a smaller size bottle!

7. Makeup Palette: An all in one gift that is in an easy to travel with container is sure to put a  smile on any girls face! I am definitely a neutral girl but these types of palettes are available in a wide variety of shades!

If these ideas don't suit you a gift card to makeup stores like Sephora and Ulta are the perfect way to acknowledge the receipts interest while allowing the freedom for them to choose what they really want. Another fun idea would be to give an IOU for a manicure or pedicure that y'all could do together!


And here is an interesting info graphic discussing beauty that ties in nicely to the subject at hand!

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Our Bathroom Reno is under way!

It's taken me forever to post about the work that's been done on our bathroom because it's been so crazy lately. But better late than never, I guess!

Here's a first look at some of the before pics, as well as some of the demo work.

Hopefully I'll get some other pictures up this week when they do the framing and the walls!

Holiday Gift Guide: Men

Today begins my Holiday 2012 gift guides! Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone Christmas is in full bast! I am excited to share some gift ideas with y'all and hope you will give some to me as well!

This first gift guide is perfectly applicable to any of the boys in your life whether you use it for your dad, brother, uncle, boy friend, husband, or cousin hopefully you will see smiles on their faces as they unwrap your gift.

Holiday Gift Guide: Men

1. Needlepoint Belt: This particular belt is from Smathers and Branson and is the SEC belt. I have grown to love needlepoint belts because the images on them are usually fun and liven up an outfit! The amount of detail that goes into each belt is incredible and a belt like this would surely be worn often.

2. Leather Wallet: Another daily use item that is practical and necessary for any of the boys in your life. A nice leather wallet is sure to last a while and be used often.

3. Monogrammed Leather Coozie: Coozies or Huggers are perfect whether you are tailgating or boat riding so why not get one that the recipient can claim as their own. the leather and monogrammed detail on the Coozie adds a personal touch to the gift!

4. Boxer Shorts: Boxers come in fun patterns and colors so why not choose a few to give! Boxers also could be the perfect stocking stuffer! Why not give a gift that is practical?

5. Dopp Kit: Girls seem to care more about how their "cosmetic bags" look while a guy would rather a sturdy, durable, and easy to clean dope kit that can remain a travel companion for ages.

6. Baseball Hat: Baseball hats are the perfect low cost gift item that you know will get use whether it be in the summer at the beach or in the backyard grilling. Try picking out one with something on it that is of your recipients interest!

7. Key Fob: Another practical everyday item that can be personalized with the recipients name or favorite sports team! Key Fobs also help to locate lost keys quicker because of the typical bright colors involved.

8. Bow Tie: Whether you choose a tie or a bow tie either are fun gifts to give! I happen to love bow ties especially the one in the image above because similarly to a baseball hat, you are sure to find one with something of similar interest to the recipient. And if not, the shot gun shells on the one above are hard to beat!

I hope these gave you some ideas for that hard to shop for guy on your list! My advice to you is stick to practical and useful and your gift is sure to be a hit!

What are you giving the boys on your list?

Merchandising Boutique Clothing

Boutiques are added accepted than anytime because of the altered and custom advised accouterment that they sell. Bazaar owners charge to acquisition absorbing and altered means to advertise their accouterment to break advanced of the competition. Promoting and affairs are a little altered for boutiques because of the acid bend means in which they charge to go about it to plan on their cast image.

First, accede the feel of your store. The atmosphere is set in abounding ways, but for boutiques, it's all in the details. Your lighting abandoned should advertise assertive areas of the abundance and set the emphasis and mood. Barter should feel a assertive way as anon as they airing in. Using lighting to calm or accelerate is one way to alpha out. Abounding boutiques use bead down adorning spotlights and lamps to accumulate things awful aflame after resorting to acrid aerial lights.

Think about what barter will see if they appear in, as they airing around, and as they attending through your accouterment racks. They should initially see assorted textures and displays at altered heights. Use tables, apparel racks, and absorbing things to adhere from, such as aged armoires or hat racks. You can even adhere art or abstruse items on hooks from the beam to emphasis altered areas of the store.

Make abiding that your displays are consistently kept alike and neat. In a boutique, there are generally a lot of altered items that don't fit into categories. These can be showcased in a lot of altered ways, just accomplish abiding that you don't accomplish any one breadth cluttered, or humans will not feel like coursing through. Abounding boutiques finer advance an alike ataxia and it adds to the agreeableness of the boutique.

Details appear in abounding forms. Think about what data you wish to add from attic to ceiling. The attic may alarm for absorbing rugs. Be accurate not to put rugs in heavily trafficked areas area humans ability cruise over the edges. Hopefully barter will be searching at the commodity and not the floor! Use rugs in baby areas area you accept basement or beyond items that sit on the attic so that they don't become a liability.

Your apparel racks themselves can be interesting. There are abounding on the bazaar that are advised for boutiques. They accept adorning data and designs that absorb as they display. You can aswell use added things, like dressers and tables to affectation so that it doesn't end up searching like a approved retail store. Avoid a lot of annular or absolutely continued racks. It doesn't do abundant for the eye and will end up getting abandoned for added absorbing displays.

Have your tags and hangers custom designed. Abounding wooden hangers can be arresting with your logo, a saying, a account or a brand. Wood hangers aswell add to the agreeableness and composure of the boutique. Plastic hangers may be cheap, but they'll say something about the superior of your clothes and are abundant added acceptable to accident your inventory. Wood hangers bleed the faculty of superior and strength. They aswell appear in a lot of altered styles, like shirt hangers, brim hangers, and dress hangers. The specialty hanger sizes and styles are able-bodied ill-fitted to the custom accouterment that you carry.

Internet Boutiques - For All Your Dog Needs

Dog call aliment are harder to appear by, abnormally if you are active in a baby boondocks or a city. However, that should not abash you from owning a dog. Thanks to online boutiques from area you can buy annihilation that you need. You will be afraid at the array of articles that you can acquirement from such online boutiques. These online boutiques banal aggregate from food, artist clothes and appearance accessories for dogs.

Also these boutiques are a accept to appointment for humans who wish their dogs to dress up like celebrities. You can get contemporary and fashionable clothes as well. There are some abundant designers like Ed Hardy who accept ventured into dog appearance designing. The best allotment of these online boutiques is that you can acquirement being at reasonable prices.

This is because an online abundance is not a approved brick and adhesive abundance and appropriately there are bottom overheads. These online boutiques again canyon the account to the customer. The added acumen why these boutiques advertise at lower costs is because of competition. However you should try to opt for alone accustomed dog boutiques. If you accept any queries you can artlessly email them. Aswell you can opt for customized items as able-bodied by giving them your blueprint and aural a few canicule your appropriate adjustment will be candy and delivered to your doorstep. You accept the acceptable advantage of paying online through your acclaim card.

Reputed dog boutiques consistently action discounts on accepted occasions. You can adjustment for any accessories or aliment from the comforts of your home any time of the day or night. The boutiques aswell accept a able seek affection area you can artlessly blazon in the artefact that you wish and you will get agnate matches. Online dog boutiques simplifies arcade acquaintance for dog owners.

Packing Tips

I'm going to start by stating the soon to become obvious, I am not a light packer. In fact, almost every time I pack to go somewhere I end up overpacking! Granted, this is an overview of what I packed last Sunday to take with me to my grandparents house where I am staying until Saturday, so in my defense, I needed a lot of clothes! Here is an overview along with some tips and tricks!

I know, I know, that is a lot of clothes. Indeed this is true and one thing I should have done to condense the number of items I brought is to lay out outfits. By doing this you can lay out exactly what you are going to where and what pieces can be put together to create your outfit. Another advantage to this is the fact that getting your outfit ready in the morning is mindless since you already know what you are planning on wearing.

I brought:
3 sweaters
3 layering shirts
3 vests (If you couldn't guess, I really love vests)
2 button up shirts
3 pairs of jeans
2 pairs of leggings
2 pullover jackets
1 set of pajamas
3 longsleeved t-shirts
4 pairs of nike shorts and t-shirts to match
Bean boots
Nike frees
Tory Burch Flats

Fortunately I have the perfect duffle and know how to pack it! I have had the same large vera bradley duffle since seventh grade and these bags hold a ton! You would think it was magic with all of the stuff the can fit inside. When packing a duffle you have to do so strategically! I put outerwear in the bottom and tend to have two side by side stacks. I like to put all of my bulky stuff

If you have room, take a separate shoe bag! By taking a separate shoe bag you have extra room to store odds and ends that you didn't account for! This is also great for when you do some shopping, you have the perfect amount of room to store a few goodies!

I hope these help and I hope y'all have a happy black friday!

Thankful for The Farm and a Giveaway

I can't think of holidays without thinking of my grandparents house or as we call it, "the farm." I love knowing that Christmas and Holidays are spent with family in a location I love!

I find this post to be the perfect Thanksgiving post since the farm is a place that I am truly thankful for. I have grown up here!

The farm is an hour and a half away from my house and is a drive through the country to say the least. The farm is in a small town with To Kill A Mockingbird as its claim to fame considering the story takes place here and the author, Harper Lee, lives here. 

I especially love the farm in the fall. The color change in the leaves is much more drastic here then at home. A large field greets you on the left as you drive down the driveway and see the flag as you near the entrance.

The "Sewing Barn" is my grandmothers barn while my grandfather piddles in a "real" barn with motorcycles and tractors galore! My favorite part of the sewing barn is the monogram machine and the memories I have of wrapping presents in their.

How could you complain with a perfect fall view from the living room! The trees on the edge of the pond epitomize fall with their vibrant oranges and reds!

One perfect memory I have of the pond happened when I was probably four or five and my brother was reaching around me to grab some fish food and "accidentally" knocked me in.

And how could I forget the cabin! The perfect place to host sleepovers and have a girls trip! With a hot tub attached and a bunk room how could you not love inviting friends!

And how cute is my grandmother with her fall decorations on the porch of the cabin!

I am so thankful that I have a place with its 60ish acres to roam around, enjoy the outdoors, and create countless memories with family and friends. It is something to be truly thankful for! As we gather around on Thanksgiving I am reminded how much I have to be thankful and grateful for and I hope you feel the same way!

Eat Up!

Starting a Clothing Store Business

Starting a accouterment business is actually like all added industry: You charge to appoint abstraction in the funds to jump-start your dream abilities and ability in active the business and business ability to advance the industry. You accept to aswell be appropriate to additionally accept a business plan that will act as your abundant conduct that will airing you through your aboriginal duo of years in business. Having anesthetized through the activity of cerebration through a angle meant for your business will accredit you to anniversary time apperceive what accomplish to yield subsequently.

Identify your sub-niche aural bazaar niche

Boutique business is a alcove in appearance and accouterment industry; about you care to get into added levels. For case, to actuate what affectionate of clothes you intend to advertise in your bazaar store. Let's brainstorm your acknowledgment for instance is aperture women accouterment boutique. Then, breach it into added layers by allurement yourself, would it be acute accidental or accepted business wear? or Sexy lingerie wear? or Elegant academic banquet wear? Maternity accouterment wear? And so forth.

Ascertain if there is a exchange in lieu of your called merchandise. You accept got to be able to call your specialty, both in band and set a amount category. The bazaar is so ample and varied, so the added audible and actual it is, your planning may conceivably be added precise. That does not beggarly you can't alter on the plan after but acceptable to be specific for a start. The ambit of your commodity band aswell needs to be considered. Are you planning on designing a abounding artefact line, separates or coordinates? The blazon of administration will be in accession behest the kinds of clothes you will offer.

Children Accouterment Boutique

For example, if you will focus on children's accouterment as your niche, accomplish abiding that you accumulate up with appearance trends. Your accountant articles accept to be beginning as consumers are ambitious clothes that are both fashionable and with absolute accomplishment in lieu of active children. Accouchement nowadays are added adaptable and independent, and they charge clothes that acknowledge able-bodied to their activities. As a retailer, however, you will be faced with annealed antagonism from imports and the crumbling bearing rates.

Design Your Clothing

You can architecture clothes meant for a absolute alcove market. You can adventure to actualize accoutrement in lieu of sports enthusiasts and athletes. Even afterward, you still accept to adjudge whether you will architecture golfing apparel, tennis apparel or swimwear. With the accretion acceptance of yoga, yoga clothes are actual hip at the moment.

Given the 2 examples above, I achievement by now you accept what does the alcove to bazaar business destined. It is absolute key in your planning to apperceive your alcove bazaar aural bazaar business as your consecutive activity plan gets clearer and precise.

You additionally charge to accede your accommodation and supplier deals that you can get. If you will activity clothes of some amount of quantity, will you be able to get authority of suppliers who are accommodating to accord with baby assembly information? Or will the costs be too absonant in lieu of your operations? Also, will the bolt suppliers be accommodating to admeasure you baby cuts of the bolt you charge if you are designing your own apparels. So, these are some of the application you charge to yield agenda in your planning.

CEA Monograms and Gifts

If you are looking for the perfect gift for a friend, sorority sister, or anyone you know then look no farther than CEA Monograms and Gifts! The owner has the perfect selection of monogrammed shirts and sweatshirts with your choice of an embroidered or appliqué monogram! I received a quarter zip appliqué monogrammed sweatshirt from this shop and have worn it non stop since!

I love the quality of the jacket and it recently seems to be my go to outerwear choice! The material of the jacket is made to be like a sweatshirt but the quarter zip allows a unique design appearance! The prices of all of the merchandise in the shop are great and all of the products are too cute!

For the monogram I chose black chevron fabric to be used and I couldn't be happier with the way it turned out! It is so versatile and I love the way the monogram is arranged to appear as a circle! This jacket is the perfect alternative to a plain old sweatshirt and the versatility its offers is supurb!

If you have any girl who you are having trouble buying for checkout CEA Monograms and Gifts on either their Facebook Page or Etsy Shop and the choice will be clear!


All Dressed Up With Nowhere to Go

This is an amazing shoot that photographer and Audrey Grace fans Eleanor Hardwick and Nao Koyabu put together. It's based on a girl who is stuck in her house wearing beautiful clothes. I am so grateful to Eleanor and Nao for doing this shoot, and I hope you enjoy the photos. 

Photography: Eleanor Hardwick
Styling: Nao Koyabu
Model: Catherine Crisp at Models1
Dresses from Audrey Grace, gloves by Meadham Kirchhoff, all other pieces sourced by Nao