Babies, Kids, & Moms
Traveling with the whole family doesn’t mean sticking to Disney and eating at McDonald’s! For the chic and adventurous set, having the little ones in tow opens up a whole new world of discovery. While researching for upcoming voyages, I’m always searching for a balance of fun, luxury, culinary adventure, and cultural knowledge. The hardest thing is knowing who to trust for well-curated recommendations–until now. The new Little Luxe City Guides are a godsend of valuable gems of information, and draw from the expertise of the original Luxe City Guides which have been popular with jetsetters for years. Hong Kong, Singapore, and Bali are the exotic destinations in the Little Luxe family, and provide a trusted source of concise information, easily tucked into a carry-on bag! The accordion style guides are protected by a plastic cover and can function as a quick reference when abroad, or even a jumping-off point for doing research in preparation. It’s a time-saver shortcut to the best kid-friendly hotels and villas, interesting activities, and even cute kid stores, so you have a savvy insider’s point of view from the start. (more…)
What baby can be without a pair of cool shades? I love hearing about parents who notice that they can’t find those perfect baby products- and go out and create them! Ro Sham Bo, which is the Japanese name for the classic rock-paper-scissors game, is the brainchild of Scott + Julia, a couple from California. They were at a loss trying to find cute high-quality kid sunglasses, so instead of settling, figured they’d go to work and benefit autism research in the process! I couldn’t resist a pair of the lavender Roshambo shades for my little one, called Punky Brewster (what a blast from the past!). As soon as I pulled the sunglasses out from their clear carry case, I was impressed by their lightweight flexibility. My mind always runs to safety, and fortunately, the arms of the glasses are made of strong but soft bendable plastic to prevent any freak accidents with running toddlers. The lenses are shatter proof and small parts have been tested for safety. Considering another view of safety, pediatric optometrists warn that most of the lifetime ultraviolet damage done to a person’s eyes occurs during childhood and the risk for retinal damage from the sun’s rays is greatest in children less than 10 years old. Damage doesn’t necessarily appear until later stages in life- but why risk it? Roshambo shades aren’t just cool, they have 100% UVA and UVB protection.
So the glasses are great in theory, but the big question is- will kids actually wear them (without a screaming fit)? I am a big believer in comfort in conjunction with fashion, whether for me or my daughter. Roshambo is designed to be fun and feel great, too. All I had to do was show the munchkin how cute she looked in the mirror with sunglasses on and now she wants to wear them, sun or rain! Roshambo has the best full damage replacement guarantee for their shades, if your frames break or get damaged in the first year of their use. If one lens pops out and is lost, no problem- they’ll replace it. Little people deserve big shades!
For trendy moms, especially those enamored with their kid looking like an enfant chic, this is the sample sale of the year! I must have wandered into the beautiful Bonpoint boutique so many times wishing I could afford, well, a sock. I was happy to find out that everything is more than half off, and the selection is great with sizes well-stocked. Here are the details below, and some advice: head over early and bring a book or three. Oh, and leave the stroller at home as they’re not allowed, but better to maneuver with hands-free!
I think my one-and-half year old has found her calling in life: ambulance driver. Watch out, because the need for speed is apparently an innate trait perpetuated by Automoblox, the coolest toy on the market right now. For any toddler and beyond, Automoblox has a whole line of originals, minis, and exclusive cars, trucks, and the latest: the Emergency Response Line! The new line includes a police car, a fire truck which looks more like a futuristic SUV, and my personal favorite, the rescue truck. As I watch our mini-driver take apart and put together the truck at dizzying speeds, I realize she’s moving faster than I could even think about what goes where. Despite myself, I can’t stop from “borrowing” the cars for a bit to admire the workmanship that goes into Automoblox. From the hot chrome wheels to the removable passengers, I’m impressed with the fit and quality of each specimen. There’s more to the trucks than meet the eye: because Automoblox cars run so smoothly, they fly across hard surfaces like a well-oiled vehicle should. In the midst of her playful delight, our toddler has channeled her creative side, building a sort of obstacle course for the trucks. First step is rolling them down her slide (and squealing as they pick up speed), then slowing them down by crashing them into an oversized pillow, only to have trucks climb the next precipice. I can’t help but feel the motion sickness of the little silver passengers sitting inside! (more…)
Even though my lil’ girl has a while before she has enough hair for braids and ponytails, I adore finding mini bows for her hair to complete an outfit (and make sure that no one thinks she’s a boy!). One of my favorite sites to find the cutest accessories is Lil Sugarplum. Started by a creative mom who dreamed of making hair accessories for her daughter, she named the company “Lil Sugarplum” after the nickname her father gave her when she was young. Any imaginable shape, bow, and animal, and even fruit (think cherries!) can be found on the seemingly endless pages of Lil Sugarplum. The clips will actually stay in baby hair, even if there’s not much there! The baby hairclips are small and cute as a button, and stay in with a snap of the clip. The alligator clips are larger and work perfectly on a toddler, and are lined with velcro to ensure they stick. My favorite design is the little pink butterfly, which goes with pretty much any outfit and comes in two sizes, the alligator clip for a more dramatic look, and the adorable baby clip. The clips are top quality and won’t end up losing tightness after a few wears. The vibrant colors and fabrics are even better looking in person, which is a rarity! Even for newborns, Lil Sugarplum’s stretchy-soft headbands add a splash of color and girliness to any outfit, perfect for meeting grandparents or getting portraits done. Just be prepared for lots of “ooohs” and “aaahs” and other moms asking where to find the clips. I’ve got my eye on a Hello Kitty clip- just irresistible! (more…)
Being a new mom means that my days are now full of discovery…of the latest and greatest kid gear! Below are my three favorites of the moment.
Lollacup. I can’t gush enough about this simple but well-made weighted-straw travel cup. The idea is that toddlers haven’t figured out (along with not throwing food on the floor) that gravity will prevent straws from being as effective as they want. So the smart people who look out for all of us parents came up with Lollacup, which allows sipping even at horizontal angles. I love that the cups are free of BPAs and made exclusively in the USA, and feature a cute chick-face on the cover (we just have to say “cock-a-doodle-doo” and our lil girl knows to come have a sip of water). As for the parent aspect, the straw disassembles easily for quick cleanup and even includes a nifty brush for the inside of the straw. Lollacup is built for battle, as it’s taken quite a few tumbles from the high chair and still looks new. For travel, the top flips forward to prevent spills in the go-bag. What’s not to love? (more…)
I was tickled pink to get my hands on the brand-new Burt’s Bees Baby line, which is soft and cuddly and ridiculously cute! I’ve always loved Burt’s Bees products for their philosophy of using nature’s best beeswax and honey to make skincare and beauty products. Along the same vein, their baby and toddler clothing line is made from 100% organic cotton of the highest quality, so it’s extremely soft and durable. Organic cotton is grown without pesticides, so when it’s resting against your baby’s fragile skin, there are no residues. I foresee many romps around the playground and dancing around to just about anything in these basics. There’s a ton to look through on their new website, so I’ll outline a couple of my favorites, perfect for fall weather!
1) Bee Essentials Striped Lap Shoulder Dress. I love that this is a onesie but has a pretty little dress attached to it, making it one of my favorite essentials. I know I’ll be stocking up on these since my baby will be wanting to wear these every day, and it’s quick to slip on. It’s so comfortable that she’ll be able to play and nap in it, and of course it’s easy for diaper changes.
2) Knit Terry Hooded Robe. I actually squealed when I saw how cute and soft this robe is. The deliciously delicate terry lining cuddles baby’s skin and keeps the cutie warm after a soothing bath. The pretty pastel colors on the outside are beautifully contrasted with the white terry inside. What a cute shower gift, or something to bring to a new mom! Fits 0-9 months, perfect for the petites.
3) Cozy Bee Sweater Set. This is so adorbs for winter, with the signature bee knit into the sweater. With a matching hat just putting it over the edge of cuteness, this will garner so many compliments. The organic cotton is so lofty, it actually gets softer after washing, if that’s even possible. I’m picturing this with a little denim skirt and boots! The button detail on the shoulder is both sweet and functional.
4) Favorite Terry Play Dress. This might be the softest piece of them all- I want one in my size! The ragged finishes make it edgy (never too young to start!) and smart. The muffler pocket in front will keep those little hands tucked in and warm. Since it’s a versatile grey, I can get creative and pair it with brightly colored tights and shoes to make it a statement piece!
“Hello, Pretty!” was the welcome we got from Amelia, the friendly blue and green parrot whose main gig is being the mascot of the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island. We recently took a short flight to the Florida property for a long weekend–now that we have a little one tagging along on our travels, short flights and a relaxing atmosphere are sine qua non. A 40-minute drive from Jacksonville airport and we were right on the beach, enjoying the waves and warmth. The hotel is nestled among rolling sand dunes, and several boardwalks connect to the private beach, where the crew is eager to help you get settled and entertained. (more…)
Whoever said that fashion can’t be innate has never met my baby. As soon as she wakes up and is scooped up from her crib, she insists on being brought to her closet so she can peruse her clothes and accessories, presumably to see if anything new has been left by a fairy overnight. I’ve had my fair share of fun collecting all sorts of cute girly stuff, as I can’t possibly have her fall behind on trends on my account! We wanted to share a few favorites with all fellow budding mini-fashionistas out there!
1) Mirasa. I recently stumbled upon Mirasa Design, which I just adore. “Mirasa” is the Hindi word for “heritage,” which is the theme the line is built around. It is inspired by the colors of the Indian landscape and uses traditional-style ari embroidery in its designs. Not only is the line made for the uber-cute contemporary baby, it’s also eco-friendly. For example, the animal-print t-shirt is hand-printed using azo-free dyes, and is 100% GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified. Each item in the collection has a hand-made element, which makes every piece so special. I’m a sucker for attention to detail, so I was immediately taken with the stitching accents around the sleeves and neckline. As for quality–this durable but soft cotton withstands stretching, washing, scrubbing, you name it! This collection is made to be functional and adorable, and since many pieces are gender neutral, it will last through two, three, four or more kids (not that I’m going there). (more…)
Hurray for summer and all it brings–cookouts, beach days, and swimming pools. Being in the sun is great for the soul, but don’t forget to throw a tube of sunscreen in that chic tote! For people of all ages, sun protection is an absolute must, and especially for the little ones whose skin is brand-new and thinner than adults. We know how confusing the range of sunscreens can be, so we turned to an expert in the field, Dr. Joshua Zeichner, a renowned New York dermatologist, for some sage advice. Baby’s first summer? Read on for for the how-to’s on sun protection: