{Wee Style} Early Spring Toddler Style

So far, 2014 has brought some cold and wintry weather to our typically temperate hub here in Atlanta…and well, we are all ready for Spring to bloom ar0und here!  In the meantime, I’ve been thinking about toddler style a lot lately as I shopped for part of Elem’s spring and summer wardrobe at a consignment sale recently.  Although she is too young to totally dictate her own style, there are definitely certain colors and styles that seem to suit her tiny and spirited personality.  I found myself really focusing in on what I considered “Elem’s Style”, so I put together a fun mood board of outfits for early spring.  Just for fun I did one for boys (Liam!) too!

Toddler {Girl} Style

Early Spring Toddler {Girl} Style

Toddler {Boy} Style

Early Spring Toddler {Boys} Style

My favorite toddler shopping tips:
Embrace the consignment sales that happen seasonally and “pop-up” in various locations.  Sign up for their email lists so you know when to plan for them, and always shop the half off days!  Though not everything will be half off, many items will and typically cost between $2 and $8 for stylish and gently used clothes.  This is where I buy the bulk of Elem’s wardrobe each season.  I also recycle her outgrown clothes by consigning them back to pay for her current size needs.  It works great for us, because we don’t want to store extra gear and clothes.

Old Navy and Target are your friends.  Both stores have on-trend and adorable clothes for reasonable prices, but it’s their clearance racks that will be your BFF’s!

Don’t forget to thrift!  As an avid thrift store shopper since high school, I love making weekly stops at my favorite thrift stores.  If you’ve got a good eye for color and patterns, you should be able to skim through the kid’s section fairly quickly.  My favorite thrift finds include lots of Mini Boden and Tea Collection, two brands that I love but can’t justify spending the money on.

Advertisements

Space, the First Frontier

Hello world!

As I am the one currently “cooking” a little man I thought my first post could be about my design inspiration for our nursery and how the progress is going. I’m currently 7 months pregnant and deep into the nesting phase. I’m told I should try and bottle this energy and determination, because really, it’s insane. Several times a day I start thinking about how I need to clean the cabinets under my kitchen sink, repaint the foyer to cover scratches, and then remove cat hair from EVERYTHING.

Anyways.. back to the design. I’ve been following the blog LayBabyLay by Joni Lay (a fellow Georgia Tech Industrial Design Grad AND a sorority sister of mine) feverishly even before I found out I was expecting. She has amazing taste and really fun ideas for how to create a stylish nursery that isn’t overdone or from a ‘kit.’ The one that really caught my eye was called Stargazing Little Scientist-Revisited. If you know me then you know I love some grey, so obviously that was going to happen. My main takeaways from this inspiration included use of navy and mint, celestial maps, a refined space theme for my husb, and grey. We will be using a few things already owned and being refinished (more on that later!). Here’s the board:

spacenursery

LINKS
1. Crib – Babyletto Mercer 2. Mint Artwork – Etsy 3. Rug – Akron Geometric Circles Plush 4. Paint – Benjamin Moore Grey Owl  5. Curtains – Ikea  6. Navy Artwork – Municiple Prints    7. Dresser – Ikea Hemnes

SNEAK PEAK OF PROGRESS

Obviously I need to hem the curtains and put some artwork up!

Obviously I need to hem the curtains and put some artwork up!