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Kids’ Designer Collaborations – The Simpsons, DVF for Gap Kids & More!

Collaborative Kids and Tween lines are all the range at chain retailers and department stores.  and it’s only getting better!  Lots of malltime excitement is in well, store Womens Wear Daily reported today that singer, actress and designer Jessica Simpson and sister Ashlee (mom to 2-year old son Bronx) will help design a major collection of tween sportswear, shoes and sweats manufactured by Jones Group.

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Jessica & Ashlee's tween clothing line is expected in over 400 stores.

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The newest addition to Jessica Simpson’s empire of mass-market fashion — which grosses nearly $1 billion in sales per year — is expected to be available for sale in over 400 stores across the United States and in Canada.

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Diane von Furstenberg for GapKids: Teeny wrap dresses? We hope so!

Photo by Joella Marano

Also, seasoned dress queen Diane von Furstenberg is said to be debuting a GapKids line for Spring 2012, a collaboration previously completed by style mavens Stella McCartney and Carla Bruni. Prices for the kids’ sportswear and denim items is likely to be a little bit higher than typical Gap garb, but less than the retail price tags of designer kids’ collections like Armani Junior and Burberry, to name a few.

Un-Mellow Yellow – Sunny Color Fashion & Gear

Yellow.. is a color evoked by light. Bring some hyped-up joy into your life by wearing pretty sun-kissed hues that bring out the brightness in you.  Don’t be afraid to put it on —  choose between deep and muted shades to best fit your hair and skin tones.

Blondes may find lighter pastel yellows more flattering than brights

Redheads will enjoy trying out sweet gold and honey shades

Brunettes can take their pick.  Any shade of yellow blends great with dark-hair!

If Dark Colored Clothes are more your thing, finish off an outfit with lively splashes of yellow on basic tanks.  Flourish with embroidered marigolds atop the Flourishing Stripes Tank by Pilcro.  $78 at Anthropologie.

 

 

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Yellow embroidery blooms atop Summer stripes.

 

Easiest Dress You’ll Ever Wear and it’s under 60 bucks!  Dress this split-side maxi dress up with jackets and colorful stone jewels.  The fit is not too tight but not baggy — just perfect.  Yellow Easy Vest Maxi Dress at Topshop, $55.

 

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This deep yellow dress is an ideal palette for tropical accessories.

 

A Daytime Clutch doubles as a fancy diaper bag; it comes complete with all the essential pockets and matching changing pad!  The Petunia Pickle Bottom Glazed Cross Town Diaper Clutch in an ultra mod print, Sunshine in Sardinia.  $89 at Nordstrom.

 

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The Petunia Pickle diaper clutch gets sunny!

 

 

 

Is Mother-Child J. Crew Ad Promoting Trandsgender?

Jenna Lyons, the  creative mastermind behind the now-stylish J.  Crew label we all know and love, has done much more than the average company President and Creative Director.  Lyons is credited with heading the brand’s transformation from dull-colored mail order fashion to some of the hippest, couture-looking fashion ever found in a chain store.  Jenna’s workday (and extremely colorful closet) was profiled by Oprah in April 2010.  Her work is also patronized by J. Crew fans Michelle Obama and her girls.  Last week, J. Crew sent emails to customers circulating the latest ad for the comany’s Crewcuts childrenswear.  It features a grinning Jenna with her son Beckett, age 5.   The adorable blonde boy is wearing a striped shirt and sporting a shocking pink pedicure evidently painted by Mom.

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Transgender.. or just cute?

Lyon’s focus in the ad clearly stays with the nail polish, reading “Lucking for me, I ended up with a boy whose favorite color is pink.  Toenail painting is way more fun in neon.”   The ad has undergone scrutiny from both media and child psychologists, calling it “blatant propaganda” that can add to gender confusion for children, especially, boys, in the future.  Ms. Lyons has defended her mom and son ad to Fox News, stating that her critics are simply “overreacting.”.  “Most parents”, Lyons explains, “in the privacy of their home might think, ‘What’s the big deal?’ “.

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Girls' Driel dress at J. Crew

Whatever your views are on the new J. Crew ad, one thing is for sure: The brand’s latest offerings for kids are Spring runway-ready!  Check out the newest blazers, day dresses, shorts and swim just in at Crewcuts.

Eco Friendly Fashion Solutions


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Keeping close to Mother Earth is always in style.  From sheath-style organic tunics to the hottest vegan footwear known to Women, keeping in touch with nature can be as simple as putting on your favorite pair of heels.  Above: A Walkable 5-inch Platform gets the woven treatment — under $40!  Bamboo Lorie Natural Canvas Waffle Weave heels crafted out of… yep you guessed it, bamboo ($39) available at LuLu’s.

Bella de la Botanica A gorgeous eco-linen tote boasts incredible nature prints and artsy chain trims. Wear this pricey piece on a daily basis; the design is amongst Spring 2011’s ultimate eco-chic. Botanical Print Fallabella tote collection at Stella McCartney.

Fallabella Botanical Tote Stella McCartney

A Tiered Tunic has a black trim that’s perfect for styling.  Think of this organic cotton creation as a neutral foundation for a patent belt and your funkiest shoes.   Outlines in the Sand Tunic by Prim I Am ($74.99) available at Modcloth.

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A Hold-Everything Diaper Bag Ju-Ju-Be bags’  cruelty-free designs allow animals to keep their skin and moms, their sanity.  Tween Diaper Bags (shown here in Perky Perennials) are full of pockets and ready to go.  $10o at Diapers.com.

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St. Patrick’s Day Deals – Online Sales You’ll Enjoy

That ol’ Irish luck is with all of us on this holiday!  Shower kids’ closets (and yours) with Spring fashion and shoes — our favorite retailers are offering 20% discounts and free shipping on darn near anything!  Feeling lucky yet?

Arden B. – 20% Off B-Lucky Promotion

Just for today, receive 20% your entire purchase and 99 cent shipping on any order over $25 at Arden B.  Discounts are calculated automatically when you check out.   Some great picks:

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Empire-waist Embellished Abstract Maxi Dress is a fabulous throw-it-on look for outdoor brunch or anything evening.  Hold daily gear or beach/park essentials in the pretty (and quite affordable) Zig Zag Satchel.

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Disney Store – Free Shipping For Online Orders

It’s a great day to stock up on their essentials for Summer’s rapidly-approaching good times.  Personalized Minnie Mouse Beach Towel, below.  Use free shipping code LUCKY at checkout.

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20% Off Shoes – ‘Like’ Famous Footwear On Facebook

The versatile shoe retailer is taking the route of other big brands by offering 20% off their immense online offerings of designer sandals, athletics and kids.  Exclusively online:  Sketchers Compulsions slip-on, available at Famous Footwear (see the site for discount details).

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Floral Fashions Are Not Scary

.. at least they don’t need to be.

Spring’s budding floral prints emphasize a feminine aura that’s all our own.  Gone are the days of overdone paintlike prints that are better seen on canvas than dresses.  Dare to wear 70’s-inspired silk, drapey dresses and even diaper bags that promise to  rock your rapidly-growing world.

The secret to wearing florals in a non-laughable way: Pair these pieces with hardened essentials such as  low-heeled western boots and dark denim.  Keep accessories solid: enamel bangles or some muted metal jewelry.

Drawstring and Jeans So bohemian, so glam, so comfortable.  The luxury of a silk kimono pairs well with your favorite jeans.. flare or skinny.  Antique floral print Drawstring Top by Alice + Olivia, available at Saks.

Beautiful Jersey that swings for Maternity with no-fuss faux wrap skirt.  Indulge yourself in an easy-on runway style.. with sleeves!  Multicolor floral print Soft Structured Dress by Weston Wear.  Available at Anthropologie.

The New BFF

Store their stuff in an easy-to-carry pack that is the perfect pick me up for this season.  It’s organizational qualities will be there when you need it the most.  BFF Marvelous Mums Diaper Bag by Ju-Ju-Bee.  Available at BuyBuy Baby.

Keep florals fresh by wearing all late Winter and Springtime long!  These pieces are versatile investments designed for real women in mind.

After-Holiday Sales – Coats and Dresses

Gear up for a fashionable New Year’s Eve, post-holiday parties or a piece of contemporary garb to keep you warm.  Some of this week’s best markdowns include black dresses as low as $57:

Asymmetrical organic cotton is sturdy enough to take you from this season to next.  Style up Bassike’s Organic Cotton Tank Dress with nearly any jacket or dressy accessory from your existing wardrobe.  Now on sale for $57 at Net-a-Porter.

Perfect Coat for Dress-Up

This short sleeve, grey blended wool Herringbone Coat by Elizabeth and James makes a non-bulky asset for sweaters.  Now about $298 at Net-a-Porter.

Purrrr…..

Fashion up with a ladylike, wearable frock in the season’s favorite feral print.  On the Prowl Dress by Nanette Lepore, about $232 at Piperlime.


A Bright and Lovely tartan plaid is polished and lots of fun.  Wool-blend Blazing Bright Coat, Plenty by Tracy Reese.  $139.95 at Anthropologie.

Other Stylish Events & Offers

  • Save up to 50% and donate to support the St. Jude Thanks and Giving Campaign at Ann Taylor.
  • Get in on super-fabulous wraps, satiny sequined purses for evening and a dazzling collection of crystal teardrop earrings at the White House Black Market Winter Sale.
  • Shop gorgeous party dresses and bustled skirts for little girls, along with some of the prettiest coats (like the Mimi & Maggie Brown Tibetan Princess Coat) that may just be discounted more than 50% off.  Going, Going, Gonna Be Gone Sale at kids shop  Tuttibella.



So Denim!

Denim for nursing, denim for shoes!  Take some time out of post-holiday vacation to explore new denim for moms in the form of footwear, jeans and other pre-washed cotton favorites any mother is sure to adore   Enjoy a chic runway of comfort with the latest looks  at a variety of prices.

Denim Platform Under $20

Sexy resort shoes that cost less than a pedicure.  Xhilaration’s nailhead design decorates a chunky, sturdy heel that’s wearable with anything from vacationing poolside terrycloth to silken printed couture.   Step out with the low-priced, yet fabulous Tailyann Heeled Denim Sandals, $19.99 now at Target.

High-Waist Denim Trouser

So sleek, they’re perfect for office casual.. or playroom dress-up.  This denim trouser is not low enough to bare undies and not high enough to be the stereotypical (and grossly underflattering) mom jean.  Celebrate with icon denim label Seven For All Mankind 10th Anniversary Ginger High Waisted Denim Trouser, $325 at sevenforallmankind.com.

Nursing Denim

This stretchy nursing cover is the perfect blendable accessory for any fashionable ensemble.  Pre-washed Black Denim Nursing Cover by Buggy Bell is fit to conceal where it counts; $15 at Etsy.

Clothing Gift Ideas Kids Will Actually Want

For many households, the holidays mean a major abundance of dancing toys, powerful video games and other goods — all with a trend life that lasts about as long as slap bracelets did.   If you’re looking for lasting wearable gifts that kids will not only like, but use.. look no further than our Juvenile Fashion Gift Guide.

Wear Their Favorite Tales — Under $15!

You will not be disappointed by the quality of these adorable (and collectible) 2-fer tees, complete with scenes from their favorite Dr. Seuss books.  Find several varieties of rich-colored  Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham 2-Fer Tees for girls and boys;  $14.99 at Dillards.

 The Coolest Winter Coat Ever

To them: A totally fun and comfy skate style.   To you:  A water-resistant protective coat with up to 120 grams of insulation and extendable sleeves.  Paul Frank Skurvy Insulated Jacket in Cyan Plaid; $100 at PaulFrank.com.

Be A Snow Fairy

She’ll be the coziest fashionista this side of the Artic.  Choose from 6 shades of the Kamik Kids Snowfairy Boot, from hot pink to navy and basic black.  $64.95 at Endless.com.

 

The Un-diaper Bag

Toting childrens’ essentials can be a very fashionable thing.  The latest high-fashion carryalls are designed to hold parent-child essentials in one chic, trendy step.  Find a great gift for the season!

Jewel Shades of Burberry

Collect your favorite colors of the delicious solid color Burberry Nylon Tote, featuring an interior big enough to hold endless possibilities.  Drawstring side pockets keep bottles and cups safe and at hand; $250 each at Saks.

 An Instant Diaper Bag!

Pretty patterns of this clutch-style pouch transform designer bags into a unique, mess-free haven for all things kids.   Pish Posh Mommy Zip-Up Diaper Bag Insert (shown here in Noe Blooms), $45 at 9MonthstoGrow.com.

 

Full Function Under $50

Keep this pocketed canvas bag with you through Winter’s best playtimes.  Faux-leather and studded Volcum Instant Coffee Brigade Hobo bag, $46 at Zappos.

 

Other No-Diaper Bag Hints  Keep any goods from getting out of hand with coordinating pouches to store  everything from makeup brushes to teething rings.  Super cute Harjuku Lovers Sunshine Cuties Bag collection includes an artistic envelope, mini clutch and fuller-size organizer.  $13-$27 at Sephora