Archive for the ‘Teens’ Category

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.

Stylish T-Shirts Help Japan Relief Fund

As the fashionable capital of Tokyo begins its rebirth,  the best names in American fashion have designed with their hearts to aid in earthquake and tsunami relief.   Join the  Ralph Lauren, Opening Ceremony and Anna Sui rebuild the beauty that is Japan.

Made for Women and Men, the t-shirts are cost-effective ($20-$30) and a wonderful way to raise awareness of the recent nuclear crisis amongst teens and even ourselves.

Dean Landry for Anna Sui

Anna Sui tshirt japan reliefColorful pop artist Landry designed simple and fantastic tees (the male version is black).  100% of proceeds go to disaster relief.   $20; available at

Opening Ceremony For American Red Cross

Opening Ceremony Japan tshirt

A perfect oversize tee to wear many ways.  All proceeds go to the American Red Cross.  $30; available at Opening Ceremony stores and online.

Ralph Lauren For United Way Worldwide

Polo Ralph Lauren Japan Polo Womens

Back design features Japanese characters for HOPE

Never to be outdone, RL Japan Cotton Mesh Polos come in 3 colors each for Men and Women.  100% of proceeds go to the Central Community Chest of Japan (a division of United Way network).  $98 each; see all styles at Ralph Lauren.

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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Fabulous Hats To Wear Now Into Spring

Let Mamastyles give you a heads up on electrifying hat styles you can wear right into Spring.  P.S.  They’re all under $50!


Saltwater Fedora Hat Anthropologie

A turquoise fedora fit for air, land or sea.

The latest and greatest haberdashery is not only daring, it’s ultra-flattering, too.  Fashionable denim and floral, cowboy hats and even a feminine type fedora (shown above)  are stylish enough to pair with apparel that’s already in your closet.  Hats off to headwear chic!

At top: The feminine fedora is the color of your favorite warm-weather turquoise.  Soft shades and lovely grosgrain trim take the hardness out of this classic hat.  Saltwater Ribbon Fedora, $48 at Anthropologie.

Hats are for any outfit, every day.  Wear a dressier twill or woven sunhat with a flowing maxi dress or skirt.  Add pizazz to tanks by wearing a funky cowboy hat or fedora with print or solid ribbon trim.  Remember,  floppy or very large brims are great for poolside and sunblock, while visor-style or rolled brims (like the hat looks shown here) are the best trick for moms on the go

Giddy Up The pattern of perforated zig zags on this luscious cowgirl hat is synonymous with Mea Shadow’s brown leather wedges.  Multi stones trim the Zig-Zag Diamond Cowboy Hat, $12.99 by Mossimo Supply Co.


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Cowboy hat with stones, $12.99


Denim is darling for moms of all ages.   A lacy flower  incorporates one of the season’s big trends, along with denim and wood.  Blooming Denim Hat, $48 at Anthropologie.


Blooming denim hat Anthropologie

Lace and wood sunflowers bloom.

Performers Get Together To Help Haiti

January 2011 marks the one-year anniversary of the devastating destruction caused by that massive earthquake.  The disaster lead to the loss of over 200,000 lives in and around the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince.

In reverence of this tragedy, celebrities  like Garcelle Beauvais, Joaquin Phoenix,  wrestler The Edge and Sean Paul are keeping awareness of this enduring nation alive by endorsing a new limited edition tee.

Mother and actress Garcelle Beauvais, above, is part of the star-studded movement towards rebuilding education for the children of  Haiti.

Sales of the Help Haiti Heal t-shits by American Eagle Outfitters ($15.50) will benefit the 85% of schools that were destroyed as a result of the earthquake’s wrath.  Clean water, sanitation, textbooks as well as providing jobs for teachers are just a few of the resources these ultra-cool shirts will provide for the student of Haiti.

This low-cost effort is a fun and groundbreaking way to give kids a priceless opportujity of a good education.  Style yourself and your family with the paitned-look tees   Head over to one of 900 American Eagle stores or get it right now at

Pair Your Fashions With Bath and Beauty

The idea of “matching” one’s eyeshadow to colorful clothing is not only unnecessary, it’s simply not fun.  Freshen up your face with the best new cosmetic glosses, bath scents and exciting beauty solutions to quicken up your routine.  An updated beauty + fashion ensemble will streamline and shock away overtired skin and hair in a snap!

Ps. Lots of our favorite cosmetics and skincare sites are still offering stellar discounts this week

At the top: A Lipgloss for Any Outfit Light vanilla-tasting, antioxidant and purely mineral gloss is the ideal thing to wear with printed jackets, glittering dresses or a simple sweater and jeans.  Enhancing 100 Natural Lip Gloss by Bare Escentuals in shades like deep Sugar Plum to tempting 7 Layer Cake.  $15 at Ulta.

Glowing, Not Showgirl Warm up with Boi-ng concealer and incandescent browns that flatter every tone.  These up-to-date shades are surprisingly neutral, blending effortlessly with outfits hued from ivory to deep purple. Big Beautiful Eyes Color Palette includes the concealer,  shimmering base and contour shadows along with brown eyeliner to finish the look.  Stylishly compact and only $32 at

A Smooth Body Remove dirt, dry skin and blackheads for a delightfully glowing body and face.  Kate Somerville’s world-renowned natural exfoliating products get skin ready for slinky, velvety garb.  Celebrate ExfoliKate Ultimate ExfoliKate Kit, $165 at Sephora.

Flat Iron-Free

Never thought you could live a morning without using a flat iron to straighten?  The blowdry-activated Fekkai COIFF Ironlesss Straightening Balm is gentle and has received rave reviews about its breakage-reducing effect to smooth out thick and curly hair.  $25 for a 3.4 oz bottle at Ulta.

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

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


The Kardashian Kard — What Do You Think?

Yes, we may love The Kardashians…. but do we really love their credit card for kids?

Lots of opinions have circulated (rom both the media and families) about the recently launched, prepaid Mastercard launched less than two weeks ago by The Kardashians.   Effectively named The Kardashian Kard, this regular-looking credit card is dolled up  with a photo of Kourtney, Kim and Khloe K  decked out in typical coordinating fashion.  The credit card uses the immense popularity of the socialite trio in an effort to promote responsible spending amongst the teenage set.  After all, the card’s campaign bears the promising slogan “Take Us With You.  Anywhere.”

Now, there is nothing bad about promoting safe spending..  especially in an era which has seen such drastic recession (we’re sure Mrs. Kardashian, as well as younger moms Kourtney and Khloe, will agree).  What some might find discouraging about the Kardashian Kard is the amount of listed fees involved with using it for functions such as bill pay, money withdrawals and of course, the initial purchase of this card. 

  • The prepaid Kardashian Kard requires an initial purchse of 6 months worth of fees )$59.95) or 1 year’s worth ($99.95).  This does not include money loaded onto the card. 
  • After the purchase period, a $7.95 monthly fee applies.
  • $1-$2 fees for reloads, purchase declines, live customer service and more. 

A full list of the credit card’s fees is available at the website

Another concern is the fact that your teens can easily download a form authorizing nearly any employer to fund the card via Direct Deposit — which greatly increases their risk of blowing an entire paycheck using this pretty plastic.  This doesn’t mean the Kardashian Kard is not a great way to track your childrens’ spending (and for them to feed their pop culture obsession).  However, it is probably best to do a little research for a prepaid credit card that won’t subject them to excessive fees.