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Some grand vintage children’s clothing for you!

Well, what a wonderful weekend that was! Full of joy and laughter and great vintage shopping and oh, I’m just so happy that my wonderful wonderful wonderful friend, Jenn is back in town from London ready to get married down in Santa Cruz in September! Hurrah!  But of course, between the hours long walks gabbing, mojito toasts for Jen’s bachelorette party and hanging with the Peach and Eric, this has been one of the best weekends of the summer so far. But of course, I HAD to spend some time finding great vintage goodies for your kiddos. YEAH! Enjoy!

Behold, the most awesome bow tie ever. EVER. And your kiddo could wear it! From Etsy seller, UDA Kids.

I know I’ve featured the Fisher Price house before, but not for $16.00!  Um–please someone buy it NOW! From Etsy seller, Little Blue House.

All time favorite children’s hits! Volume 2, no less. Sign me up! From Etsy seller, Audrey Blissful!

I’m completely in love with this little doxie top.  This makes me want to have another baby just so I can buy this top and put it on a baby. From Etsy seller, Fuzzymama.

Perfection. This jacket is perfection. From Etsy seller, Olivia Vintage Kids.

This bib summarizes the Peach’s relationship with our cat beautifully.  I’m sure others are familiar with the cat/baby dynamic. Tee hee! From Etsy seller, Noodle and Lou.

OK, another piece of perfection. Nautical perfection from Healthtex. From Etsy seller, StarlingDarlin.

Ready your little one for a rodeo with this cozy western flannel top! From Etsy seller, Skippy Haha Vintage.

I know it is the end of beach season, but I had to share these amazing little swim trunks!  From Etsy seller, Potato Cake Vintage.

I’m crushing on this sweet little plaid shirt with a lacy Peter Pan collar. And in a big girl size 8 too! Divine! From Etsy seller, Sweet Shop Vintage.

Happy Monday, folks!

Posted in Kiddo Style: Vintage.

Orla Kiely + Method {And win an Orla Kiely bag. Really!}

Oh me or my, it’s a styley mashup of two of our very favorite brands! The chic, clean-happy stylings of Method meets the graphic, whimsy of Orla Kiely! Ahhhh, and all was right in the world……

Yes it’s true. Dottie and I looooooove our Orla Kiely. I think she and I scooped up nearly every piece of the Target collection back when it was released! London-based Orla Kiely is one of the most noted pattern makers in the world. With her Orla fabulous retro, graphic cool, a partnership with Method seems utterly perfect! In true Method fashion, they created unique scents inspired by four of Orla’s iconic prints:

I have to share a quick silly story with you just so you know I’m serious about my lerve of Orla. One of my very very very (VERY) favorite purses in the whole wide world is my Orla Kiely handbag. A few years ago I was coveting this Orla bag like crazy:

It was a bit of a twist on the usual Orla patterns and just so funky cute. It came in three different colors and in my mind, it was the perfect work bag—something I could schlep all my stuff around in for ages. The problem was, the bag was discontinued and reeeally hard to find. I was obsessed. I searched online like mad. I trolled eBay. I stalked shops. I wrote all about it on my old blog. Well, two years ago was my 8 year wedding anniversary and I was thrilled to discover that my adorable (and style savvy) hubby Greg had managed to track down THE BAG for me!

Hurray! The most excellent, lemon yellow Orla Kiely button bag! He had actually read my post and manage to find the bag. I was sooo touched by his sweetness and thought it was completely adorable and that he had read my blog and made it his mission to find it too. Except….he didn’t really read that closely or he would have seen that….

I already posted about how, after massive web sleuthing, I found it in red and bought it for myself as a treat for slaving so hard at work. EEP!!!! It was like the Gift of the Magi or something. I hadn’t had a chance to show him the red bag, which had arrived the day before and as I opened up his amazingly sweet and thoughtful prezzie I kind of gulped. Do I pretend I never got the red one? Do I sell it? Hide it under the bed?? Waaah.

Being the good little George Washington that I am, however, I couldn’t tell a lie. I had to come clean and show it to him. Greg thought it was pretty hilarious but immediately said, “Um, you know you can’t keep them both right?” *sigh* I know, I know. I decided to let Wolfie pick the winning color, because I honestly couldn’t decide. The yellow was so sunshiney and sweet, but the red felt more “me”. And so the winning bag (drum roll please):

So this is a very long winded way of telling you that I am THRILLLLLLLLED with the latest Method collaboration with Orla Kiely! Let’s cut to the chase here. The packaging? Gorgeous. These little cuties will liven up any kitchen counter or bathroom.

Of course it’s what’s INSIDE the bottles that is the best part. They may look pretty, but they still clean like crazy, are free of dirty ingredients like parabens, phthalates, triclosan and edta, and of course are packaged in 100% recycled plastic.

And the scents? AMAZING. Ginger Pear (yum!), Bay Leaf (a zippy, fresh scent), Primrose (a delicate, non-cloying floral that is so pretty) and Vanilla Chai (note to self: stock up on this cozy fragrance for autumn). Each scent/pattern comes in regular and foaming hand soap, with Pear Ginger also available as dish soap and as a special edition of our favorite All Purpose Cleaner. This is a limited-edition collection, so scoop ’em up at Target while you can! TIP: Check the cleaning supplies aisle for the Ginger Pear but check the head soap section for all the other scents! I thought my Target only had Ginger Pear but realized the Vanilla Chai and the rest were in another aisle!


OK, so the best part of this month’s Method Mania? Skip on over to the Method facebook page (and click the Orla Kiely tab) to enter to WIN AN ORLA BAG STUFFED WITH PRETTY METHOD PRODUCTS!

Yep. You read that correctly. Five lucky grand prize winners will receive an Orla Kiely bag packed with the entire limited edition collection, valued at $235. It runs from August 22 thru August 31, and 30 runner-ups will receive a little mini Method + Orla Kiely kit filled with a hand soap and dish. Alas, the contest is only open to U.S Residents. Click here to enter!

Have you smelled this amazing line yet? Do you have a favorite scent??

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but all opinions are always our own. Seriously, we love this stuff. To read more on Method’s green practices, ingredients and philosophy, go here!

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Meet “Little Miss”!

I knew I was going to get some serious cuteness when Stacy Hart, proprietress of one of my all time favorite Etsy shops for vintage children’s clothing, Hart and Sew  offered to share some images of her oldest girlie, known as Little Miss. And let me tell you, Little Miss did not disappoint!

You can tell from that smile and her sweet dance moves that this little kiddo clearly enjoys life to the fullest!  According to her mama, Little Miss loves to sing and dance and is always performing and making up funny songs.

Little Miss is a devoted and caring big sister to little Lark and a (mostly!) obedient daughter.  She is equal parts sweet and sassy—which I think is the best combo!

She also loves to play dress up and changes her clothes several times a day, pretending to be anything from a princess to a pirate. Just my kind of girl!

Some of her favorite things to do are ride her bike, skateboard, paint, read books, build sandcastles at the lake, and help her mama with the laundry by putting daddy’s shirts on hangers.

She is very outgoing and makes friends with kids instantly wherever we go. As for adults, her golden curls never fail to get attention from them.

And congrats to Little Miss, who will be starting school this fall!  She is really excited about it, but her mama thinks mostly so she can wear a backpack. Tee hee!

We adore you, Little Miss!

For more pics on Little Miss and her sweet baby sister, Lark, check out Stacy’s great blog, Hart and Sew!

PS:  Do *you* have a stylish kiddo you’d like to show off? Send ‘em our way! You can find submission details here. We love all kinds of kiddos…. vintage and thrift loving liddles, modern grooviness tots and simply sweet, down-to-earth kiddos.

Posted in Kiddo Style: Vintage.

Retro Rainbow // This Week’s Color is PURPLE!

Howdy Friends!

It’s the second to last week of the Retro Rainbow and here it is: the color that totally stumped this color lover, PURPLE. Oh my gosh, purple is a crack up. I was worried I wouldn’t find a single thing. I’ve honestly never really been a fan of purple, I prefer the purples on the bluesy side of the spectrum if anything. So when I started poking around for purple, all my finds were purple and SOMETHING—no straight up purples. So you’ll be seeing purple + green, purple + yellow, purple + pink and so on. Also, apologies for the photo quality on some of these… we’ve had the busiest stretch of days getting all our ducks in a row for a new school year and cramming in every last bit of fun into these last days of summer. Of course I waited until the 11th hour to snap the photos and of course I was battling a big ol’ cloudy sky.

Next week is our last week friends! What do you think the color will be?? Do you have a favorite so far? I think my answer would be… everything but purple!! HAHA! But that would be an awful thing to say, since it’s PURPLE WEEK! ACK, I take that back… on with ze purples!!!!!!

xoxo Jenny

ps — as always, get your fannies over to Frecklewonder to see what amazing + lovely treasures Miss Alix was able to scare up!

Mmm hmmmm…..Alix here. I love how Jenny is all, “ooooh purple, I don’t have ANY purple” and then LOOK what she busts out!! That incredible embroidery….the suitcase….the sheets….the sun romper….that little box of flashcards with the amazing illustration on front?  It’s all so fun! You know what I’m realizing Miss Jenny? I think you have more 50s/60s stuff and I have more 60s/70s stuff, which is why aqua was a dream for you (it’s such a classic 50s shade!) and a little trickier for me! And with my smooth 70s stylings, I had more purple to scare up (because avocado and marigold aren’t the only 70s colors!) and it was a tad trickier for you.

Soooooo, ok. We only have one more week left of our Summer Project. ONE MORE WEEK friends! I don’t think I want this to end! I feel like we need to do Phase 2! What say you people? Should Retro Rainbow go Autumn???

As an aside, it’s my birthday today, so perhaps I can use this as leverage with Ms. Freckle to CARRY ON!!!! Be sure to pop by frecklewonder to see my purple finds!


Psst! Are you new to the Retro Rainbow? It’s Jenny and my special summer “Correspondence in Color”.  So far we’ve covered Green (Alix & Jenny), Yellow (Alix & Jenny), Brown (Alix & Jenny), Aqua (Alix & Jenny), Tangerine (Alix & Jenny), Pink (Alix & Jenny), and of course Red/White/Blue (Alix & Jenny). You can also check out our colorful Retro Rainbow pinboards if you wanna follow along! Mine is here, Jenny’s is here. See ya next Wednesday!

Posted in Retro Rainbow.

I confess, I love Wes :: the Besty of Etsy Wes Anderson Edition

I just saw Moonrise Kingdom. Again.  For the third time.

Something about the movie just gets under my skin in a good way. I could probably write an entire post on my love of this movie alone. Heck, I could write a whole post on how much I love Francis McDormand’s fabulous wardrobe of vintage Lily Pulitzer dresses worn with Aran cardigans and galoshes.  I rarely buy movies, but this one I know I will own and watch whenever I’m feeling blah and need a bit of cozy in my life.

But I must admit I feel that way about almost all of Wes Anderson’s films.  Rushmore movies me to tears.  Life Aquatic has a very special place in my heart. And don’t even get me started on the Royal Tanenbaums. Everyone has their favorite Wes Anderson moments. I particularly love when two characters are in closets!

But what does an uber Wes Anderson fan go for little mementos of the film that can make them sigh with happiness when they look at it? Why Etsy, of course, where there are tons of crafty folks equally obsessed with Wes Anderson. Sweet!  Here are some of my favorites.

I’d so wear this necklace from Etsy seller, Coffin Rock Shop

Remember when Max gave Herman Blume his other Perfect Attendance pin. Yeah. I cried too.  And now you can have those pins too. From Etsy seller, Steve Zizzou.

These cufflinks from Angela Grace Jewelry are perfection and a sweet ode to the Fantastic Mr. Fox.

This little gem is just too perfect to not love. And want. And buy! From Etsy seller, Clementine Clay.

Tote your Wes Anderson love around in this loving ode to the Darjeeling Limited bag. From Etsy seller, SuPmon.

Ha! My favorite Bottle Rocket quote! From Etsy seller, GracyMay.

And the posters. Oh, man. I want them all for my Wes Anderson shrine I need to make.

This Royal Tanenbaum’s portrait quartet from The Drew Bank has my heart.

However Monster Gallery has such endearing Wes Anderson movie inspired posters. Sigh!

Don’t even get me started on the genius work of Etsy seller , Cladia Varosio. Love.

Intern, get me a campari.  Oh, Steve… Genius. From Etsy seller, Michael Sapienza.

Oh, man, that was fun to find all of these great pieces.

I’ll leave you with one of my favorites, right now. Enjoy!

Sob! I’d love to know–are you a Wes Anderson fan? And if so, what is your favorite Wes Anderson movie/scene?





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