Fashion Friday: Camp’s In

In the early morning hours along the tree-lined streets of New York City’s Upper West Side and Upper East Side neighborhoods, kids dressed in matching T-shirts and cotton shorts are mingling on sidewalks as moms and nannies spray them down with bug spray—this ritual means only one thing: summer camp season is finally here.

School is out, the fireworks have been set off and now that everyone has had their fill of hot dogs and ice cream, kids are getting into their summer routine. This year summer camp options are as diverse as ever, as camps catering niche interests like filmmaking, culinary arts, and jewelry making are springing up across the country. At Michigan’s Museum of Natural History, Muggles can channel their inner-wizard at a Harry Potter themed science camp, or test their survival skills at Hunger Games camp in Alexandria, VA.

Traditionalists can still get their fill of the Great Outdoors. According to the American Camp Association, 47 percent of camps are overnight programs. And the most popular camp activities skew tried-and-true. ACA reports recreational swimming, arts and crafts, rope challenges, archery, and aquatic activities to be the hottest items on camp itineraries.

Those activities may seem basic, but the camp business is a $15 billion dollar industry and as any parent knows, it takes a lot more than just bug spray to get kids prepared for the their summer adventure. Luckily, apparel and outdoor brands are offering smart, kid-friendly camp essentials to make their summer memories even brighter.

So take out your summer camp packing list and check off these must-have items!

The Grasshopper Backseat

 

 

 

Carry On

From flashlights and sunscreen to an extra set of clothes, campers must be prepared for anything. Backpacks are the easiest way to tote around these essentials, and bags from the likes of Keen go a step further with a built-in seat for when tots need a break. The Grasshopper Backseat pack features a back panel that folds down into a camp chair.

 

 

ByeByeBugs

 

 

Bug Off

Between dunks in the pool and sweaty games of Capture the Flag, kids are bound to need a second shot of insect repellent spray. Treated with EPA-approved, all-natural Insect Shield®, which repels insects like fleas, ticks and mosquitoes, ByeByeBugsleg and arm warmers offer an extra layer of protection from summertime pests.

 

 

Ouchies

 

 

 

Band Camp

What’s a summer without a couple of minor scratches and scrapes? When a trip to the camp nurse isn’t necessary, bandages from Ouchies will do the trick with colorful and zany prints likes zoo animals, dinosaurs and candy.

 

 

 

 

 

Itzy Ritzy

 

Make a Splash

When a plastic grocery store bag just won’t do, wet bags from Itzy Ritzy help keep damp clothes separate from dry items and pricey electronics that kids might sneak in. The bags have sealed seams to prevent leaks and odors and are available in funky, colorful prints that make it easy for even the youngest kids to find them in their jammed-packed backpacks.

 

 

Lifefactory

 

 

Keep Cool

When exploring the Great Outdoors, do the Earth good with eco-friendly water bottles by Lifefactory. The BPA-free glass bottles are outfitted with a protective silicone sleeve that provides grip and helps prevent breakage and they won’t fill up a landfill.

 

 

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About the Author:

Angela Velasquez

With 4 years of experience as a children’s stylist and magazine editor, Angela brings you an insider’s perspective on trends and seasonal looks that will make babies and toddlers shine in their holiday photos and at birthday parties!  Angela also has a way of making everyday clothes and accessories look special — she’ll show you how.

Staff Picks: Tweens

StellaOne of the most stylish 10-year-old girls we know, Stella O’Brien is daughter of our VP of Marketing.  She’s been a fan and advocate of BabyLegs for years, and still enjoys pairing them with her favorite outfits as a finishing touch that adds interest.

“BabyLegs are easy, fun and cool to wear — they’re extremely versatile and add a pop of color if you need to brighten. When I layer them, I always get compliments so kids should be prepared to get compliments if they wear them!”

These are STELLA’s PICKS for TWEENS (though most items are available in toddler sizes as well), in her own words:

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Since the bows are dressy, the sequins are perfect — sequins make everything go POP!  Also, the black in the shorts adds sophistication so the outfit’s not TOO girly! Shorts and tee from Gap.com.

 

 

 

 

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This pairing with a crew-cuts dress is really timeless. The stripes of red add a surprise to the outfit and creates a classic “sailor girl” look.

 

 

 

 

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The ruffles on the tee soften these “fierce” armwarmers! I picked the gray skinny jeans because they look dressier than blue denim.

Fashion Friday: Girls’ Jewelry Gets the Midas Touch

Growing up in the suburbs of Long Island, a trip to the mall was my weekend retreat not just as a teenager, but also as a very fashionable first grader with a discerning eye for color unique combinations, a love for comfortable materials (although I confess to crying for a pleather skirt) and a hunger for accessories.

Stories about dragging my mom and grandma through the racks of Swezey’s department stores for a “Monday outfit” and scouring The Children’s Place for slouch socks to wear over my leggings are retold in my family like folklore, but the real highlight of my mall escapades were the accessories stores such as Claire’s. What little girl with panache for glitter, hearts and purple wouldn’t fall in love with the store’s wall of baubles?

Many, many years later, I’ve come to the realization that as snazzy as those accoutrements were back in the day, they are likely sitting not so pretty in a landfill in New Jersey tarnished and broken.

Today’s parents and kids are savvy about investing in items even those as small as a girls’ bracelet. And children’s accessories brands are more conscious about offering items that will stand the test of time with quality materials.

Here are few of my favorite jewelry collections ready to jazz up your girls’ wardrobe.

Stella & Dot Pearl Necklace

Stella & Dot Pearl Necklace

 

Best known for its selection of women’s colorful bib necklaces and Boho chic beaded wrap bracelets, Stella & Dot applies that knack for statement pieces to girls’ necklaces, bracelets and earrings creating a sweet and stylish mommy and me look. Chunky clear stones on a hot pink ribbon are as cool as ice. Girls can channel their inner Audrey Hepburn with strands of pearls accented with a pop of faux diamonds, while flower children can sport enamel daisy charms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Chloe Ring

Sarah Chloe Ring

Timeless, elegant and sentimental, Sarah Chloe’s collection of personalized jewelry is a perfect gift for special occasions. The line spans silver-plated and gold charms that can be engraved with initials to adjustable bangle bracelets in gold, silver and my personal favorite, rose gold. A classic signet ring offers a regal alternative to little princesses looking for something less bling-y than a tiara.

 

 

 

 

 

100% Gumdrop Necklace

100%Gumdrop Necklace

 

Silver and gold necklaces by 100%Gumdrop have a hip downtown vibe that will appeal to big sisters. The U.S. made nameplate-inspired collection features words like ‘awesome’ and ‘peanut’ on dainty chains. Other styles feature number charms to commerate birthdays and girls’ soccer jersey number.

 

Fashion Friday: Shoe Sneak Preview

Last week women’s, men’s and kids’ footwear designers descended upon New York City and opened their showrooms to buyers, editors and stylists to view the must-have trends for next spring and summer. It’s a chance for buyers to pick the styles they’ll stock on their store shelves next spring, for editors to start planning photo shoots around these looks and for the fashion-obsessed to be the first to wear the trend.

That’s why you’ll soon see stylist Rachel Zoe’s celebrity clientele walking the red carpet wearing mod black and while heels, why your favorite fashion magazine will be gushing over pastel oxfords and GQ will be encouraging style-conscious men to try leather shoes with woven details—or so I predict, as these three trends were everywhere.

On the children’s side, Spring ‘14 is shaping up to be a sweet and delightful season with vibrant colors, lots of embellishment and playful characters for girls. Check out these four not-to-be-missed trends for your tot. She’s sure to be the trendiest girl on the playground. By Angela Velasquez

Mini Mel Rubber Mary Janes- 1

Mini Mel Rubber Mary Janes

 

Animal Farm

It’s easy to be the cat’s meow in quirky, whiskered Mary Janes. Brazil-based Mini Mel, known for jelly shoe constructions for women and teens, is winning over kids‘ and mom’s hearts with a new range of animal-themed styles for spring. From kittens with heart-shaped noses to black and white cows, these fresh faces are a nice alternative to over-used character licenses and a new way to wear animal print.

Mini Mel Rubber Mary Janes-2

Mini Mel Rubber Mary Janes

Caption: Mini Mel rubber Mary Janes

Nina Kids play shoes

Nina Kids play shoes

 

Fashion Athletes

Olympians may sport their country’s colors with pride, but cool kids on the playground will run amuck with splashes of bubble gum pink on their footwear. Pink and purple are nothing new to girls’ fashion, but paired with vibrant teal and found on sporty while outsoles, the color blocking dazzles. Glossy patent materials and glitter as fine as sugar amp up the fashion factor, too. Also, be on the look out for yellow- and orange-hued styles, which are vying to be the next pink and purple duo.

Michael Kors pre-walkers

Michael Kors pre-walkers

Caption: Michael Kors pre-walkers, Nina Kids play shoes

Enzo studded sandals and sneakers

Enzo studded sandals and sneakers

Rock Star

Spikes and studs may have overstayed their welcome in womenswear, but the edgy elements add a bit of coolness and glam to girls’ sandals and sneakers. In Day-Glo shades of neon green and pink, studded footwear gives off a 80s-vibe that new moms may remember all too well. And on the bows of ballet flats, the classic and ultra-girly silhouette softens the rocker embellishments.

Nina Kids ballet flats

Nina Kids ballet flats

Captions: Nina Kids ballet flats, Enzo studded sandals and sneakers

Enzo sandals and sneakers

Enzo sandals and sneakers

Going Dotty

You wore them. You’re mother probably wore them and maybe even your uber-stylish grandma donned them. Polka dots continue to decorate girls’ fashion and this season, designers add a unique twist by using a smattering of shoelace eyelets to tell the story. Other polka dot styles blend the retro print with other modern day trends, including neon, glitter and denim.

Nina Sneakers

Nina Sneakers

Caption: Nina sneakers, Enzo sandals and sneakers

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About the Author:

Angela Velasquez

With 4 years of experience as a children’s stylist and magazine editor, Angela brings you an insider’s perspective on trends and seasonal looks that will make babies and toddlers shine in their holiday photos and at birthday parties!  Angela also has a way of making everyday clothes and accessories look special — she’ll show you how.

Staff Picks: Wildlife

Hi BabyLeggers, my name is Lexi Ballesteros. As Territory Account Manager at BabyLegs, I get to work with many of our fantastic retailers and buyers to ensure that all the moms and dads across the country have BabyLegs to purchase in their local children’s store. From an early age my fashion motto has always been to look amazing, but feel amazing as well! Looking good should never be uncomfortable, especially for our littlest trend setters. With BabyLegs, this is easy to do. Our warmers make diaper changes a cinch, potty training a breeze, and layering no problem at all, all while looking oh-so-stylish. When I am on Aunt duty for my 20 month old nephew Gabe, you bet Aunt Lexi likes to keep things fuss free. The only problem is deciding which warmers to select. With so many options to choose from, it’s easy to go a little wild when ordering. Speaking of Wild, since BabyLegs features an incredible animal print collection, I decided to share some of my favorite styles from our “WildLife” assortment and show how to coordinate them with other articles of clothing to build an amazing look. After all, if a leopard can’t change his spots, then accessorize it! Loveable Leopard Outfit

Lovable Leopard: Sequins and leopard print? Why not! Pair these adorable Crew Cuts sequined shorts with the Lovable Leopard BabyLegs for a look that’s sure to stand out.             Double Zebra Outfit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Double Zebra: Looking for a classic look with a twist? This simple dress by Crew Cuts can easily be accessorized with the Double Zebra socks by BabyLegs. Throw in this adorable straw hat by Old Navy and you have the perfect summer look for any special occasion.           Gentle Giraffe Outfit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gentle Giraffe Doesn’t every day feel like an adventure sometimes? Why not dress you little one for the wild ride. The Safari look is easily achieved with this bright dress from Anais & I, vest from Zara Kids, and Gentle Giraffe warmers by BabyLegs.           Cow Outfit

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cow Holy Cow, we can’t forget about the boys! Throw on BabyLegs Cow warmers with Joe’s Jeans and a graphic tee from Zara Kids. Add in this fun ball from Crew Cuts and your little guys will be ready to mooove.