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: Baby Gear Meets the Fine Arts

Art School

Baby gear brands get a lesson in the fine arts. By Angela Velasquez

Andy Warhol may have famously declared his love for boring things, but I bet that even the pop culture enthusiast and artist would have loved the new and creative baby gear hitting store shelves. From prints pulled from Warhol’s archive to today’s leading fashion designers and innovators dipping their toes into the children’s category, a bright and funky selection of strollers and diapers bags are carving a colorful niche sure to catch the eye of art and design enthusiasts—who are also new parents. Check out this curated selection of some of the finest examples of this art movement.

Bugaboo stroller

Bugaboo stroller

 Pop Art

Few things have outlasted its 15 minutes of fame as long as Andy Warhol’s iconic prints have. From retro T-shirts and snappy home décor to limited edition must-haves such as Alien Workshop’s Warhol-inspired skateboard decks, the artist has changed the way the world looks at soup cans and blonde bombshells by becoming part of everyday life. And now babies can be introduced to the artist’s screen prints from day one by way of baby gear brand, Bugaboo. The limited edition Andy Warhol + Bugaboo collection features the artist’s famous red flower and graphic car prints on the canopies of some of the brand’s most popular stroller styles including the Bugaboo Bee, Bugaboo Cameleon3 and the Bugaboo Donkey. An electric blue flower parasol for strollers is also available. The collection is in stores now, but only for six months.

Uniqlo tank top

Uniqlo tank top

Alien Workshop Skateboards

Alien Workshop Skateboards

 

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Magnolias

Magnolias

Skip Hop Jonathan Adler diaper bbag

Skip Hop Jonathan Adler diaper bbag

In the Bag

Best known for his simplistic yet quirky pottery and his eye for unique color combinations, furniture and homeware designer Jonathan Adler is expanding his retro cool lifestyle brand down to fashion for chic mamas. Along with bringing his original prints and designs to everyday essentials such as iPhone cases, stationary and socks (created by BabyLegs global licensee and distributor, United Legwear Co.), the New Yorker has linked up with Skip Hop to create a bold and graphic collection of diaper bags. The Skip Hop Jonathan Adler collection includes lightweight totes kitted out with insulated pockets for bottles, adjustable stroller straps and easy to clean laminated materials in three of Adler’s signature prints, as well as the Pronto, an on-the-go changing station to store wipes, diapers and creams. And with prints that span black and white geometric squares to trendy Chevron designs, there’s something for everyone.

Jonathan Adler knit pillow

Jonathan Adler knit pillow

Jonathan Adler iphone case

Jonathan Adler iphone case

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Zippy Zebra-BL12-1027

Zippy Zebra

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom

 

 

Jeremy Scott stroller

Jeremy Scott stroller

Food for Thought

Fashion designer Jeremy Scott’s designs have been called a lot of things: whimsical, crazy, avant-garde, controversial. His sneaker collaboration with Adidas Originals has introduced zany plush toys to the streets and his eponymous clothing line dresses men and women as comic book characters one season and in cow prints another. And now, thanks to his collaboration with German baby gear brand, Cybex, you can add delicious to that list. The joint project includes a collection of strollers, car seats and accessories done up in an exclusive Jeremy Scott-designed print. Inspired by his own childhood, Scott created a pop art “Food Fight” print for the products, featuring popcorn characters taking on burgers and soda bottles duking it out with a hotdog. The one-of-a-kind line will be out in stores later this year.

 

Jeremy Scott x Adidas Originals poodle sneakers

Jeremy Scott x Adidas Originals poodle sneakers

Jeremy Scott runway

Jeremy Scott runway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow

Rainbow

Race Stripes

Race Stripes

 

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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.