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FOLLOW FRIDAY WITH KELLI MURRAY.

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i first "met" kelli when i was planning my wedding way back in 2009.  she got married around the time that i was planning my wedding and i immediately fell head over heels in love with her aesthetic and art.  not only is kelli a phenomenal artist, a stylish lady, and an insanely creative individual, she is also mama to one of the most adorable, well-dressed little girls i know.  if you haven't checked out her ever-inspiring blog that is filled with fashion ideas for both mama and daughter, then check it out here.  you can also get inspired by her pinterest boards here or say a quick hello to her here.  and don't forget to follow her on instagram to keep up with her in between blog posts.

the full interview is below:

What are 5 things you are loving at the moment?

For Rylee:
-  Fable Baby Leggings - I've seen a lot of printed baby leggings around, but these take the cake for me
Oeuf Angel Sweater - Knit wool baby sweater with angel wings!! Need I say more?
Little Marc Jacobs Baby Mouse Ballerina Shoes - Because they are just adorable
Fur hat with ears - Cute hat for the colder months ahead.  Everything is cuter with ears
For Me:
Nora Hooded Peacoat - I am heading to Minnesota in December and am in desperate need of a winter coat.  This one would do the trick :)
Porcelain Hanging Containers - For my home & growing green thumb
- One of Ariele's custom built headboards - I've admired her work forever and one day I WILL get one of her designs! ....one day.
Frances Shift Dress - I'd love this for a holiday party
What is your idea of happiness?
the love of family, creating and inspiring

Where do you draw inspiration for your illustrations?  

I am inspired by a lot of things: color and texture, fashion, the people around me, nature, and even just the simple every day things.

How would you describe your aesthetic?  

It's always evolving but currently, I would describe it as soft, feminine, & endearing

What is your favorite illustration currently in your shop? 

Stay Close

What is your favorite DIY project to date?  

These Gold Leaf paper mache bowls

What do you consider to be the greatest invention for mothers?  

the breast pump

What are 3 words to describe the first month of life with a little one?  

exhausting, emotional, priceless

What is the one thing you couldn't live without during your pregnancy?  

a rubber band to hold together my jeans :)

What is your favorite resource for children's clothes?  

A lot of my favorite finds come from pinterest and/or tadashop.com

What is your favorite store?

Free People

What are your top 3 blogs to follow? 

Creature ComfortsKatie's Pencil BoxOana Befort

What are 3 things in your purse 24/7?

These days, I pretty much only carry a diaper bag (chic, i know)......but the necessities are always my phone, wallet, diapers and a bottle.

What is one talent you wish you had?  

I've always wished I could sing

FOLLOW FRIDAY WITH KENZIEPOO AND LA PETITE MAGAZINE.

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i first "met" rachelle of kenziepoo when i became pregnant with holden and began my hunt for the perfect nursery.  rachelle is mama to the cutest little girl, kenzington, and i'm pretty sure that she could list off every single children's fashion and design brand out there.  seriously, whatever you are looking for, just ask rachelle because she will find it.  she is hands down the absolute best resource for anything and everything children's fashion and design related.  rachelle is also probably one of the most creative and talented women i know and in addition to running kenziepoo where she shares kenzie's outfits and other children's outfit and decor inspiration, rachelle is the woman behind la petite magazine, an amazing onlines kids' magazine.  so if you haven't yet, please visit rachelle's blog here and check out her magazine here.  you can also strike up a conversation with her here, become a fan here, get inspired by her boards here, and check out behind the scenes photos here.
the full interview is below:
Please send links to 5-10 items you are currently “lusting” over and a brief description/reason (they can be for you and/or for the kids).

What are 3 things you have been up to lately? (i.e. working on the next issue of the mag, redecorating your home, planning a vacation….)

Three things I have been busy with:  (1) La Petite Magazine Issue 9, which is coming out in a few days; (2) We are planning a trip to Hawaii; (3) Slowly, but surely redecorating our home.

What is your idea of happiness? 

My idea of happiness is my beautiful family! I love doing life with my adorable daughter Kenzington & my Amazing Husband!  

What is your motto? 

Slow Down & Enjoy every moment!

What do you consider to be the greatest invention for mothers? 

Definitely a car! I feel like I am always shuttling my daughter around to her school, gymnastics and activities!

What are 3 words to describe the first month of life with a little one? 

Exhilarating, Exhausting, Emotional.

What is the one thing you couldn't live without during your pregnancy? 

I couldn't live without saltines! I was so sick during my pregnancythat saltines was the only thing that saved me!

What is your favorite resource for children's clothes? 

A great resource for children's clothes is Poppy's ClosetLille FigaroScandinavian MinimallLittle VidaSmallable & Little Fashion Gallery.

What is your favorite store (for yourself)? 

My favorite store to shop at is Shopbop! I get in to trouble by spending too much here!

What is your favorite resource for home decor? 

My favorite resource for Home Decor would have to be RK Design & La Maison da Anna G.

Where do you draw inspiration for La Petite Magazine? 

I get a lot of my inspiration for La Petite from magazine's, tradeshows, traveling, blogs and more!  

What are your top 3 blogs to follow?  

Simplygrove, Weekday Carnival, & Emma's Design Blog

What is your favorite color-combo of the moment? 

My Favorite Color Combo would have to be Pink & Green Pastel colors. I am trying to implement these colors into my home.

What's your favorite way to unwind at the end of each day? 

I tend to watch a movie or some of my favorite tv programs to unwind. I am loving "The X Factor" &  "The Voice" at the moment! 

What is one talent you wish you had? 

I wish I was a better Cook. My husband is an amazing cook, and I wish I was more like him in this area! Thankfully I married him!

Any other things you’d like to add? 

Thank you so much to Lauren Isobel for a fun interview!

FOLLOW FRIDAY WITH EBABEE LIKES.

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i met nomita when i stumbled upon her blog in one my hunts for discovering new children's clothing brands and ebabbee likes quickly became one of my favorite children's design blog.  nomita is a style-loving mama from mumbai who currently lives in London where she raises her little girl, anya.  her blog is an inspirational overload for every mama who loves beautiful things.  so if you haven't discovered nomita's blog yet, then you need to head here now.

the full interview is below:

Please send links to 5-10 items you are currently “lusting” over and a brief description/reason (they can be for you and/or for the kids)

I just need these jeans in my life // This chair because I’m always dreaming of decorating a new house // This clutch because it’s so pretty, so girly // I love every piece in this dramatic collection for kids // Chic, effortless, simple style always works and this pale lilac polka dotted dress is a perfect example // Love this simple but stylish kids bedding What are 3 things you have been up to lately? (i.e. spending time outside with the kiddos, planning a vacation, etc….)

We’ve been enjoying some of the wonderful outdoor things London has to offer… a trip to the zoo followed by a picnic in neighbouring Regents park and visiting some foodie street markets like Exmouth and Borough Market.  I’ve also been busy planning and getting very excited about our next big vacation – we’re hoping to go to Argentina in the new year and I just can’t wait.  Lastly, I love cooking so have been spending time trying out new recipes from the hundreds of cookbooks I own.  Moro: The Cookbook is a current favourite.

What is your idea of happiness?

A big table full of delicious food and enjoying it with lots of friends and family.

What is your motto?

Live and let live.

What do you consider to be the greatest invention for mothers?

The camera.  It’s wonderful looking back at pictures of your kids and the memories each picture holds. What are 3 words to describe the first month of life with a little one?

Awe, worry and lots of love.

What is the one thing you couldn't live without during your pregnancies?

Dim sum!  Seriously, I needed a fix of the stuff at least once a week.  

What is your favorite resource for children's clothes?

Ooh… this is hard.  I can’t pick one place as I shop all over the place.  But I will add that I am very partial to Scandinavian kids clothes and some current favourite brands that come to mind are Norlie and Soft Gallery.

What is your favorite store?

Again, very hard! But I do love Anthropologie and also UKO… a little boutique in San Francisco that I discovered while on holiday there.  I loved it so much that I went back 3 times in my 6 days there!

What is your favorite item in your closet?

I love my clothes but I’m a bit shoe obsessed so the answer would have to be my chocolate brown, gold and turquoise Jimmy Choo stilettos (which I’ve hardly worn since having a baby but still!)

What is your favorite children's toy at the moment?

Not strictly a toy but I love the little dressing up stuff we keep buying for my daughter and so does she.

How would you describe your aesthetic?

Simple, minimal, less is more.

What are your top 3 blogs to follow?

I love blogs that are beautiful to look at with lots of bold, eye-catching pictures. My current favourites are: http://ohjoy.blogs.com/ http://www.amerrymishapblog.com/ http://www.cannellevanille.com/

What are 3 things in your diaper bag 24/7?

I’ve never been a diaper bag mama. I used a large-ish handbag instead and carried the bare minimum of baby supplies.  Apart from the obvious things (nappies, wipes) etc, I can’t even remember what else I carried as it’s been a while but I know I never took much with me.

What is your favorite color-combo of the moment?

Bold colours combos like bright pink and orange together.

What's your favorite way to unwind at the end of each day?

Watching ½ an hour of mindless tv!

What is one talent you wish you had?

The ability to take amazing photos.  Hopefully I can learn soon…

FOLLOW FRIDAY WITH THE ALISON SHOW.

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i "met" alison when i randomly stumbled across her site when on the hunt for the perfect sewing tutorial for making some little man clothes.  and then i got stuck for hours, adding more and more diys to my ever-growing (and ever-ambitious) to-do list, sucked in by alison's witty writing and amazing tutorials.  she is crazy creative and downright hilarious.  i find myself laughing out loud every time i am on her site, often looking up slightly embarrassed that i'm laughing to myself on the internet.  not only is alison a mama to a sweet little girl named gigi, but she is probably the craftiest person i've ever met.  on her site, alison shares crafting, baking, and sewing tutorials, admist other things, all with a sense of humor and a little sass.  you can tell that hanging out with her would be guaranteed F-U-N and non-stop-side-stitch-laughter.  i kind of want to be her best friend.  if you haven't met alison yet, then you definitely need to stop by the alison show.  you can also, like alison here, strike up a convo here, get inspired here, follow her life in pictures here, and watch her here.

Please send links to 5-10 items you are currently “lusting” over and a brief description/reason (they can be for you and/or for the kids)

I'm so into the 90's right now so I really want a mini backpack,  and some lace biker shorts to wear under dresses. I'm also trying to make my messy little house more liveable, so I'm really into this wall paper, and this kitchen table. Both are not in my budget at all. Seeing that my budget is $0. Other than that most of the things I want are for crafting/video making. I need (seriously need) a Canon 5D, a new giant cutting mat like this one that's 4x3 feet! HUGE! Gigi needs some new clothes for fall, I've been OBSESSED with all of these new clothes from Vanilla & Lace and of course Gap always has something I want for her, right now it's this little navy Cape.
What are 3 things you have been up to lately? (i.e. spending time outside, planning a vacation, crafting, etc….)
Lately I've been watching a lot of Dawson's Creek, hanging outside with Gigi eating Otter Pops, and working on my top secret project that launches in a couple months! Here's a sneak peek. Kind of! Ha.
What is your idea of happiness? 
To me happiness is peace. I don't think we can always expect happiness in life. It should certainly be a goal, but I've found through difficult times that we can arrive at a peaceful place, happiness will soon follow.
What is your motto?
I have SO MANY! But I'd say my #1 motto is: Only you can be you. Also, Keep it crafty and keep it sassy! Ha.
What do you consider to be the greatest invention for mothers?
Babysitters. Haha. That's not an invention I guess, but I think a lot of mothers don't take advantage of them. Whether it's a family member, a trusted neighbor or friend. I know as a mom I need help. LOT'S OF HELP. And I'm so much happier when I force myself to get some.
What are 3 words to describe the first month of life with a little one?
Infatuation, Anxiety, Awe
What is the one thing you couldn't live without during your pregnancies?
San Pellegrino Limonata It settles the tummy better than Sprite or gingerale for me, and it's not too sweet.

What's your favorite craft to date?

I adore these refrigerator magnets I gave to friends last Christmas. They didn't receive too much online recognition, but I'm obsessed with them!
Where do you draw inspiration for your crafts?
I mostly craft and make things I need or want. I don't like to look at blogs, pinterest, or magazines for inspiration. But I do get a lot of inspiration from clothing trends, especially when the seasons change.
How would you describe your aesthetic?
I would say flamboyant is the only word I can think of. I like a lot of classic, simple things, but at the end of the day I can't leave well enough alone.
What's your favorite item in your closet?
My Bongo jean vest from 4th grade. I save NOTHING. But I've held on to that baby for 20 years now. And it always comes back in style. Or at least I think it does...
What is your favorite store?
Joann. Haha. Did you mean clothing?! That would be Anthro probably.
What is your favorite resource for children's clothes?
Polarn O Pyret has SUCH gems and amazing sales. I really really love Gap Kids, but I'd almost always rather make something for Gigi.
What are your top 3 blogs to follow?
I worship the ground Brittany Jepsen walks on! Her blog is The House that Lars Built. But she contributes to a ton of huge blogs, so I don't think she always gets the recognition she deserves! Her projects and ideas are so unique. I adore her! I also really love and respect Mer Mag. She's very creative and has a flawless aesthetic.  I also love http://sweetapolita.com/ so much. I use a ton of her recipes and tips. She is another creative genius.
What are 3 things in your diaper bag 24/7? 
Now that gigi is 2 I just use my purse! But I always have stickers in there to keep her happy, some sort of snack, and a book.
What is your favorite color-combo of the moment?
Navy and mint.
What's your favorite way to unwind at the end of each day?
I love watching 90's television shows while I craft.
What is one talent you wish you had?
I really really wish I could sing. I feel like I would have been such and amazing rock star.
Any other things you’d like to add?
I think i've talked about myself enough! BUt thanks so so so much for having me!!

FOLLOW FRIDAY: PAUL ET PAULA

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as you all know, i am slightly obsessed with children's fashion so it's no surprise that paul et paula is one of my favorite blogs out there.  peggy, the voice behind the blog, has a crazy talent for discovering the most gorgeous and unique children's brands from around the world.  living in amsterdam and mama to two littles with another one on the way, paul et paula is the premier resource for fashion-forward-thinking mamas and their stylish kids.  i guarantee that you will spend hours on this beautiful children's design blog perusing peggy's latest discoveries for the most stylish children's clothing, decor, and toy products out there.  if you haven't made it over to her site, you need to head here now (and maybe set aside a few hours of your day).  you can also strike up a conversation with peggy here, get even more inspired by following her pins here, or like her fan page here.

the full interview is below:

What are 5 things you are loving at the moment?

I am always dreaming about how I would decorate a new home. // I am addicted to scarfs...no kidding! // For my daughter.  It is so pretty! //  Great looking toys here...another soft spot of mine // My love and connection with Paris - for the new baby // I am waiting for the day we will move away from Amsterdam - so I can buy this as a souvenir // You said "lusting"... yes.... // Just love it! // I love clouds and adore these

What are 3 things you have been up to lately? (i.e. spending time outside with the kiddos, planning a vacation, etc….)

Knitting a tiny cardigan for baby number 3 (due end of September), dreaming about our next big family holiday which we will plan and hopefully book in October once the baby has arrived, and spending time with my "big" girl who is on school vacation.  We are enjoying girl's time together and do fun things everyday!

What is your idea of happiness? 

 Being with my family, everyone happy and healthy, preferably with some "sun, ice cream and playing in the sand" kind of day.

What is your motto?

 "Let love rule".

What do you consider to be the greatest invention for mothers?

 I really think that the best you get when having a baby is mother's instinct, the instinct that directs you and gives you the awesome possibility to trust just you to know what is good and right.  Worthless!   By the way, even with No.3 on the way I am still amazed what nature creates!

What are 3 words to describe the first month of life with a little one?

Precious, soft and unbelievable.

What is the one thing you couldn't live without during your pregnancies?

My first pregnancy: Cold Cream Body Lotion from Avene, because my skin became very dry and itchy.

My second pregnancy:  Venadoron leg toner from Weleda because my legs and feet were extremely swollen most of the time

My third pregnancy: Bio - Oil, all over the belly after every shower :)

What is your favorite store?

This is one of those questions I cannot answer. I am an online addict and all projects I am working on keep me busy surfing, researching and finding the newest and coolest things. Sometimes I feel proud because I did not spend a fortune on all of the awesome things I saw all day long... there are lots of cool stores and I am very much unable to come up with a favorite... sorry! 

What is your favorite item in your closet?

My veryyyy long and striped dress from douuod. 

What is your favorite children's toy at the moment?

The tipi that we got last week! 

How would you describe your aesthetic?

I put a lot of thought and care into clothing and home décor and style in general, as aesthetics are important to me. But I don’t care about what’s “in” or “out”, I pay very little attention to brand names. I have my favourites, but the best of all is the mix and match.

What are your top 3 blogs to follow?

Novalee, Freund von Freunden, and Cinq mai

What are 3 things in your diaper bag 24/7? 

Oh, I am not a diaper bag person at all. Of course I always have nappies and wipes with me (somehow the kids managed to be 100% potty trained the moment a new baby was about to join) and a pencil case and a coloring book. The rest really depends on where we go.  The usual stuff like wallet, keys do not count right?

What is your favorite color-combo of the moment?

Yellow and grey.

What's your favorite way to unwind at the end of each day?

A cup of green tea 

What is one talent you wish you had?

Getting back in shape without thaaaaaaaat much effort after a pregnancy.

 

FOLLOW FRIDAY WITH PIRATES AND PEONIES.

i "met" shaynah of pirates and peonies after discovering a photo of her boys on pinterest and was immediately smitten with her adorable little family.  shaynah has two beautiful (or should i say handsome), tow-headed boys who always seem to be on some sort of adventure.  the photos of her boys seem to be perfectly stylized images and look as though they have come straight out of a magazine editorial, not a snapshot of someone's real life.  i love the fact that she encourages imagination, adventure, and mischief in her little ones and am constantly drawn to her blog for inspiration of fun outdoor activities with holden.  to top it off, shaynah and her two tots also have an amazing sense of style, making her blog all-around some pretty great eye candy.  if you aren't following pirates and peonies, then you definitely need to introduce yourself to this fashion-forward mama and her boys.  check out shaynah's blog here, follow her play by play here, start a conversation with her here, and get inspired by her pins here.

full interview is below:

What are 5-10 things you are loving at the moment?

messy braids // wovenplay kids costumes // statement necklaces // stripes // papier rmache animal busts // urbanear headphones

What are 3 things you have been up to lately?

We got a bike trailer this year so we are exploring local scenes and parks by riding our bikes (it's our favorite "family friendly" activity), checking out local eateries (we love finding unique little places), and instagram (I am in love with sharing our play by play moments).

What is your motto?

"It's more interesting to have just a picture of a small detail - then you can dream all the rest around it.  Because when you see the whole thing, what is there to imagine?" -Dries Van Noten

What do you consider to be the greatest invention for mothers?

The starbucks drive-thru.  I adore not having to lug my kids in and out of the car just for a silly drink.

What are 3 words to describe the first month of life with a little one?

Incredible, romantic, and terrifying.

What is one thing you couldn't live without during your pregnancies?

Watermelon.

What is your favorite resource for children's clothes?

Crewcuts (JCrew).

What is your favorite store? 

Anthropologie.

What is your favorite item in your closet?

My white LNA v-neck tshirt.  It is the perfect mix of feminine and tomboy.

What is your favorite item {currently} in your boys' closets

Rowan: yellow "hunter" wellies

Brinley: yellow "mini rodini" track shorts

What are your top 3 blogs to follow? 

on fashion: atlantic-pacific blog

all around lovely: the glitter guide

on family: the littlest blog

What are your 3 things in your purse 24/7? 

Sunscreen, band aids (mom of boys...), and hand sanitizer

What is your favorite color combo?

Cream and navy

What is your favorite way to unwind at the end of each day?

Looking through coffee table books,  I love visual inspiration.

What is your favorite dish to make the kids?

I am super obsessed with snacking. I just discovered this wonderful snack (via pinterest).  It is sliced apples with peanut butter, nuts, oatmeal, and chocolate chips layered on it! YUMMY! My kids love it!

What is one talent you wish you had?

Singing - what a beautiful gift, even just to share with those you love.