follow friday

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…