September 10th, 2011
It is way too easy to spend money on your kids clothing, everything looks so much more funwhen it's small. Here are our favourite pieces from the fall/winter collections.
We love this Crewcuts doggie tee because it reminds us of Givenchy’s pitbull collection. But, of course, in this tiny size it's far cuter. Crewcuts Girls' long-sleeve 3-D doggie tee, $44. At J.Crew, www.jcrew.com
H&M has just launched a collection with All for Children with 25 per cent of all sales going to UNICEF’s work for children in Bangladesh. We love the floral prints in the girls collection, and this little boys cardigan with elbow patches is perfect for the back to school “professor” look. Cardigan ($29.95) at H&M, Toronto Eaton Centre and Pacific Centre in Vancouver from September 22nd.
We know that Burberry is a little bit expensive, but who can resist this adorable quilted coat? Justify its purchase by promising you’ll hand it down, plus it works for a boy or a girl. Ocean Quilted Coat with check lining $335, from Lola Home & Apparel, 510 Beatty St., 604-633-5017, Vancouver, www.lolahomeandapparel.com
The only problem with Vancouver-based Red Fish’s party dresses is that they don’t make them in adult sizes. Let’s hope our girls get invited to a lot of parties so they have an excuse to wear this! Party dress, $75 at Wear Else, www.wearelse.com or Red Fish Kids Clothing, www.redfishkidsclothing.com
Checks were a runway trend, and since our little boys are too cool for school, we are going to put them in little check shirts with matching shoes. Running shoes ($19) and shirt ($12) at Joe Fresh, www.joefresh.com —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
September 3rd, 2011
It’s time for the little ones to head back to school (secret sigh of relief). Let’s send them off in style!
We may have learned a thing or two from Halle Berry, like how to make a memorable beach entrance. But we also learned how to sport your kid’s lunch box with the same sass as your Gucci bag. That’s because said lunch box is by Beatrix NY, the cutest accessory line for kids. Featuring an array of adorable creatures like Dieter the Monkey, Esther the Bunny, Juju the Lady Bug and Alister the Dino, these little boxes will make their school lunch a stylin’ one.
Now about that Gucci bag…. —Anya Georgijevic
August 27th, 2011
It’s time to play the music! It’s time to light the lights!
As we anxiously await the first Muppet Movie in over ten years to be released on November 22, we
can get our Animal on with the inspirational, celebrational, muppetational Green Album, featuring covers of popular Muppet music by contemporary artists. Sing along to old favourites like "The Muppet Show Theme Song", performed with a rock edge by OK Go, a quirkily wistful rendering of "Rainbow Connection" by Weezer (featuring Hayley Williams), and a stunning "Halfway Down the Stairs" by soprano Amy Lee of Evanescence.
Even Statler and Waldorf couldn’t give a negative review. —Jennifer Nachshen
Available on iTunes.
August 20th, 2011
Avoiding stretch marks requires attention during your pregnancy, not after. Once baby is born, you'll barely find the time to brush your teeth let alone care for your expanded waistline. Here are three of our favourite belly beauty products:
Weleda’s Pregnancy Body Oil is great all over the body and is the least greasy oil we’ve tried so far, so your clothes won’t get stained.
$29.99 from Whole Foods, www.wholefoodsmarket.com
Bug & Pickle is a Vancouver-based brand that offers pre and post belly solutions. Use their Belly Cream during your pregnancy, and then switch to the Belly Firm for nourishing the skin while you shrink back to your old waist size. We hope.
Both $20.00 from Saf and Benjamin, www.safandbenjamin.com
Editor’s tip: Buy a few nude cotton tank tops and wear them under your normal clothes while pregnant, to avoid getting oil stains all over your dry-clean only pieces. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
August 13th, 2011
London has always had its own particular sense of style, one that has everyone (man, woman and child) always looking effortlessly cool.
On our last trip there, we paid particular attention to the very well-dressed men (wink, wink) and wished that guys this side of the pond would take a fashion tip or two from the British blokes. The good news is our boys can now adopt London's edgy style with GapKids’ new Brick Lane collection. The twill pea coat ($49.95) and Straight Dog Town Denim ($39.95), both shown on the left, will certainly have the boys outdressing their fathers.
And they’ll look really cool when they run to the shop to get us a pint of milk for our tea. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
GapKids’ Brick Lane collection (for girls and boys) is in stores now and online at Gap Canada, www.gapcanada.ca
August 6th, 2011
We take the words “non-toxic” for granted, and we assume it means safe. But does anyone ever question what non-toxic means?
Diana, an art teacher, did. She decided that there was no point having any unnecessary ingredients in children’s art supplies, so she went about making her own from natural ingredients. Clementine Art makes crayons, markers, paint, glue and modeling dough that are safe, natural and washable with water and soap (except the markers). We love that they explain the purpose of each and every ingredient on the Nitty Gritty page of their site.
At ByNature.ca and local kids stores.
July 30th, 2011
The ukulele is a great kids’ instrument: it is small, easy to play and it never gets too loud (reason why recorders aren’t allowed in this home!).
That’s why we loved this make your own ukulele kit (US $40) from Uncommon Goods. It comes equipped with a wood body, neck, and strings which are easily assembled, and then you can customize it with different paints, stains or decorations.
And, when you've heard Old MacDonald Has A Farm for the one thousandth time, you know how they put it together, so you can take it apart.
—Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
July 22nd, 2011
Our little ones deserve to be just as hip as their mom, but we didn’t expect that they would out-style us.
Little Edie moccasins put our moccasins to shame. These baby and toddler booties are entirely handcrafted from Canadian elk leather and intricately painted and embroidered. From breezier suede styles to wintery shearling-lined, their precious little tootsies are protected in style. We have to admit, we’re a little envious. Thankfully, Little Edie designer Becky Brisco has a phenomenal line of jewellery for us grown-ups that will do the trick. —Anya Georgijevic
$90 at Block, 350 W. Cordova Street, Vancouver, 604-685-888, www.theblock.ca, The Waldorf Hotel, 1489 E. Hastings, Vancouver, 604-253-7141, www.waldorfhotel.com and online at www.beckbrisco.bigcartel.com
July 16th, 2011
If Chanel can do temporary tattoos for us, then why not invite some of New York’s top graphic artists to design tattoos for our kids?
That’s the idea behind Tattly, an online shop selling “designy” temporary tattoos. We love You’re Late by Julia Rothman, Tattone by Josh Smith, and Scribble by James Victore. In fact, they are so cool, we don’t even think we are going to share them with our kids.
Besides, it is inappropriate for them to be wearing tattoos to school, but we can definitely do our business meetings with a scribble on our arm.
$5 for set of 2, shipping to Canada is $2, www.tatt.ly
June 30th, 2011
We love a good DIY project.
Especially when the recipient is so gosh-darned cute, we’d do anything for her. Happy Sew Lucky kits come with everything we need to sew our own baby gifts. Our favourite? The dinnertime book. Printed on 100% organic cotton, it requires sewing only in straight lines (bonus!) and stars all the cute and cuddly characters in the Happy Sew Lucky family.
Just B.Y.O.S. (bring your own sewing machine). —Kelsey Dundon