Mommy and Me Fun With Agnes and Dora {Giveaway}

I have memories - not necessarily "fond," but perhaps "humorous" best describes them - of all of my family growing up wearing those hideous Mommy & Me sweaters. I would say these mostly came out around the holidays and maybe didn't quite bear the true tag of "mommy & me," but nonetheless they were all very "matchy - matchy" and funny to think about now. They consisted of sweatshirts or sweaters that were typically worn with what used to be called "stretch pants." Yes, I feel a hint of age weighing upon me as I write this, but also feel cool too, because I'm about to share with all of you the coolest brand that is the epitome of what I'd like to call "modern day mommy & me" for moms and kids (even boys, as you will see if you "read more"). And I am totally, completely in love with everything from Agnes & Dora's Collections! I have expressed in the past my love for pencil skirts and, if you can believe it, my love for the versions from Agnes & Dora has made my passion for pencil skirts grow exponentially! Not only are these skirts super slimming (my favorite little bonus) but they are beyond comfortable. Because they fold over at the waist in yoga pants fashion, they pretty much feel like you are cuddled up in your favorite yoga pants -  while looking totally dressed up! // Agnes & Dora Pencil Skirts //   This kid certainly does play hard, and doesn't always listen whenever our photographer says "stop playing around!" But, this is typical … [Read more...]

#KidStyle – Spring Shopping With PS From Aeropostale

Spring felt like it was here for a day in NYC, then went back to our wintery cold air - so disappointing! But, that didn't stop us from showing off our favorite PS From Aeropostale looks for boys as we anxiously wait for more sunshine to fill our days. We love the price point that PS From Aeropostale offers for kids, but I do recommend buying a size down, as their pieces run a bit on the big side. Here are our favorites for spring! There is nothing quite like a cute kiddo in some cargos! I can't wait to see our little man lounging at the beach this summer in this outfit! Kid's Solid Cargo Shorts// Kid's Rugby Henley Popover Hoodie // Kid's Canvas Strap Flip Flops // Kid's PSNY Solid Pique Polo // This outfit was a little extra special because he chose the shirt which reminded him of something his Dad would wear, and picked the Army camouflage shorts because of Daddy's uniform! Kid's 1987 Crest Graphic Tee  // Kid's Camo Flat Front Shorts Read to amp up your kid's style while not breaking the bank? Check out PS From Aeropostale for some fun inspiration! As always, we want to give a special thanks to Kanji Photography for the beautiful photos! Fashionably Yours, Allison … [Read more...]

TreeSprouts – Baby Shower Gifts For The Cool Kids {Giveaway}

Don't you all just love shopping for the perfect baby shower gifts? Not! There is the "find the most practical gift scramble" as we run around trying to find something your Mama-to-be actually needs. Then, you enter the "it must be on the registry zone" where you become fixated on making sure it's something that the Mama-to-be actually requested. Yes, we need a balance between both of those important things, but at the end of the day, your glowing Mama just wants something cool. In fact, all she can think about (ya know, besides getting ready for this life changing delivery) is how she wants to be the cool mom in town. Therefore, I propose a revolution in baby shower gifts - with TreeSprouts! Let's change the way we shop for baby shower gifts! So, two really cool ladies from Brooklyn - Kelly and Caroline - friends till the end who live a life of creativity, decided to add some sass to baby onesies and revolutionize the baby shower gift industry. Each piece has been inspired by things that these ladies and their kiddos see on a daily basis, making the collections extra humorous. They understand that even kids have great individual style that needs to be expressed, so they can have fun in what they are wearing. Kelly and Caroline's company is different because they truly provide a personal service to their customers, do everything they can to keep costs down, and are unique - you won't find pieces like these anywhere else! Now that Tree Sprouts has been launched, we … [Read more...]

#KidStyle – Layering Up to Brave The Winter Snow! {Giveaway}

Layers are such an essential part of our wardrobes, especially at this time of year in the city! We are freezing walking out of our homes and bundle up like Eskimos, then we want to strip it all off as soon as we walk down into the subway and jump on our train! We then climb those subway steps after our journey - freezing again - run into whenever we are headed, and our kiddos immediately start throwing their coat and sweaters our way! Ah motherhood! Layered Clothing For Kids! But thanks goodness for these layers because they allow us all to be comfortable! Here are our current favorite for the kiddos that leave them with lots of wiggle room and ready to play! The layered clothing for kids below are all very fun in design and look great with their favorite zip up hoodie, cardigan, or Henley over-top! 1.   Shirin NYC Stars Long Sleeve Tee I kinda have a thing for stars right now as you will see when you scroll down further, so this tee for little girls certainly caught my eyes! 2. elSage Designs Kids Royal Horse Cardigan This could go for both boy or girl, depends on how you style it! I love the star graphic against the heather gray background!   3. Tree Sprouts "Please Tell Me My Parents Are Rich" Onesie Ah! The days of onesies - I miss them! Tree Sprouts was founded by two Brooklyn moms, and they have been so creative with the fun phrases on their onesies! These also go up to 24 months and are the perfect layering piece this winter and beyond! 4. Mini … [Read more...]

#KidStyle – PS from Aeropostale Winter Threads For Boys

It's quickly approaching that time of year whenever I feel like turning into a bear and hibernating in my apartment. I don't feel like going out in the cold and doing anything - it's just so much cozier inside, cuddled up, watching holiday shows, and drinking tea! But last Sunday night, my boys and I came out of hibernation to get a sneak peak of the upcoming Off-Broadway musical, Can Do Duck (more to come on that later), and we had such a blast! Before we got to the viewing room at NYU, we walked through Union Square - one of our favorite places - and Branden modeled off his cool new PS from Aeropostale threads! For the longest time, since Branden wears a uniform to school, he dressed in a Pea Coat going to and from school. We quickly realized that this wasn't warm enough for our 7 block walk every morning, and PS from Aeropostale came to the rescue! PS from Aeropostale Winter Threads For Boys I can't get enough of this picture, I could stare at it all day long. The amazement in his eyes as he looks up into the starry night sky is breathtaking! But moving onto my little guy's new favorite winter coat - he's actually pretty mesmerized by that as well (and so is Mom!). He can't stop talking about how his new rich royal blue hue PS from Aeropostale Parka keeps him so cozy warm! The matching scarf is no longer available so I'm glad we grabbed it quickly, but you can finding the matching Kids' Striped Radar Beanie HERE. This super cute and very cozy warm coat is … [Read more...]

Too Cute – Cold Weather Accessories For Kids

It's getting to that point where the chill in the air cannot be combated with only a hoodie! Yes - winter is just around the corner, and we will soon be scrambling to pull our cold weather coats out from the back of the closet. If you are anything like us, it's more than likely you are missing a couple of your cold weather accessories, as they always mysteriously seem to disappear. I will say though, one of the most fun parts of getting the kids bundled up are all the cute cold weather accessories for kids that are filling the shelves at store everywhere. Our Favorite Cold Weather Accessories For Kids There are, of course, those super generic cold weather accessories for kids that can be bought at Target (though Target does have some special pieces from time to time), but I love spending a few extra dollars and getting the kids something memorable that makes everyone say "awww" when you share pictures! 1. There is just something so classically cute about this  Patagonia 'Powder Town' Beanie for the "bigger" boys! We love the brilliant emerald green colors and how this just screams "winter and cuddles!" 2. I mean ...there are no words really needed for this Tucker + Tate Fuzzy Kitty Hat & Mittens, but I'm going to go ahead and give it one big "Awww!" If you have a new baby in your life or need to buy a holiday gift for a little one - this is IT! 3. While Mini Boden is known for having the kind of clothes for kids and babies that Mamas will fight over in … [Read more...]

Fall Style For Boys With P.S. Aeropostale

There are times--especially during the summer--whenever I'm totally OK with Branden throwing on whatever he wants to from his wardrobe, as we run to the park, museum, summer camp or whatever activity we have planned. He's an [almost] six year old boy with strong opinions about what he wears or doesn't wear--but sometimes he just wants to be comfortable. But fall is different, fall is the time of year whenever we do back to school shopping and truly enjoy delving into the fall styles for boys that are being shown everywhere. Since Branden has to wear a uniform to school, we relish the fall weekends when we can dress him in the cool fall style for boys looks that come from our favorite stores--like P.S. Aeropostale. This is a new line from Aeropostale that focuses on boys and girls ages 4-12 at amazing prices--and every garment is on trend! Branden loved picking out some new duds and then modeling them so we could show you all how effortlessly cool their back to school collection is! Fall Style For Boys In the plaid story, Branden is wearing the Kid's Long Sleeve Plaid Flannel Shirt in DKORNG 851 and the Kid's color Wash Skinny Jeans in Heirloom Red. He loved how comfortable the outfit was (and putting his hands in his pockets!)   For this casual look, Branden is wearing the same skinny jeans with the Kid's Long Sleeve PS Raglan Henley. His favorite part was how soft the shirt was.   For this fun athletic story, Branden is … [Read more...]

#KidStyle: Fall Pieces We Love + Giveaway

I'm not going to lie--even at almost age 6 (yes, tear dripping down my face) I love dressing my little guy! There are many, many days where I let him just be a boy and wear what he wants--but there are many days that I feel inspired to get him all dressed up in the current trends for kids! Since he has to wear a uniform to school, I'm only left with time on the weekends to make sure he is rocking his #kidstyle...and you better bet I use every minute! As we move into fall, our team has been traveling around checking out the fall previews for kid brands and we wanted to share with you the fall pieces we love + sweeten the deal with a little giveaway below! Our Fall Favorite For Boys Our "Back to School Cool" picks for boys include pieces that are comfortable yet are clothes they can have fun in and feel like little gentlemen. Denim on denim trends are very dominant in the world of little boys as denim jackets are making a comeback! This jacket from Levis looks amazing paired over the awesome tees from Ba Ba Bling Baby (which go up to size 6Y) and over your favorite graphic tees and button down shirts. As we see in womenswear, plaid is making a comeback, so stock up on plaid basics for your little guys! Lastly, I had to point out the coolest backpack on the market for little guys comes from Jordan--it has an actual hood attached to the backpack for extra warmth at the bus stop! 1. Levi's Boys  Skinny Fit Jean 2. Johnson & Johnson Products 3.Hatley Boys … [Read more...]

Kids Swimwear Trends

Summer is here! Time for playing in sprinklers, swimming at the pool, and jumping in the waves at the beach with the whole family! Most summer activities require bathing suits for the freedom of getting wet and having a great time. Every summer, new kids swimwear trends arise, and just like we do for the Mamas--we follow the trends! Kids Swimwear Trends for Summer 2014 As always with kids, bright colors are more often than not "the trend!" It's amazing how we go from wearing bright everything as a child to wearing dark everything as an adult, but nonetheless it happens! We will be seeing lots of bright colors for children as well as the complete opposite end of the spectrum--pastels! So this year, just as frequently as we see the brights, we will also be seeing kids swimwear featured in soft hues for both boys and girls. Another trend that is oh-so-cute on the wee ones is nautical. Swimwear featuring boat, anchors, polka dots, stripes and waves are all in and as adorable as ever! And also, it's VERY on trend for your kiddos to have matching rash guards. Our absolutely favorites come from Swim Zip!  Their products are a rashgaurd + bathing suit combination that offers the absolute best protection from the sun for your little ones! Scroll through to check our (and shop) our favorite kids swimwear trends:   Turn on your JavaScript to view content     Last, but not least, one of our favorite products for playing in the sand is Zoe b … [Read more...]

Kid Friendly: Growing Up NYC Style!

Being born and raised in a bubble sort of suburb of Pittsburgh, I spent my life dreaming of ways to get out of the small town and escape to the city of dreams, New York City. My husband was born and raised in Brooklyn, so to him, this place is home. And we all know that there is nothing like home. Now here we are, many years later and raising our son in the city that never sleeps, where many would be skeptical about raising a child. But for us, it is perfectly grand, and we fill our life will all of these kid friendly, daily outings to make sure our son always gets the best of what this great city has to offer! It can be quite patronizing visiting Pittsburgh and hearing the constant questions of “Do you think that where you are living is safe?” and “You walk your son to school?!” It’s a different lifestyle, and if you are living here and raising a family here, you obviously need to be smart and understand the difference between city life and suburban life, but that doesn’t mean that there is anything less good about it. We love living in New York City, as there are so many experiences right at our fingertips. Many of these experiences would not be available to our family and our son if we lived anywhere else in the world. Kid Friendly: Top Reasons NYC Life Beats the ‘Burbs Culture is at your fingertips. Growing up in NYC means that you have complete access to museums, galleries, architecture, renowned restaurants, etc, every single day! Kids have the … [Read more...]