Girls 4th of July Fashion

With the Fourth of July holiday coming up, many people are starting to plan their celebrations and barbeques.  But with menus and logistics to plan, who has time to figure out what to wear? Here are some ideas for a holiday-friendly outfit for the little-little one.

LALaundry Lexi Dress


The Navy Lexie Dress from LAUNDRY by Shelli Segal is made from a combination of cotton and nylon and is machine washable, so you don’t need to worry about her getting a little messy. The navy blue fabric and white collar fit the holiday theme but the classic design makes this dress wearable for every-day summer fun as well.

The Red Grosgrain Ribbon Headband by Bows Arts adds a red accent to the blue and white dress and will keep her hair tidily in place.

Finish the outfit with the Striped Skimmer shoes from Joyfolie.

Joyfolie Girls Striped Skimmers

Joyfolie Girls Striped Skimmers



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Summer Activities For Kids

It’s June, the breezes are blowing, the sun is shining, and it is time to play outside! Here are 5 great activities to keep everyone entertained and having fun in the beautiful summer weather.

1. Soda Bottle Sprinkler

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I remember I loved running through the sprinklers as a kid. It cooled me off and I could enjoy some water park fun right in the backyard. This is a new take on old fun and is a great activity for kids of all ages. All you need is one empty plastic 2-liter soda bottle. Poke holes in the bottom half using a large needle and fill with water or attach a hose for constant sprinkling and hang from a tree or fence. SAFETY NOTE: you may want to use a hangable shower caddy or other mesh object to rest the bottle in for safety if you decide to hang it from a tree.

2. Make some “Land Art”

Ever notice how many cool leaves and flowers are blowing around the yard or in the park? Making nature art gets everyone walking around and admiring the outdoors. Try making a mobile and hanging it as a temporary outdoor decoration. Just collect leaves from different plants (go for ones you recognize like Maple, Oak, and Willow), arrange them on the ground, and then string them together with small sticks or reeds for display. Fishing wire tied around the end of the stick will make it easy to hang.


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3. Create a treasure hunt

This activity is a little more involved because it requires writing clues and hiding them around the yard or inside the house, but the kids can use that time to read or finish chores, with the promise of a treasure hunt when they complete their tasks. Make about ten two-line clues (usually rhyming, but if you’re no rhyming wizard, not to worry! It’s just as fun in prose) and these two lines give a hint as to where the next clue is hidden. Keeping the clues in plain sight and at eye-level to keep the kids from getting stuck. As fun prize, hide a piece of chocolate or a letter promising to bake (or do another fun activity) as the final treasure.

4. Decorate Terra cotta planting pots

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This is a fun short-term and long-term project.

You will need:

Flowerpots (however many you wish to make)

Letter or shape stencils

Sponge-tip paintbrushes

Mod Podge Washout (washes out of clothing better than regular Mod Podge)

Acrylic or Tempera paint (Tempera is washable but acrylic generally is not, so have the kids wear a painting smock or old shirt)

Use the stencils to paint the pots with a medium amount of paint on the brush (less is more). Keeping the brush reasonably dry after rinsing different colors off keeps the paint neat and when everything is dry, paint a coat of Mod Podge over the whole thing to seal it.

Another variation of pot decorating is with tissue paper squares and Mod Podge. Try painting the whole pot and then accenting it with different colors of tissue. There are so many ways to make a personalized flowerpot!

Once the pots are decorated, you can use them to store art supplies and pencils or as a long-term project, to actually plant flowers and watch them grow throughout the summer.

5. Outdoor Twister

Twister has always been an indoor, rainy-day kind of game, but why not move it outside when the weather is nice? To make outdoor twister you’ll need:

a large piece of cardboard

a pen


a large round bowl or other round object

spray paint in red, blue, yellow, and white

Make the circle first by tracing the round object on to the piece of cardboard and then cutting out the middle so that you have a circle stencil. You can measure out the game board before spraying, but estimating a several inch distance between each circle works just fine. Spray a four-by-four board with the four different colors on the grass (Note: you can make the game board bigger by adding more colors to accommodate more players). If you have a twister game board, you can use that to call each turn, otherwise an easy substitute is to cut 8 slips of paper and write Rt. Hand, L. Hand, Rt. foot, L. foot, and each of the colors and then draw a pair for each turn. And there you go, outdoor twister!

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Eliane et Lena – Girls Clothing Designer of the Week

ELIANE ET LENA – Our Girls Fashion Designer of the Week

A brand designed in France, Eliane et Lena girls clothing combines wonderfully bright colors with an avant-garde modern attitude. One of my favorite things about this brand is the exquisite variety of patterns they use. While some outfits sport complicated weaving, florals, and others as shown below, employ the simplicity of plain butterflies.

The Eliane et Lena Navy Sashi Dress in sizes 4-8. This dress is sleeveless and in a light-weight cotton, making it very comfortable for summer weather.

One of the other special things about Eliane et Lena is their attention to the outfit as a whole. Many of their dresses can stand on their own but are also understated in a way that still allows them to be accented with an accessory (necklace, cool shoes, or a decorated hairband). These dresses are fun to wear, dressed up or down.

Interested and want to see more? See the full llbd shop Eliane et Lena collection.

Also, be sure to take a glance at the Fall 2013 Eliane et Lena little girls clothes, now available for preorder.

Fuchsia Laura Dress, girls sizes 6-12 for Fall 2013 is now available for preorder.