READY TO GET AWAY

I just can’t stop thinking about getting away for Spring Break in a few weeks!!  Anyone else ready?!  I am so excited to head down to Newport Beach for a few days with my little family + just have a some much needed one on one time.  Check out the current picks I am drooling over for our warm get away!! And tell us where you are all headed for Spring Break!!

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1. This Black + White Striped Suit is a must have for all.

2. Pink Ray-Ban Aviators…so wish I could get every color.

3. We all know I am obsessed with Black and White.  This Bold Striped Beach Sweater is great for when it cools down at night on the beach.

4. Wedge Espadrilles, for dinner/date night.

5. Nylon Tote…need I explain.

6. I love my Leather Strap Sandal and seriously wear them everyday!

7. I love that you can dress this Long White Cover Up Dress up or down for day or night.

8.  This Black One piece Suit makes you look 10 lbs lighter!!  It’s made with an slimming spandex material.  Amazing!

9. Birkenstocks…the most comfortable sandals EVER.

10. My everyday glasses…Black Rectangular Sunglasses.

11. I always love to have a hat around of course for protection from the sun, but also to cover up that messy beach hair when I’m over it. Black + White Sun Hat

12. Straw Hat

13. Black + White Wrap Suit…are we starting to see a trend here?

 

HUGE PRESIDENTS DAY KIDS SALE

This weekend there are so many good deals for Presidents Day. It’s the perfect time to get your kids new shoes and update their wardrobe for Spring. We found a beautiful dress, great for Easter on sale at Nordstrom and ballet flats to match. Don’t wait, get your kids sneakers for Spring sports now while they are on sale. See all of our Presidents Day kids sales picks below. Have a great weekend!

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NORDSTROM CLEARANCE SALE MY PICKS

Are you as pumped about the Nordstrom Clearance Sale as we are? Such a great time of year to think about what your spring wardrobe needs! I picked some of my favorite items below – things I own and love. Enjoy and happy shopping, friends!nordstromkailee

KAILEE’S CLEARANCE PICKS:

1.These Nike’s are  such a classic and go-to shoe for any occascion

2. Wear this top it to the gym or to school drop-off (for extra style points)!

3. Make a statement with these bold skinnies this spring

4. Everyone needs this watch – it’s timeless (get it?)

5. This flowy cream top is a great staple

6. Get fit in these Nike pants

7. This V-neck is a great go-to

8. These jeans don’t need an explanation, but they need an exclamation point!

9. I love this lightweight black tunic – a great length and weight

 

VALENTINE’S DAY OUTFIT INSPIRATION

On Valentine’s Day we are not only looking forward to an evening with our husbands, but it’s a day full of school parties and events with the kids. It’s a good excuse to find something new to wear. We’ve picked a few different Valentine’s Day outfit inspirations for you to shop. We hope you find something you love. xoxo

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This is the perfect day dress, comfortable, with a little pop of red: Homestead Shirtdress.

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We love this classic black and white striped dress, great for Valentine’s Day or any day: Pieced Stripe Dress

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The LBD. You can’t go wrong with a black dress for evening: Keket Tunic Dress

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This dress will definitely get his attention, in the perfect shade of red: Jersey Turtleneck Sheath

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The lace in this dress is so pretty.  You can wear it for many events:  Mona Dress

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Swing dresses are huge for Spring. This is a fun choice: Spacedye Laced Swing Dress

DUCHESS AND LION + PHOTO SHOOT

Okay so first off…I had the amazing privilege of being asked to  coordinate and style this awesome photo shoot with Duchess and Lion! Putting together the outfits and styling their hair is one of my favorite jobs in the business.

So today my very dear friend Stacie Lucas, of Duchess and Lion (a hip on trend kids clothing line), joining me today.  This lady is just simply amazing and as kind as they come!!  Stacie and I have been friends for over a year now, and I feel like we have known each other forever.  She’s just that kinda person + we know you are going to fall in love with this creative + inspiring women as much as we have!!  Enjoy.

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Hi Friends.  What an honor it is to meet you over in this space today.  When I started Duchess and Lion, LLC in 2013, I could have never imagined it where it is today, and that is because of you.  People who are committed to supporting small businesses.  Businesses that operate completely stateside, completely ethical, and with such a passion and joy that we hope it is reflected in our designs.  So before I go any further – THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

We are so excited to bring you our Spring line officially launching on Tuesday, February 17th (however, you might want to sign up for our newsletter here, as we often offer early access and great deals to our mailing list).  We as a company, and specifically me as a designer, have poured our heart and soul into our S/S ’15 collection.  It was inspired by everything I remember about my childhood summers—beach days, camping trips, and creating masterpieces as a little artist, and I hope it will inspire you to go out a create some of those memories with your own kids.

In my eyes, Duchess and Lion is way more than being the latest fashion trend.  This is my art.  Nothing thrills me more than seeing pieces for 3-4 seasons ago still being worn and loved on.  Or when you email me telling me it is wrapped in tissue + stored for your babies/baby.  That is what I dream of during my late night work.  I also dream of providing more and more amazing woman in my community with the opportunity to work from home with flexible schedules (that they set) in order to see these collections come to life.  This season we expanded our contractors (all woman, lots of moms, some grandmas, and many very talented crafts(wo)men) to 16 contractors!  To help provide jobs in our local community, to interact with these woman on a daily basis, and to build great friendships with each one, has all perhaps been the highlight of having our own production team that keeps our work out of factories.  Each piece has a story to me (and hopefully that story will be evident to you).

-How do you balance life and running your business?  Keeping a schedule.  I try to keeep my work days kid free, not cluttered with errands or other things/distractions…Basically trying to respect my work time.  I also don’t take texts or calls from friends.  Work time is work time.  I do take 2 days off a week, and do the same thing for the kids.  Respect that time that is theirs.  I can be fully engaged and not take on any work task (unless at nap time).  But my time with them sweet and work does not interfere.

-What inspires you creatively? Not Pinterest.  Haha just kidding.  I pick up inspiration everywhere.  I like to watch the street fashion.  I like to watch womens’ fashion and then modify to fit kids fashion. (I Kailee can vouch for this…Stacie can pick inspiration anywhere she is.  It seriously amazes me!!)

-Any tips for other ladies who are looking to turn their passion into a business? As much as you can be willing to step out of the box.  Let  your business grow organically and don’t try and push anything.  Give yourself some grace time.  You can’t just sit but have patients to grow organically.  Start with what you know and as you grow you can always expand.

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-Also, what are your 5 must haves: I am a jeans and a white tee girl and these are my go to, day in and day out!

1 – Definatly a must is my Rag and bone Skinny- Rock w/hole in Black

2/4/6 – I can’t live without my coffee and my favorite thing to brew it on is my Mette Duebahl Push Coffee maker and to drink it out of it my Tall tumbler in Onyx from Health Ceramics or my Mason Bar Tumbler for my iced- coffee to go.  Oh and if you haven’t had Blue Bottle Coffer A.) you aren’t local to Oakland or you live with your head in the clouds. B.) you need to get on bluebottle.com and order yourself some.  Thank me later…or send me a package while you are at it.

3 – I like simple, minimalistic jewelry.  My latest crush is my La Terre Gold necklace from Junlia Zendrei.  Such timeless pieces, great prices, and independent designer.

5 – I did just mention I am a white tee girl right.  This one is my latest obsession: The Tensel Longsleeve in natural from Vege Threads.

6 – Lastly, and most importantly is my kids.  You can’t buy them but you can find me over-gramming their mugs on Instagram.

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NOW ENJOY THE FIRST SNEAK PEEK OF THE DUCHESS + LION S/S15!!

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VALENTINE’S GIFTS FOR THE MEN

What better time than Valentine’s Day to show your guy how much you care. Sometimes it’s hard to think of the perfect gift, especially with only 9 days left. Today we are making it simple for you. Pick from 10 great gifts in three categories. Check out our Valentine’s gifts for your man below.
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SOMETHING TO WEAR

1. This scent is amazing and is as much for you as it is for him.
2. A timeless shirt for dress or casual wear.
3. Every guy needs a new tie. This one is great for Spring
4. The perfect shoe to relax in and watch a game.

COOL GADGETS

5. He can play his tunes anywhere with this BOSE bluetooth speaker.
6. Stay connected with this portable phone charger.
7. Purchases from this sleek digital watch provide treatments for cancer patients.

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8. Great for gym to office: this duffel has a special shoe compartment.
9. Give him a new wallet for his back pocket with a love note.
10. Keep all his travel essentials in one place with this nylon case.

PUJ : THE PHILLUP CUP

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Simplifying parenthood…isn’t this what we all want, and stay awake at night thinking how we can accomplish this?!  Well Puj has done it again with their new Puj PhillUp Cups!  These fabulous little cups are a huge favorite at our house.  My kids are constantly wanting to fill up their own cups (and get this…) with water!!

Yes, I know crazy, but it is true.  Please tell me that I am not the only one that has little people who would rather have juice or chocolate milk?  Since having the Puj PhillUp Cups on my fridge my kids have been drawn to more water + I absolutely love the fact that I have way less dirty dishes at the end of the day.  It has made my life so much easier + simple.  The cups hang from adhesive hooks on the fridge + it makes it easy for my little people to grab when they are ready to get a drink and hang back up all by themselves when they are done.  Genius!  Plus…we have found many other uses for the PhillUp besides the kitchen.  We have one hanging in the tub to help wash off bubbles + one on the bathroom mirror for rinsing when brushing teeth, and another one to hold Q-tips.

We have always been huge fans/users of Puj products and we are so excited that these PhillUp cups are still available for pre-sale till February 15th on Kickstarter!  Trust me…you need/want these little cups in your life!

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**UPDATE** it was so fun to see these pictures used later in PUJ’s emails and advertising!!

xoxo

kailee

VALENTINE’S GIFTS SHE’LL LOVE

Valentines…Where do I begin?  Some people love it and some people…well not so much.  Over here we are pretty big fans.  I feel like it’s a pick me up holiday.  You know, after Christmas and if you live somewhere where there is still snow on the ground; I feel like this little holiday is just fun and simple.  We always love to get our kids  a little something to brighten their day.  Here are a few items I have been looking at for my girls.  Of course my oldest loves to dress up in either pink or something sparkly on Valentine’s Day + this time of year there is plenty to choose from.  Haha.  Enjoy, and we hope this might give you a few ideas for your little girls.

 

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NENA & CO.

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It was so fun to meet Ali, owner of Nena & Co back in December and have loved her company from the start! Her bags and products are designed and created by the women of Guatemala. Maya families have transformed their traditional huipils (shirts) and cortes to be the decorative exterior of their bags laced with hand cut leather to make them more durable for your everyday use. The intricate and colorful designs are absolutely beautiful! Ali is Guatemalan herself and I loved learning all about her history and purpose on her website (read HERE).

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We love supporting brands with a philanthropic purpose. From totes, to camera straps, to backpacks, boots and everyday bags, Nena & Co offers one-of-a-kind items that we adore. I have loved using my Day Bag II (shown above) as my everyday diaper bag as I tote all sorts of “treasures” around for my kiddos. I love how multi-purpose they are. Everyone needs one of these!

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BOYS SNOW STYLE

There couldn’t be a better time to stock up on some great winter accessories + coats + gloves + scarfs for you and your little people.  There is always so many great sales going on right now on winter items + today we are showing you a few of our favorite snow looks for boys! We are loving bright colors + mixed patterns like stripes and polka dots!  Check out our favorite snow looks for girls here!

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