You Are My Sunshine…

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My only sunshine, You make me happy, When skies are gray….

This year’s photoshoot was set at an unbelievable sunflower farm 45 minutes outside the city. When I saw it, I fell in love instantly as it evoked memories of my own childhood; planting my very own sunflower seeds and watching the stalk grow higher and higher, into the sky, until finally, in early fall, blooming into a beautiful beaming sun.

With sprawling fields where the kids could run forever, stalks so high they seemed to swallow us whole, and the sky so vast we became its favorite Lilliputians. It was the perfect back drop for two little munchkins to create a world all of their own, to hide amongst the flowers and never know, dear, how much we love them and will never take their sunshine away…sunflowerFINAL13sunflowerFINAL15sunflowerFINAL12sunflowerFINAL8sunflowerFINAL10sunflowerFINAL9sunflowerFINAL11sunflowerFINAL14sunflowerFINAL4sunflowerFINAL5sunflowerFINAL2sunflowerFINAL1

 

All of the photographs were taken by our wonderful and talented photographer, Lilia Volodina – http://www.flyingumbrellaphoto.wordpress.com

My makeup and hair by Danielle Noel – instagram: @miss.tress_danielle

 

 

 

 

Animal Instincts

Two weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend an event hosted by Saks Fifth Avenue for their popular perfume line Kilian. Mr. Kilian Hennessy himself was in attendance along with an uber chic crowd that was there to smell themselves up with his enticing scents and also to raise money and support for the MSPCA. The MSPCA is an organization that protects animals from abuse, fosters community awareness of animal cruelty, provides healthcare for the sick and also offers pet adoption.

Among the guests were two women that are not only ridiculously glamorous and fun but also very outspoken about their involvement with the welfare of animals. Erica Corsano spends countless hours raising money to help the MSPCA and also chairs their annual Spring Gala. And Amber D’Amelio is an avid animal rights activist. I chatted with Amber for a bit about  her true passion for animals and the message she’s spreading. As a true fashionista (you should have seen her most-coveted Chanel No. 5 bottle clutch) it’s hard to imagine being so involved with a cause that deeply frowns upon fur and leather, two things that seem to be a staple in the fashion world.

This got me thinking about the love affair that not only we have with animal inspiration but our children as well. How can we create a generation of kids that can appreciate the beauty of animals but not abuse and take advantage of their integrity? I thought perhaps by taking the idea of what animals stand for, their fun colors and abstract prints and incorporating that idea into their dress, we can encourage a different type of appreciation in fashion. I’ve searched Safaris and zoos high and low and compiled a fun array of animal inspired duds that any kid would go bananas for….

Click here for more information about supporting the MSPCA or for information on adopting a pet.

 

Mini Rodini Cheetah shirt

Mini Rodini Cheetah shirt

 

Desigual lion shirt

Desigual Lion shirt

 

Mini Rodini Elephant shorts

Mini Rodini Elephant shorts

 

Mini Rodini Elephant sweatshirt

Mini Rodini Elephant sweatshirt

 

Mini Rodini Elephant playsuit

Mini Rodini Elephant playsuit

 

Finger in the Nose Cheetah t-shirt

Finger in the Nose Cheetah t-shirt

 

Mini Rodini Giraffe onesie

Mini Rodini Giraffe onesie

 

Mini Rodini Giraffe dress

Mini Rodini Giraffe dress

 

H&M animal print pants

H&M animal print pants

 

H&M animal print pants

H&M animal print pants

 

H&M animal print dress

H&M animal print dress

 

H&M Tiger sweatshirt

H&M Tiger sweatshirt

 

J.Crew Elephant t-shirt

J.Crew Elephant t-shirt

 

J.Crew Tiger swimsuit

J.Crew Tiger swimsuit

 

J.Crew Parrot swimsuit

J.Crew Parrot swimsuit

 

Kenzo Tiger t-shirt

Kenzo Tiger t-shirt

 

 

Little Marc Jacobs Giraffe dress

Little Marc Jacobs Giraffe dress

 

Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli

 

Venera Arapu animal print skirt

Venera Arapu animal print skirt

 

~ta-ta from googoogabgab…

Ted Baker Kids

Just when I thought my love affair with JC Penney couldn’t get any stronger (don’t worry, my husband knows all about it), I recently discovered that it also carries a kids Ted Baker line, Baker by Ted Baker. This British brand has been around for years, and my husband and I shop their collections, but lo and behold, something for my kiddos too? Here are a few pieces that I’m coveting for fall, but just to let you know, the material and quality looks a whole lot better in person.  I would definitely go check it out!

For the BOYS: 

Wool Blazer

Wool Blazer

Ted Baker

Ted Baker

Ted Baker

Ted Baker

Ted Baker

Ted Baker

Ted Baker

Ted Baker

For the GIRLS:

Silk Blouse

Silk Blouse

Ted Baker

Faux Fur Cape...I can't even...

Faux Fur Cape…I can’t even…

Bubble Skirt

Bubble Skirt

This dress is absolute perfection in real life...

This dress is absolute perfection in real life…

Silky Dress with amazing detail at hem

Silky Dress with amazing detail at hem

Silky Blouse

Silky Blouse

Black peplum top with sequins

Black peplum top with sequins

Joe Joe Fresh…

I’ve been in love with the Joe Fresh brand for a few years now, a Canadian brand that has overtaken its southern fashionable neighbor. The only store I knew about was smack dab in the middle of 5th Avenue amongst the Cartiers and Van Cleefs, but this Gentle (on-the-wallet) Giant was always so welcoming. The styles, impeccable. The prices, unforgettable. It was love at first sight aaaand we’ve been lovers ever since… Until of course, I found out they buddied up with JC Penney to bring their pop up stores to the masses, and, sold kid’s clothing… Now I believe it’s a love affair to last a lifetime.

After scouring JC Penney for the cutest duds for my boys, I thought I’d share my faves… even something for the girlies.

For the gals…

Joe Fresh

Cords

Cords

Little White Tee

Little White Tee

Deer print dress

Deer print dress

Studded sweatshirt

Studded sweatshirt

Denim dress

Denim dress

Coated skirt

Coated skirt

Sparkly dress

Sparkly dress

Faux fur vest

Faux fur vest

Joe Fresh

Joe Fresh

Joe Fresh

Leather jacket

Leather jacket

Joe Fresh

Joe Fresh

For the boys…

Skull sweater

Skull sweater

Joe Fresh

Joe Fresh

Joe Fresh

Flannel shirt

Flannel shirt

Joe Fresh

Joe Fresh

Joe Fresh

Joe Fresh

Joe Fresh

Skull print shirt

Skull print shirt

Camo jeans

Camo jeans

Joe Fresh

Joe Fresh

Joe Fresh

Joe Fresh

Joe Fresh