Friday, July 1, 2011

Fashionable Friday Featuring Züpers


I was specifically looking for zebra leggings when I came across Züpers. They are amazing in many ways.
If you remember your mom(or whoever sewed in your family) sewing old sock patches on the knees of your leggings, you will understand. They are stretchy spandex so skirts and dresses won't climb up them, they have heart shaped knee pads sewn inside that are removable, and my favorite little detail is a secret pocket near the bottom of one leg to put little pebbles in or perhaps a lucky coin or small toy horse.

Breyer's "Mini Whinnies" are barely 2 inches tall.

Many colors and patterns of leggings are available, from the zebra striped one shown to the basic blacks and pinks. Also available are under-the-skirt shorts which will make those tight-roping-over-the-playground moments a fashion statement, not an embarrassment!

The shoes in the picture are the new slip-on Bear*Lerinas in metallic pink with black trim. They have a suede leather sole that is so flexible you can roll the shoe up like sushi.




Friday, June 24, 2011

Fashionable Friday Featuring MoLi & Mini Rodini

Vili's wearing a shirt by MoLi, skirt by Mini Rodini and silver Bear Feet tie sandals

MoLi is an adorable line of shirts and accessories made in Austin. Most designs are for women but I scored this "I Believe" shirt after meeting the designers at a trade-show in Dallas. Whether you want to take it as a nod to fairy-tales or that 3 year old sentiment of "I believe I know what's best, actually!" is up to you!
I always find burn-out fabric interesting and airy, especially as roomy t-shirts. Burn-out is woven cotton & polyester, splashed with a fiber-etching solution. The cotton dissolves in splotches leaving the polyester in-tact albeit very thin and see-through, and any spots that didn't get wet stay solid.
I love it when designers go one step above screen-printing a design on front. This shirt also has some little butterflies on the back shoulder. That little detail really makes all the difference.


Mini Rodini
makes some really sweet designs. I mean sweet like awesome, not cutesy. The red paint-splattered bubble skirt is fun. I don't have to worry about adding to that canvas though let's hope Vili doesn't get any ideas on how to decorate her other clothes.
This Godzilla dress is amazing. I am thinking about getting a size 146 and wearing it as a shirt :)
And then they have a robot dress....awesome. Many of the clothes are made with organic cotton. I got the skirt at Little Lunalu which not only was named "Best of the Web" in 2010 by InStyle Magazine, they donate %5 to the Lunalu foundation to provide charitable support for children around the globe.You'll notice that the places I shop and the brands I buy are often from people I know and build relationships with. Bear Feet is the same with its customers. Since we don't go through a rep at shows, buyers meet with people from the company directly. All emails are answered in our factory and many I personally answer or approve the staff's response. If you ever have any comments or feedback, I would much appreciate it!
Email: amanda@bearfeet.com

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Renegade Craft Fair : Austin





The 2nd annual Renegade Craft Fair in Austin was a super kid-friendly event. My older (ok not that old, she's 4!) robot & cupcake obsessed daughter swooned over this Cupcake Monster pillow.
by Philidelphia based Cutesy but not Cutesy she picked one with orangey fluff and has been squeezing it around ever since.


Also, even though my daughters aren't yet of the wiggly-tooth age, I couldn't resist this adorable and intricate "Tooth Fairy Kit" by Sugarland TX's Paper+Twine
complete with fairy dust, a chart to keep track of the date and tooth that was lost, plus "business cards" for the "Toothfairy" to leave under the pillow! I am going to hide it in my closet for another few years where I'm sure the beautiful acid-free paper will hold up flawlessly.

It was a beautiful weekend and we all had a great time looking at the clever and creative handmade items for sale.

If there is a Renegade Craft fair in your city, you should go!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Fashionable Friday: Featuring Sailor Rose


Sailor Rose is a line of handmade in USA dresses in stunning fabrics. Not stunning like decorated in gold or anything gaudy, just very fine quality, breezy cotton wovens & knits in beautiful patterns like feathers, flowers, and my favorite, airplanes! The dresses evoke the currently very popular "Americana" style, and are made to last through several generations. Just like Bear Feet, they get character after being worn and improve with age.

Usually airplanes are on boy's clothes but these little airplanes are so sweet and dainty, they match the dress perfectly. Sailor Rose also makes headbands and women's tops, the perfect breezy summer top that I think I will have to order in the airplane print.

Notice the shoes too! We occasionally get requested to make a velcro shoes but just are not interested. Children as young as 2 (like the girl in the photo) love to buckle and tie. It provides great coordination practice. She is busy tying some silver tie sandals while wearing the flower power tie booties, which both come in sizes 5-16 and cost about $50.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Fashionable Friday Featuring LamanBlu





Laman Blu is an extremely high-quality line of designer clothing made in LA. Designer Holli Gibson has extensive industry credits, including designing women's wear for Nordstroms & Neiman Marcus.
We hear "high quality" thrown around all the time and most people just equate it with a high price tag. People who make products for a living and see the whole process know exactly what it means to forgo shortcuts in order to make a better product.
The fabric in these clothes is just beautiful. It is strong and dense, the dye is all the way through. The peacocks are embroidered richly with many colors. The gold edge trim is perfectly applied and on the inside, everything is finished with facings and re-reinforced stitching; these clothes are made to last through generations. I had seen the clothing in photos many times before but to feel the fabric in person and see the small detail is different!
I was a little worried at first about how to wash such beautiful delicate-seeming clothes but it turns out everything is machine washable and dryable.
This style is a little low-key and girly for my daughter's super funky style, but when she saw the unusual peacocks and shiny gold trim she happily donned the outfit asking if she could "wear it all day!"
The shoes are part of the new tie-on collection from Bear Feet. At $48 these tie-on boots are super affordable and available in sizes 5-16 in every imaginable color.
They're completely unisex, too. The Chestnut brown is a classic look or perhaps metallic silver for little Mr. Trendsetter.

Milena has purple boots in the first outfit and light pink with the peacock outfit.

Fashionable Friday Featuring LamanBlu


LamanBlu is an extremely high-quality line of designer clothing made in LA. Designer Holli Gibson has extensive industry credits, including designing women's wear for Nordstroms & Neiman Marcus.


We hear "high quality" thrown around all the time and most people just equate it with a high price tag. People who make products for a living and see the whole process know exactly what it means to forgo shortcuts in order to give better quality.
The fabric in these clothes is just beautiful. It is strong and dense, the dye is all the way through. The peacocks are embroidered richly with many colors. The gold edge trim is perfectly applied and on the inside, everything is finished with facings and re-reinforced stitching; these clothes are made to last through generations. I had seen the clothing in photos many times before but to feel the fabric in person and see the small detail is different!
I was a little worried at first about how to wash such beautiful delicate-seeming clothes but it turns out everything is machine washable and dryable.
This style is a little low-key and girly for my daughter's super funky style, but when she saw the unusual peacocks and shiny gold trim she happily donned the outfit asking if she could "wear it all day!"

The shoes are part of the new tie-on collection from Bear Feet. At $48 these tie-on boots are super affordable and available in sizes 5-16 in every imaginable color.
They're completely unisex, too. The Chestnut brown is a classic look or perhaps metallic silver for little Mr. Trendsetter.
purple tie boots

light pink tie boots

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

New Lunch Discovery

If there's one silly thing kids do, it's eat food that's shaped like something. A normal sandwich shape just won't cut it.

I was at a local hardware/homeware shop the other day and found this spectacular gem. You can find this Dyno-Bytes sandwich cutter (harhar) for about $5 online or $3 at Breed's in Austin.
Your kid will now eat any sandwich you make for lunch.



...And it cuts the crust off. Which is my "breakfast" as we're all rushing to get out the door!

On another note, it makes me a bit sad that Austin isn't much included in kid-friendly fashion blogs, so I will begin to make this more Austin-y, especially helping promote Austin kid's wear designers, shops, kid-friendly restaurants, parks, and events!

If you're not in Austin, I hope you'll come for a visit someday. Today was a beautiful 74 degrees.

Happy March, everyone!