May 19, 2012

Kids Summer Fashion

3TV Your Life A to Z Fashion Segment
Comfort :: Layering for air conditioning & cooler climates :: Unique Looks :: Supporting Local Boutiques & Etsy shops

I had the wonderful opportunity of going back to Channel 3's Your Life A to Z for another fashion segment. This time, the segment was all about kids fashion for summer. I wanted to show layering for those freezing air conditioned buildings or travel to cooler climates as well as feature amazing fashion finds from local boutiques. I love supporting local designers & small business owners. In styling adults, children & families for professional photo sessions, I like to put looks together from several stores. Of course, it's easier to walk into a store, look at the mannequin & say, "I'll take that whole look!" But, sometimes it's fun to play with fashion & pair clothing from different stores, for a more unique look.  Try pairing unexpected patterns & colors & layer clothing. Have FUN with fashion! Are you afraid or not sure how to play with fashion? Don't have the time?
That's where my services come in handy!

Here are my STYLISH models from the segment that aired Tuesday!
LOOK 1 & 2
Miss A: Tops: Peek... Aren't You Curious?, Skirt: Peek... Aren't You Curious?, Jean Jacket: Target, Sandals: Target, Bracelets: Dillards, Headband: Moonbeams
Mr. M: Graphic Tee: Peek... Aren't You Curious?, Polo: Target, Shorts: Target, Button Down: Target, Shoes: Converse @, Hat: Knuckleheads @ Urban Kidz

I highly recommend the children's boutique, Peek! They have fun, unique, quality clothing for boys & girls, as well as a wonderful selection of shoes & even books! They JUST received a new shipment of summer clothing, so stop on by to check out the darling new looks! Tell them you saw the 3TV segment or read about them on my blog! Oh btw... they have clothing at Nordstrom's too!

For Miss A, I layered the tops by using the pop of pink tank under the tee and paired the outfit with sandals, with more pink pop, wooden bangles & a jean jacket. A jean jacket is a great staple to have in any girl's closet as it can really be worn all year long. To finish the look I had Abby wear a beaded sunflower headband to bring in more golden yellow of the fun boho skirt. I think this color palette totally compliment her gorgeous brown hair & big brown eyes!

I put Max in one of the Olympic inspired tee's from Peek. It's such a fun line as they have numerous countries represented with cute graphics on the front & back of the tee's. I LOVE the green & blue combo... it's cool & cheery (plus they bring out Max's to die for blue eyes!) Max is in the Australia swim tee and I paired it with an aqua polo & aqua shorts,  a lightweight gingham button down, some aviator sunglasses & a fedora hat. He also wore white converse, my favorite on little guys!  This look is easy for summer & the layering gives you lots of options for changing the look a bit. Take the tee off & he has an aqua monochromatic look that's so on trend this season!



LOOKS 3 & 4

Dress: H&M, Shirt: Gap, Jelly Belt & Shoes: Gap
Dress: B. Belle Couture @ Moonbeams, Sandals: Target, Jean Jacket: Gap, Dragonfly Hair Clip: Frances

Here are two sweeties in cool, yummy colors for summer! Again, layering is key for weather changes & a unique look. I enjoy browsing the racks at H&M, but I admit it can be a bit overwhelming with the amount of inventory they usually have on the floor. That being said... there's something for everyone & at such reasonable prices! Sometimes I'll look on line first to get a feel for what I want to look for when I go to the actual store.

The pink jumper on little G is perfect for summer. I layered a long sleeve mint (OBSESSED with this color!) shirt but could also see a patterned tank under it as well. I left it unbuttoned to show off the glitz of sequins.  I added a jelly belt & sandals that coordinate perfectly! Below you'll see this ensemble could also be paired with cute sunnies & a scarf for hair or to tie around a little handbag.

Miss Maddy is camera ready in her Tory Dress by B.Belle Couture, sold at Moonbeams and several other boutiques around the valley, as well as on Etsy. Can I get this in my size?! Seriously, the quality of this dress is stellar... the fabric & craftsmanship is top notch! The shop owner, Alexis is so sweet and great to work with. You'll have to check out her other goodies here, on Etsy. I paired the aqua dress with metallic shoes & a white jean jacket. Both are fabulous staples for summer as coordinate with pretty much anything! I added a little dragonfly bobby pin in her darling flipped hair & she's ready for a party, beach photos, or a lunch date with dad!



Cardigan: Fore!! Axel & Hudson @ Little Boy Chic, Plaid Shirt: One90One @Urban Kidz, Tee: J Crew, Shorts: JCrew, Hat: JCrew 

Here I featured one of my absolute FAVORITE boys lines of clothing, Fore!! Axel & Hudson. It's a golf inspired line sold in boutiques and online. Moonbeams at Gainey Village Shops carries some of their clothing & hats. From the polos, to the cardigans, shorts to the fedoras, it's all so unique and very quality. Often times you'll see children of stars wearing this line! Really though, the price point is right in line with JCrew's crewcuts, Janie & Jack & the like. I also have to plug a wonderful boutique, Urban Kidz! Shop owner, Lila, is awesome! She has a variety of girls & boys clothing & accessories in her shop, also at Gainey Village Shops. I've always adored their swim gear for boys as well as their selection of hats. You'll have to pop in soon to see what she has on the racks for summer.

I styled Carter in a simple white tee & khaki cargo's from JCrew (more great summer staples). This way we could have fun with pattern & layering! He's wearing a "One 90 One" button down as well as a Fore!! Axel & Hudson cardigan. Do you like the 4th of July color theme here?! This look would also be rockin' with the tee & sweater or loose the cardigan if the weather's too warm. Pair the tops with linen pants & button the shirt & sweater to kick it up a notch. 
Also, a fabulous ensemble for summer beach photos!

Thank you again to my stylish models & their parents for helping make this segment happen!
Again, if you need help styling your family for professional portraits, let me know! I have limited availability this summer and fall, so please contact me to get on the calendar as soon as you book your portrait session. Thanks!
Fashionably Yours,

May 7, 2012

Plethora of Peplum

Trend Alert!
pep.lum [pep-luhm]: a short full flounce or an extension of a garment below the waist, covering the hips. A short skirt attached to a bodice or jacket.

There's certainly a plethora of peplum out there in tops, skirts & dresses, from loose frill to full layers of ruffles, this 80's trend is back!
Peplum is flattering on many body types whether you're a size 2 or 22! It's yet another lady-like,
sexy trend we are seeing in stores & boutiques this season.
You can dress it up or dress it down & transition from day to night very easily.

See the many styles from Zara below... all so reasonably priced!
Visit my polyvore site (here) for more info on the clothing below.

 2012 Met Gala Red Carpet
Solange Knowles & Rachel Roy, in Rachel Roy
LOVE the bright yellow Pep on her gorgeous dark skin!

Celebs wear it well... thanks, "The Iconic Concierge."

This is how I wore my peplum at an annual Kentucky Derby party. (terrible Instagram photo quality)

I'm not too keen on how the model was styled... I went for a more sophisticated look!


My favorite runway pep... lady-like fashion at it's best!
Jason Wu

Fashionably Yours,