Tot Fashion: Time for a Spring Wardrobe Refresh...

It happens very suddenly. Dresses are too short, leggings are worn down, shoes suddenly refuse to slip on. One day you wake up and both children have outgrown and outworn seemingly everything in their closets. Thankfully I developed a bulletproof solution a few years ago to remedy this sartorial conundrum. Hop online and order a set of pretty mix & match outfits. Wait three days... voila! They magically appear at your door.

The current collection is inspired by Italy, with patters in the spirit of Missoni, Giacomo Bella and other notable Italian creatives. The overall vibe is feminine, playful and modern. We love the pretty colors and easy mix & match possibilities. Three dresses and three sets of leggings turn into a quick capsule wardrobe full of fresh possibilities. 

The key? Wait for a huge sale. Tea Collection is offering up to 25% off right now. Use code AMORE at checkout to save. Easy if you're doubling up and shopping for two. Here's what we selected this time to cure the fashion ills my beautiful girls have been suffering from and carry us through the spring & early summer seasons...

SPRING WARDROBE REFRESH

Tot Fashion: Dreaming & Dancing in Tutu du Monde...

{images via Tutu du Monde}

One thing I've grown to love is watching my daughters dress themselves in ridiculously pretty dresses. These are not playground dresses, mind you, but spectacular sequined and tulle creations designed with dress-up in mind. Through trial and error we've grown to love a few specific brands for their successful combination durability, comfort and gorgeousness. Dolly is one brand we absolutely love, another is Tutu du Monde (shown above). 

What is interesting is to see how children are genuinely different from birth. My oldest is just as likely to have her hands in the dirt as she is to be decked out in leopard dresses and sparkly shoes. But my youngest? A girly diva from birth. This little one has been puttin on costume jewelry since she could crawl and never met a fancy dress she didn't want to wear all day long. 

While you may be used to the style of costumes found at Target & the Disney store, let me share with you the difference with these two brands. There are no scratchy seams, no itchy tulle and no rough fabrics touching the body. Both of my children are extremely sensitive to discomfort from seams and other seemingly invisible itch-inducers found in most dresses. The care and craftsmanship of the Tutu & Dolly dresses are beyond words. Luxurious layers of tulle, hand-sewn embellishments and exceptional materials are what you will find. 

Let's talk durability. Time and time again we've fallen for those "good deals" via the discount costume dress sites online. They never fail to disappoint in terms of feel (cheap) and value. A single wear results in torn hems, ripped seams and a general feeling of disappointment. 

My girls dress up so much (it's a daily occurrence) that I don't mind focusing on the higher quality items and owning fewer of them. Since J. Crew sells a handful of this brand I can always keep my eyes open for a sale and pounce when our size/color/selection combo is available. 

If you're looking for dresses that evoke the feelings of magical fairytale moments with the sun hitting her hair, a sparkly tiara on her head and a huge smile on her face... this is your brand. 

TUTU DU MONDE FAVORITES


Samantha's Picks: What She Scored at Tea Collection's Massive Summer Sale...

We did it. We snagged our top choices and in preferred sizes during Tea Collection's seriously discounted summer sale. If you've ever shopped for not one but two children and needed to find clothing for both (four years apart in age) you'll know this was definitely a fist bump from the good Lord above. Right?

My oldest has quite a strong sense of personal style (not surprisingly) and has a very clear vision of how she wants to present herself. She quickly sussed out her Tea favorites and nudged me towards pieces I didn't notice. We're featuring the final selections here and giving a bit of insight into what we both love about our seriously discounted haul. 

What she loves about the brand: Pretty designs in comfortable fabrics. End of story. Samantha shares that she feels girly in her Tea dresses & leggings but can still have fun at the park. 

What I love about the brand: high quality construction, terrific fabrics, durable pieces, mix and match opportunities and perfect price points. Did I mention I can order online and it arrives quickly via free shipping? Hallelujah. 

So what did we buy? Some very cute summer outfits for both girls that are easy to mix and match. This flexibility means our outfits are multiplied because we can get creative with our pairings. Striped leggings are a mainstay for us, especially with a swingy floral print dress. We also snagged a few leggings with gold accents to liven up the mix. Seems gold is appealing to girls of all ages. 

We also invested in a perfect cream cardigan because it was significantly marked down it is always smart use of resources to add classics to the closet. Cool fall nights will arrive before you know it and pieces like this last for many years. On that note: Tea does a lovely job of slowly transitioning colors from season to season, meaning these summer coordinates will blend well with the upcoming fall collection pieces and those fall looks will ease us into the spring 2016 colorway. I've always appreciated this "build as you go" approach to children's clothing. Tea wins major points for me here. 

No coupon code is needed to shop the sale, but I suggest you make selections before your sizes vanish - never to be seen again. Also note: we just discovered Salt Water shoes and have fallen in love with these sandals for my littlest. Made from waterproof leather that gets better when it gets wet? I and my puddle jumping toddler will take them. Tea has Salt Water, and you can also also find them at Nordstrom. Happy hunting!  

SHOP OUR TEA SALE FAVORITES


A bit of backstory: I discovered Tea Collection when my oldest (now 7) was about 18 months old. At the time it was very much a boutique brand and was difficult to find. Over the years their reach and customer base has grown. Each "collection" of fabrics is inspired by a different global location with silhouettes largely remaining the same and a few special occasion dresses mixed in.

The shapes evolve slightly over the years, but we always return for their easy swingy dresses and super soft leggings. While I do focus on the looks for girls, their quality is unrivaled when it comes to durable boy's clothing. Those twill shorts and cotton shirts feel as though they are made from military-grade fabrics. If long-term use is a goal (and for families with boys, a summer feels quite long) this brand is a winner. 

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Tot Fashion: Kate Mack's Playful Glamour for Little Girls...

{All photos in this post taken by & owned by yours truly, Franki Durbin}

{All photos in this post taken by & owned by yours truly, Franki Durbin}

Summer is here and now is the time for long days of endless activity. Since I'm in the company of my two minis-in-training, I can't help but see life through the lens of their young eyes. Both girls love dressing up, but a requirement for each of them is comfort. So when it's time to put on a pretty dress, good looks and thoughtful design details are important. Thankfully, we found our sartorial love match.

These pretty little frocks may be shimmery and sparkly, but Kate Mack/Biscotti knows looks shouldn't trump feeling fabulous. Those sequins you see are encased in a fluid veil of the dreamiest mesh making these glam little getups as comfy as a pair of jammies (not kidding). Whether we're headed to brunch or it's simply time for cupcakes, these two cuties can toss these on and go at a moment's notice and I know they'll be comfortable all day long. Can't ask for more than that, can you? I have yet to come across another brand that offers my girls this level of chic and still encourages movement. 

Beyond the beauty of the dresses themselves, it's the quality craftsmanship I appreciate as well as the age-appropriate designs. Big sister and little sister can often dress the same or merely have a similar look and still be fashionably on-point. This is especially nice for those siblings wishing to exert a little style independence. In terms of quality, I assure you these sequined numbers are marvelously made. My girls may look like delicate flowers but they play hard from dawn til dusk. They have the mosquito bites, skinned knees and bruises to show for it. And yet... these pretty dresses allow them to run, jump and play without restriction of movement or discomfort. That's quality. 

Now... I do believe I have some bubble makers to go catch. Enjoy your day! 

WHAT WE WORE

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Tot Fashion: Samantha's Spring Picks....

Samantha's style picks are always a hit. We thought we'd launch into spring and summer dressing with some of her favorite selections from J. Crew. But first... what does my precocious 7-year old pine for in an outfit? I'll allow her to elaborate... 

Q: Tell us about your style...
A: I'm kind of feminine and sporty at the same time. It's important to be girly and fun when you're a little girl. 

Q: On a typical day, what do you wear? 
A: Most days I wear leggings and a tunic or dress. I like the idea of having modesty and style at the same time. 

Q: Your sister is three. Do you two dress alike? 
A: Sometimes. We have some matching outfits, but not everything is alike. We love to match but some things don't come in mine or my sister's sizes. 

Q: What are your favorite brands?
A: Tea Collection, J. Crew, Kate Mack and Lilly Pulitzer for outfits. Most of these make it easy for my sister and I to find matchers. Sperry, Sam Edelman and Pediped for shoes. But winter is great when I can wear my Timberland boots!

Q: Let's talk hair. Headband, bow or ponytail for you? 
A: I like headbands the most because they are cute. They keep my hair back from my face. It's perfect for the playground. 

Q. Fashion icons: Which Disney princess do you think would have the best closet ever? 
A. I think Jasmine would have the best closet ever. Her dad was the Sultan and she sleeps in a red velvet bed. You know her closet would be great! Her dresses are amazing and she would have lots of gold and glitter on everything. Jasmine!

Q: Why are you shopping J. Crew for spring and what are you loving?
A. I like how bright and happy their dresses are. They have lots of color and happy patterns. Color and style equal one thing: cuteness! Also, they have sizes my sister and I can both wear. 

With that... here are some of her favorite looks - all on sale presently for an extra 30% off with code TIMETOSHOP. 

Neon Floral Tank Dress // Mila Cap Toe Ballet Flats // Peony Headband

EVERYDAY FLAIR

This outfit scores high points for it's on point preppy matching. The shoes really seal the deal on selling us on the fashion value of color coordination. Love that the dress could be dressed down with flip flops or make an appearance in Sunday church. Toss on navy leggings and it takes the playground by storm. Love this look!  

Embroidered Butterfly Dress // Capri Leggings // Neon Citron Headband // Silver Gladiator Sandals

COLORFUL FUN

This is one of those fun looks with amazing details. Samantha loves the embroidered design on the dress and those unexpected pops of neon. Capri leggings make this dress more casual and practical. Add metallic sandals and a floral headband and you're set for the day. 

Sundress in Flipped Hearts // Capri Leggings in Gold Foil // Cyrpus Sandals // Glitter Sunnies

GOLDIE LOCKS

Gold, gold, gold! This look is fun and fab all in one. This featherlight dress with gold and neon hearts in a (somehow) subtle pattern pair with these fun metallic leggings. Why stop here? Rock shimmering shoes and a fancy headband just to show the world you got this. 

The takeaway? A mix of girly details and practical styling makes it easy to dress little girls in fashion they love to wear. You can have your glitter and wear it too if you just know how to mix it up.  Stay tuned for more of Samantha's chic picks. 

Tot Fashion: Lilly Pulitzer Masters Mini Me Chic...

While we may not have snagged any of her collection for Target, we can rest assured classic Lilly Pulitzer is still available. Some of you up north may not "get it", but here in the hotter climates we love bright sundresses. Girls of all ages (even grandmothers) are proud to rock an aqua floral frock.

But do you know what's even cuter? Seeing little girls in their Lilly. Seriously, seriously cute. These cheery dresses end up being our go-to looks for summer. Now that my "baby" is technically a young girl now at three, let the fashion fun begin. These two sisters can once again rock matching looks - and if so inclined, I can join in on the flamingo bedecked fun. 

Warning: The color shy need not apply, Lilly built her eponymous business on happy colors and playful prints. Giraffes, elephants, lions, palm trees, pineapples - you name it. All in the name of festive patterns and "out there" prints that somehow read preppy, pretty and perfect. What's not to love? Get your Lilly fix here and let the sun shine on you and your mini.

PRETTY PULITZER FAVORITES


Tot Fashion: Our Garden Party with Kate Mack...

{All photos above property of yours truly, Franki Durbin}

It's no secret I love dressing these two little girls. A four year gap in their ages lends them a distinctly big sister / little sister dynamic. It's much easier to get a toddler dressed (and keep her clothes on) if she's inspired to look like her cooler sister. Our saving grace is a handful of brands that they both enjoy equally and that allow matching or coordinating outfits. 

While many of their "playground" clothes are from J. Crew and Tea Collection, no outfits are favored more than their Kate Mack / Biscotti pieces. These are always the most feminine, the most fabulous and the most beautiful pieces in the closet. 

If some of these pictures look familiar, they are from last year's photo shoot with my little ones frolicking in their Garden Party dresses from Kate Mack's spring/summer collection. They've worn these little pink creations countless times since then. Easter, tea parties, princess dress-up moments and just having fun - these ruffly dresses will possibly make an appearance. My favorite part? While frilly in appearance, they don't cause itching or scratching. At all. Rarely are pretty dresses comfortable, but these chic mesh-fabricated dresses wear just as effortlessly as an "everyday" look.  

We are constantly on the lookout for new pieces to add. Since Kate's seasonal colors and styles overlap, it makes it easy to coordinate one season's pieces seamlessly with the next. My oldest only stops wearing her Kate Mack (or Biscotti as it's often known) pieces once she's' outgrown them - then my littlest inherits them. It's a fabulous system. 

If she's being candid, my oldest would probably share that she loves that the outfits coordinate but aren't perfectly identical. My budding fashionista loves being just a bit different from her little sister. Who can blame her? Fashion is all about personal expression and showcasing your uniqueness. 

Since they've worn them so many times, I thought it would be fun to share the various "lives" the dresses have lived. I can say without hesitation that my daughters have made amazing memories in these little dresses. As a mom who adores her children, I can't possibly ask for more than that. I'm always thrilled when something they own brings them - and me - this much joy. 

Side note: you can find these brands at Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus (typically in-store, not online) & Nordstrom. (Insider tip: past season treasures can also occasionally be found at 6pm.com.)You will want to look under Kate Mack and Biscotti brands. Kate Mack offers more bathing suits online but if you search far & wide (especially on the brand's flagship site) you'll find full outfits for little & big kid sizing. Biscotti leans more towards baby & toddler apparel.  

On durability: Don't be put off by the delicate appearance. We have been astounded at the quality and construction of every piece we've ever purchased. This entire brand gets high marks from me, a very difficult mommy to please in the fashion department. We have coats, bathing suits, tunics, leggings and dresses all from this company and my only complaint is that my local stores don't carry more of it. (Perhaps I should have realize that dream of having my own children's boutique!)

Happy weekend, everyone! 

FRESH KATE MACK & BISCOTTI LOOKS



Tot Fashion: Prep School Cool...

I definitely harbor a not so secret love of all things preppy. Il Gufo's fall collection is so prep school cool it almost hurts. Think: J. Crew's more sophisticated cousin visiting from Europe. Wool sweaters and corduroy trousers for boys. Tulle skirts and lace peplum tops for girls. Ahhh.... to be 6 years old!

In case you missed it, my girls modeled some of their dresses this summer. We shall perhaps do the same with some of these yummy fall pieces. For now, just enjoy all of these gorgeously dressed fresh faced children in the prettiest (and preppiest) clothes you've ever wished you could wear.  

Tot Fashion: Mini Marie

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We're big fans of playtime. Setting free your imagination is an important aspect of guiding young minds. Girl being girls, princess dress-up in a near daily occurrence in our home. No detail is let out. We bring out the tea set, the pretty dishes and don our tulle and jeweled finery. It's all in good fun, and these girls really, truly enjoy it.

DOLLY by Le Petit Tom is a brand we discovered last year. It features beautifully made dresses that will stand the test of time. No itchy, mass produced dresses here. They are wonderfully designed and made from amazingly stretchy fabrics that feel baby soft to the touch. My minis feel like Marie Antoinette in her height of popularity when they wear these lovely dresses. Royalty. Find this and other beautiful pieces at Le Petit Tom.

Tot Fashion: Tot Clothing Worthy of Royalty...

Between Ladies of London and birthday updates on the adorable Prince George, I'm somewhat smitten with British style. Their impeccable manners and adherence to time honored cultural rules have me loving all things English. I simply love the proper ways of our brothers and sisters across the pond. 

When it comes to your little man, dressing him like the heir to the throne is quite simple. Think: navy blazers, classic oxfords and classic apparel with prep school appeal. These pieces from AlexandAlexa will have him worthy of sipping tea with the Queen in no time. 

FASHION FOR THE LITTLE PRINCE

Sky Blue Button Up // Plaid Trousers // Plaid Velcro Trainers // Navy Double Breasted Jacket // Striped Cable Knit Sweater // Blue Monogram Oxford // Burberry Cuffed Jeans

Tot Fashion: Fitness Apparel for the Younger Set...

If there's one thing I've learned in the past 6 years it's this: there's an enormous surge of startup businesses and budding brands launched by moms who absolutely needed something that did not yet exist. When we discover our child has a pressing need or is in danger, we will do anything in our power to bring that creation into our lives. Often this means we have to create it ourselves.

Such is the story with Kickety Split. Faced with the report from medical professionals that her child had poor muscle tone, Kickety Split founder Tracey Johnston set about to get her 18-month old daughter moving. When shopping for fitness clothing for her little one she discovered what many of us realize when shopping for something specific: it doesn't really exist in the marketplace.

Thus, a new apparel line was launched that makes athletic clothing available to the younger set. Yoga pants, sweatshirts and coordinating tops set the foundation for wardrobe pieces ready for action. What I really like about Tracey's brand is that she's not solely focused on the problem, she's hoping to be a part of the solution. Childhood obesity is on the rise and much of childhood "play" takes place on mobile devices these days. It is her mission to help you get your little ones MOVING and encourage them to move their growing bodies and enjoy the freedoms and fun of childhood. After all, play is the work of children. 

As a business owner and mommy to young girls, I couldn't wait to as Tracey a few questions. read below as she shares some of her journey into product development and business launch with us: 

Is Kickety Split your first foray into the entrepreneurial world? 
Yes. It's exciting and scary because prior to this I always worked for big firms in the financial industry. I have no experience in fashion or running my own business but I feel so strongly about the importance of an active lifestyle for kids that I jumped in with both feet. 

How has your journey been as you've launched the brand? 
It has been equal parts terrifying and exciting and by far my biggest learning experience since becoming a new mom. I'm loving every minute. 

What is the best business advice you've heeded and adopted? 
Everything takes twice as long and costs twice as much as you budget. I'm adding a bit of humor here but it is very true. I've also learned that I have to be flexible in how I run the business because listening to our customers and providing what they are asking for is critical to our long-term success. We are always ready to change and adapt if it is what is best for our community of customers 

Any sage wisdom for fellow (or future) product developers? 
Bring your passion and your backbone and be ready to adapt and change because nothing goes quite like you envision it at the start. 

How has running a business impacted your family? Are your children aware of mommy's rock star status? 
It's actually a better quality of life then when I was working a more typical desk job. I have flexibility around when I do my work. I do a lot when my kiddos are at preschool and after the house gets quiet at night. 

I wish my kids thought I was a rock star! To them I'm just the lady who does silly dances during our family dance parties, encourages/sometimes bribes them to eat their fruits and vegetables and constantly reminds them to treat each other with respect. I'm not exactly sure what to call my status with them but I love my role in our family more than any other role I play in my life. 

How do you see Kickety Split growing in the future? 
We definitely want to add a boys line ASAP. We are in the process of creating designs as we speak. (We encourage and welcome any feedback from moms of boys during this process and always.) We also hope to add several more warm weather items and expand our size options for girls. 

Lastly, we are continuing to provide healthy activity ideas, healthy cooking recipes and child expert blog content to our website and social media platforms. We want to be more than just a clothing brand. We want to be a place where families can find information, ideas and products that support and encourage healthy, active kiddos.

For more on the brand, visit Kickety Split and dive into her About Us section where she shares more details of her journey into being a business owner.

Tot Fashion: Il Gufo...

When it comes to children's clothing I feel I've seen it all. With two little girls and dozens of stylish mommy girlfriends, the world of children's apparel is no mystery to me. Or so I thought. A few weeks back I was introduced to Il Gufo and my eyes were opened to the delightful possibilities for dressing my budding beauties.

Founded by Giovanna Miletti, an Italian mother of three with a passion for dressing her little ones in style, the luxury apparel line was born. I can tell you with great authority that these are by far the most well constructed pieces of children's fashion I've ever come across.

These beautiful dresses shown above on my daughters are impeccably sewn, fully lined and feature dressmaker details typically reserved for luxury adult apparel. But don't let the finely sewn seems fool you, their tagline says it all. Children dressed as children. These are age appropriate styles that parents will appreciate and kids will enjoy.

An additional bonus that I enjoyed is the ability to order the items in sizes to suit my girls of different ages. At age 2 and 6 they are very keen on dressing the same. This is a sweet spot in their life when being sisters is one of their greatest joys. Il Gufo's range of sizes allows siblings to coordinate in perfectly scaled individual pieces. My girls could not possibly have been happier with the dresses. I could tell they felt like princesses each time they wore the gowns. Clothes do indeed make a difference in our outlook on life. My oldest told me she could not wait to wear hers in Rome on our next trip. I love that!

Made from cotton & Elastan, these A-line taffeta gowns exude a fabulously elegant look perfect for summer weddings, photo sessions and Sunday church. Here in Dallas there are opportunities aplenty for dressing up. We'll be using these throughout the season for events and photo opps. 

I cannot express enough how impressed I am with not just the quality of the pieces, but the thoughtful design details and customer service. Each dress arrived on the hanger, carefully protected and ready to be worn. No pressing necessary. If you're familiar with shopping online for children's apparel you will no doubt agree that this is a rarity. 

Lest you think they only cater to those seeking picture-perfect dresses (which they excel at), Il Gufo offers everyday apparel for both boys and girls from ages 0 through 14. From polos and plaid shorts to beachwear, this is a small yet varied line that offers an outfit for every occasion. This is an amazing brand that has enlightened my viewpoint on the potential for dressing my girls. I look forward to sharing more of their incredible pieces with you dear readers.

Take a look at their site and explore for yourself. All items can be ordered online and shipped right to your door... no trip to Italy necessary. They even have a boutique in New York for those of you on the East Coast. Be sure to like them on facebook, as they do a fabulous job of dishing up style advice and sneak peeks of new introductions. I know you'll fall in love with Il Gufo just as I have done! 

Curious about the name Il Gufo? I was as well. It means "the owl" in Italian. Learn more about the brand and the origins of the name here.

Tot Fashion: Mini Modesty...

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As much as I love fashion for moi, dressing my minis is somehow even more satisfying. Imbuing these little beauties with sartorial sensibilities from a young age is a gift I am happy to give them. What lesson do we need to learn during the summer? Modesty. Enter: Milly Minis.

I'm not keen on bikinis for babies - and for my rapidly growing six year old keeping it fresh & preppy is the name of the game. No scandalous poolside attire necessary. Milly makes swimwear & coverups for toddlers & little girls that is every bit summer fun while still being beautifully age appropriate. Ruffles keep it sweet and generous cuts prevent suits from being skimpy. It's fabulous swim & beachwear that's packed with style but every nit suited to fun-loving little girls. They even rock a one-shoulder leopard suit that somehow manages to be tame. Big fan of these pretty pieces.

Here are a few of my favorites. All of these are on summer clearance at Saks happening now.

Tot Fashion: Flora

Dressing the heirs to the Venti throne is always a pleasure. Especially since children's clothing has become progressively cooler and far more imaginative. As fashion designers have grown and matured, so too have their collections... extending into childrenswear and even pet accessories. And for this, I am eternally grateful.

Oscar de la Renta may not fall into everyday category for playdate outfits and what to wear for afternoons at the park, but their pieces are pitch perfect for Sundays and pretty affairs. We love the shift dresses and colorful floral dresses the most. My girls appreciate the ability to match big sister & little sister dresses. Mommy appreciates the quality construction and timeless appeal. While this pretty pink option above doesn't come in my adult sizing, I'm tempted to try the teen sizes. After all, dressing this cute mustn't be limited to little ones. Can't blame a girl of any age for loving Oscar ;)

Tot Fashion: Milly Mini Holiday Style...

Trust me I get it. Before you have a child, the idea of dressing them in a smaller version of your clothing seems silly or frivolous... or perhaps a bit narcissistic. Yet if you fast forward just a few short years into their lives you'll discover there's an abrupt drop-off point in the world of little girls' clothing. In the world of children's apparel, little girl's clothing goes from innocent layette to Miley Cyrus faster than you can blink. It's astonishing.

So where do you go for clothing that's age appropriate, demure and stylish? Your brands. Milly, Lilly Pulitzer, J. Crew and a small handful of others are all helping us transition our very small girls into clothing that is classic and chic - while still offering little kid sensibilities.

Am I naive enough to think that dressing your child as a prepster instead of a tart going to make a difference in their life choices as a teen and beyond? Obviously it's not as simple as that. But age-appropriate dressing is part of a larger "whole" of standards to be defined for young girls. Demure dressing may not be a solution, but it's a start. Those foundational standards begin at home when they are very small children. You lead by example (yes, you) and you demonstrate by way of solid example.

Can they still shine bright like a diamond? You bet. Sequined sweaters & pretty little coats make a girl feel special. Quality pieces make a difference in the comfort and wear. It just "feels good" to wear well-made products. A preppy sweater might not prevent her from a stint at teen rebellion years from now, but it will certainly be one brick in the foundation towards building her high self-esteem. And that has value anyone at any age can appreciate. 

MINI HOLIDAY CHEER FAVORITES

Tot Fashion: Young Versace...

Just in time for the holidays Vesace has just opened their first Young Versace boutique in Milan. Now the smallest of us can showcase the Medusa-head medallion that is the company's logo. As if in homage to the late Gianni's fascination with classical architecture, the design of this first-of-its-kind children's atelier is a wonder of beautiful interior design.

Located on the ground floor of the Versace Milan headquarters, the boutique borrows from the building's already incredible structural framework. Peering through the arched exterior windows, shoppers are given a taste of the sugary sweet wonderland that awaits within. Once inside, customers are enveloped within a decadent lavender-hued environment that doesn't disappoint. Look down and they will notice lavender carpets bordered in a grand ivory Greek key motif. The walls feature beautiful built-in displays that tease with limited samples of the available goods. These beautifully illuminated alcoves are outfitted with contrasting mill work in brilliant glossy white trim and topped with the iconic brand logo above.

Everything about the space is decadent and wondrous, as if the entire goal is to lull you into a hypnotic state of shopping bliss. I for one can't wait for one to open in the States. I absolutely love the jewel box effect of beautifully designed retail interiors such as this

Fingers crossed that those Milanos (and online shoppers across the globe) will support the launch and encourage Donatella to bring her newest little line to the US. Donna... Dallas would love you and Young Versace. I promise you.