Thursday, March 20, 2014

Arrow and Aspen L O V E

   I am seriously starting to sound like a broken record when it comes to talking about Instagram but I  have honestly met so many people through this tiny little app. Instagram has single handedly connected me to SO many amazing woman and mothers in such a short period of time.

      I started following Arrow and Aspen last year and quickly realized this woman was seriously super woman. She is a drop dead gorgeous mother of 4 beautiful children (2boys and 2 girls)  , lives by the beach, AND owns her own company. I mean seriously is there anything this woman cant do. Not to mention her creativity explodes in her home décor and has to be one of my top favorite home decors on my feed.

    Arrow and Aspen is a perfect representation of the So Cal lifestyle. Its fun, colorful, daring, and carefree traits that California is all about. I have been dying to get my hands on so many pieces she carries and finally decided to purchase the print I had my eye on.  The eye of the tiger print caught my attention because it symbolizes my son so well. We literally designed his entire room around this print and I LOVE how it all turned out (see previous post here). When we received our package I realized she had stuck in a few gifts for my sweet Kaylee Belle . The eye of the tiger long sleeve has to be one of the softest shirts my daughter owns. Kaylee was so excited that she had a shirt that matched her big brothers rooms. The "I believe in magic" Unicorn print that she gave us was a perfect addition to Kaylees girly side of the room. My heart was so grateful for this sweet gesture shared by a woman I look up to so much. She is everything I dream of for my life, successful, beach living and more babies. Thank you so much sweet friend I wish you all the success and happiness in the world.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Urban Walls Review.

Ever since I moved out on my own I have been obsessed with wall decals. I absolutely love how they can change and add spunk to an entire room so easily. They are versatile and changeable and gives the room an extra depth of décor.

One of my friends on Instagram ArrowandAspen was one of the first people I followed that introduced me to the brand.  Urban Walls is a family owned online decal boutique. They have one of the most extensive list of decals I have ever ran into, with so many different kinds of decal, sizes and colors. I think I could spend days going through their website swooning over all the different kinds. It was so hard for me to decide which decal I wanted but after all the amazing customer feedback photos they post on their Instagram I finally decided that the black triangles would be perfect for my sons room.

I am re-decorating his room into a more "older kid" room, and its been kind of a hard process. We were trying to eliminate the primary color palette we had used in his room for years (reds,blues,ect.)  and more basic colors. He picked out his tiger duvet cover from H&M and we have literally gone off of that for the rest of the room.

The decals arrived in a cylinder container that protected the decals perfectly. When we opened up the container we found sheets of paper with two protective pieces protecting the actual decal. They came with instructions that were very easy to follow and they were very straight forward. which I greatly appreciated because lets face it I have no patience to read an entire booklet.  First I cleaned the wall to make sure to get any unwanted grime off it , I used a magic eraser but I am sure you can use a wet cloth of any sorts. Next I measured out exactly how I wanted the decals and where by using light pencil marks and a ruler to figure out spacing. This was the hardest part for me because I wasn't sure how I wanted them I mean I had an idea but the spacing threw me off because there were endless possibilities. Next I cut out the decals, in my case they were triangles and I cut them into squares around the triangle. I taped them directly onto the walls in places I had identified  with my pencil markings. This helped me get a better idea of how the wall would look, by taking a step back to look at the overall wall. After playing around with the measurements I felt content with their location and was ready to commit. The actual peeling off the layers and sticking onto the wall was VERY easy and quite fun actually.

My son was at school when I put them up and his face when he got home was priceless. I love how they have added such spunk to his room. It took us so long to figure out how to decorate his pace and I really couldn't be any more pleased with the results.
Thank you again Urban Walls from the bottom of our hearsds my son LOVES his room now.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Kaylee's•mini style // Geo Fox Apparel

       I cant think of a better way to shop  than supporting small business, and even better when that small business is owned by someone I look up to so much.  Its been so awesome  watching one of my IG friends follow her dreams and start her own business. I started following Sarah Fox , sefox,  about a year ago on Instagram. She is a beautiful , mother of 2 boys , from southern California. A few months ago her husband and her launched Geo Fox which  is an online children's apparel shop. The first line that launched late last year was killer. Their printed shirts have the most unique phrases and the quality of the shirts are super soft. I was obsessed with their pants, that in my option are totally  unisex.   They just released little bits of the next spring collection and Its absolutely perfection. I mean they have a kimono for toddlers, it seriously doesn't get any better than that.  I cannot wait to purchase new pieces from this new line and make outfits out of those for my lil Kaylee Belle. Go check them out they will not disappoint!!

Website: Geo Fox Apparel
Facebook: Geo Fox on Facebook

Till Next time mini fashionistas ✌️❤️

+Kaylees Outfit Details+

Turban: KissesLola
Shirt: Geo Fox
Leggings: Scruptious for Babies R Us

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Tiny Whales// t-shirt obsessed

I always find it so hard to find my son cool clothes. When he was born, almost 8 years ago, (give me a moment while I shed a tear), they had NOTHING cute . Everything was baby blue (blah) or had bears on it. I have seen SO many adorably  cute baby clothes and toddler company's coming it out the last few years that it almost makes me excited to have another boy. I am most definitely suffering from major baby fever if you hadn't noticed yet.

I ran into Tiny Whales via Instagram as I do most things lately. Tiny Whales is a Los Angeles based children/adult clothing line. Their SS14 launched about a week ago and my family has been obsessed with all of their new items. Its so rare for my son and I to agree on anything these days but luckily he has began trusting me a little more with his style and when I showed him the new t-shirts they came out with he wanted them all. We ordered one to test out size (he's huge for being 7 and wears a 10). When it arrived he loved it. The material of the shirt is so soft and the graphics are bright and bold. Sizing runs a little on the smaller size so I would advise to order a size up. We now have a wish list forming for Kaylee and Justin but these are a few of my favorites that we will be purchasing for Justin for this spring/summer. The Last t-shirt is from a previous line released by Tiny Whales but it continues to be one of our favorites.

+Justin's Outfit Details+
Hat- Of one Sea
Shirt- Tiny Whales
Pants- Shawn White collection for Target

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Kaylees Mini•Style

I have been having so much fun finding inspiration for Kaylee's outfits lately!! There is so much fashion media now a days everywhere. It makes fashionso accessible to everyone now! I often take bits and pieces from main stream fashion but make sure to keep it childAPPROVES, as I call it, because seriously sometimes I see lil babies dressed WAY to provocative for a BABY that it scares me!  
       I was introduced to Forever 21 kids by another IG momma who has two girls and dresses them AMAZING! As a Forever 21 lova in general I was excited to see cute mini sized pieces we could mix and match! And seriously I dont know anyone who doesn't love Forever 21 prices!! Kaylee kinda fits in there XS which is equivalent to a 4-5 size (Kaylee wears a 3T normally). 

Flower Crown: Tillys
Polka Dot Shirt: Target
Plaid overall skirt: Harajuku for Target
Nirvana sweetshirt: Forever 21
Boots: Gap

Till next time mini fashionistas!

Happy Birthday Dr. Suess

Ever since I could remember I have loved Dr. Suess books. I have always loved the graphics and the unimaginable worlds he created that made you feel like you were there. I have enjoyed bringing all that magic to my kids and introducing them to the wacky and insane world that he has created for generations now.

Justin has been celebrating Dr. Suesss birthday since kindergarten and I thought why not celebrate it at home since it lands on a Sunday this year. Los Angeles has had its first real rain storm in, goodness I cant even think back, perhaps a year? Our city has desperately needed this rain and this weekend has been a cozy one for the Carpenters. Yesterday we took a family cruise down PCH to check out the huge swells down in Malibu. We came home cuddled in our bed, took a nap and woke up for a family dinner at Chili;s oh and a quick Target run before it closed. Today the rain has been trickling down on and off and I thought I would make a fun breakfast in honor of the crazy authors birthday. Justin helped scramble the eggs and we added green food coloring to make green eggs. We used sausage as our ham, that counts right? The kids got a kick out of it, I am pretty sure my husband thinks I have lost it but he played along.

We have totally been taking advantage of this cuddle weather and have stayed inside all day. Warmed up the house with the fire and cut up a bunch of fruit to snack on. The kids and I have been reading in their room and making wacky Dr. Suess inspired worlds with play doe .  I absolutely love when we can all be under one roof just spending time with each other with no outside distraction. I hope everyone had a beautiful weekend and happy first weekend of March