As I was growing up, my parents would not buy me the cool thing everyone else was wearing. They would take me to the theater, fly me overseas, buy me toys & books & bikes & the little glass animals I collected, but they wouldn't buy me the sandals everyone was wearing or the t-shirt needed for the school photo. They claimed it built character.
It could be why I now write a blog on clothes, why I think clothes matter.
I don't think parents should spoil their kids with $150 tennis shoes or overpriced trends.
But on a basic level, I believe if a kid is wearing pretty much what everyone else is, her clothes become invisible like a uniform, & she can concentrate on other things like schoolwork & boys. But if her clothes don't fit in, she stands out like I do in this photo below and make way mockery.
What do you think??
We expect to find some quirky items at Urban Outfitters. But who knew that Anthropologie carries stylish paddle boards,
J. Crew carries pretty catchalls, H&M has playful paperclips, & American Eagle carries pool floats?
Here are some of the unusual things I found in the depths of their websites...
Need a $5,000 designer paddle board? 4 styles to choose from...
From American Eagle Outfitters
For lazier days, how 'bout a pool float? Also available: Tootsie Roll Pool Noodle & Ice Cream Sandwich Pool Float.
From J. Crew
I really like the J. Crew "catch-all" if it weren't so expensive. I think it'd make a fun gift too.
Here's a must-have for summer cocktails...
Need a dog sweatshirt or collar, a fancy pencil case, a pink unicorn pencil sharpener, or a passport cover?
Also available from H&M: an eyeglass case, hair extensions, a sports wristband, a travel coffee mug, umbrellas, & a lint roller. Also a panda backpack, a rain poncho, a yoga mat, a bunch of iPhone cases & even a portable charger!
From Urban Outfitters
I'm surprised there's not a skull & crossbones on this bottle...
Last but not least--never leave home without fire starters. Why not keep them in your purse next to your lipstick?
See anything you like? :-)
A little twist or knot on the side to emphasize your waist...
Here's a list of things that don't count if you have to spend money on them:
Do you agree? What would you take off or add on to the list?
As we near the end of the school year, I start thinking about gifts for teachers & graduates. Mother's Day is also coming up on May 10, & it seems a lot of birthdays fall at this time too. This year I'm thinking about the gift of summery scarves.
Scarves come in a variety of lengths & prices, but one size fits all.
They run from around $6 to hundreds of dollars, so you can find one to suit any budget & anyone's style. Look for one that matches her eyes.
You might consider buying a fair trade scarf handmade in a developing country. Try the selection from
Affordable, huge selection
Check out these websites as well as the Accessories link at your favorite store.
A few beautiful, inexpensive options...
Glamorous cotton scarves...
More expensive, unique choices
Tassles are popular right now.
Eternity scarves are easy to style.
A cross between a scarf & a piece of jewelry...
Do you know someone who wears scarves?
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In the morning rush, we just want to get dressed fast & easily. Here are 3 staples to speed us through the work week.
1. White or off-white skirt or pants
Goes with everything.
2. Comfortable dress
3. Boatneck tee
Add any pant or skirt (perhaps white?). You're ready to go.
(Add jewelry & a cardigan if you need to dress it up a bit.)
What are your 3 staples that get you through the workweek?
I'm not saying we should tie on a bandana. I'm just saying we can if we want to :-)
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