Kid’s Fashion Featuring searsStyle

I am  a member of the Collective Bias Social Fabric Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a Social Shopper Amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser.  #ThisIsStyle #CollectiveBias

I’ve always appreciated fashion.  As a little girl, there was incredible excitement in hearing the hum of my mother’s sewing machine, and twirling in a handmade dress for the first time.  I’ve found dressing my own children fun and creative, and they enjoy exploring the kid’s fashion opportunities that have presented themselves via blogging.

As a children’s fashion lover and amateur sewer, I jumped at the opportunity to spend a solo day with the creative team behind the searsSTYLE childrenswear collections at their NYC Design Studio.  It was eye opening to glimpse into the intricate design process of a team dedicated to bringing the latest fashion collections at affordable prices.  I had a chance to explore the roles of several designers and learn about their understanding of the industry and ability to stay on top of current trends.  My time at the studio involved peeking into the cohesive meshing of various design elements including construction, fit, graphic design and details. Visually, there was so much to take in, from mood/inspiration boards, color palettes, fabric and graphic designs.

I viewed many collections that my own six-year-old daughter would love, with details including pretty lace and crochet – with bright pops of color underlays.  Bold prints, colorful animal designs, sweet florals and fun materials including gold foil accents caught my eye.

#ThisIsStyle, #shop, Sears style childrenCreative interpretations of  flowers, rainbows and peace/love themes are woven through the girls spring fashion collections and swimsuits, as well.

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#ThisIsStyle #shop Sears Style Designer

I noticed the sweet graphics in the baby/toddler girls swim collections including fun themes like sweets and treats, hearts galore and popsicles.  The addition of ruffles and bows make the collections perfect for the little girl.

The boys collections also presented many versatile designs.  I was drawn to the bold neon accents, cool graphics, contrast drawstrings, prints and overall rad-factor in the boys swimwear.  I especially appreciate how all of the searsSTYLE collections are made to easily mix and match in really fun ways.

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I knew that my three-year-old son would dig the current shark trend theme and ventured to Sears in search of particular swimwear pieces for him.

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In previous years, I’ve been guilty of having my son’s swimwear clash, and was glad to find two cool Joe Boxer swim trunks to coordinate with a matching rash guard.

I couldn’t help but think about the incredibly talented faces behind each collection while shopping at Sears.  And I left with a big bag of stylish, quality clothing at affordable prices.  Best of all, I took advantage of the searsSTYLE Shop Your Way Rewards Program and earned savings on my very first visit! For more Kid’s fashion inspiration visit my Shop Your Way Rewards board, the searsSTYLE blog and their Facebook page.

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Disney Princess Play – A Central Park Adventure {Sponsored}

As part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias®, my daughter and I enjoyed an afternoon of #DisneyPrincessPlay in Central Park.

It is well known that my little girl is a Disney Princess lover and no secret that I treasure the creativity inspired by this sort of play.  If only I could encapsulate Lucia’s magical five-year-old thoughts to unleash at a time for us all to revisit.

Bob and I try to schedule little dates alone with each child – as uninterrupted time is incredibly important to all of us.  Although the majority of our special outings are simple in nature, a recent one began in the Disney Walmart Toy isle.  You can imagine Lucia’s excitement upon receiving an Ariel costume and Under The Sea Surprise Ariel, before embarking on a mother-daughter adventure in Central Park.

Lucia quickly concocted plans to bring The Little Mermaid to life in a perfect setting for her imagination to run wild.  The giant boulders served as mermaid coves where we searched for Ariel’s aquatic friends.  The Ariel doll came with a Flounder toy and Lucia transformed bits of nature into Sebastian and friends.

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We had a lunch date complete with dried seaweed (Mermaid’s eat seaweed and LOTS of green vegetables!) and discovered a few things about little Ariel.  With the press of a small button behind her neck, Under The Sea Surprise Ariel speaks and sings in Spanish.

The Little Mermaid Central Park #shop

With little Ariel in her arms, Lucia talked about her feelings and her back-to-school jitters.  At five, she is incredibly open, and I hope that I navigate the upcoming years in a way that strengthens and maintains this connection.  I cherish the little performance that she gave me and her elaborate storytelling, singing and dancing.

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I listened to Lucia’s sweet voice singing Under the Sea with her new Ariel doll.  She still squeals with excitement when the doll’s  iridescent tail lights up.

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With the touch of a button, the Ariel Doll reminded us to search for more treasures for her “collection“.  Little does she know that Lucia has a pretty interesting collection under her bed.  We continued our explorations and picked up several rocks along the way.  We even stopped for a ride on the Central Park Carousel.

Ariel on the Central Park Carousel #shop

Lucia insisted that Ariel wanted one more glimpse of the world above before heading home to put her light up tail in the bath.

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I’m incredibly grateful for this day with my girl, a few days before she entered the first grade.

Central Park Princess Play #shop

Central park holds a special place in my heart as it is filled with memories of Lucia’ s first year and a half of life.  So many visions of early motherhood always come flooding back when we return.  She stops me with a leg clutching embrace as we exit and says “Oh Mommy, I just love our special alone time so much“.  I tell her how much I treasure her too and can’t wait for the next moment in time.

The Little Mermaid Collector’s Edition BluRay/DVD will be available on October 1st.  Check out the Under The Sea Pinterest Board for more Little Mermaid adventures. 

Thank you to Collective Bias®  for sponsoring this post.  As always, all opinions are my own.

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