URBAN BABIES WEAR BLACK PART II ~ and a chance to win a Diaper Dude diaper bag for DAD!
GIVEAWAY HAS CLOSED
I stand at the threshold to the upstairs bathroom, silently observing my daughter's morning ritual: calm and composed, she stands atop the bathroom vanity, smooths her hair (left side, then right); dons her black pinstripe fedora, gives herself a wink, a tip of the hat, and is ready for PRESCHOOL! This little child has more cool in the tip of her pinky finger than I've amassed in all my thrity-eight years combined. Some people, I believe, are simply born with it! And for those rare little souls who come pre-loaded with a sense of identity, intrinsic chill, and an eye for style, Winnie the Pooh "just 'aint gonna do!"
I don't mean to poo-poo Pooh, but for for 'rents and their hanging-on-the-hip-sters whose style is more cool than cutesy, funky than foofy, Doc Marten than Disney, well....this one's for you!
With Fathers' Day just around the corner, let's begin with something for Dad! I discovered these chic daddy diaper bags when I was searching for a perfect gift for my brother, now the proud papa of my nephew Chase. Like my daughter, my brother is one of those guys that was born with style, so the Diaper Dude bag was just perfect for him!
Diaper Dude is a lifestyle and a Brand that was born from the idea that fatherhood doesn’t have to be complicated or un-cool. The "Dad Diaper Bag" created by Chris Pegula, is a movement that began after the birth of the first of his three children by turning feminine-style diaper bags into ones that dads would want to carry. Pegula noticed that most diaper bags and accessories sold at retail stores were designed with women’s sense of style in mind. Instead of carrying his baby-stuff around in a gym bag or backpack, Pegula created The Diaper Dude for dads. By merging hip styles with functionality, The Diaper Dude, Dad Diaper Bag appeals to image-conscience men everywhere looking for ease of use.
IN HONOR OF FATHERS' DAY, CSN STORES HAS GRACIOUSLY OFFERED TO GIVE ONE OF MY READERS A DIAPER DUDE BAG OF THEIR CHOICE (UP TO $70)*. For a chance to win, visit this link and tell me which style "speaks to you". That's it!
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A winner will be drawn, using a random number generator, and announced on Fathers' Day, Sunday, June 20!
* I am not accepting any form of compensation for this giveaway from CSN Stores, Diaper Dudes, or their affiliates. My affinity for the Diaper Dudes product is honest and personal, and was my pick!
First Book of ..., by Amy Wilson Sanger is a whole line of clever, funny, and enjoyable board books exploring world cuisines. Other titles in the series include, Yum Yum Dim Sum, Hola Jalapeno, Magia! Mangia!, Let’s Nosh, A Little Bit of Soul Food, and many more.
Rockabye Baby CDs: Lullabye renditions of songs from your favorite bands. Albums include, U2, Metallica, Green Day, Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, Led Zeppelin, The Cure, The Beatles, The Ramones, Bob Marley,Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Queen, and more…
Lowleepop ~Rock Star Baby Kits ~ From the hip packaging to the wildly clever motifs like the boombox, backstage pass, and 80s punk, these complete kits are not to be missed. Kits come in different varieties such as onesies (black or white), dresses, t-shirts with leg warmers or leggings, and all include a matching hat. There’s even an option to mix and match to create your own custom kit.
When "this little piggie" can't bear to go to market in plain old white socks, you can get your kicks at Dolly & Dimples. An afternoon tea party calls for a pair of their dainty mary-janes. For an evening courtside, you'll want the athletic all-star gym shoes. Visiting Ben and the boys at the Ponderosa? Pick up a pair of cowboy boot socks. And just look at that packaging ~ a little garage for the VW socks? Come on! My friends Jaime and Lisa at Sprout Boutique here in Pacific Grove have a wonderful selection of Dolly & Dimples socks in their store on Forest Avenue. Stop in, or visit them online!
Check out these rockin' little numbers from Marin designer Toni Tierney
How about this adorable handmade dress from LA designer Decaf Plush?
READY? SET, AND SPIN IN STYLE...
One question: "Do they make it in my size?" Introducting the Fresco Loft Contemporary Baby Chair by Bloom. It'll set you back a few hundred clams, but you can bet your little one will ascend to greatness having ruled his early empire from this throne.
NOVELTY HELMETS FROM GYPSY MONKEY: These novelty helmets are a dashing and daring addition to the toolbox of children who imagine themselves as the captains of their own destiny. The visor flips up above the head or down to cover the eyes for a variety of costuming possibilitiies and fun, and is built for easy removal after heavy use has left it's marks on the plexiglass. Zoomarific! They also have some pretty mind-blowing batik outfits for kids:
Urban Babies Wear Black: Meet “Infantus urbanus (defn.): Young mammal raised in city environment. Infantus urbanus love nights at the opera, modern architecture, and fine cuisine. Difficult to spot at night due to their penchant for black clothing.” This delightful and irreverent board book has fun with the concept of the “urban baby” from their mid-afternoon yoga classes to their penchant for gallery hopping. They have other great titles like “Eco Babies Wear Green” and “Beach Babies Wear Shades”
One of my favorite sources for clever and chic kids stuff is Sourpuss. "Sourpuss Clothing is an independent company specializing in manufacturing awesome gear for folks craving the unusual. . You'll find everything from licensed band tees, specialty cut tees to kitschy housewares and everything in between." I love the bumper car upholstery inspired diaper bags and the nostalgic rock band tees for tots!
I'm a huge fan of Japanese Kawaii ~ goes all the way back to my childhood Hello Kitty obsession that launched my passion for the uber-cute! A company called Bored Inc. has a whole cast of original Kawaii characters that are a little edgy and totally cute!
If you're a parent, you can relate to what it's like to walk out of the house without realizing that there's poo on your shirt. Bored Inc. makes having "poo" on your shirt a cool commodity. Really! See...
Yeah, I know, it's probably not something you'd wear over to the In-laws. If' you're more ginger than wasabi, try this cute little Mommy & Me number from their "Save our Sushi" line:
You can read a great interview with the mommy founders of Bored Inc. and enter for a chance to win a Bored Inc. shirt of your choice at thatsit! Mommy