And the inspiration for my needle-felted mushrooms.
If you have an instagram account then this is the BlogHop for you - a wonderful way to find, follow and share with 125 other snap-happy mommies.
We all love to capture our lives as moms, everyday adventures and giggles with the kids, arts and crafts activities, yummy eats and treats and inspirational places we have been, amongst other things!
Postcards are so easy to buy with the good intention of sending, but writing them and finding stamps and a post box can become a holiday challenge. Often I come home with all the postcards in the bottom of my suitcase – never to be written or mailed.
With Disney’s new app, Story, I created a series of postcards from our vacation photographs. Our vacation memories can be shared with family and friends as we are experiencing it. I can even include short movies!
I am emailing this electronic postcard to everyone we know. I hope to create another Story of our time with family. And maybe I'll let my girls have a go and make their own - both sets of Grandparents would love that.
I have a very special post for you… today is the girls' school picture day and I asked my bloggy friend, Celina of Petit à Petit and family, to help me to find perfect outfits for the occasion.
Not only is Celina half British and super-nice, she also has years of experience as a kid’s fashion designer and has incredible taste. Celina’s Pinterest boards are phenomenal (I really just want to pin everything she pins), and her blog Petit à Petit and family documents kid’s fashion...
Hello! My name is Celina and I blog over at Petit à Petit and family, where I talk about children's design in shapes and form. I was so excited when Helen asked me if I could write up a post to help her choose her daughters outfit for Picture Day at school.
I remember growing up and picture day was a big day- I would wear my prettiest outfit, my mom would take extra time to make my hair pretty and as I got older I would think about what I was going to wear weeks before. Now that I have kids of my own, I like to continue and perpetuate this tradition, I also happen to like children's fashion and every occasion I get to dress my kids a little extra special, I jump on it! I don't go overboard, but I like to pay attention to a few details and add a special touch. So for this post I decided I would put together 3 different outfits and give you a few tips on how to make it your own and perhaps find things you could already use from your kids wardrobe.
Here are a few rules you should keep in mind...
Rule 1: choose something your kids are used to wearing and will be comfortable in. It's already awkward posing in front of the camera, don't add more stress my making them wear something they don't feel good in.
Rule 2: Keep it simple- you can still have fun with colors and patterns and try not to accessorize too much.
Rule 3: Focus on the top part mostly- the photos are usually portraits so don't worry too much about what's on the bottom.
Rule 4: Don't make your kids wear new shoes. This goes with rule 1, 2 and 3!
And now for some styling tips...
I like dresses a lot and so does my daughter, so whenever we dress up for a special occasion we usually end-up choosing one, actually that is what my daughter wore for her picture. When choosing a dress, you can have fun with patterns and colors but limit it to a few colors. If it's still a little cold pair it with some tights or even some leggings. I added a bright cardigan- but that was more for the the walk to and from school! Actually try to avoid to many layers- they can make your kid look bulky and stuffy. Have fun with your kids hair, add some nice barrettes or even just some ribbon. Once again avoid anything to out of the ordinary- unless your child requests it.
Your girl isn't into dresses, how about a skirt? Blouses and tunics are very fashionable item these days, pair them with a skirt or even some jeans to dress it down. Once again, have fun with colors and prints- choose something that suits your daughters complexion. I avoid yellow with my daughter, she looks much better in purple and red, so I keep that in mind, especially photo day! You can also choose to go for a solid color on top and a fun printed skirt- especially if you like the photo to be a little more conservative. When choosing the colors for your accessories, such as the shoes and hair clips, find an accent color in your tops that isn't necessarily in your bottoms- this will add some whimsy to your outfit. Don't be afraid to mix a bright colors with it's pastel, such as green and mint- it’s the biggest trend at the moment.
Do you have a little fashionista? So why not dress her in the latest trends! You might be laughing when looking back at the photos- honestly those are my favorite, they are fun and show the times we where living in! I also made this outfit a comfortable one with a t-shirt and a pair of skinny jeans, but to make it extra special I added a funky blazer which dresses it up. You don't need to go with a floral blazer, any jacket would be a nice touch. If you want to add some jewelry, opt for something small, just like the hair clips- after all you want your daughters to be the center of attention.
The Golden Rule: What ever you do, make sure your kids like it too!
Thank you so much for having me Helen, I had such fun preparing this post, I only wish I had done it before my kids had their pictures taken!
Thank you so much Celina! Be sure to visit Petit à Petit and family for 3 picture perfect boy outfits.
Image: Frampton Photography
I don't often post pictures of myself on my blog. Truth be told... I feel like a big dork in front of the camera and pictures always show it. It is hard to take an interesting photograph of someone who stands uncomfortably looking like she is waiting for a bus.
You can imagine my delight at receiving the above picture from my recent photo shoot. I LOVE it! Here are my secrets to a fabulous headshot.