Wonderkids, Spring 2011


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Gearing up for another move and job search, I've started the process of updating my portfolio yet again. As my experiences have broadened while working in London, I find myself going back and re-working old projects to reflect my new style. Editorial layouts and working with white space are just a few of the things that have tickled my interests. I chose to breath a bit of life back into this old photo shoot I styled, directed, and treated, that showcased my designs while at Kmart.


Valentine Picnic In A Fort


 peanut butter & jelly!
 yogurt + strawberries + sprinkles
 hear shaped watermelon
 pink lemonade with fun straws!
 dolly, owl, & bear were invited
munching on a pb & j
 enjoying our Valentines picnic!

This year for Valentine's Day I decided to do something really special since we are staying with the British munchkins. Knowing that forts, tents, and tippies are all the rage right now with toddlers, hubs and I decided to get a little creative and build our own in the living room out of the couches, some blankets, fairy lights, and of course, heart bunting. All of their favorite friends were invited... mr. owl, bear, dolly. To keep in theme, I chose mainly red, pink, and white colored foods... that with a little help of a heart shaped cookie cutter, easily transformed everything into the perfect Valentine treats. I had been telling the girls about the grand Valentines picnic that awaited them and so they were mighty anxious after counting sleeps till the day. Their little faces were priceless as they took everything in... before they dug in! L definitely enjoyed the various kinds of sweets while R had fun licking sugar off cookies and sipping on her heart straw. They had loads of fun and I am happy to say, Valentines Day picnic in a fort was a huge success!


DIY: Heart Bunting


I bought this packet of heart shaped confetti on impulse... they were red, hearts, and too cute to pass up! I knew the most obvious way to use them would be to just sprinkle them on a table, but I wanted to find some other uses for them. Since I also happen to have a lifetime supply of twine (I LOVE twine!) I decided to combine the two... the result: possibly the easiest bunting ever! I love how simple and delicate the finished bunting looks. And due its easy nature, even the little ones can help. This little project is sure to get everyone in the Valentine spirit and can be used to decorate in so many ways. You can simply tape onto the walls like I did above the kitchen table... or intertwine with fairy lights to add an element of awe to a Valentine fort... yep, I made a fort guys...

Heart Bunting, make as long as you want!

  • paper heart confetti
  • twine
  • glue
  • Place a small drop of glue in the center of the paper heart. Make sure you get a glue that dries clear.
  • Center the twine in the middle of the heart and glue spot, lightly pressing down to make sure it sticks well.
  • Repeat as spaced out as desired. I eyeballed mine about 3" apart but feel free to play around with spacing. You can even measure it out or create a pattern... it's that easy!


Love Hearts


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Valentines is just around the corner and I couldn't be more excited! I know I get pretty enthusiastic about most holidays (must be the American in me!) but this one holds a special place in my heart... accidental pun I promise! I love the idea of a holiday that encourages us to express our love for one another... and not just the romantic kind. Getting little ones involved is a beautiful thing and fashion is a great way to do it. But like most holidays, it's a fine line between cool and uncool. There is stylish way to do it and here are a few little gems from around the web that would do trick. Just goes to show you it's not just a holiday for girls and you don't have to be dripping in pink to celebrate. Oh and hearts are mega cool!


Coffee Links 2.10.13


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These little bunnies from The Fox in the Attic have me swooning! They are just the sweetest and with those red embroidered hearts, the perfect Valentine for a little one. I really like how they are made by hand, making no two alike and all the more special. And those sweet little smiles will surely keep everyone happy!

01. Heart blocks are such a sweet and easy valentine idea your little one will adore!

02. Love the healthy spin on these naturally sweet valentines...

03. These cereal valentines are cute and original for little one's to hand out at school...

04. Sparkly or striped pencils and a free printable pdf make up this adorable valentine...

05. This fringed heart is the perfect valentine decor I think!

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Happy 1 Year!


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Happy 1 year little blog of mine! I can't believe it's been a full year already... time surely does fly hu? I was updating my resume last night... getting it all ready for the move and adding Chi.qui.ti.tos on there when I realized that today was the blog's birthday... I nearly missed it! It has been an incredible year and I have learned so much more about both the children's fashion industry and blogging. I started this space out of frustration with the job market when I first moved to London. As a kidswear designer and creative at heart, I needed a way to feel connected to the industry again. And so Chi.qui.ti.tos was born, a labor of love and a home for all of my findings within kid's fashion... a place where I could be fully immersed and share my inspiration. But just like the rabbit hole, when I fell, I fell deep... and so it evolved into anything and everything having to do with the kid's world really. I have had the great pleasure of discovering (for me) new brands and thinking outside the mass produced market that I had originally come from. I found it really refreshing to see the various styles of design and how much kid's fashion has truly evolved... it can be cool if you search! Seeing how great design can trickle all the way through to decor, furnishings, and even toys has been a real eye opener. I am so thankful for all the lovely opportunities made possible by this blog... from meeting and working with some lovely designers, to covering events and exploring the journalism side of things. It's been a fun ride and I am excited to see where the blog takes me once we are back over seas! One thing is certain though, I will be returning bursting with ideas and full of new influences... a better designer all around I think. Thank you all for following along on this journey and encouraging me through sweet emails and comments... it has really meant a lot. Here's to another great year... filled with more adventures... and loads more discovering!


Working With: Mini Moroc


One of my favorite things that this little blog of mine has helped create is the opportunity to work and collaborate with some brilliant designers, brands, and events within the kid's fashion world. I had the chance to do some consulting and drawing work for the lovely Nadia of Mini Moroc, which I met last year at Bubble London, and what a great team we make! She approached me with the need of illustrator drawn versions of her designs and ideas for creating a line sheet... a one stop spot with all the info needed for buyers for that season's collection. The line sheet includes each of the styles available along with the fabric colors and trims they can be purchased in. Details such as different prices, materials, sizing, and of course terms and conditions were also very important to Nadia so I made sure they all fit on their while still keeping the line sheet easy to read. We decided to use that fun Moroccan print that already existed on her website to carry through the branding and make everything feel unified. Overall it was a fun project and I am very pleased with the outcome... and what's even better, so was Nadia! If you haven't already checked out the line, you need to do so... right now!


We Scream For Ice Cream!


Cheesy title I know... but I just couldn't resist! Not to mention that once that popped into my brain, there was no room for anything else and so there you go. As hubs and I are on phase two of moving to L.A. (out of London but not quite there yet) I thought it would be fun to start a new series featuring my lovely new roommates... the british nieces! They are ridiculously cute, totally fashionable, and love the camera so it's a win-win! This little cutie is R and she loves her ice cream, yes she does... especially chocolate!


Bubble London, A/W 2013


I'm back and ready to share my findings from Bubble London! Thank you for your patience (I hope)... it's been kind of insane lately with the moving and packing and what not. Some of you may or may not know, but this year I had the pleasure of working closely with the Bubble Team and got to see a lot of the behind the scenes action... all the work and effort that goes on that as a viewer, you never see! You can check out some behind the scenes sneak peeks here. So combine that with the big move, and sadly I wasn't able to make it around the trade show as thoroughly as last time. But I did manage to snap a few pics of some of my favorite brands so here goes...

Corby Tindersticks was back and with some playful new characters to boot. I especially loved their hipster looking people... big glasses, skinny pants, and beanies oh my! Those little guys could be found on some comfy looking knits as well as actual plush dolls. Bright pops of orange and turquoise seemed to be their colors of choice for this collection. The range also included some really cool prints like the weather map, complete with detachable felt icons!

Immink showcased a strong collection of knits filled with greys, corals, yellows, and the occasional turquoise. The collection included a lot of color blocking and making little details like snaps and stitching really pop with contrasting colors. Playful layering is encouraged and made easy with simple graphics and solid pieces. Emphasis on silhouettes and structure play a key role and who can resist little knot ears on a hoodie?!

Marmalade & Mash had the perfect blend of nostalgia and trendiness this season. Peter-pan collars and velvet were paired alongside skinny pants and chambray for a modern feel. Over-sized gingham made an appearance as this season's main print in bold colors. Classic pieces were brought to life with rich, saturated hues. This collection is certain to brighten up any Autumn day!

Jessie and James never ceases to delight me! Various shades of reds and blues dominated paired with more neutral hues like grey and oatmeal. Like always, the silhouettes of the garments were awe inspiring and this season a lot of piecing kept things interesting. Stripes and plaids of all scales were seen paired with minimalistic graphics. And can I just say I am in love with that boy's two-toned button down!

Poco Nido was a brand I had previously featured here on the blog and I was so excited to finally meet the lovely designer behind the brand! Tons of conversational prints with the cutest characters in bright colors were featured on their footwear. A favorite of mine, those amazing digital cross stitched rose patterned wellies! A lot of the same friendly critters could also be found on their tees and onesies in a hand drawn and stamped feel.

Helen Gordon was a sea of prints and patterns! Floral and whimsical prints alike were seen on white grounds for a crisp and clean feel. I love the way the collection incorporated the prints in everything from its trims and pockets to fabric covered buttons and little hats. The collection also includes a great range of decor in the form of pillows and wall prints... the perfect touch for any little one's room!

Hucklebones is another favorite of mine (I have many!) and as expected, their collection was filled with timeless pieces. This season they showed off a colorful range in the berry and jewel tone family which I found irresistible. Structured pieces with nostalgic inspired detailing could be found on an array of beautiful fabrics. This is definitely one brand that I think every little girl deserves in her closet!

Indikidual was back and as strong as ever! The kid inspired brand featured some fun new themes such as the domino print and totem pole graphics. Of course their beloved bananas still made an appearance, and this time they were even featured on the line's new denim range in the form of decorative stitching on the back pockets! Key colors included grey, black, and white with pops of blue, yellow, orange, and purple. Love!

Gigi & Co were one of the new kids on the block this show and I loved them! Mini gingham in shades of navy, lilac, bubblegum pink, and green were found in classic silhouettes for both boys and girls. Cute little details such as corduroy elbow patches, eyelet trims, and bows are just a few of the things that made this brand extra special. And that romper above... to die for!

Although this is just a snippet of all the goodies that were at this season's trade show, I'm pretty pleased with the selection of brands I did manage to see. There were tons of inspiring new trends from established and upcoming designers alike. Here is my take on the key trends I spotted from this group, but be sure to check out the other lovely brands too!

Key Trends
  • Color: Orange is the must have color of the season it seems... seen in all shades from more coral-like to deep and saturated, it's clearly a favorite. 50 shades of grey (sorry I just had to!) are still going strong but black and white have definitely made a comeback and are often paired together. And pops of yellow and turquoise will add a nice burst of color in the wintery seasons to come.
  • Prints: Gingham was a popular choice... from teeny-tiny to over-sized and wonderful, another season must! Plaids and stripes make their usual appearance but were kept on the simpler side this time around with minimal colors. Conversational prints included all kinds of whimsy characters and items this season with my favorite being the domino!
  • Fabrics: Light weight knits and denim pretty much ruled... and why wouldn't they being the most practical and functional. Velvet and corduroy were also spotted as both main and accent fabrics. 
  • Silhouettes: Structure and shape continue being focal points to most of the collections... even when working with knits which is unusual! A lot of piecing of fabrics was seen to help accentuate the garments shapes too.
  • Details & Accents: Contrast everything was all the rage... from trims, buttons, pockets, and even sleeves, it was everywhere! Decorative stitching also played a part this season.
  • Homegrown & Organic: Still going strong and ever expanding! Born and bred in the UK brands that I saw this time around include Corby Tindersticks, Immink, Helen Gordon, and Gigi & Co... well done guys! And the organic trend seems to be here to stay as more and more brands turn to using organic materials in their ranges.

And lastly but certainly not least, I leave you with Bubble London's interpretation of the four major trends as spotted by Stylesight. I was fortunate enough to assist the lovely and talented Fran Lee, stylist extraordinaire, in creating these amazing outfits featuring some of the show's trending brands! Starting at the top left and going clockwise I give you Piccadilly Circus, Curious Caravan, Just Right, and Daydream.

So that's basically a wrap guys! Make sure to check out these other great recaps for a well rounded glimpse at this A/W 2013 Bubble London show...

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