Need a baby or children’s gift for that someone who has everything?  Well we have your ideal solution.   These vintage book sets by Booth & Williams featured on One Kings Lane are beyond chic.  Whether selected by color scheme, topic or author, no better way to set the stage for a love of literature.  –CC

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…to land…is what every child needs, and what every parent wants to create at home.  A safe and cozy space to think, dream, feel, imagine and nap.  Here are some of our favorite comfy essentials that work just as beautifully in a family room as they do in a children’s room.  –CC

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One look at the forecast on the northeast for days ahead has us in a rain daze. What makes the rainy weather better than a new raincoat?!  A transparent (yet still decorative) raincoat is the way to go to lift the spirits and let the spring clothing shine through.  Lets hope these April showers bring lots of May flowers.—CC

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Billieblush Printed Oilskin, $63

 

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Athleta Girl launches their debut collection today and trust us, you want to get in on the action.  This line (under the umbrella of GAP brands) is a total winner, as there are limited options for sports attire for young girls.  Athleta is already one of our go-tos for exercise gear for ourselves (these mesh capri leggings are a favorite).   The mission of Athleta Girl is to ignite a community of active, healthy and confident girls who empower each other to realize their limitless potential. The colorful and well-priced line is for girls aged 6 to 14 and covers a range of sports including running, soccer, dance, gymnastics, basketball and swim, as well as lifestyle products that can transition throughout the day.  Score!!—CC

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Full Athleta Girl collection available April 26th on Athleta.gap.com.

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A super hero item in a little boys closet is one that works again and again but doesnt sacrifice quality.  Such is the case with the Billybandit Superhero Sweatshirt.  The hood zips up to reveal total superhero status and will work from school to the playground and beyond.—CC

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Have you seen Zara’s ‘little artisan’ capsule collection? If you have a baby girl in your life, this is a must-see line for spring.  Sometimes Zara just gets it so right, and this boho little collection has us loving every piece.  Pretty blues, whites and embroidery are making us feel inspired for the warmer days ahead.—CC

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Full collection available at Zara.com.

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A well-done mini version of your favorite items are always a novelty for mothers and daughters (not to mention a nod to your own sense of style).  We are loving this woven rattan Mark Cross top handle bag which feels so fresh for spring.  Olive Juice does a perfect little (and far less expensive) version for your little accessories girl…and a few other adorable basket-inspired bags as well.  Matchy/matchy never looked so good.—CC

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We love the French line Saint James for their nautical inspired stripes that translate across so many different styles. Though not that easy to find–when you do, they are well worth the purchase.  They have recently opened several stores in the US, and this website has the most complete collection online.  A staple for boys, we adore this classic striped sweater and think it should be part of every spring/summer wardrobe.  –CC

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Saint James Striped Nautical Sweater $68.19

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We have both dealt with our fair share of eczema and between Natalie and I, we have tried almost everything on the market.  My son Vaughan really struggled with eczema throughout his first year and from diet to detergents to products, nothing seemed to work.  I then saw an allergist who suggested Vanicream, which I assumed would just be another product to add to my vast collection, but to my surprise it worked!  Like magic.  I have never had anything make such a difference and so quickly.  Within days the eczema was gone and has yet to return.  I can’t guarantee that you will have the same results, but if your child is struggling…I know you will probably try anything.  And I can’t recommend anything more.  xx, Christin

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Vanicream Moisturizing Skin Cream $11.59, Vanicream Cleansing Bar $3.29

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with PaperGirl that is.  You are cordially invited to shop the Spring/Summer ’16 collection at Little BG on the 7th floor of Bergdorf Goodman.  Meet the designer, shop the collection and receive a complimentary gift with purchase.  If you are in New York, you must find time to go by, and if not you can shop the collection online.  Each piece is truly a magical work of art.  Whether it be a special occasion or just because, these pieces will have any little girl over the moon.  –CC

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These twirly skirts are a must-have for spring/summer!  A classic nautical stripe and two adorable floral patterns to choose from…and with a price tag of $9.00…I think we will have one of each please.  –CC

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Old Navy Patterned Flare Skirt for Girls $9.00

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A new concept introduced to us by one our dearest loyal readers, Kidizen is a new mobile app that allows you to buy and sell previously loved children’s clothes in a snap right from your phone.  Maybe its time for a little spring cleaning…and you have a few items or bags full…maybe even some of them still have the tags on them…or they wore it once at best.  Become a ‘kidizen’ and the rest is in your hands.  We love a stylish way to recycle.  –CC

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This Levi’s jacket is a great option for spring (besides the cool factor) as it really brings in versatility.   Boys will like it because it’s comfortable with the hoodie feel, and mom will like it because its more of an elevated hoodie-style.  This is certainly one that will take you through to next fall.—CC

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Levis, Mid Wash Sweat and Hoodie Jacket, $91

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Capri is one of our favorite destinations in the world, and Lindsey Berns has beautifully captured the essence of Capri in her Spring collection.  Vivid colors, lemon and cherry appliques, off-the-shoulder and bandeau tops are oh, so Italian.  The pieces mix-and-match with ease and have us craving an escape to the magical little island in the Mediterranean.—CC

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1. Pink Capri Lemon Flounce Dress, $98 /2. Gap, Girls Straw Tote, $14.99 / 3. Zara Kids, Zipped Leather Sandal, $49.90 /4. Lindsey Berns, Capri Tassel Necklace, $88 /5. Lindsey Berns, Off the Shoulder Eyelet Blouse, $72 /6. Lindsey Berns, Gingham Pantaloons, $46 /7. Stella McCartney Girls, Linda Sandal, $170

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Happy Spring!  Here on the east coast we are going to fake it til we make it to spring, and this means investing in some seasonally appropriate pieces.  Statement earrings, pom pom sandals, a hint of raffia (Both for home and as a tote), some embroidered pieces, in current silhouettes, and moisturizing face and body balms/oils will have you ready for warmer days ahead.  Happy Shopping.—CC

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1. Rebecca de Ravenel, Les Bonbons, $275 a total outfit-maker• 2. Athleta, Structured Straw Tote, $82 • 3. Beauty Counter, Lustro Body Oil in Rosemary + Citrus, $73 • 4. Supracor Stimulite® Bath Mitt, $32 • 5. May Lindstrom, The Blue Cocoon, $160 this luxe balm literally melts into your skin for a dewy glow• 6. Aquazzura, Raffia Pom Pom Sandal, $825 • 7. Temperly London, Lupita embroidered tulle-paneled silk-crepe dress, $1725 • 8. Serena & Lily, Cabo Woven Placements (Set of 4), $48 • 9. Peter Pilotto, Pallas Blouse, $645.81 • 10. Nars, ‘Spring Color’ Lip Gloss, $26 • 11. APOTHIA Aromatic Diffuser – Bronzed, $78

 

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I know everyone says they can’t believe how time flies, but it seems hard to imagine that Sloane is now 6 years old.  Turning six is a big year for her, as she’s completely coming into her own and developing her own passions and interests.  For her Birthday celebration we happened to be on spring break Holiday in Los Angeles, with my family, which inspired a week-long celebration, and of course lots of fun.  For her Birthday this year she wanted nothing more than to meet Peter Pan (her dream came true!) and a video camera so she could make her own little movies.   Just a note for any family traveling to LA, this is our second time staying at the lovely Hotel Oceana in Santa Monica, and it couldn’t be a more accommodating and comfortable place to spend a week with little ones.  We also spent an afternoon at the much raved-about Au Fudge in West Hollywood to celebrate Sloane’s actual Birthday, which did not disappoint!  A few of her favorite gifts below.  Happy birthday to my sweet Sloane! Xx, Natalie
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1. Frou Frou, Celine Rose Dress, £66.00 / 2. Degas Snow globe, $60 / 3. VTech Kidie Zoom Action Camera, $49.99 / 4. Classic Starts, Peter Pan $6.95 / 5. Dreamland Fairy Kit, $24.98

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