bitsy favorite for the itsy…LINDSEY BERNS!

Well folks, she’s done it again…Check out the LINDSEY BERNS SPRING + SUMMER 2104 COLLECTION! Below you will find a sampling (of my favorites), but for more AMAZING finds head to www.lindseyberns.com.

In the words of Lindsey – “think airy, feminine pastels”. Yes please!

33 - bitsy favorite for the itsy - lindsey berns s&s 2014

33 - bitsy favorite for the itsy - lindsey berns s&s 2014 2

*Lindsey will be adding inventory in March + April, so if you don’t see a size you need now just keep an eye out!

i’ve got a new way to walk

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Most of you probably know about the wonderful Sun-San Salt Water Sandals. These sandals have been around forever – I wore them as a toddler and now my daughter wears them. They have stayed true to their classic roots while also dipping into some funky trends for children and adults alike. You should know by now – Bitsy loves this theme! These sandals are functional (can be used at the beach IN the salt water!), practical and very decently priced. Lucy wears hers with dresses, jeans, shorts, skirts, cover-ups & bathing suits. I usually buy them for her in time for our April vacation and they run her through the end of September…literally.

Last year I saw a funky new trend pop into the world of Sun-San…a fun color mash-up. One pair of sandals rocking 2-3 different colors to add some spunk to one’s wardrobe! Of course I had to look into this for my Bitsy readers.  The website I always order Lucy’s Sun Sans from is www.mysaltwatersandals.com. The lovely minds behind their inventory hooked me up with their color combos for this season…see below. Chin up – just another reason to get excited for the warmer months ahead!

MYSALTWATERSANDALS.COM

*They have lots of other options as well – like solids + patents if you want to keep things simple!

cheers to st. patrick

My mind is now set on Lucy’s St. Patrick’s Day outfit. (Apologies for not sharing her Valentine’s outfit…turns out she didn’t even wear it because she was sick…So we hung out in our cozies all day). Check out what I found to keep your little paddies in the LUCKY mood…

cheers to st. patrick

Mini and Maximus Snoozer Hoodie, $48-

My Sweetie Bean on Etsy Apple Green Striped Hair Bow, $4.50-

Mini A Ture Mico Granddad T-Shirt, Green with Star Print, $31.69-

Shop Bando Shine Classic Headband in Mint, $8-

Bobo Choses Mini Skirt Dots, $39.77-

Old Navy Roll-Cuff Skinny Khakis for Baby in ‘Make A Mint’, $19.94-

Morgan and Milo Boy’s Slip-On CVO Shoes, $14.99-

Pink Chicken Fur Ponytail, $15-

Kakabaka on Etsy Shamrock Baby Leg Warmers, $13-

SLAINTE!

let’s get personal

One of the things I love most about children’s clothing is how it can be trendy and fun, but the classics always remain, well, the classics. They don’t need trends to bring them back in style – they will always be in style. As I do research for Bitsy I have realized that in the world of children’s apparel classic will always be on trend. There is something so sweet about a little boy in a cardigan or little girl in a smocked dress with their monogram embroidered on the front. I’ve given a ton of baby/child gifts that have the child’s monogram or first initial. It makes the present that much more personal.

The trouble with this, however, is finding a go-to embroiderer. Someone you can trust – their style and their TLC as they personalize your product. Well, look no further – I have your “go-to”…

Monogram Mill

The company is based out of Massachusetts, but you can mail Monogram Mill your items so they can personalize them for you (if the item/s are not something you purchased off of the MM site)! The thread colors are all there so you can choose the one you like best. Plus, there are a ton of great gift ideas on the site if you need some ideas. Check out the site…trust me, you will be happy you did!

Here are two of my favorites:

cozy coze

Monogrammed seersucker pajama bottoms – so classic and cute! I love these for boys or girls of all ages. They would make great gifts too! You can request to have the monogram anywhere on the pants and have your choice of embroidery options as well as thread color. Now, go get cozy…

Check out Designs by April 1234 on Etsy for other adorable preppy products!

oh mr. sun, sun, mr. golden sun…

…please dont shine down too hard on me now!

la la la

Don’t think I’m crazy…but its time to start buying (not only thinking) about your son or daughter’s beach/pool wardrobe. You don’t want to wait too long to buy their swimsuits and rash guards because the cute and decently-priced options tend to sell out sooner than we’d like. Below are some of my top picks – I stuck to neutrals in this post to make it easy when pairing with swim trunks/bikini bottoms/bathing suits , but you must know that most of these sites have other whimsical options that would be really fun…

Gap Kids Dot Rash Guard Two-Piece, $22.95-

Lands End Boys’ Long-Sleeve Hooded Rash Guard, $28-

Sunuva Girls Rash Vest, $59.09-

Lands End Boys’ Long-Sleeve Solid Rash Guard, $24-

LL Bean Girls’ Sun-and-Surf Shirt, Long-Sleeve, $26.95-

Sunuva Boys Scuba Rash Vest, $23.33-

Sunuva Girls Mexicana Rash Vest, $59.09-

Old Navy Girls Raglan-Sleeve Rash Guard, $14-

Crewcuts Boys’ Stripe Rash Guard, $39.50-

One more tidbit…Not sure if you’ve heard of Snappy-Suits, but if you have a child in diapers during warmer months this brand is what you need. Such a simple concept and I’ve been racking my brain to understand WHY other brands don’t design baby + toddler swimsuits with snaps?!

Snappy Suits Blue + White Striped with Ruffle, $28-

Snappy Suits Blue + White Striped with Ruffle, $28-

Snappy Suits

organic chemistry

Organic. Here’s a word that’s been popping up a lot lately – And rightfully so. Not only is organic something we should be tuning into when choosing what we put into our bodies, but we should also be paying attention to what we put on our bodies. Especially our children’s bodies.

 Here’s the low-down…

Just like in some of the foods we purchase, cotton is often treated with harmful chemicals that cannot always be washed away. Therefore, our children’s skin, at its most sensitive state, is absorbing these harmful chemicals. FYI, even some organic choices are sometimes not 100% guaranteed chemical-free. This does not mean that all non-organic cotton is harmful to our bodies.  However, since I do believe our society needs to cut out more chemicals to keep up with our health I felt compelled to share. There are also some children that can ONLY wear organic clothing due to skin conditions such as Epidermolysis Bullosa Simplex. In my Bitsy travels I’ve landed on some really great “organic” children’s clothing brands and below give you a small sampling of what they have to offer. (Not too bad, huh?!) When you have a chance to pop over to any of these adorable websites you can gain a greater understanding as to why this organic clothing movement is important. You will also have an opportunity to learn more about the fine print. Since I do not consider myself an expert on this topic, I thought I would graze the surface in order to introduce you to these great webshops + brands. *Note that not each of these web shops carry organic clothing exclusively…in this case, take a look out for their “organic” section.

Bloumebaby.com Organic Paper Bag Skirt, $38-

Bloumebaby.com Organic Paper Bag Skirt, $38-

Bloume Baby

Kidscase.com Candy Organic Dress, $80.97-

Kidscase.com Candy Organic Dress, $80.97-

Kids Case

Littlevida.com Go Gently Baby Jacket, $46.80- (was $78-)

Littlevida.com Go Gently Baby Jacket, $46.80- (was $78-)

Little Vida

Softclothing.net Prep School Blazer, $56-

Softclothing.net Prep School Blazer, $56-

Soft Clothing

shake your booties

All of a sudden you have a walker on your hands and no shoes! I remember calling my mom and saying ‘HELP! Where do I look?!’. Luckily my mom had a nice little tradition to take every grandchild for his or her first “real” pair of shoes. So, we made a day of it and headed down to Little Eric (in Greenwich, CT) to get Lu’s little tootsies sized. She tried on a ton of different “walkers” and we had a ball.  Of course, I did not want to sacrifice her look so I drove myself nuts looking for the most perfect pair. I found a beautiful off-white patent mary jane that looked great with over-alls, but were also special enough for her dresses, the holidays, etc. If you don’t have a great children’s shoe store nearby and are at the mercy of the Internet, above are a few adorable, classic and smart styles (worthy of bronzing).

Links are listed below…

Footmates Danielle 3 Buckle Shoe (Navy), $54-

Jumping Jacks Kyle Buck, $29.95-

Footmates Oxford Saddle Shoe, $54-

Toke Red Patent Mary Jane Classic, $63.50-

Florsheim Kids Kearny Jr., $49.95-

FootMates Toddler Oxfords, $53-

Toke Silver Mary Janes Classic, $63.50-