Here's a recessionista-friendly stimulus package of spring and
summer staples that not only support conservation and charitable
giving, but wow little wearers without breaking the bank.
can often be the gorilla in the room. Wear it instead with help
from Jilly Jellybug's organic offerings. The bibs, onesies, tees
and dresses bearing Jilly Jellybug and her rainforest friends,
Pavel Polliwog and Gracie Glowworm, help spread the word about
lowland gorillas. A portion of each purchase goes toward protecting
these mountain-dwelling primates. $27, www.etsy.com
The best part of waking up might just be facing the daily grind
with hot tops and onesies from Baby Blend Tees. Each sweatshop-free
style combines 100 percent organic cotton with comfort and social
consciousness to create tongue-in-cheek choices like Veg Out and
Stunt Man. One percent of annual sales goes toward grassroots
environmental programs through 1% For The Planet. $23, www.babyblendtees.com
And let's not forget all friendly forest creatures. Dante
Beatrix mixes childlike whimsy with modern sensibility in a newly
launched line of tees. Featuring furry critters, these 100 percent
heavyweight cotton ringers are sure to elicit smiles. $30, www.dantebeatrix.com
Give the chief haul monitor a little love in the form of Hedvig
Bourbon's Lucas Diaper Bag & Stroller Tote. Designed for moms
on the move with a clever hook-and-closure leather
stroller-to-shoulder strap, this bag is all about family-friendly
function. Pockets keep mom organized, while butterfly-embroidered
fabric keeps her looking fabulous. $265, www.hedvigbourbon.com
Red Carpet Recovery Kit, $60, www.wood
Jumpseat Galley Tote, $220, www.jumpseatbags.com
Trailbreak multi-sport sandal, $49.99,
Twin/Triple Side-By-Side Sun Shade, $54.95. Use code
protectyourbub for 10 percent off any order.www.protect-a-bubusa.com
The writing on the wall doesn't have to come courtesy of your
child's crayons. Instead, think outside the lines to satisfy your
pint-sized Picasso's need for self-expression with peel-and-stick
wall decals from WallCandy Arts. With charmingly offbeat choices
like Fly Society, Transport, Season Tree and chalkboard Rococco,
sticking them up or taking them down whenever the mood strikes is a
snap. The high-quality chalk is even dustless and free from latex,
dairy, casein, egg, gluten, peanuts, tree nuts and soy ($36-$68).
tidy go hand in hand with new storage bins from Dwell Studio.
Whether it becomes a catchall for soft creature comforts, mounds of
dirty whites or piles of baby blankets, the heavy-duty, coated
canvas bins in mod-pop patterns like Transportation, clean up has
never looked so cool. $88, www.dwellstudio.com
For babies just finding their footing, these flowerful Mini
Betty Mary Janes and Lisa sandals from Vincent, bedecked with
butterflies, draw inspiration from nature while nurturing tiny toes
with soft suede soles. $6.25-$47.95, www.vincentshoestore.us
Farmers markets have nothing on the fresh footwear introductions
from cool urban creator See Kai Run. Think avocado green suede,
paired with rich raspberry accents and faux-fur trim to make feet
sweet with the Rhonda. Meanwhile flexible rubber soles, padded
collars, generous widths and wide toe boxes coupled with appliquéd
birds, stars and dot details in its Melody, Elaine and Dorothy
namesake styles provide developing feet with kid-friendly comfort.
When it comes to
fresh-picked kicks from Robeez' Mini Shoez and Classic soft sole
collections, one need not look far from Mother Nature to find the
inspiration behind the designs. Movers and shakers can look forward
to a little spring in their step thanks to washable leather and an
elasticized stay-on ankle feature ($27.95-$49.95). More than
160,000 pairs have been donated to disadvantaged kids around the
world through the company's Heart & Sole program. www.robeez.com
With Pediped, leather never looked better as support and style
come together to create long-lasting dramatic designs like the
black and silver patent T-strap Victoria or playful size-to-suit
choices like the Fuchsia Nubuck Jackie sneaker and retro-mod
Giselle sandal. $32-$57, www.pediped.com
Maria Pilar Clark is a mom times two and Windy City-based writer.
See more of Pilar's stories here.
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