girls fashion blog: graphic and contemporary summer t-shirts

Look at these t-shirts! Contemporary graphics and simple designs are an easy way to keep your kids looking stylish during those busier summer days. Your little ones will feel comfortable and be ready to play! We especially love the banana print which just so happens to match this adult t-shirt in our fruit-inspired summer style post and #1, #3 and #5 are some of our favorites. You must have already seen a couple of these on the blog in the past few weeks. What can we do, we just can't seem to get enough of these fun tees! 

Which ones would you choose for your kids? Find them in the links below.


Family Lifestyle Blog: Traveling with Kids

Traveling is such a fun, valuable, and cultural learning experience for kids - and adults, too! The girls had the best time as we traveled to Germany, Italy, and Austria last June. I already shared our Berlin adventures but here are some from Italy and Austria! Better late than never, right?

I didn't carry my camera everywhere all the time (a lot of pictures on my phone still) so just sharing some of the trip highlights via these pictures.

Sleepyheads on their first morning in Rome

It was almost two weeks of ZERO screen time, giving the girls a chance to fully immerse themselves in our daily adventures. We figured out old school and meaningful ways to entertain the girls. My 6-year-old kept a travel journal she filled every 2-3 days, read her favorite books, colored, and it was pretend play galore for the girls. My 4-year-old also scribbled in her own travel journal or wrote legit words when one of us helped her, and was happy coloring and playing with her sister. They got plenty of outdoor time and we took them to playgrounds when we could. And of course, a gelato a day, kept the boredom away! ; )

It was truly special to watch them soak in all of these new sights and hear their little comments along the way. Some of my favorites included, "I'm going to squeeze the whole city of Rome," "Mama, you just have to check it out!" and of course, "Mama, these shoes are a dream come true!"

Finished her first chapter book while walking the streets of Rome!

Vatican Views

Vatican Museums Spiral Staircase

Colosseum on a hot day

Can never get enough of fiori

Roaming in Rome


A rare one of me and the girls

Local markets. Trying to buy cherries.

Venice alleyways & beautiful building facades

When you see one little girl do a middle split in the middle of a piazza in Venice and you make six more (including two of your own) join in, and everyone thinks it's some type of show!

I could walk these Venice alleyways for hours, getting lost with my camera. One of the days I'm glad I had my camera in tow.

A day trip to a beautiful little town of Desenzano

Lake Garda

A dip was a must! Thank goodness I had a change of clothing!

Up next, Vienna! It was love at first sight with Vienna. Its diversity, classical music, theatre, opera, cafes, graffiti...there is so much to do and explore. I would love to visit again once the girls are a little older to soak in more of what this wonderful city has to offer. 

Overtired kids by the time we got to Vienna!

Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna

Chic boutiques

Beautiful Cafes



Mid morning snack before a day trip to Salzburg

Remember Mirabell Gardens from The Sound of Music?

Old Town, Salzburg

Apple doesn't fall far from the tree ; )

After a day trip to Salzburg, we headed back to Vienna and then to Boston the next day! 

It was a truly memorable trip and as the girls get older, I hope their appreciation for travel will grow even more. It will be a treat to watch them discover new places all over again. What are your favorite family travel destinations?

Checkout pictures from our recent India trip with kids. Or planning on flying with kids? Here are our top 10 in-flight essentials for a long domestic/international flight. 


kids fashion blog: mix and match summer style

A client recently asked me for outfit recommendations to have for a photo shoot for three sisters. The goal was to find simple summery outfits with coordinating colors but not too matchy-matchy. Well, she asked the right person! Here is the summer fashion inspiration board I created for them. 

Striped shirts paired with artfully designed skirts make for the ideal mix and match outfit. The colors will add a hint of playfulness to these outfits and the unified stripes will allow them to match in a unique way. Remember, never be afraid to mix patterns! You can find these looks in the links below.

What do you think of this outfit choice for a casual family photo shoot?

Left Outfit:
Navy striped top
Donkey Embroidered Skirt

Middle Outfit:
Striped t-shirt
Green girly faces skirt

Right Outfit:
Coral striped t-shirt
Beige printed skirt


kids fashion blog: fruit inspired summer style - part 2

Sticking with the SS18 fruit inspired summer styles, we've pulled together these pieces that'll make your little ones smile. Bright colors to match sunny days, lots of lemons for zest, and of course a playful banana tee for us adults! You didn't think we'd let the kids have all the fun this summer, did you? Click on the links below to get these fun finds.

Athena pink lemon dress
Yellow printed sweatshirt
Banana t-shirt
Blue lemon t-shirt
Cream oranges dress


10 tips/strategies on how to turn around a bad day

When I say ‘bad’ day, I don’t mean an extremely grave situation, but rather an unideal mood caused by one or more of these reasons. Overwork, juggling multiple priorities, inability to concentrate, general lethargy, or sick kiddos at home - common anxiety arising from work/life balance. Maybe it’s one of these that has thrown off your entire day or perhaps it’s a combination of many. Either way, I’ve been there, and I’ve learned a few tricks to get out of the rut before it takes a toll on me. These tips may especially come in handy for those of us who are self-starters (creatives, entrepreneurs, artists, makers) who generally don’t live a 9-5 lifestyle.

Everyone has their own strategy; these are some simple ‘realistic’ things that work for me (in no particular order):

1. Don’t fight it - One thing I have learned over time is to not fight a bad day. I just embrace my mood and focus on the small things I can do to try to salvage the rest of the day. I know after some rest and a good night’s sleep, the next day will be better.

2. Declutter - It’s easy to feel overwhelmed or disorganized when your paperwork, house, or life in general feels messy. Getting rid of clutter can feel very therapeutic because you are physically making a difference in your surroundings. It can be something as simple as deleting old emails or cleaning up your work space. Create space for new ideas and creativity to grow into while freeing up your mind a bit!

3. Cook - If you read my blog updates from a few weeks ago, you know that I developed a liking for cooking only after the girls were born. Making a simple, healthy meal for the family can be very gratifying.

4. Workout - This is one of my favorites! Working out not only makes me feel good about taking care of myself but it truly is a sure-fire way to uplift my mood. I sometimes just need my cardio fix.

5. Self-care - Everyone has their own idea of what self-care means but not everyone takes the time to indulge in it! For me, I love music, dancing, candles, essential oils, a hot shower, a massage, getting a blow out or taking the time to put some makeup on. Any way to ease my mind and pamper myself a bit, because let’s face it, we all deserve to slow down and focus on ourselves. Can't resist quoting Coco Chanel: "If you're sad, add more lipstick and attack!"

6. Gratitude - Be thankful! This is one of the easiest ways to turn your day around because it means focusing on the good in your life. I love to take a moment to focus on all I have to be thankful for, from a sunny day to my loving family, it’s as easy as it sounds. This always reminds me to carry a positive mindset because things could get way worse.

7. Reset expectations and prioritize -  When you have a lot going on, it can be difficult to know where to begin. This is an easy way to feel discouraged, but it doesn’t have to be! When this happens, I focus on a couple of things I can really accomplish and check off my list. Whether it’s tackling pending emails, grocery shopping, or even making a to-do list for the next day, choose obligations you can complete with ease to set yourself up for success early on! Who knows, once your mood changes you’ll be ready to take on more as the day goes on, too. Baby steps!

8. Change of scenery - If you’re tired of the same old workplace or day to day routine, mix it up! I love to take a walk or work at a cafe. These are simple ways to keep your motivation on track and make you look forward to each new day.

9. Get Creative - Many of our jobs call upon our creativity, but as you know, there are endless ways to express this side of you. Dabble in something new. I love to give myself a break from the norm. Write, read, paint, or draw! Whatever it may be, let yourself enjoy this new outlet because whether you realize it or not, it’s helping you succeed in other ways as well.

10. Unplug - It’s crazy how all consuming social media can be. And the ways in which we utilize it. I know sometimes I don’t even realize just how much time I’m spending on my phone or laptop. But when trying to uplift my mood, this is the last thing I need to be doing. Unplug! Even if it’s only for an hour or two, give your mind a break from the constant flow of media.

There you have it, my 10 top go-to survival tricks when my day just won’t seem to go my way! What are your go-to strategies to turnaround a bad day?


Summer Dresses We Love

It’s refreshing to see summer dresses right? Switching things up a little here by sharing women’s dresses instead of kids’ fashion today. SS18 collections are hitting the stores and online, and we came across some wonderful printed dresses we thought would be fun to share. Not all dresses necessarily are from the new season, but we are sharing anyway because we love them and think they’ll be great for spring/summer.

We love the fact that the prints and colors are unique and yet the dresses are so simple and fuss-free. Each dress makes a statement on its own and may or may not be accessorized. Which one is your favorite?

Love this abstract print straight cut linen dress

Printed crepe dress that can take you from day to night

Love the chanderi silk fabric. The cut is not necessarily my style but I love the print and can see myself styling this with an oversized denim jacket for a casual daytime look.

Oversized print silk dress. Love the cut and can be another great addition to the closet.