Introducing Valya Kids, founded by Tatiana Kulakov, creates playful and classic styles for kids, inspired by the bygone mid-century days. Their new capsule collection bridges the gap between what parents love and what kids will enjoy wearing! Each piece is made in a women-owned manufacturer here in the U.S. using mostly organic fabrics, so parents can feel even better about shopping from Valya Kids! Tatiana on the inspiration behind the line:
“By studying mid-century clothing I’ve also learned the importance of versatility. You notice a lot of pinafores, coveralls, rompers and overalls. The reason being is you can style this one item in a variety of different ways and over the course of several seasons. A pinafore can be worn with bare legs and a tee in the summer, a long-sleeve shirt and socks in the fall, tights and a sweater in the winter and so on and so forth. I love that!”
We love it too! Check out some of our favorite looks for the capsule collection!
Why is it, that when spring rolls in, we get the urge to throw out everything we own? It’s as if all at once, everything in our home is old, boring, and out of style. Step away from those trash bags, friends. Allow us to introduce you to the power of the pillow…
That’s right. Pillows. Just a few fresh pillows here and there can give your space a whole new look and talk you off the ledge of redoing your entire home!
Now, the only question remains – where to start? We’ve got you covered. We collaborated with our favorite artisan shop, The Citizenry, to share some no-fail pillow styling tips. Also! Get a little glimpse at our new living room space we talked about in the previous post!
1 // The first tip of pillow styling? Never be afraid of a little color. The key to styling with color is to go with a single palette, then pick a good variety of textures and patterns within that palette. Be sure to mix in with some neutrals to keep the look feeling light.
2 // It’s all about the layering! Use different sizes and shapes of pillows to create a layered look. This gives each pillow some room to show itself off. Think of it like a family photo (without the blood, sweat, and tears…) – tall in the back, short in the front.
3 // Believe it or not, patterns do know how to play nice with each other. It’s easy to think there’s only room for one show-stopping pillow, but the truth is, pairing patterns creates a look with more depth and interest. Just be sure to vary the scale of the patterns – go for both small and large scale patterns that complement, instead of compete, with one another.
Let’s face it… when you’ve lived in your home for ten+ years there comes a point when you need to re-model your space + update things! This is exactly where we are at right now and we’ve slowly been remodeling each room in our house. We just finished up our kitchen and are currently working on our living room + dinning nook area. The biggest thing we needed to do to update things was re-paint our walls and get rid of our ten-year-old carpet! There’s not much that needs to be said about how gross carpet gets! So our main project has been ripping out our carpet and replacing it with a nice hardwood floor! This is something we’ve wanted to do for many years now and it was pretty much the best day ever when it finally happened!
When choosing the perfect hardwood floor for your space it can be challenging to know even where to begin. We stressed about this process for a while and the best option for us. Since this was a big investment we wanted to make sure we did our research and pick the best product that we knew we would love for several years to come. When we found Hallmark Floors we instantly knew this was the company we wanted to work with! Some of the things that initially drew us into Hallmark Floors was their quality products, variety of wood specie options and color options. We decided to pick an option from their Alta Vista Hardwood Collection which is a return to vintage European Design and is crafted out of French White Oak, a premier hardwood. We loved this collection because of its stability and wider widths + lengths.
We knew we wanted to go with a lighter wood option to make our space feel more modern + contemporary and after debating a little bit (there are just too many amazing color options to choose from) we decided to go with the Alta Vista Balboa. We loved this lighter color that also has a bit of a cooler tone to it which we thought would go nicely with the color pallet we were using for the space. We also loved that this wood is lightly sculpted & wire brushed 100% by hand, giving it a bit of a natural + worn look to it. Honestly, it’s the best light neutral wood floor color and we couldn’t be more thrilled with how it’s turning out! Check out the inspiration for our living room below to get an idea of the colors, textures and patterns we will be using! We will also be sharing a few sneak peeks tomorrow in the space and talking about pillow styling!
Whenever we think of the brand June and January the words that come to mind are fun + colorful + playful! June & January believes that kids are fun, and their clothes should be, too! We of course couldn’t agree more and are so excited to about their recent swim collection launch that includes a classic one piece swimsuit for girls and a modern Euro swim trunk for boys! Both styles are available in onyx, mint and grapefruit. These cute suits are perfect for effortlessly going from pool to play all summer long! Make sure to snag your little peanuts one of these swimsuits at such great prices!
We don’t know about you but we are feeling a little bit stir crazy this month and just anxiously awaiting school being out for the summer + being able to enjoy our local pools + water parks opening very soon! One thing we do know is that we are currently obsessed with every piece of CarlyMegan’s Spring + Summer collection! This line is uniquely stylish but also simple and comfortable the way our little peanuts like it! Featured below is one of our faves for this season… black + cream knit jumpsuit that is super cozy and also unisex! We also have to mention one of our newest product obsessions: Monroe Workshop Toys has seriously the cutest collection of wooden toys + animals that you’ve ever seen! Every piece promotes imaginative play through simple yet innovative toys and we can’t wait to collect them all!
If you’ve ever had a baby or even just know someone who has then you’ve heard of the iconic Petunia Pickle Bottom brand and their innovative + beautiful diaper bags! We have been true lovers + users of their products for more then 8 years now and we will continue to be amazed at the amazing products they release every season. They just recently launched their new nursery decor + bedding collection and it’s no surprise it’s amazing + every detail was perfectly thought out! If you’ve been looking for unique + stylish pieces for your little peanuts nursery you have to check out their new collection for both boys + girls below!
Happy Fashion Friday! Would you believe us when we say it’s actually snowing outside here in Utah and we are just a couple short days away from May?! Every Spring we go through this and every year we are some how shocked that it can still snow and be really cold even in the Spring months. Well we are trying to stay positive and just clinging to the hope that soon the temps will warm up and we can finally wear all of our anxiously awaiting Spring + Summer fashion looks! Today we are sharing another favorite look this season for little peanuts from our current issue. Enjoy the weekend friends!
Today we are taking a glimpse into the life of wife, mother and founder of Solly Baby. Elle has always been an inspiring business women + mother for us and one that we have always looked up to. We are thrilled to be able to share a bit more about her and what life is like at home with her family!
Elle Rowley made the first Solly Baby wrap in 2011 in the sewing nook of a little house in Salt Lake City after the birth of her second child, Solomon (hence the name Solly Baby). After using migraine-inducing carriers that left her feeling like a packhorse with her first baby, Elle wanted something comfortable and chic to wear, that could not only best meet Solly’s needs, but also enable her to still chase after her toddler as well. Today, Elle and Jared live in San Diego with their four children: Lucy, Solomon, Frances and Hazel. Read our Q&A will Elle below!
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOU
I started a baby carrier company, Solly Baby, six years ago in the sewing nook of our little Salt Lake City, Utah home while my husband, Jared, was still in school. We now run the company together in San Diego with our four little ones (Lucy, 8; Solomon, 5; Frances, 2; Hazel, 3 months). Life is new every day and always a little crazy, but we love it.
WHAT FIRST INSPIRED YOU TO CREATE SOLLY BABY?
Necessity and my babies. After using migraine-inducing carriers that left me feeling like a packhorse, I wanted something comfortable and chic to wear my baby in so I could still chase after my toddler and meet her needs as well. Being able to do this for my own family instilled in me a passion to share it with others.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU + YOUR WRAP COLOR CHOICES?
I’m inspired by colors and prints that feel fresh and on trend, and, most importantly, make moms and dads excited to wear their little ones. I go all over for inspiration from nature to runway fashion.
WHAT IS ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE PARTS ABOUT YOUR JOB?
I love telling the stories of mothers as much as I love sharing great products with them so social media has created the perfect place for an entrepreneur like me to find the stories of real parents using our product, even if it’s just a snippet from someone’s day, and to be able to share them. I’m still amazed I’m able to share our product in this way and that it’s been as successful as it has been. It’s so fulfilling for me.
HOW DO YOU BALANCE WORK LIFE AND FAMILY LIFE?
It’s always changing! Sometimes my kids will have a time where they need more of me and then other times work will require more of me. It’s continually a balancing act, but being deliberate about my time and creating healthy boundaries for both has definitely been key for me.
AFTER A LONG BUSY WEEK WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO TO UNWIND?
Order in some Indian food and hang out at home with Jared and the kids or go to the beach and just sit on the sand while my kids run around. That always gives me fresh perspective. If it’s been an especially crazy week then I love fitting in a massage or dinner with friends.
WHAT QUOTE BEST DESCRIBES YOU + WHAT YOU LIVE BY?
“Your real work is to figure out where your power base is and to work on that alignment of your personality, your gifts you have to give, with the real reason why you are here,” – Oprah (Always, Oprah!)
WHAT IS YOUR BEST ADVICE FOR OTHER WOMEN + MOTHERS
Live your life to the fullest now! I get the feeling that a lot of mothers are waiting until their kids get older to start living, but really you enjoying your life now will teach them the most important lessons.
What’s for lunch today?! This Sesame Shrimp with Asian Greens Rice Bowl is a must to try! The first time we tried it we instantly fell in love and can always use a little spice in our life! The mix of shrimp with edamame and asparagus is a great balance of healthy goodness that we for one can use more of! Throw it all over your favorite rice and you’ve got an easy + delicious meal for the fam! Recipe + directions below!
– ó cup ponzu sauce
– 1 tablespoon grated ginger
– 2 tablespoons sesame oil
– 3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
– ¼ teaspoon red chile flakes
– 1 tablespoon brown sugar
– 1 pound large shrimp, shelled and deveined with tails remove
– 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
– 5 cups rainbow swiss chard, chopped with hearty stems removed
– 6 green onions, chopped
– 2 cups fresh spinach leaves
– 1 cup shelled edamame
– 10 stalks of asparagus spears cute into 1″ pieces
– 4 cups cooked brown rice
– 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1. In a medium size bowl, whisk the ponzu sauce, grated ginger, sesame oil, garlic, brown sugar and red chile flakes. Add the shrimp to the sauce and toss to coat. Set aside the shrimp to marinade for 30 minutes in the refrigerator up to 1 hour.
2. In a large pan or a wok, bring the heat to high and add the oil to the pan. Add half of the shrimp and cook for 2-3 minutes until cooked on one side then stir the shrimp quickly with a wooden spoon or tongs for another minute until the shrimp is browned on each side. Transfer the shrimp to a bowl and add a bit more oil of needed then add the rest of the shrimp, repeating the cooking process, and transfer to the bowl when cooked. Pour the remaining marinade in the pan and bring to a boil then scrape up the bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the green onions and cook for 1 minute. Add the swiss chard, spinach, asparagus and edamame and cook, tossing often like stir fry for 1-2 minutes or until slightly wilted. Add the shrimp back to the greens and stir to combine. Garnish with more green onions and sesame seeds.
3. Divide the brown rice to serving bowls and top with the shrimp and greens. Serve immediately with Sriracha sauce if you like it spicy.
Bosses demand good quality clothes, even if he is just a baby! Kira Kids, one of the most celebrity-favored and fastest growing kids’ clothing brand, just released a collaboration collection with DreamWorks on the studio’s latest animation film, The Boss Baby. The limited-edition collection, made with the softest eco-friendly fabrics, includes rompers, t-shirts and pants for newborns and babies up to two years old. Our fave piece is the “Power Nap Time” romper! See more of the collection below!