February 21st, 2014

Favorite Five: Toddler Girl Easter Dresses

Favorite Five: Toddler Girl Easter Dresses
Editor’s Notes

We’re getting ahead of the game over the next few weeks by featuring Easter picks for different age groups. Because boys need more of an “outfit” than a single pick, we’ll be doing some accessories round ups for them and supplementing those Favorite Fives with our regular outfit inspiration boards to help you shop for your mini man of the house. We’re starting off with the girls today, starting with this round up of adorable toddler girl Easter dresses.

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February 14th, 2014

Favorite Five: Toddler Girl Casual Dresses

Favorite Five: Toddler Girl Casual Dresses from The Kids' Dept.
Editor’s Notes

And we’re back! Sorry to have such a long delay between posts, but one day last month, Maddy’s poor laptop fried. After a month of waiting for replacement parts, Apple Care kindly decided to just throw a new computer at that situation, so we’re blogging today from our shiny new MacBook Pro.

Today, we’re talking toddler girl casual dresses. We keep seeing signs of spring popping up all over Instagram (I’m looking at you, fortunate bloggers in the Southwest and California), and we’re both so envious. While we’re still staring at three feet of snow that has accumulated in our backyard, we’re dreaming of those first buds that pop up and the sound of chirping birds outside… not to mention, the adorable dresses that Aurora can wear as we walk around the lake! We hope you’re loving our favorites as much as we are!

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January 21st, 2014

Mini Style Profile: Phoebe and Camille of Camille Styles

Camille Styles Interview: Mini Style Profile from The Kids' Dept.
Editor’s Notes

As a party and craft blogger, I (Maddy) have watched Camille’s amazing entertaining site, Camille Styles grow and develop into the amazing feast for the eyes that it is over the past few years. I was so excited for her when she added beautiful little Phoebe to her family, so of course I wanted to make sure she was included in a Mini Style Profile feature when I sent out our initial round of invitations! Hope you enjoy the Camille Styles interview, and her sage advice she has to share!


Tell us about your business.
I’m the founder and creative director of popular lifestyle blog, where we share the creative entertaining ideas that inspire our parties and everyday life. I’m also a regular lifestyle contributor to numerous media outlets, and do styling work for national fashion and lifestyle brands. I always aim to achieve a modern aesthetic with an eye for detail for parties that are simple, chic and all about fun.

What is your child’s name and age?
Phoebe, 18 months.

How would you describe your child’s style?
If it were up to her, “naked.”

How heavily is your child’s style inspired by your own?
Since I still pick out Phoebe’s outfits, VERY heavily (though I know it’ll be any day now that she suddenly decides to start choosing what she wants to wear!) It’s funny how, without even trying, her outfit often ends up being highly coordinated with mine. If I’m wearing a navy striped top, she’s wearing a navy striped onesie; If I have on a coral blouse, she’s wearing coral leggings. I SWEAR it’s not on purpose.

What brands are most frequently found in your child’s wardrobe?
Boden, Tea, Pink Chicken, Baby Gap.
Camille Styles Interview: Mini Style Profile from The Kids' Dept.
What fashion tips do you have for parents with kids around your child’s age?
Comfort is key. Now that I’m a mom, I buy my friend’s babies totally different gifts than I’d gotten them before, since I realize that clothes that feel soft against their skin, that they can run and play in are the most important. Always buy up one size since they’ll grow into it super fast, and don’t buy anything that can’t be thrown into the washing machine!

Camille Styles Interview: Toddler Girl Clothing Picks
January 20th, 2014

DIY Dog and Tassel Charm Necklace

DIY Tassel Necklace: DIY Dog and Tassel Charm Necklace from The Kids' Dept.
Editor’s Notes

Let’s kick off this week with a bang by introducing our first “true” fashion craft tutorial: our DIY tassel necklace that features the most adorable custom dog charm! Aurora and Maddy both love a good necklace, and this design is fun and trendy – perfect for Mama and Big Girl alike!

DIY Tassel Necklace: DIY Dog and Tassel Charm Necklace from The Kids' Dept.
Craft This Project

DIY Tassel Necklace: DIY Dog and Tassel Charm Necklace from The Kids' Dept.
You Will Need:
  • Jewelry Chain
  • Medium Size Jump Rings
  • Jewelry Pliers with Wire Cutters
  • Bottom Close Clam Shell Bead Tips
  • Embroidery Floss in Two Colors
  • Small Plastic Dog Figurine
  • Hand Drill Tool
  • White Spray Paint
  • Eyepin
  • Jewelry Glue or Super Glue
How To: Cut a length of chain with jewelry wire cutters. For girls, 16″ – 18″ should be sufficient; for adults, cut about 20 ” – 24″. Add a jump ring to one of the open ends of the jewelry. Attach it to the chain by opening it in a twisting motion (rather than pulling the ends apart and distorting the circle shape), threading it through the hole in the end link, then twisting in the opposite direction to close the jump ring. Attach a clasp to the other chain end, using an additional small jump ring if necessary for the clasp.

Cut a long length of embroidery floss and thread it through the ball shaped clam shell of the bead tip. With the jewelry pliers, close the clam shell around the embroidery floss so it is shut tight and the floss is secured in place, then set it aside.

Wrap the rest of the embroidery floss around your three middle fingers. While the wrap should be tight, keep it loose enough that your fingers have a little bit of wiggle room. Wrap until you do not have enough excess embroidery floss to create another full loop around your fingers, then trim off the remaining thread at the bottom of the wrap bundle. Slowly and carefully pull the wrap bundle off of your fingers, pinching at the top to keep the threads in place. Use the embroidery floss length attached to the bead tip to tie the wrap together. Position the bead tip on the outside of the top of the wrap (as shown), then pull the two ends of the embroidery floss attached to it through the wrap bundle opening and make a tight double knot around the bunch. Let any excess from the floss length fall with the bundle, then trim the entire bottom of it off so the bottom fringes. With your fingers, gently pull apart the individual embroider floss pieces so they fray and become thin threads. If necessary, trim the bottom off again so the tassel bottom is even. Repeat to create a second tassel.

With your hand drill tool, make a hole in the center of the plastic dog figurine’s back. If the head area is large, you may want to move the hole a little closer to that area than true center so that the finished charm will be weight balanced. Drill down until the hole reaches about halfway through the figurine, then remove the tool and blow out any remaining plastic debris inside of it. In a well ventilated area, spray paint the dog figurine, adding additional coats as necessary until the coverage is completely even. When the painted dog is dry, insert the eyepin into the hole, and trim away any excess wire at the bottom of the pin necessary to make the eye sit flush with the dog’s back. Fill the hole with jewelry glue or super glue, and, working quickly, insert the eyepin again, holding it straight and in place momentarily while the glue sets.

When the glue is dry, put the dog charm and the two tassels on an open jump ring. Find the center link of the necklace chain by closing the clasp and letting it hang naturally. Attach the charm and tassel jump ring to the center link and enjoy!
Love the Look, But Don’t Want to DIY?

No worries, we’ve got you covered! This design is original to The Kids’ Dept., but here are some finds that pick up the look.