Posts in September, 2010

Appaman T-shirts

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

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My go-to brand for great t-shirts for my son is Appaman. You may recognize them by their cool ape logo. I love the quality of the shirts (thick, soft cotton that washes well) and fabulous selection of colors. My son loves the all of their cool designs and images. Here are two shirts from his collection.  As their website states, “Appaman has a unique Scandinavian perspective on Ameripop iconic imagery.”  For all of the little cool kids out there – this is the brand to shop. I’ve been checking out their designs for fall/ winter 2010 and love all of their great jackets – especially the motorcycle jacket. My son hates to wear a coat, but I think I have finally found one he will want to put on every day. Appaman is available at a number of online shops and local boutiques.

Seychelles Heels

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

I will admit it. I am one of the 20 million people out there who watches Dancing with the Stars every week. Between The Bachelor and DWTS – ABC has my Monday nights covered year round. So earlier today when I was poking around the Seychelles website (one of my favorite spots for well priced funky shoes) I was immediately drawn to these ‘Little Owl’ heels (I couldn’t link directly to them – so just look under heels & wedges) because they seemed to have a little dancing flair. As anyone who has seen my shoe closet will tell you – I love silver and sparkles so I of course loved the silver leather detailing and how it is mixed with the pretty navy blue suede. I actually think these are probably comfortable too – this shaped heel usually does the trick in terms of wearability. The navy silver combo will look super cute with jeans.  Kick up your dancing heels and go take a look…. Happy Shopping!

Weekly Deals

Monday, September 27th, 2010

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Here are some great deals from Sweet Peas & Stilettos affiliate partners – a little something for everyone – happy shopping!

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10% off All Photo Gifts at Kodak Gallery with Coupon Code 4UCJGIFTS

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Changing the World, One Marker at a Time

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Here is our latest fabulous Friday book installment from Susan Fry…

One of the most frustrating things about life in the internet age is that things change so quickly. And by “things,” I mean web pages. Overnight, they get redesigned, revamped, or disappear entirely. No wonder I find books so comforting. Once something’s down on paper, it’s permanent. Right?

Sigh. Deep down, I know that editions update, science upgrades, and series I love get cancelled after the second book. These changes are unsettling. They force me to realize that the whole world is really and truly out of my control.

Imagine how much scarier that feeling must be for a child.

Maybe that’s one reason I like the following books, modern renditions of Harold and the Purple Crayon. They take a playful approach to the relationship between the “real world” and the world of the imagination. In these books, children use pens, markers, and chalk to actually change their worlds. But while these new realities at first seem exciting, they often spiral out of control. The kids have to get crafty to contain their own creations.

Just imagine – pictures about creating reality out of pictures. Magritte would have loved them.

Chalk, by Bill Thomson. Three children in a park on a rainy day find a bag filled with deceptively innocuous sidewalk chalk. But when one girl draws a sun, the actual sun appears and the rain vanishes. The second child gleefully draws pretty butterflies that emerge from the asphalt. And then — the third child draws a T-Rex. As it looms over them, teeth snapping, the children hide in the covered slide, where the quick-thinking T-Rex creator draws a rainstorm. As the drops wash away the chalk, the T-Rex melts, too. Thomson’s art (and the complete absence of words) makes the children’s dilemma feel real. He has a slightly-unnerving technique of using unusual angles – ground level, super-close up, bird’s eye – to make you feel that you’re actually part of the picture. His paintings are also hyper-real, with textures and shadows you want to touch.

Purple, Green and Yellow, by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Helene Desputeaux. Brigid finally persuades her mother to buy her the “SUPER-INDELIBLE-NEVER-COME-OFF-TILL-YOU’RE-DEAD-AND-MAYBE-EVEN-LATER” markers, promising that she’ll never use them on herself. As you guessed, that promise doesn’t last long. Soon, Brigid is decorated in all different colors. Her efforts to get the marker off involve water, invisibility, and re-coloring herself until she actually looks “perfect. Even better than before.” Slightly older children will soon have the name of the markers memorized and ask for them incessantly at the store.

Jeremy Draws a Monster, by Peter McCarty. Jeremy “had his very own room. He never left. He never went outside.” Instead, Jeremy watches all alone from his window as the neighborhood children play. Then, one day, Jeremy uses his “fancy pen” to draw a monster. The large purple beast proves more annoying than frightening. Jeremy soon gets tired of the monster’s demands – “Draw me a sandwich! I’m hungry! . . . . Draw me a hat! I’m going out!” So he draws a bus ticket and escorts the beast out of town. As soon as the monster departs, the other kids invite Jeremy to play. It’s tempting to see the monster as Jeremy’s “bad” traits, or even fears, as both child and monster sport a similar number “3” on the front of their shirts.

Susan Fry is a writer and mother in the San Francisco Bay Area. She’s written for Stanford Magazine, salon, the San Jose Mercury News, and many other publications.

Kids Halloween Costumes

Friday, September 24th, 2010

I just spent my evening adding 15 more adorable costumes to my kid’s Halloween costumes page. There are so many cute ones it was so hard to narrow it down. My son has been asking to be a police man and I think I found a gun free version so I need to order it soon. I am sure his Curious George is going to be in handcuffs before long… I think I got a little carried away with all of the very very girlie tutus, princess and butterfly costumes this year… oh well…they are cute! And I just love the quality and creativity behind the costumes from Pottery Barn Kids. Year after year they always deliver some of the best costumes around. Take a peek and enjoy!

The adorable, custom made Miss Ladybug Tutu Costume is from PoshTots. Gotta love the fur antennae!

Art Party for Kids

Friday, September 24th, 2010

We’ve got another fabulous children’s birthday party idea to share with you. Amy, of Amy Nichols Special Events, was originally inspired with the simple idea of putting different color frosted cupcakes together on a round platter to look like “paint” on an artist’s palette. From there her idea grew and grew. From cute invitations from Sarah + Abraham to decorated palatte cookies, and jumbo wall post-its so the kids could paint their own masterpieces – she didn’t miss a beat. Check out her blog for more details and adorable pictures.

If you are looking for a special new outfit for your child’s party, more party invitation ideas, thank you note cards, or toys and gift ideas – I’ve got you covered.

Mention Sweet Peas & Stilettos and you will receive 25% off planning & styling services.

Leopard Print Heels

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Can I tell you how much I am loving my leopard print Vanna peep-toes from Banana Republic. I wore them today with my favorite grey Old Navy cords, black J. Crew cardigan and super sparkly earrings from Anthropologie. I had my eye on a few pairs of very expensive leopard print shoes and then I found these for $98 and immediately knew I had to have them. I was very proud of all the money I saved myself! If you are looking for a perfect new shoe for fall – look no further. Order yourself a pair soon before they are all sold out…


Future Cult Sensation(s)

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same! by Grace Lin

My best friends in elementary school were identical twins. Their mother dressed them in the same polyester-flowered shirts (hey, it was the seventies) and bell-bottomed pants. No one in our school could tell them apart. This always astonished me. To me, they were nothing alike.

This experience may be why Grace Lin’s latest book, Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same! caught my eye. At first, the book might seem aimed at a limited audience – twins, or the elementary school friends of twins. But the appeal is actually universal, for any siblings who want to assert their individual identities and yet still maintain a close relationship.

Twin sisters Ling and Ting “have the same pink cheeks. They have the same happy smiles. People see them and they say, “You two are exactly the same!” But they aren’t. Even if their hair grows at the same rate, Ting can’t sit still in the barber’s chair and winds up with choppy bangs. Ting has a terrible memory, while Ling can’t use chopsticks. Ling’s dumplings are smooth, Ting’s bumpy with extra meat. The differences accumulate through six “Stories” that have the feel of short chapters for very young readers.

While the twins are completely aware of their differences, they help rather than undermine each other. Ling doesn’t laugh at Ting’s hair or forgetfulness. Ting offers to glue Ling’s food to her chopsticks. At the end, Ting’s own story of twins ends with “They were not exactly the same . . . . but they always stayed together.”

What elevates this book above the “sibling” genre, however, is the style with which Lin has told the story. Lin’s inspiration came from the 1940’s Swedish series Flicka, Ricka, Dicka and the New Dotted Dresses, by Maj Lindman. Ling and Ting wear red-dotted dresses like the Swedish triplets, and Lin’s language has the deceptively simple, slightly stilted feel of a sophisticated Pat the Bunny.

But Ling and Ting playfully treads the fine line between retro (Asian) Americana and postmodernism, repeatedly stepping outside the story to comment on the story. Even before the chapters begin, Ling and Ting cavort across a blank page with popcorn and drinks, whispering “Shh! It is starting! Oh no! Are we late?” as if they’re attending a movie of their own lives. A story about a library book suddenly takes a left turn as Ting refers back to an earlier chapter. In the final section, Ling asks Ting for a story. As an author, Ting retells the earlier stories, but all jumbled and mixed up, with Ling objecting to every change.

Just when you think the story is over, the twins reappear with their snacks. “Was that the end?” Ting asks. “No, this is!” Ling replies.

Lin has created a future cult classic – black-clad Modern Lit students will proudly display Ling and Ting on their dorm room bookshelves.

Susan Fry is a writer and mother in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She’s written for Stanford Magazine, salon, the San Jose Mercury News, and many other publications.

Stanford Magazine

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

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I am thrilled that Sweet Peas & Stilettos is featured in the latest issue of Stanford Magazine. I am an extremely proud alum and so excited to be part of this great publication. The author, Susan, was able to highlight some of the featured Sweet Peas & Stilettos modern moms who are also Stanford alums – Julie, Joy and Elaine.

Alta Gracia Apparel

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Take pride in clothes that are making a difference. A huge thank you to one of my dearest friends from college, Samantha, for introducing me to Alta Gracia Apparel. I wanted to share some words from Samantha with all of you:

Worried about the conditions that your university apparel was produced under? Want credible assurance that the worker that made your college T-shirt was paid a living wage and had a voice on the job?

Now, it’s possible. The Alta Gracia clothing line, now available in your university bookstore,is produced by workers who are paid a living wage, have access to affordable healthcare, and who have an independent union to represent them. Don’t see your school listed? Sign the pledge to bring Alta Gracia to your university!

Alta Gracia is an historic breakthrough unlike any other apparel line: celebrate a victory for the workers that have been producing university apparel forover a decade and who deserve respect!

Find your school online and order a t-shirt or sweatshirt today.

If you want to know more about the workers behind the Alta Gracia line of apparel, or the student movement that helped to make this happen visit this website or read Steven Greenhouse’s piece in the New York Times.