Category Archives: DIY

#ThrowbackThursday Jude’s Beatles Themed 1st Birthday Party!

Aside makeup, nail polish, fashion, Hello Kitty, home decor, thrift store shopping and anything with bows, I have an obsession with cute parties. This came about when it was time to start planning our son, Jude’s 1st Birthday party.

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I think I drove my husband nuts talking about it for approximately 3 months. After about 45 days of listening to me ramble, he started joining in the fun too and actually helped me come up with some great ideas for the party. I was pleasantly surprised when Jude’s party was featured on Apartment Therapy Family, one of my favorite blogs!

“My husband Michael & I had a hard time thinking of a theme for Jude’s 1st birthday. We knew we wanted to do something a little different, but something that still represented Jude well. Since music and dancing is Jude’s favorite pastime, we thought, why not! I mean, people often start singing The Beatles to us the instant they hear Jude’s name.

Michael is the head chef at an amazing Irish pub in Roseville, Ca called The Boxing Donkey and we were lucky enough to use the restaurant side to host Jude’s big bash. It made for a fun atmosphere, the vibe of the party fit well with the location. The turntable cake was by Melyssa Tucey from The Boxing Donkey. 57266_10150343952385374_6380207_o(1)78324_10150343950685374_6203276_o

 

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Almost everything you see pictured I made by hand myself. It was very cost effective this way and much more personal to me than going on Etsy and paying someone else to do it for me. Since Jude’s party was in October, I wanted to choose colors that would be easily accessible which made the tableware and decorations a lot more affordable.

 

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I made The Beatles cover album party hats by buying a pack of cheap party hats, taking one apart and tracing it to make a template, printed the album covers from our home printer and assembled from there. The “Jude” banner on our food table was made from actual “Hey Jude” sheet music. All the photos from the party were done by Jason Pryor.”

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How To Add Lookie Boo to Your iPhone/iPad Homescreen!

I have received lots of emails from our pose asking us When are you going to release a Lookie Boo app, yo!?.  And while that is certainly in our 2013 check list of shiz to do, there is a way to easily access us (or any other website you love that doesn’t offer an app yet) from your iPhone/iPad. Ready?!

photo 11. Open Lookie Boo in Safari, press middle button (square thingy with the arrow to the right thingy).

photo 22. Click “Add to Home Screen”.

photo 33. Enter website name/nickname (such as “Best Children’s Fashion Blog in the Entire Universe”).

photo 44. Love your life.

Top 5 Ways to Dress Your Fashion Forward Child for Less

{Photo from Lookie Boo’s Holiday Style Editorial 2012, Vida Mia Photography}

I’m often asked how I can afford to buy cute, fashion forward clothing for my children on a budget. I actually don’t spend lots of money when dressing Jude & Ruby. Unless I am buying for a Birthday or Holiday, I try to spend as little as possible while still keeping their wardrobes fashion forward and comfortable. Here are some ways I cut corners and fight guilt when it comes to justifying purchases for their wardrobes.

1. Stalk Clearance.

Outfit purchased at H&M for $5.

No really, I literally stalk the Clearance section in my favorite stores. I often browse whats new and wait for the items I like to go on sale. I ask employees about upcoming sales, and they are often more than willing to share with me about upcoming deals. I also sign up for mailing lists for stores I shop at most so that I can be alerted when sales are coming.

2. Buy Seasons ahead.

Bathing suit purchased at end of summer for $2.50 at Target.

Part of my stalking clearance routine is that I will buy from clearance at the end of each season. For instance, at the end of summertime all the bathing suits go on major clearance. Last year I bought Ruby 6 bathing suits for $2.50 at Target. Sometimes it is hard to estimate what size your child will be in, but I generally buy in size of the age the child will be next season plus one size.

3. Say YES to Hand-Me-Downs

Ruby in a hand-me-down dress from her pal Josie.

Always, always, always say yes to someone willing to give you hand-me-downs. If you have friends with children, suggest trading some of your child’s clothes with theirs (depending on size difference). Don’t have any friends with kids yet? There are lots of great used children’s fashion sites such as Baby Outfitter.

4. Thrift Stores & Estate Sales.

Ruby in a vintage 1920’s silk dress that was gifted to her by Aunt Nini.

I have always loved, LOVED thrift store shopping and going to Estate Sales. I don’t have as much time for such things anymore, but luckily my Mother saved a ton of my baby clothes for Ruby and my Sister-in-law goes to Estate Sales like its her job. When I can get to the thrift stores, I search for children’s vintage apparel. Almost all of my favorite things for my children are vintage/second hand. You would be surprised what other people give away. A lot of the thrift stores around where I live have 50% off sales around Holidays, so I always try to go search during those times to save more.

5. Re-Purpose Gender Neutral Attire.

Ruby wearing hand-me-down suspenders from her brother Jude.

When I was pregnant with Ruby, I was packing away some of Jude’s clothes when it hit me, wait…Ruby can wear some of this stuff too! Suspenders, vests & bow-ties on girls?! I mean, it doesn’t get much cuter when done the right way. Also, things like Toddler skinny jeans can be worn by multiple children of different genders. Toms are a great buy in gender neutral colors, as they will easily pass down to the next child. Another option to re-purposing an older siblings clothing is to re-dye it in another color. Rit Dye is cheap, fabulous and comes in almost every color.

DIY No-Sew Circle Skirt for Littles

Lookie Boo Holiday Style Editorial 2012

Vida Mia Photography

I’m all about easy. When I see most DIY links on Pinterest, I’m often overcome with…

WTF? Who are these people?! I can barely take a dump by myself, let alone sew a rainbow made from unicorn tears.

So here is my DIY No-Sew for Moms with as little time as they have patience. I found this mustache print fabric at my local Hobby Lobby. It is pictured with a tulle skirt underneath, however it looks cute without it too.

Materials: 1 yard fabric, sewing shears, Velcro, hot glue gun.

I made a pattern first on thicker extra fabric before tracing it onto the mustache fabric.

1. Measure your little ones waist. Just like any other circle skirt, this will become the inner circle in your pattern. 2. Measure your little for length from waist to knee. This will become your guide to your outer circle in your pattern.

Here is a really lame diagram for you to help visualize my ramblings:

3.  Take the waist measurement and draw a circle of measured amount.  4. Use the inseam number as a guide to guide you to draw the next outer circle as pictured above. Once I have my doughnut shape on my pattern I cut out the middle circle and around the outer circle. 5. I need to create a slit for Ruby to get in and out, so once my pieces were attached, I determined where the back of the skirt would be, and cut the fabric in half. 6. Fabric will need a slight overlap to hide Velcro fasteners, so over lap fabric about one inch and hot glue the bottom half. 7. Hot glue your Velcro tabs along the second half of the skirt. I bought stick on Velcro squares, but I secured it with extra hot glue.

Yes, this is probably the laziest way to make your child a skirt. No, it wont last longer than a few wears.

If you are looking for that kind of DIY, you are probably asking the wrong lady.

However, it is great for a last minute skirt!

Enjoy!


Lookie Book: Holiday Style Editorial 2012

Ari: Vintage Mid-century pill box hat, dress D-Signed (Target).

Ruby: H&M Beanie, shirt Target, vintage wool romper, tights Old Navy, shoes Cherokee (Target).

Edie: Outfit via Target, necklace from The Children’s Place.

Cooper: Outfit via H&M, shoes Chuck Talor All Star Converse.

Ari: Bow & scarf vintage, glasses Forever 21, dress D-Signed (Target). Jude: Old Navy Oxford, vest Nordstrom and bowtie from The Children’s Place.

Ruby: Shirt & tights from Target, skirt DIY.

Edie: Cape Nordstrom, Leggings Baby Gap, boots Playless, bracelet The Children’s Place, headband Target. Cooper: Old Navy Oxford, vest vintage with DIY flower, pants Baby Gap, bowtie The Children’s Place. Ari: Mid-century vintage pillbox hat and fur. Cooper: Old Navy Oxford, pants & suspenders H&M, bowtie The Children’s Place, shoes Chuck Taylor All Stars. Edie: Sweet Ivy cardigan, blouse Target, Baby Gap leggings, bow boots Payless, headband Target.

Ruby: Dress & hat from H&, tights Old Navy, shoes Cherokee (Target).

Ruby: Dress & hat from H&, tights Old Navy, shoes Cherokee (Target).

Ari: Black dress D-Signed (Target), vest Cherokee (Target), belt J Crew, bow vintage. Ruby: Black & white checked vintage coat. Cooper: Outfit via H&M. Edie: Headband from Neiman Marcus, cardigan via target.

Set Design & Photography by the INCREDIBLY AWESOME Vida Mia Photography,

Styling and Directing by Tiffany Reese of Lookie Boo.