Have you guys ever seen that meme that has been circulating around Facebook these days? The whole, “How they dress girls today VS. How my parents dressed me? Wait, here, let me find it on the Google machine and post it:
There! That’s the one. Yeeeeeeah. No offence to my mom, who had limited girls fashion outlet choices, but I was an 80’s baby and my childhood photos very much reflect it. Haha.
Here is where I shake my fist at the heavens and vow that no child of mine shall wear lopsided top-of-the-head ponytails and New Kids on the Block inspired neon windbreakers!
Kids nowadays (or more specifically, their parents) have a wealth of adorable girls fashion resources at their fingertips.. oh the marvels of the internet! I have recently been introduced to an online children’s boutique that specializes in couture and folk style designer children’s wear.. a style that really speaks to my heart as an artsy fartsy old school nature gal who also loves modern fashion.
I received two shirts (one for each daughter of mine) from Rylee and Cru, one of the many designers with LaBella Flora Children’s Boutique. So first, more about the boutique!
About LaBella Flora Children’s Boutique
From the LaBella Flora Children’s Boutique website (CLICK HERE to visit!):
LaBella Flora Childrens Boutique is an exquisite childrens boutique designed to provide beautiful clothing just for girls. We carefully select each and every item of clothing for our store to bring that unique touch to that special little girls life. Our desire is to bring a selection of the most beautiful clothing directly to you.
We at LaBella Flora Childrens Boutique have been touched by adoption, which has blessed us with three beautiful children. After the adoption of our youngest daughter Savannah Flora from the Philippines, our minds often returned to the children who remained at the orphanage. As a stay-at-home mom and later as a teachers aide, I found it difficult to donate as much as I had hoped to the orphanage which had cared for my precious daughter.
After researching small business opportunities, it was decided that an online boutique would be the perfect fit. From day one, we committed to sharing our profits with children in need.
More About Rylee and Cru
From the LaBella Flora website (CLICK HERE to view the entire Rylee and Cru collection):
Winning hearts with ethereal designs, Rylee and Cru comes to the market with a look that is all their own. This brand was birthed by the imagination and passion of illustrator Kelli Murray. Her creations are modern and muted, cutting through the noise to stand out on their own. The simple colors are found on a light earth tone pallet and are simple to pair. The pieces often are covered with smaller prints that often introduce just one other color to the look. The beauty of the brand is that it births such elegance in simplicity. This is facilitated by the fact that these designs come from the mind of an artist, an illustrator. Kelli Murray knows how to make design come alive; she excels at ensuring nothing in the Rylee and Cru collection is overstated or over done. It is a magical gift to be able to share pieces from your imagination that inspires creativity in all who see it. This is a gift that abounds in every top, dress, romper or outfit from Rylee and Cru.
Important to every mom and daughter alike, the fabrics that are used in the outfits are high in quality and comfort. Many of the staple pieces boast of a soft, slub knit in 100% cotton. With nearly 100,000 followers, Rylee and Cru launched to vast popularity with their styled Instagram feed that features their pieces in front of clean backgrounds or modeled in a natural landscape. With every release, flocks of fans are drawn to pick their favorite pieces for their little ones. First time buyers will be hooked for life once they receive their first purchase. Every style is cut for a slouchy, comfortable fit that is too adorable!
My Daughters Totally Rocking the Look
My daughters, Tessa and Thyme (aged 4 and 2), are little nature loving tomboys. I am talking, dig around for bugs and letting them crawl all over their hands, making mud pies, catching wild animals, climbing trees and doing-all-the-things tomboys. I LOVE IT. They make me so proud on so many levels.
Now, I have tried to dress them in bows and frills and lace.. and while they look adorable in these trappings, it doesn’t take too long before the clothes peel off, and they are out and about tumbling and rough housing and being their beautiful, wild and unfettered selves. So I wanted to get them some quality clothes that reflect their playful, whimsical and practical natures, and I was pleased to find this quality in Rylee and Cru designs.
So for Tessa, I chose the Rylee and Cru Sly Fox Basic Tee (CLICK HERE to view or purchase). Tessa is quite smitten with foxes – a combination of them being a favorite woodland creature in children’s wear these days, and that dang “What Does the Fox Say” video is to thank for that, I am sure. So needless to say, Tessa loved this shirt. The 100% cotton grey slub knit is extremely soft, and the short sleeves frame her neckline nicely. The black screen printed fox is also quite charming, and nicely applied, this is a quality shirt for sure.
For Thyme, I chose the Rylee and Cru Free Bird Tee (CLICK HERE to view or purchase). This shirt comes in a sweet blush peach featuring a large dove printed on the front, with an olive branch in its beak and “Free Bird” written beneath. Short sleeves and a classic neckline complete the slouchy and boxy fit of this 100% cotton top. This top looked especially flattering on my little Thyme, and I was very impressed by the craftsmanship in the garments construction – the seams on the back are intriguing and well made.
Overall, I am impressed with the selection and quality of the Fall 2017 releases. There is a great selection of clothing ranging from ultra-girly to sweet and tomboy (while still being feminine and delicate). If you haven’t yet, be sure to pop on over and give their newest releases a quick look-see!
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