The 2017 Christmas Toy List: Santa's Timeless Treasures

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Those who have followed my blog for awhile know that I have an affinity for classic, wooden toys-- almost as much as my love for beautiful, well-made children's clothing. I also love to fill my home with lovely, timeless things that remind me of a bygone era. A few months ago, I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts and the hostesses were discussing how, in earlier decades, people took so much pride in the items they fashioned and created. You couldn't just roll up to your local Walmart... I mean Target... and load up on groceries, cleaning supplies, clothes, home goods and windshield washer fluid. You bought your bread from a local baker who took great pride in their products, crafting them from the finest local ingredients. More than likely, you made a lot of the clothing for yourself and your children. Picking out special patterns while paying attention to the special details like pleats, darts and collars. People took pride in their homes, their flowerbeds and their appearance. Quality mattered more than quantity. Things were made to last, to endure. 

As I was listening, it dawned on me that this mentality has a lot to do with my love of boutique children's clothing. I gravitate towards it because it reminds me of my grandparents and that bygone era. Thoughtfully created items made with quality materials, attention to detail and designed to endure. Even more, I love clothes and toys that just allow kids to look and play like kids. As parents, we all know that the years pass by far too quickly. I know I long to preserve that sweetness and innocence as long as possible and surround my children with things which inspire truth, beauty and goodness. 

"The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things." -Plato

"Choosing toys is not about 'good toys' versus 'bad toys.' Rather, it's about bringing a new consciousness to selecting children's playthings. Is it beautiful? Does it feel good? Does it leave room for the imagination? Will it inspire imitative play?" -Sarah Baldwin M.S.Ed. and owner of Bella Luna Toys

Without further ado, I endeavored to make this year's list reflect timeless, quality toys which have the ability to endure for generations. I wanted each item to be one that a child from decades past would be able to pick up and immediately know how to play with it. I hope you find a treasure or two to add under your Christmas tree this year. 

 

 

UNCLE GOOSE BLOCKS

There are tons of of different sets and themes to choose from at Uncle Goose Blocks. These blocks are like nothing I have ever seen before. The craftsmanship and small details (you can only see when holding in person) are absolutely extraordinary. We have the United States of America set featured below. I was absolutely blown away when we unboxed this set 

One side of the block has the # in order of when that state entered the Union (signed the Declaration of Independence.) Another side has the sates abbreviation and is surrounded with embossed elements that tell the state tree, bird, animal and more. Another side shows the state's capital and a final side acts as a puzzle as seen below. 

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FROM JENNIFER

I recently discovered this Etsy shop owner who focuses on quality crafted woodworks for home, school, and play

Bow and Arrow Sets come in two sizes. Arrows have felt ball tips. Bow string is bungee to send arrows the distance! 

I was SO thrilled to find this sewing board for Holiday. She has been asking for sewing lessons or a kit to do knitting or crochet and this Mama is clueless! Since plastic canvas isn't really a thing anymore, I thought this was amazing to learn basic stitches and loops! I'm fairly certain this will be one of her most exciting Christmas gifts under the tree this year! 

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 FromJennifer Wooden Slingshot and Felt Balls 

FromJennifer Wooden Slingshot and Felt Balls 

How fun is this little slingshot? I ordered a bunch of these to use as little gifts throughout the holiday season

 FromJennifer Waldorf Inspired Birthday Ring 

FromJennifer Waldorf Inspired Birthday Ring 

This might be a new concept for many of you, this is a Waldorf Birthday Ring which is a wonderful tradition for birthdays and other special occasions and holidays. You can find many "birthday ring ornaments" online to decorate for special occasions, seasons and holidays. Holiday is seven and STILL is obsessed with blowing out candles! We also plan to use our birthday ring this year to celebrate the Advent season. You can read more about the Waldorf Birthday Ring Tradition HERE. 

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This constellations discs are amazing! See the pic below to use sort of like a "shadow puppet" for your budding astronomers. You can see when making selections that $7 is for the basic 6 coins or you can choose the larger set and add on the drawstring bag (which in my opinion is SO awesome and worth it!) 

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GRIMM's WOODEN TOYS

Grimm is well known as a leader in the toy industry for the natural and sustainable, beautifully toys hand-crafted in Germany. It is worth the time to read about their products on their website. I wholeheartedly believe that you are buying a superior quality toy. Furthermore, they make toys that babies, toddlers and children are so drawn to and delighted to play with. The colors, shapes and textures are irresistible and offer a very open-ended type of creative play. 

I think these rainbow nesting blocks are THE quintessential toy from Grimm's. Don't fool yourself into thinking this is simply a toy for the baby/toddler/preschooler age. Even older children are highly engaged with the simple toy and the creative building these curved pieces afford. 

Sarah's Silks 

Sarah's Silks have been a long-time favorite in our house. Holiday has had the set of play scarves for the past 5 years and uses them for endless types of play. They are often turned into leashes for her stuffed animals or a blue one is used to create a water feature while the green scarf provides a lovely pasture for her toy horses to graze. The silky texture and vibrant colors are super inviting for play 

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Hearth and hand for target 

I immediately fell in love with these two items when I saw the preview of Magnolia's collection for Target, Hearth and Hand. I'm sure these are mass produced and don't have the same wood qualities of other toys listed on this blog, but they are beautiful, wooden and classic. 

This Radio Flyer Walker Wagon has been a favorite of our family for years. Holiday learned to walk behind it. I liked this particular toy so much better than the other walker toys because it actually has a little weight to it and doesn't easily tip over. Once little ones are toddling around, it makes a favorite wagon to load blocks and stuffed animals into! 

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Nova Natural Toys AND CRAFTs 

Little house on the prairie 

We're kind of obsessed with Little House on the Prairie at our house. When you think of classic, it doesn't get more classic than Little House. In previous years, I listed the whole paperback set of the My First Little House Books which you can find HERE

Recently, I discovered this GORGEOUS treasury of the My First Little House Picture Books. It is just as charming, if not more so, than the individual books. It contains size of the stories with all of the illustrations. It is really a beautiful, well done treasury book. I love the My First Little House series because it is VERY true to the original Little House books by Laura Ingallas Wilder. It pulls out the best of the stories contained in those novels and re-tells them in a simplified, engaging way. 

Many of you know, we are American Girl Doll OBSESSED at our house. With Holiday being equally obsessed with Little House, she will be receiving an American Girl custom doll made to look like Laura. If you're into American Girl, you've likely heard of The Queen's Treasures which is a company that makes doll accessories and furniture to fit 18in dolls. A few years back, they came out with an entire Little House on the Prairie Collection. There are a lot of amazing pieces and they've been consistently adding to it. NOTE- THIS IS SOOOO IMPORTANT, if you want to order from The Queen's Treasures, order directly from their site AND REGISTER AN ACCOUNT. WHEN YOU REGISTER, ALL OF THE PRICES WILL DROP SIGNIFICANTLY. When you go to their site, click on the "Log In/ Create an Account" in the top right corner. This covered wagon below ALSO CONVERTS TO A SLEIGH and easily sits two 18 in dolls! 

SOOOO... if you're ever read the Little House series, you'll know the story of their Christmas in the Little House in the Big Woods. It was a super special Christmas for Laura because she received her rag doll, Charlotte in addition to her red mittens and peppermint stick the other children received. The Ingalls girls also received Christmas pennies so I LOVED that The Queen's Treasures came out with this doll sized collection of Laura's Christmas gifts! 

At age 7, the original Little House series is an easy read for Holiday. This is also a fantastic series to listen to on Audiobook! Audiobook narrators can make all the difference, so I HIGHLY recommend if you listen on audiobook that you get the ones narrated by CHERRY JONES! 

There are several different boxed sets of these books, this one is BY FAR my favorite. Well done, beautiful books with wonderful illustrations. 

The Little House Christmas Treasury includes stories from all of the Christmases in Wilder's novels-- it really is a wonderful compilation! 

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Osthiemer toys 

Ostheimer Wooden Toys are collectible hand carved figures made in Germany and finished with non-toxic stains and finished with natural oils. Collections include: Family Figures, Fairy Tale Characters, Farm Animals, Woodland Animals, Zoo Animals, and landscape pieces, such as Trees, Fences, Ponds, Grass and much more! There are so many options, check them all out HERE Note, these pieces are quite large! 

MAILEG 

Maileg is a personal favorite of mine. They make the most delightful tiny mice and bunnies with adorable accessories. We have quite of the few mice in boxes and adore them! Check out some of my favorites from Maileg below: 

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  Maileg Princess and the Pea  (we have this and it is OH so adorable!) 

Maileg Princess and the Pea (we have this and it is OH so adorable!) 

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Teagan White is my FAVORITE children's book illustrator-- you will absolutely fall in love with her characters. I just don't think any child is too old for picture books! The Towering Tree puzzle is a large piece puzzle and is double sided! One side depicts a fall/winter landscape while the other side shows all the forest animals enjoying spring/summer. It is DELIGHTFUL and such an adorable collection to any collection! 

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This alphabet book is so well written and also takes readers through the months of the year! 

Although written by Annie Silvestro, Teagan White illstrated Mice Skating and it's lovely! 

Hazel village stuffed animals 

Hazel Village stuffed animals are completely irresistible to me in their adorable little outfits and accessories! 

Classic tv 

I'm admittedly not crazy about a lot of what I see on Disney and Nickelodeon these days-- especially with the older kids programming, not so much the junior stations. I LOVE old school television shows and decided to introduce Holiday to them and she fell in love just as much as me! Dennis the Menace is by far her favorite. We own every single season, but this collection of "20 Timeless Episdoes" is AMAZING! My husband and I laugh right along with her and constantly lament that family comedies just aren't written like this anymore! 

You can find the rest of the seasons HERE

Leave it to Beaver is also a major favorite! 

Holiday saw a preview for Father Knows Best on one of her other shows and begged for it. Not surprisingly, she loves it just as much as the other two mentioned above 

A Royal 5th Cinderella Inspired Birthday

I cried my eyes out, off and on, for months beforehand.  At the end of October, Holiday hit the BIG 05.  There's something about hitting 5 that's official "Big Girl Territory" in my mind!  Last February, we finally took our first trip to Walt Disney World.  It was every bit as magical as I had hoped and upon our return, Holiday declared she wanted a Walt Disney World themed party.  Of course my mind always thinks as big as possible and about how many elements from Disney I could fit from my front door to the recesses of my back yard fence.  Over the months, she started to narrow it down to Disney World, but mostly princesses, but as the time started to roll around to pick things out for her party, she kept picking Cinderella everything, so I just rolled with it!  

This is the first year I planned the party to take place all inside my home.  I just had a strong feeling that I needed to do that and I'm SO glad I listened.  We had torrential downpours for days leading up to, during and after her party.  Because I moved it indoors, we had to cut the guest list back significantly (so sorry friends, we still love you ALL!)  We have a nice sized home, but not enough room for 60 or 70ish people all indoors.

I did something for this party that I normally never do and focused all of my decor into one area.  We emptied out all of the furniture from our Formal Dining Room and my husband's office into our Master Bedroom and Guest room, and transformed those spaces into a Ballroom and our very own Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique!  I've always known (and even blogged about) how much more "Wow factor" you can achieve focusing on one area, but now that I did it this way once, I will definitely do it this way moving forward.  For parties I've done in the past, I will generally start my decor on my front porch and carry it all the way through to my back yard.  It's cohesive and adds nice details, but the decor budget is spread out evenly.  Putting it all in one spot was really magical.  It transformed the space and really made you feel like you were somewhere special!  

Side note:  I don't know what I was thinking, but this is the first year I didn't have a professional photographer at the party.  I took on so much with all of the details, I didn't even get to take more than a few pictures myself-- HUGE REGRET.  WILL NEVER MAKE THIS MISTAKE AGAIN!  Thankful for sweet friends who sent me many cell phone pics they snapped.  

Of course a royal party requires royal invitations!  I was so close to ordering some from Etsy, but SO GLAD I took the time and designed and made them myself.  I promise to come back very soon with a tutorial of how I did these! 


 I ended up with the wrong size mailing tubes, but had to make them work or the invites would have gotten in the mail SUPER past the "Guest should have them in their hands 3 weeks beforehand," timeframe! 

I ended up with the wrong size mailing tubes, but had to make them work or the invites would have gotten in the mail SUPER past the "Guest should have them in their hands 3 weeks beforehand," timeframe! 

 Party set-up selfie somewhere between midnight and 3am in the wee early morning hours of party day.  I just need everyone to let me by myself so I can play around with my decor.  The big things are always hammered out way in advance, but it's the little details that just take time alone for the creativity to start flowing! 

Party set-up selfie somewhere between midnight and 3am in the wee early morning hours of party day.  I just need everyone to let me by myself so I can play around with my decor.  The big things are always hammered out way in advance, but it's the little details that just take time alone for the creativity to start flowing! 

 Our Royal Ballroom.  I pulled out our Dining Room furniture and replaced it with two 6 foot folding tables and folding chairs all draped in beautiful linens!  The gold chargers were one of my favorite things I added.  They're easy to find for around $2ea and I think they really made a huge impact! 

Our Royal Ballroom.  I pulled out our Dining Room furniture and replaced it with two 6 foot folding tables and folding chairs all draped in beautiful linens!  The gold chargers were one of my favorite things I added.  They're easy to find for around $2ea and I think they really made a huge impact! 

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 Another view of the Dining Room.  The carriage photo prop is from Stumps (the prom decor place) I also had my banners printed from them too-- they are really nice quality, will definitely order again!  Their products MADE the party! The little swag under the Cinderella silhouette was a last minute addition.  I kept feeling like the space needed something and then remembered that blue shimmery fabric I had in my buffet from last year's  Polar Bear Play Date! 

Another view of the Dining Room.  The carriage photo prop is from Stumps (the prom decor place) I also had my banners printed from them too-- they are really nice quality, will definitely order again!  Their products MADE the party! The little swag under the Cinderella silhouette was a last minute addition.  I kept feeling like the space needed something and then remembered that blue shimmery fabric I had in my buffet from last year's Polar Bear Play Date! 

 The girls were just starting to get seated for lunch while our Royal Visitors, Princesses Rapunzel and Cinderella entertained them with songs, stories and games.  If you're in the Dallas Fort Worth area, I booked these ladies through  Royally Fun Parties  and they were AMAZING!!!!  I cannot say enough good things.  They seriously jumped right in and helped with games, crafts, helped the girls get lunch and were like having two extra hostesses at the party.  Best of all they had beautiful voices and the girls were SO entertained!  It was seriously magical! 

The girls were just starting to get seated for lunch while our Royal Visitors, Princesses Rapunzel and Cinderella entertained them with songs, stories and games.  If you're in the Dallas Fort Worth area, I booked these ladies through Royally Fun Parties and they were AMAZING!!!!  I cannot say enough good things.  They seriously jumped right in and helped with games, crafts, helped the girls get lunch and were like having two extra hostesses at the party.  Best of all they had beautiful voices and the girls were SO entertained!  It was seriously magical! 

 Cake and cupcakes by my dear friend, Mary Holmen, from It's A Mary Cake!  She has done every special cake for me starting with my bridal shower, wedding, and everything since!  If you live in DFW, find It's A Mary Cake on Facebook! 

Cake and cupcakes by my dear friend, Mary Holmen, from It's A Mary Cake!  She has done every special cake for me starting with my bridal shower, wedding, and everything since!  If you live in DFW, find It's A Mary Cake on Facebook! 

 I found the little gold frames in the dollar aisle at Michael's and made my own "Have courage and Be Kind" graphic!  They were also at each place setting as one of the (many) favors the girls got to take home (I love favors)! 

I found the little gold frames in the dollar aisle at Michael's and made my own "Have courage and Be Kind" graphic!  They were also at each place setting as one of the (many) favors the girls got to take home (I love favors)! 

 This may have been the only Disney (non princess) element that actually made it into the party! 

This may have been the only Disney (non princess) element that actually made it into the party! 

 These #5 Fairy Wand Cookies were at each place setting for the girls to take, also made by It's A Mary Cake! 

These #5 Fairy Wand Cookies were at each place setting for the girls to take, also made by It's A Mary Cake! 

 One of the very few pictures I snapped myself before the punch was in the bowl!  The little plastic cups are from Pottery Barn Kids and I added the Cinderella slipper "body stickers" to them (From Party City).  I also designed the water bottle labels and just printed them on my printer, cut down and covered with heavy duty packing tape!  

One of the very few pictures I snapped myself before the punch was in the bowl!  The little plastic cups are from Pottery Barn Kids and I added the Cinderella slipper "body stickers" to them (From Party City).  I also designed the water bottle labels and just printed them on my printer, cut down and covered with heavy duty packing tape!  

 Note to self, delete black border around labels before printing next time! 

Note to self, delete black border around labels before printing next time! 

 My husband's office, mostly emptied out and turned into Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique!  We had a manicure/ nail painting station, makeup station and hair station.  The girls also all got to pick out one of the princess body stickers (from Party City and super cute!).  They all got to pick out crowns or tiaras, tutus and I had the most adorable handheld mirrors for them all in addition to bracelets, necklaces and rings! This space is right beside our ballroom, so it flowed really well together! 

My husband's office, mostly emptied out and turned into Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique!  We had a manicure/ nail painting station, makeup station and hair station.  The girls also all got to pick out one of the princess body stickers (from Party City and super cute!).  They all got to pick out crowns or tiaras, tutus and I had the most adorable handheld mirrors for them all in addition to bracelets, necklaces and rings! This space is right beside our ballroom, so it flowed really well together! 

 I feel like so many "Pins" and party blogs only show up-close details.  I'm always interested in the flow of a party, so here's an aerial shot (from my upstairs catwalk) that a sweet friend captured!  When you come in the front door, the opening immediately to the right is where the office (aka Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique) is! 

I feel like so many "Pins" and party blogs only show up-close details.  I'm always interested in the flow of a party, so here's an aerial shot (from my upstairs catwalk) that a sweet friend captured!  When you come in the front door, the opening immediately to the right is where the office (aka Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique) is! 

 I SO wanted the girls to have their own little buffet set-up in the "Ballroom," but I just couldn't fit it all in there!  I kept it pretty simple with Croissants, Sonoma Chicken Salad, Turkey and Cheese Tiara Cut-Out Sandwiches, PB&J Fairy Wand Sandwiches, "Carriage Wheels" Rollups, Jaq and Gus Cheese Tray & Berry Yogurt Parfaits.  I gave them all cute, princessy names and made little buffet cards for each.

I SO wanted the girls to have their own little buffet set-up in the "Ballroom," but I just couldn't fit it all in there!  I kept it pretty simple with Croissants, Sonoma Chicken Salad, Turkey and Cheese Tiara Cut-Out Sandwiches, PB&J Fairy Wand Sandwiches, "Carriage Wheels" Rollups, Jaq and Gus Cheese Tray & Berry Yogurt Parfaits.  I gave them all cute, princessy names and made little buffet cards for each.

 This was one of my favorite elements!  I noticed after the party that my Father carefully pinned a cheese cube to Gus Gus' mouth!!!! 

This was one of my favorite elements!  I noticed after the party that my Father carefully pinned a cheese cube to Gus Gus' mouth!!!! 

 Another little dessert spread in the living room.  In retrospect, this whole set-up was probably unnecessary but the Cinderella Trail Mix (inside the pumpkin) was a pretty big hit, as were the cream puffs in the silver bowl!!! 

Another little dessert spread in the living room.  In retrospect, this whole set-up was probably unnecessary but the Cinderella Trail Mix (inside the pumpkin) was a pretty big hit, as were the cream puffs in the silver bowl!!! 

 In spite or the nonstop downpours, we did a little craft project on the covered back patio that the girls got to take home!  We made Christmas Palace Pets Christmas ornaments!  Tutorial coming ASAP! 

In spite or the nonstop downpours, we did a little craft project on the covered back patio that the girls got to take home!  We made Christmas Palace Pets Christmas ornaments!  Tutorial coming ASAP! 

 Adorable Palace Pet ornament! 

Adorable Palace Pet ornament! 

 Holiday Rapunzel behind the photo prop carriage!  (I need to give a shout-out to my husband (David. I had planned for the carriage being in a different spot, but it ended up being bigger (than my measurements.  It was his idea to move it here in the Dining Room and it was definitely (the focal point of the whole party and a huge source of "Wow!") 

Holiday Rapunzel behind the photo prop carriage!  (I need to give a shout-out to my husband (David. I had planned for the carriage being in a different spot, but it ended up being bigger (than my measurements.  It was his idea to move it here in the Dining Room and it was definitely (the focal point of the whole party and a huge source of "Wow!") 

 Holiday's adorable Rapunzel dress-up apron, Rapunzel hair (pictured above) and matching American Girl Doll outfit were all made by the very talented Jennifer Bayliss at  Ross and Rosie Designs !!! 

Holiday's adorable Rapunzel dress-up apron, Rapunzel hair (pictured above) and matching American Girl Doll outfit were all made by the very talented Jennifer Bayliss at Ross and Rosie Designs!!! 

 Amazing hair (it's made out of yarn and has a stretch for a perfect, comfortable fit), Rapunzel apron and matching doll apron by  Ross and Rosie Designs ! 

Amazing hair (it's made out of yarn and has a stretch for a perfect, comfortable fit), Rapunzel apron and matching doll apron by Ross and Rosie Designs

 The ceiling was supposed to be covered in helium balloons, but the AC vents kept blowing them into opposite corners!  I didn't have this issue last time I did the same thing in this space!  Also wanted y'all to be able to see the pretty decor that went all the way up the staircase! 

The ceiling was supposed to be covered in helium balloons, but the AC vents kept blowing them into opposite corners!  I didn't have this issue last time I did the same thing in this space!  Also wanted y'all to be able to see the pretty decor that went all the way up the staircase! 

 More princess fun! 

More princess fun! 

 From  Royally Fun Parties  they were amazing!!!! 

From Royally Fun Parties they were amazing!!!! 

 Lots of play time afterwards!  Holiday and her sweet friend Alyssa 

Lots of play time afterwards!  Holiday and her sweet friend Alyssa 

 Favorite Party Present (Thanks Cara, Jeff, Sophie and Sam!) 

Favorite Party Present (Thanks Cara, Jeff, Sophie and Sam!) 

Thank you all for stopping by!  Be looking for the invitation and ornament tutorials on the blog soon!  

FASHION FRIDAY: MATILDA JANE CLOTHING COMPANY

Today at The Well Styled Child, we're kicking off some NEW weekly features!  We'll be doing several weekly posts like Fashion Friday, Terrific Toy Tuesday, Mama Monday and Merchant Spotlight Monday.  In the past, I've thrown my heart, soul (along with hours turned into days) into nearly every post.  These weekly features will allow me to give you all the same fabulous things in more bite-size pieces!  Mama Mondays will feature some of my favorite products, styles & home decor that make us Well Styled Mamas swoon!  We've had a few Merchant Spotlight features in the past and will continued to dedicate occasional posts to one brand, boutique or shop that I love and think you need to know about!  And of course, Fashion Friday-- the love of pint-sized fashion that drew us all together to begin with will now become its own weekly feature! 

Today for Fashion Friday, I'm back again with one of my all-time faves-- Matilda Jane Clothing!  I'm going to do a really quick overview on Matilda Jane because I'm always shocked at how many mamas don't yet know about the fabulous-ness that is Matilda Jane, so let me fill you in.  Matilda Jane offers clothing items for babies, little girls, big girls, tweens and adult.  Before spring and then again before the fall kicks off-- there will be several consecutive releases that will build the entire seasonal collection.  For example, on February 1st, we had the first spring/summer release, there were/are consecutive releases on the first of every month through the month of June. 

Unlike other online shopping experiences, to order Matilda Jane, you must order through a Trunk Keeper.  No worries if you don't have a Trunk Keeper, at The Well Styled Child, we have one of the best around-- Kat Kempson!  The day before a new line releases, you will be able to preview the collection online at www.matildajaneclothing.com.  Once you find an item you're interested in and select your size, instead of "add to cart", you "add to wish list".  You then email your Wish List to your Trunk Keeper:  katkempson@matildajaneclothing.com.  The site will walk you through the process once you start adding items to your Wish List! In the bottom field for Jane, you list the person hosting your how if you have one-- I'm hosting right now, so you can list my name, Lindsay Bennett.  

Now the tricky part with a new release is that there are a limited number of each piece created.  If an item is super popular, it can become a "Sell Out" or at least sell out in one or many sizes.  BUT the good news is that the collections are so vast, comprehensive and easy to mix and match that, even with sell-outs,  there are still gorgeous clothes to be had!  

Right now, we're in between releases so Matilda Jane is offering a free gift with purchase for every order of $150 or more.  Holiday is already eyeing up this super cute tote for her American Girl Dolls and accessories!  It really is darling and what girl doesn't love a super cute, girly bag!  

 

Instead of focusing on sell outs, I wanted to bring you two looks based on key items that are in stock, in nearly every size and ready to order!  I think both of these dresses have been overlooked and, not only does Holiday seriously LOVE both of them-- I can see that these will be go-to items for us all summer long!  

This first dress is the Beautiful Swan Knot Apron Dress, it retails for $56. The Knot Apron dresses are SO versatile!  The apron is removable (just unbuttons) and you can get two distinct looks with or without the apron!  This style is also very easy to layer with short or long sleeves underneath.  You can do shorties for summer, cropped ruffled leggings or long leggings for cooler months!  

Holiday is 32 lbs, 41" tall and wearing the size 4.  She has LOTS of room to grow in this.  We could have easily sized down to a 2 and you'd be able to see last season's Bliss Shorties (blue with white polka dots) underneath!  But I love how this 4 fits!  With the knot tie closures on the shoulder, you can easily adjust the length of this piece, so it can truly grow with your little one!  It also ties around the back to eliminate and extra, noticeable width, but allow growing room for the future! 

The gold headband is from Target, the shoes are the new Farrah from Joyfolie (Holiday said they are her most favorite shoes ever)!  

 Here's a closeup of the fabric of swans and turtles.  I'm in LOVE with the arrow/heart/feather ribbon trim and this super cute blue, gingham knit ruffle.  You can't help but fall in love with all these little details!  

Here's a closeup of the fabric of swans and turtles.  I'm in LOVE with the arrow/heart/feather ribbon trim and this super cute blue, gingham knit ruffle.  You can't help but fall in love with all these little details!  

Holiday and I just got back from Charleston, South Carolina a few weeks ago.  We had the best time and one of our trip highlights was definitely visiting Middleton Place Plantation. They have the most picturesque reflecting pool and Holiday loved watching the swans and turtles-- she said this dress will always make her think of our fun time there!  It's definitely a win-win for us! 

 Isn't this place breathtaking?!  Many scenes from the movie The Notebook were filmed at neighboring Boone Plantation.  Side Note-- Holiday is wearing the Matilda Jane Tulip Pearl from the current collection in this photo! 

Isn't this place breathtaking?!  Many scenes from the movie The Notebook were filmed at neighboring Boone Plantation.  Side Note-- Holiday is wearing the Matilda Jane Tulip Pearl from the current collection in this photo! 

The second look I want to feature today is this Daisy Charm Dress, it retails for $54.  I hosted a Trunk Show in my home for the last release and fell in love with this little beauty!  As soon as I saw it, I knew it needed to be paired with the Minnetonka Fringe Boots.  It is seriously the epitome of summer sweetness.  A well made, adorable dress with beautiful details, comfy and lightweight = summer perfection!  The head wrap is a pink fabric with little white birds made by my friend Annelee over at The Ruffled Cupcake.  She has a Facebook page by the same name-- be sure to check her out (I already checked with her and she can make more of this head wrap-- it's a perfect match)!  

 Holiday is also wearing a size 4 in this dress

Holiday is also wearing a size 4 in this dress

 Can you tell how much she loves this?! 

Can you tell how much she loves this?! 

 I feel pretty, oh so pretty! 

I feel pretty, oh so pretty! 

 Closeup of the Daisy Charm fabric & details 

Closeup of the Daisy Charm fabric & details 

 All of this modeling is clearly hard work!  Made you yawn ;) 

All of this modeling is clearly hard work!  Made you yawn ;) 

To order either of these dresses-- just follow the links (the names of the dresses are embedded with links to take you straight to the Matilda Jane website).  You can select your size and add it to your Wish List.  Email the Wish List to Trunk Keeper Kat Kempson at katkempson@matildajaneclothing.com.  Kat is an awesome resource to help you select sizes and find pieces.  If you have any questions, pop on over to The Well Styled Child Facebook page or email me from this site and we'll get you hooked up!  If you do submit a list, please include my name, Lindsay Bennett on the bottom of the form as the "Jane" (host for this virtual trunk show)!  

The cost of both of these dresses together is $110, if you'd like to get to the $150 promotion-- I have a few pieces to mix and match with these dresses to give you even more styling options! 

The first are these adorable Pink Petal Leggings.  These leggings retail at $34.  I would probably size down in them to wear them cropped for spring and summer!  They would look darling under either the Daisy Charm or Beautiful Swan Knot!  They are also perfect as a long legging to layer when the weather is cooler!  

Another great addition is this super cute Golden Nancy Headband.  The colors are  a perfect match to the Swan Knot and work well with the Daisy Charmer as well!  It retails for $14.

A second cute headband option is this Darling Details Wrap Headband that retails at $20.  How can you not love this pom pom trim?  Seriously cute addition to either of these dresses and a great versatile accessory with so many outfits from the current spring/summer collections! 

The two dresses, leggings and either of these headbands will qualify you for the free tote bag! 

 This little princess is already loving hers-- see her crown?! 

This little princess is already loving hers-- see her crown?! 

Kat put together a few other collages for us for items still currently available!  You can view the entire collection at www.matildajaneclothing.com and/or let us help you find just what you need! 

HAPPY SHOPPING!!!!  



Merchant Spotlight: Kamani Designs

I first discovered Kamani Designs when Holiday was much smaller and I was in search of THE perfect baby bibs.  I certainly found just that in Kamani Designs bibs and now they are a staple of every baby gift I buy.   AND, every single mama I've bought them for has contacted me after the fact to say, "Where did you buy those bibs you gave me for my shower?  They are my favorite and I need more!"  Seriously, I'm not making this stuff up-- every single one!  

Her bibs are made from laminated cotton which makes them super easy to wipe off and throw in the washer every now and then too.  They have awesome snap closures that make the PERFECT catch all you just unsnap them to wipe off into the sink.  The fabrics are absolutely adorable and the snap closures make them reversible too!  

You can find Kamani Designs at her Etsy SHOP HERE 

She also has a Facebook Shop PAGE HERE 

Check out some of these adorable designs! 

 Holiday's personal favorite bib-- yes she still wears them with messy food-- have to protect those boutique clothes! 

Holiday's personal favorite bib-- yes she still wears them with messy food-- have to protect those boutique clothes! 

And as amazing as these bibs are... THIS POST ISN'T EVEN ABOUT BIBS!

I started talking to Lia (owner and creator of Kamani Designs) a few months ago and asked her about designing a custom Art Smock for me!  What she came up with was SOOOO fabulous, I told me friends-- you HAVE to have these.  So they all ordered and we had a smock party right before Thanksgiving.  

I cannot say enough wonderful things about these smocks.  They are made from the same wipeable laminated cotton, the fabrics are stunning and she made them with a set of 3 snaps making them totally adjustable.  Holiday is wearing her size 4/6 and I'm confident this smock will probably last until she's at least 8-- seriously-- no exaggeration.  

 These girls all wear different sizes (from a 3-5) and they're all wearing the 4/6 

These girls all wear different sizes (from a 3-5) and they're all wearing the 4/6 

 The back criss-crosses and then has 3 snap/ option settings to grow with your child 

The back criss-crosses and then has 3 snap/ option settings to grow with your child 

 The little one on the left is wearing the 2/3, all the rest are in the 4/6 

The little one on the left is wearing the 2/3, all the rest are in the 4/6 

And the best part... these smocks are only $29.50!  I find this to be an incredible value!  These are definitely going to become by go-to birthday gift, perfect for Valentine's Day gift or to put in an Easter basket!   She even has a few RTS in time for Christmas!  

If our Well Styled Child Fans get her 100 new likes on her Facebook page, I'll be sure to do a Kamani Designs Giveaway!