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The Estella blog offers the latest in baby & children’s designer fashion, accessories, toys, and more! Stay up to date on your favorite luxury brands, brought to you straight from real children’s clothing designers & insiders. Plus, get exclusive deals & information on exclusive events in NYC, enjoy interviews with our favorite industry bloggers & tastemakers, and read up on the latest in pregnancy & parenthood. Oh, and did we mention we have a ton of DIY projects the whole family can enjoy? Check out our most recent articles below & head on over to Estella to shop our latest arrivals!

Happy Weekend :

Estella’s Weekly Roundup

By - POSTED Dec 19, 2014

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How cute and festive are these looks from Macarons‘ AW14 collection? Girls’ dresses that were made for twirling, earthy colors, and innovative materials, this German brand creates eco-conscious (always organic), modern, and cozy – perfect for the time of year. Enjoy this final weekend before Christmas! If you aren’t finishing up your holiday shopping, here are some links we enjoyed reading this week…

Homemade peppermint marshmallows.

8 genius entertaining tips (now & all year long).

Pretty gift wrapping inspiration.

Gift ideas for stylist mothers.

7 snow day activities to spark creativity.

P.S. Last minute ideas for toddler and baby gifts (there’s still time!)

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Handmade Charlotte :

Holiday Recipes + DIYS

By - POSTED Dec 17, 2014

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DIY Snowman Snack Cups

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Snowy Pinecone Snacks

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Wooden Animal Ornaments

Looking for ideas on what to do while your kids are home for school for the next few weeks? Handmade Charlotte is full of unique recipes and kid-friendly DIY ideas that will engage your little ones and keep them occupied if there are any frigid or snowy afternoons. In addition to the above projects, there’s also a Holiday Decorations DIY (using recycled newspapers), a super simple Chocolate Bark Recipe, and No-Bake Polar Bear Cookies.

(Images via Handmade Charlotte)

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Estella Gift Guide :

Last Minute Gifts

By - POSTED Dec 16, 2014

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Christmas is just over a week away and tonight is the first night of Hanukkah! Here are a few last-minute ideas for holiday gifts for babies and toddlers…

1. Jellycat Stuffed Animals - These cuddly toys have become increasingly popular with babies and for good reason – ultra plush and durable, they make wonderful companions that babies will reach for now, nighttime, and years to come.

2. Stella Industries Sparkle Dress - For girls who love to sparkle and twirl – this dress is a foul-proof gift. The all-over sparkles, tiered tulle skirt, and ruffled bodice will delight any young girl while her parents will appreciate its durability and ease – it can be thrown in the washing machine and worn over and over again.

3. Baby Blankets – A lovely keepsake or snuggly companion that babies will love now and into adulthood.

4. Aden and Anais - These baby blankets, swaddles, and accessories are versatile and practical but don’t skip out on style or design – making them ideal baby gifts for new parents. The brand creates all of its products with a muslin fabric that is not only super soft and machine washable, but also helps naturally regulate baby’s body temperature to prevent overheating. Versatile, modern and all-natural, these swaddles are the perfect multi-taskers.

5. Batman Hat – A must-have for little superheros, this hand-knit hat is made from a soft wool – great for the cold weather, Halloween, and beyond!

6. Boramiri - Based in Paris, the boutique brand combines the designer’s South Korean heritage with the aesthetic of her current home in France, resulting in dolls, nursery decor, and accessories that make lovely companions and keepsakes.

7. Hand-Knit Dolls or Baby Rattles - Soft, bold, and totally unique, our dolls and baby toys come in fun styles and clever shapes that will appeal to babies, toddlers, and parents alike.

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P.S. When you’re all out of other ideas, gift cards always work!

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Happy Weekend :

Estella’s Weekly Roundup

By - POSTED Dec 12, 2014

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TGIF! Enjoy the weekend, and in the meantime here are a few links we found around the web for you to enjoy…

A yummy hot cocoa recipe that requires just 4 ingredients.

A 10-step survival guide for when you’re just not a “Holiday Mom”.

The best kid-friendly spots in NYC for DIY gifts.

Bumblebeans’s Holiday Giveaway ends soon! Enter here.

A town without cell phones or wireless internet? Believe it!

How beautiful is this girl + dress? To wear now and all year long.

And in case you missed it:
Tips for traveling with babies & kids.
Gifts for the moms-to-be in your lives.
Gift ideas for babies, girls, & boys.

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Estella Gift Guide :

Stocking Stuffers

By - POSTED Dec 11, 2014

Stocking Stuffers for Babies & Toddlers

A few stocking stuffer gift ideas for babies and toddler boys & girls…

1. Wooden Toys - French toymaker Vilac‘s well-made wooden toys grab and keep kids’ attention. The race cars and robot puzzle provide toddlers with hours of fun and entertainment; bold yet sophisticated colors and vintage designs encourage imaginative play while also teaching kids the mechanics of motion and momentum. Plus, the smooth lacquered surface is painted using a non-toxic paint, so you can feel good about giving this learning toy as well. Include some road tape to complete the gift!

2. Hand-Knit Backpack Charms – We took our most popular soft baby rattles and created backpack charms out of them. Unique, clever, and playful, these accessories are a fun addition to your little one’s collection and especially cute when matched with one of baby’s toys. Speaking of which…

3. Baby Rattles – Estella’s collection of hand-made, 100% cotton baby rattles are full of personality. Featuring unique styles, eye-catching colors, and a charming jingle, these baby toys engage all the senses, feel wonderful in little hands, and are safer than the wooden, plastic, or hard-edged alternatives. Plus, parents will appreciate the beautiful styles and clever designs.

4. Girls’ Dress Up Accessories - Blinged-out wands, headbands, and tiaras from Atsuyo et Akiko, Wovenplay, & Siaomimi Play are perfect for everyday flair or ordinary afternoons spent playing dress up. For more girly accessories, check out Bari Lynn.

5. Sam en Haas - This Dutch brand makes the most beautiful jewelry for children. Not only does each item capture the spirit of being a kid through its imaginative and unique designs, but the entire collection is also made from ethically sourced silver and gold. The charms are often as interactive as they are beautiful and make wonderful gifts that children will treasure for years to come.

6. Hand-Knit Heart Pin – Cute, simple, and chic, this is a fun accessory to jazz up any simple top.

Stocking Stuffers for Babies & Toddlers

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