Archive for June 2011

Deal of the Week :

Bon Bon Smocked Corduroy Dress, 78% off!

POSTED Jun 13, 2011

Bon Bon, known as Bon Ton in France, is one of the most loved brands at Estella. The luxurious feel of their clothing is paired with quality manufacturing resulting in beautiful clothing that can be passed from sibling to sibling. Take, for example, the smocked corduroy dress for girls – the rugged cord fabric is balanced with a delicate smocked bib detail and classic design.

What’s even better is that you can get it for $20 (was $92), this week only! See the dress here.

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Guest Post :

The Well-Accessorized Baby by Megan Hunt, aka Princess Lasertron

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Megan Hunt, owner of Princess Lasertron, is a blogger, bridal designer and mommy to Alice Elfie (isn’t she precious?). We fell in love with her blog, which showcases her projects and offers a glimpse into her busy life. We were very lucky to have her guest blog about putting the finishing touch on a baby’s outfit with accessories and encouraging self-expression. Read on!

When I became a mother to little Alice Elfie, one of the things I was most excited about as I held my baby in my arms was just getting to know her as a person and learning who she is, what she likes, who she wants to be. Over her one year of life I have followed Alice’s lead as she has experimented with scarves, hats, skirts, ribbons, and bracelets, and I can see in her smile and walk how confident she feels when she likes how she looks. Here are some of my favorite accessories for small children that are easy to wear and experiment with. Keep a few things for your baby to wear in his or her reach–you might be surprised by their creativity!

1: Dare to Dazzle bracelet from Modcloth – Bangles and cuff bracelets are easy for children to slip on and off themselves. Any chunky bracelets you have in your jewelry box are great additions to your kid’s collection. Alice has plain bangles and sparkly ones like this bow bracelet, and it’s interesting to see which ones she chooses each day.

2: Vintage Sangrita Hat from Modcloth – Vintage hats can be found cheaply at thrift stores and vintage shops and are often sized smaller than new hats. Simpler ones with fewer embellishments are best for little hands.

3: Bright Beads Necklace from Modcloth – Big necklaces are the easiest things for kids to put on.

4: Pink satin ribbon from Paper Mart – Simple ribbons are so versatile and allow for so much creativity–is it a scarf? A belt? A headband? After Alice’s first birthday she was enthralled by the abundance of ribbon scattered all over our house from opening her presents–I think she liked the ribbon more than the gifts in some cases. As each ribbon was pulled from its box, she immediately draped it over her head before unwrapping the rest of the gift.

5: Clasically Cool Sunglasses from Modcloth – Alice started wanting to wear sunglasses after seeing me wear them all the time. In the sunshine she wears them on her eyes, and indoors she puts them around her neck.

6: Italian Paisley Scarf from Modcloth – Scarves are another very versatile accessory for babies and small children–you can knot it for them to wear as a necklace, or leave it open for them to wave, carry around, or wrap around their shoulders.

7: Sailor Knot Bracelet from Urban Outfitters – A woven or braided bracelet like this one is easy to make yourself from materials around the house–if you don’t have any yarn or rope, you can use strips cut from an old t-shirt or onesie.

8: Good for All Bag from Modcloth – the reusable bags you take to the grocery store, like this canvas tote, is a great place to keep all of your child’s accessories and dress-up things. Alice–in a “carrying” phase–totes hers around the house. You can teach your child to put their things away in it, or let them carry it as you run about town.

Encourage your kids to play with your clothes and accessories. You might be surprised by what they do with them and it’s a great way to develop self-confidence and imagination in your baby.

xo meg

Read more about Princess Lasertron and see more gorgeous photos on her blog and shop her own line of heirloom-quality accessories.

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June Giveaway :

MTV Style Celebrity Baby $250 Contest!

POSTED Jun 8, 2011

We’re excited to kick off our monthly (yes – monthly, check back with on the 1st of every month!) giveaways with Estella’s MTV Style Celebrity Baby Giveaway. This month, we’re giving one lucky winner $250 to spend on their favorite designer baby and children’s clothing from Estella, including the celeb baby inspired gifts mentioned on MTV Style – See the video below!

Why celebrity babies and what do I do to enter?

Back in February, we mentioned a visit from the lovely Ruby Rose, VJ and host of MTV style in Australia, and her crew at our Greenwich Village store, to film a segment about celebrity baby style and kick-butt luxury baby gifts. While we can’t name names of our celeb fans, we can share outfits that we worked on with MTV that we styled for various celebrity babies – think Suri, Flynn, Max & Emme.  We had so much fun that we decided to let you in on the action and get a chance to win!

Entering is Easy!
1. "Like" us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/estellashop) &
2. Leave a Comment below about what you'd dress your favorite celebrity baby in

The winner will be chosen using a random number generator and will be announced on BLOG.ESTELLA-NYC.COM on July 1st.  ENTER NOW THROUGH 11:59PM EST ON JUNE 29TH.

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Kids Toys :

Jess Brown’s Dollmaking Process

POSTED Jun 7, 2011

ARTISTS & FARMERS: *the SHEPHERD & the DOLLMAKER* (teaser) from TINBIKE on Vimeo.

Do you know how your toys are made?

This beautiful video, shot by Beau Bouverat at TINBIKE captures a glimpse into the dollmaking process of Jess Brown, as well as the shepherd, Molly Best. The short clip showcases wool from opposite ends, from the process of shearing a sheep’s fleece to sewing the eyes of an heirloom-quality Jess Brown Doll.

Read more about the painstaking details that go into her sustainable dolls here.

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Weekly Deal :

Estella Striped Knit Hat for $5!

POSTED Jun 6, 2011

Summer doesn’t always mean beachy weather. For those chillier days (or when the AC is on full blast), protect your little one with our comfy striped knit hat, designed just for baby. At only $5 (previously $19), this is one accessory you can afford to stock up on.

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