Happy Weekend :
POSTED Aug 29, 2014
Happy long weekend & Labor Day! Enjoy these final few days of summer, and in the meantime here are a few links we enjoyed reading this week. See you next week!
Check out these kid-friendly NYC restaurants with outdoor seating.
Was Blue Ivy’s dancing the best part of last Sunday’s MTV VMAs?
This reusable lunchbag is as perfect for school days as it is nostalgic parents.
How cool are these mini dioramas by Japanese artist Tanaka Tatsuya?
Now available at Estella: Fiona Walker animal head mounts & wall hooks!
An Israeli Cous Cous Summer Salad recipe for the long weekend.
A Conversation With :
POSTED Aug 28, 2014
Entrepreneur Rosie Pope wears many hats. In addition to her her eponymous line of maternity clothes & three stores in New York City and Los Angeles, British-born Rosie is also the founder of MomPrep, starred in her on reality show, Pregnant in Heels, and just launched a line of baby clothes. Most importantly, though, she’s a wife & mom of four! We had the opportunity to ask Rosie a few questions about pregnancy & motherhood, maternity fashion, & what’s to come. Thanks, Rosie!
1. Tell us how Rosie Pope Maternity was created. When, why, and how did you put your idea into action?
It was created with the belief that women should be able to feel their best while pregnant. Looking good, helps you to feel good which in turn gives you the confidence you need to enjoy this amazing journey into parenthood. For too long pregnant woman have been ignored in fashion and so I set about to change that and give them a destination for clothes that can make them look and feel good. I wanted to provide more than fashion though, as part of enjoying pregnancy (and then parenthood) is having the confidence in yourself that you are going to be good at it. Knowledge gives you this confidence and so from the very start I wanted to provide expert education as well as fashion to create a well rounded experience for pregnant shoppers. As my husband and I started trying to have our first baby I was overwhelmed with the need for a one stop shop like this and so decided to launch it for myself and women like me yearning for something different and relevant to them in the maternity fashion and prenatal education space.
2. How would you describe the Rosie Pope aesthetic? What is the spirit of the brand?
Contemporary in color and prints, yet classic in cut, fun, flattering and smart in innovation and education. I strive to help people Love With Confidence – both themselves, their partners and their children.
3. Many women struggle with getting dressed and feeling like themselves while pregnant. Others don’t even think purchasing maternity wear is a worthwhile investment. What advice do you have for them?
Firstly when you are putting on a significant amount of weight which you need to during pregnancy, you normal clothes are simply not going to fit and if you do manage to get them on they aren’t going to be very comfortable. People often go out and buy larger sizes in non-maternity but this really isn’t the best option. My maternity clothes are designed to grow where you grow rather than all over. For example your arms don’t get longer but simply buying a larger size in non-maternity the arms of the garment will get longer. Same goes for over all length and shoulder width. The result is very unflattering and I truly believe in feeling as good as you can during pregnancy. It effects your mood and your baby. Added to all of this and contrary to what you may think, you can get a lot of use out of your maternity clothes. Firstly, you wear them far more often and over and over than anything in your non-maternity wardrobe and you need them afterwards before you get back to your pre-baby weight. So buy ones you love and make you feel good in the budget you have.
4. What is your favorite part of designing & producing maternity apparel?
Happy customers! I love it when a design finally hits the floor and makes someone feel so special and comfortable in their new bodies.
5. In addition to your business, you are also a mom of four! How do you balance your career with being a mother?
It’s not easy and I don’t want to lie to you, I struggle everyday with this balance we all seem so obsessed with these days. There isn’t a lot of balance for me right now. It is all work or all kids and not much in between but I am okay with that. I see life in stages and this stage is all about the kids and building my business. I think this gives me the stamina and the excitement to keep going.
6. What do you wish you knew before you became a mother that you now know?
The things you stress about so much at he beginning are not the things that are going to define the health and happiness of your children – no matter what the very judgemental onlookers can say!! I wish I had had more confidence in my choices early on to enjoy all of those moments instead of worrying so much!
7. What are some of your pregnancy & newborn must-haves?
Give me some Aden and Anais swaddle clothes, some Belly Butter by Fairhaven, a BabyBjorn ONE Carrier, some Medela microwave steam sterilizing bags and EVERY item for my Rosie Pope baby layette collection and I am ready to go. I’m pretty low maintenance in the gear department – less is more for me!
8. Favorite toddler & kids’ brands?
Rosie Pope Baby! I also love Rikshaw Design, Hanna Anderson, Mini Boden, Tutu de Monde, Oscar de la Renta kids for very very special occasions, and Mini Melissa.
9. Has your style changed at all since becoming a mom?
My clothes involve less dry cleaning because there is far too much spit up for that and I probably wear less skirts…too much squatting down to play trains!
10. For moms (or any women, really) starting their own businesses, what advice would give?
It’s not easy and it won’t happen as quick as you think it will. You will make mistakes but the trick is to admit them, identify them and change course. It is also one of the most amazing things you can ever do, when you love what you do. If you have guts, and you need guts, you can be brilliant.
11. You’re also a published author, TV regular, & founder of MomPrep. Are there any upcoming projects in the works?
So many ;) Today though, a big focus of mine is Rosie Pope Baby (layette – 2 years old). I launched the line in February and it has been received with such success that I am expanding the line in depth and price point for January. I am so excited to make it available to as many beautiful cuddly babies as possible!
Tags Designer Interviews, Maternity Clothing, Pregnancy
Category Designer Interviews, Maternity Clothing, Pregnancy
Just In :
POSTED Aug 27, 2014
We are excited to be offering Los Angeles’ Boy + Girl this fall! Designed in Venice Beach and manufactured in downtown LA, the boutique toddler clothing brand blends California’s laid back surf and skate culture with Europe’s sophisticated designs, creating unique pieces that allow kids to freely & comfortably live, play, & grow. Designed by Christine Chang, a native Californian, the line’s designer children’ s clothes emphasize sustainable production and practical comfort. This season features wearable girls’ dresses, cozy harem style sweatpants, & a unique aztec print that will pair well the line’s denim jeans or any basics already in your daughter’s closet. View and shop our entire Boy + Girl collection for fall 2014 at Estella!
Tags Designer Kids' Clothes, Made In The USA, Organic Kids' Clothing
Category Designer Kids' Clothes, Made In The USA, Organic Kids' Clothing
Estella Picks :
POSTED Aug 26, 2014
Looking for baby jackets for winter 2014 that work well on their own and as layering pieces when it gets extra-cold? Album di Famiglia‘s luxurious Pitti Toppe Knit Baby Jacket may be your answer. Included in the Italian designer baby & toddler clothing brand’s AW14 collection as one of the most impressive pieces, this wool-blend infant jacket features a light grey knit exterior, soft cotton lining, cozy hood, & front zipper for easy removal. It’s a standout piece that will not only keep baby warm all fall, but also as a layering piece when the temperatures really begin to dip. Sophisticated & elegant, yet still warm & practical – what’s not to love! Head on over to Estella to shop the Album di Famiglia Pitti Toppe Knit Baby Jacket & the rest of the Italian brand’s selection of boutique baby clothes.
Tags Designer Baby Clothes
Category Designer Baby Clothes
Just In :
POSTED Aug 25, 2014
Now available to order at Estella: the Soft Gallery AW14 collection! Based in Copenhagen, the boutique baby & children’s brand was founded with the goal of designing & producing clothing that encouraged creativity and inspired children’s artistic sides. “Each collection is a living gallery – a gallery on fabric.” Designed by friends Tina Holt Miller & Barbara Hvidt, who met while both studying in London, the brand collaborates with a select group of artists every season to create a clothes that are aesthetically beautiful but also practical & comfortable enough that babies & toddlers will want to wear them.
The AW14 collection is entitled A Glimpse – “what begins when all the consistency ends. A glimpse never stands alone but is followed by a question, a wonder, a feeling of fear, joy or hope. Your mind will follow a glimpse like Alice did the white rabbit or Edmund the faun in Narnia. And when you’re not sure of what you saw or what you know, and can’t follow the fragment but are left with the glimpse, imagination takes over. A world of imagination is the world of childhood.”
Soft Gallery’s signature aesthetic and practical clothes shine in this season’s collection, one that’s full of rich & bold colors with imaginative & magical graphic prints. Wolves, raccoons, feathers, & more cover toddler t-shirts, girls’ dresses, jumpsuits, & pajamas to keep your little ones warm all winter long. Unique, innovative, and modern, Soft Gallery is clearly a beautiful labor of love that Estella is thrilled to be carrying this season!
Tags Baby Tops, Boys' T-Shirts, Girls Tops, Girls' Dresses, Graphic Prints, Kids' Graphic T-Shirts
Category Baby Tops, Boys' T-Shirts, Girls Tops, Girls' Dresses, Graphic Prints, Kids' Graphic T-Shirts