Estella Gift Guide :
By Estella Editor - POSTED Nov 16, 2014
1. Estella Taxi Decorative Pillow 2. Emile et Ida Heart Print Shirt 3. Emile et Ida Baby Pants 4. Estella Purse Rattle 5. Estella Pretzel Rattle 6. Jellycat Bashful Bunny 7. Estella Knit Reilly Booties 8. Estella Knit Parker Baby Hat 9. Electrik Kidz Mermaid Gown 10. Estella Red Doll 11. Estella Seymour Doll 12. Lotus Springs Baby Blanket 13. Winter Water Factory High Seas Romper 14. Estella Ambulance Rattle.
Time to start holiday shopping! Here are a few of our most popular items that also make wonderful and unique baby gifts for Christmas and Hanukkah. Whether you are looking for baby one-pieces, toys, blankets, or a complete set, these clothes and accessories are stylish and original yet still versatile and comfortable. New parents will appreciate how cute and practical these gifts are, and babies will love playing with their new hand-knit toys or how soft the organic cotton feels on their delicate skin. Shop these picks above, or check out our entire selection of baby gifts at Estella.
Tags Baby Gifts, Baby One-Pieces & Rompers, Baby Rattles, Designer Baby Clothes, Eco-Friendly Gifts, Eco-Friendly Toys, Estella Hand-Knit Rattles & Toys, Graphic Baby Clothes, Hand-Knit Toys, Holiday Gifts, Organic Baby Clothing
Category Baby Gifts, Baby One-Pieces & Rompers, Baby Rattles, Designer Baby Clothes, Eco-Friendly Gifts, Eco-Friendly Toys, Estella Hand-Knit Rattles & Toys, Graphic Baby Clothes, Hand-Knit Toys, Holiday Gifts, Organic Baby Clothing
A Conversation with :
By Estella Editor - POSTED Nov 12, 2014
We are thrilled to be interviewing Grace Kang, founder and buyer of gift shop Pink Olive, one of our oldest retailers! After years as a successful buyer, Grace opened her first brick and mortar store in the East Village in 2007 and filled it with baby gifts, home decor items, and whimsical treasures that are full of style and charm. Since then, Grace has expanded Pink Olive to include two more locations and an online shop. We were lucky enough to ask Grace a few questions about running her own business, favorite places in NYC, favorite baby gifts, and foul-proof holiday presents. Enjoy!
1. You spent many years working as a buyer in women’s fashion before making the leap to a small business owner. What inspired the change?
I always knew I wanted to have my own business, it was just a matter of when. I told myself that until that day comes, I was determined to be a sponge and learn as much as I could about the retail industry. The truth is, I really loved being in the corporate world as well and never thought I would leave my job as a successful fashion buyer for Bloomingdale’s, Saks and Barney’s. As someone who excelled as a buyer in the fashion industry, it took stepping out of my comfort zone to realize my true passion: inspiring people to give and create a beautiful living. In 2007, I opened a store called Pink Olive. Not only was it the most rewarding risk I have ever taken, but it was also the most unexpected. Pink Olive is more than just an ordinary gift shop. It’s a creative place dedicated to the simple joy of gift giving.
2. What are your most and least favorite parts of being your own boss?
My favorite part of being my own boss is being able to make a difference and inspire people, even in the smallest of ways. As customers often share with us, Pink Olive is their “happy place.” I also love to share my journey on Instagram and give people a glimpse into my world. I wouldn’t say I have a least favorite part of my job; however, the most challenging part is finding the right people for your team. It’s ever-changing, and you have to be constantly looking for those “gems” who truly get what you do :)
3. You have three stores in three very distinct NYC neighborhoods, the East Village, Park Slope, and Williamsburg. Why did you choose these neighborhoods, and what do you love most about each one?
All three neighborhoods fit the clientele of our ideal customer, but in slightly different ways. They’re like having children, all similar but also distinctly different. Our East Village location appeals mostly to creatives, single ladies, aunties/uncles, newly engaged couples and tourists. Our Park Slope location appeals to creatives as well, but also many first-time families and Brooklyn locals. Our newest location in Williamsburg has a similar vibe as our East Village shop, appealing to creatives, single ladies and gents, families and tourists!
4. Pink Olive is full of whimsical items and unexpected finds. Where do discover these brands and products?
We find our products all over! Our team scours creative brands online, on blogs and social media, and through our travel adventures. Many designers approach us, but we also reach out to many brands that appeal to our shop aesthetic!
5. Similarly, are there any places in NYC (stores, restaurants, museums, parks, etc.) that you consider to be hidden gems?
I have a few favorite hidden gems in the East Village, particularly restaurants! I am such a foodie so I visit Northern Spy Food Co., Zucker Bakery and Dirt Candy frequently! So many yummy options, and luckily each restaurant is located super close to our East Village shop – perfect for when I need a mid-afternoon pick-me-up!
6. For customers who stop in looking for a special something for a newborn and toddler, what do you recommend? Does your niece have any favorite items from your store?
There are so many great designers that we work with in finding that perfect baby gift. We have many go-to designers for specific needs. We love Pink Chicken for cute toddler dresses, TANE organics & Oeuf for sophisticated baby gear and Maileg and BlaBla for whimsical baby and toddler gifts. Also, we LOVE suggesting books for any baby gift :) Your taxi and Metrocard rattles have been a huge hit as the perfect NYC baby gift, as well :) For our online customers, they can go here to pick out their perfect baby gift assortment as easy as 1-2-3.
As for my niece, she was obsessed with the bashful beige bunny from Jellycat when she was young. Now, she’s a pre-teen and lovesssss all the fun paper goods and OliveBox!
7. The holiday season is swiftly approaching – are there any new trendy items or foolproof gifts we should keep an eye out for as we begin our holiday shopping?
Our “you are loved” collection has really taken off since last year. The mugs and tote bags are hot sellers, as well as the new pumpkin and hot chocolate scented candles :) We also have curated a wonderful collection of our favorite things in our Pink Olive holiday gift guide seen here!
Thank you, Grace!
Tags Baby Gifts, Baby Rattles, Estella Hand-Knit Rattles & Toys, Hand-Knit Toys, Holiday Gifts, Soft Baby Toys
(Images via Julia Cawley)
Category Baby Gifts, Baby Rattles, Estella Hand-Knit Rattles & Toys, Hand-Knit Toys, Holiday Gifts, Soft Baby Toys
New Parents :
By Estella Editor - POSTED Dec 6, 2012
It’s never easy being a new parent, believe us, we know! This challenge is even greater when you add the element of entertaining guests into the equation. There are several key distractions that can hurt your ability to be a gracious host. However with just a little bit of planning, you can fulfill all of your parental responsibilities and host a night to remember, simultaneously. Balancing these two things out can help you relieve stress. Here are a few helpful tips that can show you the path to balancing the two.
1.) When it’s time to put your baby to bed early in the evening, encourage your guests to move to a room away from where he or she is sleeping. This will allow the baby to sleep harmoniously while still promoting a social atmosphere in which everyone can still have a great time.
2.) Next, make sure you encourage your guests to interact with your baby. This is a win-win situation because it promotes an environment of healthy playtime. Also, it allows the guests to have a great time getting to know your baby (and of course take adorable photos).
3.) Always feed your baby before feeding your guests. This will ease your mind, and it will also make him or her much more peaceful. Feeding your guests will also take a lot more time. There’s no need to delay.
4.) This is one that often gets overlooked, but keep all alcohol consumption to a minimum. Guests who drink have the tendency to get loud which could lead to waking the baby, at the very least. Also, you don’t want your guests interacting with the baby, because accidents can occur, and no one wants to be a part of that.
Make sure you relax, or your tension will show. If you can enjoy the night without being tense, you’ll have achieved the perfect balance.
Tags Designer Baby Clothes, Holiday Gifts
Category Designer Baby Clothes, Holiday Gifts
By Estella Editor - POSTED Nov 13, 2012
Estella Kids is proud to announce our new partnership with Grandparents.com, a site providing a wealth of helpful, thought provoking information, and tons of amazing imagery. Due to our new relationship with Grandparents.com we wanted to take this time to give some quick holiday tips for all of the traveling grandparents out there.
The 2012 holiday season is a very exciting time, indeed. Unfortunately, it is also the busiest weekend in the entire year to travel. Long trips are just about the only negative attributes that diminish the beauty of the season. However, headaches associated with travelling should be taken in stride because, after all, they are the last hurdle between you and your family. Several basic tips can help you get to your loved ones in record time.
1.) Don’t underestimate the power of being early. It’s no secret major highways and airports become a circus, especially over the long weekend. You can drastically reduce your travel time by leaving one or two days early. Apply any extra vacation days you have to the long weekend and you’ll also have more precious time to spend with your grandchildren.
2.) Travel light, especially if you’re going by air. If you can avoid checking a bag in, you reduce the risk of major delays later. More lost and damaged bags are a product of this weekend than any other time of the year! Also, the wait at baggage carousels can be downright brutal! All you really need is a few extra sets of clothes.
3.) Stay calm! Travelling can be a very stressful ordeal, but just remember that tension will not help you reach your destination any quicker. Also it can set up negative vibes for the remainder of the trip. Bring along your favorite new book to keep you occupied. Believe me, it’s a necessity. If you are driving, take frequent breaks to stretch, and ease any tightness you may have. The goal is to arrive relaxed, and ready to spend quality time with your grandchildren.
4.) Presents! Picking out gifts for your little bundle of joy is never an easy task. With so many options it can be a little stressful, so we have a few ideas to help make the holiday season enjoyable and stress free. For the little girls in your life we are suggesting the JANISE TODDLER GIRLS HEART PRINT DRESS IN ORGANIC COTTON for the ultimate “girly” look. For the little men we suggest ESTELLA DEVON ORGANIC BABY ROMPER IN STRIPES in red to get in the Holiday spirit. Do not forget to pack these gifts in your carry on to prevent any lost presents and a headache. Also fold these items carefully without being crushed to prevent wrinkling. For fun gifts we think the BoBo Stuffed Dog is the perfect holiday friend for your little one.
Tags Holiday Gifts, Travel
Category Holiday Gifts, Travel