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LITTLE STYLE :: The Wee Scottish Influence in the #jcpKids Fall Collection

14 - Flowers by Zoe - Fall 2013 #jcpKids Fall Collection from JC Penney - on the Oaxacaborn blog

3 - Baker by Ted Baker and Flowers by Zoe - Fall 2013 #jcpKids Fall Collection from JC Penney - on the Oaxacaborn blog

As soon as I saw this tweed blazer from Baker by Ted Baker, I had visions of a red deer stag cantering across the Scottish highlands between slate grey mountains and mirrored lochs. And then I peeked at the satin lining, and it was dotted with red deer print.

Perfect.

Definitely something a laird(ess) would wear.

Admittedly influenced by all the Monarch of the Glen re-runs I’ve been watching lately, I wanted to pair it with some sort of plaid — a nod to the tartan kilt. But if you know Aveline, you know she’s crazy about “farkles” [sparkles]. So my nod to the Scottish highlands quickly turned into something more like a jazz-dancer-meets-laird outfit. (And I love it.)

It’s funny, I had no idea when I first spotted the blazer that the brand really does have true Scottish roots — Ted Baker was founded in Glasgow, Scotland in the late 80s.

Lately, JC Penney is bringing in more and more international brands to their kids’ collection — like Joe Fresh, which is a Canadian brand. I love that! And anytime a store wants to expand beyond licensed characters and pink and purple butterflies for girls’ clothes, I’m on board.

And when a certain little girl wants to dress up and hang out with her mama, I’m on board with that, too.

Baker by Ted Baker and Flowers by Zoe - Fall 2013 #jcpKids Fall Collection from JC Penney - on the Oaxacaborn blog

4 - Joe Fresh - Fall 2013 #jcpKids Fall Collection from JC Penney - on the Oaxacaborn blog

6 - Baker by Ted Baker and Flowers by Zoe - Fall 2013 #jcpKids Fall Collection from JC Penney - on the Oaxacaborn blog

5 - Baker by Ted Baker and Flowers by Zoe - Fall 2013 #jcpKids Fall Collection from JC Penney - on the Oaxacaborn blog

2 - Baker by Ted Baker and Flowers by Zoe - Fall 2013 #jcpKids Fall Collection from JC Penney - on the Oaxacaborn blog

9 - Baker by Ted Baker and Flowers by Zoe - Fall 2013 #jcpKids Fall Collection from JC Penney - on the Oaxacaborn blog

10 - Baker by Ted Baker and Flowers by Zoe - Fall 2013 #jcpKids Fall Collection from JC Penney - on the Oaxacaborn blog

7 - Joe Fresh and Flowers by Zoe - Fall 2013 #jcpKids Fall Collection from JC Penney - on the Oaxacaborn blog

13 - Baker by Ted Baker and Flowers by Zoe - Fall 2013 #jcpKids Fall Collection from JC Penney - on the Oaxacaborn blog

11 - Baker by Ted Baker and Flowers by Zoe - Fall 2013 #jcpKids Fall Collection from JC Penney - on the Oaxacaborn blog

8 - Baker by Ted Baker and Flowers by Zoe - Fall 2013 #jcpKids Fall Collection from JC Penney - on the Oaxacaborn blog

Here’s Aveline’s outfit breakdown:

MENSWEAR BLAZER // Baker by Ted Baker, from the toddler boy’s department
BLACK TEE // Aveline’s own; similar here
SEQUIN SHORTS // Flowers by Zoe by Kourageous Kids
TIGHTS // Joe Fresh
GLITTER OXFORDS // Joe Fresh (I added the golden ribbon; they come with round black cord laces.)

See all Baker by Ted Baker // See all Flowers by Zoe by Kourageous Kids

Disclosure of Material Relationship: I received compensation in exchange for my participation in promoting the #jcpKids Fall Collection. All the photographs, opinions, and experiences shared here are in my own words and are my own honest evaluation; and I personally selected all the garments photographed here. Please be assured, I only accept sponsorship opportunities for brands I personally use would recommend to close friends and family, and I will always disclose any such relationships.

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LITTLE STYLE :: JCP Kids Collection #FirstDayLook

Thanks to each of you who commented telling me which JCP Kids Collection #FirstDayLook you loved most!  The Instagram crowd especially got into it, and I have to say, I didn’t expect such a runaway. Almost all of you voted for floral denim. Facebook voters did, too. Crazy, right?

So what did I choose? Well, Aveline definitely went home with “farkley” sparkle shoes and an awesome motorcycle jacket  — you thought I was going to say floral denim, didn’t you? Patience, patience! Aveline is thrilled to have a jacket that almost matches her motorcycle-driving papa’s. (The shoes and coat don’t make an appearance in today’s photos, though, ’cause the temperature was over 90° with a heat index of 100°.)

But here’s what we did wear today!

1 - JCPenney Blogger and Kids' Style - Oaxacaborn's FirstDayLook

6 - JCPenney Blogger and Kids' Style - Oaxacaborn's FirstDayLook

3 - JCPenney Blogger and Kids' Style - Oaxacaborn's FirstDayLook

5 - JCPenney Blogger and Kids' Style - Oaxacaborn's FirstDayLook

8 - JCPenney Blogger and Kids' Style - Oaxacaborn's FirstDayLook

9 - JCPenney Blogger and Kids' Style - Oaxacaborn's FirstDayLook

7 - JCPenney Blogger and Kids' Style - Oaxacaborn's FirstDayLook

21 - JCPenney Blogger and Kids' Style - Oaxacaborn's FirstDayLook

14 - JCPenney Blogger and Kids' Style - Oaxacaborn's FirstDayLook

19 - JCPenney Blogger and Kids' Style - Oaxacaborn's FirstDayLook

12 - JCPenney Blogger and Kids' Style - Oaxacaborn's FirstDayLook 16 - JCPenney Blogger and Kids' Style - Oaxacaborn's FirstDayLook 22 - JCPenney Blogger and Kids' Style - Oaxacaborn's FirstDayLook 24 - JCPenney Blogger and Kids' Style - Oaxacaborn's FirstDayLook 25 - JCPenney Blogger and Kids' Style - Oaxacaborn's FirstDayLook

On Aveline:
Arizona Grey Striped Dress
Ransom Girl™ Solid One-Button Cardigan
Total Girl Mint Faux-Leather L-O-V-E Bracelet (not on website)

Joe Fresh™ Floral-Print Skinny Jeans
Pinky 3/4-Sleeve Chiffon Blouse
Total Girl Black Faux-Leather S-M-I-L-E Bracelet (not on website)

On Gina:
Girlyfied® Striped Dropwaist Dress
Vanilla Star® Denim Cut-offs with Crochet, similar to these

Disclosure of Material Relationship: I received compensation in exchange for my participation in the JCP Kids Collection partnership, and the #FirstDayLook and #MakeItYours campaigns. All the photographs, opinions, and experiences shared here are in my own words and are my own honest evaluation. Please be assured, I only accept sponsorship opportunities for brands I personally use would recommend to close friends and family, and I will always disclose any such relationships.

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LITTLE STYLE :: Which #FirstDayLook Should Aveline Choose?

JCP JCPenney FirstDayLook on the Oaxacaborn blog

I always get excited when the back-to-school sales start. When I was a kid, I’d make sure my folders, pencils and notebooks were color-coded by subject, and then I’d add a matching sticker to the corresponding textbooks. I haven’t outgrown that too much — I’m still an office-supply nerd — and I definitely never outgrew the fresh new-start feeling of the back-to-school season. There’s just something in the air that makes me want to reorganize everything, get dressed up, and then sit down and work like crazy. I’ve got plenty coming up this month, with magazine interviews to write, articles to edit, and a lot of work for my secret project, too.

And then there’s Aveline, whose enthusiasm for “da alphabets” never wanes. She spells everything she sees — loudly, of course — and begs me to write out the letters over and over again. I know this fall is going to include a lot more of “da alphabets” as we delve into letter sounds, phonics, and, oh, counting past thirteen too. For now, we’re savoring summer while singing the ABCs on loop and hanging out with my best friend Lauren, who is vacationing here before launching into the new school year as a staff-member for a study-abroad program.

We three girls have been doing a lot of shopping, and this week we headed to JCPenney to pick out a new back-to-school outfit for Aveline. Aveline’s a perpetual motion machine, and I think the intense color of the changing rooms energized her even more. Phew. She really never stops.

Which #FirstDayLook should Aveline choose?

ONE – Intentionally worn two sizes too large, this modern black and white stripe turns into the perfect toddler maxi. A faux leather jacket completes the look.

Image - Aveline Alenka in JCP JCPenney Back to School Collection - FirstDayLook Toddler Style Striped Maxi Dress Oaxacaborn blog copy

Image - Aveline Alenka in JCP JCPenney Back to School Collection - FirstDayLook Toddler Style Striped Maxi Dress Oaxacaborn blog 2

TWO – A loose-fitting blouse and cami over cuffed floral denim is a great segue from summer to fall.

Image - Aveline Alenka in JCP JCPenney Back to School Collection - FirstDayLook Toddler Style - Pink Blouse and Floral Denim on the Oaxacaborn blog 2

Image - Aveline Alenka in JCP JCPenney Back to School Collection - FirstDayLook Toddler Style - Pink Blouse and Floral Denim on the Oaxacaborn blog

THREE – Puppy dog tails and sugar and spice pair up when this boys’ top from the infant section (sleeves are cuffed to 3/4 length) is worn with an off-white tulle skirt.

Image - Aveline Alenka in JCP JCPenney Back to School Collection - FirstDayLook on the Oaxacaborn blog

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Image - Aveline Alenka in JCP JCPenney Back to School Collection - FirstDayLook Toddler Style Navy Pea Coat and White Tutu on the Oaxacaborn blog copy

FOUR – Houndstooth leggings and a ribbed pink tank worn under a faux leather jacket brought out the spontaneous air guitar and crouching tiger — and a James Dean face.

Image - Aveline Alenka in JCP JCPenney Back to School Collection - FirstDayLook Toddler Style Houndstooth Pants and Faux Leather Jacket on the Oaxacaborn blog 3

Image - Aveline Alenka in JCP JCPenney Back to School Collection - FirstDayLook Toddler Style Houndstooth Pants and Faux Leather Jacket on the Oaxacaborn blog 4

Image - Aveline Alenka in JCP JCPenney Back to School Collection - FirstDayLook Toddler Style Houndstooth Pants and Faux Leather Jacket on the Oaxacaborn blog copy

I’m heading back to JCP to pick out Aveline’s #FirstDayLook soon — which outfit is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

JCP JCPenney FirstDayLook on the Oaxacaborn blog

Disclosure of Material Relationship: I received compensation in exchange for my participation in the JCP Kids Collection partnership, and the #FirstDayLook and #MakeItYours campaigns. All the photographs, opinions, and experiences shared here are in my own words and are my own honest evaluation. Please be assured, I only accept sponsorship opportunities for brands I personally use would recommend to close friends and family, and I will always disclose any such relationships.