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LITTLE STYLE :: From subarctic to subtropic, Scandinavian children’s clothing, Småfolk

Småfolk, Scandinavian children's clothing on the Oaxacaborn blog

It’s no secret around here that I love Scandinavian design. I’m always fascinated with the contrast between where I live now (Florida), where I was born (Mexico) and where my family tree is rooted (Sweden and Finland, among other places). The contrast is especially vivid at wintertime during the annual Scandi Christmas series, as I’m sitting here in the subtropics, blogging about the subarctic.

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Denmark-based Småfolk, one of the Scandinavian brands I love, drew me in a long time ago with their iconic apple design and bold 70s-leaning patterns. And I can’t help feeling like the designers behind Småfolk really gets it when it comes to kids clothes — the designs are bright, fun, stylized, and (what a novel idea!) actually appeal to the children for whom they’re designed.

Småfolk, Scandinavian children's clothing on the Oaxacaborn blog
Småfolk, Scandinavian children's clothing on the Oaxacaborn blog
Småfolk, Scandinavian children's clothing on the Oaxacaborn blog
Småfolk, Scandinavian children's clothing on the Oaxacaborn blog
Småfolk, Scandinavian children's clothing on the Oaxacaborn blog
Småfolk, Scandinavian children's clothing on the Oaxacaborn blogSmåfolk, Scandinavian children's clothing on the Oaxacaborn blogSmåfolk, Scandinavian children's clothing on the Oaxacaborn blogSmåfolk, Scandinavian children's clothing on the Oaxacaborn blogSmåfolk, Scandinavian children's clothing on the Oaxacaborn blog
Småfolk, Scandinavian children's clothing on the Oaxacaborn blog

Had you heard of Småfolk before today? I’d love to see this established brand take off in the United States, too.  I feel like there’s such a big space in the children’s market here for this genre of clothing, and style this good deserves to go global, don’t you think?

GET THE LOOK :: Apple Sweatpants | Leopard Sweatshirt Dress | Yellow Horses Dress | Anniversary Edition Cars Tee | Grey Sweatpants with Orange Apple | Yellow Velour Sweatpants (not pictured)

Småfolk Website | on Facebook | on Instagram

Disclosure of Material Relationship: I received clothing from Småfolk in exchange for this blog post. I did not receive monetary compensation and was not required to present or promote any specific products, nor was I required to express any particular viewpoint. 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 and/or would recommend to close friends and family, and I will always disclose any such relationships.

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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 :: I Toss My Butterfly Net Across Her Laughter, To Remember This Moment (brought to you by Fabkids.com)

Aveline for FabKids.com children's clothes on Oaxacaborn.com - A monthly outfit sent corresponding to your style profile -Children's fashion style blogger

Aveline for FabKids.com children's clothes on Oaxacaborn.com - A monthly outfit sent corresponding to your style profile -Children's fashion style blogger

Aveline for FabKids.com children's clothes on Oaxacaborn.com - A monthly outfit sent corresponding to your style profile -Children's fashion style blogger

Aveline for FabKids.com children's clothes on Oaxacaborn.com - A monthly outfit sent corresponding to your style profile -Children's fashion style blogger

Aveline for FabKids.com children's clothes on Oaxacaborn.com - A monthly outfit sent corresponding to your style profile -Children's fashion style blogger

Aveline for FabKids.com children's clothes on Oaxacaborn.com - A monthly outfit sent corresponding to your style profile -Children's fashion style blogger

I get a little grumpy when it feels like the world is spinning without me, and it seems that way every time the seasons change. Northern California had its first rain on Labor Day, and the red clay drank up the water thirstily, the dust sliding from the waxy Live Oak leaves and running in rivulets into the cracked earth. I know the scent that thirsty ground gives up, and I know the coolness that falls in those drops.

Soon in the Midwest, the mercury will dip and everyone will pull open the bottom dresser drawer, reaching to the back into the sea of only-just-abandoned knit socks. The apples have already started to fall, red and green and sweet-smelling, tumbling from the crooked branches into the leaves and grass. I know the way an orchard apple tastes, seated on the crumbled stone remains of a farm someone once loved and lost.

And I know the faces belonging to all the laughter that rings from the Sierra Nevada in the West across to the northern end of the Mississippi, and I know the threads of family that tie us all together.

And sometimes it seems that everyone, everywhere, just keeps on spinning, dipping from summer into fall and through the winter and back up into spring, while Florida trudges steadily through the humid fog, and I with it. I lose track of whether it’s March or whether it’s September. I lose track of the hemisphere. In the constant green, the constant jungle, the constant rain, the passage of time seems as fluid as the tropical rains that turn sidewalks to streams.

But there is always somewhere I see time. I see it daily, in her rapidly growing face, I see her changing quickly, changing out of my reach and control, changing like the waves that never stay the same shape or height — unless I seize the scene, grasp it breathlessly with the grip of lens, and press it into a stolen moment, flat on the page.

This is what I do with my Aveline Alenka, my little ocean of joy. I toss my butterfly net across her laughter, I blink and remember her golden face for a moment, tucking it away into photographs.

And these photographs sail from the headwaters of the Everglades up to the Land of 10,000 Lakes, and across to the Golden State, and they sail into the hearts of waiting family, who see and feel and hear the passage of time through these colors infused with life.

We see the passage of time together, and we are connected. We are connected like the rain that falls across the Sacramento Valley, like the snow that tumbles down the Minnesota pines, like the steam that rises up off the Everglades. We are connected, for we are family, and no side effect of meteorology or geography can ever change that.

Disclosure of Material Relationship: I received a sample Fabkids.com box in exchange for my participation and promotion. 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.

Fabkids.com is a subscription service based on your style preferences, allowing you to receive a personalized 3-piece box of children’s clothing and accessories each month. Unlike other subscription box services, Fabkids.com lets you know what that month’s shipment will be ahead of time, so you’ll always love what shows up on your doorstep. Find out more about the styles, outfits and options available — for both boys and girls! — at Fabkids.com.

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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. 

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LITTLE STYLE :: Another Wonderful Polish Children’s Label, Miszkomaszko

Oh yes, more Polish goodness! Last time it was Czesiociuch, this time Miszkomaszko. And I just LOVE this brand, which is hand-produced in Poznań, Poland. The colors, the patterns (can you spot the volcanos?) and the great photography. I can definitely envision Aveline in these pieces!

Miszkomaszko

Volcano Pants via Polish brandMiszkomaszkoVolcano Pants via Miszkomaszko

Jumpsuit via the Polish children's clothing brand Miszkomaszko

Jumpsuit via Miszkomaszko

Star Print Pants via Miszkomaszko

Star Print Pants via the Polish children's clothing brand Miszkomaszko

Dress via the Polish children's clothing label Miszkomaszko
Dress via Miszkomaszko