The Darling Ranges dress pattern has always been one of my favorites from Megan. But now that I've finally tried the new dartless version, my life has changed. Haha, but seriously. Game changer. I could LIVE in this silhouette.
I saw this agate print scuba knit and immediately kneeeeew I needed to make an Axel mini out it. I could make a million of these skirts (here's another), they whip up so fast and are so comfy. I also made a simple sleeveless, dartless Darling Ranges blouse to go with it. Another one of those versatile patterns that I always go back to. I've been working with Megan on updating all of the Darling Ranges sew-a-long posts (stay tuned later this week!), and it just renewed my love for this old favorite.
P.S - boots are from Target!
Obviously, I have a great deal to share with you for Nelly Lou! Have a baby or toddler on your shopping list? I have some cute tee's for both boys and girls, turban hats, and headbands (and a few items for adults, too!). Today through Monday, 11/24-11/27, use the code HOLIDAY20 for 20% off your order.
Remember Bookroo? They're a children's book subscription box, and Penny is in love with it! They have board book boxes for the littlest ones, and picture book boxes for toddlers. They even have a new junior box for ages 7-10. From today, 11/24, through Monday, 11/27, you can get 25% off with the code HOLLYGIFT. It's their biggest sale of the year!
And lastly, our favorite diaper bag company, PacaPod, has a rally great deal! They have up to 40% off select styles today through Friday, 11/24-11/27.
In collaboration with Twistshake.
P was such a ham while taking these photos, I couldn't stop snapping. Waving and laughing at the daycare kids out for their walk, taking sips of her water and saying "MMMmmm" with the funniest face. This kid, man. And she was loving her water so much because it tastes like strawberries! Have you heard about Twistshake? They make sippy cups in different sizes with a "fruit mixer" to infuse fruit into their water or milk. They also make bottles with a mixer net to catch and dissolve clumps.
If you want to try one out, you can use discount code hollyjollydolly20 for 20% off.
dress: Old Navy
turban: Nelly Lou
Moccs: Freshly Picked
Cup: c/o Twistshake
If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, then this isn't new. But I realized I forgot to post here. My new shop - Nelly Lou - is now open! I've switched gears and have decided to venture into baby and toddler nothing and accessories. I've started this first collection with just two style t-shirts in 5 available prints. There are also turban hats and headbands for your little girls! Aerated I still have a few things for women, including sleep masks and hair ties. My hope in the future is to also add matching turbans and headbands for women, too!
I'd love for you to check it out:
find us on Instagram and Facebook under @shopnellylou
all photos by Stephanie Rita Photography
You would never know it from these photos, but Penny was very uncooperative for this session. Taking photos with toddlers is no joke. But Stephanie worked some serious magic! I couldn't be happier with how they turned out, and she looks like such an angel haha.
P.S - I made my dress and Penny's top. My dress is Simplicity 8341. Her top is a mishmash/self drafted kinda thing.
After having to cancel our second camping trip last weekend, we decided to turn the day around and get our fall activities started early with a trip to Applecrest Farms in NH. There was apple picking, frolicking through sunflowers, way too many cider donuts consumed, and bags of fresh corn and other veggies packed in our car for the ride home.
P was an apple picking champ! We seriously only had to show her once what it was all about. She immediately understood that she was supposed to pull them off the tree and put them in the bag. We were actually pretty amazed about how fast she picked it up. She pretty much filled our bag all by herself!
P.S - see that little turban she's wearing? It's one of my new items from my new shop, Nelly Lou! The shop is still in progress, but I'll have more on that later.
Subscription box c/o Bookroo, but thoughts are all my own.
You know all of your beauty and food subscription boxes that you're obsessed with? Admit it, you are ;). Well did you know that there is a subscription box for your little ones too? If you haven't heard of it, it's called Bookroo, and they sends you a curated monthly collection of 2-3 books. You can choose board books or picture books, depending on what level your child is at (they even just added a junior box for ages 7-10!). We all know reading with your babies is important, and Bookroo is making it so easy and simple to build their library.
Not to mention, they go one step further and gift wrap each individual book. Because you know how much kids loose wrapping paper. Plus, it makes it more of a special event, having a gift arrive for them. Penny ripped these things open like it was her job. I'm pretty sure she'll light up when she sees the next box arrive.
P.S - her favorite one from this month is the 'I Can Dance' book. She loves the little holes for her fingers. I can't wait to see what comes next month!
Alright, while my last handmade top was a pleasant surprise, this one was.... eh.
For one, it's a tiny bit out of my comfort zone. I have no problem with tank tops and even off the shoulder tops, but there is something about thin little spaghetti straps that has never really been my thing. Second.... I was in too much of a hurry. I just wanted to get it done and over with, and I didn't do any pattern fitting. And yeah, it ended up being a little bit too big in the bust. Not that bad, it still works being a little looser fit. It just would better if it fit right.
So yeah, I dunno. It sewed up quick and easy and I actually like the look of it in general. Maybe I can force myself to take the time and salvage the fit? We shall see.
top: handmade / New Look 6518
pants: Loft (old)