Guest Blogger Series: Father’s Day Edition

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Dear friend and style enthusiast Jamie Gorgas and I met recently to discuss my vision for Bennetts & Madison and to brainstorm development ideas for it’s future.   Jamie has worked in fashion for years and has a keen eye for style.  As Bennetts & Madison takes shape, I am happy to announce that Jamie will be a regular contributor.  She wrote a sweet personal piece on Father’s Day
Father’s Day : How to make it special…
Pete and I often say we’d rather spend money on an “experience” than a “thing”. Every holiday, birthday, special occasion I try to be creative and strive to be out of the box…I get this fro

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m my father who was always so good at surprises and unexpectedness…However, some of my most favorite memories and times I shared with my Dad were not about the crazy or unexpected surprises…they were simple and quiet times we had at home.
As a parent, I realize how important it is to have those moments highlighted in your life so you can revert back and reminisce. It means everything.
BACK TO BASICS
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One of my favorite memories was camping in the back yard with a tent, sleeping bag, tons and tons of pillows. I even remember how it smelled in the tent. It was an exciting adventure in my 8 year old mind and I’ll never forget it.
For Father’s Day, my role as the Mom, there are a couple of things I wanted to contribute to enhance the experience….

Your tent can be illuminated by these fun mason jars with wire lights that you can find at the super market and drug store. I might add a great table light for a summer party as well!

  1. Flickering Battery Operated Candle 2. Fairy Lights 3. Ball jars

In this day and age with every kind of technology at our finger tips, I want to make sure I tap into the things I loved as a kid and give those experiences back to be cherished. A night of finger puppets stands out for me. And all you need is a flash flight…ok maybe the flashlight app…

  1. LLBean LED Rechargeable Flashlight 2. Felt Finger Puppets from Etsy

It’s such a great way to get creative and let your imagination and your kids’ run wild. Even better in a tent.

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The Art of Hand Shadows, Dover Publications

 

Lastly, a way to capture it all…

And back to technology a bit.
There is a great app called 8mm. Take videos of everything on your phone using the camera on this app. It allows you to use an array of vintage filters from  “film noir” to “60s”…whatever speaks to you.

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8mm App

Pick your fav and you’ll make a full blown “Wonder Years” keepsake. You can pair the videos with songs in your library so, yes, With a Little Help From My Friends by Jo Cocker with your video and you are golden.
One of my favorites is Lucky Man by The Verve. It resinates with me and moves me to tears every time. Play for Dad on his special day and it’s pure magic.
Also bacon, that seems to work too…

 

PS…

  1. How cute are these matching family pjs
  2. Keep their feet warm with these cozy camp socks
  3. If you don’t own a tent this one from LLBean is awesome we bought it last year
  4. I love the plaid fabrics these pillows are covered in.
  5. Make it super comfy with this air-mattress
  6. Everyone can sleep together in this huge sleeping bag

 

xoxo

D

Mini Memorial Day Selects: Day 2

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Memorial Day kicks off summer and is the first of the 3 big patriotic holidays of summer,  we are super excited.   Our sweet little town, with a main street that looks like something out of a Norman Rockwell painting, holds an awesome Memorial Day parade.    Unfortunately, for the past couple of years mother nature has not cooperated and the parade has been cancelled, making the focus of the holiday more about ushering in summer than commemorating our veterans.   Especially for the kids who need the visual cues of the vintage army vehicles to understand the true gravity of the day.  It’s important to me that my girls understand why we wear red, white and blue; that there are people who have fought and are fighting for our country and we are honoring them, not just scarfing down delicious hot dogs and hamburgers poolside;)

On a less serious note and getting back to my week long Memorial Day Selects, as promised.  Today I am sharing my Mini selects with you.   I have three little girls, therefore my “Mini posts” automatically skew “girly”, however, there are few things cuter than a well dressed little boy, looking ever so pumped about what the celebration has to offer.  I will try to incorporate “boy looks” where I can in my Mini posts.  Patriotic pieces are not difficult to find right now, most online shopping destinations have a curated sections of red, white and blue pieces, here are some of my faves:

Rompers and jumpsuits

Janie and Jack almost never disappoints, although I’d much prefer to buy their clothes on sale than full price.  When ever I scroll through their collections, I almost always say to myself “I wish this came in my size”.  Clearly I am not alone in that sentiment as the brand launched a “Mommy and Me” collection last spring.  Ok, on to my selects:  1. The vibrant hue and gingham bows of this ponte romper from J&J make it a stand out!    2. My girls are super active so this soft knit, roll sleeved, striped romper would be perfect with navy sneaks. 3.   This J&J windowpane romper with a single shoulder bow is tres chic and is one of those I wish they made it in my size.  4.  How cute is this striped jumpsuit for the littler minis, seen here on Amber Venz’s, of LiketoKnow.it, daughter Birdie.    5. MiniBoden how I love thee,  this strappy frill romper screams summer and 6. I’m gaga for this denim, star print Jumpsuit.

Tops and Shorts

This oh so French, striped, ruffled top again from J&J (do you notice a theme yet;)) with white denim cut-offs and red Zara bow sneaks would be such playful and chic outfit.   I’d pair this J&J tiered, peplum top with any one of the four pairs of shorts pictured below.  Actually, come to think of it, you could put your cutie in any one of these three tops with any one of these four shorts and they would look darling.  For your reference: (clockwise from left) 1. J&J Striped Ruffle top 2. Crewcuts white jean shorts 3. J&J royal shorts with crochet embellished pockets 4. J&J navy twill shorts with button front pockets 5. J&J red scalloped twill shorts 5. Crewcuts slightly retro royal smocked top 6. J&J All American striped tiered top

Kicks

There are so many good shoe options for the Mini’s to add to their Memorial day attire.   I selected a few that I love:  1. My girls would die for these scalloped edge red wedges from the Gap, they love anything with the slightest heel  2. Simple H&M Red sandals with floral appliqué 3. Adorable Navy with white polka dot H&M elastic lace slip on sneaks 4. My fave, Red espadrilles with adjustable laces from Zara 6. for the boys (or girls) Navy Adidas collegiate sneakers 7. Red New Balance 24/7 sneakers

Pool Pieces

I am slightly obsessed with navy and white striped anything, a touch nautical and a touch French.   Which is why more than half of the next group of selects are navy and white striped prints.  There are loads of read white and blue options in the swim wear category.  I have to admit my favorite of this section is the Boys star swim trunks, I think it’s the background color that has me swooning.  From left to right and around clockwise 1. I love a cute flouncy one shoulder suit, this one from Crewcuts Factory is adorable 2. H&M hits the mark with this equally cute navy and white striped one piece, not to mention you can’t beat H&M’s prices 3. Cat and Jack’s rash guard – one piece combo with a peplum skirt, adorbs 4. this red and navy rash guard for the Mr. minis, is simple and classic 5. Here is another J&J winner 6. My favorite the J&J Star Swim trunks 7. J&J Gingham and eyelet one piece suit.

Boy oh Boy

Let’s hear it for the boys.  I try not to lament the fact that I don’t have a little dude to dress everyday.  My husband would say that he bares the burden of that missing piece in our puzzle, as I offer my opinion on his outfit choices more often than he would like;)  If I did have a Mr mini, I would have pulled the trigger on these pieces for the weekend.

1. I’m loving the tone red in this Short-sleeved shirt in cotton pique with a ribbed collar from H&M 2. nostalgic and cute this top gun graphic tee is rad 3. J&J has so many cute button down options for boys, I am loving this perfectly patriotic rolled cuff version  4. Jcrew Factory Boys’ Gramercy short in sunwashed oxford blue, pair of chambray shorts is a must for little boys and would go with all three of the tops,  5. these cotton-linen combo are a classic, comfy pull-on short from Crewcuts that’s built for all-day play.

You’re So Fancy

What would a Mini’s post from moi be without a handful of dresses.  Ever the “Fancy Nancys” my girls are gluttons for girly frocks.  1. this easy drop-waist cotton dress from Boden is great for everyday wear or ideal for your Memorial Day BBQs, it has the most precious bubble edging and pin-tucked detailing simple and sweet.  2. Also from Mini Boden, but a bit more formal this white dress with royal embroidery adorned with the sweetest bow detail 3. This Tucker and Tate racer-back tank dress from Nordstrom is the perfect playful dress for a party especially if you are celebrating MD somewhere nautical, p.s. if you haven’t checked out Tucker and Tate on Nordstrom.com…you are missing out 4. J&J makes this striped frock in “firework red” and navy…  5. I am admittedly not a fan of the “cold shoulder” trend, for some reason though, I find it perfectly cute on minis…this blue and white gingham open shoulder dress from H&M is $18…WHAAAT!!

Ok, that’s all for now folks…

xoxo

D

On Target

As per usual, Target has nailed the holiday season décor category.    For a modern take on Christmas decor, the best items, in my opinion, are those featured in neutral tones with glittery and faux fur accents, .  Currently, the Threshold brand, is by far, the leading holiday accessory line at Target.  Girlie girls (I know a few of those) can get their “Christmas on” in style, with pink flocked trees and wreaths etc., see some fabulous selects below.   If you are looking for the more traditional red and green/tartan plaid you won’t be disappointed.  Check out some of our faves in these three color ways:

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For the girlie girl in your life check out Target’s  perfectly pinkalicious Christmas items:

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The ever popular traditional Christmas look is also well represented in the holiday aisles at Target:

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