Quaintly Be || Handmade Children's Clothing

I've had this idea in my mind for months upon months, but I always pushed it to the side for one reason or another. Lucy's early weeks were hard, and I didn't have a lot of extra mental space. But around her first birthday, things started to get easier, and fun, and all around enjoyable. Here and there, I would come up with ideas and designs and get really excited. But as usual with me, fear always takes over and stops me in my tracks. It wasn't until a heartfelt chat with one of my closest friends (over pancakes, at IHOP), where I really felt motivated and encouraged to pursue my art. She is a bundle of creativity and her enthusiasm is contagious I tell you! So, after that talk and reading this book, and a lot of thought, I decided to just jump in head first (remember my one little word for 2018!?).

I am so excited to be opening my very own children's clothing business, Quaintly Be!

You may be thinking..."Is "quaintly" even a word?" "What does that even mean!?"

Yes, it is in fact a word, and it means this: 

Quaintly:  [adverb]  in an attractively unusual or old-fashioned manner.

From the beginning, this business has been inspired by my kids. One thing that I've always wanted for them is for them to be different from the world, to be unusual because they are kind. There is so much hate, comparison, and greed in the world. I want to raise up children who stand above the rest by spreading joy, compassion, and love. 

I want them to be different by making a difference.

I am also inspired by all things woodsy, whimsical, and old fashioned. My designs reflect the flowers that I see, the colors I observe, and the simplicity in vintage fashions. 

The bottom line is, I want the little ones who wear my bonnets, blankets, dresses, and tees to feel happy in the simple, natural designs, and to feel confident in spreading that joy to others. 

I want my little wearers of Quaintly Be to be Quaint & Kind

Quaintly Be will be open for business on March 20th, the first day of spring! 

And because I believe in spreading kindness, I want your orders and support to mean something. 10% of monthly proceeds will go towards the My Stuff Bags Foundation. You can read all about it on their site, but they are dedicated to supporting children who are in crisis. 

There will be more to come, with a facebook group + Email list where you will be encouraged to share all the ways your quaint and kind little ones are spreading joy! 

To stay updated on all the goings-on please follow me at QuaintlyBe on Instagram!

Those Big City Lights! || My Girl's Trip To NYC!

Over Christmas, my dad surprised me, my sister, sister-in-law, best friend, and mom with a trip to New York City! I felt like a little kid the entire trip, in awe of every light and tall building! The last time I visited the city was back in 2005 when my dad let me tag along on one of his business trips. This time, I got to have the girls in my family with me, and we had so much fun!

We started off with a trip to the LDS Temple, followed by some delicious cookies from Levain Bakery. While gallivanting around the upper west side, I was definitely day dreaming of living there...

And because it was Saturday, and I have a love for all things old and historical, we made the trek down to the Brooklyn Flea! We browsed a lot of fun vintage clothes and random nick-knacks. We also stumbled upon a family run metal-work and jewelry business where I got a vintage brass tie clip for Curtis with our anniversary stamped on it! It was so fun to watch the stamping first hand, and it made the perfect, meaningful Valentine's gift! We also were filmed for some documentary they were making about a small business that sells Jam! So random, but pretty fun!

The main event of our trip was our night out to see the amazing HAMILTON. I'm still trying to figure out how my dad managed to score tickets to this, but he did, and thank goodness for that!

Without kids, it's amazing all the activities you can squeeze in, and we were masters of this! Before the show, we stopped by a little fashion show, then had dinner at a fun restaurant near Times Square.

And then...Hamilton... Let me be honest, I hadn't really gotten into the hype of this musical before hand. Whenever something is really popular, I tend to go against the grain and not participate- just because. Just to be different. Well, having seen it in all it's glory, I can officially say it was amazing and I definitely teared up and felt emotional during the show! So if by some magic you can find tickets to see it, you should!

On our last day in the city, we braved the cold rain and visited with a friend of ours from college, walked around the MOMA, taxi'd down to Purl Soho so I could gawk at the wall of buttery soft wool, and of course, we got more cookies.

We really packed a lot into our short trip, but the best part was getting that sister-mom-friend bonding time. I can't thank my dad enough for such a fun gift and I'm already looking forward to next year...!

What is your favorite thing to do/visit/see in New York City!? I'm hoping to go back soon with kids and husband in tow and we're gonna hit up all those touristy spots!