Shia’s 2nd birthday was inspired by his love for Elmo, but it was hard to make the theme cute and chic! Every party decoration I found was cheesy, and didn’t go with the feel I wanted: kid-friendly, but with some personal touches. We chose Kidville (there are lots of locations), because we knew the 26 2-year-olds needed to be constantly stimulated. There was a Play-Doh station, tattoo station, kids’ gym, bouncy castle, and a music class with puppets. Here is a list of where the birthday party accessories came from (they’re almost all from Etsy) — I hope this helps when you’re planning your Sesame Street party!
— Sam Cutler, Shia’s mom
1. My friend did a Sesame Street theme for her son in Washington, DC. She shipped the chair covers to me for his party, and they were a big hit. They’re from chasing-fireflies.com.
2. One of my first purchases for his party was the “Shia Street” sign. I got it here.
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Even after months of prepping, when those labor pains kick in it’s hard to stay calm. This kit from HATCH Collection gives you one less thing to think about — just grab it and go. Maybe throw in a cute onesie on the way out too; your new cutie needs to make a stylish hospital exit. HATCH Collection founder Ariane Goldman explains why these four items will make your stay less painful.
Nightgown: “It’s so important to feel comfortable during this time (and warm!). The nightgown is easy and soft, with a v-neck that enables you to nurse if need be.”
Robe: “It’s the perfect coverall to snuggle and welcome your new addition — soft and cozy and the most comfortable way to wrap yourself in bed. It has a big pocket to hold anything you need and an attached belt so you don’t have to worry about it dropping.”
Underwear: “These briefs are feminine in design and practical in function. You’ll feel great having full coverage.”
Socks: “Your body temperature changes in the hospital, and nothing is more scrumptious than soft fuzzy cashmere socks. Hang on to these and make them your go-to slippers.”
Right now, one of the hottest topics for moms-to-be is how they’ll beat the heat come summer. Contrary to popular belief, your bump isn’t a style barrier. We chatted with maternity extraordinaire and Mommy IQ author Rosie Pope — she gave us the 411 on looking chic and comfy all season long. Check out her tips, then shop the looks here.
Gilt: Which colors and patterns are in for spring and summer?
Rosie Pope: Kelly green and emerald green are everywhere, just like they are in women’s fashion. Nautical stripes are big, and this goes against the maternity grain. People often think stripes make them look bigger, but that’s only true if they’re tiny and close together. Look for pieces where the stripes are two inches apart, and it will create an optical illusion — your bump will look smaller! Also, islet fabrics are a huge maternity trend. Normally this type of fabric would be hard to pull off (because it’s stiff), but if the lining underneath is stretchy, you and your bump will be stylish and comfortable.
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As a style-conscious mom of three kids of varying ages (1, 12 and 19), I’ve seen and bought it all when it comes to children’s fashion. But I’m also cost-conscious, so I love chic brands like Jacadi that make high-quality, classic pieces that I can pass down or on to friends. And I’m in good company: celeb moms including Jennifer Garner and Katie Holmes are also fans of this French-based clothier. From striped sailor rompers and plaid frocks to polka dot sun hats and polo shirts, above are a few of my picks from Gilt’s sale. Make sure you’re there Monday, May 13 at noon ET!
— Shanelle Rein-Olowokere
Editor, People.com Moms & Babies
1. Formule Swim Camisole, $20 (from $42)
“A colorful floral top is a great way to make white shorts or pants pop.”
2. Banquette Dress, $35 (from $72)
“Red gingham screams summer.”
3. Briac 2Fer Polo, $36 (from $75)
“Two collars in one? Such a genius and stylish idea.”
4. Fondant Sun Hat, $13 (from $27)
“This polka-dot sun cap is so fun; I wish it came in my size.”
5. Francfort Swimsuit, $28 (from $59)
“Nautical stripes on a classic swimsuit equals tons of cute.”
6. Beret Romper, $30 (from $62)
“Let your tot channel his inner French kid in this simple-yet-chic romper.”