The interactive t-shirts allow kids to pick one of five "girls" to be silk-screened onto organic shirts. Clad in a Velcro bathing suit, the girls can then be dressed up in the included signature tutu dress and an accessory of their choosing. Additional dresses, outfits, and accessories ($12 - $30) can be purchased separately, allowing for multiple outfit changes throughout the day. The children's shirts — ranging from sizes suitable for kids three and up — are also available in adult versions. Would you buy one for your kid?
Your little lady might not be as into paper dolls as you were at her age, but introduce her to one of these modern takes — from the hippest paper doll wall decals we've ever seen to Dwell Studio's graphic take on wallpaper featuring the classic doll (we love the whole paper doll collection from the brand) — and she'll be as doll crazy as you were . . . or are. Is a wall too much of a commitment?
Try a charitable calendar, some cute note cards, or my personal new favorite online game, where you can dress your virtual paper doll in hipster garb and even add accessories like a tattoo sleeve, retro kicks, and tribal leggings. Warning: these dolls are just as appealing to mamas as they are to kids!
How retro! There's a reason paper dolls have captivated lil ones over time. The simple task of taking a human form and transforming it into the person of a tot's dreams can be repeated time and time again with different results. While previous generations had to create their dolls, and their accessories from scratch, the wonder of technology makes the process easier than ever before. From customizable printable files to traditional fabric two-dimensional figures, here are 10 paper dolls that will help inspire creative play in your child.
- Obama and McCain paper dolls — Ohdeedoh
- Woman kidnaps first grader to prove it can be done — Parent Dish
- Can't stop the beat for Courteney and Coco — Celebrity Baby Blog
- Naomi and Sasha run errands — Celebrity Baby Scoop
- Cool Mom to be on Dr. Phil! — Cool Mom
- Rainbow jello — Alpha Mom
- In search of the perfect nursing pad — The Poop
- Cutest cupcake photo contest — Women's Day
Like Manimal one year before it, Paper Dolls lasted only two months — from September 1984 to December 1984. A prime-time soap opera set around a fictional modeling agency, the show (called Karussell der Puppen in Germany!) starred Lloyd Bridges, Morgan Fairchild, Mimi Rogers, and introduced Nicollette Sheridan. With a trailer this awesome, I wonder why it did so badly! (Bonus info: Three of the cast members went on to do Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Hahaha!)
With the Internet and email, cards can feel like a thing of the past. I certainly don't mind going back in time with cards as chic as Inslee's Personalized Cards ($28 for box of 10). One is more darling than the next. My personal favorites are Shopping Spree (left), Topiary Garden, and Fête. Pick your favorite(s) and the olden days are chic again!
How cool is this: a greeting card that not only does the normal job of carrying a message, but also pops up and doubles as an origami ornament! The Winter Card, $9.90, was inspired by the Chinese "Magic Flower" paper toy, and comes in lots of different bright colors and patterns. It's perfect for a unique way to tell your best friend happy birthday, your mom thank you, or just to write a quick note to a coworker!
Former wedding planner and special events coordinator Bonnie Marcus started her stationery company Bonnie's StylePress as a result of always having to custom create innovative invitations for her ultra-stylish clients. No stranger to fashion herself (she worked with top designers like Diane Von Furstenberg), she felt the need to provide chic stationery for equally stylish customers.
In 2006, Bonnie won the American Express "Make Mine a $Million Business" contest for women entrepreneurs and is continuing to wow style mavens with her collections named "Down the Aisle," "Expecting in Style," "Beautiful Baby," "On the Move," "Party" and "Holiday Style."
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