Who’s got the time?

We do!  Check out our awesome new clocks from our friends at Modern Moose. Pendulum styles with quartz movement are delightfully hypnotizing while 3-D styles make a great statement in any room.  Made of lightweight natural birch and printed with non-toxic inks these clocks make for an amazing baby shower gift or birthday gift.  As their slogan says, “Produced in Mass.  Not Mass Produced.”  We’re pretty sure you’ll love them too!

Fun and Fantasy with Siaomimi Play

If you know Picnic then you know how much we like our little ones to get silly and use their imaginations!  You also know how much we LOVE great style, great quality and a bit of whimsy!

Enter Siaomimi Play, our favorite (hands down) dress up line.  All of the great details that you have come to expect from Siaomimi are incorporated into this amazingly fun, playful and enchanting line.  Items are limited quantity which means you should get them before they are gone… trust us, you will never be embarrassed about your child wearing a cape out of the house ever again.

A hint of fantasy…

There seems to be a trend out there in the world of kids fashion that has slowly been emerging over the past few years… it may have started with those great superhero tees with the capes that velcro on and off, you know the ones that Gap Kids did for a while that every neighborhood boy wore threadbare… it may have started even earlier than that…  the Disney princesses certainly have a hand in promoting the trend as well… though we’re not so sure about those polyester ball gowns outside of the home…

In anycase, I distinctly remember my trunk of dress up clothes as a child in the early 80’s.  I had my mom’s old (luxurious) silk nightgown from her honeymoon.  Some GREAT costume jewelry that my aunts had picked up at various weddings and bar mitzvahs and some bits and bobs from Halloween and Purim costumes past that I could put together into a completely dashing ensemble.

Dressing up has come a long way since then.  Just take a look at one of our favorite collections, Siaomimi, that has recently launched a “spin off” line called Siaomimi Play.  Designer Hilda Yim’s original collection already had a nod to the whimsy and fantasy of chidhood but her Play line takes all of that to the next level.

The superhero tee and supergirl dress are elevated to a level where they can be worn out to lunch with the hippest kicks and accessories.  The pirate tee (complete with head scarf and eye patch) is cool enough to make Jake jealous and the tutus are so hip and modern that you could pair them with a vintage tee for an early 80’s Madonna look.

Of course, there are tiaras… but not plastic, hurt your head, rip out your hair, glitter shedding tiaras… These are soft, fabric headbands with beautiful gem detail.  As a mom of a two year old I have tried and tested these on my own head for many hours playing princess and I can tell you first hand, they are awesome.  There is even a ballerina dress that we have almost sold out of at Picnic within just three days!  Everyone is buying it as a dress for their daughter’s to wear out and about – either to Disneyworld or to their birthday party – it’s that cute!

In short, we’ve come a LONG way since the painted trunk of witch hats and sequins in my childhood bedroom, but one thing remains the same… letting your child’s imagination run wild is a wonderful thing… let Siaomimi Play help you do it in style…

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WE LOVE GORGEOUS!

With the start of fall comes the start of holiday season… and we love them all!  Family dinners, parties and gatherings, things that celebrate the special moments of the year when we are together making wonderful memories for our children (and for ourselves as well).

The girls from I Love Gorgeous certainly know how to dress our little gals for all of their special moments.  Designers Lucy Enfield and Sophie Worthington have been dressing London’s tiniest socialites since they began designing together in 2006.  With fans ranging from Kate Moss to Sam Taylor-Wood and Stella Tennant these ladies cater to fashionable set while staying true to the whimsy that comes with childhood.

This season we love the Starry Night Dress in pink for its relaxed silhouette and beautiful gold details.  We’re also coveting the juniper colored Glacier Dress that makes us think of decadent desserts and hot cocoa by the fire.  We’d wear either of them with the Lurex Cardigan which is a perfect accent to any outfit – fancy or otherwise!

Try it once and YOU’LL Love Gorgeous too…

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Tooby Doo…we LOVE you!

Really, though, we absolutely love Tooby Doo… from the day we opened our doors Tooby Doo has been flying off of our racks, and why?  It is classic without being stuffy, comfortable without being sloppy and colorful without being wacky.  It appeals to grandparents, parents, children, aunts, uncles and all of those in between.  It washes well, looks extremely high end and has great details that are sure to make you smile.

Check out some of our latest fall styles from Tooby Doo… if you are looking for a gift or for your very own munchkin you won’t be disappointed…

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THE BOSS is finally here!

It feels like at least once a week someone comes into the store asking for either a Bruce Springsteen t-shirt or a Bon Jovi t-shirt for kids.  Now, granted, we do live in a major metropolitan area where New Jersey is one of our closest neighbors… so, I get it…

Unfortunately until now none of the manufacturers out there were making anything cute enough to merit a purchase but FINALLY Rowdy Sprout has answered our prayers!

Of course, we have plenty of other rock stars to choose from… Ozzy Osbourne is so awesome and 70’s chic… Led Zeppelin is a continual fan favorite… The Who is great for Anglophiles and AC/DC just makes us want to rock.

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Nothing says spring like Pink Chicken.

Spring is a time for rebirth and renewal.  It’s a time to run outside again, to kick up your heels and get that bohemian feeling back again!  Breathe deep, get some sunshine on your face and enjoy the weather!

We really do love all of the spring lines we have in here at Picnic, but we must say that few embody that bohemian spirit better than Pink Chicken.  Designed in New York by mom, Stacey Fraser these are exactly the dresses (and skirts, tops, pants etc.) that we want to toss on our little ones before they scramble out the door.

Check out Pink Chicken’s latest delivery… we promise, you’ll want it all…

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Bonjour Pom d’Api

There is something about a beautifully crafted, French children’s sandal that makes my heart sing… I don’t know exactly what it is but I know that it makes me think of walking along the croisette in Cannes watching the kids run about on the beaches below while the sea laps up at their feet.

Pom d’Api is THE French children’s shoe brand.  They are nearly impossible to find them in the States and every time that I try I can never find the cool colors and I always get stuck with tan or black.  This season I just broke down and said, “We need them – and in NEON!”  As most of you know NEON is the new “it” trend for the season.  It started last year, but this summer it has really gone mainstream (in a good way) at places like J Crew and The Gap.  We know all of you moms and dads remember the neon trend from the 80’s and 90’s but we think it’s completely fresh this time around!  Look at the great pops of color you can get in accessories – scarves, belts and most importantly shoes!

Anyway, trust me on this one… you will only need one sandal this summer and THIS is it (unless you need both colors like I do…).  Beautiful leather uppers, a supportive rubber sole and TONS of gorgeous French style.  Why?  Because your petite fille deserves it…

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Trade show maddness…

We here at Picnic have spent the past few days at the New York childrenswear trade shows so that we can bring you the VERY best for Fall 2013.  We know it’s hard to think about back to school shopping when we’re still only 7 days away from spring, but humor us for just a moment…

Trends that are standing out in the kids market for Fall 2013 are as follows:

– 1970’s Retro – make it mustard and put a peter pan collar on it… yup, we said it… and it’s really stinkin’ cute too… just go with it…

–  Bollywood chic – harem pants, elephant prints and jewel tones.  Pink Chicken hit the nail on the head with this one.

–  Animals – ROAR – slap a tiger or a wolf on it and it’s completely on trend.  These are not subtle prints, though some of them may have that “faded, vintage” look… these are ferocious beasts…and they’re pretty awesome.

–  Homespun Chic – knit it, crochet it, embroider it… make it look like your granny had a hand in making it for you… even if she only shops on Madison Avenue.

Sail Away!

There is one trend, that no matter how old we get we still can’t shake for spring… NAUTICAL!  Really, there are few styles that are more timeless and classic than that navy and white stripe top paired back to a white bottom or chambray short.  This spring, of course is no exception with our nautical trend getting great pops of orange, another big color for the season.

We particularly love the way Anthem of the Ants, Egg Baby and Tooby Doo make nautical styles even more fun by adding madras plaids, pop colors and unusual details (think great buttons, or pops under the collar)!

Pair any of these styles back with our famous Babiators for a polished, fabulous summer look that will never go out of styles…