While a backpack is the most common option for kids to use in early school years, it’s not the only bag to consider. My eldest Fancy Girl is going into 1st grade and is getting a new bag. She probably chose 5-6 options for a backpack style, but when I showed her the Lands’ End ClassMate Messenger Bag, it was like the light bulb went off in her head. She forgot about the cheetah and zebra print and, just like that, became a tween. I shouldn’t be surprised in this choice since whenever she got off the bus this year, she was always carrying her backpack instead of wearing it. And most recently, she’s been wearing her purses cross-body style instead of on her shoulder. She’s just not into the backpack at the moment. In honor of other FGs who want to try something a little more grown-up, I picked some of my favorite messenger bag styles and options from around the web. Product info below.

#BTS Messenger Bags for Girls | AFancyGirlMust.com

1. Solid ClassMate® Messenger Bag, $34, Lands’ End
2. Girls Canvas Messenger Bag, $15, Old Navy
3. Mystic Apparel Mya Messenger Bag with Pencil Case, $9.99, Academy
4. Wildkin Lady Bug Kickstart Messenger Bag, $26.99, eBags
5. Wildkin Majestic Kickstart Messenger Bag, $29.99, Kohl’s
Nylon Messenger Bag in Budding Lilac, $22.72, Gap
6. Print ClassMate® Messenger Bag, $34, Lands’ End

An arrow is not just an arrow when used in nursery decor for our Fancy Girls.

As I started collecting ideas for Chasing Arrows, I discovered an even deeper and more inspiration meaning of the arrow than I originally thought. Arrows are used to indicate your physical location & direction, but as a symbol, they portray vision, confidence, motivation, and the drive to accomplish goals. All things we want for our Fancy Girls. The arrow is easily found everywhere from jewelry to clothing, but what about nursery & bedroom decor? Below are some of our favorites to inspire even the tiniest of FGs to follow her arrow.

Chasing Arrows: Arrow Themed Nursery Ideas for Girls | AFancyGirlMust.com

Clockwise from top right:

  1. Wall Decal Mini-Pack, $12, wallsneedlove.com
  2. “Sharp Shooter” pillow, $20, Earth Cadets
  3. Nursery Art Print, Dream Big Little One, $5, Etsy
  4. Colorful Arrows on Mint Fitted Crib Sheet, $65, Iviebaby
  5. Organic Coral arrows baby blanket, $36.50, luckypalmtree
  6. LouLou Made Exclusive Follow Your Arrow Pillow Cover, $35, Etsy
  7. Coral & Mint Arrow Bedding, $172, Caden Lane

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards and daughter Portia attended the Julius Jr. Fisher-Price toy launch in Hollywood this week wearing a dress perfectly suited for a future fashionista. While some kids might hear “Crazy for Coco” and think CocoaPuffs, we definitely know the difference! Get the La Vie Jet Setter Girl’s Shannon Dress for $60 on NonnaBambini.com. We also found some similar studded flats by Chatties for only $14.99.

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Eyelet is a perfect summer fabric: it’s lightweight, sweet and pretty, and evokes memories of summers past. It’s a trend that will circle back around time and time again and never overstay its welcome. Recently, I purchased a pair of blue eyelet shorts from FabKids.com for my middle Fancy Girl. She’s in a skirts-only kind of phase, so for her to wear these shorts is a big deal. Even though they’re sold out (for now), there are many other places to get some eyelet for your summer wardrobe. Have some fun shopping below!

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1. Cheerful Eyelet Bubble, $9.99,Gymboree | 2. Little Me Baby Girls’ Eyelet Sunsuit, $28, Macy’s | 3. Eyelet Lantern, $1.50 each, weddingshop.thekot.com | 4. Little Girls’ Cotton Ruffled Eyelet Dress, $74.99,Polo Ralph Lauren | 5. Biscotti Girls’ Eyelet Tiered Dress, $90, Bloomingdale’s | 6. Big Girl Belted Eyelet Dress, $25,Guess | 7. Epic Threads Girls’ Eyelet Shorts, $13.99, Macy’s | 8. Pull On Eyelet Shorts For Baby, , Old Navy | 9. Eyelet Sneakers For Baby, ,Old Navy | 10. Keds Girls’ or Little Girls’ Eyelet Lace-Less Skimmers, ,Macy’s

CINDERELLA - Teaser Trailer | AFancyGirlMust.com
With Maleficent coming out soon, it was only a matter of time before we saw the next installment of live-action Disney recreations coming to the big screen. Here is your first look at Cinderella coming March 15th.

Below is an official synopsis of the movie which will star Lily James (Downton Abbey) in the title role. The movie is directed by Kenneth Branagh and includes an all-star cast of Cate Blanchett, Stellan Skarsgård, Helena Bonham-Carter, and more.

The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.” She will not give in to despair nor despise those who mistreat her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an apprentice at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears her fortunes may be about to change when the Palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, raising Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming Kit (Richard Madden). Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand, and a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham-Carter) steps forward and – armed with a pumpkin and a few mice – changes Cinderella’s life forever.

I totally lucked out with this dress. It was 11pm and I was doing some last minute shopping at Target for my daughter’s Frozen themed birthday (post on that to come). I wasn’t even looking for an Elsa dress, but thought maybe just one peruse through the Girls clothing section wouldn’t hurt. And there it was! The perfect aqua & purple high-low dress ($16.99) for her party. And now whenever she wears it, she launches into Elsa mode, pose and all. Today she wore it to school with new aqua sandals from Gap and a hastily put together fishtail braid. The important thing is: She loved it!

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Dress: Target, $16.99
Sandals: Gap (not available online, but click here for other sandals)

We have a special Fancy Girl + Dapper Dude review to share with you thanks to Lemon Loves Lime. It’s a sister act: My sister (a mom to 3 year old boy and almost 4 month old girl) and I (mom to 3 girls) received outfits in exchange for a review. Our opinions are our own and authentic.

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Lemon Loves Lime
It’s finally May! Here on the East Coast, we’ve been waiting for the day to come when the threat of snow was no longer possible. The Polar Vortex really toyed with our emotions and our plans this year, especially when it snowed in April! Now we’re finally in the home stretch and soon it’ll be sundresses and sandals weather. Summer also means group beach photos for some families, and that’s exactly what came to mind when my girls received their outfits from Lemon Loves Lime.

Real Mom Review: Lemon Loves Lime

I couldn’t wait to open the white box with crocheted lemon & lime bow on top. I know the brand is a celebrity Fancy Girl favorite, so I was eager to see what my FGs would be wearing.

The first thing I pulled out was an absolutely precious white layette from the Lemon Loves Layette line for my newest addition, who is only 4 months old. I saw ruffles and felt the incredibly soft cotton and couldn’t wait to see her in it! It was easy to slide her into as well: feet first and then just pull the rest up. Easy peasy (because we all know that some brands involve too many snaps and way too small buttons).

Real Mom Review: Lemon Loves Lime

My older girls received white sleeveless dresses from the Magical Sea Collection, with colorful embroidered sea creatures on the front and layers of ruffles at the bottom. Normally, I don’t choose white for my kids. I just don’t want to take a chance that they’ll get a food or grass stain on it. However, if you have an event or activity that a white dress would be perfect for–like a beach photo op for instance–then I’d rather have my perfect picture than worry about needing OxyClean later. So, I grabbed my oversized striped beach towel and had the girls assemble like they did for the ceremonial first sisters picture that was used as my personal Facebook cover. They’re always happy to model clothing for the blog, especially if it involves sandwiching baby sis between them (do you think I took enough pictures? I’m not quite sure). A side note about the washable quality: Lemon Loves Lime definitely have the hand-me-down seal of approval. The bold colors and soft feel of the fabric hold up after a few washes. The girls just love how the fabric feels on them too, especially when it comes to dancing and twirling. Because they love doing that too.

Real Mom Review: Lemon Loves Lime

If you take a look at the rest of the summer collection, you’ll see that Lemon Loves Lime designs with kids in mind. From the candy colors, to the twirly skirts and abundant ruffles, to the kid-favorite graphics of ice cream, pirates, flip flops, mermaids, and fish, these clothes will make your girls want to swirl, twirl, hop and dance…kind of like what my girls did.

Real Mom Review: Lemon Loves Lime

 

Gnu Brand by Lemon Loves Lime, review by Steff:

Put a truck on it!

Real Mom Review: Gnu Brand Boy by Lemon Loves Lime

That’s the way to my little Jackson’s heart! Just put a truck on it! Clearly he fell in LOVE with this Gnu Brand outfit from Lemon Loves Lime the minute I took it out of the oh-so-adorable package. And I couldn’t agree more when I discovered the detail and quality. The cotton is thick and soft and holds up well when washed (which is good since Mr. J wants to wear the “truck shirt” almost every day.) The collection offers outfits with other cool appliqués such as bicycles, animals, pirates…all buzzwords for my 3 year old! The matching bright shorts are made from the same soft cotton and have an easy elastic waste, perfect for my independent little guy. Now if only I could find some truck shaped broccoli we would be in business…

About Lemon Loves Lime:
LEMON LOVES LIME was created and inspired by a mother-daughter connection and has grown into a cherished collection made up of wearable memories. Their designs are sold in 600 boutique stores throughout the United States and most recently in London. Their one-of-a-kind infant line, “Lemon Loves Layette,” is manufactured in Peru from the softest Luxurious Pima Cotton and is full of rich ruffles and frills. The company has been featured in many magazines for their innovation and clothing quality that they have designed, manufactured and sold since 2007. Lemon Loves Lime is available for babies, 3 months to 2 years, and girls aged 3 to 10. Gnu Brand is available for boys 3 months to 8 years. Visit Lemon Loves Lime and Gnu Brand Boy for retailer locations and wholesale information.

I had a charm necklace when I was little that is still a vivid memory. If you grew up in the 80s, you would know it too: oversized, plastic charms in any shape you can think of dangling from a bright and colorful chain link necklace. While you really don’t see necklaces like that anymore, there is a modern version that is just as colorful and just as super-duper fun for your kids. It’s CHARMIT!

Review + #Giveaway: CharmIt! Charm Necklaces

CHARMIT! by High IntenCity Corp. debuted in 2000 as the “original, detachable charm jewelry line for girls 5, 14 and everything in between.” As their mission states: “design is key, love is in the details, quality is priority and safety is our commitment.” CHARMIT! is sold worldwide and sold exclusively at independent speciality retailers & premium department stores. Lucky for my girls, they got to pick out their own custom necklaces as a review for Fancy Girl (they love having “jobs” for the blog).

What’s fun about CHARMIT! is that you can treat the jewelry like a collection of memories and interests. Get your girls a “starter kit,” and then with each holiday or birthday they can add more to the collection. You can never have too many charms. The assortment of charms can be pretty overwhelming when you first visit the site, but if you have set amount of charms in mind (in our case it was 5), then you can scroll through each charm category, write down the ones you want, and then go back through the list and narrow down to your Top 5. My girls are big into Hello Kitty and princess-related things, so it was pretty easy to select charms. And I love initials and monograms, so the letter charm was my pick. But there’s waaaaay more than that: animals, birthday, Disney, fashion, food, hobbies, sports, peace & Earth, and more. And as you can see, there is so much detail and vibrant color in each charm that they easily become a conversation piece among friends.

Review + #Giveaway: CharmIt! Charm Necklaces

If you’re looking to get a necklace for your daughter or as a gift, but you’re not quite sure where to start, CHARMIT! also has pre-made gift sets designed for different interests and personalities. There is “Glam Girl,” “Princess Fairy Tale,” and “Surfer Girl” just to name a few.

Review + #Giveaway: CharmIt! Charm Necklaces

Our charms and necklaces arrived in a sturdy and colorful striped box with a plastic window showing the charming creation. The boxes are sold separately on the site for $3, unless a gift set is purchased. It definitely makes for a convenient “home” for the charms.

Review + #Giveaway: CharmIt! Charm Necklaces

The charms arrive individually and have a hook that is easy for little hands to open and attach to the necklace. A CHARMIT! necklace or bracelet can easily become an illustration of your daughter’s personality.

Review + #Giveaway: CharmIt! Charm Necklaces

If you’re reading this thinking that the little Fancy Girl in your life would ABSOLUTELY LOVE CHARMIT!, you’re in luck! We’re giving away a 5-piece custom CHARMIT! necklace or bracelet! Just follow the steps below. Easy peasy. You must be residents of the 48 contiguous US states in order to enter. Entires due by May 7 at 12:00 AM EST. Skip down below the giveaway for details on a design contest where one of your own designs can become a CHARMIT! charm!

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Put your creativity to use and enter CHARMIT!’s design contest where your design could become a new charm in the collection. Click below for details.
CHARMIT! Design-a-Charm Contest

My daughters recently received custom Charm It! necklaces (they chose 5 charms) in anticipation of the Crayola Creativity design-your-own contest that launched TODAY. My eldest wore hers to school paired with a light-weight spring dress that was a hand-me-down for her cousins. I added the white floral leggings, a Jane.com purchase from Isabella’s Accessories, and an olive green blazer from Children’s Place (last season). She topped off the look with her favorite Michael Kors Dina boots (from Marshall’s but get them here on eBay) and a rosette headband from Children’s Place.

** CharmIt! Review coming soon!

#KLOTD #OOTD: Hand-me-downs, floral leggings, CharmIt! necklace

Disclaimer: We received the Original Loom Boom to sample in exchange for coverage of the Loomy Awards promotion. All reviews are authentic and honest.

Review: The Loom Boom

The Rainbow Loom was probably the biggest craft craze of 2013. Kids of all ages were flocking to whatever store sold the loom to make arm candy for themselves and their friends. The bracelets became the ultimate symbol of friendship. Girls AND boys were stacking their wrists with a rainbow of colors, and some school districts even banned them from recess! But with all those bracelets, some were bound to get lost or broken. That is until The Loom Boom was created. Take it with you on the bus or put it on display in your room, the Loom Boom can hold up to 40 bracelets. We had a fellow Fancy Girl test out and review the Loom Boom for us:

Review: The Loom Boom (Isabella with her Loom Boom)

Wow! From the second my mom gave me Loom Boom, I wanted to use it right away. I have soooooo many rainbow loom bracelets that I make, and now I have a place to put them. The Loom Boom is colorful and the fact that it can hold 40 bracelets with room on the bottom for extra bands is awesome! I put the Loom Boom in my room with all my bracelts so my friends can see it. Even my little brother wants one. I love the Loom Boom.- Isabella S, age 11

If you think your child would love The Loom Boom too, they can enter to win one in The Loomy Awards. Here are official details:

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The Loomy Awards are sponsored by The Original Loom Boom, a first-of-its kind product intended to organize, display, transport and share your loom bracelet creations. Winners will be chosen from four categories: Best Bracelet, Coolest Charm, Wackiest Wearable, and Best Loom Boom. Three winners will each receive a $250 gift card, and one grand prize winner will receive a $500 gift card! Plus, all winners will receive a special edition of The Original Loom Boom! Entries can be submitted on The Original Loom Boom’s Facebook page, and winners will be announced on a live web award show April 30, 2014.

Want another chance to win a Loom Boom? We’re giving one away too! Just comment below telling us why you’d love one and we’ll choose a winner at random on April 30th! Gain some extra entries below. Good luck!

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