We announced last week that GapKids had set a launch date for their limited edition collection with kate spade new york and Jack Spade. We now have a first look at some of the girls clothing, which includes playful prints and colors that kate spade is famous for. Launching in select Gap stores in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Hong Kong and Japan and on gap.com on October 30th, this Holiday 2014 collection will be available for 2 WEEKS ONLY. This will call for some necessary impulse shopping when you see the adorable fit-n-flare dresses, graphic Ts, colorful satchels, and classic kate spade styling. Loyal fans of kate spade new york and Jack Spade will recognize some pieces from the brands’ archives which have been resized and made suitable for active, playful kids. In short, this collection captures the essence of the iconic American brand while staying true to the active and playful nature of children.

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Friday Fresh Picks

My eldest Fancy Girl is going through a “I don’t do PINK” thing right now. And if that’s a permanent thing, I’m good with that. I shouldn’t be surprised by this since my closet is full of non-pink things, and she camps out in there quite a bit (her favorite shoes of mine to wear are my tan Guess peep-toe pumps, so I know she has great taste no matter what color she wears). So this year for Halloween, she not only opted for something non-pink, but she was looking at things like skeletons and witches. She then remembered how much she loves zebras, and found an adorable zebra hoodie costume that has her favorite 2 color themes right now: Black & White and Blue. So to honor the other fancy girls out there who don’t want to do pink or princesses either this year, here are some picks for you!

Friday Fresh Picks: Non-Pink Halloween Costumes for Girls | AFancyGirlMust.com

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Here’s a perfect example of how you’re never too young to do some social good. Etsy shop owner Cassandra of cbrdesign reached out to me via Twitter recently about an anti-bullying campaign that her 14-year old daughter Caitlyn started after witnessing an instance of bullying at school. Caitlyn designed women’s size t-sirts with the simple, yet powerful message “b.you” printed across the front. Her hope with the campaign is to empower women and girls “to be their own unique self.”  She is donating $1 from every sale to Girls, Inc., and she is already halfway to her $500 goal.

Bullying hits home for everyone, and the severity only seems to be escalating because of the accessibility of social media. It’s become so easy for kids, and even adults, to attack each other using words on a screen and have it spill over into school day. But as we can learn from kids like Caitlyn as well as another young woman in Canada who started the Positive Post-It Day after getting bullied on Facebook, sometimes simple positive messages are just the arsenal we need to fight back against the bullies. That is why I love this campaign and am more than happy to help spread the word. b. you anti-bullying campaign t-shirt by cbrdesign | AFancyGirlMust.com The b.you shirts are $10 each and come in women’s sizes XS, S, M, L, XL. The seller indicated the shirts run a little small, so it’s best to go up a size.

 

Let’s help Caitlyn meet her goal!

For Halloween this year I was certain my girls would unanimously choose a Frozen character for their costume. But I was shocked when neither one of them did. Even more surprising was when my middle Fancy Girl enthusiastically picked a pink bat girl costume over anything princessy. She waited anxiously for the costume to arrive, and when it finally did, she didn’t take it off for hours…and then days. She transformed into a super girl. She became a caped crusader, protecting her stuffed animals and toys from evil monsters. By day, she was responsible, attentive and outgoing student, and by afternoon…she was BAT GIRL! There was nothing she couldn’t do. At around the same time this was happening, I received a copy of The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale.

Fancy Girl Review: The Princess in Black by Shannon & Dean Hale | AFancyGirlMust.com

It is the story of Princess Magnolia, a pink-wearing and mild-mannered princess who has a secret: she is a black-wearing, monster-fighting super hero! No one else knows her secret, but her double identity is threatened with a visit by the Duchess Wigtower. Princess Magnolia is called away from her royal hosting duties to help save the goats in the kingdom. Will she can save the day and keep her secret?

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#coffeetalkphotoaday Day 7 #page: a little preview of a book I'm reviewing for Fancy Girl: The Princess in Black by Shannon & Dean Hale. The girls are loving it and it's been good reading practice for Big Sis. It's about a princess with a secret identity. Stay tuned… #booksforkids #princessinblack #shannonhale #deanhale #bookreview

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The girls took one look at the cover and couldn’t WAIT to hear more of the story. This book became the bus stop book, the car book, and the bedtime book (a few times in a row). The plot of the story seemed to strike a chord with whatever the girls were imagining in their own minds. They’re both at that age where Disney princesses are still on their favorites list (well, not quite my eldest), but they are discovering interests that include action, super powers, fighting bad guys, and colors that are not so pink. In this story, Princess Magnolia is told that “princess don’t wear black,” but this Fancy Girl household would beg to differ!

Both my girls have read/listened to the book, but my middle one (the pink bat girl) keeps it close by. I would say the reading level of the book is around late 1st grade/early 2nd grade; the chapter pages have about a paragraph on each page, but the words are common enough that my eldest is able to read some of the sentences. On a conceptual level, both girls were able to follow the story and then answer some “what if” questions related to their own lives. For the most part, the girls liked how Princess Magnolia saved goats from a big blue monster. They didn’t focus so much on her pink wardrobe and her crown, but rather enjoyed reenacting the moment when the Princess in Black saved the day! Since the girls have also been so expressive with their enjoyment of the book, I thought this would be a good time to set up a YouTube channel for Fancy Girl. As part of our video recap of the book, I asked them both what they would do with a secret princess power. Have a look below and ask your own Fancy Girls they same thing.

The Princess in Black is a great book to read around the Halloween season, since kids are already in the imaginary and creative mindset of picking costumes. I like that the book gives kids something to think about at the end, other than a happy ending fairy tale. And with other girl-power literary figures out there like Mighty Girl, it’s nice to have another super girl to add to list of influential book characters. For more information, including how to order the book, visit http://www.princessinblack.com.

About the Creators

Shannon and Dean Hale are the husband-and-wife writing team behind the graphic novels Rapunzel’s Revenge and Calamity Jack, both illustrated by Nathan Hale. Shannon Hale is also the New York Times best-selling author of nine children’s and young adult novels, including multiple award winners The Goose Girl, Book of a Thousand Days, and the Newbery Honor recipient Princess Academy. Her latest, Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends, was published in October 2013. She is also the author of three books for adults, beginning with Austenland, which is now a major motion picture starring Keri Russell. They live in Salt Lake City, Utah, with their four children.

LeUyen Pham is the illustrator of many books for children, including God’s Dream by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams and Aunt Mary’s Rose by Douglas Wood, as well as the Freckleface Strawberry books by Julianne Moore. LeUyen Pham lives in California.

Friday Fresh Picks So it seems I have a thing for spiders–the sparkly and glittery kind. I have been collecting items for some time to create a Halloween display on my mantelpiece, and when I put it all together, I noticed the unplanned theme. Friday Fresh Picks: Sparkly Spider Halloween Decor | AFancyGirlMust.com I’ve always loved spiders for accessorizing–there’s something elegantly edgy about a sparkly spider broach or drop earring that I just love. One of my favorite pair of Halloween earrings are by Betsey Johnson– a woman who clearly knows how to glam-up the 8-legged arachnid. As I started collecting decorations for my Halloween mantelpiece display, I found myself drawn to spiders–from candlesticks to burlap. And I’m sure I’m not the only one who would be too. (Side note for those of you who are into hidden meanings and such: I found that the spider symbol serves as a reminder  that our choices represent who we are. I think my subconscious is telling me something.)

So my picks this week are all about spider decor.

Friday Fresh Picks: Sparkly Spider Halloween Decor | AFancyGirlMust.com

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It’s almost here! It’s almost here! You may have heard about the next amazing GapKids collaboration with Kate Spade/Jack Spade, and now you can get a sneak peek before the exclusive collection is available October 30th.

Kate Spade/Jack Spade for GapKids | AFancyGirlMust.com

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All of a sudden, my eldest Fancy Girl doesn’t like pink. She doesn’t want to wear the majority of the clothes in her closet and gives me that tween-angst face because she has “nothing to wear!” What she does like is blue (she was the girl who said “eeew blue is for boys”) and black & white. That works out perfectly for us since a) Frozen single-handedly made all shades of blue fashionable for girls, and b) black & white is a big fashion trend for kids this year. I’ve been building up our blue collection for some time, but the black & white has slowly lagged behind only because the color combination (or shade to be color specific) is a new preference for her. I shouldn’t be surprised by all this since she spends a lot of time playing in my closet, which has a lot of blue and black & white. Apple doesn’t fall too far, I know. I’m just thankful to FabKids for having so many black & white outfit options and separates to choose from.

So in honor of the black & white trend that is populating the kids’ fashion collections and my daughter’s wardrobe, here are some of my favorite picks for girls. There are even more in the Pinterest board. Product info is below.

Trendspotting: Black & White | AFancyGirlMust.com

1. Milly Minis Cheetah-Print 3-Piece Knit Box Set, $160, Neiman Marcus
2. Rare Editions Embellished Houndstooth Dress,$34.99, Macy’s
3. Mia Chica Zigzag Leggings, $12.97, Nordstrom Rack
4. Vans Kids’ Atwood Pre/Grd Shoes, $36, Shoes.com
5. H.I.P. H.I.P. One Button Printed Cardigan,$14.97, Nordstrom Rack
6. Teal Class President Outfit, $48, FabKids
7. Polka Dot Bow Front and Back Earrings, $6.50, Claire’s
8. Heart Print Headband, $10, FabKids
9. Miniclasix Infant’s Two-Piece Tux Tutu Top, $62, Saks Fifth Avenue

I’m overdue for a post about our love for FabKids. I’m a brand ambassador for the children’s clothing company, but we’ve been fans even before my status became more official. My girls had a busy summer showing off their FabKids looks, and we are just now starting to transition to some fall staples like long sleeves and pants. Below are just some highlights from our #Lovefabkids looks, but before I get to that, here’s a little overview of how the site works if you’re new to the company (you can also read my review of the site when they first launched)

FabKids is a subscription service where your monthly membership fee is equal to the price of a single outfit. When you sign up for the site, you create a profile for your son or daughter, and every month they send you outfit picks for your child. But the good thing is you’re not locked into the looks they send you (because we all know how frequently kids change their minds!). When you view the site at the beginning of each month, you can look at the pre-selected outfits, or browse the whole collection. If you don’t see anything you like for that month, you can opt to skip the month and you don’t have to pay anything. You get 3 skips for free, but there are so many fun outfits and separates, that you really won’t be able to! I mostly shop FabKids for my girls, but they have a boys collection too. I have purchased for my nephew in the past and can say on good authority that the quality is superb across the board. In an age where brands need to be active on social media, FabKids also has a very engaged and active social presence. They will attend to your questions and concerns on Facebook or Twitter, but if you need to speak to someone on the phone, they’re easily accessible that way too. Set up your child’s profile today and start shopping! If you need some inspiration, take a look at my girls’ in FabKids below. You can also do a search of #lovefabkids and see even more!

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Loving the #rocker t-shirt dress from @fabkids which we paired with an older pair of #fabkids plaid jeggings that look perfect with it. I'm normally not wild about skeleton motif on young kids clothes, but the subtle detail on the necklace is good by me. What she likes most of all is the color. Big sis all of sudden does not like pink and only wants to wear blue or black and white. This outfit satisfies both! The other plus is the soft cotton for. Great for running around on the playground and relaxing after a long school day. #klotd #kidstyle

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Big Sis gets her flipgram for picture day. Wearing @fabkids of course! #lovefabkids For Picture Day! #flipagram made with @flipagram ♫ Music: Taio Cruz – Telling the World (RIO Pop Mix)

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I couldn't resist! #lovefabkids #flipagram made with @flipagram ♫ Music: Ester Dean & Carlinhos Brown – Let Me Take You to Rio (Blu's Arrival)

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It might be possible to make it a full week in @fabkids clothes. This color blue is our favorite right now (mine too!) but it's the sequin shoulders I love the most #lovefabkids #kidstyle #fashionblogger

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First day of PreK! #lovefabkids @fabkids #firstdayofschoolnj

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First Grade! #lovefabkids #landsend #sperrynation #firstdayofschoolnj

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Just made my first FlipGram and I'm hooked! Here's our @fabkids #bts14 haul from the summer. One thing I learned was to get 2 of everything! Stylin' for School #fabkidsback2school #flipagram made with @flipagram ♫ Music: Sibel Redzep – Our Generation #kidstyle #fashionblogger #fabkids #fabmoms #bts

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We're definitely @fabkids for life! The purple Tutu Swirl dress just arrived for Big Sis so she has one like Middle Sis's pink one. #fabmoms #fabkids

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Friday Fresh Picks
Frozen has officially trumped Princesses in our house. It is now the benchmark of everything for my girls: Clothes? Frozen colors. Nail polish? Frozen colors. Bead necklace crafts? Frozen colors. You get my drift. Thankfully, we have not had the movie and the soundtrack playing non-stop for months now. As someone who has a closet full of cobalt and royal blue items, I will admit to liking my girls’ preferred color palette. We’ve come a long way from “blue is for boys.” My Fresh Picks this week are all about Frozen-inspired colors in real life, from fashion to crafts.

1. Essie nail polish is varying shades of blue (let the kids decide what’s Frozen-ish. Much easier that way!)
Friday Fresh Picks: Frozen in the Real World || Essie Blues | AFancyGirlMust.com

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There’s now more than 1 way to shop for fun and fancy looks for your girls. AFancyGirlMust now has a boutique to feature products that I’m obsessing over at the moment. Currently, it’s all about the graphic T. I caught the bug with this “I have nothing to wear” shirt from Zulily, and it is now my daughter’s favorite shirt (the irony is not lost here since she never wants to wear anything in her closet).

"I have nothing to wear" shirt | AFancyGirlMust.com

To shop more tees from a variety of retailers (from Barney’s to JCPenney), click Boutique at the top of the page and have some fun.

 

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