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  • Lights Out, We Mean It!

    The coziest pajamas, night-lights, and bedding for your little one.

    Mix and match beddingMix-and-Match Bedding

    The new online tool from Serena & Lily lets you create bedding sets that capture your boho-preppy style while still satisfying the color demands of your little Pinkanista. Combine chevrons, Indian damasks, geometric block printing, and seersucker to your heart's content.

    Available at serenaandlily.com, $38-$180.



    MobileRose Minuscule Mobiles

    The delicate mobiles from French artist Laurence Bonnet feel like a glimpse inside the mind of a dreaming toddler. If, of course, the toddler has fallen asleep in an artist's studio just outside Paris. Wait - that's our dream.

    Available at kidslovedesign.com, $23-$94.



    Our Favorite Online Kids Boutiques


    BeddingPrincess and the Pea Bedding

    Once upon a time, in a bedroom just down the hall, slept a very delicate princess on a coordinating quilt and sheet set, complete with a pea pillow. The end.

    Available at landofnod.com,

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  • Beach Ready from Head to Toe

    The weather is hot and only getting hotter. Get ready for the sunny beach weekend ahead with these sand toys and summer gear for your little ones.

    Biodegradable Beach ToysBeach Toys
    If, on average, you lose two buckets, three sifters, and one shovel at the beach between May and September, and if it takes 450 years for a plastic bucket to decompose, how long will it take you to read this word problem, click a link, and swap your current beach toys for a biodegradable set from Zoë B Organic? The five-piece beach kit includes a bucket, sifter (which doubles as the lid), shovel, and cups made from a bioplastic that breaks down when exposed to microbial activity in the soil or sea.
    Available online ecomom.com, $20

    BabiatorsEyewear for the Swing Set
    No matter how many pairs of wraparound sunglasses your mini-me tries, you can't kick that lovin' feeling for aviator specs. Let your youngster rock the too-cool-for-flight-school look in a pair of Babiators. The small-scale eyewear is made of pliable rubber; kids can do their

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  • How To: Ocean-Inspired Nail Art


    Ocean NailsOcean NailsNail art has come a long way since sparkles and daisies. Here, artist and nail tech Breanne Trammell shows us how to paint designs inspired by the late California-based artist, Richard Diebenkorn and his soothing Ocean Park series of abstract paintings




    ToolsTo master any nail art design you will need a few nail tools. You can either use polish that comes with a long thin brush, or go to a craft store and buy a cheap thin brush that will allow for you to make the thin sprinkle look. For this nail-look you will need a very thin brush for outlining.



    Trammell suggests muted ocean inspired polish shades. She uses, Essie's Lapiz of Luxury, Pretty Edgy, and A Crewed Interest. All available on essie.com, $8.


    48 Nail Polishes for Mani Maniacs


    Step 1: Start with clean hands and nails.

    Step 2: File and buff as your prefer and apply a clear base coat.

    Step 3Step 3: Build up a series of squares and rectangles with your three colors. Don't worry about overlapping the

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  • How To: Donut Sprinkle Nail Art

    Donut Sprinkle Nail ArtOn days when nothing's going right (food baby in the belly, hovering boss, ex posting a million pics of his new GF on Facebook), nail art still has an uncanny ability to make us smile.

    Here, artist and certified nail technician, Breanne Trammell shows us how to create donut sprinkle nail art.



    BrushesBrushesTo master Donut Sprinkle nail art you will need a few nail tools. You can either use polish that comes with a long thin brush, or go to a craft store and buy a cheap thin brush that will allow for you to make the thin sprinkle look.




    To choose what colors you will use, Trammell suggests looking at a picture of a donut with sprinkles to get inspired. As her base color, Trammell uses Essie's Ballet Slipper. Available at Walmart.com, $7.75.

    For the sprinkles Trammell recommends using three to four bright, contrasting colors. She uses a hot pink, purple, and blue. Once you've gotten your polishes and brushes together, you're ready to begin!

    48 Nail Polishes for Mani

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  • A Circus-Themed Birthday Party for Kids

    PinwheelWhen a friend's daughter requested a big top-themed birthday, Lexy Ward of The Proper Pinwheel promised to make the circus come to town. The Denver-based party planner and blogger covered all the details, from the handmade pinwheel backdrop to the buttercream-frosted cake.





    More DIY Birthday Party Ideas

    Budget or blowout?
    Budget. Everything was pulled together for under $100. Plates and invites came from the craft store dollar bin. For Ring of Fire cupcakes, Ward bent sparkly pipe cleaners to mimic hoops and topped each with a lion. She loaded goodie bags with Mary Janes, saltwater taffy, and other nostalgic candy, then sealed the tops with glitter-dipped clothespins.

    How to Throw a Woodland Birthday Party

    Zebra Mask and Nostalgic SodaBet they loved all the sweets. Did that lead to any sugar-addled beasts?
    The menu was tempered with crates of strawberries and Mason jars filled with radishes and carrot sticks.


    Any tightrope walkers?
    No, the entertainment was all low-key. Animal masks were placed

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  • Our Favorite Online Kids' Boutiques

    We know how it is. After you have kids, the best time to shop is often the middle of the night. Next time you're up at midnight and looking to refresh your kid's room, wardrobe, or just refresh your Pinterest wish list, check out some of our favorite sites to browse.

    The Land of NodThe Land of Nod
    Launched: 1995
    The goods:
    Storage collections, wall art, bedroom furniture, and rugs
    Why we love it:
    Things are looking quite colorful at the kids' furniture shop from the same folks who brought you Crate & Barrel. Need proof? The Jenny Lind bed now comes in hot pink. Where: At landofnod.com.




    Little Dudes OnlyLittle Dudes Only
    Launched:
    2007
    The goods:
    Fore Axel & Hudson, Chaser Kids, Creative Recreation
    Why we love it:
    Boys will be well-dressed boys, thanks to the L.A.-based Web retailer dedicated exclusively to young gents. The shop-by-look option (skater, punk, vintage) keeps your Mr. Opinionister happy.

    Where: At littledudesonly.com.


    Nursery Decor We Love!


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  • Summer Hair Savers

    Because you can't wear a topknot every day without people thinking you haven't showered, the DailyCandy editors tested every frizz fighter, wave maker, and hair mask under the sun, so you are your best tressed all summer long.

    Coolest Frizz FighterCoolest Frizz Fighter
    Sea air and saltwater might be good for the soul but not for your locks. To avoid a sea witch hairstyle after a day at the beach, we slathered on Fekkai's naturally cooling cream for frizz-free mermaid hair instead.

    Available at fekkai.com, $25.




    Most Improved Hairbrush
    New York editor Jordan has a love-hate relationship with her five-pound mane (exhibit A). Goody's brush cut her wet-to-dry time from 25 minutes to eighteen, but she wishes the blue squeegee nubs were thirstier. Be sure to sandwich strands between the brush and your free hand to optimize absorbency.

    Available at target.com, $11.


    18 Ways to Temporarily Change Your Hair


    Best Blast From the PastBest Blast from the Past
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  • Great, unusual board games and boxed games for kids

    Keep your little ones entertained by playing with them instead of just watching. These games are perfect for the whole family.

    Young LearnersYoung Learners
    Young Learners

    The playtime equivalent of hiding veggies in your kid's macaroni, Young Learners stealthily serves up educational lessons - everything from math to language skills - in each fun-filled game.

    Available online at creativetoyshop.com, $18-$25.




    Take the CakeTake the CakeTake the Cake
    Gamewright's Take the Cake introduces a sweet, cupcake-themed matching game to help toddlers recognize shapes and colors.

    Available online at gamewright.com, $13.

    12 Items You Need in Your Beach Bag

    Quelf JuniorQuelf Junior
    Quelf Junior

    Board game Quelf Junior asks players to invent movements and creatively answer silly questions.

    Available online at barnesandnoble.com, $17.


    FoodFunFoodFun
    FoodFun

    Riffing on beloved classics (Match Game, Pin the Tail on the Donkey, flash cards), FoodFun's games familiarize children with food names, food groups, and the concept of a balanced Read More »from Great, unusual board games and boxed games for kids
  • Make a Splash: Bathing Suits Go Retro

    Bathing suits are going retro. Check out these new launches and weigh in -- would you take on the bloomers trend?


    Suzanne Rae SwimwearSuzanne Rae
    The Brooklyn-based, eco-minded designer's first foray into swim reads retro without crossing into pinup territory. A printed bloomer and bandeau set in Japanese cotton takes top honors, and a white silk halter top with rope-tie waist channels Pfeiffer circa Scarface.

    Available at suzanne-rae.myshopify.com, $235-$260.



    Drifting Arrows Drifting Arrows Swimwear

    Designer Leah Lawrence's debut collection comprises four sophisticated yet simple looks that stand out (without letting you hang out).

    Available at driftingarrows.com, $190-$213.




    80 Swimsuits to Dive in For


    GiejoGiejoGiejo
    Designer Gabby Sabharwal debuts with three bottoms and three tops in contrasting yet complementary prints. Pair the half-green, half-black high-waist briefs with sailor-stripe bandeau or mosaic boy shorts with cornflower balconette top.


    For

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  • Summer Accessories that Outshine the Sun

    While breezy tees and cotton dresses are clutch for beating the heat, don't oversimplify things. We did the math and found stylish embellishments that really add up.

    LacesLacesCole Haan Shoelaces
    Don't kick your oxfords to the curb just because it's sandal season. For fresh-looking feet, swap out neutral laces and tie 'em up with a sunny dose of color.

    Available at colehaan.com, $7.


    HEAD-TO-TOE SUMMER FASHION GUIDE


    BobbiesBobbiesPrinted Fabric Bobbies
    Drop the hair dryer and embrace the humidity. There's nothing a good antifrizz serum and some bobbies can't handle.


    Available at anthropologie.com, $15 for a set of six.




    EarringsRachel Roy Maritime Earring Set
    Skip Sally's seashells on the seashore and shell out your clams on Rachel Roy's seaworthy set of earrings instead.

    Available at rachelroy.com, $28.




    THE BEST SHORTS OF THE SEASON

    SunglassesSunglassesMadewell Sunny Day Shades
    With a new collection of sunglasses all 55 bucks or less, Madewell makes sure you have plenty saved for a rainy day.
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