Today’s FINDS is for the moms of young kids that read StyleBlueprint as we know the chaos of “back to school” is taking over your life right now! There are so many things to buy and do. But back-to-school shopping doesn’t have to be laborious. We’ve collected some of the coolest and cutest items to send your kids off in style! Plus, we’ve added an item or two that will make Mom’s life a little simpler, as well.
Gingham dress and hair clips
There is nothing cuter than a daughter’s first day of kindergarten. That is, unless she’s wearing a blue gingham dress ($60) from The Children’s Shop with matching barrette ($10)! This whimsical little dress is picture perfect and will make any girl eager to get to class on the first day of school.
Adults aren’t the only ones who want a chance to be cool and rock some fringe. These soft (yet durable) and oh-so-adorable Minnetonka moccasins at Heart and Sole Boutique in Smyrna range from $32 to $70, depending on style. Minnetonka shoes are known for their handcrafted quality and authentic styling. If you can’t find the size you need, be sure to ask a sales associate for assistance, as they don’t have enough room on the floor to display all of the sizes and varieties of the popular shoe.
Older students deserve to have a little back-to-school shopping fun, too, and these colorful Nike Air Max sneakers, $130, are a fashion must! Wish is located in Little Five Points, and it is THE go-to store for limited edition, edgy, sought-after shoes. These Air Max are trendy and comfy, and the colors will add a little cheer to the end of summer break.
Don’t miss Atlanta Botanical Garden’s impressive collection of Chihuly glass art now through October 30, 2016. Be sure to visit the special Chihuly exhibit gift shop in the middle of the gardens to check out the amazing items for sale. Among them is this bright yellow umbrella, $26, a must-have to keep little ones dry during those afternoon showers.
No, they’re not clunky clip-ons. Nope, not magnetic earrings either. These innovative EarZings earrings have a patented coil that comfortably hugs the ear so girls without pierced ears can be trendsetters with stylish ear jewelry, too. EarZings come in a wide range of styles and can be found for $14.99 at Brilliant Sky Toys and Books.
The ever-so-playful Chala designs makes this mini purse a great gift for girls and teens. The convertible purse, $32, at Heart and Sole Boutique, can be worn with a wrist strap, a shoulder strap or a cross-body strap. It’s casual, fun and functional.
Young men’s fashion has become an homage to the bygone era where being well tailored was all the rage. THOMAS WAGES, formally known as Tweeds, is the ideal shop for such the Southern gentleman. The Button Stud Chronograph watch is a uniquely customizable piece with interchangeable bands and watch faces. Handcrafted leather bands, $44, come in a variety of colors and the watch face, $44 to $88, comes in an assortment of colors, as well.
Little tikes want to grow up fast but those big-kid backpacks are too much for the preschool set. These quilted Stephen Joseph backpacks, $28, don cheerful colors and images. Perfect for school or a trip to Grandma’s, this bag has plenty of room for a favorite blanket and other comforts or necessities. These too-cool-for-preschool bags can be found in Peachtree Battle’s The Children’s Shop.
Long sleeve smock
Visit Salon Red Kids to get your child a fresh ‘do and then browse the retail shop. This long sleeve smock, $18, comes in the blue-and-green jungle pattern (shown) or a pink-and-teal owl pattern. With Velcro tabs at the neck and pockets in the front, this toddler craft apron is perfect for messy projects.
This one-of-a-kind piece is a rare antique, so race to Chamblee Consignment Furniture Depot located on Historic Antique Row to snag this dual desk. The 7-by-4-foot wooden desk for two, $400, comes with two chairs and is outfitted with outlets to accommodate a desk lamp and laptops. (SB Tip: The price will drop to $360 by August 17 if the piece is still in the shop.)
The Legit planner, $38, is the brainchild of Atlanta native Kristy Dickerson, and is designed to help young adults learn how to balance school work, extracurricular activities, budgets and much more. This is more than a traditional academic planner; it’s the foundation for goal setting! The planner comes in pink and gray, and is a great gift for a student heading to college.
Ed Emberley alphabet blocks
The Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) hosts exhibits that range from technology to fashion, from social impact to architecture — and so much more. Once you tour the current exhibit, be sure to stop by the gift shop and pick up a set of these alphabet blocks, $21.95, created by award-winning children’s book illustrator and writer Ed Emberley.
Multiplication table “keyboard”
Kazoo Toys is a friendly, family owned local business that specializes in games for learning and fun. We couldn’t resist this throwback learning toy to help little ones learn their multiplication tables, $21. This oldie but goodie is a great way for young minds to learn math.
JUST FOR MOM
Let’s be honest: What parent couldn’t use Parent Hacks: 134 Genious Shortcuts for Life with Kids by Asha Dornfest? This fun — and funny — book, $12.95, at Doodlebugz in Marietta Square, is the perfect gift for the Supermom who does it all (We’re talking about you!). Flip through the pages for some simple tips that will have you wondering why you never thought of that!
Rush to get the kids ready for school, work eight hours, rush to pick up the kids from school, rush home to figure out what to cook dinner … or not. Instead of worrying about what to cook and whether you have the right ingredients, why not have Garnish and Gather take some of that worry off your plate. Choose from a weekly menu of chef-created recipes, let them harvest and prep local ingredients — and you cook a meal in 30 minutes or less. Order once or become a member and subscribe weekly for delivery or pick up near you.
Now that you’ve got super-cool gear to help the whole family start the school year on the right foot, wave goodbye to the kids as they board the bus and enjoy a few hours of peace and quiet. You earned it this summer!
See what other delicious FINDS we’ve discovered in Atlanta by checking out our other “Fashion & Shopping” articles!