Pottery Barn Kids Unveils Bright Bohemian Collection With Designer And Artist Justina Blakeney

Exclusive Collection of Home Decor for Nursery and Kids Debuts 

Pottery Barn Kids, a member of the Williams-Sonoma, Inc. portfolio of brands, has launched a vibrant new collection with Justina Blakeney, artist, designer, author and founder of Jungalow®.POTTERY_BARN_KIDS_Logo-_JPEG

A mother herself, this will be Blakeney’s first collection created specifically for kids and baby. Bursting with bold hues, the Justina Blakeney for Pottery Barn Kids collection features the designer’s signature hand-drawn patterns and bohemian aesthetic with more than 90 pieces, including bedding, rugs, lighting, giftables, decorative accessories, and storage. Inspired by Justina’s passion for travel and nature, the collection includes imaginative themes, from wild jungle scenes to whimsical worlds of magic and outer space.

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Astronomad room in the Justina Blakeney for Pottery Barn Kids collection.

 

Designer, artist, New York Times best-selling author, and founder of Jungalow®, Justina Blakeney is known for her colorful, patternful and plant-iful aesthetic. With an online audience of over 2,000,000, Justina has created a design movement which encourages people to experiment, let loose and decorate wild! Justina grew up in Berkeley, California where her colorful, soulful, multi-cultural upbringing had her obsessed with international travel, flea markets, plants, and textiles from an early age. She then moved to Los Angeles to study World Arts and Cultures at UCLA and upon graduation, she set off to travel the globe. She made it across the Atlantic but then somehow found herself living, studying design and then working in Italy for the better half of her twenties. Now, back in Los Angeles, Justina runs her award-winning lifestyle blog Jungalow.com and designs surface patterns and products for her homewares brand, Justina Blakeney Home.

Jungalino Nursery in the Justina Blakeney for Pottery Barn Kids Collection.

Jungalino Nursery in the Justina Blakeney for Pottery Barn Kids Collection.

The best part of being a child is letting your imagination run wild, and with this collaboration, I wanted to capture that spirit of adventure,” said Blakeney. “Inspired by my daughter and my love of nature, I wanted to bring fun, color and a sense of wonder into the nursery and kid space. Together with Pottery Barn Kids, I used my hand-painted patterns and boho sensibility to create pieces inspired by imaginary worlds my daughter and I share, and collections that celebrate the curiosity and playfulness of children everywhere.”

Magic Disco Caravan room in the Justina Blakeney for Pottery Barn Kids Collection.

Magic Disco Caravan room in the Justina Blakeney for Pottery Barn Kids Collection.

The Justina Blakeney for Pottery Barn Kids collection showcases Justina’s uninhibited creativity and ability to bring cheerful and eclectic style into any space. The Jungalino room and nursery, which includes decor for both kids and baby, was made to mix and match, featuring palm fronds prints, jungle animals, and natural textures. Adding an eye-catching twist to classic bedding, the hand-stitched Embroidered Palm Quilt pairs seamlessly with the “Hey Boo Boo” Sentiment Pillow, while the Dipped Fringe Light and Sun Shelf create a playful vibe.

Jungalino Room in the Justina Blakeney for Pottery Barn Kids collection.

Jungalino Room in the Justina Blakeney for Pottery Barn Kids collection.

Designed with mystical accents, the Magic Disco Caravan bedroom combines mosaic-inspired global patterns with shimmering metallic detailing. Highlights include the Ceramic Turtle Night Light, Disco Caravan Rug and Vida Luna Doll, the designer’s personal favorite, which all bring a touch of enchantment to the space. Taking the collection to the next level with out-of-this-world style, the Astronomad bedroom incorporates a deep blue hue and groovy galactic print and pattern.

The Justina Blakeney for Pottery Barn Kids collection brings to life Justina’s free-spirited outlook, mixing bohemian style and modern charm,” said Jennifer Kellor, President, Pottery Barn Kids. “The collection is designed with pieces that inspire imagination and encourage children to explore their own colorful creativity, and we are thrilled to share this collaboration with our customers.

The Justina Blakeney for Pottery Barn Kids collection is available for purchase now on www.potterybarnkids.com/justina-blakeney and in select Pottery Barn Kids stores.

For more information, please visit potterybarnkids.com/justina-blakeney and join the conversation on social media @potterybarnkids @justinablakeney and #lovemypbk.

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Holiday 2017: Festive Family Fun At The Peninsula New York

With the 2017 holiday almost upon us, families and children of all ages can experience the joy of New York during the holidays in the heart of the city at The Peninsula New York. As the temperatures begin to drop and the holiday spirit starts to rise, families and children of all ages can celebrate the season with a variety of hotel packages and themed events taking place this winter, guaranteed to create lasting memories for all.

Luxury hotel announces family-friendly rooms packages and events to celebrate the season.

Luxury hotel announces family-friendly rooms packages and events to celebrate the season. Holiday package includes an in-room gingerbread playhouse.

Boys and girls of all ages can journey to the Big Apple with their families and experience the Nights Before Christmas Package, offering holiday fun for the whole family. Children on the nice list will be rewarded with an in-room gingerbread playhouse, Elf on the Shelf candy cane scavenger hunt, gingerbread cookie decorating kit, exclusive access to The Peninsula Sweet Shoppe, Christmas movie library complete with classic films and more.

Guests who book this package will also receive:

  • In-room Gingerbread Playhouse set-up
  • Elf on the Shelf candy cane in-room scavenger hunt
  • Exclusive access to the Peninsula Sweet Shoppe
  • Gingerbread cookie decorating kit
  • Holiday-themed turndown amenity
  • Christmas movie library
  • Peninsula Snowpage Snowglobe gift
  • Complimentary dining for children 10 years and under
  • Daily American breakfast for two adults

With room rates starting at $1,145 per night, this package is available for booking from November 24 to December 30, 2017 and can be reserved by calling or emailing Reservations can be made directly online at www.peninsula.com/newyork, by calling (212) 956 2888 or e-mail pny@peninsula.com.

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LUXURY HOTEL ANNOUNCES FAMILY-FRIENDLY ROOMS PACKAGES AND EVENTS TO CELEBRATE THE SEASON 2

Luxury hotel announces family-friendly rooms packages and events to celebrate the season. Special activities include a Gingerbread House Decorating Class.

Children of all ages are invited to journey to the North Pole this holiday season with the Polar Express Children’s Holiday Tea. Taking place in the hotel’s Gotham Lounge on December 17, children can attend dressed in their favorite pajamas and enjoy a book reading alongside the conductor, tea, cookies and more.

Date: December 9

Time: 11:00am to 1:00pm

Price: $85 per person (includes one holiday cocktail per adult)

A holiday favorite for families, join The Peninsula New York’s Executive Pastry team through a Gingerbread House Decorating Class this season. Children and families alike can join in on the festivities complete with a child-friendly Afternoon Tea and storytelling by Mrs. Claus, while adults enjoy a tea buffet and glass of Champagne while watching the decorating activities alongside their little ones.

Date: December 16

Time: 12:00pm-2:00pm

Price: $98 per person (includes one glass of Champagne per adult). Reservations can be made by calling 212-903-3941 or by emailing diningpny@peninsula.com.

Lands’ End Sharpens Its Pencils To Launch The ‘Smart Stop’ For Back To School

On-trend style, outstanding value and best-in-class school uniforms make Lands’ End the one-stop Smart Stop for back-to-school

Being smart isn’t just about getting good grades. It’s also about being savvy. Savvy parents also know that Lands’ End Kids is the one-stop Smart Stop for back-to-school. Lands’ End today announced it has launched its largest assortment of on-trend, back-to-school clothing, uniforms and gear with extended sizes, clever features, better pricing and the return of A+ favorites.

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“At Lands’ End Kids, we make it easy to be a smart shopper with just about everything kids of all ages and sizes need for back to school. From head to toe, backpacks to lunch boxes, we have styles to suit every taste and durability to satisfy every parent,” says Todd Christiansen, divisional merchandise manager, Lands’ End Kids. “We design our clothing and gear to not only last, wash after wash, playground visit to pick-up soccer game, but we offer the latest trends and styles too. Plus with features such as a virtually indestructible Iron Knee®, mix-and-match options, and tagless tags, we help parents make smart choices that will last from the first day of school and quite possibly into the next school year.

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Lands’ End launches the Smart Stop for Back to School

High Marks for Knit Kit™

Lands’ End designers sharpened their pencils to design this season’s Knit Kit collection for girls at an amazing value. “What’s great about the Knit Kit collection is that with just a few pieces, girls can mix and match solids, patterns and prints within a color story to extend their outfitting options. It’s a smart option for comfort and flexible style so girls can get ready in a minute,” said Liz Pierce, vice president of design, Lands’ End Kids.

Each item is incredibly soft and made to last. The fabric is 95 percent cotton with a touch of spandex to make the colors pop while ensuring the adorable tops, bottoms and dresses bounce back after each wash.

Leggings pair easily with just the right length legging tops. Long-sleeve curved hem knit tees look great with new knit skorts featuring shorts underneath. Legging tops start at $23 and leggings at $14.50. A variety of dress silhouettes including A-line, twirl and fit and flare give girls options to wear them on their own or with leggings. Dresses are priced from $27-$32. Look for two key Knit Kit “stories” – Multi Floral with dark navy and turquoise colors plus Collegiate Hearts with navy, pink and pops of yellow.

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Best in Class Backpacks

Simply Genius! Iron Knee® Pants

Smart back-to-school shoppers know that quality matters. Iron Knee pants have set the bar for quality bottoms that will save parents money with their durability. They’re most likely to be outgrown before they’re outworn,” said Pierce.

Iron Knee pants feature a virtually hidden reinforced knee that can handle what boys and girls dish out. A thin membrane of strong, soft fabric is fused to the inside of the knee and sewn into the side seams for extra staying power. Look for Iron Knee in cargo pants, jeans, cadet pants, a new jogger style and more. For girls, select styles of chino pants feature Iron Knee, making them a solid option for school uniform and dress code schools.

Go-To Graphic Tees Express Smart Style

From cute creatures to science and space themes, girls and boys love Lands’ End graphic tees. These “statement” pieces allow kids to express their personality and are the go-to choice for layering under full-zips such as the cozy sherpa hoodie. This season’s styles feature embellishments such as sequins, metallic, glow-in-the-dark, beads and more. For girls, look for constellation and space themes as well as adorable animals such as a hedgehog, fox, horse and birds, $17.50-$28. For boys, look for dinosaurs, space, animal and conservation themes, $15.50-$27.50.

For a complete and comfortable outfit, graphic tees pair well with new joggers for girls and boys. New French terry joggers for girls are available in heather and printed, with an easy elastic waistband and ankles. Boys who seek comfort will gravitate to pull-on knit cargo joggers. Available in space dye, camo, and classic navy, these boys’ bottoms pair easily with just about any top.

Customers Asked, Lands’ End Answered

Why mess with perfection?” Lands’ End customers asked and the designers answered. Back this season are girls’ yoga pants and the sherpa hoodie in a classic silhouette starting at $37. Boys also have a new and improved sherpa hoodie with a full sherpa fleece lining, kangaroo pockets and full-zip front, also starting at $37.

Start Off on the “Smart” Foot

Lands’ End has re-envisioned its footwear collection for girls and boys with soft yet durable soles and easy fits at great prices. Many of the styles in girls’ footwear coordinate back to the Knit Kit and graphic tees. New Molly Riding Boots are a comfortable option with a cotton lining and microbial finish to easily throw on with casual cool dresses. For boys, laces are optional with slip on Oxford shoes, Chukka boots, and Trekker shoes. Continue reading

Wilshire + Cooper Introduces Sustainable Fashion for Infants With Moon Monsters

Extensive Range of European Designs Made from 100% Organic Cotton Available Now at Wilshire & Cooper

Wilshire & Cooper has Introduced the Belgian childrenswear label, Moon Monsters, an innovative collection of eco-friendly apparel and accessories made for the little rebels amongst us.

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Extensive Range of European Designs Made from 100% Organic Cotton Available Now at Wilshire & Cooper

With a primary focus on both quality and sustainability, Moon Monsters provides an eclectic mix of designs for little boys and girls made solely from 100% organic cotton. Not only is organic cotton a natural fiber that is much softer than conventional cotton, but it is also much better for your baby’s skin, especially those with sensitive skin or allergies, as it does not need to be treated with harsh chemicals and pesticides. Organic cotton also provides a much higher level of clothing quality as it naturally lasts longer and can be washed more easily, providing further benefits for both your wallet and the environment.

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Moon Monsters, an extensive range of European Designs Made from 100% Organic Cotton is Available Now at Wilshire & Cooper

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Moon Monsters, an extensive range of European Designs Made from 100% Organic Cotton is Available Now at Wilshire & Cooper

From rompers, playsuits, leggings, and pajamas to tops, sleeping bags, bibs and blankets, each style throughout the collection, many of which are gender neutral, showcases a chic, minimalistic aesthetic that incorporates adorable one-of-a-kind prints handmade by the label’s designers.

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Moon Monsters, an extensive range of European Designs Made from 100% Organic Cotton is Available Now at Wilshire & Cooper

Moon Monsters will only ever use fibers, ink, and material that has been produced in an eco-friendly process, safety tested, and certified by European laws, allowing consumers to be confident in their purchase knowing that the brand will always offer the best in loveable and sustainable items for their little loved ones.

Retailing from $20 to $62, Moon Monsters is available now at www.wilshireandcooper.com.

Announcing The Launch Of Wilshire & Cooper

Launched on Monday, April 17th, Wilshire & Cooper, a curated online shopping destination for children’s designer clothing and accessories, will offer a curated one-stop-shop for unique and beautifully crafted kidswear labels from around the world at the click of a button.

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Announcing The Launch Of Wilshire & Cooper (Courtesy of Wilshire & Cooper)

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Announcing The Launch Of Wilshire & Cooper (Courtesy of Wilshire & Cooper)

The full list of brands available in April includes Paul Smith Junior, Little Marc Jacobs, Oh My Kidswear, Moon Monsters, Little Lord and Lady, Lucky No. 7, Sol De Mayo, Lali Kids, Martine Charlotte, Little Fox, Margherita Kids, Marin + Morgan, Cartel Kids, Hannah and Tiff, Me Oui, Elks and Angels, Boys by Mark, Siaomimi, Mummy Moon, Bibiana La Lia, Radicool Kids and Lycorne. Retailing from $24-$350 USD, all collections will be available for shipping worldwide.

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Announcing The Launch Of Wilshire & Cooper (Courtesy of Wilshire & Cooper)

Whether in search of luxe designs inspired by the runways of Paris, playful statement pieces or imaginative casualwear, Wilshire & Cooper is the destination for an eclectic mix of exquisitely made contemporary kidswear brands. From widely coveted labels like Paul Smith Junior and Little Marc Jacobs to distinctive eco-friendly designs, accessories handcrafted in Spain, and specialty items made from Australian sheepskin wool, each brand has been hand selected to provide customers with a diverse selection of the latest in children’s fashion.

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Announcing The Launch Of Wilshire & Cooper (Courtesy of Wilshire & Cooper)

Each season, Wilshire & Cooper will offer the finest assortment of charming, fanciful styles for little boys and girls age newborn to 12 years including dresses, tops, bottoms, outerwear and accessories in a mixture of whimsical patterns, fabrications, and silhouettes.

Introducing Maisonette.com: The Ultimate Children’s Clothing & Lifestyle E-Commerce Destination

Maisonette.com, the new premier online baby and children’s fashion and lifestyle destination, launches today. Co-founded by Vogue Magazine alums and entrepreneurs Sylvana Durrett and Luisana Mendoza-Roccia, Maisonette brings together a curated selection of the most stylish children’s brands and boutiques from around the world into one convenient shopping destination featuring apparel, accessories, furniture, and home decor.

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Over the past five years, growth in the $300 billion childrenswear market has outpaced all other apparel markets, resulting in a fragmented landscape of thousands of brands and independent boutiques impossible for the average consumer to navigate. Maisonette will be the definitive shopping and editorial destination for childrenswear and accessories by aggregating this fragmented supplier base into one, seamless shopping destination.

Maisonette is an online marketplace featuring a curated assortment of products for children ages 0-12 from a global network of over 40 stylish boutiques and 125 brands. The site assembled the world’s coolest and hard-to-find kids’ boutiques onto one retail platform with a centralized checkout process. This enables customers to shop from Yoya in New York City, Arcade in Nashville, and Bobo Choses in Spain with single check out and streamlined shipping. In addition to bringing the world’s shops to your desktop or mobile, Maisonette also sells select exclusive brands direct to consumers, such as Bonpoint, Stella McCartney and Oeuf. All product is presented through the lens of original editorial content featuring interviews, photo shoots and curated lists from tastemakers and celebrities.

We were inspired to launch Maisonette because of the frustration we felt when we tried to shop online for stylish, well-made products for our kids,” said Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder Sylvana Durrett. “The children’s industry is more fragmented than any other and there is no central authority in the space. Our aim is to make Maisonette that authority, and provide unprecedented access to the best children’s brands and boutiques in the world.”maisonette-skate-ahead

“As former editors, it is important to us to not only provide a compelling marketplace but also to provide inspiration,” added Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder Luisana Mendoza-Roccia. “Maisonette connects customers to the world’s most special and unique children’s products while offering editorial content that provides an insider’s guide to trends, new brands, and tips from tastemakers. It’s the ultimate online destination for all things children and baby.”

Maisonette raised $2.775 million in seed round investment from strategic partners who offer industry-leading expertise in launching groundbreaking retail concepts and fashion brands. Participating in the round are NEA, a venture capital firm with investments in Jet.com and Moda Operandi, and Thrive Partners, an early investor in Warby Parker and Harry’s. Private investors include Silas Chou, an early investor in Michael Kors, as well as Andrew Rosen, Marcus Wainwright & Glenna Neece, Vivi Nevo, and Jonathan & Lizzie Tisch.

New “Happily Ever After” Fireworks and Projection Spectacular to Debut May 12 at Magic Kingdom Park

It’s no secret that every ‘once upon a time’ story ends with ‘happily ever after.’ Beginning May 12, Walt Disney World Resort guests will discover just how magical and emotional that fairy tale ending can be with the newest, most breathtaking fireworks show in the history of Magic Kingdom Park – “Happily Ever After.”

"Happily Ever AfterÓ Fireworks and Projection Spectacular Debuts May 12 at Magic Kingdom Park

Beginning May 12, 2017, Walt Disney World guests can discover the newest, most spectacular fireworks show in the history of Magic Kingdom Park with “Happily Ever After.” The stunning new nighttime extravaganza will feature more lasers, lights, and projections than any Magic Kingdom Park show before it. (Disney)

In addition to fireworks, the stunning new nighttime extravaganza will feature more lasers, lights, and projections than any Disney show before it. “Happily Ever After” is also an entirely new kind of Disney storytelling, one that will take guests on an inspiring journey filled with heart, humor, and emotion. Guests become part of the journey themselves as they follow favorite Disney characters on an adventure to seek out their destiny, face adversity and ultimately fulfill their dreams on the road to their happily ever after.

The 18-minute spectacle will feature scenes from classic Disney films such as “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin” to modern blockbusters “Moana” and “Zootopia.” Cinderella Castle will become part of the story itself, with dazzling projections bringing heartfelt Disney stories to life on and around the iconic 18-story-tall castle. Quasimodo from “Hunchback of Notre Dame” swings from the turrets. Woody and his pals from Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story” recreate the castle entirely out of toys. And Maleficent from “Sleeping Beauty” envelops the castle in her signature green flames.

The story begins with scenes of fantastic dreams full of hope, wonder, magic and light. Disney villains soon become part of the story, attempting to quash those beautiful dreams and forcing the heroes to fight for what they believe in. Overcoming their fears, the heroes triumph and are celebrated with spectacular fireworks.

Because no Magic Kingdom Park fireworks display is complete without this little bit of magic, Tinker Bell will fly across the night sky, reminding guests that with a little faith, trust and pixie dust, everyone can find their own happily ever after.

Characters and scenes from more than 25 Disney films will be featured through state-of-the-art projections, enhanced by more than 50 choreographed spotlights, brilliant lasers and plenty of awe-inspiring fireworks. Paired with an emotional score, the new spectacular will drive the message home that anyone can grab hold of their dreams and make them come true as long as they are brave enough to listen to what guides them and bold enough to pursue their destiny.

The score for “Happily Ever After” was recorded by a 75-piece orchestra in London and includes tunes from a multitude of Disney movies, including “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “The Jungle Book” and many more.

Happily Ever After” will be presented nightly. Show times vary based on park hours.