Friday, April 29, 2011

gone guest posting!

happy friday everyone! i had such a cute DIY invite post scheduled for today but unfortunately you are going to have to wait until Monday to see it. see, as usual, i was working on some crafty little project for the blog and in order to make sure that the kids din't get to it and make it their own little project, i hid it far, far away. so far in fact, that i cannot remember where that far, far away is. i have searched all my usual hiding places to no avail. so i had to start from scratch ;( that's ok though, it gives me the chance to work on any necessary improvements. for now i welcome you to catch up on this week's posts, my contributory posts on Little Miss Heirlooms and Spearmint Baby and my Chicago City Guide guest post on Babycchino Kids, one of my all time favorite blogs! Please don't forget to cast a vote for us for Top 25 Style blogs for kids on the Circle of Mom's website ;) Have a great weekend everyone!

p.s. when you come back Monday you might see a whole new Diaper Style Memoirs! fingers crossed ;) and a new Issue of Babiekins Magazine as well. EEEEK! i can't hold back the excitement!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

i am shopping here - matilde beldroega

i am sure if you are a regular reader of Diaper Style Memoirs, you are already familiar with my obsession with dolls. specially hand made, one of a kind creations like the ones i am featuring today. i am sure this obsession comes from the fact that i only had a handful of dolls to play with when i was a little girl in Ukraine. i remember my favorite one was a tiny little rubber baby doll. i carried her everywhere with me, i crocheted clothes for her and made a dollhouse from an old shoe box for her to live in. she even had a table in her kitchen i made from a match box and little plates to eat from i cut out from old plastic pill containers. i also remember making dolls from corn husks when my grandma's corn fields were in bloom. i never dreamed of ever having dolls like the ones i am featuring today by a Portuguese artist named Rita Pinheiro. maybe that's why i am on a mission to create this one of a kind collection for Sasha. or maybe it's really for me since i don't really let her play with all my favorites? not yet ;)

i just adore Rita's Etsy shop Matilde Beldroega. i love all her dolls. their unique eyes and the facial expressions. i am smitten with the colors and the fabrics that she uses. i also adore the fact that she makes some boy dolls as well. how charming is the bearded man? here are just some of my favorites.

images © matilde beldroega

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

1 piece - 5 Looks - denim vest for girls

and the winner is ...

congrats Coolkids! please email me to claim your prize. thank you all for participating in this awesome giveaway. come back soon for another great contest. thanks for reading DSM!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

a little peek at babiekins issue 5!

i don't know about you, but i cannot wait until the latest issue of Babiekins Magazine comes out May 2. i know it's going to be best issue yet. a little birdie told me so ;) so much cute stuff inside i know you are going to love it! here is a little teaser for you to get you all hyped for the release. check out the previous issues if you're new to this lovely children's mag. and don't forget to vote for Babiekins Blog for the Top 25 Kids Style Blogs!

3 wonderful things - oh deer!

Monday, April 25, 2011

if i had a dream room it would look like ...

sasha's diary - i say tomato you say ....

i am not sure if i told you about Eve yet, but she is my bff. my bestest friend. we are almost the same age. i am two months older though and thus more mature. anyway, we have had wonderful times together - playing at Gymboree, building Legos and holding hands. our relationship however, is not always a bed of roses. we have ups and we have downs. probably more downs that ups really. most of the time when we get together, a war ensues. it's always over the silliest of things but we both cannot help it. we are just two fiery little girls. i say, "it's my scooter." she doesn't listen and screams back, "no it's Evies." i mean there is no reasoning with her sometimes. and last time we got together for a play date, our relationship hit a new low - it turned to violence. Eve swung at me and i swung back. i screamed. she screamed. we both started crying uncontrollably. we were pulled apart and put in separate corners to cool off. even from far away, she kept on swinging. but after all the abuse, after all the drama, when we were leaving to go home, i didn't want to go. "i wanni play with baby Eve," i said still whimpering. "no wanni go home!" but we went home anyway.

yesterday a huge surprise. baby Eve came over for dinner. i was so excited to see her. we actually were fine for a couple of minutes and then another war. this one was the worst one yet. over another silly thing. she was coloring and said something about a ball, "it's my papa!" i looked at her and said, "it's my pall!" the screamed back, "it's my papa!" and i, "it's my pall!" the screaming escalated, her daddy even tried to hold her back. she started swinging. you should have seen the rage, "its my papa" she kept on yelling. i answered every time, "it's my pall!" it was terrible i tell you. Nini started running around suggesting everyone go home. why go home, i didn't understand. all Eve had to do is admit the ball is Sasha's! that's all! instead she kept on screaming, "it's my papa!" but you know what? even after yesterday's fiasco, i cannot wait to see baby Eve again! i think i love her!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

top 5 by 5 - the summer dress

finally! this week's Top 5 by 5. a little late but awesome nonetheless! this week, the theme is sundresses and we have an amazing group of contributors sharing their picks. i love a summer dress. it is one of my favorite things for little girls. so light and airy. and so easy to wear. a staple for summer. here is the compilation of all the favorites. i hope you enjoy!

picks by talented Helen - installation artist and owner of Numsi, a boutique full of contemporary modular artwork for babies and children

picks by the lovely Lauren - author of the popular blog Lauren With Two Cats

picks by the wonderful Elena - co-author of the kid's style blog Hoolaboola

picks by the uber fashionable Liza - co-author of the popular style blog I Live for It

picks by the vintage loving Krissy - owner of Be Inspired Vintage shop on Etsy

thanks everyone for your wonderful picks! if you want to do some picking for next week's installment of Top 5 by 5 and would like to be featured on Diaper Style Memoirs please email us at we would love to have you!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

1 piece - 5 Looks - denim capris for boys

in my dream closet - bang bang copenhagen

how fun is Bang Bang Copenhagen? so playful and creative. origami meets street wear! i love the fun prints and the campaign pictures are some of the cutest i have seen this season. i just adore the caps;) check out the rest of the collection here and share your thoughts. what's your favorite piece?

images © bang bang copenhagen

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

awesome giveaway - SpiritHoods Kids

i love SpiritHoods Kids! i was able to meet the creators of these unique hoods on my recent trip to New York. i adored them from the minute i laid eyes on them and was absolutely smitten after i heard the wonderful story behind the brand. not only are these faux fur hoods fun for kids to wear and fashionable, they also serve a tremendous purpose. the hoods create a bond between children and animals. they are about friendship, family, love, generosity and conservation. a portion of the proceeds is donated to several wildlife conservation efforts. but what i love the most about these hoods is that they promote creative play and use of imagination. the moment Sasha put it on her head, she was a bear. she said "grrrr, Sasha bear!" over and over, stretched her arms out and tried to claw me with her furry mittens. my kids adore spirit hoods and i know your kids will too! here is your chance to win one for your little ones. a great grizzly bear hood recently used in an amazing editorial.

to enter to win the Grizzly Bear Spirit Hood:

follow DSM and leave a comment below telling me what your little one's favorite hood would be.

extra entries: like DSM on Facebook, follow DSM on twitter. leave a comment for each action.

details: the giveaway is open worldwide and will close Midnight CST on Tuesday, April 26. a winner will be chosen by and announced here on Wednesday, April 27. please check back to see if you won.

good luck and thanks for reading DSM!

vote for us!

ok, so, when i say i never really do this - i mean it! i never appeal to my readers, family or friends for votes. there are thousands of popularity contests in the blog world and asking people to vote for you in each one is a bit ridiculous to say the least. i don't only feel silly asking for people to vote but i am almost positive that eventually i would not only lose each contest but most of my readers, family and friends as well.

however, i have recently come to the realization that no matter how hard i work on my blog, no matter how many hours i spend drawing, editing, writing, composing layouts and thinking of fun new ideas to share with you, if i don't take a proactive role in self promoting, Martha is not going to come knocking on my door ;). so here is my plea - if you enjoy my blog, please take a second to vote for Diaper Style Memoirs. we are up for Top 25 Style Blogs for kids. it would be awesome to be included on the final list of Top 25! i am not going to whine and say i have never won anything in my life, but rest assured i was never a prom queen ;)

you can vote once a day every day until May 9! there is no creating accounts, logging in or sharing your personal info. just a click on the thumbs up next to our name. that;s it. thank you in advance for all of your support. it means a lot to me. and, i promise i won't ask again ;)