my mum’s threads no.3

We have three awesome women today for Mum’s Threads! They are each wildly talented in their own right, work hard at home and away, and have effortless style in any case.

Mom Uniform

Meet Kelsey, who hosts her own cooking show “Kelsey’s Essentials” on the Cooking Channel, writes her popular food blog, calls New York City home, and is a mother to darling Oliver. She has a real passion for anything delicious and we’d follow her into a dark alley if she said one of her gourmet meals was waiting for us there.

“As a nursing mom I’ve become a huge fan of any shirt with buttons, in fact it’s rare that I sport a shirt without buttons these days. (I have had a lot of luck at J Crew outlet stores for cute and affordable button down shirts) Being a city mom I spend lots of time outside pushing a stroller–  this time of year is perfect for layering so that I can leave my bulky coat at home which makes being on the go easier (think lugging a stroller with a baby down subway stairs!) Colored pants with stretch: I’m a big fan of color and have really bought into the colored pants trend. It’s nice to not find myself wearing jeans everyday and I feel that pants with personality are an easy way to make a very casual and comfortable outfit more playful. (I particularly love pants from Zara as they tend to be a great cut for petites – I’m only a measly 5″1) My shoes MUST be comfortable as my feet take me everywhere I go in the city with a baby in tow. Because I’m so short, I like to have a bit of a lift and find that a wedge is the most comfortable way to do it. Tall boots are also essential for the colder months here as they help keep my legs warm as well.”

Photo by Kylie Whiting.

Sarah, one click to her blog and you’ll be instantly inspired. She is a wizard with a seam ripper and upcycles drab, baggy clothes into beautifully tailored pieces. She is mom to the spunkiest little girls Adi and Ana and her motherhood tales are always brutally honest and humorous. Anyone, who answers when asked, “When do you get it all done?” with “Naptime!” is alright in our book, because that’s our answer, too!

Here’s what Sarah had to say about her mamattire:

“I love wearing dresses because not only is it more comfortable than jeans or tight pants (that makes your mommy tummy roll out when your sitting down, you know what I’m talking about!), when you’re on the go, it doesn’t require as much time to decide what to wear.  Because it’s a one-piece, you got your top and bottom covered all in one, so you only need to accessorize.  I love wearing colored scarfs because it can make any dull outfit pop and look more polished.  I wear tights under my dresses to keep me warm in the cooler seasons.  Rain boots are easy to slip on and off, and also water, oil, & stain resistant.  You never know what you’re going to step on when you’re chasing two little kids around! A shoulder bag is a must, so I have my two hands free while I’m carrying everything I need in the bag.  My make-up essentials are concealer, to make my eyes look more bright & less tired looking, blush, to look more youthful & energized, and pink lipstick to help all my facial features pop.

and Shelly: you can follow her and her darling crew on Instagram (@shellyhyde) but she inspires us everyday! When we started this blog we wanted it to be a motivator for living life with our kids deliberately each day. One melt-down in line at Target can turn anyone into a sweat pant wearing hermit, mumbling “I don’t know why I ever leave the house” under our breath for the rest of the week. Shelly grabs life by the horns and is always hitting a museum, a fun park, or a dance class. She regularly hosts (large!) play dates and her feathers are seemingly unruffled by chaos, which is a trait every mother needs to learn.

“Leggings with an oversized sweater are comfortable and flattering for a post-baby midsection, with a newborn and nursing still being a little bit cumbersome, stretchy cotton tops are a must! These thrifted Justin Ropers are hardy boots and go with everything!”

We have three more awesome mamas’ threads on our Facebook page, check it out here.

Small Fry Films: Winter Workshop

Meet the McPhersons: Kristina, Bella, Coco and Miles. Today while the man of the house, Ben, is busy being a professional painter, Kristina is concocting tiny works of art with her three beautiful kids for their tree. Kristina’s interactions with her kids were so consistently sweet, it reminded us of this quote by Rose Kennedy, “I looked on child rearing not only as a work of love and duty but as a profession that was fully as interesting and challenging as any honorable profession in the world and one that demanded the best that I could bring to it.”

Even when she thought we weren’t watching, when the camera wasn’t rolling, Kristina handled her children with the care that you would a glass ornament for the top bough of a tree. Her ongoing patience and concern for her children was something to aspire to, especially in this season devoted to showing our loved ones how we truly feel about them. Check this film out to get you in the holiday spirit in a hurry!

Film by Jenner Brown of Lumineux Films for Small Fry.

See more of Kristina and family on instagram @kristinamcpherson.

Watch the rest of our Small Fry films here.

family photo tips giveaway [closed]

Congrats to London of A London Review for winning the iPhone or Canon DSLR giveaway! Email us your address and your pick and we’ll send it right out!

Are you scrambling to get your family’s Christmas card ready like we are? Our friend and blogging phenom, Jill over at One Good Thing by Jillee asked Small Fry editor and resident photographer, Nicole to write up some tips on getting the best from your family photoshoot, or even just taking photos on the fly day-to-day. You can read the tips here. Jill and Small Fry have teamed up to giveaway two readers (one commenter at Jill’s site and one here) their pick of their favorite memory capturing device: be it the Canon Rebel and our favorite 50mm lens, or an iPhone 5! We love Nicole’s tips, because it’s easy to over think it when usually the best photos are the ones where we’re not thinking at all, just being ourselves.

Here are some of the photos Nicole snapped to go along with her tips, aren’t they beautiful?

Now, we’ve all had our turn with a DSLR and they are absolutely worth the effort, but if you’re looking to just shoot from the hip, literally, the iPhone is a wonderful option. With an eight pixel camera built right in, you’ll be getting gorgeous photos all the time with minimal effort. Here are some of our favorite photo applications for our iPhones, if you need a starting point!

So, what’ll it be?

Are you going to try your luck at the Canon Rebel, we’re throwing in our favorite 50mm fixed lens, because that is the ticket to beautiful family portraits. Or are you going to go for the sleek user friendly iPhone 5?

Here’s how to enter, and please enter at Jill’s site as well for double the chances to win!:
1. Leave a comment letting us know which of the two options you’d pick!
2. For extra entries follow Small Fry or Jillee on any of the following sites & leave comments for each of the following entry opportunities:
Facebook (Small Fry / Jillee) Instagram (@smallfryblog / @jillsgoodthings) Pinterest (Small Fry / Jillee)
3. Instagram a picture of your favorite subject to take photos of and mention @smallfryblog & @jillsgoodthings #onegoodgiveaway.
4. And for five entries more, add our button to your site! Just drag this image to your desktop and add it as an image on your own sidebar linking back to Small Fry (http://smallfryblog.com)
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Giveaway Terms:
Winner must be 16 years or older and will be randomly selected and announced Sunday December 9th. You can select either the Canon Rebel T3 with the Canon 50 mm fixed lens f/1.8, or the iPhone 5 (just the phone, no contract necessary) in white or black. The winner will have 72 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen. 
Good luck!

from head to toe: polarn o. pyret

We’re all a little bit obsessed with the Scandinavian aesthetic so it’s really no surprise that Polarn O. Pyret is at the top of our list for kid’s clothes. P.O.P is all about letting kids be kids, and the form and function of their clothing is evidence of this. The thing that puts Polarn O. Pyret over the edge is their classic minimal design and fabric choices. Whenthey say they want you to be able to pass the clothing from sibling to sibling, cousin to cousin, boy to girl, it’s all very doable. We love Polarn  and we know you will too!

On Hayes:

On Adi:

On Dash:

Polarn O Pyret boys

Head to Polarn O. Pyret to see their perfectly festive Holiday pieces, and super soft basics. They’re holding a 12 days of Holiday Items sale where each day a different item will be discounted up to 50% off! We like the sound of that.

Follow Polarn O. Pyret on Facebook to get the latest in deals and duds, thanks P.O.P for gifting these amazing pieces, we love you!