1. Hansa Stuffed Animals
Know what's even better than the prospect of having a baby? The prospect of filling his room with life-sized Hansa stuffed animals. I have ALWAYS wanted a coterie of these little beasts, but my husband has always resisted. Until now. Kisan, which is arguably one of the more inspiring boutiques in Soho, has an awesome selection.
2. Carter's and Gymboree Coupons
Know what I want to spend a lot of money on? Eensy Patagonia jackets and striped Petit Bateau sweaters. Know what I don't want to spend a lot of money on? Super essential, but not-that-exciting five-packs of basic infant bodysuits from Carter's that he's sure to throw up on. Brand-new coupon site Robot Oatmeal always has coupons that actually work from Carter's and the like. (You can see, by the hour, when they were last redeemed).
3. Mini Rodini Beanies
If only I could dress the future little Fissmer exclusively in Mini Rodini. Alas, it's hard to justify the spend on pajamas he'll only get to wear a few times, but much easier when it comes to a 100% organic cotton Palm Tree-emblazoned hat that he can probably wear every single day.
4. Little Nest Tiny Tower Chair
No child is ever too young to learn about great design, right? Little Nest takes furniture classics from designers like Henry Bertoia, Charles and Ray Eames, and Le Corbusier and scales them down for the pint-sized crowd. Spendy, but kind of irresistible.
5. Landscape Floor Bins
As I piece together the nursery, I've been gravitating towards things that are child-appropriate, but not childish….primarily because I don't want to have to redecorate continually over the years. Quite honestly, I want these storage bins for every room of the house, not just the baby's room.
1. Suboo "Sun-Kissed Nirvana One Piece"
The arrow darting on this kaledescope-printed one-piece from Suboo is incredibly flattering. It points eyes up towards your collarbone and shoulders so forget the diet, and choose this optical illusion instead.
2. Shakuhachi "Psychedelic Crochet Bikini"
This '70s inspired, rainbow-colored crochet goodie from Australian brand Shakuhachi is not only smile-inducing, but the boy shorts and scalloped edges make it look flirty and bohemian, and less like grandma's weekend project.
3. Seea "Hermosa One Piece"
Born out of sheer frustration, Amanda Chinchelli's surf-friendly line Seea is the marriage of functionality and design (any active beachgoer will wonder why they didn't think of it first). This badass colorblock-printed number is not only a rash guard and sun protectant, but in a pinch, moonlights as a long-sleeved tee. Brilliant.
4. Zimmermann "Brightside Frill Underwire Bikini"
This Sydney-based label is famous for their swimwear that's defined fashion-forward Aussie beach style for the past twenty years. A feminine seashell-shaped bandeau top can make any small-chested girl feel va-va voom.
5. Eclairee "The Céline"
Against all odds, the plunging neckline on this stunner manages to look sporty — not sexy — thanks to the high-neck mesh inset. Pack it for your next luxury vacation (St. Tropez, anyone?) and you'll save precious suitcase real estate, too (it works double-duty as a chic tank top).
1. Nudie Espadrille
For those of us who can appreciate an unexpected take on a classic, these rope-detailed espadrilles are where it's at: The playful stripe and easy, slip-on silhouette make these the ultimate alternative to a basic flat. For some major eye-candy check out the Belle by Sigerson Morrison Spring look-book, shot and styled by the creative minds at The Coveteur.
2. Kenzo x Vans Print Sneakers
As evidenced by street-style blogs, department store shelves and the runways, sporty shoes are here to stay (our aching feet are eternally grateful). These Kenzo x Vans printed sneakers are a refreshing alternative to the wedge sneaker movement spearheaded by Isabel Marant. Plus, at $125 a pop they're a much more palatable investment.
3. Metallic Leather Slipper
The dreamy lilac shade, shimmery leather finish, ultra-girly shape…the Ines slipper from NYC boutique Maryam Nassir Zadeh is the grown-up answer to the princess shoe of our youth–all that's missing is a tutu and magic wand.
4. Platform Wedge Sandal
Though there's nothing wrong with a few extra inches in the height department, gravity-defying platforms can make any gal that stands taller than 5'6 feel a little towering. These effortlessly elegant, two-tone sandals from perennially chic line Emerson Fry offer all the perks of wedges without the fear of losing balance and eating pavement.
5. Jon Snow flat
There is so much to love about these beauties from NYC-based line Candela: On the one hand, the strategically placed straps (the one around the ankle is oh-so-sexy) give this otherwise unassuming flat some edge, while the metallic faux snake treatment makes it the perfect neutral to pair with just about any springtime ensemble.
1. Loewe Madrid Leather Bookmarks
These sweet animal bookmarks from Loewe Madrid should be on every bibliophile's wish list.
2. Gorilla Tank Dress
Never got your mitts on that Christopher Kane Gorilla print dress? Here’s the perfect sub from Pixie Market. Pair it with a blazer and black ankle boots for an office appropriate look.
3. Vera Meat Cat On A Hot Tin Roof Ring
Collecting dainty little rings has become my forte, and this cat topped one is the current apple of my eye. If cats aren’t your thing (even though that’s hard to believe), Vera Meat has a French bulldog and bunny ring, too.
4. Christopher Raeburn Red Leather Hare Bag
Christopher Raeburn’s animal bags are super cute and plush enough to cuddle with—plus they’re eco-friendly, too. This bold red hare bag is the perfect foil for a simple outfit.
5. Maison Kitsune Navy Absinthe Printed Cap
This limited capsule collection baseball cap by Maison Kitsune x Pernod is pretty great. The little fox print easily makes spending $100 on a cap acceptable in my book.