January 07, 2018

1 Comment


Nellystella Spring / Summer 2018

We are pleased to announce that a new collection by Nellystella will be forthcoming for Spring / Summer 2018 and we are excited to present the upcoming collection available at Mini Ruby Contemporary Childrenswear in the coming weeks.

This season, Nellystella has designed a new palette of fabrics and color combinations that are at once, ethereal, classic and contemporary. With the use of large checks with metallic gold accents, embroidered dots of cotton and silk, Nellystella introduces an array of colorful and beautiful fabrics inspired by European elegance infused with international flair. New colors including the Cotton Lurex Check, Bit of Blue Swissdot and the Summer Floral in addition to lovely hues of Lavender, Wisteria and Lemon sprinkle the collection. We are also thrilled to announce that Nellystella has designed an exclusive color and pattern of the Chloe Dress only available at Mini Ruby Contemporary Childrenswear and we are delighted that Nelly has designed this dress for our sophisticated and discerning customers.

New styles including the Lexi and Elina dresses will surely delight with plenty of lace and ruffle in beautiful fabrics. Whether during a city stroll, al fresco dining, at a garden party or at a beachside resort, these dresses will showcase any little girl's style. Adorable separates including the Tilly Top with the matching skirts or shorts will be fun additions to any little girl's closet and Nellystella's signature dresses are back in a new array of colors that culminate in an adorable and lovely collection of spring and summer clothes for girls.

New colors of the special occasion and wedding collection, The LOVE Collection, will be introduced in addition to the classic whites and pale pinks. This collection is perfect for flower girls and weddings, holiday gatherings, religious ceremonies and celebrations, graduation, music recitals, and of course, for the Birthday Girl.

Please stay tuned as we unveil and introduce the newest collection of Nellystella Spring / Summer 2018.

 

October 16, 2017

0 Comments


"Bats" by Randall Jarrell

As Halloween approaches and as part of our poetry series, we present a charming poem called "Bats" by Randall Jarrell. Bats, typically understood as spooky, nocturnal, cave-dwellers that sleep upside down is presented through a different lens: the relationship between a mother bat and her baby bat.

The poem describes the care of a newborn baby bat by its mother in wonderful and heartwarming detail. Through the personification of bats that reveals a side of bats that is rarely contemplated, the reader's entrenched and long-held view of bats changes.

My favorite line is the last, but I will not reveal it here. Read on. The poem is beautifully written with detailed imagery, with similarities and parallels that we can relate to and understand. This is one to share with the kids to reveal a non-spooky and beautiful side of bats this Halloween season. For our collective edification, we hereby present "Bats" for your family-reading enjoyment.

"Bats" by Randall Jarrell
(published 1964)  

A bat is born
Naked and blind and pale.
His mother makes a pocket of her tail
and catches him. He clings to her long fur
By his thumbs and toes and teeth.
And then the mother dances through the night
Doubling and looping, soaring, somersaulting--
Her baby hangs on underneath.
All night, in happiness, she hunts and flies.
Her high sharp cries
Like shining needlepoints of sound
Go out into the night, and echoing back,
Tell her what they have touched.
She hears how far it is, how big it is,
Which way it's going:
She lives by hearing.
The mother eats the moths and gnats she catches
In full flight; in full flight
The mother drinks the water of the pond
She skims across. Her baby hangs on tight.
Her baby drinks the milk she makes him
In moonlight or starlight, in mid-air.
Their single shadow, printed on the moon
Or fluttering across the stars,
Whirls on all night; at daybreak
The tired mother flaps home to her rafter.
The others all are there.
They hang themselves up by their toes,
They wrap themselves in their brown wings.
Bunched upside-down, they sleep in air.
Their sharp ears, their sharp teeth, their quick sharp faces
Are dull and slow and mild.
All the bright day, as the mother sleeps,
She folds her wings about her sleeping child.
October 02, 2017

0 Comments


The North Face for Winter 2017

We are proud to announce that The North Face has selected Mini Ruby Contemporary Childrenswear as a retailer for their kids line. The North Face is a global brand and maker of high performance apparel and equipment and is "the first choice of the world's most accomplished climbers, mountaineers, extreme skiers, snowboarders, endurance runners, and explorers." The Kids line is made and designed with the same technical expertise and contemporary styling as the adult line so that kids can explore and enjoy the outdoors while staying warm, comfortable and dry.

For this Fall and Winter, The North Face brings us boys and girls winter sportswear jackets and pants that are waterproof, breathable and fully seam sealed. With plenty of tried and tested features including zippers, pockets and powder skirts, kids can enjoy all the outdoor winter sports with the same zest and preparedness as adults.

We have added The North Face to our lineup because we love the contemporary and urban styling coupled with the high-grade, technical fabrics and construction.  From the fit to the placement of zippers, pockets and vents, The North Face is extremely reliable from quality to fit. 

This season, The North Face brings us colors including the Bellflower Purple, Carnation Pink and Bright Cobalt Blues. The Moondoggy Puffy Jackets are staples and will keep the kids warm on the mountain or on the way to school. The snowpants and bib snowpants will do their job and protect the kids from the snow while also providing a 2" EZ-Grow cuff to extend the length for growing kids.

Whether you are actually ascending the north face of a mountain or hitting the streets, essential outerwear and sportswear from The North Face will keep the kids comfortable, warm and dry. Take a look at The North Face kids line.

 

 

August 07, 2017

0 Comments


A Total Solar Eclipse

On Monday, August 21, 2017 a total solar eclipse will occur across North America along the moon's path of totality from Oregon, crossing the U.S., to Charleston, South Carolina. This rare, wondrous natural phenomenon was viewable from the U.S. last in 1979. This should be one of the moments of a lifetime.

If you have the opportunity to take the day off, grab the kids and get to the closest area within the path of totality. Please visit WWW.NASA.GOV, to find out more about the band of the U.S. where you will see the sun totally obscured by the moon. A shout out to all of our friends from the Chicago area, the path of totality will cross the southern part of Illinois with the longest duration!

Make sure you get the special glasses, which look like 3D glasses you get at the movies, to watch the eclipse and be prepared with food, water, and other supplies. They say once the moon totally eclipses the sun, the temperature may drop precipitously, so bring a jacket or sweatshirt. Be prepared for crowds and traffic, but it should be worth it.

They say that to experience a total solar eclipse is an opportunity of a lifetime and puts everything into perspective and literally, may even change your world view.

So if you can, get ready, start planning the trip and make the trek to the band of totality to see this wondrous, natural phenomenon before your very eyes!

July 27, 2017

0 Comments


Beau Loves Collection Fall / Winter 2017 - Secret Eye Society

The Beau Loves Fall / Winter Collection 2017 launches here on August 7th. Stay tuned for this creative, interesting and quirky brand from the UK that transcends trendy and offers a story, creativity and depth.

Beau Loves designs along themes and this season, the collection is called the "Secret Eye Society." Inspired by the designer's son, Beau, the season "started with a magnifying glass, a detective and a key that unlocks every lock in London."  There is a "Secret Eye Society" that is "Top Secret" and quite mysterious. 

Beau Loves designs with the use of black and vibrant colors not just for the sake of black to be contrarian, and color for the sake of color, but as a backdrop to showcase design and creativity. The use of bold colors with hand-drawn designs, a touch of wit and mystery adds meaning, depth and warrants a closer look. 

For these reasons, we look to Beau Loves to provide designs that are playful, unique, creative and interesting. Designing beyond trendy, we find contemporary art and design in Beau Loves' styles that make us appreciate the artistry, the meaning behind the design and the stories that keep us smiling season after season.

Stay tuned for the Beau Loves Fall/Winter 2017 collection at Mini Ruby Contemporary Childrenswear.

 

July 07, 2017

0 Comments


Anthem of the Ants - Fall/Winter 2017 Collection

This upcoming season, Anthem of the Ants has designed a delightful collection around an academic, school and education theme, to our thunderous applause.  With prints and styles including the University Plaid to the Library Collar Shirts, Anthem of the Ants promotes scholarship, academics and varsity sports this season.

Anthem of the Ants adds a sportier touch to their styles with the use of striped rib trim and cotton jersey. Pairing artistic swan prints in interesting color combinations, we love the juxtaposition of the classic with the sporty, as seen in the Ruffle Popover. As always, we love how Anthem of the Ants plays with and combines different colors, patterns and textures to create great styles for our girls. 

A few highlights this season include the Academy Dress, pictured below, featuring a swan print against olive and pink with the signature deep pockets. The Chateau Vest and Gold Leggings make a statement of high style for our young academics and the Ruffle Reception Dress is classic and sweet.

Anthem of the Ants designs easy to wear, contemporary styles for girls and the brand reflects our philosophy of nurturing the individual spirit. Anthem of the Ants pieces are made true to size, are very durable and are designed and made in California. Please see the Anthem of the Ants' Fall / Winter 2017 collection at Mini Ruby Contemporary Childrenswear.

 

June 20, 2017

0 Comments


Imoga Collection - Style and Confidence for Fall / Winter 2017

Imoga delights us all this Fall / Winter 2017 with a wonderful collection of creative, contemporary style dresses, skirts, tops, leggings, outerwear and accessories for girls. Imoga designs stylish girls clothes by reinterpreting classic designs with the use of their signature soft jerseys and woven viscose fabrics. They design their own materials and prints and pair comfort with style.

The highlights this season include a lovely palette of colors including the Powder Pink and Glimmer which features tiny silver stars. The super stylish faux fur jacket, the Greta, is redesigned in a colorful zigzag pattern available in two color combinations. Girls will wear this one to showcase their style and confidence. Imoga has also designed a really cool black hearts on powder pink pattern used on a vest and coat that girls will love.

A new silhouette, the Sasha Dress, features adorable star patches on the front, has a belt and a ruffle around the bottom for a sweet touch. The Rosemary Dresses are perfect for back-to-school and are easy-to-wear and care with matching necklaces. Imoga's ever popular Alyssa leggings are available in an assortment of colors and patterns.

We are also featuring a great collection of accessories including the new Quincy mini backpack in the softest faux fur and jewelry.

We hope you enjoy the latest Imoga Collection.

March 21, 2017

0 Comments


Summer Camps - An Athlete, Mathlete or All of the Above

It's that time of year when we start to think about summer camps and start to think about this summer's activities including family trips, visits with relatives, summers at the beach, traveling, etc.. We want our kids to relax and yet spend their summers productively and we consider how to schedule a summer for our kids filled with fun activities, great experiences, learning and spending time with friends and family.

There are so many great options out there including camps dedicated to a specific activity, sport, craft or discipline and also multi-faceted day camps that have everything from swimming, sports, arts and crafts, horse-back riding, games, etc. 

I recall driving by a school one day last summer when camp was in session and the kids were learning archery. Three decades later, I was thrilled to see that camps nowadays still offer archery! What a quintessential summer camp activity and it brought back so many great memories of when I was a kid. My own kids are much too small to be handling a bow and arrow at this point (reference that famous line in "A Christmas Story"), but, still, I was amazed to see that.

There are some great nature camps on farms, some sponsored by the Audubon Society, which seem like wonderful experiences for kids. A lot of camps are also week-long endeavors, so parents can piece together a summer and cover several different areas. Whether you are focused on a particular sport, art, math, computers, STEM, theater, writing, music, swimming or all of the above, each summer we have the opportunity to introduce and expose our kids to familiar and new activities, perhaps not offered during the school year, hoping to spark an interest or maybe even a lifelong passion.

January 31, 2017

0 Comments


Nellystella Spring / Summer 2017

We cannot temper our enthusiasm for the upcoming collection by Nellystella for Spring / Summer 2017 and can't wait to unveil these fine dresses and styles for our customers and readership. This season, Nellystella introduces an array of colorful and beautiful fabrics inspired by fantasy and mysticism including the Psychedelic Summer and Sea Life patterns. Bestselling silhouettes return in new colors and patterns including contemporary large plaids and aquatic themes. New styles will also be introduced and yet will contain Nellystella's signature marks, such as her open-shoulder dresses.

The LOVE Collection, or special occasion dresses, are perfect for flower girls and weddings, holiday gatherings, religious ceremonies and celebrations, graduation, music recitals, and of course, for the Birthday Girl.

Nellystella has also designed an array of separates including sweet tops with adorable embellishments, shorts and skirts, that culminate in an adorable and lovely collection of spring and summer clothes for girls.

Please stay tuned as the fine craftsmanship and artistry of each piece of clothing is completed and Nellystella puts the final touches on her collection.

January 04, 2017

0 Comments


Anthem of the Ants Spring / Summer 2017 Preview

Stay tuned for the newest collection of Anthem of the Ants Spring / Summer 2017 styles that will be available in the coming weeks. We just adore the new styles and colors coming this Spring. Anthem of the Ants has designed a collection along a desert sands and garden theme featuring prints including the Desert Stripe, a Sands Plaid, and a Rainbow Stripe among others.

The new Desert Garden Sundress in Desert Stripe, pictured here, is designed with a fun oversized ruffle, signature deep pockets and adorable shoulder ties. A few classic silhouettes are back with the latest colors and prints and the favored indigo chambray is also back in the form of the Baja Fringe Dress.

Anthem of the Ants is also introducing an array of dresses adorned with pom poms and tassels, just what a little girl wants. We continue to offer great shorts and tops for camp, the beach and free play.

Anthem of the Ants designs easy to wear, contemporary styles for girls and the brand reflects our philosophy of nurturing the individual spirit. Anthem of the Ants pieces are made true to size, are very durable and are designed and made in California. Please stay tuned for Anthem of the Ants' Spring / Summer 2017 collection at Mini Ruby.
1 2 3 5 Next »