Friday, January 31, 2014

Featuring >> AXL Brand

"At AXL Brand, we believe less is more. Our goods combine superior quality and understated elegance with a modern aesthetic. We hand select only the finest, most environmentally sensitive materials (like 100% organic cottons), add distinctive fittings, then shape them into the loungewear you've been looking for. The entire AXL line is handcrafted with obsession, pride and love here in San Francisco."

Featuring >> AXL Brand

We are so excited to share our sweet partners with you today.  I have had the pleasure of chatting back and forth with Ryan and I stand in awe of his passion for this line and all that they are creating this brand to be.

AXL is a small company with their office based in San Francisco.  AXL is available on their own website, along with a variety of other online retailers and many small boutiques across the country.  We love that everything is made right in their home town - It's a wonderful way to utilize the amazing craftspeople we have here in the US and to contribute to our local economy.

The uniqueness of this brands colors are phenomenal, in fact, it is so unique that the colors are completely custom dyed in their signature colors - Storm and Fog.  We are huge fans of basic colors with a pop of bright beautiful colors, it really allows for the items to have a variety of outfit options.  AXL is currently producing new colors for SS14 and AW14, as well as developing stripes and prints into their basics.  We are dying to see all they have in store and cannot wait to get our hands on some!

Some amazing comfort features we love about this line:
+ v-neck (no "pointy" edge to rub chins)
+tagless (nothing rubs the neck)
+flat lock stitching (better surface to lay upon)
+no ribbed cuffs at sleeves and legs (didn't want them like rubber bands at the ends for the chubbiest)
 +slimmer fitting (for layering and freedom of movement)

These features are really important to me as a Mama.  I know you know what I'm talking about if you have children of your own.  You are always wanting your babies to be comfortable and happy.

Everly wears // Aqua LS Shirt on Storm
Scarlett wears // Rose Jumper on Fog

*Drum Roll*
AXL is graciously giving away:
One Blanket, One Jumper and One LS Shirt in any size/color that they have in stock.
We will be holding the giving over on Instagram and all you have to do to enter is:
+Follow AXLBrand
+Follow UrbanCub
+Regram our giveaway photo
+Hashtag #ucaxlohyeah
+Tag any friend to join in on the fun!
+You can enter once per day

One VERY lucky person will be chosen as a winner, Tuesday, Feb 4th.

AXL is also offering our readers and followers 30% off their entire purchase from now, until Feb 20th!  Simply use code: URBANCUB at check out to receive this generous offer.  (This percentage off is a rare and special treat for you, so take advantage of it!)

Thursday, January 30, 2014

10 Things I'm Loving >> Boho Style

1: I love a good fringe purse. I've been eyeing this one from Cleobella for awhile. I think it's time to get it since summer is right around the corner. 
2: There is something about perfume labeling that just gets me. This one from CatbirdNYC has one of my favorite names written on it, NOVA. 
3: Another layering necklace? Check.
4: White Dresses are probably my favorite to wear in the summer. They are so clean and crisp, and can go with pretty much anything. I love how Free People styled this one. 
5: This hair crown has got to probably be one of my favorites that I've ever seen. 
6: Who else wants the glasses as much as me? They are amazing. I need them. 
7: This is the perfect blanket for picnics and play-dates at the park this summer. 
8: Have you ever smelled NEST candles? This one is Moroccan Amber, and it is divine
9: I'm not sure if you can tell yet, but I kind of like gold. So these sandals are perfection in my eyes. 
10: I have been wanting to try doTERRA for awhile, and I finally placed my order last night. Can't

Who else is ready for summer?? 
I can't stop thinking about the sun and the warmth. 
And dresses, and sandals. And flowers, and water. 
And walks, and playgrounds. 
Please hurry Summer. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014


"A portrait of our children, once a week, every week, in 2014"

Scarlett // This girl LOVES anything water related. My little mermaid at heart. 

Everly and Silas // I don't get a lot of things right.  But when I look at these two together, my heart swells up with pride.  These two are best friends and I can't even put into words how much of a joy it is to watch their friendship grow.  I am one blessed mama.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Valentine's Day Round Up >> For the Littles

Today I did a little round-up of some of my favorite Valentine's Day items for the littles, well, because, Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays.  You probably think I say that about every holiday, but for real...  This is my second favorite holiday on the calendar.  There are many reasons why this holiday is so special to me.  I think the main reason is because I love hearts.  I'm a sucker for anything heart shaped or with a heart print on it.  I also am a really lovey and affectionate person and I feel like this holiday puts (most) people in a good lovey dovey mood.  I guess what could really put the icing on the cake, is that the 14th is also my birthday.  ;)

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We would love to see what items you are getting your little ones for Valentine's Day!  Tag us at @urbancub on Instagram or share with us on Facebook

DIY Valentine's >> Danni Remender

We can't think of a Valentine's card that is sweeter then something handmade and created by the littlest of hands.  Today Danni Remender is sharing Edie's Valentine's that she created for her friends.

For this DIY we used:

+ plain white cards
+ heart stamp (we used aha arts)
+ stamp pad
+ creativity

I love creating with my littles, but mostly love to set up a provocation and see where their creativity takes them. I studied and worked in Early childhood education for more than 12 years, pulling specifically from the Reggio Emilia approach, which is to create inspiring invitations that lead to questions and discoveries. So here we are; we started with a heart, and everything that followed was from the imagination of my my littlest. Each card is unique. I hope you're inspired to do this with your littlest too.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Featuring >> Tik Tok Junior

Carla Ferrarin creates clothing for the littlest of fashion lovers.  She creates textiles that are formed from her own artwork.  The clothes are made well so they hold up as play clothes, yet they are still super stylish. 
Tik Tok Juniors is a great line to style your kiddos while keeping the budget under control.  You get such great quality for the price you pay.  The artistry is worth every penny too.  I love the little details that Carla puts into each garment.  We knowing that love goes into every piece and you can feel good putting your child into them.  She is very on trend with her color and patterns of the clothing, and her patterns are changing with the seasons and weather too.

Carla also created the clothing line Tik Tok Frock, made for women.  Totally check it out for one-of-a-kind designs. 

Scarlett: shirt // pants

Everly: shirt // pants

Brianna and I are always talking about how much we love each of the stages that the girls are in.  And these are a few of the things that they are loving right now.  Scarlett loves to snuggle in bed and read books, over and over.  Everly is constantly wanting to have tea parties with anyone willing to accept a cup. 

The girls have recently met over FaceTime and it is so cute to watch them communicate with each other. Scarlett loves to watch Everly, and Everly calls Scarlett; "Starlett". 
These two girls are my favorite and I can't wait for them to meet.  In real life!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

THIS BRAND >> Popelin

I just had to share a brand with you that I'm completely smitten with.  I originally found Popelin on Etsy a little while back and of course, tagged their page so I would remember them.  Then just recently I happened upon their website.  Right now their whole F/W Collection is on sale and it's too good too pass up, am I right?

Happy Saturday Shopping!  ;)

Don't forget to like Popelin on Facebook to get all the latest scoops.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Ace & Jig >> SS14 Sneak Peek

This label does not even need an introduction, but I might as well tell you all everything I love about it! 
 This collection speaks for itself, from their amazing textiles to their unique designs. That is just the beginning. Ace & Jig has, year after year, produced separates that you want wear with everything and dresses that you can wear for that special event, or out to run errands in. 
I am just as excited about this spring/summer collection as I have been every other season. Waiting for what seems like an eternity to get my hands on my favorite pieces. 
It seems like it doesn't matter who you are or what type of body you have when you slip on an Ace & Jig garment. I feel comfortable, but still snazzy in every piece I own. They fall just right on your body so they aren't too baggy or too tight.  They are so well made and last forever. In this case you get what you pay for, over and over. And over again. 
If you have not experienced Ace & Jig yet, take it from us here at Urban Cub and do yourself a favor. Buy something from this amazing collection this Spring!! 

This video is AMAZE...

>>Here are a few looks that I am keeping my eyes on<<
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You can see the rest of the looks here.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014


"A portrait of our children, once a week, every week, in 2014"

Scarlett // My sky, my world, my everything.
Everly // I'm pretty sure she would live in an igloo if she could.
Silas // Getting him used to his crib this week...  He's still not sure.  Me too, buddy...

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Leather >> 3 Ways

Leather is huge this season.  Whether you have always loved leather or are just recently tapping into the leather trend, I have chosen three leather fashion basic outfits that are fashion forward and will add a little bit of edge to those looks that are falling flat.

For myself, I am one of the newbies!  I'm just recently finding that leather is just as amazing in clothing, as it is on accessories.  I have found that you can dress it up or dress it down - you can create outfits that fit your every day wear, or you can create outfits that are bold and tasty.  These are the three ways I chose to dress my leather pants.  You can have so much fun with leather and it can elevate everything else you are wearing.  Win/Win!

I wanted to share a "cheaper" style of leather, a dressed up version with a pop of color, and then the "real deal" leather.  If you can't afford a real pair of leather pants, then go with the imitation/faux leather.  Either way, I feel like a pair of leather pants is a must-have in any wardrobe and I know each and everyone of you can rock them!  

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I think the last two outfits would be perfect for Valentine's Day wear as well!  

Are you rocking leather?  We would love to see how you are wearing it and having fun with it!  Tag us on Instagram @urbancub and hashtag #ucstyle or #ucootd!

Monday, January 20, 2014

THIS BRAND >> Louise Misha

One of my favorite brands for Scarlett is Louise Misha. So when I saw the SS14 collection, my mouth dropped! They never disappoint me! 
I love love love the quality of their clothing, and I think the thing I love more is how un-complicated it is. They keep it simple with their designs, and it is beyond enough for us! Their print this season is palm trees and flamingos. Which are perfect, because I love pretending (and dressing) like we live at the beach, year round :) They also incorporate ruffles,tassels and bows, oh my! 
Their jewelry is adorable too, all on its own. They have unique little bracelets and necklaces for kiddos, and mommies too. It can withhold my toddler pulling and tugging at it, so it is definitely worth it! and I mean, toddlers with jewelry on is just too cute. 
They also have the cutest sunsuits! I cannot wait to input my card number at checkout!!! 
Scroll down to enjoy the beauty of these clothes,
 and everything that I have said, you will feel the same! trust me....

See what I mean??

You can still purchase their FW13 collection here. They are good having a sale too! 

The SS14 collection is released in February, so keep a look out.