We are thinking HOLIDAY have have themed this 'Favorite Thing' for just those Holiday kind of things... first of all for kids :: the Atsuyo et Akiko tutu! It comes in pink tulle, white tulle or white cotton gauze (my favorite..), but any way you roll this is a favorite item.. they last forever because they fit like a drawstring bag, so no matter how BIG of small it will ALWAYS work!

Atsuyo et Akiko
pink tutu - was $78 NOW $58

white tutu - was $78 NOW $58

white cotton gauze tutu - was $84 NOW $63

The GRANDE Pochette by Clare Vivier - this is my favorite thing... I use them for wallets, evening bags and when I just need to run out.. I grab my Grande Pochette!

the PARTY Pochette in GOLD or RED PEBBLE :: was $170 now $100

the NEON Pochette on natural leather (which naturally gets darker over time - SO nice!) :: was $170 NOW $100
shop the CLARE VIVIER COLLECTION on Nonchalantmom here

The Emperor's New Onesie - by Hillary Frank

This is a story of Hillary and Joyce, a mother and daughter. Hillary doesn't like to wear clothing, and it became a serious problem. Turns out it is a common issue, not only getting dressed but the fact that she doesn't like to wear clothing. Joyce tried everything! Then she found out she has Sensory Processing Disorder - it's not impossible to get over it.

View this mom's story here, delightfully illustrated by Jen Corace - click here to view

click here to view video

tiny prints :: great holiday cards

I just found out that Lotta Jansdotter has a collaboration with Tiny Prints (the easy to use online card maker). This is a super easy way to make your holiday cards and FAST! (they are offering free shipping at the moment).

Here are some of the Lotta Jansdotter examples, but they are MANY more! You can makes cards with photos and without - the online service is really easy!

I get a lot of comments on how we make our cards, I use a design tool called InDesign, I will blog later on a quick how-to make your own cards, but in the meantime... let me tell you THIS IS EASIER!!




We were so busy cooking I forgot to blog and say Happy Thanksgiving! I don't know about you but I love the cooking part so much... we fussed over the recipes and grocery shopping and it was just SO much fun! My mom was here and she really makes the cooking fun, or maybe the word is serious... she was in a panic at 6am.. we had to start! But it was all worth it in the end, a great dinner a day in the kitchen with my mom, it was THE BEST!

Enough about ME.. here's something for YOU! We are offering 20% off until Saturday, November 24!! Dip in and get yourself something special!!

Happy Shopping!

love - carina


new MARKDOWNS are made!! UP to 20% off!

New Markdowns are made... prices are as MARKED!

KIDS: Tuss, ESP no1, Bobo Choses, Nico Nico, Aviator Nation
WOMEN: Layla, Lem Lem and IOU

and MORE...

15% - 25% off!


Favorite HOliday Outfit!

We would like to dispel the idea that sweatpants or denim are okay for Holiday dinner! We are fans of making the day special and looking the part!

Here are our favorite suggestions for the coming Holiday Season:

for the GIRLS:

TUSS - estelle skirt - in red or green tartan :: evelina white shirt :: elvira jacket
TUSS above
TUSS tartan skirt in green
for the BOYS:
TUSS edvin shirt
Well for the boys it's not like they can wear bows and a skirt... so we opt for a nice shirt! lately we like to use a Jacket too.. we have ONE that works for just about every event... its by Makie! (I don't sell them yet but soon..)

PARTY GIRL (a  bit avant garde!)
bobo choses - red floaty printed dress

bobo choses - red floaty printed dress

bobo choses - blue floaty dress w/embroidery
PARTY BOY (a fake bow-tie is better than NO bow-tie!)
Lucky Fish bowtie tshirt
we like the bowtie look with a nice pair of colored jeans - our favorite... ESP no1!

Makie dress - navy corduroy (these days I might pair this with some tights! by Tuss - yellow sneakers by Bensimon)

Makie floral dress
The CALIFORNIA BOY (or the skateboarding boy)
ESP no1 - colored denim (aqua here) :: grey heather stripe boatneck :: grandpa cardigan

ESP no1 - colored denim (cocoa) :: long sleeve pocket T navy

above WITH a nice quilted vest - blue
THE TUTU GIRL (you need ONE of these at every party!)
the Wovenplay Odette tutu
the Wovenplay Massine tutu

OR just add a tutu to just about any outfit you may already have (hint: you can bring this with you and pull it out when the tutu girl just can't be suppressed any longer!)
Wovenplay has two tutu skirt only: the cheval tutu (above) or a ribbon tutu (purple)

or this one-size-fit's-all wrap tutu by Atsuyo et Akiko - in PINK or WHITE or white GAUZE
Go out and ENJOY no matter what you do!!


craft fairs and sample sales... oH MY!!

There are two (and I'm sure MANY more...) sample sales and craft fairs going on this weekend in New York. I am going to participate in the Neighborhood School Extravaganza... at 121 East 3rd Street (full directions below) in New York City. But there is also the Renegade Craft Show going on in Brooklyn... both will be SUPER FUN I imagine!

Our sale includes: Lucky Fish, Nonchalant Mom, Wovenplay, Small Trades, Vega and Atsuyo et Akiko!! proceeds will benefit The Neighborhood School Art Program. It will be a sample sale type thing... I am bringing lots of things, Jann always has boxes of her T-shirts (!!), Wovenplay.. need I say more... and Atsuyo et Akiko - they always come up with something fun for these events! I hope you can come and if you do stop by and say HI!! (and SHOP!!)

WHEN: Sunday, November 18th, 2012
TIME: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
WHERE: The Neighborhood School, 121 East 3rd Street (between Ave A & 1st)


The second sale is the Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn

I am SURE this one will be BLAST... There are almost 200 craftspeople registered to show.. YAY!
click here for a list of artists

It is located at the East River State Park at the Williamsburg Waterfront - North 8th + Kent Avenue, November 17 + 18 from 11am - 6pm


Nonchalant Mom in Daily Candy - the Minimalist

YAY... we got coined "the minimalist"... well at least this super cute Tuss dress did...

edit dress by Tuss ($108)

It's the sweet Edit (Edith in Swedish) dress - just enough holiday 'bling' with gold buttons at the shoulders and the cuff on this heavy jersey dress... kids *LOVE* or at least that mini minimalist!

shop the TUSS collection at Nonchalant Mom here
link to article in Daily Candy


wantful - just in case you need help this holiday season

I think these guys have it down... A great idea, executed to perfection and all the while keeping it professional and it still somehow has that small feeling, like you are talking to someone. WANTFUL is a website to help you shop for gifts. Visit their website, tell them a little bit about who you are buying for; Friend, Sister, Husband... What do they like? Where would they like to go? Do they like to cook (a lot... or a little?)... then VIOLA! You get a list of 30 - 40 gift ideas for that person (within your budget) - and then - as far as I can tell without actually doing it - they send, in an amazing little catalog to your friend with the ten choices!

this is where it asks you in which houses would the person you are shopping for live in... then does she/he like to cook.. etc..

It also makes it VERY easy to donate to many great causes... and in a really nice way!

It's all very simple, beautiful, and OH so well done! If I wasn't such a wandering shopper myself it would be perfect! I don't know about you but I start EARLY and I like to get that perfect thing for that perfect person... I love to figure it all out! Wantful can easily do that for the person who either doesn't have time to do it themselves or somehow can't!

They also give these small visual stories about some of their items, like here profil: J Schatz who makes those beautiful bird houses you've always wanted! WANTFUL! and there are a bunch more where that came from....

These beautiful bowls.. gorgeous! by Rammy Lee Park, see her story and more!

making shopping more fun! or just shop at NonchalantMom! or BOTH!

LOVE you!

if anyone does this... please tell US about it!!


favorite thing of the week! - Matta Poncho + kids: nico nico poncho!

This week I should just say that our favorite thing is the poncho! We love them for both kids and adults! The are an easy way to keep warm and easily take the place of a scarf.. or even a jacket!  These are my favorites that I have seen anywhere! For adults the Matta Cashmere poncho in black (ALWAYS perfect) and for kids the Nico Nico poncho... we could not decide which pattern we liked the most so we bought all THREE!

nico nico stripe (left) and zig (right) poncho

nico nico zig (left) and grey chevron (right) poncho
 and just a hint... if you are small enough... the size 12 will fit a size womans size small too! (just one of those tricks!) - kid nico nico poncho was $78 now.. it's the favorite thing of the week for $58!

matta Italian cashmere poncho
The amazing soft and cozy Matta poncho - was $350 but now... it's the favorite thing of the week for $260!

For a limited time...
shop matta poncho here
shop nico nico here


new baby at favorite blog :: Bleubird

One of my favorite blogs is Bleubird, her photography is SO gorgeous and it always gives me a smile! Not to mention learning a lot of fun things from it's Author James Kicinski-Mccoy and her lovely family. The other day she posted her new baby photos and I have to say... they are my FAVORITE! Most of the time she does her own photography together with her husband but these shots happen to be done by Brooke Schwab (you can see more photos on Brooke's website) but in the meantime check out Bleubird... and see more of this cute family!

here are just a few to get you started but see more at the Bleubird blog here

Thank you Bleubird :)

congratulations!! Mr. President



Hurricane Sandy :: How to Help

Red Hook

It's hard to know what YOU can do to help in a disaster such as this, a friend of mine pulled together this great list of links and where you can donate for Hurricane Relief, volunteer information and information for some specific areas. Choose them all or choose what works for you (obviously there are many more but these are a good start!)...

Occupy Sandy
Occupy Sandy Donations
Red Hook Recovers
Lower East Side Recovers
Astoria Recovers
Brooklyn Based : How to Help
Brokelyn: How to Help
Rockaway Relief
Food Not Bombs: Sandy Relief
The Week: How to Help
Art in America: Chelsea Galleries Hit Hard by Storm
Free Showers and Exercise at New York Sports Clubs

If anyone has a good list for New Jersey let me know and I would be happy to post it!

Be Safe and reach out!


Hurricane Sandy hit's the Schott home...

we had TWO Maples that size... now we have ONE!

I know that many people were terribly devastated by Hurricane Sandy (although since we do not have power yet I have seen NO TV and so I have only heard of the devastation... I know it's out there..) and by relaying our personal story I don't want to minimize the destruction Sandy brought onto many families... It's funny how when something like this happens your world becomes incredibly small! Although with Facebook, my family in Sweden was able to get news from us very quickly... thank you Facebook!
I know it's not safe.. but they were having so much fun!

We knew what was coming and discussed back and forth, "should we board up our windows? or not?" (our entire South facing wall is windows!) We even drove ourselves down to Home Depot, only to decide when we got there - I think we can do without the boards... we had survived Irene and the fact that the winds were going to be coming from the East, we thought we had a better chance of making it.

In case you don't know our home - we are one mile from the beach in Rhode Island, on a hill, the first incline from the beach, so when the winds come from the beach we get hammered. Winds from the East, we are maybe okay... Nonchalant Mom (the store) is in our small town of Wakefield, RI - we just hoped for the best there, and moved everything away from the windows :)...

As Sandy made it's way through Rhode Island, we hunkered down just like everyone else and watched the weather channel and played UNO just to distract ourselves. I filled up the bathtub with water so that we could flush the toilet if the power went out (since we have a well, when the power goes out so does our water) and as many jugs of water as we had... The storm came on fast once it hit and by 2pm Monday we were getting blown away! By 3pm we had a large Maple tree in our front yard down and power was out at about 2:15...

chainsawing ALL day!

except when we stopped for a lunch break of Swedish pea soup!

Sandy blasted away at the house until about 7pm and then started to let up. Since there was hardly any rain we walked up to the neighbors (okay not so smart with trees falling everywhere.. but we did it) and had a glass of wine while we all stared out the window at the pounding wind coming across the lake. When a huge Oak tree in their front yard went down... we all got scared and went home. I think we were lucky that throughout the storm the temperatures were a balmy 65 degrees, those who had snow in the storm (Virginia) must have been devastated.

The next morning we woke up to trees down everywhere... and this large Maple tree down in our front yard. Our friends and neighbors came over and together we cleaned up the entire mess, it took ALL day.. but it felt great! and we got it DONE! and now we have enough wood to keep the house toasty warm all winter! Thanks to all of our fantastic neighbors who came together to help, it's amazing what we got done and had fun while we did it.

the boy's side of the fort

the girls side of the fort (isn't it nicer! ha!)

Power was restored to the store on Thursday, we are still waiting for our home to get back on the GRID. Meanwhile we have lots of candles, no showers, a mounting laundry pile, ice in the fridge keeping things cold, but keep up the smiles. With the leftover branches we made this makeshift fort for the kids... We haven't seen them since, they are too busy decorating their fort, or in the boys case - defending the fort from... well 'on-lookers' or photographers..??

It's been great for the kids to be 'unhooked' for some time now from the TV, they have also been doing a lot of work and going to sleep at 8pm.. (what ELSE is there to do!) just like farmers! It's a nice break and it's been so nice for US to be unhooked as well, although I am ready to get back!!

cross your finger that we have power tomorrow (or maybe not...)
good luck and our prayers are with everyone in New Jersey and other places hit by this devastating storm, and THANKS to all our friends for your help.. you know who you are! Especially that little 7 year old who comes to deliver wood each day on his John Deere! - yes we are a bit like farmers our here!

love - carina