June 09, 2014
Over the next week, we will be moving our remaining inventory from Caryn & Co. Market on Love to our new store.
In the meantime, our online store is available 24/7 for your convenience. If you are local to Tifton and need something urgently, please contact us by phone or email, and we will be more than happy to assist you.
Our new address and opening date will be posted on our website, and we invite you to follow us on our Facebook and Instagram pages for store sales and announcements.
As always, we appreciate your continued support and look forward to seeing you soon at our new location!
November 06, 2013
Holidays are about spending time with family and friends honoring spiritual and cultural traditions.
We all celebrate special occasions differently. Some of us dress up and pull out the fine china. Some of us prefer to keep things a little more casual. Regardless of how you observe the season, if your to-do list includes shopping for children's holiday clothes, rest assured that an outstanding variety of classic and trendy infant and toddler outfits are readily available for purchase from many online children’s clothing boutiques.
Classic styles and trendy designs have been combined to create amazing collections, most notably for holidays. Designs are available for Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, Halloween, July 4th, and, yes, even St. Patrick's Day. By mid-September, many online baby boutiques are loaded with Santas, candy canes, Thanksgiving turkeys, pumpkins, witches and ghosts smocked or appliquéd on bishop dresses, longalls, reversible jumpers and bubbles. The scene changes in early February to one of Easter bunny and baby chick appliqués, smocked lambs and crosses, and a beautiful array of pastel prints and solids. Appliquéd shamrocks and smocked American flags will also transform the landscape of your favorite upscale children's clothing boutique during spring and summer.
Follow these tips to help you find perfect infant and toddler holiday outfits.
Know the dress code. Few things are more awkward than being over or underdressed for the party. There is simply no need to put your baby girl in a beautiful smocked Christmas dress with all the trimmings if the rest of the family is wearing jeans. A cute holiday-themed sweater and cords are fantastic options for cooler weather, while smocked short sets and appliquéd rompers are excellent for the warmer months.
Remember: comfort is key. If your child is uncomfortable, everyone suffers. Your baby's holiday outfit should fit loosely and be suited for the weather- not too hot, not too cold... just right. Itchy tags and scratchy fabrics should also be avoided at all costs.
Choose clothing appropriate for the occasion. Easter Sunday, Christmas services, formal Thanksgiving dinners and portrait sessions require more traditional children's holiday clothing, making a classic smocked dress, bubble, longall or jon-jon a great option. If you need an outfit that your baby can wear for less formal activities, such as a visit with Santa, Easter egg hunt or trip to the pumpkin patch, children's clothing boutiques offer a wide variety of whimsically appliquéd clothes for any holiday.
Don't procrastinate. If you want the largest selection from which to choose, shop early. Many upscale baby boutiques, online and storefront, sell out of merchandise well before Christmas and Easter. Matching brother and sister outfits for holiday portraits can be very difficult to find in specific sizes if you wait too late.
Easter eggs crack, Christmas lights go out just as soon as you finish decorating, and clothing accidents happen.
Some of your baby's holiday clothes are destined to become heirlooms, so plan ahead. Rest easy knowing that most stains will come out if properly pre-treated. Always have a back-up outfit on hand and practice your napkin strategy to help eliminate potentially stressful moments. Take a deep breath and enjoy the festivities with your family and friends.
Shop for children's holiday outfits at www.madison-drake.com.
April 17, 2013
The best-of-the-best names in smocked and appliquéd children’s clothes are made in the South. Coincidence? Probably not.
Many a Southerner can attest to having worn smocked and appliquéd clothes at some point during his or her childhood, as evidenced in family photographs lining walls from Texas to North Carolina. It’s a deeply-rooted tradition that mamas of well-brought-up young’uns have clung to for a multitude of decades, and for good reason. These most precious and beautiful children's clothes are comfortable, they're not quickly outgrown thanks to gracious hems and movable buttons, and they NEVER go out of style, making them available for siblings and/or future generations.
With heat and humidity that will choke a horse, it goes without saying that Velcro sandals, basic tees, cargo shorts and cotton sundresses are necessities in a southern toddler's wardrobe. However, not a single child under the age of 5 is routinely dressed for Sunday school, birthday parties or preschool picture day in any of the aforementioned attire. It's simply not done. Thanks to the deep-seeded heritage passed down from generations of Mimis and Maw-Maws, we know darlin' baby clothes when we see 'em... and they are everywhere!
Top brands have added their own unique touches to traditional smocked clothing to create fun and whimsical designs that appeal to moms across the US.
Smocking was developed in England and has been practiced since the middle ages. The technique was born more of practicality, as it was commonly used in cuffs, bodices and necklines before the advent of elastic. Embroidered designs were actually added as a decorative measure to serve as a status symbol.
Zuccini, Anavini, Vive la Fete, Claire & Charlie, and Royal Child all hail from the SunshineState. These memorable smocked infant and toddler clothes are perfect for church, school and play dates. With a full range of collections, including holiday & birthday outfits, these Southern smocked clothes strike the perfect balance of classic design and quality.
Rooted in the Louisiana bayou, Le' Za Me smocked children's clothing is near and dear to our hearts. The exceptional quality and entertaining designs consist of upscale play clothes, brother/sister outfits and special occasion wear. Le' Za Me dresses, longalls and shortalls are consistently top sellers in the world of boutique baby clothing.
Bailey Boys. LaJenns. Mulberry Street. Aside from making some pretty fabulous children's clothes, do you know what these three have in common? Company addresses below the Mason-Dixon line, of course.
The art of appliqué has been around since the 18th century. Another serendipitous act, it was created when torn garments required the application of fabric patches for mending. While it's true that many smocked clothing manufacturers also offer adorable appliquéd collections, no one beats the extensive designs of LaJenns, Bailey Boys and Mulberry Street. Quirky prints, wonderful embellishments and unbelievable imaginations add loads of fun to these already fantastic clothes. And, if that weren't enough, many children's appliquéd outfits are reversible!
In a part of the country where "y'all" is part of everyday language and tea is served ON ICE, strong opinions still exist regarding how children should be dressed.
Although practicality and happy accidents gave way to these centuries-old sewing methods, we still savor the sweetness of a newborn in a smocked layette gown, a barely-walking baby boy wearing a jon-jon with white knee socks and leather saddle oxfords, and a toddler twirling on the playground in her bow-clad appliquéd jumper. Whether you crave vivid fabric combinations, classic smocking, insanely cute appliqués or a combination of all three, online baby boutiques are shipping nationwide to bring these wonderful creations to your neck of the woods.
Shop for beautiful Southern children's clothes at www.madison-drake.com.