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Contemplating Halloween

September 14, 2014

Suki wants to be the Mad Hatter for Halloween this year and since Alice was named after Alice I have to make a dog dress, which means I also have to make a costume for Sugar.

I’m thinking of recreating this:

With shorter ears and in pink and purple stripes so she can be the Cheshire Cat. Though it will have to be quite a but larger for Sugar.

Maybe something like this, and a headband for ears. I don’t know, I’ll figure something out.

Looking for a good outlet?

December 31, 2013

Well I’ve found one for you. Or I should say they found me. Bel Bambini asked me to check out their outlet store in Commerce near the beginning of November and since plans had already been made for me to come down and spend some time with my Grams how could I say no.

Bel Bambini has three locations, West Hollywood, Newport Beach, and their outlet in Commerce. The West Hollywood and Newport Beach locations are the most well known and often frequented by celebrities who are shopping for their children. The outlet location is a bit more obscure since it is located across from The Citadel parking area and not too far from LAX. There are no big, staged store-front windows, just a glass front in an unassuming industrial building. If you weren’t looking for it you wouldn’t even know it was there.

When you first walk in there is a bit of a boutique feel to it but that quickly gives way to a flea-marketesque type shopping experience without all the haggling about the price, especially since everything in the store is reduced by 50% of the original retail price.

There are steel shelves with baskets filled to the brim with everything you could be looking for to add that last little bit to the nursery, that designer outfit to round out their wardrobe, and many of the essentials every parent needs to keep their child chic, safe, and cozy.

There are six “rooms” altogether. The main shopping area had three other rooms off of it. One was a large walk-in closet with coats, sweaters, hats, dresses, shirts, and sets of clothing. There were so many textures to touch and ooh and aah over, it was hard to walk away from the room but since I was on a time-budget I forced myself to move on. One had the steel shelves mentioned previously, and one was wall-to-wall strollers and carseats. I never knew there were so many types of strollers available. A lot has changed in 11 1/2 years.

The store-front area also had a small room off of it and was filled with dressers and cribs.

If I lived in the L.A. area I would definitely be coming back to shop. I know my kids are technically too old to shop for in a baby store, but the variety of furniture means you may even find something for you or your teens room. I fell in love with a room divider, three dressers, a hanging light fixture or two, though the second one is not something I can see in my home yet I still love it, and a really cute print even though it’s super childish.

I was greatly tempted to buy a red diaper bag. Really. Wouldn’t you?

Of course I was there to shop and shop I did, though I was greatly limited since everything had to fit into my suitcase for my flight home. I wandered around and around swapping one thing out for another until I was happy with my choices. Colors, textures, and cuteness were all very important keys in my decisions.

A Scrappy’s cat, which is made from scraps of material to reduce waste,

a teether made from organic materials,

a MOD Swad cuddly blanket, (I wish is came in my size)

an adorable knit cap,

a Jean Bourget cardigan,

and two Melissa & Doug wooden toys.

A little retail therapy to distract me from my flight home was just what I needed. It all fit easily into my suitcase though that penguin gave me some trouble going through security. Let’s just say he’s very solid and they had no idea what it was and they were sorta concerned. Well, they were concerned enough that it took them five minutes to determine it needed to be removed from suitcase and scanned separately. My advice is don’t try to pack this guy in your carry-on. Making it to your flight with 30 seconds to spare is kinda nerve-wracking.

Now I just have top figure out what I’m giving to whom.

You can see more photos of what I loved over here on Flickr.

If you live in the L.A. area I highly recommend stopping in at this Bel Bambini location.*

Bel Bambini
2057 Hoefner Avenue
Commerce, CA 90040

(Located off I-5 at Atlantic Boulevard North)

Tuesday – Saturday 9am – 6pm (closed for lunch between 1pm-2pm)

*Since this location is an outlet store the items available vary and there may only be one available. The items may also have slight, or not-so-slight flaws so look each item over carefully before purchase. At the time of my shopping spree they did not accept cash at this location.

I was provided with a gift certificate to shop at their store but all opinions and photos are my own.