kids fashion

Happy Independence Day from Designer Daddy!

July 4, 2012 | By Brent Almond | MAKING MEMORIES

When you have a toddler, every day is Independence Day. May yours be happy, safe and colorful!

May the Fourth Be With You

May 4, 2012 | By Brent Almond | MAKING MEMORIES, THINGS DAD DIGS

Even the Lord of the Sith wants clean teeth (say that 5 times fast)

Okay, I was just gonna post this photo and be done with it, but then I started poking around to see if I could post a link of where to buy JJ’s awesome Darth Vader tee (which, by the way, I unknowingly dressed him in this morning — on the unofficial Star Wars holiday). Couldn’t find it anywhere, so I searched the Googles and came upon this…

…and this…

…and this.

I spooked the dog with my multiple “OH MY GOD”s at how adorable these are. Painfully cute stuff. Visit Mi Cielo’s Etsy shop and check out the full line of tees and infant bodysuits (some of which come with matching rattles).

In addition to several more Star Wars designs, there’s a gaggle of other pop culture icons to make you giggle: Optimus Prime, Thor, Mr. T, Ron Burgundy(!), and Totoro to name a few (yes she also has bunnies and pirates and Elmo for you less-adventurous types). Of course I’m begging her for an Aquaman. Each is custom made in Hawaii, so they ain’t cheap. But seriously, can you put a price on something this delightful?

(PS: Several come in adult sizes, too!)

DooDad of the Day: Pedoodles!

April 29, 2012 | By Brent Almond | MAKING MEMORIES

We’ve been buying Pedoodles since before JJ could walk, so I figured it was time to give them their props. I won’t go into too much detail about how they’re made or why they’re awesome for lil’ ones’ feetsies (that’s what links are for, folks). But to sum up they’re sturdy but soft (no Frankenstein shoes, like some of us learned to walk in), eco-friendly, and cute as the dickens!

I learned about them through a deal on Zulilly, but you can always buy direct from Pedoodle. Their sizes run from 0-4 years, and while they do change lines from time-to-time, you can often find older styles on Amazon or Here are a few of my favorite styles — for the boys and the girls…

L to R: Brown Trainers, Blue Bumper Cars, Island Hoppers

L to R: Flower Power, Wise Gals, Garnet Girl

Oh yeah, and here’s a mini fashion show of JJ and his Pedoodles in action…

Rockin' a devil/pirate ensemble in Red Bowlers

Easter Sunday dandiness in Brown Trainers

Bumpin' on a log in Reef sandals

And finally, all orders come in these nifty canvas bags (with plastic windows) great for storing the shoes or recycling into a purse or tote to hold those precious action figures, mismatched doll clothes, or grubby handfuls of rocks.

Fit to be tied

April 16, 2012 | By Brent Almond | MAKING MEMORIES, THINGS DAD DIGS

This is a follow up to my post on the über-dapper Trendy Ties. Just wanted to show off a few photos of us in our matching ties we wore Easter Sunday. It was a very difficult choice to pick just one design, but having ordered them pretty last minute, my decision was dictated mostly by what matched shirts we already had. What do you think? Cute enough for ya?

Looking chic and cheeky betwixt Papa & Daddy

JJ strikes a casual pose in the church nursery, contemplating the vintage toy collection

Showing off our Easter duds

These are also the first photos I’ve posted taken with my new camera. I’m still re-learning how to take SLR photos, and you can tell we had a hard time finding the right spot that lit us up without either blinding us or drowning our faces in cherry blossom shadows. Hopefully better shots are yet to come!

Got any cute Easter pics of your kiddo (or dog or yourself) to share? Post them on our Facebook page, or on your own page and post the link here.

Tying one on for Easter

March 28, 2012 | By Brent Almond | THINGS DAD DIGS

I was going to make this post a DooDad of the Day, but I love everything this company makes so thought it deserved a little bigger shout out.

There was a time I wore ties with relative frequency. Like when I worked in an office and regularly met with clients. But with a home-based studio and the interwebs, there’s just not as much call for Man’s Best Accessory. Even Papa — a fancypants DC attorney — only ties one on for big meetings anymore. So when we wear ties, they really gotta pop.

Yes, Trendy Ties specializes in adorable/handsome/trendy ties for little kids (girls can wear ties, too y’all) but they also make ties for Daddies* and Papas. So… until JJ is old enough to protest (which is kind of already here) I’m starting an Easter/Father’s Day tradition of buying us a set of matching ties. Gag on the cutesiness all you want, I don’t care.

The ties (and bow ties!) come in gorgeous patterns that are colorful enough not to be stuffy, but thankfully not a dinosaur or Spongebob among them. This is some seriously delicious stuff. Take a gander at some of my favorites, poke around their site, and please give them your business. NOTE: these are all hand-made, so if you want ties in time for Easter, you gotta order soon!

I’ve already made our Easter purchase — bonus points to whoever guesses which one!

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*Daddy is a big guy, and thankfully TT makes their adult ties in regular and extra-long!

Happy Birthday Papa!

February 23, 2012 | By Brent Almond | DAD STUFF, LESSONS LEARNED

I got to play full-on SAHD the other day, so took the opportunity to initiate a craft project with JJ. I see all these amazing books, blogs and segments on TV on how to make incredible crafts with your kids and am genuinely intimidated. How will I find the time to come up with ideas? What if JJ’s not into drawing or art or creative stuff? What good will I be to him as a dad?!?

But then I remember he’s still just two, and his favorite things to do still include making messes, touching everything, and destroying stuff. So while he’s limited on how much he can actually create, we’ve got a few more good years of dad/son craft-bonding ahead of us.

The chosen project was to make a birthday card for Papa. Have you ever tried to find a birthday card (or any card for that matter) for a “Papa”? I’ve come across a couple of Father’s Day cards (some of which were for grandfathers) but generally the Papas of the world get the shaft when it comes to cards, books, TV shows, etc. So we had to represent.

I knew I needed to keep it simple for JJ, so it was fun (and challenging) enough to just let him go to town scrawling wildly on colored construction paper with his jumbo Crayons and markers. I then cut them out, punched a bunch of star-shaped holes in them, and strung it up like a mobile. (Bonus: this serves as a fun spelling tool!)

Papa was very pleased, so I’m hoping this will become an annual tradition – with JJ getting more and more involved, and me moving into a more art directorial position. And I guess eventually just the guy who buys the stuff and cleans up.

The artist and his handiwork

NYC or bust

February 17, 2012 | By Brent Almond | MAKING MEMORIES

We’re heading to NYC* this weekend, so watch your back Naked Cowboy!

*Also to CT to visit Papa’s fam and all the cousins on that side. Road trip… yeehaw!

No, We’re Not Hasidic Jews (We’re Gay Penguins)

November 1, 2011 | By Brent Almond | DAD STUFF, DESIGN STUFF, MAKING MEMORIES

Yes, we got asked if we were Hasidic Jews last night by an annoying (and drunk, maybe?) passerby as we were heading to our neighborhood Halloween block party. We also got asked if we were some sort of Two and a Half Men thing. The cutest was overhearing a little girl behind us asking her mom if we were related. Unfortunately, her mom said, “I think they’re just friends.”

I guess it would have been clearer had we ALL been wearing not only tuxes and matching top hats and red bowties, but also beaks and giant yellow feet. Maybe I’ll have more time to be crafty next year, but I doubt it. JJ’s birthday is next week, and I can only fit in so much craftiness in such a short span of time. Hey, I did add the red ribbons to our grownup hats.

So in case it wasn’t clear, we’re penguins. Inspired (partially) by one of our favorite family books, And Tango Makes Three. This equally adorable and controversial book is about two (real) male penguins in the Central Park Zoo who hatched and raised a baby penguin together. It’s a must for any same-sex parent household, as well as for any family with a kid who loves penguins (so yeah, all of them). There was also a funny episode of Parks and Recreation spoofing/celebrating the whole “Gay Penguins” phenomenon.

And Tango Makes Three

But mostly we were inspired by how awesomely cute JJ is in a penguin costume. And luckily he didn’t seem to mind wearing it.

And Tango Makes Three

You can’t hear him, but he’s saying (and doing) “Waddle, waddle, waddle!”

So what did your kiddos (or you) dress as for Halloween? Please share photos — would love to see ’em! And to all you seasoned parents out there, I’m also curious how long your kids let you choose their costume. I know it won’t be long before JJ makes the jump from happily dressing up in whatever cutesy animal suit Daddy picks out to demanding to be Jango Fett, Optimus Prime, or -shudder- a Wiggle.

Aw, Shucks

October 3, 2011 | By Brent Almond | DESIGN STUFF

In addition to the first batch of shirts in the Designer Daddy store (Candycorn Skull of Doom, Tarantula Pop and Frankencorn’s Monster) I’ve added another design this week — COUNT SHUCKULA! Equal parts creepy and corny, this vampiric vegetable is sure to bring more than a kernel of fun to your fall wardrobe!

So pop on over to the store and pick up a shirt or four. In addition to standard short-sleeved shirts, you can also get hoodies and long-sleeved shirts for the nippy autumn weather. Standard shipping is 5-8 business days, so order now in time for Halloween!

Thanks to those that have bought shirts so far, and don’t forget to send me photos of you or your child modelling them so I can post them on the blog!

What’s in store for Designer Daddy?

September 24, 2011 | By Brent Almond | DESIGN STUFF

A store, that’s what!

Pop on over to the brand spanking-new Designer Daddy Store where you can buy tee shirts featuring original Designer Daddy designs — just in time for hay-riding, trick-or-treating, and other autumnal shenanigans. I’ve got tees for grown-ups and kiddos sporting three of my Halloweenie Doodles.

I’ll be adding a couple more designs in the next few weeks, so be sure and let me know if you have a particular one you want to see.

JJ modeling the latest in original Designer Daddy duds.

Oh, and send me a pic of you or your progeny sporting one of the shirts and I’ll post it here on Halloween!

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