Category: baby style


This week’s Nameberry Style column by Elisabeth Wilborn, creator of The Itsy Factor and You Can’t Call It It, looks at the freshest new nursery theme: mermaids.

Is anyone sick of owls yet?

It’s definitely smart to come up with an original theme, or at the very least a color palette, when designing a nursery.  A theme makes for a cohesive look and feel and also frees up precious brain space for other, more important baby-related decisions – like, yeah, names.

As themes go, owls made a lot of sense – for about three minutes.  Unlike bunnies or bears, owls are quirky animals, neither too passive (read: girly) or macho.  Plus, they symbolize wisdom, an eminently desirable role model quality for any child.

Yet design companies world over have honed in on owls as the second coming of nurseries.  Don’t get me wrong, I love owls as much as the next gal, but really, they’re starting to breed like rabbits.

My nomination for a substitute theme: Mermaids — in a cheerful palette of aqua and orange.   Yes, mermaids.  Not the Disneyfied Ariel kind, who usually manifest in polyester and plastic, but a more homespun, natural fiber kind of mermaid.

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Nameberry Style: Living in Neon


This week Nameberry Style columnist Elisabeth Wilborn, of The Itsy Factor and You Can’t Call It It, looks on the bright side.

One year it was plaid. Then it was anything with horizontal stripes. This year, the undulating fashion wave has landed — undeniably — on neon. From orangeade colored sunglasses to shoelaces that bear an uncanny resemblance to antifreeze, neon is where it’s at this season.

In everything except baby names, the eighties is back. High top sneakers, the revivial of TRON, and Lady Gaga’s cover of Express Yourself I Was Born This Way, are all evidence that the decade we couldn’t wait to forget is back with a vengeance.

I surprise myself in being a big fan of this neon business. Try it with organic neutrals in beige and grey, metallic silver or even white eyelet—you may find that one eensie hue gives a traditional outfit a surprisingly contemporary lift. Stick to accessories if you’re afraid of going over board. This is one trend NOT to do head to toe.

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Nameberry Style columnist Elisabeth Wilborn of The Itsy Factor and You Can’t Call It It turns her eye this week to gear suitable for the youngest pirates.

Ahoy Mateys!

As pirate season appears on the horizon, here are a few picks (pilfered of course) to blend into the crowd– lest ye walk the plank.

Love Mae wall decals and a Gray Label kite go a long way toward adorning your young one’s quarters (nice names too!). Add a pirate kitty pillow and the family of of Stuf pirates for a full crew.

Need to dress him to fit the part? Any red and white stripe shirt will do as they’re super hot this summer, but we particularly like the soft cotton Milibe tee. Pair with the Coral and Tusk pirate patch, Wovenplay shark shorts and Jack and Lily shoes and you’re good to go. Sub flouncy skirt for the little lady in your life. The Winter Water Factory onesie and the blockhead toy would make a fabulous baby gift for a wee lad or lass.

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Nameberry Style: Good-Looking and Green


Love style?  Of course you do.  That’s why you’re on Nameberry in the first place.  Now we’re moving beyond helping you find your style in baby names to looking at all things stylish in products for babies, kids, moms and dads.  Today the new Nameberry Style column, by Elisabeth Wilborn of The Itsy Factor and You Can’t Call It “It,” turns its attention to baby products that are as green as they are good-looking.

Let’s face it: We all want eco friendly products for our children, but they’re not always that good looking. It’s just the truth. While at times beauty may need to take a back seat when it comes to saving the Earth, it doesn’t always have to. Lucky for us, companies are becoming more and more eco-conscious while preserving the integrity of design. Here are nine products that do just that.

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New Column! Nameberry Style


We all know Berries have great style, right? As an extension of the chic baby names on nameberry, today we’re excited to announce a new column on children’s style by Elisabeth Wilborn, the genius behind the name blog You Can’t Call It “It”! along with the new child style blog The Itsy Factor. Look for Elisabeth‘s new Nameberry Style column here every weekend.

Recently I wrote about names compatible with the Chinese Year of the Rabbit, from Calista to Frederick to Harley. Since then, rabbits have been multiplying at a furious pace. Whether it’s filling an Easter basket or looking to commemorate the Year of the Rabbit, the furry darlings have our undivided attention.  Here’s a roundup that has a little something for everyone.

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