Safe Trick-or-Treating Tips

Posted on October 22nd, 2014 by Lennore Merz

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1 year-old Alyssa buzzing around on Halloween night in her le top Bumble Bee costume!

Halloween is right around the bend, and most of you have probably already figured out what your little ones are going to be for the big night. Some of you brave & crafty Moms have decided to hand-make the costumes for your little tots, and some may have purchased them online or in stores.  As you plan to venture out on this fun and exciting Halloween journey, here are a few safety tips to keep in mind…

  1. Illuminate the Night – Bring a flashlight for each child’s group. I like to keep one and give one to my older child, Nathan, who tends to lose patience while waiting for his little sister and runs ahead with friends. Glow necklaces and bracelets are also a great idea so that little trick-or-treaters are seen by all.
  2. Don’t Let Costumes Drag Your Little Ones Down – Costumes that drag on the ground can trip your tiny tot. So if your sweetie’s Elsa or Anna dress is a little too long, take some masking tape and shorten the hem a few inches. The same goes for too-long pants for little boys.
  3. Have Them Wear Shoes that Fit – It’s best to wear tennis shoes or comfy shoes that fit well. Those cute dress up princess plastic shoes with heels may match your little darling’s costume perfectly, but won’t be practical while walking around the neighborhood at night. Those too-large boots or huge clown shoes that sometimes come with costume sets are not so ideal for Halloween night. But you can still get your money’s worth by saving those shoes for costume parties at school or at friend’s houses. Their feet will thank you!
  4. Make Sure Their Masks Allows Them to See and Breathe Well – Certain masks only have small eye openings and nothing for the mouth or nose. It’s best if grown-ups try on masks for size and cut larger openings, if needed, in order to maximize comfort and safety for the kids.
  5. Walk on the Path – Trick-or-Treaters should walk, not run, and stay on the paths in people’s yards. Yes, it’s hard, because tots are SO very excited…but safety comes first! Kids should not cut across lawns or driveways, as landscaping and decorations are not always visible at night.
  6. Be Aware of Scary Halloween Decorations – When you are out and about on the big night with your children, be aware of the fact that some people REALLY get into Halloween and have scary props on their lawns and by their doors. When trick-or-treating with my youngest, Violet, I have to scope out the house a bit before having her approach a door. I do this so that she doesn’t get scared by any Jason figures, grim reapers, or ghouls…OH MY!
  7. Check All Candy Before Kids Consume – Parents should always check over all candy pieces before allowing their kids to eat them. Throw away any opened/damaged/old candy and be mindful of hard candy that can be a choking hazard.

So with these things in mind, we wish you all a safe and Happy Halloween!

Do you have any safe trick-or-treating tips of your own? Please share!

Have you seen our Dino-Mite newborn hooded coverall? It’s super-cute and doubles as an outfit as well as a costume!  Keep your newborn cozy and warm while he’s out at night Trick-or-Treating with his older siblings.  It is a cotton-blend coverall featuring felted dinosaur spikes at the hood and a graphic spiked tail in the back. Take a look here:

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Le Top Darling of the Week: Elizabeth

Posted on October 21st, 2014 by Iliana

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Congratulations to our Darling of the Week, Elizabeth!

Looking picture perfect! Elizabeth is ready for her pre-school picture in her le top ‘Love Bug’ collection suntop and shorts.

Elizabeth is a very active young lady who loves playing outdoors, especially with her favorite princess dolls.  She is very confident and smart and is certainly not bashful.  Her mom and dad say she has a mind of her own and can see her as a future leader on the rise!  Elizabeth’s mom is expecting and once the newest addition to her family is born, Elizabeth will surely be helping out with feeding her sibling her favorite food, apples!

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Le Top at the ENK Children’s Club Show in New York!

Posted on October 20th, 2014 by Iliana

We are SO excited for our retailers to see the upcoming Spring 2015 line! The design team has done a great job creating a fresh and exciting array of collections; from statement prints to appliques and embroidery. One of the design team’s many goals is to ensure the clothing is as comfy as it is stylish for kids to wear. All styles are crafted with cotton that is ultra soft and made to last through multiple washes where colors stay true and bright.

We are currently showing the line at the ENK Children’s Club Show in New York. The show is held at the Javits Center four times a year: January, March, August and October. These are some photos of our booth from the show in August and the current show which runs from October 19th through the 21st.

If you are there, please stop by and say hello! We’d love to see you! Booth #7662

**Fall 2014 line will also be available for viewing/ordering**

Fall Family Traditions

Posted on October 15th, 2014 by Lennore Merz

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Violet ready for fall in her ‘La Belle’ dress!

Fall is a time of year that is rich in family traditions.  Parents, little ones, and grandparents are often busy in the month of October doing pumpkin related activities. Visiting pumpkin patches, attending harvest festivals, and enjoying the taste of all things pumpkin is tradition, creating long-lasting family memories.

It is tradition for my family each year to attend the Clayton Valley Pumpkin Farm
in Clayton, CA.  They started as a self-pick vegetable stand in 1980.  The farm has expanded over the years to selling Christmas trees during the holidays, and offering a lot of fun activities for their guests.  Today they even have tunnels of straws, train rides, duck races, and farm animals.  And of course, they sell pumpkins – any size, shape, color you can imagine!  The farm features the tiny pumpkins (good for decorating the house), heirloom varieties, normal-sized ones (great for pumpkin carving), and also the big ones that you can hardly pick up!  There is even a prize-wining, super giant pumpkin in the middle of the farm each year!  They also sell Halloween–related gifts at their cute outdoor gift shop.

It’s always a great idea to bring your camera and take lots of colorful family pictures!  Photo opportunities are in abundance! You will find yourself snapping pictures of the kids deciding which pumpkins to buy, gleefully riding the train, and feeding the farm animals.  Over the years, I look back fondly on the pumpkin patch pictures and realize that time is going by way too fast!

Here’s to Fall family traditions and enjoying each and every moment!

My daughter, Violet, loves her new “La Belle” A-line dress from le top (see photo above).  It’s a modern, super-soft cotton dress with sophisticated scalloped details and an elegant design.

Shop the ‘La Belle’ collection in stores now! Find your local store here

What’s your favorite Fall Family Tradition?

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Le Top Darlings of the Week: Felix and Sophie

Posted on October 13th, 2014 by Iliana

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Check out this brother/sister duo wearing their ‘Darling & Daring Ducks’ le top outfits! Pictured here is three-month-old Felix and his big sister (and partner in crime), Sophie.

19-month-old Sophie is very curious and outgoing – a perfect match for her calm baby brother. Sophie loves the water and swimming lessons. Some of her favorite foods include lox, raspberries, string cheese, olives, and curry – all tasty and nutritious!

We’re told Sophie has picked up about as much German from her Austrian nanny as English from her parents – way to go Sophie, quite impressive!

Meinen Glückwunsch! Or as we say in English: Congratulations to our Darlings of the Week, Felix and Sophie!

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‘Daring Ducks’ Vespa Ducky Romper
‘Darling Ducks’ Striped Suntop and Dot Capri Pants


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