Back to School fashion updates for 2014

School has started and that means it is time to update your Flying Buttress handbag, tablet sleeve or lunch bag with a fun new panel that is meant for back-to-school!! We have chosen the top five panels for the 2014 school year!!

1. Hope Panel – $10

With the ‘peace’ illustrations on a paper-lined background, the Hope Panel is an excellent school-friendly panel for your bag (featured below on the Yummie Lunch Bag). Snap it on and it can be worn as-is or decorated and personalized by you!! Plus, feel Hope-ful that proceeds of all Hope Panel sales go to Unicef!!

Closeup of a decorated Hope Panel:

2. Mona Lisa Panel White with DIY Decorations for Cheer and School Spirit – $10

This very spirited Mona Lisa Panel (featured on the Yummie Lunch Bag) is a great example of how to decorate one of our plain panels to show your love for cheer and your school!! Subscribe to our YouTube page for the DIY video!

3. Avery Panel – $10The Avery panel (shown below on the Tommie Tote) is PERFECT for all uniform wearing girls!! Along with the black and pink plaid it features hints of reds, blues and greens so it is great to wear on weekends as well!!

4. Mona Lisa Panel in Red with DIY Stencil Painted School Mascot – $10Mona Lisa Red Panel is stenciled with a white painted Bulldog logo (featured on Yummie Lunch Bag). Show pride in your team and school when you personalize your panel!! Subscribe to our YouTube page to see the DIY video!

5. Zoe – $10

The Zoe Panel is a playful panel that is perfect for the your favorite field trip! This panel is featured on the Booie Bag which is perfect for all excursions.

​The Top Five Must-Have Girl’s Back-to-School Lunch Bags!!

1. Vera Bradley Lunch Tote $36.00 (On sale for $25.10)

Why is it so Cool??? Vera Bradley is a classic designer with a look that is ALWAYS in style!! This lunch bag features an adjustable divider the keeps your lunch organized.

2. Flying Buttress Yummie Lunch Bag $28.00 with $10.00 Panel – $38.00 total

Why is it so Cool??? Are you a Fashionista who wants to match your lunch bag to ALL your outfits! With 40+ interchangeable panel options you can in a SNAP!! For those Creative types the Mona Lisa Panel can be decorated a personalized and paraded around your school!

3. Lands’ End – Print ClassMate® EZ Wipe Lunch Box $24.00 (plus $6.00 for embroidery)- Total $30.00

Why are they so Cool? It is easy to clean for Mom!! Available in four different finishes and can be personalized for only $6.00 more!!

4. Brown Paper Lunch Bag – $21.00

Why are they so Cool? This is no ordinary Brown Paper Bag!! It is an insulated, padded, lunch bag for the girl who does not want to make a big statement, she wants to be cool and understated!!! This Bag can be personalized by writing right on the bag!!

5. Sachi – Charming Sachi – $19.99

Why are they so Cool? It looks like a purse!! But it is an insulated bag for your lunch. This bag is available a a bunch of finishes and features a front pocket for your phone!!

Our 10 Favorite Spring Trends for Girls – 2014

Nothing makes you feel better about the cold weather than the idea that Spring actually WILL be here soon! Before you know it, it will be time to dust off your warm weather clothing and figure out what items you need to keep you up to date with current trends. Then you can go shopping!

I have scoured the internet looking at runway shows and reading trend reports and narrowed all that information down to my top ten favorite trends for girls and tweens. Enjoy!

Coordinates – Now is not the time to shy away from matchy-matchy. One trend report likened this spring to bringing back Cher’s style from Clueless with matched sets! How fun. Who can forget her yellow plaid skirt suit? Luckily all of our bags with interchangeable panels make coordinating your handbag with your outfit a snap.

Pastels – The big color palette of the season is pastels. Peaches, pinks, cool blues and mints. Very pretty and feminine. Our suggested FB panel to wear is the Lily in white or yellow.

Tommie with Yellow Lily Panel - How to wear pastels this spring

How to wear pastels this spring

Metallic – Gold, silver and bronze is not just for the Olympics! You will see metallic in clothing, shoes and handbags. Our suggestion on how to wear the metallic trend for Spring in your accessories? With the Trixie panel in gold or silver.

Girl's Birdie Bag with Gold Trixie snapped on - love interchangeable handbags

Girls’ Birdie Bag with Gold Trixie

Neon – It may be hard to imagine neon as subdued but the neon trend that you will see in Spring 2014 is a little more icy than in the past. We suggest snapping the Cita onto your denim handbag to express yourself while having fun with the neon trend.

How to wear neon in Spring 2014 - Cita panel on denim lunch bag

How to wear neon in Spring 2014

Sequins – Embellishments on clothing and accessories is the name of the game. Paillettes cover clothing; or just a sequin trim or even bejeweled ruffles. Our suggestion for this trend is the chic Kimberley panel with linear sequins.

Kimberley panel makes wearing sequins this Spring easy!

Kimberley panel makes wearing sequins this Spring easy!

Layered Statement Necklaces – Buy a beautiful statement necklace (or two) and pair it with your favorite simple tee or buttoned down blouse. Think bright and chunky! Claire’s has a great selection.

Printed Shorts – You will see printed shorts all Spring and Summer! The patterns you’ll want to try are floral, stripes, graphics and denim. We saw some great options at Nordstrom.

Graphic Patterns – Updated multi-color stripes and polka dots are just a couple of ways you’ll see graphic patterns. And you’ll see them everywhere – from clothes to shoes. The Liz is how we would snap your handbag into making a statement.

Liz - multi-color striped handbag

Liz – multi-color striped handbag

Floral – There will be all kinds of floral prints out there. Tropical blooms; floral with a watercolor or illustration feel; florals in embellishments; retro florals prints;  garden blossoms; photo real prints and even a floral / animal print mix. Our suggestion for how to rock the floral trend? With the Kiana panel snapped onto a Flying Buttress girls’ bag.

floral trend in Spring 2014

Birdie Bag and Kiana Panel – floral trend for Spring 2014

Laceless Sneakers – Every girl loves shoes. And every girl loves being comfortable. So what every girl loves even more is being comfortable in super cute shoes. The fashion gods have listened and given us some of the cutest sneakers to wear. And our options are plentiful – you can go with plain or you can go with printed sneakers. Sperry Top-siders even had glittery ones!

If you have any suggestions, please email me at info@myflyingbuttress.com.

5 Ways to Accessorize your School Uniform for Spring 2014

I live in a town with three private schools and all wear uniforms so I’m very familiar with the conveniences and struggles of the uniform. Now the school uniform is a classic look (just ask Britney) but it is hard to maintain your individuality when you look is so, well, uniform. I’ve put together the best tween accessories for Spring 2014 so you can keep your sense of personal style unique and updated.

1. The all important HANDBAG:

The best part of the Flying Buttress handbag system is that you don’t need to spend much to update your handbag. There are several trendy options from which to pick your favorite:

TREND: Stripes

PANEL: Liz

Liz - multi-color striped handbag

Liz – multi-color striped handbag

TREND: Polka-dots

Panel: Dottie (in pink with white polka-dots and brown with multi-color polka-dots)

Booie Bag with Dottie Panel

Booie Bag with Dottie Panel

TREND: Sequins

PANEL: Kimberley (in black, red and magenta)

Kimberley on the girls Birdie Bag

Kimberley on the Birdie Bag

Reina

Booie Bag and Reina Panel

Booie Bag and Reina Panel

Emily

Tommie Tote with Emily panels

Tommie Tote with Emily panels

Julie

Yummie Lunch Bag with Julie panels

Yummie Lunch Bag with Julie panels

Suzette

Techie iPad sleeve with Suzette panel

Techie iPad sleeve with Suzette panel

TREND: Bejeweled ruffles

PANEL: Lily (in yellow, white and teal)

Birdie bag with Lily panel in Turquoise

Birdie bag with Lily panel in Turquoise

TREND: Metallics

PANEL: Trixie (in gold and silver)

Techie iPad Sleeve closed with the Trixie panel in silver

Techie iPad Sleeve closed with the Trixie panel in silver

TREND: Camouflage

PANEL: Jane

Techie iPad Sleeve with Jane Panel

Techie iPad Sleeve with Jane Panel

2. Headscarves or headbands:

Headwear is big this spring but not just in hats! You will see lots of retro headscarves, gingham headbands and floral headbands. As for hats, camouflage is big and straw hats will be seen.

3. Shoes:

Shoes styles will be tennis shoes (think Converse – printed and laceless); Mary Janes, sandals in ankle strap and lace-up (especially metallic!); ballet flats in floral and eyelet materials; white boots; pointed toe; and flatforms.

4. Jewelry:

Metallic fruit pendants, bangles and handmade jewelry of all kinds.

5. Scarves:

Lace for early Spring and neon for late Spring.

* Note: not all accessories in the list will be acceptable in all schools. When in doubt, make sure you understand the dress code before wearing something!

Girl’s Fall 2013 Trends

The children’s trends this fall are so much fun! Think color, contrast and fun textures.

The overall trends can be described as Prep School Chic or Geek Chic; active wear for girls and avoid being ‘matchy matchy’.

Some key pieces are colored skinny jeans; jeggings and leggings with a fun print; skirts in check, plaid and bold colors paired with crisp collared shirts or a polka-dot blazer.

The color palette is  berry pinks and reds, purples, greens (think emerald), turquoise, metallic silver and gold paired back to black. The neutral of the season is beige or nude.

There are fun fabrics: space age surfaces, quilting, leather alternatives and chunky knits. Faux fur is another fabric that is sticking around this fall, albeit shaggier and in colors other than the normal sweet and pale palette usually seen in children’s wear. A fun aspect is that these rich fabrics are being worn with casual basics.

As for prints, you will see animal prints and updated versions of camo, skulls and nautical prints in unique color palettes.

How are we interpreting the trends? Flying Buttress is showing the Prep School Chic trend with handbags sporting our Avery panel or Dottie panel:

Prep School Chic - Children's Trends for Fall 2013

Tommie Tote with Avery Panel – Prep School Chic – Children’s Trends for Fall 2013

Booie Bag with Dottie Panel - Prep School Chic - Children's Fall 2013 Trend

Booie Bag with Dottie Panel – Prep School Chic – Children’s Fall 2013 Trend

The perfect panel to snap onto your Flying Buttress bag to have fun with the metallic trend is the Trixie! In gold and silver, it will look great all season.

Girl's Birdie Bag with Gold Trixie snapped on - love interchangeable handbags

Girls’ Birdie Bag with Gold Trixie

Techie iPad Sleeve closed with the Trixie panel in silver

Techie iPad Sleeve closed with the Trixie panel in silver

The gray snakeskin Eve panel snapped onto your handbag will give you the leather look and animal print theme in one chic bag. Or get wild with the ever popular cheetah print Ali panel!

Tommie Tote with Ali panel - animal print is trendy for Fall 2013

Tommie Tote with Ali panel

We have several updated skull prints that will turn everyone’s heads. And our camouflage print can’t be beat.

Booie Bag and Jackie Panel - updated skull print - children's fall 2013 trend

Booie Bag and Jackie Panel

Cita panel - updated skull print - Fall 2013 Children's trend

Cita panel

Jane panel takes on the updated camo print

Fun updated camo print from Flying Buttress

We have always loved faux fur at Flying Buttress so there are several options from which to choose to get into that trend. The shaggy Harriette comes in orange, purple and turquoise.

Yummie Lunch Bag with Purple Harriette - Shaggy Faux Fur trend in Children's Fall 2013 Trends

Yummie Lunch Bag with the Harriette panel in purple snapped on.

Birdie Bag with turquoise Harriette - Fur trends in Children's Fall 2013

The Birdie Bag with the Turquoise Harriette snapped on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Janelle panel is an awesome blend of black faux fur with metallic silver painted on. THE MUST HAVE PANEL FOR FALL 2013!

Janelle panel for your Flying Buttress bag - the MUST HAVE panel for Fall 2013

Janelle panels shown on the Tommie Tote

One more thing to note: Clear backpacks and handbags are also popping up everywhere. Now everyone can see how cute your iPad sleeve is, even when you are just carrying it around!

Techie Sleeve with Brown/Beige Faux Fur Rosie panel

Techie iPad Sleeve with Brown/Beige Faux Fur Rosie panel

Design your own handbag contest with SweetyHigh.com and Flying Buttress!

We are so excited to work with SweetyHigh.com and launch this contest. Check out the Sweety High blog for information on how to have YOUR design sold!

designer, handbag, contest, sweety high

Contest with Sweety High

Five Favorite Gifts for Tween Girls

During the summer, the last thing we want to do is head to a mall to find the perfect gift for a hard-to-shop-for teen girl. I am hoping this list will keep you out of the mall and having fun outside instead. 1) From Social Print shop you can order a poster print of all of … Continue reading

The 5 Best Accessories for Prom

It’s prom season!! It seems like just yesterday I was getting my hair done and thinking about my cute date….ahhh, memories. Anyway, back to 2013. I am always the person that has the perfect dress picked out months ahead only to realize the day before that I haven’t even thought about how to accessorize my perfect dress. So I aim to help! Here are my favorite accessories for 2013 prom goers everywhere.

1) Jewelry – Definitely an obvious way to make an impact with your dress. I found great pieces at Macy’s (little more fun) and at David’s Bridal (for a dressy look). The overall trend is to go with a statement necklace or long dangling earrings/chandelier earrings with a bracelet. While I love my chandelier earrings from Kendra Scott, I found that I gravitated to the dangle earrings when thinking of prom. There is also a lot of fantastic bracelets out there – chunky is the way to go here. Here are a couple of my picks:

Forever 21 Statement Necklace – $12.80

Claire’s Main Attraction necklace – $22.50

From Macy’s ~ Robert Lee Morris Earrings – $35

Forever 21 Ditsy Daisy Drop Earrings – $5.80

From Macy’s Carolee Pearl Bracelet – $65.00 (on sale now!)

Claire’s Shiny Stone Ovals with Rhinestones Bracelet – $12.50

 

2. The handbag! if you want to stand out, try the Flying Buttress Birdie Bag with Kimberley panel (comes in red, magenta and black – shown below).

 Kimberley on the girls Birdie Bag

Kimberley on the Birdie Bag

Then, at the after prom party snap on a more casual panel when you change out of your dress.

Birdie Bag with Gold Trixie

Birdie Bag with Gold Trixie

 

3. Shoes are another obvious thing to ponder. Most important quality in a prom shoe is if you can dance all night in it! Try wearing your shoes at home for a while so you can break them in before the big dance. The trends for prom shoes right now are lace, color and metallic shoes.

From Macy’s – Santana Gold Melody Dress Sandals – $89.00

From Macy’s – BCBGeneration Montie Sandals in bright pink – $110.00 (and on sale for $58.00 now!)

Steve Madden Dejavu Black and White Lace Pumps – $99.95

rsvp Wahiba in silver – $69.00

E! Live from the Red Carpet Daphne in Jade Satin – $159.00

rsvp Lulu lace heels in Latte and Black – $69.00 (on sale now for $48.99) LOVE THESE!

 

4. Shawls will keep you warm when you are not dancing up a storm. I love the idea of an animal print to shake things up from the standard solid color.

Animal Print Shawl – $11.00

Pashmina in many colors – $16.00

Satin Wrap in many colors $20.00

 

5. Hair Accessories are a fun new trend. How about a pretty bobby pin or head wrap?

Twisted Chain Headwrap from Urban Outfitters – $14.00

Jane Tran – Ivory Chiffon Flower Pin Set – $39.99

Jane Train Braided Sparkle Headband in silver – $55.99

 

Have a fun and safe prom!

 

 

 

 

Mixing it up

Avery

Avery panel for Flying Buttress Girls’ Bags

Zoe Panel

Zoe Panel for Flying Buttress Girls’ Bags

Mona Lisa Fuchsia

Fuchsia Mona Lisa panel for Flying Buttress Girls’ Bags

One of my favorite trends this Spring is to ‘mix-it-up’ and pair different patterns together. Here are a few different panels that look great together when put onto a Booie Bag or a Tommie Tote.

Children’s Spring 2013 Trend Recap – Part Deux

Welcome to Part 2 of my Spring Children’s Trend Report (you can read part 1 of our Children’s Trend Report here). There are tons of cute clothes and accessories for your tween daughter out there! Writing this has me itching to go on a shopping spree so consider yourselves warned.

Stripes – I’m definitely enjoying the spotlight that stripes are receiving these days. A classic for a reason!

Sweet Skirt from The Children’s Place $($16.95)

Pink striped top from Gap Kids ($16.95) that also follows the mixed patterns trend.

Striped top from Janie and Jack ($32.00). Does it come in adult sizes? 

Striped Top from Janie and Jack

Striped Top from Janie and Jack

Yellow – This color is king this spring!

Yellow Cardigan (with stripes!!) from The Children’s Place (Currently on sale for $20.00)

The yellow Lily panel from Flying Buttress will snap onto any of your Flying Buttress bags to update your look in a snap. 

Yellow Lily Panel - snaps onto any Flying Buttress bag

Yellow Lily Panel

I love this one-piece swimsuit from Justice! ($39.90) 

Yellow Bathing Suit from Justice

Yellow Bathing Suit from Justice

Nautical – No water required.

Again…where can I get this in my size?? A sailor skort from The Children’s Place ($16.95)

This skirt would go great with this sweater from Gap Kids ($44.95)

Banana Bread Baby has this great dress on Etsy ($55.00) 

Nautical Dress by Banana Bread Baby

Nautical Dress by Banana Bread Baby

Mix Master – I have always loved the idea of mixing patterns and my friends and I dubbed it the “funky mis-match” way back in 2002 (yikes, that was a long time ago!). It is tricky to do well so here are some suggestions:

The Retail Therapy Couch Blog put together great trends recap in which she put together some outfits. I highly recommend checking it out. Here is my personal favorite of her outfits: 

From Retail Therapy Couch

From Retail Therapy Couch

Janie and Jack has a beautiful dress with mixed patterns ($59.00) 

Mixed Pattern Dress from Janie and Jack

Mixed Pattern Dress from Janie and Jack

Plaid and Stripes skirt from The Children’s Place ($16.95)

And of course with our Booie Bag ($38.00) and Tommie Tote ($30.00) you can mix and match all of the panels to create thousands of combinations. My current favorites are the red “Mona Lisa” ($10.00) with the zebra striped “Zuri” ($10.00) 

Girls Bags from Flying Buttress

Girls Bags from Flying Buttress

Girls Bags from Flying Buttress

Zuri

Now, we just need warmer weather.

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