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


8 Fun Summer Activities for Tweens

Running out of ideas of what to do as the mercury is still running high? Here is a quick list of new ideas.

– Make jewelry

– Interview your family for a ‘podcast’

– Learn some new braids and practice with your friends (lots of ideas on Pinterest)

– Enter the Sweety High Contest by designing your own Flying Buttress panel idea

– Scrapbook your memories from the last school year

– Learn how to cook something new

– Go through your closet and donate unwanted and gently used clothing to a charity

– Make friendships bracelets for all of your best buds to wear when you get back to school


Have a safe and fun August!!!


Design your own handbag contest with and Flying Buttress!

We are so excited to work with 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

Top 5 Family Vacation Spots in the USA

With our Independence Day celebration tomorrow, I was inspired to highlight some family friendly vacay spots across our diverse and amazing country.

1) Southern California (our home) gets ranked pretty high because of the sheer number of things to do AND the beautiful beaches AND the fantastic weather. If you have enough time, hit Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego in one trip. You will need a rental car but seeing the different cities is worth it.

Start in Los Angeles to see the same sights you see in so many movies…Santa Monica Pier, the stars on Hollywood Boulevard, Universal Studios, etc. etc. Then head down to Anaheim and get that check in the Disneyland box. If you have two days, swing by California Adventure as well but you can do both parks in one day. I would stay near the beach to see some of the most beautiful coastline in southern California. Then go down to San Diego which has a much more relaxed atmosphere than either LA or Orange County. Plus, you have the San Diego Zoo, Sea World, and some great museums (it’s always fun to see jets and helicopters flying overhead). In San Diego, you also have great beaches (a favorite is Seal Beach where seals are always lying out in the sun happy as clams) and more gorgeous coastline (especially in La Jolla). You’ll head home with a tan and some great memories.

Best handbag for Southern California: Birdie Bag with Kimberley Panel

Kimberley on the girls Birdie Bag

Kimberley on the Birdie Bag – best bag for So Cal


2) Chicago in the summer makes people forget the winter. A great city for family vacations since there is so much to do in a small area. Between Millennium Park, Navy Pier, the lake, Museum Campus and the Museum of Science and Industry – you will have easily spent a packed and fun-filled week. So when you add on a day at the beach, all of the great eating, and some lesser known activities you will find yourself planning another trip back there to experience them all. The boat cruises are a fantastic way to see the unparalleled architecture in the city and you don’t have to walk anywhere! Also rent bikes and cruise down by Lake Michigan and stop for lunch along one of the restaurants on the path. Ah….one of my favorite cities!

Best handbag for Chicago: Tommie Tote with Avery Panel

best bag for Chicago

Tommie Tote with Avery Panel – the best bag for Chicago


3) Hawaii is kind of an obvious place to want to visit but not everyone realizes how many family friendly resorts are there! The weather is fabulous, the activities are plentiful and EVERYONE will leave wanting to go back. Here are a few of the best reviewed family friendly resorts in Hawaii:

– The Westin in Maui: It has 5 pools, slides and an amazing beach. Aquatic sports add to the fun.

– Kauai Marriott Resort on Kalapaki Beach: This hotel has the largest single level swimming pool and is right in the middle of the North and South shores so you can explore the island easily.

– JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa: The architectural design of this hotel means most people get an ocean view and it is on a private lagoon with sunset cruises and sailing available. Plus there is always activities for kids of various ages.

Best bag for Hawaii – Birdie Bag with Kiana Panel

best bag for Hawaii

Birdie Bag and Kiana Panel – best bag for Hawaii

4) With Disney World being in Orlando, it usually makes everyone’s short-list for family friendly vacation spots. But even without Disney World it would still make my short list with Sea World, Legoland and the Kennedy Space Center (among other things) being in close proximity. This provides you with a good mix of activities for all ages of children and interests. If you are tired of being in an amusement park environment, head on over to the downtown farmers’ market, ride a bike along the West Orange Trail or swim with the dolphins in Discovery Cove. There is something for everyone here and if you are on the East Coast, it’s a lot closer than Hawaii.

Best bag for Orlando: Booie Bag with Reina Panel

best bag for Orlando

Booie Bag and Reina Panel – best bag for Orlando


5) New York City’s praises have always been sung by crooners and travel writers. I’m adding it to my list because it was only recently that I realized young kids can enjoy the city as much as a young couple or group of friends. The museums are amazing with the Natural History Museum and the Met being obvious favorites. The Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium are also not to be missed. Take a cruise around the island on the Circle Line (there is a whole half of the island that would make you think you were far away from the Manhattan hustle and bustle). FAO Schwarz and Central Park make a perfect afternoon combo. New York may be the city that never sleeps but you’ll find that after a fun and full day, at least your children will definitely sleep!

Best bag for New York City – Booie Bag with Jackie Panel

best bag for NYC

Booie Bag and Jackie Panel – best bag for NYC

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

Contest! Win a Birdie Bag Gift Pack

Contest! Win a Birdie Bag Gift Pack

Contest! Win a Birdie Bag Gift Pack!
All you need to do is email us a photo of your decorated Flying Buttress panel and the most creative one will win a Birdie Bag Gift Pack. Send all entries to or post to our Facebook page at Deadline to enter is June 28th, 2013 and the winner will be announced by July 1st, 2013. If you have any questions, please post on our Facebook page.

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!





5 Easy Recipes to Cook for the Family – Crockpot Style

We all know that figuring out a meal for the kids (that’s somewhat healthy) is always a challenge after a long day. This is one of the reasons that we all love the crockpot!

I have put together a list of tried and true recipes for when you need some inspiration:

1) Zesty Slow Cooker Chicken Barbecue from


I tried this recipe out a couple months ago and was amazed at how tender the chicken was. I know that there is some discussion as to whether you should throw frozen chicken breasts into a crockpot or not…I did with this recipe and it turned out great. You can’t go wrong with bbq chicken sandwiches. Pair that with some salad and or green beans and dinner is done!

2. Bachelor’s Creamy Pumpkin Soup from


This is a new must-have at our Thanksgiving dinners but I don’t know why you can make it year round. The recipe calls for you to cook it on a stovetop but why not throw it on low in a crockpot? I switch out the water for chicken broth to add a bit more flavor. If you want to make it healthier, substitute the heavy cream for milk and some greek yogurt. I have also added chunks of sweet potato and/or butternut squash to this recipe. YUMMY!!

3. Slow Cooker Chicken Caesar Sandwich from


I have only made this once before but it literally keeps popping into my head so I’ll be making it again very soon. This was incredibly easy and so good. The leftovers are possibly even better! If you want to go low carb, throw the chicken onto some romaine lettuce and there you go ~ a delicious salad.

4. Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef from


The great thing with this recipe is that you can throw a ton of veggies into it so you don’t have to eat the rice. I think you should add mushrooms, red bell pepper, asparagus, string beans and more! It’s a good base recipe to allow you to play if you have time.

5. Mom’s Lentil Soup – from


The first time I made this, I didn’t do it in the crockpot, but again, there is no reason that you can’t.  This soup has protein, fiber and will FILL YOU UP!

Mixing it up


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.

Drink Holder Gift Basket {4 Tweens}

What a great idea and read! Enjoy!


Drink Holder Gift Basket {4 Tweens}.

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