Fashionkins// Mother & Son Thanksgiving Threads

Thanksgiving day is tomorrow! For us, it’s a special day to be with family and give thanks for all the blessings we have. We love doing it in style. I’m a huge fan of black and it so happens, I found this lovely set that looks just perfect for this occasion. It makes me feel sexy and elegant at the same time, plus it’s so soft! As for my boy, I always like him best in clothes that are comfortable, but on a day like this, I love for him to be all dressed up, too. I wanted to find something that looked the part and was comfy at the same time. Everything he’s wearing is from baby Zara, and I love it! it’s also so soft to the touch and I think he looks so handsome.

Babiekins Magazine|Fashionkins//Mother & Son Thanksgiving Threads

Babiekins Magazine|Fashionkins//Mother & Son Thanksgiving Threads

Babiekins Magazine|Fashionkins//Mother & Son Thanksgiving Threads

Babiekins Magazine|Fashionkins//Mother & Son Thanksgiving Threads

Babiekins Magazine|Fashionkins//Mother & Son Thanksgiving Threads

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Hope you all have a great day.

Patricia Cabrera|Website|Instagram
Clothing// Zara Baby| Nude Inc.

FASHIONKINS // NATIVE INSPIRED

Babiekins Magazine | Fashionkins//Native InspiredCredits // 01. Blankie | 02. Feathers | 03. Mini Pouch | 04. Baby moccasins | 05. Featherband | 06. Tent | 07. Sweatshirt

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the United States, so I am in the spirit of decorating, cooking and giving thanks. I am thankful for family, friends, health, food, shopping online and Babiekins. I enjoy the traditions of the harvest festival and look forward to celebrating them with friends and family. The fashion and decor trends that I am most loving right now that are Native Inspired are fringe, feather headbands, moccasins and tents – Happy Thanksgiving!

Fashionkins // A 'Magical Forest' Overlooking the Sea; Sunset in Toto Knits

In recent weeks, this new spot has become something of a second home. Just miles from my house, office, the kids’ schools, the ins and outs of our daily routine lies a field, where golden grasses ascend to a fairytale thicket just inches from the edge of craggy ocean bluffs. I hadn’t known it too well before this, but thanks to my business photographing children and families {and the frequency of it now at holiday time}, I’ve spent the last four Sundays in this place, the same time every week. So now I know just the spot where the sunlight comes through the eucalyptus branches at the bottom of the hill; where exactly to start hiking up so the golden light will fall perfectly on the field; at what precise moment to enter the “magical forest” so the sun will shine in like a spotlight, creating visible rays and casting long shadows.

The children I’ve photographed here have been wowed, particularly in the thicket. My own daughter was no exception last week when I took her up during a break between clients to capture not just the gorgeousness that exudes from the Ellwood Bluffs, but that which lies in these stunning knits. I became familiar with Toto Knits last year and have since remained taken by founder Erin Brennan Allen’s mission for her company. I’ll introduce it this way: my order confirmation email stated not that they’d retrieve my items for shipment, but that my request would be handed over to “the knitters” to begin work.

Toto Knits is a line of organic, handmade cotton knitwear made by a group of single mothers in Kenya, who sign each piece upon completion. The knitters are paid by the item, which gives them the freedom to work as much or as little as they like. As Erin says, “It’s all about putting family first, especially for moms. This makes our work fun. We love what we do and we hope it shows.”

The quality and uniqueness of the sweaters, beaded crown and scalloped bonnet I received from Toto Knits is really something special. These are items I’ll tuck away after my daughter outgrows them and save for my grandchildren some day.

Babiekins Magazine || Kelly Sweda Photography, Toto Knits

Babiekins Magazine || Kelly Sweda Photography, Toto Knits

Babiekins Magazine || Kelly Sweda Photography, Toto Knits

Babiekins Magazine || Kelly Sweda Photography, Toto Knits

Babiekins Magazine || Kelly Sweda Photography, Toto Knits

Babiekins Magazine || Kelly Sweda Photography, Toto Knits

Babiekins Magazine || Kelly Sweda Photography, Toto Knits

Babiekins Magazine || Kelly Sweda Photography, Toto Knits

Photography: Kelly Sweda Photography || Facebook || Instagram

Toto Knits: Website || Facebook || Instagram