Charlie Tude {Wear it Like Charlie}

I am always on the lookout for unique dancewear for Charlie for her dance classes so when I came across Leotudes and saw they had personalized leotards I knew this had to be done. I fell in love with the the long sleeve version but really all of them are SO CUTE. You can personalize it for your child which I loved. I knew Charlie would choose pink so we went with "dust". She normally wears girls small and in leotards it all varies but I ordered a size 8 after measuring her based on the size chart and I think it's PERFECT. She has a little room to grow so I know it will fit all year. It's double lined so she doesn't need undies underneath and will be perfect for this fall and winter ... as you can see I can't say enough about how much I love this leo for her. 

She loved that her name was all over it and has already asked how often she can wear it :) I would say when Mommy loves it AND Charlie loves it ... that is a huge WIN WIN in our house. 

Now for the best part ... our readers can order their own or anything else from Leotudes for a special discount! Use code "WEARITLIKECHARLIE" at checkout and be sure to let us know what you picked out! 

personalized leotard: Leotudes  | tutu bloomers: Wrare Doll | ballet shoes: H&M

Wear it Like Charlie || fashion and lifestyle photographer
Wear it Like Charlie || fashion and lifestyle photographer
Wear it Like Charlie || fashion and lifestyle photographer
Wear it Like Charlie || fashion and lifestyle photographer
Wear it Like Charlie || fashion and lifestyle photographer
Wear it Like Charlie || fashion and lifestyle photographer
Wear it Like Charlie || fashion and lifestyle photographer
Wear it Like Charlie || fashion and lifestyle photographer
Wear it Like Charlie || fashion and lifestyle photographer
Wear it Like Charlie || fashion and lifestyle photographer
Wear it Like Charlie || fashion and lifestyle photographer
Wear it Like Charlie || fashion and lifestyle photographer
Wear it Like Charlie || fashion and lifestyle photographer
Wear it Like Charlie || fashion and lifestyle photographer

Summer Daze {Wear it Like Charlie}

Don't you sometimes wish you could remember what it's like to be five .. like really remember? I think having kids is a way for you to see your own childhood and feel how your parents must have felt about you. I look at her with so much love and just have the BEST time watching her explore the world. 

Dear Summer, never end. Please and thank you. ps- thank you for ice cream season. 

playsuit: Wrare Doll | shoes: Zara | headband: Gap | photography+styling: Hello Charlie

Summer Style by Hello Charlie
Summer Style by Hello Charlie
Summer Style by Hello Charlie
Summer Style by Hello Charlie
Summer Style by Hello Charlie
Summer Style by Hello Charlie
Summer Style by Hello Charlie
Summer Style by Hello Charlie
Summer Style by Hello Charlie
Summer Style by Hello Charlie
Summer Style by Hello Charlie
Summer Style by Hello Charlie
Summer Style by Hello Charlie

A peek at the crazy {meet team Hello Charlie}

So I lovingly call my job crazy but let's be real ... it kind of is. I never liked photographing wedding parties or large family reunions ... it wasn't my personality. Toddlers and babies are my people and they make me happy. So yes you can call me crazy :)

This past year Hello Charlie has grown and has had ups and downs but through it all I learned if I want to continue I have to ask for help. I have expanded the team to include Maria Valdez who has no title but we could call her anything from my assistant to my life coach. I added two amazing hair stylists Ami Kordick and Kelsey Goins who also have little kiddos that model for me. And last but not least we added Emily Larson, who is our intern and we are counting the days until she is back in town from summer break! 

We can't forget we also have somewhere around 200+ tiny little models. I tried to count the number that model "regularly" and it was about 50-60 but it really changes every month based on our shoots and clients. I wanted to just give you a small glimpse at who are models are and this photo only has 1/8 of our models ... someday we will take a giant group photo! We have babies from 3 months old up to kiddos age 8 who model REGULARLY for us. How crazy amazing is that?! Some of these kiddos have been seeing each other 1-2 times a month for the last two years and I am so proud of how far they have come. They each could easily go onto stardom in whatever field they choose to someday. But I like to think they will say "oh yeah we used to model together at Hello Charlie" :) 

Thank you to Sam Owenson for taking our photos so we can be in front of the camera for once!  

Ami Kordick, Emily Butterworth, Maria Valdez, Kelsey Goins

Ami Kordick, Emily Butterworth, Maria Valdez, Kelsey Goins

meet the team - Hello Charlie
a small portion of some of our regular models. so proud of this group of kiddos! 

a small portion of some of our regular models. so proud of this group of kiddos! 

me and my people :) 

me and my people :) 

the star and inspiration behind the brand ... my daughter Charlie

the star and inspiration behind the brand ... my daughter Charlie

and of course ... the people that help me the most ... my little family. Without them none of this would be possible. 

and of course ... the people that help me the most ... my little family. Without them none of this would be possible. 

Funky Blue {Wear it Like Charlie}

This might be my favorite dress of ALL time. "Funky Blue" from Little Minis spring collection is even better in person than I could have imagined. You can tell from these photos that Charlie is also fully on board with the beauty of this print. She feels good in these dresses and is completely comfortable ... aka herself. I love love LOVE the little bloomers underneath so she can twirl and be silly and be FIVE with no wardrobe malfunctions. So where do you go when you have the cutest funkiest dress ever?! The place to be of course. 

dress: Little Minis | shoes: Zara | sunnies: Kortni Jeane | photography+styling: Hello Charlie

Little Minis styled by Hello Charlie
Little Minis styled by Hello Charlie
Little Minis styled by Hello Charlie
Little Minis styled by Hello Charlie
Little Minis styled by Hello Charlie
Little Minis styled by Hello Charlie
Little Minis styled by Hello Charlie
Little Minis styled by Hello Charlie
Little Minis styled by Hello Charlie
Little Minis styled by Hello Charlie
Little Minis styled by Hello Charlie
Little Minis styled by Hello Charlie
Little Minis styled by Hello Charlie
Little Minis styled by Hello Charlie
Little Minis styled by Hello Charlie
Little Minis styled by Hello Charlie
Little Minis styled by Hello Charlie
Little Minis styled by Hello Charlie

DIY Lemonade Stand by Hello Charlie

We got a ton of awesome response from our lemonade stand we made for Flora and Peg's summer shoot so we decided you guys need to know how EASY it is to make your own!

Here is what I used but feel free to substitute your own colors and props and tag us in the results! Pin this to Pinterest and be the mom hero who made this bad boy for their kids. You're welcome. 

DIY Lemonade Stand by Hello Charlie
DIY Lemonade Stand by Hello Charlie

STEP ONE: Buy four wooden crates that you can paint easily. What is genius is after the lemonade stand is old news you can use these for toy storage, shoe storage ... see your husband can't get mad ... you are just being SMART. 

DIY Lemonade Stand by Hello Charlie

STEP TWO: I spray paint EVERYTHING. Mainly cuz I'm lazy and also because I love the color palette that Devine Color at Target provides. I used the shade "ICE" for my four crates.

DIY Lemonade Stand by Hello Charlie

STEP THREE: Hand paint props ... don't be silly ... SPRAY PAINT PROPS. Lazy and easy and done in two minutes. I got my paper mache pineapples at Hobby Lobby and the spray paint is again Devine Color by Valspar at Target. Metallic Gold, Cove, and Raspberry were my colors of choice. 

DIY Lemonade Stand by Hello Charlie

STEP FOUR: Add in cool props. I got my dowels from Hobby and spray painted them the same color as the crates, my banner is from the party section at Target, the "fresh lemonade" sign is from the dollar spot at Target, lemons are from Hobby Lobby and strawberries were too but you guessed it... I spray painted them pink or "raspberry" with my Devine Color. 

That's it! Set up the crates in a group of four, I simply taped the dowels to the back and set the props in. Of course you you have to add in some lemonade and adorable toddlers but I think you can handle that part :) 

DIY Lemonade Stand by Hello Charlie

Flora and Peg {styled shoot}

I get so excited about each one of my shoots that I am pretty sure after each one I think "ok this one was my favorite" ... so this one is currently my favorite but what I REALLY love about it is all the fun bold colors Darcie from Flora and Peg used in her summer collection that in turn I was able to use to style the shoot with. Even though my personal color palette is black, white, gray, netural ... my style choice for kids is BRIGHT and FUN so this shoot was my dream. 

I styled the girls with bodysuits from Zara because I'm loving the off the shoulder ruffle look right now and I also used swim suits from Kortni Jeane's latest collection because of how perfectly her fruit theme mixed in along with the colors of course. I had never used a purple color as a background but after seeing it all together I think it was the perfect pop for this summer fruit inspired collection. 

The models, the hair, and the fun props were the final touches that make this shoot one of my all time favorites. Make sure and pin your favorites to Pinterest and share the love! 

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