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SGK Fall 2016 Sneak Peek: Back to School Looks

A couple of months ago, I shared some pictures and tips from our SGK Fall 2016 photo shoot at the lovely Boals Farm with a promise to reveal more of the line in the future.  It is with great excitement that I am now able to share with you some of the adorable pieces from SGK’s Fall 2016 line.  Each season, we (SGK employees) all say it is the best line we have seen and that we cannot imagine the clothing and designs being any cuter. Well….I think I can honestly say this is the best season yet! 

I had time to sit down and talk with Megan, owner and designer of SGK, about her inspiration for this line.  Each season you can see various inspiration from Megan’s personal life come to life in her designs.  Whether it be her love of outdoors or all things vintage, little aspects of Megan’s interests pop up all throughout the line.  As I share pages from the catalog with you all, I am including tidbits from our chat.  In addition, we have included some of this fun information throughout this season’s catalog.

Special thanks to the entire team that worked tirelessly on this beauty!  Mike’s photography is always on point and this year doesn’t disappoint.  While laying out the catalog, Mike asked Brittany, our in house graphic designer, to put her special touch on the catalog with fun fonts, cute graphics, and more.  The result could not be better!  We are over the moon!

So, put down that sunscreen and take a break from the heat because we are thrilled to reveal our first two collections with you.16FACAT_7&8

Each season our customers give us feedback on designs they love and each season, gingham is a top favorite.  This fall, look for classic color combinations of green, navy, and red paired with apple smocked designs, peter  pan collars, monograms, and corduroy.  Perfect back to school looks for your little ones!

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What is that saying about the best gifts come in tiny packages?  Well, we have a little friend, Lilly Kate, that continues to bring the entire SGK team great joy and huge smiles each season.  We adore Lilly Kate and this line would not be complete without a cheerful design in her honor.

More Fall looks are coming your way!  Stay tuned for daily sneak peeks right here, on the blog!

 

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XxOO Melanie

 

 

Memorial Day is right around the corner!  In a short week from now, refrigerators will be stocked, families and friends with gather, and the beaches will be packed to celebrate the day off in honor of all those who served and sacrificed their lives for our freedom.  I can almost smell the grills being fired up and hear the laughter of children running through freshly mowed lawns.  Flags will fly high and families will wear their red, white, and blue as a symbol of appreciation to all those brave men and women who gave their lives.

When asked about family traditions and Memorial Day celebrations, SGK owner and designer, Megan Hewitt, had this to share:
“Both my mother’s father and father’s father served proudly in World War II.  While they did not die in service, I still take time on Memorial Day to remember their sacrifice and those who fought alongside them for our freedom.  We typically spend Memorial Day going out in the boat and ending the day grilling with our family, but I still like to take the time to explain to my girls the importance of the day and why our country takes the day ‘off’ to remember.”

SGK always incorporates red, white, and blue clothing into the spring/summer line because so many families like to have options for their children to wear on this special holiday.   Check out these collections for your little ones:

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XxOO Melanie

 

Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate the women in your life that empower you with the tools to keep you grounded while also lifting you up to soar.  This Mother’s Day, take time to reflect upon your mother’s strengths that carried her towards greatness and undoubtedly molded you into the mother you have become.  Also, take time to celebrate the different, yet meaningful, choices you and other mothers make for the good of your families each and every day. Mothers come in all shapes, sizes, and colors yet share traits of being comforting and compassionate and are equally loved for their many talents. The list of roles a mother plays is endless: ranging from nurse to chef, from chauffeur to therapist, from repairman to comedian, and so much more. Some mothers fulfill these roles while working from home, while other mothers fulfill these roles and work outside of the home.  There are so many factors, including demanding schedules, that dictate the choices we make for our families.  Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.”  Wow, let that sink in for a minute.  “Comparison is the thief of joy”  Remember that it is okay if your family is gluten free and your friend chooses to feed her kids pizza every night. The mothers at your child’s school may be super crafty and you may be super sporty.  Find greatness in one another and trust that while the same scenarios may have different outcomes in each home, each and every mother is doing her best job.  Sadly, we often spend time comparing and tearing one another down, while we should instead, work together to lift one another up, despite our many differences.

I know that being a mother is often filled with days that are both challenging and rewarding.  There is a quote I once heard about how days spent parenting children are long, yet the years are short, and that is so true!  The days can definitely be long and I find that I am the best mother when I am feeling the best about myself.  I simply cannot give to everyone all of the time and forget to give to myself (okay, in full disclosure….this is VERY hard for me.  I am a giver and I rarely take care of myself like I should, but I am trying! It is a work in progress!!)  In thinking about my own Mother’s Day plans, I have a few suggestions for you (and me) to help take care of ourselves:

  • Take the day off!  This sounds like a no brainer, but it is so very hard for so many women to do.  Let your family cook, clean, and comfort you.  They often want to do it, but don’t always know how.  Give a pointer if it is needed and then sit back, be quiet, relax, and let them do it.
  • Pamper yourself.  Go for a manicure, pedicure, or both!  Enjoy a massage (seriously, we can all use this one, so make time and go do it!) or simply take a long, hot bath at home.  Find something that will make you feel refreshed and treat yourself.
  • Spend time with your family.  Plan a little outing with your family.  Turn the technology off and go for a bike ride, walk, or spend the day at the beach.  This is a great time to clear your mind, connect, and create memories.  Pick your happy place and spend it with the people that make you the happiest!
  • Buy a little surcee.  Have you been eyeing something special, big or small, and dropping hints that no one seems to be picking up?  Reward yourself for a job well done by purchasing something for yourself.  Fresh flowers, a new handbag, a fitness membership, or a special cup of coffee that you love but never treat yourself to….go get it!
  • Help a mother out.  Do you know a mom in need?  Is there someone in your community that could use a helping hand?  Maybe a mother in the nursing home that no one comes to visit?  You cannot find a better way to fill your heart than to show compassion and love towards another living creature.  
  • Grant yourself grace.  So much guilt comes with motherhood…believe me, I know it all too well.  Take a minute and love yourself for all that you do, forgive yourself for what you may have missed, and then let it go.  Do not hold onto things that have already happened or that are out of your control

Have a WONDERFUL Mother’s Day with your families!  Celebrate yourself for all the good that you do and embrace all the love that is coming your way this Sunday.  You deserve every single bit of it!  We love you!  You are doing a FANTASTIC job!!

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XxOO Melanie

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Pictured above is Megan Hewitt, SGK owner and designer, with her daughters: Ella, age 10, and Lyla Gray, age 7.  When asked what being motherly means to her, Megan replied, “Doing the best for my children- taking care of their mental, physical and spiritual needs and guiding them into productive and grateful adults.”

 

 

If you follow Shrimp and Grits Kids on Instagram and Facebook, you have been lucky enough to catch a few glimpses of our Spring Pop Up Line.  Filled with fun fabrics and fresh new smocking designs, this line is much anticipated by our customers each season!  This spring’s pop up line is no disappointment and we cannot wait to share with you all of the vintage-inspired fabrics and designs, mixed with traditional smocking favorites, to help you complete your little ones summer wardrobe!

Megan Hewitt, the owner and designer of SGK, recently shared with me how the pop up line came about and what she thinks about this current line.  Check out our question and answer below:

Why do you do a supplemental line?

I design a pop up line to keep it interesting!  By April and May, we have all gotten a little stagnant and we need some fresh ideas to get our customers excited again.

Do you have a supplemental line each season?

Yes, I usually do a small pop up line each season to keep it interesting.

What inspired this particular line?

We were all in love with the diaper sets and pinafore sets this Spring, so I decided to do a couple more of them in fun prints.

What are a couple of your favorite pieces from this line?

I adore the aqua floral diaper set and pinafore.  My faves by far!

Based on the response from our followers, Megan is not alone!  The aqua floral sets have received a great response and are on the website now for pre order, along with a few other collections.  All items will ship the first week of May and we urge you to get your order in now, instead of waiting, because items will sell out.

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The Sailfish collection is perfect for summer days and we just know we will see these pieces in many of your Father’s Day photos!

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Anchors, red check, and sailboats!?!? Yes, please!  Everyone loves a nautical theme and these sets double up as adorable 4th of July options for your little ones!

Vintage inspired big pink floral fabric and big pink checks, coupled with eyelet trim, makes this collection a must have! Just look at the colors!!

Mermaids are always a favorite for little girls and this aqua and coral line is no exception!  For a classic look, the Patty Cake dress detailed with a peter pan collar and lace trim is absolutely perfect! This sweet collection will be available on 5/3.

Mermaids are always a favorite for little girls and this aqua and coral line is no exception!  For a classic look, the Patty Cake dress detailed with a peter pan collar and lace trim is absolutely perfect! This sweet collection will be coming soon.

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Last, but not least, the Bridget collection is a favorite! Who doesn’t love little girls in blue? And the feminine details on the pieces have us all swooning! The Bridget collection will be coming soon.

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XxOo Melanie

 

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Earlier this week, the SGK (Shrimp and Grits Kids) team loaded up and headed out to shoot our Fall 2016 clothing line. Having a company founded and based in the Lowcountry has given us the good fortune of beautiful backdrops for photo shoots.  This shoot was no exception.  We had the privilege of being on location at The Stables at Boals Farm, which provided endless opportunities to capture fun, new looks!  Join us as we go behind the lens to share location info and tips on how we capture looks for the catalog.

Located just outside of Charleston, SC, The Stables at Boals Farm has deep roots in sugar cane, horses, and family traditions.  In 1965, Ronald Boals, Sr. purchased the land and brought his own farming and equestrian talents to create The Boals Family Farm, which served as a gathering space for friends and family.  Currently, The Stables at Boals Farm serves as an event venue and working horse farm.  The 33 acre property has been in the Boals family for four generations and today is owned by Tommy Boals, Sr. and events are run by his son, Jason Boals, with assistance from his daughter, Ashley Truitt.  I recently attended an evening event at the farm and the venue truly provides a magical setting for special occasions. For more info and to book your next event at The Stables at Boals Farm, visit their website: www.boalsfarm.com.

We cannot wait to reveal our entire Fall 2016 line with you, but in the meantime we want to share a few outtakes from our photoshoot!  SGK is blessed to have the most precious and spirited children model for us. Each season we have some returning faces and some new faces (and names to learn!).  We try to create a setting in which the children are happy and relaxed, so we are not getting a stiff, over-posed look and so we can capture that special twinkle in each child’s eye.  With that being said….we are not afraid to get goofy and no tactics are left unexplored!!  Check out some of our tips to capture priceless photographs:

  • Choose a location that is inviting and kids are comfortable.  We love to shoot outdoors, both from a setting perspective (great backgrounds for photos and we prefer natural light, hands down), but also because kids love to be outdoors exploring!
  • Be silly!  We like to bring a stuffed (or real) animal along to our photoshoots.  We have a few faux furry friends that are super silly and always get the best laughs out of our models.  Sometimes we get lucky, like at the Boals Farm, and have live animals on set as well!
  • Relax and be patient.  Set the schedule so that each kid has time to relax and not feel pressured to perform. Let them get familiar with their surroundings, other children, and adults on set.
  • Kids are kids….do not set unrealistic expectations.  When choosing props or thinking through certain looks and poses for photoshoots, be realistic about what kids are capable of doing.  Often times a more simple look is better than trying new and unnatural poses.
  • Sometimes no smile is better!  How many of you have encouraged your children to smile on cue by using the infamous “say cheese” line?  I know I did!  Well, if your kids are like mine….sometimes saying “cheese” truly brings out the cheesiest smile.  Try this instead:  have children look in each other’s eyes or whisper a secret to one another (this always brings out the best laughs!!)
  • Be ready.  When photographing kids, perhaps one of the best tips of all is simply to be ready!  Kids are curious, unpredictable, and funny little people.  One minute they can be totally distracted or having a meltdown and the next- voila, you get your shot!

A frequent visitor and good friend, Red Stinky (the skunk), appears with Shrimp and Grits Kids owner and designer, Megan Hewitt, to tickle moms and other staff members resulting in big laughs from the kids.

Apples, Horses, and Fabulous Fall Fashion!!  What more could a girl ask for??  Gracelyn was all giggles for this friendly fella!

Caught in the process of jumping off the crate, Michael had a lot of fun demonstrating his super hero jumping powers!

Lilly Kate had the hang of it during her break….grabbing a snack and putting bunny ears on Uncle Mike to get the other kids to laugh!

Even our leaders get a little goofy!  Brittany, Marketing, and Ginny, Rep Coordinator, checking out the stables.

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XxOo Melanie

Having grown up as an only child, the sibling relationship is something that I have always admired and desperately wanted.   From my point of view, a sibling is a built-in friend who is there to share your deepest secrets, help you with difficult decisions and rocky relationships, and serve as your guide in learning right from wrong.  A sibling is a constant in your life and the one person who understands the depth of your love for your parents and who will understand the depth of your grief when your parents pass away.  A sibling is your person.  A sibling gets you.  Having a sibling makes you a part of a tribe.

Perhaps it goes along with being part of a tribe or the hope to create an identity for their unit that inspires parents to dress their children alike.  Maybe coordinated clothing simply began as a way to create a nice family photo.  Whatever the case, I always love seeing siblings dressed in coordinating outfits and I LOVE that Megan, the owner and designer of Shrimp and Grits Kids, is focused on creating sibling sets each season.  I recently asked Megan to share her creative process when developing coordinating sets for siblings in her line.  This is what she had to say: 

“I always try to design sets that incorporate a girl and a boy coordinating design.  I also like to add an older girl and an older boy option in several styles per season. I know so many mamas like to coordinate the whole family and I try to give them several options.”

Some Shrimp and Grits Kids customers prefer to dress their children exactly the same while others prefer pieces that complement one another.  As family photo sessions, and especially sibling photo sessions, become more and more popular, we continue to see an increase in purchases of sibling sets each season.  Whether you are a parent to all girls, all boys, or some of each, Shrimp and Grits Kids is your one stop to get your little ones completely coordinated!

We adore seeing all of your family photos and how you are matching your children in Shrimp and Grits Kids.  Scroll down to check out one of our favorite sibling photos, along with a few sibling set shots from our Shrimp and Grits Spring 2016 line.

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XxOo Melanie
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“Siblings are the people we practice on, the people who teach us about fairness and cooperation and kindness and caring – quite often the hard way.”   – Pamela Dugdale

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Wearing Posie Eyelet Dress and Blue Pique Button On Short Set
Photo Credit: Laurie Jarrard Photography

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Growing up, I always loved Easter.

Easter meant egg hunts, frilly dresses, big hats, church on Sunday, and family gatherings complete with ham, deviled eggs, and coconut cake! Easter was a time to celebrate newness and rebirth.  My Easter basket was always filled to the brim and always included a new stuffed bunny, a large chocolate animal, and other little surcees found in tin Easter eggs (which I recently saw listed as “vintage” on ebay! oh my!).  The sun was always shining and freshly bloomed azaleas served as the backdrop to capture beautiful family photos.  

Nowadays it seems as though we spend this special holiday rushing to find just the right Easter basket items to make our presentation Pinterest worthy. We barely notice the joy on our children’s faces because we are scrambling to get out of the house.  We are determined to make it to church, but sadly are preoccupied with making sure we leave service quickly to get food in the oven before family arrives.  The freshly bloomed azaleas are forgotten and instead replaced with 100 cell phone photos with our selfie stick, trying to get the perfect one to post on Facebook!

This season, we are committing to slow down and smell the azaleas! Continue reading

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How to Destress from Christmas Chaos

Christmas time can be stressful. Even though spending time around family (especially ones that live far away) can be fun, there’s a certain level of stress that comes with hosting and entertaining out-of-town visitors. So this year, before New Years, take some time to destress and relax in order to prepare for the upcoming year ahead. Here’s how to destress from Christmas chaos. Continue reading

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Super Easy Christmas Cookies That The Kids Can Make

With all of the chaos that surrounds the holiday season, whipping up some Christmas treats with the kids can almost seem like a chore. That is, unless you find an easy Christmas cookies recipe that will take minimal time, and is so simple that even a toddler can do it. Ok, maybe it’s not that easy, but it’s certainly simple enough that a toddler can help. Here’s one of our favorite holiday cookie recipes that the entire family will love. Continue reading

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Sound Off: Do You Buy Christmas Pajamas for your Kids?

Traditions are big in the South. We love passing down events, recipes, and heirlooms to our children. It’s just a part of being Southern. And because Christmas is such a major holiday that’s spent with family, it’s no surprise that Christmas traditions can be plentiful down here. In fact, one of our favorite traditions is one that our mothers used to practice before we ended up passing it down to our children: Christmas pajamas on Christmas Eve. Continue reading