Children of the Tribe SS 2015

I found a new Australian children’s clothing company, and I’m hooked. The creative scene in Australia seems to be ever growing, or at least I am slowly finding out about it. Children of the Tribe is from Byron Bay and it embodies everything I heard from my Australian friend’s travels there: creative, artsy, a little bit of boho, and the wild and free surfer existence.
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Makes you want to raise your children in Byron Bay. If you have been reading this blog for a while you might know that I pick fashion collections based on photo shoots that convey more than the newest style. They inspire children to be free and curious and playful. I have been struggling with over-scheduling for the entire time I had children. Every summer I get the urge to sign my kids up for swim team, camps, and other really good things, for fear of them becoming too bored or be behind in society. Photos shoots like this encourage me to be a little less scheduled and a little more creative. And yes, living in Byron Bay would help. :)
Have an unscheduled day,
Sofija
Photography by Carly Brown for Children of the Tribe. Found via Petit and Small.

Venice

I have inundated you with pictures of Croatia from my recent trip to Europe, but I haven’t told you that we spend one day in Italy. When you stay in northern Croatia, the border to Italy is about one hour away. So, in other words, you get in your car and in one hour you could be sipping expresso on the Italian Coast. I know, what a hardship!
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Not sure if you have noticed that the pictures on top are looking into Venice from the outside. I would have not gotten those had I not gotten into the wrong boat. :) The right boat would have taken us through the Grand Canal where you get those close up views below (we got those shots by walking from St.Marco church all the way back to where you come in). Sometimes it pays to be an ignorant tourist…

Have a lovely day,
Sofija

P.S. These pictures were the first I took with my Canon Rebel shooting in Raw. Shooting in raw means your pictures tend to be colorless and by editing them you bring out the colors you want. This is also my first time editing eith Adobe Lightroom thanks to my friend Emily, who has been encouraging me to do so. I feel like I have come a long way…but have a long way to go. At least I’m getting closer to the point where I can transform my pictures closer to the look I have in mind. Small steps…

Mošćenička Draga

Mošćenička Draga is a small town along the Adriatic coast in Croatia. It’s beach is a favorite amongst the locals from the nearby towns. The beach is secluded, traffic free, with several restaurants right by the beach. Perfect for families with young children. Some of the restaurants have little playgrounds to keep them happy.
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We ate right at the beach, soaking in the views. And taking advantage of the free WiFi at the restaurant and posting some pictures. Most restaurants we went to during our stay offered free WiFi which was so helpful for checking e-mails and posting to Instagram. We put our phone on airplane mode and connected to wherever we could. And speaking of eating right by the water overlooking the Adriatic sea, one gets used that really fast. Now I am back in ABQ and wondering what on earth I’m doing sitting in a parking lot (also known as patios)….back to reality.
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What a beautiful little town! There are several little shops and a supermarket, but beyond that there isn’t much there. However it is the perfect spot for a family beach day.
-Sofija
Here are pictures of the same place from 15 years ago, before the digital age…

The Island of Cres, Croatia

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Croatia has many islands which are easily accessible from the mainland. The island of Cres is about a 2 hour boat ride  from Opatija. We docked at Beli, the oldest village on the island, that is also a wildlife sanctuary. The pebble beach was so inviting with blue water so clean and clear, we decided to right there and not hike up 15 min to the village.

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Rocky sea shores, the smell of salt water, blues skies, the occasional fish (maybe a dolphin?) jumping out of the water. For lunch we had fresh fish, salad, potatoes, and local wine. All that accompanied by our host playing the accordion. Life was pretty near perfection.

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All pictures where taken by Sofija Burton with the iPad or Cannon Rebel. Except for the bird pictures, those were taken by Esther Burton. The excursion we took is called Fish Picnic, a really fun experience.

What my 4 Year Old is Wearing this Spring 2015

I have another “what my 4 year old is wearing” post for you! As usual my model was delightfully cute and I hope to keep going as long as she lets me…The first two outfits are for those cooler spring days. Around here it can be snowing one day and 70 the next.

Outfit number 1
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Dress: Tea Collection
Jacket: Baby Gap
Heart Tights: the Children’s Place
Shoes: Puma
The dress is a carry over from winter but it is so cute I had to get it into this post. And it works on those colder spring days…same with the tights. I’m now convinced everyone needs a pair of heart tights!

Outfit number 2
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Pants: H&M
Top: H&M
Shoes: Naartjie (sadly they closed all their stores in the US)
striped socks: Baby Gap

Outfit number 3
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Dress: Tea Collection
Leggins: Tea Collection
Sandals: the Chidlren’s Place
Hat: H&M
Neclace: the Children’s Place
Sunglasses: I can’t remember
This outfit just makes my day…

And outfit number 4:

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Dress: Thrifted but originally from Old Navy

Leggins: Tea Collection

Rainbow Sandals: the Children’s Place

Necklace: Dyed Corn from Taos Pueblo

Polaroid Camera: Instax

Sunglasses: I can’t remember

How cool is this Instax camera that my oldest daughter bought for our upcoming trip to Europe! It’s a whole new generation of Polaroids. The size of pictures it produces is smaller and more rectangular than the 70’s version. I like the idea so much that I bought myself 10 sheets, hoping she will let me borrow her camera…

Next time you hear from me I will be posting pictures from Croatia, Bosnia, and hopefully Italy. In the meantime check my Instagram feed (link on the right bar of my blog) for daily updates.

As for the outfits, which one is your favorite?

See you soon,

Sofija

 

Spring Break in New Mexico

 How are you doing? Is March really over? Our March was a whirlwind with doctor appointments, another surgery (my son), school testing, a leaky roof, …my head is still spinning. Now we are on spring break and not a day too soon. Usually our spring breaks are pretty awful, windy, and cold. You know those windstorms you have seen in Western movies with tumbleweeds and sand clouds? Yup, those are for real. But this time it’s been quite warm, sunny, and all around pleasant. So I really don’t mind staying home and enjoying this week here.
Above are some pictures from recent outings. So glad our three youngest have decided they like hiking now. And what a pleasant surprise we can actually get on the trail and hiking without turning around for various reasons (like “I forgot to pee”, “I’m too cold”, to name a few). Of course we go nowhere without a five day food supply, but still it’s a huge improvement…
Fun surprise: the middle picture with the cactus was featured by Visit Albuquerque on their website stream.

Have a lovely week and a wonderful Easter!
Sofija

Winter Wonderland

Last weekend we got the most snow we had in years. The city came to a sort of standstill.

 

Our property backs up to open space, with a lovely path through cotton wood trees and a small creek that barely ever has water in it. It is kind of magical…

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Now that we had our snow I look forward to spring.

-Sofija

 

Benetton Kids SS 15

Spring is coming, don’t despair in this miserable weather. If you have been reading my blog for a while you will know that I am a sucker for Italian photo shoots. Growing up I have spend many summers in that neighborhood, it lets me relive part of my childhood. I also like to highlight brands here that I grew up with and that still deliver year in year out. When I saw Benetton’s 2015 spring collection I had to share.

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How can you go wrong with puppies, vegetables, and scooters? The flower shirt dress and chucks would look so cute on my 4 year old.

Riding a scooter in Italy has been a lifelong dream of mine…

Have a lovely day,

Sofija