2014 Resort Swimwear Buying Guide – This season’s best swimwear picks for children

January 15, 2014

That’s just enough of that cold weather, don’t you think?  New and irresistible resort swimwear for girls preorders are sure to put a sunny smile on your face! There are so many fantastic options to choose from this spring from several top children boutique designers.

Kate Mack: Kate Mack’s Spring 2014 preorders are absolutely adorable…as always. Their new line of girl’s swimwear is even cuter than last year’s!

Kate Mack Picnic in Provence Infant Swimsuit

Kate Mack Picnic in Provence Baby Bubble

Baby girls will look adorable in Kate Mack’s Picnic in Provence collection. The baby bubble suit is not only sweet, but has a water resistant lining and plenty of room for her swim diaper.  This pink, blue and yellow gingham swimwear collection also includes matching accessories, like the sweet gingham coverup and sun hat.  There are matching styles for the bigger girls too, so sisters can match.

Kate Mack Cirque du Soliel Swim Coverup

Kate Mack Cirque du Soliel Swim Coverup

Another adorable swimsuit for infants is the Kate Mack Cirque do Soliel Baby/Toddler bikini. She’ll be ready to conquer the world or the runway in a cute, bubblegum pink bikini with fluffy chiffon flowers and a skirted bottom.  Cirque du Soliel swimwear comes as a 2-color-way collection, with bubblegum pink/tangerine and aqua/lime.  As all of Kate Mack’s angelic styles, this one too has available coverups and sandals, for perfectly matching complete outfits.

The Kate Mack Swan Lake Swimwear Collection is another great choice from Kate Mack, and really exemplifies Kate Mack’s tradition of sweet, girly style. All the pieces feature very soft pink with white satin accents and large pailettes.  The one-piece swimsuit and dress have a large swan on the front, with a feathery, netting skirt that mimics the swan’s soft, white feathers.  These pretty swimsuits will make your princess feel like a ballerina. The creative, high-style of these bikinis & skirted swimsuits will WOW judges in little girl pageants as well.  (Insider tip:  Everything But The Princess offers the largest selection of Kate Mack swimwear and swim accessories anywhere, and you can preselect your favorites before the season even gets started.  They also have dynamite customer service and can get hard-to-find styles during the preorder.)

Kate Mack Swan Lake Maillot

Kate Mack Swan Lake Skirted One-Piece Swimsuit

Lilo Tati: This is a classic tale of a fantastic product line scaled down for children.   Lisa Lozano has been desiging cutting-edge swimwear for women for 15 years, and branched out to children’s swimwear when her own little girl was old enough to go to the beach.  These are simple styles in pretty colors that really are the essence of California beachwear, with ruffled bikinis and sporty one-piece swimsuits for girls size 2-8.  You’ll love the Reef One Piece, shown here in aqua stripe, and its counterpart, the Aqua Stripe Funky Cherry Bikini.

Lilo Tati Aqua Striped Reef One Piece

Lilo Tati Aqua Striped Reef One Piece

Lilo Tati Funky Cherry Bikini

Lilo Tati Funky Cherry Bikini

Submarine Heart Monokini

Submarine Heart Monokini


Submarine swimwear has been around for years, and maintains a loyal following for its very high quality and inspired, retro styles.  With a look that’s mostly mod, with a little funky, Submarine brings you 70s style maillots, flutter bikinis and flowered 2-piece swimsuits that are not only stylish, but hold up to sand and sun.  EBTP is pleased to offer Submarine in sizes from toddler to girls size 16.

Love U Lots Children's Swimwear

Love U Lots Children’s Swimwear

Love U Lots:  This sweet swimwear brand made by boutique steadfast Mulberribush is back this year, with a variety of choices for cute girl’s swimwear that will not break the bank.  With whimsical styles like this Mermaid Ruffled Swimsuit, you can see why it’s a favorite.  And with affordable prices, it’s popular with moms too.

Les Tout Petits Swimwear

Les Tout Petits Coral Lace Bikini shown with Lace Ruffle Swim Skirt

Les Tout Petits:  Les Tout Petits went a little on the wild side, with their silver & black animal print swimwear collection.  always glamorous, Les Tout Petits shows off their New York Glam style with saturated tropical colors, glittering metallics and sensational accessories to top it all off.  Also included in this season’s collection are dancewear and the famous fringe dresses that they are so well known for.

Stella Cove I Am Loved Ballet Cut Swimsuit

Stella Cove I Am Loved Ballet Cut Swimsuit

Stella Cove: Stella Cove is a new line for us, and we couldn’t be happier with the simple, sweet styles and pretty prints.  You’ll love the I am Loved print, with tiny hearts in soft pastel colors, like this mint & violet Ballet Cut Swimsuit.  Stella Cove also makes children’s sunglesses to match the swimsuits, like these Grapfruit Sunglasses and matching Grapefruit Boyleg Swimsuit.

Chichianella Bella Rowboat Rose Vintage Swimsuit

Chichianella Bella Rowboat Rose Vintage Swimsuit

Chichianella Bella:  I can’t say enough nice about Chichanella Bella’s vintage styles.  They are completely adorable, vintagey, yet still modern and comfortable enough for swimming every day.  Those girls that like a little extra frill, or modest ones that love the extra coverage, will absolutely swoon for these pretty swimsuits.  (I know my girl did!)  These boyleg suits have plenty of ruffles, bows, polka dots and buttons.  And each collection also offers a matching “swim bonnet” to keep the hot sun off her cheeks.  Completely cute swimwear for little girls up to size 8.

Ciao Bella by Isobella & Chloe Swimwear

Ciao Bella’s Sunkissed collection features pretty lace and tropical coral.

Ciao Bella: Check out yet another season of Isobella & Chloe’s cute baby swimsuits and sweet swimwear for big girls too.  Isobella & Chloe added the swimwear line their second year in business, and it was an instant hit.  With girly details like frills, ruffles, bows and plenty of flowers, Ciao Bella swimwear has been a boutique favorite every single year.  This season, find trendy colors like coral and mint set in favorite styles like the tutu swimsuit and skirted bikini, plus tankinis for hard-to-fit girls and toddlers that are hard to dress (stop squirming!).  Not only do tankinis offer superior fit, but they also  give girls a little extra coverage that don’t like their tummies showing.  Plus, the toddler sizes come lined and cut a little extra generous for a swim diaper.

Seafolly Butterfly Coast Tube Tank

Seafolly Butterfly Coast Tank Suit

Seafolly:  Sporty, sensational, Seafolly Swimwear!  This Australian swimwear company does it all, with cute styles, fresh prints, high quality, and SPF 50 sun protection.  I’m particularly fond of these tiny, embroidered flamingoes on the 70s Bikini, but the Butterfly Coast print is exciting in all its tropical splendor, and the Floral Ballerina suits are just as sweet as it gets.  All your nautical favorites are here too, with the Seafolly Daisy Navy Mini Tube Bikini in navy blue & white, with a row of tiny daisies across the top, and a skirted bikini bottom.  “Sunvest Sets” are also available, pairing a swimsuit bottom with a rashguard swim top, so girls can have their shoulders covered.  Rashguard sets are also available for boys.  This is classic swimwear for children, great quality and good prices.

Seafolly Tropica Crush Lollipop Ruffle Tube Bikini

Seafolly Tropica Crush Lollipop Ruffle Tube Bikini

Appaman Logo Swim Trunks

Appaman Logo Swim Trunks

Boys:  And we wouldn’t want to leave out the boys! Our favorite boys swimwear this season comes from Appaman, Monster Republic and Tiger Joe by Seafolly.  Like these logo boardshorts from Appaman – mandarin orange/yellow fade, with the classic monkey logo, and a longer length that he loves.

With so many great Spring/Summer 2014 preorders and girl’s swimwear, we know it will be hard to decide on the perfect swimsuit for your princess. Order two or more and enjoy high fashion at the pool, the beach, or on your next vacation. We already know your princess plans on doing a lot of swimming and castle-building, with all these great choices, why not get her more than one suit to last through the summer months.

Christmas is coming early this year

November 15, 2013

Christmas is coming early this year.  Don’t kill me.  I know, it’s waay too early to be thinking about Christmas.  I mean, we haven’t even made our Thanksgiving menu yet.  Well, Christmas isn’t really coming early anyway, but it’s going to seem like it.  What is coming early is Hanukkah.  In fact, it starts on Thanksgiving.  Which means that Thanksgiving is late this year.

And what that means is that we will have less than four weeks to do all the baking, singing, shopping, visiting, hugging and decorating that we want to do before the Big Day is here.  26 days, to be precise.

So what are you waiting for?  I know, it’s scandalous.  But me personally, I love the season, and I’m going to use this weekend and all next week for the holidays, plural, and just wrap Thanksgiving right in with the rest of it.

persnickety holiday 2013

Time is flying by and it’s time to think about holiday photos, cards, childrens concerts and recitals and not to mention holiday parties. Are you ready?

Our holiday section is now complete and bursting with the most amazing pieces you will find anywhere. We are proud to have the best and largest holiday boutique available anywhere.

Each item hand chosen just for you and your children.

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Holiday Memories Begin Here

  Winter holidays are upon us and a time of year many of us cherish as a special time with our loved ones and beloved friends. No matter when or how you celebrate, Everything But The Princess has a variety of holiday apparel from casual knits to special occasion gowns. We offer a wide array in every size range from infant to size 16. Many outfits are chosen to coordinate siblings for photos and parties as well.  You will find a selection that is sure to fit every budget and occasion, with shoes and hair accessories to match. We have made convenient sections as well for quicker navigation. Grab a cup of cocoa and join us for this special holiday preview event.

isobella & Chloe  lemon loves limegirls party dresses

 View All Our Holiday Selections Here

holiday tightssanta leg warmers, candy cane legwarmers   Candy Cane Headband

We have a great assortment of holiday accessories too. From hair bows, headbands, to tights and leg warmers. Everything you need to complete those adorable picture perfect looks.

I don’t know why Christmas Pajamas are such a tradition, except that they are nice for Christmas morning photos.  Don’t those little pumpkins look so cute in their new pjs?  My mother always made me a new flannel nightgown ever year, which I got to unwrap on Christmas Eve.  So in our family, Christmas PJs are a must – even for our teenage son.

Girls Holiday Sleepwear
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Fall 2013 Color Profile

October 22, 2013

As the days get shorter and the mornings get cooler, we are are drawn to soft, natural colors that reflect the world around us. Leaves change color…and so do our wardrobes. What do our favorite designers have in store for us this fall? Let’s take a color tour!

Fall Color Fashion Trends

Emerald – jewels fit for a king, warm tropical waters, brightly colored plumage.  Emerald is such a rich hue, mostly green with just a little blue, and blends nicely with cool colors like Mykonos Blue or contrasts with brights like Vivacious.  Look for emerald in the collections of Catimini, Joah Love, and Desigual.

Emerald Emerald Emerald

Joah Love Lake Kira Bustle Tunic

Joah Love Kira Bustle Tunic & Lake Leggings

Catimini ' Mon Jardin Enchante ' Emerald Knit Dress

Catimini Mon Jardin Enchante Dress

Desigual Caffra Dress

Desigual Caffra Dress

Mykonos Blue – azure skies and calm seas of the Mediterranean, this deep blue has energy but soothes at the same time.  And it’s just a little bit moody.  Look for blue in the collections of Sara Sara, Desigual, Pom Pom and Catimini.

Mykonos Blue Mykonos Blue Mykonos Blue

Baby Sara Flower Explorer Tunic

Baby Sara Flower Explorer Tunic

Pom Pom Amaryllis Plaid Dress

Pom Pom Amaryllis Plaid Dress

Catimini  'La Parisienne ' Blue Leaf Print Tunic Blouse

Catimini La Parisienne Tunic & Leggings

Linden Green – soft & natural, this light green is a little woody and a little  springtime.  Blend with Turbulence grey or Deep Lichen for an urban palette or Carafe brown for a more vibrant look.  Look for Linden in the collections of Sam & Sydney, Catimini, Eliane et Lena and Trish Scully.

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Sam & Sydney Kissing Birds Ruffle Coat

Sam & Sydney Kissing Birds Coat

Eliane Et Lena Ashley Lime Sweater Cardigan

Eliane Et Lena Ashley Sweater & Haydn Dress


Trish Scully Mums The Word Hooded Ruffle Dress

Trish Scully Mums The Word Hooded Dress & Ruffle Leggings

Acai – A little plum here, and little violet there, Acai is exotic and mysterious.  Purple is your power color, chic with greys like Turbulence, vibrant with brights like Linden or Vivacious, rich with jewel tones like Emerald or Mykonos Blue.  Look for Acai in the collections of Trish Scully, Desigual, KidCuteTure, Joah Love, and Catimini.

Acai Acai Acai

Desigual Nerine Violet Dress

Desigual Nerine Dress

Trish Scully Purple Damask Princess Dress

Trish Scully Damask Princess Dress

Joah Love Fiona Dark Plum Bustle Dress

Joah Love Fiona Bustle Dress & Plum Leggings

Samba – Samba is a rich red, perfect for a tiny color pop or dramatic allover color.  This is a cool red, and stands alone nicely, or combine with champagne, pink, black or grey.  Look for Samba throughout our curated collection, with nice examples in the collections of Ooh! La, La! Couture, Desigual, Little Mass, Catimini, Persnickety and Lemon Loves Lime.

Samba Samba Samba

Little Mass 'Mary Poppin' Red Roses Dress

Little Mass Mary Poppin Dress

Ooh! La, La! Couture Rhododendron WOW Swarovski Devin High Low Dress

Ooh! La, La! Couture Rhododendron Devin Dress


Desigual Gracilis Dress

Desigual Gracilis Dress & Bacias Leggings

Koi – orange is your cheerful companion, and can bring a splash of pizazz or stand-out drama to a look.  Dramatically combine with black or charcoal, as seen in the KidCuteTure collection, or soften the look with natural hues like carafe brown, lichen green or turbulence grey.  Look for orange in the collections of Pom Pom, KidCuteTure and Persnickety.

Koi Koi Koi

Pom Pom Brentje Floral Skirt and Geke Jacket

Pom Pom Geke Jacket & Brentje Skirt

KidCuteTure Orange & Charcoal Camilla Dress

KidCuteTure Camilla Dress

Persnickety Mossy Woods Cassie Dress

Persnickety Mossy Woods Cassie Dress

Deep Lichen – this subtle green-grey is a dynamic shade that balances brights and coordinates earthy tones.  In shades from very light to a deep bluish olive, Lichen reminds one of misty mornings and cool forests.  Look for Deep Lichen in the collections of Persnickety and Mustard Pie, as well as woven throughout our other european collections.

Deep Lichen Deep Lichen Deep Lichen

Persnickety Ginger Holiday Dress

Persnickety Ginger Holiday Dress & Grey Dot Leggings

Persnickety Mossy Woods Navy Lou Lou Top

Persnickety Mossy Woods Lou Lou Top


Mustard Pie Black Paisley Rigby Top

Mustard Pie Black Paisley Rigby Top

Vivacious – yes she is!  Vivacious is that berry-licious, pinky raspberry fuchsia that brightens a room and brings a smile.  Whether juxtaposed against grey or taupe, incorporated into bright geometrics or dramatically standing against black, Vivacious adds a natural and indispensable POP to your wardrobe palette.

Vivacious Vivacious Vivacious

Deux par Deux Carte de Mode Layered Skirt

Deux par Deux Carte de Mode Layered Skirt and Accessories

Eliane Et Lena Fuchsia & Taupe Floral Laura Dress

Eliane Et Lena Laura Dress & Eloa Tights


Giggle Moon Raspberry Truffle Tutu Dress & Leggings

Giggle Moon Raspberry Truffle Tutu Dress & Leggings

Turbulence – cool grey, misty, sophisticated.  Grey is the canvas on which to paint subtle patterns or bright rainbows.  Combine it with earthy browns and greens for a clashy, industrial silhouette, or decorate it with pink, lime and yellow.  Grey is soft and rigid, all at once, taking you from extremely casual to primly formal.  Look for Turbulence grey throughout our catalog, including Biscotti, Kate Mack, Deux par Deux, Catimini, Pampolina, Sierra Julian, Ooh! La, La! Couture and more.

Turbulence Turbulence Turbulence

Biscotti Urban Garden Dress

Biscotti Urban Garden Dress

Kate Mack Pretty Kitty Grey Dress

Kate Mack Pretty Kitty Dress


Ooh! La, La! Couture Silver/Champagne Chevron Ruffle Tutu Dress

Ooh! La, La! Couture Chevron Dress

Carafe – rich, glamorous, powerful.  The color of wood, leather and chocolate.  Brown is and has always been.  This luxurious shade is where chocolate absorbs olive and cordovan, leaving just the essence of both green and red undertones for the richest brown.  (And it’s also the color of grizzly bears – yikes!)

Carafe Carafe Carafe

Lipstik 'Leopard Surprise'  Chocolate Pleather Pant

Lipstik ‘Leopard Surprise’ Pleather Pant and Leopard Top

Mustard Pie Brown Paisley Alice Wrap

Mustard Pie Brown Paisley Alice Wrap


Persnickety Golden Girls Brown Lily Skirt

Persnickety Golden Girls Brown Lily Skirt

This is a gorgeous palette of tones that blend together with ease – how will you combine these beautiful fall colors to create your own look?

October 22, 2013
Fall Is In The Air
At last we can begin wearing fall clothing as temperatures begin to drop. Cozy sweaters, rich corduroys, luxe tights and all that fabulous layering! We have the best pieces for fall from over 100 designers for you, including matching tights, leggings, shoes and hair accessories. Everything you need for that one of a kind fall wardrobe in one convenient boutique.
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Stop in today and peruse your favorite designers and be sure to check out some of our new designers as well. You might fall in love with them, I know we sure did.  New arrivals every week!
kate mackpersnickety jetta coat  petit lemeverbloom designseverbloom necklacegirls beaded necklaces
We are delighted to announce our newest addition, our Baby Boutique. We have had a ball choosing the best baby girl outfits, layette, gifts and accessories. Stay tuned we have more adorable items on the way to show you.
Baby girl clothing from newborn through 24 months.
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Cheerleading All Stars – How to Choose an All Star Cheer Gym

May 23, 2013

So you’ve decided you’d like to try All Star Cheer.  Great!  Now then…you’ll need a team.  With a growing sport that’s relatively new, there are new gyms popping up all over the place.  How’s a parent to help a kid choose their new athletic home?  We’ve compiled a list of questions to ask yourself and ask at the gym when you visit, plus some links to help you on your way.  (Still not sure All Stars is for you?  Check out our recent article, So you wanna be a cheerleader?“)

What are your goals?

1.  What are your goals?  What’s your level of commitment?  First it’s important to decide if you would like to compete locally or if you are ready to go all the way.  When choosing a gym and/or team, find out what the gym’s goal is for their students.  Is it in line with yours?  Be ready to ask if the team’s goals include only local contests or regional or even national competitions.  Athletes should be challenged at a level of competition that also allows them to enjoy success and confidence while building skills.  You don’t want to be expected to do more than you are prepared to do, yet if you have a young athlete that’s really competitive (and you are willing to put in the time and money), you will want them to be challenged at the highest levels possible.  How serious is this gym about competition and is that in line with your expectations?  What kinds of competitions are then entering, and what kind of awards are they winning?  Have they listed all the competitions they have entered, or just the ones they won?  Are there significant gaps where competitions are not entered or no awards won recently?  Don’t just look for first place trophies – if they have been recognized for sportsmanship, choreography, stunting or other mentions, that is a good sign of a quality program.  Maybe your child (or your family) doesn’t want to travel outside your region – is this team competing on a higher level that will require farther travel?  While that may be a great indicator of a quality program, it may not fit in well with your family’s needs.

2.  Are coaches and trainers certified?  Staff should be listed in the gym and/or online with bios explaining their experience and certification.  Because cheerleading can be dangerous and accidents can cause injuries, cheer coaches are certified by the USASF (United States All Star Federation).  The USASF was formed by cheerleading companies as a governing body to create and maintain a standard set of rules and judging criteria as well as safety guidelines.  (AACCA governs and certifies high school and college coaches.)  These people are going to spend a lot of time with your child – they should be professional, competent and likable.  If they’ve been employed at the same gym for a long time, they are probably stable and popular.  How accessible is the coach?  Does s/he make him/herself available for questions and advice?  Is s/he knowledgeable and friendly?  Does s/he have a good rapport with kids?  Does the gym have adequate support staff that the coach can spend his/her time coaching and not answering the phone or doing paperwork?

American Twisters, Clarksville, TN

American Twisters, Clarksville, TN

3.  Teaching method & curriculum.  As with dance or gymnastics, cheerleaders learn skills with gradually increasing levels of difficulty, building on skills already learned.  Check out what kinds of classes and teams are offered.  What are your child’s interests?  Will she be placed with children of similar age and ability?  Mixed age/ability teams may be a good fit, but mixed ability may also be frustrating or mixed ages may be inappropriate.  Sometimes small teams may not have enough members to fully staff a team of similar age or ability and may need to mix.  Does she like the other kids on the team?  This is a team sport, and they depend on each other, in practice and in competition.

4.  Is the gym clean and inviting?  Does the equipment seem adequate and in good repair?  Is there enough space and equipment for everyone, or is it crowded?  Are parents welcome to watch classes?  Do you feel invited and welcome or a nuisance or intrusion?  Be wary of any gym that does not want you around.  They should be happy to have parents present any time.  They should professionally return your calls and emails in a reasonable amount of time, if not they may be understaffed.  They should welcome you to tour the gym and even try out a class to see if your child likes it before you commit.

5.  Does the gym focus on cheerleading only, or offer a variety of classes and sports?  Dance, gymnastics, martial arts might be offered as well.  Is that in line with your expectations?  A variety of classes can be interesting and convenient, especially if you have other children that aren’t into cheer.  On the other hand, a lack of focus may mean that cheerleading isn’t a priority here.

6.  Is this gym popular?  Are the classes well attended and the teams full?  That’s an indication that athletes and families are happy there.  On the other hand, bigger isn’t necessarily better, particularly if they are understaffed.  And all the top notch gyms started somewhere, right?  Word of mouth is always the best advertising.  Do you know others who have attended classes or joined the team?  Their advice is invaluable.  When you visit, chat with the other parents there.  Do they seem inviting?  Gossipy?  Helpful?  You’re going to be seeing a lot of them.

choosing the right cheer gym

Pittsburgh Pride, gym main floor

7.  Ah, yes.  Cost.  How much does it really cost, and do you get what you pay for?  That can be difficult to know at first glance.  What’s included?  Some places may make it sound like a bargain, but then everything costs extra.  Cheerleading is expensive – costs shouldn’t be hidden.  A good team should be paying competitive salaries to coaches and staff and providing good equipment, and that all costs.  Additional camps, classes and gear can add up too, but it can also really improve your experience as a result.  Don’t be afraid to shell out, but be mindful of what exactly you are paying for.  Are you paying for equipment or fees but don’t seem to be getting anything for it?  Are the team’s finances organized and fee structure easy to understand?  Some teams require mandatory participation in fundraisers.  Will you have time to participate fully?

8.  What kinds of uniforms and workout wear are required?  It may seem silly, but this is very important to many people.  Uniforms should be modern and practical.  Skimpy outfits are current, but they should also be attractive.  Nothing too trashy, nothing too old-fashioned.  Will she need just one uniform, or a variety or workout clothing, uniforms, shoes and gear?  Do you have the time and skills for potentially elaborate hair and makeup?

9.  If you are looking for the very best gym, you may have to drive a little way, especially if you are in a rural area.  Convenience is very important, but just because it’s close doesn’t mean it’s right for you.  That said, you’re going to be driving there a lot – 3-5 days a week – so it must be a manageable distance.  Maybe the team isn’t going to nationals, but it’s close and your other kids can take a class while you’re there.  Decide what is most important to you.

All in all, it seems like people are happiest when their expectations meet their experience.  Know what you want and know what you’re getting, and you will likely have a really great experience and make lifelong friends!

cheer national cheerleaders assocMore resources:

USASF Cheer Parents 101

How to choose the right All Star gym

How we selected a cheer gym

Cheerleading Fun Fact:  All Star cheerleading began in the 80s, with stunts and tumbling incorporated into more traditional routines.  It’s the fastest growing type of cheerleading in America!

So you wanna be a cheerleader? Types of cheerleading

May 16, 2013

Cheerleading is one of America’s fastest growing sports.  And it’s no wonder – Cheerleading combines the athleticism of gymnastics, performance of dance and competitiveness of team sports.  Cheerleading has a fun history too, and as a sport in its infancy it’s constantly changing, keeping things fresh and exciting.  My original purpose was to write an article to help people choose a cheer team or gym, but in doing the research, I realized that there is so much to consider that it will take two parts.

Types of Cheerleading - Scholastic/Collegiate

Most high schools and colleges have cheerleaders for football and basketball, but cheerleaders also bring spirit to baseball, hockey and cricket games too.

First:  What kind of cheerleader do you want to be?  The question of your ultimate goal will guide all your other considerations.  Most things written on the internet start from the assumption that the child wants to be a national-trophy-winning All Star Cheerleader.  Maybe s/he does.  But maybe he or she just wants to get good at tumbling and do a few performances, maybe a local competition.  Maybe the kid has great school spirit and wants to share it by pumping up the crowd at games.  Maybe she just wants to wear glittery skirts and big bows.  For those folks, the demanding rigors of competition cheerleading may not be appropriate.  So:  What kind of cheerleader are you?

There are four basic types of cheerleaders:  scholastic, recreational, all-star and professional.

Scholastic  Scholastic cheerleaders are what people usually think of when they think of cheerleading.  These traditional squads are affiliated with a school (usually Jr. High, High School or College) and they focus on team/school spirit and cheer for school sporting events and pep rallies.  Some teams compete, but most do not.  Members must attend the school they represent, and usually must adhere to a code of conduct including good grades and behavior, as they are representatives of the school in uniform.  Generally scholastic cheerleaders (also called “sideline cheerleaders”) try out in the spring for the following year and may cheer all year or only for one season, traditionally football (fall) or basketball (winter).  Varsity and Junior Varsity (JV) squads are determined by either grade or skill, and the coach is usually a faculty member.  Try-outs are judged by a panel or the student body, and skill, spirit, personality, grades and conduct may factor in.  Try-outs for college cheerleading teams are highly competitive, and collegiate cheerleaders perform at a higher level of athleticism.  Collegiate cheerleaders are also ambassadors of their schools, cheering at sporting events but also representing their school at community and charity events and competitions.  Scholastic cheer is great for kids who have lots of spirit and want to share it in performance.

Fun Fact:  While cheerleaders across the board are nearly all female, collegiate cheerleaders are 50% men.  It’s a great college tradition – in fact, originally all cheerleaders were men.  Women didn’t start cheering until the ’20s, and didn’t do so in great numbers until WWII.

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders

The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders made their debut in 1972 and are the most famous professional cheerleaders in the world.

Recreational  Recreational cheer teams are usually associated with a sports club, such as Pop Warner or American Youth Football & Cheer League, or other public or community groups such as the YMCA, a church or city.  Usually on a recreational team, all members participate and there are no try-outs.  There is minimal cost to join such a team, though some sports club teams can be more expensive.  These teams cheer for sporting events in their league or at competitions.  The recreational programs often have volunteer or parent coaches.  Recreational cheer is great for kids who want to try cheerleading or for families who do not want to commit the time and money required for All Star Cheer.

Professional  Wanna go pro?  You can be a professional cheerleader.  Pro cheer teams offer low pay but have many social and career benefits such as travel, meeting people and exposure for a future career in entertainment.  Professional cheerleaders are more like dancers or songleaders.  They cheer and perform at sporting events, but also do lots of philanthropy and charity work, model and/or act and rarely compete (although that is changing).  Often professional cheerleaders are representatives of the community where their team is located.  The competition is very high and pay is low and many pro cheerleaders also have other jobs.  But they will tell you it is a very rewarding experience.  Professional cheerleading is great for young people seeking exposure for entertainment careers and those looking for fun and adventure during or after college.

UCA/UDA All Star Champs from Austin, TX

UCA/UDA All Star Champions from Austin, TX

All Star Cheer  All Star Cheerleading is one of the fastest growing sports in America.  These athletes have a competition focus and practice dance, stunting and tumbling for contests on local, regional and national levels.  All Stars concentrate on practice and performance and do not cheer for a sport, city or charity.  They have a high level of skill and athleticism, with certified coaches and demanding practice schedules.  These teams have competitive try-outs and All Star teams usually have their own gyms where team members take classes and attend practices.  All Star Cheer is an expensive sport and requires a large time commitment on the part of the athlete and family.  In addition to fees, many teams also have mandatory fundraisers.  All Stars cheer nearly year-round and compete regularly.  This is a great sport for kids who are results-driven and want to develop their skills over time in a competitive environment.  For more on All Star Cheer, read our post, Cheerleading All Stars – How to Choose an All Star Cheer Gym.”

For a great FAQ about cheerleading, including how to do various cheer moves and advice for try outs, about.com has a great list here.

It’s a Neon Summer ~ Bold & Bright

April 14, 2013
Neon Clothing for Girls
Neon Fashions

Summer Trend ~ Neon

Walking through the mall these days feels like a flashback to my junior high closet.  Seeing our girls wearing the same trends we rocked way back when can be a fun remembrance and is sure to get some laughs if you break out those photo albums.  Back in the day where MTV actually played music, 20 bracelets on each arm was just about enough, and the neon of course! Each generation puts their own spin on reoccurring trends and I am enjoying my second round of neon love with my tweens!  Over the coming weeks we will highlight the trends of the season so stay tuned.

Flowers by Zoe

Trend Highlights

Neon is not for the faint of heart, its bold and its bright. But girls are going crazy for it again this season. If she’s not a huge fan but likes the colors than neon accessories can add a touch of fun to her outfits. Check out our neon flip flops and accessories from brands like Super Trash. For full on neon fun or layering basics we suggest you check out Flowers By Zoe, Malibu Sugar, Supertrash, Little Mass, and Tru Luv. And to get her neon summer started we will be including a free neon bracelet with every order this week!
  Supertrash Tru Luv
Little MassSupertrash
Malibu SugarMalibu Sugar

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How to dress children for a wedding

April 4, 2013
Formal Engraved Invitation

Formal Wedding Invitation (photo courtesy of weddinginvitationsengraved.com)

It’s thrilling to receive a wedding invitation – particularly once most of your friends are married and  you’re into another stage of your life (the baby shower stage, the bar mitzvah stage, the graduation stage, you get the idea).  The beautiful stationery will get you thinking about where you’ll stay, what kind of gift you’d like to give, and what you’ll wear.  That still fits.  (!)  And then there’s the kids.  Don’t forget about the kids!  (If the children are not expressly listed on the inside invitation envelope, call a member of the wedding party to make sure children are invited.  While some couldn’t imagine a family affair like a wedding without all the little ones, others plan elegant affairs that don’t include children.)  Don’t leave it to the last minute, either, because you want the kids to look their best too, and it takes just as much time to find the perfect dress or suit for a child as it does for an adult.  Your heart will fill with pride when your friends and family comment on how handsome and well behaved your children are.

Ooh! La, La! Couture WOW Emma Dress

Ooh! La, La! Couture WOW Emma Dress

These days it seems that little girls are eager to wear party dresses – or princess costumes – to any event they can.  But that doesn’t necessarily make it easy to choose a dress.  You want her to be appropriately dressed and look nice.  But she may have a different idea of what is appropriate for a wedding than you do, and the way she expresses it will vary, depending on her age.  If she is adamant about wearing her torn & snagged Cinderella costume to your best friend’s wedding, then you may have to choose your battles…and this may be one of the times you put your foot down.  How important is it to you that your children look “just so?”  This may be a time to simply explain that you are going to a wedding and everyone is expected to look a certain way.  Perhaps you can come to a compromise and both be happy.  After all, girls like a new dress too!  And then again, she may wish to be more formal than necessary.  Or the reverse – I know a few girls that won’t wear anything but pants, no matter what.  Lastly, little girls still in diapers or pull-ups will need a bloomer or diaper cover.  There’s nothing glamorous about her Huggies showing as she romps about.

Appaman Mist Grey Mod Suit

Appaman Mist Grey Mod Suit. Vans, Converse or tees under a jacket for a casual wedding can look great if artfully done.

The same applies for boys.  While most boys seem to just want to be comfortable, many insist on certain clothing items in their wardrobe (got one that won’t take off his rain boots?).  And a rare few will want to really dress to the nines.  Some kids won’t like the unfamiliar feel of a tie, while others will feel dapper and grown up.  Use discretion and make compromises where necessary.  A pouty kid won’t let you have a great time at the party.  And friends, boys should be dressed just as nicely as girls.  These days we are constantly seeing men and boys wearing jeans or chinos while the ladies are coiffed and primped in taffeta and lace.  Your entire party should match in formality, and ideally in style.  It’s not necessary to be matchy-matchy, but keep in mind that there will be photos, and it’s nice to choose outfits that will coordinate with the other members of your family and not clash.

Casual wedding invitation

Casual wedding invitation (photo courtesy of 4thewedding.com)

Start off by deciding how formal the occasion is.  If the invitation does not expressly say “black tie” or other direct indications of formality, take a look at the invitation itself.  Is it classically elegant, engraved with scrolly calligraphy and formally worded?  The wedding will probably be similarly formal.  Is it casual, with polka dots, flowers or palm trees printed on the invite?  The wedding is probably casual.  Does the wedding have a theme?  That will make a wedding and reception fun, so dress the part if that’s called for.

Is it indoors or outdoors?  If the wedding is outdoors, you will want to check the weather and wear attire that will be comfortable outside.  Choose stable shoes that will be comfortable on grass or sand, and don’t forget your layers so that you can adjust for heat or cold.  Consider the possibility of rain, wind or excessive heat and accessorize accordingly.  A fold-up umbrella, sun hat or shrug is small and easy to bring and leave in the car if not needed.  At a church or temple?  Most people still dress nicely for church these days.  Is the wedding indoors at a fancy location like a country club or four star restaurant?  Not only will it be comfortable to dress up a bit, but a nicely tailored suit or dress will fit in with the setting.

Children's Formalwear

Everyone looks nice when their outfit fits correctly.

Children will have a better time if they are comfortable.  They may not be used to formal clothing, so take steps to ensure their comfort.  Outfits should fit correctly without needing to be pulled, pinned or belted.  Not only will this keep them from fussing throughout the day, they will also look better.  Choose natural fibers where available and appropriate, as they breathe well and feel nice against the skin.  Shoes should be worn at least once before the important day, to ensure they will not be uncomfortable.  Kids are just as miserable with sore feet as adults are.  Similarly, it pays to try the whole outfit on together in plenty of time to make adjustments.  This also gives the child a chance to see him/herself all dressed up fancy for your friends’ special day.

Take into consideration the day’s activities.  If the children will be eating a meal in their fancy duds, choose clothing that will be easy to clean or that you won’t be worried about.  Bring fancy or stylish bibs for tiny ones (make sure they are clean) and have all your kid-emergency-clean-up-stuff at the ready.  If the venue will change during the day, make sure you have the appropriate accessories for the environment at each location, for example an indoor church wedding followed by an outdoor picnic or vice versa.  If it will be a religious wedding, clothing should be conservative.  If a girl will have bare shoulders, bring a shrug or cardigan to cover up while in church or temple.  Clothing should not be constricting, so that the children can sit, stand and play comfortably.

Accessories make the man

Accessories make the man! (photo by Morceau Photography le-morceau.com)

Don’t forget to accessorize!  This is the perfect time for fancy shoes, jackets and purses.  Boys will need a belt and good shoes, and maybe a jacket and tie.  And don’t forget proper foundations like undershirts.  Tiny ladies still in diapers or pull-ups will need a bloomer or diaper cover – Huggies are not glamorous.  And older girls may feel more comfortable in underdresses or bloomers too.  There is a wide variety of slim underdress shorts, slip shorts and bloomers available now that are pretty and fun.  Boys’ socks should match either their pants or shoes–no white tube socks.  Take time to choose hair things for the girls that match the formality of her dress and practice her hairstyle in advance.  Boys should have their hair cut a few days to a week before, so that it will be crisp but not edgy and fresh.

If finances are an issue, consider borrowing items from friends to complete their look.  Many people will be happy to loan shoes, accessories and jackets that aren’t getting a lot of use due to their formality.  Consignment and vintage shops are also great places to look.  Think about simple yet elegant basics that can fit into their wardrobes after the wedding – a white cardigan with pearl trim, for example, is great for everyday.  Boys can use khaki slacks in place of chinos for school.

Lastly, have fun dressing your family.  This is an opportunity to go all-out and look your best while having fun celebrating with the ones you love.


Girls: Florals or soft prints
Light-colored classics and dressy sundresses
Skirt & sweater sets with sandals
Pretty hats and scarves
Nice sandals, mary janes or ballet flats
Boys: Light-colored suits, seersucker or linen (spring/summer)
Dark colored suits, blazer & pants or sweater & tie (fall/winter)
Dress shirt, pants & tie
If the wedding is formal, wear a dark suit or morning coat.  Tuxedoes are not worn in the daytime.
Brown, blue or black casual shoes, oxfords or loafers

Evening Weddings:

Girls: Party or cocktail dress
Theater-appropriate attire
Sophisticated darker colors are dressy, but light colors are still appropriate – she’s still a little girl after all.
Sequins, beadwork and other particularly flashy adornments are best left to formal/black tie weddings
Dress shoes, nice mary janes or ballet flats
Boys: Blazer & slacks (if semi-formal or casual)
Dark colored suit
Black or brown oxfords, dress boots or loafers

Black-Tie Optional

Girls: Party or cocktail dresses
Jewel-tones and rich colors look lovely on little ladies, but lighter colors in formal fabrics are also appropriate
Dress shoes or ballet flats
Boys: Tuxedo
Dark suit
Black dress oxfords or cap toes

Black Tie

Girls: Formal dresses, usually full length
Formal jewelry, purses and accessories; dress shoes or formal ballet flats
Boys: Tuxedo
Black dress oxfords or cap toes
Socks should match either the pants or the shoes

Yikes! Socks should match either the pants or the shoes.

Wedding Don’ts:

  • Girls should not wear black in the daytime.
  • Jeans, shorts, athletic shoes or flip flops.  Nope.  (Unless the invitation or bride or groom specifically says it’s a beach/luau thing or cowboy barbeque and you should wear shorts or jeans.)
  • Anything ill-fitting, torn, stained or age-inappropriate
  • Bare shoulders if it is a religious wedding
  • White socks for boys
  • Don’t forget proper undergarments (like undershirts), foundations and furnishings (like a belt)
  • Don’t forget your smile!

EverythingButThePrincess.com has an excellent collection of tuxedos and suits for boys and formalwear and party dresses for girls.

Looking for other etiquette advice, particularly for a wedding?  Visit Emily Post’s Etipedia, the encyclopedia of etiquette.  There is even a whole section on wedding etiquette.

Where Will Spring Take You?

March 8, 2013

Where will Spring take you?

Kate Mack SwimwearBeach & Resort Wear Favorites

If your travel plans this spring break or this summer include some beach time, cruise or tropical resort destination,  Everything But Teh Princess has some wonderful selections of swimwear, resort wear and sundresses perfect for sand-bound destinations. Favorites include Les Tout Petits, Kate Mack, Bicotti, Lilo Tati, Jean Bourget, 3 Pommes, Cioa Bella & More.

Kate Mack Dresses Isobella & Chloe Swimwear Lilo Tati Swimwear
Les Tout PetitsKate Mack Tunics Biscotti Dresses
3 pommes Girls Clothing Jean BourgetLes Tout Petits
Livie & Luca Minnie Red Bow Sandals *Preorder*Going To Disney?
Are you one of the lucky ones planning a Disney vacation this year? Look at these darling outfits from Servane Barrau that evoke old-fashioned European fairy tales. She will outshine Minnie Mouse in these darling outfits! Desigual offers some exciting, modern Minnie Mouse designs. She can show her love for the first cartoon grrl – Minnie!! Other darling favorites from Twirl & Company are the festive choice for glitter & ruffles.
Desigual Minnie Tunic Dress *Preorder* Desigual Alice Red Minnie Mouse Tee Desigual Ali Minnie Mouse Tee
Servane Barrau Fairytale Clothing Servane Barrau Fairy Tale Clothing Servane Barrau Fairytale Clothing
Twirl Ruffle Shorts & Sequine Bow Tank Twirl Sequined Bow Tank & Ruffle Skirt Twirl Sequined Bow Tank & Ruffled Sequin Shorts
Persnickety Meadow Dance CollectionOff to Grandma & Grandpas
Are Grandma & Grandpa giddy with excitement that their beloved grandchildren are coming to visit soon? Let them prance your adorable children around in these sweet & precious outfits. Oh so sweet choices from Isobella & Chloe, Moxie & Mabel, Persnickety Clothing, Mustard Pie, Room Seven, KidCuteTure, Lemon Loves Lime & More.
Mustard Pie Olive Zeppelin Dress Isobella & Chloe Sugar Cookie Dress Moxie & Mabel
Dollcake Giggle Moon Persnickety Farmer's Market
Room Seven Saffran SkirtKidCuteTure Lemon Loves Lime Alligator Tee & Cascade Skirt
Whether it’s the backyard, local park, beach or tropical destination; wherever spring break and summer are taking your family this year, we have everything you need with one stop shopping.

See you at Everything But The Princess!

Sum-sum-summertime! How to choose a great swimsuit for your child

February 15, 2013
Lilo Tati Swimwear, by Lisa Lozano

Lilo Tati, by Lisa Lozano, translates women’s beach styles into miniature suits.

Even though it seems as though summertime is miles away, now is the time to select your swimwear for the season.  You want to be ready the very first opportunity you can go out!  Not only that, but if you are planning a vacation away from the cold, you’ll find a great swimwear selection awaiting you at retailers everywhere.  But how to choose the right suit?  And once you’ve found your ideal, how should you care for it?  Salt and sand, chlorine and sunlight can really wear out swimsuits quickly, so it pays to invest in a good quality swimsuit or three and then take care of them.

We recommend established brands that are known for good quality.  If your child is old enough, have a conversation with her, and choose an age-appropriate swimsuit that you will both like.  In spite of all the fuss about styles on the market that are not appropriate for children or that may encourage body-image issues, there is a wide selection available of cute swimwear for girls that is both functional and age appropriate.  Both one- and two-piece suits can be great looking without being too “sexy.”  If she is participating in aquatic sports, she will need a sporty suit.  But she may also want a swimsuit that’s simply cute for hanging around the pool or on the beach.  Most girls that swim often will need more than one suit, so she can choose different styles.  Make sure the suit will be easy to get on and off (even when wet!) and think about what kind of fasteners it has so that you will be prepared to help her with ties and clips in the back if she needs it.  Suits should also be lined – it doesn’t matter how much skin it covers if you can see right through it.  Additionally, the lining gives the swimsuit extra structure and adds to durability.

Kate Mack Hula Flower Ballerina Swimsuit

Kate Mack brings back the ballerina tutu swimsuit yet again, this time in bright, pretty Hula Flowers colors

If there are no special considerations, a swimsuit can be chosen on looks.  If your child is tall and thin or short and stocky, a two-piece will always fit better.  Don’t be afraid to go up or down two or even three sizes – it’s important that it fits.  Two-piece suits are an excellent choice for infants and toddlers too, as it’s much easier to get swim diapers off.  Kids that are potty training will have a much easier time with a separate bottom also.  Good fit also keeps all her parts covered (!) and will actually help your swimsuit last longer.  No sagging or pulling means she will be comfortable and look great.  If she’s modest about showing her tummy, a tankini style gives you the versatility of a two-piece with the look of a one-piece.

If she likes ruffles & bows, there are plenty of suits that will “suit” her.  Kate Mack, Ciao Bella and Frankie & Daisy are known for quality swimwear with plenty of decoration.  And Lilo Tati and Seafolly have cute suits with smaller ruffles.  For the sporty girls, Seafolly makes high quality suits with simple embellishments and a smooth profile, Les Tout Petits specializes in simple European designs in gorgeous prints.  EBTP is even stocking some great-quality boys’ swimsuits and rash guards from Tiger Joe, by Seafolly.

Seafolly is another EBTP favorite.  Seafolly’s women’s line of swimwear from Australia has been around since the 70′s and boasts a very loyal following.  High quality and stylish in design, Seafolly’s suits are eminently practical while looking great, and have translated very well into smaller sizes for girls.  This year, Seafolly introduced Tiger Joe – boys swimwear and rash guards in American and Australian styles.

Tiger Joe Spliced Board Shorts

Tiger Joe Spliced Boardie

Now that you’ve found the perfect suit – how should you care for it?  We get this question all the time, and we’re happy to say that it’s not difficult at all.

Salt, sun, chlorine and sand really can wreak havoc with the shiny, stretchy and netty fabrics in girls swimwear.  The most important thing is not to leave these damaging elements in contact with your suit for prolonged times.  Each time you take the suit off, rinse it in fresh tap water.  We recommend looking for a sink or shower at the beach or pool, as fresh water is usually available.  Simply rinse the suit out right away to get rid of sand, salt and chlorine.  If there isn’t a fresh water source available, make sure to rinse out suits as soon as you get home, then hang them or lay them flat indoors or in the shade to dry.  I like to hang them in the shower, so I don’t have to worry about the drips.  UV light is hard on fabrics, and lycra/spandex is no exception.  A quick hand-wash with liquid detergent and hang it up is the simplest, easiest way to wash your swimsuit.  If you would like to machine wash it, we recommend turning it inside out to protect the outer fabric from rubbing against other items and the machine itself and using the delicate cycle.  Don’t put your swimsuit in the dryer – the heat will damage the elastic in the fabric and the straps over time, and it may become very twisted with other items and stretched out.

In order to keep your suit fresh and also make sure you have a dry suit to start with, buy more than one if you will be swimming daily or nearly so.  Suits that never get a chance to dry out will have a short life indeed.  Anyway, who doesn’t like choices?

Seafolly Girls Board Shorts

Board shorts are a sporty coverup for girls of all ages. Shown: Seafolly Sweet Cherry Heart Boardie.

Girls will want to play outside the water too.  Why not invest in a good coverup, flip flops and sun hat to keep her covered and comfortable when she’s not swimming?  These items make it easier to get from home to car to pool/beach, protect her from the sun, keep her from getting chilled when wet and look darling.

Flops and coverups can be cared for in the same way that the suit can, though they will not get nearly as wet.  Many companies make coverups to match their swimsuits, and some even make hats & sandals.  Keeping it all together and easy to get dressed & undressed also means less effort for you to keep everything together (!) at poolside and lessens the possibility that a stray sock or t-shirt will get left behind.  Did we mention that it looks great?

Don’t forget your sunglasses & sunscreen!

Everything But The Princess has a large selection of children’s swimwear in a variety of styles.  Find age-appropriate swimwear here.

More useful tips here.

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