Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Patricia Wersinger

Girls grow through different stages on their way to womanhood. The Tween years in particular are drawing a lot of new interest as researchers and designers are becoming aware of the need for pre teens to have products that are exclusive for them.

Shabby Apple is a Couture line with a conscience and the desire to “make dresses the way they were always meant to be.” The beautiful line of handmade Halloween costumes they offer are so superior in quality, design and detail to chain store versions that you’ll want to store them away after Halloween as keepsakes. Such classics as Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty are named Glass Sleeper, Mirror Mirror, and Sweet Dreams. Glass Sleeper comes with a two-tiered full skirt; Mirror Mirror has puff sleeves with a gold trimmed peplum on the chest and a yellow tulle overlay on the full skirt; Sweet Dreams in light blue features a high collar neck, long sleeves and puffed shoulder. For Swan Lake fans, there is also a two-toned Tutu with satin ribbon that ties at the waist. All dresses are in soft stretch polyester nylon and available in sizes 2T to 8 at http://www.Shabbyapple.com.

Memory Maker Bracelets offers a line of “Halloween Bandz” bracelets by Ashley B. Jewelry that will add drama and detailing to any dress up costume. Bandz stretch bracelets are created out of black elastic cord, orange and black beads and reversible plaques with sayings and charms such as Trick or Treat or Happy Halloween. They come with bats, candy baskets, cats or pumpkins. Find them at http://www.memorymakerbracelet.com.

Ottilie and Lulu is a new brand of products created specifically for Tweens. Baby products, says founder Deborah Herman, don’t appeal to Tweens, yet brands targeted to teens and adults are too harsh for their delicate skin, and the imagery with its idealized femininity is not suitable for them. Ottilie and Lulu are two best friends who are total opposites, one is feminine, the other a tomboy. Tweens can identify with them and feel the collection is exclusively theirs. Ottilie and Lulu’s hair and skin care collection include a Shiny Silky Detangler & Conditioner, Feel Good Shampoo and Body Wash, Clean Skin Facial Wipes, Everyday Moisturizer with a non chemical SPF 20 Sunscreen and a Body Glow Lotion. It contains no parabens, no phthalates, SLS, mineral oil or petrolatum. Available at http://www.ottilieandlulu.com

SoftLips has a collection of premium protective lip conditioners that are particularly suited for Tweens. Combining effective lip protection with SPF 20, they come in appealing flavors like Wild Berry, Vanilla, Cherry, Strawberry or Raspberry with Green Tea Extract. Winter flavors like Sugar Cookie and Winter Mint, Sugar and Spice and Sugar Plum Berry are available for the cold season. SoftLips have a trim, fluted shape that appeals to a budding female sensibility.
Collect all the enchanting flavors as they change with the rhythm of seasons. Available at the cough and cold section of most retailers for the suggested retail prices of $2.99 to $3.99 for the dual-stick pack.

At The Children’s Place this fall, tights and leggings come in multiple styles. Frolicsome and colorful, some evoke snow games and afternoons ice – skating at the local ring, others have a vintage aura that evokes old world fairies and lost wonderlands; 100%cotton, smooth or ribbed, the leggings can be layered and are a must to create the cool versatile looks available at Children Place this fall. Let your Tween be creative with her picks! http://www.ChildrensPlace.com

For tweens who like to wear unique, vibrant footwear that fits their lifestyle, MUK-LUKs, an icon in the footwear industry since 1972, has a wonderful collection of slipper socks, shoes and boots with lively patterns likely to turn every grey fall day into a delightful time. Swiftly pulled on and off, these boots have a cotton and polyester shell, a leather side wall with a pliable sole, and are lined with super soft fuzzy materials. MUK-LUKS can be worn indoors for comfort or outside as a light uncomplicated boot. This versatility should particularly appeal to a tweens’ breeziness. Check the whole collection for a wide choice of possibilities at MUK-LUKS.com. Also available at Urban Outfitters,Target and other retailers.

At any age, hair is an issue for females, but the tween years are when a girl first struggles with which hairstyle suits her personality best. HairZing has a line of fabulous hair accessories that can help any girl learn to control and display her hair in the best possible way. Girls who like to play with the endless possibilities that their supple hair allows for will love to collect those accessories by HairZing. Amazing styles are possible to turn any recalcitrant mane into a feast for the eyes . HairZing works for all styles of hair from short, straight or mousy to full, thick and long. Made out of pliable metal for quality and duration and decorated with naturally colored beads on elastic strings, they come with suitable little plastic containers to keep them neat. See step-by-step demos at http://www.Hairzing.com.

Get your girl ready for fall — from head to toe.

Originally published October 2009
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