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Todays Small Shop Feature is Malia + Kai. This company has so many cute twirl dresses that little girls will just LOVE! They truly are the perfect twirl dress which Hayley obsessed about every time she puts one on. Make sure you head on over to her shop she has so many cute new dresses right now!

Tell me a little bit about yourself, who you are, what your company is:
I’m Shawna, the crazy lady behind Malia + Kai.  I’m a work at home mama wrangling 3 littles (ages 13, 3, and 8 months) here in coastal North Carolina.  When the kids don’t have me tied up you can find me at my sewing table, cutting out rainclouds or dinosaurs or pineapples and sewing clothes for my littles and hopefully yours too.  We are all about comfort and simplicity around here so I try to throw in a little style and create something cute.

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What happened in your life that helped your decision to actually create a small business?
The simple answer is Malia happened 😛 When my daughter was a little over a year old she started to get reeeeaaallllly picky and difficult to dress.  And it wasn’t necessarily the style of the clothes but the comfort level.  She straight up refused to wear anything not jersey soft material.  So if it wasn’t leggings or T-shirt dresses she wasn’t having it.  Putting a pair of actual jeans on her would elicit a hissy fit that rivaled Kanye.  I still wanted her to wear cute things though and so I figured out how to make clothes for her that were super comfy but still trendy.  When she outgrew them and I would go to sell them on IG, people wanted more, and thus Malia + Kai was born!

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Where do you find inspiration:
So many places.  A lot from my kids and their interests, I start with whatever their favorite thing is at the moment.  For instance the Sharptooth dress started with Malia’s obsession with The Land Before Time and dinosaurs.  Sometimes I get an idea and the execution of it turns out to be a complete disaster and sometimes it turns out even better than I expected.  I will just see a pattern and get a vision in my head and mess with it to see if it works.

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What is your favorite part about your small business? What is the most exciting part about what you do?
I love the creativity of it.  It’s so much fun to dream something up and see it come to life, and even better when other people are excited about it too.

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What I loved about her dresses is that they are so easy to make cozy for colder weather but then also you could just throw one on and you are summer ready! The shorts are definitely going to be a staple to just put over a bathing suite at the lake this summer.

Outfit Details:

Dresses and shorts: Malia + Kai

Moccasins : Freshly Picked Moccasins

Necklace: The Hatching Hen

Hair bow : Valley Gal Designs

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Photographing a family in at the Manito Park Greenhouse was so much fun. I was so excited to see Charlee and her parents again. She is now 6 months old and was sitting up and looking at all the plants. Well, mainly the pink ones, who can blame her they were absolutely stunning 🙂

Manito Park has many areas to walk around in and see all different gardens. But something draws me into the greenhouse every time. Maybe its the quite, maybe I feel at peace here, maybe I deeply long for a greenhouse of my own.

Hope you all enjoy this amazing family and their 6 month old photo session. You can also check out past sessions with them here:

Maternity

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Charlee Loved it when we had her stand up and hold onto mommy and daddy’s hands. She wanted to walk so badly.spokane-manito-park-green-house-amy-stone-photography-6-month-old-family-photosspokane-manito-park-green-house-amy-stone-photography-6-month-old-family-photosspokane-manito-park-green-house-amy-stone-photography-6-month-old-family-photosspokane-manito-park-green-house-amy-stone-photography-6-month-old-family-photos

There is just something so sweet about daddy and daughter photos.spokane-manito-park-green-house-amy-stone-photography-6-month-old-family-photosspokane-manito-park-green-house-amy-stone-photography-6-month-old-family-photosspokane-manito-park-green-house-amy-stone-photography-6-month-old-family-photosspokane-manito-park-green-house-amy-stone-photography-6-month-old-family-photosspokane-manito-park-green-house-amy-stone-photography-6-month-old-family-photos-_0572spokane-manito-park-green-house-amy-stone-photography-6-month-old-family-photosspokane-manito-park-green-house-amy-stone-photography-6-month-old-family-photosspokane-manito-park-green-house-amy-stone-photography-6-month-old-family-photos-_0573spokane-manito-park-green-house-amy-stone-photography-6-month-old-family-photos-_0575spokane-manito-park-green-house-amy-stone-photography-6-month-old-family-photos-_0574spokane-manito-park-green-house-amy-stone-photography-6-month-old-family-photos-_0576

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Photographing Seniors outdoors is one of my favorite things. Since living in Spokane a friend of mine has introduced me to Bowl and Pitcher. Whenever I am at this park I feel like I discover a new area every time. I look forward to coming her many times over this summer.

Lily is such a beautiful person she told me that she just didn’t know what to do in front of the camera but every time I took a picture I couldn’t get enough. Lily you are totally a natural and you have nothing to worry about! Girl you rocked it!

Thank you for allowing me to capture this time in your life. I am excited to follow your journey.

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Today I am featuring My Main Squish. This simple small shop from etsy you will be able to find unique designs for shirts and also adorable sweat pants and leggings. Here is more from Whitney and Kennedy. Make sure you head on over to their shop and check them out.

 

Tell me a little bit about yourself, who you are, what your company is: 

Hello! We are Whitney and Kennedy. We are the owners of My Main Squish and we are also sister in laws, our husbands are brothers. We are both born and raised in Utah. Whitney has three little boys and a chocolate lab. I have a daughter and a mini Australian shepherd.  Our company is comfortable and cute kids clothing and also beanies and bows.

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What happened in your life that helped your decision to actually create a small business?

We were on an annual family camping trip and Whitney and I were talking and decided that we could start making some beanies for our little ones. Then the idea expanded to shirts, leggings, sweatpants and bows. We both have bought clothing from small businesses and both had a hard time putting a whole outfit together by just looking at a shirt or a pair of pants separately when the shop has so many options. So we went into it with the idea of coming up with a whole outfit. So our costumers could either buy the whole outfit how we styled it or in separate pieces.

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Where do you find inspiration:
We find our inspiration from our own children. My little girl loves cats and wears her cat ears around the house always. That is where we got the inspiration to make our “Meow” shirt. Whitney’s little boys love to be outside and her oldest has taken up snowboarding. That is where we got the inspiration to do the “Snowface” tee. Everything that we make is something we will dress our own kids in.

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What is your favorite part about your small business? What is the most exciting part about what you do?
Our favorite part so far is seeing how our costumers put together our pieces and hearing their feedback. Some style it how we have and some have totally changed it up, and we absolutely love seeing that!  We are both summer girls so we are so excited to come out with fun and new styles for the warmer months! Bring on the pineapples and anchors!!

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