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Those close to me know that swim has been a passion of mine since I started kangacoo designs.  I have always lived close to a beach, I grew up in the SF Bay Area and moved to Huntington Beach in my 20's, so I have always been inspired by the ocean and sand.  I am thrilled to announce I have taken the plunge into swimwear.  I will have a small 2011 Summer retail release this week and will be bringing my swim line to the wholesale market this fall with my showrooms: Smallshop in LA and MiniSooze in Chicago.

Thank you to my fans for your patience in my swim release.  It was very important to me to get the fit and construction right so your little one has a durable yet fashionable suit this summer! 

So without further ado here is my Swim 2011 Collection!

                   Little Miss Patriette Swimsuit
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    Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Ruffle Striped Bikini
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                       Summer Princess Swim Suit
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Thank you to Nicole Benitez Photography for the pictures, Chickapee Creations for the Sunhat, Gigis Apparel for the cowboy hat, and my daughter Marlise in the yellow bikini for the inspiration!
 
 
I originally started this blog to help out other small business by promoting them, sharing trade info and also to keep people updated on happenings with kangacoo.  As it turns out I got sidetracked with FB and my blog has been gravely neglected.  I have to thank facebook for driving us to do giveaways on our blogs because it has given me a renewed passion for my blog.  Stay tuned for more interviews, what I have learned in the industry posts, and other exciting happenings!

In the meantime let the giveaway begin!  I am excited to bring you 8 unique designers with a style all their own.  Some you may heard of, but many you may not have.  From accessory designers to, doll clothes, to little girl clothes this giveaway has it all for the little princess in your life!
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First up! 
Jewelry and  Baby Bling Things by Dara is giving away a beautiful pink bracelet fit for your princess or one you know!
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The focal of this stunning bracelet is a clear swarovski crystal surrounded by crystal rondelles, pink Swarovski crystals and pearls, pink cats eye beads, sterling silver daisy spacers and tiara charm, lobster claw clasp and a grow link chain for long wear. Custom Size $18 value!

I found out about this designer through ETSYKIDS-a fabulous group of handmade childrens designers on ESTY.  You can search products specifically by etsykids members by putting etsykids in the main page search menu.

Did you know that
Jewelry and Baby Bling Things also makes the most amazing jewel studded shoes and photoprops?
Shop here:
www.jewelryandbabyblingbydara.com

Next up is a vendor new to me that I am super thrilled about!  If your little princess has a doll you know that she needs to be just as well dressed as your little girl.  The Melamoose Co. is the perfect designer to dress up your little ladies’ little lady!  She is giving away a 15-16" Strawberry Peasant top and Ruffle set. (doll not included) $28 (+ shipping) value.

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Fun facts:
The Melamoose Co. was once an ice cream shop she owned.

The owner started this venture by making some M2M doll clothes for a friend....and it just took off.

She LOVES fabric. Actually she said, “I'm down right sick about it. I like the feel of quality fabrics....the bright colors...and patterns. I love it all. It's a great sickness to have! ha!”
Shop Melamoose here:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheMelamooseCo

Next up is a dear friend that I can’t believe I haven’t collaborated with before this!  My daughter has a closet with items from Kait Emerson Designs!  In my recent swim photo shoot she brought along this darling coverup/poncho/shirt.  It’s such a versatile piece and she is offering it to you! A $34 value!

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A few facts about Kait Emerson Designs:

* We are offer a line of Modern Clothing for Kids that is unique, full of life and lots of personality.
*Many think I'm Kait but, actually Kait Emerson is a combo of both my children's names.
*We are based in Huntington Beach, CA
Shop here:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/KateEmersonDesigns?ref=ss_profile

We aren’t done yet folks.  Next up is a designer I am so excited to share with you.  She literally takes bits n pieces of material and creates the most darling clothes for your little darling.  Once you see her designs you will be the next to line up for a custom listing! Bits n’ Pieces by Kristin will be giving away a Pixie twirl skirt, Not the exact piece in the picture, but a custom version of it just for you!
The value is $29.00
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Fun facts about Bits N’ Pieces by Kristin:

This  business is the result of years and years of creating and sewing all sorts fun things! 

My inspiration comes from my daughter, and her love of fun and colorful clothing.  Color inspires my designs in a major way, I love color and I am not afraid to use it, lots of it!!   I love mixing odd prints and colors together into one piece, It makes my clothing really pop!   Everywhere I go I see something that inspires me to create, it can be the smallest thing that catches my eye and sparks me to create something. 

When I am creating a piece I never know really what it is going to look like in the end, all my designs are designed as I go, which I love, It is always a surprise in the end! 

I also love when a customer sends me something to work with of theirs, to mix in with my fabrics, whether it be a favorite shirt or something sentimental....It keeps my work fresh and exciting. 

Shop Here:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/BitsNPiecesbyKristin?ref=ss_profile


Next up is one of the coolest items I have ever seen! 
Fo
rtyToes is giving away this beautiful Feather headpiece!  A $45 value!
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Some fun FT FACTS:

Forty Toes was named after my four babies toes. =)

Jennifer from Dearlillie.com is who inspired me to start FT!

Forty Toes started as a clothing business but has grown into so much more!  She is an amazing photographer, fabulous networker, and promotes small business.  She also host tons of fabulous giveaways and charity auctions.

Find her blog here:
http://networkedblogs.com/hTr8P
Fan here:
http://www.facebook.com/?sk=messages&tid=1811338961678#!/fortytoesphotography

Next is an accessory designer I have had the pleasure of working with quite a bit lately.  Blog post dedicated to her coming very soon!  Chickapee Creations is giving away her New Helen Headband!

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A few fun facts about Chickapee:

She is inspired by her daughters and tries each piece on her kids before listing it.  “If they don’t leave it on it goes.  It has to be wearable.”

In addition to hair pieces she also makes the most darling everyday hats.

We just collaborated on my swim shoot where she designed sun hats.  They will be super limited to reserve yours now!
Shop:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/chickapeecreations?ref=ss_profile

I, kangacoo designs, am hopping on this bandwagon to giveaway a little something myself.  It was hard to decide what to giveaway, if you follow me you know I have been designing like crazy!  But I think I have narrowed it down to the tried and true.  My signature product both in the wholesale mart and on the retail side.  A pair of ruffle capris in the color of your choice!  A $30 value!
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A few fun facts about kangacoo designs:

KA=Katie NG=Nguyen (my name) Coo=what babies do.  The A was thrown in there to make a play on kangaroo-easier to remember.

I am always designing in my head-it’s my addiction.  The more difficult the fabric the better.  Why do I torture myself so?

I admittedly overuse J and LOL.  Not being able to show real emotion over the web drives me crazy since many of our relationships take place there.
Shop:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/kangacoo?ref=ss_profile

Finally is one of my all time favorites!  My Own Threads is giving away a new color me in Best Friend Tee Shirt!  As if her appliqué tees weren’t the best thing since sliced bread now she has made you a part of the Best Friend experience! An $18 value comes with the tee and markers.
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A little about MOT and the designer behind the brand:

MY OWN THREADS CLOTHING by Sandy Stanley, designer and creator of My BestFriend™ and the Friendship Pledge.

Clothing should make a statement about the goodness of the person inside of it.

I work hard every day to create quality clothing and concepts to help our kids grow into the people we can't wait for them to be!
Shop Here:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/myownthreads?ref=ss_profile

Entering is easy and there are many ways to win!  Contest starts 5/16/11 and ends 5/26/11.  Winner announced 5/27/11 here on my blog.  Good luck!

1 Entry for just commenting on this blog with your favorite item from any of these vendors shops.  Cannot be an item in the giveaway.

1 Entry for becoming a fan of all vendors in this giveaway.  And while you are there say hi from @kangacoo designs. (saying Hi is not a requirement just the nice thing to do) You’ll find links to all these pages in the sections above with their giveaway items. (my blog is acting up and won’t let me link these right now, sorry)

Jewelry and Baby Bling by Dara
The Melamoose Co.
Kait Emerson Designs
Bits N Pieces by Kristin
Forty Toes
Chickapee Creations
kangacoo designs
My Own ThreadsBy entering this contest and fanning pages on facebook  you acknowledge that facebook is in no way associated with or in any way liable for this giveaway.  You also understand that while you can share this giveaway or comment about it on facebook it is not a requirement to entering. And the link should go to this blog not my fb page.

1 Entry if you purchase an item from any of these vendors shops during the time frame of this contest 5/16-5/26/11

1 Entry for following my blog.

1 Entry if you share this giveaway on your blog-please leave a link to your blog page.