When I was growing up we lived in countless towns and cities and studied a world of religions. Even when we appeared to be living a perfectly normal suburban life, it was not unusual to find some of our nomadic friends camping in our backyard. I enjoyed my world of endless variety but also craved the consistency and tradition, that I later found in my father's family. As European immigrants they settled in Oriskany, New York in the 1700's where they stayed for generation after generation. One of my favorite family photos, shown below, is of my grandfather Francis in his christening gown.
[my grandfather circa 1919 and his father's pocket watch]
When I learned about Baby Beau & Belle and perused their beautiful heirloom-quality baby christening gowns and jumpsuits I was immediately reminded of all of our time-worn family photos. I quickly found the perfect gown for Alexandria. A classic girls christening gown that can be preserved for her little ones to wear later on.
Baby Beau & Belle is made in Gig Harbor, Washington. Crafted from an array of silks, Venetian laces, supima, pima and organic cottons, this line of special occasion newborn baby clothing is perfect for events and photo shoots alike. From Swiss embroidery, to handmade silk rosettes and French silk ribbons, no detail is overlooked. And from the cotton collection to the heirloom collection there are pieces to fit every budget.
For boys there is a variety of pantsuits, jumpsuits and christening gowns. My favorite is this little jumpsuit made from seersucker and silk taffeta.
When I received the gown, aside from the fact that it's utterly beautiful (we left it hanging on the wall of the bedroom just to admire it) I was surprised to find it thoughtfully lined with a super soft cotton jersey. Even though these pieces are designed for special occasion wear, the designers went the extra mile to keep baby comfy and happy. I was also impressed by the quality of the finishings. This is not a piece that you turn inside to find hastily finished seams. These are truly made to last. You can follow them on Twitter or on Facebook where you can enter to win a $500 shopping spree (yes please!)