Sunday, August 18, 2013

Governors Island National Monument

Governors Island!

Today was an exciting day! I went to Governors Island with my family. Governors Island is an island in the New York Harbor that is closed to cars. It's opened on weekends in the summertime for people to come explore the island.  Of course, since it is a National Park Service site, I had to check to see if they have a Junior Ranger program- they do! Once I knew that, I begged my parents to take me.

Governors Island!

To get to the island, we took a ferry from Lower Manhattan. It was really fun! Once we got to the island, we stopped by the bookstore to pick up a Junior Ranger booklet and a pencil.  Then we headed to our first stop- Fort Jay! Fort Jay is a former army star fort that you can explore.

Governors Island!

Inside the fort, I found this awesome cannon! The junior ranger book asked some questions about the fort, so I answered them.  The rest of the booklet takes place at Castle Williams, which is on another part of the island.

Governors Island!

After I answered the questions in the booklet, I went back to the bookstore to get my badge from the ranger. She was really nice and posed for this photo with me!

Governors Island!

Here I am outside Fort Jay with my Junior Ranger badge! I hadn't earned a badge in a long time, so I was proud to finally add another one to my collection.

Fete Paradiso!

Where do you think we went next? Well, we went to Fête Paradiso! It's a French carnival with vintage rides and games! First I had lemonade and a delicious sandwich called a croque monsieur.  Then, it was time for rides!

Governors Island!

Here I am on the carousel. It was really cool!

Governors Island!

We also rode on the Velocipedes, a ride where you are on a bicycle and you pedal round and round in circles.  You can see it behind me (not very well) in this photo.  I had a great time on Governors Island! I'm hoping we'll go back before the season ends.

Have you ever been to a carnival? How about an island? What did you do there?

In this entry I'm wearing: tee from American Girl Place with homemade decal, shorts from Liberty Jane Clothing.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Sweaters By Altadena

Hi everyone! Today I'm going to do something a little different.  I want to share some awesome sweaters with you! The sweaters are from By Altadena and are really beautiful.  If you're interested in having the designer make you a sweater of your own, check out her shop at!


First we have this navy blue cardigan modeled by Cobie.  It's cozy and warm and perfect for a fall day at school. In fact, it fits right in with Cobie's school uniform!


Next we have Miko modeling the Marinière sweater in pink. It's very chic with little white buttons at the shoulder and five white stripes. The sweater is very easy to put on as it closes up the back with velcro.


Here's Iris modeling a cowl sweater in purple.  This sweater also closes up the back, making it easy for small hands to put on.  It's beautifully stitched and would be a welcome addition to any fall wardrobe.


Finally we have a special favorite- Coral is modeling the Flashdance sweater! This off-the-shoulder sweater is very on trend and is comfy and cozy to boot! In addition to looking great with every day outfits, it also looks great as a ballet warm up.

Flashdance Sweater

Here you can see the Flashdance sweater worn with dance clothing- it's great to keep warm before beginning at the barre!


By Altadena makes wonderful ballet sweaters- not just the Flashdance one, but this warm-up wrap as well! Katya loves hers and wears it before every class.

Miko, Iris, Coral, and Cobie

In short, By Altadena's sweaters make beautiful keepsakes for your collection. She sells patterns on Ravelry under the screenname altadena as well as at her etsy shop, By Altadena.   She also has a really fun blog about doll clothes in French at Dis maman... habille ma poupée. Make sure to check her out- you won't be disappointed!
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