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IT'S A WRAP
Peace Love World's collection of chic scarves will not only help your little scholar stay fashionably wrapped, but each piece features a positive, uplifting message (from "I am Peace" to "I am Happy") that'll encourage kids to spread the love on the very first day of school.
Buy It Now! Peace Love World Scarves, $28, peaceloveworld.com
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A little bit prep, a little bit rock! Just in time for back to school, men's designer John Varvatos is expanding his line to include luxe apparel for the junior set. The downtown vibe will have your mini guy (sizes 4-20) dressed to impress in faux leather jackets, cool tees and edgy denim duds featuring skulls, peace sign and starburst graphics.
Buy It Now! John Varvatos USA for Boys, $45-$285, johnvarvatos.com
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GOODIE TWO SHOES
Put a little sparkle in her step with Skechers' TwinkleToes, the brand's adorable collection of girlie kicks that already has a fan following in Nahla Aubry, Leni and Lou Samuel and Violet Affleck. And available in mid-September, Tommy Hilfiger's new children's shoe line is filled with instant classics – including the navy boating Dylan shoes.
Buy It Now! Skechers Girls' Twinkle Toes Shuffles – Heart Sparks, $42, skechers.com
Buy It Now! Tommy Hilfiger Dylan Shoe, $35, zappos.com
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Think Project Runway for kids' clothes on the web: New line One Jackson invites indie designers to submit their takes on the trends, then lets customers decide which items get made and sold in a limited run. Each collection has about 10 to 12 styles, including the first two boys' lines featuring tees, hoodies, sweaters and other cool spins on fall staples.
Buy It Now! One Jackson Fall 2012 Collection, $16-$42, onejackson.com
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Vera Wang recently debuted Princess Vera Wang, her first-ever juniors collection that's both edgy and feminine. From graphic tees and floral-printed pants to pink peep-toe platforms and polka-dot handbags, your trendsetting tween is sure to find the perfect outfit (or two, or three!) to strut her stuff down the school halls.
Buy It Now! Princess Vera Wang, $34-$78, kohls.com
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Are you and your little ones ready to be the toe-tally awesome? Kick the fun factor up a notch with Happy Socks, a cool line (moms Gwen Stefani and Jessica Alba already have!) of colorfully patterned crew socks and knee-highs for the entire family.
Buy It Now! Happy Socks Knee High Multi Stripe Combed Cotton, $10, happysocks.com
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Amp up her back-to-school style with designer Cynthia Rowley's latest creations: DREAMPOP by Cynthia R, a collection (launching this month) focusing on three fashion traits – trendy, girlie or sporty – and works to blend them together in endless options of mix-and-match outfits. Your fashionista will have a blast showing off her different personalities.
Buy It Now! DREAMPOP by Cynthia R.'s, $14-$30, jcpenney.com
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From Dutch braids to side ponytails, there are so many cute hairstyles to try on for fall. To keep her tresses perfectly accessorized, Crawlings recently launched an adorable hair accessories line of puppy and poppy ponytail bands, carrot and cupcake clips, and bedazzled headbands. Top that!
Buy It Now! Crawlings Double Scottie Ponytail, $16, crawlings.com.
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WHAT A HOOT
Go-to water bottle brand Liberty Bottleworks has taken the best features of their full-sized jugs – BPA-free, recycled aluminum construction, food grade inner coating and tapered neck for easy pouring – and bottled it up into kid-friendly versions, including this adorable owl-themed Hoots style.
Buy It Now! Liberty Bottleworks Hoots, $18, libertybottles.com
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The solution to smushed snacks and boatloads of baggies has been found with Aladdin's latest Expandable Snack Containers. The accordion-like design allows little hands to twist off the cap and easily collapse the tube for quick storing in their cubbyhole or backpack. Not only will parents rejoice in its dishwasher-safe capabilities, but each container is car-cup friendly, making them a worthy travel companion.
Buy It Now! Aladdin Snack Containers, $7, aladdin-pmi.com
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"Planet Box and LapTop Lunches are my two favorite bento-style lunch boxes out there. Easy to open, clean and just the right amount of food goes into each compartment," Weelicious blogger Catherine McCord says of the respective stainless steel and versatile, eco-friendly sets.
Buy It Now! Planet Box Rover Complete, $60, planetbox.com; Laptop Lunches Bento-ware , $24, laptoplunches.com
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It won't be long before your kids start shuffling parent signatures, homework and projects (oh my!) back and forth from home to school. Keep it all organized with Mead and Five Star's latest (and greatest!) collection of Style folders, featuring their signature sturdy pockets and bold, funky geometric designs – they're almost too cool for school.
Buy It Now! Mead Five Star Style 4-Pocket Paper Folder, $2, mead.com
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Hot on the heels of their first-ever tablet debut, Leapfrog is set to launch the updated (and faster!) LeapPad 2, equipped with higher resolution, video recorder and front and back camera capabilities for your tech-savvy tot. And like its predecessor, version 2.0 has free apps, including a music player and the popular Pet Pad writing tool.
Buy It Now! Leapfrog LeapPad2, $100, amazon.com
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From the first-day jitters to the end-of-the-year celebrations, it's never too early to start snapping picture-perfect memories. With convenient fill-in-the-blank prompts and age-appropriate illustrations, Rag and Bone's handmade School Years Album lets your child to revisit their greatest accomplishments – and occasional mishaps – again and again.
Buy It Now! Rag and Bone School Years Album, $68, giggle.com