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We cannot get enough of the cutest (not to mention the most charming) boutiques in the South! This week we interviewed Jona Carver, owner of The Carousel in Columbia, South Carolina. Not only does the store have the best in back-to-school trends, Jona gives us the top trends for fall for southern belles and boys, must-haves for any new mom and her “before she had kids, one thing she swore she would never do!”. Read more for a playful Friday interview with one of our premier Le Top and Rabbitmoon boutiques!

4525 Forest Drive
Columbia, SC 29206

 or go to www.carouselkidsboutique.com for more information 

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 1.    How long has your store been around and what was the inspiration behind the name of your store?
I opened this store in February of 2010. Everyone told me I was crazy to open a store at that time, but I knew I could do it! My children and I love horses and the carousel ride at any amusement park was always my favorite, as well as my kids! The carousel represented to me the magic and imagination of childhood.

2.    Tell us the inside scoop about any special events that you have planned at your store this coming summer, especially the fun deals we can expect.  
The Carousel is truly lucky to be part of a wonderful shopping center called Forest Village. The other stores and I are hoping to plan a fall festival for all the kids with games, costume contest, apple bobbing and who knows what!! The Carousel is also working with local artists to promote their wonderful talents in our store with special previews and sales!

3.    Back-to-school is just around the corner – what are 3 trends you can tell parents to look for when buying their kids’ wardrobe?
Parents, like myself, are always looking for a good value, durability and quality. When I brought Rabbitmoon into my store in the fall of 2010, parents were intrigued. No one else in my area carried this line from Le Top. When the spring line of this year arrived, I was blown away by all the comments I received. Parents told me how the Rabbitmoon outfits were their children’s favorite. How they were pleased with how they washed and held their shape.  I could hardly keep the spring line stocked!!

4.    Tell us…before you “had kids or grandkids, what is one thing you swore you’d never…?” Please share!
Adhere to the “5 second” rule.  All of my friends had babies before I did, and I would watch as “little Johnny” would throw his bottle or paci on the floor. My friends would always say “5 second rule”, blow it off and hand it back to “little Johnny”. Well, I just thought that was unsanitary until I had one of my own. After running back and forth one day numerous times, rinsing bottles or paci, I had had enough. Now the “5 second rule” RULES in my house!!

5.    Give us your top 3 essentials for a kid’s back-to-school wardrobe from your store.
For the boys, the staple in the south has to be a good polo shirt and khaki pants. We carry Bella Bliss that has outstanding quality and the soft cottons. And what little southern belle wouldn’t be complete without her smocked dress. Le Za Me from Louisiana fits our bill for this traditional school apparel.

6.    If you could pick one essential for a new mom for her baby from your store – what would it be and why?
The biggest, softest blanket you can find. We have Little Giraffe blankets and they are the best blankets around!

7.    Describe the neighborhood of your store locations in Columbia, South Carolina. Did you grow up in any of the local area?
Our store is located in Forest Acres, a city within our capital city Columbia. Although our address is Columbia, our store is within the city limits of Forest Acres. Forest Acres is wonderful community full of great schools, local flavors and true southern charm!

8.    Tell us about a “special” moment that made your day working at your store.
Soon after I opened the store, a little girl named Lily came in with her mom. They had been shopping at other stores that day and Lily was getting tired of trying on clothes. She was looking for a special dress for her birthday and just could not find what she wanted. After many go-arounds, Lily found her dress. The next day, Lily and her mom came back to the store with a thank-you card Lily had made for me. She said that she loved her dress and that everyone thought she was the most beautiful one at the party. I nearly cried!!

7.    What Le Top or rabbitmoon Spring/Summer 2011 collection is your store’s favorite and why?
This would have to be the Rabbitmoon Empress Collection. Any piece in this collection! I literally sold out of the dress from the back room before it could even be steamed!! This print was my best seller!


4525 Forest Drive
Columbia, SC 29206

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Double the fun with today’s a-lister birthdays! Happy birthday to twins Vivienne and Knox Jolie-Pitt who turn 3-years-old today! They will be celebrating with their family brood that includes Maddox, 9 1/2, Pax, 7, Zahara, 6, Shiloh, 4 1/2…and of course mommy and daddy Angelia Jolie and Brad Pitt – all a stylish family! Vivienne and Knox would look adorable in rabbitmoon for their big day!

Vivienne could be comfy and stylish sporting in rabbitmoon’s Geranium Collection smocked babydoll dress!

Contrasting floral and dot patterns in carnation pink, chiffon yellow, and chocolate brown accent this smocked, charming baby doll swing dress. Soft stretch cotton adds comfort, while pink tulle lace ribbon sleeve trim adds stylish detail. Back snaps allow for plenty of options to layer bloomers, tights or leggings.

Knox will have a rumble-and-tumble birthday in these comfy and cool threads from the rabbitmoon Splash Collection’s linen shorts and stretchy cotton retro tee.

Seal blue soft linen blend short with ocean blue piping can be dressed up or down. Pull on elasticized waistband makes dressing easy, while belt loops add style. Contrast stitching around decorative fly matches embroidered wave detail, and functional contrast ocean blue twill tape side pockets polish the look.

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Photo By: Joey Andrew/Startraks

We couldn’t be more thrilled for actress and mom of two, Denise Richards, for becoming a mom again! Richards, 40, just adopted a baby girl domestically. Eloise Joni Richards is named after Denise’s mom (Joni), and Denise and daughters Sami (7) and Lola (6) chose the name Eloise. Shortly after the news broke last week, Richards posted a message of appreciation to her fans on Twitter. “Thank you all for your sweet messages,” she Tweeted. “The girls and I are over the moon and so is my dad Grandpa Irv…xo” Richards’ first two girls are going to be a great team with new sis Eloise! We think Eloise would look so cute in our rabbitmoon  Geranium Collection summery tiered ruffle bubble

This soft stretch geranium print cotton bubble one-piece is designed with dainty pink-on-yellow dot tiered side ruffles and lettuce ruffle shoulder straps. Pretty-in-pink tulle ribbon detail makes for ultra-feminine cuteness. Elasticized ruffle cuffs, along with back and underneath diaper snaps for convenient dressing.

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It has been a very exciting year for actress and NEW mommy Natalie Portman, 30, – an engagement (in December), an Oscar and now a new baby boy! She welcomed a son yesterday with fiance Benjamin Millepied. The name? We are not sure yet, but we think she is super fab and her new son would look just stunning in our Rabbitmoon “Splash!” Collection short sleeve bodysuit – Shades of aquatic blues in a fun pattern of surfboards, sailboats and autos define this comfy stretch cotton short sleeve bodysuit. Even better? Sport shoulder snaps and underneath diaper snaps for easy dressing!

Rabbitmoon "Splash" collection short sleeve bodysuit

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Antonio Sabàto, Jr. (39), and girlfriend, Cheryl Moana Marie have a new addition to their lives, son Antonio Kamakanaalohamaikalani Harvey Sabàto III. Cheryl delivered little Antonio on Sunday, May 1 at 10:30 p.m.

In case you’re wondering, the name Kamakanaalohamaikalani is Hawaiian and means “a beloved gift from the heavens.” Wow, that is a mouthful.

Antonio III joins siblings Jack, 16, Sabàto’s son with actress Virginia Madsen, and Mina, 7, whose mom is Kristin Rossetti.

The couple met two years ago in Los Angeles. With dad being a former Calvin Klein model and mom a former Miss Kauai America this kid is bound to be handsome.

Rabbitmoon "Splash" One-Piece Button Up

What a better way to show him off than in Rabbitmoon’s “Splash” collection button up one-piece. The soft stretch cotton and a boyish pattern of surfboards, autos and sailboats with matching fashionable mini front pocket make this outfit a great option for those warm summer days.

The actor recently Tweeted, “Beautiful beautiful day, my son is so beautiful and perfect IN everyway. We are blessed”

Congratulations to the happy couple!

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Violet Nash, daughter of R&B singer Christina Milian and singer/music producer Terius “The-Dream” Nash was welcomed into the world one year ago tomorrow, February 26th. We think Violet would look lovely in rabbitmoon’s ‘empress collection’ tiered dress with flutter sleeves and the matching floral bloomer for a spring day in the park. We wish Violet a birthday filled with fun!

Rabbitmoon 'empress collection' tiered dress and floral bloomers

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WOW! What is the water in Hollywood these days? Who isn’t prego?? Actress Kate Hudson, 32, announced this morning to People magazine that she is ready to start a family with rocker boyfriend, Matthew Bellamy, 32, and will be having a baby! Brother Ryder, 7, will have a new sibling to play with! Exciting. Kate is so fashionable that we think these adorable new Spring 2011 rabbitmoon (http://www.rabbitmoon-usa.com/) outfits would be adorable for her if she had a little girl or boy.


For a girl: rabbitmoon Reflection bubble

For a boy: rabbitmoon Tour romper

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