Pumpkin Carving Contest!

Posted on Oct 26, 2016 in The Buzz | 0 comments


Win our Top Picks from the Patch! We’re picking *THREE* Solemates to win a pair of Livie & Luca’s! All you’ve got to do is download one of our templates, and bust out those pumpkin carving skills! Get creative, and add your own spin to our designs. We want to see the cool things our Solemates are making this Halloween!

Download Our Carving Templates Here!

How To Enter:

1. Carve a pumpkin using one of our downloadable templates.

2. Post photos of your pumpkin by 10/31/16 on Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest with #LIVIEPUMPKIN

3. Our Top 3 favorite pumpkins win a pair of Livie & Luca shoes! Winners announced 11/4/16.

Rules: Open to the US and Canada. Entries accepted through 10/31/16. Winner announced 11/4/16 on Instagram and Facebook. Per Instagram and Facebook rules, this promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc, or Facebook, Inc, or Pinterest. By entering, entrants confirm that they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest of responsibility, and agree to terms of use.

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Livie & Luca Inspired DIY Costumes

Posted on Oct 12, 2016 in The Buzz |

Halloween is just around the corner! Rather than making your way to the big Halloween superstore and spending an absurd amount of money on some superhero-inspired scraps of polyester, why not do things a little differently this season!

Inspired by our most beloved shoes, we’ve created some memorable costumes that are as simple to make as they are ADORABLE! Download our DIY instructions to bring our most beloved L&L critters to life this Halloween!




Shop Pipkin!

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Shop Elephant! 

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Shop Petal!

Download the Petal How To: DIY_PetalCostume_HowTo

Don’t forget to tag us in your costume creations! Happy Halloween!

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5 Backyard Activities for Kids

Posted on Jul 19, 2016 in The Buzz |

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Summer’s hitting the halfway mark and some of us are looking for fresh inspiration to keep our curious kids happy and busy! We’ve dug up a few activities for all ages that will surely entertain and enchant. And you can do them in your own back yard!

A bit of boredom on a summer afternoon is good for us all but at least with these ideas you’ll be ready when a little more action is called for!

Pool Noodle Race Track

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A craft as well as an activity and something that can be done in any weather, we love these pool noodle race tracks! Cut a pool noodle in half lengthwise and, voilà, it becomes a race track, a marble chute or a water run. An easy and adaptable project that can be brought out again and again.

Tutorial and Photo from Ramblings From Utopia.

Ladybug Painted Rocks

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Painting rocks! As long as you set up for a possible mess, it’s a creative and relaxing project for the whole family. We’ve found there’s a lot of room for interpretation when it comes to painting ladybugs, so don’t be afraid to let them go wild!

Tutorial and photo from Crafts by Amanda.

Solar S’more Oven

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The Solar S‘more Oven is a super fun science project with a sweet reward at the end. It’ll take some help from an adult and some patience all round, but it’s worth the wait.

Tutorial and photo from Desert Chica.

Squirt Gun Painting

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A wild combo of art and action – this squirt gun painting project is a blast. If your kiddo cannot resist a moving target, make sure everyone dresses appropriately!

Tutorial and photo from Fireflies & Mudpies.

Washable Sidewalk Foam

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This activity involves some set up and a few different ingredients but the resulting fun will last for hours!

Tutorial and photo from The Tiptoe Fairy.

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Our Top 5 Healthy Summer Sweet Treats

Posted on Jul 12, 2016 in The Buzz |

Our top 5 healthy summer sweet treats for kids

Summer is in full swing! After a long day at the pool or beach, it’s hard not to give in to our kids’ pleas for a stop at the ice cream shop. (Let’s be honest, that Rocky Road was calling your name too!)

In our valiant efforts to keep our families (and ourselves) healthy and happy, we sometimes struggle to find the balance between taste and nutrition.

Healthy childhood development is important to us at Livie & Luca, so we thought we would share our favorite healthy sweet treat recipes!  Not only are these loaded with nutritious ingredients, but they’re also super easy to make!


1.  Strawberry Lemonade Fruit Snacks


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A healthy homemade alternative to your

kids’ favorite gummy treats!

 Recipe and Photo from Happiness is Homemade.



2. Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream


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With only 3 ingredients, kids will love this healthy

alternative to ice cream!

Recipe and photo from Listotic.




3. Strawberry Frozen Yogurt


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Make this refreshing frozen treat in only 5 minutes!

Recipe and photo from Just a Taste.




4. Peanut Butter Oat Squares


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Loaded with protein and perfect for the family

on the go!

Recipe and photo from Listotic.



5. Coconut Mango Popsicles


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Enjoy the taste of the tropics without leaving

your backyard!

Recipe and photo from The Little Epicurean.




We hope you and your family enjoy these nutritious treats! What’s your favorite healthy summer snack? Tag us on social media with  #llsweettreats!  Happy Summer!


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What makes a Healthy Shoe?

Posted on May 23, 2016 in The Buzz |

Livie and Luca’s Joyful Foot Philosophy is that our shoes should be lightweightflexiblefunctional, breathable, have plenty of wiggle room and just the right amount of whimsical detail to captivate you and your little one.

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What’s behind this philosophy? We know these things innately, having watched our children and realizing what works and what doesn’t about a shoe. Just like us, if a shoe isn’t comfortable or doesn’t feel right, it’s not staying on. We all know that the right shoe for our child is one that feels like an extension of their foot and one that slips on without a tantrum by the front door! And just like us, the shoe has to be pleasing to the eyes to fully win our hearts.
But what do the experts say?

Breathable and flexible…

The American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society says that “Shoes for toddlers, age 9 months to 3 years, should allow the foot to breathe since their feet perspire a great amount. Avoid synthetic materials that don’t breathe.” That’s why Livie & Luca uses high-quality genuine leather that allows that breathability as well as flexibility and durability.

Wiggle Room….

“Seventy percent of children wear shoes with D and E widths. Most boys wear E width and most girls wear D width. You should examine the depth of the shoe to make sure the top of the shoe doesn’t press on the toes or the toenails. Look for shoes with rounded toe boxes to give the toes more room for movement,” advises the AOFAS. We design nice wide shoes for kids with a rounded toe box that provides plenty of wiggle room.


Shoes should be comfortable from the moment they are tried on. Livie & Luca’s shoes are flexible and functional from the get go. “If new shoes need to be “broken in,” it means either they were not properly designed or not properly fitted for your child’s foot,” says the AOFAS. “Poorly fitting children’s shoes can cause toe problems, ingrown toenails, hammer toes, calluses and bunions.” No thank you!


The experts also say a lightweight shoe is key because children use a lot of energy walking at this age. Again, we want our shoes to feel like a natural extension of the feet. The best toddler shoes are lightweight, not clunky and chunky.

Ruche in Vintage Brown, Rose, Pearl, and White

Ruche in Vintage Brown, Rose, Pearl, and White

We know the term “orthopedic shoes” conjures up some not-so stylish images but healthy foot development is so important to us that we’re proud to say we make stylish orthopedic shoes for kids! We take pride in the fact that we design beautiful kids dress shoes that your little one does not want to kick off as soon as the wedding is over or baby walking shoes that delight while still mimicking barefoot movement.

So rest easy knowing that we’ve got the health and comfort covered, as well as the cute!

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Flying Kites in Shanghai

Posted on May 16, 2016 in The Buzz |

From the desk of co-founder Amie Garcia:


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Jet lag kept me from sleeping in China, so at 6am, I decided to go for a run along the boardwalk in Shanghai. From a distance I saw kites in the sky, and I thought, “Oh, how sweet…parents flying kites with their kids before school starts.”


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As I approached, I realized it wasn’t children, but older gentlemen flying home-made kites. What a delight it was to witness these men enjoying one of life’s simple pleasures. #joyfulessence


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P.S. I kicked myself for not bringing my phone to snap some pics, but thankfully there are many wonderful photographers to help capture this joyful moment.

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Van Gogh, I Feel You…

Posted on Apr 26, 2016 in The Buzz |

From the desk of co-founder Mitzi Rivas:

You know that feeling when you are unexpectedly touched by something? Well last week I was standing in a gallery at the Art Institute of Chicago gazing at Van Gogh’s paintings of his bedrooms, and to my surprise, I was profoundly moved. I had known a few things about Van Gogh – that he was eccentric and suffered from mental illness – but this exhibition, Van Gogh’s Bedrooms, gave me insight into his lifelong search for “home” and how he expressed that in his paintings. He moved over 30 times trying to satisfy his longing and then finally, in 1888, he found it: his beloved Yellow House in Arles, France.


For the first five years of Livie & Luca, I designed from my own home and I understand that human desire to have one’s own space of comfort and also the possibility of nurturing creativity within that space.  What I felt from the painting of his yellow chair was not only the peace this place brought him but the importance of celebrating the things of daily life.

I happen to love the art of people sleeping in beds, quiet celebrations of every day living.  How Van Gogh drew attention to the basic components of our daily life  - a bed, a chair, a pair of worn shoes – made me think about where Livie & Luca started.


We are known for our whimsy and bright color but really we began with the idea of making a shoe that is as functional as possible. We thought and still think about where a shoe will be worn and how it would best suit the playground, the sidewalk, or climbing structure, how it would best serve the day-to-day movements of a child. These paintings touched me because real life is the place from which I design. Of course, like Van Gogh’s paintings, we want to make a shoe colorful and beautiful and to decorate what is at its core, a design of function.


Being with this work made me feel like I had stepped into Van Gogh’s bedroom- into his psyche and that was both an honor and an inspiration.

Thank you dear Van Gogh,
XO, Mitzi



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