Hi! I'm Whitney. I studied in Europe, lived in Hawaii and have explored every ridge of the Rockies. I grew up riding motorcycles, am learning to surf, and can make a chicken and dumplings that will simply knock your socks off. I love to play the music I write and am on an epic journey to find the world’s best chocolate chip cookie.
But first and foremost, I am the mother to two adventurous, loveable and crazy little boys. My love for fashion and dedication to my boys led me to create Sonnet James. I believe passionately in being a playful and involved mother.
Getting the kids dressed, shoes found (and on their feet!), hair combed, teeth brushed, breakfast made, and lunches packed is no easy task. Who has time to figure out what to wear while heading out the door in the morning?! Not me, ever. I’m lucky if I remember to brush my own teeth. Sorry, TMI.
That's why I designed the play dress. If you're tired of yoga pants, then this is your one-stop-shop a.k.a. your #momuniform. I’ve put a spin on all my favorite designs and made them out of super soft, stretchy fabrics. They feel like pajamas, but will make you look and feel put together. From experience, Sonnet James dresses will allow you to get on your hands and knees to grab that missing lego piece under the refrigerator. At the end of the day when those banana hands have been wiped clean on your dress, throw it in the wash and you are good to go.
Now let's put on some gangster rap (by that I mean Ed Sheeran) drink some coffee (by that I mean warm water with lemon) and handle this.
"Therein lies the mysterious power of the summer dress. If you, like me, are a 'dress' person you will know what it is that a dress, quite unlike trousers, skirts, shorts, blouses and jackets brings to the way you feel. It offers the promise of a life that is deliciously removed from the pressures of every day, the repetitiveness of routine, the need to be somewhere, do something, that makes up so much of our time, and transports you instead to something far more enjoyable and gracious. It allows you to dream, to slow down - to be girlish, even."
-Alexandra Shulman, The Guardian The Wow Factor, June 2009
Makes me think of grapefruit juice
Trampoline and ice cream soup
Spitting watermelon seeds
Grass stains on my favorite jeans
Jumping rope and riding bikes
Playing hide and seek at night
Farmer's tans and swimming pools
But most of all I think of you, you, you
You are my summer
1. Get really dirty. 2. Rinse. 3. Repeat.
Okay, but seriously. Spot treat as needed (a.k.a. chocolate stains). Turn inside out and wash cold. I like to button the top button on the wovens. Tumble dry or lay flat or hang dry to make it last 10x longer. For wovens, I put them in the dryer and promptly take them out. They look perfectly pressed!
Hi, I just wanted to tell you that I am so thankful I found your company. Your dresses are absolutely the most perfect dresses! They are the perfect length and I can run and play with my two-year-old and feel "put together". I also wear them to work! Thank you!
My husband calls my Sonnet James dresses my “uniform” because I wear them for literally every occasion–relaxing around the house with my toddler daughters, seeing patients as a doctor in the pediatric ICU, traveling (even long haul flights!), cooking dinner or baking with my girls, high holiday services, fancy restaurant dates with my husband, work meetings, afternoons on the beach, ethnographic research as an anthropologist…everything! I feel completely myself in them–comfortable and relaxed, yet put-together and confident.
I wore my Stella to the city today for a day at the museum, to Costco for some groceries, then straight home for a dinner party. I was comfortable and cute all day, I never had to change between the different events and it was amazing!
This season we will be teaming up with H.E.A.R.T. (Helping Ease Abuse Related Trauma), an organization based in L.A. that helps children heal from abuse. They offer everything from clothes and shoes and blankets to mental health treatment.
What we love most about this organization is that their mission is more than raising money– it’s about creating a community of advocates that support and help victims heal. As a survivor of physical and sexual abuse, Whitney is very excited to be using 5% of sales this summer to support their work.
Fun things to do with the kids:
1. Have a picnic
2. Go for a walk
3. Watch the sun set
4. Play dress up
5. Talk in pig latin
6. Make cookies
7. Cook dinner together
8. Build a fort
10. Go for a drive
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