As a mother of girls, you vowed not to push your childhood dreams on your little lovelies (“Sing out, Louise!”).
But when it comes to pulling together their wardrobes, it’s pie in the sky with Pale Cloud. The debut collection for girls effortlessly weaves sophisticated silhouettes out of childhood innocence — and silk and cashmere.
Before you say, “No way! Not for my tumbleweed!,” consider the playground-friendly cotton Carmen dress in rusty red. Just try to resist the military-inspired Mille cashmere jacket with cloud-shaped leather elbow patches and oversize gold buttons. And to deny the dusty pink Talia knit dress — with an unoffensive sprinkle of sequins — a place in her closet would be foolish.
But you better move fast. Buyers responded so enthusiastically to the fall collection that only limited quantities were left for Pale Cloud’s website.
Wouldn’t want another dream deferred.
Available online at pale-cloud.com, $56-$200.
Big Apple Circus
What: Acrobats and jugglers perform dazzling feats in Dream Big, the troupe’s newest extravaganza.
Why: Grandma the Clown cracks us up.
When: Thurs.-Oct. 10.
Where: Dulles Town Center, 21100 Dulles Town Cir., Sterling (703-404-7120). Tickets at 800-922-3772 or online at bigapplecircus.org. Adults and children, $15-$49.
National Book Festival
What: Catch shows on the children’s stage and make crafts. Finish a scavenger hunt after starting it online at kidspost.com.
Why: Kind of like story time on steroids.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sun., 1-5:30 p.m.
Where: The National Mall, Madison & Jefferson Drs., b/t 9th & 14th Sts. Info at 888-714-4696. Admission is free.
National Geographic Little Explorers
What: Explore the world of tigers through activities and songs (ages 3 and up).
Why: Become an expert on the ferocious felines.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.
Where: Pottery Barn Kids, 8084l Tysons Corner Center, Tysons Corner (703-356-2172). Participation is free.
Photo: Courtesy of Pale Cloud