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Ali Landry’s Southern-Style Family Photo Shoot

06/01/2012 at 10:00 AM ET
Courtesy M. Design

Welcome to the South! During a recent family photo session at her Louisiana home, Ali Landry captured some oh-so-sweet moments with husband Alejandro Monteverde and the couple’s two children, Estela Ines and Marcelo Alejandro.

Channeling her roots, the mom of two went for a classic southern-style shoot with frilly frocks and hair bows for her daughter, and a traditional collared romper for her 7-month-old baby boy.

First, while setting up her tea party and posing in the grass along the waterfront with her mom, the 4½-year-old wore Olivia & Ollie‘s Poppy Dress ($75), which features pretty floral print ruffled tiers. The sweet number is part of Tom & Drew‘s recently launched girls line, filled with equally stylish dresses and pint-size separates.

And, later, Estela changed into a lemon-colored frock from Mischka Aoki for playful pictures with her little brother. The Australian based brand has made its stateside debut with gorgeous dresses, chic shifts, and adorable bloomers.

“In California I see a lot of children dressed like adults. I have so much appreciation now for where I’m from and that traditional style,” Landry has said.

– Anya Leon

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Mel on

Alright, let’s get this out of the way!

“OMG that little girl shouldn’t be standing like that with the baby right there!”

Estela is beautiful!

Jen DC on

While I completely hated the look for myself as a little girl (I was a very rough and tumble tomboy), I think Estela looks gorgeous. And look at the little man’s chubby legs!

Haha @ Mel! IMHO, even if Estela were to take a tumble, it’s not that far to fall, that rug looks pretty thick and most likely she’d miss falling on her brother because he’s pushing her backward. Yeah, he’d fall on the footstool/sidetable, but that’d be over quick. Meh – no harm, no foul and what’s childhood without a couple trips to the ER?

sheri on

Cute kids, but I really, really don’t agree with children standing on top of things like countertops and tables, especially with a baby nearby, and this is not the first picture we’ve seen of her doing this. I understand some kids are natural climbers. I had one of those. You tell them to get off the tabletops and buy them playground equipment for the outside and bunkbeds for their rooms.

JM on

Lol, what is ‘Southern’ about this? is it just because they were in the South? i’ve seen girls dressed like this where I live in Britain….

colleen on

Not very good photos of her. In both, she is looking down. This kid is not afraid of heights, always standing on top of things!

Shannon on

Southern style? They look like regular clothes to me.

kimmie on

oh taht second picture is scary ! i would not let my child stand above the baby brother, you never know and he’s not pushing her, he’s reaching for her so she is actually not leaning backwards. Also i would probably suggest a blue-ish dress to go with that vase, if you must have a picture like this, the yellow is kinda busy and disturbing

guest on

beautiful children, Estelas hair looks more summery blonde-love it

GP on

Love Ollie and Olivia…best new little girls girls line….love that poppy dress :)

GP on

Love Ollie and Olivia…best new little girls line…love that poppy dress

Anonymous on

sheri and kimmie- I see your points, but this was done for a photoshoot and there were probably several adults present the whole time. Under those circumstances I think what Estella and Marcelo are doing is fine (and as far as the issue of sending “mixed messages” about climbing to a kid, all Ali and Alejandro would have had to do- and I wouldn’t be surprised if they did- is that she can’t climb on stuff like that unless she has mommy’s or daddy’s permission).

That being said, I DO agree that kids shouldn’t be allowed to climb on tables in such under normal circumstances. One of my brother’s first ER visits was due to falling while walking on a table and cutting his chin when he was a toddler (he ended up with stitches). Of course, an injury like that is hardly the end of the world, but it DOES illustrate how dangerous it can be to let a child climb and walk on tables!

Carlie on

I saw the entire shoot and all of the pictures were gorgeous :)

Rebecca on

Looks like they are having so much fun.

That yellow dress is so adorable.

Britt on

I’m with those who don’t consider this shoot to be extremely Southern…I’m from the South, and while I did wear nice dresses (mostly to church and recitals), I wore a lot of other things. I wore bows once in a great while, and was more likely to wear overalls than dresses.

Of course, it might be that her experience was totally different than mine. I just Googled her, and learned that she’s from Louisiana. I’m from North Carolina (rural North Carolina, to be exact), so there might be a big difference in what is considered “Southern dress” here, and what is considered “Southern dress” there.

Anonymous on

colleen- Actually, I think the second picture is adorable BECAUSE she’s looking down…at her baby brother! :)

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