The Story.

Runaway Pony

Greetings from California!

Welcome to the Runaway Pony blog site. I am Dian McManus. I am vintage-classic minded, a momtrepreneur, a “stage mom” and a mommy to two sweet darling little girls under the age of five who keep me up on my toes everyday. My little girly girls are my true inspiration, my breath and my angels who bring out the best in me.

Ever since my darling little 4-year-old Keira was discovered in my belly, I knew I would be having so much fun being a mommy. I always love fashion for me but I am also crazy about children’s fashion and dress-up play endless items. So when I discovered I was going to have a girl, I was beyond overjoyed. Not that a boy would have frozen me on the spot with disappointment! Keira is exactly what I had wished for, in every amazing detail. Girly, smart, a chatterbox, confident, beautiful and most of all, healthy. She also loves art, math and reading. And did I mention likes to learn how to play chess? Then three years and five months later, I got another blessing that was equally exciting. We got another sweet baby girl, Fiona, who could look like Keira’s twin sister except for Fiona’s curly baby hair! Fiona was born nine pounds and four ounces, and ever since she was in mama’s belly, I knew she would be a smart good eater baby and have so many fun personalities! She definitely is and she loves food dearly, though not so much milk. She is a very opinionated girl just like her big sister. I really think that being a mommy to these two girls has really made my mind think more creatively. I have become a crafty mom, a more-than-ever baker mom, and a cook mom. I thought I was only into home decorating and tastemaking. Apparently, I am all into making things that have a lot to do with home, with my girls, with my friends’ kids, and lately, with the community! Having two girls has brought me here: I love dressing up the girls and making pretty things so much that I want to have my own clothing line. I feel incredibly grateful for my sweet Keira and Fiona.

When Keira was a baby, we lived at a different place that had a spacious walk-in closet for all her baby clothes. Her closet looked like a children’s clothing boutique. And so did her drawers (and still do). Her closet’s collection was so inspiring to me. All those beautiful gorgeous colors and styles. And then one day my sweet (and the most awesome) mom in law gave me a pile of real vintage sunsuits and baptism dresses along with baby overalls. The sunsuits and I met. I FELL IN LOVE deeper with vintage children’s clothing. The sunsuit belonged to the baby who is now the girls’ Grandma Sally. Yes, Grandma Sally wore it when she was not even a year old. I was choked up. What an honor to have been given the precious heirloom and how amazing is Grandma Sally for keeping all these precious pieces all these years!

The sunsuit collection in Runaway Pony is a tribute to Grandma Sally. Here is a picture of Keira at six months old wearing her grandma Sally’s baby sunsuit!




And here are snapshots of Fiona!



I wish I could freeze time. I want them to be small for a long time. Classic children’s clothing pieces bring back childhood memories to me. Classic children’s story books bring me a sense of comfort, warmth, and cuddly-feel. I want to re-live the classic childhood play days, the simpler times, and re-create more fond memories by just being with my girls. I want to play with them, read them that extra story, cuddle tight with them, spend summer days and nights with them at every waking hour, do all the things that I know will make them glow with euphoria. Even when I feel like falling into pieces from a long day. I just want them to remember how happy they were as children. And I want to share all of that with you and the little darlings in your life.

Welcome to the glory story of my love for children, for the classic childhood memories, for the vintage-inspired children’s fashion that is adorable, playful and beautiful. And most importantly, the kind that tells a story of the unconditional mother’s love.
Samples are coming this summer! I cannot wait to introduce our line to you!

A thousand tender kisses and lots of love,

Creative Director + Designer

News, News and Happy Summer!!!

Thank you for all the sweet follow on our Twitter @RunawayPonyLA!:) We now have sweet followers of 550+! Yay! Keep them coming 🙂

Exciting things are coming our way! Though the website is still under development, our blog now has been moved to the same website here! First, we are still waiting for a few more samples that should be done in a couple of weeks. Then, we will be working on our  very first ever photoshoot!!! 🙂 We are extremely excited that we will be working with an awesome and talented mommy photographer friend Nicole Benitez from Nicole Benitez Photography . Since Dian McManus’s little girls are in the fun show biz through the amazing Paloma Model & Talent family group, we are so fortunate to have known many outstanding and sweet families! Many of them are very, very talented, like Nicole. Not just the kids, but also the moms or the dads! And we are so blessed that Nicole will be our very first photographer! Nicole has worked on Keira’s headshots and we are truly excited we will be working with her again! We love Nicole and her personable sweet being! Her work is beyond stunning!


The next thing that will happen is…our “Mom of the Month” blog section! We will be choosing a Mom of the Month every month to be featured on our blog. Moms can submit a short paragraph with a picture or two to We ask that they can tell us a typical story of  their day. Moms, what do you do, how do you do it, how do you juggle everything, how do you keep the kids at home during summer (mommy camp, anyone?:) and what are things or what is it that makes you feel so delightfully happy of being a mom to your little darling or darlings. We would love to hear any inspiring story! When a mom is chosen to be featured on our blog, she will get 30% off discount and free shipping! 🙂 All moms are AMAZING and just like superwomen in our eyes, so we look forward to hearing all the darling stories of your mommyhood!

With that said, Mommy Dian McManus has been busy with her little girls opening up her home to friends and family who want to join her “Mommy Summer Camp”! (This week’s theme was “Up, Up and Away!”) where the girls learned about airplanes, rockets, hot-air balloons, clouds and such. They also made a field trip to Santa Monica Airport where the family had a picnic lunch on the public viewing deck watching the little planes land and take off. Snacks included a “Blast Off” rocket snack and Keira also wanted to make hot-air balloon paintings. Today to close the week, they will be making paper rocket craft and possibly a rocket made out of cardboard! Fun fun fun! Happy summer to all of you!!!

Celebrity Sweet 16 Dresses