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Itty Bitty Fashion

Because tiny kittens deserve to be fashion, too.

I love dressing my kids. I love finding little shops that are completely my style (uhhh, I mean my kids’ style?) and then mixing and matching elements from their closets to make their looks complete. If I sound like I’m narrating Project Runway: Tiny Edition, it’s because I’m pretending I am. Let’s continue.

I stick to a few big companies for the most part for the basics: crewcuts (Jcrew), Mini Boden, Zara, Peek Kids, Gap. Why these? Well, they are a little on the spendy side, I realize, but with 6 kids, clothes get passed down! If I were to completely outfit my kids in Old Navy or Target clothes all the time, the clothes would wear out and I wouldn’t be able to pass them down. Those just don’t wash well over and over and eventually they get holes and they fade and they just aren’t the best quality! Now don’t get me wrong. I LOVE Target especially for lots of things like tee-shirts and for the occasional sweatshirt and legging. I definitely shop there and it’s the place to get the most bang for your buck in the short run, no doubt. But if you have lots of kids and you want the biggest bang for your buck in the long run, you have to spend a little more up front.

But what’s an even better perk? These brands wear so well that you can find them in many consignment stores, looking in nearly new condition and for a fraction of the cost! It’s my favorite.

Franci’s closet is currently my favorite because everything is so tiny and so cozy, even when it looks totally fash. I want to wear pretty much everything she owns.

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Peek Kids sweater and Peek kids leggings. The leggings were passed down from Ollie and the sweatshirt? A sweet find at only $8.99!!

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I pretend I’m French sometimes (oh, and Spanish. And definitely British). And what better way to let people know exactly how to speak to me than to have my baby wear a ‘bien’ sweater? No better way, that’s the answer. A fur vest is always appropriate and the pants? Ah, I need some in my size. SO comfy and easy to put on and take off. The moccs are just icing on the cake.

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Can you tell I like Peek Kids? It’s because their pieces are SO simple but so sweet and versatile. I can pair them with, really, anything. And I do. The pants are from a sweet IG shop I follow and are thick and wash really well — they are actually from Olive. I’m a faithful customer of Lemons and Lace as well as Freshly Picked. You gotta love mama shops, right?

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The shirt? I die. Lily got this for Franci and it’s from Slyfox Threads, an awesome little shop. And then Cleo and Stella, our baby friends gave Franci these adorable leggings (you guys, they are tiny!!!) from an IG shop who just happens to be local to us. Double score. And I’m so clever. That headband is actually a bow tie but it’s perfect.

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Tara’s babies are as fashion as mine (toot toot) and we borrowed this hat look from them. Sekilola makes the most adorable turban hats. I put one on my little ones as often as they’ll let me. This sweater is hand knit by the most adorable older woman who had a booth at a craft show I attended about 2 days before Francesca was born. I had to have it. And don’t for one second think I didn’t snag a matching bonnet. The dress is a simple and adorable short sleeved baby doll style. Of course put together with FP moccasins and Peek Kids pants.

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Yep, Peek Kids again. Their sweatshirts are to die for, and short sleeved for Spring? Sold. Okay, so these leggings. They are SUPER thick and I wasn’t sure I would like them but they are perfection. They are as soft as they are thick which is what I love. So cozy and warm.

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The turban shop also makes headbands. Love it. The layered look for babies is kind of equal parts hilarious and awesome. Again, Peek Kids. But these shoes? Ah, I’m obsessed. They are still slightly too big which is perfect because I can get away with them for a long time.

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Here it is, my favorite casual shop (yes, I am not lying. I definitely have a favorite casual shop for my babies). CHILDHOODS!!! You guys, run there now. She opens her shop only a couple times a week because her pieces are in such high demand and I know exactly why. They are crazy-soft, crazy-cute, and wear really well. Olive has a few pieces that she’s passed down for when Francesca is a bit bigger.

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What They Wore

Today, 4 of the 5 kittens are featured. Maria did her morning work in her pajamas and refused to let me take a picture of her, saying that pjs isn’t really fashion. I disagree. But Maria usually wins, so it’s just the little ones today.

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Jcrew top || Hanna Anderrson pants || Adidas shoes

It might look like Jamie couldn’t be in a better mood, but the truth is that I’m not sure he could be in a worse mood! This morning was a struggle. He didn’t want to wake up so I let him sleep in a little later than normal. Which was a bad idea because then he was cranky about rushing. His waffle “didn’t taste right,” he kept forgetting socks when he went upstairs, and he kept wearing a blanket like a cape so when he walked around, he’d drag around anything that was on the floor which made me really cranky (which made him cranky). Rough. Morning.

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Zara chambray top || Zara cords || Dansko clogs

But this one? She is rarely in a bad mood. I mean, yeah, she totally yells and cries when she doesn’t get her way, but her overall mood is always quite happy. Even when she wakes up in the middle of the night telling us our bed is wet. She had a good chuckle over that one.

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Target “fur” vest || Tucker and Tate romper || Zara boots

Let’s talk about this. Tiny children in fur vests might be my new favorite thing. Mostly because she looks so hilarious I laugh whenever I look at her. The romper is actually long john pjs but she doesn’t mind. They’re quite comfy.

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Zara top || Zara leggings || Jcrew shoes

“Mom! These pants feel so weird and they’re a little bit big!” Well, Alice, has anyone ever told you that fashion was painless and easy? No? Be a trooper and get through it.

That’s how our conversation went this morning. What, exactly, about ‘rubberized’ leggings could be uncomfortable? Oh, Alice, she is a trooper because she hasn’t complained since. And how awesome does she look? I die.

What We Wore

Every once in a while, my kids all look really adorable — clothes matching, shoes appropriately chosen, freshly bathed, you get the point. On those days, I document it.

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Crazy 8 shirt | Crazy 8 jumper | Crazy 8 socks (i love knee highs) | Dansko shoes

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Jcrew Crewcuts dress | Frye boots

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Zulily dress | Tucker and Tate sweater | Jcrew Crewcuts shoes

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Jcrew Crewcuts shirt | H&M shorts | Adidas shoes

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Salt City Emporium romper | Zara kids boots

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www-20Ark and Co. dress (yeah, it used to be a dress) | Old Navy jeans | Dansko shoes | Baby Accessory

Winners and Besties

First and foremost, let me announce the winner of the Ice Dream Shoppe custom ice cream giveaway!

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I can’t wait for Jade to dream up something delicious.  And no, you’re not allowed to share it with your husband or your 5 little beauties — you worked hard to earn this!! 😉

 

Thanks so much, Lana, for helping us out with this fun giveaway.  I hope you all got a chance to use the discount at the farmer’s market (if you’re local).  At the next one, make sure you get there right when they open because she sells out FAST!

 

I feel like we’ve been super busy, but then I remember we’re busy doing stuff like riding our tiny battery-powered cars with our besties.

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We are so lucky that our best friends live next door to us. They put up with screaming kids, barking dogs, toys in our yard, bikes strewn about and probably more ruckus than they care to experience. And C usually drags her favorite little friend into it all.bffwednesday-20 bffwednesday-26

Happy Wednesday!

(PS: Olive’s ridiculously adorable crop top is from Czarina’s Project. She makes adorable leggings, bows, headbands, shirts. To die for. Her amber necklace is from my friend Rachael (@theculturedfamily on IG).  And if you have a little friend you need a tandem bike bestie shirt to share with, head over to Gap.)

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It’s June — the time of reliably warm weather. Coat-ditching weather. I love June.

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Pay no attention to the creepy zombie eyes. She claims the sun was reflecting off my lens into her eyes. I think we all know that’s a lie.

Zara dress || Jcrew leggings || Dansko clogs

 

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Kinship Goods tee || Gap shorts || crocs……

 

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Gap tee || Peek Kids skirt || Dansko clogs

 

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Gap peplum top || Gap bermuda shorts || Gap sandals

 

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H&M tank || Gap shorts

 

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The baby is starting to make an appearance. I can’t stop it. I’m 13.5 weeks and this bump can’t hide. So it’s wearing a black top.  But my favorite part are these cute shorts with pink trim.

 

Happy Wednesday, peeps!

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Let me just preface this post with an explanation (please learn there is always an explanation).  We were up literally all night with Alice.  She would sleep for maybe 45 seconds at a time and then wake up crying.  I’m not exaggerating.  Finally she woke up enough to tell us that her ear hurt and after giving her tylenol and trying to work some magic with essential oils, Dan and I were both so exhausted that he ended up taking her in to minor care where she was given antibiotics and more tylenol.  So basically, what I’m saying, is that their hair is a mess and no, they did not shower.  With that being said…

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Zara dress || Zulily shoes

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Hello Apparel tank || Eddie Bauer shorts || Stride Rite kicks

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Olive Juice dress

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Gap tank || Gap jeans || Old Navy shoes

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Gap tee || Gap bloomers.  I love bloomers.

Happy Wednesday!

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Another Wednesday, another W(th)WW post.  Let me tell you, nothing exciting around these parts.  Changing seasons is hard because it requires whole new wardrobe.  What Maria wore when she was Alice’s size is mostly Fall/Winter and Olive is much smaller than Charlotte.  Ah!  These kids are really cutting into my Starbucks wallet.

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TJ Maxx top || Hudson jeans || Nordstrom shoes

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He gave his bangs a little trim — “I still want it long, but just a little short.  I did it so we didn’t have to spend money on a hair cut!”  Dude.

Peek Kids top || Eddie Bauer shorts || Converse knock offs

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Lydia Jane top || Mini Boden jeans || Sanita clogs

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What you see here is something I just didn’t have the energy to fight.  You guys, send help.  SOS.

Jessie hat || Gap top || Peek Kids shorts || 1 Jessie boot || Eggo waffle

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She woke up literally 2 minutes before this was taken.

Zara top || Gap shorts

I have a lot of whining to do, but I’ll save that for a later post.  For now, Happy Wednesday!!