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Who doesn’t love little girls’ fashions?  These days, there are so many fantastic options for every type of minifashionista.  But for some, that selection is overwhelming and they need assistance sorting through everything and then figuring out how to style it all.  That’s where Kid Things comes in.  Read all about the process of working with them via text on my prior post.   They basically save busy moms the time and effort it takes to manage their little ones’ wardrobe needs helping to navigate brands, keep up with growth spurts, and prepare for changing seasons and occasions.  I tried out their service and was happy with the selections, quick shipment time and friendly service.

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Featured here are the preppy striped whale shorts from Vineyard Vines that I styled with items already in our closet.  This is a classic piece that I can see her wearing all summer long, perfect for all our New England adventures.

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I also made sure to request some casual, easy summer dresses because in the past year, my minifashionista has developed such a penchant for wearing dresses that is nearly impossible for me to convince her to wear much of anything else.  But most of her dresses are for fancier occasions, not for the playground and everyday.  Kid Things came to the rescue with this super comfy striped number by preppy brand, Busy Bees.  I styled it with colorful stacked bracelets, beaded necklaces, a pom pom gladiator found from an online sample sale, and a floppy pink hat to match.  She loved it.

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The other dress I fell in love with was this graphic printed tank dress by Nui.  It’s organic cotton, was super soft to the touch and I loved the modern look.  This dress can easily play on the slide and then transition into a going out piece with the right accessories too.

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Next up came this ruffle navy sleeveless top which is sure to be a summer go-to piece given that it can match with so many items in J’s wardrobe.  I can see it layered under rompers and dresses, to being paired with skirts, jeans and shorts as pictured above.  It’s by a premium brand, Splendid which is known for its easy breezy, carefree pieces.  (Don’t you just love how my little one hams it up for the camera??)

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Lastly, this cotton drawstring dress screamed summer with its ice cream print and I just couldn’t resist.  Molo is the designer of this dress and I paired it with a hand-me down cardigan, MY headband from the Gossip Girl days (now hers), and sample sale gladiator sandals.  We plan to host an ice cream social this summer in this dress and it looks like J is ready!

Overall, there were some really cute pieces that introduced me to great new brands.  My minifashionista’s closet is fully prepared for our spring / summer needs and it was a true pleasure working with my Kid Things personal stylist who helped shop the pieces with me. Thank you to Kid Things who granted us a complimentary trial!  What outfit was YOUR favorite??

 

 

This was a sponsored post but as always, all opinions expressed are my own.

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2016 was a great year for us.  We are grateful and thankful. Every new year’s eve, I look back through old pictures and like to reminisce on all the good times.  Each mommy and me look presented here represents to me a day of fun and laughter.  And I hope that your 2016 was filled with much of the same!

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Happy New Year, Everyone!!

 

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Girls’ clothes are so freaking adorable that sometimes you just have to cave in and buy (again).  I felt that way once I saw HM’s Studio AW 2016 collection.

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The pieces looked so designer and so special that I couldn’t resist taking some pieces home with me.  I’ll share some more later but for now, check out this embroidered, black and white crown and bunny wand! (make sure to follow us on Instagram for more!)janie and jack girls fashion, girls gladiator sandals

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I paired the accessories with her gladiator fringe sandals, her Catherine Malandrino tutu skirt from TJMaxx and her Janie and Jack gifted sweater. img_0401

You can buy similar sandals for $18.69 here.  We bet sooo many compliments on these shoes and always get asked where we purchased.  They look designer but they’re not!  img_0402

What are your favorite pieces from H&M’s studio collection?  And what were your fall must-haves this back-to-school season?

 

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Getting to sleep in as a mom is a forever unfulfilled fantasy so when my husband offered this morning to get Juliet ready for school and do the drop off for me so I could (for once) sleep in and hopefully rid this cold, I thanked him as profusely as my fatigued body would allow and felt comforted in knowing I had already done most of the prep work by laying out Juliet’s school outfit the night before.  Fridays are easy for us.  All J has to do is get dressed and go ‘cuz (hooray!) the school feeds her breakfast.

I slept in like a baby only to greet her back at home at the end of her school day in complete horror.

Apparently, my baby lived everyone’s worst nightmare and spent the whole day WITHOUT PANTS ON!! In a New York minute, she went from an award-winning ‘best-dressed’ baby (thanks for the recognition, Gymboree!) to a ‘what was she thinking?’ fashion DON’T.  Totally embarrassed for her at the thought of her walking around all day without freakin’ pants on, I gave my well-meaning hubby a much – needed fashion lecture on the difference between tights and leggings.  “Tights are NOT pants… haven’t we had this discussion before?” I asked in disbelief as I recalled another day when he dressed her in tights and a top and then  pranced her all around Michigan Ave in Chicago. Below are the frightening pictures my husband happily texted me of J hanging out in the Disney store (notice again, no PANTS on, only TIGHTS).  This was the first regretful nap that I took which allowed my very sweet but clueless husband to dress J and take her out.

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Realizing that I need to start a new hashtag, #tightsarenotpants similar to the viral #leggingsarenotpants, I stood still, shocked and confused as to how anyone could style such a horrid outfit.  Not only did she NOT have any skirt or pants on, she also clashed like chimes on a drum.  And wasn’t matching the most basic of styling goals?  What was he thinking?? I could understand if Juliet did not have much of a wardrobe to choose from but this is what he had to select from!

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He could have chosen a myriad of different options while veto-ing my knee-high sock selection (which he attributes to having sparked his on-the-spot, mini-makeover).

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This sparkly blue, pom pom sweater by H&M (that I found on sale for just $7) would have looked designer with the rainbow themed selections that I styled with it on the right.  On the left, it ended up looking like some thrift store find crumpled up haphazardly with random layers and colors.  Is he blind?!?  How did my baby end up looking like such a hot mess when I perfectly laid out an entirely coordinated outfit for her the night before?

Oddly enough, his reaction to my fashion inquisition was pride.  He was simply proud to have gotten her out the door on time and still to this day defends his selections.  “That outfit was fine,’ he stubbornly replies.  This defense and denial is what has left me no other choice but to blog about his ridiculous styling result.  Is this a #mommyfail or a #daddyfail??  Readers, please chime in!  For now, I’ve determined that I’m NEVER sleeping in AGAIN.

 

 

 

 

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Leather, leather, I love leather!  It instantly ups the cool factor on any outfit.  You could be wearing the most nerdy, frou frou or preppy fashions but when you add a leather item, tada! edgy!  The same effect holds true for kids fashions.   See what I mean with my daughter’s outfits below!

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When J and I attended Petite Parade Kids Fashion Week last weekend, we had no idea that her black leather jacket would be so fitting for the Laer runway show.  kids leather jacketLittle J was excited to see all the models strutting in similarly styled leather jackets.  Check out all the adorable looks!

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: A model, wearing designs from laer*, at petitePARADE / Kids Fashion Week, NYC October 2015 at Spring Studios on October 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Petite Parade)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: A model, wearing designs from laer*, at petitePARADE / Kids Fashion Week, NYC October 2015 at Spring Studios on October 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Petite Parade)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: A model, wearing designs from laer*, at petitePARADE / Kids Fashion Week, NYC October 2015 at Spring Studios on October 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Petite Parade)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: A model, wearing designs from laer*, at petitePARADE / Kids Fashion Week, NYC October 2015 at Spring Studios on October 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Petite Parade)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: A model, wearing designs from laer*, at petitePARADE / Kids Fashion Week, NYC October 2015 at Spring Studios on October 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Petite Parade)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: A model, wearing designs from laer*, at petitePARADE / Kids Fashion Week, NYC October 2015 at Spring Studios on October 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Petite Parade)

There were some really unique, fashion-forward colors for the boys too!

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: A model, wearing designs from laer*, at petitePARADE / Kids Fashion Week, NYC October 2015 at Spring Studios on October 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Petite Parade)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: A model, wearing designs from laer*, at petitePARADE / Kids Fashion Week, NYC October 2015 at Spring Studios on October 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Petite Parade)

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Any of the above styles could really be unisex.  I know J could rock any of those easily!

The runway show finale reminded us that these mini-me leather jackets are a fun, fashionable way to do some twinning (the brand also makes adult sized leather jackets)!

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: Models, wearing designs from laer*, at petitePARADE / Kids Fashion Week, NYC October 2015 at Spring Studios on October 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Petite Parade)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: Models, wearing designs from laer*, at petitePARADE / Kids Fashion Week, NYC October 2015 at Spring Studios on October 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Petite Parade)

I’m definitely planning on copying this street style!  Stay tuned for more coverage of the cutest fashion shows in the world – Petite Parade Kids Fashion Week!

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5 dresses + 1 tutu+  2 vests + 2 shirts+ 1 jacket+ 3 shoes = 23 outfits!  See for yourself!  It’s all about mixing it up with different accessories and layering in different ways.  Here is what I packed for my 2 year old toddler’s first trip to Italy this Spring.

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My mom gave Juliet this cute Ralph Lauren dress which I was so excited about because it perfectly matched her little blue bow shoes from Gymboree.  Here it is styled with Madeline (the doll) as the muse.  And below, is another way the dress was worn by Juliet while on the trip.

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I found the adorable fanny pack at a local Italian store called Accessorize and let Juliet choose which snacks to carry in it.  Isn’t it just the cutest fanny pack you’ve ever seen??

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This blue dress is a vintage find from Lishyloo and styled two ways with different layers.  It’s topped with a Gap raincoat on the left (which I’m selling by the way), and worn over a tutu on the right.  Below she wears the dress without any layers and no socks for the 3rd look.

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Going along with the red, blue, yellow color theme, this vintage dress is styled 2 different ways below and is also inspired by Juliet’s doll, Madeline.  With vintage clothes, it’s always best to style with modern accessories and shoes to avoid looking too costume-y.

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This long – sleeved dress, also another Lishyloo vintage find, can be worn on colder days or night and is seen layered with a fur vest for extra warmth on the left, without it on the right.

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And here is Juliet wearing the dress accessorized the 3rd way.

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1 denim vest worn 3 ways.  In the picture on the left, it’s worn over a white tutu dress and topped with a faux collar/tie that I bought off of Mabel’s Etsy store.  On the right, it’s paired with the tutu skirt and a simple white blouse that I swapped at the last Swappies event.

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On our second day in Rome, she wore it with the tutu dress and a yellow bow in her hair. toddler in rome

And here is another vest outfit with a mini gondola hat that I couldn’t resist buying when there.  It was kinda love at first sight.

italian vacation with toddlerThis white tutu dress with the sequin detailing on the top is so versatile.  I find that I can style it numerous ways.  In addition to the above examples, see below.

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We ended up buying a lace dress in Venice under which I had Juliet wear this white dress because of how see through the dress was.  It acted like a slip.  The shoes were bought in Italy at the Zara there.

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The red tutu that we packed was also styled 2 more different ways – shown below.   You can see how the same pieces can look so fresh and new when paired with different items.

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Here it is worn in Italy another way.

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One of my tips when trying to pack light for a trip is to pick the shoes first (pick ones that can match lots of outfits!) Then work your outfits under the strict rule that they have to go with those shoes.  For our 16 day trip, each of us packed just 3 shoes.  Pack accessories and layers to change up your basics and you’ll look like you’re wearing a new outfit each day!

 

 

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I love challenging myself to never wear an outfit the same way twice.  I like to mix it up and shop my closet for new looks all the time.  That way I never get too bored of what I have.  The same goes for my daughter’s closet, which similar to mine is a mix of high and low brands.  This post revolves around 1 skirt that I bought from Target (on sale).  It’s still a bit big around the waist so I think we’ll get 4 seasons of use out of this one (an amazing feat as any mom of a growing toddler knows!)

 

She first wore it during my Haute Halloween party where kids dressed up as their fashion icon.  Juliet dressed as Anna Wintour.

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Here, she is wearing a tee from The Children’s Place that I bought for $5, a Catimini reversible fur vest from Century 21, and gifted glitter shoes.  The glitter crown comes in 4 colors and can be bought on my Fab Kids Facebook site.

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She attended Kids Fashion Week in NY wearing this Target outfit (blazer, skirt, purse).  The tights are from Catimini bought on sale at Century 21, the tie was found at The Children’s Place on clearance, and the Elsy designer blouse is from Century 21.  The sneakers were from a hand me down shop called Once Upon a Time and bought on sale for just $3.

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The same tights, blouse, tie, skirt combo is shown here again for her nerdy school outfit.  I topped it off this time with a cool leather jacket from Target.    2015-04-27  And lastly, today she wore the tights, and skirt with a Catimini shirt (bought at Century 21), and wore it with my bandana and a vintage purse I bought on an Etsy sale.  The sandals which she is quickly outgrowing are from Gymboree.  Don’t be afraid to mix patterns as long as the’re in the same color family!

 

For more of Juliet’s outfits follow me on Instagram!  And for more of my outfits ( I haven’t done these posts for myself in a while) click here.

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Here are 3 outfits inspired by Chanel, all for my minifashionista who just turned 2.  chanel baby outfits

tights- Old Navy, Cardigan and skirt- Lydia Jane (purchased at TJ Maxx), purse from an Instagram shop, shoes – Sstongnian (a Korean brand), crocheted Karl Lagerfeld – Cookie Chanel IMG_5644
dress – sold by me through Fab Kids, Coco Chanel doll –Cookie Chanel , chain headand – Aldo, studded shoes – QQ Girls, tights – Century 21
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Cardigan- kavens nest, black tutu – hand me down from Once Upon a Child, black knee-highs – from one of Fab Kid’s wholesalers, shoes – Mini Melissa, mask – Little Swappies, headband and pearls, my own.

If you’re looking to build your own Chanel-inspired wardrobe, look out for these details:

  • quilting
  • black and white
  • chain links with leather straps woven through
  • pearls
  • cardigans with black trim details

Follow @fabgabblog and @Fab_Kids on Instagram for daily outfit photos and more inspiration!

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Unlike Northwest, my minifashionista does not whine, squirm and cry when waiting for a fashion show to start.  Quite the opposite, she giggles with nearby (new) friends, tries out her own runway walk, and claps and bops to the music.

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Post-fashion show, she can’t seem to get enough and asks to see more videos of her experience.  And she does this EVERYDAY.  Just like mommy, she can’t seem to get enough of fashion week.  Here are some of of the looks from our favorite fashion show this year, Little Miss Galia.

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The clothes from Miss Galia’s collection looked special, luxe and girly.  I loved the styling details with the birdcage veils, gloves and fur collar toppers and want to dress Juliet in each and every look.  This is the brand to shop if your little girl wants a little glam!

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Above photo from Kim Myers Photography

Finally, here is a great video wrap-up of Petite Parade’s Kids Fashion Week.  (We are at the 55 second mark).

 

 

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I started @fab_kids on Instagram as part of my growing obsession with minifashionistas from around the world.  I loved how the internet put me in touch with fashion-obsessed moms like myself and allowed access into the lives, wardrobes and stylings of the littlest trendsetters of them all – their adorable kids.  Here is a quick review of some of my favorite Fab Kids fashion moments of 2014.  Who’s your favorite??

 

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Then there’s all the pairings, trios and multiples that were just so cute they blew your mind!

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As you can see, kids these days are accessorizing to the nines and really upping the fashion standard on your local playground!  I think we could all learn a thing or two from these little lookers.  Follow @fab_kids for daily inspiration!  And here’s to another fabulous year in 2015!

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