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Our Favorite Places to Shop for Kids

4 kids all dressed up

Sometimes I think I like shopping for my kids even more than I like shopping for myself.  Between the four of them, someone is always in need of something — they grow so fast!  And so I feel as thought I am constantly scrolling through children’s clothing sites (because ordering online is WAY easier than taking 4 kids shopping!).  My kids care about their clothes, which is both a blessing and a curse; I’m glad they take an interest, but because they do, I don’t get to pick everything out myself.  We’ve found a few places over the years where we’re almost always guaranteed to find something that we all like.

Here are a few of our favorite places to shop for kids clothes:

H&M: great for trendier items and basics like plain long and short-sleeve t-shirts that I feel like I am replacing every 3 months because they get worn so much.  Generally really good prices, but the quality isn’t always super-high.  


Tea Collection: this is one of my favorite, favorite brands.  The clothes are bright and fun and they last FOR. EV. ER.  We have Tea collections pants that made it through all three of my boys without wearing out, and THAT is saying something.  And I love their concept: the clothes are inspired by different locations across the globe and are “for little citizens of the world”.  They have GREAT sales, too.


Andy & Evan: This is absolutely my favorite brand of dress shirts for the boys.  They’ve got great colors, they are high-quality, and they make them even for the littlest guys in a onesie-style (called the shirtzie!).  We’ve also got a really cool waterproof lightweight coat from Andy & Evan that Owen wears ALL. THE. TIME.  We haven’t tried their girls clothes (Bridget has sized out of this brand), but the boys’ stuff is really great.


boden overalls

via Boden

Boden: Mini Boden is for ages 1.5-12y and Johnnie B is for ages 9-16 both for boys and girls, so there’s a huge range of styles available that suits the needs of the littlest kids all the way up to teenagers.  The clothes are really high quality, they have absolutely great dressy options for both boys and girls, and we also really like their shoes!


Old Navy: Probably half the clothing in my kids’ closets came from Old Navy; I sometimes feel like I buy in bulk when I shop there.  Prices are good and there is always, always a sale or deal going on.  This is Bridget’s favorite place for active wear: great stuff for sports practice, workout-type gear.  And we get lots of accessories here too – sunglasses and hats, etc.


Crewcuts: This is Bridget’s favorite store, hands down.  We usually head for the sale racks, but there are always great items to be found.  The boys love it too: we’ve gotten great dress items here and Gabe says the pants fit him better than any others.  

What are your favorite places to shop for your kids?

Also, how European and American styles differ — even my kids have noticed and dress a little differently now!




Thinking Pink


In reality it’s a little ways off, but all the flowers in my yard are already blooming, so I feel like Spring is almost here. 

Spring makes me happy.  And it makes me think in pink — I know Spring is supposed to be green, but for me, it’s pink.  Peony pink.

Here’s the Spring Pink picks that are making me smile today:

spring pink items

  1. Tocca Cleopatra — my favorite scented lotion, it’s a combo of grapefruit and cucumber and my daily go-to.
  2. Chantecaille Lip Chic in Heirloom — this whole line is made with rose petals and SMELLS heavenly, plus it’s a really lovely flattering pink shade.  I wear this A LOT.
  3. Joie linen blazer — pink linen.  I think that’s the definition of Spring clothing.
  4. Kate Spade Cami bag — simple and chic crossbody bag, maybe to replace my favorite bag that just broke.
  5. Suede D’orsay ballet flats — suede is still a big trend for this spring and these shoes would be cute with anything and everything.

What’s on your Spring wish list?

Also, why pink is cooler than ever this year, and a Spring-y reminder.


In The Bag

I am now and always have been more than a little obsessed with bags.  Back in the day, Matt used to get me a new purse or bag for almost every birthday, anniversary, or holiday.  It was awesome.  I had quite the collection going.

But it’s been literally YEARS since I bought a really good new bag.  Somehow that became a low priority when I had little babies and never quite made it’s way back to the forefront of my Wish List.  Till recently.  Bags are on. my. mind. lately.

Here are a few I covet.  Matt, take note–my birthday and Mothers Day are all coming up 😉 …

Madewell rivet and thread toteMadewell Rivet & Thread Tote

Cambridge Satchel Co_14inch SatchelCambridge Satchel Company 14″ Satchel in oxblood

Tadesse Bucket Bag_LiveFashionableTadesse Bucket Bag from Live Fashionable

Stella Dot Fillmore toteStella & Dot Fillmore tote in kelly green (this is a VEGAN leather option)

All of these are good size totes, not tiny purses.  I tend to carry more rather than less, even without having kids’ stuff to carry along anymore.  All of these would be great as a carry-on bag too; you could fit a tablet or small laptop, book, and all the other travel necessities in any one and look like a chic world traveler.

The only problem is choosing which one I really want…

Also, some beautiful jewelry


The Right Shoes

quatre femmes Chanel

When I went to Paris, I made the ridiculous and stupid mistake of wearing brand new shoes my first night there.  By this point in my life, I really, really should know better.  But the shoes were flats, and they were really comfy when I wore them around my house for two hours before the trip.  I thought they’d be great for strolling through Paris in addition to being cute.

They shredded my heels.  In just an hour or two, they just completely destroyed my feet.  I maybe walked a mile total — from our apartment to a restaurant and then along the Seine a bit, but I had a blister that covered the whole back of my left foot and multiple small blisters on my right heel.  I had to stop in a pharmacy and buy a box of band-aids just to make it home from dinner that night.  With two days of walking ahead of me, I was so annoyed with myself.  Such bad planning!  

The other shoes I brought for the trip were all pairs I’d worn a million times and wouldn’t cause problems on their own, but I already HAD a problem because even old shoes hurt when you have gigantic, stupidity-induced blisters.

It is hard to look adorable and glamorous strolling through Paris when you’re limping.

I went out and bought sneakers the next morning.  I had no choice if I wanted to make it through the next few days of walking.  Fortunately, there are about a million cute sneaker options AND sneakers were a big trend during fashion week, so I was obviously just being super trendy and cool. 

I got these from a really cool shop called Colette.  They saved me from limping along in agony.  Plus they were cute and sporty and trendy.  Winning.  (But still replacing band-aids every two to three hours.)

new balance_coletteColette was a really cool shop and had about a million things I wanted to buy.  But nothing that looked as good as a pair of shoes that wouldn’t make my feet bleed.

My friend Allison made the same mistake and also needed to get sneakers.  Honestly we are at a point in our lives where we’ve had enough uncomfortable shoe experiences that I would think we’d know better, but sometimes the allure of new shoes before a trip is too great to turn down.  So you buy new shoes but don’t break them in and end up with blisters.  (Although then you do end up with new shoes DURING the trip to save your feet from the blisters, so maybe it’s not so dumb after all.)

She got some insanely cool Ash platform slip-ons.

Ash platform sneakers

The right shoes can seriously make or break a trip.  To be fair, I really thought that since they were flats, my new shoes would be fine for walking through the city.  I think they will be after I’ve worn them for more than two hours and the leather softens up.

If I need any new shoes for my Italy trip coming up, I better go buy them now and break them in before we arrive in Rome. 


Also, some observations on European vs. American style, and a philosophical question about shoes.


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