Shopping for my Tween Daughter

The time has come, that time when your child no longer accepts and adores your clothing selections for her. Yes, I firmly believe it happens to all of us. We all have been at that stage where the clothing choices our parents made for us would make us cringe and argue the fact that we are now too old to have our Mommy or Daddy buy us clothing. I remember being that age and I was a nightmare, I am sure, now I get to relive that stage with my oldest, which is nearing middle school age and is ready to show her true personality through clothing choices.

There are some limits you can place, as the parent, on your tweens or teens clothing choices and here are some that I have placed with my own daughter:

  • Halter tops are unacceptable as they show off too much skin for every day wear outside of the beach or pool.
  • Be appropriate in your choice of graphic tees that spread a message, make sure the messages on graphic tees are age appropriate and school acceptable.
  • Choose a variety of clothing so that you can dress appropriately for the weather.

My daughter’s current obsession is with printed leggings, she just adores leggings with a matching graphic tee shirt on top. I have recently noticed that rue21.com has a wide range of tween and teen clothing options for any picky dresser. There is a LOVE graphic tee that I know my daughter would totally wear, unless I bought it that is. Parenting gets more difficult as you head into the age of teens picking their own clothing, you must ensure that they are allotted their independence to choose high waisted jeans if they so desire but limit their clothing to age appropriate messages and ensure they cover their body fully. My rule is, the less skin showing, the better.

Shopping for tweens or teens really can give one a headache, it’s no easy task, but if you set rules and boundaries from the beginning; yes that means dressing them appropriately when you are the one choosing clothing from day one, then you will find their clothing choices will continue to be appropriate well into their teen years. Support your tween and teen in their individuality and remember; life is far too short to spend it arguing about matching clothes; let your child’s clothing be their artwork.

Shopping for Jeans That Fit your Style

After giving birth to three children, I have found that my body took on a shape of its own. No longer do I have this pre-baby body that can fit into any style of jeans and it’s frustrating at times. Up until about two years ago, I wasn’t too keen on shopping for anything except comfy clothing. It seems, even though I had given birth, I wanted to stick with maternity style clothing. It was comfortable. It meant I didn’t have to try on clothing and look in mirrors. It was a safe choice.

The problem is; I love jeans. I adore bootcut jeans the best and I wouldn’t be able to gain that confidence back that everyone loves about me, unless I started to wear those beloved bootcut jeans again. I have a variety of shoes that suit jeans more than those comfy sweatpants type outfits. I wanted more, for myself and for my children. I needed to lead by example, and so it came to me one night, I needed to start looking for some womens jeans that fit the body I have today.

Once I made the decision to look into womens jeans versus comfy clothing, I found out that shopping for jeans really isn’t that difficult, or painful. There are a wide range of designer jeans for any body type these days; it’s simply a matter of owning your body type and knowing what designer jeans will work for your shape. I personally love the bootcut jeans; there is nothing sexier to me than looking in the mirror at myself wearing that style of jeans with my favorite black leather heeled boots and a sweater style top. Sure, I don’t look like a teenager, but I am a thirty-two year old woman, that is what I am supposed to look like.

Far too many of us females get caught up in what we looked like pre-baby years and that, my friends, is no way to live your life. I say to you, make a decision to love your body, own it and find that style of designer jeans that works best to uplift your confidence and accept your post-baby body. Just because you have had a child, doesn’t mean you can’t look stylish or sexy!

Would Would Brandy Do if she Had a No Limits Shoe Shopping Spree

Just the other day I was thinking about how I haven’t purchased myself clothing in forever. Occasionally I do receive a gift card to get some clothes and then I spend that on myself, usually shoes. This got me thinking, what would I do if I had a no-limit shopping spree for my favorite wardrobe item … shoes?!

First off, why do I love shoes? Because they always fit just right no matter what. I can get tall shoes to be a tad bit taller and I can get flats that allow me to stay at my 5’6″ level. It’s great to see the new shoe options out there in the world these days, such as the gladiator heels shown below. Aren’t those some pretty nifty, shiny heels? I could see myself wearing this to a blog event, such as coverage for a movie or a special NYC event. Surely I would tower over many people, but my feet would gain some pretty awesome attention.

Gladiator Heels

Maybe on this particular day I wouldn’t want to tower over everyone and have so much attention brought upon myself, so maybe for a special event I would go with the privileged heelless shoes, these wouldn’t bring me as much attention, wouldn’t make me so tall and could share my love of art. I am all about artistic talent and clothing or shoes being a way to express ones self. These magazine print privileged heelless shoes would so fit the role of me expressing my love of art.

Privileged Harting Magazine Print Clear Oxfords

The next shoe style option that is available these days and seems to be getting more and more popular are the wedge boots. Wedge style shoes are actually the first heel-like option I let my daughter wear. I wasn’t quite ready to push the idea of having my tween walk around with heels on, but I wanted to allow her some shoe freedom and so wedge style shoes made sense. There are so many wedge style shoes, I hadn’t a clue. I happened upon the below wedge style boots and fell in love! What would you think if you saw me walking into an event with these babies on?

Pink Wedge Shoes

Well I think out of all three options I shared, the first option is the one I would love to wear on a night out or an event for my business. Either way, I wonder, which shoe you would choose and why?

Do tell me in a comment below; if you could shop for shoes and have an unlimited amount of money to spend; what style would you envision yourself purchasing?

 

What a Sense of Humor: Hello Kitty Diaper Bag

Being a mom does mean that your fashion lifestyle is over. Today’s mom knows how to let her personality shine through and one of the best ways is with her diaper bag. Instead of dragging an unfortunate-looking diaper bag, why not pick something with panache and style? There are so many plain diaper bags in drag colors with no embellishments and then, there are plucky diaper bags that are full of personality in bright colors with amusing embellishments.

Hello Kitty for Mom and Daughter

Some of the cutest bags I’ve seen are decorated with Hello Kitty. A fabulous pink or black Hello Kitty diaper bag might not be the best choice to bring to the office, but the Asian-inspired bags do have a place. These very affordable diaper bags look great with a casual outfit in pink or black, with fabulous shoes and some perfectly fitting denim. Since many moms will carry diaper bags even when their children are toddlers or young preschoolers, their daughters can also carry a cute Hello Kitty handbag, too. My daughter loved carrying a little purse that matched my bigger version and some Hello Kitty diaper bag styles actually have coordinating die cut purses, too.

Adorable Hello Kitty and Her Pop Art Styling

I absolutely love the Hello Kitty that is styled in black with only part of her face showing. Usually, this Hello Kitty has white eyes and whiskers along with a puffy pink bow. I think this version of Hello Kitty is more adult than the full-face white version, because it is more artistic and unexpected. However, Hello Kitty is so visually attractive that any variation of the pop-art cat on any diaper bag will be able to make you smile.

Diaper Bags from the Juicy Couture Design Studio

I do realize that not everyone loves Hello Kitty (although I don’t understand why). Fortunately, there are other fun diaper bags for the moms that want to stand out from the crowd. Juicy Couture designs diaper bags for women who want to look red hot and stylish. Each Juicy Couture diaper bag has some form of the Juicy Couture logo emblazoned on the front and on the handle as well as on the accessories like the changing pad and bottle bag.

Humor and Style for the Enfant de Juicy

Some Juicy Couture diaper bag styles play off of the Juicy Couture logo with a serious sense of humor. It seems like Juicy Couture designers are able to play off of their own sense of self, because who else would embellish a designer diaper bag with words like “Couture Baby” or “Enfant de Juicy.” The brand is known for being a designed for women who are not afraid to be sultry, so it is fun to see a brand place that designation on their baby gear, too.

Sense of Humor for Every Outfit

Where the Hello Kitty bags are really designed for a casual outfit, the Juicy Couture bags can be carried practically anywhere and they go with most styles of clothes. There is nothing that would prevent a mom from carrying a Juicy Couture bag to work, out shopping, on a night out, or on an outing to the park.

Surprising Neutrals with Fabulous Embellishments

Most of the Juicy diaper bags come in neutral colors like black, chocolate brown, as well as soft pink. But, you should also be able to find a great looking Juicy bag in a variety of blues, fuchsia, animal prints, and stripes. Most of the bags that I see have rich quilting or other textile styling. They are often trimmed in leather or suede for an expensive look. They also have decorative hardware and embellishments, too. You should be able to find them with fabulous bows in leather or suede, keys embellished with crystals, as well as attractive zippers on the many pockets.

High Styling on the Inside

What could be better than the outside of a Juicy Couture baby bag? The inside, of course. The designers at Juicy Couture have even embellished the inside of the bags. They often have a coordinating fabrics in bold stripes or solids. The bags are loaded with speciality pockets for bottles, pacis, blankets, wipes, and extra clothes. Many of the bags also come with coordinating and embellished burp cloths, bibs, and changing pads. Your baby will look so couture getting changed on the boldly labeled changing pad, while wearing her fabulous Juicy Couture bib as you wipe her sweet little face with the Juicy Couture burp cloth.

Have Your Cake, Eat It, and Get a Bag, Too

If you have a Juicy Couture fan in your life, you can easily make her next birthday or the first anniversary of giving birth (which I think should be celebrated) by ordering her a cake in the three-dimensional shape of the Juicy Couture bag that she loves the most. Add a few little baby shoe or baby toy cakes. Some cake makers are good at replicating the look of a Juicy Couture baby tote that she might not even be able to tell the difference between a real bag and the cake. If you need to provide the baker with a model, why not buy her a new baby that looks just like the cake she will receive. The cake could even have a few little baby accessories peeking out of the top for added fun.

By I’m Super Mommy Blog 

Five Ways to Use Your Child’s Halloween Costume Year Round

I have three kids, they like to play dress up on occasion. Mind you, two of my three children are boys, this means dress up to them is more about some doctor, fire man or military dress up type scenario whereas my daughter would prefer a princess or witch type costume. The kids really do enjoy pretend play, every day my home is full with laughter of children giggling while they play pretend MineCraft or other pretend games. Playing dress up with last years Halloween costumes really make for a fun, creative, imaginary play date and that is just what my kids do!

Using Halloween Costumes for Dress Up Play Time

There is nothing cuter than watching my three kiddos chase each other around the home with their funny kid costumes worn over their clothing and hearing; “oh no it’s s shark” or “Yay! I stole the pirates treasure” while the children run a muck having a blast in their prior year costumes. Encouraging a love of imagination by utilizing the prior years Halloween costumes really makes sense, it’s a low cost or virtually no cost way to continue enjoying that one time use costume.

If you have a closet full of old Halloween costumes that you are not sure what to do with, here are five ideas on how to utilize your kids prior year costumes;

  • Host a Play-date Event – Send out invites for your children’s friends to come to a party where they can bring their prior year Halloween Costume for a fun filled day of treats and adventures!
  • Mix & Match Costume Accessories – Your kids don’t fit into last years Halloween costume? No worries, put to use the accessories for a fun filed afternoon of pretend play. You can play too!
  • Put Your Parental Creativity To Use – Mix and match or cut and sew each child’s costume, if they no longer fit into them, make the costume fit the kid, not the kid fit the costume. Have fun seeing what you can turn a pirate and witch costume into with a pair of scissors, needle and thread!
  • Create a Neighborhood Costume Collection Bin & Create a Neighborhood Movie – This is a great way to recycle non-fitting Halloween costumes from your neighborhood. Use the collected costumes as a wardrobe for neighborhood kids to get together for their own movie creation while parents sit and watch the “finale” over popcorn and laughter!
  • Make a Wall of Remembrance – Use boxed frames to memorialize each child’s funniest Halloween costume through out the years, hang this in a family room as you would with their school pictures.

There are so many things you can do with kids costumes these days that you must remember these tips when your children are choosing this years Halloween costume. Remember, life is too short and there is no such thing as too much fun!

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