Spring Splurges | This Dress!

While I LOVE a good deal on baby girl's clothes, I also love a good splurge for a special item! Today Spring Splurge pick is from Cute Heads! Their clothes are made in the USA and are seriously to die for cute! This Garden Pindot dress is on my obsession list right now. I loved how it fits Ellis and just how sweet the neckline is. This is a sweet dress for a 1st birthday party, Easter, or for special photos. As soon as Ellis is walking, this would be an everyday dress for us! 

This dress comes in a few different patterns and colors. We are loving this print and of course the Pantone color of the year, Marsala

Check out the other dresses from their Summer/Spring Line

A special thanks to Cute Heads for letting us try on this dress. Since it's a made to order dress, Cute Heads offers custom orders in the fabrics of your choice! I love supporting local & American made clothing companies! 

End of Season Sales \\ How to Buy ahead!

We just had our first taste of spring weather here in Houston! With warmer weather, comes end of season sales. If you wanted to sell clothes to your local thrift store, most are looking for spring/summer clothes to add to their inventory!

So my girl is 9 months old and has started to wear 12-18 mos clothing (Im both sad and happy), so If my calculations are correct (which hopefully they are), she will be wearing size 18-24 mos by Fall. If she has a sudden growth spurt, I will have a sale of all these clothes I'm about to share with you. 

When I go shopping for pieces for baby girl's next size up, I stick to buying basics in colors that I know I'll still like in the next season. I'm pretty boring, so grays, olives, navy, & earth tones are my normal go to colors for her. The other half of this is buying patterns that are classic and timeless (so I'm saying no anything chevron- because I'm totally over it). 

(I might have bought a LOT of gray)

(I might have bought a LOT of gray)

1. Basic Colors: Choose classic colors. Colors that can go with most anything that is released next season. My safe choice is gray. Gray leggings can go with so many fun shirts, jackets, and dresses (and they don't seem as dirty as white).

2. Transitional Styles: Choose styles that can transition from fall to winter. I love the 3/4 length sleeve dress. Once winter hits I can add a jacket or sweater over it to make it warmer. In Texas, light layers is all the rage.

3. Don't go overboard: I tell this to myself all the time. I put back a cable knit sweater on the sale rack because I knew that I didn't love it. When you buy basics on sale, you can get the in season stuff you are excited about and mix and match.  

One thing I learned from buying before baby was born was fancy clothes aren't necessary. Jersey knit is your friend for your crawler/toddler! I love that I found all these play clothes on sale at Gap.

Confession: Those marled sweats and plain gray leggings are repeat purchases. I have bought those button leggings in 0-3 mos, 6-12 mos, and 18-24 mos. They get worn the most, go with pretty much everything we own, and they don't get stretched out & saggy. The marled sweats were our everyday pant this winter at home. 

DRESSES: I didn't realize until after baby girl was here that dresses really are the cutest on walkers. So as little bit is growing and reaching milestones like pulling up! (see below)

Anyways, those dresses I'm obsessing over! I can't wait to dress a little walker with fun light layers and sweet shoes or boots! And that Red Sweater Dress was a steal! Baby Boden find for $7 at Kid2Kid- yes please! And the buttons have navy gingham. I already am dreaming up Holiday outfits with those dresses! The denim & gray striped dress has fall written all over them. 

Be on the lookout in the fall/winter for outfits styled with these pieces! 

 

The Basics - Building a Wardrobe (newborn girl edition)

So I remember when I was pregnant, I had lots of fun shopping for clothes. I would mosey through the malls, thrift stores, & online. I asked all my momma friends what I needed for my new little one, and everyone gave me different answers. There were the minimalists (who had boys), there were the crafters (who could sew tons of cute little things), the practical, and then there was me. I knew I would need some essentials for the newborn days, but it wasn't until I had baby girl here that I realized what I NEEDED and what was really not that big of a deal. I had an April baby, meaning summer here in Texas. I also made it a point to get her out of pjs in the morning and get out (most days) to keep my sanity. I can't say if I was dressed, but she looked cute!

How I dressed my girl when she was in 0-3 months...

Going Home Outfit - Since we had Ellis at home the going home outfit was a first outfit. I chose something cozy that I found accidentally at a resale shop. It turned out to be a really sweet Etsy Find. 

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What I would buy again:

  • Zip Up Sleepers // Carters & The Children's Place fit the best
  • Sleep Gowns (0-3 Month) // Target sold 2 packs in decent patterns
  • Leggings // Baby Gap have my favorite leggings & Target
  • Long Sleeve Onsies (Air conditioning!) // Baby Gap wins
  • Tank top onsies / Carters multi-packs were my go to
  • A Sweater of some sort in newborn/0-3 sized / Grey is always my first choice for basics
  • Socks or Moccasins // confession: I splurged on Freshly Picked Moccasins
  • 1-2 special outfits // take your pick  
  • 1 piece rompers // baby gap wins again (but here is another I would purchase)
  • Jersey knit tshirts // thrifted baby boden & peek shirts were my favorite

So of all those outfits in the photos, I maybe bought 1-2 things brand new. The rest were thrift stores, gifts, or hand-me downs. My personal favorite that I put Ellis in ALL THE TIME, the navy blue tank romper. It was soft jersey knit, perfect for home, perfect for out, and just the cutest. I would link up to a similar style, but Gap doesn't have one in stores right now. 

Some things that were silly to have:

  • baby skirts. they just look awkward on a baby laying down or scrunched up in a car-seat. Save your dollars for skirts when they are walking. 
  • Fancy shirts. 
  • Dresses. Sorry to say that, but honestly, spend the money on rompers/one pieces. 

*Sorry this post was so focused on the baby girl. I hope to sometime have a momma with a boy offer her thoughts!