Entries Tagged as 'dressing up costumes'


Happy Halloween!  After trying a whole load of outfits, in the end Anya decided on being a cat or a cat girl.  The outfit was really easy to put together so if you’re still looking for a last minute costume idea, this is the one to go for. 

"halloween cat DIY outfit"

To put this cat outfit together, all you need is charcoal or black tights and top (Anya wears a super soft charcoal polo neck sweater) or you can even go for any other dark colour like chocolate brown or navy.  Next cut some ears from card paper, paint them black and I have attached with simple bobby pins.  Then you need a mask which I have painted on with face paint or you make one from card paper.  Last, take a piece of black fabric or whatever colour your outfit is and roll it up to look like a tail.  You could use anything you have at home like a scarf or any piece of fabric.  And finally attach on to tights with a safety pin. Done! So what are your kids going as? I’d love to hear in the comments.

Have a very Happy Halloween!

"clown outfit for babies"I’m not a big fan of adult fancy dress parties.  I find them a bit of a hassle but even more than that I guess if I’m honest I hate being told what to wear.  But when it comes to kids fancy dress parties, I feel very differently.  I never go out and buy a ready made costume because where’s the fun in that?  Instead I love the challenge of putting together an outfit from my daughters existing wardrobe using a little bit of creativity and the help of a few accessories from her dressing up box.  So when I came across Korean photographer Dong Sun Choo’s work on the Waddler blog, I had to find out more."fancy dress for babies"I discovered that Dong Sun Choo gets clothes from some of my favourite brands like Oeuf NYC, Wovenplay, Waddler and adds accessories from Udder, Kate Davey and many others to create fun little fancy dress outfits.  He then dresses babies and little kids in these clothes and photographs them.  Apart from the cute overload, I love the little outfits and some of the expressions he captures.  One of my favourites is the adorable baby clown but I also love that over-sized stripey tail on that little baby boy.  To see lots more photos head over to Dong Sun Choo’s blog.

"linen superhero cape and mask set"Playing superheroes is something my daughter never tires of.  After all when you’re a superhero anything is possible.  Her self-assigned missions change frequently but her favourite is to rescue me from a pool of hungry crocodiles and thankfully she always saves the day (or my life!).  I haven’t yet got her a cape and mask set which I know she will love, but at the moment she is happy improvising with things she finds around the house.  When I decide to get her one I’m loving these gorgeous linen sets by Kathryn Davey.  Simple and stylish, the colours are really lovely too and there’s even a soft pink one for all those girly girls.  Kathryn Davey also makes those superhero soft toys.  I love that they too are made of linen and are so cute but never cutesy.  All the cape and mask sets and soft toys are handmade in San Francisco, making them even more special. 

Happy Halloween…

October 31, 2012

"kids unusual halloween costumes"

1. bubble bath princess… 2. ninja… 3. hippie chic(k)… 4. little red riding hood… 5. aviator… 6. beekeeper & bee

Halloween for me is all about dressing up in something a bit unusual and preferably a DIY job.  I don’t really go for the whole witches, ghosts and ghouls thing but much prefer something a bit different minus any of the spookiness.  So when I received a quirky and alternative outfit from American Apparel {for my daughter of course}, I was delighted.  I went on to American Apparel’s site to see what other costumes they had on offer and found a whole load of DIY imaginative, fun and original costumes for adults and kids.  I realised that American Apparel are known for their Halloween outfits and each year create some absolute winners.  I picked out some of the kids outfits I liked best and I have to say I love the ‘bubble bath princess’.  What a great alternative to a regular princess outfit which I’m not keen on at all.  Of course I had to photograph my daughter in her outfit… can you guess which one she is?  She’s the ‘hippie chic(k)’!  If you’ve still got an outfit to put together then visit American Apparel where you’ll find loads of inspiration or bookmark them for next year.  Happy Halloween!

P.S. What are your kids going as?  Anyone got a really quirky costume idea?

"dressing up crown"

I have some super exciting news… the lovely folks at Oeuf NYC are giving one lucky reader the chance to win a ‘Wild Things’ crown in the colour of your choice.  You’ll find all the details of how to enter at the bottom of this post.  But first, I’d like to share a preview of Oeuf NYC’s delightful Autumn/Winter 2012 collection.

"knitwear for kids"

When I opened up the Oeuf NYC Fall/Winter 2012 look book my heart skipped a beat.  My eyes feasted on clothes, dressing up goodies and toys that took my breath away.  How can anybody not fall in love with this collection?  The clothes are playful and fun yet infinitely wearable and practical and always complimented by fabulous design. What more could you possibly want from children’s clothes?

 "dressing up clothes kids"

Year after year Oeuf create hugely covetable clothes, toys and nursery furniture and this latest Fall/Winter 2012 collection is no exception.  Their dressing up pieces are also second to none.  Whether your child wants to play wolf or be Santa Claus or even a cat for a day, Oeuf has lots to choose from and all created with bags of style and subtlety yet lots of drama.  I know it’s too early to even mention santa, but I just couldn’t resist picturing the adorable hat and beard combo!

"woollen knits for baby"

All the clothes are made in Bolivia from baby alpaca wool.  Not only is the wool a soft and luxurious natural fibre but by making the clothes in Bolivia, Oeuf supports the local women artisans who earn a fair income and are able to educate their kids.  If you’re a mama with a penchant for style and all things beautiful, then Oeuf is the place to go.  Oeuf NYC certainly has a special place in my heart and I don’t think it’s difficult to see why.


One lucky reader picked at random will win the ‘wild things’ crown in the colour and size of their choice.  All the colours are pictured above and there are 2 sizes: small (0-4 yrs) and large (4-8 yrs).  You can confirm size and colour once the winner has been picked. 

For your chance to win the ‘wild things’ crown, just leave a comment below… easy!  Say hi or whatever you like but keep it nice!  One comment per person.  Entry is open to all my readers no matter where you live.  The competition closes at 8am (UK time) on Monday July 16th.  Any entries after this time will not be counted.  The winner will be announced on Tuesday July 17th on our facebook page and on this post.  Good luck!

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UPDATE JULY 17th 2012: The winner of this giveaway is Ann-Sophie. Congratulations Ann-Sophie and a huge thank you to Oeuf NYC for this giveaway and for their wonderful collection.  This is now closed so please do not leave any further comments.  Big thanks to all who took part.

Crowning around…

June 29, 2012

"kids dress up crowns"

Which kid doesn’t like dressing up?  I have yet to come across one and in the meantime I think no dressing up box can be complete without a crown.  My daughter is no exception and has reached the age where dressing up is all she wants to do.  She wakes up each morning and before she’s even had her milk, she’s all dressed up!  So I have been adding to her dress up items and I’m currently on the hunt for a cool crown.  I’ve found 5 that I love so now it’s all about choosing… luckily I have an excuse to get 2 as you always need a spare crown, don’t you?!  Here are my picks:

1.  A very cool sparkly headband crown… 2.  A pretty and elegant crochet crown*… 3.  An easy to make but regal looking make your own cardboard crown… 4.  A sweet wool felt crown that comes in many bright colours… 5.  A knitted crown that’s simple but so stylish and it’s also available in many subtle colours.

*via threetwentyeight

"dressing up clothes and tutus"

Wovenplay’s new Spring 2012 collection has arrived and once again it surpasses my high expectations.  I so adore this New York based clothing line which always offers lots of drama and whimsy.  The outfits are bordering on dressing up clothes but can still be worn anywhere and that’s what makes them so fun, so unique, so special. 

"dressing up outfits girls"

In this latest collection I’m loving the vibrant greens and luscious red pieces which have the wow factor.  There are also new feather headpieces in the collection… these headbands are something that feature in every collection and are accessories that any little girl would love.  Then there are the beautiful Jess Brown rag dolls wearing similar outfits and these too are hugely covetable like everything in the collection.  To check out these wonderful, dramatic clothes, head to Wovenplay.

Colour love: Blue

December 5, 2011

"blue nirsery decor,blue toys,blue clothes for girls and boys"

If you’re a regular here, you’ll know that I’m not a blue for boy and pink for girl type of mama.  Blue can be just as much for girls as it can be for boys.  So with that in mind, I’ve found some lovely blue nursery decorations, toys and clothes some for boys, some for girls but mostly things that are for both.

1.  Soft and girly butterfly wings to wear or even hang on the wall by Christa Davis.

2.  A little car kit that you put together and decorate with the included crayons by Fidoodle.

3.  Sweet, sweet bamboo elephant mobile with big blue ears by Petit Collage.

4.  A beautiful powder blue bench for a kids bedroom or a play space by Guy and Brown.*

5.  A cute hand made felt singing bird soft toy by Colourland on etsy.

6.  A house shaped toy storage box by Rice DK available from Nettle Green.

7.  Adorable birdie coat pegs or door handles by Zachary Dickory Dock.

8.  A cool ribbed hooded jumper in electric blue by Stella McCartney kids.

P.S. Have you seen our Orange colour love goodies?  Also, if blue floats your boat, you can check out our turquoise nursery furniture and decor ideas.

*Via Handmade Charlotte

Fun with feathers

November 28, 2011

"feather fairy wings for girls"

My nearly 3 year old bambino was playing animatedly with a feather the other day.  While watching her I started thinking about a post on feathers.  There’s something about feathers that makes them special.  I don’t know what it is but they’re so soft and lovely to touch. So I went searching for some lovely things made of these tactile objects and here are my top 3 finds:

1.  How utterly gorgeous are these feather adorned fairy wings?!  Delicate and so feminine, I can’t imagine any little girl not being enamoured of them.  They’d make a perfect addition to a dressing up box although once worn, I’m not sure they’d ever be put away.  They’re by Atsuyo et Akiko and with Christmas coming up, they’d make the perfect gift too.

2.  These full feathered necklaces are a great accessory for slightly older girls.  Take a simple dress and elevate it to new levels with these lovely necklaces by Christa Davis.

3.  Last but not least is this feathered headband which isn’t just for dressing up days but also just to add a bit of drama to an everyday outfit.  It comes in a range of colours and is by the super creative American kids fashion brand Wovenplay.  If you’re Europe based, you can also get it at Little Fashion Gallery

"wovenplay clothes for children"

"wovenplay fall 2011 collection"

"wovenplay autumn winter 2011"

I’m a huge fan of Wovenplay and I always look out for their new collections.   With each new collection you also get a visual treat with their stunning photography.  All the collections I’ve seen have been shot on the streets of New York (I think).   I love the contrast of the soft clothes against the concrete urban setting that is New York.  I went looking for the latest Wovenplay Autumn Winter 2011 collection and fell in love all over again.  The clothes have all the drama and whimsy that I’ve come to expect of Wovenplay with pieces like the Jada suit, Prussian tutu and the Shark shorts on offer.  And then there are the feather head pieces which I adore and which any little girl would love.  You can check out the Wovenplay Autumn Winter 2011 collection on their site where you’ll also find a list of International stockists.

P.S. Have you checked out our 2011 Christmas gift guide?  We’ve started it but there’s lots more to come next week.

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