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I have loved fashion for as long as I can remember. I wish I could say I was the most stylish kid on the block, but let’s be honest, my mom dressed me most of the time. (Plus, it was the late 80’s, into the 90’s. Fashion wasn’t doing anything fantastic). When I look back at my childhood photos I see a lot of leopard, velvet, and bright colors. I can’t tell you how often I could be found rocking corduroy pants!
My daughters are growing up in a completely different world. The fashion market for children has really expanded since I was a kid. I love that I have girls to dress, but it can also be a challenge. I never thought I would have such completely different daughters!
My oldest daughter, Zia, is ten years old, and she has a style all her own. She will coordinate entire outfits based on her favorite color of the moment. Purple, pink, gold etc. I can’t tell you how many times she has begged me for gold shoes, so she can make up an entire gold outfit! I haven’t caved yet, but back to school shopping is starting soon.
Having three girls, I shop all the sales. I sometimes shop in store, but I am usually purchasing online, because leaving the house with 3 kids isn’t the easiest task. The younger two girls, Fae and Charlie, are easy to shop for online. Zia and I will usually take a girls day and hit the stores, so she can try everything on.
I like to dress my girls up in modern fairy-tale type outfits. Not all the time, because let’s face it, kids get dirty. Holidays are my favorite time to get them each a special outfit and dress them up. I was working on a project a few months ago where I had to create a look based on one of my Pinterest boards. I chose my Once Upon A Time board, and worked with Zia to create a look. You can view my Pinterest board Here.
My daughter Fae, is very much the middle child. She can go from my sweet little fairy, to my cranky gremlin in 2.6 seconds. She will be three years old in a few weeks, and she is also starting to experiment with her fashion. We put her to bed in her pajamas, and she wakes up in an entirely different outfit! I call this a mom win, because it means she is learning to dress herself! Her current obsession is hats.
Fae could not be more different than her older sister, Zia. Zia has jet black hair, and warm almond eyes, with gorgeous bronze skin. Fae is as pale as the moon, with wispy blonde curls, and blue-green eyes. Zia is wild and free, Fae is cautious and moody. As much as I struggle with them sometimes, I enjoy watching them grow into these little people. Charlie, being the baby, is just starting to show her personality, and I think she is going to be more like Zia.
Charlie, as the youngest, has inherited most of her wardrobe from Fae, (and a few pieces leftover from Zia). I do make a point to occasionally buy her an outfit that is all her own, especially for special occasions. I have turned into the mom who loves to have her children match. It’s hard to find outfits for all three of the girls to match sometimes, because of the age difference, but we still try because Zia insists.
I recently came across this online boutique that has some of the most adorable little girls clothes I have ever seen, and falls right into that whole fairy-tale vibe. It’s called Little Chocopink. They have an entire section of Mommy & Me outfits!
I have been looking into doing another family photo shoot, now that Charlie is older, and we are living in South Carolina. Charleston is absolutely beautiful, and the perfect backdrop for some great family photos. I now know where I will be shopping for some cute matching outfits, for when that days comes! Little Chocopink also carries accessories, to add to any adorable outfit! (Shoes, headbands, sunglasses, you name it!)
The only down side I’m seeing (and this doesn’t apply to me), is no boy clothes. Moms of boys will have to search elsewhere for stylish clothing, but I am sure they have their own adorable options!
Have you found any chic kids boutiques that you love? Let me know, so I can check them out!
I have a love of all things Free People, but my budget doesn’t. I used to work for an E-Bay power seller, and they had racks and racks of designer clothes! New, used, vintage, you name it, they had it, and I scored some pretty awesome finds through them.
Unfortunately with the Navy lifestyle, my family had to away. Now I do my “rummaging” online, finding things I want or need, for the best price possible. I recently came across this online boutique, with chic fashions that mimic the Free People style, for a lot less money!
The shop is called Ooh La Lou Boutique, and you can find them Here. All their pieces are so feminine and pretty, and perfect for the South Carolina heat! This Angel Lace Dress (below) is one of my absolute favorite pieces. It comes in a sky blue, or Amethyst, and is only $33.99!
I am not usually one to wear Maxi Dresses (because I am usually too tall for them), but I can’t deny that they have some beautiful ones. Most of them have a slit, which is more my style, than the traditional Maxi, with no slit. I also love that they have a fit and flare style. The dress pictured below is available in white or navy blue!
Ooh La Lou Boutique has a small assortment of shoes and jewelry, which does update occasionally. They are a small boutique, and still growing, which makes them a great find! Sometimes you need to find small online shops, to get more original pieces!
Click Here to check them out, and if you find something you love, use the code Lalou10 to get 10% off! When visiting their website, you can also sign up to receive e-mails from them, to stay up-to-date on their latest styles!
Last week, I told you about this amazing cash back App called Ibotta! It was just a few days before Amazon Prime Day, and they were offering some pretty great cash back offers from Amazon!
Today, it is all about my favorite cash-back App, Ebates! Ebates was the first App I joined, to start earning cash-back and things I was buying anyway!
Ebates is a free App, that has over TWO THOUSAND stores you can shop at, (online and in-store) and earn cash back! I’ve already earned cash back on plane tickets back to visit my friends, Ulta beauty purchases, and all my Amazon goodies! If you think the rewards stop there, then you need to keep scrolling!
First things first, to get the cash back, you need to check into your Ebates App to see what’s being offered at the store you want to shop at. If you are shopping online, you will want to click “shop now,” and the App will automatically take you to the online store, and keep track of your purchases. That’s it! The cash back will be in your account in a few days! (Or even a few hours!) For trips made to the store, just check the App, link the card you will be using, and you are good to go!
I am home a lot with my daughters, and I am usually blogging on my laptop (like now, for instance). That means, sometimes it is more convenient to just shop on my computer. You can log into Ebates right onto your computer! Ebates installed it’s little logo right at the top of my computer, and it lights up when I go to one of it’s qualified stores, and asks me if I want to activate the cash back. Just click yes! After that, Ebates does the hard work for you. When you are done shopping, Ebates has already loaded all the applicable coupons for the site you are on, saving you even more money! Yup, not only are you getting cash back, but Ebates is always finding you coupons you may not have even known were available!
Okay, so let’s talk a little bit about the cons. Do you see the cash back offers on the stores listed up above? They change. Sometimes you are going to get an e-mail about a super cash back day, and find that the places you love to shop are all offering 10 percent (or more)! Unfortunately, there are going to be days when you only see a 1% return on your money.
On stores like Amazon, they limit the cash back to certain items, but those items do consistently change. The other downside is, Ebates only pays you quarterly, so don’t plan on having your cash back immediately available to you. I kind of like that my money builds over time. I already have a good chunk of change pending in my account, ready to be paid to me next month!
Back to the Pros: There are two different ways you can choose to get paid! As you can see in the photo below, you can choose to have a check mailed to you, or it can sent right to you via Paypal. I like to receive a check in the mail. It’s a nice change of pace when I find a check, instead of a bill.
Interested in signing up, and getting cash back? If you use my referral link, you will get $10 automatically added to your account (after you make your first qaulifying purchase of $25 or more). After that, you just go to Ebates before you shop, and Ebates will hook you up with coupons and cash back!
Click Here to sign up with Ebates!