Boutique on a Budget

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Today I bring you a topic that I’ve promised since the beginning of my blog, Boutique on a Budget!  The minute you find out you’re expecting, the urge to buy things for your new little one is immediately present—even more so once you find you’re having a GIRL!  The adorable clothing options for little girls are absolutely endless.  There aren't QUITE as many for boys, but there are great, unique options for them tooI'm already working on that blog postLet's Hear it for the Boys!  So Mamas of boys, rest assured, I’ll have some new ideas for you very soon! 

My baby fashion obsession started innocently enough—picking up a few cute things at Target here and there.  Shopping around at all of the normal placesCarter’s, Gymboree, BabyGAP, Janie and Jack.  Soon enough, I got turned on to Mud Pie and by the time Holiday was 6 months old, I think we owned every single outfit Mud Pie made that year!  I loved that they were made well and extra cute.

Before I was even expecting I had seen an ad for Persnickety Clothing—it was this ad to be exact and I was instantly in love… until I saw the price tags and swore I’d never pay that much for children’s clothing!

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Well fast forward a year and a half.  Holiday is 18 months old-ish and I was looking for an outfit for her for a late summer wedding.  As I started weeding through all of the online specialty boutiques, I saw that some of the Persnickety pieces that I had previously drooled over were now 60% off, which was affordable for me and not more than what I would have paid elsewhere for a “special” outfit.  Of course I had to look around a LOT to find all 3 pieces in her size and wasn’t entirely sure what sizes TO order, but alas I figured it out and our very first Persnickety outfit was debuted.

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From the moment I first opened the package, I was sold. Completely and totally sold.  The fabrics, details and workmanship that I saw online didn’t even kind of compare to how beautiful the pieces were in real life. Once you put them on and see how they drape and how the skirts perfectly twirlyou'll be as addicted as I am.

After a little more investigating, I soon started to figure out the logistics and hidden secrets of the kid fashion boutique world!  It’s an entire underground, 24/7 world that never sleeps.  It is FULL of Mamas who are VERY passionate about these beautiful clothes.  It’s a little crazy and chaotic at times.  You have to have tough skin and be willing to follow the rules—there are a lot of them.  But if you want to learn how to get these gorgeous clothes without the hefty price tags, grab your pen and paper and get ready to take some notes!  

MY TOP BOUTIQUE BRANDS

First of all, let me introduce you to the boutique brands that I purchase most.  While the majority of what I'm buying right now is a mix of the brands listed below, I also buy a few pieces here and there from Paper Wings, Dollcake & Misha Lulu.  I fill in with some other mainstream or mall brands, and then will also have a number of pieces from specialty handmade boutiques (I will cover those individually at the bottom).

Persnickety Clothing Company 

Picture from Persnickety Clothing Company Facebook Page - This is the Sail Away collection, the first of three phases for Spring/Summer 2014

Picture from Persnickety Clothing Company Facebook Page - This is the Sail Away collection, the first of three phases for Spring/Summer 2014

Matilda Jane Clothing 

This is our little friend Kylie modeling some of her Matilda Jane!  She and her mama are our BFF Fashionistas!  

This is our little friend Kylie modeling some of her Matilda Jane!  She and her mama are our BFF Fashionistas!  

Kylie modeling again (she is a natural)!  Matilda Jane makes some of THE sweetest little girls clothes that will keep your little girl looking little!  

Kylie modeling again (she is a natural)!  Matilda Jane makes some of THE sweetest little girls clothes that will keep your little girl looking little!  

Holiday rocking on her Matilda Jane frocks!

Holiday rocking on her Matilda Jane frocks!

Mustard Pie (not to be confused with MudPie)

Holiday sporting some of her Mustard Pie Spring 2013 Collection 

Holiday sporting some of her Mustard Pie Spring 2013 Collection 

Mustard Pie Fall 2013 

Mustard Pie Fall 2013 

Giggle Moon

Pic from Giggle Moon Facebook Page, mix of current spring & summer outfits currently available for pre-sale 

Pic from Giggle Moon Facebook Page, mix of current spring & summer outfits currently available for pre-sale 

Giggle Moon Spring and Summer 2013 

Giggle Moon Spring and Summer 2013 

SHOE BRANDS

Joyfolie

A mix of previous season Joyfolie shoes.  They have some of THE most gorgeous shoes you will ever see each and every season!  

A mix of previous season Joyfolie shoes.  They have some of THE most gorgeous shoes you will ever see each and every season!  

Holiday is wearing the Joyfolie Military Leighton boots... and has been wearing them all fall and winter!  

Holiday is wearing the Joyfolie Military Leighton boots... and has been wearing them all fall and winter!  

Livie and Luca 

If we're not wearing Joyfolie, you will find us in Livie and Luca!!!  These are the infamous Livie and Luca Petals.  They are purposely made to match all of the great boutique lines every season.  We will have a rainbow of petals in our closet before the season is over!  LIvie and Luca durability is top notch.  

If we're not wearing Joyfolie, you will find us in Livie and Luca!!!  These are the infamous Livie and Luca Petals.  They are purposely made to match all of the great boutique lines every season.  We will have a rainbow of petals in our closet before the season is over!  LIvie and Luca durability is top notch.  

WHERE TO BUY

Aside from Matilda Jane, I generally purchase all of Holiday's clothing online and pretty much exclusively from a company called One Good Thread.  They have a Facebook page as well as a website.  They are a small company and have gotten quite popular very quickly and are always growing and changing to keep up with demand and offer quality customer service.  OGT is among the top retailers of some of the most sought after brands and consequently have the best inventory and selectionwhich is important with brands and pieces that often sell out in the pre-order phase before items are even in stock.  But there are THREE more things that will make you love One Good Thread as much as I do: (UPDATE 09/30/15:  I now purchase all of my boutique items from a My Little Jules.  OGT seems to be making some changes within their company and doesn't seem to be very reliable as of late.  I just want to make sure you all receive the beautiful pretties you've worked hard to purchase!)

1.  They always offer free shipping, every time, no matter how big your order is.  And furthermore, they're not padding their prices to cover the cost of shipping. (UPDATE:  09/30/15:  OGT no longer offers free shipping)

2.  They do Layaway.  This is the way a majority of people are able to afford these high price tag items. You can pay as little as 25% down and have up to 3 months to pay off your balanceI will talk about this more in depth below! (UPDATE:  09/30/15 My Little Jules also does layaway plans for orders $150 or more).  

 

Now that you know where to buy, let me get into HOW to afford to buy:

1.  PRE-ORDERS & LAYAWAY

Pre-ordering is the main way many mamas afford expensive boutique brands (or can get away with purchasing before husbands see massive charges coming through all at one timehey, I'm just keeping it real)!

Persnickety is currently one of the top boutique brands, so I will use them to explain this processbut it's pretty much applicable across the board for the brands I have listed above except for Matilda Jane which I will cover at the end of this post.

Right around Christmas, we started seeing "sneak peaks" of the first phase of Persnickety Spring and Summer 2014.  There will be three total phases or unique collections that will be released individually over the next few months. While some pieces will mix and match between the three phases, each individual collection will have a distinct color story and look.  During the first week of January, Persnickety released a full album showcasing their entire first collection called Sail Away.  Within a few days of releasing those images, the clothing became available to pre-order, exclusively through their online retailers.  Pre-orders generally happen at midnight so you stay up late and try to "cart" all of your items in the sizes you need.  For the bigger boutique brands, you can usually get all of the items you want within the first few days of pre-sales.  Eventually, very popular items will begin to sell out in certain sizes. So if you KNOW that you really want an item, you will want to order it as quickly as you can at the start of a pre-order.

Now the beauty of pre-orders is that places like One Good Thread offer layaway!  America is in the middle of a polar vortex while all of the crazy boutique shopping mamas are loading up closets with summer clothes!  It's a whole new way to think about building a wardrobe.  You buy Christmas dresses in August and Easter dresses before the ball drops on New Years Eve!  ALL of that to say that the pre-orders are generally happening months before your child will be able to wear the clotheswhich makes layaway glorious!  At One Good Thread, you can secure your pre-orders for as little as 25% down and then take up to three months to pay them off.  Often it will take a month or longer from the time you pre-order until the clothing even comes into stock to be able to ship.  Depending on the brand, it may take as long as three months from the time you pre-order until you receive your itemsso you're not missing out on anything by putting the clothes on layaway.  I know this doesn't technically help you SAVE money on the clothes themselves, but it is a way to stretch out the payments which makes it more affordable for manyor make it possible to buy a lot morewhichever way you want to look at it! 

If you want to know when pre-orders are taking place and also see the "sneak peaks" of clothing and the full collections once they are debuted, it is important to follow the Facebook pages of the brands you are interested in.  Be sure to find their direct company pages because, as you will see below, there are many fan generated pages associated with each brand as well.  These brands also have websites and blogs, but Facebook is a GREAT way to stay connected with each of the brands and always be in the know for what's coming up next.  Also, following online retailers, such as One Good Thread will always keep you in the loop for upcoming releases and sales.  They also offer WEEKLY competitions in which you can win all sorts of great prizes! 

2.  RESALE VALUE

Besides Layaway, the second most popular way mamas afford these expensive clothes is that they sell them at the end of each season and re-invest the money into new clothes the following season.  I quickly picked up on this trend as soon as I was introduced to the baby boutique fashion world and at first, I thought it was crazy!  These clothes are so beautiful and I really hope to have another girl some day, so I was hoarding everything as Holiday outgrew it!  The one thing you will find is that the most popular boutique brands (Persnickety, Matilda Jane & MustardPie) will resale for 50-75% of what you paid for themand some items, as they get more popular, will sell for even more. There are hard to find Matilda Jane "Pearl" dresses selling for $250-300 right now that retailed around $54.  Once I got into the habit of selling, it became addictive! The picture I posted in Holiday's first Persnickety outfit was from the Spring 2012 collections.  In fall/winter of 2012, I took advantage of pre-orders and bought 6-7 high end boutique outfits.  I resold all of those pieces at the end of last summer and re-invested that money and was able to purchase an entire high end wardrobe for fall and winter 2013.  Again, as I'm selling some of those pieces now, I've been able to pay for much of what I'm currently pre-ordering for this upcoming spring and summer.  My husband and I budget every dollar that we have coming in and we have a certain amount dedicated to Holiday's clothingsince it is one of my favorite hobbies!  So this budgeted money along with my reselling is how I personally am able to do a full, head to toe, wardrobe every season.  Once you make the initial investment (or do so slowly over time) it's much easier to stay in the game.

There is definitely a lot of ins and outs to learn about sellinga lot more than I can cover in detail here, but I'll give you some insight.  Most basically, you will get more for the clothes if you are selling for the appropriate season.  For example, trying to move Christmas clothing (even bargained price) at this time of year is a hard sell.  In general, this is not a good time of year to sell for many reasons:  1- many people are still recuperating financially from Christmas; 2- selling is hard when you're competing with all of the new spring & summer pre-orders that are happening right now; 3- many people are trying to sell fall and winter (as their children are growing out of it), but many online retailers are currently trying to clear out their fall & winter inventory of those same items at deeply discounted prices.  Of course a buyer would prefer a NWT (new with tags) item over your secondhand item if the prices are comparable.  BUT, if you hold onto those items and wait until the end of the summer, you can THEN get top resale dollar for them!  Retailers will be long sold out of those items, there is also a lull in boutique pre-orders from around May to July/August.  Also once the end of the summer starts approaching, there's a strong back to school/ load up on new clothes mind-set that kicks in for many peoplevery advantageous for sellers.

While you might not have been ready for ALL of those details, I took time to spell them out because it offers a few keys for buyers to get AWESOME DISCOUNTS!

3. SALE CYCLES

One of the benefits of these brands pre-ordering and selling months beforehand is that they start to go on sale right around the time the seasons change when your child can actually start to wear the clothes!   Generally within a few months of items being released you will see the prices start to drop.  With the bigger boutique brands, their sales are dictated by the company and the retailers are all required to offer the same sales at the same time.  By mid to late May you will start to see Persnickety's Spring and Summer collections go 25% off.  It will then increase to 35% and eventually later in the summer to 50% off and sometimes even as much as 60% off.  So while it sounds great to wait for everything... popular items WILL have sold out long before then and especially in many (if not most) of the smaller sizes.  But you can still pick up some amazing deals during the sales and this leads me to my next huge cost-savings tactic... 

4.  WEAR A SEASON BEHIND

These boutique children's clothes are TIMELESS.  They are just as gorgeous this spring as they will be next spring!  And for many mamas, the only way they can afford or justify the expense is to wear them a season behind!  Even in a fashion forward city like Dallas, it is very rare for me to see another little girl dressed in Persnicketyin fact it's only ever happened once while we were out at the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular last year!  All of that to say that I find most mamas are completely clueless to the fact that Persnickety even exists, let alone that you're wearing pieces from a previous season.  All they know is that your little one is wearing some of the most adorable clothing she has ever seen and she wants to know what it is and where to get it!  Seriously, a little PSA if you have never worn these brands before, you will not be able to get 5 feet in the mall without nonstop "ooh's" and "ahhh's" and people stopping to ask you what your little one is wearing.

I took the time to cover all of the reasons above on why it's not the best season to sell your boutique clothing, but those reasons are all of the reasons it is THE BEST TIME TO BUY!  Seriously, you can get rock bottom pricing right now on items for every season.  Online retailers are really looking to unload their remaining fall and winter inventorymost of it is at least 50% off right now.  In addition to buying directly from online retailers, there is the whole world of Buy Sell Trade (BST) pages and they are some of THE best places to buy boutique clothing. And that brings me to my next savings hint... 

5.  BUY, SELL, TRADE PAGES  

I recently read an article in the Huffington Post predicting the demise of Facebook over the next several years.  I thought to myself, "these guys are obviously not into the boutique kids fashion world!"  These pages aren't going anywhere, any time soon!"  There is an underground phenomenon and entire culture most Facebook users are unaware of and it is the kids boutique B/S/T groups.  For each of these popular boutique brands there are at least 3 or more Secret or Closed Facebook Groups dedicated exclusively to the buying, selling and trading of that one brand.  As stated above, these groups are "Closed" or "Secret" so you have to know about them to find themor at least be looking for them on purpose.  Also when you post within these groups, none of your Facebook friends can see any of those posts or interactions unless they too are a member of the group.  You will have to request to join and wait to be approved (although if you know someone already in the group and they add you, it can greatly speed up the process). 

These pages are crucial if you want to resell these brands without being a slave to eBay and often the only place you'll be able to find sold out or HTF (hard to find) items.  These pages are also the number one way you can get these beautiful clothes, secondhand, at greatly discounted rates. 

Before you turn your nose up at buying secondhand (if that is somehow beneath you), let me explain a few things.  With children's clothing in this price range, people tend to take REALLY good care of them.  These are generally not clothes that get played inthey are often bought for special occasions and MANY times worn only for pictures and then re-sold.  Once people get sucked into the habit of reselling their clothing, it is not at all uncommon for items to have been worn once or twice and then resold for a fraction of what they were purchased for.  I've even re-sold many items that were still NWT (new with tags) that we just never got around to wearing for some reason or another.  Also, all of these transactions happen through PayPal and as a buyer, there is a lot of protection in place for the clothing to arrive as described by the seller and they are required to disclose any issues with the garments.  Yes, there are scammers and liars, BUT they are quickly found out and removed from the boards and fortunately in most cases, if you are following the rules, you shouldn't ever be out any money even if you run into a situation that has to be resolved.  Sellers even disclose whether or not the items have been exposed to cigarette smoke or if they have pets in the home.  I have yet to have a bad experience buying off these boards and I'm someone who has interactions with these boards on a daily basis!  

Now that I've told you how wonderful these boards are, let me tell you a few other things!  People that are on these boards are usually VERY familiar and VERY passionate about these clothes.  Once you join the boards, it's really best to sit back for a month or two and just become familiar with how the boards operateeach page can be a little different and have its own set of rules so it's important to take time and actually read through the information.  Do your research in advanceyou need to know what pieces you're looking for and what size you will need.  For Persnickety there are some really great Facebook resources, one is a page called Persnickety IRL (In Real Life)this page isn't for buying or selling, but Mamas post pictures of their little ones wearing the clothing along with their stats (weight, height) and what sizes they're wearing in each piece.  It helps to give you an idea of what size to look for.  Sizing can varyHoliday has everything from size 18 months (in skirts) to 4's in a LouLou top hanging in her closet right now, but I find more often than not that MOST pieces run pretty true to size.  But there are variations in sizing between brands and certain pieces within brands, but if you sit back, watch and listen for a bit you'll get in the loop very quickly.  Persnickety also has another page called All Things Persnickety.  This is a GREAT resource where they will answer any of your questions about sizing and specifics regarding individual piecesthey will even give you advice on how to mix and match pieces for sister looks, photo shoots, etc.  

Mamas selling on these board can get quickly annoyed by the newbie who just asks a lot of questions about a piece and isn't seriously interested in purchasing.  A question here and there is perfectly acceptable, but again, it's important to do research in advance of trying to buy and already know what size you are looking for.  Usually to purchase, you simply just comment "Sold" along with your PayPal address and then expect to receive (and pay) your invoice within 24 hours.  On most of the boards, it is generally against the rules to offer the seller less than asking price.  If ever you DO decide to go that route, it's important to send it to them in a private message and not make an offer directly on the picture of the item.  But beware, on some boards, offering less than asking price is against the rules and you can get "kicked off" a board pretty quickly for violating the ruleseven if your only offense is that you're new and didn't know any better!  I'm not exaggerating when I say that there's an expectation that you know the game and the rules before playing! 

There are more ins and outs of using these boards, but most of it can be picked up through observation and seeing how the boards work first hand.  

The B/S/T boards that I most often use are:

Persnickety Addicts

Persnickety Peeps

Persnickety Steals Under $30

Matilda Jane Crazies

Matilda Jane Addicts 

Matilda Jane Mania 

Gigglemoon, MustardPie, Za Za Couture, MudPie and much more 

Mud Pie, Mustard Pie, Giggle Moon and Much Much More 

Giggle Moon Buy - Sell - Trade 

Livie and Luca Lover's Resell

Livie and Luca BST

All things JOYFOLIE - Buy, Sell, Trade, ISO

Mustard Pie BST

6.  BUY HANDMADE

Another consideration, if you're looking for the boutique look, is to buy from handmade boutiques.  Facebook has opened up major commerce highways in which ladies who are super skilled at crafting beautiful clothing now have a captive audience to buy their creations.  At any given time, probably around 30 - 50% of Holiday's wardrobe has been comprised of handmade boutique items.  I love that they are usually produced in such small quantities and are truly unique.  They aren't "cheap", but they're still much more affordable than some of the high end boutique brands.  I have tried out many boutiques and have kind of settled into the ones that I really like.  You can also read reviews and ratings to see user feedback about quality, fit, customer service, etc.  I will share some pictures with the shops listed.  Most all of these have Facebook pages and also an Etsy shop.  Following their Facebook pages will keep you in the loop on what sales they may have coming up and how to purchase.   Beware, the craze for some of these items is over the top.  You have to be on your toes and often have a strategy for how you're going to "cart" your items.  One very popular boutique I follow just had a sale this week and sold out of 1500 dresses within 4 minutes! 

While I tend to keep an eye on a LOT of handmade boutiques, Quinn's Closet is certainly the one boutique I have bought the most from.  They are some of THE most beautiful outfits that I couldn't imagine parting with!  The fit and quality are always top notch and I am always finding pieces I can't live without!  

Quinn's Closet Cora Sail Away Maxi.  Easily THE most complimented outfit Holiday has every worn~

Quinn's Closet Cora Sail Away Maxi.  Easily THE most complimented outfit Holiday has every worn~

Quinn's Closet Circus Tilly Top 

Quinn's Closet Circus Tilly Top 

How adorable is this from behind? Matching polka dot bubble shorts-- swoon! 

How adorable is this from behind? Matching polka dot bubble shorts-- swoon! 

Quinn's Closet Sea Blossom Katie Top and Sea Blossom Anchors Away Darby Shorts 

Quinn's Closet Sea Blossom Katie Top and Sea Blossom Anchors Away Darby Shorts 

Image from Quinn's Closet Facebook page 

Image from Quinn's Closet Facebook page 

It doesn't hurt that Quinn's Closet is based out of Pittsburgh-- GO STEELERS! 

It doesn't hurt that Quinn's Closet is based out of Pittsburgh-- GO STEELERS! 

Holiday recently got to model this adorable dress from Isabella and Grace.  The details and workmanship were truly beautiful!  

Holiday recently got to model this adorable dress from Isabella and Grace.  The details and workmanship were truly beautiful!  

Holiday wore this MOMI Boutique Barnyard Dance Swing Set for her 3rd Birthday.  This outfit is GORGEOUS in real life, pictures certainly don't do it justice! 

Holiday wore this MOMI Boutique Barnyard Dance Swing Set for her 3rd Birthday.  This outfit is GORGEOUS in real life, pictures certainly don't do it justice! 

Image courtesy of MOMI Boutique 

Image courtesy of MOMI Boutique 

Baby Love N More 

Baby Love N More 

Baby Love N More 

Baby Love N More 

Round the Bend Again

Round the Bend Again

JK Heirloom Happily Ever After Ellie (this is an awful picture as far as doing this adorable top justice-- but it is OH so cute on!

JK Heirloom Happily Ever After Ellie (this is an awful picture as far as doing this adorable top justice-- but it is OH so cute on!

Picture from JK Heirloom Facebook Page

Picture from JK Heirloom Facebook Page

There are quite a few more boutiques that I like and buy from including Well Dressed Wolf, SweetHoney, Adelaide's Boutique, Annie's Classics and I'm sure there are more that I'm forgetting, but there are endless beautiful options out there.  If you look around you're sure to find something that's right up your alley! 

7.  Accessorize 

Even if your little one is wearing Target or whatever brand you happen to havethey look so much more pulled together if you take time to fix their hair and add a bow and other accessories!  Even beautiful boutique clothes don't always live up to their potential if the little one wearing them looks like a ragamuffin or has dirty mismatched shoes on!  Take a few minutes before you walk out the door to pull their look together if it's important to you!  

I wanted to share this one last picture of Holiday from last Easter wearing a $25 dress with all of the right accessories! 

The simple inexpensive dress looks WAY more fancy with the Persnickety Mesh Shirt and Cuffs layered underneath!  She's wearing one of my pearl necklaces and an Appelilly Couture headband I had made to match the dress along with simple gold ballet flats from Nordstrom.  

The simple inexpensive dress looks WAY more fancy with the Persnickety Mesh Shirt and Cuffs layered underneath!  She's wearing one of my pearl necklaces and an Appelilly Couture headband I had made to match the dress along with simple gold ballet flats from Nordstrom.  

If you have a good eye for style, you can easily mix and match boutique pieces with mall or discount brands and still get a great high-end boutique look! There are several key Persnickety pieces that I've layered and added to SO many outfits to make them look extra special.  I can't tell you how many outfits we have worn this cream mesh tee and cuffs with.  Also, the Persnickety brown Lilly Skirt is an amazing piece to mix with other outfits as well as the Persnickety Denim Ruffle Jeans.  I did a lot more mixing and matching of these pieces in this post:  Dressed in Holiday Style 

A QUICK NOTE ABOUT MATILDA JANE

Most all of the information I've described above applies to Matilda Jane as well, however the way for ordering new pieces is a bit different.  You will want to follow Matilda Jane Clothing on Facebook to see when all of their releases are so you can order, but all of their ordering is done through Trunk Keepers.  If you happen to live close to me, I am having a Trunk Show in early March where my Trunk Keeper will be coming to my home and you'll be able to see all of the gorgeous clothes in person and place your order.  Feel free to email me for details!  We will have both of the first and second collections available to order at the party!  If you're too far away to attend, you can order online (I can send you a direct link to my Trunk Show) or find a trunk keeper in your area by visiting Matilda Jane Clothing online! 

I hope this post has inspired you to play around with the clothes you already have for your little one or maybe venture into picking up some discounted boutique threads of your own!  There's so much more I could say on the topic, but keep coming back to get more tips and tricks to keep your child well styled! 

Dressed in HOLIDAY Style

As you can probably tell by the title of my blog, I am REALLY into kid fashion!  I'm so excited to finally be sharing with you some of my favorite pint-sized fashion finds!  

I get questions on a regular (almost daily) basis of where I shop for Holiday, where to order necklaces, accessories-- the whole nine yards!  I wanted to use this blog as a platform to share all of the spectacular places I love to shop and also some of the inside secrets of where to find and how to buy some more exclusive pieces.  There will be LOTS more on fashion coming in the future.  Today I wanted to share with you some of the fabulous outfits Holiday has been styling this Christmas season!  The brands and shops featured are definitely my main "go-to" places and designers I love to buy from!

So Ladies and Gentlemen (mostly Ladies), I present:  Dressed in Holiday Style!  

 

Persnickety Corset Top  Persnickety Cream Mesh Top and Cuffs  Mini Boden Woodland Skirt  Persnickety Brown Lily Skirt  Persnickety Brown Sash   Joyfolie Leighton Boots   Headband:  WCO by Nancy (Etsy)  Necklace:  Dazzled Darling Boutique 

Persnickety Corset Top

Persnickety Cream Mesh Top and Cuffs

Mini Boden Woodland Skirt

Persnickety Brown Lily Skirt

Persnickety Brown Sash 

Joyfolie Leighton Boots 

Headband:  WCO by Nancy (Etsy)

Necklace:  Dazzled Darling Boutique 

I've been dreaming up this outfit for awhile, once I laid eyes on this Mini Boden Woodland Skirt.  Boden featured this skirt with an adorable chunky knit gray cardigan, but by the time I got around to ordering the cardigan, it was sold out in Holiday's size, so I had to re-imagine the skirt with something else.  Back to the drawing board, I went back to my "Go-To" Persnickety and thought this Corset Top from the Fall 2013 Collection might be the perfect rustic fit for this woodland skirt!  I am in LOVE with how they paired together.  When I first paired them, the skirt was really flat, so underneath I "fluffed" it up with the Persnickety Brown Lily Skirt also from the Fall 2013 collection.  The Lily Skirt has become a staple of our fall & winter wardrobe.  If you can get your hands on it, I definitely recommend picking it up!  

Here's a closeup of the Persnickety Brown Lily Skirt.  As with all Persnickety, it's hard to see how beautiful it is until you're holding in your hands and can see all of the beautiful details!  

Here's a closeup of the Persnickety Brown Lily Skirt.  As with all Persnickety, it's hard to see how beautiful it is until you're holding in your hands and can see all of the beautiful details!  

One of my main styling tricks when it comes little girls and skirts is to layer a tutu, pettiskirt or fuller skirt underneath a thinner skirt.  It doesn't work with all skirts and sometimes it just makes it too full, but other times it is the PERFECT extra touch for the outfit!  I love this Lily Skirt because it is beautiful on its own or serves as a great neutral color to layer underneath other skirts and dresses.  

This outfit wouldn't be so perfect without all of the amazing accessories.  Underneath the Corset Top, I have layered the Persnickety Cream Mesh Tee.  This is an item that has been part of Persnickety collections for the past two years.  Don't be fooled, those beautiful cuffs on the bottom of the sleeves are not attached to the shirt!  Those are the Persnickety Cream Mesh Cuffs that are an accessory you can purchase separately!  The Cream Mesh Top and Cuffs are an absolute staple!  We have layered these underneath so many dresses and shirts!  One thing I love about many of the Persnickety Separates is how they can make other "regular" outfits SO much more special!  

On the bottom of the corset top, around the waist, I have tied the Persnickety Brown Sash also from this collection.  Identical fabric and color of the Corset Top.  A quick note on the Corset Top is that it runs in extremely snug.  Holiday who normally wears a 2/3 (at 28 lbs, 38") is wearing a size 5 in the Corset Top and it was quite snug to button at that.  

I actually think the necklace is the main piece that ties this whole outfit together and makes it look so Christmasy!  My friend Jennifer from Dazzled Darling Boutique makes a good majority of Holiday's necklaces.  The headband I found on Etsy and was my first time ordering from this shop, (WOC by Nancy).  It's been a great neutral headband, made well, very pretty and matches lots of our fall and winter pieces! 

A few more images of this outfit:  

A little better view of some of the great details on this skirt, mesh top and beautiful headband!  

A little better view of some of the great details on this skirt, mesh top and beautiful headband!  

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Gymboree Reindeer Fair Isle Sweater (2013)  Persnickety Gray Dot Tee (Fall 2012)  Gymboree Reindeer Fair Isle Tights  Ugg Bailey Bow Boots  Headband:  Appelilly Couture  Necklace:  Green Apple Girlys

Gymboree Reindeer Fair Isle Sweater (2013)

Persnickety Gray Dot Tee (Fall 2012)

Gymboree Reindeer Fair Isle Tights

Ugg Bailey Bow Boots

Headband:  Appelilly Couture

Necklace:  Green Apple Girlys

Insert SWOON here! I just LOVE how this outfit turned out.  Another one of my styling trick for littles, I bought this Gymboree sweater a size bigger than what Holiday wears so that she would wear it more like a sweater dress.  The Persnickety Gray Dot Tee is from last fall, but they featured a similar top in the Holiday 2013 collection and it's also a Persnickety staple piece.  One of the other many great things about Persnickety is that their pieces mix and match not only within their individual collections, but also from season to season.  

I'm honestly not a big Gymboree shopper, except for when it comes to Christmas clothes.  They almost always have adorable options for Christmas and I purchased this outfit-- along with several other pieces for 50% off with their stacking coupons.

Again, I feel like the accessories are what really makes this outfit special.  This gorgeous headband is from Appelilly Couture.  Appelilly is most definitely my go-to for special headbands and hair pieces.  They are big and fancy without being obscene (at least by my standards)!  This necklace is by Green Apple Girlys. She also has a Facebook page and makes beautiful necklaces and headbands!  

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While we're on the topic of fabulous sweater dresses, check out this adorable Reindeer Knit Dress by Mini Boden!  

Mini Boden Woodland Reindeer Knitted Dress  Joyfolie Leighton Boots  Headband:  Appelilly Couture  Necklace:  Green Apple Girlys

Mini Boden Woodland Reindeer Knitted Dress

Joyfolie Leighton Boots

Headband:  Appelilly Couture

Necklace:  Green Apple Girlys

As much as I loved this dress, I was sad that I hadn't had matching accessories made to match it.  I started scouring through Holiday's accessories and came across this headband from Appelilly Couture that I had made to match her Easter dress last year and realized these soft colors complimented the dress perfectly!  The necklace was a M2M piece to match last spring/summer Mustard Pie.  I love how this outfit is festive in a non-traditional way!  It will also be a great winter outfit after Christmas is over!  

Now let's take a second to talk about these Joyfolie Leighton Military Boots!  If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you've undoubtedly seen these boots more than a few times this fall and winter season.  They are just TOO adorable and SO Holiday!  Joyfolie makes gorgeous shoes although I have to warn that they're not always the most durable.  These got nicked the first time she wore them, but it's not very obvious.  They just make so many outfits all the more special.  I cannot tell you how many compliments we have gotten on these boots and for the countless masses who have asked-- YES-- they DO make them in adult size! 

Pippa and Julie Gold Brocade Dress  Gymboree Cropped Fur Jacket  Shoes:  Crazy8  Headband:  KFaith Couture (Etsy)  Necklace:  Dazzled Darling Boutique 

Pippa and Julie Gold Brocade Dress

Gymboree Cropped Fur Jacket

Shoes:  Crazy8

Headband:  KFaith Couture (Etsy)

Necklace:  Dazzled Darling Boutique 

This beautiful Pippa and Julie dress was a birthday present for Holiday from some sweet friends.  It is gorgeous in person.  Gymboree is also my go-to for fur jackets this time of year to help make those Christmas outfits extra special!  This one is lined in silk and had a gorgeous rhinestone button!

These red velvety Crazy8 shoes were such a great find-- especially since they are almost an exact replica of the Joyfolie Red Julie Shimmer Shoe that we had last Christmas (at about a quarter of the price-- I picked these up for $15)!  

The red shoes and headband really make this outfit so Christmasy and give it that bold touch of color it really needed.  I needed a red and gold headband that was ready to ship so when I need something quickly, I often search Etsy for exactly what I'm looking for.  This headband is GORGEOUS-- I just LOVE how it ties the whole outfit together!  It was my first time ordering from KFaith Couture, but I'm sure I'll be browsing her Etsy shop again in the future!  

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My Little Model

Pretty Hands! 

Pretty Hands! 

Holiday took it upon herself to add her own accessory-- these fur cuffs which are actually slap bracelets from the 80's/90's that used to belong to me and are now in her dress-up accessories!  

Holiday took it upon herself to add her own accessory-- these fur cuffs which are actually slap bracelets from the 80's/90's that used to belong to me and are now in her dress-up accessories!  

Ooh La La Couture Dress   Shoes: GAP Kids  Headband:  Target 

Ooh La La Couture Dress 

Shoes: GAP Kids

Headband:  Target 

While we're on the topic of fancy, here is this adorable dress from Ooh La La Couture.  When Christmas dresses started coming up for the season, I was disappointed in the offerings from Persnickety so I started looking elsewhere and stumbled upon this dress.  

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Works great with the Gymboree cropped fur jacket.  For cooler weather, I have the Gymboree black shimmer tights to pair with this! 

Works great with the Gymboree cropped fur jacket.  For cooler weather, I have the Gymboree black shimmer tights to pair with this! 

This picture is a tad blurry, but here is the dress paired with a M2M necklace from Dazzled Darling Boutique! 

This picture is a tad blurry, but here is the dress paired with a M2M necklace from Dazzled Darling Boutique! 

Gymboree Sweatshirt from Joyful Holiday   Gymboree Reindeer Fair Isle Tights  Hatley Red Stripe Rain Boots  Headband: Persnickety Zaya Grey Dot (Fall 12)  Necklace:  Origami Owl Mini Living Locket 

Gymboree Sweatshirt from Joyful Holiday 

Gymboree Reindeer Fair Isle Tights

Hatley Red Stripe Rain Boots

Headband: Persnickety Zaya Grey Dot (Fall 12)

Necklace:  Origami Owl Mini Living Locket 

Holiday insisted on wearing these Hatley Rain Boots with this outfit (I've paired it with her Black Ugg Bailey Bow Boots)!  Again, another great Christmas wardrobe find from Gymboree.  I also sized up to a 3/4 in this sweatshirt so that Holiday could wear it more like a dress.  It is so comfy and she LOVES that it has pockets! 

This Mini Living Locket from Origami Owl is so much fun for little girls.  This was a birthday gift from my friend Jennifer Thomas (owner and creator of Dazzled Darling Boutique) who also happens to sell Origami Owl (Origami Owl Independent Designer- #32460)-- check out both pages on Facebook!  These lockets are especially adorable for little girls (and big girls too) because they can be customized with tons of different charms that are easily swapped out for each outfit or season!  Here's what the necklace looks like with Christmas charms:

I love this option because the big chunky beaded necklaces Holiday likes to wear don't always work well with every outfit!  Paired with this Gymboree top, I love how the necklace doesn't cover up the adorable wording on the shirt! 

I love this option because the big chunky beaded necklaces Holiday likes to wear don't always work well with every outfit!  Paired with this Gymboree top, I love how the necklace doesn't cover up the adorable wording on the shirt! 

Persnickety Striped Tee (Fall 2012)  Persnickety Red Bubble Skirt (Holiday 2012)  Persnickety Peter Pan Collar (Holiday 2012)  Boots: Nordstrom  Headband:  Janie and Jack 

Persnickety Striped Tee (Fall 2012)

Persnickety Red Bubble Skirt (Holiday 2012)

Persnickety Peter Pan Collar (Holiday 2012)

Boots: Nordstrom

Headband:  Janie and Jack 

This outfit didn't photograph all that well-- it is much prettier in person, but another fun combination for the Christmas season!  

Here's another Christmas variation with the Red Bubble Skirt

Persnickety Basic Ruffle Tee, Nob Hill (2013)  Persnickety Red Bubble Skirt (Holiday 2012)  Persnickety Green Velvet Mae Shorts (Fall 12)  Persnickety Cream Mesh Cuffs   Persnickety Peter Pan Collar  Boots:  Nordstrom   Headband:  Target 

Persnickety Basic Ruffle Tee, Nob Hill (2013)

Persnickety Red Bubble Skirt (Holiday 2012)

Persnickety Green Velvet Mae Shorts (Fall 12)

Persnickety Cream Mesh Cuffs 

Persnickety Peter Pan Collar

Boots:  Nordstrom 

Headband:  Target 

I love how festive these Green Velvet Mae Shorts look under the red skirt!  This was an outfit I put together for a Persnickety contest a few months ago mixing and matching pieces from different seasons and collections!  This Peter Pan collar added to this otherwise plain shirt really does make the shirt (and the outfit extra special).  To make the outfit extra fancy, I added the Persnickety cream mesh cuffs under the sleeves of this Basic Ruffle Tee!  

Gymboree Birdie Fair Isle Shirt  Persnickety Double Ruffle Bell Pants (Fall 12)  Headband:  Green Apple Girlys  Necklace:  Green Apple Girlys  Bracelet:  Dazzle Darling Boutique   Shoes:  Crazy8

Gymboree Birdie Fair Isle Shirt

Persnickety Double Ruffle Bell Pants (Fall 12)

Headband:  Green Apple Girlys

Necklace:  Green Apple Girlys

Bracelet:  Dazzle Darling Boutique 

Shoes:  Crazy8

Another fun, more casual Christmasy outfit pairing a Gymboree shirt with these adorable Persnickety pants!  

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Quinn's Closet is one of my MOST favorite handmade boutiques and I built this next adorable outfit around this Tree Trimmings Tilly Top!  

Tree Trimmings Tilly Top by Quinn's Closet  Persnickety Basic Stripe Tee  Persnickety Denim Ruffles  Shoes:  Livie and Luca Black Petals  Necklace:  Dazzled Darling Boutitque   Headband:  Appelilly Couture 

Tree Trimmings Tilly Top by Quinn's Closet

Persnickety Basic Stripe Tee

Persnickety Denim Ruffles

Shoes:  Livie and Luca Black Petals

Necklace:  Dazzled Darling Boutitque 

Headband:  Appelilly Couture 

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Santa Baby Dress-Up Apron and Matching Headband by Ross and Rosie Designs   White Pettiskirt:  Target  White Loetard:  Capezio   Necklace:  Dazzled Darling Boutique   Shoes:  Ugg Bailey Bow in Black 

Santa Baby Dress-Up Apron and Matching Headband by Ross and Rosie Designs 

White Pettiskirt:  Target

White Loetard:  Capezio 

Necklace:  Dazzled Darling Boutique 

Shoes:  Ugg Bailey Bow in Black 

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When Holiday heard that Santa Claus was coming up the street, she shouted, "I have to be Mrs Claus!"  We just happened to have this dress up apron that I had made for her last year from my favorite go-to boutique for unique costumes, Ross and Rosie Designs (She has an Etsy shop and Facebook page).  Although this is a "dress-up outfit" in my opinion it is adorable enough to wear to any festive Christmas gathering!  The details and workmanship are just gorgeous and Holiday has SO much fun dressing up in her Ross and Rosie costumes!  

Even Santa liked her outfit so much, I got an email from Mrs Claus telling me all about how Santa couldn't stop talking about Holiday and her outfit!  

Persnickety Forest Olivia Jumper (Fall 2012)  Persnickety Green Velvet Mae Shorts (Fall 12)  Persnickety Cream Mesh Top and Cuffs  Joyfolie Leighton Military Boots  Necklace:  Dazzled Darling Boutique   Headband:  The Ruffled Cupcake 

Persnickety Forest Olivia Jumper (Fall 2012)

Persnickety Green Velvet Mae Shorts (Fall 12)

Persnickety Cream Mesh Top and Cuffs

Joyfolie Leighton Military Boots

Necklace:  Dazzled Darling Boutique 

Headband:  The Ruffled Cupcake 

This is one of my all-time favorite Persnickety outfits-- I can't believe we don't have a better photograph of it!  This is her 2nd year wearing this outfit that debuted in Fall 2012

The back of this jumper is especially gorgeous!  

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Holiday also happens to be wearing this outfit underneath this GORGEOUS Persnickety Rosemary Green Velvet Coat that matches this outfit 

Persnickety Rosemary Green Velvet Coat (Fall 2012)

Persnickety Rosemary Green Velvet Coat (Fall 2012)

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Dazzled Darling Boutique:  

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Appelilly Couture:

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Quinn's Closet:

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Ross and Rosie Designs:  

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ross-Rosie-Designs/131437310268852