Sweet September Style

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It's hard to believe the "BER" months are officially here...well in a few hours! I want to try something new on the blog and show you what adorable kid clothes I'm building Holiday's seasonal wardrobe with.  

This time of year, I'm always obsessed with everything apples, so I was over the moon when I saw Matilda Jane Clothing Company's past two releases.  Since I know so many of my readers love Matilda Jane as much as I do, I wanted to show you how I'm styling some of our current pieces. 

And BEST OF ALL, tomorrow  is the 1st- so that means NEW pieces are loading to the site early tomorrow morning! I have a party open, so if you need a show to order from- I'm you girl!  

Check out all the sneaks for tomorrow's release at the end of this post!  



Matilda Jane Class President Lap Dress and MJ One Night Only Socks. Shoes are Livie and Luca Navy Blue Astrids (Note: this is a new style of shoe for L&L and running a full size small); Headband Bow is from One Stop Bow Shop 


In this photo, Holiday is wearing the Matilda Jane Put on a Show Cookie Dress and Show Me Stocks. Again, we paired this with the Livie and Luca Navy Blue Astirds. We topped this with the Mini Boden Cable Cardigan in the Soft Blossom Pink Color. These Mini Boden cardigans are a fall/winter/early spring staple for us! 


In this photo, Holiday is wearing the Matilda Jane Patio Party Party Ellie Top from the summer release (still available), we paired this with orange polka dot leggings we already had from RicRac and Ruffles. Boots are the 3 Layer Fringe Boot from Minnetonka and the Cable Cardigan is past season Mini Boden 


Showing the same outfit without the sweater, headband is from One Stop Bow Shop. I love the fall colors on the skirt of this Ellie top-- it so reminds me of pumpkin patch fun! 


Here's another styling option for the Put on a Show Cookie Dress without the sweater. Holiday is wearing white knee high socks and the Livie and Luca Navy Blue Astirds. Bow is from One Stop Bow Shop 

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Here, she's wearing the Matilda Jane Around the Globe Dress. I LOVE this dress. You need to see the closeups of the apple details on the ruffle sleeves and bottom of the skirt. We paired this with the 3 Layer Minnetonka Fringe Boots. Headband bow is from Hanna Andersson 

Those Apples!!! <3 

Those Apples!!! <3 


In this picture, Holiday is wearing last year's Matilda Jane Dress that was released from the Vault- the Good Vibes Lap Dress. This dress is no longer on their website, but frequently pops up on eBay and on the Matilda Jane Buy/Sell/Trade pages on Facebook. We paired this with the current season One Night Only Socks as well as current season Livie and Luca Tootles (new styled) in Copper. These shoes are AH-mazing! (We also have them in Mustard and they are beautiful!) 


In this photo, Holiday is wearing the Matilda Jane Girls Cameo Flutter. This top is ADORABLE in real life!  It's been on a special BOGO promotion right now-- so you can get a sister set or share one with a friend! She is wearing this top with the Matilda Jane Bright Lights Big Ruffles. Shoes are Livie and Luca Aurora Ballet Flat in the Ruby color, Headband Bow by Hanna Andersson 

I love, love, LOVE the details on this top!&nbsp;

I love, love, LOVE the details on this top! 


This is the Matilda Jane Somethings' Cooking Apron Dress! If you're familiar with the apron style, the apron buttons to the front of the dress and ties around the back. You have the option to wear it with or without the apron. It is darling both ways! In this photo, we paired it with the Matilda Jane Library Book Big Ruffles (match almost this entire current collection) and Native Jeffersons in Galaxy Pink! Headband bow is by One Stop Bow Shop. 


Here you can see the dress again WITHOUT the apron! This time we paired it with the Show Me Socks and the Livie and Luca Astrids in navy blue. Headband bow by One Stop Bow Shop 


Another shot of this with the apron!  How cute is this?! Best of all-- the apron can be worn as a regular half apron too! 


TOMORROW IS THE DAY!!! THE FOLLOWING PICS ARE ALL SNEAK PEAKS OF WHAT IS COMING IN THE MORNING! The details are all back up at the top of this post for how to order! 



Today at The Well Styled Child, we're kicking off some NEW weekly features!  We'll be doing several weekly posts like Fashion Friday, Terrific Toy Tuesday, Mama Monday and Merchant Spotlight Monday.  In the past, I've thrown my heart, soul (along with hours turned into days) into nearly every post.  These weekly features will allow me to give you all the same fabulous things in more bite-size pieces!  Mama Mondays will feature some of my favorite products, styles & home decor that make us Well Styled Mamas swoon!  We've had a few Merchant Spotlight features in the past and will continued to dedicate occasional posts to one brand, boutique or shop that I love and think you need to know about!  And of course, Fashion Friday-- the love of pint-sized fashion that drew us all together to begin with will now become its own weekly feature! 

Today for Fashion Friday, I'm back again with one of my all-time faves-- Matilda Jane Clothing!  I'm going to do a really quick overview on Matilda Jane because I'm always shocked at how many mamas don't yet know about the fabulous-ness that is Matilda Jane, so let me fill you in.  Matilda Jane offers clothing items for babies, little girls, big girls, tweens and adult.  Before spring and then again before the fall kicks off-- there will be several consecutive releases that will build the entire seasonal collection.  For example, on February 1st, we had the first spring/summer release, there were/are consecutive releases on the first of every month through the month of June. 

Unlike other online shopping experiences, to order Matilda Jane, you must order through a Trunk Keeper.  No worries if you don't have a Trunk Keeper, at The Well Styled Child, we have one of the best around-- Kat Kempson!  The day before a new line releases, you will be able to preview the collection online at www.matildajaneclothing.com.  Once you find an item you're interested in and select your size, instead of "add to cart", you "add to wish list".  You then email your Wish List to your Trunk Keeper:  katkempson@matildajaneclothing.com.  The site will walk you through the process once you start adding items to your Wish List! In the bottom field for Jane, you list the person hosting your how if you have one-- I'm hosting right now, so you can list my name, Lindsay Bennett.  

Now the tricky part with a new release is that there are a limited number of each piece created.  If an item is super popular, it can become a "Sell Out" or at least sell out in one or many sizes.  BUT the good news is that the collections are so vast, comprehensive and easy to mix and match that, even with sell-outs,  there are still gorgeous clothes to be had!  

Right now, we're in between releases so Matilda Jane is offering a free gift with purchase for every order of $150 or more.  Holiday is already eyeing up this super cute tote for her American Girl Dolls and accessories!  It really is darling and what girl doesn't love a super cute, girly bag!  


Instead of focusing on sell outs, I wanted to bring you two looks based on key items that are in stock, in nearly every size and ready to order!  I think both of these dresses have been overlooked and, not only does Holiday seriously LOVE both of them-- I can see that these will be go-to items for us all summer long!  

This first dress is the Beautiful Swan Knot Apron Dress, it retails for $56. The Knot Apron dresses are SO versatile!  The apron is removable (just unbuttons) and you can get two distinct looks with or without the apron!  This style is also very easy to layer with short or long sleeves underneath.  You can do shorties for summer, cropped ruffled leggings or long leggings for cooler months!  

Holiday is 32 lbs, 41" tall and wearing the size 4.  She has LOTS of room to grow in this.  We could have easily sized down to a 2 and you'd be able to see last season's Bliss Shorties (blue with white polka dots) underneath!  But I love how this 4 fits!  With the knot tie closures on the shoulder, you can easily adjust the length of this piece, so it can truly grow with your little one!  It also ties around the back to eliminate and extra, noticeable width, but allow growing room for the future! 

The gold headband is from Target, the shoes are the new Farrah from Joyfolie (Holiday said they are her most favorite shoes ever)!  

Here's a closeup of the fabric of swans and turtles. &nbsp;I'm in LOVE with the arrow/heart/feather ribbon trim and this super cute blue, gingham knit ruffle. &nbsp;You can't help but fall in love with&nbsp;all these little details! &nbsp;

Here's a closeup of the fabric of swans and turtles.  I'm in LOVE with the arrow/heart/feather ribbon trim and this super cute blue, gingham knit ruffle.  You can't help but fall in love with all these little details!  

Holiday and I just got back from Charleston, South Carolina a few weeks ago.  We had the best time and one of our trip highlights was definitely visiting Middleton Place Plantation. They have the most picturesque reflecting pool and Holiday loved watching the swans and turtles-- she said this dress will always make her think of our fun time there!  It's definitely a win-win for us! 

Isn't this place breathtaking?! &nbsp;Many scenes from the movie The Notebook were filmed at neighboring Boone Plantation. &nbsp;Side Note-- Holiday is wearing the Matilda Jane Tulip Pearl from the current collection in this photo!&nbsp;

Isn't this place breathtaking?!  Many scenes from the movie The Notebook were filmed at neighboring Boone Plantation.  Side Note-- Holiday is wearing the Matilda Jane Tulip Pearl from the current collection in this photo! 

The second look I want to feature today is this Daisy Charm Dress, it retails for $54.  I hosted a Trunk Show in my home for the last release and fell in love with this little beauty!  As soon as I saw it, I knew it needed to be paired with the Minnetonka Fringe Boots.  It is seriously the epitome of summer sweetness.  A well made, adorable dress with beautiful details, comfy and lightweight = summer perfection!  The head wrap is a pink fabric with little white birds made by my friend Annelee over at The Ruffled Cupcake.  She has a Facebook page by the same name-- be sure to check her out (I already checked with her and she can make more of this head wrap-- it's a perfect match)!  

Holiday is also wearing a size 4 in this dress

Holiday is also wearing a size 4 in this dress

Can you tell how much she loves this?!&nbsp;

Can you tell how much she loves this?! 

I feel pretty, oh so pretty!&nbsp;

I feel pretty, oh so pretty! 

Closeup of the Daisy Charm fabric &amp; details&nbsp;

Closeup of the Daisy Charm fabric & details 

All of this modeling is clearly hard work! &nbsp;Made you yawn ;)&nbsp;

All of this modeling is clearly hard work!  Made you yawn ;) 

To order either of these dresses-- just follow the links (the names of the dresses are embedded with links to take you straight to the Matilda Jane website).  You can select your size and add it to your Wish List.  Email the Wish List to Trunk Keeper Kat Kempson at katkempson@matildajaneclothing.com.  Kat is an awesome resource to help you select sizes and find pieces.  If you have any questions, pop on over to The Well Styled Child Facebook page or email me from this site and we'll get you hooked up!  If you do submit a list, please include my name, Lindsay Bennett on the bottom of the form as the "Jane" (host for this virtual trunk show)!  

The cost of both of these dresses together is $110, if you'd like to get to the $150 promotion-- I have a few pieces to mix and match with these dresses to give you even more styling options! 

The first are these adorable Pink Petal Leggings.  These leggings retail at $34.  I would probably size down in them to wear them cropped for spring and summer!  They would look darling under either the Daisy Charm or Beautiful Swan Knot!  They are also perfect as a long legging to layer when the weather is cooler!  

Another great addition is this super cute Golden Nancy Headband.  The colors are  a perfect match to the Swan Knot and work well with the Daisy Charmer as well!  It retails for $14.

A second cute headband option is this Darling Details Wrap Headband that retails at $20.  How can you not love this pom pom trim?  Seriously cute addition to either of these dresses and a great versatile accessory with so many outfits from the current spring/summer collections! 

The two dresses, leggings and either of these headbands will qualify you for the free tote bag! 

This little princess&nbsp;is already loving hers-- see her crown?!&nbsp;

This little princess is already loving hers-- see her crown?! 

Kat put together a few other collages for us for items still currently available!  You can view the entire collection at www.matildajaneclothing.com and/or let us help you find just what you need! 


Splash Into Summer!

A few months back, before the polar vortex had fully melted away, signs of spring began popping up in my mailbox in the deluge of clothing catalogs promising that  it would not be cold forever.  This proved to be a good distraction for the weather, since any good fashionista mama knows that we must buy at least 3 months in advance for each season-- God forbid we get the random 75' day in a week of highs in the 40's and we be caught without an appropriate outfit.

 In the midst of all of the spring and summer goodness, I was confronted (or should I say affronted) by an unwelcome sight.  Spreads of swimsuits for little girls that looked like they belonged on Baywatch.  String bikinis, triangle tops and deep V-cuts for LITTLE girls.  These images were in a high end children's boutique catalog, but as I started looking at all of the regular, everyday places-- I came to the realization that these styles were prominent everywhere--  ESPECIALLY once your little one has outgrown the baby and toddler sizes.  

There is a point in infancy, where baby chub is in its prime and you have to separate the rolls on your daughter's legs just to bathe her-- a sweet, tasteful polka dot bikini on this chubba wubba goodness is downright adorable.  But as our babies grow into toddlers, little girls and young women, I know I feel a need to protect their innocence.

After voicing my concerns on The Well Styled Child Facebook page, I know I'm not alone in my thoughts on this matter, so I wanted to devote a post to beautiful and practical swimwear! 

 We do daily swimming lessons so we go through suits fast and have quite the stockpile.  For us, it's important that suits are functional, fit well and stay put in the water.  I like swimsuits that stand the test of time-- that look as good at the end of the summer as they did when I purchased them.  Of course I want adorable and flattering styles too!  So many of us who invest in Matilda Jane and Persnickety do so because we want clothes that make our little girls look like little girls.  Why throw it all out the window when it comes to swimwear?

Now before I go into all of my favorites, I do want to quickly address the Target swimsuits.  I have been seduced by very cute $8 swimsuits.  You can often find some adorable and modest looking styles in the baby and toddler area.  However, with very inexpensive swimsuits, my repeated experience has been that they fit very poorly and give constant wedgies (just being honest).  If your little one is just playing in the creek or just swimming in your backyard, this might be all you want or need.  What ISN'T worth it to me is that over and over again, Target (and some other inexpensive brands) have bled all over the wash and bright colors have run just sitting wet in the laundry room.  I'm not covering any Gymboree suits in this post, but if you want an inexpensive great quality, modest suit-- they are definitely worth checking out.  I've gotten several suits there for under $15 and they still look brand new-- even years after the fact.  


Garnet Hill Kids

Last year was my first year ordering from Garnet Hill and I couldn't be more impressed.  I like really cute, fun, vibrant suits and these are definitely that.  The quality, workmanship, fit and material are all top notch.  The suits we had last year (which still fit great this year) still look brand new.  I also like the coordinating swim headbands the swim bucket is a must have!  We received our's free with purchase last year, but it is a collapsible bucket with holes in the bottom that is PERFECT for swim toys!  

Sizing:  I felt like the one piece suits were very true to size.  The 2 piece suits seemed to run big to me.  Holiday has a long torso, so I size up in 1 piece suits.  She is wearing a size 4 in the purple/pink rugby stripe and the pink polka dot one piece.  In the chevron 2 piece she is wearing a size 2.  For reference, she is 3.5, 29 lbs and 38.5" tall.  

Garnet Hill Kids Ruffle Trim Tankini Top  Garnet Hill Kids Skirted Swim Bottom&nbsp;  Head Scarf: &nbsp;Target&nbsp;  Sunglasses: &nbsp;Nordstorm  Flip Flops: &nbsp;Havaianas Disney for Nordstrom&nbsp;  Garnet Hill Kids Swim Bucket&nbsp;

Garnet Hill Kids Ruffle Trim Tankini Top

Garnet Hill Kids Skirted Swim Bottom 

Head Scarf:  Target 

Sunglasses:  Nordstorm

Flip Flops:  Havaianas Disney for Nordstrom 

Garnet Hill Kids Swim Bucket 

Garnet Hill Kids Ruffle Trim Tankini Top  Garnet Hill Kids Skirted Swim Bottom&nbsp;  Head Scarf: &nbsp;Target&nbsp;  Sunglasses: &nbsp;Nordstorm  Flip Flops: &nbsp;Havaianas Disney for Nordstrom&nbsp;  Garnet Hill Kids Swim Bucket&nbsp;

Garnet Hill Kids Ruffle Trim Tankini Top

Garnet Hill Kids Skirted Swim Bottom 

Head Scarf:  Target 

Sunglasses:  Nordstorm

Flip Flops:  Havaianas Disney for Nordstrom 

Garnet Hill Kids Swim Bucket 

Garnet Hill Kids Wave Rider Cross Back One Piece Rugby Stripe Swimsuit&nbsp;  Garnet Hill Kids Swim Headband&nbsp;  Sunglasses: &nbsp;The Disney Store&nbsp;

Garnet Hill Kids Wave Rider Cross Back One Piece Rugby Stripe Swimsuit 

Garnet Hill Kids Swim Headband 

Sunglasses:  The Disney Store 

Garnet Hill Kids Ruffle Trimmed Halter One Piece&nbsp;  Garnet Hill Kids Swim Headband&nbsp;  Sunglasses: &nbsp;Island in the SUn&nbsp;

Garnet Hill Kids Ruffle Trimmed Halter One Piece 

Garnet Hill Kids Swim Headband 

Sunglasses:  Island in the SUn 

Garnet HIll Kids Wave Rider Cross Back Swimsuits&nbsp;

Garnet HIll Kids Wave Rider Cross Back Swimsuits 

Garnet Hill Kids Ruffle Trimmed Halter One Piece Swimsuits&nbsp;

Garnet Hill Kids Ruffle Trimmed Halter One Piece Swimsuits 

Love U Lots Swimwear 

This is our first year purchasing LoveULots and so far, so good!  I first spotted this mermaid swimsuit at Nordstrom in February and it is beyond adorable in real life!  I love the side skirted details on the bottom and the starfish applique is very soft and not bothersome.

Sizing:  Everyone told me to order up at LEAST one size in this suit and many suggested even 2 sizes.  Since I normally would have ordered a 4 in the one piece, I went up to a 5 and it is too big, we definitely needed to size back down to the 4.  

Love U Lots Mermaid Halter One Piece Swimsuit&nbsp;  Sunglasses: &nbsp;Island in the Sun&nbsp;  Headscarf: &nbsp;Target&nbsp;

Love U Lots Mermaid Halter One Piece Swimsuit 

Sunglasses:  Island in the Sun 

Headscarf:  Target 

Love U Lots Mermaid Halter One Piece Swimsuit&nbsp;  Sunglasses: &nbsp;Island in the Sun&nbsp;  Headscarf: &nbsp;Target&nbsp;

Love U Lots Mermaid Halter One Piece Swimsuit 

Sunglasses:  Island in the Sun 

Headscarf:  Target 

Love U Lots&nbsp;

Love U Lots 

Love U Lots&nbsp;

Love U Lots 

Love U Lots&nbsp;

Love U Lots 

Love U Lots&nbsp;

Love U Lots 

Janie and Jack 

Janie and Jack consistently has adorable, high quality, vintage classic swim styles each year.  Their adorable coordinating accessories are a must have if you're going to buy a suit! 

Sizing:  True to size.  If you don't already know this, even though in store Janie and Jack caters to smaller sizes, they go up to a size 12 online!  Several of their current swim styles would be perfectly chic on older girls too-- heck, I'd wear some of them if they came in my size-- love the vintage flare! 

Swim Accessory Must Haves 


We're going on year 2 of this adorable terry cover-up I had made from iheartthenest (Etsy).  They are appliqued, embroidered Circo (Target) cover-ups.  In the south we monogram everything and this cover-up is totally adorable with all of the rickrack and detail! 

Photo from iheartthenest Etsy page.&nbsp;

Photo from iheartthenest Etsy page. 

Sun Screen

I have to take a moment to plug what I believe is THE most amazing sunscreen ever-- Colorscience Sunforgettable.  You can read a lot of great information on this product here.  Don't let the price scare you, one tube will last my little family all summer long.  This is a powder sunscreen and is VERY effective.  It is the only suncreen I use on Holiday.  It's sheer and is easily applied and re-applied over makeup. No sticky, stinky sunblock-- this is all you need!  I am very fair skinned and burn extremely easily and have never burned wearing this product (I think I'm going on a good 4 years of using it).  If you click on the image below, it will take you to the Amazon page to order, get details and read reviews.  

Swim Bag 

I purchased this bag at the start of last summer from a friend who was selling Initials Inc.  It is called the One Trip Wonder bag.  You can order online at initials-inc.com/shop  I have used this bag relentlessly and it still looks brand new.  It can easily hold towels and swimsuits for a family of six, swim toys and probably a small child as well.  I cannot say enough good things about it.   For a family who swims as much as we do, a good swim bag is worth its weight in gold! 

Beach Wraps

There's no two ways about it, Pottery Barn Kids had THE best beach wraps!  Be sure to get the wrap (with the hood) and not just the towel!  They are on sale online right now and have FREE SHIPPING! 

Wet Bags

If you haven't already been introduced to the wonders of the Itzy Ritzy Wet Happened Bags, you can thank me later!  I recommend getting the XL (11x14 bag)-- it's big enough for a single wet rolled up towel and swim suit.  I keep several in our swim bag and stuff with our wet clothes and suits so everything else in my bag stays dry.  They come in tons of colors, patterns and sizes.  

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Let's Hear it for the BOYS!

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I am the person who everyone sends all of their shopping questions to.  I get calls, texts and emails on a daily basis that read something along the lines of, "You always know where to find everything, where can I find ______?!"  Fill in the blank! I'm like the full time concierge for my friends and family.  Everything from party supplies to Chesterfield sofas to glitz pageant swimsuits and origami wedding invitations-- I may have never before shopped for it, but I usually know where to find it.  BUT THE ONE QUESTION I HEAR OVER AND OVER IS THIS- WHERE DO I FIND CUTE BOYS CLOTHES!??!   Especially after my last blog post, Boutique on a Budget, my inbox was inundated with mamas asking that very question.  Even though I only have a daughter (so far), I'm always keeping my eyes open and making a list of designers who make boy's clothing that resonates with me and my style! 

Several of my mama friends have only boys and so many times when they see Holiday decked out in her latest get-up, they will sigh and say, "Oh, she makes me want a girl.  There just aren't cute clothes out there for boys!"  Now I will be the first to admit that there are WAY MORE options out there for girls clothing than there are for boys-- this cannot be denied.  But when you really think about it-- the same is true for men in general! When I look at my husband's side of the closet (well, quarter of the closet might be more accurate), I  see many variations of the same things-- jeans, t-shirts, button-downs, polos, sweaters and jackets.  Granted, he is a Silicon Valley IT Nerd so his wardrobe is quite casual, but still, there isn't much variation in men's clothing in general, so it's kind of easy to see why the same holds true for boy's clothing as well.  

But rest assured Mamas, MORE options do exist!  There are some brands you've likely never heard of that might just be right up your alley!  One of the benefits in the lack of variation in the male wardrobe is that there's not so much disparity between high end and lower end options. With my daughter's clothing, I can  pick up a garment and understand why it costs more with the level of detail, workmanship, fabric and embellishments that it was created with-- but that's not quite as common with boys clothes.  Now don't get me wrong, even though you see very similar looks between high and low end boys clothing, I know there can be a distinct difference in quality and workmanship.  But I also know (from my very scientific research at the Chickfila play area) that boys are just wired differently.  They will inevitably be hard on their clothes and it might not make as much sense to invest into their wardrobes when you can get a similar look for less. That being said,  I attempted to cover a wide range of prices and budgets.  There are obviously some popular, everyday mall brands that have great pieces, but my goal in this post was to  hopefully introduce you to some new brands and new ways to style your little dudes!


*All of the brand names listed at the top of each section are direct links to shop!

The Well Styled Child Top Picks for Boys


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