About an hour before the school bus rolls down the street every morning, if you listen very closely you can hear the collective groans and hair pulling of mothers everywhere as they try to fight their kids into presentable, weather appropriate outfits. Something that’s warm enough to ward off frostbite, yet pulled together enough to avoid implications of gross neglect.
If you don’t have kids or your kids are not quite old enough for an opinion on their personal style, trust me. The struggle is real.
Even my almost four-year old (who sometimes gets confused between shirts and dresses) is in on it. She likes to give me increasingly impossible hints as to the specific pieces she wants to pair together on a given day. Yesterday it was a dress with a dress (see also: sweater) over it, tights that were too small, and an additional sweater that I talked her out of. That was a good day. Today, I’m pretty sure she’s paying me back for being so agreeable by insisting on bright red pants and a lavender sweatshirt solely to injure my eyes.
And do not get me started on the eight year old. Let’s just say the girl is not intimidated by color or pattern. She slaps it all together in whatever way strikes her fancy on a particular day. She also doesn’t let me even think of doing anything with her hair.
I cringe. I bite my tongue. But I let them do it.
My thought is 1) it’s really not worth the fight as long as they’re wearing pants and 2) I’d much rather them express themselves by dressing in nauseating color combinations now than fight with us about getting their cheeks pierced come high school. Suddenly conflicting patterns seem like very small potatoes.
I know I’m not alone in this. I know you can relate, so I thought it would be fun if we did a little contest.
Here’s how it’s going to work:
- Take a picture of your kid in an outfit he/she put together (the more hilarious the better) and post it on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #MyStylishLittle. Be sure to tag me (@CuddlesandChaos) and Little Rabbit Wears (@LittleRabbitWears), who is awesome enough to make this even more fun by dangling an awesome prize in front of you: Our winner will receive a $25 gift certificate code to her (gorgeous!) online boutique. (Note to boy moms: Janine’s shop is all girls stuff, but the prize would make a great gift!)
- You can enter as many times as you’d like between now and next Wednesday, March 4. On Wednesday, I’ll create a Facebook album with all of our entries.
- The entry with the most with the most likes by 7 pm on Sunday, March 8th is our winner!
I am so excited to be working with Janine on this! She’s a local mom (based out of New Paltz) who runs an awesome online girls boutique with a vintage kick as a side gig. Her pieces are incredible and what I love even more is that they’re SO AFFORDABLE! My girls and I have been drooling over the Little Rabbit Wears website and trying to whittle down our list of favorites before we attack it for a little spring shopping. Here are a few of our favorites:
Hazel tutu and top set, $30 // The Elizabeth slip tunic, $16.00 // The Little Rabbit Wears Blouse, $30
Lula Romper, $24 // The Marigold top, $20
The Frankie shawl cardigan, $28 // The Lexi dress, $27 // The Olivia dress, $32 // The Danielle dress, $30
Make sure you check back next Wednesday for the link to our Facebook album and for more on Little Rabbit Wears and how Janine started it while being a mom and working full time as a French teacher. You’ll fall even more in love with her shop, I promise!
I can’t wait to see your kids’ style!