Groovy Girl

 

Isn’t this the cutest dress? It’s another from art & eden, thoughtfully curated for our bossy little Cece by our stylist at KidBox.

Art & eden is a new-to-me brand. A couple of fun facts that I just learned this week are that all of their fabrics and processes are completely sustainable! They use low impact dyes and ethical practices including recycled packaging. The prints in their collections are collaborations of artists from around the world. How neat is that?!

I’m just completely sold on these loud spring prints for Cece. And there are pockets, again!

 


Cece’s shoes are from Old Navy, in case you’re wondering.  I’m pretty envious.


While I absolutely love this dress, and all of Cece’s spring KidBox, I’m actually not going to keep much of it this time around. I signed her up for a size 2 box, but most of the items were pretty large on her, so I’m going to try getting her a subscription to the new BabyBox (that’s our special invitation link).  Fingers crossed that the outfits will be as bright and funky as her KidBox!

Parrot Perfection

We just wanted to drop in and show you these totally awesome pants Cece got in her spring KidBox! This Art & Eden print is straight out of paradise! They’re organic cotton, which I think is awesome. I love Art and Eden’s commitment to sustainable fashion, so this is a company I’m super excited to support!

We’re totally sold.

There are pockets, which are a total must-have in Two-Year-Old Fashion.  Those side ties are completely adorbs!

Outfit Deets:

Old Navy Cardi (old, through Swap.com) but I’d buy this one, this spring.
Black Tank 
Art & Eden pants
Fringe Sandals

P.S. I wanted Cece to wear her converse hightops with this outfit. She felt differently about the matter and insisted that the sandals would be a better choice. But we can always imagine how cute these would be with her outfit!

Our royally inspired Easter outfits. Also known as relaxed vintage styling.

This post contains affilate links. If you use either my swap.com or my ThredUp invitation links, we both make a bit of extra clothing money!

One quiet afternoon, I saw a picture of the young Princess Charlotte attending a spring birthday party in a pale blue dress with a deeper blue cardigan, and was instantly smitten. Ideas for translating this into a royally inspired Easter wardrobe began flooding into my mind and pouring out into my pinterest account.

I was immediately convinced that fold-over bobby socks and Mary Janes have been sadly missing from my daughter’s wardrobes. I had to grieve the fact that Stuart missed the traditional years for short trousers and tall socks. After I made my peace with long chinos again, I started scouring my usual sites. Here’s what we came up with.

The skirt and top that Dazz is wearing, came from Swap.com. The skirt is almost but not quite a circle skirt. It is made from the lightest gauzy cotton I’ve ever felt. It came from Crewcuts, and they seem to have a lot of options for laid back vintage styling. Her sheer white blouse is from Yigga, but they don’t seem to have much of a web presence these days.

I can’t find anything currently available which is exactly like either her skirt or top. If I were rebuilding her outfit from scratch, I would probably flip her colors and go with this adorable vintage inspired top from Crewcuts, and this crisp eyelet skirt by Peek.

Her (organic!) socks and shoes were both from Amazon.

(Her ever-present amber bracelet is from Powel’s Owls. She has idiopathic arthritis and seems to get great relief from pain and swelling in her wrists and hands when she wears an amber bracelet.)

Her cardigan is from CrewCuts, via Swap.com


Stuart is a huge fan of Children’s Place chinos. I think he has owned all the colors that they make, at this point. We generally buy ours on Amazon, and because of prime shipping, they often come out to be cheaper than buying directly from CP.

His French Toast shirtbow tie, and Nautica dress belt, also came from Amazon.  His wingtip oxfords are by Brooks Brothers, and we found them second hand. These may be a more budget friendly option.

Cece is sporting a Gymboree dress which we scored through Swap.com. I can’t really find anything similar at Gymboree right now. When I was initially shopping for her, I was looking for something that resembled this Carriage Boutique dress.

Her patent leather blue squeaker shoes are made by Laniecakes and came from Zullily. I am striking out all over the place today, because I can’t find any exactly like them anywhere online!

Her cardigan came from Old Navy, and they don’t have the exact one available anymore, but seriously, this one is way better! I adore the yoke detailing. Lastly, we’ve got hair bows.

I was so blessed recently to win a give-away from Modern Mrs Darcy, for a gift card to ThredUp. I was able to acquire so many nice items for the children for spring and summer this year. Anywho, I digress.  Lucy and I were browsing ThredUp when we spotted the perfect Easter dress for her. It is also from Gymboree, and is the exact same floral print as Cece’s, but with the sweetest blue gingham detailing. Once again, there’s nothing exactly like it currently being sold (at least not that I have seen), but we very much love the look of this pale blue dress from Pippa & Julie.  Her Tucker + Tate cardigan came from Swap.com.

Lucy also has Sierra cuffed socks, and while we were able to score her Gymboree Mary Janes using our ThredUp gift card, they are very similar to Dazz’s shoes from Amazon.


Gigi is wearing a pale blue, swiss dot, OshKosh dress. The pictures don’t do justice to the sweetness factor! OshKosh does such a nice job with dresses! Check out this sweet vintage dress, complete with pin-tucks and a peter pan collar. Her cardigan is also a Tucker + Tate. Tucker + Tate is such a classic line – I always look for this brand second-hand. She loves her Mary Janes, which were another Amazon purchase.

(Looking back over these pictures has me wishing I had pulled her sash down to cover her waistline!)

It was so much fun putting these outfits together! The big girls especially seemed to enjoy getting their vintage royal on.

Happy Easter, from our family to yours!

“It means,” said Aslan, “that though the Witch knew the Deep Magic, there is a magic deeper still which she did not know. Her knowledge goes back only to the dawn of Time. But if she could have looked a little further back, into the stillness and the darkness before Time dawned, she would have read there a different incantation. She would have known that when a willing victim who has committed no treachery was killed in a traitor’s stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backwards. And now—”

 

 

Brown Eyed Girl

I’m trying to learn off camera flash technique, so bear with me, because it’s quite a learning curve.

Cece happened to be available and sort of willing to let me use her a test subject on this particular day.

baby gap pants (no longer available) // carter’s button-down chambray top (similar style) // old navy cardigan (this style is very similar, and on sale for less than $10!) // turban // thrifted granny tennies (similar style) // copper pearl bandana

Sales and coupons you might want to know about:

Baby Gap is having a 40% off sale currently.

Old Navy is running a 30% off, free shipping with $25 purchase (code FREESHIP), and $10 back per $25 spent.

Carter’s has 20% off a $40+ purchase (code carters).

But seriously guys, check into swap.com. Use my link and I make a very small referral fee, which makes me tickled pink – but swap has consistently been my absolute number one favorite place to shop for my kids clothes. It’s uncanny how frequently I can go to their site and find exactly what I am looking for. If you get your item and it isn’t quite what you thought, you can return it easy peasy. The process couldn’t possibly be easier. Cross my heart. 🙂

It’s beginning to look a lot like autumn…

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The days have been so pleasantly cool this week! It’s really starting to feel like fall around here. The kids are enthusiastically embracing cardigans. In April when they wake up to a 50* morning, they always make the optimistic decision to wear shorts. In September, if they wake up to a 60* morning, they’re all about boots and cardigans. I can’t blame them; change is in the air.

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Most mornings, Lucy excitedly chooses Cece’s outfit, complete with all the layers. It doesn’t take Cece long to shed the cardi, then the boots and socks. By the time lunch is over, she’s usually down to just her shirt and diaper.

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This morning, Cece’s all about the Old Navy.

Her top is the Long and Lean Striped Pocket Top for Toddler. I just love the swing cut. It would be so adorable with a paid of bloomers in warmer weather.

Her leggings are Solid Leggings for Toddler in the color Gold Standard. She’s wearing 18-24 months. I totally love these leggings! They will go so well with many of the tops she has for fall and winter. The color is rich and totally on point.

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Cece’s navy boyfriend cardigan was from Old Navy last fall, and it has held up quite well all through last fall, winter and early spring.  They don’t have the exact cardigan in stock this year, but this double breasted cardi looks so similar, and I just love the slight swing cut.

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I was given the opportunity to review Cece’s boots. They are the beige tassel boots from the seller Muxika on Amazon, and while I am content with them, the quality was not super impressive.

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Just FYI, Old Navy is running 50% off all jeans, dresses, tees and uniform pieces now through labor day. There’s no discount code, but the discount is automatically applied at checkout.

Mustard is the New Black

Everything goes with mustard. Prepare yourself to see lots and lots of mustard on The Opulent Toads. We heart mustard.

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This girl. She is a total ham – these poses are completely phony!

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Her chambray polka dot joggers came from Carter’s in a two piece set. Cece has gotten lots of wear out of that outfit. It’s so comfy! Also, marker washes out of the chambray really nicely. Don’t ask me how I know that.

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Mustard cardi: This is one of my top favorite items in Cece’s wardrobe. It was a birthday gift from Cece’s bestie (who I hope will make an occasional guest appearance on ToT). Even though it was just purchased a week or so ago, it’s already out of stock on the Old Navy website. Check your local store,people, because this is a totally adorable fall item. Also, as always, check swap.com. If you can’t find it in mustard, it’s pretty darn cute in Fuchsia Generations.

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Turban: Cece’s turban came from Amazon. I was given the opportunity to review a set of turbans, and I loved them! They’re great for fly away baby hair, and she actually leaves them on her head.

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Necklace – the sparkly bubblegum necklace is unfortunately no longer available from the shop where I purchased it. Cassie Cassandra and Co makes a similar necklace which looks just about perfect!

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Striped shirt: the exact stripe shirt is no longer available on Old Navy, but this one is very similar, but with the added bonus of a teeny pocket and a trendy swing cut. I actually ordered this exact shirt the other day. It’s just so perfect. I totally want it in my size.

IMG_2731Sales you might want to check out:
Carter’s is having a 25% off of a $40 purchase plus free shipping if you use the code LABORDAY.
Old Navy is running a 30% off regular priced items with the code ENJOY