Lucy’s Summer KidBox, and all the outfits she made!

All of my kids got their summer KidBoxes ON THE SAME DAY!  Well, except for Cece, who really didn’t care quite as much as the others, anyway. There was much loud rejoicing in our house, let me tell you! And lots of tissue paper flying everywhere. So you can pretty much expect lots of cute clothing pictures in the next week.

Lucy wants to lead off with her very favorite item in her box;  this sweet tunic by Urban Smalls. There are so many fun ways to style it! We tried a summery version with short shorts and flats, and a fall version, with a scarf, leggings and cute boots. This was what she wanted to wear to our first summer reading program day at the library – which is always an important day for the toads!

Outfit Details: Urban Smalls Tunic // Similar Scarf // Cotton Leggings // Similar Combat Boots

Next up is this totally on point denim button-down, with a too-cute embroidered yoke! We both love that it is 100% cotton! We paired it with the same simple cotton leggings (because we’re lazy), a bright funky headscarf, and cute strappy sandals to keep everything looking summery.

Outfit Details: Tunic // Leggings // Simple Sandals // Boho headband

Next up is this super chill pair of fleece shorts by Vingino. We paired it with an Old Navy Tank to bring out the fun heart patch on the back pocket, and our fun boho headband.

Outfit Details: Racerback Tank // Vingino shorts // Simple Sandals // Boho headband

The next item Lucy is modeling are these French Toast leggings. We loved the ruching detail all down the side, but the leggings were a bit too big for her. Also, the cute top by Butter is a sneak peak into Dazz’s KidBox.

Outfit Details: Butter soft tee // Ruched Leggings // Boho headband

These next two pieces are great together! The Junk Food tee is so fun – in place of a tag on the inside, are all the lyrics to the Beatles song. I love how versatile the circle skirt is. Lucy put it together in another more classic outfit, and it is perfect!

I couldn’t find any links for either the tee (which is Junk Food on Nordstroms) or the skirt, which is by Erge.  These skater skirts on Amazon are kind of similar.  Anywho, this outfit was really cute with Lucy’s Converse hightops.

This is the next outfit Lucy put together with the Erge skater skirt. Isn’t it great?! I love how easily the skirt totally works for vintage or punk outfits!

So much of this outfit was purchased second hand, that it was really hard to find exact outfit details, so I’m sharing some “get the look” links instead. 🙂

Get the Look: crochet blouse // skater skirt // purple belt // Flats

So there you have it! Lucy’s summer KidBox and all the great outfits we made with everything in it! Go forth and get your kid a KidBox! You’ll love it! Use my link and get $25 off your first purchase.





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!

There were never such devoted sisters!

These two have been besties since the day that Lucy arrived on the scene. When they were itty-bitty, I used to say that they were like twins, except worse, because what one wasn’t going to think of getting into, the other one would. They were very useful like that.

They’ve also been thoughtful enough to wear the same size clothes ever since Lucy gave up diapers.  Which can have its pros and cons. One con is when Dazz’s KidBox arrives several days after Lucy’s and they both want to wear all the things.

But see? They worked it out.

Dazz knew from the very moment she opened her box that she wanted to keep this fringed tee from Kensie.

And Lucy was enamored with these skinnies from 7 For All Mankind, though they were a bit too big for her.

Outfit details:
Dazz is wearing White denim Riley shorts // Kensie Fringed Tee // Gladiator sandals (last year’s – similar)
Lucy is wearing 7 For All Mankind Skinnies // Circo Tank ( – similar) // Flamingo Tennies

The usual scribble:

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New favorites and Great Controversy

“Trust me, Batman would be more efficient if he ditched his ridiculous utility belt and rocked some cargo shorts instead.” 

-Doyin Richards, of Daddy Doin’ Work


-Stuart’s uncle

As you can see, cargo shorts are a very emotional topic in the fashion world. But for an eight-year-old boy, they’re really a no-brainer.

Stuart hasn’t had many pairs of cargo shorts in his life, but since he’s discovered the usefulness of having a frog catching neta bug vacuum, and a safari field kit on his person at all times, I think it’s time! He was quite excited to receive this pair in his spring KidBox.

I’m also loving the new cargos because, hello gray! It was getting kind of time-consuming keeping up with all his old favorites.

So be brave, fashion peeps. Embrace the cargo shorts. The Opulent Toads approve.
Outfit details:

Lucky Shirt // Heritage Cargo Shorts // OshKosh Boat Shoes // Dickies Reversible Belt


Stuart Goes Corporate

Stuart got his very first KidBox this week. He was One Happy Boy.

He’s been putting together various outfits from his spring box all week, mixing and matching the pieces to create all different looks. We haven’t gotten a ton of pictures of his outfits yet, but I’m sure we’ll be remedying that, ’cause we’re keeping the entire spring box!

He put this outfit together all on his own, on this rainy afternoon. He has pretty good tastes, right? All he really needs now is a briefcase. And a to-go coffee cup. I think we shall call this outfit Stuart Goes Corporate.
I always try to find the closest possible matches for the clothing items that the kids are wearing, but sometimes when you’re shopping around for deals, you just can’t find the exact items anymore. The shirt, belt, and shoes linked below are the exact ones that Stuart is wearing.  His shirt and shoes came to us through KidBox, and the belt was purchased new for a wedding Stuart was in. We were lucky enough to snag the shoes second hand. They’re are pretty pricey brand new, but this pair on Amazon seem like a pretty close match at a better price point.

Outfit details:

Polo Shirt // Skinny Chinos // Belt // Wingtips

As always, if you’re looking to put together a great outfit, I highly recommend checking into KidBox. When you set up your first order, you can be very specific about what your child will or won’t wear. For example, if your little guy doesn’t like the color red, they’ll never send you anything red. Your fashionista doesn’t like to wear jeans? No worries. If you don’t like to see large logos on your kids’ shirts, it’s totally not a problem.

Use my link and you get $25 toward anything you want to keep from your first box. There’s nothing to lose. There are NO styling fees! On top of all that, KidBox donates clothing to a child in need every time you keep a complete box. In Stuart’s most recent box, there were seven items for the flat rate of $98, which comes out to an average of $12 an item, with brands like 7 For All Mankind, U.S. Polo Assn and Paper, Denim & Cloth. For a busy mom who doesn’t feel like leaving her house with five children in tow to go try on clothing, KidBox is a total no-brainer.

It’s beginning to look a lot like autumn…


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

The Girl With the Polka Dot Dress


Baby Gap knows how to do kid’s clothes, especially dresses. Their fall dress selection is so stinkin’ cute!


 This ruffled dress is one of Gigi’s favorite. It’s really a simple sheath cut, but with added ruffles so that it feels “fancy.”


As Gigi put it, “Dresses are nice because they are easy to go potty in, and they are pretty.”  You can’t go wrong with a dress.


You can use the code HAPPY to take 35% off your Gap purchase today, and for the next five days you can make $25 Gap Bucks back for every $50 spent, which is a pretty sweet deal!

Oh Deer!



This adorable deer print dress from Joe Fresh is one of our current faves. I found it on and snapped that baby right up. I think it will wear well into fall with a chunky cardigan and longer leggings, but it was perfect for our cooler than average Sunday morning. Lucy and Dazz are both huge fans of their Converse sneakers, so you may not see them with any other footwear from here on out. Incidentally, these plum colored hightops were also from Swap. Basically, this awesome outfit was brought to you by Except they don’t know that.

Dress: Joe Fresh, via
Leggings: George, via our local thrift shop
Sneakers: Converse, via