WHAT WE WORE | Festive Frocks

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Yahoo! It’s Christmastime, which incidentally is my favorite time of the year, and fast becoming Lucy’s as well. I’m doing the best I can, really, to make her love Christmas and hats as much as her ol’ Ma. So far the outcome looks good for both items on my agenda. Check out how cute my red beret is on her little head! It was a big large, I guess, but I haven’t had much luck finding one I love in a children’s size. The last time we took photos together with that red beret, it was on my head, and she was just a little tiny kiddo getting ready for her second Christmas. Check out that post here. Ah, memories!

Tonight Phil and I are wrapping up last minute Christmas things— literally! Like gathering presents under our tree, finishing up the dollhouse, and cleaning up the house so tomorrow things will be clean and magical for our Christmas Eve breakfast. I’m so thankful that neither of us have to leave the house for work tomorrow, so we can have a leisurely day making new traditions and spending time with family. My dad is recovering from sepsis and his heart infection at home. I thought I should follow up since I know I mentioned on Instagram that our family was going through a crisis with his health. He ended up having surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, and recovered just three rooms away from where I recovered from my surgery! Pretty remarkable, I thought, for such a huge hospital. He’s resting in his easy chair, hooked up to IV antibiotics and frustrated that he can’t do, do, do (wonder where I get it?!). But soaking up grandkid snuggles is doing his body good. We’re thankful for his life more than anything this holiday season!

On a more superficial note, I think we’ll be dressing pretty casual for our family gatherings on Christmas Eve and Christmas, but here are our dressier festive looks that we wore to church on Sunday. 

O U T F I T   D E T A I L S :

Mandi: pinafore dress / striped tights / shoes / blouse- hand-me-down from my mom!
Luch: vintage dress from Romantique Touch on Etsy / secondhand tights / hat / secondhand shoes / coat- gift from a friend

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mother daughter vintage style blog

mother daughter vintage fashion blog

mother daughter vintage fashion blog

mother daughter vintage fashion blog

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WHAT WE WORE | Purple Velvet

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So here I was, sitting at my desk, mindlessly staring at this photo of me and Lucy wondering what in the heck I had to say in this blog post, besides, “Hey guys, we took some pictures, and here they are!” When it hit me— I’m turning my kid into a mini me, and the internet can give irrevocable proof! Yes, it’s true— turns out I had almost the exact dress Lucy is wearing, but in a larger size, because yeah… I wasn’t exactly a toddler when I wore it— I was a married lady attending an adult New Year’s Eve party! Ahhh! Click here to see the dress I’m talking about, though sadly I didn’t get a super clear shot of it. Just trust me— it’s alarmingly similar to this one Lucy’s wearing above.

Oh my goodness! Does this make me a fun mom or a crazy mom? I guess either is okay as long as Lucy doesn’t mind it. What ever shall I do when she develops her own sense of style? The answer: deal with it, I guess. It will actually be loads of fun seeing what kinds of clothes she picks out for herself when the day comes that she refuses to wear what I like. Won’t it be a laugh if she becomes obsessed with active wear and begs me to let her wear a sweatshirt to church?! (Speaking of activewear, you have to watch this video if you haven’t yet! I actually LOLed when watching it, and it’s been stuck in my head ever since.)

mother daughter vintage style blog

mother daughter vintage style blog

mother daughter vintage style blog

Speaking of church, this is what we wore to our church’s service yesterday, hence the wrinkles in my skirt. (Church services involves lots of prolonged sitting.)  Ah well! I still love it. Felt good to get some new clothes recently— the first I’ve enjoyed postpartum! Juniper didn’t join us for this mini photo shoot because she was snoozing away in her car seat. Thanks, Phil, for the photos! Here’s what we wore:

O U T F I T    D E T A I L S :

Me: blouse / skirt / scarf: thrifted / shoes: Franco Sarto 2013 (newer version here) / jacket: thrifted

Lucy: dress: vintage from Vintageous102607 on Etsy / winter cotton tights / shoes: Zimmerman Shoes / coat: vintage

mother daughter vintage style blog

mother daughter vintage style blog

mother daughter vintage style blog

 

Holiday Style with The Children’s Place

The Children's Place Winter 2015

When I was a little girl, I looked forward to Christmas dresses almost as much as I looked forward to Christmas presents. I remember wearing a fluffy faux fur white coat with a matching beret when I was four years old. Under the coat was a plaid dress with puffed sleeves and black velvet ribbons. I even remember my shoes! Black patent leather t-straps. Now I get to enjoy the fanciness of playing holiday dress-up with my own little girl, who luckily has a lot of fun with it too.

The Children’s Place asked us to select our favorites from their Holiday 2015 collection, and I was so delighted to find beautiful, classic pieces with some vintage style and also some quirky accessories for an added jolt of fun. I was able to do all of my shopping online from the comfort of my home when the kiddos were in bed, and Lucy had the time of her life opening up the big box of clothes and pulling out each new item. Here’s what we selected below:

The Children's Place Winter 2015

The Children's Place Winter 2015

1. white turtleneck and black dress
2. white peter pan collar dress with drop waist
3. panda blanket sleeper
4. purple critter tights
5. knit pink tights
6. patent black ballerina flats
7. faux fur pom pom headband
8. black jeggings
9. metallic gold t-strap shoes
10. leopard print faux fur coat

The Children's Place Winter 2015

You guys! This outfit (above) slayed me. She’s like a little sixties style icon. Wearing a black turtleneck and black jeans, we’ve got the beatnik look covered, and then the faux fur leopard fur coat tops it off with the perfect dose of vintage glamour. We paired her black ballet slippers with white socks just like Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face.

The Children's Place Winter 2015

The pom pom headband and gold shoes were a big hit with Lucy! She loved the little critter tights, too, but probably not as much as me.

The Children's Place Winter 2015

The Children's Place Winter 2015

See, like I said, style icon status!

The Children's Place Winter 2015

The Children's Place Winter 2015

I couldn’t resist getting some matching pajamas for the sisters. How cute are these panda bear sleepers? They’re perfect for cozy evenings of sipping hot chocolate by the tree while watching Christmas movies. Now if only they sold adult size sleepers… I’m sure Phil would be thrilled to get in on the matching action.

The Children's Place Winter 2015

Thanks to The Children’s Place for making our holiday season a little bit cuter! Now I’m off to snuggle my little panda bears.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by The Children’s Place. All thoughts and opinions are my own and do not reflect the views of The Children’s Place.

Zimmerman Shoes

vintage inspired handmade children's shoes

I’m such a sucker for shoes. Shiny shoes, tiny shoes, tall shoes, small shoes. Give me all the shoes. Lucy joined in on my excitement when we opened up a special package from Zimmerman shoes— handmade with love, and so beautiful! She lined them all up in a row and exclaimed, “They’re so soft!” And so beautifully crafted. We had to share them with you.

My favorite are the plum nubuck mary janes. They go with practically any autumn ensemble, adding the perfect pop of color. They’re keepsakes for sure!

vintage inspired handmade children's shoes

(After the above picture was taken, Lucy rearranged all of the shoes to create a train and narrated, “Choo chooooo!” I’m not kidding. This kid is obsessed.)

vintage inspired handmade children's shoes

vintage inspired handmade children's shoes

Zimmerman shoes

vintage inspired handmade children's shoes

vintage inspired handmade children's shoes

“Look how orange my tongue is, mom!” This kid will do practically anything for a sucker. It was a problem during trick-or-treating when we just wanted her to take all of the Reese’s cups so we could sneak them later. Oh well. In any case, she was such a compliant photoshoot subject! Thanks, Lucy! And thanks for the shoes, Zimmermans!

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Disclosure: Zimmerman is not a sponsor of Making Nice in the Midwest, but the shoes were a gift.

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