I recently attended a first birthday party with mini and — I don’t mean to brag — but was stopped no fewer than four times by mothers asking where I’d found mini’s outfit. She was wearing this Luli + Me bubble, these Elephantito mary janes, Condor kneesocks, and this scalloped-hem cardigan. When I can’t sleep, I go down deep rabbit holes searching for darling dresswear for mini, and often find myself in obscure European e-boutiques, where the shipping costs an arm and a leg but the designs are BEYOND. I thought I’d share a couple of recent items I’ve purchased and/or added to my shopping list:
+I splurged on this La Coqueta set (shown above) — mini had one last summer, too, and I adored it on her. They’re actually rather versatile in that they’re breezy enough for summer, but I also transitioned the top into fall by pairing with leggings and booties!
+A pair of Bambi bow shoes — I have searched high and low for a stockist in the U.S. but have come up dry! I may need to splurge on these from abroad, but am thinking I’ll wait until mini’s a little older for her first pair.
+A pair of Pretty Originals bow socks. I also can’t find these stocked anywhere in America — magpies, let me know if you can!
+One of my readers introduced me to Olivier Baby and I’m smitten with all of the Liberty London prints — especially this dress style. They sell out fast, and I was unable to find a dress in mini’s size, so I went with this bloomer set, which I’m in love with. (Also, from a practical standpoint — mini still crawls quite a bit, and dresses are a huge impediment to her right now!)
+I am dying over this sweet coral dress with its precious collar and this darling smock set — I’m bummed TheTot doesn’t carry either because La Coqueta charges $27 in shipping to the U.S., which is a major deterrent, unless you spend over $300, and then it’s free. (Maybe pool together with other mamas to make it happen?!)
+This swiss dot bubble is so sweet.
+Ugh, this Mebi gingham check! Too adorable.
+Everything at Alexandros Kids is to die for — and also very spend-y. I have my eye on this dress for a special occasion over the summer. (That bow!)
+Everything about this is magical — fit for a princess!
+I ordered this sailor dress from a Portuguese vendor on Etsy last summer and mini looked like a doll baby in it.
+Swooning over the deep hydrangea blue of this smocked bubble.
+I ordered this cardigan in white, and am thinking I might need it in the other two colors as well.
+Just waiting for the new Liberty prints at Jacadi to go on sale…how sweet is this?!
+Every mini needs a little Lilly in her life — this is mini’s for the summer.
+This smocked toile bubble is everything.
+This is timeless. I feel like babies wore this in 1962, 1982, 2002, and will wear it in 2022.
+I would love to buy mini one of these Oso + Me scalloped dresses.
+Luli and Me is still a go-to brand for me — how darling is this?
P.S. Not for dress up, but I am in love with these sneakers for mini.
P.P.S. Love the idea of dressing up an inexpensive white outfit — mini owns some white leggings from Primary and a white frilly top from Gap — with a big Lilly bow.
P.P.P.S. Beaufort Bonnet Company vibes for less!