Knee high boots from Start Rite
Not so long ago I blogged about how Isis had out grown all her shoes and we had bought her a few new pairs including these beautiful knee high boots from Start Rite. We had bought them all some new black patent Dr Martens and I also bought Isis a pair of party shoes and these gorgeous tan leather knee high boots from Start Rite as they looked like they would go really well with a lot of her new clothes.
Last weekend was the first time she chose to wear them, teamed with this gorgeous check dress shirt from Next Autumn Winter collection 15/16 I could see that my days of guiding her fashion choices is long becoming a thing of the past. Gone are the days of crazy thrown together outfits that looked like a rainbow had thrown up on her. As happy as those outfits were, she has developed a great little style all of her own. Choosing clothes that she likes when we go shopping together, her taste has really matured, but she still looks like a little girl. Eek, she’s growing up too quickly. Scary really.
These boots are a great staple to a wardrobe as in this colour and fabric she could wear them with casual midi dresses in the summer months. She can wear them with skinny jeans tucked in, underneath boyfriend style jeans (although they’d be wasted hidden, she has plenty of other shoes she could wear with those), with city shorts, skirts. They’re just so versatile. The most important thing of course is that she fell in love with them as soon as she saw them.
The great thing about buying knee high boots from Start-rite is that Isis says they are really, really comfy. You’ve got that great support and well fitting shoe that they need while their feet are still growing with added style. I would never have expected to find knee high boots from Start-rite, I just didn’t associate the brand with fashion. I imagined all the pairs we’ve bought from them over the years. Great for little ones that are learning to walk and especially up until about age 7 as their little feet are so precious and the bones are still soft.
We bought these from Alex and Alexa but you can find the style ‘Gallop‘ available elsewhere.
Since becoming a Mum I have always been quite anti children in bikinis, I didn’t really give it too much thought, I just didn’t like the idea of them looking old before their time. Obviously no parent likes the idea of their child being looked at inappropriately but I wondered recently if it was as black and white as the fact that I don’t want them wearing them.
Isis at aged 9 is growing up so quickly, the idea of her wearing a bikini is a bit too scary for her Dad’s head to comprehend. I bought her the most beautiful swimdress from Next today and she is really happy with it. It is gorgeously 1950’s cute, in a nautical print and she feels really pretty in it. This is a huge win for Daddy and for Isis as they both love it for different reasons. Whilst in Monsoon the other day though, we saw this adorable frilly turquoise bikini that was only £4 in the SALE. Shayla fell in love with it, they only had aged 3-4 left so I told her she could try it on, thinking it would be too small, but it fit her perfectly (she’s only a tiny thing after all). She just looks adorable in it, so it made me reponder my position on bikinis for little ones.
At age 5 Shayla-Rae, I believe, looks like a little girl, a beautiful, sweet, innocent little girl, having fun. I love that she isn’t self-conscious, that she can stick out her little tummy and still feel gorgeous. She looks pretty, she feels pretty, it’s one of her favourite colours and it really brings out her eyes. Now I’m not saying that I have no principles and break them at the first sign of something cheap and cute, but I genuinely feel that as far as Shayla-Rae and this bikini are concerned, I don’t feel as though I’m crossing the lines of my own principles. I also find that it’s an interesting thought and concept though, and am incredibly interested in what other people believe. Do you think I’m a sell out? Do you think there’s a fine line? Do you think she looks cute?
Fewer cuts, if any, are considered to be more flattering than the trusted A-line skirt. Even as a plus-sized Mum the shape manages to make my chunky legs look less so. It is definitely one of my favourite cuts, in a dress and a skirt. It has not however previously been a style I have chosen often for our girls, as I have never been particularly struck by one as we were this beautiful item from Monsoon. I’m not usually one to chase fashion for the children, I love them looking cute and girly, and getting away with the big frilly, fluffy things that we as adults don’t really get away with anymore, unless we’re amazingly cool and quirky. Some people can definitely get away with some outfits I would not. Now that Isis is getting older, at aged 9, she is becoming far more interested in fashion, and looking classicly chic instead of girly.
We spend a lot of time looking at current trends online through websites such as Zara or AlexandAlexa.com and she is a lot more aware of her own tastes and what is ‘in’ this season. Whilst perusing in Monsoon the other day, we found this amazing skirt on the SALE rack. There were so many of them. I decided they must have placed them on there whilst finding somewhere for them to live more permanently. I’ve worked in retail in the past and visual merchandising can be a nightmare whilst there is a sale on, as there’s never as much room on the shop floor. The beautiful gold detailing, thick material and lining led me to believe that it was new Autumn/Winter stock. I asked the sales advisor if these were meant to be on the sale rail as I flipped over the tag. She informed me that they had been at the warehouse for a long time and only just rolled out to stores, they were indeed last season. These stunning skirts were reduced from £35 to £9.60. Of course I bought one for Shayla-Rae and one for Isis.
I guess the pastel colours make it summery, but I am so happy with this find. I think the pattern is beautiful, the material is perfect for Autumn/Winter, the gold would make it work even for Christmas time and parties. The cut is elegant and Isis looked amazing in it. She wore it to a friends the following day with a pale pink, frilly, almost peplum cut tee and some silver sequinned ballet pumps. It looked beautiful. I thought it would be the sort of skirt you could only wear with a plain top as it’s so heavily patterned, but it really worked, she looked seriously stunning, even with a pale pink and green watermelon print headband on too. I really wish I’d captured a photo as it doesn’t sound like it would go together but she looked really beautiful.
Overall, I personally think that you cannot beat a beautiful A-line skirt, and I hope to stumble across many more gorgeous fashion finds like this piece. It has definitely made me think twice about trying to get into the stores more often as opposed to always shopping online. You never know what bargains may come across your path.