I speak with the authority of a well-practiced parent when I say I know my kid's cute. She is. Like, really cute. (*grin*) But the vast majority of the photos I post on this blog will likely not be of her, specifically, and will instead focus on what she's wearing. I mean, that's the main intent of the blog, right?
Just wanted to clarify.
Now, about that header picture. Since this is also about not spending a lot of money, I'd like to highlight the costs of the items you see above. Some of them were purchased early last year, before I knew I would be creating this blog, so I'm a little bit fuzzy about what I had actually paid for them, but I do know that the prices I quote are super-close, if not spot-on. The boots were part of an end-of-season clearance at Sears last spring, purchased for a mere $12.00, in a size I knew that would fit her this year. The ruffle-trim capri jeggings were from Walmart, bought for @$3.00. Why I didn't buy multiple pairs, I have no idea, but she's about to outgrow them, and I'm really kicking myself about it. The purple plaid dress is short-sleeved and buttons up the front. The cotton is light and comfy, but she's still been able to wear it during the winter with a lace cami underneath and a handmade cardigan from her Nana over the top. I found that dress at Target for @$6.00 in clearance last year. The denim jacket (it's super-stretchy, and the detail and finishing on it are exquisite...) was from Pumpkin Patch's store-closing sale last year at a slight splurge for @$14.00. I just knew it would be worth it, and it's paid for itself over and over again in its usefulness.
(By the way...in the 2 photos below, please don't count the number of visible buttons vs. button holes in her jacket - Mommy did it again and sent her to school with the button in the wrong hole... Okay, so I just admitted to it so you're all gonna look now. It's okay. Live and learn.)
All of the items have gotten a ton of wear over the last 3 seasons, mixed and matched with other seasonably-appropriate items. On the day this photo was taken, the weather was an unseasonably warm 60-something-degree January day (who'da thought the next day it'd be snowing??), and I was only too happy to skip the addition of a coat. I'll have another post one day about the critical addition of denim to just about anything.
My girl has been a shining star in this project, a completely willing participant when I ask her, oh so nicely, to let me photograph her outfits for my "friends," her only payment the promise of being allowed to view the photos aftewards...and a BIG kiss from Mommy.
So lucky, I am!