October 7, 2016

50 Adorable Baby Halloween Costumes You Can Buy (oh yeah!)


I hate to break this to you guys but there are only so many years where you can dress your kid up for Halloween in whatever YOU want. By the time they hit four, your chance to dress them up as mini Elvis or a Stay Puft Marshmallow Man goes out the door in favor of whichever superhero or princess is the flavor of the day.

So I have one piece of advice: DO NOT BLOW IT. Use those baby years wisely. Dress them up as a lobster (and yourself as a chef!) or as a cuddly lamb (and yourself as Bo Peep!) or as a beautiful swan (and yourself as Bjork!) or as Ruth Bader Ginsburg or Frida Kahlo or whatever else your heart may desire because in no time at all you’re going to be figuring out how to fit into a Teenage Mutant Ninja family costume.

Oh, I do have one more piece of advice: ORDER IT OFF THE INTERNET. If you are reading this and have a baby you should be ordering everything in life off the Internet while laying on the couch and having people bring you things. You should feel no pressure to DIY or “pull together” a costume because you have A BABY and that’s what the Internet is for – to bring costumes to adorable babies and their gorgeous parents, thereby relieving stress and creating harmonious Halloween’s for all. Seriously, just buy it. 🙂

Okay, advice time over. Onto 50 Adorable Costumes You Can Buy for Your Baby!

Personalize this astronaut costume with his or her first initial and last name (I think I just died of cuteness overload), and let ’em take one small step for babykind in this cozy jumpsuit.

baby-bjork-swan-costume-for-halloween-daily-littleSWAN for $44
My little girl loved her tutus and this gorgeous swan costume takes it up a notch with its elegant simplicity (two words I never imagined saying in regards to Halloween). Plus, it comes as a set with a bodysuit and separate tutu so your kiddo can wear it long after Halloween’s over.


It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Super…wait, it’s actually the cutest plane EVER. Bonus points because your baby will be cuddly and warm while you scarf down his candy.


How many times have you told your kiddo that he’s so cute you want to eat him? This tortilla wrap costume will have everyone else around town echoing your sentiments. I couldn’t stop giggling when I first saw this costume, made from a stretchy cotton-poly blend that won’t keep baby too hot, despite how incredibly cozy it looks.


We’re totally obsessed with Max in our house and this version is easy-to-wear and totally huggable. Let’s just hope this is the Max-After-Nap version…


Butterfly for $99
Okay, I hemmed and hawed over whether to include this one because it is expensive, especially for a Halloween costume, but it is so pretty and you only get once chance to dress your kiddo up and then I started thinking this would also make an excellent holiday dress, and New Year’s party dress and birthday dress…


This lederhosen is actually a jumpsuit with a snap for easy diaper changes so NOT JUST FOR HALLOWEEN! (My poor kids.) Slap the stein sticker (included) on your kiddo’s bottle or sippy cup and you’ll have the neighbors chanting “Ziggy zaggy ziggy zaggyy oy oy oy!”


I don’t have many regrets but a big one is I didn’t know about this costume when my kiddos were small enough to fit into it. Has anything looked more snuggly and cuddly and flippin’ adorable? NO.


OCTOPUS for $20.99
Dress ’em up with as many arms as they already SEEM to have. Plus, it’s perfectly cozy for a chillier Halloween night.


My daughter would have given anything to have worn this dress. Heck, I’d have given anything to wear it because who doesn’t want a little more Audrey in her life?


The only thing better than a Cabbage Patch (how I loved you Francis Xavier!) is a real live baby dressed up as a Cabbage Patch.


MOUSE for $34.99
Even better, round up your kiddo’s 2 besties, add dark sunglasses, and you’ve got yourselves an adorable Three Blind Mice trio.


CARE BEAR for $19.60 and up
Teach your little one the Care Bear stare and suit ’em up in this head-to-toe bundle of ’80s nostalgia (although, where’s my Grumpy Bear!?!?!)


LI’L CHICKEN for $59.99
The year I dressed Alice up as a chicken was a huge hit because babies as chickens are HILARIOUS. Put it to the test with this adorable, little number. Promise, I’m not wrong.


FLAMINGO for $58.99
If your kiddo is obsessed with pink like mine, they’re going to love flapping around in this vibrant pink flamingo costume. It comes in extra small—perfect for your bittiest baby out for her first trick or treating adventure.


GARDEN GNOME for $25.97 and up
Babies dressed up as tiny old men never gets old because they are BABIES DRESSED LIKE TINY OLD MEN.


HARRY POTTER for $14.99
Just add a forehead scar and a pair of faux glasses and you’ve got yourself an adorable little Harry. Because it’s a onesie, this shirt will last long after Halloween’s over. No guarantees it can get you tickets to “The Cursed Child” though…


HOT DOG for $19.99
Your favorite baby + America’s favorite food = costume win. Dress up the rest of the fam as condiments, and you’ve got yourself one heck of a group costume.


Just add this mane and tail (handmade in Michigan!) to any outfit and insta-lion cuteness. You could also go full out and dress the rest of the family in “Wizard of Oz” and probably win the Halloween parade.


YODA for $25
Your baby, adorable in this costume, will be.  Very happy too, will Daddy be.


GOLFER for $35.99
It’s never too early to get ’em started on their future athletic career. Includes a beret, shirt, pants, shoe covers, and golf bag with clubs (eek!).


WITCH for $39
There are a MILLION witch costumes out there, but pretty sure this is the most adorable (and affordable) one! This two-piece outfit includes the dress and hat; cuteness is all on you.


LOBSTER for $31.58
She’ll be the tastiest lil’ babe on the block, especially if you dress up as a chef. This lobster costume comes with snaps for an easy diaper change, plus skid-resistant booties for your new walker.


MARIO for $26.15
This Mario Bros one-piece jumpsuit is comfy and comes with Mario’s iconic hat.


BANANA for $19.99
Baby Banana! Baby Banana! Baby Banana! Do not bring your baby around me in this baby banana costume because I’m not going to be able to contain my excitement for your BABY BANANA!


Remember what I said about wanting to eat your kids because they’re so cute? This costume double downs on that idea because MILK AND COOKIES!


MONKEY for $24
The perfect accompaniment to the banana costume, this sweet monkey costume totally fits the most mischievous member of your family.


MISS PIGGY for $37.99
Who, moi? This is the kind of thing I’m talking about, you guys! That headpiece is beyond hilarious and you can be certain my 5-year old would never wear it. WAHHHHHH!


I craved sushi like crazy when I was pregnant so this costume might just make up for it. Even better, this costume can be customized to your favorite sushi. Prefer salmon? Tuna? You got it!


ELVIS for $17.50
Your chubby little one will be a chunka chunka burning love. Pants, hat, and booties are all included in this onsie printed to look like Elvis’ Aloha costume.


PINK PIG for $31.49
If pink’s his or her favorite color of the moment, your kiddo will be completely enthralled with this plush pig costume. Included are the sleeveless bodysuit and pig head; just add a long-sleeved shirt and leggings and you’re all set for trick or treating!


R2D2 for $48
Oh. Em. Gee. Star Wars fans will flip when they see your little one in this easy-to-wear Halloween onesie and hat.


PEACOCK for $36.75
This peacock costume provides warm coverage for chilly October nights, plus the feet remove easily if your kiddo wants to wear shoes instead.


Go, go Power Rangers! Harness her inner girl power with this easy-to-wear Power Rangers onesie.


PENGUIN for $32.93
Okay, a penguin costume would have been adorable, but a penguin in a bow tie and top hat? Da-da-da!


PINEAPPLE for $27.50
Tell me every blogger out there isn’t going to be dressing their kiddo in the fruit of the moment. Add a Mommy Mai Tai and you have Halloween perfection.


Your sugar baby will have an insanely colorful costume to match her sweet-as-candy personality. Toothpaste and brush not included.


RAINBOW for $39
This is so sweet. Magical and sweet and it makes me want to have another baby just so she can wear this. Dammit, Pottery Barn! Golden crown included.


ROBOT for $39.99
Hopefully all robot babies in the future will look this adorable. This blocky costume is plush and soft, with matching gray sleeves and legwarmers included. (Plus that heart! <3!)


VIKING for $31.99
You guys…that beard. Come on. How can you resist this mini viking? Answer: you can’t.


SMURFETTE for $28.99
She’ll be the sassiest lil’ baby smurf in all of the forest in this sweet blue outfit. Add a bright blonde wig to really step up the Smurfiness.


SPARTAN for $12.50
This is SPARTA! A perfect costume for warmer weather, your little warrior will love gathering candy (for Mommy and Daddy) in this fully-accessorized spartan costume.


PRINCESS LEIA for $19.99
Get your little one in on the Star Wars fever early with this irresistible Princess Leia outfit. This regal costume is super-cozy and pretty sure that bun wig will match everything in her wardrobe for the rest of her babyhood.


There’s something strange…in the neighborhood… And it’s a ridiculously cute Stay Puft Marshmallow Baby.


POPEYE for $20.84
I will always have a soft spot for Popeye, mainly because I was a weird kid who was obsessed with Shelley Duvall (remember “Bernice Bobs Her Hair”?!?! Fine, no one else does either.). Add a can of spinach and your kiddo’s all set to go.


Girl power! This Wonder Woman onesie includes a one-size-fits-all tiara and isn’t bulky, plus it’s super-easy to wear all year long.


Could she get any sweeter? With an embellished bodysuit and matching headband, this costume was freshly picked for your lil’ berry.

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September 6, 2016

Here and Now

flowers against blue sky - Fabulistas

This post has been such a long time coming and I must have started it 45 different times, but words can’t fully capture these past few months so I’ve decided to stop trying and just be here with you all now. I know when my heart and mind have settled a bit (and I can figure out my part of the story to tell) I’ll find the right words. Or maybe I won’t. What I’ve learned most over these past couple of months is guarantees are often not within my control, a thought which is terrifying and exhilarating.

What I can promise you is this: I will do my best to be present with you and with my life. I will remember to look up at the sky and the sun and the trees instead of always down at my to do list. I’ll remember to get down to my kids’ level to hear about their day, roll around on the floor, and giggle with them while they still think I’m cool. I’ll commit to lying on the floor and staring at the ceiling for no other reason than to remember what it feels like to have enough time. I promise to not forget how good an ordinary day feels. To revel in the small joys and big hugs that make a life well-loved and well-lived. I will work to practice patience with other people because I don’t know or understand the trials they may be going through. I will make time for the things I love to do because they bring me joy and that is enough. I’ll make the time to really connect with the people I love because, when it comes down to it, they are what matters and where my heart lies.

And when I invariably fail to remember all of this and forget to hold life preciously and instead get caught up in racing against the clock and getting it all done, I’ll give myself a break and, when I remember to, give myself permission to have an iced coffee and try, try again.

July 21, 2016

Places to Buy a Swimsuit Online That Will Flatter a Post-Partum Bod

gold swimsuit top for easy summer styleI have finally come to the conclusion that, when it comes to swimsuits, I can’t wear the cheapies anymore. I used to be able to get by with a Target Juniors’ special where it’s basically a bit of fabric; since kids, I need all the accoutrement to hold me in (and up) if I want to smooth out the bumps and not be constantly pulling my suit back into place.

One of the best purchases I have EVER made (and that is saying something because I am, ahem, a fairly amazing shopper) was this swimsuit by ModCloth. I’m trying to figure out exactly what was so great about it and what keeps coming to mind is I never minded wearing it, which is saying something when it comes to swimsuits. It gave me an hourglass figure without being obvious about it, it looked stylish but not trendy, and it had plenty of coverage (I like that it hit my thighs a bit lower) without covering me up.

It was such a great swimsuit that at Bennett’s birthday party one of my friends showed up in the exact same one and all we could do was squeal and keep repeating, “It’s the best suit ever, right?” (You know you wish you were there).

women-pool-swim-coverupsIn fact, THAT is it’s biggest selling point. I wore it in public in front of people I know, which is all I need to say. It’s one thing to parade around in togs in front of strangers, but a whole different beast to do it in front of people you have to look in the eye at the next birthday party. (I don’t have a photo of us in our suits, but here we are in our hats and cover-ups, essentially dressed as twins, so you get the idea).

In the past year I’ve worn that suit so much I literally wore the backside out, which I didn’t realize until my four-year old helpfully pointed out it was essentially see-through. In front of the entire pool. Very loudly.

I thought about simply buying the same one because it’s worked so well, but figured I can always come back to it; now that I know that a little more cash can buy me a suit that flatters my curves, I figured I’d play the field a bit. So, I tried on a lot of suits from a lot of different places and ended up with these five online shops that have a consistent selection of adorable, flattering suits that work on a post-partum bod.

So, without further ado, here are my 5 Fave Online Shops for Swimsuits for Gals with Real Bodies:

Albion Fit swimsuits perfect for moms2
1. Albion Fit: Will you look at these suits?!?! Albion Fit gets my top position because all their suits offer a ton of coverage, but ARE STILL FRIGGIN’ ADORABLE. They’re on trend but not trendy and I’m obsessed. After all my shopping and trying on, I ended up buying the pink palm tree suit to the left, and I honestly love it. The top holds me up and gives me a waist, the bottoms are really high and cover up my belly and it’s easy to swim around in with the kids. Plus, several moms at the pool asked me where it was from so it’s pretty much buying me popularity, which I think we all know is the point of this whole thing.

palm tree suit // black one piece with fuller shoulders //coral crop top with striped bottom // black peplum swimsuit // orange one piece with ruffle

Anthropologie swimsuits perfect for moms2
2. Anthropologie: When I was buying my suit all of Anthropologie’s were back-ordered except one that is now out of stock, so I couldn’t try any on for you, but it looks like they have absolutely nailed it this season. The fabric choices are delightful, the cuts are generous but cool, and I have faith (an entire wardrobe’s worth of faith, thank you very much) that they know how to dress a woman’s body (I especially love the floral one with the tie waist – it screams Italian ease, which is exactly what I’m looking for while lounging in our plastic pool).

blue and white // floral swimsuit with tie waist // black one piece with scalloping // navy peplum suit // black, boy short one piece

Modcloth swimsuits perfect for moms2
3. Modcloth: Remember that suit I wouldn’t shut up about in the first fourteen paragraphs? (Just in case you missed it: Flattering. Curvy. Wore at birthday party. Didn’t die.) It was from Modcloth and you should probably just go buy it because every wardrobe should have one. Or you could check out their seeingly endless supply of suits in adorable patterns (love the flamingoes!) and flattering cuts (I swear their Esther Williams suits look good on everyone).

Bright Blossoms floral swimsuit // flamingo Bettie Page swimsuit // Paradise swimsuit with blue piping // Bathing Beauty in black // Know an Eccentric purple bikini // polka dot peplum

Shabby Apple swimsuits perfect for moms2
4. Shabby Apple: Shabby Apple is another site where I feel like I could wear every suit on it and feel cute. My stomach is typically my problem area and any of these peplums would let me drink the 47 piña coladas I’m currently dreaming about and still feel comfortable, while the ruffles on the one-shouldered suit and bikini are fresh without being overly young.

mint peplum suit // black ruffled top with palm bottoms // floral one piece with large ruffle // floral peplum suit with wide shoulders // pink floral suit with skirt bottom Unique Vintage swimsuits perfect for moms
5. Unique Vintage: One of the things I kept running into when I was looking for a suit was I’d find cute tops, but the bottoms were always really skimpy. So I ended up buying these bottoms from Unique Vintage, which I LOVE, and then pairing them with a longer bikini top so I get to wear a bikini without showing my stomach (actually the first top I bought was an actual shirt that I thought was a bikini top until my sister pointed out it was designed for clubbing not pools, which didn’t matter until I got in the water and learned chlorine is not good for actual clothes).

The point is Unique Vintage has a bunch of cute suits that cover you up but still make you look sexy. Sexy enough to wear on the dance floor from what I hear…

black, one piece halter top swimsuit // color blocked bikini // halter top with ruffled bottom

Honorable Mentions:

Miracle Suit, which I’ve never actually tried, but one of my friends swears is a “miracle suit”, mwahahaha!

Kingdom and State, which has excellent high-waisted bottoms and cute longer bikini tops (the top gold suit is from there and I really like it, but it looks like it’s sold out!).

Did I miss anything else? Let me know if you end up buying one from one of these stores and happy swimsuit shopping (not something you hear every day…)!

Top photo by the lovely Milou and Olin Photography.
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No, you’re not seeing double. This post was updated from the original to keep it current and on-trend so you don’t accidentally leave the house thinking mom jeans are uncool. Because they are cool if you wear them not like a mom even though you are a mom, which seems counter-intuitive, but trust me, they’re cool again, and, holy crap, who knew fashion could be so confusing.

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