With spring newly arrived, I thought I’d compile a list of some favourite low- and higher-end essentials for kids and gals this season.
//Clothing + Accessories
These are the go-to sandals for long-lasting comfort on warmer days. They come in an array of fresh colours and neutrals, and I am always amazed at how ‘new’ these look even after a lot of wear and tear. At an average of $35, we make sure to get a pair or two for every member of our growing family. I’m particularly fond of their silver and gold metallics which go with absolutely everything.
Aurora Shoe Co.
Handmade-to-order leather shoes made in Upstate New York. For a perfect fit, send them in a tracing of your foot. My adventure-ready pick this season? The New Mexican.
For basic, bargain-basement kids essentials, there is no other on-trend option, especially considering the number of outfit changes kids go through in warmer weather. Right now, H&M’s 3 for $12 kids tanks, shorts and leggings have been a big hit in our house, as well as long, cotton tank dresses for just $4.95. At these prices, the quality is obviously not what you’d find from other retailers, but they fit the bill for playdates, sandboxes and puddle-romping.
Boden + Mini Boden
This UK original is a favourite, and for good reason. Adorable, bright clothes for kids and crisp, stylish outfits for adults – you just can’t go wrong. Favourite dress for women this season? The long-sleeved version of the Selina from their Santorini collection. Yes, at $218 it’s a pricey one-time investment, but you can’t argue with an instant floral classic in rich peacock-inspired hues that you’ll wear again and again. If only it came in maternity sizes…
This is one of the fastest-growing brands out of Scandinavia, and their focus on organic cotton and sustainability makes them an eco-conscious and comfortable choice you can feel good about. On the higher end of spending as far as kids clothing goes, but their pineapple and lizard prints this season are sure to reel you in.
Juju Bunny Shop
If you’ve got a little girl in your life and are looking for something whimsical, feminine and slightly different, look no further than Juju Bunny Shop. Based in New Jersey, their online shop carries clothing from Korea, Europe and all over the world. Affordable and downright adorable options I only wish came in women’s sizes.
Globally inspired fashion for babies, kids and women, the clothes wash incredibly well and feel great to wear, too. Tea has also really nailed it for boys this season: ochre, lime green and a spectrum of blues, incorporating mosaic screenprinted tees, polos and poplin shorts.
Sephora and Pantone have teamed up to create a pallet for eyes, cheeks, lips and nails incorporating spring-ready, petal-perfect shades. Look for lots of options in ‘Radiant Orchid,’ the 2014 Pantone Colour of the Year. For a less expensive option you can pick up at your local drugstore, try Rimmel’s Moisture Renew Lipstick in ‘Vintage Pink,’ a lipstick I wear almost daily, paired with pale pink cream blush (feel free to skip the mascara) to give a bit of instant, modern polish without overdoing it.
I always find that the quickest and most cost-effective way to spruce up one’s home is to place fresh flowers and branches in all of the rooms, including the bathrooms (where it is especially unexpected and appreciated). Arrange your florals in vintage jars, distressed buckets, pots and even in old gum boots. Check out LUSH for more decorating ideas.