Tuesday, 23 October 2012

On why I haven’t bought any clothes for my little girl {and a GIVEAWAY!}



Actually, that’s a bit of a lie. I carefully shopped for her 'going home from hospital outfit' and have bought her a summer coat, some onesies, a few vests, some leggings, a couple of denim pinnies and bits and bobs from the charity shops along the way.

Not exactly much for a girl who just turned thirteen months. But this girl, she has more clothes than me, Paul and Ollie put together. 

How? I like to call it Extreme Upcycling.

You see, when I was pregnant with Lila, it just so happened that I had three lovely friends who had also recently had girls and who weren’t planning to have any more.

And so they off-loaded all of their unwanted baby clothes to me. Which is how I found myself swimming in a sea of girly onesies, tiny tees, cute dresses and lots of pink, way before Lady Lila graced this earth with her presence. It was really quite amazing and I spent many, many hours pre-birth happily nesting away, getting all teary whilst washing and folding tiny clothes.

Now I’m a big fan of second-hand, upcycled, recycled {whatever you want to call it} clothing and I am soooo grateful to my friends for all that they have passed my way. Particularly as all three had great taste in girls clothing. But the only problem with Extreme Upcycling, is that the clothes go on and on and on. And on. And although I would have loved to have splashed out on many new things for my little girl, I just haven’t been able to justify it. Until now.


Because the upcycled stash has all but run out, we have a new season well and truly here and Lila finally needs some new big-girls clothes {hurrah!}. And let me tell you, I am thoroughly enjoying putting together her winter wardrobe.

Right now I’m particularly loving dresses with bold prints in deep colours, paired with tights and chunky knits. I can’t quite imagine how cold winter is going to be, but I know Lila will need a fleecy coat to keep her warm. And hats, oh how I love babies in hats.

Shopping in this country is so much fun and there are some truly gorgeous brands to choose from. So much variety. So much choice. So much cute.

I’m trying not to rush out and get too carried away all in one go, so I'm starting with a list. I love lists. And lucky for me I have the perfect place to write it - a gorgeous new journal that I won over at Lottie's the other week. 


And you know what's even more exciting? I have five more fabulous floral-print Joules journals to give away to you, my lovely readers.




To win, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post. Yes, it's that simple! For extra entries you could also share the love on twitter, instagram and Facebook and leave a comment here to let me know that you have done so. Good luck! 

Now tell me… do you upcycle? Or do you prefer new clothes all the way? What’s your favourite go-to for children’s clothes?

*This post is sponsored by Joules, who sent Lila some items from their new, utterly adorable A/W children’s range (like the amazing floral dress in the pictures above). All words and opinions are my own.

** Competition is open to British residents only. Entries close at 8pm on Tuesday 30th October and five winners will be chosen at random. Entrants must provide a first name and some way for me to contact you - either via email, your blog or social media.

26 comments:

  1. Totally know what you mean about upcycling, we inherited several bin bags of clothing for Isobel before she was born and have subsequently only added to her wardrobe with presents, with my only purchase being a wooly hat! It takes great will power to remain restrained when out shopping and viewing all the lovely baby clothes out there! Kelly

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    1. Thanks Kelly - so much will power! I'm thrilled that we have no clothes suitable for this season. Although I'm not sure Paul agrees now I have a new found shopping addiction! x

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  2. YAY for up cycling, although I was the first to have a girl so not much for me. I love seeing other people wear my little girls clothes. I have a bag all ready to go for you next week, which includes the cutest wellies (insert girlie giggles here).

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    1. p.s. where is Lila's dress from? I want it in my size!!

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    2. Yay indeed! Dress is from Joules - sponsors of this post. x

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  3. That is a very cute dress! We definitely upcycle here, we get lots of bits at car boot sales, they just go through it all so quickly. Nice to buy a few new bits now and then though! x

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    1. Thanks Caroline - the dress is just so lovely. Definitely nice to have a few new things, but then the charity shopping / car booting means it's ok to do that! x

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  4. Im afraid Im all about the new! I love nothing more than browsing the rails or placing an order online & the excited wait for it to arrive.

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    1. Thanks so much for commenting Amy - browsing online is so addictive isn't it! x

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  5. As the youngest of three girls I tended to have the upcycled clothes, and unfortunately they ranged through all ages! Luckily mother would take me shopping for my birthday so I got my own clothes then! Still remember the hideous bright pink tracksuit I was put in around age five...

    Your little girl looks really lovely in that cute dress and cardi combo :)

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    1. Ahh we've all been there with a hideous something - mine were shell suits! Lovely. x

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  6. We were very lucky too up until about 18 months to have been given loads of clothes (actually too many!), either upcycled or new. Like you, I was very grateful but also excited once I had to buy my little man clothing. Now it's a mixture of new usually from the High Street, designer brands from eBay and making them myself. By the way, I can't believe how stylish our children are compared to us at their age!

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    1. Thanks for commenting :) Well done you for making clothes yourself. I wish I was that crafty! x

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  7. Sally & Ruby28 October 2012 at 18:17

    I LOVE the upcycling - and recognising things that once belonged to my children on others - either in real life or photos! My daughter Ruby is currently rocking a bit of 70s vintage viyella in a shirt that belonged to my sister, and some vintage gap in a dress that belonged to her now 14 year old cousin! As well as quite a lot of new things from her shopping addicted mother!

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    1. Thanks for commenting - love the sound of a vintage gap dress. And how lovely for it to have been passed down through the generations x

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  8. Didn't inherit any clothes but looking forward to being able to pass on all of the gorgeous clothes we've been bought and have bought when the time is right. Modern up cycling - I've bought a few things from eBay which have all been lovely.

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    1. I'm a huge fan of passing on no longer needed clothes. As a child I can remember the excitement of receiving a booty bag of gear to rummage through then wearing them with pride...but...Oh I do love a good shop for new clothes as well! lila looks adorable in her gorgeous dress,I own some very stunning Joules items myself.

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    2. Thanks Victoria and Sandra - sounds like everyone is into upcycling these days. Long may it continue! x

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  9. We love a bit of clothes upcycling here too ... my little girl had very little need for new things until just recently ... she is two and a half ... because of the kindness of friends ... it reminds me of when we were young ... getting all excited when another bag of our older cousins clothes would arrive :) ... Bee xx

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    1. Wow - two and half years of upcycling is impressive!

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  10. I don't know what's going on and I thought you'd gone quiet for a bit but all your last ten posts all suddenly landed in my blog roll so I have a lot of catching up to do! I think you're really lucky to have been able to have such kind friends donating so much to you and I think it's excellent that you have been happy to accept them. I know some people who are too precious and hung up about second best not being good enough but I never see it as a problem and am grateful for anything I get as it all means pennies saved. I also saved lots and lots of Ben's clothes and when I was pregnant the second time round, I said, regardless of boy or girl, it was wearing Ben's clothes. If it was a girl, she would have just had to wear his tops with a denim skirt instead - I'm not a very girly girl anyway. Lovely that your blog has been recognised by Joules and your Lila looks adorable in her dress.

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    1. So strange - not sure why that happened. Shame you missed out on the giveaway. Lila wears a few things of Ollie's and I love it, reminds me of him as a baby. x

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  11. Glad to hear from you again! Upcycling is a wonderful concept but as a shopping lover, I understand the renewed joy your experiencing at planning lila's wardrobe, yippee! That journal looks beautiful too!

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  12. Oh I wish I lived in your country and could shop with you! Much better fashion where you are, in my opinion! Love Lila's dress! Gorgeous x

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    1. Couldn't agree more - it's definitely one of the perks over here. Joules ship to Oz though! x

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