After a few winter seasons, a few meaning many many (born and bred Canadians) I think we have the winter attire pretty much down. It took me a while, but like everything else (perfectionism at it’s best) I seemed to have developed a system, a list of our idea of the best items to buy, a plan to get the most out of every item and hopefully a way to make handing down to siblings possible. Our Idea of a Perfect Kids’ Cold Weather Winter Outfit:
1 . A Really Great Winter Coat – A few tips to keep in mind when shopping for your kids winter coat…
- Go for a timeless, unisex style that is a little longer, like a parka – keep that butt warm even when they aren’t wearing snow pants (since they put their butts down anywhere, puddles included).
- Choose a color that hides dirt well, will match everything they wear, and possibly be unisex – so handing down to a sibling or friend is always in the cards.
- Buy it a full size too big (roll sleeves up if you need) – it will either fit perfect by the end of the winter, or be wearable for next year as well.
- Make sure there is room to grow a little bit (also makes room for thick socks, if you so please), but not clod hopper big.
- Get a really warm coat, down filled is always a great choice – it’s worth spending a bit more dough since they will wear it every day for like 5 months? (oh god, 5 whole MONTHS!?)
- Good Unisex Options: Olive Parka or Navy Parka (25% off with code STYLETREAT)
2. Stock Up On Mittens – Mittens get lost faster than a blink of an eye, make sure you start the season with a few too many – you’ll probably end the season with one full pair (if you’re lucky).
- Grab a bunch of cheapo mittens and gloves from the dollarstore or Target. These are great for back-ups, layering and wearing on crisp pre-winter or pre-spring days. Fun ‘fashion’ knit mitts also fall into my back-up category, great to have but not the best for everyday keeping warm, wear.
- Get at least one good cold weather mitten, for those days they think they don’t need them – you know the kind.
- We now go for one really great pair of winter snow mittens AND a pair of ski gloves, because they lose everything (obviously) and since they are a little older mittens are great but sometimes gloves are better.
- Keep the color on the darker side, unless you don’t mind doing laundry allll the time.
- Good Back-up Mittens: fun knits and boys mitts and girls mitts – Really Good Cold (not freezing) Mittens: convertible solid colors or faux sherpa or convertible prints – Some Good Freezing Weather Mittens: blue or pink or black winter mitts
3. Really REALLY Warm Winter Boots – As they get older they spend more time outdoors, out of the stroller (out of that warm stroller bubble) – so spending the extra coin on really good winter boots (like you would when shopping for yourself) is pretty important.
- Go for a timeless unisex style – If they don’t wear it out, it would be pretty great to hand them down to a sibling/friend.
- Neutral-ish colors, but not necessarily a must. I tend to buy the kids neutral boots, so they pair effortlessly with any bottoms their little hearts desire.
- Great Winter Boots: camel brown, black, light purple or navy and a great option if your winters are more wet and cold then freezing and icy: native boots
4. Hats, Hats and Even More Hats – You can never have enough!
5. Skip The Scarf, Do The Snood – Okay, I’m lying a little. Like mittens and hats, it’s good to have at least 2 choices for neck wear.
- A basic scarf, not too long is good for everyday use.
- A comfy snood, is ideal for everyday keeps the neck warm and looks like a funky scarf so can be left on all day to beat the chill.
- Great Snood: breathable and warm
6. Not In The Picture, But Oh So Important – Before you ask, cause I know you’re thinking it. Snow pants are number 6, part of the perfect winter wear – they just didn’t fit well into the picture, please forgive my perfectionism!
- This is where you can get fun and funky, let them choose their favorite color or pattern. These usually don’t get worn as often (fingers crossed) and since everything else is neutral, it’s a great time to have at it.
- Go for a thicker fabric, not a thinner satin style nylon – kids are rough, a hole or two in the knees or bum is inevitable when the fabric isn’t thick.
- Since you bought a really great and maybe more expensive than you would have liked coat, it’s okay to get a more budget friendly pair of snow pants – these often don’t last past the season, and don’t get worn every-single-day like the coat.
- Every Year I Buy These: ski pants
Do you have anything else to add?
Constantly seeing my own kids wearing little clothing that I designed is pretty amazing. It’s totally humbling to design something and have such a fantastic response (really everyone blew me away on the response to this collab), but seeing kids (not just the ones I own) wearing the items? Well that’s just on a whole other level of cool, and it makes it all much more real. Here are some of the cuties we’ve spotted wearing our mini mioche x Heart + Habit collaboration (in no particular order!).
@andrea.mclaren in the cowl hoodie - @stoneman1980 in the ball dress - @binkymagazine in the comfy overalls
@sarahshabacon in the comfy overalls - that one’s from us wearing the cowl hoodie - @juli_at_mjolk in the ball dress
@minimioche in the comfy overalls - another one from us wearing the scooped tunic
If you haven’t had a chance, there are still some items from this collection up for grabs! And don’t forget to use the hashtag #mmxheartandhabit when you post your little one wearing our duds!
This week I felt a chill in the air for the first time, the kids of course thought it was super cool (amateurs, wink). The mere sight of my breath in the air, well it was pretty depressing. Winter is…well winter, let’s just leave it at that. Since I literally wear my winter coat for 5 months out of the year, it’s pretty important to have one that’s really warm and in a style that I totally love. But of course, I also don’t like to spend a ton of money especially on winter (peee-ewww) clothes. In my search for a coat for myself, I found a few I really love all under the $300 price point (it’s about as low as you can go for a decent coat), some warmer then others – so if you haven’t snagged a coat yet, maybe now’s your chance. [top grey car coat from zara]
[black and white buffalo plaid from asos] [black down filled puffer coat from aritzia]
[black down filled parka from aritzia] [wool zip coat from madewell]
[color blocked coat from madewell] [plaid coat from the gap – on sale till Sunday] [plaid cape coat from zara]
A super warm down filled coat is a requirement, but it’s pretty great to have a secondary wool coat for those days that don’t freeze your eyelashes as soon as you step outside.
And a quick little note, since JCrew has a 25% off sale (with code TGIFALL) till Sunday (outerwear is included) and The Gap has a $40 off for every $100 spent on outerwear sale (with code 40OFF100 or 40OFF100CA for Canada) till Sunday, here are my favorite kids coats from both places – since they both happen to be my favorite place to get the kids coats.
1.The Gap (gap.ca) – 2.JCrew – 3.The Gap (gap.ca) – 4.The Gap (gap.ca) – 5.The Gap (gap.ca) – 6.JCrew
Have you bought your coat for the year? Which is your favorite?
Let’s talk about that little sweater collection that I designed with Toto Knits, we truly love every item (go figure, I know). My kids can usually be caught wearing one of the items almost everyday – not always to school though, because things tend to get lost when they go there (and by tend I mean, always).
If you haven’t heard me talk about this collaboration enough, I wanted to take another chance to show you a few photos I love and just I don’t know give you guys a chance to win some of the collection? It’s timeless, with a hint of trend, it’s season-less with a Canadiana style, and generally the styles are pretty unisex. All 100% Organic cotton knit by talented single mothers in Africa, Toto Knit is both wonderfully eco and humane friendly – they are doing great things and I am so lucky to have gotten the chance to work with them!
There are 12 styles in the collection and we: Toto Knits and Heart and Habit want to give one of you a $75 shop credit to shop for your favorite items. Open Internationally!!
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Overalls: mini mioche x heart & habit – Tank: Target – Purse: H&M (last year) – Moccasins: mini mioche
The kids are obsessed with making up new words for the chorus of ‘Fancy’. On the walk home on Saturday, King gave Harlow two theme songs “she’s so comfy” and “she’s so tired”. She dug the comfy version, because she was in her comfy pants (the tired version not so much, even though it was truer than true) – and then they sang “I’m so comfy, you don’t even know” all the way home (better than the original if you ask me).
Harlow is wearing the comfy overalls from our mini collection with mini mioche. She is wearing a size up, because I was worried she would surprise me with a growth spurt in the next couple weeks and grow right outta them if we got her exact size. So they fit a tad big, but nothing a little drawstring tightening and a couple rolls in the hem couldn’t fix.
I got to spend a little one on one time with my little lady over the weekend. Little dates with each kiddo, are something we always seem to plan for but hanging out as a family, always wins. It always takes an accidental, one-on-one date to remind us just how awesome they are and important they can be.
On our little lady date, we didn’t do anything that would technically be called special in someone else’s books – some window shopping, walking and talking, and boring ol’ winter coat buying felt pretty darn special since it was just me and her. We spotted a bride and a groom getting their photos taken and as you can see from above Harlow just loved it – she really really loves LOVE (and pretty dresses).
*Harlow is wearing the ball dress from mini mioche x Heart & Habit
And then, since it’s both kids obsession, Harlow took a few photos herself. All 100 of them were of two things, so I’ll spare you the other 98 and just share these.
The rest of our weekend was pretty awesome, so awesome in fact that I failed to take photos – always a sign of a really fantastic time, in my opinion. Hope you all had a fantastic weekend! Oh and since Harlow snapped a photo of it, that really awesome bucket bag I’m wearing? I have a giveaway coming for that tomorrow!
BOY | sweater: Heart & Habit x Toto Knits – jeans: Old Navy – shoes: natives — GIRL | dress: c/o mummymoon – boots: zara (2013)
I realized it’s been a long while, like months since I’ve last shared any sort of post with the kids outfit details. I’d love to give a fantastic and elaborate reason for this, but honestly I don’t have one. I guess I could always make one up, but I’ve never been a very good ‘story maker upper’. Ask the kids, my made up bed time stories always get a “can you tell Daddy to come and tell a story” response.
Mostly I haven’t shared posts like these because well, the kids are getting older. Like older in the meaning that when I call them “my babies” they both look at me with a slight offense written all over their little not so baby faces and then they remind me “we aren’t babies” and I try to remind them, that in my eyes they will ALWAYS and forever be my babies. But then I always just agree, quietly whimper and shake my fist at time (because seriously!!). And why would it matter that the kids are getting older and why would this have anything to do with why I haven’t shared clothing details in such a while? Well as they get older they just aren’t always into getting their photos taken, let alone shared. Oh I will still always take photos, but when they hit those “ughhhh, Momma!” stages with photos – I just don’t share them. Because they aren’t babies (tear) and they are their own little people (sob) have they 100% have a say in what happens in their own world and with their cute faces.
On a clothing note, King told me he loved this sweater and went on to tell me all the reasons why – I didn’t tell him that I designed it because it’s a little confusing, but instead just soaked in that glorious moment. And Harlow, the moment she found there was pockets in this comfy dress – well she hasn’t wanted to wear another item of clothing since.
Our fall 2014 mini capsule collection with mini mioche has officially launched! I’m sure I don’t have to say it, but because it’s all I can think about I’m going to anyways – I’m so flipping excited to finally share!! In spring we designed 5 printed tees with mini mioche, which was pretty awesome and amazing – and you guys seemed to think so too (thank you!!). This season we ramped it up and designed 4 separate fashion basic items in collaboration.
Of course every item is made in mini mioche‘s amazing organic cotton and made right here in Toronto, Canada (as all mini mioche items are). All 4 mini mioche x Heart & Habit items will be in both their Queen West and Distillery District brick and mortar stores (if you are in Toronto) and available online now!
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