simple, no frills

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A little change to my regular Friday posts, if you are looking for Mini Celebrity – I promise it will be back in full swing next week. I wanted to share a post that was sitting in my draft box for basically forever, thoughts on the whole superficial side of style and just things in general. So if your not into that, scroll on down and see Harlow’s oppsy hair cut, otherwise…read on if you like.

I sometimes worry about how superficial things might come across on this blog. I write a lot about superficial things (fashion and style) things that really don’t matter at all, in the grand scheme of a happy life (things that do not make faces smile like those two above). Sure I write about us a lot, usually even our outfit posts are photos of my kids being kids (no posing, since they’d be frowning or shooting evil eye in every photo) and my words are usually random stories of our simple moments – because that’s sort of how I am, random and simple.

I am far from a shopaholic, if you come here often you will see that my kids and myself often wear the same things over and over and over again. My personal take on style and fashion is simple, I buy what we love and only what we need (and usually on sale). I like the challenge of styling items differently and making them stretch as far as they can – because heck it’s fun, and I don’t have an unlimited budget, unless I’m dreaming.  Yes, we are very lucky to have such amazing sponsors who enjoy working with us, and in turn send the kids clothing that I may not normally be able to attain otherwise – which is also why I try to offer giveaways, so that I can share as much as I can. Never do I want to contribute to the thoughts that kids need to be the most stylish, have the latest and greatest brands, to be cute, smart or loved. I know my kids would be just as amazing in paper bags and clothes made out of fuzzy towels, just like they do not need the latest and coolest toys to have a happy childhood.

The way I see kids clothes is simple: I have to buy them pants, shoes, shirts – why not choose items I (and now they) adore and the result will be that each item will get worn a butt load (yes literally, a whole load of butts). I worked in a superficial industry for 8 years, an industry I did very well in but never really felt like I fit in – for the same reasons, my simple no frills take on the industry and really life in general. When I started blogging there were very few blogs focusing on kiddo style, and this blog started and still is an amazing place for me to share my personal and simple take on style and life,  to keep my head in the ‘fashion’  (I really am not a fan of that word at all) world and share how much I love these amazing people I get to spend my life with. It has also become, of course a small source of income for my family, getting to share the things I’m good at mixed with the people I love and have that make it possible for me to help (even a tiny little) with the household bills is truly amazing and a blessing I do not take for granted.

I really am not sure where I was going with all of this, or what the moral to this post is – I will continue to write about style:  in my personal, simple no frills point of view and share our world with photos and my random, simple thoughts (filled with grammatical errors, I am trying to get better – I swear to the grammar police!), I am not stopping. More then anything I just wanted to share some personal thoughts about what I do here and why, thoughts that have been on my mind grapes a lot lately.

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· August 17, 2012 · in Daily Dose,Our Style,Real Life


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Lia August 17, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Hi brandy…LOVE this post. Love your take on things and the incredible pics of your angels.


BabyBlackbird September 1, 2012 at 7:48 am

Thank you Lia!


Liz August 17, 2012 at 10:57 pm

i understand where you’re coming from and have felt like that when i posted my kids outfits.
even if most of their clothes is handed down or from target. i felt like i was being a show off…
but then i like documenting what they looked like… and their cute little outfits.
one thing i struggled with for a bit was not having them wear the same things all the time..
but to us that’s life. just like me, my kids wear the same things over and over and some clothes gets left in the dust.
i enjoyed reading this. it has been a couple months since i visited your blog, your kids have grown so much!! 🙂


BabyBlackbird August 17, 2012 at 11:58 pm

The way I see it, I’m dressing them this way anyways – might as well share it, also I really love sharing and have tons of fun creating style posts. BUT the things are not what matters, thank you so much and I swear they have grown leaps and bounds in the past couple months!


Mimi August 17, 2012 at 11:52 pm

I am fairly certain I have never commented on your blog and have been reading for quite a few months now. I enjoy checking in often and have never found your posts to come off as pretentious in any way. Your kids dress like kids and that is so refreshing! as a mom of boys it is so helpful to find inspiration when the world seems to be inundated with character tee shirts and cargo pants!


BabyBlackbird August 17, 2012 at 11:56 pm

thank you so much! I am not too worried about my random ‘butt loads’ of words don’t coming off as pretentious – just more saying: even though I write about superficial things those things are not what rule our world and shouldn’t rule others. I guess there was a bit of a moral to my post. Thank you for your kind words, and for helping me find the reason I wrote the post!:)


Melanie August 18, 2012 at 12:32 am

I love your blog! Especially the tips & tricks on how to make items last longer! Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing your family with us!


BabyBlackbird September 1, 2012 at 7:50 am

Thank you for making my day!


Janine August 18, 2012 at 2:23 am

Great post! I have to admit, for a moment I almost unfollowed your blog as quickly as I followed because it did seem unrelatable to me. You make it seem like you have a lot of money and spend a lot on clothes! But reading that you actually approach it the same way that I do makes me want to keep reading and pulling inspiration! I think it’s important for people to see a bit behind the scenes, to see that what bloggers do can be attainable. So thanks for the honesty!


Lauren August 18, 2012 at 2:32 pm

I really appreciated this post as well. I love your blog and don’t think it comes across as superficial. But as a mama blogger who also posts outfit posts of my boys (and self, and husband), I often wonder how it comes across. It’s such a hard balance and I can totally relate. The last thing I would want is to come across as a show-off or like I am somehow profiting off my kids.

I find your posts just a great inspiration. I think boys’ clothing has come a long way, but is still hard to style. Your posts give me great ideas on how to dress my 3 boys. So, no judgement here, only thank you!


BabyBlackbird August 18, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Thank you so much! It really does make me fall so much more in love with blogging to know that so many people already ‘got’ my point of view. Thank you!


@LittleWhimsical August 18, 2012 at 6:13 pm

I so appreciate when bloggers post honest and insightful posts into their whole thought process-it’s good to step back & think about things sometimes:) I really enjoy your style posts and see them as simply a breath of fresh air & your way of sharing the beauty that is in your life. I used to own a small vintage boutique before having my baby


BabyBlackbird August 18, 2012 at 7:20 pm

You made my whole day, so very sweet! Really means so much!


Dressing Ivana August 19, 2012 at 9:36 am

I love the way you dress your kids, but the reason I allways come back to your blog is for your absolutely beautiful photos. I can see your love for your kids, how much that two love each other and how happy they are through your pictures. Clothes are just fun! Please never stop!


BabyBlackbird August 19, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Thank you so much! I also enjoy your blog for your beautiful little Ivana.


arudegirl August 20, 2012 at 11:28 pm

thanks for sharing. i came across your blog a few months ago when doing research after a friend of mine asked me if i’d do a blog with her about kids fashion. she liked the way i dressed my son and thought i could offer the "male" perspective when it came to toddler/kids fashion. i had reservations about doing it since i have absolutely no background/interest in fashion. i just know what i like.

i love that your blog offers different features/series and that your styling seems so effortless and very doable for any mom. and for this mom i can use all the help i can get! 😉 love, love, love your blog!!


BabyBlackbird August 21, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Thank you so much! SO kind of you to say, I love blogging and even more now after all the amazing feedback I’ve gotten from this one post.


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