The Dress 2.0

I'm so excited to share this new version of our fit and flare dress! The idea came to me almost immediately after I had the original fit and flare dress produced and, well, because of all that happened, I couldn't afford to produce anymore. 

 All photos by:   Arlene Easterwood

All photos by: Arlene Easterwood

Are you ready to hear what the update is?!?! **Drum roll please** It's REVERSIBLE! Haha, definitely playing this up a little, I know reversible fashion is nothing new. What gave me the idea of making the dress reversible is wanting to see pops of color peeking through the sleeves and the bottom of the dress. I live for the tiny little details! I mean, how cool is it to see an accent color under the dress when our little ones twirl around in them! I also like the idea of providing pieces that you all can get the most use out of while your kids can still fit in them. 

 How pretty is that accent color peeking through the ruffle sleeves...

How pretty is that accent color peeking through the ruffle sleeves...

 and peeking through the twirls!

and peeking through the twirls!

 Same keyhole button closure.

Same keyhole button closure.

I have all kinds of color/print combos in mind but again, my brain works faster than my bank acct can fill back up, haha! So far, I've chosen 4 colors to hopefully release in the Fall. I'm not sharing all the fun details just yet but I had to share my default color, which is black, because all black everything is life! What I love most about black is that you are able to style it anyway you want and it's so classic. The reversible color paired with the black is a super pretty brown. Perfect for pairing with all your favorite Fall colored knee socks. The fabric for these dresses are a linen blend, so it'll be perfect for the colder weather and the structure of the dress will hold up well! I love seeing the ruffle sleeve stand up a little straighter for a more chic-y deeky look. 

Mila James, kids fashion, have fun little one

The dress has the same silhouette as the previous fit & flare with updated fabrics, colors and details! Still perfect for skipping in, jumping in, twirling in, dancing in, being cool in, kicking the dirt in, exploring in, being oh so sweet in, laughing in and having so much fun in! #havefunlittleone®

Mila James, kids fashion, have fun little one
Mila James, kids fashion, have fun little one
Mila James, kids fashion, have fun little one

Right now, I'm in the process of finding someone new to help produce these dresses for me. I worked with an awesome pattern maker to create the patterns and samples and I am so happy with how they turned out. I am really hoping I'm able to find someone soon so I can set a launch date for these twirly fit and flare dresses. I'd love to work with a seamstress who just enjoys sewing and can provide me direct one on one service, so if any of you know of anyone, please share! For now, this is all I have and the hopes of finding a loyal and affordable team to help create these pretty little pieces. 

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Photos: Arlene Easterwood


Real Life Vs. Real Cute

Recently, I've been feeling like I dove right into a content mind block. I don't know if it's the discouragement that comes with not being able to make a sale, the lack of activity that is happening on my feed or the exhaustion of mom life. Maybe a combo of all three? Most likely. 

I know everyone always says, "Don't compare your feed to others, don't look at the numbers, post what you want." But in reality, once you start any sort of business related social media outlet, there's so much pressure to keep your edits and style exactly the same in order to bring cohesiveness to your feed. Don't get me wrong, my eyes love seeing those pretty, evenly edited, well thought out feeds, where every image has the same feel/look/colors/etc. On the other hand, I love seeing people's everyday lives along with their blogs/businesses. 


These images aren't the best, they're a tad grainy, unevenly shot (although I tried to fix that as much as I could) and all edited differently because I couldn't choose which style I liked best. #1 is bright, #2 is warm and #3 is a little cooler in color. Mila's top isn't Mila James but I love supporting and sharing other shops. I saw an opportunity to photograph her doing what she loves, smelling flowers, but is it sharable according to the imaginary rules of social media? Do they match my last few posts? Probably not but I'm sharing it anyway because I love them.  

Personally, I love seeing people mix it up. This is where my question on real life or real cute comes in. Which style do you prefer? A really cute and cohesive feed or a feed that shares their real life along with their business? I feel like there are so many lost images for those who have excellent photos but can't share because the editing doesn't "fit" their feed. 

I mean, do I want all my photos to be taken in a well lit area with the most perfect background that will catch everyones attention? Sure! But will I always get that? Will I always catch a great image with the ability to edit exactly the same as the image I posted before that, or with a background that "matches" the rest. NO WAY! I love mixing it up. I love colorful backgrounds, earthy backgrounds, grungy backgrounds, playful backgrounds, florals, solids, and so on. I tried to tell myself I need to stick to one but I just can't. 

 I love finding fun new walls! 

I love finding fun new walls! 

So here is a little real life for you. I feel like the new algorithms, the lack of activity and the whole numbers game (likes/followers) has really taken a toll on my mind. I truly believe I try my best at creating content that I think is worthy of sharing with the world but when I see myself losing follows, it hurts. It's not about the numbers (well it is) but it's really about what feels like a negative response to my creativity. I am always so excited and passionate about the content I create and always believe "oh, this is the one, this ones going to bring my little shop some great attention!" But then, I hit that share button and my photo is sent off into the world of Instagram only to get lost in everyone's feeds, and there goes my excitement. It almost feels like the fun of sharing my ideas and my love for social media is slowly dwindling away. 


Here's a little glimpse at my latest posts to give you an idea of what my page looks like. Follow me here

With all this being said, I'm not going to stop! I may slow down for a bit while I work on creating some new content and products to add to my shop. Social media is one of the best (and mostly free) marketing tools. There's no way I'm going to give that up because this mama likes FREE! Plus, I've always loved social media and creating content, even though I have my feelings towards it. When I was in college, creating the social media content pieces for any project was one of my favorite parts. So I'm not giving up just yet! 

 Thought I'd end this blog post with a photo of my two favorite girls because no matter what your social media style is, we can all agree that photos of cute kids are always a win! 

Thought I'd end this blog post with a photo of my two favorite girls because no matter what your social media style is, we can all agree that photos of cute kids are always a win! 

I'd love to hear your thoughts! Do you feel the pressure to create the perfect news feed? Do you like seeing real life images mixed in with promo/business related content. Comment below!

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