About Courtney Berry & her Blog
Courtney is a winner of Top 25 Kids' Style
What inspired you to start blogging?
I have always loved trawling through websites looking for what is new and fabulous. I could spend hours flicking and searching. I love children’s fashion. Designers can take such a broad range of direction when creating garments for children. Their designs are really only limited by their imagination and of course the wearability for a child. I get much more pleasure shopping for my son than myself. I have always gone shopping for, and dressed him first. When the opportunity arose to purchase Kids Fashion Review, I jumped at the chance! It was a way I could combine my love of fashion with my obsession for researching and share my finds with others.
How do you keep up with the latest kids' fashions and being a mom?
The Internet for sure! Being a mum of a toddler is hard work, especially when out shopping. The Internet it the perfect tool... shopping and researching 24 hours a day!
What are three things parents should think about when styling their kids?
1. Think outside of the square and don’t always stick to the ‘rules’. Children have the ability to pull of many looks from casual to quirky -- mix it up and have a bit of fun!
2. Classic never goes out of style, ensure you have a few classic pieces in you wardrobe. For example a double breasted woolen coat is a must have for any winter closet, it is practical and will add a little tailored chic to a basic outfit.
3. Make sure they are comfortable! There is no point having the funkiest little monkey at the party if they start removing items of clothing two minutes after you arrive.
What are your favorite blog posts?
At what age do you let your child decide what to wear?
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Age is but a number! It is never too early to develop your own style. As Children develop little personalities, many want to use clothing to express themselves! Lets face it, your angel is going to look gorgeous no matter what they wear. There are times, however that we as parents need to ‘guide’ our child’s style. After all it is not always appropriate to wear a swimming costume and wellington boots! Why not try and give you child a ‘choice’ from 2 or 3 outfits that you select. This way the child still feels that the decision is theirs, and you are still making use of your favourite pieces :-)
What tips can you offer for closet organization?
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A well organised closet makes every day life more efficient and looks great too!
I like to hang as much as the space allows. Hung clothing is easier to keep organised and tends to remain ironed for longer.
Invest in matching hangers - wooden hangers can be picked up from a discount store ad immediately and effortlessly make you closet appear neater. I even buy mini wooden hangers for my son.
Take hanging inspiration from the stores. I group clothing in 3 major groups: tops and jumpers, long hanging such as maxi dresses and shorts and trousers. I then colour code the hanging. I start at one end of my tops with white and end with black and dark colours. and do the same for my other garments. It makes finding pieces much easier!
For folding space insure that all items are all folded in the same manner and have the rolled edge of the fold facing forward.
For smaller items try storage boxes or draws that can be easily pulled out or moved, this will limit the mess you create searching for items as you can always pull the whole box out and sit it on your bed to search.
If your cupboards have swinging doors don't forget the inside of the doors. This is a great place to hang belts, hats, ties, jewellery and little peoples shoes etc
Keep shoes in their boxes and take a little picture of each pair to stick on the front. Another (more pricy) option is clear shoe boxes. Boxes are great because the protect shoes from scuffing each other, keep pairs together and ensure the bottom of the closet looks neat.
Try to only have current seasons clothing in your closet. I use space/ vacuum bags in summer to store jackets, coats, excess jeans etc. this means that your closet does not become over stocked and you can see what is actually there to wear.