About kim rakes & her Blog
kim is a winner of Top 25 Kids' Style
What inspired you to start blogging?
I have kept an online journal of sorts ever since I was in highschool. Back then, my entries consisted of me and my girlfriends' weekly expeditions to see local bands and my aspirations of marrying a singing guitar player that would serenade me in bed every morning. Nearly a decade later, the need to write down the bits and pieces of my life hasn't left me. I may have married a tone-deaf country boy, but we have two sweet girls and a little house filled to the brim with failed crafting attempts, lots of clothing, and love above all else. I have never known anything sweeter. My blog is where I record our love story, which may not be the greatest story ever told, but something I sure do treasure to the tips of my toes.
How do you keep up with the latest kids' fashions and being a mom?
I wouldn't really say I "keep up" with the fashions, but I will say I have a real problem when it comes to saying "no" to vintage clothing. It's a bit of an addiction and we have quite the collection. Classic prints like houndstooth and plaid will never get old to me, and when they're paired with smocking, dainty lace trims, or old buttons -- this heart can't contain itself. I think one of the greatest joys and responsibilities that comes along with being a mother is being able to shop and provide for our little ones.
What are three things parents should think about when styling their kids?
1. Longevity. i am sure i am not the only mama out there that doesn't have thousands of dollars to spend on children's clothing. I love to look for pieces that can grow with my child -- ie, dresses that can become a skirt or shirt eventually. Not only does it stretch your dollar, but you seriously can't put a price on the nostalgia that comes with seeing your baby finally out grow that piece she also wore on her 2nd birthday.
2. Versatility. I love mixing and matching and layering. Try to shop for pieces that compliment each other and aren't too season specific.
3. Comfort. I know this should probably go without saying, but I see it all the time. Cute outfits aren't so cute when there is fussing about how tight, restraining, or itchy the material is.
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