Shopping with Sheaffer & Shay: Back to School Edition
For this edition of Shopping with Sheaffer and Shay, we decided to focus on back to school. Our game plan was for me to find girl stuff and Sheaffer to find boy stuff…plus, we both decided that moms needed a little back to school love too!
Our day was filled with kids’ clothes, lady clothes, Starbucks, laughing, stares from strangers, erasing 867 pictures off my i-Phone of Sheaffer, tacos, and one jump in a window display…you know, basic stuff you do when you shop for back to school clothes.
First, a few of my rules for back to school shopping:
1. I try and buy things that layer easily and can be worn all year long. A cotton dress is perfect because you can include leggings and a jacket for cooler weather or keep legs bare for warmer weather. Layering saves me money with kids’ clothes!
2. Money is well spent on good quality shoes. I have wasted more money on less-expensive shoes but honestly, if you invest in a good pair of shoes, it will last your kid all year.
3. I only buy shoes at Nordstrom for my kids because of their fabulous return policy. They will exchange or let you return shoes even if your kids have worn them several times, if their shoes start looking distressed, they will replace them for you (like Toms). Honestly, they are wonderful in the kids’ shoe department about exchanges and returns, so that’s where I try and shop exclusively for my kids’ shoes.
Here are my picks for girl back to school clothes (with a few mommy items thrown in for fun!)…
1. Your girl needs a light-weight coat she can wear everyday:
The first thing I saw was this cute military jacket! I bought Kensington one last spring and she wore it all the time. It’s light-weight and goes with practically everything. They have it from baby all the way through big girl sizes.
They don’t sell this one that I bought for K in the spring any more, but I think the one at Nordstrom is a very close match (plus, I love the little yellow zipper details on it so much!).
And to me, there is nothing more classic than a denim jacket! This one comes in toddler sizes through big kid sizes too. I always buy a size up when purchasing outerwear. This way, we have room to layer underneath, plus then Kensington can wear the jacket for two years instead of one. If the sleeves are a little long with the bigger size, just roll them up!
These little jackets are great for those school mornings when the weather is cool at drop-off and warm at pick-up because they’re just so easy to layer! Click here to see other big kid jacket options and here to see other toddler jacket options.
2. Your girl needs good quality shoes that will last her all year long:
Kensington is really easy to dress in the morning until it comes to her shoes. She doesn’t want them to pinch, rub, hurt, cause a blister, etc. (which I understand), but she hits the panic button if she gets the idea in her head that a certain pair of shoes will hurt (before even putting them on her feet!). So, I’ve searched long and hard for a few pair of staple shoes she can wear over and over again that look good and will not hurt her in the least bit.
(All of the following shoes come from tiny baby girl sizes through big girl sizes as well!)
My mom bought Kensington her first pair of Uggs on her first birthday…and then every year since then.
Just last week, my mom asked me if I was sure she should buy her yet another pair and my answer was, “YES!”. They are always comfy for her, they are easy for her to put on and take off, they look cute with jeans tucked in and with leggings, they keep her feet warm, she can run around like crazy and be hard on them and they still look good…they are her very favorite shoe!
This new style with the bow are my new faves (take note mom!). They come in 5 different colors and I love them all. I realize that they are an investment, but my daughter wears them probably 4 out of 7 days a week for 7 months…I feel like we get our money out of them.
She loves her Uggs :).
I’ve told you ladies about these Crocs before! These little shoes are often my lifesaver in the mornings. When nothing else works, we put on our Crocs. I love them because they’re rubber, so I can just wash them off and they look great again, they’re closed-toe (so perfect for school), and they are so simple and fast for Kensington to do herself! We have the pink but they also come in a fun purple color too!
And look at these Leopard Flats! Kensington has already worn them twice! I keep telling you girls that leopard is a neutral and that rule applies to little ones too! They look cute with bare legs, leggings and jeans.
Toms are a kid staple in my opinion. Again, perfect for school, easy to put on, and cute with everything!
Sperry’s are so popular for grown-ups that I decided to check them out for girls as well. I am so in love with the purple sparkle ones! From little feet to big feet, these shoes will be cute on any girl!
3. Your younger girl needs simple dresses and leggings:
I’m a sucker for a simple dress and leggings…like I said before, they’re easy to layer and can last all year. I also love them because they wash, dry and wear so well. Here are some of my favorites from this shopping trip for girls 2T to 5T…
I think this dress would be so cute in the fall or the spring. It’s the perfect school-year dress!
I love Gap’s dresses for girls. This pink and grey dress comes in 2 other colors and would look so cute by itself or with leggings. I, of course, would go for the two different patterns mixed together, but they have solid colors as well :).
I love colored jeans on young girls! (Let’s be honest, I love wearing them too!). They’re fresh and fun without looking too grown-up. These jeans come in 5 different colors and honestly, I love each color so much, I don’t know which I would pick?!?!
To go with her colored jeans, she needs a fun graphic-tee…
I love a little girl with a sweet message on her shirt :).
5. Your girl needs a cute backpack:
Let’s face it, I could try and find a lot of other backpacks but honestly, I’m pretty sure almost everyone loves the Pottery Barn Kids’ backpack. Not only do they come in different sizes for different kiddos, but they also come in a wide variety of fun patterns and prints. And the best part of all…they last and last and last…for years and years and years. They’re my top pick for a backpack!
6. Your girl needs great bows:
My cousin’s wife Casey (a mom to 2 year old Paisley) left her career owning a retail store last year to start a bow business. Every.single.bow you have ever seen Kensington in was handmade by Casey. One Stop Bow Shop is of course my recommendation for back to school bows. And make sure you check out her new holiday bows (I’ve already placed my order for some fun Halloween bows!).
7. A few things for us moms:
I think we have our girls covered from head to toe (or bow to shoes), so I thought I’d throw in a few things for us moms too.
I fell in love with this leopard skirt at first sight! A pencil skirt is such a staple in my wardrobe for church, work outside the home or any occasion when I need to dress up a bit. I love them because you can pair a pencil skirt with strappy sandals for spring and summer or tights and boots for fall and winter. They really do work year around. Loft also has some other new cute pencil skirts this season if leopard isn’t your thing (but really, how could it not be your thing???).
When I was in Gap looking at girl clothes, I headed over to the ladies’ side to look at some staple items for my fall wardrobe: striped shirts and jeans.
Let’s be real. It doesn’t take much to pull yourself together for school drop-off…just throw on some cool jeans and a fun tee and you’re set. Right now, everything at Gap is 35% off, so it’s the perfect time to refresh your mom wardrobe.
I adore these jeans. They fit great (with a little stretch to them), they’re a little tattered (which just looks cool) and they stop at the ankle (so they would look so great with ballet flats or my new favorite camo Toms). Throw on a striped tee with these jeans and I’m good to go!
I’ve blogged before about my ditching the sweats as a mom revelation and putting on some jeans and a tee instead (because honestly, it’s just as easy and looks so much better!). Here are a few other things I like right now that (especially 35% off) would be such a better alternative to my sweats…
These cords come in 8 different colors and look so polished and fun!
Whew! That was fun! Back to School Shopping for girls and moms by Shay :).
OK…the party wouldn’t be over if I didn’t share with you some of our outtake photos…
For some reason, Sheaffer cannot take a picture next to me. We take one and she deletes it. We take another one and she deletes that too. We were sitting in Starbucks just trying to get one picture taken and she must have deleted 875. Oh my heavens! Half the time, she wouldn’t even look at the picture before she deleted it. Finally, I grabbed my phone away from her and just started snapping away…
This is Sheaffer panicking at me snapping her photo.
Then, she took my camera back and tried to take one of herself and accidentally had the camera flipped around and took this picture of me instead…
This pretty much sums up things.
We never got a picture of us together (that she didn’t immediately delete). So on our way out, we passed by Loft again and I told her to take my picture to represent our day…
Happy, with a Gap bag and Starbucks. Back to School shopping has never been so fun!
Don’t forget, Sheaffer’s post on boy stuff will be up August 20th!