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The colors don't match and the price tags don't match, but we like it! ;)
 
 
Mushroom onesie: Zeeman, stripe pants: Molo
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I recently bought this handmade (not by me) coat made of one of my favorite Kokka fabrics, not knowing yet whether it would still fit Rosa or would be for the new baby. Well, I think Rosa can still wear it a few times before we pass it on to the baby!
And if you wonder why you've been seeing Rosa with a plastic bag filled with bread crusts on about each picture lately: it's not how we serve the poor girl her lunch, but this.
 

Coat: found on Marktplaats through this seller, dress: Imps & Elfs, tights: HEMA, golden Mary Janes: Bisgaard


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Do you remember Rosa looking like a little Russian potato seller in her folkloristic winter coat last year? Well, I think in this year's winter coat she still looks folkloristic and Russian, but a little less like a potato seller at a small town market! ;)
The coat is by Kenzo Kids from last year's folkloristic winter collection, I already bought it a year ago but then it was still way too big for Rosa. Now this winter I think she'll really grow into it!
 

 
Coat: Kenzo kids, tights: Zeeman, wellies: HEMA



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Our chubby little toddler may not quite have the shape of a ballerina yet, at least she already does have the tutu! (oh and she loves to dance: is there anything more adorable than a dancing toddler? ;))
 
 
owl t-shirt: br@nd for girls, tutu: name it, tights: HEMA, red wellies: unknown
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Not exactly children's clothes, these gigoteuses by Georges et Rosalie, but definitely very beautiful! I have one for Rosa and one for the baby on my wish list, I must keep saving a little longer (the winter sleeping bags that I want are about Euro 80 each), so let's hope the real winter cold doesn't kick in too early this year!
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When a few months ago people told me that their two-year-old was already making it's own clothing choices, refusing to wear this and insisting to wear that, that still seemed like a far-away-in-the-future thing for me. True, 18-month-old Rosa never liked to wear hats and protested against very warm wool cardigans, but besides those comfort issues she didn't really seem to have an opinion on what outfits she wanted to wear.
 
 
But guess what? Only three months later this has changed quite a bit! Not only has she decided that from now on she'll only wear wellies as shoes (bad luck for you, mama & rest of the shoe collection!), she also already chooses her own coat, and sometimes even her hat (!! When she found out that one of her hats was made by her favorite aunt Olga, all of a sudden she wanted to wear it...) and scarf. And so far her choices have been quite funky! ;)
 
 
Dress: ?, jacket: Kik Kid, leggings: Noppies, Wellies: Prenatal
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Funky outfits for girls and boys (!) (yes, finally, some boy's stuff here too! ;)) by Australian Paul & Paula. They also have a great blog and etsy shop. Oh, how I love those pants, and the hoodies... I keep telling myself that we don't need any more children's clothes, but these lovely things are all so hard to resist!
 
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She's such a little daredevil, always climbing on chairs and tables and running and dancing on the sofa... Yesterday she was jumping on the sofa like it was a trampoline (she loves those too by the way ;)) and then all of a sudden she jumped off, made a salto and than landed on the ground again! I was in shock -I saw hear hanging upside down in the air and was sure she'd land on her head on the floor- but after a shocked 20-second-cry she was already climbing on the sofa, aiming to try it again! Must be her father's genes... ;)
 
 
Summersuit: Smafolk
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Lately I discovered some nice new independent children's shops, and I noticed that quite a few of these were designed and made in Germany. Though of course different in style, I noticed some shared characteristics between these different shops and brands: they all offer comfortable, 'streetstyle' clothes, very playful and wearable and focused on how children play and what they like to wear. Besides, there's often a retro touch and the clothes aren't too gender-specific. All very nice things if you ask me!
I will show you some more of my recent finds soon, but I wanted to start this little 'German goodness series' with the cool and playful clothes made by Svantje. Berlin-based designer and maker of the clothes Antje Wolter is inspired by the parenting/ children's development views of people such as Rudolph Steiner and Emmi Pikler, and translates this into playful, child-friendly, simple and neutral clothes. You can buy Svantje's clothes here.
 
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A little while a beautiful little parcel arrived, all the way from Kenya: Rosa's lovely ladybug sweater from Toto Knits! I've already written about Toto Knits and their ethically made children's knitwear before, and it's so lovely to now have such a cute little ladybug lady in the house! Rosa has been living in this sweater during the cold early hours of the day when we went camping, and seeing our sweet little ladybug walking around at six in the morning somehow always made those cold first camping hours more bearable! ;)
 
 
 
Ladybug sweater: Toto Knits, dress: handmade, leggings: Mexx, red wellies: unnknown
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Like her mom's a bit addicted to buying children's clothes, Rosa has her own addiction: ducks! One of the first things she shouts once she's woken up in the morning is 'Ducks! Ducks!', and if I'm lucky we're heading to the park to feed the ducks at about nine in the morning, but sometimes we already find ourselves there at like 7.30...
 
 
 
 
So when I had promised Rosa a visit to the park to feed the ducks, but then noticed that she was looking so cute and quickly wanted to take a few pictures, you can imagine that she wasn't too pleased...
 
 
By the way I actually bought this Albababy suit for the new baby that we are expecting in December, but when the suit in size 68-74 (4-9 months!) arrived, I noticed that it still fit our petite 20-month-old girl. And though I actually want a few new things for the baby that haven't already been worn by Rosa, I couldn't help putting it on to her... Such a cute suit! Now I've ordered another one in a bigger size, so that next year Rosa and the baby can wear the same outfit! (not planning to start doing that all the time, but just for once and with such a sweet outfit I thought it would be nice! ;))
 
Red crawler: Albababy, striped onesie: HEMA, red wellies: unnkown
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My mother-in-law and I made this dress (and a series of similar ones) for Rosa in early 2011, in a size 6-9 months. But now that Rosa is one-and-a-half, they still more or less fit (though they are a bit more mini than before!). I always love it when clothes fit a bit longer than a month or so, they make it seem that your baby doesn't grow as fast as she actually does! ;)
 
 
 
 
Look, Rosa already wore this dress when she was only six months old!
 

How time flies (and children change)...
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I'm not a big fan of (very) young kids wearing jewelry, but I could imagine making an exception for one of the playful pieces from Bkids' beautiful new children's jewelry collection... Such a lovely mix of colors and materials, and I think these will appeal to both children and their parents! Available through the online Bloesem Wears shop.
 
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Young kids wearing shiny white: it's a sweet-looking but slightly impossible combination. There's a lot of things that you learn about yourself when you become a mother, but one of the most remarkable ones to me -especially given the fact that I'm normally not a super tidy housewife kind of person at all- is that I can't stand the look of stains. As soon as I see only the smallest stain on Rosa's clothes, I have to keep myself from neurotically changing her whole outfit. And yes, I know that's silly, because children and stains... yes, I know! ;)
Anyway, knowing this about myself now I probably shouldn't have bought Rosa this super sweet white Eliane & Lena outfit (there's a matching white legging, but on these images Rosa is wearing only the tunic), but sometimes imagining your kid wearing a flimsy white outfit in summer makes you do silly things!  
 
 
White tunic: Eliane & Lena, pants: handmade
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I have a bit of a funny relationship with sales. Before I had Rosa, I never had an idea when they were (I always assumed that winter sales should be somewhere in March when they actually already started in December, and summer sales in October or so while they already started in June or July ;)), but now that I'm an avid webshopper for children's clothes I more or less know when a sale can be expected. And since I know that there are lots of people buying complete and lovely wardrobes during sale-time for hardly any money, I always look forward to the sales, hoping that I can do the same thing. But somehow it never happens, and I hardly ever find a good deal during sales.
 
 
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I already knew the La Casita de Wendy women's collection, but I had no idea they also made such cute knitwear for kids. And though summer may not be the exact right season for these knit sweaters, I'm definitely putting one of these on my wish list for Rosa for next winter!
 
 
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Rosa has a few super beautiful but also quite fragile 1950s dresses. And though it's almost impossible for them not to get ruined when being worn by a playing and eating toddler, I think it's more of a waste when they are not being worn at all.
 
 
However I have to admit that maybe it wasn't such a great idea to have Rosa wear it for a playdate at her friends' garden. The playing on the grass wasn't even the worst, it was the other kids feeding her strawberries that actually ruined the dress. I almost have it clean again, but using these agressive detergents is quite a tricky thing when the fabric is so old and fragile. I hope a day or two on the washing line in the sun will make the dress 1950s shiny new again, because I think this dress is too good not to wear! (and I keep wondering how our 1950s girl's dresses survive like fifty or sixty years without getting one stain, and then get ruined immediately after they've been worn here just once! ;))
 
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Somehow I've grown a bit bored with a lot of the well-known Scandinavian 'retro-printed-jumpsuit'-brands, but Moonkids is still a favorite here!
 
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When Rosa grows older and will develop more towards fine motor skill playing, we will turn her vintage doll house into a real doll house with doll furniture and such, but for now the house serves pretty well as a storage solution for part of Rosa's shoe collection.
 
 
Helmut already calls her little Imelda, and he has firmly forbidden me to buy Rosa any more shoes in the next years to come.
 
 
Little Imelda loves to play with her shoes, by the way!
 
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It's no secret that we're big fans of Wild things dresses here, and slowly but surely Rosa has become the proud owner of no less than seven (!) Wild things dresses... Since I'm always afraid that Rosa will outgrow her most beautiful clothes too quickly (oh my, I've become my mom!) I've been ordering them all in size 2 or bigger, but guess what: Rosa is on the small side and at age one-and-a-half she still tends far more to the 12 months size than to size 2.
But when her fox dress in size two arrived the other day (still way too big for her) I just couldn't resist and we tried it on. The funny thing was that at first Rosa didn't want to wear it: she wanted to play with it like it was a toy! But a little later we had this foxy baby walking round the house!
 
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