the most asked question of all…

October 5, 2010 |  Category:   happy purchases life

Thank god for Tami from Ismodern. Because if it wasn’t for her generosity of sending the girls samples over the past few years, the girls would be dressed in mostly solids, neutral grays and navy blues. Tami brings the color, pop and bold patterns into their wardrobe. These photos were from the shoot that I took of her Fall collection earlier this year, but we just received boxes of the actual clothes on Friday. The girls were beyond thrilled because the clothes are so fun and Mia was especially happy to see the reappearance of the gold dress. Now, I don’t know what occasion she’ll have to wear a gold dress, but it’s already been borrowed out to a friend over the weekend who needed something fancy to wear as a last minute flower girl at a wedding. A gold dress!

Lots of people assume (and I know because they have told me) that I must spend a lot of time and money shopping for clothes, but I swear I don’t. The most popular question I get asked from readers, aside from which camera I use, is where I shop for the girls (by the way, all of these are answered in the FAQs in the sidebar). While it’s true that we’ve been extremely lucky to get sent this bounty of clothes once in while from Ismodern and some dresses from another designer friend in the neighborhood, I shop where most of you shop and I buy everything on sale. You can usually do quite well stocking up in bigger sizes at the end of season clearance sales and I can usually stretch a single item of clothing over 4 years between the 2 of them, although Claudine is catching up and they can actually share clothes now (that kid is huge).

Lately my go-to places have been the J Crew sales section online (but only when they announce the additional 20-30% off sale) or in outlet stores, Zara kids, the Mini Social (for like deals) and the Gap and Old Navy for jeans and sweaters (but always when they have a sale, which seems to be like every week now??). If I’m in the shopping mood I’ll check to see what’s on sale at some of the online boutiques like and yes, Ismodern (I like to support my friends too, I’m not a freeloader, I swear!). I don’t feel like I spend too much money on the girls because I plan ahead, stock up on big sizes and take advantage of sales when I see them.

Now, can we talk about shoes? Shoes often can’t be handed down (though I try, lord I try). Mia’s feet didn’t seem to grow for a year, but Claudine’s been outgrowing everything and I just had to buy 7 pairs of shoes in the last 2 weeks because we discovered that we needed everything for the 2 of them for the winter – rain boots, snow boots, everyday boots and sneakers. But I think I spent a total of $180 for 7 pairs of shoes. That’s not bad, right?

By the way, I’m totally buying that rope necklace that Claudine is wearing in the photos for myself. I fell in love with it at the shoot. I want it for me….and maybe that fabulous feather headband (not for me, I don’t think it would fit).

ps. A few people brought it to my attention that named my former blog, Babygadet, #1 in their 50 Best Design Blogs for Moms. Gee, and look…a HUGE photo of me and Mia from our trip to Cannon Beach, urgh. Some people got confused when they saw that photo tied with Babyg and thought it was a misprint, and rightly so. Because even though I started the blog 6 years ago, I haven’t been involved at all in well over a year. Real congrats should go to my writers who keep that blog up: the ever prolific, Myfawny Nixon and Justine Hand. Hats off to you, ladies, especially Myf.

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  • kate October 5, 2010 at 11:48 am

    I want Claudine’s necklace too! So cute.

    ps. thanks for the sweet comment on my blog about moving. I knew you’d relate. Sometimes I think movies and tv shows about NYC put an idea in my head that makes me love it more than I actually truly do. We’ve been watching Bored to Death and I started crying the other night that if we move to Cali, I won’t be able to watch the show anymore because of all the NYC shots. Billy told me I was being ridiculous. I am. ha. But…

  • joslyn October 5, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    the girlies always look fantastic. i hear you on the shoes. it’s killing me.

    other thoughts:
    1. i too want that rope necklace. bad.
    2. that apartment where you did the shoot…oh my…gorgeous!

  • Melissa October 5, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Your girls always look adorable. Two of the cutest I’ve ever seen. 🙂

    Does that rope necklace fit ok on an adult? It is fantastic and I would like one too!

  • emmy October 5, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Gorgeous kids!!!

  • Nani October 5, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    I have been wondering where you get the girls clothes. I AM IN LOVE and I am the same I am a sale fiend i cannot wait to shop at Zara kids and etc this winter in NY

  • Barefoot Liz October 5, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    It seems so easy to find adorable clothes for girls. For boys, it’s not so easy. Maybe I should start designing boys clothing. 😉

  • Justine Hand October 5, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Whoa! I didn’t know that BabyG got named number 1 mom design blog. Awesome!

    Re: kids clothes, I do what you do too, plus I actually have a lot of luck on ebay. Solvi has a gorgeous pair of new, pink Camper boots that I won on Ebay for only $14! I simply visit the site periodically and type in the names of my favorite designers.

  • Anna @ D16 October 5, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Not that it matters AT ALL, but I think babygadget is actually #4. For some weird reason, they displayed the list alphabetically rather than in rank order. (Again, not that it matters at all.)

    Soooo…did you get to sit in that red Togo sofa I see lurking in the background? They look so super comfortable. I’m afraid to actually try one out because I’m sure I’ll fall in love and then have to sell my house in order to be able to afford my very own.

  • Jenna October 5, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    anna, the ranking is confusing, because then there is that “1” in the upper left corner. It doesn’t matter…because there’s still that HUGE photo of me.
    sofa…yes, comfy.

  • Aron October 5, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    My wife showed me your blog a few months ago–I think everytime you post she mentions to me how cute your kids are–clothes notwithstanding.
    By the way, I didn’t know you worked on the NYU School of Medicine website–I work there!

  • Jenna October 5, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    aron, that’s funny! I worked on the pathology dept websites. I’m starting the School of Nursing next week, actually.

  • Jenna October 6, 2010 at 10:54 am

    I am picking my necklace up tomorrow and I will let you know. But judging from the photo, I say yes!

  • ChantaleP October 7, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    Hey Jenna, how do you buy 7 pairs of shoes for 180$?? Wow. Your kids are gorgeous and the clothes they wear so unique. Love it.

  • Yasra October 7, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    holy crap! I didn’t know ismodern existed. those are some badass designs.

    I have to say, I was one of those under the impression that your kids’ wardrobes were just full of nothing but the coolest, colorfulest threads, things that you’d shopped around forever to find. but, J Crew or no J Crew, they’re lucky to have a mom with such fashion sense!

  • Laura October 7, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    My second question would be, what shampoo do you use on the girls? They have such shiny and pretty hair!

  • Aron @ hither and thither October 9, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    That’s so cool. Too bad my department, GU, recently re-did their website or I’d recommend you!

  • Theresa October 12, 2010 at 3:59 am

    Nice blog, I just discovered it. The girls are precious.

  • c October 15, 2010 at 2:51 am

    you got beautiful genetic kids. they could be model kids….

  • Ashley October 18, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    I ordered the beautiful rope necklace immediately upon reading this and love it! Tami at Ismodern seems terrific–thank you for the tip, Jenna!