Kirsteen (@kirsteenlomax) is a mummy to two girls Edie (three) and Tabitha (one) She lives in Leicestershire and shares the most beautiful pictures of their family life. We love to follow them and are always inspired by the girl's outfits, we'd describe their style as timelessly on trend. Here's Edie & Tabitha's Little Style Story."
Photo by @Ralph.and.winnie
Describe the girls' style. Does it match their personalities?
I tend to dress the girls in more traditional style clothing, whilst incorporating a few trend lead pieces each season. I am loving the trends just now, broderie blouses, oversized collars, all the neutral and toffee colours.
Edie is definitely starting to develop her own likes and dislikes when it comes to her wardrobe and I fear I don’t have long left when it comes to dressing her how I would like, but that’s children for you. There are two sides to her, she is very adventurous, loves the outdoors and enjoys rough and tumble …. not so suited to pretty dresses. However, there is a side of her that loves dressing up, playing with her babies, dancing and Frozen, she’s a girl of two halves and I love that about her.
Tabitha is still too young to care, however she just wants to be like her big sister, so I imagine she will quickly follow in Edie’s footsteps of rejecting itchy knitwear and requesting leggings and wellies every morning.
Where are your favourite places to shop for Edie & Tabitha? What are your favourite brands?
High street wise, I tend to shop at H&M, Mango and Zara. Zara Home also does their own range of clothing, which has some lovely, typically a little more traditional style clothing. They are also a go to for nightwear. They have the sweetest mini me set in just now.
I cannot visit Zara’s New In section without adding something to my basket, I try to avoid it at all costs, but it just keeps luring me in!
I am trying to be more considered with what I buy going forward, trying to buy Edie pieces that will last and be passed down to Tabi, that way I don’t feel as bad spending a little more on something, if it will get worn by the both of them.
I love Belle Enfant for more special pieces, their colour palette and fabrics are just beautiful.
I am also a fan of Louise Misha and Louis Louise Paris for that boho / folk look, you can trust the French to come up with the goods when it comes to children’s clothing and home wear.
I have discovered most of the childrenswear brands I buy from through Instagram, I have come across so many gorgeous independents from getting lost down an Instagram rabbit hole. I have had some beautiful dresses from @motherofpearlhandmade, @little.dottie.designs, @rosebudsandribbons, @sewheritage to name a few.
I love Faune for night dresses, so beautiful Edie wears hers as day dresses (I am lusting after one for myself) and Sleepy Doe for PJ’s. I have just bought the girls a pair of their new floral woven pjs.
What’s your favourite item of clothing for Edie & Tabitha?
I love the sheepskin gilet I bought for Edie from Binibamba (they also do the most gorgeous sheepskin pushchair liners) it comes in one size (6 months to 2 years) both the girls have worn it loads. It looks so sweet over dresses or cashmere or woollen sets. Its reversible too, so you get too different looks from the one piece.
I recently bought a handmade jacket; made from vintage patchwork quilts; from a lady I discovered on Instagram. I loved it so much I asked if she would make me a small version for Edie. It is one of my favourite pieces I have bought Edie and It will get passed down to Tabi afterwards. They are beautifully made, heirlooms that I hope will always stay in the family. (Available from @thewildfolkstudio).
I bought a White vintage nightdress for Tabitha and vintage lace dress for Edie from Newark antiques market. I love a good troll around an antiques fair, but have never thought to look for children’s clothes, but there are some gems if you are willing to rummage. They are beautifully made and the lace dress is so detailed and different to anything you could pick up on the high street.
Best places to shop for kids homewares?
We are nearly at the end of completely renovating our house, and will soon be on to the fun part of decorating the girl’s rooms, which as sad as it is, they are probably the rooms I am most looking forward to doing. A few places where I have picked up bits for their rooms….
Smallable – A beautifully curated selection of homewear and clothing. I love Numero 74 for interiors, they do lovely bedding, cushions and canopies.
Camomile London – The most fabulous bedding. I have ordered a throw and cushions for Edie’s room. Really beautiful quality and timeless design.
The Modern Nursery – I have just ordered Tabitha a rattan bed from here. They have some really nice furniture and home wear pieces and they also offer an interior design service.
Konges Slojd- Beautiful toys, homeware and clothing. Pretty much want one of everything. Have just bought Tabi the shell night light for her room, I am loving all the shell inspired homewear and toys they are doing at the moment.
I try, where I can, to avoid plastic toys and have not done too badly so far. I know that as the girls get older I won’t be able to avoid it, but whilst they are young and not really interested in them, I’m taking it as a win. There are so many amazing independent toy shops that sell such beautiful toys and homeware.
‘One Hundered Toys’, I love their ethos that children need fewer toys, for better play (Something that I really need to work on, I just get too carried away)
‘Sisters Guild’ has a great selection of Maileg, which we are big fans of in our house (mainly me) They also have a lovely selection of clothing and toys.
Scandiborn- Scandi inspired children’s homewear and toys
The Hoppi Hippo – Gorgeous selection of wooden and rattan toys.
What was the last thing you bought for them?
For Tabi it was a beige gingham jacket from River Finley and Friends. It is the perfect boxy jacket, my sister has already got her eyes on it for her little boy afterwards.
For Edie it was a natural Woollen Co-ord set by Kids of April from Dawn and Day, I am going to style it with her Zara furry sandals and chunky socks.
What’s the next thing you want to buy for each of the girls?
I want to buy pretty much the whole girl’s wear range from ‘The New Society’. Their styling is just perfection in my eyes. Very Isabel Marant! I can only pray that Edie will let me style her in those sorts of outfits one day (I very much doubt it is going to happen, but a mama can dream)
You have such a creative eye for taking the perfect pictures of your girls - any tips?
Thank you that’s so kind. I do love taking photographs and hopefully the girls will enjoy looking back through them once they have grown up. I am not very technical and only know basic photography skills, but a few things I have picked up…
- I try and get down to their level to take the photo, as it always looks better taken at their level than from above.
- I take several shots and then will go through them and select the best edit.
- I love a natural photograph, especially real laughter, so at times, I am that embarrassing person making crazy faces and chasing them around. It can be hard as Edie is now a lot more aware when she is getting her photo taken and does her fake smile and shouts cheese or doesn’t want to play ball at all.
- Shoot in natural light if you can, as unless you have a proper lighting set up, artificial light can be too harsh and you can get heavy shadows in my experience.
- Last but by no means least…Wipe their noses before you take their picture. I see a lot of pictures of snotty noses, maybe some parents can see past this, but I just can’t. Haha!
Favourite kids style accounts to follow on Instagram
This is not so much a style account, although her and her two children are always beautifully dressed, but one of my favourite accounts to follow is Charlotte over at @Polarpost. She sells THE most beautiful letters from Father Christmas (You will shed a tear reading them) and lots more special Christmassy things. Her stories are so funny and she just brings magic to Christmas and the everyday, which this year is more important than ever!