Cheers and Sparkles: Shopping for the Perfect Little Holiday Dress


Oh, there's nothing more adorable than to dress up your little one for the holidays! I absolutely love the sparkly, sequined and velvety little dresses that adorn most of the shopping racks around this time of the year. I must admit, I get a little guilty spending a whole lot on children's apparel, but a lovely holiday dress is a once-a-year splurge so it can be justified even for a bargain-hunter mommy like me.  


In shopping for Ariana's dresses, I tend to keep returning back to proven-and-tested shops I know I can rely on for adorable dresses. Two of my favorite mall destinations are H&M and Gap Kids. They can be on the pricey side, but if you know when to shop, you can get really cute but deeply discounted dresses. I suggest getting on the mailing list of your favorite children's shops so you'll be the first to get seasonal sale alerts.


For this photo shoot, Ariana is wearing a sparkly Gap Kids dress in lime color. Although it's common to see holiday dresses with full skirts (Ariana adores them as they are perfect for a princess twirl), I love the minimalist look and structured silhouette of this dress. It's simple enough for weekend dressing, but elegant enough for a holiday party.


Do not rule out online shopping. Many online stores carry a varied line of kids clothing. Even if I don't often shop online, I like to browse what's out there, so I sometimes stalk online shops like Thumbeline, Fawnshoppe, Sweet William and Shan and Toad


Finally, to complete your little one's holiday look, make sure to add a few lovely accessories. Because we opted for a minimalist holiday dress, it was easy to add bead bracelets in holiday colors and a metallic multi-band headpiece to finish off Ariana's holiday look. The best accessory of all? A joyful face. Spread the holiday cheer by always leaving a trail of sparkle. From our family to yours, happy shopping and Merry Christmas to all!


Holiday Shopping: Ultra-Cool Gift Ideas


Oh goodness, it's nearly Christmas and you are hardly done with gift-shopping! I share your sense of mad rush. Like you, I have been scrambling while playing Santa and checking off the shopping list. Generally, I prefer the full malling experiencethere's something exhilarating about being surprised in every shop you step into and being able to smell a scented candle or touch a pashmina shawl. But have you seen the malls lately? Holy guacamole, good luck finding a parking spot!

So, in desperation, I turned to online shopping. Often, if I want some adorable gifts, I would visit Papyrus, Brookstone or AHAlife online. Imagine my surprise when I discovered ultra-cool gift ideas from Amazon! I've pulled some of my favorites in case, like me, you need last-minute holiday gift recommendations. Happy hunting for the perfect gift!     

Even for a non-coffee drinker like me, this one is super adorable! Like coffee and cream, this case cover makes for a perfect combo for your Starbucks-addicted friend's Apple iPhone 6. Venti latte with an extra shot of cuteness?

Sleep tight, sleepyhead! Nothing's cuter than an emoticon plush pillow. It's also a sneaky way to say: Sweet dreams, baby love!

Sure, we may no longer need a watch to tell time as we often have our multi-tasking smart phones to do that, but that doesn't mean we should no longer accessorize the wrist. If you have to delight a watch-loving hubby, do it stylishly with a unique, wooden watch.  

I have a pen. I have an apple. Pineapple! Shake off that viral song in your head and turn your attention to this chic Hawaiian Pineapple tumbler instead. Pina colada, anyone?

Ah, this one is as pretty as the blooming cherry blossoms! Surprise a tea-loving mother-in-law or aunt with a no-spill glass teapot.

Purrr...too cute! Nothing says cozy more than a pair of plush slippers while you sip a cup of hot chocolate by the fireplace. 

Ready, camera, action! Get your YouTube videos in HD with an ultra-cute Polaroid Cube camera.

OMG, I want one! Add humor by giving this Whatever Wall Clock to a friend or cousin who is notoriously late during after-five social meetings or family events.

Elevate selfie-taking with this INSTAX mini camera that instantly prints polaroid photos, which would later make for a lovely wall gallery.

Do you feel the force? Surrender to Master Yoda's wisdom and surprise a Star Wars superfan with this adorable Star Wars pillowcase. Now who's ready for Rouge One?