Why Every Little Girl Needs a Twirly Dress

Some dresses have the power to do this—to transform the mindset and elevate feelings of joy from within. A twirly dress can make any little girl smile, dance like a ballerina and even ease tantrums—nothing distracts unhappy thoughts more than the idea of twirling around in a dress!
TWIRL ALL THE WAY TO NEVERLAND, LITTLE ONE!  This adorable  Twirly dress by Dotdotsmile Lori Weitzel VIP  in splashes of fun watercolors makes for the perfect summer dress.

TWIRL ALL THE WAY TO NEVERLAND, LITTLE ONE! This adorable Twirly dress by Dotdotsmile Lori Weitzel VIP in splashes of fun watercolors makes for the perfect summer dress.

If you happen to be a mama to a spunky six-year-old girl, you know you have your hands full when it comes to dressing her up. The little one has always been independent from the moment she discovered she was capable to doing things on her own. From the time she could pick out her own clothes, she had always tried to put her own spin to her adorable little style.

Some days it works (adding pink bracelets add a girly touch), on other days it doesn't (wearing a dozen necklace is a little overtop). While I encourage her to dress based on what makes her feel comfortable and confident, I also have to steer her gently from looking like Bozo the clown. And really, on days when tantrums are flying everywhere because she simply needs to assert her independence on mixing and matching clothes, I've learned to pick my battles wisely.   

Unless it's not season-appropriate ("No, you can't wear open-toe sandals on a rainy day!"), I let her experiment and play with the clothes she wants to wear, even when I sometimes desperately want to hold a sign in public that says: "Don't judge me. She dressed herself up." 

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Thankfully, most of the time, she dresses herself well. I do find it interesting that she is quick to pick up style cues just by observing how I put together her outfits, preferring to match her colors well and favoring dresses, more often than not. 

So when we received our first DotDotSmile Lori Weitzel VIP in the mail, the little one was beyond thrilled. From her reaction, you would think Christmas came early and that she just opened a present from Santa! After seeing the pure joy on her face, I've come to a conclusion: Every little girl should own at least one twirly dress!

"Mommy, I feel like a princess!" she exclaimed as she twirled around. To a mom, that was the perfect compliment. It is like me trying on a little black dress and telling everyone I feel like Audrey Hepburn! Some dresses have the power to do this—to transform the mindset and elevate feelings of joy from within. A twirly dress can make any little girl smile, dance like a ballerina and even ease tantrums—nothing distracts unhappy thoughts more than the idea of twirling around in a dress!

A SPLASH OF COLORS.  Nothings says happiness than a splash of fun colors.

A SPLASH OF COLORS. Nothings says happiness than a splash of fun colors.

I often prefer subtle prints when shopping for the little one's apparel, but the explosion of hues on this dress reminds me of a watercolor canvas—so fun, playful and creative. The little one loves the splash of colors too, but more importantly, she loves how the ultra-soft fabric feels. The stretchy yet soft fabric is luxurious to the touch  which makes it the perfect material for an airy, summer dress. 

Of course, because we live in the Sunshine State where summer is year-round, this twirly dress is, technically, a year-round dress. And from the way things are now in which she resists the idea of taking the dress off, I am more than certain this dress will be on her weekly style rotation.

Does your little one own a twirly dress? How do you help your little fashionista build confidence in dressing herself up? Let's chat, style mamas?

Disclosure: Although this post is sponsored by DotDotSmile Lori Weitzel VIP, we always provide our honest opinion as we only work with brands we love.

To explore all the delightful twirly dresses, join DotDotSmile Lori Weitzel VIP. Plus, hurry and avail of the 10% discount this Thursday (July 18). DotDotSmile Lori Weitzel VIP offers weekly discounts so be sure to join the VIP group on Facebook or follow the group on Instagram. But just in case you need to shop more, use the code "gospelofbeauty" for a discount on your first purchase! Happy shopping, mamas!

Style Trend Alert: Pink Will Reign Supreme

Spring may be months away, but the style trend is evident: Pink will reign supreme. In fact, at the Paris Fashion Week which previewed spring 2017, collections on the runway were apparently heavy with femininity and shades of sweetness. PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRIAN JOHNSON | LOCATION: HYDE PARK, TAMPA

Ariana's style:  Ballerina pink and gold dress by  Jenna & Jessie  and pink  Hello Kitty  ballet flats by  H&M .

Ariana's style: Ballerina pink and gold dress by Jenna & Jessie and pink Hello Kitty ballet flats by H&M.

Fashion powerhouse Balenciaga, for instance, featured a watermelon-pink turtleneck dress while the style house of Valentino showcased a knee-length cape hybrid dress in stunning Schiaparelli pink. Givenchy, on the one hand, featured a long-sleeved dress with coordinating fringes in muted blush. 

Mommy's Style:  White heart-shaped top with pleat sleeves and fringe skirt in blushing pink by  Express . Nude pumps by  Nine West .

Mommy's Style: White heart-shaped top with pleat sleeves and fringe skirt in blushing pink by Express. Nude pumps by Nine West.

So what's all this fascination with pink? Haven't critics of the bubblegum color said enough about its "too saccharine" quality? The recent obsession with pink, it appears, can be partly blamed by the fact that one of Pantone's colors of the year is Rose Quartz. Ah, that explains it. Move aside vegan Greenery.

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The other part of it may simply be that the fashion gods want to rethink pink to slightly strip it of its "Barbie color" reputation. Thus, the runway was painted with shades that were deemed less sweet to the fashion taste. For a modern take, stylists have paired pink with edgier colors like sulphuric yellow and minty lime to slightly tone down its feminine appeal. 

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It appears the love of pink has spilled beyond the runway and into the red carpet as celebrities were spotted wearing various shades of pink in recent award shows. At the 2017 Golden Globes Award, Carrie Underwood wore a pink and ruffled Iris Serban gown, so did Felicity Jones and Zoe Saldana who both wore the feminine color to the award show.

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But what if pink is not in your list of favorite colors? Can you still look stylishly on-trend with spring's shade of choice? Our advice: Do it in small doses. Add a pink scarf, a fashionable criss-cross bag or a pair of pink pumps.

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If baby pink is too girly for you, consider a different shade of pink. A good rule of thumb is to find a shade that fits your hair color and skin tone. A blushing pink may wash you out if you have a fair complexion. Instead, opt for a hot pink dress to amp up your overall look. 

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Wear pink in combo. To give pink an edgier appeal, don't be afraid to shake it up. Limes and bright yellows have a jarring but pleasant appeal to pink. 

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Ultimately, whatever shade of pink speaks to you, remember the number one fashion tip: Keep it fun! For Ariana and I, when it comes to being playful with color choices, we say: "Yes, pretty, pretty pink please!"

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Hello Kitty Love!

Oh, Hello Kitty, why are you too adorable to resist? It's safe to say the Hello Kitty obsession in our house is one that has been a generational hand-me-down. I have always adored Hello Kitty even when I was Ariana's age, and now that she is old enough to explore her expanding circle of imaginary friends, she has discovered my ageless feline friend after stumbling onto an old Hello Kitty TV series on Netflix. 

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So when Ariana wanted to know more about Hello Kitty, it was mommy's cue to do some spy digging. Do you know that Hello Kitty's real name is Kitty White? Meow, isn't that adorable? Although Hello Kitty was created by Sanrio, a Japanese company, our kitty friend is actually British as she was born in the suburbs of London. No wonder she is such a fine and proper lady. 

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Hello Kitty has not aged one bit. Who would have guessed she's now 42 years old? That's right, she was born on November 1, 1974 and lives with her parents and twin sister, Mimmy. The fact that she's petite as can be (five apples tall), she could forever pass as anyone's favorite third grader.

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In the Sanrio world, Hello Kitty is surrounded by her critter friends, including a squirrel named Rory, and a close childhood friend named Dear Daniel. In Ariana's world, Sparklya doggy purseoften tags along with her when shopping, like when we shopped for her adorable Hello Kitty peplum dress and ballet flats at H&M.

Watch Ariana's Hello Kitty Snapchat VIDEO at  The Gospel of Beauty's Instagram  PAGE.

Watch Ariana's Hello Kitty Snapchat VIDEO at The Gospel of Beauty's Instagram PAGE.

If you want the treasure trove of Hello Kitty finds, your next shopping stop should be at sanrio.com. This online store offers every Hello Kitty collectible you can imagine, such as the Hello Kitty cushion and Iolani x Hello Kitty Mini Tote: Gold Pineapple collection (shown above). Apart from toys and apparel, Kohl's is another place where you may find a few Hello Kitty surprises, including the Rechargeable Bluetooth Speaker featured here. Should you be near Orlando, stop by the adorable Hello Kitty Shop at Universal Orlando Resort, which opened just early this year. But if you happen to be the real-deal collector, take a peek at that precious Hello Kitty with heart Swarovski crystal. Purrr, we want one!

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Finally, don't just shop, but experience Hello Kitty. For one, we made it a tradition to stop by the Hello Kitty Cafe inside Incheon's International Airport in Seoul, Korea each time we head back home to the Philippines. Ariana's first stopover was when she was barely two years old. If you don't have any international trips planned anytime soon, catch the roving Hello Kitty Cafe when it happens to pop up in your city.