It could be because they’re growing up or perhaps it’s due to them developing my aversion to the camera (see if you can spot me in any of the footage from the recent Interior Blog Awards … no, it wasn’t because I was crying in the corner at not winning, instead I managed to hide behind Jess whenever I saw a photographer approach), but trying to capture my two boys has become increasingly difficult lately. Even candid shots where they’re busy doing other things and I try to sneak a snap or two, they have a sixth sense and immediately turn their back to me. It’s rare for me to get a half decent photo of them any more unless bribed with sweet treats and cool wooden toys from Great Little Trading Co.
However, I now have one more strategy up my sleeve … amazing clothes from organic baby and kids clothes boutique, Rosie & Cooey. Clothes that encourage my little one to roar like a dragon (do dragons roar?) and my eldest to pose like rugby commenter observing play from the sidelines … their future dream professions (as of yet, I don’t really know which one of them is going to end up the most disappointed).
Children’s clothes, much like my own actually, are something that I rarely talk about on here. Not because I’m not interested in fashion, it’s mainly due to the fact that I don’t buy a lot of them. Like with interiors, I tend to fall in to the ‘buy well, buy once’ category and choose clothes that have enough wear in them and are sufficiently timeless that they can be passed down and passed on. Yes, some inevitably get wrecked (holes in knees from sport and sliding are the biggest issue in this house) but a lot have been worn by two not-particularly-careful boys and have more than enough life left in them to be given to friends or donated once they’ve been outgrown.
Not only do Rosie and Cooey stock brands that I personally would buy from again and again and again because the quality of the clothes is amazing (Tootsa Macginty, Småfolk, and Indikidual, to name but three), they only work with brands that trade ethically and strive to achieve sustainable production. So, brands that use materials, organic cotton, for example, that have a lower impact on human health and the environment coupled with a commitment to ethical production.
So, I’m incredibly happy to be sharing my boys’ favourite autumn outfits with you today and pointing you in the direction of Rosie and Cooey to buy them (and the chance to win a £50 voucher). Although, check out the pyjamas, too - these Space Sloth ones are the best I’ve come across in ages. I’d love some for myself.
FOR A CHARACTER AND COSTUME LOVING FIVE YEAR OLD
Pyjamas, costumes and quirky prints are all favourites of my five year old - clothes that don’t feel like clothes, really - so it was no surprise that he chose a cosy dragon-themed outfit from Fred’s World by Green Cotton. He particularly loves the playful sweatshirt, and the cool denim pants look smart but offer the freedom to run around outdoors without any restrictions. The dragon beanie is so cute, too - both the detail and the quality are amazing.
FOR A SMART BUT SPORTS MAD EIGHT YEAR OLD
At eight, my eldest is a bit more cool-conscious than his younger brother. He still likes colour and a little but of quirkiness but characters? Not so much, anymore. Kite Clothing caught his eye and he chose a really lovely blue-coloured pair of slim fit jeans and a super soft patterned sweatshirt. Both really smart but also great for playing in, too. What do you think?
These outfits were kindly gifted to us by Rosie & Cooey.