August 21, 2013

Girls Fashion Fall 2013

Earlier this week, I wrote about some of the fall fashion trends for boys. However, I know that many of you have girls that you will be shopping for when the weather begins to change so here is the info you need to know to ensure your daughter is in style as she heads back to school this fall.

Camo Prints – Previously, camouflage was reserved for the guys (unless it was pink camo), but this year many designers are using it for girls and women’s clothing. The cool thing is that nothing is off limits for camo; jackets, leggings, skirts, jeans, tops, scarves, shoes, hats and even backpacks will be seen dressed in green camouflage.

Flannel – Flannel has always been a warm and cozy material, but it went out of style back in the 90s. However, it is making a comeback. Now, it isn’t cool to wear just a flannel top with jeans. Instead, use a long-sleeved flannel top to wear over a cute, distressed t-shirt. Flannel skirts, jackets, scarves and hats are also going to be popular this fall.

Denim – Yes, jeans are still in style, but the “new” thing is to break out the jean jackets and vests to give your outfit the extra “pop” it needs. Girls will also enjoy experimenting with denim overalls and pinafore dresses this fall as well.

Sneakers & Big Soles – Both of these styles have long been out of style, but they too are making a big comeback this fall. Sneakers of all kinds and colors are going to be seen walking the halls and the streets this fall. For formal shoes, many girls will put away the skinny little heels and pull out the lug soles and block heels for a fresh, new look this fall. The benefit to these types of shoes is that they aren’t quite as difficult to walk in.

White – This fall it doesn’t matter what a girl wears, if it’s in white, it’s hot. For example, if your daughter is a low-key, relaxed girl then a pair of white jeans her favorite t-shirt is all she’ll need. However, if your little one is more of a fashion queen, then a cute white blazer will be perfect for dressing up her favorite outfits this fall!

Wacky Prints – For girls that like to make a statement with their clothing, choosing wacky printed pants will be all they need to do this fall. It seems that the “louder” the prints the better this fall. So, let your little one have fun with the clothing she chooses this fall. It doesn’t matter if it’s denim, leggings or a jacket – wacky printed clothes are definitely in right now!

Leather – Finally, don’t shy away from leather this fall because it’s quickly becoming one of the latest fall fashion trends for both boys and girls. Girls can enjoy wearing cute leather jackets, skirts, pants and even some shirts will have leather accents. The trick is not to wear them all at once. Only wear one leather piece at a time. Oh, and colored leather – yeah, it’s in style too!

Now that you know what is going to be in style this fall, hopefully you and your girl(s) can go get the back-to-school clothes shopping done! Just remember that if you are in need of formal wear for your little one this fall, come to Kids Formal first. We keep the latest girls fashion trends for formal wear in stock!

August 14, 2013

Back-to-School Tips: Keeping Kids Healthy

While my son and I are both excited about the start of school, the one thing I dread about the school year are all the germs that come along with it. When my kids are at home, I have a little better control over their environment, however, when they are out and about and around other kids that power is taken away. While it isn’t feasible for me to think that I can protect my son from coming into contact with germs, there are some things that I can do to better ensure that his body is up to the task of fighting them off. Below are some back to school tips for keeping our kids healthier this school year.

• Make sure they get a good night’s sleep. There are so many benefits associated with getting a good night’s sleep, especially for children. Sleep gives children the time they need to recharge, but it also gives their bodies time to recharge too. When a child is exhausted and sleep deprived, his body isn’t going to be able to fight off unwanted germs that can cause the common cold, flu and other ailments. Sleep allows the immune system to stay strong and in good health which will aid your little one in staying healthy this school year.

• Pack their lunch. Last year, my husband and I decided to let our son eat the school food for breakfast and lunch. As I had a newborn at home, it was very convenient to just pay the school and allow them to feed my son. The problem was that my son didn’t particularly care for the food the school served at lunch (he liked breakfast) and, as a result, he wouldn’t eat a lot of it. He was coming home irritable and tired.

So this year, I am going to start packing my son’s lunch every day. I will probably let him eat at the school for breakfast, but he will bring lunch from home. By packing my son’s lunch I will be able to monitor what he is getting and make sure he is receiving the protein he needs to get through the day. It’s important that children get the appropriate amount of nutrients during their meals throughout the day to keep their energy levels up, moods in check and their brains focused. The right foods also give the body the nutrients it needs to stay healthy.

• Give them vitamins. It’s important to supplement your child’s diet with a multi-vitamin to ensure better health. It is so hard to get all of the vitamins our bodies need through the foods we eat nowadays, making vitamins a necessity. I also give my son the L’il Critters Immune C Plus Zinc & Echinacea as these are great for keeping the immune system in tip-top shape. In fact, those are also for adults and I chew two a day, as well. They are just like gummy bears so it’s a fun morning “treat” for both of us!