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An Apology to My Daughter

Thursday, April 21st, 2011
By Glinda

Dear Daughter,

I bought you an outfit that I thought would look cute.

It was a three piece Calvin Klein, with jeans, a shirt, and a soft, furry vest.

I squealed upon seeing the furry vest, as it seems I have a weakness for children wearing fuzzy things.  Your grandmother had bought you a different outfit with a similar vest, and people could not get enough of you in it.

So the other night when we went to the baseball game, I thought the weather was perfect for your CK ensemble, as you’d never worn it before.  It was the perfect combination of semi-warm but not too warm, and I lovingly tucked your jeans into your adorable furry little boots that matched your vest perfectly.

I thought nothing of your outfit until I saw you walking with your dad about twenty feet away from me.  That distance gave me an entirely new perspective.

Your jeans had detailing on the back pockets I hadn’t noticed before, which made me uncomfortable. And they definitely qualified as “skinny” jeans. The vest looked chic, but a little too grownup for an 18 month old.  And the worst was your boots, which looked more like Uggs than anything else.  Good lord, they weren’t supposed to look like Uggs! How did I not see the resemblance? 

And Calvin Klein? What the hell was I thinking?  They are the ones who famously stood between a teen Brooke Shields and er, nothing

I solemnly promise on my Complete Works of Shakespeare never to dress you like a college sorority girl again.

Until maybe you are one, but that’s at least a good eighteen years away.



Monday Teeny Poll

Monday, March 28th, 2011
By Glinda

Last week I asked what method you used the most in your cell phone communications, and multi-tasking squeaked out a win, with 35% of you saying you both text and talk.  Texting, though, came in right behind at 33%.  19% of you prefer to talk, and 11% of you don’t have a cell phone.  Don’t feel bad, I only left the ranks of the cell phone-less last year.  I definitely prefer to text, if only because it seems so much more convenient for all parties involved.  I constantly text my husband throughout the day, and as he drives around on patrol for ten hours a day, it is much easier for him to answer a text whenever he has the spare time than to try to pick up a call, or even more annoying and time-consuming, call his voicemail.  I can send pictures/videos of the kids and all sorts of fun things.  Texting FTW!

Today I want to talk about the buzz surrounding Abercrombie and Fitch’s latest padded bikini top offering.  I’ve no problem with padded bikini tops, except that these are made for their children’s line, which is marketed to girls as young as eight.   It seems that when they first came out, they were advertised as “push up” tops, but that has since been removed.  So sneaky, A & F!


Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011
By Glinda

I don’t like tutus.

There, I said it.

I’m waiting for an entire contingent of well-heeled moms to come after me.

I don’t know about your area, but in my neck of the woods, tutu-mania is in full force.

The thing is, I don’t know why.

If you are enrolled in a ballet class, then sure, wear a tutu.  But am I wrong in thinking that even in ballet classes, they don’t really wear tutus until they actually perform in front of an audience? Right? I’ve actually never taken a ballet class, so maybe someone can enlighten me there.  With the current tutu craze, that could be changing, though.  Instead of being the provenance of dancers, they are now being co-opted by the toddler and even the not-yet-even-walking set.  All around me there are young girls in tutus, and they are miles away from being in any ballet-related activities. I see them at the doctor’s office, the grocery store, waiting to pick up their siblings at school, and all other manner of places where the last thing one would think of putting on was a frilly skirt with tights.

I have so far firmly resisted buying my daughter a tutu.

She isn’t in a dance class, so I see absolutely no need for one. 

However, I seem to be in the minority as tutus are becoming regular day attire instead of something you had to work hard to earn the right to wear.  Tutus are so hyper-feminine, and while I have no issue with femininity or looking feminine, for some reason they make me a little uncomfortable.  I suppose I think a tutu should be something worn for dress-up, and not out on errands.  And yes, I am one of those stick-in-the-mud moms who think that dress-up stays at home. 

My sister has threatened to buy my daughter one, as she thinks the Munchkinette would get a kick out of twirling around in it.

Call me an anti-tutu-ite, but I’m hoping the current tutu phase will blow over by the time my daughter can ask me for one.

A super-hero cape, though? I’m all for it.

Mini Me

Thursday, January 6th, 2011
By Glinda

I was browsing the internets a while ago, and came across a clothing company called Dollie & Me.  They make matching outfits for a girl and her doll.

When I was a young tot, I do not remember even remotely wanting my doll to look like me.  My doll was my doll, something to prop up on a chair, pour pretend tea with, and then possibly throw around on the lawn and drag around in a wagon.  I guess you could say it took a while for my maternal instincts to kick in.

I don’t know what it is about buying dolls so that they look just like their owners.  I think that it is totally appropriate to make dolls that reflect all races, but since when do eyes and hair color and outfit have to match?  I happen to think it zaps the imagination right out of the whole “pretend” thing. 

Maybe I’m just easily annoyed lately, but you won’t find me purchasing any matching outfits for my daughter and her doll.  I refuse to ever buy matching outfits for her and myself, so why would I spend good money for her and her doll?

I did just fine appropriating things I found around the house into my doll’s wardrobe, and my daughter will have to do the same.  In a pinch, you’d be amazed at what you can do with a doily.

Things I Love: Luna Luna Copenhagen*

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010
By Glinda

Now that I have a daughter, I find it hard to say that I enjoy shopping for her.  I feel it is disloyal to my son to say that, but there are just so many more things for girls than for boys.  It’s unfair, but until I figure out how to design my own clothing line for boys, that’s the way it is.

I recently found Luna Luna Copenhagen, which makes beautiful, simple clothes for girls.  I like them because they do not have all the poufs and froufs (a totally made-up term) that so many girls’ things have.  My daughter is not a poufs and froufs kinda gal.  Are these clothes on the expensive side? Yes.  But I still love them.  These clothes are from their Holiday 2010 and Fall 2010 collections, but they’ve got lots more. 

So gorgeous!

This is practically perfect.

Simple and lovely.


Why was there nothing this awesome when I was growing up?  Eh, my mom probably never would have bought it for me anyway.

*I received no pay or other type of compensation for this review.

Halloween Horrors (Otherwise known as Teen and Tween Costumes)

Thursday, September 9th, 2010
By Glinda

These costumes are fantastic examples of when the company idea guys sat around a table and said, “Hey, what wholesome concepts can we make completely slut-tastic?”

I present the evidence, all of these being teen costume offerings.

The regular Alice in Wonderland is apparently dressed like a nun. So they decided to hack a foot or so off her skirt and light up her crotch area. Methinks the Queen would not approve.

Bats are so not sex-ay. But they’ve aimed to fix that with a skirt up to there and a bustier! Because everyone equates bats with boobs, right? This one is even worse because it’s marketed to tweens as well.

Little Red Riding Hood certainly delivers the goods with this costume! Can also do double duty as an Oktoberfest beer server uniform.

This Disney princess looks as if a different kind of sleeping is her goal.

And now I must go and have a drink and wonder why the sluttiest of the costumes are the ones that sell out first.

Things I Love: Peek…Aren’t You Curious?*

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010
By Glinda

It had been a while since I had been to one of my favorite shopping malls, and I happened to finally stop by a couple of weeks ago.  They have done some remodeling and taken out some kid-friendly features in order to appear more “upscale” so I hadn’t been in a really big hurry to go back.

But, a new store that I’d never heard about had popped up in my absence, and I have to say I was really, really impressed with the quality and design of the clothing. I know y’all like to see the goods before buying, but there aren’t a whole lot of these stores in brick-and-mortar form, so online is the way most of you will be able to access their stuff. 

And what wonderful stuff it was!  I liked many, many things, but here are a few of my favorites:

Little Peanut Dress

The fabric is soft and lovely, the garment itself well-constructed.  I adored all of their “little peanut” line.

Stinson Polo

The ultimate in surfer cool, I liked a lot of their shirts for boys.

Frida Skirt

The picture does not do this skirt any justice.  The embroidery is absolutely beautiful, and again, the skirt is well-made.

Junglie Elephant

Their whole line of Junglie and Bunglie animals were some of the softest, cuddliest I’ve ever felt.

Oh, and I always award bonus points to stores who emphasize books, and they had a large and impressive book display in the very front of the store.

*I am not affiliated with Peek…, nor am I receiving any sort of compensation for this review.  Good clothes are hard to find, and I wanted to pass the info along.

Emmy Red Carpet Winner- Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka

Monday, August 30th, 2010
By Glinda

I love everything about this, from the Audrey Hepburn hair down to the delicate heels. Perfect!

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