Saturday, 20 October 2012

Shopping Spotlight: Barnyard Kids

I am constantly on the look out for new brands and new online shops for childrenswear, and every now and then I come across an online store that is just perfect.

Barnyard Kids is a great site and holds a range of super cool labels that we at Millie Is Wearing have reported on before such as Fub, Katvig, Smafolk and Molo! As well other equally cool labels such as Urban Elk and Name It!

For example I love the label Maxomorra that Barnyard Kids offer (this is a new label to me) and this great spotty dress will look amazing with bright purple tights and orange ballet pumps shoes to brighten up a winters day!

Love this Maxomorra dress from

Their web store which can be found on is super easy to navigate and gives clear and concise information about the products! There's nothing more I hate than having to go through multiple stages to get to purchase one item of clothing!

Moccis Moccasins from

The age range of pieces starts from newborn to 7 years and cover everything from dresses, tops and trousers to hats, caps and super cute Swedish Moccasins!

We love this CTH fur hat from


The lovely people at Barnyard Kids have exclusively offered 15% off orders for Millie Is Wearing readers! Just make sure you put that you are a "Millie Is Wearing reader" and your items will be discounted at the checkout!

Super easy to wear Smafolk dress  

Super stylish FUB dress

Cute Urban Elk tee

Molo dress

Theres so much to choose from, a complete wardrobe update could be done by a click of a button!

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Advanced Styling

Flamboyant styling is very much the order of the day for the silent older generation’s coming of quirky age. Where finding their voice at a later stage has allowed for increased confidence and the notion of living each day as it comes! 

Fun and creativity from the Idiosyncratic Fashionistas!

Piling on the accessories and wearing clashing colours but most of all having fun is their ethos.

The Idiosyncratic Fashionistas duo are a big influence in the fashion world!

 This has to be the best fit for childrenswear, where the theme here is to have FuN with what you are wearing! But the style element has to be there as there is a fine line between looking crazy and looking stylish.

90 year old Ilona Smithkin enjoys colour!

To dilute this for a more wearable look make sure that the balance is right, a plain base colour is needed, therefore bright white as a base and brighter accents such as a royal purple and bitter sweet pinks to lift the look.

Iris Apel and her big rimmed glasses are ever present at every fashion event!

Look to brands like Bang Bang Copenhagen to mimic this free spirited style!
Free Thinking at Bang Bang Copenhagen!
I love the detailing of this dress from Bang Bang Copenhagen!
Quirky at Bang Bang Copenhagen!

Fun fun fun at Bang Bang Copenhagen!

The stark contrasts can also be achieved by adding lots of accessories with pom poms, glasses and funky coloured tights.

Iris Apfel is so influential that she has garced front covers of top fashion publications!

The Advanced Style queen Iris Apfel is so influential in the fashion circles she did a fantastic spread for Dazed & Confused!

Looking fabulous!

These fantastic creative women are great inspiration for fashion both young and old! Highlighting the fact that anything can go!

Go have fun!

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Spotlight on: The House of Elfen Couture

The House of Elfen Couture A/W 12 Collection

"Who hasn’t had a childhood dream of stepping into the jaw-dropping gown of a true screen diva, wondering who one might become and what the world might be like?"

The House of Elfen Couture A/W 12 Collection

Elfen Couture understand girls and their love of dress up and the dream of becoming something fabulous! Many a nights are filled with us watching Millie and her best friend (and neighbour) Winnie act out some dramatic scenes of their own written play!

The House of Elfin Couture A/W 12 Collection

The ethos behind Elfen Couture is to create that beauty and spirit of childhood play, creating clothes for girls who love to dress up with beautiful fabrics and exhilarating fabrics!

 The House of Elfen Couture A/W 12 Collection

Elfen Couture is located in Berlin. The Elfen Couture Collections are made to order exclusively at the Berlin Showroom in Charlottenburg or the E-Boutique with worldwide shipping.

The House of Elfen Couture Past Collections

One Day Couture Dress!

Elfen Couture also create unforgettable bespoke gowns for super special occasions.

The House of Elfen Couture

To arrange a personal appointment, whether in Berlin or anywhere else, contact:

The House of Elfen Couture Past Collections

Amazing, and they also do a range for women, we are ready for our close ups!

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Spotlight on: Boys!

After a lot of requests from parents of boys I decided to do a spotlight post of some exciting brands out there within boyswear! I have heard a lot of complaints from parents that boys clothing is very limited with a uniform of jeans and "surfer" logo t-shirts. 

So I have searched the web for some cool and unique sites, some of the sites are from abroad (Dutch) and it may be a case of buying online or finding stockist in the UK. But use this post as inspiration as well as a port of call for online shopping.

The first label I think is interesting is Borxz, a Dutch brand that do have a few logo style t-shirts in their collection, but I choose this label because of the styling! 

Sometimes a little inspiration is all you need and I love the way that they have teamed a logo style t-shirt with retro jogging bottoms and tweed jacket! Its a combination that shouldn't work, but it really does!


By adding a chunky knit scarf with skinny jeans, it automatically makes the whole outfit more quirky!


I have posted about New Generals before and equally love their boys collection! With tonnes underground coolness this brand I think is the best at interpreting what is out there now for menswear on the underground scene and scaling it down perfectly.

The designs aren't groundbreaking but what it does, is give an insight into how simple pieces can be styled. Boys don't want to have too much design into the clothing that will harbour their ability to climb a tree or kick a football around so simple pieces work well.

Leggings don't just have to be for girls, wear with rock style t-shirt and big baseball boots for the LA son of a rock star look!

 Skinny jeans are a staple for most and these elasticated ones will fit perfectly!


I love No Added Sugar as a brand for Millie; their girlswear is super funky and their boyswear follows suit with their super cool collection for AW 12!

I love the stripe rock star skinny trousers teamed with the thick knit stripe jumper! Very Nirvana!

In contrast the great retro brown skinnys and cardigan combo is just so effortlessly cool!


Molo are known for their printed t-shirts and I love this kitsch animal print! Team with black skinnys and black Converse for a simple background to show off the print! Molo have an array of fantastical prints such as Retro Racing, Scrapyard Zoo and Grey Eagle!

They also have outerwear, trousers, hats, gloves and even underwear!

I love these grey drop crotch joggers as design wise they will look amazing with a pair of Converse pumps, but that will not be too restricting for play!

Molo's ethos is that for kids to be kids and their clothes should not be worn for special occasions but for everyday! You can see that in the materials used and the simple but well designed pieces that to be honest I think could be worn for a special occasions and not look out of place!

LOGOS! LOGOS! LOGOS! I know I said before logos can be OTT for boys, but I LOVE the little Viking Man logo from Danish label Danefae!

The Viking man is morphed into all kind of situations like riding a bike, in full costume and even eating his tea on baby bibs! The Danish brand also do a full collection including trousers, outerwear and accessories all in an array of stripes and bright colourways!

They even have bags, socks, and party tableware all featuring the happy little Viking Man! You could style this really OTT and have a mad mixture of stripes and colourways or tone it down with one or two bright pieces and the rest of the outfit plain and simple!


For simple but great quality basics, Katvig are at the forefront when it come to boys! Stripes will never go out of fashion and have become quite a staple for many fashion conscious mums and Katvig do the best array of colours you can find!

Wear these tees layered on a colder day or with skinnys and super cool beanie for urban cool!

Katvig is yet again another Danish company that takes a basic design but makes its funky but adding an offset zip detail or funky retro prints on great quality fabrics! I just love the lion repeat design!

I will post again for boys and spotlight on labels I feel that are interesting, but remember fashion has no rules!

As you know I hold no bounds when it comes to dressing Millie! Although I like her to look good, or at least look good in my eyes, I give her the freedom to chose whats she wants to wear.

Spiderman Alien
A lot of the time she does chose boyish clothing, I don't know if that's because I'm not the most ladylike dresser but I have to admit I love to see girls in boys clothing. Alot of what I have posted I would love to see Millie in too!

Fashion has no rules and if you feel great in something who is to say that is wrong!
Millie as a Pirate Parrot

 Millie quite often goes to the shops as a "Pirate Parrot" or dressed as a "Gothic Batgirl (with slicked back Elvis hair)"  for her school disco and I love that!

Millie as a Goth Batgirl (with Elvis hair???)

We don't have to dress in a uniformed way, but if you want to and feel comfortable doing so - do it! Its just we chose not to!

Here's some more of Millie's best dress up outfits!

An Indian Squirrel

Vampire Girl! (In Summer)
 Have fun and be creative!