It’s fair to say that Lily has a style of her own already. If we’re in a shop I’ll always give her choices to pick from when it comes to her clothing and accessories but otherwise I tend to pick outfits that match her personality and her face truly lights up when she tries them on for the very first time so I guess I’m doing a good job ey? “Mummy, I’m so beautiful” she’ll say looking down and twirling around, “You’re always beautiful baby” I reply. There’s so many things we see and instantly go “That’s so Lily!” and this series celebrates some of our favourite threads for our little girl. You know, the ones she’ll wear until the arms and legs are too short and I can’t get away with it anymore, the ones that’ll bring gorgeous memories flooding back when I fumble through her old stuff in years to come, the ones that make a real impression.
Little Green Radicals — Cornish Copper, Spring 2017
— We were gifted the outfit featured in this post for review purposes.
One of the reasons we chose our townhouse is because of its location. We gave up a decent-sized garden (one that we thoroughly enjoyed watching Lily run around in all last spring/summer) to rent this place and we only did so because there was a huge whopping great park directly across the road.
This past week it’s suddenly sprouted with beautiful daffodils in shades of the brightest sunshine yellow and that gorgeous soft lemon you often see too and amongst the long blades of grass they’re almost as tall as Lily!
In the far corner, there’s also a playground and I’m ashamed to say that we haven’t taken advantage of it as much as we could have but that’s all changing now that the warmer weather is starting to become more frequent and it’s such a large space for Lily to buzz around in expelling all of her excess energy.
I’m thoroughly embracing the spring season at the moment, my mood has lifted and I feel excited for the rest of the year. I didn’t realise how good last summer was until it was over. I have countless photos of Lily in her paddling pool, chalking on the paving slabs, painting on her easel in just a nappy and I remember her helping to put the wet clothes on the washing line and over-enthusiastically sniffing all of the flowers in the garden. It was a time full of magical moments, ice lollies, nature walks and big smiles.
The cornish copper outfit we chose for Lily from Little Green Radicals has all of the essences of spring. Our girly loves the ‘buzzy bees’, I think they remind her of her Plan Toys Bee Hives, and the high clouds set upon the blue sky mixed with long blades of grass and big red ‘cornish copper’ flowers makes for an absolutely beautiful design.
As always with Little Green Radicals, the playsuit, cardigan and hat are made from organic fairtrade cotton and they’re all generously sized to allow for extra wear. The 2-3 years size still fits Lily really well whereas we’ve had to relegate some of her other same-sized outfits to storage already, she is such a tall little lassie!
We’re lucky enough to have a fair few pieces from LGR in Lily’s wardrobe at the moment through generous gifts from family members and they all wash incredibly well. I am one of those people who just shoves everything in with a colour catcher and hopes for the best and they honestly look as though they’ve just come off the hanger — still vibrant, colourful and no fading at all. I’m sure they’ll still be like new when we pass them down to a new sibling (fingers crossed!) or a lucky friend.
I’ll always remember this moment with you my dearest bear. Running around the park with ‘Batty Hanratty’, dropping him down to the floor as you cross the rope bridge and sending him down the slide before you. Letting him delight in the scent of the daffodils and then you, my super social baby girl, befriending somebody else’s Grandad and sitting on his knee, snuggling in close to the warm heart of a stranger. Bouncing over to gatecrash a Father and Son’s game of football before gleefully scurrying around the field swooping your winged friend up and down in the boldest of prints.
We’ll always remember your third spring — when you were two — and we shared those moments just me and you.