It’s hard to find cool clothes for little boys.  But you can’t let girls have all the fun!  I’ve looked far and wide, and the first place I go to for nice clothing for boys is Tea.  Their stuff isn’t inexpensive, but luckily Haute Look is having a sale right now!  Go scoop up some grooviness for your little one.


I’ve loved J.Crew for a long time, waaaaaaay before Michelle Obama made it popular.  This is one brand in which the sizes run big, so I can still wear a size 6!  If you can brave the bad weather, check out the J.Crew sample sale at 260 Fifth Avenue between 28th and 29th Streets.  It runs through Sunday, so if you can’t get there today, there are still more opportunities to score deals on their stylish, fun clothes.  Hours are Tues.-Sat. 10am to 8pm, and Sun. 12pm-6pm, with markdowns on clothes for women, men and kids.












If you have a child with nut allergies like I do, Halloween candy can be pretty scary.  So I order chocolate from Vermont Nut Free every holiday season.  It was founded by the mother of a boy with a peanut allergy.  The site says its entire selection is completely safe for people with tree nut or peanut allergies.  While I can’t guarantee what’s safe for your child, you can find more information and resources on this on my ShopSmart blog.



This was my mood.











I had carefully planned out Halloween.  I had ordered my child’s costume, candy and decorations.  All I had to do was sit back, relax and enjoy the month’s spooky festivities.  THEN my dear husband took our child to a Halloween-themed birthday party.  Our child wore his costume.  My family returned home from the party, along with the costume, except for the hat that went with the outfit.  It was LOST.  There was no way to buy a new one.  The stores were all sold out now.  This was the discussion that ensued with my husband.







I had to leave before further destruction ensued.  So I flew off on a shopping-rage rampage (shopping rage will be the subject of a future blog post).  Fortunately I didn’t do too much damage to my bank balance, AND I began to calm down.  AND I began to realize that my husband – dad – does things differently and that I shouldn’t hate him for it.  While dad may not plan things out as carefully as mom does, that doesn’t mean he can’t roll with the punches and get things done.   Sure enough, when I returned home, my husband had found a new hat that was even better than the one that came with the costume.  Now I’m not a hater, I’m happy.  But I AM going to hide when my husband tries to explain to our child why his Halloween costume has a new hat.



is the name of my favorite children’s secondhand clothing store.  If you read this blog, you know Fashionmomix is a big fan of used clothing for kids.  I always find great things at Once Upon A Child.  I like the Wilmington, Delaware location best, but I haven’t been able to go there in a while.  Which just means more good stuff left for you!




Tip: DON’T show your child his or her Halloween costume six weeks before Halloween. Your child will want to wear said costume every day, said costume will get dirty, you will end up having to buy another costume and spend twice as much as you need to. That is the unfortunate mistake Fashionmomix made. I do not wish this upon your household.