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Checking the First Item Off Our Holiday To Do List: Holiday Outfits

As much as I love the merriment of the holidays, there are always a ton of things to get done. I like to get as much of the shopping portion done as soon as possible so that I can sit back and enjoy the festivities that come our way. Especially since this will be Elvie’s first Christmas, I want to take the stress out of the holiday and focus on just enjoying our little family and the traditions we are creating for our kids. I prefer to have all my Christmas shopping done by Thanksgiving, and I like to have holiday outfits chosen even earlier than that. In fact, I like working ahead on this portion so much that I’ve had Zinashi’s holiday dress since November of last year.

I’m partly kidding, of course. I mean, I did have the dress for that long, but only because I found a fabulous deal on a dress I knew that she would love. Knowing that Zinashi’s dress was already hanging in the closet, as soon as I had an idea of what size Elvie would need, I started looking for something that would be just right for her. By the end of September, that was done. All that was left were the finishing touches — tights, hair accessories, shoes and the like. For those items I did what I have always done: I went to Target. And when I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted in my local Target? I went to Target.com. Holiday outfits for my two sweet girls: done. Easy. Click through to see what they’ll be wearing this holiday season.

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  • The Dresses 1 of 8
    The Dresses
    Zinashi loves things that are fancy, and her favorite color is yellow, so when I saw this dress online, I knew it was just right. It didn't matter that it would be more than a year before she wore it; I couldn't pass up something that was so perfect for her. Elvie's dress was a little tougher to choose, but when I saw the sweet flowers on the bodice, accented with subtle sequins, I knew this would be a good fit. I wanted the dresses to look good together, but didn't feel they needed to match.
  • A Cardigan for Zinashi 2 of 8
    A Cardigan for Zinashi
    I took Zinashi with me to Target to choose the items we needed to complete her holiday look. We saw some other cardigans that would have been pretty with the dress, but we both liked this one the best. In fact, she liked it so well that she didn't want to take it off before we left the store; we paid for it by removing the tag and handing it to the cashier.
  • Tights and a Headband 3 of 8
    Tights and a Headband
    Zinashi would have gone for some wild colored tights, but accepted that matching the tights to the sweater was a good idea. The headband she chose doesn't match exactly, but there's a bit of orange in the middle of the flower on the dress, so I'm calling it close enough. Because this same dress will be used for multiple holiday functions, we also might look for another headband to keep the look fresh. The headbands at Target are affordable enough that buying more than one is not out of the question.
  • A Repeat of Shoes We’ve Had Before 4 of 8
    A Repeat of Shoes We've Had Before
    Zinashi loves this style of shoe and has worn this style and color for the holidays in the past. She was super excited that she could get a new version of the shoes she loved so much in years past.
  • A Sweet Headband for Elvie 5 of 8
    A Sweet Headband for Elvie
    I wanted to get Elvie a little something to wear in her hair, and we found this as soon as we walked into the baby section at Target. It is absolutely perfect, with ivory flowers and a touch of gold. This was the first thing we found on our holiday outfit trip to Target, and I was excited to get it home and discover that it was just right for the dress.
  • A Pop of Color for Elvie’s Little Feet 6 of 8
    A Pop of Color for Elvie's Little Feet
    Because Elvie's dress and headband are ivory with just a touch of gold, I wanted a pop of color on her feet. Our nearest Target doesn't have a shoes department, but it was super easy to find just the right pair of shoes on Target.com.
  • Classic Lace-Trimmed Socks to Go With Those Red Shoes 7 of 8
    Classic Lace-Trimmed Socks to Go With Those Red Shoes
    While I'd prefer that Elvie be through surgery and ready to wear tights by Christmas, we still don't know if that will happen, so I've chosen a pair of my favorite style of little girl socks to go with her cute, red shoes.
  • So Excited About the Holiday Items That She Had to Wear Them Home 8 of 8
    So Excited About the Holiday Items That She Had to Wear Them Home
    Zinashi was already wearing the holiday cardigan when we left Target, and she was so excited about the rest of the new stuff that she dug the headband out of the bag and put it on, giant tag still attached, while we were on the bus headed home. I'm pretty sure she would have tried to put the tights on as well if there had been any way to make that happen on public transportation. Her level of enthusiasm is definitely an indication that holiday outfit shopping was a rousing success.

Do you keep your family festively stylish during the holidays? We’re giving away three $50 Target giftcards to brighten the season! To enter for a chance to win, simply comment on this post with a personal tip on how you dress your children conveniently — and with style — during the holidays!

A big thanks to Target for sponsoring this campaign. Click here to see more of the discussion.

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