Little girls’ fashion sense

Daphne from Mother Inc recently wrote about Kirsten’s choice of a strawberry dress which made for an interesting post (and it was actually a rather normal looking girl’s dress to me actually, not overly sickeningly sweet) but the timing was impeccable as Sophia decided to make her own questionable fashion choice as well, insisting to go out shopping in my shirt worn as a dress.

Like Kirsten’s strawberry dress choice, its something that rather grows on you actually and if you didn’t actually know its an adult top, it actually looks rather cool on a toddler. Grandpa was extremely distressed about her fashion choice though.


Sophia started off with a pair of See Kai Run Smaller shoes which brought her through the transition from baby to walking toddler and thereafter the daddy bought a pair of Stride Rite shoes from US during his stint at Wharton which has lasted her for what must be almost a year now. The shoes are now extremely stinky and rather small so we stopped putting on socks for her even though they are sneakers, which added to the stinky-ness. So I decided its time to buy new shoes for her, and she liked this pair of Crocs Keeleys when we tried them on at the crocs shop, refused to take them off so I thought those were a safe buy. Off to Amazon to get a pair and when they finally arrived, she loved them for about 3 days, getting very excited whenever we put them on, shouting “mama buy new shoes for Sophia!”

She never walked very well in them I guess because they weren’t as soft as the very seasoned stride rites but she didn’t quite mind, until one day when we accidentally left the Keeleys on the car so put on the stride rites for her. She’s been completely rejecting her “new shoes” ever since! Its like she remembers how wonderfully comfortable (and familiar smelling?) the old pair of shoes were and just wants to stick to them. Getting worried about what we will do when the shoes really get too tight!


Swimming costume?

I was putting on this dress for a wedding dinner when the little girl barges in, pointed at the dress and shouted “SWIMMING COSTUME!” How does this dress look like a swimming costume??


Turtle – can’t stop looking at it

Again, on one of our walks around Chinatown, Sophia spotted something of interest to her and pointed excitedly. Turns out, it was a t-shirt with a design featuring 2 turtles and blinking lights under the turtle. It seems awfully uncomfortable to me as the turtle portion is rather still plastic with a LED device secured to it to generate the blinking lights. But Sophia loves it alright. She can’t stop admiring it and tapping on the LED device to make it light up.

The shopowner kept trying to push other designs as well but no-can-do, it was turtles and turtles only for Sophia.

“Wayang” show

Guess you can’t stop girls from playing dress-up with mummy’s clothes, even if mummy’s clothes comprise mostly of boring blacks, whites and neutrals. Cardigans forming 水袖 (or sleeves extending way beyond the hands ala chinese opera costumes) are particularly interesting. Here’s my little dancer:


love Ellyloves

Have I ever mentioned that for the first 28 years of my life I have never won so much as a pack of tissue paper in any luck based contest such as lucky draw, scratch and win or the sweeps? Well Sophia is my lucky charm because when I was pregnant I won a casserole (ok dumb prize but it was seriously the first lucky draw I have won in my life) and some stuff from parents’ blogs which I would not be reading if not for Sophia, of course. One of these wins is a $50 voucher from for The Elly Store from a Mother Inc. contest. I put in my entry then completely forgot about it because, like I said, I never win. But I did this time and I’m really glad because their clothes are oh-so-adorable.

I got a pinafore dress (they call it the wonderland dress) in a “how to fold a paperhat” fabric that is just my type of subtle quirkiness. *Loves*Also bought a pair of skeanie shoes that have rubber soles so don’t wear out as easily as the leather see kai run ones but are still really flexible. I wish they had more / prettier designs but when it comes to kids shoes functionality is definitely more important.

The owner, Audrey, was also really sweet. She kept saying nice things about my very naughty girl who sometimes cried for no reason and clung on to me while I was shopping and took the toy rabbits all over the place. She was so sweet and chatty and not pushy at all. Going to the shop is such a pleasant experience and even Sophia who was woken up from her nap on the car eventually enjoyed herself colouring with the crayons and coloured paper provided.

Here’s information about their store in case you, like me, are hooked from the first click on the link to their store!

The Elly Store

501 Bukit Timah Road, #02-29 Cluny Court, Singapore 259760

Opening hours: 10am to 6pm daily

Fashion parade

For the longest time Sophia had a large collection of cute tops consisting mainly of gifts for her birthday, but no bottoms to go with it. Even her 6-9 months jeans which she was wearing since she was 4 months old has become too loose since she is now so skinny. So I went on a mad shopping spree and bought her 5 bottoms at a shot. The adults had fun staging a baby fashion parade that night. 

Kaki shorts


 She’s probably not quite ready to be a baby model yet though, cos most of the photos came out like this: