Finding fashionable frocks for little tots can sometimes be a daunting task. If you want quality and comfort, plus something stylish and fly that doesn’t cost a fortune, it takes some hard work and research. Luckily for me, my friend is a beauty editor and keeps her kid looking cool all the time! You may remember former “SASY Mom of the Week”, April Jones — she’s a fabulous fashionista (check out her IG: @iamaprildenise) with a super chic two year old daughter named Olivia Blair. She’s here to give you some tips on how to keep your little one looking fierce at all times … without spending all your money. ~ Modern Martha Stewart xo

When asked to describe Olivia’s personal style, yes my two-year old has personal style, I would describe it as west coast cool with a touch of sass. I normally combine comfortable chic basics in neutrals with a fabulous statement piece(s) to add a little rock star element. Pops of color and prints are of essence, however we stay away from pinks (and ruffles) because lets face it the kid is not a prissy pageant queen. Olivia rocks a curly fro’, not pigtails with bows.

People often admire the way I style Olivia and they’re pretty much amazed when I tell them where I purchase her wardrobe. I love to mix and match pieces from Old Navy, American Apparel, The Gap, Zara & local thrift stores. The majority of her wardrobe is from the Gap due to their affordability, stylish on-trend collections, and most importantly their high quality. Bluebird Children’s Designer Resale Boutique on Larchmont is where I find Liv’s designer pieces and the majority of her outerwear. I’m also obsessed with Zara’s stylishly chic outerwear for children. I purchase her “mini-me” looks from there as well.

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During the winter season I’m able to experiment with layers and create fabulous ensembles for my little one.

Olivia’s LA Winter Staples

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Timberlands $75 www.timberland.com
Liv gives Tomboy swag when rocking these. We normally pair them with leggings and a chunky sweater, or with a denim on denim look. The outfit possibilities are endless.

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Leather Jacket $65.90 www.zara.com
This comfy chic jacket is the perfect grand finale to any outfit. I’m obsessed with its high quality and detail. Liv always turns head when she’s in this piece.

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Faux Fur Vest $14 www.bluebirdkidsla.com
Did I mention that we LOVE statement pieces. This vest is not only fabulous it’s super versatile. We throw it over a dress, or flannel and leather leggings combination.

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Waxed Skinny Jeans $34.95 www.gap.com
One of my favorite pieces in Liv’s wardrobe, these skinnies give attitude all day, erryday. The chic on-trend finish is fashionable and fun.

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Pony Hair Leopard Print Mary Jane Flats $24 www.bluebirdkidsla.com
Originally $70 these fabulous finds are definitely one of Olivia’s “statement pieces”. They’re normally paired with a black opaque tights and sweater dress look.

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Harem Pants $15.90 www.zara.com
So cute, comfy and COOL! These basics are perfect for an active toddler. Don’t be afraid to venture to the boys section for your princess. Lots of Liv’s basics were designed for “little boys”.

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Converse $35 www.converse.com
Every Cali girl should have a mean converse collection. Olivia’s footwear basics and self-proclaimed favorites, she usually wears them with leggings or sweats.

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Scarfs & Bandanas $3+
Olivia LIVES for accessories. She is literally the only toddler who will wear a scarf around her neck or fedora on her head the entire day. The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree!

Chunky Sweaters $34.95+ www.gap.com
Cozy and always in-style, chunky sweaters are perfect for LA’s mild winters. We love to throw them over a denim collar shirt or oxford for a polished preppy chic look.

Thermal Long Sleeve T-Shirts $14 www.americanapparel.net $5 www.oldnavy.com
These basics are the most used pieces in Liv’s wardrobe. They’re awesome for layering, and are extremely comfortable. She loves rocking them to the playground.

When designing a wardrobe for your stylish tot, try to abstain from overspending.
It would be absolutely ridiculous to spend obscene amounts of money outfitting a toddler who’s growing at the speed of light! If you do go overboard make sure it’s an investment piece like gender neutral outerwear that can be passed down to their siblings or even your future grandchildren!