I’m one of those Mums who is 98% tired, 99% of the time, so my idea of fun is NOT taking my kids to the local shopping centre to browse and taking my time, taking in all the bargains to be had. JUST NO. Our trips to the shopping centre mostly involve bribery, countless offers and purchases of snacks, jaw-dropping tantrums and the return home with bags full of items not on my pre-written shopping list.
With work shifts that rule out more of these happy family adventures (oh damn!), a few years ago, I turned to online shopping to fulfil basically every need I wanted covered (except fresh food).
Admit it as a Mum, you’ve been through a “must buy every item of kids bedroom decor phase”. Or clothing. Or toys. I did. Bejazzling up your family is actually pretty satisfying. And I really enjoy doing it. Now that I’ve toned down the excess, I can really savour my online adventures into a few of my favourite online stores to see what’s new in the world of retail.
So here are my Top 3 favourite online stores!
Skinamarinky Doo (Online image courtesy of https://goo.gl/MKxGE6)
The ever-talented seamstress Jody Stack-Carrodus brings you handmade children’s wear and accessories. Some higher power sent Jody my way when I needed a summery dress for my little one a couple of years ago. Not only did Jody deliver a tea party dress in the fabric of my choosing as a RAOK, she went above and beyond to accessorise my darling’s christmas outfit and to this day, my little one can still wear this beautiful dress with its matching handmade headband and necklace with pride. Jody is based in the dreamy state of Tassie (next on my list to finally visit) and I watch her page like an eager hawk, enjoying seeing every item of clothing she makes. Her creations are extraordinary. There is nothing more to say. Stay tuned on This Melbourne Mum in the next couple of weeks, where I’ll show you the next creation Jody will be making for my darling girl. I seriously cannot wait……Now to tempt Jody into making a matching plus-size for Mummy…..
You can find Jody from Skinamarinky Doo on Facebook here
You can explore Skinamarinky Doo’s online store here
ASOS (Online Image courtesy of http://www.asos.com/)
Being a plus-sized Mum, it’s difficult to find local stores that suit my taste. Or my shape. I don’t know how to describe that taste, other than to say my wardrobe involves stripes, polka dots, monochrome, comfort, stretch, skinny ankle grazer denim, loafers, sneakers and a lot of soft fabrics. And scarves. My favourite woollen duffle. So in walks ASOS into my life. I love their range of clothing for women with curves. Orders typically arrive within a week. If you’re a student like myself, you can sign up to Uni Days here and receive 10-15% of each order you make. I don’t have a problem with not trying on clothes beforehand and have never had a problem with sizing being off. I love ASOS. I really do.
The Rabbit Tribe
The Rabbit Tribe (Online image courtesy of https://goo.gl/nFtF0A)
Jasmin Walsh, owner of and talented artist from The Rabbit Tribe, brings colourful planner stickers to journal and planner lovers and has one of the largest and most modern Australian ranges I’ve seen. Every Wednesday, Jasmin hosts “$1 Wednesday” where you can stock up on the cutest labels, dots, images and reminders for your journals and planners. As I’ve mentioned in previous videos and Instagram posts, The Rabbit Tribe’s digital beauties are the colour in my Bullet Journal. Stay tuned on This Melbourne Mum because in the next week, I’ll show you my Rabbit Tribe haul. Safe to say I’m addicted. Thanks to Jasmin for bringing colour to my world.
You can shop The Rabbit Tribe here
You can visit The Rabbit on Facebook here
You can follow The Rabbit Tribe on Instagram here
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