Little Bow Girl

Wife, Mama to Sophie Rose, Full Time Day Dreamer

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I was just planning our seriously epically complicated and long packing list for Europe and then decided to scroll through some of Sophie’s outfits in Hong Kong for inspiration because she will be dressing for cold weather again ( I don’t know why, but all three of Sophie’s trips taken in her first year will be during winter, Sydney, Hong Kong and now London, Paris and Zurich)

And I realized that -gulp- I hadn’t even blogged about her first Christmas! Well thank goodness I did one (sort-of) post on our time with my family in Hong Kong, but here I am back again to do this post before I forget it in the million different new things Sophie is doing every day!

Also including some tips on dressing for winter, some Mamas have asked where we get her winter clothing so here you go 🙂 This is an everything-goes post so I will also be sharing some of our fav Hong Kong eats and miscellanous information!

We wanted to do a little mini Christmas shoot for Sophie at our parents’ place, which was really done up with a real Christmas tree and my family’s mind bogglingly huge collection of Christmas ornaments accumulated over the past 25 years or so, but of course Little Miss Active never gave us a chance – the shot above was really the best my sister could do after multiple attempts and non-stop cajoling from four different adults.

I do so love the shot of her below, though! Gosh how I miss those 9 month chubby cheeks she has since lost (she really looks like a toddler now)

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We had such great fun dressing up during the Hong Kong trip – well mostly Mama had great fun dressing Sophie up. I hardly had time to put on makeup, so my “uniform” was basically leggings and more leggings as well as sweater tops along with my trusty coat.

Our favourite winter buy is this tartan baby cape cloak from Baby Ralph Lauren. It’s lasted us from the time she was 3 months old in Sydney and now its a little mid-length cape that is just adorable and also gives her a lot of freedom of movement. It’s made from pure wool and very warm as well as comfortable!

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My favourite winter baby palettes are very traditional and I pack so that most of her clothing can be mixed and matched with all kinds of color combinations !

Winter colors:

Dark: Deep Red, Black, Brown, Navy Blue, Moss Green

Light: Cream, Grey, Baby Pink

Some tips on dressing baby for the cold

  • Layer !

Thick, chunky winter sweaters won’t work when the temperature goes up and down and can make baby very uncomfortable. Its easier to layer and then take the layers on and off depending on the changes in temperature or wind chill. For Hong Kong winter, which is quite balmy at 15 degrees, I do a two or three layer depending on how thick the clothing is.

For example, short-sleeved dress + cardigan + coat or medium sweater + coat.

And below, always a good thick comfortable pair of cable knit leggings or pants as well as thick socks or if the leggings are footed, comfy soft shoes.

For Europe I will be adding an extra layer underneath of baby thermal wear (long sleeved) to retain body heat, and most of her dresses are long sleeved or will be accompanited with a knit cardigan.

You can usually find baby thermals on Baby Gap for very reasonable prices!

  • Have at least one good, down thick jacket

For our HK and Sydney trip, which were comparatively warm for winter, we brought Sophie a barn jacket mainly for use as a windbreaker against the cold. It is also padded. However, for Europe, we purchased a much thicker pale pink Chloe down jacket because the temperatures will be about 3-14 degrees and its even snowing in Zurich!

I always size up for Sophie because you have to remember that they will be wearing many layers, and also winter clothing is not cheap so bigger sizes go a longer way in stretching your dollar !

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  • Comfort

Baby’s skin and body will already be sensitive and irritated from dryness, cold and wind so be sure to dress her as comfortably as possible in good fabrics. Try to avoid poly fabrics which can trap too much heat without allowing much circulation.

Bottom layer – baby thermals or 100 per cent cotton (first layer on skin)

Middle layer – knit, wool or cashmere

Top layer – Wool, or down

  • Easy diaper access

I can’t even tell you how troublesome it was initially when we dressed her in outfits without easy diaper access. Every diaper change outside was a fight and left me with deranged looking hair and a very angry baby indeed. Choose outfits which open at the bottom via snaps or clips, (NO BUTTONS ZOMG) or leggings and tights which are easy to pull on and off.

  • Cover all “sensitive” points

My TCM doctor as well as my mother in law and Mama have shared with me that there are a few parts of your baby that you must always keep covered in the cold, because they lose heat there very fast and can fall sick easily.

Nose – red, runny nose is not a good look or good feeling

Ears – baby’s ears get cold the fastest so I always try to keep them covered.

Knees – TCM believes that the cold can get “in” to the knees the fastest and leave baby with body aches

Feet – Little toes stick out and need to keep warm !

  • Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize

I’ve been through many winters as a child living overseas and also on trips with my family and I can’t emphasize how important it is to moisturize yours and baby’s skin ! Scaly, cracked skin is irritating for an adult but imagine how the baby feels, with their even softer and sensitive skin? K and I carry around a tub of Baby Bear Shop Baby Balm and moisturize her legs, hands and face every four hours as well as apply lip balm for her.  Because the balm also has lots of healing properties, its an all-purpose ointment for chapped skin, scratches, redness or any skin irritation.

Sharing below some of our outfits during Sophie’s Hong Kong Christmas trip!

This reading corner which overlooks the Hong Kong Harbour in my parents’ home was Sophie Rose’s favourite playing place every day! The textured “coffee table” was a hot favourite – the bub had just started poking and pointing at things and the little holes got her so excited ! It was also the sunniest part of the house and best for snapping photos of her in her little OOTDs.

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Outfit Details

La Petite Fleur Oatmeal Sweater – Zara Baby

Tutu Leggings – Old Navy Baby

Ivory Bow Moccs – The Little Bow Company

Pom Pom Snow Hat – Baby Gap

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Outfit Details

Terrier Dress + Inner Wear Set – Carter’s

Cashmere Lavender Pixie Hood – Handmade

Little Monster Booties – Baby Gap

Biscuit Cable Knit Leggings – Baby H&M

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Floral and Grey Dress – Baby Juicy Couture

Cable Pale Pink Cardigan – Baby Ralph Lauren

Ivory Bow Moccs – The Little Bow Company

Chocolate Cable Knit Leggings – Baby H&M

And this photo which makes me so emotional was taken during our Christmas Day lunch 🙂 Doesn’t she look like such a very big girl here?


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Outfit Details

Wool Pink Checked Dress – Mayoral

Chocolate Cable Knit Leggings – Baby H&M

Blue Baby Bow – The Little Bow Company

Red Mary Janes – Zara Baby

“Is that a baby or a little girl I am holding in my arms? You gaze up, eyes full of wonder and magic and joy, but your fist is wrapped tightly around my smallest finger – perfectly summing up the way I feel about you and the way you feel about me. 2014 is drawing to a close, as is our first wonderful, emotional and life changing 9 months together as mother and daughter. I love you so much my Sophie-doll!” 

Back then, she still needed to grasp onto my finger when looking up because she was afraid of falling down. Three months later now, she does it with abandon. Why does it feel like she needs me less and less? 😦

We spent Christmas evening, just the three of us, wandering around the Tsim Tsa Tsui area near the Harbour. We had no reservations for dinner and no idea where to go, so after wandering around aimlessly for a bit, we stepped into the very warm and inviting looking Agnes B cafe which had a view of the bay for some Rose Hot Chocolate and pastries to celebrate a private little family Christmas together 🙂 The rest of my family was off celebrating at another bash and we thought we’d like to have our own little thing, just for the first Christmas.

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Do you spot the odd one out?

What’s Christmas without log cake, right?

The staff there were very nice and kept laughing and smiling at Sophie-doll. I know I would be grumpy if I had to work on Christmas so thank you, guys. 🙂 They even gave us little foccacia toasts on the side for her which she attacked with gusto.

CAFE L.P.G Agnes B

Shop G11, G/F Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

We spent the evening singing Christmas carols to her, sipping hot chocolate,  just talking, holding hands and looking at families outside waiting for the fireworks, feeling warm, cozy, happy and very very contented. It was a perfect first Christmas, quiet, intimate and special.

All in shades of pink, cream and brown 🙂

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Does anyone else have an obsession with cable knits? They drive me nuts because they look so comfortable and symmetrical and for some reason, look even cuter on babies! This outfit is unfortunately too small for her to wear again for Europe 😦

Outfit Details

Wool Pink Checked Dress – Mayoral

Chocolate Cable Knit Leggings – Baby H&M

Pale Pink Cable Knit Cardigan – Baby Ralph Lauren

Pom Pom Hat – From Auntie Min Min (Chateau De Sable)

Red Mary Janes – Zara Baby

We didn’t do anything really baby-centric when we were in HK besides always bringing her for walks at Mt Austin or up to the Peak, but we did do a lot of walking around with the family and introducing her to all our favourite HK foods! I am not one of those parents who are crazily persnickety about not exposing Sophie to a little sugar as a baby and in fact I take a lot of joy that she is very adventurous when it comes to trying things – she has never looked at food and said no, not even a clearly unappetizing slice of wet lettuce.

Sharing a Godiva Cone with Aunty Debs

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Oh this one. We laughed so hard after she tried her first bite. Her eyes lit up like she had just sampled Manna from Heaven. And she proceeded to make persistent, non stop grabs for the cone, very singled-mindedly attempting to wrest it out of her Godma’s equally solid grasp. I can’t blame her, this was so so good. Rich, dark, melty chocolate that was more like a dense, perfect mousse than soft serve. So smooth and so decadent!

Godiva IFC

Shop 1029-30, Level One, IFC Mall, 1 Harbour View Street, Central, Hong Kong

Sophie’s first Liu Shar Bao

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But of course we had to make a trip to Tasty for their awesome Liu Shar Bao and dim sum. It’s also at IFC and to me, their LSB is perfect.

Gave Sophie-doll a taste and she nearly pulled my top off demanding a second lick ! LSB ideal – steamer-hot fluffy, soft bao encasing liquid gold that’s sweet, salty and creamy with just a touch of graininess. No lumps, just heaven. Please also try their delicious dumpling noodles, silky chee cheong fun and beef kway teow, all at very wallet friendly prices!

Tasty is at IFC and very baby friendly – they do provide baby chairs which is almost unheard of in HKG !

Tasty Noodle and Wantun Mee

Shop 3016-3018, 3/F, One International Finance Centre, 1 Harbour View Street, Central

Mak’s Noodles – the ultimate comfort food

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After every long and refreshing walk up at the Peak, we’d follow up by heading to Mak’s Noodles for our favourite bowl of beefy brisket noodles. Springy noodles in savoury, super tasty and cockle-warning beef broth along with plump little dumpling. The perfect comfort food!

Sophie didn’t get to try this, but I would recommend it to all of you anyway haha. The Mak’s up in the Peak is very clean and also much bigger and less crowded than their outlet in Central, which is more “authentic” but completely not baby friendly at all! If you’re there, you should drop by the Peak Galleria for some meltingly soft and buttery egg tarts from Tai Cheong Bakery.

Mak’s Noodles

Shop 1, G/F, The Peak Galleria, 118 Peak Road, The Peak, The Peak Galleria, Hong Kong

And that about concludes our Christmas in Hong Kong! We can’t wait for this years’ when she will be walking and talking and Grandma and Grandpa can take her out more on their own 🙂

From her first Christmas Mass, to first Christmas tree, day, presents, everything is new and wonderful again with Sophie-doll !

 

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Cannot wait for Paris! Just one week to go now 🙂

xx

Libby

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2 thoughts on “Sophie’s First Christmas x Winter Fashion

  1. Ai Sakura says:

    She’s so adorable and such a little fashionista!
    Enjoy your trip to Europe!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

    1. libbyty says:

      Thank you Ai ! Lots of inspiration from you and pumpkin’s super pretty outfits too!

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