Mamas We Love - Nicoletta from Smallittle Blog
We love kids and we love to dress them. Every once in awhile we take a look at a stylish, real-life family and ask them some questions about fashion, the importance of organic labels, family budgets and how they make it work.
This week, we talk with Nicoletta from Smallittle!
Can you please introduce yourself and your kids…
My name is Nicoletta and I’m Italian. Thirteen years ago while I was still studying at uni, I met Romeo. After our doctorates we moved to Thailand together and fast forward 11 years later we still live in Bangkok and we have 3 children: Flavio (8), Giorgia (6) and Paola (2,5).
How would you describe your own personal style and those of your kids?
I don’t know if I still have my own personal style after 3 kids…ahah, joking! Well I used to curate my wardrobe more but since I become a mother, I threw myself in the funny, beautiful, magical and witty world of children fashion and design. Anyhow, I love to embrace the modern style with a touch of the past too. This would translate into our wardrobes, like combining a pair of jeans with a lace shirt, and also into our interior style, like a modern sofa next to a 50-century cabinet and into our family lifestyle in general.
How much influence do you have in what your kids wear?
I’m lucky because they still listen to me!! I think they like how I decorate their rooms and they think I have a good taste, so they kind of trust me when I choose the clothes for them. But don’t get me wrong, I don’t win all the time!
Comfort vs. style: which is more important? Is it possible to have both?
I need them both. You never find me in a tracking suit and trainers, I don’t think I even look good in it. At the same time, I am not always super stylish. I love to combine both. I do buy fast fashion as basic pieces and also unique and beautifully made clothes to style together. I’m rarely in a Zara/Mango outfit from head to toe.
Do you buy organic for your kids? Do you pay attention where the items you buy are made and under which conditions?
Every time it is possible. I must confess that I can count on my fingers the pieces from Zara that you find in my children’s closets. I love to scout the world wide web and Instagram to find unique but good quality clothes.
Is it possible to buy organic and fair trade with a normal family budget? Is it realistic?
Well, you know, I’m always up to invest in few timeless expensive pieces, like organic and fair trade, that can be passed in generations. Paola, my third child, had lots of beautiful dresses from Giorgia, my second daughter. I believe you can buy it with a normal family budget, because it’s not the quantity but the quality.
What is it that you can’t live without since you have kids?
You’ve got me stuck here Kinga! Because the only thing I can think of is my coffee!! J I must also say since I still have a toddler a good practical bag. I recently bought one from Minimocks
and I love it. It’s a stylish shoulder leather bag big enough to throw diapers, bottles, a change and my stuff too, keeping my hands free!
I have plenty to be honest, but let me tell you a couple of them:
BangbangCPH, because it’s bold, modern and I love the funny irregular shapes of the collars. It’s like summing up the childhood in one dress!
- Liilukid, a very small brand that makes the most wonderful stonewashed organic cotton for kids and mums!
Tinycottons, good quality and the most adorable soft and sweet prints.
Your kids’ favorite toy(s)in the moment?
They appreciate when I buy them beautifully handcrafted wooden toys and dolls.
Favorite moment in the day…
Early morning when everybody is off to school/work. My coffee, my computer and a quiet house…to style all over again!! Ahah
Favorite thing about motherhood...
Stealing sweet hugs and kisses any time I want!
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