Helllooo friends. Happy new week! This past week (month/year/two years) has been incredibly busy for me. While I’m creating away and slowly checking off to do lists, I figure I could bring you an over-due guest post from the very sweet Isobel from Holdenonbaby. Be sure to stop by Isobel’s blog to check out her beautiful family life in sunny California. Also be sure to check out her very inspirational pinterest (is there a *re-pin everything* option?) and follow along with her on twitter too 🙂 Happy busy week, everyone!

hello ohdeardrea readers!  i’m isobel and i’m so honored to be guest posting today on one of my favorite blogs.  i’m the voice behind holdenonbaby, a personal lifestyle and style blog that follows my life as a first time mama and my family’s style choices along the way.
i’m mama to one amazing (not to mention stylish) 14-month old boy named holden.  when we found out that we were having a boy, in celebration of the news, my husband and i walked across the street to baby gap immediately following the ultrasound to buy the little man’s very first outfit.  from the front of the store, i could see the baby girls section taking up almost the entire back of the store filled with frilly dresses, vibrant colors, and mini me chanel-inspired flats. ummm, where’s the boys stuff? we wondered. after a little hunting, we finally found the tiny corner of the store that was dedicated to baby boys and picked out an outfit from the incredibly small collection.
since that very first experience, styling my little man has become a passion of mine and is now my area of expertise.
perhaps ohdeardrea isn’t a fashion-focused blog, but i’m positive that part of the draw to this wonderful space on the internet is drea’s beautiful aesthetic and eye for fashion and design.  i mean, have you seen her house?  what drea and what marlowe wears? 
i have always had an affinity for little style and i am particularly smitten with marlowe’s choice in clothing.  i’m sure there are a few of you out there with boys or have friends with boys, so this post is for you!

1. accessorize! too often, i see little boys running around in a pair of sweatpants and plain (not to mention ugly) sneakers.  there are so many fun accessory options out there for little boys.  by adding your add a scarf, a cute hat, or a unique pair of shoes, you can change the entire look of an outfit.  plus little boys in hats will stop traffic.
2. make your own.  it is so incredibly easy to take something that your little man already has in his closet and make it your own.  the pants shown below were originally a $6 pair of colored jeans that holden had just about outgrown.  he had worn them so often that i wanted to change them up a little bit for his last couple of wears.  i made a potato stamp and hand stamped them with some fabric paint.  it literally took 5 minutes and holden had a unique pair of jeans. see the diy here and make your very own!
3.  shop the girls section! i’m not going to lie, a lot of holden’s clothes come from the girls section (particularly his pants).  there are plenty of non-girly items that can work for boys and people will never suspect where they came from.  shopping the girl’s section really opens up your possibilities.
4.  add pops of color! don’t get stuck shopping for boys-only colors (dark blues and blacks).  holden has a pair of pants every color of the rainbow (red, yellow, blue, teal, orange, etc.)!  colored denim is really popular right now and its a great way to spruce up an otherwise plain outfit.
these are just a few of my simple tips for changing up your little guy’s closet without breaking the bank.  thank you so much for reading!  i have had so much fun sharing with all of you and hope that you come visit me over at holdenonbaby.


Thanks Isobel! <3<3<3


  1. ok..be aware this is coming from someone with a great will to be creative and diy, but….with very clumsy hands…

    How can I cut a star on a potato? (I can't cut a beautiful star on paper…I can't seem to make it symmetrical at all)

    Do I print a star, put it on the potato and hope that I don't cut any fingers?..

    Are there appropriate tools to do this..?

    DIY…I always try..it always feels like 'yeah! it's nice..I did IT!' but when I see what you people are able to do…I was NOT gifted by GOD to do such things..

    ANY TIPS are welcome! I wan't to cut a star and a tree from rubber or potato and do some fun Christmas tags/cards/wrapping paper.

  2. Thanks so much for sharing this post! I have a young son and it's not easy dressing him up, all the clothing which are sold in stores are kinda plain and dull. Would definitely memorise some of these tips (like shopping at the girl's section!) and implement them very soon! Again, thanks for this post 🙂

  3. hah! styling my 10 month old has been challenging and fun as well. i NEVER thought to try the girl's section! nice tip!

  4. Hey, styling a boy can be so much fun! I headed straight to Isobel's blog and if it wasn't that late in the UK I'd definitely stayed longer. Thanks Drea for introducing a mama of many interests. xx

    And check my newborn blog at http://www.todaymyway.com 🙂