Tania, an Irish native, currently resides in the UK with her family, she’s spent the past 10 years at home and is now looking to the future, so we sat down with young hen Tania Lyons to talk about her children’s fashion blog and her dreams of setting up her own online children’s boutique.
How many kids do you have? I have three children. 2 boys and a girl. Jayden is 10 and is really into his sports. He really loves it but it’s in his blood as his dad is a great rugby player. Regan is 6 and is really into Minecraft at the moment and building things. He is a proper cheeky little boy but with a sensitive soul. Then there is my youngest, my daughter, Madison or Maddie as she is most known to people. She is 3 years old and definitely little Miss Independent. She loves to boss her big brothers about and keep them in check but she also loves playing with her dolls and putting the cat into her pram and pushing him around the house. As you do.
What is your favourite kid’s destination? For children’s clothing I do love Joules, Boden, Gap and Monsoon. As a Children’s Fashion Blogger I am really lucky to be introduced to all these amazing children’s clothing shops that are out there at the moment. There are so many great brands to discover. My shop obsession at the moment for children’s clothing has to be Green Berry Kids and Caramel Baby and Child. Such beautiful and well-made clothing. I could spend hours (and money) just browsing their collections online.
Is there a kid’s fashion trend you think (your state/country) has adapted well? Why? I do think more people are embracing the more Traditional, Classical and Vintage look in terms of how they dress their children. I live in England and I do see a lot more little ones dressed in beautifully chic peter pan collar style dresses with ribbons in their hair and neutral coloured little dungarees or romper suits with knee high socks and little leather brogues or shiny Mary Jane’s. Maybe they are embracing the way Kate Middleton is dressing her little one, George. It is definitely a beautiful style that I hope never goes away.
Dora the Explorer, In the Middle Garden or Playschool? I’m going to have to stay none of the above. It’s all about Peppa Pig in our household, unfortunately.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up? I loved acting and singing and went to Stage School from 6 years up to about 17 and then went on to study theatre performance, so I definitely wanted to go down that road. I also loved to write and was offered the chance to study journalism when I was younger but turned it down to study theatre instead.
And now? Well, the last ten years have very much been about my family and being a stay at home mum, but as the kids are getting older now, I have gone back to writing and have started a little blog called Maddie Rose Boutique which is a children’s fashion blog and I really love it. I have had such positive feedback from it and I am getting to work with some lovely people and my dream is to set up an online children’s boutique which I am working on at the moment.
If you could have the choice, would you prefer to be a kid now? God no. When I was a kid all I wanted to be was an adult. I hated been told what to do.
If you could dress one celebrity child, who would it be? Definitely, William and Kate’s little ones, George and Charlotte. I love how they are dressed and they are so adorable.
Finish the sentence…
Kid(s) are happiest when they are wearing… Exactly what they chose for themselves and not what mummy wants them to wear to be honest. It’s usually a combination of random stuff thrown together. Secretly, it kills me inside a little.
Every mother/father needs a … Glass of wine in their hand at the end of a strenuous day. We all have our weaknesses.
One thing I would want to learn from mothers is… Don’t compare yourself to how others parent their children. We are all different but at the end of the day we all want the same for our children. To be happy.
If I could wear whatever I wanted for an entire day, without being questioned, it would be ….. A onesie. I have never ever worn one in fear of looking like a giant baby but it would be interesting to see what all the hype is about and how comfortable they actually are.
Any kid’s party outfit is not complete without…. Cake and drink all down the front of it. It’s a sign of a good party I think.
The cutest look for this season is… A tutu and wellies. My daughter has this look perfected for any season. Weather doesn’t really bother her, like most kids really.
My fave kid’s fashion designer is… Stella McCartney. Her clothing for little ones is just simply stunning.
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