Play testing the new wardrobe with the twins and giving away a $100 BigW gift card!

We have been really play testing our BigW clothes for the last week. I am happy to say that not only do they look great and wear well, they come through the wash looking just like new. I am always worried we will not get longevity out of kids clothes that don’t break the bank. At 3 years old, the twins are no longer growing like newborns, so we run the risk of the clothes wearing out before Clover and Kieran grow into the next size up. I like that the clothes are sturdy as I bought size 3 for both of them and there is plenty of room to grow.

Kieran asked for only one thing this past Christmas, an Iguanadon.

Obviously, he did not get one.

Despite that setback, he is still pretty obsessed with all dinosaurs and his next favorite is the Stegosaurus. Now you can imagine my glee when I found that t-shirt for him at BigW…for only $4.48!!!!! They were sold out in both 3 and 4 (clearly it is a common thing for three and four year old boys to love dinosaurs) so I got him a size five. We just rolled up the sleeves. When I was showing the twins the clothes I bought, they wanted to model them for me.

Let me repeat that for other photographers who struggle to get their kids in front of the camera with no luck. They wanted to model for me. However, the sun was close to setting completely and it was nearly bedtime. Oh and their hair was a mess. They insisted though, so how could I say no. I cranked up the camera’s ISO, we went in the back yard and got two shots. Kieran being a dinosaur “RAWR” and Clover ensuring the continuation of the weed life cycle in our backyard.

A few days later we geared up again in a selection of their new BigW wardrobe (all from the “fun spirit” branded collection) and went to our favorite park to put the clothes through a normal morning in Clover and Kieran’s world. I can’t get over how cute Clover looks in her skinny jeans (nor that they are only $9 a pair). It was a bit chilly so Clover wore her new BigW hoodie as she gets cold easily. I love that hoodie (less than $10) because it has a slight gather at the shoulder seams that gives the tomboy gray jacket a feminine edge…just like Clover herself. Kieran wore his “rockstar pants” (the red coloured denim only $14.88) and a simple black rib tee (just $5). I let them loose and tried to keep up with my camera.

While I want the clothes that my kids wear to look cute since I have my camera out daily, I also need them to be comfortable. They are real kids who run and jump and climb and play. They have fun and get dirty. These clothes let them do all that.

Down here in Melbourne and on a quick trip to Sydney, I had the opportunity to shoot all the other blogger’s kids in their fashion picks from BigW. I invite you to check them out:

Retro Mummy
Mojito Mother
Dani Mezza
Crashtest Mummy
Planning With Kids

Now for my favorite part…the chance to give away a $100 gift card to BigW. You have seen the prices on kid clothes there so you know that $100 goes a long way!

Here is all you need to do for a chance to win.
A) Live in Australia (obviously)
B) Describe with a comment below (not on Facebook) your child’s perfect outfit or clothing item based on their personality.
For example, Clover IS that gray jacket, soft, warm, tomboy with a hint of girly girl.

The answers are due by the 29th of February 2012 and will be judged on creativity, but come on, it is worth $100!
See full terms and conditions by clicking here. Sponsored by Nuffnang.



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  • Alyce {Blossom Heart} - I saw your photos on Danimezza and came searching for your site only to find more beautiful kids and photos!

    My son owns a vintagey yellow T-shirt with an image of an old bi-plane on it. The bright cheekiness of the yellow colour, together with the exploring bi-plane (and the fact that he would sit at the airport and watch planes all day if he could) and the classic vintage looks matches his cheeky, curious and classic blue-eyed blond self!February 15, 2012 – 9:19 amReplyCancel

  • Luana - They’re gorgeouus! Your pictures just make my days everyday!
    Sadly, I don’t live in Australia, or I would join and give gorgeous clothes my for my godson and niece! 🙂
    God bless you all :*February 15, 2012 – 9:35 amReplyCancel

  • Siobhan - With 3 boys and a limited budget, I am always looking for great long wearing clothes! Now, with 1 in his teens & 1 a pre-teen – it is harder to get away with hand me downs. They are all about the fashion! I never thought that would happen with boys – but there you have it! And the hair… always about the hair….but that’s another story! Anyway – a $100.00 voucher would be great, I can already picture myself fighting with my big one to buy a belt – just so I don’t have to look at his underwear poking out from the back of his jeans!!February 15, 2012 – 10:42 amReplyCancel

  • Felicity - Evan is a camouflage shirt & dirty pair of jeans……ready for combat.February 15, 2012 – 12:07 pmReplyCancel

  • Jo - Oooh you know I’ve only just discovered how good Big W clothes are, the designs are cute and fresh. My little man is a bit of a rock star and would love those red jeans .. as long as they’re ‘skinny’ .. every day he asks if it’s too hot to wear his ‘Rock Star Jeans’ such a downcast face when I tell him its summer and over 30 degrees again. Boo Hiss. 😉February 15, 2012 – 12:14 pmReplyCancel

  • Lea - My 8yr old is 1950’s Happy Days. He is a red&white checked shirt, rolled cuffed jeans and sandshoes. He is tossled hair and a fedora on a jaunty angle. He is sweet and wholesome & smells like fresh cotton, denim, and green grass.

    My 3yr is Captain Danger. He is street cred, bold patterns, hoodies and attitude. He is khakis and hi-tops, a baseball cap backwards. He is cool wicked sick ( yes, he really does say that ) and smells like adventure.

    Great pics & review Rachel, thanks for the opp! xFebruary 15, 2012 – 12:45 pmReplyCancel

  • Nicole Hastings - A pretty, spinny, twirly dress would be the perfect outfit for my daughter, with an arty pattern or design to match her creativity, as long as she could still hula hoop in it.February 15, 2012 – 12:48 pmReplyCancel

  • Mandy - My daughter will not wear jumpers, cardigans are ‘as bulky’ as she gets, she does not feel the cold, yet, she does tights, regularly, it’s her fashion statement. Give her a skirt and tights any day. With a tee of course!February 15, 2012 – 1:05 pmReplyCancel

  • Laney @ Crash Test Mummy - Beautiful photos Rachel. I just love the dinosaur one – so cute! Thanks for taking such gorgeous photos of the CrashKids and for linking through to me.
    Laney xFebruary 15, 2012 – 1:06 pmReplyCancel

    • sesame - It was a delight to meet the CrashKids and yourself, Laney!February 15, 2012 – 1:58 pmReplyCancel

      • PlanningQueen - Your kids look so cute! Cannot wait until my post goes up on Friday!February 15, 2012 – 2:40 pmReplyCancel

        • sesame - I did not know yours was not up today, too, Nicole!February 15, 2012 – 2:51 pmReplyCancel

  • cinti - Hi! so miffed i didnt get asked to post about this, not because of the sponsor but because I would have loved you to take the photos, Lol!!

    Emma is a rough and tumble kinda gal who usually wears bright boys clothes layered with a princess dress and maybe a superhero mask. What ever she wears it needs to be comfortable and stand up to heavy duty machine washing.February 15, 2012 – 1:16 pmReplyCancel

    • sesame - Oh, that would have been fun! I bet someday I will work with you!February 15, 2012 – 1:58 pmReplyCancel

  • Katie - Ahhh, my Luci likes things to be pretty pretty pretty, but she absolutely gives her clothes a hammering so her perfect outfit needs to have frills up top and jeans down the bottom finished off with some sneakers built for climbing, jumping and running BUT most of all- quick off & on.February 15, 2012 – 1:58 pmReplyCancel

  • Jessica - my Gracie’s perfect clothing item for her would have to be without a doubt, skirts, sparkly or twirly whirly (or both). She is definitely a sparkly twirly whirly girl 🙂February 15, 2012 – 2:11 pmReplyCancel

  • camilla duffy - Thomas (4) IS the red jeans! A little fun, a little LOUD, a little creative but most of all a little BOY!February 15, 2012 – 2:34 pmReplyCancel

  • Diana - I am NOT commenting to enter the contest. The water fountain shots are my favorite. And that little guy is a replica of you! So cute 🙂February 15, 2012 – 4:10 pmReplyCancel

  • Rebecca W - My son (10 months old) is starting to walk, climb and generally… oh I don’t know… go non-stop all day long! He’s coming into size 1 clothes this Winter and know that he’ll probably wear out his clothes before he grows out of them. Rowan is old-school and a little vintage… a wise soul who seems to have been on this Earth before, and gives you that piercing gaze that seems to say “I’m judging you…”.February 15, 2012 – 5:29 pmReplyCancel

  • astrid - Darn…not the first time I wish I lived in australia. I love the clothes but I really love the picture of Kieran laughing in BigWfinalweb-sesame-8.February 15, 2012 – 7:43 pmReplyCancel

  • Noemi@GetFreeBabyCoupons - The twins look so cool and I really love these clothes, they look realy comfy 🙂February 16, 2012 – 3:43 amReplyCancel

  • Mike - Great pictures as always.
    On the Iguanodon front – Amazon still has some in stock 16, 2012 – 4:14 amReplyCancel

  • Michaela - Pink. My daughter will wear anything as long as it is pink. She is also partial to anything she can “be a ballerina” inFebruary 16, 2012 – 6:18 amReplyCancel

  • Keeping the bully away » Imene {LifeIArtIPhotography} - […] questions with generosity of heart. I think of people like Matthew Jordan Smith or Zack Arias, Rachel Devine, Becky Earl or Jonathan Canlas…just to name a few. the beauty of their work is only […]February 16, 2012 – 2:37 pmReplyCancel

  • Christy - Abby (2.5) is a girly girl through and through. Anything pretty and pink that allows spinning and twirling is a winner (though not too delicate, it needs to be robust enough to endure outings to playgrounds, playcentres, childcare, shopping centres etc.). She is my dynamo ballerina!!February 16, 2012 – 8:28 pmReplyCancel

  • marybeth - Rachel, my favorite thing of all is the cat (Is that Keke?) peeking through behind Clover in the photo of her in the back yard. That’s priceless.February 16, 2012 – 10:53 pmReplyCancel

  • Robin - wish there was a BigW in the states!!February 17, 2012 – 2:04 amReplyCancel

  • Robin - oh and also the water fountain pics are so cute i could die 🙂 I am in awe of your talent!February 17, 2012 – 2:04 amReplyCancel

  • Jannette - Wow Rachel, thanks for another great article!
    My daughter loves to get caught up in her own little world of song and dance, so a beautiful brightly coloured floral dress of fuschia pink and lime green, with a fully gathered skirt, and lace on the hem and sleeves. Puff sleeves and a beautifully embroidered bodice, all wrapped up with a long wide lime green sash around the waist. Of course I can’t forget the shiney black patent mary-jane shoes with diamontes on the strap, and a pink headband with a flower on top to finish off the outfit!February 19, 2012 – 8:22 pmReplyCancel

  • Mindy Williams - My baby doesn’t have a favourite style yet.. But i’m pregnant and I know how much I could buy from Big W with $100.

    I’m also an American Expat living in Sydney. I’ve been following your blog for years. I love your photos and can’t wait to take pictures of my new baby.February 28, 2012 – 12:27 pmReplyCancel

  • Corinne - My daughter likes to be a rocking princess so is usually found in a skirt over a pair of skinny legs, her cons or similar and a t-shirt with a cardi over the top – it allows her to be pretty yet cool 🙂February 28, 2012 – 12:56 pmReplyCancel

  • Amy - My eldest daughter (4 and a half, don’t forget the half) is loud, effervescent and wants to be a superhero. Her favorite dress has a bright red and black spotted bodice and colorful animal print skirt. It is paired with clashing socks (fuchsia or lurid orange), silver glitter shoes and a pair of navy shorts for practicality on the playground. Her hair is finished with a hairband with pink kitty ears or sometimes her fathers swim goggles as a pair of aviator glasses.February 28, 2012 – 1:28 pmReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Gorgeous shots – they definitely look like they are thoroughly enjoying themselves!

    My 5yo daughter is all dresses all the time – the less encumbered she is the happier she’ll be, especially if she can spin and make things prettier.

    My 3yo son is red shorts – relaxed, comfortable and cheery.February 28, 2012 – 1:35 pmReplyCancel

  • Vela - Pink. My daughter is a pretty pink princess. Only day she annouced that she will only wear pink and that she has changed her name to pinky. At this stage she didn’t own a pink tee or skirt so we has to invest in a whole new wardrobe for pinky.February 28, 2012 – 1:48 pmReplyCancel

  • Amber - My little one of 6 months is – warm, comfy, soft, padded, robust, bright with a touch of girliness! For a bub who has just started crawling and is literally going places!February 28, 2012 – 9:57 pmReplyCancel

  • Tamara - Miss Tayla is a tutu. She’s fluffy, and bright, and cheerful, and makes you happy when she spins around. She’s also deceptively tough – she might look all airy, but there’s a muscularity under that frilly exterior, a strength and poise and integrity that makes me smile. Love her, and her outfit of choice (which she wears as much for climbing trees as she does for dancing!!)February 29, 2012 – 2:42 pmReplyCancel

  • sesame - The contest is now closed and I will be getting back to the winner via email shortly!!! Thank you all for entering the contest!March 1, 2012 – 3:37 pmReplyCancel