This week, Bon Tot Meets . . . Samantha Baker (IG: @samantha_baker2). Sam has developed a particular expertise in the world of "twinning" and we love to see what she picks for her 2 little blonde bombshells! We asked Sam to give us some tips on shopping for boys, and asked what she has her eye on from our AW ranges...
Hi, I'm Samantha, living in Bedfordshire with my husband Nathan and our littles, Harrison just turning five and Rowan who's two. Life is beautiful filled with everyday chaos of raising two boys.
When I had Harrison I always recall people commenting on how much easier and more fun it was shopping for girls. I completely disagree. I have so much fun dressing them. Naturally my style has changed over the years, this has been encouraged by amazing shops I have found via Instagram such as BonTot. When shopping I always look at the material. It has to be soft and of a material that will wash well without fading. Especially in the winter I love to know that the clothing is going to keep them warm on the coldest of days. Fleece lined is a big win for us.
Cost is essential too. I would rather pay more out initially and know I'm getting my moneys' worth. I like items to last which I can then hand down and style in a different way.
.. On whether her personal style is reflected in her boys wardrobes?
My personal style is sadly no where near as cool as the boys. You will usually catch me in a pair of jeans and a tee. I'm a huge fan of an oversized knit, so Autumn is my favourite season. I love the earthy colours that it brings and the variety of being able to mix summer with winter.
We love the Scandinavian style of leggings and jumpers for the boys which is why we have fallen in love with Mingo. The perfect combination of style and practicality for two active boys.
.. On her love of Mingo Kids..
I first came across Mingo through Bon Tot. The casual coolness grabbed my attention. Both, Harrison and Rowan are of a slim build and I have always found anything other than tight jeans or leggings look funny on them. So seeing that Mingo offered unisex leggings was fantastic. I love the softness and thickness of the material. The colours are an obvious choice for us and the waistband is brilliant. I have often found that bottoms fall down on the boys due to their petite waist but the elasticated waist on the Mingo leggings surprised me. They held well and kept their shape after washing. Rowan in particular will always choose Mingo leggings over any other bottoms in his wardrobe.
When it's wellies weather they will always be in the leggings, my life is made so much easier by not having to force huge amounts of trousers into the wellie for them to go and get a stone in the boot and have to do it all again five minutes later.
Equally I love their jumpers, perfect for pairing with anything. Comfortable and simple which meets the demands of my playful two. I am always browsing Bon Tot's website for new goodies for the boys, they most definitely have a much better wardrobe than I do. Right now I havemy eye on more Mingo, both boys have had a growth spurt and with Autumn well and truly here I'm after warm practical clothing.
We've loved following Sam's instagram feed over the last couple of years, and if Mingo sounds like it might fit your little one's style needs, you can shop our collection here.
Thanks so much Sam for taking the time to write!