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A Complete First Communion Dress Guide

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Sweet Kids White Tiered Organza Tea Length Communion DressAs a major event in every child’s life, the First Communion is actually the most important step into embracing religion on their own. Most Catholic children receive the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist at the age of 7 or 8 because it is considered the age of reason.Such an event needs preparation, both spiritual and material. The child must understand that not only does he/she need to dress up and look nice, but more importantly – honor and respect the ceremony and its significance.Traditionally, young men wear nice suits and young women wear beautiful dresses.Picking up the perfect dress might be a long and difficult process but here are 7 most important things that you must take into account when doing so:

  1. Style

Communion dresses are available in traditional, classic or modern styles.Traditional style dress is the “little bride” lookalike with accessories: veiled headpiece, white gloves and pearls.  “Our lady of Guadalupe”, Irish and Italian Communion dresses are considered to be traditional.Classic is a ball gown style dress with more clean, simple lines. It is usually tea length or full, gathered skirt with a sleeve.Modern style communion dress is a A-line dress, usually sleeveless that comes with a bolero or jacket. It is becoming more popular with parents and girls because of their elegance and simplicity. Halter neck and spaghetti straps are two of the little girls’ favorite features.

Communion Dress Guide

 There are a few aspects you need to set before starting to look for the actual dress:-          Length: it is highly recommendable to make sure the dress is below the knee. Best would be tea length or full, ankle length.-          Fabric: knowing your daughter’s preferences and possible fabric allergies, consider selecting the material in advance. It will make the elimination process easier. Types of fabrics: satin, duchess satin, silk, organza, crystal organza and tulle.-          Sleeves: some Communion dresses use halter necks or spaghetti straps, and may come with a matching jacket or bolero. Some parishes or traditions may not allow sleeveless dresses.-          Color: white is the recommended color because it symbolizes purity and integrity. The only appropriate color for a communion dress is white.It is important to ask your priest or parish for general rules regarding length, accessories, headpiece and sleeve before you start looking for dresses.2. Timing!Consider shopping for communion dresses taking plenty of time to search and order the dress, having it shipped or altered if needed. First Communion normally takes place May – June during the year. It is advisable to start looking for the perfect dress sometimes in January – February. We all know how fast things are moving these days, so if you find yourself in the month of April and still did not find the dress you are looking for, first find retailers that carry the size you need in stock and ship orders in due time.Angels Garment Girls Satin Lace First Communion Dress3. BudgetIt is important to establish a budget before starting to shop for the communion outfit. You can easily get carried away and considering you might need to buy shoes and different other accessories, you do not want to find you spent quite a lot. In the same time, do not shop with a low budget, it is your daughter’s First Communion and a major event in her life. The dress will be worn at the ceremony of First Holy Communion and it needs to look beautiful.4.  MeasurementThe sizes for different styles and types of communion dresses out there might differ, so it is important to take accurate measurements and have the dress altered if needed. It has to fit perfectly as this will reflect on the entire outfit. A larger dress might look slouchy. A good fitted dress will always make her look neat.In our opinion the most flattering First Communion Dress style for a plus-size girl is an A-line dress.  That is because an A-Line dress is fitted at shoulders and chest and at the waist gradually gets looser.

5.   Consider the entire outfit

It is not only the dress you must prepare for the First Communion. Here is a shopping list of things you might or might not need:

Communion Dress Our Lady Of Guadalupe-          Shoes;-          Veil;-          Bag;-          Gloves;-          Petticoat;-          Hair accessories or tiara;-          Bolero or stole;-          Socks or tights;-          Jewelry;-          For church: missal prayer book, rosary, rosary case, scapular and lapel pin.6.   Get your daughter involved

She is old enough to take this first step, it is her own major life event so it is important to get her involved into the preparation process. While paying attention to what she likes, guide her into selecting a modest, tasteful, and formal, neither extravagant nor casual dress. Remind her that the most important thing on that day should be religion and not how impressing the crowd with her looks. The dress is a symbol of respect for the ceremony and she should draw attention to herself.

 7.   After purchase adviceHang the precious dress in a cool place, away from sunlight. Make sure you straighten it nicely and protect it against dust and accidents. Heavy materials should be stored flat to prevent stretching. Just shortly before the event, make sure it is neat and unwrinkled, clean and all layers of petticoat fluffed nicely. If needed, take it to a dry cleaners before the day of the event and make sure it is ready in time. Carefully read the instructions on the label before attempting anything with the dress: ironing or washing. Angels Garment Our Lady Guadalupe Halter Communion DressPreparing for the First Communion can be time consuming and quite stressful. Especially as the event date is getting closer and you still did not find the perfect dress. Sophias Style offers a wide variety of communion dress both in style and sizes, ready to be shipped to you in due time and perfect for the event. Our customer service department is here to serve and assist you with your purchase so that you save time, energy and money, allowing you to focus on what’s important to you – your daughter.We hope you found this article helpful and if you have additional tips, please share it with the others in the comments below.

Little Girls Sleepwear | Sophias Style

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Laura Dare Girls Christmas Pajamas

Your little girl is sleeping snug as a bug this Christmas season, so dress her for the holidays while she sleeps and keep her cozy in babygirls sleepwear by Laura Dare. Fashionable, trendy and oh, soo cute. Laura Dare is known for their boutique girls sleepwear  from spring to winter there is a perfect nightgown, pajama set or comfy robe for your baby or little girl. Many families have a tradition of giving  pajamas to each other on Christmas Eve so they have new sleepwear while opening up presents the next  morning. A picture perfect moment as she wears her new pj’s while waking up Christmas morning.    Don’t leave out your littlest one.  Have your camera ready and create memories this season.

Girls Outfits For Every Season | Sophia’s Style

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Baby Girl Outfit
Baby Girl Outfit


My officemate is already getting excited about playing Christmas music at work.  I told her it’s too early, and then I started browsing our girls outfits, looking for blog inspiration, and came across this baby girl outfit.  How cute is that?!  The leggings look like candy canes, and the tunic is decorated with gingerbread cookies!  Now that I’ve looked at it, I want to listen to Christmas music and eat cookies.  *Sigh,* I give in.  As soon as the weather gets cold, I can’t help but think of the holidays. 

Does anyone have big plans this year?  The more I look at our girls outfits, the more I miss going to my grandparents’ house when I was a kid.  I loved sitting in my grandma’s kitchen near the oven while she made dinner.  I always had some kind of Christmas sweater or dress that was really warm and cozy, and my mom always made me let her curl my hair.  I may be a bit of a girly-girl, but that doesn’t mean I like having my hair fixed.  I’m pretty sure we had a fight everytime she came anywhere near me with a brush, a curling iron, or (heaven forbid) a bottle of hairspray. 

I hope everyone else is as excited as I am for Christmas this year!  We only have a couple more months, it’ll be here before we know it!

This blog was first posted at Trendy Girls Fashion Blog.

Jessi

Kids Costumes | Sophia’s Style

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Kids Costumes

Well, we’ve reached the final days of August, the kids are back in school, and it’s only a matter of time before the start of the holiday season rolls around!  Halloween will be here before you know it, so it’s time to start checking out all our fabulous children’s Halloween costumes at Sophia’s Style.  We’ve got kids costumes and baby costumes, so your whole family will be able to dress up and have a blast this year! 

If you haven’t already, make sure you find a local pumpkin patch and take the kids to choose pumpkins!  My family used to go every year, and it was so much fun.  My dad always helped us carve the pumpkins and make roasted pumpkin seeds.  Check out an easy recipe for those on the Sophia’s Style Blog

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Don’t forget to check out all our fall clothing, and hit up our sale page because all the great summer clothes just got marked down!  It’s getting cooler by the day, and Sophia’s Style has all the girls clothing and boys clothing you need to keep them warm and stylish!

This blog was first posted at Trendy Girls Fashion Blog.

Jessi

Kids Halloween Costumes! | Sophia’s Style

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Kids Halloween Costumes

Perhaps you haven’t noticed, but we’re a bit excited about our new kids Halloween costumes around here. If you think it’s bad now, just wait, we’re getting more children’s costumes in every day, so you’ll be seeing tons of new ones showing up on the site! And don’t forget to look at the baby costumes, they’re crazy cute and so teeny!

In other news, August is essentially here, and that means the kiddies will be back in school soon. Before everyone gets too busy for family time, I have a great idea for a fun family dinner: crepes! I made them last night, and I have no cooking skills to speak of, so I promise it’s easy and honestly so much fun.

Here’s what you need: 1/2 cup of milk, 1/2 cup of water, 3 eggs, 1 cup of flour, 1/2 tbsp orange flavoring (or you can use a different flavor, you won’t really taste it in the crepe, it just gives it a little hint of flavor so they won’t taste like flour)

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Here’s what you do:

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl with a wire wisk, until it’s really runny and aerated.

Using a ladel, pour about three quarters of a ladel-full into a greased pan over the stove (on a low heat setting) and sort of swirl the pan around until the whole bottom is covered in a thin layer of batter.

When the very edges of the crepe begin to brown, use a spatula to flip it over.

Wait just ten seconds or so, then use the spatula to take the crepe out and put it on a plate.

Have your kids decide what toppings they want on each crepe, then they can prepare their own! My favorite is sour cream and salmon, with chives. They might like ham and cheese, or peanut butter, you can put just about anything you want on as a topping. For desert, they taste great with jam, or nutella and bananas, or fruit and whip cream.

Enjoy the kids while they’re still home for summer, and don’t forget to take a look at Sophia’s Style children’s costumes, you could let the kids get a jump start deciding what they want to be this year!

This blog was first posted at Trendy Girls Fashion Blog.

Jessi

Christening Gowns, Traditions Today

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Baptism ceremonies are one of the first and most meaningful traditions you will experience with your child.  It’s a rite that dates back to biblical times, and serves as an important spiritual commitment.  Originally, the term “christening” referred to a ceremony in which a child was both baptized and given their name.  Currently, a christening is both a baptism and a formal presentation of your child to the church, family, and friends, which is why a christening gown is such a precious keepsake.

When choosing a christening gown, you’ll want to find something that is beautiful and timeless, just like the tradition itself.  Many families choose to save baptism gowns so that they can be passed down, generation after generation, as a family heirloom.  If you’re purchasing a gown, you probably already realize the importance of finding something beautiful for your child to wear, but you may also want to consider quality and style, as this is an opportunity for you to start your own family tradition! 

At Sophia’s Style, we carry a variety of christening dresses that are hand made with clear attention to detail and quality.  They’re pieces that will survive the test of time, and more importantly, the test of fussy babies.  We carry gowns in several different styles, so you can choose from very traditional looks or more contemporary takes on baptismal wear.  Everything is made from the best materials and sold at reasonable prices, because we know the importance of quality that’s affordable. 

This blog was first posted at Trendy Girls Fashion Blog.

Jessi

Don’t Forget Those First Communion Photos | SophiasStyle.com

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Little girls and boys spend many months preparing for their first communion – studying the history and significance of the sacrament, shopping for the perfect 1st communion dress and maybe even planning a party or celebration for afterwards. Like any big event, there can be months of anticipation only to have everything pass you by in a matter of hours! That’s why pictures on this special day are more important than ever.

You’ll want to get plenty of single portraits of your little one in his or her first communion clothing, but don’t forget all of the others involved in making this special day happen! Be sure to take a photo with the child’s school teachers or religious educators who have helped the young one prepare for first Holy Communion – including priests, deacons, nuns, or any other ministers. A special photo with the child’s godparents is also a must. Finish up with group family photos or those with special friends.

We’ve got everything you need for their first holy communion – communion gowns, boys suits, veils, socks and tights, dress shoes and more! Be prepared for the big day with the help of SophiasStyle.com.

This blog was first posted at Trendy Girls Fashion Blog.

Tasty Turkey Day Treats| SophiasStyle.com

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Thanksgiving will be here before we know it! Like me, I’m sure you’re planning a feast with all of those holiday favorites – turkey, stuffing, potatoes, pumpkin pie and more. All those traditional foods just say “Thanksgiving” to me and I can’t wait to spend time with my friends and family at the dinner table.

Here’s another tasty treat you can add to your Thanksgiving menu this year. These adorable turkey cookies from Pilsbury! I saw them in the Sunday paper this weekend and loved the idea. This makes a great craft for kids and will help get everyone into the Turkey Day spirit.

Simply use a dot of frosting to add chocolate candies at the center of a sugar cookie for the turkey’s eyes. Pipe a small dollop of frosting onto candy corns and stick them to the top of the cookie for the feathers. To finish up, use gel frosting to add feet and a beat. Voila – a terrific (and tasty) Thanksgiving turkey!

I hope you all have a fabulous Thanksgiving with those you love and cherish. And don’t forget about our girls special occasion dresses at SophiasStyle.com and find a special dress for a special day.

What food are you looking forward to this Thanksgiving? Share with us!

For further instructions:
http://www.pillsbury.com/Recipes/ShowRecipe.aspx?rid=40040

This blog was first posted at Trendy Girls Fashion Blog.

Lindsey

We Had A Spook-tacular Time At The Omaha Zoo

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So all of us at SophiasStyle.com are still recovering from the great time we had at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo Spooktacular trick-or-treat event on Sunday. We couldn’t have asked for a better day – we even had a little sunshine!


There were about 11,000 people in attendance and man were all those kids in costumes super cute! Some of our favorites were a robot with real light up features, a group of triplets all dressed alike as Shrek and two families that dressed as the superhero clan The Incredibles. Here are some photos from the event http://www.flickr.com/photos/tierneyphotography/sets/72157622665058528/  


I wish you all could have made it out to see us. We had our girls clothing on display and our sister company SweetGourmetGifts.com handed out delicious baked goods to the guests. I think we’ll definitely partner with the zoo again next year! Hope you can make it then!


What Halloween activities are going on in your town this week?


This blog was first posted at Trendy Girls Fashion Blog.

Creative Gift Giving | SophiasStyle.com

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Gift giving is good for the soul. I love seeing a person’s eyes light up and their mouth break into a smile when they open a gift that I put a lot of thought and care into giving them. There is truly something magical and heartwarming about that feeling.

Although the end result is great, sometimes it can be a long and frustrating process finding that unique and meaningful (but still affordable) gift. Nowadays little girls can be especially hard to shop for. Children today have so many toys and gadgets that they all seem to run together and many of them never even get used. My advice on gift ideas for girls is to keep it simple! These days simplicity can be a novel concept – we are so used to our complicated, busy lives and little girls are no different!

Instead of another new gizmo that is just like everything else she already has, consider a gift that is useful and beautiful, like this polka-dot piggy bank from SophiasStyle.com. It’s a great decoration for her room and you can help her learn the value and importance of saving.

Books also make great gifts for little girls (or boys!) These personalized musical books from SophiasStyle.com have a place to insert a picture of the child and it plays music while you read. She’ll never have another book like it! Sharing a story together will create more memories than any cell phone or video game ever could.

Who is hardest to shop for on your list? Share your thoughts!

This blog was first posted on Trendy Girls Fashion Blog.

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