It’s officially August which means two things: The end of summer and back to school. While we hate to see summer come to an end, this mama is ready for some structure and routine. This is an exciting school year for us too because both girls will be at the same school. Gone are the days of two morning drop-offs and two afternoon pick-ups. Charlotte Cate will be in Pre-K4 and Eloise will be in second grade. I absolutely cannot believe it!
We visited Oh Pair in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for our new school shoes and socks. Oh Pair offers affordable, durable, high quality shoes and accessories in an assortment of sizes, widths, and styles to accommodate every parent’s needs. They are our go-to shoe store, and the customer service is amazing!
Oh Pair works with Tori Gill, owner of Pins & Needles, an embroidery business specializing in personalizing children’s clothing, to create custom looks for all of your back-to-school needs. Tori, mom to three children, created her business with the hope of blessing others. “Children light up when they see their name, initials, or favorite character stitched just for them,” says Tori. She views her business not just as a service but as a ministry. After an item is designed and about to be embroidered, she says a prayer for that child; when you receive your item it has been personalized and prayed over!
Somehow, I was able to easily convince Charlotte Cate to go with the traditional Footmates Mary Janes. These shoes are timeless and oh, so perfect with her sweet little uniform! I love their velcro closure as buckles and shoelaces are tricky for the littlest students (and as a preschool teacher myself, I appreciate the independence of velcro). We paired the Footmates Mary Janes with classic knee-highs with a simple three-letter monogram.
For a more casual look, Charlotte Cate chose the Cienta glitter Mary Janes. I love the classic design with a modern twist. Again, these have a simple velcro closure for preschoolers. We paired these with a classic folded sock with a simple three-letter monogram.
As a big second-grader Eloise has outgrown the Mary Jane look for school. She was excited to choose a New Balance shoe in lavender and orange. We paired these with a no-show ankle sock.
Oh Pair also carries Hide-ees, the perfect panty cover for under those uniforms. Hide-ees are comfy, adorable, and have two-panel design (think, no riding up). We monogramed these with the girls’ initials. I chose the Hide-ees Original Ruffles design for Charlotte Cate and the Hide-ees Don’t Ruffle Me design for Eloise. How precious are these?
For those needing backpacks, lunch boxes, and nap mats, Oh Pair and Pins & Needles can help! They offer monogram and applique options on these products, as well. For Charlotte Cate’s nap mat, we chose a pink gingham design and coordinated the sweetest Liberty of London floral for the applique. I couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out!
Oh Pair and Pins & Needles are super-helpful for all of your back-to-school needs! Follow Oh Pair on Instagram @ohpairbr. Follow Pins & Needles on Facebook or www.pinsandneedlesmarket.com. Happy August, y’all!