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May 01, 2016

Ballerina Girls...and Mommy #mothersday

My younger sister and I spent the majority of our childhood in a dance studio. We danced for decades -- Laura even went on to dance in university -- and we eventually became accredited ballet teachers. Ballet was fun, but it also became a big part of our lives. It taught us discipline and poise, and while difficult to explain, there is something just magical about ballerinas. As young children, we trained and trained and yearned for our chance to wear a tutu and dance on the big stage at our year-end performance. I remember it well. 

When I was pregnant and found out I was having a daughter, I couldn't help but be excited. And when Isabelle was first born (prematurely), the note I left on the white board outside her room said, "Isabelle, I can't wait to have dance parties with you. Love, Mommy." Isabelle happens to love dancing like her mommy and her Auntie, and is just about to finish her first year of ballet classes. (Her first year-end performance -- tutu and all -- will be later on this spring. Mommy is stoked and so proud.) And little Madeline, although only a recent walker -- let alone dancer -- also seems to share this love of music and movement. She mimics her sister and together, we have quite a few dance parties. 

A couple of weeks ago, while at the Spring Babytime Show, I met Sarah, a mompreneur from Markham, who recently launched her business called BLUISH. BLUISH offers matching tutus and ruffled skirts for little girls, AND their moms. Sarah, a Chartered Accountant, had a tough time finding a tutu for her daughter's birthday that was well-made, well-priced and looked good, too. Sourcing a "mommy" version proved to be an even harder feat. 

BLUISH was founded on passion, and a lot of help from friends and family, credits Sarah. The brand is bright and happy, but the name stems from baby blues, a postpartum symptom many moms experience. Sarah admits to being blue after having her daughter, and so, BLUISH is a juxtaposition of blue-ness and happiness. "Much like that early stage of new motherhood," says Sarah. 

It didn't take long for me to really like the brand and the face behind the company. As everyone knows, I love to support local, and local moms. But I loved the concept, too. 

So when I brought home our matching tutus, I knew Isabelle was going to be thrilled. Well, it was beyond. My girls have their share of costumes, yes, but we certainly didn't have a tutu for mommy. Until now. 

The tutus are so very well made. The elastic is velvety soft and stretchy and the tulle (6 layers on mine and 3 on the baby version) is very delicate and silky. Each tutu has a layer of cotton lining, making the skirt extra comfortable. And they come in a few chic and stylish colours - very fashion forward. 

I have to admit -- I kinda like the Mini Me trend that's happening right now. I mean, I don't want to dress like my kids all the time, but I know the girls get a kick when they can dress like Mommy and I think it's adorable when we have coordinating looks. And I LOVE that I have a new tutu to wear for our dance parties.

Even if you don't have a Mini Me, adult tutus are all the rage right now -- especially for brides! Pair it up with a killer pair of heels and you're ready to party!

BLUISH is having a special Mother's Day promo on until May 7 -- this is the perfect time to get a set of tutus for yourself and your daughter, or give as a gift!  Use the promo code MOMSDAY to get 10% off storewide. 

Don't forget to give Sarah some love on facebook and Instagram!

Prices range from $30 for the baby tutus and $70-120 for the Mommy versions. Isabelle and Madeline are wearing the Baby Celine in Ivory and I am wearing the Vintage Celine in Blush. All prices on BLUISH are in CAD. Yeah!

Disclaimer: I received product in order to write this review. All opinions expressed on my blog are my own.

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