We aren’t fancy. Getting my son to wear a button-up shirt is like wrestling a disgruntled alligator. And at some point, my daughter may have to give up ballet due to her intense scorn for tights. Bless all you mamas who are able to coordinate matching fancy Christmas outfits that your children willingly wear. I’ve given up the fight.
For everyday kids’ attire, I seek styles that are comfortable, play-friendly and fashionable. (Sorry, kids, no light-up Paw Patrol shoes.) And that same approach translates to their ‘special’ outfits as well. For the holidays, I want an outfit that’s stylish and a little fancier than everyday, but that my small people will want to leave on their bodies when we get home from church and wear throughout the week as well. All you mamas out there know this is no small undertaking.
So I was excited when I heard about the new Kansas City-based children’s boutique, Modern Mija. (Say it with me: Modern Mee-Ha … it’s Spanish slang for ‘daughter, girlfriend or little one.)
And I was even more excited when I found out that its owner is a Lee’s Summit boss girl. Emily Sharp grew up in Lee’s Summit but left to pursue a degree in graphic design at the Art Institute of San Diego. When she came back to the Midwest, she carried a dream: To bring hip children’s clothing with that casual West-coast vibe to millennial moms.
Everyday life helped Sharp pinpoint what she saw as a potential gap in the local market: Her friends started having babies, so she started buying a lot of baby gifts. In shopping, she realized that many boutiques carry baby gifts, but that the styles she was seeing veered toward cutesy or shabby chic.
“Either what I liked was crazy expensive or outdated,” Sharp says. “I was thinking I don’t know if my 20-something cousin or friend will put their kid in this.”
Sharp opened her online boutique in December 2016. Her brands appeal to on-the-go modern moms who value both style and function.
For now, the Modern Mija line is available online and at pop-up shops throughout the area, but Sharp is preparing to launch a physical location in Downtown Lee’s Summit in Spring 2018. Upcoming pop-ups include the Baby Fair on November 19 and Lee’s Summit Holiday Mart on December 3.
A huge thanks to Katelyn Frances Photography for capturing these great images despite frigid temperatures and wacky children.
My son was in a rare mood. When Katelyn asked him his name he said “You can call me rock star.” I really do think he felt like a rock star wearing these hip clothes and having his picture taken in alleyways! His ouutfit: Good Times Tee; Kinderkind Boys Puffer Vest; Kinderkind Dark Moto Skinny Jeans
And my daughter was OBSESSED with this pink flapper dress by Uuni and the super snuggly Julia Faux Fur Jacket. Perfect for layering and twirling all day long! My son stayed cozy in the Boys Suede Moto Jacket and he wanted to bring the Pizza Yes tee home with him. It’s every little boy’s mantra. (Sadly it’s sold out!)
Other favorites included this floral bell-sleeve dress, in a rich burgundy hue with black velvet accents making it perfect for the holidays. You can even make your child wear tights with it. I did not go there.
And pom-pom beanies are perfect for everyday wear. My daughter loved declaring I’M A UNICORN. Other hats carry a holiday vibe with slogans like Peace Ya’ll and I Wish You Radness.
Thanks to Modern Mija, I feel like my kiddos are walking into winter with their style on lock down.