Matchy-matchy is not mushy-gushy {Review and Worldwide giveaway of Mama Shoppe}

Posted by ~Summer~ on April 29, 2014
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I have a penchant for matching outfits since I was in my early twenties. While people were gawking at how mawkish it might have looked, I was just happy to stroll down the streets in matching wear with the boy. Thankfully, he did not mind it in the least and whenever we saw any cute t-shirts, we made sure we bought the same design in different sizes. In fact, we even wore matching pink polo shirts that said "She's my bee" and "He's my honey" at our wedding photoshoot.

Yes, I mean it. See, here we were back in 2008!



Yes, as you can see, the boy who was willing to wear matching shirts eventually became the man of my life.

After the kids came along, I had always dreamt of wearing mummy-daughter matching tops and dresses but finding them in reality can be a challenge. I don't like to spend a bomb on clothes and it really isn't easy trying to get matching outfits in sizes that fit a toddler, a preschooler and a mum.

When Mama Shoppe offered to send over outfits for the girls in our family, you bet the first thing I did was jump for joy and say "Woohoo! Now, we can be matchy-matchy when we go out!". Boys can now wear shirts in coordinating fabrics with Daddy and girls can be clad in matching dresses and tops as Mummy. How cool is that?

The special thing about clothing from Mama Shoppe is that they are handmade by a team of ladies from Emmaus Women's Centre in Cambodia - which provides food and lodging to the ladies and trains them in dressmaking and other skills. The centre seeks to equip ladies with livelihood skills so they will be able to find meaningful employment to support themselves and their families. Many of the them did not have the opportunity to receive formal education and would otherwise find it hard to make a living. 


I was pleasantly surprised to see that the outfits came in cute and trendy designs, for instance Ariel is wearing the Peter & Jane Shortalls in Red Plaid and Angel is wearing Girl's Heart-back Top in Red Plaid.


The Peter & Jane Shortalls in Red Plaid is unisex and made of lightweight quality cotton. Even though Ariel had on a t-shirt underneath and we were out at the beach on a warm day, she still felt at ease enough to keep walking about and not once did she tug at her outfit or gave any sign of discomfort.


For the Girl's Heart-back Top in Red Plaid, I like the little surprise detail at the back - yes, the heart-cut out. It helps in cooling my girl on a hot day since she was born in winter in Sweden and till now, perspires very easily whenever we are out. She was also fascinated with the design and would go around telling everyone "Look! I have a heart on my back!" Even though this was a top, it matched well with a pair of leggings and I loved how the checked pattern stood out.



As for me, I had on the Ladies' Sierra Top in Red Plaid and for the first time was in matching wear with not one, but both my girls. I love how although our outfits were made of the same fabric, each piece had its own unique design and distinctive appeal which made all of us stand out in our own ways.

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Floral dresses always look pretty on little girls. Here is Angel in the Girl's Braided Summer Dress in Floral Burst. I love the braided cross back straps and the green ruffles along the bottom edge which help to accentuate the vibrant colours of the dress.









For me, I am never one to go for floral tops, especially not one that comes with flutter sleeves. So initially, I was hesitant if I could pull off the look of this Ladies' Freya Top in Floral Burst. Yet, the moment I put it on and looked in the mirror, it looked surprisingly refreshing and got me thinking "It might just be time to ditch the plain tops for those with blooms".

I like that it can be paired with almost anything from shorts, skirts to jeans, so long as it is plain and does not take away attention from the beautiful top. Made of 100% cotton, these clothing ensure a comfortable fit and are perfect for our warm climate. Most importantly, they keep us smiling just knowing that we are dressed in similar fashion, both mummy and daughters.

Now, what is your take on wearing matchy-matchy outfits with your child?

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With Mother's Day around the corner, would you like to do some online shopping and look for some matching wear for your family?

A Happy Mum is now giving away 3 x S$20 Mama Shoppe store credit which can be used to purchase any of its clothing items. It may not be used together with other discount codes or promotions. This giveaway is open to all readers worldwide

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Disclosure: We received the above featured outfits from Mama Shoppe for the purpose of writing this review. All opinions are my own.

43 comments:

  1. i like to dress myself and my mini me...i never had a sister..so i am using my girl as my alter ego in mini size!
    jaime
    chueimei@gmail.com

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  2. matchy matchy!!!!! i like!! especially since the hub isn't too big on this, i think i shall matchy with my daughter! teehee

    Janice
    www.themishmashmess.blogspot.com
    janicewong27(at)gmail (dot)com

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  3. For special occasions, I would like to dress the whole family in matching outfits just like the malays do. For the fun of it.

    Jingxian
    j_xian@hotmail.com

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  4. I love matchy clothing coz we will look like sisters :)
    Amie Chen
    amycpj@gmail.com

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  5. Oh, I'm also so into wearing matchy matchy with my bf, now hubby. Now it's matchy matchy with the whole family!! It's might seems a lot effort but even the kids are into it too! Every wkend, they will auto ask what colour are you wearing before choosing their outfit to match! Much family bonding!!

    Elizabeth De Cruz
    Elizabeth_decruz@yahoo.com.sg

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  6. yes and i have 2 girls to matchy matchy with.
    love the feel to wear the same (bonded) and im sure my 2 daughters will love wearing the same as mummy too hahaha :)
    JingRong
    lohjingrong@yahoo.com.sg

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  7. I want! I was always looking for matching dresses to wear with my Nat!

    Jackie Seah
    piggypandaluvsbb@gmail.com

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  8. i'm not keen to be matchy matchy with hubby.... But with my little girl, I think it would be pretty cute.

    Ivy
    ivykhoo@gmail.com

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  9. Never had matching outfits with my girl yet..
    Jamie
    Jamiechaw@gmail.com

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  10. Definitely i will love matching outfits with my baby girl glad to read your blog review that mama shoppe sells matching outfits :)

    Name: Ada
    Email: h208217@yahoo.com.sg

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  11. Would like to have matching outfits with my children as It will instil a certain bonding within us. If we don't wear matching clothes now, I believe it's going to be less of a chance when they are in their teens.
    Ker Min
    magixn@hotmail.com

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  12. My girl sure love it. Thanks
    Belle Ng
    ng_belle@yahoo.com.sg

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  13. I love to match my outfit w my gal. At least bare minimum, color coordination the same. Would really like to win this. I live the freya top for ladies. Just hope they do have bigger sizes due to bigger boobs! Haha

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  14. Sorry forget to add my email.

    Brina
    Aisu_hime@hotmail.com

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  15. I love matchy matchy outfits! And you look great in the floral top babe :)

    And I can't believe you guys actually got the honey bee t-shirts! Haha but so you man.

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  16. I want to wear matchy Matchy for the simple reason - it is too cute!
    Jolin
    Babyhappie@hotmail.com

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  17. I've been known to wear Punisher tees, and Star Wars ones... just so I can matchy matchy with the BOY *sobs*

    Regina
    mail2regina@gmail.com

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  18. I love wearing matchy outfit with my girl. Somehow it's the special bond, even my girl is super happy when we wear matchy outfits.
    Serene Leow
    liaoserene@hotmail.com

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  19. Yes. Bcoz I nv wear it b4. But I m very sure tat if we manage to wear it together, my kids will sure be very happy.
    Celyn Huang
    Celyn1101@gmail.com

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  20. I am ok with matchy matchy, but my hubby is a huge fan! hahaa... he likes to wear the same or in the same colour range when the family goes out together!

    Joanne Ho
    joannehmm@gmail.com

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  21. For that special bonding!

    Cynthia Lau
    edenie98@yahoo.com

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  22. I would like to try that with my daughters. It will make heads turn!
    Teo Yee Long
    trantrulla@hotmail.com

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  24. I love to wear matching outfits with Kaitlin even if it's just going by the same colour/pattern. It's fun plus she'll probably only do it with me for a few more years so better do it before it's to late.

    beverlywoo.bw@gmail.com

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  25. My designer dress is amazing! I was so nervous buying a dress online; worried it wouldn't fit so I ordered a size larger just in case. It also shipped very quickly and arrived within 4 days!

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  26. I would love to dress up matchy matchy w my little princess for a mother's day event organised by school! How delighted she would be 😊

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  27. I love to wear matchy outfits with Sophie too and will do son until she protest maybe? It's just my way of saying she's my little mini me :)
    susan(at)ajugglingmom(dot)com

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  28. We have not tried yet, cos havent found the correct fabric for boy and mummy. Now I have a girl, I think it'll be easier to get matching outfits esp for photoshoots!

    Ziyin
    zinconut@hotmail.com

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  29. I haven't done any matching outfits for myself yet, but the hubby buys the LFC jerseys for everyone, including poor meimei who gets mistaken for a boy when she wears them (even though she wears pink pants and pink shoes??). Quite cute lah, but also it's practical because then the kids are easy to spot and people will know who the kids belong to! Maybe more handy for those with more kids. Hee!

    Mailmummyed (a) gmail.com

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  30. I don't mind wearing matching outfits with my boys since everyone says they all look like me. So it would be doubly min-mes. The challenge is finding my size - XXL! LOL!

    Robert_sim@yahoo.com

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  31. I have 3 boys whom I love to dress in matching clothes but I have never thought of joining them because.... there are simply no mother-son outfits! Would love to try these clothes :)

    olimomok@gmail.com

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  33. My girl and I will now look exactly alike, even though without wearing identical clothings we already look alike!

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  34. I think it will be great when the whole family wears the same outfit! Great sense of pride and bonding

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  35. Can consider trying this out in future. It will be fun!
    Alan Tan
    alantanchoonchai72@gmail.com

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  36. It will be great fun for the entire family!
    Teo Han Choo
    teohanchoo@gmail.com

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  37. Yes, matching outfits are really cute!
    Karis
    hellokaris@yahoo.com.sg

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  38. I love dressing my girls n myself up in matchy-matchy outfits!!
    Francine
    francinesy@gmail.com

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  39. It'll be great for the whole family to be in matchy-matchy outfits! Would love to try them out.

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  41. Simply love the concept...something special for our outings or something really different when I visit my country,,,Matching Matching...

    Ashmika jain
    jainash1083@gmail.com

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  42. Great! It inspire me to have sweet family concept clothing. Thanks! ^^

    May
    ml0510@hotmail.com

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