Minimalista Mama

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Gap Baby / Kids

Did you see Crazy, Stupid Love? You should. It was funny. It’s hard not to pull for Steve Carrell. Ryan Gosling (well, his character) takes Steve’s frumpy, middle-aged dad under his dashing wing, teaching him how to dress and act. On a shopping trip when Steve admits to wearing Gap on the weekends, Gosling takes his shoulders and says, “Be better than the Gap!”

When he said this, Ramon looked at me pointedly. OK, yes, I get a lot of Astrid’s clothes at the Gap, but here’s the thing: I don’t buy ALL her clothes, there, I don’t buy any of the ones that have the Gap logo visible (she’s not a billboard, my little darling!), and Gap corporate is having some serious inventory and design issues, so I can’t remember the last time I paid full price for anything there. Honestly, I get pretty much everything  I buy there for 30-40% off and it’s decent quality, so done deal. (Getting a Gap Visa card that I pay off immediately only helps: I get even more discounts on top of the ridiculous markdowns that arrive every week.)

They’re a great source of sweaters, leggings and pajamas. And I got her a black and white polka dot dress with a 1950’s crinoline built in for $29 for a wedding for Pete’s sake, so give it a try.

No, they’re not organic, but they’re also not trying to sell me a kimono shirt that she’ll fit into for 20 minutes for $40. Of course I wish I could buy her all cashmere or Tea Collection, but that’s just a silly investment for a baby or a toddler. Save that cash for the day when she has to have an iPhone or a college education. In the meantime, Gap Kids works just fine, thank you very much.


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