Friday, July 4, 2014

5th Birthday Photoshoot with Rorybird + {International Giveaway & Promo Code}

Lil Pumpkin had a mini-photoshoot with my sister a few weeks back and here are some of the photos. I didn't manage to pass my sis all the images I chose for her to edit, so did some simple light-adjustment myself first. Will have to ask her to edit properly later :P

Had a hard time choosing what to post because oh goodness, I LOVE how she captured Lil Pumpkin's expressions and feelings!! Such a beautiful way to remember her time as a 5-year-old :)

She's wearing Rorybird, a new children's brand launched in Singapore bringing originality to traditional styles with whimsical designs and tropical colours.

Rorybird was created by two expat mums living in Singapore who searched the island for hand embroidery and applique children's clothing after the birth of their children. After finding that these styles were not readily available, they decided to bring these timeless styles to Singapore, but with a new twist of hand-drawn designs, bespoke patterns and bold colour combinations.

I'm not sure about you but when I was growing up, smocked frocks were quite the rage and my mother loved to dress my sisters and I in them. There's something very endearing about these sweet, innocent dresses that define traditional charm for little girls.

I saw the Hand-Smocked Elephant Bishop Party Dress and immediately fell in love with it. It's a stunning combination of beautiful shades of blue with crisp white cotton. I love the ethnic feel with the smocked elephant parade.

Amber, one of the co-founders for Rorybird, told me that the smocked bishop dresses reminded her of her childhood days too. Bishop dresses are very Southern United States, but the brand took this classic design and have added a modern twist by adding in themes from Southeast Asia, such as elephants and tropical fish, and bright colors which wouldn't typically be seen in this style.

It is ankle-length and a little longer than other dress styles, but very comfortable since it's loose-fitting. Lil Pumpkin said that she felt like she was a princess in it! :)

One of Rorybird's more sophisticated styles, the Pink Damask Tunic Party Dress with white trim is fast becoming one of Lil Pumpkin's favorite dresses! She's been wearing it pretty often since we got on hands on this to town, parties and classes.

The broad white trim accents the contoured and sleek neckline, while the fabric is so breathable, making it comfortable even in our tropical weather.

Lil Pumpkin doesn't have many green options in her wardrobe and we were glad to add the lightweight Green Seersucker Party Dress in.

It's easy to wash, and has an interesting crumpled texture which kinda means not much ironing is required hahaha...  perfect for me because I hate ironing :P The pink zigzag at the top and delicate trim along the bottom also adds sweet details.

Other than dresses for the girls, there are also separate top and bottom options. There are so many ways to mix and match this White Top with Green Seersucker Trim, but we like it best with the Green Tie Seersucker Shorts for a coordinated look.  The green seersucker straps {same material as the dress above} add a stylish touch, and the empire waistline gives the top a sophisticated silhouette.

However, I did find it a little thin though, especially under the sunlight, and would have preferred it better if it had an inner lining.

The elastic waistband of the short ensures comfort on-the-go and the side ties allow for a loose adjustable fit on the legs, and opportunity for tying cute little bows~

I must admit that their shop collection is rather small at the moment, since they just launched about 2 months ago. I'm excited to see what they will bring in the coming months as I heard they will be adding in junk boats, koi fish, and other beautiful designs that remind us of Asia. They also have plans to increase their clothing line to size 10 for the older children, and add more styles for the boys since it is so hard to find cute clothes for them in general.

I think their designs will appeal to a lot of mums in Singapore, especially since so many of us love to bring our kids for outdoor play, and Rorybird's clothes are all created with the Singapore climate and lifestyle in mind. What I also love from their collection is that the kids will be dressed simply... as kids. Their clothes accurately reflect the youthfulness, innocence and exuberance of the young ones, without making them out to look like small adults. Simple, fuss-free and classic.

Do note that because most of the clothes are loose-fitting for a comfy & relaxed style, you won't actually need to buy one size up as most of us tend to do :P Free international shipping and monogramming are available. If you want to see the actual products before buying, they will also be having pop-up stalls at Sentosa Picotin on 27 Aug 2014 and Eton House International on 30 Aug 2014.

Promo: For all Rorybird children's clothes, quote "rorybird10" for 10% discount. Valid until 15 Aug 2014 only. 

Just for my special blog readers and friends only, I have TWO Rorybird Outfit of Choice to give away! From their girls and boys collection, you can choose either i) a baby romper, ii) a dress, or iii) a top & bottom. ANYTHING OF YOUR CHOICE! 2 winners to readers worldwide! Sizes range from newborns up to 6 year olds. If you have friends living overseas, this will be a great present too since all items are sent with free gift-wrapping and the prize can be sent to any address around the world!

International Giveaway Method: Random Draw  

3. Like & Share this Facebook photo and tag a friend. Make sure your post is public!

4. Leave me a blog comment telling me your best fashion tip for kids + FB name you used to like the pages + email add. For those unsure of how to comment, choose "Name/URL" option then add your name and comment. If you prefer to send me your email add privately, leave a comment for the other answers then contact me at sakuraharuka {at} live {dot} com

TWO random winners will be chosen. Just complete all 4 simple steps!   

* Open to readers worldwide. Non-Singapore residents may enter too.
* Ends Monday, 14 July 2014 2359hrs {Singapore time}     
* Incomplete or inappropriate entries will be deemed invalid and will not be included.  
* Winners will be announced by Sunday, 20 July 2014 on this blog post and notified via email. Winners has 3 days to reply, or the prize will be redrawn.    
* Sakura Haruka is not responsible for any prizes lost, damaged or misplaced in the mail.    
* Chosen items are subject to stock availability.    

UPDATE: The giveaway has ended. The winners are Jaime Chan and Ace Serene. Stay tuned for more blog giveaways on Sakura Haruka! Check out my current readers promos too. Thanks for your support!

* Disclosure: Rorybird provided the outfits for review and giveaway. All other accessories belong to me. No monetary compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.



preciouz said...

dressed their age with splashes of colour..the more the colours the better

FB: jaime chan

girls and me said...

My fashion tip for my kids actually very simpIe. I will bought different colour and design top for them. Both of them will matching with denim buttons. I will also bought some accessories for them to match with the outfit.
Hope can win this lovely dress for my younger daughter and she can wear on her coming 6th birthday in November.

FB name : KaRen Ong

Mamamie said...

My fashion tip would be to buy 2 piece clothings for the kid so that can mix & match the top & bottom with other random clothings for more variety.
FB Name: Amie Chen

Celyn Huang said...

I usually will buy clothing base on their liking etc, ur favourite color, design & carton character.

Celyn Huang

An Apel a Day said...

I'm a Sakura Haruka Facebook page fan. Alissa Spiehs-Apel

An Apel a Day said...

I'm a Rorybird Children's Clothing page fan. Alissa Spiehs-Apel

An Apel a Day said...

I always liked BabyLegs because they go with many of the cute outfits, protect their little legs, and can be used as arm warmers when they get older. My boys still use their bone ones at Halloween times with a short sleeved Halloween t-shirt.

FB name: Alissa Spiehs-Apel
Email: alissa4illustration AT hotmail DOT COM

An Apel a Day said...

Liked and shared the FB photo. Alissa Spiehs-Apel

Cª+he®iNe said...

Kids apparel should be lightweight so their movement are not hindered, and they are kept dry and comfortable throughout the day.

Shirley said...

I like flowers and colours for Kristy. She loves flowy dresses!
I like simple & confortable printed tops and pants (must cover knees) for Regan so he can run free :)

Shirley Yong

Grace said...

Look at those big eyes! Gorgeous! Love the pink tunic dress. Very pretty :)

Unknown said...

I like to dress my girl in bright colours so that they look & feel happy all day long. Most importantly is the comfort so that they can move/play freely :)
FB: JingRong Loh

Ser said...

I love to dress up my kids in light or cheerful colours as it exhibits the youth in them. I tend to avoid dark colours.

FB Name: Ace Serene

Anonymous said...

Fashion tip for kids - explore polka dots and stripes. Add their favorite colours too.
FB name Nancy Koh

liked and shared ;)

Robert Sim said...

Do not ask your child to make fashion choices unless you are willing to honour his choice. Hahaha!!!

FB: Robert Sim

Evelyn Lim said...

I like colourful and cheery clothes for my kids!

Evelyn Lim (fb name)

Carol Mei Mei said...

Choose quality materials that will not change shape or grow 'balls' easily after they go into the washer/dryer.

Carol Lim Mei Mei

Apple Junie said...

Awesome Giveaway! I Love my children wearing colorful clothes to make them look more lively & cheerful.

Facebook Name: Apple Junie

Unknown said...

Awesome Giveaway! I love my children wearing colorful clothes to make them more lively & cheerful. When my children are cheerful, mummy is happy too :)

Facebook Name: Apple Junie

Joanna Heng said...

liked n shared! :)

I love to buy 2 pieces. Top and bottom. so i can mix n match for my son. or romper and can just wear and go.

FB: Cherry Joanna

Anonymous said...

We love bright colours, lovely prints and lightweight material for our humid weather!

FB: Vern Nice
Email: I'll email you =)

Meiyi said...

Comfortable clothes for my kid; quality should be good so that it will not go out of shape easily. I like to dress my kid in sleeveless dress or tops as she sweats a lot.
FB name: Little Detour
Email: little

mail4rosey said...

Smocked dresses were all the rage when I was a girl too.

I can't believe how great these photos are, every single one of them turned out awesome!

Jingxian said...

Light and comfortable for hot sunny Singapore.

Jingxian Liang

Anonymous said...

Buy the clothes that my girl like and those that I think suit her !

Cynthia Lau

Anonymous said...

My best fashion tip for kids: Be yourself and natural!

FB name: Jasmine Zhang

Unknown said...


My Fashion tip is to let them enjoy colorful, comfortable & age appropriate clothing,,,Some accessories as girls love to wear them...

Ashmika Jain

Unknown said...

I am particular about picking clothes that are fun but also modest.

Stacy said...

How big are her eyes in pic3... lovely! I do like that crumpled-effect material too.

Unknown said...

I like to dress blue *_*
Fb: gemma nyan kazehaya , like and shared

Thanks so much!!!

Lu Siu Ching said...

Dress them in bright colours according to the season, age appropriate cutting and design.
Children look great in all the colours!

FB: Lu Siu Ching

zoe said...

My fashion tip will be to go for comfortable wear that does not make them itch, as well as in the brightest splash of colors to bring out their cheery personality!

FB Name: Zoe Teo

rosewendy said...

I like to chose clothes that allow for plenty of movement so active play is easy and comfortable. Nice bold colors are good too.

MoranSha said...

I don't have a very unique tip, just to remember that they should wear clothes they can play and run around in, but that doesn't mean that they should wear ugly or worn out sruff, cause they learn how to present themselves from a very young age.

fb: moran shaham levy
email: mooransh @ gmail . com


rosewendy said...

Sorry, forgot to write my facebook name-
Wendy Hatton

Nancy Cheng said...

I love to dress them in bright hues in light fabrics. Usually a top and a bottom with one in print and the other plain does the matching trick!

FB Name: Nancy Cheng
Email: nczls(at)yahoo(dot)com

Unknown said...

Comfortable and presentable looking

Fb name: Phyllis Tan

Diana said...

I have a boy and clothes for boys are boring and hard to get the "look", so I will style his hair up and get a matching shoes for his funky look.

Diana Bok

Anonymous said...

Don headbands for newborn girls so that they don't get mistaken for boys!

Fb name: Charlene missuschewy

jeslyn gwee said...

Look around in department stores for hip and trendy clothings...material must be comfortable and fitting. Hair accessories cannot be missed for girls :)

Fb name: jeslyn gwee