target clothes for kids, target littles, minifashionista, mini modelSometimes the shoes make the outfit and sometimes the shoes simply inspire one which is why when we were sent an amazing package from Amadin we knew the outfit would begin with these fab shoesamadin, amadin shoesThis burgundy primary IV Motif style features a luxe suede slipper and velvet exterior.  The embroidered motif screams royalty and you can immediately tell this is one special shoe.  We paired it with a matching pom pom fur hat and some clothes from Target (socks are Catimini).   This shoe retails for $150 and can be purchased through the Amadin website.

Handcrafted in Italy, this luxurious suede slipper is accented with a stylish embroidered motif.

Below, we styled it with a matching maroon skirt and a more studious looking blazer for a classic and very cute look!  cute kids shoes, minifashionista, microfashion, kids fashion blogger

The 2nd set of shoes were just as special.  Take a look at the adorable tassel detailing! kids shoes, kids fashion, girls fashion  These are the purple primary color (one of Juliet’s favorites!!) But they also come in pink, orange, blues, yellow, chestnut and brown and they retail for $125.  Also handcrafted with care in Italy, they feature only the finest in genuine leather.  Below, J wore the slippers with leggings, a tee and a fur vest.

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Surprisingly this brand originated for boys as the founder, a dad who wanted to match his mini-me couldn’t find suitable shoes to style his trendy tot.  So the shoes you see here are unisex.  Click through to shop their fabulous collection!

 

How would you wear these shoes??  And what which pair would you choose?

 

 

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chanel boyfriend, chanel boyfriend watch, chanel pop up nyc, chanel boyfriend pop upChanel created a Coco Club, an exclusive pop-up lounge inspired by their latest “boy-friend” watch by taking over the Wing and it was as fabulous as you’d expect.  Taking over and transforming the Wing which is an all-women’s workspace and social club in the chic Soho neighborhood of Manhattan was a smart move given they were building off the traditional men’s club idea -but for women.  And for Coco’s Club this had to include endless branded photo opps cuz that’s what Chanel fans in this day and age want!  Everywhere you looked there were black and white vignettes with classic Chanel timepieces, signature logos and pretty spots to pose at.  And befittingly, social media stars, fashionistas and Chanel crazed fans flocked in with their tweed, chain purses and CC logos…including US!  It was like we all knew we had to wear Coco’s fashion uniform in order to gain entrance into this premier club lol.  The people watching was insane.   Who brought and dressed their dogs in Chanel couture??  Yes people I am not kidding… see my IG story for evidence before it disappears!

Our club card instructed us that after checking in we should:  explore in the library, get glam in the locker room, linger in the cafe and unwind in the game room.  So we did!  Exploring the library consisted of browsing black folders all numbered in the signature Chanel style and then taking a seat and sketching, scribbling or writing notes on the branded papers and postcards.  You can bet I made sure to take home extras as souvenirs.  The Chanel stickers and Coco black pencils were our fav!

The Coco cafe was a sunlit room where I happily people-watched while eating a complimentary chicken sandwich and hourglass lemonade (which was a black drink made with activated charcoal and a branded, CC drink stirrer).How will regular lemonade ever compare now I wondered..chanel nyc pop up, chanel nyc, chanel pop up eventSurrounding the room and all throughout the space you could find snarky quotes with a watch or men’s club sort of theme to them which helped focus the attention on the masculine-styled timepieces which were the real star of the event.  chanel boyfriend, chanel event, chanel nyc

After eating, you could get your lipstick touched up in the beauty room or call your favorite fashionable friend.Juliet said she wanted to meet Coco Chanel and I had to break it to her that she wasn’t going to be able to…  We did however end the night with a children’s bedtime book that my friend bought us all about the life of Gabrielle Chanel, AKA Coco Chanel!

Our Coco Card instructed us to “unwind in the game room.” And so we did.  We played ping pong with branded paddles, shopped the quilted display cases and even took turns being Chanel sharks at the pool table.

 

What an incredible day!  We will surely remember this fun mommy and me outing each time we carry our purses and wear anything reminiscent of Coco.  This pop-up was open to the public just one day only unfortunately.  I will try to blog about the last pop-up that we attended another time.

For ideas on how to dress your daughter in Chanel – inspired outfits, click here!

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It’s that time of the year to be thankful and I am thankful for YOU,  all my readers!  So I’m hosting this giveaway where 4 people will win $500 PayPal CASH or an Amazon gift card!  Giveaway ends 12.15 EST.


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For our Back-To-School Brainiac Bash, we were so happy to have Mabels Labels as one of the goody bag sponsors.  They were the perfect brand to tie into the celebratory school kick-off season since their handy, customizable labels are so perfect for lunch boxes, backpacks, and the extra clothes stored at school.  Have you heard of Mabels Labels?  They are the most trusted label provider for durable, customizable and cute labels!  They stick on everything: clothes, shoes, sports equipment, sippy cups..the list goes on.

 

Any parent knows that we are constantly susceptible to losing any one of these items while commuting, strolling around or simply leaving things behind from destination to destination.  These microwave-safe, laundry-safe, dishwasher safe labels are wayyyy better than the masking tape and scribbly name that our parents resorted to. Be the mommy superstar that you know you want to be and start school, camp, daycare and everyday right with the coolest identification in town.  With celebrity mom endorsements coming from everyone from Victoria Beckham to Gwyneth Paltrow to Heidi Klum and Reese Witherspoon, you know you’re onto something!

Besides being entirely innovative, and handy I loved how customizable they were!  You could choose from tons of designs.  Being that I have a princess-obsessed 4 year old who loves purple and pink, I chose for her this adorable tiara design below that included her full name and my phone number in case anything got lost (and found).

organizational labels, mabels labelsThey also had Hello Kitty, and a myriad of other popular graphic designs.  The perfectionist in me is sooo happy with these perfectly pretty labels.  It satisfies whatever OCD I have and I can’t get over how I’m able to wash, wear and launder these things!!  How amazing is that?  And they’re perfect for little kids trying to figure out their left vs. right shoe.  They make these ingenious stickers that are vertically pre-cut in half so the child can visually match them up to complete the picture and figure out which shoes goes on which foot!shoe labels, school suppliesHooray!!

What would YOU get??

DISCLAIMER We were given product to review for this article.  All opinions are 100% my own.

 

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We were recently introduced to the brand, Lucky And Me and given a delightful package of comfy and colorful bike and gym shorts, panties and tunic to try on and style.  And we are in love!  They’re exactly the kind of cute basics that we needed in Juliet’s wardrobe, made with only high-end, organic fabrics.  Moms will also be happy to know that they’re made free of harmful chemicals and come in the cutest colors!  Check out the gym short color selection!  gymnast, gymnastics clothes, lucky n me, lucky and me They’re the perfect thing for our little gymnast to wear providing both comfort and coverage.  And they can double as cover-ups under skirts too.

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The longer version of these shorts are called “bike shorts” and come in various vibrant options as well. We use these under skirts, tutus, and as summertime jammies.

comfy girls clothes, gym shorts, bike shorts for girls, lucky n me They’re the perfect piece for the playground and it’s so great to have a bunch of colors to choose from in our wardrobe!The blue tunic top worn with the bike shorts here is a size 6 (she usually wears a sz 5).  As you can see, it can easily double as a dress or part of a PJ set.    And of course the panties.  This brand started with the mission of creating durable, comfortable panties so it is no surprise that they were such high quality.  girls panties, girls underwear Lucky and Me is our new go-to for all the basic staples…leggings, socks, camis, shorts and undies.  What would YOU get??

 

DISCLAIMER:  We received product in exchange for a review.  All opinions expressed are 100% our own.

 

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We were excited to take our mermaid-obsessed, 4-year old to National Geographic’s Encounter: Ocean Odyssey in Times Square because it was the first of its kind to immerse you in an under-the-sea experience without requiring you to know how to swim!  (I’m the only one in our family who can so that was a relief!)  This cool new National Geographic Encounter allows you to virtually swim under and across the Pacific Ocean overnight, from Asia to California and explore the magical underworld that is their 60,000 square foot entertainment experience all without getting wet.  By harnessing ground-breaking technology (think video mapping, 3D effects, 8K photo real animation, enveloping sound system, mega projection screens, and“real-time” audience tracking),  you’re transported and traveling underwater.

national geographic ocean odyssey, national geographic encounter, things to do times squareThis first room really took my breath away.  With the floor to ceiling screen and the touch-sensitive projections on the floor, you really feel immersed in this underwater scene. ocean odyssey, national geographic encounter, national geographic ny, national geographic times squareYou can expect to encounter dolphins, sharks, stingrays and whales and may find your kids either mesmerized in one spot or chasing after them as they swim by.  It’s a sight to see and so fun for the kids to watch!

 

After the timed portion ends, you and the group follow the hosts who act as your tour guides and direct you into the reef room where you’ll find that coral glows beneath you and smaller creatures can be found if you look closely.  The production quality is truly remarkable.  I loved taking in every detail from the kelp forest to the underwater sounds of the most mysterious and mighty sea creatures.

 

And the interactive elements like the kelp mirror maze which we let Juliet lead us into and out of were truly engaging!Playing with sea lions and having them mirror our every move was so much fun!  Juliet tried to teach them ballet and some of her signature twirls lol 

 

Overall, the blockbuster digital technology wowed us all – even my geeky husband who thought he was up on the latest and greatest in technology was seriously impressed with the 40 foot 3-D dome room.  new york acquarium, nyc acquarium We just wish that part of the experience had lasted longer!

new york things to do, times square things to do ,digital acquarium, nyc fish, national geographic odyssey, national geographic encounterOverall, the visuals are truly stunning. The creators and producers of National Geographic Encounter, have engaged a world-class global team of Academy, GRAMMY®, and Emmy® Award-winning artists, including the design firm Falcon’s Creative Group and the visual effects team behind “Game of Thrones,” to produce this never-before-seen experience.  Everything from the majestic ocean soundscape across the 230 loudspeakers and 180 independent sound channels to the creative set design and cinematic quality forge to create an incredible state-of-the-art immersion.

 

You totally forget you’re in the bustling center of Times Square.  I love experiences that make me feel ‘present’ and in the moment.  Too often we are rushing and racing around whether physically or in our minds.  This experience had a calming, meditative effect on me that reminded me to enjoy the ‘now.’ Plus I’m happy to report that my little one learned a thing or two and piqued her interest in the underwater world.  Instead of talking just about mermaids, she now chats about squids, how large whales are and coral too!    People varied in their reviews of whether they liked that the bulk of the education and information was found at the end of the experience.  I preferred it that way.  I liked that nothing interrupted the sensory experience I was having in each room.  And this way I could explore whatever topics most piqued my interest at the end by finding the sound dome to stand under that matched the visual I loved.  Here, kids of all ages could learn through touch screens, audio-visuals, and taped interviews with marine biologists.

And in the end, Juliet had so much fun browsing the gift shop where she got to take home a fun souvenir to remind her of her newfound interests.  

 

 

DISCLAIMER:  Our tickets were complimentary in exchange for a review but all opinions expressed are my own.

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Last week, I got to join FIDI Families and other NYC Mommy bloggers out for a fun cooking class with Butter Beans Kitchen at their new Battery Park location inside Asphalt Green.  On the Menu: Jeweled Pomegranate Rice Pilaf, Sweet Potato Hummus, Kofta Kebab with Seasonal Market Veggies, and Honey Pistachio Baklava.  The Mediterranean menu sounded exotic and I knew I was in for a fun night out including a complimentary wine tasting by Simply Wine.  butter beans kitchen , nyc cooking class I guess Juliet was right.  Moms do drink wine at their “mommy play dates!” cooking class nyc ny cooking class, nyc cooking class

We all had a bunch of fun thanks to the easygoing and super approachable chef who taught us handy tips along the way including how to best cut an onion, tell if your oil is heated and what not to do to with your knife in order to avoid dulling it.  She was terrific at explaining step-by-step and was unbelievably not phased at all by our social-media obsessed crew who constantly had camera-in-hand documenting each and every instruction, step and photo opp.

 

These foreign dishes were surprisingly easy to make and tasty too!  My favorite recipes from the night included the pomegranete rice pilaf and the sweet potato hummus.

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The sweet and savory flavor combinations of Middle Eastern cuisine made for fresh and elegant meals with a minimum of ingredients–no special equipment required.cooking class, nyc cooking class, cooking class in ny

I love how Butter Beans demystified this new cuisine for me and helped me feel comfortable cooking up these amazing dishes!

It really was a fun class for people of all skill levels!  asphalt green cooking class, manhattan cooking class, nyc cooking class, Thank you so much to Butter Beans Kitchen, Asphalt Green, Simply Wines and FIDI Families for hosting us!  The candlelit dinner was scrumptious and the cooking class was such a treat!

 

In addition to their Thursday adult classes, be sure to check out the  farm-to-table kids classes on Wednesdays.  Use code BBFRIENDS to receive $10 off their first class.  Use code BBSIBLING to receive 5% off registration for siblings!

Classes are held at Asphalt Green Battery Park City Culinary Center, 212 North End Ave, New York, NY 10282.

$95 per class, 15% off for Asphalt Green members.

DISCLAIMER.  We received a complimentary class and event experience in exchange for the review but all opinions are my own.

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I believe in recycling and re-using what you have and the same philosophy comes up during Halloween when I’m preparing costumes for our endless series of special events.  See my last post about 8 easy DIY Costumes from last year here as an example!  This year, I took a slightly different approach and let Juliet”s favorite toys serve as the inspiration to all our make-at-home costumes.  They were so fun to create with her and for her.  See below for some costume inspiration and let me know what you think you could create at home with what you already have!

  • Baby Momma.  Does your doll love dolls?  Make her a mommy this year!  With an infinity scarf, I made her a makeshift baby carrier and stuffed her Water Baby in there.  Props could include, a (plastic) wine glass (I filled our with sparkling water), a Starbucks cup, a cellphone, a stroller, baby bottle, purse and kitchen accessories!  We glammed her up as a fab mom but you could easily do the stressed out mom look and opt for a more disheveled tee shirt and leggings paired with some under-eye circles and messy hair lol!diy costume, make at home costume, kids costumes, kids costume ideas, mommy costume, beauty salon dropout, beautician costume
  • Beautician.  If your daughter is like mine, she is obsessed with anything beauty-related.  Here she is making over Barbie’s hair, make-up and nails.  The Barbie hair styling bust came in handy for this photo opp (as well as for our recent Barbie-themed play date read more here.  You could however, easily use any long-haired doll, play make-up, or an apron filled with tools (ours was from Melissa & Doug). 
  • Veterinarian.  Do you have a doctor’s set and some stuffed animals?  It’s easy to re-create this doctor’s costume with a button down shirt, glasses, a cute stuffed animal and doctor’s tools (stethoscope, thermometer, bandaids, suckers, etc).  My friend made this lab coat and gave it to us as a hand-me-down and it completed the costume!!  BTW, if you haven’t already heard of Parker, you’ve got to check him out! While he looks like your classic, cuddly teddy bear, he actually digitally interacts with an app for an immersive, augmented reality experience!  We live in the future, I tell you!parker the teddy bear, seedling bear, seedling toys, dr costume, kids costume ideas, veterinarian costume
  • Rock Star.  Encourage your kid to rock on with his/her favorite musical instrument of choice and/or a microphone.  Get flashy with the outfit, and have fun!  I gave Juliet’ an 80’s rocker look with MY fishnet stockings, hair in a side ponytail, a bright neon dress, toy guitar and sunglasses.  Must have sunglasses.rock star costume, 80s rocker, 80s rock star, kids costume ideas, diy costume

Thanks to the toy sponsors who sent us the beloved toys!  Follow us on IG and watch our IG stories to see the toys in action!

Seedling for the interactive teddy bear and doctor’s set

Just Play for the Barbie styling head and Water Baby Doll

 

 

For more Halloween inspiration see the below links!

See my past Halloween parties here.

Party treats by Gym Craft Laundry

Craft and healthy snack by Ottawa Mommy Club

free printable Halloween decor by Mommy of a Princess

More DIYs by Jones family travels

 
 
 
 

 

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Barbie is a classic toy that Juliet and I both love.  I get nostalgic just looking at anything Barbie so it was with great joy that we hosted this posh play date with a Barbie girl theme!  We blasted the music, “I’m a Barbie girl” and invited a friend to come over and party with us.  Both dressed perfectly in pink, giggled, sang along and danced to the music.

I’m a Barbie girl, in a Barbie world
Life in plastic, it’s fantastic
You can brush my hair, undress me everywhere
Imagination, life is your creation
Come on Barbie, let’s go party!
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The girls snacked on Barbie fruit-flavored gummies and took turns playing with each Barbie station that was laid out ahead of time.  barbie doll, barbie styling head, giant barbie
Thanks to Just Play Products who sent a dream package consisting of this giant Barbie doll and a Barbie styling bust, we had such an exciting time getting girly! 

Standing over two feet tall, (giant) Barbie became a beautiful centerpiece for this fabulous table. Barbie Fashion Friend Doll is articulated so you can move her in fun poses and she comes dressed in a trendy removable outfit complete with stylish peep-toe shoes and beautiful rooted eyelashes!  She also comes in Black and Asian ethnicities!

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The Barbie styling bust was my child-fantasy come true.  Hmph…I never did receive this item off my Christmas wish list…though I’m sure I was a good girl, (Santa)!!!  So it was with much gratefulness that I, I er …I mean Juliet unpackaged this gift.  I couldn’t believe how the styling heads of yester-years had advanced into the new year.  They now came with hands with which you could give manicures, hair that could flip and reveal a color change, and stencil or crimping sets for the hair!! How cool, right?

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Juliet is completely obsessed with hairs styling right now so she couldn’t get over all the amazing features.  The Barbie Flip & Reveal Deluxe Styling Head features color change magic! Besides the hidden surprise of the hair – flipping magic, you could add water to the nail and lip applicator to transform Barbie’s nails and lips to a beautiful shade of dark pink!  You can even use the included stencils to create fun colored designs with the chalk marker! Comb Barbie’s hair with the cute pink brush, or style and braid it into fabulous up-dos with the pink hair bands! Add a bit of flair to Barbie’s look with the bonus hair extension and decorate her nails with the tiny stickers!   And again, this Barbie styling head (unlike in years past), comes in different skin and hair colorings!  Gotta love that!!

 

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We had so much fun stylin’ with these classic dolls.  They encourage friendship, fashion and fun with their endless pretend play options. We love how Barbie has extended their offerings to include dolls of all races, shapes and sizes.  And we love how Barbie has so many career options and interests to explore nowadays!  She has become so much more than a fashionable friend!

Thank you to Just Play Products for gifting us with these products.  All opinions expressed are 100% our own.

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The Bippity Boppity Boo Boutique is any princess – wannabe’s dream come true.  The spa / salon is decked out with darling Disney princess details including a gem atop the vanity, shoppable wardrobes around the perimeter, and a menu of services featuring fantasy makeover options. disney cruise review, disney cruise princess Given Juliet’s closet was already bursting with princess dresses, we opted for the one service that did not include a new dress in order to keep the cost down and to ensure her closet would be able to still close.  princess boutique, princess salon, bippity boppity booHer princess experience with the “crown package” for $64.96 included a “diva” hairstyle of choice including extensions, make-up application with gem stickers, princess sash and commemorative bag, glittery manicure and a wave of wishful wand (which sprinkled a little Disney magic on her).   The picture-taking opportunities though…priceless!

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bippity boppity boutique, disney cruise afternoon tea, afternoon princess teaThe whole experience was both picturesque and delightful and I’d highly recommend it for a special mommy and me memory.  Extra special touches included the verbiage the “fairy godmothers-in-training” used.  “Purse your lips now like Tiana would to kiss a frog”  (when applying lipstick).  The stylists were well-versed in all things Disney and carried on cute conversations with the little ones to spark their imagination and wonderment.  “Did you know Ariel was just here in this very seat yesterday?!”

Juliet was so excited because she was allowed to keep and take home the make-up set and glittery polish as part of the package.  Click here to read on for all the package offerings and details.  They even offer knight, captain and pirate packages for the boys!Subscribe and read on for our review of the Disney cruise afternoon tea which is the occasion that we got all dolled up for -next!

Click here to read our review of Glitter and Glam Spa in NJ, Milk ‘N Cookies Spa in NY.

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