petite parade kids fashion weekpetite parade celeb u tot“Who’s she wearing??” seemed to be the question of the night.  As if my baby were on the red carpet being interviewed by E!, I had to rattle off the name brands as quickly as I could remember.  To tell you the truth, she wore a mix of high and low – designer brands with everyday lines.   IMG_0849

At Petite Parade’s kids fashion week day 1 she wore a luxurious, black, shimmer,  fringe dress by Les Tout Petits.  I happened to find it for a steal at Century 21.  It was topped off with an equally fab leopard cape, an incredible find from The Children’s Place.  Who knew they made such high-fashion capes for babies right?  (Sorry but this was purchased almost 2 years ago)  The Chanel-inspired hair piece is an adult – sized wrap from Aldo, and shoes were found at a consignment store for $2. Perhaps the best part of her outfit, is the mini-Chanel cell phone cover that she clutched everywhere she went (including up and down the runway). front row at petite parade

The whole outfit head-to-toe was just $80 including the purse.  fab kids

Here she is sitting with her fab new friends.  Aren’t they just darling?  If you’re pictured here, please leave a comment with YOUR outfit details!  Who are YOU wearing??

 

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On day 2 we went for a lighter look.  Here was Juliet’s street style.

new york minifashionista The shoes are by Stella, a Zulilly find.  The polka-dot tights are from Old Navy, the velvet dress is from Val Max and was another Century 21 designer deal.  I actually had her wear it backwards so that the front bow with pearls was hidden behind the back of her vest.  (It distracted from her vest and other jewelry that I wanted to add).  The fur vest is from Catimini (another Century 21 purchase) and the necklace is mine.

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You won’t believe where her bracelets are from.

These leather chain straps actually came from a pair of my ballet shoes!  They were ankle straps that I wrapped twice around each wrist!  Think outside of the box when styling!  And the clip-on mini tulle crown is actually something I’m selling through my FB page.  (They come in various colors and are $15 shipped).

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From left to right, here are @siddyinthesity_  @julyvogue and @uniquely_sisi from Instagram!  Please leave a comment with YOUR outfit details here!  Your admirers want to KNOW.

petite parade spring 2015Above is @scoutfashion from IG wearing a similar fur vest + crown look, but styled totally tomboy cool.

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And here is Juliet’s new fashion friend, @jadamilan dressed in head – to – toe black, like a true New Yorker.

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 This picture cracks me up because it looks like Juliet is b*tch slapping fellow fashionista, @stillsize2.  “Don’t try to copy MY look!”     IMG_0931Apparently “greige” and fur are IN.  It’s amazing how inspired you can be from seeing all these kids’ highly styled outfits, isn’t it?  Follow me @fab_kids for even more fashion inspiration.  And to see video clips of Petite Parade kids fashion week on IG follow @fabgabblog!

 

 

 

 

 

Nothing gets me as excited as Fashion Week in NYC.  Forget my birthday, forget Christmas and the rest of the holidays – it’s Fashion Week that I look forward to.  And as a mom with a 19 month old toddler, Petite Parade and their Kids Fashion Week really speaks to me.  What could be more exciting than babies and minifashionistas showcasing the latest fashions?   It’s like regular fashion week only wayyyyy cuter and without the attitude.

 

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I like to be cheesy and dress a little matchy matchy with my mini-me sometimes.  Okay so maybe a lot.  Forgive me.  It’s pure girly fun.  For the first day of Petite Parade, I went with little black dresses for the both of us topped off with some fall fur.  My husband was worried that I might get cold without a true coat on but I knew that chasing after a toddler would more likely have me sweating than shivering.  I was right.  My Calvin Klein short sleeved dress was the perfect balance to my new fur and quilted leather vest.  Thanks to Scout in the City, another mommy blogger for shooting the below candid of us.

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Who knew that I’d end up getting GoGo SqueeZ all over my fur before the end of the night.  Thanks a lot for the SqeeZ, baby J.  You left me feeling both fashionable AND fruity.  This is her I’m guilty look.

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As you can see, I’m still smiling ear to ear despite having been squirted with baby food.  And that’s because my minifashionista, Juliet had just walked the runway.  No she wasn’t a hired model.  And no I promise I did not put her up to it.  All I did was let her roam the row knowing that it was best for this social butterfly to walk around saying hi to her fashionable peers than to try and restrain her on the wobbly director’s’ chair for the 30 minutes before the shows began.  Here she is making some fab new friends.

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People always ask me how I get Juliet to keep all her accessories on.  (My girl is always accessorized to the max…just check her out on my Instagram account @FabGabBlog!)  It’s not like I trained her or anything…the 19 month old just loves her purses, jewelry and hair pieces.  The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.  Besides.  Would YOU ever let go of such a fab purse???!

Then she gave me this mischievous look.

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And she was OFF!  Off to the runway that is! My little diva thought that was where she BELONGED.  And before you know it she was strutting her stuff in front of 100 people, sashaying and shantaying like nobody’s business!

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 My mouth dropped and I stood still – in awe.  I could overhear people in the front row remarking how she is still clutching her Chanel like she was Carrie Bradshaw.  And then she stopped and posed for pictures at the end of the runway like a true model should.  IMG_0834 IMG_0836

At about this point, I had caught up to her and was about to whisk her away but the photographers stopped me and demanded I let her do her thang.  So I did.  And to my utter shock, she modeled her outfit up and down the runway, straight down the middle with a casual, over-the-shoulder look thrown in every once in a while.

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Juliet loved her 15 minutes of fame! But then there did come the time when enough was enough.  (Really? J?  10 x up and down the runway isn’t enough for you??)IMG_3627

And so there goes, Juliet’s first runway debut.  Petite Parade, I’m sure you’ve never had such a petite model but if you ever need one, you know where to find us!

More reviews and outfit posts from Kids Fashion Week, Petite Parade Spring 2015 coming up soon!  Til then, you can see all my runway videos on Instagram @FabGabBlog.

Thanks for reading!

 

Click here for my baby Juliet’s first fashion show experience when she was just 7 months old and yes, again wearing fur…

 

 

 

 

Stella got her groove back.  My loving husband gave me the weekend off knowing how much I love NY fashion week.  It is after all, my real, first love.  He volunteered to take the baby and himself to his parent’s place so that I could have the whole place to myself and have some alone time.  No poopy diapers, no mouths to feed, no one to look after but me.  This allowed me to luxuriate in all the things a mom never gets to do like sleep in, exfoliate and take a nice long bath.  Ahhhh!   As if that weren’t great enough, I also got to enjoy shopping for a new birthday outfit, see 5 fashion shows and hang out with a great (fellow mommy) friend.  That’s how I got my groove back. 

During the day, I also attended what was the best NYFW lounge I had ever been to.  And I’ve been to tons during my 13?  14?  years of attending in NY, Dubai and LA fashion weeks.  Avant Collective (where most of the below pictures came from) did a fabulous job putting together a peaceful haven for fashion bloggers, editors and insiders.  The venue was modern and spacious (unlike the usual crammed in spots where everyone’s laptop and charging wires inevitably end up tangling up with one another).  The complimentary services were plentiful  (manis, massages, and even your own personal fashion illustration from Jane Paints Beauty!  And there was a beautiful gourmet chocolate bar, coffee and hors d’eouvres station care of Fika chocklad (which I’m savoring and devouring as I type).  Plus the staff and vendors were all wonderful.  It was really delightful to be there.

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This post is about a month late, I know.  But better late than never!  I’m still trying to balance my time between personal blogging / branching out this business with mom and household duties.  Which reminds me, I’ve started a new FB page to correspond to the popular Instagram @fab_kids site I just created.  If you like fashion, wait ’til you see these minifashionistas!  Follow @fab_kids on IG and please like the new page, Fab Kids and Their Stylish Moms today!

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I admit it.  I’ve become that crazy mom who is constantly planning lavish parties for her little one.  You would have thought I was planning a wedding with as much thought, time and energy I invested into my daughter’s first birthday.  See for yourself here.  I was dead set on making it the best birthday she’d never remember.  And on a budget.  And all by myself.

And now that her next birthday isn’t for another 7months, guess what… I’m already on it.  I have the theme, venue, Pinterest board, invites, decor and even the paper plates ready to go.   Don’t believe me? Much to my husband’s dismay, all the paper products are stacked and in my hallway closet.  The party’s theme is animal themed if you must know.  Guests will get to initially take pictures with Leo the lion (Juliet dressed in costume).  There will be animal mask photo props for the photo booth area, the singing troupe will be leading singalongs only with songs with animals in the lyrics, and themed foods will include hot dogs, animal crackers, and critter cupcakes – all designed with a strict vintage colored decor theme.  Juliet’s party animal friends are going to roar with delight.

And as if that weren’t crazy enough, I’ve been dreaming of other party themes that I could have Juliet host during the inbetween months now until her birthday. Because you know, you can never have enough parties.

Already I’ve got Juliet hosting a back to school party this September with my FB page “Fab Kids and their Stylish Moms”(check it out now and give it some love).  Yes, she’s only 1.5 years old but yes she’s going to school this fall semester so why not celebrate?!  We’re requiring all the guests (babies and toddlers that is) to dress as nerdy as possible.  Think glasses, suspenders, bowties and pocket protectors.   It’s all about the fashion after all!  AND I already have Juliet’s outfit planned.

Those of you who follow me on Instagram already know that we’ve already hosted a (toddler) white party – P Diddy style where all guests showed up in white.

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White for a picnic playdate you say?  Deal with it.  Fashion is impractical.  It’s best kids learn that lesson early on.

Here is Juliet greeting her guests

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Look at our little ones breaking bread and communing with one another (while wearing Chanel)….

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You’ve gotta look fab while you’re having fun!

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The kids had a load of fun playing with the park’s toys and enjoying storytime and singalongs.  And I think a few passerbys and gawkers couldn’t help but vicariously enjoy the fun too.

All we needed was for P.Diddy to show up.  Ah well, there’s always next year.

Stop by Facebook to vote on details for our next NYC mommy and me meetup.  Nerds Rule!

And follow us on Instagram @Fab_Kids for outfit inspiration for your minifashionista!

While you do that, I’ll be planning my next, next party.  I’m thinking Haute Halloween… fashionable halloween anyone??

My new mommy lifestyle has caused me to re-evaluate my wardrobe.  What was once perfect for my fashion career no longer seems relevant for my push-the-stroller-around-town days.  Take for instance my suits.  I have no occasions on my calendar for which I need to wear any of these anymore.  I decided I needed to add more casual pieces to tone down my mostly work-related pieces and I knew I could make  individual pieces from my closet still work and look more casual.  First on my list of shopping to dos was to find myself some stylish tees.  Cotton is great because it is so low-maintenance.  If baby drools or spits on it, I can simply throw it in the wash and forgo dry cleaning bills.

I then ran into Uniqlo’s new collaborative effort with MOMA where artists famous works were printed onto easy-to-wear tees.  I loved the 5th ave window displays and felt compelled to go in.  Wouldn’t you??

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The collection consists of 200 items inspired by artists like Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, and Jean-Michel Basquiat.  The Keith Haring tee with “New York” printed on it caught my eye and was one of the ones I came home with that day.  Below I styled it with a simple mini skirt from Daffy’s (a now defunct discount retailer in NYC) and booties from TJMaxx.

 

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I have a bunch of pencil skirts that I needed to make more casual (this one has a damask pattern and texture which you can’t really see here) so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to pair it with a tee.  Below I styled it with a crystal necklace from Off 5th and a hat from TJ Maxx.   The shoes were bought at Saks while an employee there and therefore bought with my employee discount.ootd new york tee ootd new york tee1

And lastly, I created a super casual look with some Joe Fresh leggings that I found on clearance for $1.50 and an old newsboy cap from my closet.  The high-heeled sneakers were purchased from this great discount shoe site my husband of all people found called 6pm.com.  ootd new york tee2

All outfits on this post were $100 or less (not including the Chanel purse of course) and go to show you that you don’t have to spend a lot to have a lot of variety in your outfits and achieve totally different looks.

I’ll try to post another time about the other tee I bought while at Uniqlo next!

Thanks for reading!  And follow @fabgabblog on Instagram and Facebook if you aren’t already.

I’m not normally a fan of yellow but somehow this sunny yellow JCrew skirt spoke to me.  And it’s refreshingly versatile.  Pair it with a neutral like I did in the first picture below and immediately it helps tone down the outfit.  (Lipstick scarf, lace top by Ellen Tracy, flats from JCpenney).

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Or wear it with black and white and a pop of color.  (Zara shoes, Chanel purse, Bettes B, TJMaxx hat)

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For work, I might wear it with my metallic and black Zara blazer as shown below. Spiked necklace is from TJMaxx and the gold studded tank is from Century 21.  P urse is Chanel and heels are Dolce Vita from Saks.

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For more style diary inspiration, click here.

Which one is your favorite outfit and would you wear such a bright, sunny yellow?

 

I hope you moms out there had a very happy mother’s day.  Mine was pretty perfect with a beautiful brunch outdoors by Rockefeller Center, a stroll through Saks and midtown to enjoy the amazing weather and church with my honey and little one.  Here we are imitating the elephant we found on the pillow and then walking through Rockefeller Center afterwards.  She can imitate a handful of animals already at just 14months old (as well as identify 16 body parts and so much more)!  I’m a proud mommy.

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As you can see, Juliet and I shamelessly match one another.   I’ve been a little obsessed lately with matchy matchy mini-mes thanks to my fashionable mommy friends on Instagram.  They inspire me!  See below for a quick sample! (@babyellestyle, @chantelleyglitz, @fitriaris @Karlitchaa and @Mcmilllantwinsnmom in that order)

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To see more fabulous mini-me outfit pairings, see my Instagram account @fab_kids.  Or to see my own mini-me matching outfits, see @fabgabblog on IG.  

Also, if you haven’t already joined, follow my new FB page @fabgabblog and also @fabkidsandtheirstylishmoms 

You’ll find more mommy and me outfit inspiration, sales and leads on where to find such fashions there.

 

 

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I have known my dear friend, Janell for about 6.5 years and she is one of those people that just brings a smile to your face.  I’ve celebrated meeting her ever since I met her while traveling in Dubai.  She is a bright ray of sunshine.  You know, one of those people that is always so positive with an amazing, contagious energy.  I loved her the minute I met her!

So when she expressed possibly needing a venue for her baby shower, I volunteered our apartment and my event planning services.  And though I didn’t know exactly how I’d convert my post-renovation apartment with construction materials still there into a party space I thought it would be good to have a deadline in mind for us to work towards cleaning it all out.

Turns out orange and fuschia were the colors Janell was imagining for her nursery so we agreed on making that the color theme of her baby shower.  The colors are so fitting given her personality is just as vivacious and fun.  Next, we threw in her favorite pattern, chevron, (also likely to be used in the new nursery) and boom, that kick started all my brainstorming which you can see on my pinterest board here.

With the budget in mind, I found these great FREE, downloadable party printables with the orange-fuschia-chevron theme.

chevron partyAnd I continued the theme at the all-important food station (which typically becomes the center of any party) by purchasing a similar orange and white chevron blanket at Century 21 for less than $15.  Thumbtacking it to our wall, created an eye-catching backdrop.

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The banner was created by printing large blank papers from that downloadable link, cutting flags out freehand and handwriting the message with a sharpie in as consistent of a font as possible.  (I’d advise printing out onto card stock to prevent wrinkles).  Lastly, I covered my kitchen cabinet pull handles with some fuschia fabric I bought on sale a while ago for another purpose.

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I created the diaper cake centerpiece out of newborn and sz 1 diapers, some ribbon, fuschia napkins, some florals and a baby headband.   I’m always looking for an excuse to use my glue gun so I was happy to have an excuse to pull it out again!

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The orange tray that you see here was found at a dollar-type store for just over $3 and the orange runner on my countertop was made with paper bought on clearance at Michaels.orange chevron cupcake

 

The cupcakes were homemade by the other 2 co-hosts, sprinkled with fuschia sprinkles and finally topped with a chevron onesie that I bought from Etsy designer, Scrapbits

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In addition to these cute cupcake desserts, the brunch menu consisted of:

  • mini quiches (3 varieties)
  • Croissants (3 varieties)
  • Yogurt parfaits
  • cranberry brie bites
  • fruit skewers
  • trail mix
  • mimosas, OJ and coffee
  • sparkling water  (orange or rasberry flavored to match the color theme)

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Cupcake liners in your party’s theme colors are a great way to present and distribute items that require a handful. And baby items in coordinating colors sat next to some of the food displays for an additional dose of cuteness.

Every baby shower needs some sort of an activity for the guests.  But since the mom-to-be in this case didn’t want traditional shower games, I offered to create a fun photo booth setup instead.  The guests at her wedding all seemed to be into the photo booth in the past so I knew it would be a hit plus what better way to commemorate the event than with pictures?  It didn’t hurt that her guests were so photogenic…

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To make this DIY photo booth, all I did was set up a remote control SLR to a tripod and hung orange curtains with some leftover crystal beads from an old curtain I once had.

diy photo boothphoto booth propsProps included:

  • bibs
  • rattles
  • bottles
  • paper pacifiers from Etsy designer ScrapStarz
  • felt bowties, mustaches, lips and hats

Presents were opened and stories were shared underneath a banner that read, We (heart) Vienna – the baby’s name.

baby showerAnd simple white onesies hung in the living room windows.

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Guests left with orange M&M favors in these cute bottles from Etsy seller Lovingly Mine, 

We added the signs with the free, downloadable prints that I found.  They just required some printing, cutting and ribboning.

baby shower favor My thank you goes out to Janell for letting me co-host her very special baby shower.  I hope that it was memorable and everything you dreamed it to be.  You are going to make a wonderful mom and I’m so excited to be able to share in this new chapter of your life!

  • See my Instagram account @fabgabblog for the party video highlights!
  • Click here for other fab fetes that I’ve organized.

 

 

 

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Most pregnancy fashion posts center around what to wear while pregnant.  Well here is your guide to what to wear POST-pregnancy.  Because we all know ladies, that the belly bump does not magically disappear as quick as we’d all like!  Surprisingly, all my friends and I have gone down to our pre-pregnancy weight with little to no workout plan but I for one still do not recognize my body.  I may be the same weight as I was before but my belly still looks like it did when I was 2 months pregnant – and my baby is now 13months old so I am out of excuses!

I am however skilled at hiding my post-baby bump until I find the time and motivation to hit the gym.  Since I get asked about this a lot, here are some tips on how to hide the no-baby bump.  Secret – it’s all in the fashion!  Here is a list on what to shop for in and out of your closet:

  • Loose / blousy tops and tunics
  • flowy sweaters and cardigans
  • Layer a Furry vest over one of the above
  • big bows/scarves/statement necklaces to create a focal point around your face and slender neck/shoulders/arms
  • boxier shift dresses
  • A-line skirts
  • peplum tops

Here are some great pictorial examples!

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Show off your still-skinny parts too!  Simply revealing your slimmer body parts such as your arms, legs and/or decolletage will give the illusion that the rest of you is just as slender.  For more inspiration and/or to see where each image came from, visit and follow my Pinterest board here!

I love fashion week in NY and I love fab kids and kids fashion so when Petite Parade decided to combine it all, I just had to be there!  Unlike the NY fashion weeks that hit Lincoln Center, this was refreshingly more carefree, less snobby and filled with innocent kid-filled-fun.  I was so glad to have brought my baby Juliet there.  She was very excited to experience this fashion rite of passage with me with her first runway show.

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Here she is wearing my fur shawl over her own black and white dress with her Mickey Mouse tights and wiglet.  Yes that’s a baby wig she’s got on there.  They’re all the rage in Asia but I have yet to see a baby wear one in NYC.  Perhaps she’ll start a trend with her fake pigtails.

NY kids fashion weekGotta love those chubby cheeks.  And yes, that’s a mini Chanel purse she’s got there.  She takes after me after all.  When we sat down, we saw so many like-minded crazed fashionistas and their matchy matchy moms that we sort of felt a comforting sense of belonging like we had just entered a fashion club to which we didn’t even know we were members.

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This pretty little lady pictured above was also wearing her mom’s fur stole. Check out the front row scene across from me (below).  Pretty mommas and their mini-mes.  This was not your normal crowd.  Even in NYC where fashionistas abound, it is a rare sighting to find moms and their babies dressed to the nines as they all were.  The mommy and me crowd was so stunningly on trend and high fashion that it made even me risk getting whiplash with the constant head-spinning I had to do.  To be surrounded with other so-obviously-fashion-obsessed pairs normalized my penchant for all things beautiful.  And suddenly I didn’t want to ever leave.

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My eyes were peeled for cutie sightings and I couldn’t help but admire these professional posers who took to the catwalk post-fashion show like it was their own stage.  Are they adorable or what?

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And perhaps the highlight of Petite Parade’s people watching was the group of celebrity imposters sitting front row.  They looked like they came straight from the Oscars red carpet!  Can you identify the dopplegangers?

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That’s Jessica Chastain, Kelly Osbourne, Lupita, Pharrell, and Taylor Swift!  What a great celebrity sighting!  For more on Petite Parade click here  which reveals how much my favorite kid’s runway dress costed.

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For those of you wondering what was in the goody bag this year, here it is!  It’s missing a couple nail polishes thanks to my baby playing with it during the photo but the rest is all there.

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Kids Fashion Week, what do you think?

 

 

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