It was a wintery, snowy morning in NY when a fellow mommy friend and I trekked out to Brooklyn on a Little Swappies treasure hunt.  I rarely venture out to the outer Manhattan boroughs but the draw of kids fashion and the opportunity to trade-in some of Juliet’s gently worn items for a good cause compelled me to go.

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I’m so glad I did!  In addition to the sponsored goody bag filled with snacks and promotional discounts, I found 20 items (toys, books and fashion pieces) that were in great shape.  They must have increased the maximum take-home number because last time I went I only brought back 9 things.  Click here for that blog post which includes tips on what you should know before you go.

 

If you are familiar with my blog, you know that I love a good deal and enjoy mixing high and low brands.  Well the same goes for baby fashion.  Juliet’s closet is a mix of high-end designer, consignment/thrift/hand me downs, and everyday brands.  The below outfit is a prime example.

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The designer, mini-melissa shoes which I bought during an online sample sale are mixed with the free tank top that I scored at Little Swappies and a Baby Masala bottom from their Little Swappies sponsor sample sale.   I mixed it in with accessories already in Juliet’s closet and boom, new summer outfit for just $5!

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Also found at the same sample sale was this cute Baby Masala dress for $5 which I accessorized with a mustard scarf that I’m selling through my FB page, Fab kids and their stylish moms, Old Navy boots and a pair of sunglasses gifted from Love My Alannah whom I met at Kids Fashion Week.  (I wish I could remember the brand’s name so I could tag them here!)  The leather jacket is from Target’s sale and the rabbit, gifted from Kid Robot.

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Thinking of the same leather jacket, I bought this Baby Masala dress for $5.  The brand is all organic by the way!  The boots are from Target, the book was gifted and the glasses are on sale at Fab kids and their stylish moms FB page. The flower crown is from H&M and altered to fit J.  If you see an elastic accessory outside of the kids section, remember that it can easily be altered to fit the little one!chanel baby

This Carter’s cardi was found at the Little Swappies event and styled with items already in Juliet’s closet, a black knit skirt, (fake) kids Chanel purse, shoes bought at a sample sale and head piece from Aldo.  So sophisticated, huh?spring dress

This sweet Laura Ashley dress caught my eye because I’m a sucker for Peter Pan collars and smocking detail.  I was psyched to find this at the Little Swappies event and styled it at home with Juliet’s Mini Melissa rhino boots (bought on sale), my cell phone cover and a flower crown from Forever 21.baby outfit

Anyone that follows my Instagram account, @fabgabblog knows that I love dressing Juliet in androgynous looks.  I mix boys clothes and accessories with girly pieces for a cute mix of masculine/feminine.  The above is a prime example.  Tee was free from Little Swappies and the Carters romper and hat are from TJMaxx.  She’s a Maxxinista like me after all!  The purse is from Target and the sneakers are boys shoes from a second hand store that I bought for $2. cute baby clothes

I couldn’t believe my luck when I found this classic, crisp white blouse at Little Swappies.  It was in perfect condition and featured the Peter Pan collar that I love so much!  It is such a versatile piece and I knew I could layer it and wear it a million different ways…oops I mean Juliet could.  I am living through her.  The mask is also a free find from there and it is paired with Baby Gap boots and raincoat along with a vintage short/bowtie set bought off of Etsy – one of my favorite sites for unique baby fashion.  Who says baby girls can’t wear bowties??how to style a tutu

This outfit would be so cute for a birthday party, wouldn’t it?  The hat is actually something Juliet wore on her first birthday.  Click here to find out how her birthday outfit inspired the entire party’s decor.

Right now is the season when Juliet’s social calendar gets crazy packed with birthday parties and I can totally imagine her bouncing around in this cute ensemble.  With this giant party hat though she might steal the spotlight…  Here, the monkey onesie was the freebie from LS and it is paired with a Zara cardigan also worn here, Joe Fresh tutu, scarf and socks that can be bought through me and my FB page. Shoes were from a sample sale and from a brand called Stella – gotta love that since that is my first name!catimini

The high-end Catimini fur vest and Tahari plum ruffled dress here is styled with a free flower crown from LS and Baby Gap boots.  The Harajuku – mini head is an applique from Etsy and the party animals are items I DIY-ed for Juliet’s upcoming party animal themed 2nd birthday.  Wait til you see the rest!

In addition to these fab fashion finds, I also picked up some books and a Mickey toy.  I think it’s safe to say that I SCORED!  Overall, it was a fun event and I even made some good contacts for my future party sponsor needs.  Did I tell you that I’m running sponsored kids events in Manhattan?  Like Fab Kids and their Stylish Moms on FB and follow @fab_kids on IG for invites and all the fun!

Thanks for reading!

 

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We took our 21 month old to Disney world and she loved it.  Mickey Clubhouse is her favorite TV show and it blew her mind getting to see the characters live, in-person.

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I will never forget the joy on her face as she got to kiss and hug Donald, Goofy, Mickey and Minnie.  She let out the cutest squeals and delighted waiting in line for her turn even.

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My suitcase was packed with Mickey Clubhouse themed outfits for the entire week before I ever knew there was a term for this – Disney Bound.  It’s where you dress inspired by a Disney character without looking costume-y.  i.e. you are not wearing a head-to-toe Mickey store-bought set.  Instead you add pieces from your normal wardrobe using the color and pattern theme of your favorite character.   Click here for images of adult Disney Bound outfits so you can better understand what I am talking about.  This post is all about Disney Bound toddler outfits.

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For instance, in the above outfit, I ran with the red/black/white and polka dot theme to create a Mickey and Minnie inspired outfit from Juliet’s closet.  Her red polka-dot retro hairband is from Janie and Jack, her sweater that screams her favorite word is from Nununu and I’m actually selling that red skirt you see on her through my FB page.  Darling, huh?  I finished off the outfit with some polka dot leggings, red squeaker shoes and a Mickey doll which she loved carrying around the park.

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Sometimes all it took was some Mickey ears to complete her Disney outfit.  In the below shot, I borrowed her hat.

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We both wore black and white stripes with red accents and matching Prada – inspired sunnies.  Below is what her outfit looked like without the coat.IMG_4492

It was a $5 Old Navy Mickey shirt with an added collar from Etsy paired with a matching striped leggings and headband set.

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These are my favorite shoes from her closet.  They’re by Mini Melissa and I bought them during an online sample sale.  Love!

Visit my Instagram page for more outfit posts from Juliet’s closet!

 

 

 

 

Two back-to-back parties?  I don’t know what got into me but I ambitiously hosted 2 back-to-back parties at home during the new year.  On New Year’s Eve, I had another family over for a dinner party to ring in the new year.  And then just hours later, 4 toddlers and their lovely moms came over to help celebrate new years day!

I figured since I had all this new years decor up, why not use it again?  So last minute, I invited Juliet’s best girlfriends over for a toddler tea party.  I love how everyone came dressed to impress – including the moms! moms

Here’s an overview of the decor, mostly bought at Target (from the Oh Joy collection).

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What’s a tea party without tiaras for all the toddlers?  Amazingly, they were terrific at keeping them on!  They must have enjoyed the princess treatment.

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It was a B.Y.O.B (booster seat) party because I wanted everyone to sit at our new dining table but half our guests forgot theirs and so since everyone was fine sitting on the big girl chairs, we dined without.  Looking back on these pictures now, I have to say they almost look cuter sitting so low plus I think that the booster seats would have been a distraction from the clean, simple decor I was going for.IMG_0530

Read all about the decor elements on my prior post (my new years eve dinner party).

Menu included:

  • tea sandwiches for the toddlers (PB&J, nutella, ham &swiss with lettuce and honey mustard) cut into .5″x.5″ squares
  • tea sandwiches for the moms (ham & swiss with lettuce and honey mustard, tuna fish salad, chicken avocodo with eggplant spread) Yes I made all 6 types of sandwiches..NY women sometimes DO cook :)
  • chicken pasta (leftover from the night before)
  • 3 kinds of scones (chocolate chip, cranberry, blueberry)
  • mini-cupcakes by Baked by Melissa
  • Macarons to match the color theme
  • mini-sized baby apples
  • mango and blueberry fruit salad
  • teas and coffees for moms
  • rasberry, banana, watermelon smoothies for the toddlers served in toy teacups (since the kids can’t drink tea yet)

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Here’s a video that one of the moms took of us all in action. (Sorry I don’t know how to flip it around here..)

It was such a joy to watch my baby experience her first tea party with her besties.  Are they adorable or what??

To see close-ups of all the decor, visit and follow my Instagram account @FabGabBlog! And for more tea party or any toddler party inspiration visit my Pinterest page! Thanks for reading.  Have a great day!

When I saw the Oh Joy for Target Decor, I felt compelled to party plan right then and there.  I loved the unique color mix!  The colors are unisex enough to be versatile for all sorts of occasions and the splashes of gold give it an air of sophistication!

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I could see myself using this for my birthday party (see below), new year’s, and a future summer garden party.  SAMSUNG CSCThis new year’s period, it didn’t matter if I was getting over a cold.  I was determined to make this year’s new year’s eve occasion less lame than last year’s.  So I ambitiously planned my first-ever dinner party at our new apartment and was determined to cook most everything.  Looking forward to entertaining at home actually helped me to stay in great spirits despite dealing with my never-ending cold.  And it gave me something to look forward to.

I cut up the coordinating napkins to create the 2015 numbers on the backdrop wall below and attached some gold party blowers to the center lantern as well as adding a patterned border to my countertop just to bring the color forward even more (again with cut napkins).

new years eve dinner partyThe menu included Asian:

  • Salmon and rice
  • fried dumplings
  • Chicken noodle salad
  • sushi
  • edamame
  • Baked By Melissa chocolate covered mini-cupcakes
  • French Macarons by Financier
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate chip cookies (baked by me)
  • champagne, prosecco, and watermelon infused water with lime

Needless to say there was plenty of food leftover.  Or maybe I should take it as a hint and just cater in next time :)

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Our littlest of party-goers enjoyed staying out past their bedtime and modeling their new Oh Joy for Target hats.

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Baby Vienna couldn’t resist getting a closer look at Juliet’s shoes.  Here’s the whole outfit. I kind of obsessed with those sneakers too!

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It was so nice spending some quality (shared) family time together in the comfort of our home.  With two babies in tow, it really made the most sense.  And as Juliet says in this video, it made for a very happy new year!

Can you believe I hosted a toddler tea party the very next day?  Stay tuned for more details on that!

 

I started @fab_kids on Instagram as part of my growing obsession with minifashionistas from around the world.  I loved how the internet put me in touch with fashion-obsessed moms like myself and allowed access into the lives, wardrobes and stylings of the littlest trendsetters of them all – their adorable kids.  Here is a quick review of some of my favorite Fab Kids fashion moments of 2014.  Who’s your favorite??

 

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Then there’s all the pairings, trios and multiples that were just so cute they blew your mind!

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As you can see, kids these days are accessorizing to the nines and really upping the fashion standard on your local playground!  I think we could all learn a thing or two from these little lookers.  Follow @fab_kids for daily inspiration!  And here’s to another fabulous year in 2015!

Designing and creating food stations, beverage bars, and dessert bars has always been a fun, creative outlet for me.  Professionally, I planned and executed them for various luxury brands at Saks as well as for Moroccanoil at NY Fashion Week as part of a larger event marketing effort.  Personally, I’ve planned them for friend’s baby showers and my daughter’s birthday.  Staking out a location is always step #1.  When I saw this bright orange wall at Gymboree, I knew it would be the perfect Haute Halloween backdrop.  food station

I opted for the wall along the hallway without the hooks so that I could have a blank slate from which to work upon.  And I pressed 2 smaller, 4’x5′ tables together to provide ample room for pizza, beverages, snacks and dessert.  I was working off a tight budget so nothing here was custom made like I’d usually do for other parties.  All the paper products were surprisingly found at the local Party City.  Pretty impressive for Party City, huh?  IMG_3646

I just had to create the banner, tape it up, rest my black velvet fabric and tape up the edges with black electrical tape and throw a striped fabric down the middle making sure everything touched the floor.  You never want to see the legs on a table unless they are very decorative and match your design theme.  A benefit for having your linens touch the floor is creating needed storage space.  Tuck all your replenishable foods /snacks and take-home boxes underneath for easy access.   I loved the banner because you could still give it a customized look with the stickered letters that came along with it.  I wrote Haute Halloween for this food staion, and used another one saying @fab_kids in the photo room.  IMG_3654The white pillared cake stands were topped with orange paper to add some additional contrast to the table and make the mini cupcakes pop.  All the mini cupcakes were sponsored by Baked by Melissa and were soooo scrumptious!  And I had already bought the cake stands for another event.  These can be found at Bed Bath and Beyond.

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It’s nice to be able to have some detail both behind the food station wall as well as in front of it.  So I brought the black/white/orange decor theme in with the handmade chain banner below which helped to tie the whole look in.  The sodas were canistered in these simple containers, also purchased at Party City and were labeled “venom” and “poison” to go with the Halloween theme.IMG_3650

The napkins and leftover goody bag spiders continued the black / white / orange theme down to the very last detail.IMG_3651 IMG_3652 GoGo SqeeZ sponsored our applesauce snacks and were a popular hit amongst our costumed crowd.

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We also had pumpkin – shaped pretzels, cookies and fruity chews.  Guests dined in a separate room, formerly the art room.

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Goody bags and sponsored beverages, Trimino and Green Mustache were also stationed here.

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The photo area had a simple backdrop using the same banner found at the food station.  It read @fab_kids so that the brand would show up in everyone’s photos.

The chalk hashtag unfortunately did not stay on long but guests were asked to hashtag #fabkidsandtheirstylishmoms (our FB page name) on any of their Instagram uploads.

Once they tagged that and the venue @gymboreenewyork, they’d immediately be entered to win VIP tickets to Gymboree’s upcoming Thanksgrooving disco party.  Congrats to Kye who dressed up as Robin Thicke and won these tickets!!

anna wintour costume To see all the photos from the event see the FB album.  Or to read more about the party click here.  And to find out how to replicate our Anna Wintour, Andre Leon and Karl Lagerfeld Vogue trio, click here!

 

Thanks to my 7 sponsors for helping make this Haute Halloween party a huge success!

 

 

 

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40 guests, big and small sold out the Haute Halloween costume party that I hosted at Gymboree Tribeca.  And they were dressed to the nines! Here are some of the cute families!

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The little ones enjoyed a dance party within the gym setting and bounced, climbed and played throughout.  It was also a great chance for the adults to network and bond over all the costumed characters.  There were many!

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There were story book characters like the (little) man with the yellow hat with curious George, a princess and an owl for instance.  And then there were those who took the Haute Halloween party theme literally and dressed as their fashion icon.  Below are Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Wintour, Pharrell, Audrey Hepburn, and a Hunger Games inspired costume.  Creative huh?  For more on how to recreate the Karl and Anna costumes read my earlier post here.

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We also had Robin Thicke, a rockstar, and Andre Leon Talley honor us with their presence.  For all the event photos see the FB page Fab Kids and Their Stylish Moms.  Thanks to our event photographers So Family Online and Gotham Love for stationing themselves in the photo room and being patient with all the sugar-ed up kids!

More on the food and beverage, dessert station decor and sponsors in my next post…

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I figured this may be the last year that Juliet would let me dress her for Halloween so I wanted to have some fun with it.  Through the Fab Kids and Their Stylish Moms Facebook network and my following on Instagram @fab_kids, I threw (and sold out) an Haute Halloween themed costume party where kids (mostly toddlers) were encouraged to dress as their fashion icon.  Being that I…er I mean Juliet adores Anna Wintour, I started scheming months ahead to put together a Vogue triplet team consisting of (Asian) Anna Wintour, a Karl Lagerfeld and Andre Leon Talley.   Here was my inspirational shot that led me to this crafty planning.

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Obviously these costumes are more for the fashion-obsessed parents than they are for the cute toddlers. But what fashionista wouldn’t go gaga over these images?  Off to work I went finding mini Anna Wintour’s outfit.  I knew I wanted her to carry a Vogue magazine so I pulled out my signed September issue from Fashion’s Night Out and made a miniature copy, half the size of the actual magazine.   Tip – make two color copies and glue them 1 on each side to a piece of cardboard (I made a cut out from a box to make it super sturdy). That way, no matter which way the toddler carries it, it won’t bend, and will always show the front cover.

Pictured here are also some Anna – like jewels (that my husband mistakenly removed from baby before arriving to the party argh!)

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Here is Anna with her signature jewels. Pretty nice match for just $1 a necklace, right?

andre leon talley anna wintourI’m still so mad that I never got to get pictures with Juliet wearing them…   Here’s the rest of Juliet’s mini-Anna look without the dollar store black sunglasses that I had her wear.

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I found the tweed Cream and gold fleck cardigan at Zara  – so Chanel – looking!  And I couldn’t resist buying a matching sz 13/14 for me to wear with her.  The tweed ballet shoes are from Old Navy and the skirt is from Target.  I did scour the web (for months) for the perfect Anna wig but I simply could not find anything similar at or near her size.  In the end, I gave an adult sized wig an Anna haircut but there was no way this toddler was going to keep it on.  So I reluctantly wore it myself and bought myself a Vogue tee to wear under the Zara cardigan.

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Days before when I had given up on her ever wearing the wig, I bought her her very first real haircut and felt defeated not being able to find any way to color her hair Anna’s blondish brown (without actually having to permanently color her hair).  You should have seen the stylist’s face when I asked him to make Juliet look like the picture of Anna that I brought in.

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Juliet was so enthralled with the whole hair cutting process that she sat patiently and as still as any determined minifashionista would.

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Karl Lagerfeld’s signature look was easier to replicate.  All you really need are a:

  • Chanel shopping bag
  • White cat
  • black suit
  • brooch and/or necklaces
  • and a children’s white wig
  • black sunglasses

Juliet’s friend, Mosi got it spot ON!

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One little trick to keep a kid-sized wig on a toddler is to add an elastic band under the chin.  You can barely see it here but it allowed for Karl to run around music class without ever shifting his perfect platinum hair! IMG_1717

Did you notice his CC shoes?  They actually say “Chanel on the inside.  Fab!!  You can get some just like these here.

Speaking of fab, it doesn’t get more fab than Andre Leon Talley, editor-at-large of Vogue Magazine.  He’s stately, he’s acessorized to the nines and he commands attention everywhere his giant fur-caped self goes.

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Andre Leon Talley’s costume should include:

  • a cape
  • fur
  • necklaces
  • grey hair
  • a fab suit
  • Vogue magazine

Our little Andre refused to wear his fur cape but kept the rest of his accessories on including a Chanel brooch!  His shoes came off for dancing…

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Here are Asian Anna Wintour and Andre sharing an actual rather than an air kiss!  I’m soo glad that mamarazzi caught this on camera!andre leon talley vogue

And finally, our little Vogue trio together.  What do you think?

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For more pictures from the party, visit the FB page and check out the entire album!  More on the rest of the party SOON!

 

 

 

 

 

fab mom There’s definitely a set of moms, who even after having a baby are determined to be as fabulous and stylish as they once were pre-baby.  Channeling their fashion expertise into impeccably dressing their kid(s), they scour the web in search of the perfect shoes and accessories to complete their child’s ever-changing wardrobe and organize closets not as a non-stop chore but rather with a passion, as if Karl Lagerfeld were about to do a final inspection.    I am guilty of being one of these moms and finding other (crazy?) fab moms like me has become one of my new mom goals.

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I’ve developed an eagle eye for spotting these women.  Read below and you’ll see why fab moms are easy to spot:

  • We wear faux fur to the playground with our ripped jeans and movie-star sunglasses.
  • Leopard.  ’nuff said.
  • We refuse to wear sneakers outside of the gym (unless they have a trendy wedge heel).
  • Others curiously wonder how our kids always look like they just stepped out of a catalog
  • Our diaper bag is designer
  • We accessorize with Chanel despite it being completely inappropriate for the setting.
  • Matching outfits. Yes really.
  • Our kids live their lives in front of our cameras and on social media

Note how I say “we”.  I can poke fun at all of these unusual characteristics because I have exhibited every one of them, I’m sure.  9.13

Surely, you stare at us out of the corner of your eyes and wonder all sorts of things about our lifestyle, our choices and simply how we got out of the house looking so polished.  You might secretly hate us.  We know.  We see and feel those stares.  And we know we don’t fit in everywhere we go.  And yes we know we look ridiculous to you at times.

Rest assured, sometimes we hate ourselves too. It takes extra time and energy to care this much about how things look.  My husband nags me and tells me to relax when I have rare moments of downtime.  But instead, I race around the house trying to make everything look more presentable than need be, and can’t stop my perfectionism when it comes to my passion – fashion.  I’m often found sewing or crafting something for Juliet’s wardrobe.  Or I’m cleaning out our closets, editing things we have outgrown and /or haven’t worn.  I’m making sure that: all the hangers are facing the same way, that clothing is steamed, that outfits are planned, that sales are not missed.  If I didn’t care so much, I could actually take a breather and soak in the tub listening to Sade or something.

So while it may be simpler and more comfortable to slide into yet another pair of yoga pants and call it a day, I am in a skirt, blouse and ballerina hair bun.  (I will admit, I have actually forgone the high heel in exchange for flats..something I never thought I’d do)  But I have yet to give up my old wardrobe.  I figure if it still fits, celebrate it and wear it!  So what if my old fashion PR NYC wardrobe doesn’t fit in with the workout wear / mommy uniform I’m usually surrounded by?  I feel better, more like myself in my old wardrobe. Comparatively, yes, I’m dressed up at classes and play dates where I show up and I’m the only one accessorizing with something other than a diaper bag.  Sometimes I get asked if I’m going somewhere special that day.  (No, I think.  I just wanted to wear the pretty clothes that are sitting in my closet.  I’m just off to school drop-off like you.)

I don’t need an occasion anymore.  My child’s music or art or ballet class has become my occasion.  After all, what else does the stay at home mom usually get to leave the house for?  I dress to please me but I know better than to attend in something like a pencil skirt that would hinder my ability to chase after a toddler and sit on the ground during circle time.  Therefore, I have learned to tone down my fancier pieces with laid back jeans and perhaps a wedge sneaker thrown in as a nod to all the sneaker-ed moms in the room.

And I’ve started a new FB page for us fashion-obsessed moms.  Like Fab Kids and Their Stylish Moms!  And follow @fab_kids on Instagram where every Monday a #fab_mom and her child are featured.  Recently, I’ve started hosting NYC themed play dates and parties.  They involve fashion themes like our white party or back to school nerdy book exchange  or Haute Halloween for instance.  And they allow for fab moms to meet, network, and play with their little ones in the comfort of their manolos.

 

 

 

 

I heart nerds.  Always have, always will.

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So when summer started coming to its close, I felt like Fab Kids should have one last hurrah in the park while the weather was still nice and so I decided to have a nerdy back-to-school-themed play date.

Even toddlers go to school. My daughter at 18 months old this fall was enrolled in music, school skills, ballet as well as art for instance.  So to get into the back to school spirit, I thought it would be fun to get some kids together to do a book exchange.  And as with all my themed play dates, the kids were asked to dress up in theme.

 

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Some inspiration shots were featured on our Facebook and Instagram accounts to get guests excited and thinking about what to wear.

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The idea was to get moms and their little ones together for a play date in the park.  I supplied the picnic plankets and organized the book exchange. Here are some of the kids checking each other out.  The one pictured on the left looks like she’s doing a little dance.

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All kids were asked to bring a book to trade in.  And at arrival, each was given a number in exchange for their book.  So the first person to arrive had first choice of all the books and so on and so on..

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IMG_0666 We brought in Goodnight Ipad, a modern day spoof on Goodnight Moon as well as Lisa in New York figuring some modern NY mommy and kid duo would appreciate these.  Don’t you love our little nerds?  I can’t get enough of suspenders with bowties.

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The play date was such a huge success that some might even call it a love fest.

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Like ‘ fab kids and their stylish moms’ on FB to get all the updates on our future events!  They’re currently only in Manhattan but as we grow could easily expand into your city!

Stay tuned for more on the Haute Halloween costume party we just had!  See Instagram for all the costume party previews.

 

 

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