October 2014

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 toddlers 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 the Facebook and Instagram accounts to get guests excited and thinking about what to wear.

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It was a fun mommy and me play date in the park.  I supplied the picnic blankets 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, doesn’t she?

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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’ 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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petite 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!

 

 

 

 

 

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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!

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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…

 

 

 

 

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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 today!

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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