May 2016

If you’re a follower of my blog or Instagram account, you know I can’t resist a cute mommy and me matching outfit.  I love recording my toddler’s tiny body on camera and styling my baby so she coordinates next to me.  This way I can track her growth through the years while also getting to relish in her being my minime.  She’ll be 30 and I’ll be 70 and we’ll still be in matching outfits haha!  This style diary outfit began with Juliet’s Chanel-inspired cardigan by Kaven’s Nest.

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I paired it with cat shoes that I purchased on the sample site, Zulily, a cat quilted pleather skirt from H&M,  a Century 21 shirt, and a pleather bow from HaleyLynne. 

With a little searching at my favorite stores for cheap trends, I found a similar mustard colored cardi at Forever 21, which I wore with my bow blouse and pleather jeans from H&M and my leopard loafers from Zara.  You don’t have to spend a lot to look like a fortune 🙂

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This look of the day was matchy matchy without being exact which is the way I prefer our mommy and me outfits.

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NY baby show 2016 The NY Baby Show does a great job showcasing the best products and services to parents during all stages of pregnancy to parenthood.  (Kudos to New York Family for putting this together each year!)  And contrary to what the event title may lead you to believe, it’s still valuable to those of us parents who have outgrown the infancy stage and have graduated into toddlerhood.  My husband and I gained valuable information at life insurance, as well as estate planning/ trust (legal aid) booths for example in addition to being able to test-drive, taste-test, and try out various products still relevant to our 3 year old (and us).

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My Top 3 Picks from the Baby Show this year include:

  1. GB Pockit Stroller ($249.99).  At just 9.5lbs, this game-changing stroller, was named by the Guinness Book of World Records as the “world’s smallest folded stroller.” And small it IS!  It’s the size of my diaper bag and fits underneath an airline seat!  City dwellers who commute by taxi, bus and subway are going to LOVE this!  Us NY-ers know what a pain it is having to trek up and down subway stairs with baby, diaper bag and heavy stroller.  Even though we already have 3 strollers we were tempted to buy this on the spot!! gb pockit, world's smallest stroller
  2.  Kidpass ($49/month).  You’ve heard of Classpass, the global class pass that lets you exercise at various gyms?  Well this is a class pass for kids’ classes.  And it’s genius because finally you have access to all these amazing indoor play spaces and exclusive classes that normally you’d have to pay a membership fee for.  Classes.  Events. Camps.  Juliet and I are definitely trying this out!  What a fun way to explore the city!  What’s more, YOU can get $30 off your first month simply by entering ‘fabgab’ as your promo code!ny baby show top picks
  3. Hatch Things Sure Shop ($15.95).  Anyone who owns an umbrella stroller has had it tip over at one time or another.  Toddler jumps out, and embarrassingly, everything tips over including the contents of your diaper or grocery bag.  Sure Shop prevents those spills by redistributing weight towards the stroller’s center of gravity while also preventing bag-drag.  Perhaps best of all, it folds up compactly into a tiny pocket making it the perfect travel accessory!  It comes in 6 colors and I was lucky enough to have been gifted one as part of the blogger goody bag!


A special thank you goes out to MomTrends who provided a complimentary family ticket,free babysitting services, and an exclusive blogger lounge for us to retreat into, fuel up and enjoy mini-massages.  Who can refuse that??

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It was fun connecting with fellow bloggers and taking home the aforementioned goody bag!

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What are your thoughts?  Let me know what your favorite baby products of 2016 are!

Thanks for reading and make sure to follow us @fabgabblog on IG for daily inspiration, outfits and more snippets from our personal life.

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When styling a photo shoot there are things you absolutely MUST consider when choosing what to wear for a photo shoot.  If you’re paying for these pictures and you’re freezing and recording this moment in time, no matter how carefree you are in daily life, or no matter how little you care about fashion, you need to take note of these DOs and DONT’s.  Coordinate without being corny, else risk endangering yourself for submission into one of those akward family photo sites.

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You’ve been warned.  Personally, I don’t mind a matchy matchy look for a mommy and me shoot if done well..  But I’d suggest avoiding any bright ideas of wearing the exact same outfit between your entire family.  I.e. no all khaki’s and white shirts or all denim on denim.

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While it may have been the trendy thing to do for family portraits back in the day, it looks very dated now.

Without taking matching that far, think about coordinating and complimenting outfits.  Here is an example of a Valentine’s themed shoot that I styled which consisted of 2 girls and 1 boy.  Notice how everything stays within the holiday theme and strictly within the color code of navy, red and white?

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Each look could stand alone with enough interest or be matched up with any or all of the other models and fit right in.  To help guide you, here are 4 Styling DOs and DONT’s when planning your next photo shoot outfit(s).

  1. DO keep theme / purpose top of mind.  This may seem obvious but most people lose sight of it when overwhelmed with the task of finding outfits for the entire family and while shuffling through their wardrobes.  Never losing sight of the final objective and placement of the final photo should guide your every decision.  Edit your styling decisions with this final idealized photo in mind.  Is this for a Christmas card or other holiday card?  If so, let that guide your color choices.  Is this going to hang in a specific room?  If so, you’ll want to make sure you don’t conflict with the decor already there.
  2. DON’T be too trendy.  Dying to show off your fashion-forward style?  That’s fine and understandable.  You wanna be you and stay true to your daily style.  It is possible to do modern touches to classic looks.  To stay confidently timeless though I’d suggest you veer more towards classic looks possibly with a tiny twist.  Remember signature 80s fashion?  You don’t want to cringe 20 years from now looking back on your fashion choices.  akward family photos
  3. DONT wear logos, oversized labels or graphic quotes.  Your husband may love the Knicks but now is not the time to advertise his utmost fandom to the world.  Similarly, your dinosaur obsessed son who prefers playing at the playground in tees featuring his favorite animals should be veered away from making styling decisions come photo shoot.  You want the focus to be on the people not the blaring letters, or oversized logos and cartooned characters.
  4. DON’T Clash.  I’ve said it before.  Coordinate and compliment.  Don’t have half the family wearing pastels and the other half in primary colors.  Otherwise, the photo won’t have the professional polished feel that you are paying for.

Read on for the shoots that I styled with Danny Weiss and also for Molly Magnuson! Here for more inspiration!

And follow me @fabgabblog on Instagram for outfits of the day, fashion flatlays and daily fashion inspiration!

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