July 2016

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I feel so lucky to have accidentally timed our family vacation to the Orange County area with America’s first-ever Hello Kitty cafe.  Upon learning this, Juliet and I knew we just HAD to go.

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I made sure to pack her new Hello Kitty printed romper for the occasion. DSC_7085

And what better to accessorize with than a giant bow a la Hello Kitty style?


This adorable pop-up was actually just a girly pink shipping container that dramatically unfolded out into a sprawling cafe.

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We got there early and got to watch the transformation.  Juliet was enthralled!

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Good thing we got there at opening (thanks dad for saving our spot while we enjoyed the nearby kid-friendly rides).


I say this because the line quickly grew out of control as Hello Kitty fans descended at a rapid pace for a taste of this cuteness overload! Thankfully, living up to the hype, the Sanrio sips and sweets were as adorable as one would expect.

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There were so many Hello Kitty adorned pies, cakes and cookies to choose from.  Juliet’s favorite was the heavily sprinkled ‘birthday cake’ shown on the left.  But unfortunately 30minutes after opening, it sold out to the person directly in front of us who we overheard saying that she came back 3x trying to get that sold out cake.  So I suggest that if you want this, you make sure to get there before opening time!


The news has broken out that this cafe has actually had to close as early as 2pm because they had sold out of EVERYTHING. So Hello Kitty fans, let that be a warning to you.  If you have your heart set on a specific dessert, get there EARLY.  The below tiramisu type dessert is what Juliet chose.  She called it the golden Hello Kitty.DSC_7156

DSC_7174I for one had to try the Hello Kitty faced cookie and bow.

hello kitty cookie, hello kitty pop up, hello kitty cafe, hello kitty bow DSC_7179Here’s the full menu.  Overpriced, yes.  But worth it?  If you’re a Hello Kitty fan like me, then YES!

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Thanks for reading!  Check out my Hello Kitty themed play date that I threw at my house here!

Let me know why YOU are a Hello Kitty fan!








When I told Juliet we were going to a superhero party, she replied that that she was a princess not a superhero.  (What a girly girl!)  So I told her she could be a superhero with princess powers and showed her this beautiful personalized cape from Creative Capes and she was SOLD!  All I did was dress up her 3rd birthday feather dress with her tiara, a broken light-up sabor and the pink/purple cape and accessories gifted to us from Creative Capes and KABOOM!  She turned into SUPER PRINCESS J!


According to Creative Capes’ founder, Holly, “Something as simple as a cape has the power to positively affect a child’s self-esteem.”  And it’s true!  I got to watch the transformation right before my very eyes at Gymboree’s Superhero themed prom!

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The photo booth area sponsored by Creative Capes, encouraged easy try-ons with a fun-filled cape and accessory station and comic-strip-style power signs.   The kids loved dressing up and posing hero-style.  It was a blast!

superhero party ideas, superhero capesBoys and girls alike got into the superhero theme!

how to plan a superhero partyAfter having provided ideas for Gymboree’s members on how to accessorize what you had in your closet and transform ordinary outfits into super ones (click here for that previous post), I was excited to see how all the littles styled themselves!  I loved that some even took the inspiration board to heart and bought the exact outfits I suggested!

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Check out all these super cuties! a2 a5 a7 a8

Gymboree did a great job including other powerful details to their boom pop kapow party.


aaaaCheck out these yummy cupcakes by Shys Bake shop!aa

I loved that the staff got into the theme and dressed up too!   aaaaaa

The theme inspired everyone to soar through the air.  And Gymboree is the perfect place for little ones to practice doing just that!

DSC_5494When you were done saving the world, you could always get creative and make some super crafts.aaaaaaa

Here’s more about Creative Capes and their story!  Gift your super boy or girl one today!


For more ideas on how to plan your own superhero party click here.

To see Gymboree’s prior prom parties, click here!







After a blistering hot week in NY, Sunday was a breath of fresh air!  For our Sunday finest, Juliet and I dressed up in matching mommy and me dresses – coordinated outfits, I should say as these are not exact matches.  If you follow me, you know this is what I usually prefer.

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The bright summery yellow is so cheery that it brightens my mood just wearing it!  My dress was found at TJMaxx and is by Calvin Klein ($34.99).  Hers was from Gymboree last year during their clearance for about $20 I think.

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I accessorized with my Valentino purse (bought with Saks employee discount years ago) and a Rocksbox necklace.  J is wearing a dollar store beaded necklace which perfectly matched her pink bow shoes by QQ Girl.  (We’re now selling this through our Totspot account @fabgabblog!)

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My shoes are Valentino rock stud pastel flats – such a perfect find for a NY mom-on-the-go!

After church we enjoyed the most delicious brunch at Olio e Piu, a trattoria known for their brick oven pizza.


The sauce was AMAZING!  So good it rivaled the best pizza we had in Italy!  I SO recommend this place – especially because the goat cheese mushroom and zucchini frittata that I also ordered was just as dreamy!

frittata It’s a great place to sit and people watch plus you’re surrounded by flowers at this restaurant!  Definitely grab a sidewalk seat and enjoy NY-ers passing you by.  Juliet couldn’t get enough of all the cute dogs she spotted.

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We hope your weekend was fabulous! See our other mommy and me looks here.  And stay tuned for a full recap on that superhero themed prom that we attended – coming soon!


Linking up to Sandy A La Mode and Cute and Little for this week’s linkup!

Mommy + Me Style: Blue Hues + Linkup!



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We’ve been getting in the July 4th spirit with red white and blue fashions all week long and are excited to finally see the fireworks tonight at South Street Seaport Museum.  Join us on Pier 16 to enjoy the 40th Anniversary of Macy’s July 4th Fireworks display!  It’ll be sure to not disappoint. Plus there will be drinks from Flagship Brewery and local food trucks to keep you well – fed and hydrated.  Kids of all ages are welcome but parents should expect very loud noises being that the fireworks will be set off from a barge directly off Pier 16.

Fab Gab readers get $10 off advance tickets by clicking HERE!

Have a fab fourth everyone! (click through for ideas on how to celebrate with style!)

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Tonight: From 5pm to 10:30pm, with fireworks beginning at approximately 9:25pm. Get there early to reserve your spot (bring blankets, picnic and / or lawn chairs)

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