October 2016

With our suitcase packed with Kidpik Basics and Cat and Jack pieces, Juliet and I headed to Central Park.  Styling kids has been a passion of mine ever since having one myself and ever since I left my professional career where I used to style all the Saks Fifth Avenue models at the LI store.  As part of a continued photography series with Danny Weiss, I styled Pilar (pictured below) along with my daughter in coordinated outfits.   Luckily, Pilar was just as into an impromptu tea party as Juliet was!  The two met, and immediately bonded.

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As if they were friends forever, they happily blew bubbles, played pretend and posed supermodel style with no fussing or complaining about accessories or outfit changes.  They knew the drill.  080116_shelbyjohn_1517 080116_shelbyjohn_1473 080116_shelbyjohn_1451

Accessories and props are all from Juliet’s closet.  For more shoots that I’ve helped style, click here!  For more of Danny Weiss’s photography, click here!

 

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I love art and so does Juliet.  We’ve enrolled her in art classes since age 18months and she has happily and proudly made her own art at various school settings and at home ever since!  She often comes running over to us at school pick-up excitedly telling us, “I made this for YOU!!” And we’ve already collected a mountain of her artwork, turning our fridge and sometimes her playhouse into a virtual art gallery.  One way we’ve encouraged her love of art is to take her to art galleries around the city.  Here are the 3 main reasons galleries are great places to take a toddler. 

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  1. It’s a mommy and me outing that doesn’t SUCK.  There comes a time (usually weekly) where you’ve had enough of the playgrounds and indoor play pits.  Anyone relate to this?  Kids running around, crying and screaming while your mind goes numb and you look into your phone as your only outlet for parental pleasure…  Sometimes you need to mix it up!  Take your kids to a kid-friendly art gallery for some education and culture that feeds both your minds and souls.  How many times can you say you left inspired after leaving the playground?? misaki kawai, cave life
  2. Experience the culture without the overwhelm.  Toddlers (and plenty of adults) have short attention spans.  Instead of trying to cover an entire museum in one day in order to try and get your money’s worth,  (after all you could be forking over $20 admission at a famed NYC museum), you can expect to dedicate anywhere from 10minutes to a half an hour at a gallery for free while feeling the same accomplishment and satisfaction of having completed an artsy, worthwhile experience.  Small doses feel manageable.  Avoid the overwhelm and ensure yourself a happy toddler.misaki kawai, cave life
  3. It encourages curiosity and creativity.  Win mommy of the week award (if there ever was such a thing) by enriching your child’s life with the joy of exploration, curiosity AND creativity.  Juliet actually told me the other day at our last gallery outing, “Mommy, I love going on adventures with you.  this is so exciting!”  You never know what you may find!  In today’s case, we found an all yellow room, with fun painted furniture in the shape of bananas, snakes and bones.  The large-scale paintings, and wall murals seemed straight out of a child’s imagination.  Juliet immediately related and was quick to tell me about her favorite finds.cave life, nyc art, nyc art gallery, 312 bowery, the hole

If you’re interested in checking out this sunny space, go to 312 Bowery to a gallery space named “The Hole” before this “Cave Life” exhibit by Misaki Kawai ends on October 30th.  Note that it is only open Wednesday – Sunday 12pm-7pm and is by the Bleeker Street 6 train and Broadway-Lafayette B, D, F and M trains.

It promises to bring out the kid in all of us.  Juliet and I went home and continued to talk about what we saw and even tried to replicate some of the artwork at home!

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For more of our artsy adventures, check out our posts on  Refinery 29’s NYFW installation, NYC street art, and the Osgemeos gallery exhibit!

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We are so lucky to live in Manhattan and have such easy access to all the amazing art in the city!  Today, after school pick-up, we enjoyed the unseasonably warm 80 degree fall weather with a little artsy adventure.  Lehmann Maupin on W 22nd street showcased a wildly colorful exhibit featuring Brazilian artist duo OSGEMEOS that we just had to see for ourselves.

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Twin brothers Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo transformed multiple rooms in an immersive installation that combined drawing, painting, collage, mixed media sculpture, and kinetic and audio elements.

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We found the vibrant art to be so much fun to explore with its playful, quirkyiness!  Ever hear of the man in the moon?  Well here’s a toddler too!

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The exhibition offers “a heightened multi-sensory experience that embraces the power of human imagination and the vast possibilities in visually interpreting the subconscious.”  It certainly did feel a little dreamy, that is if you dream in full, technicolor fashion!

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Osgemeos’s signature yellow characters and intriguing patterns felt accessible and understandable to all ages which is why I highly recommend it as a fun outing for moms and kids.  I love that I can instill the appreciation of art and exploration through NYC exhibits like this!

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Check it out, even if it’s just for all the Instagram-able floor-to-ceiling art walls!     silence of the music, nyc art, nyc gallery

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I’ve styled hundreds of models while working in PR and in fashion whether it be for Samsung photo shoots, promotional street teams, fashion shows or for Saks Fifth Avenue.  Nowadays, I style mostly my 3.5 year old daughter and child models like Kalia pictured below.  This photo shoot was with renowned photographer, Danny Weiss and Kidpik Basics clothes.

child model, danny weiss, danny weiss photography, central park photo shootKalia was such a sweetheart to work with and a pure natural in front of the camera!kidpik basics

Shoes are her own and the fanny pack and flower crown were from my daugher’s closet.  Clothes are from Kidpik Basics.kidpik basics, central park photo shoot, child models

For this second round, Kalia changed into a Kidpik denim jacket, comfy, striped long-sleeved tee (also Kidpik) and a fun tutu from Cat and Jack.

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Blanket and headband were from our closet.  Shoes and headphones, models own.080116_shelbyjohn_1611

I love the carefree, summer vibe I’m getting from these shots.  And they’re making me miss the warmer months!  Thanks to Danny Weiss and team!  Stay tuned for more shots from this outdoor Central Park shoot!

 

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Being a daughter of a blogger means you get invites to a ton of cool events and that your closets are filled with freebies from sponsors and goody bags past.  Juliet is getting addicted to this blogger life and asks to attend each event now.  Today we had several invites all packed into one day but decided that we’d take it easy and just attend the later ones.  We enjoyed a lazy morning snuggling in bed and ventured out for some coffee …that is until Juliet found these stairs.  Walking around with a toddler means lots of detours.  And hey we matched the bright orange steps so why not capture our outfits of the day, we, (I mean I) thought..

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Wearing whites and brights on this 75 degree day was a warm way to welcome in fall.

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Juliet loved her ring pop treat which turned her tongue and mouth blue.

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Here she is wearing a fuzzy white jacket that Guess Kids gave us (see more on our showroom shopping spree with them here).  I decorated it with our collection of buttons and it went so nicely with our Cat and Jack tutu, and the complimentary orange shirt that we received from Kidbox.

See what I mean?  Being a blogger kid ain’t so bad.

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To launch a new product line within the Jell-O family, Jell-O and The Moms Network treated us to a delightful sampling of all the flavors of Jell-O Simply Good (which included strawberry, mixed berry, orange-tangerine and pineapple-orange).

jello pudding, jello snacks, jello recipeJuliet was excited to be able to feast on the all-you-could-eat Jell-O.

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The Moms event made it especially kid-friendly by encouraging creative Jell-O recipe-making by laying out an enticing assortment of toppings.  And they even offered complimentary recipe cards for the moms to try their Jell-O Simply Good mixes at home with their kids (courtesy of their head chef).

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We were happy to learn that Jell-O Simply Good pudding mixes are made with real ingredients like banana, cocoa and vanilla bean and that the gelatin mixes are flavored with real fruit juices.

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No artificial flavors, dyes or preservatives!  That makes eating chocolate pudding a little less guilt-inducing in my book!

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Available nationwide, all flavors are now on shelves in the baking aisle of major retail stores at a suggested retail price of $1.59.  After having inhaled 3 whole cups herself, it was clear to see that Jell-O had a passionate 3.5 year old fan!

 

 

 

 

As always, all opinions expressed are 100% my own.

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