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Who here is doing a little spring cleaning or trying to pump themselves up to do so? I just spent my 1 day off running around the house like a madwoman trying to finish up all mine.  And with every spring cleaning, comes a little closet cleaning.  To help start you out, here are a few inspirational images from celeb closets to help motivate you (or depress you depending on which way you look at it…)

(Paula Abdoul’s closet above and Jessica Alba’s closet is below)

Source: weheartit.com via Fab on Pinterest

For more celeb closets view this link

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This month’s O magazine caught my eye because Oprah was on the cover showing off shoes from her to-die-for shoe closet.   It reminded me of my earlier post on celebrity closets which attracted a lot of attention and so I had to capture the Oprah photos and share with you some additional closet photos (including MINE) as a follow-up.

photo from O Magazine

photo of Tamara Mellon (president of Jimmy Choo) from Tatler magazine

photo of Nanette Lapore (designer)'s closet from instyle magazine

photo of Kim Cattral's closet from InStyle magazine

photo of Jamie Lynn Sigler's closet from InStyle magazine

Here’s MY shoe closet (on a budget of course).  I made the shelving unit myself using an Ikea unit that I bought on sale They ran out of white shelving which is what I would have preferred but I didn’t care so much being that I knew it would be hidden behind the curtains shown here.  The sheer, white floor-to-ceiling curtain and wall-to-wall curtain rod were also inexpensive finds from Ikea.  The shoes, well they were all bought either on sale or were gifts from my lovely friends at Bloomies, Bruno Magli, Gucci and Ferragamo.

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I’m fascinated by celebrity closets.  You can call it part fantasy, part jealousy, part lust.  Check out my earlier round-ups of celebrity closet photos.  And check out my most recent find from Giuliana Rancic, a celeb I can actually identify with.  She reveals her E! closet and teases Ryan Seacrest for making her wear flats here.

Ahhh if only I had a wardrobe set aside for me like this at work!

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one day….

photo of Paris Hilton's closet from decorpad.com


Nicky Hilton's closet photo from instyle.com

photo of Miley Cyrus's closet from instyle.com

photo of Christina Aguilera's closet from instyle.com

photo of Olivia Wilde's closet from instyle.com

photo of Maria Menounos's closet from instyle.com

photo of Eva Longoria Parker's closet from instyle.com

photo of Kimora Lee Simmon's closet from instyle.com

photo of Paula Abdul's closet from instyle.com

photo of Mariah Carey's closet from instyle.com

photo of Mariah Carey's closet from InStyle magazine


Inspired by all of the celebrity closets, I’ve installed the requisite glamour girl chandelier in my closet/bedroom and have installed a floor-to-ceiling shoe closet.  I’ll post a picture soon.


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My clothes are in boxes.  Nothing is more frustrating to a fashionista than to have her entire wardrobe locked up in cardboard cages.  With this new move, the lack of closets and the impending renovation, my clothes need to be protected in this manner.  So every day, I look through 7 wardrobe boxes and a handful of regular boxes to dress and accessorize.  I admit, it’s hard to feel inspired.

But then I see photos like the ones below.  And I see hope.  California Closets, here I come!  For more on inspirational closets, click here.

 

 

 

 

Source: via Fab Gab Blog on Pinterest

 

 

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The last time I saw Barbie at NY Fashion Week was in 2009.  This past week during NY fashion week 2012, I got to play around in Barbie’s dream closet, a magical, glittery world of Barbie fashions, endless pink shoes and girly fantasy. Check it out!

It seems the celebrities enjoyed themselves as much as I did.

pink shoes with glittery insoles!

The best part was this interactive dressing room where you got to virtually try on Barbie’s clothes.  Check out this little girl and the outfits she tried on!

I couldn’t resist trying it myself and came home with this outfit shot!

What do you think of my Barbie dress?

 

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If you believe in celebrating in style, and you look for excuses to throw a good party, having kids won’t stop that party planning perfectionist in you.  At least that’s what I’ve learned.  I’m THAT mom who offers to host a play date and then surprises everyone with a full-out professionally coordinated, themed event. This July 4th have a Fab Fourth!  It’s is an easy time to decorate and really jump into a theme.  After all, everyone has some form of red white and/or blue in their homes and closets! Here is some inspiration for you to host a Fab 4th of July party or play date indoors.

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I encourage you to have a Fab Fourth with kids in the comfort of your own home!  Simply stick to a strict color theme of red white and blue, use what you have and ask everyone to dress in theme.  Here, in partnership with Mialandyn Events, we decorated her rental teepees with fringe and taped-on star cutouts.  (Taping on additional decor is such an easy and clever way to temporarily transform a plain teepee to match any holiday or theme!) Next we added some matching fur blankets and patriotic pillows to complete the luxe look.  We also added fun toddler toys and balloons inside which invited kids to explore and play.

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Encourage a pretend picnic with gingham red picnic blanket laid out and kid-friendly finger foods like healthy snacks from Fresh Kids, blueberries in a star dish, star-shaped cake pops from Current Mood, sparkly red marshmallows and 3D chocolate covered Oreo cookies from Brooklyn Cake Pops!  Red white and blue napkins, cake platter and star-shaped dishes help carry out the theme.

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Ask play date guests (moms and kids alike) to dress head-to-toe in red white and blue and you’ll be surprised how they take to the fashion challenge. Having the kids match REALLY makes for some adorable shots and brings out the momarazzi in all of us!

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I had so much fun styling all the kids for this shoot with pieces from their closets and my daughter’s combined.

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Take the opportunity to talk to the toddlers about flags, stars and stripes and voila! You’ve had a patriotic play date!

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If you liked this, click through for more inspiration on how to throw a patriotic picnic outdoors and check out the NYC instameet that we hosted last week with Mialandyn and Fresh Kids.

Special thanks goes out to all the partners for this shoot:

Follow me on Instagram for MORE!  @fabgabblog and @fab_kids

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Getting the mail is so much more exciting nowadays with the advent of subscription box services.  Suddenly in addition to the usual spam and bills, I pick up celebrity chef designed foods, kids toys and fashions.  This blog post is a review of Sprouting Threads, the latest styling service geared to kids aged 2-8.

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They send you a box full of clothes hand-picked for you based on the style profile you submitted online (a fun and easy pictorial Q&A).

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It gives the members options of frequency, quantity & assortment to meet your needs. The $20 styling fee can be credited toward a purchase of two or more new items – keep what you want and return the rest for free (return label is included just in case).  You can opt for monthly or seasonal deliveries and can receive between 2 and 5 outfits per delivery.  Prices vary depending on what is kept. Appaman, Tea and Andy & Evan are just a few of the popular boutique brands that they work with.  Below is a plaid “Blue Pony Vintage” Sprouting Threads dress that we styled with a H&M fur vest, Old Navy tights and Fab Kids fringe boots. IMG_0705

Juliet wore this outfit to her friend’s birthday party.

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The service is a great way to introduce yourself to new brands that you may be unfamiliar with.  The below “Go Gently Baby” mock turtleneck dress for instance was so cute paired with a blazer, sneakers, tights and a purse already in our closet.

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Juliet looked extra studious wearing this getup to school.

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One of the full outfits that we chose to keep included this plaid flannel blouse and cordoroy pant set from Tea.  Here you see it paired with classic boots, a Gap ear headband and gifted sunglasses and stuffed animal.

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This was her on the way to the candy shop – cool and always ready to pose for momarazzi.

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Today for school, she sported the comfy fuschia leggings found in our subscription box.  It’s by Tooby Doo.  And here it’s paired with a Jcrew coat and First Impressions Baby tee.

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Her smile here perfectly replicated mine when I received this fashionable box of goodies.

The unique feature with Sprouting Threads is how sustainable of a brand they are.  They promote re-using and re-cycling of clothes, something I’m also an advocate of.   When your child has outgrown an item, you can return it for 20% credit toward your next package.  And you can also send in your gently used kids fashions (not originally sent by Sprouting Threads) in for a possible credit to their service.  For more information, visit Sprouting Threads and receive 25% off your first box with code “STELLA25.”   Let me know what you think!

Full disclosure.  This post was sponsored by Sprouting Threads. I received a complimentary subscription box to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

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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 soon be able to spot a fab mom at your nearest playground:

  • 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 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.

 

 

 

 

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I admit it.  I’ve become that crazy mom who is constantly planning lavish parties for her little one.  You would have thought I was planning a wedding with as much thought, time and energy I invested into my daughter’s first birthday.  See for yourself here.  I was dead set on making it the best birthday she’d never remember.  And on a budget.  And all by myself.

And now that her next birthday isn’t for another 7months, guess what… I’m already on it.  I have the theme, venue, Pinterest board, invites, decor and even the paper plates ready to go.   Don’t believe me? Much to my husband’s dismay, all the paper products are stacked and in my hallway closet.  The party’s theme is animal themed if you must know.  Guests will get to initially take pictures with Leo the lion (Juliet dressed in costume).  There will be animal mask photo props for the photo booth area, the singing troupe will be leading singalongs only with songs with animals in the lyrics, and themed foods will include hot dogs, animal crackers, and critter cupcakes – all designed with a strict vintage colored decor theme.  Juliet’s party animal friends are going to roar with delight.

And as if that weren’t crazy enough, I’ve been dreaming of other party themes that I could have Juliet host during the inbetween months now until her birthday. Because you know, you can never have enough parties.

Already I’ve got Juliet hosting a back to school party this September with my FB page “Fab Kids”(check it out now and give it some love).  Yes, she’s only 1.5 years old but yes she’s going to school this fall semester so why not celebrate?!  We’re requiring all the guests (babies and toddlers that is) to dress as nerdy as possible.  Think glasses, suspenders, bowties and pocket protectors.   It’s all about the fashion after all!  AND I already have Juliet’s outfit planned.

Those of you who follow me on Instagram already know that we’ve already hosted a (toddler) white party – P Diddy style where all guests showed up in white.

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White for a picnic playdate you say?  Deal with it.  Fashion is impractical.  It’s best kids learn that lesson early on.

Here is Juliet greeting her guests

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Look at our little ones breaking bread and communing with one another (while wearing Chanel)….

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You’ve gotta look fab while you’re having fun!

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The kids had a load of fun playing with the park’s toys and enjoying story time and singalongs.  And I think a few passerbys and gawkers couldn’t help but vicariously enjoy the fun too.

All we needed was for P.Diddy to show up.  Ah well, there’s always next year.

Stop by Facebook to vote on details for our next NYC mommy and me meetup.  Nerds Rule!

And follow us on Instagram @Fab_Kids for outfit inspiration for your minifashionista!

While you do that, I’ll be planning my next, next party.  I’m thinking Haute Halloween… fashionable halloween anyone??

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