I surprised Juliet at school pick-up with the announcement that we were seeing a couple NYFW shows and she screamed in delight. haha only a true minifashionista at age 4 would be so excited. So off we went in our matching Mommy and me outfit (tees by Ba Ba Bling Kids for which Juliet is a brand rep, black chokers, and red plaid).
We were psyched to score front row seats for Dennis Basso!
The fashions were fur-ocious! Here is a sampling from the runway.
I’m loving the caramel, fur, and glittery details! So glam, as always!
Post-show, we explored the NYFW lounge and took some fun mommy and me snapshots to commemorate our day.
Next up was the Carmen Marc Valvo fashion presentation at Pier 59 where we ran into Alec Baldwin, his wife and their daughter who was visibly excited to see another minifashionista around her age. The scene was packed so we had to be quick. Here’s Juliet admiring the fashion models.
The bright orange accordian pleated dress reminded me of a similar dress that I own in green except mine comes with a belt. I think this orange dress needs a belt too, what do you think? I’m finding a lot of orange on the runway so far..maybe that will be next new color. Time will tell! We’re only half way through with NYFW. Anyways, I hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s and I hope that you were able to share it with someone as cute as my little date. Thanks for reading! ‘Til next time!
We’re both a little under the weather this Valentine’s but still had fun playing dress-up for Valentine’s week. Juliet is sooo happy whenever she gets to wear a dress. And this extra fancy Amber Berry one is one of my favorites from her closet. For a special mommy and me outfit look, I paired it with a pastel cape from H&M and complimented it with my matching tulle dress from Needle & Thread which you can buy on Asos.com one of my favorite online shopping destinations.
Motherhood is extra sweet this year. Juliet is growing up, and communicating her love so much through her impromptu declarations of love, creative gift-giving, and endless hugs and kisses. She is more affectionate now than she ever was and it is truly such an adorable stage. I lovingly watch her grow up before my eyes and this Valentine’s I know she’ll be mine forever.
2016 was a great year for us. We are grateful and thankful. Every new year’s eve, I look back through old pictures and like to reminisce on all the good times. Each mommy and me look presented here represents to me a day of fun and laughter. And I hope that your 2016 was filled with much of the same!
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.
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.
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!)
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!
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.
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!
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.
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 🙂
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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Every Monday on my @Fab_kids Instagram account, I feature mommy and me fashion photos with the hashtag #fab_mom. Most often, the mother -offspring duo is matching in some manner. Are matching outfits for mommy and daughter or mommy and son corny or cute?
Matching my daughter is something I shamelessly do consciously and unconsciously too. Whether Juliet likes it or not she is my mini-me and oftentimes will dress like it too. Here’s what I mean.
Sometimes we simply coordinate instead of being an exact match.
I find this is much easier to do since it’s rare to find brands that offer exact replicas for the mother and daughter. Coordinating colors looks great for photos and gives you more flexibility in using what you already have. Follow me on Instagram @fab_kids and @fabgabblog for more! And leave me a comment on whether you think this is cute or corny!
I hope you moms out there had a very happy mother’s day. Mine was pretty perfect with a beautiful brunch outdoors by Rockefeller Center, a stroll through Saks and midtown to enjoy the amazing weather and church with my honey and little one. Here we are imitating the elephant we found on the pillow and then walking through Rockefeller Center afterwards. She can imitate a handful of animals already at just 14months old (as well as identify 16 body parts and so much more)! I’m a proud mommy.
As you can see, Juliet and I shamelessly match one another. I’ve been a little obsessed lately with matchy matchy mini-mes thanks to my fashionable mommy friends on Instagram. They inspire me! See below for a quick sample! (@babyellestyle, @chantelleyglitz, @fitriaris @Karlitchaa and @Mcmilllantwinsnmom in that order)
To see more fabulous mini-me outfit pairings, see my Instagram account @fab_kids. Or to see my own mini-me matching outfits, see @fabgabblog on IG.
I’ve always dreamed about leading arts ‘n crafts with my child one day and am so thrilled that my little one is into it. I try to ensure that she has some sort of artsy exposure everyday whether that means an outing to one of New York’s many art galleries, installations and exhibits, or making sure she has hands-on art experience through class/school or at home. So when Mom Trends and Halos invited us as one of the bloggers to join them at the Children’s Museum of Arts, we jumped at the chance to share some quality mommy and me time this Saturday!
They had the most ingenious crafts all incorporating their seedless mandarin oranges!
Together, we made a bird, a bunny and even a potted flower!
Who would have thought to craft with food but orange you glad you now know?? (sorry I had to insert that corny children’s joke)!
Seriously though, how cute are these creations, all made with some construction paper, glue dots, googly eyes, straw, cupcake liners, and pipe cleaner – basics that any crafter at home most likely already owns! Juliet loved it!
We already love Halos oranges because they’re sweet, seedless and easy for toddler hands to eat and peel. They’re such a healthy non-GMO alternative to the many unnatural, processed snacks out there. Plus they make for great on-the-go, packable treats! I also learned through the event, that “Pure Goodness” is Halo’s motto. Halo spreads goodness through their charitable work. They contribute more than $2 million annually to kids’ education, they partner with Feeding America to provide healthy fruit, and they support solar power usage and water conservation. They’re good to families, communities and the land! Kudos to them! That’s a halo well-deserved
And the food. Can we talk about the Halo orange – infused FOOD?! I’m getting hungry as I type and look at these pictures remembering all this deliciousness. Fruity pizza cookie made with pomegrante seeds, oranges and pistachios atop a frosted sugar cookie? YES PLEASE! Orange infused cider, chocolate covered orange slices, mandarin salsa, spring salads and smoothies?
Uh can I go back right now for MORE?!
Luckily, they sent us all home with a bag of oranges, a craft kit and all the recipe cards to replicate this tasty experience at home. I’m definitely trying this prosciutto bruschetta bite below!
Is anyone else’s mouth watering now??
Thank you to the team at MomTrends and Halo for inviting us to such a fun mommy and me experience! We enjoyed the day at the museum (see my IG feed and stories), learned so many great things about Halo and had a memorable day crafting away!
This is a sponsored post but all opinions as always, are 100% my own.
What better way to celebrate Lunar New Year than to take my half Chinese daughter to an edible exhibit all about Chinese food at the Museum of Food and Drink! I’ve never been to a museum that offered a sniff and taste test so I was excited to trek to Brooklyn and check it out. .
Juliet is always game for a mommy and me adventure and is no stranger to museums. And she liked the sound of getting to eat her way through this one!
The most spectacular sight there was an interactive curtain of Chinese take out boxes. Each box symbolized 7 of the 50,000 Chinese restaurants in the US!
It was impossible to resist walking through the curtains.
Juliet did this at least 100 times!
At this limited-time-only exhibit, we were reminded of Chinese immigration history, learned about the secrets behind “velveting,” (a cooking technique I’m going to have to incorporate now) and tested our senses. Apparently Juliet is not a fan of the smell of coffee!
The most scent-sational exhibit for us however, was the tantalizing fortune-cookie-making machine which continuously offered treats to all the visiting guests and filled the entire museum with its sweet, baked scent.
Each colorful fortune was thoughtfully created by the public who were invited to invent their own fortunes via social media or through the interactive station found at the museum. How cool is this??
Another tasty treat was found at the cooking demonstration where we watched as a friendly chef replicated Chef Irene Li from Mei Mei Restaurant / Mei Mei Street Kitchen’s Kung Pao chicken.
Too bad he in full performance mode, flipped the chicken so high in the air that it splattered and fell all over my Chanel purse haha!
I learned so much about the evolution of the Chinese American restaurant’s 170 year history in the form of menu timelines, first dish originations, ingredient and sauce formations and secret cooking techniques i.e. “velveting.”
As “New York City’s first food museum, MOFAD seeks to advance the public understanding of the culture, history, science, production, and commerce of food and drink. Our exhibition allow(s) students to see, smell, touch, and explore while learning about different cuisines. Our multi-sensory approach to learning uses food as a lens to understand our world.” It was such a fun, educational, and memorable way to celebrate Lunar New Year!
Check it out before the end of February. (tofu and crab sauce is served at their culinary studio in February).
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
review the hours, they are not the usual museum hours and start at 12noon on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays!
same-day tickets cannot be bought after 4pm.
Use code Groups10 at checkout for groups of 10 or more to receive $1 off each entry.
Lyft, Via and Uber can all take Manhattanites there (Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
If you want to subway it there, MOFAD is still 8blocks away from the nearest (L) train.
There is a complimentary (unsecured) coat and stroller storage area
MOFAD Lab 62 Bayard Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222 (718) 387-2845 mofad.org
Love theater but afraid your kids won’t sit still long enough to make the ticket purchase worthwhile? Or have you been there done that and are now looking for something new? Even the most jaded New Yorker is sure to find Pip’s Island, a new interactive, theatrical production playing in Chelsea for a limited time only, exciting and new. Forget the traditional stage and seating. No, think total immersion and exploration! It’s an hour-long adventure led by Pip and his pals, Pebble and Finn. And it’s a NY performance that your kids won’t want to miss!
It all starts with the invitation to try on special explorer vests. Getting costumed up is something all kids seem to enjoy and this helps build anticipation for what awaits.
I tried to explain to my 3.5 year old that these safari – like jackets were going to help us get in the mood for our little adventure. But I honestly had very little idea of what to expect. Their whimsical website was certainly intriguing though and knew I was in for an experience like no other. “Incorporating the latest curriculum guidelines and play trends, Pip’s Island is guaranteed to empower its audience through sheer wonder.”
We were given a brief overview of our mission which was basically to to help solve a mystery and fight off the villain. The story line without going into full detail will bring out the inner superhero in kids of all ages. By walking through a fantastical tree, you enter Pip’s Island, a magical, faraway world. And with the help of fellow adventurers, you move through 5 rooms all filled with wonderous objects and themes that invite touch, lure childhood play, and excite curiosity. Children are encouraged to help find, make, build, and carry items. They practice power moves, tackle puzzles and celebrate with bubbles. We weren’t allowed to take photos or videos once inside but suffice it to say this was Disney – level: set, costume and production!
It was such a treat to be able to enjoy something so special, so unique, so kid-centric, yet fun for adults too!
We sincerely thank Pip’s Island for graciously asking us to partake and review their show. It made for a fun-filled family memory. And we thoroughly enjoyed it!