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Valentine’s seems even sweeter with a little one.  Every year, my daughter and I celebrate Valentine’s by decorating heart-shaped treats, hosting Valentine’s play dates, and dressing up in a series of matching mommy and me outfits.    While she is little, and while I can still get away with it, I love finding matching pieces for the two of us.  Below are two outfits that started with the iconic heart motif.

We bought our tees from Zazzle which had an enormous selection of heart-emblazoned, tees.  My skirt is from Macy’s and hers is from Zara.  My shoes are Forever 21 and hers are Mia Shoes (with a tiny kid heel which she loves!!)

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valentines mom and daughter outfit, matching mom and daughter, heart tees, valentine outfit ideasThis outfit started with the Love tees found in an XL and SM at Old Navy’s kids’ section.  The matching leopard sweater and cardi are from H&M and the fur slip on shoes are Target (mine), and from a Chinese wholesaler (hers).    The snowflake wall decals are from Target.

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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).

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We were psyched to score front row seats for Dennis Basso!

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The fashions were fur-ocious!  Here is a sampling from the runway.

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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.

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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.

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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? IMG_1052 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!

 

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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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We’re twinning!  Thanks for reading! Click here for more matching mommy and me minime looks and outfit inspiration!

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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.9.13mini me IMG_0886crop IMG_1715

Sometimes we simply coordinate instead of being an exact match.

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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!

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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.

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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)

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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.  

Also, if you haven’t already joined, follow my new FB page @fabgabblog and also @fabkids 

You’ll find more mommy and me outfit inspiration, sales and leads on where to find such fashions there.

 

 

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I believe in recycling and re-using what you have and the same philosophy comes up during Halloween when I’m preparing costumes for our endless series of special events.  See my last post about 8 easy DIY Costumes from last year here as an example!  This year, I took a slightly different approach and let Juliet”s favorite toys serve as the inspiration to all our make-at-home costumes.  They were so fun to create with her and for her.  See below for some costume inspiration and let me know what you think you could create at home with what you already have!

  • Baby Momma.  Does your doll love dolls?  Make her a mommy this year!  With an infinity scarf, I made her a makeshift baby carrier and stuffed her Water Baby in there.  Props could include, a (plastic) wine glass (I filled our with sparkling water), a Starbucks cup, a cellphone, a stroller, baby bottle, purse and kitchen accessories!  We glammed her up as a fab mom but you could easily do the stressed out mom look and opt for a more disheveled tee shirt and leggings paired with some under-eye circles and messy hair lol!diy costume, make at home costume, kids costumes, kids costume ideas, mommy costume, beauty salon dropout, beautician costume
  • Beautician.  If your daughter is like mine, she is obsessed with anything beauty-related.  Here she is making over Barbie’s hair, make-up and nails.  The Barbie hair styling bust came in handy for this photo opp (as well as for our recent Barbie-themed play date read more here.  You could however, easily use any long-haired doll, play make-up, or an apron filled with tools (ours was from Melissa & Doug). 
  • Veterinarian.  Do you have a doctor’s set and some stuffed animals?  It’s easy to re-create this doctor’s costume with a button down shirt, glasses, a cute stuffed animal and doctor’s tools (stethoscope, thermometer, bandaids, suckers, etc).  My friend made this lab coat and gave it to us as a hand-me-down and it completed the costume!!  BTW, if you haven’t already heard of Parker, you’ve got to check him out! While he looks like your classic, cuddly teddy bear, he actually digitally interacts with an app for an immersive, augmented reality experience!  We live in the future, I tell you!parker the teddy bear, seedling bear, seedling toys, dr costume, kids costume ideas, veterinarian costume
  • Rock Star.  Encourage your kid to rock on with his/her favorite musical instrument of choice and/or a microphone.  Get flashy with the outfit, and have fun!  I gave Juliet’ an 80’s rocker look with MY fishnet stockings, hair in a side ponytail, a bright neon dress, toy guitar and sunglasses.  Must have sunglasses.rock star costume, 80s rocker, 80s rock star, kids costume ideas, diy costume

Thanks to the toy sponsors who sent us the beloved toys!  Follow us on IG and watch our IG stories to see the toys in action!

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For more Halloween inspiration see the below links!

See my past Halloween parties here.

Party treats by Gym Craft Laundry

Craft and healthy snack by Ottawa Mommy Club

free printable Halloween decor by Mommy of a Princess

More DIYs by Jones family travels

 
 
 
 

 

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My minifashionista is no stranger to beauty treatments.  She has enjoyed at-home manicures and loves playing with her pretend make-up and beauty salon sets.  She has even experienced her first spa treatment here in New York City (click here for our review on Milk N Cookies Kids Spa).  She therefore was more than happy to check out Glitter And Glam, an uber-girly, over-the-top kids’ salon in Paramus, NJ.  And she was so excited to have a mommy and me outing there to celebrate her 4.5 year old birthday.  Yes, we’ve started celebrating the half birthdays now..

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This spa, located in the Paramus Park Mall had a huge retail floor space, something that would have cost a fortune in Manhattan.  And it was delightfully filled with a glamour girl’s favorite things.  Pink!  Tiaras! Boas!  Dresses!  What’s that?? A runway??! Our hearts pumped a little harder as we walked into this girly fantasyland.

Look at that decor!  Don’t you want to move right in?  I was really impressed.  They went all out and put so much care into making the place fabulous.  And prices were reasonable considering the beautiful backdrop, the special care needed for kids (can you imagine how many smudges they have to fix?) and all the special treats.  Mini-manis start at $24.95 and includes a “lavish kandy lotion hand massage”, nail polish, and gemstone ring.  The mani-pedi combo includes the chance to sit on the princess throne wearing pink robe and slippers, lavish kandy lotion foot and hand massage, glitter tattoo, nail polish, and mini-mani-pedi ($39.95).

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She even got to pick out her own gems for her nails!  Um..where can I find this kind of diamond-encrusted manicure for myself? (spa services are only available for the kids here unfortunately)  I was supremely jealous.

The spa’s website says they aim to instill confidence in all their kiddie clients but they did so much more than this.  They gave her the royal treatment, making my little one feel like a princess!  She had so much sweet attention focused on her, received tons of compliments throughout the day and got truly pampered in this glitzy setting!

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I can’t stress enough how amazing the stylists were.  They truly seemed to love children.  And this was apparent in how they took the time to get to know each child by asking questions about their favorite hobbies, princess, and colors.  I never got the feeling that they were just there for a paycheck but rather that they enjoyed and took pride in their work.

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Juliet also got to try the facial (see first picture in the post above), got to pick out and have a full face of make-up applied and get her hair professionally styled.  I was dying from cuteness overload and could NOT stop smiling.  She looked like a little doll and as I looked around, it seemed all the moms were having just as grand of a time living vicariously through their mini-mes.  I seriously had just as much fun watching her get all glammed up as she did getting glam!

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She and I both loved the finished product and celebrated with a twirl or two (or three) on the runway.

Thank you so much, Glitter and Glam for inviting us in!  We will have to make a special effort to come back for some more pampering.  I’m already party planning and scheming for ways to get my girl squad out there for a future birthday party.  Maybe when Juliet and her friends outgrow car seats we’ll have to rent a party bus to transport her NYC friends out there cuz I can’t think of a better place to host a glamorous spa-themed party!

 

We received complimentary treatments in exchange for this review but as always all opinions expressed are our own. 

 

 

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