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I submitted Juliet’s pictures on a whim to the Lil Jewels Boutique model search on Instagram despite the model call asking for kids 6 and over.  So much to my surprise, at 4 years old, and even with 4000 entries, Juliet was chosen as the youngest model to get to walk the New York Fashion Week runway for her couture kids collection.  I told Juliet she was chosen because she was a good listener and so well behaved 🙂 and she was psyched!

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We’ve enjoyed watching kids fashion shows and women’s shows during NYFW ever since she was a baby, and always from the sidelines.  I couldn’t believe my very own baby would be ON the runway this time!  And what a runway it was!!  Here is Juliet posing pre-show.

This tremendously long runway was unlike the last runway Juliet crawled (at 10 months old) for Old Navy and so I was a little concerned with how she would do especially given the girls weren’t given the opportunity to rehearse together.

Backstage, I was able to cover as media and watch all the adorable shenanigans.  It was like a pastel tutu explosion in there!

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Juliet made lots of friends while waiting for her 15 minutes of fame.

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Juliet said she felt like she was in a princess story and that it looked like everyone was getting dressed for the ball.

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She enjoyed getting all glammed up with hair and makeup and like a superstar, waited patiently in a cramped and crowded room.  Yana, the designer was terrific with all the girls, engaging them by playing a round of Q&A talking about favorite colors and princesses.  You could tell that she genuinely loved little girls.  It’s no wonder she dresses them so gorgeously!

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When the time came to line up and wait for our turn on the catwalk, Juliet held my hand and told me (unprompted), “Mommy, I’m gonna be brave like (princess Merida)”

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She was visibly excited to take her turn down the catwalk.

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By the way, aren’t the dresses to die for?? So sophisticated yet adorable at the same time!  I was in love! Here’s the runway finale!

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Above photo from Eva Kapanadze

After the show, Juliet explained to me how it was time to return her beautiful dress, just like Cinderella did after the ball. I found it hilarious that she in her head was re-enacting Cinderella’s post-midnight story as she slipped back into her “regular clothes.”  Here she is in those regular clothes..

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Gotham Hall, a downtown venue that I’ve previously frequented for galas, benefits and other fashion shows will have new meaning and fond memories for me now.

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Thanks Yana and the Lil Jewels Boutique team for selecting Juliet!  It was an honor to represent your brand and a dream come true to walk NYFW!

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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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Dressing up is every girly girl’s favorite thing.  And Juliet has accumulated more than her fair share of accessories, and fashions through brands we’ve worked with, family and friends and heck who am I kidding, ME the fashion-obsessed mom.  With New York Fashion Week (NYFW) coming upon us, I thought it would be fun to host a NYFW-inspired posh play date, a dress-up party of sorts.  I know..by now you either think I’m crazy or the coolest mom EVA..I hope it’s the latter.

 

With many fashionable moms in my little black book, I knew I’d easily find fab moms who were more than game for the idea.  Turns out they were just as excited about the idea as I was 🙂 So we gathered one winter-y Friday evening, sipped our wine and marveled at our minifashionistas as they excitedly scanned the room filled with accessory stations ranging from hats, to tiaras, to headbands, to purses, to necklaces and to bracelets.

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They were so preoccupied accessorizing themselves, that we got to enjoy some awesome mommy time! Did I mention the wine??  ha

Thank you Imperial Toy for sending us these cute Honua bracelets to add to our collection!

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I was surprised to find how they created so many different looks and even had fun helping to style one another!

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Above photos from fellow blogging mom, Mary from Downtown Chic Moms

It was the cutest and sweetest thing ever.  I just love that I am a mommy of a girl and get to share such fun times doing such such girly things.  (have no clue WHAT I would have done with a boy!)

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There’s the Honua bracelets again – this time on Brinkley (far right) who creatively accessorized her buns!

I did also lay out fashion and dress-up themed puzzles, games, stickers and more available for the girls to play with but the actual accessories seemed to be the real thrill.

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To finish up the party, we held a runway finale where the girls surprised us with their NYFW – inspired catwalks.  How adorable were they?  And how hot was our momma model trainer?? RIGHT?!

To see more fun, fashionable posh play dates, click here and join us in the future at a Fab Kids ticketed special event simply by letting me know you want to be added to the list!  (name, email, age of child, name of child, your area in NYC).

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Thanks for reading!  We hope you are enjoying NYFW in your own special way!

 

 

 

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When Juliet sees pictures of mommy at fashion shows without her, she’ll ask, “Mommy how come I’m not there??”  And when I explain that I went to the show alone, she makes me promise, “next time you bring me.”  So whenever there is a kids’ fashion show or a fashion presentation (which I find easiest to take a toddler to), I do try and invite her so long as it doesn’t conflict with her school schedule.  This brings us to the Rookie USA kids Fashion Show held at Moynihan Station this NYFW.

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It was a must-see mommy and me show.   Haddad Brands presented it on Thursday, September 8th with hosts NBA great, Ray Allen and his wife Shannon and charitable partners, JDRF and Ray of Hope Foundation.  It was a series of kids’ fashion shows featuring top brands including:  Converse, Jordan, Nike, Hurley and Levi’s.

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Breaking up the series of 5 runway shows were live performances from Live Deejays, DJ AMira and Kayla, singer Bobbi MacKenzie, and break dancers, Street Justice Crew.  The breaks not only logistically allowed for backstage prep with all the celebrity mini-models, but also riled up the audience’s excitement and anticipation for what was to come.  I tell you, the energy in this room was palpable!  And I was so thankful we got to see so much with one sitting!  It was truly an entertaining NYFW experience!

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Once the shows were over the crowd was on such a high.  None of us could stop smiling.  Just too much cuteness all around!img_0085 img_0087

When your outfits match the Empire State building, you need to capture the NY moment.

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Don’t you just love this very NY shot of Juliet carrying her Daily fashion magazine in front of the NY public library and an iconic NYC taxi?

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I’m a sucker for mommy and me matching outfits as evidenced here.  So when I received the NYFW invite from Vicky Zhang, I knew I had to take my mini-me for a truly fab mother-daughter fashion week experience.

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I appreciated that there were coordinated family looks, items for the sons and even husbands.  But not everything was translatable and wearable in the States.  The ones that were are pictured below.

 

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As you can see, the looks all have a strong Asian influence to the design, and a light, gauzy feel to them.  The below formal outfits though could be worn for dressier occasions (that is if they widened the mom’s chest portion of the dress, in order to prevent a Janet Jackson fashion faux pas).0_99994500_1473524094

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Juliet enjoyed picking out her favorite looks.  The one below was a favorite for both of us!  Don’t you just love the off-the-shoulder trendy detail? So chic!

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The best and most memorable part of the show however was the finale.  Cutest thing ever!  All the kids, and I mean ALL the kids from the show just surprised the heck out of everyone by jumping onto the stage chasing after one another, squealing down the entire runway!  You couldn’t help but feel the joy and celebrate the finale with them!  My face actually hurt from smiling and laughing so hard!

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How adorable is this??  This was our view.

Juliet was very thankful of the colorful pin cushion that she was gifted (found this in the front row goody bag).  And I find it such an endearing little souvenir from the show.  I remember my mom having the very same pincushion when I was growing up and now Juliet is infatuated with it. Here she is holding her new gift (and wearing her new Honua bracelets).img_0131 Thanks for reading and if you want to follow along with our daily adventures, make sure to follow @fabgabblog on Instagram where we’ve shared some of our NYFW  Instagram stories and daily outfits.

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These days with the social media craze, it seems like everyone is searching for the latest and greatest and most Instagram-able moments.  Refinery 29 understands this inherently and has created Refinery ’29 Rooms’ to draw us all into their creative, fashionable world.  “29Rooms brings to life a lot of the themes Refinery29 covers in its digital content to a physical space, said Piera Gelardi, co-founder and executive creative director of Refinery29. “We live in an increasingly digital world, so people want to have memorable experiences, but they also want to be able to share them with their digital friends,”  As a former brand director, who created press-worthy integrated marketing campaigns, I found this immersive branding concept so up my alley and couldn’t wait to explore everything!  Since I had a VIP pass to 29 rooms, I knew I could skip the crazy long lines and bring Juliet along for the adventure and I’m soooo glad I did!

The transformed 80,000-square-foot warehouse felt like a cool, artsy maze with which you could weave your way in and out constantly discovering colorful new reasons to smile.

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I loved how Juliet perked up at the sight of each cool new fantastical room.

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Each showcased, design, style, beauty, art, and even technology in the coolest, weirdest and unexpected ways.  But what topped our list as the most memorable rooms were the interactive ones!  Most were super kid-friendly like the ones that encouraged writing on the walls…hoping Juliet doesn’t get used to this bright idea…

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Our top 4 favorite rooms out of the 29 rooms however were:  Celebrate You, Wig Wonderland, Texture room, and the Panda room!

I loved the Papyrus sponsored Celebrate You room for obvious reasons.  I’m a party planner after all and I live by the self-made motto, “celebrate the everyday in style.”  So this confetti filled room enveloped in party supplies had me in my happy place!  Juliet yelped, “it’s like a party in here!” And it sure was!

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We posed for silly GIF photos and threw endless confetti around ‘cuz that’s what you do in a party palace.  All mommy needed was some rose’ to really make it a party on this blistery hot day!

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Juliet’s favorite (cuz she adores dress up) was what I like to call the wig wonderland.  Juliet loved trying on each whimsical wig and guests couldn’t stop taking selfies of themselves here!  The social shares here must be through the roof!  Apparently Ru Paul collaborated on this room hence, his famous saying lit up for all the world to see, ‘you better WORK!”  Juliet came back to this room for a 2nd time it was that good!

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The next room was filled with textural surprises.  Juliet and I explored, danced, laughed and played in it for far longer than warranted.  You just never know what will inspire a toddler, I guess! She started playing around with the fur as if it were Rapunzel’s long locks flowing from the top of her head and me?  Well I just sort of got danced around getting my groove back!

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Last but not least, the room we both were obsessed with was the Panda room!

 

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Having seen this room all over Instagram before coming, I knew to pack Juliet’s panda fashions. So out came her Gymboree panda shirt and matching shoes.  The artist and staff loved her outfit so much that they insisted Juliet take home one of the coveted but never given away, blow-up pandas that you see here.  What a souvenir!!  She was honored!  THANK YOU!

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Braving the heat wave was worth it just for this Instagram-able room by Nicopanda.  Everyone was frantically snapping up a storm in here, knowing soon their time would be up and they’d have to stop sinking deliriously into this panda pit and return to reality.  This truly immersive art project will not soon be forgotten!

If you’re in the NY area, it’s worth a visit!  Just know that typically lines are at least an hour wait so be prepared!

When: September 9 through 11, from 12 to 8 p.m.
Where: 8 Ingraham Street, Brooklyn, NY

For more photos (so many to share, so little space!), follow me @fabgabblog on FB, Instagram and Twitter where I’ll be posting scenes from more rooms!

We had so much fun here and hope this post put a little joy in your day!  Please leave a comment!

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Stella got her groove back.  My loving husband gave me the weekend off knowing how much I love NY fashion week.  It is after all, my real, first love.  He volunteered to take the baby and himself to his parent’s place so that I could have the whole place to myself and have some alone time.  No poopy diapers, no mouths to feed, no one to look after but me.  This allowed me to luxuriate in all the things a mom never gets to do like sleep in, exfoliate and take a nice long bath.  Ahhhh!   As if that weren’t great enough, I also got to enjoy shopping for a new birthday outfit, see 5 fashion shows and hang out with a great (fellow mommy) friend.  That’s how I got my groove back. 

During the day, I also attended what was the best NYFW lounge I had ever been to.  And I’ve been to tons during my 13?  14?  years of attending in NY, Dubai and LA fashion weeks.  Avant Collective (where most of the below pictures came from) did a fabulous job putting together a peaceful haven for fashion bloggers, editors and insiders.  The venue was modern and spacious (unlike the usual crammed in spots where everyone’s laptop and charging wires inevitably end up tangling up with one another).  The complimentary services were plentiful  (manis, massages, and even your own personal fashion illustration from Jane Paints Beauty!  And there was a beautiful gourmet chocolate bar, coffee and hors d’eouvres station care of Fika chocklad (which I’m savoring and devouring as I type).  Plus the staff and vendors were all wonderful.  It was really delightful to be there.

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This post is about a month late, I know.  But better late than never!  I’m still trying to balance my time between personal blogging / branching out this business with mom and household duties.  Which reminds me, I’ve started a new FB page to correspond to the popular Instagram @fab_kids site I just created.  If you like fashion, wait ’til you see these minifashionistas!  Follow @fab_kids on IG and please like the new page, Fab Kids today!

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It was my 14th year of attending NY Fashion Week – that’s 24 seasons and counting, fashionistas!  This particular F/W 2013 season with the nemo snowstorm and with me being 36 weeks pregnant made it extra memorable.  It’s not everyday that you have to deal with hail, wind and ice along with kicks from within, pregnancy insomnia and the general inability to bend over.  Luckily I had a great team in place and less sponsored shows to manage in order to help deal with the 7 NYFW Moroccanoil sponsored fashion shows (down from 23 NYFW shows last season).  They literally did the heavy lifting for me.  I just had to safely waddle my way over.

Check out my blog’s FB page for the photos and Twitter or Instagram for some of the behind the scenes updates!

Today, after finishing up my behind the scenes work duties for Badgley Mischka, I raced to the show next door within Lincoln Center, for Vera Wang (or as fast as my pregnant waddle could let me).  And I was surprised to see this one very fashionable front row guest sitting all by her lonesome self.

Where was her Vogue entourage?  And what was she doing arriving so early as the first and only guest?  Hadn’t she heard of being fashionably late?

The paparazzi certainly took notice.  Flashbulbs surrounded her which is when I snapped the above shots while in amazement of my lucky Anna Wintour sighting.  When most of the paparazzi craze died down, without hesitating, I impulsively asked her whether I could have  a picture with her.  Knowing this would be my most major NY Fashion Week highlight, I suddenly wished I could call back one of the pro photographers to snap the shot for me but  alas, I was left with my one-handed outstretched arm for the below amateur photo.

Fashion orgasm!  I don’t even smoke and I felt I needed a cigarette after this encounter. Little does this woman know that I once spent a painstaking hour last fashion week, waiting out in the cold after a brutally long 16hour (fashion week) work day to catch a glimpse of her and have her sign my September Vogue.  (read all about it here)

I left wondering how such an A-lister could be so foolish as to show up so prematurely at a NY Fashion Week show.  Doesn’t she know she is prime prey for fashion-crazed stalkers like me?  🙂

Thanks Anna!  You made my day and made this fashion week all that much more memorable!

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Juliet is just 3.5 but being the NYC minifashionista that she is, she has already seen over 20 fashion shows with me. The girl has seen a lot of runways.  And she has in turn made NY her runway.  Watch out world, she is taking the city streets by storm! So when we were invited to see the BKLYN ROCKS kids’ fashion show at City Point in Downtown Brooklyn November 9th, we knew we had to be there (if only to get to wear this outrageous outfit).

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Plus BKLYN ROCKS promised to be jam-packed with celebrities like Derek Jeter, Teresa Giudice (housewives of NJ), and Nigel Barker whose kids walked the runway in Haddad Brands clothes by Nike, Jordan, Levi’s and Converse.

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The show opened with Fabolous giving a shout out to his Brooklyn roots and namesake non-profit organization A Fabolous Way, which helps New York communities in need. 

City Point, Kids Foot Locker, And Haddad Brands Present BKLYN Rocks - Backstage and Front RowFrom having attended a Haddad Brands fashion show in the past, we knew we were in for some serious entertainment.

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Similar to what Haddad Brands did at NY Fashion Week,they again featured additional entertainment in between shows with performers like Street Justice Crew and Bobbi Chambers of Broadway’s School of Rock as well as DJ Little Club Heads spinning live throughout the event.

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There was a lot of action coming down this runway – even from the models themselves.   You didn’t just see your usual sashays..

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Of all the kids’ fashion shows that we’ve seen, Haddad Brands definitely has the most swagger.

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Not to mention some of the best music!

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Look at little Juliet on the left taking in all the fashions!  She gets so into it!  She actually gets upset if she finds out that I went to a fashion show without her.

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Such cute kids!!

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Check out our Instagram feed for more video coverage of this great fashion show!

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It’s where you can see more of this minifashionista’s OOTDs, stylish play dates and NYC adventures!

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 The event furthers A Fabolous Way’s mission to empower and inspire a culture of achievement for New York City communities where opportunities are few and far between. As part of the event donation, the show will launch City Point’s BKLYN BORN collection, a tribute to borough pride, which will be sold with 40 percent of proceeds benefiting A Fabolous Way. Shop the looks now on kidsfootlocker.com.

 

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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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