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When I told Juliet we were going to a superhero party, she replied that that she was a princess not a superhero.  (What a girly girl!)  So I told her she could be a superhero with princess powers and showed her this beautiful personalized cape from Creative Capes and she was SOLD!  All I did was dress up her 3rd birthday feather dress with her tiara, a broken light-up sabor and the pink/purple cape and accessories gifted to us from Creative Capes and KABOOM!  She turned into SUPER PRINCESS J!

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According to Creative Capes’ founder, Holly, “Something as simple as a cape has the power to positively affect a child’s self-esteem.”  And it’s true!  I got to watch the transformation right before my very eyes at Gymboree’s Superhero themed prom!

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The photo booth area sponsored by Creative Capes, encouraged easy try-ons with a fun-filled cape and accessory station and comic-strip-style power signs.   The kids loved dressing up and posing hero-style.  It was a blast!

superhero party ideas, superhero capesBoys and girls alike got into the superhero theme!

how to plan a superhero partyAfter having provided ideas for Gymboree’s members on how to accessorize what you had in your closet and transform ordinary outfits into super ones (click here for that previous post), I was excited to see how all the littles styled themselves!  I loved that some even took the inspiration board to heart and bought the exact outfits I suggested!

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Gymboree did a great job including other powerful details to their boom pop kapow party.

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The theme inspired everyone to soar through the air.  And Gymboree is the perfect place for little ones to practice doing just that!

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Here’s more about Creative Capes and their story!  Gift your super boy or girl one today!

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For more ideas on how to plan your own superhero party click here.

To see Gymboree’s prior prom parties, click here!

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If you know me, you know I love a good theme party so when Gymboree New York hosted its first-ever prom, Juliet and I had to go!  What fashionista doesn’t love a reason to dress-up?

Last year, Juliet wore a white sequin tutu dress from Little Trendsetter that featured an outrageously cute, oversized bubble-bow.

IMG_8792 cute baby dressAnd so I made her and her date matching corsages and boutonneire with flower puffs, some elastic, a pin and my handy glue gun.

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Her handsome date, Willem thoughtfully surprised her with a bouquet of flowers.  What a sweet date, huh? At the party, they danced, chased each other around and dined on pizza making the most of the incredible play space that Gymboree has to offer.

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They even shared a secret little kiss!

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The evening ended with them being crowned Prom King and Prom Queen!  They were so honored.

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So this year, when Gymboree announced it was having its prom again and after People Magazine wrote this article, we were so excited to return!

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Juliet and I had already dressed as flappers last Halloween so we already had Gatsby-esque outfits ready to go! Here’s a snapshot of us returning from our trick-or-treating adventure last year.

flapper halloweenFor this event, we just changed up the accessories a bit.  I love this Les Tout Petits dress of hers!  (She is seen wearing it to Kids Fashion Week here).  It is so great in motion!

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And this girl loves to DANCE!  Here she paired the dress  with dollar store necklaces and Mini Melissa shoes that I bought at a sample sale online.

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From the looks of it, her date also liked her look.  FullSizeRender (2)

Here they are re-living their prom king and prom queen moment from last year.

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Pizza at a party is a MUST!

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They played cardsat this Gatsy themed party.

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Of course I had to match my minime.  Here is a close-up of the handcrafted headpieces I created with a glue gun and some broken jewelry from home. IMG_6602

For more pictures from the event follow my instagram account @fabgabblog and @gymboreenewyork!  And for more flapper fashion inspiration see my earlier post on how to be a flapper for Halloween!  Thanks for reading!  Please leave a comment.

 

 

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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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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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I’ve used Zazzle in the past for business cards and was recently prompted to try it out again with a blogger credit.  Browsing the site, I quickly realized that I could customize anything from fashion items to paper goods and bedroom decor.  So I went on a bit of a limb and created a very girly glam duvet cover.  This first image got rejected because I was using a Chanel image unfortunately.

viewThe 2nd design got approved and though I wish I had decreased the size of the image to make it look more realistic, it came out great!

chanel home I wanted it to look as though I had a bunch of items sprawled out on the bed trompe-l’oeil style but it’s a little larger than life.  It was a bit hard to estimate from the website, how large the items would look in person with the duvet actually on the bed.  But I’m OK with the end result.  It just looks a little more playful now..

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I like that it adds a bit of quirkiness to this sort of formal bedroom.  What do you think?

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I’m happy with the result especially given the duvet was soooo soft! It’s such a pleasure to snuggle up to this winter!

And did you see that Zazzle is currently having a sitewide 15% off Valentine’s sale with code ‘ ZAZZSENDLOVE’?  I’m going back and customizing some matching mommy and me Valentine’s day tee shirts!

 

Special thanks goes out to Zazzle for partnering up with me on this post.  As always, all opinions expressed are 100% my own.

 

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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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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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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.

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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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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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