We are so lucky to live in Manhattan and have such easy access to all the amazing art in the city! Today, after school pick-up, we enjoyed the unseasonably warm 80 degree fall weather with a little artsy adventure. Lehmann Maupin on W 22nd street showcased a wildly colorful exhibit featuring Brazilian artist duo OSGEMEOS that we just had to see for ourselves.
Twin brothers Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo transformed multiple rooms in an immersive installation that combined drawing, painting, collage, mixed media sculpture, and kinetic and audio elements.
We found the vibrant art to be so much fun to explore with its playful, quirkyiness! Ever hear of the man in the moon? Well here’s a toddler too!
The exhibition offers “a heightened multi-sensory experience that embraces the power of human imagination and the vast possibilities in visually interpreting the subconscious.” It certainly did feel a little dreamy, that is if you dream in full, technicolor fashion!
Osgemeos’s signature yellow characters and intriguing patterns felt accessible and understandable to all ages which is why I highly recommend it as a fun outing for moms and kids. I love that I can instill the appreciation of art and exploration through NYC exhibits like this!
Check it out, even if it’s just for all the Instagram-able floor-to-ceiling art walls!
If you want an Instagram-able photo, just head to any of NY’s graffiti walls and you’re bound to get the distinctive look that you’re hoping for. I personally love street art and apparently am instilling an appreciation of it to Juliet who stops to admire and talk about the art she sees along our pathways. The Lower East Side’s Allen and Delancey area is one of these perfect stops for photo opps. We headed there today and found nearly a dozen cool graffiti walls to choose from within a 1 block radius!
Being that her half birthday just passed, I thought this was the perfect wall to shoot in front of. (Now she’s 3.5 years old!) Definitely not a baby anymore.
Her outfit consists of new back-to-school finds from The Children’s Place (skirt, socks and ankle boots) along with the puppy purse and nerd glasses already in her arsenal of accessories. This is the look she’ll give you if you try and call her ‘baby.’
As if this wall wasn’t awesome enough, it is surrounded by several other colorful backdrops like this cool, claw one.
This girl loves candy. And I’m not gonna lie, sometimes I bribe her to pose a little longer with me if she’s not naturally feelin’ it.
Below, she is wearing a Ba Ba Bling tee for which she is a brand ambassador for. We love this graffiti style New York printed tee because it’s edgy, cool and perfect for our NYC kid.
It’s paired with polka dot stretchy pants from The Children’s Place. which as you can tell, I’m a fan of for their fall collection this year!
On Orchard and Delancey was this can’t miss, bright sunny yellow wall which drew us in. It’s such a fun pop of color isn’t it?
I wish more of NY was painted in vibrant colors like these!
Stay tuned for more NYFW coverage where Juliet and I covered all the kids’ fashion shows together. And follow our daily adventures through our Instagram stories and feed!
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.
I loved how Juliet perked up at the sight of each cool new fantastical room.
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…
And we totally enjoyed getting goofy and making art with our bodies!
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!
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!
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!
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!
Last but not least, the room we both were obsessed with was the Panda room!
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!
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!
Dining by Design is DIFFA’s marquee event showcasing designers, manufacturers and creative individuals who bring their vision and passion to the table. It’s seriously my favorite ‘trade show’ and I feel so lucky to live in NYC and to have attended it for the past 5+ years. Dining by Design runs March 17 – 20 in conjunction with the Architectural Digest Home Design Show and all event proceeds go toward DIFFA’s work to fight HIV/AIDS. This year, I was invited to a special media sneak peak and personal tour through the space. There were so many fabulous finds – too many to feature here so I’ll focus on sharing my favorite creative spaces that featured my favorite colors, black and white.
This all white room sponsored by Benjamin and Moore featured variations on their white paint options. Each square art piece that hung on the wall for instance, was painted in one of their popular shades of white and noted (title style) with the exact paint chip color. What a beautiful way to showcase your whites!
The florals, chairs and tablescape were simply breathtaking, don’t you think?
Another all-white room that had me gasping was one designed with Crate & Barrel products. Look how they created that art installation on the wall with their plates and bowls!
I now NEED to have those furry white chairs. They’d look so fab next to my dining table. And can’t you just see them at a vanity or office space too? Also, can we talk for a minute about those cloche platters?? They make me want to move to a suburban house just to have the room to store these beautiful finds!
Moving onto the next space, this one featured a live grafitti artist who we were excited to see decorate the walls right before our very eyes. I couldn’t help but imagine how much fun my daughter would have had scribbling all over the walls and furniture in the same manner..
He was kind enough to pose for pictures and give me this amazing Pra-DUH sticker which I will treasure forever. Hands off my sticker, Juliet! This one is MOMMY’S!
Here is the finished room.
Imagine getting to dine with a zebra, and a fashionable one at that! This room’s fusion between fashion, function, and furnishings was from Echo, a brand long known beautiful prints and patterns. Many know of the brand from their famous scarves, but they have creatively branched out into wraps, bags, rugs, table linens, wall coverings, gloves, outerwear, beach ware and more! At their booth you could see the brand on the hale bay bench fabrics, on their wallpaper and on the tenting.
Also interactive, they encouraged selfies with their polka-dotted zebra named Dot. Who could resist?
Kate Spade. I just love everything about the brand. To me it exudes happiness. I love the bright pops of color against graphic black and white elements, the usage of stripes and polka dots and their quirky advertising. So I was super psyched to see their table decor come to life at DIFFA.
Wouldn’t this be such a fun, girly place to have a girls’ brunch? I would die.
For more video coverage of DIFFA 2016, follow me on Instagram @fabgabblog where I re-capped even more highlights! And click here to see some DIFFA blog posts from past years!
Please leave a comment below with what your favorite vignette was. I’d love to hear!
The Style Pointe fashion show invite intrigued me because I’ve danced for 12 years (ballet, tap, jazz, modern) and have always loved fashion. Style Pointe melded ballet and modern dancers and choreographers with emerging fashion designers and proved to be an innovative and artful end to my New York Fashion Week.
Just to give you an idea of how the two worlds collided, the dancer/models walked on pointe (tippy toes) all the way up and down the runway with the usual confident blank faced stare. But at the end of the runway where a model usually poses, the dancer surprised us with her own fantastic flare. After watching a week’s full of fashion shows, this unique runway strut really caught my attention! And I couldn’t help but imagine what it would be like if all top models were required to do a little dance-off at the end of their walk. Pretty entertaining, I think!
This format allowed for you to take in the clothes and appreciate the fluidity and movement so much more so than your standard runway show. The full production involved having ‘models’ appear on stage far longer than an average runway. If you think about it, you really only get to see the clothes for a few seconds as it whizzes past you in a fabulous flurry on a normal catwalk. But here, you got to view it prancing across, flipping above, and leaping to the runway which added a whole other level of excitement and anticipation.
And it seems the fashion world is starting to embrace this fusion of fashion with dance. Opening Ceremony, hired the New York City Ballet dancers to strut incognito down their runways this season. Their choreography centered around the idea of models falling down the runway
I love the element of surprise. NYFW attendees sometimes need to be jolted out of their jaded attitudes. The veteran fashionistas think they’ve seen it all. Then they see a model fall (which elicits a group gasp). Then they see another model fall in the same location. Then they’re on the edge of their seats hoping it won’t happen again. Then the next falling model gracefully transitions her fall into an epic dance move!?!? Clever. Very clever.
For those of you NY-ers who appreciate dance and fashion yet didn’t get an invite to these NYFW shows, don’t fret. You can also view this new mix October 2nd-4th at Brookfield Place in Battery Park! In a special event called ‘Move!’ Visionaire co-founder Cecilia Dean and noted writer David Colman, pairs artists with noted fashion designers to create one-of-a-kind experiences for the public to enjoy. I don’t know about you but I’ve already marked my calendar for this one!
So how do you like my new website design? It’s going through its last remaining tweaks now and when it’s finally finished, I’m going to be giving away a fab goody bag with contents straight from NY fashion week so check back later!
For now, I wanted to leave you with some newly found wallpaper selections for your next fab decor project, all found here.
This black and white wallpaper find would be perfect for the shoe obsessed, a fashionista’s office or for anyone’s dressing area.
I love cupcakes. I make them for every occasion – birthdays, Christmas, Thanksgiving, you name it. So when I ran across these cupcake cars, I couldn’t help but stare and imagine myself driving down the neighborhood in one of these. Check it out!
And yes, the car comes with the matching hat! lol Thanks to the budget-less minds of Neiman Marcus, you can now ride around at 7mph in this gloriously cute cupcake car (ehem for $25,000)
What’s it made of? A 24-volt electric motor, a heavy-duty battery, sheet metal, wire, fabric, wood…and mad genius. Launched at Burning ManSM as a cooperative art car project, the Cupcake Car sprang from the fevered mind of Bay Area artist Lisa Pongrace and her less-rules-more-laughs posse of artists and techno geeks. Yours will be tricked out with your favorite topping, so start thinking flavors.
***If you haven’t already, enter to win a goody bag from NY fashion week!