Fashion

Who doesn’t love little girls’ fashions?  These days, there are so many fantastic options for every type of minifashionista.  But for some, that selection is overwhelming and they need assistance sorting through everything and then figuring out how to style it all.  That’s where Kid Things comes in.  Read all about the process of working with them via text on my prior post.   They basically save busy moms the time and effort it takes to manage their little ones’ wardrobe needs helping to navigate brands, keep up with growth spurts, and prepare for changing seasons and occasions.  I tried out their service and was happy with the selections, quick shipment time and friendly service.

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Featured here are the preppy striped whale shorts from Vineyard Vines that I styled with items already in our closet.  This is a classic piece that I can see her wearing all summer long, perfect for all our New England adventures.

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I also made sure to request some casual, easy summer dresses because in the past year, my minifashionista has developed such a penchant for wearing dresses that is nearly impossible for me to convince her to wear much of anything else.  But most of her dresses are for fancier occasions, not for the playground and everyday.  Kid Things came to the rescue with this super comfy striped number by preppy brand, Busy Bees.  I styled it with colorful stacked bracelets, beaded necklaces, a pom pom gladiator found from an online sample sale, and a floppy pink hat to match.  She loved it.

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The other dress I fell in love with was this graphic printed tank dress by Nui.  It’s organic cotton, was super soft to the touch and I loved the modern look.  This dress can easily play on the slide and then transition into a going out piece with the right accessories too.

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Next up came this ruffle navy sleeveless top which is sure to be a summer go-to piece given that it can match with so many items in J’s wardrobe.  I can see it layered under rompers and dresses, to being paired with skirts, jeans and shorts as pictured above.  It’s by a premium brand, Splendid which is known for its easy breezy, carefree pieces.  (Don’t you just love how my little one hams it up for the camera??)

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Lastly, this cotton drawstring dress screamed summer with its ice cream print and I just couldn’t resist.  Molo is the designer of this dress and I paired it with a hand-me down cardigan, MY headband from the Gossip Girl days (now hers), and sample sale gladiator sandals.  We plan to host an ice cream social this summer in this dress and it looks like J is ready!

Overall, there were some really cute pieces that introduced me to great new brands.  My minifashionista’s closet is fully prepared for our spring / summer needs and it was a true pleasure working with my Kid Things personal stylist who helped shop the pieces with me. Thank you to Kid Things who granted us a complimentary trial!  What outfit was YOUR favorite??

 

 

This was a sponsored post but as always, all opinions expressed are my own.

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It’s always exciting to try out new kid services and fashion programs so when I was asked by Kid Things to try out their new text shopping solution for busy parents I jumped at the chance!  If shopping on the go and partnering with a professional stylist sounds intriguing to you too, you should try it out!  All it takes is is entering your cell into their website GetKidThings.com (you won’t get spammed with ads or be pressured into any sales).

 

 

 

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I tried this process and was immediately greeted by a friendly stylist named Michelle who happily searched through the brands they work with to help me with my request.

 

 

 

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They select from trusted, quality brands such as the ones below.

 

 

 

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And their stylists are available pretty much 24/7 to answer all your styling needs, and to offer options that fit your needs.  I imagine that it would be the perfect thing for busy moms on the go who either find it hard to keep up with their children’s ever-changing sizing and styling needs and/or for the mom who doesn’t particularly enjoy shopping.  I personally love shopping for kids’ clothes and enjoy the styling but I still benefited from the service.

I sent her a photo of a couple of shorts that I needed tops for along with a general request to see some casual dress options for my 4 year old to play in this summer.  We went back and forth with about 20 pictured pieces until I got exactly what I loved.

 

 

 

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And it was great because the options were pre-edited.  Instead of wasting time browsing 10 brands’s sites, I found myself feeling extra productive getting my to do list done while this stylist browsed and edited the 10 sites for me.  It’s quite the VIP experience having an on-call stylist on hand!

Kid Things styles for newborns – 9 year old children, offers free shipping for orders over $100 and allows you to track your shipment.  Plus they’ve partnered with Educare, a non-profit kids’ education charity to donate a portion of their proceeds so you can feel good knowing your shopping benefits those in need.  What do you think?  Would you use Kid Things?  Stay tuned for my follow-up post where I show you what we chose and how we styled the pieces!

 

I received product in exchange for this review but as always the opinions expressed are 100% my own.

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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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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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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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It takes a lot for me to motivate, get to the gym and workout.  I don’t like to sweat.  What can I say… Buuuuut when Mom Trends mentioned I would get compensated to workout at Exhale Spa in the Gansevoort hotel, I was sold.  After all my booty could use a kick in the ass, I figured.  So thanks to our sponsor, Boudreaux’s Butt Paste, I found myself contorting, squatting, crunching, lunging, and yes, sweating.

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Not sure what to expect other than to be tired that morning, I gulped down some coffee and arrived early to check out the impending torture chamber, er I mean classroom.  Alas I soon found out that I had nothing to be worried about.  The teacher was super friendly and gave me that extra jolt of energy and support I needed.

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By the time the rest of the classroom filled, I felt the full support of all the moms in tow.  It felt fun working out with such a community around me!

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Here I am praying I make it through the whole class!

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The mixture of different movements was a challenge but actually didn’t leave me drenching in sweat (which is a good thing in my book!)

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It was more like a steady tension in all my muscles with the class pushing my boundaries and stretching my comfort zones.  Such simple moves yet so effective.

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These planks and ab crunches were the most challenging for me.  Does anyone else post c-section feel like their abs will never be back to shape?  My ab muscles (after being sliced up and sewn back together), just do not work like they used to.  Here I am trying my hardest to hold it together..

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The Boudreaux’s Butt Paste press release says it’s “tough on diaper rash, gentle on baby’s booty.”  Well I can tell YOU that this butt paste – inspired booty class was NOT gentle on MINE.  I got an intense workout that I will surely feel for days.  This was maximum strength for sure!

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I love this diaper cream and used it a lot during Juliet’s younger days.  The flip top is a smart new feature and I love that it provides the thickest barrier of protection with 40% zinc oxide, free of dyes, parabens, preservatives, phthalates and talc.  Safe and smart, it’s pediatrician (and Fab Gab) recommended!

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Post workout ,we enjoyed tasty treats, a mini massage and some fun photo opps.  Oh if only those perks came with every workout perhaps I’d be doing it more…

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Thanks so much for the invite, MomTrends! It was a kick-ass way to end the week!

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Now where’s my ice cream….

 

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There we are to the left, sitting next to the runway.  I marvel at how I’m living my dream being able to take my daughter to these fashion shows.  As a little girl, I remember watching runway shows on TV wishing that I could one day see one live!  And here I am having not only attended hundreds of shows in my lifetime, but also sitting front row with my toddler in tow letting her watch the lineup before her very own eyes.

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And I can’t get over how much she enjoys them so! Here she is doing her own sassy pre-show catwalk and dance.  (Where did she learn these moves???)

As always, she had to have her own turn on the runway.  So when I saw other moms post-show put their babies up on stage for a photo or two, I obliged mine.  And course, she didn’t want to ever get down from there. .

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Sometimes the socks stole the show!

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Speaking of socks, don’t you just love how this bowtie below matched the socks?

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I’m a sucker for girls in bowties.

I loved this mini model and her sword.  Now that’s a killer accessory!

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She’s like an exotic warrior princess!

Juliet and I pointed out how so many of the kids wore those lace-up military style boots (which Juliet also owns).  Ooh how on-trend we were!

And check out this one’s mod look.  I love the mismatched socks, (too cute!) and that CROWN and dress!! AHH kids’ fashion has me like !!!

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Here’s another sophisticated, modern look that proves that girls don’t have to just wear pink and purple to look fabulous!

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I’m totally planning to steal this camo+ black tutu + graphic black/white tee shirt outfit idea below!

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And my favorite looks of the night…

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: Models walk the runway wearing Wild and Fierce during petitePARADE at Children's Club January 2017 at Jacob Javits Center on January 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for petitePARADE )

I can’t. I just can’t.

 

Which of these were your favorites??  For some more of our past coverage of Petite Parade’s kids fashion shows click here!   

‘Til next time!

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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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Happy New Year, Everyone!!

 

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Looking for fall fashions?  Look no further.  Gap Kids had some great autumn colors in their boys collection for back to school which were the perfect thing to wear for our Central Park shoot with Danny Weiss.

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The classic mustard yellows, deep wines, and navy mix are timeless enough to ensure you won’t cringe when looking back on these back to school shots years later.

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We had so much fun playing around during this shoot.

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080116_shelbyjohn_1836Kalia, is wearing a Kidpik jean jacket and top with a tutu from Target’s Cat and Jack collection.  Headband ears are from Gap Kids.

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Our male models, Sebastian and Jonathan made modeling look effortless and fun.  Thanks to a great team!  And thanks to Danny Weiss for partnering up again.  To see other shoots I’ve styled with Danny, click here.

 

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