Culture Fix: Reliving the Jazz Age in Meatpacking District

Archibald J. Motley Jr., Gettin' Religion, 1948. Oil on canvas, 40 x 48.375 inches (101.6 x 122.9 cm).

Archibald J. Motley Jr., Gettin’ Religion, 1948. Oil on canvas, 40 x 48.375 inches (101.6 x 122.9 cm).

Travel back in time to the smooth sounds of jazz while embracing the sky-lit 8th floor gallery at the Whitney; relishing in the paintings of Archibald Motley. The Jazz-Age Modernist is the subject of one of the selected inaugural exhibits appearing at the newly opened Whitney Museum. A crucial figure in the Harlem Renaissance, Motley, born in New Orleans, uses a mix of expressionism and social realism to depict modern life in the 1920’s.

October 2, 2015-January 17, 2016, The Whitney Museum

By: Pia Finnigan

MVP of DIY: Handmade Charlotte’s Rachel Faucett

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“Keep yourself in motion. Don’t focus on the destination just the movement,” says Rachel Faucett, publisher, maker and cofounder of DIY blog Handmade Charlotte. Faucett combined the laser focus and drive she learned from playing professional tennis and created a crafty force to be reckoned with. She dazzles with her kids’ craft project creations for Etsy & Anthropologie and contribuites to brands like Disney Interactive, Martha Stewart, Joann’s and Michael’s. Turning her passion into a full-time career, Faucett has established a destination blog for families looking for the coolest rainy day projects, delicious recipes and all-around creative inspiration. In the works this season are found object color wheels, pom pom, acorn, leaf & gourd crafts. Faucett shared a fun fall project with Babesta, so roll up your sleeves and get crafting!

what you need:
PRESS LEAVES IN A BOOK (recommended leaves: Tulip & Maple, leaves from a common grapevine).
Take a good look-What Animal Do You See?
Animals with ears work well b/c of the leaves’ shape.
Transform the leaf into a fantastic fox, curious cat or an omnipotent owl.
Display and play!

Distressed to Impress! Distressing Denim alongside the new Bugaboo Buffalo Diesel stroller and Coloring with Pirasta!

MOVE_bugaboo    It was a madhouse during the MOVE fashion & art event at Brookfield Place this past weekend! Although Friday was a bit umbrella-upturning with hints of Joachim, Sat & Sunday were perfect days for families to hit the mall lifestyle center and partake in the fun participatory activities from gender-bending makeovers, fashionable carnival type games, or walking the red carpet with some handsome soap opera starlugs building their quads escorting swoonerz down a red carpet to the flashing lights of the “paparazzi.”

During the event, Babesta offered up some hands-on fun in-store (as well as black and white cookies & libations) – as we invited shoppers to participate in building our windows! On one side, we had the newest hottest gift for holidays debuting super sized! Pirasta’s coloring posters were showstoppers, inspiring both “color within the line-types” and “free spirits” to stop and color with us. On the other side, we debuted the new uber cool Bugaboo Denim x Diesel stroller that sat atop a denim drop cloth. We invited shoppers to help us “Distress to Impress”. We brought all the implements you’d need and we ripped, painted, grated, cut and tweezed the denim into stylish submission!

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Spiffy Miffy: Celebrating 60 Years of the Beloved Bunny

Miffy, the cherished girl bunny, has been delighting children since her inception in 1955. This year we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the beloved character. Miffy officially became 60 years young on Sunday, June 21st, and premiered her movie in London’s West End. The beloved bunny, however, deserves more than just one day, why not a parade? The Miffy Art Parade has no less than 60 statues designed in the bunny’s honor by esteemed artists and will be touring worldwide. Throughout Japan and Holland, where Dick Bruna created Miffy, more than half a decade ago, the statues are on display to delight Miffy fans. Since March, one by one, a new Miffy doll has been revealed. The final statue shown, designed by Marte Röling of Holland, (Miffy’s birth place), is all in gold.
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Another Miffy favorite was designed by two New York based artists Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin using florals, Drew Barrymore and Lara Stone (a Holland model) for an inspirational mashup. While some statues have replicas for you to snatch up, the original statues will be auctioned off for UNICEF after the tour is completed this October. Happy Birthday Miffy!

by:Pia Finnigan

AKid x MiniMode Kicks Launch at Babesta!

Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 3.57.07 PMWe had a blast celebrating the AKid x MiniMode launch of a fab new sneaker replete with cool emoji patches in poppy yellow and soft blue. So many friends there – from style wunderkid London Scout and mom Sai to editors of Vogue, In Style, Downtown Mom, Passported (formally Feather & Flip) and more. The Phhhoto booth was a bit of fun – capturing quick gifs for Instagram of the crowd – kid & adult alike – having a blast with the awesome new kicks from one of our absolutely favorite shoe brands, Akid!


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Dress Up & Geek Out: Comic Con is in Town

Get ready for a selfie and explore all corners of comics at New York Comic Con (NYCC). Meet your favorite characters, dress up and release your inner geek (everyone’s doing it) for an event celebrating pop culture’s best anime, comic, gaming and superhero characters. Sunday, Oct 11 is the first NYCC’s Kids Day, where children ages 6-12 can enter for $5. If you did not get your fill of “DMC” at Sneaker Culture he will be appearing all 4 days at NYCC along with Castle’s Nathan Fillion. Selfie stick not allowed!
October 8-11, 2015, Javits Center

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New York Comic-Con 2014

by: Pia Finnigan

Walk This Way :Akid & MiniMode Sneaker Launch at Babesta

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Babesta shoe brand best-seller, Akid, is teaming up with chicest spot on the web for stylish moms, MiniMode. Babesta at Brookfield Place is hosting “Walk This Way,” the Akid & MiniMode collaboration with a little get together September 30th! Wine, cupcakes, an awesome photo booth and lots of fun will help celebrate a new super cool sneaker launch! Akid’s collection is already full of the flyest footwear this season; from Axel Lip sneakers to Jasper Metallic boots and of course classic Black Knight Snake sneakers. Created by Maria Benetos and Colleen Crivello, MiniMode, has become the destination for savvy moms (& moms-to-be) who know how to keep their fashion edge.

Punch Out Pleasers: Paper Dollz Hit the Babesta Beat

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We are super proud & excited to announce our newest addition to the Babesta Beat! Paper Dollz come in four styles that fit each personality and attitude. Create your own outfit of the day (#ootd) remixing all the great Babesta styles including Mini Rodini, Nobodinoz & Molo. We even included fun accessories and toys; scooters by Micro Kickboard, plush toys from Elks and Angels/ Gogo’s Chop Shop and backpacks from Agatha Cub. Punch out the clothing from head to toe (shoes included; Akid & Dr Martens) and your mini stylist is on their way creating the latest trends for Fall/Winter 2015.
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Museum Day: “Sneak”-ing in Hip-Hop Culture

Pierre Hardy. Poworama, 2011. Collection of the Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto; Gift of Pierre Hardy. (Photo: Ron Wood. Courtesy American Federation of Arts/Bata Shoe Museum).

Pierre Hardy. Poworama, 2011. Collection of the Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto; Gift of Pierre Hardy. (Photo: Ron Wood. Courtesy American Federation of Arts/Bata Shoe Museum).

Lace up your kicks and pop across the East River for the Rise of Sneaker Culture exhibit. Brooklyn Museum is conducting a study of the flyest footwear and its role in urban social status. Discover when sneakers were first worn and why Air Jordans mark a pivotal shift in the world of the sporty shoe. Divided into 6 sections, this display gives insight into how sneakers became downtown cool personified, nodding to hometown Knicks superstar Walt “Clyde” Fraiser, hip-hop legend Darryl “DMC” McDaniels and haute brands Jimmy Choo and Lanvin; all of whom have a foot in the world of sneaker culture collabs!
Through October 4th 2015, Brooklyn Museum

by: Pia Finnigan

Insta-Infant Influencers: Meet @badboi_vivi

Rocking so many of Babesta’s favorite brands including Mini Rodini and Bobo Choses, with the effortless style only a 1-year old can pull off, we have to introduce you to an Itsy Bitsy Instagrammer. Meet super-fly Vida (aka BadBoi_Vivi), a fashion influencer to watch in today’s world of younger and younger style stars.

Handle: @badboi_vivi
Age: 1 year
Hometown: LA
Fave Fashion: vintage Levi’s jean jacket
Must Visit: Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena (A.K.A. Baby Coachella)
Follows: @tinykaper, @momcrushmonday

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Little Vida is looking forward to seamlessly transitioning his layette from summer to fall. “I can’t wait for layers! Lots of darker staple items; boots, chunky cardigans and denim jackets,” says Natalie (aka Vida’s mom). She notes his vintage Levi’s jean jacket is a can’t-live-without!
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Vida’s style extends to bedroom decor too. We loved watching Vida’s nursery unfold on Instagram. “I thought it (a revamped bookshelf) would look nice against a black chalkboard wall, says Natalie, I then picked up some colorful tape and free-styled a geometric wall…It’s cheerful and fun, just like him!”
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by: Pia Finnigan