Fave Five from a Groovy Grandma!

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BabyLit: Goodnight Mr. Darcy

A combination of two masterpieces the childhood favorite combines with Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice. Grandma passes down the classics from her generation with a groovy twist!

http://www.babesta.com/Goodnight-Mr.-Darcy.html

Noe and Zoe: Little Bag

Sequin purse to carry all your little trinkets on the way to Grandma’s house.

http://www.babesta.com/Little-Bag.html

Nurseryworks: Empire Rocker

Traditional mixed with modern updates this glider is the perfect addition to any home. Super comfy for the little one during relaxation time. So hop on up and cuddle up for a story-time.

http://www.babesta.com/Empire-Rocker.html

Kidrobot: Yummy World Plush – XL Donut

Nom, nom, nom. Enough said! The plush pillow collection serves as the ultimate accent to any bed or lounge area for the future foodie expert.

http://www.babesta.com/Yummy-World-Plush-XL-Donut.html

Babesta: What Happens at Grandmas Snaptee/Tee

A Babesta original!  A trip to grandma’s house is always a good time filled with special treats & sweets. Shhh…but don’t tell mommy. This little Babesta rebel knows how to sport a “What happens at Grandmas” Snaptee!

http://www.babesta.com/What-Happens-at-Grandmas-Snaptee-Tee.html

Who said Granny isn’t down with the trends?!

Stay Tuned for more Fab5 Gift Guides! For more Babesta check out our website http://www.babesta.com/home.php

By Maria & Pia

Fab Five Gifts for your Rock Star!

fab five_rockstar[2]We’ve gone Gift crazy with our top picks to fit any personality, from chicest little miss to the coolest uncle of the holidays.   Here’s our Fab five pick for the rock star Babesta kid.

Jimi Hendrix tee by Goodie two sleeves

Bring them back in time with the legendary guitarist with this Jimi Hendrix tee.

 http://www.babesta.com/Jimi-Hendrix-Halo-Tee.html

The Clash 1977 Tee by Rowdy Sprout

Rock out with this cool vintage rock band the Clash.

www.babesta.com/The-Clash-1977-Tee.html

Black Star Scarf by Nununu

Pair this with just about any outfit just to add a touch of edge

www.babesta.com/Black-Star-Scarf.html

Loog 2 Guitar by Loog guitars

From play-dates to Jam sessions, band rehearsal,  this guitar is an awesome gift. The little musician in the making would enjoy plucking the strings on this and learn to play some cool tunes for the family!

www.babesta.com/Loog-2-Guitar.html

Cassette Sweater by La Miniatura

Keep them warm and rockin’! The more subtle rock-star, this pull over sweater works perfect for the laid back and collective kid.

http://www.babesta.com/Cassette-Head-Sweater.html

Fab Five for An Artsy Kid!

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Brighten’ up the streets of NYC.  Subway tunnels to shops to parks – the city is your canvas and inspiration.  Get out there and let your creativity flow!

Late Greats: Pablo Picasso Doll

Pablo Picasso : painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist and now an adorable pillow doll! Picasso could do it all & now you can too! Everything old can be fashioned into something unique! Let Picasso guide your creative flow and use all the other artsy tools to get inventive.

http://www.babesta.com/Pablo-Picasso-Doll.html

Wild and Wolf: Pinhole Camera

Create anyway you can! Join the selfie craze or capture the world around you. Snap away with this camera from the 1960′s that takes real pictures! Also enjoy hours of fun with all the games and jokes that are included in the vintage style package.

http://www.babesta.com/Pinhole-Camera.html

Chronicle: Sukie Button Factory

Buttons galore and they are all shaped by you kiddo! All the tools are in this nifty activity set. Prints of creatures, catch phrases and icons deck out these pins.

http://www.babesta.com/Sukie-Button-Factory.html

Kidrobot: Munny Reusable

Craft from your own imagination. Complete with reusable markers and the  Munny statue doll the possibilities are endless. Good for rainy day fun, long travel trips or just when the mood strikes.  Munny doll is your vision come to life! A new way to sculpt a timeless piece of artwork (over & over again)!

http://www.babesta.com/Munny-Reusable.html

Bugaboo: Warhol Banana Accessory Pack

What little artiste does not want to stroll around in wheels from an iconic American artistic master? This stroller is a fun, fresh take on the classic prints of Andy Warhol.  Add a bit of pizzazz to your ride through the streets with the Bugaboo Retrospective Collection accessory pack, including a sun canopy and tote bag!

http://www.babesta.com/Warhol-Banana-Accessory-Pack.html

Start drawing, painting, performing, sculpting and crafting! Who knows how many Picasso proteges are among us!

By: Pia Finnigan

 

 

 

Fab Finds for your Fave Fashionista

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Our Fab5 list struts on! We pulled together our top stylish item picks to deck out the Fashionista in your life. Dazzle the chicest little one on your holiday list with perfect pairings, trendy accessories and the swankiest décor and activities.

Bobo Choses Leopard Faux Fur Coat

Statement pieces are the corner stone of a stylish wardrobe for any age. This leopard knockout coat definitely fits the bill!

http://www.babesta.com/Leopard-Faux-Fur-Coat.html

Mini Rodini Jaguar Sunglasses

Need a little shade from the spotlight? Sunglasses complete any look and you are certain to be a stunner in these shades by Mini Rodini. Stash ‘em in your purse and your accessories are done! Stroll those city streets O’Fab One!

http://www.babesta.com/Jaguar-Sunglasses.html

 Abrams Books Cinderella: A Fashionable Tale

How can any fashionable miss attend a ball (the ball is wherever you want it to be #playground) without the most flawless outfit to wear? Relax and enter a whole new world while reading Cinderella: A Fashionable Tale- this modern, enjoyable twist on the classic fairy tale.

http://www.babesta.com/Cinderella-A-Fashionable-Tale.html

Manuela De Juan Constance Glitter Boots

Shimmer & Shine and that is just on your feet. These glitter boots  will snazz’ up any outfit and are sure to get plenty of ‘wows!’

http://www.babesta.com/Constance-Glitter-Boots.html

Late Greats: Coco Chanel Doll

Coco Chanel has influenced fashion designers for years and years.  Mademoiselle, carry along this doll and be inspired yourself! A constant reminder that you can be classic and fashion-forward at all ages!

http://www.babesta.com/Coco-Doll.html

Walk the streets like it’s your runway!!

Be sure to check out www.babesta.com for more cool fun and trendy gifts year around! Happy Shopping, Happy Holidays!

Unplugged, a must-see fashion vid & youth anthem

We love these cool kids “living off the grid” in NYC being creative and being themselves . . Babesta presents its latest project celebrating kids, fashion & creativity – this time a fashionable poem. The video was inspired by Patti Smith, The Real World, Divergent, The Hunger Games and Lord of the Flies, some of the quintessential kid-growing-up pop culture musts!  The rock star fashion is culled from Babesta’s Fall Winter 2014 collection, including indie faves Rowdy Sprout, Munster Kids, Nununu, Omamimini, La Miniatura, Mini Rodini and more. These kids definitely embody the Babesta spirit!

Ready to shop Unplugged for your own little rock star? Check out some of our uber cool rock star kids fashions here.

Videography by Katrina Tang; Art Direction & Words by Jennifer Cattaui, Styling by Babesta, Hair & Makeup by Nicole Jay; Video Editing by Randel Pomber; Music by Karel Otstavel; Video Assistant Jorgen Paabu, Production Aslan Cattaui. Unplugged is the original companion video of the F/W 14 Babesta Beat.

Watch more Babesta fashion videos on Babestatube!

A Toasty Trot around Tribeca

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For anyone who missed our Toasty in Tribeca photo scavenger hunt (it was a bit rainy, so it’s OK!) we wanted to continue the fun. For the rest of the week we are offering free kids’ WarmMuffs for scooters for those who complete the hunt, while supplies last. We have 6 additional pairs (size small in pink, black,  silver and blue; size Large in neon pink and blue) and challenge you to read this poem, hit each of the stops and send photo proof that you solved our riddle. We’ll also offer 20% off any 7AM items to participants. Good luck!!! End of the week=end of the concert so get scooting!

TOASTY IN TRIBECA: 5 STOPS ALL ABOUT WARMING UP! Sponsored by 7AM Enfant.

We’ll got a little hunt that we want to be a hoot

That brings you through the nabe

You might even get to scoot.

Stop 1: The first stop is the farthest, I’m so sorry to say

But I think you’ll really like it so it’s time to go OK?

West Broadway is your PATH

Straight south til you go no more

Down the moving stairway,

Past Candy Crush you’ll find a door

Open and behold y’all

It’s like Moby’s core

A white rib-like hall

Completely washed ashore.

**If it’s really busy don’t despair,

And save the escalator ride

We’ll also accept the ribs open air

That we can abide.

Stop 2: This one’s pretty easy

and it’s not too far away

Head back up to Murray

and walk on towards Broadway

You’ll see a spot where books reside

In big amounts for sure

The perfect thing to warm up with

Through an orange door

This place should be quiet

So don’t make ne’er a noise

Just quickly snap a photo

Outside or in, with poise

Stop 3: Walk to the park the mayor hangs

Outside of NY’s haute house

And look for a dark and furry friend

Who’s bigger than a mouse

It also has a bushy tail

And tiny little paws

It’s nuts about nuts & photo ops

So let’s all give an Awwww!

Stop 4: Now you’re heading back to start

To Church and Warren go

Before the corner rest at a sign

Where all zen people know

It tells you to “warm up” with them

So quickly take a shot

But save your downward dog and cat

For when time you have got

Stop 5:

Now go back to the spot

With the headphoned orange sphere

We’ll be waiting to say congrats

As soon as you get here.

Pose for one snap wearing muffs

For a scooter or a stroll

And we’ll celebrate your great mind

That solved the clues and rhymes we doled.

Gotta See: Origami Tree at AMNH

origami-tree-and-kids-4_largeLiving in the Big Apple means easy access to all of the best museums (OK, Louvre fans, some of the best museums!). An all-time kid fave  is the American Museum of Natural History,  especially awesome for its  cool event line up year round! Holiday time is no exception. OK you’ve seen a bunch of trees out there, but have you seen an origami tree? Standing at 13 feet, the origami tree proudly stands on display from now until January 11th 2015. An annual tradition for more than forty years, the tree is delightfully decorated with more than 800 hand-folded paper models created by local, national and international origami artists.

Each holiday season, the traditional origami tree follows a different theme, and this year’s is  Night at the Museum.  Enjoy origami models of Theodore Roosevelt, the Tyrannosaurs rex, the Rapa Nui Moai (Easter Island figure), and many more. Connecting the tree, the museum and one of every kids’ favorite fantasy flicks is a surefire winner.

How the tree is made

Ros Joyce and Talo Kawasaki, volunteers from OrigamiUSA and the designers of the Museum’s Origami Holiday Tree, seek inspiration in many ways. “Often,” says Joyce, “we see something in the Museum that we want on the tree that has never been folded, so we have to design a model and find a way to fold it.” The duo solicits origami masters from all over the globe and from every age group to make the ornaments adorning the tree. Any more needed is not a problem, as their archives are bursting with designs used over the 40 year history.

After amassing the ornaments, Joyce and Marshall start designing the completed work. “Ultimately we look at the color, size, and texture,” Joyce explains. “We sketch to see how the models are going to fit together to give the tree depth and shape.” The decorating takes less than a week, and then voila, it is revealed to the world. “It’s a long process but it’s a labor of love,” Joyce says. “In the end it’s all worth it to see the kids and adults light up when they see the tree year after year.” – Quotes via The American Museum of Natural History

Learn how to origami 

Think you have what it takes? OK, if you’re not quite there yet, OrigamiUSA runs many classes at the American Museum of Natural History throughout the year, ranging from beginners classes to advanced workshops.

Upcoming events in the month of December include:

Special Folding Fun Session – December 7th

Origami For Members – December 14th

So gather the family for some fun, creative time!

Volunteer

Visit the museums website for an online application to be a part of the origami extravaganza!

-Via Origami at the museum www.amnh.org

Seeking cool uncle status? Here’s a gift guide for you!

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The holidays are approaching, and you need to take care of all the little people a part of your family this year…..Don’t you want you be Crown cool uncle of the year? Here are Top 5 coolest gifts ever to guarantee your spot on the throne for the coolest uncle ever!

Late Greats Biggie Doll

What’s better than sprinklin’ a dose of your childhood on to the newbies of the family?

Our Late great collections of dolls are a fun cool way to introduce the best of the best from our time. With cool choices from Coco Chanel, Billie Holidays and Notorious B.I.G., this gift is fun creative and guaranteed to keep the little one entertained and smiling. Perhaps a little envy from family members for getting the coolest gift ever!

Milk on the Rocks Kicks

It’s absolutely so much fun to dress babies and children in the hottest trends and the coolest brands. Our milk on the rocks kicks offer a variety of fun hip colors and patterns that will have those little footsies grabbing all the attention. Our most fav’ are the shark sneakers!

Tupac Shakur Snap Tee

A hipster in the making, rocking one of our cool Snaptee or regular tees will have you snapping so many pictures of this little one. Our Tupac Snaptee as well as our Wutang tee are big hits from us here at Babesta Threads. Pair this with our cool baggy pants and a pair of milk and rocks kicks and your little hipster is ready to hit the town! (Alongside his cool uncle of  course!

Rockabye Baby Michael Jackson edition lullabies

You remember being a kid and all your mom played was Michael Jackson records. It wasn’t long until you came up with your very own rendition of the moon walk across the living room floor (Am I right? ha-ha) Rockabye Baby is the coolest ways to play tunes for the growing toddler and also makes it baby friendly. So pop this in, take a trip down memory lane and sing along to the lullaby tunes and show ‘em how to two step before they can even walk! (Just kidding…)

Darth Vader and Son Star Wars Book 

And last but certainly not the least, our Darth Vader and Son Star Wars Book. You’ve watched every Star Wars movie made, you own collectables, you know fact after fact about the classic, why not introduce the all-time Star Wars life to children with a fun book about the joys of parenting with a twist of Star Wars history?

Cool enjoyable way to get them reading early!

Check out more gifts that will stand out with style this season at Babesta! – Maria Burgos

Donation Drive for Room To Grow Starts Today!

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With the holidays upon us, we are all prepping for fun shopping and cool gifts. Not to mention a jam packed weekend of promotions and sales encouraging consumers to shop, shop, shop!

After we gather with family for food, and reflect our thanks of the past year on Thanksgiving, we indulge on special promotions such as Black Friday, Small business Saturdays and Cyber Mondays, why don’t we give back to those in need and help out our community with #GivingTuesday!

Giving Tuesday is a day dedicated to donating goods for those who are in need. This year we are proud to collaborate with a Room to Grow, a not for profit organization tailored to help children with their needs as they grow. Room to Grow is a fantastic charity that we’ve worked with before – dedicated to helping  babies born into poverty in their first three years of development. Their staff social worker meet with the parents just before birth until the child turns three and ensure that the baby is provided all of the essentials needed to ensure a safe and healthy childhood.

We think that’s a cool organization! So check your closets and head over to our shops in Tribeca and drop off excellent condition, winter ready items (coats, blankets etc.) as well as books and toys for little toddlers. Starting on December 2nd on going through the season, represent cool kids near you and donate! – Maria Burgos

Happy Holidays!

 

Holiday Sparkle! Chatting with Little Miss Galia

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Holidays are approaching fast! Besides gifts, it’s time to pick out holiday outfits for those yearly family portraits or holiday cards. One of our favorite go-to haute-labels is Little Miss Galia, made for the coolest, cutest, most fashion-forward little girls. From the funky leopard tights to the sequin covered tee, Little Miss Galia separates are definitely must-haves! This week we got to catch up with the label’s founder, Alia Charvel. She gives us the scoop of what it takes to design clothing for young girls, her inspirations and what to expect for her upcoming collection for Spring 2015.

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Little Miss Galia was named after your daughter-is your daughter’s personality reflected in the line? Has it changed with her as she grows and builds her character?

The line is a reflection of Galia’s personality, cool yet girly. By age three, she was wrapping mannequins with fabrics and pins and making her own designs. She is four years old now, and the more she grows the greater the influence she has on my work. Now Galia’s starting to tell me what she wants to see in the line! The evolution of the brand is really reflected in the SS15 collection.

For me, the color and the kind of fabrics define the path of each new collection. Galia’s influence is seen throughout the line, from the color stories to the cuts and folds of the fabric.

My daughter has a strong influence on me even when it comes to choosing a color palette. While she doesn’t directly determine what colors make the season’s collection, I look to her for color inspiration. I always like to see what colors she paints her nails because she has a knack for picking future color trends!

How do you distinguish your line from others in the market?

I work hard to translate current trends from women’s fashion into pieces for the little ones. My brand is unique, creating timeless looks that are current yet classic at the same time.

Were you a super-fashionable kid? What’s your style now?

I’ve always loved fashion and have dressed myself since I can remember. I remember wearing my mom’s sweaters even though they would come down to my knees. Oh, and she had this great black hat that I loved to wear them with! I was always trying to dress like an adult when I was a kid. I don’t know that I have a defined style. While I enjoy fashion, I always put my own clean and minimalistic spin on current trends.

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When designing specific pieces how do you go about mixing materials and making patterns that are trendy yet stylish? What materials do you like to work with? Why?

The color and the different fabrics that I pick for each season are the two factors that define the path of the collection. Overall I like clean shapes and non-flashy fabrics. I’ll take a top from my fall collection and make it an open back for my spring line. Sometimes these uniquely reimagined designs end up becoming my statement pieces. I love tweeds because they have such a stylish feel. I like any fabric that has its own personality. For example, the animal themed fabrics from my fall 2014 collection were woven just beautifully. I also use vegan leather a lot because it adds some edge to the pieces.

Do moms provide with feedback on your designs? How do you go about incorporating what parents want into the cool fashionable approach?

Yes, I love feedback! I always listen to what my customers, especially their daughters, have to say about my work.

What did you do before this? What’s your background?

My background is in graphic design, and I have a degree in fashion as well. Before Little Miss Galia, I started a women’s clothing line under my name. That line was only sold in Mexico City. We were in our third season when I had Galia. I found it difficult to continue the line with my new role as a mom. Two years after she was born, I started Little Miss Galia to combine the two things that I love the most–my daughter and fashion.

What are you most looking forward to this holiday season? Where do you spend it?

Winter is my favorite season. I love the cold weather, the Christmas trees, and the winter clothes. In Mexico we have a lot of traditions. My favorites are the posadas, or the big gatherings and parties held before Christmas each year. Galia gets so excited about Santa-it’s priceless! Overall, I just want to be with my family, in my hometown, or where I live in Monterrey.

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What do we have to look forward to for spring 2015?

Spring 2015 is super special for me because it’s back to basics. I created another women’s line using the same fabrics and styles as I did for Little Miss Galia. My concept is for mothers and daughters to dress alike without compromising style or practicality. I use the same fabrics and similar designs for both. For me, spring 2015 is a more polished collection. Think plenty of tweed, pastel colors with metallic accents, and statement pieces like open back dresses, and basics that work with everything. I really hope you like it!

Check out her most current collection at Babesta.com/threads. Interview by Maria Burgos