With Memorial Day behind us, it’s time to celebrate the unofficial start of summer and enjoy the sunshine! Busy schedules and travel make it hard, though, to carve out time and travel to a destination vacation. However, a staycation in the City is well within reach and at the McCarren Hotel, located in hip Williamsburg, fun in the sun is closer than ever! With complimentary Brooklyn Bicycle Co. bikes and an outdoor saltwater pool, your little ones can break out those sporty sneakers and the cool swimwear to enjoy the weather. And as your weekend comes to a close on Sunday, be sure to check out the Brooklyn Flea Market, located only a few blocks to the east.
The Gansevoort Meatpacking is another exciting staycation option located in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan and has an outdoor pool (including this ever-cool swan) as well as close proximity to the Highline Park and the brand-new Whitney Museum. And if you have a pet, fear not! The Gansevoort was voted the most pet-friendly hotel in America!
Instagram lights up when Scout the City’s London Scout dons her latest fashion find! Although the four year old style maven reportedly would choose her Elsa outfit if she had her way, when not in princess mode, Scout’s seen sporting “it” brands in the indie kids’ market, from Barcelona-based Bobo Choses to Mexican luxe label Little Miss Galia. Her mom, Sai, serves as her parental paparazzi, posting Scout snaps daily for a dose of city kid style.
“It all started because my single New York friends were sick of me posting my child on Facebook every 10 minutes (I thought I’d never be that mom),” says Sai. She says Scout the City became her alt outlet for the pics—a digital diary of their favorite children’s brands worn with Scout’s unique and candid street style. Clearly people are loving it: at the time of writing (and after 9 short months), Scout’s amassed a following of 40,000! We are big fans of the duo, and were psyched to chat with them about their favorite spots in the Big Apple. We suggest you give these city hot spots whirl—and snap a pic while you’re at it!
This is clearly a question that little London Scout relishes and her answers are nuanced:
Best macaroni and cheese (a category of its own): Atrium in Dumbo—Mom notes that the place is always filled with other well-behaved toddlers for Scout to socialize with.
Lunch Fix: Though dinner can be a little more formal, for lunch it’s all about sushi at Nobu. Scout adores the vegetable rolls and edamame.
Yummiest Dinner: Both mother and daughter light up at the mention of Gran Electrica—a very cute Mexican restaurant in Brooklyn. Scout calls it the “bubble man restaurant” because they have sketches of dancing skeletons with round heads on the wall.
Sweet Spots: Scout doesn’t only have one, she’s got two. One Girl Cookies is always the favorite for cookies and hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows, while Dewey’s candy shop in Brooklyn is home to her favorite lollipops and Pez dispensers.
Indoor Energy Burn: Klub 4 Kidz in Williamsburg. It’s a huge padded indoor play area filled with balls, slides, zip lines and rock climbing.
Culture Rich Imaginary Play: Brooklyn Children’s Museum. It’s been around for some time—in fact it opened in 1899! There are miniature markets boasting everything from Italian pizza and West African beauty products to Chinese lanterns and Caribbean masquerade costumes.
Picturesque & Fun: Jane’s Carousel. The beautiful glass encased carousel sits on a raised platform in the East River, has breathtaking views of the city and is only $2 to pony up!
Awesome Afternoon: Pier 6 Playground at Brooklyn Bridge Park. It’s heaven for children, especially during summer months. Scout’s favorite playspaces at Pier 6 are “The Water Lab”, with water jets, and a mini river; “Slide Mountain” with two jungle gyms, a few super fast slides and climbing structures; “Sandbox Village,” the biggest sandbox in Brooklyn; and “Swing Valley” with 10 new swing sets for all ages as well as Tarzan-styled ropes.
Scout is in her element living in the city, says Sai. “She loves her diverse group of friends, ballet class and riding the subway! City life encourages her to be confident, outspoken and open minded to trying new things.”
He notes that quality and beauty marked his formative years, most pronounced in the special relationship he had with his parents. “They were always challenging my imagination,” he says. “We would close our eyes and daydream together. My mother would bring to life travels around the world, from Ginza in Tokyo to Prado in Madrid, without us having to leave our home.” He recalls the games—Gamin, Snakes and Ladders and other English toys—and the stories of Tutankhamun, King Henry, Christopher Columbus and Warhol, that his mom (who he dubs Mary Poppins) would relay whisking him across centuries and continents with a turn of phrase.
Those precious memories of colorful places inspired and fueled his path to create Papinee, a pledge to give that journey to others through heirloom quality toys built to at once inspire, delight and educate. Suj, who’s worked as a brand consultant for labels like Tod’s, Dunhill and Chopard, gathered 31 artists and 28 ambassadors to bring this concept to life. “It’s been a labor of love and so much fun for a group of individuals who love art and incredible quality, whilst wanting to make a difference,” Suj says.
“We want to make toys you can keep your whole life—for dreamers of all ages.” The collection of artisanal plush toys and companion storybooks are steeped in history, art and culture: The sheep was inspired by Turkey and Ottoman architecture; the horse is reminiscent of the palace of Versailles and Louis XIV; the deer is clearly an homage to street art culture in New York City. The company also makes a priority of giving back, sharing art and culture, working with organizations from all around the world. “It’s the education of global ideas and incredible objet d’art, both child-safe and universally fun. We believe in that gift.”
We are anxiously awaiting our stock of the new Bugaboo Diesel Cameleon 3 at Babesta! The Bugaboo–Diesel collab stroller and accessories are ready to rock the road. The stroller features army green canvas with grommets and patches, true to Diesel’s cool rocker vibe. The wheels are logoed and handlebar is in faux leather, adding to the stroller’s x-factor. Even if you already have your Cameleon³ in another flavor, the seat liner and footmuff are still fair game, as they are sold separately.
Italian clothing company Diesel has long been known for their edgy denim jeans and fashionable clothing and accessories. Now, paired with premium mobility company Bugaboo, they are fueling some of the most stylish city strolls. Look out for the Bugaboo Cameleon 3 Stroller by Diesel at Babesta. For more details, call Babesta Cribz at 646 290 5508.
We are crazy about the new vintage circus prints by Aden + Anais. Of course we already adore the muslin blankets for their softness and versatility, and now the prancing zebras, parading giraffes and marching elephants have us cheering for more. The print adorns an array of products from nibble bibs to swaddling blankets. Come one, come all, shop Aden + Anais at Babesta!
We had so much fun shooting Runaway Circus in the streets of Tribeca with photog extraordinaire Stephanie McNiel, super stylist Lynn Levoy and uber groomer Vicktor Stevenson. We knew we needed to focus on the animals, and pops of color for this photoshoot featured in Babesta Beat. The clothes of the season had so many species, and we couldn’t resist highlighting our faves from brands like Mini Rodini (like that bear sweatshirt! the penguin jacket!) and PopUpShop (that Cheetah dress is off the hook and there’s a zip up hoodie as well!), Quinn and Fox (that bunny sweatshirt and bear sweats!) and of course some goodies from Munster Kids (hippy pandas, anyone) and Tootsa MacGinty (3-D interactive pandas). We imagined the city as a circus and collected some fun props like masks and inflatable zebras and set off on a gorgeous May day. There were a lot of stares, of course, as we were a conspicuous bunch! In the most quintessential Tribeca shot (the little bridge on Staple Street), we were vying for position with a bride & groom who were also keen on snapping some shots in the hip little street (we were there first, but we gave them the floor, knowing they had to get to the church on time!) Hope you enjoy the result!
The ringleader, donning a Quinn & Fox tee and Welkin NYC skirt. Photography by Stephanie McNiel.
Elephant on the loose, featuring PopUpShop sweatshirt, Nununu pants and Tootsa MacGinty sweater.
So cool animal graffiti in Tribeca with PopUpShop jacket and Quinn & Fox sweatshirt at Franklin Place
Love the PopUpShop dress and Baby Degen knit hat, and pet giraffe of course! Photography by Stephanie McNiel for Babesta
Mini Rodini Weightlifter prints, Tootsa MacGinty cardigans and Dr. Marten boots – so perfect for fall. Photography by Stephanie McNiel for Babesta Beat
Now that’s something to see! The Panda (with zip pocket where he opens his mouth) and Mini Rodini clowns!
An inflatable zebra is on the loose in Tribeca. Last seen with fashionable girls in Bobo Choses and Mini Rodini.
Munster Kids hippie panda and Bobo Choses jeans and bag. Photos by Stephanie McNiel
The penguins are coming! Cool penguin coat by Mini Rodini and Hansel from Basel tights. Photography by Stephanie McNiel for Babesta
All photos by Stephanie McNiel for Babesta Beat magalog – all rights reserved. Styling by Lynn Levoy, Art Direction by Babesta, grooming by Vicktor Stevenson.
Shop Runaway Circus at http://www.babesta.com/Runaway-Circus/
When the Babesta crew first came across the AKID brand, we knew we had something special. The brand successfully provides the styles that the modern Sneakerheads look for, for children. Sneaker enthusiasts, or “Sneakerheads,” have traditionally gravitated toward brand athletic sneakers. However, while the athletic sneaker still reigns supreme, some of the flyest and fashion conscious Sneakerheads have veered away to a different style of sneaker. AKID shoes encapsulate this style for children. And the great thing about the AKID brand is that they are specially designed for a child’s growing foot. From the shoe design, to the quality breathable materials good for children’s sensitive skin, these aren’t just adult shoes shrunken down.
Historically in sneakerhead culture, the brand name meant everything. Only the top three or four athletic sneaker brands were acceptable. But, in recent years, emphasis on the big brand names has decreased as sneaker enthusiasts pay more attention to an awesome looking shoe, regardless of who makes it. In speaking with sales representatives at some of the top sneakerhead shops in NYC and San Francisco, they noticed this change in customer taste over the past few years.
Around 2010, the Sneakerheads stopped caring about brand name as much. They just wanted bright, crazy colors, like fluorescents and pastels. This taste for wild colors has since filtered to the mainstream market.
The rise in popularity of the skinny jean has also played a major role in the change in sneaker styles. A lot of the traditional athletic sneakers that worked great with baggier jeans just don’t look good in skinnies. They’re just too big and bulky for the skinny jeans and they stand out in a bad way. As a result, the most refined sneakerheads had to seek out a more slim style of shoe. Sneaker designers are now more focused on using cool innovative materials and patterns instead of the day-glo colors (or along with!). With their faux snake skin, paint splatter and printed kicks, AKID definitely has their finger on the pulse of sneaker fashion, and is sure to inspire a new generation of pint-sized Sneakerheads.