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BABESTAGRAM : Chatting with fashion stylist and instagrammer Lynn Levoy


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In between snapping super cool shots she’s done for  Babesta’s Instagram, many times featuring her adorable son Callum, fashion stylist Lynn Levoy tells about her love for social media, cool kids’ style and raising a child in New York City.

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“I love Instagram because I can tell a story with images,” says Lynn Levoy, a seasoned fashion stylist who’s worked for magazines like Elle, New York Magazine and Vanity Fair. “It creates more of  a mood than other social media outlets and allows me to be more personal and take it to the next level.” Levoy has been lending her talent to the Babesta Instagram account and often shoots looks on her 4 ½ year old son, Callum, our cover model.  We caught up with her to chat about her fab sense of style and the fun of raising a kid in the city.

What’s your definition of cool?  

Rather than “cool,” I like to think in terms of “effortless.”  Which for me is the ultimate–creating a vibe without trying.

Do you have a signature style?

I don’t overthink fashion. I dress for my mood. I usually have one thing in mind that I want to wear and then base my outfit for the day around that. I try to pass that on to Callum. I never want him to think of clothes as more than just a form of self-expression, like art.

He’s only 4 ½ but he already has quite a bit to say in terms of what and how he wears his clothes.  I just let him do his thing and guide him when I can, so he can continue to develop his own unique style…

How would you describe raising a child in NYC?

…ahhhhhh, where to begin…Beyond amazing because of the amount of exposure children have to so many types of people and the everyday world around them. Challenging for parents for that same reason.  There’s so much stimulation on a daily basis and we’re all just trying to find that right balance of parenting, work, social…

I love being a part of Callum’s universe and experiencing life through his eyes.

How do you get ready for back-to-school?

Nothing is better than Back to School shopping ! Each Fall season it still brings back such vivid memories upon returning to school each year. The sheer excitement of those first Fall brisk mornings, bundled and layered with sweaters, jackets, cool scarves, especially after a long hot summer. So, as Callum prepares to return to school this year, I’ve already begun to plan his must haves…
I am all about layering and I think for kids, its essential.  They are always running around, inside and outside, so I find they are always hot or cold, never in between. I love long sleeve tees layered with hoodies and cardigans.  Bobo Choses’ green hoodie is the perfect layering piece with a pop of color.  And as with everything they do, it’s super comfy and
so easy to wear. I also love Be Lucky’s smiley cardigan.  And for girls, they’re so cute over dresses.  I just adore Mini Rodini’s Weightlifter and Clown dresses this season. Denim of course is a must-have.  I also love NuNuNu drop crotch pants and Quinn and Fox’s track pants.  For girls, I just love cool, patterned tights with dresses and tunics.  Bobo Choses and Hansel from Basel are my faves. Paired with Dr. Martens…so good. And speaking of Dr Martens, I am loving them this season.  They work for both girls and boys.  They truly stand the test of time, super cool with skinny’s, track pants, tights, dresses – everything ! It makes me want a pair again.
A great jacket is a must have.  Ruff & Huddle, Jordan and Mini Rodini all have amazing choices
Fall is definitely all about the accessories.  You can have so much fun with scarves and hats.  Bobo Choses leopard hats are must haves.
Back to School would not be complete without a new backpack.  Munster Kids’ splattered backpack is the coolest.
And then of course lots of hugs and kisses as we send them off to school !

Mother-daughter getaway at the Brooklyn Museum’s High Heel Art Show

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Make like Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise for some mother-daughter bonding at the Brooklyn Museum’s high heel art show. This fall, art and fashion collide in one of history’s most iconic objects of desire –  Killer Heels: The Art of the High Heeled Shoe exhibition from September 10, 2014, through February 15, 2015.

Represent, by showing up to Brooklyn “Fresh to Def” in the latest in citified fashion event for trendsetting tots.

Over 160 symbols of elevated elegance will be on display, running the gamut from some of the earliest historic examples, to traditional modern classics, and futuristic conceptual pieces that bear a very loose resemblance to an actual shoe. Also featured, are six high heel inspired short films that were specifically commissioned for this exhibition from artists Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh, Zach Gold, Steven Klein, Nick Knight, Marilyn Minter, and Rashaad Newsome.

Presented are works from both emerging and established designers, including Manolo Blahnik, Chanel, Tom Ford, Zaha Hadid and Iris van Herpen for United Nude, Pierre Hardy,  Nicholas Kirkwood, Christian Louboutin, Alexander McQueen, Prada, Winde Rienstra, Elsa Schiaparelli, Noritaka Tatehana, and Vivienne Westwood. Also included are classic shoes by André Perugia, Pietro Yantorny, Roger Vivier, Beth Levine, and Salvatore Ferragamo. Sorta a who’s who in fashion!

Early shoes on exhibit include seventeenth century silk Italian chopines, eighteenth century European leather and metal patterns, and nineteenth-century cotton and silk embroidered Manchu platforms from China.

Ready for some stand-outs: Look out for Marilyn Monroe’s Ferragamo stilettos from1959 (awesome!), stiletto mules of silk, metal, and glass by Roger Vivier for House of Dior (1960); and a wool “heel hat” made by Elsa Schiaparelli in collaboration with Salvador Dalí (1937–38). How bout a black leather platform bootie with an 8-inch heel designed by United Nude for Lady Gaga (2012); Céline’s fur pump (2013) covered in mink; and several other designs made in collaboration with United Nude such as Zaha Hadid’s chromed vinyl rubber, kid nappa leather, and fiberglass “Nova” shoe (2013). Don’t forget “Printz,” from Christian Louboutin’s Spring/Summer 2013–14 collection, and Iris van Herpen’s 3-D printed heel, “Beyond Wilderness” (2013)

So: now the point: Start your pint-sized shoe diva off early with the flyest kicks at Babesta,

So if you’re looking for mother-daughter bonding this fall,  consider a playdate that everyone will enjoy at the Brooklyn Museum . Inspired? Shop cool shoes (that aren’t so high & treacherous)

And, for the latest in the scene’s hot independent artists and everything cool, subscribe to the Babesta Blog for the illest style in children’s fashion.

-Asa Barnla

Back-to-school shopping in a snap

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With the new back-to-school season  here, it’s time to size up your kids’ closet and hit the refresh button. But where to start? Check out Babesta’s top  tips on how to make a style splash this season and shop with purpose, hitting the trends with separates that will mix and remix with swagger.

Brilliant Basics: First you want to establish your baseline fashion – the easy things that can be combined with anything else. That means a subtly awesome tee, some solid yet stylish sweats and skinny jeans, and some black boots (like Doc Martens or Native Jimmys). For girls, a great skirt (see Omamimini) or solid shorts (to be worn with tights) can be added to the mix! Don’t forget the spiffy socks!
WOW items: Add to your wardrobe some awesome items that will make you feel all that and a bag of Terra chips. That means some rockin’ concert tees, roaring animal prints, fabulous faux furs and crazy kicks. Girls, a fab dress goes a long way!
Unexpected combos: Now its time to mix and remix! Don’t only play it safe with the basics, but mix a couple complementary WOWs to get a OMG! Remember, kids can be the most daring fashionistas and time is limited. You won’t always be able to pull off so many colors and patterns so this is the time to play! Polka dots and stripes: Check! Checks and all-over prints? Why not!
Keepin’ it comfy: Most important thing for kids: they have to be comfy. If they love it, it will be worn into the ground. If its uncomfortable (itchy tags, yucky fabrics) they’ll rebel. Love tag-free when you can (Rowdy Sprout is always tag free), and organic cottons.
Accessorize freely: Keep a stash of cool hats, backpacks and jewelry to jazz up an outfit and add to the fun!

Be Lucky Clothing for Kids

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Are you kidding me? Check out the new fall threads from Be Lucky! The Babesta crew, as you know, is always bringing the coolest in inner-city children’s fashion. “Do you carry this in adult sizes as well,” is the question we love to hear, and for this awesome Lightning Parka Coat, we get it often. Unfortunately, no, they don’t make the coat in adult sizes. You’ll just have to look a little harder to stay as fly as the kiddies.

Be Lucky is a Babesta favorite. We love the Iron Boy sweatshirt, with stars stitched into the sleeves, and the Lightning Jogging Pants. The line’s design combined with the subtle little detail flairs provide all the fly fodder the NYC fashionistas thrive on.

Best Dressed Kids

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What’s more awesome than having your kid as the best dressed person in the room? Well, in all “non-shallowness,” there are probably a bunch of things. But nevertheless, having your little one as the flyest dressed, even compared to adults, is still pretty dope! And once again, the Babesta crew has located another line to make this possible as Munster comes back hard with their Fall/Winter 14 collection.

Munster’s collection really encapsulates what the flyest people are wearing today in the streets of New York City. And, at the same time, the collection also manages to stay kid authentic so they don’t just end up looking like awkward “Kidults.”

For girls, the Love Tribe Ruched Leggings really fit the description of what’s fresh today in the world of  pants. And we couldn’t leave out the Animalls Digital Jeans. For dress-up, we love the  Island Dream Dress. For the boys, what says fly more than the paper plane prints, and the spray can tee will definitely have your little one styling for back to school, especially with his new Spillage Paint Backpack. And for the really little ones, the Rollin In It Paint Romper is the coolest!

We can go on-and-on about all the dope pieces in this season’s Munster collection. Check out the line today at Babesta.com, the leading stylista’s for best dressed kids and trendsetting tots!

-Asa Barnla

Welcoming Quinn + Fox to Babesta!

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We’re totally stoked to welcome Quinn & Fox to the fall lineup at Babesta! We are smitten with their hand screened tees and sweatpants with the adorable and quirky circus prints! The company, founded in 2013 by self-described “parents of two curly haired girls,” works with artists to design their funky graphics, and the tees and sweats are organic and made from scratch in California. And, per the kids who wear it, it’s super comfy to boot!

Shop Quinn & Fox at Babesta