Archive: For Kids

FLY! Fashion Soars this Season

12Shot_Bird_026_R2_croppedFashion soars to new heights with a full flock of festive fabrics and prints. A-line tweed dress by Little Miss Galia, Buckets sweatshirt dress by Munster Kids, over Horse print dress by Bobo Choses. Phone home tee & Denim cruz pants both by Munster Kids. Knit pattern sweater by Agatha Cub, Skinny jeans by DL 1961 & Bird print dress by Bobo Choses

Holiday gathering ready, feather friends included! Lucy swan dress by Bang Bang Copenhagen, Cat zip hoodie by Popupshop, Arlen washed jeans by Molo, Gorilla hoodie romper by Popupshop, Puff ear hat by Mini Rodini, Panda loose sweatshirt by Popupshop, Skinny jeans by DL 1961 &  Brooklee 8 eye black boots by Dr. Martens.










Festive frocks are all the rage from Little Miss Galia.Crochet & tweed striped dress steals the spotlight in any winter wonderland.

01Shot_Bird_026_R1The floral jacquard pleaded dress gets a touch of cool with Blue knit puff beanie from Baby Degen and Brooklee 8 eye black boots by Dr. Martens.


Warm up with gorgeous & glam faux fur vests from Omamimini & Nununu. We love them paired over Frenchies skater dress by Kira Kids & Clouds knit sweater by Bobo Choses with Black dots skirt by Molo.


Cuddly animals top toddler (and baby) style this season.
Madelyn cat sweatshirt by Molo paired with skinny jeans by DL 1961.



Furry ears jacket by Nobodinoz & Sir horse tee by Bobo Choses

Tusnelda dress & Hippo hipster hat both by Bang Bang Copenhagen

06Shot_Bird_036_R1Photography: Amanda Pratt

Styling: Michel Onofrio

Prop Stylist: Andi Burnett

Hair & Makeup: Clelia Bergonzoil @Utopia



Outta Dodge: Time for an Autumn Getaway

Looking for an autumn getaway full of foliage? Let us recommend Winvian Farm, just a few miles north in beautiful Litchfield Hills, Connecticut. The 113 acre property features 18 individually designed resort cottages, some with quirky themes. Kids’ choice: the helicopter cottage, a hanger with fully restored 1968 Sikorsky Coast Guard rescue chopper parked inside. If that’s not your speed, choose the tree-house, 35-feet in the air, or a golf cottage where you and the kids can putt your way around the room.

winvian farms                                                        Treehouse cottage at Winvian Farms.

Both elegant and family friendly, the offerings are plentiful: Fill the day with a s’mores roast, horseback riding and hiking, to a relaxing spa followed by a 5 star farm-to-table dining experience. Winvian Farms, Litchfield Hills, CT

Family Fun at the New Whitney Museum

Newly reopened Whitney Museum is catering this November to the next generation of artistic minds.

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The Whitney is celebrating the work of Frank Stella in Frank Stella: A Retrospective through February 7th 2016.  Stella, an abstract artist and sculpturist currently lives in Greenwich Village.

Enjoy the hands-on experience by participating in interactive events. The Whitney suggests skipping the lines and buying your tickets early. The museum is exclusively open from 9:30am – 10:30am for families to enjoy! Most programs are free with museum admission (some include an extra fee).

Have a newborn, the Whitney has designed a guided stroller tour made for you. Crying babies are actually encouraged! Join Whitney Teaching Fellows, PhD candidates in art history, on engaging tours that highlight works in the exhibition. Tours are for new moms and dads when the museum is closed to the public.

Whitney Tour

Kiddos aged 4-5:  Choose from Whitney Wees: Color, Color, Color! or Shape It! In November, Color, Color, Color!, will explore the vivid colors in Frank Stella’s work—engage with shimmering silver surfaces, multicolored stripes, and the dark tones of Stella’s Black Paintings and coming in December (Shape It!) will explore shaped paintings that zigzag across space and look at sculptures made with parts that twist and turn.

Older kids can enjoy sketching tours. Start off in November discovering what inspired Stella’s works. Look closely at his works of art and create experimental sketches based on what you see. Frank Stella was inspired by nature, architecture, literature, music, and art history. Discover how he incorporated these inspirations in his work.

Chock full with events this fall, the Whitney, has  planned extensive activities that will educate and inspire children of all ages!

by: Pia Finnigan

Dazzling Decor: Superior Interiors – Part Duex

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Nothing humdrum in these Babesta inspired bedrooms. Boost your toddlers comfort and cool quotient with sleep solutions from beloved Oeuf and yummy newbie pick Sack Me.

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Latest from Brooklyn-based design company, Oeuf,  is the River twin bed. Pulling double duty, the space saving gem is built for a city lifestyle, with all the features an urbanite would need. The end of the bed is designed with a shelf, functioning as storage for books or stuffed animals. Option #2: Use it as seating while putting on shoes and socks in the morning. The trundle allows for easy sleepovers, and if not being used as an extra bed, the pull out drawer can earn its keep as storage for clothing or bedding.

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Pillow Talk: Sleep stylish with Nook’s Pebble toddler and twin pillows. Breathable, made from organic cotton the pillows are both colorful & comfy designed specifically for kids’ developing necks and spines.

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Sack Me, our choice for the yummiest bedding around, is making bedtime a little more desirable! New Aussie brand has created a sweet collection of duvets, pillows, and sheets that are 100% cotton bursting with bright shapes, vibrant balloons, and a bounty of delish donuts.

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Adding some pizzazz to the nursery or bedroom.       Sack Me Krispy Dreme cushion_CMYK





Rock & Soul: Fashion Hits a High Note

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In the  Fall/Winter ’15 edition of the Babesta Beat fashion hits a high note with band tees, record-sized polka dots and rebellious prints. Including the latest from Mini Rodini.

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We paired newbie Molo with the fanciful prints of Nobdinoz and our own Babesta exclusive. Riffing off the omnipresent grades in restaurant windows city-wide, we present our own “Grade Pending” tee, def a must-have for school-aged kiddos. Our seal is pretty stylish, we think, with headphone-donning eagles, flanked by skateboards and kicks.

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We love the gorgeous photography by Amanda Pratt & cool retro stylin’ by Michel Onofrio. Prop stylist: Andi Burnett with Hair & Makeup by Clelia Bergonzoil @Utopia

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Rockin’ out 80′s style: Boom-box & all! Skinny Jeans by DL1961 & Munster Kids


Nununu always kicks any ootd up a notch: paired with Agatha Cub knit pattern leggings and Rowdy Sprout Jimi Hendrix tees (available in snaptee sizes too; with artists from Blondie to Bowie & Willie Nelson to choose from).


What is more rock n’ roll than fur (faux of course) by Omamimini which is all the rage this season!


Grab your Loog guitar and hit the stage (or city streets) cause we dropped the mic on the most awesomest threads of the season!

Power of the Paintbrush

Children of all ages throughout NYC will have the chance to unleash their imagination and join together to discover the artist inside. Embodying their mission to spread arts education, ProjectArt Everywhere, will takeover forty-five venues across NYC and create pop-up art studios this Saturday October 17th from noon to 3pm.
With the ability to reach hundreds of New York children, participants can contribute a quick doodle or an elaborate portrait-the city is literally your canvas! Pop-up studios include the Bushwick library, Grand Concourse library in the Bronx, the Washington Heights branch of the NYPL and the Broadway branch of the Queens library.

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The cherry on top of this creative & collaborative ice cream sundae? The canvases generated will be displayed right here in lower Manhattan on October 20th. Stop by 10am to 8pm at The Hole Gallery, 312 Bowery, to view (for free!) the 75 artworks included in the panoramic exhibition.
Interested in joining forces with ProjectArt Everywhere? The nonprofit organization will hold their ProjectArt 2015 Gala doubling as a sneak peak of the panoramic exhibition on October 19th 2015 from 6pm-9pm.

Doughy Delights Stack Up Downtown

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New York’s favorite doughy treat gets art star status as the subject of a public art installation, presented by Kiehl’s and Art Production Fund, thanks to Swedish artist, Hanna Liden. Everything, a collection of large sculptural bagels, will be on display at Hudson River Park through the fall. The city icon has been a staple in Liden’s life since she first came across the breakfast bread while living in the Chelsea, hotel, almost twenty years ago. According to Liden, “the bagel-a circle with no beginning and no end- is evocative of the eternal cycle of city life.” Adding her own punk spin, she spray paints the bagel with black, signifying the city’s grime.

Through October 20th 2015, Hudson River Park @ Christopher Street & 6th Ave @ 9th Street

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