As hip city parents, we’re always on the lookout for the coolest activities for our trendsetting tots. Leave it to the cool cats over at Downtown Dance Factory to bust out the breakdancing, ensuring all the little B-boys and B-girls of Tribeca can do the worm, robot and can backspin like pros.
We all know how great an activity dance class can be. They’re active, constructive, social, challenging, and of course, great fun. B-Boy lessons have all of these great qualities, but they also add the amazing “crowd goes wild” moments. The excitement your kid will feel after successfully busting his first “top rock” to “six step” and hearing the cheers from the cypher can make for such a wonderful, memorable, priceless moment.
The “Kindiboys” lessons are offered for preschoolers, ages 3-5 and are taught by one of the studio’s resident B-Boys. The 45-minute classes introduce hip-hop and B-Boy moves, simple freezes and funky footwork. The Dance Factory also offers classes for older kids from kindergartners progressing all the way to teenagers.
Check out the B-Boy classes at the Downtown Dance Factory. And, when looking for the dopest B-Boy gear, saying we have you covered at Babesta is an understatement!
“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
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.
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!
We were inspired this week by Newport Rhode Island, a beautiful and elegant town replete with seaside mansions, museums, great restaurants, beaches and more.
The “Must Do List” in Newport, includes Cliff Walk, where visitors can take a walking tour of the shoreline dotted by spectacular mansions, home long ago to the Vanderbilts and their ilk. If just seeing the outside is not enough, get a ticket to go inside and enjoy the opulent furnishings and lush settings- saddle up to a tour guide, as some of the stories are entertaining, especially for the kids, of well dressed dog companions, table manners and dining habits.
Speaking of dining, when you’re done drooling over these over-the-top pads, for a bite, head on over to The Clarke Cooke House on Bannister’s Wharf, for some fresh fish and lively atmosphere. For an after dinner ice cream, Sprinkles is a good choice on Bowan’s Wharf, where you can enjoy a casual cone while you check out the shops in the area.
Our heart belongs to TheChanler at Cliff Walk (a hotel with a delicious restaurant inside) for Sunday brunch – their menu and enviable perch are both scrumptious. The hotel is hop and a skip from Second Beach that surely wins beach with best land-view (back at the Chandler House). After showering off the sand after a delightful day at the beach, catch a movie in town at the charming Jane Pickens theater, and then grab an appetizer or two at Forty 1°North, one of the chicest hotels in town.
Tempted? Time to pack: get yourself in the spirit with these hand picked goodies: Go old school with the vintage mauve bathing suit, snazzy it up with a pair of stylish shades, hold tight to a Coco Chanel doll(in lieu of teddy), don’t forget a Pride & Prejudice primer and play set, and, if you’re really setting up shop and outfitting more than just yourself – say installing yourself in the Breakers or Rosecliff – we suggest a (so not shabby) shabby-chic canopy bed- perfect for those of us who’s last name should have been Rockefeller.
One of the biggest problems in the city is how to get a toddler around in a cab or car service safely and easily. Enter, UberFamily to solve the problem. We had first heard about this revelation while it was in development from Dr. Alisa Baer, “The Car Seat Lady” who collaborated with Uber on the service. Now a couple months in, it’s addressing a true, underserved need in the market, much to city parents’ delight. She trained and certified the highest rated UberX partner drivers on how to safely secure the car seat so you know its properly installed in the car.
Uber now offers an on-demand car seat option for a $10 surcharge (additional to the UberX rates). That’s a small price to pay for a lot of peace of mind.
Time to get cool! Our summer sale is going on at Babesta and we have the best indie brands–Munster Kids boys and girls clothing, Sons + Daughters sunglasses, Ruff & Huddle shorts and more. Snap up your faves to be spot on style for the summer! Meanwhile, we’re prepping the shop for fall, Back-to-School, if you can believe it! (As much as we love B-2-S, it’s so hard to think of sweaters and jeans when it’s soooooo darn hot!)