Archive: For Toddlers

Spy Fashion: what’s your frame?

Today, July 8, we are hosting a Wig in the Window Spy Workshop at Babesta Cribz! Kristen Kittscher will teach a group of young boys and girls how to create the best spy story! Inspired by this event, we wondered, “What would a great spy outfit be?” Using all our resources here at Babesta, we tracked down a few clothes and accessories that will be great for our adorable Spies!

Great for both boys and girls, these spy outfits will help our spies look stylish while tracking down who ate the last cookie ! The adorable tees remind us of spies, while the fedoras really compliment the outfit. These cute Sons and Daughters Sunglasses really complete the outfit, and the spy kit and notebook can help our little spies look for and write down clues!

spyfashionFrom left to right:

Goodie Two Sleeves’ Panda Square Tee found here.

Goorin’s Tad Bewell Jr. Stingy Fedora found here.

Goodie Two Sleeve’s Hipster Kitty Snaptee found here.

Sons and Daughters’ Bobby Sunglasses- Liquid Metal found here.

Sons and Daughters’ Hunter Sunglasses- Blue found here.

Bobo Choses’ Mixed Shapes Skirt found here.

Seedling’s Top Secret Spy Kit found here.

Blatomat’s Organic Beige Leggings found here.

Munster Kids’ Snow Leopard Jeans found here.

K & Company’s SMASH Folio found here.

Gorin’s Lil Hagar Plaid Fedora found here.

Wild and Wolf’s Pinhole Camera found here.

 

Definitely read A Wig in the Window by Kristen Kittscher to enter the spy adventure of Sophie Young and Grace Yang! This is a must read filled with funny dialogues and intense spy action! They must discover what really went down in Dr. Agford’s house that night they discovered a bloody scene in her kitchen! (Dr. Agford was actually making her famous pickled beets!) It will be great for children, and reading this book with this outfit can maybe trigger awesome spy activities!

Be sure to come back tomorrow for pictures of today’s events!

 

A Little Bit of Summer Yumminess

We were looking for some foodie inspiration & stumbled upon some recipes on Pinterest that made our tummies growl!  S’Mores Pudding cake, refreshing fruit popsicles, and sandcastle sandwiches. Yum! Fun to do together!

Turn up your Babesta Tunes to full volume, and enjoy your fun BBQ time while donning your favorite summer tees !

Recipes:

First: S’mores Pudding discovered on Miss James’ Pinterest site via Food52.

S'mores Pudding

  • S’Mores Pudding Cake
    • 4cups (1 batch) Rich Chocolate Custard (recipe below)
    • 4 sleeves graham crackers
    • 3cups mini marshmallows
    • 1 (13-ounce) jar marshmallow crème
  • Rich Chocolate Custard
    • 6ounces semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
    • 3tablespoons cornstarch
    • 1/4teaspoon salt
    • 1cup cream
    • 3 large egg yolks
    • 1/2cup sugar
    • 2cups whole milk
    • 1teaspoon pure vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Smear a thin layer of chocolate custard in the center of a 9×13-inch baking dish. Cover the bottom with a layer of graham crackers and spread 1/3 (about 1 1/4 cups) of the chocolate custard on top of the crackers. Sprinkle 1 cup of mini marshmallows over the custard, and torch them lightly with a kitchen torch, until soft and browned. (You can also put them under an oven broiler for 45 seconds.) Repeat two more times and top with a final layer of graham crackers. (There will be four full layers of crackers, and three of pudding).
  2. Warm the marshmallow crème in the microwave or in a saucepan. Spread over the top of the icebox cake and spread while still warm. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or until the crackers have softened to a cakelike texture (test by inserting a thin knife along the side and bringing up a few crumbs). (This can be made up to 24 hours ahead of time, but it is best consumed with a day or two as it will get soggy if it sits too long.)
  3. When ready to serve, brown the top of the cake until tan and toasty with a kitchen torch or under the broiler.
  4. FOR THE CHOCOLATE CUSTARD Prepare the chocolate: Place the chopped chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl.
  5.  Make a cornstarch and egg slurry: Put the cornstarch and salt together in a medium bowl and whisk to make sure there are no lumps. Slowly whisk in the cream, making sure there are no lumps. (To be really sure, reach into the bowl and gently rub out any lumps between your fingers.) Whisk in the egg yolks.
  6.  Warm the milk: In a 3-quart (2.8-L) saucepan over medium heat, whisk the sugar into the milk. Warm for 3 to 5 minutes, until the sugar dissolves, bubbles form around the edges, and the entire surface of the milk begins to quiver. Turn off the heat.
  7.  Temper the slurry: Pour 1 cup (240 ml) of the hot milk into the bowl with the slurry, whisking constantly. The mixture should come together smoothly, with no lumps. If you see any, add a little more liquid and whisk them out. Pour it back into the pan, counting to 10 and whisking constantly as you pour.
  8.  Thicken the pudding: Turn the heat back on to medium and bring the mixture to a simmer, whisking frequently and vigorously, working all the angles of the pot and scraping the bottom. Continue whisking for about 5 minutes, until the custard becomes very thick and starts to boil, with large bubbles that slowly pop up to the surface. Boil for 2 minutes, whisking constantly.
  9. Flavor the pudding: Turn off the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Stir the chocolate into the pudding and let sit for 2 to 3 minutes. Whisk gently until the pudding is smooth and glossy and has fully absorbed the chocolate.
  10. Chill the pudding: Immediately pour the hot pudding into a shallow container. Place plastic wrap or buttered wax paper directly on the surface of the pudding (if you don’t like pudding skin). Cover and refrigerate.

SECOND: Fruit Popsicles via Christi Steckel

 

fruit popsicles!

Ingredients & supplies needed:

    • any fruit you desire that can be cut big enough (watermelons, mangoes, cantaloupes, honeydews, etc.)
    • popsicle sticks, non-separated chopsticks, or skewers

1.  Cut up your fruit into a triangle or any shape you desire (1 1/2 – 2 inch width) ! You can also use cookie cutters to create cute shapes!

2. Center a popsicle stick on the bottom of the fruit and insert midway.

3. Put it in a pan or plate and refrigerate for 30 minutes or more (if you like) to chill it!

4. Serve it with cool whip or just serve it with different decorations!

5. Enjoy!!

 

Third: Sandcastle Sandwiches via rustsunshine!

sandcastle sandwiches

Ingredients needed:

  • bread slices
  • ham
  • cheese
  • mayo
  1. “Start with two plain ham and cheese sandwiches” without the mayo!!
  2. “Using round cookie cutters, or glasses in various sizes, cut three circles.”
  3. Apply the mayo or any spread you love to the cut bread!
  4. We will use everything! Put the left over crust into a coffee grinder or food processor to make the breadcrumb sand!!
  5. Arrange the cut sandwiches from largest on the bottom to smallest on top (or any order you desire!).
  6. Sprinkle the breadcrumb over to make it look like a genuine sandcastle!!
  7. ENJOY!
    • Note: rustsunshine created mini flags to add on top to show an even more realistic sandcastle!!

These were our top three recipes that we really loved! Babesta feels that it will be a great way to enjoy summer BBQs! You can also get popsicle molds and pour in your favorite drinks and fruits to create juice popsicles!

These recipes can be found on each website! Do you have any fun recipes that is different from the norm yet yummy to eat?

 

Red, White, and Blue! Fourth of July Fashion at Babesta

While you’ve been lighting up the bar-b-que, we’ve  been cooking up a few summer outfits that proudly represent our Red, White, and Blue! These products are created by our lovely designers: A for Apple, La Minatura, Bobo Choses, Sons and Daughters, Mini Rodini, and more. We put together different shirts, denims, and accessories that will all go beautifully together for a hot, summery Independence day! Please look through them and feel free to comment or to explore more on our Babesta website or in-stores!

July 4 Fashion Calls!

July 4 Fashion Calls!

 

Greetings to NY, from the beach

Greetings to NY, from the beach

 

Fireworks fashion!

Fireworks fashion!

Fun Fact: According to Bankadvisor.com,  ”It was not until 1804 that the White House celebrated the first public Independence Day event.” And I thought it had been going on since 1776! LOL.

OMG! summer baby essentials!

Summer has begun, which means that there will be a lot of traveling to be done! Our stylists at Babesta have whipped together a few essentials that are perfect for “on the road” with baby!

  • The Chevron Blue Diaper Bag (found here) that fits most of these items comfortably!
  • Pronto Chevron Blue (found here) that is a to-go changing station that goes well with the bag too! (stylish!)
  • Ugly Dolls  that come in different sizes and fun colors!
  • Bento Mealtime Kit that will make it easier for mommies/daddies to store snacks and mini meals for our cute babies!
  • Mini Rodini Sunglasses (found here) for the stylish kid to block away the strong sunlight!
  • Maileg’s Rattles to keep company and to amuse the cute kid!
  • Thumbprint Masterpiece (found in-stores) that can be used for of ease artworks!
  • Skip Hop’s Monkey & Bee Bib (found here) for the quick eaters that tend to splatter everywhere!
  • MD Moms’ Sunblock & Lotion (found here) to keep our children’s skin softer and safer from the UV rays!

Have a stylish summer!

Beach bag essentials including Jonathan Adler for Skip Hop diaper bag, Skip Hop bib and more!

Beach bag essentials including Jonathan Adler for Skip Hop diaper bag, Skip Hop bib and more!

Babesta Guest Blogs for Bubble London’s Bubble and Speak Blog

We were asked to guest blog for Bubble and Speak & decided to chat about the Punk exhibit at the MET, From Chaos to Couture, that we attended back in May and the synergies the message had on the kids’ market. Of course we were totally stoked, as Bubble and Speak is the awesome blog of one of the most inspirational trade shows that takes place in London and debuts lots of indie brands that we love & follow. Read it here:

http://www.bubblelondon.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/punk-chaos-to-couture.html

To boot we worked up a little smattering of super cool Punk style for kids at Babesta! No, ‘Lil Joey Ramone, we don’t want to be sedated (usually) & we wouldn’t miss any of your adorable declarations of independence, rages against the machine and anti establishment antics!

'Lil Punks at Babesta

 

From top to bottom, left to right:

Splatter shirt by A for Apple; Declare Independence tank by MIMA, Why? tee by NuNuNu, striped leggings by Sourpuss Clothing, shorts by A for Apple, Spraycan tee by Munster Kids, studded belt and Sex Pistols bib by Sourpuss Clothing, Skull soft soled shoes by Chauchas.  **Things come in and out of the shop like wildfire, so if you see something you can’t live without, give us a ring & we’ll try to hook you up with it or introduce you to the latest & greatest. Babesta Threads: 212 608 4522.

Circus Time!

Manhattan Youth has tipped us off to the Showboat Circus taking place this Sunday.  It’s a spiced up, next level circus show aboard the historic Waterfront Museum and Showboat Barge at Pier 25 (N. Moore St. and the Hudson River). Performers include:  “Chris McDaniel, world champion rope and lariat artist; Jen Slaw, juggling genius; Ilene Weiss, a twinkling and tenter gal-with-guitar;” and more! -LK

Manhattan Youth presents the Showboat Circus this Sunday

Manhattan Youth presents the Showboat Circus this Sunday

showboat circus2

Waterfront Museum @ Pier 25

 

More important information:

Held: Sunday, June 23

Shows at:  1PM and 4PM

Advance tickets: Adults $13; Kids $10 (order online)

Tickets at the door: Adults $15; Kids $12

Docked at: Pier 25 (N. Moore St. and the Hudson River)

For more information, please click here.

 

Inspired for the circus life? Practice your skills with our Wild & Wolf juggling pins and more!

Wild & Wolf juggling pins at Babesta

Wild & Wolf juggling pins at Babesta

 

Creatures of the Night (light)

What animal do you dream about? We just got a new shipment of Jonathan Adler animal menagerie nightlights in. They provide just the right amount of light in a room to keep any of the scaries away. Sweet and peaceful done out of ceramic. Find them at Babesta here.

Jonathan Adler's ceramic lion nightlight

Jonathan Adler’s ceramic lion nightlight

Just a Peek: Babesta Fall Fashion 2013 Photoshoot

We spent Memorial Day weekend in the Berkshires, shooting an editorial style “story” for Babesta in the woods. (You can take the girl out of the city…) We rented a U-haul and brought up cribs, strollers, Fall 2013 fashions and more! There was definitely a point in time that I thought I had totally lost it (light rain, wind & back-breaking set building) – but the result will be beautiful, thanks to an amazing team, including photographer Katrina Tang & stylist Michel Onofrio! Stay tuned. Here’s a little behind the scenes peek! (who’s behind that big, big book!?)

A little sneak peek of our Fall fashion photo shoot in the Berkshires! Shot by Katrina Tang

A little sneak peek of our Fall fashion photo shoot in the Berkshires! Shot by Katrina Tang

Thrifty Thursday: Wild & Wolf 20% off today & tomorrow at Babesta

Just got our Wild & Wolf back in the store – some magical gifts for summer birthday parties and for today and tomorrow only, we’re offering 20% off. We read in Departures that with the return of Arrested Development, magicians are totes “in” so you can help kids get their magic on with some tricks of the trade. (Gotta love G.O.B. Bluth as a role model). Balloon Animals, Juggling Sets, Magic Tricks and more! http://www.babesta.com/Wild-and-Wolf/

For 20% off all Wild & Wolf on Thurs & Friday, use code WildMay.

Wild & Wolf promotion

Chatting with Tribeca Sneaker Monster Artist, Elizabeth Pantirer

It was a gorgeous weekend for TOAST of Tribeca this month, and I scooped up the kids and decided to make the artwalk our Sunday event. Both of my girls love art and I thought it would be fun for them (and me) to see how many artists and how much creative talent is all around us. The work we saw was amazingly diverse and it was really a kick getting into all of these studio spaces that dotted around the area. We do see a lot of spaces of course when doing local deliveries, but many of these were in buildings that I’ve never been in, with hallways dedicated to artists and their work.

Although I loved many of the artists, a couple stood out to me from a “Babesta” point of view. The first is Elizabeth Pantirer, who’s unique shoe-art featured running shoes morphed with creatures of the sea and land. Very cool stuff and I thought something that would be awesome for a kids’ room (something sweet for a newborn crafted from a first pair of shoes? Or something super cool for a tween/teen room with a fave pair of kicks as a conversation piece).  I reached out to Elizabeth to hear a little bit more about her funky creations. –JC

Sneaker Monster Artist Elizabeth Pantirer

Sneaker Monster Artist Elizabeth Pantirer

     

     We’re all about cool kicks at Babesta – What inspired you work with sneakers?

I was first inspired in the summer of 2009 when I wore my running shoes out. They were just about to have holes when I decided to retire them. I experienced some amazing runs in those shoes and I wanted to turn them into an art project in which I could portray the determination and ferocity I felt when running in these shoes. I then developed my first sneaker monster.

How long have you been doing this? What’s your background?

I’ve been making sneakers for almost 4 years now. I am a student at the New School and although I am not a fine arts major I do take advantage  of the amazing fine arts and crafting classes they offer.

   

 

Koi Fish Kicks by artist Elizabeth Pantirer

Koi Fish Kicks by artist Elizabeth Pantirer

     What sort of materials do you use to build your sneaker-art? How’s it done?

I like to mold the shoe from the inside out into the shape that I desire. I cut into the shoe to shape the mouth and then mold the inside to keep the mouth opened. I then use a very lightweight clay to mold what the outside will look like. Once I’ve done this I can paint it and adhere it to the shoe. I use different types of adhesives based on the size of the clay being adhered, the effect and the weight. I have also used Halloween props (a fake finger for a shark) and gardening props (fake grass for elephants).

     How was TOAST this year? Have you done it in the past?

TOAST this year was absolutely phenomenal. The studio I showed in had a lot of traffic over the weekend and a lot of people took interest in my shoes. This is the 4th year that I have been involved with TOAST. After my first year in the show a hip-hop sneaker organization contacted me about my sneaker monster and invited me into one of their shows.
You said you have done baby shoes too (what animal?) -that’s pretty cool – any other standout custom requests you’ve had?

Last year I was commissioned to make baby shoes for a newborn baby. I took 2 sneakers and turned them into elephants and aligned them one behind the other. One elephant (the one in the back) was slightly smaller than the other and had its trunk wrapped around the tail of the bigger elephant. After this TOAST event I have been asked to make custom sneakers for a newborn boy. The couple come from Japan and Italy and I have been working on making one sneaker a koi fish and the other a stallion.

Custom shoes range about $200+. For more info, email Elizabeth Pantirer at epantirer@gmail.com.