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Eat Play Love: London Scout of Scout the City Dishes on her Faves

London Scout Scout the CityInstagram 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!

EAT

This is clearly a question that little London Scout relishes and her answers are nuanced:

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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.

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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.

 PLAY

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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.

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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.

LOVE

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.”

Toy Story: Papinee

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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. PAPINEE Sphere Installation_lr

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.

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“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.”

petitePARADE and Vogue Bambini kids’ fashion week this weekend!

Excited for petitePARADE tomorrow and Sunday! The red carpet will be rolled out and Kids' Fashion Week(end) will begin. I'm particularly looking forward to checking out the Parsons School of Design show at 5:00 on Saturday as well as the 1:00 Bonnie Young show (her clothes are fabulous) and the 5:00 Swarovski crystal show on Sunday! This is the most exciting peek into Spring 13 –as we get to see the clothes in action! We'll report back on the "best of", some of which you'll shop on our racks come spring!

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