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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 !

Project Runway’s Bad Boy of Fashion, Jeffrey Sebelia, and his brand, La Miniatura Kids

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  Project Runway winner and designer behind kids’ fashion line La Miniatura, Jeffrey Sebelia dishes about his über cool kids’ line.

“First question (it’s on all of our minds!): Given that you and Heidi Klum both have kids’ lines, what are the chances of an upcoming Project Runway Kids show?” He shakes his head and laughs. “She’ll have to really step up her game before that happens.” That’s Jeffrey —the bad boy instigator who had us glued to Project Runway (Season 3) and most recently, Project Runway All Stars.

     “What would be fun,” he continues, “is if the kids worked with professional seamstresses, and you could tap into their minds for design, but a seamstress sewed the garments.”

     Now on his fifth season in kids’ fashion, Sebelia admits that it surprised him how much he connected with childrenswear. “As a designer, of course I love womenswear. I also love menswear and making things that I like for myself,” he says. Although initially rebuffing the idea of childrenswear, he found he was compelled by the challenge of it. “I love creating something that’s both exciting and appropriate, elevated without being too sophisticated.”

 La Miniatura green bird print dress for kids

Babesta Chats with Xenia Joost for Bubble London

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Having shown on runways from Moscow to Milan, Estonian fashion designer Xenia Joost is known for her high style women’s collections, but this season she tries her hand at kidswear. From our recent chat, it’s clear Joost is having fun in this new market and eager to make her mark in children’s fashion.

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Why did you decide to bring your line from adult fashion into children’s fashion?

Fashion is not a job for me, rather a lifestyle—and it’s not only for me, but for my family as well. In 2008, my first daughter Aleksandra was born (she quickly hopped on the fashion train too), and came to work with me, touched the fabrics, cut and crafted. We picked fabrics together and I sewed little dresses for her. My friends saw these designs and wanted the clothes for their children also! A whole collection grew from one dress.

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Read more of Babesta’s interview with Xenia on Bubble London’s Blog: http://bubblelondon.blogspot.com/2013/11/introducing-xenia-joost.html

Hip Tips: Designing a Nursery with Style

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Elyse Kroll, the interior designer who transformed Babesta Threads last year, offers some tips on designing  a standout nursery, toddler or kid’s room.

1. Create a comfy reading nook.

Instill a lifelong love of reading with a special spot devoted to it. Choose a grown-up sized upholstered chair (for reading together) with an easy-care slipcover that can go in the wash. A reading chair should have its own lighting source. Skip the overhead lighting when reading in favor of a nearby standing lamp or table lamp.

2. Involve your child in the design process. 

The surefire way to create a room your kid will love is to let him make some of the key choices, particularly with color. Since a favorite color can change from one year to the next, limit these decisions to things that are easy to change as well, like an accent wall or pillowcases.

3. Pick an easy rug to maintain.

Indoor/outdoor area rugs are a great choice for kids’ rooms – they now come in more patterns and colors than ever, and can literally be sprayed clean with water. Or consider a colorful mix of carpet tiles – it’s easier to replace a stained tile or two than an entire rug.

4. Choose furnishings that grow with your child.

Invest in pieces that don’t scream “baby furniture.” While bedding and accessories can be easily changed wiht your child’s evolving tastes, a foundation of white and neutral furniture with clean lines will last through childhood and even the teen years.

5. Mix old & new.

The most interesting, dynamic rooms contain a mix of newer furnishings combined with unexpected vintage pieces. An old chandelier can be painted a fun color and used as the main lighting source of a nursery. Or turn an ornate, antique picture frame into a magnetic chalkboard. The charm is all in the mix.

-JC