Babesta Featured in TimeOut New York Kids Holiday Gift Guide!

Big thank you to TimeOut New York Kids for including so many Babesta bests in their holiday gift guide! This is one of our favorite mags for negotiating the big apple with kids!!! http://www.timeout.com/new-york-kids/shopping/holiday-gift-guide

 

TimeOut New York Kids features Babesta

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

Friday Face-Off: Get Ready to Rumble!

NUNA LEAF VS COCO LOUNGER

Clockwise from the left: Coco Lounger and The Leaf

We’re moving up a weight class on bouncers, and looking at some heavier models designed for at home use.  In this round, Bloom returns to the ring with their Coco Lounger to face off against Nuna’s Leaf.  Let’s begin, shall we?

THE BLOOM COCO LOUNGER:

Featuring smooth, self rocking motion from your child’s movements or from a little push, this curved single piece frame is fixed in one position but requires no assembly.  Optimized for newborn up to 26lbs, it’s MDF-free with baby safe finishes and formaldehyde free adhesives.  Available in a variety of frame and seat pad colors, it’s easy to customize to your space and the clean lines and easy styling speak for themselves.

THE NUNA LEAF:

No batteries, no cords, no noise, motion lasts unassisted for up to 2 minutes after first push on the Nuna Leaf designed to mimic the movement of a leaf on a breeze.  It’s endurance tested up to a whopping 130lbs, so your kid should stay rocking for many years on the Leaf which itself only weighs 10.5 pounds and features an easy release mechanism to allow the seat to pop out of the base for easy storage or travel.  It’s made from baby certified Oeko-Tex fabrics with mesh backing to provide little breezes as the Leaf rocks and an optional organic cotton insert.  It’s angled in one, fixed position for play and nap and locks in place easily for feeding.

You decided which of the lightweight bouncers came out on top in the comments in the last round, let’s see who comes out on top in this round!  It’s a rumble in the comments section and you’re the ones calling the shots…

-L.E.

Xtreme Playdate: Rebeca Raney in the House!

We had a great time with all the kids and parents who joined us for a special drawing event at Babesta with Rebeca Raney, the artist whom we’ve been exhibiting on our walls – she’s amazing. At this one on one experience, she took kids through portraiture and the elements that make up a great work. Everyone had their own unique style that made the output so special! Find out about more Xtreme Playdates on Babesta’s Facebook page! Check out Rebeca’s work on Uprise Art (upriseart.com)! photos by Simon Bordwin

 

Babesta Wins a Stevie Award for Retail Marketing Campaign of the Year

2013 Stevie Awards

We were blown away when we heard we won the gold Stevie Award for Women in Business, for our Babesta Beat magazine and Mimi & the Magic Forest fashionable children’s story and video. Huge high fives to our amazing team: Chandra Sweet, Katrina Tang, Michel Onofrio, Laura Castellano, Taavi Lindma, Aslan Cattaui and all the amazing kids who took part in it! We are so proud!!!

 

Little Creative Factory Hits Babesta!

camille jacketLet Fall and Winter come sooner! We received so many shipments of new clothes ready for our babes to wear them once the cooler weather hits. We received adorable sweaters from La Miniatura, colorful skinny jeans from ESP. NO. 1, adorable domino fashions, and adorable rain boots! New clothes excite me!

We also received new clothes from Little Creative Factory. Upon opening the new goodie box of their clothes, their adorable snoods and jackets just caught my eye! I immediately picked up all their clothes and Ohhhed and Ahhed while wishing I had a baby nephew and niece! This is our first time receiving clothes from Little Creative Factory, and we’re excited to introduce them!

A beginning of a new brand:

Little Creative Factory was founded in Barcelona by two architect mothers, Cristina Fernandez and Esther Villanueva. They both create limited editions of clothing and accessories for children between 3 months and 8 years old. Little Creative Factory combines simplicity with different and fun patterns and fabrics. Their products are mainly created by cotton and linen, so it is super comfortable and stylish. Cristina and Esther created Little Creative Factory to express their creativity while showing that everything should be made with love.

Under Construction…

Little Creative Factory believes that children and adults should always be “under construction”, changing their ways and becoming more creative and positive. Hence, their fall/ winter collection is titled “Playing Under Construction”. According to Pirouette Blog, Little Creative Factory focuses on a slow fashion. Slow Fashion does not only mean clothes and fashion that are not changing quickly. It teaches consumers the process of how clothes are made, shows off a personal style, values quality, and reminding of conscious consumption. It promotes wearing the same fashion in different seasons, unlike the traditional fast fashion, which clothes change very season! Little Creative Factory also aims to stand against child exploitation and bad usages of natural resources.

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As of now…

2011 marked their first opening of their store in Barcelona, but now, their line can be seen in many different locations in Europe, Asia, and our very own USA! They have spread pretty much worldwide, and it is so great to see how successful they have become. Check out their line and feel the softness of their products. They do not have an online site to shop, but do check them out on Babesta’s online website!

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Chatting with Cassandra Rhodin of Mini Rodini

Cassandra Rhodin of Mini Rodini

Whether on a onesie or a national ad campaign, Swedish designer Cassandra Rhodin deftly pulls from the beautiful, quirky fantasy world she’s envisaged, replete with anthropomorphic animals and vintage references, served up with a modern twist. Wielding her pen she knows how to entice and entertain, possibly a genetic talent passed down from her great grandfather, circus king Brazil Jack. Though her heritage and own childhood inspire, when it comes to designing her children’s wear label Mini Rodini, Rhodin notes, “My biggest inspiration definitely comes from hanging out with my two kids. Their imagination is unbelievable.” Fall ’13 is arguably her strongest collection to date, and, we hear, Rhodin is growing the label from kids’ wear into home goods. We were psyched to sit down with ringleader Rhodin and hear the ballyhoo on the brand.

Deep fried saxophones, Boo-yah!

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The High Line’s art scene is always vibrant, but rarely deep fried. Until now. Artist Jamal Cyrus presents “Texas Fried Tenor” on Saturday November 16, at 2pm at the 14th Street Passage. It is a performance art piece that grapples with racial issues in American history, blending an instrument of the blues & jazz age with the southern stereotype of cuisine defined by the fryer. It promises to be an interesting and provocative show that is sure to surprise and intrigue city tots!