PS Art: Public School Kids Art at the MET!

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We love that the Metropolitan Museum of Art hosts an annual exhibit of New York City kids’ artwork! Right there alongside of centuries of the world’s greatest artwork hangs the world’s newest contenders from prekindergarten to 12th grade.  The juried exhibition resulted in 77 artworks including paintings, prints, sculptures, photos, mixed media, collages, drawings and video. Up until October 20, it’s something to visit with your kids to inspire them at anything is possible, even a grand opening at the Met!

More of our faves:

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Getting in art-shape for next years competition? Hone your child’s skills with eco-art supplies at Babesta! In celebration of Art Month at Babesta, get a $50 gift certificate toward an easel (or other artful goods of your choice)  when you purchase art by one of the wonderful artists’ works in the shop, like Rebeca Raney and Gregoire Ganter.

 

 

Back-to-school shopping in a snap

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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.
Accessorize freely: Keep a stash of cool hats, backpacks and jewelry to jazz up an outfit and add to the fun!

Ninja Turtles Movie Review: How the new version stacks up against the original

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The Babesta Crew decided to check out the new Ninja Turtles movie to see how this generation’s version stacked up against the original that we watched as youngsters. For the most part, the major movie reviews gave the film some lousy ratings. However, the Babesta Crew begs to differ, slightly. Yes, in the grand scheme of things, the movie does have some flaws, and surely won’t be considered for best picture at the Academy Awards. But we focused on watching from the perspective of a kid, not a snooty film critic. And all-in-all, we thought the movie was pretty good, and will make for a cool outing for the little ones this month. So if looking for something cool for the kids this weekend, strap the little ones up in the dopest strollers and take them to the movies!

Let’s start with the good things! The CGI’d version of Splinter and the Turtles were definitely a huge upgrade compared to the lame “football mascot” costumed ninjas from our generation’s movie. This allowed for way more awesome fight and action scenes with spectacular martial arts exhibitions. The comparison is similar to the super lame light saber fights in the first generation of Star Wars films compared to the breathtaking ones in their new generation of movies.

The film also did a great job with the character personalities. The original Ninja Turtles that we knew were cool and funny dudes, and they were successful in keeping this intact. In fact they possibly improved on it. The turtles and the rest of the characters definitely seemed like the same “people” we remember, and maybe even a little better.

Also, the film was set in New York City. Ahh New York City, a film can never be that terrible when set in this wonderful place as you can get by just looking at all the awesome sights. And TMNT really did a great job in taking advantage of all the great scenes that the City has to offer. And lastly, the film was highly wholesome, innocent, and good natured. We don’t recall any edgy questionable content that wasn’t appropriate for children. We definitely didn’t notice any of those uncomfortable awkward movie theater moments between kids and adults.

When we get into the movie’s flaws, the huge elephant in the room was the story. It was a pretty common and uncreative journey. It was definitely your cookie cutter action movie set of events. And, they also went a little too far with their stretches of imagination. We already entered the movie expecting this, and came in with a pretty high tolerance. But even with that, some of the coincidences went way too far, to the point of eye-rolling ridiculousness.

Additionally, we felt that too much of the movie was dedicated to explaining the story. We have to cut them a break on this point however. After all, It does require a lot of time to explain how a giant Rat and four 6-foot Ninja Turtles became walking about in Manhattan. But, this did make us leave the movie hungry for more scenes that conveyed the Turtles personality, goofing around and stuff, like we remembered from our day. Fortunately, there should be plenty of room for that in the sequel!

So in Conclusion, we gave the movie a passing grade overall. The story was pretty lame and uncreative. But it provided a great visual spectacle, and the characters were awesome and likeable. We definitely wouldn’t recommend this movie for adults. But for children, it has most of the things that they look for. Oh yeah, and I’m sure the Turtles would definitely feel Babesta’s awesome fly styles! (turtle sizes not available)

-Asa Barnla

 

Be Lucky Clothing for Kids

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Are you kidding me? Check out the new fall threads from Be Lucky! The Babesta crew, as you know, is always bringing the coolest in inner-city children’s fashion. “Do you carry this in adult sizes as well,” is the question we love to hear, and for this awesome Lightning Parka Coat, we get it often. Unfortunately, no, they don’t make the coat in adult sizes. You’ll just have to look a little harder to stay as fly as the kiddies.

Be Lucky is a Babesta favorite. We love the Iron Boy sweatshirt, with stars stitched into the sleeves, and the Lightning Jogging Pants. The line’s design combined with the subtle little detail flairs provide all the fly fodder the NYC fashionistas thrive on.

Best Dressed Kids

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What’s more awesome than having your kid as the best dressed person in the room? Well, in all “non-shallowness,” there are probably a bunch of things. But nevertheless, having your little one as the flyest dressed, even compared to adults, is still pretty dope! And once again, the Babesta crew has located another line to make this possible as Munster comes back hard with their Fall/Winter 14 collection.

Munster’s collection really encapsulates what the flyest people are wearing today in the streets of New York City. And, at the same time, the collection also manages to stay kid authentic so they don’t just end up looking like awkward “Kidults.”

For girls, the Love Tribe Ruched Leggings really fit the description of what’s fresh today in the world of  pants. And we couldn’t leave out the Animalls Digital Jeans. For dress-up, we love the  Island Dream Dress. For the boys, what says fly more than the paper plane prints, and the spray can tee will definitely have your little one styling for back to school, especially with his new Spillage Paint Backpack. And for the really little ones, the Rollin In It Paint Romper is the coolest!

We can go on-and-on about all the dope pieces in this season’s Munster collection. Check out the line today at Babesta.com, the leading stylista’s for best dressed kids and trendsetting tots!

-Asa Barnla

Street Art Scavenger Hunt

 

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The Babesta Fresh Crew is always on the on the prowl for the latest fun and active things to do in New York City. We’ve come through with a cool outing to put you up on,,,,, wait for it,,,,, the graffiti street art scavenger hunt with Watson Adventures teamed up with Saddleshoe Tours. Burn some calories, bond with your teammates, and educate yourself, all while learning the roots of the coolest art genre in the scene! The street art scavenger hunt is a great way to take a street art tour in NYC.

Graffiti street art is definitely emerging into the mainstream, filling art galleries and museums with artists like Banksy and Shepard Fairey earning world-wide acclaim. Earn some street cred at your next art show and be the first on your block to study the true roots of street art, in the New York City streets, the Mecca of graffiti, where it all began.

Watson Tours “brings out the best in a fascinating place—and the best in you and your teammates”. The hunts use witty, tricky questions in fast-paced games. According to Watson’s, the “hunts are like walking tours spiked with caffeine”. With Watson Adventure scavenger hunts, you don’t actually hunt for tangible items, instead you work to answer amusing questions about the fascinating places and items you discover.

Scavenger hunts have also been noted as a great activity for building team comradery and bonding. Major corporations have set up company scavenger hunts with Watson Adventures for this exact reason. Amazon.com’s founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos dropped a qoute on their site,  “I loved your witty questions and racing through the museum. I can’t think of a better way to bring people together and have fun”. Although the street art scavenger hunt is for adults only, there are plenty more the company offers for the kids to enjoy.

After your art hunting, NYC graffiti art tour adventure, equip the little ones in the dopest threads and gear designed by renowned artists like Banksy, Rebecca Raney, and many more.

-Asa Barnla

 

Welcoming Quinn + Fox to Babesta!

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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!

Shop Quinn & Fox at Babesta