Out-N-About Pick: Chuck Close Artist Talk at the MOMA December 1

I sat by my computer refreshing until registration opened for the Chuck Close artist talk at the MOMA, part of the family program. Close, who is behind the book Face Book, a popular one at Babesta, is a truely inspirational artist who creates large photo based portrait paintings. Diagnosed with facial blindness, he paints people's faces in an attempt to boost his recognition. Close was paralyzed due to a very rare spinal artery collapse, and creates his art using a brush holding device that is strapped to his forearm. To sign up for the artist talk, go to the MOMA's Family Programs

Date: December 1

Time: 1-2pm; preregistration required

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Trend Alert: Sweet Teeth at Babesta

We've noticed that something sweet is happening in the children's biz. And it comes as no surprise. Perhaps it's just that we're irresistibly attracted to anything gummi & adorable. And (recalling the dentist that was paying kids to take their Halloween candy back), we thought we'd pair 'em with some toothy fun. Check out the Gummi Bath Toys by Jellio; GummyLamps by Jailbreak Collective; Crowded Teeth wall art featuring a decidedly sweet tooth; Oeuf's knit tooth pillow; and KidRobot's cupcake plushes. Indulge a little!

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Electro Pop Footmuffs by 7AM Enfant – Just in @babesta

We are super psyched to get the new day-glo footmuffs from our friends at 7AM Enfant. Those ready to embrace this trend head-on, go for the solid pops of fluorescent green or pink-both head-turning & statement-making, but for a more subtle effect the beige with the neon accents is the way to go. On the black Cameleon 3 special edition – these footmuffs are perfection! Shop 7AM Enfant now.

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Here Kitty Kitty – Kids’ Fashion is the Cat’s Meow

It's no big secret that I love cats! We've got three of them at home (even though I'm allergic), so when a the design community decides that cats are fashion forward, I'm the first one to jump aboard! Check out our array of pretty-kitty fashions, decor and toys by the likes of Crowded Teeth, Mini Rodini, Kid Robot, Bobo Choses, Skip Hop, Sourpuss Clothing and Vilac. If you're a cat-person, click here to shop!

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Seeing Stars at Babesta

The star is having a moment! Whereas normally you'd cast your gaze upward to catch 'em, now you can just look toward the playground for some celestial pizzazz . Check out some of our favorite fashion-forward twinklers by Mini Rodini & Bobo Choses at Babesta here.

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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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Project Kittenwalk! Get her designer on with The Fashion Class NYC

So I recently read about "The Fashion Class" in midtown, where kids can learn fashion illustration, hand sewing, crafting using sewing machines, draping, accessory design and more. This byproduct of the Project Runway generation seemed like it would be a great way for girls to explore their creativity and personal style.  I signed my own girls up and for the past few weeks have been popping up to midtown every Saturday. The course started with developing an idea for a line, a logo, a mood board and figure drawing, proportions and more. There's even a fashion show & exhibition at the end of the course.

Even if you are already scheduled out, there are also some cool one-off workshops as well – for instance, on October 27, The Fashion Class is hosting an afternoon workshop on Making Your Own Halloween Costume – $100 per child. The costumes look pretty cool – girls choose between a mermaid costume, a gothic princess costume and Cleopatra. Not too spooky but definitely neat for them to be able to say they made their own ensembles!

The classes are suitable for ages 6-13. Make Your Own Halloween Costume will run from 12:00pm-3:00pm on October 27 at The Fashion Class Headquarters, 21 West 39th Street 4A btwn 5th and 6th avenues. For more info & for more classes, go to www.thefashionclass.com.

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