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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One to Watch: Big Kids Magazine

Got something in the inbox the other day that looked pretty cool – a new creative arts magazine "for children and their grown ups" called BIG Kids Magazine. The mag is based out of Australia and touts bravery, imagination and generosity- three characteristics I can definitely support! The biannual publication is set to show kids' work and artists' work side by side and the editorial team is child-led.

Supporting the artists community and inspiring creativity in kids are values we share at Babesta -so we're excited! This should be a project worth following! Can't wait to see the first issue. Check out their progress at www.bigkidsmagazine.com.

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“Toast to Survivors” – Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Pink was the color of choice today at the "Toast to Survivors" luncheon hosted by The Moms (Denise Albert and Melissa Gerstein) and actress Kristin Chenoweth. Beverage sponsor Martini (the sparkling wine) made sure that each attendee was offered a pretty pink mini bubbly with a straw (a definite indulgance on a Monday afternoon). Some of the most rousing words were spoken by patient advocate Dee Dee Ricks (who has been named one of Wall Street's Most Powerful Women), who relayed her own battle with the disease and her first hand look at the inequities in the health care system based on socio-economics.At the end of the luncheon, Martini presented a check to Kristin Chenoweth for her own charity Maddie's Corner, which she noted will be allocated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Right Action for Women. 

It made me think about how I've defyed the color pink as much as I could (eschewing the pastel palette of the baby-verse), but today paused to acknowledge what a powerful & cool color it is. 

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Newark Museum and BASF Partner to Make Kids’ Science Learning Lab

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We thought it pretty cool when BASF announced that it is partnering with the Newark Museum to create a Kids' Science Learning Lab at the Museum. As the daughter of a chemist, experimentation is in my blood. I can just imagine how much fun it would be for kids (under supervision) to try out these fun interactive classes on Saturdays. Here's a list of classes:

Sept 29 (Water Loves Chemistry: Operation Filtration), October 6 (Playful Polymers), October 13 (The Rainbow Connection), October 20 (A Hair-Raising Experiment), November 3 (The pHun Factor), November 17 (Happy Hands), December 1 (Hold Everything), December 8 (A Hair Raising Experiment) and December 15 (Playful Polymers)– at 1pm and 3pm. Get on your safety goggles folks! This will be fun!

For children aged 6-12

Participation: Free, but space is limited

Reserve in advance by calling 973 596 6563

www.newarkmuseum.org

At Babesta: One Jacket by A for Apple, 3 Ways To Wear it

A for Apple’s Dewi Utility Furry Jacket might just be the piece de resistance for the season. It’s highly versatile and can be worn layered with the fur vest for a luxe-cool, without the fur vest to get an army jacket feel or vest-alone to top off a chic ensemble. The faux fur is soft and the quality and details of this jacket are stand out

Check it out! Shop A for Apple Dewey Utility Jacket

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Elyse Kroll Interiors Gives Babesta Threads a Cool Makeover

Just wanted to give a shout out to Elyse Kroll Interiors–the mastermind behind the Babesta Threads revamp. We can’t say enough about Elyse – and we give her our highest recommendation if you’re looking to spruce up your home or professional space. We didn’t even know we were going to revamp Babesta until Elyse came in (after we tapped her to do the consultation we “won” at the PS 234 school auction). Her ideas were great and we could see her vision in our first conversation. Our interest was immediately piqued and we decided to just go for it. Our contractor was surprised (“we’re revamping the space, are you free next week!?”) but somehow it all came together. (OK I say somehow, but really it was all of us working round the clock). We love her creativity and resourcefulness coupled with a great ability to listen and understand our business needs and come up with attractive solutions to address each one. She definitely captured the Babesta vibe, helping us make our miniature space much more useful while keeping it super-cool. Some of the highlights: The orange and grey accent walls, the framed t-shirt wall, the center locker-tables, the back counter made out of kitchen cabnitry. We look forward to working with Elyse again-She rocks!

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Back to School Window at Babesta

OK, yes, I always do these windows at night! But I couldn't wait to reveal our back to school window! Pencils by Lotless, Book-table by ebay, backpacks by Madpax (you can buy them inside!!!!) :) And (this is really exciting for us) if you bring in 2 new or nearly new books to Babesta for Room to Grow charity (for in-need families), we'll give you 10 percent off your back to school purchase! Back to School Rulez indeed!!! www.babesta.com.

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