When we see a cool charity, we have to give a shout out! Meet Project Art. . .
With a mission to close the gap in access to arts education for children, non-profit Project Art offers free classes in painting and drawing in 7 public libraries in the city. Started several years ago in the wake of school budget cuts, increased emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and standardized testing, founder Adarsh Alphons opened the doors of a borrowed Harlem studio with nothing but a bag of art supplies and the limitless imagination of those who stepped in. Just three years later, Project Art has grown and formalized its program offering classes and raising the awareness of the importance of an arts education for children.
Tristin & Tyler give us their best style snippets when hitting the streets in NYC.
If you don’t know Tristin & Tyler, it’s time to take notice. These twins about town are busy in the city, hosting events, writing their blog and interviewing celebs – and whatever they do they are guaranteed to do it in style. Each Thursday they’re checking in with us with a style tip making for a very fashionable fall!
Downtown Express: To be subway and street ready in New York City, rock graffiti inspired gear and camo
From The Production Line of Happiness, by Christopher Williams at the MOMA.
We all got happy because Pharrell told us to. Now, we get happy once again as the MOMA presents The Production Line of Happiness, a new retrospective of work by artist Christopher Williams. Using various techniques, including photography and Super 8 video, Williams examines the capitalist society and the role of imagery in conspicuous consumption. The title of the retrospective gives a nod to Jean-Luc Godard, a filmmaker who famously aligned his hobby editing film featuring the bucolic Swiss countryside to his experience as a factory worker.
Try to resist these happy tees and tops at Babesta! Go ahead, Smile!
Make like Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise for some mother-daughter bonding at the Brooklyn Museum’s high heel art show. This fall, art and fashion collide in one of history’s most iconic objects of desire – Killer Heels: The Art of the High Heeled Shoe exhibition from September 10, 2014, through February 15, 2015.
Over 160 symbols of elevated elegance will be on display, running the gamut from some of the earliest historic examples, to traditional modern classics, and futuristic conceptual pieces that bear a very loose resemblance to an actual shoe. Also featured, are six high heel inspired short films that were specifically commissioned for this exhibition from artists Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh, Zach Gold, Steven Klein, Nick Knight, Marilyn Minter, and Rashaad Newsome.
Presented are works from both emerging and established designers, including Manolo Blahnik, Chanel, Tom Ford, Zaha Hadid and Iris van Herpen for United Nude, Pierre Hardy, Nicholas Kirkwood, Christian Louboutin, Alexander McQueen, Prada, Winde Rienstra, Elsa Schiaparelli, Noritaka Tatehana, and Vivienne Westwood. Also included are classic shoes by André Perugia, Pietro Yantorny, Roger Vivier, Beth Levine, and Salvatore Ferragamo. Sorta a who’s who in fashion!
Early shoes on exhibit include seventeenth century silk Italian chopines, eighteenth century European leather and metal patterns, and nineteenth-century cotton and silk embroidered Manchu platforms from China.
Ready for some stand-outs: Look out for Marilyn Monroe’s Ferragamo stilettos from1959 (awesome!), stiletto mules of silk, metal, and glass by Roger Vivier for House of Dior (1960); and a wool “heel hat” made by Elsa Schiaparelli in collaboration with Salvador Dalí (1937–38). How bout a black leather platform bootie with an 8-inch heel designed by United Nude for Lady Gaga (2012); Céline’s fur pump (2013) covered in mink; and several other designs made in collaboration with United Nude such as Zaha Hadid’s chromed vinyl rubber, kid nappa leather, and fiberglass “Nova” shoe (2013). Don’t forget “Printz,” from Christian Louboutin’s Spring/Summer 2013–14 collection, and Iris van Herpen’s 3-D printed heel, “Beyond Wilderness” (2013)
So: now the point: Start your pint-sized shoe diva off early with the flyest kicks at Babesta,
So if you’re looking for mother-daughter bonding this fall, consider a playdate that everyone will enjoy at the Brooklyn Museum . Inspired? Shop cool shoes (that aren’t so high & treacherous)
Head’s Up! Fiona Walker animal heads have arrived at Babesta! The U.K. label that creates handmade decorative animal heads in wool has won our hearts! A bit tongue in cheek, we are particularly partial to Fifi, the french poodle, who makes an adorable statement in a girls’ room.
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!
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.
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)