Don’t be dissuaded by the report of the long lines or the cold. We are wild about polka dots here and Yayoi Kusama’s art has been on the Must Do list for a while now. (We understand, the holiday’s sometimes take over but it’s ending the 21st so you’ve got to hurry!) If you haven’t seen it, I Who Arrive in Heaven is surreal, intriguing and fantastical. There are two infinity rooms that boast mirrors and dots, dark and light. Read about it here.
Still trying to figure out what to get your kids for Christmas? Here are some of the best Holiday gifts for kids, all hand picked by the Babesta style-elves. Find them online or just give us a buzz and we can wrap and ship for you! Shop Babesta!
We are mad about the newest backpacks to hit Babesta by Sprayground. What makes them so awesome? The wings! When my little 7 year old saw these in the picture she made me earmark one for her this Christmas. They’re sized for an adult (so it’s decidedly ginormous on her because she’s quite petite), and have a built in laptop sleeves and pockets and of course the amazing wings. It’s perfect for an older child or adult who wants a backpack with distinction!
Sprayground, founded by David Ben-David, is definitely the hippest new bag company on the scene, with the bags coveted by celebrities and edgy about-towners. We’re totally psyched to have them in shop this season!
Our stylin’ Babesta elves have been compiling a list of great gifts for the holiday season! Check out the fresh selection ranging from stocking stuffers to the “wow” gifts! Anything you think we’ve missed!? Shop Babesta’s Pinterlist Here!
We get it. Your kids’ a Picasso. And a prolific on to boot. What to do? It’s hard to find the space for all that work, but you can’t bear to part with it forever. Love this app that I just read about on Cool Mom Picks called ArtKive. You can save all the artwork digitally and bound it in a sweet book, so it’s easy to go back to yet fits neatly on the shelf. I for one am going to grab my unruly boxes of artwork-past and give this a whirl. Read more on Cool Mom Picks. (pic from Cool Mom Picks)
This week High Chairs enter the Babesta Ring to see who will emerge victorious from the seat sortie…
Let’s kick things off with THE NUNA ZAAZ!
Endurance tested from when your child can sit upright unaided up to 220lbs, this chair will certainly be in the game for a long time. To compliment it’s endurance, the ZAAZ is flexibly designed to grow with your child. A lift behind the footrest adjusts height and air foam cushions support bottoms of all sizes so you can customize the seat to any size, height, or amount of wiggles. A three or five point anti-loop harness with quick release button allows for ultimate safety and peace of mind. It’s no crevice design allows for easy cleaning and all plastic components are removable and dishwasher safe. It’s made of high-quality, BPA-, PVC-, and DEHP-free and weighs in at 22.1lbs.
Moving around the ring, we meet THE BLOOM FRESCO!
Having shown on runways from Moscow to Milan, Estonian fashion designer Xenia Joost is known for her high style women’s collections, but this season she tries her hand at kidswear. From our recent chat, it’s clear Joost is having fun in this new market and eager to make her mark in children’s fashion.
Why did you decide to bring your line from adult fashion into children’s fashion?
Read more of Babesta’s interview with Xenia on Bubble London’s Blog: http://bubblelondon.blogspot.com/2013/11/introducing-xenia-joost.html
Clockwise from the left: City Select, Vista with Rumble Seat, and The Donkey
This week we welcome three strollers to the Babesta Ring that market themselves on customizability. They’re a little more robust than the lighter-weight models we looked at earlier that pride themselves on similar traits, so we should have a good fight today…
FIRST OFF: THE BUGABOO DONKEY!
The Bugaboo Donkey is one of our favorites among convertible strollers for kid(s). In just three simple clicks, the Bugaboo Donkey converts from a full-sized mono to a full-sized duo stroller. And back again. In it’s Mono Configuration, the Donkey features an innovative side basket as well as a spacious under-seat basket. Large swivel wheels and the one-piece handlebar guarantee maneuverability in places you’d never imagine you could go. The wheels are air filled, so the need for in wheel suspension is negated. It folds up in one piece and stands on its own so you don’t have to worry about storage. The seats recline with a one-hand mechanism and are reversible to allow your kid to look at you or out at the world.
The Donkey also expands to the Duo/Twin configuration for two kids of mixed or similar ages. In fact, there are 17 different configurations – thanks to its interchangeable seats and bassinets, and flexible luggage options – which don’t compromise on comfort or functionality. Its width – just 6 inches wider than mono-configuration – means you can go in and out of entrances with ease. It’s also car seat compatible with the variety of adapters available for a variety of manufacturers
SECOND IN LINE: THE UPPABABY VISTA WITH RUMBLESEAT!
It’s rare we get to say that a seat is ready to rumble in the Babesta ring and have it be literally true. Called the rumble seat for a reason, this expansion kit allows you to convert the Uppababy Vista into a two-child, in-line stroller with ease. The Rumbleseat attaches and detaches (you need to remove it to fold the Vista) in 10 seconds without tools and the wheels are far from child reach, no fender kit required. It’s also guaranteed not to flip when one child gets out. The removable canopy extends fully to back of primary seat and all fabric components are all machine washable.
FINALLY: THE BABY JOGGER CITY SELECT!
The City Select offers parents the unique opportunity to customize their stroller into 16 different combinations to suit their family needs. The multi-position seat reclines for passenger comfort and the multi-position sun canopy features peekaboo windows and adjustable head height. The footwell is also fully customizable for optimal support and comfort for your child. Patented Quick-Fold technology allows you to fold the stroller in one, simple step and the City Select features a secure fold latch for easy transportation or storage. The hand operated parking break makes stopping a breeze and, on the go, the 12″ forever-air rear and 8″ lightweight front wheels with front wheel suspension and sealed ball bearings ensure a smooth ride.
We’ve introduced you to three uber-flexible contenders for the Customizable Primary Stroller Title, now it’s your turn to head to the comments to duke it out. Tell us what you think below!
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