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  1. Legal Eagle

    Talking trusts & estates with NYC based lawyer and author Shannon McNulty.
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  2. Fall in Love with Rylee & Cru

    Designer extraordinaire, Kelli Murray shares her views on inspiration, family life, Instagram and creating Rylee & Cru. Reading on to hear from Mrs. Murray in her own words.
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  3. Chit Chatting with the Ladies of Heymama

    Behind the successful heymama business lies friends, partners and of course mamas.
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  4. Running Around: Uptown Downtown

         Want to find the best running route for you? Look for a great spot with minimum traffic and lights, close to your home. The easier it is to get there and get running the more likely you’ll stick to it!

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  5. Insta-Infant Influencers: Meet @badboi_vivi

    Rocking so many of Babesta's favorite brands including Mini Rodini and Bobo Choses, with the effortless style only a 1-year old can pull off, we have to introduce you to an Itsy Bitsy Instagrammer. Meet super-fly Vida (aka BadBoi_Vivi), a fashion influencer to watch in today's world of younger and younger style stars. Handle: @badboi_viviAge: 1 yearHometown: LAFave Fashion: vintage Levi's jean jacketMust Visit: Kidspace Children's Museum in Pasadena (A.K.A. Baby Coachella)Follows: @tinykaper, @momcrushmondayVida 1_CMYKLittle Vida is looking forward to seamlessly transitioning his layette from summer to fall. "I can't wait for layers! Lots

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  6. Eat Play Love: London Scout of Scout the City Dishes on her Faves

    London Scout Scout the CityInstagram lights up when Scout the City’s London Scout dons her latest fashion find! Although the four year old style maven reportedly would choose her Elsa outfit if she had her way, when not in princess mode, Scout’s seen sporting "it" brands in the indie kids’ market, from Barcelona-based Bobo Choses to Mexican luxe label Little Miss Galia. Her mom, Sai, serves as her parental paparazzi, posting Scout snaps daily for a dose of city kid style.

    "It all started because my single New York friends were sick of me posting my child on Facebook every 10 minutes (I thought I’d never be that mom)," says Sai. She says Scout the City became her alt out

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  7. Chatting with Rowdy Sprout Rocker Tee Royalty, Laura Angotti

    the clash shirtBabesta scored a backstage pass with a brand that’s been rockin’ the cradle since 2003 with a top-of-the-charts kids’ fashion line.What’s the playlist of your closet? If you’re a fan of hip baby tee company, Rowdy Sprout, your rotation might include Johnny Cash, Sublime, Jimi Hendrix, Blondie, Bruce Springsteen—and lots of Grateful Dead and Dylan. California native Laura Angotti, the brand’s founder and self-proclaimed “hippy at heart,” has been rocking the kids’ fashion world with her band tees since 2003. Formerly an art installer (she used to hang classics on the walls of everywhere from the Guggenheim to the New York Historical Society), Angotti got an opportunity to appease her love for fashion. Ten years ago, at the behest of a friend, she says, “I made 26 iron on transfer band tees.” She was excited by the idea of shaking up the very pink and blue baby world with something more edgy. Her concept quickly made its way up the fashion charts, and now a decade later, the hits keep coming.We got to chat with Angotti about what’s new at Rowdy Sprout, her new collection “Unplugged” and why, when other trends come and go, the music always plays on. Were you ever in a band? OMG I have serious musical envy—I’ve never been in a band and don’t play an instrument. I sing, but not well! If you ever started a band, what would be your band’s name? The name of my band would be “The Blistered Nipples.” We’d play a mix between folk and punk rock. I would be a singer/guitar player. We would definitely hit small venues all over the world—Spain, Italy, Portugal, Ireland, NYC, and all over USA.OK, you’ve been making band tees for a decade. Music changes a lot in 10 years. Does musical taste in fashion change? It’s funny because the truth is the same bands are still my best sellers. ACDC, Beatles, anything with Grateful Dead. I constantly am searching for new bands and new licenses but it’s harder than you would imagine to find the people who have the authority to license merch. And then you come across a lot of companies that do everything in house and won’t work with anyone else which is a real bummer.How has Rowdy Sprout changed over the years? The longer I do this, the more seriously the bands and merch companies take me. At first it was really hard to get bands and companies to give me license rights. Over time it’s gotten a little easier but unfortunately the bands and companies are getting harder and harder to work with. I have found that I have to work five times as hard to get the same amount of shirts approved. However, over the years, I have also created a much better product than what I first started with—lots of variety in color and style. I also now have two children which has made a huge difference in my design. In fact, my daughter has inspired me to create a whole new look for girls (coming spring ’15!)This season, you launch your new Unplugged line–how did that come about? I’m so excited about Rowdy Sprout Unplugged. The bands are great but many have gotten harder and harder to work with. Unplugged was originally started so I could have something that I have complete control over. I love a good tee shirt and vintage inspiration is always big for me. Of course, I also design things out of need in the marketplace. The sweatpants were created because I simply can never find cool sweats for my kids. I think comfort is key for kids and why not look cool at the same time?new york city shirtWhy do you think it’s so important for kids to be exposed to music? I think music shapes us from a very early age. I have memories of music that are almost more palpable than any other memory. Like chocolate, I think music is one of the finer things in life and very important to share with your children!What do you listen to at home? We listen to a lot of everything. My husband is the DJ of the household mostly! We listen to Spotify all the time and get lots of new music from there. Our current favorite song is by Lord Huron “Ends of the Earth” It also happens to be in my kids’ favorite movie “Walking With Dinosaurs.” If you could meet any musician, dead or alive, who would it be and why? Easy, that’s Bob Dylan! Lyrical genius.Shop the entire Rowdy Sprout collection.
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  8. BABESTAGRAM : Chatting with fashion stylist and instagrammer Lynn Levoy

    Us_cmyk2In between snapping super cool shots she's done for  Babesta's Instagram, many times featuring her adorable son Callum, fashion stylist Lynn Levoy tells about her love for social media, cool kids’ style and raising a child in New York City.instagram pics“I love Instagram because I can tell a story with images,” says Lynn Levoy, a seasoned fashion stylist who’s worked for magazines like Elle, New York Magazine and Vanity Fair. “It creates more of  a mood than other social media outlets and allows me to be more personal and take it to the next level.” Levoy has been lending her talent to the Babesta Instagram account and often shoots looks on her 4 ½ year old son, Callum, our cover model.  We caught up with her to chat about her fab sense of style and the fun of raising a kid in the city.What’s your definition of cool?  Rather than “cool,” I like to think in terms of “effortless.”  Which for me is the ultimate–creating a vibe without trying.Do you have a signature style?I don’t overthink fashion. I dress for my mood. I usually have one thing in mind that I want to wear and then base my outfit for the day around that. I try to pass that on to Callum. I never want him to think of clothes as more than just a form of self-expression, like art.He’s only 4 ½ but he already has quite a bit to say in terms of what and how he wears his clothes.  I just let him do his thing and guide him when I can, so he can continue to develop his own unique style…How would you describe raising a child in
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  9. Project Runway's Bad Boy of Fashion, Jeffrey Sebelia, and his brand, La Miniatura Kids

    Project Runway's Jeffrey Sebelia and La Miniatura Kids cool fashion line  Project Runway winner and designer behind kids’ fashion line La Miniatura, Jeffrey Sebelia dishes about his über cool kids’ line.

    "First question (it’s on all of our minds!): Given that you and Heidi Klum both have kids’ lines, what are the chances of an upcoming Project Runway Kids show?” He shakes his head and laughs. “She’ll have to really step up her game before that happens.” That’s Jeffrey —the bad boy instigator who had us glued to Project Runway (Season 3) and most recently, Project Runway All Stars.

         “What would be fun,” he continues, “is if the kids worked with professional seamstresses, and you could tap into their minds for design, but a seamstress sewed the garments.”

         Now on his fifth season in kids’ fashion, Sebelia admits that it surprised him how much he connected with childrenswear. “As a designer, of course I love womenswear. I also love menswear and making things that I like for myself,” he says. Although initially rebuffing the idea of childrenswear, he found he was compelled by the challenge of it. “I love creating something that’s both exciting and appropriate, elevated without being too sophisticated.”

     La Miniatura green bird print dress for kids

    His rebellious streak is in the DNA of the children’s fashion brand. As Sebelia tells it, he had been working as a creative director of a women’s fashion company, when friends approached him (their
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  10. Hip Tips: Designing a Nursery with Style

    kalon image Elyse Kroll, the interior designer who transformed Babesta Threads last year, offers some tips on designing  a standout nursery, toddler or kid's room. 1. Create a comfy reading nook. Instill a lifelong love of reading with a special spot devoted to it. Choose a grown-up sized upholstered chair (for reading together) with an easy-care slipcover that can go in the wash. A reading chair should have its own lighting source. Skip the overhead lighting when reading in favor of a nearby standing lamp or table lamp. 2. Involve your child in the design process.  The surefire way to create a
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