2017 petitePARADE at Children’s Club 

Lilli Gaufrette Image by Getty Images


I was delighted to recieve an invite to petitePARADE last week at the Jacob Javitz Center in NYC. This year the biannual children’s fashion show teamed up with Children’s Club to present the best brands in the children’s clothing and accessories.

Photo by Getty Images for petitePARADE


Children’s Club is an international trade show exhinbitors, buyers, designers, bloggers and industry insiders. Exhibitors presented looks from their collections modeled by mini fashionistas from Zuri Model and Talent Agency.

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This was the first time a fashion show took place at Children’s Club. Guests were invited to arrive early to mingle,chat over cocktails before the show. The runway was lifted 3 feet from the floor which provided us an unobstructed view and we were able to sit at tables or in seats close to the stage.

 


This was quite different from past presentations, it was less chaotic the photogs were able to get clear shots with out jostling for spots. DJ Alden, from CirKiz kept the crowd entertained with the latest hits, my favorite track a deep house version of Pon de Replay by Rihanna.

 

The fashion show opened with ethereal girls fashions from in neutral colors Aisiabobo and Angel’s Face.  Brands that stood out on the runway were TO collection, Wild and Fierce, Oh Baby, Diesel, and Mod Girl. I adored the styling for the Oh Baby Collection, one of the models was outfitted in combat boots, a soft layered pink skirt, a textured unicorn sweater with a shiny gold fabric grown on her head.

Oh Baby! Photo from Getty Images


Oh Baby! Photo from Getty Images


I was super excited after the show to browse the empty trade show floors and look at collections. It was like having a private sneak peek at the latest kids collections from all over the world.

Children’s Club Exhibition Photo by Fresh Kid Nation


Fashion trends for Fall 2017 include Metallics, lots of greenery, and other soft neutral colors like gray or white. The color palette most designers captures could be described as youthful and free spirited.

TO Collection photo From Getty Images


Visit the following websites for more info!

http://www.petitePARADE.com

www.ubmfashion.com

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Darien Douglas I am Possible campaign with Isossy Children

I am so proud of 8 year old Dari, from Brooklyn NYC, on his quest to become an actor! His mom and I are besties! He is featured on Isossy Children’s blog.  Isossy is a London based children’s fashion company. The I Am Possible campaign launched in 2014. It’s purpose; to empower  and promote inspirational kids.screen-shot-2017-01-07-at-6-28-22-pm

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Blue Ivy’s MTV VMA Red Carpet fashion


Blue Ivy Carter was best dressed at the famed MTV music video awards in NYC last weekend. Her fabulous gown was from children’s brand Mischka Aoki. The gold accented gown is from the spring/summer 2015 collection and is estimated to cost around 10,400k. 


She also donned a pair of embellished Giuseppe Zanotti  high top sneakers and a Lorraine Schwartz tiara to complete her chic princess look. 

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kidpik Basics Launch party NYC

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Have you heard about kidpik? It’s a girls fashion site where you can find quality and on trend wardrobe items and have them delievered to your home in a neat box! Subscription free box services is no longer just for grown ups.


 kidpik was envisioned by Ezra Dabah, former CEO of the Childrens’ Place. Dabah is now the CEO of Nina Shoes and he was seen mingling with the bloggers, stylist and kiddie fashionistas at the party. I was super excited to meet Dabah, as he has decades of experience in the fashion industry. We chatted briefly about the quality of the clothing that kippik offers and my favorite collection.

” Basics are an essential part of a girl’s wardrobe. We are thrilled to offer a great selection of basics to complement the kidpik fashion collection.”-Ezra Dabah

MJ and I was greeted  by Nancy and Deena, upon arrival. I was treated to a viewing of the new kidpik items and MJ was whisked away to snacks and face painting.

https://kidpikbasics.com/
 Deena explained how subscribers can get a curated head toe toe look based on style choices and preferences. A style profile is created, and shoppers can pick which items they want shipped. Items can be tried on at home and whatever you don’t want you can send back paying for the ones you love the most and decide to keep.

Ameenha Lee and MJ


I got to shop for items from the basics collection and I had a preview of the fall collections. My fave look girly glam! I envisioned my adorable niece in sparkles and prints. I chose a lace dress and cozy yellow knit t-shirt for her. 

They did not plan their chic yellow outfits!


I also got to meet other bloggers and enjoyed catching up with friends. Everyone raves about the rainbow bagels, from the Bagel Store in Brooklyn. It was hard trying to get MJ to leave as he was working on a mural worth the other kids.

 

For more info about kidpik visit 

http://www.kidpik.com 
https://kidpikbasics.com/

Just 4 U kids presents Kiddieprenuer Weekend 2016

Kiddiepreneuer weekend took place over 3 days at iPlayAmerica in Freehold New Jersey. Attendees had the opportunity to network, play games, watch a children’s fashion show, purchase items, meet celebrities, learn how to start a business and be entertained by upcoming music artists. I attended an Expo nearly 2 years ago in NJ and was treated to a kiddie fashion show while MJ got to play in a bounce house and eat cotton candy. According to its website the mission of Kiddiepreneur is

It is the mission of Just 4 U Kids – KiddiePreneur to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit of people, young and old nationwide, through training, live celebrity/motivational events, while providing an outlet for networking. Balancing education through entrepreneurship is a key factor in building one’s self confidence.

I attended the conference on Sunday and arrived just in time for the children’s fashion show. Several new brands were modeled by young fashionistas. Amiyah Baby Collection and Savanah Banana were two lines designed by kid entrepreneurs. Mk collection creations Patterson NJ,That too coutoure NY,Swag kings NJ, Triple stitch divas.  
Kid Actor Trinitee Stokes, who currently stars on Disney Channel’s hit show KC Undercover appeared in a lovely yellow sundress. She was one of the many  honorees that received an award of recognition that afternoon. 


The crowd was also treated to musical performances by Danny Munoz, Young Devyn as well as Kris and Aaron. These teens were incredibly talented and had such amazing stage presence. 

Singer, actress, businesswoman and reality star Demetria McKinney gave an inspiring speech to the audience about her struggles and triumphs. 

I’ve been told no so many times in my life. But the beauty of it is that in everything, every circumstance, in every situation in every opportunity I had a choice. I had the choice to determine whether those No’s was going to stop me!



For more info go to http://www.just4uexpo.com

Sasha and Malia Obama attend their first State dinner

 

Arriving with parent President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama

 
First daughters Sasha and Malia Obama made major fashion news with their stunning ball gowns at their first State dinner in Washington D.C. this week. 

   

Sasha and Malia chat with Candian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

 17 year old Malia wore a ivory embellished strapless gown from designer Naeem Khan. 14 year old Sasha wore a lace burgundy gown with beige and turquoise accents. She also donned two French braids and a string tied choker to complete her bold look.  

   
 First Lady Michelle Obama wore Naeem Khan to her first state dinner in 2009.

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Kids Rock! NYFW 2016

 

 The annual runway show took place in New York last week. The Spring/Summer show featured Haddad Brand clothing such as Nike, Jordan Converse and Levi’s. Tons of celebs were spotted in the front row and on the runway. LaLa Anthony was spotted cheering on her son Kiyan Anthony. New model Amber Star who has appeared on The Real worked the runway. From Real Housewives of New Jersey, Teresa Gudice made an appearance with her family.

 

The crowd enjoyed music from twin Dj’s Amira and Kayla from Little Club Heads.


You can watch the show below Click on the PHOTO!

 

 

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Old Navy’s controversial t-shirts

  
Old Navy released a series of T-shirts in late last month which stated “Young Aspiring Artist” the word artist is crossed out and replace with President or astronaut. The t-shirts was a part of the toddler girls clothing line put was pulled after the retail giant faced social media backlash. 

  
  

Old Navy states in an interview with Buzz Feed”Our toddler tees come in a variety of designs including tees that feature ballerinas, unicorns, trucks and dinosaurs and include phrases like, ‘Free Spirit.’ They are meant to appeal to a wide range of aspirations.”

Super Rich Kids Launch Party 2015

  

 Cool mom of 5 Shaina Sead  started Super Rich Kids in 2013 as a kids lifestyle brand and clothing line.  The SRK mission  statement is”We PLEDGE of Allegiance, to the KIDs, of the SuperRich Nation & to the Lifestyle for which they live: One Behavior under Style, individuals, with Dignity and Vogue for all.”

When asked to describe SRK Shaina tells me that the brand is ​dedicated to “The Highest Degree of Great Value/ Worth in youngsters through Fashion, Entertainment & the Arts. It​ encompasses Being “SuperRich” in Life: Loyalty, Love & Family.”
Currently all orders are through our social media: FB & IG or by email. Our new website/ and online store will be live, Mid January!

 


MJ and I were super excited to attend the launch party, Welcome to the Klub Haus at Lotus Lounge in Connecticut on December 13th. We were greeted by young ladies in custom SRK T-shirts, MJ received a VIP bracelet and a handful of glow sticks and bracelets. The Lounge was lit by pink lighting and stylish kids couldn’t wait to eat treats, look through their gift bags or decided if they wanted a kid safe tattoo or quirky face paint design.


Lots of pizza arrived around 4 pm and kids were invited to take fun paparazzi style pictures afterwards. Attendees were invited to the dance floor to show off the latest dance crazes from Hit the Quan, the Dlow Shuffle, Dab and I even enjoyed watching the Whip and Nae Nae because so many toddlers joined in on the fun.
Shaina was the best hostess, greeting every single guest, posing for photos, dancing with the kids making sure everyone was having fun. She happily passed me a large swag bag with a custom black sweat shirt and black and gold embroidered beanie.


Kid DJ Bam Bam played the latest dance hits that kept mom and kids happy and rocking! Two lucky ladies Autumn, 11 and Chloe  age 7 celebrated their birthdays in a vip section with their friends.

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MJ with the young ladies of SRK Autumn, Brandy & Chloe

Every guest received a gift bag filled with glow sticks, wayfayer sunglasses, marshmallow treats, and coloring books from Color a positive thought.



More info about the event:

Decor by SuperRichKids

Balloons by Like No Other Events

Tattoos by Paris WIlliams of Ms. Paris’ Playdates

Face Painting by Alicia Cobb of Art Simplicated

Photography by iPartyCT.net and Noula

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Devyn the Experience


I met Devyn Tyson nearly 3 years ago while she was hosting a fashion show in Brooklyn. I went backstage and had to meet the talented  young lady. Fast forward to 2015 Devyn, age 13, is attending high school, has graced the stage at the Apollo, created amazing original songs and  performed for thousands of fans in her home town New York City, New Jersey, Grenada, and Trinidad.


The show opened  to a full house, Devyn burst onto the stage with a DJ, live musicians, a background vocalist and a group of young dancers adorned in navy blue outfits. These young dancers completed so many flawless transitions its hard to believe they are all still in high school. Devyn began the concert with rap covers to top hits such as Fetty Wap’s My Way and The Weeknd’s R&B song Earned It. Devyn appeared poised, polished and professional as she engaged the excited audience with a bright smile, amazing vocals and chic long sleeve white and black romper with combat boots.

There was a brief fashion presentation by 16 year old Imani Parker, who had teen models rocking a few items from her juniors fashion line Unparalleled by Imani. The line featured mixed textures and prints, such as denim with african prints on a romper. My favorite piece a bright orange and hot pink leopard crop top.

 

 The second half of the show featured 3 upcoming Soca artists, Mani D Gift, Jilani and Kimani the Big Show. All three guys had the audience on their feet as they performed various original Soca songs. A few audience members even waved whites flags as they were digging the island vibes. The highlight of the show was the closing, Devyn acknowledged her team with a song that she wrote at age 8. Her entire crew joined her on the stage as she thanked them for working with her. Tears flowed as Dev embraced her mother Natasha in a warm hug.
The show ended with song called Jump Up in The Islands and a young stilt walker parading through the aisles. It was a truly entertaining experience and I know Devyn will continue to wow music lovers as she advances in her career as an entertainer.

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Check out the behind the scenes video from Established in 88 on YouTube

 

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