LL and Maxi’s First Fashion Night Out

A few nights ago, with the help of my babysitter bailing on us, my husband and I triumphantly brought both of our boys to their first fashion event. Saks Boston previewed their spring men’s designer collections with a fabulous presentation styled by local designer and super cool dad, Jeff Lahens of DressCode Boston, all to benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation. The wine was flowing, the music was bumpin’, the newest kicks were kickin’ and my boys were taking it all in. Earlier that day, I told LL we were going to a party so he was expecting kiddos and cake. When he walked in, he saw men’s shoes, fancy hors d’oeuvres and nothing close to a birthday cake. Poor kid.

Before long, he was shaking hands with Boston’s finest, trying his hand at DJing, posing for our favorite Boston events photographer Michael Blanchard, getting schooled on the difference between Tod’s and Fendi loafers and finally standing front row as the models came strutting down the runway. Versace sneakers, monochromatic red head-to-toe ensemble, gorgeous velvet loafers (which LL pointed out as “tapki”- “slippers” in Russian), it was truly a beautifully styled presentation that showcased the fashion-forward thinking of Jeff Lahens and the team at Saks Boston.

LL and Maxi’s first night out in the world of fashion was a success… at least in my eyes it was. They were on their best behavior, we managed to get through the party without filling a Farragamo loafer or Zegna sport coat pocket with food, smiles all around and the best part came at the end of the night… LL’s valuable lesson. Sometimes cake is round and cut into triangles and sometimes, when mama takes him to fancy adult parties, cake is the size of a matchbox car, covered in chocolate and sits on a stick. At that point, he didn’t care about anything else, in LL’s eyes, if there was cake, t’was truly a party after all!

Get your butts to Saks and check out their men’s collections… my husband was definitely eyeing some pieces for spring!

watermarked photographs courtesy of Michael Blanchard… http://www.michaelblanchard.com

 

Where's the cake?

Where’s the cake?

 

On the 1s and 2s

On the 1s and 2s

 

Bruins

Schmoozin'

Schmoozin’

 

Versace Kicks

Versace Kicks

 

I'll take one in each color...

I’ll take one in each color…

 

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Cara Fratto, Saks' Marketing Director with Jeff Lahens

Cara Fratto, Saks’ Marketing Director with Jeff Lahens

 

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Bruins

 

Silly boy...

Silly boy…

 

With the talented Jeff Lahens

With the talented Jeff Lahens

 

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Little Maxi takes over...

Little Maxi takes over…

 

Thanks for a great night Saks!

Thanks for a great night Saks!

 

 

Freshly Hatched

So now that I have your undivided attention, I wanted to announce some breaking news to you guys. I am super excited about the new addition to my life, it’s still early on, but I just couldn’t wait to tell everyone that I am…. launching a new venture in fashion!!! Oh, did you think it was something else? I’m still trying to get my pre-preggo body back… that is definitely not in the cards for me right now.

Which brings me to this venture… Before I had LL, I had no clue, not even a fascination of how hard it is to bounce back, drop all the baby weight and feel 100% normal (body wise… brain wise, I’m still working on it). I think it took me about 14 months to get back to my exact weight before getting pregnant which is understandable, but much too long for me. It was too long to wait to fit into all of my skin tight dresses, it took too long to see my cellulite disappear for my short shorts and silk pants, too long to tone up my legs and ass to even fathom sporting a bikini, never mind my poor 5 inch heels that suffered the brunt of it supporting my overweight ass. You get the [overweight] picture.

This time around, I’m not messing around, especially with spring right around the corner. One of my favorite days of the year is when I spend hours taking out all of my spring and summer clothing out of storage (which I conveniently and cruelly labeled “skinny bitch clothes”), and I just know that I won’t be able to mentally handle not fitting into everything again.

Luckily, I have my best friend, my partner in crime and my greatest motivator in my arsenal this time around. I bestow an enormous token of gratitude to the ex-196-pounder Jessica Diaz, into kicking my ass into full gear and helping me to drop almost all of my baby #2 weight. As a professional barre instructor, she challenged me to take one of her barre classes and I was immediately obsessed. If you’ve never done barre, you should. That’s all I have to say. Combine ballet + pilates + embarrassing leg shaking + can’t move the next 3 days, that = how you get your body back.

Pre-LL bod

2010          Pre-LL bod

6 months after having LL.. holy arms!

2011     6 months after having LL… Holy arms!

2012 16 months after having LL... Arms toned, leg out.

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16 months after having LL… Arms toned, leg out.

2012     I'm in crop top heaven!

2012              I’m in crop top heaven!

2012 Jessica and I doing our best poses

2012           Jessica and I doing our best poses

2013   Weeks after having baby Maxi, I couldn't wait to get out and play... good thing I had my mumu on!

2013       Weeks after having baby Maxi, I couldn’t wait to get out and play… thank God for my trusty mumu!

January 2014   Work in progress

January 2014               Work in progress

My cheerleader and partner in crime

My cheerleader and partner in crime

And now you ask about this new venture that I was so excited to tell you about… Jessica and I always talk about the affects of how both of our professions profoundly increase our clients’  self confidence, sex appeal and energy level, not to mention how it opens their eyes to new possibilities in fashion trends and risk taking. Putting the obvious aside, we thought about how amazingly well fitness and fashion go together, and more so than anyone really likes to talk about. Our new baby is this venture together; bringing our clients, readers, mamas, instagram and Facebook followers all of the greatest and newest in what fitness and fashion have to challenge us with every season.

My short shorts have nothing on me this year because I’ve been doing my barre squats, along with my seat work. I’ve resurrected my crop tops and stocked up on some new ones (can you have too many?) because I’ve been doing my core work and planks (cheated a few times, for sure), and I have confidence that my booty will be as close to bootilicious as the had-two-babies excuse can allow by summer because I’ve been painstakingly doing my legs lifts with a ball, with a strap, with weights and with every last ounce of energy I have!

We’ve starting slowly, as every new project does, but hope that you guys love what we have to say and share and hopefully together we can change and inspire even more mamas out there that think that their temple of a body went out with the bag full of dirty diapers.

Birth Announcement:

Ms. Fit for Society

Born: 2014      Weight: touchy subject    Height: the top of the world

Both mamas and baby are healthy and doing just great!

Find us on Instagram (for now): @msfitforsociety 

Every Walkin’ Mama’s Dream Come True

Just because the temperature has bounced up to a whopping 40 degrees today doesn’t mean it’s time to get the strollers detailed for spring just yet. But, the slight signs of spring are upon us and so is the inventory of the trendiest shoes for the season to come!

If you’re a walkaholic like myself, there are three things that are an absolute must-have for any strolling mama. Number 1, a cup holder of all cup holders… this needs to carefully cradle your precious iced coffee/latte, as well as a bottle, half-eaten fruit and perhaps the one shoe your kiddo kicked off with no regard to your fleeting patience level. Number 2 is of course your iced coffee/latte/iced tea/flask? I don’t know about you, but the only thing that gets me up and out of the house (besides the prospect of working on my first tan of the season) is that first, delicious, dream-come-true sip of my LARGE iced vanilla almond milk latte. It not only gives me the energy I need to get through the tough terrain (hills, lost shoes, dog shit, screaming baby), but it allows me to almost get away… like sipping an iced cold daiquiri on an island somewhere far far away. And the number 3 item we should all have this coming season is a pair of espadrilles. I know, not the climactic finish to my list you were expecting, but I tell you, this is the trendiest piece of equipment you can have. They’re flat, they come in hundreds of different colors and patterns, you can Chanel them, you can leather them, you can wipe drool and playground mess off of them, you can buy more than just one pair, you can wear them from springtime to fall, you can wear them to your play dates and lunch dates, you can truly be a new person when espadrilles are a part of your life.

I’ve been wearing espadrilles for as long as I can remember and what I also remember is that they’ve always been a bit hard to find… well, not this year. I’ve scoured the fashion’s highest and lowest ends and found quite the collection to choose from. Take my word for it and I’ll see you out there mama; with your detailed stroller, your iced latte dripping with sweat in its perfect cup holder and perhaps a leopard print espadrille to bottom it all off.

Happy almost spring!

~ta-ta from googoogabgab

Chanel

Chanel

Balenciaga Leather Loafer Espadrilles

Balenciaga

Dolce and Gabbana

Dolce and Gabbana

Fendi

Fendi

Jeffrey Campbell

Jeffrey Campbell

Rene Caovilla

Rene Caovilla

SJP for Nordstrom

SJP for Nordstrom

Soludos

Soludos

Tabitha Simmons

Tabitha Simmons

Valentino

Valentino

We Are Handsome for Soludos

We Are Handsome for Soludos

And of course, you can’t forget about the kiddos… How cute are these?!!

Dolce & Gabbana Kids

Dolce & Gabbana Kids

Old Navy

Old Navy

Robeez

Robeez

Soludos Kids

Soludos Kids

Stuart Weitzman

Stuart Weitzman

Ugg Australia

Ugg Australia

Key to the Cure with Fashion

Every year Saks Fifth Avenue partners with the Friends of Dana-Farber to present the annual nationwide “Key to the Cure” initiative to fight women’s cancers. For one weekend in October, Saks donates 2 percent of all clothing sales to the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers and raises a ton of money from the entrance to the fashion show itself.

This year I was extremely honored to have been asked to help style and emcee this annual fashion show!

Last week I was invited to Saks in Boston to see what the Marketing Director, Cara Fratto had up her (designer) sleeve. Along with Marketing Manager Christina Giordano, we went through each look one by one and discussed how it could best be styled for every type of woman, from mom to corporate vixen to lady who lunches to lady who picks up kids at school to charity queen. We spent hours picking out the perfect hats, cross-body bags, jewels, sunglasses and of course, the ever-so important shoe, for every single ensemble. Tough job, but somebody had to do it.

Pulling looks

Pulling looks

Red Valentino fur jacket and skirt; Derek Lam blouse

Red Valentino fur jacket and skirt; Derek Lam blouse

Lanvin cardigan

Lanvin cardigan

The Row gray suit; Dries Van Noten blouse

The Row gray suit; Dries Van Noten blouse

Alexander McQueen white dress

Alexander McQueen white pearl dress; Jimmy Choo shoes

Now, the hardest part, picking the perfect ensemble to wear to the show for moi….

I was drooling over this Alexander McQueen dress

I was drooling over this Alexander McQueen dress

Celine fur top, Givenchy top, Givenchy tank, Stella McCartney pants

Celine fur top, Givenchy top, Givenchy tank, Stella McCartney pants

What these pieces actually look like….

From the runway and the incomparable Carine Roitfeld

Givenchy F/W 2013 runway and the incomparable Carine Roitfeld

Givenchy F/W 2013 Runway

Givenchy F/W 2013 Runway

What I really wanted to rock to the show…

Celine fur sandals

Celine fur sandals

Celine fur top with blush colored skirt

Celine fur top with blush colored skirt

Time to rock and roll…

Show time

Show time

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Waiting to take the stage

Waiting to take the stage

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The amazing Gretchen Pace, Saks’ General Manager and uber stylish mom

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Saks_048_1095Seven For All Mankind printed denim, Joie leather top, Yigal Azrouel leather jacket, Reed Krakoff cuff and necklace, Brian Atwood shoes.

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Pretty faces in the crowd

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Brunello Cucinelli silk pants, Lanvin sweater, Eugenia Kim wool hat, Tod’s loafers

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Missoni knit dress, Marc Jacobs Coat, Jimmy Choo knee-high leather boots

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The Row leather dress, Dolce & Gabbana floral blouse, Celine leather booties

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Carven coat and blouse, AG coated jeans, Eric Javits hat, Alexander Birman for Saks flats.

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Etro black gown

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Acquilano Rimondi red dress, Nicholas Kirkwood booties, Dolce & Gabbana clutch.

How glamorous are these?!

How glamorous are these?!

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Helmut Lang black gown, SGA black leather gloves, Alexis Bittar black lucite bangles.

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Alexander McQueen white pearl dress, Dolce & Gabbana embellished clutch, Jimmy Choo yellow shoes

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Nina Ricci pink gown with black bow and lace detail at back

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Thank you to our gorgeous models and for all of our gracious supporters!

A beautiful show if I do say so myself… Till’ next year…

For more information about this event or any of the looks, don’t hesitate to contact me! e: alisa@alisakapinos.com

**Most of above photos by Michael Blanchard Photography

Lanvin Does Minnie

After all these years, I knew there was a reason why I was head-over-heels in love with Alber Elbaz, head designer for Lanvin.

Lanvin's team styling Minnie

Lanvin’s team styling Minnie

For Disneyland Paris’ 20th anniversary bash next month, Minnie will strut her stuff in a fashion parade in the French label’s custom-made dress. According to trade sources, her boy Mickey Mouse wrote a letter to Alber Elbaz himself requesting he make something custom for his love… how utterly romantic… I wish my husband had that kind of pull.

It’s all about the power of the dream.  “I always start the collection with a story or a dream, after that I find the solutions, then I arrive at the technique, then I have to finish it off with the dream once again. I start and end with the dream,” says Elbaz in the video. 

Check out the fashionista and the brilliant designer at work in this video…. 

It’s the Little Things…

If I didn’t realize it before, it’s hit me like a big bag of dirty diapers. I have become totally and utterly smitten with baby and kid’s style. No errand, no blog viewing, no web search has gone on without finding something I want to share with you guys… I post a lot of my findings on my Instagram, but I wanted to include them here too… Enjoy! And, if you ever find anything in your travels that you’d like to share, please post to my Instagram- Googoogabgab.

With the recent collaboration of Neiman Marcus and Target, these precious confections came down from heaven compliments of Marchesa. A bit pricey for Target, but quite affordable for a Marchesa design. Their colors are truly versatile, so your little princess could prance around in these all year round.  $80 & $100.

Heaven!

Heaven!

Can you even handle this dress? Such sophistication packed into such a little dress… I found this at Zara … Super affordable and a super must-have for the holiday season! $24.

Zara

Feathers!

LL and I checking out the Neiman Marcus for Target selections… For the Mamas out there… Check out the super chic Derek Lam animal print slippers, this Tracy Reese sequin blouse, this DVF yoga mat or this cute as anything Alice + Olivia bike.

We be shoppin'

We be shoppin’

Found this pic and couldn’t help myself. How adorable are these two mini fashionistas posing at Barneys?

Posing at Barney's

Posing at Barneys

At this year’s Chanel Pre-Fall 2013 Show, Karl Lagerfeld chose the Linlithgow Palace outside of Edinburgh as the ideal location for this kilt inspired collection as well as this little guy who strutted his kilt down a very prestigious runway. I mean, is this every fashionista Mama’s dream come true? See the entire Pre-Fall collection here

Chanel Pre-Fall Show

Chanel Pre-Fall Show

It’s the little things…

~Ta-Ta from Googoogabgab… And don’t forget to find me on Instagram!

When Fashion Meets Children’s Literature

I came across this beginners Bible of fashion at Neiman Marcus and just had to buy it… I’m sure LL won’t be itching to color in Karl Lagerfeld’s face anytime soon, but at least it’ll give me something to do while he’s busy drawing… Check out this and some other fashion inspired children’s books! Summer reading list contenders perhaps?

The Fashion Coloring Book by Carol & Lulu~

The Fashion Coloring Book

The Fashion Coloring Book

Missoni

This is definitely my favorite page

Chanel

Chanel’s Camelias

Stella McCartney

Can’t wait to color in this Stella McCartney page!

Fashion Designer

Match the designers’ faces to their names and labels

Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen page

Agent Provocateur

For mature kiddos only!

This Little Piggy Went to Prada: Nursery Rhymes for the Blahnik Brigade by Amy Allen~

Filled from cover to cover with sumptuous full color illustrations by Eun-Kyung Kung, This Little Piggy Went to Prada presents classic nursery rhymes with a thoroughly modern and charmingly ironic spin that will make the most sleepless fashionista mom smile… and then want to get some major shopping on!

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Prada

Beautiful illustrations!

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Manolo Blahnik and the Tale of the Elves and the Shoemaker by Camilla Morton~

In this contemporary twist on the tale of the Elves and the Shoemaker, Manolo Blahnik’s delightful drawings evoke the past, envision the future, and, of course, evidence the indelible footprint he’s made on fashion history. His illustrations take us from the banana plantations of his childhood to his current reign at the top of high-fashion footwear design, while playfully hinting at all the adventures he’s had and friends he’s met along the way.

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Manolo Blahnik

Different Like Coco by Elizabeth Matthews ~
This rags-to-riches story of Coco Chanel plays out in a wonderful picture book biography as full of style and spirit as its heroine.
Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel was always different. And she vowed to prove that being different was an advantage! Poor, skinny, and orphaned, Coco stubbornly believed that she was as good as the wealthier girls of Paris. Tapping into her creativity and her sewing skills, she began making clothes that suited her (and her pocketbook) — and soon a new generation of independent working women craved her sleek, comfortable, and practical designs. Now an icon of fashion and culture, Coco Chanel continues to inspire young readers, showing just how far a person can come with spunk, determination, and flair.

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Different Like Coco

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Follow-Up to Louboutin Post

Upon further research (and no, I don’t pay LL to research for me, and yes, I do stay up until midnight looking this stuff up), I’ve discovered that Beyonce had one of her favorite shoe designers, Ruthie Davis, custom make this beautiful pair of shoes, encrusted with iridescent Swarovski crystals for Blue Ivy. Price tag? Only $798… that’s quite the deal when you consider the cost of Ruthie Davis’ adult shoes. Check them out here!  Redic right?

Sneakers for Blue Ivy Beyonce

Blue Ivy’s kicks

Ruthie Davis sneakers at Neiman Marcus

Ruthie Davis’ woman’s $1898 sneakers

Christian Loubou-teenie

In honor of Mr. Christian Louboutin gracing our local Saks with his shoe presence today, I couldn’t help but imagine the possibility of Christian Louboutin going to the kiddies! If celebrities like Beyonce can request Mr. L to make her daughter a custom pair of Loubs, why couldn’t us “common folk” enjoy a pair of mini red-soled confections as well?

In the meantime, here are some cute-as-hell Louboutin-inspired shoes that I hope to see kickin’ around town. For all the mommies in the Boston area, Christian Louboutin will be at Saks Fifth Avenue in Boston, TODAY from 4:00pm-6:00pm. Purchase a pair of his shoes, and you’ll get to meet the designer and score an autograph… Not too shabby for a $800 (minimum) price tag. Happy shopping! Let me know what you get….

Christian Louboutin for kids

Red soles for all!

Christian Louboutin for kids

Christian Louboutin inspired leopard print

Pepe Shoes

Louboutin-like baby shoes by Pepe

Beyonce and Blue Ivy in matching shoes

Beyonce and daughter in matching shoes… How adorable!

Christian Louboutin shoes

Christian Louboutin Louis Spiked Sneakers