Googoogabgab Obsession ~ Maya Brenner Necklaces

My current obsession these days are the Maya Brenner asymmetrical mini letter necklaces… I don’t know what it is, perhaps just L.O.V. E. at first sight. I’ve had a few initial necklaces in my day, ones with my own initials and one custom made as a push gift with diamonds with the initials of my first born, LLG which I wear almost every day.

What I love about the design of these necklaces is that they’re so demure, so unassuming, so dainty and sweet, and whether you’re in the market for a personal logo, or one for your newborn babe, or even (what I’m really loving), the first initial of all of your kiddos, it’s the perfect size to pair with almost any other neck candy under the stars.

They come in white, yellow and rose gold and you can add any amount of letters to the chain you want… I have so many versions I’d make of this necklace (LLG, MPG, JMG, LM, LOVE), it’s hard to choose… maybe I’ll resurrect the Mr. T look… only much more demure of course.

You can find them here:

 

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Maya Brenner

 

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~Ta-ta from Googoogabgab

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

 

Bruins

 

Little Maxi takes over...

Little Maxi takes over…

 

Thanks for a great night Saks!

Thanks for a great night Saks!

 

 

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

Ted Baker Kids

Just when I thought my love affair with JC Penney couldn’t get any stronger (don’t worry, my husband knows all about it), I recently discovered that it also carries a kids Ted Baker line, Baker by Ted Baker. This British brand has been around for years, and my husband and I shop their collections, but lo and behold, something for my kiddos too? Here are a few pieces that I’m coveting for fall, but just to let you know, the material and quality looks a whole lot better in person.  I would definitely go check it out!

For the BOYS: 

Wool Blazer

Wool Blazer

Ted Baker

Ted Baker

Ted Baker

Ted Baker

Ted Baker

Ted Baker

Ted Baker

Ted Baker

For the GIRLS:

Silk Blouse

Silk Blouse

Ted Baker

Faux Fur Cape...I can't even...

Faux Fur Cape…I can’t even…

Bubble Skirt

Bubble Skirt

This dress is absolute perfection in real life...

This dress is absolute perfection in real life…

Silky Dress with amazing detail at hem

Silky Dress with amazing detail at hem

Silky Blouse

Silky Blouse

Black peplum top with sequins

Black peplum top with sequins

Joe Joe Fresh…

I’ve been in love with the Joe Fresh brand for a few years now, a Canadian brand that has overtaken its southern fashionable neighbor. The only store I knew about was smack dab in the middle of 5th Avenue amongst the Cartiers and Van Cleefs, but this Gentle (on-the-wallet) Giant was always so welcoming. The styles, impeccable. The prices, unforgettable. It was love at first sight aaaand we’ve been lovers ever since… Until of course, I found out they buddied up with JC Penney to bring their pop up stores to the masses, and, sold kid’s clothing… Now I believe it’s a love affair to last a lifetime.

After scouring JC Penney for the cutest duds for my boys, I thought I’d share my faves… even something for the girlies.

For the gals…

Joe Fresh

Cords

Cords

Little White Tee

Little White Tee

Deer print dress

Deer print dress

Studded sweatshirt

Studded sweatshirt

Denim dress

Denim dress

Coated skirt

Coated skirt

Sparkly dress

Sparkly dress

Faux fur vest

Faux fur vest

Joe Fresh

Joe Fresh

Joe Fresh

Leather jacket

Leather jacket

Joe Fresh

Joe Fresh

For the boys…

Skull sweater

Skull sweater

Joe Fresh

Joe Fresh

Joe Fresh

Flannel shirt

Flannel shirt

Joe Fresh

Joe Fresh

Joe Fresh

Joe Fresh

Joe Fresh

Skull print shirt

Skull print shirt

Camo jeans

Camo jeans

Joe Fresh

Joe Fresh

Joe Fresh

Joe Fresh

Joe Fresh

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…. 

Holiday, Oh Holiday Dressing…

The procrastination has to stop! Gifts are wrapped, tree is up, family has descended upon you, time to take on the fun chore.. find your little girl a holiday ensemble that will shine brighter than the diamonds you’re expecting to find under the tree.

I took the liberty of taking on this drab assignment and have compiled my collection of the cutest, most fabulous outfits for the holiday parties to come…

Warning: Get your credit cards out because you may just want to buy every single thing on this list…

This is my absolute favorite dress!

Moschino Dress

Moschino Dress

Moschino Red Telephone Box Dress  $161.

Oilily Dress

Oilily Dress

Oilily Red Dorris Caleido Dress  $115.

Microbe Jacket

Microbe Jacket

Microbe Wool Houndstooth Jacket  $191. PAIRED WITH….

Moschino Jeans

Moschino Jeans

Moschino Tassel and Rosette Print Jeans  $158.

Microbe Rococo Dress

Microbe Rococo Dress

Microbe Rococo Print Dress  $151.

Microbe Feather Dress

Microbe Grey Feather Skirt and satin bow belt  $330.

Graziella Fur Coat

Graziella Fur Coat

Graziella Ivory Faux Fur Coat  $241.

Graziella Wool Bubble Dress

Graziella Wool Bubble Dress

Graziella Wool Bubble Dress  $222.

Blumarine

Blumarine

Miss Blumarine Diamante Teddy Dress with arm warmers $329.

Neiman Marcus for Target

Neiman Marcus for Target

These Marchesa creations were designed exclusively for the Neiman Marcus for Target Collection.. the detailing and beading is exquisite!

Now for some accessories that can surely be the statement pieces…

Monnalisa Boots

Monnalisa Boots

Monnalisa Red Velvet and patent boots  $180.

Fendi Tights

Fendi Tights

Fendi Zucca Print Tights  $52.

Roberto Cavalli Shoes

Roberto Cavalli Shoes

Roberto Cavalli Leopard Print Shoes  $163.

Gucci Horsebit Flats

Gucci Horsebit Flats

Gucci Pink Patent Ballerina Flats with Horsebit detail  $220… I wouldn’t mind a pair for myself actually.

Just Love Me - Girl

Just Love Me – Girl

The cherry on top are these adorable girl’s necklaces made by my favorite new jewelry line, Just Love Me – Girl. Check out their beautiful jewelry line, Just Love Me or for questions and special orders, contact: sales@justloveme.com.

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!

Prada

Prada

Beautiful illustrations!

Prada

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.

Chanel

Different Like Coco

Chanel

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