Fashionkins// Exploring in Children of The Tribe

Photographer Kelly Sweda has graciously shared this post with us.

I was nearly finished compiling the images I’d planned to share in this month’s 11-on-11 post {a personal project I’ve been working on all year} when this series unexpectedly fell into my lap it feels, and ended up stealing my heart. I’d been gifted this dress for my daughter Francesca from the gorgeous Australian line, Children of the Tribe, in exchange for a few shots of her in it.

Photographing the dress had been on my mind for weeks, and of course I could find no time, so on a whim last week I picked up my grubby little child up from school, tossed her dirty clothes onto the floor of my car, unbraided her hair, fished a bow from my purse and slid her into the dress, which I’d grabbed on my lunch hour earlier.

You must see where this is going. I was quasi-flustered/quasi-stressed and jittery as I always am when shooting for someone, particularly someone halfway around the world. But then we got there and {here comes the cliche} it aaaaaaaaaaallll just melted away.

We spent an hour “dexploring” the half-dry lake bed, grasses and reeds and delicate, green plants that are somehow growing happily from the deep cracks in the eroded ground, which is literally hard—no, harder—than cement. Last year nearly every shot from this series would have been well under water; it felt eerily apocalyptic and kind of like paradise all at once.

We went through all the old bread I’d stockpiled in my freezer. Ducks ate from Franny’s hands and the swan that typically charges you while hissing remained calmer than I’d ever seen him. I was recharged by a change in scenery and the unexpected pleasure of some new favorite images coming when I least expected them.

Babiekins Magazine|Exploring in Children of The Tribe

Babiekins Magazine|Exploring in Children of The Tribe

Babiekins Magazine|Exploring in Children of The Tribe

Babiekins Magazine|Exploring in Children of The Tribe

Babiekins Magazine|Exploring in Children of The Tribe

Fashionkins // Paisley

Today kicks off the 7th Annual petitePARADE,Kids Fashion Week, not-so-pint-sized runway shows specifically dedicated to children’s fashion in New York City. Yesterday I had the opportunity to catch up with Paisley, the coolest “modern rocker” Fashionkin at The Met.

Babiekins Fashionkins // Paisley by Elizabeth Pettey Photography, Styling by Rebecca Poire // Street Style NYC // RUUM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So where do you live?

Ontario, Canada!

What are you most excited to do at Petite Parade?

Walking down the runway for RUUM & Alivia Simone.

Tell me about your fittings for the fashion shows!

They gave me some clothes to try on so I tried them on. If they didn’t fit they went up or down until we found the best size. Then for shoes I was going to wear plain flats but we changed it to like heels with a buckle. My RUUM dress is awesome; it’s purple and frilly and fuzzy and so it’s really cute!

What’s the best part of modeling?

They best part is that I can show my attitude and have a lot of fun. I’m going to keep doing it until I die!

Describe your style:

I like to dress like rocker and cool… or diva. I go back and forth. Maybe princess then rock then cool then diva. My favorite stores are Justice & RUUM. I like buying jewelry too because it shines and brings out your outfit.

There are a lot of ice-cream trucks in NYC… what’s your favorite flavor of ice-cream?

Ooooohhh! Vanilla and vanilla dipped with sprinkles. I also like strawberry slushies!

Tell me about the most fun shoot you’ve ever done.

This one!

Babiekins Fashionkins // Paisley by Elizabeth Pettey Photography, Styling by Rebecca Poire // Street Style NYC // RUUM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Babiekins Fashionkins // Paisley by Elizabeth Pettey Photography, Styling by Rebecca Poire // Street Style NYC // RUUM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Babiekins Fashionkins // Paisley by Elizabeth Pettey Photography, Styling by Rebecca Poire // Street Style NYC // RUUM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Babiekins Fashionkins // Paisley by Elizabeth Pettey Photography, Styling by Rebecca Poire // Street Style NYC // RUUM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Babiekins Fashionkins // Paisley by Elizabeth Pettey Photography, Styling by Rebecca Poire // Street Style NYC // RUUM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Babiekins Fashionkins // Paisley by Elizabeth Pettey Photography, Styling by Rebecca Poire // Street Style NYC // RUUM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photographer: Elizabeth Pettey | Clothing by RUUMStyling by Rebecca Poire

Sleepykins// Simon’s Space

This post comes to us from Anna Whitworth of Chicago.

Babiekins Magazine|Simon's Space

Babiekins Magazine|Simon's Space

When we first came up with the idea for Simon’s room, he was just the size of a banana and we had no clue if he was in fact a he or a she. We wanted to keep the room in gender neutral colors. We chose seafoam and white for the accent wall and kept all furniture white as well, timeless, bright and happy.
Once Simon ripened from a squishy little tot into a rambunctious toddler, we felt the need to spruce it down, make it more boyish to fit his little bouncy personality. However, I didn’t want to let the nursery atmosphere go completely, hoping I could bring one more baby into it, in the not too farfetched future.And so the white birch-forest stayed and so did his changing-table-turned-shelf and crib-turned-toddler-bed pieces.

We brought in some items we thought would make it more entertaining, we were inspired by pop-art colors and pop-art toys, the monkey posters and the rocking airplane fit into this circus-y idea, and so do the little collector toys. I really wanted a tepee since I still remember an old one my brother and I had, little campouts in the middle of the room are what toddler dreams are made of. Simon truly loves it, we read bedtime stories in it every night. We also got him a little piano, I naively thought it will be the cutest sight to watch him compose sonatas and etudes, but for now it has served faithfully as a stepping stool. Lately, however he has been more inclined to play it, I am not holding my breath for a great composer in the making though.

Babiekins Magazine|Simon's Space

Babiekins Magazine|Simon's Space

Babiekins Magazine|Simon's Space

Babiekins Magazine|Simon's Space

Monkey Poster|Monster with Earphones Poster|Lego Box|Airplane Rocker|Tiffany’s Porcelain Bunny|Kid Robot Yummy Breakfast Toast Pillow|Similar Tepee Here