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MINI B ES T O F FA M I LY

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4 GREEN RECIPES THE KIDS WILL LOVE

THE TRAVEL ISSUE JUNE AMBROSE LELA ROSE KELLY BENSIMON LONNI PAUL JENNIFER FISHER PIPPA VOSPER AND MORE


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ON OUR RADAR

WE’RE OBSESSED WITH

MINI ET MELIJOE

Think Chloe, Versace, Marc Jacobs, and Gaultier. The best designers seem to be going Mini this season and we cannot argue with that. Shop all of the latest in Mini fashion at the newly-launched, Parisian Melijoe— a ‘Net-a-Porter’ for kids, if you will. Focused on the chic parent, Melijoe even includes exclusives with such favorites as Missoni and Dolce and Gabbana.

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ON THE W U N WAY Fashion is even cuter when the models can’t pronounce their R’s. With their catwalk-inspired name, Wunway Kids offers playful patterns and bold knits for girls ages 1 and up. There are tutu skirts, polka-dotted tights, tassel scarves and more— everything your Mini needs to step out in style this spring. So bring your whimsy and join the three founding mothers of Wunway Kids in dressing your Minis in spontaneous, empowering style.

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QUACK QUACK

Just out of Brooklyn comes the daddyfounded Little Duck Organics and snacks have never been so fun to eat. “Tiny Fruits are all-natural with no-sugar-added and perfect for little hands to grab,” said Mini’s Editor in Chief Kaitlyn Kirby. Next up for the brand? Mighty Oats— instant oatmeal for the four feet and under crowd.

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ON THE COVER Photo Credit: David Heisler


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The season’s latest and greatest from around the world and Mini-Magazine.com.

Now through March 31, visit the Whitney Museum of American Art’s “Sinister Pop” exhibit for a look at the diverse side of the American movement. —Whitney.org.

Give your Mini’s room the update it needs this spring with Sissy + Marley. The baby planner and concierge service will design a stylish nest for you dwell. —Sissyandmarley.com. LOG ON TO

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From stylist turned designer Rachel Zoe comes New York’s premier blowout service DreamDry. Prices start at $20 and include braids and buns for on-the-go moms. —Dreamdry.com.

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New York City’s family membership club Citibabes offers CitiSchool— a readiness program designed to foster imagination and self-confidence for the 4 and under crowd. —Citibabes.com.


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FROM THE EDITOR

SPRING B OARD AN ISSUE FULL OF TRAVEL is

Mini L.A. favorite— the Viceroy Santa Monica.

perfect this season as the parenting world prepares itself for spring break— meaning road trips, long flights with fidgeting little ones, and the endless researching of hotels that provide cribs, crayons, and coloring books to occupy tiny fingers during dinner. We’ve focused on activities with children before, but you are now reading the first issue of Mini dedicated entirely to kid-friendly travel, hotel and restaurant recommendations. We were thrilled to visit the Four Seasons New York in February to find a multitude of children’s programs and amenities offered for Minis— petite bathrobes, Dylan’s Candy Bar cart, and in-house babysitting service. The Four Seasons New York wins the Mini award for Best Family-Friendly Locale as every detail was put in place to make certain young guests enjoy their stay and parents enjoy an easy, even relaxing travel experience. So before you begin the spring season, flip through our Little Black Book in the back of the issue for Mini approved destinations from New York to Los Angeles.

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editor‘s LIST TERRIFIC TRAINERS If wellies aren’t your little guy’s thing, these colorful Stella McCartney sneakers are the next best thing. Complete with velcro for easy fastening. $140; stellamccartney.com

SWING ALONG I love a swing or shift dress for spring. Paired with a cardigan and printed flats, the ensemble is just perfect. Lisa Perry Swing Dress, $225; barneys.com

SPLISH SPLASH Tis the season for puddle jumping. I love these floral wellies from Catimini paired with a bright stripe. $45; melijoe. com

TWEET TWEET Birdie’s Big Girl Dress is the adorable followup to Birdie’s Big Girl Shoes. In this illustrated tale, Mini fashionista Birdie looks forward to her birthday. $17; barneys.com

COMING UP BOON If you’ve not yet been introduced to the Boon Grass Drying Rack, get on board. These flowers add more space to dry just-washed bits and bobs. $5.99; booninc. com

t h e e d i t o r ’s l i s t

A carefully-curated selection of Kate’s favorite things for the spring season.

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MINI Kaitlyn Kirby

Founder and Editor in Chief

Scott Kisloski

Web and Graphic Design

Ender Gocmen

Contributing Writer

Michael Benters

Production Assistant

LO G O N TO

MINI V is it u s o n th e w e b fo r m o re M IN I e x cl u si v e s!

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EDITOR’S LIST A CAREFULLY-CURATED LIST OF KATE’S IT ITEMS 10

MEET THE MINI TEAM THE TEAM THAT MAKES ALL THE MINI MAGIC POSSIBLE 18

THE STYLE SPOT TRENDS THAT GIVE A NEW MEANING TO GOING GREEN 22

MOMMY CHIC THE STYLE SPOT FOR OUR CHIC MINI MOMS 26

TECH KIDS THE LATEST AND GREATEST FROM THE MINI TECH SPHERE

GET IT NOW CITY VERSA Reversible stroller from Baby Jogger, babyjogger.com

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THE MINI RADAR

THE MINI CAL

FROM THE EDITOR

A TASTE OF OUR VERY FAVORITE PRODUCTS THIS SEASON

THE MOST IMPORTANT DATES ON OUR CALENDAR

A CHAT WITH OUR EDITOR KATE AND SEASONAL MINI MUSINGS

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BABY + KIDS

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WHAT’S IN THE BAG

FRESH PRESS

A PEEK INSIDE THE HANDBAG OF STYLIST JUNE AMBROSE

BLUEPRINT CLEANSE IS PERFECT FOR PARENTS ON THE GO

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INSIDER SCOOP

ON THE SCENE

FOLLOW MINI INTO A DJ’S MUSIC ACADEMY IN NEW YORK CITY

BABY JOGGER’S CITY VERSA AND A GIVEAWAY FOR OUR READERS

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CARROT COLLECTION

MINI HOW-TO

THE 110TH ANNIVERSARY OF BEATRIX POTTER’S TALES OF PETER RABBIT

DECORATING FOR SPRING WITH SERENA AND LILY

GAP Celebrate the 110th anniversary of Peter Rabbit™ with this Gap collaboration, gap.com


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MINI BOOK CLUB OUR FAVORITE READS THIS SEASON PLUS HOW THE FRENCH PARENT 44

TUTU TIME A TUTU IS A GREAT ADDITION TO ANY SPRING WARDROBE 50

DESIGN DARLING LONNI PAUL ON HER NEW CHILDREN’S COLLECTION PETITNEST 56

MILLION DOLLAR BABY CREATIVE FORCE TRACY FONG ON THE BRAND LEGACY OF HER FATHER 58

MATERNALLY CHIC HARPER’S BAZAAR FASHION EDITOR PIPPA VOSPER ON STYLE

GET IT NOW SERENA AND LILY The new art collection from the luxury retailer adds an easy update to your space, serenaandlily.com

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CHARMED LIFE

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HOW JEWELRY DESIGNER JENNIFER FISHER BUILT HER BUSINESS

MEET LELA ROSE— A DESIGNER AS BEAUTIFUL AS HER NAME SUGGESTS

TV’S BROOKE ANDERSON ON THE WORKING MOM LIFE


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COOL CLEANSE FORMER REAL HOUSEWIFE OF NYC KELLY BENSIMON TALKS FITNESS

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FASHION FORWARD OSCAR DE LA RENTA BLOG GEORGE AND RUBY TURNS HEADS

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BRAIN CHILD THE FOUNDER OF THE HOOTER HIDER POWERS AHEAD WITH BEBE AU LAIT

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JENNIFER FISHER Through 11/26, enjoy free shipping and wrap on gifts with code GIVEARTFULLY, serenaandlily.com

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THE CATT WALK

LITTLE BLACK BOOK

OUR COVER MOM CATT SADLER DISHES ON HER MODERN FAMILY

AWARDS AND BEST OF MINI TRAVEL LOCALES AROUND THE COUNTRY


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TULLE-LA-LA A pretty mint green pleated skirt paired with your Mini’s favorite tee and wellies is the perfect spring casual look. $49.50; jcrew.com. SEEING STRIPES The classic Polarn O. Pyret stripe goes green with this eco-friendly tee. $35; polarnopyret. com.

BABY’S FIRST LOAFER An easy pull-on with rubber tread makes a great shoe for babies on the go. $16.95; gap.com.

BOTANICAL BOTTLE Your Minis will love staring into this mossy terrarium housed in a recycled bottle. $38; uncommongoods.com.

MR. GREEN CHINOS Broken-in chinos and a cozy cardigan are a chic way to combat the early spring chill. $34; bodenusa.com.

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Flowers are beginning to bloom and so is spring style— say goodbye to the snow! It’s time for a peek at the coolest, green-inspired clothing of the season.

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LA VIE EN ROSE This girls’ schoolboy blazer is the perfect complement to a pair of cuffed chinos or skinnies. $98; jcrew.com. POPLIN PRINT When Dolce and Gabbana introduces a pretty floral print, we pay attention. $390; neimanmarcus. com.

FANCY FLATS Oscar de la Renta offers Mini toes a chance to step into something chic. $165; oscardelarenta.com.

FLOWER POWER Roberto Cavalli has taken the petal plunge this season. These leggings are adorable paired with pastels. $56; melijoe. com. BUZZ BUZZ It’s not a floral print, but we just couldn’t resist this sweet Bugaboo Bee stroller. $699; nordstrom. com.

FUN IN FLORAL

Tulips, and poppies, and roses— oh my! Everything seems to be coming up floral this season and with these fun prints and pieces, you’ll never be the odd flower out.

GET THE LOOK Floral printed hair band, $16; oscardelarenta.com


SASSY FEET Dolce and Gabbana bring a bit of sass to the spring season with these Ocelot rainboots. Ocelot PVC Rainboot $112; couture.zappos.com

DOUBLE DUTY A wellie that doubles as a riding boot— is there anything better? Pair with jodhpurs for an adorable spring look. Ralph Lauren $95; saksfifthavenue.com

AHOY, MATEY! HIP, HIP HUNTER The go-to wellie is always Hunter. In a variety of colors, these highgloss boots lock style in and water out. Hunter Original Young Gloss $75; hunter-boot.com

These seafaring wellies are perfect for your Mini who may not have a patent pair in mind for his puddle excursions. Stephen Joseph $29; amazon.com; Joules $38.50; alexandalexa.com

SPLISH SPLASH

When life gives you puddles, you jump! But only if you have the best gear, of course. Here are our favorite waterproof wellies that will have you singin’ in the rain.

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PILLOW HILL Weather got you down? Build a fort! These throw pillows from Serena and Lily make great accents. $58; serenaandlily.com.

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TEEPEE-TASTIC Grab the flashlight, your favorite books, and a steamy drink— your afternoon is set. $149; landofnod.com.

PITA PICNIC While you may not want to picnic in the rain, that doesn’t mean a blanket on the floor indoors won’t do. $15; uncommongoods.com.

STICK IT Creative company Box Play provides stickers for boxes of all kinds— transforming egg cartons into pianos, paper towel rolls into baseball bats, and shoe boxes into mini fridges. Playtime ensues. Prices vary; boxplayforkids.com.

R A I N Y D AY B L U E S

Being stuck inside doesn’t have to be a drag. These rainy day activities will perk you up in no time. Just remember— April showers do bring May flowers.


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WE’RE OBSESSED WITH

THE BOYFRIEND DRESS

Just like the oversized button-down hanging in his closet, this casual dress from our friends at HATCH is our spring style staple. Dress it up with a printed scarf and belt or down with a fedora and carry-all. This mommy must-have from HATCH Collection will soon become your favorite. —hatchcollection.com.

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MAMA

Just out of New York City this past fall, MAMA NYC was born of the belief of embracing personal style and fashion during pregnancy. Thoughtfully tailored and described as modern with a slight edge, the MAMA NYC collection is meant to be worn both with non-maternity pieces and maternity basics as a statement of one’s changing shape and style. In addition to the classic poplin shirt, the damask-dot and ponte boatneck dresses are certain to become staples in the wardrobes of all style-conscious mamas-to-be. —mymamanyc.com.

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LULU FROST IN CODE

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We’re really into the numbered pieces from fine jewelry designer Lulu Frost. These elegant rings, earrings, bracelets, and necklaces add just the right amount of personality and creativity with a simple number. The Code line can be worn to mark birth dates, anniversaries, children, you name it. —lulufrost.com.


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THE DRYBAR AT HOME

Everyone loves a good blowout— it’s actually a fact. And now you can take the bar home with products and tools in the Drybar’s signature Buttercup yellow shade. Available exclusively at Drybar locations and Sephora.com now. —drybar.com.

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S V I LU

The silhouettes may be borrowed from the boys, but the SVILU collection is just what the modern woman needs. Every detail has been accounted for with thoughtful sourcing and locally produced pieces to ensure environmentally sustainable style. Think pleated cotton shorts to combine with that comfortable cable knit sweater and Frenchinspired prints that pair well with cropped jackets, loafers, and sunnies. The design duo behind the line, who worked for such labels as Prada and Vera Wang, have much to be proud of with the spring line. —svilu.com.

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KELLY WEARSTLER

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Ever since swanky sophisticate Kelly Wearstler moved into the ready-to-wear space, we could not be happier. Her chic, eye-catching jewelry makes a statement and her clothing speaks even louder. What to watch for in her namesake spring collection? Edgy leather jackets in bold pops of color. —kellywearstler.com


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SUPER SUBSCRIPTION BOXES

Another fabulous monthly subscription service— Citrus Lane knows sifting through and researching the best in parenting products can be challenging. Carefully selected for the age and stage of your child, products from trusted brands will arrive monthly at your doorstep. —Citruslane.com.

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PEEL ‘N’ PRESS Offering premium-quality print products, Pinhole Press allows you to personalize your spaces with familiar faces. On-demand photo books, calendars, cards, educational games, and more help you to display the proudest of moments. New from the estationery hub, try the Drag and Drop Frame Shop for an easy one-click gift or instant home update. What’s more, the wall decals are the perfect accent to any room. —Pinholepress.com.

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DEALS ON THE GO

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Our friends at Diapers.com have created an app that allows you to shop over 50,000 products with just the swipe of your finger. Shipping fast to your crib with free 1-2 day delivery with 365-day returns and 24-7 customer care. —Diapers.com.

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WHAT’S IN THE BAG

ROSEBUD Salve lip balm $6; sephora.com

W H AT ’ S I N T H E B A G June A m b ro se ?

Star of VH1’s Styled by June and HERMES Scarf renowned celebrity stylist, June From $325; Ambrose has a flair for fashion. No hermes.com matter if she’s dressing Jay-Z or Kelly Ripa, at the end of the day Ambrose plays one more role— mother to son Chance and daughter Summer. Mini dove into the stylist-cum-designer’s handbag to find an assortment of chic goods: an Hermes wallet, L’Occitane hand cream, and eyewear from her own collection with Selima Optique. Of course, she’s never without her iPhone (“I couldn’t live without it”) or her secret weapon, the tape measure. Go ahead, take a look. And welcome to the Juniverse.

WET ONES Wet wipes, From $2; diapers.com

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The celebrity stylist’s bag also houses a makeup pouch with a NARS compact, REVLON mascara, and TOM FORD lipstick.”

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“I’M CURRENTLY CARRYING A CELINE BAG.” CELINE Luggage Tote Bag, $2300; neimanmarcus.com


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MINI MIXERS

DUBSPOT KIDS Learn to handle, play, and mix records in Dubspot’s Kids DJ program. Introducing them to melody, beat, and other musical components, your little ones will be spinning in no time.

B E AT DOCTOR

Creativity has a new outlet in New York City— a dubspot where music lovers of all ages can enjoy a hands-on experience. PHOTOGRAPHY BY DUBSPOT

An ever-growing community of musicians, DJs, and producers, Dubspot has quickly become the premier music school for both experienced and aspiring artists alike. The NYC hotspot offers individual and group courses for adults and children, catering to the philosophy that everyone can make music regardless of skill level. Dubspot encourages children to learn about music history and culture, all by teaching the elements of DJing and production, spin-

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ning and composition. The Kids DJ/Producer program expertly tailors an adult-level series specifically to the younger demographic, allowing them to work at their own production stations. Jealous grown-ups? Don’t miss a beat. Visit Dubspot for yourself at their Open House every Sunday. 348 West 14th Street, (212) 242-2100. —Dubspot.com.


CARROT COLLECTION

Inspired by our favorite cotton-tailed friends of old, Beatrix Potter emerges again with a new babyGap collection to celebrate the 110th anniversary of Peter Rabbit™.

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THE FURTHER TALE OF PETER RABBIT

Adding inspiration to the Gap collaboration, actress Emma Thompson released “The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit.”

PHOTOGRAPHY BY GAP

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The Beatrix Potter tales of our favorite cotton-tailed friend have come to clothing with a Gap collaboration that hit stores early this year. According to Gap, the Peter Rabbit™ collection is “re-imagined for the next generation of make-believers and bedtime tale-tellers,” with cozy knits (complete with whiskers), whimsical dresses, and soft chambray. The Peter Rabbit™ pieces even include Jemima Puddle-Duck herself, thus underlining the fact that this collection has truly captured the essence of the long-loved Beatrix Potter book series.

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HOPPY AS CAN BE

PETER RABBIT GOES GAP

The collection is made for infants up to 24 months and includes soft bodysuits as well as whimsical graphics on onepieces and hats.

A nostalgic book for parents, the Peter Rabbit™ series can now be introduced to your Minis in a more interactive way. Think soft cotton sweaters adorned with the classic bunny face, graphic bodysuits offering a reward for the mischevious character last seen in Mr. McGregor’s Garden (if found, please return to their home at the sand-bank underneath the root of the big fig tree), embroidered duck and rabbit hats, and ruffle sundresses in adorable prints. And no collection would be complete without the books themselves— you can now purchase the Beatrix Potter “Tales of Jemima Puddle-Duck” and more of Peter’s adventures in the English countryside though Gap’s retail locations in addition to its online shop. New from the beloved rabbit series comes “The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit” by British actress Emma Thompson. The original tale takes place in Scotland where Peter is challenged to an ancient game of hurling against a champion radish-tosser. The book is accented with beautiful, watercolor illustrations that bear a close resemblance to the original works after which they were modeled. If you loved the classic Potter series, you and the next generation of little readers will adore this further tale of Peter Rabbit™ and a variety of other woodland creatures as they travel to the land of the kilt.


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Don’t be scared of the detox. BluePrint Cleanse offers six, freshly pressed juices available in packages delivered straight to your door. PHOTOGRAPHY BY BLUEPRINT CLEANSE

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If the word cleanse has not yet been entered into your vocabulary or evokes visions of strict, badtasting drink regimens, you’ve got it all wrong. Enter BluePrint Cleanse. Founders Zoe Sakoutis and Erica Huss set out to liberate cleansing from the rigid dogma of the raw food universe and set in motion the BluePrint for the new age of healthy, freshly pressed juices. With three cleanse packages from the beginner to the expert raw foodie, BluePrint has the plan to start you on the road to feeling your best. Each day of the cleanse includes six bottles of 100% raw, organic, cold pressed fruit and vegetable juices and nut milks to drink in place of meals for as long as you choose. “Our juices are made with our special hydraulic press. Seven tons of pressure extracts every drop of goodness our organic fruits and veggies have to give. Because it is pressed, our juice maintains more vitamins and minerals ounce for ounce than at-home juicers or juice bar machines,” the founders told Mini.


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BluePrint has grown into the most popular juice cleanse on the market entirely by word of mouth and repeat customers happy to boost their health by reaching for the on-the-go bottles— exactly what makes BluePrint perfect for parents. “Parents are busy and nutrition can be one of the first things put on the back burner,” said BluePrint founders Sakoutis and Huss. “But when parents take better care of themselves, they take better care of their families. We make nutrition easier for parents on-the-go. Grab a nutrient rich bottle of BluePrint juice when there isn’t time for a meal or snack.” The BluePrint Cleanse is as equally easy to use as it is fun to drink. The bottles arrive right at your door, numbered in the order they should be consumed. Each day’s juice is made from 20 pounds of cold pressed fruits and vegetables. “Just think of all the vitamins and minerals flooding your body each day. You’ll finish with a renewed commitment to eating a

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BLUEPRINT ON THE GO

Introducing BluePrint’s quickest fix yet— single, cold pressed bottled juices. Now you can amp up your daily routine or simply supplement your cleanse.

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diet rich in whole fruits and vegetables after you experience how great you feel on the cleanse.” For those who aren’t ready to jump right into the cleanse, the founders launched BluePrintJuice. The unique juices stand-alone, no program required, and are sold individually in retail locations. BluePrintJuice acts as a great nutritional supplement to a healthy lifestyle and is just the ticket for those who don’t always have time to eat well. TIPS FROM THE CLEANSE GURUS

As you move up in the program levels, you will be consuming more vegetable juices and fewer fruit juices. But don’t let that scare you. New to juicing? Start with Renovation and gradually work your way up. Already drinking Green Juice regularly? Try Foundation or Excavation. Not ready to jump right into a cleanse? Ease into it by adding a nutrient-rich BluePrintJuice into your daily routine.


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This versatile, easy to use stroller from Baby Jogger will fold flat with one hand no matter what direction the seat is facing. PHOTOGRAPHY BY BABY JOGGER HIGH TO LOW

An adjustable handlebar accomodates users of all heights.

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Patented Quick-Fold Technology allows you to fold your stroller flat with one hand.

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Reversible seat offers parents the luxury of baby facing them or the world.

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A large under seat storage basket can hold everything you need to take on the go.

WHEEL NICE

8� Quick-release EVA wheels will take you around town in style.

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LITTLE LOVE

Multi-position footwell tilt adds leg support for smaller children.

LOVE THE LOOK Now deck it out. Choose from the City Versa Rain Canopy, Foot Muff, Belly Bar, Glider Board, Child Tray, and Car Seat Adapters. Prices vary; babyjogger.com


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CITY SELECT The award-winning City Select allows you to mix and match seats, car seats and bassinets to customize your stroller into 16 unique combinations to suit your family’s needs.

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Mavens of the children’s space and founders of the chic brand Serena and Lily, these two moms and design enthusiasts share their tips for sprucing up a spring space.

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BY KAITLYN KIRBY

PHOTOGRAPHY BY SERENA AND LILY


COBALT COOL “I love the boldness of that cobalt and black together. I’d use this with all white sofas and pops of black,” said Lily. From $495; serenaandlily.com.

In the past few seasons, the Serena and Lily brand has introduced a number of new categories, including bath, outdoor, and fabric and paint. This spring, the design duo launch a collection of window panels, art, and KidShop— a catalog to showcase the patterns, colors, and signature style of children’s products that the brand is known for all in one place. We caught up with the founders of the brand to chat favorite pieces for the new season and the perfect products to update your home during your rounds of spring cleaning. ACCORDING TO LILY

Open bins make it really easy to manage the mania. Just toss it in and it’s out of sight. “I love the woven texture and bold colors of the Mercado Baskets— they’re pretty and practical.” Stripes are always fresh and fun. The Nautical Stripe Bodysuit is a perfect everyday layer, made of the yummiest organic cotton from Hanna Andersson. “I love the boldness of that cobalt and black together on the Cobalt Strata Rug. I’d use it with all-white sofas and pops of black.”

UNBEWEAVABLE Sturdy and portable, Lily loves these baskets as a catch-all option in your home. A split bamboo rim adds to the repurposing of plastic pallet strapping. From $48; serenaandlily.com.

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Color delivers that added pop, especially when paired with crisp bedding. “Purple is such a regal color. It’s a little more daring than a navy, but has that same rich, classic appeal. It’s super sophisticated and yummy.” More in bold prints and patterns, the Salon Pillow Covers accent an all-white scheme beautifully. “It’s been so much fun for me to see a painting I did years ago find new life as an object. It’s like livable art.” Now with new decor categories from Serena and Lily, your design can carry over into the bath as well. “I’m loving the candy store appeal of our new range of punchy towels for the bath.”

PILLOW POP “It’s been so much fun for me to see a painting I did years ago find new life as an object. It’s like livable art,” said Serena. $64; serenaandlily.com.


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GET THE LOOK Bookends, $58; serenaandlily.com

TEA PARTY PERFECT Ever

wondered how to throw a proper tea party? Molly Idle has the answers in this adorable tale of a dinosaur who arrives for tea. $16.99; us.penguingroup.com. PEEP, PEEP With brightly colored art and playful pop-ups, your Mini can interact with this newborn chick. $10; barneys.com. IF I WERE A BUNNY Tactile illustrations invite children to explore what it would be like to live like this soft spring creature. Let’s not forget the wagging tail on the back cover. $12; nordstrom. com. PETER TOO Based on the original tales by Beatrix Potter comes this new, original tale written by Emma Thompson. $20; us.penguingroup.com.

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With the flowers beginning to bloom and eggs starting to crack, signs of a lovely new season are all around— especially in these spring-centered reads.

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baby & kids DWELLSTUDIO.COM


MINI When Pamela Druckerman moved to Paris, she didn’t aspire to become a French parent. Parenting in the City of Light isn’t an aspect of the culture as renowned as say, French cheese or fashion. It has that certain je ne sais quoi that even French parents insist is nothing special. Yet when Druckerman began to raise her first child abroad (the former Wall Street Journal reporter was previously based in Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, and New York), she began to notice how French children didn’t push away the grown-up foods of fruits and vegetables, nor did they throw tantrums at restaurants or city parks when it was time to go home— they even slept throught the night as infants! The secret is in the location, or so it may seem in the mindset of the Parisian parents who entertain the idea that they are not at the constant beck and call of their children.

PA R E N T E N PA R I S

When in Paris, parent as the Parisians do. What author Pamela Druckerman learned of the benefits of Bringing up Bebe in the City of Light.

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BY KAITLYN KIRBY

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Armed with the philosophy that choosing a parenting technique before the child is even born is almost expected of American parents today. And yet Bringing Up Bebe tells the tale of what happens when French parents let nature run its course, allowing their children to, gasp, play on their own at the playground without hovering. “I’ve never seen a French mother climb a jungle gym, go down a slide with her child or sit on a seesaw... For the most part, except when toddlers are just learning to walk, French parents park themselves on the perimeter of the playground or the sandbox and chat with one another,” wrote Druckerman. French child-rearing is described as every bit as laissez-faire as strolling the Parisian streets in the afternoon, avec baguette. Parents in France do not allow themselves to become obsessed with their children, instilling in them the deep thought that parents have needs too. It’s a “help me, help you” mentality, and from what Druckerman writes, they seem to understand it.

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French women do not negotiate with their little ones, feed them excess sweets or the converse, obsess over maintaining an organic, raw, or vegan diet. They do not spend hours hauling their children from soccer to ballet to create well-rounded individuals nor do they run a short-order kitchen if one requests chicken nuggets and the other, buttered noodles. “Of course, French parenting wouldn’t be worth talking about if it produced robotic, joyless children,” Druckerman states. “In fact, French kids are just as boisterous, curious, and creative as Americans. They’re just far better behaved and more in command of themselves.” While parenting does not come with an instruction manual, the French give curiousity priority in bringing up their children. They allow them to explore the world and discover their environment at their own pace instead of forcing them into strict schedules and hobbies. Taking on a new definition of the word child and embrace of the non, French parents know how to determine which aspects of their children’s lives are worth stressing over and which can wait until after a cafe au lait. In Druckerman’s Bringing Up Bebe, the former reporter sets out to learn the secrets of raisJE NE SAIS QUOI ing a society of good little THE CULTURE sleepers, gourmet eaters, and CLUB reasonably relaxed parents. In Druckerman’s Through her journey of studyBringing Up Bebe, ing parents abroad, Druckershe learns the many differences between man realizes that “to be a difthe American and ferent kind of parent, you don’t French styles of parenting— including just need a different parenting how French children philosophy. You need a very can stomach more different view of what a child than the typical toddler diet staple, actually is.” chicken nuggests.


tutu time

Add a touch of whimsy to your Mini’s spring wardrobe, if even just for make believe, with Tutu du Monde. PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALEXANDRENA PARKER

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On right: Crown Princess Tutu, Final Act Cape, Antique & Casting Ballet Flats in Offwhite. On left: Going Solo Top, Ballerina Skirt with Plie Caplet in Pannacotta.


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On right: Showstopper Shorts, Miss Anna Top, Queen B Shrug in Pink Sugar. On left: Dew Drop Tutu in Frangipani, Enchanted Butterfly Hairclip in Silver, In the Spotlight Dress in Biscotti, Plie Caplet in Offwhite.


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On right: Madame Butterfly Tutu in Tangerine. On left: Pirouette Tutu in Pistachio, Odette Feather Headband.


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DARLING DESIGN

A former finalist on HGTV’s Design Star, Lonni Paul has taken her design to the next level with children’s furniture collection PetitNest. INTERVIEW BY KAITLYN KIRBY

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY LONNI PAUL DESIGN

PetitNest opens up a child’s world by offering the full spectrum of the color palette for their room.


From her years working as a fashion model in around the world, Lonni Paul developed an eye for understated elegance and taste for luxurious comfort. It was this Los Angeles native’s worldly experience in clean lines, color, and texture, that ultimately landed her a position as a finalist on HGTV’s Design Star, chosen from over 10,000 designers. Now a mom to 7-year-old twins Sophie and Jett, Paul happily juggles life as a busy parents, furniture designer of the PetitNest collection, and continues to style chic, modern spaces for the stars. MINI: Have you always been interested in

design? When did you know you wanted to be a designer?

LONNI PAUL: I’ve always loved design and

fashion. I was so fortunate to model in Europe for many years and the beautiful architecture had a big impact on me. I started building spec homes and attending UCLA Architecture and Interior Design program. People would ask me to do their interiors because of the spec homes and finally one day there was a home I couldn’t pass up so I said yes! MINI: What are some of your favorite de-

sign elements to incorporate into your spaces? Why?

LONNI PAUL: In a nursery I love to incor-


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A child’s dream of selfserve frozen yogurt, gelato, candy, and other treats, the only thing sweeter inside Sherman Oaks’ SWEETHARTS is Paul’s design.


A peek inside E! News host Giuliana and Bill Rancic’s home— baby Edward Duke’s nursery.

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porate a sofa. I’ve been doing that for years. It’s such a great piece in a nursery because Dad and siblings can join in while mom’s in the glider. It makes the nursery a family space. MINI: What advice do you have for parents de-

signing a nursery?

LONNI PAUL: I think it’s really important that the

nursery be an extension of the design aesthetic you have in the rest of your home. The nursery should flow with the home. Colors can be anything from subtle and soothing to fresh and bright.

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MINI: What is one misconception that parents

have in designing their children’s spaces?

LONNI PAUL: That they need to have bright colors

for the child to be stimulated. There are so many toys that stimulate our kids, I think it’s great to see a nursery that’s done in calming tones. Bring out the toys for playtime! Don’t forget scale. For instance, in a playroom make sure everything is reachable that you want your child to be able to get to easily. MINI: How did you decide to design your chil-

dren’s spaces? What was your inspiration?


LONNI PAUL: My twins are seven now, so I just

did makeovers in their rooms. My son Jett is into robots. I painted horizontal stripes in different widths on the wall in blue, green, and white. The headboard is a very techlooking, blue polyurethane. I painted his old white desk orange for a great pop of color in the room. Artist Brady Smith painted the most awesome huge robot painting that I have hung over a teal blue love seat (made from mock mohair, sunbrella fabric). His dresser is the Odile from PetitNest which is a geometric design. My daughter Sophie loves pink and what girl doesn’t? She has a custom headboard I designed for PetitNest out of our fabric. She also has a custom duvet cover and love seat all from an upcoming PetitNest toddler line. She is really girly so I have some fluffy white and sparkly pink throw pillows on a custom designed PetitNest Chanel pink sofa and a white flokati rug. She has the Sophie dresser from my line in her room too which I designed and named after her. MINI: Tell us about PetitNest. How did the col-

lection come to be?

LONNI PAUL: PetitNest is a line of eco-friendly

children’s furniture made entirely in the USA. I use No-VOC paint and everything is formaldehyde-free. I started the company while I was designing Tiffani Thiessen’s nursery for her daughter Harper. We kind of joked around that it would be great to have our own line of kids furniture because we couldn’t find anything we loved. Six months later, I’d designed six collections and we were on our way. Tiffani is bi-costal, so it was too much for her to continue. I’m running it on my own now and loving it!

on my mind

MY MOM UNIFORM IS . . .

A comfy sweater and jeans with boots or laceless Converse. MY PROUDEST PARENTING MOMENT WAS . . .

My daughter who was six at the time put a note she’d written on my bedside table. It said: ‘Mommy, I could not have a better mommy than you. I love you.’ It choked me up and I thought, I must be doing something right in spite of my shortcomings. MY PARENTING BOOK WOULD BE CALLED . . .

Growing with Style or I Love You, but Get Your Dirty Shoes Off My Sofa! MY KIDS WOULD SAY I AM . . .

Really funny and a cool dancer. But wait until they get a little older, that will change! MY DESIGN PET PEEVE IS . . .

All the primary colors together in a nursery. Red, blue, green, and yellow together. It reminds me of a day care or gym.


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In the world of children’s furniture, the Million Dollar Baby brand family dares to design outside the walls of ballerina wallpaper and dinosaur prints. For MDB, children’s furniture should be elegant, fun, functional, and yes, fabulous. Tracy Fong, the Creative Director and Vice President of Sales and Branding at the MDB Family, tells us more about the story behind the company. “The MDB Family started in 1990 with one crib, the Jenny Lind, and one goal, to make stylish children’s furniture that was up to our standards of perfect safety,” Fong said. “At MDB, we believe in providing peace of mind to parents.” Since the Jenny Lind, MDB’s family has grown into quite the beautiful bunch from design styles twinkling with modern charm to timeless heritage pieces built with style and solid construction. “We now have six brands: Davinci Baby, Million Dollar Baby Classics, Franklin & Ben, Nursery Works, Ubabub, and Babyletto,” said Fong.

MILLION DOLLAR BABY

Originally started by her father, Creative Director Tracy Fong steps on the scene to continue a family of brands pushing the boundaries of innovation and design.

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STORY BY ENDER GOCMEN PHOTOGRAPHY BY MILLION DOLLAR BABY


While each brand offers a different take on everyday fab-design, it’s where MDB’s products end up that is important to Fong. “ What I find rewarding is knowing each piece of furniture goes into loving homes,” Fong told Mini. “It’s creating something special for each family with a baby on the way. We are also a company that prides itself on a strong family founda-

tion. It’s our mission to improve and enhance the lives of families worldwide every day.” Fong describes her personal style as edgy yet comfortable. It’s something MDB tries to accomplish in some of their more modern brands. “Nursery Works and Babyletto push the limits of what people are used to seeing in children’s nurseries (think Lucite cribs), yet the cribs are safe

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The Million Dollar Baby brand family includes Babyletto, DaVinci, Franklin and Ben, Ubabub, and Nurseryworks.

and the rockers are incredibly comfortable,” Fong said. “That’s where the rubber-meets-the-road for our design team. It has to look good, feel good, and exceed every safety standard. Don’t you wish high heels were made with that credo?” Mini also asked Fong to clear the water of some of the biggest children’s design-space misconceptions. “We have all seen enough dinosaur

sheets and race car beds to last a lifetime,” she said. “Why not design a sophisticated space for a child that has unexpected twists? Like a chandelier filled with love letters in different languages by Ingo Maurer or neon colored accents. Your baby is more than priceless, and that means giving them the best. It just so happens that the best in safe, quality decor is also incredibly stylish.


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Vosper with son Astor around whom the blog was centered.

In addition to contributing to a host of glossy publications like American Vogue, Interview and W, Pippa Vosper has been working in the fashion industry as a stylist for ten years. Now holding the coveted position of Fashion Editor at Harper’s Bazaar UK, Vosper has taken to blogging to release more creative couture muses on the aptly named, Maternally Chic. The blog was launched last spring when the style maven discovered she was pregnant and has quickly become one of the best reads on the web for both industry insiders and expectant moms alike who want to learn and view exactly how designers like Alaia, YSL, Valentino, and Lanvin (to name a few) look on a growing bump.

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY PIPPA VOSPER


MINI: Let’s talk about your blog, Maternal-

ly Chic. What inspired you to create the blog and what types of content do you focus on?

PIPPA VOSPER: I had the idea for Maternally

Chic when I was three months pregnant. I knew I wouldn’t want to stop being active and involved in the fashion industry while on maternity leave; I also wanted a challenge. I had so much energy and inspired thoughts throughout my pregnancy. While pregnant, I showed how to wear non-maternity clothing throughout the nine months. It was a way to show you could still wear Givenchy, Chanel, Alaia, and the like by choosing the right pieces. Since giving birth to my son, I now focus on chic mommy looks, beauty products, and children’s clothing.

MINI: How would you describe your style?

Have you seen it change since you’ve come a mom?

PIPPA: My style is very simple and chic, al-

most French-inspired I would say. Before pregnancy, my wardrobe was just rails and rails of black. Through my pregnancy and postpartum, I introduced color to my wardrobe— something I am still pleasantly shocked by.

MINI: Where are your favorite places to

shop for yourself and baby in your part of the world?

GET THE LOOK Valentino, YSL, Nicholas Kirkwood

PIPPA: I am a huge fan of Harrods— the

children’s department is enormous with everything you could possibly need. I find I can buy everything from beauty to sportswear to designer clothing in one trip.

MINI: What do you dress the baby in most

often now? PIPPA: I am very much a fan of classic children’s style.

For me, Bonpoint has the most beautiful childrenswear and I would happily dress my son in Bonpoint until a time when he is able to buy his own clothing.


GET THE LOOK Lanvin, Alaia, Phillipe Audibert

THE MODERN MOM

BUMP IT UP

With a wardrobe filled with Alaia and Balenciaga, Pippa was determined not to alter her style for her expanding bump.

MINI: What is important to you in raising

your son? Do you have a parenting style?

MINI: What do you think is a common miscon-

ception associated with pregnancy style?

PIPPA: The very outdated concept that during

pregnancy you should only wear jersey and oversized sweaters. I see it all the time and there are so many clothing options available for every taste and size. My tips for dressing the bump are simply to stick to your usual style, just spend a little time finding options that you can wear now that your shape is changing.

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PIPPA: My son is an extremely happy little

boy who is progressing well, so whatever I am doing is working! I take meetings two days a week right now and he comes with me during the day. My fiance and I agreed to having a nanny once he reached a year old. The other days we swim, attend music classes, play at home, and just enjoy our time together. As long as my child is happy and progressing well, then everything else will fall into place.


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on my mind

MY TYPICAL COFFEE ORDER IS . . .

Iced latte with an extra shot. MY MOM UNIFORM IS . . .

Black leather leggings, cashmere sweater, fitted jacket, and chic flats. I SIMPLY CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT . . .

My enormous Givenchy tote bag that has proven to be the chicest nappy bag! THE ULTIMATE MOMMY MUST-HAVE IS . . .

A great pair of sunglasses to hide tired eyes. MY GUILTY PLEASURE IS . . .

Taking myself for a spa treatment on a Saturday morning while my two loves spend time together at home and I have two blissful ‘Me Time’ hours. ONE ITEM IN MY HANDBAG THAT SAYS I’M A MOM IS . . .

My son’s Sophie the Giraffe teething toy. THIS SPRING, I LOOK FORWARD TO . . .

Being able to walk through the parks in London— my closest being the beautiful Kensington Gardens with the Serpentine Lake.

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C HA R M E D L I F E

Powerhouse jewelry designer Jennifer Fisher began with a simple dog tag chain and has since transformed her line into a bevy of must-have pieces for all INTERVIEW BY KAITLYN KIRBY

A native of Santa Barbara, California, Jennifer Fisher began her career in fashion as a wardrobe stylist for feature films, television shows, and commercials. Yet after ten years of dressing some of the biggest stars in Hollywood, Fisher met her husband and decided to head east to New York to start a family. The couple’s first child was born and the new mom expressed a desire for a stylish piece of jewelry marked with his name— however, no unique items could be found. Fisher then took it upon herself to design a simple dog tag charm stamped with her new son’s name, which she wore on a long, thick link chain. After friends and family began requesting their own custom pieces, Jennifer Fisher Jew-

PHOTOGRAPHY BY JENNIFER FISHER

elry was born. Since its inception, the collection has continued to expand, growing from accessorizing the everyday woman to a lengthy list of celebrities each with the same desire for unique, personalized pieces that carry their own meaning. MINI: Happy Spring! Let’s get started talking

about the Jennifer Fisher jewelry collection. Where do you find inspiration?

JENNIFER FISHER: I am constantly inspired by liv-

ing in New York and traveling with my family. My inspiration for Spring ‘14 is coming from my last trip to Mexico.


MINI: Do you think your

daughter, Drew, will grow up to be a fashionista just like you? What does she wear most often now?

JENNIFER: She is going to go

one way or the other. Right now, she is going through a tomboy phase— probably because that’s how I tend to dress. But she is really into Ash wedge sneakers. She has a bunch of colors and wears them with neon cords and a cool rock tee.

MINI: How would you define

your son Shane’s style these days?

JENNIFER: Please, my son is a walk-

ing Lakers, Heat, Knicks and Nets ad! All he wears are jerseys and sweats. It kills me, but last week was a victory because I got him in skinny jeans.

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A c ri s p w h it e b la z e r b e g s to b e a c c e s o ri z e d w it e d g y g o ld h !

MINI: What are some of your favorite pieces in the collec-

tion and what do you often pair them with? Which do you wear most often?

JENNIFER: My classic charm necklaces are a must. They can

be worn to the beach or out at night. It’s your life on a chain that can be worn anywhere.

MINI: Who are your style or design icons? Did any of them

help shape these gorgeous pieces?

JENNIFER: I am a huge fan of Diana Vreeland. She

has the most amazing personal style. I don’t design pieces for her, but for women who want to express themselves individually. MINI: You’re also a mom! Has your style changed

at all since motherhood?

JENNIFER: My style has simplified since

becoming a mother. I must be able to dress in five minutes and for day to night, so my style is a bit more utilitarian. I feel if it’s casual with an edge, it translates well.


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on my mind

BREAKFAST THIS MORNING WAS . . .

Greek yogurt with Kind granola and berries. MY PARENTING BOOK WOULD BE CALLED . . .

Juggling the Balls. Wait, that’s bad. Micro’ ing the Manage: How to Organize It All. I AM HAPPIEST WHEN . . .

I’m at home with my family. MY PROUDEST PARENTING MOMENT WAS . . .

When my son hit his first home run and looked up at me to see that I saw him.

MINI: Now that it’s spring, what are your favorite ways

THE ITEM IN MY HANDBAG THAT SAYS I’M A MOM . . .

West Village for lunch on the weekends, and just hang out with the kids. Bike riding up and down the Westside Highway as a family and eating outside at Bar Pitti.

My mommy bag. It’s a Comme De Garcon envelope containing band-aids, hand sanitizer, lollipops, goldfish, and headphones so they can watch something on my iPhone. MY PARENTING STYLE IS . . .

Tough love. We play good cop, bad cop in our house between my husband and myself. MY MOMMY MUST-HAVES ARE . . .

Facials, gel manicures, Keratin hair treatments, and Soulcycle.

to spend the season?

JENNIFER: We love to go to Battery Park to picnic, the

MINI: What are your favorite ensembles, colors, pat-

terns, or pieces you love to bring out of your wardrobe this season?

JENNIFER: I always love white. I look forward to sum-

mer and always buy a new white dress. Isabel Marant always has amazing gauze versions. Her dresses are staples and always rotate through seasons. I just bought an amazing pair of her white toile pants with purple flowers and a flare leg— I’m excited to wear them.


Designer Lela Rose has a knack for matching whimsy and elegance with brilliant colors and handcrafted details in her work. Her Spring 2013 collection centers on the duality between lightness and mass, fragility and permanence, as seen in the works of American artist Jim Hodges. It is his colorful and simplistic pieces that influenced Rose’s design of her beautiful floral embroideries and voile prints, paired with metal necklines and touches of lace. Rose, a mother of two, remains true to her aesthetic each season, continuing to produce pieces for the modern sophisticated woman layered with the ethereal spirit of effortless chic, despite her busy family schedule.

IN BLOOM

As her name suggests, designer Lela Rose knows a thing about floral and this season, pretty petals are in full bloom both on and off the runway

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INTERVIEW BY KAITLYN KIRBY

PHOTOGRAPHY BY LELA ROSE


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A fl o ra l p ri n t lo o k s g re a t p a ir e d w it h a b o ld ja c k e t!


MINI: What are some of your favorite pieces in the col-

lection? Which do you wear most often?

on my mind

BREAKFAST THIS MORNING WAS . . .

The “Green Dream.” Our protein, fruit, and spniach smoothie. THE BEST STYLE ADVICE IS . . .

Always be dressed and put together as you never know what may come your way. MY FAVORITE LOCALE IS . . .

Jackson Hole, WY. We go in the summer and we all adore it. BEFORE KIDS, I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD . . .

Have a tricycle with a chariot attached to get us around. MY DAY BEGINS AND ENDS WITH . . .

Utter chaos. We get up in the morning and get kids dressed, fed (usually a protein smoothie with fruit and spinach) get lunches packed and Stitch the Dog taken out. Either my husband or I bike the kids to school, then head to the Greenmarket in Union Square to get vegetables and food for dinner, head to the office and work until about 6, and then bike home to start dinner. We eat together as a family and often have time for a card game after dinner. Then it’s off to bed just to start it all again at 7 AM the next day.

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LELA ROSE: My favorite piece is the ivory organza dress

with ink blue etched flowers that are truly embroidered, but made to look like ink drawings. I have yet to wear this dress but am looking forward to the event that I do wear it. MINI: If you had to pick one piece from the collec-

tion that pairs well with everything, which would you choose?

LELA: I do wear a sunflower yellow silk sport jacket

from Spring 2013 quite often as I can wear it with pants, dresses, jeans, anything really. It is a very versatile piece that finishes any look to make it polished and put together. MINI: You’re also a mom! Has your style changed at all

since motherhood?

LELA: My style has not changed since having kids. I

have always liked getting dressed, even on weekends, as I feel like I am more prepared for the day that way. I love that my daughter also wears dresses or skirts now and hope this is something she will continue. I have always believed that if you look good, you feel good. MINI: Do you think your children will grow up to be

fashionistas just like you?

LELA: I do not think there is much hope for my son to

go into fashion. His wardrobe consists of camouflage and cowboy boots. My daughter does love the whole idea of fashion and all of the hoopla that surrounds it. She is perfectly happy to wear a dress or skirt every day and is usually clad in my favorite color, citrine. MINI: What are your tips for looking great on little

time?

LELA: The dress— one zip and then done. I love to ac-

cessorize with fun necklaces, colorful shoes and knits.


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As former co-host of The Insider and now correspondent for Entertainment Tonight, Brooke Anderson is no stranger to the glamorous red carpet life.

INTERVIEW BY KAITLYN KIRBY PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF CBS

As a member of the Hollywood media, Brooke Anderson is usually the one asking the questions. Sitting down with stars like Angelina Jolie, George Clooney, and Beyonce and jetsetting to events like the Oscars and the Cannes Film Festival are just a few of the tasks the job throws her way. In this exclusive, the correspondent for Entertainment Tonight allowed Mini the chance to interview her and answered the most pressing, parenting-related questions— definitely not the usual for this red carpet TV mama. Anderson leads a glamorous life and her leading role as mom to daughter Kate is one that drives her day to day.

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MINI: Happy Spring! Let’s get started talking about

your glamorous, busy life! How do you balance career and motherhood?

MINI: What are your favorite aspects of your job?

BROOKE ANDERSON: Gratefully, very messily, and

BROOKE: Meeting cool people, traveling the world,

with a sense of humor. It’s a day to day effort. I strive to keep consistency in my daughter’s life, so it’s important my husband and I stay organized when it comes to her schedule.

MINI: What do you think are the benefits of being

a working mom?

BROOKE: The paycheck! Also for me, working

getting to wear fabulous clothes, and the chocolate éclairs at craft services aren’t bad either!

MINI: You’re now a mom to little Kate! Has your

style changed at all since motherhood?

BROOKE: Yes! I’m having more fun and am more

creative with style now due in part to the fact that Kate and I have so much fun with her clothes.

outside of the home is rewarding and I enjoy the challenges and sense of accomplishment that go along with it.

pregnancy?

MINI: What has been the hardest part for you?

BROOKE: Wrap tops by Isabella Oliver that could

BROOKE: The juggling act can be tricky. I feel like

MINI: What were your style staples during your

grow with me as my belly expanded.

I’m running around with my hair on fire! Yes, I have put the milk in the pantry and the cereal box in the fridge… and didn’t realize it for a while.

ionista just like you? What do you dress her in most often now?

MINI: Now about your job. What has been your

BROOKE: She’s already a mini fashionista with

favorite/most memorable interview you’ve conducted thus far? Why? BROOKE: Getting tips in the pool with the U.S.

Men’s Olympic Water Polo Team was pretty unforgettable. Those guys look like bronzed gods. I also enjoyed the Zero Gravity Flight I took over LA with director James Cameron. He was tossing me around like a beach ball! Other memorable interviews include First Lady Michelle Obama, Angelina Jolie, U2’s Bono. Meryl Streep and Glenn Close are two of my favorites. They’re wonderful examples of strong, talented women in the industry who aren’t afraid to be themselves.

MINI: Do you think she will grow up to be a fash-

opinions and style all her own. She has begun choosing her clothes and dressing herself— she loves comfortable yet snazzy leggings (gold American Apparel leggings are a favorite she chose in the store) paired with a fun dress. Anything with ruffles that twirls will do.

MINI: If you could give Kate one piece of style

advice, what would it be?

BROOKE: Wear what makes you smile! Self-expres-

sion is important, even as a toddler.


MINI: Give us a sneak peek into your life. How do you

begin each morning and end each day? Do you have a routine you follow? BROOKE: I am up by 4:45 AM on most weekday morn-

BREAKFAST THIS MORNING WAS . . .

Granola, a banana, and pressed juice on the go. THE BEST PARENTING ADVICE I RECEIVED WAS . . .

It’s OK to be imperfect. Or maybe I told myself that. MY PARENTING BOOK WOULD BE CALLED . . .

Exhale... OK, Time’s Up! MY MOM UNIFORM IS . . .

Skinny jeans, a breezy top, and flats or I go for complete comfort in Lululemon workout pants, a tank top, and sneakers. I WOULD TELL MY NEW MOM SELF . . .

Seriously, take a nap when the baby is napping. The laundry, dishes, emails, and voicemails will wait. I WISH I HAD KNOWN THEN . . .

Sleep comes at a premium. Get it when you can. Can you tell it’s all about sleep with me?

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ings, showered, dressed, and tip-toeing out the door by 5:30, carrying (and dropping) my bags and breakfast while on a conference call with show producers at the same time. My husband takes care of morning duty and school drop off with Kate while I’m able to spend the afternoon with her. On the weekends, waking up at 6:30 AM with my daughter feels like I’m sleeping in! We do ballet, soccer, and family activities including the beach on sunny days.

MINI: We all know moms have little time in their busy

schedules. What are your tips for looking great on little time? BROOKE: A good moisturizer and sunscreen are essential.

If I have just a couple minutes for makeup, I do mascara and a little eyeliner to open up my eyes and a bright lip pops and inspires me to face the day with confidence and a little attitude. For clothes, make sure you have really great, high quality basics to build on and don’t spend a lot of money on trendy items.

MINI: How has your life shifted to accommodate parent-

hood? Have you seen changes in your home, your wardrobe, your social life? BROOKE: The toddler birthday party circuit, park play

dates, and pretend tea parties constitute much of our social life, though I also believe it’s critical to carve out time with my husband and with my girlfriends.

MINI: What surprised you most about parenthood? BROOKE: Childbirth included some eye opening situa-

tions to say the least, but I mostly heard the expression “You’ve never experienced love like this” and that is so true. The love I have for my child is unbreakable and untouchable.


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COOL CLEANSE

Former Real Housewives of New York City star and fitness enthusiast Kelly Killoren Bensimon seizes every day as an opportunity to become hotter and healthier than ever INTERVIEW BY KAITLYN KIRBY

PHOTOGRAPHY BY NICOLAS PADRON

The author of new book I CAN MAKE YOU HOT, Kelly Killoren Bensimon is no stranger to fitness and beauty. She’s recently started Kelly’s Transformation, a detox program and cleanse to reset your metabolism and break your addiction to food. The all-natural, vegan Transformation includes a 10-day regimen of nutrient-dense superfoods, slow-burning carbs, and highly-digestible protein. In this Mini exclusive, Bensimon divulges her fitness routine and secrets to staying mommy fit. MINI: As the author of I CAN MAKE YOU HOT and now

advocate of the Transformation, talk to us about the fitness in your life. KELLY BENSIMON: I try to take classes at Soulcycle or at

Barry’s Bootcamp during the week in NYC. Honestly, after doing the Transformation detox, I don’t need as much exercise as I thought I did. Three to four times a week is plenty or 20 minutes a day, like I talk about in I CAN MAKE YOU HOT, keeps your metabolism up and your blood flowing.

MINI: Let’s talk diet. What does healthy eating mean to you? KELLY: I believe in having a healthful life. 80 percent of that

comes from food. When you eat well, you sleep well, and you have energy to do what you love. when you don’t eat well, you are always trying to get back on track, and recuperate.

MINI: What do you think is most important in teaching

children about diet and exercise?


KELLY: My girls see the difference when we eat lighter

on my mind

DINNER LAST NIGHT WAS . . .

Chicken soup with veggies. MY MOMMY MANTRA IS . . .

I love those who love me. MY GUILTY PLEASURE IS . . .

Jellybeans. MY FRIDGE ALWAYS HAS . . .

Green juice. IF THERE WERE MORE HOURS IN THE DAY, I WOULD . . .

Have another baby and get a law degree. I HOPE MY CHILDREN INHERIT . . .

Creativity and fearlessness from their father and philanthropy and business savvy from their mother. Creative, loving, and level-headed are good qualities. MY STYLE STAPLES ARE . . .

Tretorns, Sperry and Gucci loafers, gold sandals, mini dresses, tight polo shirts, jean shorts, lace dresses, leggings, ballet flats, and suits. Im obsessed with tight suits.

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meals at dinner or are more active, like surfing in the summers. I think empowering children is important, and setting the right role model. I do what I say I’m going to do, and I’ve always made good choices in my life, so they trust me.

MINI: Are there certain foods you are surprised your

children love?

KELLY: My youngest eats exactly like me. She loves veg-

gies and will take carrots out of the fridge and choose breakfast bars over candy bars. It’s a question of your taste buds. Some like salt and some like sugar. My oldest gravitates towards salt.

MINI: Give us a glimpse into your life. How do you be-

gin each morning and end each day?

KELLY: I begin every morning with oranges and a green

juice. My youngest daughter is starting to like the green juice too. After they go to school, I always take my vitamins and I either workout and study or I get ready for work appointments. Everyday is different. It’s kind of frustrating, but exciting too.

MINI: With your busy schedule, what do you always

make time for? Do you have a routine that you try to stick to with your kids? KELLY: I definitely try to eat with my girls as much as

possible and pick them up from school when I can. I am a single mama bear so it’s only me 24/7. I’m trying to instill good values while showing them it is OK to work and take care of your family.

MINI: Are you into healthy cooking as well? KELLY: I do like to cook and I love to make food with

my girls. It’s like a science experiment, and there is nothing wrong with making mistakes in the kitchen. I always tell them, “there is always cereal.”


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MINI: It’s finally spring! Are there

certain colors, pieces, or patterns you’re excited to start wearing this season or locales you’re excited to visit? KELLY: I love colored lace, gold

high heels, and white anything. The mod 60s look is hot, and the minimalist look from Marc Jacobs is clever and sexy. I’m looking forward to spending time in the Hamptons with my new relaunch of my first book In the Spirit of the Hamptons.

MINI: Moms are always running

low on time. Tell us, what are your simple steps to great style? KELLY: I always say, you should

wear what you love. If you love tees, wear them and throw a blazer over them for a chic look. Style is about the life you live, not about trends. I prefer a girl who has a strong sense of herself, rather than a girl who’s trying to wear a trend. We are not supermodels, we are women with amazing lives, so let’s show them off. MORE FROM

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Marissa Kraxberger’s George and Ruby blog follows her adventures as a mom living and working in New York City.

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FA S H I O N F O R WA R D Head of Creative at Oscar de la Renta, mom of two Marissa Kraxberger takes to the web, balancing fashion and social media with sippy cups and Sesame Street INTERVIEW BY KAITLYN KIRBY PHOTOGRAPHY BY NATHAN KRAXBERGER

Marissa Kraxberger first arrived in New York City after graduate school with the hopes of pursuing design and branding, later taking a position with Diane von Furstenberg as an in-house graphic designer. Little did she know her working with the fashion doyenne would act as a springboard to a full-fledged career in the industry. Now as the mother of two young children, Kraxberger holds the title of Head of Creative at another seasoned fashion powerhouse, Oscar de la Renta. Her innovative ideas paved the way for the beloved brand to break out onto the web, armed with the intentions of promoting their new childrenswear collection. The outcome? A gorgeous, mom-centered blog entitled George and Ruby (heralding the names of the dogs of Oscar’s CEO and stepdaughter executive) which follows Kraxberger’s adventures as a parent living in New York City and working in the fashion industry.


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MINI: What is your earliest fashionista memory? Have

you always loved fashion?

MARISSA KRAXBERGER: When I was young I didn’t like

to wear the same outfit too often, I would make these calendars and plan out my looks for an entire month of school. I think I am still a little the same, except that now I can keep track in my head.

MINI: What do you love most about working at Oscar

de la Renta?

MARISSA: It is really hard to pick one thing. I feel really

lucky to work for one of the most talented designers in the history of fashion. I really love the range of products I get to work on— everything from readyto-wear campaigns, home collections, fragrances and childrenswear. Probably, my favorite part of my job is running the blog, George and Ruby, because I get to integrate my family life into my work life in a really fun way. MINI: What is the craziest or most memorable thing

on my mind

MY PARENTING BOOK WOULD BE CALLED . . .

Running in Heels or Cocktail Playdates. BEFORE I WAS A MOM, I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD . . .

Buy plastic toys. MY FAVORITE SHOPPING LOCALES INCLUDE . . .

Net-a-Porter and Diapers.com.

you’ve seen at ODLR?

ONE ITEM IN MY HANDBAG THAT SAYS I’M A MOM . . .

MARISSA: It isn’t crazy, but once we were in fittings with

An iPad full of kids apps.

models before a runway show and Oscar began serenading one of the models in spanish. It was such a precious moment. MINI: Talk to us about your blog, George and Ruby.

How did it start? What does it focus on?

MARISSA: We started the blog because we wanted to

generate awareness of our childrenswear collection in an authentic way. When we launched the blog, we wanted to create a social media presence from a mom’s point of view, also sharing my adventures as a mom living in New York and working in the fashion industry. Our CEO wanted be to be personal and help mothers with tips and how-to’s, without being overtly promotional. As the Head of Creative for the brand, I focus on all aspects beyond childrenswear so it is natural for me to incorporate more of a lifestyle approach into the blog.

THE FUNNIEST THING MY CHILD SAID WAS . . .

Mama, pause. I need to go get my crown. ONE PIECE OF STYLE ADVICE I WOULD GIVE MY CHILDREN . . .

Don’t be afraid to experiment. FIVE PIECES EVERY WOMAN MUST INVEST IN ARE . . .

An Oscar dress, classic go-to heels, statement earrings, a trench coat, and the perfect bag.


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Kraxberger’s blog, George and Ruby, began as a medium to display the Oscar childrenswear collection in a creative fashion— from a mom’s point of view.

MINI: What do you love most about the George and

Ruby blog?

MARISSA: I love telling visual stories. I am not a great

writer, but I do think the images are even stronger when there is a story with them so I have set my worrisome ego aside and continued to write. I was already blogging the lives of the kids on Tumblr to share with friends and family, so this was an easy transition. Now I work on three blogs— I guess that means I really love blogging! MINI: What style advice do you have for moms or

moms-to-be?

MARISSA: I advise moms to embrace the bump. I

loved being pregnant. I think if you feel confident, it shows and you look better. I think the misconception is that you have to wear maternity and I don’t think that is true. I hardly shopped maternity. I invested in a couple of key maternity items: pants, jeans, leggings and spanx! MINI: How do you envision your children’s style in

the future?

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MARISSA: I am afraid of what they will be

inheriting from a mom in the fashion industry! I hope that I teach them well about mixing great pieces with inexpensive trendy pieces. I think they both will grow up with an appreciation for fashion and well made clothes; I am thankful for that. The little lady already has a love for tulle skirts and jewelry… I am sure lace will be next— my favorite! MINI: What are your simple steps to great

style or easy and chic ways to dress up an ensemble? MARISSA: I think eyeliner, mascara and

blush cover a multitude of sins AKA no sleep from crying babies. I love wearing wedges on the weekend. Adding height to a look always makes me feel more put together. Accessorize. You can wear a t-shirt and jeans, but by adding a necklace, a brooch, or some big earrings, you now have a chic ensemble.


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BRAIN CHILD

Necessity proved the mother of invention for California-based Claire Ekelund who turned one award-winning product into three successful children’s brands INTERVIEW BY KAITLYN KIRBY PHOTOGRAPHY BY BEBE AU LAIT

Initially known as the catchy “Hooter Hiders,” Claire Ekelund’s Bebe au Lait was born out of necessity when she found publicly nursing her infant daughter challenging. Ekelund fashioned the Hooter Hider— an easy-to-use, multipurpose, machine washable, nursing cover designed with both mom and baby in mind. Since its launch in 2004, Ekelund’s original product became an award-winner and gave birth to two more successful children’s brands: Bebe au Lait and most recently, Lille. The products

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provide solutions for the needs and wants of style-conscious modern families, offering burp cloths, hooded towels, luxury blankets, and nursing cover gift sets. In a variety of eye-catching prints and patterns, which the mother of three, British-born Ekelund designs herself, Bebe au Lait has become the go-to for the chic yet practical parent and is now distributed in more than 60 countries. MINI: What do you love most about the Bebe

au Lait collection? We’re obsessed with the blankets!


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CLAIRE EKELUND: My favorite will always be the Nursing Cover. I had baby a year and

a half ago and I was so happy to have my Nursing Cover— I got to re-appreciate what a great product we had created. Second to that is my baby’s favorite, the Throw Blankie. She won’t go to sleep without it. She loves to snuggle with it and run her fingers along the satin.

MINI: Let’s talk about Bebe au Lait’s green factor.

What are your Bebe Steps?

CLAIRE: Bebe Steps is our commitment to finding

areas to be more socially and environmentally conscious. We believe that if we start with small changes like using a lunch box or refillable water bottles then eventually this becomes a learned behavior that will spill over into every aspect of our lives. MINI: What makes Bebe au Lait innovative? What

do you think sets the company apart?

CLAIRE: We design quality products that stay true

to our philosophy of fashion and function at affordable prices. We create products that work harder for parents. Each product is designed to make parenting easier, whilst being more stylish. MINI: What do you think are the keys to balancing

work and motherhood?

CLAIRE: With three girls, a husband, a dog, and a

business, it’s an ever-changing schedule that I’m always managing. I try to keep work and family life separate. It’s not always possible, but it’s important to me that my children feel that they come first. We all thrive on a routine. I have a calendar system that keeps me in check— written and electronic. We have a wall calendar at home so everyone knows what is going on a month in advance.


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C AT T WA L K

You know her as the host of E! News, but what you may not know is that Catt Sadler is the matriarch of a true modern family. BY KAITLYN KIRBY | PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID HEISLER

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The host of E! News, Catt Sadler is typically found dishing on the hottest news and names in Hollywood. But when she’s not rubbing elbows with the crushworthy on the red carpet, this TV mama has two big fans of her own at home— her sons Austin and Arion. Including her husband of just over a year, Rhys, and the special relationship maintained with her exhusband and his wife, Sadler tells Mini in this exclusive cover story that her modern family “is now complete.” MINI: We all know you from E, but what our

readers may not know is that you’re a mom! What do you love most about motherhood? CATT SADLER: I love the true miracle of moth-

erhood. There are no two creatures that I feel closer to, more connected to, than my boys. It is a privilege and opportunity to help them grow, learn, and develop into the unique people that they are. Of course, they’re constantly teaching me— so the relationship is definitely a glorious two-way street. MINI: You truly have a modern family. Tell us

about that the dynamic that emerged when you married your husband, Rhys.

CATT: Today our family is complete. My hus-

band of just over a year, Rhys, and I maintain a very close and special relationship with my ex-husband Kyle and his wife Sarah. For the sake of the kids, we’ve created a very positive, open, loving environment. There’s a lot of back and forth between both us and them, so in the spirit of forgiveness and a desire to move forward for our children, we pledged to all be in the parenting roles together as a cohesive unit. The boys don’t deem divorce a dirty word because they’ve never been exposed to resentment, tension, or uncom-

fortable situations. As adults we’ve worked very hard to create a safe place for the boys amongst all of us. We go on vacations together, spend holidays together. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t always absolutely perfect, but we have made a conscious choice to make the best of it. I get a lot of wonderfully positive feedback from teachers and coaches. The boys seem to be thriving and that makes me completely happy. MINI: With such a busy schedule, how do you

manage work and motherhood? What are the keys to keeping the balance and making time for both? CATT: The key is an error-free iPhone calendar

and an iron-clad support system. I wouldn’t be able to pull off my career if it weren’t for the help of Rhys, Kyle, and Sarah— or my assistant who fills in the gaps on the shuttling to basketball, baseball, piano, and beyond. But for me, the balance has always been about being present. When I’m with my kids, I do my best to keep my phone at bay. We are talkers in my family so I’m always “checking in” about their day, their friends, their schoolwork. I just genuinely enjoy my boys so much that when I’m with them, to be brutally honest, I couldn’t care less about what Lindsay Lohan is doing or the status of Kim Kardashian’s divorce. Who knows, maybe that has stagnated my career, but I can live with that. I’ll never regret having missed any key moments with my kids.

MINI: Let’s talk style. How has your style

evolved since becoming a mom?

CATT: I’m a denim girl through and through. I

was before becoming a mom and that hasn’t changed since.


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THIS MONTH Spring break for the boys means a break for mom too. Catt and the boys hope to head to Barbados this month.


MINI: How would you describe your boys’ style? Do they

on my mind

have any favorite ensembles or style staples they can’t get enough of? CATT: My youngest, Arion “the Lion,” is very much a skat-

MY TYPICAL COFFEE ORDER IS . . .

Soy vanilla latte. MY MOMMY MANTRA IS . . .

Treat others the way you want to be treated. MY GUILTY PLEASURE IS . . .

Jalapeno margaritas. MY MOM UNIFORM IS . . .

T-shirt, skinny jeans, and smoking slippers. ONE ITEM IN MY HANDBAG THAT SAYS I’M A MOM . . .

Roll-on kids SPF for Face. MY KIDS WOULD DESCRIBE ME AS . . .

Devoted, fun, emotional, hardworking, fair. Strict about bedtime and diet.

er boy. He wears a lot of skinny jeans and bright colored tees. He likes rocking the flat-billed ball caps too. He has quite the natural fashion instinct for an 8-year-old. Austin, who is almost twelve, is heading into his teen years and is very particular about what he wears. He keeps it very simple but also likes bright colored zip-up hoodies and super slim jeans. Some days I swear my kids’ pants are painted on. LOL. Oh, and last but not least, they can’t seem to get out the door without their Nike Elites.

MINI: What are your favorite ways to spend time with

your boys?

CATT: My boys are both athletic so I love attending their

games and cheering them on that way. It’s so rewarding to see them evolving as little people and it’s important for me to be there showing support. We ride bikes to our local neighborhood village, Larchmont, quite a bit. A fun night for us is going to one of our favorite Korean BBQ spots or sushi. Their spring break means Mom gets a spring break! Barbados might be our destination next month and I couldn’t be more excited.

MINI: How would you describe your personal style? How

MY MOMMY MUST-HAVES ARE . . .

does that carry over into your home?

Lanvin flats, Goyard tote bag, Manolo Blahnik classic pump, Clarisonic facial cleansing brush, Kiehl’s Creme de Corps body lotion— I use on my boys’ cracked, dry skin after they bathe.

CATT: My personal style is relaxed and effortless chic.

That carries over to my home in the sense that nothing is too fussy. It’s modern with clean lines. Contemporary but comfortable. The greatest compliment I get when people visit is they feel like they’re at the spa. It’s pretty Zen at my place. I’m also acutely aware of lighting. My spirit is warm and therefore my home should give that same vibe.

MINI: How are your boys’ personalities and style reflected

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in their spaces in your home?


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CATT: Most of my home is in neutral hues of

grey, nude, white, and black. But the kids’ spaces are bright blue and bright green. Arion pays homage to his love of cars with a display of models on his shelves. Austin, contrastingly, has collected legos since he was a toddler. He has built these scenes around his room that tell quite the story. George Lucas would approve. It’s the evolution of Star Wars.

MINI: Give us a sneak peek into the life of Catt

Sadler. What’s a typical day like for you?

CATT: My mornings are usually spent getting the

boys off to school. After that, I have about an hour to sift through my inbox, shower, check in with the hubby about our day, and then take off for E. Mornings at E are spent reading or re-

writing scripts, scouring the internet for the latest entertainment news, visiting the voice-over booth to track my stories for the day, updating my social media platforms, and finally hair and makeup. The afternoon is spent in a quick fitting and then on set shooting my portion of E! News. I’m usually wrapped by 4 PM. MINI: It’s finally spring! What colors, trends,

pieces, or patterns are you loving right now? CATT: I’m still loving the ideas of mixing prints

and all of the florals. I’m not overly feminine in my dress, but I’m digging the floral prints for spring. My lighter shades of Siwy Denim will make a comeback and my cut off Ksubi denim shorts will as well.


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MINI BL ACK BOOK It’s about that time when families begin to venture out onto vacations and weekend getaways. Don’t stress over the details, we’ve got you covered. PHOTOGRAPHY BY FOUR SEASONS NEW YORK


The Four Seasons New York lobby designed by I.M. Pei is a beacon of sophistication in this Midtown locale. M I N I | spring 13

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Mini Magazine’s Best Family-Friendly Locale

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From the moment we stepped foot inside the Four Seasons New York’s I.M. Pei lobby, we knew our stay would be unforgettable. With an interior highlighted by art deco lamps and a backlit onyx ceiling, the beautiful Midtown hotel stands at 52 storeys tall and includes a 24-hour gym and world-class spa. The location, near Central Park and the glamorous shops along Madison, Fifth, and Park Avenues, is perfect for families looking to expe-

rience New York through a luxury lens. The Four Seasons Hotel may appear like a getaway fit just for parents, but the many amenities and family programs offered will have even the kids desiring a longer stay. There are child-sized plush bathrobes to match the adults, mini welcome amenities, complimentary baby toiletries, and children’s menus available in both the restaurants and in-room dining service.


The Four Seasons Garden restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch.

UBER DEAL Traveling with kids in tow can be challenging especially in a city where walking is king. If hailing a cab is not in the cards for your family, try Uber. With the Uber app, you can request a driver at any time and the nearest car will be alerted to pick you up. Just set your location, tell the driver where you’re headed, and be on your way. After the ride, Uber will automatically charge the credit card on file so you don’t have to fumble with cash. Use code UBERMINIMAG for $10 off your first ride. —uber.com.

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Should mom and dad desire a night on the town, private dinner in the Garden restaurant, or drinks in one of the hotel’s three lounges, a reliable babysitter can be arranged with a 48 hour notice. You can be assured your Minis will be entertained with complimentary coloring books, crayons, toys, board games, and an extensive children’s DVD library. The iconic Dylan’s Candy Bar has also designed a one-of-a-kind candy cart to make in-room weekend visits for Four Seasons guests. Dressed in a red and white pinstriped apron, the Candy Man (reminiscent of Willy Wonka) allows children to mix and match their favorite candies at no charge. During our stay, the Mini team was able to enjoy adorably plated in-room children’s treats: Horizon organic chocolate milk, gummi worms, and freshly baked cookies— we can tell you the cookies are worth writing home about. The Four Seasons New York is the quintessential Manhattan locale for families looking to experience the best of the city. Every detail has been thoughtfully planned by the hotel’s attentive yet unobtrusive staff to ensure your stay is as enjoyable as possible. We cannot wait to return for another memorable trip, which is why the Four Seasons earns the Mini award for Best Family Hotel in New York City. —Fourseasons.com.


WHERE TO STAY

Staying in the Big Apple brings many options to the surface— Midtown, SoHo, TriBeCa, and more. Try one of our favorite locales and put the research aside. THE CARLYLE HOTEL

Located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side overlooking Central

Park, the Carlyle Hotel atmosphere is truly unparalleled. The new Super Adventures of Sophie in the City package is perfect for little fashionistas— complete with two books signed by author Kelly Florio Kasouf, a collaboration cupcake from Magnolia Bakery, an exclusive pillow by Matouk, Lulu Frost jewelry, and the beautiful Sophie dress by Oscar de la Renta. Rates from $540; rosewoodhotels.com/en/carlyle.

The contemporary classic Carlyle is a New York City landmark offering an unforgettable experience for families.

SERENDIPITY 3

NYC is a foodie’s paradise with every cuisine and sugary sweet at your fingertips.

Adorned with Tiffany lamps, the Upper East Side sweet shop is famous for their frozen hot chocolate— a Mini treat. 225 E. 60th St., (212) 838-3531.

The perfect place for families to grab a pizza or plate of pasta since 1944. 236 W. 56th St., (212) 247-3491.

Your Minis will love the in-house burger spot Norma’s who claim to love kids “more than whipped cream.” This 56th Street hotel includes a pool, colorful, spacious rooms, and a location near Central Park. What’s more, Le Parker Meridien is a five-minute walk from Carnegie Hall, the MoMA and Radio City Music Hall. —Parkermeridien.com

The Sophie Suite at the Carlyle.

WHERE TO EAT

PATSY’S

LE PARKER MERIDIEN


MAGNOLIA BAKERY

ALICE’S TEA CUP

The red velvet cupcakes. Enough said. 401 Bleecker St. (212) 462-2572.

This Alice in Wonderland themed tea room will have your Minis grinning like the Cheshire cat. With over a hundred varieties of tea, scones, and sandwiches, Alice’s Tea Cup is the perfect destination for lunch or an afternoon with your pinkies up. 102 W. 73rd St., (212) 799-3006. —Alicesteacup.com.

SCHILLER’S

A LES hispter locale with a kids menu— who would have known? 31 Rivington St., (212) 260-4555. PUDDIN NYC

A true kid-friendly treat spot. 102 St. Marks Place, (212) 477-3537.

LANDMARC

Located in the Time Warner building, Landmarc features one of the best children’s menus. Enjoy your green

eggs and ham or PB and Nutella while marveling at the fabulous view of Central Park South. 10 Columbus Circle, (212) 823-6123. —Landmarc-restaurant.com BROOKLYN FARMACY

Think egg creams and an oldfashioned soda fountain. Your kids will love this throwback classic on Carroll Street. 513 Henry St., (718) 522-6260.

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MAKE MEANING

Mini Magazine’s Best Family Activity Locale

WHAT TO DO

New York City may be a concrete jungle but it’s full of kidfriendly activities and locations to explore during your family trip. Here are our favorite things to do and see in the city. MAKE MEANING

Make Meaning is a creative destination for the child who

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loves to create everything from soaps to cakes. The space even offers a Mommy and Me Mini Mornings series with childhood stories and an activity inspired by each story’s theme. Make Meaning is a true hands-on learning experience for both grown-ups and Minis alike. You will love fashioning jewelry, creating candles, producing paper crafts, and painting ceramic pieces. Reservations can be made at makemeaning.com.

JANE’S CAROUSEL

This beautiful Brooklyn piece of art is a fully-restored historic carousel made in 1922. Equipped with 48 horses and 2 chariots, Jane’s Carousel is located in the DUMBO area of Brooklyn in the Brooklyn Bridge Park. —Janescarousel.com. CENTRAL PARK ZOO

A menagerie found right in the center of Manhattan’s favorite park. —Centralparkzoo.org.


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PHOTOGRAPHY BY VICEROY HOTEL GROUP

Designed by Kelly Wearstler, the Viceroy Santa Monica is a true modern hotel outfitted with hundreds of custom-made china plates.


Private poolside cabanas and a crisp green, gray, and white color scheme can be found around the Viceroy.


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VICEROY SANTA MONICA

Mini Magazine’s Best Family-Friendly Locale

At Mini Magazine, we dream of the Viceroy Santa Monica. The way the hotel fuses classic sophistication with contemporary chic is only a feat that could be achieved through the crisp design of Kelly Wearstler— who outfitted the entire hotel in her signature style. A unique and luxurious Santa Monica boutique beach hotel, the Viceroy will make your stay one to remember whether you’re visiting for business, pleasure, or a family vacation. The

Viceroy is the epitome of exceptional seaside living with luxe accomodations featuring custom-designed bedding and rooms that emit the ultimate essence of California cool. The hotel includes two outdoor plunge pools, the Cameo Bar, Whist Restaurant, a 24-hour fitness center with cardio and weight training equipment, and in-room beauty bars with full-sized spa products. The Viceroy also excels on the dining front with the menu of its


Classic sophistication merged with contemporary chic sums up this library space at the Viceroy.

SENSIBLE SITTERS This exclusive childcare service is equipped to provide a last minute babysitter for an evening out, a replacement for a sick nanny, and a standing sitter for specific days and hours. The trusted babysitter resource is perfect for families on vacation in such spots as the Hamptons, Los Angeles, Palm Beach, and San Francisco. — sensiblesitters.com.

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Whist Restaurant from Executive Chef Tony DiSalvo. Open daily beginning at 7 AM, Whist trumps all expectations of pleasurable dining. DiSalvo’s menu is sourced from local markets and farms, contributing to the already outstanding sophistication of the Santa Monica beach property. From Whist, Mini parents are encouraged to check out the Cameo Bar illuminated by candlelight in the retro glam design of Kelly Wearstler. Children will love the outdoor pools accented by clean, elegant cabanas. But if the sights and sounds of the ocean are what you desire, allow the Viceroy to coordinate a surf lesson through one of the area’s local surf shops. The Viceroy Santa Monica is located near many of Southern California’s most popular beaches, museums, art galleries, golf courses, shops, and more— perks that landed this beautiful beachside getaway the award of Mini Magazine’s Best Family-Friendly Hotel in Los Angeles.


WHERE TO STAY

Los Angeles is a dynamic locale just a short distance away from both majestic mountains and sprawling beaches. Don’t let your stay be anything less than California sunshine happy. HOTEL BEL-AIR

The Hotel Bel-Air is surrounded by12 acres of lush gardens

that serve as an exciting playground for any curious child. Inspired by 1930s, 40s, and 50s Hollywood, a redesign makes this California hotspot even hotter with its glamour and graceful living quarters. Your family will love the Hotel Bel-Air’s luxury children’s services in addition to specialty suites like the Grace Kelly, Herb Garden, and Swan Lake. Rates from $515; hotelbelair.com.

MONTAGE BEVERLY HILLS

This Spanish and Mediterranean inspired hotel is just the getaway your family desires this season in Los Angeles. Welcome gifts for young guests, an exclusive program by Paintbox, and an array of pint-sized activities to enjoy while mom and dad enjoy an evening at in-house restaurant, Scarpetta. —Montagebeverlyhills.com.

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Famed for its Swan Lake, the Hotel Bel-Air includes over 12 acres of lush gardens for children to explore.

Private patio at the Hotel Bel-Air. WHERE TO EAT

LA is a foodie’s dream with a wide variety of cuisines, famous restaurants, and food carts to choose from. HUGO’S

Praised by Gwyneth Paltrow as an LA staple, Hugo’s dishes up a combo of healthy, organic food and expansive kids menu. 8401 Santa Monica Blvd, (323) 654-3993.


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GIORGIO BALDI

GREAT BALLS ON TIRES

This traditional Japanese hotspot in Studio City even serves mini sushi rolls. 11941 Ventura Blvd., (818) 760-3348.

You can expect excellent tuna carpaccio, polenta, and fresh, handmade ravioli from this authentic Santa Monica favorite. OK, maybe that was for grown-ups, but we promise kids will love it too. Giorgio Baldi is owned and managed by an Italian family so children are always welcome. 114 West Channel Rd., (310) 573-1660. —Giorgiobaldi.us.

Now serving meatballs and other savory balls of food, this aptlynamed food truck is a must-try in LA. —Greatballsontires.com.

GRILLED CHEESE TRUCK

Grilled cheese eaters from 5 to 95 will love the cuisine at this LA food truck. — Thegrilledcheesetruck.com.

SPRINKLES ICE CREAM

Everyone’s favorite cupcake shop just got a bit chillier. Next door to the bakery. 9631 S. Santa Monica Blvd., (310) 274-7890.

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DUFF’S CAKEMIX

Mini Magazine’s Best Family Activity Locale

WHAT TO DO

In beautiful Los Angeles, California, finding activities to please both parent and child is easy as pie. Or cake, rather. Head to one of these locations for a fun day of play in LA. DUFF’S CAKEMIX

This fun bakery and DIY cake shop in West Hollywood is

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brought to you by the star of Ace of Cakes and Charm City Cakes owner, Duff Goldman. Parents will love decorating their own cake just as much as their mini counterparts— choose your cake size (6 or 9 in.), flavor (chocolate, vanilla, marble, red velvet, carrot), and filling (cream cheese, vanilla, chocolate) and get to work. Decorators are available to walk you through, but we trust you’ll bring your baker’s hat. —duffscakemix.com.

UNDERWOOD FARM

The Moorpark location of Underwood Farms offers tours of strawberries, pumpkins, vegetables, and animals all on a tractor-drawn wagon ride. You’re also free to pick your own produce and visit the farm animals. —Underwoodfamilyfarms.com. WALK OF FAME

Take a trip to see your favorite stars, immortalized. —Walkoffame.com.


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Just steps from the city’s Magnificent Mile and Michigan Avenue shopping, the Four Seasons Chicago offers a luxe city escape.

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The elegance of mid20th-century French decor can be found inside the Four Seasons guestrooms and suites.


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FOUR SEASONS CHICAGO

Mini Magazine’s Best Family-Friendly Locale

Just steps from the Windy City’s Magnificent Mile and North Michigan Avenue’s best shopping lies the Four Seasons Chicago— a destination for unparalleled guest rooms with views of Lake Michigan and the city’s skyline. The Mini Magazine team has a deep love for all things Four Seasons and this hotel in our own backyard is no exception. The Four Seasons Chicago towers 46th floors above the ground, offering a breathtaking vantage point

of the city from a bird’s eye view. The hotel houses 345 luxury rooms, a gourmet farmto-table restaurant, Allium, and a world-class spa all to be experienced in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood just a short distance from all that the city has to offer. Amenities at this luxury, five star Chicago hotspot include: indoor pool with attached whirlpool, fitness facilities, complimentary shoeshine and newspaper, 24-hour in-room dining,


The hotel goes above and beyond to make children feel welcome— not to mention the in-house ice cream man.

SUITE LIFE

The Four Seasons hotels earn points from the pint-sized guests of the world as they offer a variety of in-room sweets and treats throughout the duration of one’s stay. In Chicago, an ice cream man; in New York, it’s a Dylan’s Candy Bar cart complete with attending Wonka-esque candystriper. We hope you give the Four Seasons the chance to satisfy your sweet tooth while living the suite life. —fourseasons.com.

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and an in-house laundry and pressing service. Children’s amentities are also available through the Four Seasons, including: child-size bathrobes, welcome amenities for younger guests, children’s menus available through in-room dining and in the hotel restaurant, complimentary diapers and use of baby equipment, childproofing items, and the use of videos, board games, and toys. Not to mention children, can also request a room visit from the Ice Cream Man who is rumored to make delicious sundaes. The Four Seasons goes out of its way in each one of its locations to make children feel welcome and parental stays easier. Teens are not excluded as they can also try out the unique pizza-making course guided by the hotel chef or take advantage of one of the teen spa services like the Chilax Mani/Pedi or the O4U Facial. Your family can be certain a trip to Chicago will be one of the best yet once you examine all that the city has to offer— and all of the activities the Four Seasons is able to set up just for you. We’re happy to award the Four Seasons Chicago the title of Best Family-Friendly Hotel as they continue to excel in every aspect of luxury accomodations.


WHERE TO STAY

The heart of the Midwest really lies in Chicago. Located right next to beautiful Lake Michigan, the Windy City offers great options for a familyfriendly stay. RITZ CARLTON

A sister hotel to the Four Seasons, the Ritz Carlton is an-

other of the city’s luxury gems located at the top of Water Tower Place in Chicago’s Gold Coast. The Ritz Carlton boasts children’s amenities including welcome gifts and snacks, kid-friendly toiletries such as tear-free shampoo and conditioner, weekend in-room Candy Man deliveries, and the opportunity for your Mini to learn and bake treats with the hotel’s resident chef. —Fourseasons.com/chicagorc

HOTEL PALOMAR

Chicago’s Hotel Palomar, a member of the Kimpton family, is ready to treat your family to the best experience in the city. Welcome gifts upon check-in, child-size animal print robes, babysitting services, evening mocktails, and the special option to keep a pet fish for the duration of your stay. —Hotelpalomar-chicago. com.

The Ritz Carlton Chicago allows children a behind-thescenes tour of the kitchen every afternoon followed by cookie-making.

WHERE TO EAT

The Windy City has a food culture entirely of its own, consisting of everything from deep dish pizza to gyros. LOU MALNATI’S

You cannot visit Chicago without having authentic, Chicago-style deep dish pizza. For a slice of heaven, Lou’s is always a hit. —Loumalnatis.com.

The Deca Bar at the Ritz Carlton.


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UNCOMMON GROUND

Delicious Asian-fusion cuisine in another of our favorite hotels, the Park Hyatt. 800 N. Michigan, (312) 239-4030.

This fun breakfast and and lunch spot has two locations in Chicago’s Bucktown and Lincoln Park neighborhoods. Serving up American staples like pancakes and eggs, tables inside are covered with butcher paper to keep little hands busy while parents chat during weekend jaunts. 746 W. Weber St., (773) 935-5600. —Toast-chicago. com.

With a rooftop garden where kids can take classes in urban gardening, organic and local fare is king. —Uncommonground.com.

BRASSERIE JO

This kid-friendly French restaurant also hosts crepe-making parties and serves special desserts. —Brasseriejo.com.

HARRY CARAY’S

A locale named after the long-time Chicago Cubs announcer serving pizza, burgers, and more. 700 E. Grand Avenue, (312) 527-9700.

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SOD ROOM

Mini Magazine’s Best Family Activity Locale

WHAT TO DO

Whether you choose to go on foot or even by segway, Chicago is a wealth of kid-friendly shops, playgrounds, museums, and activity centers. Be sure to check out our award-winner. SOD ROOM

Sod Room is a unique, eco-

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friendly indoor playspace located in the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago. Including only safe, sustainable toys and materials, this playspace allows your child to have fun exploring their world through a green lens. To assist parents with the transition to the green-centered lifestyle, Sod Room also hosts workshops and classes to feed your growing eco mind. —Sodroom.com.

AMERICAN GIRL PLACE

Made especially for little girls and their doll companions, this Water Tower Place shopping spot has three levels of Mini bliss including a restaurant, doll hair salon, and hospital. —Americangirl.com. SHEDD AQUARIUM

A popular window into marine life in Chicago. —Sheddaquarium.org.


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Chef Gabby Dalkin’s upcoming cookbook, Absolutely Avocados, uses the spring green ingredient to add a health kick to yummy food. These Mini recipes can jumpstart your diet this season or offer new ways to use the fruit (yes, fruit).

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RECIPES BY GABBY DALKIN

PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF ABSOLUTELY AVOCADOS


AVOCADO CAESAR DRESSING

I love a good homemade Caesar dressing, but using a raw egg, especially while pregnant, is not recommended. This Caesar solves the egg problem by subbing in avocado. You get a creamy dressing that's not only delicious, but rich in folic acid, potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin B6, all of which are important prenatal nutrients. Prep Time: 5 minutes Serves: 6 to 8 (makes about 11⁄2 cups) 1 Hass avocado 1⁄3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more if needed 1⁄4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 or 2 garlic cloves, peeled 3⁄4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1⁄4 teaspoon coarse salt 1⁄4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Cut each avocado in half lengthwise. Remove the pit from the avocado and discard. Remove the avocado from the skin, and place the avocado flesh in a food processor bowl. Add the olive oil, Parmesan, vinegar, lemon juice, garlic cloves, Worcestershire, salt, and pepper. Pulse for 1 to 2 minutes, until smooth and creamy. Adjust the salt and pepper if needed. Use immediately, or refrigerate for up to 3 days. VEGETARIAN AVOCADO SUSHI BOWLS

Since sushi is basically a no-no while pregnant, how about creating something that satisfies the craving without breaking any rules? This sushi bowl combines avocado, sushi rice, tons of chopped veggies, and a great asian dressing that you’ll love. Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 15 to 20 minutes Serves: 4 1 cup sushi rice 1 Hass avocado 1 cup shredded green cabbage (savoy recommended) 1⁄2 cup chopped red bell pepper 1⁄2 cup thinly sliced carrots 1⁄4 cup finely sliced scallions 3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives 3 tablespoons soy sauce 2 tablespoons rice vinegar 1 teaspoon sesame oil 1 teaspoon honey Cook the sushi rice according to the package directions. Transfer it to a large bowl. Cover the rice with a slightly damp kitchen towel and set aside. Cut the avocado in half lengthwise. Remove the pit from the avocado and discard. Remove the avocado from the skin, and cut the avocado into 1⁄2-inch dice. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the cabbage, red bell pepper, carrots, scallions, and chives to the avocado and toss to combine. In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, and honey. Fluff the sushi rice with a fork. Add the chopped vegetable mixture and drizzle with the prepared dressing. Divide among bowls and serve immediately.


SWEET POTATO BURGERS

These burgers are stuffed with sweet potatoes, beans, and topped with avocados, so you’re getting 3 super foods at once, plus lots of protein and fiber needed for expectant moms. Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 8 to 10 minutes Serves: 4 1 cup peeled and diced sweet potatoes 1 15-ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained 11⁄2 cups panko bread crumbs 1 large egg 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest 1 teaspoon coarse salt 1⁄2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1⁄2 teaspoon sweet paprika 1⁄2 teaspoon dried oregano 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 4 hamburger buns, sliced and toasted 2 Hass avocados Assorted toppings, such as red onions, roasted red bell peppers, microgreens, Dijon mustard, lettuce, sun-dried tomatoes, and/or caramelized onions Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Add the diced sweet potatoes and cook until fork-tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain the sweet potatoes and transfer to the bowl of a food processor. Add the cannellini beans, bread crumbs, egg, Parmesan, lemon zest, salt, pepper, paprika, and oregano. Pulse for 1 minute, until everything is fully incorporated and smooth. Remove the sweet potato mixture from the food processor and divide it into four 4-ounce portions. Form each portion into a patty to fit your preferred burger bun. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sweet potato patties to the hot oil and cook until golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer each patty to a burger bun bottom. Cut each avocado in half lengthwise. Remove the pit from the avocado and discard. Remove the avocado from the skin, and cut the avocado into thin strips. Top each sweet potato patty with one-quarter of the avocado strips. Add additional toppings as desired and top with the top half of the bun. Serve immediately.

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Tropical Avocado Salad

Not only is this salad super healthy, but it’s loaded with avocados which pack a nutritious punch and mangoes loaded with vitamin A. Prep Time: 15 minutes Serves: 4 to 6 2 Hass avocados 1 ripe mango 3 cups arugula 1⁄2 English cucumber, cut into half-moons 1⁄4 red onion, thinly sliced 1 jalapeño chile pepper, seeded and sliced 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice 2 tablespoons champagne vinegar 1⁄3 cup avocado oil (extra-virgin olive oil may be substituted) 1 teaspoon coarse salt 1⁄2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Cut each avocado in half lengthwise. Remove the pit from the avocado and discard. Remove the avocado from the skin, and cut it into medium dice. Set aside. Using a vegetable peeler, remove the skin of the mango. Using a sharp knife, slice the wide flat part of the fruit off the pit. Repeat this process for the other side of the mango. Transfer the 2 mango slices to a cutting board and cut into 1⁄2-inch pieces. In a large bowl, combine the arugula, mango, cucumber, red onion, and jalapeño and toss gently to combine. Add the diced avocado. Set aside. In a small bowl, combine the orange juice and vinegar. Slowly stream in the avocado oil while whisking together to form the dressing. Season with the salt and pepper. Drizzle half of the dressing over the salad and toss.


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