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KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN Mini talks the new Kardashian Kids line— plus keeping up with her own brood!

KIDS DESIGN IDEAS Creative spaces to swoon over


Ahoy, Mini! We set sail with the brightest trends of the season




Taking you higher, bringing TM you closer. Stokke® Xplory® and Stokke® MyCarrier At Stokke®, we are committed to putting children first. Our products are designed specifically to encourage child development and to strengthen the bonds between parents and children. We believe it is in a child’s best interests to be as close as possible to its parents, and to be in an environment of genuine safety and security, free to learn and to grow. Our products are innovative, sustainable and child-centric, providing smart solutions for your baby’s needs and fitting easily into your home and life. Stokke® products are also designed to grow with your child.




Rachel Pally comes a new collection made just for Minis. With stripes and patterns perfect for spring, Rachel Pally Baby belongs in every Mini closet. From $38, Rachel Pally Baby,


OH SO L I V LY This season, spring for the Stockholm-based children’s brand, LIVLY. Essentials for the kids from baby on up, LIVLY presents the classics with a chic, European flair. Think perfectly pastel pea coats, crisp and cozy knits and even baby rompers. Picking up a gift for a new little one? LIVLY’s baby gift bags and newborn welcome kits include everything you need, from hats to onesies, bibs and more, including LIVLY’s fluffy bunny friend, Marley. —



In a variety of modern colors, the Zuma highchair by Inglesina adds an innovative and elegant touch to any space. Zuma is height-adjustable, with 8 different positions, and transitions from high chair to child’s seat in an instant. “A bold, fresh design and countless features— Zuma is the best!” says Mini’s Editor in Chief Kate Kirby. Inglesina,


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Try the Cherry Blossom cupcake from our friends at Georgetown Cupcake this month!

SPRING April showers bring May flowers, but don’t let rainy days get you down! Head inside to Duff ’s Cakemix in Los Angeles and get creative with cake! —

Find the cherry blossoms in full bloom in Washington, DC this spring and celebrate with a visit to the National Cherry Blossom Festival from March 20 through April 13! — LOG ON TO

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This year’s floating cloud installation by Swiss artist Olaf Breuning in the southeast corner of NYC’s Central Park is the most kid-friendly yet. —




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They’re back! Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted hits theatres this March with a cast of fun parents like Tina Fey, Salma Hayek, and Ty Burrell!




The Ubabub Pod Crib is for the clearly modern nursery, with clear sides, low height, advanced design with eco friendly material, and includes a custom mattress and junior bed conversion kit. ORDER NOW AT


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We share our favorite pieces from the new GAP Paddington Bear collection!




We’re giving away over $1,000 in baby gear and essentials to ONE lucky winner with a few of our friends! Brands include: aden+anais, Belly Bandit, Freshly Picked, Bump Nest, Little Giraffe, AXL, Duux, Comotomo, Serena & Lily, and more! Visit springgiveaway



PUDDLE JUMPERS The Mini team shares the best picks for rain jackets this season. Splish splash! MOM MUST-HAVES New baby? We’ve got you covered with the New Mom Essentials. category/lifestyle MOM’S NIGHT OUT Take some time for yourself with this fun idea for a night with friends. category/lifestyle

BOREDOM BUSTERS For those taking trips this spring, beat the “I’m Bored” before it begins! category/lifestyle

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Mini peeks inside island mom India Hicks’ handbag 14 | MEET THE TEAM The


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best puddle jumping gear to kick off your spring

a walk with the best new strollers on the market

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30 | MOMMY CHIC It’s the style spot for our chic Mini moms

56 | THE OTHERHOOD Melanie Notkin’s second book explores a new group

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Freshly Picked moccasins founder on spring style

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116 | GENE-VATION HGTV star Genevieve Gorder begins a renovation on her home in NYC’s Chelsea

Candace Cameron Bure introduces her new book, Balancing It All 104 | FAMILY AFFAIR The Novogratz family lends their tips for kids design

90 | OH-D TO JOY Popular blogger Joy Cho debuts her new collection for Target


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Spring is a time for hitting reset— the birds are chirping again, the weather is warming, and we’re beginning to rid our homes of what we’ve gathered during our winter hibernation. I’m kind of in awe over the spaces featured in this issue, from playful family rooms to nurseries to a North London home that is really too chic for words. Spring is just the time to launch this design issue, to inspire you to get creative at home and refresh your spaces for the new year ahead. I’ve also been bursting at the seams to share our cover shoot with mom of two, Kourtney Kardashian. Her Calabasas home is a mecca of bright colors and children’s design that will make you swoon. Not to mention, the adorable new Kardashian Kids collection just launched in Babies ‘R’ Us stores! In this issue, we’re also sharing the best rain gear for your Mini puddlejumpers, tips for designing kids spaces courtesy of your favorite designers, and hosting the Ultimate Mini Spring Giveaway on our website to celebrate the launch! So, ready or not— here we come, spring! The editorial shoot on Page 126 will help you sail into the new season in style.

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From the creators of the mamaROO comes the new 4moms rockaROO. With 5 speeds and an mp3 plugin, you’ll wonder what you did without it. $159.99; 4moms. com


Not only adorable, but this Duux humidifier creates cold mist within a second and even acts as a nightlight! $74.95;


Look what the Storq dropped off ! A collection of four chic wardrobe staples to be worn through pregnancy and beyond. $195; ◀ KARDASHIAN KIDS

The new Kardashian Kids line is available now in Babies ‘R’ Us stores. With the sweetest butterfly prints, polka dots and more! Prices vary;

Painted Bird crocheted shoes has just launched BabyBirds for little girls. $38;


Vonbon has the best prints and their new leggings are an extension of those. How cool is this geometric pair? $39;

ORGANIC SOFT STYLISH With stylish babies and kids in mind, our fabrics are designed in house and printed on US grown, certiďŹ ed, organic cotton using eco-friendly water-based inks. Each piece is purposefully designed to mix and match and make the style uniquely yours.





SPLISH SPLASH We love wellies with everything from skirts and fun socks to pajamas and play clothes. Browse our favorite pairs on our website: mini-magazine. com/rainboots PHOTOGRAPHY BY LESLEE MITCHELL

ST YLE SPOT this spring

The Best of Wellies round-up just in time for puddle jumping


for dancing in the droplets travel a breeze

Rain jackets that will make the best accessory


Baby carriers that make spring Mini’s latest Mommy Must-

Haves and more to clear out the old and bring in the new this season. M I N I s p r i n g ‘14


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These pre-historic printed rain boots are a fun way to roar into springtime. $19.99;


Have a puddle jumping party this spring with these dotted wellies from Joules. $54; Joules;


In blue, pink, and orange hues, these two-toned boots are double the fun with double the style. $75; Hunter;


Ahoy, matey! These nautical stripe boots are perfect for the rainy weather ahead. $42; Joules;


Spring is here! And so is the rain— but April showers don’t mean your little ones can’t play outside. With these wellies, in a variety of colors and prints, wearing rain boots will be just as fun as splashing in them.


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Kids Blue Zap! Rain Boots by Gymboree, $23;


MINI Yellow rain jacket by babyGap, $39.95; babyGap;



This painted spot print rain jacket features a drawstring waist in a practical parka style. $145; Stella McCartney;



Adventure awaits with the limited edition Paddington Bear™ collection for babyGap. $49.95; babyGAP;

A floral-embellished raincoat and matching bucket hat to brighten any rainy day. $220; Little Marc Jacobs;


This clear, PVC raincoat blends high style with practicality. $192; SuperTrash;



Don’t wish for the rain, rain to go away just yet! Why not go singing (or dancing!) in the rain this spring? These rainy day jackets are just the right accessory for treks to school or the nearest puddle.

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Floral hooded raincoat, $112.50; Catimini;

Lily Jade Diaper Bags ORG A N I Z I N G M OT H E R H O OD T h ro u g h t h e b a by y e a r s a n d b e yo n d

A brand who understands. Lily Jade is a designer diaper bag line aiming to make your transition through motherhood both seamless and stylish. Each Lily Jade bag is complete with the removable, washable, 16 pocket “Baby Bag” organizer for holding all of baby’s essentials while on the go. Or, leave it with the sitter for a date night. Beyond the baby years, your “Baby Bag” organizes children’s activities or work items. Mommies, your go-to bag has arrived.

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CARRY HOW-TO Have a new little one? Don’t know how to use your baby wrap? Solly Baby offers video tutorials for carrying babies and beyond on their website: tutorials


The warm weather months call for travel. Whether that means walks through the neighborhood or sprints through the airport, life can be easy with a baby on board. It all starts with our picks for baby carriers! PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALPHA SMOOT PHOTOGRAPHY FOR SOLLY BABY M I N I s p r i n g ‘14


The Chai Mandala Carrier features the patterns of a mandala, a representation of the universe and balance. $140; Ergobaby;

Solly Baby Wrap, $65; Solly Baby;



A cool spin on a classic pattern, the Soleil carrier by Beco Baby features grey, yellow and white chevron. $140; Beco Baby;


Bebe au Lait’s award-winning nursing covers are another travel staple you’ll want to take along on spring excursions. $36; Bebe au Lait;



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Complete in function, comfort and style, this carrier gives you all the options with a limited edition print by designer Ty Pennington. $149; líllébaby®;

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Don’t miss Sarah Jessica Parker’s exclusive collection with Nordstrom out now. “I thought about launching my own line for a long time,” says Sarah Jessica.“It just feels like an enormous privilege to be doing it now with Nordstrom.” —


SONNET Have you ever found a new collection so great you feel like singing? That’s how we feel about the new Sonnet James. Noted as a line of play dresses for playful moms, all Sonnet James pieces are made in San Francisco and come in a variety of spring perfect colors, patterns, and cuts. We can’t wait to try out the color-blocked Mara, Doutzen, and Stella dresses this spring and of course, pair them with one of Sonnet James’ own, sustainably harvested sun hats. —




More of Me Maternity truly has broken the mold of traditional maternity wear. A contemporary clothing line that can be worn before, during pregnancy and after baby’s arrival, you will fall in love with these pieces, ranging from chambray shirts to fluffy, feather dresses. “I can’t wait to wear the Bunny Bow Dress,” says Mini’s Editor Kate Kirby. —

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A baby bag line that grows with both you and baby. Lily Jade bags come equipped with a sixteen-pocket organizer that can easily be removed when your “baby years” are over. After baby, enjoy all of the features of a handbag. —


NESTING The nesting instinct kicks in for many moms-to-be early on, unfortunately so do sleeping problems. Don’t give up on a good night’s sleep, Bump Nest™ has arrived. With support in all the right places, the Bump Nest™ Pregnancy Pillow relieves the aches and pains associated with a woman’s journey through pregnancy, including Sciatica, Restless Leg Syndrome, lower back pain, Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction. —



It’s Daddy Chic! Grab a shirt for Dad and a shirt for your Mini Mister this spring with Daddy & Co by Mini favorite Daddy Scrubs. We’re loving the Big Bike Daddy Tee and for the little guy, the Little Tricycle Tee. Find a special code for Mini readers on the next page! —

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Did you know the best window for your child to learn a new language is before the age of six? Little Pim makes learning a foreign language fun with its tailored programs in French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese and more! —


MINI Click to download this fun new app for sharing baby stories!



The gadgets from Dreamfarm, like the Membo featured here, are here to make your life easier. The Membo helps remind little ones of chores completed. —


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the ultimate shopping

destination for kid’s fashion

Sent straight from Paris and delivered to your doorstep in 72 hours: Armani Junior, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Kenzo, Little Marc Jacobs, Monnalisa, Oscar de la Renta, Petit Bateau, Rykiel Enfant, Scotch & Soda‌ and many more


insider scoop

Floral silk skirt, $399; Richmond Jr.;



With its tradition of runway and style, Paris is the center of the universe for all things chic and fashion. But what about baby and children’s fashion? Paris has you and your Minis covered here, too!

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A creamy orange floral dress from Chloé is available on Melijoe as a perfectly printed option for spring. $124; Chloé;


Melijoe stocks brand Petit Bateau, including many dotted and nautical striped pieces like this one. $33; Petit Bateau;

between children’s fashion and adult’s fashion, Melijoe elevates the experience of shopping for children to an engaging and luxurious level. With over 120 designers and many notable designer x Melijoe collaborations, Melijoe has grown into the international reference in luxury fashion for children online. Some of Melijoe’s hottest designers include Dolce & Gabbana, DSquared2, and Kenzo. Published monthly, Melijoe’s interactive online magazine is Le Magazine. It’s infused with a read-click-buy concept that makes online browsing simpler and more fun than ever be-


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fore. Le Magazine offers seasonal edits of clothing, products and trends, coverage of industry related news, suggestions for familyfriendly travel and activities, and specials on celebrity style. For the first time in its history, Melijoe launched a print publication this March. Showcasing the season’s best looks and trends, news brands, and other exclusive content, the print publication revolutions the digital shopping experience by linking to the digital sphere with a simple coding system. Readers are directed to for a quick, convenient, and pleasant shopping experience.

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STORQ D E L I V E RY Courtney Klein sought out to create a maternity line that works with a woman’s existing wardrobe. Enter Storq, now delivering a chic fashion bundle to doorsteps everywhere. INTERVIEW BY KAITLYN KIRBY STORY BY MARC WENDT PHOTOGRAPHY BY HELENA PRICE

Whether you’re about to be a first-time mommy or you’ve already had a few kids, transitioning from your everyday wardrobe to maternity wear can be a less than glamorous process. After all, who wants to trade in fab for drab? But why should you have to? That’s exactly the dilemma that inspired Courtney Klein’s new San Francisco-based maternity line and e-commerce site, Storq. “I heard a lot of complaints from my pregnant friends and family about a lack of stylish maternity options,” Klein explained. “We set out to offer easy solutions to the problem of dressing a pregnant body stylishly and affordably.” So, Storq was born. Giving women the ability to maintain their sense of style and identity throughout their pregnancy, Storq supplies the

One dress, many options. It’s soft, simple and goes with everything.

staples that every woman needs. Best of all, the pieces work in combination with a woman’s existing wardrobe. In apparel, Storq launched with a tank, skirt, dress, and leggings, each sold separately or available as a set called “Basics Bundle.” Made from an ultra soft modal and spandex blend with no tags and as few seams as possible, these pieces ramp up the comfort without compromising on style. And they’re available in black and white which means they go perfectly with all your favorite clothes. For spring, Klein suggests matching the skirt worn high-waisted with the white tank and a denim jacket, or pairing the leggings with a long linen tunic. Along with the apparel launch, Storq also de-

A versatile skirt for any occasion. Looks chic with heels or sneakers.

It’s your new baselayer. Wear it alone or as the basis for any outfit.

Ideal for every scenario. Pair with tunics or dresses.

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We’re aiming to offer something super simple that let’s pregnant women feel like themselves. No gimmicks, just comfortable basics that go with everything and won’t break the bank.


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MINI Click here to shop Storq wardrobe essentials!

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buted a line of beauty products, all personally vetted by Klein and all safe for mom and baby. Klein collaborates with only the best— top-of-the-line brands like VERB, Juniperseed Mercantile, Portland Apothecary, Live Live & Organic, Fat & The Moon, and Impulse Cosmetics, among others. The first of two beauty bundles, the “Body Bundle” contains seven essential hygiene products— shampoo, conditioner, belly oil, belly balm, soap, sunscreen, and deodorant. The “Beauty Bundle” features six basic cosmetic staples— lipstick, mascara, three nail polishes and nail polish remover.


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We’re aiming to offer something super simple that let’s pregnant women feel like themselves, Klein said. “No gimmicks, just comfortable basics that go with everything and won’t break the bank.” With both mom and baby’s comfort and safety in mind, Storq has waded through products and pored over labels to find the best of the best available on today’s market. At its core, Storq aims to help women style their new body and give them the tools they need that make it easy to look and feel radiant. New body, new rules. You don’t need a whole new wardrobe, just the basics. Visit to shop!




mid pregnancy Wear pulled up or folded over to hold up and smooth out too-loose maternity wear

late pregnancy Use folded over once or twice to hold up your pants when your belly pushes them down

post partum Helps the transition with tooloose maternity pants or too-tight pre-pregnancy jeans

e a r ly p r e g n a n c y Wear folded over to hold up unbuttoned pre-pregnancy jeans Š 2012 Ingrid & Isabel, LLC. All Rights Reserved.


IN THE BAG “Reminds me of my childhood. Reminds me that my daughter’s hair needs dealing with.” $120; Mason Pearson; WHATS IN THE BAG


Designer, author, model, mother, free spirit— there is little the perpetually chic India Hicks does not do. Mini dives into the style maven’s handbag for a sneak peek into her life as a mom to four in the Bahamas. India Hicks Island Living Hand Cream $19; India Hicks;

“I use this after a long flight to moisturise my exhausted skin, use it in the back of a cab dashing to a meeting for a little glow, and use it in the evening as a base for a bit of make-up.” $39.95; Dr. Hauschka Toned Day Cream; drhauschka. com

Mini Necessaire, $120; Shawn Burke;

“With my own tribe, I am vigilant. This sun cream has all the answers.” $24; Dr. Robin Sunscreen;


India is currently carrying a leather handbag by Tod’s. This D-Styling Bowler Bag is the perfect companion. $1,765; Tod’s;

British-made wooden sunglasses From $175; Finlay & Co;

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on the scene


The 4moms® origami® stroller now comes with the ability to use from birth, for use until your baby starts to push up on their hands and knees. PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF 4MOMS EXTENDED USE

Your 4moms® origami® can now be used from birth with the new bassinet.


The Armadillo comes in five bold colors for punch of pizzazz.

Optional accessory to charge your phone while you walk.


LCD dashboard includes thermometer, speedometer, trip and lifetime odometers.


The origami® opens and closes itself with the push of a button.


The origami® is equipped with generators in its rear wheels that charge while you walk.



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Includes both daytime running and pathway lights for safety.


The all-new, all-terrain Bugaboo Buffalo



Enjoy your travels this spring with the new Baby Jogger® Vue™. This reversible umbrella stroller now allows your child to either face you or the world ahead. PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF BABY JOGGER VUE ON THE GO

Using a car seat adapter, the Vue™ can become a travel system in a snap.


This UV 50+ multiposition canopy will keep little ones protected.


The Vue™ reverses direction in one simple hand motion, so you can stroll both ways!


A seat with multiple recline positions and removable padded neck support.


MINI Click the link at right to learn more about the new Vue™!


Swivel your lightweight front wheels for daily obstacles or lock for long distance strolling.


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The evolution of the umbrella stroller. Now it’s reversible


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on the scene


This unique modular seating system adapts to your child, step by step. In classic Stokke® style, the new Stokke® Steps™ concept is a must-have from day one. PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF STOKKE STEPS CONCEPT

The Stokke® Steps™ concept lets you easily transition from bouncer to baby seat to high chair to big kid chair.


With the Stokke® Steps™ Baby Set, the Stokke® Steps™ Chair transforms into a highchair to be used from 6 months.


Accessories like an easy-to-clean tray and high chair cushion allow you the most use. STOKKE CHAIR

Your Stokke® Steps™ Chair comes with many accessories that allow for use from birth through childhood.


Start with the Stokke® Steps™ bouncer with a soft cradling motion.


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book club


Brad Meltzer’s Mini heroes series is both informative and fun to read! $12.99;


From Molly Idle, author of Mini favorite Tea Rex, comes this fun sequel. Available April 22. $16.99;


The classic tale of the curious Peter Rabbit continues with more garden adventures. $20;


Bedtime can be fun, especially for Ladybug Girl and Bingo! $5.99;


Available March 20. $16.99;

SPR I NG I N TO. . .


Reading! We’ve rounded up our favorite books for the spring season, perfect for rainy days stuck inside, before bed, or at an outdoor tea party as the flowers begin to bloom!

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Melanie Notkin, founder of the Savvy Auntie movement, introduces the women who are not always “childfree by choice,” those who make up the “Otherhood.”


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Otherhood by Melanie Notkin is now available where books are sold.

Described as hilarious and heart breaking, poignant and powerful, best-selling author and entrepreneur Melanie Notkin is at it again with her latest book, Otherhood: Modern Women Finding a New Kind of Happiness. Released this March, Otherhood delves deep into an emerging class of women so far unseen in America’s modern times— those who grew up expecting love, marriage and parenthood, but ultimately found themselves living a different reality. The leading authority on all things aunthood, Notkin broke onto the national stage in 2009 with the launch of her multi-platform lifestyle brand and blog Savvy Auntie, a first-of-its-kind online community catered

specifically toward aunts, godmothers, and women who love children. From establishing the first ever national day of recognition in honor of aunts and godmothers, Auntie’s Day® (it’s July 27 this year, FYI!), to coining such terms as the ABCs (Aunties By Choice), Notkin knows everything in the book, because she wrote it. Equal parts advice and how-to, Savvy Auntie is the go-to resource for sophisticated, educated and independent aunts of every stripe and color. With the release of Otherhood this March, Notkin is going for something more profound. By sharing her own story and the stories of women like her, she gives a voice to one of today’s most overlooked social

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issues. In what has been described as a groundbreaking exploration, Notkin examines the social and emotional impact of childlessness, and how the “new normal”— in essence, Otherhood— will impact social structures in the decades to come. With a perfect balance of humor and emotion, Notkin boldly asserts that motherhood does not define a woman, nor should it. In a society where nearly half of women of childbearing age are childless— not by choice, but by circumstance— Notkin takes a look at the how and the why. “This is a new class of women who didn’t expect to be childless this late in life,” Notkin explains in an interview with Today. These are the daughters of feminism, the women who earned college degrees and manage their households independently,

and in doing so never married or had kids. “But these women will not settle for a lesser life,” the Savvy Auntie founder says. “Women in the Otherhood are holding out for love and we hope that some day, we will get married and have a baby, before it’s too late,” Notkin explains. “In the meantime, we’re nurturing friendships, building careers, and are active in our nieces’ and nephews’ lives.”

Otherhood is available in book stores everywhere beginning March 4. Connect with Melanie Notkin on Facebook as Savvy Auntie, on Twitter @SavvyAuntie, and follow her blog at


A DRESS No one said it better than DVF back in 1972: “Feel like a woman. Wear a dress.”


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TA L E N T I G E L AT O I’m a healthy eater, so when I treat myself to sweets, I want something outstanding.

M E D I TAT I O N I take twenty minutes at least once a day to clear my mind of noise and clutter and start fresh.

1 3 WOR D S Kalman doesn’t talk down to children while opening up their imagination with big words and bigger illustrations.


mini micro

for children ages 3 to 5 The Mini Micro Kickboard is the quality 3-wheel kick scooter with an award-winning Swiss desig n. Ideal for children ages 3-5, the Mini Micros’s 3 wheels, low-to-the-ground deck, and gentle lean-and-steer handle bar all contribute to the stability that makes the Mini perfect for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. The lean-and-steer desig n is what makes the mini unique and fun. Using their body weight to curve right and left, kids intuitively learn to ‘surf the sidewalk’, developing balance, coordination and motor skills.



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A NEW CHAPTER With the new Kardashian Kids collection debuting this spring, Mini cover mom Kourtney Kardashian has truly come into her own as a parent. INTERVIEW BY KAITLYN KIRBY PHOTOGRAPHY BY GRETCHEN EASTON ASSISTED BY ABBY HALL


he mother of two (to son, Mason, and daughter, Penelope) recently invited Mini inside her Calabasas home to chat all things mommy chic, the new Kardashian Kids line (available now at Babies ‘R’ Us), and keeping up with her own Mini brood. But not only are the new Kardashian Kids pieces a breath of fresh, spring air, but the TV star’s home will give you that much needed boost and inspire you to get creative with your kids spaces this season.

RIGHT Kourtney’s Cameo dress and Tom Ford pumps are the perfect combo for spring.

What can we find in the new Kardashian Kids collection? KK | There is an assortment of caps, blankets, onesies, two-piece sets, jackets and dresses that are available in prints like butterflies, stars, leopard and polka dots for girls up to 24 months. I love the details we incorporated like layers of lace, pearl-embossed buttons and georgette appliques. MINI |

We’re so excited to have you on our spring cover! Let’s get started talking about the new Kardashian Kids line. What was the inspiration behind the line? KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN | I have always had a passion for children’s clothing. My mom and I opened up a children’s boutique called Smooch which we had for 5 years and I did all of the buying. My grandmother also has a children’s boutique called Shannon & Co. which she has had for 30 years and my sisters and I grew up working in. It is in our blood. Once I had my own children, I [found] a new appreciation, understanding and education about children’s clothes! MINI |


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How do you see both you and your sisters’ style reflected in the Mini Kardashian collection? KK | I love prints and color, Kim loves neutral, soft and simple, and Khloe has helped incorporate some trends from our women’s collection for Sears (color blocking, tribal print, animal print). MINI |

How is the line perfect for spring? KK | This collection is perfect for spring because we went with a few different palettes to work into any wardrobe. There are leopard prints, butterfly prints and these adorable silver and gold stars that we just love. MINI |

MINI ASKED MOMMY MUST-HAVE We asked Kourtney for her take on the ultimate mommy must-have. Her answer? Love and patience. More on page 70.

MINI ASKED IN YOUR BAG We asked Kourtney to take a peek inside her handbag and give us one item that says she’s a mom. Her answer? A pacifier. More on page 70.

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KARDASHIAN KIDS The Kardashian Kids line is now available exclusively at Babies ‘R’ Us! Find it in stores and online: and

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MINI ASKED MOM ADVICE On sharing mommy secrets with Kim: “The beauty of being a mom is finding your own special moments and I know that Kim is enjoying that very much.”

If anything, I have a slightly more routine schedule just to keep things on track.

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Moms must learn to juggle, but you especially! What do you think are the keys to finding the balance between work and kids? KK | Knowing my priorities. Nothing comes before my children. I find that putting everything else in order of importance also helps to get everything done! Having an amazing partner, Daddy, does’t hurt either. MINI |

What spring style staples would you pair with pieces from the new Kardashian Kids line? KK | To me, it is all about layering pieces and the accessories. The shoes make an outfit. I love a good ballet flat, moccasin or boot. The right head piece is everything. MINI |

You come from such a fashion-forward family, we’re certain your little ones will grow up to be style savvy just like you! Has Mason started showing you his own sense of style yet? KK | Yes! Every day is different but he loves to dress himself and pick out his outfit every day. MINI |

In your everyday routine, what are some of your favorite mommy moments? KK | There are my two favorite parts of the day that are always the same. One is waking up next to their precious faces [and the other] is reading three books in bed with them to put them to sleep. MINI |

You’re now a mom of two— how has your life changed to accommodate motherhood?


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Busy moms also learn to look great on little time. What helps you to pull together a look when you’re in a rush? KK | You can never go wrong with simple and classic. That is not how I usually dress, but when in a rush— it’s easy! A white T-shirt, skinny jeans, a black motorcycle jacket... easy and done. MINI |

DINNER LAST NIGHT Dinner last night was “Sushi! We all went to Nobu.”

We loved taking a peek inside your home! What was the inspiration behind the design of your kids’ spaces? KK | I think every child’s room should have some magic in it. Those magical elements just came to life once the process began. In both of their rooms, I started wanting everything all white and they both evolved once I found the perfect pieces that I knew were for them. MINI |

What are some of your favorite elements in their rooms? KK | I love the cloud wallpaper on the ceiling in Penelope’s room [and] I love the paper mâché animal heads from Anthropologie in Mason’s room. MINI |

K A R DA S H IA N K I D S Kourtney’s fave Kardashian Kids piece? “I adore the butterfly print dress.”

We adore the striped kids tee pee in your home! What other sort of kid-friendly elements can we find throughout? KK | We have a kids kitchen right next to our kitchen, another tee pee in the family room, some mini pianos in our living room next to the big piano, [plus] random cars, strollers and shopping carts floating around. Most of the kids items are in the playroom and in their bedrooms. We also have an outdoor kids space with an arts and crafts table, an easel, a fruit stand and a train set for the kids to ride on. This is a very kid-friendly home, to say the least! MINI |

TEA LOVER “I am allergic to coffee. I love tea, both hot and cold. Winter Dream Tea Latte with organic soy or almond milk and a straw. Life changing.”


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RIGHT Kourtney’s dress: Alice + Olivia; Shoes: Manolo Blahnik

MINI ASKED BEFORE I WAS A MOM We asked Kourtney one aspect of motherhood she didn’t see coming. Her answer? “[I never thought I would] be so in love.”

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BUYING GUIDE Cricket’s Circle shares the best gifts for the big milestones

J E L LY C AT Any Jellycat animal ($12$40) will be a hit with mom and baby.

PIGGY BANK For a christening or bris, a Tiffany & Co. piggy bank ($120) is perfect.

INNER CIRCLE A new resource for new and expecting moms, we take a step into the inner circle, Cricket’s Circle, for a chat with founder Rachel Blumenthal. H AT C H B O X The HATCH to Hospital box ($248) is a lovely gift for the baby shower.


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Tell us about Cricket’s Circle. What can we expect to find there? RACHEL BLUMENTHAL | Cricket’s Circle is the short answer on what to buy for your baby. MINI |


Naked Collapsible Baby Bathtub, $69.99;


As the online resource for expecting and new moms, Cricket’s Circle provides honest and concise information on what to buy, where to buy it and how badly you need it (or whether you need it at all). We customize one master list of baby products specific to your needs. All moms are different. Cricket’s Circle learns about your lifestyle through a quick and easy quiz, and tells you exactly what you need. Cricket’s Circle simplifies the process by recommending three top products in 200+ categories essential to new moms. How can parents benefit from Cricket’s Circle? What makes it so unique?


The sheer number of baby products out there is overwhelming. New parents are faced with more than 150 purchasing decisions in the first year alone. We curate to simplify the process and make it easier for parents to choose with confidence. RACHEL BLUMENTHAL |

The products we recommend are practical, durable, simple, and well designed. No brands have paid or incentivized us to recommend their products. We like to say our top three products in each category pass our tried and true seal of approval.


What are some of your favorite features of Cricket’s Circle?


We also feature fun editorial that spotlights influential moms. We ask these moms to teach us something new about motherhood and their tricks for balancing it all. Cricket’s Circle’s social component— we want your friends to weigh in and provide their experience with products. Login with Facebook and see what your friends like or dislike to inform and validate your decisions. RACHEL BLUMENTHAL |

In your opinion, what should all parents have on their registry?


Your registry is a place to get your parents and family members to buy you the expensive items and for your friends to feel good about the $30-50 item they are going to choose for you. As such, make sure to have a nice range of price points and plenty of “gifty” yet practical items. Nobody wants to buy you those nipple pads! RACHEL BLUMENTHAL |

On the flip side, what do you think parents register for that they don’t need?


I don’t recommend bothering with any newborn size clothes— the baby will outgrow it within 1-2 weeks. It’s not worth the money or the space in the dresser. It’s better to start with 0-3M. RACHEL BLUMENTHAL |

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Peek into a whimsical book party held by the co-authors (and twin sisters!) of Fairy Birds to spread the message of giving to the Mini crowd.


eaching kids how to be loving, giving, and kind, the Fairy Birds book is even sweeter when wearing your own set of wings.


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On left: This Fairy Birds book reading was thrown for Kelli Murray ( in San Diego with special guests Cassidy June of O My Darlings blog and Tori Hendrix of Sitting in a Tree Design. On left: Ever wondered where Fairy Godmothers come from? Fairy Birds, of course! In each book of the Fairy Bird series, the little Fairy Birds learn how to grow one of the six colorful feathers they need to become Fairy Godmothers. Above: One Fairy Birds co-author dances with a gaggle of Mini Fairy Birds at the colorful San Diego book reading.

On right: Fairy Birds was co-authored by twenty-something twin sisters Heather Fujikawa and Heidi Andrews. Credits: This Fairy Birds party was photographed by Nina Seibert of Blackbird Ink Photography, with party decor and details by Fairy Birds, assisted by Melody Palmer. M I N I s p r i n g ‘14



Before giving birth to her third son, Apollo Bowie Flynn Rossdale, Gwen Stefani had one of the best maternity styles we’ve seen yet. Celebrity Baby Scoop dives in to her 10 best looks. STORY BY JENNY SCHAFER PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF CELEBRITY BABY SCOOP

It’s not often that we choose one celebrity to showcase their maternity style. But when it comes to Gwen Stefani, it’s a nobrainer. From chic tunics and leggings, to statement jackets and heels, to glam red carpet gowns, the No Doubt frontwoman, 44, knocked our socks off with her outstanding ensembles. Let’s take a look at Gwen’s top maternity looks, while expecting her third son with husband Gavin Rossdale.


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While we were still speculating her pregnancy in early September, Gwen donned a shredded tank while out and about in Studio City, Calif., giving us a peekaboo look at her possible baby bump. In late September, the Spiderwebs singer stepped out with 5-year-old son Zuma in Yorba Linda, Calif. Sporting black leggings, heels, and a stylish long top hiding her growing belly, Gwen was all smiles as she headed to a baby shower with her youngest son. In mid-October, Gwen radiated the red carpet at the Wallis Annenberg Center For The Performing Arts Inaugural Gala in Beverly Hills, Calif. Accompanied by her husband of 11 years, rocker Gavin Rossdale, the Cool singer dressed her growing baby bump in a floorlength Ferragamo dress with fringe detail. In early November, the expectant mama looked simply radiant as she headed into a baby shower in Los Feliz, Calif. Joined by her hubby, the No Doubt frontwoman wore a printed maxi maternity dress paired with a floral headpiece. Gwen was simply glowing while dropping off her son Zuma at school in Studio City, Calif. in early November. Dressing her growing baby bump in a loose-fitting gray top, plaid jacket, skinny jeans and heels, the Just a Girl singer looked chic as always. In mid-November, Gwen and Gavin stepped out in Los Angeles, Calif. The expectant parents were seen in Chinatown before visiting an office in Studio City. The stylish mom-to-be kept cozy in a Seraphine Shakira Double Zip

Wool Maternity Coat during their outing. Gwen and Gavin were spotted with their two sons—Kingston, 7, and Zuma, 5—in Hollywood, Calif. in late November. Joined by the family pooch, the group was seen arriving at Gwen’s parents’ home to celebrate Thanksgiving. Dressed in a red coat to match her signature lips, the No Doubt frontwoman accessorized with black leggings, boots, bag and shades. Dressed in matching black and white outfits, Gwen and her sons Kingston and Zuma stepped out for Christmas Eve mass in Los Angeles, Calif. While the singer wore a monochromatic maternity dress to church, the boys donned dapper striped pants and matching bow ties. Finally, the expectant mama shared a super-chic selfie via Twitter. “bump it #allblack #inappropriateshoes #capturethemoment #miracle,” Gwen captioned her pregnant pose in late January. Looking simply radiant, the soon-to-be mom-of-three posed in front of a mirror with her iPhone, showing off her burgeoning belly in a form-fitting black Seraphine tunic over black leggings. Celebrity Baby Scoop is one of the most popular blogs on the topic and the foremost provider of everything celebrity-baby, featuring baby fashion, baby names, baby trends and up-tothe-minute celebrity baby gossip and pics. Get all the latest news, updates, and photos about Hollywood’s most beloved celebrity moms, dads and their babies. Who’s the latest Tinseltown baby? Who’s due next and who just announced a pregnancy? It’s all on Celebrity Baby Scoop.



MOMMY M U S T - H AV E S M I N I P R I VA C Y Great for credit cards and loose change, toss in your handbag or tote ($24).

Spring clean your handbag this season with TRUFFLE. Mini shares the essentials that every parent should carry with them— diaper bag, handbag or sans bag— and how to keep them organized in a chic, clear pouch. Happy Truffling! PHOTOGRAPHY BY SPLENDID MUSINGS PHOTOGRAPHY

PETITE CLARITY TSA approved for your carry-on, ideal for holding small items ($32).

NO. 1 CL ARIT Y Perfect size to carry keys, phone, lipstick, wallet and more ($38).


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The wee hours of the morning come early for busy parents, up all night and dashing out the door without so much as a peek in the mirror. Don’t worry— we’ve rounded up the must-haves for parents on-the-go that you can quickly stash in your bag or in the car and use when needed. With these products, it won’t take much to feel great and put together, even on Mommy Time. Some of our favorites? The Skin Savior Waterless Beauty Balm ($68) from One Love Organics that can be used for everything from taming flyaway hairs to moisturizing dry, exhausted skin. Keep everything organized in your clear TRUFFLE pouch and you’re on your way! Ready to conquer the day and never lose another lip balm again.

Maybelline Color Sensational® Vivids in Hot Plum, $6; Maybelline;

No. 1 Clarity Pouch in Black/ Camel, $38; TRUFFLE;

Personalized iPad Mini Case, $84; Minnie & Emma Correspondence;



IN THE BAG 1. Indie Lee Blemish Stick, $28; 2. S.W. Basics Organic Cinnamon Lip Balm, $4;

Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater, From $7;

Super Rich Olive Body Lotion, From $10; www.

Skin Savior Waterless Beauty Balm, $68; www.

Love Springs Eternal Anti-aging Serum, $59; www.oneloveorganics. com

S.W. Basics Organic Citrus Lip Balm, $4;

Deborah Lippmann ‘Addicted to Speed’ Top Coat, from Rock & Roll Mini Duet, $19;

MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Creme Cup, $16;

My New Best Friend Skin Shammy Cloth, $12; www.

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SWEET PICKS cupcakeMAG founder Casi Densmore-Koon shares her spring faves

DIA PE R BAG The Caroline Designer Diaper Bag from Lily Jade ($320) is a must for Casi.


E M I LY L E Y The Emily Ley Simplified Planner ($48) helps Casi stay organized.

Not only the ring leader of five children under the age of ten, DC-based stylist Casi Densmore-Koon is also the founder of the digital sweet spot, cupcakeMAG. INTERVIEW BY KAITLYN KIRBY PHOTOS COURTESY OF CASI DENSMORE-KOON STOKKE

Talk to us about how you started cupcakeMAG. CASI DENSMORE-KOON | Six years ago, I went to New York Fashion Week as a contributing writer to a fashion site. It hit me— I can totally do this on my own. After attending as a third-wheel, I was MINI |

Casi is a fan of anything by Stokke, like this Stokke® Sleepi™ ($799.99).

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A sneak peek inside cupcakeMAG founder Casi Densmore-Koon’s office.

feeling inspired to start my own journey, I signed up for blogger that day. cupcakeMAG was born on lack of sleep in New York City. Within a few months it grew into a successful blog after interviewing Kourtney Kardashian and Tori Spelling. I knew this was going to quickly become a business not just a blog— and it did. Now, we aren’t just a fashion-centric website, we are a well-loved name within the industry. We help small business with brand outreach, share our favorite products editorially, launched our first online and printed issue this Holiday and are constantly booming with new ideas. Everyday I feel so blessed with what’s been put in front of me. What can we expect to find there? CASI DENSMORE-KOON | We brings readers only the best product reviews, handmade pretties, fashion-forward photo shoots, celeb interviews, and oh so much more. We share chic lifestyle tidbits from the hottest heels to the most-stylish diaper bag to the trendiest fad. We’ve got it covered. We believe in wearing heels everyday, that red lipstick and a smile is MINI |


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your best accessory, and you can conquer the world with a Caramel Frapp from Starbucks. Our goal is to stay up to date minute-byminute + bring awareness to our readers with amazing brands. We offer 4 online and printed issues of cupcakeMAG with each season to further inspire our readers and keep them up-to-date with the seasons best. Our next issue features Tori Spelling as our cover girl, fun interviews, the ultimate shopping guide, style tips and so much more. How do you manage running a magazine, a PR business, and your family? CASI DENSMORE-KOON | Well, the plates are always spinning for sure! As a mom of 5, I will say family support has been a dream. I have family close-by and a sister who is my nanny during the week so I can focus on work and balance my time with my family. I don’t think you can ever create a perfect balance but if you do, please share it with me! You have to forget the parent handbooks and do what works for you. I will admit, there are days when I miss just being a mom— a fullMINI |

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time mom— but they keep me going, my family. They inspire me to always do better and work hard for them. What advice do you have for parents trying to manage it all? CASI DENSMORE-KOON | A few of my favorites would be— Make a list. Write it down. Make 10 lists if you have too. Get everything ready the night before for the next day. Don’t try and do it all. Sometimes you just can’t— admit it, it’s okay. Only take on what your bandwidth can hold. It’s okay to say no, if you are feeling overwhelmed, ask for help. MINI |


Everyday I’m Hustlin’. BREAKFAST THIS MORNING WAS . . .

An egg sandwich on rye toast, thanks to my sister. ONE ITEM IN MY HANDBAG THAT SAYS I’M A MOM . . .

Crumbs and loads of pacifiers. THE ULTIMATE MOMMY GETAWAY WOULD BE . . .

The Bahamas. Or honestly, alone in my bedroom for 24 hours without any interruptions. I’d sit there, watch HGTV and eat bon bons. Oh, to dream! MY PARENTING BOOK WOULD BE CALLED . . .

Simplified Chaos.

Casi is a fan of the brand Little Hip Squeaks, especially their headbands; www.littlehipsqueaks. com


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In keeping up with your busy life, how do you manage to look chic on little time? CASI DENSMORE-KOON | I do a lot of online shopping when I can. I always lay out my outfit the night before, always. It really only takes a few minutes to put on some red lipstick, put your hair in a top knot and make it look like you stood in the mirror for an hour. MINI |

How would you describe your style? CASI DENSMORE-KOON | I like to mix it up. Some days I go with a classic look, others I am all about the latest trends. I’m a lot of California with a side of New York. I am obsessed with long cardigans, ankle boots and leggings. However, if I could, I would wear a dress and fancy shoes, everyday. Oh, and let’s not forget the beach waves. MINI |

What’s up next for cupcakeMAG? CASI DENSMORE-KOON | We are getting ready to launch our new website which included a little brand facelift, focusing on our quarterly issues of cupcakeMAG and just seeing how we can inspire our readers. MINI |



OH-D TO JOY Mini catches up with popular lifestyle brand Oh Joy! and its LA-based founder Joy Cho— blogger, author, mother and now designer of a new entertaining collection for Target. INTERVIEW BY LAUREN KENDALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF OH JOY!

T Right: You can visit the daily Oh Joy blog on the web at www.ohjoy.


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he Oh Joy! lifestyle brand first launched in 2005 as a graphic design studio, but has since grown to include many licensed product lines, how-to lifestyle videos, and a well-known (and well-read!) daily blog focusing on design, fashion, food, and joyful moments from everyday life.

Clockwise: Photo credit: Bonnie Tsang; Joy strolls through her airy studio; A creative spot to work, the studio is brimming with color; The bright and bold studio is simply a gem; Studio photo credit: Zeke Ruelas Photography

Oh Joy! is so much more than a blog. Let’s start off with a day in your life. JOY CHO | No day is the same, but a typical day usually starts by checking e-mails, having staff/client meetings, and getting the more administrative tasks out of the way. In the afternoon, I focus on the creative side of my job, by working on editorial content and design projects with help from my team to brainstorm new ideas and make these projects come to life. MINI |

You have a new entertaining collection coming to Target in March! What can readers expect to see in stores? JOY CHO | There will be four Oh Joy for Target collections this year—Spring, Summer, Fall and Holiday—each in stores for six weeks only. All of the collections have a ton of color and allow you to mix and match patterns easily. The first collection for spring is inspired by a garden party. It includes paper plates, paper napkins, paper cups, melamine cups and trays, party hats and horns, balloons, wall decals and decor, serve ware, and more. The collection allows a customer to pick up everything they need to throw a party that looks handmade without having to spend the time making anything themselves.

FUN FETE Oh Joy! founder Joy Cho shares her perfect party tips


What are some of your favorite pieces from the collection? JOY CHO | I love the punch bowl, the cake toppers, and the patterned plates. I designed the line specifically so it would make mixing and matching pattern and color super easy and fun. MINI |

You’re also a mom to little Ruby. Is there anything you wish you had known before motherhood? JOY CHO | I wish i had slept more! Just kidding, there isn’t really anything I would have changed. No one can prepare you for what it’s like to be a mom, and once it happens, you just figure it out!

CAKE TOPPER The Oh Joy for Target cake toppers are some of Joy’s favorite pieces.

FLOWERS Joy suggests placing a mix of flowers around the house to prep for parties.


P L AT E S The patterned plates from Joy’s Target collection are also a favorite.

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“I pretty much dress her like a mini version of myself— lots of color and pattern.”

What are your keys to managing the mix between motherhood and career? JOY CHO | There’s a constant juggle that you need to have to keep some semblance of balance in your life. It’s not always easy. MINI |

The juggle is really hard and was probably the biggest transition for me into motherhood. When you own your own business, work doesn’t stop when you leave the office. I’ve had to work really hard to try and not work while I’m with Ruby and save work for when we have childcare or when she’s sleeping. I’ve increased my childcare recently, which I initially felt guilty about, but it allows me to get more done during the day so I can focus more on her when I’m with her. It’s always a work-in-progress, for sure. Juggling a career and motherhood is hard, yet you look great on little time. What are some of your simple steps to great style? JOY CHO | I really maximize on comfortable pieces that also look pulled-together: a great cotton dress that’s figure flattering or jeans and a blouse. It can become so easy to wear the same thing every day especially when you’re in mom mode. But I feel better about myself when I take a few extra minutes to try and wear something different. MINI |

What are you dressing Ruby in these days? JOY CHO | I pretty much dress her like a mini version of myself—lots of color and pattern. Having a girl is pretty fun and dangerous for your wallet. She hasn’t really had much to say (yet) about what she wears. But she does love polka dots and dresses. MINI |


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Appreciate simple moments so much! IF THERE WERE MORE HOURS IN THE DAY, I WOULD . . .


In my own house by myself. I can’t remember the last time I got to be at home alone! ONE ITEM IN MY HANDBAG THAT SAYS I’M A MOM . . .

Hand and face wipes. I can’t live without them!

LEFT Joy’s dresses Ruby as a Mini version of herself; Photo credit: Oh Joy; BELOW Oh Joy for Target; Photo credit: Target

Spring is a great time to travel and explore surroundings! What are your favorite kid-friendly locales in your area? JOY CHO | Echo Park Lake is a great family spot with paddle boats and a great playground for kids, as well as vendors with ice cream and popsicle carts, and fruit stands a plenty. There’s also a little cafe nearby where you can take in the beautiful scenery while getting a delicious breakfast like egg sandwiches and french toast sticks. MINI |

What quirks or traits has Ruby inherited from you and your husband? JOY CHO | When my husband really enjoys what he’s eating, he stares at each bite of food and analyzes it as he’s enjoying it. Ruby does the same thing. It’s really cute. MINI |

What’s important to you in raising your daughter? JOY CHO | It’s important to us that she be kind to people. We are firm, yet loving, and make sure she knows what kinds of behavior are not acceptable. [We] give her lots of encouragement and praise as she’s learning and doing the right things in life. MINII |

What advice would you give to others looking to start blogs this year? JOY CHO | Most importantly— do your research. There are so many blogs these days, it’s important to make sure you’re doing something that’s different. Be authentic in what you write about [and] write about the things that you genuinely love, whether someone reads your post or not. Write for your own enjoyment first. If you are creative, authentic, and doing something different, people will tune in. MINI |

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W H AT ’ S U P, M O C C ? From crafting moccs at her kitchen table to stepping into ABC’s Shark Tank, Freshly Picked founder Susan Petersen has come a long way, sparking a kind of ‘Mocc Madness’ craze! INTERVIEW BY LAUREN KENDALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF FRESHLY PICKED

MO CC MADNESS PICKS LEFT Freshly Picked moccs in Aruba are the perfect pair for spring; $60;


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Stop— Camo Time!

Blush shade is Susan’s personal fave; $60;


MINI Click to enter to win a pair of Freshly Picked moccs!

RIGHT Freshly Picked moccs come in many colors like coral, cherry, and platinum.

Your moccasins are so versatile—perfect for growing kids. What are your favorite ways to style them? SUSAN PETERSEN | I think that is the beauty of our moccasins is that they go so well with everything. For our spring shoot, we took this to a whole new level and have our moccs styled with 40 different outfits! MINI |

Where do you find your design inspiration? Are you looking at expanding your product line? SP | My design inspiration mostly comes from being a mother! And, yes! We have awesome things in store end of this year and beginning of next year! MINI |

How has your life as a parent changed since you founded Freshly Picked? SP | I feel really lucky that my business grew as my children did. We’ve had to change around MINI |

our family dynamic a little bit. My husband now stays at home and I work outside the home, but it works for us and it is work! What are your keys to maintaining the balance between work and motherhood? SP | We’ve worked hard to get on a routine and to make prioritized choices about our time. I think that the biggest weapon that a woman entrepreneur has is her ability to say no, and to mean it and not be apologetic about it. MINI |

You also just signed a deal on ABC’s Shark Tank! Tell us more about your experience on the show. SP | Shark Tank was an amazing experience! Everyone involved in the show from Mark Burnett to the Production Assistants were a dream to work with. The hardest part of the whole experience was waiting to see how my episode would be edited. I feel like we got MINI |

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I’m up every morning at 5:15 and I go to the gym. I’m back home by 7, getting everyone ready for school and myself ready for work. My husband takes the kids to school and I’m off to work by 8:30. Our office doesn’t open until 9, so I always get a couple of minutes to myself before everyone gets [in] and the real work starts. I try to be done with work by 6. Right when I get home, we have homework, chores and dinner. Most nights, we try to play a game or watch a show. The kids are in bed by 8:30 and I usually have about 2 hours more of work to do. I try to be lights out, phone out by 11 PM. SP |

a really good edit and I’m super happy with how everything shook out. What is the greatest challenge of parenthood for you? SP | I think the greatest challenge is thinking that you’re doing it wrong! It depends on the day. Today I feel like I am doing okay! MINI |

ABOVE Freshly Picked moccasins are durable, well designed, and most importantly— stay on your child’s foot.

Moms today are always running low on time. Tell us your simple steps to great style. SP | My uniform is dark jeans, a tee shirt, and a good blazer. MINI |

We all want to know! In managing it all, give us the rundown of your day.



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What keeps you going as a small business owner? SP | My family and specifically my husband. He has given me to room to fly and is my biggest and loudest cheerleader. MINI |

Now that it’s spring, what are your favorite style trends? SP | I love a crisp white shirt, weather it’s a tee or a button down. Everyone needs a couple in their closet. MINI |

If you could give your children one piece of style advice, what would it be? SP | Be you! MINI |

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BALANCE IT ALL Full House alum Candace Cameron Bure knows what it’s like to have every plate spinning. This mom of three shares her secrets for making it work in her new book, Balancing It All. MORE FROM


MINI Look for Candace on the new Dancing with the Stars!

Your book is hard to put down! What inspired you to write, Balancing It All? CANDACE CAMERON BURE | It’s the big question all of us women want to know, right? It’s what I get asked most about, so I wanted to share my story and what has helped me along with way and even what hasn’t. I believe by sharing and trading secrets with MINI |


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one another, makes life a little easier. What makes this book such a great asset to parents? CANDACE CAMERON BURE | My book is all about prioritizing and decision making, which is vital for every parent. Your family will look different from mine, [which MINI |

RIGHT Candace’s new book, Balancing It All, covers the many ways women attempt to balance all of the roles and responsibilities.

allows] us moms to stop and take a breath, [and realize] that every family runs best in it’s own unique way. We don’t need to compare ourselves but instead, invest in what’s most important in each of our lives. Learning to juggle as a parent can be difficult to pick up. What’s the best advice you can give to new parents? CANDACE CAMERON BURE | Ask for help! Don’t be shy— whether it’s help from your husband, your kids, your parents, your friend or hired help. There’s no reason to try to be super woman; she doesn’t exist. MINI |

What have you found are the keys to Balancing It All? CANDACE CAMERON BURE | In one word, prioritizing. I do believe you can balance it all, but some things may have to give for a season and be picked up again later. Re-prioritizing on a yearly basis as well as a daily basis are key. If you invest in the right things for your life, all of those overlapping elements will create a natural balance in life. MINI |

The greatest struggle for me is wondering if what i’m doing as a mom is enough. It’s so easy to look to others and think they’re doing it better than you. I just remember that I can only be the best me, not anyone else. CANDACE CAMERON BURE |

What has changed most for you since you became a parent? CANDACE CAMERON BURE | I’ve become more patient, understanding and selfless. But that’s not to say I don’t have a lot of room for improvement in those areas! MINI |

What do you find to be the greatest struggle of motherhood and how do you think you’re handling it?


HOCKEY MOM While Candace’s daughter loves to sing, her boys are all about hockey. How would she describe her family in one word? Athletic. M I N I s p r i n g ‘14



Founder of fashion labels MILLY and MILLY Minis, Michelle Smith can often be spotted on the runway with her two children. INTERVIEW BY MARC WENDT AND KAITLYN KIRBY


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LEFT After her runway shows, MILLY designer Michelle Smith often takes a stroll with her children.

Before we get started, you just finished up with Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week! Talk to us about the new Fall 2014 collection. MICHELLE SMITH | My fall collection focused on layers of luxurious textures and movement. I was inspired by classical dancers. Color wise, the collection incorporated the colors of the sky at dusk. My runway show opened with ballet pinks and progressed to slate greys, metallic palladium and black. MINI |

How can you see your personal style reflected in the MILLY line? MS | My personal style is feminine with an edge, which is reflected in my collection. I design with my dream wardrobe in mind and I try everything on personally to be sure everything fits exactly the right way and that every detail is perfect. MINI | We love that your daughter, Sophia, 6, inspires your MILLY Minis line! Tell us more about how the line came to be MS | I noticed she and her friends loved to dress up and wanted to look like their mommies. The childrenswear collection harkens back to the MILLY ready to wear collection. I use the same luxurious European fabrics and add the same details, just tinier, from leather piping to custom zippers. MINI |

What are some of your favorite pieces in the current Minis collection? MS | I love to create really special dresses, tops, coats and bottoms that I know my daughter and her friends would love to wear. I also design a swimwear line, MILLY Minis Cabana, for children, that is comprised of cover-ups and bikinis, like my MILLY Cabana line. The collection is guided by bright, fun colors. MINI |

Let’s talk style staples. What essentials should every mom have in her closet? MS | Every mom should have a statement coat. You can just be wearing a tee shirt and jeans underneath and you¹ll always look pulled together. I love a great tweed jacket that can be dressed up or down too. MINI |

RIGHT The MILLY Minis line is inspired by Smith’s daughter, Sophia.




How do you manage to maintain the balance of being both a designer and mother of two? MS | My husband, Andy Oshrin, is the President and CEO of MILLY. We maintain a balance by taking both of our children to school in the morning and by leaving the office in time for dinner.


What is it like to raise your children in New York City? MS | I love it. My children are in awe of this city and they enjoy what it has to offer, from visiting The Museum of Natural History to ice skating in Central Park on the weekends. I wouldn’t trade it for anything!



You’ve said that you love traveling with your kids. Of all the family vacations you¹ve taken, which is your favorite? MS | We love to travel to Petit St. Vincent— it’s a small, remote island off of St. Vincent. There’s no wi-fi, so it’s easy to unplug. We love to make sandcastles together, lie in the hammocks, and go snorkeling. What’s your best advice for parents traveling with little ones this spring? MS | I say travel with them while they’re small ­ they’ll get used to it quickly— it fosters a sense of adventure. Also, distractions are key: the invention of iPads has made things a little easier!


S TAT E M E N T B A G Spring calls for a statement bag. Smith loves a ladylike shape with edgy details. ($355);


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PRINTED DRESS Smith is all about kids layers for spring. This MILLY Minis printed dress is perfect! ($195)

CARDIGANS With spring weather, Smith is prepared with fun cardigans. ($120);

M I N I C A BA NA Smith’s MILLY Minis Cabana line is guided by bright, fun colors. Like this suit! ($100);




FA M I LY A F FA I R Designers and parents of seven, Robert and Cortney Novogratz push the boundaries and leave their mark on every space they create. Now the family sits down to share spring decor tips with Mini. INTERVIEW BY MARC WENDT AND KAITLYN KIRBY PHOTOGRAPHY BY FRANCESCO LAGNESE

With seven kids, did you always know you wanted a big family? THE NOVOGRATZ | Yes, but we never imagined having seven kids in NYC. It’s definitely a blast! We love that we created our own tribe and get to spend most of our time together as a family. MINI |


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For many Mini parents, keeping Mom and Dad’s days straight is a challenge. How do you manage everybody’s schedules with such a big family? THE NOVOGRATZ | We are very organized and count on the older kids to help out. Thankfully, NYC has a mass transit system that makes it easier since we don’t have to carpool. MINI |

LEFT Each space in the family’s home is both bright and bold.

Getting all seven kids out the door on time must be a challenge! Give us a sneak peek into your life— what does a typical day look like for you? THE NOVOGRATZ | Mornings are easy: Robert takes the three younger kids to school first; Major and Holleder go to Catholic school in the Village and Five goes to public school two blocks away. Bellamy and Wolfgang go to private school in Brooklyn and take the school bus; Breaker and Tallulah take a taxi to their school Uptown. MINI |

We know everyone must ask, but give us the rundown. What was your inspiration in naming your children? THE NOVOGRATZ | Wolfgang was named after Mozart; Bellamy means “beautiful friend” in French; Tallulah is a classic southern name (we’re both from the South); Breaker after an Aussie named “Breaker Morant;” Five is our MINI |

fifth child; Holleder was named after Robert’s grandfather’s football teammate Don Holleder who was killed in Vietnam; Major was named after Robert’s father who was a major in the army. What inspired you to design your own kids spaces? What could we expect to find there? THE NOVOGRATZ | We like open spaces for kids to have room to grow. We like putting elements of art and music in their rooms to inspire them. Each kid should have their own desk or space to be organized and create. MINI |

How do you recommend parents fuse style and function in homes with little ones? THE NOVOGRATZ | Keep it real— don’t go “theme-y” in kids’ spaces. Style usually evokes creativity. MINI |

KIDDIE GALLERY Up to your ears in kids artwork? Don’t go for the fridge. Robert and Cortney suggest Jan Eleni, “she takes digital images of your kids’ faces, shrinks them down and puts them all in one big frame.”

LEFT A favorite room in the Novogratz home is the kitchen. BELOW The whole family gathers around a long table with “built in drawers to keep crayons and pencils at the ready.”

We know that your favorite room in the house is the kitchen—why? What is your kitchen like? THE NOVOGRATZ | It’s a place where our whole family can gather. We have a large kitchen table where the kids can set up and do their homework. There are built in drawers to keep crayons and pencils at the ready. And we get the kids involved in setting the table to make it an easy transition. MINI |

What has been your favorite kids design element you’ve included in a family’s home? THE NOVOGRATZ | We have done some cool things with our kids, but probably our most favorite is the tree house in Trancoso, Brazil. MINI |


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It’s easy to tell you’re passionate about family and career. Have you learned anything over the years that helps you maintain the perfect mix of both? THE NOVOGRATZ | We love what we do. Since we run our own business, we can put family first. Life is not perfect and everyday is a different challenge. The key is to make a happy household as the foundation to handle what life throws your way. MINI |



MINI DESIGN 101 Robert and Cortney Novogratz give us the Mini 411 on designing kids spaces START WITH ART Make art a priority. Cool artwork can really bring a room to life, and will inspire your kids to explore their creativity. BE BOLD Kids rooms are a great place to take risks, so go ahead and try that bold color you’ve been dreaming about. MAKE IT THEIR OWN Every kid should have their own workspace for homework, art and games. We like to mount a roll of craft paper on the wall near the desk so kids can always tear off a fresh sheet of paper to draw and paint on. SOFT SPOTS Kids spend a lot of time on the floor so it’s nice to have a large carpeted area. Carpet tiles work especially well for children. If something gets spilled, you only have to replace a tile or two instead of the whole rug. SPRING CLEANING Kids have so many little toys and games, but you can minimize the clutter by storing them in pretty bins or baskets that are easy to reach.


MINI Clik to shop the new Novogratz dinner ware collection at Macy ’s!

UP, UP AND AWAY Don’t forget the ceiling. Babies spend a lot of time looking at the ceiling, so make it interesting— painted stripes work really well or you can invest in a nice light fixture that will grow with your child. BEDTIME STORIES Reading to your kids is a great bonding experience. We love a really big, comfy chair so the whole family can snuggle up for bedtime stories.

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LEFT Alexander Calder lithograph; Wallcovering: Osbourne & Little: P530-01, DG Carlu; Dresser/changing table: custom, design by Lee Kleinhelter; Chair: Regency Shop egg chair in Perennials fabric in Plushy- Cool Pool; Pouf: Calypso Home; Lamp: Jonathan Adler; Drapery: custom; Orange throw: Jonathan Adler; Pendant light: Design Within Reach: Nelson Ball PendantLarge #0325



Designer Shannon Wollack— married to Chelsea Lately funny man Brad Wollack— created a bold, eye-catching nursery for son Spencer with pops of color in all the right places. INTERVIEW BY LAUREN KENDALL PHOTOGRAPHY BY SHANNON WOLLACK


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RIGHT Luggage: Globe Trotter; Baby bow tie: Etsy; Baby hat: Old Navy, Panama hat

Your work is lovely! What is your design philosophy and how does it translate into your work? SHANNON WOLLACK | My design philosophy is to keep a balance between being unique, contemporary, timeless, with a touch of funk. We love our rooms to have personality, while staying livable and approachable. MINI |

How would you suggest parents still have great style in their homes, but also make spaces kid-friendly? SW | My best advice would be to use durable materials and use pieces that are timeless and can be used as the kids grow up. It is also really important to stay organized and have MINI |

a system to keep all kids spaces tidy and toys unseen. Having a nice credenza to store toys, games and knick-knacks is great. You’re a mom to Spencer, plus one on the way! Talk to us about the inspiration for Spencer’s nursery. SW | My inspiration for Spencer’s nursery was the Alexander Calder piece that we inherited when Brad and I got married— we thought it was fun and it also had sentimental meaning. Being such a playful piece of art, we wanted that to be the statement of the nursery, and to keep other elements subtle. We still wanted to incorporate pops of color like the blue chair, the tonal wallpaper, and the black lamps. MINI |

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LEFT Wallcovering: Osbourne & Little: P530-01, DG Carlu; Crib: Babyletto Mercer crib in white; Throw: J.Crew collection cashmere baby blanket; Letter pillow: Jonathan Adler; Lamp: Jonathan Adler; Love pillow: Calypso Home, Maison de Vacances; Zebra pillow: Calypso Home; Baby zebra: Serena & Lily


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LEFT Alexander Calder lithograph; Wallcovering: Osbourne & Little: P530-01, DG Carlu; Dresser/changing table: custom, design by Lee Kleinhelter; Chair: Regency Shop egg chair in Perennials fabric in Plushy- Cool Pool; Pouf: Calypso Home; Rug: Calypso Home BELOW Vintage school bus; J.Crew Playforever™ racing cars

How are your preparing for your new little one? What are you hoping to include design-wise in her nursery? SW | My husband told me “no pink” in the nursery. [But] my design team and I came across a hot pink wallpaper and couldn’t resist... whoops! I didn’t want her nursery to feel too “baby” or young, so I played along the fine line of combining youth with sophistication and glamour. MINI |

What is your best tip for designing children’s spaces? SW | There are so many great fabrics right now that are stain and water resistant that would be so great for children’s spaces. MINI |

on my mind


Access to a baby whisperer for sleeping— if there is such a thing! BREAKFAST THIS MORNING WAS . . .

Coffee, yogurt and chaos. STYLE ADVICE FOR MY KIDS . . .

Stick with the classics but always incorporate a stand out item.

MY PARENTING MOTTO IS “Go with the flow! As much as you try to plan and predict, often times you just have to roll with the punches and enjoy them for what they are.”



Former winner of HGTV’s Design Star, style savvy Emily Henderson, takes on her biggest design project yet— designing motherhood with her new son, Charlie.



esigner and popular blogger Emily Henderson professes a love for light, bright, airy spaces, never complete without some vintage or antique element. In between managing her LA design firm, renovating her own home, and numerous vintage shopping excursions, this new mom prepped for her biggest role ever as parent to son, Charlie. Follow along in this exclusive as Mini gets the inside scoop on what it’s like to keep up with the Hendersons.


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LEFT Emily’s maternity photos were taken just one day before Charlie made his debut.



RIGHT Emily and husband, Brian, in an ultimate battle of the bump.

How would you describe your design philosophy? EMILY HENDERSON | My general philosophy is that your home should look like your personality. Some people are big and loud and colorful and some are more introverted and quiet. Your room should feel like you and it’s shocking how often this isn’t the case. People become obsessed with making their home so perfect when really perfect homes, like perfect people, aren’t that interesting to be around. MINI |

What are some of your favorite elements to incorporate into your work? How about in children’s spaces? EH | Well, it’s no secret that I use a ton of vintage, mainly because its affordable and always unique. Same in a kids room— I want Charlie’s room to be first and foremost functional and comfortable, but then really happy and interesting. So I bought a modern crib and glider, but brought in a vintage dresser, handmade art and lots of crazy accessories. I like spaces to feel low maintenance and relaxing, even if it’s a formal living room. Nothing too fussy, nothing too buttoned-up and using a lot of vintage throws things off in a good MINI |


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way. You’re now a new mom to Charlie! How has life changed since becoming a parent? EH | I’m actually shocked how much I love being a mom. I think I had low expectations because I have so many friends that told me how hard it is. And while yes, it’s hard, it’s also so much more fun than I thought it was going to be. I never thought that I’d love an infant so much. My favorite part of parenthood is now knowing that really nothing else matters. I ignore the annoying emails that used to get to MINI |

LEFT Emily loves this wallpaper from Minakani Lab for Charlie’s nursery.

me, I don’t care if I don’t land a job I thought I wanted— all that matters is raising my kids. It just makes you relax and just, happier. Tell us about your son’s nursery. What are some of space’s design highlights? EH | I’ve wanted this wallpaper for years, since I first layed eyes on it on Pinterest. It’s a show stopper and it’s perfect for the style of our house. MINI |

What were your style staples during pregnancy? EH | A structured jacket to make your shoulders and ribs look small. Lots of belts to wear high, so it shows that you are indeed pregnant. MINI |

Lots of patterns to hide any unsightly (and inevitable) panty lines or bra lines. And buy yourself one or two pairs of fancy maternity jeans. I wore them every day during the pregnancy and were worth EVERY single penny. If you could give Charlie one piece of design or style advice, what would it be? EH | Have fun and go crazy. I’m obviously praying that Charlie appreciates design and style and if he does, then from a very early age, I’m going to let him make decisions. I want him to feel free to put any colors together, any outfits together and express himself in his style. We’ll see... MINI |

LEFT Emily is a fan of all Stokke products— “They are designed so well, function so smoothly and just look good in your house.” M I N I s p r i n g ‘14




G E N E - VAT I O N Grab your hard hat! Mini chats with HGTV star (and mom!) Genevieve Gorder as she completes the renovation of her two-story brownstone in NYC’s Chelsea neighborhood. INTERVIEW BY KAITLYN KIRBY PHOTOS COURTESY OF GENEVIEVE GORDER

You’ve been busy! Let’s start off with your new show, Genevieve’s Renovation. Talk to us about what we can expect to see. GENEVIEVE GORDER | The new series is pretty intense, set to air later this spring on HGTV. Genevieve’s Renovation is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. It’s my life, cameras in my face during the year-and-a-half renovation in ManhatMINI |


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tan. The results? You’ll see all the stuff that’s gone wrong (everything!), the struggle, the ugly, and getting to the most incredibly beautiful. I’m not scared of color, pattern or bold in the world of visuals, so it will look very different than the majority of design shows. MINI |

How are you renovating the space to fit

RIGHT Genevieve is currently renovating her twostory, Chelsea brownstone to fit life with 6-year-old daughter, Bebelle.

your life with your daughter, Bebelle? GG | I’m combining two apartments to make a space that my daughter can really grow up in. It feels like a beautiful, quiet treehouse in the middle of the most insane city in the world. It’s how I give her and myself some balance and peace. I wanted a space that could house lots of kids, outdoor space so my daughter isn’t an alien to nature, and space for family to hibernate so people can visit more often. Beyond that, [I’m excited about] my kitchen. If I weren’t a designer, I would be a chef. I spend an incredible amount of time in this space and it’s gonna be dope!

which is now her desk. I think it’s important to include ancestral pieces in children’s rooms. I want her to know what old wood and good craftsmanship feels like, sounds like and looks like. You also have a new digital magazine app coming out, Real Genevieve! Talk to us about how you came up with the idea. GG | I do! This spring, I’m launching my own magazine as well; I thought it was time. There is a lot to say and show that doesn’t fit into 22 minutes of TV. I can speak more specifically to design, design needs, trends, and break into a broader platform of lifestyle. It’s pretty exciting.


We’re certain Bebelle must have some input in designing these new spaces! If she had it her way, what would we see in your home? GG | She did have it her way! It’s pink, but a beautiful pink that I wouldn’t hesitate to put in any home. I think children’s imaginations should always lead, especially in their spaces. It’s our job to introduce them to elegance, history and balance.


How did you design your daughter’s new space? GG | There is a big swing in the middle of her room— why not? It cost about $20 to make and it’s the showpiece. Her great grandma’s bed has been refinished and is now hers, as well as her great-great grandma’s vanity



Moms must learn to juggle, especially when they’re filming a show, renovating a home, and keeping up with a little one! How do you manage to stay chic on the go? GG | I’ve been a dust ball this last year, but that can be chic too— not kidding! I think I got more complements on my dressed-

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Genevieve Gorder shares her rules of thumb for designing kids spaces

down attire than ever before. My key is always having pieces that are tailored to fit you. Whether you get them from Forever 21 or Gucci, your clothes should always fit your body well. A good gel manicure makes it look like I’m not always working with my hands (hides varnish and oil paint under nails beautifully) and everyday boots. At the end of a long day, how do you unwind with Bebelle? GG | We cook together. Cooking is something that calms me and I find [it to be] a really important skill to have in life. It also trains her palette to a broader spectrum.


In children’s spaces, Genevieve suggests lowering the artwork. “Let them enjoy art fully by placing it for their eyes.” $158; Serena & Lily;


Do you think she’s inherited your design savvy? GG | 100% yes— she has the terminology already. Her description of color blows me away. “Mom, it’s like a mix of fuschia and persimmon, but not quite either one exactly;” it’s nuts. She also has an incredible eye which I respect and listen to very seriously. I always ask for her opinion. At this moment, she says she’s going to be a “dress designer.” Last year, she was intent on designing “hamburger rugs.” I think there is a void in the market for sure. MINI |


“Kids don’t need the matching sets of decor that are sold for too much everywhere. They have incredible imaginations that need to be honored tangibly.” $217; Pop & Lolli;


“She asks for pink? Give her Calamine from Farrow & Ball instead of bubble gum junk.” Farrow & Ball;



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Genevieve believes storage should be pretty. “Check out Hable Construction. I use their fabric storage all over the house.” $138;




Mini heads across the pond to London for a tour of Babyccino Kids co-founder, Courtney Adamo’s family home. INTERVIEW BY LAUREN KENDALL PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF COURTNEY ADAMO

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How would you describe your home’s design style? COURTNEY ADAMO | We have an old Victorian home with lots of original details like ceiling cornices, wooden floors and old fireplaces, so the house has so much charm on its own. We renovated it a few years ago— we were able to modernize it a bit and give it our own style, but mostly we kept everything quite simple. By the time we finished our renovation project, our design budget was quite small, so our furniture and decorations are really just a collection of random things we’ve picked up over the years. MINI |

Which spaces in your home are your favorites? CA | I love our kitchen. It’s light and bright and big enough for our family of six. It’s really the hub of our house, where we spend most of our time. It also looks out onto our garden, so we can watch the birds and squirrels (and even foxes!) from our kitchen table. In the summertime, you can open the doors directly onto the back garden and it’s so nice that the kids can run in and out. When we renovated our house, we decided to go with a modern version of a MINI |

RIGHT Courtney lives in North London with her husband and four children.

traditional Shaker-style kitchen to be in keeping with our Victorian house. Where do you find your interior design inspiration? CA | I love to browse Pinterest MINI |

to find inspiring spaces and gather ideas. When we renovated our house, I spent a lot of time on Remodelista and Design Sponge.

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LEFT Courtney let the home’s white painted floors become a design building block. BELOW Simple, woven baskets act as a catch-all for children’s toys.

What are your tips for parents looking to design great children’s spaces, much like yours? CA | I always think it’s easiest to start with a simple color palette (in my case, I went with white walls and white painted floors) and to let the children’s accessories and toys add color to their rooms. I also like to use baskets for toy storage because I like the way they look, and I also like that the kids have access to their toys and can easily tidy things up again when they’re finished playing. My children’s rooms have a lot of vintage and reclaimed pieces which I think adds a bit of character and charm to their rooms. MINI |


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Juggling a career and motherhood is hard. What advice can you give readers to help them manage the chaos? CA | My best advice is to try to be present in the moment. I try to never check emails on my phone or answer work calls when I’m with my kids. I usually work from 9 until 3 every day while the bigger kids are at school. I try to be as efficient as I can during that time so that when I pick the kids up I can focus on being their mama. We also have a “no computers on the weekends” rule that we try to stick to. It means that our weekends are really focused on the kids and our time together. MINI |

RIGHT The perfect playroom for Adamo’s four children— Easton, Quin, Ivy, and Marlow.

LEFT Courtney is a cofounder of the popular parenting website, Babyccino Kids.

You also co-founded Babyccino Kids. Tell us what we can expect to find there. CA | Babyccino is an online shopping portal of children’s boutiques. We offer a directory with around 300 of the world’s best and most stylish shops, sorted into categories to make it easy for parents to find what they’re looking for and to discover great new shops and brands. MINI |

How do your children inspire your work with Babyccino? CA | I’m constantly trying to find fun activities for my kids, cute craft projects to do with them, fun ideas for birthday parties, clever ways to decorate their bedrooms. All of these things inspire the projects we do on our blog and the direction of our business. MINI |

What are you most looking forward to this spring? CA | I’m so excited for spring! Can’t wait for the girls to wear little sundresses and for the boys to wear sneakers without socks and simple tees! I love the sweet dresses by Bonton and those from Miller. And I always buy the boys simple Bonton shorts and classic Bensimon sneakers. MINI |

If there were more hours in the day, what would you do? CA | Read more books, write more letters, learn to sew and practice yoga every day! MINI |

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hop aboard and explore our favorite springtime looks



NAUTICAL BY NATURE You’ll quickly find that we love stripes! Whether you pair them with prints, neons or solids— just be sure to add them to your Mini’s wardrobe this spring!


LEFT Dress: Bonpoint; Shoes: Cherokee RIGHT On boy— Tee: Marie Chantal; Sweatshirt: Little Eleven Paris; Pants: Catimini; Dress: Hucklebones; Scarf: NORO; Leather jacket: Bonpoint; Tee: Marie Chantal; Shorts: Fun & Fun; Shoes: Report

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LEFT Dress: Bonpoint; Shoes: Cherokee RIGHT Dress: Hucklebones; Scarf: NORO; White dress: Anthem of the Ants; Scarf: NORO; Shoes: Kenneth Cole; Hat: Bonpoint

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LEFT Dress: Room Seven; Scarf: Noro RIGHT Button down: How to Kiss a Frog; Jacket: IKKS; Shorts: IKKS; Shoes: Gap

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LEFT Dress: Room Seven; Scarf: Noro RIGHT On girl— Pants: Bonpoint; Sweater: Marie Chantal; Shoes: Kenneth Cole; On boy— Button down: Catimini; Bowtie: Milk & Soda; Pants: IKKS

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LEFT Bathing suit: Stella Cove; Sunglasses: Milk & Soda; Top: Nanos; Shorts: Jessie and James; Shoes: Kenneth Cole; Bag: Bonpoint RIGHT On girl— Headband: Hucklebones; Sweater: Marie Chantal; Shirt: How to Kiss a Frog; Skirt: Bonpoint; Shoes: Kenneth Cole; On boy— Tee: Marie Chantal; Cardigan: IKKS; Shorts: IKKS; Belt: Milk & Soda


Mini Magazine Spring 2014, Kourtney Kardashian  

Mini Magazine is an award-winning, digital lifestyle publication for the modern parent.

Mini Magazine Spring 2014, Kourtney Kardashian  

Mini Magazine is an award-winning, digital lifestyle publication for the modern parent.