Refinery 29 rooms a Must-See NYFW Art Installation

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These days with the social media craze, it seems like everyone is searching for the latest and greatest and most Instagram-able moments.  Refinery 29 understands this inherently and has created Refinery ’29 Rooms’ to draw us all into their creative, fashionable world.  “29Rooms brings to life a lot of the themes Refinery29 covers in its digital content to a physical space, said Piera Gelardi, co-founder and executive creative director of Refinery29. “We live in an increasingly digital world, so people want to have memorable experiences, but they also want to be able to share them with their digital friends,”  As a former brand director, who created press-worthy integrated marketing campaigns, I found this immersive branding concept so up my alley and couldn’t wait to explore everything!  Since I had a VIP pass to 29 rooms, I knew I could skip the crazy long lines and bring Juliet along for the adventure and I’m soooo glad I did!

The transformed 80,000-square-foot warehouse felt like a cool, artsy maze with which you could weave your way in and out constantly discovering colorful new reasons to smile.

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I loved how Juliet perked up at the sight of each cool new fantastical room.

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Each showcased, design, style, beauty, art, and even technology in the coolest, weirdest and unexpected ways.  But what topped our list as the most memorable rooms were the interactive ones!  Most were super kid-friendly like the ones that encouraged writing on the walls…hoping Juliet doesn’t get used to this bright idea…

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And we totally enjoyed getting goofy and making art with our bodies!dsc_0794

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Our top 4 favorite rooms out of the 29 rooms however were:  Celebrate You, Wig Wonderland, Texture room, and the Panda room!

I loved the Papyrus sponsored Celebrate You room for obvious reasons.  I’m a party planner after all and I live by the self-made motto, “celebrate the everyday in style.”  So this confetti filled room enveloped in party supplies had me in my happy place!  Juliet yelped, “it’s like a party in here!” And it sure was!

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We posed for silly GIF photos and threw endless confetti around ‘cuz that’s what you do in a party palace.  All mommy needed was some rose’ to really make it a party on this blistery hot day!

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Juliet’s favorite (cuz she adores dress up) was what I like to call the wig wonderland.  Juliet loved trying on each whimsical wig and guests couldn’t stop taking selfies of themselves here!  The social shares here must be through the roof!  Apparently Ru Paul collaborated on this room hence, his famous saying lit up for all the world to see, ‘you better WORK!”  Juliet came back to this room for a 2nd time it was that good!

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The next room was filled with textural surprises.  Juliet and I explored, danced, laughed and played in it for far longer than warranted.  You just never know what will inspire a toddler, I guess! She started playing around with the fur as if it were Rapunzel’s long locks flowing from the top of her head and me?  Well I just sort of got danced around getting my groove back!

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Last but not least, the room we both were obsessed with was the Panda room!

 

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Having seen this room all over Instagram before coming, I knew to pack Juliet’s panda fashions. So out came her Gymboree panda shirt and matching shoes.  The artist and staff loved her outfit so much that they insisted Juliet take home one of the coveted but never given away, blow-up pandas that you see here.  What a souvenir!!  She was honored!  THANK YOU!

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Braving the heat wave was worth it just for this Instagram-able room by Nicopanda.  Everyone was frantically snapping up a storm in here, knowing soon their time would be up and they’d have to stop sinking deliriously into this panda pit and return to reality.  This truly immersive art project will not soon be forgotten!

If you’re in the NY area, it’s worth a visit!  Just know that typically lines are at least an hour wait so be prepared!

When: September 9 through 11, from 12 to 8 p.m.
Where: 8 Ingraham Street, Brooklyn, NY

For more photos (so many to share, so little space!), follow me @fabgabblog on FB, Instagram and Twitter where I’ll be posting scenes from more rooms!

We had so much fun here and hope this post put a little joy in your day!  Please leave a comment!

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Taste-Testing Bio-Kidz Probiotics and Having Fun Creating at FreshMade NYC

Bio-Kidz invited us to an informative, and interactive kids’ food experience where we could sip, slurp and create delicious treats with their new, 100% probiotic drink for kids.  Given Juliet loves any chance to cook, (the girl sleeps with her whisk for heaven’s sake!) I knew she would get a kick out of this.  So I took her along for the ride and boy was I happy I did!  Here she is checking out the beautiful interiors of Freshmade NYC where the event was held.
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While she happily sipped away (and downed 2 whole Bio Kidz drinks..suffice it to say, Juliet approves), I enjoyed a little nutritional lesson on how to prevent colds with the help of probiotics.  This is something my ears totally perked up to given my family was sick for a whopping 5 weeks last winter.  YES, 5!  I promise you, we are not normally sickly people.  In fact, my husband and I rarely ever got sick before Juliet started school.  As any parent knows, you can wash your hands all you want but it’s nearly impossible to avoid germs that a toddler brings home and almost inevitable you’ll get sick at some point.  Alas the joys of parenthood!  Anyways, after being down that long with the cold, you too would be desperate to try anything.
That’s when I learned about the 3 superheros of micro-bials the defender, the reinforcer and repairer (won’t bore you with their actual scientific names).
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Simply put, they powerfully combat bad bacteria while also while increasing good bacteria in the gut and that’s where 80% of the immune system lies.  (who knew??)  This inspired Juliet to strike her best superhero pose.

Afterwards, together, Juliet and I decorated her first apron.  I love childhood.  There’s a first for everything!  She immediately tried it on and put it to use during the next activity.
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This is where we really got hands-on.  We love any opportunity to get creative and cute with food.  So making butterflies and funny faces out of smoothies and fruits was just delightful!
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She couldn’t wait to show daddy her masterpiece!
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All the smoothies and chia mixtures were delicious and infused with Bio-Kidz showing fun ways to incorporate them into toddler and kids meals.  My personal favorite was the chia mix!  And as a mom, I love Bio-Kidz’s portable small, to go containers and can see myself packing her cooler bag with this yummy, nutritious snack.

Bio-Kidz is the only premium, 100% probiotic fermented milk for children on the market.  It can be found in the supplement section of most Whole Foods in our NY/NJ area and provides a perfectly portioned, probiotic shot for daily consumption.   Would you try this?
Thank you Bio-Kidz for the gifted cooler bag and products to review.   All opinions are mines as always.

 

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