We partnered with Mini magazine — one of our favorite reads for modern parents — to share our top summer steals for kids (on Gilt today at noon ET). And to help kick off their latest issue (on newsstands today), Mini‘s Editor-in-Chief and all-things-kids guru, Kaitlyn Kirby, gave us the scoop on cover mom, The Chew co-host Daphne Oz, her summer must-haves, and new kids’ brands she’s loving, including the makers of the adorable headband North West wore at her first birthday party.
Little Inspirations: Did Daphne have any tried-and-true tips for other first-time moms?
Kaitlyn Kirby: Yes, in terms of style must-haves for other moms-to-be, she said, “I figured out early on that wearing loose clothing often just makes you look bigger, so I tried to wear stuff that fit, but that wasn’t tight or uncomfortable. I loved stuff from Zara and found some great items at Asos.com, too. Kimonos were a thing of mine for a while, as were pretty babydoll dresses, and of course great leggings and tops.”
LI: Does being the daughter of Dr. Oz mean she was privy to pregnancy tips most women aren’t? What advice did he share?
KK: Daphne said how helpful her dad was during her pregnancy, full of great advice! However, she found that the best wisdom came from his experience as a parent even more than a doctor. “He reminded my husband John and I to take time to support each other and reconnect,” she told us.
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Kids of all ages can agree: Nothing brings a story to life quite like hearing it read aloud. Which is why the team at Random House dreamed up the Listening Library, turning children’s must-reads into convenient and entertaining audiobooks — perfect for family road trips this summer.
Click below to listen to excerpts from five of our favorite titles, then shop them and more popular picks from Random House’s collection in our sale.
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself by Judy Blume
The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
Six-year-old style icon Alonso Mateo has a few secret weapons up his impeccably-rolled sleeve, namely, his celebrity stylist mom, Luisa Fernanda Espinosa. She takes inspiration from street style and the runway to create a series of looks that their 400,000-plus Instagram followers fawn over, and we’re officially smitten, too. We enlisted the hyper-stylish duo to create covetable outfits using some of Gilt’s favorite pieces—shop the sale now, then read on to find out more about their style secrets, preferred shopping spots, and more.
StyleFile: How did you start documenting Alonso Mateo’s outfits on Instagram?
Luisa Fernanda Espinosa: Two years ago, I discovered Instagram and started posting pictures of special moments of our life here in California, Mexico and on our travels.
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From the ultimate summer essentials for moms and kids to the perfect picnic recipes, cupcakeMAG’s Summer Issue is a must-read. Cover girl Kourtney Kardashian reveals her five-minute makeup routine and her go-to outfit, supermoms Jessica Alba and Rosie Pope talk staying in shape and tricks to sneaking naps, and our very own Gilt Kids’ Director Melissa Keswin shares her back to school shopping tips. The mother of two helps relieve your BTS stress by calling out the items worth spending a little extra on, the versatile must-haves that can go from play dates to birthday parties, and the brands she loves—which you can find on Gilt now. Pick up the issue on newsstands or check out the digital version on cupcakeMAG.com.
Shop Melissa’s picks on Gilt: Herschel polka dot backpack, $50; Joah Love Courtney set, $35; K-Way Claude Packable Windbreaker, $25; Superga Jcot Classic Sneakers, $19.