DeBalino (“db”), also referred to as the baby style whisperer, is an LA-based Baby/Kids Stylist, Fashion blogger and Owner at www.babystylista.com. Since 2000, she spent most of her working hours in the Entertainment industry juggling a life primarily focused on Television and Film as well as Music and performance. Throughout her career – her passion for fashion has always been integrated, but it wasn’t until the birth of her baby girl and In-house fashionista, “LD”, that fashion took the front seat in her life. Spending most of her life from childhood to present day, referencing Vogue Japan and every makeover show on air, she would “style” whatever she could – from her dolls, to her peers, to the family dog. With her obsession with apparel and accessories starting at such a young age, it’s no wonder that motherhood inspired a life surrounding all that is baby and fashion… where the playpen meets the runway.
Often times, what goes hand-in-hand with Motherhood is the ongoing search for the best deals, unsurpassed quality, and convenience. That was when BABYSTYLISTA, her second baby, was born. She took it upon herself to be the advocate for all style-hungry and exhausted mothers out there, as she makes her way around the fashion globe – from LA to New York, Japan to the UK – online and offline – while hunting for the coolest and most unique outfits, biggest bargains, and best goods and services for her baby, and theirs. Her website and Pinterest recommendations feature some of the most eclectic, unique and diverse looks for children, and continues to grow in loyal followers and readers.
However, as a mother, DeBalino defines style – especially in the world of children’s fashion – as all-encompassing, in which the emphasis on image, trend, and labels is replaced with self-expression, confidence, and individuality. Her ultimate goal is to inspire her daughter and all young children to embrace their unique qualities, discover their inner beauty, and be empowered to utilize their own sense of style as a catalyst to express themselves… And to own it. She strongly believes, “What a child chooses to wear at any given time is a reflection of how they want the world to see them. It is our job as parents and caregivers to give our children the right tools, and to direct them towards a path of acceptance – embracing who they are, acknowledging their potential, and striving for excellence.”
BABYSTYLISTA’s ongoing mission to spread the spirit of self-expression and individualism through style, can only be achieved with the help of her readers and affiliates in reaching out to children in need. Through “Baby Gives Back”, BABYSTYLISTA works hand-in-hand with local and global charitable organizations in donating to impoverished children in need of clothing and toys. In addition, with the “Baby Got Yo Back” campaign, BABYSTYLISTA’s ongoing efforts in raising awareness for Neuroblastoma, a rare type of childhood cancer that develops in infants and young children – inspired by a very special toddler friend, is currently in development.
With a little creativity, an open mind, and a generous spirit, one can achieve a balance of cute and confident – and it starts with baby’s first chino trousers, tweed booties, and matching fedora.
Here’s a peek into her everyday life as a Baby Stylist, accompanied by her fashion muse:
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