Baby Paparazzo

Since I’ve started here at Fab I’ve become incredibly tuned in to the Strollerscape of neighbourhoods, movies and random websites. It’s almost like a grown-up version of Car Bingo as I call out “MacLaren! City Mini!! Bumbleride Indie!!” whilst watching movies with friends and family alike. I’m sure that this is an endearing trait, so I thought I’d share my obsessions with you, our Fab Public.

Some of our Faves have been popping up on popular celeb blogs like, Huffington Post & Perez Hilton. It seems to me that Hollywood is rife with Baby Jogger City Mini’s. The Mini has been the stroller of my dreams for a while now, so ignore the gushing that will follow! This one-step fold stroller weighs in at 17 lbs and is ideal for travel- simply pull the strap in the centre of the seat and she’s folded. It comes in a variety of colours, has a lockable front wheel and boasts a double size that will fit through any doorframe. Celebs that have been seen strolling with either the single or double model include Halle Berry, Matthew McConaughey and Cynthia Nixon.

For the more active set we’ve been seeing a lot of the classic BOB Revolution. It has been the front-runner (pun fully intended!) when it comes to Joggers for quite some time, and shows no signs of slowing down in popularity. The swiveling front wheel provides the maneuverability that you need for city-living, but locks in place to provide a sturdy base for off-road activities. The Revolution has been seen while celebs like Gisele Bundchen, Alyson Hannigan and Jennifer Garner head out for a neighbourhood jog.

And finally we find ourselves at the heavy-hitter. The stroller brand that most celebrities are flocking to is the MacLaren. This family of strollers includes eight different models for you to choose from. They’re great for on-the-go parents who are looking to travel with something light-weight, yet sturdy. The most popular model for Fabbies and Celebs alike is certainly the Triumph. This buggy has a maximum weight of 50 lbs. It comes with a carrying strap, as well as a raincover and features a multiple stage recline. For a good indication of how popular it is, check out the huge photo album MacLaren has posted on their Facebook page. Amy Adams, Jason Batemen and David Blaine proudly push their models. And check out Jessica Alba below;

What is your little star riding around in this summer? If you’re still searching for the perfect lightweight pram, swing by one of our locations for a demo on these strollers and many more!

Purple People Seaters

Whether you’re watching Kate Middleton announce her engagement, tagging along with TMZ as they hound starlets or gazing longingly at the dresses in the Glebe and Wellington West shop windows- it’s hard to avoid it. Jewel tones are IN. All the richness of this beautiful time of year, tonally rendered in a timeless shade for all seasons. And some of our fave stroller brands have definitely taken notice. Just like in the automotive industry, every January we see new models and colours introduced to the wide world of strollers. This year’s over-riding trend is a veritable celebration of the colour purple. Baby Jogger, i’Coo, and Peg Perego are all featuring beautiful shades of purple in their new lines. We have nature-inspired shades like Amethyst and Iris heading our way on the functional and popular strollers we already love! As a (poorly) closeted purple fanatic, I can’t wait to check out the new shades. But even more so the great innovations these creative companies have come up with.

Arguably the most talked about stroller this year, the Baby Jogger City Select leads the trend adding a gorgeous shade of Amethyst to their lineup. This easily upgraded stroller converts seamlessly from single to double and features sturdy rubber tires with serious gripability. (That’s a word, right?) With a super-extendable handle, single-button seat recline and easy-peasy fold, the elves have been busy year-round keeping these beauties in stock. Strolling around with the 2011 model in Amethyst will surely make you the envy of other Neighbourhood Mom’s! 

The I’Coo Pacific is so versatile. It converts from bassinet-style pram to a proper toddler seat with the ease of snaps and buttons AND includes the universal car seat adapter upon purchase. The foam wheels lock in the front, helping us Canadians on our snowy treks to the Timmy’s.

And finally, Peg Perego. This Italian design house is the provider of one of Canada’s top-rated car seats (owned and loved by many a FAB staff member) as well as a large variety of strollers. Their chosen shade of Iris, will be joining their large stable of colour choices this January.

So what IS up with the colour purple?? It’s the colour of royalty. It stands for luxury, sophistication and romance. I also think the fact that it’s so rare to find purple in nature gives it a certain mystique amongst it’s fellow greens and oranges. From a painter’s perspective purple is the bridge between warm and cold shades- a perfect mixture of reds and blues. No matter why you like it, purple is indeed the new black. And I daresay it would hide those unexpected stains just as well! 😉