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BLANQI City Spotlight

San francisco. los angeles. palo alto
the team behind mom’s the word gives us the must-see, must-do scoop


What – Mom’s The Word – fashion for the fashionable girl, bump and beyond

We love the team at Mom’s The Word, and just had to stop by for a visit on our last trip to LA!  They carry the most beautiful, transitional maternity pieces ( including BLANQI, of course ;)) and are the sweetest team around!  Pregnant?  Head into their store for the best personal styling in the most laid-back, comfortable environment.  Austin will charm you with his Southern roots, and if you’re lucky, you may catch Sarah and Emily who normally head up the San Francisco and Palo Alto locations – funny and sweet as can be, they’ll make you feel as though you’ve been friends for life!

We took the opportunity to ask them for the inside scoop on San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Palo Alto – where to go, what to see – read more below!

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Sarah, Austin, and Emily

First off – the team behind mom’s the word –

  • Sara is the founder of Mom’s the Word – Sarah loves getting dressed every morning  loved getting dressed when she was pregnant.  It was a challenge some days, but she’s a girl who likes a fashion challenge.  Her girlfriends?  Not so much. They dreaded it. She would say “Let’s go maternity shopping! You’re so cute! You’re a size 4,why are you wearing a size 14?!”  Why? Because the maternity clothes were, for the most part, terrifying.  And she knew that this did not have to be the case, and she knew how insanely important it was to feel good-from that awkward in-between time to that “I feel like a house, please I don’t want to look like one” time.  She knew that bringing life into the world did not have to mean the death of fashion, in fact, she loved watching friends who maybe weren’t so into fashion say “I look better than I did before I was pregnant!” She wanted a place where women could come and have a great time, and feel good about how they looked.
  • Austin is not only is a phenomenal stylist, he is a major fashion history buff! Ask him anything, he’ll give you the low-down (and a brief, colorful history of West Hollywood while he’s at it). His dapper, vintage style only accentuates his charm! Ask him about his vintage tie collection…we think it’s pretty awesome  – And, yes, who doesn’t love Austin?  The celebs call on him regularly.  Again.  No names.  He hates the paparazzi on behalf of his girls.)
  • Emily loves her designers and wears prints well. (Tory, Trina and Marc might want to consider sending her a personal thank you card:) She always looks chic, fresh and put together-like, always-when out to dinner or when leaving the gym, she always looks good.


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Austin, Emily, Sarah, Sabina of BLANQI, and Odelle of BLANQI



Best Reading Nook

SF:  We are totally enamored with our local library. It is a beautifully remodeled old library with a great children’s section, complete with great librarians, and they have a nice big lawn area for the kids to run around and around and around and around in.

LA:  Okay is not just a book store-but is more than okay-with books and so many other good things, that we can’t stay away from Okay.


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Image:  Okay

PA:  Coupa Café is a fave. Books, Inc. is just around the corner, is awesome, and is the oldest independent bookstore in the west. They have a location near us in SF too, they are a neighbor that we like being around.

Favorite Eats 

SF:  Oh man, really?!? This is SF. Only one? Almost an impossible task. I’m gonna pick Gardenia’s, which I haven’t actually been to yet, but it is a new place, soft opening tonight, being opened by the same women who owned an old favorite, Woodward’s Garden, where we celebrated many a holiday party. The food is sublime, and I’m guessing that they couldn’t do a place that isn’t charming and warm. Good food, wine and atmosphere. Now closer to our SF store. We’ll, be there a lot no doubt. Can’t wait!

LA:  Almost as hard as SF, and that’s just on West 3rd Street! Our go to for dinner, since we can’t dash off to Italy every night, is Pistola , although Little Next Door is equally yummy and kid friendly.



Image:  Little Next Door

PA:  Mayfield restaurant and bakery and yum. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. What more could you want?!

Coolest Kids’ Spot

SF:  Golden Gate Park Children’s Playground and Carousel, The Exploratorium (for the over 5 crowd), The bay Area Discovery Museum (Under 6 crowd) Done, done and done. Love them all. Can’t pick just one.




LA:  Griffith Park: Shane’s Inspiration playground, the train, the ponies, the observatory where James Dean went in some movie or other. It’s the spot.

PA:  Happy Hollow Park and Zoo –  They pretty much do it all.


Caffeine Boost 

SF:  Philz. Local boy does very good-13 outlets and the official coffee of Virgin America. Great coffee, plus they gave a job to my teenager (after like 4 interviews!), so, yeah….

LA:  Joan’s on 3rd does coffee and sooo much more so well.

PA:  They have two Philz, but, we head back to Mayfield for coffee…and their hot chocolate is scrumptious.


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Image:  Mayfield Bakery & Cafe

Local Haunt 

SF:  Smuggler’s Cove and Madrone(Motown Mondays-oh yeah)

LA:  Upper Franklin Canyon Park

PA:  Nola and The Old Pro


Girl’s night out:

SF:  Redford



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LA:  Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel


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Image:  The Hollywood Roosevelt

PA:  Santana Row-Sino


Must-see Market

SF: Ferry Building Farmer’s Market on Saturday

LA: The Farmers Market, which isn’t really a farmer’s market, but must be seen and done. Since 1934.

PA: Farmer’s Market on California Street….but, that’s all we can think of.


Thank you to the team at Mom’s the Word!

xx Sabina & Valerie


BLANQI City Spotlight

Top places to visit in NYC
Rachel Blumenthal’s insider tips

Meet Rachel – mom, wife, entrepreneur, and your new best friend.  Why, you ask? Because she is the founder and CEO of Cricket’s Circle, and because she and her dedicated team of  parents and editors have seen and tested nearly every baby and pregnancy-related product on the market, choosing only the best of the best and sharing them with you, expecting and new moms, so that you can save your much-valued time and energy!.  The resident of Manhattan, wife of the co-founder of Warby Parker, and natural curator of all things excellent, Rachel has shared with us her favorite go-to spots in the big apple.  Considering her knack for discovering the cool, we’ll be hitting these spots up!

xx Sabina & Valerie

Rachel Blumenthal Headshot

Best Reading Nook

Soho House NYC or Trump Soho Library – both are cozy and have great snacks!

Favorite Eats

Snowdays in the East Village for the best ice cream “snow cones” around, the gourmet snow cones outside Bubby’s Meatpacking in the summer, cotton candy at Handsome Dan’s in the East Village and Sockerbit in the West Village for the best gummy candies from Scandinavia – can you tell I have a sweet tooth?!

Coolest Kids’ Spot

The water park (it’s really a glorified playground with water fountains) on the West Side Highway in the West Village, Children’s Museum of the Arts in Soho for arts and crafts, Children’s Museum of Manhattan for interactive science learning and pretend play, Make Meaning for making and decorating fondant cakes, and the Chelsea Piers ball pit for little ones.

Local Haunt

The roof at the NoMad hotel for dinner or drinks, bagels at Murray’s, Jeffrey’s and Bergdorf Goodman for shopping, Cleo Spa on 28th and Park for the best cheap and fast manicure in the city.

Must-see Market

There is nothing like the flower market on 28th street between 6th and 7th. You have to get there super early because by7:30am all of the best flowers are gone for the day.