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    Betsey Johnson designs Plaza suite for Eloise fans

    Fri Sep 18

    What better way to celebrate the recession than to book a $3,595-a-night Eloise-themed suite at the Plaza Hotel? The signature pink-and-black suite, designed by the wacky fashion designer and Eloise look-alike Betsey Johnson, will honor the beloved kid lit character. The original 1955 book by author Kay Thompson and illustrator Hilary Knight, has spawned a slew of sequels like Eloise in Paris, a TV series and even movies. Now the precocious gal returns to her upscale roots at the newly renovated Plaza. Let it be known that the hefty price tag includes the Live Like Eloise Slumber Party Package, which covers up to six little kids and includes a plethora of Eloise books, DVDs, super sundaes from in-room dining and—get this—Eloise postcards with complimentary postage. For those of you less inclined to dip into the college savings, there's a "bargain" option: for a mere $895 you can live like Eloise, you just can't invite your friends. To book a room, visit fairmont.com.

    Gap casting call kicks off Sep 22!

    Fri Sep 18

    Think you've got the cutest kid ever? Of course you do! Well, now's your chance to show the world how adorable your pint-sized cat-walker is (besides submitting him or her to our Cutest Kids Gallery , of course!). GapKids and babyGap are launching a national casting call to find the next set of fresh faces to grace the chain's windows from coast-to-coast. Babies and kids up to age 10 are eligible to enter to win a slew of prizes, including a Disney on Broadway package in New York or Las Vegas, a $1,000 Gap gift card and the grand price: the coveted ad campaign. All parents have to do is upload a photo to gap.com/castingcall from Sep 22-Oct 22. Even better: Gap's flagship store at 54th St and Fifth Ave is offering free professional photo shoots from Oct 7--22 on a drop-in basis. Get your kid to start perfecting that pose!

    Christian Siriano *not* debuting maternity line

    Thu Sep 17

    Sorry moms! Though we had heard Christian Siriano was designing a line for Target, it looks like it's not set to happen after all. We're told that Moody Mamas, a company for which Siriano has designed maternity wear, may be debuting a collection for the mega-chain in the near future, but details are yet to be confirmed. Stay tuned!

    The seven most inappropriate toys for kids

    Wed Sep 16

    And you thought Tickle Me Elmo was bad! The Huffington Post just dubbed these items the most cringe-worthy toys for kiddos; the list includes a pole-dancing doll (and no, it's not Miley ), a hirsute baby who can be shaved (private parts and all), a wacky breastfeeding doll we'd already wondered about , and the not-so-subtle plush STDs. I don't really understand the problem with the stiletto-wearing doll or the fake tattoo gun. Little girls walk around in play heels all the time, so why not a doll (yes, it's a baby doll, but still, what's the big deal?) And temptoos are part of kiddie culture these days. What's the harm in a fake tattoo gun? Better that than a fake handgun! Weigh in: Would you buy any of these things for your kid?

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