I love a good party and when it’s for a great cause, I won’t hesitate to spread the word.
How many mornings do you skip breakfast because you’re late for work, a meeting or school? Every morning in Haiti, children go to school without a meal and are often sent home because of severe hunger pains. Not by choice but because they have little to eat at home.
The Espwa [Hope] Benefit Fete will raise funds to help support the iF Foundation’s Haitian Pride Breakfast Program. All proceeds will be donated to the breakfast program in order to provide more nutritious meals per week for the children of two schools in Dubre, Haiti.
So come party with a purpose and enjoy a few cocktails, cool music, great people and a silent auction!
WATCH THIS VIDEO FROM THE FOUNDERS OF THE ESPWA BENEFIT FETE
First, let me say that I love the mission of the Miss America Organization – “to provide personal and professional opportunities for young women to promote their voices in culture, politics and the community.”
However, the Miss America Pageant is just not the same as when I was a little girl…or is it? I stumbled upon it while channel surfing last night and judging from social media feeds, most of my online friends were either watching Breaking Bad or just browsing like me. I can’t imagine that families gathered in front of their flat screens or that a bunch of girlfriends connected on their cell phones to watch Miss America.
It’s just not an American tradition anymore, and it’s no longer exciting to see who will be crowned America’s most beautiful. Although I tuned in for more than half of the show, I was extremely bored from the beginning to end. I’m not sure if it was the baton twirling, the bikini parade followed by the pageantry stance, the generic Colgate smiles or the 1980s prom queen inspired evening gowns. I was lost.
While everyone else is gearing up for fall, New York City is looking ahead at all things fashionable for spring 2014.
Thursday, September 5th marked the beginning of New York Fashion Week (and also my son’s 1st birthday btw). So, it seemed like perfect timing to get off hiatus!
Last night’s NYFW lineup included beloved designers like Tracy Reese, Custo Barcelona, Trina Turk, Zac Posen and Diane Von Furstenberg and my favorite fashion week event — dinner with Glam .
Fellow Glam Media bloggers showed up and showed out at the super mod Japanese/sushi resty –Morimoto. The fun started off with a cocktail hour and passed hors d’oeuvres and ended with a yummy dinner, more cocktails and great convo!
Yep, that’s me in the above photo…mother of two amazing kids!!
It’s been a minute since I last blogged (6 months to be exact) but for two very good reasons — Blake & Jordan! These two know how to get my undivided attention; mostly because 2 year old Blake frequently tries to choke, bite or crush 4 month old Jordan. Ahhhhh…the joys of motherhood!
Well, I’m feeling pretty balanced in my role as Blake and Jordan’s mom, so I’m back from hiatus and in time for fashion week, spring beauty tips and the season’s hottest trends. Stay tuned!
LUNCH WITH FELLOW BEAUTY BLOGGERS & MY FAVE SUMMER BEAUTY MUST-HAVES
This Wednesday, I got the opportunity to lunch with fellow bloggers and try out the latest summer skincare/beauty products courtesy of Hawaiian Tropics!
My first event since our hiatus and the perfect way to kick off the summer. We sailed along the Hudson on a fabulous yacht, enjoyed some tasty treats, desserts, cocktails (virgin for me of course) and got introduced to a few summer essentials from Hawaiian Tropics and other beauty makers.
With Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of summer already here, I found some cool must-have items in my goodie bag from the event! Whether you’re taking off to the Caribbean or just heading to the beach, check out these great ways to stay cute while basking in the sun:
Protect your skin with the new Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration™ sunscreen lotion — a lightweight, non-greasy lotion and the only sunscreen with extra luxurious hydrating ribbons to pamper your skin with 12 hour moisturization. You can get it in SPF 12, 30 and 50.
Take along a trendy bikini bag like Echo Design Beach bag. It’s completely lined with vinyl so that you can carry or toss your wet swimsuit in your beach bag.
Keep those lips moist and protected with Hawaiian Tropic Aloha Kiss lip gloss with SPF 20. It comes in kissable flavors like Island Berry and contains Vitamins A, C & E.
So we took a hiatus, had some technical issues and lost some of our best archived posts in the past months. It seemed like things had fallen apart so quickly; in my ‘bloglife’ as well as real life. I mourned my losses for a hot minute, but the survivalist and dreamer inside quickly pushed me to keep moving and embrace the opportunity and the lesson through all of this:
#1. Create a better data backup system
#2. “Never allow the grief of letting go of the old overshadow the joy of your future in the new!” ~ Toure Roberts
Now let’s move forward into the new and exciting…on May 1st, we’re back with hot summer fashion, celebrity style, noteworthy reviews, fabulous giveaways and more!
(P.S. Expect to see a few reposts of our favorites)
SPRING, SPRING, SPRING—NYC comes alive as the weather gets warmer. There are festivals, parades, concerts and Central Park. What about the festivities in the metro area that are less publicized but have the most appeal? For those who want to know about a few upcoming spring events in their neighborhood, check out the top 5 on the list:
Brooklyn knows how to PARTY! Downtown Park Slope, Cobble Hill, Fort Greene all have it going on in the spring. Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in Fort Greene street fair starts May 29; Brooklyn Pride Festival in Park Slope; Smith St. Fun day and not to mention a host of Prospect Park fun for the family events.
Have you ever heard of a food crawl, when you sample different cuisine from various restaurants and vendors…Well think of this as a street fair crawl? Starting in May thru end of summer, Queens brings you diverse cultural street fairs from Forest Hills to Jackson Heights and areas in between. Sample to foods from Eastern Europe to the Caribbean. For more info visit: http://www.queensbuzz.com/queens-street-fairs—street-festivals-queens-ny-cms-387
Check out Allerton Ave “”Bronx”” Festival – NYC New York City, NY Allerton Avenue from White Plains to Boston Road. Event will be held on Sunday, August 14, 2011. This one day event offers a variety of features for the whole family. Event produced by Clearview Festival Productions.
I think Billy Crystal was right when he said “men and women can’t be friends,” because sex always get in the way. How true! Whether you’re having it, not having it or thinking about having it– the elephant is always in the room. How can you not–when you find this person–not only physically but mentally attractive?
How can someone let that part of the friendship go and move on to the next non-sexual aspect. Like Trey Songz says “We can’t be friends” and let’s all be honest, if the sex is good, then you can’t stop thinking about it, you don’t want to share it and you become addicted like crack head shaking in the corner for their next fix.
Is there something to be said about friendship with the opposite sex? Do you believe that men/women can be friends? Why?
ITALIAN FARE AND PERFECT DATE SPOT RIGHT IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Po – West Village
31 Cornelia St
Date nights are a treat now that my husband and I are parents. When we do get out, I prefer good food at a low-key, intimate setting and he just prefers anything Italian. Our night couldn’t have been more perfect when we found all of the above at Po in the West Village.
The Italian American restaurant is nestled on a quiet neighborhood block. The friendly staff is as laid back as the reggae music playing over the speakers yet, they’re equally attentive to everyone and everything. Fredi, who oversees the modest dining room, seems unmoved by the crowd coming and going (we later find out that it’s best to book a table 2 to 4 weeks in advance).
We start with a crisp bottle of Pino Grigio and white bean bruschetta. The four courses that follow are a nice balance of simple dishes with spices that are not too overwhelming or too bland. His roasted autumn squash salad with melted fontina. My white bean ravioli in a balsamic brown butter sauce. We feed off each others plate and eagerly await the next round.
It’s official. I’m now a married man magnet, which sucks for this single gal trying to find a relationship. There is a sea of men who want to compromise their families to date—my bad—correction– %$#! a single girl. Why is it that in a room filled with men, either the complete arrogant A-hole or the attached XY chromosome will make his way over and take up my space and time, both of which are already limited? Now, I know why I attract the arrogant men. I always did like a little swagger and yes, on more than one occasion, men have been known to say I am a bit arrogant myself. So, I guess it takes one to know one. But, the latter–the married man–that I just don’t get!