THE LION & THE BEE

Here’s the King of the Jungle with his sidekick, the I’d rather be sleeping Bumble Bee, celebrating Halloween in Chelsea:
 

Residents in our neighborhood tricked out their houses with enough candy and spooky theatrics to keep Sebastian wide-eyed and speechless.

With an excuse to use my make-up and double-fist lollipops all day, I think Halloween was a huge success.

So what if he was up till 11 and has school tomorrow morning. Halloween’s only once a year, right?

How was your Halloween?

 
For last year’s Halloween pics, click here.

MODE MONDAY: SNOWTOBER

Halloween delivered an early fright this weekend as NYC’s cozy fall weather masqueraded as a bone-chilling, thunder-snowstorm.

The unseasonal flurries derailed our Saturday night Halloween festivities as we opted to hide deep under the covers instead. I can’t ever remember snow around Halloween and not surprisingly the little that spooked us was a record amount for October in Manhattan.

While NYC was largely unaffected, some of our neighbors like New Jersey and Westchester County got considerably worse weather and even lost power in many areas so I can’t complain. If this is fall, I’m shaking in boots over the impending winter!

By Sunday morning, the storm passed and the clouds parted, leaving just the brisk weather to contend with.  Here we are, in layers, heading to brunch at Boutique Eat Shop, one of our favorite neighborhood haunts:


[trench: uniqlo (similar) / blazer: madewell / tee: gap / jeans: adriano goldschmied / aeo marled loop scarf: c/o american eagle / boots: vince camuto / sunglasses: cynthia rowley / bag: c/o ponyup! kentucky (a portion of all sales benefits retired and rescued horses in need) / sebastian's peacoat: zara kids]

Happy Halloween!

If you’re linking up with Monday Mingle, there are no tricks, just treats!  Two participants in this week’s linky will win Lorac’s Multiplex 3-D Lipgloss:



I’m also linking up with The Pleated Poppy: What I Wore Wednesday.

“Monday Mingle” is a weekly fashion/style link-up rotated between Momtrends, BonBon Rose Girls, and Glamamom. For sponsorship options, contact jill@glamamom.com for details.

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COCKTAILS & CONVERSATION WITH BETHENNY FRANKEL

Big City Moms and Parenting Magazine hosted a little soiree at Moomah Cafe on Monday to toast Bethenny Frankel and her adorable daughter Bryn, who grace the cover of the November issue of Parenting:

I interviewed Bethenny at a spa event earlier this year and was excited to see her again for Skinny Girl cocktails.  She was polite and punchy, mingling with guests and posing for pictures.  Her camera crew from “Bethenny Every After” captured every detail so maybe we’ll make it into one of the episodes next season. In the meantime, here’s a transcript I did of some of the Q&A:

I heard you’re raising Bryn a vegetarian. Do people give you flack for that?
I feel like I’ve gotten a little flack for that. The reason is, I have eaten more of a vegetarian diet. That’s when I feel better. And for some reason, when you have a baby they’re so pure and they’re so healthy…she eats lentils, she eats brown rice, she eats Indian food. It takes effort to get them to try things and mix other things but I just felt weird about cooking an animal. I don’t know why…all the hormones. If she’s at school and she wants to eat something, she’s going to eat it and I’m not going to be picky about it. But right now we’re home and it’s our environment and she does eat everything else and she weighs what she’s supposed to weigh, I like it. She’s so healthy and that would be the ideal thing for me too. I’m like 80% but if I’m at a restaurant I’ll have a bite of steak if I really want it. That’s the thing, everyone wants to be so extreme and make these rules about it and call someone out, ‘Wait a minute, you just had a bite of steak!’ I don’t know what I am. I don’t know what she is. All we’re doing is the best we can to make her as healthy as possible. We eat organic at home. I buy that. But when we’re in a restaurant she eats what’s in front of her. You just do the best you can. That’s my way. Just try and add balance.

What’s your favorite skinny girl drink?
My new favorite is the white cosmo. I really like it. They’re my babies. You have one at a time. You favor them then the next one. When White Sangria came out I said, ‘Oh my God.’ They’re all good. They’re kind of like vintage bags. Margarita is like a vintage bag. You pull it out and you’re like, ‘Oh my gosh this is great! I haven’t worn this in a while.’ They keep coming. The next one will be March.

Any hint on what it is?
It’s tropical. It’s like a vacation.

Any plans for expanding your family? (yes, someone actually asked this)
I think so. If you asked me 6 months ago I would’ve said, ‘I don’t know.’ I’m leaning towards it, I’m thinking maybe.  Not going on some crazy campaign and doing headstands. Goal: have sex more, which we’ve been doing lately and if you get pregnant , you get pregnant. I’m turning 41 in about a week or so…You have to get me on a good day.

Do you think you want to go for a girl again?
Yeah.  Little girls are the best.  I just like the girlyness of it.  [Bryn] plays make-up and jewelry and I just love that she’s so girly. I love it, she loves it.

What do you find most surprising about being a mom now that you’ve been a mom for awhile?
I didn’t have a minute because of my work and because my office was inside my house but [with motherhood] you really don’t have a minute. And the weirdest thing…my husband was away with the baby and the dog for one night and it was like, you felt like you had aftershocks from Vietnam or something. You’re just not as relaxed, ever. There is no time that you’re ever relaxed. When I was single and didn’t have a baby, I would just hang out.  On a Sunday, I would look at old pictures with a glass of wine, turn on music and dance in my room by myself, which I did. It’s odd to not ever have a moment where you’re not thinking about someone else.

Are you friends with any of the Housewives?
I’ve seen Sonya from time to time. I actually called Alex last week just to touch base. I wouldn’t say we’re good friends. I don’t think to connect with them that often but there’s a mutual respect going. It was a different time, a different place. I’m grateful for it.

What’s your favorite part about raising a child in New York City?
That we don’t always have to drive a car. I like the fact that you just take a stroller and walk to a restaurant for lunch and you have a shopping cart too. I like that the park is nearby and I can take her to restaurants. Every day’s an adventure when you walk out the door in Manhattan. There’s a lot of variety.

Do you have a favorite activity?
Major dance parties. She loves to sing. I get in the bath with her. I had one person Tweet me that’s weird but I take a bath with her every night and I love it. She looks forward to it and it’s sweet.

What’s your favorite baby product?
Pampers Baby Wipes (note: Bethenny is a Pampers spokesperson).

Does Bryn take any classes?
She’s not enrolled but we went to some Citibabes classes when she was younger. We come here (Moomah Café) but we haven’t actually taken a class yet. We also just went to the new Children’s Museum that just opened.

Glamamom: You recently said something to the effect of, “money is irrelevant” to you. But for better or for worse, your daughter is going to grow up very differently than you yourself did. How do you plan to keep her grounded in a “Hollywood” environment?
We won’t do the show probably for much longer because in the next 6 months to a year she’ll be aware of what’s going on. We make decisions we wouldn’t necessarily make it we didn’t have Bryn. We’re pretty down to Earth. Jason comes from a really humble upbringing and we’re both pretty frugal and sensible. She’ll get to experience so many incredible things that a lot of people will never get to experience. She’ll get to experience charity and giving back and seeing what it means to be fortunate and how to help other people. I think we’re good parents. We’re attentive and we spend so much time with her. We just do the best we can but we’re aware of it. I don’t get bothered that much. I get bothered by things written about me but people aren’t chasing after us like we’re Brangelina. The people who are constantly getting photographed, want it. You just don’t go to certain places. We know on the weekends where to go and where not to if we don’t want to be followed by photographers. It’s definitely going to be a challenge though.

4/10/12 UPDATE: The event was featured on last night’s episode of “Bethenny Ever After” and I have a petite cameo!  Here’s the only frame where I’m NOT shoveling chips and guac into my mouth:

{I was not compensated for this post. I received a gift bag for attending the event.}

TADASHI SHOJI SPRING 2012

I know it’s just gotten cold enough to start wearing boots and blazers but Holiday and Spring previews have taken New York by storm this month.

One of my favorites was Tadashi Shoji.  I’m a huge fan of his dresses because they’re truly made for women of all shapes and sizes (including plus-size) and affordable too.  I was so comfortable in this dress I recently wore to a cousin’s wedding.

Shoji established his own design house almost thirty years ago after contemplating the lack of contemporary formal-wear options for women.  His dresses and bridal gowns can now be found in over 4,000 stores.

For Spring, the collection is feminine and elegant, fit for any garden party or special occasion.  The beaded dresses have me swooning.  And while I didn’t focus much on the wedding gowns, if you’re in the market, I think they’re one of the best kept secrets in terms of quality and affordability.


{I was not compensated in any way for this post.}

 

ONE MOM

The most amazing aspect of writing a blog is having a platform.

From opinions about products, events and places, to raising awareness for causes I believe in, it’s an extraordinary opportunity and responsibility.

With or without a formal platform, we as moms have tremendous power. We influence our children, families, and communities simply through our actions and the way we live our lives.

It’s with this concept that ONE Moms was founded– to encourage moms everywhere to speak for those who struggle with their own voice and to spread awareness in the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease, and promote education, engagement, and activism on behalf of the world’s poorest.

This summer, ONE Moms took 10 American social media moms to Kenya to meet their African counterparts and experience extreme poverty through the eyes of a mother in Africa. The focus of the trip was to show that despite the vast differences, there are still so many similarities between us and families in the developing world.

In support of ONE Moms’ efforts, I joined some of my favorite New York  moms and those who traveled to Kenya to make a mini-PSA of sorts called It Only Takes ONE Mom.

I get emotional every time I watch it.  It’s so beautiful and the message is so true:

What can you do to join the movement?

Act.

  1. Become a ONE Mom. Sign up here for “ONE Week” updates and to join moms around the world in our movement to end extreme poverty.
  2. Join ONE and (RED)’s Twitter campaign by Tweeting the following: “@whitehouse Beginning of the #endofAIDS starts w you. Lead a global plan to treat & prevent HIV @ONECampaign @joinred http://bit.ly/p2xkHL”
  3. Read ONE Moms’ partner blogs here. One Moms’ community partners are critical to engaging as many people as possible in the fight against extreme poverty.

It only takes one mom.

{I was not compensated in any way for this post.}

MODE MONDAY: FRILLED

Happy Monday!

I was feeling a bit under the weather all weekend so it really is a happy start for me now that my pep is back.

I’m having a marathon day and need a casual look that will carry me into the evening. Cocktails with my old friend Bethenny Frankel tonight!

What do you think?

 

[blouse: uniqlo (similar) / jeans: Gap / blazer: club monaco / frilled ankle boots: zara /socks: c/o kushyfoot / tort & pave necklace: ann taylor / python cuff: c/o kara ross / bag: chloe / signet sunnies: rayban]

A special thanks to our babysitter Valentina, who not only puts up with Sebastian’s shit (literally) but mine too (figuratively).

I’m also linking up with The Pleated Poppy.

Have a glamorous week!

 

The linky is at BonBon Rose Girls today. “Monday Mingle” is a weekly fashion/style link-up rotated between Momtrends, BonBon Rose Girls, and Glamamom. If you’re interested in sponsorship options, contact me (jill@glamamom.com) for details.

 

COSMO BACHELOR OF THE YEAR 2011

Cosmopolitan Magazine searched far and wide for 51 bachelors to vie for title of “Bachelor of the Year 2011″ and hosted its annual Bachelor Party last night at Arena to celebrate and crown a winner.

One by one, the twenty-somethings nervously danced around stage as Kate White, editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, announced their names and home states. I felt like quite the cougar critiquing and jeering at them but apparently past bachelors met and went on to marry women they met at this very event, so really I was there as a matchmaker of sorts.

 

 

When it was all said and done, Chris Van Vliet of Cleveland, Ohio was voted Bachelor of the Year, the third year in row for Ohio. In presidential elections Ohio is a swing state but Bachelor of the Year, and they’re a united front.  Van Vliet graciously donated his $10,000 prize money to the Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland.

I personally like Mr. Nebraska. Twenty-five, an engineering grad student who considers himself athletic, laid-back, and intelligent, and he can do it while driving on the Interstate. As a mom, I really appreciate a fellow multi-tasker.

So tell me, who would you have chosen from the list of bachelors? Just because you’re on a diet doesn’t mean you can’t have a bite. That’s how that saying goes, right?

{I was not compensated for this post. I received a gift bag at the event and am part of Cosmo’s blogging network. For more photos, visit Glamamom on Facebook.}

MODE MONDAY: TIMBERLAND EARTHKEEPERS {REVIEW}

The weather in New York has been all over the place this month. Typical for Fall I suppose but with an Indian Summer it ranges anywhere from 80+ degrees and sunny to low 50′s and raining. So I’ve had no problem fitting the pair of Earthkeepers™ Rudston Waterproof Pull-On Boots I was sent for review into my wardrobe.

If you’re not familiar with Earthkeepers™ products, they’re Timberland’s line of footwear comprised of the most eco-friendly materials in fashion: recycled plastic bottles, repurposed tires, and organic cotton.

It’s great to see a company’s environmental values in action but can a boot made of eco-friendly materials still be fashionable?


When I opened the package, I was pleasantly surprised to find this cute pair of pull-on boots. I have a more preppy pair of rain boots but they’re not the right fit for all outfits and I love my heels so Rudston’s are a great addition.

They come in several other colors including dark brown and artisan gold that don’t even look like they’re waterproof, no less eco-friendly and I love that they have a cowgirl vibe to them.  I’ve been wearing them with jeans and plaid button downs and while they’re casual, they’re still polished.

The materials are breathable and I didn’t have to break them in at all but they run small. I’m typically a 7.5 so I requested an 8 and they’re still snug. If you like to wear thick socks with your boots, I recommend ordering a full size up.

I also just noticed that Timberland is having a 20% off sale on women’s footwear and apparel that ends today so if you love them too, hurry and you’ll snag a pair at a discount.

 

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Disclosure: Compensation and free Timberland product were provided by Timberland® via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Timberland®.

 

“Monday Mingle” is a weekly fashion/style link-up rotated between Momtrends, BonBon Rose Girls, and Glamamom. The linky is at Momtrends today with another fabulous giveaway!

YOOOOOOOOO GABBA GABBA! LIVE

Sebastian isn’t much into cartoons yet. I don’t mean that in a, my kid doesn’t watch t.v., *nose in the air* kind-of-way. I’d welcome the chance to make a cup of coffee by myself in the morning, he’s just busy doing more creative things like hiding my keys and ripping the “G” off my keyboard. But there are two programs that are guaranteed to capture his attention, if only for a few minutes at a time– Barney and Yo Gabba Gabba.

While Barney makes me want to take a knife to my ear, I actually look forward to Yo Gabba Gabba with its special guests, original music, and dancey dances.

When it came time to pick a theme for Sebastian’s second birthday party last month at City Treehouse, I gave him a choice between the two, and (thank you Baby Jesus) he chose Yo Gabba:

As part of his birthday present, we got tickets to see the cast live at The Beacon Theatre and to attend a meet and greet after the show.

He was shell-shocked for much the performance but definitely jumped, shook, and shimmied around.  I did too, especially when Biz Markie made a surprise appearance and belted out “Just a Friend.”

Don’t let the serious face fool you, Sebastian was his typical hugging monster self at the meet and greet and patiently waited in each character’s individual line for the opportunity to give high fives and hugs:

 

He also had story time with DJ Lance Rock and got to say hello:

Between DJ Lance and Arianna Huffington, Leo and I are going to have to step up our bedtime story game!

{I was not compensated in any way for this post.}

IT’S A LADY THING

My week ended on high note with a Core Fusion class at Exhale Spa and lunch atop the Gansevoort Hotel Park Avenue, thanks to Lady Foot Locker, who hosted a fabulous fitness/style event for Glam Media publishers.

It was a great opportunity to get my workout in, network, and learn more about Lady Foot Locker’s complete line of active-wear for women.  Pre-Glamamom days, I ran 3 New York City Marathons and countless other races, so Lady Foot Locker has always been my go-to– not only for running sneakers but comfortable gear to get around in.  I’m happy to learn they’re always expanding their product offerings while keeping both fashion and function in mind.

Prior to class, we were styled in super cute outfits (my favorite form of motivation) representing some of the brands Lady Foot Locker carries including: an Actra Space Dye Racer Back Tank, Adidas Climalite Capris, Nike Brasilia 5 Gymsacks, Nike Pro Core Sports Bras, and ASICS Gel-Blurr33 Running Sneakers.  Then we sweat it out in a Core Fusion toning class, which I’d been dying to try given its promise to strengthen the core, my weakness prior to even giving birth. The moves are low-impact and combine yoga, Pilates, and stretching using a ballet barre and stretching rope but let me tell you, I was sore before the class even ended and have been popping pain reliever like candy ever since!  

I’m a glutton for punishment though and can’t wait to do another class, in a cute outfit, of course.

 

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Lady Foot Locker via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Lady Foot Locker.