MEMORIAL DAY MEMORIES

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The fam and I had a great Memorial Day weekend. We stayed local and enjoyed some seriously fantastic weather here in NYC. Here are some of my favorite memories:

FRIDAY, I had a meeting with a producer of one of my favorite programs, ABC's The View. One of their sponsors was looking for a group of girlfriends that like designer clothes to film a "make-under"/"designer duds for less" segment for an upcoming show. Since I happen to know a few ladies like that, I contacted them and lucky us, we booked it! Stay tuned. We'll be filming live in the next couple of weeks.

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SATURDAY, we drove across the Manhattan Bridge to Brooklyn for brunch at A.O.C Bistro in Park Slope and a stroll through Prospect Park. A.O.C. is a great choice if you're ever in the neighborhood. Super inexpensive, especially compared to Manhattan, solid food, and fantastic service. The park was bumping with lots of dogs and babies, my fav combo, and the smell of BBQ in the air. Must be something in the water because we spotted twins everywhere. Big Bub was surprisingly on his best behavior. Here he is napping on Prospect Park West across from Grand Army Plaza. Overall, lovely afternoon. Almost made me want to move to Brooklyn...almost.

SUNDAY, we met friends visiting from Chicago for breakfast in Midtown. Underscoring the comments above about good food and service for a reasonable price was a paltry meal at Lindy's Restaurant. It gets a mention only because we had a big booth where this love connection manifested itself...

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MONDAY morning, we drove out to Amityville, Long Island, my hometown, for a BBQ at the grandparents. This is what happens when you put a city kid on grass. I gave up after a few attemps. He won't see grass much this summer anyway. Apparently grass is an issue for lots of babies. My parents' neighbors' kids were going nuts too, and they were wearing shoes! Who knew?

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But not even scary, itchy, scratchy grass could ruin a perfectly sunny, 85-degree Long Island, Memorial Day.

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Closing out the weekend, we attended the wedding celebration of our friends Fara and Uri at The New York Botanical Garden. Glamadad and I also got married at an Abigail Kirsch-catered venue and were stoked to partake in the menu we certainly didn't get to enjoy at our own wedding!

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There was ample time during cocktails to walk the gardens and check out the Emily Dickinson exhibit. The wedding itself was stunning. A few lucky raindrops fell before the ceremony started but the clouds parted and the sun set right before the precession, as if on cue. One of my favorite parts of the ceremony was recitation of the following Jewish proverb: God could not be everywhere, so he created mothers.

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I'm still enamored with the champagne-colored, Watters & Watters bridesmaid dresses, the flower girl's gold, mini-Tory Burch flats, the incredible centerpieces of white roses and hydrangea, and of course the stunning bride and groom. Fara was Wedding Barbie personified in her Amsale gown. Special shout out to my girl Michelle, who loaned me a gorgeous, teal Badgley Mischka that I managed to squeeze myself into for the black tie event. Certainly a Memorial Day weekend we won't soon forget.

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