Oscar Fashion Picks!

The 2011 Oscars held at the Kodak Theatre in LA had no shortage of style and true Hollywood Glam. The trend this year..simplicity. Nude themes in shoes, dresses and makeup were in, hair was clean and occasionally fell soft in simple classic waves. No big time accessories, necks were bare and the fashions were classic Hollywood.

My top three pick for Oscars’ Fashion BEST DRESSED:

Halle Berry – In her gorgeous nude Marchesa gown, minimal accessories and just gorgeous face! UGH- I hate her- in a I totally love her kinda way!

Halle Berry Clothes

  1. Gwyneth Paltrow’s simple straight sparkle dress by Calvin Klein Collection paired with earrings, brooch and a ring from Louis Vuitton’s jewelry collection – L’Ame duVoyage and pin straight hair, echoed her classic signature style … simply clean!

Gwyneth Paltrow Actress Gwyneth Paltrow arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

  • Mila Kunis lead the trend in soft waves in hair and garment, her Elie Saab Haute Couture  low cut lavendar gown with lace draping and  Neil Lane jewelry accents was simply stunning. She of course complimented this gown with her signature smoky eyes and pale lips.


  • Mila Kunis Clothes



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Oscar Chat Twitter party

Hey Hey…  I am hosting an Oscar Party tonight!

Join me for a killer OSCAR Red Carpet CHAT tonight at 7pm.

Let’s dish on the fashions and films.

Twitter Partee starts at 7pm follow the Hashtag #OSCARchat

Go here to RSVP —> http://twtvite.com/oscarpartee

Oh and because you are so fab, there will be fab giveaways too!

Check out these totally gorg pieces from LACEY RYAN. I am giving away 5 of these pieces and you could TOTALLY win one!

See you at the party all!!

Drop me a line to let me know you are attending!

*** Side note: This Party is being run by THE CHAT SHOP. ***

What is THE CHAT SHOP? – It’s my social media consulting and mayhem biz that my loverly chatty  friend Sarah (@westchesterlife) and I created. It’s where Sarah and my social media marketing concepts go to live and flourish and come to you! You’ll be hearing a lot about THE CHAT SHOP in days to come. So get ready for some chatty sessions online and off!

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Punch line lost

Matt: A giraffe walks into the library puts his head down and falls asleep

A person walks in and says to the librarian, ” who’s that lying there”

Librarian says, ” that’s not a lion that’s a giraffe’

Me: ha ha ha ha!!!

Lily: What did the Giraffe do?

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It’s bedtime for my Lily, we rush through her bath, make her brush her hair and teeth while having a countdown – “it’s a game”,  I say, “let’s see how fast we can brush our teeth and hair and get our night clothes on, ready… set… go!”

This is not a game.  Maybe it’s a game for my 6 year old, but for me it’s a multi-tasking tactic. My mind has already moved on to the laundry and the dishes and the prepping for the next day that need to happen after my child goes to bed.

It continues.  After she gets ready for bed in record time, I say,  “Hey, since we watched TV tonight you don’t get a book.” She protests and I compromise, “maybe one song really quick, and I’ll sing it while tidying up your room,” (in the glow of the nightlite).

Half-way through my rushed version of ‘Oh Danny Boy,’ I stop and look at my sweet Lily-Pie She is hanging onto every musical note as her eyes follow me around the room; in her gaze is  yearning for me to just HOLD HER!! Parenting FAIL!

I stop what I am doing, hold her in my arms and lay down with her and sing a guilt-laced version of “Oh Danny Boy” and she slowly drifts to sleep. The moment takes over my mind and I too fall asleep.  Before I know it, it’s 10pm and I just lost 2 hours.

Now my plans for preparing for the next day have been foiled, but I did get to snuggle with my daughter who loved that moment more than having clean laundry or a shiny sink.

When I reflect upon this I am mortified!  When did TV replace books, when did the wind-down rituals of going to bed get replaced by a race against the clock?

My friend Marika told me about the practice of MINDFULNESS – being in the present moment. Kids seem to be experts at being in the moment. I watch Lily play and she is absolutely invested in being the evil queen who is chasing down the princess in the tower or whatever role play she has herself involved in. She is not thinking for one second about what will happen in 1 hour, or what she needs to do this week or even if she’s hungry or has to go potty. She is in the present moment truly enjoying every single second of that moment. It’s hers and it’s for her!

So this week as I sip my coffee in the morning, kiss my family, pet my dog, talk to a friend, or read my child a book, I challenge myself to be more MINDFUL- being in the moment, enjoying the moment and engaging in the moment!

** This post was my discussion for my parenting column on AOL- PATCH**




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playing catch up….

We are back from our fab trip to Boston. I had a million plans to get this house in order and take a field trip with Lily today and don my superMOM cape…but alas!  Lily is sick with a high fever and we are just chillaxin at home.

Ah well, her little body just needed some rest.

I have lots of catching up to do.

New York International Toy Fair news coming up soon.

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Wordless Wednesday

Our view from our room at the SEAPORT BOSTON HOTEL

Lily getting spoiled. We had a tray of cupcakes show up at the room within minutes of arriving!

*PRESS POST ~  Thanks to the SEAPORT BOSTON HOTEL for hosting us this week*

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Seaport Boston School Vacay Getaway

It’s winter break for us here in NY and I for one am ready for a break!

I have been busy with my show that closed last night and Lily has been busy with school and Matt’s been busy with work and Jonah has been busy digging frozen critters out of the ground!

This whole family needs a break!

Where to go? What to do? Good thing about living in the Northeast is that there are many amazing destinations withing driving distance.  Philly, Washington DC, Vermont, Montreal, CT, NJ, Boston, Cape Cod, Berkshires… OH MY!!!!

So, we are packing up and heading on a road trip. My fave kind of trip. We are headed to BOSTON! I love Boston, I could eat everything in that city! We have been to Boston a handful of times. 2yrs ago we went with my sis and brother in law – who is a walking history book by the way. We walked the FREEDOM TRAIL with him and it was a really moving experience. He gave us a play by play of everything Boston and I came away from it with a better knowledge of the town and historical reference.

This week were going back for more! We will be staying at the family friendly SEAPORT BOSTON – a hot luxury hotel in Boston’s seaport district.

SEAPORT BOSTON has a special this week: The ‘Seaport School Vacay Getaway’ package!

Currently available February 18-27, 2011.

2 adults and 2 children can stay overnight in a deluxe room at Boston’s Seaport Hotel for $169. Also included in the package:

        • Admission for four to Boston’s Children’s Museum
        • A welcome toy for each child from Seaport’s Treasure Chest
        • Complimentary use of Wave Health & Fitness, including the indoor pool
        • Complimentary use of a DVD player and a family movie, for use in-room
        • Access to Seaport’s Lending Library – offering books for kids of all ages to borrow during their stay

So off we go tomorrow on our adventure! I will be posting about our experience this week so stay tuned.

* This post is a PRESS post-  SEAPORT BOSTON is hosting Me and Lily and Matt for a 2-day stay… totally cool and thanks*

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Whole foods + Stone Barns

Two of my Favorite food spots Whole Foods and Stone Barns have teamed up for a great experience.

Nominate A Teacher to Spend a Day at Stone Barns!


Lily goes to most Stone Barns activities and we frequent the lunch cafe all year long. Matt and I have been to the restaurant a few times and absolutely LOOOVE it!  Read my post about our saturday afternoon picking eggs over at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills —> here!

Lily’s school is in the process of creating a school community garden. So imagine my excitement when I found out about the Teacher Development Program  at Stone Barns Center for Agriculture in nearby Pocantico Hills – a non-profit farm and educational center which also boasts one of the country finest restaurants.  In September 2010,  First Lady Michelle Obama toured the farm with spouses of Chiefs of State and Heads of Government participating in the United Nations General Assembly.

Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills has teamed up with Whole Foods to bring K-12 teachers to the farm for a one day Teacher Development Program to help expand knowledge of sustainable farming and farm to table agriculture. Teachers will get an in-depth tour of the farm at Stone Barns and have one on one conversations with Stone Barns farmers and an opportunity to share resources and activities to bring back to their classrooms.

This program is part a broad range of Teacher Development Programs at Stone Barns. This year Stone Barns Center will offer 22 teachers selected through the Stone Barns Center/Whole Foods Market “Nominate Your Teacher” campaign to spend a day at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills learning about how the Center raises crops and animals that best suit the region without any synthetic pesticides or fertilizers in addition to an in depth tour of the farm as well as seasonal Farm- to-table lunch.

They will spend the day learning about:

  • Where the food comes from?
  • How to teach children to become thoughtful consumers?
  • Identifying what we choose to eat and the effects it has on our health and environment and communities.

To nominate your teacher, submit an application at a participating Whole Foods no later than April 1, 2011. For more information and a list of participating stores, please click here.

To nominate a teacher follow this link – http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/whiteplains/files/2011/02/stone-barns-revised-application.pdf

The teacher development program will take place on July 19, 2011 from 9:30 AM to 2:30PM at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills, New York.

The press release sent to me by Stone Barns listed the following information about the instructors:

Judy Fink, Education Programs Director, founded and developed programs for students, teachers and campers at Stone Barns. Since 2004, Stone Barns has reached more than 40,000 children with unique, hands-on education programs. Prior to coming to Stone Barns, Judy taught elementary school for 18 years and also coordinated curriculum and staff development at Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES.

Barbara Fox, Education Programs Manager, has been designing and teaching school programs at Stone Barns for three years. She also coordinates volunteers for Stone Barns. Barbara has an MBA in Finance and a Certificate in Horticulture from the New York Botanical Gardens.

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AOL-Patch Mom Council

More wonderful things happening over here y’all!

A couple weeks ago, I received  a call from an editor of the AOL online news source PATCH asking me to head up a local MOM COUNCIL.

After hearing all it entailed. I said YES!

Of course I said Yes, I get to voice my opinion and create a dialogue for parents online.

This is great because I know there are parents like me who crave a community and sometimes just do not have the time to do this in the human form… this is where online communities are gold! Chatting about things that matter online with a group of parents who get where you are coming from and truly understand  and offer advice. It’s great!

I was asked to put together a MOM COUNCIL.

So before posting a “call for mom’s” I decided to reach out to those I know and care very much about. Those Mom’s who really helped me out so very much when I first became a parent who are also amazing mothers themselves with different backgrounds and personalities.

I sent an email out to 10 women and 8 said YES! so there ya go. I have my mom council.

*I had to pick mom’s who lived in my town and nearby… PATCH rules*

Every Wednesday at 1pm, the PATCH posts a MOM TALK discussion LIVE online. and the MOM COUNCIL and others help facilitate these discussions.  If you miss the 1pm chat you can always go back and comment and get responses. It’s a way to engage parents around topics as light-hearted as holiday travel and as difficult as teenage substance issues.

Join me every Wednesday at 1pm or whenever at  CHAPPAQUA- MOUNT KISCO  PATCH

I would love to add more parents to my council so please connect with me if you live in Northern Westchester!

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Wordless Wednesday

Creepy clowns at Rye Playland Ice Casino!


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