easter in nyc

blogger bash

I firmly believe in women supporting other women and had this vision of gathering mommy bloggers who cover fashion in NYC together for an inspiring networking session.  The vision came to life last week when these beautiful women came dressed in black and white to match the event’s theme.

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Upon arrival, guests delved deep into meaningful conversations with the icebreaking opening question, ‘what is your blog’s greatest highlight and challenge these days.”  We mixed and mingled and got to one another’s businesses.  I find that asking the right questions sparks the most interesting conversations.

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All the food and decor was black and white which was easy for me because this is a favored theme of mine and I happen to own a ton of it already.  So I simply used old damask curtains as linens, lined my party platters with damask papers, bought black and white beverages and placed all the salads and light bites into black/white containers that I already owned.

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Here’s a closer look at the f&b table.  The custom cake pops and #fab_mom cookies are by Angela from Sweet Fix, a NY based, fellow mompreneur. You’ll see that the sushi, black and white desserts and drinks continued the black and white theme.

Plus we had VROU, our water sponsor offering tastings of all their enriched water flavors.

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vrou waterI couldn’t have set this all up without the help of my friend and special speaker of the night, Hope McGrath who came in a couple hours early to help setup and greet guests.

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The two of us have started working side by side, once a week on similar business strategies and in doing so have worked out an in-trade partnership where we trade hours working and helping one another on each other’s special events.  It is this sort of creative collaboration that I’m hoping would inspire others to do the same at this event and beyond.

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Hope, who is now a transformational life coach, (doesn’t her name sound like she was born to do this??)  led a helpful exercise which required everyone to reconsider and practice their elevator pitch.

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The goody bags had further information on how to follow-up and further refine that pitch.

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Throughout the event, new connections and friends were made, requests on how we could support each other were verbalized, and we all left feeling a little more rejuvenated and motivated.

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And thanks to Tricia from Roden + Fields we received some pampering and oohed and ahhed at all the amazing before/after photos of people who have used her products.

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At the end of the event, Hope randomly pulled 5 winning names for the raffles.  A special thanks goes out to the following raffle sponsors:  Cosabella, Roden + Fields, Soul Cycle, and Kidville Fidi.

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Special thanks to goody bag sponsors:

And thanks to all my #fab_mom friends!  Remember to tag #fab_mom on your mommy and me pics on Instagram, follow @fab_kids and @fabgabblog and enter for your chance at a feature!

http://bronxmama.com/
http://thebigapplemama.com
ilovemykidsblog.net
http://mystrangefamily.wordpress.com
http://randizinn.com
http://www.mama411.com
http://www.gothamlove.com

http://inarukundo.com

Congrats to Delilah who won the deluxe NYFW goody bag for being our very first guest to arrive!

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And special thanks goes out to the event photographer for the night, Regi Brown!

Go check him out for his photography and videography services!

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Easter (2010) in NYC was unseasonably warm and beautiful.  Case in point, last Easter in NY, I wore a winter coat and gloves to see the Easter parade.  This year, I got to wear this springy outfit below.

strapless dress – Shoshanna (bought at sample sale),  ruffled cream cardigan – Express (bought on sale),  suede baby pink stilettos – Sebastian (bought at Barney’s sample sale),  skull tote – Storets.com

One of my favorite Easter traditions in NY is to see the Easter bunny ice skate at Rockefeller Center and then to see the mad-hatters parade down 5th Ave.  This year did not disappoint.  Here’s all the colorful eye candy for those of you missed the fashions on 5th!

The man on the left actually owns his own millinery called Vanity Society (based in NYC)!

Dont’ these lovely ladies (I’m including the dog here) look elegant?

for more on vintage inspirations see my earlier entry 1 and 2

These women must have some serious superpowers being able to get their men to dress up with them

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the 3 ladies on the left creatively made hats out of body exfoliators!

two very different takes on the top hat

The lady on the left is a Bergdorf Goodman saleswoman who is famous for winning the Easter hat contest

photo from gossone.com

If you had to award a winner this year, who would you choose?  And is anyone else inspired to get a little more creative next Easter? 

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