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Steelers tried to Ruin my Date Night

So when you achieve certain goals, like marriage, great career, say like having 4 kids; you enter a world very people have lived. There’s no normal. You’re in a perpetual state of a “new” normal.

Fortunately (I think) our daughter’s volleyball tournaments take us all over the country. The boys tend to stay with my in laws, which used to mean the hotel room to ourselves. And you know what that means… Napping. Lots of napping. Except with the baby, since I’m still her food (aka I’m breastfeeding), we can’t “nap” and being by ourselves is just a lot more difficult. This one trip to Richmond, my mom went to and agreed to watch her for a few hours. Soooo, after a quick pumping, we were free to go. IMG_1388

I did not anticipate the Steelers sabotaging my date before it even started.  I mean they didn’t lose, they got destroyed. And being married to one of the biggest Steelers’ fan, meant my night was screwed.

He did try to act like everything was okay. He took me to CineBistro at Stony Point Fashion Park.

It was pretty cool inside. Dark though. Sorta hard to see your menu. IMG_0381I just had to get used to the ambience, obviously not your typical movie theater.  So you can eat while you wait for the movie to start; or once you’re in the theater they’ll be waiters/waitresses ready to take your order and bring you your meal before the movie begins (remember you must arrive 30 minutes before the movie)

While we waited 45 minutes for Jumanji (I love what the Rock is cooking), I decided to have my first drink since well election day (got pregnant that night while on a cruise lol).  There was definitely a lot to chose from.  The Berry Breeze would be my first drink in a year and a half, and it did not disappoint! We ordered some perfectly seasoned wings, which we devoured in minutes lol.

The movie theater wasn’t too big, all seats were great seats basically. The chairs lounged back and were very comfy.

I know when you go to an upscale movie theater, the last thing you order should be popcorn. But I’ve never seen a movie without eating popcorn, and I wasn’t about to start now.  I want to say more about the in theater dining experience, but it was pretty seamless, didn’t take away from the movie experience, which is surprising because everyone in the theater was basically getting their meals at the same time. You would think it would be disruptive but no, it was just well run. IMG_0393(Hubs order a hamburger which he said was fantastic.)

The movie was fun, you really can’t go wrong with the Rock and Kevin Hart, like ever. Afterwards, it seemed like Hubs spirits were uplifted, we played a little chess, laughed even held hands.

But then we turned our phones back on, reality set back in, he became a sad Steelers’ fan and I went back to being a Ravens’ fan secretly laughing inside (Boooo, Steelers !!!)

 

Naomi

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Twas the Night Before Induction – 38 and 4th

Let’s see, tomorrow we will meet the newest addition to our family, my next obsession.  Everyone is excited, nervous, anxious… the last two is just me, lol…

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The 9yr old kisses my belly everyday!!!

So what’s it like to be a mother of 3, with one on the way… Busy Busy Busy… But in an amazing way! Lets recap the last 6 wks!

Last 2 weeks of June: Pre-K Graduation!!!

First, the then 4year old, graduated from pre-K, we were proud of him, but he seemed even more proud of himself! I love his confidence, he did an amazing performance of the  father bear in Goldilocks and sang his little heart out of You are my Sunshine!

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4 yr old turns 5 (three times, lol!)

As an aside, June is big birthday month for the boys… Now, I created a monster with the lil ones, because typically there’s a party at school, one where family/friends go to, and one on the actual day.  Unfortunately for my pockets, it was 3 separate days for the now 5yr old. So, the Friday before the trip to Orlando, he had a party at daycare. The next day, we had a big family Chuck E Cheese party…

Orlando!!!

Party #3 was on his real birth date, and he told me, he can not turn 5 with out cake on the actual day. So, since her games that day didn’t end till 8pm, he couldn’t turn 5 until after that. I googled and made a mad dash to a party store, so he could turn 5, for real, lol.

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He said, “Im 5, Im going to kindergarten tomorrow!”

So Orlando was the last family vacation as 5,  it was also the last club volleyball tournament, but of course, it was a much needed break from work for me. Plus, I wanted to bond with the kids and give them my utmost un-interrupted attention as possible.

Now, it was 90 degrees and as pregnant as I was… Processed with VSCO with a10 preset

… It was rough, but the kids had so much fun. We stayed at our usual spot the Sheraton Vistana Resort, which I highly recommend. There’s so much to do at the resort for adult and kids, and it’ll make up for the fact that you may not be able to afford Disney tickets, like myself.

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We Love Daytona Beach!!!

So, it was raining a decent amount, but one golden morning it was cloudy but 100 degrees and her games didn’t start to 3pm… so why not drive a hr or so to Daytona.  The fine sand is sooo soft and the water is amazing!

Birthday Boy #2!!!

Once we returned after a week of relaxation, fun in the sun, & college volleyball recruiting ending a busy 6mth club volleyball season, it was time for the 8 year old to turn 9!

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He only wanted a party at home (thank goodness!)

Entering July: Birthday Girl… Yay me!!!

Okay “girl” is a stretch, I know. But after my nightshift, I walked into the house to a ice cream and a beautiful birthday serenade.  A few hours later, the kids went camping… leaving hubs and I to our own devices for 3 days!!! Which of course we spent working, lol. But we did go to my favorite spot, Red Lobster…

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Never Disappoints!

and I know there are better seafood places, I’ve just love it here. I always went here for my birthday since I was 10!

We then went to see my favorite superhero of all time do her thing… Wonder Woman in 3D!!! IMG_3429

Kids 1st Camping Trip!!!

So I definitely did not partake in this activity, little too much nature for my delicate situation, but their great-aunt took them to Janes Island State Park.  But they fished and canoed, and ate Smores. Even the teenager had a good time!

Surprise Surprise…

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So, while the kids were day 2 of the camping trip, I waddled myself home from work, and hubs was like throw on some black leggings, we’re going on a trip. Now, of course, Im like where are we going… Trust me he says… I’m not the most flexible, and I’m a huge control freak, but I thought just relax, relinquish control, a bit. I fell asleep in the car and woke up 2 hours later in Philadelphia! And he bought a pirates shirt, which he knows I’m a fashionista, hence the black leggings, he had me wear.  Hubs is a huge Pittsburgh fan and it was so fun to watch Pirates vs Phillies. Such a wonderful surprise!

This past week, the Last week before baby…

So, this post is the last 6 weeks in a nutshell.  Despite working everyday (nightshifts on the weekend) for the last 6 weeks, I tried hard to take care of the bun in the oven, as well as focus on every aspect on the family,

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Yesterday’s Family Movie Night!!!

… before I know the newborn is going to take over my every thought/move. I only get a month off so I want to be able to focus on getting to know the baby, working on breastfeeding, all the while trying to continue my obsession on the other kids, after all this is the teenager’s senior year of high school, 9 year starts 4th grade, and the 5 year goes to Kindergarten!

Well, stay tuned, I’ll let you know how the induction and labor goes, I hear the 4th slides right out lol, we’ll see…

 

Naomi

Braxton Hickup-ing across the country@ 32 wks! – 38 and 4th

I know I’ve been a bit M.I.A. but when you work 70-80 hrs a week in medicine with 3 kids and a husband, everything feels like its going nonstop!  Fortunately I love love love a challenge. So, what’s been going on? Besides getting a Rhogam shot…

I’ve received a few TSA pat downs… I know that the body scanner is not supposed to cause any harm, but I have upcoming flights and I fear overtime the radiation could, but I know its all in my head.

Well, I flew with my teenage to Dallas for Nationals volleyball tournament! IMG_2621

While we were there, we went over to Fort Worth to check out the Stockyards…IMG_2378IMG_2436

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I took my mother to the Depository from where JFK was shot. Took this time to educate my teenager on his horrible assassination.  Although young, you could see how affected she was especially when hearing grandma recap her feelings, she remember exactly where she was, and overall sadness across the country.

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Let’s see… Mother’s day was perfect, went to a family cookout, had a perfect day with my 3.5 little perfect people…

Memorial Day weekend, was a rare moment when Hubs (aka Brent) was off work and could travel, I definitely didn’t throw a pregnancy hormonal fit until he figured out how to make this happen, lol…

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My daughter was invited to an academic volleyball camp across the country, where the top academic universities and colleges sent their coaches to evaluate the girls in a showcase.  Of course, I’m thinking, I’m almost 32 weeks pregnant, I should sit down somewhere. And I decided to sit on a flight across the country to Santa Clara, California! Never miss an opportunity… if you can help it 🙂

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Started feeling some Braxton-Hicks for the first time just before this trip… been noticing it occurs when I work non-stop which I did 14 days straight, before relaxing in Cali… They don’t hurt, it just gets tight. Forces me to relax, I try lay back, drink some water, and they usually go away in like 5 minutes.

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Believe or not, I still have been doing the best I can to eat well, take my prenatal vitamins… For now, I’m trying to do the best I can to do all I can to take care of the kids, because I know when the lil one comes, that’s where all my focus has to be, after all I only have a month off I for maternity leave.  My kids are used to having all of me… nervous but I’m sure everything will be okay. Stay tuned…

 

Naomi

 

 

Rekindling our love, Fogo-style… Our 5th Wedding Anniversary!!!

So it’s hard to celebrate when work schedules do not permit. On our 5th wedding anniversary (Shout out to us!), I was working 12 hr nightshifts and hubs was working during the day.  Since this is pretty normal us, usually happens once a month, we vowed to try to go out together soon.  We exchanged gifts when I got home from work Saturday morning before he went to work.  The theme was wood, as usual Brent, made my gift look just dumb. He got me a carved cutting board, and we’re just not even going to discuss my weak gift, lol.  IMG_2015

Hubs seemed pretty satisfied with yet again destroying me the gift department, and I felt bad vowing to do better next year.

*Just to give you an idea of how stellar he is; 6 yrs ago on Christmas morning, he proposed to me with build-a-bears, dressed with a wedding gown and tux; and I gave him UGG mocassins 😦 *

Apparently our lackadasical attitude was unacceptable to my mother-in-law, and rightfully so.  We’ve been bogged down with life stuff,  kid’s tuitions, baby on the way, new house search… Still as she said so eloquently to me,” that’s no excuse.” So she bought us a Fogo de Chao (brazilian steakhouse) gift card, which also so happens to be our 1st anniversary spot.

2 weeks later, despite the fact the opposite work schedules again, we went on a hot date to Fogo.  To maximize my experience of salad perfection, and fine meat galore, I only ate cream of wheat that morning, oh my stomach was going to be sufficiently empty to take it alllllll in!

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If you haven’t been, and even if you’re a vegetarian, I highly recommend Fogo de Chao.

It is an upscale experience, and somehow made fine dining and buffet synonymous.  In Baltimore, ours is located in the Inner Harbor downtown, right near the water.

How it works: Once you get seated, you’re served drinks of your choosing, then you can immediately start at the beautiful salad bar.

Everything looks so fresh and crisp, you almost dont want to touch it and ruin the display.

Then once seated again, you get a circular card, green on one side and red on the other.  IMG_2214If green side up, the “gaucho” will continue to bring various meat dishes  around, slice the amount you request, and move along. Red side up, means you need a break or you are incredibly full.

My favorite is the bacon-wrapped anything lol.

Delectable pork, lamb, chicken dishes menu here.  Steak options include: Beef Ancho (ribeye), Filet Mignon, Picanha (prime sirloin) and more!

Of course, made room for dessert!

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They were so thoughtful!

So, sufficiently full, we made a pact to do better, make time for each other. Then we rushed home because the teenager was watching her little brothers and had to study for a big test in the morn.

Naomi

Maybe not so Wicked, just Misunderstood – NYC Chronicles Finale

Sooo, the Couture Fashion Week show lasted about 45 minutes, which gave us ampleimg_1748 time, to run upstairs to our hotel room and change for… Broadway!!!

 

Which so happened to be a lovely 2 block walk from our hotel. Yeah I’m pretty awesome when it comes to planning. I admit I wanted to see Chicago, but my daughter runs the show and wanted to see Wicked. img_1749

So, naturally that’s what we saw. It was weird the last and only time we went to Broadway was when she was 8 and we saw the Little Mermaid!

Well, the famous Gershwin Theatre lived up to its name. img_1750

It was so awesome to be there. Little background to the show was the events that lead up to why the Wicked Witch of the East was the way she was in the Wizard of Oz.

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The 10pm show was hilariously entertaining, the actresses/actors were beyond talented and their voices were powerful and melodious.

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Obviously we’re not allowed to take pictures during the show, but the entire production, and costumes were perfection.

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Great seats! Orchestra Row Q Seat 34

Well, this the last post of our NYC Chronicles and although it was merely a night and a day, my daughter and I had a lot of fun.

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It was great having this bonding time before I have my 4th child later this summer, and she goes off to college in a year 😦

 

Naomi

Excuse me, Are you a model? – Our NYC Chronicles Pt.3

…Is what the photographer asked my daughter. But he wasn’t the only one that day. Now during New York Fashion Week, there are many beautiful 6 foot tall women walking around so it’s safe to assume that.  It was interesting to see my daughter’s reaction, typically very shy, introverted girl, apparently became someone else.  We were at the Couture Fashion Week 8pm show at the Crowne Plaza Times Square.  By the way, the one perk to staying at this hotel is your outfit for the night did not have to be weather-dependent.

Now we had general admission seats, but after the hostess saw my daughter, she asked if we mind being in the VIP front row section.

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Then while we were sitting in our fabulous new seats, a photographer pulled her up onto the runway to snap a few pics, and ask her a few questions, and she was more than willing to have this spontaneous interview! I mean I stand corrected, I thought my fabulous pink pleated maxi skirt would steal the show, not my daughter, lol…

I just sat back in amazement, I vaguely could overhear them talking about how she plays club volleyball and stuff. Then she sat down as if nothing happened, but grinning ear to ear. It was kinda cool, I know she’s beautiful but it was nice she got a little unsolicited attention, because as you know high school girls can be mean!

So, since I was not media, I wasn’t as psycho about taking pictures but my daughter on the other was just snapchatting away! Here are a few looks:

Meggie Hadiyanto Couture – Top Indonesian Designer

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Next Designer Diana Mahrach – Luxury Couture

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I mean these collections were fantastic, the designers are sooo talented! I know where to go once I have the baby in August and get my body back in order, lol.

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I mean I squeezed into that pink pleated skirt , that I purchased 3 months ago for this one night!

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Well, this concluded the New York Fashion Week part of our girls’ weekend… but the night was still young, as you’ll see the final post, soon to come!

 

Naomi

A little Art, A little Fashion – Our NYC Chronicles Pt.1

Sooo, its that time of the year again, and I brought a new person along with me, my daughter!!! She’s 17 and its time to introduce to the awesomeness of NYC and Fashion Week.

It’s hard to gauge a teenager, cause they hate you one moment and love you the next, but she seemed super excited!!! Since she was there I felt that I shouldn’t cover any events as media, because you’re so busy interviewing, checking out behind the scenes, and taking pics of the models/collections; that it can be slightly difficult to relax because you want to cover every aspect, as opposed to taking it all in as a whole. Plus, anyone who has a teenage girl, knows they demand all of your attention!

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Immediately after school, we went straight to the Megabus up to NYC. I’ve learned that you can judge how much fun your kid is having by the amount of snapchatting they do, and trust me we’re going over our data plan this month!

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We arrived around 745pm, and I knew it’d be a great sign because we caught our first cab with ease!

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We checked into the fabulous and perfectly located Crowne Plaza Times Square. img_1454

I decided to play it safe and go to the 9pm show of Art Loves Fashion which supports AIDs research.

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Angel Orensanz Center, Lower Manhatta

…despite our VIP status, all of the seats were filled and we hung out in standing room only However, we’re all about the fashion not how our feet feel in heels, lol.

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Checking out the Art while we wait…

By the way, the 3 designers were so talented!

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My Notes: Loved the blue/black theme; scalloped skirt & silky black/white with sequins stole the show!

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My Notes: Perfect soft pastels; loved the geometric bold patterns; I’m addicted to pleated clothes so I loved the silk/pleated mixed items

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My Notes: Very well tailored pants with great bombers; found a new love for paisley; loved the hair/makeup!

So I was nervous that my daughter didn’t enjoy it since we had to stand the whole time, but she loved it!!! We then had to stand in the dirty show with a lovely chill in the air trying to hail a cab. Fortunately a nice photographer from the show shared a cab with us.

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Back at the hotel, we crashed for it was such a long day then of course spent our entire food budget on room service lol! img_1495

Stay tuned for further posts of our New York City Chronicles!!!

 

Naomi

 

 

Rise stars Rise! – Fashion Group International DC Dec 2016

Although I’m not a Fashion Group International member, more like a hangers-on,
I leaped at the opportunity when there was an opportunity for non-members to attend the img_0614Rising Star award ceremony in DC!

So in normal Naomi fashion, I rushed from work, was halted in DC traffic for an hr, searched for parking for 20 min, and did a non-fluid wardrobe change into a one-piece pant suit of all things!

So it was a chilly, 3 block walk to the event at the img_0607
upscale venue of Kimpton Mason & Rock. Immediately greeted with champagne, as I perused the lobby, hoping my outfit was appropriate, and it was (phew!)

I had a fan girl moment when I met a prominent DC fashion blogger, Style MBA!

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Although out of the FGI loop, I felt welcomed there, everyone was quite friendly. There was a lot of fun energy in the room.  img_0671

Of course the only seat left was near the front, so I nervously took it. Apparently I was at table of DC fashion superstars,  Linda Lizzio (FGI District director), Martha Slagle (General Manager of Neiman Marcus, Chevy Chase), just to name a few… I sat next to a talented makeup artist and Beauty Nominee, Aleah Dorsey of Lipp Beautifully and her husband.  Which is funny because I never wear lipstick because I feel like my lips are kinda big and I look like a clown. Well, even though it was her night to shine, she was nice enough to take the time to describe her hand-made lipsticks, how there’s a color for everyone, made me feel unashamed of one of my most dominant features. It was pretty cool.


Then there was the food! 

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Now for the moment we all were waiting for… the Awards Presentation!

The categories were womenwear, menswear, accessories, jewelry, photography, interior, new media , beauty and styling.

Rising Star Awards 2016

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Womenswear
Nicole Alfieri, Pico Vela 

Menswear
Kevin Hallums & Davin Gentry – Premium Co.

Accessories
Drew Graham, SwitchWood

Jewelry
Sarah Bayot – Kicheko Gooods

Photography
Kate Warren, GoKateShoot

Interiors
Kerra Michele Huerta, Apartment Envy

New Media
Monling Lee, Color Index

Beauty: Professional
Jeff Enriquez, Makeup Machine

Beauty: Products
Kitiya King, Mischo Beauty

Styling
Stara Pezeshkian, StaraGlam

This was such a great experience! It was awesome being amongst so much local greatness.  I want to congratulate everyone, FGI-DC, the nominees and winners, it’s wonderful for your work to be recognized by esteemed colleagues. And it’s award ceremonies such as these that fuel the competitive spirit within to continue to stay driven, work hard and push fashion forward.

 

Naomi                                                                                     img_0667 

All Aboard! – Cruisin’ on the Carnival Conquest Pt. 1

So wayyy back in March, my hubs Brent, was told by his family that they were going on a 5 day cruise in November. In typical Brent fashion, when he tried to buy tickets in late September, the cruise was sold out!  So we were waitlisted… I didn’t fuss as I normally would, even though I planned childcare (for all 3!), and to be off work. I attacked him with silence, lol.  Jk he was more stressed about how his family was going to handle the disappointment.

So, 2 weeks before the cruise, hubs called feverishly Carnival and as usual when it comes to Brent, everything works out! Not only were we off the wait list but we had room options, and with family ties restored, all was right with the world. I never doubted him, lol.

So I quickly hopped online and bought some bathing suits from Forever 21 and dresses from MISSGUIDED !!! I gotta look cute, even though I did not get my hair braided soooo, my after swimming pics are gonna look cray!

Even though we didn’t know if we would be going on a cruise, hubs already purchased flights to Florida because Spirit had a sale wayyy back in early September.  Yes, flights before cruise tickets… what you gonna do.

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So, we caught an early flight from Baltimore to Ft Lauderdale, then fortunately Carnival has a shuttle that takes you directly to the port! img_0193

They take your luggage and later that day bring it directly to your cabin.

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First step, when you’re cruising is to go through security, sort of like the airport. Now we do not have passports (its on our to-do list) but a US birth certificate and driver’s license is sufficient.

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Then its the long line, which moved pretty fast, to the second part of checking in, which includes taking a picture, getting a carnival cruise card, that you will need to purchase food/drinks, get on and off the ship during excursions.

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There’s options like Early dining or late dining. We chose Anytime dining, mostly because we weren’t sure when the family planned to eat.

Then it’s a waiting game to board the ship. Obviously thousands can not go board all at once, lol. We were in the 6th wave. Once you board, there are plenty of photo opportunities. I advise you to take all of the photo-ops. It just gives you more options to chose from when you debark. You only pay for the ones pick. Trust me on this one!

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Awesome view from the 9th floor!

Instead of going to our cabin, we went straight to the sports bar, to watch the Ravens play the Steelers!

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The Sky Box!
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Met a lot of great people!

This was vital. Hubs is from Pittsburgh and I’m from Baltimore so the outcome could potentially determine how the rest of the cruise goes, lol.

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Yesssss, Ravens won!

Then I went to the cabin to take a nap, I pulled an all nighter getting the kids ready and packed for the week and off to grandma’s, packing for me, and cleaning the house.

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The cabin was beautiful, and quite roomy for the two of us with Brent beign 6’2″ and I’m 5′ 9.75″!

While I was napping, hubs met with his family. Then we had to go to the mandatory “In case of emergency” briefing, in which everyone participates.

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Then we migrated to the deck, to say so long to florida…

… and it was a big party, people doing the electric slide, drinks flowing, even though it was a bit of a chill, people were at poolside…

Shortly after 5pm, the ship began to sail, we went to the room to unpack, then realized we were starving! So since we are Anytime diners, we didn’t have to wait, but our dining restaurants options were limited. img_0235

If you want to call eating at the Renoir Restaurant, limited!

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As many appetizers as you want off the menu!
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Fine dining!
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Yummy dessert!

Bellies full, now it was time to let the sea rock us to sleep…

We were ready to start our journey to the Caribbean! img_0236

First stop, Half Moon Cay Bahamas… Or was it?!?  Stay tuned for the next post!

Naomi

Calling all Fashionistas! – FashionistaCon Nov 2016

So, a few months ago as I was perusing Eventbrite, trying to see whats the haps on the fashion scene in NYC, and I saw FashionistaCon. I thought that sounds awesome, but I felt the epic nature of the event would be lost on hubs once he saw the cost.  But over the next 6 weeks Fashionista.com kept feeding tempting info like the costume designer of the Sex and the City will be there. Omg, What!!!

So I made sure I was off that day, it would be a quick up and back on a school day so kids wouldn’t even notice I was gone.  Fast forward to a week before, I came across a little discount code, and just bought it!

So, hubs surprisingly was okay with the purchase. I bought a megabus ticket at 4am and caught the 7am up to Manhattan!

Now Fashionista.com has been my go to source for fashion news, even after I’ve read Business of Fashion and WWD, they have a particular take on events that speaks to me.

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Always a quick selfie… Make sure you look as good as you think you do

For some reason, I was nervous, I mean its different to say your a fashionista and actually be around real ones.  As a fashion writer/blogger, I’m in my comfort zone being behind the scenes, you know sometimes scooping up an emerging designer’s first interview.  But I thought to perfect your craft you got to be where the leaders are, understand the history, and figure out how to make it your own.img_0088

Once I arrived in NYC, I paid too much for a cab to only take me 2 blocks in traffic, but I made it! So once a put my coat in coatcheck, and perused (aka Snapchatted) the room…

Then, a very kind blogger told me that I did not completely zip up my dress in the back… Unlike when Carrie said in SATC to her publishers about her book cover, “No matter how fast paced the city, I always manage to get my clothes on…” True words to live buy, I guess its the hazards of dressing in the dark and rushing from Baltimore to NYC on a whim, lol.

Anywho, now that I was dressed, confidence renewed, I was ready to soak up the fashion knowledge… I missed the 1st megabus, therefore missing the first speaker & panel (darnit!) but there was so much more on the agenda!!! Oh by the way, and I tried to include lil bits from the Q&A, hope you enjoy!

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Interview with Cathy Horyn…

She definitely embodied, what I’m trying to be. She wore a fantastic black top and pants, black heels, just real hard-edged chic. I remember listening to Laura Sherman on American Fashion Podcast who described Cathy Horyn as authoritative, and I agree, she’s also quite provocative.

Q & A:

Why did you want to work in fashion? Love how fashion has a PLOT; didn’t care about the clothes but the PEOPLE.

How did your writing evolve? Worked at Washington Post in the 90s, where she was encouraged to have a strong voice, opinion, and to well “Just let it rip!” Continued to become selective with her writing , yet continue to keep herself entertained

What’s your view on the role of social media? Changed greatly because of Instagram; twitter is contagious and her favorite because its a challenge to compress your thoughts

What’s the future of the fashion critic? Named some of her favorites: Kennedy Fraser (tend to write fashion’s effect on society), Eugenia Sheppard (personalized fashion), John Fairchild  (editor of WWD and founder of W mag). She stated the biggest challenge is saturation, with so many sites to look at, its hard to sustain your voice.

How do you know when your ready to move on? Chose the people first not the title because you’ll be more in sync with them; once you get the experience, move on.

Interview with Patricia Field…

Omg the one the only… Patricia Fields! So animated, engaging and was rocking that cashmere sweatsuit!  I thought this is the lady who basically told us what to wear in the early 2000s, and the reason that every girl attending the Sex and the City movie, wore a big flower on their top (well, except for me, I missed the memo)

Q&A

Were you always interested in fashion? her love grew subconsciously

How did you get into retail? Comes from an enterpenerial family, “She knew business, she knew fashion but had to learn the fashion business.” ; its importantto  grow with what you feel confident and strong in..

“Don’t follow the money, if you’re happy, it will come.”

How did you go from retail to SATC? Referred by a friend, and said she loved working on SATC because she got to elevate the reality, get on her tippy toes and fly off to Mars!

What influenced you? Early Hollywood… So with her work you will see an infusion of glamour/beauty/optimism mixed with quirkiness

“Nothing like making people happy, there’s a lot return”

Her visual explanation to fashion today..I love her!

Interview with Christian Siriano…

Next up, Christian Siriano! Now this Maryland native, went to Baltimore School for the Arts, probably around the same time, I was attending there after school wishing my mom would stop sending me for ballet lessons!

Anywho, he has dressed Michelle Obama, Scarlett Johansson, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Kerry Washington, Victoria Beckham… and so many other stars. But I love how he also does seasonal collections for Payless, and Lane Bryant, just so versatile, with a true understanding of all women!

“It’s a challenge to make clothes fit everyone…but couldn’t imagine alienating one group.”

Q&A

How important is internship? Good because not all fashion is fabulous, take the opportunity as an intern to ask many questions. Have to be obsessed as with fashion because as a designer there are a lot of hard days.

He states he was always a creative type but interested in money, lol. When it comes to advice, not everyone will give you the best advice because it’s based off what has happened before.

How did you grow deliberately and keep control? He stressed the importance of team, who wants success as much as you do, i.e. is former intern is now his sales director. He tries not to micro manage everyone, which shows his trust in his team.

Hardest part of navigating the red carpet? He stated that at one point in time he had 9 amazing women in custom pieces 1 week after fashion week; but stated its a good problem to have. He tries not to be too calculating and allows everything to be organic.

What’s it like being a champion of body positivity? He is trying to make it no longer a conversation. (love this!)

Panel: What does it Mean to be an Influencer Today?

Hubs and I don’t rely heavily on monetizing techniques to maintain our blog, fortunately our careers allows this to be a fun passion for us. Plus, we are so not models, lol.

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Speakers: Danielle Bernstein, Reesa Lake, Krista Neuhaus, Jennifer Powell

 

But I did learn how partnerships work with brands. Authenticity is critical! With a huge stress on aligning talent (blogger) with the brand. The brand should be inspired by the talent and vice versa. Brands prefer long term relationships, the days of one post on social media is a thing of the past. This panel is really chockful of everything you need to know, aim for and perfect as a fashion blogger. Definitely check out the links above, for more information on brand partnerships, Next model management, Kate Spade, and one of the most well know bloggers, Danielle Bernstein of WeWoreWhat!

Interview with Linda Rodin…

The last speaker was Linda Rodin, a supermodel in the 60s, stylist and now skincare guru! So, she accidentally fell into beauty after 30 yrs as a stylist. She developed a blend of essential oils for your skin, basically as a chemistry project in her bathroom. I love her authenticity, she wouldn’t make products that she wouldn’t use.  She also stressed the importance of a good team.

“Not easy getting old, but I’m not trying to hide it”

She’s become great by persevering! Simple as that.

 

I just wanted to mention… I loved seeing the people who write to us daily… The actual editors of Fashionista.Com, they all did such a great job!!! One of the statements consistently across the board of these megafashion panelists was, what we know these people for, doesn’t define them. They are so much more. It seems that they spent their lives driven by dreams, fueled by their fashion desire; preparing for the unknown, priming them to flourish in opportunities … Now they are relishing and so deserving of their achievements! Overall such an inspiring event!

P.S. So the day after this conference, I went on a week long Caribbean cruise with hubs, so I’m just getting to check out my  awesome swag bag and finish this post, lol! img_0120

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So Awesome!!!

 

Naomi