When dressing my girls, I tend to search for clothing similar to my own. I have daughters, so naturally we like to dress up and look pretty, particularly for special occasions and holidays. The best one-stop-shop for all children’s ready-to-wear is Posh boutique in Brooklyn, just over the Bridge. I go there before a vacation, and select an entire wardrobe for both of my girls, that I know we will all love. They carry all of the most unique designers from around the world, particularly European collections you cannot find any place else. Posh also provides personal shopping and will send out pieces on consignment if you are too busy to visit the store.Read More
I always like to be well-informed on the residential real estate market in NYC, as my husband works in the industry. This project called Waterline Square came to my attention, as 3 very impressive architects took on the project as a team, and worked on a set of 3 large towers that complemented one another, with a 3 acre shared park in the center. Overlooking the Hudson River, this property was a neighborhood in and of itself. Cipriani took the largest commercial space in the complex, creating their most unique restaurant, lounge and Italian market, with outdoor seating in the park. Not only did GID create an outdoor sanctuary, beneath the park lies a regulation size tennis court and basketball court, with a full spa, play center, art rooms, gym, and recreation area. I was floored by the land they’d acquired and the way they created this hotel-like experience, with luxury amenities that trump many other buildings in the city. It’s also conveniently located next to the new Collegiate School and Heschel School, so you really do not have to leave the 5 acre radius!
To learn more about this development, visit their Website.
Sunday funday was spent at the beach pit of the Surf Lodge in Montauk, where I hosted friends and family for a day of children’s activations and delicious mini bites. Monica & Andy put together a great roster of activities including DJ lessons, making customized hand painted jackets, building sand castles, and face painting. The kids snacked on mini lobster rolls, chicken fingers, crudités, mini grilled cheese, and fresh little spoon smoothies packed with healthy ingredients. Monica & Andy had a booth filled with the cutest printed onesies, dresses and pajama sets, my favorite being the banana leaf print! Everyone enjoyed mingling and the kids had a fun-filled day, which is really what Sundays are all about! A win win!Read More
Having been in education the majority of my life, and teaching children with learning disabilities, I know the importance of various therapists to help young children find success. Many children I worked with struggled with speech in some form, and finding a great speech pathologist that goes above and beyond to connect with each child is a priority in fixing the issue. Luckily, Andie Schneider opened up her own speech pathology practice in New York called New York Speaks, and she has expanded her services to the Hamptons this summer. She works with both children and adults, and does home visits to make the session convenient for parents on the east end.Read More
Another amazing addition to Sag Harbor town is ONDA Beauty, founded by three very health-conscious women aiming to change the beauty game. Larissa, Naomi and Sarah have joined forces to create a space for women to visit that is both relaxing and zen. The goal being to eliminate all of the toxins we put on our bodies daily, and find the best, clean, all natural products to replace them with. They sell everything from natural makeup to lotions, bath products, cleansers, and herbal remedies. They have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to their products, and help find the perfect regimen for each individual customer. ONDA Beauty has the most incredible aestheticians working in their treatment rooms, doing custom facials everyday, and the backyard serves as a relaxation space designed by Urban Zen. My favorite of their products is the Lord Jones CBD lotion to soothe muscle aches and pains. Not only do I love the scent, but it actually has worked to heal my Achilles after a recent injury, so I am thankful they turned me on to this product.Read More
A new store has hit the town of Sag Harbor, with its magical old-world aesthetic, and vintage finds. Love Shack Fancy, a women’s wear brand founded by one of my best friends, Rebecca Hessel Cohen, has opened up shop, and everyone has taken notice. She has brought her signature floral, shabby chic style to the beach, and mixed it with an eclectic assortment of accessories, including handmade dolls, beach totes, pillows, throws, and vintage clothing. Rebecca, a former stylist, knows how to put a look together better than anyone I know, and her store is the ultimate proof of that talent. I’ve watched her build this brand from scratch, and seeing her dream come to fruition with the opening of this beautiful shop has made me so proud. If you haven’t already been, it is a must-see while in the Hamptons. Her dresses reflect the laid back, boho vibes of Sag Harbor, so this shack is truly in it’s element.
WEBSITE: http://loveshackfancy.com ADDRESS: 17 Main Street in Sag Harbor, New York.Read More
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While spending much of my time this winter in Miami, I took up running on the beach. Running is a lot harder on my legs, knees and feet, so my body had a hard time adjusting and therefore I was more prone to injury. Luckily, I was introduced to Troy Training, who does house visits, and has a very special technique for stretching the muscles and circulating the energy flow of the body. Troy saved me from many aches and pains, and we are so fortunate to now have him in the Hamptons all summer! Being an avid Tracy Anderson Method client, my body tends to feel very tight. Stretching is not really incorporated in our workout and therefore, Troy plays a large role in keeping my body aligned and pain-free. He uses a machine called the Raptor, which really gets deep into your muscles, and loosens up the joints to relieve stress and tension. He is a true healer for any of us who workout regularly, particularly with regards to high-impact exercise.Read More
Every time summer rolls around, parents can’t help but stress about ticks. There are many tick-related diseases, but I think the scariest of them all is Lyme. I check my girls head to toe everyday, spray them with bug spray, and coach them to stay away from tall grass. However, on the east end, with all of the deer, it’s become a real threat. I was thrilled to find out about a dear friend’s new business venture, The Tickkit! Amanda Godfrey, Mama of 2 boys, was petrified each summer and decided to help all parents by providing a kit with all of the tools and instructions needed for proper tick removal. She even includes the envelope, addressed and stamped, to send into the lab, so that you get everything solved as quickly as possible. When it comes to our children, it’s time sensitive, so definitely have your home stocked with these kits all summer long.Read More
Dr. Mary Stevenson: Phone: 212-263-7019
I think it goes without saying, that I love the sun! I always vacation in warm places, summer is my happiest season, and my body constantly craves vitamin D. That being said, each year I hear of more and more friends having skin damage, and biopsies for cancerous skin cells. Most recently, some people in my family have had to get Mohs surgery. Some of you may be familiar with Mohs, but if not, you need to get educated. We went straight to the expert, Dr. Mary Stevenson to discuss the rising rates of skin cancer, and the importance of being proactive and getting regular skin checks. She was able to take me into NYU hospital and show me slides of skin cancer under the microscope, to see what it actually looks like and how they identify the cells. It is crucial to have a precise, steady hand when performing this surgery, as many cases can be found on the face, and we all need to know the best doctors to visit. Luckily, Dr. Stevenson has had plenty of experience, was trained by the best, and does a great job of hand-holding through the process.Read More
Who doesn’t love a great family photograph for Mother’s Day!? I always love receiving photos as gifts, as I often get lazy when it comes to printing my own. Documenting life is so incredibly important. Photos are a big part of our legacy, the images that are passed down through generations, making beautiful memories come to life! We found a very special, artful photographer, Claudine Williams, and she has quite an eye. Her vision for family portraits is specific, and catered to the individual family. Claudine works quickly, which is a must when dealing with children and husbands, and she knows to have snacks on stand by! Her images are so soft and ethereal, and she truly captures the various personalities in the photograph. Take a look at our Mother’s Day photos and book a shoot for your family while she still has availability.Read More
When I first had kids, for a long time, I was terrified of taking them anywhere. I stuck to my neighborhood like glue and just took my babies out anywhere that was within walking distance. We all know I can walk for miles, so that was not really an issue. However, the grandparents on the Upper East Side were never seeing us!
Nowadays, we are so lucky to have car services like Lyft, who give the option to select a car that comes with a car seat installed and arrives right to your doorstep! The past few years, I’ve used various apps to try out different options, and Lyft was always the most reliable, and above all, had the most responsible drivers. It’s really important to feel safe in the car with your kids, and it’s also very convenient to have a car seat properly installed to ensure that safety. Thank you for the consistently great ride, Lyft! Use code MAMAANDTATA for $5 off your next Lyft car seat ride!
SHAPE HOUSE: ph. 855-567-2346, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I certainly sweat enough at the Tracy Anderson Studio every morning, but a little extra can’t hurt! Everyone has told me about the positive effects of infrared saunas and sweating in general. When we sweat we are allowing toxins to leave our body, creating space for a healthy mind, and improved immunity. The infrared technology used at the Shape House allows you to sweat it out in an hour while laying comfortably, watching your favorite movie in the privacy of your own room. I was nervous at first that I might feel claustrophobic, but it was actually very zen, much like a spa experience. When I walked out of the room my face was glowing, and to my surprise I felt energized. Other benefits of these treatments are weight loss, decreased muscle soreness and deeper sleep! I’ll definitely be adding these visits to my weekly regimen.
BKLYN KIDS MKT: Free Arts NYC + City Point’s Earth Day
Right across the bridge, with a low-key, earthy vibe, Brooklyn is expanding and evolving with the times. What better way to celebrate Earth Day, than with a fun-filled day of activities and shopping with the entire family? I co-hosted City Point’s #BKLYNKIDSMKT over the weekend and fell in love with this indoor complex of cute shops and amazing food stands (plus, a Target and Trader Joe’s!).
In addition to the kids market, Free Arts NYC teamed up with animator Mike Perry and Korean Corner USA to create the largest 100% recyclable maze in the U.S. where kids could run and play for hours. There was also a face painting stand, large drawing wall, and fun planting projects. When it came to shopping, we found booths with the sweetest children’s clothing from Oeuf, Yoya, Petit Pilou, Love Me Baby, Sammy and Nat, and Sat Nam Bebe. There were also stands of unicorn toys and accessories from Brooklyn Owl, and the greatest new organic baby food company, Little Spoon. I loved the all natural beauty brand products made at Boheme Luxe beauty, particularly their face and body glow! This was a fun-filled day you would not want to miss!Read More
LITTLE HOUSE CALLS: Email: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org, Ph. (347) 480-8704, Website: www.littlehousecalls.com
As parents, we go through so many first times, so many new experiences, and there’s no rule book for what can arise in this journey. We are all unique in our family dynamic, with no two families the same. Therefore, what’s good for one, may not work for another, and we are in for a long haul of trial and error. We can all be grateful for Little House Calls, founded by two brilliant psychologists Dr. Alison Locker and Dr. Rebecca Hershberg, who provide expert help along the way. These women take a very hands-on approach to tackling all of the various parental struggles, and as parents, they also have the personal experience to back up their methods. Whatever the issue may be, these women go into the home and/or school for observations so that they can manage the behaviors as they are occurring in real-time. They typically can solve the problems in short term sessions, allowing parents to re-work the way they view the situation, and therefore re-work their reactions. Rebecca and Alison believe in love and limits, which I found particularly intriguing. They think in this era, with all of the hyper parenting, we are constantly going and doing, instead of sitting back and being present. They told me it’s been scientifically proven that if each parent spent five minutes of quality time with their children everyday of the week, it is far more meaningful and effective than planning these major events to attend together over the weekend. So, stop exhausting yourselves with all of the run around, and stay put. Consistency and quality over quantity!Read More
When it comes to cosmetic dermatology I have a hard time trusting many! There are so many people out there that can seriously damage your skin to the point of no return, and we have to be extra safe when it comes to the face. Lauren Abramowitz, founder of Park Avenue Skin Solutions loves her job, and pays close attention to detail. She is incredibly knowledgeable about all of the most innovative procedures in her field, and she is also a pleasure to be around. I would go to her for anything from PRP and Botox, to laser treatments and vitamin infusions. She is quick with her hands, and precise with her needles, not to mention conveniently located in TriBeCa. Many of you have asked me about fillers, which I do not use, however if I were going to give it a whirl, Lauren would be my girl!Read More
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Intuitive, tenacious, curious
What was your inspiration behind Laduree?
Laduree was created more than 150 years ago, so when my family bought it we had the story and the dna — it was a sleeping beauty we kissed and helped grew. My oldest brother (chairman) does an amazing job with the brand since 25 years now, and my husband and myself, we develop the US market with the same DNA and I have to say that we add a small local touch and a bit of modernity
How do you balance your career and family life?
I don’t balance, it’s only one thing for me, working with my father, brothers and husband, how could I balance ? even my kids are involved
How do you involve your children in your work?
They love to come to visit the chef in the lab, I ask them what they think about the new products, or even sometimes we brainstorm about ideas and naturally they ask me to relate my day. I bring them to France in February, first thing my son ask me “can we go to visit Daddy (my father), I want him to teach me how to bake bread”
What are your favorite places to dine when in Paris?
Le petit Lutetia for the ambiance, le 21, la Corte and next one to discover will be Balagan
We love the whimsical aesthetic.
What are your favorite French shops for children?
Thanks :) Bonpoint of course and almost exclusively ! Finger in the Nose for tee-shirt and jeans, SIxPiedsTroisPouces for the shoes and Petit Bateau for the underwear, only white
What is your favorite family vacation?
Being with my family. We just bought a house in the Hamptons, my dreamhouse, I love, LOVE spending time there. And actually my boys at this age are really interested in discovering new countries, new cultures so every new adventure is exciting
What are your favorite kid’s clothing designers?
Christine Innamorato at Bonpoint
What is your best advice for a new mama?
It is not a question of quantity, the time I share with my kids is all about quality : no phone, being in the present time with them, share with them what I like to do and also accompany them in their own activities and what they like
What is your favorite family weekend activity or excursion?
Biking, sport in general and cooking of course ! and something cultural, theatre, gallery, museum or library.
Who are your favorite vendors to work with for parties in Laduree?
We just did the Chocolate festival with Valrhona – who does not like chocolate?
What values or lessons do you hope to instill in your children?
Courage, curiosity and kindness
Happy Easter!!! Nobody does it better on the east coast than Little Gem NYC, a catering company owned by Jordana Blitz and Tolya Ashe. No matter the occasion, Jordana makes the tablescape chic and Instagram worthy! She works very closely with her clients, discussing every detail and the food is absolutely delicious every time. The presentation of the meal is just as fabulous as the taste, and she covers everything from intimate gatherings to large corporate events. She delivers every event with the same level of attention to detail and standards of perfection. Additionally, Jordana and Tolya have a healthy meal delivery service that is great for working moms, who have little time to prep and cook in the kitchen. When looking to stay well and fit, this service is a great alternative to ordering in from random restaurants or snacking on whatever is in the pantry.Read More
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More and more, we are becoming health conscious in our homes. The new wave of natural, non-toxic products is upon us, and as a Mama, this has become increasingly important. There are so many products out there between cleaning supplies, toiletries, and makeup, and we need to choose wisely. In the U.S., the FDA standards are shocking, and we need to play a bigger role as a consumer, to read the fine lines on ingredients we are using around our children. Jenna Coviello, founder of Take Good Care, came over to educate me on the topic. Her service helps us cleanse our homes of toxic carcinogens that may have otherwise fooled us with there “all natural and organic” labels. Jenna takes every product in your home and swaps it out for the best non-toxic version of what you are using, to make your home a safer family environment. I learned so much from her, and highly recommend this home cleanse.
FERTILEGIRL: Ph. (917) 603-5526, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Instragram: @fertilegirl
Allison Kasirer is changing the way we converse and communicate about infertility through the launch of her FertileGirl superfood nutrition bars. As women, we need to communicate more and open up about these issues that have become far too common, in an effort to help each other get through these stressful times. Pregnancy has its own struggles, as we all know, but many women these days struggle to even get to that point, and Allison was one of them. Her journey to get pregnant was a difficult one, and she wanted to support women in her same position by working with fertility specialists and nutritionists to formulate these healthy, tasty bars. Her FertileGirl bars are also being used to facilitate lactation after birth, and most importantly, she has been using her site as a forum for women who want to connect and share their experiences, so they know they are not alone. Alli, you are doing great work supporting women, and I love eating your bars, even as an afternoon snack!Read More
JUVA SKIN AND LASER: 60 East 56th street, 2nd floor NYC NY 10022, ph. (212) 688-5882
All of us know that after pregnancy, our bodies need a lot of TLC to get back to normal. Some of us have a harder time than others depending on our delivery experience. I had a particularly difficult time after both of my vaginal deliveries. After my first delivery, I suffered from a urethral prolapse, and after my second, I had retained placenta and needed an emergency DNC, which left me with scar tissue damaging my uterus. Between both of these procedures, my vagina had been through the ringer! Many times I felt a weird pressure, and general feeling of discomfort in that area, and didn’t realize how many great solutions there were. BTL Ultra Femme tightens the vaginal walls to alleviate the discomfort of that pressure sensation. It is a non-invasive procedure, that has no recovery time, and only takes about 10-20 minutes in the doctor's office. This machine is located in several doctors offices, but Marianne Woodly, who I met with, works out of Juva Skin & Laser, she is very detail oriented, and has a lot of experience in this field.Read More