MommyCon NYC 2019
MommyCon NYC 2019 was held on April 5tn & 6th, 2019 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel and is one of New York City's most talked about convention when it comes to parenthood. This year was a full line up of sessions on natural birthing, breastfeeding, babywearing and more with over 50 phenomenal speakers, 50+vendors and a bunch of excited new and expectant families . This well thought out convention has everything needed to help guide parents with the right tools. MommyCon's sessions gave great ideas on healthy eating, parenting issues, what to expect, and more. MommyCon is designed to make each attendee as comfortable as possible with a undeniably beautiful Dyper changing station with fully stocked pampers, feeding and rest lounge. a play area, Cybex family lounge and a sleep consultation area. Upon entering after registration the selfie spot and post card station was one of the best ideas as a ice breaker to create such a happy environment for everyone. The end of the evening was topped off with great giveaways that everyone wanted to get their hands on ranging from car seats, diaper disposals and gift cards from some of the best baby stores. Thank you to the founder, Xza Higgins and your team for creating a space exclusively for parenting. Our goodie bag is AMAZING!! Special Thanks to Ubbi,Toddler Yum Yum, Newborn Essential, Jujube, Dyper, BioDerma, GoGobaby, MotherLove Nipple Cream, Crane, SuperSnap and Missing Link and so many more. We are looking forward to your return to the Big Apple.
The Photography Show 2019
We were truly delighted to see The Photography Show 2019 in New York City on April 4th-7th at Pier 94. This years show showcased some of the best photography in the industry today. We were amazed by the intriguing details that the photographers displayed in their art. These life sized pictures were so captivating. As we walked through the gallery of photos, each booth struck such great conversation with the photographers on how these photos were captured or which camera and lens did they use to create such beautiful images. AIPAD Talks, each day were talks and demos from some of the best curators, artists, collectors and writers discussing the latest trends involving photography. This years special edition included "A Room for Solace: An Exhibition of Domestic Interiors. This exhibit was curated by Alec Soth, displaying domestic interiors that speak on turbulent times and how finding refuge could be possible. This years recipient of The AIPAD Award was given to Sarah Greenough, Senior Curator and Head of the Department of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art in Washington. DC. A visionary, she became the founding curator of the department of photographs, responsible for establishing and growing the National Gallery's collection of photographs, which now numbers more than 17,000 works made between 1839 and the present. It was a honor to see. Thank you AIPAD we are looking forward to next year.
The Vera Moore Show
The Vera Moore Show is not your ordinary talk show! Its a monthly talk show hosted by five women on relationships, love, marriage and health that includes a special guest weekly. This show is about people of all walks of life coming together to empower and uplift one another. Vera Moore Broadway/TV Actress cohosts Dee Rivera, Sharon Leid, Donyshia Boston-Hill & Dr Stacie NC Grant came together and created this platform. The show emphasizes entrepreneurship, the power of collaboration, inspiration and motivating women to be Moore. This phenomenal powerhouse of CEO co-hosts will share their empowering stories of success. These conversations will bring some fun filled drama, entertainment, fitness to fashion and obviously, beauty as Vera Moore, Founder/Ceo of Vera Moore Cosmetics & Skincare and a strategic partner with the #1 brand in the country, Walgreens. The Vera Moore Show will air on Channel 34/Spectrum & Channel 34/Verizon/Fios at 9pm every second Monday of each month. We had the pleasure of sitting in a live taping at Melba's Harlem Restaurant on February 25th, 2019, This taping was a taste of what to expect and we were intrigued by the topics chosen and how passionate these panel of women are about our issues of the world today. Dr. Jeff Gardere, , american psychologist and media personality was tonight's special guest, he helped give not only a man's point of view on these issues but also a professional one as well. Tune in next month and Let's Talk and be MooreFabulous!
NYBG 17th Annual Orchid Show
This years 17th Annual Orchid Show is Singapore inspired. Singapore is one of the world's greatest orchid cultures. The garden is filled with thousands of vibrant, colorful flowers paying homage to "Singapore Botanic Gardens, City in a Garden and Garden by the Bay. When entering the garden you immediately approach a iconic 160 feet tall replica of the Supertree- Gardens By the Bay, a canopy that provides shade and habitat for plants to grow on trees rather than soil. It is absolutely breathtaking. This years Orchid Show will be showcasing Singapore's legacy of innovative garden designs, floral displays and achievements of their orchid cultivation. The enchanting showcase of The Arches of Singapore, is a kaleidoscope of spectacular orchids including dancing lady(Oncidium) rainbows (Vanda) and cane(Dendrobium) just to name a few. We had the pleasure of walking through these arches and we were simply fascinated by the details and the arrangement of orchids of all colors. Entering these arches your head will be facing the sky with amazement wondering how did the NYBG pull this off. This showcasing gave us the beautiful feeling of Spring. We stopped at each and every orchid in awe with amazement from all the colors, it's history that each orchid holds. This year for the first time NYBG named an Orchid after the celebrity, Goh Peik Lin's (Nora Lum a.k.a. Awkwafina) who has starred in Crazy Rich Asian and Ocean's 8. The Vanda Hybrid, one of many of Singapore important orchids. This orchid is one of the few types with all colors of the rainbow, shades of purple, blue, orange, yellow and red. It's a must see. We are always delighted to see these unveiling at NYBG and thanks so much for having us. This showcasing will begin February 23rd-April 28th, 2019. There will also be orchid evenings taking place starting March 16th, 23rd and 30th & April 5,6,12,13,19,30,26 and 27th from 7pm-10pm. There will be rotating food vendors (The Bronx Night Market) each evening, cocktails and much more. Enjoy!
BAM Hosts The 33rd Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
On January 21st, 2019, Brooklyn Academy of Music celebrated their 33rd Annual Brooklyn Tribute to the Noble Peace Prize Winner, Activist, Civil Rights Leader, Minister, Congressional Gold Medalist, The Honorable Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. This tribute followed a screening of Dolores, about gender bias, defeat and victory, a film directed by Peter Bratt. This celebration brought together Civil Rights activists, musicians, and civic leaders to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. King. This tribute was about togetherness, change and moving forward, something Martin Luther King Jr would have wanted for us all, a better tomorrow. Each congressional member spoke about how life today is moving backwards and the immediate change that is needed for continued growth as human beings and as a country. Each year, dignitary officials speak out on change and the things they see and want for our country. US Senator, Chuck Schumer, Mayor Bill de Blasio, First Lady Chirlane McCray, Majority NYC Council Laurie Cumbo, Congressmen Hakeem Jeffries, Prosecutor of Kings County Eric Gonzalez among many other spoke on Martin Luther King Jr. message and his dream. This event also featured music performances by The Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir and Oddisee & Good Company. Keynote speaker Tarana Burke, founder of the "Me Too" movement is all about social justice. She dedicated 25 yrs of her life to supporting sexual harassed individuals who are afraid to have a voice. She is that voice! Tarana Burke spoke about her Bronx roots which led her to Selma Alabama and various HBCU's in the south to study leadership and organizing. She would volunteer in the National Right Museum and build long lasting relationship that helped shape her into who she is today. Tarana Burke has created an international movement that is inspiring and courageous. We would like to thank Sarah Garvey, Associate Director-Publicity at Bam for allowing us to attend the celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Bar Car Nights NYBG
The New York Botanical Garden celebrates The Holiday Train Show opening night along with a Bar Car Nights Event. This event is action packed and is running for a few weekends only starting Nov 17th - Jan 12th, 2019 . Bar Car Nights is an holiday event for adult 21 and older. This wintry landscape of NYBG sets the scene for festive outdoor adventures, with an after-dark viewing of the Holiday Train Show® as the centerpiece. Purchase a spiked hot chocolate and grab a bite from the Bronx Night Market. We had the pleasure of attending their opening night extravaganza. This event can be a great idea for a date night or a chance to see the 27th Annual Holiday Train Show. Special thanks to NYBG, it was a true pleasure.
Macy's Flower Show 2018
Macy's Flower Show 2018 was full of bloom and energy this year. You could feel it as soon as you enter the entire store in Herald Square NYC. Everyone seemed so excited about this two week long event. Cameras were everywhere for the best instagrammable shot. This years themed event titled "Once Upon A Time". This years great line up of events included, cooking demos, broadway play reenactments that take place, dancing, flower making classes and more. Thanks Macy's for the invitation to a wonderful world of everything floral.
Kwanzaa Crawl 2018
Kwanzaa Crawl is a movement that was created by Kerry Coddett and Krystal Stark. Their aim and determination of this movement is to bring unity and awareness all under the seven principles of Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa Crawl is a one-day event bringing people of the African diaspora together to support Black owned businesses in their communities. We were truly delighted to experience such a feeling of togetherness amongst one union. The vibe and energy was so electric it pulsated through from one individual to the next as soon as you entered the registration area. The creativity in the attire that people displayed was definitely forms of expressions that said "Yes I Am Here". This Kwanzaa Crawl is not your ordinary bar crawl, so please make that known! After registration there is a celebration held expressing the seven principles of Kwanzaa. Umoja, Kujichagulia, Ujima, Ujamaa, Nia, Kuumba and Imani. This movement is so well organized. Each person participating in the Kwanzaa Crawl is assigned to a team with a team leader which has designated locations for their group to attend. Each team leader we met had a bull horn creating a sign of awareness stating "let's do this my people" and keep up while your at it (lol). Please keep in mind teams were singing as they were in the streets of Harlem creating a synergy that was unbelievable. The black owned businesses that opened their doors so that this union could be celebrated and allowed us to honor them were Lenox Sapphire, Shrine, Gin Fizz, Cove Lounge and Harlem Hookah. Each and every one of them truly welcomed the teams with open arms. Each establishment had a personal DJ that kept everyone on their feet the entire time that was allotted to stay at one venue. My staff and I at Get It For Less were so intrigued by the unity and the selflessness that was involved in this movement. We can see where this is taking our communities and this is only the beginning stages of the third year. Krystal & Kerry thank you for opening up your lives, creating and making your vision a reality. We can't wait to see what is in store next year.
Taste of Fifth 2019
Taste of Fifth is one of the best food festivals in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Each year this always sold out annual food festival extravaganza held at Grand Prospect Hall brings out more than 40+ Park Slope 5th Avenue restaurants and watering holes, organized by the Park Slope 5th Avenue Business Improvement District. These restaurants include, Negril, Artichoke Pizza, Shaking Crab, Pizza Secret, Dram Shop, Zula Wine & Spirits and Calexico Drink all participated for a great cause, as portions of the proceeds of your ticket purchase goes to a local charity of your choice. Sponsors included, Two Roads Brewery, Breuckelen Distillery, Boxed Water and KeVita. An evening of dancing, eating and delicious cocktails. During the nights events there were a team of dancers, an all female band, a youth chorus. Thank you Taste Of Fifth (Carol Klenfer) for such a wonderful evening. Looking forward to next year.