I love birthday parties. From Alice in Wonderland teas as a child, to bars full of friends as a twenty something, to lovely intimate dinners with girlfriends I have had some very wonderful birthday celebrations. However, none of my own birthday celebrations could ever top the feeling of my baby girl turing 1! I woke up giddy with excitement on April 27th and snatched Hermione from her nursery so we could start playing!
The Oscar’s are this Sunday. Even though I have barely been to the movies since becoming a mom (somehow getting a sitter so Doug and I can sit in the dark and not talk does not seem worth it), I am still excited to watch! I love all of the Hollywood glamour! The gowns, the jewels, the slightly embarrassing speeches.
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In most respects I am as much of a New Yorker as they come. I was born and raised on the island of Manhattan and do not plan to leave anytime soon. We might move someday if we decide to give baby girl a sibling and need more space but that would not be for several years. Even then, the farthest we would go is Brooklyn. As a NYC “lifer” I have been taking taxis practically since birth. I always know which route I want to take depending on the time of day and never, ever let the driver decide. I still catch myself calling Manhattan “The City,” which I realize is a little closed-minded but old habits die hard!
Happy first day of spring! I am very into spring cleaning. I hate clutter and always welcome the chance to get rid of anything that is taking up unnecessary space in my life. This year’s round of spring cleaning chez Mercer was especially intense. On top of the usual purging we also had to transform my former office into a nursery. Needless to say our home has been throughly detoxed in preparation for spring and baby girl’s arrival.
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Last night’s Beauty Food Supper Club was a huge success. All of our guests had a wonderful time eating divine beauty foods, meeting new friends, and learning how beauty truly comes from the inside out! I personally loved that so many people felt comfortable to come solo. It was like a dinner party with the friends you never knew you had!
Party planning is one of the great loves of my life. Few things make me happier than throwing a great fete with fun people and delicious food. Tonight I am hosting the first in a series of Beauty Food Supper Clubs with green makeup goddess Rebecca Casciano and Beauty Is Wellness founder Jolene Hart. This evening’s four course dinner at Sun In Bloom aptly called Eat. Drink. Love. is all about beauty foods to get you in the mood for Valentine’s Day. Not only will we have sexy food, but each guest will leave with a special beauty gift bag loaded with goodies from Tata Harper, Jane Iredale, Kahina Giving Beauty and Gnosis Chocolate.
This holiday season Doug and I made a major decision. No Christmas tree this year. My husband has an adorable, childlike love of all things Christmas which made the no tree call a very big one for us. Since moving in together over four years ago, we have always had a Christmas tree. Each Thanksgiving it takes everything in my power to convince him to wait a week or two to get a tree so it doesn’t dry out before Christmas. So why skip a tree this year? We have a few reasons. We will be out of town from the 21st until after the New Year and felt we wouldn’t be around enough to enjoy it. Also, with increasingly busy schedules this December anything we could take off our plates to help alleviate some stress was very welcome. While a Christmas tree is beautiful and makes our home smell heavenly it also takes a lot of time to set up and clean up.