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May 28th

DIY Flower Shades

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We’re packing our bags and getting ready to hit the field for the Governor’s Ball next Friday. Last year we got decked out in flower headbands. This year we are making flower sunglasses. Here’s how…
What you’ll need:
* Cheap pair of sunglasses – we found a Ray Ban style from a street vendor in NYC.
* Glue gun and glue sticks
* Mini faux flowers – we found at Michael’s Craft store
* Scissors
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What to do:
* Cut the mini flowers off the wire stem.
* Glue the flowers around the edge of your sunglasses.
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Boom. You’re done. Um….was that the easiest project EVER?
Now you’ve got a pair of jazzed up shades and are ready to rock!
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Check back next week as we’ll be showing you how we’re prepping for the upcoming festivals. And in the meantime, see our festival tips on the Gather Now Tumblr Feed.

Photos by Dave Robbins Photography.

categories: Beauty, Dave Robbins Photography, DIY, Festivals, Flowers, little miss party, New York City to do

February 25th

A Winter Wonderland Birthday Party

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As we walked into the room and set up the wintry mix of teal, white, silver and grape at the Downtown Dance Factory, the snow started to fall. This mom couldn’t have gone with a better theme for her daughter’s 5th birthday if she tried.
As the kids came off of dancing up a storm they enjoyed pizza followed by sweet eats from Making that Cake.
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We styled the airy feeling room with jumbo confetti filled balloons dangling with snowflake garland from One Stylish Party. She also made us fringe bunting that we hung up to look like a sky with tissue flakes falling down.
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We’re always looking for a good excuse to celebrate and there’s nothing better then a birthday. Cheers to turning 5 and so many more wonderful celebrations in the future.

categories: Birthday, Cake, desserts, Flowers, little miss party, New York City to do, Party, Party Stylists, Toddler Party Venues

February 17th

Crushin’ on Predame’s Lip N’ Lash Bar

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Last summer we had the pleasure of meeting Stefanie and lizzie, two of NYC’s Pre-Dame gals. Stefanie has curated a team of editorial artists who’s goal was to bring high fashion makeup to the everyday girl. They are now known around town as the team to call when you and your girls need some glam before a big night out.predame15
Clearly they had the right idea when calling Michelle and I….since we love getting glammed up to party…!
One of the reasons they got in touch was to share their new venture – The Lip N’ Lash Bar which was born out of demand from clients who wanted to create a sort of ‘glam bar’ at their events.predame5
The Lip N’ Lash bar is a pop-up beauty bar where guests of all ages sit down for 5-10 minutes for false lashes and lip gloss application. Each guest also receives a complimentary Pre-Dame lip gloss that best suits their coloring. They even keep things exciting by offering fun colored gel liner. They put a cobalt blue liner on me that I never would have thought to use and absolutely loved the look of!
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Um….is this perfect or what? A shower, bachelorette, birthday party…having these girls come in prior to your party or going out for a night on the town is brilliant. Think about it. You set out a fun cocktail, wine and/or prosecco, add a cheese plate and your best girlfriends. The Pre-Dame girls will complete your face and make you look FABULOUS!predame8
It was exceptionally exciting when these girls came to us to style their lip n’ lash table. Talk about glam…we loved every minute of this.
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Making sure to stay true to their branding we kept the set up simple and chic with a bold color palette of black, white, pink and charcoal grey.
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We found this cool metal shelving unit from the Land of Nod for the lip glosses which we styled with bud vases and pink flowers on top.
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Then we took a plain lucite storage box and did a little glitter DIY making their new holders for q-tips and lash brushes a little more fun.
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The bright pink Poppin trays were a huge hit as they made a big impact for the boxes of lashes, business cards and Pre-Dame’s signature tattoos.
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I of course could not wait to see what these girls had to offer. The lips, the lashes and the tattoo! I sure felt pretty after they were done with my face!
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They left me with a lipgloss that I am now obsessed with and never leave home without. Love these ladies, their lips and their lashes!

The photos in this post were taken by the adorable Jami Saunders.

categories: Beauty, Birthday, DIY, For Mom..., Little Miss Mommy, little miss party, New York City to do

February 4th

“Playdating” in New York City

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When we are young, it kind of feels like life is a fairy tale. That’s certainly how you will feel after looking at these photos of Gavin and Mazzy…
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Gavin and Mazzy who have been friends for almost half their lives now, went out on a little play “date” after school to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
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Little kids in the big city can sometimes be a bit challenging. Fast cars, icy snow, constant stimulation! These two know how rock it though and they had a blast. They spent a solid 2 hours laughing. At one point they said “let’s run ahead of the grown ups” so we can be in charge. They were doing everything in their power for some freedom in the most innocent way.
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Growing up I had a boy “friend” who I pretended to marry. I cannot imagine having photos that documented our child hood like this. Looking back at them now would be so fascinating. Gavin and Mazzy’s date was captured by lifestyle photographer Dave Robbins. Dave’s photos document their date telling the story exactly as it happened.
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The kids began their after school play “date” at an adorable little flower shop called Very Special Flowers which can be found on 10th street in the West Village. Gavin and I arrived a little early and chose a few pretty pink flowers to surprise Mazzy with. They were giggly and gitty when they first saw each other.
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We carried on for a “mocktail” at Jeffrey’s Grocery. The kids said cheers and gabbed it up for a few minutes. They felt VERY independent sitting at their own table!
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Moving forward they hit up Magnolia Bakery. Cupcakes before dinner? Why not! We’re celebrating Valentine’s day. Let’s be spontaneous and romantic!
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Before we could even tell him to do so…Gavin was opening the door for his little lady like a perfect gentleman.
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Together they chose their flavors…
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Waited patiently for their cupcakes…
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And threw them back with great delight!
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I think that it is darling to see these two share their youth as such close friends. You never know what the future holds but no matter what that may be, these two will forever have these memories.
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To see more on Gavin & Mazzy’s date including all of the details for their adorable outfits from Gymboree click over to Mommy Shorts.
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categories: Fashion + Style, Kids eats, Little Miss Foodie, Little Miss Mommy, New York City to do, Photography, Restaurant review, Toddler activities

December 30th

Eat, drink & play with LMP’s Round Up for the year

I often get emails from friends and family members who are traveling to New York, asking me for my list of recommendations. I figured…what better time to reflect back through the year and highlight my favorite spots then now. This way…next time someone asks, my list is ready to go. So here you have it…ENJOY!

LMP’s favorite restaurants

Rosemary’s: Is an Italian restaurant with a roof top garden where they grow herbs and produce highlighted throughout the incredibly delicious menu. With housemade pastas and a selection of focacce, you’ll quickly fall in love like we did.
Rosemary’s
18 Greenwich Avenue
212-647-1818

Margaux at the Marlton Hotel
: I can’t vouch for the hotel rooms but the restaurant, Margaux, at the Marlton Hotel is outstanding. With a cosy vibe and farm to table type menu you will want to order everything you see.
Margaux at the Marlton Hotel
5 West 8th street
212-321-0111
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Narcissa: Is the latest restaurant in Cooper Square’s Standard hotel. The menu is mouth watering and the food feels like home cooking with the freshest of ingredients. A beautiful space with a large open kitchen and chef counter as well as a charming private garden allowing for al fresco dining in the warmer months.
Narcissa
25 Cooper Square
212-228-3344

Robataya
: A local favorite where the respect they show towards the cuisine and ingredients begins with their obsession with using only top quality salt, miso, and rice: the three origins of Japanese cooking. I love bringing my kids here to eat at the front garden-like counter where the chefs hop up close to you to pick the ingredients for your dinner and then heat them on an open grill. They then serve the food on a large paddle from which you grab your plate. Entertaining and delicious though make sure to note, it is quite pricey.
Robataya
231 East 9th Street
212-979-9674
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ABC Kitchen: A space as beautiful as it is inviting where the ingredients are always seasonal, fresh and clean. Michelin star Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and his team will make you feel right at home.
ABC Kitchen
35 East 18th Street
212-475-5829

Locande Verde
: This rustic Italian Tribeca gem will never disappoint. They have a spectacular brunch, house made pastas and a very large wine list. You’ll be so cosy and well fed, you won’t want to leave.
Locande Verde
377 Greenwich Street
212-925-3797

Nobu
& Nobu Next Door: Will forever and always be a favorite of my husband and I. I will often order the yellowtail with jalepeno as an appetizer…and also for dessert.
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105 Hudson Street
212-219-0500

The Red Head
: A neighborhood restaurant inspired by the local farmer’s market stands. Quaint and delicious.
349 East 13th Street
212-533-6212

LMP’s favorite Quick & Cheap eats
Mighty Quinn’s: Hands down my favorite spot for BBQ, especially with the kids. This is a super casual restaurant with a walk up counter and a menu consisting of very slowly cooked meats with the perfect amount of spice. You won’t leave hungry.
Mighty Quinn’s – East Village
103 Second Avenue
212-677-3733
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The Shake Shack: In the middle of Madison Square Park is where you’ll often find me in the off hours, avoiding the line, waiting for a shroom burger. It’s a large portebello mushroom stuffed with cheese and fried. The cheese oozes out after your first, heavenly bite.
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Southeast corner of Madison Square Park near Madison Avenue and E. 23rd Street

Mimi’s Cheng’s Dumplings
: A family run, small dumpling shop that quickly became an addiction in my home. The sisters who run this place are the sweetest and I love hearing about how they took their mother’s dumpling recipe and turned it into a storefront dream. Every time I visit their shop I get at least one of every dish on their short menu, usually doubling up on the fried pork. Mimi’s Dumplings are perfect for lunch, dinner or even just a snack!
Mimi’s Dumplings
179 Second Avenue
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Joe’s Shanghai: Will remain on our list of favorites till the day I die. We visit Joe’s almost every Sunday and look forward to our meal there week after week. A very casual restaurant in the heart of Chinatown where they are famous for their soup dumplings. Other must have dishes are the sesame chicken, scallion pancakes and beef with string beans.
Joe’s Shanghai
9 Pell Street
212-233-8888

Joe’s Pizza
: New York is known for it’s pizza cooked to perfection and Joe’s is a must. After an afternoon of shopping the streets in Soho and / or the West Village do yourself a favor and grab a slice.
Joe’s Pizza
7 Carmine Street
212-366-1182

Grey Dog
: It’s hard to believe their first and only location was one of my favorite spots when moving to NYC. I’ve been living in this city for 15 years now and they have opened tons of locations since. Lucky for me one of the openings was right under my office so I think it’s safe to say I’m there at a minimum of twice every week. From their coffee to eggs to Michelle’s favorite meatball soup, they have a delicious menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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Locations here

LMP’s favorite Tiny Hot Spots
go before 6pm if you want to get a seat without having to wait at least an hour for your table…
Joseph Leonard: Love the people, the food and the HASHBROWN is a MUST!
The Little Owl: MEATBALL sliders are a MUST!
Mary’s Fish Camp: Best lobster roll in the city. Maybe the world.
Red Farm: The best Asian Fusion you’ve seen yet.
The Spotted Pig: A MUST order: Sheep’s Milk Ricotta Gnudi with Brown Butter & Sage – just trust me.
Westville: Always seasonal and always delicious.
Parm: Looking for a meatball sub? GO. They have the best ever.
Momofuko Ssam Bar: You won’t know what hit you when you try their pork bun…
Prune: My favorite brunch in NYC. I go prior to their opening at 10am and wait in line to be one of the first ones in. Otherwise, forget it.
The Meatball Shop: I can’t get enough of the naked balls here. And they have chicken meatballs that are gluten free!

LMP’s Favorite Bars – the short list
Analogue where they serve the best Manhattan’s in Manhattan made by our favorite bartender Cliff.
The Nomad for the pretty people watching.
Gottino for a glass of wine and some delectable pairings.
Employees Only for the fabulous cocktails.
Death & Company for a fun night out.
McSorley’s Old Ale House for a beer with the boys.

How to take in some culture
New York City Ballet
The MET
Stroll through Little Italy – start on Mulberry street just south of Spring
See a show on Broadway – I just saw This is our Youth with Michael Cera, Fantastic! Also saw Aladdin, fabulous. Next on the list – Matilda!
Catch a game Yankees Stadium & CitiField
Stroll, play or bike through Central Park. Don’t forget to check out the zoo…
See the city from above at The Empire State Building
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For the lil ones
The Ferris Wheel at Toys R Us Times Square
Piccolini – our favorite kids store in NYC – home of the famous I pretzel hotdog NY (designed by Alex Zagami, founder and owner of the store)
Hop on the big piano at FAO Schwartz
Go for a skate and hot chocolate in Bryant Park (in the winter)
Take a ride around Jane’s Carousal in Dumbo, Brooklyn (in the summer)
Tour the Southstreet seaport and imagination playground
Play and learn at the Museum of Mathematics
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LMP Favorite streets to shop
5th avenue between 23rd and 14th street
West Broadway between Houston and Canal
Weave in and out of the West Village: Start at Bank Street and 8th Avenue

Hope you have a BLAST in this amazing city!

categories: Fashion + Style, For Mom..., Kids eats, Little Miss Foodie, Little Miss Mommy, New York City to do, Restaurant review, Toddler activities, Travel, Travel

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