The road from here to Channing

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Jenna Dewan-Tatum


As you likely know by now — I recently worked with the generous goddess that is Jenna-Dewan Tatum. The Forty Weeks team of brilliant women teamed with the rock-star crew at Baby Buggy to facilitate a large donation of Bravado Designs nursing bras. It was a gift from the heart. It was remarkable to watch as the whole crew jumped in to make it so. Our joint mission was clear — supporting Baby Buggy and their ongoing work in support of all mothers. Jenna was remarkable not only in her willingness to step-up to make this donation but later in her defense of the then still pregnant, Kim Kardashian – and in support of allowing women to be whomever they wanted to be in pregnancy, motherhood and beyond. She was beautiful – inside and out. Really, impressive — Jenna was singing my song!

What you may not know is the road that led me to Jenna. And that road begins with my daughters, their crushes and my basic desire to do well both in the big picture of the world and also in the dizzying universe that is home. I try hard to strike the balance. I am not sure I always get it right. acheter coque iphone And then there are days when somehow it works. coque iphone When your (then) 16 year-old daughter comes giddily into the kitchen, asking with an uncharacteristic amount of interest, if you will be working with Channing Tatum as his wife is pregnant. And it is me thinking – I am not even sure I know a thing about his wife (truly I did not). And then the “reminders” – the daughters bugging you for days on end about this philanthropic possibility and you brushing it off. Until one day you do not. coque iphone xr And that day you begin to learn about Jenna Dewan-Tatum and in doing so, you realize she is so spot on and just who you were looking for to continue Bravado’s commitment to all mothers. And just like that it falls into place. coque iphone She is open, Baby Buggy is thrilled and more than $214,500 worth of nursing bras are donated to women who need them most.

Last Friday I was invited by my friends Denise and Melissa of The Moms to a local screening of White House Down. So, I took my daughters, each with a plus one. The giddy energy was palpable – they were decked out and just thrilled. coque iphone pas cher I too was happy –it is not every day a Mom gets her 15 minutes of being adored by her daughters. Just prior to the screening, the cast came in for a quickie Q&A. And as Channing talked about his brave and exciting new role as Daddy – I could hear it in him too. That same remarkable humility, gratitude and care that I got from Jenna.

A Guide to Royal Baby Monday- What To Expect!

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Royal Pacifier

Monday’s child is fair of face;
Tuesday’s child is full of grace;
Wednesday’s child is on the go;
Thursday’s child if a joy to know;
Friday’s child is loving and giving;
Saturday’s child takes joy in living;
but the child that is born on the Sabbath day
is merry and blithe and bright and gay.

Dressed for the Royal Baby – London’s Retailers are Ready

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Thank you Debbie for sharing some shots of London-town. soldes coque iphone Here, coque iphone 6 shop-windows fill with the only news of the day,

Philanthropic Partnership Looks Like This:

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013


Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

All Kinds of Amazing – and Coming Soon!

Why We are Better for the Celebrity Bump

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

Having just spent some time deep in The Baby Bump (which, if asked, I would have titled, Bumping up Careers, One baby at a Time) in today’s New York Times, I want to first commend Jacob Bernstein for a well-researched, engaging piece and then slap him for missing the other side of the story. soldes coque iphone All he shares is true – he does a careful job of tracing the history of the thriving Bump Business. Mr. Bernstein tackles the profit center, career booster questions with savvy. What he misses is the positive side of the equation. coque iphone x He fails to examine how celebrity pregnancies, played out in public view actually give back and otherwise contribute to the experiences of more than 4-million pregnant women in this country. And so while, yes – there is a way to interpret celebrity pregnancy though the lens of commercialism, I suggest we take a bit of a deeper dive.

In defense and even appreciation to these celebrity gestaters – a quick inventory of what they are giving back along the road to baby:

  1. Normalized Pregnancy – Out of back rooms and suddenly on full view, while sometimes extreme, these very public pregnancies open the windows and doors WIDE and allow us to see a broader view of pregnancy (for better or for worse). coque iphone And with that there is a change in the candor, content and scope of dialog – not just on-set but around water coolers as well.
  1. New Vocabulary, Confidence and the rise of the “Experiential Pregnancy” – The Hollywood bump-set give pregnant women a sense of confidence, style, and a new view to a range of real, radiating beauty. coque iphone Since early aughts the style community has risen to the occasion as well – suddenly maternity fashion (thank you Liz Lange) and nursery décor (check out project nursery, for example) were elevated to meet the desires and aspirations of main street parents (In reaction to the new view of Melrose and Madison avenue parents). soldes coque iphone 2019 Our new vocabulary included (and does to this day) glow, maternity chic, fourth trimester, etc. – making the challenges and triumphs of one’s changing body and lifestyle a shared, open experience.
  1. Expectant Parents – before the celebrity baby boom hit, we did not include Dad in much of the baby talk. This wave of celebrity family has certainly played a part in bringing Dad into focus and view – what used to be “her” pregnancy became “our” pregnancy. And with the birth of a Dad came a new version of Dad, in a wide range of populations. This year saw the first male breastfeeding blogger, for example. And many a Diaper Dude is carried with paternal hipster pride.


  1. Celebrities have loaned their voices, status and energy to critical work focused on raising much needed funds and awareness for issues effecting all populations of families. I have been honored to work on a wide range of projects with expectant and new celebrity parents and remain grateful for all they have given back. They have raised their voices and pointed attention to causes that need it most. When Christie Turlington throws herself into Every Mother Counts or Jewel donates nursing bras in her name to Baby Buggy’s efforts in her adopted home state of Texas this ignites change. When Gwyneth Paltrow or Melissa Rycroft openly share their battle with postpartum depression (PPD) or Jennifer Garner discusses breast-feeding and back-to-work challenges it increases awareness and care around issues that were once quiet and cloaked.

I’ll Have What She’s Having – A Sad Goodbye to Nora Ephron

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

She was literate, compassionate, witty and wise. coque iphone xs max I did not know her – I just knew I wanted to be as close to that amazing ideal as possible. coque iphone 6 Not just today, but everyday. coque iphone That was and is pretty much the goal…some cheese, some dear friends, some views, some laughter, some clarity, some connection, some optimism, some candor, some sweets, some perfectly brewed espresso, some feelings of accomplishment, some great hair, some well crafted prose, some silly, some clear goals, some kids heading in the right direction, some insight that paves the way, some citrus in bubble water, some witty, some inside line, some passionate kisses, some lucky breaks, some role in the big picture, some cushion for hard falls and yes one true love…well Nora Ephron made it look easy, attainable, a noble pursuit and most of all fun – so I went for it!

Nora Ephron’s death was shared via a tweet which quickly went viral (and led me to believe she would have something sharp and quite genius to share about the reality of the viral obituary). coque iphone xs Since then, I cannot quite stop reading the commentary from the most amazing circle of strong, savvy and certainly stung by the news individuals who just adored Nora (or what they imagined they knew of her). coque iphone xr Just as we all came of age with the wink of “I’ll have what she’s having” from When Harry Met Sally, so too did we mold ourselves around the obvious fun Nora Ephron was having even living in the truth of it all.

I read the oh so moving New York Times obituary and all I could think after reading Meryl Streep’s beautiful quote:

“You could call on her for anything: doctors, restaurants, recipes, speeches, or just a few jokes, and we all did it, constantly,” she wrote in her e-mail.

And Baby Makes FIVE!

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

It seems like being uber- outnumbered is not just for Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt anymore. coque iphone 7 OK, coque iphone pas cher well maybe six (and counting) kids is a bit much for most of us! Still, coque iphone outlet it does seem as though three is a very lucky number for some of our favorite Celebrity Mamas:

Jennifer Garner


Son, coque iphone Samuel Garner Affleck (you know, kind of like Samuel Beck Bromberg!!!), coque iphone soldes born Feb 27 has made Jen and Ben the latest hat-trick parents. As always, Jennifer’s confidence and great spirit shines through – as does the amazing natural ease in which she both pregnancies and parents! We can’t wait to see more of Samuel and his sisters!

Jessica Capshaw


Due this summer with a sibling for Eve and Luke, Mrs. coque iphone Honest Co. (she is married to Jessica Alba’s business partner Christopher Gavigan) is glowing as she grows! While the pregnancy will not be written into Grey’s Anatomy, it will certainly make headlines at home!

Reese Witherspoon


Reese Witherspoon is the latest to announce her pregnancy with number three – though this new bundle of joy will be the first for Reese hubby Jim Toth.

Philanthropic Friday – Philanthropic Moms Honor Roll

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

I first met Rebecca Minkoff on Twitter. Really I did! It was October, she had just given birth to her son Luca. soldes coque iphone There were tweets between us about breastfeeding, nursing bras and new motherhood. coque iphone 2019 pas cher The communication between us was easy and Rebecca was about as open and as full of life as I’ve experienced. coque iphone 2019 This came though – loud and clear – despite her obvious new mother fatigue, frustration with the learning curve (the usual stuff!) and fancy steps required in her new juggling act – she was present and full of a boundless, bubbly and beautiful energy that made her glow (even via the web).

She was at once completely unique and obviously connected to all other mothers. coque iphone 8 She reminded me of why people who truly love what they do are so successful. It is all about passion and Rebecca has that with enough to spare (and share she does!) Rebecca Minkoff is just “that girl”.

Feeling both touched and inspired, I took one of my deepest desires to Rebecca – I asked via my partners at Baby Buggy – if she would you design a nursing tank to help support at-risk mothers with Bravado Designs. vente de coque iphone Rebecca’s answer was simply, “no, let’s do more – let’s do a collection”. And so it began this remarkable partnership that we now call #DesignedForGood – the one in which Rebecca Minkoff with her signature spirit and spunk show up and invest in a better future for all Moms. The one in which we use our gifts and talents to advance the conversation around motherhood in all the best ways.

As we get close to launch date (Monday, 9/24) we are all busy as can be. coque iphone 6 But true to form, Rebecca found the moment to speak with me about her Philanthropic Life.

Rebecca Minkoff

What makes you a Philanthropic Mom?

I think it’s really important to give back to the community and my latest project with Bravado has been a perfect way to do that. As a new mom helping other new mom’s has been top of mind.

what about being a Philanthropic Mom do you hope to pass on to your son, Luca?

I hope to show Luca that helping other’s is important. coque iphone 8 I think instilling the “give back” attitude in your child is an important part of parenting.

What is an early or stand-out memory or influence of community service, philanthropic commitment or another way in which you felt strongly connected to an issue in the bigger world?

When the Tsunami in Japan hit my company created a bag that allowed a portion of the proceeds to go a charity that helped those affected by it.

Every Picture Tells A Story

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

At first glance – this picture looks like image of two of my nearest & dearest with Jessica Alba and me. It looks like a celebration of Jessica’s new Honest Company – her start-up eco-friendly brand dedicated to safe, sustainable products for the next generation. soldes coque iphone The newcomer line features a green, clean POV and a unique (jury out) distribution model focused on ease of acquisition for parents. I am impressed Jessica’s passion and drive – and her savvy partnership with Christopher Gavigan which helped bring her vision to life.

Nicole Felicano, Vera Sweeney, Jessica Alba and Julia Beck

Nicole Felicano, Vera Sweeney, Jessica Alba and Julia Beck

Look a bit more closely (and know what I know) – and what you see are four women with passion drive and the ability to make it so. Nicole Felicano, founder of Momtrends hit a home-run as the host of Jessica’s launch event at (my personal fave) ABC Kitchen in New York. coque iphone 2019 Nicole continues to hone her craft and scale her brand (and her sweet spot) – and has grown her vertical to include influencer liaison work. coque iphone I am impressed but certainly not surprised with her accomplishments. Vera Sweeney, a woman whose ability to spot what is next is only surpassed by her knack for building powerful partnerships and her mighty and impressive work ethic. She and (sadly MIA) Getting Gorgeous partner Audrey McLelland -a multi-tasking goddess with striking good looks, contagious enthusiasm and endless energy- have, in addition to their respective empires (understatement) and collaborative brand, just announced that their newly born STRUT will be part of Fashion Week next month. coque iphone solde As part of a partnership with other industry heavy-weights, these two will bring the first mom-focused runway show (with an array of brands and celebrity mom models) to take place during fashion week to life at Lincoln center.


Pull the lens back and you see something richer, deeper and worth a second look. This image captures the energy and the sisterhood of successful women at a moment of accomplishment . coque iphone This is the knowing smile, the warm hug, the hard-earned exhale. coque iphone 2019 It is a portrait of women with passion, drive, creativity, sticktoitiveness, savvy and likely sleep deprivation. coque iphone en ligne This is a view of entrepreneurs (Mompreneurs if you please) with both focus and faith, women who have taken real-time chances with impressive results.