Bigger. Better. MORE!

This week marks my LAST FEW DAYS at the Gap in Kings Plaza.
Ive been lucky enough to work at flagship stores like The Gap on Fifth Avenue or Old Navy in SoHo but it seems KP has been the most influential. Coming in as management trainee, learning how to develop and work as a team- it seems I’ve learned more here than in all my years of service. Most people hear “Kings Plaza” and wonder why’d one would choose to work somewhere as difficult but, I’ve realized its better to start with the hard and end with the easy.  I’ve developed and have been able to work with so many great people. Although having been there for one year exactly, I can already tell I’m not letting go of any one of em lol.
Thayne, Anna, Vaughn, Grace, CLINT, the Visual Team, Cashiers, Hassan and those darn Mannequins, Ms Liz and her rolling rack, Ms Kelly and her stock room, ALL of you guyses…
DIPSET! DIPSET! DIPSET!

HERE are a few pics of the hard work with limited resources…

My First Window with Annalee.. Hot mess!
First flow with the Thaynester Fall 2011

My After- OVERNIGHT face

Jessica and Hassan Hooks it up… Takes 12hrs but, they hook it up!
Trying on clothes for work… at work

Anna!

Of COURSE I had to sneak Zac in with his 100% GAP!

The Last Minute Hustle… 1hr on the clock, gotta get it done!

My LAST kids Front & Center


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Young Mom= Strong Mom

I laugh at how a lot of people walk by me. They look from head to toe. Inspect my stroller and the little man inside. Then smile, surprised as HE smiles as waves hello. I am somewhat young to be a mother. Early twenties with a two year old. I wouldn’t say that’s all too bad. But the preconcieved notions and misconceptions are hilarious. I have met BRILLIANT young mothers. Who are growing in their careers, Married at young but happier than most middle aged adults well worked into their 401k’s.
On my 20th birthday, I went into preterm labor. I checked in to the best hospital Atlanta had to offer but of course, there’s always one. The nurse came in to check if I was still contracting and began to ask questions about my family… How old I was, the age my mother had her first child, none of which were medically related. She lead on to say, “You guys have children YOUNG?! Gotta wait a while, its too early”. The undertone behind her inquiry was SO disheartening. Luckily, all went went but I laugh at the boldness some people have to judge out loud.
Some of us are in school and work full time with children, creating businesses and working whole-heartedly in our careers. Some of us grow to be successful parents with numerous companies and stunning looks (lol). Sometimes I wonder MYSELF how some of them do it. I definitely need the encouragement to achieve all that I desire and admire those who have.
In the coming weeks, I hope to shed some light on the successes of the young parent. Single, Wed, and all. There are a lot of us in the world who make great children and are building on great futures. I look forward to sharing that with the rest of the unaware world.
The inspiration is necessary.

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On the Move!

Life has gotten quite hectic with a few events at The Gap as well as my new position and transfer coming up. I hadn’t had much time to update MOM.ME

Zac has been growing a ton!
His face is changing, sense of humor is over the top, and believe it or not, so has his energy. He’s becoming much more over protective and social as his vocabulary grows. With this NEW-FOUND ZAC, its time for an upgrade in wardrobe.
My Mom or as Zac likes to say, “Ya-ya” and I went window shopping to see what sales would be going on for the kids.
We were DRAGGED in to The Children’s Place by their unavoidable “$5 Tees” Ad on Fulton Street.
 After remembering my more than generous employee discount at Gap, I reneged, we left out empty handed but, DO check out their sale… TONS to offer at The Children’s Place.
 With the Chipmunk growing, I’m hoping to maintain his bow-tie. I’d say he favors the clean lines but the Tie definitely adds fun.
His SUPER fashionista Grandma- Mrs Jamison is known to find THE most insane and unheard of sales ever known to man. Of course, she ran into Daffy’s which is now going out of business and ran into these cool finds for the Zacster.
MOSCHINO Orig Retail Price $85
Moschino Orig Retail Price $133
Diesel Orig. Retail Price $85
Each show ranges from about $85-$133 actual retail price. Mrs Jamison and her wonderful self managed to get these funky Diesel tennis shoes for $30 bucks. I fell in love with them the moment she’d text the photo’s. Anyone who knows Diesel knows their products last forever and a day, not to mention, the shoes are without a doubt comfortable. I wanted to stay away from the “Toddler-Like” round toe in the Moschino shoes and kinda liked the maturity and spirit of the Diesel shoe for my big boy.

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Getting Beachy at Brighton

My LISA and I decided to take a last minute trip to Brighton Beach after work 
and had an amazing night! I picked up my Little Lancome beach bag, Zacs “Bah-Patch” and hopped on the B to Brighton.
Here are  few cool pics with My Lisa, Zac and I!
Zac & his long sleeved Rashgaurd. It was perfect for the late breeze

My Lisa (Melisa) & the Chipmunk getting accustomed to the water

People Underestimate Brooklyn Beaches But, I Fell In Love Tonight @ Brighton (No Filtering)

Zac Was Terrified Of The Sand Lol 🙂
He Clearly Got Over That Quickly

My Graphic Designer Cousin Lisa (Follow on Insta @LisaGheradini)
Finally Made It To The Beach!

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Moment.Of.Truth.

At times, we may find ourselves slightly perplexed- caught off guard when our special someone has a change of heart or, dear friends realize they aren’t able to live up to our expectations… leaving us to pick up the pieces on our own. Looking to other people for a solution or hoping for a word of encouragement may not always be the medicine for the situation. At some point, we’ve gotta open our eyes, look into the mirror and decide for ourselves, we can do it on our own…

Definitely speaking to myself on this one…

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Backpacking+ with the Boys!

Accessories for boys can be one of the toughest things to come by.
Sometimes as parents, we’ll spend the entire day hopping from store to store praying we’ll find that one perfect thing for our guys to wear; meanwhile, the Mom over on the opposite side of the store happily skips to the cashier with her cute girly bows and bandanas.
One thing I’ve been lucky enough to learn is that, our guys know what they like. Give them an opportunity to play around and get a feel for what they want. Maybe on a shopping trip, grab a hat. Try it on. They’ll tell you if they think its hot or not.

I’ve been lucky enough to have the coolest guy around! Zac would GLADLY inform me if he’s not digging his look. For the first few months, my family and I realized he had a fascination with watches. He’d just stare and drool just a little more than usual when his God-Father passed by… eyes fixated on the watch alone. The moment he turned 1 1/2, I figured it was time I tried it out. Since then, it’s become a staple in his every day look.

    Not to mention the signature Messenger cap, Bow Tie, Neck Tie just to add a few are his go-to pieces.

More recently, Zac has fallen in love with “The Back Pack” (or as he would say, “Bah-Patch”). Oh boy, we couldnt DARE leave without it. While we were shopping for his Daddy Sponsored birthday threads, we stumbled across a football backpack at The Children’s Place
From then on, the two haven’t parted ways.
It’s a great way to give them a start of independence if they haven’t started Day Care already. Not to mention, it takes a load off the purse and the baby bag. 
A smooth step out of baby days and into Toddler-ism.

 
Here are a few Highlights of cute looks I’ve stumbled across from Toddler Boys
Usher & son Naviyd Ely on Fathers Days 🙂
Jayden the son of Sophistishe blogger

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AfroPunk 2012: “I stand behind it. I GUARANTEE it”.

       Who can resist the awesomeness of the 
AfroPunk Festival?
Every year since 2008, I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy the rawness and excitement of great black artists. Whether it be great musicians, skaters, or painters, each year AfroPunk has something new to offer. At Commodore Park, wonderful people put together this “great engagement” where you’ll get to whitness BMX Rider contests, Live performances from both renowned, Independent, and basement bands, Graf artists and designers; all uniting for two whole days. 
Unfortunately last year, Brooklyn missed out on all the fun thanks to Hurricane Irene. This year, we have tons to look forward to.  Best of all, 

ITS FREE!

Click Here for more info on the AfroPunk Festival
I created a horribly made video my 2nd year of attending AfroPunk (2009).
As a treat (and potential embarrassment to myself), I’ve posted it here on MommeNYC

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Chipmunks 2nd Birthday!

      My Zac. The love of my life. The Apple to my Sauce. The “I” to my “Phone”. You’ve gottta love this guy. Yesterday he turned TWO! Its been a pretty exhausting day. Between finding well-priced clothes off Union Square and trying not to die of dehydration in 90 degree weather, we had a lot going on. Zac made a few friends and had fun with his family.

Here are a few pics for proof!

Zac’s Super Stylish Grandmother got him these pants for 10 bucks at H&M  Zac’s Cool Red Pants

We were lucky enough to find his entire outfit at The Gap which had 40% off sale!

His new backpack (which he loves) comes from The Children’s Place who also has 20% off school gear

Zacs Plaid Gap Shirt Zac’s B’Day Boy Shirt Zac’s Red Chambray Pants Zac’s Boat Shoes

These shoes Are the cutest! I fell in love with them on ChildrensPlace.com & Zac’s Dad got em!Cute Sneakers
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