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Goodies Bag
Ready to treat yourself to something new after all

that spring cleaning? There are fabulous goodies out

there to indulge in—here’s our rundown of the best
By Lyss Stern and Rachel Felder

a. Jo Nayor Pendant c. Acqua di Parma

$7,000, Colonia Essenza a
Sometimes it just takes $90, Bergdorf Goodman
one piece of jewelry to Acqua di Parma’s one of
make an outfit really pop, those classic scents that in-
like this necklace by New stantly brings to mind old-
York jeweler Jo Nayor. school European glamour,
It’s not flashy or bold, just and now this iconic fra-
an exquisite piece of lapis grance is available in a new
and gray moonstone on a version, Colonia Essenza. c
just-chunky-enough gold Basically, it’s an intensified
link chain. With a subtle version of Acqua di Parma’s
vintage feel, it evokes most compelling notes—
something that might’ve like bergamot, neroli, and
been passed down from vetiver—mixed with oils
a relative … and is sure to of grapefruit, amber and
be something that gets more. And basically, it
passed onto your little one simply smells divine … and
down the line. it’s unisex, so it’s ideal for
b. Tod’s Ballerinas
$575, Tod’s Boutiques d. Coach Embossed
Thanks to Black Swan, Python Hobo
it’s ballet’s moment … $798, Coach Stores d
so what could be more The color this season is
timely than throwing on coral pink, and there’s no
a new pair of classic (and better way to wear it than
comfy!) ballerina flats? this roomy hobo from
Tod’s puts its own spin Coach, in a dusty shade
(or is that pirouette?) on that (trust us!) will match
plain ballerinas by add- with and update every-
ing the brand’s trademark thing in your wardrobe.
pebble bottom, crafting This style—which also
them in extra-soft suede, comes in plain leather
all images courtesy of the manufacturers

and offering up a rainbow in plenty of other colors,

of colors (including this if you just can’t imagine
confident bright red). Talk looking pretty in pink—
about putting some spring includes plenty of func-
in your step … tional interior pockets to
organize even the shlep-
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Cuff $350, Neiman Marcus
Sometimes what makes
jewelry precious isn’t its
carat weight or price tag,
but craftsmanship, beauty,
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style that gets you compli-
ments each time you wear
it. That’s the key to Ranjana
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ations, which, incidentally,
are versatile enough to
throw on with a tank top
and jeans or a dressy outfit
for a night on the town. We
particularly love this cuff,
in the springiest of colors,
encrusted with Swarovski
e crystals.

f. Crème de la Mer
Radiant Serum
$250, Saks Fifth Avenue
If you’re one of those
women (like us!) that
swears by Crème de la Mer,
f make room in your bath-
room for a new addition to
the line: a light, nearly liq-
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layer of moisture to your
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Free and Easy

The top 10 free events to enjoy with your kids this spring By Rachel Morgan

If you have older kids, check out President Barack Obama’s sister,
“Brain: The Inside Story,” the Maya Soetoro-Ng, talks about
American Museum of History’s new her first children’s book, Ladder to
exhibit that focuses entirely on the the Moon at the Barnes and Noble
little 3-pound organ that makes us all Café (April 12, 7 p.m., 33 East 17th
tick. Replete with interactive games, St., 212-253-0810, free). The book
videos and puzzles, this exhibit is great for is inspired by her daughter Su-
older kids interested in science (through Aug. haila’s questions about the grand-
15, free with museum admission). mother she never met.

Stories for Sweet Peas is the perfect activity to erase those Thurs-
day doldrums. Every week at the 67th St. Branch Library, library staff
hosts story time for 3-year-olds and their sometimes tired mommies
6 Have a burgeoning naturalist on
your hands? Take them to Crafts:
Family Fridays, hosted by the
Central Park Conservatory every Friday from
(2 p.m., free, ongoing, 328 East 67th St.). For older kids, their own 2 p.m.–4 p.m. Activities include botanical
age-appropriate story time, Picture Book Story Time, follows at 4 still-life painting, beading, even animal pup-
p.m. (ages 4-7, free, ongoing, 328 East 67th St.). pet making (free, Charles A. Dana Discover
Center, 110th St. and Lenox Ave., through

April 8).

Bedtime is an impor-
tant ritual for all kids;
now teach them about
the bedtime routines
of kids around the
world at the Brooklyn
Children’s Museum
Night Journeys: An

child & Balloon animal:; Maya Soetoro-Ng & MoMA: Getty Images
Adventure in the
World of Sleep. Romp
on an oversize bed to
find charms from other

cultures that get rid of
nightmares; test out For older kids, try out
bedtime rituals from the Fantasma Balloon
other countries; and Twisting Classes, led by
even feed your child’s leading balloon artist Todd
nightmares to the Jap- Neufeld. Your children can
anese figure Baku, who Ease your kids into yoga at Storytime at make anything their heart desires—
gobbles up dreams and Karma Kids Yoga, a storytelling experience monkeys, dogs, silly hats, maybe
nightmares (free with infused with yoga poses and puppets that bring even a balloon bicycle. For all ages
museum admission, the stories alive (Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.–noon; (second Tuesday of every month, 4
145 Brooklyn Avenue, Fridays, 3 p.m.–3:30 p.m.; 104 West 14th Street, p.m.–6 p.m. 421 Seventh Ave., 212-
Brooklyn). infant to 6 years, free). 244-3633, free, pay for balloons).

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A Child’s Point of View Get inspired by
local student artwork, ages 7 and up, at this
amazing gallery that includes photography,
video and animation (magicboxproduc-, 180 Maiden Lane, free; Mondays,
9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Tuesdays, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.;
Wednesdays, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Thursdays, 9
a.m.–5 p.m.; Fridays, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; through
Jun 24).

your child
to the
can be a
bit daunt-
ing during
regular hours. But the
Museum of Modern
Art’s A Closer Look
for Kids is the perfect
solution. MoMA gives
kids a tour of the col-
lections and encour-
ages kids to speak up
about what they like—
and what they don’t.
It’s the perfect antidote
to kids’ museum bore-
dom. Ages 5 through
10 (Saturdays and Sun-
days, 10:20a.m.–11:30
a.m., 11 West 53rd St.,
212-708-9805, free,
drop in, tickets distrib-
uted beginning at 10
a.m. on a first-come,
first-serve basis).

Need something to fill up your
Saturday? Try the Jewish
Community Center’s Free
Saturdays—intended to celebrate the Sabbath
and an escape from commercialism for one
day a week, the event welcomes all religions.
Free events include live performances, movies,
art activities and a large open play space for
children under 3 years old. All ages welcome
(Saturdays, 2 p.m.–5 p.m., through April 9, 334
Amsterdam Ave., 646-505-5700, free).

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Spring Awakenings
The sidewalks and skies are clearing—so it’s time to shine (both inside and out!)

Here are eight springtime finds to banish your post-winter blahs By Kat Harrison

a. Chantecaille Sea
Turtle Palette $79
Usher in light-sweater
weather with this
palette for both lids and
cheeks. The neutral
tones (with a smidge a The polish pops
of shimmer) are subtle even more
and sexy when used against slightly
tan skin.
solo—though the em-
erald shade is the ideal

B. Soap and Paper
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in Gardenia $18
The secret’s out—S&P
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garden in this solid per- Nail Polish #28 $12
fume. Packaged in recy-
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so you can re-apply no is all about iridescence.
matter where you are. Its fabulous factor
Just dab a bit behind the is best when applied
ears for a just-planted- b sheer, so the nail peeks
flowers boost. through. The result? A
swirl of pink and pearl.
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Once you go Chapstuff, c $28
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blessed balm made of take a trip to the Baha-

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Meet Indie Lee, the organic beauty maven behind Lidaremé by Kat Harrison

f the slightest sound of anything au natural
makes you think of slathering your cheeks
in oatmeal (which is actually fantastic for
the pores)—fear no more!
Indie Lee, a self-proclaimed Manolo lover,
is a stout believer that don’t you have to sac-
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her “proudest accomplishments,” she says— she
is also the soul of (and happy-go-lucky energy
behind) Lidaremé—a designer green beauty
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Inspired by the birth of Lee’s nephew, Lida-
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of toxic ingredients in baby products. As a gift
at her sister’s shower, she experimented with
talc-free baby powder and baby balm—two all-
natural products that she still carries in the line
today. Fast-forward two years to the current
collection, which spotlights infant- and mama-
friendly items that are not only good for you,
but they feel and smell divine, too!
Here at Playground, we adore the Balm—a do-
it-all salve—that will be any mani-pedi addict’s
favorite new product. Lee swears that it makes
these indulgent treatments last longer, and we
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Lee is also known for her user-friendly reci-
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Mila Kunis
was a vision in
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ELIE SAAB: Fairy tales, Oscars 2011

Elie Saab gown.

They Do Come True

enowned Lebanese fashion designer feel that this was the right time to do it?
Elie Saab has been designing dresses And how do you view the relationship
for women since he was just women have between their
18 years old and without any clothing and their accessories?
formal training. He has relied on his ES: The brand is in constant
own natural talent to cleverly craft development; I started with
dresses and garments into wearable Haute Couture, which al-
works of art. Saab’s designs are dra- lowed me then to introduce
matic visions of lace, sparkles and ready to wear. The accessories
Elie Saab
flowing fabric, creating a fairy-tale are another extension of my
element for women who wear his creations. His creative world, and there are many other
work is the perfect combination of luxury and projects yet to come, like the launch of my
artistry, which results in masterpieces that tru- first fragrance with BPI in July.
ly make every woman feel like a princess.
His exposure skyrocketed after the 2002 HA: What are the colors and trends we expect to
Academy Awards, when screen siren Halle see for the summer collection?
Berry wore his creation while taking home ES: The spring/summer collection has an ex-
an Oscar that year. Once his brilliance was otic palette of dove gray, peach, cerulean blue,
recognized, his designs were sought after and tea rose, coral, olive green and an abstract pastel
donned by celebrities such as Scarlett Johan- print. The embroideries are tone on tone.
son, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Angelina Jolie and As for the shape, you will find pleated and
Sara Jessica Parker, among others. I caught up draped creations, fitted short cocktails and
with Elie recently to talk fashion. floaty long evening gowns. The accessories are
in the same color palette, with a very graphic
HA: You obviously know how to design for a design.
woman’s body; how is it different when you con-
sider designing for a new mother, or an expect- HA: Lately, a few designers such as Jimmy Choo
ant mother? and Lanvin, have collaborated with some lower-
ES: Whether a woman is expecting a child priced chains, such as H&M, with an exclusive
or just had her baby, the design process is the and limited collection. Would ES ever consider
same. There is no perfect look. A dress should doing something like that?
simply reflect the woman’s mood and personal- ES: I’m always willing to enter any field that I
ity. You can always tell if a woman is confident can add something new to it and make it my
about her dress by the way she wears it. own. I’m open to all things, and whenever
I receive an offer to enter a certain mar-
HA: What trends did you see with women dress- ket, I will study it thoroughly, keeping in
ing for the recent awards seasons [ e.g. the mind several objectives and criteria.
Academy Awards]?
ES: The trends for awards season is always HA: Do you have any plans to have a
that women are simply looking for glamour and flagship store or base in New York?
elegance. ES: We are currently working on
opening additional flagship stores
HA: You’ve recently added bags, jewelry and around the world. Beverly Hills and
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shoes to your design repertoire. After designing New York are among the list.
clothes since you were 18 years old, why did you —Heba Abedin

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Get the skinny on juice by Anna Lund

ith spring break Sakoutis, was inspired
just around the to make cleansing more
corner, bathing accessible to the masses
beauties everywhere are after a seven-day juice
whipping themselves into cleanse she tried in early
bikini shape. If you are one 2000; she was thrilled
of these lovely ladies look- with the results but less
ing to make a beachside than pleased with the time
splash in an itsy-bitsy biki- spent cleansing. So she
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In the

Manhattan and Beyond
A behind-the-scenes look at the women behind
Moms & the City and a Dad Named David By Kat Harrison

t’s 11:07 on a Wednesday morning and Three smart moms and
Denise Albert is perched sideways in a dad named David talk
shop on the air.
a studio chair, networking with fellow
mommy-world enthusiasts and simulta-
neously getting dolled up for the day’s
taping. “Are you sure my hair looks O.K. like
this?” MAC powder and Make-up Forever
eye shadow sugar the counter. Soon, her busi-
ness partner and co-anchor, Melissa Gerstein,
strolls in with several garment bags in tow (I
spy a leather jacket), and the room is a-flutter
with momtrepreneurial chatter. Once Raina
Seitel Gittlin completes the green-room tri-
fecta, the mood is in a full (and infectious)
swing. Let’s get this mama show on the road,
shall we?
Albert, Gerstein and Gittlin make up the
three dynamic (and wonder-woman) per-
sonalities of Moms
& the City and a Dad Albert (front),
Named David—which Gerstein (left),
airs every Thursday Gittlin at pre-
show powwow.
night on New York
Non-Stop at 9:30 p.m.
The motherhood conversation multitudinous mommy blogs, what gives
magic (moderated is consistently Moms and the City an edge? “We’re sparking
by father of one, Da- relevant and con- a conversation which is healthy and missing
vid Ushery) came to stantly revolving. about motherhood,” says Gerstein, who also
broadcast television Down to every adds that the show is a totally honest (and
this past July, though detail, these sometimes controversial) look into the par-
it was in the theoreti- women are team enting world. Though the topics are chosen
cal works for several players. Albert, beforehand (through constant email threads),
years prior. Fast-for- Gerstein and and range from introducing your kids to
ward to now, and you Gittlin alternate Bubble Yum to the birds and the bees, the
have a show that reaches an audience of 10 between red-carpet-event interviews, editing ladies never discuss their divergent opinions
major cities, including a West Coast premiere content, flip-camera filming for their popular with each other beforehand. What you see on
and a launch last month. “Mamarazzi” segments (celebrity-mom spot- the show is a completely organic unraveling.
You may also recognize them from your yel- lights typically shot on Mondays or Tuesdays), Though there is a bit of pre-show routine: Al-
low cab. Each Wednesday, after taping the and writing for their Daily News blog. Oh, did bert skims articles on her iPad and smoothes
Thursday show, the trio chooses one of the we mention that they are also blog contribu- her hair; Gerstein flips through written notes
week’s hot topics from their A-block to distill tors for the parenting site Baby Center as and re-applies lip gloss; and Gittlin remains
down into a one-minute segment. No topic well? collected—“I believe in my gut”—as she delib-
stays in the taxi for more than a week—so the Which begs the question, in the boom of erates between boot styles.

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In this not-often-seen model where the talent is booking the
talent, managing, producing and also going to tour showrooms
(all three are openly obsessed with Stuart Weitzman heels),
these women get to call the shots. “No one does it better than
us. No one is going to do it as passionately,” says Albert, who
is also president of David Blaine’s production company. She
met Gittlin, who started her career at CNN, when the two
worked at Good Morning America together. “Nothing happens
by chance,” continues Gittlin. “We’re still working overnight.
We’re just doing it ourselves.”
This hands-on approach allows these moms to mold their
own schedule—and it’s this flexibility that ultimately led the
three of them to leave their demanding careers and the pro-
duction rooms and come into the limelight. “Once you become
a mom, you’re ultimately responsible for the rest of your life,”
says Gerstein, whose résumé boasts touring with Bush during

‘We’re sparking a conversation

which is healthy and missing about
the 2000 presidential election and producing live shots from
across the country.
But it isn’t all work and no play for these three Manhattan
moms, who each have go-to family hubs when they aren’t on
camera. For Gittlin and her son (who is the transit system’s
biggest admirer), they love 5 Napkin Burger and the Children’s
Museum. Albert admits to being a tourist in the city at times
(and liking it). She takes her two sons to play in Riverside Park
and for grub at the Landmarc Bistro inside the Time Warner
Center. For Gerstein and her three kids, downtime is all about
the Natural History Museum followed by the checkered table-
cloths plus cheap (but reliable) Italian fare at La Vela on the
Upper West Side.
Each family has its kinks and quirks, and Moms & the City
and a Dad Named David is a platform that fully embraces every
(albeit awkward) angle of parenthood.
“Ready camera one.” Someone in the production booth plays
the Charlie’s Angels theme song. A laugh ripples over the set.
The conversation picks up right where it left off.

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First sign of springtime

In Bright green Louboutin
espadrilles, without tights
Out Bright green fresh
peas, without coming
from the freezer

Zing Into Spring!

The ultimate guide to what’s in and
out for families this spring By Rachel Felder Luggage for a
spring break getaway
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W inter’s over and spring has sprung—the “Vintage Lace” luggage

Out Battered suitcases that are
ideal time to refresh your wardrobe,
old enough to be called “vintage”
spiff up the house, get out with the kids
and have fun in the city. Can’t decide
what to do, buy and enjoy? Here’s our
definitive rundown of what’s best
right now in the Big Apple.

Emblem of springtime
In Brisket
Out Bundled-up kids on a brisk day

Saturday chore
In Spring cleaning
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Healthy weekend bite

with the kids
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Out Oatmeal and orange
juice at McDonalds

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Pre-destination pit stop In Michelin Food and Wine NYC weekend
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weather vacation
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an after-school play date essential to hope for
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Expanding her Empire

Cozy Friedman, founder of Cozy’s Cuts for Kids,
takes on the print world by Rachel Morgan

fter 20 years as Manhattan’s resident much about girls’ hair,” Friedman said. “The
children’s hair expert, Cozy Fried- way we started working together is her daugh-
man is finally putting all her salon ter is a client at my shop and is actually featured
advice into print. Her new book, in the book, too.”
Cozy’s Complete Guide to Girls Hair (Artisan, Friedman also consulted with her clients
$15.95), hit shelves Feb. 1. The book has every- when it came to what to include in her book.
thing parents need to know about their daugh- “I really talked to clients and asked
ters’ hair—from pulling off cute updos to how what they wanted to see [in the book]
to deal with different hair types to how to calm especially for the hairstyles part,”
bad-hair days. Friedman said. The fishtail braid, a
“It’s something our customers are always ask- new twist on an old standby, was one
ing us about,” Friedman said. “Literally, moms of the coveted hairstyles that young
come in for instruction on how to French braid, girls wanted and parents needed to
do updos—anything from how to detangle hair know how to execute.
to trim bangs at home. To me, this is second The timing for the book simply fell have about their children’s hair,”
nature now, but to parents it wasn’t. People into place. Friedman said. “Your daughter
have been saying to be me for years, ‘You should “It was actually funny because I was writ- could have curly hair and you have
write a book, you should write a book.’” ing a book, and [Artisan] approached me at the straight hair and you don’t know what to do
It seems Friedman finally took their advice to same time,” Friedman said. “I said, ‘Actually, it’s with that.”
heart. funny; I’m already halfway through it.’ It just But armed with Friedman’s new book, know-
The idea for the book sprouted from Fried- really worked out. They wanted to do a book on ing what to do just got a little easier.
man’s original business venture, her kid-friend- kids’ hair and we’re known as the experts on Friedman is no stranger to the business world.
ly, parent-calming hair salons, Cozy’s Cuts for kids’ hair.” Nearly 20 years ago, Friedman, a Forest Hills,
Kids. Friedman worked on the book with Life & Cozy’s Complete Guide to Girls Hair includes Queens, native, quit her job as a sales manager
Style Weekly founding editor Sheryl Berk, a New everything from the best cuts for different face for Z Cavaricci.
York Times best-selling author and contributor shapes to five-minute styles to detangling. De- “I had been there for six years and had a $30
to InStyle and Martha Stewart. spite Friedman’s original business venture, the million business I was managing,” she said. “It
In fact, Berk’s daughter was a client at Cozy’s book even gives detailed instructions for how to was really a big move for me.”
Cuts for Kids. give a good home haircut. The move was sparked by personal experi-
“[Sheryl] is a fabulous writer and knows so “There are so many questions that people ence. One of Friedman’s friends took her

Aw, Nuts!
I’m a huge fan of Manhattan wide range of topics, from a lifetime sans exercise. rap essayist. But be fore-
satirist Jill Kargman’s self- her encounter with cancer That, and shooting guns. warned: This is an R-rated,
proclaimed “trashy novels,” at age 35 to an elegant Kargman’s real gift as possibly X-rated, book.
including Momzillas, The ode to her single-girl-to- a writer is her use of lan- The F-word and Jill are
Right Address and Arm married-mom apartment guage. Words to her are BFFs. I blushed repeatedly,
Candy. So I couldn’t wait to on the Upper East Side. things to be toyed with, but laughed out loud more.
get my hands on her first She tears apart a pageant- re-created and oddly im- Kargman may seem like
collection of essays and like Passover Seder in proved. Everything gets a just another native New
observations. Aspen and confesses that nickname. (Her synonym Yorker, but this chick is
In Sometimes I Feel Like spinning at Soul Cycle is for using tampons is something special.
a Nut, Kargman covers a her latest obsession after frankly amazing.) She’s a ­—Zibby Right

26 playground march 2011


nephew to get a haircut at her regular salon and advertising in the Yellow Pages and even having she said. “Most stylists in other salons do not
the experience was rather traumatic for both of her mother out on the corner to pass out flyers. like working with children,” she said. “They
them. It seems all that work paid off—the first day move, they cry, they could pee their pants. Who
“He was little and started crying and they Cozy’s Cuts for Kids opened at Madison and knows what children are going to do? They are
asked her to leave,” Friedman said. “When she 84th Street on Dec. 10, 1994, there was a line out moving targets. If you go into a regular salon
was telling me the story, she was so bummed the door. Friedman, who had just been married a and want to get a kid’s haircut, they are not so
because she was expecting to have this great few months prior, had her family pitch in. thrilled.”
experience and to treat her nephew. And I asked “My mother was behind the register; my But customers at Cozy’s shouldn’t expect to
why she didn’t take him to a place for kids. And mother-in-law was sweeping hair,” she said. “It get a haircut from the place’s namesake—Fried-
she said she didn’t think there was one.” was a family affair.” man, busy with the three salons, her hair care
Turns out, Friedman’s friend was right. There But the day was not without its problems. and now her new book, had to put down the
was a giant, gaping hole in the market. Thus, the “We had problems with our electric and our scissors some time ago.
seed for Cozy’s Cuts for Kids was planted. water,” she said. “I was not
“It just sparked the idea in my mind,” Fried- in retail before. I didn’t
man said. “I started to research, and I found in even realize that I needed
Manhattan there was only one place that wel- to have a change box. I The Mommy Diet
comed kids, this barbershop in the ’90s called didn’t even have enough Alison Sweeney adds new
Michael’s that I literally got my first haircut at change to give.” lifestyle book to her long list of ‘roles’
when I was a kid.” But Cozy’s Cuts for Kids
The place was less a relic than it was old and must have done something Alison Sweeney is one active mama. With a
run-down. right. Since the opening of résumé that boasts an almost two-decade
“It has been there for a million years; it’s an old their first store nearly two run on the NBC soap Days of our Lives and
dirty barbershop where the barbers play cards decades ago, Friedman has a several-season hosting gig on The Biggest
in the back,” she said. “I went to see it and there since opened two more Loser, Sweeney has been busy writing to
was a line. I thought, my God, if people were locations, one on the Upper boot! Her latest endeavor, The Mommy Diet,
lined up at this place, can you imagine if you West Side and another on is a true labor of love and spirit inspired by her own adventures in
opened up a place that was kid friendly?” the Upper East Side. pregnancy (she’s Mom to the utterly adorable Ben, 5, and Megan, 1).
The only problem—Friedman didn’t have any And just how can a salon The book covers every step along the baby-making road (and
children of her own at the time. Plus, she had no become so successful in then some). Each of the five sections is peppered with mood-
experience cutting hair. But that didn’t faze her. such a short amount of specific playlists (like soothing tunes for the hospital); tips on how
She did her homework, working in various time? The answer it seems, to keep the romance hot; fashion advice; sample menus and recipes
children’s fields to learn as much as possible is in the toys. thanks to nutrition experts and chefs; and, of course, fitness fun.
about what her young customers would like in a “First, it’s a toy store,” Sweeney says, “It’s for anyone who has trouble finding time,
salon. She got her barber’s license and even read Friedman said. “We have energy or commitment to making their own health and wellness
a bookkeeping guide so she would know how to balloons, lollipops. I have a priority.” And she’s careful not to use the stigmatized term of
keep her own. people on staff whose ‘diet’ too loosely. “A ‘strict’ diet is impossible for me to achieve,”
And she found a place to rent, a nearly sole job is to entertain she explains. “This book is about a ‘lifestyle,’ something I can’t
impossible task for a young, unestablished kids when they’re getting fail at—it’s my life!”
businesswoman. a haircut. They could be Sweeney is busier than she has ever been, but she doesn’t use
“It took me two years to find a location that I blowing bubbles, singing her hectic schedule as an excuse to neglect her health. (She
could afford because I wasn’t established and songs. We have the car carries her gym bag around with her to minimize excuses—bril-
did not have a track record,” she said of her first chairs for younger kids, liant!) Thanks to the show, she now understands the importance
Upper East Side location. “I had so much sup- and regular chairs for older of taking care of herself—sleeping included. But hey, we’re all
port around me that I couldn’t give up. A lot of kids. We have videos to human. Miss a day of working out? So does she. Jonsing for a
negative stuff happened, and if you’re not com- watch or video games at treat? Ali is a self-proclaimed popcorn lover. In the end, it’s all
pletely determined, I could see how it would be every chair.” about being honest with yourself about what you eat and how
very easy to give up.” An impressive staff much of it you’re consuming, she says.
Once she secured a location, Friedman set out doesn’t hurt, either. Sweeney suggests getting the whole gang to participate in work-
on her next task—advertising. Since these were “The most important out outs by doing activities like hiking (a Sweeney family favorite with
the days before the Internet, Friedman took to of anything is I have the their dog, Winky), rollerblading, hula-hooping or even a game of tag
the streets, organizing a direct-mail campaign, most unbelievable staff,” to get the blood flowing and the heart rate up. —Kat Harrison

playground march 2011 27

out And

New York City moms unite for learning and fun.

Laurie David
Book Party
location: 20 Pine

Divalysscious Moms hosted a book signing

and breakfast with author Laurie David of the
best selling book “The Family Dinner.” A World Class Act
location: Columbia University

In February, World Class Learning Academy (WCLA)

hosted a panel discussion and cocktail reception for
parents looking for guidance in choosing the right
private school for their families. The panel featured
noted admissions process guru Dana Haddad and
WCLA Headmaster John Taylor and was moderated
by Playground editor in chief Lyss Stern.

Clockwise from top Left: Michael Chimento; B. Charles Johnson; Michele Schwartz; Heidi Green Photography; Photo Op NYC
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Playground and Divalysscious Moms hosted

a breakfast Valentine’s Day party at Make
Meaning, PhotoOp was on hand to capture all
of the beautiful smiles.

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Happy Daniel’s

dining room
is fit for a
king. And
believe it or
not, for your
kid, too.
t Daniel—which many New Yorkers
consider the city’s finest French
restaurant—not everyone in the
kitchen has attended culinary
school or spent the afternoon mincing gar-
lic and prepping the meat. Many nights, the
kitchen is visited by a budding sous-chef—one
that has homework to finish later, clothes
from crewcuts or GapKids and plenty of
friends who are looking forward to mac and
cheese for dinner instead of frogs legs and
amuse bouches.
Daniel is just one of a growing number of
New York City gourmet restaurants that go
out of their way to welcome children. The
antithesis of more traditionally kid-friendly
places, it has no crayons or kids’ menus, just
an attitude of warmth toward the little ones
that makes them (and you!) feel comfortable,
happy, and—more often than not—inspired to
become a lifelong foodie.
At Daniel, children are welcomed with a
“Palm Beach” mocktail—a mix of raspberry
puree and juice that puts a Shirley Temple to
shame—and invited into the kitchen for a tour.
At the Four Seasons, there’s a special Chil-
dren’s Day once a year where kids eat lunch for
free. (Mark your calendars: This year it’s on
Aug. 19, and the event’s been consistently fully
booked since its inception.)
The key to really enjoying a gourmet meal
with kids is, like so many other activities, landmark like the Carlyle or somewhere new pus and squid—although many children love
knowing your little ones. If your child watch- and trendy like the Standard—are also a great them!—the irresistible lobster chowder and
es every episode of Top Chef, then chances option for upscale dining with the young ones, parker rolls are guaranteed kid-pleasers.)
are, they’ll love the experience. (And if that’s since they are accustomed to welcoming trav- And keep in mind that weekday lunch at a
the case, a great place to start is at a restau- elers with kids. And if dinner seems challeng- hotel restaurant can be particularly easy with
rant where one of the show’s chefs or judges ing, weekend brunch at a place like Maialino a child.
is involved—in New York, there are plenty.) in the Gramercy Park Hotel is relaxed, kid- Like going to a Broadway show, fine din-
If your child tends to be fidgety—or is very friendly and, indeed, delicious. ing with the kids isn’t something you’d do
young—it’s worth keeping in mind that some Even somewhere extra-hip, like the John everyday. But, just like a Broadway show, it’s
of the city’s great chefs have less formal res- Dory in the Ace Hotel, can be a good fit for a a special, sophisticated experience that’s one
courtesty of Daniel

taurants, too—like Daniel Boulud’s db Bistro foodie meal with the kids; just be prepared of the many fun things for families to enjoy in
Moderne and dgbg. to come extra early and choose a quiet table. New York.
Hotel restaurants—whether they’re in a (And, if your little one isn’t up to eating octo- —Rachel Felder

30 playground march 2011


Elisa Strauss:
Confetti Cake
lisa Strauss is charming, self-effacing and What’s the most expensive
completely modest about her incredible cake you’ve sold?
talents as a pioneer cake designer. This The Lego cake cost
petite founder of Confetti Cakes, author of two $12,000.
books, TV star and mom to 1-year-old Sophie,
even thinks her dad is disappointed in her for How about for kids?
not becoming a surgeon like him! We’re so A family in New
glad she’s using her scalpel, literally, to make Jersey had us do a
cakes that are so lifelike you can’t believe Willy Wonka–themed
they’re edible confections. cake for their son’s
Strauss founded Confetti Cakes in 1999 fifth birthday that
after a cake she sculpted in the shape of a cost $3,000.
Bugatti sports car for her former boss, Ralph
Lauren, drew immense praise from many in the How much do your cakes weigh? What can’t you live without in your kitchen?
fashion industry. Since then, her creations have Some of the cakes weigh 100 pounds. Our The love of my life is a 20-quart Hobart mixer.
appeared all over. largest cake, which we did for a Lego video It’s so old and it works so well. It’s beautiful.
We asked Strauss a few questions that we were game launch, required six huge guys to come
dying to know about her booming business. and lift it! How do you stay trim baking all these cakes and
goodies … and being a mom??
What is your most popular birthday How many ingredients do you go I do yoga. I run. I believe, everything in mod-
cake flavor for kids? through a week? eration. And I don’t like cake! And being a mom,
Vanilla with vanilla or yellow cake with choc- Between 32 and 64 pounds of butter. One you never have time to eat anyway.
olate buttercream. batch of buttercream for a multitiered wedding
cake has six pounds of butter. How did you come up with the name?
What’s your most popular birthday design? My brother and I were trying to figure out a
An open gift box with tissue paper and rib- What’s your most unexpected ingredient? domain name when I first started my business.
bons, which you can customize with different We use vinegar in our red velvet cake. I didn’t want it to have my name in it. We tried
motifs like a monkey, clown or princess. many different ones, but they were all taken. So
Any idea how many calories or nutritional I ripped up the list of names and threw it up in
What was your daughters’ first birthday cake info in a slice? the air. My brother said, “Try confetti cakes!”
like? No, but it doesn’t matter! You’re better off and it wasn’t taken. So that was it!
It was in the shape of a sculpted owl. She has eating one piece of normal cake than a box of
little owl eyes! Snackwells. I believe in all-natural ingredients, Any final tips for aspiring bakers/cake design-
the best chocolate and the purest butter. Just ers?
How long does it take to make one cake? don’t eat the whole cake! Practice, practice, practice. Give away a lot of
Too long. Each cake is custom so I give free cake. Use the freshest ingredients.
myself a week, which sounds horrible! It’s a How many cakes have you worked on?
minimum of 40 hours. The sugar decorations At least 1,000. Plans for the future?
can take days but we bake the cake last. Cake So many! I’d love to launch a product line.
designers always have to think backwards. What’s your personal favorite? Maybe a DVD or a third book. We’ll see!
I don’t really like cake! I’d prefer to eat a good —Zibby Right
chocolate chip cookie, an ice cream sundae or
key lime pie.

playground march 2011 31


momscopesBy the AstroTwins, Ophira & TaliEdut

Aries Has “me time” become Libra Who’s that guy

a foreign concept? A whop- walking through your kitch-
ping six planets visit Aries en, sleeping in your bed and
this spring, heralding an lounging on the sofa? Oh
early independence day. Buh-bye, martyr yeah, it’s your hubby! Between the kids,
mommy. Set the best example for your work and after-school activities, couple
kids by modeling confidence and leader- time has gone out the window. The
ship. Just tuck that iron fist into a velvet planets reboot your relationship now.
glove while Mercury is retrograde in Ar- Feed your famished marriage with a
ies March 30 to April 23. Otherwise, your kids-free getaway or a romantic night
assertive new style could come across as at midtown’s landmark Library Hotel
steamrolling. (check out the Erotica package!).

Taurus A lady of leisure Scorpio You need the

you ain’t, but even you need best help possible, as life
a nap sometimes. With six is getting busier than
planets circling your sleepy ever. Hire a housekeep-
12th house, postpone your “spring awak- ing service, and switch nannies if yours
ening” until May. Decompress at your favor- is putting the “sit” in sitter. Claws could
ite spa (or island resort). Take your family to come out with a catty person, so beware.
the Met, get opera tickets, or enjoy some lazy If the playground “sancti-mommy” clucks
Saturdays without a zillion activities planned. at your non-organic snacks or offers hand
Stop humming that Tiger Mom’s battle hymn; sanitizer, don’t shrink at her public shaming.
it’s time for a kinder, gentler tune. Leo Alphabet lesson of the A smile that says “back off” will turn her tar-
month: V is for Vacation. This gets elsewhere.
Gemini Spring starts with a spring’s planets highlight travel
flurry of play dates, people and and education, so pack your Sagittarius Good riddance,
events. A smart phone stocked bags (and backpacks). Apply for 6-foot-high snowdrifts and
with time-saving apps helps you camps and summer enrichment slush-puddled intersections.
juggle it all. In April, the stars revamp your programs, or put a bid on that seaside vacation Springtime is playtime, as the
inner circle, bringing fascinating new friends rental. Foreign countries beckon; this could be stars visit your creative and energetic fifth
into your life. Out with the momzillas and the year to take the family on a cross-continen- house. Get hands-on with your parenting,
playground gossips, in with the artists and hu- tal adventure. Prep with language or cultural Sag! Celebrate Earth Day with the kids at
manitarians. Make a difference, Gemini. Get immersion lessons to avoid the tourist traps. events, concerts and workshops. Plant a win-
on the who’s-who list by spearheading a school dow garden or organize a healthy bake sale.
committee or fund-raiser. Virgo Long-term finances Let the renewed fun spread to your relation-
come into focus, especially prop- ship. Some long-overdue romance is coming
Cancer Media literacy is a re- erty and investments. Is it time your way. Hello, spring fever!
quired skill these days, as kids are to put that condo on the market,
exposed to hundreds of ads and or switch from renter to owner? Though the Capricorn Is that a “real
graphic images. Help your children process can be tedious, now is a great time housewife” staring back at you
become media savvy through honest dialogue. for real estate. Check out up-and-coming in the mirror? With six planets
Or, take the proactive route: Let them build blogs neighborhoods, like Queens or the FiDi. An in your home and family zone,
about their interests or create a family Web site affordable luxury high-rise with swimming your workaholic sign is unusually domestic
on Shutterfly. In March, the travel bug bites, so pool, riverside parks and great schools? Might this spring. Host a big Passover or Easter din-
plan a vacation before work gets crazy in April. make the commute worthwhile. ner, or visit the in-laws over break. Bolster

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Pisces March is your time for

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April, mommyhood goes luxe. Adios, Star-
bucks: It’s lattes at Via Quadronno and sundaes
at Serendipity 3. Artsy glamour reigns when
your ruler Neptune visits Pisces April 4 to Aug.
4. Off with the track pants and Uggs, stat. You
never know whom you’ll run into now.

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playground march 2011 33


“Education is simply the soul

of a society as it passes from
one generation to another.”
—G.K. Chesterton

No compromises

location.” Attributed to
at New York by
Gehry building. Lord Harold Samuel.

ew York City parents want it all. Of and good schools. When Robin Marshall, a explained, “I’ve been in New York for fifteen
course they do. They want their chil- brand-strategy consultant who was born in years and this is the first time I have an elevator!
dren to be able to go to a fantastic, near- Connecticut, moved to New York City, she start- I used to be so anti new construction. It seemed
by public school where the kids not only learn ed off in Manhattan. “People said, ‘You wanna like you could get original details or space. I was
the three R’s, but are inspired and challenged live in Manhattan.’ So I got a place in Manhat- apprehensive going into a new building. But it’s
by their teachers and classmates. But these tan and it was nice, but I thought it was kind of beautiful!”
parents don’t just want great schools; they also boring. When I could, I moved out to Brooklyn, At Columbia Commons the units were de-
want to live in a beautiful building with loads of to Greenpoint. And I loved it!” signed to be an appealing combination of old
amenities and plenty of charm. And they want Marshall explained that her move from and new. They have the hip style that modern
a unit that is actually big enough for their whole Greenpoint to Carroll Gardens was prompted parents want with all of the conveniences fam-
family, where each of their children can have a by a new member of the family. “When we got ily life requires. For example, the units in Co-
room of his or her own. And if it isn’t too much pregnant, we decided to move again. Some lumbia Commons have both wide-plank floors
to ask, this all needs to be located in a vibrant friends of ours lived in Cobble Hill–Carroll and sleek, walnut-toned cabinetry. They have
neighborhood that is packed with restaurants, Gardens, and in 2005 we moved there and had articulated stone surfaces and high-gloss ce-
shopping and maybe even nightlife for those our baby.” Like so many others, Marshall’s fam- ramic tile. Moreover, the units feature modern
rare evenings when the kiddos stay home with ily needed room to grow. “We realized that we open layouts and washer-dryer units. Marshall
the sitter. needed more space, and there aren’t that many raved, “They did an amazing job. The floors are
Well, these demanding parents are in luck. three bedrooms. So when we found out about beautiful—wide wooden plank floors. And it’s a
You can now find this perfect mixture of edu- Columbia Commons, we were really excited.” great layout that really maximizes the space.”
cational promise and comfortable living right Columbia Commons is a new pair of buildings At Columbia Commons, Marshall found the
here in New York, on either side of the Brooklyn with one- to three-bedroom units located at 110 space to stretch out that her family needed.
all images Chris Miolla

Bridge. Warren Street in the Columbia Street water- “Our son is so excited to have two windows in
For many New Yorkers, having children is a front district in Brooklyn. Columbia Commons his bedroom, instead of one like before. And he
game changer when it comes to housing deci- offers the convenience of new construction thinks that now that we have two bathrooms,
sions. Children bring the need for more space with the charm of a vintage home. As Marshall one of them is his.”

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delicacies with lined with restaurants and shops, and it is close to the Brooklyn
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She’s easy on the eyes with joie de vivre
to spare. Get a little taste of Elizabeth Hurley’s
sweet life By Lyss Stern
A lot comes to mind when you
above Sitting Pretty:
Elizabeth wears
Polly bikini in white

hear the name Elizabeth Hurley.

by Elizabeth Hurley
Beach. Photos by Nihat
Odabasi. Hair by Felix
Fischer for Factory
Downtown NY. Makeup Model, the face of Estée Lauder, actress (with roles in movies like
by Kelly Cornwell from Bedazzled, Austin Powers and Serving Sara. She dated Hugh Grant
Premier London using
Estee Lauder. for 13 years. Who can forget when she accompanied him to the
left Family Time: London premiere of Four Weddings & a Funeral in a plunging black
Elizabeth wears Amber
suit in Python, Damian Versace dress held together with gold safety pins. It gained her
wears kids Kurta kaf- instant media attention. Hugh may have been the star, but it was
tan. Both by Elizabeth
Hurley Beach. his curvaceous British partner who stole the limelight.

playground Spring 2011 39

On April 4, 2002, Hurley gave birth to a son,
Damian Charles Hurley, and decided to forgo
me to make an effort with my appearance
every day, and now it’s a habit. I don’t always 1 Movie
My favorite
the Hollywood lifestyle for a life of farming look glamorous, as I work and have my son to
movie is Good-
back in her native England. An astute busi- look after, but I watch my weight, don’t drink
fellas. I’ve had a
nesswoman, the actress-model-mom has also much alcohol, don’t go out much and try not crush on Robert
made a splash on the fashion scene with her to bite my nails! De Niro for as
swimwear line, Elizabeth Hurley Beach. Hur- long as I can
ley, in her 17th year modeling for Estée Laud- How do you describe your style? remember.

er, has been incredibly active in the Estée I like a sleek, feminine look. I like women’s
Lauder Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign. bodies, and am not that keen on baggy clothes Ice Cream Flavor
The company created an “Elizabeth Pink” which hide everything. On vacation I like I don’t like ice cream but
lipstick whose sales benefit the Breast Cancer women to look relaxed and easy—nothing eat plenty of chocolate to
Research Foundation. Hurley, whose grand- should be tight or uncomfortable. At parties make up for it! I like old-
fashioned English candy,
mother died of breast cancer, is the mistress in town, I frequently wear stuff that’s tight
like Crunchies, Walnut
of ceremonies at the annual April fund-raiser and uncomfortable but that’s different! I tend Whips and Lion
for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in to have a bit of a man’s eye and like what men Bars.
New York City, which will be co-hosted by Sir like women to wear more than fashion-victim
Elton John. It’s hard not to love her, and I am stuff beloved by some editors!
thrilled to have Hurely as our March cover
mom! What kind of dance did you do as a
young child? Ballet? Tap? Did you want to
3 Vacation Spot
For sun, I love the South
How many dogs do you have? What kinds? be a Ballerina when you grew up? of France, the Caribbean
I have three Labradors—Emily, Lucy and I studied dance for years, but switched to and the Maldives. I ski in
Raja—and a black cocker spaniel called Dash. acting at college. I love to dance but, rather St. Morritz.
I’m in love with them all and they all sleep like with karaoke, need to swig a few glasses
with me. I also have a 7-month-old Blue of wine before I take to the floor!
Fronted Amazonian parrot, called Ping Pong.
She is enchanting and can cackle, wolf-whis- Is it true that you dyed your hair pink
tle and say ‘hello.’ when you were a teenager?
According to my mother, I was a ‘grue-
When did you know you wanted to be a mod- some teenager’—lots of dyed hair and insane
el? Have you loved being the face of the Estée
Lauder cosmetics company?
clothes. I wasn’t really rebelling against
anything, though; it was just fashion. Plus, I 4 Music
I love country music—the
When Estée Lauder approached me out of thought the punk guys were really sexy. I also
sadder the better. Patsy
the blue and asked me to work for them, I really loved the music and still often have the
Cline, Willie Nelson, Kris
was staggered, as I’d never modeled before in Clash blasting from my iPod. Kristofferson … heaven!
my life. Now I’m in my 17th year, and I still
love working for them. They’ve been very From Bedazzled to Austin Powers, what has
loyal and supportive to me and stuck with me
through thick and
been your favorite film role to date, and why?
I think I probably loved playing Vanessa
5 Beauty Product
You Can’t Live Without
thin. Estée Lauder Kensington in Austin Powers. My son adores I swear by Estée Lauder’s
left Au Natural:
Elizabeth struts her have raised over the movie and knows all my lines. Advanced Night Repair;
stuff in one of her very $54 million for the I’ve used it religiously for
own creations, the 17 years.
Breast Cancer Re- When did you turn organic? How big
Neera Tunic in sand
search Foundation, is the farm you purchased?
sidebar: Getty Images

by Elizabeth Hurley
Beach. The Neera Tunic and it was through I bought my 400-acre farm as a refuge for
was designed to com- them that I got in- me and my son, Damian. I’d believed pas-
bine comfort and style
for all those sunny volved in the cause. sionately in organic food for years, and after
beach days. They also taught a while I realized how ludicrous it was to be

What irritates you the most about people?

Sloth; I’m not at my best with laid-back
people, it makes me even more hyperactive.

How do always keep in bikini shape?

Please share your secrets.
I put myself under pressure to remain slim
because I still model my own bikinis. I watch
what I eat most of the time, but have little
treats now and again. I walk every day with my
dogs and force myself to run a bit—but I hate
it. I love Pilates and yoga but don’t do them
regularly. I am extremely active, though, and
don’t sit still much. I do stomach and bottom
exercises whilst I wait for the tub to fill.

What do you and Damian love to do together?

Damian gets virtually all my time when he’s
not at school. Unless there’s an emergency
on, I try not to work between picking him up
from school and bedtime. We do piano and
guitar practice, the dreaded maths home-
work, supper, bath, reading and bed together.
If I have to be away on business, I keep the
trips as short as possible and my mum comes
and looks after him.

What made you decide to launch

living on a chemically farmed farm—even if How do you get ready for your your beachwear collection?
only at weekends. Every month I’d sign huge red-carpet appearances? I decided to venture into beach wear not
bills for chemicals and then watch the very I love getting ready for big events and can’t only because I’ve always been obsessed
nice contract farmer dress up as Darth Vader stand being rushed. I usually allow at least with holiday clothes, but also because it’s an
to spray the crops. Finally, I plucked up the two hours and like my dress, shoes and bag area where women, regardless of shape or
courage, canceled all contracts, cleared out picked out way ahead. I’m not very good at size, can either look amazing or really get it
the chemical store and put the farm in organic doing my own hair but can do my own make wrong. I wanted to come up with some styles
conversion. I’ve never looked back. Our little up, if I have to. I like big, sexy dark eyes and that make people look great and develop a
farm is in full bloom—I have healthy animals, a pale, shiny mouth. I also like my skin to be resort collection which would make a woman
healthy crops and I try to spread the word tanned and gleaming, so I use a lot of Estée feel fabulously sexy at any age.
about sustainable farming whenever I can. Lauder Bronze Goddess self-action tanner
throughout the year. What’s your biggest indulgence?
I know you were the middle child; did you have I love to soak in the tub with lots of Jo
the ‘middle child’ syndrome growing up? I read somewhere that you wanted to be a spy? Malone bath oil and a good book.
I can’t imagine not having my big sister and If so, who would you want to be one for?
my little brother. Without doubt I’m more of a I’d be a useless spy as I’m way too soft-heart- What makes you the happiest?
handful than either of them, but I’m not sure ed and couldn’t betray anyone. I think playing What makes you cry?
if that was due to my ranking. My brother is a spy in a movie is about my limit. I’m happiest when I have all my family and
a scientist but took a two-year sabbatical to friends around me. I cry at the drop of a hat
manage my farm, which was great. and am not allowed to watch the news before
bedtime as I get upset by anything sad.

42 playground spring 2011

What TV show do you love What are you looking forward clos-
to watch? to doing this spring? Any special travel plans? er and closer to a cure for this disease. By wear-
Damian and I are obsessed with Glee. We Damian and I love India and will probably ing a pink ribbon, you are telling the world that
know every song and adore Sue Sylvester. spend Easter there. Arun has a home there, so you care and that you are supporting a
Damian will get to spend time with his dad, powerful cause.
There are so many different rumors about your too. We will be spending time in beautiful
personal life swirling around on Twitter, Face- Rajastan, where I always go berserk buying I want to know more about your new reality
book, the Web and many publications. Can you textiles and antiques. show; I heard it’s set on your farm?
please give us the scoop on what’s really going I’m shooting a one-hour, one-off documentary
on in your love life? I know you are passionate about being a spokes- for Sky which is all about my life in the coun-
Sadly, my husband Arun and I separated last woman for breast cancer. When did you realize try—lots of shearing and milking sheep, with a
year. We still get that this was going to be your charity? bit of bikini shooting thrown in.
on really well, I know so many women that have battled this
above Three Cheers:
Damian gets out his though, and he is disease, and they didn’t all make it. We’re all Anything else you want to add?
ya-yas. Damian wears very active and scared of breast cancer, but we now know that Would love to hear?
Elizabeth Hurley if a localized breast cancer tumor is detected We’re opening four pop-up Beach Huts
involved in Da-
Beach Boys Shorts in
mian’s life. We’ve early, it is 98 percent curable. That’s why it’s so this Spring in the U.K., Belgium, Italy and
Palm Navy.
both moved on to important to get the message out and tell every Germany, so we are working flat out to get
left Lounge Lizard:
Elizabeth wears Al- new pastures, but woman to see their doctors regularly and get a them ready. We’re also about to start lambing,
legra Glamour bikini in it’s early days. mammogram every year if over the age of 40. which is my favorite time of year. We had a
Cheetah by Elizabeth very cold spring last year and ended up with
Survival rates are rising and each year we get
Hurley Beach. Ring by
Blaguette Jewelry.

playground Spring 2011 43

Kate is ready for
the rain in Stella

McCartney Kids
Floral rain coat,
denim snap dress,
& yellow rain boots,
available at Stella
McCartney NYC.


he weather outside was frightful as we all gathered in the
Penthouse Suite at the Surrey Hotel for a fun, fabulous
pajama party! The girls had a pillow fight, thanks to
Lisa Perry; took a ride on a luggage cart; snacked on
an array of Crumbs cupcakes; played games; and were the first to
see and try on all the amazing new spring clothing from Ooh La
La, Milly Minis, Stella McCartney, Gucci and so much more.
Come take a look …

photography by Ana Schechter | styled by Stephanie Kaster

44 playground march 2011


The girls roll in STYLE!

Ooh La La Couture
dresses all at Lesters;
overnight bags, Lisa
Perry at LisaPerry-; top hats,;
crystal bangle brace-
lets & headbands by
Bari Lynn
at Lesters.

above Emme & Sophie wear

Milly Mini’s! L. Emme in
Ink open back party dress,, with Gucci
Ballet floral flats; R. Sophie
in Blue Ikat Carolina combo

left Stella McCartney

red suede clutch with chain

left Isabella welcomes with open arms in Stella above Party time with Ooh La La Couture dresses
McCartney Kids play suit with wings, Stella at Lesters; placemats, Lisa Perry, LisaPerryStyle.
McCartney NYC; Michael Kors Gladiator wedge in com; cupcakes, Crumbs; Hats, Sanfranciscohat.
Silver; and Bari Lynn headband, both at Lesters. com; headbands & bracelets, Bari Lynn at Lesters.

playground march 2011 45

Pj’s all available at
Lesters; pillows, Lisa Perry

46 playground march 2011


Splish-splash, let’s all

play in the bath! Emme
(left) Little Marc/Marc
Jacobs; Sophie, Little
Marc/Marc Jacobs
at Bloomingdales;
Isabella, Juicy Couture

makeup by Lisa Wolper for Laura Geller

playground march 2011 47

Room With
a View

Trail of Crumbs
One New York family uses their kitchen as a laboratory
By Rachel Felder Photography by Heidi Green

here’s no shortage of great cupcakes 1—and their Upper East tive— and not necessar-
in New York, but, really, if you’ve got Side kitchen. ily a perfect concoction,”
a sweet tooth, is there anything quite Afternoons and weekends Bauer says. “It’s a great
like one of Crumbs’ giant, will-power- in the Bauer kitchen are teaching tool to let my
resistant creations? Whether our obsession is typically filled with baking, daughter know that baking
Cookies & Cream or the Elvis, most of us are either perfecting new flavors doesn’t have to be perfect: It
passionate about at least one of Crumbs’ unique, or just having fun, with Anna- can just be fun.”
extra-indulgent flavors … all of which were de- belle as sous-chef. “We do a lot of Inspiration for new flavors—like
veloped in Mia and Jason Bauer’s kitchen. cupcakes, but we’ll do anything that in- green tea, which Crumbs recently
The Bauers opened their first irresistible bak- volves a lot of decorating,” Mia Bauer explains. added to its offerings—often comes out of fam-
ery in 2003; as word (and people’s obsession Unlike some other cupcakes, Crumbs’ treats ily time. “Things that I do with my daughter
with their goodies) has spread, the company have a noticeable handmade touch—they’re not have always inspired what we do in the bak-
has vastly expanded, with branches all over the necessarily 100 percent symmetrical or uniform ery,” Bauer says. “If we see a movie, there’ll
city and in five other states, with more to come. but are always made with creativity and zeal. be something we see—even a color that might
But although it’s constantly growing, the heart That quality is also an integral element of the come up—that will jar my memory or will in-
of the business remains this couple and their way the Bauers bake at home. “The idea is that it spire me with an idea. You just have to have
two adorable kids—Annabelle, 3, and Zachary, should be really fun and elaborate and imagina- your eyes open. Once you’re calibrated to think

48 playground march 2011

Let them eat
cupcakes! Sprinkled
cupcakes are the
perfect treat
for kids and adults.

of stuff like that, the inspiration comes

from everywhere.”
But in spite of a kitchen filled with chocolate
and other sweet indulgences, the Bauers en-
courage their kids to eat healthy. “The idea in
our house is that they eat 90 percent healthy
foods—whole grains and vegetables—and then
they’re entitled to some treats,” Bauer says.
“We believe in everything in moderation.”
“Moderation” might not be the first word
that comes to mind at the sight of Crumbs’
extravagant cupcakes in the Bauer’s gor-
geous kitchen …but balancing it all—treats
with more nutritious meals; work and family;
maintaining neighborhood charm in a quickly
growing business—is the key to what makes
this very New York family tick.

playground march 2011 49


Bunny Hop Marks

20 Years of Service Kate Spade
cozies up to a

ne of New York’s most iconic fam- Endowment, the event’s beneficiary. host.
ily events is back for its 20th year In fact, the Associates Committee has Celebrity status or
of service, just in time to ring in pledged to raise $2 million over a five- not, the Bunny Hop has
the spring season. year period for the fund, which pays always been a family-
On March 8 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., high-pro- for hotel accommodations for fami- centric event.
file families will gather at FAO Schwarz for lies who need assistance while their “[We get] grand-
the Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Can- children are receiving treatment at parents, moms, dads,
cer Center Bunny Hop, a kid-friendly night of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer siblings [at the Bunny
carnival games, face painting, dress up and Center’s Pediatric Department. Hop],” O’Sullivan said.
even live animal demonstrations. In 1984, the Associates Committee was “[It’s] a great kick-off to spring in New York
Co-chairs of the Bunny Hop are Kate Al- formed in order to introduce a younger gen- City.”
len, Laura Harris, Laura McVey and Palmer eration to the society. Since its inception, the Activities at the Bunny Hop include carnival
O’Sullivan—all moms and all passionate about Associates Committee has taken over hosting games by Kids In Sports, cupcake decorating by
the event. duties for three major events annually—the Eleni’s, live animal shows by A Touch of Nature,
“I always love watching how excited all Bunny Hop, the Fall Party and the Associates a magic show by Magic Al, giant paper flower
of the children get as they enter the Hop Luncheon, all of which benefit the Depart- making, balloon art, dress-up, a magic and com-
and see all of the incredible decorations and ment of Pediatrics. edy show, face painting, a DJ and karaoke, and a
activities,” McVey said. “The Bunny Hop is For many attendees, the Bunny Hop is the live musical performance by Broadway Babies,
such a fabulous ‘only in New York’ event.” unofficial signifier of spring. among others. There is something for everyone.
In McVey’s house, the Bunny Hop is a must- “Given its date of early March, the Hop is a Perhaps the event’s best advertising is that all
attend event, especially for her 4-year-old celebration of spring, raising money to give four co-chairs, their children and even their
daughter, who has a soft spot for the event’s renewed hope and additional growth to all extended family come to the Bunny Hop for
magician, Magic Al. the aspects that are involved in caring some good old-fashioned fun. O’Sullivan even
Hosted by the Associates Committee for children with cancer,” Allen said. convinced an unlikely attendee to come to a past
of the Society of Memorial Sloan Ket- “Such a terrific, large crowd always year’s Bunny Hop—her 25-year-old brother.
tering Cancer Center and sponsored by attends the Hop. [It’s] a testament “He had a blast,” she said.
Brooks Brothers, the event will host to the consistent support of such a According to Harris, she and the other co-
more than 1,000 attendees at this worthwhile cause.” chairs picked activities and games to feature at
year’s carnival-themed event. Allen’s older children, 6-year-old the Bunny Hop based on what their own kids
“The kids ride up the escala- Katie and 3-year-old Dillon, also would want to see.
tor and walk into a wonder- attend the Bunny Hop—and While Harris also admits her kids may be a bit
land filled with hundreds even put money in their own young to fully appreciate service, she hopes to
of other kids, charac- piggy banks to help the cause. “lead by example” when it comes to giving back.
ters, games, music, “They understand it simply as O’Sullivan agrees.
food, and as a parent, raising money for the children in “It is my hope that introducing them to phi-
it is just a joy to watch ‘the hospital,’ to help the kids lanthropy at a young age will inspire them be
your children have such get well,” Allen said. passionate about causes they care about when
a fabulous time and know High-profile moms like they are older,” she said.
that you are helping support an Tina Fey, Kelly Rutherford —Rachel Morgan
amazing cause at the same time,” and Nina Garcia and their
Harris said. respective children will
Tickets are $180 for adults, $80 for children. For
Since its inaugural year, the Bun- also be in attendance at the more information, call Amy Sullivan at 212-639-
ny Hop has raised millions of dollars Bunny Hop. Honorary chair 7389 or visit
Tina Fey
for the Pediatric Family Housing strikes a pose
and comedic genius Fey will
for charity.

50 playground march 2011


Mad About You

Madagascar Live plays Radio City Music Hall April 15–24

All of your favorite crazy characters from Zoo to the wilds of Madagascar.
the blockbuster feature film Madagascar In addition to featuring everyone’s
have escaped from the zoo and are hitting favorite characters, Madagascar
the stage in Madagascar Live. Presented by Live takes the audience on an
DreamWorks Theatrical, it is a wild new ad- action-packed adventure with
From top: courtesy of Madagascar Live ; Heidi Green Photography.

venture based on the film that swept the na- imaginative set, costume and
tion in 2005. puppet design, magnificent
The brand-new stage show aimed at family singing and dancing and
audiences stars the cast of popular characters the hit song “Move It,
from the beloved Madagascar film series, Move” for an experience
including Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, the entire family
Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the Hippo and will enjoy.
members of the madcap Madagascar crew,
Special offer for readers: Save
King Julien and the crafty Penguins. Widely
30% to select performances of
successful across audiences of all ages, the
Madagascar Live when you use code
original story will be brought to new life in PLAYGROUND. To take advantage of this
the 90-minute stage show, which will trans- limited time offer, visit
port audience members from the Central Park or call 866.858.0008.

playground march 2011 51


Nannyquette 101
How to have a healthy relationship with your nanny By Wendy Sachs

t all started with a bowl It depends on whom you ask. Probe a
of spaghetti. The cold, con- little deeper into Susan’s world, and you
gealed noodles had sat neglected learn that two of her three children have
in the back of the fridge for days. special needs. She is tense and tired and
Susan, the mother of three, despised quickly snaps, even though she says she
leftovers lurking behind the milk. She positively adores her nanny. But to Flor-
had repeatedly reminded her nanny, ence, Susan’s behavior was disrespectful
Florence, who had worked for the family and inexcusable. And reason enough to
for three years, to keep the fridge clean. possibly forfeit her job.
Annoyed by finding the half-eaten spa- The mom-nanny relationship is compli-
ghetti on Friday, Susan yanked out the cated. It is often fragile and fraught with
bowl, leaving it in the sink for Florence unresolved issues. The co-dependent
to clean. The weekend went by, and the situation it creates can be challenging and
bowl sat defiantly in the otherwise empty made worse by unclear communication,
sink. Florence had washed all the dishes lack of respect or unfair expectations.
except for the one covered in marinara, And the intimacy of having someone in
which now had the consistency of dried your house—sometimes even living in
Play-Doh. your house—who not only cares for your
By Monday evening, Susan could stand children but also sees the piles of bills on
photoillustration by Scott Dvorin

it no longer and told Florence that if she your kitchen table can blur the boundary
didn’t clean the bowl, she would lose her between employer and employee.
job. Florence stated flatly, “Where I come I’ve learned from experience that creat-
from, we scrape off our own dishes.” ing a healthy, long-term relationship with
Was Susan being unreasonable or sim- your nanny takes effort and a hefty dose
ply making a point? Is Florence’s behav- of honest and frequent communication.
ior understandable or unprofessional? As in a marriage, communication is ev-

52 playground march 2011

are your nanny is not clairvoyant. You
should be direct and specific about your
priorities and things that you want done.
If you want your kids to be fed tofu twice
a Chelsea shliosph tot!
a week, put it in a menu schedule. If you

the super-sty
want her to purée veggies for your home-
made “Sneaky Chef” dinner, than tell her.
If homework needs to be done before din-
ner, make it clear that this is a priority.

Don’t Assume
Just because you have strategically left
an art project, children’s puzzle or stack
of picture books on the kitchen table,
don’t assume that your nanny will jump
on them. Some nannies may eagerly
open up the puzzle and be thrilled with
the new art project, but others may not
engage until you ask. Also, don’t assume
that because you gave your nanny a day
erything. Below are tips to getting you on off or paid her a full salary for working
the right track, and it all starts with the fewer hours one week that she will offer
first interview to stay late or work overtime without pay.
You must communicate what you want
The Interview and what you expect. Remember, it’s bet-
During the interview process, make ter to ask than to assume.
sure you are clear on what your needs
are and what the responsibilities of the Respect Boundaries
nanny/sitter entail. If your nanny will You may want to get emotionally close
be asked to do laundry, polish silver, to your nanny and fold her into your fam-
walk the dog, or tutor the kids in alge- ily, but not everyone is comfortable with
bra, tell her now. that type of intimacy. Respect personal
boundaries and possible cultural differ-
On the Job ences. Your nanny may feel like family or
Keep talking—all good relationships like a close friend, but that doesn’t neces-
are based on communication. Check in sarily give you the right to probe about
with your nanny weekly to make sure her boyfriend/husband/children or even
everything is going smoothly. Even if her financial situation.

317ea1r028tthhStreAetv) e
you’re the passive-aggressive type, talk
about any issues or concerns and don’t Money
them fester. Respect her time and the Many moms get squeamish discuss- (n
(646) 633-52
hours she works. If your schedule is ing money, raises, overtime or holiday
changing, tell her in advance. bonuses. Be open about what you will
be paying for hours worked and let your
b a by b o u t iq
Be Specific nanny know what she can expect on cumis m om
Unless you’ve hired a psychic, chances any given week.
playground march 2011 53

The United Nations

International School

Get in the
Everything You Wanted to Know About
Parenting But Were Afraid to Ask By Lyss
Stern and Rachel Felder

UNIS Summer Program provides recreational, academic &

enrichment activities for children 4 and 14 years old, in a
friendly and supportive environment that fosters friendship,
develops sportsmanship and is nurturing in spirit.
Office of Special Programs
24-50 F.D.R. Drive (& 25th Street), NY 10010
Tel #: 1-212– 584-3083

Corbin’s Crusaders
suMMer daY CaMP
Where sports, adventure and fun come together to make memories!
Through team spirit and sportsmanship we enhance your child’s potential and confidence.

I’ve been invited to my first Passover sed-
For Boys and Girls Ages 4 - 14 er—what’s appropriate to bring as a hostess
June 13th -August 12, 2011 gift?
A A Passover seder is a wonderful meal that’s all
Located in Rockland County about tradition and family—you’ll love it! It’s fine to
bring food, but keep in mind that leavened baked
Only 25 minutes from Manhattan goods (like bread and many cakes) aren’t eaten by
Door to door bus service Jews who are observing the holiday. Fortunately
many stores stock special Passover-friendly treats
212 875-8174 this time of year, and bakeries like Balthazar typi- cally offer luxe versions of desserts that are suit-
able for the holiday. At a huge feast like a seder, we also like bringing
a non-edible gift, like a gorgeous scented candle
or spring flowers. And, although it’s not typical, if
you’re close to a hostess who will have cooked all
day, a gift certificate for a day-after manicure or
massage is a nice touch.
Children are particularly welcome at a seder—
where the youngest child is involved by reading

54 playground march 2011

Cultural Homestay International
non-profit educational organization

For Affordable, Live-in Childcare

Host an International Au Pair!
• Quality: Carefully screened and trained
a set of questions, and many families tuck a piece loving au pairs
of matzoh away for a festive version of hide-and- • Flexible: Up to 45 hours of at-home
seek—so the gift of a game or art set for the host’s childcare per week
kids is always appreciated. And if you’re bringing • aFFordable: Approximately $343 per
your own kids, make sure they’ve had a nap—a week per family
seder can run quite late! • educational: US Govt. approved cultural

exchange program
All my kids’ friends • experience: CHI has been bringing people
are going for fancy of the world together for thirty years!
destination trips
over spring break while
we’ll be home on a stayca-
tion. How do I explain it to
my children?
A It’s certainly hard in
New York to keep up with
the Joneses, particularly
when it comes to vacations. Contact: Chris BurbBach - Regional Coordinator
If you’re staying home Tel: 866-528-5152 •
because of work commit-
ments, the explanation’s
easy, but if it’s simply too

Icing on The Cake

expensive to take a lavish
trip, use this time to show

your kids how diverse and
rich New York offerings
We’ll tell you how
are. Explore some cultur-
this night is different.
ally rich neighborhoods you We will design a one-of-a-
don’t typically get to—like
Jackson Heights, Brighton Beach or Flushing—and
kind custom cake for your
bring home souvenirs, just like you would on a
long-haul holiday. None are expensive, and all are
special occasion.
just a subway ride away. And go to the theater and
museums you don’t usually get to. In other words,
keep busy and make sure to have plenty of fun! Every cake is made to order;
A nice project for the break is to make a spring that means you can be sure
diary, which you can craft with drawings instead
of words if your kids are very young. Tuck in ticket
that your cake is fresh and
stubs, leaves, photos—any bits and pieces that are delicious every time!
great reminders of what you’ve done. Ideally, aim
to make each entry at the same time every day—say,
right after an afternoon snack or before bedtime. Call Leslie for your free estimate.
(347) 604-3309
And, even on a tight budget, a day trip or two to
upstate New York or Connecticut can break up the
city time and give you and your kids a perfect taste
of “away time.”
As long as the kids are occupied and enjoying
themselves, spring break will—we promise!—be as
pleasant as an ocean breeze.
We also make cupcakes!

High School Reunion

New York mom gets makeover just in time for class By Danielle Sutherland

hen my 25-year Reunion Diet by David
high-school Colbert, M.D., and Terry
reunion invita- Reed. As I looked for
tion arrived in the mail, books on diet and exer-
I thought to myself, “You cise at the bookstore, Dr.
know what would be even Colbert’s book jumped
more fun than a high out for obvious reasons.
school reunion? Anything. The headline said “Lose
Bedbugs. Jury duty. Get- 20 Years in 30 Days”—I
ting splashed by the cab had more than twice that
that didn’t stop for me amount of time, so I felt
for the next year’s worth compelled to peruse it. I
of rainy days when I’m was genuinely impressed
running 10 minutes late.” with the book; it was filled
Not that I didn’t like high with what seemed like
school. I had no emo- (for once) rational good
tional scars or old scores to sense and easy-to-follow
settle, I just had no desire advice; I liked that the
to lay eyes on most of the book billed itself as a “food
people I spent high school knowledge” book, not a
with. But really, deep diet book, and promised to
down, I think I was a little re-educate the reader on
scared for them to lay eyes there was something un- me: “Danielle, I hardly 60-to-70-hour weeks, and the subject of food, and so
on me. derlying my reticence to recognized you!!!” I looked awful. I had really I purchased it, hoping it
So there I was with the see my old classmates. If I were honest with let myself go—gray roots would deliver on its prom-
invite in hand, literally Over the past 25 years, myself, I’d have to admit and all. There was little ise to deliver you to your
on the way to consign- Margot (a knockout even that the reunion loomed chance I was showing up reunion looking more like
ing my past to the trash as a child; she was “that as nothing so much as a to that reunion. your “original self than
bin of personal history girl” who always had a venue to showcase my However, Margot in- you have in years.”
when the phone rang. It boyfriend, starting in the shortcomings. Somewhere sisted, begged and then Just 10 days after fol-
was Margot*. She was the sixth grade) had diligently between motherhood, a bribed. It literally took lowing Dr. Colbert’s menu
only high-school friend I’d maintained her looks with demanding legal career, Margot’s promise to pick plans, which inciden-
stayed close with. Pilates three days a week, and more failed diets than me up with her car and tally never left me feeling
“Danielle, have you a personal trainer, New you could shake a protein driver and let me borrow starved, as other diet’s
checked your mail?” Mar- York City’s top plastic sur- shake at, I had fluctuated her live-in laundress and have, I was actually able to
got screeched, before even geon and a nutritionist she between a size 4 and a size ironing maid to close the zip into those size 10 jeans.
saying hello. practically kept on retain- 12, with every clothing deal: I’d go to my high- Another three weeks later,
“Yes.” er. A high-school reunion size in between repre- school reunion with Mar- though I could barely be-
“And? Are you excited?” wouldn’t phase a stunner sented in my closet. I was got, but privately, I made lieve it, I was fitting into
“I’m sorry, but I’m not like Margot; she was bet- now a size 10, or so I told a deal with myself. I was my size 8 clothes. And
illustration by Ellen Lindner

going,” I said. I had missed ter preserved than the myself, but in actuality I going to look my best for while my face was even
all of the other reunions, frogs we dissected in bio. hadn’t been able to but- this reunion come hell, starting to look better (less
why start now? I argued. Let’s just say that all of our ton my size 10 jeans in a high water or a Hall and bloated), the deep lines on
But Margot begged. The classmates would say to year. Add to this a difficult Oates reunion. my forehead and crow’s
more she insisted, the her, “You haven’t changed few years of caring for a This is when I discov- feet were still visible, tor-
more I had to acknowledge a bit!” And they’d say to sick parent while working ered The High School menting me.

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And then something re- when Dr. Colbert walked many stars the day before nation. On the street, I know my secret; someone
ally unsettling happened: in, he quickly put me at the Oscars, the Triad gives noticed men, young and even commented, “You
Walking along Madison ease. He was personable patients a youthful and old alike, were turning and win for who looks the best
Avenue and looking into and fun. I think he might dewy glow. My skin did taking note—an apprecia- 25 years later”) but one of
a store window one af- be the first doctor to actu- look fabulous when I left, tive glance here, a nod of the most eye-opening, per-
ternoon, I noticed an old- ally make me laugh since I but unfortunately, I wasn’t approval there and even spective-changing events,
looking woman in the re- stopped visiting my pedia- going to the Oscars, just requests to go on a date too. One of the boys I had
flection. It took a minute to trician. Beyond being kind home to an empty apart- (sometimes despite seeing a major unrequited crush
process that I was seeing in a one-on-one setting, ment (the kids were at a ring on my finger). At on a quarter-century
my own visage! Already this successful doctor, camp and my husband on first, it was impossible to before, now middle-aged
impressed with the results with an A-list clientele a weeklong business trip). believe. and twice divorced, was
of the diet, and knowing that includes Angelina Before I left Dr. Col- Then one night, I noticed suggesting we get back in
Dr. Colbert’s dermatology Jolie and Rachel Weisz, bert’s office that day, he a look in my husband’s touch, and his hug good-
practice is in Manhattan, I travels in his spare time explained to me that once eyes that I hadn’t seen in bye felt filled with regret
picked up the phone in no to Haiti aiding amputee the Botox took effect, years. He couldn’t stop (on his side). “Why didn’t
time, desperately request- victims. it would take five years telling me how great I you ever go out with me
ing an “emergency visit” I told Dr. Colbert my off my face, and if I was looked and, not know- back then?” I somehow
that day; lucky for me, the situation, and, hearing willing to come back in ing what I’d done, asked marshaled the nerve to
doctor had a cancellation! that I had my high-school a week, he could take off how much the face cream ask. “It never occurred to
The pristine interior of reunion coming up, he another five. Dr. Colbert (he presumed I bought) me you liked me, you were
Dr. Colbert’s Fifth Avenue smiled and said, “You’ve said he would be able to had cost us! The romance so shy, a little awkward,”
office hits you the moment come to the right place. reconstruct my face in the started coming back into he remarked, “but always
office without surgery, my marriage, too; my a cutie.”
just by using Restylane husband was paying more In the days that followed,
to give me back my fuller attention to me, sending Margot and I had a good
I made a deal with myself. I was cheeks that were now a me flowers with notes time reminiscing and re-
thing of the past. telling me to meet him playing the evening. But
going to look my best for this Seven days later, with at the Lowell Hotel after in my private moments, I
the Botox having taken work, where we had got- realized something else.
reunion come hell, high water or effect, Dr. Colbert finished ten married. Work was I wasted a lot of time
a Hall and Oates concert. the transformation. Hold-
ing up a small handheld
also improving. I had more
confidence all around—a
being insecure when I was
young. I wasn’t as unat-
mirror, Dr. Colbert asked bounce in my step. tractive as I thought I was.
me what I thought. I The night of the high- I just lacked confidence.
you walk through the door, Don’t worry, I’ll make you barely heard the question; school reunion, I found Then, having never felt
instantly letting you know look years younger before the tears welling up in myself —now a size 6 with pretty in the first place,
you’re in good hands. the reunion.” my eyes said more than a smooth face (and sans I suppose it was that
Naturally young-looking After receiving quick anything I could put into the gray roots)—standing much easier to let it slip
women—and men—wait injections of Botox into the words. Within seconds the in front of my full-body away. Looking great at
for the doctor inside. This forehead and around the Restylane gave me back a mirror a completely dif- this point in my life felt
was not my mother’s plas- eyes, I sat with icepacks on youthful face! I couldn’t ferent person than the one like I had been given a
tic surgeon’s office, where my face for a few minutes believe the combined that needed to be bribed second chance. The first
the wind-tunnel, pinched- and wondered what I had results; they were breath- into agreeing to go a few time around, when I was
face look abounded. been so afraid of. Sure, it taking. Before meeting months ago. Who needed young and pretty, I lacked
Waiting in the exam was uncomfortable, but Dr. Colbert, I thought one Margot’s maid to iron my perspective to embrace
room, I was nervous; ra- compared to my three needed to have a face-lift sheets, I thought to myself, and enjoy it—or just even
tionally, I knew Botox and C-sections, it was a walk to achieve effects this no- when I looked this good? recognize it.
fillers were commonplace, in the park. Dr. Colbert ticeable, but I was wrong. My 25-year high-school I wouldn’t make that
but on some level I had followed up by treating me The things that hap- reunion ended up being mistake again.
always been nervous about with his signature medical pened next were, in short, not just a great night (after
the procedure. Thankfully, facial, the Triad. Used by beyond my wildest imagi- all, everyone wanted to *Names have been changed.

playground march 2011 57


Designer furniture for kids

New York parents are snapping up serious pieces of designer
furniture to provide heirlooms for their children by Julie Earle-Levine

arents who are passionate about ing chairs
design themselves really want to by Arne
instill in their children a sense Jacobsen or
of the importance of design,” Gio Ponti. “But
said Roy Otwell, co-owner of switchmodern, design-aware par-
an e-commerce Web site featuring luxury and ents are trying to do
contemporary furniture. their best,” said Otwell.
New York families are stocking up on heir- Ludacris, the rapper and
loom items. “They see an Arne Jacobsen Egg actor, recently invested in a
Chair and buy it because they want some- “modern,” disco version of
thing authentic and something that a gentlemen’s library with
endures, at least beyond four years! seats parents and kids can
No one wants cutsie, throwaway fur- crash on and a place for them
niture. They want an item that lasts to curl up with a book, a peace-
and enriches their lives.” ful lace for them to learn and do
“No longer do parents say, ‘We’ve homework.
chosen to have kids and it will be a “Our customers don’t want
hell zone for 12 years,’” said Otwell. Mickey Mouse on the walls. They
“They realize that they can buy qual- don’t want to compromise good taste
ity heirlooms for the kids that are com- because they are starting a family,”

all photos courtesy of the manufacturers

patible with their own aesthetic.” said Otwell.
Franklin Getchell, president at the design There are plenty of tasteful taupes and
store Moss, in Soho, backs this view. “We neutrals but there are also playful pieces
see clients who want their child to be aware like the Bloom chair. “The economy is finally
of design or art even before they may be old improving, so clients are spending without
enough to understand it intellectually, guilt. We are seeing spring colors,
and they do this with works which vibrancy.”
have appeal, through color or mate- Kids love the Ghost chair
This handsome fellow
rial, but come with a richer narrative, cozies up in a Yolk chair by Kartell (which you
which the child will eventually appreciate on from Little Nest. can even buy in pink), plus a
other levels, but for now, they just ‘like’ it be- stunning modern dollhouse
cause it’s fun.” A child’s chair in clay by Maarten Baas, a designed by Wolfgang Sirch
Top choices at Moss are Banquette chairs by Dutch designer, also finds its way into chil- that may resemble Mom-
Fernando and Humberto Campana, brothers dren’s rooms, he said. Each is unique, using my and Daddy’s sleek
who work from their studio in São Paulo. The industrial clay hand modeled on a steel skel- weekend country retreat.
mixed-animals chair, an eye-candy assort- eton. One client ordered a
ment of stuffed animals to make a chair, is the Lamps from the Fossili Moderni collection 30-plus run of Poliform
one they began with, and the limited edition by Massamilliano Adami, a young Italian art- closets (about $42,000)
of 150 have mostly sold out. “Eight years ago ist, are also playful but not childish in appeal. for an Upper East Side
when we first began selling them, they were These are pieces made from found objects billionaire who wanted
$4 to 6K, and people would definitely buy embedded in polyurethane foam and then the closets to have red
them for their children’s rooms,” said Getch- sawed in half, creating a flat side to each of lacquered doors. “These
ell. “Now that the same chair is $85K, it’s less the pieces. were to house his little
commonly placed where children can happily Of course, not everyone is lucky enough princess’ shoes, clothes, and
sit and eat messy foods.” to grow up with parents who insist on buy- toys.”

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Otwell said it has become the equivalent of the
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the nursery. It is $5,934 to $9,400 in fabric, and
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or some, the words Amenities
“summer camp” conjure and details
visions of macaroni neck- Shibley Day Sum-
laces, slop buckets and stinky mer Camp is for kids in
latrines, but a number of East nursery school through
Coast day camps offer quite eighth grade; kids in
the opposite—a semi-luxury pre-school to first grade
experience. At places like Hil- can attend a separate ju-
lard, Shibley and Pierce, kids nior camp. Shibley offers
indulge in lunches, sport facili- air-conditioned door-
ties and social opps that rival to-camp bus transpor-
their Manhattanite parents’. tation. Day-camp rates
Here are three of the most rec- are unlisted, but camp
ommended camps in the area. directors are happy to
discuss costs on the
phone. Visit www.shib-
Camp Hillard or call
Scarsdale, New York
With seven heated pools Luxe-and-tumble 516-621-8777 for more

camps for
on the premises, it’s no won-
der “everyone who comes
Pierce Country
East Coast kids
to Hillard learns to swim,”
says Jim Libman, one of the Day Camp
counselors at Westchester’s Roslyn, New York
first day camp. Yes, swim- What kid wouldn’t
ming is kind of a big deal at want to spend a summer
Camp Hillard, but it’s not the only outdoor at an indoor pool, doing musical theater, cir-
activity offered—basketball, baseball, softball, Shibley Day Summer Camp cus arts or sculpture?
soccer, lacrosse and football are among the Roslyn Heights, New York Similar to Hillard and Shibley, the 27-acre
most popular sports. After hearing the Web site’s Rocky theme Pierce Country Day Camp provides an enrich-
Camp Hillard focuses on skill-building, so song and chatting it up with a camp director, ing, skill-building outdoor getaway. In fact,
in addition to well-coached sports, kids can you’ll get the feeling that kids have fun and Pierce says it offers a “Core Experience” that
get their creative juice on with arts and crafts become champions—of everything—at Shibley emphasizes learning skills, making friends,
ranging from jewelry-making to ceramics. Day Summer Camp. “We’ve got every activity and looking at life as an adventure. Pierce
With a one-to-three staff-to-camper ratio, in the world,” says one of the directors of the strives to help kids make “noticeable gains in
there’s plenty of personalized attention to go 82-year-old camp. physical, emotional and social development.”
around, a tradition at Camp Hillard since it When asked to name the camp’s most im- Amenities and details
opened its doors, er, grounds in 1929. pressive aspects, the director, who proudly Pierce provides transportation, special
Amenities and details claimes 42 years with Shibley, says, “The peo- meals for kids with allergies and a pediatri-
Camp Hillard is for kids 3 to 12. An air-con- ple who run programs, our 40 acres of shade cian on site, in addition to registered nurses.
ditioned health center with registered nurses and the fabulous swimming and sports.” Pierce is open June 29 to Aug. 23, and offers
and healthy lunches and snacks are included in To create a relaxed, nurturing environment fast-track programs; mini–day programs;
the camp price. The eight-week (June 28–Au- that’s less about competitive pressures and and six-, seven- and eight-week standard pro-
gust 18) camp is $7,950 per child. Camp Hillard more about kids being themselves, Shibley’s grams; the standard eight-week session starts
offers bus transportation from Manhattan; programs include “built-in success” and help at $7,425 per child; the fast-track, eight-week
Riverdale; Greenwich, Conn.; and Westchester campers develop individual growth and self- program for kids who have completed eighth
County. Campers are picked up at 8 a.m. and confidence. or ninth grades starts at $3,712.50. Visit www.
are dropped off at about 5 p.m. Visit www. Want to see for yourself? Shibley hosts open or call 516-621-2211 for more
getty images or call 914.949.8857 for more houses seven days a week and offers year- information.
information. round programming. —Amy Schroeder

60 playground march 2011

Kids in Sports Grows Up
give kids the chance
to create and have
fun, while touching
summers filled
upon many different
things, from athletic
exercises, stretching,
with fun
since 1951!
sports skills, coop-
erative learning skills
and sportsmanship,”
Coach Mike explains.
The coaches are

amazing. “When we
hire coaches, we look
for someone who can
really impact the kids,
can relate to them,
With a backpack of ally get them involved.
and aren’t just former


sports equipment and After several weeks of
college athletes look-
30 willing kids, Coach sticking with it, most
ing for part-time jobs,”
Mike Strutt and Coach former wallflowers are
says Elizabeth Paige
Kenny Colon launched racing around with the

n and
Right, director of sales

Call for Informatio

Kids in Sports in the pack, thrilled to have
and marketing. Right,
fall of 1999. By last persevered, another
Set Up an Appointm
a former Dartmouth
fall 2010, there were important sports les-
lacrosse player and
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a first-grade teacher
children participating says, “Seeing all the
with a master’s de-
in multiple locations progress from week
gree in childhood

one to week three is

from Manhattan
education and in
and Long Island to so rewarding. We get
sports psychology,
Greenwich, Conn., the most notes from
also works with kids
and Washington, D.C. parents thanking us
one-on-one to help
So what has made for helping their little
with any issues. “We
this program such a ones stick with it.”
like our coaches to
roaring success? Here They prepare kids have backgrounds in
are a few ways Kids in for kindergarten. childhood education.
Sports is a step above By segmenting the We want working with
its competitors. little athletes into kids to be their pas-
They give children the groups, structuring sion, not just working
confidence to partici- each class, directing with sports,” she says.
pate. Not all kids are the kids to activ- Providing high-energy
ready to jump right ity stations, having excitement and de-
in. Sports classes— them work with lighting kids are pri-
or any classes—can teammates, teaching
be overwhelming for sportsmanship and
orities. Many Kids in
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to-child ratio, Kids in The atmosphere is worked seven, eight or
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that a coach shadows über-competitive (at Kids in Sports offers
anyone struggling on least at the pre-school spring-break and
the “sidelines.” The level). The coaches summer camps, birth-
coach will give the give kids the opportu-
courtesy Kids in Sports

day parties and more.

child a small duty, like nity to laugh, yell and
helping collect the For more informa-
release the energy
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miami heat For those who like it hot, there’s always Miami By Julie Earle-Levine

62 playground march 2011

at the Canyon

t’s only March but we’re fantasizing
about a warm beach holiday, where we
can get our bodies bikini-ready, medi-
tate and eat and drink well, without
having to drag ourselves to a far away
retreat in Thailand.
Miami suits us just fine. It’s a long weekend,
a three-day escape, or more if you can swing
it, and an easy trip from N.Y.C. Miami has
some exceptional new properties and restau-
rants. Here are our top picks.
Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach
is far enough away from South Beach to be
truly relaxing.
New Yorkers know and love CR from its Le-
nox, Mass., and Tucson properties, where it
has hard-core, intensive fitness schedules and
skinny meals (don’t go looking for chocolate
or wine). But the Miami property is the only
CR where you can stay with kids and indulge,
too. Moms (and dads) get to work out all day
doing everything from Buff Ballet Booty to
yoga on the beach and can finish the day with
an exquisite organic cocktail or wine. The
purple pillow, with house-infused lavender
vodka, blueberries and lime, is killer. TM

The property has a genuinely relaxed, fam-
ily-friendly vibe. That’s probably why there
are as many celebrities as there are locals N O W T H R O U G H M AY 2 5 T H O N LY !
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VISIT and use code MAMMA75

classes a day is exhausting. There’s no excuse
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Assessment—yep, fat pinching and developing a
targeted exercise routine. There are also great
classes with experts on nutrition, exercise physi-
ology and physical therapy, Chinese medicine
and life management, to name a few.
Kids as young as 5 can do Superfit Families and
Oceanfront accommodations, private beach, pool, tennis. Superfit Kids (ages 5 to 8) and enjoy yoga (with
fun poses to keep them interested), meditation,
The way Cape Cod was, still is at the Lighthouse Inn.
beach walks and rock climbing with their par-
Welcome to a true family vacation – no cooking, no cleaning, no hassles… ents.
simply enjoy the soothing ocean breeze on seven secluded oceanfront acres. KidFit (ages 8 through 12) has many classes

A Cape Cod Family Vacation and treatments where kids can work out on their
own, or as a family.
• Supervised Children’s Program • Recreational Facilities for Children The wellness spa, where adults can indulge
• Sandy Beach, Heated Pool, Tennis • Family Entertainment Nightly in a shiatsu massage, or a Your Transformation
• Complimentary full breakfast • Cottages, Suites, Family Accommodations facial, is the largest in Miami, at 70,000 square
feet. Teens can also experience a spa treatment,
courtesy Canyon Ranch

including a relaxing facial and mask, or a private

Lighthouse Inn relaxation class to learn how to channel stress.
One Lighthouse Road, West Dennis, Cape Cod, MA (508) 398-2244 When it’s time to eat, the main restaurant is
Find special offers at Canyon Ranch Grill, where staff produce crayons
and Wikki Stix for kids at each meal (i.e., hours

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Always the BEST parties

Birthday Parties, Toys and Gifts,

Candy, Walk-in Art
Workshops, Special Events

Oceanfront views
from your room.

of entertainment). It’s delicious organic fare. Kids will devour

artichoke fries, which are actually healthy (they are baked, not
fried), and New Zealand lamb chops with minted herb drizzle
and tabouli.
“Simple eats” by the pool include Black pearl organic grilled
salmon with sautéed spinach, and the Cabana serves healthy
juices and smoothies.
The property’s 150 rooms are simple and fresh, with extras like
large-screen televisions in the bedroom and a spacious living
area with its own breakfast bar, in-room coffee and kitchen for
early risers who want to hit the beach early. 20 Different Craft and
For parents who really need a makeover, the Weekend Warrior Candy Themed Parties, Including Craft
Package ($550) includes all meals and boot camp (accommoda-
Studio Classics and Hot New Projects!
tion not included).
We also love Soho Beach House, the just-open sister property to 212.831.6626
New York, West Hollywood and London’s Soho House. The 50-
room swank hotel is just north of South Beach, on the oceanfront
and family-friendly. 1657 Third Avenue
Kids are welcome to sink into comfy lounge chairs for a break- New York, NY 10128
fast where the order of the day is Green Eggs and Ham (arugula
or spinach tops eggs to make them “green”). Blue-and-white- Find us on Facebook!
striped communal lounge beds surround the pool and are perfect Follow our Tweets: CraftStudioNYC
for napping after a dip. There is a second rooftop pool and lounge
Dining out at the
Blue Door Fish.

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The rooms are handsome, with antique
king-size beds, drinks cabinets and enormous
free-standing bathtubs. All-natural, full-size
Cowshed products—just try to resist “Horny
Cow” bath and shower gel, with rose absolut,
New York Chinese Cultural Center patchouli and cinnamon—are heavenly (you

School of the Arts

390 Broadway 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10013 • Tel: 212-334-3764 •
can use them and also buy them to take home)
The same products are in the full-service
spa with Cowshed’s first Blowdry Bar. Have
After School Chinese Program Weekend Classes a cocktail mixed and made for you in your
February 28 through June 23
th th
January 8th through June 19th room.
Be sure to dedicate at least one night for the
New York Chinese Cultural Center offers exceeding- Classes include Chinese folk and classical dance,
hotel’s Cecconi’s, a modern Italian restau-
ly fun language classes combined with traditional Peking Opera, acrobatics, Chinese painting,
Chinese dance, music, and fun arts and crafts activi- calligraphy, paper cutting, and language. rant that is one of the hottest (and tastiest)
ties to keep your young ones engaged. eateries in town. The snapper carpaccio with
All ages citrus and fennel and the baked Florida black
Ages 3 ½ - 6 ½ years old Saturday from 9:00PM to 6:00PM grouper with clams, potato and marjoram are
4 days a week from 3:15PM to 4:30PM Sunday from 11:00PM to 5:00PM delicious.

Other great eats

Summer Camp
Don’t miss the revamped Blue Door Fish at
the Delano. Kids can run between the flow-
in China July 28 th through August 22 th ing curtains in the spacious lobby until it’s
3 week program in Shanghai! time to dine and no one blinks. Nab one of
Daily dance and language classes, plus weekend sightseeing and weeknight performances. the three banquettes, surrounded by vintage
Ages 9 -15 years old glass chandeliers and Venetian mirrored table
in New York July 11th through August 26th and order the truffle frites for starters. The
New York Chinese Cultural Center caramelized octopus with garlic, shallots and
courtesy C

Join us for a summer of Chinese folk dancing, acrobatics, language, painting, and more! Dijon mustard on black olive potato salad is
Ages 3 ½ and up to die for.

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At night, go to the revamped Fontainebleau,
where you can tell kids Elvis once performed
and then have them ask you, who was El-
vis? At Hakkasan, kids with chopsticks can
munch on tasty jasmine tea smoked pork ribs
and grilled Shanghai dumplings. Sean Penn
and his children are fans of the hotel, which
offers guests kids-night-out movie art proj-
ects and smores by the pools.
The Setai has a new executive chef, David
Werly. Go for his Grand Breakfast, which
has everything from baked breads, pastries
and muffins to home-smoked salmon, blinis
and crème fresh ($47 per person, $18 for kids
under 12) The hotel also now has a new beach
trailer that serves lunch, including Setai cevi-
che and open-faced salmon burgers, right on
the beach.

Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa Miami Beach

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Noon to 2pm every Saturday and Sunday
Complmentary Balloons

keep it local
take a staycation: The surrey hotel

As soon as you cross the threshold at the Spa

at the Surrey Hotel, something magical hap-
pens. It’s as if you’re being transported into a
luxurious Upper East Side boudoir. Styled to
resemble a spa Coco Chanel would retreat to,
it has are no loud phones ringing at check-in.
Instead, each guest is invited to luxuriate in
a club chair separated discreetly with gauzy
white curtains.

Ragidy Supreme
The relaxation begins the minute you’re of-
fered tea—there are three types available—
and continues when you arrive in your spa-
cious treatment room (there are five, including
two oversize suites just perfect for couples At CERCLE ROUGE 241 WEst BROAdWAy
looking to unwind), all of which are decorated
with Art Deco light fixtures and contemporary
artwork. A sumptuous Sferra robe and slip-
pers await, and there are no communal locker

rooms here; instead, clients disrobe en suite
and store personal items in an ornate hand-
painted armoire.
Before your service even begins, your thera-

Physical Therapy, PC
pist will spend time talking about your wants
and needs. “We ask you how much time you
want to spend,” says Cheryl Jacobs, spa direc-
tor. “We urge our clients to talk about what
they want to achieve. Maybe your hip hurts Treatments include: Pilates-based rehab, Yoga-based exercises, Kinesiotaping
from carrying your baby, or maybe your neck and a variety of specialized manual therapy and sport specific techniques.
aches. Or maybe you just want a massage to
help you relax. Whatever a client wants, we’ll
help them achieve it.” We are a holistic, hands-on PT facility that offers
Opened in November 2009 following the Sur- intimate, practitioner to client treatment for direct
rey’s $60 million renovation, the second-floor rehab. Our clients include high end “type A”
spa—which features a hummingbird, said in professionals who injure themselves during daily
Native American mythology to bring joy and activities, weekend warriors, post surgery rehab
happiness—offers everything a busy mom and compensation cases. Get better!
could need. “Moms are under a huge amount
of pressure and they need to take time to take
care of themselves,” she says. “The idea is We treat the person,
that a group of five or six moms can come here not the diagnosis.
and have their treatments 1 We want
moms to feel like they’ve had a little getaway.”
“Every minute that you can relax is precious,” Karena Wu
says Jacobs. PT, MS, CSCS, CPI
The Spa at the Surrey, 20 East 76th Street, is 12 West 37th Street, Ste
open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat- 1202 New York, NY 10018
urday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Phone, 212 777 4374
646-358-3600. Half-day and full-day personal
renewal retreats are available as well.
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Cumi’s Baby Boutique is Enroll today and be a part Welcome to Grimaldi &
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tephanie Hirsch created the inca How do you juggle work What’s the best advice you’ve What’s the best part of rais-
resort lifestyle brand in 1996. and family? given your two sons? ing a child in New York City?
The boutique design house fea- If I am working or with my Apply our family values and The access to everything
tured collections of luxury swim kids, I try to remain present beliefs to the outside world interesting, exciting and
and resort wear. With Hirsch’s and in the moment. I live by regardless of whatever every- current.
trendsetting designs, inca became a globally the mantra ‘be where you are.’ body else is doing.
recognized brand. Entirely self-taught, Hirsch When I am with my kids, I try What’s the worst part of rais-
has designed apparel that has been praised for not to think about my work, What do you wear to take your ing a child in New York City?
its unparalleled attention to detail along with and when I am working, I try boys to school or practice? That I cannot just open
its flattering and superior fit, bringing her not to think about the million If I have a meeting, some- my back door and have a big
wide acclaim and international recognition as other things I need to do. thing absolutely inappropri- backyard where my kids can
a fashion designer. Following the birth of her ate, and if not, then the usual run around.
son Hunter, her journey as a mother led her to What lessons from parenting workout wear.
write the book Mother Nurture: Life Lessons have you incorporated into Favorite family hidden
from America’s Best and Brightest. your work? What’s your favorite family gem in New York City ?
Hirsch has also collaborated with the I have learned two impor- moment every day? We love BabyCakes! The
premier indoor cycling studio SoulCycle. In tant lessons from parenting: Breakfast time. There is treats are so yummy and the
bringing her design expertise and shared (1) Do not take everything so something so pure and re- best part about it is they are
vision of reinvigorating the soul, she co- seriously, and (2) when things freshing about all of us sitting all natural and organic.
created their fitness line of comfortable yet are out of control, I always together at the table starting
stylish cycling apparel. say, ‘It is just a moment, NOT a brand-new day . What’s your guilty
She now turns her attention to art, using a Lifetime.’ parenting pleasure?
her unique vision and flair for style in creat- Champagne.
ing beautifully embroidered and beaded What are you looking to doing
canvases. Visit her Web site stephanie- this spring with your boys? to see more about Hirsch and Ride our bicycles in Central
her amazing pieces of art. Park.

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