Monday, October 14, 2013

Sunday Brunch: Aged in Forest Hills + The Dumbo Arts Festival



One of the best things about Sundays is that sometimes I try my best to make the time to catch up with family and friends over a great meal and usually we'll check out an art exhibit or head to a park or whatever our hearts fancy. I thought It'd be fun to share those Sunday meals and adventures with you guys in hopes that you'd discover a new place to fill your tummies or a unique, fun place to visit.

Two weeks ago, my bestie Natacha and I headed to Aged in Forest Hills, Queens where we sipped on unlimited champagne while catching up on all our September happenings. I indulged in their light but perfectly sweet Queens Croissant french toast {pictured above}.While discussing our plans to check out the Dumbo Arts Festival she admitted she hadn't been to Brooklyn Bridge Park before. Not that I ever need an excuse to head to Dumbo but I was friggin' thrilled I could play her tour guide and show her, what I think of as my "serenity spot". I knew we'd definitely have to pass by a few of my favorite shops {I plan to share a few in an upcoming post} while we walked from York street to Pier 1 checking out all the street art, performers and installations. 







          Ceci Est Un Ceci Est Un Coeur // Street performers // Macarons // Who's Chelsea Manning ?




My absolute favorite was Robots Will Kill, I think they are so friggin cute!


We couldn't have asked for better weather, visitors were out enjoying the art, kayaking and skyline views. 


These adorable girls seemed in awe of the love locks that have been popping up on Pier 1.


Playing Tourists and snapping photos.






The Random Fortune Generator {I couldn't find details on DAF site} "Not being seen but being able to see"
I of course wanted to write down "Live in the Moment" but the line was monstrous.



If you've been to this years festival, what would you say was a must see?

I hope you guys enjoyed this first of many posts in the series "Sunday Brunch" and always remember to 
"Love Life and Live in the Moments".

To hold you over until next years Dumbo Arts Festival, here's some more photos from Instagram and video's highlighting DAF13 Day 1 ,  DAF13 Day 2  and DAF13 Day 3. Enjoy!

Bunches of Xoxo's
                           Dellah



Friday, October 11, 2013

Happy Weekend! Let's LINK Up




I've been waiting for this three day weekend, since October kicked off. Nothing really special planned, our oldest CJ is going to Debate Camp before his final try-outs for the team {not sure how he got to be so smart, but it wasn't from us}. The little monster and I will probably enjoy some arts and crafts and I'll finish working out the details of his Toy- Story themed 3rd birthday. Kinda just looking forward to wearing my fuzzy robe and traipsing leisurely around the house and catching up on some reading + shows we missed this week.

If you're here in the city I totally suggest you check out the Little Red Lighthouse festival this Saturday or The Open House NY  events which allows visitors access into amazing NYC architecture. These events have both been on my to do list the last two years, but who knows maybe we'll just get out of the house and check'em out. Anything amazing planned for the long weekend where you are? Just in case you find yourself staying indoors.....


Here's a few of my very favorite links from around the web {really hard to limit them this week}

3 NYC events to visit this weekend // Pumpkin Day in McCarren Park // Comic-Con //  Luna Park's Halloween Harvest


You have Some Nerve reading this!


Give your door a design- makeover with a splash of fun, unexpected color.

As it starts getting brisker, bring the fun inside with these creative ideas for indoor play.


Don't let all those freshly picked apples go to waste, make this cocktail.

This pumpkin french toast had me drooling.


The sheer back of this Jenny Jenny Packham wedding dress is stunning.

Let your wedding guests know you were each others missing piece with this puzzle piece guess book.


Comic-Con inspired manicures

Quirky clutches seem to be popping up everywhere.

Have the kiddies dress up in costumes of fashion's most iconic personalities for Halloween or better yet skip the princess outfit and dress your little girl in a real heroines costume.


Whatever your plans this weekend, live in the moments and enjoy!

Bunches of Xoxo's
                             Dellah

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Channel Your Inner Olivia Pope w/ Pieces from Dorothy Perkins




Millions of viewers tuned into Season 3, episode 1 of ABC's phenomenal hit series Scandal, and I'm not sure if it had more to do with all the PR drama the gladiator team has to resolve and secrets to be revealed, the steamy romance between Fitz and Liv [just watching them hug is intense] or that fashionista's everywhere are hoping to revamp their wardrobe around Olivia Pope's {Kerry Washington's} iconic show styling. In the October 2013 issue of Glamour Magazine Kerry told The interviewer that tonight's episode will have 19 costume changes {I'll be watching and taking notes}. Whether conducting a brainstorming meeting, speaking at a press conference or stealing moments at gala's with Mr. President, everything about Olivia's style screams: effortless, trend-setting, poised and powerful with touches of feminity that let's everyone know "I'm a boss, and don't you forget it!". 

After scouring the web for a shop that encompassed pieces that would successfully replicate an Olivia Pope "look" I realized that Dorothy Perkins had everything {all under $150} from peplum dresses, subtle yet fabulously detailed coats, blazers and blouses to structured bags and accessories that tie everything together. Take a look at some of their items that I think speak to Olivia's gladiator chic sense of style. Do you have a favorite Olivia Pope outfit on the show? Which pieces below would you love to own in order to recreate an Olivia Pope inspired look?

Above Coats & Blazers 


      Blouses and Sweaters 

  
     Pants, Shoes & Watches 


    Structured bags


     Gowns + Fitted dresses 




Happy Viewing tonight!

Bunches of xoxo's
                            Dellah

All photos of Kerry Washington/ Olivia Pope: Scandalmoments.tumblr.com 
All clothing + accessories via: Dorothyperkins.com 



Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Wedded Bliss // Jaclyn + Evan at Queens Farm


A crisp Autumn breeze + a bit of rustic charm and simplicity made for a gorgeous, end of September  wedding at Queens County Farm. I absolutely friggin' love when I can walk away from a wedding that I helped assist on coordinating, knowing that the couple who's union we witnessed, and whose reception we helped oversee were overjoyed by the outcome of their months or even years of planning.



I instantly fell in love with the couple's choice of birch containers, burlap details + floral arrangements incorporating roses and my new fave Dahlias.


It's all in the details: The couple's initials, a lovingly sweet sentiment, nostalgic photos of the bride and grooms parents and recent pic of Jaclyn and Evan decorated their escort card table. 







The bride and her stunning bridesmaids were all picture perfect while the dapper groom and his groomsmen showed off their fun argyle socks.






The couple shared the endearing words "I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine" as their pet dog Dominoe and all of their guests watched the romantic, sunset over their ceremony.




It was truly a pleasure to be a part of Jaclyn and Evans day the wedding party and family members gave such heartfelt speeches. The couple and their guests danced the night away, enjoyed cake from Momofuku Milk bar and gave Jackie and Evan a sparkler farewell that was a beautiful, love filled way to end the night.






Pictures: Belong to Dellah's Jubilation
Event Coordination: My Bridal Budget LLC
Ceremony + Reception Location: Queens Couunty Farm
Floral Decor: Violet and Verde in Brooklyn, NY
Brides Dress :  Forever Yours from RK Bridal in NYC
Bridesmaid Dresses and Grooms suit: J. Crew
Groomsmen suits: Rental from Jack Silver Formalwear 








Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Elated with Etsy: Shop Spotlight on Wild Things Dresses


When I spotted Wild Things Dresses on Etsy a week ago I knew I had to share this adorable shop, in hopes that any of you reading this could order something you loved in time for Halloween {In the U.S orders must be placed by Oct. 20th}. What I love most about these costumes is that kids can use their imagination while playing and if they wanted they could wear them outside without looking like they've been playing dress-up and we lost the battle to get them to take it off.  Another plus for parents is that we won't have to worry about them fussing about keeping their itchy mask with the tight elastic band that pinches their ears on, while we try to get that in the moment trick-or treat photo. 

Shop owner Kirsty custom designs and creates in her studio across the way in England and calls her three wild things at home her inspiration for her simple, yet vibrant and fun creations. I'm looking forward to the shop launching more items for boys because my youngest monster loves his bag of costumes and is always asking for new ones. Which of the Wild Things Dresses costumes below or on the site could you see yourself gifting or your own little one wearing?













Monday, October 7, 2013

Oh Snaps! A Peek at September on Instagram

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  • The face of a kid ready to kick off the first day of school and 3rd grade!
  • Seeing as I now work in Tribeca it was my first time actually being downtown on September 11th.
  • My little Rasta monster showing off his locs and roof top loungin'.
  • Really bad flare-ups this month had me on a liquid/soft diet for 2 weeks.
  • Figured I deserved a sweet treat and some probiotics from Whole foods since I'd been feeling better.
  • Fun postcards my 5th grade students sent in from over summer vacation.
  • Mr. Tough Guy.
  • CJ enjoyed Nickelodeon's World Wide Day of Play, human size ring toss anyone?
  • Do you remember your first concert? They enjoyed singing along to Big Time Rush + Ariana Grande.



  • Punch buggy no punch backs!
  • After color coordinating his blocks mini monster decided to turn them into a bridge.
  • "I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine" echoed through the field at Queens County Farm.
  • A few of my favorite things on our windowsill.
  • Croissant french toast for brunch was perfection.
  • Love Locks discovered by two cute munchkins have made their way to Pier 1{Who needs Paris?}.
  • Robot Kills spotted in Dumbo
  • Played tour guide for the bestie in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
  • Beautifully crafted handmade baskets at a Forest Hills street fair.
What was a highlight of your September?
Please feel free to follow our NYC moments on  Instagram @Dellahsjubilation

Bunches of Xoxo's
                            Dellah

Friday, October 4, 2013

Happy Weekend! Let's Link Up




Are you as thrilled as I am that it's the weekend? The week seemed to blow by for me but I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing because my to do list keeps growing. Tomorrow I'll be assisting on a wedding at Milleridge Inn, in Long Island and Sunday I'm looking forward to a little R&R. The boys are just fine with staying home and doing some of the things they love best like wrestling around on the couch and watching cartoons with dad. I do sort of wish we were going to check out some of the festivals happening, but every now and then staying in pajamas all day is essential. How about you guys? Anything fun happening in your hood? Just in case you also decide to hang at home and unwind.........

Here's a few of my fave finds from around the web: 

8 Fall festivals + Fairs in NYC definitely worth checking out // The Chile Pepper Festival //The Brooklyn Flea Record Fair  // Randall's Island Fall Festival // Fiesta! Celebrating Hispanic and Latin cultures // The Sugar Sweets Festival // Read NYC Community Festival // The New Yorker Festival // My dog loves Central Park Fair

Colorful, bohemian and modern all mixed up into one amazing NYC apartment.


If apple picking is on your to do list, you'll need to make this tasty looking baked crumble soon after.

Toasted Marshmallow cupcakes .... need I say more?


A Scandal-ous Saks Fifth Avenue window only a gladiator could love.

7 staples that are essential to every Paris fashion  inspired wardrobe.

Polishes in hues perfect for fall.

Would you pay for your own engagement ring?


The Girl Who Lost Her Name

Usher singing The ABC'S Are Moving You will have you tapping your feet even if you don't have kids.

After seeing this DIY Halloween costume you'll think snails are pretty darn cute.



Thanks for LINKing Up with me, I hope you all live in the moment & enjoy the weekend!

Bunches of Xoxo's
                              Dellah

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Lil' Monsters in NYC: Nickelodeon's World Wide Day of Play 2013



I'm sure I'm not alone when I say this but, sometimes it feels like we nearly have to bribe our nine year old CJ to get out of the house on the weekends. Whether we're discovering something new and undoubtedly amazing to do or visiting a family favorite spot, initially he'd most likely rather stay home and play Sklyanders on his Wii or watch a marathon of Ninja Turtles or WWE wrestling while chowing down on pizza to pass the time. We even have to hide the Nook and cellphones from our 2 year old who is way more technologically savvy then we ever imagined he'd be. Lucky for us parents, for the last ten years Nickelodeon has been hosting it's World Wide Day of Play events all around the globe to encourage kids to take time away from the television screens and gadgets and to get outside to be active and healthy.

This year, after numerous attempts and the recruiting of friends to help us score free tickets online to the Sept. 21st event [which sold out daily in under 5 minutes], we successfully surprised CJ, Tristan and their two cousins. The day included get your heart pumping outdoor activities, celebrity & character appearances and a concert performed by boy band Big Time Rush and actress/singer Ariana Grande in Brooklyn's Prospect Park. 

I hope you guys enjoy my pics below and here's great Nickelodeon, City of Play pictures. I'm also sharing videos that I posted on Instagram so you can get a quick glimpse at why Nickelodeon's World Wide Day of Play is an awesome way for kids to burn some energy while having fun, like my two boys who got in on the action [you can spot them tossing and catching a football in this video]. 

What are some ways you and your family like to stay fit and get moving?


Upbeat party music + a trampoline class with JumpLife make for a great way to start the day. 




A step class helped kids of all ages get coordinated by following patterns and beats.


The monster really had a blast with his cousins and proved he was a tough guy on the field.



A neighborhood cheer-leading squad, cheered on the rock-climbers.




Mini golfers, future pros.



Life size ring toss + running obstacles.



The stars of the Nickelodeon show, The Haunted Hathaways and characters from Nickelodeon and Nick JR. {The Power Rangers, Team UmiZoomi and The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles} drew lines of kids who were excited to meet them. As an 80's baby I think I was way more excited then the kids to see the Ninja Turtles.



Everyone was encouraged to get moving, to do their best and have fun!
  

True fans stood on line for hours near the stage as the afternoon ended with a free two hour concert from     Big Time Rush and Ariana Grande. I must admit, I was disappointed to see so many kids standing in line when there was so much fun to be had. To Nickelodeons credit they made several announcements to the fans to get out and play and be active.


The smiles on these kids faces were priceless, probably the best surprise ever and the best reward for us parents was a house full of kids who couldn't wait to go to bed! Make sure to mark your calendars for next year's World Day of Play event!






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