May 8, 2016
Thanks to Daddy for capturing what Dylan Reid and I are wearing today. For the mommies out there who have sons you can dress alike. See how below :) The sun came out today and I got to have my special day in the park with my boys. Happy Mother's Day to all the incredible Mother's out there. This day is very special day and I am grateful every single day for this little noodle who makes me smile and glow everyday. xo
What Dylan Reid is wearing today...
What I am wearing today...
Happy Mother's Day!
May 4, 2016
In 2014 I announced I had a bun in the oven and ran this Mother's Day Giveaway. I cannot believe how fast time flies by and how different (in the best way possible) life is with my boy Dylan Reid (yes I recently started an Instagram for Dyl not sure if it will exist when he is 12 but thought it was a nice place holder lol) and he does have his DJ name #DJDYLANREID and officially will be taking DJ classes very soon...yes they have Baby Dj Classes (no joke) watch out Dj Sha! Over the past two years I opened up about getting pregnant in this article on Motherly, was featured as a tastemaker here on Buru and was asked to join the HeyMama amazing crew of working Mama's and featured here on their site. Being a mother and balancing a career and maintaining this blog as well as contributing to several others and being the chair for the In Living Pink Gala this year is a lot. But, somehow I have found some kind of balance or shall I say I am still figuring it out. I did however have a recent meltdown on Monday after being on holiday with my family and Dylan. Being a working mom and then having 10 days straight with my boy made it very hard Monday morning to make the switch. It is a constant struggle that I think all working Mother's go through. I am so grateful for what I do and having my boy. I wouldn't change any of it as it makes me who I am. But, I do cherish every second, every minute, every smile, every giggle and every hug and even the recent mood swings ;) So for working or non-working moms this is for you for today, tomorrow and the future. Treat yourself. Happy almost Mother's Day!
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P.S. Happy Birthday my baby forever Dylan Reid. 10/4/16, 19 months wow! I recently updated my instagram from new mom to new mom forever. Thank you for giving me such joy every single day. Life is filled with so much more now that you are here. I love you forever.
P.P.S. Thank you to all my lady friends for the mommy advice and my awesome sister mother of 3.
P.P.P.S. Mommy aka Nammie thank you for teaching me the ropes. Watching you work when I was younger inspired me to build my dreams. You are an incredible role model. Grandma Mom #2 thank you for being a beautiful mother-in-law. I feel very lucky to have you in my life.
*Please note all opinions are my own*
April 13, 2016
|Photo c/o Spencer Kohn|
Someone recently asked me, "Why do you dedicate so much time to charity?" That was an easy answer for me I said, "because I love giving back. It's just that plain and simple."
This year I was asked to be the In Living Pink's Art of Survival Creative Marketing and PR Chair. presented by the Young Survival Coalition. My first time being a co-chair on this YSC event was with my friend Kristen Martinez, who we lost in 2010 to breast cancer. When I met Kristen I didn't know she would be the one to change my life forever. I first met Kristen at my first volunteer meeting for the YSC and that same year we worked as co-chairs on the ILP gala. We put an amazing event together that year and years after, too. I am advocate for the Young Survival Coalition in honor of Kristen Martinez. The YSC empowers young women and provides support to young women diagnosed with Breast Cancer.
When I was first asked to be a co-chair of this year's event, I took time to think about this honor. I wasn't sure and actually wrote back to Dana, who is in charge of this year's Gala, politely trying to turn down her offer. Dana wouldn't have it and wrote back, "Stacy, you can just be you. I am not going to demand anything else of you."
"If I can be me then I will do it!" and here we are now.
So as the "Creative PR & Marketing Chair" I set out to bring together my creative friends to help spread the word on this incredible cause and Gala. I am so grateful for all who didn't even flinch and said, "absolutely Stacy." You have no idea how much you all mean to me for diving in and taking on the tasks with no questions, ifs ands or butts. I thank you from the bottom of my soul. This years Gala is going to be truly amazing and it is because of all of the hard work by the chairs and volunteers who have come together to make this event happen.
To make sure this Gala would be truly spectacular I knew it wouldn't be easy but I was going to try my hardest.
My first mission was asking friend and photographer, Spencer Kohn, to be part of the Gala by capturing incredible young women survivors in a portrait series. This series will be showcased at the In Living Pink Gala. In a previous meeting with Spencer I remembered him mentioning to me that he lost his Aunt to breast cancer. She was the one who showed him what photography was. So when I asked him to take on this project I knew he would deliver an incredible work of art. Spencer took on the project with no hesitation and came back with his vision for this. He created a body of work that asks breast cancer survivors to confront themselves. Spencer explains, "This series captures two different portraits of each woman affected by breast cancer. The first image is the external view- the face that society sees. Strong, beautiful, but a mask. When asked to look in the mirror, we encounter the truth, whatever that may be.
INTERNAL/EXTERNAL- A REAL LOOK AT CANCER
On at Three Sixty˚ (10 Desbrosses Street, NYC), Young Survival Coalition (YSC) and Spencer Kohn will present Internal/External, a photo series of breast cancer survivors commissioned for In Living Pink: The Art of Survival. Presenting a multimedia expression of the breast cancer experience, the evening will feature works by some of New York's top established and emerging contemporary fine and performing artists, including survivors, co-survivors and supporters. The event raises crucial funds for YSC’s support programs and resources for young women affected by breast cancer.
|Photo c/o Spencer Kohn|
My son Dylan Reid joined me and Spencer in Bushwick, Brooklyn on one of the days of the shoot. On this shoot, we also captured three of the women who are featured in our Boy Meets Girl Muse feature (which you can see on the Boy Meets Girl blog here). I stole Spencer's other camera and shot some BTS footage of Dylan, Spencer and some of the incredible women who are part of the In Living Pink series.
At the shoot, we were also joined by friend and artist Lily Lane (Mission #2) who will be performing an original song inspired by her day at the shoot meeting these survivors.
Mission #3 was recruiting my committee. Thank you to Melanie Notkin (aka Savvy Auntie), Patty Kan, Traceye Smith and Tricia Vesey for coming on board and helping me spread the word!
Mission #4 was to make sure you all come to see the incredible installation that Spencer Kohn has put together and watch Lily Lane perform among other incredible artists who will help to celebrate life both past and present!
Thank you again to all that have helped me so far, to my beautiful friend Kristen, to Dana who knew if I just stayed "me" everything would be ok and to all of you.
If you can join me it would be wonderful because the event is truly one, very special night!
To get early bird tickets click here.
Some Past posts on the ILP and YSC