Let's focus on the positive shall we? I was over the moon with how this Project Ladybug event turned out. All the girls did their part. Teresa's hair care line Youthful 8 provided all the hair for the event as well as sponsoring some decor and favors. Melissa rallied some amazing raffles and her and Joe kicked ass with the live auction. The twins packed the house with all of their friends, and Amber gave us the connection to Stacie and adorable fashion show by East Coast Starz.
I have to say a big thank you to Abbey and Tommy for opening their home to us and a HUGE thank you for connecting me with Louis and the team at Sayerwoods Event Designs. They went above and beyond with the candy theme. I was blown away how they made my vision come to life. To top it off they are the kindest people to work with!
Couture Candy Buffets did an amazing job with the candy bar even though I drove them nuts with the layout, LOL! Sugar Rush Bakery's cupcake bar was a hit and the boys from SCE Event Group as usual rocked the house. iParty Pix gave us a fun photo booth to play with and The Brownstone filled the guests' bellies to the brim. Thank you to all those who donated to our silent auction: the NY Islanders, NY Jets, NY Giants, Depasquale Spa, Yanina & Co, DJ Pauly D, Harrah's Resort, and iParty Pix. Last but not least thank you MelissaGarciastyling.com for picking out my gorgeous dress from 25 Park, davidantuneshair.com for my hair, and Dayna (www.weddingiwre.com/muartistrybydayna) for doing my makeup for the night. My good friend Manny as usual captured every moment for us (www.mcarabelphotography.com).
Thank you to my ladybug team of my sister Cookie, Lexi, Kenny, Stephanie, and Dianne for keeping things flowing while mama bug got her Meana on.
The night was amazing and other than the little glitch of the girls' talk (which I'm so grateful happened at the very end of the night), it was perfection.
[video_clip_url:http://player.theplatform.com/p/PHSl-B/yT7k3t_YLXoZ/embed/select/xwajqAJKPxTT]Special heartfelt thanks to Jacqueline Collot, mother of Julien, our man bug in heaven that is the namesake of the Project Ladybug fund at Memorial Sloan-Kettering. Along with a touching video of Julien himself, Jacqueline shared her story to help put a face on childhood cancer and those that it affects. Of course thank you to all of our honored guests, who helped us to raise $50,000, which was presented to the hospital by myself and some of the girls. I was a very happy bug.
Please visit here to see a video I made for you guys on this last episode. Click around and see what you missed, there's lots of juicy stuff in there.
As for this season...I learned a lot. I may keep quiet but my eyes are wide open.