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Mika Brzezinski! All Things At Once!

9 Aug

mika-brzezinski-21Continuing with my summer book list; it’s about an extraordinary woman!  Mika Brzezinski!  I have a few favorite morning shows and MSNBC’s Morning Joe is one of them, because of this lady!

There’s nothing like being up early in the morning at 5 AM and seeing this beautiful woman, ready and able!   The chemistry between her and her co-host Joe Scarborough is amusing; but yet wonderful to see the respect that they have for one another!

For those tough questions that have to be asked or perhaps when Mika is not satisfied with the answer provided –  I can always count on her to say exactly what I would say; she’s on it!  Or even those times when perhaps she makes me take a few minutes to let it marinate what was said among the round table of guests; ends up transcending to some valid points!

All At Once by Mika Brzezinski

All Things at Once by Mika Brzezinski

This left me wanting to know more about Mika Brzezinski and I didn’t want it from any newspaper clippings, someone’s interpretation or an opinion based on 10 minute segment!  So I decided to hear it from her!

She made it very simple, I read her first memoir!  Who best to tell…. than her!

While sitting on my balcony, with a beautiful summer breeze – I’d finished the last chapter of her book called All Things at Once <very honest and vivid!)>  So vivid, at times I could actually be put right in the scenes she was foretelling of her life.  Her life of humble beginnings and how we sometimes want to separate the things that we do – as if we do it separately.  But in all actuality we do it all the same time!

Although being the daughter of former national security adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski can open a few doors for you; it was up to Mika to make sure she held her own ground.

We always hear, that you can have it all and then you come to realize; having it all sometimes is not what it seems.  There is a juggling act and since there is only one of you, something or someone is going to be disappointed!  It might be even you, most of the time.

Mika explained how her life involves so many roles and the challenges.  A wife, a mother and person who gives it all in her job.  In many instances, questioning your decisions and often more that not feeling guilty; remembering all that glitters is not gold.  There are so many lessons in this book, where she says it has shaped her into the woman that she is today.

“I may have been woefully unprepared for that assignment, but my biggest mistake was taking it on at all.  Ultimately, that was the greatest lesson: be honest.  It doesn’t matter what kind of work you do, or what level you’re at.  Know your limitations. Know that it is okay to tell your bosses when you are over your head…they don’t teach you this type of thing in college.  It’s a trial by fire sort of lesson: the only way to get it right is to get it wrong first.”

As you read this book, there will be excerpts that you can relate to and have you thinking; everyone has their challenges.  It is so wonderful to get know the woman up early in the morning like I am!

Mika Brzenzinski

Mika Brzezinski

All Things at Once is such a wonderful read. Published over six years ago; any avid reader would know a book is always available for your fingertips and time to escape; anytime!

As long as Mika keeps writing; I am interested in what she has to say; as well as listening to her in the morning!   Two more books to go and with my wish list; to attend one of her “Know Your Value” women conferences for 2016!

Bravo Mika… Thank You!


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In 2011, Mika Brzezinski also published another book named Knowing Your Value: Women, Money and Getting What You’re Worth (Weinstein Books 2011). Also told as her personal story, the book discussed women and financial negotiations. It included tips for negotiating salaries and compensation packages. Made the New York Times Best Selling Author list!  

Then a followup came in 2013, with Obsessed: America’s Food Addiction – and My Own by Mika Brzezinski another life chapter which she shares, her evolving relationship with food. Being always honest discusses her unhealthy food obsession, battles with bulimia, binge eating and lifelong struggle to be “model thin”.  Besides given a larger perspective on our obsession with food; taking on food manufacturers, advertisers, the media and the government.   MorningMika for Twitter

More® Fierce & Fabulous Girl’s Night Out in NYC!

23 Oct

Every year I would miss it!  I either had a conflict in my schedule or no more tickets.  I even would get the Oh! by the way news, that I just hate!

But this year!  Yes… this year, I was finally able to go to More® Magazine’s Fierce & Fabulous Girl’s Night!  Who cares if I was told just last night, at the spur of the moment!  Who cares! The event was held at the gorgeous Dream Downtown Hotel on 16th Street in NYC!  The night was brisk, but full of excitement. 

Upon arrival, I’d received an all-access pass describing what the night had to offer.  I simply love, love, LOVE More magazine and their events!   When I’m reading the magazine, I always feel that they really get us, women that is…they get it right and  I’m so glad they’re here;  Lesley Jane Seymour, Editor-on-Chief and her staff!

The sponsors of the party were right there on hand to give us ladies a good time!  There were Shiseido makeup artists providing Eye and Lip Touch-ups.  They even had a sexy signature cocktail and allowed everyone to shop their fabulous products in celebration of Shiseido’s holiday palette.  An Alex and Ani Instacam photo booth to take pictures, the guests who arrived early received complimentary bangles.  There was something for everyone!

* Shopping for fashion accessories at the Touch of Fabulous display.
* Expert Laurie Davis gave great advice for successful online dating (now I find her!)!
* Into Tarot Card reading, it was there! (the line was so long)
* The fabulous Lyss Stern of Diva Moms was there talking about her book and signing for those who purchased.
* Express eyebrow threading
* First look at The 52 Weeks—meet the authors and buy the book.

And there was more (no pun intended)!  Network with some of the VIP guests; including MORE editors.   I also met some wonderful woman; where we all exchanged business cards to keep in touch with one another in the future! It was so much going on, there were even raffle prizes, including appetizers, cocktails and my favorite, WINE from Women of the Vine.  Upon leaving, we all received a fabulous gift bag worth $200+ at the end of the evening.

Photos were posted under the #MOREnightout, it was so much fun…a big party, please feel free to post some ❤ LIKEs or Favorites!   To be in the know about fashion, beauty and the latest events, you can also get a subscription to the magazine and even sign up for More’s newsletter!  You won’t be disappointed!

Lyss Stern is the founder of  Divalysscious Moms, a New York City’s premiere socializing network for fabulous moms (and moms-to-be) and their totally adorable babies.  Lyss is a  New York City mom who sets the tone that being glamorous, planning your “love on top” …then having your baby can all still exist!  divamoms.com

Alex and Ani is one of the fastest growing privately owned companies in America. Alex and Ani is headquartered in Rhode Island, the former jewelry capital of the world. Although Alex and Ani launched in 2004, Carolyn Rafaelian’s roots in jewelry design was a family tradition.  20% of the sales of Charity by Design bangles go to one of the many causes they love. alexandani.com

Touch of Fabulous is boutique shopping for the personalized service, the curated choice of items, the to-die-for pieces that you know you won’t find anywhere else, and the overall ambiance. touchoffabulous.com

 Laurie Davis is the founder of eFlirt Expert and author of Love @ First Click ; an online dater’s guide to exploring the web with no-fail techniques. For example, uploading the right photos can attract someone who might otherwise pass you over. Setting a time limit on the first meet-up can leave your date excited to see you again. And the phrasing in your date’s thank-you text after dinner can uncover how your click mate really feels about you.  Check her out on Huffington Post and her book is sold at Amazon.com. huffingtonpost.com/laurie-davis/

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