Go Argentina!

We kick off the world cup party festivities with a big party at work. We all chose teams - I know nothing about soccer but I'm put on Argentina's team. Apparently this guy named Messi is pretty good. lol

 Little Genesis was also visiting the office. She was your new work bff. 

Showered with Love Baby Shower

With Baby Dockery's arrival just a little over a month away, my dear friends Marfa, Nicole, and I (as well as Mr P) took to planning a fun co-ed baby shower cocktail party. After scouring dozens of themes on pinterest I liked the literal theme of a shower - like clouds, rain, etc but wanted to put a glam-fab twist to it. So I opted for a grown up palette of gold, black, and white, and pink accents (nod to the Baby Dockery's gender). We had the whole thing catered by Sal Lamboglia, a chef who has worked the launches of fabulous NYC restaurants like the Dutch, Locanda Verde, and now Lafayette. The food was amazing, the decor exactly what I wanted, and the vibe was fun and giddy as always. Here are some snaps from the night:
Left: my entrance :) Dress from Asos. Right: My dad, Karl, and my good friend and cohost aka (college) "roomie" Kiana

Amazing cloud centerpiece by Nicole at NYCFlowerProject
Black and Gold! I spray painted baby bottles and pacifiers gold. In keeping with the theme, I designed these water bottle labels incorporating our logo (yes Mr. P and I have a logo). I couldn't decide on 1 shower design for the front so I had fun and used all 4!

Throughout the room were a few baby items scattered on tables and on window sills. Nicole made these mini cloud arrangements for various tables. People loved the kid rainboots with hydrangeas. Also scattered about were baby photos of me and P.
 One of the highlights was the slideshow we had looping on the tv showing even more embarrassing kid/baby photos of us as well as couple shots and our maternity shoot.
The Chili Bar was a hit!  
Though we had passed food, I wanted guests to be able to nibble and eat all night long without searching out a server. So this buffet table was a perfect complement to have. I almost didn't get these letter balloons (I had no idea so pricey!) but I'm really glad I did. It made for a good photo backdrop for guests.

Left: Newly engaged family Nicole, Mike, and Mike Jr. Right: my "big sis" Marfa, and our fashionista, Shelley from our Spring & 6th blog days
When I saw all the crazy baby shower games you can play I instantly thought "Heck, no" lol. BUT! there was one game that I thought would be crazy fun for all my lush alcoholic friends: the baby bottle drinking race game.  I wish I had it on video because we were all crying from laughing so hard at the cheers and jeers during the male and female races.
 Why am I not surprised Kiana won this contest? And for the men - it was a close one between Floyd and Antony
And when the party was over...some sweet parting gifts for all our guests. Cotton Candy and mini Prosecco bottles.
Labels and bottle tags by you know who :)
Photography: Cody Swanson and my dad Karl Kindred
Centerpiece and florals: Nicole Laurenceau, NYCFlowerProject
Catering: Chef Sal Lamboglia
Graphic Design and Art direction: moi! 

and special thanks to Marfa Ertilus and Floyd Boyce for not letting me worry about anything or moving stuff during and after the party. Kiana and Lisa for running the games. My makeup by Sariah. Our parents and family for traveling from Florida and Texas and Georgia to attend the celebration and of course all our friends for coming! We had a blast!

OH! and we didn't use paper invitations - we kept it green and used an online rsvp site,  Here's the digital invite that went out as well as part of the thank you email — I think it pretty much set the tone of how we wanted the night to go. Fun fun fun...

Taking stock in october...

It's almost time! Less than 50 days til the big day!

Making : decor items for shower next week. I couldn't help it - I need something to do!
Cooking : comfort food like a yummy chili that will last me 3 days.
Drinking : Decaf iced coffee in the morning and cold cold cold ice water
Reading: about labor and delivery (um.. doesn't sound fun).
Wanting: our dining room table to arrive ... its taking forever.
Looking: like I swallowed a basketball a watermelon. lol.
Playing: a lot of throwbacks (90s R&B and pop)
Wasting: free time on pinterest (soo much cute stuff!)
Sewing: nothing.
Wishing: it was easier to find a position to sleep in. STILL
Enjoying: weekends with no plans (this is what it is like to relax?)
Waiting: for her! but patiently :) 
Liking: the constant dance rehearsals and kickboxing classes in my tummy.
Wondering: how life is gonna change
Loving: still - his daily conversations to her via talking to my tummy.
Hoping: (more like praying) this pregnancy continues to progress smoothly

Marveling: at my ever growing tummy size
Needing: more days off! kind of love chilling at home these days
Smelling: like cinnamon candles and fresh flowers I bought
Wearing: leggings and trying to still work in my pre-preggo clothes (somehow)
Following: lots of mom-ish blogs
Noticing: the leaves change
Knowing: I have less than 50 days
Thinking: of all the things that need to be done
Feeling: fine
Bookmarking: recipes and articles for fall/winter
Opening: lots of UPS and fedex boxes!
Giggling: at my awkward self trying to bend down to pick things up off the ground, get out of bed, or off our couch. it's truly comical.

Taking Stock...

A peek from my maternity shoot with Armando

Saw this post idea on this blog

Making : Paintings...received a cool commission so have to get 2 out the door this week!
Cooking : more like baking - been using the oven a lot for chicken, grilled cheese sandwiches, and apple desserts.
Drinking : Decaf iced coffee in the morning and cold cold cold ice water
Reading: the internet - soo much to read and research for this little one who's coming
Wanting: our dining room table to arrive. i'm excited.
Looking: like I swallowed a basketball lol.
Playing: a lot of Lorde and any other newish artist that has that vibe.
Wasting: some of my meals. My eyes are hungrier than my stomach sometimes.
Sewing: nothing!
Wishing: it was easier to find a position to sleep in.
Enjoying: the fall weather in NYC - looooove it.
Waiting: for her! but patiently :) 
Liking: all the baby gap royal line...the crown sleeper!
Wondering: what she's going to be like
Loving: his daily conversations to her via talking to my tummy.
Hoping: (more like praying) this pregnancy continues to progress smoothly
Marveling: at my tummy moving at the randomest times
Needing: more days off! kind of love chilling at home these days
Smelling: like cinnamon candles and fresh flowers I bought
Wearing: leggings. leggings. leggings.
Following: my heart
Noticing: other people's baby related brands on the street (like strollers!)
Knowing: there's so much to look forward to
Thinking: about how life is gonna change
Feeling: optimistic and nervous 
Bookmarking: (more like pinning!) every thing that is cute (clothes, blogs, party ideas, etc)
Opening: boxes
Giggling: at my dance moves in this new body ...sometimes.

Meeting music legends Niles Rodgers and Billy Mann

I have a mean fist pump lol ... Highlights from last night's dj gig It's really crazy when you can have all your passions align and in this case I had the very amazing opportunity to DJ an event at my advertising job that featured two legends in the music industry: Niles Rodgers and Billy Mann. They are both writers and musicians who have written for everybody (Niles is of Chic fame - wrote Diana Ross's I'm coming out, Duran Duran, INXS, and Madonna's Like a Virgin album; Billy Mann: Pink, Kelly Rowland, John Legend, Celine Dion) or have been sampled by everybody. They spoke about being creatives and the "currency" of creativity in the business world. It was very inspiring and fun to hear all their anecdotes and backgrounds. It was even better that I got to DJ the event and play and mix their work. A few pics I could snag that day:
Honored to be In the presence of a legend! With niles Rodgers. #currencyofcreativity
With Niles Rodgers
Doing my fun "job" at my real "job" -I  win both ways!

Djing a Sunset Social

Last week I dusted off my turntables for my first gig of 2012, djing a private party for The Prince Group at one of their exclusive penthouse listings in downtown manhattan.  I love throwing or spinning these types of parties since it's a great way to get work and non-work friends together for drinks and in this case, some delicious food from Luke's Lobster (I confess, I ate 3 shrimp rolls - they're just too good!). 
Clockwise from top: A bit of the eblast invitation I sent for The Prince Group; with Jason Perkal of the Prince Group; Claire Sulmners from Fashion Bomb Daily and I refuse to wear black; and with the Prince himself.
The space is amazing. The building, 20 Pine, The Collection, is not unlike most residential buildings in the financial district. It was the home of Chase Bank, and after 9/11, was converted to a residential, amenity-driven, luxury condo building. The penthouse itself is on the top floor and served as the former office of David Rockefeller himself. The showstopper of the unit though, is the 1300 sq ft terrace that overlooks everything between the east river, empire state building, hudson river to the statue of liberty and parts of brooklyn. It truly is a breathtaking view. I can only imagine the entertaining that will be going on once the future tenants move in (jealous!).  

From L to R: Ria, myself, Shelley, and Alina

Nightime divas from L to R: Myself, Shelley, and Amanda

From top to bottom: a moment with Gigi, spectacular night views; with Justine, Nycole, and Shelley (our iphone pic to our missing musketeer who was unfortunately stuck at the office); and below, picture perfect daytime views from the terrace.
I've posted a few of my favorite snapshots but more than 150+ images reside on the Prince Group's blog. And if you are looking for a new home to buy or rent or sell in NYC, I of course have to plug in the best brokerage firm in new york city.

Mixtape Monday: R&B Pop

SEFA at toro lounge  champagne friday 7.22.11

I was back at Toro Lounge djing the Champagne Friday event this past weekend and it was great to see a bunch of old friends come through. My friend and author Kevin Reeves was in attendance signing new copies of his book, s.m.i.l.e. and my super close friend, Gigi is off to Dubai so it was a farewell party to see her off as well. Good times were had by all. Hope to post some pics of the event soon but in the meantime:

Grab a FREE DOWNLOAD of the first part of my mix from Champagne Friday.
Live from Toro Lounge in New York City, NY.

Bastille day fun

Bastille Day mix by DJ Sefa
Last thursday I was at Toro Lounge djing for their special Bastille Day party. It was a mixed crowd and considering the theme, I thought I should lean towards more european dance artists but lo and behold, the requests started coming in for some hip hop.. and FAST!  Just goes to show you how music is universal and in the end, everyone just wants to dance!  Below is part 1 of my bastille day mix. Enjoy!

   Bastille Day Mix by Sefa by djsefa

Make yourself ship-shape-sharp! (NTC- Day 27)

So we woke up to this:

about 10" of snow fell overnight shutting down the city today... sort of. S&S still has to go work (boo!). I think hibernation mode was in full force last night because Sariah overslept :) Nevertheless we still made it to the gym to fit in a 45 min full-body workout.

Instead of core synergistics we pulled out another Nike Training club workout. This one was under the "get Strong" category and was intermediate level called "worth the Weight" It was a goooood one. It was a bit like circuit training in that each exercise was about 30 sec - 1 min long with only a few recovery rests (like 3) during the entire workout. It was nice that it finished with about 5 min to stretch as well. Anyhow we really like these NTC workouts and highly recommend a download of this free app. Plus those models are DEISEL. we are in awe. Here's a little inspiration for all you ladies (and men) out there

Top Ten Thursdays: fav workout songs of the moment

When you have a pop artist and a dancer working out, you best believe music is crucial to our workouts. We love all kinds of music but when it comes to the gym here's what's topping our playlists right now - the first five from Sariah and the last 5 from Sef:

  1. Pretty Girl Rock by Keri Hilson
  2. Dirty Picture by Taio Cruz (feat Ke$ha)
  3. Now I'm that B*tch by Livvi Franc (feat Pitbull)
  4. Release me by Agnes
  5. All about sex by Sariah (obviously lol!)
  6. Unusual by Trey Songz
  7. Look at me now by Chris Brown (feat Busta Rhymes)
  8. Make it Rain by Travis Porter
  9. Dark Fantasy by Kanye West
  10. S&M by Rihanna

Enjoy - Most can be downloaded from itunes!