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Sunday, August 10, 2014


I arrived to the city as usual and called an UBER to pick me up at the airport earlier last week. Great ride into town from JFK. Time to hit the ground running. I pulled up to my penthouse loft in SOHO which looked awesome on paper and online and for the most part it's really lovely. I pulled up to the door buzzed in and then realized that nowhere had she told me or online did the place say it was a 5 story walk up. Despite having 3 bags, after 2 almost  heart attacks, I made it up the steps with burning legs and all.

My first comment was that well, I know that I would be in fabulous shape if I had to deal with that every day. The penthouse loft is gorgeous as expected. It had this very artsy vibe.

With a 5th floor walk up one needs to check and double check if they have everything that they need. Getting down the 5 flights and realizing you had forgotten something can be a real BITCH!  For instance, I was in a hurry to get to a show the other night that I forgot my pocket square. If you know me, you know that is blasphemy! However, a quick decision had to be made. I ended up going without. I of course took my jacket off and just carried it. A good southern boy can't be without a pocket square. I mean what the hell!?!!!

So  I saw 2 shows this weekend that were part of the Theater Fringe. Both were excellent in their own ways. I will post a review of both later.

I am recovering from the week of walk ups now and thank goodness China Town is not far with brilliant massage establishments.

Be on the look out for a BLOG coming up about these martian foodies I ran into!

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Lawson Lifestyles- August

My goodness what a crazy few months it has been. I thought it would be a good time to catch you up and offer some entertaining style tips for this hot month of Summer.  You know, it's funny how time flies. I was just blogging in May and then a couple of months just pop on by.

I take full responsibility for not posting. The Summer has us running in all directions and is also a time for us to gear up for a busy Fall and Holiday season. With that said, I thought I would get you caught up.

We have some very exciting things happening with a client down south that will allow us to really focus on culinary and creative entertainment. I could not be more thrilled.

Up North in the city (NYC) we are focusing on our corporate friends and actually working on a brand new show that we will be offering world wide within the next few months.

Next stop will be out west back to LA to really get that scene going. We have been lucky enough to meet some of the most incredible social clients out there and I look forward to bringing the team to them to work.

August seems like no better time than to be out on the boat, the beach, the pool and meet someone new. Going on dates however, can end up being quite the challenge. I thought it would be cool to feature some of the possibilities for dates. Here is an article I found that rang very true from our colleague Ben Kassoy who writes for Details Magazine. You can find him on Twitter at @bkassoy.

MAYBE YOU HAVE a tried-and-true routine before a first date: a lucky outfit, a go-to spot, painstaking preparation. Practice winks in the mirror (just me?).
While your pre-date ritual may be consistent, what lies beyond the initial meet-up is utterly unpredictable. Here are 10 kinds of first date every guy will experience.
1. The Dennis Rodman. It's a rebound date, either off a recent relationship or extended romantic drought. No matter what, it's less about your date and more about you—finding your bearings, seeing if you've still got it. Sometimes it's amazing: You're the greatest rebounder in history. Other times, not so much: You're in a wedding dress or, worse, North Korea.
2. The Tornado Drill. It's a disaster. Escape. Duck, cover, and pray you survive until the storm passes. Then consider moving far, far away.
3. The Blackout. You're nervous because you don't know anything about your date. So you pour yourself something strong at your apartment and arrive early at the restaurant for a couple more. Your date shows up—and it's great! The conversation is flowing and so are the cocktails and then you're dancing and downing tequila shots and laughing and taking more shots and…you wake up the next morning and can't remember a single thing. You realize you still don't know anything about your date.
4. The Meh-be. The portmanteau of "meh" and "maybe," this date is extremely, insanely average. So average there's nothing else to say.
5. The Enigma. You can't tell if it's a date. Even after many cocktails, obvious flirtation, and possible come-ons, it's anyone's guess. How is this possible?
6. The Catfish-ish. Unlike on the TV show, your date doesn't intentionally lie about his or her appearance, gender, or general existence. Instead, he or she benignly misguides you through omitted personal details or deceptive online photos. You show up, and she's six inches taller than you imagined. Or definitely older. Or sports an unexpected face tattoo. Either way, it's rarely positive and hard to see past.
7. The Booty Call. Don't get it twisted: It's a casual hookup masquerading as a bona fide date. It generally starts with some nonchalant Tinder browsing and thinking to yourself, You had me at *swipes right*!
8. The Red Flag. A la Kristen Wiig's brilliant (and horrifying?) performance in this SNL parody commercial, this is where you tell your friends afterwards, "It was perfect, but…" Regardless, you're going on a second date, either to see if your potential mate really is "perfection" or, more likely, tragically flawed.
9. The Happy Accident. An homage to televised landscape painter Bob Ross, this is a date you didn't realize you were on until you were on it. Somehow your social scene splinters, leaving the two of you alone. "You walking this way?" becomes "Want to grab a drink?" becomes "Do you have a toothbrush I can borrow?"
10. The Everything. This is the one that is so good and so perfect and your date was this and that and you did this and that and you felt a real connection and this could really be something and…woah, hold up there, champ. Remember: It's just a first date.

I would love to hear some of your dating stories or nightmares!

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Kim Kardashian-Kanye West Wedding Breakdown-Lawson Lifestyles

So they're calling it the wedding of the year REALLY? Ok, let me vent for just a hot second. I get it. Kanye is talented. Kim is a self made or shall I say mommy made celebrity. However, damn what is all the  craziness about? You would have thought it was the royal wedding.

Ok, off the soap box. Now for the juice. I have sources that are cluing us in to what everything cost. As an event producer, it's budgets like these that are so much fun to play with. However, as a big picture, it really was not all that lavish. I know what you're going to say. You're calling me crazy. 2.8 million dollars is a ton of money to spend in a couple of days. First of all, Kanye and Kim definitely have it. Second of all,  based upon his proposal scenario, I would have thought it would have been way more over the top.

One of our sources said that quite frankly they were bored over in France and Italy. There were not really any activities other than the required rehearsal dinner and ceremony planned for the guests. HELLO???? Spa day? I will say Kim did have all her female guests treated to a make up session for the wedding day.

Ok, so here it goes. I have some hard costs for you:

France Accommodations: 550.00 a night per person
Italy  Accommodations: 800.00 per night per person

These don't surprise me. They stayed at George V(click for the link to the hotel) one of the nicest hotels in Paris and then a Four Seasons in Italy.

Lana Del Ray -Rehearsal Party- $1 million dollars. Are you KIDDING ME? Holy Moly! Yes literally she was paid 1 million to perform for the evening.

Transportation: $74,000 per private jet

Car Service over 50 cars and vans- $70,000.00

Private Make Up sessions for all guests-  $54,000.00

Andrea Boccelli- $350,000.00

John Legend- $not known as of press time

Now that we have some of the costs out of the way, let's talk about the marble table that was used for the event with gold engraved name placement markers. WHAT!!!??!! It was one continuous table that sat 200 guests as they were fed this menu.

The Reception Venue: $409,000.00

All in all, it was one heck of a weekend. Somehow, word got out that Justin Bieber 

was going to be in attendance. Meanwhile all the reporters were swarmed by Bieber fans wanting to see him. Clearly he was NOT or was he ever invited.  Beyonce and her hubby J were not in attendance either. He has been quoted as calling the weekend the circus and that he wanted nothing to do with it.

I don't usually report on these things. However, it seemed to be something everyone was curious about. I always aim to please. Have a great week!

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Memorial Day Red White and Blue Sangria from Lawson Lifestyles

Summer is here and what a great way to cool off on the beach, boat or at the pool. Try my Lawson Roberts Famous Red White and Blue Sangria. It's so easy to make big batches and serve all holiday weekend. Here's the fun recipe.

2 bottles dry white wine (Sauvignon Blanc is good)

1 cup triple sec

1/2 cup berry-flavored vodka

1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/2 cup simple syrup (see tips below)

1 cup blueberries

1 1/2 cups hulled and sliced strawberries

1 cup raspberries

1 1/2 cups pineapple chunks

Combine all ingredients in a large punch bowl or pitcher and stir well.

Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours.

Serve well-chilled with a good scoop of fruit floating in each drink, or serve over ice.

Lawson’s Helpful Hints:

*To make 1/2 cup simple syrup, boil 1/2 cup water and add 1/2 cup granulated white sugar. Turn heat to simmer and stir until dissolved. Turn off the heat and let cool. Now it's simple syrup.
*Use fresh fruit for this recipe. Frozen Just doesn’t have the flavor.

*To make star-shaped pineapple pieces, cut long & wide pieces of pineapple off the side of the fresh fruit. Use a star cutter to cut shapes.

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