Category: Jessie’s Girl

January 22nd, 2014 — 4:01pm

There are some milestones in life you can’t help but celebrate with great fanfare and reflection. The big 4-0 is one of them—and it’s been a celebration even sweeter than I could have imagined.

The festivities began over a week ago, during a lively dinner with my fellow turning 40 galpal Bobbi and several of our friends. We enjoyed a delicious three-course meal and dancing at sprawling Meatpacking District hotspot Manon.

Birthday Girls: Bobbi and me

This past weekend, I continued the fun with family. My brothers and sisters-in-law came in from Dover and Boston respectively, joining my sister, aunt and cousins for a very special meal at .

Best brothers in the world: (from left) Ray, me and Steve

There’s good reason why Il Cantinori has such a storied reputation (and, natch, was the location for Carrie’s 35th birthday non-dinner on Sex And The City). We were well taken care of in a private room downstairs, which was beautifully adorned with flowers and candlelight. The ambience, food and service were all fantastic. But the best part for me was being surrounding by the people I love most.

There was something magical in the air that reminded me of the many happy family occasions we were so blessed to have when my parents were still with us. Though I will miss them forever, on this night my heart felt nothing but joy and gratitude.

After dinner, I joined my cousins at for 80’s cover band ’s first gig in their new home (the awesome closed a few weeks ago, *sigh*).

Family Bonding: Me and my cousins (from left) Carla, Dana and Alexandra

As always, they rocked it out, this time with an assist from American Idol and “Rock of Ages” alum Constantine Maroulis.

Constantine wowed the crowd

Yesterday, my actual birthday, was quieter but equally wonderful. After a delightful lunch with good friend Vicky at Midtown bistro Gente, I pampered myself with a massage at Bliss 49. The evening was spent with my beloved cousin and soul sister Alexandra, enjoying dinner at Baraonda on the UES (yes, I can never get enough Italian food!) followed by drinks nearby at Bounce.

Happy Birthday to me!

During my massage, the therapist and I talked about turning 40. Now 45, she shared some of the wisdom and growth that has come to her in this decade. At the top of the list — feeling completely comfortable in her own skin. It’s a sentiment similar to what I’ve heard from many of the fabulous fortysomething women I’m so fortunate to know.

Nurturing that self-assuredness is one of my goals for this milestone year and decade. I feel like I’m beginning an exciting new chapter in my life. And I’m so thankful to have wonderful family and friends to share it with.

40 and fabulous indeed!

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January 20th, 2013 — 1:31pm

Apart from the whole getting older thing, I’m a big fan of birthdays. They’re an opportunity to, as Oprah Winfrey once said, rock it out and celebrate with the people you love most. As I gear up to turn 39 tomorrow, I’m happy and blessed to say this is already one of the best birthdays ever.

Me and Julie

The celebrating began last weekend, with a visit to Glen Cove in Long Island to see my dear friend Julie. Over a delicious dinner at one of her favorite restaurants, we talked about her preparations for motherhood – she’s expecting a baby next month – and my recent fun return to speed dating.

Back at the house she shares with hubby Brian, the three of us had some laughs about eccentric baby names as we enjoyed delicious apple pie and chocolate cream pie. A perfect night with a truly lovely couple who are perfect for each other.

Birthday festivities kicked into high gear on Friday at work, when my amazing boss and colleagues treated me to lunch at Amaze, a cozy Sushi place in Midtown and presented me with a $100 gift card to TJ Maxx. Back at the Westin New York Grand Central, they surprised me with a selection of delicious mini-cupcakes from Baked By Melissa.

Bite sized perfection: mini-cupcakes from Baked By Melissa

How lucky am I to work with such thoughtful people?

Yesterday was an afternoon of fun and pampering. It started with lunch at Hudson Place with my old friend Abby, in town from Boston with her family. Next stop, a heavenly pedicure at my favorite nail spa, Dashing Diva. Then, it was off to SoHo for a girls night out with my dear friends Crystal, Lisa and Sara.

Girls Night Out: (from left) Crystal, Lisa me and Sara

We met up for dinner at Italian bistro Barolo. Though our waiter was a little slow on the uptake, we enjoyed every bite. I treated myself to a melt-in-your-mouth burrata appetizer followed by linguini alle vongole. For dessert, we all shared crème brulee, warm banana tart and the dessert I would marry if I could, tiramisu.

Our next stop – my all-time favorite nightclub, , to see awesome 80’s tribute band . I knew it was going to be a great night when I encountered keyboardist Sky. When I told him I had posted on the band’s Facebook wall about my birthday, he said he happily changed the set list to accommodate one of my favorite 80’s tunes, and offered to make sure I was pulled up on stage when they played it.

Getting in touch with my inner 80's superstar alongside Jessie's Girl!

Sure enough, I got a birthday shoutout and relived a from a few birthdays back by joining the band on stage for the Erasure classic, “A Little Respect.” As I shook my booty alongside the high energy, super talented band members of Jessie’s Girl, I felt like the luckiest 80’s child in the world.

There is good reason I’ve raved about Canal Room so often over the years. It’s that rare nightspot where you can always count on great music, a good crowd and none of the attitude which tends to accompany most clubs in NYC. If you haven’t been there and you love to dance, you’re missing out.

Thanks to my wonderful friends and Jessie’s Girl for a rockstar birthday celebration!

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