“Mom-bassadors”, Veronica Webb, June Ambrose, Keri Glassman, and Heba Abedin hosted acelebration marking the publication of Lyss Stern’s parenting manual, “Motherhood Is a B#tch!: 10 Steps to Regaining Your Sanity, Sexiness, and Inner Diva” at Upper East Side ice-cream spot Cool Mess on April 18th.
The book, which is introduced by Jill Kargman is Lyss second book, and she was joined by friends including, Stacy Kestin, Lisa Levin, Alison Zipes, Dawn Goldstein, Sheryl Burke, and Bonnie Marcus. Midway through the event Lyss gathered the attendees to make a speech talking about her inspiration for writing the book and her journey through motherhood. She said, “My dear friend Sheryl and I were having coffee at 8 in the morning and it was just pure madness. The emails were going off and everyone wanted everything and I just had it. I put my foot down and said ‘You know what, Motherhood is a Bitch’ and then Sheryl shouted, ‘ That’s it! That’s your next book!’ and the journey began.” She then thanked everyone for attending and showing their support and ended with, “Everyday of this journey there’s something else that comes our way and we have to put a smile on our face and do what we need to do. So, hopefully this book empowers you to sometimes put your foot down and say no, raise above and feel beautiful inside and out.”
Motherhood Is a B#tch, a follow up to Stern’s 2009 best-seller, If You Give a Mom a Martini… 100 Ways to Find 10 Blissful Minutes for Yourself, is the modern mom’s guide for dealing with the day-to-day chaos of child rearing with style, savvy and grace. The book provides an easy, light-hearted program to empower frazzled moms to channel their inner b#tch and seize control of their lives. Stern tells it like it is, explaining how women can lose their sense of self once they have children and why it’s important to reclaim it.
Guests enjoyed “deLysscious” ice cream sundaes, cake designed by Danette Tagla, and cocktails including the Lyss’ signature B#tchtini made from with rosé, watermelon vodka and watermelon juice. Stern then encouraged people to ask questions, read the book and learn more about how they can help every mom through motherhood.
Thirteen years ago Stern founded Divalysscious Moms, a networking company specifically for moms, with cool, chic, kid-friendly activities like a grand opening of the Fendi Kids boutique on Fifth Avenue. There is usually swag in the form of gift bags, but most important, mothers get to have fun and meet other moms. Stern, who is the mother of three children ranging in age from toddler to teenager, tackles the toughest issues facing moms today drawing from personal experiences. She explains in 10 easily digestible steps how moms who may no longer recognize the person staring back in the mirror can regain their once fierce and fab self. “Being a bitch is not about ranting, raving or ripping someone’s head off for the fun of it,” explains Stern. “It’s about confidence and control and knowing when and where to dig your four-inch heels into the ground. It’s about standing up for yourself and giving voice to your needs and feelings. It’s about not being selfless or selfish, but striking the right balance between the two.”
Motherhood Is a B#tch is written for all moms – ranging from the stressed-out working mom to the harried stay-at-home mom – who have sacrificed their lives, careers, bodies and sanities to become mothers. The book provides helpful hints and tips to prioritize, organize and delegate. It was published on April 18, 2017 and is available from Barnes & Noble and Amazon.
A selection of highlights from the Biennale is presented across the Faena District, set in non-traditional spaces and accompanied by an open screening program as well as special features in the Faena Hotel screening room. The exhibition continues through April 30, 2017 with screenings Wednesday – Sunday 3pm – 9pm throughout Faena District between 32nd and 35th Streets on Collins Avenue and is free and open to the public. For full schedule, please go to http://www.faenaart.org/exhibitions/film-program/