THE MOMS, Denise Albert and Melissa Musen Gerstein, hosts of the SiriusXM radio Stars program The MOMS with Denise & Melissa, hosted a Mamarazzi® Breakfast Event with Entertainment Tonight Host and Fashion Designer Nancy O’Dell on Thursday, September 10th, 2015 at Il Valentino Osteria. The event, hosted in conjunction with Chevy Tristate, brought together influential moms and media, to celebrate Nancy’s new clothing line for digital commerce enterprise EVINE Live.
Guests at the event were treated to a delicious buffet from Il Valentino Osteria, a new Tuscan eatery from Restauranteur Mirso Lekic located in the Sutton Place neighborhood on Manhattan’s Upper East Side at the corner of 59th and 1st Avenue. Executive Chef Erminio Conte prepared breakfast omelets including a Spinach Omelet with mushrooms, tomatoes and sage and pancakes served with strawberries, blueberries, whipped creamand syrup. In addition, guests were treated to Pizza Margarita freshly baked in the restaurant’s brick oven.
Guests gathered to enjoy the food at Il Valentino Osteria, while participating in a Mamarazzi®town hall Q&A with The MOMS Denise Albert and Melissa Musen Gerstein and guest of honor, Entertainment Tonight Host Nancy O’Dell.
O’Dell was there to launch her eponymous fashion collection, which will debut this Friday, September 11th, 2015 and Saturday September 12th, 2015 onEVINE Live, which you can find on cable TV and online at www.evine.com. O’Dell, who was wearing one of the signature jumpsuits from her new line, said that she drew her design inspiration from wanting something sophisticated, but with a youthful edge and listed Alexander McQueen and Alexander Wang as design inspirations. In the future, she plans on expanding her line beyond womenswear, and she said that her daughter wants her to design a children’s line. “She’s actually already given me drawings of things to make for her,” she said.
Nancy also discussed balancing life with her work as Host of Entertainment Tonight. She said that despite the ever-changing nature of the news business, she occasionally needs to be available at a moment’s notice. “As host of Entertainment Tonight, I’ve learned that when they need you they can find you,” she said mentioning all the various ways they can reach her if need be. With that said, she said that she makes sure that she is at the special moments and events in her family’s life.
Along with trying to be there for her family for all special occasions, she said she’s the homework helper at home. “I normally do the homework with my daughter,” she said, “Right now my husband is doing it since I’m out of town and he couldn’t believe how early kids learn things these days. He said he was having to explain supply and demand to our little 8 year old!”
As for what she has yet to personally accomplish, she said she wants to bring more awareness to ALS, a disease her mother was afflicted with. For this, campaigns such as the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge are close to her heart as O’Dell is also the spokesperson for ALS.net. Once O’Dell mentioned the challenge, Denise Albert challenged the entire room to partake in it and make donations to als.net, following which Il Valentino Osteria supplied ice buckets to make sure that everyone could participate and spread awareness of this cause.
ABOUT THE MOMS:www.themoms.com
Denise Albert and Melissa Musen Gerstein, THE MOMS, are co-creators of a multi-platform lifestyle brand featured on TV, online, in print, in taxicabs and now on radio nationwide. The MOMS are hosts of the SiriusXM radio Stars program The MOMS with Denise & Melissa. Albert and Gerstein have turned motherhood into a platform that reaches millions of parents each year. The MOMS created a town hall event series that they moderate called Mamarazzi® where they provide influential moms and media with access to celebrities to discuss issues surrounding parenting. Recent Mamarazzi events have included celebrity guests Sarah Jessica Parker, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Garner, Kevin James, Elizabeth Banks, Tina Fey, Hugh Jackman and Pitbull. THE MOMS regularly partner with film distributors and book publishers to present engaging and informative conversations around topics important to parents year round. They have also been spokespersons for Netflix family programming. Albert and Musen Gerstein have presented their fashion show for moms during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week three times called Strut, The Fashionable Mom Show, which they co-founded and showcases a wide range of apparel for real moms. This is the first runway show where the models are all moms – in all shapes and sizes – featuring affordable and fashionable options for a diverse audience. All mom models walk to raise awareness for their favorite cause. From 2010-2011, The MOMS created and hosted a half-hour TV show with NBC called Moms & the City and A Dad Named David. The MOMS are regular contributors to The Huffington Post Parents and Denise to Huffington Post Divorce and have appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America and Fox News Channel among many others. Albert is an “independent” mom (don’t call her a “single mom”) to two boys and Gerstein is happily married and a mom of three.
About EVine Live Inc: www.evine.com
EVINE Live Inc is a digital commerce company. The Company offers customers multiple ways to shop and interact via television, online and on mobile devices in the merchandise categories of Home, Beauty, Health & Fitness, Fashion & Accessories, Jewelry & Watches and Consumer Electronics. Its established franchise includes access to 87 million cable and satellite television homes and is also available nationwide via live streaming at www.evine.com.
ABOUT IL VALENTINO OSTERIA: www.ilvalentinonyc.com
Four years after its famous 56th Street location closed its doors, the Il Valentino brand has re launched at a new, more intimate location in Manhttan’s Upper East Side. Il Valentino Osteria brings the same simple, Tuscan delicacies the original was known for into an exciting new space. In the new and improved Il Valentino Osteria, they utilize its beautiful brick oven to bake homemade breads for the table and for its fresh-made pizzas. In addition, all pastas and sauces are homemade. Il Valentino Osteria is open seven days a week 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM Monday-Saturday and 10:00 AM- 10:00 PM Sundays.