One of the events that I look forward to every spring is the Residence Inn Mom Of The Year celebration. In previous years, I have witnessed Mia Hamm receive the award, last year was the awesome Tamera Mowry, and this year I was super excited because the honoree was La La Anthony—Author, Actress, huge TV personality and let us not forget—wife of New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony. La La was already a BFF in my head so it was so nice to actually witness her being honored.
This year the event was held at the Residence Inn in Manhattan located on 48th and Lex. This was my first time at this location and I absolutely loved it, everyone was super helpful and was so awesome about assisting me, plus the lobby and rooms were gorgeous. I continually attend this event every year because not only does the Residence Inn provide amazing value for traveling families, but they also provide a pretty awesome fitness center in all of their locations. Family AND Fitness? Yes, we have got a winner! Plus with the in room kitchenettes, complimentary wifi and complimentary grocery delivery services, it’s perfect for traveling families.
When I arrived to the penthouse, I mingled a bit with the guests, but really I spent a lot of time enjoying the “Shirley-La Temple”. I love Shirley Temples (a lot of us non drinkers do) and this one was no exception. So good!
LaLa was extremely busy all day as earlier before she met us she teamed up with Red Cross to host lunch with deserving moms which I absolutely adored because I have a very special place in my heart for the Red Cross after I got a full tour of their offices when I trained to be a Mass Disaster volunteer shortly after 9/11. I also got my CPR training from them as well. The work that they do is incredible so I am happy she was able to hang spend time with these lovely mothers.They were even able to get makeovers from the GLAMSQUAD using beauty products from LaLa’s own beauty line.
You would think that La La would arrive looking tired after such a long day of work, but instead she looked absolutely flawless! During her interview she shared that her son is VERY used to traveling as he has been doing so from a young age. She has developed a bit of a routine, she mentioned that she was always very prepared with iPads, toys and whatever else is needed to keep him happy when they are on the go.
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One of my favorite questions to ask all celebs was asked and that is “What is your favorite fitness activity?” LaLa actually prefers boxing! I’m not sure why that surprised me but I get it, I think if I had more time to box the way I want to I could easily get into it full time especially after the class I took a few weeks ago! Residence Inn surprised her with a pair of pink boxing gloves as a present.
Congratulations LaLa on being Residence Inn’s 2016 Mom Of The Year!