|My secret to fluffy eggs: a teaspoon of milk!|
Maya just graduated high school and is going to college in the fall for fashion design and merchandising. Out of 300 applicants, her and 24 other people were selected to be participants of the Pensole Boston internship program. My parents and I went to see her final presentation, which was held at Theatre 1 at the Revere Hotel in Boston.
The hotel is beautiful. We were only in the lobby and the auditorium but from what I could see it was very minimalist and had a modern feel to it.
When we first walked into the auditorium we were told that they were seating the back rows first. My mom was not having it. Her baby girl was presenting and she wanted to be front and center. We were going to go wait outside the auditorium to get better seats, but the director overhead us and recognized us as Maya’s family and we got to sit in the “reserved” section.
He thanked the wonderful sponsors and mentors for all of their help.
And offered us some words of wisdom.
Before long, Maya was introduced. My heart swelled as my little sister (who usually always mumbling, unless she’s yelling at you) spoke with clear precision about her contribution as Team 1 designer.
She explained everything from the products used to the color scheme and it all tied together.
Another pic of Maya in the video on the big screen going over her presentation with her teammate!
After his speech, Mayor Walsh was awarded with a token of appreciation. Not sure what it was, but something tells me it’s a paperweight inscribed with a meaningful quote.
Throughout the show, I was tweeting my thoughts and a few of the made it on to the promoter. I couldn’t help myself – I took a picture of a few of them.
The show was closed out by Al’amin Cissi with a spoken word poem.
At last, all of the interns gathered on the stage for the announcement of the winner.
Here are some of the other teams designs:
The proud parentals.
After the event was over, we went out to celebrate. Though the appetizers were delicious, it was dinnertime and we needed some food in our bellies.
Here are some shots of us at dinner at Legal’s Seafood to satisfy the foodie in you:
Proud big sissy. Can’t you tell?
Some Rhode Island style calamari
Proud Mama raving about her daughter’s presentation.
And I got a surf and turf combo with lobster. The accidentally brought me shrimp. Oops. More food for the table to share.
Way more than I was expecting, but it was delicious regardless. I could’t finish it all in one sitting so this little fella came home with me in a doggy bag.
Overall it was a wonderful night. I was so happy to be invited to celebrate this amazing achievement with my little sister. I couldn’t be prouder of her.
If there was ever a doubt in my mind, there definitely isn’t one now. She will go on to do amazing things.
Just don’t forget that you promised to design my wedding dress, Maya! I’ll hold you to it 🙂 hehe
The party was a cook out – we grilled burgers and hot dogs and feasted on tons of Haitian food. Sorry, no #FoodPorn pictures, because nothing (besides the cake) lasted long enough for me to snap a pic.
|Dress from Forever 21 // Shoes by Steve Madden // Necklace from H&M // Hat from H&M|
|Feelin a lil’ leggy 😉|
|I love frolicking in my yard, hehe.|
|My cousin Marley|
|Necklace from Forever 21|
|Clutch and Ring from Urban Outfitters|
|My cousin Rachel in all black|
|I wasn’t too happy that the wind was no cooperating with me to take this picture…|
|Finalllllly it settled down enough for me to take a decent shot that had both the Happy Birthday balloon and American flag balloon|
|But then a huge gust of wind almost blew away my hat and the balloons!|
|Baby cousin Amaya, 4th of July Baby|
|Izzy and Amaya|
|Umm, Daniel – That’s not how you hula hoop but ok.|
|My dad’s cousin Belony attempting to hula hoop|
|He figured out out he can do it better if he puts his drink down.|
|I bought a ton of bubbles for the kids to play with and it was a hit. They loved it.|
|The lovely ladies!|
|Of course, little Amaya had to do an outfit change.|
|My dad and his cousin!|
|Daddy hanging out with the guys.|
|Birthday cake – we only do Haitian cakes at our parties. (It’s basically like pound cake, but with a lot more spices and sometimes if you’re extra good, they put a little rum in it too hehe)
I helped my aunt make this one. Story behind the cucumber: We could’t find the 0 candle so we improvised!
|My mom and dad dancing before cutting the cake -______-|
|Me, mortified and hardcore judging them lol.|
|Thank you speech before cutting the cake.|
|Of course, my Dad had to give a speech too|
|Baby cousin Nya|
|My Grandma Ines busting a move on the dance floor!|
|Everyone had to pull out their cameras and phones. This lady dropped her cane and was moving like no one had seen before.|
|My parent’s friend Lala. This woman is nearly 90 years old, but you would never be able to tell. She wears heels, and was dancing like nobody’s business. New life goal: to be just like Lala when I’m 90.|
Happy Birthday Daddy! Even though you ruined your own surprise, I hope you enjoyed the party! I love you!