It’s always nice reuniting with friends I haven’t seen in many, many, many months. Fabian and I have been hanging out for the past few days to catch up for lost time and missed memories — pigged out, chased cabs, slipped dollar bills on strippers’ underwear during “Blatino Night”, etc. He arrived here in NYC from Germany a few days ago via the mammoth cruise ship Queen Mary 2. Over very late lunch/early dinner at Fred’s yesterday, he shared a lot of stories about trip — he had a his own jacuzzi in his suite!! I’ve always wanted to go on a cruise but never really had the opportunity or motivation to do so… perhaps it’s my fear of being the youngest person on board surrounded by geriatrics squandering away what’s left of their retirement fund. Who knows. The idea of being detached from shore life in a floating, man-made structure that looks like a miniature city in the middle of the ocean for a few days is, I must say, very appealing. I’m sure it’s fun.
I’m not a big fan of spring weather because of the unexpected showers it brings. I ducked for cover at the nearby Bar Stuzzichini to prevent myself from getting wet. Late lunch ain’t a bad idea because I’m famished. Towards the end of my meal, my friend Alex (who’s having an exhibit at the Pratt Institute next week) called me and asked where I was. Lo and behold he was just around the corner from me because he went to a casting. Table for one is a bit sad so I told him to join me.
Bar Stuzzichini was good. Food’s great, service was swift. I was able to get a table without reservations. I love discovering restaurants (and have friends around the corner to join) unexpectedly.
So many meetings, so little time. I had a very surreal meeting earlier this afternoon. I, along with several members of the team, are here in New York. The Los Angeles office is on the other side of the table, displayed life-sized, via video conference.
I have NEVER seen anything like this. EVER! Amazing what technology can do these days!
Yesterday evening, my friends from Elle Magazine invited me to join their table at the AAFA (American Apparel and Footwear Association) American Image Awards. I’m usually intimidated by black tie events simply because I don’t know what to wear but my beloved Dolce & Gabbana came to my rescue and I wore this AMAZING sparkly outfit from their fall/winter 2011 collection.
The incredibly chic and gracious Prada Ambassadress Shala Monroque (who I first met at the Miu Miu show in Paris a few months back) hosted an intimate soiree for the very smart folks over at Industrie Magazine at her apartment in New York last week.
In between business meetings and work-related tasks in New York last week, I managed to spend quality time with my friend Wendy who runs the high-traffic website Nitrolicious. We’ve known each other for years and it’s a shame that we don’t get to see each other that much whenever I go to NYC because of my usual insane schedule. Last week was different though. We both worked on a project so we saw each other lots!
Before afternoon tea at Bergdorf Goodman, Rumi and I had lunch at the Four Seasons. I had quite possibly the best ‘fish and chips’ I’ve ever had. The hotel is beautiful, yes. We were mostly surrounded by ‘corporate’ types but on the upside, we were the youngest people in the room.
Before switching hotels from the Four Seasons to Soho Grand, I took my gurl Rumi to my beloved institution uptown, Bergdorf Goodman, for afternoon tea. I told her about the beautiful and chic ‘cocoon-like’ chairs but alas, they were all taken.
Sincerest apologies for the quality but I forgot to bring my camera and used my mobile phone instead.