1. All of our Editorial teams from other offices (London, Mountain View, etc.) flew into NYC for a week of team bonding and creative exercises. We got a chance to tour the Google Glass studio, took a class in strategic, creative problem-solving, went on an art gallery tour in Chelsea and worked in small teams to come up with cool new product ideas and create demos to show off to the rest of the group. We also had a cocktail party at The Chester on Tuesday night, a margarita party at Cowgirl on Wednesday night and a craft beer tasting led by Urban Oyster at Swift Hibernian Lounge on Thursday night. All in all, it was exhausting but a lot of fun.
2. Also on Tuesday night, I attended the Two Boots Mardi Gras party at Le Poisson Rouge, an annual party that benefits the Lower Eastside Girls Club. Kristen came along with me and we immediately got in line to get ourselves done up in full glam rock face paint (of course). After that, we drank, danced and enjoyed the traditional New Orleans brass and jam bands. It was a great time, and all for a very good cause.
3. On Friday night, I checked out the aged, bottled Negronis at The Gilroy, a cool new cocktail bar on the Upper East Side. Then, on Saturday, I went to see the 2014 Whitney Biennial, which was pretty awesome. I spent the entire afternoon wandering around the galleries, watching the videos, soaking in the art. I thought it was cool that they selected three outside curators to choose the pieces for the show; it helped create a more diverse exhibition, with three very different floors that showcased different sides of the current American scene, from the absurd to the twee (and everything in between).
4. On Saturday night, I joined Kristen, Tawn and some other lovely ladies for a celebration in honor of Tawn’s birthday. We drank and danced to Beyoncé in a hotel room at the Row NYC in Midtown, then went downtown for some more dancing (and free bottle service, natch) at W.i.P. and Greenhouse. Needless to say, I spent most of Sunday recovering with Season 2 of House of Cards on Netflix (soooo good).
In honor of International Women’s Day, a few of the women who inspire me: Jenna Lyons, Wendy Davis, Lena Dunham and the cast of Girls, Meryl Streep and Hilary Clinton, Lupita Nyong’o. All strong, powerful, ambitious and beautiful in their own unique way.
La Chinoise (1967), dir. Jean-Luc Godard
Supermarket sweep, Chanel style! Imagine going to your local market with a Chanel basket…
This is pretty genius.
Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity
Best Original Screenplay: Her by Spike Jonze
Best Adapted Screenplay: 12 Years a Slave by John Ridley
For weeks, I’ve been saying that American Hustle would win Best Picture, but I think I was wrong on that one. American Hustle was slick and sexy and stylistic and had a great cast, but I don’t think anything can stand up to the sheer beauty and terror of 12 Years a Slave. I’ve never cried harder during a movie, or left a movie theater feeling so shaken up. I actually had a bout of major insomnia the night after I saw 12 Years a Slave, and I think Lupita Nyong’o and Chiwetel Ejiofor’s haunting, unsettling performances may have been to blame. In a lot of ways, it was hard to watch, but it was also an extremely powerful film that every American should see, because it explores the darkest era of our nation’s history with unflinching honesty. There is nothing slick or sexy about this movie, but it’s the closest you’ll get to truth on the silver screen.