Sunday, June 29, 2008
I don't do alot to celebrate gay pride. I am proud and I am gay but running around in hot pants isn't my way of showing it, as you can see in my NEXT magazine interview here:
BUT there is one event I always try to attend and that is Gay Pride at Gracie Mansion, hosted by Mayor Bloomberg.
I have been going for the past five years ( I think since it started) and each year it gets bigger and bigger but still is a load of fun.
Eric met me there this year and we had a hamburger on the lawn, caught up with random people we never see and enjoyed the grounds and the house, if only from the exterior.
We walked into the tent as 'Everybody move your body' was blasting from the DJ booth and bee lined to the bar for some white wine.
Usually Bloomberg does a meet and greet where you can shake his hand and they send you a picture of this historical event.
But this year they ditched that idea and instead Bloomberg lead a camp Match Game show. Co-hosted by Issac Mizrahi (who gave the Mayor the tie he was wearing for Valentines Day), the Mayor asked several people including Issac questions about New York and the LGBT lifestyle which was amusing for five minutes but was a bit drawn out.
On the bright side Bloomberg gave us great hope for same sex marriage in NYC and let us know he has pledged a full fledged campaign for boosting LGBT tourism to NYC.
After several glasses of wine, saying hi to Mr.Jamie Drake (who I will be spending next week with in Jersey!) we bid adieu and headed downtown to the Gansevoort to meet some of Eric's friends at a gay Law Party.
Never a dull moment on Pride Week!
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Last weekend Nadine Johnson (that of the uber swank Nadine Johnson PR firm) scooped up 30 writers, plopped us on a private jet and took us down to the Turks & Caicos for the ground breaking of Dellis Cay.
This damn island is going to be the hottest design driven island in the world once it is complete.
With 'starchitects' such as Piero Lissoni, Shigeru Ban, Zaha Hadid and Chad Oppenheim building villas, home and a tiny Mandarin Oriental hotel on the property, it is a modernist dream come true.
We arrived Friday afternoon and quickly peeled off our urban wear for flip flops and tees.
After the ground breaking event we dove into the buffet set up on a perfect sandy beach and watched the sunset.
I got to know my friend and amazing photographer Matthu Placek much better as well as his main squeeze, James Kaliardos
from Visionaire. There were so many other amusing people on the trip too! I met the girl of my dreams, Holly Kirkwood from London who spent many a drunken night on the beach with pondering life (yes it was only two nights but felt like weeks).
We dove, drank, gossiped and danced. Donna Karan sped by on her yacht and invited Nadine to dinner, two people managed to break a bed, I woke people up with a blender by accident and James and I met a booty shaker at Nikki Beach who might just turn up at a V party at Art Basel!
Oh there was so much more, but nobody wants texts when there are pictures like these.
And thank you Nadine, Eunice and Marina for a remarkable weekend. Cant wait for the reunion trip in 2010 when the hotel opens!
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Had a quick lunch with my darlin' God daughter today chez elle.
Daddy Mark is out of town so I headed down to Tribeca to have lunch with Mary at home.
Alistair was napping so it was just the girls!
Mary bought Bea her first piece of art. Isn't it lovely?
Baby B got down on her damn binkey! Look at the mark it made on her face when she passed out and it fell out.
Last Friday we celebrated Olivia's big birthday at her abode in the Village.
As usual she had an amazing spread of euro fare and copious amounts of champagne.
We all feasted, drank and chilled out.
Although Fay and Olivia had a 'boob off' which Alexis thoroughly enjoyed.
When we ran out of turlet paper I headed to the bodega and bought the largest amount I could find. Only the best for my girl!
Fay and I bought her a great book on the Weiner Werkstatte and a candle but my favorite pressie was the glowing gummie bear.
FINALLY! I finally saw Eartha Kitt at the Plaza.
That has been on my 'to do' list since I moved here in 1999.
While I was in Atlanta in March I read that she was to be at performing at this hallowed den and booked tickets pronto for me and Eric.
We counted down the days until it finally happened. And the night was better than we could imagine.
I recently became a member of the Frick Museum and there was a cocktail party that same night honoring new members.
I met Megan (also a new member) with her beau Shawn and my beau Eric in the winter garden amidst tinkling fountains and strumming guitars. Eric had never been (gasp!) so we took him on a tour, but a quick one so as to abuse the wine bar sufficiently. Hey, we love art and history but we adore booze!
At 7:30 Eric and I skeedaddled over to the Carlyle and slid comfortably into our booth. We ordered martini's and the Bobby Short Special, which was some sort of creamed chicken in a dish of mashed potato's. Bobby! Damn boy! That is right ripe redneck food if you ask me! And for $42 those better be Jersey potato's. But none the less it was quite tasty and coated our stomachs for more booze.
Eartha arrived around 8:30 and hit the ground running. She sang so many of my favorites including Champagne Taste, C'est si Bon, I want to be Evil and Lets do it!
But what really set us on fire was when she started cooing, "At first I was afraid, I was petrified.." And after several more verses I realized she was singing 'I will survive'! Every gay in the room nearly choked on their chicken.
At 9:30 she wrapped it up and we sprang from our seats in excitement.
We couldn't leave without some classic Carlyle pictures so we mimicked JFK and Jackie as best we could.
We love you Earth!
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
After a wild night at the CFDA's it was so nice to meet Eric and Amanda on Tuesday night in Central Park to celebrate his 26th natal day.
Eric brought mounds of sushi while Amanda and I hauled in several bottles of champagne.
We talked about family, did summer salts and called his mom just to hear her squeal with excitement over his big day, as all moms do on their kids birthdays.
We had a great time and after the champagne was wiped out we hit one more bar on the Upper East before heading home.
I took Eric out to the National Arts Club last Friday for his birthday. I gave him his presents and Mike brought out gluten free cupcakes from Babycakes Bakery so Eric could savor birthday cake even with his wheat allergy.
Happy Birthday my handsome man!
Friday, June 06, 2008
This years were a bit lack luster for me.
Maybe because my two friends up for awards lost. Well Philip Crangi is a friend too, but I really wanted Justin to win for obvious reasons.
Maybe it was the death of YSL that gave the function a somber vibe. Last year seemed so much more peppy, amusing and exciting.
MAYBE it has to do with the ticket prices going up and up?! There were not nearly as many people this go around.
The space looks incredible and the food was great but they did run out of champagne. HELLO. It’s a fashion event!
Once the awards part of the evening ended Justin & Co had to stay for the dinner. Who thought that one up? So we went back to his house to wait for him and then he got dragged out to several parties so we hit the Beatrice. It was a fun night but not exactly the swinging time I had imagined. What's the fun of supporting your friend if you can't play with him afterwards?
On the flip side everyone looked amazing! See the picture of the four of us care of Hanuk.
Enjoy the warm weekend!