She's mostly known for her public speaking skills, and she is absolutely hilarious. If you are from New York City and want a good chuckle, try searching YouTube for any of her talks regarding NYU or Michael Bloomburg. She's so on point you'll be falling out of your chair crying. There was no better person to interview her for the event than Scorsese, considering the two of them have been friends for so long they can't even remember how they met. In response to the question of how they met during the Q&A, the both of them, stumped, assumed they must have met at a party a long time ago. Scorsese has also featured Fran in his films, including the HBO Documentary about her called Public Speaking, and most recently the Wolf of Wall Street where she played the judge. Funny enough, she also had a recurring role on Law & Order as Judge Janice Goldberg, though she doesn't describe herself as an actor. Just listening to her discuss her experience on filming Wolf of Wall Street was one of my favorite parts of the evening. For example, she described her first encounter with Leonardo DiCaprio in a scene they were shooting, and thought he was overrated because he kept missing his lines (per her cue card) and they kept having to re-shoot. Ends up being his lines were noted as being an overdubbed narrative, so she was missing her lines and that's why they had to keep re-shooting. I'm not doing the story any justice, the way she told it was just too funny. The discussion didn't just include the movie, but subjects as varied from e-cigarettes to New York City's new mayor, Bill De Blasio. I haven't laughed this hard in a long time! Even though I was pretty exhausted due to catching a flight home earlier that day from a work trip, I'm really glad Jim and I made the time to attend. I'm going to try to make it a point to attend more events like this in the upcoming year. It sure beats watching TV! Oh, and I have to mention the Peter Jay Sharp building where this event was held had one of the most beautiful theaters I had seen in quite some time. I mean, look at the detail on the ceiling! Gorgeous."Frances Ann "Fran" Lebowitz is an American author and public speaker. Lebowitz is known for her sardonic social commentary on American life as filtered through her New York City sensibilities."
- Fabric quality is more important that quantity
- Basics don't count and are always allowed
- Accessories don't count, unless they are pricier than usual
- Shoes DO count
- Socks and underwear don't count
- Everything else counts
- Black, grey and white tee shirts
- Black, grey and white tank tops
- White or cream blouse, silky/dressier texture preferred
- White or light blue oxford shirt
- Black dress
- Black blazer
- Neutral color cardigan
- Neutral color sweater
- Black trousers
- Well fitting, dark denim jeans
- Black skirt
- (Faux) Leather Jacket
- Trench coat
- Good quality, dressy winter coat
- Black pumps
- Ankle boots
- Summer sandals
- Sneakers (like Converse)
- Gold or silver watch
- Black (faux) leather bag
1 / Classic Trench CoatI've been eyeing this Zara one on eBay. Though it's a basic, I'm including it as one of my five since it's pricier than what I'd usually spend on clothing.
2 / A Black or Gray Jersey T-shirt DressI've always wanted one being it travels well and you can dress it up or down. Most "minimalist" styles are boxy which look horrible on me because of my curves. I'm excited I actually found and decided on this great, hip hugging Alexander Wang T one I scored on eBay. Also, since this is technically a basic and I got a great deal on it, I may give myself an extra purchase for spring.
3 / New Sandals That Follow a 2014 TrendI hear plastic is a trend, so I may go with these from Melissa, though I'm still deciding.
4 / Black Ankle BootsI have a few but none with a mid-size heel that are plain, which I feel I'd get more use out of. I recently purchased these Jessica Simpson Ankle Boots from Amazon (which are all man-made materials) and have been wearing them non-stop. I adore them.
5 / To Be DeterminedNot sure on my fifth yet, but it most likely will be new swimsuits being my current ones are several years old and pretty beat. Though we're a long ways off from spring and summer, I'm starting to pick up a few items early being I'm headed to Brazil and Argentina later this month. In particular want to have the dress for this trip. So that's my wardrobe strategy for 2014. I'll keep you posted how it's working out. To learn more about how this is working for me as of Spring 2014, click here.
All of our beers are vegan friendly, with just a few exceptions: Brooklyn Local 2, Brooklyn BAMboozle, our past Brewmaster’s Reserve beers Buzz Bomb and The Concoction, Highline Elevated Wheat, and AMA Bionda, all of which contain honey. Our cask beers are filtered with the vegan-friendly Biofine Clear.It still leaves plenty of beers to choose from! All in all it was totally worth me cheating and having gluten. The beers were delicious, and totally worth the stop. Also, though I didn't see any while I was there I hear they are dog friendly.
So it's freaking FREEZING here in NYC.
As you may or may not know, we were hammered with a pretty nice snowstorm last week. So it's been a bit tough getting around. I'm actually really thankful I picked up these Dav moto style rain boots this past summer. I've never been a huge fan of traditional rain boots. I hate the knee-high ones and find it uncomfortable to not be able to get a full range of motion in your ankles all day. These moto ones are shorter, plus they don't look like rain boots, which I really love. I never even thought of using them in the snow until this past week, and so far they've been working great at keeping me nice and dry. Even while trudging through the 9 inches of snow we just got.
Also, I'd like to point out that after trying on tons and tons of jeans I finally found the perfect brand for anyone who has Crossfit butt and quads like I do. The Levi's Curve collection is great. They're a bit stretchy, and designed for ladies with a small waist but more junk in the trunk. I didn't even have to get these altered, which is unheard of for me in regards to pants. Especially pants that aren't leggings.
For anyone in the northern part of the country, stay warm this week!