Business or Pleasure? Part Two

Greetings from the Bryant Park Library,

Sorry I didn’t write part two yesterday. Again, this trip has been nonstop business and meetings. I must’ve walked for 7 hours yesterday because today my legs are in so much pain. It was definitely worth it.

Okay, where were we? Oh, yeah, Saturday night.

My friend Gary invited Abie and I to a jewelry showroom event that night. We didn’t have solid plans so we decided to tagalong and I’m so happy we did.

We met up with Gary and Amanda at the Soho Grand (one of his favorite spots) and had a drink in their lounge. I love the uniqueness of that place and the service is excellent. We both ordered cranberry-vodkas (don’t laugh, we know that’s the most “club girl” drink in the world but we love them!) while Amanda sipped on Chardonnay. I caught up with Amanda as I hadn’t seen her in awhile and our friendship is, well, rocky. We both have crazy personalities and we often clash but make up. She’s gotten back into modeling and is happy in NYC which is great. She’s looking forward to her trip to Japan.

After we finished our drinks, we hopped into an Uber and set out for Bushwick. Gary quizzed us about what’s going on with the blog and we inquired about some new movies he’s working on. Gary is a producer for Bold Films and just did Nightcrawler and some other movie that I’m forgetting the name of. He’s quite a character himself which often ends up getting him criticized. I think he’s hilarious and quirky but you know how people are.

We pulled up to an art studio that looked like an open garage. Out comes this beautiful, leggy, Rosie Huntington-Whitley-lookalike and my jaw dropped. One of the most beautiful girls I have ever seen. She greeted us with hugs and kisses and introduced herself as “Terese”. This would be her showroom that we would be checking out. We enter her office and it’s minimally furnished with built in shelves and glass tables. On the other side of the room, a couch seated four people who exuded coolness. A 20-something woman sat on a stool and strummed a guitar, looking like a fairy herself. Immediately, I noticed two girls with really cool chain shirts on and sat next to them.

“Hi, I’m Megan! I love your jewelry..Er…Shirts. Who makes them?”

The girl sitting on the floor with strawberry blonde hair and a lovely smile spoke first.

Juna from Nous Wear
Juna from Nous Wear

“We do.”, motioning at the brunette with bangs.

They introduced themselves as Juna and Vero and started to tell us about their line, Nous Wear. I was entranced by these tops and boldly asked to try one on. It fit perfectly and draped so well over my romper. It was simple yet changed my whole outfit and made it way cooler. I had been transformed from “New York City” to “Coachella” instantly. They took some photos of me and gave me their cards. I asked if they would be interested in an interview and they agreed. Hearing their passion for what they do was touching. The amount of time they spend on making wearable art and the way their eyes light up when they see someone wearing their creations is incredible. I can’t wait to hear more from them.

Nous Wear
Nous Wear

I decided to check out the jewelry next. Terese showed me around and spoke about how to wear certain things and how versatile they are. Her line brought up visions of the 90’s and early 2000’s. If Terese’s line, LUMA, had been out during the days of Lizzie McGuire and My So-Called Life, it would’ve been everywhere. I’m so happy that LUMA is bringing that aesthetic back. She gifted me a bracelet, choker, and John-Lennon shaped glasses. What I really loved was how easy they were to slip on. It’s been three days since I put it on and I haven’t felt the need to take it off. Not only is it so comfortable that you don’t even notice, the colors go with everything and can be day or night. I’ve gotten so many compliments on them so far and people keep asking where I got them.

LUMA by Terese Pagh
LUMA by Terese Pagh
LUMA by Terese Pagh
LUMA by Terese Pagh

LUMA BY TERESE PAGH!

Glasses by LUMA /  Terese Pagh
Glasses by LUMA / Terese Pagh

I asked Terese if she would also be interested in an interview. She’s a big-time model so I was afraid she was going to say no. I wanted to interview her on her jewelry line because that interested me so much more than her modeling career. Yeah, she’s done a lot of big things with it such as VS and Sports Illustrated but what she’s doing now is so innovative and unexpected so I thought it would make a much better interview. We set a time and said our goodbyes as Gary invited us to join him and friends at Bond Street Sushi for dinner.

We arrived at the chic Soho restaurant and met some of Gary’s friends. Abie hit a mental wall and decided to go home and catch up on sleep so it was just Amanda and I left to guzzle Lychee martini’s. The dinner was fun and I met some new people. They wanted to go to a loft party afterwords but I had promised to visit my friend Vincent at a new club he works at. I felt kind of bloated from all the rice so I decided to walk there since it was only 20 minutes or so away.

I had never been to this lounge/club so I was blown away upon entrance. It reminded me of COVE in Tokyo with the gold skulls lining the walls and the intimate bar area. He looked up and basically leapt into my arms. We couldn’t stop laughing while trying to hear each other over the thumping music. We saddled up to the bar and spoke more while I ordered another vodka concoction. Vincent exudes a great energy that lights up a whole room. It was so nice to talk to him and check out his new work. It’s such a dope place and I’m hoping I will have enough energy to go back there tonight. I received a text that Up and Down was really good so I kissed his cheek and hopped in a cab. It was so dreamy driving through NYC at night and I felt the “you can do anything” vibe that comes with it. I didn’t realize how much I missed it until I had gotten back to it.

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I was quite drunk so I just popped into Up and Down for a hot minute before deciding to head home. I fell asleep in my Uber and awoke to him poking me and telling me to get out of the car.

The next day greeted me with a killer hangover. Abie was fresh and well rested whereas I looked (and felt) like hell. She reminded me that we had to get up and go down to LF to pick out our model street style looks for the blog. It was this moment where I realized that I was no longer 17 anymore and I could NOT go out the night before working the way I used to. I dragged by limp body out of bed and got ready. I couldn’t even focus on doing the event which pissed me off because I was so excited.

We arrived 30 minutes before they opened and got to work. Our model was a gorgeous girl named Ella. Even in my hungover state, I had fun chatting with Ella and her associate, Becky. I searched the room but it felt like my mind was in a blur. We picked out our looks and had fun taking iPhone pictures of them. Looking at my outfit now, I kind of regret it. It’s not bad but I could’ve done a lot better. I feel it was too matchy-matchy but you know what? That’s fashion. Fashion is a learning process and you make mistakes and learn. Do you think Grace Coddington has looked back and liked every single outfit she’s ever worn? Nah, probs not.

LF SOHO
LF SOHO
LF SOHO
LF SOHO

Ella revealed that she very much enjoys writing but never knew how to put it to use. I asked her if she would like to write for us and she eagerly agreed. All in all, we had a great time at LF and we look forward to having our launch there in July. The date is TBA at the moment but you know we’re going to be posting some dope flyer for it.

Then, We hopped in the car to head to Terese’s interview and picked Kira up on the way. Now, I don’t want to go too much into detail about it because we will be posting the whole interview today/tomorrow. She was her usual lovely self and it was such a fun time. I drank some cider and started to feel a bit better. Thank you again for the interview!

LUMA crown
LUMA crown
LUMA glasses
LUMA glasses
Another crown
Another crown
Post-LUMA interview.
Post-LUMA interview.

After the interview, Abie and I headed back and had a quiet night. After typing up my first article, I passed the hell out and slept for 10 hours.

I woke up and texted Alexa Curtis, a fellow fashion blogger who we’re going to do a collaboration with. She started her blog, Life in the Fashion Lane, at the age of 12 and gained quite a bit of recognition. She’s been on numerous talk shows as well as having Rachel Ray as a big fan. She is way beyond her years and absolutely brilliant. We sat down at Bubby’s near the high line and had some drinks while catching up. We are planning a really cool piece to work on together and I’m excited to get to see how she works.

Alexa Curtis from Life in the Fashion Lane
Alexa Curtis from Life in the Fashion Lane

After lunch and drinks, I haaaad to meet up with Marcel. Marcel and I met in Tokyo and became best friends when I was 17. He was my partner in crime and close friend to this day. We hung out at a dog park in Alphabet City and caught up with each other about the past two years. I saw him when in Palm Beach a couple days before my 18th birthday which is so random. Apparently, his mom likes to vacation there. Again, I am baffled by the amount of people who visit Palm Beach because it’s so small and nonspecific to me. We laughed so hard about all of our old times and made plans to see each other when I’m back in NYC. He’s a creative mind so when he asked if I wanted his help with the blog, I immediately nodded. I’m looking forward to a photo journal he’s planning to do for The Retired Models.

Jumping on Marcel
Jumping on Marcel
Falling from jumping on Marcel
Falling from jumping on Marcel
Laying on the ground with Marcel.
Laying on the ground with Marcel.

The rest of the day was a blur and once again, I passed out as soon as I walked through the door. I got around 12 hours of sleep and feel like myself again. Currently, I am sitting in the library on my last day in NYC and typing like a maniac. I can’t believe I am leaving tomorrow but I’m so excited to come home to Brandon and Basil. I feel like a shitty mom leaving Basil for so long and I can’t wait to cuddle him. AND BRANDON. I am feeling so sexually deprived I just don’t know how I’m alive. I feel like a born again virgin for Christ’s sake.

Having a coffee with Kira at Saturdays
Having a coffee with Kira at Saturdays

Alright, now it’s time to write up the other interviews and articles so I can go out and enjoy this beautiful day in this magical city!

BYEEEE!

xx,

Megan Kennedy


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