Bon Weekend: 27 September 2019
It’s starting to look a little bit like fall in New York but it definitely still feels like summer. I’m off on a field trip today but here are some things to do and places to go and this weekend.
My new iPhone 11 Pro is scheduled to arrive this weekend and I could not be more excited. Everyone is raving about the cameras and I can’t wait to take photos. I ordered mine online because I couldn’t find the color and size I wanted in New York. I probably should have gone over to the newly renovated Apple store on Fifth Avenue but I was worried about lines of people trying to buy their own phones and see the new store design. It was closed for two years while they added new entrances and natural light to the subterranean space. It’s now brightly lit and filled with plants and natural materials to help calm you while you get your laptop repaired or upgrade your phone.
I was supposed to see the Downton Abbey movie this Monday but the UN General Assembly madness made getting to the theatre a nightmare so I cancelled. I need to choose a new time to see the film adaptation of the television series that is getting rave reviews. If you haven’t seen the show, they say it doesn’t matter and the film stands on its own. Writer Julian Fellows is working on a few other television projects that I look forward to seeing soon too.
Another film getting rave reviews and standing ovations at film festivals is Judy. The bio pic about Judy Garland stars Renee Zellweger as the legendary singer and actress who is in London to performing sold-out shows at the Talk of the Town nightclub. While there, she reminisces with friends and fans and begins a whirlwind romance.
When I first heard that a show titled The Politician was set to air on Netflix, I imagined a new younger version of House of Cards. Turns out it’s a star studded original black comedy about “a wealthy student from Santa Barbara, who has known since age 7 that he’s going to be president of the United States, but first he has to navigate the most treacherous political landscape of all, Saint Sebastian High School.” All eight episodes are on Netflix now for your binging pleasure.
Unbelievable is a much darker show on Netflix based on a true story about a teen who reports being raped and then recants her story when no one believes her. Meanwhile, two female detectives investigating a series of eerily similar attacks in another area finally reveal the truth. To be honest, I fast forwarded a lot of the scenes of the young girl played by Kaitlyn Dever and preferred the scenes with the detectives played by Toni Collette and Merritt Wever. I think Merritt Wever is amazing and should be in more things.
I’ve been wondering for most of the year if it would be possible to use iPhone to take photos for a book. I had to submit RAW images for color correction for the printing process for my book which I took on my professional Canon camera. I hate lugging it around but always have my iPhone with me. My question was answered when I saw that photographer Miguel Flores-Vianna’s book A Wandering Eye: Travels with my Phone. I had a chance to chat with him and his publisher from Vendome at an intimate breakfast at Ralph’s with Ralph Lauren Home on Tuesday. It’s a great book and now I’m inspired to finally work on my ideas for my second book.
I took an unplanned trip to The Metropolitan Museum of Art this week too. It’s easy to pop in any time when you are a member. I started with Gallery 632 to see the Canalettos, Guardis, and Tiepolos that Jayne Wrightsman recently left to the museum and just wondered after which is the best way to see the Met.
I was so glad I stopped by The Metropolitan Museum of Art when I saw the gorgeous displays of hydrangea in the great hall. They were created by the florist to the museum, Remco van Vliet, who founded Van Vliet & Trap with his brother Cas Trap. The Dutch duo took over the flowers at the Met from Chris Giftos who retired after creating them for 30 years. The Met has fresh flowers every week thanks to the generous endowment by Lila Acheson Wallace, a co-founder of Reader’s Digest, who I silently thank every time I visit.
On my list is a visit to The Met Breuer to see the new Vija Celmins career retrospective of approximately 120 works, from her earliest paintings made in Los Angeles in the 1960s to objects completed in New York in the last five years. It looks lovely.
I’ve always liked actress Demi Moore so I ordered her new book Inside Out: A Memoir. I didn’t realize how hard her life was growing up and I’m interested to learn more about her life.
If you need to do any fall shopping, you have one last day to take advantage of the Shopbop sale. Save 20% or 25% with the code STOCKUP19. Sorry those of you who read the blog via email will probably miss this sale. Another reason to stop by the website to see what’s new.
Bon week-end !