<![CDATA[Guest of a Guest]]> http://guestofaguest.com RSS for Node Sat, 22 Oct 2016 19:44:45 GMT <![CDATA[Dessert Goals' Founders Talk NYC's Sweetest New Food Festival]]>

This Sunday, the exclusive, first-ever dessert festival is coming to Brooklyn. Enter: Dessert Goals.

Before even engaging in conversation with the brains behind Dessert Goals, I knew I would fall in love with them. As a sweet toothed, hopeful study abroad student, and NYC resident, they're everything I can hope to embody: drowning in dessert, jet-set, and NYC-lovin'. In modern digital culture, one’s Instagram aesthetic or feed can give you an accurate glimpse into his or her personality. From Miraya Berke and Liang Shi’s digital platforms, it’s their big grinning smiles, overseas food pictures, adorable captions, and of course dessert posts that can lighten anyone’s mood.

Think about this: no one has ever invented an all dessert festival in NYC - until now. These #girlbosses are the leaders behind this sweet new Instagram-baity event, and we had a chance to catch up with them before the big day.

[Photo via @withlovedc]

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<![CDATA[Happy Birthday Kim Kardashian: 36 Of Her Best Moments This Year]]>

The certified queen of the internet turns 36 today! While the past few weeks have been rough on her, let's not discredit the rest of her year. Click through for Kim Kardashian's 36 best moments of the past 12 months. #Winning

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<![CDATA[5 Events You Can't Miss This Weekend In NYC]]>

Put away your raincoat and take out your favorite cocktail dress, it's finally time to start enjoying a weekend celebrating the best of art, culture and, of course, fashion. From Opening night of the FEFAF New York, to Gilt's warehouse sale, and the New York Junior League's Open House, we'll have your calendar booked this weekend. 

Not pleased with these options? Check out our calendar for even more events. 

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<![CDATA[The Funniest Burns At Last Night's Trump Vs. Clinton Roast]]>

Also known as the annual Al Smith dinner. Last night in New York, the two candidates for president attended a white-tie charity event traditionally recognized as a night of sharp humor and respectful jabs. Of course, Donald Trump took it a little too far, with some of his "jokes" garnering boos from the audience - the first ever instance in the party's history. But hey, that's not to say he didn't get a couple of good ones in. Hillary, however, was on a roll. Click through for the best burns between the two. 

[Photo via @carbonated.tv]

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<![CDATA[Best Dressed Guests: The Boys’ Club Of New York & Dior Host The 68th Annual Fall Dance]]>

On Wednesday, The Boys’ Club of New York in partnership with iconic fashion house, Dior, took over le palais de Upper East Side, otherwise known as The Pierre Hotel, bringing together New York City’s most charitable yet fashionable guests. The hotel served as a perfect, elegant backdrop for a cocktail hour, seated dinner, and dancing, which took place in its famed ballroom. Tabletops featured scattered candles and topiaries, some in the shape of a handbag (a la Dior). Although it wasn’t the “real deal”, guests had a chance to win one of these botanical accessories by Instagramming (really, what we do best) and using the hashtag #BCNYDesigns.

This year’s Co-Chairs included Sara Ayres, Amy Griffin, Alexandra Robertson, Lauren Santo Domingo, and Shirin von Wulffen. Other VIP guests included President of Christian Dior North America Renaud de Lesquen, Dennis Basso, Gucci Westman, Chiara and Massimo Ferragamo, Pamela Hanson, Sarah and Izak Senbahar, among many others. Alexandra Richards was also in attendance, and got the party started behind the DJ booth.

Fashion and pomp aside, the BCNY invited one of their alums, Sebastian de la Cruz, up to the podium to share his experience. Sebastian is expected to graduate from Cornell this semester all thanks to BCNY – an achievement that wouldn’t have otherwise been in his reach without the program. Last night’s event raised over $1.16 million for BCNY’s comprehensive youth programming and services, proving New York City’s fervent and continuous support for this great program.

Click through to see best dressed guests from the evening!

[Photos courtesy getty]

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<![CDATA[Modern Manners: Do You Need Etiquette Classes?]]>

Well well, seems Emily Post died and made The Plaza Hotel king. Of etiquette, that is. The home of stuffy old fancy dinners, aesthetically naive childhood dream weddings, and a rambunctious turtle toting Eloise is about to launch a series of modern etiquette classes specifically curated to help those "unfinished" and socially aspirational/desperate amongst us navigate this oh so unique millennial age of manners and misdemeanors. 

Sure, you could sign yourself up for an adult finishing school - set aside a weekend to traipse off to class, notepad in hand. You know, because that doesn't sound desperately depressing or anything. Might as well add in a pair of adult braces, and a horrible WASPy nickname like Trip or Bunny. But alas, there is no need for you to part with $2,750 for an "intensive" weekend program of 'chins up' and 'shoulders back.' I'm here to tell you the Cliffsnotes of everything you've been doing horribly, disgustingly, unforgivably wrong all these years.

Dating Etiquette

Do you have to swipe right on people you know? Honestly, while some would say this is common courtesy, it's wholly unnecessary. Unless you'd really tap that, why swipe that?

When it comes to the bill, one should always offer to pay. If you're met with opposition, let it go graciously. One should never expect to be paid for, and should receive and respect any such a treat as exactly such.

First dates are rough. No one's ever quite sure how to act, and often the anticipation of what's going to happen in 2 minutes kills any hopes of being present in the now. While some would preach feeling out the situation, and offering up bits of yourself as seem appropriate, I say go nuts. If you've an incredibly edgy sense of humor? Bring on the uncomfortable jokes. If you've a crazy obsession with Star Wars, or something else realm-y? Why hide that shit? Go a little overboard with yourself. It's the best way to see if they can actually take you on a regular day.

Dining Etiquette

Don't eat until everyone has their food. It may seem silly, it may seem dumb. Their food will get there eventually, no? They seem to be pretty insistent on you starting ahead? Embrace the well-mannered diet. Sure your soup may border on cold. Sure your salad may wilt. But hey - being the bigger person sometimes means being the thinner person.

Digital dining? There is no seat for your phone at the table. I don't care if all the cool kids are doing it - texting and chewing? Grotesque. This generation may be feted for its ability to multitask, but really, how is Snapchatting and eating productive? 

Some may say that politics is a rude topic to engage at the dinner table, one to be avoided at all costs. But I'm going to plead European on this one and say what's a dinner party sans a little ideological scuffle? So long as all participating parties realize that ne'er a mind nor opinion has ever truly been changed by dinner party discussion, and thus reaching any level of heatedness be wastefully indulgent, all's good. Argue away!

Who started this silliness of placing a napkin on your lap the second you take your seat? As if there's something so biblically shameful about displaying one's lap in public? We may live in a post-genesis world, but I say free the lap. When you've no food in sight to ruin your ensemble, why are you rushing to protect yourself from yourself? Like you've never served yourself a meal, and are suffering from some type of palsy? Nobody likes that guy. Have a little confidence in yourself. And I'm not talking the type of confidence that lies in that theatric move of the giant napkin, matador-like flourish. Nobody likes that guy either.

Business / Networking Etiquette

Thank you emails are always a must. Non-negotiably so. Thank you for the thank you emails? Unnecessary, but still generous of heart. Thank you for the thank you for the thank you emails? Fucking ridiculous. And you should be ashamed of yourself for creating such a circus.

When it comes to signing off emails, know who you are. Personally, I'm a 'Cheers!' person. Can't tell you how and can't tell you why I can get away with that, but I can tell you it's the same instinct that tells me immediately when someone can't. There's nothing so sad as a misplaced closer - second only to a misplaced opener (we've all received that cringe email from a stranger starting oh so inappropriately with a "hey!"). 

Well, there you have it; everything you need to know about etiquette in the 21st century and it didn't even cost you a dime.

[Photo via Breakfast at Tiffany's]

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<![CDATA[Fall Dining Guide 2016: NYC's Hottest New Restaurants]]>

What's the fun in diving into a new season if it doesn't involve digging into a new plate of food? For the love of all things dining, we thankfully live in a city whose culture revolves around restaurants, and with each new weather forecast comes an influx of hot spots, from celebrity chefs to international outposts. Click through for all the major eateries to check into this fall.

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<![CDATA[The Cool Girl's Guide To Surviving A Frat Party]]>

I woke up one morning and I was a senior in college. How it happened? No idea. Maybe a 3 year long frat party blackout? Time flies when you're having fun. Speaking of, here are some words of advice about surviving those testosterone-and-beer filled bashes (from what I can remember)... 

[Photo via @totalsororitymove]

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<![CDATA[A Shot Of Whiskey...In Your Doughnut?]]>

It's no secret that we here at Guest of a Guest like to have our booze and eat it too. So you can imagine the struggle when we came across these beautiful doughy treats with a straight up shot of whiskey built-in. 

As if Denver could get any cooler, Habit Doughnut Dispensary is serving up these drunk desserts for those days when a little self medication seems like the only option. The heaven-like establishment offers a wide range of doughnut and alcohol pairings, from whiskey and vodka to rum and Baileys. Just squeeze the pipette and voilà, instantly infused. Now, who's up for a quick trip to Colorado? 

[Photos via @chefjasongraf, @habitdoughnuts]

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<![CDATA[The Best Twitter Responses To Donald Trump's Major Fail Last Night]]>

Even in the throes of an alcohol-induced haze, most viewers of last night's final presidential debate experienced flat-out shock when Donald Trump said the words "bad hombres." My group chat lit up, people choked on their wine, and the social media minded immediately knew this would be the bigly meme of the night. Luckily, Twitter did not disappoint. Did you mean these bad ombrés, Mr. T?

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