<![CDATA[Guest of a Guest]]> http://guestofaguest.com RSS for Node Sat, 27 Aug 2016 02:59:05 GMT <![CDATA[10 Spots To Brunch In The Hamptons This Weekend]]>

Like peanut butter is to jelly, brunch is to Hamptons-goers. It's crucial that you nurse your Sunday hangover the right way, with good food and even better booze. Check out our picks for best brunch spots out east this weekend from Southampton to Montauk - we promise your taste buds will thank you.

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<![CDATA[I Got A $25 Haircut...Never Again]]>

I am a silly person. This much I know, and fully admit to. The type of person whose actions seem always to be a discussion opportunity for others - not a thing I can say, not a move I can make that doesn't seem to draw some deal of comment. 

For years now, I have taken a large amount of shit from friends and family alike as to the expense of my haircuts. Since moving to Manhattan, I have never spent less than $200 on a haircut - occasionally spending far above - and when I lived in Scotland for a year, I'd even schlep all the way to London for the salon Kate Middleton went to. No color, no treatment, just a cut. Now that number I recognize is ridiculous to many a people and for many a reason. But in my own way, it's always been completely validated. 

First, I hate haircuts. There's something so horridly boring and unnatural about sitting in front of a mirror for an hour and a half, forced to stare at yourself as you feign small talk with little Mr. Snippers back there. As thrilling as talking to a mirror is, and oh - it is, I can only bring myself to do so about twice a year. So all in all, my annual spend probably isn't that much more than the more economical of you out there judging me.

Second, God knows my hair is 55% of my personality. Eyebrows are 40%, and the remainder - well, who's to say? I've a thick head of hair that when left to it's own devices has this Wuthering Heights / Italian countryside thing going where it's like I just had a walk on the moors, or picked a bucket of grapes and am off to go make some mozzarella. Thus to say that I've not a cookie cutter, suburban situation just anyone can work with.

Third, when you find somewhere that works for you, of course you're going to hold tight. That somewhere for me has been The John Barrett Salon. Though all the way on the Upper East Side (insert finger in mouth here), it's in Bergdorfs, so there's at least the entertainment aspect of shopping to factor in prior and post appointment.

But just recently, when, as is wont to happen, I found myself desperately close to 16 year old Miley Cyrus hair length territory and could no longer deny the fact that I was in need of a cut, I decided to, for the first time ever, and against all better judgment, show my judgmental friends and family up by going ahead and grabbing a cheap cut. 

And what a mistake that was.

Going to an academy environment, where the stylists are students, may be a valid and easy option for some, but there are many things I'd warn against.

Personally, I couldn't give a shit about amenities. Tea, champagne, sweeping park views. But if that's important to you, this is clearly a no-go.

Aside from that, no matter how promising your stylist may be, they're still learning. And learning by the book. Which means any haircut you receive will be formulaically fit onto your head. A direct order from a Not-So-Happy Meal menu of styles. 

If you're one of those blessed-tressed who could take a sheering from a five year old with scissors, and somehow your coiff would still fall well and hang just so - again, head on over to this affordable party. 

If you're tight on time, or just extremely impatient, buckle up. All in all, I was in a chair for a hair under 3 hours. During which lifetime I stared at my stylist, stared at myself, stared at my stylist giving myself a look which I knew was just all wrong, stared at the clock and mentally punched the seconds along.

Did I leave with less hair? Yes. Did I spend barely no money at all? Yes. 

Have I already made an appointment at my tried and true hair home to fix this Supercuts situation I've been left to make the best of? You bet your ass.

And so, in the spirit of all that is good and Gwyneth Paltrow in the world, I'd rather smoke crack AND eat cheese from a can than get my hair cut anywhere but Bergdorf's.

Judge away. 

[Photos via @kendalljenner, @johnbarrettnyc]

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<![CDATA[The 10 Best VMAs Moments Ever (In GIFs!)]]>

MTV's 2016 Video Music Awards are set for this Sunday at New York City's Madison Square Garden. While we can certainly expect plenty of major moments (Kanye apparently has free reign over his performance), let's take a look back at some of the most memorable in history.

[Photos courtesy MTV]

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<![CDATA[Wedding Inspiration: Chic Brides Hit The High Line]]>

This month's wedding inspiration is brought to you by the very city that birthed us. Iconic ice cream truck? Check. Delicate flowers on the High Line? Check. Two intricate and slinky wedding dresses? Check and check. As if you needed another reason to hit the Meatpacking District.

Photography: Matthew Ree  Styling: Ani Hovhannisyan  Makeup: Stacie Ford  Hair: Andrea Wilson at Next Florals: Ariston Florist  Jewelry: Kimberly McDonald Dress: Alon Livne

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<![CDATA[The Hamptons Weekend Party Guide]]>

Book your Blade! It's time to go out East. From the final Daily party to the Tretorn Pop-Up at the Surf Lodge, it's going to be a hoppin' weekend! 

Not diggin' the options? Check out our full calendar

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<![CDATA[4 Events You Can't Miss This Weekend In NYC]]>

This weekend's line-up is sizzling! From an evening with John Legend himself to a Puppy Party with the Loews Regency, we will have you booked solid! 

Need more options? Check out our calendar.

[Photo via Hunter Abrams/BFA]

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<![CDATA[The 10 Healthiest Cities In America]]>

Between America's alarming obesity rate and the influx of #fitchicks on your Instagram feed, it's hard to determine the state of health in the United States. Luckily, the American College of Sports Medicine has done the work for us. Their 2016 ACSM American Fitness Index report ranks the fittest metropolitan areas in the country. Click through for the top 10!

[Photo via @rrayme]

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<![CDATA[The Major Engagement Ring Trends Of 2016]]>

Like the classic quilted black Chanel bag, a round brilliant diamond in a platinum solitaire mounting will never go out of style. However, just like with fashion, engagement rings have their own trends and recently I have gotten a lot of requests to talk about what is #trending in the world of engagement rings and diamonds.

Olivia Landau is a GIA Graduate Gemologist located in NYC. Ms. Landau is a sixth generation diamond dealer with ties to Antwerp, Belgium and Taiwan. Olivia is currently a diamond consultant at one of New York City’s largest diamond wholesalers. She recently launched “The Clear Cut,” a blog to educate people on how to approach buying diamonds and engagement rings. Ms. Landau also holds degrees from New York University & Gemological Institute of America.

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<![CDATA[7 Bloody Mary Joints To Cure Your Brunch Blues]]>

We've all been there. It's the morning after a night of festive behavior and all-out debauchery, and boy, does that headache kill. Your feet swing lazily over the side of your bed and the cold floor rushes up to meet you faster than you realize. You have to get up and go to your friend's birthday brunch, an idea that seems equally as unfathomable as it does horrendous given the state you're in. Water just won't cut it; you need some kind of magic potion to re-orient yourself with the alcoholic arena (fans of both drinking and alliteration will like that sentence, there's something in it for everybody). The best course of action in that particular scenario is to follow the golden rule of day drinking: the best detox is retox. 

Bloody Marys are that potion: that spicy, tangy, salty and refreshing nectar of Dionysus - whom, for those who don't know, is the Greek god of the grape harvest and alcohol. His harvest brings together both joy and ecstasy, but also chaos and misery; so I think it's safe to say the dude knows a bit about hangovers. Were the son of Zeus here today, I'm sure he would agree with this list. Here you'll find NYC's most satisfying - and revitalizing - Bloody Marys. 

[Photo via @bedfordballers]

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<![CDATA[We Dared Our Editor To Get A Surprise Tattoo Live On Facebook]]>

And she did it, of course. Because that's some serious dedication. See, we started out our post-workday adventures in the West Village where we popped into various psychic...offices? (Are they called psychic offices?) to get our palms read live on Facebook. Apparently, however, gypsy magic requires absolutely no filming of the fortune-telling and so we had to resort to Plan B. We mean, we needed a video and someone to do something worth videotaping. 

Enter: Macdougal Street, our managing editor Steph, and...a tattoo parlor. Within minutes she was in the chair. So, what did our impromptu ink session leave her with? Watch and find out folks!

What did our Editor choose as her impromptu tattoo?!
Posted by Guest Of A Guest on Wednesday, August 24, 2016
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