<![CDATA[Guest of a Guest]]> http://guestofaguest.com RSS for Node Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:56:19 GMT <![CDATA[Musician & Visual Artist Gianni Lee Takes On His New Medium]]>

If you or me had our work recognized by Rihanna, it'd probably mean an early retirement. Dust off our shoulders, our work here is done. But for Gianni Lee, the work is never done. It's constantly evolving, expanding, adapting. The Philly native has already made waves in the worlds of fashion and music - his streetwear label, Babylon Cartel, has been worn by Iggy Azalea, Jaden and Willow Smith, and Bad Gal Riri herself - but he's added yet another box to his creative checklist: fine art.

Why Won’t You Hear Me? is the multi-hyphenate's first solo exhibition, now on display at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC) in Red Hook. Lee's paintings, like his music, are trippy, cool, and sure to gain a cult following. Providing a tongue-in-cheek commentary on our current political state, his art "takes place in a distant dystopian future" and pushes viewers to "recognize the problem and hold ourselves accountable for contributing the the solution." Socially aware and somewhat psychedelic, his debut residency is not only a must-see, but proof positive that Gianni Lee has a Midas touch when it comes to everything creative. We caught up with the man of the hour after his opening reception to talk cross pollination, inspiration, and the interesting new venture he's working on next. 

Why Won't You Hear Me? is on display through April 16, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition

[Photo by Ennis Chung]

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<![CDATA[3 Colorfully Unique Bloody Marys You Need To Try]]>

While we'll always appreciate a classic, who says all Bloody Marys have to be red? Liven up your weekend routine with a splash of color and a dash of delicious with these 3 cocktails recipes that are anything but plain. 

Straight from the pages of the newly released book The Bloody Mary: The Lore and Legend of a Cocktail Classic, with Recipes for Brunch and Beyond, a must-have for any well appointed at home bartender or host, prepare to sip on some majorly creative takes on everyone's favorite weekend drink - from The Cornballer and PB&J Mary to the ultimate green juice you didn't know you needed, the Green Bay Bloody. 

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<![CDATA[All Aboard The $1 Billion Luxury Cruise Ship For The Elite]]>

What comes to mind when you think of cruise ships? Tacky monstrosities packed to the gils with tourists non-ironically wearing Hawaiian shirts and Schoolboy Q hats that totally block your view while you're soaking up rays on a beach in St. Barths, right? Or perhaps that Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen cruise you begged your parents to take you on when you were little. Hopefully you haven't written off cruises completely because Celebrity Cruises (ugh, we hate the name too) has recently announced their latest endeavor: a luxury cruise specifically catering to the elite. They will debut their first of five ships in December 2018, each valued at $1 billion. Check out some of the insane amenities this cruise offers. 

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<![CDATA[Sweet Superlatives: The Best Bites From Dessert Goals 2.0]]>

There’s always room for dessert and when you find yourself at New York’s Dessert Goals festival, it is more accurate to say that there’s always room for ONE MORE dessert. This past weekend, on March 25th and 26th, the sold-out sweet tooth fest was held in Brooklyn and featured three floors of treats ready for social media postings, as well as raffles, workshops and an Instagram garden. This time around the treats were bigger, better, sweeter and more elaborate. Ahead, find out which local bites are ready for their closeup and chow-down.

[Photo via @thefoodjoy]

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<![CDATA[Inside The Extravagant Homes Of Russian Oligarchs]]>

In an unprecedented move this past weekend, around 60,000 people across Russia took to the streets in protest against their leaders, sporting rubber ducks and carrying sneakers. Why the odd accessories? It was apparently a nod to the opulence of their Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who has a grand duck house in the middle of his estate's pond - as well as an online shopping shoe addiction. It's no secret that Russia's billionaire oligarchs live an extravagant lifestyle, but just how over-the-top are their homes? Click through to find out. 

[Photo via MK Elite]

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<![CDATA[Why Is Everyone Putting Butter In Their Coffee?]]>

Health. It's weird sometimes. Put butter on your waffles in the morning and you're banned from the muscle club, but put it in your coffee? Welcome to the land of the lean. Lately our habit of following way too many #FitChicks on Instagram (in the hopes of one day looking like them through double-tap osmosis), has led us to believe that everyone else on the subway has been hiding something in their inconspicuous coffee mugs this whole time: butter. 

It's called "Bulletproof Coffee," and apparently it's not really new. Back in 2014, noted hippie health queen Shailene Woodley declared her love for the greasy, caffeinated concoction on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, saying "It will change your life!" We don't know about you, but our black brews are life-changing enough. Still, we're curious.

The concept comes from entrepreneur and "biohacker" Dave Asprey, a Silicon Valley nutrition nut and founder of the Bulletproof diet and lifestyle brand. According to Dave, you should wake up with butter in your cup, not Folgers. More specifically, low-mold coffee beans, two tablespoons of unsalted, grass-fed butter, and two tablespoons of medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil, an easily digestible fat. He markets it on his website as "Brain Octane Oil," but that sounds too silly to write about. In any case, he claims that the 450-calorie breakfast improves brain functionality, supports weight loss, suppresses hunger, and increases overall performance. His cult of followers seem to agree with him. Hey, he wouldn't have a Los Angeles coffee chain if they didn't.

If you're not on the West Coast and want to try something that sounds Superman-approved, you can find the official recipe below. It just might be crazy enough to work.

Bulletproof Coffee

-Brew 1 cup (8-12 oz.) of coffee using filtered water, just off the boil, with 2 1/2 heaping tablespoons freshly ground Bulletproof Coffee Beans. (French Press is easiest.)

-Add in 1-2 tablespoons of Brain Octane™ to the hot coffee (It’s STRONG – start with 1 tsp. and work up over several days).

-Add 1-2 tablespoons grass-fed, unsalted butter or grass-fed ghee

-Mix it all in a blender for 20-30 seconds until it is frothy like a foamy latte

[Photo via @gypsytan, @bulletproof]

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<![CDATA[15 Photos That Will Get You Amped For The Hamptons]]>

Each year is but a countdown to Memorial Day weekend. When real life begins, for just three brief months, until Labor Day comes and rips away those days spent lounging in the sun at Surf Lodge, plopping about on pool swans, cramming into your commune of a share-house, and partying it up at modern day Gatsby estates.

Click through for all the reasons to get excited for the good old days of bikini-wearing yore, and be sure to follow @gofghamptons for more summer inspiration!

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<![CDATA[Hilaria Baldwin On Living Clearly & Getting Zen In The City]]>

What do you think of when you hear the word "yoga"? Images that you've seen on your Instagram feed of crazy inversions in skin hugging, tropical colored clothes against various exotic backdrops likely come to mind. Lean limbs and envy-inducing booties, flexibility we can only dream of.

For Hilaria Baldwin, though, that's not what it's about. It's about what comes from within. Hilaria discovered yoga at 20, after a life spent in the image-obsessed world of professional dancing. During a dark time, yoga was a bright light that guided her towards a career as a yoga instructor so that she could share the same happiness and strength that the practice instilled in her.

Hilaria's teaching transcends the doors of her Manhattan studio, Yoga Vida. Blending her signature kindness and wit, she has utilized social media as a means to impart spiritual wisdom as well as health and fitness advice to help her followers integrate health into their everyday lives. With her new book The Living Clearly Method, she provides insight on how to radiate joy and love, how to practice wellness judiciously, and how to attain fulfillment. And like yoga, The Living Clearly Method all starts from within.

Whether it's trying to stay grounded and zen in one of the most hectic cities in the world or trying to stay optimistic in a contentious, vehement political climate, who better to have a conversation with than Hilaria? We caught up with the health guru herself to talk everything from politics to living life in the public eye to personal wellbeing.

[Photos courtesy The Living Clearly Method]

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<![CDATA[11 Gorgeous Private Islands You Can Rent]]>

It's the ultimate fantasy: a private piece of paradise where your footprints are the only ones on the sand. For most, the thought of a private island getaway remains solidly in daydream territory, but you needn't shell out millions to buy a tropical retreat . Skip the mortgage and look into renting. These offerings—in Belize, the Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands, and beyond—include perks like your own boat and a 7.5-acre estate. Read on for the skinny on how to claim your own Caribbean turf —if only for a week.

Words by Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon via Insider.

[Photos via]

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<![CDATA[Hot Baths Make You Skinny, Says Science]]>

Perhaps minus the macarons and wine, but hey - we won't tell! As if you needed yet another reason to lock yourself in the bathroom for hours Margot Tenenbaum-style, a researcher at Loughborough University has discovered that a steamy soaking sesh can burn as many calories as a brisk, 30-minute walk (around 140). Additionally, peak blood sugar after eating appears to be about 10% lower post-bath than it is after exercise, meaning your languid self-care rituals really are doing your body good. So sit back, relax, and shop some bath-time essentials that'll help make fitting into your bikini way more fun.

[Photo via @fashioninmysoul]

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