<![CDATA[Guest of a Guest]]> http://guestofaguest.com RSS for Node Wed, 24 May 2017 13:45:02 GMT <![CDATA[Memorial Day Weekend 2017: Our Official Hamptons Party Guide]]>

We've been counting down the days and it's finally here - MDW in the Hamptons! So book your Blade and get ready to get down. From our favorite Surf Lodge concert series to the highly anticipated re-opening of Ruschmeyer's, you'll be out 'til dawn all weekend long. Click through for the can't-miss parties this Memorial Day and make sure to keep an eye on our Hamptons calendar all season!

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<![CDATA[Rihanna Stole The Show At The 69th Annual Parsons Fashion Benefit]]>

The 69th Annual Parsons Fashion Benefit was held last night at Pier 60, and this year’s special honoree was none other than bad gal style icon, Rihanna, who was honored for her fashion influence of course, but also for her impactful philanthropic work. The singer was recognized alongside seasoned designer of her eponymous brand, Eileen Fisher, in addition to Karen Katz, president and CEO of Neiman Marcus Group. An unexpected trio indeed.

Guests and media waited in anticipation for RiRi's arrival, expecting the pop star to step out of her black SUV in a highly architectural ensemble (and probably something unwearable for anyone else in the world) similar to this year’s iconic Met Gala look. Instead, Rihanna arrived in a khaki suit exaggerated only in its oversized silhouette, and designed by Matthew Adams Dolan, a 2014 graduate of the MFA Fashion Design and Society program at Parsons whom she has worn on previous occasions.

The evening kicked off with a cocktail hour, followed by a seated dinner and lengthy program including the annual runway show of select collections by graduating Parsons students, a special tribute concert by Chop & Quench who performed a funky compilation of Rihanna’s greatest hits, and an auction to support scholarships to The New School. An auction is normally a snooze (unless Scarlett Johansson and Harvey Weinstein are in a back-and-forth war), but the superstar got involved and grabbed the mic to help auction off tickets to her very own Fenty Puma fashion show at September’s New York Fashion Week. Numbers jumped after she kept asking the crowd, “Anybody want to beat that?” The night garnered a total of $2.3 million!

The audience was visibly anxious for Rihanna’s speech, which was slated last on the lineup. She eventually took to the stage and shared an inspirational message to millennials and aspiring designers, avowing, “You should be celebrated for all the effort that you put into building your future, for being different, for not being given enough credit—for not having to use eye cream! My point is, we often tear our youth down when we should be building them up. At the end of the day, our future is in their hands." To the young creatives out there: Rihanna’s eyes are on you!

Ri was seated with her long-time stylist, Mel Ottenberg and best friend, Melissa Ford. Other notables in attendance included Brittany Underwood, Chris Gelinas, Thom Browne, Carolina Herrera, Linda Fargo, Zanna Roberts Rassi, and TK and Cipriana Quann.

To cap the night, Rihanna and Donna Karan presented a new Parsons initiative, the Parsons Design Fellowship: a competitive program which sends three students to work in Haiti with local designers on a fashion line for Rihanna’s non-profit organization, Clara Lionel Foundation.

Click through to see Rihanna’s look and other best dressed guests!

[Photos by JP Yim and Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for The New School]

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<![CDATA[Avocado Lattes Went From Internet Prank To Actual Thing]]>

Due to the hipster-healthy eating (and 'gramming) habits of everyone from Brooklyn to Australia, we have no doubt that a shortage of our favorite fatty fruit is imminent. Especially when people start doing shit like this.

The Avocado Latte, or "Avolatte" if you are a true douche, came into this world innocuously enough, just a quiet little video on one cafe's Instagram account, wherein some silly barista produced a latte within the skin of a hollowed-out avocado as some sort of a joke.

What happened next will shock you. (Or, not really, since everybody knows millennials prefer avocados over shelter.)

The video went viral and customers at the Aussie coffee shop, Truman Cafe, actually started asking for them. Yes, paying for a beverage that is served in what is essentially plant garbage. Sure, the concept is kind of environmentally woke, but we wouldn't trust such a flimsy container, even near our hungover, Sunday brunch garb. 

Can't we just keep the good things on toast, people?

Combing two of Melbourne's obsessions - lattes and avo 😂
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<![CDATA[Blake Lively & Katie Holmes Get Glam At The American Ballet Theatre’s Spring Gala]]>

As if an evening celebrating ballet at the Metropolitan Opera House wasn't glamorous enough, A-listers stepped up their gala game last night for the American Ballet Theatre, taking in a performance of Alexei Ratmansky’s season opener, Whipped Cream. Blake Lively was bright in a yellow Oscar de la Renta number, while her BFF for the evening, Katie Holmes, went bold in red Zac Posen. The usual suspects on the social scene were also in attendance, including Nicky Hilton Rothschild, Allison Sarofim, and our favorite dapper gent, Eric Rutherford. Post-show, guests partied at the neighboring David H. Koch Theater, where honorary chair Caroline Kennedy declared that the event was the most successful in ABT history, raising $3.4 million. Click through for a look at what you missed!

[Photos by Hunter Abrams/BFA.com]

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<![CDATA[Without Moby's, Where Will We Party On Fridays Out East?]]>

Earlier this spring, it was our sad duty to report that beloved Hamptons staple Moby's will not be returning for the summer. Surf Lodge is Saturdays, everyone knows that. But what's a crew without a reliable Friday night hangout spot to do?

These "Who Moved My Cheese?" life moments are unfortunate, it's true. But if there's anything that stupid, no-need for a book has taught each of its naively simple readers, you just gotta move on. While nothing may be able to bring back that twinkle light lit pasture of picnic tables that was always a reliably good time - not so sadly, it's already on its way to being transformed into Eleven Madison Park's pop-up, Summer House - it's time to dry those eyes and get looking for the next best place with open outdoor space and no door policy.

[Photo via @liljessr]

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<![CDATA[Robert Downey Jr. Buys Almost Too Quaint East Hampton Windmill Cottage]]>

If you've ever found yourself driving down Main Street of East Hampton, you know exactly the house we're talking about. A charming town landmark, it seems not even Mr. and Mrs. Iron Man could resist the Edward DeRose Windmill Cottage's allure. Listed just last year at a price of $11,950,000, we're sure Downey didn't have to do too much haggling, considering he is one of Hollywood's highest paid actors.

Dating back to 1885, the historic home - an actual replica of a windmill - sits on 4 acres alongside a 2-bedroom guest cottage and studio, totaling the property at 7 bedrooms, 6 full bathrooms, and 5 half-baths.

While we may have pegged Downey for more of a modern, hard edged, black and metal man, click through for an inside look at his quaint new digs.

[Photos via Brown Harris Stevens]

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<![CDATA[Queen Elizabeth Responds To The Manchester Terror Attack]]>

After last night's truly horrific attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, the world has been mourning alongside the U.K., where families are still waiting to hear back from and be reunited with loved ones lost in the chaos.

While details are still emerging, the Queen issued a statement this morning, expressing the shock that so many feel.

I know I speak for everyone in expressing my deepest sympathy to all who have been affected by this dreadful event and especially to the families and friends of those who have died or were injured.

I want to thank all the members of the emergency services, who have responded with such professionalism and care.

And I would like to express my admiration for the way the people of Manchester have responded, with humanity and compassion, to this act of barbarity.

Grande herself, though physically uninjured, is reportedly inconsolable and is planning to postpone the rest of her European tour. In a Tweet she said:

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<![CDATA[10 U.S. Colleges That Produce The Most Billionaires]]>

Currently, only 2,397 people in the world hold billionaire status, according to Wealth-X, a firm that does research and valuations on ultra-high net worth (UHNW) individuals. While the path to mega-riches certainly isn't the same for all, nearly 400 of those billionaires — 398, to be exact — hold a degree from one of 10 top American colleges, according to the latest report from Wealth-X.

In its tally, Wealth-X counted alumni with both undergraduate and graduate degrees, counting alumni of multiple institutions more than once, but left out those with diplomas, certificates, honorary degrees, and drop outs. According to the report, 131 living billionaires are Harvard University alumni, commanding a total fortune of more than $528 billion. And that doesn't include Harvard drop outs Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates, two of the richest men in the world. The next highest-billionaire producing school is Stanford University, with 50 known billionaire alumni.

Click through to check out the 10 U.S. colleges that have minted the most billionaires, and how much wealth they command.

Words by Tanza Loudenback at Business Insider

[Photo via @columbia]

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<![CDATA[Upgrade Your Memorial Day BBQ With These 5 Dishes]]>

It's time to step outside and bring your cooking with you - Memorial Day Weekend is upon us! Celebrate the unofficial start of summer with some BBQ-ready recipes that go way beyond burgers and franks. Seriously, you're better than that.

[Photo via @sanaonfood]

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<![CDATA[You're Invited: The Glass House 10th Anniversary Summer Party]]>

It's that time of year! The Glass House is back with their annual Summer Party, this year celebrating their 10th anniversary. On Saturday June 10th, grab your favorite summer frock and head out to the picturesque Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut.

Due in part to generous support from Crozier Fine Arts, the must-attend Summer Party is a festive picnic you can't miss, with champagne by Taittinger, lawn games, music, and an auction powered by Paddle8. The event will also feature the world premiere of The Metamorphoses, a performance installation conceived by Jonah Bokaer Choreography - for those of you return attendees, you'll remember Bokaer performed with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company at the museum’s opening celebration back in 2007.

Additionally, guests can stroll the 49-acre landscape and enjoy the two exhibitions on view: Julian Schnabel: “Paintings that I hope Philip and David would like,” an intimate survey showcasing Julian Schnabel’s prolific painting career, and Robert Indiana: One Through Zero sculpture installation.

Click through for a closer look at the exhibitions, and be sure to go HERE to purchase your ticket before they sell out!

[Photo via @BFA] 

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