Over the weekend, I attended the POPSUGAR Playground at Pier 94.The festival was filled with empowerment, leadership, and inspiration with a focus on badass women in the workplace. The day was interspersed with celebrity speakers, panels, workouts, shopping, and the best ice cream sandwich I’ve ever had from Coolhaus ice cream truck.
The first panel I attended featured Rebecca Minkoff, the Senior Vice President of COVERGIRL, CEO of Moon Juice, and the co-founder of Coveteur and was by far my favorite.The subject focused on their climb to the top, managing male-run boardrooms, and what made them successful. It was encouraging to hear from these women on how they never wavered from their dreams. Their attitudes were inspiring and after hearing their stories, I feel more motivated than ever to keep doing what I love.
As the day went on, I also heard from Mindy Kaling and Kate Hudson. Mindy’s interview focused on living the life you didn’t expect and how to accept it. Her advice to her 23 year-old-self was to not spend time worrying about things that won’t matter in 5 months, let alone 5 years. Kate’s interview had me considering, contemplating, and appreciating the friendships in my life.
All the women I heard from were honest, upfront, and approachable. Their commentary helped me realize that my goals and aspirations are in reach and that hard work and my convictions will get me to where I want to go.
A few weeks ago, I attended the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) Gala at the Metropolitan Opera. My friend Amber (check out her apartment featured on the blog) works for ABT and graciously brought me as her plus one. The Gala marks the start of the Met season and a preview of what the company will be performing. It was truly a lovely evening.
I haven’t had the chance to dress up in awhile and this was the perfect opportunity. I wore a navy jumpsuit from Urban Outfitters and my light blue block heels I picked up from Target last year. This was my first time wearing 3-inch heels in the city and let me tell you, it was not fun running from the subway to Lincoln Center. It was a very “Carrie Bradshaw” moment.
The performance consisted of three excerpts of pieces from their summer season. My favorite dancer of all time, Isabella Boylston, performed in the first piece, Harlequinade. The last two pieces were world premieres and were very different from the usual classical works the ballet company performs. They were all so different but I can’t wait to see them all in their entirety in the coming months.
It was a night of beautiful people, beautiful gowns, and a beautiful art form. I love any chance to get dressed up and watch dance.