DEAR DIARY: Friends Goes to Europe

I have just returned from a 10-day jaunt to Paris & London and I made a little picture diary to share with you, mes amies. In a few words, there was eating (so much bread, so much butter) & there was drinking (omg the wine hangovers were B-R-U-T-A-L). All the food was fabulous, but one of the standouts was the prix-fixe tasting menu at Chateubriand, as well as the croissants of BUTTERY DREAMS from Du Pain et des Idees (I literally biked uphill both ways in the swealtering heat to procure these tasty treats).

Dear Diary European Vacation

We also saw a few fashion exhibitions along the way (I can't help myself). In Paris, at the Palais Galliera, an exhibition showcasing the fabulously tacky wardrobe of disco-chanteuse and actress, Dalida. And later, in London, we saw a Balenciaga retrospective at the Victoria & Albert museum. If you have never seen Cristobal Balenciaga designs in person, do yourself a favor and immediately book a ticket to London. His work is truly masterful.

Once in London, my husband, Jay, and I also visited one of my bffs from college (what up, McGill!) and her new-ish baby (il est tres cute). Hard to believe that my friend from university, is now a mom. But, it's nearly ten years ago now and we all have to stop attending warehouse raves at some point :)  We visited my friend's gem of a stationery store on Columbia Road, called Choosing Keeping. If you are a pen- or stapler-o-phile you must check out the website RN <3<3

I was so happy I had some of my Friends merch with me to make the trip even better. Of course, I had to bring my buddy a Friends pin, so she can rep our Bushwick store across the pond. Since I was in London - home of Lazy Oaf - I brought my Not Right Now tee...v v v useful for projecting annoying American tourist vibes. (While on annoying American point, why has Europe not heard of A/C? WHY???)

Vacation is amazing, but there is nothing quite like coming home. Back to NYC, back to work, and back at Friends.

YOURS,

Emma

BFF'S WITH JOEY ROSADO

Our other guest Tattoo babe is Joey Rosado from Evil & Love tattoo.  We posed our questions to him too..also Joey, give us that mug!

 

F: What's your favorite item of clothing?

J: My favorite item has to be my overalls. I ordered them straight from Amazon along with the rest of my wardrobe. 

F: What's the best Tattoo you've ever given?

J: I did a tribal Snorlax once.......

F: Who would write the intro to your autobiography?

J: Either Stone Cold Steve Austin or Oprah. I feel like a strong combination of the two. 

F: What's your go to karaoke song? 

J: I've never done karaoke but if I had to lip sync for my life, I wouldn't lose. 

F: What is your spirit animal?

J: My spirit animal is the Olsen Twins rolled into one. 

F: Tell us a joke!

J: Mmmm... let me think of one and I'll get to you.

BFF's with St. Kenia

We are sooooooooo excited to have our friend and awesome renaissance women Erica Kenia come to 56 Bogart Tuesday and be part of our Tattoo Natty.  Here's a little Q& A with our tattoo ace.

 

F: What's your favorite item of clothing?

E: This is a tough question because I'm a sentimental hoarder, but I think it's my 90's acid washed winter coat with a southwestern motif. It's long, has leather appliqués, I can throw it on over anything and it feels like an outfit not just a big coat. Perfect for the winter whatevers.

 

F: What's the best Tattoo you've ever given?

E: My very first one. It's terrible, but it's the mark of a turning point. A personal best.

 

F: Who would write the intro to your autobiography?

E: Can we get Bruce Springsteen to do it? I just read his autobiography and it was great.

 

F: What's your go to karaoke song? 

E: "There Are Worse Things I Could Do." From the Grease soundtrack. 

 

F: What is your spirit animal?

E: I don't know that I've really met my spirit animal yet. I just took two online quizzes for "insight". One said whale which feels right, and the other said honey badger which also feels right. The search continues!

 

F: Tell us a joke!

E: Oh boy. Ok.

Q: How many hippies does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

A: None. Hippies screw in dirty sleeping bags.

 

:)

Friends Goes 2 SNL

I think every New Yorker dreams of attending a live taping of Saturday Night Live - or at least I always have. But, barring lining up all night, I didn't think I'd ever get the chance. That all changed this past Saturday, May 6, when my friends in the SICK AF band, LCD Soundsystem, were invited to be the musical guest on the show, which was hosted by Chris Pine. They graciously gave my husband Jay and I two audience tickets and we proceeded to have one of the best Saturdays ever.

The special green ticket that got us in.

The special green ticket that got us in.

We were asked to arrive at 10:30 to check in. We were brought up to our seats at 11 - we had a great view of the stage where LCD would be performing. The seating is limited - mostly on a small balcony that spans around the whole studio. The studio itself is very small, and full of the sets that will be part of the show. The audience members you see on tv are a select group that get floor seating. Apparently there is a rigorous screening process to sit here, since it would be very easy to ruin the LIVE show.

It was amazing to watch the massive crew, producers, talent, and executives, working together so seamlessly. Everyone moves around each other so quickly, and almost without any issues, which is hard to believe considering how quickly everything has to be set up, broken down, and changed - it is live television, after all. They all seemed like total pros, and I guess there is one crew member who has been working on the SNL set since DAY 1. 

NBC logo carpets in the elevator!

NBC logo carpets in the elevator!

There was one set, with a floral wall that was in front of us most of the show. We thought it might be for a Bachelor spoof, especially when a cut open limo was also wheeled out for this skit. They set up the walls and car in 30 seconds or less, and I was so excited to watch it (since I'm part of Bachelor Nation, baby!!) but I guess the show was running over and the scene got cut. The crew disassembled the set as quickly as they had erected it :)

Check out how small the studio is! And there's the flower wall set that was cut.

Check out how small the studio is! And there's the flower wall set that was cut.

A little too excited in the bathroom before the show :)

A little too excited in the bathroom before the show :)

The show was really funny. Chris Pine was great and there were some quality sketches. If you haven't already checked it out, the RuPaul-mechanic sketch was one of my faves. And, of course, the musical guests KILLED it. LCD played their two new songs - call the police & american dream - they sounded great and we were so proud of them!

Afterwords we hung out back stage for a few drinks and a impromptu Barry White dance party with the band. We were then scooped up in big black splitter vans to head to the official after party. It was at a totally weird midtown bar, but the cast and Lorne were there, and of course, Chris Pine. My husband met Chris Pine and Lorne Michaels, although they weren't super eager to chat (LOL), but I didn't have the courage to talk to any of the celebs. A small crowd of fans waited outside the club the entire time (until 4am!) to take pics of Chris Pine I assume? People are strange. 

I was told the after-after party was the most fun part of the evening, but I'm too old to party until 6am!! A few intrepid lcd'ers went and danced with Chris Pine until 6 in the morning! And just like that it was Sunday again.

Emma, Friends NYC owner

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