Blasblog: Pizza With Tavi And More From Chicago
I’ve made no secret of my love for what my East and West Coast friends call the fly-over states, but two magical days in Chicago—hosted by fashion’s favorite teen blogger and Oprah’s favorite interiors guru—just reinforced my Midwest pride. I arrived in the Windy City early on Wednesday morning and headed for Nate Berkus’ digs overlooking Lake Michigan, which made me want to immediately go back to my messy apartment in downtown New York and set it ablaze. Perhaps Nate sensed my real estate insecurities, because soon after his home tour, he took me to nearby P.J. Clarke’s to drown my sorrows in all sorts of desserts. Later that night, we were joined by some New York pals—Fabiola Beracasa, Byrdie Bell, Lyle Maltz, and MTV’s SuChin—for a fête Berkus hosted with Alexis Maybank, the founder of the online fashion site Gilt Groupe, on top of the W hotel to toast my new book, Classy (take our Classy Quiz here). With an appearance on the WGN morning show at 6 a.m. the next day, I really should have called it a night, but after our cocktail party, a few of us met visiting designer Chris Benz, who was in another part of town for a private trunk show of his Fall collection. Chris and I have been friends since our freshman years at college (Parsons and NYU, respectively), so it was nice that our careers crossed paths—on my turf!
Thursday’s call time was brutal, but the day turned out just as pleasant as the day before, especially the afternoon I spent at the Art Institute of Chicago with Style Rookie‘s Tavi Gevinson. Not one to mess around with her looks, the city’s most stylish teenager showed up in a Miu Miu removable collar, a Prada lipstick skirt she purchased on eBay, and floral-print Dr. Martens boots. We had planned to see the museum’s Matisse exhibit, which I had been told was top-notch, but it closed at 5 p.m.—too early a last call when you’re waiting for your friend to meet you downtown after she gets out of her eighth grade gym class. No worries, though; we happily whiled away the late afternoon looking at an inspiring collection of early French, English, and American interior designs in miniature menageries. (Viewing the chicest dollhouses ever, we agreed the nineteenth-century French bathroom was the place to be.) The night ended at the famed Gino’s Pizza with a way-too-filling deepest deep dish ever. Tavi removed her Miu Miu collar for that, lest she spill on it. Yes, the food was that good.
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