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Summer Fridays: Outdoors Adventure With Celebrity Stylist Mariel Haenn

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Like the George Gershwin song goes, “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy.” Especially if your workweek is cut short thanks to “Summer Fridays.” The extra hours go a long way in making every weekend seem like a holiday. If you’re short on inspiration for your own Summer Fridays, just look to our new season-long series in which we ask industry people with cool jobs to share how they’ll be spending their free afternoons.

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Mariel Haenn is constantly on the go. As a stylist, with her partner Rob Zangardi, one minute she’s cutting holes out of Pharrell’s hat (you know the one), the next minute she’s rushing to put together the wardrobe for a top-secret Beyoncé project. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that in her personal life, Haenn operates at the same adrenaline-fueled pace, opting for fast-paced activities. We caught up with Haenn to talk about how she’s spending her Summer Fridays.

“I find myself doing adrenaline-fueled outdoor activities, from four-wheeling in Pismo Beach, California, to bike riding in Paris, surfing in Hawaii, and flying over the Grand Canyon then rafting down the river. When I get downtime, it’s important for me to do new, inspiring things.

“With my last-minute, ever-changing schedule, making game-time decisions to go on a spontaneous adventure has become part of my norm. It’s the perfect contrast to my daily ‘routine’ of styling. While being surrounded by beautiful clothes, shoes, and jewelry, I find it refreshing when I can completely step away and get in touch with the outdoors by doing some sort of physical activity. Being that my job is so exciting and fast-paced, I find myself wanting to see the beauty of nature versus the beauty of the fashion industry.”

James Franco, No Longer Reclusive, Debuts New Film

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James Franco“This is a movie with murder and necrophilia,” James Franco warned the audience last night before the screening of his new film, Child of God. “So if you didn’t know…now you do.” The movie, an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s book of the same title, felt like Franco’s career: It was scattered but ambitious. McCarthy’s tome spans just 200 pages, and chronicles the disheveled life of Lester Ballard, who lives alone in the woods and spends his time preying on young women. For the silver screen, Franco, who both directed and acted in the flick, translated the novel into somewhat of a collage of scenes, many of them gruesome and perverse, but some satirical. It was no directorial revelation, but it was another notch in the actor-slash-model-slash-saucy-selfie-taker-slash-academic-slash-artist-slash-director’s creative bedpost.

Lead actor Scott Haze definitely deserved a nod for his acting chops here. Haze prepared for the role by living alone in a cabin for a month in Sevierville, Tennessee, where the novel is set. He lost about 45 pounds in the process. The actor celebrated his return to civilization by becoming a fiend for custom Ferragamo suits. After watching the woodsy film, it was somewhat shocking to see Haze looking so dapper. “[Lester Ballard] is a guy who was not shown love,” he said. “This is a guy who was lonely and isolated.”

Save the aforementioned murder and necrophilia, Franco said he could relate to Mr. Ballard. “For such a long time I was so reclusive and so into my books and stuff,” he offered. “I think I’m past that now and just want to have friends over all the time,” he added. Just then, one of his new “friends” (read: rumored girlfriend) Lana Del Rey wafted into the Tribeca Grand theater to show her support.

Photo: Patrick McMullan

Summer Fridays: Tokyo for a Day With Arjan Writes of Beats Music

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Like the George Gershwin song goes, “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy.” Especially if your workweek is cut short thanks to “Summer Fridays.” The extra hours go a long way in making every weekend seem like a holiday. If you’re short on inspiration for your own Summer Fridays, just look to our new season-long series in which we ask industry people with cool jobs to share how they’ll be spending their free afternoons.

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If your preferred type of music is pop, you should get acquainted with Arjan Writes. The Angeleno by way of Holland not only blogs for the Grammys, he’s also the head pop music curator at Beats Music, the streaming service headed by Dr. Dre, record industry veteran Jimmy Iovine, and Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor. Arjan has a knack for spotting up-and-coming artists—like Sam Smith, Lana Del Rey, and Charli XCX—before they become radio mainstays. Outside of work, he’s one of the only people whose afternoons sometimes include jaunts to Tokyo and Hong Kong. Here’s how he spends his Summer Fridays:

“There’s something magical about wandering around big Asian cities like Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. It’s like you’re peeking into the future. The mashing of traditional culture, bustling urbanism, and modern-day architecture in these cities instantly spark ideas and boost my imagination.”

“My experience is that it’s best to keep a visit to one of these cities very brief. I’ve jetted to Shanghai for the day, Tokyo for the weekend, and Hong Kong for the Memorial Day holiday. When you visit a big city for such a limited amount of time, you tend to experience it much more intensely. There’s no time for jet lag and no need for in-depth planning. You arrive, take a power nap, and get going.”

“Tokyo is stunning. I love taking in the forward street fashion in Harajuku and playing video games in Akihabara, which is packed with multi-level arcades. A must-visit is Robot Restaurant in a basement in the city’s seedy Kabukicho district, which brings together the futuristic frenzy of Tokyo in one incredible dinner show with lasers, pyro, and 20-foot-tall robots that dance to a banging remix of Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style.’ Be prepared to have your mind blown.”

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Prince George Turns 1, Makes Headlines

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prince-george-birthdayIn one short year, the cherub-cheeked Prince George has stolen our hearts and the crown for best-dressed royal baby. The trendy toddler, who seems to prefer striped overalls and nautical prints, has already worn more stylish duds in his first year than most do in a lifetime. We’d imagine that the regal tot received at least a few new ensembles on this very special day, but due to his lack of an Instagram account, we can’t be certain. Here’s to a happy birthday, and many more years of sartorial stardom.

Via Huffington Post.

Photo: John Stillwell / AFP / Getty Images

Luisa Moraes’ Postcard from the World Cup Bash at Casa Fat Radish

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The World Cup may be over, but we still have our memories, right? Last Friday, after the final match in Rio, Brazilian actress Luisa Moraes hosted an all-out bash at The Fat Radish’s World Cup pop-up. Have a look at the festivities through her eyes, below.

Luisa introLast Friday night in Rio de Janeiro, Absolut Elyx and I hosted an evening of delicious food and cocktails at Casa Fat Radish. Over the past month, the team from The Fat Radish in New York and Absolut Elyx had hosted dinners, parties, and screenings of the World Cup matches at the pop-up members-only clubhouse, which was set in a private 19th-century villa. Anyone who was lucky enough to enjoy the pool and view the matches from the screening room knows just how special this place is. Fifty friends (including Gerard Butler, Michael Ballack, Esteban Walther, Vania Catani, and Daniela Tolstoï) who happened to be in town for the last weekend of the World Cup showed up to celebrate. While we dined on a five-course tasting menu created from local ingredients by Casa Fat Radish chefs, Brazilian musicians, The Jesse Monroe Band, played a wonderful acoustic set. After dinner, hundreds of people started showing up for what turned into a dance party beneath Friday night’s full moon.

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The drive up to Casa Fat Radish in Rio de Janeiro.

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Lineup of cocktails in traditional copper cups.

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Michael Ballack (right) was the German football team captain from 2004 to 2010. Now he’s an ESPN World Cup commentator. Here he is chatting with a friend by the bar.

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The beautiful dining room inside the Casa Fat Radish.

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The Jesse Monroe Band, joined by Leandro Ferrari, played an acoustic set for the guests during dinner. Jesse says Leandro is the best harmonica player in all of Brazil!

Good food, good friends, the night was perfect!

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Gringo da Parada kept us dancing until 4 a.m.

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After dinner, The Fat Radish’s Phil Winser shared some laughs with Gringo behind the decks.

Photos: Courtesy Photos