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August 28 2014

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10 posts tagged "Summer Fridays"

Summer Fridays: A Mid-Century Modern Afternoon With Mad Men Costume Designer Janie Bryant

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janie-bryant-dogsLike 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.

If you’ve ever tried to read into Mad Men teasers for clues, you know how important the clothes are. In the vague previews that run in between each episode—which have become a kind of inside joke among fans—you can tell more about a character’s future based on what they’re wearing than what they actually say. That’s testament to how great Janie Bryant’s work is. The Emmy-winning costume designer has made the clothes one of the show’s main attractions throughout her five-year tenure, receiving plenty of recognition along the way, including collaborative deals with Banana Republic, QVC, and Maidenform. When she’s not iconically outfitting the cast, Bryant fittingly frequents Palm Springs, a vacation spot outside of Los Angeles renown for its mid-century architecture. Here’s how Bryant is spending her Summer Fridays:

“If I could take off for Summer Friday, I would‬ head out to a place that I love: Palm Springs, California. It is just a two-hour drive to sunny paradise and a great escape for a weekend of fun and relaxation. ‪I would begin my Summer Friday with my husband and our two standard poodles, Lucie and Vali, by having‬ a delicious breakfast and a Bloody Mary in a glass boot at Cheeky’s. On a satisfied belly, we’d stroll down Palm Canyon Drive to do some shopping at Flow Modern and Bon Vivant. Both shops always have gorgeous and unique mid-century home furnishings and accessories. Then it’s a wonderful day of lounging by the pool at the Colony Palms Hotel. My new favorite discovery is a trip out to Joshua Tree for a relaxing and rejuvenating sound bath at the Integratron. To end the perfect Summer Friday, it’s time to take in, breathe in, and appreciate the beautiful backdrop of the desert mountains with sunsets of pinks and corals like no other.”

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Photos: Courtesy of Janie Bryant

Summer Fridays: How Christian Louboutin’s Social Media Star Nate Erickson Spends His Time Offline

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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.

You may know him as @nately, the social media wizard who previous helmed accounts at Vanity Fair and GQ. Nate Erickson is now the global digital and social media editor at Christian Louboutin. The job of a true Twitter champion is never done, but here’s how he unwinds between retweets on a Friday afternoon:

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“One thing I learned from working in magazines is when you ask someone for their favorite bar or tailor or coffee shop, you’re actually getting their second or third option, because no one wants to blow up the spot and ruin everything. But despite my better judgment, and because more people need to know what micheladas are, I’m still gonna go ahead and say it doesn’t even feel like Friday if I’m not slumped off tacos and esquites at Tacombi on Elizabeth Street.

“And while I think it’s beautiful and inspiring that a bunch of us weirdly agreed that we wouldn’t accomplish anything past noon on the last day of the week, I see no reason why we shouldn’t just do this all year long. Winter Fridays, I’m ready for you.”

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.”

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

Summer Friday: Romping Around the Hamptons With Bettina Prentice and Her Son, Henry

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bettinaprenticeblogLike 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.

There are very few people who can seamlessly bring together the art, fashion, and social sets the way Bettina Prentice does. Maybe it’s because her company, Prentice Art Communications, throws some of the best parties in town—remember the Museum of Arts and Design 1920s gala a few months ago? But on summer weekends, this native New Yorker chooses not to roll with the city’s most-often-invited. Instead, you can find her at the family home in the Hamptons, spending time with the only VIP that matters: her toddler, Henry. Here’s how she spends her Summer Fridays:

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“In a perfect world my husband would have Fridays off, but typically he can’t leave work early, so it is my day to pal around with my son, Henry. On summer weekends, I’m in my uniform of long boho dresses and sandals, with SPF head to toe. Henry’s up at 6:30 a.m., and after breakfast we go to Lake Agawam to feed the ducks or romp around the playground at The Little Red School House in Sagaponack. In the afternoon I love picnic lunches with my dear friend Casey Fremont and her adorable son, Rex, under a shady tree. We pull the kids around in a red Radio Flyer, much to their delight, and Rex, who is several months older, carefully holds on to Henry so he doesn’t fall out. Later, while Henry takes his nap, I read the Times‘ Weekend Arts section and tackle New York magazine’s crossword—good brain exercise. I haven’t made it yet this summer, but I am dying to go to sunset Fridays at Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Bridgehampton to see my friend Joey Wölffer and some live music.”