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It's good to be back in New York in the summer because I get to do fun things like soak up some sun in my mom's backyard while rolling my eyes though an awful summer read (no, not 50 Shades..), drink Skinny Girl cocktails, gossip with my mom, and catch up with girlfriends, including my favorite New York blogger!

On Friday night, I had the absolute pleasure of meeting a blogger that I have been dying to meet for about a year now; the one and only Miss Cara, femme extraordinaire and creator of The Champagne Diaries! Running a bit late and charging down 14th street in my Dr. Scholls platforms, not once did I worry if we were going to hit it off, I just knew we would. Cara and I have a lot in common; we both come from Italian families, have experienced a Russo's on the Bay reception where the guests of honor come out of the wall floating on a cloud that's complimented by disco lights, dried ice smoke and TKA, and have wickedly inappropriate senses of humor.  What more could I ask for in a happy hour meeting?
 
Wanting to choose a spot that reflects both of us as well as our uber-girly pinky pink blogs, the choice was painfully clear; the shimmery-walled, salon-turned-bar, American hipster staple Beauty Bar for manicures, martinis and girl talk.

The interior, that reminds me of the old Roseland Ballroom before it was renovated in the late 90s takes me back to another time, making me almost nostalgic for memories I've never had. Cara and I lived up to the "ladies who salon" cliche and gabbed endlessly during our champagne-colored glitter manis. If it weren't so hot, I would have worn something a little more festive and vintage for the occasion, but the sweltering city heat was having none of that and a yellow cotton romper it was.
 
After getting sparkled and polished up, Cara went to the bar to order another round while I dried my nails and watched our bags. A man by the name of John took this as an opportunity to sit in Cara's seat...and just look at me. "Hi," I turned to him while blowing on my fingernails. "Hey," he responded, looking back at me, my fingernails, and then back at Cara who was still at the bar. "I like your friend's blouse." he declared. Cara was in fact wearing a lovely sheer, flowing blouse with grey flowers, parfait for summer...and apparently for John as well. "You should definitely tell her that when she comes back," I suggested, and then turned away to look at nothing in particular. "I will." John confirmed in my ear. Okay, good thing that was settled.

I anxiously kept eying the packed bar, hoping that Cara would return soon because John wasn't going to release me from his presence until he told Cara that he liked her blouse. She finally arrived with our summery martinis, looking at me with concern, wondering if John was a lunatic. She sat beside me, John across from us, and we all shared about five minutes of awkward silence as Cara and I sipped on our fruity drinks waiting for John to stop staring at us like we were zoo animals.  "So John, tell Cara what you told me." I said, jump starting the conversation. "I don't know how to tell her," he responded, looking only at me. "Go on," I insisted, "She'll be really happy." Hey, what girl doesn't like a compliment, right? At this point Cara is looking at us both like we were out of our damn minds, and rightfully so. "Okay," John said, in a way as if he was about to deliver some really bad news, "I like your top." And there it was, he said it. Thank God. Cara was flattered by his admiration of her top but at the same time completely confused by the drama surrounding his grand proclamation.
 
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Moving on, we continued making small talk with John, who seemed harmless until I asked him a question that appeared to have really offended him. Did I ask him what he did for a living? No. I understand, people can get a bit touchy when asked what they do for a living, and know better to avoid asking that question, especially at a bar in New York City. Did I ask him if his parents were still alive or anything extremely personal? No, why would I? So what question sent John over the edge, so much that he called me a mean girl who ruined his evening? After John told me he was from Manhattan, all I did was ask him what high school he went to, and apparently I was asking too much, because this triggered his rage and he wanted nothing more to do with me. He told Cara, who by the way is married, that I had ruined any chances she may have had with enjoying his company, and stormed off into the night...or rather to the other end of the bar. What the hell happened? I'm still lost.

--> At the bar taking to another woman, John actually looked less uncomfortable than he did with us. Good for him. Perhaps he was just warming up with us or he was right, I am a mean person. Either way, I appreciated his departure. I guess we weren't meant to be...

Like Paris, it's never a dull moment and the next looney bin is always around the corner. Perhaps Dr. Becky was right, I attract these types! Who knows. What I do know was that Beauty Bar, manicures and meeting Cara was the perfect way to spend a warm summer night in New York! Cheers Cara, and thank you for the ultimate, laughter-filled girl's night out at one of my favorite haunts in the city!

I'm now heading to the airport for a few days in Buenos Aires! This will be my first trip to South America. I hope I come back!


What was going on a year ago today? Creepy dudes!





24 comments:

  1. I think you will LOVE BA, but I'm curious to see what your opinion is of the "Paris of the South"! I lived there for half a year and fell head over heals for Argentina.

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    1. So far so good! It's cooler than I had thought it would be. I knew it would be winter here but didn't realize how shocking coming from 100 degrees to 60 degrees would be.
      Brrsville!

      I'm enjoying the sites AND the food!! I wish there was a pork festival happening here too! : )

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    2. You didn't have to go all the way to BA for 60 degree weather - you could've just come to Brest!

      I'm sure you've found lots of lovely places to go out in the city, but if you're looking for any eye candy try Sugar Bar in Palermo (an old ex, Marcelo, works there and I think he knows a few words in French . . . and English).

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  2. such a girly date! Maybe John was jealous he couldn't get champagne colored nails also? Too bad about you being nasty to him and asking him such intrusive questions. I'm sure your friend would have loved to run away with such a charming catch.

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    1. John was an idiot. The best part was that Cara and I were running through the story again and cracking up, and from the other side of the bar he yelled, "You bitches talk too loud!". He heard us making fun of him! I nearly lost it!

      I think he wanted Cara's "blouse" more than he wanted our manis!

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  3. How odd - it's so off-the-wall strange that John got upset when you asked him which high school he went to, unless he wasn't really from Manhattan and didn't have an answer.

    But on the really big plus side, it's great that you were able to get together with Cara. Isn't it fun meeting fellow bloggers?!

    Safe travels to BA. I haven't been there yet but it's Stephane's favorite city in South America. Very European.

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    1. I think that was it, he didn't have an answer, which is so silly. I don't care where he went to h.s., I was making small talk. He could have made something up and I wouldn't have thought twice, but instead he drew attention to the matter and made himself look insane!

      Yes, we had a lovely time! We were laughing the entire time..and like real New York gals, capped the night off with eating a slice of pizza on our walk back to the subway. I love being reminded of my NYC roots!

      I'm enjoying BA so far! Such a fun city!!

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  4. I am giggling and smiling at this post, the way I giggled through our entire night together! Meeting you was an absolute pleasure! I KNEW I had gained another "Champagne Sister" before we even met, and you only proved me right on Friday. You are adorable, inspiring, and f*cking hilarious. So grateful that the information superhighway brought us together.
    XOXOXO
    Cara

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    1. Awww THANK YOU!!!!! Same for you! YOU inspired me in many ways. I feel so motivated after our girl's night out!

      Thank you for laughing at my jokes! They aren't always well-received, especially when I first meet someone...but you got it!

      You're amazing!!!

      xo!!!!!!!

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  5. Wow have fun in Buenos Aires!

    Can you really get a manicure and a drink for $10??? I thought New York was supposed to be expensive? Or are we just all suckers in Europe? (Not that you could get that deal in NZ either.)

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    1. Yes, for happy hour that's the deal, not bad, huh? I'm not sure what the price is normally and I don't want to know! A drink and a mani for 10 bucks? How could you beat that?!

      New York is expensive but you can find good deals here and there, especially in Brooklyn. Going out on the cheap is never a problem, as long as you know where to go. I'm still trying to find my cheapy finds in Paris!

      Thank you! So far I'm enjoying my trip here!

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  6. Have a great time in Buenos Aires!

    And wow. That John sounds like a real piece of work!

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    1. Thank you! It's been a lot of fun so far!!! I wish I could speak Spanish...I feel dumb here!

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  7. AnonymousJuly 09, 2012

    Beauty bar!!! Haha. I have many drunken memories there :-P. What a good idea!!

    So glad you two fabulous bombshells finally got to meet!

    Buenos Aires! Wow! Have a blast!

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    1. Isn't this place great?! I used to go to the one out in LA on Cahuenga all the time! I always forget about this gem! It was actually Cara who suggested it, and it was just perfect! Cheap, girly and in an easy neighborhood to pick up a subway to go anywhere.

      Thanks! Having fun so far!!

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  8. The crazy ones just love you huh?!? You can't escape them no matter where you are. I hope you don't encounter too many crazies in BA and you're able to drink lots of good wine and eat great food.

    Bon voyage!

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    1. They do, Sue..they so do. I'm sure it's something I do though. I think I hold eye contact, or respond when approached which encourages them, so it's definitely something I'm doing on my side. I just have to be careful because one of these days, I'll wake up in a warehouse in Jersey City. Ahhhhhh!

      No crazies here in BA, so far! I don't speak the language so I'm not going to push it.

      Thank you! Are you still in Paris?

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    2. Ha! Yes, just don't speak and don't make any eye contact! :)

      No I'm not in Paris, malheureusement. I am back in the good ole USA but already looking forward to my next trip.

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  9. John is a nut job who clearly was not a Brandon or a Dylan while in school.
    At least he has good taste in women's fashion. x.

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    1. Totes, he was so not Brandon or Dylan, he wasn't even David! He wasn't even Scott, the boy who accidentally shot himself, he was Scott's mom. John sucked. Haha!

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  10. AnonymousJuly 11, 2012

    I LOVE it that the Beauty Bar is still open! My school, Friends, is just around the corner.

    And I hadn't realised you were going to Buenos Aires! Will send you an email later with some old cafes and bars that I love (my husband's from there - Palermo) and if you'd like you can look up Maria, my adorable (and very girly) sister-in-law who's loads of fun and some friends from Paris who live there.

    xx

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    1. Yeah, it still is! It's such a fun little dive, isn't it? Ah, okay, you went to Friends. Thank you for offering what school you went to and not freaking out a la John! LOL!

      Today we're doing spa day and then we head out tomorrow, so we won't be able to explore much longer. : ( Next time I'm here, I will definitely take you up on your recs! Thank you! We weren't here long enough! I don't want to go yet!

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  11. First off, jeals you were warm. Secondly, love Beauty Bar. We'd occasionally still go and pretend we went to NYU. Third, what a weirdo... and I so would always ask a guy that was talking to me at a bar what he did for a living. Like always the first question. And then were he lived. Glad you gals had fun! x

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    1. I hear it's still really cold over in Paris. What the frick? I hope you are heading down South sometime soon for some sea and sun! It's winter here in BA, so it's about 50-60 degrees, and coming from NY where it was 100, we're a bit chilly. We're going to the spa today!

      BB is such an NYU bar, isn't it? That explains the crowd. I hate college kids.

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