2011 November 11

Sergio Says! Weekly Musings from Marie Claire (and Beyond...)

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Sergio gets saucy with the lovely Leighton Meester Sergio gets saucy with the lovely Leighton Meester
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It's been a taxing week for our dear Sergio, super-asssistant to Marie Claire's EIC Joanna Coles: the carnivorous cheeseburger lover gets vegan-ed for a meal (but a Chic fave from the Gossip Girl cast was on hand, so we don't feel too bad about the tofu treatment). Plus, a beloved MC pal who's provided ample fodder and fashion closet photo opps for Sergio bids adieu. And, obviously, lots of Madonna love and much more! 

Monday, 7 p.m.
Met up with one of my friends, Billie Lee, who is not only an amazing hairstylist, but also the BFF of Gossip Girl’s Blair Waldorf, aka Leighton Meester. A few months ago, Billie became a vegan, so naturally, her new mission in life is to convert all of her friends into healthy-living-downward-dogging-ashram-hopping super-beings. We met up at her fave NYC vegeterian spot, called Blossom, on 21st street and 9th Ave, where I was forced to try things I would normally spackle my walls with (Seitan Empanadas and African Peanut Stew, anyone?). But, as it turns out, my vegan metamorphosis wasn’t that painful. I guess Billie might have a point after all: maybe it’s time I gave cheeseburgers and steaks the heave-ho and started a clean slate. Maybe! Did I mention that Leighton came along and kept an eye on both of us?

Tuesday, 9 a.m.

Last night THE BOSS received an ACE Award for Magazine of the Year from the Accessories Council, a major trade group in the fashion industry. Needless to say, JoCo swung into the office on a natural high, just in time for her meeting with the Sicilian bor fellow Brit, Antonio Berardi. The man and his designs are legendary—everyone from Kylie Minogue, Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Lopez, SJP, Rihanna and (Queen of the Universe) Madonna have rocked his incredible dresses. The coolest thing about him? He kinda-sorta put a smack down on Lady Gaga when he said that he had no desire to work with her. (I think I may have just become his #1 fan, LOL!) As THE BOSS was deep in conversation with this shy genius, the congratulatory flowers for her ACE Award began arriving. Within 15 minutes, her entire desk was covered in roses, peonies and orchids from her friends at Chanel, Burberry, Armani, Max Mara – basically the entire Manhasset mall line-up. I got a little jealous and felt left out, thinking, but what about me?! Was anyone going to send me anything for being the bestest fiercest coolest assistant ever? Oh, wait a minute, as the saying goes, ask and you shall receive: a new song from Madonna, “Give Me All Your Love,” has just leaked… That’ll do!

Wednesday, 8 p.m.

Tower Heist
. Four words… EDDIE MURPHY IS BACK! OK, two more: MUST SEE!

Thursday, 7:30 p.m.

Ch-ch-ch-changes… Kaput, aufiderzein, so long. Stayed late at the office helping my partner in crime, Taylor Tomasi Hill, pack up her belongings as she abandons me for someone new. Like last season’s gladiator sandals, or an old pair of harem pants, she’s leaving me and I am left here to pick up the shattered pieces. In case you’re the only one who hasn’t heard, Taylor is leaving Marie Claire to become artistic director at Moda Operandi, the online fashion retailer, which allows members to pre-order directly from the runway. To be honest, I had no idea what Moda Operandi was. My first reaction? Sounds like an 80’s new wave band—but knowing Taylor, although she’s super stylish, she can’t sing worth a damn. Anyway, my main concern here? Me, of course. Who’s going to get me new Mykita sunglasses? Who’s going to snag me the latest Givenchy high tops? Who will I gossip with at the end of the day? Who am I going to play with in the fashion closet after a long day at work? Whoever it is, you have a big pair of Proenza Schoulers to fill, but here are a few hints to make your new job at Marie Claire much easier: I love sunglasses, my shoe size is 8, I have a 30-inch waist, I like my tees in a size small, and I love baseball caps.

Friday, 11 a.m.

This week’s mixtape: “Down With The Trumpets” by the British hip-hop duo Rizzle Kicks. This badass tune is a mixture of hip-hop and pop, and sounds like old school hip-hop, a la Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul. Next up is “Take Care" by Drake and Rihanna. The song is from Drake’s upcoming sophomore album and is truly a life changing experience. Another collaboration, “Like Smoke” Amy Winehouse and Nas. Not much to say, except for what could have been…  Another week, another Brit discovery, “New Age” by Marlon Roudette, the song sounds exactly like one of my fave bands, One Republic, and it is a smash. And finally—I saved the best for last—a cover of XX’s “Shelter” by the 15-year-old British singer-songwriter and piano wizard, Birdy. A cross between Tori Amos and Adele, she is destined to become HUGE! No wonder I am so hung up on the Brits, while the U.S. keeps popping out crap like Ke$ha and that other clown, who I shall not name, England is churning out the excruciatingly talented Birdy and Adele.      

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