Grey’s Anatomy

September 26, 2008 at 1:39 pm (Uncategorized)

I know a lot of you probably tuned in to the season premiere of Grey’s Anatomy last night. Well, two days ago, I had the opportunity to interview Chandra Wilson, aka Dr. Miranda Bailey, for Better. (That’s my office mate, Better TV booker, Ashley Diamond, on the other side.)

chandra wilson of Grey's Anatomy

Chandra’s character is known as “the nazi” but let me tell you – the actress who plays her is the complete opposite. She was down to earth and genuine and really nice to talk to in real life. A mom of three, she was there to promote a PSA she worked on dealing with mothers giving their kids the appropriate dosage of OTC medications. I’m sure you’ll see it on television soon – mid October, I think. It’s nice to see celebs take up charitable causes!

By the way, I asked her what she and her kids liked to do for fun, family time and she mentioned Dance, Dance Revolution. Awesome!

Got a few more celebs lined up to interview next week, including Bill Murray, Tim Robbins (my hero!), and Leighton Meester, who plays Blair on Gossip Girl. Will report back in on them soon.

Marianne

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Fall Fashion: Most Wanted (Better TV)

September 22, 2008 at 5:28 pm (Uncategorized)

A segment I did with Saks Fifth Avenue on their “Fall Fashion Wanted List.” You might call this a lust list. I want it all!

Of course I can’t afford anything at Saks, so I’m working to find these essential pieces at lower price retailers. For example, I bought Enzo Angiolini booties at DSW (similar to the ones below, but with a little more rounded heel) for $79. They’re just as cute as the designer $1000 ones!

Now I need to find a purple patent leather top handle bag for a reasonable price. Anyone see one out and about?

Marianne

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Better TV: New Mom Uniform segment

September 15, 2008 at 8:42 pm (better tv) (, , , , )

Another segment I did for Better TV. This one’s on creating a new mom wardrobe. Moms can look stylish and skip the sweats – even with the busy baby schedule.

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My Day at Fashion Week

September 12, 2008 at 11:17 am (better tv) (, , , , , , )

Yesterday was quite an amazing day. I got to experience NYC’s legendary Fashion Week through the eyes of an insider. Someone who gets invited to all the shows, is given front row seats, throws parties for the designers, etc. Now you’d think that type of person would be snobby beyond belief, but Mina Jacqueline Au is a doll. She is so sweet and treated me and my cameraman like we were her friends instead just some annoying TV crew. You don’t often get that level of genuineness from this world – she’s a rare breed.

Anyway, we started the day at around 11:30, heading up to Vallery Joseph Salon on the Upper East Side (79 and Madison) to meet up with Mina, who was getting hair and makeup done.

Mina Jacqueline Au getting ready for the day

Then we hopped in a car service and headed down to Bryant Park for the Rebecca Taylor show. Mina’s good friends with Rebecca so we were able to slip in backstage, where there was much media madness.

Photogs backstage at Rebecca Taylor Show

Mina Jacqueline Au doing step and repeat

Rebecca Taylor

Then we went to be seated. They let me have front row. I felt like a celeb. AND I got a great view of the show.

Me at Rebecca Taylor Show

The pre-show crowd was madness, too! Everyone searching for a seat and trying to pinpoint the celebs.

Pre-Rebecca Taylor Show Madness

Here’s a random celeb spotting. Anyone know who this is?

Celeb

Everyone took a seat and the show started. I love Rebecca Taylor’s stuff. The dresses are so gorgeous. Pretty colors and fabrics. I wanted them ALL. 🙂 When I interviewed her later, she said she found her inspiration from the Out of Africa author.

Rebecca Taylor Show

Rebecca Taylor Show

Rebecca Taylor Show

Booties are IN this fall, people. And all the models in the show were wearing them.

Rebecca Taylor Show

This was my favorite dress of the collection. I love the color and the sparkles. I really would love to own it.

Rebecca Taylor Show

By the way, models in real life? Almost freakish. They’re not only skinny, but they’re Amazonian tall. I guess I already knew this, but it was a little different seeing it in person on a runway. After the show I saw some of them walking off to smoke cigaretes. Of course.

Outside the show we saw this guy. I think he was also a celeb or designer. Anyone know? He said his kilt was Gaultier. Of course it was!

After the show we went over to this delicious restaurant called Artisinal at Park and Madison. They specialize in cheeses. After seeing those skinny models, I decided to eat some mac and cheese in their honor!!

Mina threw a post-show cocktail party for Rebecca Taylor there. Anisha Lahkani, author of the book Schooled and Jill Fairchild, “What to Wear” publisher (and daughter of W Magazine founder and fashion world legend John Fairchild) were co-hosts. Wine, cheese and fondue. Delicious! Rashida Jones from The Office was there, as was Ramona, one of the “Real Housewives of New York.”

Rebecca Taylor and Mina Jacqueline Au

After the cocktail party, Mina and I got changed for the nighttime show and party.

Marianne Mancusi and Mina Jacqueline Au

She had a room at the Shoreham hotel in the Penthouse. It was an amazing hotel room with a glowy sink! I want!

Glowy sink at the Shoreham

I wore my Betsy Johnson dress, which I must admit I bought at Buffalo Exchange in Williamsburg. I’m poor! But I LOVE this dress all the same.

Me in Betsy Johnson

Then we headed back to the tents to the Custo Barcelona show. I saw socialite Tinsley Mortimer – who recently guest starred on Gossip Girl – in the front row – and stole a pic.

Tinsley Mortimer at Custo Barcelona

Unfortunately this show was packed to capacity so I was stuck back in standing room only. So my pics aren’t as good.

Custo Barcelona Show

Custo Barcelona Show

Custo Barcelona Show

Custo Barcelona Show

After the show we headed to Marquee to a private party thrown by Kerry Cassidy. She’s currently filming a reality show for Bravo along with Devorah Rose so you’ll probably see more of her soon. Jacob joined me for the party and we got drinks (as worktime was over!) and people watched.

Then we went back to real life and ate Gray’s Papaya hotdogs and went to bed. It was a dream day, though exhausting. I don’t know how socialites do it. Honestly it’s more work than a 9-5 job! 🙂

Here’s the final segment, as aired on Better TV.

Marianne

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Fashion Week Fun Part 1

September 11, 2008 at 12:54 pm (Uncategorized)

It’s that time of year again in New York. When all the celebs flock to tents in Bryant Park to watch the runway shows and see what they need to stock their closet with in the upcoming year. Yes, it’s Fashion Week.

Today I’m going to be among them all, mixing with the rich and famous, producing a story for Better TV. The segment is called “A Socialite’s Day at Fashion Week” and is basically how it sounds. We follow a socialite through her day – from hair and makeup and clothes to the shows and backstage to cocktail parties and clubs. The day starts at the hairdresser’s and ends at a party at Marquee. Should be quite a day.

Last night Liz and I had a sneak preview of the madness that’s sure to come by attending an invite-only fashion week party thrown by Target. It was pretty wacky and really popular.

Target Party

Set up like it was a Bodaga selling Target products. You walked around and mingled previewing Target’s fall designer collections. (All the designers were on hand as well.) It was soo crowded though!

They served their drinks in paper coffee mugs. And their appetizers on top of cans…

We spent a lot of time trying to figure out who the celebs were. Sometimes when people walked in, you could just totally tell they were “someone” but we weren’t sure who. Like this girl below with the redish hair…

But one celeb I definitely recognized. Michelle Trachenberg. AKA Buffy’s sister and notorious Gossip Girl, Georgina. I had to get a photo with her.

When I texted Jacob to tell him, he texted back and asked if I told her she single-handedly ruined season five of Buffy… Heh. I loved her as Georgina so I’m more willing to forgive.

All in all it was an interesting event and we’re glad we went. We ended the night dancing on tables with lampshades over on our heads…

Um, just kidding about that last part. I’m saving the lampshade thing for tonight at the Marquee party! 🙂

Marianne

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Cabbage Patch Kids 25th Anniversary

September 9, 2008 at 7:26 pm (better tv) (, , , , , )

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Today I went to Toys R Us in Times Square to do a story on the Cabbage Patch Kids 25th Anniversary. There was a big birthday party with cake and ice cream and a lot of excited moms and kids. Xavier Roberts, otherwise known as the creator and the guy whose signature was on all the kids’ butts

Look in the background of the picture and you’ll see what looks like a cabbage patch kid statue. It’s actually a cake! Made by a Food Network chef (whose name escapes me at the moment.) It was pretty amazing. I’ll post a better visual once my segment is done and uploaded to Better TV.

For the birthday celebration the company re-created all the original Cabbage Patch Kids from that first year. I couldn’t find the one that looked identical to mine unfortunately, though I saw one that was close. It’s okay though – cause I still have my original cabbage patch kid. Her name is Constance Georgia. She escaped the fire cause she was still at my mom’s house.

I was one of the lucky ones who got a cabbage patch kid during that crazy year where people were allegedly murdering one another for the dolls in toy stores. I had seen my friend Michelle get one for her birthday in September and told my mom I wanted one. Being the early Christmas shopper she is, she went out and purchased one for me and put it away. Then the craze started. My parents told me later they were very tempted to sell the doll for a significant amount of money – she might have funded their entire Christmas shopping list! But they decided in the end that I should have my doll.

Of course they told me that they hadn’t been able to get one and said I needed to be understanding that it was impossible. I understood, but was immensely disapointed. I wanted one SOOO BADLY! So imagine my excitement when Christmas morning I opened my first gift and there she was!!

She’s a little worse for wear now, but very loved. And I’ll never forget the story about how she came to be under the tree. So even though today I thought it was a little strange to see THAT MANY PEOPLE lined up to share in a new Cabbage Patch celebration, I guess in a way I understand…

Here’s the final clip, as aired on Better TV.

Marianne

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