Kicked off the week (Halloween Monday!) with a meeting downtown this morning. I've been having some trouble with the space-time continuum today; for the past four hours I've thought it was 1 p.m. I think this has something to do with flying—I always feel pretty wonky and dehydrated 24 hours after any flight. Current status: Eating sliced mango at my desk and contemplating taking a little nap after I write my next Food & Wine story. Having dinner with a friend tonight at BENIHANA (He forwarded me the Opentable reservation without comment this morning. I think this is his idea of a good sense of humor.).
But first, catch-up on my last couple of days at Graceland.
Good morning Graceland! It's the beginning of my second full day here and this afternoon we're heading over to Graceland proper for a tour. I'm super excited about visiting (esp. the gift shop). Here's a little video of the property tour we took yesterday with the GM along with a few other things my brain put on the internet yesterday.
Good morning from Graceland! I'm shacking up this weekend at the grand opening of the Guest House at Graceland. It's my first time stepping outside the airport at Memphis and so far (I've been here for 10 hours), I'm loving it. The people are A+, the food is delicious, and the brand new hotel property is stunning.
Here are some things I did yesterday before eating sushi for dinner and talking to my friend, a big cahuna at a major publishing house, about core values. That Lululemon Immersion stuff really works, you guys. Last week, right after I landed, I had dinner with a friend and gave him some "real talk" about free will, happiness, and doing things with intention.
Hello from Vancouver (again)! Heading to Whistler tonight, but did a 24-hour stop in Vancouver to, uh, sit in my hotel room and write, mostly. I did get to squeeze in a massage last night, which was divine. It's raining outside, so I don't feel too guilty about staying indoors.
Other things I am procrastinating packing right now:
— Books, real print books
— Sweatpants, I never regret bringing sweatpants on a trip
— Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser
— Simple micellar wipes
— A good handbag
— At least two outerwear options
— A variety of socks
I love getting out there and talking to people—doing interviews in person, jumping on long phone calls, asking questions, meeting people at their studios and seeing their craft first-hand. But those days where I have lots of meetings and lots of calls are also the days where I get the least amount of writing done. Tried to batch all my big calls and interviews this week into one day (yesterday). While I was out, here's what went online.
I haven't been a beauty editor since 2012, when I left my Glamour job at senior online fashion and beauty editor (online was smaller back then and one staff editor could handle both departments—now the fashion and beauty online teams are much more robust). I haven't written a beauty story since! I forgot how much I love writing service-oriented stories (they're also the exact kind of beauty story I like reading most, as well).
Heading down to the Oculus for the first time later today to meet up with a friend and I remembered I put these shopping stories together for Harper's Bazaar and Marie Claire. Excited to see what the Westfield shopping center downtown has in store! Can't believe this will be my first time there.
Here is an incomplete list of things I miss about England when I'm not there:
— The milk
— Great newspapers
— The correct way of doing things
— Yeo Valley yogurt
— Good bookshops everywhere
— London friends
— The country
— Clotted cream
Here is an incomplete list of things I miss about New York when I'm not here:
— My really fast home wifi
— My bed
Places I still really want to go:
— Easter Island
— St. Petersburg
— Saudi Arabia
A+ social day yesterday—got to have a late lunch with one of my favorite former colleagues, then drinks/interview with one of my favorite menswear gurus, then a press dinner with Patagonia (one of my favorite brands) which was hosted by one of my favorite humans and where I bumped into a few of my favorite media humans.
That said, I didn't get very much work done, but here are two tiny science things.
I had such a fun time in Panama City Beach last month—and as a first-timer who'd popped down to the region expecting wild partying and spring break craziness, I was super-surprised to discover a very mellow family-oriented, not-crowded-at-all, seafood-and-beach vacay atmosphere. Here's my teeny tiny tip sheet for anyone looking to head down to PCB and avoid the party scene (which seems to only happen in one very limited part of town anyway).