Target Harlem Grand Opening Event

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On Tuesday, Manhattan’s first Target opened at the East River Plaza in Harlem. If you live here in NYC, you know what a big deal this is. The Brooklyn (Atlantic) Target is the busiest in the US, and honestly, usually ridiculously picked over. So having another Target close by, especially for everyone in Manhattan is a godsend!

Dozens of celebrity Target fans, and past and present Harlem residents turned up to fete the store’s red carpet opening, and shop and party with local residents. I was lucky enough to be invited by Target to cover the arrivals, giving me a chance to see and photograph many of the stars myself.

One of the first celebs to arrive was Reverend Run, followed closely by Tyson Beckford.

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The man does not age!

The best celeb sighting of the night (sorry guys!) came next:
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Bulls Eye! I hear his real name is “Nick”. If he had been available for purchase, I definitely would have taken him home.

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Chef Marcus Samuelsson, who designed special kitchen accessories just for the Harlem store!

Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld:
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Jessica was one of the many guests who gushed about how much she loved shopping at Target!

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I was positioned right next to the house video crew. So every celeb walking the carpet stopped to talk to the cameras just barely over two feet in front of me. Every single person talked at length about how happy they were Target was finally in Manhattan, how much they love it, whether it be for buying clothes and housewares for themselves, or items for their children. It was really cute hearing how much they genuinely cared. I’ve been a huge Target fan since they first opened near my hometown in the early 90’s. Later when I was in school, there was literally not much else to do in my small college town other than going to Target. Heck I’ve been featured on their website professing my love for the store! So it really made me smile to hearing how much celebrities loved it too.

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Russell Simmons and Jasmine.

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Doug E. Fresh, one of the night’s performers.

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Marsha Thomason, who you may remember as “Naomi” from LOST!

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Model Selita Ebanks.

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Illustrator Ruben Toledo, and his wife, fashion designer Isabel Toledo!

The Toledo’s collaborated on a collection of swimwear and beach accessories for Target. They (and their pieces!) are seriously adorable.

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Real Housewife Ramona models one of the Toledo’s tees.

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Actress Joanna Garcia.

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Michelle Trachtenberg.

A lot of the photographers were a bit disappointed by her short run through the press line. She didn’t seem to be very keen on stopping for many photos. But based on my past run in’s with her, I’m really not surprised.

Kelly Rowland was the epitome of professionalism and friendliness. Not only did she look beautiful, but she was nice as can be!

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She even had a brief conversation with a cameraman about one of his tattoos!
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Miss New York. Another huge Target lover!

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Hollis Wakeema.

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Fashion designer Tracy Reese (R).

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Adrienne Bailon.

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Rhonda Ross Kendrick and Tracee Ellis Ross.

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Elizabeth Banks.

Elizabeth had a bit of car trouble on the way to the event, but she made it, just in time for one last photo op!

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She’s even more adorable in person!

I’m excited to head back to Target next time I’m up in Harlem. It is a bit of a hike from my house, but definitely worth the trek if you’re nearby, or live in Manhattan. So many awesome new features, and exclusives can be found at this new store! Now if we could only get one somewhere downtown too. : )

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See the full photo set here.

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My (Unofficial) First Day of Fashion Week

Today I:

1. Got up super early (to me anyway) to attend a meet and greet with a super talented and smart designer, who I’ll be posting about tomorrow.

2. Got lost on the way to the Rachel Antonoff show. For 20 minutes. Almost lost my cool, but made it with out missing anything.

3. Had 1 slice of pizza, 2 glasses of champagne, and 1 chocolate filled marshmallow for dinner.

4. Went to the Anna Sui for Target party. Where I ran into Michelle Trachtenberg and Jessica Szohr, hung out with some of Anna’s awesome e-commerce staffers, and met the cutest human ever, Emma Stone (of Superbad).

5. Met Anna Sui. Her friend took a photo of us:

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(Guessing she didn’t really know how to use my camera, so it’s blurry. But it’s still really cute!)

6. Penn Badgley definitely hates me. He gave me the evil eye when I took his photo. For the 2nd time this year.

7. Decided it’s Converse and gladiator flats from here on out.

8. Met the world’s most talkative “photographer/blogger” uploading his party photos in starbucks. He told me “Annie Leibovitz steals his photos, he makes $28,000 a photo when people illegally use them, and he runs 80 blogs”. Total nutter.

9. Had an AMAZING first day. Probably going to bed before 11pm for the first time since I was 12.

Be sure to check back tomorrow for the story behind #1, and links to my new PHOTO FILLED ChiChi212 posts about the Rachel Antonoff show and Anna Sui for Target party!

The Pretty Reckless @ Hiro Ballroom

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Taylor Momsen and friend

Last night I headed over to Hiro Ballroom to celebrate Taylor Momsen’s 16th Birthday, and catch her band, The Pretty Reckless, perform.

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The show started a bit late, so my friends Hillary, Krystle and I sat down to wait. Within 2 minutes, Ed Westwick and Jessica Szohr walked in. The VIP attendant didn’t seem to know who they were, and Ed became visibly flustered. But within a minute or two, everything was rectified and they were let upstairs.

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When Taylor came on stage, the crowd went wild. It was hard to even see the band, there were so many people crowding the stage, and so many hands in the air with cameras.

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I snapped a few pics before receiving a text from Hillary saying that the VIP area was now open and unguarded and she was “standing next to Chuck Bass”. We proceeded upstairs to meet her, and ended up standing right behind Jessica Szohr, who once again kindly posed for photos. After a few minutes, I felt a gentle push on my handbag and heard a voice say “Sorry Love”. I looked up and saw Ed Westwick squeezing past me! I have to say, his accent is dreamy. I tried to play it cool, and not act star struck since we were in a public place standing three feet apart, and not on set or anything. But it was hard. He stood right in front of us for the majority of the night!

The three of us watched the show, and ended up meeting Michelle Trachtenberg in the process. She seemed a little annoyed to be bothered by fans , but I don’t really blame her. It happens.

We saw Ed and Jessica chatting with friends, and kissing and acting affectionate to each other. Despite what the tabloids might say, the two are definitely still together. I asked Jessica as they were leaving if I could snap a photo of the two of them, but she said no.

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Ed with Hillary earlier in the night. He’s so handsome, he broke my camera flash! I think he thought I was mental, trying to fix it. He also asked who I worked for, and why I had such a large camera!

After the show, Taylor appeared and was swarmed by fans! I couldn’t even life my arms to take photos, it was so crowded! Hillary and I managed to get a photo with Taylor on my disposable camera. (I would have dropped it off on my way home, but oh wait, Duane Reade no longer develops FILM./End Rant) I asked her about twitter, and she said she doesn’t have one, and suspects a friend is impersonating her! I also had her sign my copy of Page Six Magazine’s Gossip Girl issue, and talked with her about the shoot. She said it was one of the most fun she’d been on, and remembered hanging in the trailer with her mom and I!
Matthew Settle was also there, and posed for some photos with Taylor. The onscreen father/daughter duo were beyond cute together in real life! We managed to snag a photo with Matthew too, who was seriously soooooooo nice. He gave us hugs, and signed my magazine as well. Twice actually, since the first time I forgot to uncap the sharpie! I told him that he and Taylor were my favorite cast members, and the best to meet in person, which really made him smile. I also spoke with a few of the other members of Pretty Reckless, who said they weren’t sure when their next show would be due to Taylor’s filming schedule. They are definitely worth checking out in the future next time they go on tour!

I think it was great that Taylor decided to celebrate her birthday with her friends and fans. Awesome of some of the other cast members to show up to support her too! (Chase Crawford was supposedly there, hiding. But I sadly missed him!) I’m happy for my friends as well, since they got to meet some of their favorite celebs. So cute seeing them get all excited! Tonight was my first time at Hiro Ballroom (which is gorgeous btw) and definitely a place I will be going back to in the future!

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Gossip Girl Set Report: #2

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After seeing yesterday’s paparazzi photos of nearly the entire Gossip Girl cast on location at Sotheby’s, I decided to try my luck once again at scoping out the set. Unfortunately, due to the bad weather and/or completion all of the outdoor scenes Wednesday, they were not filming when I arrived. I met some younger fans who let me know that Matthew Settle and Penn Badgley had passed them on their way to lunch, and should be returning any minute. So I decided to hold out. After about a half hour Jessica Szohr appeared, and stopped to chat with myself and the 4 other fans waiting outside of Sotheby’s. She posed for a few photos and kindly asked how we were before heading back inside to resume filming.

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Next Penn came by, but after being asked to snap photos told his fans that “if you wait long enough I might come back out”. The 4 teenage girls waiting were not impressed. Penn/Dan is definitely not on my favorite gossip girl characters list after witnessing him dissing his fans not once, but twice in the same week. The first time was excusable, considering the size of the crowd. But to not stop for photos with four fans made him seem a little too good for them. (Edit: I’d like to clarify for all the angry Penn Badgley fan girls: no one was screaming his name, or yelling, or chasing. He was nicely asked to pose for photos with 4 fans, and declined. He did chat with us, but refused to stop. He didn’t seem to be running late either, as the other cast returned to set 10+ minutes after he did.) I guess I should feel lucky he looked me in the eye this time when I spoke. I’ve got news for you buddy: you’re no Ed Westwick!

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One bad apple didn’t ruin the bunch however, as soon Michelle Trachtenberg appeared, followed closely by Matthew Settle– AKA Rufus Humphrey (who you can see behind Michelle in the photos). They were both too busy to stop, but Matthew said hi, and seemed happy to be acknowledged. Michelle just seemed sort of scared, and tried to hide behind her book after noticing me shooting photos. Sadly, she’s usually very standoffish, and never that friendly anyway. I didn’t catch any of the other lead characters, but was so giddy after meeting Jessica Szohr, I didn’t care. I will admit it: I’m a 27 year old fan girl of a show about teenagers. But I’m not the first, and I’m sure I won’t be the last.

If you’d like to catch the cast filming this week, according to On Location Vacations : Gossip Girl is filming at Sotheby’s (72nd and York, NYC) again Friday July 24th. They may be doing more exteriors in the afternoon.

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XOXO Gossip Girl

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Today I decided to take advantage of my free time, and spent the afternoon on the SoHo set of one of my favorite guilty pleasure tv shows, Gossip Girl. I watched Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, The Key Michelle Trachtenberg, Jessica Szohr, Dorota (!) and newcomer Chris Riggi (playing Scott Ronsson AKA Lily and Rufus’ love child) film scenes from the second episode of the upcoming third season. Upon my arrival, the first scene was with Blair and Georgina, outside of indie bookstore McNally Jackson, on Prince Street. Then the production moved a few blocks down to film at some type of brick apartment or school building. Possibly an “NYU classroom” or dorm (Since all of the characters present will be attending NYU in the fall).

Some of the younger crowd members actually chased the cast when they moved from set to set, or walked back to their trailer. It was pretty embarrassing. By not acting like a total jackass, I was able to befriend some of the crew, and get a prime viewing spot while they filmed. I later was even allowed to cross the street and stand about a foot off set/in the middle of the catering tables to shoot some photos, because I was making friendly conversation with two grips working the shoot. I was seriously amazed how many people I saw disregarding the production crew’s “rules”, and ended up being chased away. You get a lot more out of a set visit when you’re nice to the people working 16hour days to help produce your favorite TV shows. I even ended up getting to quickly meet Penn Badgley (who was sort of aloof, and didn’t really make eye contact with his fans) thanks to the nice crew woman who let me stand by the catering tables. I’ll be going back to watch Gossip Girl (and other movies or tv shows) film again as soon as possible, thanks to the great experience I had today! And special thanks to On Location Vacations for posting the filming info!

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