IN THE NEWS: SEPTEMBER BLOG UPDATE

I cannot believe it has been so long since I have updated my blog. There have been so many changes, events and tons of travel as usual.

Here are some of my highlights for September!!!

Ava’s first day of School

Here she is on the stoop – full of good will, had a hot breakfast and off we go!!!!

Just minutes later, I am being put in check! SNAP! For my Sleepy Mommy Fashion Week inability to get Ms. Ava a taxi quick enough!!!

HURRICANE UPDATE

Just before NY Fashion Week started – we quickly ran upstate to check on our property. Here’s what it looked like 2 weeks after Irene!!!

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NY Fashion Week Sept 9-16th

Never a dull moment. There are a few things you can count on every season. Sudden illness from stress and fatigue is a recurring theme during Fashion Week. Fluttering eye lids replete with uncontrollable spasms, hives, quivering lips, shaky hands, tightening of chest, bronchitis, AHHHH! The list goes on and on. This season was an extra special DOOZY. After the Nicholas K fashion show I was feeling so ill. I was afraid to lie down as it was 11 in the morning and frankly it would look unprofessional, strange, Whacky – so I decided to tell my team I was headed out for a walk.

Designers Chris & Nicholas Kunz with their dog Jake! I heart Jake.

I could not be gone long because I had to come back to Lincoln Center for the Mara Hoffman presentation. I felt dizzy, clammy, and woozy – finally I looked up and saw the welcoming exterior of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, I walked in and headed for the Spa. “May I please book a massage?” I asked. Finally, I laid down and fell quickly to sleep. “Madame, are you ok?” I heard a voice ask. “Oh, Yes!” I responded. I hopped off the table, got dressed and went to pay.

As I stood in front of the reception desk my chest tightened, my heart pounded, I almost stopped breathing…. HOLY FUCK BATMAN I am having a heart attack I said to myself. I quickly glanced around and surmised this was the perfect place to drop – the Mandarin surely would not want a death of a single mom on their hands in the middle of fashion week at their spa  ….

For sure they would get the best ambulance there faster than you could say Roger Rabbit!!! A few minutes went by – all the symptoms stayed the same – I was left standing. Ok I thought to myself, time to take this party to the streets. I slowly walked back like the star of some bad Sundance channel indie movie – I arrived to the Lincoln Center and produced the Mara show. Oh yeah, one more thing – the air conditioning broke at the tents, and it was 100 degrees inside!!! Once the show was over, I went to urgent care and was diagnosed with Walking Pneumonia. I was given antibiotics and my very first Inhaler!!!! I felt like all those Hollywood actresses who love to use Inhalers!!!

CHECK OUT SOME HIGHLIGHTS FROM FASHION WEEK

NYPD Special Forces here with automatic rifles – Just in case some Fashionista loses it?! WTF

Just below – Legend David Codikow, my manager and production partner, with Surf King and Co Founder of Surfers Healing, Izzy Paskowitz. People’s Revolution will be doing free PR for Surfers Healing in 2012. Check out their site at www.surfershealing.org. MAHALO

Amanda Harding and I stumbled into this Alice in Wonderland Cups ride on our way back from dinner, post Jeremy Scott show.

Who doesn’t love a little bit of The Cobra Snake for fashion week?! He is a genius shooter and overall international sensation! I love me some Marc – check out his site www.thecobrasnake.com

One Hot Momma – Here is designer Mara Hoffman backstage with her models. Tigi did this Frida Kahlo inspired hair. Mara never disappoints and her collection this season was off the hook. www.marahoffman.com

The brilliant bad ass bad boy of fashion making His-Story come true – Mr. Jeremy Scott !! His chaps won the cover of the NY Post the next day!!!!

TAKE ME TO THE RIVER!!! I had to corner model River backstage at Jeremy Scott for a quick pick me up shot to send to my friend Perez Hilton. This was Tweet of the day for Perez! OH Yes!

That’s a wrap babe!…

HURRICANE IRENE HAD HER WAY WITH ME

On Friday, August 26th, I grabbed my daughter, now known as Ava Bieber, my designer / astrologer friend Gilian Chavet and we headed for my country home. I mean after all we were just about to start fashion week, had already experienced an earthquake and seriously, I was in no mood for black outs, riots or devastation. I called friends who were psychics and all instructed me to head for the hills, get out of New York LICKETY SPLITSVILLE ALOHAAAA!!!!. I instructed all of the team at People’s Revolution to go home early, familiarize themselves with hurricane procedures and to take refuge. I phoned some of my closest friends and Grand street tribal members: Rupert Noffs, Cheff Matty Bee, Designer Tamara Magel, MTV Exec Shannon Fitzgerald and let them know mi casa was their crib for the storm. “Hurry,” I said, it is going to be a disaster.

On Saturday, I woke up to an overcast and drizzly day. I quickly ran out to the farmers market and stocked up on the most luxurious seasonal offerings; after all I thought I would be feeding a small army, right? WRONG! The only person of my invited guests to take the journey was my friend Shannon. I cooked an amazing meal. We played together, sat by the fire, laughed and prepared for the great storm.

I never believed that Irene would have the fucking balls to attack my home. I pray to the Universal Mother and I worship the force of nature, surely the Mother would not eat one of her own? At 9:30 Shannon came into my room and said – “Kell, um you better come downstairs, the water is getting really high.”

I ran downstairs and sure enough the water was filling up. This is a perfect time for meditation we declared and we placed this beautiful white chair in front of the window.

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Here is where we sat and watched Irene. Still we were confident our house would be saved.

Suddenly Shannon called out – We are flooding in here! Ava Bieber and I ran in to join her and we began to bail our utility room with three very odd tools: a plastic bowl, a cup and a scoop. Over 25 buckets of water were filled when Irene became unstoppable. We opened up the door to wave for help to the passing fire department – they hooted their horn and waved while driving by. Oh lord we thought – we are going to get taken down.

We quickly called 911 who explained to us not to move, as the force of the water would throw us down. Our street was already in evacuation process. As the fireman arrived at the top of the driveway (luckily Gil and I had a psychic vision to move the car to the top of my driveway earlier), the 100 gallon propane tank dislodged from the side of the house and literally dribbled like a basketball up the driveway and exploded. Pow Fizz zzzzzzzz ppapapapapapapap bam!!!!!

The fireman instructed us to run to the top of the house. “Mommy, are we going to die here?” Ava asked. “No, of course not,” I responded. “Yes we are Mommy.” “No we are not Ava.” “Yes we are, you are just saying that to be a good mommy. That’s what good mommy’s do.” “No I assured her,” if we were dying I would let her know and we would prepare for that. The day was getting grueling, we were tiring and to be honest we were disappointed that are firemen were not the calendar type. The firemen were starting to scream at us – Ladies they said leave everything – Shannon was grabbing her neon yellow bespoke bag, a Louis Vuitton scarf and her computer, Gil was grabbing her jewelry and computer and me, well Ava’s stuffed animal and my laptop. “LADIES THIS NOT A FASHION SHOW,” THEY SCREAMED. “YOU ARE IN GRAVE DANGER – THE HOUSE DOWN THE ROAD IS OFF ITS FOUNDATION AND ABOUT TO SLAM INTO YOU. WE ARE THROWING YOU A HARNESS AND ROPES – TAKE NOTHING –“

This is about 30 minutes before our rescue, view of my front yard

Shannon Fitzgerald, in true leadership form, exclaimed, “sorry, I am not listening to these Jokers, I worked my ass off to pay for this shit – it’s coming with me.” Ava said, “mommy do they know all of your bags cost as much as a car?” I, for some unknown reason, listened, left my belongings, but stuffed Ava’s stuffed animal, my keys and Blackberry down my leggings and hoisted myself into a harness and was the first one out. Seriously, Hurricane walking could be a new isometric exercise. WHOA!!!!

When they went to pull me out of the harness, my precious life-connecting blackberry was dislodged and was swept away by that bitch Irene.

Next Ava, Gillian and then Shannon were pulled to safety! Shannon had all her gear in full Amazonian effect. We were not happy with our rescue. The firemen told us to hop on the truck and they would take us to a shelter. Shelter? Um I think not – I am headed to the Mohonk hotel for dinner.

Shannon politely declined, continuing on with the journey, and quickly called a car service to come fetch her and take her back to Manhattan! I loved that it was Devil wears Prada meets Pipi Longstocking. We said our good byes with a newfound love and understanding of one another.

Gillian, Ava and I four wheeled our way through police barricades. We were full of tricks and not stopping till we hit the Mohonk!

Below- The inviting and always wonderful Mohonk.

I woke up the next morning and headed back to my country house to find this!!

The good news is my Vivienne Westwood Dining Room was spared!!! Onward and Upward…

KOBO ESSAY CONTEST FEATURES POWER LUNCH WITH AUTHOR KELLY CUTRONE

Entrants Across North America Asked to Describe How Normal Has Gotten Them Nowhere

TORONTO, June 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ Kobo, a global leader in eReading with more than 4 million users worldwide, today announced the launch of a new essay contest in which the winner will enjoy a private power lunch with television personality and New York Times bestselling author Kelly Cutrone.

Today through July 8, 2011, Cutrone fans can visit http://facebook.com/kobo and write a short essay answer to the question: How has normal has gotten you nowhere and how are you ready to make new moves?

Open to residents of the continental United States and Canada (excluding Quebec), the winning essay will be chosen by Cutrone. The winner will be flown to Toronto to power lunch with the author. Cutrone will share her unique brand of no-nonsense wisdom to help the winner move forward in his or her life.

Kelly was recently in Toronto and expressed her love of Kobo as well as her desire to work with us in a way which would be truly meaningful for her fans. Kelly loves Canada and was keen to partner with Kobo on this content, said Liz Ridout, vice president of marketing at Kobo.

Toronto stole my heart. Anytime I can come to Toronto to see my friends and fans is a good day! said Cutrone.

Cutrone has been a force in the fashion industry for more than 25 years. She quickly moved from industry icon to media maverick, originally appearing on MTVs hit shows The Hills and The City. She executive produced and appeared on the Bravo series Kell on Earth and is a special contributor on the syndicated Dr. Phil show. Cutrone has penned two books: national and New York Times bestseller If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You and Normal Gets You Nowhere, released in May 2011 by HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins.

To enter the contest, visit http://facebook.com/kobo. Deadline for entry is July 8, 2011. No purchase is necessary to compete in this contest. The winning entry will be made available on Kobos Facebook page after being selected.…