Tribeca Film Festival & A Weekend in NYC

What a whirlwind the last few weeks have been! I feel like I haven’t had the chance to sit down for more than two minutes. Been in and out of work and New York several times. In fact, last weekend I spent the weekend in New York for the Tribeca Film Festival. I typically don’t stay overnight in the city since CT is so close, but given the late nights and early mornings, I ended up staying. If you’re ever looking for a hotel in NY, check out the Essex House on Central Park South – beautiful views of the park, walking distance to Lincoln Center, Columbus Circle and Times Square.

Saw this beauty across the street from the hotel

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Concrete jungle – Central Park South

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Back to Tribeca: ESPN typically screens a few films every year during the TFF. This year was no exception, but adding to this year’s line up was the new ESPN Films and espnW series – Nine for IX. Essentially – nine documentaries, inspired by Title IX, through the lens of female film makers. Incredible initiative and very cool to be part of the Tribeca Film Festival Weekend.

I’m in!

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Nine for IX trailer & more info on the series:

Saturday there were two Nine for IX screenings – The Diplomat (about legendary figure skater Katarina Witt) and No Limits (about no limits diving – couldn’t breathe during this film. It was intense). Following was an after party at The Cabanas at Maritime Hotel – an absolutely beautiful rooftop, open air bar/event space located in Chelsea and the Meat Packing District. The picture-perfect weather certainly helped the ambiance too!

Katarina Witt at the after party

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No Limits director Alison Ellwood, Tribeca leading lady Jane Rosenthal & no limits free diving women’s record holder, Tanya Streeter

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Myself with my colleague Danielle and WNBA President Laurel Richie (center)

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Following the after party we headed to an absolutely delish Mexican restaurant in the Meat Packing District – Dos Caminos. Try the guacamole. Trust me.

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Sunday back at the Tribeca Film Festival… Pat XO (about legendary Lady Vols head coach Pat Summitt) and Let Them Wear Towels (about the first female journalists who made their way into men’s locker rooms post-games). Both great films – and so great to see Pat Summitt in attendance. GMA’s Robin Roberts also was in attendance – she’s an executive producer of the series. Very cool to be in the same room as those leading ladies.

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Photo credit: ESPN Images

Wrapped up Sunday with dinner at The Smith in the East Village. Delicious and who can beat their Sunday special? Burger and beer for $15. Sold.

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Great weekend in the city for sure. And so proud of the work the team at ESPN does every day! Looking forward to laying low this weekend and catching up on some much-needed sleep.

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Girls Weekend – Momma/Daughter Edition

Just wrapped up an amazing weekend with one of my all-time favorite people to go on adventures with – my momma. She came in from Ohio for a few days so we could explore the East Coast! We spend a few days in NYC, Boston and CT. Had a blast. Stories and photos coming soon…but in the meantime…

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Love this lady! NYC’s Theatre District before Jersey Boys!

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Three Things I’m Loving This Week

Happy Tuesday! Temps are (slowly) starting to rise across New England – and by rise I mean mid 40s. (Hey, compared to the winter we’ve had, I’ll take it!) Had an eventful and good weekend – spent some time with friends, did a little exploring of CT and of course no weekend is complete without a trip to Target, Macy’s, Marshall’s and/or T.J. Maxx, I also finally got around to watching Les Mis. LOVED it! I’m a huge sucker for musical, so it was right in my wheelhouse. Tomorrow I’m headed home (Ohio) for a few days to visit my husband and sweet little puppies Ziggy and Pepper. Can’t wait!

Today I spent the day in NYC for an event. Very pretty and sunny day in Manhattan! And I loved this little touch of spring I found…

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And for this week’s Three Things:

Putnam, CT

I’ve been pretty adventurous the last several weeks – visiting little towns throughout Connecticut. But Saturday I woke up and knew I wanted to explore somewhere, but didn’t have any plans or ideas where. So I literally Googled “cute towns in Connecticut.” A site pulled up a handful, one of which was Putnam. So, I plugged it into my GPS and I was on my way to the Northeast corner of the state – about a 45 minute drive from downtown Hartford.

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And so the website was right, it was totally a “cute town in Connecticut.” I loved the stream that ran right through town!

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Typical small town shops, restaurants, coffee shops, antique stores and great consignment shops (although I left the town empty-handed!) I didn’t see anything I had to have – but had a lot of fun walking around!

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On my way back home, I stopped by UCONN’s campus. Such a great college-town feel; for my Ohio friends, it reminded me a lot of OU. Midsize college in a rural setting. Overall a fun and successful adventure! Who knows where Google or my GPS will take me next!

Tommy Hilfiger Flats

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Love these little guys at Macy’s. Obviously I had to have them. They have three versions – different colors. Loved the pale green and white ones. Longing for warmer days so I can wear them!

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I’m not going to go on and on here…just watch this. And grab a tissue. Just trust me.

Three Things I’m Loving This Week

Another crazy week was had by me! But, without further ado, the three things I’m loving this week. Trust me, they are good.

Steve Carell

Yes. Steve Carell. I’m so blessed to work at ESPN…I’ve had the amazing opportunity to meet so many amazing and talented athletes and celebs. But, I’ve longed for that athlete or celeb that really left me star-struck. This past week, that happened. Steve Carell stopped by ESPN in promotion of his new movie, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (which, btw, it’s pretty funny!) I was given literally a chance of a lifetime to interview one of my absolute all-time favorite actors. He was as kind as he was handsome and as hilarious as he was sweet.

My interview with Steve Carell for ESPN Front Row:

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Hannah, (one of my good friends who helped with the interview too!), the amazing Steve Carell and myself (trying to contain my excitement and REALLY resisting the urge to just begin blurting out quotes from The Office)!

Tesori Boat Shoes

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Grabbed these hot pink and royal blue bad boys during a recent mini-spring-shoe-shopping-spree at Nordstrom Rack. I don’t think it’s possible to have enough boat shoes – and I loved the fun color of these. Originally $60, marked down to $40 at Nordstrom Rack. BOOM.

GLAAD Awards, NYC

I had the opportunity to volunteer for the 24th annual GLAAD Awards with a few friends from work. For more than 25 years, GLAAD has worked with news, entertainment and social media to bring culture-changing stories of LGBT people into millions of homes and workplaces every day. According to GLAAD, “What people see in the media has a huge impact and GLAAD ensures images of LGBT people and allies grow acceptance, understanding and build support for equality.”

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Several of my absolute dearest friends are gay; so my volunteering at the event was for them, and of course in support and such an important organization.

This year’s awards honored Anderson Cooper (LOVE!). And it gets better, guess who introduced him and presented his award? Madonna! Check out the video of his acceptance speech. Good stuff – he said that being gay is a “blessing” and thanks his partner.

Speaking of Madonna, she dressed up as a Boy Scout in support of ending the ban on gay scouts and leaders. Way to go, Madonna!

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Photo credit: GLAAD

A great night for a great organization with great friends!

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Three Things I’m Loving This Week

I’m back! I’ve been on a slight blog hiatus. A few things factor into this hiatus – work has been really busy, been in and out of NY several times for events (including a sports journalist event at the NYC Twitter HQs – such a cool place!), and I’ve spent a majority of my evenings watching Downton Abbey. I’m so addicted. I just started watching season 3. Anyone else watch it? I’m beyond hooked!

A few pictures from the last couple days:

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I take the train in and out of New York from Grand Central Station. One of my favorite buildings in NYC…so romantic.

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Always ready to strike a pose! At the #TWSports event at #TwitterNYC

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Sports Video Group hosted a Post-Production Storytelling event (a lot of Final Cut Pro talk!) Good stuff.

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Jason Aldean/Jake Owen concert with the girls at Mohegan Sun. Great concert! Even better price — tickets were $100, day-of, a handful were released for $24. Game-time decision, but we grabbed them and had a blast!

And now…here’s what I’m loving!

Calvin Klein silk top…for $10

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Grabbed this CK silk ruffle top from Macy’s. Originally $50, marked down to $10. Will look great under suit jackets, or paired with jeans. I think every girl should own a few basic shells like these — they go with everything.

J. Crew Gilded Brocade Top

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InStyle recently did a crash color course in the color pistachio (a fav of mine!) This J. Crew top was included in the line up. Absolutely beautiful. Love the pattern and mix of gold and pistachio colors (both hot for spring this year!) I love it paired with the white pants. $150 at J. Crew.

Monogrammed Necklace

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After more than a month of waiting, my gold monogrammed necklace finally arrived. And I love it!