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Jared Padalecki was criticised after he told his 1.2 million Twitter followers that he thought Philip Seymour Hoffman's death was 'Stupid'.
In the initial tweet, which the 31-year-old American actor has since deleted, Jared wrote: '"Sad" isn't the word I'd use to describe a 46 year old man throwing his life away to drugs. "Sensless" is move like it. "Stupid".
His words were met by abuse from Twitter users after his message was seen by million, following Hoffman's death on Sunday morning
Among the comments was one from Kelly Marie Piercy, @kellympiercy, who wrote: 'Jared Padalecki; you dare tweet such insensitive things and tarnish the good Gilmore name! Shame on you bro.'
Mike Salisbury, @Boy_from_school, summed up with: 'You know what I think is stupid Jared Padalecki? THAT SUPERNATURAL CONTINUES TO BE ON TELEVISION IN 2014.'
Another from Julieta Colás, @jujujulieta, said: 'Jared Padalecki, insulting the memory of one of this generation's greatest actors, 140 characters at a time. pic.twitter.com/zuDzPPdRI4'
mel @melissaashleyyy added: 'is anyone else as shocked as I am that jared padalecki said this bc wow'
Padalecki, who is best known for his roles in TV series' Gilmore Girls and Supernatural, offered up an explanation following the tweet.
He, again, wrote on Twitter: 'I didnt mean PSH is stupid or that addiction isnt a reality. I simply meant I have a different definition of "tragedy".
'When I think "tragedy", I think of St Judes, of genocide, of articles I read in the paper. But, yes, either way, a death, is sad.'
As family, friends and fans mourn the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, new details about the actor's apparent drug overdose emerged Monday.
The Oscar-winning actor, 46, was found dead in a New York City apartment just after 11:30 a.m. Sunday — with a syringe still in his arm. Law enforcement sources told NBC News that authorities at the scene found roughly 50 bags of heroin, numerous syringes, addiction treatment medication, blood pressure medication, and a muscle relaxant.
Officials also discovered a few books about Truman Capote, the legendary author Hoffman won an Academy Award for playing in the eponymous 2005 film.
A law enforcement official told NBC News that toxicology tests will likely determine the actor's cause of death. A city police lab is testing unused heroin found in Hoffman's apartment to determine potency.
It was too soon Monday to know if the heroin Hoffman injected was tainted, if he mixed levels between two heroin "brands," or if Hoffman took too much of the drug.
Another source told NBC News that the two types of heroin found in the apartment — "Ace of Spades" and "Ace of Hearts"— have been seen periodically over the years in the Northeast.
Multiple law enforcement sources told NBC News that authorities found six bottles of prescription drugs — including the blood pressure medication clonidine hydrochloride; the addiction treatment drug buprenorphine; the attention-deficit disorder treatment drug vyvanse; the anti-anxiety drug hydroxyzine; and the muscle relaxer methocarbamol.
Three of the bottles had a prescription to Hoffman on them, but the vyvanse, buprenorphine and hydroxyzine did not. It was not immediately clear if the latter three drugs were prescribed to Hoffman but just not properly labeled.
Hoffman had spoken openly about past substance abuse battles, saying he quit using drugs and alcohol and "got sober" at 22 years old. But in early 2013, Hoffman checked himself into rehab for 10 days. He told TMZ that he had begun using prescription medicines, and his use escalated to heroin.
UPDATE:70 Bags of Heroin Found in Philip Seymour Hoffman's Apartment
A batch of twenty new images have arrived for the movie, giving a solid look at the ensemble cast that includes Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton, Mathieu Amalric, Saoirse Ronan, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson and Jude Law, among a handful of others not pictured just yet (Jason Schwartzman, Lea Seydoux and others). Lots to take in below, in what looks to be Anderson's most visually pleasing movie to date.
"The Grand Budapest Hotel" premieres at the Berlin Film Festival in February and opens on March 7th.
In light of the abuse allegations leveled against Woody Allen by his daughter Dylan Farrow in the New York Times, the Hollywood press immediately began showing sympathy for the those who have the most to lose in this awful situation: Cate Blanchett and Blue Jasmine's Oscar chances.
The Hollywood Reporter's Scott Feinberg addressed the importance of the abuse allegations in his article "Dylan Farrow's Op-Ed Targets Woody Allen But Could Hurt Cate Blanchett More":
"Is Cate Blanchett's best actress Oscar for her performance in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine as assured as most people believe? Probably — but being called out on the New York Times' website for associating with an alleged child molester certainly won't help her cause."
No, those allegations generally don't help many causes. But, if you're Feinberg, the most important cause at hand is Cate Blanchett. And asking questions like, why would a young woman ever want to admit alleged abuse unless she wanted to ruin a movie starring Cate Blanchett?
"The question of the minds of many is why Farrow, who has heretofore maintained a low public profile, would choose to publicly discuss her history with Allen now? The timing and focus of her piece certainly suggest, to me, that she would like to derail any chance that Allen or those associated with him on his latest film, Blue Jasmine, have of receiving additional awards recognition at the Oscars on March 2."
These questions, of course, completely gloss over the fact the allegations were first made public in 1993 and again last year in a Vanity Fair profile and are in no way new or now. Or that if ruining Oscars was her thing, Farrow could have a field day with 2011's Midnight in Paris. But those facts don't matter because what about Blanchett? We can't forget about Blanchett.
"Only Farrow herself can say what her objective was in writing this piece when and how she did. But, whether intended or not, the byproduct of her actions may well be that some Academy members will think twice before supporting Allen or those who have chosen to associate with him on Blue Jasmine when they fill out their Oscar ballots. And while that won't matter much for Allen and Hawkins' prospects — they were both considered to be long shots well before this brouhaha — it could, conceivably, make the road to victory for Blanchett, who is a heavy favorite — having already won best actress Critics' Choice, Golden Globe and SAG, New York Film Critics Circle, Los Angeles Film Critics Association and National Society of Film Critics awards — a little bumpier."
Only in Hollywood—the land where everyone hates priests but loves Michael Jackson and Roman Polanski—are conversations about alleged sexual abuse characterized as bumpy "brouhahas." The Wrap's Steve Pond at least had the decency to admit that asking questions about Blanchett's chances is an "uncomfortable" act.
On Saturday night, Blanchett herself responded to questions about Farrow's statement, and managed to do so without mentioning awards season, presumably because she has a functional brain. "I mean, it's obviously been a long and painful situation for the family, and I hope they find some sort of resolution and peace," she said.
Alec Baldwin, who was also called out in Farrow's statement for his association with Allen, took to Twitter on Sunday with his own compelling stance on the controversy: "What the f&@% is wrong w u that u think we all need to b commenting on this family's personal struggle?" he tweeted."So you know who's guilty? Who's lying? You, personally, know that?" he continued, adding: "You are mistaken if you think there is a place for me, or any outsider, in this family's issue." He later deleted his responses.
No one knows where the truth lies in this situation, but the knee-jerk responses to defend Allen, call out "liars," and worry about how allegations—allegations for which he cannot be charged—will impact a stupid award is ridiculous.Those in Hollywood who are framing the situation as a premeditated awards-season attack on Allen shows just how far the industry will go to avoid uncomfortable conversations and defend their gods.
Aaron Paul has been sizzling hot in the wake of the finale of his critically praised series Breaking Bad.
So he rode that wave of acclaim all the way to the world's most watched television event, the Super Bowl.
The 34-year-old actor and his wife Lauren Parsekian braved the freezing weather in New Jersey to attend Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday.
The trailer to his new film, Need for Speed, was prominently featured in one of the coveted commercial breaks on the broadcast.
The Idaho native wore all black, giving no indication which team, the Denver Broncos or Seattle Seahawks, he favored in the big game.
He had on black pants, a black sweater, black pea coat and brown, high-top leather boots with the laces untied.
His gorgeous blonde wife wore tight black pants tucked into knee-high black lace-up boots, a white shirt and a puffy, mid-thigh-length royal blue parka with a blue knitted cap.
She wore fingerless gloves and clutched a cup of coffee as the couple exited a Bowery hotel on their way to MetLife Stadium.
Both of them wore VIP Super Bowl lanyards with their access passes in them.
Once at the game, Aaron mingled with Fox football talent Jimmy Johnson and Michael Strahan, who was just inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame and also co-hosts Kelly and MIchael with Kelly Ripa.
His action crime drama Need for Speed opens March 14 in the U.S.
The film is about a street racer, recently released from prison, who joins a cross country race to enact revenge on the wealthy businessman who framed him.
The film also stars Dakota Johnson, Imogen Poots and Dominic Cooper.
Aaron has two other films in the works: A Long Way Down, co-starring Poots, Rosamund Pike, Toni Collette and Pierce Brosnan; and the historical epic Exodus with Christian Bale and Ben Kingsley.
He'll also make a return to TV with a role in BooJack Horseman: A Tale of Fear, Loathing and Animals, an animated series with Will Arnett and Amy Sedaris.
Hillary Rodham Clinton sent out a tweet during the Super Bowl, jokingly blasting Fox for what appears to be related to the network's coverage of the former secretary of State.
It’s so much more fun to watch FOX when it’s someone else being blitzed & sacked! #SuperBowl— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) February 3, 2014
Using football terminology, Clinton said, "It's so much more fun to watch FOX when it's someone else being blitzed & sacked!"
At first glance it was unclear as to the intention of Clinton's tweet. But, Clinton's press secretary Nick Merrill clarified in an e-mail that it was indeed a joke. "It was good-natured, light-hearted, and self-deprecating," Merrill said.
The tweet came hours after President Obama and Fox News host Bill O'Reilly battled Sunday over the health care law, the attack in Benghazi, and the Internal Revenue Service.
On Benghazi, O'Reilly told Obama that "your detractors" think that officials at first blamed the Libyan attack on a spontaneous demonstration because the 2012 re-election campaign didn't want it known there had been a terrorist attack.
"They believe it because folks like you are telling them," Obama told O'Reilly.
This month, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a report blaming the State Department for failing to increase security in the region. It also added that 15 people in Benghazi who have tried to help the FBI investigate have been killed.
Last year, Clinton called the attack "one of those terrible tragic times" when the State Department's security assessment of the situation failed.
Gilmore Girl mega-fans will remember that the show’s fast-quipping mother-daughter characters, Lorelai and Rory (forever!), managed to incorporate George Lucas into their rapid-fire pop-culture references on more than one occasion. (Example from Lorelai: “Oh my God, George Lucas wishes he had this sound system.”) Those lines were not the only ways in which Amy Sherman-Palladino’s sweet comedy-drama managed to collide with the science-fiction demi-god, though—on one occasion, the Star Wars creator actually stopped by the show’s Burbank set.
During a Reddit AMA, Nicole Holofcener referenced the incident, which occurred when the Enough Said filmmaker directed an episode of Gilmore Girls in 2001. When asked by a fan what her most terrifying moment on any set was, the writer/director revealed, “I guess scariest was when I was directing Gilmore Girls and George Lucas was visiting the set and he stood in front of the monitor with the whole crew listening, and asked me why I set a shot up the way that I did. I wanted to barf.”
This anecdote raises so many questions—mainly: does this mean George Lucas was a mega-Gilmore Girls fan like us? Sadly, not. Holofcener fleshed out the story last year in an interview with Flicks and the City. “His daughter was apparently a fan of the show, so he came as a guest,” Holofcener said, explaining why Lucas was on the set of a mother-daughter coming-of-age drama series in the first place. “He was standing at the monitor with his daughter watching a shot that I had set up, and it was actually not a well set-up shot to begin with, which happens occasionally,” she continued.
“As I was setting it up, as we were about to shoot, I was like, ‘You know, that’s not really the best angle for what I’m trying to do.’ Of course the whole crew was listening to everything [Lucas] said and following him around like Jesus. There were about 20 people standing behind me and him when he said, ‘Why would you set it up like that?’ He probably didn’t even mean to be mean. I don’t know, maybe he was just trying to chat. But it was mortifying.”
Making the matter even worse, Holofcener previously told Vulture that a People magazine reporter happened to be on set during the incident. And as bad luck would have it, Holofcener only directed one episode of Gilmore Girls ever. So out of the hundreds of episodes of the series, Lucas showed up to backseat-direct hers.
idgaf GILMORE GIRLS POST?!
Major Lazer have announced new five-track EP, Apocalypse Soon, our February 25 via Mad Decent/Secretly Canadian. It features guest spots from Pharrell, Sean Paul, and more. Watch teaser clips featuring previews of "Aerosol Can" featuring Pharrell and "Lose Yourself", featuring RDX and Moska, below. Tracks from the EP were also previewed by Major Lazer member Walshy Fire in a mix for BBC Radio 1XTra. Listen to that here.
Also below, listen to the latest (and final) installment in Major Lazer's Lazer Strikes Back series of mixes, featuring dub versions of tracks from Free the Universe by So Shifty and Mungos Hi Fi.
01 Aerosol Can [ft. Pharrell Williams]
02 Come on to Me [ft. Sean Paul]
03 Sound Bang [ft. Machel Montano]
04 Lose Yourself [ft. RDX & Moska]
05 Dale Asi [ft. Mr Fox]
Serving Gwen "Yummy" realness! I need the dirty version though...
Vanity Fair contributing editor Michael Wolff posted a column in The Guardian on Monday questioning the validity of Dylan Farrow’s open letter in the New York Times detailing allegations of sexual abuse by Woody Allen, saying the family is merely staging a PR coup.
“The larger context for this rehashed scandal is not a pattern of abuse or the ongoing dysfunctions of a celebrated family but rather the demands of a publicity rollout,” Wolff sniped. “Twenty-one years after the event – all parties long quiet – a story is revived. It is an old scandal for a new generation.”
Wolff expressed his belief that Dylan’s letter is a culmination of a several-months long campaign by Mia Farrow to celebritize herself and her son Ronan, who is a rising media star with a new show on MSNBC. He claims Allen was exonerated of the charges in 1992.
“The impetus seems to be to establish Mia Farrow as a celebrity activist worthy of the world stage, and, as well, to launch a public career for her son Ronan,” Wolff wrote.
Wolff goes on to accuse “Girls” star Lena Dunham of being an accessory to this alleged publicity campaign, doubting her sincerity when she sent a tweet of support to Dylan. The Newser editor-in-chief sees this as a type of Twitter quid-pro-quo.
“If you tweet for me; I’ll tweet for you,” he writes. “Everybody is at work here. Everybody is someone else’s instrument. Everybody is promoting something.”
CBS’ latest, New Orleans-based NCIS offshoot has filled its first role, and it goes to TV vet Scott Bakula.
TVLine has learned that the alum of such series as Men of a Certain Age, Star Trek: Enterprise and Quantum Leap is boarding the planted pilot in the role of NCIS Special Agent Pride.
Described as “embodying New Orleans,” Pride is “driven by the need to do what’s right … with warmth, passion, strength and humor. He’s a unique federal agent working in one of this country’s most unique cities.”
In the prospective series — which is being exec-produced by NCIS boss Gary Glabserg and star Mark Harmon, and will air its pilot as a springtime NCIS two-parter — the New Orleans NCIS office will handle cases from Pensacola through Mississippi and Louisiana to the Texas panhandle. Per the logline, “With its rich setting of music, fun and debauchery, New Orleans is a magnet for military personnel on-leave. And with fun comes trouble.”
Still to be cast for the pilot are the roles of Agent LaSalle (a “muscular,” “devilish” and “charming” 30something former Sheriff’s deputy, raised in Louisiana), Agent Brody (a 30something female wielding an Ivy League mind and “Grace Kelly-like class, pomp and circumstance”) and Dr. Wade (the “outspoken” and “eccentric” Ducky of the team). I previously offered my casting ideas here.
Bakula’s other TV credits include (but are never limited to!) HBO’s Behind the Candelabra (for which he earned an Emmy nomination), Chuck, Desperate Housewives and appearances on Looking and Two and a Half Men.
Here's some required reading to add to your Amazon wish list: Lea Michele’s memoir and how-to book Brunette Ambition is hitting store shelves May 13! In the new book, the Glee and Spring Awakening favorite will share the lessons she’s learned in her teens and twenties, from fitness tips to career advice. (We’ve got our fingers crossed it also includes backstage stories about her time in Spring Awakening and photos with her Broadway BFF, Jonathan Groff.) Check out this Hot Shot of Michele looking glamorous on the front cover of the new memoir, then mark the release date on your calendar…spring is just around the corner!
Book post, maybe?
One Direction have been predicted to become the most successful band in the world with earnings of a billion dollars a year.
It is estimated the band will earn the record £611million amount during their upcoming Where We Are tour.
The 88-date tour will see the boys - Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Niall Horan - become the first act to perform three consecutive nights at the 95,000-seat Rose Bowl stadium in California.
A spokesman for the band told the Daily Star: ‘It would be amazing for 1D to climb to the very top of the tour league so early in their career.
‘That would be a phenomenal testament to the loyalty and support of their fans.’
Music industry insider Mory Brenner added: ‘You have to go back to 1964, when The Beatles led the British Invasion that turned American’s music industry upside down, to find anything close to the following they have.’
Their latest earnings are set to top the £447million record set by U2 for their 360° tour.
They could also beat the £339million earned by The Rolling Stones from their Bigger Bang shows.
One Direction were also the most popular artists last year in terms of music downloads, streaming and CD sales.
The IFPI, which promotes the international recording industry, named them Global Recording Artists of 2013 after they were the first group to debut at number one in the US charts with their first three albums.
Niall Horan, 20, said of the news: ‘Incredible news. It's great to have a chart that includes everything from iTunes and record stores, to YouTube and Spotify. Again a huge thank you to all of our fans for such an amazing 2013.’
Meanwhile, Harry Styles recently celebrated his 20th birthday with a party at girlfriend Kendall Jenner’s Malibu home.
A representative for One Direction declined to comment to Mail Online.
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis returning home to Jacksonville
Hayden Panettiere at Time Warner Cable Studios, New York City
Jessica Alba in LA
Miranda Kerr in NY
Scott Disick taking Mason to Barneys in Beverly Hills
Diane Kruger stepping out in Beverly Hills
Fergie in LA
Gisele Bundchen in Santa Monica
Liev Schreiber in LA
Heidi Klum in LA
Audrina Patridge in LA
Vanessa Hudgens in LA
Kylie Jenner in LA
Kelly Rowland in NYC
Eva Mendes at LAX
Kelly Brook in Miami
Julianne Hough in LA
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Brockerick in New York
Keira Knightley and James Righton in London
Kardashians in LA
Alessandra Ambrosio in LA
Nearly 70 small bags of heroin and enough prescription drugs to fill a pharmacy were found in the Greenwich village apartment where troubled Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died of an apparent drug overdose, sources said.
Investigators found the huge heroin stash after executing a search warrant, and also discovered an assortment pills used to treat a variety of ills and ailments including anxiety and attention-deficit disorder.
Cops are trying to determine if Hoffman, 46 had prescriptions for the pills.
The investigators are also trying to find the drug dealer who supplied the actor with the heroin.
“An internal email went out to all supervisors asking if anyone has had any experience with those brand names of drugs,” a law enforcement source told The Post. “They’re going to try to find the source.”
Timothy Bugge, the new commanding officer of Manhattan South Narcotics, emailed the alert to supervisors asking if they had dealt with heroin labeled “Ace of Spades,” or “Ace of Hearts.”
Cops found nearly 70 glassine envelopes of heroin with those markings in Hoffman’s $10,000-a-month Bethune Street apartment.
The law enforcement source said that a process called “a nitro dump” could be key to cracking the case.
“Basically what that is, is any time we make a narcotics arrest we include the brand name on the arrest report and store it in our system so our investigators can see where those brands are being sold,” the source explained.
Once they determine a location, they can zero in on the dealer or dealers selling that particular brand.
“He could have used a middleman,” a source said of Hoffman. “They could have been delivering drugs to him. Delivery service is common in Manhattan. He’s very rich, he has the means to use his own delivery service. We just don’t know.”
Authorities also want to determine if Hoffman’s supply was laced with fentanyl – an opiate given to cancer patients to soothe their pain.
The fentanyl-heroin combination has been linked to more than 100 deaths in America – with more three dozen deaths in Maryland since September.
Meanwhile, there have been almost 20 related deaths in Pennsylvania in the last month alone, and another 22 people dying of heroin-fentanyl overdoses in Rhode Island last month.
Fentanyl can be 10 to 100 times stronger than morphine, according to CNN.
It was not clear if the heroin Hoffman used contained the dangerous opiate.
Authorities have warned that heroin addiction is soaring and noted an uptick in the availability of the drug.
Last week, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced a heroin mill bust in the Bronx after the agency seized $8 million worth of the drug.
Among the prescription drugs found in the apartment were clonidine hydrochloride, a blood-pressure medication, buprenorphine, an addiction treatment drug, Vyvanse, which is used to treat attention-deficit disorder, hydroxyzine, which is used to treat anxiety and methocarbamol, a muscle relaxer.
Bruno Mars in the Halftime Show also set a new high, with 115.3 million viewers (versus 114.0 million for previous champ Madonna in 2012 and 110.8 million for Beyonce in 2013).
According to the time zone adjusted ratings, the Seattle Seahawks landslide victory over the Denver Broncos on Super Bowl XLVIII reached a whopping 111.5 million viewers from 6:33-10 p.m. ET.
And this is now the most-watched Super Bowl and most-watched program of any kind in U.S. TV history.
The prior high was 111.3 million viewers for The Super Bowl in 2012. Last year’s match-up, the Baltimore Ravens vs. the San Francisco 49ers, did not benefit by the temporary power outage and ended up at 108.4 million.
Social media was ablaze before, during and after Super Bowl XLVIII with 25.3 million total tweets composed by 5.6 million authors. The most active moments during the game were Percy Harvin’s kickoff return for a touchdown to start the second half (429,000 tweets), the conclusion of the Bruno Mars/Red Hot Chili Peppers halftime performance (424,000) and MVP Malcolm Smith’s interception return for a touchdown (300,000). Following the game, activity about the Super Bowl peaked at over 500,000 tweets shortly after 10:00 PM ET.
Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers put on a stellar halftime show during an otherwise tedious Super Bowl, but were RHCP performing live? According to some noted guitar experts, the answer is a solid no.
Despite some initial hesitation, the world seemed to thoroughly embrace Bruno Mars‘ Super Bowl halftime performance on Feb. 2. However, some very observant Twitter users put a dent in the Red Hot Chili Peppers portion of the performance when they noticed that Flea‘s bass guitar wasn’t even plugged in. Yikes.
Hat tip to Vulture, who picked up on Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid‘s Tweet about Flea not playing live. “That guitar is plugged into NOTHING,” he wrote, as the band took the stage with Mars for a rousing rendition of “Give It Away.”
Reid, who was listed at #66 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, noticed that there was no cable connected to the input jack of Flea’s bass guitar to an amplifying device, speaker, wireless pack, or anything else that could adequately project the sounds of Flea’s sick bass playing to the thousands upon thousands of screaming people at the Meadowlands. So basically, all of that shirtless jumping around and slapping the bass was all for show.
Now, of course we cannot confirm whether or not the other members of the band were playing live — maybe Flea was feeling under the weather or something — but the famous bassist’s obvious gaffe was still pretty embarrassing:
It’s especially bad given the dynamic, undeniably live performance by Mars, who definitely earned some new fans last night in one of the best Super Bowl performances we’ve seen in years.
There’s something romantic about the month of February. The weather is cozy, the
year still feels new, and it’s the perfect time of the year to let your heart
guide you. And then of course there’s Valentine’s Day (and my anniversary with
William!). But whether you’re single or taken, think of February as a time to
focus on the people, places, and activities you love most. From planning a
romantic date night to pursuing your passion for baking, enjoy the cozy climate
and romantic atmosphere. That said, you can look forward to plenty of posts
about love on LaurenConrad.com this month. Here’s what we have in store…
For all you crafty ladies out there, we have Valentine’s Day DIYs galore. We
also have a couple of gorgeous styled photo shoots coming up and more Wedding
Bells posts with etiquette tips, inspiration, and more. Plus, New York Fashion
Week is just a few days away. Expect Fashion Week Photo Diaries and more live
coverage from my team’s trip to NYC. I think you’re really going to love it, so
What designers would you like to see my team cover at New York Fashion Week?
Leave your request below.
P.S. The photo above is from my engagement shoot with William. The very talented
Elizabeth Messina came to our home to photograph us in our element. I love how
the photos turned out!