Once upon a time, I had a job as director of special events at The Fashion Group International that I quit for family reasons.
Really, I did.
But before “family reasons” starting piling up, I had a pretty good ride at a very nice job.
There were many perks of the job.
1. Amazing swag.
2. Meet some very interesting people.
3. Go to fashion shows.
4. I got my picture taken with Sandra Bullock. Yup. In 6 years of working at my job, I never took advantage of the opportunity to get my photo taken with any other person and I had lots of chances. But here’s the thing. If you stand next to say, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Gwyneth Paltrow, Charlize Theron, or Sandra Bullock you better be either really confident or really want the photo because it’s hard to look gorgeous next to any of those women.
And in my case, I was totally unprepared for my photo op. I had literally settled for and bought in a mad dash to Lord & Taylor on 38th and Fifth, the dress I am wearing about an hour before the big event Fashion Group Night of Stars at Cipriani 42nd Street.
Lesson: Always be prepared and get your outfit together way in advance if celebrities are coming to dinner. There will be cameras on hand.
Sandra Bullock was the Night of Stars humanitarian honoree for having given two million dollars to the Red Cross for Sri Lanka and Hurricane Katrina aid. Along with Sandra Bullock were lots of other A-listers like Valentino and Meryl Streep. (And we had Donald Trump there too. Really.)
Late in getting started and rushing to get ready, I had forgotten to bring any lingerie, read: no power push-up bra, no shapewear, and Boom! A photographer snaps us and I am in a photo with Sandra Bullock.
Don’t look at me look at Sandra looking beautiful in that golden Valentino gown.
She’s the one in the middle.