If you followed along in the Twitterverse last week, you know that W Hotels hosted Marie Claire’s second annual The Power Trip. It was hard not to Tweet (or insert your platform of choice) about all the bold and stirring remarks from the likes of Mila Kunis, Taraji P. Henson, Emily Ratajkowski, and Priyanka Chopra.
The Power Trip started in New York City early Monday morning, where 100 of the most influential lady bosses in tech, fashion, and media hopped on a chartered Jet Blue flight to San Francisco for a 36-hour pop-up conference. The East Coast entourage was met at W San Francisco by some of the most powerful names in the industry on West Coast, such as Ty Stiklorius of Friends at Work and Boz Saint John of Uber.
Between conversation of overarching topics such as fighting for fair pay in the workplace, the ability to say no, and how social media might pave the way for gender equality - the panelists addressed topical issues such as #MeToo, Harvey Weinstein and the last charges on their credit card statement.
We all know that Mila Kunis loves her bourbon and Emily Ratajkowski is an outspoken advocate for women’s rights, so we gathered a few fun facts about our favorite women in Hollywood that we learned at The Power Trip.
Mila Kunis's guilty pleasure is The Real Housewives.
We know Mila Kunis is a bourbon fanatic and a proud member of Bachelor Nation (her cameo on Rachel's season of The Bachelorette was everything), but Kunis admits that her latest guilty pleasure is The Real Housewives. "When you're up at two in the morning - pumping, nursing and holding a crying baby - that's what's on TV."
Priyanka Chopra can put her legs behind her head.
Not only did we learn that Priyanka aspired to be a maid as a child, but we were also graced with the fact that her secret talent is being able to put her legs behind her head. "That's a talent you guys!" Enough said.
Emily Ratajkowski is guilty of deleting Instagram photos just to make her grid more visually pleasing.
Emily Ratajkowski, better known as Emrata, spoke on breaking the internet and the role of social media in shaping the future for women. She revealed that she is guilty of deleting photos if it doesn't look right in the layout of her feed - or in laymen's terms "if an old selfie lines up the wrong way with a new selfie."
Conversely, Ratajkowski never deletes comments because censoring is never the right answer. The dialogue in the comments just as important as the photo.
Taraji has a book in the works.
Maybe not in the works, but definitely in the mind's eye. Taraji P. Henson has an amazing story to tell with her role as an African American female in Hollywood. Henson revealed that she loves the word no. "I love the word no, I love when people doubt me. That just adds fuel to the fire."
Henson revealed her favorite word in discussion of her role as Queenie in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, where she was paid a mere fraction of what stars Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett were making. Henson stuck with the job because she knew that it was eventually going to pay off. "I know that this is just a part of the story that I'm going to put in my book one day. This is going to be a great story to tell. We're going to flip a negative into a positive and change the narrative of our lives as women."
Take a walk through the history of fashion this weekend at the Salvatore Ferragamo San Francisco store. Ferragamo's legendary designs will be on display and available for purchase in limited quantities. "Ferragamo's Creations," a special installation of limited edition archival accessories, will be on display this weekend only at the store's Post Street location. These are the very same designs that were inspired by Hollywood stars in the 1920's and 30's and that are still on display at the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum in Florence.
Salvatore Ferragamo worked with many Hollywood stars in the 1920's and 30's, including Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn. "The Rainbow" was created for Judy Garland in 1938 as a tribute to her signature song "Over the Rainbow." This shoe was the first of its kind, inventing the first platform wedge design. See this beauty in person this weekend in San Francisco.
The "Cage Heel" was another one of Ferragamo's creative inventions that will be on display this weekend in the San Francisco store. In the 1950's, Ferragamo filed a series of patents, including the metallic heel, the metal sole, and of course the "cage" heel. The idea was that the heel could be covered by different sheaths, so the shoe could be worn for many different occasions.
Inspired by the shoes worn during the Renaissance period, Ferragamo created the "Renaissance Sandal" in 1938.
The "Creations" collection allows you to (quite literally) walk in the shoes of old Hollywood stars, but keep in mind that all of the shoes in the collection are limited in quantity. Each shoe is stamped with its number in the edition, keeping these shoes very exclusive.
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When you’re a tastemaker, you can’t just stay anywhere when you travel. You must stay at a place whose boldness matches your own style. That is why Brenda Wasylucha, creator of Taste Mak-er, chose the W Hotel for her weekend getaway to San Francisco.
Brenda’s style is classic, yet bold. Though neutral colors define her look, she uses distinct shapes to set herself apart.
Traveling to San Francisco requires a lot of planning. Strategic packing to prepare for all sorts of weather is a must. It might be bright and sunny everywhere else in the Bay, but there's a great chance that Karl the Fog will cover the city at some point during your trip.
But if you're a tastemaker you can't let the weather affect your style. If anything, embrace the perpetual cool climate and take advantage of your chance to wear boots year round.
We caught up with Brenda, a true fashionista wherever she goes, to find out her insider tips for travelling in San Francisco.
Q: Packing for a getaway to San Francisco can be tricky. What advice do you have for those that want to stay stylish yet practical?
Brenda: Bring an umbrella, a good jacket and good rain shoes. Layering pieces are key. Unfortunately, I didn’t consider bringing rain boots and suffered a tad for it.
Q: San Francisco is known for its hills. How did you prepare for this?
B: Make sure to pack for long walks and all sorts of weather. I was really glad I brought comfortable shoes for our walk around Golden Gate Park. You can’t go to SF and not explore its wonders on foot, it’s kind of what everyone does there.
Q: What are your top 3 sites to see in San Francisco?
1. Twin Peaks Summit – breathtaking!
2. Golden Gate Park – amazing view and sea lions. It’s a win win.
3. The Painted Ladies – where the blogger in me came out. I love aesthetically pleasing architecture.
Q: San Francisco is a foodie’s dream come true. Tourists come to the city just to eat. As a food enthusiast, it is important to strategically plan your meals to pack in the best of the best. As a vegan, how did you prepare for your weekend getaway in San Francisco?
B: Well, I consider myself vegan-ish. I eat fish once in a while. I think it’s a lot easier for vegans to travel as of late, it’s catching on and even if a restaurant isn’t necessarily vegan, most are pretty accommodating. 5 years ago it was much harder. Yelp also helps.
Q: What were your favorite dishes in San Francisco?
B: The squash crostini at TRACE! It was so different from your average avocado toast. I loved the touch of pomegranate seed, it’s exciting when restaurants experiment with new combinations and surprising flavors.
Another favorite was the peanut butter bar from Wholesome Bakery. I’m still dreaming about that thing.
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Note: All photos courtesy of Brenda Wasylucha.
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