Where Celebs Go Out: Hilary Duff, Michelle Trachtenberg, Kristin Bell

Martha Stewart at Good Housekeeping‘s 125th anniversary “Shine On” benefit for the National Women’s History Museum – Mmm. I love La Grenouille. I love everything of Jean Georges. I love everything of Daniel. And I love Benoit, right around the corner, yeah. Every one of them has its specialty, of course. If you go to Benoit, you can have the oysters—they’re delicious. The souflees are like the best. And at Grenouille—the frog’s legs.

Hilary Duff – That’s a good one, I have to answer that. In L.A, Giorgio Baldi. ● Meryl Streep – Women’s National History Museum, which is yet-to-be-built on the mall, in D.C. ● Michelle TrachtenbergYerba Buena. ● Kristin Bell – In Los Angeles, Real Food Daily. ● Gayle King – I love Jean Georges and I just discovered Quality Meats the other day on 58th, really good. ● Candice BergenJean Georges at the Mark, at the moment. ● Liz SmithSwifty’s, at Lexington between 72nd and 73rd. It inherited the old Mortimer’s crowd, but it’s smaller. They just have the kind of food I love. I can always find something wonderful to eat there: tuna carpaccio, their little hamburgers, vichysoisse. I like everything they do. ● Carolyn Maloney – I go in my neighborhood—Paola’s, right next door, hot dogs on the street the Four Seasons is always a great restaurant. Every corner has a great restaurant. ● Marlo Thomas: – I love Nello, Bella Blue, Il Mulino, and Primola. I’ve got a million of ’em. ● Phil Donahue – We enjoy Nello and Primola. We’re an east side crowd, so those are two of them. And I don’t get out like I used to, so I don’t have as many to suggest to you. But I hope those two will be fine, and I haven’t hurt their reputation by endorsing them. ● Laura BenantiABC Kitchen. I like Back Forty as well. They’re incredible. Their hamburger is the best in the city. And they’re both all local and organic. ● Anika Noni Rose – Dang it, I just went completely blank! Wait a minute. Give me a second because I love to eat, and I am a restaurant girl. Pio Pio is Peruvian and has the best chicken in the world. It’s on 44th and 10th Avenue. ● Cheryl Tiegs – I live in Los Angeles. The Beverly Hills Hotel Polo Lounge, and MyHouse.

Links: Michelle Trachtenberg Spits Nicki Minaj; Pam Anderson Hates Her Body

● The only thing better than this video of Michelle Trachtenberg (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Harriet the Spy, Gossip Girl) rapping along to a Nicki Minaj verse while riding through the Holland Tunnel is the fact that it was filmed by James Van Der Beek. [TwitVid] ● A Pennsylvania school district issued laptops to their students, then allegedly used webcams to spy on kids in their homes. This is what happens to English teachers who read 1984 with their classes for 20 years straight. [Boing Boing] ● The Family Guy actress with Down Syndrome — Sarah Palin’s Facebook enemy — sent a letter to the New York Times with some saucy words about humor for the ex-governor: “My mother did not carry me around under her arm like a loaf of French bread the way former Governor Palin carries her son Trig around looking for sympathy and votes.” [Gawker]

● Everything about this is sad: At a fashion show, Pam Anderson told a gossip columnist, “I never feel confident. I really don’t love my body.” You mean the woman made of plastic has low self-esteem? [Page Six] ● One man watched 30 chick flicks in 30 days and blogged about it, hoping to learn about women (or at least score a book deal). His takeaway? “Love is tender,” but it’s unclear whether or not that’s a Hugh Grant line. [Asylum] ● Meryl Streep will give the commencement speech at Barnard College this year, because Sandra Bullock sucks. [Columbia Spectator]

The Black List: Michelle Trachtenberg

As the wickedly electric Georgina Sparks on TV’s Gossip Girl, actress Michelle Trachtenberg transformed from Jane Doe into this generation’s Joan Collins. Here, the star of NBC’s upcoming medical drama Mercy sharpens her claws.

1. Peanut butter. Yes, really. 2. The fact that my gay and lesbian friends can’t marry in California. 3. Areas with no BlackBerry reception. 4. People who refer to themselves in the third person. Michelle thinks that’s ridiculous. 5. Mean gossips, haters and bullies. I graduated from high school a long time ago. 6. Paparazzi during the holidays: “No mom, that shopping bag I’m carrying from your favorite store has nothing to do with you. That was a decoy bag to throw you off the scent.” Damn. Plan B? 7. The fact that I’m a Muggle … or am I? 8. People who come up to me and say, “Wow! You are so much prettier in real life!” Newsflash: This is not a compliment. 9. Spotting the guy who looks like he smells like poo while boarding a plane, and then realizing that your initial observation was correct when he sits next to you for a six-hour flight. 10. The fact that this list only has 10 options, so … guyliner (enough said); a warm seat when you first slide into a taxi; Jewish mother guilt (gets you every time); people who say I’m paler than Casper (It’s called porcelain, bitch).

Car: 2009 Aston Martin V8 Vintage Roadster. Ring by Van Cleef & Arpels. Photo by Randall Slavin. Styling by Jodi Leesley. Hair: Jenny Cho @ The Wall Group. Makeup: Fiona Stiles @ The Wall Group.

Links: Michelle Trachtenberg on ‘Gossip Girl,’ Hugh Jackman off ‘Cleo’

● Tom Ford has never been subtle, so it’s no surprise he chose to open his namesake boutique directly across from his former design home, Gucci, on Rodeo Drive. [LATimesBlog] ● Hugh Jackman has dropped out of discussions for Cleo, Steven Soderbergh’s 3-D live-action Elvis-style musical about Cleopatra and her lover Marc Antony. Not gay enough? [Variety] ● The International Center of Photography will debut a yearlong series of exhibits dedicated to fashion photography. [WWD]

● Evidently, British art super-couple Sam Taylor Wood and Jay Jopling are no more; as Jopling has been seen cavorting with singer Lily Allen. [JustJared] ● Harmony Korine’s next project involves an Indian woman with a reversed torso. Enough said. [PageSix] ● For you Gossip Girl fans out there, Michelle Trachtenberg will return as Blake Lively’s rival. [EW]

Shady Business at Sunglass Hut!

Consider this dream: I’m in a small SoHo boutique, say, Sunglass Hut. Twinkling pairs of designer shades surround me. Beside me is my favorite “Gossip Girl” Michelle Trachtenberg and together we are tirelessly trying miles of them on, rummaging through cases of them. Thankfully, I live in New York and things like this occur rather frequently. Yesterday, Trachtenberg, Gen Art, and BlackBook’s Fashion Director Elizabeth Sulcer came together in SoHo’s reinvented Sunglass Hut to host the launch party for Gen Art’s 10th Anniversary Styles Runway and Awards Show. Trachtenberg busied herself with the exploration of the sleek black-and-white interior of the store, perusing the endless selection of eyewear. I jumped at the chance to try the Dolce & Gabbana, Tiffany & Co., and Sunglass Hut’s “Glam New York” collections.


The small space was brimming with chic guests sipping champagne, eating tray snacks, and watching previous GenArt’s Styles Runway and Awards shows, careful to point out contributing designers such as “Project Runway” winner Jay McCarroll, Peter Som, Rodarte, Lulu Frost, and Sari Gueron.


It didn’t exactly fall in line with my dream—Trachtenberg didn’t actually shop with me, per se, and Sulcer wasn’t offering her professional opinion—but as I spilled out into the warm spring weather with the stylish guests posing on SoHo street corners with their new glittering shades, it certainly felt dreamlike.