I’ll Only Spend Time at The Airport if American Express or Clint Eastwood Invite Me

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There are two things I seek to avoid in life because they are tedious, uncomfortable and incredibly boring. The first is spending excessive time at the airport eating too much  unhealthy food while my behind gets sore from sitting or my nerves give out from handling kids. My childhood awe of planes has long worn off. The second is doing what is called “background” or “extra work” on movie sets. Similar to waiting at the airport for your delayed flight, being an extra can be tedious, mind-numbing work that goes on for hours. 

Could you imagine if you had to do extra work at the airport? That would pretty much take the cake on the world’s most tedious day.

Well it turns out there are two exceptions to my efforts of avoidance. I will spend time at the airport or do extra work there only if American Express or Clint Eastwood invite me.

A few years ago Clint Eastwood was shooting a film in the Bay Area called Hereafter with Matt Damon. The crew put a call out to do background work and I jumped at the opportunity. To spend time on Mr. Eastwood’s set was just something not to be passed up. I ended up being shot right next to the camera crew and was Matt Damon’s cue to come into the scene after I began walking. Um… it was awesome. Clint Eastwood ran a fast and efficient day, was incredibly gracious and even ate his meal with the crew and extras. He was also really (like, really-really) handsome.

My second exception is if American Express invites me to spend time at the airport.

What do you think of when you imagine American Express? For some, debt.. but for me they represent opportunity, perks, service, pride and luxury. My family have long been American Express clients and have continually benefitted from their many rewards programs.

Recently American Express answered the demand of their preferred users to build the Centurion Lounge at San Francisco Airport. While flying there are often few options to relax, work or unwind especially if you are traveling with kids. The new Centurion Lounge fills that void with an expansive restaurant, bar, work area, showers, lounge and even a kid’s playroom with toys, a large flat screen and Xbox.

I had the honor of attending a preview day with Phoebe.

centurion lounge

American Express really rolled out the red carpet for her along with a private car service to the airport, a Centurion Lounge sippy cup, face painting, balloons and a magic show. She really had a great time checking out the space, eating the yummy food, and enjoying the kids lounge. She loved her time at the airport watching the planes come and go.

I was blown away by the lounge and cannot wait to go back and actually use it the next time I travel with my family. While we ate the brunch, which was super yum, I think the lounge really shines for lunch and dinner. The chef is Christopher Kostow the renowned Napa chef at Meadowood.

I want this table!

I want this table!

The American Express Centurion Lounge is the fourth lounge of it’s kind. You have complimentary access if you are a Platinum card member. All other American Express Card holders pay an entry fee of $50.

So I wonder if there are any other juicy details I can tell you about Clint or Amex… nope. Both experiences were pleasant and I have never had more fun at the airport. If only that could happen every time I go.

You can connect with the American Express on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Our Urban Nanny

Chelsea Minichello

I don’t think I ever did a formal post telling you about the new video series I launched with my kid’s nanny Chelsea.

Chelsea came to live with us last May. She helps in the morning getting the girls to school while Steve and I go to work. She then watches Phoebe until I get home at 4.

She is a wonderful nanny and great with the girls, but she has a little extra talent in that she is hilarious.

One day while we were bantering about fashion magazines late at night, I had the idea we should start our own YouTube series. I mean, people watch really stupid stuff on YouTube anyway, so how bad would it be to watch two chicks in San Francisco talk about nothing for 5-10 minutes?

We launched our first episode and over the next several weeks we built a loyal following of two people.

Here’s our most recent episode!

If you would like to watch the entire playlist you can do that here:

Also, I would be really grateful if you would subscribe to our YouTube Channel. I have a collection of our skating videos, videos of the girls and of course Chelsea and I.

You can subscribe HERE.

xoxo

Jen

Executive Photo Bombs

So remember when this happened?

Well hello there Mr Swagger, did you think I was taking a picture of you? #madetomatter event for @target

A photo posted by Jennifer Latch (@oururbanplay) on

That tall drink of water turned out to be the founder of Method Cleaning Products and was co-hosting the event I was attending. I completely embarrassed myself.

Well it turns out I have a knack for taking pictures of the CEO’s or founders of major companies without any actual intention to do so.

Last Thursday I attended the opening of the latest Pottery Barn Teen brick and mortar store in Strawberry Village just north of the Golden Gate Bridge.

PB Teen Mill Valley is a gorgeous space. I was really impressed with the different collaborations they are doing and while it still felt like Pottery Barn, it was fresh, creative, inspiring and fun.

Pottery Barn Teen Mill Valley

Chloe was dancing that night or else I would have brought her with me. I was taking pictures of things I knew she would like to show her when I got home.

They are collaborating with the Junk Gypsies. I love every piece of this line.

PB Teen is collaborating with Junk Gypsy. I love every piece of this line.

I bought her that little meow tray from the Emily &

I bought Chloe that little meow tray from the Emily & Meritt Collection

I did an Instagram shot and then I posted this picture on Facebook:

pottery barn teen mill valley

I didn’t really pay much attention to the tall blonde woman in the corner. She was actually the only person who clearly showed up in any of my shots which is odd considering the place was packed.

Over the weekend while at a friend’s house I found out who she was.

Here is the actual conversation that took place:

“The new Pottery Barn Teen store looks incredible. I can’t wait to check it out. Did you know that you posted a picture of the CEO of Williams-Sonoma on your Facebook Page?”

“What?! Really?”

“Yes, her name is Laura Alber. She started the Pottery Barn Kids division and worked herself up the ranks and she is now the CEO.”

ceo williams sonoma inc

Laura Alber

I burst out laughing because this is now the second time I have posted a picture to social media with an “executive photo bomb”.

Thankfully I didn’t totally embarrass myself this time with some obnoxious comment like, “I’m up here in Marin where every single attendee to this event is 5’10″ and blonde except me.”

I wonder who I’ll accidentally photograph at the next party I go to…

I’m sure my knack is going to land me on every PR list on the planet.

 

p.s. PB Teen totally sold me on their YouTube channel with this video. I’ve been a country convert since I booked my first commercial 7 years ago for a local country music station.