Event planner extraordinaire, trendspotter/-setter, social activist and philanthropist, rabbit owner and my all-around glamorous gal pal, Beth Stellato, is amazing. We met online, and then in real life, a few years ago, through our blogs -- she writes Just My Cup of Tea -- and threw a couple of parties together. She introduced me to her friend Craig Finn (of The Hold Steady) who later appeared at Upstairs at the Square, a series I help curate, produce and publicize for Barnes & Noble. And we get together now and then because we just click. So even though I have been busy lately, when she invited me out as part of a gathering of her Ladies' Social Society of Brooklyn, I had to say yes. Last night we met at jewelry designer Laura Lobdell's jewelbox Greenwich Village shop, where she showed us work based on her muse, an independent feminine archetype who plays the field, and with fire. I bought a pink gold ring cast from a Champagne cork because it reminds me of Daisy in The Great Gatsby. Afterwards, about ten of us, including Mari Tuttle of Mari's New York and Candice Thompson, designer of LOLAstretch (who turned me on to Gost Trio), went next door to Bobo for a custom mac 'n' cheese menu and a big old bowl of punch and hung out while we made our own macaroni necklaces. Above, me crafting mine, a trashy riff on the twin themes of vice and artifice. What else is there?