Last night Tory Burch hosted a party at her Madison Ave. flagship store to celebrate Mindy Kaling’s new book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). What’s the connection, you might wonder? They’re Twitter friends, of course.
The event was on the late side and far away from where I live, but I couldn’t have been more psyched at the chance to meet and talk to Kaling, whom all of us here at Fashionista have a bit of a girl crush on. From her work on The Office, to her original blog Things I’ve Bought That I Love, to her prolific and hilarious Tweeting, her stuff just resonates with us.
We stifled our girl-crush nerves and pulled it together to chat with Kaling, who was dressed in head-to-toe Tory Burch and sipping on Mindy-tinis (the specialty cocktail of the night) about her book, online shopping, getting free shit, and taking prenatal vitamins even though she’s not pregnant. She was charming and gracious and seemed a little bemused by the whole “fashion party” scene (Samantha Ronson was DJing and Charlotte Ronson, Christian Siriano, Rachel Roy, Joe Zee and Michelle Trachtenberg were all there). We feel you.
Anyway, back to the interview.
You write for a living–what made you decide to write your own book?
I’m just a pretty opinionated person and working on The Office I obviously have a venue to write for my character but even between Twitter and The Office I had more to say and I thought, ‘I should just write a book,’ and Crown hired me to do it.
I’m a big fan of your blog and Twitter, what’s your take on writing on the internet?
Most commenters are very mean by nature. It’s much more fun to hate on something than it is to like something. But for Twitter, I don’t think Twitter is a good place for negativity, so I tap into a different side of my life. I actually think Twitter has made me a nicer and more positive person.
We know you love shopping–especially online. [Kaling's brief bio on her book jacket reads as follows, "Mindy Kaling is an Emmy-nomiated writer and actress on NBC's The Office. You can find her on Twitter (@mindykaling) or at her desk pretending to be writing a screenplay but actually online shopping with a memorized credit card number."] Any tips?
Listen, I never buy anything on final sale. The idea of buying anything online on final sale is crazy to me. I don’t understand that at all. I always have to be able to return everything. I have friends who are like ‘Nobody shops anymore, you get things for free!’ and I’m like ‘Who is that famous person who gets everything for free because I’m not that person and I want to be that person.’ Or, at least meet that person.
[Ed. note: We hope she got that Tory Burch outfit for free.]
What’s up with taking prenatal vitamins when you’re not pregnant?
I know they have a extra iron. My only caveat is that if you have too much iron don’t take them. But they’ve done so much for my hair, though, I’ll say that right now some of my hair is not my own hair, but the hair the hair that I do have it’s made look really good.