POPSUGAR Play/Ground: The weekend of woman-centered fun we deserve!

Nadine Matthews | 6/14/2018, 11:26 a.m.
In what is sure to become a NYC tradition, last weekend powerhouse women’s lifestyle brand POPSUGAR hosted two days completely ...
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In what is sure to become a NYC tradition, last weekend powerhouse women’s lifestyle brand POPSUGAR hosted two days completely dedicated to wellness, empowerment and self-care for women. Starting with the Women’s March, the largest protest in the history of the United States, to the maturing and mainstreaming of the #MeToo movement, begun so long ago by activist Tarana Burke, it has been a historic past two years for women. Last weekend’s POPSUGAR Play/Ground was all about a female-centered, guilt-free focus on fun!

In between sliding down the adult slide and playing in the ball pit at Manhattan’s Pier 94, POPSUGAR Play/Ground attendees listened to a host of inspirational talks on everything from starting your own business, becoming a social media influencer, shopping on a budget, the latest fashion and makeup trends to personal finance advice and much more. Owner of the Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington gave a talk on disengaging from social media to protect your mental health. A class in mindful meditation also went a long way in teaching attendees how to work toward peace and contentment in their lives. CoverGirl Senior Vice President Ukonwa Ojo gave advice on landing your dream job. Tomi Adeyemi, 24-year-old author of the breakout blockbuster “Children of Blood and Bone,” who has a seven figure book deal and a movie deal, offered advice to writers who want to get their books adapted to film. Former editor at Teen Vogue Elaine Welteroth, chatted with actress, producer and writer Mindy Kaling (“Wrinkle in Time,” “The Mindy Project”) about not being afraid to indulge your ambitions.

Both days began with heart-pumping workouts by celebrity fitness instructor Kayla Itsines. Sunday, Simone De La Rue of Body by Simone added her own workout class. The founder of barre3, Sadie Lincoln, led a custom barre class. For the more namaste-minded, Wanderlust Studios gave a yoga class.

Of course, some of the biggest attractions were top talent from television and media. Tiffany Haddish and Amanda Seales turned the myth of the overnight success on its head as they revealed their long, hard road to “instant fame.” Actresses from a number of the CW shows, Ashleigh Murray (“Riverdale”), Vanessa Morgan (“Riverdale”), Candice Patton (“The Flash”) and Caity Lotz (“Legends of Tomorrow”) talked about the pros and cons of their profession.

Events were split into two loosely themed “stages.” The Play Stage featured all the live musical performances from AlunaGeorge and Tinashe, inspiring talks from celebrity guests and the various workout classes. The Ground Stage featured more intimate workshops and talks with celebrities, influencers and guest speakers for attendees with VIP passes.

A slew of vendors provided ample opportunities to get in lots of retail therapy. Handbags, yoga gear, nail polish, makeup, jewelry, facials, manicures, shoes and more were all on offer. Online hair color conditioning company Overtone generously supplied comfy couches, super-friendly representatives and a handy dandy charging station for those attending who needed to charge their phones while they planned their next stops—a small touch that made the experience that much better.