An Insider’s Guide To The 2014 Cannes Film Festival: What We Saw, Wore & Drank

An Insider's Guide To The 2014 Cannes Film Festival: What I Did, What I Wore, & What I Drank

This year marks the first time The Gloss has attended the Cannes Film Festival with Stella Artois–as well as my first week away from the continent of North America–and my, what an experience it has been. Today is my last day and while I am sad to leave, this has been one of the most fantastic week I’ve ever had. Here’s a look at what Cannes was like through the eyes of an insider, complete with tons of photos of what we did and how we did it–including some of Ryan Gosling, IRL. (Photos of myself fainting not included.)

1. This is Cannes. It looks like a stock photo, it’s so beautiful.An Insider's Guide To The 2014 Cannes Film Festival: What I Did, What I Wore, & What I Drank

2. There are boats and yachts all over the place, and they range from adorable to striking in size. There’s even a yacht with a submarine inside, which one can only assume would make for the best VIP room ever.

An Insider's Guide To The 2014 Cannes Film Festival: What I Did, What I Wore, & What I Drank

3. We were lucky enough to attend multiple premieres, the first of which was for Foxcatcher, the film I reviewed the other day that featured Steve Carell‘s incredible transformation into millionaire John du Pont. For the record, I wore my twelfth grade prom dress on the red carpet. Thanks, 2008 Macy’s in Syracuse, NY!

An Insider's Guide To The 2014 Cannes Film Festival: What I Did, What I Wore, & What I Drank

4. Naturally, I took a few red carpet selfies. After all, I #CannesNotFeelShame (regarding selfies or bad puns)…

An Insider's Guide To The 2014 Cannes Film Festival: What I Did, What I Wore, & What I Drank

5. …Including one with Steve Mazzucchi of Made Man, one of our sibling sites. He opted for a top hat and a dastardly mustache for the festival.

An Insider's Guide To The 2014 Cannes Film Festival: What I Did, What I Wore, & What I Drank

6. In addition to seeing movies, I also got to learn a ton about beer from Stella Artois, including how to pour the perfect beer. There’s even a global competition called the World Draught Master Championship where competitors from all over the world compete to see who is able to pour Stella Artois into its namesake chalice the best. This year, a awesome Belgian woman named Marjolein Geuens won.

Photo: Michael Buckner/Getty Images

Photo: Michael Buckner/Getty Images

7. At Cannes–which Stella Artois has been an official partner of for a full 13 years now–they taught us how to do the perfect pour. It’s a nine-step process, but it’s surprisingly easy once you get the hang of it. Here’s me practicing:

An Insider's Guide To The 2014 Cannes Film Festival: What I Did, What I Wore, & What I Drank

8. And get the hang of it we did!

An Insider's Guide To The 2014 Cannes Film Festival: What I Did, What I Wore, & What I Drank

9. We paired the beer with lots of excellent food, including my favorite meal of the day: dessert.

An Insider's Guide To The 2014 Cannes Film Festival: What I Did, What I Wore, & What I Drank

10. On my second day there, our group attended the premiere of Lost River, Ryan Gosling‘s directorial debut, the review of which I wrote here. BTW, I strongly recommend getting a gel manicure for film festivals (I’ve got on Gelish in Tahiti Hottie here); my nails were fine throughout the whole week, but because I wore regular stuff on my toes, I wound up repainting them a million times.

An Insider's Guide To The 2014 Cannes Film Festival: What I Did, What I Wore, & What I Drank

11. For that premiere, which had a semi-formal attire guideline, I picked a White House Black Market chiffon sleeve shift dress and a Coach bag.

An Insider's Guide To The 2014 Cannes Film Festival: What I Did, What I Wore, & What I Drank

12. I also learned that perhaps I should be better about using shoe insoles and anti-blister tape. Ahem:

An Insider's Guide To The 2014 Cannes Film Festival: What I Did, What I Wore, & What I Drank

13. I happened to love Lost River, but I also admittedly loved seeing Ryan Gosling and Christina Hendricks IRL almost as much.

An Insider's Guide To The 2014 Cannes Film Festival: What I Did, What I Wore, & What I Drank

14. By the way, I have a natural talent for snagging photos of people at awkward moments (it’s not a malicious thing, I’m just really bad at taking decent pictures). As a result of this affinity, I got a picture of Ryan Gosling wiping his nose. And yes, he still looks glorious.

An Insider's Guide To The 2014 Cannes Film Festival: What I Did, What I Wore, & What I Drank

15. I mean, really, whose jawline is allowed to be this nice?

An Insider's Guide To The 2014 Cannes Film Festival: What I Did, What I Wore, & What I Drank

16. And I wasn’t the only one freaking out. Just look at this frenzy:

An Insider's Guide To The 2014 Cannes Film Festival: What I Did, What I Wore, & What I Drank

17. Speaking of which, red carpets are kind of crazy themselves. There’s this organized chaos all over the place that is both intimidating and exhilarating:

An Insider's Guide To The 2014 Cannes Film Festival: What I Did, What I Wore, & What I Drank18. Still, it’s fun to feel like a celebrity for a moment or two!

An Insider's Guide To The 2014 Cannes Film Festival: What I Did, What I Wore, & What I Drank

19. And the actual celebrity fashion has been amazing, hasn’t it? From Blake Lively basically making a style icon comeback via Cannes to some seriously gorgeous braids like that of Eva Longoria, there’s just been nonstop beautiful looks here.

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20. But it’s also great to relax every once in a while and meet new folks. To my left is Emma Dibdin of Digital Spy and to my right is Ann Lee of Metro, both of whom also joined up with Stella Artois for Cannes. They know more about movies than I do, so it was fun to both listen to and read their opinions on all the movies they saw at the festival, while I got to share with them my thoughts on skincare and binge dating.

An Insider's Guide To The 2014 Cannes Film Festival: What I Did, What I Wore, & What I Drank

21. Where’s a monocle when you need it?

An Insider's Guide To The 2014 Cannes Film Festival: What I Did, What I Wore, & What I Drank

22. As for what I brought along, I already showed you guys exactly what I’ve been lugging around in my purse:

What's in my bag Cannes 2014

23. But here are a few of my hotel essentials: Fekkai Blowout Hair Refresher Dry Shampoo, Broo Hydrating Porter Shampoo and Conditioner, and Giovanni Eco Chic Cosmetics Ultra Volume Super Potion. Not pictured: All the Kit Kats I’ve been eating.

An Insider's Guide To The 2014 Cannes Film Festival: What I Did, What I Wore, What I Drank

24. After all, I had to make my hair all sorts of big for the fun photobooth pics! Although, of course, I just had to make silly faces. I couldn’t help it.

An Insider's Guide To The 2014 Cannes Film Festival: What I Did, What I Wore, & What I Drank

25. Oh, and by the way: the prawns here are ENORMOUS. For those of you who don’t know, I am freaked out by shrimp, but these were just too regal to not snap photos of:

An Insider's Guide To The 2014 Cannes Film Festival: What I Did, What I Wore, & What I Drank

26. Overall, my first trip out of the country has been a total fun fest, and I hope someday to return to France. Thanks for the memories, Cannes!An Insider's Guide To The 2014 Cannes Film Festival: What I Did, What I Wore, & What I Drank

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    • Jenni

      Cats?

      • Samantha Escobar

        I have literally not seen one cat since I got here. But as I type this, there is a pigeon who’s been hanging out with me while I work for two hours. No joke. He’s adorable, so I think I will call him Francois for obvious reasons.

      • Jenni

        Cats!

      • Samantha Escobar

        Cats :(

    • keanesian

      You look so cute on the red carpet!

      • Samantha Escobar

        Thanks Meghan! :D

    • LynnKell

      You look so good in every picture!! That really looks like a wonderful trip

      • Samantha Escobar

        Thank you so much! It really, really has been so much fun. I think it officially led me to catch the travel bug everyone’s always talking about.

    • bluer_than_you

      you look gorgeous, seriously. (I’m hitting on ou, by the way, and I know you won’t get all squeamish, since you’re bi…a girl can dream!)

      • Samantha Escobar

        Not remotely squeamish! Also, gosh I love your username, hahaha.

      • bluer_than_you

        well, thanks! too bad I live in Italy…I would have asked you out! By the way, keep on paying compliments to girls when you feel like it…you never know. I’m trying that and I hope it’ll work soon. I can’t possibly imagine someone running away from you anyway! ok, I’ll stop now :D

    • Stino

      I don’t know how I suddenly got onto this site. But this article pleased me. Lookin’ good!

      • Samantha Escobar

        I’m so glad you enjoyed it, and glad you popped onto our corner of the web, however unexpectedly it was! :)

      • Stino

        Can I ask how you were invited into this adventure ?

      • GeoBarbara

        You apply for and get a press (media) pass or you are invited as part of the production team of a film. My application didn’t have enough portfolio behind it to get approved but my husband and I were going to be there anyway. Lousy weather but quite beautiful and occasionally zoo-like. Ate at Chez Freddy’s.

    • ScarletRegina

      You look like you had so much fun!

    • nice

      You dress classy…that is refreshing nowdays. I wish more women would wear normal clothes.

    • Heidi Haaland

      Where did you get those sunglasses? l want them.

    • Martina

      You rock the red carpet. (I don’t know how I got on this site either, btw….)

    • j4ckl3

      Clicked on this link by accident. Interesting but not one of those things I ever understood the facination of. Give me a tent and a sleeping bag and let me go camping someplace remote.

    • Timmy!

      HOT!

    • http://www.welldrawndog.com Adam Bradley

      I think I saw you there … that tat is pretty unforgettable.

      • Samantha Escobar

        Haha, I just saw this. That’s awesome that you saw me! :D

    • Rick Stransky

      this author is very sweet. wish I had a girlfriend this sweet.