Meet Pete

Leandra Medine | April 23, 2012
Honey, I’m home. Well, not home per se but most certainly airborne and so what better time to recapitulate the very, very important moments of the weekend that sit freshly behind us than right now sandwiched between two sleeping clowns. No better time is the answer to that. None. Ultimately though, there’s only one important thing that I should share and if you’re quick on the uptake–that is to say Twitter friendly–you likely already know what this is about. You may even be thinking: she’s taking this personification of plastic flamingo thing too far. You’re probably not wrong but he’s not plastic, assholes regardless, world, meet Peter Gabriel. He’s not related to the famous one–though this one is likely going to top the socialite ranks of New York City fairly fast. He’s lean and shit. We met on Saturday afternoon in Palm Springs at a Rolling Stone, Milk Studios and Havaianas hosted pool party. He was standing in the grass looking leggy, peculiarly pink, beak up and super fancy. I looked at him, he looked at me and in that moment a friendship was born.

As it happens, I had to remove his legs in order to remain assured he wouldn’t run away. This induced a sort of awkward patch of time between us but we resolved the issues quicky–I told him he could remove my arms if he felt so inclined. He didn’t though and instead just spent copious time slung over my shoulder, in some instances even came forward so to perfect my emulating a certain Bjorn. Last night we danced to Calvin Harris and then held hands–this was actually more beak to hand than anything–at Florence and The Machine only to finally find ourselves amid a cloud of Dre and Snoop fostered illegal smoke and ultimately in Tupac’s digital presence. Through it all, he was a champ and so when we went home, I gave him a cracker. We gave it some thought and he may actually start his own blog, we’re thinking Flamingo Pete and The City. We’re also sitting together on flight–he says hi. I’m not kidding.

  • Miss K

    Calvin Harris, my hero!

  • Natasha Fatah

    Interesting accessory choices. 😉

    ~Natasha Fatah~

  • Loes Elizabeth

    The picture of you and Peter Gabriel asleep was genius! x

  • danielle

    you have lost it. and i love you.

  • Britt+Whit

    hahah yes! you have found you official mascot! very fitting! love it

    love from San Francisco,

  • .Tinacious Me.

    haha hi pete! you guys look fabulous!
    xo, Tina

  • Fashion Agony

    You look hilarious! 🙂


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  • Theresa

    Lmao! You're too much! Love it! 🙂 Hi Pete! And sounds like you both had a blast at Coachella! 🙂


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  • MONI

    you are too much ! in the best way ever

  • sunny

    I completely understand. I've always had a thing for flamingo's!
    Looking forward to seeing your Coachella outfits!

  • betty

    hahaha ur crazyy !!! love it x

  • Joana

    I laughed a lil bit seeing this pic, but you can pull off just about anything! I love the pinkness and the blueness hehe

    xo Joana

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    I would follow flamingo Pete…….!
    Brooke @ what2wear,

  • servinupstyle

    Flamingos are so hot right now.


  • FashionableAsians

    I know it was 4/20 but damn girl how much weed did you smoke? lol! jk

  • Reptilia

    Hahahaha this photo is hilarious!!


  • Jolie Jouel

    "I had to remove his legs in order to remain assured he wouldn't run away." Hilarious!

  • Fiorenza

    A good friend is worth his weight in gold! great new friend but it look not so much heavy ..;)

    kisskis from italy

  • Gabrielle @ LookSharpSconnie

    This is the first post I laughed out loud at. I honestly cannot believe how adept you are at comedic writing.

    I cannot wait to read your book – even if I have not the slightest idea of on what it will be based.

    Will Flamingo Pete make three thematically-cliche friends in this city, or will he go the King Kong route and just demolish the place all at once?



  • WearAbouts

    you're too much Leandra 🙂 Where do you COME UP with these crazy ideas for blog posts? 🙂

  • Irina Bugai

    So fun! Love your post they are always so cool and unusual! You're the best!

  • Charlotte Wilder

    I think Pete and I could be really good friends. Just saying; he looks like the kind of guy who could go grab a beer and watch a sports game, but also really appreciate an evening stroll between gallery shows, you know?

    I'm not single, but if I were…


  • Mariana

    The sky's the limit Pete (Sorry you had to lose your legs).
    Welcome to the jungle- er city- blog? 🙂
    Calloo, callay!

  • Lotus Blossom Design

    How the heck did they let Pete on the plane? Pete's poor legs. You should've made them into earrings.

  • Alisuca

    do you think it's really going to work out between you two? I mean I'm not sure how he'll hold up with that NY weather. Might need to get him a tanning membership so as to not get SAD (seasonal affective disorder).

    haha love your stories, wish I could be on the kind of high you are when writing these posts


  • Yevgeniya Yelkina

    absolutely loved following your coachella experiance! youre the bomb diggidy petey is a lucky man


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    the things I'd do to be in your head–where do you come up with this sht!?!?!?!?

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    I live above the influence <3<3

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  • Mahmoud

    Ok i really must say that your blog is THE SHIT (no pun intended)!

    You def need to get on a plane and come to Dubai, and bring Pete with you.
    If you and I sat together, the crazy shit that would go down would be pure GOLD!

    looking forward to meeting you one day.


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    Reading you in the morning in the best way to open a day. And giggle.

  • Bonnie,Clyde and Marni…..

    you look amazing!!!! love Pete!!!!

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  • Sharon

    Haha, your personal mascotte!


  • anna

    I don't understand that thing you have with flamingos… but it's funny!

    btw, I really like the color of your purse, well, I really like your purse!

  • Rachael

    Brilliant, I hope you realise he gets his pink colour from special foods so maybe he can only eat oink Jelly Belly's and drink pink margaritas?

  • Thrill Of The Chaise

    Hey Pete. Welcome to New York.


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  • Lydia

    Pete's cute, but your crown is way cuter.

  • Anonymous

    cosign this one! xxo

  • Leah

    It's true love. Marriage plans?

  • TeuntjeVDW

    You and Pete are a cute couple! xx.

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    Hi Pete

  • bryanna

    I love the headband, but know that I could make it myself for less than $20. In fact, I will make it. Thanks MR!

  • Anonymous

    PEEEEEEEEEETE!!! I have an ex boyfriend named Pete.

  • Neijah

    SOooooooo many flamingos at Coachella. Obviously Pete was the coolest.


  • Ms.Fashionista

    Omg you make me want to fall on the floor laughing till I die. I loved your Instagram shots 🙂 Your sunnies & bag are almost as cute as your new friend!



  • LCM

    Love that the Pete saga continues from your instagram 🙂

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  • Jasmine Nicole

    Can't wait to see Peter Gabriel's first layering post hahaha

  • Kirby

    Hahahaha… your work!!

    Look forward to seeing more of Pete!!


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    Hello Pete :)) hehe

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