I was asked to interview Sydney Sadick for a Costume Council of The Chicago History Museum event on Tuesday, December 8th (see detailed information at the bottom of this post it is a not to be missed event!) I of course agreed, as you know my loyalties are deep with the organization. To get to know each other we arranged a phone chat last week. I’ll be honest with you I had no idea what to expect, I had read the book, so was a bit prepped for the call. Well all I can say is she had me at Hello! What a charming, delightful, savvy young lady. I immediately wanted to share her with all of you and asked her if she would answer my Profile Questionnaire…she agreed….now you can meet Sydney….enjoy!
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB
I landed an internship at the Daily Front Row, the long-running bible of New York Fashion Week. They quickly submersed me into the fashion industry, sitting front row at NYFW, covering events like the Met Ball, interviewing celebs and designers. It was truly the job to put me on the fashion map and was certainly a great platform.
BRIEFLY DESCRIBE YOUR MOST RECENT OCCUPATION
I’m an on-air fashion and lifestyle expert, regularly hosting fashion segments for shows like the Today Show, E! News, E! Daily Pop, Inside Edition, NBC New York Live, Good Morning Washington, and more. I present fashion trends under $100 as well as commentate on red carpet fashion. Additionally, I host a daily Instagram live show called Lunchtime with Sydney to make people feel less along during the quarantine lunchbreaks (@SydneySadick) where each day I bring on a different guests, like: Tiger King’s Carole Baskin, designer Isaac Mizrahi, artist Ashley Longshore, journalist Mika Brzezinski, actress Jaclyn Smith, shoe mogul Steve Madden, etc. And, I just launched my debut book, Aim High: How to Style Your Life and Achieve Your Goals! Plus, I host weekly Instagram lives on Fridays—a spinoff of LTWS—for the Today Show’s new millennial platform, TMRWxToday.
WHEN DID YOU DISCOVER YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION OF YOUR TALENT
I noticed my ability to be confident on-camera when I was in high school. I was in our broadcast journalism club, and I fell in love with telling stories.
WHEN DID YOU KNOW YOU HAD “MADE IT” EXPLAIN
I honestly feel like I’m on this ladder that I’m constantly climbing and don’t want to stop climbing. I love challenging myself to do bigger and better things every single year, butappearing on Hoda & Jenna (the Today Show) for the first time definitely changed things.
HOW YOUR ORIGINAL PASSION BROUGHT YOU TO WHERE YOU ARE NOW
I’ve always had a love for fashion and telling stories. Every step I’ve taken, starting out from the class I decided to take at Harvard University Summer School as a high school student to a student at George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs to my first job out of college as an editor at the Daily Front Row…all of these steps have served as platforms to where I am today.
WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN YOUR ALTERNATE CHOICE AS A CAREER….WAS THERE ONE
I’ve always flirted with the idea of being an FBI agent. It’s not fully off my list yet of things I’d like to do at some point.
YOUR FAVORITE BOOK, MOVIE, LIST THE FOLLOWING,IN ORDER OF PREFERENCE…THEATER (LEGIT, MUSICALS), BALLET, OPERA, SYMPHONY, TYPE OF MUSIC YOU LIKE TO LISTEN TO, LOCAL RESTAURANT
I have many favorite movies: My Best Friend’s Wedding, Pretty Woman, Serendipity, The Holiday. I listen to a lot of dance/house music, like Galantis. It basically sounds like a dance party wherever I go. I must admit I loved the Fifty Shades of Grey series. I enjoy every single show on Broadway, and I really do miss going because I used to go so much pre-Covid, but I particularly loved Tootsie!
I’ve played the piano since I was 5. I love playing tennis. Traveling was a huge part of my life pre-covid. I also like to knit.
HOME….MODERN, TRADITIONAL, ANTIQUES (WHAT ERA) ECLECTIC DESCRIBE
My city home is very traditional, old-school sort of New York. I’ve currently been spending lots of time in my family’s Hamptons home which is modern. I would say I’m more modern and when it becomes more realistic to lie full-time in Manhattan again, I would like to transition to a more modern aesthetic.
WHO WOULD YOU HAVE AT YOUR FANTASY DINNER (LIVING OR DEAD AND BE SURE TO INCLUDE YOURSELF!) AND WHAT WOULD YOU SERVE (10-12 GUESTS)
Me, Jennifer Lopez, Michelle Obama, Miss Piggy, Ryan Seacrest, Wolf Blitzer, Dolly Parton, Bradley Cooper, Oscar de la Renta, John Mayor, Amal Clooney, and Jamie Foxx. I would have Cipriani cater a luncheon comprised of all of their delicious pastas, Bellini’s, their cucumber, corn, and tomato salad, the beet, goat cheese, and asparagus salad, and their famous meringue cake with cappaucinos and espresso
FAVORITE VACATION SPOT VISITED AND/OR ON YOUR GO TO LIST
I regularly travel to London and Paris for getaways with my family. I love all of the restaurants, shopping, the museums, culture. Dubai is probably my favorite place I’ve ever been to. It’s so futuristic and exciting. Palm Beach is where I spend most of my free time. My family has had a home there since I was born and it’s like a second home. I love dining at classics like Café L’Europe and Renato’s, shopping on Worth Avenue and just lounging at the pool at our home.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING MOST IN YOUR FREE TIME?
These days, talking to my friends over Facetime. I really miss being out and about and just living life, going to fun places. I’m also currently enjoying Schitt’s Creek and watching fun holiday movies.
FAVORITE WORK OF PUBLIC ART
HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED
I first and foremost want to be remembered as someone who was always kind and treated everyone with respect. Aside from that, I want to be known as the best in my field, for breaking boundaries in media and fashion and paving the way for future generations to go after their dreams in these fields too. And eventually, being a great wife and mom, but that’s far out. Ha!
A FAVORITE RECIPE
I’m like Carrie Bradshaw, sorry, I don’t cook! But my mom is an incredible cook—it skips generations in our family—and seriously should be a chef. I love her sweet and sour meatballs with plum jam over buttered noodles, her mini chocolate cheesecake cupcakes, and her amazing Thanksgiving dinner!
ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF SYDNEY SADICK