Welcome to the Smart Set: Every morning, we bring you the gossip coverage filtered. Today: Prince Harry and Chelsy Davy spend quality time together at Princess Eugenie's birthday, the best lines from Saturday's Gridiron Club dinner, and January Jones explains why she was eating her placenta in capsule form on the set of Mad Men.
Prince Harry was apparently "locked in conversation" with Chelsy Davy, his ex-girlfriend, at Princess Eugenie's birthday party over the weekend. This has understandably prompted speculation that the two are still madly in love with each other and will soon be reuniting to give the world -- and Shepherd Smith fans -- another royal wedding. Adding to the intrigue is the fact that Harry was wearing a silver pendant given to him by Chelsy during his recent jaunt through the Caribbean and Central America. [The Daily Beast]
Rick Perry killed -- killed, Jerry -- at the Gridiron Club dinner in D.C. Saturday night, telling lots of funny jokes about his own not-so hot attempt to secure the GOP presidential nomination and also dinging the overall quality of the Republican field. ("[T]he weakest Republican field in history, and they kicked my butt!”) Funny, and, depending on your perspective, either self-deprecating or self-loathing. In addition to the wit and wisdom of Rick Perry, there were also Mitt Romney jokes, including not one but two song parodies prominently featuring the former Massachusetts governor. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, subbing for President Obama, even (gently) got in on the Romney-bashing, joking that: "DoD recently completed a 65-year project to develop a cutting-edge robot. Initial testing wasn’t good, but Mitt Romney’s performance is improving.” Other highlights came from Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who might be entering the culture wars -- Robert De Niro style -- after she joked, "Trust me, I know what it’s like to have Eric Cantor breathing down your neck. That’s why I stopped using JDate.” [The Reliable Source]
Noted Hollywood divorcée Sandra Bullock spent a night out with noted soon-to-be-divorcée Heidi Klum at Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills. The two had dinner, and according to a source, also engaged in a bit of midwestern power drinking, A witness says that before piling into their car, "the girls had two shots of tequila each -- and they high-fived both times!" Frat-tastic. [Us Weekly]
This is encouraging: the "spotty" cell phone reception at Michael's, the midtown Manhattan restaurant where media types come together to see and be seen and occasionally eat lunch, has been very much improved. Credit should go to Niche Media founder Jason Binn, who "enlisted Gilt Groupe CEO Kevin Ryan’s top tech team" to fix the restaurant's formerly crummy reception, which, as per usual, was particularly bad for the poor saps with AT&T. Stephen Millington, the restaurant's general manager, says he is happy with the improvements, though he still worries about "mobile phone etiquette at the table.” Dont we all? [Page Six]
It seems that when January Jones returned to the Mad Men set last September after giving birth, but she kept her energy up by eating her placenta in capsule form. That's right. "Your placenta gets dehydrated and made into vitamins,” she explained to People. “It’s something I was very hesitant about, but we’re the only mammals who don’t ingest our own placentas.” Jones added that, in addition to being officially sanctioned by members of the animal kingdom, the placenta eating was ""not witch-crafty or anything!" [People]
Bookforum editor Chris Lehmann is engaged. He also landed a book deal. Both of these things happened within the same week -- that being last week -- which we think counts as a highly productive few days. [Fishbowl DC]
Lots of star power (for D.C.) at Bourbon Steak in Georgetown last night. Among the famous faces in the room, but not breaking bread together: Robert Redford, Ken Burns, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, and former Bloomberg News White House correspondent Richard Keil. [Playbook]