Guthrie and Oppenheim had reason to celebrate: Their book just hit its second week in the No. 1 spot on the New York Times Bestseller list. And they were joined by a host of NBC stars at the bash at the Nanette Lepore showroom on Thursday.
But Guthrie admitted to Page Six that she feels she still hasn’t perfectly balanced her roles of being a mother and wife, as well as a successful TV journalist.
“Sometimes I feel like I am lacking in an area and I am not doing a good job. Sometimes I feel that way all the time,” she told us, adding, “I feel like every mom feels they wish they could do and be more. But I get out of that rut by remembering that I am pouring everything into my children and they come first.”
Guthrie also shared how she and Oppenheim came up with the concept for the book. “I was just sitting talking to my friend Allison about how our little girls were in the princess phase and we wondered where did that come from and why are they so into it. But we wanted them to talk about what it means to be a young girl in a leadership role. So the pants are just a way to talk about how to get things done.
“It is not that we are anti-princess, we just want every young women to be anything she wants to be — especially a girl of substance.”
As for her daily routine, Guthrie continued, “Sometimes I am in balance sometimes I am out of balance. I try really hard — I know my kids and family come first, and when you know that everything else kind of falls into place.
“I wake up at 3 or 4 a.m. in the morning and I am done by the middle of the day. I play with my kids and put them to bed. As a working mom that is such a blessing.”
As for her own princess phase, “I came out of my princess phase at six for Halloween. The pants are just a metaphor — when you have important things to do you need to wear the pants. The book has a message but it also has a light touch.”
Partygoers toasting Guthrie and Oppenheim included fellow “Today” hosts Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Hoda Kotb, Willie Geist, Sheinelle Jones, Dylan Dreyer and Craig Melvin, as well as Jon Bon Jovi, Deborah Roberts and Andy Lack, the chairman of NBC News and MSNBC.
Guthrie’s husband, Mike Feldman, and Oppenheim’s husband, NBC News President Noah Oppenheim, toasted their wives by telling a story about the dinner where Savannah and Allison came up with the book, while the guys talked about “football and politics.” Mike and Noah said, “The moral of the story is, women are doers!”
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