Lately

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lower east side
lower east side
NYC lately on the Lower East Side.
This has been the toughest winter I’ve experienced since moving to NYC. I’ve found myself complaining about it way too often. Luckily spring is only 26 days away and I will be a very happy person again. Until then, I’m relying on Netflix, VUDU and the RealReal to keep me occupied.

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The Bowery Mural

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maya hayuk bowery wall
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The Bowery Mural.
Maya Hayuk’s geometric mural has been up at the corner of Houston and Bowery for about two weeks now. It’s quite the beauty with bold lines and vibrant pops of color. Unfortunately, some hooligans felt the urge to tag over it already…and there goes the neighborhood.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman Mural

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Philip Seymour Hoffman mural, E 1st St.

I walked by this mural while in the East Village earlier this afternoon. Rest in peace Philip Seymour Hoffman, your brilliance and talent will be remembered forever.

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Winter White

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mexicomexico white
Throwback to a vacation in Mexico with my favorite shades of white that I’d love to see right now. In about one hour it’s going to begin snowing a g a i n! My morning commute on the 6 is going to be awesome. Last Tuesday I waited underground for 40 minutes, only to give up and walk 20 blocks at a snail’s speed because the sidewalks were so slushy and icy.

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February Wish List

red ray bans
In the midst of yet another snowfall here in NYC, I’m crushing so hard on these rosy red lens Ray Ban aviators. They’re sold out and it’s a tragedy. They’re 100% the sunglasses of my dreams. Aviators + my favorite color red = perfection.

They also remind me of a sunny version of this line:

“Here’s to alcohol, the rose colored glasses of life.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Beautiful and Damned

There are a few pairs on eBay currently, but I’m wary of their authenticity, and that website in general.

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Happy Lunar New Year!

year of the horse
chinese new year parade 2014 nyc
chinese new year 2014
Sunday was the parade in NYC for the Chinese New Year. Hello year of the Horse, I’m looking forward to all the good luck and tidings that you will bring. I slept in super late that morning and only caught the very end of the parade, but that didn’t keep us down. Within minutes we were covered in confetti, literally. The lunar new year celebration is so much more fun, meaningful and spiritual compared to our traditional one day festivities on December 31st.
year of the horse

I’m a Horse, so this year is extra special for me and I can already feel it. I’ve been wearing this horse shoe necklace I received as a gift almost daily—it makes me feel oh so happy and lucky.

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The Super Bowl XLVIII in NYC

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super bowl nyc
super bowl nyc
super bowl nyc

NYC has had some extra special energy this week that can only come from hosting the Super Bowl. Gooooooo Seahawks!

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Everyone loves birthdays…

birthday
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birthday donuts

Everyone loves birthdays…

And Truffle Mac-n-Cheese, lobster tacos and fig vodka from Sons of Essex…

And perfectly crafted cocktails from Lovers of Today (and speakeasies in general and any beverage served in a coupe)…

And beautiful donut towers…

And birthday wishes and cards from all my favorite people…

I’m so grateful for everyone who made my day special.

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Still Winter

kobra mural
illustration pens

My West Coast friends are killing me with their endless Instagram posts of beach days and palm trees. I’ve never been more ready for spring in my entire life.

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Long Island City

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long island city create urban queens
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long island city boarded up queens
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long island city nyc moma ps1
A few extra photos from my recent afternoon in Long Island City over this past weekend. First of all, it was a pleasant surprise to learn that LIC is just one quick stop away on the subway – I was mentally prepared to be on the subway forever. Secondly, LIC is very urban and gritty with lots of graffiti and boarded up windows. It could serve as the perfect backdrop for a film or photo shoot. With the MoMA PS1 and street banners on every corner with “CREATE” signage, I wonder if this will be a new artist’s district in the near future?  Yes, I’m obsessed with all things urban lately. I find beauty in the unconventional and urban has always represented city to me, and city has always been one of my biggest sources of inspiration.

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