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

dunkin donuts super bowl donuts
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
lovers of today east village
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

moma ps1
long island city create urban
long island city create urban queens
space womb long island city
long island city boarded up queens
long island city desolatelong island city street art
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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Mike Kelley at MoMA PS1

mike kelley deodorized central mass with satellites
mike kelley artist stuffed animals
mike kelley day is done
mike kelley day is done film
mike kelley mosaic artmike kelley mosaic art
moma ps1
Knowing that Mike Kelley’s largest exhibit ever was on the verge of closing, we trekked over to MoMA PS1 in Queens (Long Island City) yesterday to view Mike Kelley, a 40,000 square feet retrospective of the artist’s work. Every room offered a surprise and a new medium. His work ranges from complex installations to film, painting, drawing and mosaic sculptures, and all my senses could feel the experience. I’m so grateful I was able to see this exhibition, it’s thus far been the most powerful works I’ve seen since moving to New York.

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Urban

chelsea nyc urban
highline views chelsea
highline nyc
chelsea nyc
kobra street art
highline nyc

Some images from a cold, cold, cold day in Chelsea a few days ago. Weekends lately have involved bundling and heading out to view as much art as possible, exploring and finding inspiration for my own work. I’ve loved the grungy urban vibes of Chelsea since I was a young girl. Everywhere I go in this neighborhood I can find amazing art. Street art from talent like Kobra, fine art, even installation art like the High Line, an abandoned train track re-purposed into a beautiful, usable space.

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Being present

christmas trees nyc
It’s a little bittersweet to see the streets lined with discarded old Christmas trees because they bring back memories of the holidays. I’m OK with things being back to normal though. Work is going to be insane (in a good way) for the next 6-8 weeks with a few projects going on simultaneously. I’m excited and ready for the challenge. I’m also looking forward to planning a relaxing vacation shortly after. When there are fun events on the horizon I’m a more motivated and happy version of myself.

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Holiday Party 2014

My company’s 2014 holiday party was held last night in the Grand Ballroom at the Waldorf Astoria. Everything was incredibly beautiful and decadent, and inspired by the 1920’s.
holiday pary
Lots of bubbly: (and wine and vodka etc.. cue today’s hangover)
holiday party waldorf
Sara Bareilles is amazingly talented and hilarious. She killed it. No band, just her lovely self and a piano.
sara bareilles
The Fray performed a few songs from their new upcoming album as well as some of their most popular songs.
the fray 2014 new york

It’s always so much fun to celebrate with the ones you work with so closely all year long, as they really are your second family in essence.

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