Monday, January 31, 2011

Small things

libra (silver)

Elephantine's jewelry is simple, delicate, and gorgeous.  This ring caught my eye today.  It's also available in gold and looks more substantial stacked in multiples.  Elephantine's blog is a fantastic read and if you have the time, go take a look.  

libra (silver)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

I really did not feel okay about any of this, and there was really nothing I could do about any of it. (Miranda July)

Do you know Miranda July?

If not, you really should get to know her.

She's a "good at lots of things" kind of artist.  I find it all inspiring, witty, and beautiful.

Her writing:

"Are you angry? Punch a pillow. Was it satisfying? Not hardly. These days people are too angry for punching. What you might try is stabbing. Take an old pillow and lay it on the front lawn. Stab it with a big pointy knife. Again and again and again. Stab hard enough for the point of the knife to go into the ground. Stab until the pillow is gone and you are just stabbing the earth again and again, as if you want to kill it for continuing to spin, as if you are getting revenge for having to live on this planet day after day, alone." 
      Miranda July (No One Belongs Here More Than You)

"I laughed and said, Life is easy. What I meant was, Life is easy with you here, and when you leave, it will be hard again."
      Miranda July (No One Belongs Here More Than You)

"That is my problem with life, I rush through it, like I'm being chased. Even things whose whole point is slowness, like drinking relaxing tea. When I drink relaxing tea I suck it down as if I'm in a contest for who can drink relaxing tea the quickest." 
 Miranda July

Her art:

The Hallway from The Hallway on Vimeo.

And so much more.

Missed connections

I've been following Sophie Blackall's Missed Connections blog for the last year or so.  I don't remember how I got to her site (maybe through A Cup of Joe?) but I'm glad that I got to it.  Sophie Blackall creates paintings based on Missed Connections posts from NY's Craigslist.  She creates prints of these paintings and has them, as well as some paintings, up for sale in her Etsy shop.

She is currently offering 20% off all prints from now until Valentine's Day with the coupon VALENTINE2011.  Just enter the coupon at checkout to apply the discount.

Some of my favorites:

When I Put Your Coat Collar Up

We Shared a Bear Suit

Knitting Girl on 7 Train to Sunnyside

My Dreamy Neighbor

Here's a short video on Sophie Blackall.  Makes New York seem that much more romantic and sweet and small.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Currently Coveting: Erica Weiner Jewelry

Herkimer Diamond Solitare

A couple of years ago I came across Erica Weiner's jewelry site.  (I believe I found it through this article.)  I immediately fell in love with the Herkimer Diamond Solitaire.  The raw and imperfect quality of the stone as well as the cheeky inspiration for the ring design won me over.  I've worn this ring nearly every day since I purchased it and have received many compliments over the years. 

Since then, Erica Weiner Jewelry has grown to inhabit their own brick and morter shop in Nolita.  They've also added one of a kind fine antique jewelry and vintage jewelry along with their own original designs.  You can make purchases through their online shop if you are not in the New York area.  You can also keep up with their shop updates and recent news through their blog.  Here are a few of my favorites from their site.

Bent Feather Ring (Silver)

Marion Love Token Necklace

Twig Bangle Bracelet (Silver)

 Crystal Spike Earrings

173 Elizabeth Street
New York, NY 10002
Between Spring/Kenmare Streets

Signal to Noise

Looking down onto the first floor
At the Museum of Moving Image

This past weekend, J was back in Brooklyn for the long weekend.  We went to Astoria for the Museum of the Moving Image's inaugural Signal to Noise party.  The museum had undergone three year's worth of renovations and reopened over weekend.  There was a lot of special performances happening on all floors of the museum.  There were also a number of interactive exhibits.  Some of what we did:

Stop motion animation at the Museum of the Moving Image

We made a stop motion animation film.

Final Product

We overdubbed scenes from movies.


We danced and danced.

More audience participation

The museum has a number of really great events coming up.  Most recently, they had a screening of The King's Speech, completely with a discussion panel with members of the cast (including Colin Firth).  The museum is really fun and worth multiple trips as their exhibits are ever changing.

Friday, January 14, 2011

The mens

I get the Twitters tweetin’.
I get the Tumblrs tumblin’.
Y’all get shot at.
@Reply me, homie.
I do the shooting.
See you street skeezers at (capsule).
I do the recruiting.
Did y’all motherfuckers see that collabo with Gents Quart?
Meta steez.
On some serious next level self-referential shit.
Crispyest drop in a minute for real, real.
You probably think that real G’s move in silence.
Like J-Wil.
Well, fuck that noise.
Or lack thereof.
My speakers go hammer.
Had no idea that work had even gone live.
I was busy tearing the motherfucking roof off Magic City.
Going ham with Brick Squad.
Juaquin and me.
Making it thunderstorm.
Silk squares raining down.
While these skrippers do it with no hands.
Radric and Otis.
Suited and booted.
Ed Greens looking all tough.
Lardini with the tags still hanging off.
Slapping the weave off your baby mama.
If she thinks it’s okay to put her paws on soft shoulders.
Neapolitan trapwear.
Where they do that at?
Dope boys.
Stay doe boy fresh.
And catch a few bodies.
When flat front lames try to front.
Sizzurp match my V-Neck.
Merino match the clique I claim.
Soo woo.
See y’all motherfuckers in hell.

Recently I came across this site.  It immediately reminded of my brother and our dude friends.  En pointe style accompanied by a dry and sarcastic sense of humor.  And smart!  A while back, one of them said to me, "You know Sharon, we don't dress for the ladies.  We dress for each other!"  I think he was kind of joking but it's totally true.  Really, I don't care why they dress the way that they do.  I just know that I like it.

The weekend

Dancing at Carabar

Lots and lots to do this weekend.  J is coming into town tomorrow morning for the long weekend (no work on Monday!) so we'll be running around the city, hand in hand, trying to keep warm and doing some fun stuff.

Tonight, I am heading to Webster Hall  for Girls & Boys, with Glass Candy, Chromatics, and others.  Justine D. is the promoter for the show and it looks like she throws some pretty rad events.  She was giving away a pair of tickets nearly every day this week for tonight's show and somehow I managed to score a couple of those tickets.  Really stoked for the show and ready to dance my ass off.

Tomorrow, the Museum of the Moving Image is set to reopen after three years of being closed.  To celebrate there are a number of special events and exhibits scheduled for this weekend.  Saturday night the museum is holding their inaugural Signal to Noise Party.  They describe it as "a three-ring circus of live electronic music, moving image performances, and interactive art. Artists, hackers, musicians, and filmmakers will activate every area of the Museum late into the night."  Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. 

Sunday, we may head down to Union Hall for Show and Tell.  This is a monthly event that features stories from writers, story tellers, comedians, and others who share their stories with help from some visual aids (similar to Speak Easy back in Cbus).  This month's theme is Home Ec.  $5 for five stories.  I think it sounds like fun. 

Monday, well, Monday is likely going to be a lazy and luxurious day of NOTHING. 

Oh yes, and somewhere in there we'll be hunting down another photobooth machine

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Back in Bustown

Columbus Tee

Back in Ohio, Tigertree is one of my favorite shops.  They opened in the spring of 2007 and have consistently provided a well edited selection of clothing and accessories to Columbus.  They have an on-line shop with items from a number of great brands.  They also carry items for the home, as well as vintage deadstock pins and watches.

Some of my favorite items.

Dear Creatures Blossom Dress

Charcoal Cape

Wolfe Jacket

771 N High St.
Columbus, OH 43215

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

New to me

Last night I ended up hanging out in Williamsburg.  I met up with my friend who was visiting from Columbus.  He suggested we meet at Il Passatore, one of his favorite restaurants in the neighborhood.  I walked in to a cozy space, complete with a small bar and lots of two tops that would make for an intimate meal.  My friend had the duck and polenta and I had the butternut squash tortelli.  The food was delicious, cheap, and the environment very pleasant.  I think we'll be having dinner there again when my friend is back for his next visit.

After dinner we walked a couple blocks to a new bar called Tuffet to meet up with some friends.  Tuffet reminds me very much of Mouton back in Columbus, but with a more chill environment.  Tuffet offers cocktails, wine, and beers as well as a great selection of craft meats and cheeses.  The space itself is, frankly, pretty gorgeous.  Tuffet is brand new, not even two weeks old (opened on New Year's Eve).  I anticipate this place getting popular very quickly. 

14 Bushwick Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

286 Graham Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

Monday, January 10, 2011

Quick notes

Posing for tourists (after the ride at the Union Square subway stop)

Did the No Pants Subway Ride thing today.  It was fun and cold.  I also met a lot of really nice people.  A longer post is in the works.  In the meantime, there's already been some pictures posted from the event.

Recently read about this single's event at the Bell House called the Hundredaire Matchmaker.  I'm trying to convince my single friend to go and to take me with her because I am curious as to how this thing works.  We'll see if we make it down.

The Bell House has some other upcoming events that peaked my interest.

This Wednesday, there is a lecture from The Secret Science Club (FREE).

On Valentine's Day there is a performance of The Rejection Show.  (Thinking about going as J won't be here until the following weekend.)

From the site, a clip of one of their previous shows:

They also have a free dance night every fourth Friday of the month.  I'm out of town for this month's but will definitely be going to next month's.

Random thought - saw a couple girls wearing short sleeved turtleneck shirts today and found it confusing.  Can someone please explain them to me?  I feel like it's akin to wearing something like a knitted tube top.  It doesn't make sense to me.  (Sincere apologies if you think short sleeved turtleneck shirts are rad - maybe you can explain them to me?)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Field Trip

Museum of Natural History

Today was a long but fun day.  I started off the morning with a volunteer training session in the Financial District (tourists galore at 8:45 am - that was confusing), and then up to the American Museum of Natural History to meet two of my girlfriends.  This was my first time at this museum and I will definitely be going back.  There is so much to see and we were only able to see a small part of the permanent collection.  


Later, we spent a good amount of time walking around Central Park.  There's something that I really love about that park in the winter.  The snow was still pretty fresh on the ground so everything looked completely idyllic and perfect.  Definitely going to have more lady dates to plan for the future.  

Friday, January 7, 2011

Love letters

Traveling thumb print book at a Wooden Birds show.

Notes for a man's future wife - things that he will do and things that he won't do.

Paper memory

From a photobooth in San Francisco's Musée Mécanique 

I've always been interested in photography and have amassed a little collection of toy cameras (my favorite being the mini-Diana right now). I am thankful for my Canon Elph as it's small and I carry it everywhere I go. However, there is something to be said for prints developed from actual film. The act of leafing through a stack of photographs is one that I have always enjoyed. When I moved I found stacks and stacks of loose photographs that had accumulated over the years. There were pictures from my childhood, from my first year in college, past weddings, parties, and shows. It was pretty great to take a few minutes from the madness of packing to sit and look through these photos.

Along those same lines (kind of...) I came across a website a few years ago that lists all the old photobooths in the country by state and city. People contribute information to this site and also send regular updates so you know whether or not these machines are still in working order or if they've been taken away. Old photobooths seem to be a rarity.  Digital photobooths are everywhere and frankly, I don't care for them.  The resulting pictures feel cheap and flimsy and it makes me feel like I've wasted my money.  Anyhow, J and I have decided that every time he visits we will go to one of the photobooths listed under New York.  J's thinking is that by doing this we'll be forced to explore a different part of the city that we've never been to.  The main goal right now is to visit a photobooth in every borough.  So far we have Manhattan down.  Just four more to go (the one on Staten Island was really hard to find!). has photobooths listed from all over the country.  You can search by city and state.  Happy hunting!

Monday, January 3, 2011

How does it work?

Picture courtesy of Chantry Cheav

I had such a lovely holiday.  The New Year's celebration was no exception.  Every year J's friends get together for a New Year's Eve party.  Besides weddings, it's pretty much the only time these childhoods friends get to see each other.  I finally got to meet J's friends and they got to meet my brother, sister-in-law, and our crew of friends. 

Besides the usual boozey and snacky items, J brought some Magic Fruit tablets.  These tablets are made of a West African berry.  This berry causes sour things to taste sweet.  These extracts are made of the berries and seriously, it worked.

Picture courtesy of Chantry Cheav

J and I got busy chopping up various fruits, dumping out some sour candies, and popping open a couple cans of 4 Loko (yes, I know - totally ridiculous but we were curious).  We passed around the tablets (someone said "These are like drugs for grown-ups") and, per the instructions, swirled them around in our mouths until they were fully dissolved.

Lemon and lime wedges were sucked and consumed without a second thought.  The grapefruit tasted incredibly delicious and not tart at all.  Some of us tried sips of balsamic vinegar and it was surprisingly delicious.  J and I tried the 4 Loko (again, I know - ridiculous) and it tasted, well, kind of good.

It was pretty incredible.  

The tablets' effects last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour depending on the individual.  How well the tablets work also varies from person to person.  

Here's a little history on Magic Fruit and a New York Times article about a Magic Fruit party.  Additionally, here's some video footage from the Magic Fruit party the Times covered.