Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Magical Realism

This is amazing.  11,000 lanterns float over a town in Poland as part of a Midsummer's Night festival.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

What I Saw: The Highline and Rainbow City

On Sunday, Jon and I met up with our friend Alyssa at The High Line.  The second phase of The High Line was opened to the public a few weeks ago.  Also, there is this large scale wonderland in place called Rainbow City.  I had previously read about it on Gothamist  and also on NYC Taught Me (thanks Sharon!).  

Alyssa hadn't yet seen the park so we walked the entire length of The High Line.  It was a a gorgeous day.

And then we saw Rainbow City.

Go before it closes!!!  It's free to the public through July 5th so you have less than a week to get yourself there.  There are also a few food trucks right next to Rainbow City, including my personal favorite, Korilla BBQ.  

What I Saw: Jazz Age Lawn Party

On the ferry to Governor's Island for the Jazz Age Lawn Party

Jon was back in Brooklyn this weekend!  

On Friday we drove to Philly to celebrate with our friends Sam and Rachel.

It was Sam's birthday AND he and Rachel got engaged!  Such a great evening.

Saturday we caught a ride on the ferry to Governor's Island for the Jazz Age Lawn Party.  The party was complete with a live band playing music from the era, antique cars, and vendors selling vintage accessories and clothing.

We got a chance to chat with Rose who works with Goorin Brothers Hat Shop.  They're based in California but they recently opened a shop in Manhattan, located at 337 Bleecker Street.  Jon was stoked to see them because he is a big fan of their hats.

The place was filled with people dressed from the 1920's.  

We relaxed and people watched and after the party did a little exploring.  

If you missed the party, not to worry!  They are hosting another one in August.  Just check out The Dreamland Orchestra's calendar for their upcoming event information.  

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Granny Style

Forever in pursuit of comfortable and fashionable shoes, lucky for you and me, granny style sandals have been popping up everywhere in the neighborhood on my contemporaries.  I think they're super cute and as they are granny shoes they've proven to be extremely walkable and comfy.

Some of my favorites:

*Purchased the above black Dansko sandals and wore them today.  Happy to say that they are comfortable and are likely going to be on my feet all summer.*

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Midwest is Best

Okay, so if you know me at all you know that I hold Ohio very close to my heart.  It's also really important to my brother and our friends.  The result of their state pride?  A company that quite literally puts Ohio close to your heart.

State Line Ohio is the latest endeavor of my brother and our two friends, Jake and Kelly.

From their website:

"State Line is a distinct localized product range designed and produced by and for Ohioans.  Through needle and thread we hope to share our collective stories as a state and as a people in a celebration of color and culture.  In every offering we hope to elicit pride and fondness, and to provide us all with an opportunity for connection and reflection in the recognition of our shared heritage.  Drawing from our history, our industry, our literature, our athletics, our architecture, the dynamic personalities that walk our city streets, and from the people whose integrity and individuality paved the way.  From the farmstead to the high-rise, we have risen up from the lake shores and the river banks to scrape the sky.  We are all in this together."

Like what you see?  You best rush over to their website and place an order as these shirts have been selling out very quickly.  These shirts have been produced in a limited run of 500, both hand-numbered and hand-made. Purchase a t-shirt, support a young local business, and keep your home state close to your heart.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Braids and Bows

I found another great braid tutorial on Yikes Machine and wanted to share.  I love the addition of the ribbon and the bow at the nape of her neck.  Such an unexpected and sweet accent to this already cute updo.  (And the girl is a fellow Brooklynite - holla!)

Go here for the full tutorial.

Farewell ReadyMade

ReadyMade Magazine announced that after 10 years of publications the magazine is no more.  From their recent farewell blog post:

"ReadyMade encouraged people to take a much broader view of what they might consider DIY. In the ReadyMade realm, DIY could mean everything from starting your own business to starting your own band...  ReadyMade was about taking your life into your own hands and shaping your own existence in any way you see fit."

I've subscribed to this magazine since its inception (for a third of my life!  Eesh!) and I'm so sad to see it go.  I feel like they captured the essence of what so many like-minded individuals in my generation strive for - to live honestly and creatively, to be resourceful, to be community focused, and to really harness our passions and integrate them in our daily lives.  

Thank you ReadyMade!  You will be sorely missed.

Monday, June 20, 2011

What I saw

The view from the River Walk in Downtown Chicago

This weekend I met up with Jon in Chicago for one of his very good friend's wedding.  The entire weekend went by very quickly but we did manage to visit with my friend Kairsten and also to do a little sightseeing.  

I had been to Millennium Park on previous trips to Chicago but I had not been on the bridge that leads from the park to the roof of the Art Institute of Chicago.  We took the bridge over and eventually ended up on the other side of this:

There was an outdoor installation in place by the artist Pae White.  She has a prolific and colorful body of work.

Of course we took a picture.

It was a great trip and a lovely wedding.  It was so nice to spend some time with Jon's friends and to celebrate with them all weekend.  It was also really nice to be able to explore a different city with Jon.  I know we'll be doing a lot more of that in the future.  

More soon.  xo

Friday, June 17, 2011

The Weekend

Last summer in Chicago for the Pitchfork Music Festival

I'm off to Chicago this weekend for a wedding.  I'm really looking forward to meeting many of Jon's friends who live in various places across the country.  And of course, looking forward to spending a weekend in a different city with the boyfriend.

There are lots of things happening here at home that I think are worth mentioning.

This year's Northside Music Festival will be happening right in McCarren Park and at various venues in Greenpoint and Williamsburg.  The schedule can be found here.  There are so many good bands on the roster!  

Also happening this weekend is Crest Fest!  From their website:

"Since opening Crest Hardware in 1962, Manny Franquinha has become an icon in the Williamsburg
neighborhood of Brooklyn through his dedication to customer service and focus on community improvement. Crest Hardware is an exemplary family business that has strengthened and transformed with their community’s ever-evolving needs and passions.  As current owner of Crest Hardware and curator of the art show, Manny’s son Joe Franquinha creates a unique non-traditional atmosphere to showcase the hardware inspired artwork of over 120 artists; representing areas within and beyond the borders of the five boroughs, including places as close as Massachusetts and as far as Munich, Germany.
The Crest Hardware Art Show is a unique experience appealing to a broad range of patrons while exhibiting numerous artistic mediums. The ideas and concepts in the art show are rendered on multiple creative levels, allowing for an accessible experience and journey throughout the 10,000+ square feet of indoor and outdoor retail space. Crest Hardware is retooled into a recognized art gallery from June 18th to July 30th, 2011 & showcases over 150 pieces. This year will proudly mark the 10th anniversary of the art show."

Check out Gothamist's article on the artists who will be participating here.  Also, all proceeds will be donated to one of my favorite placed in Williamsburg, the City Reliquary.  


And on Saturday, the 29th Annual Mermaid Parade will be happening in Coney Island.  

Scenes from last weekend's Williamsburg Walks (Source)

Oh, yes, and Williamsburg Walks will again be happening this weekend.  I believe I read somewhere that the NY Department of Transportation will be there passing out free bike helmets.  The weather should be much better this weekend so for god's sake, go run down the middle of Bedford Ave this weekend and grab a helmet.  

Enjoy your weekend!!!