Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

What I Saw: Fool's Gold & a Vintage Subway Ride

Fool's Gold at Brooklyn Bowl

Saturday evening I met up with several friends at Spuyten Duyvil in Williamsburg and later walked down to Brooklyn Bowl to see Fool's Gold.  The show was great!  The band played a few of my favorites from their first record and I enjoyed watching them play songs from their second album.  The audience was FULL of kids.  I say kids because compared to me that's what they are.  I think it's the first time I went to a show and accutely felt the + 10 years I have on them.  As Jon said, I had my crazy times when I was their age and now it's their turn.  Good lord.  :)

Sunday afternoon I made it into the city to catch the vintage train that had been running on the weekends in September on the 2/3 express line.  This was part of the promotional push for Boardwalk Empire and the beginning of their second season.  

Some photos:

The train had ceiling fans and the windows were open for the entire ride.  At one point my friends and I noticed the incredible pieces of graffiti spanning the entire length of the tunnel walls that we were only able to see because the windows were open.  I was very tempted to stick my hand outside of the train but of course I kept all appendages inside the car.  It was a fun experience and I'm glad we were able to catch this train before the promotional rides ended.

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Weekend

View from the Brooklyn Bridge earlier this year

I really wish it wasn't supposed to be so rainy this weekend!  Ah well.  A little rain never hurt anybody.  My plans include wedding and bridesmaid dress shopping with Lisa (I bet I cry at least twice seeing her in a wedding gown, maybe three times - feeling emo lately), seeing my friend's band Fool's Gold at Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday (go here for ticket information - it's a late show and only $5!), and maybe making it down to DUMBO for the Arts Festival or the block party at Fulton and Grand.

If you're planning on being around Williamburg this weekend I encourage you to come to the Fool's Gold show on Saturday.  The last time I saw them it was in a small venue in Columbus, OH.  The weather was miserable, in the 90's and humid.  The AC was broken in the club so it was even hotter inside but every single person stayed and danced their asses off.  It was an incredible thing to witness and one of my top shows that year.  If you decide to come by drop me a note and we'll dance together.  Have a good weekend!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

What I Saw: Rockaway Beach & The Brooklyn Book Festival

Bobby, Ellen, and me at Rockaway Beach!

This past weekend I rode out to Rockaway Beach with my friend Ellen.  We met up with our friend who rode his bike from Bay Ridge.  The first NYC Honey Festival was taking place so we figured it would be the perfect destination for our ride.  Ellen and I ended up riding 25 interesting miles to celebrate the last bit of summer with a biking adventure.  

I enjoy embarrassing my friends.

Sunday I met up with my friend Michelle and we headed down to Borough Hall in Downtown Brooklyn for the Brooklyn Book Festival.  We decided to go to a presentation in the morning and then later in the afternoon so that allowed us some time to run around Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO.  We rode on the new carousel, got an ice cream cone, and had some quality time together.  It was, as Michelle said, a perfect weekend.

Girls With Glasses

My new glasses

I first realized that I needed glasses in the second grade.  I sat in the middle of the second row in my classroom.  Our teacher always wrote in very large letters on the chalkboard and I never had any issues reading what she wrote.  One morning we came in and we had a substitute teacher.  She wrote her name on the board and I immediately said "I can't read that."  She turned to look at me.  One of my classmates said "You can't read that?  What's wrong with you?"  I felt like an idiot.  Before recess the substitute pulled me aside and instructed me to tell my parents that I needed to get my eyes checked because I needed glasses.

I didn't actually get these glasses until the fourth grade.  I asked my mom why she had waited so long and she told me that she thought I had been making it up because I thought glasses were cool.  I laughed when she told me this because I had never, ever thought glasses were cool.  

My mom finally took me to the local optometrist and I remember being able to see clearly for the first time.  I had no idea how much detail in the world I had been missing up until this point.  My mom let me pick what I liked and in hindsight I should have let her pick them out.  I chose very light pink wire framed glasses.  That paired with the sweater vests and peter pan collared shirts that I often wore made for a very nerdy looking fourth grader.  

When I got to Middle School I kept pestering my mom to let me get contacts.  She finally relented the summer before seventh grade only because I was participating in the local theater's production of You're a Good Man Charlie Brown.  It was my first show and I had been cast as Snoopy.  It was a large-ish part and required a lot of singing and dancing.  Bouncing around during the musical numbers caused my glasses to slowly slip down my nose until they were nearly falling off my face.  Clearly I could not continue in my role with such a distraction.  After much complaining and cajoling she brought me back to the optometrist to get fitted for a pair of contacts.  

Over the last few years I'd occasionally wear my glasses out in public.  I felt conspicuous and self-conscious every time I had them on and would only wear them if my eyes were irritated from my contacts to give them a rest.  A few months ago my eyes started getting bloodshot after wearing my contacts for a only a few hours.  I stopped wearing them on the advice of my optometrist friend and started wearing my glasses on a daily basis.  Apparently long-term contact users develop some sort of issue with their contacts that can potentially turn into a permanent problem.  I've had to get used to the same things I hated about my glasses when I was in fourth grade.  I especially hate it when my glasses start to fog up near the bridge of my nose and start sliding down my face if I'm the least bit sweaty.  Running and yoga totally sucks right now for this exact reason.  However, I finally found a pair that I think I can live with.  (And they were cheeeeap.  You know I love a bargain.)  I'll get to the optometrist eventually but for now I think I like this updated version of my face in glasses.  No sweater vests or peter pan collared shirts in sight, but now if people think I'm a nerd honestly, I really don't give a shit.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Automatons are fascinating to me.  There is a museum in Morristown, NJ that is filled with them, most nearly 200 years old.  I think it may be time to plan a little road trip.

I found this video of these amazing twin bird automatons.  Pretty spectacular.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Currently Coveting: Hermetus Bottle Opener

I am in love with this bottle opener.  The Hermetus bottle opener also has the ability to reseal bottles.  Ingenious!  I think this would be the perfect gift for a craft beer lover.  

*** This is item is currently out of stock but you can place your order now and it will ship at the end of the month.

(Via Swiss-Miss)

Friday, September 16, 2011

The Weekend

Fall is here!!!  I'm so excited.

I am a fall baby, born in October and raised in Ohio where fall is outrageous - big blue skies, amazing colors, and nights filled with backyard bonfires and good company in the cool evenings.  

This weekend I have a few things on my agenda.  Tonight I'm meeting up with some friends at Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg to see Miranda July's newest film, The Future.  She is one of my favorite artists and I've been looking forward to seeing this movie for months.

Tomorrow I am planning on biking with some friends to Rockaway Beach for the NYC Honey Fest.  This in the first year for this festival and it's happening to celebrate the first full year of legal beekeeping in New York City.  There will be lots of vendors and delicious food.  This will also likely be the last time I see the beach this year (unless Jon insists on going to Coney Island again in the winter...)

Sunday the Brooklyn Book Festival will be taking place at Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza.  The day is filled with events and readings by tons of authors throughout the day.  Click here for a full list of events going on that day.

I'm also hoping to meet up with some friends, get some knitting done, and hopefully will have time to see the knitted graffiti currently installed right under the Williamsburg Bridge at Kent and South 6th, done courtesy of Magda Sayeg.  The installation was commissioned by the North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition and is sponsored by NYC DOT and Open Space Alliance.   If you're in the neighborhood, I recommend going for a stroll to see the piece and then a walk over the Williamsburg Bridge.

Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Quick Notes

Goodbye Summer...

Things that I noticed today:

A young boy of about five was standing next to me on my commute this morning.  He already had the "look at nothing and don't talk to anyone" gaze already fixed expertly on his face.  Or maybe he was just tired like I was.

Walking to my office I was reminded how similar Hasidic teenage girl school uniforms match the midi-length skirt and button down combos I've been seeing around Williamsburg.  The only differences being a top knot in the place of a low ponytail + headband and more interesting shoes. 

I saw a little girl with her two little brothers walking down the sidewalk with a huge umbrella.  This very large umbrella engulfed all three of them making it appear as if this umbrella was attached to three pairs of short, stumbley, and small legs.

Walking into my laundromat there was no one there save for the owners, an Asian husband and wife.  I caught him putting her tag into her shirt and a very sweet look of affection exchanged between them.

Rainy, cold, and grey days make me nostalgic for fall in Ohio.   

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Hunter Jacket and My Fall Essentials

I found what I believe is the perfect Hunter Jacket for fall, and under $40 as well.

No point in paying an arm and a leg for a trend when you can find something just as rad for much, much less.  You can purchase it here.

This jacket will easily become a new favorite for me.  My other fall jacket staples include a denim jacket and a pea coat. 

I own a couple denim jackets.  One has a regular wash and more of a classic cut (similar to the one pictured above), the other is darker and more fitted.  I usually prefer to wear the first jacket.  It's a little roomier, thus easier to layer if need be.  It's also distressed to perfection as I've had it since my undergraduate years.

At one point in time I owned five (yikes!) pea coats, each a variation on the classic version.  I've since pared it down to two .  One is black, cropped, and has a detachable hood.  The other is vintage, a classic cut navy colored pea coat, and was found at a thrift store in Ohio.  The lining desperately needs to be replaced and I've had it for nearly 10 years but I still love it.  It's also the perfect coat for the transition between fall and winter (yes I am already thinking about winter).  I believe a pea coat should be a wardrobe staple for both men and women.  Seriously - there's just something about a dude in a pea coat...

Other fall favorites include lightweight scarves for layering (bright colors and patterns as well as soft muted neutrals and grays are my current favorites), tall boots (my favorite worn to death tall boots were bought from Target of all places.  Real leather, extremely comfortable, and look great over jeans, with tights and a short skirt, and even a few of my dresses), and hoodies and cardigans for layering under the previously mentioned denim jacket or pea coat.  Layering is key in order to comfortably adapt to the various temperature changes that occur in a fall day.  What are your favorite fall essentials?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Modern Day Etiquette

Ah, modern day etiquette and guides for real life.  So many more little gems on GOOD found here.  (Via wit + delight)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Catching Up

Surprise anniversary gift from Jon

This cat print showed up on my doorstep and I immediately started laughing when I saw it.  The resemblance to Nahbi is spot on and the idea of my cat being a girly flower-wearing kind of cat struck me as hilarious.

I felt homesick for Brooklyn for the first time during this last trip to Columbus.  It was a longer trip than normal and although I was so happy to be back, to visit with my family and friends, I missed my neighborhood and my apartment.  I had the chance to see the house on Tulane and was amazed at the amount of space I alone had inhabited for several years.  I hung out with my friend/tenant (who is moving to Greenpoint!) and felt strangely detached from a space that was, and still is, very significant for me.  Maybe it's because I feel like I've started putting down some roots here in New York.  I don't know.  I'm thankful for the social and support system that was already in place when I moved here as it made the transition so much easier but admittedly it took some time for me to feel comfortable.  To feel settled.  I'm starting to relax into the space and life that I'm creating here.  

Friday, September 9, 2011

Scarves for Fall

Eesh, it's been a minute.  I'm back from Ohio and got a taste of some good old Ohio fall weather.  I live for fall and can't wait to break out my jackets, scarves, and boots that become my uniform once the weather turns.  Here's a quick tutorial for 25 different ways to wear a scarf.  More soon!