Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Weekend

Slightly blurry from earlier this week - at Maison Premiere

One of best parts of living in New York during the summer is the plethora of events and activities happening all across the city.  This weekend I'll be catching Tune-Yards at Terminal 5 with Lisa.  I'm excited to see them live again but am almost more excited to see Micachu and the Shapes.  I've been hearing amazing things about them for years but have yet to see their live show.  Saturday I'll be heading over to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for their June Jubilee.  They are celebrating the opening of their new visitor center, complete with free admission to enjoy the gardens that will hold a solar-powered sound installation.  After that I'll be walking over to the Brooklyn Museum to finally see the Keith Haring exhibit.  Admission is free after 5pm as it's already time for another Target First Saturday.  Sunday I plan on catching a screening of Pee Wee's Big Adventure at Nitehawk Cinema, happening at noon.  I'm also hoping to check out the Bushwick Open Studios, happening all weekend.  My friend is participating and I want to check out her latest work.  Hopefully the weather will be nice enough to ride my bike to these events.  We'll see!

Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Summer Updos

Last Summer under the Highline

Right now my hair is up in braids, pinned up and off my neck to help ease the humidity of summer.  I've been looking through some summer updo tutorials and want to post them in order to have them all in one place for easy referral.

From Joanna Goddard - All of her hair tutorials.  This mermaid tail braid is on my to-do list. 

From Refinery 29 - Lots of great tutorials, including a messy ballerina bun, 4 braided styles for rookies, a double knot updo, Victory roll chignon, and this gorgeous twisted updo (video tutorial)

From A Beautiful Mess - Creative and retro flair hair tutorials.  I especially like the messy top knot (my hair needs to get a little longer before I can pull this off), the low bun, and summertime twist.

Have you seen any hair tutorials lately that you love?

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

What I Saw: MoMA

My friend and I have started this thing we like to call Museum Sundays.  I'm sad to admit that I had yet to go to the Museum of Modern Art until this past Sunday.  I was totally blown away by the collection and especially enjoyed the Cindy Sherman exhibit.  The Cindy Sherman exhibit is only up through June 11th so if you haven't seen it yet I recommend you get there soon.

Friday, May 25, 2012

The Weekend

After some zydeco and two stepping thanks to Celebrate Brooklyn.

There is a lot going on this long Memorial Day weekend and it looks like the weather is actually going to be clear and sunny.  Finally, a reprieve from this crazy rain we've been having all week.

My plans include a stop down to the 8th Annual Bicycle Fetish Day taking place at the City Reliquary, a trip to MoMA to finally see the Cindy Sherman exhibit,  drinks with friends at my new favorite neighborhood bar, brunch with a friend who will be in town from Ohio, and a trip to Chinatown with Jon. 

Enjoy your weekend!  More soon.  xo

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Chinatown Treat

Another photo from the Chinatown photo shoot

A couple of weeks ago I brought my friend with me to the Asian American International Film Festival photo shoot wrap party.  There was a raffle for those of us who attended and my friend won two gift certificates to the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory.  She very sweetly gave them to me with instructions to take Jon out for ice-cream.  I haven't been there before but have passed by the store several times.  There's always been a line out of the shop and on to the sidewalk so I'm guessing all the good things I've heard about this place are true.  I'm pretty spoiled as far as ice cream goes after coming from the birthplace of Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream.  I'll let you know how this place measures up.

Monday, May 21, 2012

What I Saw: New York Dance Parade 2012

Saturday a group of us headed into the city for the New York Dance Parade.  The weather was perfect and the dancers were enthusiastic, diverse, and so much fun to watch.  Definitely going again next year.  You can see more photos here.

All Things Brooklyn

If you're at all interested, I started blogging with and the first few posts are up. 

Friday, May 18, 2012

The Weekend

Jon is back in Brooklyn (hooray!!!) but sadly these next few days are going to be filled with me cramming for a final that is scheduled for Monday.  However, I'm allowing myself a few hours of fun for this Saturday as we are planning on heading into the city for Dance Parade 2012!  We missed this event last year because I was out of town and promised each other that we would make it to this year's.

"On Saturday May 19, 2012 over 10,000 dancers will converge on the streets of New York City showcasing 74 forms of dance in a free outdoor dance parade and festival!

The parade route starts on 21st street. We will then progress in the history of dance order and boogie our way down Broadway-- Hula, swing and samba our way past Union Square and into University Place. At Eighth Street we will Salsa, Tango and Waltz East into Saint Marks Place and our Grandstand in between 3rd and 4th Aves. Our House, Techno and Disco floats will have afternoon shoppers wigglin as they watch us get down in the heart of the East Village. A straight shot from there brings us to DanceFest in Tompkins Square Park. At DanceFest we will come together and watch free dance performances on stage and at specific sites throughout the park--Free dance lessons are offered or you can enjoy a Dance Party.

Our mission is to promote dance as an expressive and unifying art form by showcasing all forms of dance, educating the general public about the opportunity to experience dance and celebrate the diversity of dance." 

* Here's a little preview (the very dramatic music was cracking me up).

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

It All Started With Charlie, and Then I Met Fred

Drumming my little heart out in 2003 - Photo courtesy of Kairsten Thies

All the way back in 2003 I was working on my second Bachelors degree and playing out often with my very first band.  I remember reading a magazine during a study break and coming across a photo of these amazing vintage dead stock clutches from Fred Flare, appropriately named the "Charlie Clutch" because of the attached script "Charlie" on the front of the bag.  I looked up Fred Flare's shop online and immediately fell in love.  9 years later I'm still using those clutches and the love affair continues.  I'm happy to say that I've been hired to work with them in their marketing department!  I start working with them next week and am really excited to be part of the Fred Flare family.  

Do you know about Fred Flare?  To me they are one of the first small business success stories, going from selling handmade cards and stationary from their bicycles in Soho to an e-commerce shop that offers an incredibly diverse, fun, and irreverent line of products.  You can read about their history here and their now shuttered brick and mortar shop that used to be just down the street from me in my neighborhood.  Thankfully they are still based in Greenpoint and all of their merchandise is available for purchase through their website. Check it out if you get a minute!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Footwear Fail


I think I've had the conversation about flip flops not being shoes several times over the years.  I really, really hate them.  (Sorry flip flop loving friends!)  It goes back to my college years and seeing people walk around campus in what looked like the quarter-inch thick flip flops you brought with you to the dorms to wear in the shower to protect your feet from catching some kind of FUNGUS.  Ick.

Apparently, I'm not the only one who feels this way!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Anticipation and Planning

I'm both looking forward to and dreading these next few weeks.  School is wrapping up in a couple of weeks and I'm currently gearing up for this weekend's trip back to Ohio.  It's going to be packed full of wedding stuff (of course), thankfully with my mother helping me, as well as a first time meeting between my parents and Jon's parents (!!!) and a bridal shower for Lisa.  I'm also preparing for a part-time marketing position that will start the week that school ends and am wondering how I'm going to integrate this new endeavor with my already full schedule.  I explained to a friend of mine who looked concerned after I told her what I've been up to that yes, I know it all sounds crazy but in order to get some real work experience in a new field and to also remain financially stable I kind of have to eat sh*t for the next couple of years, working my full-time job along with this second one until I can make the full transition into a new career.  I think I also said something along the lines of "You know, you've got to hustle baby!"  And then I rolled my eyes at myself for saying something so cliche (but so true!).  I'm curious to see how it all works out.  If there's one thing I've learned it's that regardless of how overwhelmed I feel with my responsibilities I still manage to juggle everything and get things done.  In my mind, there's really no other choice but to finish what I start, even if it means some sleepless nights and less free time.  This is all for the much discussed and agreed upon long-term life goals and hope for literal mobility through a different career.  Will it happen?  I have no idea, but I'm certainly willing to try.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Chinatown Photo Shoot Preview

An image from a recent photo shoot in Chinatown for this year's Asian American International Film Festival

More soon.

Friday, May 4, 2012

The Weekend


When my friend was visiting Brooklyn a few weeks ago he remarked me to "You can't be mediocre in Brooklyn."  I laughed at his comment but nodded in agreement.  It seems like almost everyone I know is managing to juggle a few major projects at the same time, myself included.  These next couple of years are going to be an interesting exercise in finding balance between everything that I have going on.  More on those things later. 

This weekend I'll be catching up with friends, grabbing brunch in Bushwick and dinner in Korea-Town as well as going to see a friend's play on Sunday. 

Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

For All The Rad Girls: Coven Magazine

I just discovered this brand new magazine based out of the UK.  Coven Magazine redefines what a woman's magazine is with the perfect blend of adventure and art and everything in between.

From their website:

"From bonafide legends to the newcomers making waves, Coven bring you features on the most exciting women in action sports, design, illustration, photography and more.
Travel and culture, art and style, an inspiring, informative, original magazine for women interested in more than diets and celebrities."

Action, art, and adventure - my little skating/biking/drumming/crafty heart has fallen hard for this magazine.  
The first issue has interviews of women who BMX, rock climb, make amazing art, and more.  All accompanied by gorgeous photography and interesting articles.  Unfortunately distribution is currently limited to the UK but you can head over to their website and read Coven Magazine online.  Check it out!!!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Wedding Toppers - Brooklyn Made From Gauge NYC

Have you heard of Gauge NYC?  When Lisa and I stopped by the Chelsea Market we found their pop-up shop displaying their hand crafted letters.  I was so excited to see all of their products as I had recently purchased the cake toppers for the wedding through their Etsy shop.  Their designs are clean and simple and every letter is available in a variety of sizes at a very reasonable price.  I purchased their 2" letters at only $5 a letter.

Although I'm planning on handcrafting the majority of the decorations for the wedding, whatever we don't make I want to source from local artisans and craftspeople.  I love these letters and am happy to support a local business.