Friday, September 28, 2012

Yes


One week from now I'll have a permanent roommate.

Is this apartment ready?

Hells no.

Are we ready?

Hells yes.

Enjoy your weekend! I'm going to be getting rid of lots of extraneous belongings and cleaning the crap out of this apartment in preparation for my future husband.

!!!!!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Barry McGee in Brooklyn



Every day on my commute I pass by the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Last week I was stopped at the crosswalk and looked across the street to the Mark Morris Dance Center and saw this.


Today as I was heading home I saw the finished mural.


Beautiful, right?

This amazing six story mural is the work of artist Barry McGee. I first become acquainted with his work through the Beautiful Losers documentary as well as his collaborations with Margaret Kilgallen, his wife and one of my favorite artists.

You can go here for more photos and here for more information on the project.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Cleaning House

Working the Fred Flare Sample Sale.

I've been extra decisive going through my clothes, shoes and accessories in order to make room for Jon in this apartment. Clothes are pulled and thrown into a pile if they don't fit properly, are unflattering, are out of date or haven't been worn or used in a year. It's kind of liberating. I'm just hoping that this momentum lasts.

As I've gotten older I've struggled with what to wear to work and what is considered "age appropriate" or whatever. I've always been a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl but as I stated to Jon yesterday, it's time to dress like a grown-up. Or at least my version of a grown-up. Do I know what that looks like? Not really but I'm making a promise to myself. I'm turning thirty-three next month and I want to be more thoughtful about my clothing purchases. That sounds so ridiculous and not at all important but there's something to be said about weaning yourself off the cheap clothing binges and investing in good quality clothing that you know you'll love and wear for years to come. My friend directed me to this book and it's on my list of books to read ASAP. I think it's important to be informed about where you spend your money and and to know what is driving this industry of fast and cheap clothing. I love a bargain more than anyone but looking at that big pile of clothing is making me think twice about my purchases. What about you?

What I Saw: Sailing the New York City Harbor




This weekend I surprised Jon with a sailing excursion around the New York Harbor. We left from Chelsea Piers and sailed to the Statue of Liberty and back. The views of the city were gorgeous and we couldn't have hoped for better weather. You can bring snacks and beverages are provided for you (try the pale ale - it's awesome). Seeing the city from this perspective was the perfect way for us to get a little break and unwind. 

Friday, September 21, 2012

The Weekend

Me and the girls - 10 points if you know where this is.

Jon is here and we're making some frantic preparations to get the apartment in order for his official move to Brooklyn which is happening in just a few short weeks. It's crazy how much stuff one woman can accumulate in two years. It's never been so obvious as it is right now. 

Thankfully we've carved out some time to head to the Breukelen County Fair at the Wyckoff House on Saturday. It's hilarious and intriguing to two native midwesterners to be attending a county fair in Brooklyn. I'm definitely excited and hoping for some fair food. Sunday is a surprise outing that I've arranged for Jon. More on both later.

Wedding crafting and planning will definitely be happening as there are only a handful of weeks before we head back to Ohio to get MARRIED. 

More soon. Enjoy the weekend!

Monday, September 17, 2012

What I Saw: Lawrence Farms Orchard


This weekend a group of us piled into a car and made our escape out of the city for the day. We drove to Lawrence Farms Orchards in the Hudson Valley for gobs of fresh air and freshly picked produce. We got plenty of both.

You had your pick of a variety of apples and pears, concord grapes, long rows of kale that cost only $2 a head, peppers, eggplants, tomatoes, squash - pretty much anything that you would want, fresh and plentiful complete with a gorgeous view of the Hudson Valley.

I kept referring to our trip as the Adult Fresh Air Fund. I think more trips upstate will be planned soon.




Tuesday, September 11, 2012

What I Saw: Cloud City at the Met






I finally got a chance to head to the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see Tom├ís Saraceno's Cloud City. The weather was crazy beautiful and the exhibition did not disappoint. It was like a jungle gym for grownups! 

Three things to remember - the piece is on display through November 4, you have to pick up tickets from the 4th floor to actually get into the piece and do not plan on wearing a skirt if you are climbing in, unless of course you're into that sort of exhibitionism. 

I admit that my friends and I spent more time talking on a bench in the shade while sipping on glasses of white wine then looking at the piece. 

Don't judge us. This is how we roll on the weekend.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

What I Saw: Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh at night.

This past weekend I flew into Ohio and the next morning Jon and I drove a few hours to Pittsburgh for a little overnight trip to celebrate his birthday and our anniversary. I had been to Pittsburgh several times before when my old band was touring but had never had the chance to really explore the city. 

Pittsburgh is a great city, full of historic buildings and interested architecture as well as a plethora of diverse neighborhoods. It's also very beautiful with numerous bridges and a huge waterfront all facing Mount Washington. Even though we were only there for a night we managed to see a lot of the city. 

After an amazing meal at Salt of the Earth we took the Duquesne Incline up and down Mount Washington in one of the original cars. Crazy beautiful views and a little museum full of memorabilia.




On Sunday we made our way to The Cathedral of Learning on the University of Pittsburgh campus. It was like walking into Hogwarts.


The cathedral houses what they call Nationality Rooms. These are rooms that have been designed to represent the different ethnicities and cultural groups of Pittsburgh. It was pretty magical.




Then it was on to The Mattress Factory. My favorite part was seeing the Yayoi Kusama installation. I recently saw her exhibition at The Whitney and my love for her work has grown even stronger.



We finished our trip with a meal at Primanti Brothers. This sandwich is their #2 seller. Their top seller? Iron City Beer.



We drove back to Columbus and caught up with friends and family later that evening and then it was back to Brooklyn for me. I had a great time exploring a new city with Jon and can't wait to do it again when we head to Montreal in November.