I’m Still Here!

Apologies for my horrible commitment to this blog as of late. BF and I are still trying to get grounded here in NYC and chaos has ensued (good chaos!). We were lucky to take a quick trip back to California this weekend for a friend’s two-day wedding ceremony in East Bay. (Sidenote: Hindu weddings are amazing.) It was a whirlwind trip, flying out on 9/11/14 and flying back on 9/14/14, and I have to say, it did cross my mind that we booked tickets out of JFK on 9/11. I felt very safe flying, however, and while 9/11 is still such a horrific past memory, it is encouraging to see how far we have come since that day thirteen years ago. Here are two grainy phone shots I wanted to share. Leaving SFO and arriving at JFK. Virgin America’s flagged wing tips seemed like a nice image to capture. If you look closely on the daylight photo, you can see San Francisco just underneath the plane’s wing.

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Also, I’ve been pretty inactive on Twitter and Instagram this month — taking a social media cleanse, per my younger sister’s advice. (Why are the youngest ones always the smartest!?) I really recommend it. It’s amazing how much more you can get done in a day, and how much more time you have to actually talk to the people you care about. Thanks for listening to my ramblings. I have some great photos of The Highline and Fort Greene Park that I will try to have posted later this week. Till next time, my friends.

Spotlight on Stephanie Simmons & Malia Carter

I’m a sucker for illustrated books. I really, really am. Books that you don’t have to read from front to back are also my jam. There’s something so inviting about the type of interaction they encourage. Flip through, stop on a page, read it. Magic.

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I was recently given a sneak peak into Stephanie Simmons’ latest work, All’s Fair in Love & Wardrobe. Illustrated by the extremely talented Malia Carter, when I saw the cover, I was hooked. Simmons’ cheeky voice combined with Carter’s stunning illustrations make for a perfect pairing, and while some readers will want to read this book front to back in total enjoyment, it can also work great as a coffee table book for those who like to flip. Filled with 121 rules and an assortment of water colors you won’t be able to take your eyes off of, this book is a work of editorial art. Nicely done, ladies.

Here are some sneak peaks at some of my favorite illustrations from All’s Fair in Love & Wardrobe. Be sure to check it out on Amazon or at Barnes & Noble!

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5 Things That Make Me Happy

It’s been a while since I’ve written a “5 Things That Make Me Happy” post. So let’s get straight to it – NYC edition. Colors and parks and parties, hell yeah.image

^^ 1. Some painted outside doors in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. How can these not brighten your day? ^^

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^^ 2. Just your average Saturday at Fort Greene Park.  Music Pumping. Giant Dance Party. Yeah, we live in the cool neighborhood. ^^

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^^ 3. This artwork on the outside wall of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Each color represents one worker’s daily route. ^^

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^^ 4. Potential new favorite park discovery in Manhattan and I can’t even remember the name of it. ^^

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^^ 5. Graffiti in lower Manhattan. She’s giant and beautiful.^^

Prospect Park on a Weekday

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Spent some more time at Prospect Park in Brooklyn yesterday. I can’t decide if I like it more during the week when it’s open and spacious, or during the weekend when it’s packed with families and fun to people-watch. Either way, I like it.
23^^Park days are the best days, especially when there are kittens involved. Just saying.^^4

Photos c/o Joseph Speer

Five Minutes

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One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.

-Tom Wolfe