Summer Visit to the High Line

Okie, here are some High Line photos, as promised. These are from a few weeks back, when it was a little bit warmer. I really enjoy this park, though I feel weird calling it a park. The views from it are spectacular and it is in such a nice part of the city. However, to be totally honest, I wish it wasn’t so done up. It could be the inner hipster in me, but it would have been so nice to have more of the original tracks left behind and more vine-y, out-of-control plants. My opinion, my opinion. But still, like I said, I do really enjoy this park. So without much further ado, here are some pics the BF took. Please note that he was more interested in photographing Manhattan from the High Line, than the actual High Line itself. I can’t really blame him. Wanting to revisit this park when it is in full bloom!

IMG_9533^^ My favorite part of the High Line — the original tracks hidden in the green! ^^

IMG_9581^^ The general aesthetic. Super modern, super cool. ^^

IMG_9589^^ View of The Hudson from the High Line. ^^

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^^ The Diane  Von Furstenberg building. My personal favorite building to spot from the park. Look at those lips! ^^

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IMG_9569IMG_9571^^ For anyone who has heard about the Skittles public art at the High Line, this is it. It’s actually pretty awesome. These two photos don’t do it justice. ^^

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Photos c/o Joseph Speer

From the Rooftops of New York City

Okay, I know I promised High Line and Fort Greene Park photos, but I’m going to hold off a little longer on those. That being said, here are some photos that are even more fun than that anyway — rooftop shots! The roof may be my new favorite hangout place, even though we’re not technically allowed on it. (Thank you neighbor for breaking the roof-access door alarm, I wouldn’t have done it myself, but I sure will reap the benefits.) I love the summer rooftop culture in NYC. Sometimes, during a really nice sunset, you’ll see anything from a woman with her tea to an eight person BBQ happening on the tops of surrounding buildings. We also have a Rastafarian neighbor who does his morning yoga on the building next to ours. How wonderful is that? Pretty damn wonderful.

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I’m Still Here! (And Thoughts on Flying on 9/11)

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.^^