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My Week in Snapshots: 5/19/2012 – 5/26/2012

I have not been in my own city for about five weekends in a row now. This a double edged sword: awesome because I get to see much of the East Coast and am always hanging out with new people, tiring because I pay a lot of money for my apartment and I feel as though I am “wasting rent” or….sometimes I just need to be still, be horizontal, and take a bath at home. This past weekend I was in Boston visiting my boyfriend’s family. The travels took me on an Amtrak train ride up the coast where I could watch the sun slowly set alongside the tracks.

Here are a few photos taken straight from my iPhone so that you can see the New England sites through mine own eyes.

1. A new frozen yogurt store opened up mere blocks from my apartment in Chelsea, NYC. This is dangerous seeing as though I LOVE frozen treats, but that also my yogurt intake goes WAY up in the summer. It’s a direct correlation. Anyway, the store is called 16 Handles and it has ever-rotating 16 flavors and unlimited and limitless toppings – cereals, jimmies, fudges, syrups, cookies, candies, fruits – there are like 100 toppings from which to choose.

2. The train ride from NYC to Boston took about five hours. During this time my boyfriend got extremely bored and decided to make an article about Rocco DiSpirito in Arrive Magazine, an article about Spiderman. Doodling can pass hours easily!

3. The sun sets over the tracks as we have our dinner on a train and head to beantown. Seeing the world from an elevated perspective, whether it be via an airplane or a train, allows ones to reevaluate the landscape.

4. In and out of train stations, bus stations, and through constant traveling, I spy other couples making the same trek as us. The elevators go up, the escalators go down.

5. My boyfriend’s childhood home has a guest room wherein family albums are kept and displayed. We sat on the guest bed one night and pored through hundreds of all photos of his mother, grandparents, and high school yearbook photos. Somehow I always feel more connected to a person when I am given an intimate glimpse into their visual memories. Here is a wall of photos from my boyfriend’s grand-family in Morocco.

6. The weather in NYC this week has been straight out of Jumanji or some tropical rainforest. One morning, the fog was so thick on my walk to work that the skyscrapers were blending into the clouds. Here is the skyline of the Flatiron District from Madison Square Pare.

7. Only in NYC will this antique chaise be casually thrust aside to the curb! If I had a truck I would have grabbed it immediately. Beware of bedbugs!

8. Boasting a genuine19th century atmosphere created by the many historically significant structures here – including some of the oldest churches and libraries in the nation – this residential area is also home to some incredible Back Bay, Boston townhomes built throughout the last century. Driving through Back Bay and viewing the Victorian architecture instantly transports me to the colonial era.

9. Artist Alex Katz is all over Boston and is having an exhibition of his prints at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) who touts the gallery as, “A world of glowing light and vibrant color, “Alex Katz Prints.” Bold portraits, idyllic landscapes, scenes of sophisticated leisure—they’re all here in the works of the renowned contemporary artist. With arresting simplicity of line, color, and form, Katz distills his subjects down to their essence, with a powerful graphic punch.”

The gallery scene is also bringing all of their Alex Katz prints out of inventory to celebrate his local rise in fame. Here I am holding an original, limited edition print, “Bathing Cap”.  Katz is on my “dream list of artists to own”. 

10. My morning coffee routine got a bit more trendy now that I am stopping at Keko Cafe. Featured in New York’s 50 Best, the cafe serves a daily, traditional High Tea Service. Keko Café opened in 1996, bringing a touch of European café life to Murray Hill, NYC. The food, drink, and décor are inspired by the English tea tradition, French café life, and Tunisian flavors in some dishes. I love the vibe of the gilded frames, travelers trunks, and parisian cafe chairs.

Image found HERE.

What did YOU do this week?

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My Week in Snapshots: 4/16/2012 – 4/22/2012

My gosh, golly gee, what a week I have had. In this past week my new nephew Zachary Fionn was born, AND I accepted a job offer in a new position here in NYC. I feel like I should clink a million glasses of champagne and do a little twirl. I also managed to find the PERFECT pair of jeans – slim through the ankle, single roll cuff, vintage medium wash. They are so functional, and versatile; a good pair of jeans is like a best friend or an LBD, always there. My apologies on not updating the blog sooner, I usually try to post daily (or at least every two days), but SO much has been happening. Here are a few photos taken straight from my iPhone so that you can see the east coast through mine own eyes.

1. My boyfriend and I decided to re-stock our liquor cabinet (which is actually an old, beveled icebox) in order to prepare for guests which we will be entertaining next week. We mostly went to The Chelsea Wine Vault for Champagne, Scotch (Oban, Talisker, Dalwhinnie, single malts et. al.), and Sparkling Wines (Schramsberg is a new favorite) HOWEVER, while looking we spotted this Kings County Distillery Moonshine. Upon further reading, I have come to learn that this is from New York City’s oldest operating distillery that began production before Prohibition.

2. We have all held our ears to a conch shell in order to hear the sound of the ocean, yet have you ever EATEN a live conch? Aside from its symbolism in Nobel Prize-winning author William Golding’s The Lord of the Flies, the conch is actually second in popularity to escargot in the “edible snail” category. The dish is common in East Asian stir fry, soups of the West Indies, The Bahamas, Grenada, and as ceviche from Puerto Rico. This one was found at The Lobster Place.

3. A detail from artist Ajan Daeng’s “Owl in Love”. Keith Johnson, an employee of Anthropologie, who scours the world in search of unique goods for the stores chose found this artist in a forested area alongside a rural Thai road. Daeng works with discarded objects, trash, natural items, and rotted parts. This sculpture was made of wood, soda cans, and rusted metal pieces.

4. While home in South Jersey, after the birth of my sister’s new son, my mom and I were EXHAUSTED. We had stayed in the hospital for several hours and were craving something celebratory. Instead of the usual baby boy cigars or glass of wine, we ordered extremely layered and rich (see heart-clogging) pizza from Montesini’s Gourmet Pizza. Those were slices from a TACO PIZZA SLICE, a Riccota & Eggplant Slice, and a Spinach, Garlic & Tomato slices (to name a few). Om nom nom.

5. While traveling from NY Penn Station to South Jersey, I rode the surprisingly empty NJ Transit Northeast Corridor Line. I have taken this same train ride about 6785 times, if only they had a “frequent traveler” punch card.

6. My mom treated me to this new bracelet that looks surprisingly intricate, high-end, and haute couture. Believe it or not, the item is from Kohl’s Simply Vera by Vera Wang Line. The Two Tone Flower Bead Bracelet is a modern shape, with glints of kelly green, and silver chain closures. It was originally $50.00 but has since been marked down to $27.50, and my mom had an additional 30% off coupon. You do the math! Thanks momma (and dad of course).

7. The Chelsea Market is a food concourse, flea market, pop-up shop, and general indoor arcade for all sorts of wonderful boutiques. It was originally a Nabisco Factory (and was actually the first place where Oreos were invented) – here is a shot of the original factory style ceilings and clock.

8. Welcome to the world Zachary Fionn! You were a heft albs 5 oz, and totally huggable with a full head of dark brunette hair. I love your little quivering lip and your puckered out chin (with a dimple). Zachary is my second nephew, he’s the little brother to Jacob!

9. Run, don’t’ walk, to your closet CVS, Rite Aid, or Duane Reade in order to get this unique nail polish color. The color is from Wet N’ Wild’s new MEGA LAST® NAIL COLOR line and is called “On a Trip”.  The bottle only cost me $1.99. I am usually a sucker for high-end nail polishes and have a sizable collection from O.P.I., Essie, and Joe Fresh (and have been CRAVING Butter London), but these new hues, and the company’s new formula feels SO expensive (and chip resistant). The color palette is also well thought out, providing me with many accent colors for the upcoming Spring and Summer trends.

10. Oh the smells of fresh lavender by the neatly tied up bundle (I’ll take a bushel please). Michael surprised me with (what we think is) a lavandula flower in Hidcote Blue to celebrate my new job offer! He has a natural skill for picking eclectic flowers I love (not the usual roses, daisies, and lilies). The buds have been in our house for several days, in a favorite vase, and are still flowering and fresh. Yay for staying power. Cagney, our kitty, is also not tempting to eat these (he has completely annihilated entire pots of bamboo, succulents, and past bouquets).

That’s my week, how was yours?