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Beach Tote:  GREEN STRIPE BEACH SHOPPER with Rope Straps by Wallis, HERE / Room: Celerie Kemble’s phenomenal turquoise acid trip of a tropical dining room featuring Gorgeous wallpaper from Quadrille’s “China Seas” collection and bamboo fretwork chairs. If you have a house in a glamorous hot beachy locale, this is what your dining room should look like, image found via The Foo Dog Ate My Homework, HERE

Beach Tote: Dvf 1974 Large beach tote in s a quirky retro-cool vibe with coral vintage buds print and the effortlessly cool Hawaiian surf culture, lilac and aqua large beach tote bag, both prints found HERE & HERE / Room:  Jungle Foliage, Flower Patterns, and tropical inspired neon hues permeate this living room from House to Home, photograph by Dominic Blackmore, image found HERE

Beach Tote: Beach Bag 3 in Blue Odyssey by Roberta Roller Rabbit found HERE / Room: Bedroom by Masucco Warner Miller in San Francisco,  “Summer Palace” wallpaper by Osborne & Little’s, image found HERE

Beach Tote: A Huipil is a Mayan Textile worn as a blouse by indigenous mayan women. Here is appears in tote form! Feel like you are on vacation all year with the fun Crochet Beach Bag from Stela 9, HERE / Room: Western Springs Living Room by Vintage Scout Interiors, found HERE


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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?


Meet & Greet – Eliza

Eliza Lamb and I met during my time at Columbia University’s graduate program in Arts Administration. She and I share the same birthday, January 28th, and are both crazy Aquarians. No, seriously, we are the weirdest of all the zodiac signs. Aside from being intelligent and beautiful (and naturally skinny), Eliza is also an extremely talented photographer. I would be jealous and envy the girl if I weren’t so proud of her. She has the innate ability to make any gathering familiar, special, and intimate. She always brings positivity, clarity and humor to a situation and finally – the reason why I am featuring her in my blog – she has KILLER style (fashion, artistic, interior, et. al.).

Eliza is a native of Richmond, Virginia. Before Eliza began her doctoral studies at Columbia University she received her BFA in Photography from Savannah College of Art & Design. She is a photographer that believes in the art of finding the images that surround her. She uses a manual medium format film camera and shoots exclusively with found light. Her photographs have been exhibited on the local and national levels through several media outlets and galleries. She has also worked as a curator for the Children’s Museum of the Arts.


Did I mention she has a wondrous daughter named Maddie? Maddie and I recently bonded in McCarren Park, Brooklyn over a game of “Baby in the Air” and hula-hooping.


Photo of Eliza Lamb by Colleen Katana.

Name: Eliza Lamb

Job: Photographer & Doctoral Student

Age: 29

Eat: I live in Astoria so we really don’t mess around when it comes to Greek food, and Taverna Kyclades is the top of the top here. Their feta cheese will change your life.  The usual: 1/2 carafe of house white, large Greek salad, grilled calamari with lemon potatoes and broiled scallops with beets. And if they didn’t have you up to that point – they’ll get you when you realize dessert is included. The wait is a downer though – expect 1-2 hours on nights and weekends. Insider secret: Avoid the rush and go for lunch M-Sa, special lunch prices too!

You know those friends who can slap on a pair of jeans and a T-shirt and TOMS and somehow LOOK like the hippest person in the room? Yea, that’s Eliza. I mean even her NAME IS COOL. She also somehow finds days to travel the world in her spare time – Australia, Guatemala, Nova Scotia, London, Egypt, Switzerland, Austria – where hasn’t she been? 

The devil (or the buddha) is in the details.  

This Virgin Mary Statue reminds me of a photo series Eliza did called Astoria Series: Streetside Religion, which can be seen HERE.

See (favorite building, person, place, or neighborhood to SEE): 

  • MoMA. No words necessary. Insert iconic, goose bump inspiring image below.  Despite the high price tag – it is always worth it.
  • Coney Island. One of my favorite places in NYC. It hurts so good. Leave plenty of room for a chili cheese dogs and cotton candy and never, NEVER take your shoes off in the sand. Here’s an observation and photo of the fantastical and historic Coney Island ala Eliza Lamb:
  • Mets Games. Our neighborhood team. We believe in rooting for the underdog. Maddie is in fact an official Mets Fan Club Member and I just love that helmet full of ice cream.

I spy Eliza’s photography. A glossy red well can actually be a neutral when paired with glossy black, and basic materials such as woods, ceramics, metals, and leather. 

“An unwatched pot boils immediately.”

 Tea for two and two for tea. 

I extol the benefits of decorating with Mason Jars on an almost daily basis. Something about me also loved the exposed and crooked electrical socket. 

Recipe: two parts water, one part soil, a teaspoon of seed, and a sprinkling of sunlight.

The intermingling of the primary colors is so sunny! 

The colors of a sunny English garden with the personality of a quirky diner – look at that retro clock.

Shop (this can be one’s favorite place to shop for clothing, home goods, or food):

  • Food: Astoria produce stands. Growing up in rural Virginia, with a 30 min to drive to the nearest grocery store, I used to dream about living in a city where I could walk to get my groceries. I relish carrying home the bag full of ingredients to be used for dinner that night, and if I can throw in a paper wrapped bouquet of flowers and a baguette in the crux of my arm too, well, I am in 12-year-old-Eliza heaven.
  • Clothes and things for the house: Daffy’s, HomeGoods and Marshalls. I like to feel like a winner while I shop.
  • Other favorites Clothes: Anthropologie, JCrew (student discount!), Gap and Target.

Please do not disturb, we are now entering the inner sanctum, the bedroom. 

Yes this is IS where the magic happens, mostly because it is a studio too! 

Pattern play requires a skilled eye and a working knowledge of color theory – or sometimes it just takes throwing fabrics together and choosing a reoccurring hue. Either way, it rocks. 

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but brushing doesn’t hurt either. 

Do (what activity do you absolutely love? rowing a boat? knitting? walking the Brooklyn Bridge? Visiting the Franklin Institute? Reading a magazine?):

  • Broadway shows on the cheap. I started life as an actress and it will always own a big part of my heart. Student rush, standing room, lottery… oh, there are ways.
  • Traveling! Learning what places look, smell and feel like all on my own. I love to take pictures and decorate with little things I collect on my journeys. I try to use my passport at least once a year!
  • Making things. I am an artist through and through. I used to get butterflies in my tummy during arts and crafts as a kid… and I still do.
  • Gardening while Maddie plays in the sprinkler. One of the greatest things about living outside of Manhattan is having all those things that feel like real life to me – a yard, a vegetable garden, birds chirping outside my window and a hammock.
And that, in a blogging nutshell is Mary had a little one, I have an Eliza Lamb. What sorts of friends do YOU have? How does their home inspire you?