Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Where were you?

Will you ever forget where you were on the morning of September 11, 2001? I won't. I had taken a 6am spin class and was just coming out soaking wet when a girl in the waiting room said a plane hit the building. This caused quite a bit of confusion as the spin gym is literally across the street from John Wayne airport and I thought “surely we would have heard something if a plane hit the building. The music isn’t THAT loud.” I think the look on my face told her I wasn’t quite getting it so she began to explain....”a plane flew into the World Trade Center in New York, the building is coming down.” We ran next door to the women’s gym where we all worked and saw everyone in there locked on the tv’s not moving, mouths agape. And we caught the second building as it began to crumble. I remember hearing audible gasps as we all grappled with what was going on before our eyes. It was horrible, I can’t even describe the feelings that went through me that morning. i remember grabbing my phone and calling my mom crying, glad she was ok but neither of us able to grasp the reality of that morning. I was going through my own personal turmoil being in the middle of a separation from my husband at the time and heading for a divorce but he was the third person’s voice I wanted to hear that morning. i remember going outside on the sidewalk behind the gym and sinking to the floor when he picked up the phone. “What is happening?” is all I could get out. As we all know, the events of that day continued to unfold and thousands of lives were lost in NYC, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC. It was a day that changed America forever. In some ways for the better and in some ways for the worse. Now living in the city of New York, I have an even deeper tie to that day. I have walked past that site countless times and not once have I not thought about what happened that day. I have run though the streets around there on the anniversary and heard the names of those who died being called out on a loudspeaker. I have visited St. Paul’s Chapel across the street from the site and seen how it was a safe haven in the time after the tragedy, having miraculously sustained no damage during the attack. I have walked past countless fire stations around the city and seen the faces of the brave men who died trying to save others. And now, after the 10 year anniversary the Memorial Site is finally open and I have been able to walk that hallowed ground. I have been able to run my fingers across the names of those who died. I have been comforted by the sound of the rushing water as it pours into footprints of the two towers. I am not going to lie, it’s a tough place to visit. I can’t even imagine what it might be like for someone who lost a loved one on that day. I hope it brings them comfort and maybe a little peace to visit but that might be asking a lot. Do you remember where you were? Please never forget.

9-11 Memorial Site. 
Never Forget.

Monday, December 19, 2011


What IS the correct response when someone calls you a bitch for not giving them a quarter? Something inside of me got riled up and made me stop and turn around with an irritated "Excuse me? Do you need a quarter?" Apparently I am actually becoming a full fledged New Yorker. Here's the thing, I am actually quite a regular giver. I feel incredibly blessed and in turn feel compelled to help others when I can. But call me a bitch when I can't and it seems you are dealing with someone I am not all too familiar with. I forget she's in there sometimes and she doesn't take kindly to that. "Yes I need a quarter bitch" "Ok I will give you a quarter", I said (or possibly snapped) as I began to dig in my wallet, that I was quickly realizing I had just emptied of all change before I left my place "How about a thank you", I added as I continued to dig. He then turned away from me and called out to the next passer by "I am poor, give me $3000 for my painting bitch" which I was beginning to realize was really not personal but a normal part of his vernacular. Also realizing he is no longer paying any attention to me and my empty wallet I turned and walked away thinking to myself, "well if you really wanted $3000 in the first place, you should have just asked for that and not a quarter."

Friday, November 11, 2011

Let the Window Shopping BEGIN!

I love store windows. Not necessarily just during the holidays but they do usually put on a little more sparkle this time of the year. And Bendel's and Bergdorf's are my two all time favs. I took a little trip uptown today and since I got diverted by a Veteran's Day Parade, I only hit Bendel's but it was so worth it. So here is a little sneak peak. The holidays are coming Kids! Have you been good little boys and girls this year?

New Style Blog

On 11.11.11 I finally brought to fruition something I had been cooking up for probably a  little over a year. I began shooting eye wear a few years ago. Mostly , well not mostly, all product shots. Oddly enough I really enjoy it and I think the pieces are actually quite beautiful. I get into a complete state of Zen when it's me and a few trays of frames and those of you who know me, know I don't really do Zen. So once I moved to New York, I began to see with new eyes, all the people around with great glasses and with great style. Since I have never needed glasses (before you get all twitchy, I am getting to that age where the ones I now have will be more functional and less for style purposes and I am ok with that so simmer down) I guess I hadn't really noticed them until I moved here. And here, let me tell you, so many people just look great in general.
And so last night, I birthed a style blog called Framed & Focused, dedicated to eye wear and people who rock their frames hard.  First up was the ever stylish Beth Jones in some sunnies from Crossroads, followed by Crazy Aunt Lindsey in some optical frames by Tortoise & Blonde. So if you wear glasses out of necessity or just as a fashion statement be sure to put together your whole look because you never know when I might tap you on the shoulder and ask to shoot you for my blog. It could happen.

New post will be up tomorrow so go check it out!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Tooooo BUSY!

WOW. Let me repeat that. WOW. I feel like the days just FLY by. What happened to OCtober??? I am not kidding when I say I would have to look at my iCal to remember. ANd no it's NOT because I am becoming a woman of a certain age.  And now here we are already on the 10th day of November. Would it help if I started digging in my heels? Make it slow down. Make it STOP for a minute. Although I do really want next week to get here because the rents arrive but that will make the next few weeks go by even faster I am quite sure of it! Kind of a catch 22 now isn't it? OK I have lots of fun stuff in the pipeline and I will hopefully have the time to share soon. In the meantime, a little teaser of something I am working and am hoping to launch very soon. Beth Jones of BJones Style was visiting the city in October and I got to shoot her for her style blog which was a real treat. It is always fun to shoot interesting and beautiful people and things.  With Beth I got both. She is a WHIZ at styling her looks and a genuine beauty inside and out.  Here are a few of the shots from her visit.

Stay tuned for more soon.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Fun with Diptic

Art Class

The Inspiration

The Pencil Sketch

The Watercolor

Not to shabby for my first stab at it. 

Reasons I love New York

Reasons I love NY
Guy on the sidewalk shaking his cup of change
Man: you got any change?
Me: digging in my pocket pulling out a solitary penny "I've only got a penny" as I dropped it in his cup "sorry buddy"
Man: A penny, hey  Jack Benny started with  a penny
With smile on both our faces I could hear his voice wafting on the air behind meWell played

The View

Never will I tire of this view when I fly into JFK and make my way back into my beloved city. 


It finally happened. I dropped my phone just so and when I picked it up the front was now a lovely albeit totally unfunctional (probably not a word) shattered glass pattern. So sad. In the interest of not boring you to tears with my own tech drama, I have been emailing myself iphone photos for three days. (Don't ask) On the bright side I have gotten to relive the last year in photos and a pretty good year it's been. So I thought I would share some of my favs. In no particular order nor will this collection probably make any sense. Enjoy

Playing with new Apps at Balthazar

Great new Cuban find

Blue Corn Pancakes.....YUM

"Art" all over my hood

Truer Words

Some of my Fav Bergdorf Windows

WANT this outfit courtesy of BG

So I know this looks like some sort of sky shot but in actuality it's my blood. I hit the shutter with my finger over the flash and Voila.....Art

Friday, October 14, 2011

Antiques Garage

A couple weeks ago I was on the mad hunt for some stuff for the Rabbit Hole, namely some antlers, frames and bell jars. SO I decided to head over to Brooklyn to the Flea and see what I could find. Sadly, no score. Well at least not on the things on my list. I did however pick up a beautiful new vintage camera. 40's era with gorgeous art deco gold pattern on the front. She fits nicely into the family. From there I headed over to the Antiques Garage in midtown hoping for better luck. Alas it was not meant to be. Apparently it was all photo all the time for me that day. I came across this box of vintage glass negatives. Gorgeous. In mint condition from France and Belgium from the early part of the 19th century. SCORE! I could have bought the whole box but that would have been selfish. So at $4 each I brought home 2. Not sure what or how I will display them so for now they are mine to enjoy. It's the simple pleasures sometimes.

I think it would be cool to print them stacked. Makes an interesting image.

Glass, can you believe it? So cool.

This was the info that was inside the box. History my friends!

Thursday, October 13, 2011


I have been doing  a lot of running lately as I am in training for another half marathon. Long story as I am not actually registered to run it, but I am doing it by proxy! Anyhow it's keeping me on the road. It's been a touch breezy in the city so I have been running the Park (as in Central Park for those of you outside NYC, and no that is not meant to sound snobby) a lot, as it is a little more protected. I usually have my phone with me but of course the one night I don't take it with me, the view beyond the reservoir of the skyline was STUNNING! I am still kicking myself for missing that photo op. So, a few days later I decided to stop midrun and snap this beauty.

The views here really NEVER get old. If I weren't such a Type A runner I would probably have a lot more pics to share. I am working on it. For now, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. 

Crazy Aunt Lindsey

Uh, have you been to Crazy Aunt Lindsey.COM yet???? If not, WHY NOT??? It's a new project I am working on and it's RAD! SO much good stuff for kids, parents, aunts, uncles, godparents, basically anyone who has kids in their life. Heck I even learned some cool new stuff and I have got some years on this odometer, although I am a kid at heart! So, bottom line....GO check it out!! There is new content almost every day from science to art to style to books! Like I said, Lindsey and I have been working HARD! :)

Thanks for the Memories

And the laptop, iPod, iPhone. Sad to hear of Steve Jobs passing. What an incredible mind and imagination and an example of tenacity and vision. The world is a different place because of him and he will be missed.

Some quotes to ponder from Mr. Jobs.

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”

"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything -- all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. ... Stay hungry. Stay foolish."

Now who is going to step up and be the NEXT Steve Jobs? Is it You?


Lindsey Buckingham KILLED this. I was never a fan of this song before I saw this performance and ever since, I have wanted to learn guitar JUST to play This!!

Love is in the Air

I am going through some images I shot at my friend Brooke's Wedding this summer and I found a couple that I wanted to share. SInce when you are shooting a friend's wedding there is no record that you were actually in attendance, I made sure to snap a few shots just for us. Obviously she will remember that I was there but I may not. :) Weddings are a lot of work people! No seriously, I just like to be in front of the camera as well as behind. Truth be told.

So hot!

Nice tan lines. 

Who loves POLaroid!!? Me Me Me!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Rabbit Hole Updates

Well after De-Lovely, The Great Gatsby and Death on the Nile, I am in full nesting mode.  I have been pulling inspiration, painting and scouring flea markets, shops and ebay for pieces to add to the Rabbit. Hole. I am in Art Deco mode so research has been fun. I recently bought a vintage suitcase and hadn't been hit by any inspiring ways to make it over as it was a dingy shade of white from years of use. I plan on repurposing it for storage above my cabinets and finally got an idea to make it pop. I plan on painting the wall above the cabinets gray once the rents come to visit so I think this will really stand out once that is done. I think it turned out lovely even if I did get a little particular with a paint brush at the end to clean up the edges. It may not have shown but I would have known.

Halfway painted. See the difference?

Marking off with tape for the stripes. 

First coat of Pink

All done and ready to be "packed"