Wardrobe Wednesdays: Kate Hudson in Tribeca

Kate Hudson in Tribeca

Kate Hudson stepped out of her hotel in Tribeca on Monday wearing this cozy looking deep blue plaid sweater with smoky gray ripped jeans and suede ankle boots. Very casual and very mid-fall appropriate, don’t you think?

I love the fact that she added texture to this outfit with the quilted turn-lock bag. I’ve always felt quilted turn-lock bags had a certain level of simple sophistication with the jeweled chain strap.

I can’t help but realize Kate Hudson looks like a blue version of the sunglasses emoji. After daylight savings, I think its time to put the sunglasses away, but to each his own…

Below are the original items (marked with *) and some alternatives in case they sell out.

Sweater:

1. Revolve Clothing, $220.00 *

2. Farfetch, $410.00

Jeans:

3. Revolve Clothing, $189.00 *

4. H&M, $19.99

Sunglasses:

5. Shopbop, $150.00 *

6. Back Country, $79.00

Bag:

7. Shopbop, $3,450.00 *

8. Target, $16.99

Boots:

9. Net-a-Porter, $288.00 *

10. Neiman Marcus, $129.00

 

Gallery Mondays: Burnett’s Paris Scene

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I was at my friend’s house the other day when I noticed her parents have a Burnett painting on the wall over the staircase. It’s an oil on canvas painting of a Paris scene with the Panthéon in the backdrop.

After much research, I discovered that there are tons of Burnett paintings of Paris scenes similar to this one, some with the Eiffel Tower in the backdrop and others with a market in the background and so on.

What I like most about this painting is the way the people look like they’re walking in slow motion around the scene, as do most depictions of people appear in impressionist paintings such as this one. It almost creates a GIF in my brain if I stair at it for two long.

Learn more about the mystery of Burnett’s paintings here.

 

NaNoWriMo 2015: ‘Runaway Girl’ Part 3

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Enjoy part 3 of Runaway Girl. (Read part 1 and part 2)

It’s been two weeks since I left Bangladesh. I feel so free here in New York. Priya and Greg have taken me to a Broadway show and to a few museums in Manhattan. Everything is so beautiful here.

A smile wouldn’t leave my face until this afternoon, when I saw my picture on a lamppost in Queens today while picking Vonetta up from a play date. My parents were looking for me. I couldn’t believe them! I’m sure they know why I’ve run away, so why chase me? I’m nineteen years old. I can take care of myself!

That evening while eating dinner with Priya, Greg, and Vonetta the doorbell rang. Greg opened it to reveal two elderly Bengali parents, both with salt and pepper hair, the woman wearing a green and yellow Sari and the man a blue shirt and gray slacks.

“I am here to take my daughter Sharmina back home where she belongs. Her husband to be, Samir, awaits her,” said the man in a thick Bengali accent.

Fan Art Fridays: Shia LaBeouf at #ALLMYMOVIES

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few days, you’ll already know that Shia LaBeouf watched all his movies in reverse chronological order from November 10th to November 12th at the Angelika Film Center as part of his latest performance art project called #ALLMYMOVIES. Admission was free, so you can imagine how many people were waiting to enter that theater. The whole thing was live streamed, so we had a front row seat of Shia’s face the entire three days.

A fan in what looks like the concession area or lobby of the theater sketched an awesome drawing of Shia watching his movies. The sketch has a slightly courtroom cartoon look to it, which is ironic because in a way the audience and Shia himself were like judges evaluating his filmography during #ALLMYMOVIES.

As I mentioned last week, every Fan Art Fridays during NaNoWriMo will also have a fan fiction presented at the end, so here’s this week’s!

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Enjoy, and view the original sketch on Twitter.

Wardrobe Wednesdays: Hilary Duff on Set of ‘Younger’ and Yerdle Review

SPONSORED*
Hilary Duff on Set of 'Younger'

Today’s Wardobe Wednesdays is sponsored by Yerdle through PINCHme.*

Hilary Duff was definitely looking holiday glam while on the set of Younger in New York City last week.

I can’t be the only one thinking she looks like a fun disco ball with this sheer sequined top and leather pants. The red heels give this look just the right amount of color without going overboard. If Mr. and Mrs. Claus had a female assistant that was not an elf, this should be their uniform.

All of the original items (marked with *) are still in stock for those of you eyeing these pieces for an upcoming laid back holiday party. I’ve also listed some alternatives below.

Top:

1. Nordstrom, $330.00*

2. John Lewis, £68.00 (approx. $103.15 USD)

Pants:

3. Shopbop, $1,098.00 *

4. Macy’s, $21.99

Heels:

5. Saks Fifth Avenue, $895.00 *

6. Urbanog, $42.70


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A few weeks ago I was introduced to Yerdle by PINCHme. Yerdle is like an online thrift store where you can give and receive items for free. All you have to pay is shipping if your item requires it.

Users get Yerdle dollars when they give stuff away, kind of like credits for a good deed. Just snap a pic of an item you don’t want and post it to get started.

I myself simply wanted to try getting a product through Yerdle, so when I saw this set of necklaces and rings for $5 I couldn’t resist.

The package came quickly, and the jewelry was just as pictured.  yerdle set

yerdle bird necklace

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Disregard my chipped nail polish…

One of the necklaces has a cool bird on it, the other is a geometric triangular pattern, and one ring is plain silver while the other looks like an animal print. What’s particularly interesting about the animal print ring is the fact that they’re three rings stuck together,

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I’m quite pleased, and would totally get another product on Yerdle. People give away loads of stuff like shoes, headphones, and decorative items for your home. I might also upload some things to give away soon.

If you’d like to try Yerdle yourself, use my link to sign up and receive some extra Yerdle dollars! https://yerdle.com/i/dana-gibbs

 

Gallery Mondays: ‘Pax Rwanda’ Exhibit @ Port Authority Bus Terminal

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I was traveling last week for a work trip and I came across this vibrant Pax Rwanda exhibit at the Port Authority Bus Terminal’s 9th Avenue entrance in NYC.

The exhibit features several pieces of art that will be on display at the terminal for the month of November. The pieces are embroidered art created by women that survived the 1994 genocide against the Tutsis in Rwanda.

What stands out to me the most about this particular piece is the feeling you get when you see it. Despite the fact that the women who created the art lived through the genocide, which was something sad and grief-worthy, this pair of ladies dancing happily somehow came out of it.

Isn’t that something?

It kind of reminds me of the Bible verse Psalm 118:24, which reads, “This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.”

Learn more about the exhibit here.

NaNoWriMo 2015: ‘Runaway Girl’ Part 2

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Enjoy the second part of Runaway Girl! (Read part 1 here)

It was only five o’clock in the morning when I tiptoed down the stairs and out the back door of the house. I took one last look at the family photo on the living room table and then I left. I was going to miss this house, but not my mom and dad or Samir. They could surely live without me.

At six thirty in the morning I boarded the plane to Italy. When I arrived in Italy, it was already one in the afternoon. I had an hour before my next flight to New York so I took a bathroom break and then read a few pages of my Koran. At two I got on the plane to New York. I could already feel the freedom in my veins as the plane landed seven hours later.

I had a friend in New York named Priya whom I had called before leaving Bangladesh. She had done the same thing I was doing three years ago. She now had one child and an amazing husband whom she married of her own free will. I hope I’ll be as lucky as she. She lives in Belmont, Long Island and offered to pick me up from LaGuardia Airport that evening. I called her from a payphone using the only U.S. quarter I had ever seen in my life. I took it from my dad’s collection. He collected coins from all over the world. Thankfully he had a U.S. quarter.

I put the quarter in the payphone and picked up the receiver only to find that there was no dial tone. I looked at the payphone trying to figure out what I had done wrong. On the top left hand side of the payphone I saw that it said ‘50¢’. That meant two quarters. I only had one. I sighed and began to walk away from the payphone when a blue eyed, dark brown haired guy in a business suit came up to me and handed me a quarter.

“You don’t have to thank me. I saw you from over there”, he said while pointing across the room. “You looked like you needed another quarter. You’re welcome,” he said smiling at me.

“Thank you,” I said. He left me standing at the payphone still in awe. He walked over to a man holding a sign that said ‘Broomfield’. I guess that was his driver.

I snapped out of it and called Priya. She told me she was already on her way, so I waited outside. I watched as other people pushed carts with suitcases to their taxis and riding away off to freedom. I couldn’t wait until Priya arrived. Finally she did, and I rode off into the freedom-filled sunset myself.

Priya’s husband, Greg, is very nice to me. Her daughter Vonetta is two years old, and she told me that she likes my Saris. Priya and I agreed that I should babysit Vonetta until I find a job in New York. Greg offered to pay me but I told him it wasn’t necessary. I already owed him for allowing me to remain in his home until I could stand on my own.