Carving (& Drilling) Pumpkins with Karina

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I wanted an excuse to see Karina’s schnauzer Lou Lou last week so I bought two medium sized pumpkins at Lowe’s in Chelsea and hauled them all the way to Queens.

I already knew I wanted to carve an emoji on my pumpkin, but Karina was undecided. She saw a few cool patterned carvings online but realized she wouldn’t have the patience to carve that many holes into the pumpkin to create her design.

So we cranked some Roosevelt tunes while she took a drill to it.

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I had a bit of trouble getting the pumpkin guts out of mine, but Karina had no problem stepping in to rake them out with a fork.

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It was fairly easy to draw the emoji on my pumpkin to carve out the shapes. After we put the small tealights into the pumpkins, Karina realized she needed to puncture her holes deeper in order to see the lights.

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Overall they turned out pretty well! Mine is molding now because I wasn’t aware that I had to bleach the pumpkin to preserve it. Karina had the right idea by not making the holes too big because if her’s molds you won’t notice. I’m hoping it’ll make it to Halloween anyway.

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And there you have it: The heart face emoji falls in love with the disco ball.

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Gallery Mondays: The Birds

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Fall is literally two days away, so the lovely birds that came to visit NYC for the summer will be headed south soon.

I saw this amazing street art by Denton Burrows on a shipping container near the intersection of Ludow and East Houston Street in the East Village earlier this month. The two birds painted on the container look like the cutest couple snuggling up together on that branch!

I love that these colorful birds are set against the sky blue background, making it feel as if you’re actually staring at two birds sitting high up in a tree. Cue “The K-I-S-S-I-N-G Song.”

Also, is it just me, or does that green leaf in the bottom right corner look like some sort of smiley face leaf emoji?

See art by Denton Burrows at www.dentonburrows.com.

Fall 2015 Halloween Dance Party Playlist

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If you’ve been tasked with creating this year’s Halloween party playlist and you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, it’s time to sit back and take a listen to a few tracks that will definitely get your guests on their feet. From electronic dance to dark pop, this Halloween party playlist is going to have your party pumpin’ blood (no, not really…at least I hope not…).

Below are 17 tracks that I’ve curated to spookify your Halloweekend 2015. Enjoy!

1. Paralyzed, Mystery Skulls: Try not to become paralyzed by the first costumed guy or girl you come in contact with at the party(ies) you attend this weekend.

2. Maneater, Nelly Furtado: Let’s stay away from the maneaters in the room for the night, shall we?

3. Blue Jeans, Lana Del Rey (Gesaffelstein Remix): This one goes out to the wallflowers in the room.

4. Doomsday, NERO: Feel that heavy synth pumping through your bloodstream.

5. Afterburner, Futurecop! feat. Renegade: Do you feel that eeriness in the intro?

6. Feed Me Diamonds, MNDR (RAC Remix): If you’re going to be eating anything that night let it be anything but actual diamonds. We don’t need any real paramedics showing up at the party, please and thank you.

7. Houdini, Foster the People (RAC Mix): “Sometimes I wanna disappear…”

8. Teeth, Lady Gaga: All those in Lady Gaga inspired costumes please rise to this occasion.

9. Afraid of the Dark, MKTO: It’s okay to be afraid of the dark. Just dance the fear away.

10. Don’t Move, Phantogram: Are you going to obey Phantogram’s command to “keep your body still”?

11. Yellow Flicker Beat, Lorde: Try out some of Lorde’s infamous dance moves on the dance floor. Tonight it will be totally cool, I promise.

12. In the Dark, Dev: Just keep on “dancin’ in the dark.”

13. Ragdoll, Ashlee Simpson: Don’t you dare let anyone throw you around, even if you’re dressed up as a ragdoll for the night.

14. Dancing With Your Ghost, Cazzette feat. Sterling Fox: I hope this is a friendly ghost you’re dancing with for this number… 

15. Here, Alessia Cara: I’ll tell you what you’re doing here. You’re here to dance.

16. Road Trip, Darius: Time to slow things down with a little bit of Darius.

17. Ghost Town, Adam Lambert: Is your heart feeling like a “ghost town” yet?

Have a happy and safe Halloweekend 2015!

Fall 2015 Outerwear Picks

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The temperature is starting to drop here in New York, and soon we’ll be pulling out our fall jackets again. It’s such a pity to have to cover up a cute outfit sometimes, but a jacket that has character could make all the difference.

I myself have thought about getting a new jacket for the fall. Not sure if I’ll go through with it, but here are a few contenders.

Fall 2015 Outerwear Picks leather

My current fall jacket is a silver/gray leather jacket. If you’re going for a sporty look, a leather jacket is just the thing you need. You can get something colorful or stick to neutrals.

Shop Leather Jackets:

Brown

Blue

Black & White

Burgundy

Fall 2015 Outerwear Picks trench

I also own a blue plaid trench coat that I wear when the weather drops below 50 degrees in the fall. I have considered getting a solid color trench coat that would match my outfits better, but I couldn’t resist adding that floral trench!

Shop Trench Coats:

Orange

Black Floral

Green

Gray/Blue

Fall 2015 Outerwear Picks denim

Nothing says old school better than a denim jacket! I haven’t worn one of these in such a long time (like 5 years!). Since denim is such a universal material, it’s important to get a jacket that has something unique (such as rhinestones or rips). You can even DIY it!

Shop Denim Jackets:

Distressed

Black

Hooded

Shoulder Rhinestones

Which fall jacket is your favorite?

Keep in mind that if you do decide to order one of the jackets above, many of them run in Asian sizes. Please consult the size charts and perform proper measurements before ordering!

Wardrobe Wednesdays: Kozy Karlie Kloss and Mirina Collections Review

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* This week’s Wardrobe Wednesdays is sponsored by Mirina Collections.

Happy September Equinox! The weather in New York today is in the mid 60s, so it’s time to start switching out the tank tops for the cozy knit sweaters!

Karlie Kloss is rocking a super cute ballet knit sweater with suede thigh high boots and an olive green tote. I love the subtle pop of color she adds to the outfit with the olive green bag, keeping things on the neutral side.

Check out the links below for some similar items!

Sweater:

1. Forward, $650.00

2. People Tree, $134.39

Pants:

3. Forward, $248.00

4. Bloomingdale’s, $198.00

Boots:

5. Forward, $2,195.00

6. H&M, $149.00

Tote:

7. Barneys, $2,890.00

8. Net-a-Porter, $2,445.00

Mirina Collections Sponsor

A couple of weeks ago I agreed to become a Mirina Collections Brand Ambassador. I was sent this gorgeous statement necklace last week, and I’ve already planned a bunch of outfits to wear it with!

The necklace is called Diem, and it comes in silver and gold. I chose silver because I wear silver jewelry most often. The necklace looks like it would be heavy but it totally isn’t. The crystals are sparkly and bring a classy look to almost any outfit.

I was also sent this cute pair of pearl double ball earrings. I’m not completely convinced that they look normal on my ears but I guess I’ll get used to them.

As a brand ambassador, I get to share a promo code with you guys! Take 20% off your purchase with the code “WHISPER20.”

Shop Mirina Collections here.

Gallery Mondays: Hope Gangloff @ Susan Inglett Gallery

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I stepped out this morning at about 7:45 a.m. and it was 60 °F.

Fall is definitely upon us.

This painting by Hope Gangloff reminds me of the weather that’s coming to NYC soon. It just makes you want to curl up on a chair with some tea.

I saw this painting back in May at the Susan Inglett Gallery. What really intrigued me about this painting is the newspapers on the floor and the way the letters jump off the page.

That and the fuzzy green slippers.

I think I could stare at Hope Gangloff’s paintings all day. The lines are just gorgeous in absolutely every single one of her paintings. They make the paintings look so real and yet so animated all at once.

See more of the images from the exhibition here.

Fall 2014 Study Playlist

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So I know it’s not technically fall yet but once school is back in session it might as well be.

And I couldn’t just let my last first day of classes as an undergrad go by without giving something back, so here is a playlist of my favorite study jams!

These songs have the most relaxing repetition and soothing vocals to get you in the zone. Whether it be a homework session or a long stretch of hardcore exam studying time, these tunes will be there for you when the pressure starts to build.

1. Hemisphere, Paradis: The light bell sounds throughout the song combined with the groggy French-speaking male voice is just what the doctor ordered for your study session. Also, the inception-like music video is the perfect thing to watch right before you begin studying, because it will unwind your brain into pliable mush in order to absorb all the knowledge necessary to pass. (Don’t ask how. It’s probably because your brain expands to explain the unexplainable events of the video.)

2. Parodia Flare, Tropics: Let the beautiful guitar chords immerse you in studiousness.

3. Electric Counterpoint – Fast (movement 3), Steve Reich: Train sounds just have a way of relaxing you, so let this instrumental sink you deep into your chair (or bed, or couch) and just keep on studying.

4. Nevermind, Foster the People: Nevermind whatever else is happening around you. It’s just you, the textbooks, the highlighters and the post-its. Nothing. Else. Matters.

5. If I Ever Feel Better, Phoenix: You will feel better once this test is over! You can get through this!

6. Tereza, Trails and Ways: This song will have you longing for summer again…and it will come once the school year is over!

7. Hearts a Mess, Gotye: Let the study notes occupy your mind, because your heart might be a mess, but your brain will be the most organized organ on you when you’ve finished studying.

8. Show Me, Touch Sensitive: This song is like a slow-mo cheer-on. It’s very groovy on the synth, and the recurring baby chipmunk voice saying “oooo, yay” throughout the song will be your personal cheerleader.

9. Deezy Daisy (Oxford Remix): You have full permission to take a dance break to this number. But only for this number and then back to studying!

10. Island, Yuna: “And if you drown [in all your study notes Yuna will] help you keep your head up to breathe.”

11. Rescue Song (RAC Remix), Mr Little Jeans: This lovely lady will also rescue you from your fear of failing. You won’t fail, don’t you worry!

12. Just Go, Shindu: They’ll just go on and turn your brain on so just go study!

13. New Theory (RAC Mix), Washed Out: This is one of my personal favorites. Washed Out is just so laid back and chill that there’s no way your brain will be inhibited by anything else but what you’re supposed to be studying. Just let them brain juices flow and create some new theories! (Don’t stray too far from the lesson notes though…)

14. No Work, All Play, Hilary Duff: Because we all know what a mistake that is. There will be no crammin’ here, just study jammin.’

15. Clocks, Coldplay: It is time. Go forth and pass with flying colors. “You are,” ready.

Happy studying, and have a great school year!