DSLR Diaries: Misc Fall ’19-Winter ’20

I haven’t done a DSLR Diaries for a little while, and it feels strange, so I’m rummaging through my camera roll for some miscellaneous fall-winter 19/20 photos to share with you guys.

To be frank, I haven’t gone shooting much lately as it’s so cold out and the winter wind freezes my little fingers whenever I take my camera out in below 45° weather.

Even thought I think winter landscapes are magical, I’d much rather it be spring right now.

Anyway, enjoy these photos taken in NYC and Long Island during the months of November 2019-January 2020.

Fall 2019

Autumn leaves in Babylon, LI.

Clear afternoon skies in the Flatiron District of Manhattan.

Ziggy’s installation near Madison Square Park.

A row of autumn trees.

 

Start of Winter 2020

Remnants of snow at Highbridge Recreation Center.

Sun setting over the 175th St exit off of I-95.

Fenced I-95.

Sunset aisle.

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Fall 2019 Self-Care Playlist

It is finally starting to feel like autumn outside in NYC (no more random 90° F days in the middle of a 60° F week)!

This fall, I thought it would be nice to create a playlist to listen to after a long day of work while relaxing in a cozy essential oil-filled bath or whilst practicing my favorite yoga poses. Self-care is so important during seasonal changes, especially when your body is trying to figure out how to adjust to the weather.

So light your favorite fall candle, draw yourself an aromatic bath, or lay out your yoga mat and enjoy these relaxing tunes that’ll provide the perfect mood for your well-deserved self-care session.

1. Feel It All Around, Washed Out. You must feel self-care all around for this fall treatment to be effective.

2. Blowback, Galimatias. If you know, you know 😉

3. Warm Water, Banks. The perfect beat to soak in this very kind of temperature.

4. Hands, ALPINE. It is MORE than okay to feel the rain on your hands, darling.

5. Lost In the Moment, Darius ft. Wayne Snow. Self-care hour is just the right moment to get lost in.

6. Heaven, Clairo. Relax to the sound of Clairo’s vocals.

7. Sirens, SHOR. Don’t be troubled by the sirens.

8. Sail Away, Møme ft. Ricky Ducati. It’s okay to not be okay sometimes.

9. Neon, Magdalena Bay. A reminder that you deserve all the things you want, so visualize and take them.

10. Phoenix, Rhye. Your remarkable inner phoenix is rising.

11. Floating, Alina Baraz ft. Khalid. Go “skinny dipping deep inside [your own] head” (pleasant thoughts only).

12. Freedom, Emma Louise. Feel it.

13. Sade in the 90s, Qveen Herby. Permission to be jaded granted.

Happy Autumn!

Wardrobe Wednesdays: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley at LAX

Who said fall was strictly for leaves?

Model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was spotted this week at LAX rocking the most amazing pair of velvet ankle booties I’ve ever seen! The velvet booties were black with a vibrant floral print. She paired the boots with a cozy white wrap coat and a black designer tote bag.

I don’t know what it is about velvet this season, but these boots are to die for! I love how the red rose just pops against the black background mixed with the green and blue plant prints.

Sadly, the original boots are sold out (not surprising!) but see below for a few similar options, as well as other pieces inspired by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s look!

Coat:

1. ASOS, $88.50

2. Stylebop.com $167.00

Boots:

3. Romwe, $99.99 (currently on sale for $33.99)

4. Charlotte Russe, $24.59

Bag:

5. Nordstrom, $2,990.00 *

6. Guess, $98.00

Original items marked by *

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.

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!