Gallery Mondays: Audrey Hepburn

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A few weeks ago I was walking down Steinway Street in Astoria with my friends and I saw this lovely multi-color street art mural of Audrey Hepburn.

The amount of trucks that passed by while I was trying to take this photo is absolutely maddening.

Anyway, if you’re passing by Steinway Thrift Shop near the Steinway station, look up and say hello to Audrey Hepburn. She’s sure to make your day.

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Wardrobe Wednesdays: Jennifer Lopez in New York

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Jennifer Lopez stepped out in New York with a green smoothie in hand and some sassy sequined sweatpants, reminding us all that March is here and we need to go back to our regular workout in time for bikini season.

She went gray from head to toe with a gray pullover hoodie and Timberland boots, sporting an athleisure look.

This look can easily be done with sneakers instead of boots if you want to look stylish at the gym or during a run. Below are the Timberland boots she wore (marked with *) and some items similar to the original pieces.

Sweatshirt:

1. Active Faith, $45.00

2. RVCA, $35.20

Sweatpants:

3. Yoins, $23.95

4. Lulu’s, $132.00

Boots:

5. Echo Club House, $46.50

6. Zappos, $170.00 *

Gallery Mondays: Béatrice Coron’s “Kind” at 104 Street Station

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Happy Columbus Day! The 104 Street station on the A line was completely renovated a few months ago, which brought some lovely artwork by Béatrice Coron to the platform.

Coron specializes in cut-out art. 104th Street station features her collection On the Right Track, which is a beautiful installation of human-like figures representing different characteristics such as “happy,” or, in this case, “kind.”

I love the fact that you can look at this piece of art and literally see through it. Looking at “Kind” and seeing the landscape through the carvings reminds makes the artwork seem as though it has a much more deeper meaning. Mother Nature is kind, as she gives us natural resources such as oxygen and water. We can see kindness in the woman represented in this piece of art, and literally through her we can see the gifts that Mother Nature gives us.

I also love the way the woman’s robe blends in with the rest if the carvings, making her seem like she’s floating in place.

Watch Béatrice Coron’s TED Talk about her creative process here.

 

Gallery Mondays: Life Is Beautiful

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The one thing I love about Brooklyn is the amazing street art you’ll find as you walk through the neighborhoods. There’s something to love about graffiti that isn’t vandalism.

I found this gem on the side of a building on Roebling and N 9th. I really like the way the pink writing is sort of splattered with a bit of a paint drip along the side of the building and under some of the letters. The paper cut out collage look of the Roebling family portraits and other art decor behind the words is quite interesting as well.

And yes, life truly is beautiful.

Simon Cowell is Going to be a Father?!

This morning I learned that 53 year old grouch Simon Cowell, X Factor judge and former American Idol judge, is going to be a father.

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And that’s not the best part.

The mother of his child is his friend Andrew Silverman’s estranged wife, Lauren Silverman.

Yes. You read correctly. Simon Cowell got his friend’s wife pregnant.

The two have been hanging out quite a bit over the past two years.

Real estate developer Andrew Silverman and 36 year old New York socialite Lauren Silverman “have been unhappy in their marriage for some time, and their divorce has been in the works for a while,” a source says. “As their marriage deteriorated, she and Simon became close.”

Lauren Silverman plans to leave her husband to be with Cowell. She’s ten weeks along in her pregnancy.

I’m not sure how to react to this news.

First there’s the fact that he’s having a child with a woman who is married to another man.

Another man who he happens to call his “mate.”

Isn’t this a violation of bro code? I mean, I know that Andrew and Lauren have been separated for a while but Jesus! That doesn’t give him permission to swoop in and impregnate the woman!

Then there’s the terrible reality that this is Simon Cowell we’re talking about here. The man we love to hate.

Back in 2009 he said, “God, no. I couldn’t have children. If I had them here drawing on the walls I’d go nuts. With kids, you’ve got a routine you can’t escape from. You’ve got to be up at a certain time. Got to listen. When all you want to do is sit in a corner thinking.”

His feelings on being a father changed last year, as he stated in an interview with AOL Music, “I do really, really like kids, because I can talk to them and listen to them. The problem has always been how much time you need to devote to bringing up kids. I’ve always dedicated all my life to work, and at 52, I’ve probably missed the opportunity.”

This year he claims, “If I knew I could be – how do I put this delicately – faithful, I would. I do like kids, I’m just not sure I’d be any good for the first six months. I don’t think I’d adopt because I’d rather have my own. I’d have to say I’d like a little girl.”

I wouldn’t exactly trust him to babysit a child, much less be the parent or guardian of one. He’s just not the type of guy you can picture cradling a child in his arms.

No matter how hard I try I just can’t do it!

I hope Simon Cowell treats the youngster better than he treats the contestants on The X Factor.

I really do.

Gantry Plaza State Park and East River Ferry

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Yesterday I went to visit Gantry Plaza State Park with my friend Kristell.

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During senior year of high school back in May 2012, a trip to this very park was planned for Senior Skip Day.

But we were such good students that we didn’t go.

That and my rough draft in creative writing was being peer critiqued that day.

So about a year later we finally got to visit the park.

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Kristell and I on one of the cool wooden park chairs

Its a very lovely park. Gantry is located in Long Island City, right along the East River, so you can see the buildings in the city from there.

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The view was just breathtaking.

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After strolling through the park for a while, we decided to try to find the East River Ferry.

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We got lost and had to ask for directions. Twice.

So much for iPhone maps, eh?

In our defense, there was construction everywhere.

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PicsArt_1371144316555 View from the Gantry ferry dock.

The $4 ferry ride from Gantry to 34th Street was short. The second level of the boat was so cool! We could see all of the Manhattan skyline from there. I was in awe.

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If you’re ever in Long Island City looking for something touristy to do, this should be on your list. Take a trip to Gantry, enjoy the skyline, and then take the ferry into the city for some sightseeing.

Enjoy some footage from Gantry and the East River Ferry!

High Line NYC

Yesterday I went to the High Line in NYC with a few of my girlfriends from high school!

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The High Line, an urban linear elevated park located along 10th Avenue,  is quite the interesting sight. It used to be a street level railway in the 1840s. Too many accidents occurred between the trains and the traffic, causing 10th Avenue to became known as Death Avenue. Later the train became an elevated rail to prevent anymore accidents.

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In 2009 the railway was transformed into a lovely park complete with statues, flowers, and grassy areas to enjoy the summer sun. The view is fabulous!

You can still see some of the rails. It’s so cool!

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Three highlights of our time at the High Line yesterday:

1. The Goshka Macuga bust of Colin Powell. The following pictures should explain why.

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2. The flowers!! They’re so gosh darn gorgeous!!

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IMAG18003. And the grass. I could lay there forever.

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As my friend Xiran said as we all lay on the grass, “Nature is perfect.”

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Indeed it is, my dear. Indeed. Especially at the High Line.

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My girlies!! (l-r Niketa, Kristell, and Xiran)

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My girlies!! (l-r Niketa, Kristell, and Xiran)

*(As you can tell, Xiran cannot take a normal picture. But that’s just one of the many reasons why we love her.)*

If you’re ever in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan near 10th ave and 14th Street, you should totally visit the High Line. You won’t regret it. It’s beautiful!

Check out the official site for the High Line.

Enjoy some of the footage I took while there!!