Quarantine Diaries: Wear Your Damn Mask

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I’m back in NYC!

After spending most of the spring in quarantine with my parents out on Long Island, I have returned to the Isle of Manhattan. I thought I’d be excited to be back, but of course, nothing can be bliss during the retched mess that is 2020.

My dad offered to drive me into NYC on his way to work a few days after my birthday so I wouldn’t have to sit in any germs while riding the LIRR. We made a few stops in Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan before heading uptown and boy, was I SHOCKED at how many people were ignoring the rule about face coverings during this pandemic.

In Brooklyn, I saw several people wearing their masks under their chins or not at all. I was hoping this was just going to be a rare case of Brooklyn bad-assery, but no. As my trip into Manhattan continued, I saw more and more people wearing masks incorrectly or not at all.

Fast forward to a week after being back in New York City, and I come across a nurse from a nearby hospital wearing their mask under their chin. IF A NURSE CAN’T FOLLOW THE RULES HOW CAN WE EXPECT TO EVER GET RID OF COVID-19?! HOW?!

As cities begin to reopen, streets and indoor spaces are bound to become crowded again, especially in places like NYC. I went out for a walk in Highbridge Park a few days ago to take some photos for the next DSLR Diaries, which should be fine as parks are large outdoor spaces where social distancing is fairly easy. However, I saw a woman holding a large arrangement of balloons and a Spider-Man birthday cake at the park and lost my mind.

I could have sworn gatherings were prohibited in parks during Phase 1 of reopening. Did I misread that memo?

I really hope whoever was supposed to attend that birthday party politely declined, explaining why she was standing alone with the cake and balloons.

In all seriousness, I know the warmer weather is making it super uncomfortable to wear a mask. I totally understand. Wearing a mask in temperatures over 75°F should be considered an Olympic sport.

And by all means, go protest. Go for a walk in the park. Have a virtual birthday party. Take a road trip.

But if we don’t want coronavirus cases to spiral out of control again, we have to follow the rules. Wear your mask, wash your hands, and follow your city’s recommendations for a safe reopening so we can go back to enjoying a normal life again sooner rather than later.

Just please stop wearing your masks under your chins. It’s utterly pointless.

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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DSLR Diaries: New York Comic Con 2019

I should have posted this days ago, but I didn’t, so here we are, looking back at October in my DSLR photos more than a month after New York Comic Con.

I didn’t attend Comic Con as a ticketed guest, but I had some friends that wanted to do a photoshoot after, so I hung out around the Javits Center and took some pics of people in cosplay entering an exiting the venue.

I did dress up though, as Qveen Herby. One of my coworkers took these shots of me:

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You’ll notice a bunch of Where’s Waldos in these pics. I’m not really sure what that was all about but I was kind of annoyed that I couldn’t find anyone dressed as Carmen Sandiego!

Anyway, enjoy! (These have no captions because I have no clue who half of these people are, save for Mario and Luigi, Tina and Louise Belcher, and Spiderman lol)

Also, check out the two photoshoots I did with my friends in October in my Instagram stories highlight @thewhisperboxpix!

DSLR Diaries: New York Fashion Week SS20

It’s time for another DSLR Diaries!

I had a blast being an amateur photographer during New York Fashion Week SS20. While I wasn’t prepared to take shots of moving models on the catwalk (didn’t know how to work the manual shutter speed), thankfully, I was invited to photograph the Kentina showcase backstage. So exciting!

I also went to two NYFW events, one at Micheal’s Luxury Consignment shop on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and a blogger event at Ann Taylor on 5th Ave (thanks for the invite, Christina!).

I wasn’t able to take any photos at all during the Minika Ko showcase I went to at PH-D Lounge (the Penthouse rooftop at Dream Downtown) because it was so dark that my night mode setting was USELESS. I was able to get a decent video on my DSLR though, which you can see in this Instagram post.

Without further ado, enjoy DSLR Diaries a la fashion week:

Backstage at Kentina

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Micheal’s Luxury Consignment

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michaels luxury consignment nyfw

michaels luxury consignment nyfw

michaels luxury consignment nyfw

Style Collective Blogger Event at Ann Taylor 

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nyfw ann taylor

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@thewhisperboxpix photographer new york

 

 

DSLR Diaries: SHOWFIELDS & Night Shots

Summer is almost over, so soon I’ll have some completely new scenery to shoot photos in!

Let’s take a look back at my favorite snaps from August 2019, including some fun pics from SHOWFIELDS and a couple of night shots.

Showfields boodles gin

Boodles British Gin Exhibit at SHOWFIELDS.

Totally jumped into this pile of pillows at SHOWFIELDS.

Floral boards for sale at SHOWFIELDS.

Screamed all the way down this slide at SHOWFIELDS!

Motto of a shopaholic. SHOWFIELDS gets it.

Neon signage on above the elevator at SHOWFIELDS.

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I think this is one of my best urban shots of NYC to date.

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Repetition.

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Loved the way the lighting looked on this building facade at night.

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Ferrara Bakery’s neon sign.

I’ve also started a new Instagram account solely for my DSLR photos, so check it out for some bonus content!

@thewhisperboxpix photographer new york

Getting My Eyebrows Done Professionally for the First Time

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As you may know, one of the items on my 30 Before 30 list is to get my eyebrows done professionally.

I’ve always had thick eyebrows, and my mom would simply trim them for me with beauty scissors and an eyebrow razor to save me a trip to pain land at a salon. However, my eyebrows were never the best they could be.

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Before geting my eyebrows done professionally. Notice the stray hairs on my brow bone.

I knew getting them threaded was probably the only way I’d ever see my eyebrows reach their true potential. Even so, I waited 25 years before taking the plunge at the Thread Loft in Washington Heights, Manhattan on a Sunday afternoon.

Not going to lie, I teared up a bit for each eyebrow! It hurt a lot on the parts she treaded on my browbone. Threading the baby hairs in between my brows and around the other areas I could barely feel, though.

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My eyebrows after threading uncombed, combed, and with e.l.f. eyebrow gel!

Overall, I’m pleased with the experience. My brow bones are so pretty and hair-free! It only cost $7, so I can’t say I wouldn’t do it again, just not too often because…pain.

Next time I go, maybe at the end of the summer, I will definitely ask to have my eyebrows trimmed a bit shorter on the top since that’s where they tend to curl. I’ll also make sure to have my eyebrows wiped with some alcohol immediately after because I broke out around that area of my face a few hours later. Regardless, I’m so glad I finally did this. Even without makeup on, my eyebrows look DECENT for once!

Checking another one off of my 30 Before 30 list 😉

Gallery Mondays: #MacysFlowerShow 2019 @ Macy’s Herald Sq

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I was shopping in the Herald Square area last week when I stumbled upon the Macy’s Flower Show. This year has a galactic sort of theme called Journey to Paradisios.

My phone battery was super low, so I didn’t take too many photos. While I didn’t think this theme was executed to its full potential, I did really enjoy the details in some of the smaller floral installations.

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I guess galactic isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when I think of spring, much less flowers (are there flowers in space?), so this year’s flower show just wasn’t doing it for me.

Journey to Paradisios macys flower show 2019

I will say that this little terrarium is super adorbs, though!

Journey to Paradisios macys flower show 2019

If you are into things like this, definitely go check out the Macy’s Flower Show before it closes on April 7!

 

#TWBT: Let’s Talk About the 2018 Autumn Tippler

I’ve known about the NYC Tipplers by Craft Hospitality for some time now, but I’m not really one to drink a lot at once so I turned my friends down when they asked me to join them for the Winter Tippler this year.

However, I decided to try it out for the 2018 Autumn Tippler and it was so much fun!

Quick rundown of how the Tippler works: You purchase a Tippler passbook online via the main website or on Eventbrite (I got mine on Eventbrite). The passbook contains each of the participating venues and the names of the cocktails they will have for the Tippler on individual pages which will be stamped or signed once redeemed for the drink. The Tippler runs for a certain amount of weeks (the Autumn Tippler ran from October 1-November 15). Any day, beginning on the first day of the Tippler, you can pick up your passbook from your selected pick-up location (which is one of the bars participating in the Tippler) and then go on your merry way redeeming your drinks!

My pickup location was e’s Bar in Manhattan. I did the Tippler with a large group of friends, which made it so much more exciting.

Below is a little photo diary of the venues I got to try cocktails from. The venues that I didn’t get to visit are featured at the end of this in Instagram posts from Abi, one of the friends I did the Tippler with.

e’s Bar, White Wine Mojito

I’m a huge fan of white wine so this was absolutely amazing! Super simple and super delicious! I’m so glad this was the pickup location because this drink set the bar pretty high.

Mad River Bar & Grill, The Creamsicle

Tastes like orange cream soda! Hello again, childhood 🙂

Ousia, El Gobernador PPP

I’ve never had peppercorn before this, but it’s definitely interesting on the taste buds and makes a really aesthetically pleasing garnish. Still wondering where the fourth “P” is in the name (pisco, pomegranate, pineapple, pink peppercorn).

The Late Late, Mrs. Robinson

The bitterness of grapefruit was a little stronger than I would have liked but this wasn’t bad.

Wicked Willy’s, Spiked Cider

Perfectly sweet spiked cinnamon-y hot cider treat! The cinnamon stick could have been longer though.

Jojo’s Philosophy, The Georgetowner

Me: *Sips* “Oh this is strong. Pablo’s gonna love this.”
Pablo: “Yeah, but it tastes bad.”
I love Jojo’s for everything else except this. LAWD. IT. WAS. AWFUL! ESPECIALLY THE WHISKEY DRENCHED PINEAPPLES.

Hold Fast Kitchen & Spirits, Hold Fast To Your Dreams

Almost as bad as The Georgetowner from Jojo’s minus the awful whiskey soaked pineapple. Also, what’s going on with this garnish?

Hudson Station, Raspberry Lemonade

Tastes like a jolly rancher! So, so good!

McGettigans, Cosmo (originally supposed to be Goslings Dark and Storms)

They didn’t have the ingredients for the drink that was listed for the Tippler so the bartender gave us cosmos instead. Delicious fruity cranberry and vodka goodness!

The Astorian, Classic Gin Forward Martinez

The gin was pretty strong but it tasted waaayyy more bearable than the Hold Fast To Your Dreams and The Georgetowner.

Overall, I think this was a really great way to explore NYC’s cocktail scene. I’ll probably do the Tippler again next season!

Gallery Mondays: Chihuly’s “Rose Crystal Tower”

It’s been some time since I’ve posted a Gallery Mondays (sorry!) but I’m back with one this week and I’ll try to be better at posting these more than just once a month.

For this Gallery Mondays we have the amazing 31-foot tall “Rose Crystal Tower” by Dale Chihuly. I heard about this sculpture being in Union Square since October 2017, and I had seen it once from very far away at night. However, I didn’t take a photo of it because my phone camera wasn’t capturing it well enough. When I went back to Union Square a few months later, I couldn’t find it! It took me a whole eight months after the first time I saw it to find it again. In June, I went to see Oceans 8, and as I walked toward Regal Union Square Stadium 14 I saw the sculpture and snapped a pic right away.

What I love most about Chihuly’s work is the vibrant colors he uses, and this sculpture is no exception. “Rose Crystal Tower” is made of purple-ish “polyvitro” crystals that look more pink at night when lit up. It reminds me of a piece of rock candy!

This sculpture will be at Union Square until the end of October, so go check it out if you’re nearby!

Wardrobe Wednesdays: Mila Kunis @ Cosmopolitan Party in NYC

 

mila kunis fashionIt’s been too long since I’ve done a Wardrobe Wednesdays post! I’m a bit rusty, so just bear with me.

Mila Kunis attended a Cosmopolitan party in New York City celebrating her cover last week in this amazing plaid ensemble. She wore a matching blazer and pant with blue and brown hues, sporting a tan-colored tank underneath.

I don’t think I’d be able to pull off this matching suit myself, but it looks so great on her! I do love an oversized blazer, and Mila Kunis makes it seem so effortlessly cool to wear on a petite frame with this look.

The original pants are completely sold out, but the blazer is still in stock (marked with *). Check out the links below for some other items inspired by this outfit!

Pants:

1. YOOX, $149.00

2. YOOX, $129.00

Blazer:

3. mytheresa.com, $367.00

4. Net-a-Porter, $1,998.00 *

Tank:

5. Neiman Marcus, $195.00

6. mytheresa.com, $725.00