Winter 2020 Crazy Love Playlist

I decided to wait until Valentine’s Day to post this season’s winter playlist, a list of love-themed songs that I feel have a bit of a crazy vibe to them.

And don’t be fooled—this playlist is not all mush. I’ve thrown in a few songs about heartbreak as well to truly encompass the wide range of emotions that can be brought upon by romance.

Enjoy a crazy, mad journey of love with these 12 tracks.

1. Crazy In Love, Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z. You know I had to start this playlist off with a classic throwback.

2. Damn Baby, ALPINE. Damn indeed.

3. Glue, Fickle Friends. “Because our lips are like glue, I think I love you.”

4. Falling, Forever. Here’s to hoping we all fall “madly in love.”

5. Don’t U Want Me (Tyler Touché Remix), Young Franco feat. Blair de Milo. The desperation is real here.

6. Lovesick, Mura Masa. It’s as simple as the lyrics indicate.

7. One More Time, Jon Bellion. For when you just can’t get enough, even if it literally costs your legs.

8. Too Much (LEISURE Remix), Tora. Is too much love even possible?

9. Still Not Over You, Klyne. A mix of emotions.

10. Free Falling, Wolfside. A danceable free fall into love.

11. I Need You More, ATTLAS. The song’s title says it all.

12. Close, La Poré. End a cold winter night by “[sliding] in close.”

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day 2020!

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.

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram for more DSLR pics!

 

Winter 2018 Calling Your Name Playlist pt. 2

So I’ve been hella busy, stressed out, and in pain over the last few weeks. Therefore, I decided to take a little break from blogging. We’ll now resume the regularly scheduled end-of-year programming on the blog. Oh, yes, I know, there was no November Favorites this month so I’ll be posting a combined November & December Favorites during the first week of January 2019.

If you recall two winters ago, I made a fun playlist of songs named after people. Shortly after posting it, I remembered so many other songs that would have made a great addition to the playlist. I kept adding to the list for the last two years (which has become quite lenghty so prepare for a part three soon), and here are the ones I picked for the Winter 2018 Calling Your Name Playlist pt. 2!

Enjoy!

1. Sarah, Rüfüs du Sol. For a dramatic winter evening in front of the fireplace with snow making dew on the windows.

2. Stumbling Mary, Exale & TEGA. Watch out there—we don’t need anyone stumbling around in the snow.

3. Elliot, Roosevelt. ”Elliot, Elliot, look out.”

4. Lafayette, BIBLES. A tune for the rare occasion when you get a chance to go outside before sundown to see the clear skies.

5. Pamela, Brain Tan. When you find yourself whispering in the middle of the night…

6. Ophelia, Monakr. Relax, and just let the rhythym take you.

7. June, THE WLDLFE. “I’ll be your Johnny if you’ll be my June.”

8. Carolina, Harry Styles. Time to break out the guitar and spend some time learning how to play this one all winter.

9. Silvia, Miike Snow. “I don’t know Silvia.”

10. Ashley, Lido & Santell. A smooth R&B vibe to keep you warm this winter.

11. Eddie (Oliver Nelson Remix), EVERYWHERE. Soaking up the winter sun with this one.

12. Anthonio (Berlin Breakdown Version Remastered), Annie. For the moments when winter feels like it’s moving in slow motion.

Stay warm!

Gallery Mondays: Kimberly Witham’s Sleepy Squirrel

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You may remember the beautiful deer by Kimberly Witham from On Ripeness and Rot at Last Rites Gallery that I posted for a Gallery Mondays last fall.

Since winter is coming, I’ve decided to feature another one of her creations, this time, a squirrel. She features squirrel’s in quite a few of her pieces.

Squirrels are such random animals. One second they’re running up a tree, and the next they’re stopped in the middle of the street waiting for a car to get just close enough to almost run them over.

I love that this squirrel is calm, in a sleepy state. I really want to believe he’s not dead.

Also, why a lemon wedge and not a nut?

Seem more of Kimberly Witham’s work here.

Wardrobe Wednesdays: Rihanna @ JFK Airport

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen a person look so cozy in a coat before.

Rihanna was spotted at JFK Airport yesterday, January 17th, wearing a tan colored reversible shearling coat, ripped boyfriend jeans, and brown boots.

I myself am not one to try rocking a pair of distressed jeans (mainly because I grew up with my dad shunning the heck out of them and now I just can’t bring myself to buy a pair), but I must say, these look particularly ripped, baggy, and comfy.

And that coat is just a dream. Really. I wouldn’t mind having the weather drop to the negatives if I had a coat like that.

Check out the original jacket Rihanna wore below (marked with *) and a few other items inspired by the look.

Coat:

1. Barneys $7,295.00 *

2. HSN, $99.95

Jeans:

3. Forever 21, $32.90

4. ASOS, $32.50

Boots:

5. 6pm, $43.99

6. American Eagle Outfitters, $19.99

 

Gallery Mondays: Winter Rabbit

We had our first official snow day of 2017 this weekend. 

Not fun.

On my way to the N train last week, I walked by Chase bank on West 39th between Fashion Ave. and Broadway when I saw this cute winter rabbit on the window.

I just love how innocent and vulnerable he looks! The colors are so winter wonderland-ish, and the muscle texture of the rabbit makes him look super agile.

Did you guys enjoy the snow day? Let me know in the comments!

Wardrobe Wednesdays: Kristen Cavallari’s Grey Day

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Kristen Cavallari was a vision dressed head to toe in grey with splash of white on one of the last days of 2016.

She paired white pants with a long grey wool coat, grey sweater and grey suede tassel boots in a cute Instagram pic dated December 27th.

This is the perfect look for those winter days when you’re just feelin’ kinda grey. I don’t usually buy suede boots for the winter because the snow ruins them, but the tassels on Kristen’s are really making me want a pair!

Below are some of the original items (marked with *) and alternatives based on this look.

Coat:

1. Shoptiques, $798.oo *

2. ELEVTD, $750.00

Sweater:

3. American Eagle Outfitters, $21.98

4. UNIQLO, $19.90

Boots:

5. Target, $41.99

6. REVOLVE, $230.00 *

Pants:

7. ASOS, $29.00

8. Shopbop, $172.00

 

Fan Art Fridays: Elsa, Olaf & Anna

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Thursday was the first day of winter, so it’s only fitting that I feature every kid’s favorite winter-themed animated film, Frozen on this week’s Fan Art Fridays.

I found this piece of fan art by A-KA over on Tumblr. Elsa, Olaf and Anna are in complete selfie mode in this colored pencil work of art, wide eyed and smiling as if they were posing for a selfie.

See the original fan art on Tumblr.

P.S. Did you really think I was going to end this without asking the most important question of the season?

Gallery Mondays: “Winter Break” by Adrian Tomine

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Mid-winter break is over, kiddos.

Last week I found myself wandering into The POWERHOUSE Arena, a bookstore/exhibition space in Brooklyn, where I came across several prints by cartoonist Adrian Tomine.

Tomine’s “Winter Break” stood out to me the most for two reasons. The first was the fact that it was actually mid-winter break for NYC public school students, which I was constantly reminded of when I didn’t see the school crossing guard on the way to the train station during my morning commute. The second was the fact the cartoon depicts a juxtaposed snowy city scene with an ice cream truck waiting on the block for God knows who to buy ice cream from it in the freezing cold. “Winter Break” was originally published in the February 2, 2009 issue of The New Yorker.

What I love most about this print is the silhouette of the city in the background. The light green filter over the buildings give the print a serene touch.

This print is available for purchase on Adrian Tomine’s website, and of course, at The POWERHOUSE Arena.

Gallery Mondays: Winter Wooden Deer

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If you passed by or entered a TD Bank during December 2015, you might have seen these adorable wooden crafted animals sporting the bank’s green accessories.

This little deer was sitting on a ledge at the TD Bank near 9th Ave in Midtown, NYC. He’s got a green striped scarf on with a little TD Bank pin and a snowy pine tree behind him.

The little tiny pieces of wood that were used to make this deer couldn’t have been an easy task to complete. But the finished product is one to gush over.

I just wish they would have kept these little guys around all winter!