Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Fall already???

Usually, I'm clinging onto summer like an ex-boyfriend I don't want to break-up with... but these past few days have been really rainy with cooler temperatures, so yes, I'm thinking of fall. It also doesn't help that my job is to think of seasons a year in advance. The site I visit often for inspiration is Maryam Nassir Zadeh. If I could, I would buy almost every single piece from her gallery/store. Here are some of my pre-fall and [lingering] summer faves for the week and the weekend.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Wrecked street cars

The other day Mr. Z and I went to Fairway Market in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Red Hook is pretty interesting because it's very quiet and sort of desolate, dotted by artisanal shops, hangouts, and vacant industrial buildings.  After our shopping, we took a little walk to the water and saw these old street cars. They look like they were built in the late 40's or 50's, but not quite sure... I'd be great if these were functional now, but supposedly they were really inefficient and dangerous.  I just love the green/blue they were painted!  Here's a little history of the street car in Brooklyn. (photos taken with Hipstamtic)

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Refurbished shipping containers

On man, oh man... this happens every year at about this time. The weather gets sweltering and I'm on slow mode. It's been so long since I've posted anything, but I do have lots to share in the works. Especially home renovation photos! But for now, I'll share some exploration I did this past weekend. A friend told me about the Dekalb Market in my new hood so we took a slow walk in the sun to check it out. Brooklyn is full of craft and flea markets, especially in the summertime, but the Dekalb Market has an extra layer of creativity... shipping containers! Isn't that great? Artists, craft-ers, and gourmet food and drink vendors showing and selling their stuff in shipping containers turned store spaces. I've always loved the way these things look piled up in rural parts of the country, and this family actually built their own house out of them.

I forgot my camera, so I searched on the net for images, and found these by photographer Leonel Lima Ponce on inhabit.com. I didn't think to look so closely at the construction of these mini buildings, as Mr. Ponce did... pretty amazing. Oh, and I did snag a little gift for myself there by Wada Africa. I got a skirt/top (not shown), but after looking at the site, I think I'll have to get a pair of these pants, that polka dot top, and necklace too!

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