Saturday, December 29, 2012

A view from a room

It's dreaded gray today and the view from my apartment is very flat and dull, leaving me feeling heavy.  This weather has me longing for spring when the trees explode with these gigantic white flowers.  Last year I took these photos but they don't exactly reflect the brightness I felt when looking at them for a month... but you get the idea.  For some reason these trees made me want to throw a wedding!






Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Merry (belated) x-mas!

I really wanted to post this yesterday - I really did!  But I had a little too much wine and champagne at a dinner party on the eve.  Most of the day yesterday was spent napping and watching Christmas movies.  I think I would have done that regardless of the hangover.  Our neighborhood was silent and quite peaceful according to Mr. Z - I didn't step out at all.  Here are some festive photos of my block taken on the eve.  I really  love living here... it looks like what I think Paris would look like.

Hope you all had a Merry Christmas!






Monday, December 24, 2012

Stay-cation

I think about 3-4 years ago, I realized that travel during the holiday time is a stress I don't need to put myself through.  Something about the impending bad weather and flying at the same time as everyone else in the world seems like asking for trouble.  Why not see family and old friends during the summer months?

Since my stay-cation has officially started after lazing on the couch for 2 days - I'm making mental notes of the things I would do if I were visiting New York during the holidays.  I find myself taking this city for granted sometimes and need to fall in love again...  Another one of my goals this year is to be more active on this blog, so why not start it now with a mini personal holiday tour in NYC?  Of course now the challenge is to do some interesting things and not revert back to my usual series watching junkie behavior.  It'll be a fun challenge!  I think I'll start with going to the MET today, as I've heard they are showing Matisse's work.  Oh, and the Regarding Andy Warhol, Sixty Artists and 50 Years exhibition looks pretty interesting too - I love Cindy Sherman's work.

Wish me luck... and happy Christmas eve ~! :-*





Images via www.metmuseum.org

Thursday, November 22, 2012

the Original Street Photographer

Last night I cozied up with the hub, a bottle of red wine, and watched Bill Cunningham New York, and am so inspired!  Do yourself a favor and watch it during your long weekend this Thanksgiving holiday.  I hope that I can be as spritely and as enthusiastic about my work as Bill someday.

Oh, and Happy Turkey Day!







Images from here, here, here, and here

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Cat tower scratch pad

Being the crazy cat lady that I am, I've been searching for a decent looking cat tower for quite some time now.  Finally, I found Whisker Studio.  They have a customizable "Elevation Modular Cat Tower".  What I like most about this tower is that it doesn't take up too much space, including the base.  The kidney shaped shelves make it look more like a decorative sculpture than a cat tower, and the usage of IKEA parts make it really accessible as a DIY.  Taking it one step further, I decided to wrap the pole with rope so that it doubles as a scratcher too.  Hopefully now they will leave our new chair alone!




Tuesday, October 30, 2012

We're alive!

We are alive ~ and so is this blog :-P  It's been a really long time since my last post, so yes, this blog and I are still alive.

As you already probably have heard, Hurricane Sandy swept across the east coast last night.  Luckily Mr. Z and I are ok and didn't experience anything really...  We don't live in an evacuation zone since we are more inland and on a hill.  Aside from the loud banging of the roof top door due to heavy winds and the internet going out, our hurricane experience was pretty boring.  A part of me wished to see a tree break at least!  All of this preparation and waiting makes one wish for a finale of fireworks or something, you know?

I heard a lot of wind and trees being pushed around, but that's about it.  Mr. Z claims that he saw the sky light up when the ConEd plant blew up on 14th St. but, I didn't see it.  Everyone is out and about in our neighborhood now and I even think the small 24 hour grocery store on our block stayed open through it all.  We did have the news on all night and watched things other people in the area were going through.  My heart goes out to those people who have suffered loss.  It's amazing what people are capable of when things are dire, and seeing people come together to help each other really brought tears to my eyes.  I almost felt like those things happened to me!  ... Which is why I try not to watch the news too much.  I think Mr. Z does enough keeping up with that for the both of us.

This morning, we decided to take a walk to Dumbo, since we were both stir crazy from being in our apartment for almost 2 days.  It seemed safe enough at first but we ended up drenched from random rainfall, 40 mins. from our apartment :(  but at least we got some pics of the aftermath in a small part of Brooklyn.  Mr. Z took these photos for the memory bank.









Saturday, August 25, 2012

Kokun Spring 2013 Shoot

This week we had our spring 2013 photo shoot at my mom's family's cottage in Connecticut.  It was hard work and a very long day but well worth it for the amazing shots we got!  Here are some behind the scene photos taken by Mr. Z.








Friday, August 10, 2012

Refreshing pop

I've been pretty lazy about the music I am listening to this year.  Researching music to collect can become a full-time job, and if not done consistently, my music seems outdated to my ears.  Especially if I'm constantly listening to it during my commute on the subway, at home, and so on.  I load up my iPhone with podcasts like This American Life, Radiolab, NPR Fresh Air, Freakonomics, the Moth, and Stuff You Should Know.  However, I've gotten to the point where I'm waiting and waiting for the next podcast to post.  It's time to get back on track and start making note of the songs I hear that catch my ear and search for them and others alike.

To my surprise, Mr. Z has been doing the same thing and shared this gem of an album with me.


I guess he's taking a break from his usual Bad Religion, NIN, and Pink Floyd.

In short and lack of better musical terms, I found the songs to be refreshing - especially in comparison to other current pop music.  Singer/songwriter Maureen Ann McDonald has a raspy but smoothly soulful voice that reminds me of a blended Patsy Cline/Ella Fitzgerald/Fiona Apple/Norah Jones/Adele/Michael Jackson circa Jackson 5.  With a nod to the past and catchy melodies, this album is easy to listen to and the upbeat tracks are appropriate for those clear skied, late summer bbq's where all your worries are shrugged away.



Monday, July 30, 2012

Get-a-way on a rainy day

This weekend Zach and I went up to our friend Emi's family's place near Westerly, RI.  It was a lazy, sleepy time with lots of good food and sleep.  Oh, and of course Olympics watching!  Although the weather was mostly overcast I still enjoyed being on the beach.  I think I'm meant to live on a beach.  However my friend Emi reminded me that there are hurricanes so I should be on a hill next to a beach.  Sigh, one day!







Monday, July 23, 2012

Into the night

These pictures were taken a few weeks ago while Mr. Z and I were walking around lower Manhattan, after a friend's party.  Summer late nights in Manhattan {seriously} have a special place in my heart.  There's nothing like it.  I think if I ever moved away, that would be the first thing I'd miss...  The characters lurking about in dark corners, the flickering yellow street lights, the crumbling concrete, and over graffiti-ed walls.




Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Summer style

It's about 90 something outside so it's hard to know what to wear.  I think Tiffany figured it out with her outfit today <3!



What I do during the days...

Since I spend most of my time at work, I thought I'd show you a little glimpse while our showroom looks decent.  In the next few days it will look like a disaster with fall shipments!  Can you believe we're thinking of fall already?!?



 

Monday, July 16, 2012

Lumber jack style

As I've said before, I've been on the look out for a denim jacket to turn into a denim vest, and finally found one at Urban Jungle in Bushwick.  It was a mission but well worth it for $10.  It's so useful to have one around to layer during the summertime, when you want that structure, especially over something softer like a sundress or flower shorts.  I know I'll be getting lots of use out of this during the summer and fall with long sleeves underneath...



 
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