Monthly Archives: September 2007

Little Italy: San Gennaro Festival in NYC

 

On Tuesday, I stumbled upon the San Gennaro Festival in Little Italy. This is the 80th year of its existence! The celebration usually takes place during the last two weeks of September and honors the patron saint of Naples.

This is the second year I’ve gone to the festival. There’s over a million visitors in a two-week span, so the streets are pretty packed. Booths line the streets full of Italian confections, Italian-themed t-shirts, carnival-style games, and beer. All the Little Italy restaurants are open and most have menus available as you walk by. There’s fancy sit-down restaurants next to pizza places, so there’s really something for everyone.

I briefly stopped at the statues near a church to look at religious items like saint charms and holy cards, then kept walking to Chinatown, which has sadly gobbled up most of Little Italy at this point…






New York: Magic and Elvis

 

 

As you can probably tell by now, I have a slight infatuation with my friend’s monsterous Elvis painting… Yesterday, I ended up in the back room of the Swiss Institute and behind the thick black curtains, an experimental film of Elvis performing in all his glory was looping on a small screen attached to a huge black wall. I was the only one there, trying to absorb what I was seeing. There was footage of older Elvis spliced in with footage of Elvis in his prime, performing on Youtube in full-screen mode from a spinning laptop with a dangling microphone in front of it. Totally surreal. 

Later, I was on the fouth floor of Saks being served mini red velvet cupacakes and diet coke in a glass bottle with a red straw in honor of Valentino’s RED line. Once I was off the subway and back in my friend’s Brooklyn neighborhood, we walked into a cookie shop that was serving free handmade gourmet treats. It was like my birthday all over again. The magic is still here when you least expect it…  






New York: The Brooklyn Bridge

 

For the first time ever, I walked across the Brooklyn Bridge with Auntie Nubs on Sunday. It’s one of the oldest suspension bridges and took 13 years to complete! I love that it’s so pedestrian friendly with a special walkway. The walk takes about 20 minutes and I think the perspective of looking off into the Manhattan skyline is pretty amazing and a great (free) photo opportunity.
Once you’ve crossed the bridge from Manhattan to Brooklyn, the sign waiting at the other side really does read, “Welcome to Brooklyn. How sweet it is!” I couldn’t have said it better myself.
 

Nubby: The Real Thing

 

Auntie Nubs took this photo of me the other day at our hotel in Chelsea. I don’t think I even realized that she was taking it and that’s what I like most– the imperfection. I’m missing a sock, my laptop cord is tangled, everything is a little off. And, that’s reality. Being a Virgo, I strive for perfection in my work, but not in myself because there is no such thing. It’s a waste of time. I think it’s true that self acceptance comes with age; it’s a sign of maturity. I noticed that I felt more comfortable in my skin when I hit 25. And, I hope to be fully accepting by 30. And remembering how I felt when I was 20 is slightly embarrassing. It’s a process. I used to hate being short, and I used to hate my freckles. I used to hate that my toes were a bit snaggly from wearing pointy shoes. But, at some point I realized that none of these things were life altering or even that big of a deal. I believe that as long as you’re doing what you love in some capacity every day, the less the little things seem to matter. If you’re happy, it shows. The two people who I really admire for following their passions are Australian Blogger / Fashion Maven Gala Darling and Illustrator / Comic Queen Star St. Germain. Both of these girls love what they do and you can feel it in their work. 






Daily Outfit: 9.16.07

The weather has been a little bit crazy this past week; the day after my birthday on the 14th, the temperature dropped about 30 degrees and I think that contributed to me getting sick. The nights have been feeling Fall-like, but the days have been creeping back into the 80s. Hence, wearing light laters has been working well.

&#9829 Cardigan, UO- this is an extra small, but still cozy and roomy.
&#9829 Tunic (underneath), Love Child
&#9829 Knit beret, Forever 21
&#9829 Leggings, American Apparel
&#9829 Vampire’s Kiss necklace, Fred Flare
&#9829 Boots, John Fluevog (no longer made in white!)
&#9829 Baby Gisele purse, Luella Bartley

This has been the first day I’ve been able to sleep in (on my vacation, no less!) and finally, I’m taking it easy. I can’t seem to fight off this cold and I need to get better ASAP because tomorrow night is my going away dinner at the Kion Lounge.