As most of you know, I just moved to New York City about a month ago. As all of you know, it’s been FREEZING here, too freezing for this life-long Florida Girl to handle in more than very small doses. I also am yet to find a full-time job, so that means lots of time spent in my tiny sub-let apartment deeeep in Brooklyn without any musical instruments or art supplies (they’re all in storage). What’s a girl to do? In order to not go cabin fever crazy The Shining style, I’ve decided to take up a new hobby…knitting! Yep, I’m gonna be that funky lady knitting socks on the subway, so look out for that.
I can’t promise beautiful results, since I’ve never done this before and I barely learned to crochet when I was about 7. I think I’ll look for some vintage knitting patterns to try! Wish me luck guys.
Today I’d like to share with you a few things I’m excited about for 2014. Last year was a really big year for me, so I’m looking forward to seeing what I’m in store for in the coming year!
Brushing up on my French
I am determined to become fluent in at least one other language, and since I love France and already know some French, I’m starting there. I’ve found a great little place here called CouCou Brooklyn that holds French classes and private lessons. They even do yoga classes in French! Je suis toujours un étudiant français.
Finding a *Good* Job
In case you haven’t heard, New York is expensive. I will be pounding the pavement, as they say, in search of a job that pays the bills and doesn’t make me want to pull my own hair out. That’s the American dream, isn’t it?
Devoting More Time to Art
This one is always on my list. My artistic endeavors always seem to fall by the wayside in order for pesky “responsibilities” to prevail. It’s a new year, a new life in a new city, and my wonderful husband gave me some new supplies for Christmas. Time to bust out those paint brushes!
Take Advantage of my New Home
I’ve been longing to live in New York City since I was 13 years old and came here on a middle school field trip. It’s the center of the universe, where the magic happens, what dreams are made of! It’s also home to lots of subway rats and now “Winter Storm Hurcules” (really?!), but I won’t let that stop me from enjoying all the amazing things the big apple has to offer. That means shows, concerts, picnics in central park, museums, food, and getting lost on the subway. Hey, sometimes getting “lost” helps you to find something awesome you would have never discovered otherwise!
Seven Minutes in Heaven!
Of course, this blog / shop is a big priority this year! I’m hoping that Jem and I can make something really great out of this collaboration. We hope to create some really interesting, informative, and fun blog posts in the coming year and add some more fabulous vintage pieces to the shop for you guys to add to your wardrobes!
I’m so excited to see what 2014 will bring my way!
So the year is finally at it’s end. This one has been particularly interesting for me – bad times and good times of course. But by December I had so many new interests and things I’m looking to work towards and build upon that 2014 is just looking all sorts of shiny and new.
Here are some things I am looking to get into this coming year :
Aerial Hooping / Lyra
I took two introductory classes this month, but I have been following a lot of girls who do it this past year. Honestly I have been looking for a new interesting way to get exercise that wouldn’t be boring and in my opinion looks a lot more beautiful than taking pole lessons. Unfortunately the classes are a pretty penny here in NYC. But I found a lovely teacher at Body & Pole in Manhattan that I am hooping to take a class per month with, and do some additional conditioning on my own at home.
Building up my Nail Art Portfolio
My obsession with nails / nail-art goes all the way back to my middle school years in the 90s. It’s one of the most fun ways to put a creative touch on an ensemble, and even if you are looking schlubby that day at least your nails will still look flawless. My plan is to start building up my nail design book again – getting regular nail models – doing tutorials on this here blog – and possibly taking some courses to learn the nail basics (such as attaching tips / acrylics / professional manicure, etc.) .
365 Photo Project
I am no newb to taking lots of photographs each year. I am documenting everything kind of gal. But somehow I’ve never done one of those 365 photos projects. This year I want to give it a go. I’ve even already downloaded an app for my iPhone to remind me to take a photo each day.
I also want to print out loads more photographs this year – especially those from my film camera!
Making a house a home
I just recently moved into a new place together with my boyfriend. It is our first place together – and for New York it has quite a good amount of space. Unfortunately for us we didn’t have much in the way of furniture upon moving in together. But we both have big plans for all of the different spaces. I have a couple pinned above – this beautiful hanging chair from anthro for my nook, a proper office set-up (I currently write all blog entries either in bed, or at the kitchen table), we both love copper pots/pans – copper everything so hopefully we can start our collection this year, and then just other small touches that will truly get our house to feel like a home!
Seven Minutes in Heaven
This one seems pretty obvious. But making this store/blog all it can be will continue to be one of my main priorities. Finally getting into the groove with Nicki on our scheduling for shopping / picture snapping / blog posts / other projects involving SMIH and what-not. I am excited for all that we will get into with our little baby shop in 2014
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Well those are my main objectives for 2014 – What are you going to strive to do in 2014, or continue to do in 2014. Anything fun?
I had planned on doing a post about my makeup routine today, but as I was shooting the photos I discovered that I looked like a scary monster in just about all of them! So, that one will have to wait for another day. Instead, I’m gonna talk a little about one of my favorite things: COFFEE! Specifically, my favorite coffee maker, the classic Bialetti Moka Express.
The Bialetti has enjoyed a surge in popularity in recent years, so of course there are some copy-cats. Pantone has jumped on the bandwagon with their line of brightly colored pots. It’s a very simple design, so i’m sure it’s pretty similar to the classic Bialetti brand. I love the colors!
We had the pleasure of having our 2nd Photoshoot for Seven Minutes in Heaven, right around the Holidays! So we took full advantage of all of the great holiday colors and motifs we could in this shoot.
Also in this shoot you may notice someone very special to Seven Minutes in Heaven, Nicki! That’s right guys – she made it up here safe and sound with her lovely husband Steven practically hours before this shoot began.
We had a lot of fun and a lot of help making this shoot a success, and of course all of the pieces featured in this shoot will be available on our etsy this week!
Thanks again to everyone who helped us out including :
Our Models : Jocelyn and Stephanie
The amazing Photographer : Andres Zawadzki : Instagram him : @andreszz
60s inspired Updos brought to you by : Sandra Milena
The lady who came the earliest and styled all of the models : Sydney Scott: firstname.lastname@example.org / sydneymscott.com
Special Thanks to Naty and George for helping out around the shoot as well!
1. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965). There’s just no denying that this masterpiece of animation is most people’s favorite. It’s a classic story of the kid that no one ever seems to like who finds someone less fortunate (a sad tree) and gives them a chance at fulfilling their destiny. The voices, the songs, the dancing… you just can’t go wrong with this heartwarming gem.
2. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964). This clay-mation special was my favorite when I was little. I had a Rudolph toy whose nose lit up as it walked across the room, and I would always play with it while watching. The story is quite a lesson in tolerance, especially for parents. Donner was such a jerk to his son! That is, until he realized that Rudolph’s freak “problem” actually made him very important and essential in saving Christmas. The Abominable Snow Monster is my favorite character. All he needed was a dentist-in-training to fix his toothache and he turned into a giant googly-eyed teddy bear!
3. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989). Hands down the funniest Christmas movie of all time, Chevy Chase’s wacky holiday romp will always have a special place in my heart. My dad was, undeniably, the Clark Griswold of the south. He did it all- covered his house in millions of tiny lightbulbs, stapled himself to the side of the house, fell from the roof (and broke his pinky toe), never yielding in his insatiable need to celebrate Christmas in the BIGGEST way possible. One of my favorite things about this movie is that it shows just how incredibly wrong everything can go during the holidays, and that it’s ok to be ok with it. Sometimes the turkey just comes out mummified.
4. Love Actually (2003). Every boyfriend’s least favorite, this mash-up of every English actor you can think of gets me every time! Hugh Grant’s rendition of “Good King Wenceslas”, Bill Nighy’s horrendous christmas cover of “Love is all Around”, Rowan Atkinson painfully gift-wrapping a gift that Alan Rickman should not be buying- it’s a laugh riot! It’s also incredibly heart-warming- the kid gets the girl, a man professes his love for his best friend’s wife without any expectations, and the widower finds his Claudia Schiffer. I also like that not every storyline has a happy ending. Laura Linney gives up on the dreamy office guy for a greater responsibility, and Emma Watson basically just stops her husband from doing anything to completely ruin their marriage, but not without some serious damage. I could do without Santana’s “Smooth” segueing Colin into Wisconsin, but the Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows” makes up for it in the end. Not to mention this movie solidifies Mariah Carey’s “All I want for Christmas is you” into eternal holiday life, as if it needed any help.
5. Saturday Night Live (1975-present). Anything SNL has ever done having to do with Christmas is included here. Since the beginning, the jokesters down at Studio 8H have been lampooning the holiday season in style. No matter what anyone thinks about any given cast over the years, there’s no denying that when it comes to Christmas, SNL always delivers. Adam Sandler’s “Hanukkah Song” and Jimmy Fallon’s “I Wish it was Christmas Today” have become holiday classics, and Alec Baldwin will forever be know for his “Schweddy Balls”.
These are just a few of my favorite things to watch at Christmas. What are some of your faves? I’d love to hear about them!
Our 2nd Photo shoot for Seven Minutes and Heaven was this past weekend – and it was a lot of fun, and a lot of work. We are still in the process of editing all of the amazing photographic results that came from it – but here is a sneak peak for those of us who can’t wait!
More to come later this week!
Many of you may have heard of Jane Birkin; she’s a cultural icon for sure. With a new book on the shelves all about her family life with famed french singer Serge Gainsbourg, I thought I’d chat about her just a bit.
The book is Jane & Serge. A Family Album and it’s compiled of photos taken of the family by Jane’s brother, Andrew Birkin. The British-born model / actress / singer caught the eye of noted ladies’ man Serge Gainsbourg on the set of the film Slogan in 1968. The pair instantly became France’s golden couple. They made records, films, and a quite enviable life together in Paris. Jane’s easy-going tomboy style has served as an inspiration to countless designers, stylists, and women in general for decades. Photos of her bangs probably appear in thousands of hair salons everyday, and that mouse-y voice she whispers with on her records is just adorably irresistible.
Although Jane and Serge’s relationship lasted only 13 years, Jane’s iconic style lives on. She even inspired the chief executive of Hermès to create the Birkin bag, arguably the most famous handbag in fashion history. Two of her daughters, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Lou Doillon, are artists and muses in their own right as well. That’s one talented and stylish family!