Beach Bliss

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One of the perks of living deep into Brooklyn is how close I am to the beach! I headed over to Jacob Riis Park this Memorial weekend. I was excited to visit a new beach that wasn’t crowded like Coney Island.

 

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Beautiful 1890’s clock ticking true to time! Arriving this early is the best decision to do if you want that serene beach atmosphere. I left around 1pm and it barely got crowded.  The clock has mini dragons as a subtle detail.

 

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This park is full of interesting history. You know me and my love for old things that has a history of progress. The book I mentioned in my April Favorites 2016 actually talked about Jacob Riis. I didn’t put the two together until I saw a sign with a brief history of why they named the park after him. He basically took the new invention of flash photography to document how terrible the immigrants were living around the 1900’s. He helped spread their sad state of living to the city and that’s how they started public housing.

 

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Detail of the octagonal tower from the art deco bathhouse. Today it stands abandoned with so much potential.

 

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Brought my little trinkets with me while I sunbathed. I did some mudra breathing before laying down and it took me somewhere else. The salty ocean breeze was flowing perfectly around me and opened up my nostrils. Spa treatment for free, no medicine needed. Nature is the cure y’all.

I got this Swell bottle before I started blogging but it stands as the best water bottle I’ve ever had. Plastic bottles tend to get stinky and doesn’t maintain a steady temperature. This one is stainless steel and doesn’t hold any smells and keeps my water very cold for HOURS. They come in so many cute color/textures! Worth the price.

The Sun Bum Lip Balm is incredible. Great to go outside with and smells/tastes AMAZING. I got the pomegranate flavor. Ugh.

Oh and the traktor towel is from Marimekko! Very soft and good size.

 

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Ok this topped it off obviously. The park has many food options to choose from with a little live music playing and my heart couldn’t take it. Seriously this place has such a great friendly atmosphere. 

 

This has to be one of the most glorious days I’ve had here (besides skating next to the abandoned NY Expo 1964 towers @_@). It’s the next day and I still feel it! I got that cookie colored tan I used to get when I was little and always playing outside. The park also has an abandoned bunker and other military abandoned buildings beside the beach area. I didn’t get to it cause the sun drained me but I def want to go back.

Site Unseen Offsite

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This is one of the perks of being here. Free design events! I headed over to the Grace building that looks over Bryant Park yesterday. It was a medium sized space filled with funky interior design booths. Site Unseen held the 4 day event with their identity designed by one of my faves, Kokoro & Moi.

I thought I’d just walk around, take pics, and see what’s happening in the design world. I ended up speaking to some of the people there and realized…this is what networking is. Did I have my business cards with me? Nope. But I know what to do next time. This is why I moved here. Such easy access to reach out to people you always see online. They were friendly too! I thought they would be pretentious but they weren’t at all.

You know I had to pick up sneaky print pieces they had laying around in corners. Reminded me when I went on a hunt for print ephemera in the Venice Biennale in 2013. Never forget.

Also, a funny note, I took my bazooka slr thinking I’d take bloggy pics with it and forgot to put in the battery. So all these pics are with my iphone. I think it took better photos than the slr would have taken.

April Favorites

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I was on the hunt for a simple and elegant bag that won’t kill my shoulders when I travel. Which I’ve been doing more often now! As always, I have a mental picture of what I want in my mind until I find it. Sometimes it takes months or even a year or two. My patience never proves me wrong when I know I found it. After around a year, here it is. Poketo is the store that blessed me with this beauty and I’m over the moon. I ended up being the last one to purchase it before it went out of stock! I flipped when I saw there was 1 left. It sold out in a day!

 

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So there has been a wave of being a health nut lately. I don’t think it’s a bad trend. I usually hate following trends. But I see so many benefits that I can’t help but feel inspired by it. In the weekdays I eat breakfast around 7 AM. This is early as balls for me. So when 11 AM rolls around at work, my stomach yells at me to eat something so I can hold it by 12 PM. Our office administrator purchased these for us and they actually taste good! I feel healthy and energized. It doesn’t fill me up TOO much before lunch. (I have a stomach the size of a fist) Plus, how can you not resist that nice logotype?

 

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I did a quick pit stop at Urban Outfitters to purchase some staple things for my upcoming mini vacation. I picked up these interesting earrings. I’m always attracted to things that have a futuristic feel to them. Makes me feel alien, I mean, ~progressive~.

 

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Now this book was amazing. There were times in the subway where I had to close my mouth from being awed constantly. I was sad when it finished! Steven writes like he is talking to you, which is the best. It made me appreciate the most common things we use everyday so much more.

 

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Alright. I hopped on the yoga train. My friend Steph recommended me a yoga app back when I was in Miami. The biggest health issue I had were my menstrual cramps. They crippled me to pieces. I remember having to leave during high school/jobs/events because I couldn’t function at all. I have a fibroid that temporarily forms during the cycle. Thanks nature. But, I have noticed a HUGE difference because of my new lifestyle. I am walking and taking stairs EVERYWHERE. I’ve only had one bad case so far here! 

It’s nice practicing at home but I wasn’t sure if I was doing the poses right. So now I regularly go to classes every week and wow. I never thought I’d be this into it. During the first class, I felt my body thanking me. What the hell. Yes, it happened. It feels so good. I get home and I want to continue doing it! Also, it helps me with my posture which is the biggest goal I’ve set for myself. I have the tendency to hunch when I’m tired or uncomfortable. I know this is going to change that.

 

I’ve felt a recent sadness in music. It is an end of an era for the music I used to like. I still do, don’t get me wrong. Around 2012-2104 nu disco was on fire. I remember saving at least 4 songs a day. Now I don’t see that anymore. I looked up the artists and what they’re doing now and they’re all either making an album or touring in foreign countries. But I don’t think that sound will come back. So while reminiscing, and not having new music, I found this song above. Douze, what have you done. I’m so obsessed I had to purchase it. Only found on Youtube of course. Let’s see where music evolves to next.