The Lowline

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I still can’t believe how much I keep learning about New York City’s fascinating history. The Lowline is an idea that uses an abandoned trolley line to be converted into a park. Just like the Highline but underground. They say it could be the world’s first underground park! I checked out a prototype they’re trying out to see if its even possible. The plants looked pretty happy to me. That eventually led me to google the hell out of the old trolley system. There’s something about NY’s transit history that continues to fascinate me. The combo of abandoned history and futuristic ideas, yes please. Take me to another world.

Secret Garden

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I went for a lil stroll around East Village today. It started off as a sunny day and according to the weather, it was just going to be cloudy. Nope. After I got a Salty Pimp from Big Gay Ice Cream, it started to rain. I still headed on over to 6BC Botanical Garden. What a cute and serene getaway! Since it was raining, not many people were around. Made it a bit more magical.

As I was fumbling around with my camera, I felt something weird when I put my foot down. It was that black cat! I’m not a fan of cats. I don’t understand them. But this one instantly became my side kick. It made friendly gestures to me and followed me around the whole time! He or she had a funny personality as it would jump on top of rocks and stare in the distance.

Walking around the neighborhood made me realize how distinct each neighborhood is here in NYC. In a couple blocks, you have a completely different feel. As I walked around, the stores and the people give you clues of what the neighborhood is like. I heard someone practicing their saxophone, passed by a bunch of painted Ukrainian eggs, and saw a family preparing for dinner. It’s better than tv. It changes your perspective instantly. Sometimes if I’m feeling stuck, I just take a stroll like this and my mind is refreshed. Also catching new Pokemon on the way doesn’t hurt either 😉

May/June Favorites

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I visited the famous Di Fara pizza! I usually like getting square pizzas but they had sold out. So I grabbed these two delicious slices. The ingredients are incredibly fresh, imported from Italy and Israel. The cutest thing is seeing DeMarco there making pizzas for more than 50 years. True dedication! He says that when he’s in the kitchen, he just thinks about making pizza. He leaves all his problems behind and this is his time to focus. You can read more about him and his family here.

Tip: Don’t go at times that you think you’ll be hungry. I went at 5pm and there was no line. Once it hits 12pm or 6pm, the line is eternal.

 

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My family bought me a NutriBullet as a birthday present in May. I’m a real adult now! Lately, I like mixing frozen strawberries, frozen blueberries, milk and a dash of vanilla. I get this gorgeous purple drink in the end! Perfect after coming home on a summer day from yoga class.

 

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I know, more tacos. I can’t help it! It’s a party in my mouth. I made them a bit more festive than usual. Grilled some garlic and lemon marinated chicken while preparing the side ingredients such as diced avocado, corn, tomato and red onion. After I add the diced chicken, I sprinkle Mexican cheese on top of it so it starts melting from heat residue . Then the grand finale is some dollops of ranch and Sriracha dots! Best tacos I’ve made so far. Tati original.

 

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I’ve been searching for a new scent but nothing was really grabbing me. I then found it in the place I’d never suspect. At the JFK airport. It was in one of those magazine gum stores. Anything with amber or sandalwood in it is me. So naturally I tried this one and went to wait for my plane. I couldn’t stop sniffing it every 5 seconds. I went back and bought it asap. I’m in love with it. I try not to use it everyday, afraid I’ll get bored of it. Only $27!! See their collection here. Free samples with every order!

 

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I’ve been helping my coworker rebrand himself for his 2016 reel. The Tombow brush pen has been the winner in selecting the right feel for him. Can’t wait to vector this puppy!

 





These two albums kept me alive in this dry desert phase of music. Both did an incredible job coming back strong.

 

I don’t own a tv so Youtube usually is my viewing pleasure. I ran into this video series for the first time and I absolutely loved it. James Corden drives musicians/celebs around to help him get to work. The best way to do it is to Car-aoke! When I drove in Miami, this was basically me minus the IRL celebs. But to have them next to you singing and reacting to their own songs was the cutest thing. It killed me. In my eyes, it made them seem more down to earth.

James Corden is charming and I think even stole the spotlight a bit sometimes! Singing old classic tunes from my youth was obviously the catch for me. I want him to do so much more!

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.

Kate’s Hot MS

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The month of March was a pretty brutal one. I lost a loved one and had the worst flu ever. But today was a feel-good day. I’ve been searching to donate my time to help others and then I heard my calling. My coworker Katie announced she was doing a walk for MS. We then find out that she actually has it herself. I felt absolutely sad for her. But she is so positive about it that my sadness went away when I realized all she needs is the best support around her. The most I can do to help was to support her cause.

Walking with so many people that care about something was uplifting from the bad month I just came out of. I learned more about what MS is about. It’s a disease that attacks the nervous system. There is no cure for it yet. Some people show symptoms, some don’t. Some can die from it, and some don’t. Life can be complicated but when people unite together for something so positive, that’s all it’s about. We need each other. I felt so happy to be there for her.

It was lovely to end the walk at her bf’s apartment to have brunch. We had Harry’s pizza which I now want to take everyone to. Katie also made a delicious blueberry cake. I’m all about the berries. The apt had a funny dog that I became bff with as usual. If you need me to calm a dog down call me. I somehow end up doing this every time I’m at someone’s place.

Spring is here and I can’t wait to not wear the same 5 sweaters I’ve been wearing for the past 6 months.