Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Today I experienced some of the most intense rain I have ever been out in. I think this rain trumped that of the torrential down poor that the guests of Bestival 2008 endured that long weekend. It did make me a little skeptical about leaving the confinement of the apartment, but didn’t stop me. I headed over to Bleecker street to the Le Poisson Rouge club (they have a wonky fish tank in the foyer, I thought it was way cool.) We were there to see Múm, an Icelandic band. They were amazing, evoking a trance like state as I stood in the crowd. Their album artwork was beautiful too, I really liked this one……
I fell over as I got out of the station at Bedford Avenue, it was one of those moments that you see in slow motion and there is nothing in your power to stop it happening: I felt my foot lock in the sidewalk; my balance lost from my person and all I could do was brace for impact. Once down I had an American man help me up as the sounds of Akin’s hysterical laughter filled the air. I was soaked in result from this. Nice.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Later when I returned home I watched the old teen classic, She's All That. This followed by the film Penelope, I had never heard of this movie, but, it had an all star cast, including a cameo role from Russel Brand. It was the tale of a girl born with the face of a pig due to a curse laid upon the family. Produced by the likes of Reece Witherspoon who also had a starring role. The magical and fairytale execution of the storyline, design and filming had me glued to the screen. (or wall, as i brag about our 'at home cinema system' we have set up in our apartment.) Very much recommended viewing....
Later, that evening totally met up with my cuz Aoife. She and her friends were on a politics trip, in need of some pointers on where to undertake the number one activity, retail therapy (which has a lot to do with politics i am sure). Obvs came to the right girl anyhow.... and the right city......
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Halloween is all around, (and has been for weeks). People in the office were discussing costume ideas last week, the shops are decked out with Halloween décor and every bodega has pumpkins outside for sale. I have yet to pick what I am going to be, but I have wanted to have a Halloween in the U.S. since I can’t remember, so I probs need to get into the spirit pretty soon…
Coney island had been on my list of lings to do or see since before I arrived in NYC. The sun was shining, and a lazy Sunday by the beach is exactly what the doctor ordered. Getting off the train, it felt a little like a film set, an eerie rundown amusement center, with a very few people walking around as it was not on season. However, the fast food restaurant on the corner by the station was wide open, and here I sampled my first corn dog, this went down very, very well, I urge anyone, bar vegetarians and people who have an aversion to deep fried food to try. They are America’s answer to the battered sausage, but way better. We the headed to the wonder wheel, now this contraption is crazy, it not only goes super high, but the carriages also move around and swing about, this caught me much by surprise, as you can see in this video I recorded as it moved up………
(Brighton Beach, NY)
(the sound is pretty poor on this video, but you can get the idea.)
A few songs along, we were joined by Jah Dan for his performance of Cash Flow. Then came Skerrit Bwoy’s fairly obscene dancing to Pon De Floor where his trousers fell down, or were pulled down (it was hard to differentiate). Then later, Halfway through Hold the line I realize that it is in fact the real life Santigold and Mr. Lexx providing the vocals…
Major Lazer’s performance left me speechless in the “I cant believe this is so good” way as well as the quite literal sense.
I don’t know about how Crookers were feeling, but if I were next up, I would not liked to follow that performance.
Oh, and apparently M.I.A was in the building too………..
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
I bought a Coral Nail Varnish from Sephora called “I’m Weird”, this reminded me of this youtube video I used to watch back in the with my beloved PooDoves.
After work I took a trip back to century 21 (see DAY 8). This time with much success, acheiving an apparent saving of $210. On the way I walked past the eery site where the twin towers once stood and where a construction site now stands for the memorial centre.
So as of Friday I would like to say I am no longer living out of a suitcase, but even though I have moved into my place I still am. Though we now had a pretty cool rail suspended from the ceiling in the form of plumbing, But, this place despite it’s quirks is a pretty phenomenal living space. I live in a Loft apartment on the top floor of 255 McKibben street, Bushwick in Brooklyn. It has a super high ceiling with one end of the apartment, a wall of windows, The wall adjacent has the plywood built rooms where the 8 tenants including myself have our bedrooms. The rest of the space, an amazingly perfect party size living room which takes about 5 minutes to walk from one end to the other.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Last night after a day of running about town buying bedding for my new loft apartment, the crew head to The Grand Hotel to go party in the basement club. As we arrive there is a massive que, so instead of waiting inline, we do what any self respecting girl about town does, we talk to the door people and explain that we are on the guest list and then get ushered in for free with the 10 others we are with. we are greeted by Annie Mac (where I, of course have to be a big dork and get a picture with her. see above.)
She has a pink Macbook, it is way cool.
On Day 10 i have an appointment on Broadway for an interview, as I exit the station i see one of the longest ques of people ever, trailing back from UNIQLO. Today is the day Jill Sander arrives. An hour after battling through the eager line of people blocking my entrance, i re-emerge to find a shorter que, so decide to have a look in at this highly anticipated collection. Once in the store, I am submerged in a frantic group of girls and boys pulling at the rails, snatching up the collection. by the time i get in it seems there is only size large left of everything which would be just fine if the constant consuming of food that i have been practicing since getting here, had actually loaded up on my sides.
the ethos of this collection is as follows:
"luxury will be simlicity
purity in design, beauty and comfort for all.
quality for people
basics are the common language.
The future is here" +J
These ideals can bee seen strongly throughout the collection of inovative fabrics formed into simple cuts of the tailored and practical clothing. I very much recommend a look, i am waiting on another shipment so i can get hold of the women's tailored, box- shaped jacket, NOT in a size large.
Check out the collection here: http://www.uniqlo.com/plusj/us/
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Today, on yet another unintentional detour, i got on a train bound for Brighton Beach. This made me double take as i thought this was a joke....... so, looking through my Moleskine New York Edition (thanks doves), i was informed that the pebbly coastal piece of land I miss and love so very much was not as far away as i first thought.
So, I got taken to the upper east side last night, the view out of this apartment was one of the best i have ever seen in my life (see above). I couldn't really form any sentences for the first 15 minutes, or at least ones that made any sense as my eyes were fixated on the windows. I'm no gossip girl enthusiast, but i gather this is what the characters are accustomed to as life. pretty s w e e t.
Out of one of the windows, Bono and Bruce Willis' apartments can be seen across a couple of blocks. O M G