Standing with a big smile, Far Rockaway Beach, NY
What a beautiful beautiful weather we had for this weekend! I almost want to put a big red circle on a calendar just to remember how gorgeous weekend we had!! Saturday was 12 mile run in Prospect Park enjoying beautiful sun and light breeze along the lake and lush trees, then long and nice walk down on the Atlantic avenue poking my head into some antique shops then had lovely wine and dinner with Tamara and Robert from London! It’s so nice to have Tamara and Robert so often! We catch up, always enjoy good food over good laughs and talk.
After a perfect Saturday, here we go we are totally blessed with another beautiful day, Sunday! After days of heat wave in NYC, this whole weekend feels almost like an reward to me. After quick chat with Beppe and Dani, we are decided on going to Far Rockaway Beach!!
We took A train then on a Far Rockaway Shuttle now. Cute homes on the water.
Surf boards, tank tops, flip flops and bikes. We are all going to the same place.
The place to be. Beach 96, 96 street.
A cute pit stop for yummy lunch! We are STARVING!
I am Not an Empanada. Excuse me.
Coolio, Rockaway Taco. Thank you for Not being Nathans or whatever the chain that is.
We are stopping here.
Real lobster roll with lots of real lobster meat. Lightly tossed and sandwiched. Highly recommend.
Darling, Don’t get Jealous!
Airy, light and juicy!
Yeap! We are talking Summer here.
Hitting the sand.
While I was napping, the sky has been really blue.
Heading back. A perfect day so far.
1 more stop for Blue moon and Munches! Round 2.
The best Calamari at “Clam Bar & Grill”, right by the Subway/Shuttle station.
Dani fu, waiting for a shuttle.
And the Souvenir!
LOvE you guys! Grazie per una bellissima Giornata insieme!
It’s our 4th concert of Bjork. I feel blessed to go see her. Her Freedom and Beauty Completely Shakes Me. Her Fearless and Honest Voice Makes Me Cry. She is Way WAY Ahead of Where We Are at Right Now. I Completely Admire and Am Deeply Impressed. She makes me feel Humble. Her Intellectually Genius Musicality. Her Desire and Curiosity to know Technology. Her Restless Research.
She Rocks My World. Now She Rocks the Universe.
It happens to be Gael’s Favorite Museum. Flushing, Queens.
At the venue. Architectural details remind me of Casa Milla and Sagrada Familia of Gaudi in Barcelona.
Bjork’s one of the most beloved instrument, Harp. The opening lines of “Pagan Poetry” and her new song , “Moon” all starts with Harp.
Bjork singing to “Hang”. A new generation instrument that makes this sort of softly vibrating and echoing a monk’s Bell like sound. It makes peaceful and unbelievably beautiful sound.
I have been dreading to go to Met to see Savage Beauty as whoever went to the exhibit said, “It’s so popular you need to be in the line for so long like hours then it’s too crowded that it’s hard to see all in detail!” But regardless, I knew it was going to be amazing. ” Exhibit will make you cry!” that’s what I heard a lot too. I was lucky enough to get free private access to the Museum this Monday through a friend at the museum as the Museum is closed on Mondays. But due to the high demand of this show, Museum had introduced ” Met Mondays with McQueen” starting from June 6. And it will cost you hefty $50.00 entrance fee but I highly recommend it otherwise not sure how you can say you really saw the exhibition with all that big crowd. And very nice audio tour ( narrated by Andrew Bolton, Sara Jessica Parker, Philip Treacy and more!) is on the house with this special Monday tour I believe.
Last Year, The 40 years of YSL Retrospective at Paris was amazing, beautiful and unbelievable. But still it stayed in fashion. Beautiful clothing with impeccable workmanship in beautiful setting. But Savage Beauty definitely felt closer to an art exhibit. McQueen’s fashion surpasses countless Artists’ art out there today. And I like to pay a huge credit to Mr. Andrew Bolton, the curator of this exhibit and Costume Institute who handled many years’ yearly gala. I had a privilege to work with him personally on a small project related to the last year’s Gala, American women as Gap was major sponsor to the exhibit.
And Mr. Bolton, you’ve had beautifully executed Savage Beauty to translate Alexander McQueen’s dark, strong, complex and bold approach to his artful inner world. The rooms were perfectly McQueen. The lighting, the materials of the wall, the music and utterly dark and chick showcases and the stage. I absolutely loved it. The Colors in the room, runway clips, the most amazing head and shoulder pieces, the materials of the setting… I could go on and on about this. It felt beautifully expensive and perfectly regal but also completely modern and dare futuristic. Just like who Alexander McQueen was.
The entrance! Red tinted microscopic glass pieces and ostrich feather dress on the left and the infamous Razor clam shell dress on the right. It kills me. I highly recommend you to get the Audio tour. You get to hear stories behind from actual people who worked on or worn the actual pieces.
The first room, “The Romantic Mind”, is dedicated to the tailored and mostly jacket pieces. Lots of these pieces were landed by the actual owners for the exhibit. McQueen’s Savile Row in London’s tailoring experience is showing through these pieces. Only showing a few pieces here.
The washed concrete wall and naive wood flank is familiar contrast we see everyday now but again it works beautifully against McQueen’s impeccable hard tailoring.
The second room, “The Romantic Gothic” filled with aged mirrors.
This guilded golden glass showcase is absolutely to die for and the amazing McQueen’s work…
“The Cabinet of Curiosity”, a room dedicated to many of McQueen’s amazing Accessories and their relationship to related items. This room truly made me fill like I was in a Art exhibition.
My heart deeply aching…. The Spine corset with a tail.
Approaching to the Fan dress. Just like those delicately cut out Japanese wooden fan.
Yes, She’s turning.
There are ton more in this “Closet of Curiosity” room. I kept going back in there. It was hard to end myself and move on.
” The Romantic Nationalism”, McQueen celebrates his root, London. He was very proud of the city where he came from.
“The Romantic Primitivism”
” Romantic Exoticism”
“Romantic Naturalism, the last room”
I only have a few pictures from the Savage Beauty in this post. You need to see All in person. It ends on August 7. So hurry up!
It was truly one of the most amazing exhibitions I have seen. Not just McQueen itself but the whole package, it is a great exhibition. Also excellent website.
And NEVER TO MISS, click on THIS to watch clips of McQueen’s runway shows.
Gardiner, NY, a view from Mauro and Miki’s deck
Brrrrrrrr…! It has been SO cold and snowing a lot! But I must say that I am having one of the most proper winter in many years having lots of fun and relaxing time in upstate NY with many new great friends we have met. At the end, one of few reasons to have bought our new weekend home in Wallkill in upstate NY could be this awesome group of upstate folks being near us all within less than 20 minute car ride. Gael is having a blast since we started really going upstate most of our weekends. When we really all get together, we are talking about over 40 adults and kids! Lots of chatting and good food, wine will flow all night and kids having too much fun ending up with multiple sleep overs… It feels rich to have all us together. It feels right. The diversity and creativity among all of us has great energy and dynamic. Cheep and cheerful vintage shopping for little Knick Knacks on Saturday afternoons at the barn shops are something not to miss. Nothing like finding $10.00 awesome vintage dresses and cool bowls for tonight’s dinner table… I love running on Sunday morning hunting for a small winding road that would lead me to a quiet spot with a little stream.
Ahhh.. there is a different life outside of city that balances what we got going on in the city.
This is Paola making kale salad with roasted winter veggies. Mmmm, it was so good! For any gathering in upstate, Paola will always make something delicious. Her tiramisu is especially adorned by all friends! One day, I’ll convince her to open a hole in the wall shop called “Paola’s Tiramisu”!
Fabio and Laura’s fresh eggs from their farm!
Edo showing off his carving skill on a rack of lamb. Post Thanksgiving Feast…! So good! Good food is always given on any day of gathering days spoiling all of us.
Foosball tabel at Edo is always a hit!
So cold but also beautiful walk. We all hiked to Sam’s Point. Thanks to Mauro and Miki to get us out! Mmmm, a glass of wine and a warm bowl of soup sounds so good after this!
Ercole and Gael. Typical weekend morning at Paola and Chicco’s. We are regular guests at their coziest weekend home in Highfall. We are so blessed to stay at Paola’s so often during our renovation.
The best financial partners in entire upstate NY. Ercole and I never win these two…!!! Amelia and Gael.
Look how happy they are stripping us all night! So much fun playing together!
Karaoke nights and Argentinian grilling at April and Diego’s. ( The best chimichurri sauce!!)
The barn parties at April’s. This was on Luella’s Birthday!
On the Christmas eve, chilling and watching a film after the table set up for the night’s feast. We watched so many movies in this room!
Mada and Jorg right before our Christmas dinner!
Then some bites
The master chef, Paola and me! (I’m just a helper)
Our main dish of the night was Korean braised short ribs and heavenly polenta. Can I say I often think that Korean and Italian do really go well together! Delicious!
Edo’s home made bread.
We would go visit Beacon sometimes, I love here!
Then Saugherty for $10 vintage shopping and bowling nights!
We love our kids…!
And now we repeat! Jenny’s dinner setting for the kids. Can I sit here?!
I may have thousands of pictures of our moments together in upstate NY. The pictures do not justify it all but they help me to remember our good times. I cherish them all and I feel good that I put down little notes of our winter in upstate. I can’t wait for our home to be ready in Wallkill and have our big group over for pool parties when Summer arrives…!
Here I like to share what we do of our creative group of friends in upstate NY!
We were All dressed for the birthday girl, Luella in our Halloween Spirit!
The DJ and DJs ( you know who you are!)
The sheriff and the thief, Werewolves, Zombies and Indian Tribes.
Dancing, singing, chatting, drinking, laughing, grilling and Trampolining!
Thank you, Diego and April for one kicking fun night and friendship.
We are already thinking of the next year’s outfit!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LUELLA!!!
Be the one who you want to be and be the one who makes differences in this world!
October, 2013, Casarosas
Emi and I have started checking out Opening nights at Jonathan Levin gallery in Chelsey, NYC. It sort of provokes us to see different art scene in NY or at least “A Scene” that brings us back to “Back in the Days in NY” when how things were more interesting and attracted interesting crowds together.
Now I am blogging about this, I become one of those who revels all the hidden fun around us but hopefully you will consider me as more of one who “Shares” rather one who “Leaks”.
Walking in, you can’t deny the presence of “Young Generation of NY” are all here. It’s packed from the street and it’s even more so inside. Every opening draws such size of audience and I find it quite interesting. I saw some familiar faces from the last one we came for. There are toddlers in hands with young parents too. Bottled water in ice buckets runs out fast as it gets pretty hot inside from the amount of visitors swarming around. It has lots of of energy in here.
Jonathan Levin gallery’s Motto is Committing to New and Cutting Edge Art of Today.
Welcome Flag on the Ground floor. I love it!
Gael trying to read.
It’s almost like a good old day’s Club scene.
By the way, Here we go again, We saw it! In the restroom of Jonathan Levin gallery, The Mysterious FUZZY WOOL ART!
A house wife? Not sure for how long this is going on, but now I am looking forwardd to the next one!
“The End is Far” is the title of this exhibition.
The color scheme and how Gody whole thins is Not at my taste but I quite enjoyed how audaciously everything is put together and like to pay respect to the amount of work the Artist had put into this to knit up from a small grape vine to an entire wall surface of a room.
The show at the end made me feel provoked and I have to say the Crowd’s energy was quite powerful to almost turn the exhibition to a performing Art.
The Exhibition ends on March 23rd. Go check it out!
Mysterious Fuzzy Wooly Work of Art at Jonathan Levine Gallery, NYC
An opening night of Japanese artist, Haroshi at Jonathan Levine Gallery was so packed with so many visitors, I was sort of running out of breath. Sweating. One of the most successful openings that I have seen in a long time in Chelsea Art scene. We actually thought it would be quite fun to take Gael to see the opening night of such an Artist’s main medium being Skateboards and all the related parts and tools even including a sand paper. And no surprise to that yet quite impressed about how much the artist is loved by the public, the Skaters. Artist himself as a passionate skater, Haroshi sure expresses his love for world of Skaters and skateboards.
Gael takes a bathroom break in a hallway of Gallery and tells me, ” Mom, Did you see the Fuzzy Bear in the Bathroom? ” ” A Bear? No, I haven’t been in the restroom yet.” So here I go stay in the line to use the bathroom and I am curious now.
I am waiting for my turn.
The fuzzy Bear!
This Art is hanging on the bathroom wall. Haroshi is an artist who only works with skateboards. I ask one of the gallery staffs if this piece is related to the exhibition but they don’t know what I am talking about. Who’s then??? Love the composition and colors put together in classic knotting techniques. It’s really dense.
Swarming visitors inside of gallery.
The main piece of Haroshi. His precision in workmanship and patience as an artist is unbelievable. Small colored cubics are cut pieces from skateboards and put back together to hand carve and sanded to come to this final product. I know it has this casual cartoon like feel to it, but again the dedication behind his work is truly impressive.
Ok the Haroshi exhibition runs through Feb, 13.
So go check it out and also check out if Fuzzy Wuzzy Bear and the Hot Pink Gun is there!
Thanks to you all for coming and having a lovely dinner with us and Emi! Who couldn’t make it, you were there with us at heart. All the wonderful gifts ( especially this year’s trend DIY wonderful foodie’s gifts! YUm YUm) , Hugs and chats… That’s what friends are for and You Friends are Our Family.
And Special thanks to Chicco, the Chef and Owner of Celestino for Wonderful and Generous Full Course Meal! Wow.
Happy Birthday Emi! LOvE you So MuCh.
At NYS Sheep and Wool Festival, Rhinebeck, Upstate NY.
In mid October, when all the leaves just started turning to those gorgeous autumn like colors in golden mustard and velvet reds, we were invited to a lovely weekend home of Chicco and Paola‘s for a cozy sleep over and visit to Wool Festival up in Rhinebeck, NY. The sun was cuddly and warm against crisp air that signals true beginning of beautiful fall. It has been many weekends and long hours of work, so a get away over a weekend felt much needed to rest my soul and recharge a bit. A small back pack does the magic, a warm pair of socks and sweaters for the family, we are ready to Off!!!
On a way to Chicco’s, we also had stopped at New Paltz for a quick lunch and bit of stroll. Its always a nice drive you have going through New Paltz for it’s warm and cozy scenery and the small down town’s lively antique shops and restaurants to spend a good half day. Water Street Market by the old Train station is also a cute spot to browse and get nick knacks to local cheese and wine to take home for the weekend. While you are in downtown, I also like to suggest you to go visit Huguenot street Historic Site for bit of French style historic Stone houses and this one amazing shop where you can taste all sort different kind of aged Balsamic vinegars and olive oils you can bottle your self: Scarborough Fare.
A little get away here we come, and I am so ready for this!
In Korean expression we call Autumn for a season when Horses get to really grow and the Sky gets real high. And I think that is so right.
It was such a warm day. We are near the New Paltz, NY here.
In New Paltz downtown, taking a walk along a small river.
This little shop, Scarbrough Fare carries Mighty flavors to be bottled by you!
Gael tasting almost every kinds of Vinegar here. They are really great kinds. Most of them are imported from Italy and Spain.
We took 3 flavors home. Espresso ( yes Espresso, the coffee), Bianco white and Apple.
We picked up Vintage Cricket set at one of Antique shop in Water Street Market. It was both me and Gael’s first time! We had fun playing it at Chicco’s Garden.
At lovely kitchen having some pasta dinner. We are waiting for the home owners to arrive. They are bit stuck in the traffic back in the city…
The morning after long and relaxing Sunday breakfast. From the left, Amelia, Gael and Ercole. Yum Fluffy and Warm home made pancakes. Kids are the Best.
Yeah we are here at Rhinebeck! Wool Festival!!!
It’s a big venue full of much to see!
Hays, Farmers, Sheeps and Lamas, Yarns and Knitters… It’s Fantastic here!!
Hand dyed cashmere rugs. They are So soft and Very expensive.
Some demonstrations. She’s weaving a rug.
And they are Just so irresistible!! Lamas.
Gorgeous wool Yarns. Colors are amazing. It’s very inspiring.
Omg, How cute is he!!! Kids are going nuts.
By the way, A great pattern at one of animal booth. Many of cuties are walking around and getting ready for ” Best in show” for the later afternoon.
It’s truly a big party! Proud farmers!
Emi and Ercole.
OK , I am back to see some yarns and rovings. Roving is carded stage of airy wool balls. Once you twist the roving, it becomes a yarn. I always love rovings as somehow colors are true to how it’s dyed than a yarn form. It’s gorgeous.
Amazing Rovings. They come in millions of colors. All Felting Artists use these to create anything that is done through felting technique. Paola is one of them and She makes the most beautiful art pieces by wool felting.
This booth had some amazing colored rovings in Cashmere and Alpaca and so much more. All of these are to be sold by weight. Which is a very typical way to do so.
You can also buy all sort of tool related to make yarns from rovings and fleece. Carding machine, spinner, spools and knitting pattern books….
He’s making wool yarn by using a Yarn spinner. There’s a little foot paddle and you need to coordinate while you hold the string of roving. The paddle spins the machine.
Knitters, Hold your breath.
She’s needle quilting.
This is a typical wooden basket/back pack for the farmers and you can dare it and rock it like this cool wool lady! Yes you can buy this basket at the festival.
Here we are at the ” Best in Show”
Showering light on Emi and Chicco.
Vegetable dye demonstration.
We have been waiting for the 2:00 pm Sheep Shearing!
To Shear a fully grown Sheep takes a well experienced skill and also strength to hold her down during a full shearing that lasts about good 5-7 minutes. Depends on the time of the year when you shear or clip the woolen fleece off the sheep, the quality of wool can change quite a bit.
Impressive amount of Sheared Fleece. Usually they go through once a year shearing.
Hand Dyed felted Wool sheets. They come in a square shape and they are quite soft.
Ercole and Gael
The Wool festival up in Rhinebeck comes back every year for 2 days in October. If you haven’t been yet, you should visit one for the next year. The drive to get there is beautiful and there are ton of amazing yarns and other source around wool related and also great farm food that’s based on Lamb. And as it is peak of Fall, stopping by farm shops here and there is also lots of fun. Pumpkin picking, Apple picking, apple cider and all those home made pies coming right out of Farmer’s kitchens…
And absolutely amazing Alpacas!
Vampire Gael and Frida Jaehee. Halloween still goes on. 10-31-2012
Are we allowed to have Halloween? Mortally, it felt so wrong to even think about dressing up when there were millions people and thousands houses right here in NY area stranded, destroyed and even lost loved ones. But we decided to dress and go out for Gael and for neighbors. It sort of lifted our spirit. This Halloween felt extra special. How lucky are we?!! It was chillier than any other year in longest time weather wise and definitely this time everything is in more low key in our Clinton Hill neighborhood being respectful to those in difficult times. But there were still many brown stones open for trick or treats, live music and spectaculars!
Importantly, it’s not about spilling drinking or going out. Kids will always remember this special day and they were reminded of those who in needs and unfortunate situations and learnt to appreciate what we got and how lucky we were for everything around us.
Here I like to share a few pics of Halloween at Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.
Frida Khalo, Two Fridas.
We wish All the kids out there in shelters and needs for the Best Ever Halloween in Year 2013. We will come back!