hey guys! just checking in for a milisec and cleaning off my desktop. i’m 1/2 way through my 4 days of solitude. i need this time to really get to work and pick up the slack from slacking all summer! it’s midnight and i still have a ton of homework to do. i’ve been working on an article and going thru photos of fleas around the world and thought you’d enjoy a few.
alas i gotta go…this is the first time i’ve been able to go thru them since the trip. if you click on the one below it gets
pretty big, some of the covers are priceless.
this one’s actually from ny…guess these ladies were the toast of the garment district. looks like fun! anyway just saying hi and wishing you a happy wednesday! oh by the by, i’ll be in paris august 30 – september 9th for the braderie of lille and the maison et objet. if you’re going to be there, let me know. bonne nuit!
truly aLoNe for the first time in 6 weeks! just popping in between guilty pleasure tv (bravo) and a clean apartment! need i say more? tomorrow’s another day after all and there will be plenty to do… heading out to cali on friday so these couple days will be cherished. enjoy your nite too!
(p.s, if you’d like a promo code to download the app for free, let me know, aside from the winners in the last post, i still have a few more to give away. you can leave a comment or write me at email@example.com)
hey guys, hope you’re having a great weekend! sorry i’ve been mia for awhile but being in nyc is as exhausting as it is incredible. over the past couple weeks so much has happened that it’s impossible to chronicle it all. still, there are a couple highlights i knew you’d appreciate and a trip to brooklyn was one of them. i haven’t had my camera so taking pics hasn’t been part of the trip but i did my best to capture what was one of the best events going in the city. working on the ny app inspired a trip to the brooklyn flea. it’s held both weekend days, saturday outdoors but sunday in the most incredible venue, the old williamsbug bank at the atlantic avenue stop.
from the street it looks like any other city corner and with the scaffold you really wouldn’t even notice it if just passing by.
but stepping inside the air becomes cooler and it feels like you’re walking into a special place, almost like a cathedral in rome.
every inch of the bank is decorated in hyper detail from the ceilings to the windows, the lights and mosaic floors.
these pics obviously don’t do it justice
and inside the atmosphere was full of life like only a flea market can generate.
every nook and crannie held something new and vendors are able to keep their weekly spots in little rooms and tucked away corners you’d never get to see if this were still a bank.
just being here with the sun steaming in was magical.
you have total run of the place from the balconies to the basement where an enormous vault is open for show.
i guess i just can’t rave enough about it. it was an exotic and glamorous way to shop and felt like a very special event.
but no one else seemed phased and shopped and chatted as if it was the most normal place to be in the world!
i guess i’ll have to go back to get real photos at some point, but if you’re headed to the city, be sure to either jump on the train or walk over the bridge, just get to this market for an unforgettable day of brooklyn history and a shopping extravaganza you’ll never forget. till then, have a great night!
The Flea at One Hanson (aka Williamsburg Savings Bank)
1 Hanson Pl. (at Flatbush Ave.)
B/D/M/N/Q/R/2/3/4/5 to Atlantic Ave./Pacific St
LIRR to Flatbush Ave
B41/B45/B63/B67 to Atlantic + Flatbush
Take the Manhattan Bridge to Flatbush Ave., follow for approx. 2 miles, look for One Hanson/Williamsburg Savings Bank on your left. (Some street parking available, or use inexpensive lots within one block on Ashland Pl. or Fulton St.)
hi everyone, i just had to stop by to share my relief and tattered but i guess re-newable joie de vivre now that the oil has been capped in the gulf. truth is i could barely think of anything else and i’m sure it was the same for you. i pray we find a fresh perspective as a society and see ourselves as one world. water belongs to all of us and should be protected at all costs and never jeopardized again by any country.
jersey shore 2010
to whom it may concern: thank you for the simple pleasures of everyday life and the home we share on mother earth. please give us the wisdom to understand its delicate balance and treat her with reverence and respect. mostly thanks for a second chance.
i won’t be wasting too many days from now on!
happy weekend, xc
hey guys! i wanted to surprise you but had no idea how long the process would take at apple so the cat was out of the bag last week but…you’re still the first to know, the app launched on itunes! i’ll be giving away 10 to my blog buds for review so if you’d like to check it out, let me know and we’ll do the drawing next week. in the meantime if you don’t want to wait and do get one, please let me know your thoughts on how it works. if it needs tweaking or there’s a typo i’m depending on you to let me know!
thank you so much to all the extremely patient people who worked on it from producer and wrangler, catherine, and dear friend claudia ii, to elaine biss‘ illustrations, mo and michael, the developers and mom and dad who had my back when i really needed it. it’s amazing to have a team who transformed my years of study at the paris fleas into practical information. i can’t wait to share with you and thank you, too for all encouragement!
to win one just leave a comment and if you want to host a giveaway on your blog, let me know and we’ll set you and your winner up with one too!
over 800 years ago, rumi was writing beautiful words that are as poignant today as they were then. something came thru my inbox today and it got me thinking about this powerful poet. thought i’d share a few of my faves and get out of my messy head. still, doesn’t EvErYhTinG come back to interiors? the above photo is from his tomb.
Let the lover be disgraceful, crazy,
absentminded. Someone sober
will worry about things going badly.
Let the lover be.
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase each other
doesn’t make any sense.
The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don’t go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don’t go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth across the doorsill
where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.
Don’t go back to sleep.
There is a way between voice and presence
where information flows.
In disciplined silence it opens.
With wandering talk it closes.
(literal translation means “i bow to you”)
wishing you a wonderful weekend with the ones you love!
hi guys, it’s the middle of summer and as much as i’m enjoying it, i also have a lot on my mind regarding my home in miami beach. i’ve written to obama and the white house and was feeling like i had no voice so started this petition to immediately stop the use of the toxic oil dispersant, 9500.
it would mean everything to me if you would take the time to sign it. if you’d like to see some of my findings on the subject you can visit my other blog: http://stoppingatthegreenlight.wordpress.com
STOP THE USE OF COREXIT 9500 IN THE GULF IMMEDIATELY
We the people of the United States of America and All citizens of the world, call for the IMMEDIATE cessation of the use of the toxic oil dispersant, Corexit 9500 in the Gulf.
if you feel like i do, let them know in person:
white house at https://twitter.com/whitehouse
thank you dear friends!
hey guys, how’s your night shaping up? the heatwave is breaking and we’re going out for a stroll. even with the heat i love to be outdoors but in the concrete jungle it’s pretty severe. i may be in need of nature cause while i was supposed to be working, stumbled into the patio section on houzz.com for way too long. it’s a great resource for inspiration from all over, but deadly if you’re just peeking in for a sec and starved for green to boot.
backyards and patios are fun cause such a small place can pack a real punch.
i’d love some outdoor space of my own. it can be small…
just a rustic table
or just begging for a dinner party!
it’s hard to choose just one style! what’s yours? have a great summer night!
can you believe this is a photo for an apartment for sale in the heart of paris?!
i’m cleaning off my desktop and these pics are from a great real estate site that can best be enjoyed when you have some time to play: lodgis.com/en/paris
what a coat of paint can do.
i could live with this much outdoor space
and only one window
if it had a view like this…
3 windows sure is nice! all of these apartments are on the website in the under 250k category (euros, actually)!
actually i can’t imagine the next two are that price but many of these here are even in the 100s!
have you ever wanted a pied-à-terre in paris?
anyway what’s more real than a dream? stop by the site for a fun diversion if you get a chance.
have a great night doing what you love!
since i can only change myself it will have to be a personal revolution but that’s a start. maybe i’ll take the beatles’ advice and try free my mind instead. isn’t that the ultimate freedom anyway?
happy fourth everybody, hope you’re where the sun is shining and the burgers are flipping. i’m in the heat of the streets of nyc and am supposed to see the fireworks from a crazy penthouse. i’ll take pics if we go.
(we went, couldn’t get great shots with my phone but it was 8000 sq ft of windows)!
till then, enjoy your family, food, freedom. thank you to all of those who came before us to founded this country, as a gift for us to treasure and preserve. and thank you to them for bestowing on us the authority and the intelligence to govern ourselves. for acknowledging the right in all of us to call the world as we see it, and when injustices by the government are done, having the right to change it. i like that we’re the people.
ps i’m independent with no political affiliation and would never consider myself red or blue. left, right, rep, dem, up or down. i just find this a fascinating document:
IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies.
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.
You say you want a revolution
Well you know
We all want to change the world
You tell me that it’s evolution
Well you know
We all want to change the world
But when you talk about destruction
Don’t you know you can count me out
Don’t you know it’s gonna be alright
You say you got a real solution
Well you know
We’d all love to see the plan
You ask me for a contribution
Well you know
We’re doing what we can
But when you want money for people with minds that hate
All I can tell you is brother you have to wait
Don’t you know it’s gonna be alright
You say you’ll change the constitution
Well you know
We all want to change your head
You tell me it’s the institution
Well you know
You better free your mind instead
But if you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao
You ain’t going to make it with anyone anyhow
well that’s some consolation. hope you enjoyed my patriotic moment, i’m off now to enjoy some of the sun while it’s blazing. have a great night, star stuff!