Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunday Summary // 04.20.14

Happy Easter, everyone! I'm not really up to anything much today, aside from eating jelly beans and relaxing (maybe I can sit out on the balcony and enjoy some spring weather later on.) Whatever you're doing, I hope your day's a good one.

Per my Instagram, here's what I've been up to lately.

One. Cool street art spotted in Astoria.

Two. Blooming trees in Astoria.

Three. Amazing birthday cake cream cheese at the Tompkins Square Bagels.

Four and five. Graffiti spotted in the East Village.

Six and seven. Saturday was Record Store Day, which means standing in line with music junkies to snatch up limited edition records. Though I don't have a record player, my boyfriend does, and I always enjoy browsing record stores and experiencing the enthusiasm around Record Store Day. We stood in line at Turntable Lab for about two hours, then dropped by Kim's (only to find out that they had the record we'd been waiting in line for, only there was no line!) It was a lovely day to be out and about in the East Village; spring finally seems to be here (despite the snow we had last week.) Also, in case you're wondering, we were seeking The Field's album From Here We Go Sublime. And it did indeed sound sublime on vinyl.

Eight. It was crazy bright yesterday, and my shadow was so intense that I had to take a shadow selfie.

Nine. A beautiful view of St. Mark's Place with the trees in bloom.

As you can see, the city's in bloom and I couldn't be happier. I hope all of your cities are just as beautiful right now!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Cyan sunset

Sweater dress - my friend's closet (originally Banana Republic) // Leather jacket - Urbancode (ASOS) // Shoes - Bass // Necklace - gift (Urban Outfitters) // Tights - Target

I love this dress's embellished neckline and subtle quirkiness. I like sweater dresses, but most of them aren't my style, but this is perfect. My friend actually gave it to me because it didn't fit her quite right. Thanks, Allison!

Also, I adore these shoes, but I'm still working on breaking them in. They're kind of an awkward fit, but I'm hoping they'll fit better soon, since they're leather. Right now, I'm breaking 'em in by wearing them with tights and black athletic socks underneath. I hate that whole shoe-breaking-in process.

I also couldn't help but share the view of the skyline from my window the night I took these pictures. I love watching the sun set behind the skyline, and am always happy when I'm home from work early enough to see it. It's one of the little beautiful things in my life, pleasures you can miss if you aren't paying attention. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Music Obsession // "I Will Follow You Into the Dark" by Death Cab for Cutie

When I'm walking home alone or stalking around the city late at night, I usually sing. I guess it's a habit I picked up when I lived in the Bronx and couldn't wear headphones around or have my phone out while walking around. It's like whistling in the dark. Giving life to still, empty streets. Of course, I'm a terrible singer, but it's always comforting to hear my own voice in the eerie quiet that the city sometimes cloaks itself in at night. They say this is the city that never sleeps, but whoever said that has never walked around the dark streets of Long Island City or Jackson Heights or Bronx Park or even 5th Ave beneath the park after 10 pm. Sure, there's the murmur of trains or cars or ambulances far away, but sometimes those ambient noises just make you more aware of the deep quiet right around you.

You probably already know "I Will Follow You Into the Dark" by Death Cab for Cutie, but it's probably my favorite song to sing when I'm out alone pacing in the shadows. I wanted to share it because, for me, it's one of those songs that's always comforting and never gets old.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Wednesday in Queens

Dress - boutique in Hongdae, Seoul // Watch - Casio // Boots - Lucky Brand // Leggings - JCPenney // Necklace - gift

Don't you think this outfit has a Wednesday Addams vibe? I like this dress, though it's a "free size" deal that is very short and (here's a first) is even a little tight across the top. Crazy! I don't wear this dress too often since it's a bit of an awkward fit, but I love its simple lines and nice Peter Pan collar.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday Summary // 04.13.14

Happy Sunday, friends! Spring is finally back in town, as you can see from these snaps from my week: pretty flowers, huge Easter eggs, and bright street art. And of course a little doodle of a fellow subway passenger, since half the time while riding the subway, I'm drawing people while listening to WTF with Marc Maron. (It takes not just my meager drawing abilities, but balance too, to stand on the subway without holding on so I can hold my sketchbook in one hand and my pen in another.)

I hope you're all enjoying some nice weather, and that you all had lovely weeks!

Friday, April 11, 2014

What to Watch: Lilyhammer


I don't usually talk much about television, but I loved Lilyhammer so much that I couldn't help sharing. If you're looking for something funny yet also serious and intelligent to watch, then turn on Lilyhammer.

Lilyhammer combines two of my favorite things: the classic NYC mob movie and a Scandinavian country. The collision of a New York wiseguy and Norway's liberal, open-minded, and polite culture is hysterical and fresh.

Steven Van Zandt (of Sopranos and Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band fame) plays the lead, Frank (or Johnny, after he goes into witness protection). The show hinges on his stunning performance. All he needs to do is make a face or look at someone the right way, at the result is sidesplitting laughter. Even when Frank isn't on his best behavior, you can't help rooting for him. Also, the Norwegian actors' performances are so good that I'm crossing my fingers that some of them will appear in more productions soon. In particular, I'll be heartbroken if I don't see Trond Fausa AurvĂ„g, who plays Torgeir, Frank's right-hand man, in something after Lilyhammer.

A quick plot summary: Lilyhammer tells the riveting-yet-hysterical tale of Frank "The Fixer" Tagliano, a NYC underboss who testifies and is placed in witness protection. Believing that nowhere in the US in safe, Frank asks to be relocated to Lillehammer, the remote but picturesque town that he fell in love with when watching the 1994 Winter Olympics. Once he arrives, Frank becomes "Giovanni Hendrickson" and enrolls in Norway's immigrant integration program, to which he brings his tough-talking, dirty-dealing style and horrifies the polite, liberal Norwegians. Despite the odds against him, he opens a nightclub, The Flamingo Lounge, finds and trains Torgeir, an unemployed Norwegian, to become his (lovable, goofy) right-hand man, and meets the beautiful Sigrid.

Of course, part of my love of Lilyhammer comes from my obsession with Scandinavia. It's no secret that I'm obsessed with Thor Heyerdahl, Bergman, Ida Maria, and Tallest Man on Earth. But you don't need to have a crush on the northern countries and their art to love Lilyhammer.
If you live in the U.S., you can watch Lilyhammer on Netflix (it's by far my favorite "Netflix Original" series, and I've seen all of the original series except Hemlock Grove.) I know that it was originally broadcast in Norway a year ago, and that it's been picked up by a lot of other countries.

I have no idea why Netflix didn't bother promoting the series until right before they released the second season. Since Lilyhammer was the first series released as a "Netflix Original," maybe they weren't sure if it would do well. Also, much of Lilyhammer is subtitled (it's a Norwegian production, after all), so maybe Netflix thought people wouldn't watch it. For shame, Netflix. We know good TV when we see it, subtitled or not!

I was a little worried when I finished watching season two, since the last episode wrapped things up so neatly that I thought the show might be over. Luckily for us, filming has begun on a third season of Lilyhammer, so we'll at least have one more season to look forward to

Any other Lilyhammer fans out there? What's your favorite Netflix original series?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Flower grunge

striped flowery dress
all black converse
denim moto jacket
Dress - Conway // Jacket - Forever 21 // Shoes - Converse // Leggings - Target // Necklace - Ricky's // Watch - Casio (Urban Outfitters) // Ring - boutique in Astoria

Here's a super simple lazy outfit. I got this dress way back in college for maybe $10 on Fordham Road, and it will probably fall apart soon. But until it does, I'll keep wearing it on weekend days where I want to be comfy.

I've been wearing these all-black Converse a lot lately. They're perfect for tromping around the city, and I like that they're all black, so they can almost pass as ankle boots (and aren't as obviously sneakers). I've gotten so tired of my shoes getting worn out after one season, so I'm hoping these last a while. What are your favorite, durable shoes for daily wear?

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