Wednesday, June 30, 2010

behind the scenes

I just have to share some photos from my shoot yesterday. It was the perfect day/location/crew.

the starling

Dennis just emailed me this story. I burst into tears and haven't been able to stop. The strangest part about it is this is the second bird related story in 3 days. My heart is somehow connected to these angelic winged beauties.

You have been on my mind all day, so I decided I had to share this with you...

For the past five years a couple of starlings decided to visit our home and make their nest under Tommy and I's front porch. The first year none of their eggs hatched, but after that they successfully had an average of eight babies each summer: four in the spring then another nest full mid summer. We grew to look forward to seeing our flying lovers; he with a slight Mohawk and her a bit more plump then he... with a more conservative hair style suited for a sparrow of her age.

This year they came back putting a smile on our faces once more. In the spring they had only two babies but a few weeks ago she delivered her second batch, consisting of four little ones. The day before yesterday we noticed neither mother or father were around feeding the babies as they usually did every twenty minutes like clock work. Yesterday there was once again no sign of the parents. We spent all morning trying to find out what to do. After being unable to find a wildlife preserve volunteer to take and care for the babies we realized we had to. So every twenty minutes we went to the nest, gently touched it, to simulate the mother, and feed the birds a concoction we mixed together from a recipe we found on the Internet. Then around mid day we saw the father bird, we felt so relieved. He sat atop the telephone wire above the he often would before diving under the porch to check on his kids. But for some reason he did not fly underneath. We watched as he flew to the garden sat a moment then flew away once more. We noticed he seemed a bit dishoveled somehow... I guess he didn't come back as when I woke up this morning to check on the babies they were all dead.

I've been a mess all day. As a dug a hole in the back yard to bury them my eyes became blurry with tears...then I thought of you. Your heart blog came to mind. I realized as I glanced at the babies all tightly snuggled together in their meticulously arranged nest that they touched my heart. I was sad to see them have such a sort time to live, and especially sad I may never see our yearly visitors again. But I felt grateful that my heart felt the pain...

I knew you would be one of the few people how would understand this so I had to share it with you!

I'm starting this tonight...

Ashley just sent this to me. I'm obsessed with it:

30 day letter challenge commencing NOW

1. Write a letter to each of these people;

Day 1 — Your Best Friend
Day 2 — Your Crush
Day 3 — Your parents
Day 4 —Your sibling (or closest relative)
Day 5 — Your dreams
Day 6 — A stranger
Day 7 — Your Ex-boyfriend/girlfriend/love/crush
Day 8 — Your favorite internet friend
Day 9 — Someone you wish you could meet
Day 10 — Someone you don’t talk to as much as you’d like to
Day 11 — A Deceased person you wish you could talk to
Day 12 — The person you hate most/caused you a lot of pain
Day 13 — Someone you wish could forgive you
Day 14 — Someone you’ve drifted away from
Day 15 — The person you miss the most
Day 16 — Someone that’s not in your state/country
Day 17 — Someone from your childhood
Day 18 — The person that you wish you could be
Day 19 — Someone that pesters your mind—good or bad
Day 20 — The one that broke your heart the hardest
Day 21 — Someone you judged by their first impression
Day 22 — Someone you want to give a second chance to
Day 23 — The last person you kissed
Day 24 — The person that gave you your favorite memory
Day 25 — The person you know that is going through the worst of times
Day 26 — The last person you made a pinky promise to
Day 27 — The friendliest person you knew for only one day
Day 28 — Someone that changed your life
Day 29 — The person that you want tell everything to, but too afraid to
Day 30 — Your reflection in the mirror

my backyard

image from here.
I'm convinced that positive thoughts will one day make a place like this my home.
Wouldn't life be grand if you got to enjoy this every day?

this is what I'd like right now....

I pulled this photo and recipe from here, the other day. It's been on my mind since. Oh how I would absolutely LOVE to eat this grilled cheese of sorts right this moment...recipe below.

Typically I used shaved or shredded parmesan, which in nothing at all like goat cheese, but we usually have it on hand. And remember, this is just a nod to the illustrious chevre chaud, nothing more.

I choose some yummy multi grain or crusty bread. I have used everything from 12 grain sandwich bread to a baguette. I grab a slice and brush on some olive oil. Add salt, pepper and parmesan - all to your taste. Toast. Drizzle with honey or agave nectar. Enjoy.

image from my new favorite blog (thanks to molly). find it here.

A bear under my dress

Mr bear is a crawling machine.
He made his way under my dress last night and thought it was the
funniest thing in the world, squeeling at the top of his lungs. Love
that man child so much.


I took this last night on my drive back to NYC. Did anyone else notice
the perfection of the sky at sunset?
I was at the beach and sadly had to leave to head back to the city but
it ended up being such a beautiful drive. I was in awe the whole time.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

9:15 summer blue

From my favorite love.


this made me happy. hope it did the same to you.xx

if you won the lotto today, what would you do?

"If I won the Lottery today Id first set up each member of my family with a trust fund so they were all comfortable, buy my family all houses in the same area ,buy myself a house in the area I like plus my favorite surf spot.
I'd like to create a post graduate scholarship for artists to help launch their careers, then take off traveling with my boyfriend and learn from the world.
eat at great at amazing art... help who I could help along the way and document the whole thing on a film camera and have an art show when I got back. Id probably set up companies Ive always wanted to start, art programs I have always wanted to create and help contunie the love and make my tree grow."
-Nico G

Where would you like to wake up tomorrow?

"I would like to wake up tomorrow in the beach house from the movie, something's gotta give. I LOVE that house though I'd have to put on a pool.  And I would never have the air on so that I could always hear the ocean. And I would put a cabana on the beach w curtains that swung in the breeze and a bed suspended by rope (like in tulum). I'd take my coffee and go looking for seashells. That would be a great morning!"

-Molly Gallagher 


I had the best best best dream last night. Now I'm determined to have the best best day.
Happy Tuesday all. I'm shooting in Bedford at the lovely Holly Oliphant's home. Life is good.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Street sign heart

Thank you Susie for sharing. xo

life is beautiful. And people can be good...

Mukhtars's Birthday is a must watch it's from yeswaynoway:

Mukhtar’s Birthday is the most delightful flash mob clip I’ve seen yet. Mukhtar is a bus driver on line 3A in Copenhagen and doesn’t know that a whole bunch of people are riding along just to celebrate him. Watch it and love it.

Tears, dudes.


photos from KC
These photos reminded me how wonderfully great carnivals and amusement parks are. I really really really really really really want to go to one this summer. I don't mean to whine, but it would make me terribly sad if I missed out on said experience.
Where in the tri-state area is there a carnival? If you know of one, can you let me know, please?
I used to go to Coney Island and ride the cyclone, which made me so nervous I truly thought I was doing to die each time. But I miss it now and wish so badly to be back there, especially at night. Ahh, the cyclone. I miss it like I miss the pizza at Risa, my favorite spot that closed down. Isn't it sad how places come and go?
I guess that's why carnivals are so great, all it takes is the season and they're back. Now I just have to find one...

love to you

More or less every person I've ever met has emailed me today talking about the heat. It's a bigger conversation than the spillage in the gulf. Not really, but you know what I mean.
I guess heat, like the cold, can put people in bad moods. So for all of you, miserable on this monday, here is a beautiful photo to look at, to take your mind off of the 2,000 degree temps.
...As we grow as unique persons, we learn to respect the uniqueness of others.
-Robert H. Schuller

places I'd like to be, right now

My office a/c doesn't seem to be working, which really hinders the creative thought process. It's truly sweltering. I'd like to say it's almost as if I'm on the beach, but there's no sand or sea and I'm not wearing a swimsuit. Although if they don't fix the temps in here soon, I have no problem grabbing the yellow string bikini in my bag from the weekend and putting it on.

from amy, by the way: lotto

"In my lotto wish list, I should've added to buy the attached, plus tear down

my house and build a new one around this little piece of heaven. :)"

-Amy, in addition to her lotto list

A shot that was mistakenly taken during my shoot last week. I want it huge on wall at home. absolutely beautiful.
Isn't it fabulous how mistakes can often be such magic in your life?

Sunday, June 27, 2010


Has anyone ever been to midsummer night swing at Lincoln center's
damrosch park?
I'm dying to go this summer. It starts this week and goes until July
17th. Care to join?

Saturday, June 26, 2010

have you read this??

beyond disturbing: 
Toxins found in whales bode ill for humans   ---  read it here.

if you won the lotto today, what would you do?

1. Give generously to my immediate family and in-laws, and somewhat less generously to the more distantly related and close friends.

2. Set up college funds for my nieces and nephew. Buy a small house for my older godchild, who just turned 21.

3. Fund a job retraining program for the shrimpers in south Louisiana. Barring a miracle, they're going to be out of work for a while, and who knows how long BP will pay them to help with cleanup?

4. Buy a house with an enormous fenced-in yard to turn into a greyhound sanctuary, complete with hills for racing over, soft mossy areas under trees for sleeping, and the world's quickest bunnies for play (so quick and wily they can't be caught, of course).

5. Donate $50,000 to Greyhound Friends of NJ to help with all of the retired racers they take in from around the country.

6. Spend a year assisting a phenomenal photographer to learn everything I possibly can in that amount of time.

7. Form a community orchestra in my town. Audition for clarinet section. :)

8. Travel.

9. Force Gil to quit his job and finally work consistently on the writing he was born to do.

10. Throw a big wedding-type party for no reason other than to get everyone I care about in one place to eat, drink and dance for an evening or a weekend.

-Amy Ross from Minimally Invasive

self portraits

Can you send me your self portraits? 
Pretty much daily I see people walking through the city, snapping themselves with their camera or cell phones. I'm interested. I love it. There's such a happiness in those images. Like that moment was so good that it had to be documented. Or you felt so beautiful, you had to stop and snap yourself. I love it. 
Will you send me your favorites? Please?


Took this last night on the drive up to Woodstock. I'm feeling like I
need to do a series of photos on bridges. There's something so
masculine about them. I'm going to start tomorrow.

Friday, June 25, 2010


image from here.

the weekend is here!

What do you have planned?

I cannot wait for some time on the beach and some much needed family time with my long lost LYSA (and crew)! My heart is a rapid pitter patter waiting to see her and finally properly catch up.

I hope whatever it is you have planned, it's magic filled.


image from kissing her cage good-bye
Do you keep a journal? A place of any sort where you store your thoughts?
I've been a "diary" writer since I was a kid. I have drawers of notebooks filled with my life thoughts. But ever since I started this blog I haven't kept up with them. Today I decided I'm going back to the pen and paper part of writing and instead using here as more of an online photo album of my thoughts and actions. At least that's the plan. We shall see how it goes.
How do you share your thoughts? Where do you turn when you have a great moment or a horrifically bad time? Do you talk it out? Do you write? How do you find your way through a bumpy ride?
I'm really curious. Please share!

beautiful friday!

images from allure magazine, fffound, icons of fashion
Some beautiful girls to start off this gorgeous day. So happy it's friday. It's been quite a week....

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Sun heart

Bottle heart

The formula on Luca's baby bottle formed into a heart!

where would you like to wake up tomorrow?

"I would like to be back in Africa surrounded by all the beautiful Ethiopian children, giggling & laughing with Ashley & all the amazing people we met on our trip. I would spend the whole day taking pictures of all of the gorgeous children’s faces and showing them what they looked like for the first time on my digital camera. True happiness!"
-Michelle Hellman
if you haven't taken a look at michelle's photos from her trip yet, click here to see them. AMAZING.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

"I don't get people sometimes, if you love someone, why not just let them know? What's up with the games and nonsense? Nic, can you please do something about this?"
-just now on the phone with Elle

So this is my way of doing something to help her...people, if you love someone, tell them. The world is better when there's more love floating around.

tree heart

my parents backyard. do you see it?

if you won the lotto tomorrow, what would you do?

1) I would give 1 million to each: of my immediate family, my close friends outside and inside work

2) I would give 10,000.00 to AA (that’s the biggest gift they take)

3) I would buy an entire city block and create a dignified housing shelter for homeless people and stray pets.
It would have a therapy center, medical facility lush garden and round the clock AA meetings Everyone would have to work there in order to live free We would produce different products (like a farmers market) so the cost of the shelter would be covered every year.

4) I would make therapy or 12 step recovery mandatory part of school curriculum

5) I would buy Hart Island, restore the mansion and dig a fresh water a pool so I could live there with many animals

6) I would bring back the chain gang to clean garbage and gather stray pets

7) I would buy the abandoned Neponsit Nursing Home on Riis Park Beach and reopen it for the elderly (they got displaced in the middle of the night 10 years ago).
It would welcome pets

8) I would get lipo

9) I would hire a tailor to custom make me a vegan wardrobe

10) I would open a meatball truck with Nicole

-kristen collins

for molly,

I saw these Halston looks and immediately thought of you.
I think you need them all for your summer wardrobe.

The top image would be breathtaking with a smokey eye and your black and white birthday party hair. Ahhhh, so pretty!
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