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I’m a little behind, but the April/May issue of Lonny Mag is out!

It’s the green issue too! Check it out here: lonnymag.com

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The New Old?

More like old news.  I feel like everyone is mixing and matching new pieces with old ones.  It’s just better that way, better on our budgets and better on the spaces.  No one wants a place that’s all Ikea or all grandma’s plastic covered sofas.  We want a mix.

photo credit: The Selby

My friend told me to check out this New York Magazine article, Home Design 2010: The New Old by Wendy Goodman.  Needless to say she was a little bummed because she’s doing ‘Neo-English’ too!  She just doesn’t have the exposure or the money like Rita Konig.  Well neither do I, us usual people have to design our spaces ‘on a dime’ or a couple thousand when you add it up later, but we’re definitely not going to be able to keep stopping in MecoxCalypso Home and John Derian for our interior design needs.  Either way, her apartment is cute and similar to both of our tastes and she was the editor-at-large for Domino, so one can’t hate too much.

photo credit: The Selby

I guess what bugs me is that not all of us can get our furniture upholstered in Pierre Frey fabrics or live in a 700 sq. ft apartment in Greenwich Village.  That is why I enjoy the NeoVictorian‘s home a bit more.  It seems like a lot of their pieces were flea market finds and their dog is really cute too.

The other kinds of design featured in this article are: NeoFormal, NeoCountry, and NewVersailles, you can read the rest here: Home Design 2010: The New Old.

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What did you do for Mother Earth today?

photo credits: The Conservatory Garden in NYC by Lauren Gries

I’m all about the lists today so hold your horses and get ready:

1.  Today I ate at a vegan organic restaurant . .  . . fantastic by the way, its new, Terri Vegetarian, please check it out. Please eat the ‘Bacon Chick’n Cheddar Ranch’ Sandwich or the ‘Meatball’ Sub. They’re so delicious!

How does eating vegetarian help the environment?

  1. It takes an average of 2,500 gallons of water to produce a single pound of meat. According to Newsweek, “The water that goes into a 1,000 pound steer could float a destroyer.” In contrast, it takes only 25 gallons of water to produce one pound of wheat.
  2. Upwards of half of the water used in the U.S. is used for animal agriculture.
  3. Feeding a person who eats no food derived from animals requires only 1/6 acre per year
  4. Since so much fossil fuel is needed to produce it, beef could be considered a petroleum product. With factory housing, irrigation, trucking, and refrigeration, as well as petrochemical fertilizer production requiring vast amounts of energy, approximately one gallon of gasoline goes into every pound of grain-fed beef.
  5. It takes twenty pounds of soybeans to feed to a cow to make one pound of meat. Those same amounts of soybeans could help fed all the starving people of the world.

Vegan Outreach: if you’re interested in more information

2.  I used less motorized transportation by walking across town.

3.   I just got off my but to turn the lights off in the kitchen.

I’m sure I could have done more eco-friendly things on Earth Day, but the big thing about going green in life is to take baby steps.  I think the magic number of days it takes to break a habit is 21. Thats not so bad, right?  Think about it, if you decide to take one step at a time on your quest for the “greener” you it can happen in only 21 days! That is less than a month!

photo Credits: The Conservatory Garden in NYC by Lauren Gries

A few months ago I bought the book Gorgeously Green: 8 Simple Steps to an Earth-Friendly Life by Sophie Uliano through a recommendation from the author of the blog Green Your Intentions.

This book is great, it is so helpful and so inspirational.  As the title suggests, its broken down into eight chapters that lead you in your path to becoming greener. Through such ways as diet, beauty, clothing (soulful shopping as she calls it), fitness, making your home more eco-friendly, eco-friendlier vacations and entertainment.  What I really enjoy about this book is how there are quick checklists that you can use as you make your life a little bit greener.

I’ve already changed over all of my beauty products to being paraben, Phthalates, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) & Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate (SLES) free.

Another great book I have been absolutely in love with is The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone

This book is more focused on your diet that results in a greener lifestyle. Its awesome! I love her tone of voice and the way she writes.  I have learned so much while reading this book and lets just say, I will not allow myself to be “addicted to cheese” anymore!!!  If you want to figure that part out you need to read the book. I haven’t even started cooking yet.



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If you’re in New York You must see “Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present” at MOMA

The New York Times covered this show in their recent art review section. ” With the opening on Sunday of “Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present,” a long-building energy wave of performance art hits the Museum of Modern Art full force. The show is a four-decade survey of work by one of the field’s most visible and magnetic figures. And its combination of stressed-out flesh in documentary films and live bodies, some nude, in the galleries, makes pretty radical fare for this institution.”

I found this exhibit to be fascinating. Not specifically the content of the exhibition but more about to how my opinion of both her and performance art changed within five minutes.  Before my visit, I had a disgruntled opinion of her and her work.  The movie we watched in class left me wondering about the validity of her work.  I kept asking myself, “Why do so many people like her? How can anyone appreciate self-mutilation?”  But this exhibition made me realize that even though there seems to be a lot of self-mutilation, it’s actually only one aspect of performance art.

After waiting for about twenty minutes in line for the museum to open, the gates were released and several avid museum visitors ran up the steps to be first in the line to sit with the artist. I thought it was really interesting that you would be able to do this, hence the name of the exhibition.  Marina seems to have accomplished celebrity as an artist and this show is the perfect example of it.  There were a lot of people there to see her; the crowd was not just for the Tim Burton show.

My immediate thoughts of Marina were that at 64 years old, she looks great for her age.  Especially considering all of the things that she has put herself through.  I also wondered what she was thinking while watching her stoically stare into space.  I found other people to be wondering the same.  I heard someone say, “Do you think she’s thinking about what she’ll be doing tomorrow? No, wait that’s silly. She’ll be doing this tomorrow and for another three months.”  Another three months . . . that’s over six hundred hours of sitting on that chair! Thank goodness she hasa cushion.

At the show a stranger came up to me and spoke about his appreciation for her, while describing her more famous works.  All of which were on display upstairs, where I began to understand the full realm of Marina’s work.  Looking into that van brought on imaginary memories of she and her partner together, eating, sleeping, working, and so on.

The most attention-getting piece in the first room was the nude human doorway entitled, Imponderabila.  I was surprised by what I noticed while watching the different guests pass through this doorway.  The majority of the men who walked through faced the woman.  The female audience members however, seemed to face both the man and woman in about the same amount. My uneducated guess would say that their reasoning was based upon their level of sexual comfort with the given sex.  In the video footage of the original piece, I noticed how Marina and her partner fit together perfectly, similar to puzzle pieces.

After seeing the exhibition I have drawn the conclusion that her work reflects her life’s experiences.  She reacts to these experiences through performance art.  Instead of painting something to express her feelings she uses her body as the canvas.  The instances where she pushes herself to the ends of her abilities is both distressing and inspiring.  They’re things that others have wondered or thought of, like screaming until you lose your voice or eating an onion, but they’re also things that most of us would never do.  Along with testing herself to take part in these experiences, she tests the audience to withstand watching her.  As I went along for the ride in a few of the pieces, there were some that I could not.  I don’t really know what that means, but I do know that I have a new appreciation for performance art. Through this exhibition I learned how this genre is a valid form of art. These conceptual works of art are just as important as the many other physical works that line museum’s walls.

Thank you www.nytimes.com for these lovely photographs.

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House Exchange

I don’t think there is anyone out there reading, but I am questioning a house exchange. Has anyone ever done one? If so what are your experiences? Good/Bad? I’m planning a trip to Paris this summer and I know that it would be so much cheaper to just swap my NYC apartment for someone’s in Paris apartment. I live in a great location and I know Paris well enough to know that I’m not getting duped by someone who says they live in the “center of Paris” but really do not.

But what I’m really wondering is what kind of legal rights does one have and what do you do with your stuff? Especially clothes? I have a small closet and definitely don’t have a enough space to share with someone else. I put my place up on a site and I have gotten a few bites and some people who are very interested but I’m afraid to make the jump.  Just imagine how great it would be if it all worked out. le sigh.

This is my new favorite site: Lodgis.com .  There are many apartments that I want to stay in,  this one in particular is within our price range and super cute!  

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TOAST

Today we went on the Tribeca Open Artist Studio Tour to get inspired by both the artwork and the apartments that we artists lived and worked in. The first place was beautiful and the best apartment, but I wasn’t able to get any photographs of her place.

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After the TOAST, we walked around SOHO and enjoyed the 90 degree April Day. Check out these minnie Cupcakes!

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New York City

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I love New York on days like today. The sun was shining, the temperature was in the 70s with a slight breeze and all of the cherry blossoms are out. The first few days of Spring in New York are so interesting because people seem to be so much happier, everyone is out and about and strolling instead of rushing along the side walks.  There are parents with strollers, (yes, parents pushing their OWN children. . its amazing) dogs being walked, and couples holding hands.  After being cooped up indoors all winter and fighting you’re way to work or school in the morning begins to wear on you, but finally its days like these that remind of why I’m living here.

Which brings me to my next topic. Living situations. Now is the time when I start thinking about my lease, our lease is up at the end of June, but its that stressful time of the year in deciding whether to move or not.  This year things are totally different. With the economy as bad as it is, we’re for the first time in a long time, in a renter’s market (!) which is why I shouldn’t be paying when I will be when my lease renews.  I’m thinking about bargaining with my landlord, but what worries me is that the landlord isn’t one person, its a company out in the richest part of Long Island. They don’t give a damn about me. All they want is their money and expect that someone sometime will pay it.  The other issue is that I will be studying in France for 3 1/2 weeks this summer, (which is awesome) but not so awesome because my lease ends 5 days after I return.   So I need to find a place now or decide to stay. My boyfriend does not enjoy looking or packing, so I can’t expect him to really do any of the work either. He just moves our sleeper sofa up the stairs and the rest of that heavy stuff and that’s about it.

What does excite me about moving is redecorating!! And I already have new ideas. Here are a few!

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I would love to have a wall of shelving, however mine would be custom built by my carpenter boyfriend.

bedroom I am completely in love with this bedroom. I hope to find a new place with a bright bedroom. Ours right now is a nice size but there is hardly any light and its hard to achieve this light airy look.

summer01_smallThe colors in this living room are so fun. Its weird how its a grey but it doesn’t seem cold. I’m thinking of trying a warm grey in my next living room.

08green3-20-09_rect5401This kitchen just seems to tasty. whites and soft greens would be really nice. sigh.

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