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What Would You Do If I Sang Out of Tune?

After torrential rains dampened our travels but never our spirits, Mother Nature blessed us with a day of sunshine and warm temperatures on Thursday. This had to be celebrated, and thus my downtown adventure began. 

 On my way to the subway to meet my good friend Patrick, I stumbled upon my longtime crush, Mr. Johnny Depp, in wax form and felt the urge to have photographic proof that we would totally be the cutest couple ever…after all, he was just standing there! In the midst of throngs of Asian tourists, my dreams came true, even for a fleeting moment.



(hat, Burlington Coat Factory, Sneakers, old H&M, dress, no name brand, sunglasses, old Valentino – dresses and sneakers are all the rage right now)

Next, Patrick and I indulged in delicious burgers at The Corner Bistro. I’ve never been before, but this no-frills, cash only establishment is big on old-school charm. As we sat at the bar, we were involuntarily engaged in conversation betwixt regulars about racism, Times Square through the years and the non-reality of reality television. In between burger bites, I spotted a messy stack of books caged in stained glass windows behind the bar, one being Danica McKellar’s geometry book. Hmmmmmm, very interesting.

corner bistro

After, I craved coffee from one of my favorite places nearby in the West Village, The Upright Brewhouse. Now, I’m not a beer fan personally, but they have an insane selection of microbrews that attracts many. The Lavender Latte is my absolute favorite there, infused with French lavender and fresh, housemade almond milk. They also have cold-brewed coffee from a tap that you must have if you’re feeling an iced jolt. We indulged in some sweetness in the form of classic ice-cream sandwiches made with chocolate chip walnut cookies to fully complete our lunch extravaganza.


Impromptu barista art by Patrick Kendall

upright brewhouse dessert

 Lesson of today’s adventure: Gluttony and trends – everything in moderation and with a little help from your friends. 

DSC03896The Upright Brewhouse, NYC

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Inside Out

No, no. Not that insanely catchy and seemingly nonsensical Eve 6 song that is a karaoke staple.

In early February, I cruised to the Gagosian Gallery‘s West 21st Street location. Upon walking in, I was visually slapped with the most ginormous sculpture aptly titled “Inside Out” and immediately was awestruck by how diminutive I seemed. The fact that I felt so small is particularly interesting, since I was towering in oversized, Pee-Wee Hermanesque platforms (making me about 6’3″). As I passed through the labyrinth’s twists and turns, a mild anxiousness overcame me as some corridors narrowed in dramatically. It was creating a reflexive sense of disorientation, as I was unaware of what was around the corner.

 Richard Serra Inside/Out

The wider, open spaces of the exhibit where there was more light provided much more comfort. Alone, I hugged the curves of this foreign territory without knowing my next move. 

Inside/Out Corridor

Leather trench & faux fur hat, vintage; Plaid duster, Free People; White denim pant, Kenneth Cole; Thermal, Abercrombie & Fitch; Scully shoes, Jeffrey Campbell; Leather Patchwork bag, Juicy Couture.

Gagosian Gallery Inside/Out

Although I just successfully teased you through the sublime coolness of this incredible piece by veteran American minimalist sculptor, Richard Serra, it unfortunately is no longer there (sorry!). You may view the installation experience in this interview with the artist here (“Inside Out” is at the 4:40 mark).

 I concluded that it was an amazing correlation to the twists and turns that are inevitable in real life navigation. Sometimes, the sense of knowing where you’re going is necessary and we rely on all types of gadgets and apps to get us to unknown destinations efficiently and smoothly. Though we are accustomed to the comforts of safety and routine, it’s a great sensory exercise to venture out, to get lost and to wander aimlessly through less known territories – to swallow my doubt, to turn it inside out. To find nothing but faith in nothing (even more sorry).

I obviously have digressed, as I love to do. And, I now have an overwhelming urge to do the Tequila dance.


Pee-Wee Tequila Print


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