Category Archives: style

searching for tires & finding a star


during my recent quest  for free tires, and before manifesting the tires in a completely bizarre and unexpected way (which you may read here), i began my search on craigslist. sure that i would find someone in nyc looking to unload 3 tires – i did not.  what i did find, was a salon in soho looking for a haircut model and i was in need of a free haircut!

it’s been years since i was in the industry, but back in a previous life, i was the manager for a high end hair care line. i spent 4+ years travelling around the country visiting the top salons, selling hair products and getting to know  stylists in the best of the best salons in the united states.  occasionally, some of the country’s top talent would offer me a complimentary cut or color. a pretty awesome perk, i know. . . .

back to craigslist.  the salon was sam brocato, located at 42 wooster street, in the heart of soho.  in the last stretch of her two year apprenticeship, a beautiful young woman named christina was in need of hair model for a short cut, and along with 3 tires, i also wanted a new short haircut.

i felt like i won the lottery when christina responded to my e-mail letting me know i had been chosen for the free haircut.  not powerball or anything, but at the very least a good scratch-off ticket.

by the time she was done, it was apparent that her talent was as large as her heart.  if it’s what she aspires to, one day i’m sure i’ll see her name in the style magazines along with the likes of frederick fekkai, oribe & christophe – at least i hope so.  i can do my small part by introducing christina to you today.  you can do your part by booking an appointment with her – you wont be disappointed – and . . .  you’ll have an amazing new style!
to christina, i thank you –  for your time, for your talent & for picking me! may success follow you always.

christina morr sam brocato salon (1a) copy

sam brocato salon ~ christina ~ (212) 334.3777

“Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts.”
 ~ Alan Cohen

joan & my camera


 

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3 stretch limos waited outside, 2 already occupied by joan’s two assistants and some family members who preceded melisa and cooper. shortly after 10:30 am, melissa & cooper left joan’s home at 1 east 62nd street.

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a beautiful display of flowers and tributes covered half of the entrance to the building.

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i arrived at temple emanu el before the limos and if it were not for the m-1 city buses interrupting the view from the press camp located all the way across the avenue, i would have been able to show you more pictures.  how did they not close 5th avenue??  this was joan rivers’ funeral!  of course, the peeps from nbc, cbs, cnn, people magazine, ect… had anticipated this and came armed with ladders.  i spent 2 hours looking for tiny spaces in between ladder rungs, tripods and body parts trying to secure spot large enough to  fit my lens through. lesson learned.

all of the news media peeps were in crews. there were reporters, camera peeps, videographers and the assistants uploading live feed onto their computers.  by now you’ve no doubt already seen the celebrity arrivals in pictures splashed all over the news so i won’t bore you with mine, but i will tell you about the parts of the ceremony that the big outlets didn’t dwell on.

the lane of roadway closest to the temple was reserved for cars and limos dropping off guests – most had drivers.  then there was the person who pulled up in a beautiful light green maybach. i couldn’t see who it was as the view was obstructed by a double decker tourist bus filled with people taking pictures of the crowds and people in the press pit. it was pretty comical as they focused on the press camp and never thought to look across the street where all the celebrities were wandering about.  back to the maybach. apparently the guest who arrived in the maybach drove himself.  he must be used to having a driver as he forgot to take his keys when he exited his car. for the following 30 minutes or so, the maybach blocked the entrance to the to the temple so the following guests had to get out of their cars up the block and walk to the entrance. It took about 8 cops and two tow trucks, further obstructing my view, to jimmy the locks on the maybach and drive it away.

 

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just one hour after the service began, the front doors to the temple opened and out poured well over a dozen bag-pipers.  for this, they closed fifth avenue and i was grateful for the unobstructed views – until the bagpipers lined up directly in front to me.

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they played as melissa and cooper got into the their limo.

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all the other guests followed melissa out of the temple and waited for their drivers to arrive with their car.

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then – the second most amazing thing happened.  a cop moved the barrier and allowed the press to cross the street.  aproximately 3 seconds later, i was standing in the middle of a crowd of people that included whoopie goldberg, matthew broderick, charlie rose, barbara walters, kathy lee, and all the rest.  i wasn’t exactly sure what to do so i stood back and thought i would observe the pros from abc, nbc, cbs, ect., and then just do what they did.   each ‘team’ sent a reporter to a celeb and asked some questions while the camera person filmed and a third person uploaded the story for ‘live coverage.’  i did not have a crew. should i just walk up to geraldo or kelly osbourne and start asking questions? before i had time to answer my own question, matthew broderick walked by and i concentrated solely on the photo op.

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i knew sara jessica parker couldn’t be far behind so i stood still and scanned the crowd until i saw her heading my way.  she was just several feet away from me when the first most amazing thing happened – – my camera died!  it just stopped.  i tried to remain cool while i frantically turned my camera on and off several dozen times; dug through my bag for the spare and changed the battery;  dug through my bag again for the second spare and loaded that battery; changed the settings . . . . and everything else i could think of. . . . .

i finally came to understand it was simply my electronic disorder rearing it’s ugly head at the worst possible time, and tried not to cry. then i went home.

here are some of the shots i managed to get prior to the death of my most favorite possession . . . .

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whoopie goldberg

joan rivers funeral (Judge Judy)

judges judy & jerry sheindlin

joan rivers funeral (Dr Oz) (3)

dr. oz

joan rivers funeral (Donald Trump) (3)

the donald

joan rivers funeral (diane sawyer)

diane sawyer

joan rivers funeral (charlie rose) (2)

charlie rose

barbara walters

barbara walters

joan rivers funeral (robin quivers)

robin quivers

 

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rest easy, joan – i hope the celebration was everything you wished for.

♥ 

“I succeeded by saying what everyone else is thinking.”
 ~ Joan Rivers

♥ 

hairy turtles


strolling through central park, i found myself wondering, what has happened to the turtles?

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“Everything in the universe has a purpose. Indeed, the invisible intelligence that flows through everything in a purposeful fashion is also flowing through you.”
~ Wayne Dyer 

♥ 

thong man’s summer outfit


missing the city . . . .

although the country can be nice in the summer time, i am really missing all of the things i love about nyc.  i miss central park,  the dorm-room apartment building drama, i miss my neighbors – and people in general, i miss walking to places and i miss thong man.

here is an old post i will re-read & reminisce . . . .

walking ivan tonight i ran into the opportunity i’ve waited 3 years for.  i actually had my iphone camera handy when  thong man came running up 2nd avenue.   unfortunately he wasn’t wearing his nude pantyhose because they are way better than the black body stocking he was sporting this evening.  this must be his summer outfit.

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i am counting the days until august 14th when i return back to nyc – where i belong.

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“Of course life is bizarre, the more bizarre it gets, the more interesting it is. The only way to approach it is to make yourself some popcorn and enjoy the show.”
– unknown

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when i get my loft in soho . . . .


i am definitely getting one of these.

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how cool is that?  and that man sitting in the chair could very well be my future husband.   right?Thumbs-up

“Never let life impede on your ability to manifest your dreams. Dig deeper into your dreams and deeper into yourself and believe that anything is possible, and make it happen.”
~ Corin Nemec 

funday in the park


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enjoy the day!  

this is a public service announcement.

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”
 ~ Walt Disney 

boxer bag


seriously??

boxer bag

proof that there is something for everybody!  if you’re that someone, this bag can be all yours for only $19.99 on e-bay.

“The only real elegance is in the mind; if you’ve got that, the rest really comes from it.”

Diana Vreeland

the streets of ny


 

“My one thought is to get out of New York, to experience something genuinely American.”
 ~ Henry Miller

trending neon


newsflash!
neon does not look good on anyone!!

the trend began with neon shoelaces – that’s what i noticed in nyc.  neon shoelaces are tolerable, although not my personal preference.  then came the entire sneaker – in awful neon colors.  mostly orange and pink with green trending not to far behind.  it almost hurts my eyes.

ridiculous looking neon “fashion”  now  comes in nail polish, purses, shirts, shoes and dresses.  mixing neons is even worse.   please people, let’s come together here – help save the reputation of my favorite city and ditch the neon!

if you want to see yourself featured in a magazine, keep on with the neon and you could end up a  “glamour don’t”.  lets keep the neon where it belongs – please?

“We must beware of yielding to the pressure of a spirit of cowardly conformity which proclaims itself everybody’s friend in the hope that everybody will obligingly return the compliment.”
 ― Antonin Sertillanges