Friday, May 29, 2009

Pretty Procrastination, Take Deux

Hello, lovelies!

I mistakenly announced on Tuesday that I was guest blogging over at one of my fave blogs, Le Blahg...The Blah Blah Blahg.

The lovely and talented Tristan asked me to contribute to her space with a two part series on self-portraiture. Today is Parte Une and I was more than happy and extremely honored to do it...so please head over there today and check it out!

Thanks, Tristan!

Running To and From

Today's Soundtrack:
Jem-They


The Good Morning

And, please stay tuned for Parte Deux of the series next week that includes a tutorial of sorts...

Word.

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Finding the Pretty.

Another wet and slightly depressing day in New York City. Generally I am an optimistic person...generally. And, I'm definitely always looking for something unique. I think ugly and even terribly hideous can be beautiful and even interesting. In fact, the art that I am mostly attracted to is art that bothers me. Something that moves me and bugs me in a way. In the simplest and most fundamental of terms...I'm looking for the pretty in the ugly.

Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman

umbrella girl.


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In a Face

I photograph strangers and I only meet them for a brief moment...yet, I often feel like I am connected to them forever.



Today's Soundtrack:
La Valse d'Amelie (Orchestre)




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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

So Many Babies!

Paloma turned one a couple of weeks ago. There was a birthday party at her apartment with all of her little friends. So many babies in one place! There was so much activity, so many little (BIG) personalities, a lot of laughing and screaming (in a good way).

Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman

Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman

By the way, did I mention that I'm for hire? :)

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Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

I Heart Polaroid

I found this great article n the New York Times that someone posted on Facebook - it's about Polaroid. If Polaroid is saved, I will be a very happy girl. I love Polaroid. I love the sound the film makes as it's coming out, I love that it reminds me of my childhood when my mother kept one in her car and would randomly pull over to take photos of houses she liked, I love the look of a Polaroid and the glossy film, I love waving it around while I wait for the image to develop right before my eyes.

Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman

I bought one a few months ago at my favorite thrift shop in Manhattan but if you don't have one yet, in the meantime you can play with Poladroid. coolness.

Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman

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Pretty Procrastination

Hello, there. Today I am guest blogging over at The Blah Blah Blahg...

The topic is Self-Portraiture and it's a two part series.

UPDATE: Tristan at Le Blahg emailed me a short while ago to let me know that she's moving the guest post to this FRIDAY. Sorry for the confusion, everyone! I hope you'll check back on Friday to check out the post and her awesome blog. xo




Come over to Miss B's world and check out all of the goodness and very pretty procrastination...

The Better Place

Today's Soundtrack:
Morcheeba - Blindfold

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Monday, May 25, 2009

Hot Child in the City

I love long weekends. Love.

I Love New York

On Memorial Day Weekend Manhattanites rush the heck out of dodge and head to the beaches...the Hamptons, the Jersey Shore, Connecticut...where ever as long as it is away from the city and the asphalt. We are usually those people who sit in traffic on Friday night on the way out and Monday night on the way in...but not this year.

This year we decided to stay in New York and so far so fabulous. On Friday night we had dinner with friends at a great restaurant in Tribeca and didn't even have to wait for a table. Afterward we went to two bars and had no problem getting a table...we left the first place after seeing a mouse and the waitress was rude to us because we were upset at the sight of the freaking thing. But, that's a completely different story...only in New York. Then on Saturday we spent the morning cleaning up our terrace, weeding the pots where our flowers and plants go and going to Home Depot to buy some flowers...another "only in New York" moment: we bought a bunch of plants and flowers, dirt and a new hose and the delivery window for Saturday night was 8pm to 11pm. Today we went to Long Island to have a bbq with my family and my mom and I spent two hours at the shoe department at Lord & Taylor - I got two new pairs - wee! Is this an amazing weekend or what?

Today...we're just going to spend some time taking care of our new plants and seeing friends. I have a feeling this is going to be an incredible summer. I just feel it.

Happy Memorial Day!

Today's Soundtrack:
Weekend - Black Eyed Peas

PS--Let's also not forget what this day is really about. Not just the official start of summer but also a day to remember those who died in honor of the United States.

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Friday, May 22, 2009

Ten Things that make me terribly happy

I have many new favorite blogs but this one is one of my most favorite. I don't remember how I came across it but I'm so glad I did. Taza and Husband has this wonderful feature called "Here's to Happiness" where readers send her a list of ten random things that make them terribly happy and she posts them to her blog. It's so fabulous.

What could make you happier than that? I love making lists and I love thinking about random things that make me happy. Thank you, Naomi, for your loveliness!

I Know a Girl...Who's Like the Sea

ten things that make me terribly happy

*fresh baguettes that are still warm
*the smell of freshly cut grass
*sleeping with the window open in summer and feeling the breeze on my face and hearing wind chimes
*the smell of a pipe
*my husband's freckles - especially the ones on his eyelids
*sitting in a relaxed ocean and having conversation with the person as though you were sitting on the couch at home
*learning something new
*spending lazy, rainy Sundays at home together on the couch
*bolognese sauce
*shoes - all of them.

Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman

Happy Friday and happy loooong weekend!

Today's Soundtrack:
The Roots and Erykah Badu - You Got Me

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

I Know a Girl...Who's Like the Sea

I'm having one of those days where one minute I feel one way and the next I feel something completely different. I was going through my archives and found an entire folder filled with images that I never looked at again after I shot them. They were just collecting dust on my hard drive. For some reason I opened it up today and there they were waiting to be (re)discovered.

Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman

I started to think about my mood today and I was processing I noticed the changes in the images and I remembered the different moods of the ocean that day. One moment the waves were crashing yet behind the crazy thunder of the crash was a calm, flat sea. In another image the wind is blowing the top of the wave in the opposite direction of where it wants to go...of where it has always gone. I was meant to rediscover these photos today if for no other reason than I found a metaphor, and an appropriate U2 song to describe the many moods of me on any given day.

Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman


Today's soundtrack:
U2 - No Line on the Horizon


Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman

Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman

Today is one of those days that needs two songs so even though I already posted this morning...I need a double dose this afternoon.

Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman

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I know a girl who’s like a sea
I watch her changing every day for me
Oh yeah, oh

One day she’s still, the next she swells
You can hear the universe in her sea shells

Oh yeah, oh

No, no line on the horizon
No, no line

I know a girl with a hole in her heart
She said infinity’s a great place to start
Oh

“Time is irrelevant, it’s not linear”
Then she put her tongue in my ear

Oh, oh

No, no line on the horizon
No, no line
No, no line on the horizon
No, no line

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

The songs in your head are now on my mind
You put me on pause
I try to rewind, love, and replay

Every night I have the same dream
I’m hatching some plot, scheming some scheme
Oh yeah
Oh

I’m a traffic cop, Rue du Marais
The sirens are wailing
But it’s me that wants to get away
Oh

No line on the horizon
No, no line
No, no line on the horizon
No, no line

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Back Alley Wonder

By now you know I love to go on long walks in my hometown. I go out to get the paper and a cup of coffee and an hour later I'm still walking around in my house flip-flops (yes, I have a pair that are just for around the house) and the same leggings I wore to bed the night before because I thought I would be out for "just a minute" - famous last words of mine.

I find so much as I wander about...in my house shoes...and after all the pretty flowers and interesting people I turn to the nitty gritty of the city. The back alleys, the seemingly abandoned roads...and I love it.

Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman

Today's Soundtrack:
The Richest Man In Babylon by Thievery Corporation

By the way, I'm really bummed about American Idol. Kris is good but already so mainstream...I was for Adam all the way. Can't wait to see what he does next!

Escape Alley





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