Friday, July 31, 2009

...running and running and running....

It's Friday again...how did that happen? Not that I'm complaining but it seems like the weeks go by faster and faster lately.

This weekend is filled with family and dreaming. It's going to be hectic with cooking and guests and the general madness of getting the apartment ready for 10 people for dinner...but all that time I will be getting lost in thoughts of our upcoming two week vacation at the beach. In just two weeks, we will be going away for two weeks...away from the rainy city, away from the honking and crowds, away from the madness. The only problem is that when we come back from our vacation, summer will be over...not that we have had much of a summer here in NYC because it's been mostly rain but still...the very thought of summertime is comforting.

I took this photo in May at the very beach where we will be in two short weeks. I feel like running in to it right this second. Soon...soon.

Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman

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I hope you have a wonderful weekend? What are you up to?

Enjoy!

Today's Soundtrack:
Radiohead - House of Cards


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Thursday, July 30, 2009

I Heart Babies.

Did you know that I moonlight as a child photographer? Well...I do! I mean, it goes on during daylight, not moonlight, but you know what I mean.

If you're in New York and have babies or know anyone who has babies then drop me a line. I take photos in relaxed environments for kids - their home, a park, their yard, etc. - using only natural and the result is...well, take a look for yourself.

Kids tend to love me as much as I love them.

Email me or call me for rates and more information:)

info@monicalshulman.com

917.496.8011





Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman

Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman

Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman

Today's Soundtrack:
Federico Aubele - Esta Noche
I love this guy and his music. Perfect for relaxing and catching up on your daily blog reads...

rubber ducky you're the one!

Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman

Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman



Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman



Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman



Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman

Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman

Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Won't You Dance With Me.

I have been a huge fan of Federico Erra's work ever since I came across his stream on Flickr. I've no idea how I landed there..it just happened one day after I was pointing and clicking and procrastinating my way through a random afternoon.

Copyright Federico Erra

His photos take you to places you never thought existed. I often feel like I am intruding on a private moment when I look at his images...like somewhere that I'm not supposed to be but I can't make myself leave. They draw me in and mesmerize me. They put you in a trance. They are like magic.

Take a look for yourself.

Copyright Federico Erra

Copyright Federico Erra

Today's Soundtrack:
Nouvelle Vague - Dance With Me

Copyright Federico Erra

Copyright Federico Erra

Copyright Federico Erra

Copyright Federico Erra

Copyright Federico Erra

All photos Copyright Federico Erra.


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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Ciao, Chessa! Has 100 Followers on Google Friend Connect! So there's a GIVEAWAY!

Is that not the longest title ever?

Let's celebrate!

One lucky reader will win an 8x12 copy of this image taken on my trip to Italy last March. I took this in Lucca, a city that both Mr. S and I fell in love with immediately...

Little Red Bike
See it on Etsy

To enter, please leave a comment here. If you post about it on your blog or post about it on Twitter or share it on Facebook or where ever else, I'll submit your name twice..as long as you let me know you've done it:)

I'll announce the winners a week from today. Thank you so much for reading!

Today's Soundtrack:
Don't Dream It's Over - Crowded House

PS--You can see this photo, as well as many others, for sale in my Etsy shop.


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Monday, July 27, 2009

To Color or to Black and White?

If you've been following my blog for a while then you might remember this image that I captured in Buenos Aires last year.

hay milonga de amor

Well, after a year of loving it in black and white, I decided to play with it a bit again.

When I took the photo I immediately saw it in shades of gray and it did not occur to me that it might be great in color. That happens to me a lot...I take a photo and I either see it in color or I see it in black and white. Seldom do I think that it might be meaningful or moving both ways. When I look through my viewfinder, the end result usually jumps right into my head. When I shot film this happened too...I would be shooting a roll of color and I would think to myself that wouldn't it be perfect to get this in black and white or vice versa. With digital I can try both and this is great for me since while I do tend to have that initial gut reaction - to color or to black and white - I happen to be a terribly indecisive person so it's helpful to be able to go back and make that change...

Here's my attempt at color after a year of looking at him in black and white.

What do you think?

Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman

and this version too...

Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman

Today's Soundtrack:
The Scientist - Natasha Bedingfield
I've never heard this version but isn't it lovely? I really love the song and I like her interpretation. When Chris Martin sings it it breaks my heart and I feel like it is even more heart-wrenching to hear a woman sing it. Almost like the feelings she is singing about are more painful. Still I like Coldplay's original better but this is just...different. Not sure what you think...

Happy Monday!

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Summer Lovin'...

Don't get me wrong, I'm VERY excited that it's Friday already but I'm a little concerned at how quickly this week has gone by! I for one am really looking forward to this weekend even if I do have to work my "other" job tomorrow but whatever...I can deal with it. I also plan on taking A LOT of photos this weekend. I find myself in the mood...like I'm not always in the mood for that!

Tonight we are going to a few galleries in Soho that Mr. S wants to take me to, tomorrow night we have a family dinner and then on Sunday I'm going to watch my niece for a few hours and then possibly head over to Gallery Bar in the East Village for this amazing weekly event that they are having.

Remember last week I blogged about the genius New York artist, Antony Zito. Zito is exhibiting some works at Gallery Bar with the opening of his newest exhibit of portraits - Multiple Personalities. I've seen the collection with my very own eyes and I can say that they are completely mesmerizing. The colors and the technique are so bold. I love them. The exhibit, which includes twenty of Zito’s best works, painted in various styles and mediums, is on display through September 7th. In fact, Gallery Bar will double as his studio for the summer and every Sunday between 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm, when Orchard Street is closed for pedestrian traffic, Zito will offer watercolor portraits to us on a suggested donation basis which will then be incorporated into the show daily, expanding it by hundreds over the course of the summer! Is that not fabulous?!

Participants who choose to pay the full suggested donation price of $100 for their watercolor portrait will be entered into a drawing to win a large scale painting (4’x5’) created to their own specifications from a photo provided by the winner. I'm told that as a Zito original, the piece will be valued at $10,000. Holla!! Beautiful art AND an investment piece...sign me up!

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Also, as if all of this weren't amazing enough, as an extra Zito will create acrylic portraits on found materials for people who want to have their image duplicated on a mirror, door, chair, etc. Purchasers of these works will also be entered into the end-of-summer drawing and have their piece incorporated into the exhibit.

With all of this, who wouldn't want to head over there? The space is really cool and chill...it's an art Gallery and a bar. Get it...Gallery Bar! Two of my many favorite activities...looking at evocative art and cocktailing.

Even if I don't go this weekend I'm definitely going to get there at some point this summer...I want to meet this guy whose work I really love and admire and I'd lurrrrve a chance to win, of course.

Gallery Bar is located at 120 Orchard Street.

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What about you? What are you doing this weekend?


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Today's Soundtrack:

Psychedelic Furs - Heaven
A few weekends ago I found this tape in my old room at my parents' house. First of all...a tape! Secondly, Psychdelic Furs! I searched our CD collection and of course I have their Greatest Hits...I love this song. Ah, the 80s.

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All images from here.

By the way, check out this photo that was sent to me of Zito painting a mural outside of Lombardi's downtown on Spring Street. If you live in New York and you've never eaten at this institution then shame on you! Get yourself there as soon as humanly possible. And, if you're not from NYC, then put it on your list of places to have lunch when you come to town...do it!

Antony Zito Painting the Mona Lisa at Lombardi's

Oh and this is a review I found too...can you tell I'm a little excited about this artist? :)

The New York Post has called Zito's portrait paintings "sensual" and his renderings of people on materials other than canvas have prompted The Village Voice to refer to him as "a master of the found object". A dedicated resident of The Lower East Side, he is credited with founding the Every Last Sunday art loop, a walking tour that features up to 30 independent art studios and galleries each month. His paintings have been seen in Milk Studios, The Sundance Film Festival, The National Arts Club, The American Museum of Natural History, P.S. 122, The Museum of Sex, Fuse Gallery, Angel Orensanz Foundation and Anthology Film Archives, along with galleries in Los Angeles, Japan and Austria, among others. In May 2004, Zito's portrait of Lee Marvin was featured along side The White Stripes in the United Artists film, "Coffee and Cigarettes", directed by Jim Jarmusch, and he has contributed work to the director's most recent release, "Broken Flowers". His tribute to the Mona Lisa was shown at Deitch Projects in Soho and featured in the 2004 Fall Arts Issue of BlackBook. His illustrations have been published in The New York Press and his murals are featured on the walls of the legendary Lombardi's Pizza and The Spring Lounge in Little Italy. Besides the documentary film to be completed in 2008, Zito is also currently writing an autobiography of his work during the past 15 years in New York City. Driven primarily by the images of his portraits, the book focuses on the layered biographies of the people he has painted. Both the film and book are slated for release in 2008.

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

I (REALLY) Love Jewelry - I (REALLY) Love Alex and Ani...Like, A Lot.

I love jewelry. What gal doesn't? But I mean I really, really, really love jewelry. I love rings, bracelets, necklaces, everything...when we were little we tried on our great grandmother's jewelry every chance we got. She had an enormous suitcase underneath her bed with all sorts of real and costume pieces strewn about and I would put on five necklaces and a ring on each finger and we'd play for hours. She never cared what we tried on.

I recently came across the Alex and Ani jewelry line and I have to say that I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. What I loved most about the pieces that I saw is that they are each environmentally conscious and hand crafted from recycled metals and they are expandable so they have a custom fit. Loves it.



I must admit that I first saw them in US Weekly and, if it's good enough for Vanessa Hudgens, Jessica Simpson, Miley Cyrus, and Cameron Diaz then it's good enough for me!

I've been on the site all morning trying to decide what to get. What do you think?


I am OBSESSED with hoop earrings. I find that I wear them mostly in the summer but I just love how they make me feel. These are so sexy and youthful and who doesn't want to feel like that? These would look fabulous with a summer dress, one of the many sandals I picked up this season and a tan, no? But I also love that they can make the transfer to cold weather...wouldn't they look great with a black turtleneck, skinny jeans and over-the-knee boots? I'm imagining a million different outfits to go with these earrings!


I have no words for these...except maybe DIVINE!



I'd probably wear this layered with another necklace but on its own it's so delicate, right?

Here's some more info directly from the website...

Alex and Ani is a company dedicated to creating products of unparalleled quality and beauty that promote consciousness and unity. Our design aesthetic underscores the idea that what is pure and natural is most beautiful. In keeping with that sensibility, Alex and Ani products are handcrafted from recycled metals. Alex and Ani founder Carolyn Rafaelian is deeply committed to creating a greener future for the planet and its inhabitants. Reusing and recycling materials in the creation of her jewelry is an integral part of Rafaelian’s mission as a conscious, eco-friendly designer.

Protecting the environment is one of Alex and Ani’s passions. Manufacturing in America is another. All Alex and Ani products are made in the United States. This is a point of pride for our company. Rafaelian believes passionately in keeping American workers gainfully employed and in producing products of the highest quality. American standards know no equal. Alex and Ani accepts no less.

Quality and consciousness come together in every Alex and Ani piece. Alex and Ani’s collections are made up of powerful, meaningful, and spiritual pieces, which uplift and inspire all who wear them. Rafaelian’s design aesthetic works on two levels, she is creating art and, through that art, facilitating consciousness. Each piece has an inherent symbolic value, while, at the same time, reflects the personal style of the wearer.

The cornerstone of the Alex and Ani jewelry line is the Signature Expandable Concept. An innovative, patented, and original technology, the Signature Expandable Concept replaces traditional clasps with a sliding mechanism -- making necklaces, bracelets, and rings adjustable in one swift motion.

The expandable concept is more than a technology, though. At Alex and Ani it symbolizes a revolutionary idea: one elegant design, one perfect fit for all women. The expandable concept was born of the idea that all women should have jewelry that does more than adorn. It should reflect their essence and their interests. The Alex and Ani line is one where consciousness and glamour coexist. It is also one that suits all generations. Ageless and classic, Alex and Ani’s lines reflect Carolyn Rafaelian’s cherished belief that women of all ages deserve jewelry that celebrates their inherent beauty.

The Alex and Ani aesthetic underscores the idea that what is pure and natural is most beautiful and creating jewelry from recycled materials enriches the beauty of each piece.

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Happy Thursday!

PS--Is it really Thursday already? I mean, I'm happy tomorrow is Friday but honestly...this week flew by!

Today's Soundtrack:

Grisbi - Army Of Me
I used to play this song by Bjork over and over and over again. I loved it and was so happy when I came across this version. It's so cool.

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