Monthly Archives: November 2010

Holidays in NYC

Another Normal

Another Normal

(photos: Rudy Pospisil)

I took a little break from my work over Thanksgiving and spent some time with my family and friends in Massachusetts (and New Hampshire) where I am originally from.  It was a much needed break but Monday I jumped right back into the swing of things at my job and working on wallpaper at night! Things are happening and patterns are getting approved and screens are getting made and prepped to do my first run of wallpaper! The next few months are going to be very exciting!

Besides work I am anticipating the upcoming holiday season.  I have been snapping a few photos here and there of some of the Holiday decorations around my workand sharing them on my twitter account (which if you aren’t following by now you should!) I work across the street from Bergdorf’s on 5th Ave and I am constantly ooh-ing and aah-ing over therir windows but the Holiday season is always the icing on the cake.  One of my old coworkers Rudy who I worked with when I first started working at Clinique (and miss dearly!) has a blog called Another Normal The Art of Windows where he posts photos of all the amazing windows that NYC has to offer.  If you can’t visit them in person this might just be the next best thing! Or even if you do live in NYC you should still check it out because 1) he is quite the photographer! 2) you can view the windows without the crowds and 3) they are a wealth of inspiration! It looks as though Rudy is gearing up for Holiday 10 and I’m excited to see the storefronts from his perspective. Be sure to check out Rudy’s blog and his portfolio.

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Gap + Cool Hunting Pop-up Shop

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While walking down 5th Ave the E train after work on Friday night I was a bit confused when I stumbled upon the Gap + Cool Hunting Pop-Up Shop.  I actually walked by it and then did a double take because I wasn’t sure if I was seeing things.  But yes! It is true! The store is curated by the staff at Cool Hunting and is their first pop up store. All of the products in the store are locally-sourced and they also offer limited edition goods made exclusively for the store. I only had my camera phone on me but found some photos over at PSFK. It sounds like they are also hosting a series of events although I don’t see it on their website yet. Since I work so close by I will definitely try to make it to at least one event and report back! In the meantime if you are in the area go check it out!

Cool Hunting for Gap Holiday Pop-Up Shop
680 Fifth Avenue (between 53rd & 54th Street)
November 19-January 2 (closed Christmas)
Monday-Saturday: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am to 8:00 pm

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blob VB3 by DmvA

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If I had a backyard I would want a  blob when for when I wanted to escape from reality for a bit.

blob VB3 by DmvA via DesignBoom

blob VB3 by DmvA

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If I had a backyard I would want a  blob when for when I wanted to escape from reality for a bit.

blob VB3 by DmvA via DesignBoom

AphroChic Fall Collection

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The Beat

Brooklyn Life Shower Curtain

I love a bold geo wallpaper and the new AphroChic collection definitely delivers. Jeanine Hays  wallpaper will definitely add a kick of  modern soulful style which is her companies mantra and her designs live up to it! Pictured above are Reflection and The Beat. AphroChic also collaborated with Samanatha Hahn to design a beautiful watercolor Brooklyn Life Toile that is used in the new collection on pillows and tableware.  The above is the outdoor pattern, and of course I naturally love the brownstones! Jeanine talks about how the collection came together in her blog which I thought was extremely insightful as a new entrepreneur.  On top of this did I also mention that Jeanine is an attorney turned designer and currently writes for the HGTV blog? A woman of many talents!

TedxBrooklyn

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On Saturday I volunteered at TedxBrooklyn.  While I did not get to see the majority of the conference. I was really crossing my fingers to see Swoon speak, which I unfortunately missed. I did get to sneak in to  TED Fellow Mitchell Joachi who was a fantastic! I helped out with some behind the scenes things and helped those attending the conference find their way around the campus, which btw looks beautiful! I only graduated two years ago but it looks a million times better than it did when I was a student with the trees grown in on the main lawn and security guards driving around on segways! Who would have thought?

Besides the actual Ted conference there was an educational/interactive area called TEDxBrooklyn Labs where companies and artists set up shop that shared  the ethos of the TEDx brand  and theme. The labs ranged from an exhibit of work from Devotion Gallery, a table promoting  Fast Society , a social networking app that lets combines group Texting, instant Conference Calls and location sharing to the design consultancy The Way We see the World (who I immediately recognized from their Jellowares!) and others.

Overall it was a great day and fantastic for networking. I met a lot of amazing people who attended the conference after at the cocktail party and those who volunteered with me throughout the day. Everyone had such a fantastic energy and story to them that  it really inspired me to go back home and work on my projects. I hope that I get to attend a Ted or Tedx event some other time in its entirety!

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I will be volunteering at TedxBrooklyn this coming Saturday in Brooklyn at my alma mater Pratt Institute.  TedxBrooklyn is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.  If you are not familiar with TED (Technology Entertainment and Design) it is an annual conference that  invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. This event will have speakers that will include some of Brooklyn’s most promising innovators, from entrepreneurs to artists, storytellers to scientists.

I am not sure if I will be able to actually see the speakers but it looks like they have a fantastic line up and I hope to at least catch a glimpse. If not at least I will be able to meet and network with an array of interesting people and help out an event that I fully support. The full list of speakers can be seen here. Check back at the beginning of the week to see how it went!

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