Looking back at the last 2 months in Brooklyn

January 9, 2010 at 5:22 am (Uncategorized)

Dear diary lol.

It’s been two months since I packed up my life and U-hauled it straight for NY. Things are still GREAT! I still love my job at Cole Haan, and am on my 4th pair of shoes (it’s hard to stay on a budget in this city). Now that the holiday season has calmed down, I won’t be there on a full time basis, and will have more time for castings.

Remember I said I had that fashion show, well, let me tell you, I ripped the dress! The designer was Nicole Parrish and it was her first show. I had gone to her apartment earlier in the week for a fitting. I don’t think I gained any weight between the fitting and the show, but that dress was TIZZIGHTT!! I mean I couldn’t breathe. Somewhere from the dressing room to back stage the dress ripped, and then REALLY ripped! So I couldn’t even walk in her show! I felt sooo bad (and so fat) but she said she will use me for her Spring 2010 show.

Earlier this week I had a casting for a hair extension company. It was all the way in East Orange New Jersy so I had to catch the train. Sidebar: I’ve never rode a train before! It was cool, I didn’t get too lost. We shall see what comes from that, I got that gig from the talent agency I found up here.

I am still trying to put together a photo shoot to update my portfolio. Things really hit home when The Mattison Agency took me down from their website until I get better photos (OUCH!), so that is what I’m trying to do.

My thoughts on Brooklyn? Well, maybe I’d rather be in another part. Sunset Park is just okay, it’s alot of Hispanics, not that anything is wrong with that. Monica caught some guys peeping in our window a while back, she ended up calling the police. The walls are really thin, so you can hear everything. I think we both know that we will be moving out when our lease ends in July. Plus, it’s always easier to move in the summer time. I really want to move to Manhattan, it’s a better commute, and a lot easier to catch the trains after hours. Sometimes I have to wait 15-20 minutes for an R train to haul my ass back to Brooklyn.

Oh and let me tell you it is COLD! My GOD! I thought I had a real coat, I don’t even remember winters in DC being this brutal. I am looking forward to spring time already.

Oh and the guy! Remember I said I had beginners luck? Well he is still in the picture and the picture is still in the frame. We just got back today from an amazing date at the Metropolitan Museum in NYC and then drinks at the Coffee Shop (it’s a chic little bar off 14th and Union St.)

Okay that’s all I got. I have to get to bed, gotta wake up early and go to work.

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You don’t have to fly planes to dress like the pilot.

January 7, 2010 at 5:16 pm (Uncategorized)

I saw this hat on christmas day. No, not in a store on in a commercial. Not even at a stand on 5th avenue from a guy hussling last minute gifts. I was on my couch watching TBS and “A Christmas Story” was playing.

See the photo from the movie of the boy licking the pole? For some reason I really really liked his hat! I think it’s so chic, and even though this movie was made in the 80s, I would love to wear this hat today.

Then it got me thinking about the look of a pilot. Not the way they dress today, in some sort of professional navy suit with golden wings pinned to their jacket, but they way they dressed back then.

One name automatically popped into my head, Amelia Earhart, who was the first aviatrix to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. But, I also think she had a bad-ass sense of fashion.

I would wear all this stuff now! But it’s so interesting that she was wearing it decades ago. Her style has even been incorporated onto the runway. Check out these two outfits below straight off the catwalk.

Nice stuff, right?! I know! Now, while you may not be wanting to get a full-on take-off outfit, you can incorporate some pieces into your wardrobe that embody the Amelia Earhart spirit. First, a classic bomber jacket. Check out these two below, both under $30, and both from Forever21.

Next, a classic dress pant. These two examples come from Banana Republic.

And this pair of riding pants I found on Amazon, they are made by Tomora.

And to wear with those, a riding boot and a lace up boot. The first is the Petra boot and the second is the Luna boot, both from Cole Haan and both currently on sale.

Lastly, wrap a scarf around your neck and you’re ready for take off!

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H&M tosses their unworn clothes out with the garbage

January 7, 2010 at 4:50 pm (Uncategorized) (, )

Everyone loves to shop at H&M, but instead of going in the front door, a few people have been heading to the trash bins outside the back door.

Turns out H&M discards their out of season, unworn clothes instead of donating them to the needy. And to be sure that they are not worn or used by anyone, they slash them with box cutters! How sad and wasteful!

A passerby who often walks down 35th St. stated that it is more common to find destroyed clothing in the H & M trash. On Dec. 7, during an early cold snap, she said, she saw about 20 bags filled with H & M clothing that had been cut up.

“Gloves with the fingers cut off, ”she said, reciting the inventory of ruined items. “Warm socks. Cute patent leather Mary Jane school shoes, maybe for fourth graders, with the instep cut up with a scissor. Men’s jackets, slashed across the body and the arms. The puffy fiber fill was coming out in big white cotton balls.” The jackets were tagged $59, $79 and $129.

This week, a manager in the H & M store on 34th Street said inquiries about its disposal practices had to be made to its United States headquarters. H & M has an executive in charge of corporate responsibility who leads the company’s sustainability efforts.

This is so NOT the idea behind going GREEN! I can’t believe H & M waste clothes like this! This might make you think twice about shopping there.

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