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Christmas, Christmas time is near

Christmas, Christmas time is near

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Hello blerg! Instagram and/or Flickr is STILL not letting me upload from my Instagram to Flickr, so here we go again using the “embed” feature on Instagram. I hope these pictures are showing up for people other than me. Can you seee meeeeee?

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It’s like, almost winter time and stuff. Brenna is having a party next week to celebrate the Winter Solstice, which I RSVP’d us yes to. I told Josh he should glitter his beard silver and gold for the party. Ooh, maybe with some tiny glitter snowflakes!

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My father rarely texts me photos, but he did send me this recently. Ah, “What About Bob?”! The gift that keeps on giving!

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Baby M. now officially has more clothes hanging in “our” closet than I do. Mainly because, at nearly 9 months pregnant, I only fit into about 6 of my dresses. Sob!

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I tell ya, it’s not easy, waddling around the dog park every day in these temperatures, with a pretty raging case of plantar fasciitis permanently in my left foot. It’s my blog and I’ll whine if I want to!

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Last Thursday Josh and I went to a late afternoon OB appointment, went to the gym, and came home to find that one or more dogs had demolished and eaten this ENTIRE BOX of delicious Pepperidge Farm cookies. I was a little worried about the chocolate in the cookies, but other than Maggie’s guilty dog face they seemed fine that night. Brats! Little brats!

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Woke up to this nonsense last Friday and was very very thankful that I had snow tires put on the car. Lots of my co-workers called in “sick”, and one of the nurse managers slid into a ditch! Roops!

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I even took the girls for a very short waddle around the park in the snow, after work. The park was filled with about 11 8-year old, rowdy boys. I hope that other women around my neighborhood are pregnant right now so Baby M. will have some buddies!

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I didn’t think the snow would stick around too long, and I was right. By Sunday the rain washed it away.

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Josh was able to make a snowman first. Those are my adorable ear muffs.

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Here’s our slightly pathetic Christmas tree, that we picked out in the middle of a hailstorm at Fred Meyer’s, dressed inappropriately.

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On Saturday we went to “Display & Costume” to buy some tiny Christmas ornaments for his beard decoration. I oohed and aahed over this section of glitzy ornaments for a while.

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Like these little chandeliers! Oooooh.

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Looking cranky because I had some trouble with the false eyelashes, which were more of a pain in the ass than I remembered. I bought some cheap eyelash glue from the costume shop, that was my first mistake.

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Glittered up for our Christmas card photo shoot.

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Smooch! I’ll post the final picture next. We used the actual camera and tripod, and didn’t feature the dogs this year, can you believe it?

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Here’s a sneak peak of the baby quilt Fleeta is making us, and I LOVE IT.

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We just discovered “Skin Wars”, and we’re already up to Season 3! RuPaul is one of the judges! It’s very inspiring.

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The “crossover” episodes with the queens from “Drag Race” are even better!

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Josh was flipping through one of those parenting magazines during my non-stress test yesterday, and showed me these BABY SPATS. Do you die? I die.

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Corinne doesn’t Instagram anymore, so I Instagrammed for her because I had to share this bubble backpack she bought to tote her cats around in! So far Edward is the only one who likes it. We always knew he was the coolest.

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This was today! You can’t even tell that three days ago there was snow everywhere.

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I did a little nesting this afternoon. Here’s Corinne’s baby blanket that she made us. I am 35 weeks and 3 days pregnant today, and other than feeling like a great big fat balloon, my biggest problem is that my feet hurt. Not too much to complain about. Now I need to go eat! Ta ta, blog!

Dog training, painting away stress, and home improvements

Dog training, painting away stress, and home improvements

Fall doesn't need a filter 😍
Hiya blog! I am sleep deprived currently so here comes a ramble. Would you look at those beautiful Fall colors though? Siiiiigh….

Things are gettin' real around here.
Josh took this last night and it made me laugh so hard for so long that of course I had to put it on social media and then text it to everyone because that’s what you DO, right? Right.

Gorgeous Fall day today. 🌲
Last night was the worst night of sleep I’ve had yet, but I suppose since I’ve been pregnant since the end of April that’s not a bad record, eh? (trying to look on the bright side) (TRYING SO HARD)

More progress. I had to work on it last night to Zen out after watching 20 minutes of the debate 😳
On Sunday we tried to watch the second Presidential debate, got 20 minutes into it and were both so disgusted and sick to our stomachs we put on “Ridiculousness” instead, which in comparison was practically therapeutic. I also worked on the latest Mandala to paint away the stress. This election can’t come quick enough, I’ve finally reached my Politics Saturation Point.

Who says you can't teach old dogs new tricks?
Hey now, who says you can’t teach old dogs new tricks? Ramp training went a lot better than I expected. For now I have the back seat of the car down so they can have the entire back of the car for a couple of months. I thought I’d gradually eeeeease them into their new reality which is going to be delegation to the back back of the car. The way back, if you will.

John Mulaney is so funny. If I lived in NYC I would definitely go see "Oh, Hello" on Broadway.
I’ve been watching a lot of Chelsea Handler’s new Netflix show while I paint. She interviewed John Mulaney and Nick Kroll, who do an obnoxious duo named Gil and George who apparently now have a show on Broadway! Good for them! I’d go if I lived in NYC! They make me cackle.

First day of ramp training: success! A string cheese may have been involved (for motivation).
I listen to a lot of stand-up comedy these days. Louis CK, Margaret Cho, Amy Schumer, Pablo Francisco. I’m even finally able to listen to Robin Williams again without feeling the sads. His routine about GPS voices made me laugh out loud at the gym last night! Can you imagine? A giant pregnant blonde lady waddling around lifting weights and laughing deliriously? Good thing I don’t have any “shame”.

Tonight we watched "psyCHO". Oh Margaret Cho! I love youuuu! 😻
We also watched “Psy-CHO” the other night. I’m relieved to find that my love for Margaret Cho is as strong as ever. Also a new revelation: she mentions wanting kids in this stand-up! I never knew she wanted kids before. Maybe the hormones finally caught up with her.

Headdress inspiration! (thanks @reformthefunk)
Kind of obsessed with Bert Stern’s photography at the moment. This would be so much fun to paint.

Josh had some "fun" hair this morning.
He’s growing out a beard but promised to shave it off after Thanksgiving (before my birthday). To counterbalance all that crap, he’s also growing his hair out. This was his morning hair the other day. I thought it was cute!

Anyone watching "All Stars"? I'm #teamkatya, but I love Detox too. Especially this outfit! 😂
Speaking of that dude, I can credit him to discovering that we can watch RuPaul’s “All Stars” on vh1! Alriiiiiight. #TeamKatya again! (this is Detox and I loved her outfit)

The vanity I will eventually be moving my giant make-up collection to. I'm not in a hurry...still have 3 months!
I’m in the process of slowwwwwly moving all my beauty stuff into the office. Thanks to Fleeta for giving us this vanity and also letting me have the bench (after I begged). I think it looks pretty great against the acid green walls!

DIY'd some lights onto the vanity Josh's mom gave us. I'm sacrificing the room with the best light for the nursery. 😭 Does it need more lights?!
I bought these cool lights at Lowe’s that stick onto the mirror. They are remote controlled and dim and brighten, oooooh.

Happy Friday! 💚
I still have three more months to utilize the good light in the nursery though. And I’m gonna use it.

Current inspiration to re-paint the dresser we scored on "Buy Nothing". Loving the ombré look!
Speaking of that nursery, we scored a free dresser on “Buy Nothing” and are in the process of re-finishing it to resemble something similar to this. I’m loving this ombre look on furniture.

Going to start ramp training the dogs for my Subaru soon. Wish me luck--one dog is 8 and hates change, one dog is nearly 11 and well, Maggie dog is many things but she isn't too bright! Sigh.
I’m trying really hard to recall what we did last weekend, and nothing is coming to mind. Harrumph.

Siiiiiiigh...(thanks @richardquartley)
Another Bert Stern.

Dog park yeah! 💖
Who likes dogfriends? We like dogfriends!

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My dogfriends are currently passed out at my feet as I type this entry. I am 26 weeks and 3 days pregnant, and other than the heartburn, restless legs at night, and sleep deprivation…everything is FINE, JUST FINE.

Another minky/flannel baby blanket complete! Now I need to find some dinosaur flannel.
Three more months! Then it’s gonna be a whole new kind of sleep deprivation, right? Groan. Look at this adorable little minkie blanket I made for my son, before he started keeping me awake all night with kicks. Have a fabulous week, bloggeroonies!

Spring flowers, house paint and a man in a skirt

Spring flowers, house paint and a man in a skirt

Stepping on Matisse. 🎨
Stepping on Matisse’s head in downtown Everett. I haven’t spent a lot of time in downtown Everett (although there is a Hawaiian restaurant that I’ve been wanting to try forEVEr), but I know that we did one of our long practice runs last year there and I don’t remember seeing the artist’s heads!

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We had also never seen this fabbuu mirrored wall, near the Village Theatre. Oooh, ahhhh. Cool. This was last weekend, when we were doing a little exploring in a windstorm.

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These pretty white flowers are blooming in my neighbor’s yard. I don’t know what they’re called, but they scream SPRING! Speaking of which, my husband just informed me that today is the first day of spring. Awwwwrrriiiiiite!

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More colored glass that I did not purchase at “Home Inspirations” last weekend.

Couldn't resist buying these fun little vintage Japanese tea cups/saucer set. The color spoke to me. 😍
For 6 bucks a set though I could not resist buying 2 sets of these gorgeous little Japanese tea cups and saucers. We used them last night for our Sleepytime “extra” tea.

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The bedroom window. The bedroom is now teal and light green, we just haven’t put up all the art. Some of the art doesn’t go with the light green. I felt a little ridiculous paying for curtains from Cost Plus when I could EASILY whip some up…but since we had a gift card that guilt is alleviated.

What a beautiful day! 🌞
I always feel guilty spending money when I’m not working, it’s a curse. Hey, guess who’s working all next week though? ME ME ME! Finally. Actually I did work one day last week, I forgot about that.

Thanks to a Groupon, we finally got canvas prints from our Hawaii trips to hang in the kitchen. I took the top photo in Kauai; Josh took the bottom photo in Maui. They look so good against the aqua paint! I wish I was in Hawaii right now, mmmmm.
Thanks to a Groupon that Joshy purchased a few weeks ago, we finally got these really nice canvas prints from our Hawaii trips for uber cheap. The top one was taken by me in Kauai; the bottom one was taken by Josh in Maui. They really POP against the aqua paint in the kitchen.

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Don't forget to wear green. 💚💚💚🍀☘
Thursday was St. Patrick’s Day, and even though my period hit and was awful (also 4 days late!), I smeared on some green eyeshadow and this vintage dress that I bought months ago on a thrifting trip with Fleeta and felt cute enough to take a selfie. I have about 3 eyelash extensions left on each eye. Did I mention that I’m giving up eyelash extensions for Robo Baby? Also nail shellac, but that’s mainly because a year of doing nail shellac has completely wrecked my nails. They’ve been bare for weeks. At first it was weird, but I’m getting used to it.

Wet pets! Pets who get wet! 💦💦💦
Thursday and Friday the weather was so gorgeous that the pets and I spent an extra-long time romping at the dog park. I just couldn’t bring myself to stay inside! On Friday we actually spent an unprecedented hour and a half at the dog park! It was glorious.

Maggie and Bear Cub made a new puppy friend today.
I’m still paranoid about the dog poisoner but I can’t let fear destroy the fun of taking my dogs to a park to socialize. I refuse!

I 💚 green.
The onset of two of my favorite seasons (spring and summer) means the return of all of my favorite clothes: my dresses. Yesterday I went through my closet and removed all the pants that don’t fit me right now…about 75% of them. I also took all the dresses that don’t fit me right now, folded them up, and placed them in the back of the closet. No constricting clothes! No tight pants! Stretch, baby, stretch!

A man in a Utilikilt in my kitchen. 😍
He wore his Utilikilt for me on St. Patrick’s Day, much to my delight. He’s training to run the Seattle Rock and Roll Marathon again so it fits. I made him a Crockpot full of corned beef and cabbage that day, and tried not to get pissy at his beer intake. Ya know.

...mmm? Oh hello, Dream Bedroom! 💚🌞💕
Googling “bohemian bedrooms” for decorating inspiration makes me happy. Look at this room! It’s like my Dream Bedroom! Snivel sniff.

Trying to sort out the color of the guest room next and the indecision is strong. Looks like a unicorn threw up in here!
All of the paint swatches on the wall make it look like a unicorn threw up in here, huh? We finally decided on the primary color for the guest room yesterday. I think. The indecision was really strong for this room.

Waiting for slowpoke me. 🌿
Currently Josh is out running 17 miles. Yuck. I’m icing my back and my foot (getting old sucks) in preparation for a nice little 3 mile jog on the treadmill downstairs, preferably while watching something funny on Netflix.

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This afternoon we have an archery lesson that Josh bought us from Groupon. It was supposed to be two weeks ago but my back was really screwed up, so I bumped it up. My back is still a little screwed up but the show must go on!

Relaxing on the back patio with Maggie dog. The weather can't decide what it wants to do today. ☀️⛅️☁️
Anyway how much damage can I do to my back during a measly hour-long lesson? (stay tuned)

These yellow blooms! 💛
Also in my neighbor’s yard. I love these bright yellow blooms.

Bear Cub appreciating nature. 🌿
Ah, nature. Have a great week, blog logs!

NYC Adventure, Part 9: The Cloisters

NYC Adventure, Part 9: The Cloisters

outside the Cloisters

Hey dudes! TGIF, big time. I was grateful to have help at work this week, because between the nasty cold and crippling right foot pain, this week kinda sucked. Ne’er mind that, though…let’s go to THE CLOISTERS!

inside
What is the Cloisters, you ask? From Wiki:

The Cloisters is a museum located in Fort Tryon Park in the Washington Heights section of Upper Manhattan, New York City. It is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, used to exhibit the museum’s extensive collection of art, architecture and artifacts from Medieval Europe.

The Cloisters is situated on a hill overlooking the Hudson River, and incorporates parts from five European abbeys which were disassembled and shipped to New York City, where, between 1934 and 1939, they were reconstructed and integrated together with new buildings in the medieval style designed by Charles Collens. The area around the buildings was landscaped with gardens planted according to horticultural information obtained from medieval manuscripts and artifacts, and the structure includes multiple medieval-style cloistered herb gardens.

J inside

Of all the things to see and do in NYC, my mother had been recommending visiting the Cloisters for YEARS, so it was on the list of must-sees.

beautiful pillars

It turned out to be one of my favorite things that we did in NYC. It wasn’t very crowded, which was nice…of course the weather was INSANE that day, that might have had something to do with it.

chapel

Many rooms I explored by myself.

stained glass

Lots of amazing stained glass.

center trees

The landscaping around the Cloisters was beautiful, too.

garden outside in bloom

I wonder if it blooms year-round?

cheerful armless statue

This makes me think of that episode of “Ab Fab” when Eddie yells at Saffy, “I’ve got arms!

little statue on pedestal

disappearing statue

I thought this “disappearing” statue was really cool-looking.

loyal dog perhaps

Loyal dog, perhaps?

J looks up II

Dreamy.

posy rings

The spelling on these posy rings reminds me of my husband’s, ha hahahahahaaaaaa.

portrait of a young woman

Beautiful portrait.

amazing interlocking ring

OBSESSED with this ring.

amazing interlocking ring description

Isn’t that interesting? I spent a lot of time looking at the jewelry collection.

beautiful book with gold leaf

The tiny details on these books were incredible.

apocalypse

The apocalypse…is awfully pretty.

tapestry with sun

Gorgeous tapestry.

pink flamingo robe

What?! Pink flamingos!

pink flamingo robe description

Description of the pink flamingo robe.

beautiful chalice

cross

L & J at the Cloisters

Look, it’s us!

in the garden II

Outside, we were the only visitors “brave” enough to hang out in the rain.

fruit tree

Beautiful fruit tree.

J outside in the rain

Josh slipped while posing and scraped his elbow a little. It was his only injury that week…not bad, for him! He went for a run last night with his little friend IN THE DARK and tripped and fell. Sigh.

cool tree

I like this tree.

unicorn tapestry

We were on our way back to the lobby to leave when we walked through this room–and I’m glad we did! I would have missed seeing “The Unicorn in Captivity” in real life. Obsessed! Obsessed!

unicorn tapestry description

I’m glad I took pictures of the description cards during this museum trip.

poor tortured unicorn

Poor, abused unicorns! They didn’t stand a chance!

poor tortured unicorn II

Even the dogs are attacking them!

blue hair and tapestry

I love how Josh’s blue hair coordinates with the tapestry.

crazy ass monster
What the…???

Oh Cloisters! You were so magical! I’m really glad we were able to go. It was definitely special. Join me ONE LAST TIME as we go out for pizza and then dancing at a gay club, where Lizzy and Joshy meet REAL LIFE NYC CLUB KIDS! CAN YOU STAND IT??!!!

NYC Adventure, Part 7: The Met and Broadway

NYC Adventure, Part 7: The Met and Broadway

Blerp, blog. When my boss tossed around the idea of me taking today off from work yesterday afternoon I felt a little indecisive about it, but it turns out it WAS a good choice. My cold is 45.6% worse, and thanks to the goofy idea I had on Sunday to force my body into running 13.1 miles, my right foot HURTS SO BAD! So here I am. Blogging and full of mucus.

back to Central Park

But never mind all THAT, let’s get back to talking about New York City, yayyyyy! In the NYC chronicles we are in the middle of Day 3, back at Central Park, on our way to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met).

turtles at CP

A closer look at the spoiled turtles living in Central Park.

 

 

Belvedere Castle

Belvedere Castle! Pretty pretty.

greens in CP

Central Park was baaaarely starting to turn into fall colors during our trip. We were a little disappointed. Still, the greens were pleasant.

Central Park Panoramic

The only people around, briefly, were a mother and her son. For as crowded as NYC is, we had many opportunities to be alone.

beautiful bridge

Under the bridge.

outside the Met

Turns out we took the looooooong way around the Met (it’s a giant building). I had a pretty decent shin splint going on Day 3. Josh completed another training run by himself that morning–wisely I had said NO. We were on our feet all day long as it was!

anarchy & beauty

For “fun” I wanted to go to the gift shop first, museum second. I’m still undecided as to whether this was a good idea or not. I love William Morris’ art.

Spanish lusterware

If I had a lot of extra income I would definitely blow it on Spanish Lusterware. LUST, indeed!

saint

Here’s the deal with the Met: it’s insanely large, overwhelming, crowded, and you cannot possibly see everything you want to see in one trip. We had to pick a few exhibits that we were interested in and go from there. Talk about sensory overload!

poet

Navigation, for me, was practically hopeless, even with a map. I did ask guards some questions, occasionally. Here’s another thing about the Met: every single guard I spoke to was snotty. TRUE STORY.

bathers

Beautiful.

siblings

The Sargent exhibit was one that we were both interested in, and it was one of the most popular exhibits that day. No wonder–his paintings are incredible. 

divine

“Portrait of Madame X” was absolutely breathtaking in real life.

handsome

Handsome man.

moody

You know, I can’t even remember all of the specific exhibits we were interested in–the Sargent, a room of photos of faces undergoing ECT (Josh enjoyed that one), quilts…hmmmmm. I think there was an exhibit of Japanese “wave” paintings that we never got to. Too bad!

cool

We ended up detouring through rooms of musical instruments–this one caught my eye.

ornate

Incredible mother-of-pearl inlays.

quilt room

The quilt exhibit turned out to be just one room of quilts, which was a little disappointing, but aren’t they beautiful? I looooove the quilt on the right. 

a woman with her pets

This portrait of a woman and her pets was in the quilt room. For some reason, it reminded me of Corinne.

Tiffany grapes

We paused in the cafe to enjoy some coffee and a cookie. I thoroughly enjoyed gawking at the Tiffany glass. I’ve always been obsessed with Tiffany glass.

Tiffany wisteria

So dreamy!

gorgeous Tiffany landscape

Yes please! Can I live inside this piece of glass? 

across from the Met

Would I visit the Met again? Absolutely! Back outside, this stunning building across from the Met caught my eye.

deco chandelier

We ate thin crust pizza at a restaurant near Hotel 31 for dinner, and then proceeded to get fancied up to attend our first Broadway show (together). Josh snuck into “Cats” a million years ago (and promptly got kicked out–ha!).

L at the LK

Dame Edna glasses seemed appropriate for a Broadway show, along with a vintage dress and Brenna’s gold Kate Spade purse.

nerds in love at the LK

Nerds in Love on Broadway! It looks like daylight behind us, but that was all the bright lights of Times Square.

LK playbill

I had made fun of Josh pretty hard for wanting to see “The Lion King” (if “Fiddler on the Roof” had been playing at that time best believe we would have gone). Turns out, “The Lion King” was an excellent show. I mean, it’s Broadway! The best of the best! I was even a little verklempt. JUST A LITTLE.

Times Square

We spent the teeniest tiniest amount of time in Times Square after the show, mostly waiting for the Uber car. To quote “Men on Film”: “Hated it!” Too bright, too crowded, obnoxious, and besides, advertising sucks. No thanks, Times Square!

Times Square performer
This street performer was cool though.

Aaaaauuuuugggghhhhh! That’s the end of Day 3! Only ONE MORE DAY OF NYC TO BLOG, can you stand it? Catch ya later.

NYC Adventure, Part 6: “Fashion Underground” at FIT

NYC Adventure, Part 6: “Fashion Underground” at FIT

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Hey kids! Welcome to Day 3 of the New York City trip. Here I am dressed up for a day of exploring FASHION and ART…with my hair in two ponytails, because that’s the only way I could deal with the humidity/wind/rain/you get the idear.

imposing

Building envy on our way to the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).

L & J are on the street

Happy morning faces! It’s amazing how quickly you get used to your spouse having blue hair.

beautiful church

You spend a lot of time looking up in NYC.

Fashion Avenue

Ooh la la, Fashion Avenue!

graffiti truck

Into the graffiti trucks. Well, I’m into graffiti just about anywhere.

outside FIT

Outside FIT, we sat and had a snack and gawked at all the students.

Fashion Underground

I’ve long been obsessed with club kids and club kid fashion, so when I heard that Susanne Bartsch was showing all of her fabulous couture party outfits at FIT it immediately went on the MUST SEE list.

it's show time

A brief little bio on Susanne (thanks Wiki):

Susanne Bartsch is an event producer whose outlandish over-the-top monthly parties at the Copacabana in the late 1980s united the haute and demi-monde and made her an icon of New York nightlife. “Ms. Bartsch’s name,” according to The New York Times, is “the night life equivalent of a couture label, thanks to the numerous extravaganzas she staged in cities from Montreal to Miami.”

self p at FIT

The exhibit was held in the basement of FIT, which seemed appropriate, given the name “Fashion Underground”, eh? It was sort of dimly-lit and cold but we could take as many photos as we wanted (Josh got yelled at for making a video) AND there weren’t very many people milling around, SCORE.

FU and J

Joshy checking it out. I appreciate the fact that he enjoyed this exhibit ALMOST as much as me. He took a ton of photos!

Lizzy is a poser

What a poser! I am deeply, DEEPLY jealous of your wardrobe, Susanne Bartsch. Good heavens, I was practically in tears over the beauty!

punk neons

I didn’t do the smart thing, which would have been to take pictures of the designer cards after the picture of each look, so you’ll just have to not know the designer name, like me. I’m sure if we were really interested, the answer is just a Google search away.

J at FU

Hey buddy.

stand by your mannequin

That would be Susanne on the right. Judging from the size of her outfits, she is not only teeny tiny weight-wise, but in stature as well.

sheer netting lace yes

Apparently Susanne and I both have a thing for sheer clothes with sparkles. Who knew?

gem shark bustier yes

Jewel-encrusted shark jaw bustier? Why not!

Susanne is her own creation

Just a reminder, darlings, Susanne is her OWN creation.

chopsticks and sequins yes

Mmmm, dreamy. The mannequins were made up from top-to-bottom: stockings, wigs, make-up and all.

butterfly mask and neon chiffon yes

REALLY into that rainbow butterfly mask.

Zaldy

Most of the outfits that made me gasp were designed by Zaldy, and many of them were Zaldy and Mathu Anderson collaborations. I’ve been following Mathu on IG for years.

disco winged goddess yes

This display was giving me the-intro-to-“A Clockwork Orange”-vibes a bit. Can you see it?

bearded jeweled sheer wonder yes

The sequin bearded mask is a nice touch. I WANT THAT DRESS.

sparkle plum flapper yes

This was one of my favorites…it made me snivel with envy.

fuschia metallic geisha yes

Would wear! Do want! I swear I have that fabric (dupe) somewhere in my stash.

mermaid sequins yes

Rainbow sequin mermaid dress YES! I want to say this is by Thierry Mugler.

bubble sequin tutu yes

Would not wear, but still appreciate.

L and the Galliano

Josh captured me obsessing over the Galliano blue velvet number. I love the headpiece, made from colored bobby pins.

jade green chiffon yes

Around the corner was Susanne’s 80’s collection, which I didn’t find as compelling, but this was nice. To sum up, “Fashion Underground” was FABULOUS and I would go at least 5 times again. You are one lucky woman, Susanne!

blue flowers yes

Back on the main floor of FIT, they had a selection of pieces from famous designers all around the world. This blue two-piece caught my eye.

Joshy on the subway

Whoops! I guess that’s it for FIT! Here’s my blue-haired spouse on the subway.

Lizzy on the subway

And your Humble Narrator. I wore those rose-colored glasses for most of the third day…they made everything brighter.

L in the subway

Speaking of bright, isn’t this mural in the subway amazing?!

double hot doggin

The particular stand we went to for a New York hot dog was woefully unimpressive, but eh, what are you gonna do? Here’s Joshy double hot doggin’ it.

Join me later on as we visit the Met! Where Lizzy gets exhausted! And then out later to a Broadway show!

NYC Adventure, Part 5: Katz’s Deli, fun shopping and a drag queen show

NYC Adventure, Part 5: Katz’s Deli, fun shopping and a drag queen show

beautiful building

We’re back! In blog time, we’ve left Brooklyn and we’re on our way to Houston Street to find the infamous Katz’s Deli.

schoolhouse

Katz’s Deli is famous for being the deli that Meg Ryan fakes her orgasm in “When Harry Met Sally” at.

Katz's deli

We anticipated it would be crowded and chaotic inside, and we weren’t wrong! Josh said he overheard someone telling the people they were with that they were having a panic attack and had to step outside. Meanwhile, I got hit on by one of the cooks while ordering a ginger ale. Woo hoo!

J at Katz's deli

He really needs to cut out this “half smile” thing. BEST PASTRAMI SANDWICH EVER, and we’ve had lots of those! Really really worth it.

Liz Christy garden

I took a picture of this sign and texted it to my friend Christy: “Look, it’s our garden!

outside PF

Patricia Field was on my list of Must See’s. I’ve been ordering weird stuff from them for years!

inside PF

Inside, it wasn’t very busy, and just as over-the-top as I wanted it to be. I bought weird socks for everyone, a bottle of holographic nail polish and a little magenta turban. You can NEVER have too many turbans.

Keith Haring purses

Keith Haring DJ purse awwwww! We like Keith Haring in this family.

don't touch wigs

Gotta love the warning sign. The wigs downstairs were wonderful.

the glitter wig

LOOK AT THIS GLITTER ONE! WANT!

eiffel tower dress

Cuuuuute!

outside Trash and Vaudeville

Outside “Trash & Vaudeville”, hooray! Unfortuntely, we realized later on that we only visited HALF of T&D, the “Trash” floor. There was an entire floor upstairs with all the wigs and fun shit, dammit! Oh well. The “Trash” floor was all Goth-y clothes and an entire room of Doc Martens with strict signs banning photography. Heigh ho. Josh and I both bought a fun tee-shirt.

arty cow

We fooled around the East Village for a while, that was fun!

thong socks

Inside the “Sock Man” store. I had never seen these “split” socks before, presumably to wear with thong sandals? Cute.

inside search and destroy

“Search & Destroy” was fun. They were blaring foreign punk music and one of the girls working there didn’t have pants on. Josh bought a vintage blue cowboy shirt, which looked great with his blue hair.

chandelier inside s & d

So many chandeliers in NYC!

welcome to s & d

Instead of “Thank you”, the merch bag from “Search & Destroy” reads “Fuck you”. I’m gonna save it, as a memento. You understand.

Jews for Jesus

For Mumsie!

icing my feet

Gotta love how blurry iphone pics are under low light conditions–I look about 10 years old here. Post-shopping and back at Hotel 31 to ice our feet before going out to dinner. I bought that jewelry at a little Indian shop. When I paid the owner asked me if I was a New Yorker and I said no and he mumbled, “I could tell.” I should have asked why, but I figured it was obvious. I also figured it was because I didn’t haggle with him. According to Iris Apfel’s documentary, a lot of vendors are insulted if you don’t haggle! Luckily we redeemed ourselves the next day haggling at a “I Love New York” stand. PHEW.

this crepe is ridiculous (but I ate it anyway)

Look at this insane crepe I was served at the Indian restaurant! It was delicious. I ate about 85% of it. Running around NYC makes you hungry.

J at Industry

Later, we gussied ourselves up and chugged energy drinks to go out to “Industry”–a gay club where Sherry Vine hosts a drag show every Tuesday night.

inside Industry

Industry was great. It was clean, lovely to look at, the DJ played at least 4 Madonna songs before Sherry’s set and I was surrounded by good-looking gay men. Heaven!

Sherry Vine

Sherry Vine was hilarious. It was evident why she’s had one of the longest running drag shows in NYC–total pro.

amazing singer whose name I forgot
I cannot remember the name of her guest queen, but she had an AMAZING singing voice. Definitely worth it!

NEXT UP: Day 3, which I might even blog later today because I’m sick, dammmmmit. Josh and I both have colds just in time for our half marathon on Sunday. I’m hoping two days of lying around the house ingesting Emergen-C and hot soup will knock it out. Otherwise I’m hoping getting nice and high on Sudafed the day of the race will work. We’ll see…