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Archive for the month “August, 2012”

For my own well being- a spree, of sorts.

And so it is…

If there is anything that I have needed to do and haven’t done in awhile is go to a Stache Vintage Secret Sale at my friend Jennifer’s studio in Williamsburg where she sells a wide range of vintage clothing and interior design pieces. It truly is not only one of my favorite places to shop as I am a vintage collector and it’s just like heaven to me, but it’s always always a nice chance to catch up with Jennifer while she pours me a few glasses of Champagne and this time there was a special treat: Vegan gluten-free cupcakes with Tiffany Blue frosting baked by my close friend and roommate: Jacquelyn of Vegan Bun Buns.

Stache Vintage

Growing up as the daughter of a Famous Yippie Activist definitely had an impact on my life, I always felt like an outsider growing up in Brooklyn and going to inner city schools with kids my own age. My life was not particularly like the other children I knew  and I was just starting to get used to the fact of that. I’d stroll through the very populated gritty streets of New York, looking at the other people passing by me and just question: Why?

Why do I look this way? Why are my parents and family friends so different than everyone else? Why do I have wavy hair?Why did he not call? Did I do something wrong? How can I make myself be appreciated more?

I would pick out flaw after flaw of myself and worry (sometimes still do! much to my friends disapproval) about situations I’d create within my own self. Fears of being forgotten, left behind they all would appear to be beneath the surface but if you really knew me, I’d probably show you each and every one of my self-doubt.

But then as time went on and I realized the “Why” has such an impact on my own psyche that I had to change it to: “How?” How can I be a giving person? How can I love? How can I succeed? And currently, finally safe and secure in my own shoes: I say: I am indeed a beautiful, confident and loving person with a strong personality.

Don’t get me wrong, I do have some down days but since I’ve decided to take life into my own hands & soul: follow more dreams, go for some mini vacations and enjoy time with friends and family and of course indulge in chocolate and wine and all sorts of delicious vegan foods! It really does a great deal of positivity for your confidence and makes everyday so much more beautiful than the last.

I love my friends, especially this girl: We have basically repeated ourselves over and over about how we will always be activists, grow old as activists and even with our Canes, graying hair and wrinkles: we
‘ll always stand up for what we believe. My friends; inspire me.

Ashley Byrne & I at the Sea Shepherd New York S'mores Party at VSpot.

Ashley Byrne & I at the Sea Shepherd New York S’mores Party at VSpot.

Volunteering? All the time. It’s my life. Come out to Vegans drinks on August 30th at Fontana’s in Manhattan at 7pm for a night of raffle prizes and vegan food from Clementine Bakery to benefit Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary.

So, for the sake of taking care of myself and purchasing a few new vintage items I am going to try to start my daily pictures again.
Which will include my makeup, as much as I can. Did I ever mention that I am slightly makeup obsessed? I freelance as a makeup artists and usually offer that as my gift to Animal Organizations to include in raffle prizes: Makeup with Animals by Rachel.

90s grunge look. Stache Vintage dress and 50s slip. $45.00

Makeup: All cruelty free and vegan items from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics & Urban Decay.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics: Lip Tar: Hush, Cheeks: I like to use a little bit of lip tar on my cheeks and they mix nicely so it was Narcissist & hush mixed on the palm of my hand and tapped lightly.  Eyes: OCC loose pigment. (I can’t see the name!)

Urban Decay: Rock star eye liner & Stray eyeshadow. and for concealer I used Aveda & a bit of Zuzu powder! (both also cruelty free and vegan).

You can be beautiful with or without makeup but whatever you do so decide to choose: Make it vegan because there are other beautiful beings on this earth that do not deserve the torture of being tested on for our own self benefits.

Also, I must take this time to ask everyone to sign a petition to stop the cruelty of Horse Carriages and call your local Councilman. Yesterday, there was yet another Horse-Car accident and the Horse was down in the street.

Please help us stop this madness!

Go to: Http://www.NYCLASS.org and read up on the information.

The Cat who rescued me, Chloe.

I haven’t had much time over the past few weeks to actually sit down and focus on writing a post for you. I’ve been working on numerous projects such as a Benefit for Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary I am throwing with Vegan Drinks on August 30th at Fontana’s. I am making sure it turns out to be an amazing and successful event with many raffle prizes! (I’ll write a post on this very soon).

I have also been out and about enjoying the summer with friends: going to favorite bars in Brooklyn and trying new restaurants, it’s just that time of year! I took a mini-trip 2 weekends ago to the Animal Rights Conference in DC and enjoyed that so very much as I learned a great deal and had the chance to volunteer with two amazing groups: Darwin Animal Doctors & Lotus Elephant Sanctuary. I made a lot of great new friends as well as of course, enjoyed every moment with friends I hadn’t seen in awhile.

Speaking of friends: I have been thinking of my cat Chloe, one of my greatest loves. She is living with my father currently as she keeps him company and has a good life with him but at one point, lived with me and my ex in Riverdale.

We met her coming home one late night after spending quite a bit of time with my ex’s grandfather in the hospital. It was one of those nights that just chill your bones in February and our hearts were breaking after the long hours we had endured in a not-so-pleasing environment. We noticed that there was a small meow coming from the bins and a rustle and looked to see this tiny little kitten hobbling out slowly. Her eyes looked up at us inquisitively and with a tiny breath of a sound, I fell in love. I bent down to her and scooped her into my warm arms and checked her for fleas and or any mites and set her down establishing that if she happened to want to follow us inside, she’s staying the evening, at least. Her little ears puckered up at me as she watched us walk slowly up the stairs. She followed behind, not making a sound and as I opened the door, she ran right in, securing herself a new home for the evening.

Being that we really didn’t have anything she can eat: we had to run to the store and buy some cat food and I quickly made a makeshift litter box for her out of a plastic lidded shoe box and some newspaper.

That evening, she snuggled up to me, her body frail and underfed: I can see she needed a good home and that was with us.
The next day: I ran to PetCo and purchased toys, a bed, a litter box and food, of course. I promptly first named her Audrey (Hepburn) and then Songbird but the minute I said “Hi Chloe” Her ears puckered and eyes twinkled and I knew forever then: she’d be my Chloe.

She may be one of the last reminders of a marriage and relationship I had in Riverdale: But at least I know I’ll always have her and her love will always be unconditional.  And in all reality: she rescued me.

Please always adopt a rescue and never buy a cat (or dog or any living being!) at a Pet Store or Breeder, you too can find your soul mate when you least expect it.

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