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02.09.12: Moon River….

Moon River, wider than a mile,
I’m crossing you in style some day.
Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker,
wherever you’re going I’m going your way.

One of my favorite songs sung by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I won’t even bother mentioning that this is a favorite movie of mine because it isn’t, it’s not even my favorite: it can’t be on the list. It’s an ICONIC movie of mine. 😉  I once had a cat named…”Cat”, I wear black shift dresses and my friend Tanya’s nickname for me will always be “Audrey”…..

Audrey & her baby deer...

Growing up I would watch anything that Audrey had acted in because her natural sweet spirit, and sing-song voice and beautiful grace.  She was a woman of honor as she would donate to Childline and other charities across the world and throughout her life. She would volunteer her free time to helping others and this is in fact what I wanted from life in the long run: a life of giving, care and empathy.

At one point when I was taking french in high school, we watched Sabrina (amongst many other films, of course) and this became a life changing event. I decided right then that I would be running to France as soon as I can and basically chop my hair off and become beautiful. Why do I say this? Because when I was a freshman in high school I had long hair, glasses (wait I still have long hair and wear glasses occasionally!), and basically had very low self-esteem. I would look in the mirror  and over analyze my reflection staring back at me. I would hide underneath large shirts and jeans and not want to show off any sort of youthful beauty I may have had and would feel isolated. What I didn’t know is what beauty really is and that’s what we find during our youthful years, isn’t it?

Why are teenagers so impressionable? I needed something to inspire me to want to step beyond this teenage angst and I watched Sabrina which opened my eyes to a fairy tale of beauty as she returns from Paris growing there from a young girl into a charming elegant lady. Her hair cut short into a pixie cut and rouged lips perfectly penciled in. After seeing this movie I did a modeling gig for Bumble & Bumble in which guess what they did without my even mentioning it? They chopped my very long hair into a short pixie, placed sunglasses in my hand and instructed me on a few tips for the future. I didn’t know what my future may bring but I did know that one day, I would be in Paris. But even more so,  I promised that I wouldn’t lose track of my virtues. I will be a strong woman and not base my life on looks or glances but on poise. She broke free of the restraints of innocence and let go, and like her, I did this too.

Pixie cut....picture taken after a runway show.

At 18, I was given a book written by Anais Nin, but I will write a post on her another time.  Explore.

Two drifters off to see the world.
There’s such a lot of world to see.
We’re after the same rainbow’s end–

Why am I bringing this up? Well last night, I went to my friend Joy’s show at Rockwood Music HallJoy Askew is not only a friend of mine that I appreciate dearly but she is also a talented and inspirational artist with heartfelt lyrics. She described a story last night about her cat and her house in France and how everyday there would be a bit of sun shining through the bathroom at the same time each day and there lay the cat, bathing in the rays. Maybe just how she explains stories and or her melodic voice: it ceased me. How amazing life is that we sometimes have routine and there lay this serene sentient being everyday at the same time for his nap.  Peaceful….

Life is beautiful. Just seize it, take it, make out with it for all I care but definitely move forward with all your passions.  Sometimes we need peaceful breaks like Joy taking a holiday to France to enjoy her lovely farmhouse with her cats to inspire us and bring us back to our dreams. As I was talking to people at the show and after and reflecting on the people I choose to keep in my life, I realized that you can always achieve the dreams you have. Like Sabrina, go for it.  Like me, live it as this is reality and you only get one chance right now, this lifetime anyway.

Live presently:

Mod 60's button down shift dress; Beacon's Closet. ($20), Vintage Echo Scarf; Gift(Thanks Carol!), patterned tights.

Thank you Carol for this scarf 🙂

waiting ’round the bend,
my huckleberry friend,
Moon River and me.

I have to mention though: I am not a Tiffany’s “girl”. I live on my thrift, vintage and whatever else I find recycled and enjoy this matter-of-factually. I may love style and elegance but you know what I find perfect? Sentiments.

 C’est la vie!

02.08.12: Cherry Bomb!

Can’t stay at home, can’t stay at school
Old folks say, ya poor little fool
Down the street I’m the girl next door
I’m the fox you’ve been waiting for….

I really don’t like the outfit I put on for today so I am just going to improvise and still write my daily post but it will not showcase my outfit for the day.

Photo booth Project from Dust & Grooves, a top Record Collectors Blog

This picture was taken for The Dust & Grooves Blog at a record fair.

Just by looking at this picture: What do you think one of my favorite items happen to be? Records! The history behind them, the sound (of course!), the smell, the feel..I adore records. I will go and hang out in record shops as much as I can. Which brings me to why I am writing this post:

Bleeker Bob’s is closing and I am actually quite upset about this;

Bleecker Bob's

This iconic record shop is known for its history and wide variety of records and has had shops all over the world. It has been based in NYC since probably the 70s and I grew up going here with my father (what a surprise), knowing Bob pretty well and watching the store surprisingly stay the same throughout its years here in NYC. I recently found out that it is closing down after all these years and though I knew it would happen eventually as the world moves on to iTunes and iPods and sadly, even I am to blame when on the go. But if I can choose between a record or a CD and let’s not even include an MP3 playing off of our computers, I would choose a record.

*Hello Daddy, hello Mom
I’m your ch ch ch ch ch cherry bomb
Hello world I’m your wild girl
I’m your ch ch ch ch ch cherry bomb

As I previously stated: records have history. They actually carry stories from each owner if they are used and or if they are then they have the chance to begin a story. I love it when I find records that will sometimes have about 2 or 3 names and they have been crossed out because this is what everyone did in the 60s, 70s, 80s etc. I always try to think of how excited the owner must have been when purchasing it or receiving it in some way!

Imagine;

Receiving Space Oddity in 1969 when it came out? I would have been waiting on the line outside of the record shop shaking with excitement until I held this gem in my hands. (Look how happy I am just to hold it in the above picture!)…

Stone age love and strange sounds too
Come on baby let me get to you
Bad nights cause’n teenage blues
Get down ladies you’ve got nothing to lose

I may not have a large collection now due to life changes last year unfortunately, but I will begin to rebuild my collection and there’s a player at home.

But back to Bleeker Bob’s. I used to go in there with my father and go through each and every record and not really knowing what I was picking, pull them out and look at them. My father had one of the biggest collections I have ever seen (up until recently) where he would continuously play them from morning to evening and like I had said in a previous post; I’d be singing along all day. My first record ever bought was The Monkees.

Records are a part of me and why must the world lose sight of the beauty of them? You just can’t purchase music the same way any longer. We have become accustomed to being lazy, basically. Does anyone really want to go into town and look for their music? Why when at home we can just download from our beds with our pajamas on?

So I may be a Cherry Bomb because the Runaways say so but they had a record, an amazing one. Ah the love I have for this band and how their song’s punkish lyrics streamed to me and I wanted to dance to the subway. I did sing…

Hey street boy whats your style
Your dead-end dreams don’t make you smile
I’ll give ya something to live for
Have ya, grab ya til your sore

So tonight my plan is right before I meet my friend for a girls night of dinner and a show at Rockwood Music Hall that my friend Joy Askew is playing at: I will be running around and hanging at some record shops in the East Village and might even buy one to hold onto for the rest of my life and create my own stories with it. One day, I will be cool.

Did you ever see “Almost Famous”? One of my favorite movies of all time just because it highlights the need for records at least at the time the movie takes place. We need music to thrive in this world.

Keep buying records and pay a visit to Bleecker Bob’s before New York City loses another landmark.

I’m your ch ch ch ch ch cherry bomb…

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