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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.

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02.24.12: I’ll be there for you….

So no one told you life was going to be this way.
Your job’s a joke, you’re broke, you’re love life’s DOA.
It’s like you’re always stuck in second gear,
Well, it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month,
or even your year.
The Friends theme song, yes, that’s right! I actually always have loved this song, as well as the show and of course, my friends.
Last night.
After work, I decided I would take a nice walk to the East Village and run some errands before popping into the monthly vegan event, Vegan Drinks, which occurs every last Thursday of every month at the Angels & Kings bar in Manhattan.
Errands such as stopping into the Yippie Museum Cafe just off of the Bowery where I am on the board of directors there and checking up on things and grabbing a cup of coffee while I am there.  One of the things i love most about the place is we have carry quite a bit of Vegan Treats and savory items as well as we have over 30 different teas and some delicious local coffee.
On the other hand, the greatest thing about entering this cafe is the memories that come with it: I grew up there. I have watched the cafe transform from an office to a loft (there are apartments upstairs) to an activist headquarters for demonstrations(well it always was…) while I was a young toddler hanging at the reception area in the front drawing on the metal framed desk:

3 years old....

Or having my birthdays there. And now a lovely cafe with open mic’s and events nightly.

I had grown up watching the neighborhood change from the artistic and gritty NYC abstract to the vanilla wafer (shiny) neighborhood it is now….I miss how it was when I’d sit atop the roof of the historical 3 story building watching the artists & usually junkies walk by below me.

I walked on in last night briskly looking for the managers to find out the date of our next meeting and looked around at the different types of people siting down at their laptops or having some tea & coffee with their friends and relaxing. Usually when I walk in, a scene starts of “Hey, you’re Aron’s daughter” and of course that happened. I actually go there to check up on how I can contribute to the cafe and brainstorm….

But this time, I was speaking with the barista about how I think we should add Almond Milk & some more gluten-free treats (of course so I can come in and have a few!), when an eloquent young lady approached me about a photo project entitled: Hold The Vote.

Hold the Vote is a project where random people are asked one question and they write their answer under “I hold the vote:”, basically if the President could address one issue that you feel that he doesn’t address enough, what would it be? I thought about this for a moment before answering with Animal Rights. He does not address animal’s rights as much as he should, if he even does at all.

“I hold the vote. I would like ALL living beings to have rights. Animals should have a voice! END FACTORY FARMS!” ended up being what I quickly scribbled down in my awkward handwriting and took a few snapshots for the project.

Photo taken at the Yippie Museum Cafe.

After that, a man approached me after overhearing who my father was, and asked me to sit down and have a short interview with him and speak about a project he is working on for OWS in which he wants people to occupy the park from 12-2pm  everyday. I explained that I am part of The “Food Justice Affinity Group” and that our goal is to do more outreach in the outer boroughs and bring vegan food to the communities and Occupy Wall Street. He explained that his idea was to serve food, as well and that he only serves vegan food.  I thanked him and continued on my way to Vegan Drinks.

49th Vegan Drinks.

But, I’ll be there for you, when the rain starts to pour.
I’ll be there for you, like I’ve been there before.
I’ll be there for you, cause you’re there for me too.
I love walking into Angels & Kings for Vegan Drinks and seeing and then hugging some of my closest friends. I walk around the room, kissing cheeks, hugging, giving high fives and we all have those kind of pleasant catch up-conversations from whatever we have been up to for the past month, that is of course if we hadn’t seen each other at an event in the past week or so. The DJ played some good tunes and sometimes some of us get into it and sway to the music a bit while still chatting with drinks in hand. It seemed like most of my friends were drinking local beers, but of course the bartender, the only one I trust gave me some whiskey and I was feeling pretty freaking good.
At about 8:30, we turn the lights up and start shout outs where activists can get up and explain an event coming up, a demonstration and or speak about the project they are working on or the sanctuary (like I do) that you volunteer for. Last night I ended up actually having 4 announcements but Deb, (who is one of the founders of Vegan Drinks along with Jason) said she would speak about the upcoming event for the Lotus Animal Sanctuary  which will be held at the next Vegan Drinks in a month.
I was there to speak on behalf of:
Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary and the fact that we are opening on April 1st and request to have more volunteers up there before opening day so as to get prepared!
& of course, the Masquerade that will take place tonight to Benefit NYCLASS  and hosted by Vérité Catering. Tickets are still on sale & masks are permitted! 🙂
After that I spoke to a few activists regarding the news, listened for more upcoming events like the Vegetarian Food Festival which is happening next weekend and I will be tabling for at the PETA Booth.
Since I had promised myself I would have Lula’s Sweet Apothecary last night, I ended up inviting quite a few of my friends to join me in this ever-so-tasty activity and we all walked excitedly there in a rush, though they stay open till 11:30 at night on Thursday, Friday’s & Saturday’s. My favorite thing to do there is taste every gluten-free flavor they have but I noticed that there was a new one: Chocolate Cherry! What did I end up having? A Chocolate Cherry Sundae with Coconut Whip cream and a cherry!  It was delicious, to say the least. And as it turns out, it just so happens to be my friend Damon’s birthday so Lula’s was the perfect choice….

Friends over vegan Ice cream...

After that some of us ended up at Viva Herbal Pizza for a late dinner (I ordered the vegan gluten free slice with spinach!), yes, for as healthy as we can all be: we ended up eating desert first and then dinner…needless to say, I did end up with a stomach ache all night but it was worth it.

Today…
You’re still in bed at ten, the work began at eight.
You’ve burned your breakfast, so far, things are going great.
Your mother warned you there’d be days like these,
But she didn’t tell you when the world has brought you down to your knees …
I woke up this morning with a slight stomach ache, still but already had exactly what i was wearing in mind as I went shopping a week ago at Hamlet’s Vintage for my dress. Listened to some music as I got ready for work and realized today might just be gloomy but I have things to look forward and friends to hug….
No one could ever know me, no one could ever see me.
Seems like you’re the only one who knows what it’s like to be me.
Someone to face the day with, make it through all the rest with,
Someone I’ll always laugh with, even at my worst, I’m best with you.
I will not be posting what I am wearing because tonight is the Masquerade and that would give away the surprise!
Yes, I have carried my mask to work, no I am not wearing it and I am all set for some fun as we benefit a cause so important to New York City: Stop Horse Carriages!
There will be prizes and costume contests and dancing and joy as we ring in Mardi Gras. Please purchase tickets and mention my name as it is for a good cause.
Hopefully my weekend turns out as beautiful as it has been recently….
Happy Friday! and I’ll be there for you….

01.27.12: We all live in a yellow submarine..

In the town where I was born,
Lived a man who sailed to sea,
And he told us of his life,
In the land of submarines…..

The epic 60s Beatles film, Yellow Submarine is just another one of my many favorite movies growing up that always seems to bring back memories every time I watch it presently. I remember waking up to the Beatles and or I would be showering in the morning as a child and my father would be playing his records in the other room. I would sing along to all of my favorites back then and currently: The Beatles, The Monkees, Jimi Hendrix & The Doors (and many others) would blur out to me through the walls and I’d be singing along at the top of my lungs.

I was no doubt a Beatles fanatic growing up & drawing yellow submarines on my school folders, watching the movies when friends came over and watching “Thomas The Engine” just so that I can watch Ringo Starr act.  I would call myself Lucy (as in Lucy in the sky with diamonds) and purposely have my father bring me up to Strawberry Fields as much as possible. I’d enjoy every Paul McCartney film, pretend I am in a pure white room like in the Imagine video with a piano as I close my eyes and listen to John Lennon sing about peace.

So we sailed on to the sun,
Till we found the sea green,
And we lived beneath the waves,
In our yellow submarine….

Flowers in my hair, something I was able to do quite often as I grew up traveling with my family to where our friends lived in the country (and I mean all over the country). During the summers I would be taken out of the city and we would usually live out of cars or buses with rainbow flags and again, lots of flower power. This might be a reason why I love road trips so much because I would wake up in the morning, squinting to the sun and feel the slight rejuvenating chill that awoken me in the first place and asking someone around me where we were. I would enjoy waking up in anywhere from Maine to Nevada to New Mexico and run outside to feel the earth between my toes and my fingers and bask in the sun.

My summer dresses were long and flowery (Gunne Sax style) and I would twirl in the sun with my friends as we ran through fields soaking in what nature has given us: peace. We lived free from restraints during the summers as we would fall asleep in beautifully crafted teepee’s to the camp fire’s shadows dancing on the walls. My memories are full of sweet, serenity from my childhood as I look back now, singing “Puff The Magic Dragon”  with my friends as we went on hunts to find, crystals.

Let’s journey to the present times with my outfit for the day:

Vegan corduroy motorcycle jacket; Yellow J.Crew Skirt(bought at Thrift store).

Vintage 60s Scarf designed by @Vera"

When I wear yellow: I usually sing the Yellow Submarine to myself and marvel at the artwork that went into the film..maybe this is why I love color blocking so much? I love to mix yellow with purple, currently. Just please take a moment and marvel at the imagination that went into designing the artwork for this film:

Yellow Submarine Poster...

Even though I know that this movie did not involve the Beatles in this project very much at all, even the voices weren’t them in the movie itself and all they really did was support the films existence, it still strikes me as one of my favorites. (Though I love all the Beatles movies, especially Hard Days Night and Help).

And our friends are all aboard,
Many more of them live next door,
And the band begins to play…..

Before I close today’s post with a fun picture: I want to say thank you to the friends I saw last night at Vegan Drinks for the compliments that I have received on the blog. I enjoy that my friends appreciate listening to my babble as much as I love writing it. 🙂 It was a fun night filled with lots of treats….mmm mmm!

Mod Dance!

We all live in a yellow submarine,
yellow submarine, yellow submarine,
We all live in a yellow submarine,
yellow submarine, yellow submarine…..

And believe me, I would love to live in a yellow submarine over the weekend.

Happy Friday!

1.26.12: The chef prepares a special menu. For your delight, oh my. Tonight you fly, so high up in the Vanilla Sky…..

Open your eyes…

Open your eyes….

I didn’t exactly wake up with a lady’s voice blaring to me from an alarm clock telling me to open my eyes, but I am a lucid dreamer and the movie, Vanilla Sky actually affects me. It’s definitely in one of my top 10 films to see and it’s a clear hint because Tom Cruise’s character actually has a large framed movie poster from another favorite of mine:  “Jules et Jim” (A black and white french film that was filmed in 1962)…

1962 Film Poster

I opened my eyes and saw that today IS a new day, a new outfit. Daily routine just as yesterday, picking out my outfit with Vegan drinks tonight in mind I settled on:

A vintage dress I bought 11 years ago at Cheap Jacks in NYC from the 70's. Disco, a bit but still has a mod cut. Vintage belt: Beacons Closet. Vintage bow Headband while wearing my hair naturally wavy for Diana.

Your life is fine
It’s sweet and sour
Unbearable great
You’ve got to learn
every hour, you must appreciate.

Obviously, I feel like shining tonight in this outfit as everything from the Burgundy velvet dress to the headband has some sort of sparkle. That’s because in my Vanilla dream: I sparkle.

I believe in lucid dreaming, as when I am there: I actually realize I am dreaming and am able to explore this world as much I like and sometimes, I wish I can stay there. I can hike to the tallest of mountains or visit friends in other countries or have some hot romance. Of course, I also realize I must return to reality and wake up aware of what I just was able to encounter while I sleep….

This is your time,
This is your day.
You’ve got it all.
Don’t blow it…away.

Sometimes keeping a dream journal (something I have to get back into routine) I would wake up and jot down several bits and pieces and analyze them later, just out of habit and good fun. Do I believe in dream definitions? Not really…our minds just work in amazing and beautiful ways. intriguing I must say because we shall never know, Freud believed in lucid dreaming and I know I live it once in a while.

Snail or fish,
Ballon or dolphin
See your silver shine.

Last night turned out to be a pretty relaxing evening with my mom as we wandered the East Village and over to Kate’s joint, a local veg hang out & then on over to Lula’s where I ordered my sundae:

Mint Chocolate Chip & Chocolate Fudge Swirl Ice Cream with Caramel Sauce and coconut whip cream with a cherry! nomnomnom

I savored every last moment of eating that sundae and made jokes about drowning into a huge vat of Mint ice cream…mmm. I bumped into my friend Melissa and my mom took a few photos of me with her lovely little dog…I’ll post those when I get them. We wandered a bit longer after that  went home where I relaxed the rest of the night. My roommate surprised me with a Hello Kitty Robe that I had been eyeing (love!)  and I couldn’t wait to be able to wear it around the house.  I’ll soon take pictures of me in that for a blog entry in the future on sleep wear.

Today is a Vanilla Sky ..you know that scene where he wakes up in the morning and runs to Times Square? It’s a bit cloudy out, well that’s where my mind is right now. Just a little bit cloudy. I may like chocolate but I love living vanilla…a soft comforted life. Sweet, and lasting….

UPDATE:  I was recently interviewed by PETA for their Volunteer Spotlight and the interview came out today:  Click down there:

Peta Volunteer Spotlight

I shall bid you goodbye till my next post and bid you to dream sweetly tonight till you must…Open your eyes and enjoy reality. (Just as I am!)

Life can't get any better than a candid shot. 🙂

The chef prepares a special menu
for your delight, oh my.
Tonight you fly, so high up
in the Vanilla Sky…
in the vanilla,uh, in the vanilla,oh, in the vanilla sky.
in the vanilla,ah, in the vanilla,uh, in the vanilla sky.
Mmmmm..in the Vanilla Sky….

And now I want vanilla ice cream.

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