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03.14.12: Mellow Yellow….

I’m just mad about Saffron
Saffron’s mad about me
I’m just mad about Saffron
She’s just mad about me…..

It’s been quite sunny the past two days and I’ve been absorbing as much of it as I can. This morning I awoke again, an hour early. This is due to Daylight Savings time I figure and it has completely thrown off my “self” alarm clock. I lay in bed until my alarm actually goes off at 6:20 a.m., half dreaming. I’m caught in R.E.M..

As soon as my alarm went off I jumped out of bed, put on my iTunes for some “morning tunes” and heard “Mellow Yellow” by Donovan…my eyes fixated on my favorite mustard yellow skirt, a black sheer shirt Carol gave me as a gift by the designer: Agnes B. and pokadot tights. Simple yet I am “mod” for this outfit.

They call me mellow yellow
They call me mellow yellow
They call me mellow yellow..

I sang along to the melodic lyrics and looked forward to the start of another enjoyable sunny day.

While wandering over to Souen for lunch (a macrobiotic restaurant I might frequent about 3 times a week), I just closed my eyes, took a deep breath in and reveled in the beauty of spring.

At Souen: Enjoying a carrot, apple & ginger fresh pressed juice.

Having about 20 minutes of my lunch hour left, T & I decided to take a stroll down what we thought might be “The most British of blocks” in our vicinity to snap some photos for this here, blog. My friends are brilliant because they happen to put up with me & a photo (or several photos) a day!

I’m just mad about Fourteen
Fourteen’s mad about me
I’m just mad about Fourteen
She’s just mad about me…

My  dear friend Diana was quite correct in a statement she had made: my new “Beatles” jacket has become a staple. of my wardrobe;

Hat: Army Navy Store: $5.00, Skirt: J-Crew Thrift, Agnes B. shirt:gift & Military jacket: vintage, Army Navy Store.

Born high forever to fly
Wind velocity nil
Wanna high forever to fly
If you want your cup our fill…

Tonight I am going to be heading on over to Williamsburg and maybe even delight myself in some Foodswings.  I should fit right in with this outfit, yes?

I know what you are thinking right now: My dinner is going to be quite the opposite of what I had for lunch but life is all about balance, isn’t it? I happen to think of this often, as well as my health. I have known and met far to many people who just don’t do not know how to balance fresh and healthy foods to well, the more unhealthy but enjoyable ones. I crave chocolate (as you all now!) and if I had mostly greens and brown rice that day, I will most likely end up with a bar of chocolate and or some vegan ice cream by the end of the day. Don’t lose insight into what makes you happy: for me? Foodswings usually does and a glass of wine and let’s not forget to mention tea & chocolate.

I am feeling pretty mellow today despite my third consecutive morning at Starbucks where the Barista handed me over another free Soy Peppermint Misto, oh gee: addiction…here I come. And yet, I still enjoy tea more.

I can have it 10 times a day, that’s pleasure in a cup.

Oh so yellow, oh so mellow….

tonight.

Weekend Update on 3.8.12: New York City Vegetarian Food Festival

From my Chocolate Bar to my heart:

The greatest love letters ever given.


Bar Fly Not Yet- Thomas Moore….

Fly not yet, ’tis just the hour,

When pleasure, like the midnight flower

That scorns the eye of vulgar light,

Begins to bloom for sons of night,

And maids who love the moon.

‘Twas but to bless these hours of shade

That beauty and the moon were made;

‘Tis then their soft attractions glowing

Set the tides …

Must I even point out that last weekend I possibly ended up eating  the equivalent of my weight in chocolate? It seems to bring me so much happiness: I can’t deny the love I have for it, at least it’s there when I need it the most.

Chocolate is a true lover.

Last weekend was the New York Vegetarian Food Festival, as I had previously mentioned. I woke up with a start as I made sure to get up early and get ready for the day ahead full of treats and friends.

I chose to wear my “brand new” 60s red vintage dress that I had bought at Beacon’s closet in Brooklyn and paired it with a vintage scarf I had received as a gift, I think.

The line was long when I arrived but this year I was prepared and bought my ticket in advance so I was able to skip right to the front and inside in a matter of seconds.

I excitedly walked in and bumped right into several of my friends and spent some time hanging in the front areas near Daiya & Coconut Bliss (a favorite vegan ice cream of mine!) until our eyes pulled us in several directions and distractions ensued…

Chocolate Coconut Bliss meaning: yes, I am in bliss.

I ran right over to the Mercy For Animals table giving hugs and left my jacket there while I ran to the For The Animals Sanctuary table:

All day this happened while I ate samples of all sorts of things. I ran right over to my friend Sara’s table to say hi and give her a hug, she is the genius behind the incredible vegan marshmallows, Sweet & Sara:

I had to buy a container of Teese, a vegan cheez that tends to be quite hard to order in New York City (Perelandra will carry it soon!) and they gave me a total of 3 bags of Dandies Marshmallows over the weekend as gift! Mm Mmm…I realized that most of the samples I was waiting on-line for I had previously bought and or tried as I am a vegan “foodie”, I try everything at least once just to see if I like it or not.

I waited patiently online for my friends shop, Vegan Bodega and then made my way over to Sun in Bloom’s booth, my favorite brunch stop in Brooklyn so I can grab a mini gluten-free cookie!

Bumping into Ashley, from the PETA table, who I happen to always be happy to see because she’s one of my close friends. (Thank you for always being there for me, Ashley).

I ran over to the raw ice cream table and waited patiently with Jen & Chris, who were running the Humane League Table between PETA and VSpot. (Thanks Danny for the Quinoa!)

After running around most of the day and watching  a few panelists speak and some cooking demos, I ended up having a delicious and healthy lunch with a friend of mine at JivaMukTea, my favorite cafe in the Union Square Area. I ordered the Spicy Tempeh Caesar Salad and had a Green Machine Juice. After spending time enjoying lunch with my friend, I had to run across town and head to see my father……

Day 2, New York City Vegetarian Food Festival.

Taken and posted in The Village Voice Online…

The second day of the Vegetarian Food Festival proved to be even better than the first and I chose one of my favorite vintage floral dresses I bought at The Vintage Warehouse, pairing it with a black cardigan with bows. (I love bows!)

I still couldn’t wait to arrive some new tasty treats that I knew would be at the festival on Sunday: Vegan Sushi, my new favorite to start with. I grabbed several other samples, bought a bunch of items and received a lovely “mod” ring as a gift that had Black Beans inside of it from:  Wired up Creations(post coming soon!).

Kristy and I made plans to run around together so of course, we bumped into one another with plenty of kisses:

And ran over to try some hot sauce placing tattoo’s on us stating what we strive to be (but may never actually achieve):

Badass!

We hung with our friends; Robyn(momma to be) & Sarah, one of the head organizers for this tasty event!

Running into a few more of our friends….

Elizabeth & John-Flor ❤

While waiting on the line for The Vegan Bodega, I bumped into the owner of one of the brightest smiles I have ever seen: Annie Shannon.

Who mentioned that I should make my way to meet Michelle, the designer of Herbivore clothing. A table that I was trying to slightly, stay away from just because I knew there wouldn’t be much to persuade me to buy this cardigan, that of course: I did end up buying.  🙂 (A Happy lady, this did indeed make me..)

Herbivore Cardigan..with an Anchor. Cardigan with a vintage flavor...

Annie snapped this photo of Kristy & I:

Vegans are smart & stylish! 🙂 <-- Thanks Annie Shannon for the photo 🙂

We relaxed quite a bit more: snacking and munching away and indeed, basking in quite a bit of sugar high euphoria. We ended up being some of the last people at the festival, staying back to help a little bi and hang with my good friend, Melissa.

Saying a hello and making sure to volunteer for a minute with Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

Volunteering for a minute to answer some questions about The Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary for The Sensual Vegetable who snapped this photo:

Photo Credit: Sensual Vegetable Blog

With Trista & David K.

That night I had made plans with Diana (Sissy!) & Kneel & Alicia who came in for the festival and was visiting from Texas.  Of course, I somehow made sure we end up at Sacred Chow for dinner!

I ordered the same dish I have been ordering recently which is the power bowl that has “Mama’s Meatballs”, Brown Rice & Collard Greens and brocoli.  Diana had brought in some special treats as she usually does: Cupcakes and Tea! Ah, my sissy knows how to really make me smile amongst plenty of other joys! Though I had indulged during the day in chocolate,  raw ice cream & marshmallows I couldn’t resist the temptation to eat any treat she brings me.

The night turned out to be such a treat as we all giggled away over our delicious dishes and it was sad to bid Alicia another farewell till the next time she is visiting here in New York City. At least Kneel gave me a few songs to sing and some advice I will never forget.

The weekend was a mix of emotions from having a great lunch with a new friend that I am glad to have gotten to know better  to seeing my close friends  and making new ones. This is what life is about: experience….

I truly had not been able to post for a while due to something personal coming up but I do need to mention a special thank you to my friends & people I care about who had rung my phone at all hours, sent text messages and brought me cupcakes(Sissy!) & just made sure I slept well for the few days that I needed them the most.

Wednesday

The day turned out to be better than the last few ones and the weather was nice as my friend Tod & I strolled on over to the NY Dosa Man, where we are regulars and gorge ourselves on delicious vegan dosa’s & Faux Chick’n drumsticks with sugarcane centers.

As we passed Cafe Wha, the cafe & Bar that Jimi Hendrix made famous, or is it the other way around? I had to get a shot of me in front of it: like a true NYC Tourist.

The rest of the night, I made sure to get home and relax, talk to some friends and take it easy…..

And nibble on high quantities of chocolate, because I can always rely on it….

03.02.12:Cheer up, sleepy Jean……

Oh I could hide ‘neath the wings of the bluebird as she sings
The six o’clock alarm would never ring
But it rings and I rise, wipe the sleep out of my eyes
My shaving razor’s cold and it stings….

And I'm a Believer...

Wednesday morning came and I was still laying in bed as the alarm went off at 10 a.m. That’s right, I did not go to work on Wednesday.

I turned on iTunes and decided I’d listen to some Monkees, especially “Daydream Believer” because, well…I have certain songs I listen to every morning and this just so happens to be one of them. And, listening to Davy Jones voice first thing in the morning makes it so that the rest of the day turns out to be a delight. Just the day before I had posted on twitter how much I adore Davy Jones, my fellow Monkees fans and Davy fans cheered in on that twitter post and we all giggled in unison. I really do not live in modern times per say, do I? I just seem to fit into the 60s rather than …the present. And like my music taste & clothes, I take joy in my love for relics….

Suddenly around noon, my phone started going off with text messages and as I opened the first one from my father, it simply said “Davy jones died”. All I could reply was: “nonono” the next couple of texts from friends and even my brother followed.

When I was 3 years old, they had a reunion tour and my father had brought me to the show where I sat in the front row and threw a beach ball up on stage and Davy had kicked it back and this kept happening throughout the show where then each of the Monkees would kick the ball back to me. I know this was one of those profound moments in my life because even at that age, I loved them and knew all the songs though I can barely understand what was being sang about. (Love, girls) They just made me the coolest 3-4 year old ever! (rolling my eyes.)

I would watch “The Monkees” TV show whenever it was on and yes, I do own the first full season now. I want the other season (ahem birthday! heh). One time I even woke up at 3 a.m. just to catch Davy doing a guest appearance.

I may be crazy, but a good crazy….:)

Cheer up, sleepy Jean, oh what can it mean
To a daydream believer and a homecoming queen?

That night, my friend Leanne (Sunshine!) had a party to open her new boutique in Williamsburg for her darling clothing line, Vaute Couture. I didn’t make it because I chose to take it easy and relax but I heard the party was fantastic.

Check out her store at:

234 Grand Street, Williamsburg

(L to Bedford, G to Lorimer)

The night turned out to be special for me….

Daydream believer.

Thursday.

I awoke to another beautiful morning and watched as a Seagull flew over the East River. This was indeed a lovely way to start the day….

I got back to work and caught up on emails & projects and realized I had a hair appointment that night with Stacy, of StylesOnB. I LOVE Stacy and have been going to her for about 4 1/2 years.  Not only is she the ONLY person I’d ever trust with my hair but also a friend of mine who I always look forward to seeing. She knows my unique and dramatic style and we decided to go with a “baby fringe” ala 1961.

60s m'inspire ...

After hanging at StylesOnB, I took a little leisurely walk to Kate’s Joint on Ave B, which happens to be one of my main hot spots for a quick dinner or even brunch with my mates. They now serve many gluten-free alternatives which makes this lady right here, very pleased.

I ordered the Vegan Mac & Cheese (Gluten-free!) and sautéed spinach and hung out as long as I can before running over to Lula’s to meet Kristy for a sweet treat. Taking in some East Village memories as I passed the garden on East 6th and Ave B. Since I grew up in this part of town, there are always memories as I pass a certain corner or building, a street sign even.

Arriving at Lula’s Sweet Apothecary and taking in the tunes of the 20s as I entered.  I marveled at all my choices and tasted three flavors: Peanut Butter Fudge, Maple Almond & Pistachio. I ended up dancing a little with the couple that was there eating a sundae as I waited patiently for Kristy to arrive. Patience in Lula’s is a hard task to follow, by the way.

Obviously, I ended up ordering a Virgil’s Root Beer float that I couldn’t finish and ended up handing over to Kristy to savor the last bit..mm mm.

We strolled on down to Club Ella where I was about to see a friend’s show and received an important text message…..

Good luck dad and feel better.

I love you…

Friday.

60s m’inspire …Mod Pop of Yellow! Striped vintage shirt: Auh2O Thriftique, Skirt: Beacon’s Closet.

I wasn’t able to sleep very well last night but I did wake up to some funny texts from my sissy in crime, Diana. ❤ And Daydream believer came on my iPod on the way to work…my heart skipped.

So far so good…

Tomorrow & Sunday are the days of the 2nd year of The Vegetarian Food Festival. This year I made sure to get V.I.P. tickets in advance as last year there just so happened to be a 3 hour wait in line and I didn’t end up getting in. I am so excited to sample a bunch of different new vegan foods as well as hear some of my friends speak on panels and of course, bump into friends as I manage to navigate through the crowds of people anxious to grab treats!

If you haven’t bought your ticket in advance, it will be $5.00 at the door but if I were you: buy a ticket now to join in on the fun.

The event will be taking place from: 10AM to 5PM (Saturday & Sunday) at:

The Metropolitan Pavillion

125 West 18th Street (Between 6th & 7th), New York City

Happy Friday & Cheers to making it an enjoyable one. Happy March….

You once thought of me as a white knight on a steed
Now you know how happy I can be
Oh, and our good time starts and ends
With a dollar one to spend
But how much baby do we really need?….

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!

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