Jazz Age Lawn Party: Summer 2014

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The Jazz Age Lawn Party, held two weekends a year on NYC’s Governor’s Island, is my hands down favorite “Summer in New York” event to attend. This year, for the first time, I went in both June and August.

I still had a blast, but my first visit in June was very hot, and the event seemed weirdly overcrowded (a first in the many years I’ve been attending). Yesterday’s event was much more laid back, and the weather was pleasant– making it even easier to run around and capture so many amazingly dressed guests in all of their finery. With a few breaks to sip champagne and picnic with friends of course.

Needless to say, if you ever have the chance to attend— GO. This is one of those words cannot do it justice type of gatherings. So I’ll just let the images do all the talking from here.

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A Visit To Sleepy Hollow

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Yesterday, I took a break from all my edits and event photography work to head north of the city for a visit to the town of Sleepy Hollow. Made famous by the Washington Irving tale of The Headless Horseman, the town joyfully capitalizes on the story’s mythology, and celebrates the spirit of Halloween.

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I’ve been wanting to go to Sleepy Hollow, which was just a 40 minute train ride north of the city, for YEARS. I love ghosts, Halloween, and “spooky” things, so I was incredibly excited to finally have time to make the trip.

One of the fun “attractions” I was able to stop by was Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Night time lantern tours are offered, and there is even a two-evening night-time photography workshop (that I’m very sad I can’t attend!) in the month of October.

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California Dreaming

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Earlier this month, I took advantage of some free air miles I’d earned since moving to NYC, and flew out to San Francisco, to visit some friends and do some sightseeing.

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I loved all of the amazing architecture around the city, especially all of the old Victorian houses, and the Painted Ladies around Alamo Square Park.

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Cynthia from Style Wylde in front of the Painted Ladies

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Aleister Crowley’s old house. Creepy!

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A new friend.

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I was lucky enough to catch the Alameda Point Antiques Fair that weekend, where I picked up some amazing vintage pieces, like an old kimono, a sari, and some Japanese paper art prints.

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There was plenty of cool old “junk” for sale.

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My friend Eliza modeling an old hat.

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…and a fur coat

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A much different kind of fur coat.

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Metal menagerie.

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A wannabe Marty McFly, hitching a ride.

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Eliza’s dog Colonel Mustard, post-flea trip.

Later in the week, I did more sightseeing:

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I managed to battle the Muni (bus system) and get to the Golden Gate on my own!

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Australian tourists took my photo.

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I walked half-way across the bridge.

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I didn’t jump.

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Alcatraz

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Then I made it to Chinatown:

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Bought plenty of souvenirs. But not this strange pillow I saw on display.

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Met a lion.

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Cute little street car.

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The tiny little underground map.

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A 1 car train!

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Dolores Park

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Acrobats in training.

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Not pictured: the hippy drum circle playing in the park.

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Hippy or Metal-head?

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I met up with Julio (who I’ve known since 2005, via my first blog, but had never met in person!) for some insanely cheap vintage shopping:
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Sadly, he did not buy this jacket.

I took home 2 old lacy lingerie inspired tops and a dress –all for TEN DOLLARS– via a vintage by the pound store.

On our way home, we stopped by Clarion Alley to photograph the beautiful street art that lines the entire alley:

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We saw quite a few artists in action:
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While it’s safe to say things like thrift shopping and even street art are better on the west coast, by the end of the week, I couldn’t be happier to be a New Yorker, and be heading home. I missed the big city, the ease of (nearly) all-encompassing public transportation, and the hustle and bustle of New York life.
California was fun, but the trip really affirmed by choice to move to the East Coast over 5 years ago, instead of heading out west.

* I also shot some street style while I was on vacation, which will hopefully be up on StyledOn in the near future.

See my full photo album here.

The 2011 Jazz Age Lawn Party

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The Jazz Age Lawn Party, held bi-annually on Governor’s Island, is my hands down favorite NYC event of the summer. I first fell in love with the party last August.

There’s nothing like spending the day on Governor’s Island, enjoying old time-y dancing, picnic lunches, tasty drinks, and amazing jazz age inspired fashion. The street style at the Jazz Age party cannot be beat! Sadly, I’ll be missing the August event this year. But I did manage to make it over to the party this past Sunday. With the help of the new East River Ferry, my journey was cut in half! I’d definitely recommend using that as your mode of transport if you’re based in Brooklyn, like I am.

This summer, the event was bigger than ever! I made so many wonderful new friends. If I took your picture, say hi! The photos really speak for themselves, so I’ll cut this short, and get on to the good stuff. 😉

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As soon as we encountered the line to get in, we already ran into some amazing fashion.

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Beautiful homemade headdress.

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I frequently see both of these ladies at events around NYC. They always look amazing! Definitely my favorite photo of the day.

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Parasol pretty.

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Style Week: Jamaica

As many of you may have already heard, I went to Kingston, Jamaica last month to photograph Style Week Jamaica for StyledOn. The awesome team over at Fashion Art Gallery brought creative director Casey and I, along with an entire crew of stylists, journalists, designers, and hair stylists to Jamaica for a long weekend covering the event.

Our long weekend in Jamaica was chock full of beach and pool time, good drinks, and surprisingly great fashion. I ended up shooting nearly five thousand photos on our trip (despite breaking my favorite 50mm lens a few days prior.) Here is part one of the photos I shot the first few days of our trip.

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At the airport we were greeted by a massive Style Week billboard.

We got in to Jamaica around midnight, but still made a pit stop at a local bar before heading to our hotel.

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Models painted gold at Tracks & Records in Kingston.

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We met up with Claire from The Fashion Bomb, who was looking fabulous!

We had a very late dinner at a local jerk chicken fast food restaurant (which was way more exciting and better tasting than American fast food), then totally crashed at the hotel.
The next morning, we had a leisurely day at the pool, relaxing and recovering from our previous day of travel.

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Casey lounging in the sun!

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Courtyard at the Wyndham Kingston.

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It didn’t take long for me to find my new favorite drink, the “Purple Rain”.

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Some local fashion. Women in Jamaica were very big on jewelry.

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Claire all decked out at the pool.

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1/2 of the design duo behind Mataano.

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Brimfield: Summer Show!

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I’ve been so busy with photo projects, I almost forgot: this week is the second of three seasonal market weeks at the Brimfield Antique Show! Brimfield is America’s largest flea market. If you’re anywhere near NY, CT, PA or MA, it’s a must do! People come from all over the world to buy and sell goods at the market, made up of over twenty lots featuring over 5,000 dealers! They literally have everything you could possibly imagine.

I’m off to bed so I can get a (relatively) early start Thursday. I’ll have my camera ready to document any amazing finds. If you have the means to get there, GO! The summer show continues until July 18th. But if you can’t make it this week, the fall show is September 7-12th (right during NYFW!).

Brimfield Resources:
http://www.brimfieldshow.com/
http://www.brimfieldexchange.com/
http://www.brimfield.com/

Check out my Brimfield Fall 2009 post here.

Photo via Google Images.

From China, With Love

Last month, my Mom went on a business trip to China to supervise the factory production of a paper and stationary products she helps design. Her trip ended up getting extended from one week to three– until mid June. Lucky for me, that gave her some time to pick up a few small gifts and Chinese fashion magazines I requested.

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Beautiful Packaging!

Hand painted bracelet:
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It’s supposed to have healing properties.

Hand painted comb:
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Fashion Magazines:
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It’s strange seeing the same Vogue cover, but in a different language!

Elle:
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Maybe one day I’ll be able to travel with her, as her “assistant”. Keeping my fingers crossed!