Monthly Archives: August 2011

NYC Public Art: Flaming Cactus

Sometimes I think that New Yorkers are more amused by public art displays than the myriad of tourists you’ll find snapping pictures of them. I think that one of the most refreshing experiences is when you see something that has become routine to you in a different way — whether that means walking on the opposite side of the street than you normally do during your morning commute, or seeing something outrageous dropped into the middle of a neighborhood you frequent.

As you can imagine, I was utterly delighted when I rounded the corner off of Broadway on to East 8th Street and saw these lampposts festooned with neon colors. The exhibit is called “Flaming Cactus” and was installed by a group called ANIMUS Art. If you look closely, you’ll see that they are made up of what appear to be huge plastic zip-ties, but from far away they look like bizarre neon cacti! This definitely brought a smile to my face on an otherwise routine trip to Astor Place.


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Fall Wishlist

Even though we’re still getting temperatures in the mid-80s and higher every day, I can’t help but start thinking about fall fashion. Every magazine and store window that I see hints that cooler weather is just around the corner with knits, furs, and closed-toe shoes. This weekend, I ventured out to 5th Avenue (a rarity for me these days) to take a look at some of my favorite shops to start getting some inspiration for this Fall. Here are a few of the pieces that I’m thinking about now!

1. Sandro Sweater with Leopard Collar — Sandro is a staple brand in France, and — lucky for us — they’re opening a boutique in New York AND an online US retail site! This sweater with an adorable leopard peter pan collar is too cute for words.

2. Zara Colorblock Skirt — Such a great basic with a fun fall color (mustard) thrown into the mix! Zara will also offer a US retail site as of September 7th!

3. Ann Taylor Downtown Sheath Dress — I have yet to find this dress in my size at a store, and probably because it is such a perfectly classy piece. I’d probably choose one really cool, modern statement necklace to wear with this dress and let the simplicity of it shine through.

4. Vince Leather Jacket — I’ve been looking for the perfect tan leather jacket for a few years now, and I’ve decided that I really love the collarless rounded neck on this one.

5. Rebecca Minkoff Covet Bag in Stingray — This bag is a million times better in person! The leather has a shimmery pebbled texture to it, and the bag is the most classic shape you could ask for!

6. Sam Edelman Ria Bootie — The perfect neutral shoe to throw on with a dress or a pair of jeans.

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