Tuesday, June 29, 2010

DOMESTICATED WEEKEND

I decided not to participate the Scandinavian midsummer festivities in Battery Park during the weekend and just stay home and relax.
My mister had a bachelor party to throw for his friend (and he said there's no strippers involved, but I'm yet to see a bachelor party without them, so I believe it when I see it), so I enjoyed being home and doing domestic stuff. Laundry, cooking, cutting a giant watermelon so we have light and sweet snacks for the next few days and even baked a chocolate cake. 
Love, 

Sunday, June 27, 2010

JEWELRY IN THE CITY

Peace in the city. First time I noticed this guy (and he has been here since 1986). Almost inspired me take huge henna tattoo on my arm. I would've if it hadn't cost me $30. C'mon. I have henna at home and can make it for free. Everything in NYC is so overpriced. Maybe I should start my own henna tattoo shop at Union Square and quit my annoying day job.
These little guys I found at Nordstrom Rack store in Union Square as well. Maybe I am becoming one of those crazy cat ladies. I didn't find any nice clothing here, but the jewelry section was very impressive.
This was another find. Lucky Brand's reversible bracelet.  I have a hippie thing going on this summer, so it fits just perfectly. Absolutely love it.

Friday, June 25, 2010

HAPPY MIDSUMMER!

It's Midsummer. We just had wonderful brunch at a local organic restaurant and I'm contemplating if I should join the Scandinavian midsummer festivities at Battery Park City in downtown Manhattan. I'm also enjoying being at home today, so we'll see, I might just stay in. 

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

YOGA AT THE GREAT LAWN

Yesterday I was proud to be part of the history in the making at Central Park's Great Lawn, where I and 10 000 other yogis and wanna-be yogis were setting the world record for the largest registered yoga class. 
Unfortunately the rain made sure it also turned into the shortest yoga class. But what a great feeling it was to get into the om-chant with thousands of people and stop the rain for a minute.
Photogallery of the event here.
Video of the event
Reggie Watts was funny as hell and his music is groovy mix of cute funniness. Buddy Wakefield is awesome spoken word artist/poet and his performance was so intense. Reminded me that I need to check out some spoken word nights in the city. Check out great performance of his here with Sage Francis (not from last night).

Monday, June 21, 2010

SANDY HOOK

30 min ferry ride from NYC and you are at the hot beaches of the historic Sandy Hook, New Jersey. No traffic, no crowds (except Saturdays and Sundays), no stress. Just beautiful views, ocean, birds singing and crickets playing their violins. We felt at peace once we got off the ferry and waited for the yellow school bus to take us to our beach.
We chose the beach with the Seagull's Nest Restaurant and Bar. They also have nude beach here, but we opted not to go there this time. Maybe next. I can just imagine the amount of perverts in there.
We brought some good wine with us to celebrate the day. Cheers!
Once we got hungry we checked out the Seagull's Nest. It serves basic junk food, burgers, chicken fingers and wings and so on. K had the hot dog with some nasty looking green relish. She enjoyed it. I didn't enjoy watching her eat it...
I had these greasy mozzarella sticks with marinara sauce. Not the best meal I've had at the beach. Next time I come here I'll bring my own food. And use Seagull's Nest just for getting some frozen cocktails.
It's a nice outdoor bar to hang out. Bartenders were funny and there's sports on big screen TV's.
Those two girls behind us were crazy. The moment the other one opened her mouth we knew this was straight from Jerry Springer. Her mother slept with her best friend and her other friend murdered a couple that owned a Chinese restaurant somewhere in Jersey. I wish I had video camera with great microphone with me me so I would've taped them. This is the part where my friend K asked "Is this THE Jersey Shore where they shoot THE Jersey Shore?".
Ocean Goddess coming up from her dip. Water was freezing.
Here we're waiting for the ferry to go back to NYC. I felt quite energetic, but K opted for a little nap.
We had awesome time and already set the date for our next trip to Sandy Hook. It will be in early July and we're bringing food and great friends with us.

Friday, June 18, 2010

WHERE I'LL BE TODAY...

It's Friday. I'm off. So is my girl K. It's going to be sunny. 86 Fahrenheit. 30 Celsius. And we are just a short ferry ride away from this place... Yep, it's a go!
Photos borrowed

Friday, June 11, 2010

FIVE YEAR PLAN

When I sit down and stop for a minute (or for about 45 minutes per day) I like to write down my plans for the future. I have so many plans for different purposes, like house renovation plan, travel plan, summer activity plan, financial plan, healthy eating plan, exercising plan and so on. I'm a planner who rarely follows through the plan. 

But planning things makes me feel like I have the power to make changes in my life and that I'm in control. So this week I'm going to bring some of the plans to my hubby's attention (starting with the house updating and renovating plan), write them on a big piece of paper and stick it on our fridge so that we can refer to it and make things happen. It's time.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

HUDSON TERRACE

Our journalist friend M had her "Talk Show" interviewing Finnish author Meritta Koivisto at the Salmagundi Club. So of course we showed up to support her.
Hudson Terrace has Wine Down Wednesdays that's a private wine tasting party you need to book before hand. It's an ok terrace, no views, but it has nice set up and green plants. You get to taste 3 different wines (white, red, rose) and get description of each one of them. They fill the glass all the way up so after two glasses I started getting in to the party mode and had to stop. I mean, it's just Wednesday and someone needs to be at work at 7am... and not look like zombie.
I found this Ohm-top at street fair in Manhattan few years ago. It's actually a dress, but I prefer to wear it as a top.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

SUMMER JOB IN THE CITY

Summer is here and I'm still in this same dead end job. I've become very lazy in job search, because I actually like my hours during the summer. 
It isn't so hard to wake up at 5.30am like it was in the winter, because the sun is already up and it's warm. Streets are empty and trains are not crowded like during the rush hour.
What's really nice is to get out of work at 3pm and have almost all day left to do fun things like take the train down to Coney Island, Prospect Park or Cloisters, bring a good book and something little to eat and drink and just stop, breathe and enjoy life.
P.S. If you look closely to my wrist you can see my tattoo, pisces. This is just the first part of it, there are two other pictures to follow and complete the design. I just need to perfect the design first.

Pisces


Imaginative and sensitive
Compassionate and kind
Selfless and unworldly
Intuitive and sympathetic

On the dark side....
Escapist and idealistic
Secretive and vague
Weak-willed and easily led

FAIRY IN THE GARDEN

Monday, June 7, 2010

PASTIS AND MOCA LOUNGE

While wearing my bracelet from Jamaica I got stopped 3 times in the streets of Chelsea by Jamaicans asking if I had great time in Ja. Ya mon,  I sure did, that's why I still wear the bracelet.
It was blazing hot outside, but I had to wear long sleeves because I still have light streaks left from that unsuccessful spray tanning session I did almost 2 weeks ago. I don't know what happened this time, but it did not come out even at all.
Anyways, we went to see the Sex & the City finally (we had scheduling conflicts last week) and we both liked it and hated it. It had it's good moments and some very bad moments, but when we walked out of the theatre we felt happy and uplifted and loving New York City.
So we walked from Chelsea down to Meatpacking and had lunch at Pastis. Food was delicious (French) and service very fast and friendly. After we walked to Union Square for Happy Hour at Bar13 which I would not recommend for anyone. Just trust me on this one. Every experience I've had in this place has been bad and suspect. Although I would love to go check out their spoken word nights.
Next stop Harlem and the Moca Restaurant & Lounge
Doesn't this look just like a painting? Great night shot of Keli in front of Moca.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

LUNCH TIME PEACE OF MIND

All the annoying crap I need to deal with at work it's good to have a place, or few places, to escape during the lunch hour. 
Water element relaxes me and running water, like these little water fountains, are great background sound for meditation. 
Greenery is another visual relaxer. Sometimes it's just hard to find a quiet place in Central Park. 
But basically any pretty area, like a little courtyard with beautiful blooming flowers, gives me the peace of mind to breath and just be for an hour so I can get back to work full of energy.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

INK IN THE CITY

I finally got a tattoo. It's been years that I've thought about it and what I wanted it to represent, so I knew I wasn't making a mistake.
It's still healing so I will post photos after it has perfected. My friend C took one as well, but that was her second one. We found a place in St. Mark's Place in East Village which is a street known for it's tattoo and piercing parlors and alternative lifestyle shops such as the Trash and Vaudeville. Very punk.
After getting inked we had some Thai appetizers and Thai Iced Tea in a nearby restaurant (can't remember the name, food was nothing special) and started planning our evening.
First stop; Happy Hour. Still somewhere in the East Village by St. Mark's. 
Had some wine. 
Continued to a Finnish meeting at the Stone Creek Lounge and from there with a slew of Finns to this place in the West Village where they had live funk and everyone was jamming. Loved the atmosphere. But can't remember what the name was... Anyone who was there, remember?