Sunday, March 21, 2010

Dad and Kurtis: Day 3

On Sunday, we took the 'uptown' bus tour that led us through the Upper West Side, Harlem, Museum Mile, and past Central Park. We got off the bus at Central Park and walked around and had some New York hot dogs. Sooo good, but so bad.

We had a pretty chill day. By day three, we were all pretty tired out. So, we headed back to the hotel for a while. Dad and Kurt tried to fix my computer for a while and we just lounged around for a while. Later, we got food and watched some tv.

It was pretty low key, but it was just nice to hang out with them for a while.

I feel like I'm missing something that we did on Sunday, but I can't figure it out! Dad or Kurt - let me know if I forgot anything!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Dad and Kurtis: Day 2

We decided to get one of those bus tour packages and check out the city. It worked out really well because we got to see a huge chunk of the city, more than if I had tried to take them around and show them things!

We started off the morning with the 'downtown' leg of the tour. This ended up covering a lot of what we had seen the day before (WTC...Wall St...Battery Park...) but thats ok! We also transferred to a 'Brooklyn' tour bus that took us around the Brooklyn botanical gardens and the downtown area of Brooklyn. It was fun, but SO HOT. We ended up on a bus with a glass top instead of an open top, and it was like a greenhouse. I was about the die by the end of that leg of the trip.

We then hopped back on to a 'downtown' bus and we took it all the way up to Rockefeller Center. Dad really wanted to go to the Top of the Rock, and I'm glad that we did. Most people think to go to the top of the Empire State Building, but this way when you take photos, you have the Empire in the skyline!














After that, we walked to Times Square and had dinner at Bubba Gump's. I think this was probably the highlight of the trip for my brother. ;)

Then, we hopped back on another bus. Seriously, so much bus riding that day! We took the 'night tour' which is probably my favorite leg of all the touristy NYC bus tours. It takes you all over the city and even into Brooklyn. We got some great shots of the New York skyline from Brooklyn. It was a lot of fun!















It was a packed day and we were all super exhausted by the end of it!

Friday, March 19, 2010

My dad and brother visit! Day 1

My dad and brother came to visit me and I was super excited about it! My dad was here in high school (about 40 years ago!) and my brother has never been here, so I was eager to share one of my favorite cities with them.

On Friday, we went down to the Financial District to check out the World Trade Center site and Wall Street. I haven't really been down there yet, so we all got to play tourists together. They are in the process of rebuilding the WTC buildings, so it is just a huge construction site at the moment. We did go and check out a free museum that is displaying the plans for the new WTC and had a lot of information on 9/11. It is supposed to be completed on Sept 11, 2011...but it barely looks like they've started! They best be gettin on it.















We continued to walk downtown to Wall Street and see all of those places downtown. We had tickets to the Statue of Liberty, so we just moseyed on down to Battery Park to catch the ferry. We had to go through airport-style security just to get on the ferry, and once again to get into the monument! Crazy! It was really fun walking around the island and taking photos of the Statue and all that.

After that, we went and got pizza at a really great spot in the Financial District...I wish I could remember the name! And then we headed back uptown.




















That night, we went and saw Avenue Q!!!! I have been wanting to see this musical for forever, and it was amazing. If you don't know, Avenue Q is basically an adult musical spoof of Seasame Street. The actors use puppets to sing songs about porn and racism and its really hilarious and silly. We saw it at the New World Stages which only had about 500 seats total, and we were in the third row! Great seats! My dad and brother aren't really ones for musicals, but they seemed to enjoy it as well.

It was a long and tiring day, but a great start to their trip!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Tarina Tarantino "Get Ready to Sparkle" Event!

Yesterday, Tarina Tarantino did an appearance at the 5th Ave. Sephora to promote her new cosmetics line! I was so excited! She is one of my favorite jewelry designers and I have been dying to meet her for a while now!

With any purchase from her line, you got a wristband that allowed you to meet her. She signed a limited edition collection book that has photos of all of the makeup from her line.

I was intervied for 'Sparkle TV' which I think is going to be on their youtube channel!

She was incredibly nice and chatted with everyone, took photos, and was a great sport! I went with my fellow interns, Julie and Stephanie, and we had told her that we are interning at Betsey Johnson. She said that if we were interested in jewelry design, we should intern with her! That would be AMAZING. I am really interested in jewelry design and I would love the opportunity to work with her!
































































Wednesday, March 10, 2010

PTERODACTYL ATTACK!

One of the tasks that I do as an intern is to go to the various trim and fabric stores in the garment district and pick up samples for a designer. One day, I was going around finding examples of as many heart buttons as I could find, and I saw this awesome pterodactyl charm/brooch/thing at Mood Fabrics. It is big and gold and encrusted with pearls.

This thing haunted me for days until I finally caved and bought it, along with some chain from Pacific Trimmings. Tonight, i rigged up this necklace and I am so excited to wear it!















(excuse the horrible iphone photo)

It is hard being around so much amazing fabric and trims with no sewing machine and no way to create anything out of such great material. I went from the Tri-Cities, where there is only ONE fabric store. It is a tiny Joann's that is only 1/4 fabric and the rest is craft supplies and now I am surrounded by all kinds of different fabric stores! Stores that ONLY sell buttons, stores that only sell spandex, stores that sell big pterodactyl charms...the possibilities are endless!




















Even though I can't sew anything right now, I'm just glad that I was able to make something...even if it is only a gaudy gold necklace.

postcards!

I love mail. I love getting mail...I love sending mail...it just makes me happy. It's just a nice surprise to come home to!

So, if you would like a NYC postcard...email me your address at renee.marie@yahoo.com with 'NYC postcard!' in the subject line and I will send you one!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Armory Show

My friend Nick had gotten free tickets to The Armory Show from here internship, so we decided to go today! I had no idea what it was, other than that it was some sort of art show.

...It was pretty awesome.

here's a blurb from their website www.thearmoryshow.com

"The Armory Show is America's leading fine art fair devoted to the most important art of the 20th and 21st centuries. In its eleven years, the fair has become an international institution. Every March, artists, galleries, collectors, critics and curators from all over the world make New York their destination during Armory Arts Week"

It was two piers filled with tons and tons of different art from all over the world. Paintings, photography, sculpture, media, and everything in between. It was overwhelming! And we got there an hour before it closed, so it was like art on overdrive!