Here is my absolute favorite, by Fran├žois Mori.

What he has to say about it may be equally as amazing:
I was told that in China, artists don't often comment on their work in order to let the spectator make their own interpretation. For this assignment with the Associated Press, my goal was to show that Li Wei was flying through the air over Paris. But with no crane available for me to shoot from and no buildings nearby, I decided to make a simple photo from the ground with the sky in background. It is Li Wei's concept of gravity-defying situations that I captured. So I could say, "if we look at it the simple way, sometimes we don't take photos, we receive them."
  To see the rest of the gallery visit the 

Gypsy Holiday 2012 from Daeja Fallas on Vimeo.

What fun it was spending the morning with my lovely friends Michelle Vawer and Jessa Blades making this little film for Gypsy Hawaii right here in NYC. A prefect west village morning and some good music. Who could ask for more?

Video by me
Hair and Make Up by Jessa for Blades Natural Beauty
Modeled by Michelle Vawer

images via A Photo Editor Photographed by Stephen Wilkes
A beautiful and moving photo essay on the aftermath of Sandy found in Time Magazine. The Eastern Seaboard still needs so much help. Waves for Water have been a huge help out in the Rockaways. Check out their site for ways to get involved from near or far.

I'm not one for the Winter, although I have lived through several here and in Paris, I still can't get used to the piles of clothes, the indoors, and the early sunsets... When others anticipate the first snow fall with excitement I usually sigh as the last days of fall fade to a snowy, wet winter...

As I sit here on the second "snow" day of this NYC winter I've decided to embrace it this year, to forget how cold it is and suck it up and just BUY that hideous puffer coat and get out there and enjoy the snow! There must be something magical about it if SO many people love it so much... Paolo Roversi sure makes it look magical in the above images taken for W magazine in 2010.

Image of Tami and I by Monika Kratochvil painting by Tami Snodgrass

…the important point here is not that you have—or don’t have—what other artists have, but rather that it doesn’t matter. whatever they have is something needed to do their work—it wouldn’t help you in your work even if you had it. their magic is theirs. you don’t lack it. you don’t need it. it has nothing to do with you. period.

Quote from Art and Fear

When the girls at Free People shared these images of their newly released hand painted skate decks I instantly fell in love. How better to get around Brooklyn than with one of these beautiful hand painted little numbers! These are so pretty and unique I had to know what they were inspired by. From vintage flower prints and Henna tattoos to Italian Vogue these girls searched far and wide and came up with some beautiful finished results! To see more visit Free People !

 If you live here like I do, you LOVE this city and the people in it.. Even if you don't live here I know so many of you love this city like your own and are looking for ways to help. After the storm I was at a loss for how to get involved so I compiled a list of helpful links on how to help New York and New Jersey residents who have lost so much after Sandy.

If you live in New York:

This is an amazing site where you can sign up to help out in Parks, Art Centers, Food Banks and Shelters

Food Lover?
Check out the Brooklyn Kitchen site

Check out the Surfrider Foundation for rides to coastal areas and Waves for Water

Stay in the know:
Occupy Sandy

Help in the LES (where they are running low on food and general supplies but DO NOT need clothes other than coats)
LES Recovers

Do you live outside the Tristate area and still want to help?

It is so so easy! The easiest way is to text the RED CROSS a $10 donation by Texting REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10

Other ways are by visiting
FEMA here
or of course the RED CROSS

For all Animal Lovers like myself, please visit the Mayors Alliance for NYC's Animals


I'll be collecting food and pet supplies along with the aid of Brooklyn Bark and FIDO for families affected by the storm so they do not need to give up their sweet friends in times of need. You can drop off supplies at the events below or contact me and Ill pick up supplies in the Downtown Brooklyn/Fort Greene/DUMBO areas.

Help Hurricane Sandy’s Dog & Cat Evacuees
FIDO In Prospect Park & BrooklynBark Dog Walkers in conjunction with the Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) will be collecting pet food for Sandy evacuees.
Bring any brand of dog food; cat food
Toys (new only please)
Towels (used but clean ok)

Drop off at:

Therapy Dog Seminar

Thursday November 8th
7 p.m. Ethical Culture Society
53 Prospect Park West @ 1st Street
Park Slope

OR Drop off at:

Coffee Bark

Saturday, November 10th
7 – 9 a.m.
Long Meadow in front of the Picnic House
Prospect Park

Thanks to all who are helping and are continuing to help residents of NY and NJ!

Does it get any better?

Lau admiring the city

these guys! 

The usual ruckus 

T is for... 

And of course we needed to get out the Polaroid..

and use an entire pack in 10 minutes

Now I'm a pro.. Skateboard Stander.
The girls that live in Ryan's building decided to beautify the Rooftop, nice job girls! 
For the past year or so a few friends and I have been gathering once a month at one of our places to make "Family Dinner." They have been such a highlight in my months that at each one I'm already planning the next! We all get together and make food that we made at home with our families growing up and we have had some amazing meals so far! Last week was Taco night with Ryan.. Taking advantage of the beautiful Fall weather we got up on the rooftop to watch the sun go down and play around with the Polaroid.. And the Tacos were amazing! I got to make my friends famous Spanish rice and although I don't think mine will ever live up to hers, I still love making spicy tomato infused spanish rice! yum.. on that note.. Lunch Time!

On my last trip to Hawaii I had the pleasure of working on a Free People surf inspired fashion shoot styled by the lovely ladies at Bikini Bird who helped me put these cute looks together and added a little Hawaiian flair with silk lei and Hula skirts. 

One of my favorite parts of this shoot was catching a few waves with local surfer girls Malia Murphy and Amber Mozo ( an aspiring photographer and amazing surfer!). I loved every piece Free People sent us and they were all perfect to surf in and cute enough to hang out in.

To read the interview we did and to score some of these bikinis for yourself see Free People's site here 

Finally, it would not have been a shoot in Hawaii without the lovely Dallas Nagata White on Set.. more to come on that later...

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