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!

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