SOUL-TRAVELER: “Halo” Painting’s poetic dedication titled, “I am”.

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This picture was taken in 2006, the same year I wrote this piece titled, “I am”.

Soul Traveler is the second blog that I’m working on consisting of my written creative works. This is me behind the smiles and the pints of Guiness. Cheers!

I am a Womyn with words. I dance because it allows me the key to free my hidden inhibitions… they remind me that I’m perfectly imperfect… This reminds me to breath.

I am a Womyn with passions. I write songs of my soul that dance and paint color in the eyes of poetic masters that gesture, “I too am great.” They suggest by their legacy that a dreamer dreams and that dreams flourish.

I am a Womyn with Intellect. A devote student of life and lives. In my eyes I see humanity a beautiful monster like a little girl with Shirley Temple curls screaming at the very top of her lungs……… Wouldn’t you say this too?

I am pensive, lost in thoughts of observations. No box to confine my heart. Instead there is a box that exposes it….. That box being the earth with the dirt and the air and the trees and the birds in the sky that keep me nailed to my knees because I worship her beauty that reminds me of me.

I am an Artist, a master of canvases real and imagined. I draw surreal dreams; I write of erotic adventures that I play over and over and over again in the auditorium of my secret domain where my lust it thrive…because I am a sexual creature.

I am fun crazy deep true to me free. Alive. I am all of these things and more..

I am a Womyn. I stand for what I believe in. Equality. I am more than just a pretty face painted over with mauve shadow and Fuscia lips. Shit I am a Womyn that to me means that I am powerful…in many ways. I embrace love. I live my femininity. I am independent and free to define my true idenity. I am a Womyn. I have talents, ideas and a vision for a world that I can say I help create…everyday. I am a womyn. Sometimes loud, aggressive, Latin and Proud.. I am a Womyn who lives, who reads, who sees a world in progress. I am a Womyn who is me.

By Natalie Olivo AKA Zen Stiles

Empire Beauty: “The Tents” Documentary

If you dig Fashion this documentary will rock your socks off! I LOVE Fashion and I LOVE New York. This documentary incorporates both a history of Fashion and of a magical period that changed the face of Fashion in New York City (and the world for that matter) forever…. A must see for Fashion heads everywhere! It can be found on Netflix, Cablevision on-demand and iTunes. Buen Provecho!

IN A CLASS All HER OWN: Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe By Andy Warhol (1962)

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.” Marilyn Monroe 

Click here for VanityFair article on Marilyn Monroe 

Legends never die. This has never been more true, especially when speaking of the silver screen siren, Marilyn Monroe. 50 years after her departure from this earths soil, Marilyn is still gracing the covers of major fashion magazines and debuting in world renowned film festivals. Vanity Fair pays tribute to the fallen Goddess with exclusive outtakes from her last on-set photoshoot and The 2012 Cannes film festival, has chosen to share the spotlight with Marilyn, as they too celebrate the festivals 65th anniversary.

They say she was born a ward of the state bouncing from orphanage to orphanage, but if you ask me, she was a born a wonder to the world. An enigma in her own right. The offspring of seduction. The creator of fantasy and sexual suggestiveness. Given the name Norma Jeane Mortenson at birth; re-named Marilyn Monroe at her rebirth, draped in an air of devilish innocence, this single starlet lit up the Hollywood skies and the imagination of men and women everywhere. From the likes of icon Andy Warhol to baseball extraordinair, Joe DiMaggio, whom she shared a short lived engagement with before moving on to playwright, Arthur Miller, who wed in 1956; Mrs. Monroe wooed them all! Not even our 35th President stood a chance against this enticing hypnotist. Her aura was like a starving lioness on the prowl seeking whom she may devour… Not even Marilyn knew the effect that she had on her many admirers.

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After her untimely death at the tender age of 36, the world grieved and have been mourning ever since. We are not celebrating the anniversary of her death so much as we are revering the existence of a LEGEND. Long live the one and only, queen of the screen, Marilyn Monroe.

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The Official Marilyn Monroe Website

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R I P Marilyn Monroe 1926 – 1962

Splattered Paint: Beyonce Soundtrack- ‘Halo’ (Painting)

This is a painting inspired by femininity, power, sensuality and women who have harnessed there own personal greatness. The name of the painting is ‘Halo’. This painting pays homage to the warrior spirit in every woman. We at times lose sight of the great honor it is to have been created a woman. Ladies rise up and claim your Halos.

Halo- An atmoshere or quality of glory, magesty, sanctity.  

Beware the Evil Eye: Alexa Chung Nail Tutorial


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I LOVE fashion forward women! These ladies possess an unparalleled uniqueness that has no limits and crosses all boundaries. Their creative expression comes from a place deep within their, ‘Pollack painted’, souls. A secret garden of beautiful chaos. They share this giftedness with the world through an amazing sense of personal style.

Alexa Chung is one of these women. She is a model, TV personality, print journalist and a TREND SETTER, which brings me to this tutorial inspired by her ‘Evil eye’ nails that I spotted in the newest vogue magazine. ‘Evil eye’ charms are said to ward off envy and ill intent projected onto its victims through a glare that is otherwise known as “The Evil eye”.

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 Personally… I just really enjoyed the look.

LET’S BEGIN!

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STEP 1. You will need a nail file to even out the nails. Black,White, and blue nail art paint and a nude polish. The Nail art paint Im using is from ‘Kiss’. I found them at my local beauty supply store for $1.99  each! The Nude polish is from ‘Essie’.

If you want to get creative and give this look a more personal touch why don’t you try switching the blue nail color for something that better compliments your taste. I’d like to try an orange or maybe a pink eye. No pun intended lol. Keep polish brush clean of excess paint and do the hand that is most difficult for you to paint first.

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STEP 2. Once you’ve filed your nails evenly  and have shaped them to your liking, coat  nails twice with the Nude polish and let dry completely. 

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STEP 3. White nail art paint: Create football shapes onto each nail. You can also try doing just ‘the ring’ finger or every other nail. 

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STEP 4. Blue nail art paint: Paint these half circles to create the iris’. Make sure you leave some white in the center and don’t  worry about small imperfections. Expect that not all your eyes will look alike.

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STEP 5. This is where you MUST have a steady hand. Also, you are going to need just a little bit of guts. Especially, when your doing the hand that seems most awkward to paint. Trust in your technique and go with it. Make sure while you’re applying the black detail you keep the paint brush clean of excess paint to avoid a mess. It will drip periodically so be aware. It may make you feel more confident to test the lines thickness on a scrap piece of paper before painting the actual nail. 

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Should look something like this.

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STEP 6. Once you’ve detailed all the eyes, seal the design in with a clear coat of polish. Hope you love your nail art as much as I love mine!

……..AND THATS ALL FOLKS!

The Perfect Engagement. A Vintage Diamond in the Ruff: Erica Weiner

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“I dreamed of a wedding of elaborate elegance,
A church filled with family and friends.
I asked him what kind of a wedding he wished for,
He said one that would make me his wife.”
~Author Unknown

Real love is rare… unparalleled, absolutely beautiful and timeless. The same can be said for every piece of vintage jewelry at the, Erica Weiner shop, here in NYC . When you walk into this vintage dreamland you’ll never want to wake from, what you’ll find to be, the perfect daydream. Vintage lovers all around are buzzing about this treasure chest located on Elizabeth, between Spring and Kenmare street, in the heart of Nolita. Brides to be though are raving about their one of a kind vintage engagement rings!!! Brides.com, The Village Voice, ofakind.com, The Brides Guide… so on and so forth, are all enthralled and spreading the word. Look inside to see my fave five vintage engagement rings!

“My mother says I didn’t open my eyes for eight days after I was born, but when I did, the first thing I saw was an engagement ring. I was hooked.” – Elizabeth Taylor

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173 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10002 Between Spring and Kenmare Streets.

Indulgence awaits! Continue reading…

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1.1910 Moonstone and Diamond Cocktail Ring

“Moonstone’s popularity hit its stride around the turn of the century, as several emerging design movements affected the jewelry industry and public taste. The Arts and Crafts style emphasized humble materials and semi-precious gems, while Art Nouveau’s tendency towards the fantastic and mystical increased the use of stones with more unpredictable color and luster. This beautiful cocktail ring, circa 1910, holds a luminous cabochon-cut moonstone (about 1.5 carats) surrounded by 13 small diamonds, each measuring about 2 points. The hoop is 14K.” –Ericaweiner.com

“What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That’s a pretty good idea. I’ll give you the moon, Mary.” -It’s a Wonderful Life

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2. Mad Scientist Diamond and Sapphire Ring

“We’re calling this 1930s jewel the “mad scientist” ring because the two 0.25-carat diamonds look like two little eyes peering out from behind poindexter-y glasses. About a size 6, the body is cast entirely in 18K white gold, with lots of nicely detailed etching on shoulders and sloped bezel. Based on the sturdy and somewhat dense setting… And MAN, are the diamonds nice!” –Ericaweiner.com

“All my life, my heart has yearned for a thing I cannot name.”     -Andre Breton

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3. Late Victorian Opal Trio Ring

“If you look through jewelry catalogs from the turn of the century, you’ll see that three-stone opal rings like this one were all the rage, having bounced back from the scourge of unpopularity the stone experienced after the 1829 publication of Sir Walter Scott’s Anne of Geierstein. It was a random and uncharacteristic moment of ill favor for this mesmerizing mineral, favored by Queen Elizabeth during the Renaissance and, apocryphally, by the Roman emperor Antony. This yellow gold late Victorian ring holds three blazing opals (each about 1/2 carat) in crown-shaped prong settings.” –Ericaweiner.com 

“A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.” -Ingrid Bergman

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4.Turquoise Cabochon and Rose-cut Diamond Ring 

“The word “turquoise” is derived from the French Pierres tourques (“Turkish stone”), acknowledging the widely held belief that the stone was first brought to the Western world by the Turkish in the 13th century. As unfathomably old as that makes turquoise seem, it’s actually even older than that; its earliest recorded use dates from the 5th century (BC!) in present-day Iran. The Victorians were nuts about it, and this ring is a perfect example of late-1800s craftsmanship. The 0.8-carat cabochon-cut turquoise is surrounded by 14 rose-cut diamonds, averaging about 0.03 carats each, and all the stones are set in 14K gold. The juxtaposition of super-hard glinty diamonds and opaque, porous turquoise is extremely fun to stare at it, especially when you’re wearing them on your ring finger.” –Ericaweiner.com

“I can live without money, but I cannot live without love.” -Judy Garland

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5. Oval Sapphire and Rose-cut Diamond Engagement Ring

“The standout feature of this 18k Edwardian ring is the central oval-shaped pale blue sapphire, which is ringed with 11 sparkling and variegated rose-cut diamonds. The raised bezel has trellis-like openwork zigging and zagging its circumference and is clutched in place by fleur-de-lis shoulders. The sapphire measures about .40 carats in weight, and each of the diamonds is approximately .05 carats.” –Ericaweiner.com

“Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.” -Henry Van Dyke

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THE WOMAN BEHIND THE MAGIC

*All photos and ring descriptions were take directly from the Erica Weiner website. Poshpirate.com takes no credit for ring photos posted or ring descpritions quoted.

I’ll take those in a size 6 please…. Charlotte Olympia

These lady lifters are a part of the Charlotte Olympia‘s spring 2012 collection.They will set you back a whopping $2,395. Still a girl can dream. Aren’t they SEXY and Classy?! Check out her website to be further enthralled.

Her name is CHARLOTTE DELLAL and this half Brazilian, half English beauty is all the rage on runways and subways as New York fashionistas embrace the London based designer. “Each shoe is handcrafted in Italy using only the finest materials…” By definition her designs are masterpieces. And who can resist a masterpiece?? Katy Perry, Beyoncé, Sarah Jessica Parker, Heidi Klum, Kelly Rolland and Blake Lively (just to name a few) sure can’t! They are all crushing on the designs inspired by the glamour of old and drooling over the meticulous attention to detail. Though CHARLOTTE DELLAL birthed her brand, Charlotte Olympia, in 2007, she officially opened the doors to her flagship store in the summer of 2010, located in Maddox street, London. But you don’t have to travel overseas to Europe inorder to don the signature gold spider-web logo. Bergdorf Goodman, Net-a-porter and Neiman Marcus are a few home based retailers that carry the line OR you can also find some great steals on ebay as well!Here is the link! Whether your looking to buy, a reason to cry or simply to be inspired I strongly recommend checking out her site!www.charlotteolympia.com She is hands down my new designer crush!

Street Love: Hani Street Art

Hani Shihada is New York City’s sidewalk art extraordinaire! He’s been bedazzling sidewalks in Europe and NYC for over 25 years. Homeboy is MARVELOUS! He began sharing his talents on sidewalks while studying art in Rome during the 70’s. He also studied in Spain as well! His life is an artists dream. His work has been featured in movies, commercial, clubs, news articles, ads…so on and so forth! He’s got  the skillz to pay the billz. He works in various mediums, and even does sculptures. The pastel chalks he uses to create his street masterpieces are all custom-made by the man himself! I’ve followed this artist for a few years now. So, I’m sure you could imagine my excitement when I bumped into Hani wrapping up his latest work!

Photocredit goes to www.brainwood.blogspot.com

I have more photos I took with my Blackberry coming! I was super excited to find that he was extremely personable. We spoke about sharing art and how we are all connected. Here are a few other pieces of his I love!

My fellow Latina! Sonia Sotomayor! Photo By Ed Yourdon

Micheal Jackson!

How Bananas is this!!

Yes this is 3D street art! The illusion of his work is insane! God I love NY!

It’s crazy that this is a chalked flat drawing, but because of the skills that this man possesses, he is able to creat such a believable illusion!

Visit his website if you seek to be awed further!

Empire Beauty: Tribeca Film Festival 2011

Every year I attend the Tribeca Film Festivals Drive-in. I love this event! It’s one of the festivals FREE events held in the Financial building in Battery Park right on the Hudson. Its beautiful watching the sun set, watching the boats pass. This year it was like 23 degrees out there… it was survival of the fittest. I recommend taking a blanket with you cause it can get pretty nippy right by the water most years. Still, despite the punishing temperatures that snuck up on the crowd (…cause it started out nice), It’s one of those events where the atmosphere is completely cool… Strangers are conversing, taking turns watching each others things as alternating groups go to enjoy the free festivities before the main event. The themes always change so each year your left in anticipation awaiting the brand new line up. One year its Dirty Dancing, the next its Micheal Jacksons Thriller, or I’ve even experienced A Short Film Contest, where the audience were the judges…. This year it was the 80’s Classic Fame, The Muppets take Manhattan and a doc called when the drum is beating! You never know if your going to rub elbows with well know producers, directors or celebs! Not that people attend for this purpose, the fact is, most attend for the shared love of film and because everything down to the drinks and popcorn are free of course! Get more Behind the scenes and scoop inside!

My instant Buddies!!! They come baring gifts…Cant watch a film without Popcorn!

Vitamin water sponsored the event along with Timewarner! Lucky me I LOVE vitamin water~ Power-C ~ woooo whoooo!

This was the host Abe Goldfarb… He’s an actor, writer, director and  Burlesque personality, as well as, this years Tribeca Film Festivals Drive-in Host! He was super nice and had all around good energy.

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These adorable girls were covering the Film Festival for Tribeca Kids Access. They were so professional and focused! I loved watching strong talented women in the making!

As an artist I’m in love with all artist! This guy drew my portrait in five minutes and he was dead on! lolol

HE DREW ME AS A PRINCESS!

Beautiful Sunset ALWAYS!

A general view of atmosphere at the Drive-In Presents "Fame" At The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival at North Cove at World Financial Center Plaza on April 21, 2011 in New York City.

This Photo credit goes to Zimbio! It was freezing! These are the warriors!

Cast members of Fame perform during the Drive-In Presents "Fame" At The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival at North Cove at World Financial Center Plaza on April 21, 2011 in New York City.

These dancers got alot of slack from an extremely critical audience but I dug the performance.

love this whole film… It’s an 80’s CLASSIC! But the part when theyre in the lunchroom is one of my favorite scenes! Click Here to keep your eyes on all things Tribeca!

Empire Beauty: The Fantastic Guggenheim Museum!

Yesterday I went to the fantastic (Drum Roll Please….) Guggenheim Museum! It was one of those crazy and spontaneous things I do when I have absolutely no plans (I just go where the wind takes me….) and because it was a Saturday, I got in for only $3 buckeroos! In the event YOU want to take advantage of this really cool deal, you can do so on any given Saturday between 5:45-7:45pm. Be sure to get there at 5:45pm or even a little earlier, as the line has been known to whipped around the block! The suggested donation is $10, but with all the private donations, grants and people paying the regular price for tickets at $18 a pop! “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn!” Give what you can…trust me They are NOT lacking!

I took this picture of their enormous Skylight with my rinky dink Blackberry Camera… The structure and design of this building is so flawless that you couldn’t ruin a photo opp if you tried.

 WARNING:They are VERY adamant about their NO flash photography policy! Everyone tries…Shit even I snuck in a few. Still, beware the security guards that are stationed on each level. Once you begin your journey up that ramp best believe they are-a-watchin and people get really offended when confronted. Its rather entertaining actually. lol

With that said, the following photos are all works of art currently on display at the museum (with the exception of one) BUT these photos were found online at various web sites and I claim no credit for them…. other than the effort involved in locating quality replicas of these amazing works! Still there is nothing like seeing them in person!

Amedeo Modigliani, Nude, 1917

The naked chic was one of my favorites because I loved the jagged brush strokes that fill in the simple black outline that defines her body. All of his nudes are equally amazing. I also love how the sensual nature of the painting consumes the onlooker. When I saw this image I instantly felt like I was transported into the room with this beautiful woman and Amedeo… like I was having a spiritual Ménage à trois. Nudes are sexy and the whole relationship between the Art, the Artist, the Subject and the observer is soooo romantic that it completely eradicates thoughts of distaste, it immediately seduces you.  

Mountains at Saint-Rémy (Montagnes à Saint-Rémy), July 1889. Oil on canvas, Vincent van Gogh Photo Credit: Matthew Felix Sun 

I have this gift. I see images in the marble tiles in bathrooms, in decorative plastered walls, in splattered paint, in dirt smudges and in the strokes of a canvas I can see images that where never intended. Thats why I love this landscape by Vincent. I see cloves of Garlic and a man playing the saxophone… and because of this I feel like, not the man, but the spirit of the man and  I, connect. The entities that are within, that make us both artist danced when I  laid eye on this painting.

Photo Credit: out of the Grey

When your ready for a break, take a stroll over to Cafe 3 across from the Kandinsky Gallery on Annex Level 3! Its well priced sandwiches are like $7 and change… Beers $7 and you can get a glass of wine between $6 and $9 bucks.. If you ask me, not bad at all! They serve sandwiches, pastries, coffee, tea, wine, and beer, and there’s a really dope view of Central Park as well.

Cafe 3 Hours
10:30 am–5:15 pm
Friday–Wednesday
Closed Thursday

For more information, call 212 427 5682.

Man I wish I could have snuck this out in my pocket!!! I’m new to the work of Franz but he had me at Moo! His color usage is AMAZING! No photo could do this justice. This painting is a “you had to be there” piece. So sad you cant see it unless YOU’VE SEEN IT IN PERSON! That cow looks like its having a heck of a day! I did some research on his other works and they are all as magnificent!

Kupka, Frantisek – 1909-10 Planes by Colors, Large Nude Photo Credit: RasMarley

Now baby, this is ME! No like, for real, this is me on any given day of the week; lounging bare in the privacy of my home contemplating my world domination and what to cook for dinner. Have you ever had one of those “Why didn’t I think of that first” moments? Well, this was one of my “Why didn’t I paint that first” moments! This man is a GENIUS by every form of the definition. Color contrast, brush strokes, proportion, Soul! The image below was NOT ON DISPLAY but come on!

He is my new favorite… ok maybe my second new favorite! Now I just need to learn how to pronounce his name…hmmm.

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Kandinsky’s “Black Lines” (1913).

Kandinsky.. Kandinsky.. Kandinsky (sigh) He owns the Guggenheim right now if you ask me and with good reason. Again, no justice I tell ya! When I saw this I knew “Houston we have a problem.” I knew I would never want to leave. I wondered if he painted to make women fall in love with him? Because the subject matter of his work suggests a loftiness.. like he’s in a class all his own and he knows it. As if to say, “my work supersedes your comprehension..Yes, I know.” It’s his disregard for your lack of understanding that’s so enticing. Because he draws you in with color… fantasy… intrigue… He IS in a class all his own and whether you understand it or not, you want to be apart of it. It’s the distance he creates that keeps you wanting more of him. The colors flirt. 

On Saturdays from 5:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., admission to the Guggenheim Museum is “pay what you wish.”

Photo Credit: Justin Lane/European Pressphoto Agency

This building is soulless without these images or without the bodies that these images infatuate on a daily basis.

This is one of my rebel photos above!

Now I’ve not eaten here but a review of the Guggenheim would be incomplete without it!

The Wright:

Located at Fifth Avenue and 88th Street. Lunch and Dinner. The menu is seasonal. The restaurant was designed by architect Andre Kikoski.
Lunch
Monday–Wednesday
11:30 am–3:30 pm
Friday–Saturday
11:30 am–5 pm
Dinner
Thursday–Saturday
5:30–11 pm
Sunday Brunch
11 am–3:30 pm

For Reservations 212 427 5690.

SOOOOOOOOO….after the museum just when I thought my soul could take no more… I run across an original De La Vega!!!!!!! AAAhhhhh! I’m having a mental  orgasm just typing this! I’m like a crazed teen at a Justin Bieber concert when it comes to Art! Could ya tell! lol  I love finding diamonds in the ruff! An original Del La Vega! Chalked on the ground across the street from the Guggenheim! A fish jumped ship, running with haste away from the bowl! I feel like he put that there just for ME…and dont you crush my dreams! and just when I thought it couldn’t get better….

I made it just in time for the Sunset at central Park! The ultimate work of art… the one that stole the show and every word… my very breath.

Then I got Very unhappy hahahahahahahaha cause my day was over. lol I was just playing with my camera! I’m nuts goodnight!

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue (at 89th Street)
New York, NY 10128-0173
Purchase tickets

Museum Hours

Sun–Wed 10 am–5:45 pm
Fri 10 am–5:45 pm
Sat 10 am–7:45 pm
Closed Thurs, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day
Some galleries may close prior to 5:45 pm Sun–Wed and Fri (7:45 pm Sat)

Admission

Saturday Baby! Pay as you wish! Otherwise, Adults $18
Students and Seniors (65 years +) with valid ID $15
Children under 12 Free
Members Free

Audio Tours

Audio tours are free with admission.

Cherry Poppin Never Stoppin: First of Empire Beauty Reviews!

Tonight was a “Low Key” evening, kinda. A little Business and alot of pleasure. We started out with Cocktails at the Hudson Hotel Bar on West 58th and ended with Rose petals and humus at Shalel Moroccan Bar Lounge on West 70th. It was the perfect recipe for pleasure and relaxation! Even though Shalel was a little crazier than anticipated; all in all the night was smooooth and silly much like its participants. I met up with a friend of mine by the name of Brandon Lewis who is a very talented photographer and when he is not shooting for my brand Posh Pirate, he is photographing aspiring Models, Actors, Fashion Designers and Events. If he can fit you into his tight schedule the wait is well worth it!

So now down to the nittay grittay….This will be my first of many stellar reviews on dining and night life in New York City, my surrogate monster mother, in all of her empire beauty!  (Yay! Gotta start somewhere) So lets begin with the ever so stylish Hudson Hotel! The green electric carpet that rolls out leading you up to the lobby, reveals the most incredible chandelier! Actually, you’ll find later that this introduction is merely foreshadowing the all around beauty and surprises, you’ve yet to encounter at this posh palace! Read on to see Pictures and Review

The Hudson Bar area is amazing, from the log bench and glass floors that light from within, to the excellent service. Not to mention the incredible hand painted ceiling that I can stare at for hours… Literally! The picture below is a very SMALL fragment of this hand painted masterpiece.

“One of New York’s hottest nightspots from the moment it opened, Hudson Bar in midtown Manhattan is a dazzling venue decorated in a riotous collection of styles. It features a glass floor lit from beneath and a hand painted ceiling by world-renowned artist Francesco Clemente… the perfect place for drinks, lively conversation, people-watching, and experiencing the undeniable excitement of New York.”

Brandon had to steal my attention away from the artwork to point out how dope the music was. I mean the Dj was on point with his musical selections and friendly enough to talk to Bran about his playlist… I had the Strawberry Sparkler and Bran had a Long Island! Caution: the cocktails are pricey at $18 a pop, but some of the wine and definitely the beer are WAY more reasonable!

After our photo opp… we dropped by the “Library” the second of five cool spots to hit up at the Hudson. They also have an outdoor terrace, a restaurant called Hudson Hall and the Private Park which is seasonal and reopens in spring 2011.

The Library is class with a little pizzaz! I wish I would have gotten a better picture of the books that line the top of this rooms borders! And if you’re not down for a game of Pool or Chess, there is always the awesome photography and books that are on display to have a gander at… not to mention the bar and Dj in the library that are equally as awesome as those at the Lounge.

After the Hudson, we decided to hit up a quaint little Moroccan spot my friend Rayboy put me on too… MY new spot, Shalel! this place was love at first sight!

I love that it is so incognito…. and the walk down ushers you into a rabbit hole of wonder and romance! But don’t get it twisted it doesn’t have to be romantic just for a couple, if you love yourself enough it could be romantic just for you.. it is for me.

This place was packed!!! I wish the bar was like this when we got there lol

Let me give you a visual. Rose petals line the stair cases… actually Rose petals are everywhere! There is a full bar and dozens of hidden rooms and cubbies. Every section makes you feel like you’re in an exclusive part of the space! There is a catch though! If you go on a busy night service is a little laxed. But, if your like me, that problem is fixed with a little kind assertion. But seriously, the ambience transports you to another part of the world.

The food is African, Greek and Middle Eastern and its, “The Stuff”, as I would say 🙂 Look at Brandon getting his sexy on…lol

We ordered the spread assortment and olives… Mind you this is the only time homeboy actually smiled for a picture, when the food began to arrive… “too funny!” This was the best time of the night!

Everything was fresh and perfectly prepared. The beers were cold and the cocktails were firm!

They even brought us some really great shots on the house! Slippery Nipples to be exact! All in moderation is fine… Drunken Stupor is not cool. Just thought I’d throw that out there. Drink responsibly!

Brandon’s friend Edgar stopped by later in the evening to join us. He’s an aspiring Actor/Model and all around cool dude…

I had to end the night early, being I’ve had way too much fun this weekend. Beginning with Saint Patrick’s Day on thursday. So homegirl was through… But to keep you all posted, Brandon has agreed to shoot for me in early April! So the scandal continues… and the building begins! Going Out Guns Blazin’! Peace!

Hudson Hotel Bar 

356 West 58 Street
New York, New York 10019
Tel. 212 554 6217

Sun-Wed 7 PM-2 AM
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Shalel

65 W 70th St (Between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West)
New York, NY 10023  Tel. (212) 873-2300

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My Many Mothers: A tribute. Happy International Womens Day! Celebrating 100 years of Empowerment!

I have often been known for telling the story of my many Mothers. Every single time, without fail, the story changes and evolves, as I indulge my listeners with stories of my mentors; women that have in some way transformed my beautiful existence. These Women have poured their own femininities into my heart and it over flows like wine in a drunkards mouth. Some have infused my life merely by existing with such confidence, energy and extensive personal power. I can’t even begin to express how fortunate I am… scratch that how blessed, lucky, indebted to the universe I am for the amazing women I’ve had the honor of crossing paths with, in body and some in spirit. And I’m not referring to your modern-day pop culture divas (though much respect to them). I’m referring to the reason that they are able to be who they are today… the trail blazers such as Cleopatra (hello), Joan of arc, Emily Dickinson, Frieda Kahlo, Simone de Beauvoir, Mother Teresa, Helen Keller, Harriot Tubman, Betty Friedman, Gloria Steinem, and one of my personal heroes, Maya Angelou… Just to name a few. And yes, these valiant women all come from diverse walks of life. They individually have their different passions and convictions that are rich with ambition. BUT what they do have in common is… that they are all pioneers in what is known as (((Freedom))) for all us ladies today. They used their human entitlement to thought, choice and greatness in order to change their individual worlds and ours! THEY WERE ALL FREE THINKERS!!!

 There is nothing more inspiring than a free mind! 

I’m also speaking about the women who have presently taken advantage of those freedoms and are moving mountains with it. Sonia Sotomayor, Michelle Obama, Oprah,  Nancy Roland Johnson, Betsey Johnson and even the controversal Hilary Clinton, are just a SMALL few utilizing the beaten path to pave new ones. I’m also speaking about Real “around the way” women that are beautiful because they are strong, decisive, intelligent conquerors. My mother, Maritza (Luv u). My step mother, Jeanie (the woman who taught me about virtue, patience and egg in a hole lol). My best friend, Jessica (Proof that genuine people do exist even if they are few and far in between).

Then you have the passers-by, the beautiful masses that fuel this unpredictable and exciting life.  A woman passing me in the subway with that look in her eyes that say, “I’ll do anything I want! I will be exactly who I Love to be…I will be ME (AND WHAT!! lol); and maybe today, I’ll take over the world!” or the single mother in the grocery store, juggling her cellphone, her purse and a box of captain crunch cereal; with an extra hand available to tie her kids shoes. These are as much my heroes as the women mentioned above. Just typing the names of my many mothers and conjuring thoughts of women that project power and unshakable strength fills me with courage, vigor and an excitement for life. knowing their stories gives my faith in moving mountains. They remind me that I am ALIVE, and that I am a woman, and that both are not rights they are privileges! So in light of International womans day this is my tribute to my many mothers! Continue reading

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DR.SEUSS!!!

1904-1991

It’s Amazing how one person can affect Generations! How by life, composed correctly, one can become legendary! He  pulled, stretched, expanded, stimulated, and infused with magic, the imaginations of the WORLD! As a child I devoured his books and images. As an artist I drowned in the color and rhyme. Till this day I cough up green eggs, crazy cat legs, star belly Sneetches, blue fish, red fish and dream of stolen christmas’. Thank You Dr. Seuss for being my muse, for being my friend and the composer of my symphonic brush strokes… even as an adult. I love you.

My FAVORITE Dr.Seuss book (((Drum Roll Please))) The Sneetches! Maybe subconsciously too… because it delivered the same message my father drove home every day of my life: BE A LEADER NOT A FOLLOWER!!!!!! Dr. Seuss and my dad, the two men that spoke truth into my life. Green eggs and Ham is about having an open mind… new things… Do not be perturbed by the unknown or the quote un-quote, WEIRD. The Cat in the Hat has some crazy theories surrounding it regarding its underlying messages but TO ME,  it’s about honesty and order. Still despite it all, the fact is that Dr. Seuss will always be a channel of greatness that challenges the minds of us all!

 

Take a detour to Seussville.com by clicking the image above!!!! ❤

FAREWELL TO CUPIDS SPELL.

“Whatever happened to notes passed in class that made butterflies flutter, clutter and dive into the still waters of your hearts pond. Like fireworks on the fourth of July, mini orgasms exploding in your stomach! Your toes curling in the Punky Brewster sneakers your mom picked up for you at Payless. Your innocent hands shivering as your sweaty palms grip your chewed on number two pencil. You unfold the origami fortune-teller, revealing the kindergarten Shakespearian inspired words…”Do you like me? Circle YES, NO or Maybe” and with a quick swoop you’ve just accomplished making a boyfriend out of an admirer. Who cares if it was only for two days. Fuck it, It’s all about ” The  Moment”… That first day, he was your prince charming, your very own Yum Yum Zack Morris, your happily ever after. He shares his juice box. You share  your fruitsnacks. He holds your hand and if he gets lucky you share a peck on the cheek….. When no one is looking of course. Innocence was bliss.

MAN, what a treasure are the infancy revelations of love and the human condition. The such I imagine are cupids truest conquests.

 “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man (or, in my case a woman), I put away childish things.” 1 Corinthians 13:11

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 We are meant for each other and not meant for each other. It’s a contradiction. -Juan Antonio Only unfulfilled love can be Romantic.-Maria Elena…. and it was.

 R.I.P My Heart

February 11, 2007-February 14, 2011

‘The Twilight Zone’: Spiraling down the tunnle of WTF?

The other day I’m on the Perez Hilton site, right?……Well actually, it turned out to be more like a ‘Twilight Zone’ time portal. You remember the spiral one.. Yeah, just like that! Boo-ya-ka back to the story…..

About three years ago, I had a dream that would’ve had the most prestigious psychologist question my sanity. And of course… I thought it was just morbid and crazy enough to be the most brilliant idea ever! Okay, so not ever exactly, But it was twisted and it was different.

Caution: Before you read on, I would like to assure the public that I am very sensitive to the topic we are about to dive into. Still, the creative connotation of such a controversial concept and topic is Genius. It is because of how offensive, unlikely and unfathomable… even abominable the subject matter is- that makes it sinfully intriguing. This is just MY personal opinion. Continue reading