Notes of New York by photographer Hiroyuki Ito. I hope I find some mementos like these while I’m in the city these next few days… Smell ya later, Cali.

via the new yorker


After the lineup for the U.S. Open of Surfing music stage was released several days ago, I started listening to more TV on the Radio and quickly proceeded in becoming obsessed with their song “You”. The song is wonderful and the video is pretty great too. Listening to it is making me excited to see them in a few weeks. If you haven’t been to the U.S. Open in Huntington Beach you should definitely check it out, at least for the free live music– it’s pretty much the most exciting event in Orange County.

Full music lineup here.

So, walking into work today the first thing someone says to me is “did you get any sleep, you look tired”. Yeah, New York kind of kicked my butt. It was exhausting, for sure. 15+ hours of going around the city and being on your feet every day will definitely wear you out. It was a great trip but I think I’m sticking to my opinion of New York City being an amazing place to visit but not one I could live in permanently. There’s definitely so much life and energy in the city but I think it is too much for me to handle. With that being said, I’m happy to be home but still looking forward to trip back there.

Some highlights of the trip:

  • The Met, Schiaparelli and Prada exhibit
  • The Smile, Manouri Cheese & Fig sandwich
  • Oak NYC
  • Le Bain at the Standard, for the view and seeing Alexander Wang there!
  • La Colombe for iced latte
  • Opening Ceremony flagship store
  • Eataly
  • Strand bookstore
  • McNally Jackson bookstore
  • Kinfolk Studios, Williamsburg
  • Governors Ball NYC- Santigold, Atmosphere, Passion Pit, Kid Cudi, Phantogram, Devendra Banhart, Fiona Apple, Explosions in the Sky
  • L’Artusi for pasta
  • Abraco for iced latte and coffee
  • Blind Barber NYC for the music
  • Ippudo for ramen
  • Chelsea High Line and Market

Explosions in the Sky- “Your Hand in Mine”

This was the last song I heard before leaving the music festival, the perfect ending to the 2 days for me.

T-minus 5 hours until I’m off work, finishing with my last minute packing, and on my way to the airport for my flight to New York City! I haven’t been there since my first visit about 3+ years ago so I’m pretty excited to eat, shop, walk, visit museums, bookstores, and just explore the city. Take care while I’m gone, OC!

On a related note, check out this amazing time-lapse video of Manhattan:

1. The Manhattan Project by Cameron Michael

While browsing the web, I came to the realization that my blog was lacking an obligatory post about drunken encounters and faux boho fashions at Coachella that is par the course during this time of year. But since I didn’t make it out to that scene I thought I’d give a little loving to my beloved Twentynine Palms. All the Coachella buzz just makes me miss camping out in Joshua Tree and taking day trips to Palm Springs. So in that spirit, I present to you Steve Harrington‘s collaboration with Ace Hotel Palm Springs and Generic Surplus for Desert Gold. In the midst of all the festivities, my go-to lodging of choice Ace hosted Desert Gold: Roadside Attraction, a pop-up shop displaying the results of Harrington’s visions of desert magic while on a trip out to Joshua Tree, in the form of tees, tanks, and bandanas. I definitely plan on searching for his chalk drawings the next time I’m in Joshua Tree but in the meantime I might just get myself one of the goodies from the collection.

images via ace

I’m heading up to LA this weekend for a birthday dinner and am really hoping to stop by the Transmission LA: AV Club festival at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. The 2 week multimedia art exhibit is curated by Mike D. of the Beastie Boys and features artists such as Robert McKinley, Benjamin Jones, and Mike Mills, as well as musical performances by Santigold, DJ Harvey and James Murphy. It definitely looks like something worth checking out if you’re in the Los Angeles area. The series runs through May 6.