I've been spending a lot of time on my back stoop, so lucky to have a door to outside in my room.
Gillian on her birthday.
This is my favorite photo of the whole roll.
Griffin here is wearing my Moscot's. You see, a couple years ago, I started working at Illesteva and signed a contract stating I can't own any other brand. So when Griffin and I met and he said how much he wanted these Moscot frames and showed me a photo, I knew I should give him my pair that I never wear. He wears them all the time so it was worth it :-) suits his coloring too.
Timmy showed me around LES that night and I met some of his friends; super rad crew -- very supportive of one another.
Leaving for JFK and the sky was beautiful.
Such a rad dude. He works at Glossier and had a video conference with me at the beginning of the year while I was getting sick all the time. He recommended care/of vitamins to me and it changed my life! Always recommending life changing things to me.
My sisters and cousin went to see AIR a couple weeks ago. It was so nice to hang out and kinda lame to say but I think these girls are my best friends. I know that doesn't count but c'mon, I grew up with them; watched the same shows, listened to the same music, raised by (almost) the same people--how did we end up so different?
When I got back from Seattle, I was on a high and made a promise to myself that if anyone invites me out, I will say 'yes'. I was in such a weird limbo for the previous couple months; didn't want to see anyone.
Austin invited me out that night and said his friends are having a party in the neighborhood so I went (a little drunk) and met a bunch of strangers. It was a blast.
My sister invited me to a concert her friend Miguel Atwood-Ferguson was conducting. She just got back from pride and was dressed like a kid wearing a backpack and all. it was hilarious watching her running.
Jesse and Joonmi at her "surprise" birthday party.
Lauren and Anthony; Anthony bought the dress Lauren is wearing for her at a thrift store and man, it's the most perfect dress and fit on her.
Ken the Gentle Giant -- tallest guy I've ever met.
Keeks -- Ari's cat on a boat she rented out for the summer. Such a regal cat.
At the Pike Market -- man, I forgot how much I've been craving seafood for the past year or so. We had the BEST fresh crab.
Ari rented out a boat for the summer and I got to stay here for a night. What a life.
Ari took me to this event called "Day Shift" in Seattle and at first I was like "man, I've been having so much anxiety that I know I won't be able to enjoy myself BUT after a beer I finally got my groove back (not like that) and was the happiest I've been in a long long time. Her friend Canh (spelled like the Vietnamese soup, essential for every meal) was like "you're having so much fun" at one point when we were standing in the back and Ari even said she's never seen me smile so much. She's right, I haven't felt like myself in so long.
When we were walking up to this event, I was really nervous and didn't want to bum her out cause these are her friends but man did that change quick. She even said "we can stay for one drink and we don't have to dance." As soon as I met everyone, I felt like I knew these people for years and totally let loose. I didn't want it to end! I kept thinking to myself that its like the Crosby crew -- a community of film school kids who aren't trying to hook up with each other; like a huge family barbecue.
More on Ari -- we became friends cause she used to shop at the Lab (like 8 years ago) and she wore this amazing lipstick from Make Up For Ever and I asked her about it. It was a dark brick red color that she applied without even looking into a mirror (almost like how I'd apply chapstick). That goes to show -- makeup IS the great equalizer among women and that's why I love what I do. We hit it off immediately and then I found out she has a deep love of antiques and thrifting. That was when our friendship really skyrocketed. I hit a deep depression when she moved to Seattle about 6 years ago but I think all the visits and valuable time spent together has really cemented our friendship. It doesn't matter how much time goes by cause when we catch up, we pick up exactly where we left off.
Last photo -- this dude in red was so sweet and I was like "let me take your photo" and he calls his friend with the abs over -- you know, normally I'd think that was douche-y but these guys were far from it. You can't tell from the photo.