Saturday, 16 March 2013

manhattan was snowing on me

Loved seeing the snow sitting on top of the branches!

OH MANHATTAN! I've finally finished off the second installment of my New York photos. I still can't believe I was there just over a month ago! Seeing New York in all it's snowy-wintery-goodness was magical. And having seen New York in the height of summer only six months prior it was amazing to see the transformation. To me... it's the most amazing place on earth. There is an undeniable buzz - an energy that gets stuck in your veins.

On the day I took these photos it was my last day in New York. We woke to see it was quite hazy and snowy and I actually was worried thinking it wasn't good 'photography' conditions but how I was wrong - I love the naked trees with buildings fading off into the distance. So magical.

If you didn't see the first installment of my photos, check out the Brooklyn edition here.


The Flat Iron building is a must-see!
I popped into the Marimekko New York store which was like a warm and bright-coloured haven from the cold outside! How I miss my Marimekko Melbourne girls. The boss here in New York said I had a job if I wanted one...
Marimekko, New York. 

Madewell - one of my fav clothing shops 
Shop window at Madewell
My favourite building in Manhattan has to be the Chrysler building. It is an amazing testament to Art Deco - here is the lobby. Stunning. (It's almost impossible to photograph the building itself as all the building around it are so tall!)
Inside the Chrysler building - the lobby ceiling.
Grand Central Station. Another must-see in New York. 

The ceiling of the station is a massive painting of the constellations.  
Taking pictures of the snow falling. I was in love.

The New York Public Library - another must-see.
Part of the New York Public Library ceiling.
The Reading Room was spectacular... Ghost Busters anyone?

I then headed to Central Park which was just so beautiful covered in snow. I didn't stay long because my nose and fingers were starting to freeze!!

I think one of my favourite things about Central Park is being able to view the city from afar - the buildings towering over are so beautiful. 
I finished the day with a trip to Lombardi's pizza in Soho. Basically the best pizza EVER!!! I ordered the margarita and finished all but one slice... I think I did pretty well!
After the pizza I stopped off at The Little Cupcake Bakeshop for the most delicious cupcakes I've ever tasted. I visited this place THREE TIMES last time I was in New York! Do yourself a favour and order the 'Dreaming Princess'. It's as fluffy and sweet as it sounds. 
Not the best photo but just had to include it - this was my last glimse of Manhattan before disappearing underground to the subway. My favourite the beautiful Chrysler building was just popping out to say goodbye.
Thank you again little Jessie for taking care of us. How lucky are you... you LIVE here!!

Thursday, 7 March 2013

7 vignettes

My photo for Day One: White. "7 Vignettes" Instagram Competition.
Wowzas - my first Instagram challenge! Jen Bishop of Interiors Addict is the stylish lady behind the 7 Vignettes Instagram Challenge. Each month Jen compiles a list of seven key words (as suggested by participants) and once the competition kicks off you must take a snap each day for seven days inspired by the key word. 

A 'vignette' is just a lovely collection of things and of course this competition is interior-inspired! Jen and her guest judge Darren Palmer from The Block have the very difficult task of picking a winner out of hundreds (thousands?) of entrants to win some great prizes. Hear more about the competition here.

When you post a pic on Instagram you simply tag the two judges and #7vignettes so your pic will pop up amongst the other entrants. Please do yourself a favour if you are on Instagram and search for the #7vignettes tag and be dazzled by the amazing pics - the entrants are incredible!

Best of all I've made heaps of new friends whilst participating in this competition and gained around 20 new followers! You can find me on Instagram under @kimmyhogan and be sure to check out @jenbishop_interiorsaddict while you're there. Keep scrolling to see my pics for the other inspired words.


My photo for Day Two: Circles. "7 Vignettes" Instagram Competition. This pic is inspired by my South American adventure last year with maracas, yellow beaded necklace, photo of a fruit cart and foreign coins all from Colombia.
My photo for Day Three: Paper. "7 Vignettes" Instagram Competition. This is my desk! I am a hoarder of all lovely design finds which I have placed all over my desk then covered in a clear plastic desk protector - now I can stare at these inspirational pieces all day long!
My photo for Day Four: My Colour Palette. "7 Vignettes" Instagram Competition. Of course it is Moroccan reds, plush pink velvets and metallic beaded cushions mixed with timber. I absolutely love this vintage Indian photo and frame I found - complete with old inky Hindi script on the back.
My photo for Day Five: Bathroom. "7 Vignettes" Instagram Competition.
My photo for Day Six: Geometric. "7 Vignettes" Instagram Competition. The first thing that came to mind was my very own 'Rainbow Confetti' art print - and it was a hit! Even one of the judges Darren Palmer commented 'beautiful' (so chuffed!).
My photo for Day Seven: Upcycled. "7 Vignettes" Instagram Competition. This antique chair is now a bedside table, I use the old bottle as a vase and the old crystal cup as a candle holder.