Archives for April 2013

86 Year Old Woman Doing Gymnastics!

86 year old woman doing what you would never believe! The video footage below says it all. I want to be like her when I grow up. Heading out to yoga class now! WOW!

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In Kimono For Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival

I finally made an effort to visit the Botanical Garden in Brooklyn today for the very first time! It was well worth the wait. The Garden had a 2-day celebration of the Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival. It was not to be missed. I made lots of new friends at the event and got to discover many types of flowers and trees. I had no idea such a unique garden was right here in the city. Naturally, I dug through my closet to find one of the many classic silk Kimonos I bought during my visit to Kyoto, Japan a few years ago.ย  This event was a perfect excuse I needed to wear it in New York City. Upon my arrival at the garden, I saw many others in Kimonos as well. I guess we all got the unofficial dress code memo. Nevertheless, I felt right at home and had loads of fun.

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Indian Sikhs March For Justice In NYC

Sikhs in the United States have long been confused with ultra orthodox Muslims because of the traditional turbans on their heads, especially since the 9/11 terrorists downing of the World Trade Center in 2001. Many were assaulted and publicly humiliated until a few organized groups stepped forward to better educate Americans about their religion and culture. The 26th annual Sikh day festival which turned Madison Avenue into a “mini Mumbai” for a few hours was one of the educational vehicle for that purpose, to also further their cause in letting the world know of their desire to separate from India as a country with their own government. If successful, this would mirror the creation of Pakistan as an independent Muslim nation from India. The Sikhs have been fighting this battle since 1984 after their temple was bombed by the Indians which prompted the 100,000+ US based Sikhs to demand their own day of festival in New York City, a separation from the much larger Indian Day Festival. Today at the festival, food was abundant and free for all, regardless of origin, race or culture. They chanted for freedom and rejoiced in their moment of unity. The atmosphere was positive and energetic.

I sincerely wish them all the best in their mission for a separate country.

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Ice cream being served to the crowd

Gallons of milkshake being served to the crowd

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Acrobatic Ballerina In The Park

Spring has never looked so good in New York City. The flowers are in full bloom creating a great platform for outdoor photography. I didn’t waste anytime in enlisting my dearest and favorite model, Marina Cavallini as my model subject. We have worked together many times before, including modeling for Shoeholics magazine, movie trailer and website, among many other things. She is one of the most dedicated and loyal friends I can count on one hand. When I told her of my “Acrobatic Ballerina In The Park” concept, she was delighted to participate. At the park, we used every garden and blooming trees we could find. We didn’t spare Alice In Wonderland statue either. It wasn’t long before we started attracting spectators. At some locations, with each conclusion of poses we received applause. Occasionally, we get a couple of annoying professional photographers wanting to steal our thunder by snapping a few shots of our set up. I guess we should be flattered. Marina summed up the day very well….

“Today was a beautiful spring day in NYC. The temperatures up in the 70s, flowers blooming, clear sky, green parks… all of it contributed to a perfect day for a photo shoot with my dearest Tinu. I should say there were a few weirdos we ran into that made our day even better and funnier! The day began with a few laughs and spotting Slumdog Millionnaire Dev Patel walking to a movie set at around 9 am at Madison Square Park. Then we headed uptown to Central Park to other locations. I brought a few outfits with me and started changing. Point shoes, tutu, leotard and then… into the fountain! No, no, it wasn’t on yet! I got on the sprinkler, got on point and started posing. 5-10 minutes into the shoot we heard “Oh my God! Do you know how fragile that is? We just painted it yesterday! Get out of the fountain and take all of your body parts with you!” It was one of the park keepers. For a moment I wondered what part of my body I’d leave there if I had a choice…
As we were shooting at another location in Central Park we couldn’t get rid of one really nasty stalker with a professional camera. He was trying to take pictures when I was posing while pretending he was up to something else. He’d turn his back on us and then we’d spot him hiding behind a tree, bushes, and even after I gave him a finger, I could still spot him on a bridge, in a tourist crowd… oh, so annoying! We ended the shoot at Columbus Circle. The day was very productive and fun!”

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A Royal Gala In Haute Couture

I had a lovely time last night at the charity ball honoring Crown Princess Margarita and Prince Radu of Romania. The great great great great granddaughter of Queen Victoria of UK gave a moving speech about her beloved country Romania just before dinner that had me in a bit of tears. I have never seen a person love a country so much that she’s willing to do all and give all to help her people. I learnt a lot from her that night.

Prior to the gala, I had just spent about 8 hours shooting a ballerina on Central Park before rushing home to figure out what to wear to gala. I had absolutely no idea what to wear until after going through my stash of gowns where came upon a floral silk dress by Emanuel Ungaro Haute Couture, 2001 collection. To my luck, it still fits! Unfortunately, this is one of many haute couture houses that ceased operations. I still remember attending their very last haute couture fashion show in Paris. Gosh, I really miss them.

It was a perfect choice considering the spring season with flowers and all the right trimmings. The weather held up pretty good too, all the more reason to be able to wear the high slit silk dress with a pair of tassle accented gold sandals by Gucci. At the gala, I was assigned my very own cadet to accompany me to my seat. A very productive day overall.

My friend Giles Ashford described the outfit best, “….stunning bird of paradise!” I can only hope Monsieur Ungaro is reading this and perhaps it will convince him to open up shop again. I can only try. ๐Ÿ™‚

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As seen at the Emanuel Ungaro 2001 haute couture runway. Of course, I had them make mine with a more subtle shoulder corsage.

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Celebrating Heritage In Spring Colors

I attended a friend’s birthday party this past weekend. I don’t get many opportunities to wear my traditional attire much in New York. When the invitation came in the mail, I couldn’t resist. Figured why not celebrate the affair in spring colors in Swiss lace I bought a few years ago during my trip to Switzerland. I completed the look with a pair of powder pink Christian Dior slide heels, Fendi shades and rare pink Chanel purse adorned with a pink bottom miniature platform heels. It felt GREAT! It took me only 5 minutes to tie the head wrap style I created and call “The Sydney Opera House”. I like big head wraps, better to make a statement and be seen coming through the door! ๐Ÿ™‚ Go big or go home!

Of course, many of the guests didn’t believe that I actually tied it myself. I might wear western clothes everyday in New York, but there are certain things one can never forget. For me, tying a head wrap is like riding a bicycle. Once I mastered it at a very young age from my Grandmother, it stayed with me and I have since made it my own and created many variations since then. RIP Mama. This one is for you.

It’s important to connect with our heritage once in a while. If you have one, please celebrate it with pride! Don’t be shy or ashamed of it. Happy Monday, Happy Spring! ๐Ÿ™‚

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A Celebration of Culture At Persian Day Festival

Iranian Actress Mary Apick at the festival

Persians from all parts of America descended on New York City yesterday to celebrate their centuries old, rich heritage on Madison Avenue in a parade that had no shortage of elaborate headdresses and costumes echoing dynasties long gone. One could almost think it was the biblical old testament coming to life at the 10th anniversary Persian Festival. The festivities brought out the old and young, Muslims, Jewish and Christian Persians. Some proudly wore outfits declaring their proud status as an Iranian American. The festivities also included Iranian celebrities such as Armarti “Shahidi” Fitzgerald and Mary Apick in full costume! Upon the conclusion of the festival, the crowd feasted on some of the traditional cuisines fully stocked at nearby tents, built solely for the guests. The weather held well, allowing for a nice family gathering and networking.

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I Scored BIG @ Roger Vivier Sample Sale

…well, I would like to believe I did. After reporting the history making sale for Shoeholics, I went back 3 days later to see if I could pick up some of the crumbs left behind after the mad rush a few days earlier. To my surprise, many shoes left were in my size! Not surprising at all considering the fact that Asian women are usually sizes 38/8 and smaller. I on the other hand stand on size 41/11 or 40/10 (depending on the designer). So when I walked in, these pink birds were calling my name โ€“literally!

I just have to think of what to wear with them and where to or just make them a “stay at home” shoes for me, myself and I.

I’m thinking of dying the satin part black after a first wear as is but leaving the feathers pink as they are. That could be fierce. The other cool thing is that the feathers are actually detachable!

Anyway, the same ends tomorrow. You can get all the scoop at Shoeholics.

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The Airlines Are Coming After Your Fat…Ahem $

While Mayor Bloomberg is fighting the sugar heaven by restricting the size of coke drinks in New York City and only God knows where else this might catch up, the great sky lines are battling for more dollars and coming after you!

There is GREAT new incentive to hit the gym and trim the fat. The airlines will start going after your pockets by pricing your airline tickets by the number of poundage you wobble about. I have to say that I was excited a bit when I heard this news. There’s nothing more annoying than settling into a seat (when flying coach) and having a super huge ahem…full figured passenger come take a seat right next to you. They not only fight for the arm rest but also take command of the extra butt space the skinny neighbor has left to move about and stretch during the flights! Nope, I didn’t make this up, you can read all about it on CNN.

There’s no better way to put this. I guess all skinny bitches out there can now break out the bubbles and rejoice. ๐Ÿ™‚

So sorry my full figured friends. ๐Ÿ™

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