Bras as Accessories

We used to live in a world where when it was tank top season rolled around women every where pulled out their strapless bras. At the very least, they tried to coordinate their straps to match whatever they were wearing. The idea was to make them blend in as much as possible, or make them invisible. This was probably around the time that bras came in a medicinal range of colors from pale pink to nude. Those days are gone.

With sheer tops in style, and every manner of bra top available as lacy or as neon as you like, bras are on display all over NYC. Bathing suits are even starting to look like them. SJP made black under white acceptable for a minute in Sex and the City, but now that seems a bit old fashioned. The theme of the summer seems to by why wear black when it could be neon? Why plain when it could be floral?

When did bras become the newest accessory?

Tiny Animal Friends


Have you ever wanted a little animal friend you could keep in your pocked to pull-out when you need to be cheered up? No? It’s just me?

Well, Su Ami has a whole Etsy shop devoted to just that. The store peddles tiny animals of all kinds from the little bird family shown above to the miniature pugs. She’ll even make custom sizes for those with more particular tastes. Check them out and get your own here.

GenArt Film Festival

The time of year has rolled around again for GenArt’s film festival from today through August 14th. Each evening begins with a cocktail reception from 6:30-7:30pm and the evening continues with a screening, and is followed by Q&A with the actors and after parties at Gallery Bar on the LES. Check out the official details here. The lineup looks a little something like this.

Wednesday, August 8:

Feature film: “Missed Connections” directed by Martin Snyder; starring Jon Abrahams, Mickey Sumner – Comedy

Short film: “Old Man” directed by Leah Shore – Animated Documentary

Thursday, August 9:

Feature film: “Privacy” directed by Jorg Ihle; starring John Shepard, Gina Busch – Thriller

Short film: “Rolling on the Floor Laughing” directed by Russell Harbaugh– Drama

Friday, August 10:

Feature film: “The Magic Life” directed by Nelson Cheng – Documentary

Short film: “Cadaver” directed by Jonah Ansell; starring Christopher Lloyd, Kathy Bates, Tavi Gevinson – Animation

Saturday, August 11:

Feature film: “Leave Me Like You Found Me” directed by Adele Romanski; starring Megan Boone, David Nordstrom – Drama

Short film: “Latch Key” directorial debut from Jaime King; starring Spencer Susser, Kyle Newman – Drama

Sunday, August 12:

Feature film: “The Silent Thief” directed by Jennifer Clary; starring Toby Hemingway, Cody Longo, Scout Taylor-Compton, Kurt Fuller, John Billingsley – Thriller

Short film: “Reform” directed by Jamal Caesar; starring Jake Hoffman – Drama

 Monday, August 13:

Feature film: “Kid-Thing,” A Zellner Brothers film; starring Sydney Aguirre, David Wingo, Nathan, David Zellner – Drama

Short film: “Carbon for Water” directed by Evan Abramson and Carmen Lopez Abramson – Documentary

Tuesday, August 14:

Feature film: “The Kitchen” directed by Ishai Shetton; starring Laura Prepon, Dreama Walker, Bryan Greenberg – Comedy – *World Premiere

Short film: “Literally, Right Before Aaron” directorial debut from Ryan Eggold; starring Adam Rose, Lindsey Kraft – Comedy

When you get pulled over for speeding (again)

For the amount of time that I drive, living in NYC, the number of times I am caught making some sort of traffic infraction is inordinately high. Despite the fact that I am a good, safe driver (confirmed by many family member and friends), it seems like every time I get behind the wheel the law says I’m doing something wrong. This can get particularly pricey in Manhattan where you can easily rack up multiple tickets in one day (standing in a bus stop zone is illegal?!) and at $75-$150 a pop, you’ll get some hefty fines.

Before I moved to the city of pedestrians, I grew up in a town where you needed to have a car to get around, and got my license two months after my 16th birthday. I’ve been pulled over too many times to keep track of, and yet have no moving violations OR points on my license. How, you might ask?

To tell you the truth, I’m not really sure. When I get pulled over, I’m struck by a range of emotions, firstly really pissed off, close second is panic, and NOT AGAIN. Put that all together, and I’m not in the most pleasant mood for haggling my way out of a ticket. I’ve never actually been let go scot-free, but with a series of well-placed fibs, I have managed to get big speeding violations dropped down to minor offenses like my inspection being expired or a tail light being out. I’m not saying that it helps to have something wrong with your vehicle, but in my experience, it gives the Police Officer an out to still give you a ticket, but let you off a little easy.

Tactic # 1: Exploit that cop’s sexist tendencies.

Most people don’t seem to think that women can drive fast, and well. Sports cars with manual transmissions and any engine over 4 cylinders are traditionally considered boys toys. Although Danica Patrick is working on changing that, the fact is that if a man pulls a lady over, he probably thinks he can handle the machinery better than she can. Pretending that the reason you’re going to fast is simply because you have no idea how to handle such a big engine and the powerful machine ran away with an innocent little woman inside might get you out of a speeding ticket. OR the cop’s entertainment at your blatant lies might put him in just the right mood to have a laugh at your expense rather than writing you up. Batting your eyelashes and smiling doesn’t hurt either even when you’d much rather tell them where they can really stick that ticket book.

Tactic #2: Play it vulnerable and scared

This is particularly effective for people who cry when they get pulled over, or for people like me, who sometimes cry when they’re really really mad that they got caught. There’s a good way to use that indignation bordering on hysteria. The scenario is, you’re speeding and have passed an 18-wheeler somewhere in the past 20 minutes or so. Your story is that a sicko truck driver was harassing you and making lewd gestures (here some hand motions and faces really help drive the story home). You, again, being a vulnerable little lady sped off to avoid being followed or endure further innuendo because you were scared. This can work regardless of the gender of your officer.

Tactic #3: Minimize your prior offenses in court

The judge is probably going to slap you with a heavy fine even if your ticket is reduced to parking on the pavement just to teach you a lesson. However, when they ask you about your prior offenses, you can choose to interpret that as moving violations rather than total times having run-ins with the law, and say zilch, insist that you know speeding is a terrible offense endangering the lives of others, and plead for mercy.

Moral of the story: your fate is in their hands. Just acknowledge it, and play the helpless mercy seeker. Let the cop take the position of power, and feel like they are doing you a service by minimizing your ticket, or not giving you one at all. If they’re left feeling like they’ve done a good deed at the end of the experience, you’re usually the winner with no ticket or a lower violation. They key is to make them want to help you out of the bind that caused your infraction, not to make them want to punish you with a fine.

Melodramatic Yelpers

I like to use the Yelp app on my phone to find a tasty restaurant in the neighborhood when I’m out shopping and haven’t planned ahead, or when I’m looking for a new happy hour spot to host book club that I’ve never been to before. I find that the best way to figure out what to buy and where to go is to rely on the reviews of those who have used it and been there before. But the thing with reviews is, typically you need to have either a really negative or really positive experience to motivate you to put the effort in and post the review. You’ll get extreme points of view from both ends of the spectrum.

And then you get the people who just babble endlessly, and clearly enjoy hearing the sound of themselves type. Now we can relive (and laugh at) some of those melodramatic posters who were traumatized by a perfectly pleasant restaurant experience, or not traumatized enough by what sounds like food poisoning. Real actors are reading real Yelp reviews for your entertainment. Read the article here.

Too Traumatized

Not Traumatized Enough

Little People, Big Food

Because anytime something really tiny is juxtaposed against something way too big for them, it’s probably cute. Photographer Christopher Boffoli artfully poses miniature humans with food that is giant for them, in funny little situations, and takes pictures of it. Check out a few more of his photos where ice cream cones become teepees, and peas are soccer balls here. The exhibition is on display in NYC now!