Monday, May 30, 2011

Breakfast Club/Andrea's Birthday.

Last year I started a Supper Club where every 2 weeks my closest friends and I get together for potluck style festivities. This time was Andrea's turn to host and she decided instead of supper, she'd like to make breakfast, her favorite meal of the day. We stuck to a classic menu with pancakes, omelets, potatoes, biscuits, and bacon. And one GIANT fruit salad.

For some reason I always feel like Supper Club is the perfect time to squeeze in some bad graphic design.

I hadn't done any arts and crafts since my Valentine's Day party. I forget how much i love to cut paper. 

I like my fruit salads like my friends; colorful, diverse, and sweet. :)

I'm glad my hat from Halloween got to see some action. I love it but rarely have an occasion to take it out.

Pancake whisperer. 

Andrea made most of it. Breakfast is her thing. 

I freakin' love these kids <3

Monday, May 16, 2011

Pregnant in Heels.

A few months ago I was asked to create an interview room for Pregnant in Heels, a show about rich pregnant ladies in New York City. The show revolves around Rosie Pope, who owns the premier pregnancy concierge company on the Upper East Side. She designs clothes and accessories, teaches classes, and helps soon-to-be-moms prepare for motherhood in the most glamorous way possible. The show is not just about diamond pacifiers, though. Check it out on Bravo every Tuesday at 10/9c! Big thanks to my awesome art assists, Keith, Lisa, Elise, and Kelley. 

Friday, May 6, 2011

Bogotá, Colombia.

Hi everyone! Forgive my long absence. I was working on a film for 6 weeks that was consuming all of my time. After the film wrapped, I grabbed some friends and flew down to Colombia to see my buddies Kata and JB. For those who have been following my blog for a few years, you may remember that I visited them when they lived in Buenos Aires in 2008. I kind of consider Kata my fake big sister. I copy what she does and follow her around the world. 

We stayed at Kata and JB's place in Bogotá, a sprawling metropolis cradled by a ring of gorgeous green mountains. We arrived during Semana Santa, a holy week of holidays where people commemorate the life of Jesus, then go on vacation.  The city was pleasantly empty and our amazing hosts took us on a grand tour in and out of barrios, and up and down mountain ranges. Highlights include: abundant tropical fruit smoothies, sparkling sacred lakes, and a monkey riding a house cat...

I was kind of horrified when I checked the forecast the day before we left. predicted thunderstorms EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. When we got there, it rained for a bit most days, but the ominous clouds provided the most spectacular backdrop so I didn't mind. 

One thing I loved about Bogotá was that no seemed to care that 3 multi-ethnic gringas were roaming around their city. Maybe it's because Colombians themselves are rather varied looking, or because they actually like Americans, but everyone was so kind, welcoming, and polite. No one stared at us in that rude or creepy way. Every time I caught someone someone staring at us, they would just smile and wave :) 

Kata, Gayleem, Andrea


There is a church atop Monserate, the mountain that towers over Bogotá. We decided to make a pilgrimage up on Easter Sunday (along with every single resident in the city) .  Even though it was crowded, it was worth the trip because the views and gardens were amazing. At least all the rain they've been getting this year is good for something. If you're at all interested in horticulture or if you just like the color green, go to Colombia right now. Seriously.  

Lake Guatavita.

I thought Monserrate was the fairest mountain of them all until JB drove us to Lake Guatavita. The 1.5 hour drive up was stunning (I'm running out of adjectives of praise). It was so gorgeous that I actually fought my fake narcolepsy and stayed awake for the ride, which is a first for me. The story of this lake is like an episode of Xena: Warrior Princess, complete with animal gods, infidelity, and hidden treasure. 

Love these guys!

Puerto Nariño & the Amazon Part 1.

We were in Colombia for 13 days, which was plenty of time to squeeze in a trip to the rainforest. After a short plane ride from Bogotá to Leticia, we scurried to the dingy port where a sketchy looking lady sold us seats on a sketchy looking motor boat.  We sped along the Amazon River for hours, got off at a small port, got on an even smaller boat, and eventually wound up at the Cabañas del Friar where we were greeted by a couple nice people and a smorgasbord of really hilarious animals. 

Puerto Nariño & the Amazon Part 2.

When we weren't socializing with forest animals, we would walk to nearest pueblo, Puerto Narino. It's an ecological community of about 6,000 indigenous people and zero motor vehicles. The epic rains caused heavy flooding so the young people spent every afternoon playing water basketball and sloshing around in the muddy waters. 

All the sidewalks were flooded so they set up an extensive zigzag of planks along the water front.

We were only 3 of maybe 10 tourists in Puerto Narino so it was surprisingly hard to find restaurants  that would feed us. Every time we walked into what appeared to be a food establishment, someone would say that the cook went home, or we came too late, or they weren't really open. Fortunately, we found a fellow named Alfredo who had a river-front restaurant, and since we were his only customers, we deemed him our personal chef. Everyday we would stop by, tell him what time we wanted to eat, and we'd come back a couple hours later to elaborate home made meals with endless fresh lemonade. All for about $3.50!