RIP Mithril

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Mithril

Last week our beloved fish Mithril passed away. I woke up one morning and found him on the bottom of his bowl. This fish was the best fish that either one of us ever had. He survived Hurricane City, the freezing cold winter, trips to Vermont and back and was an integral part of our NYC family.

We miss him already and we wont ever forget him. We buried him in Washington Square Park.

Mithril

Mithril

El Paso Pets

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I’ve had a very busy 2012. School and work have both been insane and although 2012 was a great year, I need to find more time in 2013 to blog. I really don’t have much to say right now so instead, here are some fine photos of my beautiful pets. I had such a great time in El Paso this Christmas with my family, which of course includes my little animals. Happy New Year everyone!

Luna Victoria

Princeton & Me

SimbaLuna Pollis

Summer Delights: Coney Island

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Now that Summer is over and Fall is slowly making its way into the city, I’ve decided to put up some pictures I took when the sun was out and the pants were shorts and when Coney Island was the only beach we ever went to.

In reality, I haven’t had much time to be blogging here (guilt!) so now that I’m having a little lull in my work I’m going through my photos on iPhoto and found these.

Enjoy.

Summer 2012

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For those of you who follow this blog, I apologize for being absent. I’ve been extremely busy with my internship at the Huffington Post. This summer has been excellent: work-filled and also filled with joy. I love my apartment and my neighborhood; exploring Alphabet City with my roommate is such a delight and I love this part of town! Our proximity to 9th Street (my favorite street) is ideal and every night we burn incense from a magick store called “Enchantment.”

Also, my room is surrounded by trees because we have a park in our backyard.

For those of you who are interested in the work that I’ve been doing, go to HuffPost Style and StyleList where you’ll find news posts and my blog.

I’ve also begun reviewing theater for an excellent online magazine called Exeunt Magazine (definitely check it out if you like theater!) Please go check out my first review for Woody Harrelson’s “Bullet For Adolf” here and tell me what you think!

Credit: Carol Rosegg

Well that’s all that’s new with me. More updates coming soon!

Thanks guys!

-XO Naked Artichokes

Eczema and Me: A Tale Of Skincare, Compromise & Why I Almost Gave Up On Makeup

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It's me!

Almost two years ago I was diagnosed with eczema. At the time, I didn’t realize what having atopic dermatitis meant, I just thought I had some sort of itchy-dry skin rash that would go away with some medicated lotion.

Two years later, I still have eczema and have learned how to live with it. I’ve had to change the way I wear makeup, change the makeup I use and realize that when the weather changes, my skin is going to react in a very unhappy way.

Read what I wrote about my experience forĀ The Huffington Post below!

Eczema and Me: A Tale Of Skincare, Compromise & Why I Almost Gave Up On Makeup.

Away In Vermont

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New Yorkers are strange creatures. One minute they’re working, the next minute they’re working out and then the next minute they’re out partying or writing or painting or doing something else.

I feel privileged enough to call myself a New Yorker, although being a magical creature is really hard, and most of the time I don’t get a chance to do the more fun things — like write or paint.

Lucky for me my roommate and her family decided to whisk me away to their home in Vermont for the weekend. I had been before but then it was to film a movie and now it was just for a nice, short vacation.

When I told my supervisor at my internship that I was leaving to Vermont for the weekend, she praised the plan and said that she had gone to New Jersey the weekend before, just to leave the city and come back refreshed. She wished the same for me and somewhere we both knew that I’d come back more refreshed from Vermont than she did from NJ.

Anyway, we left late at night after work on Friday and when we first arrived, I felt exhausted. So exhausted that all I could concentrate on were the bugs (VT has quite a summer selection) and fell asleep hard on the big, comfy guess bed.

The next morning however, I awoke to warm light streaming in through large windows, and a view of Lake Champlain that would make anybody appreciate nature. I felt well-rested and ready to roam through forest and glen — I also awoke surrounded by trees as my friend’s house is literally in the forest.

Instead of concentrating on how I disliked the bugs, I took pictures of them. I later discovered that these strange creatures are May Flies and they only live one day. They also attach themselves annoyingly on you when you’re outside, and they bleed blue blood. Ew.

My Mexican Home: How My Heritage Inspired My Home Decor (AOL Stylelist Home)

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Hey guys! I don’t know if I’d mentioned this before but I moved into a new apartment in Alphabet City (NYC)! Here’s a story I wrote for AOL Stytlelist Home about how I decided to decorate my apartment, inspired by my Mexican heritage and culture. Please go read it and comment and let me know what you think!

THANKS!

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