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Stationary now available at Papyrus

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It has been 6 years since I was laid off. I remember clearly that Summer sitting on a bench in the park and making plans for what was next. I wanted to be a travel photographer and one of my goals was to have a card in Papyrus. Last year that dream came true with my first card! I was lucky enough to work with Papyrus again to make a box set of 4 assorted images. While in Soho this past weekend I popped in to see if it had hit stores and I was so happy to see it sitting on the shelves. I will admit I started crying tears of joy. Dreams don’t work unless you do! xo

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Ways to beat the heat in NYC

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My last visit to NYC the temperature was around 100 degrees. It was terrible! I visited with my Dad and we had to pop into to different spots just to keep cool. This year the temperature was cooler but it was still summer weather. I decided to pull together some of my favorite picks for places to beat the heat in NYC.

10. Yoga in Bryant Park. I am a huge fan of yoga as I do it regularly and was so excited to see mats being set up in Bryant Park. Classes are available Tuesday and Thursday check the schedule for times

photo-439. Morganstern’s Ice Cream in Soho

This adorable ice cream shop just opened up in Soho. They have multiple types of vanilla and chocolate amongst many other flavors. More info here 

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7. If you have a sweet tooth but don’t want ice cream you can find any of your favorite past childhood candys at Economy Candy. Get ready to bring back a lot of memories from your childhood. This place is so much fun and stays cool!

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7. I loved exploring the West Village with a friend of mine popping into all the adorable shops. This beautiful Perfume shop has every candle and perfume you could imagine. Aedes de Venustas New York I felt like I was back in Paris.

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6. Buvettes – staying in the West Village if you start to get hungry you can stop by Buvettes. I am not sure how I missed this place all this time. I felt like I was back in Paris the minute I stepped inside. I cooled off with a salmon tartine and a tall glass of fresh lemonade. Even the straws are cute! This place stays open until 2am so there is no reason not to try it. I can’t wait to go back again!

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5. Hamiltons – This adorable old soda/ice cream shop just opened up last week. I stumbled upon it while walking through the West Village. I have been begging for someone to open one of these up and finally someone did and they did it well! Ice cream sodas, banana splits and more are on this menu.

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4. If you have had your fill on food its time to explore a little outside. If you are up for it you can head over to Brooklyn Bridge Park in Dumbo. After all the walking I did this past weekend I had to throw in some extra yoga.

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3. Right next to Brooklyn Bridge Park you can hop on Jane’s carousel for a beautiful view of the water and city. At only $2 a ride what’s not to love?

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2. Central Park Boats – My lovely friend Taylor had me walking around a different part of central Park I had not seen before. We saw these super cute boats you could rent and send them around the water. It made me feel like I was back in Paris at Luxembourg Gardens.

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1. Central Park Stroll – if you aren’t into the boats you can always just stroll through Central Park and people watch. We had so much fun doing it last week!

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Thank you NYC

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This past long weekend I was in NYC for meetings and to photograph one of my favorite cities. I kept a very busy schedule but was able to meet up with some friends that were so kind to show me their city. I had a little time on the weekend to spend catching up with my Aunt and Uncle where my Aunt cooked the most amazing ravioli from scratch. I napped in the hammock while the sunset and we spent hours in the kitchen catching up while we cooked. I have a lot of catching up to do with getting out orders and editing in my free time. I hope to share some photos of my favorite places soon!

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Happy Bastille Day

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Wishing you all a fun and festive Bastille Day!

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Playing catch up!

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Recently I was with a friend who asked me if I journaled. Well the answer is yes, but since I have the blog I feel like I document a lot of stuff here. But I realized I didn’t have time to journal or blog lately! Life has been a little crazy lately which for most people it slows down in the summer. I am working on some exciting new plans for 2015. Fingers crossed they all work out! I am headed to NYC for meetings and to photograph one of my favorite cities. I have a running list of food spots I want to check out. Most of the spots on my list are French food places that they happen to have in NYC. A few include Eric Keyser where my baguette was typically from in Paris, Maison du chocolate I have had a strong craving for chocolate with praline, and Laduree of course.

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Along with some french favorites I am looking forward to trying new restaurants, meeting up with old and new friends, and of course exploring the city. If you have any NYC recommendations please send them my way! I had to the big apple next week!

Until then I will be at Buffalo Grove Art Festival this weekend. Booth 147.

xo

Rebecca

Framed work now available on Etsy

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I try my best to offer my customers as many options as possible. I created the wood blocks as a way for customers to take pieces home and hang them right away. The frustration I have found with buying art is finding a frame, getting it framed, and hanging it! There are so many roadblocks to getting the piece on the wall. I offer wood blocks and canvas ready to hang along with prints in various sizes to let my customers have the creative freedom to frame them how they wish.

I recently partnered with a company called Simply Framed to offer framing options to my photography. Customers will have the option to frame with or without a mat. Framing color options include silver, gold, white, or black. The pieces come ready to hang out of the box. Visit my Etsy shop to purchase 

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Thank you Wells Street

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Wells Street in Chicago is my favorite festival for so many reasons. Its the kickoff to summer in Chicago and filled with so much life. Yes, there is also a lot of drinking and music. Luckily I am at the other end of the fest so I don’t get as much of the craziness. In years past I never plan for Wells Street as I should. I have run out of product, bags, and with the amount of traffic (people and customers) it just gets crazy!

This past week I planned day and night drawing out booth plans. Strategizing. I had meetings with friends to discuss booth ideas. I spent days lining up the order for the walls and decided to do velcro as a way to attach my wood blocks to the walls. Great idea (check) Well not all good ideas work out… With the heat the industrial strength velcro did not work and blocks were falling left and right quickly! Thank goodness for a good friend that stepped in to help!

Of course I did not feel prepared after all the planning. Fathers Day was Sunday and it felt like everyone decided to come Saturday instead. I hadn’t even finished unpacking my booth and was overwhelmed with customers. My iPad fell first thing breaking my square swipe. By days end I ran out of bags and by day two there were no business cards left. It was so great to see so many familiar faces stop by the booth. Past customers and friends from all over stopped by the booth. Friends from college who I haven’t seen in 10 years surprised me! I am so grateful and thrilled for such an amazing weekend. No matter what has happened in past years I can never set expectations and just go in with an open mind.

Here are a few pictures of the booth I snapped at the beginning and then as the crowds came:

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This last picture was the line to look at the print box. I am going to have to come up with a better solution or two boxes so this doesn’t happen again :)

There were so many amazing customers over the two days I wish I could write about them all. But my two favorite were. 1. A couple has been buying my art since the year they were engaged. Each year they come back on their anniversary and buy a piece of art to add to their house. Love them! 2. A customer walked into the booth and opened his backpack to pull out a book. Inside the book was a stack of small bills he had saved his money so he could buy a small piece of my art.

From the bottom of my heart thank you all so much for your love and support and a wonderful weekend! There are three more shows left for the summer so if you are in the Chicago area stop by and say hello!

xo Rebecca

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