Posted on October 5, 2016
| my favorite shot of the night, Bryson Tiller |Girl friends are the best, I swear! Oli surprised me with tickets to The Meadows NYC concert that was being held at Citi Field, in Queens. We were supposed to meet at 2pm, and I kept the poor girl waiting an hour, well, we kept each other waiting. We were in two completely different meeting spots, and when we finally figured out the misunderstanding I see Oli waving me down to get into the train. That ride I was already a little annoyed because there were teenagers being reckless and inconsiderate to others around them. I think that should have been my first clue.
This was the second day of the festival and Oli tells me that’s the event space is way more packed than the day before, the first day.I don’t doubt it, especially since Kanye West is headlining. I check Twitter and I see tweets like, ” there’s more kids here with braces, than there was in middle school.”Yes, yes, I agree with you 100%, there. There were teenagers everywhere. I actually felt old. I’m lying..just a little bit. I did feel old, but not because of all the kids, because my kneees started to kill me after after a couple of hours of standing. Two years and 5 months until I’m thirty, say whaaaaat!?
I had one goal, and goal only, we’ll either than having fun of course, I wanted to get the best shots I possibly could. This task was a bit a difficult. My go to camera for everything is always my Sony a6000, but when it comes to festivals and concerts I have a really old Sony DSC, that I adore. When I say old, I mean like 5 years since I first got this baby. I was going to sell her at one point, and I’m so glad I decided not to. I never took care of her, she’s dusty and nasty scratches on the lens. Though I should get that fixed, it doesn’t bother me much when I do decided to take her out of hibernation. The super zoom on this camera is amazed balls, which came in handy for almost every performer that got on stage, like Bryson Tiller (my favorite shot of the night), Mac Miller, Kygo, 1975, Kanye, and Chance the Rapper. Anybody who stood behind me while zooming in, I heard an automatic “omg, that zoom is amazing” So glad I put this puppy to good use.Anyway, either than the crowd being younger than usual, everyone, and when I say everyone I mean the ladies, we’re all looking pretty cute. Beat faces, almost everyone had a criss-cross top, and I even saw some girls wearing heels. Negative! I was not that person today. I threw on some sweat pants and a matching grey sweatshirt and called it a day. I looked like a boy, and I was perfectly okay with that. I haven’t really been in the mood to look “cute” so this festival was going to take it or leave it.
Oli was starving, and she made a bee lies straight to the Mexican spot, ordered a chicken burrito while I ran off to get us some beers. I hear some kids asking around if anyone was over 21 to get them some as well…
We met up with an incredibly easy to get along with duo, Chavonne and BB, college friends of Oli. They were absolutely hilarious and down to earth. I love meeting new people with great energy.I think we all know what the great attraction Kanye West is. This was my third time seeing him perform. Once at Bonnaroo 2014 and Summer Jam, and he didn’t dissapoint. Well, he did, but we’ll get to that later. His crowd was out of control, no other stage had this amount of people. Anybody who was at festival, was automatically in front of that main stage, waiting for Yeezy to come at 8:15pm. HA! Like that was going to happen. The girls and I started making bets on what time he’ll come out in stage, I guess 845pm and was the closest of the bunch, that me giving him the benefit of the doubt. We all know Pablo keeps us waiting.
His set was on point, and I have to say one of my favorites so far. I found him to be dismissing and insulting to his fans in previous shows. Something that gave me negative reaction towards him, how could you be so cold towards your fans, your supporters, the crowd that hypes you up to be what you have grown to be? I’m glad that wasn’t the case here. He was pumped up, livid and was making a hell of an appearance. The crowd sang and rapped his lyrics as if they were nursery rhymes you’ve been hearing all your life. I kept trying to get a bit closer to get better shots of him, but believe me when I say, it was not happening. The crowd was large, and I was far. If you know anything about festivals, you know not to enter the pit of madness unless you’re ready to commit and go ALL IN.
We’re all already hyped up, the intro to Heartless starts to play, and suddenly the music stops. Kanye speaks in to the mic “I’m sorry, family emergency, I have to stop the show.” There were face sof confusion an danger everywhere. Nobody knew what was going, Kanye ran off stage, and shortly after someone announces that there will be a ten minute intermission, to see what they could do to get K to come back on stage. Less than a minute later, the same guy is back on to announce Kanye has left, and the show will now be over.Everyone was stunped, many thought it was a joke, we didn’t know what was going on. Soon enough we gave up, and the mob of disappointed fans kept trying to make an exit. It’s not like any of us had any service to find out what was happening. We all wanted to check Twitter to investigate.
Turns out, Kim Kardashian, his wife, in case some of you reading this are not into hip hop, was tied up and robbed at gun point while her Fashion Week stay in Paris. Men dressed as policeman, stole ten million worth in jewelry, including her new ring given by hubby.
I’m not one to get crazy about celebrity news, especially for someone who is mostly known for assets. But knowing someone tied you up, and threw you in a bathtub, and you have no idea what is going on, must be terrifying. According to reports she thought she was going to get raped. And I don’t blame her for thinking that. I’m hoping that’s not the case, and if it did happen and she’s not saying anything to the media, my prayers are with her and her family in this time of need. Celebrity or not. Something that traumatizing can cause so much mental harm.
Non the less, I had a wonderful time, and I of course will do it again in a heartbeat, sweatpants and all. Thank you Oli. Also, check out the quick little gif us below, taken at a photo installment, It’s eight different pictures taken at the same time to cause movement! So cool. See you guys soon!
Posted on October 14, 2014
I had a date with my Oli Oli O, and we decided to meet on 5th ave, and since we were already there I had to stop by Bergdorf Goodman. I love their Christmas section, and yes, even though it’s super early, I know they already had it set up since late September. I used to work there a couple of years ago and ever since I had made it my mission to stop by and see it every year.
Oli was impressed, and I just laughed when she saw the price for a cute seashell ornament, she dropped it in a heartbeat. I wish I would have grabbed some pictures, but I’m sure I’ll be back.
We headed to Central Park and it was darker than expected. I usually go in the day time and have never been at night. It was nice and quiet, and we had some friends that just kept making appearances. Oli kept jumping whenever a rat would come out of nowhere, and there was a new one popping up every other 7 seconds, It was ridiculous, I guess we know where they migrate to at night when there’s no food on the train tracks.
After catching up on boy stuff… (I mean, it’s what I’m good at) and cracking up we headed to Wendy’s to get fat and get away from the infested rabies that kept circulating us. We even stopped at Baked by Melissa’s to pick up some cupcakes. It was a cheat day!
Now it’s time for me to do a few crunches. Later loves,
Posted on October 2, 2014
Today was one of those for me, and it felt absolutely amazing. But before we get into today, let;s begin with yesterday, because those are pretty important too I guess.
Yesterday, I had an interview, most of you know I have been hunting for a new job recently. Why is it that it feels like New York City has so much to offer, but jobs seem difficult to come by unless you know someone who knows another. I’ll be quite frank, I may not have the best “education” background, since I have no college experience, dropped out of High School 6 credits shy (yes, stupid me)… studied my ass off, and decided to take the GED all in one day. Passed it with flying colors. I’m smart cookie, just a little lazy when it comes to homework and paperwork.
I like to think I love to learn from life. And that my friend, I do.
I’ve been working since the age of 15, and always liked to hold my own weight. Through out those years, I have had many experiences from food handling, to retail, to a sitting behind the desk job. I have learned many things, how to handle situations, how to handle people, how to care for what doesn’t belong to you, when to speak, when not to the list goes on and on. Every single job (lord knows there have been many) as ridiculous as it may have been at the time, taught me one thing, work hard, work smarter, learn quickly.
Back to yesterday, I met with the young lady who happened to doing the first rounds of meet and greets for the applicants. I showed up, not in business attire, since I think it can be too stuffy and it looks like you’re trying too hard, but I showed up in black trousers, a silky blouse, and comfortable dark blazer with some round toe pumps. I look around and I see an applicant in washed out jeans and jordans, another with a shirt too small at the bust, a button that’s holding on for dear life. At least I look the part, or at least I look like I care. I’m speaking with the lady and I have her at ease in no time, I can tell she likes me, and before I know it I’m meeting with a Manager.
Manager asks me questions about what I would do in certain situations. I’ve done customer service for far too long. No matter where you work, everything is customer service, without clients you have no income. I know these answers like I’ve known them from the womb. He smiles and says job well done. Explains to me, that I should hear from someone in a week. I get a few hours later, come in again tomorrow (now today) at 10:30 am to meet with the Big Boss. I tried my best to reschedule this, knowing I had another interview the next day at 12pm. Midtown Manhattan all the way to Downtown Brooklyn, would I be able to make it on time?
I say yes, I’ll be there. So here we are, today.
One of my main problems I have in life, is my tardiness… I swear, I must have a disease or something, (Someone google a lateness disease quick!) I rush out the door about 10 minutes later than expected.. I promise you, I’m trying! I throw on some boots with a heel I haven’t worn in a year, and I pray I don’t regret this decision later on. I have whole day of commuting to do, last thing I need to do is walk in limping into an interview. I missed my train by about 20 seconds, but luckily for me, another was right behind it, something that barely happens on the J line. I transfer to the F, time check… I have 3 minutes to get there, 4 blocks away. I decide to not run, but play tackle football instead. That’s what I call what I do when I’m dodging slow walkers in front of me. I made it with 2 minutes to spare… Damn, I’m good!
The Big Boss loved me, I was grateful the interview went by so quick. Here I am thinking, “How am I going to make it all the way to Downtown Brooklyn on time?” and I realize I know have time to kill, but not too much so I decide to not test my luck and head underground once again. Let me tell you, trains are the easy part, finding a block while walking is the worst, and after I walked about 2 blocks in the wrong direction, I decided to go into a store, where I fell in love with the cutest leather jacket (which I regret not getting, right about now). I figured I’ll come back to it after the interview, found the place, after I thought I was super lost, still got there 10 minutes early.
I walk in, already feeling good because of the previous interview. I greet the new guy who;s going to interview and we already have a quick chuckle at the expense of my real name, almost everyone pronounces it wrong, so I’ve learned to laugh about it. “You can call me Milli’ He starts asking me the basic questions, but he only asks me 2, we’ve already hit it off and are talking as if we’ve been friends who haven’t seen each other in long time.
He gets serious, sits up and tells me, “Milli, I’m gonna be completely honest with you, we’re not hiring anymore, these are are just customary interviews, we’ve already picked our team.”
He starts to explain how the budget was only fit for 4 new people, but he wanted me on his side so bad. “I really like you!” He gets’s up with the quickness, and says.. “Wait, I have a plan! Just wait right here.” He runs out of the room, and I’m not exaggerating here people, he wasn’t walking fast, he ran out of the room and about 5 minutes later he was back, out of breath, but back, looks at me and smiles.
I look at him and laugh, I say ” I like plans, what’s going on?”
He explains to me how I would make the perfect fit for an even better and higher paying position and just spoke to the manager from the different department and I quote ” I must, must, must meet her…today!” Of course I’ll meet her, like I have a choice by now. His plan was for me to get hired as this position for now, so he can later scoop me up onto his Visual department later, when the temporary hires are gone, which was only going to last 4 weeks. (Whew, good thing I wasn’t getting that!) I meet with the Main manager, apparently she’s the big boss on the floor, sweet as can be, and tells me how much the first interviewer adored me so much. We keep on talking, and there i am, selling myself, trying to balance being braggy and humble all the same time.
She goes ” Well, I already see we are going to have a problem here!”
I smile out of curiosity, not worried one bit for some strange reason, and she says ” He better hope I don’t fall in love with you, because we’re going to be fighting for you at the end of this!”
I laugh, and I’m just thinking to myself – I am so in!
After filling out some paperwork, I head over to my previous job, to catch up with my old coworker. We made plans for dinner tomorrow, but since I was so close, why not lunch instead. We head over to a nice Mexican spot that just happened to open up around the area (where were you when I was working there!?)
We catch up on everything from her kids, to how work is going, to how jerkish boys can be, to how sweet others may be, to all the stuff we did over the summer, how my art is going, how she’s planning to move, so much so much so much… all over some grilled chicken avocado salads, which were the bomb, by the way.
I have to say, today was pretty amazing. I felt a lot of positive energy going around and I was digging it.
Now I have to make up my mind if I really want to get out bed, now that I’ve gotten so comfortable, there’s an art show going on right now I’ve had marked on my calendar for a while, but I will I still be able to make it….
ok, enough ramblinf, I know this post was like a bible passage!
See you guys soon!
Posted on September 27, 2014
Ay, another Mood Board… this one is number 6. (See Mood Board No.5 Here) I started these so I can visually start showing whatever I was feeling or going through at the moment, and this one is no exception. I’ve been breaking my back lately trying to find a new job. I’ve been hunting for a while now, and this point it seems like the Craigslist’s ads just all jumble up together, the applications for companies all look the same, and my phone has been dry as ever. Funds keep getting lower and lower and the stress seems to keep escalating. I barely sleep, in front of the computer just looking and looking. My nights seem to end at like 7 in the morning, but only because my eyes can’t handle the brightness of the screen anymore.
You know that feeling where you are so exhausted that you start to get a bit hyper and ridiculous? The moment where you are almost delusional and just keep laughing?
That was me just about yesterday, I’m laughing at myself while texting a friend, I joke with a friend telling her I need a moment of silence for my job hunting skills. I found the conversation pretty funny, and ended up posting it online, just for the hell of it.All of a sudden I have so many followers on Instagram telling me were I should I apply, where is hiring, names to use as recommendations, and so much more! It was overwhelming and amazing all at the same time. I’m usually the type to never ask for help, but this time I was more than grateful for it.
I started applying for all the new places that were mentioned, and so far the results have been great. I have three interviews set up, and I’m more than ecstatic to at least get to this part of of the job hunting process.
I usually do pretty damn well if I do say so myself, when it comes to interviews, so that part I’m not worried about.
Well, I know this Mood Board has been more personal than the rest, but you know what.. so what. I have to admit I’m super grateful for those who are in my online community. I know the internet can usually be considered mean, or ridiculous due to the cyber bullying, false accusations and so much more. But sometimes, if you’re looking in the right places, you bump into feel good moments, people who understand, many who help and in time they become more, friends, family, a confidant.
So thank you guys, wish me luck!
Posted on April 4, 2014
Walking my way through Delancey, with my Go Pro in hand. Check out a few pics that I couldn’t resist taking.
Posted on November 12, 2013
I met up with Kat after work, to my surprise we almost looked like we planned our outfits to match, since we were both wearing camo pants, which I thought was pretty funny.All the way from Coney Island, we headed to the Bronx, yes it was a looong ride, but sometimes you just have to do these things. At least I do.
Before heading in to the show, we couldn’t resist, well I really couldn’t resist dragging Kat with me for a little shopping and pizza….
And theeeen we headed to the show.
As you can obviously tell by my title, Tuff City was holding their first all girl show and their line up was pretty damn good.
It was great bumping into friends I barely get to see any more.
After arriving, like 10 minutes later Kat had to go pick up Zj, so we hopped in a cab, threw him in the car, and jumped right back in to go back to the show.
Talk about making things happen.I walked back in with a Spiderman backpack in one shoulder and my godson in hand and got ready to mingle.I have to admit, with all the artist that were being shown, not much artwork was displayed. Seemed like everyone just put in two pieces and decided to call it a day.I know Nikki Nameless and Reds gave in about 4 pieces each, which made me a little happier.I bumped into my friend Ash, who I haven’t seen in forever. It was so great seeing him, and I was so glad he told me he was doing well, and officially has a new apartment which he wants little old me, to do a piece for.
Hmmm, so many ideas. Kat kept laughing at me, because apparently I kept having my face all up in Joey Chang’s piece, titled “Pu$$y”.
But it was so shiny! I got to catch up with the sweetest of the bunch,Erotica.
It’s always nice bumping into her. She’s so inviting and adorable.
Mommy and son love.Zj is a skeleton…..ah!Erotica had everyone writing on her “virtual black book” and I ended up doing this for her as quick as I possibly could.