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I love coffee. Sometimes people try to switch my coffee to decaf when I’m not looking. I can always tell the difference. I also like Pringles, but only the reduced fat kind because they crunch better when you bite into them and they don’t leave grease on your fingers. I’m…

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As part of our quest to support women’s issues, Katana Photography is excited to announce our first ever Celebrating Survival contest!
Having any kind of cancer is frightening and confusing. In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Katana Photography is welcoming all survivors from all forms of cancer to participate…

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When I was looking to buy my wedding invitations (back in April), I found a lot of designers on Etsy. After narrowing it down to a couple different designs/companies, I contacted both for their pricing list. One was pretty significantly more expensive–almost $2 per invitation more. Which I think all…

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When talking to people about photography, I hear one phrase over and over again: Kids and dogs are the hardest subjects to photograph.
I, personally, don’t have this problem with my clients…kids and dogs are among my favorite things to photograph. Maybe it’s because I like to have any excuse…

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Last week, Sean and I had our morning coffee on the balcony and watched as the Enterprise shuttle was pulled down the Hudson on a tug boat. It’s on its way to the Intrepid and I can’t wait to see it up close at the museum!

Weekly Coffee

Cafe Angelique

Cafe Angelique

The problem with having a weekly coffee column and no job…is that I can’t afford to go into all my usual places I love so much and order a cup of coffee. So, you’re stuck seeing the outdoor pics. Someday, when I have an income, I’ll be able to show you the interior of all these great places.

This is one of my favorite west village coffee shops, Cafe Angelique. The cinnamochachino is to die for. It’s like Heaven. In a mug.

Young Designer’s Market

Young Designers Market

I was taking my normal weekend stroll around the West Village with my boyfriend a few weeks ago, when I noticed a brightly colored and aesthetically pleasing sign on Hudson St (between Christopher St and Grove St).

The sign read: Young Designers Market. Two things popped into my mind at that moment; one – “Oh my god, what an amazing place to buy something else that I can’t afford and have no room for,” and two – the episode of Sex and the City where Carrie meets Aiden at the furniture showroom.
It’s unfortunate that I already have a boyfriend…what a wonderful introductory relationship story that would make! “Our eyes met from across the room, me holding a vintage pair of strappy sandals. He strolls over to me, runs his hand along the buckle and in a sexy Italian accent states, ‘I bought the leather for zese shooze using ze money I made from my vineyard een Sardinia.’ I sighed, grabbing my boyfriend’s hand and dragged him into the cool air conditioning of the marketplace. I made a mental note to mention that I was a writer in the case that they may give me a discount. (Yes, just like Carrie claimed to be a designer to get the furniture discount from Aiden. Only, I wasn’t lying.)
This market was absolutely wonderful! It was filled mostly with jewelry designers and artists specializing in silkscreen. I was thoroughly impressed with the talent there. Among the many jewelry stands, there was also a vintage clothing designer, a shoe collector (as pictured), and a hat maker.
This image of one of the shoe racks was pretty much like walking into my own version of heaven. Only, these types of flats KILL my feet way more than any heels I own. Something about my high arch…I don’t know.

I highly recommend checking the Young Designers Market out if you are in the downtown neighborhood. It is free to the public every Saturday and Sunday from 11am – 7pm on 268 Mulberry Street (Between Prince and Houston) and also every Saturday from 12pm – 7pm at 490 Hudson St. For more information, please visit: http://www.themarketnyc.com/

Jack’s Stir Brewed Coffee

Jacks Stir Brewed Coffee

I stumbled upon Jack’s Stir Brewed Coffee while wandering around the west village the other day. Everyone within this coffee shop seemed to know each other. As I stood in line, customers and employees waved, hugged, and spoke about their past week. And like all good coffee shops, it was manned by an attractive-looking man with less than attractive facial hair. I stood out immediately as being a “newbie” (as the barista called me) and when he learned my name, he made sure to repeat it back to me several times within the conversation.

“You seem to be good at maintaining customer relationships,” I stated as he poured my cup of coffee.

Smiling, he looked back at me over his shoulder. “That’s the point, isn’t it, Colleen?”

“I suppose. So long as the quality of your product is also good.” I smirked back at him.

“Well, you be the judge of that,” he slid the mug of coffee into my hands and winked. “Be sure to come back and see me.”

I loved the neighborhood feel to this place. It’s an absolute ideal place to read the Sunday Times. I adore all the little quirks linked to this charming, small facility—the posters, the pictures, even the random cow features. And the product measured up to the friendliness—the coffee was well brewed and smooth, unlike many other coffee shops whose brew has bitterness and bite to it. This is apparently directly linked to the method of brewing they use which is not the typical drip brew, but a technique called “stir-brewed.” With this method, the coffee grounds are stirred while brewing creating a smoother more even blend. I also highly recommend the homemade Oreo cookie. It’s heaven in cookie form.