This Month’s Picks: October 2014

By: Gabriela Yareliz

That’s it. October is out with a bang! And November is being swept in by a cold gust of wind (and not the weird Pharrell ‘you-remind-me-of-the-air’-“Gust of wind” song).

Here is my compilation of fun things I found throughout the month, as usual. There are a few of my favorite things sprinkled below: some Friends, an Italian icon, a Spanish legend-in-the-making, funny people, handsome soccer players, a rugged man who wears flannel, Bollywood, music, inspiration, Mumford & Sons lyrics, thought-provoking articles and Sarko.

1] “Don’t make your fear more powerful than your dreams.” -Unknown

“Behind every fear is a person you want to be.” -Unknown

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3] Grow up ;-)

4] Can we see the highlights of the Real Madrid v. Barcelona game, again? REAL MADRID!!!! It was glorious. My man, Karim Benzema, scored the last goal. I could watch that man run up and down the field, all day.

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7] “If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.” – Epictetus

8] Expect Miracles’ post of the month: Be the Baker

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9] Lillie McCloud blew my mind.

10] Louis Vuitton celebrates the Monogram with a boxing inspired ad (which I loved).

11] Gael Garcia Bernal is in Jon Stewart’s upcoming film Rosewater. I still remember a University of Florida poster sale, when I asked for a Motorcycle Diaries poster, and the guy was like, “We have a Che poster.” I was like, “No, I want Gael Garcia Bernal’s face on it.”

12] These two are hilarious: Leila and Geraldine

13] Oscar Wilde and Walt Whitman Spent an Afternoon Together. I saw this on a classmate’s screen during a class, and it left me intensely curious.

14] Belated Birthdays

a) Monica Bellucci turned 50 at the end of September. She continues to be, for me, a symbol of: power, beauty, femininity, motherhood and intelligence.

b) Fran Drescher, one of the most brilliant comedians out there. She turned 50 at the end of September! We learned many lessons from Fran, including: You can never go wrong with big hair.

c) And happy birthday (Oct. 21) to Blanca Suarez!

15] Will Friedle joined Twitter in a Feeny-call kind of way.

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Lust is violent, love is gentle. Lust is cowardly, love is courageous. Lust enslaves, love liberates.
Benjamin Nolot

17] Penelope Cruz in Elle France (Oct. 16, 2014)

18] Sonam Kapoor

“Women of worth are those who want positive change for themselves, their families, community or society, which I think is important. For me, a woman of worth is someone who has self respect, who believes that she can change things in society.” SK

19] Nobody does it like Colbert


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21] Nicolas Sarkozy says, “Je reviens”

22] Luke Danes

21 Reasons Luke Danes Is the Absolute Perfect Man on BuzzFeed was great. Who doesn’t love Luke Danes? The flannel, the cap, the cooking and the honesty.

[Images from BuzzFeed]

23] Seven Characteristics of the Best Thinkers, According to Harvard here.

24] Gala Gonzalez de verde para Pronovias. A lovely dress on my favorite Galician.

25] I still dream in Hindi sometimes. Salman Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez in Kick.

26] This song and video (it features a young man’s story) is absolutely beautiful. I love One Republic, and this is definitely one of their best.

May November bring us all: some slow days to recuperate from October’s speed, some warm apple cider and eggnog too, some humid rainy days, interesting new people, intriguing places, some cozy evenings filled with blankets, and more awareness of our blessings.

Yours truly.

TKOs and Success

By: Gabriela Yareliz

I saw this video, and I had to share. I was super inspired by it. I love the fact that boxing is a huge theme in the video. Boxing is analogous to life; there is struggle; there is pain; there is discipline; there are choices, and there is potential victory. So, if you are down for motivation and fantastic honesty, check it out:

 

 

 “The only one who can tell you ‘You can’t’ is you. And you don’t have to listen.”

Le Persone Belle

“Le persone belle sono rare, non si distinguono dal viso ma dall’anima.”

“Beautiful people are rare, [they are] not known by face but by the soul.”

“Un giorno realizzerai che c’e una ragione per ogni persona che hai incontrato. Qualcuno ti mettera alla prova, qualcun altro ti usera e qualcun altro ti insegnera qualcosa e qualcuno tirera fuori il meglio di te.”

“One day you will realize that there is a reason for every person you met. Someone will put you to the test; someone else will use you; and someone else will teach you something; and someone will pull out the best in you.”

October Mobile Scrapbook

Here are some random and shameless mobile device snapshots and selfies from this busy, busy month.

Here is some music to serve as soundtrack ;)

/And I’m doing just fine
I’m always landing on my feet
In the nick of time
And by the skin of my teeth;
I ain’t gonna stress
‘Cause the worst ain’t happened yet;
Something is watching over me
Like Sweet Serendipity/

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One of my favorite places in the city and a glorious sunset.

 

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Autumn arriving to Massachusetts.

 

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This photo is ridiculous but here. Driving back from Massachusetts. I never chew gum, but we stopped at a Target, and I saw that gum that kids chewed in elementary school, Bubble Yum. Who can resist a large block of rubber that loses its flavor quickly but gives you super bubble power?

 

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Inspired by the Altuzarra fashion week runway makeup. I did my own wild eyeliner, Mod-60s inspired look.

 

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Going to eat lunch with a judge from the European Court of Human Rights!

 

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Enjoy the view.

 

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Simply me in October.

Proctors & Wallpaper

By: Gabriela Yareliz

Today was the dreaded corporate accounting exam in various law schools in the city, apparently. It is hilarious when you go into an exam nervous, because the proctors usually make the nerves evaporate in the 15 minutes of prep time prior to the exam. The proctors are hilarious– unintentionally, of course.

There is always one proctor who is dominant and gives orders to the other two proctors. He or she is usually the one that yells, “The time keeper is ME.” Then, there is often an angry proctor and a clueless proctor. The angry proctor tends to usually be infuriated with the clueless proctor within five minutes of prep time. Today, one of the proctors was yelling things at us (the dominant one, claiming his territory), while one was trying to pass things out but failing, and the other one was angry at the one passing things out inefficiently.

While the one proctor yelled at us and was rereading a part of the instructions because he couldn’t read them the right way the first time, I glanced around at all of the nervous students; everyone’s computer screen wallpapers showing a bit about who they are when they aren’t a nervous wreck waiting for the exam software to load.

Wallpaper personality and analysis:

The boy with the autumn leaves: He is a guy who seeks calm; he goes to his happy place when he looks at the bright orange trees.

The girl with the Cheetah: Loves animals, yet ironically is not a vegetarian. (We can all smell her burrito in class.)

The girl with the computer brand default wallpaper: She couldn’t care less. Her wallpaper is the online shopping site she frequents in class.

The boy with Martin Luther King Jr. marching: A future defense attorney superstar. He’ll probably go on to work for The Center for Constitutional Rights and be keynote speaker at their awesome radical lawyering conference.

The girl with the galaxy photo: She wanted to be an astronaut once, and now she is regretting her decision to go to law school as she waits for the accounting exam.

The girl whose wallpaper we cannot see because she Facetimes at inappropriate moments: Apparently, she can only speak (in mime fashion) to her family in China while in class. (She sits in the second row, center. Very undercover.)

The girl with the Prague wallpaper: She is a dreamer. This accounting exam is taking her places.

The girl with her family photo: Eternally homesick. (Oh wait! That is me.)

By the time the proctors finished passing out everything and giving each other dirty looks, the exam began. There is something liberating about an exam. A rare moment where I could completely focus on one thing and not have to obsessively check my school email that receives two emails per minute. It felt glorious; like Andrea Sachs throwing her phone in the fountain. Sometimes, binding yourself to one thing liberates you from another.

Thank you world for the end of the accounting unit; and thank you proctors for giving us some serious laughs today. Your lack of organization, strictness and hilarity made us all smile and fear you.

Monday Inspiration: October 27, 2014

[Look at the week with the confidence of Inspector Clouseau.]

By: Gabriela Yareliz

Hello, hello! Last week of October. We’ve survived. We made it. It’s been a sniffley, sleep-deprived, couple of weeks.

I just finished a project on international law and torture. I was confirming the spelling of a terrorist group, and I felt nervous while Googling it. It was the feeling that some SWAT team was gonna bust through my door once I pressed “search” (ridiculous). We all have those moments, and no offense to Monday, but these moments of weirdness disproportionately fall on Mondays. It’s a day when things often feel off.

Let’s make today a beautiful Monday.

It may not be flawless, but let’s find beauty in its imperfection.

If anything goes wrong, start over, and move on.


Let’s let hope cast some glitter in our gaze.

Here’s to being:

a little romantic,

a little awake,

a little daring,

a little old fashioned,

a little sweet,

a little quirky,

a little meticulous,

and a lot hopeful– (wink)

[Leah and Brandon Jenner--I love their music! They are adorable. I love their life philosophy and their beautiful partnership.]

This week’s soundtrack:

“Every face you’ve glanced at today is the face of someone God loves, including you.”

“It’s okay to live a life others don’t understand.”
Jenna Woginrich

“In a relationship, you need somebody who’s going to call you out, not somebody who’s going to let everything slide. You need somebody who doesn’t want to live without you, but can. Not somebody that is dependent, but somebody who is stronger with you. A relationship is two people, not one.”
Unknown

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“Each time we don’t say what we wanna say, we’re dying.”
Yoko Ono
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“Mi locura es sagrada, no la toquen.” [Translation: My madness is sacred, do not touch it.]
Salvador Dalí

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“To create a garden is to search for a better world. In our effort to improve on nature, we are guided by a vision of paradise. Whether the result is a horticultural masterpiece or only a modest vegetable patch, it is based on the expectation of a glorious future. This hope for the future is at the heart of all gardening.” Marina Schinz

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“I want to be brim-full with immensity of life.” C.S. Lewis

“Live for yourself and you will live in vain. Live for others and you will live again.”

Bob Marley

“We are always the same age inside.” Gertrude Stein

“God won’t tie your soul to a dead-end dream.” Lou Engle

“It’s a serious thing, just to be alive on this fresh morning in this broken world.”

Mary Oliver, Red Bird

“In all things, it is better to hope.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

[Images from Tumblr]

Hopeless Wanderer: STH/ST/SEAPRT/NYC, Cider Feast Edition

South Street Seaport District; Belongs to: Gabriela Yareliz

South Street Seaport District; Belongs to: Gabriela Yareliz

By: Gabriela Yareliz

I decided that not another day could go by with me not visiting one of my favorite places in the city–South Street Seaport District. I love the crisp, windiness by the sea and the boats. So, I grabbed my camera (partner-in-crime) and wandered down to the Financial District. The day was perfect; not too hot, not too cold.

Belongs to: Gabriela Yareliz

Belongs to: Gabriela Yareliz

I always get excited when I pass the Brooklyn Bridge because I know my little mariner world awaits in its shadow.

Reflections in the South Street Seaport District; Belongs to: Gabriela Yareliz

Reflections in the South Street Seaport District; Belongs to: Gabriela Yareliz

 

Belongs to: Gabriela Yareliz

Belongs to: Gabriela Yareliz

When I arrived, there were little tents up everywhere around the Fulton Market. I wandered past the tents and went in my favorite courtyard where the museum is located. There was a guy in there talking about how all the FiDi moms were taking over the South Street Seaport District, he seemed partly pleased. The area is certainly being revived. I have seem it blossom from being under construction to what it is today.

South Street Seaport District; Belongs to: Gabriela Yareliz

South Street Seaport District; Belongs to: Gabriela Yareliz

South Street Seaport District; Belongs to: Gabriela Yareliz

South Street Seaport District; Belongs to: Gabriela Yareliz

Autumn leaves sprinkled around the South Street Seaport; Belongs to: Gabriela Yareliz

Autumn leaves sprinkled around the South Street Seaport; Belongs to: Gabriela Yareliz

A random closet I was not supposed to be in; Belongs to: Gabriela Yareliz

A random closet I was not supposed to be in; Belongs to: Gabriela Yareliz

After being nosy and looking through open doors, I exited the doors of the museum courtyard, and I walked into a full-blown party. I was giddy, so I not only took photos, but recorded the awesome artist Dana Lacroix who was there. The video is not edited (it’s more like a Vine), but it gives you an idea of the vibe.

South Street Seaport District; Belongs to: Gabriela Yareliz

South Street Seaport District; Belongs to: Gabriela Yareliz

South Street Seaport District; Belongs to: Gabriela Yareliz

South Street Seaport District; Belongs to: Gabriela Yareliz

Dana Lacroix; Belongs to: Gabriela Yareliz

Dana Lacroix; Belongs to: Gabriela Yareliz

Belongs to: Gabriela Yareliz

Belongs to: Gabriela Yareliz

Dana Lacroix; Belongs to: Gabriela Yareliz

Dana Lacroix; Belongs to: Gabriela Yareliz

South Street Seaport District; Belongs to: Gabriela Yareliz

South Street Seaport District; Belongs to: Gabriela Yareliz

Belongs to: Gabriela Yareliz

Belongs to: Gabriela Yareliz

I have never had a bad moment at the South Street Seaport, and today was no exception. Today was a day of community, autumn and sea breeze (not the candle type, but the real kind).

Apples, cobblestone, blue sky, pumpkins and laughter. Easy to love.