Tuesday, August 27, 2013

"What's New For Fall?"

As summer is slowly drifting into fall, part of me wants to hang onto the last bits of summer, of course. But another part of me is looking forward to the coziness of autumn too.

Love pulling out my comfy boots that I live in through fall, winter, & as long as possible in early spring!

Every year at this time, I actually do shop in New York for my NYC hoodies that will keep me so warm & cozy! (Yep, I do get them in Times Square or Canal Street!) They get a lot of wear, along with my fav beach hoodies, and jeans.

Time for soft throws, some favorite movies, (romantic comedies, if you please, life is tough enough), a kitty on my lap, & scented candles to ease me into the chilly weather. (Hubby, too, of course! :) As the garden lights come on earlier in the season, white twinkle lights through the kitchen window reflect out into the darkness. As the lights blend, they "clothe" everything in soft, reassuring light. Yes, this season can be lovely too.

Change can honestly be refreshing & fun, and with the start of this season, several new things are on the way for ColorWorkStudio on Etsy too!

For quite some time, I have wanted to share my art with you in other "formats". I love art that is also functional, as well as esthetically pleasing. And, you probably know how much I love coffee! With this in mind, I am happy to share one of my latest additions to my shop with you! My "Whisper" print is now available for coffee breaks!

Another fun thing on the way......ever wonder what it must be like to be a Manhattan mannequin?

This is the beginning of a series of photos taken on my last trip to New York City......enjoy!

"A Day in the Life of a Mannequin"

Autumn in New York! Now that's fun! :)
Stop by soon to see more for fall!


All available on Etsy at:

Saturday, August 17, 2013

NOT "The Shopoholic"

So, I went to New York City two weeks ago. (How can it be two weeks already???)

The whole idea was to have some fun....shop...bring home some goodies....shop...and, you know,.....SHOP!

I have to admit I am not a great shopper, as you may have guessed from my previous trip there. (Spent almost the entire day in Central Park taking so many photos, I still haven't finished editing them all....and no goodies.) Not even one.

Went to visit the Cake Boss Cafe on that visit.....did not bring home cake....didn't even eat cake! (Something seriously wrong with me....besides the chocolate allergy thingy, that is.)

Stopped up at Zabar's on the upper West Side also that day. A wonderful NYC food shopping experience with everything from gourmet goodies to kitchen housewares! (Remember Meg Ryan in "You've Got Mail" sneaking around Zabar's with her little shopping cart, trying to avoid Tom Hanks?)

French olives? They've got them. More cheese than anyone could possibly know what to do with? They have it. Everything imaginable in cans & bottles. Fresh baked breads, cheesecakes, & delicacies? Yes, at least the last time I looked, which was in the springtime. On that visit, the bakery line was so long....I kept going.

Back to the olives...they have an olive bar. So, I thought I would try some french olives, maybe for salad nicoise. Mmm...then, this big guy comes in...walks right in front of me....and that was the last I saw of the olives. A lot of lip smacking was going on up there....I left.

Time was running out. Lines were l-o-n-g. No goodies. No cake from the Cake Boss....no Zabar's cheese...no olives...no knishes....no bagels...or cheesecake..., but I didn't mind!  (Eep! There must be a pill for this!)

When I do get to the city, most of my time is spent behind the camera, and I do have fun! Although, I do love fashion, I am much more likely to "shoot" clothing than buy it, as you can see here. These are little snippets of some of my fashion photos from New York in the past. Check out the full views in my Etsy shop. (More really fun fashion shots on the way soon! Can't wait to share!)

On this visit, I looked, and looked. Here & there. Such fun! But except for a pretty new top at H&M, (one of my most favorite stores in midtown Manhattan), no new clothes! Sigh......but, as they say, "all is not completely lost!"

Thank you Hershey's in Times Square for my big cozy new coffee cup! Couldn't resist...it was so sparkly! And it was practically the only thing I could have in that store. (you know, that chocolate allergy thingy...no wonder I have such will power with goodies, huh?) Although there was a certain strawberry shortcake that made me squeal in delight this summer. Tender yellow cake, extra rich whipped cream, fresh crimson strawberries! If it wasn't for the berries finally disappearing.......I don't want to think of what might have happened. (Those almost daily walks really are a necessity!)

So, there you have it. I love "The Shopoholic" movie, but that's NOT ME! At times, I really wish I could be more of a shopper, but I guess I just don't have the patience for it. I want to see things and do things, and I hate really crowded stores (like Macy's during the holidays!) and long, long store lines. And though I am usually very patient with everything else, super crowds in Times Square & even traffic, I practically panic in Walmart! Seriously! LET ME OUT! Let me out...whimper...whimper....

By the way, have you heard??? You can now shop H&M online! Woo hoo!!! I still like being there best, but, hmmm....no crowds, no lines, right?

Maybe this could work!

Until next time,

NOT "The Shopoholic", aka, Keri :)

P.S. To see these photos in full view & more New York Photography, just follow this link :) (thank you!)

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Happy August!

Yes, I'm back from my summer break! I got a little bit of relaxation...a little bit of gardening....& lots of painting! Yay! Now, I'm refreshed & full of ideas & things to share!

It really isn't easy to just step back for a bit & take a break sometimes when you are so immersed in your daily activities, but I do think it is healthy & essential to see where you are heading & where you want to go.

One of the things I learned on my summer break:

How to Survive a Heat Wave!
1. A.C.!!! Cannot overstress the importance of air conditioning!
2. Long hair up as high as she goes!!! Whew!
3. 100 % cotton! (clothing, that is!)
4. Get REAL friendly with your local Deli!
5. Swim, swim, swim..."just keep swimming..." (nod to "Dory/Dorrie? in Nemo there! So cute!)

So, having said that....it's a new month and summer still lingers on for us to enjoy. Hope you are enjoying yours to the fullest!

Be sure to stop by ColorWorkStudio on Etsy and enjoy some of my newest photos from my last trip to New York. More on the way! You will also find many new beach photos, seashells, art prints, and I will be listing all of the new things I had fun creating on my summer break! Seashells,  new sea-inspired jewelry, paintings, & more!

Believe it or not, I'm just back, but at the end of the week, I am (honestly) heading back to "the City"! But this time, unlike last time, when I spent the entire day "shooting" pics of Central Park (gorgeous, wonderful day!), I am supposed to actually SHOP! (heh heh, how hard can that be???!!!!) And hopefully, I will get a chance to enjoy some of the yummy treats I ddin't get to try last time!

So, until next time, here are few pics, prints, & shells to check out, many more to come.  Forgive me for not posting pics here, but lots of catching up to do! :)






See you there! And thanks so much for stopping by!