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Ode To: The Coney Island Circus Sideshow

Run by Dick Zigun, the mayor of Coney Island, this is the last place in the world you can experience a true 10-in-1 sideshow. Experience a fire breather, a  sword swallower, a snake charmer, a mustached man who puts a nail in his nose..Ok, I’m going to admit something here. I can hammer a nail into my nose. Well, at this point, probably not hammer, but after some practice and coercion, stick a nail in my nose. I haven’t done it in so long that I probably would need a little practice to get used to the feeling again, but for a little while, a long time ago,  I could do it with ease. ( Do Not Attempt This At Home- seriously). Now you know.




Coney Island USA / Coney Island USA Myspace

The side show is more than just a place to see some tattooed people do some wild things. The people watching in general is fantastic- rockabilly dresses and 50’s style hair curls, punk boys with their ripped tees and leather jackets, velvet blazers and top hats. It’s insane how much inspiration you can get coming to this place, all while drinking a Coney Island Lager at the freak bar and mingling with the performers.

This weekend, April 2 and April 3rd, the Sideshow (as well as Coney Island in general) opens  for the season. It might just be one of the best times to come out to Coney Island; warm weather, boardwalk funnel cakes, fire breathers, bars and the cyclone. A girl couldn’t ask for more.

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A pretty little home to call my own

So, this weekend I am moving into a new apartment. It’s a cute little studio/1 bedroom (the bedroom is separate, but with no actual door), with purple walls and exposed brick. I have all of the furniture I would need- an antique Victorian style flower upholstered couch, a bertoia chair, a black and bleached cream antique table, a dark green antique lamp, and a plain old box spring bed that does not go with anything. However, it’s the home decor that I really need…okay, maybe, want..

Supermarket - Blaue Blume tea pot - white with gold shoes from Undergrowth Design

Supermarket - Blaue Blume Milk jug -White with gold shoes from Undergrowth Design

Blaue Blume Tea Pot and Milk Jug via Undergrowth Design

DL & Company | Modern Alchemists and Purveyors of Curious Goods

Silver Claw Candle Holder (two please). via DL & Company

antelope skullSouth African Duiker- antelope skull with swarovski crystal via The Future Perfect

Ok, so I can’t really afford any of these right now, but a girl can dream..and dream..and dream.

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Where to Score Loot in NYC this Holiday Season

A Holiday Guide to Sample Sales, Flea Markets and Fairs

So the holiday season is almost over, but there are still plenty of places to get some cool stuff at sweet prices. Perusing different websites, emails, fliers, etc.,  it gets pretty overwhelming trying to filter out the good and seriously, most of us aren’t going to sit down and create a spread sheet of sample sales. Luckily, I am not most, and willing to create the ultimate list, short but sweet-complete altruism right here.

Sample Sales

12/16 Rachel Comey-up to 60% off
335 W. 35th St., b/t Eighth & Ninth Aves., 7th flr. (5pm-9pm)

12/15–12/17 Betsey Johnson- up to 75% off.
Millennium Broadway Hotel, 145 W. 44th ST., nr. Sixth Ave., sixth fl. (212-993-9251) (10am–8pm).

12/17 Assembly sale and holiday party- up to 50% off.
174 Ludlow St., nr. Stanton St. (212-253-5393); Sale (6am–8pm), Party (8am–10pm).

12/15–12/18 Candela sample sale. RSVP to
275 W. 39th St., nr. Eighth Ave., seventh fl. (646-602-1104) (11am–7).

12/18–12/19 Made Her Think sample sale.
195 Chrystie St., nr. Stanton St., Ste. 301-7; F (noon–7pm), S (noon–8pm).

12/18-1/14 Acne Studio sale.
10 Greene St (between Canal and Grand Sts) F–S (11am–7pm), Sun(noon–7pm), M(11am–7pm)

Flea Markets and Fairs

Through 12/23 Eco Holiday Market Place
2 Great Jones St between Broadway and Lafayette St (212-777-0707,

Ongoing, Weekends Indoor Artist & Designer Market.
129 North 6th St between Bedford Ave and Berry St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (

Ongoing, Weekends Brooklyn Flea
81 Front St between Main and Washington Sts (718-935-1052,

Not in NYC?

There is always Gilt, ideeli, Rue La La, and Hautelook.