DILIA Presents “Moonshine” | EP Release Show

This is an extremely special post for many reasons:  Not only was I asked to take part in a fun photoshoot project with my dear friends Dilia Stein, Manuela Rana, and the team at Feminine Weapon, it also happens to be a wonderful celebration of DILIA’S upcoming birthday and release of her Debut EP, “MOONSHINE.”  Before I really get into it, I have to say; (more…)


Behind The Scenes With Jordan Matter | Finding Serendipity

For National Dance Day this year I highlighted my love of the artform and one of my favorite photographers, Jordan Matter, creator of “Dancers Among Us.”

I’m so happy to share his first video workshop, “FINDING SERENDIPITY – Look for the Light,” which is a great behind-the-scenes sneak peak of how he captures his shots.  (more…)

“Prince” By Manuela Rana


Last week I posted this (AMAZING!) pic on instagram in honor of “National Nude Day” (yes, that’s a real holiday, I can’t make this stuff up).  I begged my friend Manuela Rana, who happens to be the photog behind this gorgeous shot, to send me more pics…which I am so happy to be able to share with you!


These flicks — taken in La Romana, Dominican Republic — feature Prince Riley, a dance choreographer who has been in music videos for John Legend, Jazmine Sullivan, and Fergie to name a few and has graced the stage with artists like Rihanna and Thalia.




These colors are gorgeous.  Wishing I could go back to the Dominican Republic right about now.


Above images courtesy © Manuela Rana


The above image, courtesy © Dilia Jelen, is of Manuela and Prince taking a break during their recent volunteer trip with Arteamor & The Orphaned Starfish Foundation.  Both INCREDIBLE organizations are dedicated to changing the lives of children by either helping them develop vocational skills or providing quality arts workshops.  Manuela and Prince spent time teaching their craft to a wonderful group of children in La Romana.  If you are interested in volunteering check out the Arteamor Teaching Artist Application and How To Become a Starfish Advocate.

If I have anything to do with it, you’ll be seeing A LOT more of Insolita Manu (as we like to call her).  I promised not to say too much, but Manuela is also working on an exhibition, which I may or may not be helping her art direct 😉  Aside from being a freelance NYC Photographer (by way of Italy), assisting the well respected Antoine Verglas, and volunteering for Arteamor & The Orphaned Starfish Foundation, she is also the Creative Director and Photographer for Feminine Weapon, an incredible community that is beyond worth watching, supporting, and being a part of!!  And most of all, she is a creative spirit who embodies the best balance of laser focus drive and carefree energy.  An infectious combination.  Oh, and she’s fluent in like 4 different languages……..just sayin.





I swear, I promise, I was all set to post this list of the “Hottest Futbol Studs” courtesy E!Online at the start of the World Cup.  But then I took a rendezvous out of the country and was caught up in other moments which is a whole other blog post in itself.  Anyhoo, by now, if you have been following along with the whole world, you’ve likely seen these athletes in action and made your own list in your head.  (Maybe?  Or if you are like me, still pondering my poor planning on a trip to Brasil…as if the country wasn’t hot enough already!!!)

But as we near today’s game between USA vs Germany there is one particular person I’ll be watching, who is at the very TOP OF MY LIST (and probably many others):  Kyle Beckerman #15.  I would be lying if I said I wasn’t biased, you see, I made my way to NYC via my hometown Bowie, Maryland – the same as Beckerman’s.  I think back to the days of just hanging out and being teenagers, big dreams that were yet to be thought of or even realized, but with this guy we all knew he was special.  And it’s so inspiring to see all his hard work and dedication come to life as he represents our country in this year’s World Cup, so happy for him!  There is a wonderful article featuring Beckerman that I encourage all fans to read: “From Bowie to Brazil.”  And if it is your cup (no pun intended) of tea, a cheeky list of reasons to love Beckerman on Buzzfeed.

Almost game time…#GOUSA!…


#15, USA


Brooke Belka Williams

6th grade note to Brooke Belka Williams…awesome



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The Kyle I met off the field via Todd Dixon (right)

THE picture seen around the (internet) world



Winning the 2009 MLS Cup championship



Just the beginning…




Images courtesy Kyle’s Facebook, yeah, I said it.


I Believe In Miracles


Do you believe in miracles?  Die-hard New York Ranger fans know that, until this year, it had been 20 years since the New York Rangers competed in the Stanley Cup Final – and the last time they did, they won.  By the end of Monday night’s game the LA Kings were up 3-0.  That would be enough to break anyone’s spirit, but not us New Yorkers.  Last night the Rangers won 2-1, giving them another chance to win the trophy.  I know what you’re thinking:  LA 3 / NY 1, tough.  But let me remind you of something.  I remember being glued to the TV, 2003, The National League Champion Series.  The Chicago Cubs were up 3-0, they just had to win one more game to advance to the World Series.  But the Florida Marlins came back from that 3 game deficit, advancing to the World Series and eventually winning the whole thing.

Being a New Yorker (11 years here, I think that qualifies me as a New Yorker), this city has put a spell on me, having me believe ANYTHING is possible, miracles happen.  This Friday I will be rooting for you, Rangers!
















All imagery taken by me.  My sister and her fiance (die-hard Ranger fan) traveled up from MD to see the game.  I had so much fun capturing these pics at Madison Square Garden as memorabilia for them 🙂

My First

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artwork courtesy Pinterest