5 Reasons Why The New York Historical Society Rules

As one of the first and most important museums in the U.S. and the modern Western world, the New York Historical Society is so much more than a museum. It’s also a library and an art gallery where fascinating art and photo exhibits are displayed constantly. It is an establishment that helps not just the people of New York, but all Americans, understand their past and their future, because without historic art, there is just chaos. Today, we’re going to share with you, our 5 reasons why the New York Historical Society rules.

5. New York Historical Society InternshipsNew York Historical Society internships

One of the reasons The New York Historical Society rules is that it offers internships to students. This establishment is the perfect place for college and high school students where they can do research, hands-on work, interact with and learn from experts and museum staff.

If you’re really quick on your feet, you can still apply, but know that today, November 21st 2014, is admission deadline. Have your resume ready, submit a cover letter, a 5-10-page writing sample of a research paper and a letter from recommendation from one of your professors. If you love art and you’re in New York City, the New York Historical Society is one of the best places you can get your art education from. And once you finish your internship with them, while you’re still in the system, they may have a few jobs waiting for you, if you’re that good.

4. New York Historical Society LibraryNew York Historical Society Library

The New York Historical Society’s library is called the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library and it is one of the finest libraries in the world. You can find pretty much everything you want there, from state archives, to rare manuscripts, graphic and digital collections and also a wonderful reading room that closes from time to time to house special events. Call ahead at (212) 485-9225 to check if the reading room is available.

3. Audubon’s Aviary: The Complete FlockNew York Historical Society audubon

Audubon’s watercolor series are fascinating and outstanding. The trilogy Audubon’s Aviary: The Complete Flock is coming to the New York Historical Society in three parts. The first one of the Complete Flock opened in March of this year and it has gathered over a million visitors already. These three exhibits combined will feature Audubon’s first 175 models in The Birds of America and also over 220 of avian watercolors.

2. Cafe StoricoNew York Historical Society cafe

Storico is the Italian restaurant and cafe that belongs to the New York Historical Society. It offers amazing food to hungry visitors, so if you’re in the mood for some Panini, antipasti or pastas, make sure you pay them a visit. We advise you taste the 28 Day Dry Aged NY Strip Steak served with salsa Verde. You can even sip some fine wine, as you’ve got 20 to choose from. For reservations, please free to call (212) 873-3400.

1. DiMena Children’s History MuseumNew York Historical Society DiMena

The New York Historical Society isn’t just thinking about college and high school students, they’re also thinking about the children. The DiMenna Children’s History Museum offers the children a great place to learn about art and history, to express themselves and to create. The kids will surely adore the character-based pavilions and the DiMena Children’s History Museum’s interactive exhibits. They even got some programs fit for toddlers, so that nobody is left feeling out. Photos are allowed.

Wondering what are the New York Historical Society hours? Here they are: the Museum galleries and the store are opened on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10am to 6pm. On Friday, they open at 10am and close at 8pm and on Sunday, they open their gates for the visitors at 11am and close them at 8pm. Keep in mind that the New York Historical Society is closed on Monday.

For more details, here is the New York Historical Society’s address: 170 Central Park West, at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street), New York, NY 10024. You really can’t get any more central than that, can you?

HEADS UP: Many people make this confusion, but you should know that the Western New York Railway Historical Society is not part of the New York Historical Society. The WNYRHS is working hard to preserve the heritage of Western New York, as well as the rich railroad history, but is in no way affiliated with the NYHS.

Have you had the pleasure to pay the New York Historical Society Museum or the New York Historical Society Library a visit?  Care to share?

 

The Nail Polish Shades We’re Most Excited about in Fall-Winter 2014

This is a post mostly for the girls in our readership, so sorry guys if we’re boring you with nail polish shades talk, but as most of my female buddies know, there’s no such thing as too many nail polish bottles in one’s collection, if you happen to have a thing for this. Getting your hands on a new order of polishes is like receiving Christmas gifts in advance or the best candy of your life. I’ve witness female friends exhibit a strange Smeagol glow in their eyes while they were unwrapping their new polish bottles and calling them “precious” (ok, that may be an exaggeration, but you get the idea). The point is, everyone using nail polishes is always a bit excited about how shiny and candy-like new nail polish shades can be, and as soon as a new season hits, it can be pretty awesome to see what new collections the big brands will release.

So, for today, we’ve made a small selection of the nail polish shades we’re most excited about in the current season of fall-winter 2014. If summer seasons are usually known for neon colors and jelly textures, when fall hits in, nail polish shades take a turn to the darker side and become rich and saturated. But besides this general guideline, not every shade you can expect to see in the fall is along the dark red or brown or plum lines. Things can get pretty interesting, especially since fall colors are usually released together with nail polish shades for the winter holidays, which are especially glitzy and creative and party-fit. Without further ado, these are the top 5 nail polish shades we’re most excited about for this current season of fall-winter 2014.

1. OPI Cinnamon Sweet (from the Gwen Stefani Winter Holiday 2014 collection)

OPI Cinnamon Sweet

OPI Cinnamon Sweet

Everyone loves red nail polish shades since they are considered a classic and feminine answer to matching almost any outfit. A drop of red can revive anything and works with every skin tone. But even though red is a classic for all the right reasons, it can also get a bit predictable and boring. Well, this seems to be precisely the kind of dilemma which the Cinnamon Sweet shade was created: a different kind of red, with a softer edge and velvet undertones crossing the borders between pink and coral. You can’t quite put your finger on what kind of a red it is, all you know is that it looks soft and pretty, like a cinnamon bun. Oh, and the color was Gwen Stefani’s idea, so now we have all the more reason to get it.

2. OPI Viking in a Vinter Vonderland (from the OPI Nordic collection for Winter 2014)

OPI Viking in a Vinter Vonderland

OPI Viking in a Vinter Vonderland

Speaking of fall colors, purple is another classic, and from all the nail polish shades that we’ve seen over the last years, Viking in a Vinter Vonderland is the prettiest. It’s as deep as a six-month Finland night and you feel tempted to stare into it as into a bottomless purple abyss. Also, any dark purple or dark blue would make a wonderful base for our next entry on the list, the star of the nail polish shades for this season.

3. OPI Comet in the Sky (from the OPI Nordic Collection for Winter 2014)

OPI Comet in the Sky

OPI Comet in the Sky

The prettiest nails in the entire galaxy, pun intended. Sure, we’ve all seen our fair share of glitter nail polishes, but not quite as fascinating as this one. Applied over a dark blue base, as in the picture here, this irregular galaxy-like glitter can create the most mesmerizing effect on your nails, the kind of thing you previously only got from a pro session at the salon.

4. Orly Tinsel (from the Holiday 2014 Sparkle Collection)

Orly Tinsel

Orly Tinsel

Another great glitter polish, this one basically screams Christmas when applied over a simple white base, as in the picture here. The long green bar glitter looks just like pine needles, white the small red glitter makes everything festive and tingly. One of the best choices of the season to apply over light nail polish shades (right after Comet in the Sky, which remains our absolute fave).

5. Zoya Dovima (from the Matte Velvet 2014 collection)

Zoya Dovima

Zoya Dovima

You will be going to a lot of parties in the coming holiday season, and a little black dress never fails to impress. While shiny and glittery nails are almost a go-to for any party opportunity, consider how classy and satin-like a matte black would look on your nails, especially one with such a delicate and eerie silver shimmer. Even though glitter nail polish shades are awesome, try something different.

5 Things You Didn’t Know about Dita von Teese

No single figure active in the last five or so decades is more intimately associated with burlesque and its revival than Dita von Teese, the American dancer and artiste who has become the face of the neo-burlesque form, helping to kickstart a movement that sees the revitalization of the lost art in dance, film, music videos and book form. Although she is widely known outside of her shows, for her high-profile marriage to shock-rock star Marilyn Manson, as well as her world-famous figure, there is much more to the burlesque revival star, details of her life marking her as an intensely interesting figure, on — as well as off — the stage.

1.     She initially trained to become a ballerina

dita von teese

From a very early age, von Teese, then going by her given name, Heather Renée Sweet, has trained as a classic ballet dancer, going as far as becoming, by age thirteen, a solo dancer for one of the local ballet companies.  Despite branching away from the ballet scene by her teenage years, claiming that “by 15, I was as good as I’d ever be”, she didn’t let this early influence wither away, being known to incorporate various elements of ballet into her burlesque shows, with the most obvious connection being her tendency for going “en pointe”, the ballet term for walking on tiptoes.

2.     Her interest in lingerie came early on

dita von teese

When, as a teenager, her mother took the young Dita to buy her first whiter-cotton bra and flesh-coloured stockings, von Teese remained deeply underwhelmed, by the items, which did not live up to her expectations of elaborate and provocative lingerie that she has glimpsed in pictures in her Father’s Playboy magazine as well as images of pin-up models. Further interest in makeup, tattoos and fashion followed and even ended up working in a lingerie shop when she was fifteen, contributing to her future red-hot tease style.

3.     She credits her world-famous waist on decades of wearing corsets and a healthy diet

dita von teese

Dita von Teese’s famous measurements – a 56 centimetre waist that can be tied down to as low as 42 centimetres – are one of her more famous identifiers and, indeed, were instrumental in her early career, having gained some recognition in the fetish modelling world as a tightlacer. Dita von Teese explains the ability to maintain her figure in her forties by wearing corsets since she was eighteen, as well as living a healthy lifestyle. Her typical diet is devoid of bread and light on the alcohol and includes drinking a smoothie made out of parsley, coriander and spinach every morning.

4.    Her wedding to Marilyn Manson was officiated by experimental film legend Alejandro Jodorowsky

dita von teese

After forming a couple with the infamous provocateur and industrial metal icon Marilyn Manson following their sharing of a bottle of absinth on Manson’s 32nd birthday in 2001, the two continued being boyfriend and girlfriend for years before getting married in 2005. The ceremony took place in Ireland in the house of their friend and artist Gottfried Helnwein and was officiated by the Chilean surrealist film-maker Alejandro Jodorowsky. Sadly, the marriage only lasted a year before von Teese filed for divorce. Prior to her mediatized relation with Manson, she has been known to be romantically linked to punk-rocker Mike Ness, actor Peter Sarsgaard, as well as several relations with same-sex partners.

5.     Her love for early 20th century aesthetics permeate all aspects of her life

dita von teese

Dita von Teese is known for her love of fashion and all things vintage, which goes well beyond the interest in burlesque hair, makeup and clothes. Her house in Hollywood, California includes a complete pink kitchen equipped with old-school appliances, a collection of vintage china and a room dedicated to hats. The same can be said about the content of the garage, which is packed with classic American cars, including a 1939 Packard One Twenty Eight, a 1946 Ford Super De Luxe, a 1939 Chrysler New Yorkerand a 1965 Jaguar S-type.

7 Robert de Niro Movies You Should Rewatch

Robert de Niro is one of the greatest actors. His grumpy allure and his prolific work turned him into an icon. His method acting is now famous, especially for the uncomfortable way he treated some of his movie colleagues in order to obtain the best results from them. Here are 7 Robert de Niro movies to remind you what a marvelous actor he is.

1.  The Godfather II (1974)

Robert de Niro movies

De Niro did and amazing job as the young mob leader Vito Corleone. What you probably didn’t know is that de Niro auditioned for the role of Sonny Corleone in the first The Godfather movie. He won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the sequel. Another thing about his acting here is that he is the first to win an Oscar for a role almost entirely played in a foreign language. His portrayal of young Corleone included speaking in Sicilian dialect.

2. Raging Bull (1984)

Robert de Niro movies

Here is another movie where de Niro was spectacular. Along with Joe Pesci, he plays in the dramatic story portraying the rise and fall of boxer Jake La Motta, a violent man who uses beating as an anger tool outside the boxing scene as well. What makes this performance noteworthy is that de Niro had to make the boxer a truly unlikable character. Because the plot depicts a fallen Jake La Motta who had also gained weight, for de Niro to fit the role, the production had to take a pause so he could fatten up.

3. Silver Lining Playbook (2013)

Robert de Niro movies

Although not his greatest role, de Niro did a nice job in this movie where he played the father of a son (Bradley Cooper) with bipolar disorder. The emotional drama was a nice hit in theaters and received tons of award nominations, with de Niro in competition for the Best Supporting Actor. Talking about his role brought him to tears at some late show hosted by Katie Couric.

4.  The Score (2001)

Robert de Niro movies

Here de Niro plays a retired thief who, together with a younger Edward Norton, plans one last hit. Contrary to its genre, the movie doesn’t have neither unnecessary chases, nor awkward gun violence. In his official and daily life, de Niro’s character owns a jazz club, therefore we can enjoy cool and elegant tunes during the movie action, making all this atmosphere adequate for his character development.

5.  Las Vegas (2013)

Robert de Niro movies Las Vegas

In this movie de Niro plays together with Morgan Freeman and Michael Douglas. Not exactly an Oscar winning movie, but a nice change in genre with a typical comedy plot developing a somehow funny character of de Niro. It doesn’t change anything in your life, but it’s funny to see a bunch of old friends gathering and having fun. Moreover, de Niro makes a cute widower surrounded by photos of his late wife.

6. Awakenings (1990)

Robert de Niro movies

Based on Oliver Sacks’s accounts, this movie retells the emotional life of people from Bronx mental hospital, Robert de Niro here plays Leonard, a human subject for the experiments of Dr. Malcolm Sayer (Robin Williams). Leonard is one of Dr. Sayer’s 15 patients who are tested and observed for the effects of L-DOPA. This journey walks us through his frozen states, his reaction to love and lust and the sudden insights and torments as well. All of this takes place between the doctor and the patient.

7.  Falling in Love (1984)

Robert de Niro movies

To complete our list of Robert de Niro movies, this one is a mushy romance where he and Meryl Streep play an almost impossible couple. They develop a nice emotional friendship after briefly stumbling on each other in a bookstore, although each of them is married with someone else. The movie script has nothing brilliant in particularly, making Streep and de Niro acts even more powerful. Plus, if you want to be reminded of de Niro younger look, this movie could easily help you with that.

5 of the Most Influential Fashion Designers

We are surrounded by fashion, whether we like it or not. Everything around us revolves around style or lack of, for that matter. Fashion trends have helped define the age we live in and the ages we lived in. We often judge someone by the way they dress, and while some may say this makes us shallow, it’s not always the case. Someone’s fashion style can reveal plenty of psychological details about that person. Ever wondered who are the most influential fashion designers of our time? Here’s a list with some of our favorite ones.

1.Vivienne Westwood

vivienne westwood most influential fashion designers

One of my all time favorite fashion designers is the Queen of Punk herself, lady Vivienne Westwood. She helped redefine what style meant before she appeared in the fashion industry. Miss Westwood is most famous for bringing punk elements like safety pins, leather, non conventional materials and all kinds of eccentric accessories into the mainstream. She is known for her rebellious persona and shocking fashion shows, always reinventing herself and people’s notion about style and trends. She revolutionized both women and men’s way of dressing and it’s quite easy to recognize her designs. She is truly original. This makes her one of the most influential fashion designers and she is top of our list today.

2. Coco Chanel

coco chanel most influential fashion designers

We cannot talk about style, fashion and influential fashion designers without mentioning Coco Chanel. She is synonymous with style and elegance and she was one of the pioneers of sophisticated, luxurious women’s clothing. Coco Chanel gave us the famous “little black dress” and timeless suits, which helped women emancipate both on the outside and on the inside. She truly influenced what fashion is today and style has a lot to thank her for.

3. John Galliano

john galliano most influential fashion designers

The ever fascinating John Galliano had to be on our list of most influential fashion designers because that’s what he is: one of the most influential fashion designers of our time. His fashion shows are more than just clothes; he creates an entire visual performance and his theatrical, haute couture designs are truly fascinating. His use of materials, colors and accessories never seize to amaze and Galliano is known for never repeating himself. He has changed the way we look at a women’s dress and…at a man’s dress. Galliano is and will remain l’enfant terrible of the fashion world. We would add terribly talented and utterly original.

4. Giorgio Armani

armani most influential fashion designers

When talking about fashion, one must mention Armani. Giorgio Armani is indeed one of the most influential fashion designers ever and is known for revolutionizing menswear. Armani is synonymous with style and luxury. He is often chosen by celebrities when they have to attend festivities like movie awards or exclusive parties. His sophisticated designs manage to look comfortable and luxurious at the same time. His jeans, jackets and suits are the most popular among fashion and style lovers. Armani is and will be for a very long time a trendsetter and a fashion icon.

5. Dolce and Gabbana

dolce & gabbana most influential fashion designers

Dolce and Gabbana is the most famous fashion duo in history. They have managed to impose themselves on the fashion world with their glamorous and classic collections. They love to shock but they can also be very prêt-a-porter. A lot of famous people choose their clothes to look sexy and luxurious. Dolce and Gabbana are also famous for their line of perfumes.

We hope you enjoyed our list of the most influential fashion designers of our time. If you have a personal favorite who isn’t on our list, tell us about her or him. We would love to hear from our readers and you can get in touch with us using the comment section.