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Today, as part of the CineVegas Film Festival, my boyfriend and I watched the documentary titled Chelsea on the Rocks from filmmaker Abel Ferrara. We both loved it before we even saw it because it is based on the famous Hotel Chelsea in New York City. Also, the movie was shown at Cannes, so I figured it was worthy of watching. In my opinion, there could have been some improvements (such as labeling who the speakers were, cutting out some recreated scenes), but the information from the interviews in the film cannot be found elsewhere, so that makes it a winner in my eyes.

Some background on the Hotel Chelsea from its own website: “The hotel has always been a center of artistic and bohemian activity and it houses artwork created by many of the artists who have visited. The hotel was the first building to be listed by New York City as a cultural preservation site and historic building of note. The twelve-story red-brick building that now houses the Hotel Chelsea was built in 1883 as a private apartment cooperative that opened in 1884; it was the tallest building in New York until 1899. At the time Chelsea, and particularly the street on which the hotel was located, was the center of New York’s Theater District. However, within a few years the combination of economic worries and the relocation of the theaters bankrupted the Chelsea cooperative. In 1905, the building was purchased and opened as a hotel.

Owing to its long list of famous guests and residents, the hotel has an ornate history, both as a birth place of creative modern art and home of bad behavior.”

The documentary focused on telling stories of past and current residents, who are now facing eviction from new management and the hotel being turned into a boutique hotel (which is pretty much what has happened since the filming last fall). I had heard a lot about this debate of the hotel not being a haven for creative people anymore, and I enjoyed the movie because it gave me enough information to form my own opinion about what I think is best. Most surprising was how nice the hotel looked. The Victorian Gothic architecture creates a unique atmosphere, which I cannot wait to visit-which I am glad I have waited because now knowing so much of the pop culture history that has taken place there, I can appreciate it more.

Photos from hotelchelsea.com

Wow. I noticed a lot of interest in my post from last fall of my Cartier cord bracelet, so I thought I should pass on this link to Fashion Week Daily. This is the third year for the cord bracelets and with that comes some changes. The main difference is price! This year the bracelet is $995, but it does come with two rings and $200 goes to charity. The color of the cord determines what charity the money goes to, which can make it hard if you feel strongly about a cause but don’t like the color. Anyway, eight musicians were chosen to be ambassadors this year and on June 19th, you can visit http://www.love.cartier.com and download the ambassadors’ favorite love songs. Fashion Week Daily explains this all much better than me, so make sure you check out their article.

Photo fashionweekdaily.com

Bridal Gowns

My good friend use to work for Winnie Couture, a bridal dress company, and one day was given the task of coming up with names for the dresses. They didn’t want simple, common names, so from our names, Christine named some dresses after us! She said she didn’t get to pick which particular dress would be named after me, but I like the Jenibelle style and like to think of myself as a muse. These dresses are still available, so visit winniecouture.com for locations and information if you love them!

Photos from winniecouture.com

New Film Series

Summer is here! At least it feels like it.  Maybe it is because the season is over for most television shows, but I am so looking forward to HBO’s Documentary Film Series. Tonight, there is a film about Roman Polanski at 9pm. It gives me a reason to look forward to Monday evenings. To see all of the summer’s documentaries, visit hbo.com.

UPDATE:  Ha, the series doesn’t start until next Monday.  I did find some cool YouTube video interviews and stories on VanityFair.com, between a series of posts on WASPs, Angeline Jolie, Bill Clinton and the company he keeps, and differences of real UES girls vs. the lady characters on Gossip Girl, which are sure to delight.

So I thought this style of photography called MethodIzaz was a little weird at first, but now I love it and think it is just brilliant. Izaz Rony, a photographer from Brooklyn, will take pictures of you or whomever that are shot like a paparazzi picture would be. You give your schedule and the desired mood of your photo, and then the photographer will photograph you without you knowing.  So everything comes out natural looking.

I read on Atlanta’s Daily Candy newsletter that Izaz Rony will be there for wedding season (lucky!). Visit www.methodizaz.com for more info.

All photos MethodIzaz

Guamut.com

My obsession today is checking out www.quamut.com, a site that is “the go to how to”.  It gives you professionally written how-tos on all kinds of things.  So far I have been learning how to: read music, write a song, write beautiful calligraphy, quilt, start a nonprofit, use InDesign, and finally this Christmas, I will know how to properly wrap a present.  So helpful!