These are some gorgeous rocks if I don’t say so myself, NALLIK by Jean Balke has taken beautiful elements of the earth and turned them into imagination.  They are absolutely stunning pieces done so tastefully. I’m a huge fan of large jewelry and not so “cookie cutter” pieces and these would all for sure fall into that category. No two being the same, each an individual in it’s own right. Truly a fan. nallik, a word borrowed from the inuit language, cannot be translated directly, but means protection and nurturing in a loving way; according to designer jean balke, the “Inuit people appreciate that we are all connected to each other and our surroundings. They respect the environment and know it contains everything we need to live.”balke, who grew up in germany, lived in helsinki, london and san diego, currently resides in nyc; before she began designing jewelry, she worked as a photographer and art director, and has travelled to over 45 countries, drawing inspiration from the people and landscapes she has experienced along the way; the result is this utterly perfect mix of rock & refined … Read more: {this is glamorous} http://citified.blogspot.com/#ixzz1NHbt5W6q Under Creative Commons License: Attribution

nallik by jean balke

LOVE THIS OUTFIT!

This outfit is so, so cute. 24 yr old from Melbourne, Sarah P, has her some style.

I am so impressed with this outfit and it totally gave me some inspiration to try something new with my closet.

Always a BIG BIG fan of the bow tie and LOVE me some hats, so this is definitely something I want to try, maybe with a shorter skirt thought. I’m barely 5 1/2 and longer skirt lengths tend to make me look like a short stump. 

Thanks for the inspiration Miss Sarah P.!

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O-M-G! These are GORG! So, so amazing for summer. I am in love with United Nude shoes. The colors are so happy and bright, and best of all FUN! I need some more fun in my life, and ladies, what better way to may yourself smile then with some deliciously laugh til’ you cry, open toe, strappy summer sandals?

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THE HIGHLINE NYC

The official Web site of the High Line and Friends of the High Line

This is THE MOST AWESOME THING that has happened to NYC that I can remember. It’s the new HIGH LINE PARK steming from Gansavoort Street to 34th st. It’s a new park that is built on old above ground railroad tracks. AH HELLO AH-MAAAAZING! 

I just moved from NY to LA and I am so, so sad I didn’t get to see this before I left. But I will be back and this will be a new stomping ground for me, for sure.

If you’re living in NY or just visiting this is a new must see for your visit or great new place to get away from it all in the Big Apple. 

The High Line was originally constructed in the 1930s, to lift dangerous freight trains off Manhattan’s streets. Section 1 of the High Line is open as a public park, owned by the City of New York and operated under the jurisdiction of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Friends of the High Line is the conservancy charged with raising private funds for the park and overseeing its maintenance and operations, pursuant to an agreement with the Parks Department.

When all sections are complete, the High Line will be a mile-and-a-half-long elevated park, running through the West Side neighborhoods of the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea and Clinton/Hell’s Kitchen. It features an integrated landscape, designed by landscape architects James Corner Field Operations, with architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, combining meandering concrete pathways with naturalistic plantings. Fixed and movable seating, lighting, and special features are also included in the park.

Access points from street level will be located every two to three blocks. Many of these access points will include elevators, and all will include stairs.

The High Line runs through three of Manhattan’s most dynamic neighborhoods: the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea, and Hell’s Kitchen/Clinton. When the High Line was built in the 1930s, these neighborhoods were dominated by industrial and transportation uses. Now many of the warehouses and factories have been converted to art galleries, design studios, retailers, restaurants, museums, and residences.

The Meatpacking District

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Much of the first section of the High Line is located in the Meatpacking District. Around 1900, the district was home to more than 250 slaughterhouses and meatpacking plants. Before the High Line was built, trains on street level, as well as barges and ships from the Hudson River, brought goods to the district for processing. When the High Line was built, it carried freight trains full of meat and other goods directly to the upper floors of these meatpacking plants and factories. 

In recent decades, as industrial uses have declined in New York City, the Meatpacking District has seen a resurgence of other uses. Its historic cobblestone streets and low-lying industrial buildings are now home to many restaurants, nightclubs, design and photography studios, and fashion boutiques. 

Visit the Meatpacking District Initiative’s Web site for more information. 

In 2003, following a community-led effort, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission established the Gansevoort Market Historic District in recognition of the neighborhood’s historical importance. 

Download the Gansevoort Market Historic District Designation Report

The corner of Gansevoort Street and Washington Street, at the High Line’s southern end, is the future location of a new Whitney Museum of American Art facility. Pre-construction has begun on the site, and the facility is currently projected to open in 2012. Visit the Whitney’s Web site for more information. 

The High Line south of 14th Street is located within the district of Manhattan Community Board No. 2. For more information on Community Board No. 2, please visit the Community Board 2 Web site.

West Chelsea

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To the north of the Meatpacking District is the neighborhood of West Chelsea, where the majority of the High Line is located. West Chelsea shares the industrial past of the Meatpacking District, with large factories and warehouses lining its streets and avenues. West Chelsea is now home to the world’s largest concentration of art galleries. 

In 2005, much of West Chelsea was rezoned by the Department of City Planning, to allow for the High Line’s reuse, to encourage the continued use of former industrial spaces as art galleries, and to encourage economic growth through residential development along Tenth and Eleventh Avenues. 

Read more about the West Chelsea Rezoning on the Department of City Planning Web site

Much of Chelsea was, and continues to be, residential; its tree-lined blocks of historic townhouses earned part of it designation as the Chelsea Historic District in 1970, with an extension added in 1981. 

Download the Chelsea Historic District Map

The creation of another Historic District, in West Chelsea, was recently approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. This District focuses on the industrial history of the neighborhood, and includes many historically and architecturally significant factory and warehouse buildings. 

Download the West Chelsea Historic District Report

The High Line north of 14th Street is located within the district of Manhattan Community Board No. 4. For information on Community Board No. 4, please visit the Community Board 4 Web site.

Clinton / Hell’s Kitchen

The High Line’s northernmost section runs through the southern section of the Clinton / Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood. Much of this neighborhood was part of the 2005 Hudson Yards Rezoning, which was meant to encourage large-scale development and the improvement of transportation infrastructure. In the next decade or so, this neighborhood will likely undergo significant changes to its built environment. 

Read more about the Hudson Yards Rezoning on the Department of City Planning’s Web site.

West Side Rail Yards

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North of 30th Street, the High Line runs around the perimeter of the West Side Rail Yards, located between Tenth and Twelfth Avenues and 30th and 33rd Streets. This section of the High Line is not yet owned by the City. Its future depends on a planning process now underway between the Metropolitan Transit Authority, the State agency that owns the site; the Related Companies, the developer leasing the site for a large-scale development; and the City. 

Throughout the planning process, Friends of the High Line is working with these parties, as well as with many community groups and elected officials, to ensure that the entire historic High Line is preserved at the West Side rail yards.