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Falcons at The Met Cloisters | In My Travels

by Jamie Sanford on June 15, 2016

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Will and I have had memberships to The Metropolitan Museum of Art a few times, with lapses in membership here and there. If you live in the NYC area and enjoy museums, it is totally worth it. We can bring in one person each at no additional cost, we don’t have to pay for admission, and there are other perks as well. We are pretty low on the membership level, but it is still enough for us to be worthwhile. It is absolutely impossible to get through The Met in one day, so we generally go on Friday when they are open late, pick a section, and spend significant time there. It is one of my favorite things.

Recently, we found out via Facebook that there would be a falconry presentation at The Met Cloisters, a gorgeous museum in its own right, located uptown in Fort Tryon Park. It was brutally hot and humid, particularly for May, but we were not deterred! There were birds to see.

This is the one bird I got close to. We underestimated how many people would come to the falconry presentation.

A small suggestion for a future event of this kind would be to set up a space to sit the creatures down and let everyone take photos, but photos where the backgrounds are not OTHER PEOPLE TAKING PHOTOS. This is intensely frustrating, so many of the photos I took are disappointing because of the people with iPads out in the background. More crowd control and pre-planning would have been brilliant.

We were in the most beautiful garden.

The museum contains relocated cloisters from different places. You can read more about that on Wikipedia. It is incredibly cohesive.

The particular garden we were in contained a section on poisonous plants and also plants used in witchcraft!

Beautiful flowers were blooming throughout.

The museum has quite a large collection of impressive stained glass.

I particularly love the unicorn tapestries. They were previously owned by John D. Rockefeller.

There is certainly no lack of drama at The Cloisters either.

You can view my whole set of images from this day here on Flickr. If you are in the area, I highly suggest a visit to The Met Cloisters. They are open until 8pm on Fridays during the summer.




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Instagram Roundup

by Jamie Sanford on March 30, 2012

Since I just talked yesterday about love for Instagram, and learned more about tilt shift, I decided to create a post following the recent days through the photos I posted. Here we go.

Noritake stemware in the new InStyle!
I had no idea that when I sent this black Noritake Palais Black stemware to InStyle that it would end up this pretty in the magazine!

Ken is sassy as ever.

I saw Ken in the grocery store. If he was human, I think I would see him out at certain bars I frequent.

Overlooking the armor @metmuseum.

Met Friday! Will and I have put good use to our Met memberships, we generally go on Friday nights when the museum is open until 9. I’m looking down at the armor gallery here.

Stained glass from a Brooklyn church in the 1800s. @metmuseum

This stained glass was recovered from an old church in Brooklyn.

Furniture shopping. @metmuseum

I started furniture shopping in the American Wing. Later on while walking through the home portion, I got excited and a little emotional because I was looking at things that could have been owned by my ancestors. This is a little bit more at the forefront of my mind because I’ve been actively using my account again. Way more on that to come.


Last week, I was in the Noritake showroom for a few days running. Since I started parking at a certain lot nearby, I always photograph the Flatiron Building when I walk by.  I can’t pass without doing it now, so I have a few shots from last week.  This is Wednesday morning.


Also Wednesday morning.

Foggy today.

Thursday was foggier.

Third time this week.

Friday was absolutely gorgeous.

NYC is totally Springtown.

Then on the way home, I started noticing that Spring is in full effect.


Went to a tiny county zoo with my visiting Dad on Saturday, and saw lots of gorgeous flowers. I wish I had thought to take a picture of Dad and me in the zoo.


One of my favorite Instagram photos yet, this tree was pink and stunning.

Chianti.Dinner with Dad and Will that evening at an Italian place that totally seems like it is a mob front – they shared the majority of this bottle of chianti. It was pretty delicious, but my chicken parm was the real winner.

They are mini!

Easter-themed crack, AKA Cadbury Eggs, come in minis! They are adorable in their little egg crate.

Bought as a novelty but it's actually a good lip balm.

I bought this Mountain Dew lip balm from ThinkGeek. I know it should be all wrong, but I really love it. It’s a way better result than the Bacon Lip Balm I bought, which is the most disgusting thing ever. Ew.


 This was in my fortune cookie today. Oddly timed – but like horoscopes, I’m sure this is just vague enough for me to think the universe is speaking to me. Maybe I have more skepticism than integrity?

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Romantic Primitivism at the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty Exhibit, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Photo Credit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Last week, Will (my husband) and I braved the intense heat and headed to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to view the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibit.  After finding out that we would be facing a wait of 2 hours to get into the exhibit, we decided that the best course of action was to buy yearlong memberships to the museum so that we could 1)skip the line into the Alexander McQueen exhibit, and 2)come back to the museum anytime we want during the next year without paying to get in.  The membership cost is such that if we go to the museum 3 times in the year that we’ve more than covered the cost. It seemed like a no-brainer.

The Cabinet of Curiosities in the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty Exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Photo Credit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

If you have a chance to be in New York between now and August 7th, make the effort to go to the museum and see the Savage Beauty exhibit.  While I have loved watching fashion shows on TV and looking at photos online, getting to be this close to some of the ridiculously detailed work happening on these creations was mind-blowing.  The work with feathers was particularly interesting to me, I could have stared at those pieces for hours.

Plato's Atlantis in the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty Exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Photo Credit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

If you cannot make it to the Met between now and August 7th, you need to watch the video embedded below.  It gives a wonderful overview of the exhibit and the items contained therein.

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Here are some other links about the exhibit and the items within it:

Another way to get some of the experience of this exhibit is through the official book, which I find out now is available on Amazon.

Savage Beauty BookThe hardcover Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty is available from Amazon for $29.61.

If you want to visit the exhibit in person, admission to the Met is $25/person, with the audio tour headphones costing an additional $7.

Did anyone have a chance to attend the exhibition? What was your favorite thing about it?

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Frank Lloyd Wright Wall Clock

by Jamie Sanford on April 26, 2010

One of my obsessions is the life and work of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

I am excited to have found this clock in the Met Store, here’s the description from the site.

Sleek and simple with an industrial look, this timekeeper showcases the typeface Frank Lloyd Wright (American, 1867–1956) designed in the 1930s for use in exhibitions of his work.

This clock is available from the Met Store for $75.

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Photos from The Met.

by Jamie Sanford on August 13, 2008

Over the weekend, I was lucky enough to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  They have some wonderful exhibits right now in addition to the massive permanent collection.  We had to leave for dinner but otherwise I would have stayed for at least a few more hours, it is such a spectacular museum.  Here are some of my favorite photos from the day, the entire set can be found here in Flickr.






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