By Stephanie

About Stephanie

Stephanie is a poet, teacher, & pathological dreamer. She lives in Greenpoint. Her literary & style musings can be found here: http://kitschy.tumblr.com.

Sparkle this Spring: Dazzle in Catbird Gems & Baubles

For the past few seasons, I’ve been trying to up my accessories game. Naturally, I gravitated towards Catbird (219 Bedford Avenue) for its sweet little stack rings and I tend to wear my lovecats ring on the reg. Add some razzle dazzle to your spring looks with something shiny, pretty, or just so-good-for-you. Self care is a thing, you know. And that could involve diamonds, too.

Check out some bangin’ spring pick for some sparkle in your step with Catbird’s Spring arrivals.
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Fleeting Connections: Intuitive Counseling to Help You Celebrate Your Life

There’s something about me I haven’t really shared with anyone: I love it when people, places, and things magically sync up. Maybe it’s seeing a certain number or time everyday (11:11, anyone?), or dreaming about a long-lost friend or lover and out of the blue, they contact you. That’s synchronicity.

And, it felt even more synchronous when I was referred by a friend to Virginia Mason, an intuitive counselor. Virginia honors human experience and the uncertainty of life with many tools – reiki, astrology, tarot, yoga, and more.

Want to know the key behind intuitive counseling and how this Greenpoint gal is making huge waves in our neighborhood? I spent a lovely afternoon with Virginia to talk about all things mystical and tangible and got to experience some reiki firsthand. Read more to find out.
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SPARK Dating Workshop: A Confidence Building Game-Changer

In late February, I had the pleasure of attending SPARK: A Dating Workshop at Triskelion Arts (106 Calyer Street). The low key event describes itself as a dating workshop that’s “not for the faint of heart, where you get constructive feedback from a group of your peers.” As a single lady, I was definitely intrigued. It sounded like my own private focus group where I could ask questions, get feedback, and gain new perspectives on the exciting beast known as the dating game.

So, what is a dating workshop like? And, did I come out of it feeling good with key takeaways and new tips? You betcha. Read on for more details and insights from SPARK founder, Minna Taylor.
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Is It Spring Yet? In God We Trust Blooms

Get your spring wardrobe wishlist ready, because In God We Trust (70 Greenpoint Ave.) is putting out some serious must-have vibes. The shop’s new line will make you wish it was 65 and sunny all day, every day. So, whether you’re putting together a new capsule collection, redefining your personal style, or just want to treat yourself, there’s a sweet piece for every kind of buyer.

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Greenpoint Reads: The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker

Perhaps you just heard of The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker – either randomly browsing the shelves at Word Bookstore (126 Franklin St.) or you stopped by the author’s reading at the cozy shop. What happens when you meet your best friend at university? Meet Mel and Sharon in The Animators, two women who forge a kinship and friendship in art school and endure the trials and tribulations of living and working in Brooklyn while making a path for themselves as animators. They’re on the brink of success with their first full-length feature film while living in a fragile world full of urgency, love, sex, and drugs.

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Isn’t It Dreamy?: Line and Label’s Spring Collection is Everything

It’s probably global warming, but the temperatures are rising. It seems like our fellow Greenpointers are loving the warm weather (me too!) because we’re all reaching for light leather jackets, ripped skinny jeans, and breezy pieces. It’s making me totally excited for spring. And, that’s where our local stand-by, Line and Label (568 Manhattan Ave.) comes in.


Line and Label’s Spring Look Book is just the icing on the cake for warmer temps: with gauzy pieces with a definite vintage flair, the collection has friendly and inviting silhouettes with a cheeky, flirty feel. Not to mention, some of these pieces double for their Ceremonial Collection – perfect if you’re tying the knot or just attending a bevy of weddings in the coming months.
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Don’t Miss This Pop-up Shop: We Are The Resistance, Thursday 2/23

If you’re looking to make a difference and get a little escape at the same time, then you must check out the latest pop-up shop at Dusty Rose Vintage (251 Greenpoint Ave.) this Thursday, 2/23. We Are The Resistance is a one day pop-up that promotes mindful and intentional shopping while connecting the community with other artists and creators.

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All of the Must-Shop Valentine’s Day Markets Happening in Greenpoint

Besides our upcoming fab Greenpointers market (this Sunday from 1-7pm, 67 West St.) full of prose, astrology, drinks, beautiful gifts, and more, there are some major Valentine’s Day markets you need to hit up. Whether you’re on the hunt of a sweet token for your love, a gift for your bestie, or a little somethin’ for yourself, there’s trinkets and baubles for everyone.

Get the list now.


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Wildfell Hall Is The Hidden Gem of Vintage Shops

If you’re jonesing for some vintage vibes this year, then you need to check out Wildfell Hall Vintage. Since 2010, this Greenpoint-based online(and now by appointment) boutique has been serving up goodies with a flair from timeless eras in fashion and style.

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This shop is a great nook in the neighborhood and it’s right above Greenpoint Tattoo Co. (131 Meserole Ave.). Amy, the owner, curates a selection of clothes and accessories that transcends time.

Check out my Q&A with the fab owner Amy and an in-depth look at one of Wildfell’s newest and totally-essential accessories.

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