In NYC, even the art wears hipster glasses.
at the present I am…
♥ wearing: My trusty Ralph Lauren button down, skinnies and nude flats
♥ listening: Kacey Musgraves’ album — Same Trailer, Different Park
♥ reading: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
♥ watching: Mad Men — isn’t everyone?
♥ doing: My nails. I am trying to get better at painting my own nails. I think I am making progress, if I do say so myself.
♥ loving: All the blooming trees in the city. Gorgeous.
♥ hating: Leggings as pants. But you already knew that.
♥ wishing: For a puppy!
♥ wanting: A whole piece bathing suit. I think I might get this midkini first, though. Baby steps
What about you, lovelies?
I found myself way far away from my neighborhood this past week. In these very pictures I am standing in the heart of the financial district. So, despite my casual attire, I was basically surrounded by riches. Yay, accidental tourist! And yes, traveling from Harlem to Wall Street does count as legitimate travel.
Also, I just had to include the photo below because it looks like I am confidently strutting into New York Sports Club — but we all know that’s a laugh.
Shoes: J.Crew Factory | Jeans: J. Crew | Peplum and Tee: Asos
It was a day for American classics — Shake Shack hamburgers, empty calories, and red, white and blue attire ruled on this blistery early March day in New York. Seriously, it was freakin’ freezing. But you best believe I inhaled my large milkshake like a boss despite the fact that I was shivering cold.
Just for the record — I did not eat both of the hamburgers pictured above. One of them was for my husband.
Shoes: LuLu’s | Jeans: Urban Outfitters | Jacket: H&M (old)
This past weekend was straight up rain all day err’day in NYC. But I had a hair appointment that was tragically overdue so I went despite the weather.
My hair stylist was all like, “Wow! You are brave. It’s so rainy today.”
And then I was like, “Well, it isn’t raining Nair, so I think I’ll be all right.” Because I am so witty and I always have so many witty things to say, you see.
Well, as usual — the lady who has spent the last three years transforming my hair from a dry, breaking, rat’s nest into something moderately presentable was right. Approximately five seconds after leaving the shop, the beautiful, soft curls she gave me fell into a frizzy stick-straight disaster, just in time for me to shoot my outfit post.
So I got my nails done to make up for it — definitely a sound investment.
ANYWAY — on to my outfit. I had been seeing this skirt in every H&M window in NYC and I just HAD to make it mine. It is the best. You should buy it immediately for the sake of your happiness.
Shoes: Zara | Skirt: H&M | Belt: Target | Shirt: J.Crew
May I take a moment to draw your attention to the INCREDIBLE pattern detail on this shirt from The Impeccable Pig? There are literally a million ways I could style this top. Since it is a frozen tundra in NYC, I layered it with my favorite chambray and crochet sweater (no, I probably won’t stop complaining about the weather in every post until mid April — at the earliest).
Also, these photos were taken in my Harlem ‘hood. Harlem has the best front stoops y’all. They remind me so much of the stoops on Sesame Street — amiright? I am patiently waiting for Big Bird to miraculously appear in the photo below…
Hubby and I were over on the east side getting tie hooks from the Container Store because we are adults and purchasing tie hooks is how adults spend their weekends. Since we were so close to the Plaza Hotel, I insisted upon an impromptu outfit shoot that featured one of my favorite sweaters. Then we got froyo from the Plaza Food Hall. It was all very touristy and fabulous.
Shoes: L.L. Bean | Jeans: J. Crew | Sweater: J. Crew (worn here) | Shirt: Ralph Lauren
The sun came out in picturesque Harlem which made for bearable outfit post shoots. Hurray!
Also, you may notice that my new bangs are a bit shorter. They are because I decided to go big or go home. So I had my stylist cut them short and blunt.
However, short, blunt bangs require even more TLC than longer, swoopy bangs. For example, when I washed my hair after my stylist cut them, I didn’t realize that one has to style one’s bangs when they are wet.
Since I failed to do anything to my bangs when they were wet, when they dried they stuck out straight forward. They didn’t stick up or to side, they stuck straight forward and I looked like a full-on crazy person. Instead of simply re-wetting my bangs and starting again, I immediately began panicking and my husband thought my my Alfalfa-inspired bangs were just hilarious. Then, in my hour of need, the blow dryer and flat iron only made the situation worse. So I had to tie a scarf tightly around my head and sort of glue my bangs to my forehead and hope for the best. Luckily, the scarf worked, and in the morning all was well again with my bangs.
But now I know. Always style bangs when they are wet.
Shoes: Brooks Brothers | Skirt: Asos also worn here | Cardigan: Forever 21 (old) | Shirt: J.Crew
I just couldn’t resist the urge to make cheesy collages to highlight 2012.
What a great year it was!
I had some great life updates in 2012. I put my favorite moments in this collage.
I got married ♥ I went on a glorious honeymoon ♥ I celebrated three years as a Harlem gangsta ♥ I got bangs ♥ I have been blogging for nearly four years (though, in my humble opinion, I hit my stride this year.)
This year I tried to introduce way more outfit posts and change this blog from a fashion inspiration blog to more of a style diary. It has been a great journey refining my personal style and showing off my tendency to wear the same thing over and over again on the blog.
In 2013 — expect even more outfit posts!
Happy New Year!
I may be a bit late to this party but I recently discovered photographer Miru Kim who does really cool work. While she is definitely not the first girl to take naked photos of herself in potentially public places, she does it with an elegance that is captivating.
Miru goes to abandoned industrial structures armed with her tripod, she strips down and captures some pretty amazing photos. Here is an excerpt from her site:
I have always been fascinated by living beings reclaiming the urban ruins, having come across more than just rats: wild dogs, cats, birds, and bees nesting in sugar barrels in abandoned sugar factories. Envisioning imaginary beings that could dwell in these spaces, I began to occupy them myself. I became an animal or a child interacting with the surroundings. As I momentarily inhabit these deserted sites, they are transformed from strange to familiar, from harsh to calm, from dangerous to ludic.
Pretty cool and beautiful, right? See more of her work here.
All photos are property of Miru Kim