sweater PACSUN | vest C/O GRAYSON SHOP | pants Q | flats C/O BALLASOX | collar necklace C/O SAMMY DRESS | arrow necklace C/O BITZ & PIECES BOUTIQUE | sunglasses C/O WOW VINTAGE | bag C/O LA MODA
Amount of time to destination: approximately sixty minutes of aimless wandering
Current weather: about fifty degrees, which translations to BLISS in New York terminology
Status of hunger: Above satisifactory, thanks to a heavenly combo of French toast, scrambled eggs, and bacon à la The Grey Dog
When Mother Nature blesses us with sunshine in the city, paradise is born. SoHo is flanked by retail therapy hungry individuals, restaurants are bustling again with post-Seamless cravings, and the once white-blanketed avenues are now the stomping grounds of normal shoewear (hello, flats). Faith has been successfully been restored. With such a glistening day outdoors, I knew I had to take advantange of New York's prime weather before the dreaded plague of snow, rain and overcast mornings would poison the city again this week. LA is looking extremely appealing right about now... oh, the evenings I have spent lusting for the number two combo from In N Out.
For a blogger, pristine weather is equivalent to outfit photo days (unless you already have the luxury of bathing in year-round sunshine *cue envy swoons*). Thus, my fellow blogger friend Kelly of Creme de la Chic and I decided to utilize this perfect Saturday afternoon to commence a round of necessary photographing. With our appetites nurtured and thirsts quenched thanks to hazelnut coffee (hers hot, mine iced), we decided to venture around SoHo with our trusty DSLRs in hopes of doing some "innocent" window shopping and locating the perfect New York-esque street to snap a few outfit shots. How exactly did our plan go? Well, let me put it this way: I didn't leave the Kate Spade Saturday store empty-handed. However, I believe my purchase was justified because one, it was a very tantalizing sale item, and two, it was a half-birthday gift for my dear mother. Tragically, we failed on our location scouting duties when we realized how incredibly busy SoHo was (which would inevitably mean getting "the look" from curious passerbys if we were to take pictures) and how there were a lack of photogenic backdrops amongst the infinite shops.
Defeated, Kelly suggested we go towards Alphabet City, an often forgotten slice of Manhattan that I have never been to before, and for a reason too. As that
semi-naive New York transplant, I have often heard less than stellar reviews of Alphabet City, mainly because it is quote, "dangerous" to venture to. Of course, I would never dare lay a precious boot-clad foot into the area when night falls, but during the day, it is a whole other story. Surprisingly, Alphabet City was the winning champion of the day, providing us with quaint residential streets, hipster-worthy murals, and shabby chic brick walls, perfect for the setting of our outfit photos. Hooray for ABCs!
To compliment NYC's idyllic weather, I opted for my favorite pair of comfy floral pants with a knitted oatmeal sweater. To add a splash of dimension, I threw on my latest obsession: my denim and leather studded vest care of Grayson (PS: If you're on the search for trendy apparel meets Forever 21 prices, Grayson is your true calling. Definitely make sure to check out their online shop for a slew of dreamy pieces that could be in your own closet soon!) Next up, I had to play up my accessories to appropiately finish the look, starting with my dainty rose-gold arrow necklace, generously gifted to me by Breanne of Bitz & Pieces Boutique. While I am naturally drawn to eye-catching, statement necklaces, there are times when I absolutely love the essence of a delicate necklace, which also doubles as a layering piece. Thus, for a bolder touch, I added a matching gold collar necklace to spruce up my outfit. And of course, I must not forget about a blogger's most trustworthy comrade: her handbag. Special thanks to La Moda for sending me this stunning cognac faux-leather bag, complete with beautiful rose-gold studs, which if you didn't know already, is one of the
many ways to my (not really) unattainable heart. For shoes, flats were easily the supreme choice. Unfortunately, I am not that type of New Yorker who can confidently conquer four blocks in four-inch heels (and if I try, I end up regretting my very practical choice immediately). When Ballasox offered to rescue me from my metropolitan troubles, I knew I would be stepping into bliss... and indeed I did. Their black leather flats is like, if I can gracefully put it, butter for your feet. With ruched sides that perfectly envelopes your feet in true comfort, it no longer made that ardurous walk across town like a scene out of a campy horror movie. Plus, one can never go wrong with a staple like a pair of classic black ballet flats.
Also, perhaps it is just me, but has anyone been experiencing with low photo quality once they are uploaded via Blogger? The pictures look wonderfully superb on Photoshop, but once I upload them to Blogger, the quality significantly lessens. Hopefully this is not a fault on my end, but I will have to concoct some cure on how to fix this issue for my future posts.
In other news, I also turn nineteen this week is which is downright terrifying.... help please?