Urban Explorer

Field Jacket: Trouve
Houndstooth Scarf: Banana Republic
Westie Sweater: J. Crew
Jeans: Gap
Rainbow Socks: Happy Feet
Shoes: Chucks

There was a time when I made a New Years Resolution to be out of town only 2 weekends of the month.  If I didn't have at least two flights in queue, showing up on my elite status airline account, I would have a mild panic attack and book some sort of quick getaway.  Now that I am a recently transplanted New Yorker I've been "grounded" for a month and for the foreseeable future, and guess what, there is no panic attack.  

Don't get me wrong, my life has not slowed down one second, but now I am an Urban Explorer.  I'm contented wandering my local uncharted territory, staking out clean bathrooms across the city, and mapping out my new locale.  For now.  


ps.  I love my sweater, it has a lil' Westie right by my heart, where he belongs.   


Sheer Ruffle Top:  J. Crew
Wool Mini:  Banana Republic
Socks:  Japan (the country, see this post for my sock obsession)
Shoes:  Madewell
Necklace: Vintage, via Manhattan Vintage

Sometimes I have a lot to say on my blog, other times my mind is somewhere else or nowhere at all (like my recent velvet post).  That's the fun thing about blogging, it is a web log of my style and it will reflect a fraction of my crazy life onto the crazy interwebs.  I'm not a machine or a team of people making this happen (as is clear by my recent iphone self portraits), which gets me to my "point", this self pop tart tumblr is hilarious!



Happy Thanksgiving!

Silk Top: J. Crew
Wool Maxi Skirt: Vintage
Belt: Anthropologie find
Boots: Frye

I'm thankful for many things and I am thankful for them all the time, not only one day of the year.  Today, I am thankful for fun friends to celebrate an orphan Thanksgiving in my new home of New York who all cook really well.  I suspected this would be the case, so I wore my new/vintage skirt that is a teeniny bit to small so I wouldn't be tempted to completely overindulge in the good food.  I did over indulge in good times, but one can never fill up on too many of those.

I included a close up of the plaid on this crazy Puritan style maxi skirt, the colors were not getting their proverbial day in the sun in a full length shot.



Tulle and some tease

Dress: Clearance Rack at Foley's (circa 2004)
Coat: Vintage
Boots: Lucchese

Aquanet-you do wonders for my hair.

When I purchased this dress it beaconed to me from a crammed pack clearance rack, it was $20, I had no idea what I would ever wear it for but I knew it was going home with me.  Since that fateful day I have worn it to a 5 year old's birthday party, on stage to shake tambourines and clang triangles with Kennedy Bakery, (it's possible I might occasionally put it on to swish and sway in secret in my apartment when I need a pick me up as well) and now a Cajun Debutant party in Williamsburg and all around the East Village running a general muck.  Good times are always guaranteed in tulle and teased hair.


Velvet and not much else.

Velvet Minidress: Sample
Gold Belt: J. Crew
Thigh High Knit Socks:  Sock Dreams
Boots: Frye
Coat: Vintage

I'm sorta in love with the texture of velvet right now.  And that's all I got right now people, nothing clever or introspective.  I love velvet.  

That's all folks.



Sweater Dress:  sample
Neon Belt: Gap
Tights: Clothes Swap
Boots:  Frye

Is it weird to get tights from a clothes swap?  It feels weird to admit to y'all I'm wearing someone else's tights, for a split second I considered lying, but I can't lie to you guys.  They were my best friends before they became mine, so that somehow makes it less weird, right?   


Lazy in Lipstick

Houndstooth Scarf: Banana Republic, 2005
Shrunken Sweatshirt: J. Crew
Sunnies: Ray-Ban
Tank and Leggings: American Apparel
Shoes: Chucks

This is a lazy sunday morning outfit, which actually looks pretty glam thanks to the lipstick.  It's amazing how lipstick can totally change an outfit.  But I have a secret, the lipstick is left over from last night, that's how lazy today is.



All WOW, no sham

Sweater: Anthropologie
Tank: American Apparel 
Jeans: Gap
Glasses: Betsey Johnson
Earrings: samples :)

I feel like I can't help but sound like an infomercial today, "in two easy steps take your outfit from sad to super!", or something cheesy like that.  If I had thought of that this morning I would have taken a silly sad "before picture" in my tank and jeans!   But it really is that easy to take some simple things and wow them up a bit, but this wow isn't a sham.  



Labor of Love

Work Version
Evening Version

New shoes can really pick a girl up out of the dumps.  I had ordered these NEON orange beauties with the exact intention of cheering me up during the dreary winter to come, plus they are gonna look AH-mazing with my new/vintage bright pink coat (no I did not think of how I would walk in the snow while wearing them, that would be too damn reasonable).

Breaking in new shoes is challenging, it's mostly a labor of love (I have loved ALOT, as proven by the many scars on my feet).  Blogging is also a labor of love; always feeling though you're writing to yourself, people leaving mean comments, and only having 1/5 of your normal wardrobe can all be a drag.  As I try to find my way in a hectic new life, blogging can border on chore some days, but a few fun things have happend recently where I feel the love picking back up, which isn't surprising, love ebbs and flows like most things in life. One thing for sure, I will always ride the tide...



 Silk Zip Vest: J. Crew
Grey Long Sleeve top: ummm.....I don't remember
Silk Chiffon Skirt: Banana Republic
Argyle OTK socks: Japan
Spectator Shoes: Madewell

Fun socks have always been a weakness for me, so when I was in Japan a few years ago I spent all my shopping money on socks because that country LOVES accessories almost as much as I do.  

The first time I walked into a department store there I was in awe at the size of the accessory department.  They sell matching umbrella and fan sets from designers like Anna Sui, plus a whole section of designer/fashion hand towels, in addition to a WIDE assortment of all our traditional accessory items.  Which, yes, we have "designer" towels in America, but in Japan women carry fans and washcloths in their handbags.  Fans because the temperature is warm and A/C doesn't flow as freely  and washcloths because the public bathrooms never have paper towel dispensers and those high powered air dryers can dry our hands after repeated use.  So Japanese women carry these personal accessories on a daily basis and have several sets to compliment the various outfits, so chic!

My sock fetish will certainly grow here in NYC, as layering is important and socks can provide extra warmth and pattern/color to a winter outfit.



Lightning Strikes!

As a general rule I do not look good when I am sweaty, nor do I care.  But today my lightning bolt yoga pants happen to match my lighting bolt head which all match my lightning bolt blog header.  Thanks to the lovely and talented Sarah at Mudhoney Salon for the new designs.  

Time to bolt, fast like lightning, and get on with my day.



Slice and Dice DIY

Life is pretty busy right now, I have all these great blog posts in my head, it just takes time (and some one to take pictures of me) to get them executed.  So I reached into the archives and found some before/after DIY pics...

Take a bad ass tee....
Cut some slits in the sleeves and the punk 
rock-ness increases by a factor of ten. 
It's a super easy way to take a regular ol' tee and jazz it up.  I did this on a whim, but if you need more inspiration google "tee shirt cutting designs" and the inpsiration will flow.  The very first link I found has good instructional videos, here.  Happy slicing and dicing to you.