Saturday, July 13, 2013

Found: Brooklyn Fringe with Benefits

Once upon a time,
 
it was a nice afternoon in late June.
I'll fill you in on where I've been since, next time. But, travel back with me--almost July.
 
I'd been packing my schedule with a great deal of power flow yoga at Yoga to the People and, in addition, a milder, more urban social flow in Bryant Park (check their schedule to experience it personally as well--you won't be sorry) with 200 of my closest New Yorkers. Two very different yogi experiences, but each serves a special purpose for me, in terms of what I seek and receive. Both are good for the mind, body and soul. You get it, reader.
 
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I'd been attending the expected New York outdoor summer film screenings with hundreds of others in public parks across the city and Brooklyn, complete with terribly & adorably cliché blankets and picnic-esque food items.
(Click the link above for a full city-wide schedule)
 
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Back to that nice June afternoon I mentioned.  
 
And, that day was an even nicer one for a bit of wandering around my neighborhood, enjoying the cooler summer weather and soaking up the bubbly energy by the East River--people galore doing exactly the same thing as myself. I should have left it at that--enjoying. But, no! Of course, I stumbled upon some wonderful shops and stands, per usual, and I couldn't help myself! When it's one of a kind, how can you let it go? The moment, otherwise...
"just passes you by" (Thank you, My Best Friend's Wedding). And if I remember one applicable yoga principle correctly, it's to steady the breath, still the mind, and to be fully present in that moment. OK, so most likely, that task isn't referring to embracing that very moment when you discover some rare and incredible fashion find, but come on...bear with me. I'm bringing this full-circle here.
This is our safe place, guys. I'm confessing, though, and sharing with you all, so my low resistance to fabulosity becomes just a personal minor fault that carries benefits. I admit it! I'm no match. I'm weak when left to my own devices. But, my weakness is your gain in this haven for real-talk.
Enjoy.
 
 
 
 
1. Bandit Brand fringe tee
Bandit Brand tent= $30
    I found this Bandit Brand tee at the weekend-long Renegade festival on the Williamsburg waterfront. We're all regulars at every weekend's Smorgasburg here in Brooklyn on the East River, a fantastic display of artisanal food, drink and everything we gluttons LOVE, and The Artists and Fleas market, featuring local, emerging designers as well as vintage pop-up stores. But, Renegade brought together designers and store-owners from around the country, touting anything and everything from stenciled posters to handmade baby clothing to rare industrial furniture. I don't do well at these food, clothing, drink and gift-item extravaganzas. And when I say that I don't do well, I mean that I do tooooooo well. I become unnaturally giddy, eyes bulging. The adrenaline runs. The hunt commences. Adventures in shopping addiction. Conjure the image of Veruca Salt, running wildly through Willy Wonka's Chocolate factory like a woman gone stark-raving mad with greed!
"I want it! I want it now!"
This tee is super comfortable, unpretentious, moderately funny (to me, at least) and is a no-brainer for summer. Pair with shorts or a high-waisted skirt. In actuality, I almost purchased ten different styles of Bandit Brand's shirts, but I had to reel myself back in. It was painful. It truly was. I adore a good, casual-cool, rock'nroll t-shirt. Adorrrrrrrrre. Now that I've given this shirt a few test runs before completely losing my marbles and over-purchasing, I've made an informed executive decision:
I need more.
 
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2. Vintage yellow woven top
with hand-sewn flower detail and fringe trim
Vintage odds and ends tent= $20
I'm into the American Indian vibe of this top. In fact, I'm into that vibe entirely. Fringe on anything rules, translating that..."Who cares? I'm not trying to look cool. I just am"-kind of energy. Again-Comfortable, casual, and it looks easy, breezy whether with cut-offs and flat sandals or some bright red wedges for an effortless July evening ensemble.
 
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You can even throw on some heels, like these fruit punch-red Dolce Vitas,  to transition from Barefoot American Indian Princess to Queen of the Night.
 
 
 
 
 
3. Bronze leather Spike Necklace
with magnetic closure
Unknown Williamsburg festival designer=$15
 It looks like it's metal. But, it's not. Collar necklaces are an easy solution to big-bang looks without the overdosing of superfluous jewelry. And, this necklace, being leather, dances well with any fabric of your top or dress, almost meshing into one cohesive piece.
 

 
4. Jeffrey Campbell "Thelma" snakeskin wedges
in cool blues and purples
Consignment=$45at Buffalo Exchange

I really don't even need to chat about these, do I? I can't resist animal print. It's a problem. These heels almost look like loafers with heels. The ankle strap elongates your foot and accentuates everything you could ever want. I've paired these with a plain black dress for night but also an orange shift for day. Either way? A hissssss for your buck.

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5. Sperry Top-Sider "Laura" Leopard Boat Shoes
in Pony Hair
Consignment= $35 at Buffalo Exchange
Again, leopard. Sperry's are cute. They're preppy, albeit, generally a bit too preppy for me. Normally, you say boat shoes, and I immediately think of derby race parties where I desperately need a cocktail to deal with the sockless guys in Polo shirts. But, these pony hair loafers? I'll manage.  The uber-padded nature and rubber soles have me living in these already.
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I'm glad I could unload that guilt I'd been carrying.
I'm feeling lighter already after this session.
 

"This is my one chance at happiness.
I have to be ruthless!"

-My Best Friend's Wedding
I'm on a roll with this. I had to.

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