Saturday, August 24, 2013

What I Wore: Electric Boho

"A hat is a flag, a shield, a bit of armor, and the badge of femininity. A hat is the difference between wearing clothes and wearing a costume; it's the difference between being dressed and being dressed up; it's the difference between looking adequate and looking your best. A hat is to be stylish in, to glow under, to flirt beneath, to make all others seem jealous over, and to make all men feel masculine about. A piece of magic is a hat."
-Martha Sliter
 
 
Well, hello!
Have we met?
 I've been telling everyone this very thing from the start.  How many times must I tell you--yes, you!--that you are a hat person?
Got that?
In unison,
"Roger that."
OK, I'll step off of my hat box now.
 
Picture it--
Soho. David Burke Kitchen garden and treehouse bar for Restaurant Week here in New York. Crab & tomato gazpacho, grilled branzino with quinoa and roasted carrots, finished with raspberry sorbet. Three courses for 25 buckaroos. Steal, Lucille. That's the standard shtick for the official New York Restaurant Week, which allows me to gorge for two weeks straight, living like the queen I wish I could be every day of the year. Again, 25 bucks. Wallet--NOT waist--friendly. The weather felt nothing short of divine. A small breeze with warm sunshine and temperatures that rested in the 70s. Yes, when I chose the word "divine," I wasn't just going for cheeky. Feeling the vibe of said 70s as well as the actual wind (thank goodness!) whip around me, I chose to go along with the set-up that nature AND my restaurant reservations had created for my day.
 
What I Wore: Electric Boho
 
olivia inkster, those kinds of girls, tan cream off white lace crochet dress, crochet top, dress, free people dress, hippie dress, seventies inspired dress, boho, bohemian dress outfit, Colombian hat, black and white hat, Panama style hat, new york city streetstyle, soho in new York city, soho style nyc

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The Vitals:  
Sam and Lavi off-white crochet bat wing drawstring dress// More here 
Colorful beaded necklaces (old)// Similar here
Tan, engraved leather wristband (vintage)// Similar here
Gold wire and earth stone ring
Colombian black and tan stitched hat
 
....And, on on the subject of continuing adult education,
I'll make this as easy, breezy, beautiful...
as I can for you.
More style inspirations for thought.
You're welcome.
 
 
Electric Boho

 




"It isn't what I do, but how I do it.  It isn't what I say, but how I say it, and how I look when I do it and say it."
-Mae West


    I'll be enjoying my weekend at the historic Green-Wood Cemetery, commemorating the 237th Anniversary of the American Revolution's Battle of Brooklyn, which occurred on August 27, 1776. The Battle of Brooklyn was actually the first battle fought after the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Looking at the numbers of soldiers, it was the largest battle of the entire conflict. As the British began firing down hard upon American troops in New York, the army fled to their defenses in Brooklyn Heights. In an effort to prevent further losses, George Washington led the Continental Army in a retreat in the middle of the dark night by way of the East River to Manhattan. As we're all aware, we may have lost that particular battle, but good 'ole George and the boys pulled through with a glorious victory, forever changing the existing world.

    Today includes indulging the history geek in me and participating in and observing costumed re-enactments, rifle firing, parades, monologues, exhibits, and tours. Let me be transparent, I'm hoping the participating part includes the rifle, really.
 
And, you might have guessed...
this kind of girl thinks it's another perfect day for a hat...
with a rifle in hand or not.  
 
 
 

Friday, August 16, 2013

Friday Finds: StyleVisa Picks

It's Friday, Friday...
Gotta get _______ on Friday.

    I won't force you to sing that maddening song, but I will encourage you to get into Friday's Finds. In "Right Now in Five: July's Wrap-Up," I mentioned how much I loooooooove Paper Wings jewelry and so many of the other designers, featured on the one-stop-online-shop, StyleVisa, "your own passport to global design and culture." StyleVisa showcases a variety of cool creations- from home décor to accessories and gifts, but also, rare and unique items from all around the world. If you're seeking global taste or travel-inspired style, then you've found it here and without the TSA pat-down. I'm sure we could arrange for one, though, if you insist.
 
I could have gone on and on, choosing my favorite items from the site....for gifts, of course....and alright, alright, myself. But, the following selection represents the variety of interesting home and personal accessories StyleVisa has discovered, and thankfully, bundled together for us style hunters. This girl adores a little something out of the norm. I grow tired, irritated, and over seeing the same thing produced and reproduced in mass quantities on every person I know. It's refreshing to find something a bit different, and that's exactly what I'm constantly searching for. Cue online shopping and specialty stores--As evident by this site, international adventure lies at your fingertips. And, I know, I know...I shouldn't have to remind you that fall is just creeping around the corner (Wahoo! In my opinion), so the following should aid you in making the transition if you have difficulty wrapping your brain around changing out of your bikini  and into a cardigan. Put on your caps, and start thinking... gift guides!
 


 
 
 
 
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Left to Right:
 
 

 

 

Enjoy what I found.

See what you do.

As always, I'll be keeping an eye out for you.
And, come on... 
Swap the sweat for the breeze.
See what I mean?
It feels good.

I'll be enjoying this heavenly, sunny, seventy-something-degree weather from up above.
Catch me on ground-level another day.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, August 12, 2013

Home.

And now, back to the issue at hand.  
Where have I been?  
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I've been everywhere, man. Twice.
-J.R. Cash, the late and great
 
 
Now that you've seen what I wore, you should at least hear the story, right? It's show then tell, remember?

My first destination was Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It was an affair. A marriage took place in my immediate family. Yes, that's a big freaking deal. Besides spending time in a breathtaking state that I'd never really had the opportunity to do so, my family joined from all over to celebrate. These days, that's momentous.

"Headed down south to the land of the pines,
I'm thumbing my way into North Caroline."

It was absolutely divine. With my sisters surrounding me, I stood on a sprawling downtown rooftop (YES, they do have a downtown in W-S, big ballers),  and I could see such an expanse of land...for miles and miles. As far as the eye could see. It's been awhile. And, believe me, although I enjoy a good rooftop here in New York with bridge and city skyline views, so full of life occurring in all directions, it was such a liberating experience to not be completely confined, nestled in between slabs of concrete and steel. Deep breaths. No exhaust? No jackhammers? No honking?
Freeeeeeeeeeeeedom!
 
 
I didn't shout this aloud in a Scottish accent, unfortunately, but I was feeling the urge. You're welcome. After wedding festivities and many (many!) lovely emotional moments (and buckets of joyous tears--hey, I'm a sap), I meandered my way further south, with a quick stop in Nashville and an unexpected pit stop (a laughable car-ride experience with mother, sister and nephew) in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee before putting on my blue suede shoes. 
[MAKE NOTE: I do own a pair, and you will be viewing them soon]
 
Memphis, my birthplace.
 
 
    In New York, it is an everyday occurrence to ask and even more commonly, to be asked, "Where are you from?" It seems to be New Yorkers’ second favorite preliminary question before choosing to take a leap in escalating this initial exchange into a further relationship.
            A large percentage of those of us in New York are transplants, but being from the South and responding with that, elicits a range of responses, from surprise to confusion to disgust and even pity. Pity being my least favorite, thank you. 

 
  
    I'm from the South, and you know, part of me takes great pride in that, despite all traces of bitterness and frustration I have dealt with in overcoming throughout the years. I’ve wrestled with much of the social, cultural, and emotional stigmas that still reside there in a land that is rich in terms of tradition and customary expectations of a young girl’s role in life.
 
     So, I'm back. Picture it---surrounded by my hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, and all of those things one’s hometown represents or at least, implies. I’d been born here—Dixieland, the controversial southern United States. There are any number of associations with the south. It was an undeniably influential factor in molding who I was, who I became, and who I am now. In some ways, I’m thankful. In some ways…well, not quite as much. I think that a lot of people feel this way about their childhoods. These pains- they are the unspoken, unseen ties that bond us all. But, take comfort in knowing that we all possess baggage--whether it's a handbag or storage room full.  

      Where I'm from...glorious land of fried peach pies, pickles, and really anything you had lying around to toss into the pan. We’ve tried it all. The land where grease was a mark of a successful cook. The perfect scald on a deep fried chicken, the right texture of hand-mashed potatoes, and a healthy balance of butter and honey on the flakey homemade biscuits in the oven were somewhat of a rite of passage in the world of growing up southern. Sweet tea was practically pumped through an iv pack into our veins since birth. Social etiquette requires smiling to strangers, and terms of endearment slip into conversations with cashiers and anyone else in passing, acquaintance or not. Southerners speak slowly, not necessarily because they’re ignorant, but generally because they’re just not in any particular hurry. Everything in due time. There’s a process for everything. And, everything’s a process. In general, everything is a mouthful. To say that I ate, drank, and talked my way through the town...well, that would be accurate.


 
 Days and nights consisted of soaking up family, seeing childhood friends, and even reminiscing with some unexpected ghosts of my past. It was another breath of fresh air. The major high point, for me, was a visit to our family's cabin on Pickwick lake, just under two hours away from Memphis. To say that it's an alternate universe from New York City...well, that would be an understatement. Swimming in the middle of a lake where there's no rushing of life around you...not a soul, no activity can be seen (except for my parents on the boat next to me), now that's foreign to me these days.


You feel so small. I'm awed by moments like these. Humbled. Unshockingly, I used to find these types of moments...boring. Simplicity was associated with small-mindedness, the uninteresting, and the tedious. I couldn't appreciate these feats of nature and this so-called "simple life."


Now, that's what my fantasies consist of! Oh, how we evolve with a smidgen of age, eh? All I long for is a serene boat ride at sunset...to sit on a dock with my feet swishing one another in the water...or even simply ten minutes in a rocking chair on a porch, gazing at the sway of the trees, paying homage to the young morning sunshine. Birds chirping. Buzz of crickets.

________________________________
 

Without my beloved New York, or my sprawling Tennessee roots, I, at the very most, would only be half as interesting, I’ve deduced.

It's who I am. It's in my blood, ingrained in me, embedded into the deepest layers of my skin...
and there's no denying that now.
            I guess that I'd say my heart sits on both sides of the fence at the Mason-Dixon line.
Truly, I don't think it, the heart, differentiates.
I don't even think it's aware that a line exists.

It lives in me.
All of it.
 And in all actuality, I am always everywhere.
 
Home.
  
 
 

Friday, August 9, 2013

What I Wore: Memphis Denim 'N Blues

"I met a gin-soaked, bar-room queen in Memphis...
She tried to take me upstairs for a ride.
She had to heave me right across her shoulder,
'Cause I just can't seem to drink you off my mind.
It's the honky tonk women.
Gimme, gimme, gimme the honky tonk blues.
"
-The Stones
 
Memphis.
Oh, Memphis.
Cultural, musical, social and historical mecca of significance. Source of inspiration, deeply-rooted emotion and curiosity. A city with soul. A city with a past, checkered, but electrifying. Music town. Home of the blues. Birthplace of Rock 'N Roll. And, really, so very much, much more. But, then again, perhaps I'm partial, considering it's also my birthplace and hometown. It was touch-and-go there for many years, but my frenemy and I have not only made peace, but we've entered into a relationship of mutual admiration. I could continue, but I wouldn't wish to bore you with my ramblings of nostalgia and feelings of attachment. That's next time.
FACT:
As of 2008, there were over 1,000 commercially-recorded songs that contained "Memphis" within their lyrics and over 800 that included "Memphis" in their distinct song titles. If you don't believe me, take a looksie.
Holy Shnikes!

Memphis, my pal, with age,
we have come to respect and even love one another again...even if only from a far.

Although not quite Rome, I was in Memphis for a brief stint, and when in Memphis...
What I Wore: Memphis Denim 'N Blues

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The Vitals:
 
+Extra long denim shirt, tied
Similar HERE
+213 Industry black skort// similar HERE
+ Gold and silver pyramid statement necklace (Buffalo Exchange)//
Similar/alternatives options HERE and  HERE
+ Isola acid yellow snakeskin flat sandals
Retrosuperfuture black sunglasses
// More Options
+ Louis Vuitton green EPI Noe XL bucket bag
// On Consignment HERE

---Occasionally, we make the transition into the evening---

+No huge bucket bag any longer
(although that pains me too!)
Instead, Rebecca Minkoff clutch
Similar/Alternative Options One// Two// Three
 
+Ditch the sandals for heels, albeit casual ones.
(It's the south, not New York post-theater or that club opening)
Eley Kishimto + Clarks black and white wedges on super sale

 +Adina Mills huge cocktail ring
(this designer is amazing, creating one of a kind pieces)
+Hair down, general touch-ups, layered lipstick and blush.

Give me FIVE MINUTES.  
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 So, Memphis...
is that where I was?
Is that really
"all I have to say about that?"
Well, you'll have to wait and see.
Show THEN tell.
  
“I'm a long way from home
And so all alone.
Homesick, like I never thought I'd be.
I'm a long way from home,
And everything is wrong
Someone please watch over me.
 I'm not accustomed to these feelings.
The loneliness is burning in my soul.
Sometimes the mind is so misleading,
I wish I'd stayed at home like I was told.”

 --Waylon Jennings
 

Monday, August 5, 2013

Playing with Fire and Water.


Greetings from a cabin overlooking Lake Oscawana,
here in the Putnam Valley of New York.
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Babe Ruth stayed at the house next door in the 1930s. I'm here, with a group of friends in celebration of a birthday, in the house that he rents every single summer. Interesting fact? This is Rob Scheider's house, may he rest in peace, and his wife currently owns it. THE Rob Scheider from JAWS. Need more? They filmed a Sopranos episode here. So, sitting here in this amazing lakehouse, on a wrap-around porch in a rocking chair overlooking the dance of the sunset across the water dance floor , I am grateful.

But, back to the elements:
Considering my current location, my current obsession is only natural.
That's your cue to giggle.
 
Fire and Water Combinations

Cool the flames.
Put an ice pack on, honey, and chilllllllll.
 
 
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We're talking nails and lips...two of the easiest and cheapest methods to changing up and spicing up your look with a punch that won't have you giving yourself a two-hour makeover and sweating it out on the train. I'm digging pairing some cooler mints, blues, and greens with their nemesis army of blood oranges, fruit-punch reds, and beet-y maroons. Most of the warm colors, though, possess cooler undertones, so these combinations look fantastic. We all know this girl loves her lipcolor, and typically, MAC makes the top of my list for many of my go-to shades for a bang without sending my debit card into stressed-induced coma. But, of course, YSL and Chanel produce to-die-for lip shades, and I wish that I could purchase an infinite amount of them. Alas, I must pick and choose. In addition, there are so many dupes, though, of these luxury brands' lipcolors at Target, Duane Reade, and other drugstores. So, you're on a budget? Welcome to the club! But, that's no reason not to look and feel like a boss. Like--Yeezy at the club--type of boss, ya hear?



Shop the colors below,
or simply use this for your own guidelines when picking and choosing color combinations, tailored to your own preferences, style, skin tone, and financial situation.  
  





    The long weekend was such a much-needed escape from New York City. It's difficult to believe that we're only an hour-long car ride away. What a vastly different world. Things are much simpler here. No screams or wails of urban life. No development.
    It hums...there's little noise created by something other than nature. It conjures memories of my childhood, on the river, at summer camp, and my family's cabin on a lake down south. As much as I adore the lights, the popping of champagne, and blurred, blinking scenes of New York and the adrenaline-rush of the jet-set lifestyle, there is something to be said for cutting out much of the fat that distracts us all, and get down to simply being present in the world around us and maintaining our real relationships.
    That's the filet of life--those prime cuts. Breathe, take it all in. Unfortunately, I have to return to the fight, the daily grind. But, these weekends propel my desire to push forward. To propel myself. I just need a self-commanded timeout here and there. We all do. Dip a toe in the lake water. Listen to the crickets. Gaze at a black wave of stars swallow you whole. We're each a minute bolt in the machine that is the living universe. Not unnoticed or unnecessary, mind you, but none more significant than our counterparts.

...Speaking of, I hear the sounds of laughter.
That's my cue to leave you.
There's my moment. 
Take yours.

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