Thursday, March 27, 2014

Dreaming (& drooling over!) a Sophia Webster Spring

Oh, is that you?
Have we finally been rescued from the bottom of the perpetual winter well?
No, nevermind. It's only winter wearing a bad spring mask.
 
I long for that one shining moment when I tear open my curtains, free my stiff windows from their frozen posts, and gaze down at my lover, spring, waiting anxiously for my awakening down below.
 
I think I've read about that love story somewhere.  
Unfortunately, it's not mine...yet.
 
But, this kind of girl can dream, can't she?
I swear I don't snore...(?)
 
As of late, I've been drooling over accessories that--shall we say--force a little spring in my step?
I'll cease with the cheesy jokes...for now. Blame my father if you must.
 
Sophia Webster, dubbed one of the latest "it" shoe designers, hails from the Royal College of Art and honed her skills under an apprenticeship of sole society's prince, Nicholas Kirkwood. Now mentored by Kirkwood, she's proven that she's no short-term floozy. Paving the way for hyper-feminine, color-heavy, and often quirk-meets-sass designs, Webster's signature unapologetic aesthetic rules and reigns not with an iron fist, but a strong well-manicured hand.

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And, with the addition of her newest must-have clutches (like the "text bubble" handbag above), I can only predict that Webster will continue going and going with her bad self, sashaying in mismatched leopard and Aztec lace-up stilettos.
Go, girl, go.
In fact, run in those heels.  

Oh, Ms. Webster!
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Although I'm not incredibly "girly," per se, this feminine line allows me to indulge my inner sass-a-frass. Those "Talk the Talk" polka dot flats? Need. Now. As in, right this freakin' second. You can shop these down below, but you can browse an even wider selection on her site, in most luxury retailers, or online here on Neiman Marcus, NET-A-PORTER, and Saks.
 
 
I chose a few of my favorites, accompanied by a few of my personal, easy-as-pecan-pie, go-to outfits.
From a midi-length lemon-hued skirt and a funky rain jacket to casual cuffed jeans and an oversized scarf...
These ensembles sing--yes, sing (& even louder in those April rain showers!)--
SPRINGGGGGGGTIME!
Repeat it with me now.
 
 
Even if you weren't in the mood,
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 Ready,
set...
shop the looks.
 
I expect to receive a "thank you" note from you; I'll be mailing your bank account a "forgive me."
 
No one said that collecting art was always cheap.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Walkin' in My Shoes: Night(s) at the Museum(s)

I've been a busy, busy girl.
That kind of girl, you know.

 Not that kind of busy--come on, now. Have some faith.
But, I MAYYYYYY have been in Las Vegas for a bit.
I'll save those stories for a rainy day, though.
Plenty of material exists...brace yourself.
 
 
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 In general, I don't always include my daily escapades here. Perhaps, I'm afraid that people find it boring? I'm not entirely sure, but as thrilling and even unbelievable as my life can be and the absurd situations that I find myself in regularly, I take pleasure in moments of adventure, wonder and curiosity. I discover necessary solace in moments like those. As wonderful as it can be to share these explorations with someone else, I attempt to schedule some much-needed alone time. It's a time to reflect and move at my own pace, do something for myself other than grabbing a cheap manicure prior to a social outing.

But, recently, just to name a few:
J.P. Morgan Library and Museum
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Brooklyn Museum and John Paul Gaultier exhibit
Riverside Church and General Grant's Tomb
Brooklyn Tabernacle
Nature Hike through Prospect Park
Don't fret- I'll be sharing photos and highlights from these+MORE in the upcoming weeks. I'll refrain from overwhelming and/or boring you to death, darling, with too much information. Baby steps, right? We're making progress.

    Revisiting or even viewing these for the first time (Eek! How have I not been there yet?!)  these landmarks and culturally significant institutions has become increasingly important to me. Embracing this city (and outside of it as well) and the thousands upon thousands resources, sights, and experiences it offers has trumped many of my other priorities or so-called. Make the time. Schedule it and don't back out. As a habitual flaker--sorry family and friends- you're all aware and thank you for standing by me and continuing to support me in this difficult struggle--life always seems to charge in and detain me from all of my noble plans and super interesting prospective hobbies. But, if it is in my planner, then by George (who is HE anyway?!), I'm going to fight for that penned-in event.

    I've been researching more affordable nights and/or special events at both the major and lesser-known institutions around New York City. Many offer one-time parties, social gatherings, film showings, and live music if you have a few minutes to glance at their calendars. On Friday nights, the New York Historical Society, MoMA, the Museum of the Moving Image, and the J.P. Morgan house all offer free or pay-what-you-wish hours.  When most New Yorkers gear up for another wild night full of shenanigans, no doubt, after a heinous work week, these museums are now packing in visitors when they'd typically be entertaining crickets.

   Two Fridays ago, I strolled to The MET after an appointment on the Upper East Side. Surprisingly, it always offers pay-what-you-wish admission but "suggests" $25 a person. FYI, that's not required of you. Most tourists don't realize this and automatically pay the full recommended amount when they're rung up at the entrance. That's appropriate, I suppose. But, as a resident of the city and someone who enjoys patronizing the arts and cultural institutions, I don't always pay that suggested amount. I pay what's appropriate for my time and motivation for attending. I planned on staying there in this instance for about an hour to check out the New American Wing as well as to listen to the country western band scheduled to play. Onlookers clapped, many couples and cutie-pie children alike danced, and it was such an overall lovely evening. My very own personal night at the museum, if you will.

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I could use a few more of those, by the way. I  savor "date nights" with that special someone I adore but am not always incredibly thoughtful of...
 
MYSELF.

I'll share a few essentials to roaming the city, comfortably and chicly--
Style doesn't have to be sacrificed to the education gods in the name of seeking culture.
 
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The BREAK-IT-DOWN:
When I'm trotting around, looking overdone simply isn't cute or logical. A long shoulder/cross-body bag that fits a notebook, a cozy cardigan, statement necklace and ring (this girl needs her jewelry!), topped off with a vintage hat and finished with some funky leopard, walkable shoes. I could have chosen some flat riding boots, but these are surprisingly supportive. And hey, this old lady craves her animal print.
Easy breezy, like I said.
 
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Hat: Stetson vintage via Guvnor's Vintage (similar HERE + MORE via Ebay) // Bag: Brahmin Atelier "Brookline" python crossbody bag via Crossroads Trading Co. (similar styles--in fabulous prints-- from Brahmin HERE and HERE)// Ring: Adina Mills oversized mint green rock ring// Cardigan: 1960s oversized grandpa sweater via Guvnor's Vintage// Heels: Kate Spade calf hair leopard booties (45% off!)// Necklace: Consignment via Tokio Joe's

 
 Visual Stimulation, courtesy of The MET.

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Catch you later.
I'll be (walkin') around.
Who knows what adventure (& shoes) I'll be into.

I mean, I did just win a hundred buckaroos on a nickel slot machine.
 
 
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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

What I Wore:: Flannel+Leather Day&Night

Tuesday, Tuesday, Tuesday.
Is it really you already?
 
I'm in a dress-hangover from the Oscars. As far as I know, it's still Sunday.
Is that you Lupita Nyong'o?
 
Let's begin this snow-filled and bristle-y morning with warm coffee, Frasier re-runs, and some easy pieces that make getting out of bed not quite so curse-word-ridden and plain miserable.
Oh, shiiiiiiiii-----
 
Shall we?
Only if you're in.
I'm not getting cold feet for nothing, you hear me?
 
 
THE BASICS:
Bravado Hendrix tee; Option 1; Option 2// Paige Denim flannel button-up// Zara faux leather pants
 
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Day...
you say?
 
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Sanctuary brown faux fur vest (old, but LOVING this cargo vest for spring)// Retrosuperfuture sunglasses (New favorite--obsessed with ALL of their classic AND trendy styles!)// Diane Von Furstenberg "Harper Connect" red leather satchel; Similar 1;  Similar 2;  Option 3 and Option 4 via Ebay // "X and O" black and gold rings//  Double finger black and gold ring// ASOS gold watch (similar); Option 1; Option 2// David Yurman black onyx bracelet// C Wonder snakeskin loafers


Dusk falls, and night descends upon us.
Whatever shall we do?
 
I traded my faux fur vest for a faux and leather jacket for warmth, brought in a statement necklace and bauble ring, and opted for lace-up, tough black booties rather than flats. Hey, it's still chilly here! A girl's gotta keep warm, eh? Swipe on some lilac lipstick, dubbed the newest "IT" shade by insiders for spring, and grab a margarita. Well, that's optional, I guesssssssss (cough, No-Fun-Nancy, cough).  And, there, you have it all, young (style) soldier.

(Great)
...Night




 




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So, this weekend (besides looking good, duh! Bwaha) I ventured to downtown Brooklyn to The Brooklyn Tabernacle Church to appease my starving ears and listen to their world-renowned choir. And, by world-renowned, I also mean Grammy-winning. The church itself was originally established down the street in 1847, but after a series of accidents and mishaps, it is currently housed in what was once an old vaudeville theater with renovations to boot. To say that it is simply "gorgeous," would be a gross understatement, but you should see it all for yourself, if you have the opportunity. Even if you're simply a glutton for history or architecture.

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Whatever your faith or religion may be, or lack thereof (no judgment), don't allow the term "church" to deter you from seeing and hearing this totally remarkable collection of voices. All beliefs aside, the sheer number of bodies, singing together...powerful.

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I honestly believe that any house of music and comradery stands as one of the simplest and truest cures for pain. Whatever may ail you. Walls like these and the fellowship that occurs within them, the voices brought together and music that is shared among thousands, provide solace and healing.

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Aren't convinced?
Proceed below.
 
 
As always,
you're welcome.
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