August 12, 2016

"Manus x Machina" at The MET

One the the highlights of last week's staycation adventures was seeing the Manus x Machina fashion exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

As a history nerd and personal style enthusiast, you can bet I've had my eye on this exhibit for a while. And boy did it not fail to live up to my wildest dreams...

This is, of course, just a small sampling of what the exhibit has to offer. (It was tricky to take photos in the museum's low, protective lighting.) To learn more or to plan a visit for yourself, visit the exhibition webpage.

It's worth mentioning that the MET is donation-based, and the exhibit is included in your entry pass. So make a day of it! xx

August 11, 2016

Around NYC: Uptown

In continuation of yesterday's post, here are some shots from around the upper portion of Manhattan -- West Side, East Side, Central Park, and Midtown East.

UWS apartments

coffee in Central Park

chandelier at The Plaza

"And I said, 'what about Breakfast at Tiffany's?'"

New York Public Library

carousel details in Bryant Park

at The MET

pixel sisters

August 10, 2016

Around NYC: Downtown

Every once in a while, it's important to be reminded of everything your hometown has to offer -- and when you live in New York City, that's a lot of "everything."

So when a dear friend of mine (from my original hometown) came to visit last week, I had a blast showing her what I've discovered around the city so far -- and finding more surprises along the way, of course! Since I finally remembered to take my camera with me, so I was able to document some of our adventures. Mostly this involved me getting snap-happy in my two favorite New York wander zones: Greenwich Village and Midtown East.

Today I'm sharing the downtown shots. Uptown's next, and I'll link that here later. Enjoy!

apartments on Jane St.

found flower, outside Grace Church

floral display at Washington Square Park

7th & Barrow St

puppies in W. Village pet shop

pattern play

Magnolia Bakery...

...and resulting goodies!

"Hold my hand and we're halfway there..."

Bowie memorial in Soho

Washington Square Park, northeast entrance

July 31, 2016

Summer Capsule 2016 - Lookbook Video

Well, I finally carved out some time to film, edit, and post my next capsule lookbook... and here it is!

Making the transition from spring to summer (my first in NYC) was not easy. In Seattle I could get away with wearing a few of my favorite things -- knee boots, skinny jeans, and leather jackets -- almost year-round. While you'll see a few of those items featured in this video, they haven't made too many journeys out of my closet since June. I'm considering this capsule somewhat of an experiment, and next year I'll be better prepared to stock up on shorts, sleeveless dresses, and sandals. At any rate, I'm thoroughly enjoying my latest, most surprising new accessory: a suntan!!

Summer has never been my favorite season. Even during the school years I was the introvert tucked away in her bedroom with a stack of library books, counting down the hours til the first day of class. New York has allowed for a lot more spontaneous social occasions, and because my worklife no longer revolves around an office, I'm actually spending more of my day in the sun. Still, I have to admit my focus for this capsule centered less on fashion and more on function. The real name of the game here was: What Will a) Help Me Escape A Flash Thunderstorm and b) Cause The Least Amount Of Subway-Sweat?

You'll notice that many pieces from my spring capsule carried over into this season. The rest of the 24 items were pre-owned (or swapped) pieces pulled from storage, with the exception of my denim jacket and the gray sequined stripe tee featured at the end of this video. In accordance with my oft-referenced goal to refrain from brand-new purchases this year, these two extras were acquired secondhand.

One thing I wanted to focus on this year was truly wearing out the clothing I already own. At this point I honestly can't say which is more exciting: finding an acquiescent hole in an item I've been wanting to replace or discovering how well my favorite garments have held up over the year. The denim cut-offs, for instance, were fashioned from a pair of jeans purchased by my mom in the early 90s. The denim from that time was far more durable, and I'm happy to report they've survived the washing machine for two summers now. With any luck, I'll enjoy them for many more to come!

Again, I had a blast making this video. I really hope you enjoy it!

July 23, 2016

Book Review: "Wear No Evil" by Greta Eagan

Hi everyone! Today I have a little something different for you... It's a review of one of my new favorite books: Greta Eagan's Wear No Evil.

This is an excellent style manual for anyone looking to improve the ethicality of their wardrobe. Rather than just focusing on the problems we're facing in today's fashion world, Eagan presents a personalized approach to making eco-conscious, socially responsible choices within your own style guidelines and budget. In addition to outlining the various social and environmental initiatives surrounding eco-fashion, she explains how to assess the sustainability of a given garment according to your own set of standards. Her book is chock full of useful charts (a total treat for my inner nerd!) featuring standard wardrobe staples and their ethical alternatives, so you can work within your budget and replace items at your own pace.

Whether you're ready to jump in whole-hog or just curious enough to get your feet wet, Eagan's book is a can't-miss for anyone interested in the future of clothing production and style.