My great mistake, the fault for which I can't forgive myself, is that one day I ceased my obstinate pursuit of my own individuality // Oscar Wilde

Tag: clothes

// Roosevelt Island.

The boy and I had a lazy Sunday–coffee at Oslo on the Upper East Side, followed by a long walk to the Roosevelt Island Tram. And a first for both of us new New Yorkers–a visit to Roosevelt Island! There isn’t a ton to do there, but it was named after Roosevelt (Franklin, not Teddy), there was a small outdoor art exhibit, and a beautiful view of Manhattan. Did I mention that the Tram was simultaneously amazing and terrifying? I would also like to point out that Donald has perfected his “super grump” or Grumpy Cat impression (also known as the “Carodine frown” to mostly just me). We ended our leisurely afternoon with a walk through the changing colors in Central Park.

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// Outfit details / recent Frank Sarto ankle booties, found at TJ Maxx / Madewell jeans / sweatshirt was another gift from Yoolee / Kenneth Cole rain coat / hat, thrifted / bag was another find from TJ Maxx //
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// stripes & stripes.

This week has been crazy! Between the grocery mishaps and the missed trains, I somehow lost my metro card. I went through my emptied grocery bags. I went through my wallet (and found three expired cards; I’m talking years old). I went through my purse (it’s known for eating things like my keys, and disposing of them only when it is ready). I looked under my bed, in the refrigerator, in the trash…nowhere to be found. I eventually gave in and just bought a new metro card. But, not until after the closest train station informed me that it could not take debit cards. A kind stranger let me go through using their card. Things have looked up since then!

At work this week, I have been busy with designing fabrics, same as last week. This time, though, I made a geometric, hour-glass-type shape. After I was finished with that, I started work on a blue pattern that you would usually find on fancy china. Sort of kind of only vaguely resembling this. Yesterday, I worked on roughly 15 of those. Or things sort of resembling that. Out of the 15-20, we narrowed it down to three. With those three, we adjusted them into several shades of blue each. Then, finally, this morning, I found out that we had a winner! The client chose one of our patterns. So today was spent blending the two Pantone colors in different ways to make (hopefully!) the perfect design for her pajama line.

And now, an outfit!

DSC_0013DSC_0024 DSC_0023 DSC_0019Shirt, thrifted: Ralph Lauren // Silk shorts: Kate Young for Target // Belt: thrifted // Shoes: Via Neroli // Bag, sent from my mom: Sephora //


// Friday afternoon.

I spent the last few hours of Friday’s daylight dancing in my room reading, walking, and discovering new places nearby. I found a park! And learned that the type of trash you find kind of tells you what goes on in a place. On the steps on the way down to the green space, I found lots of mini liquor bottles, beer cans, condom wrappers, and the like. Yuck! I probably won’t be going back. But, from a distance, it’s a really pretty area with lots of shade. I’ll stay up-top on the park benches, though.

Later that night, I trekked over to Powerhouse Arena in Dumbo/Brooklyn to go to the launch of An Illustrated Guide to Cocktails by Orr Shtuhl & Elizabeth Graeber–the book was full of recipes for delicious cocktails! They served a perfectly summer drink with absinthe, grapefruit Perrier, and cucumbers in it. I didn’t get pictures of that, unfortunately! But trust me, it was delicious. I was in Dumbo just in time to see the sun set over the water, and had a perfect view of Manhattan. Grace got stuck at work, so didn’t make it over, but Jose and I had fun walking around and enjoying the weather!

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9. I am Oak.

8. 30 day drawing challenge, brought to you by CLTRA CLCTVA. Also from this site, check out Amanda Mijangos. Her watercolors are beautiful.

7. Derek Lam, Derek Lam, Derek Lam. If I say his name three times, will one of these beauties appear at my doorstep? I hope so. The patterns in the 10 Crosby ’13 Resort collection are lovely.

6. I think I might make a mid-year resolution to wear more rings. I blame this obsession on Catbird. Like this one. And this one. Or maybe this one. Would it be weird to get an engagement ring for myself (just to wear, not a marriage proposal to myself)? Probably. You’re right. These are probably more in my price range, anyway.

5. The 2 Bandits. Need I say more? I see a lot more silver & denim in my future.

4. Vasilieva. Because we all love to follow blogs full of beautiful photos and well-styled folk.

3. Remember when I said things about rings, approximately ten minutes ago? Here’s more.

2. Belly smackin’ good. I want this print.

1. Is anyone else as ready for fall as I am? I wasn’t meant for this kind of weather. I mean, really. I freckle and burn. 90+ degrees isn’t my friend.

Going back in time.

Allison found these photos when she developed her medium format film from nearly a year ago. We were all dressed up for a photo shoot with Nicholas Franklin.


Outfit details: strapless Anthropologie top, Rag & Bone wool tuxedo pants, vintage necklace borrowed from Allison, shoes bought at a boutique in London

And my beautiful photographer, Mrs. Allison.

An outfit post, for busy Sundays.

This past week was insanely busy, and I can think of nothing but how prolonged that busyness will be–my upcoming week has three papers, two tests, and one project calling for my attention.

Therefore, if posting becomes even more sparse, my apologies.

One of my close friends, Lauren (photo editor for the Glomerata), helped me take photos this week for my portfolio so that I could submit that + resume for an internship with Alice + Olivia in NYC.

I will use these photos of the dress I made for an outfit post! Note the cute window display at Faunhouse.

Sometimes, I hold pinecones. Duh.

Outfit details: Eryn Elizabeth dress (eek, sounds so fancy!) // thrifted black oxfords // Anthropologie polka dot tights // J Crew belt

Design sketch inspired by A + O’s Spring ’12 collection.

I now want to dress cute and dance. All of the time.

Clearly, that was the sentiment intended from the video, right?

In other news, Allison just returned from London & Paris! I can’t wait to catch up! I have movie dates this week with both she and Kelsey. That’s surely more important than homework. I mean, sanity must be preserved.

There’s been some pretty fun headwear this past week.

Hello dears. Another Wednesday is upon us, and with that, five of my six classes. Words cannot express my dislike for Wednesdays–Mondays are equally bad, of course, but because Wednesday is a complete repeat, it seems to drag on longer.

Anyway, here are the past week’s outfits, each of which feature some type of headwear!

I decided to don a turban (click the link for a how-to); I was pretty fond of it–it’s so so easy! I don’t have to wake up early to make sure my hair isn’t sticking up, and I have so many fabric options! What are your thoughts? The Twitterverse seems to like the turban (they saw the photo first), but I think it’s only fair to get my reader’s opinions, as well.

In progress / Sundays are for sewing.

This weekend has been a blur. I’m pretty sure my original plans included

  • not waiting until last-minute to study for a big test
  • painting my fingernails
  • working (as usual)
  • thrifting
  • doing birthday tasks with Alyssa
  • Plus a lot of sewing.

I accomplished a few of these things! Beer and pizza for birthday, thrifting EVERY DAY, and a bit of sewing for the upcoming Maker’s Market. The others, however…we shall not continue discussing. I prefer to focus on what was accomplished. And continue to ignore the rest.


This up-cycling thing is so incredibly addictive.

There is so much to be done.

{.:.I just do not like Mondays.:.}


I do love a fashion-conscious boy!

So glad that not all of the world is stuck in the tee shirts, polos, and half-tucked in button downs of yester-year. The updated versions of a blend of the 20s and 50s is refreshing, and…I like his socks.