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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: NYC

Ninesday // things NYC has taught me.

9. Let’s get things started off with this song, which Kelsey and I listened to on my very first visit to NYC, circa 2009.

8. Even when it says it isn’t going to rain, it is going to rain. And when you actually bring a second pair of shoes, an umbrella, your rain jacket, and your waterproof laptop case, it will not rain. And no, hailing a cab will not keep you any drier. Best bet: hide out under an overhang, be a few minutes late for work, and save your $10.

7. Two hours of commuting is normal (30 minutes- 1 hour to go most anywhere–from my house, at least). Reading is mandatory for saving sanity. I have this little problem…I basically only like to buy used books. I will go weeks, months, and occasionally years without buying a book until I find a used copy. It’s weird and not very productive, I know. I gave in and finally picked up the Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao for my plane ride to Texas.

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6. If you don’t have your weekend nights planned out, you should probably pack an extra shirt, makeup, and a pair of comfy shoes. Because it seems like it’s only those nights that you’ll wind up sleeping on a friend’s couch, taking an impromptu jog, get rained on a when  the forecast didn’t predict the monsoon, or get an invite to a dinner that is fancier than whatever you’ve been sweating in all day.

5. Rooftops are my new favorite thing. Talk about an under-utilized part of the buildings back home. My favorite moments have been unplanned hours spent on someone’s roof.

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4. You can either pay $7.50+ for a dinner at McDonald’s or $10 for a really good bowl of Pho at my favorite Vietnamese restaurant.

3. It is completely worthwhile to walk an extra six blocks to that coffee shop you actually like. These are the one’s I have been frequenting: Everyman Espresso, O Cafe, Zibetto, Culture Espresso Bar, Stumptown, Kahve, Konditori, and probs a hundred more that I can’t think of right now.

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2. DOING LAUNDRY IS A CHORE. I mean, that’s obvious. But it is nearly impossible to take my laundry downstairs to an open washer and/or dryer. It’s a lot of waiting, a lot of money, and a lot of trouble. Especially if you only have one of some crucial items, like towels. This is nearly my least favorite thing to do, as a close second to grocery shopping. Why can’t I make a functional list??!

1. I’ve learned that you can’t really experience the city if you say “no” too often. You’ll miss out on spontaneous, long nights. You’ll miss out on meeting new people who you have a lot in common with. You’ll miss the dancing, you’ll miss the thrift store finds, you’ll miss the free concerts, you’ll miss the fun.

So here’s to saying “yes” as often as possible. Even when it is dreadfully inconvenient.

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// care package heaven.

Amidst all of the hustle & bustle, the missed trains, the late-night taxis, and the rooftop laughs, I got TWO care packages this week! Can you believe that?! TWO.

Up first, the lovely Allison’s gift. She is a handmade/thrift/yard sale junkie, so her box was filled with one-of-a-kind finds. Four individual servings of oatmeal from a Nashville shop (because I have been complaining about running out of the door too quickly in the mornings), four mini oat snacks (perfect for my trip tomorrow), an adorable tote she wove and printed herself, a little pouch (also woven herself!) that will be doubling as my clutch this weekend, an oversized denim tote found at a yard sale, a new notebook to fill with my adventures, photos of people I don’t know to add to my collection, and finally, a piece of polka dot paper. Because she knew I would be photographing my present. And she wanted to have a part in the styling, of course.

Allison always knows just what I need. My package arrived just before I leave for TX tomorrow, when I was in the midst of some sort of meltdown, mostly caused by the NYC heat wave this week. What did I do to deserve such great friends? This is my third care package, my twelfth piece of mail, and I’m drowning in knick-knacks I’ve been collecting but can’t afford to send to people.

DSC_0005 DSC_0007 DSC_0008 DSC_0012In my second package, I had little gifts picked out from my mom and sister. Bath salts and toys, a rain coat that is actually waterproof (it’s been a monsoon up here), my dear boyfriend jeans that I’ve been missing so much, a set of sandwich coasters because who doesn’t need sandwich-shaped coasters?,  an owl-shaped pin cushion, and a book lamp. Tucked away in the bottom of the box was a little note. Which made me realize just how much I miss my family, despite the busy days and never-ending evenings.

DSC_0015I haven’t mentioned how work has been as of late! It’s been busyContinuing the endless process of archiving materials at Isaac Mizrahi, managing social media at Gabriela Moya, researching prominent fashion companies’ use of social media and making comparisons, helping to update some sales info at Wendy Brandes on weekends, and coming up with new ways to grow the business with Stacy Lomman after-hours. Whew.

Oh yeah, I’m also job hunting. Like a grown-up. So if you know of anyone who might want to pay me to be awesome, you just let me know.

 

 

// solo concert review.

DSC_0009 DSC_0022 DSC_0023 DSC_0024 DSC_0036Concert attire // Sam Edelman Petty ankle booties // Calvin Klein leather backpack, thrifted // Madewell light wash denim // Crew neck mullet cutoff tee, thrifted // Necklace, thrifted (in Philly!) // Blazer, thrifted (little boy’s section)

So, it was a little scary. I walked into this massive arena, typically known for its basketball. And then I began walking. And walking. And walking a little bit more. Until I found it! Section 222, and from there, I went up. Up and up and up, all the way into the nosebleeds, in a mostly deserted area.

Initial reaction: What was I thinking buying a ticket to go to a concert alone?! How will I complain about how close we are to the ceiling? How will I turn and make a goofy/excited face when Postal Service finally comes on? Who is going to return to being a teenager with me? Yes, I was in this time warp alone.

But, once I got past all of the firsts–first time sitting in the wrong seat (on purpose, so that I had a slightly better view), paying too much for peanut M&Ms, sitting at an upbeat concert, it was really fun. The rest of the night was spent dancing. With myself. And ignoring the people sitting in the nearby section. I had the entire seating area to myself. And it was great. I even kept my balance without a comrade to hold me up (geez, that could have been terrible from that height–me, tumbling down and down and down…).

So I’ve done it. And I think I’d do it again.

The show really was better than expected. No matter how much I loved Postal Service previously, I wasn’t sold on the idea that a tour ten years later would be worthwhile. The lighting was great, the sound was great, and Ben Gibbard and Jenny Lewis were really enjoying playing for us. Which showed in their music. He even made a few comments about how humbling it was to still have so many fans after their single album. I’m not a concert reviewer by any means–check out this article in the NY Times. It’s way better.

Post show, I grabbed drinks with Grace and oddly enough, an old friend from Huntsville! Small world.

 

// picnics & punks.

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Gabriela, being the amazing human that she is, decided that we needed to have a little intern field trip this past Tuesday. She packed a picnic lunch for Cameron, Tatiana, and I (complete with fresh fruit, vegetables, and cheeses) and we found a nice shaded area in the park to gab about our experiences and all get to know each other a little better. It was full of laughter, ghost stories, and childhood memories. After the picnic, we visited the MET’s new fashion exhibit, Punk: Chaos to Couture for a little inspiration. I have never been more excited at the prospect of creating clothing that sends a message, mixes mediums and techniques, and uses so many safety pins. IMG_0035 IMG_0044 IMG_0050 IMG_0053 IMG_0061 IMG_0084 IMG_0088 IMG_0096 IMG_0098 IMG_0100 IMG_0101 IMG_0105And of course, Cameron got some outfit shots (after coffee) while wandering around the East Village in the afternoon. This outfit’s details requires a lot fewer links. Because the entire thing was thrifted at one time or another over the course of the past year. Fun fact: Cameron and I both swiped those hats about 20 minutes before the shoot!

// personal style x 3.

IMG_0039 IMG_0044 IMG_0060 IMG_0184 IMG_0186 IMG_0199 IMG_0203 IMG_0210The interns at Gabriela Moya are pretty stylish, no? Up first, Cameron. A design student and fellow classmate from Auburn! And second, Tatiana. Tatiana is visiting from France and is studying international business. We’ve all become fast friends and are making tentative plans for things like the beach, a barbecue, and some rooftop sitting time.

All of the photos were taken with Cameron’s Canon Rebel. My poor Nikon’s battery is officially kaput. Gone. Bit the dust. DEAD. And therefore has been rendered useless until my care package (eeek!) arrives. Please excuse the lack of camera knowledge here–apparently switching cameras is nothing like switching bicycles. There is quite the learning curve. The result? Lots of out-of-focus images & extra exposure. It makes the photos look so much more summery, I think.

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Outfit details // Chiffon beaded top, Urban Outfitters // Black silk skirt, thrifted ($10 in ATL) // Red heels, Bandolino // Watch, Kenneth Cole NY // Bracelet, Madewell // Photos taken by Miss Cameron, post-coffee date.

// Ninesday (edibles).

9. To get you all in the mood for the Ninesday, food edition–

8. This week, I’ll be making my sandwiches in advance, so that I can sleep in that extra fifteen minutes every morning. This Green Goddess grilled cheese from Tastespotting will definitely hit the spot. Avocado + mozzarella + toast + pesto + OMG CAN’T WAIT.

7. I’m really excited to try this quinoa stir fry bowl. I found the recipe on The Almost Vegan’s blog. I’ll probably nix the yard fungus mushrooms and add snow peas.

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6. Those of you who know me know that I love quinoa. It’s one of my favorite go-to ingredients. Thanks to Eating Well Living Thin, I can even add it to my veggie burgers. And this time, I will chop the onions really small. Unlike that one time, which caused the burgers to smoosh into blobs of black bean goop. Some of you know what I’m talking about.

5. After downloading the A Beautiful Mess photo app, I mosey’d over to her blog to see what’s new with Elsie. And in doing so, I stumbled onto recipes for summer tarts. Talk about yummy! Also a bonus: I can reuse many of the groceries I already purchased this week.

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4. Turkish Carrots & Lentils with Herbs, thanks to the Splendid Table. I’m most excited about this recipe because a) I have lentils and no idea what to use them for and b) because it seems like something that will last a little while in the refrigerator. Which is always a bonus, when cooking for yourself.

3. With summer in full swing, I’ve been dying to make recipes with tomatoes. Heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, red tomatoes, green tomatoes, beefsteak tomatoes…you name it, I want to try it. And the Flourishing Foodie has made that possible. A tomato quiche, you say? I think I’ll make mine with gouda. Bon apetit!

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2. Well, while most of my cooking is done at home and most of my dining out is at places with paper menus, plastic forks, and coffee sleeves, I do really enjoy a nice restaurant here-and-there. I think I’ll splurge a little and try out this vegetarian restaurant that was featured on NPR a few months back–Dirt Candy. Because really, “anyone can cook a hamburger, [we should] leave the vegetables to the professionals.”

1. I have a confession: I’m a bit of a wino. Not in an addictive manner, but I really, really love wine. I think it adds that extra flavor profile to your dinner (and can cover up any kitchen accidents). And, of course, those wine glasses just make you feel fancy.

Next confession: I’m not necessarily a connoisseur, by any means. When trying out new ingredients or toting a bottle along for a dinner party, I have no idea what I should be bringing. My go-to? A red. Yep, that’s about as specific as I get. I much prefer red wine. I have stumbled upon this really excellent list of tips for wine & cheese pairing. And I’ll be putting them to use. So don’t everyone invite me over for your freshly baked tomato quiches made with fancy, fancy cheeses all at once.

// life of an intern.

“We have this really disorganized, messy closet of clothes from previous lines–even some couture pieces. You guys are going to organize it.”

What I heard, “Here is this closet of beautiful couture pieces; it’s kind of a mess. A glorious, inspiring mess. Have fun!”

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What I heard, “Would you like to gawk over the beautiful pictures get more familiar with the new line?”

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My schedule’s a little tight–M/TH: Isaac Mizrahi & T/W: Gabriela Moya & F: Stacy Lomman (or one of the other two, depending on the week’s workload). But I like to stay  busy, so it’s been great so far! This past weekend, I met up with Hannah and Barbara (who is just visiting) to tour the city. We went to the Brooklyn Flea and explored Williamsburg & Bushwick until we were too dehydrated to continue (photos here). I did pretty well with staying on budget–a $5 hat and a $10 shirt, plus an iced latte from Toby’s Estate.

// Ninesday (a revival).

Finally reviving Ninesday!

9. You guys. This is amazing. Absolutely amazing. Listen & love.

8. I am currently learning how to build my own website in a CSS & HTML class. Well. I sort of am. As of late, I’ve been sleeping in on weekends, rather than working for myself. Fixing that soon! Eeek! I’ve been meaning to do this forever. Thanks, Skillshare!

7. Quiet Luxury has inspired me to get my bake on. I’ll be testing out this oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe this Sunday, while drinking wine & watching the new Arrested Development. One edit: I’ll use regular chocolate chips, not the white chocolate. Per her recommendations.

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6. Laura Marling just dropped a new album this week! Thanks to NPR, we get to listen to it here.

5. Words of wisdom about recovery (any type of recovery), via A well traveled woman. One of my favorite Tumblr sites, by far. The photos, the quotes, the music.

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4. How do you feel about one-piece swimsuits? Once upon a time, I bought one at Juicy Couture and was pretty unhappy with the fit (the top would not stay up and I therefore flashed everyone at the pool). So I’m a little nervous about ordering one online. Maybe I’ll venture over to Free People and try this beauty on. I love the cut-outs and ties. Does a black swimsuit look good on everyone, or is it just a tan person thing?

3. I am dying over the Leopard Orchid dress over at Pixie Market. It would be so versatile! Work, drinks, dates…and at $66, quite a steal. And that model’s eyeliner is beyond perfect.

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2. In other news, here are the thrifted finds from Philadelphia: patent loafers ($9), beige sweater ($1), & red t-shirt ($1) found at Philly AIDS thrift + RC Cola t-shirt ($7.50) & vintage necklace ($30) from Wilbur Vintage & Designer Clothes. Grand total of $48.50!

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1. I am so excited to announce that I have gained a second internship (thanks to some of Joe’s friends)! I will now be working for both Gabriela Moya and Isaac Mizrahi part-time (I started this morning and love it!)! And to add to that, I will be helping Stacy Lomman with a photoshoot on Friday. Cannot wait! Being in NYC has been such an adventure and I have had opportunities to network and meet such talented people that I wouldn’t have otherwise bumped into.

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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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