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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: thrifting

// first out-of-state visitor — Allison!

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Other visits that day included Blue Bottle Coffee (another recommendation from the Pies -n- Thighs gurus), the Brooklyn Flea Market, Dylan’s Candy Bar, a quick stop at the Met, and a second cup of joe at Sweetleaf. Of course there were thrifted finds, missed subway trains, bus mishaps, clothing malfunctions, hot dog debacles, and everything else that just happens in NYC that you forget to immortalize in writing.

Our first full day of the trip was such a success. Allison and I haven’t had a long visit in far too long and it was great to catch-up while touring the city.

It should also be mentioned that I found the rather strange jumper I am wearing for $10 at a street fair. I’m not crazy about the material, but it was so comfy!

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.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

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.

// 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.

// Philly on a Sunday.

On Sunday, Yoolee & I packed our day bags and took a trip to Philadelphia. Of course, in usual fashion, there were dozens of mishaps, from being dropped off in the middle of nowhere from a bus whose seats were decorated with a fabric that can only be described as something from Saved by the Bell, to getting lost while wandering, to eating french fries with what the bartender claimed was “cheese dip,” to splurging on a great vintage necklace.

By the end of the day, while we sat in a pungent bus with screaming children, the scent of someone else’s leftover seafood pasta (GROSS), mixed with the poor plumbing (pretty sure it was leaking), all we could do was laugh. And the first thing we did when we returned to Manhattan? Eat. Peruvian food, of course. Because in what other city can you find great, authentic Peruvian food at 11 pm?

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Things I’ve learned since my trip: there is actually a train that will take you to Philly, that will take less than 2 hours (we were on the bus for 5 hours total + taxi time), you probably should follow your taxi route on your smartphone if you have one; we paid $10 more than we should have to get into the city, check on public transportation options before you leave, pack a LOT of snacks, and last, but certainly not to be left out–MUST HAVE COFFEE PRIOR TO TRIP. NO EXCUSES.

Where did we go? The Irish Pol – don’t order the cheese fries; beer selection is great, though! // Art in the Age – adorable store; sells Imogene + Willie denim, Warby Parker glasses, and this necklace I fell in love with. // Bodhi Coffeeamazing. Baristas were very knowledgeable and made great recommendations for future wandering. // Mostly Books – so many great finds for really cheap! I got a copy of A Clockwork Orange and a photo of someone I don’t know (I collect them) // Wilbur: Vintage & Designer Clothing – this is by far the best stop of the day! All clothing was 50% off and the guy working was super helpful. //

 

Photos of my thrifted finds coming soon.

 

// I heard a rumor that it was going to rain today.

So this morning, I scrambled to find an outfit for day three. And after trying on my first three choices and checking the weather, I decided that boots were probably a necessity. It’s been a little bit chilly up here, especially when leaving so early and getting home at dusk, so with the added rain (or possibility of rain), they seemed like a good choice.

DSC_0018DSC_0017 DSC_0019 DSC_0014// Outfit details // Deener cigarette skinnies // Lucky Brand moto boots // Madewell scarf // thrifted Ralph Lauren coat // On the phone: Alyssa! //

The internship has been really great so far! Gabriela is a pleasure to work with. I am currently helping her to do some freelance textile design work for a pajama designer. And am already frustrated with making repeats. I only vaguely remember the misery that is lining things up from my class last semester, so it is a good refresher.

There is another intern working with me, named Tatiana. She is very sweet and is visiting from France! She and I are getting coffee and pastries tomorrow morning and I think she and some of her friends will join me in exploring Brooklyn on Saturday. Also, more fun and upcoming things–a free yoga class at the Grand Central branch of the NY Public Library on Monday!

Almost forgot to mention–I was standing next to BJ Novak on the subway today.

Alyssa & Elaina // sister post.

Last time in Huntsville, Alyssa (my roommate) and her sister just so happened to be dressed adorably. And I therefore insisted that they pose for photos. Which neither of them were too keen on. Also of note: we just visited Sephora. Everyone’s lipstick  is fantastic.

Outfit details for Alyssa // blue dress, thrifted / wrap-around belt, Rag-O-Rama / vintage Coach purse, thrifted / brown oxfords, thrifted //

Over-exposed florals.

The weather has been lovely. So lovely that I happened to venture out in the middle of the day for photos. Not ideal, but here they are, anyway.

Outfit details // Deener cigarette skinnies jeans, from UAL / floral button-up, thrifted / eyewear, Warby Parker / navy blue belt, Target

 

 

 

I found a wall that matched my outfit.

There are so many great things about visiting Nashville. Number one, Allison lives there! Number two, there is good coffee everywhere. Number three, there are walls that match my outfit. You know, just out and about. Allison and I woke up disgustingly early (per usual when I visit) so that we could take some quick snapshots for our respective outfit posts. It’s so much easier when you have someone there with you! You will surely see the difference between her shots of me and the self-timed shoots coming up.

 

Outfit details // Red & blue plaid shirt- thrifted / Pilcro Novelty Roll Ups shorts – Anthropologie / Moon necklace – UAL / Soft pink patent leather belt – J Crew / Louis Vuitton clutch- thrifted / Leather flats – Anthropologie //

Did you get a chance to check out Allison’s post yet? Her styling is perfect!

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.

Preview!

This up-cycling thing is so incredibly addictive.

There is so much to be done.