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Escape from New York

I’ve been in hiding.  I know that is really no excuse for the lack of posts the past few months but that’s the best one I’ve got. 

This summer was absolutely amazing, to say the least.  I had the most fabulous internship and spent the summer months wiling the days away at photo shoots, late nights in Brooklyn and weekends in Cape Cod.  But a break was needed.  And so I fled.  Took a Virgin Airlines flight to London and decided to study abroad for a semester at the University of Westminster. 

So here I am now, in London, and completely in love. 

It took me a few days to get over culture shock.  Taxis, money, and pizza were among my biggest concerns but I am proud to say that I have moved on and adapted pretty well to this new culture. 

Case in point, yesterday I was bored, so I dyed the ends of my hair lavender. 

The area I am living in is the Lower East Side equivilant so granted that may have had an effect on my choice of color.

My weekends have taken me to Paris, Wales, Belgium, and Amsterdam (see photos below), I honestly couldn’t be luckier. 

I miss New York (and obviously my friends and family) more than I can say.  Yesterday my mother sent me a care package consisting of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, candy corn, the New York Times Magazine (food & drink issue) and T Magazine (winter style issue).  I devoured the magazines, read them cover to cover, and a few articles twice.  I didn’t realize how much I had missed the style of writing  and journalism I had grown so accustomed to in America. 

But enough about New York, I will be back in a few months, and I just know I will be longing for London, so for now enjoy the pictures from Wales, Brussles, and Amsterdam (London ones will be up shortly).

Wales

 

 

 

Brussels, Belgium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amsterdam

 

 

 

 

 

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My Weekends: Chelsea

Chelsea holds a dear place in my heart.  Not only is it the home of my school, FIT, it also has the most darling side streets, both my favorite French restaurant, La Grainne Cafe, and my favorite bakery, Billy’s Bakery, and of course Chelsea Market (though that may be Meatpacking technically).

apricot jam crepe from La Grainne Cafe, perfection

protection from windy 10th ave.

here comes the sun

lipstick all day, every day

dilapidated empire diner

one of my favorite bookstores

children's books

i love doors...

baby gated door next to the one above

i showed this same apartment building months ago. the red door draws me in. i need to live there.

how does this happen? what French maid is running around the city without their feather duster?

slider at popburger

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My Weekends: The Village & Nolita

I like to walk, a lot.  I also love to take pictures of what I see, as you can tell from previous posts.  It seems like every weekend I am now exploring a new part of this amazing enchanting city I live in.  Two weeks ago I wandered around The Village and SoHo.  There was brunch, chalked up sidewalks, and beautiful architecture.

the best brioche French toast I have ever had, in one of the most darling restaurants in the West Village, Elephant & Castle (click on the picture if you don't believe me).

The plates at Elephant & Castle (with eggs benedict on the side!)

Greenwich Village, I love these quiet almost European side streets

Heading into Nolita now, such a French building

Nolita

my favorite street in New York, Elizabeth St. in Nolita

open air restaurant in Nolita

coming here next, Nolita

and here...

Washington Square Park

street art

the arch

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Glitter Glitter Everywhere

Christian McCullough, MAC make up artist for the Vena Cava show yesterday, is my hero of the day.  The glitter eye makeup he painstakingly applied to every model is absolutely beautiful!  I wish I could do my eyes like that every night and have it be socially acceptable.

Or maybe the point is to do it anyway and I should be okay with playing with makeup that might be deemed “a bit much” by social standards.  The show was very 90’s with a slight grunge attitude, maybe with that “whatever” mindset I could pull it off.

If I am brave enough to even attempt to try this I will of course post pictures but for now I will leave to to the models of Vena Cava.

ps. The nail polish on the fingers is really cute. . . may have to try that one. . .

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Comme to Me

I first spotted them at the Opening Ceremony in the Ace Hotel on Broadway and fell in love the instant I saw the multitude of vibrant colors and playful patterns inlayed on the soft leather.  Since then I have seen the infamous Comme des Garcons wallets everywhere, and I think, soon (maybe birthday?) it will be time to get one.

Below are some of my favorites, though I have a minor wallet fetish I rarely end up buying them, mainly just lusting over them for months, maybe it is time to take the plunge.

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February Inspiration

Some things I’m hoping will keep me going through (hopefully) the last of the Winter months.

Rug from Celine Kaplan's office

Image from http://www.thecoveteur.com also Celine Kaplan;s.

Iselin Steiro for Cover Magazine

Ginta Lapina for Numero Magazine

Paris Vogue

 

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Wake Up and Smell the Couture

Couture season has just ended in Paris (sigh) and the clothes were absolutely lovely.  I noticed a distinct return to femininity, from the shapes to the pale colors and light fabrics.   It’s quite sad because I know from experience that the photographs really do not do the clothes justice.  What might look merely “beautiful” in an image is amplified by 10 when you actually see the piece in person and feel the fabric and see the intricate details the camera barely picks up.  I am lucky enough to have this experience at Vogue and I absolutely cannot wait to see these exquisite pieces in person.

My edits:

Alexis Mabille

Chanel

The Whole Collection

Christian Dior

 

Givenchy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valentino

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The Beginning

And with the Golden Globes behind us, Award Show Season is officially underway.  I have always liked the Golden Globes because it mixes both television and movies which in my opinion makes for a less serious, fun environment.  The Academy Awards are of course my favorite, but it often seems a bit tense and everyone takes themselves quite seriously.  The Golden Globes are supposed to be a bit less dressy, and often more playful, but not to the extent of the Grammys.

Sunday night I was happily surprised by the clothes on the red carpet.  There was experimentation and some very sleek and sophisticated gowns.  There were only a handful of dresses that I really disliked, and a few lackluster ones, but other than that the show made me very excited to see what is planned for the Oscars!

My Absolute Favorites:

Michelle Williams in Valentino, channeling Twiggy.

Natalie Portman in Viktor & Rolf

Emma Stone in Calvin Klein

Julianne Moore in Lanvin

Hailee Steinfeld in Prabal Gurung

Claire Danes in Calvin Klein

Honorable Mentions:

January Jones in Versace

Scarlett Johanson in Elie Saab

Nicole Kidman in Prada

Leighton Meester in Burberry

Julianna Marguiles in Vintage YSL

Jayma Mayes in Alberta Ferretti

Helena Bonham Carter in Vivienne Westwood

Anne Hathaway in Armani

Angelina Jolie in Versace

And the Bad:

Jennifer Love Hewitt in Romona Keveza

Julia Stiles in Romona Keveza

Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad

Christina Aguilera in Zuhair Murad

Milla Jovovich in Armani

 

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An Apology

Hi blog, it’s been awhile, and for that, I apologize.  I haven’t written in so long that I was scared to come back to it, I have so much to write about and I haven’t been quite sure where to begin.

Well to be honest, what I had to say was just about lovely Christmas presents, shopping excursions, films I’ve seen, and what I wore on New Years Eve, so I guess it wouldn’t have been that difficult.

While I was home in Connecticut the past few weeks, I had apparently decided to go on computer hiatus.  I listened to my parents advice (shocking, I know) and gave myself a much needed break.

But I’m back now, and for some odd reason I feel weird being in New York and not writing on my blog.

After I take a few more pictures, I will be sure to post some fun things I got while home for the holidays.  My favorite being an Alexander McQueen silk scarf (which I have worn practically every day since opening it Christmas Day) and a vintage black silk Yves Saint Laurent skirt/dress set (courtesy of my Grandfather).

As well as fashion and magazines, I am also a huge movie person.  So whenever I go home I try to go to the movies as much as I can ($6 a ticket, you can’t beat that).  This break, I saw Black Swan and The Kings Speech.  It goes without saying that the costumes in Black Swan were extraordinary, the Mulleavy Sisters of Rodarte (who designed all of Natalie Portman’s costumes) are kind of genius, and I sincerely hope they get some major Oscar nods.  The movie itself was just what I expected, weird and beautiful, so I loved it.

The Kings Speech, however, is one of the best movies I have ever seen.  Ever.  And I’ve seen a lot.  I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, except that Colin Firth was supposed to be amazing in it, and he was even better than I thought he could be.  He will hands down win Best Actor in every award show, and he deserves it.  The movie was not only hysterical, but also a well done period piece with Helena Bonham Carter in gorgeous costumes.   I felt so terrible for Firth’s character, King George VI, that I was scraping away at my freshly painted nails, so nervous that his horrible stutter would never go away.

Thanks to my father, the movie theater wasn’t the only place I would have to see movies, because he bought Apple TV.  This adorable black box which allows you to access Netflix, iTunes, YouTube, etc. from your television.  So of course because of that I watched countless movies at home including The White Ribbon the German film which took home the Palm D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival a few years ago, and I have been dying to see it ever since.

On January 1, I was quite exhausted and decided that it would be an excellent idea to not move from my bed the entire day.  So I watched five movies.  It was a personal record for me, and one that I now pride myself on.  I watched, Outsourced, When Harry Met Sally, Love and Other Disasters, Interview with a Vampire, and City Island. It was a glorious day to say the least.  I think I might try and have one every month or so.

I will put up pretty pictures hopefully later on in the week, but I hope this apology is enough for now.

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Book Me

Last day of school before Thanksgiving break, thought I should make it a more intellectual post.

Passed, (and later went into) this lovely book store on 10th Ave. down in Chelsea, around 21st St.

Book stores are one of my Top 3 favorite places to visit, and this one has definitely been added to the list.

Happy Reading!

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