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A Love Letter to Spring

I am one of those weird people who really like Fall and Winter.  Maybe it is because I was trying to be unconventional as a child, being different by not saying the Summer was my favorite season.  I love the layering and the rich colors.  Sweaters and heeled boots.

I am over it.  I need warmth and sun and to put my gloves in hibernation.  Spring is now my favorite season, I blame the clothes at Vogue for this.  The bright colors and floral prints have brainwashed me into crawling out of my black cashmere wardrobe and into oranges and pinks!

I got out of Vogue surprisingly early one beautiful March day and just had to go outside and enjoy the weather.  It is just my luck that the weather always turns colder/grayer/rainier on the weekends and I never get to bask in the glory of the weekday weather.  With my new black camera in tow, a trip to the roof of my building was very much in order, below are the pictures.

This is basically my ultimate Spring outfit.  Cozy sweater over a short dress or skirt and a pair of heels is absolutely the way to go.  The sweater I bought at the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market, the nightgown was my great grandmother’s, belt from Zara, clogs Jeffrey Campbell, and jewelry is mainly vintage.


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Cynthia Steffe Fashion Show

On Sunday, I had the amazing opportunity to go to the Cynthia Steffe fashion show at Lincoln Center.  This was my first time going to a show sponsored by Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.  And even though I have been to some pretty big shows (3.1 Phillip Lim, Y3 Yojhi Yamamoto, etc), I had never been to the “Tents” before.

It was definitely an experience.  There were photographers snapping pictures everywhere and famous faces on cell phones in the plaza of the arts center.  I saw Linda Fargo (Vice President of Visual Merchandising at Bergdorf Goodman) and Robert Verdi within my first few minutes there, followed by countless Reality TV “stars” (Alex McCord and Simon van Kempen) and models galore.

For Christmas, as I mentioned in a previous post, my Grandfather wanted to buy me vintage dresses because he knows how obsessed with them I am.  I had actually seen a black silk Yves Saint Laurent skirt and dress set about a year and a half ago at the vintage store I go to in Connecticut, Tova’s, and completely fell in love with it.  Do not ask me why but I didn’t buy it the first time I saw it but I actually thought about it frequently since then and wished I had.

Apparently it was fate because when I went in December, because it was there, and it fit, and it now hangs ceremoniously in my closet.  I consider it possibly the most beautiful item I own and I only wish I could wear it everyday.

I decided that Fashion Week would be the perfect time to introduce my vintage YSL to the world, and I chose to outfit myself like a modern day Audrey Hepburn circa Breakfast at Tiffanys.

I paired the dress with vintage YSL heels, sheer black tights, one of my roommate’s belts, my great-grandmothers jewelry and a rhinestone pin in my hair.

The show itself was actually really great!  The designer drew inspiration from modern royalty which could be seen in the jewel tones and incredible fur collars.  I really need one in every color, especially with the turn in the weather today.  The collection was very classic and looked like a beautiful Fall day, very warm and colorful with a bit of luxury mixed in.

It is surprisingly hard to take good pictures at a fashion show from the seats because of the lighting and pace of the models walk, so if you aren’t satisfied by my pictures go to style.com and check out their professional ones, the collection was definitely worth the second look.

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Some Adventures in New York

One of the things I love best about New York is just walking the streets and exploring new places.  Yesterday, even though it was about 20 degrees outside I walked two miles to the grocery store (Trader Joes) just so that I could emerge myself in a part of the city I hadn’t been to before.  It was a complete eye opener.  For some unbeknownst reason I had never ventured ten blocks up from where I live, I guess I just assumed there was nothing really around there.  And apparently I was wrong.  Where I live, on the very West side of the island, there is basically nothing 10 blocks above or below, but once you cross that barrier there are wonders to be found.

These are pictures from some of my random walks like the one above.

Subway Monsters

New Telephone

The circus is in town

$1 a slice

Inside the theater at American Idiot

Stopped at a flea market on my way to Trader Joes

Mermaid windows at a vintage store in Chelsea


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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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The Aviator

This is one of the vintage dresses my Grandfather bought me for Christmas.  It is a very short brown leather dress with aviator like clasps up the front.  The second I saw it I fell in love, being that I have both a thing for leather and the 1960’s.  The white sweater tights are from Urban Outfitters and are super cozy, I have a feeling they will be featured quite a bit in my winter outings.


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Oh the Holidays

I finally took the time this afternoon to upload all of my pictures from the past month or so.  Below you will find some of my favorite things in Provincetown, where I spend my summers and Thanksgivings, numerous pictures of food (typical), holiday ornaments, my New Year’s Eve outfit, and some other wonderfully random pictures I for some reason or another felt were worthwhile to post.


One of my favorite buildings, Provincetown

Love this font

Amazing letters in a fab boutique in Ptown


Martha Stewart worthy Christmas cookies

With whipped cream

And without













Pumpkin, Cheese Cake (w/strawberry topping), Lemon Meringue

Feast of Seven Fishes

The morning after

New Years Eve

Great Grandmother's fur, Alexander McQueen scarf, H&M lace shirt, Urban Outfitters high-waisted black jeans

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Saving Grace

Last week I decided to let my hair down.  I have been getting headaches (as was expected) from my super tight ballerina buns and I wanted to show off my new color as well. 

My boyfriend and I decided to go to Providence for the day and take a mini shopping trip.  I assumed I would be in air conditioning the entire time and just put a little Bumble and Bumble in my hair and went on my way. 

This was not the case.  We thought it would be fun to walk around near Brown and visit the Urban Outfitters and vintage stores in the area, and yes hopefully see the elusive Emma Watson.   It is was so humid out I wanted to cry.  My hair which looked perfectly lovely in the car turned into a poof.  A huge red poof.

By the time we got to the mall it was bad, just bad.  I will not complain about the weather or the temperature or if my feet hurt, but I will complain about my hair.

So as I am whining away about how I will have to walk around all day with silly poofy hair and I won’t like anything I try on because of it my boyfriend says something I never could have expected.

“At least now you will look like Grace Coddington!”

I’m not sure if I should be proud that he knows who she is, and sadly used her name in the correct way.  Or if I should be insulted…

Either way, I love Grace Coddington, and I really should be honored to spoken in the same sentence with her.

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My Day of Vintage.

Saturday was my vintage day.  I made a list of all the places I wanted to go to (6) and mapped it all out, both walking and public transit routes.  I even woke up extra early (10:05) and managed to leave by 11:30 am with two of my roommates in tow.  We started off at Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market at 39th St. between 9th and 10th Ave.  They had a lot of jewelry and some great vintage pieces.  Most of the items were fairly inexpensive except I hated the fact that the vendors were trying to explain designers to me and tell me how important they are.  Yes, I know what Bottega Venetta is, I do live in fashion magazines and attend FIT, I just don’t feel like buying the purse no matter how great of a deal you seem to think it is.  But aside from that I ended up buying a partial crop top and a gold semi-choker.

Entrance to the Hell's Kitchen Flea Market

Cute vintage glasses, but I didn't buy them.

One of the vendors

Kelly and I on a fab vintage couch.

A rather large beaver fur coat.

Shirt and Necklace from Hell's Kitchen Flea Market

Then we walked down to 25th St between 7th and 6th Aves where there were a few indoor flea markets which had a decent amount of designer clothes and accessories as well as home furnishings and antiques.  While I fell in love with some items such as a $200 Hermes silk scarf and a $175 one hundred year old hand mirror (which the man said he would give to me for $125) , I did not buy anything here.

100 year old hand mirror.

Then we went took the F down to Union Sq. and then hopped on the L train over to 1st Ave to go to some vintage stores.  First on our stop was No Relation Vintage which has amazing prices, but of the seven things I tried on I only ended up buying one shirt (for $10) even though I really wanted to walk out with a pair of high waisted jean shorts.

Shirt from No Relation Vintage.

Next we went to Buffalo Exchange which was super crowded because they were having a $1 sale in honor of Earth Day.  Here I tried on a lot of clothes and even asked a poor sales person to take down a mannequin which I then asked her to undress so I could try on the whole outfit.  While the silk high waisted pants were completely see through and ill fitting, the suede and lace leotard was perfectly lovely and oh so Celine, so I purchased it.  I ended up getting it for $5.50 because the buttons of the bottom of the leotard were broken.  And I also bought an American Apparel shirt dress there for only $17.

Suede Leotard tucked into high waisted jeans.

American Apparel Shirt Dress with my great-grandmother's gold belt.

And that is the end of my lovely shopping day.  I wish I had discovered the flea markets sooner because they are so close and filled with some really amazing pieces.

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