Stomp Around

12 Feb

New York City Fashion and Lifestyle Blog: Knit beanie, wook coat, printed sweatshirt, leather leggings, Hunter boots
New York City Fashion and Lifestyle Blog: Knit beanie, wook coat, printed sweatshirt, leather leggings, Hunter boots
New York City Fashion and Lifestyle Blog: Knit beanie, wook coat, printed sweatshirt, leather leggings, Hunter boots
New York City Fashion and Lifestyle Blog: Knit beanie, wook coat, printed sweatshirt, leather leggings, Hunter boots
New York City Fashion and Lifestyle Blog: Knit beanie, wook coat, printed sweatshirt, leather leggings, Hunter boots

Stomping around on the rooftop after a fresh snowfall! As gritty as it can get up there with cigarette butts and leftover beer bottles from weekend gatherings, it kind of feels like an untouched sanctuary of sorts on days like these.

While Fashion Week has forced me to step up my game a little, it’s outfits like this that have become my go-to for day to day winter wear. Love a good sweatshirt…this one from Robert Rodriguez is a definite favorite. And, while I do feel that leggings typically belong only in the gym / yoga studio, add a little leather to the mix and I am so game.

*head to toe: Topshop wool coat, Robert Rodriguez graphic sweatshirt, Paige leather leggings, Hunter boots

Photos by Grant Legan

Winter Wonderland

26 Jan

New York City Fashion and Lifestyle Blog: Winter in Manhattan

It has been exactly one month since I returned to Manhattan after my extended stay in sunny Southern California. While it hasn’t exactly been easy adjusting to the cold, there is something so magical about this time of year out here. The second there is a fresh snowfall, New York turns into this magical winter wonderland, which I cannot help but get excited about. Having spent almost all of my life on the West Coast, I’ve come to really appreciate the changing seasons here. One thing’s for sure…this city is anything but consistent. But, hey, that’s what keeps life interesting.

(photos via OTR Instagram)

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Momentum

22 Jan

New York City Fashion and Lifestyle blog: Storied Venture travel photography #StoriedVenture
New York City Fashion and Lifestyle blog: Storied Venture travel photography #StoriedVenture

“I’m not sure what I’ll do, but— well, I want to go places and see people. I want my mind to grow. I want to live where things happen on a big scale.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

So far, January has been a month of travel, opportunity, and both personal and professional exploration. Feeling nostalgic about last year’s amazing adventures, while at the same time so excited for what 2014 has in store.

Here’s to making things happen…bigger and better this time around!

*head to toe: Aritzia army jacket, Brandy Melville jeans, Chanel flats

Photos by Grant Legan

Up Top

16 Jan

New York City Fashion and Lifestyle Blog: Knit beanie, shearling jacket, sheer blouse, flare denim, patent leather booties
New York City Fashion and Lifestyle Blog: Knit beanie, shearling jacket, sheer blouse, flare denim, patent leather booties

There’s just something about a good New York rooftop that’ll make you feel on top of the world. Even if it means layering to an obnoxious extent just to enjoy the city from way up above. Shot these particular photos at my friend’s place in Chinatown. I’ve loved watching downtown expand in the coolest of ways over the past two years (my NYCiversary is next month!). Definitely still has that charming grunge, but so many new bars, shops and restaurants have popped up in my neighborhood. It is like a never ending playground!

*head to toe: knit beanie, Coach shearling jacket, Adrienne Landau vest, Religion blouse from Surfdome, Mother flare jeans, Zara booties

Photos by Jonathon Bernstein

 

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Carmen Sandiego

12 Jan

New York City Fashion and Lifestyle blog: Winter layering, felt hat, camel coat, striped sweater, denim flares
New York City Fashion and Lifestyle blog: Winter layering, felt hat, camel coat, striped sweater, denim flares
New York City Fashion and Lifestyle blog: Winter layering, felt hat, camel coat, striped sweater, denim flares
New York City Fashion and Lifestyle blog: Winter layering, felt hat, camel coat, striped sweater, denim flares
New York City Fashion and Lifestyle Blog: Winter layering, felt hat, camel coat, striped sweater, denim flares

Adjusting to below freezing temps after spending several months in hot and sunny California has certainly been a bit jolting. That said, change is good, and I’ve enjoyed pulling my neglected winter pieces out of storage and getting my layer on once again!

Enjoyed a particularly chilly NYC afternoon frolicking around Chinatown with my friend and talented photographer, Jono. It’s funny, I am about to celebrate my two year anniversary in the city and there are still so many neighborhoods I have not yet fully explored. So happy to be back on the East Coast and kick off 2014 with a bang…fresh outlook on life, new career path, and ready to truly take in all the amazing things the Big Apple has to offer!

Note to self: next time wear gloves

*head to toe: Zara hat, Fossil cocoon coat, Adrienne Laundeau vest, Madewell sweater, Joe’s Jeans high rise flares, Missguided Chelsea boots

New Horizons

6 Jan

New York City Fashion and Personal Style Blog: Oversized knit sweater, basic white tank, vintage plaid pants
New York City Fashion and Personal Style Blog: Oversized knit sweater, basic white tank, vintage plaid pants
New York City Fashion and Personal Style Blog: Oversized knit sweater, basic white tank, vintage plaid pants
New York City Fashion and Personal Style Blog: Oversized knit sweater, basic white tank, vintage plaid pants
New York City Fashion and Personal Style Blog: Oversized knit sweater, basic white tank, vintage plaid pants
New York City Fashion and Personal Style Blog: Oversized knit sweater, basic white tank, vintage plaid pants

After two months of amazing coastal adventures and the enjoying the comfort of being at home in California, I have finally made my way back to New York City. There is nothing on earth that beats this energy, and I have loved every second of catching up with my East Coast friends, but looking through these photos already has me feeling nostalgic.

This year is going to be a lot different from last year. I am so excited to have tapped back into a creative side of me that, sometime over past 12 months, I managed to let slip away. Every once in a while, you just need to step back and evaluate what it is that truly makes you happy…and then run with it.

I have made it a goal to not get stuck in one place for too long. I want to travel more, see new things, and just embrace life in a whole new way. After 5 years of working in digital marketing for various fashion brands and learning many invaluable lessons and skills along the way, I have made the decision to step away from the 9 to 5 lifestyle for the first time since college. I’m really excited to have the freedom to focus on more creative projects (like my blog!), and continue to build my personal consulting business!

While I know this path may not be the easiest or the most stable, I am confident that it is the right decision and couldn’t be more eager to start this new chapter. 2014, let’s do this!

*head to toe: vintage sweater, All Saints tank, vintage pants from Thrifted & Modern, Zara sandals

Photos by Grant Legan

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The Other Golden Hour

26 Dec

New York City Fashion and Lifestyle Blog: Shearling jacket, striped sweater, velour sweatpants, patent booties
New York City Fashion and Lifestyle Blog: Shearling jacket, striped sweater, velour sweatpants, patent booties
New York City Fashion and Lifestyle Blog: Shearling jacket, striped sweater, velour sweatpants, patent booties
New York City Fashion and Lifestyle Blog: Shearling jacket, striped sweater, velour sweatpants, patent booties

“Nobody looks back on their life and remembers the nights they had plenty of sleep.”

This has probably been the most amazing, challenging, surprising, emotionally trying, and magical year of my life thus far. I have made incredible new friends, revived important relationships, and learned more about myself and my personal capabilities than I could have ever imagined. I’ve accomplished things I never thought possible and I’ve crashed and burned my way through many poor decisions. Staying up all night to watch the sunrise with two of the most important people in my life on this particular San Francisco morning was certainly not one of them….

I’ve learned that being alone is important, but you don’t always have to be. It is OK to lean on the people who care about you, learn from your mistakes, and live knowing that each day brings new possibility…as long as you keep a positive outlook. After two months of wandering, contemplating, and straight up relaxing in California, I am headed back to New York tomorrow. Feeling refreshed and excited to be home in the Big Apple…more ready than ever to ring in what I’m sure will be another wildly eventful year!

Hope you have all been enjoying the holidays as much as I have, and thank you for following along throughout my silly little journey. Hugs and kisses and best wishes to everyone. <3

*head to toe: knit beanie, Coach shearling jacket, Madewell sweater, Juicy Couture sweats, Zara boots