Standard/DUMBO

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Jeans – Plein Sud; Blazer – H&M; Nylon shirt – American Apparel; Shoes – Taccetti; Belt – Vintage; Watch – Tissot; Bag – Balenciaga

It turns out that in the US you can’t get into a bar even with a scanned copy of your passport on your phone. Embarrassingly I still don’t have a driver’s license which means I have to walk around everywhere with my most prized possession in life, my passport, when I go out. Anyone that knows me knows that my track record at ‘object retention’ ain’t that great so it’s not exactly ideal. I’ve heard stories about 80 year olds being asked for ID in the US – you’d have to be pretty desperate for a drink to try to get into a bar dressed in full-on professional prosthetic gear. Anyway, the Standard at the High-line – great atmosphere, cool decor and the view of the city and Hudson river is incredible. This and DUMBO seem to be the places to be at the moment. My whole life I’ve stared at the movie poster in my house of Once upon a time in America with it’s iconic sepia photo of the Williamsburg bridge shot from Brooklyn – it felt amazing to finally see it for real.

Do you have an item of clothing you love so much that you don’t wear it nearly as much as you should for fear of ruining it? No? Well that’s me with these shoes. I’m slightly obsessed. I’m going to get over myself and start wearing them more often. I’ve worn shoes by the same brand , Taccetti,  in previous posts. It’s an Italian company that makes the most beautiful shoes with the most beautiful leather. I honestly love pretty much everything they make, even the men’s shoes. I love these rust-coloured jeans from Plein Sud for the fall as well – I got them at TK Maxx (not TJ) which I think is so much fun to browse. I noticed though that TJ, the US version, doesn’t seem to have quite as good a selection of brands?? Not sure – maybe it was that one store, or maybe, most likely, I hadn’t had my browsing coffee. I highly recommend it as a vintage/browsing shopping pre-requisite.

Standard/DUMBO

Perry St

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Trench – Burberry; Top – Urban Outfitters; Skirt – Urban Outfitters; Boots – Aldo; Cocktail ring – Forever 21; Amber ring – The Amber Shop; Bag – Souvenir from BVI at Pusser’s Co. store

It turns out that one of the things I miss the most about living in a colder climate is that incredible feeling of being in bed under a heavy duvet while it’s cold outside. Small things that I took for granted when I lived in London seem so satisfying- condensation on the glass, opening the hotel window to the sounds of the city waking up down below. I guess travelling can make you appreciate the known quantities as well as offering new experiences.

I found this handbag in the BVI in the most unlikely store possible – an American/Caribbean yachties pub and restaurant with a souvenir shop attached. I was browsing through nautical keyrings and lanyards when I came across this vintage-looking beauty in a dusty glass cabinet that looked like it hadn’t been opened in 20 years. I tried to ask about the designer but it I couldn’t get any info. It looks like amber but I’m guessing it’s plastic. I’m so glad I brought it with me to NY as I love it with this skirt I got from Urban Outfitters. I bought the boots from the Aldo store on 5th. I love the sexy gap between thigh highs and a short skirt and these are unusually comfy even after a day of walking all over Manhattan.

 

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