Phillip Lim Leather Jacket

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Its 2015 and I’m finally posting a street style post. I’ve been having trouble with this idea of being a “fashion blogger.” I just couldn’t wrap my head around it. It seems a bit pretentious and frivolous. I get sick of seeing bloggers post images of bags and shoes with bad Taylor Swift lyrics as a caption.

But this is the age of technology. The minds of our generation focus on likes, double taps, and hashtags. If its not online it never happened. I needed to remove this idea from my thoughts and remind myself why I like to share my street style post. I like to encourage and inspire forms of being. Everyone should be able to wear head to toe sequence or neon yellow anytime, any where. But as a society our suppression of style is overcome by those “frivolous” thoughts. Why is it okay to wear sweat pants to the store but when I throw on a black YSL smoking jacket its over the top?

There no answer simpler then the saying, Haters gonna hate. We have to gain a resistance to not care, not give a fu*k. If you want to humble brag and post pictures of your Gucci shopping spree online then do it! If you want to wear head to toe prints to just run errands, then hell yeah! Fashion and style will act as the force field that is your armor.

The multitude of possibilities your personal style will do for you can only be good. Except for your credit card that is…

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Jacket: 3.1 Phillip Lim // Sweater: Banana Republic // Pants: J Crew // Shoes: YRU // Clutch: Saint Laurent

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New York: Rockefeller Center, The MOMA, and NY Public Library

New York just kept getting better and better. This day was packed with NYC tourist realness. My friend (a student at Parsons) and I decided that today was the day to see it all. Today was the day we would gawk at the tall buildings and city lights with no tourist shame. Take pictures, block traffic, and just feel New York City.

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Day 4

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Before starting the day and making the trip to the subway we both decide to stop by Le Cafe Coffee in the village. They serve the best lavender and red tea lattes, as well as doughnuts. I got myself a great breakfast full of sugar to help me survive the subway ride. We got off the train at our stop and were instantly surrounded by business men and woman. The area was busy and it made me understand why New Yorkers hate tourist so much…

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Saks

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The last stop of the day was one for the books. 5th and 53rd, the MOMA. There was a special exhibit of Matisse’s famous cut outs displayed in a variety of fashions. Large scale, stained glass, you name it it was there. There was even a foot by foot recreation of Matisse’s dining room. The MOMA was exquisite. Floors of Frida Kahlo, Picasso, and Ensor made this an art mecca for art majors. It was a packed day for sure because before going home we stopped by the NY Public Library! I’ve always been enchanted by this place ever since the first Sex and the City movie. It was just as beautiful as you can imagine. A great way to end the night.

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Bryant Park

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I hope you all enjoyed this post. It was a bit shorter on text but I wanted to showcase some great images! The next post will be about my final days in NYC and how I stalled so long to leave that I almost missed my flight. Until next time! Stay fresh, Khoa Sinclair.

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New York: The Highline, Chelsea Market, and China Town

My next few days in New York just got better and better. I got to visit the Highline which served up some amazing views. I then stopped by the Chelsea Market which had great local crafters and food. The next day I took the subway to Canal St. and spent the entire day in China town before stopping by the West Village for some shopping. It was splendid and made me fall even more in love with New York City.

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Day 4 

We started the day late, first grabbing breakfast at my friends school once again (to save some money for lunch). The weather was beautiful so I took this opportunity to dress a bit lighter. I choose a black button up, bedazzled Elizabeth and James scuba jacket, houndstooth trousers, and my trusty Chanel fanny pack inspired by miss Carrie Bradshaw herself. We made our way to the Highline from Chelsea which put us right next to the Hudson.

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OOTD with a View

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The Highline had great views of the Chelsea Pier as well as the new buildings coming up. It was a great combination to see New New York alongside Old New York. After walking the path and taking pictures like tourist, we decided to walk down to the pier and take more cheesy photos.

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View form the Park

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The Chelsea market was next on our list, located on 9th and 15th it only took us a few minutes to walk there. It was a Sunday so the market was packed. We stopped by multiple shops which sold local only pieces. I got some super cute rings for my sister at a shop called Brooklyn Charm. We made our way through the larger than life market admiring and awing all the things it had to offer. Our last stop for the day was at Sarabeths Bakery in which we indulged in some great drinks and desserts.

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Seen at the Chelsea Market

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Day 5

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Day five in New York was one of my favorites. This day was spent in Chinatown marveling at the extended Asian cultures that we have so little of here in Denver. Chinatown was much larger than I had expected it to be, so by the end of the day my ankles were seeking a comfy sofa. I spent most of my time just looking and wondering the streets. Getting lost, seeing new sights, and getting even more lost. At one point I even found myself at the edge of the Manhattan bridge which served quite a sight. I had lunch at a Vietnamese restaurant which brought me some home cooking, multiple desserts which included several flavors of egg custard, and spent the rest of my “tourist” money on 10 for $10 key chains and 50 cent post cards.

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The Two Bridges

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At the end of the day I ventured back to the west village to visit one of my new favorite stores, In Support Of. I had been there the day before but needed more time to actually explore. There were great, unique pieces that you could only find in New York City. I had to decided between a Karolyn Pho vest or a Nanushka blazer. I went with the blazer which had divine details. I will add and OOTD look for this piece real soon!

The night ended with a relaxing dinner of leftovers while I watched Girls. Best day ever!

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New York: Upper East Side

In my most recent post I spoke about the lack of connection I felt to New York. Its busy, loud, and mostly rude. But there must be something about the city that never sleeps which attracts so many people. Theres a sense of glamour and attraction that people always speak of. I hadn’t experienced this yet, but maybe I was looking for it in the wrong places.

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Day 3

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View From my Room

My day started fairly late considering I spent the night in Brooklyn and didn’t go home until around noon. We stopped by the Christmas Market at Union Square Park and had a good look around. Having not showered yet, my friend and decided to eat lunch at her school rather than go out and face the public. But ironically, I ran into some familiar faces that caused for an awkward situation, but thats all I’ll say about that.

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After showering and getting ready I decided to wear a fringe leather jacket with some vintage Chanel. I was going to the Metropolitan Museum of Art after all so I needed to channel by inner Gossip Girl. I took the subway uptown to the upper east side and got off feeling incredibly fresh. The neighborhood looked just like it did in the movies. Clean streets (not entirely but mostly), beautiful walk ups, and designer shops. I had spoken about wanting this thing to “click” on the inside once I got off the plane in New York, but it never happened. However, once I walked up those dirty subway steps onto 5th, I was enchanted. The beautiful upper east side made me feel at home.

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Met: Outside

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Met: Inside

I spent some time shopping at the famous consignment shops around 5th and grabbed a cafe au lait before heading to the Met. The shops were still out of my price range but it was nice to look… The Met is free for all students regardless of residency. It looked just like a scene out of Gossip Girl. The steps were clean and pristine. I was amazed at how large the building was and was so excited to spend my afternoon crying over pieces I had studied in my text books. I couldn’t wait to get inside. There we’re some great exhibits going on alongside their usual ones. I spent a good 5 hours at the museum just marveling at the extensive art collection. I was so excited to see a Pollock, Clyfford Still, Lichtenstein and many more in person. I won’t bore you with details but will include some of my favorite pieces below.

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Me With a Lichtenstein

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Once I got back to the east village my friend and I took a trip further down south. We ended up at Curry-ya, a very small, very delicious Japanese comfort food restaurant. I got the classic curry over rice which was just the right amount of spicy. Spot Dessert Bar located in St. Marks Place was next on our list. We waited almost an hour for a table, but when our desserts came out it was 100% worth it. I ordered a toffee dessert which contained this: A hot, out of the oven, toffee cake in a pool of cinnamon cream, topped with vanilla bean ice cream, and a light french wafer. That was exactly what I needed to end my night with. My walk home made me fall even more in love with New York City. The lights, the street art, the sights…it’s a lot to take in. I’ll add some images below but be sure to follow my Instagram for some great pictures from my trip.

Until next time, stay fresh.

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NYC Night Views

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New York: The First Days

I’ll be honest with you, my expectations for the big apple were really high…and the city did not meet them. A long time fan of Sex and the City I wanted the New York Carrie had, but maybe that only existed in the 90s.

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I got to LaGuardia airport around 3pm with my DVF luggage and hailed a cab. It was peak hours which meant more time and more traffic. My (what is usually $30) cab fare turned out to be $60. I was dropped off on the corner of 14th Street and 5th Ave in Greenwich village where I would be staying for the next 7 days. The streets looked exactly like they did in the movies, minus the romance of New York City. Since I arrived at my destination later then I had anticipated all I really did was put away my luggage, walk up and down 5th Ave, and grabbed dinner at a great little sandwich shop called Croque Monsieur…and that was that.

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The New School – <<Home>> for 7 Days

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Day 2

My first official day in New York started with tea and a walk to Washington Square Park. Growing up I always thought that New York would be my home so upon this first visit I wanted something to click, making me yern for the city. That didn’t happen. As I walked the streets that first morning I felt a wave of disappointment. Had my expectations been to high?

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NYU’s private street

At the end of the tour I walked up and down 5th Ave again, taking in the sights. Madison Square park was packed with dogs and business men trying not to get shit on their shoes. It was rather cold so I jumped from store to store to keep warm. This only reminded me of how poor I was. After the park my friend and I attended the Bard Graduate Center’s life drawing session located on the upper west side in which models posed for 2, 5, and 10 minutes. The neighborhood was beautiful! Clean and classy, now this is the New York I could get used to.

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Madison Square Park

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Brooklyn Streets

By the end of the night we were exhausted but went on over to Brooklyn for a house party. I always knew that this area of New York wasn’t the classiest (my experience from Gossip Girl) but now I was able to experience it for myself. We took the Q to Parkview Ave and as soon as I stepped over the subway platform I was greeted by the smell of vomit. Pink chunks of who knows what surrounded the, already dirty, subway tiles. I tried hard to ignore the stench as I made my way up the stairs. The party was located in a nice, renevonated 3 bedroom townhome with roof access. I wont bore you with details about the part since it was just…alright. Very Brooklyn, I guess we could say.

The next morning I found the neighborhood to look a bit more charming (but not by much) as we made our way back to Manhattan. All I could think about was how much this area looked just like the show Girls.

Until my next post, Khoa Sinclair

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A Tribute: Jean Paul Gaultier

This post is dedicated to French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier who, as many of us know, is leaving the world of RTW. In 1976 he released his first personal line and the rest is history. He became famous for the Madonna cone bra, using unconventional models on his runway, and has been an inspiration for many designers.

Inside the show champagne was served alongside popcorn where celebrities like Rick Owens and Jeremy Scott came to pay their respects. The show was titled Élection​ de Miss Jean Paul Gaultier 2015 and was split into looks inspired by Gaultier’s most famous works. The collection started with an assortment of over the top black and white looks accompanied by larger than life hats. Asymmetrical pinstriped jackets and classical overalls that played together well to create some dramatic looks. Some cool street looks came up next in a variety of orange, blues, yellows, and so much more. I am so into the gold bomber jacket and the JPG 2015 labeled dresses. The hair was super cool which matched the overall aesthetic.

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Next came some fun flirty looks featuring a clear glitter top, colorful striped pieces, and leather goddesses. The transition was a bit messy but we then came upon some prints Gaultier is known for in his Fuzzi line. There were extremely fun pieces mixed with very American, denim looks. Then we saw some glam gold and white ensembles, super hot models, and sleek black looks that include suit jackets cut in half. The infamous cone bra was recreated worn by none other than Coco Rocha.

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The show ended with a bang of super colorful hero like mask that embodied the cheerful Gualtier spirit. Iwill always adore and miss Mr. Gualtier’s ready to wear line. I have a few pieces that I will always cherish, and if possible, I’d love to own something from his last collection. Its bitter sweet but we’ll always have JPG’s Couture line.

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