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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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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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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