2017 is coming to a close, so this will most likely be my last blog post of the year. I wanted to say thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read my blog posts, liked or commented on my Instagram photos, and anyone who has chosen to spend time in my little retro inspired world. I've had a lot of great opportunities to connect with some amazing brands and people throughout the year, and I hope to continue to do so going forward.
With 2018 fast approaching, I've been thinking about how I want my personal brand and blog to evolve in the new year. My goal for 2018 is to create inspirational content that steps outside the cookie cutter type photos we have become so accustomed to seeing across social media. I want to continue working with small businesses and brands vs big corporations as much as possible. I also want to buy and wear vintage and thrifted clothing as often as I can, and show my followers how simple alterations can revive a second hand garment.
Wherever you're at in life, I want to encourage you to write down your own goals for the new year. Here's to a great 2017, and an even better 2018!
Dress: c/o Tallulah’s Threads
Headband: American Apparel; Tights: Hue; Shoes: LF/Life; Bag: Urban Outfitters
Location: Strand Book Store (Union Square, NYC)
Last weekend I rode the holiday vintage train, an event that happens annually in NYC. They take old subway cars from the Museum of Transit and bring them out on the subway tracks so people are able to ride them. The subway cars range from the 1920's to the 1960's. They do this every Sunday in December, and some weekends they even have live bands playing swing music to add to the ambience. I went with a group of fellow vintage lovers that also live in NYC, so it was fun to go with others who share my affection for the past. It was a bit crazy because there were so many photographers there posing us for photos or snapping shots of us while we were riding the train. Even regular people on the subway platform bombarded us for pictures with their cell phones. A few people came up to me and asked why we were dressed up, or if we were part of a club, when in reality, this is basically how we dress everyday.
I prefer to dress vintage with a more modern and quirky twist, so I thought this fifties inspired coat dress I recently received from Unique Vintage would be perfect for the occasion. I added this piano bag from Charming Charlie, polka dot tights and leopard print flats for a whimsical touch.
If you live in NYC, the vintage holiday train is still running for the rest of the month, so catch it if you can!
Dress: c/o Unique Vintage
Bag: c/o Charming Charlie
Tights: Express; Shoes: Franco Sarto (bought from Century 21); Bracelet: Kate Spade
By now you probably know I love a good theme, so I decided to match the holiday Coca Cola can to my polar bear printed dress from Lady V London. I figured I'd follow through with the theme and shoot outside of Lexington Candy shop, where their windows are filled with various bottles of Coke.
I was never allowed to drink soda growing up, unless it was a special occasion. I started drinking Coke when I was in college because I was getting migraines from coffee, so Coke helped me get rid of my migraines and also gave me my caffeine fix when I was only sleeping four hours a night. I still drink one everyday at lunch. Sometimes I try to drink sparkling water as a healthier option, but my cravings for Coke often cannot be ignored. Oh, and I also will not drink Pepsi if that is all that is available. Whoever said they taste the same was very, very wrong!
Dress: c/o Lady V Vintage
Beret: old; Tights: Hue; Shoes: Franco Sarto
Location: Lexington Candy Shop (Upper East Side)
Photos: Steve Wong (Instagram @ illuminouswong)
Everyone knows New York City is home to so many amazing museums. I love spending time in them on the weekends, and I'm always keeping my eyes peeled for new exhibits or exploring museums I have not visited yet. So I wanted to recap my favorites, and let you know which ones are underrated, overrated, plus some tips to make the most of your visit.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Upper East Side):
This is probably the most iconic art museum in NYC, but to be honest, it's not my favorite. The modern art section (my favorite type of art) is very limited, and the museum is always packed, regardless of time of day, week, or year. One benefit of The Met though is that it is donation based. They have suggested ticket prices, but it is always pay what you wish. So since you can literally pay $1 to enter, The Met is great if you want to have a museum day without breaking the bank. Another tip, The Met Bruer, a second and much smaller location, is just a short walk away, and your same admission is good at both locations, just save your ticket!
The Whitney (Meatpacking):
This is my absolute favorite museum in the city. It is completely modern art based, and the museum itself has an amazing view of the NYC skyline. It's a little more pricey ($18 for a student ticket, $25 for a regular adult ticket), but every Friday from 7-10pm, you can pay what you wish. A tip though, arrive early, I'd say around 6-630, because there are always tons of people in line.
The Museum of Modern Art (Midtown East):
My second favorite museum, which is also filled entirely of modern art. They offer free admission every Friday from 4-8pm, which is amazing. It's actually more beneficial to show up a little later in the evening, about 5-6, to avoid long lines.
Chelsea Art Galleries (Chelsea):
The Chelsea neighborhood is filled with tons of modern art galleries, and they are all free!
New York Transit Museum (Downtown Brooklyn):
Not an art museum, but if you’re reading this, you most likely are into vintage and would appreciate this museum. The New York Transit Museum is all about the history of the subway, and they have actual subway cards, ranging from the 1910’s to present day. You can actually go inside these cars and take photos.
T-shirt and Skirt: c/o May 68
*please note- I hemmed the skirt about 6 inches
Turtleneck: Style We; Tights: Hue; Shoes: Franco Sarto
Location: The Guggenheim Museum (Upper East Side)
Stopping by with a super short blog post to show you some more photos of this Atomic Swag t-shirt. I love this brand, they have so many cute, retro inspired tees. This one is actually a men’s style, but I loved the Elvis inspired sketches on it. Randomly enough, there is an Elvis statute at a store near my mom’s apartment in Philadelphia, so I thought, what better place to shoot these photos. Shooting this outfit also got me excited, because I have a trip planned to Memphis, Tennessee in January. I’m going with my blogger friend Desirae, who I met through Instagram, and we’re going to be going to Elvis’s Graceland, plus lots of other vintage inspired museums, stores, and restaurants. This will be my first time in Tennessee (or the South for that matter!), so if you have any suggestions for things to check out, please let me know!
T Shirt: c/o Atomic Swag Tees
Skirt: Ruby & Jenna; Tights: Hue; Shoes: Bait Footwear; Glasses: Warby Parker
Location: Mr Bar Stool (Philadelphia, PA)