If you read my recent blog post about my new nomadic lifestyle, you know I spent the last 6 weeks in NYC. September and October are always my favorite months in NYC, weather-wise, so I couldn't have asked for a better first leg of this adventure. The weather was gorgeous, so on the weekends I was able to check a lot of things off my NYC bucket list. The Central Park Zoo, getting my aura read on Canal Street, and outdoor dining at some new bars and restaurants were all on my list. If this year has taught me anything, it's that life is too short and to not put things off. For years I have been telling myself that I would go to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, yet I never seemed to get around to it. Then when Covid first hit in March, these things I procrastinated on weren't even an option. Now that things are somewhat back to normal, I was determined to make the most of this time and not take our freedom for granted. Next stop: Washington DC.
Although I'm currently staying in Manhattan, I've been spending a lot of time in Brooklyn. It's just a quick ferry ride across the river, so it's a fun weekend activity. Here a few of my favorite things to do in Williamsburg and Greenpoint:
Food & Drinks:
A few weeks back I went back to the TWA hotel. It was pouring in NYC that day, so what better place to spend the day indoors. When I first arrived, I took some photos in my first look of the day, then headed up to the Paris Cafe for lunch. I ordered the pizza again with a Coke. My friend Daffny happened to be there the same day, so after lunch I met up with her. I changed into my second look, then took some photos in the living room area. The last time I was there I didn't realize this, but they actually have dresses, sweaters and robes you can slip over your clothes to help make your photo look more authentic! I changed into another look then took some more photos in the red chairs upstairs by the flight attendant uniforms. By the end of the day, the rain finally subsided so we headed out to The Connie for a drink. Overall, another fun day at the TWA!
There's a new diner in town, The Soho Diner, located at the Soho Grand Hotel to be exact. This new spot is close to where I work, so my friend GG and I came to check it out one morning a couple weeks ago. I decided to wear this vintage set I recently thrifted. It was originally below knee length, but I hemmed it to make it look more modern and to have more of a Clueless vibe. I thought this new vintage diner with a modern twist would be the perfect backdrop for this look. Luckily because we went early in the morning on a weekday, it wasn't crowded, so we were easily able to get some pictures. The decor is absolutely adorable, the only negative is the lighting is VERY warm, so not ideal for taking photos. When it came time to order, I went with the pancakes. They were cooked a bit more than I usually like, but they were still good. The prices are on the higher side, but not too outrageous for Manhattan. I'll definitely come back again and would recommend!
Playing catch up and finally getting around to putting up a blog post about my visit to the TWA back in December. My long time Instagram friends, Jenna and Cortney, also known as A Whimsy Wonderland, were coming to visit from LA, and they wanted to check out the TWA hotel, so we made a day out of it with our friend Katie. This was my first time meeting Jenna and Cortney but it felt so natural to be hanging out together. It's so magical when you finally meet people from social media and it feels like you've been real life friends for years.
This was my third time at the TWA hotel and there were a lot of new additions since the last time I was there over the summer. Upon arriving, I noticed some new vintage cars parked out front, including this groovy VW van. There were also a few new photo opportunity spots, like the Twister room, pictured here, a 60's style living room, and a photo booth. Since it was Jenna and Cort's first time though, we stuck to a lot of the classics, like grabbing a drink on The Connie. We also ate at the Jean George restaurant, The Paris Cafe. The cafe has been open since the beginning, but this was my first time dining here. I was actually pleasantly surprised, I ordered the margarita pizza, which was very good and decently priced, and the vodka thyme lemonade which was also delicious. Overall, it was another marvelous and magical day at the TWA!
I recently found another bowling shirt while I was vintage shopping, so what better excuse to go back to The Gutter for a photoshoot. The Gutter is my favorite place to bowl in the city because it's super divey and vintage. It's a great place to spend a Saturday, especially during the day, as it usually gets super crowded in the evening. I went with my friend Emily again after a nice brunch in Greenpoint, then we headed over to bowl and enjoy a beer. It was funny because a few people came up to us and asked if we were in a bowling league because of the shirt I was wearing!
Joanie Clothing was kind enough to send me this sweater from their latest collection. As soon as I received it, I knew I wanted to pay homage to the 1960's and the West Village. The West Village here in NYC is one of my favorite neighborhoods and was home to bohemians and beatniks back in the 1960's. I decided to take these photos specifically at The Music Inn, a record store that opened in 1958. Being inside still feels like being back in the 60's. They even shot a few scenes of The Marvelous Mrs Maisel here. You may remember it from Season 1, when Susie brings Midge here, and again when Joel stops in and overhears a recording of Midge's standup.
With the new season of Mrs Maisel only a week away, I decided to write a blog post with locations from the show you can visit in real life. I wrote a similar blog post last year, with spots from Season 1. You can check out that post here:
For locations from Season 2, check out the following spots:
15 E 7th Street (Astor Place/East Village)
Although it is referred to as a different bar in the show, McSorley's is where Benjamin and Midge grab a drink and meet artist Declan Howell. McSorley's is one of the oldest and most historic bars in NYC. There are vintage photos and antiques decorating the bar. They only serve 2 kinds of draft beer here (light and dark) no wine or cocktails. Even if you're not a big beer drinker, it's still a cool place to check out for the history and vintage vibe.
Old Town Bar:
45 E 18th Street (Flatiron)
Another historic bar that dates back to the Prohibition era and appears in Season 2. Joel and Archie come here to drink together. It has a similar aesthetic to McSorley's, but a wider selection of alcohol if beer isn't your thing.
Albanese Meats & Poultry:
238 Elizabeth Street (Nolita)
We got the rabbi! This is the butcher shop where Midge and her mom shop for Yom Kippur in season 2. The interior looks a bit different on the show, but the exterior is instantly recognizable. In real life, the shop is run by the cutest 95 year old man named Moe.
Who else is excited to binge season 3?
PS: You can shop my sweater (that is currently on sale) here:
Sweater: c/o Joanie Clothing
Hat: vintage; Skirt: May 68; Shoes: Eastland Shoe
Location: Music Inn (West Village, Manhattan)
Earlier in the fall I made the trip out to Jackson Hole in Queens. It was a bit of a trek from Manhattan, I had to take an uber from the subway. It was well worth it though, between both the vintage vibes and tasty diner food. I bought two outfits to wear there because there was just too much to photograph. For the outside, I shot photos in this tartan dress from Lindy Bop. If you'd like to shop it, you can find it here.
Dress: c/o Lindy Bop
Beret: old; Necklace and Purse: vintage; Saddle Shoes: Eastland Shoe
Location: Jackson Hole (Queens, New York)
This month I had the opportunity to collaborate with Fujifilm to promote their new instax mini LiPlay camera. It's a camera and printer all in one. I took it out for a day in Brooklyn to snap some little moments that inspired me. The camera was so fun to use. It's great that you can see the photos right on the screen after you take them and actually pick which one you want to print. You can also choose from a bunch of filters, effects and borders to add to your photos. Once you're done, you can print the photos out right from the camera. It's such a cool little gadget, I highly recommend it if you're looking for a fun camera to take photos with!
Last Saturday afternoon, my friend Emily and I headed to Coney Island to take some photos. We both had some colorful and quirky dresses we wanted to photograph there, and Coney seemed like the perfect backdrop. Aside from taking photos, we also rode The Wonder Wheel, even though we were both a little scared ha. We also stopped into the Coney Island History Project. It's a hidden gem with photos and artifacts from Coney throughout the years, if you want to learn more about the history. They also have postcards and some other little knick knacks you can buy and the proceeds go to keeping the history alive. The weather was beautiful this day we went, plenty of sunshine and not too hot. I'm glad I made it back one more time before the summer ends. I'm looking forward to fall, but I'm already sad about summer coming to an end soon...