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...
This Saturday my friends Emily, Katie and I went to check out the Mrs Maisel pop up at the Paley Center for Media here in NYC. The exhibit is a combination of interactive sets, costumes and screenings from Season 2 of the show. The exhibit is FREE and open until September 6th. Read on for more information about our experience there.
The first room was definitely my favorite and where we spent the most of our time. It's the set from when Midge performs on the telethon. Not only can you stand on the set and take photos, but there is a camera that is hooked up to 2 different monitors, so it looks like you're really on TV. I did my best attempt at doing the bop dance performed in the episode.
As you continue through the exhibit, you'll see some of Midge's costumes, and mood boards for different parts of the show. My favorite outfit was definitely the black dress Midge wears on the telethon. I loved the mood boards too, they were honestly probably my favorite part of the exhibit. I especially loved the boards for the Stage Deli and Steiner Resorts.
Next you'll see some more mini sets, like Rose's apartment in Paris and the beauty counter and switchboards at B. Altman's. We had fun sitting in the seats pretending to work the switch boards. They even had a voice talking into the headphones, which was a nice little touch.
Downstairs, there are some more mini sets, like the beauty parlor in the Catskills and a booth at the Stage Deli. There's also some more costumes, including Susie's uniform when she pretends to work at Steiner. There is also a theater where they are showing episodes from Season 2 everyday.
The exhibit is free, but if you can RSVP to guarantee entry. We went at 12pm right when they opened on opening day. There was a line, but it moved quickly and they monitor how many people can come in, so the exhibit never got over crowded. It's open Wednesday-Sunday 12pm-6pm and until 8pm on Thursdays. They are closed on Monday and Tuesdays.
If you want to learn more or make a reservation, you can check out their website here.
The Paley Center is located at 25 W 52nd Street. It's just a short walk from the Rockerfeller Center subway station.
I guess I didn't have enough 1960's last Friday, because the next day after visiting the lounge, I made the trek back to the TWA hotel at JFK airport. I recently found a TWA bag when I was out vintage shopping, so there was really no better place to shoot it than the TWA hotel, specifically outside of The Connie, the airplane turned bar.
Since I really had my heart set on shooting photos of this bag here, I didn't want to wait around for anyone to go with me, so I packed up my tripod and headed to the airport on Saturday afternoon. I guess since I was alone, people assumed I was part of the hotel, especially because they have people dressed up in the TWA uniforms throughout the years walking around the hotel. I shared this anecdote on my Instagram stories how one woman even told me she thought I was "a little nuts" after I told her I wasn't part of the hotel and just dressed up that way because I like too...
After taking my photos outside The Connie, I headed inside the plane and ordered a Roy Rogers mocktail. I also brought along some vintage drink stirrers my aunt recently gave me to photograph. They had a new vintage car parked out front and a new seating area that wasn't there the first time I went. I also stopped in the gift shop and picked up a few little things for a giveaway.
Visiting the TWA hotel makes me so happy, it truly feels like going back in time. I can't wait to go back again. If you want more information about it, you can check out my post about my first trip here.