Under the Yellow Tree

November 4, 2011

This tree has since dropped every single one of these pretty yellow leaves. I was hoping they’d hang on for longer, but I think the snowstorm wasn’t too kind to the leaves this year.

The changing seasons always remind me of wabi-sabi (the fleetingness of all things). Fall is the only season I’ve never seen in Japan and I’d love to go and stay for the entire season. I imagine it’s even more beautiful than winter and spring. All the red maple trees must look amazing.

Anthropologie sweater, MM Couture dress, MIA boots, Coach bag (vintage), Talbots scarf, tree necklace (grandmother’s).

City of Letters

Just a short post for today, I’ll be back with something a bit better tomorrow. If you follow me on Instagram (alexshook), you know that I’ve really been getting around New York. I’ve been in Williamsburg twice in the past month and DUMBO for the first time. I really can’t believe I’d never been in Brooklyn Bridge Park before.

I’ve been spending more time in Alphabet City as well. I don’t know how I’d never been there before last month either, especially because it’s so close to my neighborhood. It’s quite a good place to wander around, especially on a Sunday after a jaunt to Brooklyn Flea. Only one stop on the L.

It’s officially coat season in New York. London Fog trench, J.Crew blouse and skirt, Cole Haan shoes, Longchamp bag.

Manhattan from the East River Waterfront, Williamsburg.

A New Cardigan

October 17, 2011

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I pretty much don’t own any seasonally appropriate clothing for winter. I have like two actual knit sweaters.

So when I saw this J.Crew Jackie cardigan at Cure Thrift Shop I bought it right away ($16 vs $62 at J.Crew). For something different, I decided to tie the ends together… like I’ve done with everything else lately. Worked well over a high waisted skirt– better proportions for a petite.

J.Crew cardigan (thrifted, Cure Thrift Shop), ZARA shirt, Theory skirt (consignment, Roundabout, SoHo), MIA ankle boots (DSW.com), ancient falling apart Longchamp bag.

J.Crewing It

October 4, 2011

Something you don’t see on this blog often– a pencil skirt! I was spending a long (and particularly gloomy) weekend in the country and my stepmother gave me a ton of clothing. Free clothes! Exciting! So I decided I had to wear this suit right away. It’s Doncaster, which I’ve never heard of, but the fabric’s very nice. Wool/wool blend.

Wearing: J.Crew shirt, Doncaster suit, Banana Republic shoes, ken + dana necklace (sample), leopard scarf (gift a friend brought back from Paris!), Louis Vuitton bag.

Velvet and Bows

October 3, 2011

Another monochromatic look for your perusal. This is clearly not today, because today was a balmy 72 earlier in the afternoon. When I wore this it didn’t even break 60 and I wanted so badly to not wear tights that I got out my over the knee boots.

I was just admiring the pretty leaves on Caitlin’s blog Re-Mix-Her. We don’t have any yet, probably because it’s been so warm. That’s nice but the leaves are falling without changing colors! Hopefully I can get to Central Park when they’ve turned and are not yet all over the ground. I think I have to actually request a permit too, so if anyone else wants their outfit photos done in Central Park I’ll take them. Might as well get use out of the permit and dragging the tripod around.

I’m attending a TJX event tomorrow at the store on 6th Ave. Lydia will be there too. Let me know if you’re going!

Cats and Dogs

September 2011

I’m wearing leopard and houndstooth, get it? Yeah, I am so not funny. This is what I wore to my next-door neighbor’s father’s 60th birthday party. I decided to take my camera because, you know, next door (same building too). Didn’t have to carry it very far. Then I proceeded to be the paparazzi/a huge creeper for the entire night… but I got several good photos and practice with low light conditions. If you’re my friend on Facebook or Flickr you can see all the photos.

This is also my submission for Bloggers Do It Better: Animal Prints! Which is actually tomorrow. I wanted to wear my leopard maxi again, but it’s actually been raining forever and today is the first really decent day under 78 degrees. So leopard blouse it is. I’m really glad I got this shirt and have been wearing it all the time lately.

J.Crew blouse (still available online but not in stores in New York), Theory skirt (consignment, from Roundabout in SoHo), Salvatore Ferragamo heels, Foley + Corinna bag, some vintage rings I forgot to get a photo of (sorry).

Spots Again | J.Crew and T by Alexander Wang

September 12, 2011

I have been wearing a lot of leopard lately. It’s definitely my pattern of choice for fall… and it is definitely fall now. I’m pretty much a week behind in photos because fashion week upset my schedule a bit. Last Monday it was actually still 85 degrees out and I remember being hot in this. And wishing for my shirt to stop wrinkling where it meets my skirt.

I couldn’t get to the area with the good view uptown because they were washing windows, so I took these on one of the elevated walkways at Waterside on the East River. While I was there some boys were trying to talk to me from an upper deck– they were wondering what I was doing. I should have handed them business cards but they were too far away.

I’ve gotten so much better at not caring when people talk to me when I’m out taking photos. Most people just stare curiously, but some ask about the camera or to make sure they’re not in the way of photos. It’s probably actually easier to take photos in New York, though. All kinds of other crazy things happen on the street so a tripod with a camera is hardly worth stopping for.

I’m wearing my new J.Crew leopard blouse, T by Alexander Wang skirt, Salvatore Ferragamo heels, and carrying my Foley + Corinna (again).

The Strand and The Cooper

August 7, 2011

Thanks Nnenna for taking my pictures! It was a dark and stormy night, so unfortunately hardly any of my photos from StrandedBlogger came out. All the photos of Nnenna and me were a total fail. I did get one good one of Katy but that’s basically it, even my outfit photos are so dark and blurry. I was way too busy chatting with bloggers to pay attention to my camera anyway!

Some of the bloggers I met are A La Mode et Plus, Feed My Sole, Oh to be a Muse, One Woman’s Style Evolution, Radiant Brown Beauty, and The Well-Appointed Catwalk.

The Top of the Strand is actually very small and intimate for a rooftop bar. The only odd thing is that if you open a tab at the bar they automatically add 18% gratuity. We had a great time, though, and I hope to meet up with these bloggers again soon!

Friends Under the Trees

I got another friend into photos with me! And we did typically silly things like staring up at the trees. She doesn’t have a blog or a twitter, but she does have two playful dogs.

Carrying my old Foley + Corinna again. I forgot how much this bag holds (currently my MacBook Air) and how useful it is. This is the first time I’ve worn my new(ish) leather skirt from Tokyo Joe, a really good consignment store in the East Village. It’s from Gap and judging by the quality and style I’d say it’s not recent, maybe from the early 2000s? Maybe earlier. I really forgot how unforgiving leather is… one large meal later and I feel like I can’t breathe.

I’m excited for Stranded Blogger on Wednesday (except it’s supposed to pour, oh no!). If you’re going and I don’t already know, please tell me!