Saturday, July 30, 2016

Germany According to my iPhone

Sitting in an airport in Berlin (during a five-hour layover), I thought I'd take the opportunity to tell you about my very first trip to Europe. I got the opportunity to travel to Düsseldorf, Germany, to attend a trade show for work. Although I was busy scouting shoes, I did have some downtime to do a little exploring. Düsseldorf has the most charming Altstadt, or Old Town, and pedestrian-only enclaves of shops and restaurants. I indulged in some traditional German food and Pilsner and had the best time just walking around taking in the sights. Although I didn't lug my DSLR with me, my trusty iPhone did a good job documenting my travels.
Apparently Germany is not far enough to get away from Pokemon, which drew all of these people to the river.
Full disclosure: This was a professional shot from the show, if you couldn't guess...
Next up: Frankfurt. Before flying home, I took the opportunity to see one more locale. Frankfurt is Germany's third-largest city, and though it has a reputation for being more industrial, I was completely charmed by it. The Rhine runs right through the middle of the city, which was not only beautiful, but made it easy for this directionally challenged gal to navigate without Apple Maps. Frankfurt also has a beautiful Old Town along with a vibrant shopping district and pedestrian area filled with traditional cider, or, Apfelwein. To get to the latter, I had to cross the river over a large pedestrian bridge. I'm terrified of heights, to it took a lot to muster up the courage, but I'm glad I did...In fact, I'm proud that I was able to travel across the globe and tour two cities on my own. But now I'm hungry for more! Overall, the people I encountered were very friendly and most spoke English. We can take a page from their book in the states. It's back to home sweet city for now but I hope to come back soon! Danke, Germany!
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Friday, July 22, 2016

Weekend Romp

Head to Toe: Romper, ASTR // Flip flops, Reef // Tote, Keds

Happy Friday, fashionistas! It's another heat wave in New York City, so loose, comfy basics are a necessity. This linen candy stripe romper fit the bill in every way, and I literally did not take it off last weekend. (Seriously, I realized on a follow-up grocery run on Sunday that I had worn it there the day before.) Tomorrow, we are celebrating a friend's wedding in Connecticut, and then I am taking off on my very first trip to Europe! It's a work (with some pleasure) visit to Germany—follow along on Instagram for the details. Cheers for Friday!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Mind The Gap

Head to Toe: Top, Elizabeth & James // Skirt, thrifted // Platforms, Musse & Cloud

What's the best summer accessory? In my book: the skin belt. Yes, it's a thing...This Elizabeth & James crop is the perfect candidate paired with high-waist bottoms. Worn with my thrifted skirt (confession: it's actually a skort), it covered enough to sport this outfit to work with a jacket. I remixed with vintage jeans for a Sunday-fun-day date with Sean, creating a slightly wider skin belt but still covering my belly button. It's not that I'm against midriff bearing, but my summer diet has consisted of too much ice cream to let it all hang out, ya know? What's your verdict on the skin belt?

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Fringy Jeans Take Two

Head to Toe: Top, Forever 21 // Jeans, Akira // Heels, Clarks // Bag, Zara.

After my first take with these fringy pants, I decided they really needed heels, so I restyled them with a loose tank and these comfy Clarks. It's been hot hot hot in NYC this week so flowy fabrics have been key...Not that I'm complaining, I can't wait to bake all weekend!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Monday Blues

Head to Toe: Jumper, Free People // Sandals, Teva // Bag, Zara

This Free People jumper was perfect for a fashionable Monday. The day kicked off with presentations for New York Men's Day (see my recap for Footwear Plus here) and ended with meetings. There was a lot of walking involved, so comfy sandals were key. The resulting look must have worked—a street photog even took my photo! Outfit win.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Loose Ends

Head to Toe: Jacket, Alala // Jeans, Akira // Backpack, Opening Ceremony // Sandals, Derek Lam Athleta x Teva

What a summer it's been so far...Sean and I got back last night from a trip to the mountains—just in time to catch the Macy's fireworks from our rooftop. It was a nice escape from civilization for a few days. Though it's a tired Tuesday back to the grind, I'm pretty excited for what the rest of the month has to offer. Weekends are pretty much booked, but I wouldn't have it any other way! And with lots of fun things going on, there are lots of cute outfits to plan. I expect these fringy jeans will go the distance. I paired them with a sporty jacket and sandals here, but I could definitely seem them dressed up with a blouse and heels. Bring it on July!