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A girl's adventures in personal style and landscape photography in New York City.

Updated: 2017-07-29T04:29:05.420-04:00


Sado Island, Japan


During our two-week stay in Japan, we spent three days on Sado Island in Niigata Prefecture, which is about a two-hour train and one-hour ferry ride north of Tokyo. We didn't know too much about Sado Island before we went, except that the area was known for its beautiful landscapes and world-renowned sake (Niigata is home to some of Japan's best rice and sake). While we appreciated Tokyo's skyscrapers and crowds of people, we hoped to see a rural area that was less affected by modernity.Sado Island ended up being so beautiful and one of the great surprises of our trip. The island had rocky cliffs, rice paddies, big ocean waves, and zigzag mountain roads. We ordered a tiny rental car and drove up and down the coast, stopping along different scenic landmarks (Futatsugame and Ohnogame were some of our favorite rock formations along the northern coast). Other highlights from Sado Island:- Staying in a traditional ryokan and sleeping on tatami mats- Eating a feast of different kinds of seafood every night- Visiting the toki sanctuary. Sado Island is one of the few places in the world to nurture the toki (Japanese crested ibis) population- Walking through the Sado gold mine- Visiting several different award-winning sake breweries and taking some bottles home- Driving to enjoy the Osado Skyline scenery [...]



Earlier in October, Jeremiah and I spent two weeks in Japan -- five days in Tokyo, three days on Sado Island, and five days back in Tokyo. Japan was one of those lifetime trips where we had always said we wanted to go, and finally this year we got the momentum (and enough travel points) to take our dream trip!For the first and last legs of our trip in Tokyo, we stayed in the Shinjuku area -- the largest neighborhood in the city that is focused on business and nightlife. We were able to stay at the Park Hyatt hotel (featured in "Lost in Translation") which had incredible views of the city and was really close to everything we wanted to see in Shinjuku.Some highlights of visiting Tokyo:- Seeing the Meiji Shrine and walking through Yoyogi Park- Visiting all of the random department stores surrounding the train station (apparently that's a thing, most train stations have at least five mega-department stores around them)- Having a tour guide show us around the Asakusa and Oeno neighborhoods, including many of the shrines, temples, and museums- Eating/drinking in Omoide Yokocho (Piss Alley), and making friends with a salaryman who gave us travel tips and generously paid for our tab- Having a reliable Google Translate app (imperative for us, as our Japanese is non-existent except for about five phrases)- Going to the Studio Ghibli Museum and feeling like a wistful kid again (especially while riding the catbus to get there)- Visiting Shibuya to see the crossing and Shibuya 109- Shopping and people-watching in Harajuku- People-watching and wandering into all of the electronic/anime stores in Akihabara- ALL of the food options (ramen ticket machines, okonomiyaki, udon, kaitensushi, sashimi, tempura, tsukemono, soba, yakitori, takoyaki, and lots more)- Staying at the Park Hyatt and feeling like a movie starHoping to visit again in a couple years and do the other things we weren't able to do (Tsukiji Fish Market, especially)Reading material that was helpful for planning our trip:- Japan Guide- /r/japantravel- Japan Talk- Pretty Good Number One by Matthew Amster-Burton[...]



Just like that, it's almost July. Summer got itself here in a big hurry.Clockwise from top left: Standing on my street in an & Other Stories dress and Madewell top; Flowers on 53rd Street; Somewhere in Flatiron; reflecting at Lincoln Center.Clockwise from top left: A beautiful school door in Chelsea; My sister and I in Central Park during her Memorial Day weekend visit; Don Draper's office at the Museum of the Moving Image; watching Ex Machina with Jeremiah; visiting company headquarters in Atlanta during my sister's graduation.Clockwise from top left: True Detective street art on 9th Avenue; Top of Grand Central Station; St, Patrick's Cathedral; Drinks on the Upper East Side; Empire State, by reflection.Clockwise from top left: Crif Dogs sign in East Village; Matcha obanyaki at Mocu Mocu in Hell's Kitchen; Totto Ramen in Hell's Kitchen; Anniversary hot dogs at Crif Dogs; Waffles and Dinges in Flatiron. This is my third summer of living in the city (and fourth if you count the one year I did an internship up here). I finally feel like I've hit my comfort zone, both at work and living in my neighborhood. I'm incredibly grateful to live close enough to my work that I can walk anywhere and everywhere on my own two feet, and not rely on the subway for my daily routines.Ways that I could (possibly, potentially) one day dare call myself a New Yorker?:- Learning to really appreciate and love bagels, even the onion ones- Getting the thousand-yard stare down pat to avoid hawkers and gawkers around Times Square- Having a closet with more neutrals than colors (I'm not sure if this is a good thing yet)- Being able to recommend a restaurant for almost every type of international cuisine (without leaving my neighborhood)- Jaywalking all the time- Associating summer with the smell of "hot garbage"- Finding little dogs in clothes and shoes really adorable- Being terrified of the day I'll have to start driving a car againWays I will never be a New Yorker:- Always being slightly unsure of my directions-giving if it isn't a numbered street or avenue-  Still looking up at good architecture like I am a tourist- Not really understanding the appeal of brunch (it's breakfast food and watered-down mimosas) Anyways, how is your summer going?Things I'm looking forward to:- Fourth of July rooftops and hanging out with friends- Watching more Alfred Hitchcock Presents on Netflix- Planning for trips later this year (Tokyo and London!)[...]

High Line-ing


It's finally spring in New York! This winter feels like it's lasted forever and I'm just glad to not wear tights and a peacoat anymore. Bring on the vintage dresses, beer gardens, strolls through the park and other adventures!Jeremiah and I took a walk a couple Saturdays ago on the High Line while the weather's been nice. I love the views from the High Line, but it can get super-touristy and crowded so we usually only go once or twice a season. This day was particularly beautiful, and I'm excited to eventually check out the new Whitney Museum that just opened.I bought this vintage dress a couple months ago and have been waiting for the temperatures to rise for me to wear it. My poor vintage cotton dresses just linger in my closet for months while winter goes on. I really need to switch to a more "northern" style of dressing, but it's hard for me to part with some of my older vintage styles I've collected over the years.What else is going on and what's on the horizon:- Watching: On Netflix, currnetly watching Black Mirror and Daredevil (set in our neighborhood!). For movies, just watched Ex Machina (loved), Avengers (meh for me), Age of Adaline (kind of a disappointment but the costume design was eye candy).- Doing: Decluttered our apartment with konMari methods. - Eating: Lots of beets and blackberries this spring. Very obsessed with Totto Ramen right now. And just tried Le Bernardin for the first time -- what a mind-blowing seafood experience.- Reading: Lunch Poems by Frank O'Hara and Wanderlust: A History of Walking by Rebecca Solnit. - Going: Planning upcoming trip to California and Japan.[...]

Postcards from Hamburg


In October, Jeremiah and I spent  10 days in Berlin and Hamburg. I have been dreaming about visiting Germany for years, so it was so great to see it in the peak of autumn. My favorite part of the trip was visiting Hamburg - a  riverfront town that has beautiful architecture, canals, and unique food. Some facts about Hamburg:- Was a part of the Hanseatic League- It is situated on the Elbe River- The second largest city in Germany- The Beatles launched their careers here by playing in the citySome highlights for us:- Miniatur Wunderland: Have to thank past Yelp reviews for this unexpected, quirky find. This is a model train attraction that is one of the largest in the world. But it's more than trains - it's entire civilizations rendered in miniature form. We spent a couple hours wandering through the exhibits. If you ever visit, be sure to watch the small airplanes departing at the miniature airport, and also look out for the easter eggs of tiny model citizens partaking in nefarious activities. While there, we saw a skinnydippers, and a 'whodunnit' murder scene (complete with an underwater car).-St.Michael's Church: The largest church in the city, with an incredible view at the top. Baroque-style, it has seen its share of notable citizens over the years (Johannes Brahams was baptized here), and more than 2,000 of them were interred in the crypt in the basement. Climb to the top, and stay for the Evensong service and crypt tour.-Desserts: Franzbrötchen (a croissant-like pastry often stuffed with cinnamon and chocolate) should be a thing that people in NYC line up for. And I pretty much had my own religious experience after trying rote grutze (red currant fruit dessert served with cream).-Vier Jahreszeiten: They have really big rooms that are bigger than most NYC apartments, cool toiletries I could never afford on my own and an old-school elevator (like in Grand Budapest Hotel). They also serve amazing rote grutze.- Fischmarkt: On Sunday mornings around 4am, just after last call, many locals and tourists head over to the fish market to get some post-partying grub near the harbor. The fish is fresh, the music is still going, and there are even some fish auctions going on for those ambitious to start their grocery shopping early. The sunrise is really beautiful with a fish sandwich in one hand and a beer in the other.[...]

COS Spring 2015


One of the brands I discovered/fell in love with while visiting London and Berlin was COS,the higher-end sister brand of H&M. The brand is a departure from my normal style of tapered waist vintage dresses,  but I'm really drawn to the clean lines, minimal colors and sculptural jewelry. I own a couple dresses from COS so far, and hope to get more mileage out of them when the weather is warmer. And if I hadn't already blown my spring allowance on a couple sweaters, I'd totally nab up that watercolor silk blazer.


Postcards from Germany


I can't believe it's been almost half a year since Jeremiah and I went on this trip to Berlin and Hamburg. Jeremiah and I have been talking for years to visit Germany, ever since high school when he studied German. So we finally made it happen! We were lucky enough that our trip coincided with Berlin's annual Festival of Lights, in which famous landmarks are covered in graphic light shows for citizens and tourists to enjoy. It's a beautiful festival and it felt like all of Berlin was outside to experience. Above and below are a few buildings' displays. My favorite is the Berliner Dom (above), which is already an extraordinary cathedral to begin with -- and it's a shock to the senses to see it lit up in graphic modern illustrations.[...]



When enough time passes, it's hard to pick writing back up here again. But so much has happened in the last few months, that I feel like I need to record it all somewhere.Since I've last updated, I've:- visited 3 countries (Germany, Iceland, Turks&Caicos)- really grown into my job as a media research analyst, which I love- saw the Northern Lights (!!!) - probably had the best weekend of my life when I found an amazing dessert (rote Grütze) and watched the sunrise in a fish market (all in Hamburg, Germany)- started liking sushi, sashimi and seafood- found a good group of people to regularly hang out with- lost a ton of weight The last one has had the biggest impact day-to-day for me. I started changing my diet and habits after I left my advertising job in May. I felt like the unhappiness of that time, plus bad habits I picked up (free vendor lunches! happy hours every night! subway rides to and from work!) contributed to weight gain since I've moved to the city. Now I definitely feel healthier, especially since I walk everywhere, keep work food in check (just because it's free doesn't mean you have to eat it!) and wear a fitness tracker to keep up with my steps. The bittersweet thing about a drastic change in my appearance though is that it's impacted what clothes I can wear, and I've cut out a lot of things in my closet .So anyways, between that and the really long winter in NYC, I haven't been taking very many outfit photos. Which I hope to pick back up soon once it's warm again.Anyways, thank you for reading - whoever you are out there.[...]

Met life


A few years ago, Jeremiah and I visited the Met during a trip to NYC shortly after our honeymoon. Unsuccessful at finding an apartment (and realizing that the permanent move to NYC would take some more financial planning on our part), we went to the Met to buoy our spirits one last time before we flew back to Georgia. It was kind of a bummer visit, walking by the Egyptian artifacts and mummies, being newly married and overwhelmed and not totally sure of where we were going to live.    But now that we've been living up here for a couple years now, it seemed appropriate to visit the Met again and get rid of whatever negative memories we had associated with it. As you can see from the above, I had fun reenacting one of my favorite scenes from When Harry Met Sally in the temple room. Jeremiah really loved checking out the weaponry section, while I loved the photography exhibit, though I wish it was more expanded. People-watching at museums is always fun, too.There were quite a few people carrying monopods to take selfies with their phones, which has to be a thing at major tourist destinations (like the Eiffel Tower or the pyramids). I don't mean this in a facetious way, but perhaps one day in the Met, on a floor between the Egyptian mummies and the European paintings, there will be a nostalgia-inducing photography exhibit showcasing old Instagram filters and selfies and how democratized art has become. Gone are the days when an artist would need a wealthy patron or sophisticated tools to create art.Anyways, enough of me waxing on the flattening of art and technology, more pictures below:credits - dress, 1940s vintage, from portobello road (essentially this outfit repeated, because this dress is perfect and doesn't need anything else really)[...]

Bethesda Arcade


 I have a confession to make -- I've been somewhat gun-shy of taking my own photos in the city, for a whole slew of reasons: pedestrian traffic, little to no privacy, my tripod getting knocked down, getting ticketed for not having a photography permit in the park (technically if you're a non-commercial photographer, you don't need a permit, but I've heard of it happening enough times to hobby photographers to dissuade me). But the weather's been nice, and I've been inspired by so many portraiture projects that I've been itching to play with my camera again and new Gorillapod. After months of not taking any photos, I'm really quite rusty with the new Gorillapod setup and having to remember all the settings on my camera. So these were the best of the bunch on a morning walk through the Bethesda arcade and fountain in Central Park. The arcade area is often used as a filming location for television and movies, so this felt like a personal triumph being able to compose these shots on my own. My favorite time though had to be walking home. I don't think there's anything nicer than walking home through Central Park in the early morning, crunching on leaves and watching the sun come up.I got this dress in London at Primark for a steal, and it's been on a few tourist adventures with me already (namely, a solo bus tour I took to Stonehenge, Oxford, and Windsor Palace). It's got a roomy waist, so it's a perfect eating dress, and with a blazer it can be dressed up for a casual Friday.details - dress, primark | shoes, thrifted, vintage.[...]



- I've long been a fan of Evan Leavitt's atmospheric Southern photography.
Time is a Flat Circus: What the world needs: a mashup of True Detective and Family Circus.
- Blogs I'm perusing lately: Dreams and Jeans, Rosapina Vintage,De Lune.
- In love with the photos for Dear Creatures' autumn line.
- Daily reading rituals that can help make you more productive.
- Dirty old 1970s New York.
- Making and keeping friends past college. 
- Creative ways to photograph new locations.

(photo by me, at Westminster Abbey earlier this year)(image)




Out in the grey streets of London


Some highlights from this past trip in June include St.Paul's, Antony&Cleopatra at the Globe, Westminster Abbey services in the Shrine of St. Edward's, Hyde Park, Portobello Road, the War Rooms and the Sherlock Holmes Museum (so cheesy and full of bespoke mannequins, but loved it). Jeremiah and I also spent a couple days in Oxford and explored around Christchurch (where those epic dining hall scenes were filmed for Harry Potter), Trinity (where Jeremiah did his study abroad), and a few of the pubs that are hundreds of years old. I really can't wait to explore this city again.[...]



So I realize that I've sat on these photos for almost a year, and am now presenting them in non-chronological order. Not sure why it took so long. Perhaps it was knowing  that once I hit publish, I no longer have any photos left to share from my favorite spots in Georgia! I love living up here, but I do get homesick every now and then for my old haunts. But alas, in order to move forward, I'd like to empty whatever's left in my archives and move on. This first dress was a dream vintage find from Portobello market in London. It is a World War II-era dirndl dress from Munich, Germany, complete with (what appears to be) a homemade tag dating it to 1944. It's become a treasured item and I love that it's not overly costumey with its heavy cotton and tiny buttons down the front. I wore it down to Georgia during a trip last October to Athens, and took photos in one of my favorite spots at the University of Georgia -- the Fine Arts theater, which was built in 1941 and was the last project to be built by the WPA.So though it took more than 70 years and thousands of miles for these two to meet, it seemed completely fitting to wear this dress in front of a building from the very same era. I wonder how many women have owned this dress before me, and what kind of lives they led. I'd love to go full period-style and wear my hair in a soft wave and hat with this dress at some point.This second dress is also from London, but its origins are much more contemporary (Topshop). I'm really kind of in love with white dresses with dark flowers or embroidery for autumn. The print on this dress kind of reminds me of those mushroom cookie jars that everyone's mom seemed to have in the 90s, so it seemed appropriate to wear a mushroom brooch with it.The cloud cover on this day was beautiful. It was from the same trip to Georgia last October to visit my family.Not much to say about this thrifted vintage dress, except that I've had it for years and finally got it altered. It's one of those dresses that's awesome when you're just laying around the house and eating potato chips and don't actually have to answer the door, but is super terrible to be photographed in without a belt because it gives the illusion that you're a circus tent.I've technically posted this outfit before  - I think I was just too critical in how these photos turned out. These photos are from the weekend I moved to NYC, and so this was the only presentable outfit I had not packed away in boxes. I snuck away that Friday morning from packing the Uhaul to take some photos as a farewell ritual to visiting my favorite park. For whatever reason, the blue heron that lived around the park would only be out in the open when there was really spectacular natural light, so it always felt like a good photography omen when I'd round the bend and it was there. And it was there that day, for about 30 seconds -- before it flew off across the lake and somewhere unseen into the grass. It was a nice, brief farewell visit before I went my own way too.And so, goodbye to all that -- onto new adventures up north.creditsoutfit 1 - dress and shoes, vintageoutfit 2 - dress, topshop | sweater, target | shoes, vintage | brooch, cath kidstonoutfit 3 - dress, thrifted | shoes, targetoutfit 4 - dress, target | top, banana republic | shoes, talbotsoutfit 5 - dress, spense | sweater, banana republic | shoes, target[...]



Happy Wednesday! I've decided to mix up my content a little bit and start including links to things I've been reading lately -- a smorgasbord of fashion, technology and pop culture. Hope you enjoy!

- Advice to my teen self.
- The Internet is one giant orange.
- Are millennials Generation Nice
- How much $100 is really worth in every U.S. state.
- I love The Billfold's financial essays of how fictional characters may spend their money. Here, a look at Draco Malfoy and his post-Hogwarts life actually makes me feel sympathy for the Slytherin.
- Thinking small when it comes to good deeds.
- The British Library's flicker set is full of beautiful illustrations, maps and more -- perfect time-waster for the design lover or history buff.
- And finally -- rom-com BFFs, ranked.

(photo by me, from Portobello Market-wandering last year)(image)

Orange crush


Hello again! I didn't mean to take such a long break, but life stuff caught up with me, and I spent some time away from photography and things in general that I normally love. But now that I've gone through a few transitions in the last couple months, hopefully that will change and I'll spend a little more time here.

  The biggest life change includes switching jobs. I am now working in cable news research as a digital analyst. I love it. I really ended up enjoying quant/qual research in grad school, and television consumer habits have fascinated me for a while, so I think this role is a perfect fit. I like knowing how people watch their favorite shows they obsess about, and what kind of screens and technology they use to watch. This new job allows for some more schedule stability, which is so welcome, and I love my new team.
 But other than that, things are awesome. Still living in the same apartment in Hell's Kitchen with Jeremiah, and we've just been exploring our city and traveling abroad (namely London again, so I'll have to share pics soon)! These photos are from a recent night out -- we were on our way to dinner and walked by the NYPL so I played tourist for a minute.
  I've missed this blog. I'm not sure if anyone is still reading, but hoping to take baby steps to post more. We'll see. My views have changed a bit on blogging, and I waver back and forth on whether the whole endeavor has been narcissistic and pretentious (I am certainly no expert in fashion or writing). But it's been a fun experiment in photography, and I like having this space as a record of the last few years.

credits - dress: topshop | skeleton key necklace: vintage | shoes: target. photos by jeremiah

Georgia photo tour with Sunira Photography


Before I left for NYC, I had a chance to spend an awesome day in Athens with my wonderful friend Sunira to take some photos for her photography business. For as long as I've known Sunira, we've bonded over the outdoors and photography (in fact, we found out we both lived in the same town and were photographing the same farm park before I moved away and then met her through a mutual friend). I've always admired that she isn't afraid to get the best creative shot -- even if that means going into the deep woods or climbing over barbed wire to get it. Or doesn't mind when her subject starts to fly away ...For years, we've talked about doing an epic photo tour of Athens, in which I'd play guide to some of my favorite parts of town, and we'd explore old Southern Gothic ruins together with our cameras. We finally were able to make it happen last spring, and here are some of those photos! We had a chance to explore some places I've captured before -- the Oconee Forest Park, the REM Murmur Trestle, the University of Georgia's north campus, and downtown Athens. We also visited a park I've never gone to before -- Hurricane Shoals Park in Jefferson. That park had a lot of opportunities -- historic buildings and cabins, as well as beautiful fields, a covered bridge and a creek.Since I've been blogging, I've mostly taken my own photos. While I relish that kind of creative freedom, it can get lonely and scary sometimes going to locations on my own. With Sunira behind the camera, I was able to do some things on my Photography Bucket List that I would have difficulty doing solo (climbing trees, levitating in the air and balancing precariously over streams). Plus, it was great fun to share some of my favorite spots in the world and see them captured with reverence by a friend. Now that I am a few months removed from these photos and have moved away to NYC, I treasure these photos even more as mementos of my time in Athens.Thanks so much Sunira for a wonderful time! And if you are in the Atlanta/Athens area and need a photographer for your next event(or if you're like me and just want to capture and remember How Things Are Now), I highly recommend Sunira.[...]

The fourth year in pictures


Today's my blog's fourth birthday! In honor, these are my favorite outfit photographs of the last year. In years past when I would do these compilation posts, I would choose a lot of photos to celebrate a year's worth of work. This year I thought I'd do something different, only choosing shots that were difficult for me to capture on my own, and reflect the second (or 22nd try) at nailing the right composition, pose or lighting. 

Thank you for being a part of this blog (and therefore, a part of me) for the past four years. 


What stays and what fades away


I took these photos in April, and have purposely avoided posting them all this time because looking at those rural landscapes behind my body makes me a bit sad. I'm glad that I live in New York now, but I do miss my old photo spots, like Watson Mill Bridge. Picking up my camera while in London and using it regularly reinvigorated me. I'm not sure what it means for this blog, and I do not mean to have a slow obnoxious existential death of it, but I really truly miss the challenges of self-portraiture outdoors.   I've never really worn this dress in any spectacular exciting ways; the bright color and sailboat applique just scream for it to be worn with minimal additions. My eagle necklace, which I've shared here before, is a tribute to my dad, who used to photograph eagles and other wildlife when he was in the Navy. It reminds me of family whenever I wear it.The last two shots of me are kinda funny to see now that I'm six months removed from when they were photographed. I went through a phase earlier this year of taking portraits of the back of my head, as if I was journeying toward something off-camera. The composition of the last shot took forever, as I had to position myself between the boats before my timer went off, all while trying to avoid the bugs and snakes near the water's edge (sorry Mom if you're reading this).credits - dress and necklace: vintage, both from minx (athens, ga) | shoes: target(here and here are my favorite past outfits featuring this dress)[...]

The V&A


 One of the biggest highlights for me when we visited London was getting the chance to spend a few hours exploring the Victoria & Albert Museum, a beautiful museum devoted to design and art. (Btw, Londoners, I am totally jealous that the V&A and so many of your other museums were free to the public!). We had limited time, but we were able to explore through the medieval and Renaissance sections, which were full of religious iconography and statues. My favorite section was the one that was devoted to women's fashion spanning from the 1600s to the present, and I was not the only fan, as there were so many students and artists camped out sketching out their favorites (especially near the 1930s-1960s window). A few of these dresses looked like inspirations for "Mad Men" characters (doesn't the 1970s maxi look like something Megan wore in the sixth season?). My favorite dress, however, is the 1938 Charles James green evening gown -- the crossover front draping is a style that needs to come back soon. I went for comfort when dressing for this day in some old favorite clothes, though I have to admit that I felt pretty blah after walking through and seeing Dior couture (I mean, who wouldn't?)credits - dress, target | sweater, talbots | tights, boots, tj maxx | bag: pour la victoire.[...]

Here and there


Just a few things on my mind lately: watching: - I saw Gravity last week and highly recommend (along with everyone else in the world it seems, haha). I am usually not a fan of 3D movies or the space travel genre, but this one was incredible -- a total feast for the eyes.- Still mourning the end of Breaking Bad, but I've been filling the void with Downton Abbey (I have my sources, shh!). A few recent Netflix finds: Orange is the New Black, Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's, Freaks and Geeks. What are you watching lately?reading: - I bought a copy of "Who's Buried Where?" at the Westminster Abbey gift shop and have liked poring over the final resting places of famous Brits. I know that sounds macabre, but that kind of history has always fascinated me ... Other books that I've recently read: "Quiet" by Susan Cain, "No Reservations" by Anthony Bourdain.- A few new blog finds: Empty Emptor, Wish Wish Wish, Assembled Hazardly, Chronicles of She. - Inspired by this post about the power of side projects (via swiss miss). - 101 travel tips that are pretty useful and include tips like rolling every piece of clothing you own to maximize space, and avoiding airplane ice cubes.- When I miss Georgia, I look to these blogs: Petite Panoply, Grits and Moxie, Evan Leavitt, Back Down South. -  I look here to fall in love with New York even more: HONY, NYC Type. [...]

london calling (me answering)


I think I've been dreaming of visiting London ever since the late 90s, when the Spice Girls, Titanic, Austin Powers, and Princess Di transfixed 10-year-old me, creating a personal obsession with crossing the pond (add to that the Royal Wedding, as well as Downton Abbey and anything on Keira Knightley's filmography, and it has only intensified). After an intense final year of grad school, graduation, moving cross-country and starting a new job, I haven't really had that much down time. And so, after months of planning, Jeremiah and I decided to take our first post-grad school vacation together, which was important in that it made us feel like real-life responsible adults (not that we weren't before, obviously, and not to imply that travel is the only way to feel like an adult. But years of being poor graduate students can make you constantly feel like you're trapped in arrested development). So this vacation was a big deal, celebrating that we were finally able to make some headway on our life goal of traveling around the world, together.London was incredible, and definitely surpassed whatever childhood expectations I mentally clamped onto the city. We stayed in the Mayfair area near Hyde Park, and had a blast exploring the city through the tube (which fascinated this new New Yorker. The tube is so clean, beautifully designed and easy to navigate!). I took a million photos, and never wanted to leave. I may have even promised Jeremiah that it would be a part of a five-year plan for us to move there ...I originally purchased this Kamali Kulture dress for work, but brought it along on the trip thinking it would be a great outfit staple for several days (I try to pack as light as possible because I always try to avoid checking bags). Wrinkle-free, easy to clean and goes with everything. Cannot recommend enough.Here are a few photos from our day at the Tower of London, a major highlight of the trip for Jeremiah, who visited years ago during his study abroad. It was really fascinating to learn more of the buildings' histories, complete with royal executions, murders and intrigue (not to mention some of the Crown Jewels). Though it was super packed with tourists, I had a great time, and loved the views of the Thames River nearby.credits - dress: kamali kulture (amazon) | oxfords: naturalizers | bag: pour la victoire | trench: banana republic. (photos of me by Jeremiah) [...]

Comeback kid


I didn't mean to be gone for so long. So this is hello again.My life has completely changed since moving up here. All in good ways, of course. I'm working fulltime for an agency, working long hours but learning a lot about television and media buying. I'm making new friends, and count my lucky stars that some of my old ones from Georgia have made the move up here too for their careers. Jeremiah and I live in the same apartment now (the first time in a year after our long-distance relationship), and I'm having fun setting up our home. By all accounts, life is turning up.But moving up here has put a damper on my photography, at least for this blog. It's been almost impossible to do self portraiture the way I did before, as the streets and areas near me are very, very busy, and I'll have to get over my fears of being around other people while I engage in this hobby.I'm also ... I'm not entirely sure how to phrase this next part. Maybe it's because I had to decimate my wardrobe for the move, or my fluctuations in weight, or perhaps its a general apathy toward fashion blogging and gluttonous consumerism, but I haven't been interested in photographing my daily outfits. Though if I am honest with myself, outfit photos haven't been a priority in the last year of blogging, as I've tried to step up my self portraiture photography in general, aiming more for composition and lighting rather than showcasing outfit details here and there. So I'm not sure what this really means. I still do enjoy self portraiture photography, and like being able to put myself through different feats as a photographer/model/editor, and want to continue that. I'm just stumbling on how to do that here. In the meantime, I still have a few photos from this summer, and a few scraps left over from Georgia that I'll share soon. Hello again. I've missed you.*photo by Jeremiah from a weekend trip to Vermont[...]

Bryant Park





When I took these photos last month, I ran into an old friend on the bridge. I normally don't speak to people whenever I go on photo trips -- the less opportunities for awkward run-ins or questions about why I'm taking photos of outfits, the better. I was taken aback to see this friend because it had been years since we had seen each other, that I stammered through some lie about working on some landscape photography (which is kind of true?). 

I've been sitting on so many outfit posts from Georgia, and have had a difficult time putting them up because I am homesick for my old photo spots. Seeing these photos reminds me that I was very lucky to have a park basically all to myself in the mornings for three years.

credits - dress, nine west | shoes and scarf, target | jacket, aeropostale.