Thursday, October 23, 2014

Style Stalking

via @westxeast_
The other night my friend and I attended the Refinery29 Style Stalking panel at the Apple store in SoHo for the launch of their new (and first) streetstyle book. Yea, at the end of the day it's "just" clothes and there are way bigger fish to fry than worrying about what clogs match your shearling coat. But the talk inspired me. In fact, I've always been pro-Refinery29 even before they covered more verticals than fashion. It's been my VOGUE in a sense, that I felt they speak my language and convey information that's not only informative but also witty and power-packed with coolgirlrealness. But back to the panel speakers. Yes, they told some brief stories of drooling over Dries Van Noten and randomly choosing slime green as a hair color but it boiled down to something deeper - and that is taking risks. 

Lately, I've been in a style rut. I blog about style and I'm constantly surrounding myself by fashion/art/culture. But constantly seeing high-fashion and what appears to be perfect lives via Instagram (another point the ladies made) saddens me that I can barely afford a nice pair of trousers from Zara*. Like give me a break, it's not like i'm scraping pennies and skipping my rent to buy Céline. 

But these beautiful women on the panel spoke about how it's not all about how much money you spend and Instagram posts are mostly smoke-and-mirrors. Most of the clothes they get themselves are either on sale, fast fashion retailers like Uniqlo, vintage/thrift/consignment, or borrowed items. Newsflash! They have bills to pay too. 

I said this to say that their words inspired me to git up git out and git something - and that something is my mojo back. Taking risks and trying new things with my hair, makeup, clothing. I'm twenty-three with essentially nothing holding me back from taking risks, especially with my image. Besides, no one pays attention to anything in New York anyway**. And not only in fashion, but taking risks with everything. What do I have to lose?

And if you own an Apple product, please go back and watch/listen to the podcast/video (amongst others).

* This isn't to say I am not blessed for what I currently have. Mom don't kill me. 
** This is actually the train I ride every single day. Sad I missed out on the festivities. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Why Is No One Talking About rag & bone x Coogi?

questions that need answers. 
I must follow every major and indie fashion publication there is and I only stumbled upon this ridiculously good collaboration via a rag & bone newsletter. Surely this lewk isn't too "hood" for the fashun heads. High fashion and street looks is my favorite juxtaposition in the entire universe (with the exception of DKNY thinking they invented baby hair which weren't even actually baby hairs and weaved such a tangled web of racial beauty standards but that's another chapter). You better believe that if I had an extra stack just laying around you would see me running errands in this outfit complete with bamboo hoop earrings, Timberlands, and actual baby hair. Unfortunately, I do not have a fairy godmother so I guess you can catch some model-eqsue babe running around in the LES sporting it as such, and taking all the credit. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Cheap Eats ATL Edition: Noni's

photo by: @suratuu 

First, let me just say how I much I am enjoying being back in my city! It's a breath of fresh air - literally. Ok now on to the food. Some girlfriends and I dined at Noni's, an Italian restaurant, on Edgewood Ave. for lunch yesterday. The weather was unexpectedly humid but comfortable so we decided to feast outside. Noni's offers a good deal for lunch: you can choose from three half sandwiches paired with either wedding soup or ceaser salad for $8. We all ordered the half "castro" sandwich (highly recommended) and I had a glass of Frascoti wine, as a suggested pairing by the waitress. BONUS: we used the Scoutmob app to save even more and the total with tip included came to $28 for all three. Happy (cheap) eating!