What I’ve learned living in New York City style. Growing up in North Carolina I always felt the need to try to fit in, and dress in a certain way so I wouldn’t stand out at all. In New York, I definitely feel comfortable dressing any way because everyone is so open minded. It’s one of my favourite things about the city. You can do anything, and become anyone. It’s a beautiful place to live and it’s progressive. I will say the same for the south, but NYC is definitely some ways ahead.
1.) If you want to go shopping, get your hair blown out, or order Thai tea..you can do all of that at 3 am here. It sounds strange (and unnecessary) but I’m discovering that NYC is called the city that never sleeps for a reason.
2.) The best stores are tucked away and not as easy to find. Chelsea, and Tribeca are both neighborhoods that have many tucked aways stores that a lot of people don’t know about. I also suggest going into a store that looks really interesting to you. Almost always, your gut feeling is right and you’ll find the most beautiful pieces randomly.
3.) Trends dominate more so here than other places. However, unique outfits are also prominent. It’s refreshing to live here and see so many distinct people and styles.
4.) New Yorkers are happy to help you. If you ask if a store has been picked over, or if a sample sale is worth the wait, you’ll be surprised how honest (and often times kind) most people are. There’s there stereotype that New Yorkers are rude, and excessively aggressive people that hate everyone. While I agree that New Yorkers are aggressive, I definitely don’t think they are rude, and insinuating that will cause one to be very rude to you. Just be polite and you’ll be surprised how far that will get you.
Fall has officially defended on us here in New York, New York. And while the anticipation of fall was rather large, it came rather shockingly fast. On the first day of autumn…a single leaf fell on the pavement in front of me, and immediately afterwards, I shivered.
It can be a little tricky dressing for fall here because the mornings and early afternoons can be freezing. Then, the late afternoons are sweltering. What are you to do? I like to keep a t-shirt or blouse on with short sleeves, or totally made of cotton, with a jacket that’s easy to remove.
There’s a beautiful little story behind this clutch. I first saw this in an advertistment in Cosmopolitan. I knew that one day in the future I would move to Manhattan. I remember telling my mother about it and showing her the photo. We looked high and low for the clutch and then one day… as I was walking out of a store in the mall. I saw it. I pressed my face a little too eagerly against the glass in Kate Spade and about five seconds later it was in my hands. A gift from my mom, I treasure this piece particularly. It was one I acquired from my hometown and I realized how monumental it was that I actually moved and could wear this piece. I get asked about it very often.
Shirt: Vintage 70′s
Jacket: Zara leather
Shoes: 60′s smoking slippers (resoled to wear out!)
Clutch: Kate Spade
Spotted running around 34th street wearing faux fur and drinking a cappuccino (with soy). A very typical Belle sighting. ☕️💋☕️💋
Shoes: Givenchy (60’s)
The moment when you stop letting others opinions and fear dictate how you feel; that’s when you start living your best life. xx
The second outfit I wore to New York Fashion Week was filled with lots of color. It’s a well known fact that most women in NYC wear black. And while I love noir, I love color even more. It can be easy to just want to fit in and shy away from what we love but I decided to be a little daring and wear bubble gum pink.
Love this little pin I found at a costume jewelry store in the meatpacking district.
Matched my Dior sneakers with this adorable little bow (actually a sash from a cocktail dress) Double duty!