Need I say more? The temps have barely started to dip below 80 (we did have a nice breezy week recently), but I'm already sporting my favorite leather jacket (and sweating), cycling through my booties (and sweating), and even approaching long-sleeve button-down territory (and sweating). Alright, so it's a bit premature, but what's a little bit of sweat compared to a new season of sartorial opportunities?
By now, you probably all know that when it comes to Fall/Winter uniforms, I’m all about the neutrals. I’ve never been one to rock neons or pastels (even during the Spring/Summer months), so as soon as I can get away with wearing all black, camel, and burgundy on a daily basis, I do just that. My aversion to bright colors can occasionally get me into a style rut, but finding black-pant alternatives to my go-to black jeans (like these silky black culottes from AYR) or a statement camel coat help re-spark my creativity.
Photos by Alexandra Folster.
More and more, I find myself spending time in Downtown. We’ve all seen how much Downtown has changed over the last few years; the infusion of cool restaurants, bars, venues, and stores has truly made it one of the city’s most culturally-dense destinations. But let’s be real—there are still few things that can convince me to make that often traffic-heavy trek. One of those things is The Bloc , an open-air urban center situated on 7th Street between Flower and Hope Streets, that both physically and metaphorically serves as a connection point for all of Downtown’s different districts: financial, jewelry, fashion, and theater. And The Bloc’s mix of shops, restaurants, bars, entertainment, and event programming reflects all that Downtown has to offer. Currently, though, The Bloc is killing it when it comes to their fashion offerings, making it one of my favorite style destinations in the city. Here are 3 reasons why The Bloc is Downtown’s best new fashion destination…
Don’t be fooled by my Resting Bitch Face…leopard is trendy again, and I couldn’t be happier! Despite my minimalistic tendencies, one print that I have weirdly loved for years is leopard. I’m not sure why; I wasn’t on the Jersey shore, and I have no desire to dress up like an animal on a daily basis, yet here we are. I’ve been a leopard lover since college, and the summer before my junior year, I spent the summer living in New York and interning at Marie Claire magazine (true story!). While I was there, I stumbled into THE MOST AMAZING SALE at the Tibi boutique in Soho, where I came across this gorgeous leopard blazer for a mere fraction of its original price— I can’t say I remember how much it cost, but suffice it to say it was marked down enough for a broke intern to buy. It’s been one of the longest lasting pieces in my closet, lying in wait for a time when leopard print triumphantly returned, and THAT. TIME. IS. NOW. Get ready to see this blazer all over my IG feed, because it’s not going anywhere. Praise to the fashion gods!