NY Diary: Day Two

This was shopping day! My favorite day of all days no matter where I am. We started in Soho and made the usual stops, Uniqlo, Topshop, Pearl River Mart (love me some unnecessary chotchkies), etc. We then made our way over to Nolita and poked our heads in a few boutiques.

Barker Black

This is a man store. I might have missed this unassuming boutique, except that my BF is a closet shoe whore, so we popped in. Barker Black combines forgotten craftsmanship with modern design. Specialized craftsmen are at the heart of Barker Black and you can see that in every shoe. A pair will cost you a hefty penny, but I bet these babies will last you a lifetime.

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Love, Adorned

This is a beautifully curated store. They carry art, tools, interior goodies and awesome jewelry. We walked away with some good smelling hippy incense.

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The Quality Mending Co.

Great vintage selections at this shop. Some vintage boots, clothes and bags for women, mostly for men. They also have their own line of canvas bags: duffles, totes and a really cute bowling bag shape.

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Maryam Nassir Zadeh

Womens clothing boutique carrying a unique assortment of lines, shooz and pretty amazing jewelry. I’m still kicking myself for not purchasing a Creatures of Comfort dress that was on sale!

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We ended the day with a late dinner at Smith & Mills. To say this place is cozy is an understatment. It’s very, very small and you can see the chef in plain sight preparing your meal behind the bar right next to the bartender. We popped a squat at the bar instead of waiting for a table and our meal was delish. The smoked ricotta with honey app is nom nom city! The bathroom is worth a peek as well…it was an old elevator shaft repurposed as the restaurant’s wc. Good food, good vibes and a great example of what you can create with a small space. My only complaint is that every article of clothing I wore that night, including my hair, smelled like I was in a small restaurant with no ventilation. Oh well…

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images: Barker Black, Love, Adorned, The Quality Mending Co., Maryam Nassir Zadeh, Smith & Mills

Rodarte Inspiration

I have some mendables in the works and I was really inspired by the Rodarte spread in the latest issue of Vogue. I love how they mixed the cobalt/indigo prints with the chocolate-y browns and medium wood tones. The cobalt really brightens up the color scheme and the entire spread has an asian, tribal, organic, ethnic vibe that I’m really into.

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I’m going to mix it up and throw in some mandarin…and it goes a little something like this…

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Stay tuned…

images: Vogue, Schumacher, Brunschwig & Fils, Lulu DK

H&M Spring 2011

Damn you H&M for being so reasonably priced.

<p>H&M Look Book: Womenswear SS2011 from Barracuda Film & TV on Vimeo.</p>

Leopard Obsession

I’m obsessed with leopard right now (always actually).

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And these are the cure…

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Meow.

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Already?!?

Time to shop for some Fall essentials…happy September!

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Major

Just finished watching Rachel Zoe and I’m still entertained by the silly reality series. The show gives me fashion idiot shivers on a weekly basis but I will continue to watch because I love all things fashion and Ms. Zoe is quite the character. Her spread in the latest Bazaar is pretty fabu and say what you will about Rachel you’ll still have to admit she is one successful biotch.

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images: Harper’s Bazaar

Va Va Voom

I am in love with Marion Cotillard and her latest spread in Vogue is to die for. She is one hot mama and a mighty fine actress at that. Although, I look nothing like Ms. Cotillard and my hair texture doesn’t even compare to hers, I cannot wait to cut my hair short!

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images: Vogue

I Heart Ban.do

I visited the studio of ban.do last friday and met the lovely ladies behind the fantastic hair pieces. Their studio was modern, minimal, and all white with just the right pops of color here and there from their perfectly curated accessories to their amazing product. As I’m a sucker for anything with hearts on it, I came home with a lovely heart sequin headband and sported it all around town in the spirit of St. Valentine. I’ll continue to wear it despite the holiday being over because I love it so much! Thank you Jen and Jaime for making such wonderful hair candy!
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