Sk-nek-ta-dee (Schenectady)

At golden hour I was compelled to drive to the new city on the Mohawk River in Schenectady. I had been visiting the site since it was a construction ghost town and couldn’t wait for it to come alive.

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 All this new energy draws me in like a moth to the light.  I took these pictures of the empty stores, some of which have been claimed by businesses, but most are empty and unfinished. I love the anticipation of something new.

IMG_3909I’m excited for a new restaurant in particular, Druther’s, which is a small brewing company started in Saratoga, New York and has now opened their third location here on the Harbor.  Since my birthday is a couple days away I figured this would be the spot to grab a celebratory dinner and drinks.

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IMG_3961Everything that is grand reminds me of  New York City.  I mentioned in my post “On the Pier” my favorite spot, The Boat Basin, which was a marina and restaurant right on the Hudson River. I brought anyone who visited me to that spot and rode bikes on the Hudson River Greenway to get there, so the new Mohawk Harbor already feels like a piece of home to me with so many familiarities. Also, Schenectady has a brand new train station just a few hours from my beloved NYC.

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New Women Space

Nothing makes me happier than seeing others thrive and succeed especially when those people are near and dear to me. A good friend of mine hosted a fashion show where she and a few designers curated their own small collections. Needless to say it was a huge success and incredibly inspiring. We’ve been through it all, from countless sleepless nights at FIT together to a beautiful display of one of her biggest achievements to date.

I wouldn’t miss this event if my life depended on it. And it was my first outing since my surgery last month. I literally saw the doctor the day prior and got the okay to go. Megan and I packed up the car, styled our outfits the morning of and left for Brooklyn. Before the show we had a quick dinner at Mesa Coyoacan a quaint Spanish restaurant in Williamsburg with an excellent authentic margarita. Afterwards we headed to A New Space for Women, which held her event. All our proceeds from ticket sales and pins designed by the designers went to charities of their choice. We had an amazing time catching up with friends and seeing their hard work come to fruition. I’ll be sure to share the vlog Megan is working on this week.

We never imagine exactly what our success will look like, but we do imagine the feeling.

Wearing Zara velvet trousers (similar pair here, and here)| Zara boots |BCBGeneration blazer

The New New

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Wearing DKNY hoodie | Cavin Klein leggings | Target sneakers

Have you ever seen something and you’re immediately like “I need this.” It happens to me all the time. I know I’m not the only one, however.  When I see certain things especially clothes and shoes, I have instantaneous visions of how I would wear them.  Each piece of my outfit happened that way. I was working as a stylist for the hoidays and stumbled upon this DKNY hoodie. It was the last one, my size and very affordable so I grabbed it. I needed it. A day or two later I had a customer who was inquiring about these Calvin Klein leggings. They ended up not fitting into her holiday shopping budget but I knew the moment I saw them they would be A-Mazing with my new hoodie.

Some weeks later after the holidays came to a close I saw these sneakers at Target…yes Target…and just had to have them. I was in love.  My girlfriend loved them too and helped persuade me into buying them (not that I needed much persuading honestly). But in my mind I had created this ensemble already and couldn’t wait to bring it to life. My brain works like a virtual closet. I know they make apps for this now but I create and store images in my mind of every peice of clothing in my wardrobe and all of my accessories.

 

 

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I wanted to get something on the blog for the new year.  I’ve become more comfortable with myself physically as I get older.  I’m going out more without makeup and loving my skin and my face for what it is.  This is a tough environment to learn how to love yourself in and I watch everyone around me go through the same thing. But if we create the love and acceptance within ourselves first we can help those around us feel more comfortable.

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I hope 2018 brings a lot of new experiences and lessons.  I know I’m making changes every day. On a side note, this will be my last post for a while as I recover from shoulder sugery. I will be reading all my favorite blogs and dreaming of amazing outfits.

 

New York in a Day

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Wearing Zara jacket, Free People jeans, Frye boots, vintage Coach bag

It’s been two months since Megan and I moved back upstate from the city.  I can’t even begin to express how much I miss living there.  The diversity, hearing a handful of languages spoken all at once, the way people dress, laugh, experience and enjoy the city stimulates me. I do consider myself lucky to live within driving distance even if it is two and a half to three hours.  However, I am reminded daily that all things do happen for a reason and not to sound cliche about it all I really do believe that.

Last week I went to my former job here in upstate New York just to see people and say hello. Unexpectedly, I ran into my good friend and stylist who I love dearly and long story short I am now an assistant stylist for the holiday season! This opportunity is amazing and honestly a dream of mine.  Helping people is the ultimate high for me. So being able to assist them in finding great clothes that make them feel amazing, beautiful, handsome, and insert any another words for those feelings, makes me feel like my purpose here is important and appreciated.

I am so happy I was in the city yesterday with Megan, she gifted me this awesome lense for my camera. It was supposed to be a Christmas present but she couldn’t wait until then since this was the only day we would have together considering our busy schedules.  She also scooped this amazing coat from Zara, lined with sherpa and super warm I had to wear it. We started the day at our favorite brunch spot in Harlem called The Edge that was only a few blocks from our old apartment. Then we decided to see the tree in Rockefeller Center and shopped at the pop-up Christmas market in Union Square. It was odd knowing we couldn’t just hop on the subway right back to our apartment but it was a good familiar feeling to be in the city for the day.

 

Something New

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Wearing Free People sweater under BCBGeneration dress with Frye boots

As things change in my life whether they are unexpected or even possibly for the better, it is always a shocking reminder that life is not necessarily in my control.  Having moved back to my dreamy little farm in upstate New York, I do miss the livelihood of the city and the ever changing faces around me. Learning how to embrace change still presents a challenge to me.  I love it don’t get me wrong, I crave it honestly but I still struggle because although I may see into what is changing, I can never truly predict the future.

Since I love change so much I thought I needed a drastic change and got my hair cut.  I used to have bangs when I was a pre-teen and hated them.  Now, at 26 I love myself a lot more and embrace how my body, face and hair have changed over the years. I feel like a new person and I can still kind of see that little girl deep inside learning to love herself too.

Winter here has been so mild it doesn’t actually feel like winter.  Today marks the ten year anniversary of when I brought my horse, Hunter, home.  I remember how snowy and icy it was then and now I’m wearing a thick sweater and tights, barely feeling the elements. I’m not complaining but I do hope it snows before the holidays.

Silver Skies and Silver Toes

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Wearing Zara shoes | Gap joggers | Zara scarf 

Moody skies are resonating with me right now since I am currently fighting through a mean headcold that has me feeling really sluggish and blah.  I’m not the type of person that can sit still for long, so when my body is telling me to rest, my brain is swirling with ideas.

These shoes from Zara are just so cool, they literally match the silver skies, or maybe they’re just grabbing the reflection.  Either way I love them. I threw them on with these joggers, which by-the-way I stole from my girlfriend. We have an open closet policy in our relationship because I love her style. It’s more of a “hey I’m wearing this, hope ya don’t mind” kind of thing, I don’t ask for permission. I take her more masculine pieces and add my own character to them, like these shoes. We’re very different people, but we inspire each other every day.

 

This Morning

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 Wearing Free People denim | Macy’s cold shoulder sweater | K2 beanie

My everyday uniform for as long as I can remember is ripped jeans, a light sweater and vest, rain boots and a beanie. Having grown up on a farm since I was five, I’ve learned to dress in a versitile way and in a way where I didn’t mind getting a little dirty. Whether it’s sunny or rainy a good pair of rain boots, or any boot for that matter, is necessary. 

The last few weeks have gifted the northeast with some really beautiful weather and not to mention the leaves have peaked with vibrant foliage right in my backyard. Each morning I look out as I’m having my coffee and just bask at how picturesque the landscape is, so this morning I decided I would take Hunter out to graze on the lush grass before winter starts to creep in. I love spending time with him as he quietly munches, the wind brushes through the grass and the birds welcome the beginning of the day.  This December will mark 10 years since the day I brought him home. I found him totally by chance, but I knew when I saw him he was meant to come home with me. 

 

Red Walls and Warm Temps

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Wearing Vintage Levis jacket | Truly Madly Deeply top | BCBG skirt | Steve Madden mules 

The weather has been unseasonably warm here in upstate New York. Usually around this time of year I’m wearing the a coat, so to be bare-legged and feel comfortably warm is beyond ordinary.  Keeping a light denim jacket by my side is perfect for when the sun goes down and the temperatures begin to drop again. I snagged this Levi’s jacket in New York City at a flea market. I just could not pass it up; I tend to find the best things when I’m not really looking.

For now, I’m happy to soak up the sun and swim in the colors of fall on this sunny Sunday afternoon.

Pick Your Own

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Wearing B.yu faux fur coat | Free People sweater and denim | H&M booties

While living in New York City, I yearned for big open fields and fresh air.  I guess growing up with that left me somewhat spoiled knowing I could walk outside and be surrounded by it. Fall is absolutely stunning in upstate New York, the trees display vibrant colors, the local farms set up stands with all of their summer’s harvest and fresh hot apple cider, and the weather is perfectly cool and sunny.

I blogged this faux fur jacket this past spring in the post “Faux Fur in Central Park.” I reconnected with it then after being in my closet for almost three years.  Styled with wide flared jeans and this awesome multicolor knit sweater to gives it this really cool 1970s vibe.

Field of Dreams

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Wearing : Guess trench coat | H&M mini dress | Modern Vice boots

I love finding new brands that jog my imagination. I discovered Modern Vice boots at a women’s lifestyle event in New York City. The moment I walked into the venue my eyes cast upon these boots and was swept off my feet. I tried them on, and vowed to myself I would buy a pair as soon as I responsibly could.  I took a business card that day and months later had realized I was working in a showroom across the street.  I stopped in and got a tour of the factory and their entire showroom, needless to say I was in heaven, boot heaven. I decided on these boots which were custom made for me. Four weeks later, I got to take them home.

There’s a beauty to sharing the same passion with people, riding a wave of creative energy not knowing where it will go but continually portraying its essence in whatever way we can.