Summer Breeze

New York Is Killing Me and myself teamed up to capture the essence of a New York summer day.  Using pieces from the latest Ayr collection and some of my own, Ashley Wisco embodied what we all strive to feel like in this urban jungle.. carefree.

 

For more beautiful images check out New York Is Killing Me.

To score some awesome summer AYR pieces check out their website.

And stay tuned for more styling by me.

Palazzo is italian for building.  For a style of pants to be referred to as a building… that’s quite a bit to live up to, don’t you think?  The name does the silhouette much justice though.. as your legs sure look as tall as any new york city building in them.  The greatest thing about palazzo pants though is the instant chic they add to your look with a load of comfort built right in…  The breeziness of these pants makes them perfect for a day of frolicking around with friends or a night out on the town.   Let’s look at how a few street style queens wear this trend and consequently figure out how we can get our hands on some great pairs ourselves.

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The beauty of them is how you can really transform them into the quirkiest or the chicest of pieces.. pair with sneakers or a 70’s platform to really make them your own.

Now for a few great vintage pairs I found:

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This incredible pair is vintage saks fifth avenue.. Hot damn! I would wear these with a sexy top to a black tie wedding… Done and done..Find them here.

Let’s get funky with a print shall we?

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You’ve got to love the geometric print on this pair.. sooooo 70’s!Find them here.

Last but not least.. classic solid linen pairs are great.. cause linen seriously rocks my world..

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Get your summer linen pant fix right this way.

 

Air Up There: SPRING HAS SPRUNG

Despite the way today feels.. -12 with the wind chill to be exact, spring is just around the corner.  And yes I get that at this point New Yorkers just seem like a bunch of babies for complaining about the weather so much, but to be honest the weather is just one of many factors that make living in New York a pain in my ass, so when you have that situation thrown in the mix, please allow me to be a winy little baby..

Onto lighter subjects though, I spent some time with Naomi shooting some spring looks recently.  I acquired a few vintage dresses that I was excited to shoot, and she was happy to go along for the ride…lucky for me cause I couldn’t stand still and she was all about it!
Although I know spring is going to be all about pastels, I don’t necessarily follow trends — see how bright this dress is!! (except I am LOVING this whole sneakers with everything look since my ankle is still recovering from an injury and heels hurt) How convenient!

Wearing: Thrifted dress; Omnia Vintage sneakers and handbag.  xoxo

Will denim jackets EVER go away?

Nope. Not if I have anything to do with it. There has never been an outfit I’ve put on that wouldn’t instantly be cooler with a denim jacket thrown over it. Where does this magic power it possesses come from? Are my feelings towards denim jackets universal? It’s relevancy is in it’s versatility and timelessness if I had to take my guess. I tend to prefer the oversized distressed vintage Levi’s variety but for the most part it’s up to you to decide which one tickles your pickle. After further analysis of the subject, I could probably defer that my love for denim jackets also comes from their inherent masculinity and close connection to work wear. There has always been something extremely appealing to me about making something which at some point solely served a utilitarian purpose, fashionable. Now for the outfit part of the post! Wearing: Vintage Levi’s Denim Jacket (Omnia Vintage); Cotton crop top; Vintage Pencil Skirt (Omnia Vintage); Vintage Earrings (Omnia Vintage); Mark Jacobs Heeled Loafers.

Photo’s by: Naomi. Shot in Brooklyn

Color Injection: Red

Winter in New York has been brutal.  The lack of vitamin D in my life has turned me into somewhat of a zombie.  Both aesthetically and internally.  According to my friend Naomi though, spring is in the air.  She swears she smells it.  I only smell the injuries from slipping on this never ending ice skating rink though.  Glass half empty kinda girl I suppose.

To inject a little bit of spring cheer into our lives, Naomi and I spent the afternoon shooting some bright vintage looks.  That made me happy.  No really.

Dress: Vintage thrifted from UNIQUE, jewels: Omnia Vintage.

Photographs by: Naomi

I don’t wait it to be true but all good things must after all come to an end.  This has been a magical experience that’s not only taken me to various neighborhoods in the city and shown me so much culture, fashion and coffee, but it’s also brought a new friend in my life and I feel so lucky to have been a part of it!

The last stop in Coffee + Thrift takes us to the LES, more specifically alphabet city, where our wild card coffee shop 9th Street Espresso provided us with some warmth and comfort from a snowy day.  I had not had my morning coffee on that day and I ended up having a drip cup just to get me going.  This cup was so damn delicious that I ended up ordering a second one (shameless).
Following our coffee session Chermelle and I headed to my FAVORITE thrift shop in the city.  I’m sure you’ve seen me rave about it on multiple occasions.. cause I seriously find the best stuff there.  Of course I’m referring to No Relations.

Here are our notes from the day:

Coffee Shop: 9th Street Espresso 
Coffee:Three-Bean Brazilian Blend
Thrift Store: No Relations 



 

Coffee Notes:  Though I sleep through the night, coffee is my reset button at the beginning of the day. I like it drip; I like it dark.
Thrift Notes: Bold, loud, crafted.
Thrift Notes: I would never need a second impression after this first one. These bold, hand-woven colors in a classic shape were an immediate obsession. My mind raced, when I caught up with it, we were both in the happy place of Brazil. I’m ready for a statement now.

Coffee Notes: Coffee + Milk it’s such a great pairing. Your what I simply want, but you can often be simply complicated –  like a good pair of blue jeans. 
Thrift Notes: Don’t fool me.
Thrift Find: Tried, true and blue is my sum adjective description of a great pair of jeans. Hard to find, but once found you can’t get enough of ‘em. With trademark Wrangler stitching and as Stefany said, “a great butt” these jeans became not just the wildcard but a smdlr style staple. Awesomeness!



And now for some sweet out takes from the day:


Thank you so much for checking out our post and taking this wild ride across New York City to explore some of the best coffee and thrift around!!

Xoxo,
Stef + Chermelle
 

 

HEY!!!! Whats up?!  Day 3 has arrived.. yes I know time flies when you’re having fun reading my blog.  So here we are, Chermelle and I making our rounds in New York, and today brings us to one of my favorite neighborhoods in Brooklyn,  Greenpoint.  Besides Lena Dunham saying so, I’ve loved hanging out there for ages.. It’s quaint but gritty, there are fun bars and hot men.. what else could we want?  Oh yes.. how about good coffee shops and vintage stores to shop at?

Here is a recap of our day:

Coffee Shop: Café Grumpy Greenpoint

Coffee:  Deri, Kochoha, [Sidama Region] Ethiopia.
 
Thrift Store: Fox and Fawn 
 
Coffee Notes: You handle me with strength and gentility. Your floral flavors in my face so beautifully, I welcome how you demured my spirit – as if I were dried flowers contained and beautiful just the same. 
 
Thrift Notes: balanced beauty, feminine, complex
 
Thrifting Finds:
Gasp! Exaggerations escaped me because the Victorian goodness of this lady number went viral in my heart. Its detail, its fit was perfect. It was a message in a bottle from a faraway place and it said, “meet me in sidama.’
 
Coffee Notes:Your wild and I like it! I’m humming to the tune of guava and tobacco in a field of grass. Is this true, it must be, you give me the memory.

Thrift Notes: punch of something, high

Thrifting Find: I almost didn’t find you. You were subtly tucked somewhere with perfect imperfections, giving you the kind of character that begets the story of a history before I came. A petite hole here, a missing sleeve there. I spin in you and flowers from Sidama seem to appear in my hair.
What did we think? Are we in love with the idea of shopping at Fox and Fawn  and of course having a cup of joe at Cafe Grumpy? Do it, do it!
 
Here are a few of my favorite outtakes from the day:
During our cupping!
Can you believe we both found dreamy white dresses?

Hey guys?? Did you miss me??
Well that’s no longer necessary cause I’m here and I have the second post from our journey through coffee and thrifting and it takes us to a cozy little neighborhood in Manhattan called the West Village.  
We choose Stumptown Coffee as our coffee destination and proceeded to shop at Monk Vintage that was conveniently located across the street (yeah maybe we are lazy so what!)

Without further ado here are our notes and finds from the day:

Coffee Shop: Stumptown Coffee Roasters 
 Coffee: Guatemala Finca El Injerto, Bourbon [Direct Trade]

Thrift Store: Monk Vintage


Coffee Notes: You’re such a sweet thing. You whispered flowers on my nose, and that’s when I knew fragrance could talk. 

Thrift Notes: Sweet, smooth, hint of flowers.
Thrift Find:  Super[girl]power.  With florals on my heart, it didn’t take long for my search to bring me to patterns and prints. The warm red and docile creams of this Italian needlepoint travel bag was a visual passport to Guatemala. That’s where I am, with a few, delicate weekend getaway essentials.

Coffee Notes: Am I in a dream world? You’re so uncommon, yet familiar. I breathe you in and you light my petals.

Thrift Notes: pretty woman, blooming.
Thrift Find: Super[girl]power.  As soon as I saw you, I knew you were mine. You’re an accent to a style that I already know, florals and stripes – cross the pattern and keep close to my heart. I’m at once caught up and no, I am not looking for a savior. 
 
 
Playlist: ‘you called me’, mayer hawthorne, ‘don’t save me’ haim, ‘don’t sweat the technique’ eric b & rakim

 

And now the outtakes:

Don’t forget to check out Stumptown and Monk vintage for a great explosion of culture in the West Village!

Xo,

Stef + Chermelle

I can’t tell you how excited I am to share this journey with you guys.  Chermelle of Smdlr and I met via Instagram and it was friendship from the start, based on mutual appreciation and love for culture and fashion.  Soon after, we decided to meet in person and that’s how this Coffee and Thrift project began.

We decided we were going to explore various neighborhoods of NYC and within each go to a roaster/coffee shop and then follow it by going thrifting.  We were convinced that the experience during our coffee outing would affect our moods and in that manner also affect what we would pick out while shopping. In the process we both learned a lot about coffee, fashion, culture and each other.  It was a beautiful marriage of creative minds.

Our first stop was Williamsburg, Brooklyn where we had a formal cupping (tasting) at Toby’s Estate followed by some shopping at Stella Dallas Vintage.

Here are both Chermelle and my notes from the day, along with our vintage finds.

Coffee Toby’s Estate

Coffee: Ethiopia – Nyeri Kenya, Gatombaya


Thrift Store: Stella Dallas

 
Coffee Notes: You demanded my attention. And, once you had me, you gave me warmth like a blanket – balanced, cozy and sweet but not overpowering.


Thrift Notes: masculine, warm, comforting.
 

Thrift Find:  Boy’s vintage plaid shirt that settled me right into my element.  I put it on and I’m far from Brooklyn. I’m camping in the woods, sitting by a fire, roasting marshmallows. The shirt’s masculine and utilitarian qualities are so easy and feel so right, they settle me right into the dead of winter, equipped to take on whatever it may bring.

Coffee Notes: There’s a deep husk in your scent that cuddles my thoughts. Pleasantly disoriented, I am yours and you are mine. Now, stillness comes.

Thrift Notes: rugged, aged, close.
Thrift Find: An oversized leather vest by Open Road – Made in Korea – with tassles that swing and shimmy. With you on, I’m again in grandpa’s backyard. We rock slow, we rock steady in a wooden chair. Memories of him, of us, float in the air. My arms in, are his around me, around thee Gatombaya.

To set the mood for our adventures listen to our mixtape from the day.
Playlist: ‘my girl’ temptations, ‘the boss’, james brown ‘knife’ grizzly bear

Check availability of coffee on Toby’s Estate website and don’t forget to follow your outing with a visit to one of my favorite vintage stores in NYC,  Stella Dallas!!!

Like many other folks out there, I happen to live more in the past than in the present or future. Always wandering through time, always dreaming.  What better way to celebrate that horrible habit than by looking through some fun vintage new years eve photos! I can’t think of any to be honest.  Let the past roll, and let’s all party like its 1955!!!