rebel, cause

"I've discovered a whole new world here, a whole new way of thinking...You've got to stay with it or get lost. I like it." -James Dean on New York City

mini ootd starring: Zara sweatshirt, Forever 21 boyfriend jeans, Nasty Gal necklace, unseen white hightop Converse

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Just wanted to say hi with a casual Sunday outfit! These pictures were taken by my bff @lauryn.oliver, who semi twinned with me today (as seen to the left). On an unrelated note, I've been very fascinated with the life/work/mythology of James Dean lately. I recently watched "Rebel Without a Cause" (1955) for the first time after seeing the film mentioned in my US History textbook. It was so interesting to watch it keeping in mind both the cultural context of the time period and the life of Dean. It made him such a teenage icon and symbol of rebellion and defiance and complexity and disillusionment and, at times, androgyny. His influence is still so evident in the celebrities and movies of today, and I'm really looking forward to continuing to delve into his work and history. 

More soon! 🌿🌟

FLATIRON DAZE

About two weeks ago, me + my best girl Lauren (@lxurenelizabeth) met in the city to hang out for the day. First stop was to Dover Street Market, a curated store with high-end fashion on all nine floors, artistic displays, and all-around good vibes. While I certainly can't afford Gucci, it doesn't hurt to look/dream. 

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I'm wearing: Zara t-shirt, Topshop jeans, thirft-store boots from Beacon's Closet

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Next up, lunch at Union Fare! (6 E 18th St, New York, NY). The place is huge and the brunch is unbelievably good.

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You're looking at a breakfast sandwich on a CINNAMON ROLL and breAKFAST MAC AND CHEESE. So, yeah, you have to go. 

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We found ourselves at Schmackary's (362 West 45th Street New York, NY), THE cookie palace of new york (if I do say so myself). It doesn't advertise, but its "casually gourmet" and has tons of interesting flavors (I went with lucky charms 🌈)

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It's also really big with the Broadway scene, and you can even send cookies to your favorite stars. Speaking of Broadway, we stopped at the Dear Evan Hansen stage door to say hi to some of our favorite performers. I saw it with my mom on the 1st, and it was incredible, but I didn't have the chance to stay after. Below are pictures from that day 

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Later that day, I caught a preview of Groundhog Day (second row on Today Tix, baby!), which totally exceeded my expectations- it was clever and funny and Andy Karl was the perfect star. Highly recommend!

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Well, thats all for now! I know I've been slacking like crazy, but I have so many outfits I want to share so hopefully I'll find time soon! Until then 

The Teen Vogue Experience

On January 13, I spent the day at the Teen Vogue offices at Conde Nast (World Trade Center). I was invited with a group of girls who are taking/completed the Parsons x Teen Vogue online course! Here's a look at the offices and my experience:

photo by Shelly Kroeger

photo by Shelly Kroeger

photo by Shelly Kroeger

photo by Shelly Kroeger

photo by Shelly Kroeger

photo by Shelly Kroeger

The first part of the day was a panel discussion and Q&A with some of the Teen Vogue editors and directors, including Elaine Welteroth (Editor of Teen Vogue), Erin Hover (Art Director), Sarah Brody (Fashion Market Editor), Kirby Marzec (Accessories Editor), Terron Moore (Social Media Director), and Melanie Mignucci (Editorial Assistant). Every one of the speakers was completely genuine, informative, and so nice. The panel was moderated by Samantha Fox (Social Media Coordinator), who immediately made the environment fun and welcoming, asked the questions everyone was thinking.

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The panel was followed by lunch, then we were divided into three groups. My group went to a Conde Nast photo studio first, where we got our makeup touched up and our pictures taken. I waited a little longer to release this post because I was waiting for the pictures, which I wanted to include!! Both the makeup artist and photographer were really inviting and helped everyone feel comfortable.

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Our next stop was a meeting with Amy Levin, founder of College Fashionista. She, like everyone else, was so sweet and gave us a lot of interesting career insights and recommendations. Next was a trip to the fashion closet, which was really interesting. The clothes in the closet are loaned from designers (save for a few staple pieces) and switch out quickly and regularly (about every week or so). They're a mix of high and low ends and are used for online and print shoots. When I was there, the closet was filled with some of the coolest t-shirts and sneakers I've ever seen.

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The last stop of the day before meeting back in the conference room for closing remarks was the Conde Nast Cafeteria. I would kill to eat lunch there every day- it's so modern and beautiful. Fun fact: they also have the best chai latte I have ever tasted.

I'm so thankful to Teen Vogue and everyone who made the experience so amazing. I also met so many passionate, creative, driven girls who have since filled my feed with inspiration. Lovely to meet every one of them! 

Hopefully I'll have an ootd up soon! Working on a lot of new things for the next issue of Sayer. More to come! xx

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Time Warp

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wearing: top by me, jeans from Forever21, vintage jacket, pins from AmberVittoria on Pinterest, shoes from Necessary Clothing.

I've been working on my Parsons x Teen Vogue class for almost a year now, and when I made this top as one of my projects (a one yard garment challenge) I was so thrilled. Making your own thing is special because you have so much confidence wearing something that you put a part of yourself into. It makes the experience of fashion and clothing more personal. 

Its the day before Halloween as I type this, and I'm finally in the Halloween spirit! I've been OBSESSED with the Rocky Horror Picture Show, which was triggered by the recent Fox remake. It definitely didn't top the original, but I loved some parts of it, like the appearances (and great performances!) from two of my favorite broadway stars, Reeve Carney and Annaleigh Ashford. The original cast album has been on a constant loop for me.

October's been an insane month for me in terms of work and my hectic schedule, so I'm looking forward to a more low-key rest of Fall. More soon! πŸŽƒπŸ•·πŸ’€