othing compares to the images achieved when sketching from life. Going to figure drawing sessions is sometimes daunting, but always rewarding. At times, it feels a bit like a chore – going to the gym or doing laundry. And, in some ways it is. However, once I get going, I’m energized and so glad I showed up.
I heard it’s going to hit eighty degrees this weekend. If you haven’t hit the beach this summer, it could be your last chance. For those of you in the tri-state area, allow me to suggest the Asbury Hotel for your weekend getaway.
This summer VNg and I decided to plan a weekend trip down the shore. Clocking in at less than an hour by car (a bit longer by train), Asbury Park is just far enough from Manhattan.
I loved my stay at the Asbury Hotel. And, we had a blast despite the rainy weather. The hotel offered a lot of diversions like pool (the game), pinball, live music, an around-the-clock bar, rooftop movies, and a cute pool (the water.)
Did you stock up on swimwear when everything was marked down last week (like me)? Well, this weekend may be your last chance!! (:
Everlane sent out an email a few weeks back talking about how great the Day Heel was. I was totally sold by the cute pictures and testimonials of how comfortable it was. So, of course, like a sucker, I clicked through to the site. And, after making me fall in love with this dumb shoe, it said it was available by waitlist only! WTF.
But yesterday, I was on my Instagram Stories and saw they were hosting a pop-up shop specifically for the Day Heel in Williamsburg. And, waitlist be damned, it’s this weekend. I felt so lucky since (1) I don’t usually make it through all of my Stories and (2) we were originally going to Rhode Island this weekend but had to cancel at the last minute.
Fabulous. I was already imagining how lovely it would look in my closet.
After the best scones of our life, we headed over. I was a little nervous my ridiculous feet might be too tiny for Everlane’s size 5. (This happens sometimes depending on the style or the fabrication. First-world problems, for reals.)
Considering we got there about ten minutes after they opened it was already bustling. I think the general energy and excitement of the crowd in such close quarters was stressing out VNg. (Poor guy.) I could tell he was really distracted.
We found a quiet space as I tried on the pink, the red, and the ochre. They were stocked with plenty of size 5’s and I was jazzed to find they fit me perfectly.
The ever-popular red and trendy ochre were both calling to me. But, when I walked, the yellow kept slipping off. Seems like because of the softer nature of the suede? Or, maybe the one I tried had been stretched out by others trying it on? Regardless, I opted for the red.
They were actually just as comfortable as all the hoopla claims. I’m glad we made it out to BK for the shop.
So there you have it. If you’re around, skip the waitlist and get yours this weekend. (Plus, get a free bouquet with any purchase! Yayyyyy!) Seriously, the stunning wall arrangement had me obsessed. Well-played, Everlane. Well, played.
The Day Market
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Can’t Make It? Get the Look Here
It’s rare for VNg and me to find ourselves in Brooklyn. To be honest, I don’t really care too much for the over-hyped and hipster-packed neighborhoods. (Sorry, Brooklynites.) But, a while ago we ended up spending the whole day exploring and enjoying the beautiful weather.
We stumbled upon the Cobble Hill location of Clare V. I’ve always been a fan of the brand known for understated accessories. But, I really loved everything about the shop. (Especially, the gorgeous garden in the back!)
Sadly, I didn’t purchase anything. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t! A lot of cute things are on sale right now. So… my status as a window shopper may be changing soon…
Shop Clare V.
Marimekko is a Finnish design house founded in 1949 known and beloved for its bright and bold patterns and designs. You’re probably familiar with their iconic graphic flower print. Or, at the very least, remember their collaboration with Target.
I was on my way home from work when the cutest dress caught my eye. And, I realized I’d never been inside even though I’d walked past hundreds of times.
Inside, I was pleasantly surprised and inspired by the graphic covered home goods, textiles, and apparel. My taste leans more minimal, but I could definitely see myself bringing home a lot of these items!
If you happen to be in the Flatiron, stop by and be delighted!
I’m excited to announce I will be live sketching in NYC this weekend! The lovely people from Tictail Market and Petite Studio are hosting a free event. Enjoy music, champagne, dessert, and of course shopping. RSVP here.
It sounds like it’s going to be an awesome afternoon. I can’t wait to meet and paint everyone. Drawing on the spot can be quite draining, but it is also so fun and rewarding.
If you’re in the area, I hope to see you there!
About Petite Studio
Noticing a lack of trendy pieces with shorter hemlines and smaller sizing, Petite Studio creates fashion forward clothing and aims to build a strong community of stylish petite gals.
Not only does Petite Studio make an underrepresented group of women feel stylish and empowered, but it also makes a conscious effort in sustainability by using ethical production facilities to make its clothing, and gives back to organizations that help women who are victims of abuse and homelessness in the city, such as Restore NYC and Hope For New York.
June 24th, 3-6pm
90 Orchard St.
New York, NY 10002