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‘Round Town

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I usually have my “real” digital camera on me, but there’s just something so magical about having a camera phone. You see, I can pull it out and somewhat quickly and surreptitiously (hopefully) capture some of the interesting things my fellow city dwellers do and wear (like the super amazing nouveau 90’s type look the young fellow up above is rocking) . They’re usually not terribly perfect, since I find myself trailing behind them, or close enough that I try to pretend that I’m doing something other than taking their picture…. so I have the phone held up at a strange angle and I tap on the frame while I’m positioning it so it looks likely I’m texting someone (or, just looking really strange). Would it be easier if I went up and asked people to take their picture? Sure. But I haven’t mustered up the courage to halt most of the super duper in a hurry New Yorkers and say “Gee, do you mind if I take a picture of that really crazy thing you have going on with your hair?”

And so, with my recently downloaded Instagram app, I made them all look lovely and swell

I love how it looks like tiny pieces of fabric all tied up in her hair. Kind of a fun idea, though don’t know if would look quite the same on me…

 

I LOVE how deceptively simple this lady’s hair looks. I did a double take when I looked and grabbed my phone quick as lightening to capture it. Dare I say, I think my hair might actually be too long for this look – that is, if I ever figured out quite how to make it happen.

 

So, I was walking behind this teen and all of the sudden I realized Hey! That’s a necklace around her hair/bun thing!. It looks very pretty and classic in my humble opinion. Much more delicate than a big headband contraption.

 

Of course, there were the fun and interesting prints/color combos that grabbed me:

Only so many people would don this fantastic and incredibly bold bold bold Africa-inspired print. It’s quite lovely and interesting combined with the 60’s silhouette.

 

I know, I know, it’s the same girl. But I like how the pattern really pops in a way that’s more subtle (but, you know, not since that pattern soooo isn’t quiet)…. I’m betting the dress could be a hit if done in a palette more people would deem wearable. But, who wants something everyone has anyway? Anyway, in my head I’d love it in reds and purples, maybe with a little blue. At least, I’d wear it that way (I don’t know if I can pull of those yellows and greens).

 

LOVE the bold skirt. And how this look is a great example of mixing a super bright and bold pattern with some classics and neutrals and making it entirely wearable. Go lady!

 

Just love how opposite the patterns are. Painty slightly abstracted flower shapes in an olive-y taupe mixed with this very geometric “ethnic”-print influenced blue and white bag.

I saw a few interesting back details:

Ok. Just beautiful. Interesting and unique but class/y/ic at the same time.

 

I was so proud to see a man wearing such a fabulous look. In pinks and reds no less. And it looks really good. And I love the combo of fabrics and textures that totally gel and look organic. It looks like the little stripes just drip and expand down the back. loovveeeee it.

Ok, this isn’t technically a “back detail”, but it’s the craziest backpack I’ve ever seen. I’ve seen this guy a few times and I was super jazzed to finally be able to grab a pic of this… contraption. One of these days, maybe I’ll ask what on earth is up with that, and where did he get it, and it’s awesomely bizarre. And I do adore awesomely bizarre things. I feel like calling it future steampunk….or something, ha.

A few other interesting details/concepts:

I dig the double skinny belts combined with the multiple bangles. Nicely cohesive. I’ve done double belts, usually of the slightly wider variety, but I’ve been craving skinny belts more lately. And they do look nice layered.

 

I really like the combo of the dually muted pea-esque green and lavender. I found them so interesting I broke out my newly downloaded Pantone app and tried to make a little palette. I wouldn’t suggest following the color codes, because when I had them email me the palette the colors reflected differently. So I did a screen shot of the layout within the program. Still, the brown isn’t quite right, but I just wanted to play a little bit, not obsess and be super duper precise. But let me know if you’re dying me to find the right ones :). It is fun and a definite help in seeing how colors can work together, though.

 

And of course, I couldn’t leave you without…… Mr. Gaga

Gotta admire a man in fishnets, short short and platforms in broad daylight.

And with that, over and out! :)

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Street Spottings

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I really, really love people watching. I really love love love people’s personal style. The stirrings of spring and the removal of 20 layers of clothing makes me want to stop everyone and photograph their looks not unlike well-known street style photographers. However, I am terrible at asking people to let me take their picture. So, I wind up slinking around trying to surreptitiously snap a photo, and I usually wind up with a lot of pictures from the back. Luckily, with this first one, the back was what I was interested in:

I am a fan of the red of the jacket as well as oh-so-intrigued by whatever is going on in the back. I was following behind them trying to both snap a picture and figure out what was going on there (bought that way or tied? and IF tied, what did it look like before). Anyway, it gave me an idea, as I’ve been doing some sketching/designing lately. Not sure how I feel about the red hair, though, especially in conjunction with the red jacket. I am a fan of the bag. Navy blue and red can be super cute together as this gal proves. One thing is for sure: Red is probably her favorite color. Yay Red!

I first saw this papa and though “Holy Moly, that guy is TALL”, and then I noticed his texturally delicious outfit, and then his adorably outfitted Little Ones and I followed, followed, followed them! People kept stepping between them and I, though, and once inside (I’m not sketchy, they turned out to be going to the same place I was) there were too many people moving about for me to get a better picture. But! What a freaking adorable family. They looked so lovely together, with all of their intermingling colors and textures. The little girl’s dress (that you can’t see *sniffle*) was a nice little pop of red amidst the darker muted greens, blues, greys, and browns. I was exquisitely charmed.

These two (personally) captivating ensembles in one day was quite a little thrill. I’m not usually so driven to follow someone around hoping to sneak in a picture. Usually, I just try to make a mental note. A new- found (quasi) brazenness? Or the sheer delight of temperatures creeping upward? We shall see.

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I see London, I see France…

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… I’m seeing ankles peaking out from below short pants:

Interestingly, I’ve seen some pants displayed in stores lately with the cuffs rolled up. Is it moving beyond practicality and into a preferred aesthetic? Hmm. Some pants just seem to work better rolled in my opinion; and I don’t mind the whole short pants look the way they are worn here, as I never caught onto the high-water, capri pant trend of 8 to 10 years ago (or so). In these cases, the pants length most definitely augment and become integral to the look.

I know the bicyclist likely didn’t intend his tied up pants to be a fashion statement so much as a practicality; but I think it’s charming, personally. It reminded me of the time I was hanging out at a friend’s house and when I was leaving and tried to zip up my knee high boots the zipper all out broke on me. The only thing he had to offer for help was a piece of twine; so I wrapped it around my boots and tied it in a bow and went on my merry way. I was slightly amused by the look (and/or I just really loved/missed the boots) and briefly attempted to make it a “thing” by also trying out and artfully wrapped scarf. Alas, I came to find that no matter how I tied it after too much walking the scarf/twine would slip down to my ankles and the boots would gape open awkwardly. Oh well, we all make fools out of ourselves sometimes.

The wrapped looked has work so much better when wrapped around just the pants.. or at least shoes that can keep themselves closed.

photos from The Sartorialist

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