The Girly Bag

The Girly Bag

Juicy Couture

Be My Valentine

Be My Valentine

Be My Valentine

Luck

It is rare, but every now and againĀ good things come to those who wait. Like shoes, marked one hundred dollars off. Only your size left. Normally, by the time markdowns have occurred to the point that I can afford the shoes in questions, only sizes 6 and 7 are left, or maybe an 11. Not any size I can even pretend to wear. However, I had really wanted these shoes, and behold, they had my size left.

While it’s true that they’re no Prada, Miu Miu, Alexander Wang, nor Chanel, I lusted after these for their simplicity and practicality. I wanted them because they screamed nothing, but would hug my feet with a certain demureness and yet a perfect dose of edge. I knew they’d go with nearly everything I owned, and that, except for smouldering summer days, they were practically season-less (minus the accompanying fluffy socks).

Here’s to the perfect hidden wedge black bootie. May you live on.

 

Bergdorf Goodman Holiday Windows

I feel like this post is coming so terribly late, and truth is, it is. I have meant for so long to keep up with this blog, but I have been in full holiday mode, without a care in the world. While it is really quite bad to just lounge around all day, it has really been nice to do nothing but play video games and watch movies and browse around the internet… nothing productive has been getting done at all! Well, I did clean up the apartment. I thought I would take this opportunity, however, to post these photos I captured of the impeccable holiday windows at Bergdorf Goodman. While I did not find these as captivating as the ones a couple years ago, I still think they are gorgeous, and I make it my life goal to create something marginally as beautiful and detailed as these windows. The details truly make them! Of course, I was a bit partial to them as a photographer due to the theme… I found them truly fascinating.

While not one of the focus windows, I spotted the following white dress in one of the windows and fell in love with it. However, I cannot recall who the designer was. Does anyone remember?! I would love to know, as this was my favorite dress that I saw that whole evening of windows.

 

New York, New York!

I really, truly love New York City, and I’m not sure there is any more magical time of year to experience the city than right around Christmas. The tree is up in Rockefeller Center, the city is decked out in its best finery, lights everywhere. The air is crisp and cold. There are people absolutely everywhere. And of course, all of the stores have extended holiday hours. And this just scratches the surface.

Pardon the fact that this post will be all Instagram captures. The next post will consist of normal photos.

For the second time I stayed in the Hudson Hotel. The hotel is situated in a very convenient location, within a block from Columbus Circle and the subway stop there. I also began to realize that I could walk to many, many places from here and didn’t even need to be riding the subway nearly as much as I was, though I really just love riding it. I always feel like I’m entering into somewhere special when going up the yellow-green lit escalators to the lobby of the hotel. The lobby area is magical, with vines on the ceiling and a huge, glistening chandelier. To your back is the Hudson Bar, with its lit floor and Ghost Chairs.

During our stay, we enjoyed two meals at the Hudson Hall restaurant in the hotel. It is self-serve cafeteria style, but in individual portions. The plates are somewhere between full portions and tapas. Everything we ate was outstanding, as were the drinks. Should you find yourself there wanting a drink, the Frida and Diego comes highly recommended. One night after dinner we transferred across the hotel to the Library Bar, which has a different atmosphere altogether. The Library feels like walking into a rich, old but new New York library in someone’s home, with books lining the upper part of the walls, and open books around the perimeter of the walls at arms reach level. A pool table is the focus of the center of the room, and a fireplace at the side adds warmth. The drinks served here are extra strong, so proceed with caution.

The standard rooms in the hotel are quite small, but very nice. My only real complaint was that the bed was so uncomfortable that I never got an entire nights sleep. I don’t know what was going on here, since I did not have the problem during my previous stay.

While I generally try to stay away from the crowded, touristy Times Square, on this trip it was the first stop made. There is something about the lights flashing everywhere, but the amount of selling going on around you is absolutely annoying.

The awesome part of Times Square? The stores here go ALL OUT. There is a Ferris Wheel in the Toys R Us, and a castle in the Disney store.

During this trip, we went someone I would normally have never thought about going. The Museum of Sex is definitely an interesting stop to make if you are in the area. Not for the conservative, the museum featured exhibits with pornography, toys, and even a focus on animal sex… yep… like on the Discovery Channel. It was definitely worth a good laugh. In the basement of the museum is, Oral Fix, an aphrodisiac bar. While I am not sure the drinks had any real effects, the atmosphere was dark and sultry and the drinks were delicious.

More photos to come soon!

Chicago

I know I’ve been slow with posts, but it was the end of the semester and then it was Chicago and then it was trying to relax a bit. So finally I’m bored of relaxing and remembered, “Oh yeah, I should update my blog!” Well, actually a friend of mine brought up that I’m horrible about updating blogs (and I am).

While in Chicago, my “Mock Firm” team from this past semester won Top American Firm and Top Marketing in the competition, so that was very exciting indeed. And while that was the reason for this trip and it was definitely awesome, looking back I remember a lot of the other stuff more.

Like how peculiar the hotel room was at the Congress Plaza Hotel. Pretty much every surface had the logo of the hotel on it. There wasn’t necessarily heating or air conditioning, just a couple fans with notes reading, “In Summer: if too warm, turn to high/ if too cold turn to low. In Winter: if too cold, turn to high/ if too warm turn to low.” The view was into a courtyard with no view. Everything was outdated, like walking into an old movie. We also later found out that the hotel was well known for being haunted, and I suppose that explained more than a few things.

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Our hotel room. Real classy.

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That night my friend and I took a sketchy 6-8 block hike from the Argyle-Red stop on the L to Hopleaf, a most amazing restaurant and bar, serving a vast variety of beers along some of the tastiest food to travel across my tongue. The macaroni and cheese was the best thing ever, and warmed me enough for the chilly hike back to the red line.

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I will most definitely remember the nearly 2 mile walk to Navy Pier with a group of classmates. It was a lot of fun, but I hadn’t expected to be walking so far that day. Also, a friend of mine walks extremely fast, and keeping up with him is basically power-walking (people still do that, right?). When we got there we took a boat tour of the city, highlighting the outstanding (and not so outstanding) architecture of the city. I regrettably do not recall the name of the company who gave the tour, however they did serve us lemonade, coffee, and cookies.

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And of course there was the bean…

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Many of my friends know I’m a huge fan of good public transit, and when in a city including it, I take it without fail. It’s something I wish was everywhere, and if it was in my town, I probably would never use my car, or even own one. However, many Southern cities are being slow with the uptake of mass transit (other than questionable and unreliable busses). One thing I really loved about the L in Chicago is how much of it is elevated. This means that you don’t get that lovely subway stench (I actually love smelling it in NYC and feel that it’s part of the experience), and you get to see more of the city when riding the trains. Plus, getting some sunshine in is nice. I only wish the stops weren’t quite so spread out, as it results in copious amounts of walking, which is great and fine until you’ve spent the past 3 days walking and walking and walking and your feet feel like they’re close to saying “screw you” and leaving your body. But hey… it’s all in good fun, right? It’s not like I don’t sit enough writing this blog.

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One night a group of us walked another 1.5 mile walk to Adler Planetarium (which I actually wanted to visit but was too busy and never got the chance). From here we were given a prime view of the city. However, it was nasty and rainy out. This did not make for prime walking nor prime photographing time. However, sitting down on a ledge, getting the ass of my pants wet, looking out at the city lining the lake at night was still magical and something that’s probably burned in my memory forever.

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I really didn’t think I would enjoy Chicago as much as I did. I would definitely travel back there if I had the chance, or if I made the chance. So I leave you with some other sights of the city…

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Hancock

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Water Tower

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Somewhere

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View from the Sears Willis tower. (They really need to clean those windows!)

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Marshall Field’s Macy’s (This was taken from the 5th floor looking up)

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Art Institute (tell me those don’t look like Lite Brite)

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Art Institute new wing

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Zombie Apocolypse

Ok, well, not quite. But I kept thinking that as I was photographing with my roommate at the old North Carolina Finishing Company factory in Spencer, NC. It wasn’t all that long ago that this place kept the town alive. Now it looks as though it’s been sitting there for an undeterminably long amount of time. I’m not really sure why so many of the buildings have been leveled, and why they left the paperwork everywhere. I always find that so astonishing about abandoned sites: it always seems that things are left as though everyone is going to come back into work on Monday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also on this site was what appeared to be an old school. Of course by now the place has been vandalized, but that just makes the experience all the more interesting when you step inside now.

 

 

 

 

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