- No taxis, just like fops & dandies. Not only because they are expensive, but also because the walk will save you the gym membership and keep you healthy and in shape.
- Beacon’s Closet. When I am tired of my clothes, I sell them there (or on eBay or Etsy if I have time to photograph) and get “new” ones with the store credit. Or if I don’t feel the need for a new outfit, I get the cash for a dinner out that night.
- No smoking. At $10 a pack, plus all the medical issues you will have to pay for later, this is the biggest saver.
- Getting Married. I realize this is not an easy “tip” to put into practice, but being married is really a lot cheaper. Rent is cheaper because you only need a one bedroom for two people. You don’t go out drinking as often, because you are busy curling up on the couch watching The Wire from Netflix. And you get a tax break.
- Dinner Parties. Buying an ingredient or two, and a bottle of wine (three buck chuck from TJs will do if your friends aren’t picky) and cooking simple recipies with your friends is a ton of fun, tasty, and definitely cheaper than going out to eat and drink around town. Everyone can contribute with an ingredient or dish, and if you get drunk enough you can play YouTube Karaoke (more on that on another post).
And yes, I do admit that with the money I save, I usually buy shoes. Everyone needs an indulgence every now and then, plus shoes don’t tend to last a ton in New York, with all the walking and all… that’s my excuse anyway!
The slowly approaching Summer season has ignited a romper furor. They are everywhere! Even Sally Jane Vintage said “if I’m not careful I’m going to have to change the name of this blog to Rompers ‘R Us”.
So it keeps raining in New York. And its really windy. And also very sad. So skirts are out of the question because its too cold and may fly up unexpectedly at any moment. I am debating wether I should go back to the black tights, but I feel like that’s regressing back to Winter. So I am thinking pants. Maybe with some crazy colors so they feel more like Spring and make my mood rise.
If Memorial Day weekend is too early to bare your bum in a bathing suit, cover up with these adorable pin-up style shorts. You can keep it all under wraps, yet look like you’re sporting them just for stying points.
It had been raining for a while here in New York. I was having a really hard time getting my boots back on, crestfallen because the warm(ish) sunny weather wasn’t here to stay… I thought maybe there were other shoe options for this kind of limbo weather other than boots? Jellies, maybe?
Inspired by the multi-bracelet look at the Oscars this year, I’ve decided to adopt the trend; albeit in a cheaper manner (vintage rhinestones) and perhaps for daytime with a black t-shirt, black jeans and boots. I’ll leave the spotlight to a stack of these:
Having grown out of my oxfords phase, court shoes have recently grown on me.
They are still formal and austere enough to give contrast to more girlish clothes, and you can also just wear them casually, with black jeans. They are perfect for the weather transition too, as they are still covered, yet do not require socks…
I have a small obsession with Mila Schön’s sunglasses right now. They have the perfect mix of vintage / retro without looking like a schoolmarm, and they are designer without having a huge Swarovski crystal-encrusted logo.
HOW TO MAKE THEM NOT STICK TO YOUR FOREHEAD AS THE WEATHER GETS WARMER
The long and heavy bangs have been keeping indie chic girls looking off-kilter sexy for a while now. In the Winter, not many problems arise other than the tight hat that pulls them down so much that you can’t see where you are going any more. In fact, they are even useful in keeping your forehead warm. But as the weather gets warmer… oh dear!
To prevent the curling, premature oiliness and stick factors, try this:
1. Wash your bangs every day. Even if you don’t wash your entire head of hair, crouch over the sink and wash your bangs, or wear a shower cap, but leave the bangs out of it (this looks really funny, i know).
2. When blowdrying, don’t brush straight down, but pull them over to one side, then to the other side, laying them flat against your head. When they are mostly dry, then brush them down. This will make them have more body.
3. If precision straighness is needed, use the TS-2 Detailer mini hair iron, which comes with one nifty little Michael Jackson-style glove.
4. For emergency touch-ups when there is no time to wash, use Bumble and Bumble’s hair powder, which comes in 5 colors to suit any haircolor. Or, if you are on-the-go, ‘brush’ bangs in between a piece of blotting paper to absorb any exces oil.
5. If you decide to trim your own bangs, use extra-sharp scissors and cut with the scissors pointing vertically instead of straight accross. This will create a feathered effect and blend any small mistakes.