freckled fashion: October 2013

Friday, 25 October 2013

Start Spreading the News....

Day One:

Fashion and Style from New York City

Fashion and Style in Central Park and New York City

Day Two:

Elizabeth and James top in New York

This past weekend I went to New York for the very first time ever. I was expecting everything that I'd seen in the movies - elegant brownstones and busy coffee shops; fashionable people hailing cabs and the overwhelming lights of Times Square.

New York had none of these things. Or (and this is much more likely) I just went to the wrong parts of town. What they don't tell you when you hop on a bus to this city is that New York is a gigantic place that cannot possibly be explored successfully in two days. You need to research and browse and delve into what you want to accomplish, but stay reasonable. Planning to see the Brooklyn Bridge at 3:00 and having dinner reservations in Greenwich Village at 5:00 in the same day is literally unachievable... Unless you have a private car or an airplane or something like that. You'll just end up crying on the 1:00am bus back to New Jersey.

What I managed to accomplish in two short days goes something like this:

1. Visit Central Park
2. Shop on 5th Ave. (Elizabeth and James sample sale, anyone?)
3. See an exhibition at the Fashion Institute of Technology
4. Line up for 30 minutes at the MOMA
5. Spend 30 minutes inside the MOMA
6. Get some scrumdiddlyumptious things at Magnolia Bakery
7. Hit up Walmart at midnight
8. Spend an unneccesary amount of time on Wall Street
9. Buy an expensive dress in Little Italy
10. Not buy anything in SoHo, and become consequently disappointed
11. See New York at nighttime from the Empire State building

The best part would have to have been Central Park. It was absolutely beautiful, and huge, and sunny, and filled with nice people walking their dogs and pushing baby strollers. If I could live in Central Park, I totally would. It was also great just to hang out with Seanei for the weekend! (big hearts)

What I wore in New York wasn't all that exciting, because I was feeling uninspired when I packed the night before. A floral crop top from Forever21 combined with a vintage skirt (see it in my last post here) and converse pretty much sums up my Day One attire, while Day Two is dominated by my new Elizabeth & James top that I got for 15% of full price (score!!).

This trip was a great experience, and I definitely want to go back - maybe when I'm 21 and have a couple friends living there and I can go out and do "local" things, and they can take me shopping in the nice spots of the city. New York is all about fashion, so next time I'll be sure to wring it for all its worth.

Photography by Seanei Gibbons
Be sure to like Freckled Fashion on Facebook!

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Dawn | Dusk

Fashion and Style

This weekend was pretty awesome. I hung out with my sister and watched Skins (if you don't watch it, jump on the bandwagon already and give it a go), and I also spent a good amount of time watching my cat drink water out of the fishbowl... I'm surprised he wasn't sick. And that he didn't actually eat the fish. 

Going home for me means that I can stop trying so hard to dress nicely and to look presentable - it's both a vacation from school and a vacation from civility. I honestly wore sweatpants and the same shirt four days straight. The one day that I did dress up was Sunday, when we went to our Aunt's for Thanksgiving dinner. I felt it only right that I wore something of her's, so on went the pleats - I love my school-girl skirt so much, but whether it's due to the (almost) vintage nature or the swingy pleats I'm not entirely sure. Then came my purpley crop top from Forever 21, which I purchased in black as well because I just can't seem to get enough velvet. I've been wearing these boots religiously (which were featured in a previous post here), and my cozy autumn sweater is from Goodwill the Great. The baroque-creepy necklace is courtesy of Anna, who also jumped in to photograph this post! She's the bomb dot com.

I can't wait for Halloween - does anyone have any cool costume ideas? I'm running out of creative juice because of all these collages and texture drawings, so if you could give me a hand I would love you forever! (I think there's a comment button somewhere...)

And finally, I think that thanks are for giving (get it?!), so I'd like to give a big thank you to everyone who follows Freckled Fashion - even if you just look at the pictures, or choose to chuckle at my awkward faces, I love seeing that people are seeing my stuff! XO

Monday, 7 October 2013

Days of Delays

Boy was this week a crazy one.

I think I stayed up past one o'clock every day except last night, when I collapsed, exhausted, onto the floor after an entire day of hauling boxes up stairs. In movies the characters seem to have so much fun moving house - all the bright new spaces and sepia-toned cardboard boxes mingling in the autumn air.... It's all lies. I suppose the fact that we were moving into an unfinished house may have impacted the overall experience, but let me tell you that I don't ever want to move again. Period.

Moving has also made me realize how much crap I own. Like, seriously, do I really need ten Christmas sweaters and fifty back issues of Seventeen? In my hoarder-ish mind these quantities used to make perfect sense, cause I never knew when I'd need to wear all the sweaters at once (à la school Christmas 2012) or make a bunch of inspiration collages (à la every binder I've owned since 2008). But after my time spent in residence, and my time spent this weekend moving all my family's worldly belongings, I can conclusively say that I've recovered slightly from my hoarding illness. I'm content just shopping for things in the vintage junk shop that is my mom's studio.

Because of all this busy busy-ness, I'm providing you with (gasp) five-day-old pictures. These were taken before the rain came; before the city began to look and smell like fall. In another unusual manner, I'm wearing an outfit that I've worn three times before. I never ever ever wear the exact same outfit twice, but this just works so well for so many situations that I keep veering back to it whenever I'm in a style rut, which I hate to admit happens 5/7 days a week. This outfit is a new classic.

I'm in love with these American Eagle jeans - never before have I fell so hard for a pair of denim pants. And this blazer... Anna picked it out for me for my birthday, and it's abso-bloody-lutely perfect, and I will forever be indebted to her. It's fancy enough to be fancy, but the casual oversized shape can be dressed down for everyday wear. My top was $2 from St. Vinnie's (one of the cheapest and cutest charity shops in Guelph) and my shoes are the little beauties I bought in Poland last summer. And this wicker box purse kind of fell into this outfit accidentally - I was drawing it in class right before Georgia and I went out to take photos, and I felt an insatiable need to bring it along for the ride.

Hope you're having a jolly good Monday - be sure to mark your calendars for a new post later this week!

Big thanks go out to Georgia, for the photography; another big thanks to my friend Dylan who came along and was a hybrid model / coach / stylist / fashion extraordinaire. Je vous aime beaucoup!