Travel Destination Series: Outfits Inspired by New York City

Travel Destination Series: Outfits Inspired by New York City

About a month ago, I was scrolling through Pinterest and watching some travel vlogs because I was feeling nostalgic about traveling when I had (what I thought was) a brilliant idea! I wanted to do a mini series of outfits inspired by some of my favorite cities! Now of course, not all of them because there are so many beautiful cities, but I chose 5 that I love and feel inspired by. Some of these I’ve been to and some I’ve only seen in pictures, but they all have a place in my heart.

To start my series off, I wanted to feature my home city of New York, of course. Like most people, I have a certain idea in my head about New York City. It’s the Big Apple, the city that never sleeps. It’s where people go to chase their dreams. There’s thousands of delicious restaurants hidden in all five boroughs and millions of people coming into and out of it every single day from all over the world. It’s on just about everyone’s list of cities to see before they die. It’s also the most resilient city in the world (in my opinion, but I’m obviously biased). To me, New York is home. It’s the place I can go to for inspiration and I will always have a huge place in my heart for this incredible city.

For my outfits, I tried to find some inspiration from none other than New York Fashion Week! I scoured the internet to find some wearable, street style looks that would be easy for me (and you) to recreate. Keep on reading to see what I came up with!

Outfit #1

The first is one that I am constantly seeing when I walk to and from work (when I used to go there at least). It’s a simple blazer and jeans look, but it’s truly an iconic look for a lot of women in New York. There’s a million ways to wear this look, but I did it in a way that feels most comfortable to me. I took my plaid blazer, a fitted white tank, and some button up black straight leg jeans and paired it all with these simple strappy sandals.

Blazer: Forever 21 / Tank: Target / Jeans: Abercrombie / Shoes: Steve Madden

Outfit #2

This one is actually my favorite and probably something I’d wear. I took this pretty ruffled blouse and tucked it into these slouchy jeans. Normally, the “rules of fashion” tell you not to do volume on top and bottom, but I think this works so well. The volume from the blouse, is almost balanced out by the volume of the jeans! Plus adding a belt helps to break up the volume and add in a little bit more shape. Adding a pointed toe mule also helps to keep the overall look looking long and lean, even though there’s a ton of fabric that would normally make you look a little frumpy.

Top & Jeans: Zara / Shoes & Belt: Target

Outfit #3

This is another favorite look from this series! The original photo I saw featured a cropped cami top and some paper bag style trousers and heels. I decided to switch it up a little bit and wear a regular white cami top, then add a blazer for structure on top. I wore paper bag style soft pants to keep my base a little bit looser and flowy. I also decided to wear sneakers instead of heels because well, I accidentally put on the wrong shoes when I went to shoot this look, but I actually love that it keeps it dressed down!

Blazer: Mango / Top: Express / Pants: Abercrombie / Shoes: Adidas

Outfit #4

This last outfit is a super comfy look, and probably more suited to winter because the sweater is quite heavy. In the original photo, the person was actually wearing a turtleneck, but I tried my best to make it more seasonally appropriate. This outfit can easily look really frumpy because of the heavy sweater, long voluminous dress, and frumpy dad sneakers (basically everything). However, what makes this look good, is wearing it with confidence! As silly as that sounds, if you looked uncomfortable in this look, you’d make the whole outfit look bad. It’s true that you could make a trash bag look good if you wore it with confidence!

Sweater: Mango / Dress: Target / Shoes: Fila

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What I Wore To My First NYC Blogger Meetup!

What I Wore To My First NYC Blogger Meetup!

A few weeks ago, I decided to get out of my comfort zone and went to my very first Blogger meet up here in NYC. I scoured the internet/Instagram/Facebook, etc to find the best options of blogger groups to join because I found that there wasn’t as many as I thought (or maybe I’m just not that good at researching??). Considering there is probably several thousand fashion bloggers in Manhattan and the surrounding boroughs, I had trouble finding a good one. I did however, stumble upon the Blogger Union @thebloggerunion (the NYC chapter is @thenycbloggers) that has chapters all over the US to help connect and educate all of us budding blogger ladies, no matter what type of blog you write. Keep on reading to hear about my experience and what I wore!

Coat & Sweater (similar): Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Boots: Urban Outfitters (similar)

To start, I was incredibly tired this morning when I woke up so I have to say, my outfit was not my best work. But it was comfortable and I think it was still effortlessly stylish which is what I’m going for anyway. I knew when I woke up that I wanted to wear these pretty orange boots so I decided to style the rest of my look around them. I know that I love orange paired with brown, so I thought this pretty chocolate brown sweater would give me my desired look while still keeping me warm and comfy. I also knew I loved the way straight leg jeans look with boots but I hate the cropped ones, I thought I’d wear my long legged black straight leg jeans too. I was pretty satisfied with this look! It was about 50 degrees this day, so I didn’t NEED to wear this teddy coat, but I did anyway for ~fashun~ .

Now I have to be honest, I am not really the kind of person who likes to be in new social settings. I can be really shy and uncomfortable and awkward when I’m in new social settings, unless I meet someone who is the exact opposite and makes me feel more comfortable. All morning, I couldn’t decide if I should actually go to this event and was making all kinds of excuses about why I shouldn’t go. But after getting out of bed and really thinking about it, I knew that going to this event to listen to the speakers and network would be an invaluable experience if I made it one. So I picked myself up, got ready and hopped on the train to Manhattan.

The event started with us introducing ourselves a little bit while the speakers got settled and I was feeling nervous but decided to speak up and introduce my self. I mentioned my name and my blog and what it was about, but I feel like it came out really weird and awkward but it’s fine. Then we jumped right into the panel portion of the meeting. The speakers shared information about how to grow on Instagram ever since this new algorithm came around back in June 2019 (don’t quote me on this). I personally think they gave a lot of information that I knew just from researching the algorithm, but it was interesting to hear some other ideas that worked for them. Some of the girls thought one thing worked better than another and they seemed to have some differing opinions, but the overall idea was the same I suppose. They mentioned the importance of using hashtags, being consistent about when and how often you post, being consistent with engaging with your audience and even how to go about negotiating your first few brand deals. Hearing this information from the people who live this and do it every day felt like reassurance that A) it’s possible to still “make it” in this fashion blogging industry and B) it’s a ton of work but if you love it and are willing to put the work it, you can definitely see success here.

As far as first experiences go, I think this was one of the better ones. I feel like I got some good information from people who are knowledgeable about this industry. I also feel like I met some really nice girls who are willing to be supportive of other growing bloggers. One of the reasons why I did this is because I’m looking to move in the next few months and I want to be able to make some friends around here who have similar interests as me. I think by going to these events, I have such a better chance at finding some really good girl friends who love the same things I love. Overall, this was a great experience and I am so looking forward to going to the next event!

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