For those of you who don't follow my incessent tweets, I won a Mark cosmetics Polyvore contest with this set and was whisked away to fashion week to experience the Rebecca Minkoff show. I still can't believe my incredible luck!
I made this set as an inspiration for my look the day of the fashion show, but ended up changing the top to a plum colored one because the seafoam green just didn't fit the mood of the day when I tried it on that morning. Plum is much more of a bold, fall color, don't you think? ;)
Here's the look with me actually in it:
Top: Lands End Canvas
Bag: Urban Outfitters
All Jewlery: Forever21 (they have a killer bracelet selection right now!)
As a 4 year anniversary present, the boyfriend actually ordered the classic black MAC for me so I had envisioned the outfit with it. Unfortunatley, it hadn't arrived by the time I jetted off to NYC... so didn't get a chance to complete the look! However, it's here now and it's beautiful. He did well! I love that he looks at my polyvore account for present ideas. So smart!
And here's a shot with Eugenia and Nadia from the always amazing Polyvore team. Notice the bag?
f21obsessed. I loved getting my hands on it (thanks Nadia). The leather's so buttery soft and the amount of bling on it is perfection.
Later on in the day, my friend and I took on NYC... which basically meant that we ate our way through it. I transformed the look by putting on boots (made for walking) and a cow skull tee I recently scored from H&M. I kept the jewelry the same. This necklace from Forever21 can really be dressed up or down in a flash.
(With my friend Lauren on the Brooklyn Bridge.)
Next it was afternoon tea and scones at Alice's Tea Cup on the Upper West Side. I had the raspberry and chocolate scone (on the left), while Lauren went for the goat cheese and basil (on the right). We both had Alice's tea which tasted ever so faintly of roses. It was... blow your mind delicious. I'm not the biggest tea drinker, so I went into this whole excursion (Lauren's excellent idea) with some quiet skepticism. I walked out converted.
Next we located the Chelsea Hotel since Lauren and I bonded over Ryan Adams and Leonard Cohen as random college roommates our freshman year.
It was almost a chilling moment to finally see it in person. So many words I've been inspired by were written inside those exact walls. New York itself kind of feels like a big Chelsea Hote in way. So many great people with great ideas have hammered out their dreams, won and lost, struck it big or died in obscurity on that tiny, little island. California feels so new sometimes.... even living in the midst of Haight Ashbury like I do, I don't get the sense of history I always get each time I visit NYC.
I can't count how many times Lauren and I listened to "Hotel Chelsea Nights" and on repeat as we "studied" in our room (a.k.a. talked).
Leonard Cohen's "Chelsea Hotel #2":
A big thanks to Lauren for being such an excellent photographer and letting me "steal" all these photos!
Happy 8 year friendship anniversary, Lauren! (The trip was 8 years to the day from the weekend we first met!)
And the hugest thanks imaginable to mark for the opportunity of a lifetime!