Saturday, May 11, 2013

ivy clad streets

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West Village is a very charming corner of Manhattan that we clearly don't frequent enough. We wandered all the way down here for dinner a few nights before I left for the summer. Our own neighborhood has kind of an austere, monolithic feel to it- with Columbia's big stone neoclassical structures, Grant's tomb, giant gothic cathedrals,looming pre-war dormitories, and massive granite steps to surrounding parks. West Village feels so much more cozy and quaint with its little brownstones, cobblestone streets, and ivy- colored brick. It's the kind of neighborhood that makes me feel like maybe I could want to live in manhattan long-term, if this was the kind of vibe I could soak in regularly. There's a reason we don't and probably won't live here though. It's awfully swanky and everything is so expensive. Fun spot to walk around though.

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I got this cute cat bow in a little basement store in Harajuku when I was living in Japan last summer. I somehow have never photographed it and it's almost been a whole year! how weird. I love how cute the little cats are, and how the bow is a more Japanesey shape- like what you would see on a yukata or kimono. I also prefer to wear it with trousers or shorts so I don't feel too girly and doll-ish.



bow: harajuku
coat: thrifted in japan
top: joe fresh
jeans:papaya
shoes/bag: vintage/thrifted

21 comments:

  1. You always look so happy in your posts. :) I never knew an area like this could exist in Manhattan. It's so adorable! I LOVE ivy-covered buildings.

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  2. that jacket was a wicked find

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  3. the west village is my favorite neighborhood in manhattan but yes, SO expensive! maybe someday.

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  4. This is a very gamine look- love the rolled pant legs and shoes especially and you buttoned the coat. Such little but great detials.

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  5. I love the west village. So expensive, but so pretty! gorgeous photos!

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  6. Oh maaannn this makes me want to go to New York so bad. These photos are so good. You look fabulous. x

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  7. So jealous of your shoes :)

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  8. This outfit is perfect! I love the little popped collar on your jacket!

    -Katie

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  9. So pretty, absolutely gorgeous photos.

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  10. loveeee to the bag, so cute and versatile. great buy!

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  11. ugh i was going to ask you where you got that jacket until i saw japan! arghhhh! oh well, you're so damn cute i can hardly stand it. this outfit is like perfection in my book! ugh just love it! AND THE KITTIES!!!

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  12. yay this look reminds me of charlie chaplin <3 it's so amazing ! <3 :)

    http://coeursdefoxes.blogspot.com/

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  13. That last picture is just magic :) I love your look. Swing coats are one of my favorite styles.

    Oh man, I would definitely move across country if I could live in the West Village. It is my ideal setting. I love being in cities, especially old ones. Ivy and brick are just so pleasing to the eye.

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  14. I'm pretty sure I used to have that exact same bag! I got it from a thrift store and used it until it fell apart.

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  15. What a great place to wander around! You look so cute in your jeans and classic jacket. I'm kind of in love with your cat print bow too!

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  16. Love your outfit and your jumping pictures! and I absolutely adore all your Japan purchases!.

    www.thecatyouandus.com

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  17. come to cleveland and have coffee with me
    http://splitcrownnarcissus.blogspot.com/

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