Thursday, January 6, 2011

nyc trip - what i wore

Well, as promised, this post will show you what I wore on my trip to NYC last week.

Our flight left Oklahoma City at 6am last Thursday, December 30, 2010. For the flight, I just wanted to be cool and comfortable. I also didn't want to squish my fedora in my luggage, so I wore it.

{Black felt fedora with feathers: Burlington Coat Factory - I think I paid around twelve bucks for it. Long printed shirt: thrifted for a couple of dollars. Gold scarf: I've owned it forever - it is a nice big scarf which can double as a thin blanket when traveling. ;)}

Here we are in NYC on the way to our hotel. I am posting this one to sort of show you my very cool silver snake bracelet that I got at The Rink Gallery {local vintage shop}. I eyed it for at least a month before deciding to go ahead and get it. I think it was maybe $60, which is way more than I would typically spend on anything, because I am a cheapo.

{In this pic, left to right: Jen, who I have been friends with since we were five years old; Whitney, my dear friend who hosts my LifeGroup at her house each week; me; Katherine, a lovely and fun friend who is also in my LifeGroup.}

After dropping our luggage at the hotel and changing, we ventured out into The City. We ended up at Serendipity about three hours after putting our name on the wait list. It's a popular place. :)

{Fur trimmed cape: thrifted; sheer sparkly undershirt: thrifted.}

Here's more of that outfit, which went through a few variations throughout the night. This is in front of the bright and cheery window displays at Bloomingdale's.

{Same cape and undershirt from above, also a Calvin Klein tank from Burlington Coat Factory, which you can see better in a following pic; fabulous purse was a Christmas gift from my friend Brandie - it's a Fossil; sparkly skirt I've had for awhile from some teen store at the mall, probably Charlotte Russe or Wet Seal; thick black leggings from Ross; tall grey socks: probably a Christmas gift from my mom a couple years ago; Jessica Simpson shoes: thrifted - they were brand new, never worn. :)}

When I spotted this "405" on a building we were passing, I knew we had to get a pic representin' our area code. :)

{At this point, it was getting pretty cold outside, so I added a scarf I had just bought earlier at H&M for three dollars. Also, I should mention The Coat. I bought the coat at Goodwill for $9.99 - it is 100% wool, with a real fur collar. Heck yes.
Oh yeah, and in this pic, left to right: me, Katherine, my confidant and friend Brandie, and Whitney.}

We stopped back at the hotel, where I simultaneously shed and added some layers. I ditched the cape, since it was pretty bulky under the coat, and I added another H&M scarf, purchased by and borrowed from Jen. This is in our hotel bar area. We stayed at The New York Helmsley.

{Here you can see my embellished Calvin Klein tank that I got at Burlington Coat Factory - it has that perfect loose fit. Also, my resin bracelet from the Dollar Jewelry Store. What-what! ;) Oh, and my sweet hair, colored by my sweet friend and hair girl, Jamie. Tell me if you want her info!}

We had to get a pic on the streets of NYC of me as I turned thirty! Here you can see the doubled up H&M scarves. :)

{Fun fact: I am holding Brandie's phone here, which has a pic of she and I and a couple friends celebrating her thirtieth birthday in Vegas last June. We also did a "12:01" pic of her there. :)}

The next morning was the big day, when we headed down to Times Square for a lonnng day waiting to watch the ball drop. Of course, I had to be extra-fabulous in order to stand out in the crowd of over a million people! ;)

{Ridiculous fur hat: purchased at Bess & Evie's vintage shop in Dallas for $45; cheapo dangly gold earrings from the Dollar Jewelry Store; necklace you can't really see, haha: Kohl's; cream-colored CuddlDuds undershirt from Ross to keep me warm; gold bracelets from the Dollar Jewelry Store; same gold scarf and awesome coat mentioned above; cream-colored sleeveless jumpsuit: thrifted; and The Boots!!! Let me take a moment to tell you about the boots...I was shopping at a huge thrift store in Dallas with Jen, when I spotted these boots. Right away, i could tell they were made of nice leather, and when I picked them up, I saw they had a red leather sole. The breath was knocked out of me and I nearly fainted, because everyone knows that Christian Louboutin's all have red soles. Alas, they were not CL's, but they are freakin' VALENTINO'S!!!!! Seriously. I am not lying. In size 8, my size! For SEVEN DOLLARS AND EIGHTY-SEVEN CENTS!!! I really did almost pass out! And I think I will do a post showcasing them on here soon. :)}

Now, you know I had to do some crazy makeup for my thirtieth birthday/New Year's Eve in New York City. This look was inspired by Ke$ha's We R Who We R video, and Florence + The Machine's Dog Days Are Over video. Those two videos got my brain turning, then I made my own look from the ideas. :)

{I used mulberry-ish and orangey-brown shades of eyeshadow by MaryKay. I can't think of the names of them right now. Also used some gold eyeshadow from CVS and red glitter from WalMart, haha. And Jelly Fish lipgloss by Hard Candy. And of course, my favorite mascara, CoverGirl LashBlastFushion.}

I decorated this umbrella in hopes of making it on tv. That did not happen. Also, there was no precipitation. :)


The next day, we set out to see a bit of Chinatown and a Broadway show. I stopped by the doors of The New York Public Library for a quick pic.

{Head wrap: the Dollar Jewelry Store; shirt: thrifted; coat: borrowed from Whitney; purse: gift from Brandie; black jeggings: by Elle, from Kohl's - I searched forever and tried on endless pairs of skinny black pants, jeans, and jeggings before I found these; Frye boots: found on clearance at Marshall's for $70 - for Frye boots!!!}

I soon realized that leaving my hair down would not work with that head wrap, so I twisted it into the New Yorker high messy bun while riding the subway. And I felt so cool! ;)

{It makes me laugh that Katherine and I were pretending to be cool New Yorkers on our phones in this pic, since there is definitely no cell service on the subway. haha}

Despite everyone's warnings about how cold it was going to be there, it actually wasn't too bad. I even got so warm later walking around and searching for Carrie Bradshaw's apartment, that I ended up shedding the coat for a bit.

{We cropped out the No Trespassing sign and chain at the bottom of the steps!}

And then, sadly, it was the final day of our trip. Jen and Whitney and I woke up early to go see the Met and Central Park. This was the same outfit I would wear to the airport, so I donned the fedora again.

{Fedora: Burlington Coat Factory; vintage long sleeved black jumpsuit: thrifted; H&M scarf purchased there; H&M vest: thrifted here in OKC; Frye boots: Marshall's.}

And there you have it: my outfits for New York, listed in exhausting detail. I am pretty sure that you only read through this entire post if you were verrry bored at work or are ridiculously into clothing like me. So, if you read it and weren't bored to tears, let me know! Or if you just want to say how cute I looked, that's okay, too. ;)



  1. The train photo with your messy NY bun is the best! Also - I'm obsessed with your hair color. I need more details. Is it red and pink? Love it.

  2. it is red and pink, kathleen! thank you for loving it. :) when i first got the red, i also got a lot of pink all through it. this time i just have one big chunk of pink, basically at my right temple area.

  3. you are just too fabulous for words!! looks like so much fun, and i'm super jeal about your pic on carrie's front porch!!

  4. Love you and very bored at work!! Loved the detail, could so hear you telling me . . . kinda like back in the day when I would tell you movies ;)

  5. stephanie~
    if only i could be as fab as YOU! :)


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