Today I did some shopping, got way too full at lunch, and fell in love with New York City all over again. As I mentioned in a previous post, Roger was relocated to a different part of Manhattan--he's now staying along 42nd Street, about a 20 minute walk from Times Square. Luckily for him (and for me!) this condo is much newer and a lot nicer. The floors are hardwood. The bathroom has crisp and clean lines. The kitchen is super small, but has stainless appliances. The building itself has an upscale gym & spa with a built-in Pilates studio as well as in-house dry-cleaning. I don't even want to tell you how much it costs to rent.
It became very apparent this morning that the only people who can afford this lifestyle are the ones that start their work days bright and impossibly early; hence their disregard for proper drapery.
I didn't mind. It gave me time to enjoy the view and my tea before heading out for the day.
This is what I wore for my outing:
Sweater - Jacob, sale rack for $20. I thought I made a mistake when I bought it, but now I like it. Girls are fickle like that.
Necklace - Forever 21.
Boots - Aldo, last season for $40.
Socks - love! I bought these the last time I was in NYC.
These boots were meant for walking! I set off in the direction of Times Square, with no particular plans in mind. I popped into a few stores along the way, bought a pair of sunglasses (they were a necessity after getting some sort of New York street gunk in my eye--to be honest, I think it was cigarette ash), and took some touristy photos. I also got Chipotle for lunch, which proved to be big enough portion to keep me full past dinnertime.
Urban Outfitters drew me in. I have been looking for a pair of faded and frayed jean shorts ever since I got over my phase of "OMG faded and frayed jean shorts are so trashy." I don't know what caused the change of heart. When they came out last summer, I cringed every time I saw a teenybopper with their bum hanging out, but now I want a pair so badly. (Less bum on display though... I am, after-all, almost in my mid-twenties.)
How 90s and awesome is this look? I didn't buy these shorts on account of them being TOO short, but I'm on the lookout for a better pair with more coverage.
After trying on NSFW clothes, I switched gears and went into LOFT looking for business casual attire. I discovered their Petite section, which was clothes heaven for short girl like me. I bought this cropped jacket. I love the asymmetrical zippers and the fact that it fits!
I also picked up this white blouse for 40% off.
My next stop was Aritzia on 5th Avenue. While visiting the store in January, I promised one of the salesladies that I would come back for the Cohen black dress pants next time I was in the area. Guess what? She was working today and remembered me! Needless to say, I bought the pants and fell in love with a few other items. I told the girl that she was downright mean. She chose for me a couple of shirts that were exactly my style, but oh-so-out-of my price range. I shouldn't have tried them on, but I did and they were all wonderful, especially the $145 plain white sweater. Although I loved it, I couldn't justify spending that much, especially on something so basic, and not when my significant other in an Accountant. That would just not look good on the books! Haha.
Two visits in and I have officially made up my mind as to what I love best about New York: I love how easy it is NOT to get lost here! Seriously, hats off to the city planners. Numbering streets was an act of pure genius. Roger gave me his Metro pass, but I absolutely love walking in this city, especially because it feels warmer here than it does in Canada.
So now I'm back at the condo, having more tea, and admiring the lovely things I purchased today. Did I say my favourite thing about New York was the walking? Let me add one more thing--the shopping!
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