Wednesday, January 29, 2014
New Friends: New York
Guys, I promise I won't always take photos in front of my closet. I promise. For the moment, the only times I can get in a shoot are either weekdays before work, or sometimes the weekend, assuming I have somewhere to go! And between the near-arctic weather outside (no coat? no thank you) and trying to find a place to shoot with my tripod, it's just been easier to take some shots in the warmth of the apartment. It's actually one of the million ways long-distance relationships suck-- I've realized lately that most of the vintage bloggers I follow have significant others who help out with taking photos. Unfortunately, my girlfriend's squarely in Baltimore. There's a few developments in the works that'll hopefully shake things up a bit, but in the meantime I'll be on the lookout for a little indoor location variety!
In any case, last week a friend of mine had the amazing idea of inviting over a group of women she thought ought to know each other. So over wine and a giant bag of candy, I and about ten other women from different walks of life got acquainted, and it was awesome. Post-college/grad school, it can be really hard to meet and make friends, and in New York, where everyone seems to be booked two months in advance, it's even harder. Hosting a friend meet-up is a generous and brilliant way to bridge that gap, and I hope we'll all get together again soon.
As for What I Wore, I took a little inspiration from the women in the photographs I featured last week and did a little 1930s-esque feminine menswear. It was also a great occasion to break out a new bow tie I got at the Manhattan Vintage Show the weekend before!
I could probably write a post about The Posts I Meant to Write, and the Manhattan Vintage Show would be at the top of that list. I had an outfit planned and my camera ready to go, and then a small snowstorm forced me to change the outfit. Then, right after buying my ticket, I looked up and saw a sign that read "No Photography." So... there went that post. I did score a few terrific finds at the show, however, and this polka dot bow tie is one of 'em.
I think I like bow ties because they're simultaneously an accessory and an integral part of an outfit. It doesn't have the look of an add-on, which is often how I feel about necklaces and bracelets. It's the same reason I'm looking to fill out my brooch collection, and probably why I hunted high and low for a pearl sweater collar.
This skirt is one of my favorites, less because of the color than because of the silhouette; I really like slim-cut pleats, as they can be adapted for looks anywhere from the 1920s-early 1940s (see also Jessica's gorgeous early 1940s-esque look, thanks to a slim pleated skirt).
Somehow, despite the twelve bottles of red wine at the meetup, the skirt came through the evening unscathed--a vintage miracle!
Hope you're well and keeping warm this winter--or cool this summer, to any Australian readers!