Monday, May 25, 2009

Urban Ventures Part II

Today, well I guess technically yesterday, my bestie and I ventured into New York City to have pretty much the best day ever.

What I wore: Necessary Objects dress, vintage lace shirt, random belt, Gap bag, boots from some store in London, jeweled ring on a gifted chain, Mom's sunglasses.

Photography was prohibited in the exhibition, and I would have snapped some illicit photos but I really didn't want to risk getting kicked out!
But anyway, it was amazing. I salivated over a Swarovski crystal covered Versace jumpsuit and about ten original dresses from the collection John Galliano designed to celebrate Christian Dior's one hundredth birthday.
I wish clothes were still how they used to be in the thirties and forties: simple, elegant, architectural, classic. The whole idea of conceptualization and making ugly things pretty didn't exist then; fashion was just about making gorgeous things. Nothing was trendy or unusual, but it was all beautiful.
Same thing with the models. The exhibition does a really excellent job of showing how the concept of the ideal model has changed so drastically in the past eighty years or so.
Get yourself to the exhibition if you can! It was stellar.

After we saw the exhibition we wandered around the museum for a while. Both of us especially liked this painting by Joan Miró.

Luke being studious with the Paul Klee paintings, which I love.

The sculpture garden had really excellent light.

I take awkward pictures.

We wandered down Madison Avenue and found Sant Ambroeus, a perfect little European style restaurant. Both of us ordered the Il Marinaio from the "afternoon tea" menu: crab, shrimp, avocado, and mayonnaise. It was one of the most delicious things I've ever eaten. And I had peach juice, which was surprisingly yummy.

I had hazelnut gelato there that was as amazing as any that I ate in Italy. It was perfection.
We took our desserts to Central Park.

I think Central Park is my favorite place to take pictures. Ever.

This croissant was so good.
The park was gloriously sunny and pretty. Luke kept telling me to stop using the word glorious, but everything about the day was.


By some twist of fate, we ended up right near the Alice in Wonderland statue! It was so cool, but there were little kids climbing all over it.
There were plaques in the ground circling the statue with quotes from the book.

Madison Avenue is such a treat to walk down. This was in the window of Giuseppe Zanotti, I was practically crying.

We walked about a zillion blocks because Luke wanted to get a new shirt.
I fell in love with this sequined vest but restrained myself from buying it.
I tried on a grey dress too, which was amazingly comfy and loose and perfect. And Luke bought it for me! He is the sweetest.

I made him pose for this. Isn't his new shirt totally snazzy? He looks sharp in purple.
What he wore: Old Navy linen shorts, first a Target shirt and then an H&M one, Rainbow sandals, Ray-Ban sunglasses, Guess watch.

We overheard the cashiers in H&M talking about a street fair, so we tracked it down. We shared an arepa, which was so delicious, and he dragged me to every stall that sold knockoff sunglasses.

Oooh, artsy.

We pretty much had a perfect day. I love New York City so much. It's one of my favorite places to be with my friends, and with Luke especially. We always have a good time. Where do you like to visit with your friends?

Stay tuned, I have a stunningly fabulous DIY project to show you very soon.

86 comments:

WendyB said...

Boy, you did more things in NYC in one day than I manage to do in a month!

jayne said...

wow I'm jealous you went to the museum!

Your dress is adorable!

I love NYC with my friends too. My good friend lives in the East Village, so every so often when we have a long weekend we leave college and take the bus up for some fun! :)

Suzanne said...

thnx for your sweet comment! i love your dress, it's very nice!
x

Maggie May said...

I want want want to go to Central Park. YOu are adorable.

Lottie said...

looks like great fun!
ty for thhe award,it means so much!
plus i love the sequinned vest
xx

pretty face said...

oooh I am very excited by the prospect of the DIY project...

but don't you think you'd get a little bit bored if everything was *just* designed to look beautiful?

piglet said...

That does seem like the perfect day.
The exhibition sounds so interesting, its a pity I would have to fly millions of miles to get there!

Robin said...

I love the striped dress.
Looks like an incredibly fun day.

Robin
http://threadbearthoughts.blogspot.com/

alice said...

I like your dress a lot! And the food looks soooo delicious!

Parapluie said...

That sounds so wonderful!

Ania said...

seems like you've had a glorious ( ;D ) day, good for you!
love the necklace

xxx

The Haute-Shopper said...

Sounds like you had a fabulous time! Thanks for sharing - I love the pics. The exhibit sounds fantastic as well, wish I were there... sigh. And last but not least... love your outfit!

Damsels said...

some of my favorite places to shop in NY !

i adore that dress . a necessary garment in your wardrobe .


weweredamsels.blogspot.com

Talk Pretty To Me said...

Sounds like you had a great time. I would absolutely love love love to see that Model and Muse showcase! Can't wait to see what award you gave me ::big smile:: love that sequin vest a lot!

xoxo
J

www.talkprettytome.blogspot.com

kelly said...

what a fun and exciting day!! there's always something to do in the city! love your blog! have a wonderful memorial day !@

Emma said...

oh my gosh I miss NYC! I interned there last summer and it is just the best place ever.

Besides CA- where I'm about to move to haha.

Looks like you had fun. I love the Alice in Wonderland statue (and everything about that book). Like your blog a lot!

Love,
emma
http://www.lucindaandjane.blogspot.com

Sandra said...

thanks for your comment! :)

i really wanna go to NYC some time, it's wonderful..

nice pics, xoxo.

Couture Carrie said...

So fun! Love your dress!

I live in CT too :)

xoxox,
CC

Kristin said...

Oh Guiseppe what you do to me! You look adorable btw!

Princess Liberty said...

Great pictures !

Manja said...

No way! I was thinking about buying that sequined vest today when I was at H&M (but I didn't, either :( )

It seems like you had an awesome day! I really like Miró, too :)

RockerJewlz said...

Wow what a day! I'm so glad you shared it and you did it so well I felt I was there with you...except I couldn't taste the yummy goodies you ate!

I totally get your thoughts about clothes from the 40's era. Would dress that way all the time if I could find the vintage treasures. Fashions were designed to fit women with curves.

I recently watched the original film "The Women" and was so happy when this black & white film turned to color for the fabulous fashion show...and the women all had meat on their bones!

kirstyb said...

Dress is lovely and i miss New York xoxox

Jimena said...

wow...ur trip was so fun...
and ur dress is lovely
xoxo

La Fée said...

ooh I love the lace top with the stripy dress!!!

Jessica said...

I love the dress and your hair! ♥
You look so sympathic :)

Alice. said...

Thank you for your lovely commet, I love the detail on your dress, love the hair!

Alice. said...

I would love to switch links :)

zoe. said...

i love your dress, ahhh H&M never fails to amaze!

Lori said...

thanks for giving me an award hun ;)

ahh i'm going to nyc a month from today! this just made me more excited

Marinu said...

great blog! yes summer ahahha
i follow you babe:)

Raez said...

aw! i wish i was there:) i would have snatched up that vest if I were you, though ;)

and thank you for the comment dear, you're too kind♥

xx
Raez

The Clothes Horse said...

Great striped dress. The sequin vest looks awesome!

Sylvia Cunningham said...

My goodness girl, you DID have the perfect day! I was hanging onto every word, scrolling through all the pictures like oh my god, oh my god, it just keeps getting better...IS THAT ICE CREAM? that kind of thing. I am definitely going to hit New York soon into the summer. I've heard so many good things about the exhibit. And Sant Ambroeus!??!?! SOUNDS DELISH. Your outfit is extremely lovely and you look fabulous. And what else is there to say? YOU'RE AMAZING! And Luke, P.S is so sweet for buying you the dress...I mean the sequined vest was pretty darn rockin, too. But can't wait to see that dress!

In-tree-gue said...

that sounds like quite the day =)

Randi said...

Tell Luke he rocks ...
and the sequined vest is cool!
I like to be with my friends at restaurants with very slow service and very yummy food :)
Your pictures make my eyes smile.

ally m. said...

ahhhhh that sounds like so much fun! your photographs are awesome, and i really need to do more DIY's. can't wait to see yours! =)

Nicole Marie said...

love your dress!!

lauren said...

This looks like so much fun! I can't wait to visit New York one day.

Amelia said...

I want to see that exhibit so badly! Too bad I won't be getting to NYC anytime soon. I love your dress! The stripes are really cute and it's perfect with that shirt. You definitely should have gone for the sequined vest. It's wonderful. Great post!

Flashes of Style said...

Awwe your dress is adorable! And you look so pretty. Looks like a fun day :)

Jo said...

Hey, Annie, thanx for commenting on my blog...Let me surprise you..I live in Athens..! Which yes, is a pretty historical city, but if you want to visit Greece, let me recommend an island. (It's great in summer)

heleen db said...

What amazing photos! Central Park seems marvelous. You're so lucky to live in New York, in Belgium we don't have any fabulous exhibitions like The Model as Muse! I share your opinion on beautiful clothes; although I think it's interesting to approach fashion as an art form, those clothes often aren't wearable...

dapper kid said...

What a wonderful day out :) Love, love, love your dress dear! And wow the exhibition sounds so amazing. Oooh and I was literally drooling at the shoes lol, did you go inside?

a decadent thing said...

gawd i love your blog!! haha. im so glad u came to comment, thanks love. i think your header photo is rad-der. her panties are wild

xx

carocream said...

thank youu, nice header!

Mariona said...

thanks a lot darling, kisses from bcn looks cute

Shin said...

OMG! New York is the place I want to visit so badly!! I love all the places you visit and the food looks so delicious! You look beautiful in that dress and I can't wait to see your DIY! xxoxoxoxo

Helen said...

that food looks delicious! looks like you had a wonderful day.

jessica said...

im gonna cry i miss new york so much .

kimvee said...

I've been meaning to take a picture near the Alice in Wonderland statue :) I think I'm going to stop by that European restaurant the next time I'm in the city

•¦Amy¦• said...

i've always wanted to visit the "alice" statue in the park. <3

aldonza said...

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Noelí said...

amazing dress!

frances said...

looove the sequins and the stripy dress x

Atenea said...

Thanks so much for your comment :) I have never been in New York City, I suppose it is amazing!!
kisses from Spain

jules said...

That looks like such a super day in NYC! I love it so much when there are street fairs, they always seem to happen when I am up there as well. Thank you for trying to find the store, those are the most amazing shorts I have ever seen!

Bere Tarde o temprano said...

yo quiero ir a NYC otra vez!!! aaah yo tambien tengo la foto de Joan Miró "ceci est la couleur de mes reves!!!"

me hiciste recordar!!! me gusta tu look!

Katy said...

Yay NYC! lovelyyyy header, by the way.

chicweeknyblogspot.com

come visit me!

xAZD said...

wahhh! sounds like such a fun time.
check my post on the exhibit!

http://xazddesign.blogspot.com/2009/05/highly-recommended.html

Ella said...

italy looks like such a lovely place to go to!
and H&M is always great :)

Sweet Things said...

u have nice blog

patricia said...

i actually stopped breathing for a second there when i saw that Alice in Wonderland statue. that's fantastic. x

Ty Ty said...

cute outfit! i wish i was there... luv the giusseppe zanotti sandals <3 xoxo
thanks for commenting!
Ty Ty

Beatriz said...

one of my dream trips has always been ny *

Georgia said...

i may have fallen for that sequinned waistcoat (or do you say vest in america??)!

also your blog is so happy, i love it!

It would be mine

Katie said...

Thankyou so much for your comment :)

Your blog is pretty darn awesome too! I've always wanted to go to New York. The only time I've been to America is to visit Disneyworld, Florida, which was pretty darn awesome, but a tad typical.

I had no idea there was an Alice in Wonderland statue! Lewis Carroll is perhaps my favourite author. You've given me yet another reason to go to NYC before I die. It looks absolutely amazing.

Thanks again for the comment! I'll be sure to check back here soon >< I think I'll just sit here a few more minutes and drool over all your clothes, if you don't mind ;)

Carlijn said...

thanks for your comment! i love that sequined vest you were trying on and your necklaces are realy nice!
xo

Parapluie said...

(Oh, you said you gave me an award which is so very lovely! Thanks! For some reason I can't find the post about it, would you send my the link? Sorry!)

FASHIONconfectionairy said...

Wow, seems like such afun day. A museum, shopping, park, food! I have only been to NY a few times ut never for very long, sounds like fun. And I adore you're dress outfit!
XOXOX
Libby
http://fashionconfectionairy.weebly.com

paola said...

your dress is just stunning! i want it!!!

Grace Like Kelly said...

What an amazing day, your adorable...love it!

diane said...

Your blog is really cute. I loved the Romeo and Juliet post, and the sequined Jak & Jil pumps.
Your naturally wavy hair is superb.

Kandace said...

I love Central Park too and I really want to see that exhibit. Hopefully I can go soon. O and I adore your dress.

Morena Doll said...

Thanks so much for the comment.
But it seems as if my blog was messed up and only the last half of my post showed up. I'd love for you to look at my post again because it's full now, I fixed it. :)

this wheel's on fire said...

this post made me smile :)

Sammi said...

That sounds like so much fun! PS, thanks for adding me...

xAZD said...

i don't think i saw the jumpsuit...! I only had time for a short visit. When I revisit I'll look out for it! And yes, the last few rooms were soo godly... I loved all the hanging mannequins. So eerie-cool!

http://xazddesign.com

Annie said...

Ah-- the vest! How could you resist?

Your dress is awesome too

Lucie said...

Oh my LORD! Im so jelous you have a H&M that huge! Its my favourite shop ever!

i love museums, too. I think we must be pretty cool geeks, dont you think? hehe. I think you can get loads of style inspiration from educational places!

And your dress is gorgeous! Ne York City, here i come =]

Love x

Gracie said...

What an action packed day.

I need to get to that exibit.

Gracie.

Krystal said...

ny is a city i love! you look fab x

José said...

Hi Annie,

I was reading along about what you're saying about food and was talking to my buttons (that's an expression that we use here in Portugal, can't remember yours): it seems that she seldom eats good food :-)

Have a nice weekend,

José

Kristiana V said...

ohh,why didn't you buy the sequined vest? it's amazing :)
<3

Laura Gerencser said...

Love the dress!:)

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