Location: El Luchador, NYC
Skirt: Old (similar here, here, and here) | Sweater: Zara (similar here, here, and here) | Necklace: Chanel (vintage) | Boots: Stuart Weitzman 5050 boots | Skateboard: 5boro NYC | Jacket: Express (Similar here, also love this one, vest version here)
There was this brief moment of clarity when it was 15 degrees outside and I looked at Stephen and said, “who the F decides to start a fashion blog in the middle of a NYC winter.” I swear, every winter I decide I’m moving back to California. When people talk about the East Coast they always say, “but you have the seasons, I love the seasons,” well…if you mean it’s freezing all winter, ridiculously humid all summer, and nice for about three weeks every fall, then yes we have “seasons.” But alas, I drank the NYC Kool-Aid and despite the inconveniences, crowdedness, and astronomical cost of living I can’t imagine living anywhere else. Luckily, NYC winters bring with them unpredictability and brief patches of 50-60 degree weather. I think it’s sort of interesting how SoCal residents will bundle up during this type of weather, whereas New Yorkers practically throw on shorts and decide outdoor seating is an option again. This day at El Luchador was one of those days.
Before I get called a poser, I did skateboard when I was in college. I wasn’t of the kickflip/skatepark variety (I did attempt to drop in on a halfpipe once…not smart) but it was something I did for fun with my friends on summer nights. Stephen and I also collect skate decks from the different countries we visit, typically with artwork from local artists in each location. Finding a deck from some of our travels has actually proven to be quite difficult. This board is from the NYC brand 5boro and, although it isn’t from one of our trips, I have always liked the design on this particular deck. It does seem to take inspiration from Our Lady of Guadalupe, so I apologize if anyone finds it sacrilegious. I customized this board at Tactics boardshop with gold trucks and blush pink wheels, because a monochromatic deck deserves a pop of color just like any outfit. You know how they always say you should clean out your closet every few years and throw out anything you haven’t worn in at least two? Well, this jacket defies that theory and is a perfect example of why my closet is overflowing with pieces I just might want to wear some day. I’ve had this leopard print topper for eight years, I haven’t worn it in five but suddenly felt compelled to throw it back into rotation. In fact, it’s so old that it was purchased in a mall along with a Cinnabon, this was probably the last time I was in a mall — however, not the last time I was in a Cinnabon. Although I do love patterns, leopard print isn’t at the top of the list, for me it can read “pimps and hoes” or “Miami beach cougar” really quickly. I wanted my outfit to lean more Supreme X Kate Moss and less ‘Hustle & Flow’, so I kept the rest of my outfit sleek and minimal with “hints” of gold. This is the vintage gold Chanel chain that I have previously described as one of my favorite pieces, it has an urban edge that can toughen up a cutesy dress or add street cred to a monochrome look. If anyone else is on the petite side, wrap skirts are a great solution. Especially if you’re like me and don’t always want to hit the tailor with a new purchase. A true wrap skirt (like this one), not a faux wrap, can easily be adjusted to not only fit but go high-waisted, low-rise, A-line, or pencil depending on how tight you wrap it. In order for this to work you have to disregard the built-in button closures and secure it with something else (another opportunity to personalize it). I secured this bouclé fringe skirt with giant gold safety pins I found at M&J Trimming. The skirt is double-wrapped but as long as the darts are in the right spot you could even triple wrap it depending on your needs. Since I want to keep my job at “Chotchkie’s”, I emptied out the jewelry box and clustered my gold and aged silver brooches on the skirt to add some mandatory flair. The Stuart Weitzman 5050 boot is no secret to most women, they are my go-to anytime I need a flat or a little leg coverage. This boot is also well known for its narrow shaft, so if you have thin calves and are tired of tall boots slouching, they will be your new best friend. I think the shape of the toe and the narrowness of the foot is also very sleek and this is coming from someone who eschews flats. If you are ever on the fence about an investment piece, divide the price by each potential wear, if it amounts to pennies — take it to the register. That is definitely the case with these boots, hence, worth the heftier price tag.
P.S. The burritos at El Luchador are legit