NYC Style Blogger Annamaria Stewart wearing a rainbow tweed mini dress, Forever 21 punk cross leather belt, Rachel Roy fringe shoulder sweater, and Sam Edelman Hazel Pump in Hot pink suede, pictured at Lupe's East L.A. Kitchen in SoHo, NYC - The Shopping Patch NYC Style Blogger Annamaria Stewart wearing a rainbow tweed mini dress, Forever 21 punk cross leather belt, Rachel Roy fringe shoulder sweater, and Sam Edelman Hazel Pump in Hot pink suede, pictured at Lupe's East L.A. Kitchen in SoHo, NYC - The Shopping PatchLocation: Lupe’s East L.A. Kitchen, NYC
Dress: Old (Similar here and here) | Belt: Forever 21 (Similar here and here) | Sweater: Rachel Roy | Shoes: Sam Edelman (Color: Hot Pink Suede)

Ahh East Coast vs. West Coast, a rivalry that many tattooed tears have been shed over. I feel a bit torn between the two coasts and I’m going to paraphrase Dr. Dre here to explain why, “Cali is the state that raised me but New York is the city that pays me” (I took a lot of liberties on that quote). On the one hand I grew up in California, I love the sand, surf, sun, and… car. On the other, New York is where I started my “adult” life. I love the convenience, fashion, and arts in the Big A; especially the fact that you never need a reason to be dressed up. But above all else, I love Mexican food, which California has New York beat in spades, with one major exception: Lupe’s. Of course you’ll find some great fusion Mexican restaurants in NYC, but it’s that Cali street style that owns my heart. My dad is basically the original Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. Dude knew about food trucks before food trucks knew about food trucks; basically a cheap eats visionary. So needless to say, when he puts on Fleetwood Mac and takes you to the back of an East Palo Alto bodega for lunch, you know you are in for some solid Mexican nosh. Maybe it’s because I grew up on this style of Mexican fare that I consider it to be the superior south of the border option, but to me Lupe’s is a little SoHo gem that settles my longing for the Golden State. NYC Style Blogger Annamaria Stewart wearing a rainbow tweed mini dress, Forever 21 punk cross leather belt, Rachel Roy fringe shoulder sweater, and Sam Edelman Hazel Pump in Hot pink suede, pictured at Lupe's East L.A. Kitchen in SoHo, NYC - The Shopping Patch NYC Style Blogger Annamaria Stewart wearing a rainbow tweed mini dress, Forever 21 punk cross leather belt, Rachel Roy fringe shoulder sweater, and Sam Edelman Hazel Pump in Hot pink suede, pictured at Lupe's East L.A. Kitchen in SoHo, NYC - The Shopping Patch NYC Style Blogger Annamaria Stewart wearing a rainbow tweed mini dress, Forever 21 punk cross leather belt, Rachel Roy fringe shoulder sweater, and Sam Edelman Hazel Pump in Hot pink suede, pictured at Lupe's East L.A. Kitchen in SoHo, NYC - The Shopping PatchNYC Style Blogger Annamaria Stewart wearing a rainbow tweed mini dress, Forever 21 punk cross leather belt, Rachel Roy fringe shoulder sweater, and Sam Edelman Hazel Pump in Hot pink suede, pictured at Lupe's East L.A. Kitchen in SoHo, NYC - The Shopping Patch Since I’ve highlighted cheap eats, let’s talk about cheap threads. This belt was probably $10, I found it at Forever 21 and it’s surprisingly well constructed. I think a little edginess when mixed with a proper fabric, like tweed, gives off a hip Moschino vibe, a brand infused with just the right amount of kitsch to keep things fun. Although the rainbow bright palette already takes this dress a few notches back on the ladylike scale, I still opted to ditch the pearls and add some punk. Since the weather this summer has been rather unpredictable, I brought along this Rachel Roy sweater with a yarn and ribbon fringe shoulder. It ended up warming up so I’ll have to highlight the sweater some more in the fall. My hip housewife vibe was completed with a hot pink suede pump, the perfect combo of classy and cool (yes, I also really enjoy alliterations, something you’ll just have to get used to). NYC Style Blogger Annamaria Stewart wearing a rainbow tweed mini dress, Forever 21 punk cross leather belt, Rachel Roy fringe shoulder sweater, and Sam Edelman Hazel Pump in Hot pink suede, pictured at Lupe's East L.A. Kitchen in SoHo, NYC - The Shopping Patch NYC Style Blogger Annamaria Stewart wearing a rainbow tweed mini dress, Forever 21 punk cross leather belt, Rachel Roy fringe shoulder sweater, and Sam Edelman Hazel Pump in Hot pink suede, pictured at Lupe's East L.A. Kitchen in SoHo, NYC - The Shopping PatchNYC Style Blogger Annamaria Stewart wearing a rainbow tweed mini dress, Forever 21 punk cross leather belt, Rachel Roy fringe shoulder sweater, and Sam Edelman Hazel Pump in Hot pink suede, pictured at Lupe's East L.A. Kitchen in SoHo, NYC - The Shopping Patch NYC Style Blogger Annamaria Stewart wearing a rainbow tweed mini dress, Forever 21 punk cross leather belt, Rachel Roy fringe shoulder sweater, and Sam Edelman Hazel Pump in Hot pink suede, pictured at Lupe's East L.A. Kitchen in SoHo, NYC - The Shopping PatchAlthough this dress appears to have pockets, they are just for show. Since female clothing rarely comes with the convenience of pockets, whenever I don’t feel like bringing a bag I’ll hand my stuff to Stephen to put in his. The other day he referred to himself as a “human purse,” which is a pretty funny description. Feeling used as a purse seems to be a common consensus amongst the men folk, but women have periods and babies so I consider it a fair trade. If we can carry your child inside our bodies for nine months, I’m pretty sure you can handle carrying my lipgloss and phone for a few hours; I run a tight ship.  NYC Style Blogger Annamaria Stewart wearing a rainbow tweed mini dress, Forever 21 punk cross leather belt, Rachel Roy fringe shoulder sweater, and Sam Edelman Hazel Pump in Hot pink suede, pictured at Lupe's East L.A. Kitchen in SoHo, NYC - The Shopping Patch NYC Style Blogger Annamaria Stewart wearing a rainbow tweed mini dress, Forever 21 punk cross leather belt, Rachel Roy fringe shoulder sweater, and Sam Edelman Hazel Pump in Hot pink suede, pictured at Lupe's East L.A. Kitchen in SoHo, NYC - The Shopping PatchNYC Style Blogger Annamaria Stewart wearing a rainbow tweed mini dress, Forever 21 punk cross leather belt, Rachel Roy fringe shoulder sweater, and Sam Edelman Hazel Pump in Hot pink suede, pictured at Lupe's East L.A. Kitchen in SoHo, NYC - The Shopping PatchNYC Style Blogger Annamaria Stewart wearing a rainbow tweed mini dress, Forever 21 punk cross leather belt, Rachel Roy fringe shoulder sweater, and Sam Edelman Hazel Pump in Hot pink suede, pictured at Lupe's East L.A. Kitchen in SoHo, NYC - The Shopping Patch Fun story about this belt. Before Stephen and I were married he converted to Catholicism. If you’re not familiar with the RCIA process, it’s basically classes every Sunday for sixth months after Mass, culminating at the Easter Vigil where you are officially dubbed a Catholic. Our RCIA teacher actually really appreciated my wardrobe, she would even have me “model” it before class. I’m only giving all of this color commentary to illustrate that she wasn’t ultra conservative about fashion. On one of those Sundays we did a surprise walk through of the sacristy, during the tour she kept stressing the importance of wearing “APPROPRIATE” clothing and making sure not to wear anything “OFFENSIVE,” she punctuated each of these statements by dramatically looking directly at me. I was sort of taken aback given our usual bond over this particular topic. When I got home I realized I had accidentally put my belt on upside down, so basically I was wearing an upside down cross belt in the holiest part of the church….oops. NYC Style Blogger Annamaria Stewart wearing a rainbow tweed mini dress, Forever 21 punk cross leather belt, Rachel Roy fringe shoulder sweater, and Sam Edelman Hazel Pump in Hot pink suede, pictured at Lupe's East L.A. Kitchen in SoHo, NYC - The Shopping PatchNYC Style Blogger Annamaria Stewart wearing a rainbow tweed mini dress, Forever 21 punk cross leather belt, Rachel Roy fringe shoulder sweater, and Sam Edelman Hazel Pump in Hot pink suede, pictured at Lupe's East L.A. Kitchen in SoHo, NYC - The Shopping PatchNYC Style Blogger Annamaria Stewart wearing a rainbow tweed mini dress, Forever 21 punk cross leather belt, Rachel Roy fringe shoulder sweater, and Sam Edelman Hazel Pump in Hot pink suede, pictured at Lupe's East L.A. Kitchen in SoHo, NYC - The Shopping Patch NYC Style Blogger Annamaria Stewart wearing a rainbow tweed mini dress, Forever 21 punk cross leather belt, Rachel Roy fringe shoulder sweater, and Sam Edelman Hazel Pump in Hot pink suede, pictured at Lupe's East L.A. Kitchen in SoHo, NYC - The Shopping Patch While we’re on the topic of sacrilegious fashion, similarly, many years ago I wanted to buy a rosary to wear as a necklace. My mom practically had a stroke and forbid me to do something so “offensive.”
–   I promise offensive isn’t a common term used to describe my wardrobe I’ve just clustered both examples here to hit home the point. –
Being a teenager I ignored her request, brushing it off as her “not getting it,” after all, Pauly D did it and he was Italian and Catholic AF. Come to think of it, I presented her with the Pauly D example, it didn’t help my case. On a random shopping excursion, I stumbled upon a cool rosary piece at a vintage store, just as I put it around my neck, it eerily broke into three pieces onto the floor (you could also read into the added symbolism of three pieces but I’m chalking that up to coincidence). I felt like this was some kind of omen and decided not to tempt fate any further. Although I talk a lot about ignoring fashion rules, I try not to intentionally appropriate religion or culture in an offensive way, obviously we all have our own line. For me this belt doesn’t cross that line but I will probably avoid wearing it around any church officials… at least upside down.

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