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NYC Style Blogger Annamaria Stewart wearing a cropped cable sweater by Maria Dora, Self-Portrait navy leather moto skirt, vintage gold 90s Chanel chain belt, and Stuart Weitzman Nudist Sandals, pictured at The Bowery Market in NYC - The Shopping PatchNYC Style Blogger Annamaria Stewart wearing a cropped cable sweater by Maria Dora, Self-Portrait navy leather moto skirt, vintage gold 90s Chanel chain belt, and Stuart Weitzman Nudist Sandals, pictured at The Bowery Market in NYC - The Shopping PatchLocation: The Bowery Market, NYC
Sweater: Maria Dora (I also like this one – lower priced options at end of post)  | Skirt: Self-Portrait (similar high, medium, and low option here and here) | Belt: Chanel  (similar here)| Shoes:
Stuart Weitzman

As the temperature drops and the leaves change in NYC we’re constantly reminded that summer is over and my favorite season, fall, has begun. These first signs of fall not only signal the fast approaching ability to layer again, but it also marks the start of back to school. They say it all goes down in the DMs but in our household it all seems to go down in the fall. I moved to NYC in this transitional season, got married during this beautiful crispness, and now we’re moving…to a new apartment. This move has been a several month long process that included wallpapering, furnishing an apartment from scratch, and purging a decade’s worth of accumulated stuff. We happened to start this move the exact same week as NYU move-ins which severely delayed our Container Store order and made Zipvans a scarcity. This coincidence got me thinking about all the different types of people that live in one city, all at such different stages in their lives, and all looking to organize it with shelves, bins, and custom closets. The way our neighborhood has changed over the years is remarkable, there are at least ten new apartment buildings that have popped up and now with the arrival of Hudson Yards, rent continues to skyrocket; having gone up almost 50% since we first arrived. They say millennials spend the majority of their lives trying to figure out how other millennials afford their lives. But seriously, how are so many of these 20-somethings, that seem to arrive in droves, able to afford this city with its rapidly increasing cost of living?

Legalize Tweed

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.

Spread Love, It’s the Brooklyn Way

NYC Style Blogger Annamaria Stewart wearing Self-Portrait Chained-Up mesh-paneled crepe mini dress, Gucci feline buckle web belt, and Stuart Weitzman black suede Heist pumps, pictured at Shelter Pizza in Williamsburg Brooklyn, with a vintage 1970's bike - The Shopping Patch NYC Style Blogger Annamaria Stewart wearing Self-Portrait Chained-Up mesh-paneled crepe mini dress, Gucci feline buckle web belt, and Stuart Weitzman black suede Heist pumps, pictured at Shelter Pizza in Williamsburg Brooklyn, with a vintage 1970's bike - The Shopping PatchLocation: Shelter Pizza, Williamsburg – Brooklyn
Dress: Self-Portrait (similar vibes here and here) | Belt: Gucci (I also like this one and this one) | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman (kind of obsessed with this pair and this pair at the moment) | Purse: Chanel

Personally, I love a patriotic palette and have this weird pull towards clothing items that sport the spirited American Flag. When we go shopping Stephen will mockingly point out every star-spangled piece of apparel he sees. This is a common trait of female shopping buddies, when a mutual friend is missing you’ll pick up items that they always wear with an added, “if Karen were here she would totally buy this.” My love of red, white, and blue doesn’t stop at clothing; I can also appreciate a little flag flare when it’s tastefully done in interior design, another passion of mine. When I was a Girl Scout, you could create your own merit badge – I chose interior design and leveraged my bedroom overhaul as the test space for the badge requirements, very Troop Beverly Hills of me if I do say so myself. My parents would have described my younger self as “precocious,” but when you live in a one TV household and HGTV is on 24/7, you pick up a few tricks of the trade and an affection for mood boards, accent walls, and house flipping. Needless to say, when you combine my loyalty to Team USA and my penchant for a statement wall, I was immediately drawn to Brooklyn’s Shelter Pizza and this corrugated metal flag adorning their rustic facade.