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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.

Watch Me Whip, Watch Me Chambray

NYC Style Blogger Annamaria Stewart wearing the WAYF Kiera Ruffled Chambray Off-the-Shoulder Bell Sleeve Dress, Nike Country Belt, Rebecca Minkoff Silk Patterned Blue Bandana, and Stuart Weitzman Nudist in Patent Leather Adobe Aniline Color, The Shopping Patch, Spring Fashion, Statement Sleeves NYC Style Blogger Annamaria Stewart wearing the WAYF Kiera Ruffled Chambray Off-the-Shoulder Bell Sleeve Dress, Nike Country Belt, Rebecca Minkoff Silk Patterned Blue Bandana, and Stuart Weitzman Nudist in Patent Leather Adobe Aniline Color, The Shopping Patch, Spring Fashion, Statement SleevesLocation: Souvlaki GR, NYC
Dress: WAYF | Belt: Nike Country (for Western style belts with a little edge I really like the brand B-Low The Belt – check out this one, this one, and this one from Coach 1941) | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman (patent leather – ‘Adobe Aniline’ color) | Scarf:  Rebecca Minkoff (Indigo color)

I hate my name. It’s not that I hate the name ‘Annamaria’ itself, I hate that for some reason people find it extremely difficult to say, with 90% of attempts landing on AnneMarie as if that is somehow a more common name. AnneMarie is such a frequent substitution that I’ve given up on correcting people and just go with it. When you factor into the equation that I can never find my name on one those “custom” gas station name trinkets (that I would never actually buy but find irritating on principle…) it’s a frustrating situation. Ironically, my entire family has always just called me Maria, so I’ve always gone by Maria, leaving me to explain to people during roll call and graduation that NO, Maria is not my middle name.