What better way to spend my last day then with an NYC themed OOTD video. This one was filmed by one of my good friends, Kendrin; also known as Koid24 on Instagram. Filming is his thing and I am so happy we manage to get a little collaboration video in before I left permanently.
The vision was most definitely in sync: I couldn’t be happier with the end result.
Kae and I were treated to a lil’ bowling date by Kendrin & his bae a few weeks ago. Just sit back, relax, and relive a NYC night with me.
My entire weekend was super chill – I spent it with my closest family members with no crazy celebration and it was honestly perfect. I like it when things are simple.
My sister was sweet enough to take my daughter and I out shopping and for lunch Thursday afternoon. I’m super stoked about everything she got me – the clothes perfectly fit with my new maturing style.
Friday was date night for the boo thang and I. We ate some Mexican food, had a few drinks and enjoyed each other’s company. I cherish easy going nights like these.
Kudos to darkotheshooter for the OOTD photo. Expect a full post on my birthday outfit next week.
Saturday, my mother took Kaelynn and I to the flea market. We use to go to the flea market ALL the time when I was younger, so reminiscing on that was super awesome. Oh, and to top it off: my mom gave me a whole 25$ to spend on myself. That may not seem like a lot, but when you’re go-to racks are the dollar racks – that’s what I call a shopping spree.
I was super excited about everything I got that I decided to film a haul video. I am definitely planing a few more trips to the flea market this summer. There are always hidden gems at the market.
I have a love/hate relationship with New York City.
As a born, & raised, New Yorker, I can’t help but love this concrete jungle. I’m always bringing up the idea of moving to another state where suburban life is the norm, but as soon as I imagine it being my reality, I can’t help but feeling scared, and nervous. The city life is my life – it’s all I know.
But with the serious issue of gentrification currently happening in the city, this home doesn’t really feel like my home anymore. Brooklyn is my hometown, and though, historically speaking, gentrification has happened here before, experiencing the change that my neighborhood is currently struggling with – Brooklyn is literally a mini-Manhattan now – is the worst feeling in the world. Local bodegas are being replaced with coffee shops, and beautiful homes, with classic, New York architecture are being replaced with huge condos, filling up the neighborhood with baby skyscrapers. It’s insane.
The moment they built a Starbucks down the block from my house, was the moment I realized gentrification won.
There are still a few places in Brooklyn that completely captures my feelings of home; this location, a train yard in Bushwick – now known as East Williamsburg – brings me complete comfort and bliss. My boyfriend introduced me to this yard a few years back, and it has since become one of my favorite places to spend my down time.
It isn’t the most safe place, though – I’ll be honest. My boyfriend has told me some wild stories of violence, sex and drugs taking place here. But, as weird as this may sound, growing up in the projects of East New York, Brooklyn, that is home. It’s rawness brings me feelings of familiarity. Those are qualities of my New York, the New York I grew up knowing.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for living a safer lifestye, but I can’t deny that there is a culture dying due to gentrification. It’s a hard adjusment when all you’ve known and who you’ve known*, disappears.
*Blame the increase in rent; the average New Yorker needs to make 26$ an hour to afford a 2 bedroom apartment.
This tee, which I mention in my September Favorite’s post, was given to my boyfriend by a local graffiti artist who I’ve had the pleasure of working with. I really wanted to style this tee because it’s a color that I normally wouldn’t gravitate towards. My boyfriend still hasn’t worn this tee for that reason – we genuinely like to stick to our dark colors. Either way, I was up for that challenge, and immediately thought of this location as the perfect environment to style it.
I wanted this look to be relatively casual – with the basic jeans & tee combo. I threw on this specific flannel because the yellow, vertical lines in it matched perfectly with the tee. For shoes, I added my lace-up booties because they have been my latest obsession, and, because I love adding a bit of boho into my everyday life, I topped off the outfit with my black Brandy Melville fringe cross body.