Yesterday was my third week being back in New York and so much has happened already! I’ve paid visits to old haunts, roamed the West Village, trailed through amazing vintage shops, attended press events and shopped in SoHo, but most importantly I’ve discovered my new neighborhood in South Williamsburg. I’ve found my new local, Trophy, that serves the best drinks (and the best guac & chips at 2am), a new brunching spot, Le Barricou on Grand Street, a delicious Sushi joint that does $5 coconut mojitos (!!) to go with your salmon avocado roll, the best little authentic Mexican place (burrito lover right here) and made friends with the bodega owner on my block. Our apartment also has a rooftop with the best Manhattan skyline you’ll see from Brooklyn so I’m working on my tan up there while listening to Elbow and sipping beers.
When I first arrived back to New York, one of the first things I was invited to was the premiere of the new HBO series, The Leftovers starring Justin Theroux and Liv Tyler.
The premiere was held down in New York University and while I’m not going to ruin the story line for you, it’s a sci-fi type series and I was personally left with a lot of “What the HELL just happened?”
Justin Theroux – who is the star of The Leftovers was in attendance along with his beautiful, tanned, athletically shaped girlfriend, Jennifer Aniston. Liv Tyler was also about and I managed to grab a picture with her at the afterparty downtown at TAO along with Elijah from the hit TV HBO show GIRLS. I also bumped into the famous twins Max & Charlie Carver that appeared in Desperate Housewives as Lynette & Tom Scavo’s kids.
TV premiere, cocktails and celebrities. Perfect night in New York.
I’ve never been bitten by the Guess bug. I associated it for a long time as a sign you had been to America if you owned a Guess bag. J1 students would return from their summers in Cape Cod with Guess buckled bags hanging from their arms. Yummy Mummy’s who flew to New York to shop in Macy’s sported them in the front of their trolleys at the supermarket. Yet I never wanted one. The big G buckle never attracted me and those handbags wouldn’t fit my life in them.
Then, for my 21st birthday, my friends returned from their J1 (San Diego FYI) with a hot pink Guess wallet for me. And I loved it. Small and compact, no big gaudy G sign or buckle to be seen. It was shiny and pretty and I slotted my cards and cash in with great enthusiasm. But it wasn’t to be, and after four months I lost it on a night out.
That was the last Guess item I owned; until last summer. I’m a big black boot fan. Buckles, studs, straps, Velcro straps, gold tap top… gimme them all. I’m currently eyeing up a pair of Kurt Geiger’s and I’ve decided they will be mine by the end of the week. So when I laid my eyes upon a studded thick black boot last summer whilst browsing at TJ Maxx for wall fixtures to decorate my room with, I was surprised yet happy that they were in fact Guess and were a steal at $40! (Good ole’ TJ Maxx. TK Maxx equivalent in Ireland.) They are the sturdiest black boot I have ever owned. They’re comfy and hard wearing, water never creeps in and there’s no G buckle anywhere to be seen (a small GUESS inscription on one of the clasps instead). I’ve had them over the half year mark now and they’re scuffed and beaten from all the wear I’ve given them. But I like that look. I’ve a feeling they’re gonna stay a good while with me yet. They’re that kind of boot friend. Guess & I weren’t friends at first, but we’re together for the long haul now.
Dubbed the Woman who Dresses America by the New York Times, Lyons loves a white fitted shirt. So much so that her signature look has become a masculine fitted shirt and big, ‘geek’ glasses. But you can’t put her in that one box. As you have seen with the pictures above to which I found and fawned over on Pinterest, Lyons is a true pro of mixing masculine with feminine. She will add a wild silk printed pant with a tucked in shirt; a fuchsia pink sweater with chunky heels & a tailored pant; statement necklaces in abundance and more than often a coloured stiletto to bring the whole outfit together. While others watch the designers at fashion week, I watch what Jenna wore because as J Crew‘s Creative Director, you can be damn sure as the models walk collections, her head is already reeling as how to mix designers’ looks with J Crew’s sugar & spice.
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