{NYC 4567} Central Park // LES // East Village // Lower Manhattan // The High Line

posted on: September 28, 2012

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Remember the time we went to New York City and I lazily put off finishing up the rest of the vacation posts?  These memories shall not go to waste, and so we must continue.

Had to show Adam the beauty that is Central Park on our 4th day.  We had a delightful picnic in the park and spent the afternoon exploring.  That evening we had a magical New York moment when we felt a few raindrops and ran 2 blocks for cover, able to take shelter at a tourist gift shop.  I forgot how spectacular East Coast storms are.  The city goes from calm to complete storm chaos in just seconds.  

{Day 4 NYC Recommendations}

WHERE TO WALK: Take 5th Ave up to Central Park and then walk through the park.  We took Madison Ave. back down and happened to stumble upon Laduree!
WHERE TO EAT + DRINK: Our picnic in Central Park was complete thanks to our accidental discovery of The Plaza Food Hall.  We got delicious, fresh sandwiches, and iced coffees.  As mentioned macarons from Laduree are a must.  Dinner was vegetarian Korean fare at Hangawi.
WHERE TO SHOP: It's always fun to drag your unassuming boyfriend into Tiffany's to make him really uncomfortable
LESSONS LEARNED: Don't talk to anyone in Times Square.  They prey on tourists and we were naive enough to purchase tickets to a comedy show, even though we knew better.  Next time, I'll stick to your recommendations and avoid lying sales people!

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A brand new neighbourhood to discover, was the East Village/Lower East Side.  Looking back, I wish Adam and I had spent more time there and would even consider staying in the East Village next time around.  It was just full of life and personality, very much like our hood here in Vancouver.  What's with the East side of cities, right?  

{Day 5 NYC Recommendations}

WHERE TO WALK: We could have spent days walking the East Village.  So much to explore, so little time.
WHERE TO EAT + DRINK: Coffee and/or ice cream from Van Leeuwen. On the way back to our hotel, we stopped for drinks and appies at CafĂ© Habana.  Their corn on the cob is a must.  Also had a fancy pants meal at Spice Market in MePa.
WHERE TO SHOP: Stumbled on Tokio7 Consignment Shop and had to refrain from purchasing Chanel, Dior, et. all at bargain prices.  A real gem.

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Tried fitting in a ton on the last day and a half, leaving us with the post NYC exhaustion.  Took the subway to Battery Park, where we made our 10 second acting debut in a Bond No.9 Video.  Then we explored Ground Zero, braved Century 21, and then walked all the way over to The High Line.  I know, my feet are still upset about it.  On our last day, we went back to SoHo and took the train to Grand Central Station.  Tried to do some afternoon reading in Bryant Park and were both falling asleep!  Perhaps 7 jam packed days in the New York heat was ambitious, but we'd surely do it all again.

{Day 6/7 NYC Recommendations}

WHERE TO WALK: Battery Park for views of the Statue of Liberty.  We avoided the crowds at the 9/11 Memorial and did a self guided tour through St Paul’s Chapel of Trinity Church.  Very powerful.  On the other side of town, The High Line was worth the walk.
WHERE TO EAT + DRINK: Got our pizza fix at Numero 28 in the East Village and then a few blocks to McSorley’s Old Ale House for beers.

Phewf.  NYC recapped, if you have any specific questions please don't hesitate to ask :)

outside the box

posted on: September 25, 2012

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T-shirt and pants from Plum // Scarf from Front and Company // Alden Rae Wrap bracelet // Aerosoles Loafers // xo Bella Bag

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As seen on the FASHION Magazine Style Panel:

I’m a recent convert to the world of oversized clothing.  Since I’m technically top heavy, I’d always assumed that it just wasn’t the look for me. But, I’ve recently learned that the beauty of oversized pieces is that they’re full of styling possibilities! Using the power of accessorizing, I try to break up this often boxy silhouette with a long necklace, scarf, or belt.  This magically centres the outfit and counters any perceived added width.  To complete this cozy autumn look, all you need is a pair of skinny denim for balanced proportions, and a large cup of hot chocolate for warmth and deliciousness!
And don't forget to check out how the other bloggers rocked the boxy look!

the hurriquan

posted on: September 24, 2012

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sheer floral blouse from plum // black forever 21 blazer and jewellery // american eagle denim // colour block zara heels // BCBGeneration clutch from the bay

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it's confession time.  it has been slighlty less motivating to get dressed in the am, since the contents of my closet are currently strewn all over the apartment.  adam has now nicknamed me "the hurriquan", as it looks like a hurricane blew through our apartment and left it in a state of emergency.  purses in the living room, clothes on the floor, jewellery on the desk, shoes...well, shoes are just everywhere.

it's time to tackle the mess.  any hurriquan preparedness/closet organizing tips you could share?

{hire me} capital Q creative

posted on: September 20, 2012

Time for a SOCIAL MEDIA ResQ!

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Capital Q Creative specializes in social media training, ongoing community management, blogging, and campaigns/events.

For more info, be sure to browse the brand NEW Capital Q Creative Website 
{made by the mighty talented Kait Jones}
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Just for fun, I set off with SC Imagery to make a mini video to celebrate the launch of the website.  We spent the day at Granville Island Market buying goodies and then headed back to my patio summer home office to get some work done.  My favourite moment of the film is when a fan of my blog spotted me and asked for a photo together.  Having a video camera follow me around and a fan approach me?  Pretty sure I felt like a mini celebrity for a moment in time!



If you have any questions, please email me aliciafashionista@gmail.com with "Capital Q" in the subject line.

{insta} monday life

posted on: September 17, 2012

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Join my insta-life @aliciafashionsita on instagram

1. Saturday night out for Miss Melissa's birthday 2. A little Joe Fresh bergundy nail polish for fall
3. My fav new arm party featuring F21, Anthropologie Watch, and Bfrend bracelet 4. Shopping at Vancouver's new Splendid LA store
5. A rooftop patio full moon experience 6. Fashion's Night Out Vancouver
7. Views from the Bowen Island Ferry 8. Photos and fun with Her Waise Choice
9. A feast at Havana's with Coco and Vera {before her trip to Paris} 10. New loafers on The Drive

neutral

posted on: September 14, 2012

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splendid grey jersey boxy top // black drapey oxmo jacket from plum // second denim yoga jeans // dolce vita joust ankle boot // khaki green tote bag from xo bella // borrowed nixon watch

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grey skies, some of my favourite neutral pieces, and a cup of coffee.  yup, fall has arrived!

{styling} framework magazine - the september issue

posted on: September 13, 2012

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a day in the life of a {framework girl}
photographed by kale jf photography
make up + hair by jessica noujeim
styling by aliciafashionista
modelled by emma of next models

a big thank you to bria and her two amaaaazing interns rhya and kathryn.  as well as a special thanks to matchstick coffee roasters, front and company, the flower factory, crave on main, and tara parker tait pr.

don't forget to check out the entire september issue of framework magazine!