if i was your boyfriend, i'd never let you go.

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Image To the jeans with a nine-inch inseam,

Thank you for finding me. I searched high on the shelves of Madewell—overpriced, but probably sturdy, and still too much for me to pay for a pair of jeans. I searched low in the recesses Gap's sale section. The fit too tight to claim to be my boyfriend's jeans. You see, I wanted  the saggy, the shredded, the "I took these right out of my boyfriend's laundry hamper and cinched them just tight enough to rest on my hips with his belt" look. Alas, I have no boyfriend to comb through dirty clothes baskets and every pair of boyfriend jeans I've found seem like they'd suffocate my metaphorical boyfriend's nether region. The boyfriend I'd steal clothes from does not wear the same jeans as me.

But I found them. Forever 21 has my back. I bought them three sizes "too big" they didn't fit just the way I wanted. They are as unflattering as I had envisioned—saggy, frumpy, ragged—and they're perfect.

xoxo,

Abbey

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[sweater-j.crew, jeans-forever21, boots-zara, bag-rm]

suit up

IMG_1053 Matching skirt sets are usually likened to Judy Bonner-esque red suits and floral patterned legging/tunic combos from pre-k. But 2014 brings with it refined digital prints and modern silhouettes worth replicating on both the top and bottom halves of your ensemble.

2013 was a year of print mixing; from plaid and polka-dot to stripes and florals, the perfect concoction of mis-matched was prized among street style gurus. This year it’s all about making a big statement with coordinating prints from head to toe. Mara Hoffman and Vivienne Tam offered their take on coordinating separates on their spring 2014 runway looks. The models used the conservative hemlines to their long-legged advantage—bathing in tribal and geometric prints.

I have been searching for the perfectly printed skirt/pant/shirt set for more than a year now—shying away from large floral suit sets, I looked for something on the neutral side; because practicality. You know.  I found it in the form of a Zara basic skirt/shirt combo and it was love. Paired with a few bright accessories and I think it will be one of my favorite professional-ish looks I so often find myself in need of.

Yeah, the Miley buns? I really have no explanation. I thought they looked cool.

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[skirt/shirt-zara, shoes-zara, necklace-dannijo, bag-dsw,  glasses-warby parker]

crooked corners

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Once upon a time, I accidentally decided to liken my wardrobe choices to that of an elementary school librarian; so I drug my best friend/cousin/photographer to the largest library on campus in the middle of finals week to take pictures of the aforementioned outfit.
I forgot how much I loved the smell of old books and running my hands along the shelves—stopping to check the dates inside the books with the most weathered spines. I also forgot the awful things florescent lighting can do to the imagined romanticism often trapped in the shelves of an almost 100-year-old library. Gorgas felt more mental institution than it did study haven. Although, passing through students with tired eyes and rumpled sweatpants buried in notebooks and laptop cords, I sensed the fraying of meninges.
Skipping through empty aisles, through books that probably haven't been opened in years—it was nice. Even if my reasoning for visiting an outdated school library was trite, I'm glad I was able to rekindle my appreciation for the underdog; crinkled, cream pages, bound with glue and tacked inside the crooked corners of a stamped spine. iPads don't smell like anything.
Currently reading: The Road by Cormac McCarthy
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[everything I'm wearing is old and you can't find it anywhere.]
Thanks Daniel for the photos.

shake that nebula, girl

I've always found solace in looking up. Sunrises, sunsets, full moons and meteor showers; the natural wonders of beyond are great for putting things in perspective—that and living in New York City. It's nice to know how small I really am, especially at a point in my life where I feel like I don't have a lot of control over what's next. I'm graduating in nine months. Hi. Good thing my family has a one year membership to the American Museum of Natural History so I can be reminded of what the sky looks like over at the "Earth and Planetary Science Wing" since there's not a star in sight over this city's skyline.
All to say, I bought a pair of galaxy print leggings to correspond with my glow-in-the-dark constellation T-shirt, for pajamas of course. Since the weather this week has been pleasantly breezy and mild, I chose to pair my printed pants with a sweater/collared shirt combo reminiscent of literally every outfit I wore October through March. I felt a bit like a modern day Audrey Hepburn if she traded her black flats for high-tops, Saturn was on her left thigh and liked bracelets with Albus Dumbledore quotes.

 
 

[sweater-zara (thanks Katy) shirt-uo, leggings-amonh, shoes-converse]
Pictures by Sydney

cotton frocks and grey streaked locks

These past few months, I've tried to make a point not to patronize any restaurant or activity, fearing I may miss out on the variety of the city. One place I haven't been able to resist going back for more is the Brooklyn Flea Market. Chock full of housewares, vintage clothes and handmade jewels; there's nothing quite like heading over the bridge to spend the afternoon eating from food trucks and envisioning my future apartment filled with the homemade accoutrements. I can count on one hand the number of tangible things I'll be bringing home with me from the summer and two of them come from the flea market. I say tangible, because if I'm being honest with you, I'm coming home a different gal, filled to the brim with experiences and life lessons I plan on carrying with me most everywhere.

One of my most favorite purchases is this simple white dress. The dress peddler told me she found it in someone's basement in Brooklyn. I plan on giving new life to this cotton gem, resurrecting it from the depths of mildew and mire because every girl needs a capped sleeve cotton frocks for day strolling, date taking and church going. One dress. Three ways. I'll let you decide for yourself which outfit is which.

Side note: there's no hiding that grey streak now that my hair is longer. Helen Mirren, Betty White, Richard Gere, Anderson Cooper, I'm joining the club in approximately T-5 years.

photos by Nina Sacks. 

bermuda, bahama

Bermuda shorts. Alexander Wang did it. Nanette Lapore did it. Mara Hoffman did it. I cursed this temptation placed on women of average height to forfeit the illusion of long legs to sport the aforementioned trend. They say trends are cyclical, but volleyball coaches and grandmothers never gave these guys up.  It may not be the most flattering look for the poster child for the 5'4/not 105 lb average-sized women of America, but I had to try it. You can be the judge. I think the heeled sandals reworked the look a bit, less middle school gym teacher and more "I dressed like this on purpose. Did you not watch the MBFW live stream?" 

[shirt-zara (similar here), shorts/bag/bracelet-h&m, shoes-bcbg]