Making A Statement in New York City

These streets will make you feel brand new....

New York Street Style 5

I just returned home from a week in New York. 

There are so many ways to fill time in that brilliant city — New York shines in the warmer months, there’s something uniquely magical about New York spring days. Jay-Z wasn't lying, you guys. I knew I'd be in for a treat this past week, and truly, as expected the city delivered. 

Soho View

We'd be staying in the NOMO, it's a hotel I found myself complimenting each time someone asked -  btw - I highly recommend it - we were tucked away from the madness up in our 19th floor light filled room and the service was stellar every day. (🙌🏽 to the gentlemen that gave me a free coffee as I rushed to an early morning meeting at my publisher's office after a 3 AM rock show night - who does that to themselves you guys?!) 

On the list of favorites of this trip: VBar & Cafe (French cafe vibes with a Smashing Pumpkins playlist), and While We Were Young (they gave us gummy bears with our check! and you'll want to instagram every corner of the glossier pink space) both are in the West Village, and then Bô Cà Phé in Soho (cheap French wine & Vietnamese noodle bowls, I went twice). 

On this trip I scheduled almost every hour ... days filled with meetings and catch up coffee and wine dates with girlfriends and then Ben had 2 shows and a Colbert show appearance (!!!). 

 Oui We, STAY

NOMO Soho: 9 Crosby St. NYC

Oui We, DRINK & DINE

VBar & Cafe: 225 Sullivan St. NYC

While We Were Young: 183 W 10th St. NYC

Bô Cà Phé: 222 Lafayette St. NYC

NOMO Kitchen: 9 Crosby St. NYC


As I was preparing for this trip, as I always do, I contemplated what I could fit into 1 carry-on and 1 big backpack. And it occurred to me... I truly never feel quite myself when dressing in NYC. I regularly advise to pack a few vintage dresses and all the basics whenever asked for a packing strategy ... yet somehow, I always feel that I'm missing something when I pack that way for New York.

So on this trip I asked myself - what's usually missing? Why don't I feel my chicest...? (Or what am I having to steal out of my fashionista friends' closets while there, PERKS of having fashionable friends) and here's what occurred to me - in New York, more than anywhere else, statement pieces make a big difference.

So this go round I approached things a bit differently. I still considered vintage, but rather than my standard day dresses, I opted for high waisted pieces, coupled with kitchsy T's by day for example, and things with a bit of flare and sparkle at night ... I chose things that in any other city might toe the line in regards to the drama of the piece... I have a sequin jacket that's literally been a game changer (who doesn't feel on fire in sequins?!) and a velvet one too and I added those to my nightly ensemble and felt immediately dressed up. I added a vintage beret and oversized sunnies by day, and this time, even when running around from meeting to afternoon coffee date (like I am in these shots) I felt I had my style back. 

Oui We, Wear in New York

The city look is effortlessly chic in a refined way. A jacket layered over slim separates with a statement bag and dark shades is always a good way to go. From Topshop to Opening Ceremony, there are so many brands that embody the city girl spirit (and so many places to shop in the city, of course).

For me however, on a writer's budget I'm not so interested in shopping, but rather repurposing things I have. So a t-shirt with a fun message or story, paired with high waisted flowy pants in a bold pattern can totally have a girl standing out. Honestly - the day I wore this outfit, I was stopped 3 times by people with cameras to snap a photo of my outfit - hey that in itself is a confidence booster 👋🏼. Funny how that works, it's not an expensive outfit or one that was tricky to put together, just something a bit bolder than my usual running around options.

New York Street Style
High Waist Striped Pants

Here's a few versions of the same type of look, mix & match any of the t-shirts with the printed pants:

What About The Shoes? 

New York is a place where everyone walks. It's imperative to pack the right shoes to be able to cover miles in a day: lace up flats, an elevated pair of sneakers, or wedges are all good choices. Right before my trip I received these wingtips from Johnston & Murphy and I have to say, I wore them day in and day out. I took a look at a few of the other options J&M have, and truly they've got the city style down. 

Wing Tips in the City

And the Bag

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I've mentioned quite a few times before, I've been wearing my leather backpacks pretty much everywhere I go, and I typically choose one that will fit down inside my carry-on to make room for an extra bag for my laptop and things. If I've got meetings it's good to have something a teeny bit larger to keep a notebook, camera, etc inside. I've never been a designer bag girl, however, spending just a little bit more on a well-made bag is so worth it. 

New York Street Style 3

Btw! Our next Cheat Sheet is coming this week. Here's the first one if you missed it! I've got mine up on my mood board in my office, make sure to get on our email list to get those and our astro reports too. 

Talk again soon babes.

Wanderfully yours,

Andi

*photos by Christine 

**shoes in photos provided by Johnston & Murphy
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Andi Eaton

Andi Eaton is a creative director, author, entrepreneur, and cultural influencer in a variety of media. She produces Oui We (ouiwegirl.com) the modern bohemian's guide to everything from travel and style to beauty and holistic wellness. Andi and her projects have been featured on Domino, Glitter Guide, A Beautiful Mess, Southern Living, SELF, Hello Giggles, Refinery 29, WWD, Elle Canada and more; in 2017 she wrapped a year of road tripping throughout the U.S. photographing and documenting travel, style and culture stories available in her new book: "Wanderful: The Modern Bohemian's Guide to Traveling in Style".

3 Tips: Visiting the West Village on a Budget

I always love a visit to New York. The city is home to several of my best girlfriends - the girls that share ideas, life perspectives and inspire each other to continuously step up the game (love having friends like that). And! For the last two summers Ben has had several days of tour break in NYC which means he and I can plan time there too. I usually avoid the tourist destinations - absolutely do those if you're going for your first visit - however, if you want to relax a little and stay out of the hustle and bustle it's surprisingly not too difficult to make that happen.

I typically stay in the West Village or Brooklyn, depending on which of my girlfriends is taking me in. This past month I was there on the Summer Solstice (my favorite day of the year I think!) and was able to spend 3 days in the West Village with my friend Christine.

I feel a kindred spirit connection to the Village... poets, musicians and the bohemian stars all spent time there. The trick is it's easy to drop every penny you've planned to spend in NYC in one fell swoop if you don't plan wisely. As a writer myself I like to channel Edna St. Vincent Millay who described her life in New York as "very, very poor and very, very merry" and approach my West Village time on an artist's budget. So here's a few tips on how I enjoy the neighborhood without breaking the bank.

3 Tips for Visiting the West Village on a Budget

1. Dine Alfresco.

While it's tempting, in this case I don't mean at a sidewalk cafe. I love making a picnic lunch and taking it down to Hudson River Park. I suggest visiting Murray's Cheese, grabbing a pre-made salad or a few snack type items and creating your own little gourmet set up. There's also several little wine shops to grab a bottle. Legally I'm not sure if you're allowed to bring wine down to the river, so check that, however adding a little rose champagne to your travel mug shouldn't draw much attention.

2. Immerse into the Arts.

Speaking of St. Vincent Millay, The Cherry Lane Theatre (she was a founding member), whose stated mission is: to cultivate an urban artist colony, honor our groundbreaking history, and engage audiences as partners in creating theater that illuminates contemporary issues, is the oldest continuously operating off-Broadway theater. The mainstage productions can cost you upwards of $65/ticket, however the studio events are often half the price.

I also highly recommend spending time gallery hopping. Galleries are typically free to visit and I, for one, can spend an entire day roaming the halls of galleries and museums. There's a good list of galleries to experience here and for the most part, you can just wander in off the street and take it all in.

3. Create Your Own (Outdoor) Adventure

One thing I absolutely love to do on a New York Summer day is to get dressed up (keep the flats on though!) and head out on foot. I'd honestly rather walk 2 miles than take the subway, and it's one of my favorite ways to explore the off the beaten path, historic locations in the Village.

Walk the length of the High Line - the architecture is stunning and the gardens and plant life along the way is meticulously cared for. Maybe stop midway for lunch or a coffee, and then continue to wander the Village streets. Take a walk by Patchin Place, once home to e.e. cummings, and if you're a fashion lover you must stop by the Carrie Bradshaw House from Sex and the City. Of course in the show Carrie lived on the Upper East Side in a rent controlled apartment, the actual house which sold for almost $10 million is in the West Village on Perry St.

I'd love to hear from you guys! How do you travel on a budget? What are your favorite New York destinations?

xoxo,

Andi

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Andi Eaton

Andi Eaton is a creative director, author, entrepreneur, and cultural influencer in a variety of media. She produces Oui We (ouiwegirl.com) the modern bohemian's guide to everything from travel and style to beauty and holistic wellness. Andi and her projects have been featured on Domino, Glitter Guide, A Beautiful Mess, Southern Living, SELF, Hello Giggles, Refinery 29, WWD, Elle Canada and more; in 2017 she wrapped a year of road tripping throughout the U.S. photographing and documenting travel, style and culture stories available in her new book: "Wanderful: The Modern Bohemian's Guide to Traveling in Style".