Friday, November 2, 2012

new yorkers.






Outfit Details:
Trina Turk cardigan - c/o Trina Turk
book print silk shirt - Keds (I got it from Refinery29 shops but you can get it at Opening Ceremony)
lace shorts - Madewell
bag - c/o Brahmin 
tights - c/o ModCloth
Ampersand heels - c/o Seychelles
Chloe sunglasses - Gilt



These were taken before the storm. We were lucky in my neighborhood; we're on higher ground and far enough from the water that the worst of our worries were downed trees, a few crushed cars and scattered outages. But a lot of my friends and their families were not so lucky. The skyline is eerily dark at night. But NYC is resilient and life continues to go on. It will be awhile before our city gets back to normal, but it's inspiring to see everyone coming together and helping each other out.

New Yorkers can surprise you. 

I had mini-anxiety attacks at the mere thought of mingling with the city's masses - often typecast as brash and self-serving - upon my initial jaunt to NYC, back when I was still very young. I warned my mother, always one to make friends with the most unlikely characters, not to talk to people on the streets or the subways, lest we get thrown into the train tracks or fall victim to an eye-roll. Never one to listen to me or anyone else, my mom made it her mission to start a conversation with every person she found within our reach. People gave us directions without hesitation, recommended restaurants and sites to see, and were generally - surprisingly, to an admittedly naive and presumptuous first timer like me - friendly across the board. I, like many other visitors I've had since I moved here, made the mistake of listening to the rumors that New Yorkers are an unfriendly bunch. What I realized on that first trip and what I've reiterated over and over since then, is that New Yorkers are just very focused and forever in a hurry. That's not to say there aren't those who fit that aforementioned stereotype, but you'll find them anywhere. If you stop to chat or ask for directions, you'd be surprised how many of them - how many of us - are friendlier than you'd think. And even when they're not friendly, you can sure find some interesting characters.

During times of crisis, I realize more than ever how much of a strange, sometimes unspoken sense of community there is in this city. We just rarely have a chance to slow down and recognize it.

60 comments:

  1. The tights are so so so so perfect. And the purse. And everything else. :)

    xx
    Alice
    aldasworld.blogspot.com

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  2. So glad you and your bunch are safe. Much love and well wishes to you New Yorkers from this Californian.

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  3. Beautiful. :)

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  4. I love this post not only for the cute outfit, but the written part as well! I'm not from NY and don't know many people there so I too lived with the misconception that New Yorkers are mean and careless of others. But you're right, there are people like that every where and I really can't believe all those rumors without seeing for myself!

    I'm glad to know your area wasn't affected too badly after the hurricane and I hope the rest of New York work together to rebuild the amazing city to get it up & running again soon!

    Love from California!
    -Sarah
    The Weekend Diary

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  5. Glad you're safe from the storm - some places in Brooklyn weren't so lucky.

    That's an interesting bit about New Yorkers. Even though I lived in New York my whole life, I also had the assumption that most New Yorkers were quite unfriendly.

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  6. love your cardigan


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  7. I like your bag! really cool!

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  8. Super cute tights!
    I'm glad you stayed safe during the storm!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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  9. Super cool outfit, Keiko Lynn! Your awesomeness shines again with this sweet look. I love the shoes the most of this whole outfit.

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  10. Great photo but equally great write up. Keep safe and well!

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  11. stunning look :)

    xoxo

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  12. Take care! My thoughts are with you and all the New Yorkers still without shelter and power. xoxo

    -Jen

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  13. Glad you are ok Keiko! Live your tight you always have tr best kind!

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  14. Glad you are safe and sound. Personally, I love New Yorkers! I aspire to be one someday soon! ;)

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  15. I am so happy that you and the people close to you are safe and sound. I understand how and why New Yorkers are always pegged as rude and unfriendly because my moms entire family is from New York. its a different way of living. they have places to go and deadlines to meet and they always seem to be going a million miles an hour. I didn't know any better because that's what I grew up around and that's what I'm used to.
    p.s. you are the reason I started blogging. we have the same body type, and its going to sound crazy, I know, but we have the same legs. I was always so ashamed and embarrassed of my legs until I saw a feature of you in a magazine a few years back styling a chanel blazer. its been so long that I can't remember which magazine it was, but it was a major publication... I just want you to know (which I'm sure you already do) that you are inspirational. you seem genuinely kind hearted and that's rare.

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  16. So glad you are safe! It's true, sometimes it's amazing how a community can come together.

    LOVE those cute tights.

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  17. I love your tights!! :) You´re so pretty. And I also want to say I´m happy you and people around you are safe!

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  18. Your tights are pretty amazing - Always such a cute and quirky outfit with such attention to detail!
    x
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  19. I agree, New York is amazing and New Yorkers and almost always willing to help, just don't be scared to ask. And you even wouldn't need to ask if you're really in trouble... I love this city!

    Cute look by the way!

    xo, Victoria,
    'The Wind of Inspiration' blog

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  20. Such a cute bag!

    Glad you made it through the worst!

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  21. Smashing tights! very unique!

    xx
    Jenny
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  22. Interesting tidbit about New Yorkers, it is a cliche that theyre unfriendly, one that has seem to stuck. But neat to hear a different point of view.

    Lovely tights, you look adorable !

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  23. Glad to hear that your neighborhood is doing okay. I do like those tight btw.

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  24. My family is largely in the Philadelphia//Jersey area with a few scattered about New York for work, and it's frightening to see how fragile such a bustling city is. I know that after the floods and damage in Nashville (near where I live) a few years back, the city really rose up together, and I was in awe of the sense of community and family that those around me, myself included, were a part of. I'm so glad that you weren't affected too badly, and my thoughts go to your friends and those who weren't as lucky.

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  25. hope everything recovers speedily in new york! heard some hundred Edison employees from the west traveled on C17's to help with the downed power

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  26. nothing but cute, especially the tights! :D

    Go and check my blog? And see whether it's followable? ;)

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    "repeat 'isle of view' 5 times,
    well, 'isle of view; back!"

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  27. I'm glad to hear you're safe! I hope everything will be back to normal as soon as possible.
    Love your outfit, stunning shorts and silk top!

    x
    Sabrina
    apixiesviewonfashion.com

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  28. You have the best sense of print-mixing. Love that you kept the colors plain with B&W and then print-mixed away! :) And about Sandy--I totally agree with you. I'm in NJ and my family all lives in NJ/PA so we've faced the worst of this storm. And man, people have been so good! I've had complete strangers come to my house to see if I was okay. My grandpa lives alone and his neighbors have been cooking for him every single day. It just warms my heart that people really do care, and it's funny that this is what it takes for us to see it.
    Rory
    www.WearAboutsBlog.com

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  29. This is beautiful. The outfit and the words. I'm so glad you're safe( and looking great, as always). There's so much going on in this but it all works. I feel like you have that going for you :)

    xo Ashley
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  30. great purse!

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  31. Love the tights! Glad all are ok!


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  32. Love the bag!

    Glad you were safe after the storm x

    Lubna | www.ellevox.blogspot.com

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  33. Hello Keiko,
    I really enjoyed reading your perspective on what has happened to New York, your story from your first visit made me smile. I'm glad to see that New York isn't what everyone claims it is, and I'm looking forward to going and seeing it for myself one day.

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  34. The first thing I noticed in New York was how friendly everyone was, from the guy we asked for directions handing us his cellphone to call our friend, to the random man, who upon noticing my boyfriend's band t-shirt (a 60's band), approached us (in Manhattan!) offering backstage passes as he had some he couldn't use and loved seeing the shirt on a 'young' person. To the staff in the Natural History Museum who whispered if we waited 5 minutes, we could get in free. We had so many lovely experiences and met so many amazing characters, I was pleasantly surprised.

    I am glad to hear you emerged relatively unscathed, I hope others who were not so lucky are able to recover as quickly and easily as possible,

    Kitty
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    1. I love hearing that. I'm glad you had a good experience.

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  35. Love NYC, cant wait to go back!

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  36. Adorable!!!
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  37. awesome post.. this really made me smile. and even if I'm not from new york, I'm really amazed at how people have been so resilient and helpful with all the happenings. take care!


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  38. Very cute style!

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  39. Thank you for saying something here. I've had mixed feelings while perusing my usual crop of blogs. On one hand, I want the normalcy of just checking out the latest looks of my fellow New York ladies and on the other it seemed a little weird that some were posting but not REALLY mentioning what happened/is happening. I think you said exactly the right thing. Thank you for that!
    Teen

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    1. I can't speak for everyone, but I know it has been a rough week for a lot of my peers. Everyone is just trying to distract themselves and try to keep things moving. I think I tend to use this outlet as a platform for speaking my mind/talking about issues (personal and otherwise), while others use it as an escape.

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  40. Thank you for saying something about the city. Over in Crown Heights we were fortunately left unscathed, but it's amazing the damage and hardships those in other neighborhoods suffered (and continue to suffer!).

    Like you I'm a warm weather girl (from NC, most recently) who moved up to NYC. In fact, this is my first winter here and I'm feeling a little stuck. My warmer winter coat is already to thin and I need to go on a major shopping spree on a budget. As winter (and this nor'easter) approaches quickly I wonder if you could run down (or point to a post where you already did run down) the winter essentials for NYC. I don't want to waste money on the wrong things, but I don't want to freeze either.

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    1. Amy, if you're able to make it to the Rockaways, Coney Island, or Staten Island, able bodied volunteers are desperately needed in the relief effort. I know it's difficult with the trains not running and gas being so scarce, but please spread the word! We're going out to the Rockaways tomorrow.

      Also, that's a great idea for a post. I will work on that!

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  41. Great post and so true- New York is the best city in the world. Cute outfit too. xx

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  42. Those panties. Damn gorgeous.

    x
    quoi-alors.blogspot.com

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  43. beautiful ensemble. many of us couldn't pull it off, because it's tres sexy, but you still manage to wear it and still look cute and sweet.

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  44. The tights are gorgeous and sexy, want a pair now! I love your story about true New Yorkers, it's honest and real.

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  45. It was really sort of enlightening and encouraging to hear you talk about New Yorkers that way. I have a huge fear of them, and it's something I really need to work on. It really hasn't helped that I worked so many years of retail during snowbird season down here in Florida. I remember basically losing hope in humanity based on the way I was treated during the Christmas season, when several groups of vacationing New Yorkers were absolutely ruthless to me and other customers. But I can't form my opinions based on those isolated situations. And since I see myself having to spend time up there eventually, I really need to get over it. So, thanks Keiko. :-)

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  46. This was nice to read. I just moved from Providence, Rhode Island to New York City a few days ago to do fashion photography and it's been such a nerve wracking process. Every time I come here I have met the nicest people. It's a tough time for the people of NYC but I'm glad to see people pulling together.

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  47. You're so smooth, I love your style. You're cool! =) Beautiful and amazing.



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