• Street x Street: 9th St.

    You know the drill: we dissect the city block by block.

    In the spirit of Back to School week, I thought I’d share with you one of New York’s best kept secrets. Ninth Street, for the NYU-ers who dare to venture past First Avenue and into Alphabet City, is a goldmine.

    As an alumna of the violet institution, I’ve walked up and down this unassuming street plenty of times. Whenever I pass by, while happy, sad, rich, or poor, I always stop to ogle at the ever-changing window displays. It’s become both a comforting and cathartic ritual.

    Ninth Street holds a special place in my heart. It was here my best friend and I pretended to shop for $500 antique mirrors we were too broke to afford. It was here my sister and I bought matching emoji rings. And, it was here, and still is here, that I buy my boyfriend the occasional card. Romance, eh?

    So, without further ado, I welcome you to my East Village haven.

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    Cadet @ 305 E 9th St. • Pinkyotto @ 307 E 9th St. • Mud @ 307 E 9th St.

    Cadet is a menswear line that captures the “spirit and nostalgia of post-war America.” Whether you’re shopping for a friend, a loved one, or yourself, you’ll definitely find a collection that champions clean lines and crisp aesthetics.

    Shopping at Pinkyotto is like picking through your best friend’s closet. They curate a a combination of Uptown fancy and Downtown chic.

    Paige, our Marketing Director, swears by Mud‘s Iced Chai Lattes. She doesn’t have them from anywhere else.

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    Verameat @ 315 E 9th St.

    Verameat is the jewelry store where my sister and I got our emoji rings. Owner and jewelry designer, Vera Balyura, individually handcrafts each ring, earring, bracelet, necklace, and brooch from 100% recycled sterling silver or 14 karat gold.

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    Meg @ 312 E 9th St.

    I love Meg. I love the store so much that right before closing hours sometime in the middle of March, I came here to buy a beautiful ancient greece-inspired silk dress for my uncle’s wedding in July. The purchase set me back a bit, but the dress was so worth it.

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    duo @ 337 E 9th St.

    duo features modern clothing and accessories. They house a lot of independent designers and vintage selections.

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    Cloak & Dagger @ 334 E 9th St.

    The clothing at Cloak and Dagger is both curated and designed by Brookelynn Starnes. She has styled for fashion houses like Valentino Prada, and Zac Posen and has also styled celebrity clients. She focuses specifically on intimate details, self-designed patterns, and luxury fabrics.

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    Flower Power Herbs and Roots @ 406 E 9th St.

    Please walk into Flower Power just to smell the place. They’ve got shelves and shelves of homeopathic herbal remedies. Oh, and telling you how nice and accommodating their staff are is telling you the understatement of the year. So nice. SO nice.

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    Pink Olive @ 439 E 9th St.

    The stationary at Pink Olive is to die for. There is everything from journals to flash tattoos to even confetti bombs. There’s also an extensive collection of cards that is so unique it puts Hallmark’s to shame.

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    The Upper Rust @ 445 E 9th St.

    Ah yes, the antique store with antique-y things I can never afford. Everything here looks perfectly staged for a closeup on Instagram. Hey, Ker, if you’re reading this, the promise still holds. I’ll buy us that ridiculously expensive floor length mirror whenever I save up enough money!

    What did you think? Will you be visiting Ninth Street between First Avenue and Avenue A anytime soon? Let me know because I want to hear what you about it!

  • Street x Street: Elizabeth St.

    You know the drill: we dissect the city block by block.

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    Elizabeth Street

    We’re not just talking about the East Village when we say that the Lower Eat Side is THE place to be at the moment. With such a close proximity to Williamsburg and DUMBO, the neighborhood is steeped in arts culture. It’s no surprise then that it’s home to some of the best restaurants, boutiques, and galleries in the entire city. And the street style? Well, it’s pretty damn amazing, too. After our stroll down Crosby Street last week, we’re excited to show you our go-to’s on Elizabeth Street. Count the number of places you’ve been (or plan on visiting!), and let us know in the comments below…

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    Tacombi at Fonda Nolita @ 267 Elizabeth Street

    Tacombi has several locations around the city, but its Elizabeth Street location is our favorite by far. Not only are its tacos and cocktails some of the best in the city, but its decor? If you’re an Insta fiend, you’ll want to head over ASAP. With a converted VW bus parked inside and a fully stocked bar serving up spiked horchatas, you’ll feel like you’re on a Mexican beach in no time. Plus, if you’ve followed our obsession with Bradley Theodore and are a fan yourself, you’ll have the opportunity to see the artist’s rendition of Vogue creative director Grace Coddington.

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    Babel Fair @ 260 Elizabeth Street

    There’s certainly no shortage of boutiques carrying contemporary labels in NYC. But how many can you name off the top of your head that carry international labels? Does Babel Fair come to mind? It should. With a wide range of options including Korean denim and Aussie street style brands, its dedication to showcasing world talent is unmatched.

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    A.B. Biagi Cafe, Gelato & Sorbet @ 235 Elizabeth Street

    I scream, you scream, we all scream for….gelato. Okay, that was lame. The point is that Biagi’s is well worth a shout. Combining Italian recipes with Brazlian flavors, you’ll find both typical flavors like cafe, cinnamon, and hazelnut in addition to flavors like acai, white chocolate & bergamotto, and goat cheese, orange peel & anis.

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    Le Labo @ 233 Elizabeth Street

    The Nolita/Bowery area has become somewhat of a hotspot for fragrance shops. One of the more popular destinations includes Elizabeth Street’s Le Labo. Here, you can find everything from fine fragrances, candles, and body products (lotions, shower gels, oils & bar soaps). It’s the perfect spot to treat yourself and your loved ones—the holidays are coming up if you’re catching my drift…

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    PUBLIC Restaurant @ 210 Elizabeth Street

    Besides a small flag outside of the restaurant, there isn’t much that indicates the existence of PUBLIC on Elizabeth Street. It’s not to be missed though. Heirloom tomato panzanella, quinoa pancakes, kimchi waffles, venison burgers… It’s not your typical menu, but it’s definitely a feast in all senses of the word. A major plus? It’s a favorite of the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, and for eight years in a row, it’s been awarded a Michelin Star.

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    Valley Nails @ 198 Elizabeth Street

    We included Valley Nails in our best nail salon round-up several months ago, and we’re very happy to reintroduce them. A go-to destination for music festival ready nails, reservations at Valley go fast. Our advice? Plan out your manicures, and secure a spot early on.

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    Erica Weiner @ 173 Elizabeth Street

    A fan of antique jewelry? Erica Weiner is your girl. You’ll find vintage-inspired pieces alongside jewelry that she and her business partner Lindsay have collected throughout their travels. Right now, we’re loving Erica’s serpent drops, synergy earrings, and two-headed snake rings.

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    Black Seed @ 170 Elizabeth Street

    Ah, the illustrious New York City bagel. Ask any New Yorker about their favorite shop in the city, and you’re sure to get a passionate explanation telling you why their favorite shop is THE bagel shop to visit. If you ask us, Black Seeds trumps them all. Hand-rolled and wood fired? Yas.

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    The Butcher’s Daughter @ 19 Kenmare Street

    This is definitely not the first time that we’ve mentioned the Butcher’s Daughter. In fact, we included it in our NYFW restaurant round-up last year. Now, with fashion week quickly coming up on September 10th, it’s the perfect time to get acquainted with the Butcher’s Daughter vegan menu. While the restaurant is technically on Kenmare Street, its market is actually on Elizabeth Street and is home to some of the most delicious natural juices and smoothies.

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    Egg Shop @ 151 Elizabeth Street

    Another NYFW favorite, the Egg Shop has been serving up delicious egg sandwiches and other egg-cellent (I had to use this…) creations for over two years. Be a part of this LES must-visit. It’s the one thing you’ll do this week that you definitely won’t regret.

    And that’s Elizabeth Street… what street should we focus on next? Let us know below…

    Featured image: Rag & Bone at the intersection of Houston St and Elizabeth Street—the shop’s Elizabeth Street wall is an ever-changing mural. It was home to a mural by Hisham Akira Bharoocha at the time we photographed Elizabeth Street. When we went back several days later, BuffMonster had taken over with Green Villain. That’s New York City for you: ever-changing and ever-surprising.

    Photography by Chris Klemens

  • Street Style: Elizabeth St.

    As a New Yorker, you learn a thing or two about living here. First: this city is the definition of rough and tough. Second: the only way to come out alive is with a friend guiding you and helping you live it up. This is where we come in. We’ve given you an inside look at the places that are essential to treatin’ yo self in our guide The City. Now, with our new series Street x Street, we’re kicking it up a notch and dissecting the city—you guessed it—street by street. Greenwich Village, Chelsea, Upper East Side, FiDi, East Village, SoHo… we’re hitting up all the neighbourhoods to give you a New Yorker’s view on the city we call home.

    Inevitably, and in true city fashion, we’ve run into some of the coolest New Yorkers with A+ style while shooting out in the streets. We saw flatforms, denim dresses, colorblocking, and mules when we walked down Crosby Street last week. This time around, we ran into winged backpacks, leather leggings, tie-dye, and rose-colored glasses. If you aren’t inspired already, this is what you should get out of this week’s round-up: this is a call to action. Nothing is too crazy or too loud so why not embrace it? Break out your crazy, because in this city, you have to stand out to fit in.

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    Rainbow hair, winged backpacks, spunky headphones, suede platforms, and black slip dresses. What’s not to love?

    Adding a pop of color to the NYC uniform, and literally looking at life through rose-colored glasses. Here for this.

    Adding a pop of color to the NYC uniform, and literally looking at life through rose-colored glasses. Here for this.

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    Taking festival style to the streets. This is the epitome of west coast vibes meeting East Coast cool.

    When you're dancing with leather leggings, we have nothing but respect. Keep on keeping on.

    When you’re dancing with leather leggings, we have nothing but respect. Keep on keeping on, Jodie Fox.

    Are you loving it? Share your thoughts with us below, and look out for the full Elizabeth St guide later this week. We’ll be sharing our go-to’s including an oh-so-cool restaurant with the best tacos and spiked horchata. Know what it is? Tune in on Friday… ✌️

    Photography by Chris Klemens

  • Street Style: Crosby St.

    As a New Yorker, you learn a thing or two about living here. First: this city is the definition of rough and tough. Second: the only way to come out alive is with a friend guiding you and helping you live it up. This is where we come in. We’ve given you an inside look at the places that are essential to treatin’ yo self in our guide The City. Now, with our new series Street x Street, we’re kicking it up a notch and dissecting the city—you guessed it—street by street. Greenwich Village, Chelsea, Upper East Side, FiDi, East Village, SoHo… we’re hitting up all the neighbourhoods to give you a New Yorker’s view on the city we call home.

    Last Friday, we took you for a walk down Crosby St. for our new #StreetXStreet series. When our photographer Chris and I were shooting this piece, we couldn’t help but stop these women for an impromptu street style shoot. So, if you ever see Chris and I approach you on the street, don’t be scared. We just really like your outfit.

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    Joyce: flatforms + reflective sunnies

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    Alexis: denim + killer boots
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    Briannah: colour + more colour

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    Grace: straw hat + vest + Balenciaga

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    Betty: silk + floral + mules

    Photography: Chris Klemens // Introduction: Daise Bedolla

  • Street x Street: Crosby Street

    You know the drill: we dissect the city block by block.

    A quaint side street tucked away in the heart of SoHo, Crosby St. features an array of boutiques, hotels, and other goodies. Let’s take a walk, shall we?

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    Rachel Comey @ 95 Crosby St

    We’re definitely going to be investing in a few pieces from Rachel Comey for that tricky transition between Summer and Fall. The color palette, fabric, and hemlines are the perfect combination for when we are eager to abandon our summer dresses, but it’s still too warm for wool sweaters. One of our favorite outfits? Dark denim culottes, a turmeric-coloured blouse, and black ankle booties. We may just have to stop by the designer’s shop and play a little dress-up.


     

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    MZ Wallace @ 93 Crosby St.

    In NYC, going from work, to the subway, to the gym, to happy hour with your besties requires a very, very durable handbag. MZ Wallace’s design philosophy is just that. Monica, designer and co-founder of the company, explains the brand’s first and most important priority:

    “We began the company 15 years ago with the goal of designing lightweight, fashionable bags. Constructed with custom developed nylons and Italian leathers, the collection is designed with the idea that function and style can, and should coexist.”


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    Crosby Street Hotel @ 79 Crosby St.

    Favourite of the stars, Crosby Street Hotel is a the definition of chic and wins for best location, accessible to the heart of SoHo but far enough removed from the hustle and bustle of Broadway. They have a full-service restaurant, The Crosby Bar, where they serve one of the city’s best afternoon teas, perfect as a means to celebrate a special occasion. On top of all of that, they have a rooftop garden on the twelfth floor where they grow insanely fresh, seasonal produce.


     

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    Soul Cycle @ 45 Crosby St.

    Not much has to be said about the extremely popular fitness cult that is Soul Cycle. And for a very good reason: it’s a killer workout.


     

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    Jean Shop @ 37 Crosby St.

    Sure to satisfy every one of your denim needs, Jean Shop houses styles for both men and women.


     

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    Miansai @ 33 Crosby St

    Venturing into Miansai for the first time, we were beyond thrilled to see seriously cute jewelry. Founder and Creative Director Michael Saiger founded the handmade jewelry company in 2008 in Miami. Since then, their collection has expanded to feature styles for both men & women. Our favourites? The mini-hook chain bracelet, modern-screw cuff ring, and the thin fish-hook necklace. As a secondary thought, they should really publicize what incense they use because wow did we want our apartment to smell like it.

     

     

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    Saturdays NYC @ 31 Crosby Street

    It’s hard to sum up the concept of Saturdays NYC and it has best been described by the company itself:

    “Determined to suit a lifestyle occupied with surfing, living and working in New York City, Saturdays began selling boards and wetsuits as well fine art and other lifestyle accessories.”

    Inside, you’ll also find the most adorable counter-top café serving up our favorite cold brew in the city from La Colombe Torrefaction. Their website is also definitely worth checking out with an online magazines & much, much more.


     

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    Paintbox @ 17 Crosby St.

    Salon of choice of Lo, Paintbox is the modern-day manicure salon. Forget everything you know about nail salons because this is absolutely nothing like it. Founded by Eleanor Langston, who previously worked as a beauty editor, Paintbox works to offer a curated set of designs and colours every season based on current trends.


     

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    Maiyet @ 16 Crosby St.

    While their pieces are on the pricey side, there’s no denying that this store is absolutely gorgeous. Many pieces from the current collection are hand-beaded and totally fit the bohemian trend we are oh-so obsessed with.

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    NOMO SOHO Hotel 9 Crosby St.

    (previously known as the Mondrian SoHo)

    A simply gorgeous hotel featuring an equally gorgeous dining area. With huge chandeliers, dim lighting, this place oozes ambiance. Previously known as the Isola Trattoria Bar & Crudo, the dining hall is now dubbed the NOMO Kitchen & Library Bar. It’s the perfect venue for celebrating one of your best girlfriend’s birthdays.

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    (via NOMO SOHO Hotel)

    Please venture down to Crosby St., these wonderful establishments await you.

    What street should we do next? Leave it in the comments below!

    Photography: Chris Klemens

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