Poised for a week of madness, I’m super grateful to have spent my weekend in a low key mood. Saturday I lounged around McCarren park with some friends having a fruit-and-pasta picnic before committing myself to a night of stringing up tropical pendants for Bombay Mermaid Trading Co. Sunday I devoured Mexican brunch and did some open air shopping around Williamsburg’s finer street vendors… and then I devoured a massive bowl of ramen and had a great reunion with an old friend.
All in all, a relaxing spring weekend with sunshine and a full stomach. But now it’s Monday, violets. And Monday is another story. Here’s what I wore on Saturday!
To keep myself motivated this week, I made a pinterest board full of appealing gals working, reading, and acting like bosses. I may have also included some cute pastel office supplies!
Yes, I spent more than 15 minutes doing that instead of just getting some work done… but for you visually stimulated libras in the audience, you’ll get why this was kind of worth it.
Onward into the week!
P.S. Here’s a preview of Bombay Mermaid gems on the way!
Happy Cinco de Mayo violets! I hope you’re taking full advantage of yesterday’s party planner post. I’ll make good on my word of Mexican brunch by the river & some seriously vintage Jorge Negrete films, and leave you with a photo summary of the past week or so in photos. Friends, food, and funny stuff.
…And I’ll leave you with that.
Welcome to Party Planner! This weekly series will outfit you with inspiration for your next celebration. These little mood boards are only a launch pad for the epic celebration I expect you to manifest.
Cinco de Mayo is tomorrow, so if you’re throwing a party you probably have most of the details worked out… but just in case you’re suddenly moved to celebrate or you’re an epic procrastinator, here’s a little guide and some inspiration to take your love of Mexican culture and heritage to the next level, with style!
This Week’s Party Theme: Cinco de Mayo
Get over dollar store sombreros and jalapeno light strings and celebrate Mexico’s rich culture by stopping by La Sirena in NYC for a dose of authentic folk art that will last you all year. Don a dress and clutch with Mexican-inspired print that isn’t overboard of costumey. DIY your own decor with a few simple scissor snips and some streamers in bright colors. And you may have to wait for the end of the part to do this, but once the Patrón bottle is empty, stuff it with lights and plug it in!
My personal Cinco de Mayo plans? I’ll probably visit my friend’s Mexican restaurant, Cantina Royal, for brunch. Then I’ll spend the evening watching old Jorge Negrete films. If you don’t know who that is, you are robbing yourself!
First, exciting news: Hey Mishka readers get 15% off THIS WEEK at Live Worldly using code “heymishka” at checkout. They’ve updated with amazing new items since my post, so click through & find something you love!
And now, Hey Mishka Loves…—the weekly link round-up that showcases stylish, festive, inspiring content from all around e-town. Stop by on Tuesdays to get your dose. This week I’m sharing a new found addiction to vintage MTV cartoons, DIY gift ideas, cute socks, and other worldly delights.
Need a DIY gift idea for a spring birthday or wedding? Dip-dye your own ombre napkins and gift them as a set. Obviously you should make a set for yourself while you’re at it—they’ll add some serious dimension to your otherwise run of the mill table setting.
Into the one-way mirror sunglasses trend? If so, you’ll be all over this.
Late Afternoon’s Liz Cherkasova styles her banana leaf print blazer with a pair of jeans and a tee for the LOFT #StyledToATee Contest, proving you can create major style impact with a few simple pieces.
This weekend I got semi-addicted to watching episodes of an almost-vintage MTV cartoon: Downtown. Anyone who lives in the city should have a lot of “omg, I totally relate” moments, depending on whether you tend to putter around uptown or cause a ruckus in the outer boroughs…
An extremely useful post on how to remove nail polish stains that we should all bookmark for reference.
Want cute socks for spring? Refinery29 has taken the liberty of rounding up the best of the best, as usual.
Get some workout inspiration with Nasty Gal’s latest lookbook—it has all the sex appeal and shopping-porn you expect, with a workout/fitness undertone to get you off your butt and into your neon sports bra.
Denim was never a real passion of mine until the first time I pulled on a pair of truly perfect jeans. I’ve always been into jeans casually, because they’re a no fail thing to pull on when you’re running out the door, but when I understood the difference between average baby blue’s and a fit/fabrication catered to your shape, it was like I’d opened my eyes for the first time.
I’ve been writing for Denim Therapy for a few years now, and in my various editorial quests I’ve tried on more jeans than your average denim-addict. Once in a while, a pair comes along that really blows my mind. This time, they’re by Williamsburg Garment Company. Their semi-stretch high-waisted skinnies are a dream come true in terms of fit, fabrication, and perfect 24 hour form. They also have a rad side pocket shape detail.
Photos above by Raffael Flores-Contreras.
In my never-ending search for jeans that are flattering, slimming, comfortable and legit, I appreciate a pair like these. WGC also has an inspiring business model that you can read about here. Read my full review of these jeans and why I’ll be wearing them all spring at Denim Therapy.
Hope your Monday is off to a great start!
P.S. Over the weekend I listed some gorge boho goodness at Bombay Mermaid Trading Co. Check it out and get your summer goddess on a few months early!
Artist Mallane Stanbury had her first solo exhibition at the Alice + Olivia boutique in SoHo Thursday evening (I ran over there right after the Haute Hippie styling event), packed with taste-makers and art lovers weaving in and out of floral arrangements and pop color purses.
The boutique itself was enormous and impressive, made even more exciting by Mallane Stanbury’s very cool photographs: candid high fashion accented with actual neon fixtures.
Check out Mallane Stanbury online to see more of her work.
After the exhibition I had a late dinner with Raffa at Fiat Cafe—the only place you’ll go in NYC to eat a gourmet cheese platter surrounded by toy cars and fashion magazines.
We had the ricotta ravioli with browned butter and balsamic sage, which was insanely delicious. And since we were sitting next to a giant mirror, I had to snap R gazing into his own eyes. ;} What a heart breaker.
Spring is a busy & enthralling time in New York. After a winter of hibernating with bottles of wine and Pendleton blankets, New Yorkers re-bloom to debut new ventures of all varieties. It quickly becomes a non-stop series of celebrations, saluting the New York dream of making sh*t happen! And it’s awesome.
Looking forward to all of the create inspiration and motivation spring has in store… and of course I’ll be sharing all of it with you!
Stella Jean is an Italian-Haitian designer whose bold prints and silhouettes are definitely not for wall flowers. Her customer wants to arrive with impact: with audacious good taste and a touch of jet set style. The spring 2013 collection features feminine concepts executed with audible melodic enthusiasm. Neons are mixed with jewel tones, turbans and head wraps cap off layered prints, and massive baubles add a touch of royalty to the soft-tailored separates.