Hiya and happy Friday. Last weekend while judging the fashion contest at LIC Flea in honor of New York Fashion Week, I met some wonderful emerging designers, creators and vendors. I loved participating in an event that supports individuals pursuing their dreams. I felt a kinship with them since I’m doing the same. Super inspired by these men and women, I felt connected. Naturally, I got caught up with Deepti, who imports jewelry and accessories from India and scooped up an AMAZING handmade hammered metal choker which I’m wearing in an upcoming style post. I had to stop myself from buying every bangle she had for sale. I adored meeting Jessie Goldenberg, owner of The Nomad Truck, who began her mobile boutique (also e-commerce) in April of 2013. She carries boho inspired apparel items plus locally sourced and handmade jewelry. The experience inside was exactly like she described as, “a little bit gypsy, a little bit rock ‘n roll”. Jessica Aspen Niamath from Aspen Tree Vintage had an awesome assortment of vintage clothes which she sells at the LIC Flea and Etsy, as does Paradox Thrift Shop, which included a curated collection of the best vintage earrings around. And then there were the women behind El Dordo Gift Shop which sold imported textiles and items sourced from Columbia. I especially loved the handwoven drawstring bucket bag which is not only on trend, but handmade by artisans from the Central American region.
I can’t wait to head back to do some more shopping (and to support my fellow dreamers and makers). LIC Flea is just a quick train ride on the 7, E, M or G trains and has epic food trucks to check out while perusing the market. For all you beer enthusiasts, starting this weekend, a beer garden will open featuring artisan brews from Queens. Word on the street is they will be serving $2 beers from 4:30PM to 5PM this weekend. Check it.
Have you guys snapped out of laid back summer vibe yet? I totally have. To me the start of a new season is like New Years Eve, therefore no excuse to not set some concrete goals. Both my therapist and acupuncturist (and Dina too) remind me about the power of positive thinking so alas, I’m manifesting really good things ahead. Like for starters, this advertorial for Starbucks I’m featured in, alongside four other emerging lifestyle bloggers. Check out our daily coffee routines, with a few tips on how to transition into fall with style. I’m in good company with Catherine Sheppard from The Life Styled, Melissa Middleton from JNSQ, Rachel Martino from RachMartino, and Stefanie Unter from NY Fashion Hunter.
A few of my other goals include working with more one-on-one styling clients, a new Your Soul Style weekly feature, spreading the message of “style from the inside out” further and contributing to a well-known, NYC-based lifestyle website. Stay tuned! “Almost every successful person begins with two beliefs: the future can be better than the present, and I have the power to make it so.” ~ Unknown
What do you want to happen over the next six months? Start somewhere. Start now.
photos via jeff thibodeau
My inspiring friends behind Tribe Alive, a lifestyle brand that utilizes a passion for fashion and responsible commerce, recently returned from their trip to Central America where they were able to see first hand the positive impact they were making on the lives of women living in extreme poverty. While the launch of their first collection of handbags and jewelry is just around the corner on November 1st, co-founders Carly Burson and Ashley Faircloth are eager to start on the second. Meeting the women from these marginalized areas was equally a life-changer for Carly and Ashley as it was for the artisans. The trip was nothing short of a beautiful, eye-opening experience which bonded them tighter to their mission and strengthened the desire to create even more opportunities in the developing world.
With that said, through a Tilt Campaign, Tribe Alive is inviting you to join their movement by humbly asking for financial support to help fund the launch of their second collection. An opportunity to become a part of building a brand that empowers impoverished women through design, we can all contribute to doing good and giving back. Hope is the message and fashion is the medium.
Watch the emotional video that captures the spirit of Tribe Alive here and head over to the site for complete campaign details and to make your donation.
I’m incredibly proud of what these two women have accomplished in such a short amount of time, and honored to be a part of the tribe. Now it’s your turn to get inspired and become a part of something bigger. Open your hearts and minds and join me. xx jenny
Stay connected with Tribe Alive via website/blog, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for product updates and a look inside Carly and Ashley’s journey.
photos via michael newsted
Hello and happy Friday! In honor of New York Fashion Week which kicked off yesterday, I’ve been invited to judge a fashion contest at the LIC Flea Fashion Weekend event. I’ve always been a mega fan of flea markets, and growing up used to make weekly visits with my Mom and/or friends to check out the goods. I remember in middle school picking out my first pair of bell bottoms at Bonnie’s Jeans which was the popular denim booth. Think cut off denim shorts with printed tights and a floor length open cardigan atop. I was also obsessed with the guy that sold Grateful Dead patches of which I sewed onto my backpack. Yup, that was me.
Flea markets have certainly evolved since then and LIC Flea is full of emerging and local designers, who this weekend will be highlighting vintage, curated, and hand-crafted clothes and accessories. It’ll be up to me to choose my top three favorite vendors in three categories: apparel, jewelry and accessories. There will also be a fashion show! Super excited to be a part of an event that supports new, local and emerging designers. Join me on on Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 6pm in celebrating NYFW and LIC Flea Fashion Weekend!
LIC Flea is located in Astoria at 5-24 46th Avenue at the corner of 46th Avenue and 5th Street, and just a short walk from the 7, E, M or G train.
See you there! x jenny
Hello friends! I hope you had a most amazing labor day weekend! We spent a couple of days outside the city, but were mostly local, super mellow and enjoying the extremely rare silence of the urban jungle. I cannot believe summer has unofficially ended and while the weather through September remains warm (hello 93 degrees in NYC yesterday!), fall is conceivably here. This will likely come back to bite me in the ass three months from now, but I am excited for it! I’ve come to the conclusion that I equally love a chunky sweater as much as a long bohemian’esque maxi dress. #Truth
With that being said, this season bigger is actually better. Oversized coats, knits, pants, etc. and who doesn’t love cozy and comfortable when the temperature starts to decline? I’ve been making mental notes of my “uniform” which will consist of an oversized sweater, a relaxed pant, comfortable booties, a giant scarf, topped with my Urban Outifitters hat that I’ve legit not taken off since purchasing, and a bold red lip. I’m also debating a major haircut situation, but remain on the fence. One that resembles Beyonce’s. Should I bite the bullet and go for it? What do you guys think? Other items on the wish list are a Tibi cardigan, this Alice + Olivia coat, this Acne Studios scarf, a wear-with-everything BLK Denim sweatshirt, a turtleneck sweater from Zara (and this cardigan and this crewneck too). I am also loving these faux leather joggers and a faux fur coat, Free People jacket and Mango cocoon coat because outerwear is just as essential as what’s underneath since always on! I already scooped up these because after embracing my sportier side last year, I’m ready to kick it up a notch.
Do you have your “uniform” picked out yet? Get in touch with me for personal styling via Keaton Row so I can put together a lookbook(s) for you. I’d love to help you get locked and loaded for the season. And remember the service is free. All you pay for is the clothes you buy!
photo via we the people