11.11.2012

Gilded Blossoms

Hi friends :) Last month, I approached my boyfriend with an idea: to explore a different spot in New York every week. I realized that even though I've lived in New York my entire life, I never took advantage of the city's vast offerings. Whether it's because I studied hard in high school, went to Boston for college, or interned full-time after graduation, I never took the time or effort to venture out. Now I'm happy to say that Doug and I are making the best of our weekends by going out on Saturdays and staying in to watch football (go Giants!) on Sundays. Here's a look from one of our dates:


Dress, Coat, Shoes: Zara 
Watch: Michael Kors
Bag: Botkier
Lipgloss: Dolce & Gabbana

I rarely wear a brand from head to toe, but it happens to be the case with this outfit. When Zara had its Summer Sale, I purchased the dress and coat with the intention of pairing them together. Once I decided upon the central pieces I selected the accessories: a color-block sandal, gold headband and watch, and structured tote. I chose a dark berry lip and rich cognac bag to add the colors necessary for an autumn transition. What I love about this outfit the most is its thematic element of horizontal lines. Did you notice it in the dress' gold buckle and orange accent, the bag's wooden magnet and the sandal's horizontal strap? I also have to give credit to my boyfriendwho claims to be a horrible photographerfor taking pictures that have good composition and movement, all within 25 frames!

Brooklyn Bridge



The photo shoot in front of the court house was a spontaneous detour from our path. What Doug and I originally planned was to walk the Brooklyn Bridge for the first time. As expected, there was a bustling crowd of New Yorkers, tourists and street vendors on the bridge that day. The walk wasn't too strenuous, but the two-hour wait at Grimaldi's was taxing (but worth it!). And for those who are wondering, yes, I brought flat shoes :)

What do you think about the look? I hope you enjoyed this post and see you next week!

61 comments:

  1. I think the idea of being a tourist in your own city is a great idea, I never really got a chance to appreciate the city I'm from until I moved away to college! I loved seeing all the bright colors in the Fall, it's a nice, fresh look!

    -Sarah
    The Weekend Diary

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  2. You are so beautiful!
    love your style <3

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  3. Love all the Zara picks! I love love love the heels! NY is great! So many things to see and do. I lived near philly most of my life but didn't go to NYC that often. Wish I had!
    ~Jessica
    http://jeansandateacup.blogspot.com/

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  4. Oh My Good, you look amazing!!i visited NYC this year for first time in my live with my boyfriend, and comeback soon is the dream of our live. I think that you have an incredible blog!!I follow you, That would be lovely if we followed each other. big kiss

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    1. Hope you enjoyed your stay in NY and visit again soon! I'm following you back dear :) xo Jess

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  5. You look amazing!! And the bag is to die for.

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  6. beautiful! last picture is so cute :)

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  7. such a great idea. Also you look great

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  8. i love that you are making an effort to be a tourist in your own city! too often we live in an area but don't bother to really get to know it. thanks for the inspiration... i think its time i did some site seeing in my city...
    xx
    www.atipsytart.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Pascale, thanks for your lovely comment :) I really enjoy your blog too so I followed ;) xx

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  9. p.s. following you with GFC now...
    xx
    www.atipsytart.blogspot.com

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  10. You are perfection. Everything about this look is perfect. Followed you :)

    http://bydetails.blogspot.com

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    1. Gillian, you really gave me the nicest comment ever! Thank you :)

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  11. You speak my mind out too! often, we are too busy or too lazy to go out and explore the usual things in the place we live... Love the ideas of weekends going-out and your outfit as well. The little details make it coherent and pretty! ~Love~

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    1. I'm glad we can relate :) Thanks for dropping by, I'm visiting your site now! xo Jess

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  12. what fun idea to explore the city! i'm sure there are a ton of things to see in ny... love the photo of you and your bf! super cute!!

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  13. Hi dear, you look sensational....love the graceful dress

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  14. Beautiful photos. Love especially the last one with the two of you, looking such a sweet couple! ^^

    Thank you for the comment. I don't do "follow for follow" but I really enjoy your blog and like your style, so of course I'm following you :) Thanks for asking. Have a lovely week & stop by anytime again x

    Satu
    Indie by heart

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    1. Hi Satu, didn't realize "follow for follow" was a thing but thanks for breaking your rules for me ;) We will KIT via GFC...thanks again for your feedback! xo Jess

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  15. Love this outfit! Color are great and pictures are very nice :)

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  16. This Zara dress is stunning on you, the colors are so pretty. You look gorgeous!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  17. i love the idea, because NY in my favorite city in the world...and of course your outfit...absolutely stunning!

    Thank you very much for your comment!
    I enjoyed visiting your site, and I'm following you!
    I invite you to visit my blog, and if you like it, follow me back via bloglovin!
    Wish you a wonderful week!
    Big hugs!

    Inés
    SimplyClassyMe.blogspot.com

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  18. I love the color block dress, what a great purchase! I think it is a great idea to go out and explore your own city, sometimes we get so stuck in our routines that we ignore the beauty around us.
    Chic on the Cheap

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  19. You look stunning!! Amazing outfit and you have the most gorgeous skin ever!!! I'm glad you clarified that you brought flats because I was feeling bad for your feet as I was reading about your walk:-)

    XO, Gina
    http://classyeverafter.blogspot.com

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    1. Love your comment! Thanks for your concern about my feet haha I'd like to think I put comfort before fashion ;) xoxo Jess

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  20. Wow such a gorgeous outfit-love every piece of it!!!!!! You look stunning!!!!!!!!! So glad I stumbled upon your blog-follow you with pleasure!
    Kisses
    Elena
    http://dcinstyle.com/blog/

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  21. Seems that it some kind of an error-couldn't follow you:(
    Kisses
    Elena
    http://dcinstyle.com/blog/

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  22. I love everything! Those shoes and coat especially! I wish I lived in a cool place that I got to explore :) Love the look and following you now

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  23. Hahaha Jessica you are so cute: "And for those who are wondering, yes, I brought flat shoes :)"
    Love your hairdo! :D


    -Angela

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    1. Thanks Angela! Good luck on your studies but please blog again soon :)

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  24. I love the colors of that dress and who doesn't love those heels. This is such a great idea! I am going to propose this to my bf, there are so many things in San Diego I haven't seen! So glad I found your blog, following you :)

    xo, Megan
    indie flower

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  25. i love the idea you proposed to your boyfriend to get out there and explore, your outfit is so cute! thanks for visiting and following my blog :)

    Chioma
    C's Evolution of Style

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  26. Sure let's follow each other ♥ I already am!

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  27. yes me and my bf try to explore new areas too! gotta love zara too

    Jessica
    http://www.jumpintopuddles.com/

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  28. hello, Jess, and thank you for visiting my blog.
    that is one super matchy outfit! I love orange and I actually love everything about that outfit.. it's just SO incredibly classy!
    and yes, of course we can follow each other if you want to :) let me know ;)

    Maiken,
    Maikeni blogi - part of me

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    1. followed you back ;) and I hope I'll here from you more soon! :)

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  29. Such a beautiful look! I love pops of bright orange and absolutely adore the dress. x

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  30. hi jess! exquisite outfit. i love everything you're wearing from head to toe. the shoes you're wearing are awesome! isn't it funny that you can live somewhere and not take in everything it has to offer!?! i'm trying to do the same thing in the city that i live in (new orleans). i think it's an excellent idea what you and your boyfriend are doing. please tell him he takes excellent pics! these are great! thanks for your sweet comment on my blog. let's stay in touch!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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    1. Thank you Kim, you're really very sweet :) Hope I'll get a chance to explore New Orleans one day. Be in touch xx

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  31. This is so so beautiful, my dear :)

    Absolutely great pictures. Love it.

    Lots of love,

    Nicole

    www.nicoleta.me

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  32. wow you look soo beautiful! such a classy and chic look!!! and wonderful photos! :D

    katslovefashion.blogspot.com

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  33. Thanks for stopping by and for your style insight!

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  34. beautiful look ! very stylish !

    And I love your photos ! I really want to visit NY someday !

    www.universeandyou.com.br

    xoxo from Japan

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  35. the dress <3 and the bag and the shoes! haha i love em

    Alexa <3
    http://sleepeatbreathefashion.blogspot.com/

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  36. I really love this outfit,you look beautiful!
    xx

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  37. Amazing outfit! Love every single details!!
    You are very beautiful couple and great pictures! Its great to spend the time together exploring the city!)
    Im your new follower!
    http://beautyofheworld.blogspot.com

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  38. Woow, love these beautiful photos! :)

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  39. How pretty! Love your outfit and these photos are gorgeous!

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  40. You look great! Love your beautiful coat!

    www.timolove.com

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  41. Love the outfit on you! The orange is beautiful for this time of year.
    And good for you for going out to explore your city! It will be such a great way to find new places and a newfound appreciation for where you live :)

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  42. I love your whole look! It's so effortlessly chic. The shoes are amazing :) And I'm glad that you're exploring New York! My best friend and I tried a different restaurant on Fridays in new areas in an attempt to force us to take a break from schoolwork and see more of the city. That's on hold now that I'm living in Europe, but we made so many good memories!

    And you and your boyfriend are seriously too cute! :)

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  43. Fabulous post! :)

    Natasha Carly x
    prettylittlelives.blogspot.co.uk

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  44. Hi Jessica! sorry I am so late in responding. yep I'd love for us to follow each other, I'm definitely following you now! :)
    I like the idea that you and your bf have, it sounds fun! oh the brooklyn bridge! haha, it is still on my to-go-to list. It is funny how we don't get to explore New York that much, even though we live here. I'm curious to see where else you two will explore! My bf and I made a list too, but it has a bunch of cafes and restaurants that we want to check out in the city so it is huge. :)

    xx
    smudged-fingerprints.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Winnie, no problem! I don't have the best response time either haha Will you be blogging about your restaurant trips? Very interested in learning more about the food scene too! xx

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  45. Love your blog! Wanna follow each other on bloglovin or GFC? Please leave me a comment or follow me and I will follow you =)

    http://lepetitplastique.blogspot.com/

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  46. love here all, you look fantastic :)

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  47. great outfit!!! i follow you now ;)
    i would love to follow me back because love your blog!!
    kisses pretty
    http://blogcashmeremafia.blogspot.com

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  48. Hi dears! I truly appreciate the thoughtful comments and feedback you offered for this post :) Going to explore each of your blogs too xx

    Jess

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  49. Hi Jess, I truly love the blazer and of course the scenic photos! Thanks so much for the greeting and have a happy day ahead!:)

    xx pauline
    classycroissant.blogspot.com

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  50. love each piece of that outfit.


    http://theshortiesfashion.blogspot.co.uk/

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