the right coast

by jessica harshman


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This past weekend I visited New York for the first time in my life. I know, I know. It’s crazy and shameful that I haven’t been before. I got there the day after Fashion Week ended, but the streets of Soho, Meatpacking and West Village felt to me like Fashion Week was in full throttle. I was mesmerized and inspired by all the street fashion. My friend Jana must have marks on her wrist from my manic grip as we strolled by what seemed like millions of effortlessly chic women with accents on cobblestone roads.

As I sit writing this in my quiet, gigantic apartment in sunny Los Angeles, I dream of bustling Ne w York City: walk-up closet size apartments, garbage-burdened sidewalks, bitter cab drivers, 99 cent pizza slices, the 1-mile high line, mariachi bands on the subway, all you can eat and drink sushi, sake and beer, $20 pastrami Ruben’s… I was only there for 4 days but the list goes on. To my amazing friends and family that showed me the city, thank you! And I say to you, I’ll be your neighbor in a year, maybe even sleeping on your couch because I probably wont be able to afford much more than a cardboard box.

Now to the clothes. I packed strategically this time because I’m a broke student and I’d rather buy three $20 sandwiches than dare pay to check a bag. Naturally, I checked the forecast for the weekend and mostly clear skies and temperatures in the low seventies were predicted, so I was thrilled to whip out some of my fall favorites. I only packed two pairs of durable walking shoes; my all black chucks and Zara booties. I lived in my new J Brand Photo Ready high wasted jeans and Asos black high neck crop top which I wore with my Otis and Maclain tartan track pants and Reformation bell bottoms. Last and certainly not least, the only jacket I brought this trip was my versatile Helmut Lang blazer which I've gotten so much use out of lately. Now I dolefully tuck away my fitted blazers, trench coats and turtle necks and replace tailored and sophisticated with "California cool" bohemian maxi dresses, white tee's, boyfriend jeans and flip flops. (Note: I'll NEVER replace a fur jacket for a jean one, I'm so not California chill)

If I lived in NYC these would be my next purchases...click the pic to buy

 

tibi

tibi

zara

zara

zara

zara

surface to air

surface to air