Brooklyn: Food, Fashion & a Familiar Accent, pt. 2

 

AWOKE VINTAGE

What's the best brekky spot in Williamsburg? If you don't know the answer, click here to read last week's post - it's one of those little additions in life that you just don't want to miss out on. This week is a continuation of the day I recently spent in Brooklyn. I covered the best food I found, now onto shopping! Oh and do I have two gems for you! 

After our Aussie brekky, we traveled over a few streets and I stumbled upon a vintage boutique with fake grass out front. What the turf?! 

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At that point, we could’ve called it Aussie day because we met Liz, Perth native and owner of Awoke Vintage. It's the ideal vintage store that I've been looking for all my vintage loving life. The prices were wonderful, the merchandise was quality and clean, and the staff were contagiously sweet. Sometimes I leave a vintage store saying, "I could've found that myself for half the price." Well, this wasn't the case. Everything was epic. We found Jared a killer shirt on sale (the one he wore during the proposal, see it here). I got the cutest front tie button up shirt and stocked up on gold rings galore! And of course, we had to chat with adorable Liz: 

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Liz has a crazy strong background in vintage fashion, operating a series of gigantic, multi-seller, vintage day sales while simultaneously running Awoke Vintage Online Shop for years. On a 2011 NYC holiday, Liz noticed an overriding problem that us fellow vintage shoppers find in most "vintage stores" - they are actually either packed second hand stores that make you want to take a shower after rummaging through the racks or they are high end vintage stores that require someone to fork over a week's worth of pay for a blouse. Ridiculous. Her goal was to build a store with merchandise holding a reasonable price tag and to carry products that would "take your fancy". She's done it. It's a must visit!! 

 

DEPANNEUR

Last but not least, we ran over to Depanneur, the cutest corner convenience/general store. It's meant to carry a little bit of everything for the customer's convenience. If you've ever wanted to visit a market that sells homemade syrups and bitters, great reads, gifts, Brooklyn hard candy, skin care and pickles, jams and butters, Almdudler, pastas and oil, and more...all while chowing down on a fabulous breakfast sandwich and coffee, then this is the place for you. I was mesmerized by the amount of goodies in one place. 

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We also ran into Mark from The Hipstones. And you guessed it, he’s an Aussie. But, we may have cheated here because he's actually a friend of Jared's from Australia. He's a top bloke.

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Our favorite confectionary was the Aussie treat, Crunchie. It had us giddy with excitement and it was gone by the time we placed our cloud 9 feet on the next block. Yummy!!

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This shopping energizer bunny found a couple more stores, but after just a few short hours, we had to leave. What came next was well worth it: a marriage proposal and a night at Radio City Music Hall. I'm so glad that the best day of my life started with a little brekky and shopping in Brooklyn.

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Brooklyn: Food, Fashion & a Familiar Accent, pt. 1

 

ST. BALMAIN

Last week I posted about my dream proposal in NYC. I mentioned that Jared and I went to Brooklyn the morning of the big day. You might remember how much I love Brooklyn from the post I had written this last Spring, Inspiration in a New York Minute. I love Brooklyn for the food, architecture, graffiti, shopping, and culture. I'm doing a two part series to show you our last escapade. Hint: A common (accent) thread ran through each place we visited.

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Jared and I started the day off early on the back porch of St.Balmain, a fabulous Aussie run restaurant. He actually knows of the owners, being Aussie himself, so it was only fitting.

We went "splitsies" on Brooke’s Brekky Bowl and Avocado Toast with coffee. Did you know that Australians shorten everything?! One of my favs is breakfast = brekky. The brekky bowl was heaven. Pure heaven. Any time you combine an organic fried egg, cured bacon, fontina cheese, and crispy kale on a pretzel bun...you can’t go wrong! The most outrageous gem at St.Balmain is the syringe & cream doughnuts. Customers pick between chocolate, vanilla creme and strawberry jam and then fill up the doughnut themselves. Heaven again? I think so. 

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As I was fighting Jared for the last bites of fontina cheese, I noticed the cutest belle in an epic skirt sitting at another picnic table. I had to talk to her. And this is Jenn, the Brooklyn photographer in a cute skirt.

Tulled skirt: JOA via Piperlime; Tee: Everlane (love them)

Tulled skirt: JOA via Piperlime; Tee: Everlane (love them)

Shoes: JCrew; Necklace is Verameat (a camera of course); Sunglasses: a little shop on Bedford 

Shoes: JCrew; Necklace is Verameat (a camera of course); Sunglasses: a little shop on Bedford 

If Jenn had that cute of a skirt...she must have some great insight on Brooklyn to do's: 

- How long have you been a photographer? 

On and off since college but I've been really focused on it since moving to NYC 6+ years ago.(People check her out at www.jennhixrosen.com!)

- What kind of photography do you specialize in? 

I've done a lot of fashion and e-commerce, and I enjoy working with new and upcoming fashion designers. I'm currently working on creating a dog (and pet) photography business, and I'm beginning a project about New Yorkers and their dogs. (I love this idea because I have a theory that all dogs look like their owners!) We have a special relationship with our pets here in the city, and I want to document people at home with their pups.

- Do you live in Brooklyn? 

Yes, I've been in Williamsburg just over two years.

- What are some of your fav things to do in Williamsburg? Fav shops?

Well eating and drinking is definitely a favorite pass time around here. There's no shortage of great restaurants and bars, and there's always something new popping up. I love to ride my bike around the neighborhood or over the Williamsburg Bridge, and there's also lots of great studios like Soul Cycle and Pure Barre plus yoga popping up here (which helps even out all the eating and drinking). Taking my dog to the park is also fun (and a little less uptight than the parks in the city). 

Fav shops... Verameat is great as are Catbird and Norbu. I often just walk along Bedford and pop my head into all the shops, there's always something cute. Artists and Fleas is fun on the weekends.

Thanks for reading! I can't wait to tell you about the next stop I found. Oh my goodness, the best vintage store I've ever found! See you next week! 

Be Darling: Kacey Musgraves

 

Some people just have a way of being darling. What they say, what they do and who they are exudes darlingness. Yep - new word. It happens.

I recently had the opportunity to spend a long weekend on the road with two-time Grammy winner, Kacey Musgraves, and she is an absolute darling. My fiancé, Jared Kneale, is Kacey's drummer, and she was sweet enough to provide a bunk - aka miniature cave - and let me join them on her recent tour with Lady Antebellum. (ps. the fiancé aspect is new news! woohoo!)

A few qualities stick out to me when it comes to Kacey. Firstly...she has legs up to her neck. Not even kidding. Secondly, her ability to paint a picture using colorful, catchy lyrics. Thirdly, the euphoric charm that exudes from the stage as she takes the mic. My favorite moment is when the band surrounds her and any preconceived limit of talent goes out the window. I'm a sucker for harmonies. And lasty, the humble confidence she carries as she's sharing the stage with greats like Katy Perry, Alison Kraus and Willie Nelson. There's something beautiful about the drive to put a real face on American country music. 

Between phone interviews, workout videos and putting on makeup, Kacey had a chance to sit down with me and run through a few fun questions. It felt like I was with an old friend because of the ease about her.

Kacey's talented tour assistant (whom I love!), Ryan, even asked me to help style her for the shows. Let's face it, this darling looks good in anything! See the shorts below that I brought for her as a thank you present. I was honored to see her sport them with those long legs. 

Me- Top:  Imogene + Willie , Jeans:  Urban Outfitters , Jewerly:  H&M ; Kacey - Shorts:  Urban Outfitters

Me- Top: Imogene + Willie, Jeans: Urban Outfitters, Jewerly: H&M; Kacey - Shorts: Urban Outfitters

THE "SHORT" ON KACEY MUSGRAVES:

How do you pick your outfit for each show? Is there a process?

-I have a big closet full of fun western and sequin tinged outfits that are so fun to put together..it's hard to decide! My tour assistant, Ryan, helps out a lot. 

 

Have you always been into fashion? 

-I have always loved expressing myself in general. But yes I LOVE fashion! It's an art!

 

Where do you draw your inspiration from for each show?

-I draw my inspiration from the 60's and 70's quite a bit and I’m a sucker for themes. With the band in heavily rhinestoned light up suits - anything goes!

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Who are your fashion icons?

-I'm super inspired by Nancy Sinatra and her sexy, mod-yet-country looks!


Do you have a signature look? 

-Nude lips and big earrings.

Do you have a favorite gown that you’ve worn to an award’s show?

Photo Credit: VOGUE.COM "Grammy Awards 2014: The Best-Dressed Celebrities on the Red Carpet"

Photo Credit: VOGUE.COM "Grammy Awards 2014: The Best-Dressed Celebrities on the Red Carpet"

-My favorite award show look has been the tiered, nude Armani Privé that was covered in rose gold Swarovski crystals and sparkly Jimmy Choo's(I melted...what she didn't mention was that this was the showstopper gown worn at this year's Grammy's while accepting "Best Country Song" for her hit “Merry Go ‘Round”. Love.)

 

Where do you shop in Nashville? Out of town? 

-I love a shop called Old Made Good in Nashville for fun vintage jewelry pieces. Lately I have also been out of control shopping on ModCloth.com

 

While on the road, what's one thing you couldn't live without? 

-Candles! My dog, Pearl! Chapstick. And my ballet inspired workout dvds.

 

What are you excited about for the rest of 2014?

-Going on tour this summer with Willie Nelson & Alison Krauss, and Katy Perry!

 

Are you already prepping and excited about your outfits for the Katy Perry tour? 

-Yes! My stylist, Hayley Atkin, and I are building a bunch of SUPER fun looks for the tour.

 

If you weren't an artist, what do you think you'd be doing?

-Who knows! But I'd like to think I might be a makeup artist or a yoga teacher :)

 

Do you have a beauty regimen for the road?

-Wash your face at night!!

 

Have to ask....what kind of lashes are those?!? Amazing! 

-Drugstore brands..cheapies!

 

Do you have a new brand that you are loving right now?

-HEMPZ is a great, all natural beauty product line I'm loving right now. Specifically their hemp body lotion and powder bronzer..so good! (I’m obsessed myself!)

 

My last few blog posts have been about transitioning your closet. The next posts will be about transitioning in life. On that note, you seem so comfortable in the spotlight, yet so relatable at the same time. What has helped you during the transition of being someone newer on the scene to being a two-time Grammy winner, touring with Katy/Willie, becoming a fashion icon, etc? 

-It's really important to have great and trustworthy people around you. My family is also always in support and a phone call away if I need them. I think it's also important to make time to still do the things you loved to do before your life started to really change. 

 

QUICK QUESTIONS:

Thrift shop or high end?

Both. 

 

New York or LA?

LA.

 

Glitter or leather?

Glitter.

 

Stripes or polka dots?

Stripes. 

 

Silver or gold? 

Depends! Both.

 

Boots or heels?

Again- depends- but I do love my vintage boots.

Thank you once again Kacey for a wonderful weekend and a fun interview. You are a gem. Also, thank you for having the hottest drummer in the industry. :)