À la seconde (West Village Adventure part I)

Friday saw me paying my second visit that week to my beloved West Village with my friend Rose. We first met up in Chelsea, though, and had a quick jaunt through Chelsea Market.

DSC_0878My ballerina inspired outfit in turn inspired the title of this post!

DSC_0881I attempted a ballerina move. This was the outcome. Better stick to my day job. (Oh, right, I have none.)

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After forcing Rose to conduct a photo shoot, we headed up onto the High Line for a bit and got off to head to the seemingly ubiquitous Warby Parker. Warby Parker offers fashion-forward glasses frames, both optical and sunglasses, for bargain prices. The brand has taken off at such ferocious speed, its founders were recently bestowed the title of “Brand Genius” by Adweek.

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DSC_0887Is it a glasses store or a library? Why choose?!

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DSC_0890Best collateral in a store. Ever.

DSC_0891And best way of displaying appointment times.

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DSC_0894I had LASIK several years ago, but I realllllllly miss wearing glasses! What do you think?

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We meandered around Chelsea a bit more, enjoying the unseasonably warm weather. And there I was, so happy for fall’s advent!

DSC_0896The Standard Grill

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We left the Meatpacking District and the stores we couldn’t afford to head to the West Village, turned onto Bleecker Street, and crisscrossed down the street, a promenade of stores we couldn’t afford. Oh, Bleecker Street is such a tease. It’s painful to walk by all those names and all those beautiful windows and shops while only being able to look! We stopped into the Bond no. 9 New York store so that Rose could smell some of their scents, and the sales assistant was a doll, giving her a perfume sample and me the name of her to-die-for lipstick (Lady Danger by MAC).

The French call going window shopping “faire du lèche-vitrine,” and some of those windows certainly were delightful enough to lick!!

DSC_0903I wish the window of Curious photographed better. It was magical.

We went into the Cynthia Rowley store next door so that Rose could try on more glasses and I could literally be afraid to touch the clothing in the store, they were so beautiful and so out of my price range. I was afraid of leaving a mark and being forced to buy something! 😉 We were drawn across the street by the promises of olfactory delights at Diptyque.

DSC_0909The Diptyque store was like a work of art.

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Two of our five senses satisfied, we continued down Bleecker. We popped into Verve and popped right back out when I immediately saw a bag that I adored and wasn’t sure I could resist. We also briefly headed into Jo Malone, where I was hopeful of getting a sample of their new fragrance, Peony and Blush Suede, but that sales assistant was not as forthcoming. Wah wah.

Coincidentally, we then came across a MAC store, and we answered the siren song, and headed in. I was dying over both Lady Danger and All Fired Up, but though Rose bought the former, I resisted them both. For now. Hey, little victories! (Sadly, now I also want Flat Out Fabulous. Help!)

Eye on the prize, ladies! Our destination was Aedes de Venustas, but I couldn’t help but stop for some photos.

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DSC_0931The amazing Jeffery West window. Infamous!

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Want to find out how the rest of the day went? Stay tuned for the next installment!

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Outfit details:

Top: H&M (old)
Skirt: Primark (old)
Belt: similar here
Necklace: JewelMint
Camera Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
Ballet flats: Bloch (old – similar here)
Sunglasses: Coach

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