Vintage Finds in NYC

Vintage Finds in NYC

My sis and I wanted to do some vintage shopping in midtown Manhattan. We found a huge flea market a couple of blocks west from Bryant Park. I enjoyed rummaging thru the ample amount of glam accessories.

My style relies very heavily on accessorizing. Lots of people think I have a huge wardrobe – when in reality I operate with a very limited selection. I get rid of – mostly donate to the local charitable organization – anything that I haven’t worn in two years tops. I need my closet to be clear and desire-provoking. I always get excited about a new-seeming piece of clothing. The typical girl problem – nothing to wear and not enough space where to put them frocks – isn’t my Achilles’ heel. (Heels do I though love…)

Vintage Finds in NYC

I like fiddling with skirts like these – but in reality I know I’d never wear them. I only go for mini skirts. I gave a maxi dress a go a while ago. I really did not wear that puppy more than twice.

Vintage Finds in NYC

NYC is an excellent place to stumble upon jewels like these. The passage of many people ends up in treasures from across the globe. I have a thing for Cameo brooches. I have a ring that I inherited from my late French mom-in-law.

Vintage Finds in NYC

Vintage Finds in NYC

What’s fun is collecting the pieces that make your own style from the different places that you pass thru. The heart-shaped necklace I’m sporting in this outfit was a find from London. Whenever I wear it, it makes me think of my trip there one early spring.

Vintage Finds in NYC

Right now I’m looking at a sweetly low-key end of the week. There’s a gospel concert a friend of mine invited me to. The hubs and I will also take a walk in the woods and then go for some 3-dollar all-you-can-eat maple taffy at a sugar shack located in the forest, the location of which a client revealed to me.

Vintage Finds in NYC

Spring is the perfect time to gather up the bits and pieces of your life, sharpen up your style and sit down at a coffee shop and make some exciting plans. I’m looking at more jogging outdoors, more fruit and veggie cooking experiments – oatmeal bakes and veggie stir fries- and more time with friends, either visiting, on trips or just hanging out on terraces.

Vintage Finds in NYC

Vintage Finds in NYC

Vintage Finds in NYC

Vintage Finds in NYC

Pink Sneaker Power

Pink Sneaker Power

Sometimes it’s fun combining sporty stuff with chicer things. I’m a glam accent loving gal but no way will I let my sporty side be hindered by inappropriate clothing. I want to endure on my feet the entire day – so footwear has to follow. First I thought that the flashy pink sneakers would be a total style clash – but then saw it differently. I find that they bring a modern, one non-coordinated color accent to the outfit. After a busy day in South Beach my feet thanked me, as well.

Check out my Instagram feed on the right side. I’m also now on Bloglovin’.

Pink Sneaker Power

Miami’s South Beach is an enticing combination of good ol’ American business hustle and bustle, tropical easygoingness and some culture, too – Versace’s old home, the Smithsonian Museum and the Art Deco street. South Beach lets you experience itself as you need. Drinks are as big as buckets – this is America after all. Sushi was expensive but served with detailed explanations and enthusiasm, and it really was delicious.

Pink Sneaker Power

Miami holds a big part of my heart. I just feel good there. It’s so far from the freezing roots that I have but who said that in our hearts we couldn’t belong to somewhere completely else than where we were born?

Pink Sneaker Power

Jumping for joy… My beach tradition now, I reckon.

Pink Sneaker Power

Pink Sneaker Power

Pink Sneaker Power

In this shot I used my ballet background. I pulled up my left hip in order to accentuate the curve. Try it and you’ll see the boost in your body image.

Pink Sneaker Power

Sweet sunset time just the two of us.

Pink Sneaker Power

Pink Sneaker Power

Pink Sneaker Power

Pink Sneaker Power

Pink Sneaker Power

Pink Sneaker Power

Pink Sneaker Power

Ready for the new week, chicos and chicas?

Working Girl Glamour

Working Girl Glamour

This is the time of the year when we are all busy making money. Oops, how blunt was that. We all need some dough though, that’s for sure. I’m in a place in my life now where I find my work situation the most harmonious I’ve ever had it. I started my English-teaching business Susa English two years ago, and now my schedule is nicely full with clients that make my life sweeter. I adore the language of Shakespeare. I’m the fondest American in heart. Spreading English language as well as American culture all day long is fun play for me.

Working Girl Glamour

Working Girl Glamour

When you are your own boss, you get to set the dress code. At work, I stay true to my urban chic style with a hint of sexy. I prefer showing legs rather than cleavage. I strive for unique accessories that give the class some visuals. Often times my groups like to comment my sartorial choices. That makes my heat sing.

Working Girl Glamour

I work long days, and long into the night. My key is in trying to get lost in my clients’ stories and needs. I forget the time for a while. I dive into the moment. The best thank you is when my student says they didn’t realize the time go by. Every client is unique, and during class time I’m there just for them.

Working Girl Glamour

Working Girl Glamour

Working Girl Glamour

Working Girl Glamour

Working Girl Glamour

Working Girl Glamour

Working Girl Glamour

NY Rain

NY RainH&M cardi, Zara top, Simons skirt, Shania pumps

My mom’s visit here ended last Sunday. My husband, mom and I drove to Montreal where we spent the weekend together. My mom preferred Quebec City. The luscious parks, the presence of the Saint Lawrence river, larger green spaces – these were what she said she liked in our hometown.

NY Rain

Today’s been ultra rainy. We are getting a rain front from NY. Water was coming down almost horizontally. The Sweets had a day off, and was kind enough to give me a ride. Oh yeah, we recently bought a car. More opportunities to snoop around now…

NY Rain

I got a new contract. I’m now teaching English at a daycare center. I used to do that in Paris. I’ve loved this different kind of an approach. Changes from corporate clients.

NY Rain

NY Rain

As you can see, today needed layering and cardis. Canadian summer is unpredictable, but so is it in many places now… I hear. My friends in Paris say they are fed up being cold.

NY Rain

I’ll brave the chills and head out for a relaxing run… to kick off the nice long weekend. Monday is Canada Day, cake shall be served at the Quebec City Frontenac Castle.

NY Rain

NY Rain

NY Rain

NY Rain

NY Rain

NY Rain

 

Blue Shock!

Blue Shock!

To think that for years I sulked blue – not any more! I’m having a blast seeing electric tones sizzle all around. This vibrant blue just gives such a boost of energy.

Blue Shock!

I got a new eye shadow palette and now after years of brown, I’m experimenting.

Blue Shock!

My watercolor.

Blue Shock!Forever 21 shirt, Forever 21 skirt, Bata shoes, Arden tights

These days I’ve again found more clients. It feels good to be more out and about. I’ve also jogged more. Oatmeal, peanut butter, carrots and hummus keep me going. It feels good to be eating clean and highly nutritive food.

Blue Shock!

Susa pastel.

Blue Shock!

Life has found more peace these days. Last weekend the Sweets and I took a trip to Montreal. It felt splendid hanging out in parks. I fell asleep in his arms.

Blue Shock!

I will always have a deep affection for Andy Warhol, my first ever art love. This picture is from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Blue Shock!

Big city life is my kind of thing.

Blue Shock!

Blue Shock!

Blue Shock!

Victorian facades – North America’s best gift for an aesthetic eye.

Blue Shock!

I’m savoring this spring with a calmer and a more hopeful heart than in a long while. I’m learning how to master my negative emotions and not to be afraid. How does that sound?

Ottawa Chic Strolls

On the Easter weekend, I took a trip to Ottawa with a group of friends. It was so refreshing to be on the road again. I gave the city open hands as how to enchant me. And it delivered – sweet sensual kisses. My Paris city stroll memories were enlivened. Old reflexes came back…

How do I enjoy a city? First must, a park. If possible, by a water front. I spend time there. Centering and maybe journaling.

I visit all I can on foot. I bought a sandwich and ate it overlooking this Rideau Canal. Fresh air, city vibes and lots to amaze at. Memories that will carry you on.

 

I make sure to “look up” and appreciate all the lovely architecture around me.

Guess what these are? Obama Cookies. Yep, from Ottawa with love.

The necklace I”m holding is a find from one of my city strolls in London, England. I always remember the time and place I got it at a Camden thrift store. I enjoy the story behind it. Special meaning.

My Urban Peal Days always include a pop in a museum. The National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa is a rare pearl. A nice selection of 300 years of art, international and regional. Interesting modern pieces, too. Peaceful internal gardens to meditate at.

After lunch I took a moment to read about sweet fashion things. The colorful images add to my pleasure. A holistic experience.

Chateau Fairmont. “Took chic to the city in 1912”.

This river boat made me think of les péniches in Paris. Now this is my Paris. Because Paris is a state of mind, am thinking more and more…

So, do you enjoy city strolls? Did you like reading about mine?

Forever 21 shirt, Forever 21, Globo boots