Spending the Day with Keith Haring

One of the things I adore about New York City? The art, of course.

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Spotted in Chelsea.
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Spotted in the Meatpacking.

Whether you’re on the Upper East Side, the Meatpacking District, SoHo, the Lower East Side, or in Chelsea, there are tons of galleries to be found here where you can enjoy art of various forms. I’ve had both positive and negative experiences at galleries, but this one is about a pleasant afternoon I had with Keith Haring.

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Sadly, I’ve never met the man, but I’m well versed in his fantastic contributions and impact on not just the art world, but New York City culture as a whole. I recently saw these awe-inspiring pieces by Keith Haring at a gallery in SoHo (sadly, I don’t remember the name).

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For the day, I wore a thrifted swan printed dress by Zara. It’s actually one of my favorite dresses to wear. It’s light, airy, looks lovely with simple black ballet flats or pumps, plus it has a casual 1950s vintage look that I love to pair with pearls and cat-eye sunglasses.

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Photo by Alexcia Foster

While I do own plenty of authentic 1950s pieces, there’s nothing wrong about paying tribute to a past era with a modern wardrobe. Personal style is what you make of it. There are no rules. Just have fun!

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Photo by Alexcia Foster
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Photo by Alexcia Foster

Zara no longer sells this swan dress, but I did find some (very few) cute picks:

These photos were snapped at a West Village garden that myself and BFF Alexcia encountered. Here in New York City, you’re bound to discover something new.

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Photo by Alexcia Foster

Sadly, Keith Haring is no longer with us. This genius of a man passed away in 1990 at age 31 in New York City of AIDS-related complications. However, his work will live on forever. And I can assure you that somewhere in New York City, there’s a Haring piece or two just waiting to be explored by you.

The Fitting Room Chronicles: Getting Dior for 19 Bucks (and Other Things)

Ever told yourself, “I’m only spending x amount of dollars and no more” before entering a store? I did today – and failed.

But I did succeed in other areas. Here me out.

I must say, I’m very thankful for being a thrifting fan. I probably save way more money than the usual shopper who prefers snagging their outfits at retail stores. For example, I found this majestic Christian Dior kimono gown – and it was only 19 dollars. Good luck spending that amount in Christian Dior for anything.

Christian Dior Kimono Gown
Christian Dior Kimono Gown

At first, I wasn’t going to get it because it was super wide for a size medium. I probably could create a couture tent while staying overnight at Yellowstone National Park (yeah right, I don’t camp hahahah).

Glamping
Glamping

But upon applying a leather corselet belt to cinch everything in and enhance a waist, I was in awe by its rich autumnal hues and flowy fabric, an ideal ensemble for the cooler fall months in New York City. And it’s Dior, enough said.

Dior, baby.
Dior, baby.

Oh, and for 19 dollars, it will always fit. Now that’s a deal.

Another win I earned during my shopping trip? This comfy Zara dress made out of linen and cotton. It’s super breathable for the sticky, icky summer we’re experiencing.

Zara
Zara

Beware of seemingly cool fabrics, like silk, during the summer. You’ll feel like this:

Hot potato.
Hot potato.

But for 15 dollars, Zara will keep me looking (and feeling) cool for casual days and nights out.

Winning with Zara.
Winning with Zara.

But not everything was a major success today. And I think my wallet is pretty thankful about that.

There was this dress. It looked fabulous on the hanger. But on me? It looks like I was being devoured by Ursula. And if you ever saw “The Little Mermaid,” you would know Ursula is not someone you want to piss off.

The Creature From the Black Lagoon. Noooooooo!
The Creature From the Black Lagoon. Noooooooo!

There was also this ensemble. It was a flowy Japanese waist drop dress. I love how super comfortable I felt, but I wasn’t crazy about how I looked. I don’t need guys offering me seats on the subway because they think there’s a bun in the oven.

Japanese  Waist Drop Dress (without belt).
Japanese Waist Drop Dress (without belt).

I applied my usual belt and while I looked better in it, this dress wasn’t made to be held in. Rather, it wants to be free. I’m just not sure if we’re a right match.

Japanese Waist Drop Dress (with belt).
Japanese Waist Drop Dress (with belt).

I tried it on. More than once. I decided to leave it behind. I kinda miss it, but if we meet again, I know it was meant to be. We’ll see.

Don't offer me a seat on the subway. Actually, let me sit. I'm tired.
Don’t offer me a seat on the subway. Actually, let me sit. I’m tired.

I also found this black and white dress.

It looks good...
It looks good…

But as you can see, it wasn’t exactly the best fit…

Nah.
Nah.

Well, I now need to budget myself a wee bit better. I’ve got some big plans coming up and the moolah will be needed. But at least I have Dior to dry my tears.

Fin.
Fin.