NYC Summer: Keeping Cool & Classy with Mixed Prints & Gold

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Hello from the Big Apple! We’re here for the week, combining a little bit of work with friends and fun.

The legendary, sweltering, move-like-molasses summer heat was on full blast when we arrived on Tuesday (apparently, it was the hottest day so far this summer). We made a requisite stop at one of our favorite restaurants, Joe’s Shanghai, filling our tummies with succulent xiao long bao (soup dumplings), a hearty and crisp cong you bing (scallion pancake), and juicy dou miao (pea sprouts), before wandering around the LES for the afternoon. It ended up being an impromptu tour of the neighborhood bodegas, as we sought them out almost every block for brief respites from the melting heat.


Happily, I had gorgeous weather-proof makeup, courtesy of my talented girlfriend and esthetician, Vee. A simple, breezy combo of a loose tee and silky shorts was my choice to stay cool for the day.


The tee is my most recent acquisition, a shopping-trip souvenir from this previous weekend. The two black and white pieces – the playful and chic ‘Paris’ tee and the tropical shorts – are natural mixed-print counterparts. Given my Hawaiian roots and love of Paris, they represent me perfectly!


A gold Longchamp bag was the day’s companion, accommodating everything from my trusty dSLR to an extra pair of sandals (the heels fit in beautifully with NYC’s scene, but I didn’t feel like doing extended walking in them). Gold jewelry and glam oversized cat-eye Ted Baker shades topped things off.




A deliciously-ornate, black-and-gold gilded, retro hair salon, Ludlow Blunt, was a serendipitous discovery and made the perfect backdrop. πŸ™‚




Top: Anthropologie ‘Afternoon Abroad’ tee
Bottom: Azelea Boutique palm tree print shorts
Accessories: Ted Baker sunglasses, Longchamp LM Metal tote bag, Vince peep-toe booties, Off Saks Fifth jewelry


I’m thrilled to be in the city, and although I’m not attending the Mercedes-Benz Fashion week events, I hope to capture some of its energy and fashion over the next few days. Have a lovely, sweet week!



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  1. Looking amazing Laurie! Love your hair, shorts…heck love everything! HOT HOT HOT!!!


  2. Luxemix says:

    Your hair is amazing Laurie! Greta job on the blog. Love the new layout and design. We need to catch up soon.

  3. Tracy says:

    What a great outfit, love these prints!

    1. Hi Tracy, thanks for stopping by my blog and the lovely comment! I’m browsing your site now, super-impressive. I’m assuming it’s a team effort? Is it a digital publication/blog, or are you doing print as well?

      ~ Laurie

  4. Lovely pictures and lovely outfit. Yes to that bag

  5. Camesha says:

    Oh, how I love NYC. The city is the perfect backdrop. Love the tee. I have a love affair with Paris too!

    1. Oui, oui!!! (excited about our shared loves) πŸ˜€ There’s something so amazing about that combination of natural and architectural beauty, combined with sophisticated, dynamic culture and fashion. *le sigh* πŸ˜‰

  6. Liv says:

    That was the perfect backdrop!!!! I WANT those shorts and those shoes are GREAT!

    1. Thanks, Liv!! It’s just magical when you come across those places/moments that are so beautiful, you want to just immerse yourself in them for a while…

      As for the clothing… thanks!!! Azalea is a funky/cool local SF boutique with clothing styles that overlap with Wildfox (younger, casual, modern), and Vince is a long-time fav of time for super-comfy, modern takes on classics. πŸ™‚

  7. I love this outfit!!! I’d never be able to walk in those shoes, but you make it look easy.

  8. Mandi Kane says:

    I love the city this time of year. But that’s probably because I live in a really dry place and humidity is a novelty to me. As long as I have an adequate supply of hair ties and baseball caps.

  9. Adorable outfit. The shorts are my favourite.

  10. UGH east coast humidity, it’s terrible! But you look fabulous and I have no idea how you can walk in those heels all around the city, you must be a pro πŸ™‚ Have so much fun! PS – soup dumplings are my jam.

    1. Lauren, yes!!! A few days swimming in that, and I was downright happy to return to chilly SF fog (yep, even in the summer). πŸ˜€

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment, and as for shoes.. my secret is that I always cart around a pair of flats (e.g. Tieks) or sandals (Reef/Clarks are my fav) so that I can enjoy strutting in heels, and then transition when it’s not so much fun. πŸ˜‰

      Ditto on the soup dumplings – I could eat them forever. Do you live in a place with easy access to them?

      ~ Laurie

      1. I live in Mountain View, so I am pretty much surrounded by soup dumplings πŸ™‚ Is there a place in SF that you recommend?

  11. A little jealous that you’re in NYC, but not jealous of the humidity there. I was there in August one year and it was horrible.

  12. I absolutely love those shorts- they look super cute, and super comfy! πŸ™‚

  13. Michelle Chouinard says:

    I love that shirt, and it looks crazy good with those shorts. πŸ™‚

  14. Carly Anderson says:

    You put together an awesome outfit! I am loving those shoes. I wish I could pull them off!

  15. Karissa Ancell says:

    Great photos and a super cute outfit.

  16. Chrissy Jordan says:

    Giiiirrrrlllll those legs! I know we are supposed to be looking at the outfit… but you are smokin!

  17. Those heels are CUTE! And your legs look amazing with them!!

    1. Thanks, Fatima!!! I fell in love with the heels as soon as I saw them, they’re such a unique take on peep-toe and bootie styles. πŸ˜€ And awesome about the leg part because I’m actually a super-petite 5’4″ and my main challenge is creating the sense of leg length/definition. πŸ™‚

  18. Gorgeous! You rock those mixed prints!!

    1. Thanks, Rebekah! <3

  19. Laurel Wads says:

    I really like the gold bag! Beautiful.

  20. I love NYC and can’t wait to get back there. You look fantastic!

  21. The shorts are super cute!!!! I’m going to NYC soon, can’t wait

  22. Cute!! Love the whole outfit and now I’m wishing that I could be in NYC!

  23. I’ll have to check out Joe’s Shanghai! πŸ™‚ There’s so much good food in NYC. I miss it.. but definitely not during this time of year. Also cute graphic tee!

    1. Hi Esther,

      Yes, definitely! You could also check out Joe’s Ginger, the newer establishment by the same people, just 2-3 doors down. Joe’s Shanghai is good for nostalgia (it’s more of the curt service/multiple-parties-crammed-into-a-single-table experience), but Joe’s Ginger is nicer-looking. And.. while we went to Joe’s Shanghai, we chatted with a local woman who said that now Joe’s Ginger is the better of the two. But really, you couldn’t go wrong with either. πŸ˜‰

      I crave/miss NYC food too, my trips there are always a rush to try to cram in as many food places as possible. πŸ˜€

      (Thanks for the comment about the tee!)

  24. I’v never seen a gold longchamp. Love it!! And these are such great pictures!

  25. Love that bag! Glad you found ways to beat the heat!

  26. You definitely picked the perfect outfit to stay cool! I love those shoes!

  27. Leah from says:

    Love the bag! Also anything that says Paris on it is fine by me! πŸ™‚ You are so pretty!

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