So, 4+ long years have past, and I must admit a lot has changed. Previously a die hard New Yorker, I am now almost Parisian (I’ve already been here for 3 years). While I was a pretty big yogi in New York, I now practice nearly daily. I am also both fascinated and kind of obsessed with health and wellbeing. This may or may not give you a small idea of what surprises are to come your way on Word, but that being said, I am still a fashion loving foodie. So nooooo worries. You’ll still get the hookup.
In the spirit of this new healthy thing – I want to talk a little bit about a place close to my home and heart. Bob’s Juice Bar. This place is basically a dream come true for Americans turned Frenchies, and/or Frenchies who like American things. It is the only place in Paris you can find a real bagel (if you have another spot and want to challenge me, I dare you). It’s also one of the few places you can find overnight oats that actually taste really really good (and are pretty addicting), gluten free muffins that are delicious and warm, yummy vegan stews. Let’s just say I highly suggest this spot. It really rocks. For more info – http://www.bobsjuicebar.com/
Happy 2018 all. After a short but also very long and fulfilling 4 and a half years – I’m back. Since you last heard from me I graduated from Barnard, moved to Paris, did a bunch of castings and photo shoots for A.P.C., and now I’m sourcing fabric for the men’s collection at The Kooples. I’m still me, that fashion and food lover, but I’ve cultivated so many other passions that I just can’t wait to share with y’all. Cliché as it may sound, it’s 2018 and I’m back. Stay tuned, cause I have tons of little (and very big) surprises up my sleeve.
After a few wonderful days in Atlanta, Georgia, celebrating my cousin’s graduation from Emory, I am finally back in New York. In even better news, I am officially on summer vacation. While I will be working at A.P.C. full time, it could not feel better to take a rest from school. Therefore you can expect more regular updates. I truly apologize, things as usual have been crazy but now all shall be normalized. ALSO! Guess what? Now Miss Lily’s, the super cool Jamaican restaurant and neighboring juice bar, which are located on Sullivan Street in Soho, have opened a record shop and boutique store. It is just adorable. I got an awesome t-shirt and checked out their great tunes. Please stop by. It’s on Sullivan’s Houston Street corner.
Two things I can’t get enough of: K. Jacques collaboration with Opening Ceremony and the Greek food from Snack Taverna. I have been eyeing these strappy sandals for a few months now. They are pretty fantastic. We all know that K. Jacques is timeless and known for quality, therefore it’s time to snag a pair of these fabulous sandals. They range up from $250.00 and are available on Opening Ceremony’s website. Now for the food. Not only is Snack Taverna on Thompson St. in Soho less than one block away from my apartment, but it’s by far the best Greek food I have ever had. Aside from meals in Greece. The ingredients are super fresh and super good. I highly recommend their Roasted 1.0 sandwich (chunky red pepper slices, plentiful portobello mushrooms and pungent arugula with a spicy feta spread on crunchy authentic Greek striate bread) or their Artichoke Chicken Salad (potatoes, creamy butter beans, tangy marinated chicken, tomatoes, scallions and string beans on a bed of fresh arugula). I’ve only heard great things about their lamb. Sandals. Check. Greek Food. Check. Summer …on the way.
After many fabulous collections, 2 great presentations. First, A.P.C., so lovely. I love the beautiful coats, luxurious bags and high socks. A.P.C. always manages to successfully execute a vision. The animal prints are refreshing and grand. I can’t wait to have these pieces in the store. They will arrive in July! The Celine presentation was almost as lovely. There were edgy furs, luxe leathers and geometric scarves. No surprise that Celine dressed to impress. A.P.C. and Celine both used coats as headliners, I don’t mind. Coats are the most exciting part of fall collections. The more the merrier.
I’ve known it all along. Isabel Marant is a true genius, and her Fall/Winter 2012 collection has given me even that much more justification. It is every girls dream collection. Frilly and feminine, yet edgy with a Western twist. I love the silk and lace dresses, as well as the Western tops and leopard jacket. The collection is totally carefree. I know this collection will not only get high grades in my book, but in all books. Every silhouette is executed to perfection. The brand itself is in “expansion mode” according to Women’s Wear Daily. Marant plans to open 6 new boutiques worldwide. I think it’s great, except I hope it is not too much too soon. I pray that the collection never becomes mainstream and always stays stylish. Hey, the woman herself looked pretty chic après show.
All time favorite collection thus far at fashion week (Milan, New York & London included), the Peter Copping “Nina Ricci” show. Copping mixed prints, furs and textures. He put glasses on the runway with funky boots. This collection is fantastic. It is contemporary with a feminine flair. Not to mention it is extremely wearable. I love the simplistic straight hair with the minimalist makeup. The red lipstick stands out in a very big and great way. Still awaiting the Isabel collection (TOMORROW).
In addition, I have been keeping a separate “Word by Jessie: Grub Edition” blog for my journalism class, but thought it might be of interest. Check it out: http://wordbyjessiegrub.wordpress.com/