STYLE STORIES | New York part 2: Gin & Tonic at The Wythe Hotel

Urban Outfitters dress / H&M hat / Zara boots / Jutka & Riska sunglasses / Urban Outfitters necklaces / vintage bracelets & earrings / vintage faux fur skarf

Read the first part of my New York style stories here

Hi! Those that follow me on instagram have probably already seen part of this look and the amazing view from this place. I made a super over-the-top video of me and my BFF singing Empire State Of Mind by Alicia Keys & Jay Z. If you haven't seen it yet you can watch it here!

My second style story is inspired by Jessa, one of the characters of the Girls series. I relate to her bohemian look and especially to her love for kimonos, feathers, hats and statement earrings. She's got a big mouth and attitude, which is basically me. Watch her best moments below. Btw, if you like Girls you will sure dig this illustration blog with quotes from the series!

During our trip we were staying at a friend of a friend's apartment and she was so kind to take us to her favorite spots in Brooklyn (which I'll share with you in the next post!). Around sunset, we had some G&T's at The Ides, the rooftop bar at The Wythe Hotel which is located in Greenpoint, at the tip of Brooklyn. The view was amazing, as you can see! I would love to stay in this hotel whenever I come back to NYC. It used to be a factory that was transformed into a boutique hotel. If you're looking for a nice spot to sip cocktails while looking over Manhattan's skyline, The Ides is the place to go. Also a good bar for people-on-a-date spotting.

As I mentioned before, next up is a post with a whole bunch of places to go in Brooklyn. Stay tuned!

xo, Charlotte 

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STYLE STORIES | New York part 1: XOXO, Gossip Girl

Diesel pom pom hat / Zara fur collar / Urban Outfitters sunglasses / Vintage fur coat / H&M Skirt / Brandy Melville sweater / Zara boots

Good morning Upper East Siders, Gossip girl here. About three weeks ago, I went to New York with my best friend. It has been our dream since forever to go there together, to see all the places where our favorite movie characters had gone and to experience the magic of it all. Our toes and fingers were nearly frozen but we managed to survive. We went to lots of cool neighborhoods, ate good food, shopped til we dropped spent all our dollar bills and went to a few rooftops to see Manhattan's skyline. Although I had a really good time, I experienced some unexpected things. I thought New York would become my new favorite place in the world, but it didn't. For example, I didn't get a lot of outfit inspiration from the streets - as opposed to London, where you see dozens of eccentric yet well-styled people. The city is more raw and industrial than cosy and pretty. Rarely did I see a smile on someone's face - could be the cold though. I'm sure the city feels totally different in the summertime and I would be happy to go back some day when it's warmer (and people are happier).

I'm sure all of us are inspired by series and movies based in the City That Never Sleeps, be it interior-, fashion-, or food wise. I myself draw a lot of outfit inspiration from series such as Girls, Gossip Girl and Sex and The City but also from NY fashion icons such as Edie Sedgwick, Olivia Palermo and Leandra Medine. Add all the street style blogs capturing the most fashionable New Yorkers to it, and what you get is a constant flow of inspiration coming from this city.

I created 4 style stories in New York, each story based on a New York fashion icon (fictional/non-fictional) that inspires me. This first post is based on Blair Waldorf and her Upper East Side friends from Gossip Girl. The series have stopped for a few years now, but I still love the way Blair, Serena and the whole bunch were dressed.

While strolling through the Upper East Side and Central Park, I really felt like Blair, ready to feed the ducks at the frozen Jackie O. Reservoir with Dorota. Drinking a juice might seem odd in this weather (minus 6 degrees, oh yes that was fun), but it definitely helped me beat the hangover from the night before - we headed to Tutu's in Brooklyn, more about that later!

xoxo, Gossip Girl

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On Thursday, my friend Louis and I went to the Botanical Garden in Ghent to create this fourth style story. I felt like an urban explorer with my backpack, silver skirt and sunglasses who suddenly found herself in a green environment full of tropical plants! The mix of all the pretty greens with my black and silver outfit go perfectly together. We created a moodboard with pictures from Tumblr & Pinterest. I bought the backpack from my friend Shirley, which has her illustration on it. She makes them using the silkscreen technique. As I like one-of-kind things, this bag is one of my favorites (also because my boyfriend's star sign is a Scorpio haha).

I am truly in love with Botanical Gardens. They are so pretty and inspiring. Tomorrow I'll be on my way to Madrid, where I will spend 5 days and my birthday! Can't wait to discover this city - and its Botanical Garden ;)
Wearing: Shirley scorpio bag / Stylestalker silver skirt / Asos top / Bershka duster coat / Vintage jacket / Jutka & Riska sunglasses / River Island sandals
Pictures by Louis Fjaril Photography ♡

xo, Charlotte 

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Label Love | Markus Lupfer

Like many fashion lovers, I was checking out the endless stream of Instagram posts about Fashion Week last September. While I was browsing, I discovered Markus Lupfer's Spring/Summer collection and completely fell in love. Colorful, young, shiny and totally my thing! 

Markus Lupfer is a London based designer who graduated from the University of Westminster in 1997. He was a regular at Fashion Week before he became Design Director at Spanish fashion house Armand Basi. He also consulted and did collabs with brands like Mulberry and Cacharel. In 2010, he started showing his collections again at London Fashion Week (thank God!).

These bejeweled jelly sandals are a must-have in my closet next Summer. They also inspire me to get crafty and decorate my own shoes!

Don't the clothes makes you long for hot Summer days? The color palette of neon pink, aqua blue, bright green and tangerine orange makes me think of ice creams in all colors and flavors. I think the combination with the hypnotizing iridescent fabrics is really original and innovative!

Markus Lupfer's showroom at London Fashion Week was decorated with a vintage VW van, surfboards and a tiki hut bar, bringing back surf vibes. It sure got me into Summer already... But first there is Christmas to celebrate a.k.a my favorite holiday of the year!

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Markus Lupfer website instagram

What's your favorite look?

xo, Charlotte 

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