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Hey all, I’ve been pretty busy with contest work and projects… and I got a cold on Thursday night. >_< But after spending all of Friday resting, I bring you a fresh crop of amazing fashion from the Flea Market today! :3

I keep meeting the most awesome people here. I glimpsed a Comic-con badge on one of the visitors as he was leaving.  (Perhaps he was stopping by in between panels. xD)  I’d love to go, but maybe next year I’ll have the extra cash…

Punk/Goth is one of my most consistent sources of inspiration. This man caught my eye just as we were coming in to the market. He works in fashion, too. :)

I love Benny's style - casual elegance meets 80's New Wave. Apparently his weekend style is usually much more over the top!! He works as a podiastrist.

Stephan Keating wears one of his custom-made masks everywhere he goes. The complex brass joints and welded circuitry make a shocking contrast with his "normal" clothes - "as though I was in a car accident", he chuckled. I think his style is a perfect blend of Metropolis and good-ol Steampunk.

He let me try it on, too. :3

Of course, the flea market isn’t the only place to find epic street wear in NYC. It’s not as localized here as is in, say, Tokyo, but you never have to go far to find something interesting…

Thomas is a fellow student here at FIT. Most of his wardrobe is either vintage or carefully-chosen retail. He's a huge fan of steampunk and army memoribilia.

And that’s all I have for today. I’m getting more confident asking people for their pictures – so expect even more awesomeness in the future!!

Love and Blessings,

Naomi R.

 

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… with this city and a famous designer’s work from the past 26 years.

A few days ago, I visited some of the flea markets on 25th street, including a really big, amazing one in a parking garage. I found a cloche hat that actually fit me, rows and rows of paper ephemera, Chinese-themed nick-nacks, and some wonderfully-dressed people:


This lovely young lady was kind enough to let me take her photo. And yes, her dress is vintage. :3

This man's mix-and-match style and attitude really caught my eye. And you gotta love that crazy belt buckle... xD

Back shot! I love the details on his shirt and jeans. Beautiful!

The lovely sir at this booth is man after my own heart. I love the quiet creepiness of these dilapidated Clown automata and dismembered dolls. For more delightfuls, check http://www.loandbeholdantiques.com

I came away from that flea market with a mind full of inspiration. Almost as much as I did when I started to learn about John Galliano. Funny enough, he trained as an architect and has had his own version of a roller coaster life, but ultimately ending up as one of the most unique, influential designers in the business today. I suppose that’s encouraging to me, who started out as an engineering major and is definitely living on a wing and prayer (lots and lots of prayers).

Actually, I’m pretty behind on the whole “who’s who” in fashion thing. I’m just now learning the difference between Dior, Givenchy, and Balenciaga. Up till now, I only knew that certain people were famous, and I like Alexander McQueen’s work, and that’s about it. Now I’ve learned that I love Martin Margiela, adore Kawakubo (and co.), and that I am gradually saving up for some Manolo Blahnik shoes with a matching Steven Jone’s hat. xD

I’ll do a more proper blog post on my newest fashion obsession at some point, but there’s a Lolita Picnic article still waiting to be written. ^^;

I love you all!

-Naomi

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Since it’s officially been a month since I moved here, I decided it was time to make the Epic New York City post of Epicness. My Uncle gave me a camera, which I’ve using a lot, and I took pictures above the clouds of Texas, in the forests and meadows of Indiana, and the gridded-off chaos that is NYC. Orientation is now a distant memory, 3 weeks of school are done, I went to a Lolita picnic, and I miss Eli terribly. I haven’t had much time to work on personal projects… they work you hard here. But then I see the incredible gowns some students finish after studying here for only two years, and I know it’ll all be worth it.

Between cloud layers, from an airplane

After an early breakfast...

an enchanted morning with Eli begins...

Eli is tall, but the trees are taller.

hay bales in meadow

sometimes, the world really does look like a Bob Ross painting.

Eli's mom looking over flowers

As the morning grew, we found something wonderful...

...a butterfly tea party.

I wanted to capture the extreme fluorescent blueness of these flowers, but I guess that's the limit of my camera.

And to go from all that nature to this:

Downtown Manhattan cityscape

...it'd almost break your heart.

It’s not so bad though… the first week I was here, I’d stare down this street and think, in awe, “wow, I actually live here now”.

cityscape near the flatiron building

There's some really cool stuff here. The architecture of this "Flatiron" building is very famous.

I'm really not sure what's up with this artwork. The hole up top sometimes spews steam.... O_o;

I think this image really expresses how dense Manhattan is.

You know, St. Mark's Place has really changed its character (it's mostly ramen shops now), and tattoo shops and weird tee-shirt stores are the last vestiges of its history as a subcultural mecca. You still find awesome stuff like this purple wall, tho.

...and this awesome little bookshop I need to re-visit. :3

So, I'm a huge nerd. I spent a good 10 minutes wandering around the park down there, looking for some concentric circle benchs, so I could pretend to be Neil Gaiman's adorable "Death" character and go, "Peachy Keen!". Eh, good enough. xD

Next time, I’ll post my pictures of the various religious buildings around here… the juxtaposition is astounding.

Or perhaps I’ll post some street fashion photos! There are some really interestingly dressed people around here, and I’m not just talking about the Lolitas. :3

And to finish things off, I’d like to share my newest discovery in the FIT area…

Best. Tag. Ever.

Love and Blessings,

Naomi R.

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So, once again I got my hands on the Good Camera, and these were some of the results:

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Two weekends ago, me, my sister, my uncle, and his friend piled into an SUV and drove hundreds of miles into the Texas Hill Country in search of wildflowers. These are some of the pictures I took on my Uncle’s old Pentax film camera.

Let me know if you’re having trouble viewing the slideshow.

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