Before Lauren and I started the blog, I would take my camera out only for special occasions: an inspirational photo shoot featuring Lauren, a collaboration with our good friend Aviva of Viva Aviva (also featuring Lauren) or in the privacy of my own studio space various self portraits.
The photos in this series were taken by me in my bedroom in my recently vacated apartment. I had been meaning to shoot in this room for ages because the early evening light is gorgeous and I had yet to capture it in the three years I had been living there. With my move imminent I decided it was the perfect time to document the warm, hazy light I look forward to every summer.
I paired my ASOS backless dress with my new 80%20 Erie Wedges. The dress itself has a lot going on with the fullness of the skirt and skin baring in back so I wanted to keep it simple with the shoots but still make a statement. These wedges were up for the challenge and although I was unadorned with jewelry or accessories the look felt simple and perfect for summer.
This is the last of our guest blogging series and we’ve had so much fun blogging for 80%20 this past month. We love their shoes (obviously!) and want to give a huge THANK YOU for supporting our blog as well. We hope if you’ve loved reading about us here you’ll continue to follow along at The Marcy Stop.
One of the best parts of working on the blog with Lauren is that we’re both open to an impromptu photo shoot no matter where we are. Prime example: this past weekend I ran in the Brooklyn Half-Marathon, an amazing run that begins in Park Slope and ends in Coney Island. Lauren’s bf also signed up to run and Lauren signed up to wake up at the crack of dawn and cheer us on at the finish.
Never one to waste an opportunity, once we had finished the race Lauren and I took in the sites and snapped a few photos along the way. As it was a perfect, warm summer day Lauren paired her yellow tank and patterned cream shorts with the 80%20 Paz sandal to add a dose of tribal print to her look. The bright colors fit right in with our surroundings and the comfortable wedge silhouette made it a piece of cake to explore the boardwalk.
Although Micol and I generally share the same fashion sensibilities, since she prefers to remain the photographer behind the lens it’s rare for our readers to get a glimpse of her individual style. A shame if you ask me, because she’s one of the most fashion-forward girls I know.
Don’t believe me? Check out how she worked 80%20’s versatile Edie loafer into two completely different, but equally cool, looks below…
Outfit details: Marc Jacobs Crosby Sutton bag, Blank Denim jeans, White zip blazer from La Di Da Dee, Brooklyn.
Work attire doesn’t need to be a drag! Here Micol dressed up the Edie for the office by incorporating a black and white palette, a crisp blazer and a structured handbag. I especially like how the black and white tones allow the subtle color of the shoes to stand out.
Outfit details: Thrifted sundress, Vintage Member’s Only jacket, Marc Jacobs 70’s style shoulder bag, vintage belt.
Who wants to think about the office during your day off? To achieve a laid-back weekend look, Micol paired the Edie with a voluminous striped sundress and vintage bomber jacket. Perfect for brunch at one of our local favorites, Walter Foods (PS: See if you can spot our favorite bartender Reuben in the background).
Getting Lauren into anything other than four inch heels or her $hitkicker wedge boots can be a challenge, but when she saw these 80%20 suede brogues she instantly fell in lust. And good luck trying to get them off her feet after she realized how comfortable they were. As usual, I was reminded of our daily frustration – we’re not the same shoe size.
Paired with some cuffed black jeans, a studded belt and her boyfriend’s vintage tee it was the perfect outfit for a low-key dinner at one of our favorite nearby spots, Traif .
Insider tip: If you ever get a chance to check the place out yourself, don’t forget to order the bacon doughnuts. They’re almost as drool-worthy as these shoes.
What is The Marcy Stop? It’s a New York fashion blog that’s the brainchild of two friends and neighbors living and swapping clothes in Williamsburg, Brooklyn just off the Marcy Stop of the JMZ subway line. Here are a few things to keep in mind about Micol (the photographer) and Lauren (her muse) as they join 80%20 as guest bloggers this month:
Lauren: total Francofile, graphic artist/designer/sometimes painter, California girl at heart, of Vietnamese descent, has been known to spontaneously break out into a British accent.
Micol: Baker, half-marathon runner, closeted writer, Jameson enthusiast, tech nerd, of Sicilian heritage, will spontaneously break out into a Southern accent.
Mutual Loves: cocktails, Alexander Wang, Pies ‘n’ Thighs, summer/the beach, home cooking, travel, dance parties, oysters, accents, our neighborhood, and our bike gang: the Southside Heartbreakers.
Our daily frustration: we’re not the same shoe size…
Thank you 80%20 for giving me the opportunity to guest blog, and thank you all for reading! For my last post here, I wanted to include a photo diary as a glimpse into my life and what inspires me. Follow more of my adventures at http://heyprettything.com.
Outfit details: Boy. by Band of Outsiders shrunken oxford shirt, J.Crew sweatshirt, Rag & Bone shorts, 80%20 Molly sandals
These sandals are so comfy, especially with the hidden wedge for some heel cushioning, I was running all over town in them…literally. I wore this outfit to go house hunting this weekend (we haven’t found the one yet…the search continues!) I like the boyish look of the Molly sandals with these Rag & Bone cargo shorts, and it would have been too easy to overcommit to a safari look, but I wanted to feminize it with a pop of bright pink.
Bag Raiders is a synth-pop house duo of DJs Chris Stracey and Jack Glass from Sydney, Australia. This song has been my anthem for welcoming in spring. It’s the perfect beat for cruising on a warm orange day with the windows rolled down and wind in your hair. The track also features vocals from electroboy Dan Black.
Check out the music video directed by Fleur&Manu, and produced by Division. It makes you want to cancel all your plans and go on an adventure…with a monkey.
A long day around town requires comfy footwear, and these boots were made for walking. I wore my Pepper Black ankle boots to brunch with friends this weekend and then to a meeting with a florist for my upcoming wedding. Here I styled them with bright jeans. The classic shape and cute brogue-detailing make these booties easy to pair with popular spring trends like pastels, brights, or patterned jeans. I should also mention that there’s a 2-inch hidden wedge in these shoes too!
Festival season in Chicago is my favorite time of year. Summer’s in full swing and it’s a great excuse to hang with friends in the sun and listen to live music. Also there’s no better place in Chicago to scout street style. This past weekend I attended the Pitchfork Music Festival, an annual three day affair that features the best acts you may have never heard of sprinkled in with more established groups.
This year’s headliners were Animal Collective, Cut Copy and TV on the Radio. I was on assignment from Elle.com to capture all the stylish people attending Pitchfork this year when 80%20 asked me if I wanted to wear their shoes while doing it. I of course said yes!
EMA was one of the first artists I got to shoot. Not only did she kill it on stage, she looks adorable here in her fishnets, orange socks, and diy red shorts.
This festival goers look is all her own. She looks so cool with this vintage camera.
I heart this woman’s purple frames and red lipstick.
The mix of brown aztec print and pink shades is really doing it for me.
This is the fabulous Taylor Brode, Zola Jesus‘ manager. Check out the Elle.com interview with Zola and my accompanying photos here.
Here I am gettin’ her done.
My friend Maggie was thrilled to get two pairs of 80%20 shoes. Here she is on day one looking very serious and windblown.
She wore these on day 2. So sweet.
No matter how stylish the shoes, at music festivals sometimes you have to kick back on your blanket barefoot style. Thanks 80%20 for making me look good at the fest.
Check out more of my street style shots from Pitchfork 2011 on Elle.com and on my Chicago street style fashion blog Très Awesome.
More photos below of James Blake, Andrea of Twin Sister, member of Ariel Pink, Chrissy Murderbot, Zola Jesus, and more…