Sweaty Betty Dressing (OOTW)

29 June 2010

Another post, another weather berating session.  New York is a city of extremes; I've been so cold that I've wanted to escape to the nearest sauna and so hot that Antarctica seems like a viable holiday option.  Now is the time of the latter, with 30 degree heat every day and a crazy, frizzy mess happening on my head.  This isn't just any dressing, this is NYC survival dressing.  At the moment I feel as if I'm lacking creativity, as my tights and cardigans are again redundant and I'm having to dress to avoid spontaneous combustion.  How do you cope in crazy heatwaves when creativity lacks?  I'm almost looking forward to going back to 'chilly' England and layering up again.

 Hows this for a new Bloggerism; pose like a Washington statue?

Tank - Emma and Sam via LF Stores
Skirt - Cheap Monday
Bandeau - eBay
Sandals - Steve Madden
Jewellery - Topshop

My Washington whistle-stop tour was a nice change to bustling New York, though the weather there was pretty much the same  (the Megabus air conditioning was such a relief).  I'm wearing the Cheap Monday skirt I featured on this post.  There wasn't much time for shopping, but I did pick up the bralet I wore the following day.

Bralet - Urban Outfitters
Skirt - Vintage via Urban Jungle
Belt - Vintage via Angels
Sandals - Steve Madden
Sunglasses - H&M
Necklace - Pema boutique
Bracelet - Topshop

I finally jumped on the maxi-bandwagon and wore the skirt I bought here.  I haven't yet found a maxi dress style to suit me, so the skirt and crop top combination is great as it creates some kind of illusion.  I'm not sure if it quite helped keep my legs cool due to the material, but it was strangely liberating having them covered.

Mesh tee - American Apparel
Shorts - H&M
Belt -Vintage via Angels
Sandals - Steve Madden
Necklaces - DIY, Tosphop
Bracelet - Stall in Soho

First outing of my new necklace and I showed it to my Mum on Skype.  Now she wants one!

Playsuit - Topshop
Belt - Vintage via Angels
Sandals - Steve Madden
Bag - Vintage via Brooklyn Flea
Necklaces - Pema Boutique & random flea vendor

Made a visit to the garden state of New Jersey for a company picnic

Dress - H&M
Draped vest - Vintage via Salvation Army
Sandals - Steve Madden
Jewellery - as before

I decided to revisit the Salvation Army store I featured in this post, as I hadn't returned since that chilly January afternoon.  Even though there were a lot less rails and a lot more people rummaging, I managed to pick up this draped vest for just $3. 

Top - Splendid
Shorts - H&M
Sandals - Steve Madden
Jewellery - as before
Bag - Vintage, via Brooklyn Flea

The penultimate Brooklyn Flea visit; I went in search of more cheap bags and came back with a new playsuit after some successful haggling.  Check back next week to see what it looks like...

Wow, Kb photo overload!  I know I'm no model, but if you fancy becoming one (I know you're a  rather delectable bunch) the Next Modelling Competition is happening again with a Select contract up for grabs.   Read my post about last years final here and let me know if any of you enter.  Now for some random photos of the week....

Now that's one way to store your teacups; seen in a bar on Union Square

I made a quick stop at the FIT Eco-fashion exhibition which was short and sweet; I'm extremely gutted to be missing the Japanese fashion exhibition that happens later this year

A random sculpture garden found in Washington

Gorgeous Herve Leger dress spotted in Soho

Finally treated myself to a Magnolia's cupcake.  No photos of inside the box as somehow the cakes, ahem, disappeared...

I also have an interview up on Qype; I have been a busy bee.  Have a great week!

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  1. i love the simplicity of the thursday & friday night outfits. and WHOA i wanna climb all over that metal tree!! probably not allowed... i still wanna!


  2. Great post, i love seeing what you wore every day. I've added you to my blogroll too x Sushi

  3. new york looks amazing! and i love all of your outfits :)

    emma xo

  4. Blogger was being a pain so I hope this comment goes through! Anyway, I am loving the metal tree and can't believe that your time in NYC is coming to an end already! You're deffo going to be reunited in the future!

  5. oh I love your outfits.
    Chilly England?? It's HOT out here atm. So hot that I'm considering getting a relaxer cos I'm sweating out my hair.
    Enjoy the rest of your stay

  6. I think you do a fantastic job of dressing for the heat! Especially the first outfit, which is my favourite I love the little patch of tye dye i think I can see!?
    Looking forward to coming back to england!? the weather is fab here!

    Hope your okay!

    - Adele

  7. Seriously... England is like an oven at the mo. It's taking all my willpower not to walk around in underpants and flip flops. Love the floral maxi!



  8. Thank you so much for your comment, I'm following you now!


  9. Nice style, love the playsuit.
    xoxo. Angie


  10. Now you know how difficult it is to have a style blog in a tropical country :D

  11. as a british person, i feel i have the right to say: "IT'S TOO DAMN HOT"
    there we go :)
    x x x

  12. gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous outfits!
    loving saturdays day dress and sundays maxi dress and thursdays shoes!


  13. i love the topshop playsuit!
    aah that tree looks so cool!!

  14. You still look super stylish! I love all the necklaces, they definitely jazz up a simple outfit.
    My creativity has hit an all time low, not to mention my self respect too. I didn't even bother with makeup today because I knew it would sweat off. And I do NOT look good au naturel.
    Bring on Autumn! :) xx

  15. Great outfits KB, I love the laid back jersey pieces

  16. Whoaaaa pictures galore! I love this little insight into your trans-continental life, you lucky lucky girl! Hope you are successfully flying the St Georges flag over there :)

    Very jealous of your expedition on Saturday! Looking forward to seeing some snaps of your new playsuit...

    Claire @ Jazzpad

  17. you look so great girl, I share with you the love for flower prints!!!


  18. your outfits are really cute!can;t tell that you lack of creativity!dress lightly in order to get through the day!!leave the fashion for cooler days!!!
    i soooo would like to live i NY for a while!!!!