Subway Sledding

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Ahhh, snow days in NYC. Sometimes they are like this. Some days they are like this. And sometimes, on the really special days, they are like this.

fur vest, turtleneck sweater, duck boots outfit

Shortly after these photos were taken, I was on my merry way to the West 4th Street subway stop in the West Village to catch a train to work. Puffer Coat tied tight, Prodigy Coffee in hand. As I was walking down the first of many sets of stairs, I thought to myself, “It would really suck to fall on the subway stairs.” (There it was. That was my invitation for Mother NYC to show me who’s the HBIC.) By set of stair steps number 3, I was still gripping the railing and watching my feet carefully, but apparently that wasn’t enough. I’m not exactly sure what happened, I just remember my feet flying out in front of me and essentially riding my puffer jacket down the steps like a f*cking sled. “Are you okay?! Can I help you up? Are you hurt?” OMG WHERE IS AN INVISIBILITY CLOAK WHEN YOU NEED ONE. While I appreciate considerate New Yorkers, I would really like to dissolve into the ground when things like this happen.

I made my way to the FAR END of the platform avoiding eye contact with everyone, trying to hide from anyone who could have potentially seen me bobbing from step to step on my left ass cheek. My elbow and hip are hurting and I’m thoroughly embarrassed. (And it’s about to be that time of the month so NATURALLY tears just start welling up in my eyes.) I say a few mantras along the lines of “Don’t f*cking cry, Jessica. It will only make you more of a spectacle.” I keep it together and make it to the other end of the platform and start to dab the snow off of my face. Wait, is that snow? I open up my phone camera in selfie mode to assess to situation and realize that my coffee actually showered me. White beanie, completely splattered with brown liquid. (#rip) There are coffee splatters on my face and in my hair, too. Good thing I just walked down the entire platform looking like I bathed in a sewer.

I take off my beanie (hello, hat hair) and blot the latte off of my face, jacket, and hands and hop onto the express train to work. I get into the office and go directly to the mirror to disrobe. (No one else was in yet, TG.) Oh PERF, instantaneous swelling and bruising on my left elbow and my rear end. My jeans look like I’m covered in mud. Nope, not mud, just subway platform floor juice. LOVELY. Needless to say, I had to skip all things NYFW related that day. It’s really funny now, but I have to admit that it was even funny then. What else can you besides laugh in these situations?

Here it is, seven days later and you should see the bruises on my butt. (Except, like, not.) To save you the sore eyes and borderline pornographic photos, let me just say that my left cheek looks like it’s tattooed black and blue and shades of purple that I didn’t even know existed. Great visual, huh? Good thing I don’t have a beach vacay planned any time soon!

What can I say? Just goin’ up on a Tuesday.

New York – 1; Jessica – 0

ll bean boots


Get the Look…

French Connection Turtleneck Sweater (old, similar here & here)
Vince Camuto Faux Fur Vest (similar here & here)
Express Skinny Jeans
J.Crew Socks
L.L. Bean Duck Boots
Zara Beanie (sold out, similar here)
Nails: Essie ‘Marshmallow’

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  1. 2.24.15
    Rena said:

    So sorry that this happened to you … I can imagine that it was not funny. But the look you wore before your fall is stylish and simply perfect for winter days!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  2. 2.24.15
    Cherish said:

    Lovely outfit


  3. 2.24.15

    Ouch!! That sounds like a nightmare 🙁 The only tiny bit of silver lining is that you have a good story, but even that isn’t always worth it. Your outfit is super cute though…Bean Boots and a fur vest are a perfect combination!

  4. 2.24.15

    Ouch that sounds painful! I’m glad you’re okay! And if it helps, this outfit is great! 🙂

  5. 2.24.15
    Natali said:

    Great wintertime outfit, so comfy and cute!

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  7. 2.24.15
    Morgan A. said:

    OH that is great!!! I love that you can make it a funny story afterwards. What else is life if we can’t laugh at these moments.

  8. 2.24.15
    Emily said:

    props to you for sharing this story 🙂

  9. 2.24.15
    Emma said:

    Very cute snow day look!

  10. 2.24.15
    Ashley said:

    This post was so funny…we have all been there girl! Hoping you and your a** feel better soon!

  11. 2.24.15
    Kylie said:

    If it makes you feel any better, I probably would have burst into tears as soon as I hit the ground! I smacked right above my eye with my ice scrapper when I was trying to clean my car last winter, immediately burst into tears, and then proceeded to have a black eye and a huge bump for a week. Right before I was going to this open house for a second degree program I was admitted to. So, you are so not alone, girl!
    This outfit is super cute and cozy though, and I love the plaid sticking out of the boots!

    xo Kylie

  12. 2.24.15
    Meghan said:

    We have all been there and I have to say your snaps from this day did make me laugh out loud because I have been this girl before. RIP to that cute beanie though, RIP.

  13. 2.24.15
    Meagan said:

    Oh my gosh! I’m glad you’re okay. You tell your tale like a champ though!

  14. 2.24.15

    OMG that sounds horrible! Hope you heal soon. If it’s any consolation, these photos are amazing. Love the beanie and vest. Stay warm!

    Ellen | A Pop of Pink

  15. 2.24.15

    I definitely will be ordering a pair of those L.L. Bean boots! They are perfect for the constant snowstorms hitting the Northeast. Happy Tuesday 🙂

  16. 2.24.15
    Lori-Ann said:

    Poor baby! I thought things like this only happen to me. If it helps, you are not alone. Hope you’re feeling better soon.

  17. 2.24.15

    AWWWW Jess! That’s awful… I did that once a few years ago (weirdly while visiting Chicago) and I was mortified. Everyone’s been there, though! Hope you feel better soon!

    Kelly | Kelly in the City

  18. 2.24.15
    Alexandra said:

    You are so cute! I love the boots!

    Warm Regards,

  19. 2.24.15

    Sorry to hear about the mishap – hope you’re doing okay!

    Liz @

  20. 2.24.15
    melissa said:

    aww it happens to the best of us Jess! At least the fall happened after you took the photos right?

  21. 2.24.15
    Massiel said:

    Oh man, that sucks! I also fell down the subway stairs, except it was due to a wardrobe malfunction, where my right heel went into the left hem of my pants (sown upwards). So, I had no choice but to fall FORWARD, luckily I grabbed onto the railing and didn’t somersault down those murderous stairs! I still have the bruise on my leg from THREE years ago! Shoes were ruined and I guess it was a good thing that no one stopped to help!

  22. 2.24.15

    Aw that sucks! Been there though and can relate to the massive post-fall bruises. Hope your tush feels better soon!

  23. 2.25.15
    Summer said:

    Omg the worst is the embarrassment tears. I hate when I do that. Love the invisibility cloak shout out. I always call these alex mac moments, remember how she could just melt into the floor into that weird silvery goo? Yes, that would be ideal. Love the outfit!

  24. 2.25.15

    It happens to the best of us.
    I fell down the El stairs in Chicago on my 21st birthday. Nothing draws attention to yourself like falling down stairs while wearing a tacky pink birthday sash and a light up tiara. On a bright note tequila does help keep the pain at bay until the next morning.

    Love the outfit! That vest looks so soft!

    Sarah Jessica
    The Laws of Beauty

  25. 8.31.15
    Winnie said:

    So sorry to hear about your mishap! your outfit is super adorable though!

    Wondering are the Bean boots slippery? I was considering a pair until I read about your fall 🙁