Rather than settling for the most convenient locations for photos (which is typically how I roll — near my apartment, in-between meetings, etc.), I’ve been trying to branch out lately and capture some of New York City’s most scenic backdrops. Gotta get them in while I can, right?!
For a change of pace, Lydia and I met outside of Central Park after work last week to shoot my outfit. I’ve never shot photos on Bow Bridge in the park (one of the prettiest bridges!) so we set off into the park to scope it out. As soon as we got to the lake and saw the bridge, all of our photo dreams were kind of smashed. At first, we thought there was a movie being filmed (A NY’ers first thought, always.) because there was a large tarp over a section of the bridge. But it turns out that they’re resurfacing the bridge and it’s completely closed. Womp, womp!
While we were standing at the lake watching row-boaters go by, I kind of had this wild idea for us to rent a row boat and take photos in there instead of trying to find a different bridge! I mean, my outfit goes pretty well with the backdrop, don’t you think? But that actually wasn’t planned at all. Neither Lydia nor I had ever rented row boats from the Boathouse so it was the perfect excuse to check an item off of our bucket lists while we got our work done. But man oh man, it was an adventure. (There’s an outtake below and plenty more where that came from! 😂)
I actually wore this outfit a few weeks ago for a quick trip to Atlanta to visit the Southern Proper HQ with Carly! This dress is my new favorite piece in my closet. I ordered it online without ever having seen it or tried in on in person and it fits like a GLOVE. (Have you seen Kate Spade’s new “True Fit” service? Basically you enter in some basic sizing information custom to your body and the website saves it for future reference. So each time you’re on a product page with True Fit, it guesstimates which size is best for you and how well it will fit! It’s GENIUS, really, and it works!)
The material is not what I was expecting at all. But in the best way possible! It’s a pique jacquard-like fabric that super soft, has a great weight to it, and doesn’t wrinkle. Did you catch that? DOES-NOT-WRINKLE. I knew we would be going straight from the airport to the office in Atlanta and I wouldn’t have time to change in between. This dress proved to be the perfect outfit for the occasion because it was so fuss-free!
Oh, and my little snail bag?! I HAD TO. I have been lusting after this little guy (I think Lydia and I named him Sammy) since I saw it at the spring preview during NYFW last September. When I saw it on sale, I was at the checkout screen entering in my payment info within seconds. And I’m so glad I did! Is it practical? No, not really. To be honest, my iPhone 6 doesn’t even fit inside, BUT this dress has pockets so it worked out just fine. 🙂
If you have an outfit or boyfriend with pockets and you only need your keys, some cash, your cards, and lip balm, it’s the perfect size! But I fully intend on using it as a decorative piece in my new apartment when it’s not in use. 🙂 #TwoForOne
Back to the boating .. I did all of the rowing during our hour-long boat session because Lydia had to keep her hands free to use her camera. (What was your excuse after photos were done, Lydia?! Haha, just kidding!) And oh my gosh, it was quite the shoulder workout! I was sore for a day or two afterwards!
Since it was so spur of the moment, we weren’t exactly prepared. For starters, I was wearing bow wedges! And moving around a little metal boat filled with two people, all of Lydia’s camera equipment, both of my computers, and both of our phones and purses was just a teensy bit nerve-wracking! 😂
But hey, we’ll do anything for photos!
Kate Spade Garden Leaves Dress (on sale here, also available here!)
Kate Spade Wicker Snail Crossbody Bag (on sale!)
Red Valentino Bow Wedges (old, similar here & here)
Banana Republic Ruffled Trench Coat (old, similar here)
borrowed Lele Sadoughi Necklace
Michael Kors Watch
Ralph Lauren Bracelet
Lele Sadoughi Pearl Cuff
Just in case you were thinking it was all smooth sailing out there… #outakes Too bad Lydia didn’t capture one of the two moments where our oar came unattached!