{ The Find }

TheFind1It was one of those too-full days where you’re already behind schedule before getting out of bed. I’d been uptown since sunrise, helping Zach make early-morning design decisions on a new restaurant he’s building in the east 50′s, settling lingering structural questions before construction workers strolled in to begin the day’s assignments.

By 9am we were in an even further-uptown gallery space, conducting installation on an art event we’d designed for that evening and were in the final throws of producing ~ directing furniture deliveries and art handlers, trying to make a vast concrete gallery space feel like the sun-bleached beaches of Montauk for 100 of the city’s top art investors. I was single-handedly assembling picnic benches and helping build teepees, arranging flowers, and spray-painting designs onto t-shirts, to be worn in a few hours by surfer girl cater waiters. Constant, kinetic, creative motion. TheFind2And then it was late afternoon, and I hadn’t yet stopped moving. I’d made my way from East 85th down to Chinatown, in search of bamboo skewers for a bite-size salad we were serving that night at the art party. Just as I finally found what I’d been hoping for in the basement of Pearl River Mart, a mind fog of unsteady delirium suddenly swept over me. It was 4pm; I was dizzy, exhausted, starving. I hadn’t taken a moment to eat all day. Fighting fainting, I hurriedly paid for 400 jumbo toothpicks and rushed back up to street level, crazy-eyed in need of food. I remembered Smile To Go was just a few blocks away, and eagerly ordered a trio of salads from their walk-up glass counter. Hot, healthy, herculean mounds of kale, quinoa, and sugar snap peas. Heaven.

I found a seat in the window and slurped down half a glass of lemonade in one gulp. Ravenous and tired, I shoveled a single spoonful of quinoa, swallowing without chewing. I looked out the window, concealing or quelling indigestion. That’s when I saw her.TheFind3The coolest girl dashed past me. We were separated by a pane of glass, as if she were an exotic zoo animal and I the heaving tourist who’d paid to catch a glimpse of her. She wore flat sandals, no makeup, oversized boyfriend jeans, and a kite of a white top that shot out from her sides as she rushed past my window, revealing peek-a-boo glimpses of a tanned back. She looked effortless and comfortable, breezily chic despite the humidity and heat. The lunch I’d nosedived into could suddenly wait. I folded close the paper lid on my salad box and stuffed it deep into my handbag, rushing out the door in the same quick movement. I followed that stylish specter down the street and into a fancy Soho store, where I feigned interest in the clothes while circling closer to where she sat, trying on shoes. I attempted nonchalance as I moseyed up to her side and finally, shyly interrupted her shopping. Where did she get that incredible top, I asked, expecting Isabel Marant or perhaps Acne in reply. H+M, she confessed.

Like a lightning bolt, I was back out the door. Within minutes, I’d bought two of copies of her top from the H+M on Broadway, and by the next day my sister had too. It’s the find of the summer! The unofficial uniform. As perfect over a bikini as it is under a suit, I’ve worn it nearly nonstop ever since. Unsurprisingly, everywhere I go, strange girls sidle up to me, shyly and sweetly asking where they can get one too. I can relate to their curiosity so I’m happy to share the secret. Now, back to that salad still buried at the bottom of my bag…

  • thegildedlily

    Where in the east 50s will the restaurant be located? I live on E. 50th….thanks

  • Consciously Sartorial

    Great combo! Love the way you’ve mixed minimalist and ethnical styles!
    http://consciouslysartorial.blogspot.com.es/

  • Carelia

    Beautiful look! The top is breathtaking and the hat is the perfect touch for this look.
    Xo
    Carelia

    WHAT I MIXED IN MAY…new blog post at:
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  • http://www.fancyalterego.wordpress.com/ Heather P.

    Perfect look for summer!

    I’m the same way about sharing where I got things. A lot of women I’ve met over the years keep their finds pretty secretive, but I love to share – that way, everyone gets to enjoy!

  • kcomekarolina

    i love this look!

    xoxo from rome

    K.

    kcomekarolina.com

  • Lindsey

    Really like the back of the top and hat! Very nice look!
    http://www.shopopal.com

  • Justine Beaudry

    I need that – do you have a link? Thanks!

    • theglamourai

      Unfortunately I couldn’t find it on their website ~ but I believe it is still available in stores!

      XOKelly

      • SR

        I love your sharing nature–it’s so refreshing for someone in fashion. This top looks like it might be fairly easy to make, but we’d need a standing shot of the front ;^) I can’t tell from these (very beautiful) windblown pics how the straps attach to the front.

  • Reichel

    Beautiful shots <3

    http://www.paseandoamissreichel.com – Come and visit (:

  • Rossana

    You are simply the best! I love everything you do and write about…

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  • spignatto .review

    stunning as always!

    come to see my floral look if you want :)

    http://spignattoereview.blogspot.it/2014/06/floral-look.html

  • http://baskblog.com Elizabeth Morris

    Just scoured H+M’s site and can’t find this shirt anywhere! I’d snatch up one for myself if I could. Any tips?

  • Justine Beaudry

    Ugh – I’m so disappointed! I hurried over to my H&M and they don’t carry it! Only select cities and I can’t located online. I need this in my life.

  • Denisa

    I like that top.

    http://www.fashiondenis.com

  • Rougeuse

    Gorgeous top! x

    http://www.rougeuse.com

  • http://the-astro.weebly.com/ The-astro

    woow a perfect look for summer !! LOVE the top !!!

    http://www.the-astro.weebly.com/a-s-t-r-o—s-e-l-f-i-e

  • Androbel

    such great lighting!!! love the outfit and the feeling behind these pictures

    Xo, Belen

    Androbel

  • Lisa
  • Rheanna

    I have just bought this on Ebay. Paid more than shop, but it is NOT on website and when I rang the customer services, they did not know about it. So, it might not even be stocked in the UK.
    As always, you look stunning! Hope I look half as good in it! xxx

  • Jake

    Love this! I just started a fashion/ style blog so this is super inspiring.
    - Jake
    http://www.newrhythmfashion.blogspot.com

  • Benedetta

    Love these pics!!!
    Be Happy with Fashion

  • christyw

    Lovely pics. :) Check out my blog, I’m sure you’ll like it! http://www.wearona.com

  • Hiphunters

    loving the skirt!

    BTW have you seen this contest, you can win a 3,000 € wishlist of your choice!

    http://www.hiphunters.com/magazine/2014/06/02/win-your-wishlist/

  • Daisy

    I enjoy all your posts but wanted you to know I particularly loved this one! The words, the pace of the story, the way a lot of us can relate to how you felt at that time plus the top & awesome pictures… This is some really great writing that I won’t be forgetting anytime soon. Wonderful job!

  • Aubrey

    This is a great look! I’d love to know what you guys thing about Zang Toi, because I love his designs so much. I actually found out he’s designing a dress that’s going to be auctioned off on Kickstarter, and it’s so beautiful. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1133868091/rolling-with-virgil-a-music-film-feat-the-dirty-ur

  • Alice Burnett

    Ok that top is everything…and I’m digging the pairing with the ethnic wrap skirt.

    http://aestheticsinwonder.blogspot.com/

  • Ebene

    I found the top in black yesterday (in DC) and got it in a smaller size. I believe Kelly got a size larger than her usual one. It’s easy to miss so don’t give up and keep looking in your local stores. DC is not a fashion city so if we have it, I assume other places would.

  • Steph

    Cool top. I’ve actually been looking for a hat like that. Genuinely thought it would be an easy task but I can’t find a white/cream one with dark ribbon. Where did you get yours?

  • Manue

    I likeeeeeee the look ! Its very beautiful and lovely :)

    The skirt is wonderful, I LOVE it !

    Kisses

    http://www.remyhair.fr/

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    SUPER LOVE THE OUTFIT :)

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