Mullets + Marys

4.29.2012


Mullet skirt from La Di Da Dee in Williamsburg, 
Joie nude sweater, 
Tom Ford glasses, 
Hue tights, 
Vintage striped belt, 
Hinge booties (last seen here), 
Mulberry bag and Vintage oversized blazer (also worn here).

I bought this mullet skirt at a new, adorable and very affordable boutique that just opened in our neighborhood called La Di Da Dee, and have been dying to wear it ever since. And while I'd prefer to have donned it with bare legs and some platform sandals, sadly I had to opt for a neutral pair of tights to keep me warm.

It's a mystery to me why I have to still wear tights this time of year, and honestly, this was probably the only pair in my closet that wasn't laden with holes. (I admittedly abuse the hell out of my tights every winter, forcing me to make an annual tights shopping spree every Fall.)

Regardless, the skirt was a perfect companion to another Saturday morning spent drinking bloody marys... this time, at one of our favorite brunch spots: Lodge, which appears in the last pic.
xL

PS: The Marcy Stop just started a Facebook page! Would love for you to keep up with us there!

Mixed Media

4.26.2012


Vero Moda anorak (available in other colors here), 
Forever 21 striped matelot shorts
Thakoon floral tank, 
Banana Republic necklace, 
Vintage suede crossbody bag, 
Vintage shades from a vendor at Dekalb Market
Vintage two-tone kitten heels (last seen here). 


Last weekend we had one of the worst spring days NYC has seen yet with total monsoon weather from early morning to late at night. The rain refused to stop. Luckily, the day before had been one of the best days weather-wise, and to enjoy it to it's fullest Lauren and I made our way to Crown Victoria, a bar in South Williamsburg with not only an outdoor seating area in front, but an amazing outdoor space in the back complete with mismatched 50s style patio furniture, wooden benches, tree stumps re-purposed as tables, colorful graffiti art and the pièce de résistance: an old-school tractor.

As soon as we arrived, Lauren and I ordered a bloody mary from the bar and then parked ourselves directly in the sun's path. We didn't move for several hours. I have the shorts tan line to prove it.

It's already been discussed and agreed upon that next time we go there we're bringing bikinis and laying out on one of the picnic benches or tables. The other patrons will just have to deal with it.


xx, M

The Perfect LWD

4.24.2012


Mango crochet dress
Chanel bag (this quilted number is a great alternative), 
Rose Gold wedge ankle boot
Vintage necklace, bracelet and rings.

This past weekend we experienced some of the most gorgeous weather New York has seen all year. I'm talking, bust-out-your-swimsuit-and-find-any-sliver-of-sun-to-tan-in kind of weather! And what could welcome the sun more appropriately than a little white dress (LWD)?

I found this number at Mango recently and couldn't help but imagine all the bbqs, beach days, and poolside lounging we would experience together this Summer. And while my LWD will probably get the most use as a swimsuit cover-up, when paired with a little silver jewelry, some open toe booties and Micol's amazing yellow Chanel bag, it's also perfect for a day spent wandering the streets of Brooklyn. 

xL

Turf's Up

4.22.2012



Mint Designs coat (last worn here),
Thrifted blouse, 
Uniqlo skinny jeans (similar style here), 
14th and Union suede booties, 
Forever 21 chain necklace, 
Monoprix fringe bag.  

One day, while crossing under the bridge to get to Marlow & Sons (featured in another outing here), Lauren and I stumbled across this wall that was covered top to bottom in astroturf. The photographer geek in me couldn't wait to see how the bright green texture would pop against Lauren's sleek, monochromatic look.

Thankful that I had my camera on me, we immediately stopped to shoot, which required me to stand in the middle of the street to get any good pics. I'm pretty sure in the last shot Lauren has just finished yelling at me to move out of the way of a bus.

xx, M

Great Lengths

4.20.2012


Thrifted maxi skirt (similar look here),
H&M striped grey tank,
Vintage necklace,  
Fafi x Adidas cropped leather jacket (how cool is the lining?!), 
Forever 21 platform sandals.

These photos were shot on Micol's roof--one of our favorite places to chill when the weather starts to get warmer. It's an ideal place to bask in the Spring sunshine, as it's sandwiched between two taller buildings, creating a sunny haven without any wind and a little incubator of sorts.

Only problem is that to get there you have to scale the narrow fire escape that leads from Micol's deck, past her upstairs neighbors' kitchen, and then up another 10 foot wall. Normally this would be an easy endeavor, but in platform  heels and a maxi skirt... well, you can imagine the complications.

I was quick to kick off the heels and hike up the skirt after our shoot in order to soak up the last rays of sun while sipping on some wine. Totally worth the effort.

xL

Super Saturated

4.18.2012


Thrifted grey little boy blazer, 
Cynthia Steffe mustard blouse (similar style here)
H&M purple silk midi skirt (we love this look too), 
Forever 21 platform heels,
Nanette Lepore handbag (previously seen here and here).


Lately, I've been really into bright color-blocking but after taking inventory of my closet and realizing most of what I own is either black, neutral or navy I realized I would need to live out my fashion inspiration through Lauren.

When I first pitched my idea, Lauren hated it. She may be into crazy prints, but this was a look she couldn't see herself wearing. Thankfully, I'm very persuasive, so I convinced her to borrow my H&M midi skirt (which by the way, was a total fashion misstep for someone who is 5'2) and pair it with the brightest top she had in her closet. Originally, that was a bright blouse previously worn here. Lauren blanched and honestly I did too. She looked like a Lisa Frank sticker. So, instead we settled on the Cynthia Steffe mustard blouse pictured above and, with a cropped blazer to pull the look together, we took off for brunch. 

In the end, Lauren was totally into the look and I tried not to look so smug. Sometimes stepping outside your comfort zone with fashion can be a good thing!

xx, M

enTRENCHed

4.15.2012


Alexander Wang cropped trench (similar look here),
Vince sweater tee, 
Zara snakeskin print skirt (similar style here),
Silver necklace from Morocco,   
Alexander Mcqueen quilted tote bag (last seen here and here), 
14th and Union suede booties. 

I finally had a chance to get some of my Spring clothing staples out of storage, and in so doing was happier than ever to find this Alexander Wang cropped trench from a few seasons ago: my go-to coverup during this time of year. 

Leave it to Wang to take a simple trench coat, slice it short, and infuse it with those special details that make it stand out even more: double-breasted buttons, a loose, voluminous shape, and origami-esque creases on the shoulders.

I love how the color of the trench picks up the beige tones in the snakeskin print skirt, while the statement necklace gives the look a more exotic edge. My mom brought this necklace back for me after a trip to Morocco, and it's quickly become one of my favorite pieces. Jewelry makes one of the best souvenirs while traveling.

xL

Blog Spotter: CocoKouture Magazine

4.14.2012


We are admittedly a tad belated in posting this, but CocoKouture Magazine featured The Marcy Stop in their Blog Spotter feature and it's a really great piece! We are so super excited that one, they know about the blog and two, they have any interest in what we do when we're not eating/shooting outfits/bike riding.

An excerpt:

CK: How would you describe your own personal styles?
Lauren: Ever-changing. It varies depending on my mood, the weather, and the time of day. But I guess the one thing that holds it all together is never looking too polished or put-together. I would love to look effortless all the time.
Micol: Like Lauren my style is very dependent on my mood and weather. When I’m cold I tend to layer a lot of black which will always prompt Lauren to note “You’re looking very Rick Owens today…” But then during the summer I’ll run around in a 50s style romper with my hair in fishtail braids.

The full article can be found here. We'd love to have you check it out and let us know your thoughts!

xx, L + M

Blackout

4.13.2012



Rick Owens gilet with leather collar detail, 
Mossimo sheer sleeveless tunic (similar look here), 
Forever21 silk tribal print shorts, 
Prada handbag (similar style here), 
Dolce Vita lace-up booties, 
Vintage bangles and cuff.


When Lauren came back from Paris Fashion Week in March she also brought back this exquisite Rick Owens gilet that I have been dreaming about ever since, while she has patiently been waiting to wear it. We had a brief warm weather hiatus but spring is back with a vengeance in NYC and, despite the fact that everyone turned to pastels and prints to celebrate, Lauren went in a darker direction and immediately threw the gilet on to complete her black-on-black ensemble. Luckily, this is New York, so no one bats an eye if you wear all black when it's 70 degrees out. 

That Lauren has finally had a chance to rock this look is especially important to me. Why? Because I need her to wear it at least once before I'm able to liberate it from her closet and run home with it, clutched in my greedy little hands.

xx, M

Print Party

4.11.2012


French Connection dress (similar look here), 
Phillip Adec jacket, 
Vintage white leather tote bag, 
Vintage bracelets, 
Ring from Alter, Brooklyn.

Every Easter, Micol hosts a BBQ Bash at her apartment, complete with delicious food, cocktails aplenty, and an outdoor deck to soak in the sun. This year (the 4th annual such event) was no exception, and I've had my eye out for about a month searching for the perfect floral print dress to wear for it.

While I'm usually a pretty good shopper, prone to buying all sorts of things I didn't even realize I needed, whenever I'm looking for something specific to add to my wardrobe it always seems like I can never find it. I'd visited just about every store you could imagine before I decided to check out the Buffalo Exchange down the street from me, and there was this dress with a sweet price tag of only $20. Sold!

Between hiding eggs for the dirty egg hunt and feasting on Micol's homemade deviled eggs, fresh-baked pies, and leg of lamb, no dress could have served its purpose better.

xL

inVESTed

4.09.2012


Elizabeth + James leather jacket with detachable sleeves (worn here as a vest), 
Thrifted patterned tank, 
H&M blazer (last worn here), 
Cheap Monday high-rise jeans
Michael Kors grey suede pumps (last seen here),
Vintage necklace, 
Calvin Klein red velvet clutch.


The Elizabeth and James vest that Lauren is wearing here is one half of probably the best purchase I made last year: one jacket that can be worn three ways! When worn with both pieces together it's a fun twist on your typical blazer, with drapey leather accents elongating the silhouette. Separate the two and you're left with a sharp-cut, cropped blazer perfect for throwing on over a dress, or a rock-and-roll leather vest that screams "wear me with skinny jeans!" Clearly Lauren opted for the latter.

This weekend was a full one as Lauren's sister and her boyfriend flew in from LA for a visit, so this look was perfect for showing them a night out. And it wouldn't be a Brooklyn visit without a late-night dance party at The Woods!

xx, M

Seeing Spots

4.06.2012


Opening Ceremony polka dot skirt (similar style here), 
Thrifted green silk tee (similar look here), 
H&M cropped windbreaker, 
Vintage belt, 
Vanessa Bruno clutch, 
Jessica Simpson patent leather heels.

In the polka dots vs. stripes competition, stripes always come out on top for me. Having grown up just a short distance from the beach, I tend to gravitate towards all things nautical, and polka dots--when worn the wrong way--can sometimes come off as childish. 

But when I saw this polka dot skirt hanging in Micol's closet, I knew it was time to give spots another chance. The volume of the skirt and its fuzzy texture make it such a fun addition to any outfit, so my biggest concern was how to craft a more mature look using this piece as a base. 

I love the resulting look we came up with because it's fun and feminine, but not too girly-girly. The lightweight windbreaker gives the outfit more of a casual, street vibe, while the belt with gold hardware adds a little vintage edge.

So, where do you stand? Polka dots, or pass?

xL